General Gardening

How to Repot Plants

Repot root-bound plantsWhen a plant outgrows its plant container, it is "pot-bound" or "root-bound." It no longer grows, and its roots begin to come up out of the dirt, as well as emerge from the drainage holes on the bottom of the plant container. The roots have become cramped and packed tightly into the container, like the roots of the bush lily in the picture on the right.

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7 Steps to Grafting Cactus

Blue candle cactus graftGrafting, which can be done with many plants, is a propagation technique in which a gardener will take two separate plant species, cut them and grow them together as one plant. The plants, if they are compatible, will bond and grow as one. Moon cactus is one of the most popular grafted cactus that gardeners keep.

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English Ivy and Other Invasive Plants

Ivy desert WashingtonIn the Pacific Northwest of the United States, there is a problem with invasive English ivy taking over local wildlife (it is native to Europe and western Asia). It's gotten so bad that the plant is actually banned in Oregon. In order to combat the ivy plant that has taken over local parks, volunteers rip it out. If you have a problem with ivy in your area, or any other invasive plant for that matter, you can volunteer to remove and destroy non-native plant species.

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Help Your Plants Beat the Heat

Avocado tree leaf heatHeat takes a toll on plants, especially those kept in plant containers. And when heat is combined with sun and wind, it can cause extreme damage to container plants. After just one day in the hot sun and triple-digit temperatures, the leaves of the young avocado tree pictured here crumbled to the touch. The sun and heat literally cooked and burned the leaves.

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