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How to Care for Monstera. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) goes by the colorful common names of windowleaf, Swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron because of the holes in the large, glossy, mature leaves. A widely grown houseplant, it's native to rainforests of Central America, where this vine climbs high into trees. It's a landscape plant for...

How to Care for Monstera

How to Care for Monstera. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) goes by the colorful common names of windowleaf, Swiss cheese plant and split-leaf philodendron because of the holes in the large, glossy, mature leaves. A widely grown houseplant, it's native to rainforests of Central America, where this vine climbs high into trees. It's a landscape plant for...

How to Grow Barley. Maturing in less than three months, barley (Hordeum vulgare) is one of the easiest grains to grow in the home garden and may be planted in fall for an early summer harvest the following year or in mid-spring for a mid to late summer harvest Considered hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 11, it...

How to Grow Barley

How to Grow Barley. Maturing in less than three months, barley (Hordeum vulgare) is one of the easiest grains to grow in the home garden and may be planted in fall for an early summer harvest the following year or in mid-spring for a mid to late summer harvest Considered hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 11, it...

Winter Care for Sago Palms. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) are ancient plants, known as cycads, that have existed for over 200 million years. Though they don't belong to the same botanical genus as palm trees, sago palms are so named for their attractive, frond-like foliage. Sago palms grow best in climates with mild winters, such as U.S. Department...

Winter Care for Sago Palms

Winter Care for Sago Palms. Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) are ancient plants, known as cycads, that have existed for over 200 million years. Though they don't belong to the same botanical genus as palm trees, sago palms are so named for their attractive, frond-like foliage. Sago palms grow best in climates with mild winters, such as U.S. Department...

How Plants Grow with Different Kinds of Liquids. Plants require a basic combination of ingredients to grow. The primary needs of plants include sunlight, air, water and soil. In addition to the basics, you can help plants grow even larger by adding extra nutrients to the water. Experiment with your plants and see how various liquids affect your...

How Plants Grow with Different Kinds of Liquids

How Plants Grow with Different Kinds of Liquids. Plants require a basic combination of ingredients to grow. The primary needs of plants include sunlight, air, water and soil. In addition to the basics, you can help plants grow even larger by adding extra nutrients to the water. Experiment with your plants and see how various liquids affect your...

The Best Fertilizers for Angel's Trumpet. Long, pendent, bell-shaped flowers that look like miniature ball gowns grace the branches of angel's trumpets (Brugmansia spp.) during the warm months of the year. Frost-free conditions and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil allows these tropical shrubs to prosper. In U.S. Department of Agriculture...

The Best Fertilizers for Angel's Trumpet

The Best Fertilizers for Angel's Trumpet. Long, pendent, bell-shaped flowers that look like miniature ball gowns grace the branches of angel's trumpets (Brugmansia spp.) during the warm months of the year. Frost-free conditions and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil allows these tropical shrubs to prosper. In U.S. Department of Agriculture...

What Fertilizer to Use for a Little Gem Magnolia. Native to the American Southeast, the southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is among the quintessential plant emblems of the Deep South alongside live oaks and camellias. Little Gem is a smaller-sized cultivar, growing up to 30 feet tall and only 15 feet wide after several decades. Its smaller...

What Fertilizer to Use for a Little Gem Magnolia

What Fertilizer to Use for a Little Gem Magnolia. Native to the American Southeast, the southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is among the quintessential plant emblems of the Deep South alongside live oaks and camellias. Little Gem is a smaller-sized cultivar, growing up to 30 feet tall and only 15 feet wide after several decades. Its smaller...

Do Plants Grow Slower at Night?. Simply stated, plants do not grow any slower at night than they do during the day.  Plants do stop photosynthesizing at night, but the act of respiration, which is how plants create energy and grow, continues at night at more or less the same level as it does during the day, or even faster.

Do Plants Grow Slower at Night?

Do Plants Grow Slower at Night?. Simply stated, plants do not grow any slower at night than they do during the day. Plants do stop photosynthesizing at night, but the act of respiration, which is how plants create energy and grow, continues at night at more or less the same level as it does during the day, or even faster.

Can an Emerald Green Arborvitae Stand a Sun/Shade Mix?. The Eastern arborvitae cultivar Smaragd is more often sold under the names Emerald or Emerald Green. Its flattened sprays of scaly, evergreen needles densely cover the upright, columnar silhouette, making it an exceptional shrub for creating garden hedges or screens. It also makes an...

Can an Emerald Green Arborvitae Stand a Sun/Shade Mix?

Can an Emerald Green Arborvitae Stand a Sun/Shade Mix?. The Eastern arborvitae cultivar Smaragd is more often sold under the names Emerald or Emerald Green. Its flattened sprays of scaly, evergreen needles densely cover the upright, columnar silhouette, making it an exceptional shrub for creating garden hedges or screens. It also makes an...

Does Bleach Affect Plant Growth?. Bleach will not only affect plant growth, but will most likely kill a plant altogether.  While chlorine in small doses is harmless or even beneficial to plants, concentrated chlorine such as bleach will destroy a plant and the network of life that plant depends on to obtain nutrients and thrive.

Does Bleach Affect Plant Growth?

Does Bleach Affect Plant Growth?. Bleach will not only affect plant growth, but will most likely kill a plant altogether. While chlorine in small doses is harmless or even beneficial to plants, concentrated chlorine such as bleach will destroy a plant and the network of life that plant depends on to obtain nutrients and thrive.

Why Is My Hedge Turning Brown?. Serving as natural barriers or green walls, hedges are formed when trees or shrubs are planted in a row. The plants liven up the landscape and serve as a focal point that draw the viewer's attention to a part of the garden. Improper environmental conditions increase plant stress, causing the hedge to turn brown and...

Why Is My Hedge Turning Brown?

Why Is My Hedge Turning Brown?. Serving as natural barriers or green walls, hedges are formed when trees or shrubs are planted in a row. The plants liven up the landscape and serve as a focal point that draw the viewer's attention to a part of the garden. Improper environmental conditions increase plant stress, causing the hedge to turn brown and...

The Propagation of Burro's Tail Plant. The burro's tail plant, also known as the jelly bean plant due to its candy-shaped beads that form on each of the stems, goes by the botanical name Sedum morganianum. It is related to the cactus and similar succulent plants that require little maintenance (including watering) once established. This...

The Propagation of Burro's Tail Plant

The Propagation of Burro's Tail Plant. The burro's tail plant, also known as the jelly bean plant due to its candy-shaped beads that form on each of the stems, goes by the botanical name Sedum morganianum. It is related to the cactus and similar succulent plants that require little maintenance (including watering) once established. This...

How Does Altitude Affect Vegetation?. Elevation plays a large role in the health and growth of plants. Elevation may affect the type and amount of sunlight that plants receive, the amount of water that plants can absorb and the nutrients that are available in the soil. As a result, certain plants grow very well in high elevations, whereas others...

How Does Altitude Affect Vegetation?

How Does Altitude Affect Vegetation?. Elevation plays a large role in the health and growth of plants. Elevation may affect the type and amount of sunlight that plants receive, the amount of water that plants can absorb and the nutrients that are available in the soil. As a result, certain plants grow very well in high elevations, whereas others...

Why Are Allamanda Leaves Turning Yellow?. Large yellow to mauve flowers that look like fat trumpets adorn the stem tips on allamandas from the spring through the fall. Native to tropical parts of Central and South America, 12 species of allamanda exist. Among the most ornamental and widely grown in American gardens is species Allamanda cathartica,...

Why Are Allamanda Leaves Turning Yellow?

Why Are Allamanda Leaves Turning Yellow?. Large yellow to mauve flowers that look like fat trumpets adorn the stem tips on allamandas from the spring through the fall. Native to tropical parts of Central and South America, 12 species of allamanda exist. Among the most ornamental and widely grown in American gardens is species Allamanda cathartica,...

How Tall Do Evergreens Get?. Evergreens, or plants that keep their foliage year-round, grow in a variety of sizes. Evergreen groundcovers can grow to just a few inches tall, while huge coniferous trees can reach to heights more than 300 feet. Though most of the tallest species of evergreens aren't feasible choices of ornamental plants, as many have...

How Tall Do Evergreens Get?

How Tall Do Evergreens Get?. Evergreens, or plants that keep their foliage year-round, grow in a variety of sizes. Evergreen groundcovers can grow to just a few inches tall, while huge coniferous trees can reach to heights more than 300 feet. Though most of the tallest species of evergreens aren't feasible choices of ornamental plants, as many have...

Why Are the Edges of My Bird's Nest Fern Turning Brown?. "Bird's Nest Fern" (Asplenium nidus) is commonly grown as a landscaping plant in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. It is hardy between U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 to 11, and is grown as a houseplant elsewhere. Brown leaf edges may indicate a cultural problem...

Why Are the Edges of My Bird's Nest Fern Turning Brown?

Why Are the Edges of My Bird's Nest Fern Turning Brown?. "Bird's Nest Fern" (Asplenium nidus) is commonly grown as a landscaping plant in Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. It is hardy between U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 to 11, and is grown as a houseplant elsewhere. Brown leaf edges may indicate a cultural problem...

Problems With Growing Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass. Ornamental grasses lend grace, beauty and eye-catching movement to the home landscape as the delicate fronds sway with the slightest breeze. Hameln dwarf fountain grass is a small, clumping ornamental grass that only grows 2 to 3 feet tall and bears ivory to white plumes that wave above the foliage...

Problems With Growing Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

Problems With Growing Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass. Ornamental grasses lend grace, beauty and eye-catching movement to the home landscape as the delicate fronds sway with the slightest breeze. Hameln dwarf fountain grass is a small, clumping ornamental grass that only grows 2 to 3 feet tall and bears ivory to white plumes that wave above the foliage...