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Effects of Full Color Spectrum on Plants

Achieving optimum indoor plant growth involves utilizing full-spectrum lighting.flower pots image by Ritu Jethani from Fotolia.comWhile some plants may be able to thrive well under many different conditions, others are very particular in the type of light they require. The full spectrum...

How to Maintain a Cherry Tree

Although cherry trees are sometimes tricky to grow, they are rewarding plants that add color to a garden. In spring, they produce delicate pink blossoms; some call these Sakura blossoms, especially when referring to Japanese cherry tree blossoms. Cherry trees also come alive with small red fruits --

How to Plant Popcorn Kernels

Popcorn kernels, also known as flint corn, contain hard outer shells, with a soft center surrounded by water. It is the water that causes the kernels to steam and burst when cooked. When you are feasting on a handful of popcorn, you may not realize that you are actually eating the embryo of a popcor

How to Add Dish Detergent When Watering Plants

Instead of using commercial pesticides on your plants, spray them with dish detergent and water. The detergent will not prevent insect infestations, but it will kill the pests. Spraying the plants with the dish detergent will save money and help to control pests indoors and outdoors. Detergent will

How to Dig With a Stump Bucket

Digging with a stump bucket is essential for safe and expeditious removal of tree stumps and for digging trenches and waterways. Buckets are designed in a three-sided polygon design -- similar to a triangle -- for digging in narrow spots. A stump bucket is attached to a skid-steer loader, and must b

How to Use Natural Remedies With Tomato Leaves to Get Rid of Aphids

Tomato leaves contain mild toxins; to soft, delicate insects, such as aphids, they can be deadly. A tomato leaf spray helps to control an aphid infestation without leaving toxic residues all over your garden, adding to local soil pollution or rendering vegetables unfit to eat. For aphids that aren't

How to Landscape With Rose of Sharon

Rose of sharon, or Hibiscus syriacus, is a flowering ornamental shrub native to temperate areas of Asia. The graceful urn-like growth habit reaches between 7 to 10 feet in height with a 5-foot spread, making it a challenge to grow in smaller gardens. Rose of sharon presents several options as a land

Fall Color Flower Beds

Chrysanthemums are colorful fall flowers.Jupiterimages/ ImagesJust because the summer comes to an end doesn't mean that you can't have a flower bed filled with color. Several types of flowers reach their peak bloom time during the fall season and provide brilliant color...

How to Make an Indoor Palm Tree

Palm species such as kentia palm, bamboo palm and lady palm work well as indoor plants due to their tolerance for relatively low light and resistance to common pests. Even the most well-adapted palm tree species are not long-lived when grown indoors, however they produce an abundance of offshoots th

Zone 6 Flowering Vines

Morning glory vines quickly cover a trellis.Jupiterimages/ ImagesClimbing vines are functional as well as beautiful. They screen out unsightly views, fill in trellises and arbors to create shade and privacy, and soften the appearance of fences. Perennial vines are...

Apple-Picking Tools

Use apple-picking tools to make the harvest easier.Apple-tree image by Beausoir from Fotolia.comApples are a delightful crop that ripens in the summer and the fall. If you have an apple tree in your garden, you may want to pick these apples. However, an old, large and established apple...

How to Prune Magnolia Grandiflora

Magnolia grandiflora, also known as Southern magnolia, is native to the U.S. Southern states. This large broadleaf evergreen can grow from 60 to 80 feet tall with a 30- to 40-foot-wide spread. Large, showy flowers, 8 to 12 inches wide, bloom in the summer and fade to bright red seeds in the fall. Th

Sunflower Breeding Methods

It's all in the genes, for human, animals and even plants. The process of choosing and identifying genes is called "selection." Plant breeding uses selection methods to create the best characteristics of a particular plant family. In sunflower breeding, the most desirable gene characteristics are re

How to Sharpen Power Hedge Trimmers

Hedge trimmers are an asset to any homeowner with shrubs. The reciprocating blades cut swiftly and accurately leaving your shrubs looking manicured and healthy. As with any power tool, hedge trimmers require some maintenance in order to continue working well for many years. One such task is sharpeni

How to Prune Grapevines in Alabama

Of the grapevines that grow in Alabama, the muscadine was the first species of wild American grapes to be formally cultivated. The muscadine vine needs annual pruning while it's dormant, a period in Alabama that lasts from December to March. This yearly trimming prevents disease. It also enhances th

What Are the Five Kingdoms of Fungi?

The practice of categorizing the natural world into kingdoms stretches back at least as far as Aristotle's "The History of Animals." Written in the second century B.C., this work divides living organisms into animals and plants. The number of kingdoms steadily increased until, in 1969, Robert Whitt

How to Pick Corn By Hand

Corn grows in many varieties, but all types are harvested using the same techniques. Before you can harvest corn, it needs careful inspection to ensure that it has reached maturity. Immature corn will taste bland and the kernels may not be as plump or soft. Harvest corn close to the time you plan to

How to Grow Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, is a natural part of nature's food chain. The algae grows all over the world. The blue-green algae is a type of bacteria, but behaves more like a plant in that is uses sunlight to grow. Blue-green algae is one of several organisms identified as the oldest

How to Save Cantaloupe Seeds

Cantaloupes are sweet melons that people often plant in their home gardens. Instead of purchasing cantaloupe seeds, you can save them from the fruit to grow melons the following year. The warm-season plant produces large seeds that you can save from heirloom melons. Hybrid cantaloupes are not recomm