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The art and science of the cultivation of plants.

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Arboriculture Study and selection, planting, care, and removal of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants.
Floriculture Includes production and marketing of floral crops
Landscape horticulture Includes production, marketing and maintenance of landscape plants
Olericulture Includes production and marketing of vegetables
Pomology Includes production and marketing of fruits
Postharvest Physiology Involves maintaining quality and preventing spoilage of horticultural crops

Gardening tips to remember

Always remember to trim any dead buds

This will enable to fresher buds to develop.

Planting a garden is half the battle. From the day your garden is planted, it will require maintenance to keep your flowers blooming and looking good all summer long. In the following pages, we'll take a look at some of the routine garden maintenance chores you should become familiar with.

Most flowers benefit from having their spent flowers removed. This is called deadheading. Flowers that repeat bloom will often do so only if the old, dying flowers are removed. If they remain on the plant, they will go to seed and stop producing flowers. Even many flowers that bloom only once per season benefit from deadheading, because the plant puts its energy into strengthening itself instead of producing seed. Some exceptions to this rule are plants like Astilbe or ornamental grasses, that bloom only once, but continue to look attractive with their drying seedheads.

Above is an example of a Centurea montana that is having just its spent buds removed. Centurea montana will set more buds along the stem, so the entire flowering stem is not removed until all the buds have bloomed and faded. A good pair of garden pruners will make a nice, clean cut.

To pinch or not to pinch

Although threadleaf Coreopsis plants are suitable for deadheading by pinching, the quantity of buds and their close proximity to one another on the stem can make pinching coreopsis a nightmare. With plants like this, you are better off waiting until the majority of buds have bloomed and then shearing the entire plant back by 1/2 to 2/3s. It won't take long at all for the plant to regroup and set more buds.