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Fiddle Leaf Ficus (Fig)Fiddle Leaf Ficus (Fig)
By drdawg, April 27, 2016

There always seems to be a lot of interest in and questions asked me about growing Fiddle Leaf Ficus as a houseplant. Along with questions, there is also a lot of confusion as to exactly what sort of houseplant the Fiddle Leaf actually is.

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The Excellent SorghumThe Excellent Sorghum
By dave, April 25, 2016

Sorghum is in the grass family and is closely related to corn. In fact, when it's young it is nearly impossible to differentiate it from corn. If anyone ever tells you they have volunteer corn in their garden, you can sound smart by guessing that it's sorghum.

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Cast Concrete LeavesCast Concrete Leaves
By HollyAnnS, April 23, 2016

Are you in need of a nice birdbath or fountain? Maybe you need a present for a friend or family member? Do you have some rather large leaves and don't know what to do with them? Maybe some nice big Hosta, Canna, Castor Bean, or tropical plant leaves? Well I have an idea: Let's make some cast concrete leaves.

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Preventing Premature Orchid Bloom DropPreventing Premature Orchid Bloom Drop
By TheOrchidGirl, April 22, 2016

Have you ever bought an orchid in bloom, only to see its flowers fall off a few days later? If so, read on! :D

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Staking Tall DelphiniumsStaking Tall Delphiniums
By foraygardengirl, April 21, 2016

Nothing is worse than watching your lovely tall spikes of blooming delphiniums get flattened by rain and wind.

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Juliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and FoolproofJuliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and Foolproof
By Newyorkrita, April 20, 2016

Try these remarkably carefree and productive grape-shaped tomatoes for salads or for eating fresh.

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Custom Planter BoxCustom Planter Box
By tropicgirl, April 19, 2016

I had an awkward space and wanted to block a garbage can, so I decided to build a custom planter box.

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PVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/TrellisPVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/Trellis
By Brinybay, April 18, 2016

For those who don't have technical skills or the patience to draw plans.

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Adenium RepottingAdenium Repotting
By drdawg, April 17, 2016

Adeniums are grown not only for their beautiful flowers, but also for their unusual caudex formation. Manipulating the plants when young might produce different caudex results.

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The newest comments to the plant database:
By Whitebeard on Apr 28, 2016 2:48 PM, concerning plant: Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Goggy')

I've been trying to get this camellia going for three years. My patience is about up with it. It looks promising for a while, with several buds in late winter, but the buds fall off before they come to flower. It's in a rather sheltered part-sun spot, with decently fertile soil, and yet it remains as nothing but a sad looking plant. My suggestion is to go with a better known cultivar.

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By mellielong on Apr 28, 2016 2:36 PM, concerning plant: Virginia Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum)

Virginia Peppergrass is a pretty common "weed" around the Tampa area. I think it's rather attractive due to its fairly compact growth habit, as well as the seed pods that change color as they mature. This plant is commonly seen in the toughest of areas, thriving along the side of the interstate, in full Florida sun.

This isn't a weed I bother pulling for two reasons. The first is that, although it can take full sun, it dries up and disappears when things start getting hot - say around May. Then, it doesn't come back until winter. No point pulling something up when it goes away on its own. But the most important reason to keep it is that it is a host plant for the Checkered White butterfly. That means the butterflies lay their eggs on it and the caterpillars will eat the plant. You can often see masses of the butterflies along the side of roads, and in the medians, precisely because Virginia Peppergrass grows in those areas. So don't weed, and sit back and enjoy the butterflies.

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By Bonehead on Apr 28, 2016 12:35 PM, concerning plant: Slow Bolt Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum 'Santo')

It took me several seasons to get this established in my herb garden. I tried growing from seed (no luck) and from 4" starts (bolted quickly). I'm not sure what happened differently last year, but finally this year I am seeing lots of self-sown seedlings in my culinary section. I plan to thin them out judiciously and hope for both an actual crop of cilantro and for continued self-seeding. Optimistically adding this to My List as a 'have.'

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By sunkissed on Apr 28, 2016 6:06 AM, concerning plant: Red Firecracker Plant (Russelia sarmentosa)

This is the first plant the hummingbirds visit in my garden. I've had this plant for about ten years in my garden, it will freeze if we dip below 32, and suffers frost damage below 35, but comes back, bigger and fuller each year. Blooms all year and reaches peak in the winter months, a real stand out fountain of red flowers. Even if this plant doesn't freeze down, I cut it back to the ground after flowers fade, usually around late Feb.

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By sunkissed on Apr 28, 2016 5:03 AM, concerning plant: Star Jasmine (Jasminum nitidum)

This vine has been in my garden, maybe a decade now. I would classify it more as a shrub than a vine, responds well to trimming. First fragrant flowers appear in late winter, blooms heavy in spring, then sporadically through fall. Flowers are larger than the Confederate Jasmine, great for making tea. This plant is drought tolerant, frost tolerant, and not aggressive like the Confederate can be. Loves a sunny spot.

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