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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…

Over watered house plants are plants on their death bed. Water is food to plants. When humans eat too much food, obesity sets in and that’s often followed up by any number of diseases. Any of those can and often does lead to premature death. The same happens with plants. When you over water plants, the excess water is stuck in the soil suffocating the plant. How Watering Affects Plant Roots The leaves on plants…

Petunias make for gorgeous colorful hanging baskets and decorative lawn borders, lush with varied flower heads that last all summer long. Or they should. The thing the garden centers don’t advertise is that most varieties of petunias are fairly high maintenance. The only type of low maintenance petunias is Milliflora Petunias, which require no deadheading – removal of spent flowers. Names of this variety include the tradename Supertunia, Picabella and Petunia Fantasy. Spreading (Wave) Petunias…

Whether you need to grow plants fast for a science project during the holidays, or you’re interested in growing plants to gift for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation Day, sometimes you just need a way to speed up the process. If you’re cutting it close and you need an edge to cultivate plants fast and indoors, there’s a method you can use to stimulate plant growth. The first of which starts with the type of…

The goal of keeping orchids as houseplants may be to enjoy the flowers, but don’t neglect the care of your plants after they have bloomed too. While an orchid doesn’t need a lot of special attention after flowering, there are a few tips that can help keep your plants healthy and providing lovely color for many years. How Often Do Orchids Bloom? We should start off by establishing how often you can expect flowers from…

If you’re stuck trying to figure how to care for succulents indoors, you absolutely need to know these pointers. These aren’t just about getting your plants to look their best. The tips here spell out how to keep your plants alive. Figure that out and then you can focus on keeping them healthy. Any aspiring grower researching how to get started growing any plant is, for sure, going to reach for the succulent plant to…

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