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does not require chilling Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
does not require chilling Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Growing Canna (red futurity)

We just bought several Canna 'Red Futurity' roots/rhizomes that we are planting in N's office. These are very tropical looking and require warmth so we figured they would be a perfect fit in that room. They came packaged with Caladium bulbs and a few elephant ear bulbs. We plan to plant our Cannas in a large pot that will remain indoors in that room, we may also plant a Caladium bulb with the Canna rhizomes or we may plant some cloeus with the Cannas. Cannas come in a variety of colors and sizes, some grow up to 7 feet tall. Their blooms and leaves are very tropical looking and they are absolutely beautiful. Specifically Canna 'Red Futurity' needs to be protected from frost. It can be grown grow outdoors in zones 8...

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Growing Calla Lilies

I just rescued some potted calla lilies from the grocery store. They were in the discount section where we often find perfectly good plants that just need the right care. These particular calla lilies were forced to bloom for valentines day, since their blooming period had passed they were being discarded. The great thing about bulbs, tubers and corms is that they usually will re-flower year after year when given the right growing conditions and care. Specifically calla lilies are grown from tubers and bloom in late spring and are considered "perennial bulbs" that will return year after year. They are hardy in zones 9 & 10 and can be left in the ground between blooming seasons, in all other zones they will need to be dug up, dried and stored...

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Amaryllis time lapse video

Well, I did it! I finished my amaryllis bulb time lapse video. I actually wanted to make the video to show people how awesome bulbs are. It's not the best video ever but it's pretty good for my first time lapse attempt! I was taking photos for about 4 days.. Getting the lighting and background just right and keeping it that way was hard but it turned out alright! Tonight I had the most fun putting the slides to the music. I used Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers for the background music (hope that is not bad)...

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Growing Narcissus- Paperwhites

Today I deadheaded my paperwhites that I forced indoors this winter and I thought I would share some knowledge about growing these flowering bulbs with you today as an addition to my Gardening Reference Section on this site. Paperwhites are part of the Narcissus family as are daffodils. Unlike most daffodils paperwhites are very fragrant and are a popular bulb that is often forced indoors. They take between 4 and 6 weeks to grow and begin blooming. Paperwhites don't require much space, can be planted in tight clumps in soil or rocks, don't like to be over watered and do not require a chilling period to re bloom next growing season. They actually are not a good outdoor bulb if you live in a frosty location and this is why so many...

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Gardening info: Growing Begonias

I bought some begonias last fall and have been growing them since. I got one hanging basket begonia and one upright plant with huge blooms. Neither one have flowered yet and I am on a mission to figure out why! Begonias don't like full sun! They actually prefer to have about 50% shade and need morning/ AM sun. Their leaves can become sunburned easily so be careful where you plant these guys! Begonias are another plant that can be killed by over watering them. Begonias need water but cannot become waterlogged! They should only be watered when the top soil is dry, be very careful to avoid over watering these! Begonias should be planted in the spring and many sites say that your begonia tuber should not be planted until a sprout appears...

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