The pH scale determines the acid and alkaline levels in soil. Soil pH can be as low as 0.0 and as high as 14.0. Acidic soil has a pH level between 0.0 and 6.9, with 7.0 representing neutral levels. Any pH readings between 7.1 and 14 are alkaline. When added to soil, oak leaves and other modifiers ca
The sweet musky guava fruit -- Psidium guajava L. -- grows on trees in the Americas' warmer climates. With its origins likely in Central America, the guava didn't arrive in Hawaii until the 1800s, and in Florida, the first planting dates to 1912. Varieties of guavas can be found worldwide from Cuba
The butterfly bush Buddleia x weyeriana Bicolor is nicknamed rainbow butterfly bush because of the way the sprays of tiny blooms drift from a deep purple-blue into coral shades. As the name implies, butterfly bush is excellent in a butterfly garden, and does well around other flowering plants that a
Plant tomatoes when temperatures consistently stay above 40 degrees F.Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesTexas residents benefit from a climate that enables year-round gardening. South Texas, especially the area near the Texas-Mexico border, generally does not even frost, and other...
A bouquet of flowers from Hawaii provides a room or event with a tropical essence. Many flower shops and nurseries provide fresh cut flower and foliage to send from Hawaii to the mainland United States or other international destinations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture enforces strict regulation
Japanese maple trees are not toxic. In fact, the tree's leaves are eaten as part of some Japanese dishes and have no adverse health effects.
The Australian continent is made up of several differing environments, from sandy beaches, mountainous regions, dry outback and lush rain forests. The rain forest, located mainly near Queensland, host many plant and animal species that call Australia's rain forest home. These species,...
Nature provides plenty of diversity of form and color and man has learned how to manipulate genetics to achieve even more differences. Pinpointing the name of the plant that has a light orange trumpet flower might seem difficult. Plant classification is of some use here, since you can see what form
Candy corn plant (Manettia luteorubra) is a tropical flowering vine that hails from Brazil. It takes its name from its small orange and yellow flowers that resemble the popular candy corn confection. Because of its tropical nature, candy corn plant can only be grown outdoors within zones 10 through
Let the ancient Zuni of New Mexico inspire your garden design.New Mexico Sunset image by Carlos Queral from Fotolia.comBorrow the beliefs of ancient Zuni peoples who inhabited the pueblos of western New Mexico as your garden inspiration. The Zuni, who called themselves A:shiwi, had a...
The time it takes for a rose bud to open its petals is largely dependent on the stage of bud development and the variety of rose. Some roses expand slowly and hold their bloom for a long time, while others bloom and drop quickly. It takes about two weeks from the time a bud sets to the time the blos
Sugar and salt are common ingredients in the human diet, and most people enjoy the taste of both of them. But plants also consume salt and sugar from time to time. Adding sugar or salt to the soil around plants can have significant effects on their health -- some good and some bad. Learn about the e
Oak trees are native to North America and are, overall, drought-tolerant. Some oaks, such as the overcup oak, originated in the swamplands of the southern United States but is still tolerant of arid conditions. Oak trees are hardy, sturdy and capable of tolerating pollution. Although drought-tolera
Pecan trees are North American natives. The trees grow particularly well in the deep, well-drained soil found in the Mississippi floodplain. The trees grow naturally in many states throughout the United States, and they may be cultivated in home gardens under the right growing conditions. Pecan tree
Strawberries thrive throughout the continental U.S. and grow especially well in areas like Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana and Maine, where they receive hot summer sun and cold winter chills. These low-growing plants require the right level of sun and drainage in their site but expand quickly with runne
All living things require energy to sustain themselves. While animals take in sustenance by consuming other living things, plants take their energy directly from their environment, turning nonliving elements into sugars and proteins for energy and storage. Although plants such as trees do not, stri
The worm gear in a gate opener causes the gate to open and shut smoothly at a uniform speed to minimize wear on the components. This type of gear resembles a threaded cylinder. When rotated, the threads in the gear engage with the teeth of a horizontal gear, which also rotates on an axle to swing th
Eggplants are warm-season vegetables that are rich in fiber, potassium and vitamin B1. A serving size contains less than 30 calories, making them an excellent choice in a healthy diet. When to pick eggplants depend on when you start the seeds or when you transplant them outdoors.
Ornamental plum trees, sometimes called flowering plums, are part of the Prunus family of trees, which also includes cherry and almond trees. There are many species of ornamental plums that produce showy flowers in the spring and dwarf, inedible fruits in the summer. To find the hardiest varieties,
Growing seeds outdoors in raised beds is a way to save space in small gardens. Germinating seeds in these beds can be difficult as the soil in raised planters drains faster than in furrowed rows. But germination can be accomplished with careful attention to soil moisture. There are benefits to growi