How to Care for Hydrangeas That Froze

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Hydrangeas produce showy blossoms on new growth each spring and summer. Unexpected frosts in the early fall or late spring can kill that new growth and prevent the plant from blooming. Frosts can also freeze old, strong growth and weaken the plant. The best way to care for a frozen hydrangea is to protect it…


How to Plant Perennial Geraniums

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Perennial geraniums (Geranium spp.) also are called cranesbill geraniums. This hardy flower produces blooms for several weeks from early June through July. The flowers grow up to a quarter-size across in rose, pink, magenta, white or blue colors. The seedpods resemble a crane’s beak with a pointed tip. Perennial geraniums produce mounds of small leaves…


How to Care for Hibiscus Plants

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Hibiscus plants are available in both annual and perennial varieties. Some of the plants are low-growing, reaching heights of 2 feet tall while others grow up to 8 feet tall. The flowers also vary in size, with some varieties boasting blooms nearly as big as dinner plates. Hibiscus does best when planted in full sun,…


How to Plant Columbine McKana Flowers

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McKana’s Giant (Aquilegia x hybrida), a member of the Ranunculaceae family, is a hybrid columbine introduced in the mid-1950s. This perennial sports large, spiked blooms in shades of purple, pink, blue, burgundy and multi-colored pastel combinations on stately 3-foot-tall stems from mid-spring to early summer. McKana’s Giant columbines, which thrive in nearly every type of…


Propagation of Lily of the Valley Flowers

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Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria magalis), also known as May Lily, Our Lady’s Tears, Male Lily, Lily Constancy, Jacob’s Ladder and Ladder-to-Heaven is a shade-loving plant found in wooded areas with filtered sunshine and consistent moisture. The plant presents broad, rounded, deep green leaves and tiny, white bell-shaped flowers. The plant is attractive to bees and butterflies. Lily-of-the-Valley…


How to Care for the Tropical Hibiscus

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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, more commonly known as tropical hibiscus, is a perennial flowering shrub prized for its large, colorful blossoms. Native to tropical Asia, hibiscus grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 and 10. In ideal growing conditions, tropical hibiscus can reach heights of up to 12 feet and produce 8-inch-wide blossoms…


What Causes Brown Spots on Hydrangea Leaves?

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The genus Hydrangea consists of several deciduous shrubs with showy flowers and green leaves. Some diseases, caused by fungi, result in brown spots developing on the leaves of these plants. Types According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, infected leaves spread the fungus Cercospora hydrangeae, which cause the disease known as Cercospora leaf spot. Another…


How to Breed Rosebud Geraniums

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Geraniums are popular garden flowers that you can grow on sunny windowsills or window boxes as well as all over your yard. The rosebud variety of geraniums is doubled-flowered, making them look like little rosebuds opening up. Once you have obtained your first rosebud geranium, you can simply breed new plants with cuttings taken from…


How to Force an Easter Lily

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Easter lilies naturally bloom in outdoor locations during the warm summer months of June and July. Forcing Easter lilies to bloom for the Easter season requires controlled growing conditions. The plants require vernalization, or cool treatment to the bulbs of the plants. The amount of time required for vernalization varies with the species of the…


How to Plant Lilies of the Valley

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Lilies of the valley (Convallaria majalis) grow to heights of approximately 6 to 8 inches and feature delicate white flowers with deep green foliage. You may plant lily of the valley rhizomes in the fall or spring, as long as they are planted soon after you obtain them, as they may dry out and die.…


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