If you’re a plant lover like myself, you may have found yourself wondering when or how to go about cleaning terracotta pots. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of a well aged patina on my terracotta, but there is a time and place for it. The patina coveted by so many will eventually build up over time. Because terracotta is composed of clay and is porous in nature, there’s plenty of room for algae and salts to build up in it’s many microscopic crevices.
There are several ways to propagate camellias, today I’m sharing the air layering method with my readers. Air layering isn’t exclusive to camellias. Just about any woody shrub or tree can be air layered. This process involves producing a genetically identical plant from a parent plant. This can also be accomplished by taking cuttings and rooting them, but that method can take much longer to produce the same size plant that you would get within the year by air layering. By air layering a branch from your camellia, you can easily have a multi branch plant that is a couple of feet tall.
Do you know the proper way to prune forsythia? If your answer is to cut it to the ground every winter, then you’re probably falling victim to the same misconceptions of those who commit annual “crepe murder.” On the other hand, you may have not done any proper pruning of your forsythia and wonder why you aren’t seeing very many blooms. Either way, you need to know the correct way to prune your forsythia to ensure it looks it’s best.
It’s the magical time of year when everyone is in panic mode, but I’m here to help you out with stocking stuffers for the gardener in your life! It can be easy to overlook the opportunity to include a loved one’s love of gardening into something as small as a stocking stuffer, but it can earn you extra brownie points as a thoughtful gift giver if you don’t. Obviously, stocking stuffers are going to be small in size, but can range in price. I have included a range of prices to ensure you have plenty of items to fill that stocking.
Aside from my usual gardening posts, I wanted to include another how to project. This is a quick project about how to create a live moss topped urn or decorative bowl that should only take about 5 minutes once you have all the supplies available. It’s a simple, chic way to bring a little green into your home any time of year.
How long has it been since you last divided your irises? If you don’t remember or worse, have never divided them since initially planting, then odds are it’s time. Other indicators that you may need to divide your irises include few or no blooms, and a large mass of rhizomes that are tightly grown together with little or no spacing. The general rule of thumb is to divide every three to four years according to the American Iris Society.
What is the difference between Garden Soil and Potting Soil? If you are reading this blog post, odds are you’ve found yourself asking this at one time or another. Are they basically the same? Are they completely different? What are they composed of? These are some of the questions you may have, and I decided to write about the differences after a very disheartening incident at a local big box garden store recently.
You may find yourself asking “Why would I ever remove a succulent flower stalk?” There are a few reasons why succulent gardeners may remove the stalks from their plants, but first let’s talk about the flower stalks themselves.
Take a look at your garden and ask yourself “Do I have a good amount of evergreen plants in my garden?” If you answer no, you may find yourself questioning “Why do I even need to worry about the amount of evergreens in my garden?” Many people don’t give a lot of thought to whether they are planting evergreen or deciduous plants in their gardens, but find they seems to be lacking some essential element without really knowing what it is. I’m going to tell you “Why Every Garden Needs Evergreen Plants.”
Succulent propagation is the process of producing more succulents, but there is more than one method to propagate them (soil, air, water, & division). Today I’ll be giving you all the information you need to propagate them by soil. If you are interested in of the other methods of succulent propagation, be sure to check out my other blog posts detailing the water and air method. Now let’s begin!