Growing Citrus in Pots

Growing citrus trees in pots

Citrus trees add an attractive feature to decks and gardens. Their shiny green leaves, scented flowers and fruit make an appealing feature. A number of dwarf varieties are available, which are suitable for pots and small spaces.

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp) Care

How to care for peace lily

At a glance     What is peace lily?     Description     Cultivars     Care     Propagation     Pests and diseases     Uses

At a glance

Family Araceae
Botanical name Spathiphyllum spp.
Common names Peace lily, White flag, Cupido peace lily, White peace lily, Espatifilo, Mauna Loa, Snowflower
Lifespan Perennial
Habitat Tropical rainforests
Growth habit Clumping
Mature height 30 – 120 cm
Flower colour
White, green
Leaf colour
Green, variegated
Native to Americas and Southeast Asia
Toxicity Toxic to pets
Soil Moisture-retaining
Humidity High
Propagation Division
Care level Easy

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Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’) Care

Boston fern care

At a glance     What is Boston fern?     How to care for Boston fern     Propagation     Repotting

At a glance

Family Lomariopsidaceae
Botanical name Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis
Common names Boston fern, Fishbone fern, Tuber ladder fern
Lifespan Perennial
Habitat Coniferous forests
Mature height 50 – 150 cm
Flower colour
Leaf colour
Green
Native to Americas
Toxicity Pet friendly
Soil Moisture-retaining
Humidity High
Propagation Division
Care level Easy

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Yuzu Fruit (Citrus junos)

Yuzu tree

What is yuzu?   Cultivation    What does yuzu smell and taste like?     What’s the difference between yuzu and lemon?     Why is yuzu so popular?     Description     Culinary uses     Health benefits     Where can I buy yuzu?     How to grow yuzu

What is yuzu?

Yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka) is a natural hybrid of the Ichang papeda (Citrus cavaleriei), a small wild species of lemon, and a sour mandarin, and is thought to have originated from the Hubei Province, along the Yangtze River. It was introduced to Japan over 1,000 years ago during the Tang dynasty.

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Why Do Some Flowers Close At Night?

Why do some flowers close at night?

Why do some flowers close at night?

This is an evolutionary process known as nyctinasty, which originated from the Greek word Νύχτα, which means night. Nyctinasty refers to a type of movement (nyctin) that serves a number of functions.

  • To protect the delicate pollen and reproductive parts from moisture at night as is important that pollen remain dry so that it is easily transferred onto visiting insects as they feed during the day.
  • As most pollinating insects are active during the day, there is no benefit to keeping the flowers open.
  • The petals and in some cases bracts fold over and act as a protective blanket against the nighttime cold and against herbivorous insects.

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Christmas Plants and Their Toxicity to Dogs

Christmas plants toxic and non-toxic to dogs

Christmas plants and pets

During the Christmas period, many homes are decorated with plants. Knowing which ones are safe and which ones are potentially dangerous can save pet owners an emergency trip to the veterinarian. This list includes some of the most common Christmas plants and includes the toxic properties.

Although many of the plants are labelled non-toxic, ingestion of large amounts of any plant matter can cause gastrointestinal upset.

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Lenticels (Bumps) on Dahlia Tubers

What are lenticels?

What are lenticels?     Lenticels on dahlia tubers     What is the difference between lenticels and gall? What are lenticels? Lenticels are raised breathing pores or protrusions located in the periderm (the thickened protective outer layer) and skin of certain plants and fruit. Their function is to allow the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and … Read more