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How Fast Do Aloe Plants Grow? (And How to Make Them Grow Faster)

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 …

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How to Get Rid of Gnats in Plants

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. …

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How Long Do Petunias Last? (The Flowers and the Plants Themselves)

The stunning color of petunias can be the crowning glory of your flower garden. It’s a shame they can’t be permanent. How long can you expect to enjoy these classic summer plants? When you’re wondering how long do petunias last, you might be considering two different things. How long do the plants themselves actually live …

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Petunia Care: How to Plant and Care for All Petunia Varieties

Petunias are one of those flowers that make non-gardeners want to learn to grow from seed. They’re the flowers lining lawn edgings, putting beautiful bouts of color in gardens around neighborhoods. Some are grown in containers perched by the front door steps, and trailing types of petunias are in hanging baskets giving a stunning decorative …

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How to Fix a Root Bound Plant (When It’s Outgrown Its Container)

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 …

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How to Make Your Own Mini Hanging Succulent Terrarium

It has been several months since I propagated one of my succulents and they grew very well and turned out wonderful. I have already given away more than half of the babies to my mom and grandma and today I am going to plant some more of them into a couple of small succulent terrariums. …

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Planting in Compost Without Soil (Is It Even Possible?)

Has it crossed your mind to start planting in compost without soil? It’d be a lot easier for the practical gardener to fill a container with homemade compost from the backyard, plant some seeds, water the soil and wait for the plant to grow. It’s a nice idea, but does it actually work? Unless you’re …

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Can You Use Potting Soil in the Ground? (What You Need to Know)

As any gardener knows, not all dirt is created equal. Wondering about the content of potting soil, and whether or not it’s safe to use potting soil in the ground? You’re not alone. Here are all the answers to safe soil use. What is in Potting Soil? Potting soil isn’t just dirt conveniently packaged in …

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