Author: Karen Russ

Sweet Corn

Planting Sweet corn (Zea mays var. rugosa) is a warm-season crop that grows best at temperatures between 60 and 80 °F. The optimum soil temperature for seed germination is 60 to 95 °F. Sweet corn...

Plants that Tolerate Drought

These plants are drought tolerant once established. All plants need water while establishing their root system and during periods of extended drought. Root establishment can take from one to several...

Oleander

Oleanders (Nerium oleander) are distinctive and beautiful large, flowering shrubs that thrive with little care. They are very heat and drought-tolerant once established, and will grow especially...

Heirloom Vegetables

Heirloom vegetables are defined in several ways. Some consider heirlooms to be any vegetable cultivars that have been grown for a certain length of time. Other people consider vegetables to be truly...

Weeping Ficus

Weeping ficus or fig (Ficus benjamina) is popular as houseplants, in offices and interior landscaping. They have an elegant form and dense, glossy dark foliage. Slender branches arch gracefully from...

Philodendron

Philodendrons are among the most common and easy-to-grow houseplants. Many tolerate low light and neglect. If well treated, they will be beautiful and dependable for many years. Height/Spread The...

Growing Perennials

Herbaceous perennials generally live for three or more seasons, but usually the tops die back to the ground each fall. The crown and roots of the plant resume growth in spring. A few perennials are...

Indoor Palms

Palms give a wonderful tropical feeling to the indoor garden. They are bold houseplants that command attention. Height/Spread Palms suited to indoor cultivation are slow-growing while young or have...

Schefflera

Scheffleras are large and graceful tropical plants often used in interior decorating. They are superb long-lived houseplants. Height/Spread Scheffleras are usually 2 to 3 feet tall when sold, and...

Rubber Plant

Rubber plants (Ficus elastica) are easy to grow and care for and do well in a variety of conditions. They are excellent plants for beginners. Height/Spread Rubber plants can easily grow 6 to 10 feet...

Growing English Ivy Indoors

English ivy (Hedera helix) is a versatile houseplant that can be grown in many different situations. Ivies can be grown in hanging baskets, at the base of other houseplants and in pots of their own....

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