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Fertile Soil: Understanding The Soil Fertility Puzzle

Fertile Soil: Understanding The Soil Fertility Puzzle

In this article, we are going to look at soil fertility.Mention “fertilizer” to an engineer or a chemist and they begin immediately to think in terms of inorganic minerals which have been assembled into a bag which their mind labels “commercial fertilizer.”Talk of fertilizer to the organic gardening zealot and they see visions of:Compost heapsBone mealManureDried blood … and other natural sources of nutrients.

How To Add Nitrogen To Soil

How To Add Nitrogen To Soil

If you’ve been gardening a while, you may have noticed a decline in the appearance of your plants.For example, leaves may have become lackluster and yellow.What could the problem be?Very often, yellowing of leaves (chlorosis) is caused by a lack of nitrogen, which is an essential nutrient to plants which is depleted in several ways.

Growing Pansies from Seed

Growing Pansies from Seed

The first important step toward success with pansies is to purchase quality seed from a reliable company. One cannot hope to produce top-notch flowers unless seed of top quality has been planted.Pansies grow best where they receive the early morning or late afternoon sunshine, but are shaded from the intense heat of the sun at mid-day.

Teddy Bear Vine [Cyanotis Kewensis] Growing And Care

Teddy Bear Vine [Cyanotis Kewensis] Growing And Care

The teddy bear vine – Cyanotis Kewensis Sy-an-NOH-tiss Kew-EN-sis synonym Cyanotis beddomei is a distinctive houseplant native to South Africa.It has trailing or spreading stems covered with unique fuzzy, tear-drop shaped, chocolate brown leaves.Due to its’ foliage soft texture, this plant has earned teddy bear vine as its common name.

Using Epsom Salts To Help Overcome Transplant Shock

Using Epsom Salts To Help Overcome Transplant Shock

Transplant shock is typical when moving plants from a small container to a bigger one, from the greenhouse to the outdoors or transplanting into the garden for plants to wilt.Epsom salts come in handy and help the roots overcome the transplant shock.When transplanting, the shock might make the plants become weak and wither.

Cannabis Transplant Shock

Cannabis Transplant Shock

Like most other plants, transplanting is critical to the healthy growth of a cannabis plant.But, for most gardeners, this is also the trickiest part of growing cannabis, or any other plant per se, because it leads to transplant shock.What is Cannabis Transplant Shock and Why Does it Happen?The term transplant cannabis shock refers to the stress plants suffer from when they are moved from one location to another.

Burning Bush Plant: Growing And Care Of Euonymus Alatus

Burning Bush Plant: Growing And Care Of Euonymus Alatus

Homeowners looking for a scintillating burst of bright crimson in their garden or yard won’t have to look very far- the Euonymus alatus, or the Burning Bush is the perfect choice!The name burning bush derives from the plants foliage during fall. Also, people remember the story in the Bible where God appears to Moses using a bush which appeared as it caught fire, but does not burn.

Peacock Orchid Care – Learn How To Grow Acidanthera Bulbs

Peacock Orchid Care – Learn How To Grow Acidanthera Bulbs

The “peacock orchid” (Acidanthera) is a lovely mid to late summer and early fall plant with a strong fragrant-flowers and a unique appearance.The plant belongs to the Gladiolus genus in the Iris family (Iridaceae), which means that it is not an orchid.It’s native to parts of East Africa, but it has become a staple in gardens throughout the world.

Bottle Brush Trees: Learn About Growing Callistemon Flowers

Bottle Brush Trees: Learn About Growing Callistemon Flowers

The Bottle Brush tree (Callistemon), belongs to the Myrtaceae family. Bottlebrush trees are quite similar (and closest) to the Paperbark melaleucas, who also have flower spikes shaped like a bottlebrush.Native to Eastern and Southeastern Australia, you’ll find the bottle brush in abundance along Australia’s tropical north up to the temperate south.

Humus Rich Soil: A Garden Foundation

Humus Rich Soil: A Garden Foundation

Humus is the blood, the life of your garden soil. Every gardener’s primary concern should be to make year-by-year improvements to their soil.Soil without humus, is inactive, lacking the ability to produce quality plants and flowers. Read on to know more about humus soil and its role in creating a soil structure with rich organic matter content.

Jerusalem Cherry Care: Learn Tips For Growing Solanum Pseudocapsicum

Jerusalem Cherry Care: Learn Tips For Growing Solanum Pseudocapsicum

Jerusalem Cherry scientific name Solanum pseudocapsicum, so-LAN-num soo-doh-KAP-sih-kum or solanum capsicastrum, grows natively in Peru and Ecuador.The small, bushy plant produces dark green leaves and bright orange or red fruit.You can find this plant more often at Christmas time, sold as house plants in many stores.

Calcium For Plants: How Important And Beneficial Is Calcium

Calcium For Plants: How Important And Beneficial Is Calcium

All living things need calcium, yet even though calcium is an abundant mineral, it often comes in a form not easily absorbed by consumers. This same goes with plants.Although a bit of calcium exists in quality gardening soils, it is very often not “bioavailable” to the plants growing there.What can you do to ensure that your plants contract plenty of calcium from the soil?

Cyperus Alternifolius Care: Tips On Growing The Umbrella Papyrus

Cyperus Alternifolius Care: Tips On Growing The Umbrella Papyrus

Cyperus alternifolius sy-PEER-us, al-tern-ee-FOH-lee-us is one of the most popular houseplants from the sedge family Cyperaceae.The plant is native to Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula, and many East African states (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe).

Improving Soil with Natural Pumice

Improving Soil with Natural Pumice

If you want your plants to grow optimally, with lush foliage and vibrant blossoms, then you have to focus on the quality of your soil.The root systems of all the plants need continuous oxygen supply.Moreover, the root zone must be able to remove the carbon dioxide produced by the roots.This continual and smooth exchange of gases done through the soil and is crucial for plant growth.

New Zealand Christmas Tree: Metrosideros Growing & Care (Pohutukawa)

New Zealand Christmas Tree: Metrosideros Growing & Care (Pohutukawa)

The magnificent New Zealand Christmas Tree Metrosideros excelsa met-roh-SID-er-oss ek-SEL-sa is a popular plant in its native New Zealand.The attractive plant stands out when it blooms during Christmas time, due to its red flowers with long stamens against the backdrop of leathery green leaves.Most people call it the ‘Christmas Tree.

How Long To Keep Grow Lights On Plants?

How Long To Keep Grow Lights On Plants?

Have you ever wondered how long you should keep the grow lights on your plants? If so, you’re not alone.Here’s a question we received on just that topic.Question: When growing plants indoors with grow lights or artificial lights like fluorescent lighting:How long should the lights stay on?How far away should the light be from the top leaves.

Should You Use Distilled Water For Plants?

Should You Use Distilled Water For Plants?

These days it’s becoming harder and harder to get pure water for your houseplants.Tap water or municipal water often contains unwanted contaminants, and even rainwater is less than perfect.What can you do?In this article, we discuss using distilled water for plants and explain how to make your own if you are so inclined.

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Plant: How To Grow and Care For Brunfelsia

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Plant: How To Grow and Care For Brunfelsia

Do you know the Yesterday Today and Tomorrow plant? You may know it as the Brunfelsia plant – Brunfelsia grandiflora or Brunfelsia pauciflora.The plant is also known by a few other names – Kiss Me Quick, Morning-Noon-and-Night and the Brazil Raintree.Originating from Brazil, Brunfelsia grows in light woodland and thickets.

Growing Jatropha Integerrima: Caring For The Spicy Jatropha Tree

Growing Jatropha Integerrima: Caring For The Spicy Jatropha Tree

Jatropha integerrima jat-ROE-fuh in-teh-GAIR-rih-muh is a perennial evergreen shrub from the genus Jatropha and is often trained to grow as a small tree.J. integerrima is native to the West Indies, Cuba, and Hispaniola and is a Jatropha species of flowering plants in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.

What Is Good Garden Loam?

What Is Good Garden Loam?

When soil requirements are specified for various kinds of gardening needs, reference is frequently made to “good soil,” “ordinary garden loam,” “good garden soil,” or “good garden loam soil.”For example, a pot soil mixture for fuchsias calls for two parts “good garden loam.” Exactly what kind of soil is meant?