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Cold-hardy Bromeliads

Curvaceous cold-hardy bromeliads—can we grow them? Horticulturist Scott Ogden shares his plant driven bromeliad passion. Daphne explains why flowers turn to the sun. Her Plant of the Week is hummingbird magnet for sun and shade, Firecracker fern. Merrideth Jiles shows how to divide bromeliads. On tour, two neighbors united the neighborhood when they took out their lawns.

Originally aired July 26th, 2014 (Rebroadcast August 30th, 2014)

Plant of the Week: Firecracker fern


Tips of the Week

  • Clip herbs like basil, oregano, mint, rosemary and thyme to encourage new growth.
  • Beware of not watering in brief rains! It may look like lots of rain, but check soil to 3” deep to make sure your new trees, shrubs and perennials are getting enough water.
  • Water blast plants plagued by spider mites. Consider replacing them in fall or composting vegetables now. If plants are troubled, it’s probably time to get rid of them.
  • Analyze! What plants handle the heat and drought?
  • Deadhead annual flowers to produce another flush.

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Question of the Week

Why do flowers turn to the sun?

Featured Garden

Vegetable/ornamental No-lawn Makeover | Ann & Robin Matthews

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