What are short-day and long-day plants?

It’s discouraging when your lettuce bolts or you can’t get your mum to bloom. There’s a reason for that, and it’s all about day length, which determines or how much light the plant gets. To understand plant flowering, you need to get a handle on “photoperiodism,” or amount of light and darkness a plant is […]

Arborvitae stands tall as easy-care hedge

For a hedge, arborvitae has a place. It’s tall, skinny, evergreen, low maintenance and cheap. “Some people look down on arborvitae, but it fits in places that other things can’t,” said Neil Bell, a retired horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “And it’s about as low maintenance a plant as anything you can buy, […]

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