Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Most indoor palms have similar water requirements regardless of the plant variety. Palm plants naturally grow in humid tropical and subtropical areas where plenty of moisture is readily available. The drier conditions inside most homes make palms require a higher amount of watering than they do in t
Cockroaches are known to carry many infectious diseases and should be taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent infestations. Seeing one cockroach often means there are many more hidden in your walls and floors. P.I. aerosol is a chemical spray used to kill roaches by creating a poison line. C
A close relative of the banana, the bird-of-paradise is a South African native. Its spectacular blue and yellow flowers make the plant an ideal focal point for the tropical-themed garden. Given the proper care and food, the plant is capable of bearing over 35 flower spikes a year.
If your fruit trees are under attack from garden pests, you can take easy action to eliminate this problem. Whether you're dealing with squirrels, deer or other animals, mothballs can provide an inexpensive and simple solution to your garden woes. Use mothballs to protect your trees and make your la
English Ivy can be a gardener's best friend, or worst enemy, depending where in the world they reside. English Ivy is an invasive plant in much of North America, owing to temperate climates allowing for its unchecked growing. You can cover English Ivy with dirt, but this will do little to stop its g
Knockout Roses provide blooms all summer in the garden. Bred as a low-maintenance shrub rose, knockout varieties require only minimal care to thrive. Deadheading is the process of removing spent blooms before seeds form so that the flowering season is extended. Knockout roses do not require deadhead
If you decide to grow fruit, consider the strawberry plant. Certain strawberry plants produce crops the first year and require much less maintenance and space than bramble or orchard fruits. Grow strawberries in your garden or in containers -- and give the strawberry plants rich, fertile soil, along
Blue is a coveted color in the flower garden. When hybridizers develop a new cultivar that carries the slightest hint of blue color, they will call it blue even though the casual observer sees it as purple or violet. There is, however, no mistaking the vivid blue color of gentians (Gentiana spp.). I
Poppy pods are the un-ripened seed capsules of the Papaver somniferum plant. While they are sometimes used ornamentally in crafting, poppy pods can also be used to obtain an opiate high. Because they contain opium, poppy pods can cause many of the same side effects as narcotics like morphine or he
While some tomato plants are behemoths that need a lot of space for roots, others are bred to be dwarf plants perfect for growing in a container. You can grow larger tomato plants, or indeterminates, in a container, but will need a larger container and may not get as great of a yield as if you grow
A bounty of fresh vegetables.vegetable medley image by Liz Van Steenburgh from Fotolia.comThe San Antonio climate is perfect for growing heat-loving vegetables. Almost all vegetable plants require at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day, and San Antonio provides this much-needed...
Over 200 varieties of hibiscus flowers grow in warm and tropical climates.hibiscus image by Wimbledon from Fotolia.comVisitors to the Caribbean may have encountered a delicious, deep-red beverage called Sorrel or Agua de Jamaica. Many don't realize that this tea is made from hibiscus...
Gardeners recommend lemon juice as a weed treatment.pulling weeds image by palms from Fotolia.comLemon juice has the same damaging effect as acid rain splashing over green growth. Yet, as harmful as this citrusy liquid can be to healthy plants, gardeners hail it as a weed killer that is...
The avocado tree produces flowers that cross-pollinate to reproduce.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesThe avocado (Persea americana) tree--in the same family as cinnamon, spicebush and bay laurel--produces fruits used in many recipes and most likely originated in southern Mexico,...
The tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a member of the magnolia family and is the tallest tree found in eastern North America. Also called tulip tree, tulip magnolia and yellow poplar, the tulip poplar generates attractive flowers during the growing season. However, two of the features that m
Encore tree roses should be planted out in the spring either directly in the ground or in large accommodating patio containers. Encore roses have been bred to be cold hardy up to zone four and perform with pale pink blooms consistently from late spring through autumn. Growing to 6 feet tall at matur
Crab apple trees are filled with tiny white or pink blooms in the early days of spring. These ornamental, typically 20-foot trees are lush with foliage throughout the summer and carry red berries in the fall. Crab apple trees are beloved for their beauty in the landscape and give character to any la
Hawthorns are among the most widespread, numerous and difficult-to-distinguish shrubs and small trees in North America. More than 100 species are described, many resembling one another so closely as to fend off exact identification by the amateur. One species particularly common in the central U.S.