Plant Care Articles
The Hardy Japanese Banana, or Musa sp. basjoo, is a hardy banana tree that grows up to twelve feet tall and produces leaves several feet long. Although they freeze back to the ground each fall, with proper care they will resprout in the spring. Hardy bananas grow fast enough to match their previous year's size by early to mid summer, and it usually only takes about two years for a young plant to r... read more.
Bamboo plants are evergreen, which means they keep their leaves throughout the entire year. Coupled with their fast growth and beautiful habit this is what makes bamboo so popular for privacy hedges and screens, but being evergreen doesn't mean they keep the same leaves forever. As leaves age they become less efficient and they also tend to be outcompeted for light as new leaves and stems develop ... read more.
No landscape is complete without at least one fantastic weeping specimen, and luckily there are weeping forms available in almost every woody plant group. The most popular weeping plants include weeping Japanese maples, weeping redbuds, weeping conifers, weeping cherries, and weeping willows.... read more.
The first thing you need to know about your Hydrangea plant before starting pruning is which type of variety you have. Depending on the flowering cycle of your particular variety you are either going to want to prune in early summer right after flowering is done or in winter after plants go dormant. Pruning at the wrong time can yield poorly flowering plants because you end up cutting off all the ... read more.
With literally thousands of varieties across many different species, Hydrangeas off an extensive pallet of styles, patterns, and colors to match any need in your garden. But on top of the already bursting number of choices available, many varieties provide you with the ability to wildly change the color of the flowers just be amending the soil the plants are growing in. Many Macrophylla or French ... read more.
Evergreen plants are a little different from most plants when it comes to winter hardiness and typically evergreen plants are more easily affected by long periods of cold much more than deciduous plants. When the leaves remain on the plant through the winter they continue to pull water from the roots and will actually photosynthesize on warm days - an obvious advantage over deciduous plants but on... read more.
Adding two or three inches of compost, bark, or leaves to your bamboo groves protects the roots from extreme cold and can improve your plant's hardiness by fifteen degrees! Every now and again we all get one of those winters where temperatures dip well below normal for weeks on end. Just in case this winter ends up being extremely harsh for you, taking this extra precaution can be the difference b... read more.
For almost all plant groups you want to keep the roots at roughly the same depth as when they were grown in the nursery or their container. With woody trees and shrubs, if anything you want to plant the roots even a little bit higher than they were in the nursery. The main reason you don't want to bury your new plant's roots too deep is that far more oxygen is available near the surface of the soi... read more.
If you are not using this potting mix for perennial or woody plants, they are probably less than happy. Most bagged product mixes on the market are meant for annual plants such as vegetables, tomatoes, herbs, and flowers that have very fine roots and only live for one season. If you are growing perennials or woody plants for longer than one season, you need to use a very different mix! Basic Soil... read more.
Your plants will be shipped either in their container or bare root depending on the type of plant. Generally, bamboo plants are shipped in their container because they don't like root disturbance and bare root shipping would cause a lot of damage. Most other plants do just fine with bare root shipping because their roots are more flexible and less likely to break during transit. Small sized plants... read more.
Bamboo grows differently from most other plants and has a different structure than most plant groups. Bamboos are members of the grass family are considered the fastest growing plants in the world. Unlike trees, the canes are not separated into living (bark) and non-living (wood) sections. Bamboo canes have vascular tissue mixed throughout the wood. Bamboo plants are able to grow very quickly ... read more.
Plants that are shipped in their containers don't need as much care right away as bare root plants. When you receive your package, take the plants out and remove any plastic wrapping and paper around the container. Place the plants in the shade and water them well. The sooner you can get them planted into the ground or larger container the better. Keep in mind that all of our plants are watered us... read more.
Making your landscape pop is actually really easy and it starts with adding a few special plants with fantastic shapes, colors, or forms to make focal points in your design. With thousands of plant varieties to choose from, selection can be daunting and this often results in most people selecting from only common plant varieties that they are already familiar with. The other day, my wife was comme... read more.
Aphids are one of the most common pests and affect almost all vegetable, fruit, and landscape plants in some degree. Luckily, they rarely cause severe damage to plants and are usually no more than an aestetic problem. Aphids also seem to affect some plants more than others, and for most plants in the garden it is uncommon to see large numbers to the point where they are even noticeable without loo... read more.
People are usually looking to create a privacy screen because they want to block out neighbors they don't like, ugly buildings they don't want to look at, or create a visual border around their landscape. Most of the people in one of these situations are looking for a plant to suit their needs that will establish quickly, provide a beautiful screen in all seasons, and won't require a lot of mainte... read more.
Not only does bamboo make an excellent hedge or specimen plant, but it also produces potentially large volumes of delicious edible shoots each season. Shoots are the young canes as they first emerge from the ground, before growing into their maximum height (whether it is a ten foot hedge species or a one hundred foot timber species) within the next month. Asparagus has a similar growth pattern, wi... read more.
When many of the plant's leaves are yellow, it gives the plant an unhealthy appearance. Although some species have yellow leaves by nature, this can either be a part of the plant's natural cycle or come from stress on the plant. If many of the leaves are yellow, but there are also a fair number of healthy, green leaves mixed in, the plant is probably just shedding old leaves. After the yellow ... read more.
Like any other plant, bamboo needs regular maintenance after establishment. This mostly involves trimming away dead or unhealthy sections each summer. On most species, culms live for only seven years and begin to look unhealthy after the fifth or sixth year. The vibrant colors present in the younger culms tend to fade to yellow-greens or grays and many branches, especially those near the bottom, b... read more.
Bamboo is not as picky as other plants when it comes to soil. Soil amendments should be added when planting the bamboo to encourage strong root growth. Each year, two to four inches of mulch - such as compost, woodchips, or leaves - should be added around the base of the canes. Additional mulching is helpful in the fall to help protect the roots in cold climates.... read more.
Installing bamboo rhizome barrier requires that a trench can be dug at least 24 inches deep. When the soil is very rocky, has large roots, or has possible burried utility lines it becomes very expensive and labor intensive to get the barrier installed to the necessary depth. In these situations, one of the best options is to install bamboo barrier which is partially above ground, similar to a rais... read more.
Running species of bamboo can be controlled fairly easily as long as preparations are made before the plant spreads out of control. Runners spread through an underground network of rhizomes, which grow outwards from the plant and can send up new canes ten or more feet from the existing grove. These rhizomes tend to stay near the surface, usually in the top six inches of soil. Eight inches is more ... read more.
Although planting bamboo is simple, there are several important steps to keep in mind, as there are several differences between bamboo and other plants. The primary difference is that the root ball should not be torn apart during planting. Bamboo roots and rhizomes grow only during certain times of the year and won't heal like vegetable or flower roots. Bamboo can be planted any time of the year, ... read more.
Before purchasing a bamboo plant, you need to make sure you have selected a variety that will work for you. There are hundreds of bamboo species, all thriving in different environments and each with its own special qualities. Some grow very large, some have intriguing coloration, and some varieties of bamboo have unusual appearances.... read more.