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The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly

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The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. The four stages of the monarch butterfly are the egg, the larva (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly.  The four generations are four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it’s time to start over again with stage one and generation one. February and March: The final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies wakes ...
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Propagating Plants for a Terrarium

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Propagating Plants for a Terrarium
Kemper Center for Home Gardening is continuing the FREE Wednesday Morning Demonstrations for 2016. The format has changed a little this year. We are focusing on the Visual Guides on the Missouri Botanical Garden website. For May we are focusing on Propagating Plants by Cuttings. On May 25th you will see step-by-step how to take cuttings for propagation to start new plants and put together a terrarium. For the Wednesday Morning Demonstration, drop in anytime between 10 am and noon. We will post...
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Posted in: Spring | Tags: propagation , cuttings , terrarium | Comments (0) | View Count: (1543)

Did you know that Flowering Cherry Trees.....?

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Did you know that Flowering Cherry Trees.....?
About this time of year, the Kemper Center for Home Gardening receives many calls asking ‘Are the Cherry Blossoms blooming yet?’, ‘When do the Cherry Blossoms start blooming?’, ‘How long will they bloom?’ I found a few things about the Flowering Cherry Trees that people may not know! Most of these trees were bred for their flowers, not fruit but some do produce small cherries. Their fruit appear in the summer but are too sour to eat except birds like t...
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