How to pick healthy plants

How to pick healthy plants

Buying plants at the big box stores How to pick healthy plants. This post is mainly about perennials, annuals, and plants that come in 4 or 6 pack, 4″ or 6″ plastic containers.  Larger plants, shrubs, and trees will be discussed in a future post. Local Nursery Versus Big-Box Stores First a little about purchasing […]

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Dead Nettle Plant – Care and Planting

The Dead Nettle Plant is a great little leaf plant that is perfect for ground-cover or in a decorative pot.  It is a herbaceous perennial and likes acidic soil.  There are about 50 species of this plant but the most common is the white Nancy (Malculatum).  These are usually sold at most retail gardening stores […]

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Purple Leaf Plum Trees

Purple Leaf Plum Trees – Landscaping tree

Purple Leaf Plum Trees (Prunus cerasifera) are small to medium-sized trees that do well in and around the southwest.  The most interesting thing about these trees is the brilliant showy bright pink flowers they produce during the early spring. It is one of the first trees to bloom in early spring.  Here is more information […]

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Dusty Miller Plant

Dusty Miller Plant Care – Silver Ragwort

The Dusty Miller Plant care (Jacobaea Maritima).  Also called the Silver Ragwort plant.  The first time I saw this plant I thought it was a type of unwanted weed.  But once I saw it grow larger and blend in with the other garden plants I quickly learned to love them. I’ve seen many customers at […]

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Identify trees by leaves

Identify trees by leaves

Identify trees by leaves – You can click on each image for a larger view. The majority of the images come from in and around the Southwest New Mexico area.  Others are from bigstock.com images. Learn more about the Texas Red Oak Information. The Chinese Pistache tree is in my opinion the best ornamental/shade tree […]

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Chinese Pistache Tree

Chinese Pistache Trees – Southwest Landscape

Chinese Pistache Trees for landscaping (Pistacia chinensis). The Chinese Pistache tree (non-bearing) is Probably one of the hardiest trees to plant in and around the Southwest. It is a small to medium-sized ornamental tree and of course, it is native to China.   A very drought tolerant hardy tree for regions where rainwater is low but […]

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Fabian Aralia Plant

Fabian Aralia Plant For indoor decoration

Fabian Aralia Plant – For indoor decoration. (Polyscias Scutellaria).  An amazing plant that can be used as a houseplant for indoor decor.   It requires little to moderate watering. It will grow about 3 maybe 4 ft. tall and it is a tropical plant this means keep it away from extreme cold and hot weather conditions.  […]

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The Pitcher Plant Care

The Monkey Plant Care

The Monkey Plant Care.  What exactly is this plant?  Well, first of all, it is a carnivorous plant meaning it eats insects and small reptiles. The scientific name is Nepenthes and it has many names the most common is the Pitcher plant because it resembles a pitcher vase or container. How to Care for the […]

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What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?   Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box, or package of fertilizer mean?  How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees in the first place? I will answer these questions in the best layman’s terms […]

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Planting Violas

Planting Violas  (Violaceae family) in the southwest is a bit challenging.  These colorful plants love the sun during the spring seasons however once the hot summer heat arrives it’s best to place them in shade.  Weeds and Violas will compete with water so it is important to remove all weeds that are nearby. Use them […]

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