For best results, petunias should be pinched back at the tip of the main stem. This can be done using either scissors or the forefinger and thumb. Pinching petunias back ensures bushy growth and prevents plants from becoming scraggly.
A:Marigolds only need enough water to dampen the soil, and they only require watering about once every ten days. The soil should be allowed to dry out on the surface before watering. The base of the plant should receive the water, and the plant should not be watered from overhead.
A:Pruning rose bushes in late winter, during their dormancy period, works well for shaping the plants. Light trimming in the summer months, after the bush produces blooms, encourages the rose bush to bloom again later in the season.
A:Sunflowers are harvested for oil, as a substitute for soybean meal for ruminant animals and as a silage crop. Their seeds are enjoyed as a snack by humans, with small seeds used as birdseed. Sunflower oil is used in paints, varnishes and plastics, soaps, detergents, surfactants, adhesives, fabric softeners and lubricants. The sunflower also shows potential as an alternate fuel source in diesel engines.
A:There are many shade-loving annuals that cater to a wide variety of aesthetics. Some of the most popular include Alyssum, Baby Blue Eyes, Fuchsia, Begonia, Calendula, Cleome, Impatiens, Larkspur, Lobelia, Monkey-flower, Nicotiana, Pansies, Snap-dragons, Balsam, Torenia, Oxalis, Coleus, Perilla, Browallia, Polka-dot Plant, Sweet Potato Vine, Violas and Beefsteak Plants.
A:Venus flytraps grow naturally in the United States in coastal areas of South Carolina and North Carolina that are in USDA Hardiness Zones 7b and 8a. Introduced populations of the insect-eating plant are located in bogs on the New Jersey pine barrens and the Florida panhandle.
A:Cactus removal can be accomplished by hiring a landscaping contractor to remove large or invasive species. Smaller cacti can be removed manually. According to Arizona State University, some states, including Arizona, require a permit for the removal of protected species of cacti.
A:Hydrangeas wilt due to water stress, too much or too little sunlight, temperatures that are too hot or too cold, or reaching the end of their blooming period. Determining the cause of the wilt and taking steps to treat it can prevent permanent damage to the hydrangea.
A:For best results, petunias should be pinched back at the tip of the main stem. This can be done using either scissors or the forefinger and thumb. Pinching petunias back ensures bushy growth and prevents plants from becoming scraggly.
A:Sow foxglove seed on top of the potting mix in a flat space, and press into place. Keep the soil moist, and transplant the seedlings to individual pots in approximately four weeks. Transfer the plants to the beds before frost, and they return to flower the following year.
A:"The Old Farmer's Almanac" indicates that morning glories can bloom in from early summer to the first frost. According to About.com, morning glories begin blooming around July or August. The trumpet-shaped flowers typically open around dawn and last through mid-morning, but the flowers on some newer varieties last longer.
A:Pansies, late flowering bulbs and autumn crocus are good flowers to plant in July. In addition, planting herbaceous plants is possible in July, even though they are unlikely to flower until the next year.
A:Roses grow best when they are planted in prepared, fertilized soil in a location where they are in full sunlight for 5 or 6 hours during the day. Roses prefer not to compete for nutrients, so they do well when placed away from trees or other plants with shallow root systems. Lying dormant all winter, roses bloom in spring and summer.
A:Cucumber leaves often turn yellow because they are damaged by the potato leafhopper. The small leafhoppers pull sap from cucumber leaves and inject a toxin into the leaves, causing them to turn yellow or brown and appear burned.