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Care for your plants just like the pros! With these helpful guides from Pike Nurseries, learn the best planting and care tips for your lawn or garden.


African Violets |  Asparagus |  Azaleas |  Bearded Iris |  Blackberry, Boysenberry & Raspberry | Blueberries | Camellias | Crape Myrtles | Fuchsias | Gardenias | Grapes | Houseplants for Healthy Living | Hydrangeas | Magnolias | Phalaenopsis Orchids | Roses | Squash, Cucumber, Melon & Pumpkin | Succulents | Tropical Hibiscus
  • Grapes

    Cultural Information Grapes are quite tolerant of varying growing conditions and can be grown here in the south. Choose a sunny location with some means of support. Since grapes can become very large plants, growing them on a fence, arbor or other large structure is preferable. Planting 1. Dig a hole at least [...] Read Full Article
  • Camellias

    Cultural Information Camellias need a moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter. Camellias tend to be somewhat shallow rooted so a yearly application of mulch like pine straw is very beneficial. While established plants can tolerate full sun, bright filtered light is best. Protection from hot afternoon sun will help prevent [...] Read Full Article
  • Fuchsias

    Cultural Information Fuchsias prefer a cool, moist environment. They can tolerate some direct sun but are best under an overhang in southern gardens. Fuchsias are divided into three forms - trailing, semi-trailing and upright. Trailing forms are ideal for hanging baskets. Semi-trailing can be grown in container gardens or in the ground [...] Read Full Article
  • Hydrangeas

    These easy-to-grow elegant landscape shrubs just need a rich, well-drained soil, regular watering and feeding. Depending on the variety, these spectacular plants need partial shade to full sun. Hydrangeas are deciduous and drop their foliage in the winter, with new growth appearing in February and early March. Planting 1. Dig a hole at [...] Read Full Article
  • Phalaenopsis Orchids

    Cultural Information The elegant but easy phalaenopsis is a great houseplant. Flowers can last 6-8 weeks on spikes of just a few flowers to breath-taking sprays of 20 or more. As the plants mature, more spikes develop. A mature, well-cared-for plant can sustain 2-3 spikes with up to several hundred flowers. Most [...] Read Full Article
  • Magnolias

    Cultural Information Magnolias are a timeless, classic tree here in the south. Plant magnolias in a sunny location. Except for the Southern magnolia, the trees don't cast a dense shadow and are ideal for general landscape use and as lawn specimens. Planting 1. Dig a hole at least twice the width of the [...] Read Full Article
  • Asparagus

    Asparagus is one of the most dependable vegetable crops for home gardens. However, it takes asparagus plants several years to establish in the garden. Year One Don't harvest any spears. Allow the plants to grow naturally and let the foliage die totally before removing in the fall. Year Two Don't harvest any spears. Well [...] Read Full Article
  • Azaleas

    Cultural Information Azaleas are one of the most popular flowering shrubs for Southern gardens and if given the proper growing conditions, they'll provide years of trouble-free beauty. Azaleas are beautiful in the landscape or a container garden. Planting 1. Dig a hole three times the width of the root ball. 2. Using Pike Planting Mix [...] Read Full Article
  • African Violets

    Cultural Information Understanding and duplicating the African Violet's natural environment is the key to successfully growing this favorite. Growing in a tropical rain forest tells us that reduced light, high humidity and proper moisture are key requirements. North- or east-facing windows are probably the best places in the home. Avoid hot, direct [...] Read Full Article
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