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Paperwhites for the California Holidays
Paperwhites for the California Holidays
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. In comparison to the vibrant color of many indoor holiday plants, the white or white-yellow blooms of Paperwhites (Narcissus species) might seem plain, but when planted closely in pots to provide massed bloom, they provide a stunning […]
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Indoor and Potted Plants for the Holiday Season
Indoor and Potted Plants for the Holiday Season
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. There’s nothing quite like live plants to bring up the holiday spirit and please a gardener’s heart. Some potted holiday plants and trees can survive indoors or when planted outdoors for months to years or even decades […]
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Watermelon Radishes: Ideal Additions to a Holiday Platter
Watermelon Radishes: Ideal Additions to a Holiday Platter
by C. Darren Butler and Ann Clary GardenZeus earns commissions on sales made through links in this article. There is no additional cost to you. Mantanghong radishes are the most popular of the Chinese radishes, growing up to 3 inches in diameter with a mild, sweet flavor in approximately 65 days. With light green exteriors […]
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Growing Fall Decorations: Pumpkin On a Stick Ornamental Eggplant
Growing Fall Decorations: Pumpkin On a Stick Ornamental Eggplant
GardenZeus earns commissions on sales made through links in this article. There is no additional cost to you. It is not yet summer, but gardeners who want to grow their own fall decorations should plan now. Pumpkin on a Stick Ornamental Eggplant is an heirloom plant with flat, ribbed orange to red fruits that look […]
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Growing Fall Decorations: Ornamental Corn
Growing Fall Decorations: Ornamental Corn
GardenZeus earns commissions on sales made through links in this article. There is no additional cost to you. Ornamental corn varieties are grown by home gardeners for their sheer beauty, novelty, and for autumn decoration and crafts. Most are unpalatable for fresh eating, although dedicated or curious kitchen gardeners may grow them to produce cornmeal. […]
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Growing Easter Lilies After Easter
Growing Easter Lilies After Easter
The trumpet-shaped white flowers of Easter Lilies, Lilium longiflorum, announce the arrival of spring as they arrive in mass in grocery stores, garden centers and flower shops. Once purchased, growing Easter Lilies is easy: remove the foil wrapping, place in bright, indirect light away from heat ducts, and keep the soil moist but not wet. […]
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Spring Gardening: Five Tasks You Shouldn’t Forget
Spring Gardening: Five Tasks You Shouldn’t Forget
Starting a spring garden? It is easy to remember to amend your soil and purchase your seeds. You may not  remember these five gardening tasks, but they will add immeasurably to the success of your spring garden: Irrigate new garden beds, wait 7 to 14 days prior to planting to flush weed seeds, and remove […]
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Spring Planting: Seven Things To Do Now
Spring Planting: Seven Things To Do Now
Get a head start with spring planting of annual flowers, vegetables and herbs: Plan spring flower, vegetable and herb plantings in well-drained, reasonably fertile, uncompacted soil. Purchase seeds. Start seeds indoors of vegetables and herbs with slow germination and/or long seedling periods such as parsley and tomatoes. Monitor new seedlings. Irrigate new garden beds, wait […]
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Super-Secret Trick to Evade a Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 3
Super-Secret Trick to Evade a Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 3
Mistletoe conjures thoughts of Christmas and Christmas traditions, ancient folklore and legends, Druidic and pagan traditions, and romance. With focus year after year on mistletoe as an old holiday tradition and symbol, it may be surprising to learn that mistletoe occurs commonly in California. Broadleaf mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum ssp. macrophyllum or Phoradendron macrophyllum) is the […]
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