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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Forcing Flowering Shrubs and Trees to Bloom Indoors - by David Robson

Posted by John Fulton -

This year, spring can come early to your home. How? Just snip some branches from your flowering shrubs, and force them into bloom, states David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Springfield Center. By now, many shrubs have flower buds that are formed and ready to bloom. There...

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Reblooming Poinsettias

Posted by John Fulton -

The poinsettia is a plant that is native to Mexico, and has become the traditional potted plant at Christmas time. While many believe that the red, pink, or white color is the flower, it is actually called a bract. Bracts are colored leaves. The true flowers are there, but they aren't very showy. Many of the improved varieties offered today last an amazingly long time. T...

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