Hardy Geranium Seeds

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There are at least 250 species of geranium. The annual type is familiar from planter boxes and borders, usually a cheery red with upright scalloped foliage. Hardy geraniums are also known as cranesbill geraniums and are vibrant spreading plants with a vigorous growth habit. The flowers of the cranesbill are small, with five petals, and…


How to Plant Daisy White Button Seeds in Florida

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Daisies are one of the most cheerful flowers around. With their bright yellow centers and clean white petals, white button daisies have won their way into the hearts of flower fans around the world. Since these flowers love sun, Florida is the ideal growing environment. To grow these bright perennials for yourself, grab some seeds…


How to Grow Coneflowers From Collected Seeds

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Coneflowers, or Echinacea plants, do grow from seeds initially. As a perennial, once you plant a seed, you can expect to see the flowers emerging every spring. The coneflower, a favorite of gardeners, is sold nationwide across the United States in garden centers. Its flower is striking with the contrast between the petals and the…


How to Grow Crocosmia Lucifer Plants From Seeds

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Crocosmia Lucifer produces a fiery red flower from corms. Its delicate bloom is presented in racemes—unbranched clusters—that arise from June to August. Crocosmia has slender green grass-like foliage 2 to 4 feet tall. The plant is native to South Africa and a relative of gladiolus with similar growth characteristics. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture…


Farming Makes a Comeback

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There’s no Aruba, Barbados or Maui for this bunch. A modern farmer’s life still portends grueling hours, endless chores and plenty of sweat, especially in the sweltering summertime when many of us head for the mountains or the beach. Yet six local farmers insist that they wouldn’t have it any other way. “We don’t really…


How to Plant California Poppy Seeds

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The California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, grows hardily throughout the west and southwest of the United States. Gardeners prize the California Poppy for its brightly-colored, cup-shaped blooms and drought tolerance. Named California’s state flower in 1890, the California Poppy remains technically illegal to pick in this state while in bloom. The small seeds fly easily in…


Bleeding Hearts Seeds

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If you are looking for a bit of color for a somewhat shady spot in the garden bleeding heart is a plant worth considering. A perennial flowering plant, it blooms in heart-shaped flowers in shades of pink and white. Preparation Bleeding heart seeds require a period of cold temperatures to break their dormancy. This is…


Afghan farmers trade poppy seeds for wheat seeds

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NAWA, Helmand province, Afghanistan – The change of agriculture in Afghanistan is steadily steering away from the illegal crops which fund insurgent forces year after year. Civil Affairs Team 3, which is supporting the Afghan government, plans to continue providing wheat as an alternative to growing poppy and cannabis in Afghanistan’s Nawa District to drive…


Syngenta calls time on fall in agrichemical prices

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Syngenta called time on the two-year slide in farmers’ agrichemical bills, announcing that it was raising prices "across the business" by levels above that suggested by increased raw material costs. The seeds and sprays giant revealed that its prices had stopped falling in the April-to-June quarter, breaking a trend dating back to mid-2009, when the…


How to Set Begonia Seeds

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Begonias provide long-lasting color, whether they are grown in garden beds or as houseplants. There are several varieties of begonia separated into two categories: tuberous rooted or fibrous rooted. All tuberous rooted begonias can be started from seeds. Of the fibrous begonias, wax begonia varieties are most often grown from seed and not root division.…


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