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How to Grow: Paperwhite Narcissus

In this podcast, learn how to grow Paperwhite narcissus and how to force them indoors for winter blooms If want to add some fragrant, holiday flowers to our home, grow paperwhite narcissus. Paperwhites are small flowered daffodils and feature fragrant flowers. The beauty of paperwhites is they're easy to force into bloom indoors this time of year. Simply pot them up and they'll be in bloom 3 to 4 weeks later. While we think of white as the flower color of paperwhites, there are other varieties. Try the yellow flowered 'Bethlehem' or white...

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How to Grow: Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Learn the best ways to plant and care for tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring flowering bulbs in fall for a beautiful flower garden in spring. This video includes information on planting, fertilizing and layering the bulbs. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Transcript Hi I'm Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. It may look like fall all around me, but I'm thinking about spring. Today I'd like to talk to you about how to plant spring flowering bulbs. There are a number of bulbs...

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How to Grow: Protecting Bulbs

Learn how to protect your newly planted bulbs from animals such as squirrels and mice. Listen to podcast: Planting spring flowering bulbs is an act of supreme faith. We hopefully pop our tulips, crocus and hyacinth bulbs into the soil now with dreams of a rainbow of colors next spring. Unfortunately, we aren't the only ones loving those bulbs. Squirrels, chipmunks and mice are just some of the creatures that will happily munch on your bulbs under ground so that come spring all you might see in your garden are the weeds you missed last...

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How to Grow: Protecting Bulbs from Rodents

Learn how to protect your prized tulip and crocus bulbs from mice, voles and chipmunks from eating them after you plant in fall. By using bulbs that these rodents don't like to eat, such as fritillaria, daffodils and alliums, and either not planting tulips and crocus or mixing the repellent bulbs with the tulips and crocus, you can thwart these critters. Another technique is to use materials mice and voles don't like to tunnel through. Crushed seashells, oysters shells or gravel create a barrier they don't like to pass. Mix these in the...

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How to Grow: Siberian Squill

Scilla siberica   Other Name scilla   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early spring in colors of blue, white and pink   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 6 inches x 4 to 6 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Siberian squill is a hardy bulb that is most noted for naturalizing in lawns and gardens turning the ground a carpet of blue, pink or white in early spring. I often see this bulb naturalized around old farmhouses in Vermont where it has taken over the landscape in...

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How to Grow: Snowdrops

Galanthus nivalis   Other Name common snowdrop   Sun Requirements part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early spring in white or white and green colors   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 6 inches x 6 to 8 inches   Added Benefits deer resistant   Snowdrops are so named because they are one of the earliest bulbs to grow and flower in the landscape. They often are growing and flowering beneath or through banks of snow in late winter. I've been known to shovel snow off areas where I planted snowdrops to reveal flowering bulbs....

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How to Grow: Species Tulips

Learn about species tulips, including varieties and how to plant and grow them. Listen to Podcast: These flowers were gathered in the wilds of Turkey by Ottoman sultans and were depicted on paintings, wall covering and in decorative arts throughout the 1500s. Later on hybrid versions of these blooms spurred a whole flower industry in Europe, including a market crash. But the species versions have gathered less attention. I love species tulips. Not only for the variety of plant forms, leaf colors and dainty flowers, but mostly because they...

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How to Grow: Tiger Lilies

Listen to this podcast on how to grow Tiger Lilies. The Korean folk story goes that a hermit saw a tiger that was wounded by an arrow. The hermit helped the tiger by removing the arrow and they became friends. When the tiger died, the hermit used his magical powers to turn him into a lily. When the hermit died, the tiger lily started spreading looking for his friend. Tiger lilies are still searching and spreading around the globe ever since. Tiger lilies or (Lilium lancifolium), like the character in Peter Pan, are strong and resilient...

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How to Grow: Tuberous Begonia

Learn how to grow tuberous begonias including information about varieties Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Begonia tuberhybrida   Other Name tuberous rooted begonia   Sun Requirements part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Summer to fall in a wide range of colors such as red, pink, yellow, orange, white and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 8 to 18 inches x 8 to 18 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Tuberous begonias are colorful flowers grown from under ground bulbs or tubers...

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How to Grow: Tulips

Learn about tulips, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Tulips Tulipa spp and hybrids   Other Name NA   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to early summer in a wide range of flower shapes and almost every color of the rainbow   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 24 inches x 6 to 8 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials   Tulips are the standard bearer for spring flowering bulbs. They are a vast group with a variety of plant sizes, flower...

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Learn about the best and easiest houseplants to grow in your home with different light, fertilizing and watering needs. These include hibiscus, begonia, monstera, figs and much more.