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What is the best way to dig up, clean and store gladiolus and dahlias? What are the little white sacs on glad bulbs?

What are the three best houseplants that everyone should own and why?

I have two 3-year-old rose of Sharon plants, about 20 feet apart. One blooms every year. The other plant forms about 100 buds and looks healthy, but it has not bloomed in the last two years. The buds are solidly closed and look as if they are rotting from the inside out. There does not seem to be any sign of insects on the plant. What is this problem?

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