Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
The grass family, Poaceae, consists of a diverse and widely distributed group of narrow-leaved, non-woody plants. It is an important source of food crops, such as corn, rice and wheat, includes turf and other types of ornamental grasses. It dominates the rangelands that, according to Kansas State U
Asparagus is a hardy perennial that can produce for generations if it maintained and cared for properly. It does have to be thinned throughout the years to avoid becoming root bound. If you have the opportunity to replant or transplant a patch of asparagus, give it a strong start by replanting it co
The bird of paradise is a tropical monster of a plant. It is often grown as a houseplant in colder climates, but as an outdoor specimen is limited to areas like Florida where freezes are short and rare. The bird of paradise has large, wide leaves that taper down to thick stems. It is a relative of t
Carnauba wax comes from palm trees.palm frond image by Vonora from Fotolia.comCarnauba wax comes from a Brazilian palm tree called Copernica Cerifera and is derived from the fronds, which are cut, shredded and dried. The wax then flakes off in a powdery form, which is melted, strained,...
Birds play an important role in the propagation of trees by dispersing their seeds in droppings. Unfortunately, they have to eat the seeds first, which in the case of cherry trees mean they eat the fruit. Grackles, catbirds, blackbirds and starlings often win by sheer numbers, but that doesn't mean
Knock Out roses are a relative newcomer to many landscapes and gardens. The Knock Out rose is an easy-to-care-for and disease-resistant rose variety that is capable of producing numerous blooms per each branch. Ideally suited for home as well as commercial use in landscapes and gardens, Knock Out ro
You can buy expensive seed packets for cultivating your vegetable or flower garden, or you can remove seeds from harvested pods to plant or store for the next season. Vegetables such as bush beans, peas and lima beans all hold seeds in pod casings. Getting at the seeds is a simple matter, but extra
Preserve fresh cut hydrangea flowers.Blue hydrangea image by gnohz from Fotolia.comHydrangeas, with their full petals, provide excellent decorating opportunities. Arranging these lovely fresh flowers with other flowers can make stunning bouquets. The flowers come in a variety of colors,...
Earth berms are long mounds of dirt that have many uses in gardening, landscaping and water harvesting. Use them to direct the flow of water from irrigation or precipitation, with the goal of keeping it contained where plants can make use of it rather than running off of your land. Earth berms are i
Home vegetable production relies heavily on timing and preparation, especially when it comes time for planting. Sweet potatoes grow readily from pieces or roots of other sweet potato plants, but only if carefully planted at the right time of year and in the right type of soil, using the right method
Whiteflies are small, white, fly-like pests that feed on houseplants, sucking sap from the leaves. Infected plants lose vigor and experience leaf yellowing and leaf drop. Excess juice whiteflies suck from plants is excreted onto foliage and other surfaces, forming sticky honeydew.
Blueberries grow on a woody shrub that is native to North America. The shrubs undergo a flush of growth in spring with berry harvest in mid- to late summer. Propagate blueberries at home to make new plants by clipping softwood cuttings in spring or hardwood cuttings in fall. Softwood cuttings have t
The type of soil used for a potted plant will determine its health.Oppenheim Bernhard/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesPotting soil is vital to the health of indoor and outdoor garden plants as it retains moisture while still providing ample drainage. It also introduces nutrients to the plant...
Balsam, "Impatiens balsamina," is an old-fashioned, annual, flowering plant that is regaining popularity. The flowers are sometimes referred to as lady slippers because of the shape of the blossom. Other old-fashioned sources sometimes refer to the plant as snap weeds or touch-me-nots. Bot
Flower production in trees is increased by higher amounts of phosphates.Tsuneo Yamashita/Photodisc/Getty ImagesPhosphorus is an important soil nutrient that plants require for many basic functions. It is the second number listed on fertilizer. Nitrogen is the first number, and it controls...
Before you root a grapevine branch, decide how you intend to use the vine. You can grow it for the fruit, for wine making, to create shade and to add color to your home garden. Then, choose the variety of grape that will best meet your need. For instance, pick Cabernet for wine and California wild g