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postheadericon Yellow daffodil leaves – reasons why daffodil foliage turns yellow

Yellow daffodil leaves – reasons why daffodil foliage turns yellow

Image by Gardening Know How By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Daffodil leaves always turn yellow a few weeks after the plant blooms. This is normal and indicates that their job is finished for the season. The leaves have absorbed sunlight, which creates energy for the production of sugar that replenishes the bulb for the coming growing season. Daffodils with yellow leaves at any other time, however, may indicate a problem, often caused by disease. Read on to learn more. Reasons for Daffodil Leaves Turning Yellow If…

postheadericon Learn about iris leaf spot

Learn about iris leaf spot

Image by Gardening Know How By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Iris leaf spot is the most common disease affecting iris plants. Controlling this iris leaf disease involves specific cultural management practices that reduce the production and spread of spores. Wet, humid-like conditions make the ideal environment for fungal leaf spot. Iris plants and the surrounding area can be treated, however, to make conditions less favorable for the fungus. Iris Leaf Disease One of the most common diseases affecting irises is fungal leaf spot. Iris leaves develop small…

postheadericon What is a flame tree: learn about the flamboyant flame tree

What is a flame tree: learn about the flamboyant flame tree

Image by kunphel By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener The flamboyant flame tree (Delonix regia) provides welcome shade and spectacular color in the warm climates of USDA zone 10 and above. Showy black seedpods measuring up to 26 inches in length decorate the tree in winter. The attractive, semi-deciduous leaves are elegant and fern-like. Read on to learn more about flame trees. What is a Flame Tree? Also known as royal Poinciana or flamboyant tree, flame tree is one of the world’s most colorful trees. Every spring,…

postheadericon Daffodil seed cultivation: tips on growing daffodil seeds

Daffodil seed cultivation: tips on growing daffodil seeds

Image by Clearly Ambiguous By Anne Baley In most gardens, daffodils reproduce from bulbs, coming up year after year. The thought of growing them from seed may seem a bit unusual, but you can do it if you’ve got the time and patience. Growing daffodil seeds is a very simple proposition, but turning the seed into a blooming plant can take five years or more. Learn how to propagate daffodil from seed after collecting the seeds from your garden. Daffodil Seed Pods Daffodil seed cultivation is a simple process, mostly…

postheadericon Flower bulbs not growing: why there are no daffodils after planting

Flower bulbs not growing: why there are no daffodils after planting

Image by Catstail By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Daffodils are cheerful harbingers of early spring and, usually, they bloom dependably for many years. However, sometimes problems arise and, unfortunately, there are no daffodils after planting. If your flower bulbs are not growing, put on your detective hat and do a little troubleshooting. Most problems are easy to fix. Daffodil Flower Bulbs not Growing If your daffodil bulbs did not come up, there are a number of things to consider. Advertisement Did you plant the bulbs upside-down?…

postheadericon Cassia tree pruning: how and when to trim cassia trees

Cassia tree pruning: how and when to trim cassia trees

Image by Tatters:) By Jackie Carroll Cassia trees are also called candlebrush, and it’s easy to see why. In late summer, the golden yellow flowers that hang from the branches in long clusters resemble candles. This large, spreading shrub or small tree makes a great container accent plant that looks fantastic on patios and near entryways. You can also use it as a specimen or lawn tree. Pruning cassia trees helps strengthen the structure and keeps it looking neat. When to Trim Cassia Trees Prune cassia trees at planting time…

postheadericon After bloom care of daffodil flowers: caring for daffodil bulbs after blooming

After bloom care of daffodil flowers: caring for daffodil bulbs after blooming

Image by Nikki Phipps via Gardening Know How By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Daffodils are familiar bloomers that light up the garden with bright color in early spring. They are surprisingly easy to grow and will last for many years with very minimal care. Although daffodils are amazingly easy to get along with, caring for daffodil bulbs after flowering is essential. Read on for tips on what you need to know about the care of daffodil flowers after blooming. Daffodil Care Post Bloom Remove daffodil blooms…

postheadericon Naturalizing daffodils in gardens: naturalized planting of daffodils

Naturalizing daffodils in gardens: naturalized planting of daffodils

Image by ShootingWild By Bonnie L. Grant Aging plots of daffodils will expand and multiply as time goes by. This is a process called naturalization. Daffodil naturalizing occurs without intervention and produces numerous bulbets which may be divided off the parent plant or left in ground to produce a new plant. Pick a good sized bed when naturalizing daffodils and over time you will have a sea of golden trumpet shaped blooms. How to Naturalize Daffodil Bulbs The proper soil is key to naturalizing daffodils. The bulbs do not perform…

postheadericon Planting and care of grape hyacinths

Planting and care of grape hyacinths

Image by DM By Heather Rhoades Grape hyacinths (Muscari) look much like little miniature hyacinths. These plants are smaller and only get about 6 to 8 inches high. Each grape hyacinth flower looks like it has little beads all strung together up and down the stem of the plant. Where to Plant Grape Hyacinth Bulbs Grape hyacinths start from small fleshy little bulbs. Keep in mind that the small bulbs can dry out easier than the bigger ones, so plan on planting them early in the fall so they get…

postheadericon Dividing daffodils: can you transplant daffodil bulbs

Dividing daffodils: can you transplant daffodil bulbs

Image by Viorika By Bonnie L. Grant When daffodils nod their cheery heads, you know spring has really arrived. Their golden blooms become more and more dense over time as the bulbs naturalize. Over the years it becomes necessary to divide and transplant the bulbs. Can you transplant daffodil bulbs anytime of the year? Some people move them in early summer and some people wait until late in the season. Let’s learn when and how to divide and transplant daffodils. When Do You Divide Daffodil Bulbs? As the years pass, your…