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How to Grow a Blood Orange in South Florida

Blood oranges are native to the Mediterranean, and get their deep red color from a bit of winter chill. South Florida is subtropical, and winter is so warm there that blood oranges rarely achieve that color. California and Texas are better possibilities for growing this citrus tree. That doesn't mea

How to Add Egg Shells When Planting Garden Vegetables

Egg shells are rich in calcium, which is important to cellular growth in plants. This is why generations of vegetable gardeners have used crushed egg shells to supplement the calcium content of the soil. You can buy calcium supplements, but if your family regularly consumes eggs you can save the she

Care of the Rhodedendron Plant

Rhododendrons, a favorite in many gardens, spruce up the landscape with their showy blooms and evergreen foliage. The large genus comprises nearly 1,000 species of small trees and large shrubs that thrive in moist, cool summers. They bloom from the end spring to early or mid summer. Plants in the ge

How to Identify an English Walnut Tree

Many people prefer to buy door slabs because that allows them to install their dead bolt lock anywhere on the door. This can be helpful if your door frame has unique requirements that force you to install your dead bolt in an unusual place on the door or if you already have a strike plate installed

What Perennials Attract Animals

Every perennial attracts some kind of animal, whether they are a mammal -- such as a human -- or a bat, a bird, an insect, a reptile or an amphibian. Some perennials are more useful to members of the animal kingdom than others because they offer food, shelter and a source of nectar or protein. The i

What to Feed Algae Cleaners

Algae eaters are aquarium animals added to an aquarium environment for the purpose of cleaning up algae that grows inside the tank. These animals range from a variety of fish to snails and even some species of shrimp. Like any other aquarium pet, these animals should be looked after and cared for to

Is Ficus Altissima Toxic?

Ficus altissima leaves, like leaves of other trees in the fig family, should not be ingested. They are toxic to most pets and can make a human sick.

How to Build a Large Ant Farm

Ant farms are both educational and fun. Watching ants behind glass lets you observe the inner workings of these industrious laborers of the insect kingdom. Store-bought ant farms are inexpensive and the easiest way to set up an ant farm. However, if you want a larger ant farm, you can make your own

How Long Does it Take to Grow Rutgers Tomatoes?

The Rutgers tomato was bred into existence by tomato breeder Lyman Schermerhorn in 1934. It was designed as a superior canning and juicing tomato when canning became more popular during the period between World War I and World War II.

How to Plant Jewel Strawberries

Strawberries are sweet, fairly versatile summer crops that may continue to bloom and produce fruit all summer, depending on variety. Jewel strawberries are a variety specifically adapted to the climate of the northeastern and midwestern U.S. This plant grows a moderate number of runners, or vines, c

How to Splice Two Fruit Trees to Each Other

Splicing or grafting two fruit trees together is a way of producing a healthy root system that is adaptable to your climate. Likewise, certain fruit trees cannot produce their type of tree from their seeds. For example, the only way to reproduce a second Harrison apple tree is by splicing because th

How to Grow Weeping Mulberry Trees

Also known as a white mulberry, the weeping mulberry tree (Morus alba) is a deciduous tree that grows to heights between 10 and 15 feet, with an equal spread at maturity. The weeping mulberry grows in any type of well-drained soil. The branches of the weeping mulberry tree sweep dramatically downwar

Sooty Mold on Roses

Sooty mold is a fungus that can be found growing on, but not acting as a pathogen to, roses and other popular landscape plants. Although the sooty mold may not pose a threat to the rose's health, it can be quite unsightly. This fungus can be avoided by addressing the pests that produce the mold's fo

How to Identify Perennials

Of the thousands of plants to choose from for the home garden, the perennial group promises longer life and lower maintenance than annuals that live their entire lives in one year or biennials that complete their lives in two. Hardy perennials live for at least three years and some live for decades.

Information on Border Flowers

Consider your garden a work of art. Just as you would frame a portrait, a garden can be enhanced with its own frame--border flowers. Border flowers can circle the entire garden if it stands alone in the yard, or they are planted on the front edge of a garden that juts up along masonry, shrubs or fen

Information About Perennial Lupine

Lupinus perennis, sundial lupine or wild lupine is a perennial herb that grows wild in clearings and open woodlands from Ontario, Canada, to northern Florida and east Texas. Lupine provides several benefits to the environment.

Why Is My Japanese Money Tree Losing Leaves?

The Japanese money tree is a houseplant that grows 10 to 15 feet wide. It has shiny, green leaves with greenish-brown bark that is often braided. In the practice of Feng Shui, money trees are believed to attract wealth because of their oval-shaped leaves. Japanese money trees require minimal care, b

How to Add Dolomite to Potting Soil

Dolomite, or dolomite lime, is frequently used by gardeners to stabilize and reduce the acidity of soil or potting mixtures. There are many different potting soil "recipes" available through gardening sources. Mixing the dolomite with your potting soil doesn't take any particular special skill, but

How to Identify Wild Mushrooms in Pennsylvania

Foraging for wild mushrooms has been a pastime for decades, but is gaining in popularity as Americans develop their palates. Not only do wild mushrooms lend a unique, delicate flavor and meaty texture to a dish, they represent a challenge for food lovers. Veteran gatherers of wild mushrooms meet to

Leaf Spots on Roses

Fungal diseases of the foliage, such as leaf spot, are among the most common problems in rose plantings. The symptoms vary depending on the type of pathogen. You can control leaf spot infections by raking up diseased leaves from the ground, since the leaves contain fungal spores that can reinfect pl