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Northwest Illinois Horticulture Corner

In the far Northwest Corner of Illinois, gardening is a very popular pastime! Get your info here!
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Tropical Hibiscus

Tropical Hibiscus; Easy to Grow and Rewarding

Today outside the window is a winter wonderland filled with snow, ice, and very cold temperatures but inside my home my tropical hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ) is blooming. This particular tropical hibiscus is a tree from that my son made me buy a few years ago when we were out shopping at a local garden center. Ok, so it really did not take much arm twisting for me to take this bea...

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Forcing paperwhites for holiday décor

News source/writer: Candice Hart, 815-732-2191, mille116@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – Longing for a bit of spring during the winter months? A University of Illinois Extension educator suggests "forcing" bulbs indoors to create a beautiful and long-lasting flower display for your home. "The term 'forcing' refers...

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Top 10 tips for poinsettias

News source/writer: Kim Ellson, 847-818-2905, kellson@illinois.edu   URBANA, Ill. – It is hard to think of the holidays without conjuring up images of red poinsettias and a snowy landscape. These beautiful plants are easy to care for, with a few simple tips. "There is no need for people to experience difficulties...

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Choosing and Caring for Poinsettias

There are many types of plants available for purchase during the holiday season. Poinsettias are the number one potted plant sold and for good reason, they are beautiful, they come in the traditional red and a variety of other colors, and if properly cared for they last a long time. Chances are that you will either purchase a poinsettia as a gift or receive one as a gift. Following are some tip...

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