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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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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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