Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
While a few dead leaves are to be expected on house plants, an unusually large number of wilted, crunchy leaves are an indication that it may be diseased or rotting due to an insect infestation or improper care. Spider mites are a common insect that infests house plants, as the plant's soil provides
Gardeners select ornamental trees more for their looks than for their fruit. The smaller orange trees, which commonly grow between 3 and 6 feet tall, can grow outdoors or in containers. Most ornamental orange trees yield bitter or sour fruit, though the trees produce sweeter fruit with age.
A member of the olive family, Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum) is an evergreen shrub or small tree characterized by leathery, glossy foliage, white flowers and copious numbers of berries. Variegated privet (Ligustrum japonicum cv. Variegatum) is a popular Japanese privet cultivar that offers gr
Swiffer duster and floor cleaner systems resemble a mop but come with an attached spray cleaner and disposable mopping pad. Several solutions are available for use on different types of floor surfaces. Care should be taken when selecting a cleaning solution.
The Sonia rose is a grandiflora rose bush with pink blooms that appear from summer to fall. Growing up to 4 feet tall, Sonia roses can be used for background flowers in your garden or along the sidewalk of your home's foundation. Planting correctly will promote a healthy life for the Sonia rose bush
Whether you're building a new house, remodeling the outside of an old one or simply replacing a roof, the color combinations you select are ones you'll have to live with for a long time. While it may seem that a light gray house will look good with any roof color, some shades are more desirable than
Pulsatilla, also called the pasqueflower, prairie crocus, wind flower and meadow anemone, is a genus of perennial plants native to North America, Asia and Europe. It has bell-shaped flowers and grows primarily in prairies and meadows. These members of the buttercup family are sometimes used in homeo
A trip down the aisles of any garden supply store will reveal a wide variety of commercial grass and weed killers. Effective as they may be, many chemical herbicides have long-lasting undesirable effects. A number of the chemical ingredients in these products are highly toxic to people, wildlife and
Horizontal hydraulic conductivity is the rate at which water can move through a permeable soil or rock layer in a direction parallel to the flow of groundwater. The horizontal hydraulic conductivity of a soil layer depends on several components of the aquifer, including the type of soil and fluid pr
Streptocarpus species grown in the United States are mainly hybrid.Kristin Reuber/Photodisc/Getty ImagesStreptocarpus is a genus of plants in the Gesneriads family. Genus Streptocarpus is native to Africa and Madagascar, and divided into two subgenera. These subgenera are the...
For a conical evergreen that doesn't require pruning, choose the Serbian spruce.
Brassica rapa, more commonly called turnip, is a fast-growing garden vegetable that does best when temperatures are cool. Their tops, known as turnip greens, are flavorful and often added to salads or cooked. The plants develop rotund, purplish-white roots, which may be harvested and added to cooked
Camellias grow as border or detail shrubs in home gardens, and grow down to U.S. Department of Agriculture Growing Zone 6. These plants offer glossy green foliage and blooms in whites, yellows, pinks and reds. Healthy camellias require little maintenance, with occasional timely pruning for shaping.
Birds, bees and other insects, wind and even mammals instigate the transfer of genetic material from one plant to another. This method, called cross-pollination, leads to genetic diversity. In the garden, cross-pollination happens between hybrid varieties and between similar species resulting in see
Invasive plants make good ground covers on steep slopes.ivy image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.comGardening on steep slopes is a challenge on it's own but it's made even more difficult in northern climates with harsh winters. Having ground cover plants that can withstand Wisconsin's Zone...
Silver Queen (Aglaonema modestum), is an adaptable, low-maintenance houseplant with shiny, dark green leaves that will thrive in nearly any condition. Silver queen is especially prized for its ability to thrive in low light environments. Although silver queen, also known as Chinese evergreen, is a s
The purple plum tree offers a great way to add a less-common color to your landscape. Its leaves are almost metallic purple. It is known for its beautiful pink to white flowers and the fruit it bears. The tree can reach up to 20 feet in both width and height. This is a relatively easy tree to car
Plants were on the earth before humans. If not for plants, humans would not be able to exist. And as long as man has inhabited this earth, plants have been cleaning up after him. They take our carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen so we can breathe. They use animal waste as food and grow bigger. As