When to Fertilize Azaleas & Rhodies

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Azaleas and rhododendrons are not heavy feeders, but they benefit from a yearly application of fertilizer. A formula for acid-loving plants, cottonseed meal or a general 6-10-4 formula applied on the soil surface is recommended. Fertilizers supplying nitrogen in the ammonium form are preferred. Fertilizing When Planting Azaleas and rhododendrons do not normally need fertilizer…


Wild Chinese Orchid Flowers

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Terrestrial orchids do not grow on trees like their epiphytic relatives. They are ground-dwelling plants that can be grown in home gardens. Being pseudo-bulbs, they are often listed as corms, tubers or rhizomes instead. When viewing them, you might assume they are woodland plants. While they do like humus-rich soil, they prefer drier, sunnier conditions.…


Tiger Lilies Growing Requirements

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With their orange petals dotted with purplish-brown spots, it might seem as if colorful tiger lilies should instead be called leopard lilies. The website Flora of North America notes many lilies are nicknamed tiger lilies, but only the Lilium lancifolium is a true tiger lily. This summer-bloomer does well in USDA zones 3 through 9.…


How to Garden Day Lilies

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Daylilies (Hemerocalis spp.) are perennial flowering plants that are commonly grown simply because they require little care. Although each flower lasts only a day, daylilies are prolific bloomers so there will always be color on the plant during the blooming season. Plant your daylilies in masses, borders or just where you need a pop of…


How to Plant Roses

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The art of planting roses doesn’t have to be a complicated thing to do. When you have the right knowledge there is no limit to how beautiful a garden or rosebush that you can create. Now you will have all of the beauty and delicious fragrance that roses can give you with you all the…


How to Plant Flowers

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Steps 1. Purchase a potted flower! You can get it at a retail store or a greenhouse – it’s up to you. Look over the plant well before you purchase it, though, to make sure it doesn’t have pests and that it is healthy and vigorous. If a plant is wilted and has a lot…


What Do You Do or Cut After Peony Bushes Bloom?

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Peony bushes are hybrids of the flowering species of the genus Paeonia. Countless varieties of these plant exist, all of which exhibit large, colorful flowers and prove easy to grow. So easy, in fact, that expert sources mention how little care peony bushes require once established in a garden. Though these plants require little maintenance,…


Bleeding Heart Plant & Soil Requirements

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Bleeding hearts add charm and whimsy wherever they’re planted. Old fashioned bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is a loose, billowy plant, with arching stems of heart-shaped, pink-and-white flowers in spring. Fringed bleeding heart (D. eximia) is a native American wildflower. Bluish-green, ferny leaves are topped by erect spikes of dark pink flowers from late spring to…


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