Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty ImagesSome insects go through a complete metamorphosis, changing from one form into another over the course of their lives. Many of these insects enter this transformational stage inside what is known as a cocoon. After finishing the embryonic stage, the young insect goes into the pupa stage when it builds a cocoon for itself and finishes the transformation inside the protection of the cocoon.
Perennials are an important part of an established garden, lending a continuity to the look of your yard. Using perennials as a ground cover is a smart way to cover an area to prevent erosion, to add visual appeal and to reduce your gardening workload.If you take it a step farther and use perennial flowers as your choice of ground cover, you will have all of the benefits of a perennial ground cover and beauty and maybe even fragrance in some cases.
There is nothing more romantic, in a landscape, than a trellis of grapevines. Whether you are thinking about putting in grapevines, or have inherited them with a newly-purchased home, fertilize the vines to keep them healthy so they produce an ample harvest.Fertilize the soil before you plant the grapevines.
Rex begonias do not like to be relocated. Try to find an area of the home that has the correct light, temperature and humidity requirements, and leave the plant in place.If you decide to place your rex begonia on a tray to increase humidity, make sure the bottom of the pot is not sitting in the water, but above it on the pebbles.
Cedar-apple rust usually causes only cosmetic damage to eastern red cedar or rocky mountain juniper, both commonly used in home landscaping. Since this fungal infection depends on two hosts--apple and cedar--successful treatment and control depends on breaking the cycle of infection between the two.IsolationAvoid planting both apples and cedars in the same yard.
Canadian blueberry image by Milan Kincl from Fotolia.comWinter does not kill off blueberry plants as it does other plants. Pruning the plant in the winter when it enters dormancy improves your harvests and the plant& 39;s growth for the rest of the year, but Oregon University recommends waiting until the third year of growth to prune.
Green beans image by cherie from Fotolia.comThe legume family contains approximately 18,000 species. As an agricultural crop, legumes may be used not only for their commercial value as food, but also as a green manure crop.HistoryLegumes, and more specifically beans, have been cultivated for food for centuries.
Detail of siberian silver spruce image by Tomo Jesenicnik from Fotolia.comOrnamental trees are defined as trees that grow less than 25 feet tall and have showy and interesting foliage, flowers, bark and form. This feature, coupled with their striking branches and unusual sizes and shapes, makes the ornamental evergreen tree a gardening favorite.
Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed that grows wild in dry ditches, wild fields and along roadsides. Queen Anne’s Lace is also known as wild carrot, and is a distant relative of the modern carrot grown in gardens and farms today. When the flowers have bloomed and gone, the long stems close, forming a loose ball that contains the seeds.
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a large deciduous tree. Maintenance pruning is merely to remove dead or diseased branches. Pruning should be done in the late winter or early spring. The exception is at the first sign of disease, when the infected branches should be removed as soon as possible to prevent spreading.
Succulent plants are fleshy plants that store water in their tissue. Though many of these plants are quite easily cultivated, there are some common issues that arise with these plants.Watering IssuesWatering issues are very common problems with succulent plants. These plants require a balanced amount of watering and cannot tolerate over- and under- watering.
Ivy wall image by Tasha from Fotolia.comBoston ivy is a clinging vine with holdfasts like suction cups that attach to practically any solid object. An aggressive climber, the leaves of the Boston ivy are dark green and glossy in the summer, turning crimson, burgundy and scarlet in the fall. The ivy withstands urban conditions, however it is susceptible to certain fungal diseases.
Spinnmilben image by Pepie from Fotolia.comAgricultural lime is an important tool in gardening and is made from the burning of shells, bones and limestone. It has the additional side effect of being an insecticide.FunctionAgricultural lime is an effective insecticide for small insect pests and mites within the garden.
Growing outdoor plants for winter interest takes some planning. The USDA hardiness zone you live in will determine what types of outdoor plants for winter interest can be grown.EvergreensYou may think of evergreens as plain green trees, such as those used for Christmas trees, that remain evergreen and have brown cones.
Asian pear image by David Smith from Fotolia.comCrisp, sweet, and ready to eat right off the tree, Asian pears (Pyrus pyrifolia) are available in three types. Most Asian pears have excellent shelf life, says retired pomologist James Beutel of the University of California-Davis Cooperative Extension. While self-fruiting, trees may produce larger crops with cross-pollination.
Root image by D& 39;or from Fotolia.comAny damage to the root will interfere with the ability of the plant to take in the nutrients it needs to survive. Damage to the plant will depend on how quickly the rot is identified and how much of the root system has been damaged.CausesRoot rot is caused by bacteria and fungi that live in moist soil.
Tree and stadium seating image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.comThe live oak trees that grow native to the United States are either in the Deep South or in the Far West. The “Trees of North America” field guide states that live oaks are part of the red oak family, but many differ from typical red oaks. The most obvious features the live oaks share is that their leaves are evergreen, remaining on the tree year-round until new ones replace the older foliage.
Redbud branch image by Carbonbrain from Fotolia.comThe redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) is known as an understory tree, meaning that it grows in the wild under the canopy of larger trees. Eventually reaching a height of 30 feet, the redbud grows relatively quickly, about one foot or more per year.Primarily used as an ornamental in the home landscape, the redbud tree bursts into pink blooms in the spring.
Regentag 2 image by Melanie Vollmert from Fotolia.comDracaena plants are a favorite for indoor greenery because they can survive neglect, thrive in low light and are easy to care for. Whatever variety of dracaena you add to your decor, you will soon discover it is a low-maintenance, yet striking and elegant plant.
Woodland garden image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.comA critical component to growing a lush, easy to care for garden is selecting the correct plants. Hardiness defines a plant& 39;s ability to survive the coldest temperature for the region. For example, a plant that thrives in South Carolina& 39;s zone 7 or 8 in winter temperatures of 1 to 10 degrees would die in zone 6& 39;s minus-10 degrees.
Fresh fig image by .shock from Fotolia.comThose of you who have eaten a fig right off the tree know what a sweet and succulent treat it is. You don’t have to live in sunny Italy or south of the Mason Dixon to grow figs. They are easy to grow and the mild New Jersey climate is well-suited to their culture.