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The Much Requested Garden Glossary


Over the years as I have written this blog, I have had a number of people write a comment on an article that pretty much follows the same summation: “Hi, please don’t put this up on your blog, but what does ______ mean. I have never heard of that one.”  Some of the words are scientific names that are in Latin, while others are maybe a little more ‘high end’ gardening terms that a beginner may not know.

Either way, I thought it would be a great time to compile a number of the gardening terms I have been asked to define into one nice little article.  If asked again, I can get a link click out of it. ;o)

 

Acidic Soil     

A soil that has a pH below 7, typical of clay soils. Azaleas, camellias, dogwoods and roses like acidic soils.

Alkaline Soil     

A soil that has a pH of 7 or higher.

Annual Plant     

A plant living one year or less, usually planted in the spring after the last frost. During this time, the plant grows, blooms, produces seeds, and dies.

Balled & Burlapped     

The roots of the plant have soil attached and are held in place with burlap or some other material.

Bare Root     

The roots of the plant are bare, with no soil.

Biennial     

Of two seasons duration, from germination to maturity and death, usually developing vegetative growth the first year and flowering, fruiting, and dying the second year.  Biennials need exposure to winter temperatures to trigger flowering or fruit production the second year.

Bulb     

A resting stage of a plant that is usually formed underground and consists of a short stem base bearing one or more buds enclosed in fleshy leaves and buds (tulip, daffodil, etc).

Corm     

A rounded, thick modified underground stem base bearing membranous or scaly leaves and buds (gladiolus, crocus, etc).

Crown     

The base of the plant, where the stem and root meet.

Cultivar     

A cultivated variety or strain that originated and has persisted under human cultivation.

Deadheading     

Removing the dead blossoms.  If a plant is termed “self cleaning,” the blossoms fall off on their own.  Deadheading usually extends the blooming season.

Deciduous     

A plant that loses its leaves seasonally, usually in the fall.

Determinate     

The growth of a plant stops at a certain height (usually in reference to tomatoes).

Dormancy     

A period in the life cycle of a plant where it is “asleep” and not actively growing.  Dormancy is brought about by cool temperatures and shorter day length.

Evergreen     

A plant that stays green year-round.

Floriferous     

Bearing flowers/blooming freely.

Germination     

The sprouting of a seed and the commencement of growth.  Also used to describe the starting of plants from seeds.

Grafted Plant     

The top (desirable) part of the plant is grafted onto rootstock, usually of a hardier or less rare plant.

Heirloom Seed     

Mostly open-pollinated seed that have been planted and passed down for generations. Most lack disease resistance.

Herbaceous     

A plant that dies back to the ground in winter and returns again in the spring.

Herbicide     

A chemical used to destroy undesirable plants and vegetation.

Hybrid Seed     

The result of cross-pollination of parents that differ in size, color, taste, or other traits.  Seeds from hybrid plants cannot be saved and used again, as they will revert back to one of the parents.

Indeterminate     

The plant continues growing until pinched or killed by frost (opposite of determinate). These plants usually require staking.

Organic Seed     

A seed that has been grown and harvested without being exposed to any inorganic chemicals, fertilizers, hormones, etc.Pelleted Seed     

Small seed, such as petunias or pentas, that have been coated with an inert material such as clay to make them easier to handle.
Perennial     

A plant that lives for three or more seasons. Perennials may not bloom the first season planted, especially ones that are shipped bareroot.

Rhizome     

A somewhat elongated, usually horizontal subterranean plant stem that is often thickened by deposits of reserved food material that produces shoots above and below the roots (bearded iris).

Rootstock     

Root system of a more common or hardy variety that is used to graft a more desirable variety onto, usually roses and/or standard forms.

Self-Pollinating     

Plants that do not require pollen from another plant in order to produce fruit.

Semi-Evergreen     

A plant that drops its leaves in cold areas but keeps at least some of them in milder zones (typically zones 7~11).

Standard     

A shrub or herb grown with an erect main stem so that it forms or resembles a tree.

Sucker     

Undesirable growth coming from the rootstock of a grafted plant.

Treated Seed     

Seed that have been treated with an insecticide or fungicide to aid in preventing soil insects or disease from destroying the seed prior to germination.

Tuber     

A short, fleshy, usually underground stem bearing minute scaly leaves, each of which bears a bud in its axil and is potentially able to produce a new plant (iris potato, caladium, tuberose begonia).

 

If there is a term that is missing from this list that you would like to know, leave a comment and I will add it! Thanks for reading!

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Who Owns Who? Finding the real owner of your favorite seed catalog.


(Original Post, February 3, 2010. Updated 12/1/13.) Back when I used to work for  a number of different companies, I was often amused by the occasions when I have a customer on the phone and they ‘divulge’ a secret.  Their voice drops and they say, “You know, last year I ordered my seed from [insert name of another company owned by mine] and theirs did not grow as well as yours did.”

Meanwhile, I’m chuckling to myself.  On my screen in front of me, I can see that not only did the seed that they purchased this year come out of the same bag for each company, but was also the same exact lot of seed used last year!

As with any other industry, seed and nursery companies get bought out, outsourced, and restructured.  I know myself from ordering from various companies that their service changes if they have been sold to a different parent company.

So, for those of you that are curious as to ‘who owns who’, here is a list of the various seed and nursery stock companies that are available for mail order in the United States… and who they are owned by!  Enjoy!

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1-800-orchids.com

•             1-800-orchids.com

•             1888Orchids.com

5 Acre Farm Daylilies

•             5 Acre Farm Daylilies

•             Valente Gardens

ACF Greenhouses (Aarons Creek Farms)

•             ACF Greenhouses (Aarons Creek Farms)

•             Strawberry Plants.com

ANi Direct Seeds

•             ANi Direct Seeds

•             nothing-but-seeds

Aaron’s Rain Barrels (formerly New England Design)

•             Aaron’s Rain Barrels (formerly New England Design)

•             Aaron’s Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Aaron Whaley and Sons

•             Partial Ownership of Seed Savers Exchange

Aloha Hoyas

•             Aloha Hoyas

•             Aloha Ti and Tropicals

Aloha Orchid Nursery

•             Aloha Orchid Nursery

•             Plumeria.Info (Da Little Coffee Shack)

Aloha Tropicals

•             Aloha Tropicals

•             Ohana Tropicals

Amazing Butterflies

•             Amazing Butterflies

•             Live Monarch Foundation Butterfly Garden Seeds

Amethyst Hill Nursery (formerly Bell Family Nursery)

•             Amethyst Hill Nursery (formerly Bell Family Nursery)

•             Hydrangeas Plus

Anioleka Seeds Company (Anioleka Seeds US)

•             Anioleka Seeds Company (Anioleka Seeds US)

•             Tasty Tomatoes Heirloom Tomato Seeds Company (Tomato-Seeds.com)

Arcadia Glasshouse

•             Arcadia Glasshouse

•             OrchidSupplies.com

Aroidia Research

•             Aroidia Research

•             Rainbow Eucalyptus (Aroidia Research)

•             Superoots® Air-Pots (Aroidia Research)

Ashdown Roses, Ltd.

•             Ashdown Roses, Ltd.

•             Rose Peddler

Australian Orchid Nursery

•             Australian Orchid Nursery

•             Cymbidium Orchids in Australia

Autumn Ridge Nursery (aka autumnridgenursery.com)

•             Autumn Ridge Nursery (aka autumnridgenursery.com)

•             Go Grow Green Nursery

•             Summerstone Nursery

Avon Bulbs

•             Avon Bulbs

•             Floral Fireworks

B & T World Seeds

•             B & T World Seeds

•             Sweet Freedom Farm

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

•             Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.

•             Abundant Acres

•             The Heirloom Gardener Magazine

Ball Publishing/Blackstreet Capital

•             Park Seed Company (aka Park’s Gardens)

•             DollarSeedStore.com

•             Jackson & Perkins

•             Park Seed Wholesale Growers

•             Park’s Landscapes

•             Perfect Plant, LLC

•             Wayside Gardens

Bambu-u

•             Bambu-u

•             Hardy Tropicals

Benner’s Gardens Inc. Deer Fencing

•             Benner’s Gardens Inc. Deer Fencing

•             Moss Acres

Bentley Gardens.com

•             Bentley Gardens.com

•             Hosta Liners

Better Homes and Gardens® (Meredith Books)

•             Better Homes and Gardens® (Meredith Books)

•             Better Homes and Gardens Store (bhg.com)

•             Country Home Country Gardens

•             Garden Shed®

•             Garden, Deck and Landscape®

Birds Choice

•             Birds Choice

•             Avian Aquatics

Blue Fox Farm

•             Blue Fox Farm

•             Alannah’s Greenhouses

Bluegrass Gardens Daylily Farm

•             Bluegrass Gardens Daylily Farm

•             Brian Mahieu

Boston Mountain Nurseries

•             Boston Mountain Nurseries

•             Arkansas Berry & Plant Farm

Botanical Interests, Inc.

•             Botanical Interests, Inc.

•             TinySeeds.com

Bramcote Bulbs

•             Bramcote Bulbs

•             ShowGlads.com

Brewery Creek Garden Center

•             Brewery Creek Garden Center

•             BestPeony.com

Burgess Seed

•             Burgess Seed

•             Direct Gardening

•             Dutch Gardens

•             Farmer Seed and Nursery

•             Four Seasons Nursery

•             Honeycreek Nurseries

•             House of Wesley

•             Inter-State Nurseries

•             Kelly Nurseries

•             Richard Owen Nursery / Exciting Gardens

•             Royal Dutch

Burpee (W. Atlee Burpee)

•             Burpee (W. Atlee Burpee)

•             Heronswood Nursery

•             The Cook’s Garden

C & M Drewitt Rare and Unusual Bulbs

•             C & M Drewitt Rare and Unusual Bulbs

•             Timothy Drewitt Bulb Nurseries

Chris Bowers & Sons Whispering Trees Nurseries

•             Chris Bowers & Sons Whispering Trees Nurseries

•             John Bowers Daylilies

Clean Air Gardening Company

•             Clean Air Gardening Company

•             Easy-Spin Tumbleweed Composter

Commonwealth Plants, LLC (auricula.com)

•             Commonwealth Plants, LLC (auricula.com)

•             Japanese-Maple.com

Container Dahlias

•             Container Dahlias

•             Ryecroft Dahlias – USA

Country Home Products (also dba DR Chipper and DR Field and Brush Mower)

•             Country Home Products (also dba DR Chipper and DR Field and Brush Mower)

•             DR Trimmer/Mower

•             Neuton Mowers

Crape Myrtles Inc. (also dba Crape Myrtle Farms and Lagerstroemia.com)

•             Crape Myrtles Inc. (also dba Crape Myrtle Farms and Lagerstroemia.com)

•             Mini Crape Myrtles

Crimson Sage Nursery

•             Crimson Sage Nursery

•             Medicinal Herb Plants Nursery

Critterfence.com

•             Critterfence.com

•             Critterfence Deer Grates

•             Deerfencing.com

•             Kittyfence.com

Cross Border Daylilies

•             Cross Border Daylilies

•             Distinctly Creative Designs

Crownsville Nursery

•             Crownsville Nursery

•             Bridgewood Gardens

Daffies

•             Daffies

•             Pedigreed Deerproof Heirloom Flowers

•             Worms for Kitchen Composting

David Austin Roses (UK)

•             David Austin Roses (UK)

•             David Austin Roses (US)

De Groot, Inc.

•             De Groot, Inc.

•             Great Lakes Nursery Co.

Deer Scram

•             Deer Scram

•             Rabbit Scram

Deerbusters (Trident Enterprises)

•             Deerbusters (Trident Enterprises)

•             ElectricFenceCompany.com

•             GardeningBulbs.com

•             MasterGardening.com

Diane’s Flower Seeds

•             Diane’s Flower Seeds

•             Diane’s Daylilies

Dobbies Garden Centres

•             Dobbies Garden Centres

•             Dobbies Garden Centre (formerly Grovelands Online)

EZPlant.com

•             EZPlant.com

•             EZdaylily.com

•             EZgrasses.com

•             EZhosta.com

•             EZiris.com

Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes

•             Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes

•             Becker’s Seed Potatoes

Easy Exotics Connoisseurs Choice

•             Easy Exotics Connoisseurs Choice

•             Easy Cactus

•             Easy Carnivores

•             Easy Fruit

•             Easy Orchids

Easy to Grow Bulbs

•             Easy to Grow Bulbs

•             Willow Creek Gardens

Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

•             Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

•             Wooden Shoe Bulb Farm

Elmore Orchids

•             Elmore Orchids

•             Elmore Ferns

Emperor Aquatics Pond & Water Garden Supplies

•             Emperor Aquatics Pond & Water Garden Supplies

•             QualityUVLamps.com

Empress Tree Nurseries (aka Paulownia Supply & fastgrowingtree.com)

•             Empress Tree Nurseries (aka Paulownia Supply & fastgrowingtree.com)

•             Brighter Blooms Nursery

Essence of the tree

•             Essence of the tree

•             Mountain Maples

Fedco Seeds

•             Fedco Seeds

•             Fedco Bulbs

•             Fedco Trees

•             Moose Tubers

•             Organic Growers Supply

ForFruitTrees.com (Moser Fruit Tree Sales)

•             ForFruitTrees.com (Moser Fruit Tree Sales)

•             Grandpa’s Orchard, LLC

Foster & Gallagher, Inc.

•             Foster & Gallagher, Inc.

•             Spring Garden Canada

•             The Gardenstore

Frangipani Heaven

•             Frangipani Heaven

•             Brad’s Buds and Blooms

Freedom Tree Farms (formerly Hollydale Nursery)

•             Freedom Tree Farms (formerly Hollydale Nursery)

•             TreesDirectOnline.com

Fruit Lover’s Nursery

•             Fruit Lover’s Nursery

•             Fruit Lover’s Seed Co.

Garden Gazebo

•             Garden Gazebo

•             Amish Soil Company, Inc. (Tewksbury Gardens PooPets)

Garden Store-N-More

•             Garden Store-N-More

•             The Garden Express

Gardener’s Choice

•             Gardener’s Choice

•             GardeningTouch.com (Giant Tomatoes)

•             Spring River Nurseries Inc

•             TomatoGiant.com

Gardenocity

•             Gardenocity

•             Patiolover.com

•             Seedlover.com

•             Yardlover.com

Gardens Alive!

•             Gardens Alive!

•             Audubon Workshop

•             Breck’s Bulbs

•             Gurney’s Seed & Nursery

•             Henry Field’s Seed & Nursery

•             Michigan Bulb

•             mySEASONS Garden Solutions

•             New Holland Bulb Co.

•             Spring Hill Nursery (aka SpringHillNursery.com)

Gautam Global

•             Gautam Global

•             Seeds Vendor (The Seed Collector)

GoSucculent.com

•             GoSucculent.com

•             Daniel’s Specialty Nursery

Gourmet Seed International

•             Gourmet Seed International

•             Italian Cooks’ Seed Co.

•             Italian Seed and Tool

Greenhouses.com

•             Greenhouses.com

•             Pondkits.com

Growquest Growers (also dba Olive-Trees.net and Surf & Sierra Wholesale Nurseries, LLC)

•             Growquest Growers (also dba Olive-Trees.net and Surf & Sierra Wholesale Nurseries, LLC)

•             ABP Nursery, A Surf & Sierra LLC Co. (formerly A Better Plant Grower)

Hardyplants.com

•             Hardyplants.com

•             Specialty Perennials

Heavenly Gardens

•             Heavenly Gardens

•             Extreme Daylilies

Hedges Online

•             Hedges Online

•             Roses Online

Heirloom Roses

•             Heirloom Roses

•             ClimbingRoses.com (formerly Hardy Roses)

•             John’s Miniature Roses

Heirloom Roses Canada (Old Heirloom Roses)

•             Heirloom Roses Canada (Old Heirloom Roses)

•             Heirloom’s Daylily Website

Heirloom Seeds

•             Heirloom Seeds

•             The Tomato Patch (heirloomtomatoes.com)

Heirloom Tomato Seed Exchange

•             Heirloom Tomato Seed Exchange

•             Tomato Seed City

Heritage Bulbs (part of Heritage Gardening Ltd.)

•             Heritage Bulbs (part of Heritage Gardening Ltd.)

•             Wild About Bulbs

•             Wild About Veg

Hidden Springs Flower Farm

•             Hidden Springs Flower Farm

•             Rice Creek Gardens Inc.

Hollow Creek Tree Farm

•             Hollow Creek Tree Farm

•             QuickTrees.com

Holly Hill Daylily Farm

•             Holly Hill Daylily Farm

•             Chatham Wholesale Daylily Growers

Home and Garden Sales Online (Midwest Internet Sales)

•             Home and Garden Sales Online (Midwest Internet Sales)

•             Cedar Tree Gardens

•             Rain Barrels and More

House Plants 4 Less

•             House Plants 4 Less

•             Ferns 4 Less

•             Philodendrons 4 Less

Hudler Carolina Tree Farm

•             Hudler Carolina Tree Farm

•             West End Wreaths

Hummert International

•             Hummert International

•             Hummert Seeds (formerly Chesmore Seed Company)

Hydro-Stacker (Hydrostacker.com)

•             Hydro-Stacker (Hydrostacker.com)

•             Hydro-Stacker Canada Inc.

International Garden Products

•             International Garden Products

•             Briggs Nursery, Inc.

•             Skagit Gardens

•             Vandenberg Bulbs

•             Weeks Wholesale Roses Grower, Inc

International Greenhouse Company (IGC)

•             International Greenhouse Company (IGC)

•             4Greenhouses.com (IGC)

•             GreenhouseMegaStore.com (IGC)

JFNew

•             JFNew

•             Prairie Ridge Nursery

Johnson Daylily Garden

•             Johnson Daylily Garden

•             Johnson Bamboo

Jonsteen Company

•             Jonsteen Company

•             Sequoiatrees.com (The Jonsteen Company)

Jung Family/Richard and Nathan Zondag/”Seeds for the World”

•             J.W. Jung Seed (Not to be confused with Jung Seed Genetics, which is a entirely different company that is a Monsanto subsidiary)

•             Edmunds’ Roses

•             eGardener’s Place

•             Horticultural Products and Services (HPS)

•             McClure & Zimmerman Quality Flowerbulb Brokers

•             Plants of Distinction (US fulfillment)

•             R.H. Shumway Seeds

•             Roots and Rhizomes

•             Seymour’s Selected Seeds (out of business for the most part, but still has website)

•             Totally Tomatoes

•             Vermont Bean Seed Company

•             Usernames “auctioneersbd” and “gentz13”, among others, on Ebay.com (look for sellers that ship from Beaver Dam or Randolph, WI)

Jungle Gardens

•             Jungle Gardens

•             Jungle Seeds & Gardens

Katz Kuntry Kuttins

•             Katz Kuntry Kuttins

•             Southern Pine Perennials

Kings Seeds

•             Kings Seeds

•             Suffolk Herbs

Klehm’s Song Sparrow Perennial Farm

•             Klehm’s Song Sparrow Perennial Farm

•             Red Barn Gardens

Krackin Premium Plants

•             Krackin Premium Plants

•             Stoogie Holler Seeds

Kurt Bluemel Inc.

•             Kurt Bluemel Inc.

•             Earthly Pursuits

Lawnrite

•             Lawnrite

•             Crabgrass Alert Company

LilyBLOOMS Aquatic Gardens

•             LilyBLOOMS Aquatic Gardens

•             Pond Plants Direct

Lilyseeds.com (Ribbon Nursery)

•             Lilyseeds.com (Ribbon Nursery)

•             Peonyseeds.com (Ribbon Nursery)

Lipenwald Inc.

•             Lipenwald Inc.

•             Gardener’s Choice

Lynch Creek Farm

•             Lynch Creek Farm

•             Lynch Creek Dahlias

Mantis Tools

•             Mantis Tools

•             Mantis ComposT-Twin

Marshalls Seeds

•             Marshalls Seeds

•             Unwins at Elm House Nurseries

Martha By Mail (Martha Stewart)

•             Martha By Mail (Martha Stewart)

•             Martha Stewart Living

McFayden Seeds

•             McFayden Seeds

•             McConnell Nurseries

McKenzie Farms Nursery

•             McKenzie Farms Nursery

•             World Wide Plants

MeyerLemonTree.com

•             MeyerLemonTree.com

•             KeyLimePieTree.com

•             PalmTreePlant.com

Milk Ranch Specialty Potatoes, LLC

•             Milk Ranch Specialty Potatoes, LLC

•             Ronniger Potato Farm LLC

MiloSeeds

•             MiloSeeds

•             Gourmet Tomato Seed Of The Month Club

•             Seed of the Month Club

•             The Tomato Seed Store

Monty’s Joy Juice (Monty’s Plant Food Co.)

•             Monty’s Joy Juice (Monty’s Plant Food Co.)

•             Monty’s Plant Food

Morton’s Horticultural Porducts, Inc.

•             Morton’s Horticultural Porducts, Inc.

•             Granny’s House

Mr. Fothergills’ Seeds

•             Mr. Fothergills’ Seeds

•             Mr Fothergill’s Seeds and Bulbs

•             Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds, Canada (TWD Lawn & Garden Products)

Muck Boots Online.com

•             Muck Boots Online.com

•             Garden Shoes Online

NetShops, Inc.

•             NetShops, Inc.

•             AdirondackChairs.com

•             BirdBaths.com

•             Great Benches

•             Hammocks.com

•             PatioFurnitureUSA.com

•             Porchswings.com

•             PottingBenches.com

•             Simply Fountains

•             SimplyArbors.com

•             SimplyPlanters.com

Netherland Bulb Company

•             Netherland Bulb Company

•             Quality Dutch Bulbs Inc.

New England Seed Company

•             New England Seed Company

•             Carolina Seeds

Nitron Industries

•             Nitron Industries

•             Garden IQ.com

Nola’s Iris Garden (Prevost Ranch and Gardens)

•             Nola’s Iris Garden (Prevost Ranch and Gardens)

•             Chailey Iris Garden

•             Leota’s Iris Garden

Nor’ East Miniature Roses® (division of Greenheart Farms, Inc.)

•             Nor’ East Miniature Roses® (division of Greenheart Farms, Inc.)

•             Tiny Petals Nursery

OVM Seeds

•             OVM Seeds

•             Seed Empire

Oakes Daylilies

•             Oakes Daylilies

•             Paradise Garden

OneDollarSeedStore.com

•             OneDollarSeedStore.com

•             Flora Exotica

OutdoorDecor.com

•             OutdoorDecor.com

•             Aaron’s Outdoors

Pacific Callas

•             Pacific Callas

•             Elephant Ears by Pacific Callas

Palms & Gardens

•             Palms & Gardens

•             Banana Garden.com

•             Tropical Favorites.com

Paradise Palm Co.

•             Paradise Palm Co.

•             Willis Orchard Company

Patio Plants

•             Patio Plants

•             Aquilegia Seed

Peas & Corn

•             Peas & Corn

•             HawsWateringCans.com (Haws Watering Cans)

PendulousPlants.com

•             PendulousPlants.com

•             SmallPlants.com

Perfect Perennials Daylily Nursery (HardyHems.com)

•             Perfect Perennials Daylily Nursery (HardyHems.com)

•             Thomas Gardens

Philadelphia Houseplant Wholesalers Inc

•             Philadelphia Houseplant Wholesalers Inc

•             Siam Orchids USA Inc

Plant Signs

•             Plant Signs

•             South Coast Palms

PlantKingdom.com

•             PlantKingdom.com

•             Koi Garden Club

PlantMakers (tomatomaker.com)

•             PlantMakers (tomatomaker.com)

•             Plants Can Live

Pond Megastore

•             Pond Megastore

•             Treasure Island Aquatics

PondSolutions.com

•             PondSolutions.com

•             AbsolutePonds.com

PondsOnline.ca

•             PondsOnline.ca

•             PondsOnline.com

•             PondUSA.com

Primeval Gardens

•             Primeval Gardens

•             Dragonflies & Tadpoles

Prize Seeds.com

•             Prize Seeds.com

•             FloatingFlora.com

Pure Food Hydroponics

•             Pure Food Hydroponics

•             Micro Hydroponics

Rainbow Acres

•             Rainbow Acres

•             Fred Kerr’s Iris

Rainbow Iris Farms

•             Rainbow Iris Farms

•             Gormley Greenery

Ratcliffe Orchids Ltd.

•             Ratcliffe Orchids Ltd.

•             Ratcliffe Orchids, LLC

Red Ox Machines (PBM Group)

•             Red Ox Machines (PBM Group)

•             ComposTumbler (PBM Group)

•             Gardener’s Greenhouse (PBM Group)

•             Vortine™ High Performance Mini Tiller

Redland Nursery

•             Redland Nursery

•             Botanical Treasures

Renee’s Garden Seeds

•             Renee’s Garden Seeds

•             Cornucopia Garden Seeds

Rich Farm Garden Supply

•             Rich Farm Garden Supply

•             Agrich, Inc.

Riverbend Gardens

•             Riverbend Gardens

•             Jope’s Bonsai Studio

Roberts Flower Supply

•             Roberts Flower Supply

•             Wetworks Misting Systems

Robrick Nursery

•             Robrick Nursery

•             FloridaSun Farms

Rogers & Webster Miracle-Bush™ Tomatoes (also dba PublishersChoice.com)

•             Rogers & Webster Miracle-Bush™ Tomatoes (also dba PublishersChoice.com)

•             MBT Nursery Sales (Miracle Bush Tomatoes)

Roguelands Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Company (seedfest.co.uk)

•             Roguelands Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Company (seedfest.co.uk)

•             Anioleka Seeds Company (Anioleka Seeds US)

•             Cheap Seeds.net

•             Eggplant Seeds.com

Roll ‘n Grow (RollnGrow.com)

•             Roll ‘n Grow (RollnGrow.com)

•             Topsy Turvy (HangingingTomato.com)

S & S Seeds

•             S & S Seeds

•             Albright Seed Company

•             Pacific Coast Seed

Safer® Brand

•             Safer® Brand

•             Havahart®

Saflora Plant Nursery

•             Saflora Plant Nursery

•             Clivias from SAflora

Sand Mountain Herbs

•             Sand Mountain Herbs

•             Herb Roots

Seed Savers Exchange

•             Seed Savers Exchange

•             Flower & Herb Exchange

Seedland.com (also dba GardenSeeds.com and GardenPatio.com)

•             Seedland.com (also dba GardenSeeds.com and GardenPatio.com)

•             FarmSeeds.com

Seedman.com

•             Seedman.com

•             NextHarvest.com

Seeds Trust

•             Seeds Trust

•             High Altitude Gardens

Sellsonic.com

•             Sellsonic.com

•             A.W. Brown’s

•             Country Gardens, Inc.

•             Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

•             Garden Value Outlet

•             Harbor Garden Center

•             Katonah Nursery

•             Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe

•             Port Jeff Agway

•             Sixteen Acres Garden Center

•             Tom’s Home and Garden

•             Zergott Landscaping, Inc. (Online Store)

Shady Oaks Ginseng Farm

•             Shady Oaks Ginseng Farm

•             Shady Oaks Blueberry Farm

Solexx Greenhouses (formerly Farm Wholesale Greenhouses)

•             Solexx Greenhouses (formerly Farm Wholesale Greenhouses)

•             The Greenhouse Catalog

Southern Business Express

•             Southern Business Express

•             Borghese Gardens

•             Curious Goods

•             Dutch Faust World Wide Exotic Seed Company (Faust & Associates)

•             GreenDealer Exotic Seeds

•             Gudseeds.com

•             Hurricane Seeds (HurricaneSeeds.com)

•             Joe Windham Enterprises

•             Organica Seed

•             Rachel’s Tomato Seed Supply (Rachel’s Pepper Seed Supply)

•             Rancid Sawdust.com

•             Rex’s Seed Co.

•             Seedman.com

•             Seeds etc.

•             Tea Herb Farm

•             The GreenWeb

•             Virtual Seeds & Flags

•             Wendy’s Wonderful Herbs/Seeds

Spangle Creek Labs

•             Spangle Creek Labs

•             Itasca Ladyslipper Farm

SpiritLiving Co. (Spirit Living Co.)

•             SpiritLiving Co. (Spirit Living Co.)

•             BambooFurnitureCollection.com, a SpiritLiving Co. (Bamboo Furniture)

•             Cedar-Sheds.com, a SpiritLiving Co. (Cedar Sheds.com)

•             Spirit Elements, LLC

Spruce Creek Rainsaver

•             Spruce Creek Rainsaver

•             EZ Composter (Spruce Creek Company)

•             rainbarrel.net

Stanley & Sons Nursery

•             Stanley & Sons Nursery

•             Aesthetic Gardens

Stark Brothers

•             Miller Seeds and Nursery

State-by-State Gardening

•             State-by-State Gardening

•             Alabama GARDENER

•             Arkansas GARDENER

•             Georgia GARDENING

•             Kentucky GARDENER

•             Louisiana GARDENER

•             Mississippi GARDENER

•             Oklahoma GARDENER

•             Tennessee GARDENER

•             Virginia GARDENER

Stone Lantern

•             Stone Lantern

•             Bonsai Today

Superior Growers Supply (SGS)

•             Superior Growers Supply (SGS)

•             Home Harvest Garden Supply (Division of Superior Growers Supply, Inc.)

Suttons Seeds

•             Suttons Seeds

•             Dobies Garden (Samuel Dobie & Son)

•             Ferndale Lodge

Teak Wicker & More (CSN Stores)

•             Teak Wicker & More (CSN Stores)

•             All Greenhouses (div. of CSN Stores, Inc.)

Tennessee Wholesale Nursery (D & T Wholesale Nursery)

•             Tennessee Wholesale Nursery (D & T Wholesale Nursery)

•             Quick Growing Trees (quick-growing-trees.com)

•             TN Nursery

•             Wetland Supplies

Territorial Seed Company

•             Territorial Seed Company

•             Abundant Life Seeds

The English Garden (UK edition)

•             The English Garden (UK edition)

•             The English Garden (US & Canadian edition)

The Liquid Fence Company

•             The Liquid Fence Company

•             CowPots

The Strawberry Store

•             The Strawberry Store

•             fraises des bois

Thompson and Morgan (UK)

•             Thompson and Morgan (UK)

•             Thompson and Morgan (US)

Thompson and Morgan (US)

•             Thompson and Morgan (US)

•             ValueSeeds.com

Tip Top Bio-Control

•             Tip Top Bio-Control

•             Gardening Zone (gardeningzone.com)

Tom’s Home and Garden

•             Tom’s Home and Garden

•             Garden-Shops.com

•             Holland Bulbs Direct

•             Perennials Direct (Deerproof Perennials.com)

Tomato Bob’s Heirloom Tomatoes

•             Tomato Bob’s Heirloom Tomatoes

•             Heirloom Tomatoes

Touch of Nature, Inc.

•             Touch of Nature, Inc.

•             eFlowerGarden

Tree Heaven (aka Tree Paradise.com, Veychek Gardens & Nursery Inc.)

•             Tree Heaven (aka Tree Paradise.com, Veychek Gardens & Nursery Inc.)

•             Daylily Paradise (Veychek Gardens & Nursery Inc.)

•             Maples By Mail

Trinity Ranch

•             Trinity Ranch

•             Magic Worm Ranch

Tuscumbia Iron Works

•             Tuscumbia Iron Works

•             Coble Metal Works (dba Southeastern Architectural Metals)

University Scientific Corporation

•             University Scientific Corporation

•             Sporebank (Sporebank.com)

•             Sporestore (Sporestore.com)

Van Bourgondien Dutch Bulbs

•             Van Bourgondien Dutch Bulbs

•             Gardening123 BulbMall

•             Van Dyck’s

Van Engelen, Inc.

•             Van Engelen, Inc.

•             John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds

•             John Scheepers, Inc.

VanDusen Volunteer Seed Collectors’ Seed Store

•             VanDusen Volunteer Seed Collectors’ Seed Store

•             Twining Vine Garden

Vintage Gardens Antique Roses

•             Vintage Gardens Antique Roses

•             Apple Art Espalier

Weed Ox (division of Black River Tools Inc.)

•             Weed Ox (division of Black River Tools Inc.)

•             Father Nature (division of Black River Tools Inc.)

Weekend Gardener (NZ)

•             Weekend Gardener (NZ)

•             Weekend Gardener (AUS)

WheatgrassKits.com

•             WheatgrassKits.com

•             GenericSeeds.com

•             HerbKits.com

White Flower Farm

•             White Flower Farm

•             Shepherd’s Garden Seeds

Wild Birds Forever

•             Wild Birds Forever

•             The Backyard Shoppe

Wildflower World

•             Wildflower World

•             GardenPost

Willows

•             Willows

•             Willows Specialist Cyclamen Nursery

Winsome Orchids, Inc.

•             Winsome Orchids, Inc.

•             Billy’s Buds Orchids and More

Winterberry Farms Tissue Culture

•             Winterberry Farms Tissue Culture

•             The Plant Source

•             Wild Gingers at The Plant Collector Nursery

ihort (International Horticultural Technologies, LLC)

•             ihort (International Horticultural Technologies, LLC)

•             QuickPlug Growing Systems

jmbamboo

•             jmbamboo

•             BigPlants

mySEASONS Garden Solutions

•             mySEASONS Garden Solutions

•             Foster & Gallagher, Inc.

•             Rocky Meadow Orchard & Nursery

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Horticulture Talk on Hiatus… and Prowling for Plagiarizing Losers!


Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know — some of the content on my blog may not be available during the next few days (weeks?).

I became aware today that I have an individual that is plagiarizing content from my blog — whole articles at a time. I started my blog in 2005 to see if I really *knew* things about horticulture. As a professional horticulturist, I can say stuff to people and they will believe me because of who I am. This blog was my way of seeing if people still believed my information and found me to be credible when my big professional name was removed from the picture.  I guess my advice is really good, so I should be flattered that others want to steal it.

The individual that plagiarized my content has a garlic farm in the NW USA, so you would –think– they would know enough about their crop to actually write up their own information. Pretty sad when Ms. PhD has to steal content from a little old blog like mine to make her company successful!

*insert eyeroll*

Anyway, I will be going about copyrighting all of my entries and doing some online research to see if there are other folks that have done the same. I know others have PROPERLY used the content from my blog because I get the pingbacks from them. (You know, that old habit some people use of using a web address to CITE their information that they have used.) If you see an article online that sounds like one you have read on my blog and doesn’t have me cited, let me know!

Plagiarism IS ILLEGAL and is theft of my intellectual property! I went to school for many, many years and didn’t sit for years in a dank little lab through graduate school analyzing vegetable juice samples for nothing! I have been honing my craft for over 30 years. It’s not like I don’t know what I am talking about — and if I did, I know how to cite my work and give credit where credit is due.

If you are looking for anything in particular or you have a question pop up during this time, feel free to ask. All of my entries will be back soon, so don’t fret!

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Knock ’em Dead: Tried and True Way to Get Rid of Ants


As shown in many of my past blog articles…

https://horticulturetalk.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/lawn-care-ants-and-asparagus-oh-my/

https://horticulturetalk.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/taking-down-invaders-removing-ants-from-your-home-and-garden/

https://horticulturetalk.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/red-hot-asparagus-fire-ants-invade/

…it’s pretty evident that ants are a constant bane of a gardener’s or home owner’s existance.

When I was living in my last rental residence, I had severe problems with ants. They came in the bedroom and didn’t really seem to be interested in anything in particular — other than crawling up on my bed! I never had food in the room, so there was no reason for them to be there. After trying many products, like Tarro and straight Borax, I found the perfect solution.

As a way to see if the ants would ‘take the bait’, I put a small bit of jelly on a piece of cardboard and set it in the bedroom. Within an hour, I think the whole anthill was there partaking in the food (insert thought of why they did not go to the kitchen about 15 feet away where there was tons of food). In getting creative (and desperate), I decided to mix borax in with the jelly for the next feeding. Use enough of each to make a thin paste — not like clay, but liquidy enough that the jelly is still a bit gel-like.  Put it on a small paper plate or piece of cardboard in the area where it is needed. Within about 12 hours (overnight), you will be hard pressed to find an ant. Works well for sweet, black, and red ants.

 

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Bug Off! Getting Rid of Pesky Fruit Flies


Anyone who has ever left a few bananas sitting out or forgotten to change their garbage knows all too well the problem with fruit flies. It seems that once they’ve invaded your kitchen, you can’t get rid of them. You can scrub, clean, remove tempting fruit and spray the garbage can with disinfectants, but they always come back. You can’t help but cringe just looking at them.

We have always had problems with fruit flies, with one of the main reasons being that we live in an apartment and by law – must recycle. Because of where we live, we have to keep our recycling containers inside until they can be disposed of once a week. If the recyclables aren’t cleaned well enough after being used, they make a perfect breeding ground for fruit flies. They love bits of rotting food remnants and seem to thrive in even the smallest amount. When fruit flies move in, they just don’t want to leave and will lay eggs in and on anything they can find – fruits & vegetables left on the counter, sink drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles & cans, garbage bags, and even mops and rags.

A Few Fun Facts About Fruit Flies:

– Can lay up to 500 eggs at a time

– Their entire lifecycle is complete in about a week

– While considered mainly a pest, they have the potential to contaminate food with dangerous bacteria

We all know that removing the food, getting rid of the garbage & cleaning up plays a big role, but we also know what it’s like to move a piece of fruit and have a swarm of fruit flies fill the air only to escape your attempts at killing them. Where are they gonna go? Obviously the ones flying around can’t be easily captured or killed, so they’ll linger about until they find some other place to lay eggs and the whole cycle starts again.

In all my attempts, I found the best way to capture and remove the ones that escape is to create a simple trap using a jar, plastic wrap and a piece of food. Here’s how it works:

1. Get a small jar you don’t plan on using again ( like a baby food jar or something similar ) and wash it out well. Make sure it is not a jar with a funky smell such as a used pickle jar or anything that use to have strong spices. You want a clean, odorless jar.

2. Take a chunk of banana and place inside the jar. This is why you want a clean, odorless jar – so that the banana smell won’t be overpowered by other not-so-tempting smells. Banana seems to work the best, but you can experiment.

3. Fit a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the jar, making sure that it fits tight and well sealed around the edges. Then take a pen or pencil and poke 4 to 5 holes in the plastic, just big enough for a fruit fly to fit into. Once a fruit fly crawls in, it can’t get out. You would think they would just fly back out through the holes, but they won’t!

4. Place the jar in an area where you have seen the most fruit flies. Depending on the amount of fruit flies you have, you can expect to start seeing the jar fill up within just a few hours. After 24 hours, you will discover just how bad your fruit fly problem is!

This simple, inexpensive & safe method works perfectly and if you don’t want the jar on public display, you can always slip it behind the garbage can, in the cupboard or even under the sink (Just don’t forget about it!). You will want to empty the jar every 3-4 days before any eggs have a chance to hatch. While adult fruit flies can’t easily escape through the holes, their maggots can very easily, and besides that – they are disgusting to see crawling around in the jar. You don’t want to see these things crawling on your counter!

Cleaning out the jar shouldn’t be a problem. If you have a kind heart, you can choose to let them go outside. Personally, I spray the little buggers with bug spray, wash out the jar and start the whole process over again if I think there are still some fruit flies left to capture.

For bad fruit fly problems, you will want to use this method for a good two weeks to make sure you’ve captured the majority of fruit flies. You might even want to use a few jars in different places. Before long, your kitchen will be back to normal.

 

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Plan Your Perfect Garden: Online Garden Layout Software


For many years, gardeners everywhere laid their garden out on paper.  Depending on the artistic and mathematical skills of the individual, their plan was either very good or very bad — when it came time for planting, you’d find out which.

However, I recently found that Jung Seed and their sister companies are offering a garden planning software.  It is free for the first 30 days — and well worth taking a look at.  You can plan the layout of your garden, put together a schedule based on your geographical location so you do everything at the right time, and have a digital copy of each year’s garden records.  Also, there are options for raised beds and container gardening, planting fruit trees and perennials, and more.While it’s fun to try for that first 30 days, it is definitely an addition that any serious gardener would want to make to their tools for the trade.

To find this great software, click here.

 

 

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