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How to Fertilize Your Orchid

Many people think fertilizer is some type of elixir that will save even the most abused orchid. Actually, if the orchid is in poor health, fertilizers are rarely the answer. Fertilizers are most useful [more…]

How to Help a New Orchid Adjust to Your Home

Bringing an orchid plant into its new home can be traumatic for both the plant and you! Most orchids you buy come from the very high-light, high-humidity environment of a commercial greenhouse. You bring [more…]

How to Water Orchids

Orchids are killed by improper watering (usually by overwatering) more likely than by any other practice. Discovering how to properly water orchids is one of the more challenging aspects of growing orchids [more…]

How to Rescue Overwatered Orchids

If you have overwatered an orchid, you can take steps to save it. If the orchid still has some healthy, firm roots, you can salvage it by cutting off all the soft, mushy roots with a sterile tool, like [more…]

How to Stake Blooming Orchids

Flowers and spikes of orchid blossoms can be heavy and, if they aren't staked properly, they'll open at an awkward angle. Orchid staking techniques vary somewhat with the type of orchid. The two major [more…]

How to Grow Orchids Under Artificial Light

Artificial light sources make it possible you to grow orchids without greenhouses or bright windowsills. You can grow any kind of orchid in artificial light. The cost of equipment and electricity are your [more…]

How to Provide Humidity for Orchids

Insufficient humidity can stunt an orchid's growth and, in severe cases, it can cause brown tips on leaves. It can also contribute to orchid buds falling off [more…]

How to Diagnose Watering Problems in Orchids

Overwatering and underwatering orchids show many of the same symptoms because the effect of both practices is the same — damaged or destroyed root systems, which result in a dehydrated orchid. [more…]

Orchids: How to Identify and Control Common Pests

When you first notice pests on your orchids, you need to promptly and properly identify them so you can be sure to apply the most effective control. In many cases, especially if there are many pests present [more…]

How to Choose the Right Rose for Your Garden

Roses come in a huge array of sizes and forms. If you like roses, you can find a rose to grow no matter what kind of environment you live in. The trick is to choose the right rose for the look you have [more…]

How to Choose an Orchid Pot

When shopping for an orchid pot, you'll find many types to choose from. Some orchid containers are more ornamental, while others have functional differences. The most common container is the basic pot [more…]

Deciding on a Potting Mix for Orchids

The right potting mix for orchids provides plenty of drainage, air circulation, or moisture — depending on the needs of your particular orchid. Orchid mixes consist of a variety of potting materials, each [more…]

How to Repot an Orchid

Don't be afraid to repot your orchids. Despite their reputation, orchids are tough, and repotting helps them thrive. You'll know it time to repot orchids when [more…]

When Do Roses Bloom?

Roses bloom on and off throughout the season (from midspring to fall), making them among the most desirable garden plants. Most modern hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures, and modern shrubs [more…]

How to Water Roses

Just like people, roses need water to be healthy and bloom beautifully. No water? No rose bush. You just end up with a dried-up dead stick poking through parched soil. Roses need more water more often [more…]

Choosing Fragrant Rose Varieties for Your Garden

Because fragrance is a great selling point, mail-order rose catalog descriptions never keep fragrant rose varieties a secret. To further narrow your choices, you can always look for those that have been [more…]

Choosing Hybrid Tea Roses for Your Garden

You can choose among hundreds of hybrid tea roses. You can go for color, fragrance, cut flowers, thornless (look for “smooth” in the name), or even a wacky name. Most people choose by color so here are [more…]

Choosing and Caring for Grandiflora Roses

As a class, grandiflora roses bear large, long-stemmed, hybrid tea-like flowers, either in clusters or one to a stem. Generally, grandiflora plants are tall, hardy, and vigorous, but plant habits can vary [more…]

Choosing Polyantha and Floribunda Roses

Polyanthas and floribundas are the workhorses of the rose garden. Of all the different kinds of roses, Polyanthas and floribundas are the most prolific bloomers, plus they’re useful in the landscape, in [more…]

Choosing Climbing Roses for Your Garden

Climbing roses take some effort to maintain, because you have to tie them up — but their special beauty is your reward. Climbing roses represent a diverse group of plants, producing long, supple canes [more…]

Using Shrub Roses in Your Landscape

Shrub roses are a diverse group of plants that don’t neatly fit into any of the other rose categories. Shrubs, especially the modern ones, are popular because of their long season of bloom, pest and disease [more…]

Choosing Antique Roses for Your Garden

Species roses and old garden roses — both sometimes referred to as antique roses — are the roses that preceded modern varieties. These roses are an incredibly diverse group of plants, with great variety [more…]

How to Store Bareroot Roses before Planting

You’ll probably have to store bareroot roses for some time before you can plant them, particularly if you purchase them through the mail. The key is to keep the plants cool so that they don’t start growing [more…]

How to Fertilize Your Roses

To keep roses blooming again and again, you should fertilize them about every four to six weeks, although the type of fertilizer you use may alter this rule a bit. Always follow label instructions when [more…]

Garden Perennials that Love Shade

Some garden perennials absolutely insist on shade. Others perennial plants don’t mind direct sunlight in varying degrees, depending on your climate and light intensity. You can plant many of them in full [more…]


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