Growing Daffodils

Written by Hans Dekker

In mid-March when winter blues overtake you and it’s hard to find a clear patch inrepparttar grey overcast above, I look out my front door and find a spot of sunshine in my newly growing daffodils.

Growing daffodils is one way to get a good dose of sunshine before spring pulls backrepparttar 113385 blanket of winter. Daffodils are one ofrepparttar 113386 easiest flowers to grow and a perfect choice forrepparttar 113387 beginning gardener. Famous forrepparttar 113388 bright yellows of cultivars like jonquils andrepparttar 113389 yellow trumpet, daffodils also come in thousands of colors that range fromrepparttar 113390 demure whites of paper-whites to peach and on to bold orange.

Although narcissus is often mistakenly referenced as another type of flower, narcissus isrepparttar 113391 botanical name forrepparttar 113392 daffodil. The family is divided into 12 divisions of 25 species and over 13,000 hybrids. However, it isn’t only selection that makes growing daffodils an easy introduction to gardening. Daffodils are prolific in multiplication. While many other types of bulbs dwindle in a few short years, with minimal care, a planting of daffodil bulbs will last a lifetime!

Daffodils come in all sizes from 5-inch blooms on 2-foot stems to half-inch flowers on 2-inch stems. Along withrepparttar 113393 harbingers of spring, there are also daffodil cultivars in mid and late season varieties. Growing daffodils in an assortment of sizes, colors, and bloom-times gives you an irresistible display that carries through spring into summer.

Indoor Gardening Tips for Jerry Seinfeld

Written by Candee Stark

"I have no plants in my house. They won't live for me. Some of them don't even wait to die, they commit suicide" ~Jerry Seinfeld

Come on, admit your thumb not as green as you want it to be? Are you having trouble keeping your house plants alive and healthy? Can you relate to Jerry on this one? Relax….you’re not alone! Many of us (myself included at times) have felt that fake plants were our only option because we seemed to haverepparttar “touch of death” when caring for plants. Read on to find out how 10 simple changes will make you feel like a “natural born gardener”!

Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips for Jerry Seinfeld…andrepparttar 113384 rest of us!

1. Plants will "reach" toward a light source, so rotate your plant occasionally to promote straight growth.

2. Pay attention torepparttar 113385 lighting requirements for your indoor plants. If your plant isn't getting enough light it will appear "thin and leggy" looking. You can alleviate this problem by only buying plants appropriate forrepparttar 113386 light already in your home, or by providing an additional light source(artificial lighting). Buying plants that need medium to low light are a "safe bet" for most homes. Think before you buy!

Helpful Hint: Indoor plants can be placed outside duringrepparttar 113387 warm summer months.

3. Use room temperature water when watering your indoor plants. Soak thoroughly but make sure plants aren't allowed to sit in water as this can causerepparttar 113388 roots to rot, proper drainage will alleviate this. Different plants have different watering needs but you can use this jingle to help you rememberrepparttar 113389 basics.....

~Too dry, plant will die Water fills pot, roots will rot! ~Candee Stark

4. Give your plants a bath! Just like children, plants need to be hosed down to rid them of dirt, dust, and grime. It is highly recommended to bath your kids daily but your plants only need it occasionally! Place your plant in your kitchen sink or bathtub and userepparttar 113390 spray attachment to gently rinse it off. Use lukewarm water and allow your plant to air dry before returning it to its regular location

5. Plants improverepparttar 113391 quality of household air but remember plants can suffer if kept in air that is always smoky, stagnate or overly dry. Do yourself and your plants a favor by openingrepparttar 113392 windows and allowing fresh air to come intorepparttar 113393 house at least several times a week.

6. As with humans, most house plants do well in a daytime temperature range of 65-75 and ten degrees lower at night. Pay attention to your plant, if it isn't looking well a change in temperature might be all it needs to get back onrepparttar 113394 right track.

Helpful Hint: Don't overheat your house~your plants will thank you!

7. Keeprepparttar 113395 care tag for each plant you buy. This way you will rememberrepparttar 113396 name ofrepparttar 113397 plant and what type of individual care it needs to stay healthy. I have made this mistake many, many times thinking I would remember how to take care ofrepparttar 113398 plant and after a few months I couldn't even rememberrepparttar 113399 name ofrepparttar 113400 plant!

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