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How to Separate Staghorn Ferns

Staghorn ferns are odd-looking but fascinating plants. Native to the tropics of Australia and New Guinea, staghorn ferns are epiphytes, which means they take nourishment from a host. Although the host can be a rocky outgrowth or a cliff, staghorn ferns are usually found high on the trunks of tall tr

How to Care for Cassia Trees

The cassia, or senna tree (Senna Surattensis), is small and frequently used as a street or landscape tree in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. It is capable of reaching 25 feet tall, with a 10-foot spread, but usually remains much smaller. Cassia trees are prolific b

List of Names of California Flowers

Known as the flower of California, the California poppy is the best known of all California wildflowers.california poppy image by Igor Zhorov from Fotolia.comThanks to a sunny and temperate climate, California is home to some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. California's wide...

DIY Vertical Hydroponics

For those gardeners who prefer all the benefits of hydroponics, but do not have much space typically use a method of hydroponics called vertical hydroponics. Vertical hydroponics is not more complicated than regular hydroponics, it simply requires wall space to grow plants instead of floor space. Th

How to Make a Hanging Flower Basket

Hanging flower baskets are a great additions to the home. It adds to the aesthetic appeal of the house and creates the arrangement of the flowers and leaves create a natural, lively environment. Whether placed inside or outside the house, the key to making a flower basket is a keen choice of the rig

How to Grow a Yucca Tree

There are approximately 40 yucca species, according to Floridata. All are indigenous to North and Central America. Some varieties grow up to 30 feet in height. Yuccas are hardy growing throughout United States Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 through 11. Plants have strap-like foliage bor

Is White Cedar Toxic for Pets?

Pet owners must ensure the safety of their pets at all times. Knowing which plants and trees are in your garden or yard will help keep you furry friends safe. Many plants, including white cedar (Melia azedarahch), are toxic to animals.

Ornamental Trees in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to a variety of ornamental trees, growing throughout the state that bring a variety of scent, color and texture to the landscape. Situated in United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 6 and 7a, Tennessee has mild summers with annual average winter temps between

How to Care for Roses

Roses have an undeserved reputation for being fussy, hard-to-care-for plants. But after all, they're just shrubs. Some roses do require more maintenance than others, but growing roses is something even a beginner can do.

What Maple Trees Are Toxic?

Toxins in red maple trees can poison livestock and horses.red maple leaves image by Penny Williams from Fotolia.comThree species of maple trees may have toxic leaves, according to studies conducted by Cornell University's Department of Animal Science. While red maple trees clearly cause...

Cypress Tree Root Structure

Cupressaceae is a very large conifer family. The subfamily Taxodioideae is known for its "knees," knobby roots that rise up from the ground, and is common for particular cypress species that grow in swamps.

Brown Spots on the Leaves of Tomato Plants

Tomato plants exhibiting brown spots on their foliage may have contracted a fungal disease called Septoria leaf spot. Septoria leaf spot is a worldwide problem for gardeners. Gardeners may notice their plant's have been infected by the disease when temperatures reach 77 degrees Fahrenheit and favor

How to Start Tropical Finger Palms

Tropical finger palms (Rhapis multifida) are small trees, ideally suited to patio growing. The finger palm grows from 6 to 8 feet tall, and requires partial to full shade and consistently moist soil. Grow this tropical palm outdoors in zones 9b through 11 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant

Vinca Major Problems

Vinca major, also known as periwinkle, is a perennial groundcover plant with evergreen foliage and small, blue flowers that bloom throughout the summer. It is a very fast-growing plant that can reach 12 inches in height, but spread horizontally with roots that produce shiny, dark leaves. Vinca major

Large Shade Trees

Sycamore trees provide a great amount of shade at maturity.Sycamore image by pioregur from Fotolia.comLarge trees providing shade usually mean a sturdy, long-living, tall species. The type of foliage on the tree also plays an important role, as it determines the amount of shade provided....

How to Know When Oriental Peppers Are Ready to Eat

Asian peppers (as they are generally known) include a number of very hot varieties, including Thai chile peppers and Japanese aji peppers. Most Asian peppers are at the high end of the Scoville scale, a scale that measures the hotness of peppers. Thai chiles, or bird's eye peppers, clock in between

Names of African Flowers

Africa is the world's second largest continent.africa image by Luka76 from Fotolia.comAfrica is the second largest continent in area, second only to Asia. This continent is replete with natural wonders. The savannahs, rainforests and especially the unique wildlife all add to Africa's...

How Long Do Washers & Dryers Last?

A home washer has an average life of around 11 years for a front-loader and 14 years for a top-loader. The average home dryer has a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years. How long your machines will last depends on how much they are used and how well they are cared for.

What Are These Tiny Violet Colored Flowers Growing in My Lawn?

Wild violets are the tiny, purple flowers growing in lawns across the United States. Some people plant wild violets as attractive ground covers, particularly in shady areas. Others view wild violets as weeds, seeking to remove and prevent them from growing on their lawns.

How to Burn a Dogwood Tree for the Most Blossoms

Flowering dogwood trees are a beautiful addition to any lawn and especially add a dramatic ambiance when they reach full bloom. Unfortunately, dogwoods are also susceptible to a fungus called discula destructiva, which in turn causes anthracnose disease, which attacks the foliage and trunk of the do