How to Care for the Rex Begonia Plant

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Though begonias typically bring colorful blossoms to mind, the rex begonia is prized instead for its visually showy foliage. Ideal for container and indoor use, though it’s also successful in ground, rex begonias are known as a high maintenance plant that are well worth the effort. Extra maintenance yields large leaves with a smooth to…


Begonia Plant Cultures

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The begonia genus (Begonia spp.) consists of a variety of subtropical and tropical flowering plants that are commonly grown outdoors as annuals and indoors as houseplants. Soil Begonias generally prefer a well draining, moist soil that is enhanced with organic matter. Organic matter helps the soil to retain water, keeping the plant cool. Keep the…


How to Plant a Begonia

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Begonias are hardy tuberous plants that can provide your garden with years of colorful flowers. Each year, you should remove the tubers from the ground before the first frost, allow them to dry out and store them in a cool, dry place until the following planting season. When the chance of frost has past, it…


What to Spray for Bugs Eating Leaves on an Angel Trumpet Plant

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The angel trumpet, or Brugmansia, is an ornamental shrub to small tree in tropical regions and is often grown as a houseplant for its large, fragrant flowers. Several insect pests can invade and damage angel trumpet plants. Types of Insect Pests Caterpillars, which are the larvae of butterflies and moths, chew large, unsightly holes in…


How to Plant Angel Trumpet Seeds

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Angel trumpet is the common name for a genus, Brugmansia, of small trees and shrubs that are native to South America. Long, hanging, trumpet-shaped flowers give the plant its name, and their fragrance gives them a spot in many gardens. Angel trumpet is easy to grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 to…


How to Start an African Violet Plant

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African violets are very delicate and can be difficult to grow, but they’re beautiful enough that they’re well worth the effort. Knowing the best process for getting a new plant started is definitely half the battle. You’ll read about the entire process here, as well as an interesting tip that will make your violet blossoms…


When Do You Plant Butterfly Weed Seeds?

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Butterfly weed is also known as Asclepias tuberosa L., Orange Milkweed and Pleurisy Root. It is an ornamental orange flower with small blooms that is native to the United States. Butterfly weed appears bushy as it grows and is marked by "large, flat-topped clusters of bright-orange flowers," according to the University of Texas at Austin.…


Information on the Butterfly Weed Plant

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Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), also known as butterfly milkweed, pleurisy root and orange milkweed, is a flowering herbaceous perennial that grows on hillsides and in open woodlands in eastern North America. It works well in natural areas and mixed borders. Identification Butterfly weed plants grow between 1.5 and 2 feet tall. They have large taproots…


Hoya Plant Propagation

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Native to Australia and Eastern Asia, there are about 100 different varieties of Hoya. As a houseplant, they typically bloom in the summer, a delicate looking flower that is star shaped. Hoyas can be propagated at any time of the year, using seeds, leaf cutting and stem cuttings. Propagating by Seed Using seed to propagate…


How to Save a Neglected Hoya Plant

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Hoya plants are tropical plants from eastern Asia and Australia. They form large vines with thick, dark green leaves. They are popular because of their ability to adapt to almost any environment. Since they require very little maintenance, even neglected hoyas can be nursed back to health. If you have a neglected hoya, bring it…


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