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Top Ten Tips for Poinsettias

Posted by Kim Ellson - Gardening

"It is hard to think of the Holidays and not conjure up images of red Poinsettias and a snowy landscape", said Kim Ellson, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Poinsettias truly have become a symbol of Christmas and it would be very difficult to think them away. "Although reds are certainly the most iconic" said Ellson, "variations of pinks, whites, burgundies and s...

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Growing Azaleas and Rhododendrons

For years I have tried to grow Azaleas and Rhododendrons with limited success. Often in the winter the leaves will turn brown, roll up and next spring after they bloom, they seem to have fewer leaves. So it becomes a slow, steady decline unto death. I've been told that I probably need to add fertilizer and lime in the fall. But I was also told by others not to fertiliz...

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