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Meet a Long-Lasting Houseplant With a Forgiving Heart

Low light and little watering won't scar Zee Zee plant for life; this East Africa native has a tolerant nature and an exotic beauty Full Story
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mlpenaro
mlpenaro says in private:
Hello! After reading this article I bought a gorgeous ZZ plant. I have had it for almost a year. Sadly I just realized it has centipedes. I don't want to get rid of my plant nor I want use an insecticide that may harm the roots. Any advice?
April 15, 2014 at 12:20PM   
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kjdick
Centipedes are easy to control in house plants. You can use the organic multipurpose insect killer which won’t hurt the plant at all. Just add some to your watering can, mix it up and water the plants like normal. The drench will kill any present. Just be sure to use the mixture 2-3 times in a row to insure you get any hatching young your initial treatment missed.
I do advise talking to your local garden center or nursery before using any treatments. They of course have plenty of experience with what will work best for your plant.

If you want something stronger that will solve the problem with one application, get BIFEN. Use it the same way but only one application will be needed every month or two for ongoing, long lasting control.

Both products will control any pest that may want to live in the soil or on any house plant. And both can be used inside or outside.

Organic Insect Killer: http://www.amazon.com/Safer-567GAL-32-Insecticidal-Concentrated-Pyrethrin/dp/B00BIDYQCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397594400&sr=8-1&keywords=safer+567

Bifen IT: http://www.amazon.com/Bifen-Control-Solutions-Insecticide-Concentrates/dp/B00ID2C49W/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1397594444&sr=8-16&keywords=bifen+it
April 15, 2014 at 1:47PM     
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Great Design Plant: Hibiscus Syriacus ‘Sugar Tip’

As pretty as a party dress, ‘Sugar Tip’ has layers of pink that catch the eyes of butterflies Full Story
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shoebunny
I live at about .500 miles (800 km) north of the Canadian-US border. I have a beautiful hibiscus of this type, though not this specific one. It has a woody stem which dies down to the ground every winter but grows again from the ground level in the spring. This means it doesn't get very tall. Its enormous flowers begin blooming about mid to late August. I then hope that our first killing frost doesn't come until the end of September so that the many buds have a chance to open.
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Moses Omilia
I love hibiscus and I have at least five different varieties growing in our country home garden. Somebody rightly said that hibiscus needs neither too much water nor too little. It is a hardy plant, though, and can resist severe droughts when fully grown. Our climate is Tropical Savanah and hibiscus does quite well. I have known hibiscus not only to be drought resistant but it also less prone to disease which reduces the need for spraying.
Much of the hedge around our home is made of hibiscus which has interlocked with the chain-link fence and provides shade both our free range chicken, plus creepy native plants which grow under it that are food to the chicken, besides the insects which dwell in the undergrowth.
The other advantage hibiscus offers to my family is that we are able to feed to our livestock whenever the hedge is trimmed.
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