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How to Care for Miniature Lemon Trees

Miniature lemon trees bring fresh-scented flowers into your summer garden. The flowers evolve into bright yellow fruit. The flavor is lemony citrus with a hint of orange. Grow these small trees in pots so that they can be moved inside during cold weather. Pick the fresh fruit to add zest and vitamin

How to Make Sandbags for Your House

If you live in an area prone to flooding or have been warned of imminent danger of flooding, making your own sandbags may be a desired or necessary way in which to keep flood waters from invading your home. While sandbags can be purchased, in severe flooding situations stores often run out of sandba

Standard Penetration Test Equipment

A standard penetration test is a way for scientists to get an idea of how resistant the soil in a certain area is to the invasion of water. The tests conducted on the sample are usually unaffected by the disturbance of the soil.

Orange Fungus on a Plant

Gardeners never like to see a fungus on a plant, but there are many different types of fungus and their presence can mean different things depending on the type of fungus and the plant it is infesting. Typically, orange fungi are relegated to wet climates with fairly mild winters, which allow the fu

A Freeze Killed My Garden & Fruit Trees

Unprotected gardens and fruit trees can be devastated when temperatures fall below freezing. Water within the plant cells expands when it freezes, breaking the cell walls. The resulting trauma usually kills more sensitive plants. If you are tired of losing plants to a freeze, there are a number of s

Powdery Mildew on Squash Plants

Powdery mildew affects most types of squash and pumpkin plants, as well as other vegetables. Affected produce can have a poor appearance or flavor; plants also have reduced yield.

How to Care for Purple Angel Trumpet Plants

Brugmansia suaveolens, commonly known as angel's trumpet plants, are native to South America, but will thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8 through 10. The available flower colors on these tropical trees include white, pink, yellow, red and purple. No matter what color your ang

Distachia Plant Care

Distachia are members of the billbergia family and the bromeliad species. There are four distachia varieties: Billbergia distachia, Billbergia distachia var. concolor, Billbergia distachia var. maculate and Billbergia distachia var. straussiana.

Insects That Bother Peonies

Peoniespeonie flower petals image by Benjamin Jefferson from Fotolia.comPeonies are herbaceous perennials that are favored both for their flowers as well as their foliage. The plants produce large blossoms between late spring and early summer in shades of yellow, red, pink and white. The...

Bark Diseases on Orange Trees

The orange tree, Citrus aurantium, is a subtropical fruit-producing tree grown in temperate climates. Although the orange tree typically has hearty growth, a variety of bark diseases can affect tree health, according to Purdue University.

Tamarix Juniper Is Turning Brown in Winter

Tamarix juniper, a low-growing mounded shrub with a pronounced bluish color, is a variation of Juniperus sabina, a native of Europe and parts of Asia. Hardy to USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 3, the juniper is an evergreen with scale-like leaves. It has no appreciable autumn color but does bear small brow

Evergreen Shrub Care

Gardens can look dull and bare during winter months after deciduous trees and shrubs lose their leaves in the fall. One way to keep gardens green and vibrant throughout the year is to plant evergreen shrubs. Caring for evergreen shrubs properly takes time and money but the effort it is well worth it

How to Care for a Jade Flower

The Jade Flower is a perennial indoor plant that blooms in the winter. It is relatively hardy and easy to care for, making it a popular choice for homeowners in many areas. They can grow from seeds or cuttings, and they can even be used in outdoor gardens in desert climates.

How to Link Flowers & Culture

Virtually every culture in the world has at least one type of flower with which it is associated. This flower may be used in ceremonies, in cuisine, in dress or personal ornamentation, in art or in countless other ways. Also, different flowers symbolize different things to different cultures. For th

What Kills Spider Mites in the Garden?

Home gardens are filled with a wide range of plants that provide color and texture to the landscape. These plants are susceptible to insect infestations that can affect the health and vigor of the plants and flowers. Spider mites are a common pest of both indoor plants and those growing in the garde

How to Propagate Yams

"Yam" refers to different herbaceous plants that reproduce through tubers and belong to the Dioscoreaceae family. They produce an aerial stem that wraps itself around a stake as the plant develops. The tuber underground is edible, and like flower bulbs, it keeps stores of nutrients to support the pl

Biogas Plant Types

Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty ImagesBiogas is a type of gas that is produced when waste materials such as manure, plant material or sewage are allowed to decompose in an anaerobic environment. Biogas plants collect this natural gas and use it as a source of fuel. Biogas is a sustainable and...

How to Replace Peat Moss With Sand

Peat moss has long been used as an acceptable and beneficial organic amendment for clay soils. It is also the ideal amendment for lowering the pH and creating a more acidic soil for various types of plants. Sand, on the other hand, may seem like an excellent soil amendment due to its high availabili

Information on Planting & Growing Sedum

Sedum is a type of ground cover that produces rose-shaped growths in shades of green, yellow and pink. Related to cacti, sedum are succulent plants, meaning that they retain water in their structures and have a waxy surface.

Gooseberry Trees

Gooseberry trees refer to two species of shrubby or treelike plants closely related to currants. The European gooseberry (Ribes grossularia or Ribes uva-crispa) is native to North Africa and the Caucasus Mountain region, while the American gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum) is native to Canada and the Nor