Orchid Care During The winter

Tips on Caring for Orchids in the Winter

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White flowering orchid

As the chilly months set in with temperatures moving towards freezing it’s an indication that wintertime is not far away. Preparing for this time of the year means we must do all we can to ensure that our garden plants are well maintained as they go through those harsh winter months.

One plant in particular which needs our help during these freezing conditions is orchids, these tropical beauties with their beautiful rainbow color flower blooms create a tropical setting in a garden paradise that’s so inviting.

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Christmas Cactus Plant

Caring for the Christmas Cactus Plants

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Christmas cactus plant

The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii) is a must-have. This garden beauty has flat roundish segmented stems that produce tubular flower blooms of white, purple, red, yellow, orange, and pink. There are about 6-9 species of Christmas cactus that belong to the family Cactaceae.

Christmas cactus is native to Brazil and can be found growing in tropical to sub-tropical climates in coastal mountains and the rain forest hanging from tree branches and rocks. This garden beauty also goes by the names crab cactus, holiday cactus, and thanksgiving cactus.

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Yucca Plant Care

How to Grow and Care for Yuccas

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Yucca white flowers

Yuccas are native to the southwestern United States and arid deserts growing in coastal sandy dunes of the east, rocky badlands, and grasslands. Yuccas belong to the family Asparagaceae which comprises some 40-50 species. The common name for yuccas is Adams needle. Most yuccas have thick waxy skins to avoid water loss.

Yuccas can reach heights of 4-8 ft growing in zones 5 to 10, this evergreen produces leaves that are tough with a sword-like shape. Yuccas produce beautiful white flowers that are a show stopper, what I love about yuccas is their low maintenance drought-tolerant plants that can grow both out and indoors. For more on yucca plant care let’s take a closer look.

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Oregon Grape Care

Oregon Grape Care and Maintenance

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Oregon flower

Oregon grape is native to western North America and is the state flower of Oregon. Other common names for Oregon grape are mountain grape, holly-leaved barberry, Oregonholly grape, and Oregon grape holly.

The Latin name for this plant species is Mahonia aquifolium there are 6 species of Oregon grape that belong to the Berberidaceae family.  For more on how to grow and care for Oregon grape along with proper placement in your landscape and gardens let’s take a closer look.

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Juniper Plant Care

How to Grow and Care for Juniper

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A juniper plant

Among the many garden plants that grace our gardens and landscapes, junipers have been one of the more popular ones, junipers are coniferous shrubs or trees belonging to the cypress family. What I found interesting about junipers is their ability to grow in most regions.

Junipers are native to The UK, Europe, and much of the northern hemisphere. In its natural habitat junipers can be found growing in old native pine woodlands, chalk lowland, rocky areas, and moorland. Junipers are highly prized for their foliage (leaves).

There are some 50-60 species of juniper giving a wide selection to choose from, junipers are also popular in helping to prevent soil erosion. Junipers can be grown as a screen, ground cover, or can be used in foundation planting. Depending on the variety some species can reach heights of 20 ft or more. If you’re interested in learning more about juniper plant care continue reading as we take a closer look.

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