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What Plant Does Corn Syrup Come From?

What Plant Does Corn Syrup Come From?

Corn syrup is a common ingredient in many modern foods. The sweet concoction has a history dating back over 200 years; it spawned the creation of high fructose corn syrup, its unhealthy counterpart.......[Read More]
How to Save Pumpkin Seeds

How to Save Pumpkin Seeds

If you've ever wanted your own patch of perfect pumpkins, it may be easier than you think. When you decorate for Halloween or make pumpkin pie, save the seeds from your favorite pumpkin. Once spring arrives, you will be prepared to grow your own pumpkins.......[Read More]
How to Harvest & Store Canna Seeds

How to Harvest & Store Canna Seeds

Cannas are a tropical plant that thrives in cooler climates as an annual. It may be propagated from bulbs, seeds, or plant starts. It grows 2 to 10 feet tall, depending on the variety planted. The leaves resemble a banana plant, and flowers appear on a tall spike, in variety of colors.......[Read More]
Oriental Lily Care & Propagation Instructions

Oriental Lily Care & Propagation Instructions

Of the lilies in the summer garden, hardy Oriental lilies bloom latest and longest and are the largest of the hybrids. Blooming in whites, pinks and reds, most droop gracefully from stems as tall as 6 feet, but the Stargazers and their relatives look upward to the sky. The large bulbs, planted 8 inc......[Read More]
Raised Red Spots on Cherry Tree Leaves

Raised Red Spots on Cherry Tree Leaves

One of the major fungal infections that plagues cherry trees in the midwestern United States is cherry leaf spot. Cherry leaf spot begins as a series of pin-sized purple spots on the leaves of both sweet and sour cherries in mid spring. As the infection progresses, these spots will become raised red......[Read More]
How to Get Rid of Moles in Tunnels

How to Get Rid of Moles in Tunnels

Moles are small, furry mammals that have a tendency to burrow underground to find food, mainly worms. Homeowners may not like moles in their yards because the tunnels can damage gardens and other grassy areas around their homes. Getting rid of moles in their tunnels can be tricky due to the fact tha......[Read More]
Will Avocado Trees Grown From Storebought Seeds Produce Fruit?

Will Avocado Trees Grown From Storebought Seeds Produce Fruit?

Avocados are rich, mild fruits commonly used in Mexican and Asian food. These medium to large evergreen trees prefer very warm climates and are quite susceptible to cold damage. Most avocado trees are grown by grafting branches from an existing tree onto a hardy rootstock. Trees grown this way fruit......[Read More]
Organic Vegetable Plug Plants

Organic Vegetable Plug Plants

Plug plants are ideal for gardeners with limited space.The old wheelbarrow image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.comGardeners use plug plants (young plants grown in individual cells) to raise vegetable plants under controlled conditions for the first few weeks in order to achieve the.........[Read More]
How to Buy Mandevilla Vine

How to Buy Mandevilla Vine

Mandevilla is a genus of tender tropical evergreen flowering vines that is prized for its large bright pink, white or red flowers, glossy foliage and climbing growth habit. Mandevilla is sold widely at garden centers and nurseries. Small plants are sold in loose shrub form while larger more mature p......[Read More]
How to Plant Pechay

How to Plant Pechay

Pechay looks a bit like a combination between lettuce and Swiss chard. This leafy vegetable sprouts tall, scalloped white and green leaves in tightly clustered columns. According to Darfu 4B.da.gov, pechay is a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine, particularly stir-fries and soups. Chefs typically......[Read More]
Description of Oak Trees

Description of Oak Trees

Oak trees are one of the most popular shade trees. Most of the trees are deciduous, but live Oak that grows in the southern U.S. states can be evergreen. These are hardwood trees that may grow well over 200 years. Oaks are commonly used as windbreaks and their wood is very popular for furniture and ......[Read More]
Rust-Colored Spots on Hibiscus Leaves

Rust-Colored Spots on Hibiscus Leaves

Rust-colored spots on hibiscus leaves indicate that the plant has contracted a fungal disease called rust. Rust harms the overall aesthetic value of the plant and causes an overall decline in health. It is important for gardeners to identify rust symptoms to provide proper care for their hibiscus pl......[Read More]
When to Spray Plum Trees

When to Spray Plum Trees

Plum trees are a relatively easy fruit to grow. The large variety of species allows for a small orchard to grow in almost any climate. Plum trees require at least three different species in the same orchard for proper cross-pollination. Care for this plant falls on a routine of seasons. Depending on......[Read More]
How to Transplant Sword Ferns

How to Transplant Sword Ferns

A sword fern is an evergreen fern growing up to 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ferns are successful in woody, humid areas. Sword ferns can be grown in your shaded landscape. They need moist and humid soil along with shade to thrive in your home landscape. If your sword fern isn't growing well in its p......[Read More]
Can Dill & Fennel Cross Pollinate?

Can Dill & Fennel Cross Pollinate?

Dill and fennel are both herbs that produce tall stalks with feathery stems and lacy, umbrella-like flower heads. Their appearance is so similar that novice gardeners can become confused between the two.......[Read More]
Lily Planting Instructions

Lily Planting Instructions

Flower gardens often include lilies. These striking flowers usually feature five petals that curl back from a bright yellow central stamen. The petals come in all colors, from white to orange, yellow and pink. Some are even speckled with additional colors. Though there are dozens of lily varieties, ......[Read More]
Most Effective Way to Rid Yard of Squirrels

Most Effective Way to Rid Yard of Squirrels

Squirrels may be cute little critters, but they can also be a pesky nuisance. Whether they gobble up all of the bird seed, destroy the garden or try to get into the house, they are often unwelcome guests. Luckily, there are inexpensive, easy ways to keep them out of the yard.......[Read More]
How to Grow Palm Tree Seedlings

How to Grow Palm Tree Seedlings

Palm trees can add a tropical touch to any landscaping scheme. There are currently over 3,000 species of palm trees worldwide. While the majority of palms can only survive in warm and humid climates, some palm trees, such as the Sago palm and the Queen palm, have evolved over time to become relati......[Read More]
How Can I Encourage Fox Squirrels?

How Can I Encourage Fox Squirrels?

Fox squirrels are among the largest tree squirrels in North America. Most commonly found in forested areas, they are becoming more common in larger cities, especially in parks. Their impressive bushy tail, inquisitive nature and amusing antics make them good garden companions, providing entertainmen......[Read More]