Japanese Maples and Sex

It takes Sexual Reproduction for new plant varieties to be found. These off spring are called “chance seedlings”. It takes Asexual Reproduction to perpetually reproduce those beautiful and unique chance seedlings. Growing plants is a lot like making babies and almost as much fun. (sorry, couldn’t resist). That’s why I always say that Growing and Selling Small Plants is the Most Fun You can have with Your Bibs on! Baby making is obviously sexual reproduction and part of the wonder, joy and excitement of making babies is the anticipation of who this baby will be. Will the baby be male or female? Black hair, or red hair like daddy? What kind of a personality will the baby have? Human beings are unique. Each and every one of us is just a little bit different. Plants are no different. When we grow plants from seed we never know for sure what we are going to get. Plant seedlings, like human beings, are unique. Each and every one is different. This is both good and bad. But that’s how new plants are discovered or developed.

Why Do I Need Raised Beds? Do I Need Raised Beds?

There are three primary reasons for building raised beds. 1. For things like vegetable gardening having a raised bed can be take some of the stress off or your back if you have a weak back. But of course, building a raised bed usually requires some work so it’s not something that you want to do if you don’t have to. But if it’s next to impossible for you to get down that low, or not good for you to kneel, then having somebody help you build a raised bed could be the best thing in the world for you. 2. Poor soil! If you have really poor soil in your yard and plants just don’t grow all that well, building a raised bed allows you to fill that bed with rich soil that is loaded with organic matter. If you have really good soil in your raised bed that drains well you can water as needed and not be concerned about things getting too wet, or worse, staying wet for too long. When installing landscapes, and I’ve landscaped well over 500 homes in my career, I always raised the beds for these two reasons.

Nikko Blue Hydrangea – Growing, Propagating and Making Them Bloom

Nikko Blue is in the macrophylla family of hydrangeas and therefore most people say to prune it right after it blooms. That’s great advice and you should follow it, but this spring I discovered something that has me a little perplexed. I bought about 50 Nikko Blues this spring. They were in the field and were dug just a tad late. On top of that I think they got tazed by a little frost. That’s a new gardening term, Tazed. In other words, they didn’t look so good, and were pretty much unappealing.

Plants in Pots Verses Plants in Beds or in the Field

If you have really nice soil plants in the ground will out grow plants in pots most of the time, unless of course your potting soil is perfect. If the potting soil is less than perfect, the plants in pots will be slower growing. For years it has been my contention that plants in beds will out grow plants in pots and I usually say that because most people don’t have their potting soil exactly where it should be when starting out so bed planting makes more sense until you get you potting soil in good shape.

How to Propagate and Grow ‘Milky Way’ Chinese Dogwood Trees, Cornus Kousa

Chinese Dogwood trees are really special because they bloom later than most flowering trees and often bloom longer. There’s not much difference between the ‘Milky Way’ Chinese Dogwood tree and a regular Chinese Dogwood tree, Cornus kousa, except one really big thing. Milky Way blooms at a very young age! The standard Chinese Dogwood trees which are typically grown from seed can take up to 7 to 10 years before they make their first flower. Where Milky Way blooms when really young, which makes it the preferred variety. There are a number of different ways to propagate ‘Milky Way’ Chinese Dogwoods. Typically when you want to produce an exact clone of any hybrid plant you have to use a means of asexual reproduction such as rooting cuttings, budding, grafting or tissue culture. Typically when you grow a plant from seed, which is sexual reproduction, you’ll get a seedling that resembles the parent plant but the seedling is not likely to have all of the desired characteristics that you were trying to capture.

Comparing Annual Plants to Perennial Plants

Before you start your plans for creating a dream garden, it’s good to understand the key differences between perennial plants and annual plants to make the most out of them. To put it simply annual plants are those that live for just one season. These kinds of plants will sprout, flower, seed and eventually die within the same year.

Deer Resistant Plants That You May Not Think About

The deer damage your gardening by eating the recent growth on your shrub. The sprays do not work well on deer and therefore it is advised to plant deer resistant plants in your garden area.

Desert Gardening and Landscaping – Adding Beauty to The Home Garden

Desert gardening is a great idea for all sorts of landscape structures including your home garden. The desert plants can survive on minimal watering and extreme climatic adversities.

Choosing Deer Resistent Plants

Many of us spend a great deal of time working in our gardens and perfecting our landscaping. We spend hours on end planting, trimming and watering. We take pride in our hard work. We literally reap the fruits (and flowers) of our labor. Waking up one morning to find that hungry deer have ravaged our plants makes us madder than a wet hen. There are things we can use to deter deer from eating our plants. Elephant garlic, Deer-Off, Liquid Fence, baby formula, hot sauce, and (my personal favorite) predator urine do alright for dissuading them, but rather than chase deer away from plants they love we can save ourselves a lot of frustration by planting things that they don’t particularly like to eat.

Growing Mushrooms Successfully Enough to Share With Your Friends and Acquaintances

Mushroom growing on a small scale is relatively easy, as everyone knows. All you need is a little growth medium and some spores, and the mushrooms virtually grow themselves. These days you even have kits which allow you to grow mushrooms even more easily

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