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2009-02-18 08:51:11

Air quality improves when live plants introducedThe toxic gas formaldehyde is contained in building materials including carpeting, curtains, plywood, and adhesives. As it is emitted from these sources, it deteriorates the air quality, which can lead to "multiple chemical sensitivity" and "sick building syndrome", medical conditions with symptoms such as allergies, asthma, and headaches. The prevalence of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) is greater in new...

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2008-01-06 09:00:00

It's that time of the year when the longing comes over you. Winter has settled in. Now that it's truly gray and drab outdoors, you pine for living color. A houseplant, maybe two, will feed your need. You don't have to be a horticulturist. It's easy enough to turn your thumb - and home - green. It just requires a little know-how, the right kind of plant and proper care. These steps will help stop even the most clueless gardener from becoming a plant killer. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...

2007-06-17 09:05:04

Q. I know many questions have been asked about how to get rid of bamboo, and I always read them. Has anything new come out that will kill bamboo? It has invaded my back yard and I cannot put a metal barrier down because I could not mow the grass. There are as many as 20 shoots that I mow down. I have poured white vinegar and salt on them - but they keep coming right back. - Anne Jeffords A. "Nothing really has changed on bamboo from the homeowner standpoint," says weed scientist Jeff...

2007-01-03 12:00:30

Q. Regarding a dogwood tree in a recent column, the writer said they were watering a stressed tree. But if they were using sprinklers and a hose, they were creating a moist environment. This would be ideal for a fungus and bacteria to enter the tree. The problem might even be anthracnose. Bark and stems would show problems, plus the flowers and leaves. - D.C. Taylor, Outer Banks, N.C. A. Your letter was written in pencil on a card and I hope I interpreted it properly. Virginia Tech tree...


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2009-06-17 12:38:51

The Lily of the Nile or Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is a species of plant native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. It has been introduced to Western Australia where it occurs in high periodical water tables and sandy soil. Several hybrids have been established and introduced to other areas around the world. Some hybrids are more suited to cooler climates. One hybrid, Crowborough, grows better in the British Isles and the northwestern United States than it...

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2009-04-28 16:11:28

The Japanese Box (Buxus microphylla) is indigenous to Japan and Taiwan. An evergreen shrub, it only grows 6 -10 feet in height with short bright green oval shaped leaves less than an inch in length. It is grown as an ornamental plant both in its native area and in other temperate regions. Variant cultivars of this species are often used in bonsai. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2005-07-12 14:38:04

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) is a genus of roughly 100 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (from Japan to China, the Himalaya and Indonesia) and North and South America. Most are shrubs 1-3 m tall, but some are small trees, and others vines reaching up to 30 m by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous. Hydrangeas produce flowers from early spring to late autumn; these are carried in...

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2005-07-12 11:57:57

Lilacs (Syringa) are a genus of plants, in the family Oleaceae. They are native to Europe and Asia. Lilacs range in size from large shrubs to small trees, approximately 2-10 m tall. The leaves are opposite, deciduous, and in most species simple and heart-shaped, but pinnate in a few species (e.g. S. laciniata, S. pinnatifolia). The flowers are produced in spring, each flower about 1 cm diameter, white, pale pink or more generally purple, with four petals. The flowers grow in large panicles,...

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