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CLIMATEMost varieties grow best in a mild temperature range, between 15°C and 26°C, though tuberous begonias need it a little cooler to perform at their best. They like humidity and warmth, but can’t tolerate extreme heat, dryness or frost.POSITIONAs a general rule, begonias favour bright filtered light with no exposure to harsh midday sun. Some species will also tolerate deep shade. They need good ventilation to help prevent fungal diseases and do well planted under trees and shrubs. Some of the cane-stemmed and wax varieties will tolerate full sun.SOILIn the garden, they require free- draining soil improved with compost. Heavy...

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Senecio 'Angel's Tears'- Succulent Care This variegate was an exciting new find in Japan. A hybrid from Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls)  The variegation is random appearing most strongly on the newer growing tips and is of the silk type of variegation, and more yellow instead of the often white. Angels Tears has larger more tear shaped leaves and grows more vigorously than its parent Senecio rowleyanus. We have an original specimen in our nursery which has grown to nearly a meter in a year. A definite improvement on the original form for colour and vigour. Predominantly most growth is...

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When indoor plants become ill, timing is critical. The sooner you get help for your plant, the better. To treat your indoor plants with crystal healing energies, you will need a small selection of crystals including Clear Quartz and Aventurine. Even if you don't know what is causing your plants health to deteriorate, crystals can help regain balance and jumpstart the healing process. Place the healing stones accordingly: Gently push the chosen crystal into the soil where it can go to work immediately for the plant. Don't break up the crystal to plant all around the stem of the plant. You simply...

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Crystals for Plants: Moonstone Green calcite Malachite Clear quartz Moss agate Cerussite Angelite Yellow tiger eyes Fairy stone   Finally, there's green aventurine, one of Askinosie's favorite gardening crystals. She calls it a "master healer" with the ability to balance the energy of a space and lend an air of "well-being and calm" to it. "It brings an abundant energy that encourages whatever environment it’s placed into to flourish," she adds. If there's a stone that ought to boost your garden's longevity, it's green aventurine. Gardeners who are struggling to keep pests away from their prized plants should consider using...

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persian shield -

Grown best in a shadier area, as these often grow under the cover of trees, dappled sunlight is just fine. People in hot desert environments where the sun is blindingly hot should also plan on going for partial shade conditions when growing this outdoors. At the very least, ensuring the plant has afternoon shade during the hottest part of the day is wise. If your plant is getting too much sunlight, it won’t develop that vibrant, iridescent purple tone, and you should move it somewhere shadier. Growing your Persian shield as a houseplant? If so, you’ll need a grow light...

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