Citrus Fertilizer – is it necessary?

"A good Citrus fertilizer will contain the full balanced range of nutrients required to support healthy growth, and will have the right pH so it

Common Pest Profiles: Mealy bug, Aphids, Red Spider Mite, Thrips, Caterpillars, Sciara, Slugs and Snails, and Vine Weevils.

Insect Pests and the One-Week Rule Many insect pests reproduce rapidly during the warm summer months and during this time there will be an interval

Botanic Gardens to visit in the UK

Botanic Gardens are not unique to the UK, but it does have some of the best botanic gardens in Europe. These gardens often started as

The Basics of Greenhouse Growing

Why use a Greenhouse at all? Most parts of the planet have seasonal weather which varies considerably over the course of the year. Many of

The Best Botanic Gardens in Europe

Europe is home to a long tradition of horticulture and botany-related academic research. From the days of the earliest plant hunters (and continuing to the

Fertilizer – Signs of nutrient deficiencies in plants and how to prevent them

We all know that plants basically make their own food using water, carbon dioxide and sunlight, but what is often overlooked is that plants also

The Garden News Journal – Latest Articles

Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) (aka Plant Hormones, or Phytohormones)- What They Are, How They Work, and How To Use Them

They’re natural… sort of. It is a true miracle of nature that the individual cells of any multicellular organism each have identical DNA to each other, but find a way to create a variety of very different cells in just the right places. Of course, this doesn’t happen by sheer Continue Reading

USDA Climate Zones: What they mean, and how to choose the right plants for them – in Europe!

USDA is for the USA, but also everyone else. The United States Department of Agriculture provides essential information and other services to people and organizations involved in the growing of plants – including a system of identifying climate zones and plants that are hardy enough for them. It can be Continue Reading

Plant Breeding – How to make your own new crosses and hybrids

Breeding Basics Many Gardeners and Plant-lovers find themselves captivated by new and interesting varieties. But how are new plant varieties made – and how can amateurs try this in their own garden? Well, sometimes you’re lucky and a new variety will just ‘pop up’ as a random mutation or chance Continue Reading

Planting Alliums for early summer flowers

Alliums are tremendous flowers for the border, with the taller stemmed varieties making a wonderful punctuation to the summer display. These can be planted later than some other Spring-flowering bulbs, and are often offered alongside the autumn and summer-flowering bulbs/tubers (such as Dahlia), however for the best results these should Continue Reading

Plant Profile: Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia – Stunning xeric subshrub

  Sphaeralcea species occasionally pop up in seed and plant offerings of various nurseries and seed-merchants. Usually the species on offer is the striking Sphaeralcea coccinea – a pretty plant for a sheltered rockery, with a low-growing habit. Of that species perhaps 50% of the seedlings will thrive in colder, Continue Reading