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NEW PLANT PICKS
POPULAR GARDENING MYTHS
HAPPY GARDENS ARCHIVE
NEW PLANT PICKS
Here is where we share some of our favorites among the new plants we are growing this season. A complete list of our plants with new plants highlighted in bold text, is available...
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BEGONIA BELLECONIA SOFT ORANGE
This is a very free flowering begonia with a mounding and trailing habit and great weather tolerance perfect for container gardening in a shady or part shade location. Produces a profusion of large, pendulous, beautifuly ruffled flowers of soft pinky-orange with a faint yellow eye.
Begonia Belleconia Soft Orange
CALIBRACHOA MINIFAMOUS DOUBLE CHIFFON
Many of you know Calibrachoa by the brand name "Million Bells" but Million Bells is just one of dozens of Calibrachoa series on the market. Our favorite is the Minifamous series and this season we are adding 4 new Minifamous selections to our portfoflio including Minifamous Double Chiffon shown here.
Calibrachoa Minifamous Double Chiffon
POPULAR GARDEN MYTHS
Few disciplines are as rife with misinformation as is horticulture. Even many of the “experts” pass on erroneous information to the hapless gardening public. Perhaps it is because new information, often contradicting what was previously “known”, is constantly coming to light or maybe it is because horticulture is as much about art as it is about science. Here we try to clear up some common misconceptions about horticultural practices.
PUT GRAVEL IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POTS TO IMPROVE DRAINAGE
Countless studies have shown that this practice actually impedes drainage. Water will not begin to move through a coarse layer of material until the finer layer of material above it is completely saturated. The result is what we call a perched water table – a super saturated layer of soil where the two differently textured materials meet.
WATERING IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY WILL BURN FOLIAGE
The magnifying effect of a water droplet is not sufficient to adversely affect the tissue upon which it rests. There is a good reason not to water in the heat of the day. Namely that it is wasteful since much of the water evaporates before it penetrates but it does not burn the foliage.
VITAMIN B-1 IMPROVES TRANSPLANTING SUCCESS
For the past 70 years or so we’ve been advised to use Vitamin B-1 as an aid to successful transplanting. It is often said that B-1, by itself or in combination with certain nutrients promotes root re-generation. The research to prove or disprove this theory was never done until about 20 years ago.
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HAPPY GARDENS ARCHIVE