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The Art of Kokedama

Kokedama (literal translation: moss ball) are sometimes called ‘Japanese string gardens’ or ‘kokedama hanging gardens’.  Most often they are hung, but they can also be displayed on decorative plates or pedestals.  They are easy to care for, but as in choosing any plant, selection of the best variety for you is based on the amount […]

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Houseplants for Clean Air

In the late 1980s, a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere. The study concluded that common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air! The study […]

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Hybrid? Open-Pollinated? Grafted? Genetically Engineered? What’s the difference?

  Gardeners often come across the word “hybrid” to describe seeds in catalogs and on packets.  If a seed isn’t specifically described as hybrid you can assume it’s a non-hybrid, more commonly called “open-pollinated” (abbreviated OP).  Which type of seed is better for home gardeners?  As is so often the case, the answer is, “It […]

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Care of Fresh Wreaths and Greenery

Hang your wreath or other greenery outside in the cold. Fresh greenery will last for many weeks if hung in the cold. Do not hang your wreath/greenery between the storm door and the inside door. Sun hitting the glass will act like a magnifying glass, generate extreme heat, and turn the greenery brown! If you […]

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Poinsettia Care

DO transport your poinsettia in the body of your car, NOT the trunk. Poinsettias should not be exposed to freezing temperatures for more then the short time it takes to reach your car. If a poinsettia is chilled below 50° F for any length of time, it may begin to drop leaves. DO carefully remove […]

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Nursery Stock & Perennial Guarantee

Hickory Grove offers a one-time 100% credit (of the original purchase price) on any Nursery Stock or Perennial* that fails to survive 6 months from the date of purchase. * Shrubs and perennials planted in containers are not guaranteed. Roses and perennials are not guaranteed through the winter season. Conditions of Guarantee: 1. Shrubs/ Perennials […]

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Indoor Plant Care

What we grow as house plants are tropical plants in other areas of the world where the weather is warm enough for them to grow outside all year. Since we are forcing these plants to adapt to our dry heat in the winter and unnatural air conditioning in the summer, many of these plants actually appreciate being […]

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The Poinsettia Is Not Poisonous

The widespread belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. Scientific evidence demonstrating the poinsettia’s safety is ample and well documented. Studies conducted by The Ohio State University in cooperation with the Society of American Florists concluded that no toxicity was evident at experimental ingestion levels far exceeding those likely to occur in a home […]

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Fall Gardening Checklist

Perennials, trees and shrubs have an advantage when planted in fall. As foliage and flower production wanes, root activity increases. Plants are able to establish strong, healthy roots before the ground freezes and are then able to divert most of their energy into spring leafing and flowering. General Maintenance: Evergreens and trees may be fertilized with a half-strength, slow-release, granular fertilizer once plants have gone […]

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