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Strawberries With Anthracnose – Treating Strawberry Anthracnose Disease

Anthracnose of strawberries is a destructive fungal disease that if left uncontrolled, can decimate entire crops. Treating strawberry anthracnose may not eliminate the disease entirely, but early attention can keep the problem in check. Strawberry Anthracnose Information Anthracnose of strawberries was once thought to be a disease of warm, humid climates, but the problem is becoming more widespread wherever strawberries are grown. The disease is usually introduced on infected strawberry plants. Once established, the fungus can live in the soil for several months. The fungus overwinters on dead leaves and other plant debris, and is harbored by several types of weeds. Although the spores aren’t airborne, they are distributed by splashing rain, irrigation, or by people or garden tools. Anthracnose of strawberries develops and spreads very quickly. Signs of Strawberries with Anthracnose Anthracnose of strawberries attacks nearly every part of the strawberry plant. If the crown of the plant is

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Types Of Coneflower – Learn About Different Kinds Of Coneflower Plant

The coneflower is a popular perennial in gardens because it is easy to grow and produces large, distinctive flowers. Perhaps most commonly seen in beds is the purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, but did you know there are many other kinds of coneflower? Newer hybrid varieties provide the same durable, easy perennial qualities but with a variety of different flower colors and shapes. About Echinacea Plants The genus Echinacea includes a number of species, four of which are common in and native to North America. These include purple coneflower, one of the most commonly used Echinacea plants in home gardens and flower beds. Coneflower varieties are so popular in home gardens because they are easy to grow and because they provide striking flowers in beds. The daisy-like blooms attract pollinators and sit on top of tall stems, growing up to 5 feet (1.5 m.) tall. Coneflower is drought tolerant, requires

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Valor Plum Care: Tips For Growing Valor Plums At Home

Valor plum trees produce bounteous crops of attractive purple-blue fruit, occasionally with a hint of red. The sweet, juicy plums are versatile and can be eaten fresh or used for preserving, canning or drying. You can easily grow your own tree if you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. The good news is that Valor plum care is relatively uninvolved. Read on to learn about growing Valor plums. Valor Plum Information Valor plum trees originated in 1968 at the Vineland Research Institute in Ontario, Canada. The trees are appreciated for their abundant harvests and the excellent flavor of the firm, amber flesh. Valor plum trees tend to be resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Look for Valor plums to ripen in late September or early October. How to Care for a Valor Plum Valor plums require at least one plum tree nearby for pollination. Good candidates include Opal,

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Growing A Cambridge Gage – Care Guide For Cambridge Gage Plums

For a deliciously sweet and juicy plum, and one with a unique green color, consider growing a Cambridge gage tree. This variety of plum comes from the 16th century Old Greengage and is easier to grow and hardier than its ancestors, perfect for the home gardener. Enjoying it fresh is best, but this plum also holds up to canning, cooking, and baking. Cambridge Gage Information Greengage or just gage, is a group of plum trees that originate in France, although the Cambridge was developed in England. The fruits of these varieties are often green but not always. They tend to be juicier than over varieties and are great for fresh eating. Cambridge gage plums are no exception to this; the flavor is high-quality, sweet, and honey-like. They have a green skin that develops a slight blush as they ripen. This is a plum variety that can tolerate colder climates. The

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