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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Ficus

Mention growing Ficus , and many people assume you mean the houseplant that is a small tree native to Southeast Asia. But they're only partially right. Ficus is an enormous genus of plants containing over 800 species. Some species are trees, but others are shrubs and vines. The common name for this genus is Fig, which does include the species Ficus carica , comm...

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Pruning

This is a tough time of year for gardeners. The recent relatively mild weather has everyone longing for Spring. Unfortunately, it's way too early to start digging around in the garden. The ground is way too wet, and digging now will only create rock-hard soil later. And it's highly likely that cold weather will return–the forecast predicts snow and the dreaded "wintry mix" in our near fut...

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Rex Begonias

This time of year I find myself craving color around my house. After all the holiday decorations come down, everything is a little dull when surrounded by the winter dreariness outside. Many stores will have great specials on indoor plants this time of year. A little greenery certainly is a pick-me-up, but what about more color? You may immediately think of flowering plants, but they ca...

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Avocados

In honor of Super Bowl weekend, I thought it fitting to pay tribute to a fruit that will grace many of our tables this Sunday night. Avocados are native to tropical climates. There are three "races" recognized, based on their region of origin: Mexican, Guatemalan, and West Indian. Since they evolved in tropical areas that never regularly experience freezing temperatures, they are not pa...

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