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Unformatted text preview: Jessica Gimbel November 5, 2011 Horticulture 120 Patterson /Lab 302 Jenny Home Garden Planting a home garden requires a lot of consideration. For example, something many people do not think about is how a home is situated. Maintenance of plants can also be a big project. So if planting a garden is a dream of yours, follow these example guidelines to get started! For the purpose of this article, a northern facing house in Ornamental City, Wisconsin will be used. Plants will be planted for the fall blossom. The house is pretty large which presents a problem of shade for some flowering plants. Photoperiodism is the biological response to change in the proportion of light to dark in a 24-hour cycle. A plant that requires a short day response to light is the poinsettia. A popular holiday flower, poinsettia requires twelve hours of sunlight a day. In this case, artificial sunlight may be necessary to keep the plant alive (Ianotti, 2011). For this reason, place the poinsettia on the East side of the house so that it can collect optimal hours of sunlight. From 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. however, the plant should be in complete darkness (Ianotti), which is why it should be planted in the fall when sunset falls early in the evening. Another plant that responds to light and darkness is the when sunset falls early in the evening....
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