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  • Forcing Forsythia

    March 11, 2015
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    February and March can be dreary and cold in northern Ohio.  One way to bring a spot of bright, cheery color into the house is to bring forsythia into the house and force it to bloom. By February, forsythia has usually experienced enough chilling hours (exposure to a certain duration of cold temperatures) to be […]

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  • Paperwhites are a group of Narcissus, which is the Genus name for Daffodils.  You can force Paperwhites to bloom indoors to enjoy during the winter months well before outdoor bulb displays bloom.  The process takes about 4-6 weeks from planting until the blooms open, but most people get just as much enjoyment watching the roots […]

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  • Instead of throwing away your Poinsettia after the holiday season, you can try growing it as a houseplant all year long and then trigger the plant to re-bloom in time for Christmas next year. The colorful bracts (modified leaves) of red or white that you have during the holiday season will naturally begin to fade, […]

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  • Seed Germination Testing

    January 12, 2015
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    Why? To test the quality of seed, to know if your seed is viable and how much you should sow according to your planting needs. Requirements? Heat, moisture, seed, and paper towel (news) Room temperature (between 65-70°) is ideal for most seeds to germinate (Some seeds might require warmer temps to germinate) Moisten the newspaper […]

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  • Winter Gardening

    November 17, 2014
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    If you are not an experienced gardener, growing a garden in the winter months can be challenging. To grow healthy and thriving plants, provide your plants and flowers with nutrients during the fall months, so they are well-prepared for a winter in the freezing soil. Keep an eye on them during the winter to help […]

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