How to Transplant Lilacs

Written by LeAnn R. Ralph

Lilacs are exceptionally easy to transplant. I have transplanted many lilac bushes fromrepparttar original bushes that my grandmother planted on our Wisconsin dairy farm 70 years ago. Early spring until late spring, from whenrepparttar 137310 lilacs develop buds until they actually have small leaves, isrepparttar 137311 best time to transplant. If you have lilacs growing in your yard -- or if you have a friend who has lilacs -- and you would like to start some new lilac bushes, here's how:

1. Decide where you want to transplantrepparttar 137312 lilac bush or bushes.

2. Dig a hole that's about one foot deep by one foot across for each bush you want to transplant.

3. Dig up a lilac shoot from somewhere aroundrepparttar 137313 main bush. Lilacs spread by runners. Use a shovel to dig uprepparttar 137314 shoot because you are going to have to cut offrepparttar 137315 runner, and a trowel will not be tough enough to dorepparttar 137316 job. Choose a shoot that is approximately 8 to 14 inches high. Smaller shoots that are only a few inches high will take a very long time to mature torepparttar 137317 point where they will have flowers. Larger shoots seem to take a longer time to recover from being transplanted before they start to grow well. Do not worry about how much root you are getting withrepparttar 137318 shoot. You will not be able to take all ofrepparttar 137319 root sincerepparttar 137320 roots are all connected.

Are Your Houseplants Safe?

Written by Lesley Dietschy

There is nothing more attractive and cheerful than a room filled with healthy green houseplants. They offer aesthetics torepparttar interior of our homes, improve indoor air quality, and often provide emotional satisfaction torepparttar 137017 caregiver in gettingrepparttar 137018 plant to bloom or produce new growth. However, did you know that plant exposures are some ofrepparttar 137019 most frequent poisonings reported to poison control centers?

There are more than 700 species of poisonous plants inrepparttar 137020 United States and many of these can be found aroundrepparttar 137021 home. According torepparttar 137022 American Association of Poison Control, poisonous plants are amongrepparttar 137023 three most common causes of accidental poisoning in children under 5 years old.

Some or all parts of a plant can be poisonous includingrepparttar 137024 roots, stems, berries or evenrepparttar 137025 nectar and pollen. There are several chemical compounds capable of poisoning that can be found in a variety of plants. Chemicals concentrated inrepparttar 137026 cells of roots, leaves, bark and seeds serve asrepparttar 137027 plant’s defense against insects and animal attacks. Some of these compounds can be toxic, especially if ingested or touched by humans.

The word “poisonous” generates many kinds of reactions andrepparttar 137028 majority of them are non life-threatening. Amongrepparttar 137029 key effects of poisonous plants are allergic reactions (caused by spores, pollen, or naturally occurring volatile compounds emitted intorepparttar 137030 air by plants), skin rash or dermatitis (caused by direct or indirect contact with allergenic or irritant compounds), and internal poisonings or irritations (caused from ingesting plants or plant parts).

There are many houseplants which are perfectly safe to grow and others which appear harmless but are toxic and dangerous. It is important to be as knowledgeable as possible aboutrepparttar 137031 plants you have growing in your home. According torepparttar 137032 Washington Poison Center,repparttar 137033 following houseplants (listed by common name) are considered safe and non-toxic, but still should not be ingested:

•African Violet •Aluminum plant •Birds Nest Fern •Boston Fern •Cast Iron plant •China Doll •Christmas Cactus •Coleus •Corn plant •Dracaena •Gardenia •Goldfish plant •Jade plant •Mosaic plant •Orchids •Peperomia •Piggyback plant •Pink Polka-dot plant •Ponytail plant •Prayer plant •Purple Velvet plant •Spider plant •Swedish Ivy •Sword Fern •Yucca plant •Zebra plant

The Washington Poison Center reportsrepparttar 137034 following houseplants (by common name) to have some level of toxicity and therefore are considered to be toxic and/or poisonous. Also listed arerepparttar 137035 parts ofrepparttar 137036 plant that can be toxic and what effects it has on humans if ingested.

Caladium: a showy plant with variegated, heart-shaped leaves. The whole plant is injurious and causes irritation torepparttar 137037 lips, mouth, and throat if ingested. This plant can also be dangerous for animals if ingested.

Calla Lily: a flowering plant with smooth-edged arrow-shaped leaves which grow on long stalks. The leaves are toxic and cause intense burning ofrepparttar 137038 lips and mouth if ingested. Contact dermatitis is also common.

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