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Eerie plants’ season didn’t end with Halloween

Nov. 19, 2019 8:31 AM EST

If you’re missing Halloween, there are some eerie indoor and outdoor plants that carry the spooky season into winter and beyond. Let’s start with bat plant (Tacca integrifolia), which blooms year-round. The blossoms are neither bright, cheery nor attractive, except in a curiously ominous way. Atop...

Local botanical pressing company started from 'experiments'

Nov. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — "It started off with just experiments" are Anne Venable's famous last words. The owner of Preservation Press started the Lafayette-based botanical pressing company as a way to decorate her home. Preservation Press creates one-of-a-kind art, cards and decor out of preserved specimens....

Marijuana, hemp cross-pollination a budding conflict

Nov. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries...

Nevada reviews possible mining threat to unique wildflower

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is launching a comprehensive review of the status of a desert wildflower that isn't known to exist anywhere else in the world because of concerns about potential effects from new mining exploration. The move comes after the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump...

In 'Doctor Sleep,' a filmmaker reconciles 'The Shining' rift

Nov. 5, 2019 10:52 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Mike Flanagan knew his vision to fuse Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" with Stephen King's 2013 sequel "Doctor Sleep" would be a hard sell with the author. King's disdain for the 1980 adaptation is well-known and has not abated with time. "No, no," Flanagan said, shaking his...

Downtown tulip planting a reminder to complete 2020 census

Nov. 3, 2019 2:19 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Yellow tulip bulbs are expected to be planted in downtown Indianapolis to beautify the area and remind Marion County residents to complete the 2020 census. Downtown Indy Inc. says volunteers will plant bulbs Monday in Legacy Garden on Washington Street. The planting is in conjunction...

Flowers looking tired? How to extend their vase life

Oct. 29, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection, conditioning and nourishment. "Cut flowers generally last five to seven days after the time they get to the consumer," said Lisa Mason Ziegler, a cut flower grower and operator of The...

Business owner grows variety of plants in unlikely place

Oct. 27, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — BalaKrishna Reddy was a kid in rural India when he discovered his love for growing plants. Now an adult in the United States, he grows a variety of roses and dahlias in what could be considered a unique location — a gas station. The owner of Hobbs Street Minimart has a garden at...

Cover your ground, for your plants' sake

Oct. 22, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel. Bare soil is too easily blown and washed away by wind and water. Rainfall pounding on it seals pores, making it much harder for water to penetrate. This further contributes to erosion, which...

To keep enjoying your garden's flowers, consider drying them

Oct. 1, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

Cut flowers have an intense but brief vase life, lasting generally about a week. Yet they can be preserved as attractive and long-lasting arrangements when properly dried and displayed. Air-drying is the simplest and cheapest way to go about it, but other methods may be better for locking in the flowers' colors....