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Discover how to plant, grow, and nurture hydrangea plants of all varieties, year-round and force bursts of color to rebloom year after year. Indoors, outdoors or a mix of both… What is a Hydrangea Hydrangea plants are the master of all florals. They can be shrubs, climbers or trees, and there’s generally five different types, however within the Bigleaf species of hydrangea, there are even more sub-categories. A List of the Various Types of Hydrangea…

When we think about soil and potted plants, the conversation usually turns to water rather than air. Believe it or not, water is only part of what’s going on in your dirt. You have to think about how much air is down there as well. Roots are designed to absorb water for the plant but they still need access to air in order to be healthy. Since the plant doesn’t have lungs, the only way…

Aloe vera is a classic plant for the kitchen (see some of my other favorites), not only because it likes the environment but it’s also a little first aid kit too. Just slice off the tip of a spear, and the cool gel inside is ideal to treat any small cuts or burns. Just rub it on your skin, fresh from the plant. Drinking aloe vera juice also has a reputation for being good for…

The gnats in plants kept indoors are fungus gnats, sometimes referred to as soil gnats. They aren’t the same as fruit flies, although they do resemble them a lot. Fungus gnats are attracted to moist soil, while fruit flies are attracted to anything fermenting. You’ll see fruit flies flying around fruits and your garbage bin. You’ll see fungus gnats flying around your plant, but mainly they’ll be hovering closer to the soil because that’s the…

It’s easy to spot problems in your houseplants when they are visible in the leaves or flowers. What about potential issues that are going on under the soil, with the roots? Don’t forget to take care of your plants even when you can’t see what’s going on. In particular, we’re talking about when a plant outgrows its container, and how to fix a root bound plant. What Is “Root Bound”? Even though you never see…

For those not familiar with chemistry, you can rest assured that nitrogen is a completely natural and very common element in the environment. In fact, about 80% of the air you are breathing right now is made up of nitrogen. And oddly enough, even with so much gaseous nitrogen around, plants get this important nutrient from the soil. When the soil gets nitrogen depleted, your plants will suffer. Get to know the signs of nitrogen…

Your lovely collection of houseplants is starting to look a little limp, and you’re ready to get things perked back up again. Obviously, you’ve thought to give them a drink and that hasn’t solved the problem. So now you need to figure out what to do next. There are a number of possible solutions to drooping plants, but you need to know the cause first. 1 – Improve the Water Situation As I’ve said, you’ve…

Nobody wants to raise a houseplant only to have it grow so well that it takes over and gets too huge to manage. Understanding how to keep succulents small can mean you enjoy your plants for many (many) years without having to worry about their size. What Are Succulents? Before discussing how to keep succulents small, we should all be clear about what types of plants we are talking about. There is often a great…

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