Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Native to China, gardenia is an evergreen shrub best known for its fragrant flowers. Cultivars range in height from to 2 to 15 feet and produce narrow, glossy leaves and single or double blossoms. The 2- to 4-inch wide flowers bloom in a variety of colors, including white and yellow. With proper car
The Gerbera daisies we see today are relatives of an original gerbera found in Africa in 1880. Modern gerbera cultivars produce flowers 6 inches in diameter as well as tiny button miniatures. Gerberas are sturdy plants grown by commercial and hobby gardeners. A cut gerbera can last for over a week i
The evergreen Italian cypress tree (Cupressus sempervirens) grows to heights of up to 80 feet. It forms a narrow column that rarely exceeds 8 feet in width, according to Floridata. The tree's growth pattern gives it the popular pencil shape used in formal landscapes or to accentuate buildings. Culti
Orchids are repotted when they outgrow their current container.orchids closeup image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.comOrchids produce unusual colorful flowers on long stems and are often grown as houseplants. They require repotting when the root system becomes crowded. Waiting too long to...
A healthy flower garden requires 12 to 18 inches of rich soil that drains well. This rule holds for annual plantings as well as perennial flowers. If your soil is heavy clay, which does not drain well, building a raised bed is an excellent alternative to the backbreaking task of cultivating and amen
The organic matter in soil is made up of a variety of decaying plant, animal and microorganism substances. Organic matter provides the essential nutrients needed to grow flowers, vegetables and other plants. It also creates soil's ability to receive and hold water and oxygen. The microorganisms in o
Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) is an evergreen conifer native to the northeast North America. The tree is also referred to as Eastern arborvitae and white cedar. Though the most widely used method of propagation is with cuttings, you can also start the tree with seeds. The dense, pyramidal tree has
Some bushes produce sky blue blossoms.blue flowers image by Sean MacLeay from Fotolia.comBlue bushes are often referred to as such because of the color of the flowers festooned along their branches. While not the most common, there are several bushes throughout the Americas, Europe and...
The appearance of lichens, or moss-like fungal growths, on the trees in your garden or yard is often cause for alarm, since the way the lichens grow they often appear to be feeding on the tree itself. The truth is that lichens are harmless, doing no damage at all to the tree. However, they do indica
Native to the deserts of extreme southeastern California, southern Nevada, western Arizona and western Mexico, smoke trees, also known as smoke cloud, receive their name from the upright plumage of dark purple or lavender flowers that grow in one or two clusters along leafless twigs. These colorful,
Some varieties of lemon naturally exhibit a thicker skin and little juice. However, if the tree in question is a variety that is supposed to produce juicy fruit or has in the past, it is an indicative symptom. Lemon and other citrus fruits may exhibit thick skins and low juice for a few reasons.
The University of Minnesota Extension website lists many reasons for pruning shrubs that grow in the state. The first and most important reason is health of the plant. Neatness is next. Some people, however, prune shrubs to attain or maintain a particular shape. Whatever the reason for pruning shrub
Cacao is a tropical evergreen tree native to the rain forests of South and Central America. The tree is cultivated for the cacao seed, which is found in the tree's hard, leathery pods. Each pod can contain up to 40 cacao seeds, which are removed from the pod and processed to make cocoa and chocolate
A new orchid plant that develops on an established plant is called a "keiki," which is the Hawaiian word for "baby." Generally, there are just two places on the mature plant from which keikis sprout. Neither of those places are the roots.
Fruit trees, including this cherry, grow up and down the Atlantic coast.fruit tree image by NataV from Fotolia.comStarting from Washington, D.C., the mid-Atlantic region follows the Atlantic coast north to New York City, encompassing major cities between such as Baltimore, Philadelphia...
Aloe vera is one of the easiest succulents to grow and propagate. The plants thrive outdoors and also make excellent houseplants if given enough light. Aloe is well known for its medicinal qualities, including using the gelatinous center to relieve dry, itchy skin and burns.
Black walnut trees are grown for their valuable nuts and their wood throughout the eastern and southern US, where the trees grows natively. The trees grow from 50 to 75 feet tall with a 50 to 57 feet wide spread. They are hardy to the United States Department of Agricultural zones 4 to 9 and need fu