How to Transplant Lilacs

Written by LeAnn R. Ralph

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4. Putrepparttar shoot in a bucket of water if you are not going to transplant it immediately so that it will not dry out. If you are going to transplant it immediately, carry it torepparttar 137310 hole you have dug and set it inrepparttar 137311 hole.

5. Centerrepparttar 137312 shoot inrepparttar 137313 hole and fill in with dirt. Leave a three or four inch depression aroundrepparttar 137314 shoot so you will have a reservoir for water.

6. Water your new lilac bush with a couple of gallons of water. Continue wateringrepparttar 137315 bush several times a week forrepparttar 137316 rest ofrepparttar 137317 season to ensure that it has a good start. From what I have observed, lilacs seem to be quite drought resistant, although like any plant, tree or bush, they will grow more if they have plenty of water. In subsequent years, water your new lilac bush from time to time, especially if rain is in short supply.

Note: I have noticed that it takes 4 or 5 years forrepparttar 137318 new bushes to grow enough to start producing flowers, although bushes that I transplanted from small shoots only a few inches high are taking longer than that.


LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the books "Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm" (trade paperback 2003); "Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam" (trade paperback 2004); "Preserve Your Family History" (e-book 2004). Sign up for the free monthly newsletter, Rural Route 2 News --

Are Your Houseplants Safe?

Written by Lesley Dietschy

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Devil’s Ivy: a climbing vine with large heart-shaped leaves that are usually streaked with yellow. The whole plant is toxic and causes a burning sensation inrepparttar mouth when eaten and dermatitis when touched.

Dumb Cane: tall, erect plants with large oblong leaves splotched with ivory markings. The leaves are toxic and chewing onrepparttar 137017 leaves produces immediate and intense pain followed by swelling ofrepparttar 137018 mouth.

Jerusalem Cherry: an ornamental houseplant that has bright red berries aboutrepparttar 137019 size of cherries. The leaves and berries are toxic and causes a burning sensation inrepparttar 137020 mouth and throat, followed by gastric irritation and fever if ingested.

Philodendron: climbing vines with aerial roots and heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are toxic and cause painful burning ofrepparttar 137021 lips, mouth, tongue, and throat if ingested. Contact dermatitis is also common and can be dangerous to animals if ingested.

Children underrepparttar 137022 age of six are atrepparttar 137023 greatest risk for accidental poisoning. They are curious by nature and often investigate their surroundings by putting things in their mouths. Obviously,repparttar 137024 best prevention of plant poisonings is to teach your child to avoidrepparttar 137025 plants that are dangerous to touch and to resistrepparttar 137026 urge to taste evenrepparttar 137027 most tasty looking berries and sweet smelling flowers. Below are five more suggestions to help you and your family avoid possible plant poisonings:

1. Learnrepparttar 137028 names (common and scientific) of all plants in your home, garden, and landscaping and know which ones are poisonous. Make a list of these plants and keep it handy in case of an accidental poisoning.

2. Put all poisonous houseplants out ofrepparttar 137029 reach of children and pets.

3. Stored labeled bulbs and seeds out ofrepparttar 137030 reach of children and pets.

4. Do not use flowers or other plant materials for food decorations or in cooking unless they are labeled “edible”.

5. Don’t assume a plant is safe because birds or other wildlife eat it.

No matter how careful we are, accidents can and do happen. It is important to placerepparttar 137031 Poison Control Hotline phone number (800-222-1222) nearrepparttar 137032 telephone so you can reach them quickly inrepparttar 137033 event of an accidental poisoning. To better assistrepparttar 137034 poison experts, you will needrepparttar 137035 common and/or scientific name ofrepparttar 137036 plant in question. If at any time you are in doubt about a particular houseplant, take it to your local nursery or garden center for identification and what possible toxic characteristicsrepparttar 137037 plant may have. Finally,repparttar 137038 above lists name just a few ofrepparttar 137039 non-toxic and toxic plants that exist today. You should consultrepparttar 137040 appropriate reference books or poisonous plant guides for a complete list. To research non-toxic and toxic plants onrepparttar 137041 internet, visit or visit

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