How to Harvest Aloe Vera Gel?

Aloe Vera is a well-known plant for its numerous benefits for the skin and hair. While its gel can be purchased ready-made, it’s also possible to harvest it yourself. Here’s how to harvest Aloe Vera gel.
Harvesting Aloe Vera Gel

Hydrogel water crystals to beat drought

This is a product that goes by many different names: Polyter, Water Crystals, Orbeez, Watergel, Hydrogel, Hydrosource, Water drops, root watering crystals, super-absorbent polymers, PAM, water retention granules, hydrating crystals, water beads, water pebbles, hydrobeads, crystal soil, water jelly, jelly balls, soil moist, super slusher… The list seems endless and shows how much hope is […]
The sun is reflected in a swollen bead of hydrogel balls.

Tips For Protecting Plants In Winter

In the toolkit of a gardener attentive to the maintenance of their vegetable garden and ornamental garden, there is certainly a horticultural fleece.
Winter Plant Covers

Black ZZ plants, three easy-care dark Zamioculcas plants

Many are now familiar with the striking designer-like fronds of the ZZ plant. Did you know that at least three types of black zz plant exist? These make for fabulous additions to black-themed gardens and home interiors. Read also: Black is back ZZ plant care More ZZ plant varieties The black ZZ plant Houseplant-wise, the […]
Black ZZ plant

Mulching with lawn clippings, a good idea?

Lawn trimmings are definitely among the most common types of garden waste. Use grass clippings to mulch flower and vegetable beds! Just don’t layer it too thick…
Lawn trimmings mulch

Bean blight, 7 diseases that cause spots and wilting on beans

Beans are a favorite in the veggie patch, and not only for us! Many types of bean blight exist, caused by fungus, viruses, mites and bacteria. They infect bean plants and trigger brown or yellow spots,wilt, and other issues on bean leaves, bean pods and vines. Here are the main culprits responsible for bean blight.
Bean blight

Why do some plants have dewdrops and not others?

Most of the plants that surround us tend to show guttation drops – which we often mistaken for dewdrops! Get to know which of your favorite plants might show signs of guttation, and what it means for their health. → Shown here: on Alchemilla mollis Here is a partial list of plants that have been […]
Guttating plants

Tamarisk native and invasive ranges: should you plant it?

Tamarisk can be classified into three species: Tamarix aphylla, T. parviflora, and T. ramosissima. On some continents, it is reported as an invasive species since it crowds native vegetation out. Here are a few maps that show the distribution of Tamarix
Tamarisk, invasive and native ranges

Propagating Dracaena marginata plants: 3 techniques

The dragon plant is a tall plant that’s among the easiest to multiply. Dracaena marginata propagation works with any of these  techniques: beheading, stem cuttings, and layering. You’ll have an unlimited supply! Propagating Dracaena marginata Like all plants of the Dracaena family, the Madagascar Dragon plant propagates through its stems. In the wild, it flowers […]
Dracaena marginata propagation

Sunpatiens seeds, cuttings and propagation – what’s allowed and what’s not

Sunpatiens is a plant that has been patented and trademarked. This means it’s forbidden to propagate it without permission. This status refers to cuttings, but seeds aren’t impacted. Sakata Seed Corporation is the current owner. It alone authorizes greenhouses and growers to prepare and propagate Sunpatiens flower cuttings. Seeds may appear spontaneously on a Sunpatiens; […]
Propagating sunpatiens seeds and cuttings

6 fabulous fragrant clematis

Clematis is a famous climbing vine. All varieties bear beautiful flowers. Some also add a delicious fragrant scent to their blooming!
Fragrant clematis
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