Flowers

Complete guide to growing Asters. Planting and care of asters, a perennial flower favorite. Complete guide to growing Asters. Planting and care of asters, a perennial flower favorite.

The aster flower is an easily grown sun-loving perennial. It comes in a variety of colors and shapes. If you already have asters then you know that they are easily grown from divisions, this is simply dividing the plants into smaller sizes for replanting. They do extremely well when planted then divided every two or…

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Expert tips for getting your hydrangeas to bloom. Expert tips for getting your hydrangeas to bloom.

Having trouble getting your hydrangea to bloom? You’re not alone! There are three possibilities for lack of flowering among the hydrangea species.   Shade vs. Sun   Although some hydrangea like shade, too much shade can reduce flowering. This is particularly true of panicle hydrangea, which is the one hydrangea species that grows well in…

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Trimming a Rhododendron   To increase next year’s bloom, cut off this year’s flower heads after blooming (known as deadheading) & keep roots well mulched. Prune them after flowers fade.   A good annual maintenance schedule includes removing dead wood & thinning out weak & spindly growth. Rhododendrons require an acidic soil to keep growing…

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Harvesting rose hips. Information on growing, harvesting, and cooking with rose hips. Includes a recipe for rose hip marmalade. Harvesting rose hips. Information on growing, harvesting, and cooking with rose hips. Includes a recipe for rose hip marmalade.

Roses can do more than grace our landscapes and floral designs. Like its cousins the apple, pear, peach and cherry, roses produce a fruit. Rose Hips are a valuable source of vitamin C, containing as much as 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. They are also an excellent antioxidant.   Growing Roses for Hips…

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