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Dave's Garden Articles: By Geoff Stein

Sunday, May 31, 2009

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Trailing Succulents for Pots: Some ideas
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article gives the reader an introduction to some of the best trailing succulents for use in hanging pots, or community succulent pots where one wants something to pour over the pot edges and trail down.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Gardeners Wash Your Hands- Pets, Wildlife and Parasites in the Soil
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is about the potential dangers of soil if you are not the only one 'using' it.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

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Quail Botanical Gardens
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

San Diego Botanical Gardens (aka Quail Botanical Gardens) is one of my favorite southern California gardens to visit. The following article serves as an introduction to these beautiful gardens.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

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Black Widows in My Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Black Widows are one of the most commonly encountered spiders in the garden. Though very poisonous, they are also considered beneficial creatures. The following article serves an introduction to this infamous creature along with some of my personal experiences with Black Widows.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

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Cold Hardy Euphorbias- the small globoid to columnar species
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Many Euphorbia species are grown in cultivation in pots in protected greenhouses and cold frames. But can any of these survive outdoors in the warmer temperate climates? The following article briefly summarizes my experience growing a few of these smaller species outdoors in a Mediterranean climate.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

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Easy Succulents: Bowiea volubilis, the Climbing Onion
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is one of a series of articles on some of the most interesting and easiest succulents to grow. The Climbing Onion is familar already to many succulent enthusiasts, but it is becoming more and more popular with gardeners and growers of all ages and skill levels. The following article serves as an introduction to this peculiar plant and has some ideas on how to take care of one.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

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Skunk and Pet Problems in the Suburban and Rural Garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Skunks are a common nuisance creature in suburban and rural gardens; not just in terms of digging up the plants, but as an annoyance and potential risk for you and your pets as well. The following article will cover a few of these topics along with some suggestions on treatment and prevention.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

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So that's NOT a Cactus??!
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

There are many plants that either look like cacti or are called cacti, but are NOT cacti. For those who don't know what I am talking about, this article is for you.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Introduction to the Furcraeas, the giant Agave Look-alikes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Furcraeas are Agave relatives that look like large, trunking Agaves. This article is an introduction to this interesting and ornamental genus.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

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Brachychitons, the Australian Bottle Trees
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article will introduce the reader to some of the more popular and common species of Brachychiton in cultivation (primarily in Mediterranean climates throughout the world).

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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Aloe mite: The hidden scourge of the Mediterranean succulent garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is an overview of this insidious creature that--like some highly contagious airborne virus--infects aloes quietly and disfigures them permanently.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Dioons: The hardy Mexican cycads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

One of the hardiest group of cycads are the Mexican Dioons, and they are excellent landscape and potted plants for a variety of warmer climates. This is an introductory article about this genus of cycads.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Cactus Flowers: The OTHER reason to grow cacti
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Cactus are great plants, for both pot and landscape cultivation. Sometimes we forget (at least I do) that they also can be great flowering plants. The following article is mostly a pictorial of some of the more impressive cactus flowers.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

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Mail Order Experiences with Palms and Cycads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is a summary of my experiences ordering palms and cycads by mail order.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

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That's a Cactus??
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Usually when someone thinks of cactus, they visualize a typical segmented Opuntia, stout barrel cactus, or some tall, spiny columnar plant. Cactus come in all shapes and varieties though some do not look like typical cacti, or even like cacti at all. This article is an introduction to some of the more unusual-looking cacti that some might not at first identify as cacti.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

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Jubaea chilensis, the Chilean Wine Palm- World's Largest Palm Tree
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Jubaea chilensis is one of the most awesome landscape palms in cultivation and an easy and hardy palm as well. The following article is an introduction to this amazing tree and how to grow it.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

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Birds of Paradise- the Strelitzias
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article will introduce the reader to this fantastic plant with unique and curious flowers that say 'tropics' just about as well as any flower on the planet.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Catnip: Just for cats?
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Catnip is a curious herb that is like a drug for cats. This article acts as an introduction to catnip, its effects on both cats AND people, and whether it's safe or not.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

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Cat Grass for Cats- good or bad?
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Cats often will eat cat grass, and you can find it for sale just about anywhere today. But is it good for cats? Is it necessary? Why do they eat it? These are the questions that will be discussed in this article.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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The best trees for a cactus and succulent garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

In a warm, arid climate, many succulents and cacti actually need canopy protection. The following article discusses some of the best tree/shrub canopy choices for cactus and succulent gardens.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Investment Planting the Exotic Way
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Can you enjoy growing rare, exotic plants on a small scale and make a little money, too? This article is not about how to start, operate or manage a nursery, or how to make a profit doing so. I honestly know nothing about the business of horticulture. Nor does this article discuss the more common plants most Dave's Garden readers know and grow. I know next to nothing about most of those kinds of plants either, or whether any would be a good investment. This article simply discusses some of the things I have discovered about the potential investment possibilities of collecting, owning and someday reselling a private collection of exotic plants. Some, it turns out, may actually be decent financial investments.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

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Macrozamias part 2: the Parazamias (smaller Macrozamias)
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is a short article about the second group of Macrozamias, the Parazamias, or smaller Macrozamias. This article will introduce some of the more common species in cultivation.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

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Hardy Mammillaria for pots and the landscape
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is an introduction to the genus Mammillaria, one of the most beautiful genera of cacti for cultivation. It is also a discussion of some of the more common and hardy species I have grown. Though I am far from an expert on the subject, I have been growing these cacti for over 15 years and have learned through trial and error--with an excessive amount of the latter--which Mammillarias are relatively easy, and which really should be grown only by those with more expertise and a greenhouse.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Introduction to Bromeliads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Bromeliads are among the most spectacular house and landscape plants available, but they are also one of the most overlooked. The following is a brief introduction to most of the bromeliad genera available in cultivation.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

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Macrozamia cycads: the larger landscape species
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This is an introduction to some of the most ornamental of the Australian cycads, the larger Macrozamias.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

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For the thousandth time, it's NOT a palm
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Sometimes palms are not palms. This article is for those that don't know what I mean by that.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

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Introduction to Cycas, one of the largest genera of Cycads
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Cycas include some of the most commonly grown potted as well as landscape cycads in cultivation... but there are many many more! This article serves as an introduction to some of these amazing plants grown all around the world.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

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Graptopetalums, Pachyphytums and their hybrids: Echeveria look-alikes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Often overlooked, these Mexican succulent rosette plants are among the best landscape and potted plants in the family Crassulaceae. And their hybrids with Echeveria are even better.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

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Introduction to Dasylirions (Sotols)
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Dasylirions are one of the most ornamental of the desert landscape plants commonly available in cultivation. This article serves as an introduction to these beautiful plants along with some cultivational information as well.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Variegated Succulents- the Agaves and their relatives
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

The following article includes an introduction to variegated succulents, and then an overview of some of the more commonly grown Agaves and related variegated succulents in cultivation. Future articles will cover some of the other variegated succulents (Aloes, Euphorbias, etc.)

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Introduction to Dyckias and Hechtias
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Dyckias and Hechtias are two terrestrial bromeliad species that are excellent potted as well as landscape plants, particularly for warm, arid climates. The following serves as an introduction to some of these plants and suggestions on how to grow them.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Introduction to Puyas, terrestrial bromeliads with spectacular flowers
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Puya is a little known bromeliad from South and Central America that grow as an unassuming but thorny twisted leaf mass, but also some of the most spectacular plants in the plant kingdom. The following article is an introduction to some of the more impressive as well as common species of Puyas grown in cultivation.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

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Introduction to Bamboo
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Bamboo is one of the most ornamental as well as easy to grow garden and potted plants, but is often overlooked or avoided because of fears it will take over the yard (and the neighbor's yard). This article serves only as an introduction to this wonderful class of plants.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

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Landscaping with Livistonas
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

One of the best landscape palms are the Livistonas. These are tall (mostly), solitary fan palms from Australia, Asia (and one from Africa). Most are cold hardy, though not all, and relatively fast growing (again, not all), which makes them useful and practical landscape palms in both the tropics and more marginal zones. The following article is an introduction to some of these palms and my experiences growing those that I can in southern California.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

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The unexplained metaphysics of dirt
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is musing about the impossibilities of physics of dirt- no serious information here!

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

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Introduction to spotted aloes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

This article is partly to help the reader clear up some of the confusion that is common with identifying and growing spotted aloes.... but as most readers of these articles couldn't really care less about which spotted aloe is which, I have to admit writing this article is mostly a mentally cathartic process to help me clear my own mind up, as much as possible, concerning this quagmire of spotted aloe idenfication.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

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Trachycarpus- the Windmill Palms
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Trachycarpus are relatively cold hardy and very ornamental fan palms commonly used in landscaping and gardens all over the world. New species are becoming available all the time and most are easy to grow. The following article is an introduction and discussion of most of these palms.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

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Mars must have palms and Venus is a flower garden
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Why do men like some plants and women others? Why are some plant societies nearly all men, and others predominately women (same reason, I am guessing)?

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

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Introduction to Aloes
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Aloes are one of the best succulent plants for both landscape use and growing in pots. This article will serve as an introduction to a variety of Aloe types, as well as an introduction to aloe parts, so subsequent articles might be more easily understood.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

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Bob, Master Gardener Trials and Errors
By Geoff Stein (palmbob)

Bob cartoons, continued...

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