Rose Rustling for Beginners

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Lisa Andrews

Roses have been cultivated for thousands of years, but modern varieties are significantly different from those that were commonly grown only a handful of generations ago. The first modern roses were hybrid teas that were created during the late 19th century, and different varieties of hybrid tea roses remain very popular. Though it is possible to grow roses from seeds, some modern roses have such tightly packed petals that they cannot be fertilized. Most modern… Continue Reading »

8 Fragrant Plants for Small Spaces

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Isabell Davila

It has the ability to change our moods, influence our behaviors, and evoke vivid memories. The power of scent is a fascinating thing, but sadly, most of us don’t have time to literally “stop and smell the roses.” There are many calming effects and other refreshing perks of stimulating our senses, so why not surround our spaces — especially smaller spaces like office tables, kitchen windows, balconies, and garden corners — with some of these… Continue Reading »

Popular Flowers on the Verge of Extinction

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Isabell Davila

With the growing concerns over our environment and the state of unstable wildlife, extinction of certain species of flowers looms ever closer. Several of the more dramatic and popular species face extinction as their habitats become disturbed and levels of extraction and overuse increase.

The Orchid is one of the more popular varieties of flowers that are on the verge of extinction. In fact, one source puts the number of orchid species on the… Continue Reading »

The Christmas Cactus: The Other Christmas Flower

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Lisa Andrews

When most people think of Christmas plants and flowers, the poinsettia comes to mind. However, an alternative option is steadily growing in popularity. The Christmas cactus, which is a member of the zygo-cactus family, is starting to show up in homes around the country. They aren’t just on display during the Christmas season either. In fact, these plants can survive for several years, and they are easily propagated. When they bloom, they are absolutely breathtaking.… Continue Reading »

America’s Christmas Flower: A Closer Look at The Poinsettia

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Lisa Andrews

Native to Mexico, the bright-red poinsettia is most familiar to Americans as the colorful plant used to decorate wreaths and tabletops at Christmastime. The plant is generally grown in greenhouses in the U.S., though a related weed grows wild in the central and eastern states. Poinsettias account for about 85 percent of potted plant sales during the holiday season. In the wild, the poinsettia grows on a shrub. It was known to the Aztecs as… Continue Reading »

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