Can Coffee Grounds Be Dumped On Houseplants?

What can we do with coffee grounds remaining from our daily pot of coffee? Spooning the grounds on top of the soil of potted houseplants is one of the handiest disposal methods. But are coffee grounds safe, beneficial or hazardous for houseplants? Here are guidelines: Coffee grounds are an organic material that improves soil condition and…
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How Will Our Yo-Yo Temperatures Affect Yard And Garden?

What season are we in? It seems to vary day to day. We yo-yo in and out of winter and spring, with a day or two of summer thrown in. If you’re a plant, you must be very confused. Should you start growing, or remain in hibernation. Will you begin sprouting, only to be “nipped in…
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How To Rebloom An Amaryllis

I hope you kept the amaryllis bulb you got at Christmastime, because it’s quite easy to coax them to rebloom. In fact, it’s been recorded that the same amaryllis bulb has rebloomed for 75 years. Here’s what to do: After the flowers whither, remove them where they’re attached to the stalk, leaving the stalk in place. Don’t let the flower…
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Start A New African Violet From A Leaf

African Violets are enjoying an upswing in popularity. Homeowners are again discovering that violets aren’t that difficult, and a little care yields nice flowers. More retailers are stocking violets as demand increases. The only thing better than having an African violet, is having lots of African violets. They’re fun and easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. It does…
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Fifty Degrees In February Not So Fabulous For Plants

Why is it so difficult to have everything? Fifty degrees in February is fabulous, but it makes perennials heave. Now, I’ve got to admit every time I hear a grower say their perennials “heaved,” I try to hide a shouldn’t-laugh-at-a-funeral type of smile. Even though the term is funny, this is serious business. Remember in science class how…
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