Corn – frequently asked questions

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Corn is the most widely produced crop in the entire world. It is considered as whole grain and vegetable at the same time.  Like rice, it is also a staple food in many countries. It is a member of the grass family and grow in a grass-looking stalk and produce ears or cobs. These cobs are used for several food products and ingredients which makes up the 20% of the world’s nutrition. Corns usage extends to cosmetics, medicines, fabrics and several materials.

If you are planning to grow corns, these frequently asked questions should provide you the basics to start your own cornfield someday.

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1. How long does corn take to grow?

Corn grows between 60 to 100 days. It depends on the variety of the corn and the soil temperature during the growing season. Corn germinates faster when the soil is warmer. So it important to plant corn when the air temperature is between 60 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. How many ears of corn per stalk?

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On average, sweet corn and field corn produce one to two ears per stalk. According to agriculturists, the density of the stalks affects the number of ears that corns produce. The less density, the more space for the corns to grow and produce more ears.

There are varieties of field corns that produce between 6 to 10 ears or cobs depending on the size. These are the baby corns that we typically use in salads and dishes.

3. When is corn season?

The corn season varies per country. Since corn thrives better in warmer temperature, the corn harvest season reflects at the end of the summer to fall season. In the US, planting corns start normally from April to June and the harvest season is from June to October. Tropical countries have longer harvest season due to warm weather all throughout the year.

4. How do you harvest corn?

Harvesting corn is easy. Once corn kernels are mature, just hold the corn ear with your hand and twist it on the side. And then pull the ear and yank hard. Use your other hand to steady the stalk. If you are harvesting sweet corns, preserve or prepare it for eating right away as sweet corns lose their sweetness right after harvesting.

5. How do you know corn is ready to harvest?

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There are several signs that you can check. First off, the tassels must be brown. These are the stuff that looks like hair at the top of the cob. If it’s still green, that means it is not ready yet. The cobs also start to swell when its ready. And lastly, the kernels must be full and milky. You can check this by pulling back the corn silk and squeezing the kernel.

6. Is corn easy to grow?

Growing corn is not that complicated. Corns require minimal aftercare. It needs warm and healthy soil, at least 6 hours of sunlight and a constant supply of water. Weeding and adding fertilizers might also be needed from time to time.

Aside from the basics, it is important to remember that corn needs other corn to grow and produce kernels. Corns are wind pollinated and need pollens from other corns. This is why it is also important to plant them by rows and about a foot apart from each other.

7. Can I grow corn in my backyard?

It is possible to grow corn in your backyard as long as the location meets the basic needs of the plant. It is important that you have rich soil, proper drainage, and good water supply. And that you plant the corn plants that they can pollinate each other properly.

8. How much sun is needed to grow corn?

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Corn is a summer crop so it is best to plant them where it can get a full sunlight. At the minimum, corn requires at least 6 hours of sunlight. Corn is sensitive to cold and susceptible to frost so avoid planting them during the winter season.

9. Does corn need a lot of water?

Corns need water at least once every week or when the soil starts drying. Pour at least 1 inch of water to the soil. It is important to keep the soil moist and keep it from drying. Drought conditions can result in stunted growth of the corn and lack of kernels.

10. Where does corn grow best?

Aside from the warm weather, corn grows best in sandy loam soil. Sandy loam soil is a rich soil composed of sand, silt, and clay. It has good drainage and normally stays moist without being too wet which is ideal for corn growing. Corns also like slightly acidic soil or has a pH scale of 5.8 to 6.8.

 

How to grow and care for Bougainvillea bonsai

Purple Bougainvillea Bonsai

Lend some colorful accents to your surroundings with the beautiful plant of Bougainvillea Bonsai. It is a tropical plant that comes in several colors like orange, bright red, white, purple and pink. Originated in South America and native to Peru, Brazil, and Colombia, it is considered as a subtropical species that is known for its large-sized flowers. Their branches resemble that of a vine and can be pruned into Bonsai.

This plant has a beautiful display of flowers with an interesting branch structure and a thick trunk. Depending upon their species, Bougainvillea Bonsai can be grown against a fence, in the containers, as hedge, ground cover, in tree form, and more.

Yellow Bougainvillea Bonsai

How To Grow A Bougainvillea Bonsai

Bougainvillea Bonsai plants are not different from Bougainvillea Vines. But if you want to grow a Bougainvillea Bonsai, you need to start by selecting a good container with excellent drainage.

Purchase a small Bougainvillea in springtime. Keep the plant in a small container, brush the soil from its roots, and prune one-third of its roots.

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Now prepare a growing medium with equal parts of perlite, pine bark, peat moss, and potting soil. Add the medium in the one-third of the container and keep the plant into its center. Tamp the soil down firmly and stop an inch below as you are about the rim.

Once you have planted, it will require sunlight to thrive all day long. Always keep the plant where the temperature is above 40 degrees. Make sure that you prune the plant during the growing season and do shape the plant to enhance its center trunk.

Bougainvillea Bonsai also grow their best when the weather is warm.

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Care Instructions For Bougainvillea Bonsai

Bougainvillea Bonsai care is as important as correct planting. Here are the care instructions to follow to make your Bougainvillea Bonsai grow its best.

Sun Exposure

If this plant does not get enough amount of sun, it will not show its full colors and hues.

Hardiness

Bougainvillea Bonsai comes from the USDA zones 9B-11 and does not grows below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant cannot withstand freeze; especially the newly planted ones.

Pruning and Styling

The care of Bougainvillea Bonsai includes trimming at regular intervals. You can trim the foliage at any time of the year, but make sure that you do not trim off the bracts when they have started to gain the color.

Whenever you style the Bonsai plant, you need to take care of the special areas like canopies, form pads, and long sweeping limbs.

Water Tolerance

Bougainvillea Bonsai prefers deep watering, i.e. regular watering every three to four weeks. Whenever you plant a Bougainvillea, make sure that you water it regularly, and the soil is damp as well.

Container/Pot Selection

It is essential that you choose an ideal container for your Bonsai. Look for a round or a rectangular pot that goes with the shape of your plant. However, the round pot should be 1/3rd of your plant’s height, and the rectangular one should be 2/3rd of it.

Irrespective of the fact, whether you are planting it inside or outside, the depth of the container should also be equal to the diameter of the plant.

Soil

Bougainvillea Bonsai prefer a fair amount of organic matter in the soil. The soil that you use should at least contain 40% of it. However, the inorganic part of the soil should consist of coarse sand, agricultural pumice, decomposed granite, or different portions of all the above.

Pests and Diseases

This plant is mostly pest free, but they are somewhat vulnerable to aphids and a bit of black spot fungus.

Use Of Fertilizers

During the spring, low nitrogen fertilizer should be used in the plant. The plant will have more blooming if the content of potassium is more than the Nitrogen in it. You can also make the soil acidic by adding the azalea fertilizer to it.

Bottom Line

Out of all the tropical species used for Bonsai, Bougainvillea will grow and will give you one of the most impressive displays for your home decor.

Arrowhead plants: how to grow and care for this plant in containers

Looking to enhance your indoor garden? Well, look no further than the beautiful Arrowhead Plant.

Arrowhead Plant is known by a variety of names and is known as Arrowhead Vine, Synovium, Nephthytis, Five Fingers, and American Evergreen. It has withstood the test of time and is considered as one of the best houseplants.  This plant grows out as a solid green plant and has green and white colored leaves with the distinct shades of green and pink. The leaves of this plant always come in the shape of an arrowhead.

These plants, when young are pretty full and make an attractive choice for side tables, coffee tables, bedside, and other surfaces. As this plant comes with the colored foliages, they add both edge and interest to your décor. For augmenting the appeal of your space, you can also let it grow alone or keep it mixed with other plants too.

Arrowhead is a great choice for décor and here is how to care and grow this plant in containers.

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Arrowhead Growing Guide

The arrowhead plant serves as a great container plant for indoor and balcony spaces or gardens that don’t get light directly from the sun. You should only allow southern exposure from the sunlight inside your surroundings as this plant can get bleached in the direct sun. This plant is winter hardy in Florida and grows very well as a houseplant in all other states which have the US hardiness zones 10 and 11.

You will have to water this plant as the surface starts to dry. But make sure that you only moist the plant and not wet it completely. Its proper care requires humid conditions. So, spray little droplets of water daily or place the container in a tray that is filled up with water and pebbles.

Fertilizing is not mandatory. However, you can always use a houseplant fertilizer in spring or summer season as it is not required to be fertilized in winters. Furthermore, you can prune it according to your convenience.

Arrowhead Plant Propagation

This plant propagates from its roots, cuttings, and air layering. The root structure of this plant is quite extensive and also becomes invasive, even in a container environment. It is recommended that you should cut off the foliage and steps as they develop.

If you want it to re-pot; just divide the root, and you are good to go.

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Arrowhead Care Instructions

The overall care of this plant is quite easy. But lack of essential nutrients in light, soil, and the entire growing process may retard the growth of the plant. Its growth also slows down in the winter months, but with these care instructions, you can let the plant grow effectively.

  • Light:

    Arrowhead plants need a medium to low lighting. If your plant starts yellowing, it is a sign that it is receiving too much light.

  • Temperature:

    This plant is known to grow best in the temperatures between 16 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius. The temperatures below 10 degree Celsius kill the plant.

  • Pot Size:

    These plants grow their best when they are bound to their roots. Do not rush them to the next size container and ensure that there are drop holes at the bottom.

  • Soil:

    These plants prefer rich organic soil that drains well. However, an African violet mix serves as a good choice.

  • Pests:

    Keep an eye on spider mites and mealy bugs. If you see any of them, you can treat them by spraying isopropyl alcohol.

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Arrowhead Flowering Conditions

It is unusual for these plans to produce flowers. But when flowers appear, they are the green and white blooms.

What Do You Need To Remember?

Keep the growth tips and long runners pruned so that you can use them on the indoor tables. If you leave these plants untrimmed, they make beautiful indoor plants and enhance the overall aura of your space. Moreover, the leaves of this plant change its shape as it matures.  It begins with an arrowhead shape and then grows into the three to five finger sections.

These plants are highly poisonous so it should be kept away from pets and children.

Growing Orange trees: all things that you need to know

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Orange is a Citrus family plant and one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. They thrive better in a warm climate. Like any other citrus fruit, growing orange trees is easy. The orange tree is a low maintenance plant and it is possible to grow them indoor, in small spaces or even inside a greenhouse.

If you are planning to grow your own orange trees for an endless supply of fresh orange juice, here are some essential things you should know about growing orange trees.

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Where do orange trees grow?

Orange trees grow almost anywhere but they grow better in places with warm weather. They thrive in temperatures between 55 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and survive at 35 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter season.

If the weather is colder where you live, it is best to keep the tree indoor to protect it from frost. And take them outside when it’s warmer.

When is the best time to plant orange trees?

An orange tree can be planted all year round. However, it is advisable to plant them at the beginning of spring. This gives the tree enough time to acclimatize before winter.   

How long does it take for an orange tree to bear fruit?

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The orange tree produces fruits depending on your planting process.  A tree grown from seeds might take up to 15 years to produce fruits. Buying tree from a local nursery and transferring the plant to your garden might take between 3-4 years. And grafting orange tree from rootstock might only take 3 years to start bearing fruits.

What type of soil is best for orange trees?

Citrus fruits survive better in the slightly acidic soil. For orange trees, a soil pH (level of acidity) of 6.0 to 7.5 is recommended.

What kind of fertilizer to use on orange trees?

Slightly nitrogen rich or balance NPK fertilizers are great for orange trees and other citrus trees.

How long does an orange tree live for?

An orange tree can live between 50-100 years when given proper care. Citrus trees, including orange, are known for long life span and it’s not uncommon to hear orange trees that live more than a hundred years.

How do you plant an orange tree?

There are 3 ways to plant an orange tree.

1. Grafting or budding orange tree

Grafting is a horticultural process wherein two plants are joined together to grow as one. Scion – which is the upper part of the plant – is attached to the lower portion of the plant known as rootstock. Horticulturists use this process when it is impossible to grow a plant through seeds.

Budding, on the other hand, is a form of grafting best suited for citrus trees like orange. You can do this if you already have orange trees in your backyard and you want to plant more trees. Or if you have a neighbor who is willing to give you scion and rootstock for budding. Some local nurseries might be able to help you graft materials as well.

  • Select a healthy orange tree that you wish to cultivate.
  • Prepare the scion and rootstock. Remove any leaves or torn on the branch.
  • Using a knife, make a one-inch vertical cut on the rootstock and at the bottom of the cut, make a horizontal cut. Try to avoid cutting the entire branch. This should create an inverted “T” on the rootstock.
  • Cut a one-inch bark from a budded twig or scion.
  • Insert the bark in the rootstock “T” cut.
  • Wrap the graft for 30 days.

To learn more about grafting orange tree, you can check this tutorial video.

2. Using seeds

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Using the seed is the traditional way of planting orange trees. However, keep in mind that it takes years to see the tree grows if you choose to start from the beginning. Success rate of planting orange tree is also lower if you use seeds and especially if you are a beginner. It is more challenging to grow trees from seeds as it is more susceptible to diseases. Also, even if the seeds might come from a good orange fruit, it doesn’t guarantee that it will produce the same result.

  • Buy healthy orange fruits in the supermarket. Make sure the orange fruits are not seedless.
  • Cut the orange carefully and avoid cutting the seeds. Select the undamaged seeds once you’re done.
  • Wash the seeds to remove any fungus or mold spores. Then soak the seeds in the water for 24 hours. Do not soak it longer than 24 hours.
  • Drain the water and transfer it to a prepared pot or containers.
  • Make sure the pot has good drainage holes and you put it in a place where it can get a constant supply of sunshine.
  • Water the seeds once to twice a week or once the soil starts to become dry.

3. Buying a tree from local nurseries

This is probably the easiest way to grow an orange tree. If you are not confident to do grafting or use seeds, then buying a tree from local nurseries is a good option. However, this doesn’t mean that the tree will just produce fruits on its own. An aftercare still remains important for your orange trees.

  • Citrus trees are not a fan of overwatering or underwatering. It is important to water the orange trees once or twice a week. Keep in mind that the goal is to preserve the soil from drying. So, adjust your watering schedule accordingly
  • The orange tree is sensitive to cold.  Try to place them where it can get sunlight for at least 8 hours. Keep them indoor if the temperature is colder.
  • Add fertilizers as needed.

 

Things you need to know about Areca palms

Areca palms are one of the most popular plants used in home interiors across the world. They are native to Madagascar and naturally found in the islands. The best thing about the Areca palms is that they get acclimatized to the environment. This makes them perfect for growing the tropical regions with humid environments.

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These plants have beautiful lush green leaves, with long feathery fronds, which contain about 40 to 50 leaflets on it.  Areca palms are perfect to use for interior decoration in homes and offices.

How to grow Areca palm in your home

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There are two ways to plant the Areca palm plants. Planting with seeds and growing from tiny plants. You can put multiple seeds in a pot, but growing the Areca palms from seeds is difficult, as seeds take at least six weeks to germinate. You can easily get the plants from a nursery and plant them in your pots in the yard or indoors.

Light and Watering

Areca palms need bright light for proper growth as they last longer when placed in direct sunlight. They also need adequate water, but they cannot tolerate the waterlogging or drenched over-drenched soil. You should let the soil completely dry between the watering sessions.

Soil mix and fertilizer

Areca palms need a peat based soil mix and adequate water drainage. Palms prefer good drainage to avoid the water logging of roots. You can use a weak liquid fertilizer once or twice in the growing season, but not in the winter season.

Propagation of Areca palms

It is difficult to find the seeds of Areca palms, but if you find them, you can germinate them at your home by planting them in a seed starting soil. The new green colored seeds have a slow germination rate than the mature orange seeds.

The germination of seeds requires high humidity and takes six weeks to germinate. That is why it is better to plant the grown-up plants than waiting for the seeds to germinate.  The best way to propagate the Areca palms is to divide the clumps and plant them in new containers.

Re-potting the Areca Palms

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Areca plants are often planted in clumps, and they grow very fast as compared to other plants. With the time they also form their own clusters which require you to re-pot them in the new containers. Whether you plant the indoor or outdoor, Areca palms need repotting every year. You need to be careful while re-potting, as a slight mistake can damage the root ball.

Maintenance and Care

The fastest way to kill an Areca palm is overwatering or inadequate drainage. You should provide them with proper drainage holes to prevent the over-drenched soil and water them less frequently in winters. Also, they need adequate light if planted indoors. You need to place them outdoors for a few hours every week in the winter season.

Potential Problems

The biggest problem that occurs with these plants is the root rotting. However, you can prevent the rotting of roots by offering adequate watering and drainage. Brown leaf tips can appear if the air is too dry which makes them susceptible to spider mites and bugs. In case of an infestation, wash the plant with insecticidal soap to get rid of the pests and move the plant to a more humid environment.

Final Words

Areca Palms not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home but also filters the air from the toxins. It removes the harmful chemicals from the environment which makes it a must-have plant in your home. Whether you plant Areca palm in your house or yard, taking adequate care can make them grow and accompany you for years.

10 creative ways to grow strawberries in small spaces

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A lot of people think that growing plants require big plots of land and space. So growing fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits, such as strawberries, can seem out of reach. However, you don’t really need big space to grow your plants. You just need to be creative.

Strawberries are one of the fruits that don’t require a large space to grow. It is a low-maintenance compact fruit that you can grow in small containers. It is also everyone’s favorite!

So if you want fresh strawberries and you have limited space in your backyard, here are 10 creative ways to grow strawberries in small spaces.

1. Hanging Basket

If you have unused baskets, then it’s time to take them out and use them for growing your strawberry. You can hang the basket outside your window, outside walls, patio, small backyard or anywhere where there is enough sun for your plants. Aside from saving you space, it is also a good ornament.

What you need:

  • unused baskets
  • basket liner
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws (if you need to fix it on your wall)
  • compose
  • metal sanding file

You can watch the tutorial below on how to create a hanging basket for your strawberries.

2. PVC Pipes

Planting your strawberries in PVC pipe is not only practical for your space but also a cheap way to do it. PVC pipes are inexpensive, and it’s also sturdy. You can create strawberry towers out of these pipes, and you can either line it up by your fence or create beautiful garden columns out of them.

What you need:

  • PVC pipes
  • power drill
  • hacksaw
  • potting soil
  • lines, screws, and hooks (if you need to attach your pipes somewhere)
  • metal sanding file

For the complete tutorial, watch the video below.

3. Cement Block

Planting your strawberry in an unused cement block is another practical way to do it. Aside from the fact that they don’t consume too much space, it is also the easiest way to organize your plants. You just need to find a perfect spot to place them.

What you need:

  • cement blocks
  • plotting soil
  • metal sanding file

4. Pocket Planter

Do you have an old shoe organizer or any hanging organizers? You can also use this to hang your plants. The best way to do this is to hang it by your fence or by a wall to create a vertical garden. Aside from the fact that it saves space, this pocket planter will give your fence a new look.

What you need:

  • hanging organizers
  • plotting soil
  • metal sanding file
  • hooks, screw, and lines

For instruction on how to create a pocket planter using a hanging organizer, watch below.

5. Hanging Pots

Just like hanging baskets, pots can also be used to hang your strawberry plants. This also another good way to give vibrancy to your small garden or backyard.

What you need:

  • pots
  • basket liner
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws (if you need to fix it on your wall)
  • compose
  • metal sanding file

6. Recycled bottle planters

One of the cheapest ways to plant your strawberry is by using recycled bottles. It doesn’t only save you money, but you are also helping the environment. The best thing about recycled bottle planters is that there is no limit to what you can do it.

You can hang it by the wall or fence and create a vertical garden, or you can attach it in a pole and create a garden tower. You can also hang it like pots and baskets or pile them vertically in a ladder. The ideas are basically endless.

What you need:

  • used plastic bottles
  • compose
  • metal sanding file
  • lines, screws, paint, wood (depending on where you are planning to put it)

7. Barrels Planters

Old wooden wine barrels are another space-saving containers that you can use for your strawberry garden. Wine barrel has the timeless and rustic look to it that it works well with any garden theme.

What you need:

  • old wine barrel
  • compose
  • metal sanding file

8. Ladder Planters

As they say, if you can not go wide then go tall instead. The idea is to create a planter box and put them on a ladder. This way, you can save space by aligning your planter box vertically. You can use any type of ladder. Just make sure it has enough space to handle your planter box or pots.

What you need:

  • ladder
  • compose
  • metal sanding file
  • planter box or pots

For the complete tutorial on how to create ladder planters, watch the video below.

9. Railing Planters

The best way to give your deck or porch railing a new look is to put railing planters on them. This doesn’t only save you space but it gives those boring rails color. And what’s the best way to enjoy your drinks on your deck? You will have an access to fresh strawberry to compliment your drinks.

What you need:

  • a wooden pallet or planter box
  • compose
  • metal sanding file
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws
  • power drill
  • hacksaw

10. Wooden Pallet

The wooden pallet planter is a good way to organize your strawberry plants. You can either make a garden bed or a vertical planter. The frames also help to cut down the time spent weeding as they help protect your plants from the bad weeds. To make this, you can either repurpose an old pallet or buy ready-made ones.

What you need:

  • wooden pallet
  • compost
  • metal sanding file
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws
  • power drill
  • hacksaw

Growing strawberries doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either. All you need is creativity and lots of sunshine.

African Gardenia: how to plant and care for a unique houseplant

Dazzlingly white star-shaped flowers contrasting shiny green leaves on the backdrop, cute orange fruits and mind-blowing aroma –  Mitriostigma axillary, commonly known as The African Gardenia, appears in all gardeners fantasy who know about it. Though it’s hard to get by, growing African gardenia in your home can turn it into a green oasis and can create a lovely atmosphere.

You can grow the plant both indoors and outdoors adorning patios and tables alike. You can even grow it into small trees. This unique type of shrub is a truly remarkable and sacred treasure to encounter. It is typically found upon the dune forests and coastal regions within the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique.

How to Plant African Gardenia

The easiest way to get your hands on an African gardenia is to buy one from a nursery or plant festivals. However, if you plan to grow Mitriostigma axillare by yourself, the most appropriate way would involve summer cuttings or seeds. Gather as many fruits of the plant as possible. Because the seeds, and the fruits too, get massively infected with insect larvae. Implant the freshly harvested (remember, vigor and vitality diminish as time passes) seeds in containers or seedling trays.

After the seedlings have risen a few inches tall, transplant the seedlings into sterile and cleaned planting pots that are a bit larger. These planting pots should be full of fresh and highly nutritious soil. Also, make sure the planting pot has well-portioned drainage holes.

If you wish to propagate gardenia via cuttings, you should use those which have been cut in the summer. The ideal cuttings should have a few nodes along with a length of 100-150 mm. To reduce the probability of infection, ensure that cut surfaces are not rugged. Get rid of the buds and leaves from the lower edge of the cutting. Place it into a clean container having seed compost.

Furthermore, you can apply a rooting hormone at the base of the cutting to spur root formation. Put the container in a shady, warm spot.  Ensure the soil remains moist over the next four weeks (it may take longer occasionally) until the root grows. After that, transfer the cutting into a large container and keep introducing larger containers gradually if you want to grow it into a tree.

How to Nurture

Keep your African Gardenia’s soil moist and the plant itself within indirect light all the time. These rare houseplants do not like a direct or overly bright light in contact with them. They are used to growing underneath taller plants. They thrive most often in dimly lighted or shaded rooms.

When watering this houseplant, do not forget to fertilize it as well. This weekly feeding is essential as the gardenia adores high nutrient levels within their soil. In fact, it is proven that nutrients rich and organic soil is the best type to use for the African Gardenia. The reasoning is that it provides the same soil conditions as a subtropical forest provided it is maintained. Also, use frequent misting of water as a way of keeping the air around the plant humid like a subtropical area.

Tips for Optimizing the Growth

The African Gardenia has an extreme intolerance to the over-saturated soil. This means that soggy soil has the potential of drowning this tropical plant. Nevertheless, this type of subtropical plant loves high humidity levels within the air and its surrounding soil. If its leaves look like they are starting to wither, try to water the plant during the day’s heat peak periods.

From spring to summer, feed Mitriostigma axillare with liquid plant food each time you water it.

In a cool atmosphere move the plant indoors. When the plant is blooming in the winter, feed it once in a month with plant food full of phosphorus. Prevent buildup of salts by leaching to the soil frequently.

Finally, African gardenia isn’t the easiest shrub to grow. Still, the striking fragrance and gorgeous, waxy, creamy-white flowers that bloom year-round make up for the extra effort they require.

Vegetable gardening: 15 tips and ideas to vegetable container garden design

Nothing is as exciting as preparing food with fresh vegetables from your own garden. Imagine harvesting lots of tasty tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, melons, herbs such as Aloe Vera or any other vegetable from your garden. You don’t need so much space in your backyard or garden to grow a vegetable of choice.

With proper planning and the right choices, you can get a bountiful harvest of herbs and vegetables grown in your home garden. You won’t just get tastier vegetables with a better texture than what you buy from your local grocery, but also get to save money. Gardening is also fun, letting you spend your time productively outdoors in the sun or indoors during cooler months.

Furthermore, gardening can also improve the appearance of your home, giving it a colorful and bold look. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced gardener, and despite your reason for wanting to garden, you’ll find this article resourceful. Here are 15 tips to help you start a vegetable container garden in your backyard:

Top 15 Vegetable Container Garden Design Ideas

  1. Add Color to Your Garden

Grow various herbs and vegetables in your container vegetable garden. Each has distinct, but attractive foliage, and varying textures and colors, perfect for adding visual appeal to your garden. Swiss chard with red stems, leafy rosemary, red hot pepper, and round midnight basil are some vegetables to consider.

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Red Hot Pepper

Herbs such as thyme or lemongrass can also make your garden more colorful and attractive. Other ornamental vegetables to add color to your garden include hyacinth beans and scarlet runner beans.

  1. Opt for Colorful Pots/Containers

Colorful pots can also brighten your container vegetable garden. Choose containers in bright colors such as red, orange and yellow to grow your herbs and vegetables. Alternatively, pots in neutral colors such as white, black or grey can create a perfect backdrop for your choice of colorful vegetables and herbs as explained above.

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Colored Gardening Pots

  1. Grow Herbs in a Pot with Multiple Openings

Find a pot with multiple openings to grow various herbs such as oregano, dill, rosemary, thyme, chives, and sage. It helps save space and increase yield.

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  1. Grow Vines and Climbers to Create a Vertical Garden

Cucumbers, bitter lemon, pole beans, gourds, vine tomatoes, pumpkins, Malabar spinach, peas, melons, and squashes are examples of vines and climbers you can include in your garden. They make use of vertical space and yield produce in plenty.

Vertical Container Garden

Vertical Container Garden

Use sticks, cages or trellis to support your vines and climbers, directing them upwards to create a vertical garden. Vertical gardens help make use of the little space you have available in your yard or patio.

  1. Add a Few Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets can also optimize vertical space in your garden while still letting you use containers on the ground. Herbs such as rosemary and vegetables such as tomatoes, coriander, and strawberry can successfully grow in hanging baskets. They can also add visual appeal to your vegetable container garden.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

  1. Create Space in Your Garden for Herbs

Your garden isn’t complete without herbs. They’re handy in making your meals tastier. Choose at least two herbs to add to your vegetable garden. Select the herbs you like the most and can do well in your geographical location. Consider mint, parsley, oregano, thyme, cilantro, sage, coriander, rosemary, etc. Grow them in pots or containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.

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A Spice Herbs Container Garden

  1. Find Unique, Stylish Planters

Find unique planters in a stylish design to add visual interest to your container garden for vegetables. Use empty containers in your home to make unique DIY planters for your vegetables. It would also help with recycling such containers, especially those made from plastic.

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A Stylish Kettle Style Planter

Alternatively, buy unique planters in varies sizes and shapes to give your garden an appealing look. Other household items such as tires and candle holders can also help come up with exceptional DIY planter ideas.

  1. Grow a Productive Vegetable for Successive Harvesting

Asian greens, chilies, and peppers, radishes, spinach, carrots, peas, eggplant, cucumber, squash, lettuce, beans, and tomatoes are productive container vegetables. They do so well when grown in pots, atop being easy to grow. Make sure you pick one and grow in a container to start your garden. Moreover, you’ll harvest your vegetable successively many times before replanting your garden.

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Gardening Tomatoes for Successive Harvesting

  1. Add Edible Flowers

More than 42 flowers, according to the Tree Hugger, are edible. Flowers such as sunflower, clover, hibiscus, fuchsia, impatiens, jasmine and lilac, among others, are edible. Therefore, they’re a perfect addition to any garden. Use them to garnish your meals, make salads or prepare sharbat. Moreover, they add color and visual interest to your garden, making it more beautiful.

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An Edible Red Hibiscus Flower

  1. Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a vegetable often used in the kitchen to prepare salads or even cook meals, making it a must-have in your garden. They’re also attractive and bound to add color to your container garden. Choose at least two different varieties to grow in your garden for a bountiful harvest.

Bush Champion, Big Boy Bush, Celebrity, Bush Goliath, Patio F, Early Girl Bush, Tumbling Tom, Window Box Roma, Sweet 100, Sun Sugar, Sun Gold, and Manitoba, among others are ideal for container gardening.

  1. Add Plants with Varying Heights

Grow vegetables with varying heights to kick boredom out of your garden. Planters of different heights and sizes can also help achieve the same effect. Place containers of varied sizes and heights in groups to create a layered look for visual appeal. Organize plants according to height with the tallest at the back of your container vegetable garden.

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A Garden with Plants of Varied Heights

  1. Create a Potted Vegetable Garden

Pot gardens come in handy if you don’t have much space to accommodate larger containers. They’re ideal for open windows with enough exposure to the sun and small balconies. Grow a few vegetables in a single pot to optimize space you have available for gardening.

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A Potted Garden

  1. Buy a Vertical Planter

Vertical planters are designed with layers of space to accommodate as many vegetables as possible. Find one to grow your greens and fresh herbs vertically to save space for other plants that require more space to grow.

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A Vertical Planter Mounted on a Wall

  1. Grow a Citrus Fruit

Dwarf citrus fruits varieties such as lemons easily grow in pots and containers. Find a suitable variety to plant in your vegetable or home garden.

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Lemon Tree Growing in a Container

  1. Consider Vertical Gardening

Old bookshelves, shoe racks, and plant holders can create more space in gardens to ensure there’s enough for all your vegetables. Hanging planters such as baskets and railing planters are ideal for creating vertical gardens in balconies.

Pallet planters and holders, picture frames, pallet planks, layered gutter gardens, apartment hanging gardens, shelves, and staircase stands also come in handy when creating vertical gardens.

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Organic Vegetables in a Hydroponic Vertical Garden

Conclusion

Whether you already have some veggies growing in your garden or want to start one from scratch, you won’t go wrong with these great tips. Remember to find out the growth requirements of your vegetables and learn to keep your vegetable container garden free from weeds and pests.

Contact us to find out more about vegetable container gardening and what it takes to start a successful garden of veggies in your yard or even indoors.