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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Seedless Watermelon

Seedless Watermelon I credit Dr. Lambert's plant breeding class at the U of I for finally answering a question I had for years-- if seedless watermelons have no seed, where do you get the seed to plant it? Japanese plant breeders developed the first seedless watermelons over fifty years ago. Understanding the process requires basic knowledge of genetics. Plant and ani...

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes For me, after a dreary winter of tasteless cardboard tomatoes from the grocery store, the exquisite taste of a freshly harvested vine-ripened tomato is nirvana. I never gave much thought to the origins of the tomatoes I anxiously await each summer until I started graduate school. As a new grad student, I was introduced to the world of wild tomatoes almost immediately...

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Zinnia elegans ‘Swizzle Cherry and Ivory’

Zinnia elegans 'Swizzle Cherry and Ivory' I thought I had seen every zinnia there was until I stumbled upon 'Swizzle Cherry and Ivory' zinnias. I planted sixteen plants together, approximately one foot apart. I had rescued the plants from a local clearance rack, which is a vice I am reluctant to give up, though some think I should. I look at it as a challenge. So, se...

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‘Double Delight™’ Rose

'Double Delight™' Rose New plant cultivars are introduced to the public each year, commonly replaced by a "new and improved" variety a few short years later. Few cultivars can capture and hold the public's interest with so many new plants on the market each year. The 'Double Delight™' Rose is an exception. It was introduced in 1977, and continues to be a very popular rose, with some n...

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