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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

False Indigo, Baptisia australis, 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year

Native plants have shown increasing popularity in recent years. Since native plants are well adapted to the local climate, they tend to be great low maintenance choices for the garden. The Perennial Plant Association has named a hardy native plant of the Midwest and eastern United States its 2010 Perennial Plant of the Year-- False Indigo, Baptisia australis ....

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Lipstick Plant-- Aeschynanthus radicans

Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, even in horticulture. I purchased what is now one of my favorite houseplants thinking it was a totally different species than what it actually was. I found the plant in question at last year's Mom's Day Flower Show at the University of Illinois. This student-ru...

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Cut Flower Care

With a little extra attention, arrangements of cut flowers for Valentine's Day can last a week or more. It doesn't take a degree in horticulture to accomplish this feat, just a little bit of common sense and time. Preventing cut flowers from wilting requires that they receive ample amounts of water. In an intact plant, this job is accomplished by the roots and stems. Roots absorb water...

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If you garden to any extent, sooner or later you will encounter a hypertufa planter. If you are unfamiliar with hypertufa, it is a lightweight stone-like material made from Portland cement, peat moss and either sand, perlite or vermiculite. Planters and decorative items made from hypertufa resemble carved rock. While lighter than carved rock and certainly less expensive than carved rock, hypert...

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