Orchid Plant Care Tips

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From stanhopeas to the popular phalaenopsis, orchids vary greatly in their form, color and bloom time. Yet they all share some basic needs that must be met to grow properly, flower and re-bloom. Taking care of orchids requires a bit of precision and dedication to meet their needs. Establish the right cultural environment from the…


How to Care for a Night Jasmine Plant

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Night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) is a stunning evergreen shrub that grows in warm, tropical climates. Night-blooming jasmine is especially favored for the greenish-yellow, tube-shaped blooms and its exquisite scent. Although night-blooming jasmine will bloom during the day, it’s after the sun goes down that the sweet fragrance becomes especially intense. Night-blooming jasmine, also known as…


How do I Care for & Water an Arabian Jasmine Plant?

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The Arabian jasmine plant is hardy in USDA Zones 6 to 11. They are the more common variety of jasmine plant for making teas. Despite the name the plant actually originates from India and China. The Arabian jasmine is further divided into four sub-varieties; the Maid of Orleans, Belle of India and Grand Duke. They…


How to Care for a Sun Star Flower

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Demand is high for the spectacular Sun Star flower. Known as "Ornithogalum dubium," this plant is a native of South Africa. Orange or yellow leaves adorn a long, green stem making the plant ideal for bouquets. Growers cultivate the Sun Star to market as a pot-plant. Florists also use it as a cut flower. With…


How to Care for a Dying Jasmine Plant

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Jasmine is a variety of vining plants that are closely related to the olive. The blossoms on the standard jasmine variety are white, but other jasmine plants produce flowers that are yellow or pink. Although jasmine is typically a hardy plant that requires little care, it can suffer from some ailments that will cause it…


How to Care for a White Bird of Paradise

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The White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) is a tropical plant that grows in the landscapes of South Florida, Southwest Texas and Southern California. It makes a beautiful potted plant in other areas of the country as long as you can protect it from the cold winters. The banana shaped leaves and the large white…


How to Care for an Artemis Orchid

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Orchids grow in more than 30,000 species in the wild, where they grow in the canopy of both tropical and mountain forests. In home gardening situations, selection is somewhat more limited, with 10 to 20 popular varieties for the homeowner. One of the most common varieties is the Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid, which grows large…


How to Care for a Primrose Plant

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Finding plants that will provide bright color in deep shade and cool temperatures isn’t easy, but the primrose fills the bill nicely. The flower’s intense jewel tones, in shades of yellow, purple, orange, red, white and pink, work nicely with spring-blooming bulbs such as crocus and daffodils. Also known as primula, primrose is a low-growing…


How to Care for & Prune Oakleaf Hydrangeas

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Oakleaf hydrangea, or Hydrangea quercifolia, is a flowering shrub hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 5 through 9. This variety of hydrangea is native to many southern states. Large clusters of white flowers appear in midsummer, later changing to pink and finally to a deep red in the fall. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions Things…


How to Care for Dianthus Plants

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Dianthus is a colorful perennial bloomer that includes about 300 varieties, including the familiar sweet William, carnation and pinks. Sizes range from petite plants under 6 inches in height to scene-stealing 3-footers. Depending on the variety, foliage may be grayish-green to bright green. Blooms may be bright or pastel, some varieties may be bi-colored or…


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