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    Annual and Perennial Difference

    by Administrator 17. June 2013 14:16

    Difference between an Annual and Perennial Plant

    Chances are, you’ve heard that a flower or plant is either an annual or perennial. But what’s the difference between the two? The difference lies in the plants’ genetics.

    The biggest difference between the two is that an annual plant or flower will live for one growing period and then die, whereas a perennial will regrow and spurt back to life every spring. A perennial, if maintained properly, can (theoretically) last forever. Both types of plants have their place in the garden; it’s completely fine to grow annuals alongside perennials.

    Other Key Differences

    Annuals, as a general concept, don’t grow to be very tall. They stick between 10 and 15 inches, but can sometimes grow 30+ inches in height. Annuals will usually grow to produce many flowers and new blossoms. Well-known annuals include pansies, ferns, begonias and poppies. You can bring your annual plants and flowers inside during the cold seasons and some might continue to live.

    Perennials will either go dormant in the cold weather like trees and shrubs, or they’ll continue to grow (but not blossom). Their genetic structure allows them to persevere in the cold seasons. Popular perennials include baby breath, cattails, chamomile and chives.

    Do you know how to tell an annual from a perennial? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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    How to Save a Dying Plant

    by Administrator 4. June 2013 16:16

    Is your precious plant dying and you want to know how to save it? Look no further. Below we've provided several tips on how to save your dying plant - don't lose hope yet.

    • Make sure it's getting enough water. Every plant needs a different amount of water. Are you watering it too much, or not enough? If you know the name of your plant, try looking up how much water it needs daily or weekly. Feel free to visit our garden center if you have any questions about watering a specific plant.
    • Make sure it's not getting too much or not enough shade. Some plants need indirect sunlight, while others enjoy a multitude of sunlight (and require it to grow).
    • Check for discolored leaves. "Discolored" can mean a number of colors - but dark brown or yellow leaves are usually not a good sign. While it depends on the type plant itself, try to match the color of the plant when you got it to the color it is now. 
    • Re-pot the plant if it doesn't have enough room to grow. If the plant is leaning or outgrowing its pot, it will need re-potted immediately.
    • Prune the plant if it needs it. Pruning, when done correctly, can remove harmful or dead leaves and branches. We wrote a blog on pruning; you can find it here.
    • Add a specialty fertilizer if nothing else is working. (Miracle Grow is a popular choice.) Check out our Garden Center for a number of options.

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