Poinsettia Care

Poinsettia is perhaps the most common plant gift of the Christmas season. It is colorful, traditional and looks like it should be tough to withstand any conditions in the home. Many recipients assume that it will last for months in the home environment. Cared-for properly and the poinsettia will give weeks of color and pleasure to its owner. But, it

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Ten Commandments of water quality

  The Ten Commandments of water quality By Dennis Patton, county Extension agent/horticulture, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Okay, this may sound a little preachy. But after watching so many people violate the rules it’s time to put things into perspective. We all have a role in protecting our water quality. So here are ten simple things you can

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Plant Profile: Jade

  Did you know that Jade plant is named after the jade-like, dark green color of the leaves? Crassula ovata, commonly known as jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree, is a succulent plant with small pink or white flowers. The jade plant is an extremely popular succulent houseplant. Sometimes called the money plant or dollar plant, these

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Daylilies

Summer Garden Delights When daylilies are mentioned, many people picture the orange daylilies from their childhood. These “ditch lilies” as they were called, could be seen in the ditches of rural areas, along streams and around many rural and city homes. Even today, ditch lilies still thrive in these locations. Today, daylilies offer a rainbow of color combinations and a

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Butterfly Bush

Ambrosia for butterflies, blooming shrub for the garden Can you guess which plant tops the list of “Best Plants for a Butterfly Garden”? Its name is a huge hint. Of course, Butterfly Bush Buddleia (also Buddleja) reigns Number One. This sun-loving shrub produces nectar-filled blooms that always seem to be the most popular among butterflies. If by chance there might

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