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Getting a Christmas Cactus to Bloom on Time

Contributing author, Sophia Perry describes how getting a Christmas Cactus to bloom on time can be done by following a few simple steps. If you’re a big fan of the Christmas Cactus, you probably want to know how to make it bloom just in time for holidays. These succulent plants create beautiful flowers that emerge […]

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Sunny Wind Hibiscus

“Sunny Wind Hibiscus is one of a group of compact tropical hibiscus called Trade Winds Hibiscus. Grown by Green Leaf Plants, the Trade Winds Collection contains different shades  red, yellow, peach and orange hibiscus. Last I counted, they had 18 varieties. We have the Sunny Wind hibiscus. How we got it was a matter of […]

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Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most common orchids.  You find them in larger grocery stores, big discount stores and the big box home improvement stores.  Fully blooming plants can bring fairly steep price tags of twenty to thirty dollars or more. Five or six months ago, I accidentally found a way to get some […]

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Echinocereus pectinatus rubispinus – Rainbow Cactus

Echinocereus pectinatus rubispinus. Huh? I know…that’s a mouthful. We went to a Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society’s sale last summer and brought home a couple of trays of those little 2″ pots, full of unusual cacti and succulents. One of those finds was this green and raspberry colored cactus. The plants were potted up […]

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Don’t Give Up On That Injured Plant

Some of you may remember that last year we experimented with a raised sunflower bed. The results of trying to grow sunflowers in a 6-8 inch deep bed were very successful. We didn’t replant anything  after the sunflowers faded. This spring, thinking of what to plant ,  I discovered two plants that must have reseeded […]

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Homemade Organic Rose Food

“I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.”  – Roland A. Browne     I have been searching for natural methods to care for our rose bush. Not really a bush. It’s a Don Juan climbing rose. I’m looking because I feel a bit guilty for how I have […]

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Railroad Vines For Beach Erosion Control

Railroad vine grows on sand dunes in many tropical and subtropical regions. Here in the states it can be found on beaches from Georgia to Texas. We recently had the chance to snap a few photos of railroad vines when we spent some time on the Atlantic coast of Florida. The views looking out over […]

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Raised Bed Sunflower Garden

A few weeks ago we posted a note about our Autumn Beauty Sunflowers that were blooming. As you may recall, we found three varieties of sunflower seeds on clearance for a quarter a piece.  We bought one pack each of Russian Mammoth Sunflowers, Lemon Queen Sunflowers and the Autumn Beauty Sunflowers. The seeds were planted […]

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Carrion Plant (Stapelia Gigantea)

Also known as the Toad plant and the Starfish plant, this succulent from South Africa puts on an impressive show. Large buds emerge from the base of the plant and open up to a flower that is seven to ten inches in diameter. The name for this plant is a result of the “disgusting smell”, […]

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Blue Skies and Indian Blankets

Whenever we visit the beach we look forward to seeing the blue skies above the ocean  one of our favorite wildflowers, Indian Blanket flowers. Gaillardia pulchella, also know as Firewheel or just plain Indian Blanket grows throughout most of the central United states. In our area, they grow wild on the sand dunes. Liking hot weather, we […]

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Blood Lilies Are Bursting With Color

Blood Lilies, or African Blood Lilies (scadoxus multiflorus katherinae), are one of our favorite bulbs. They are up and blooming now, with everyone, including the butterflies, impressed by their beauty. The 200 or so flowers at the end of each stem last only a couple of weeks and they bloom just once per year. We […]

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Autumn Beauty Sunflowers Are Blooming

Here at Gardening on a Dime, we have a few different sunflowers planted this year. One of the seeds we found on clearance a couple of months ago at one of the big box stores was Autumn Beauty Sunflower. Figuring that for a quarter a packet, we had nothing to lose. And since our whole […]