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10 Plants With Unstable Variegation (And How To Keep It)

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Plants with irregular variegated patterns on different leaves are unique and beautiful. But such variegation is unstable, and it will revert back to its all-green state.  Plants with unstable variegation are cultivars that do not have the same variegated patterns on all the leaves.  To prevent the variegation from reverting back to green, adequate lighting …

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7 Conditions When Your Compost Can (Actually) Self-Ignite

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It’s hard to believe. But, the grass trimmings in the compost bin can actually catch fire spontaneously, and become a fire hazard to your house and neighbors. What can cause a compost pile to self-ignite? Compost piles can self-ignite when the heat generated during decomposition is trapped inside a dry, insulated, and compacted pile with …

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Orchid Nutrient Deficiency: Symptoms & Solutions (Pictures)

Orchid nutrient deficiency

When leaves turn yellow or brown, they are often misdiagnosed as sunburn, overwatering or fungal/bacterial infection.  When bottom leaves drop, the problem is often ignored as natural shedding. While disease can be a cause, nutritional deficiency is most likely the root cause that makes a plant become more vulnerable to fungal/bacterial diseases and rotting.  Simply …

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Saving A Leafless Orchid: The Ultimate Guide (Pictures)

Leafless Orchid Troubleshooting Care Tips

An orchid without leaves is not necessarily a lost case.  Leafless orchids with a good stem and some root(s) can be rescued, especially with proper care and patience.  To find the right remedy, you must first identify the cause according to its early symptoms.  So, why does an orchid lose its leaves? The common reasons …

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