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La. farmers expected to benefit from new Baton Rouge port tenant
(Distributed 12/04/13) PORT ALLEN, La. – South Louisiana grain farmers are expected to benefit from the presence of a new tenant at the Port of Baton Rouge, according to LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi.
LSU AgCenter researchers receive $750,000 award to study Gulf of Mexico environmental monitoring system
(Distributed 12/04/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A team of researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy in the LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness has received a three-year award of more than $750,000 to study the value of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico.
Arbor Day celebration set for Jan. 18 at Botanic Gardens
(Distributed 12/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Burden Museums and Gardens has planned a day of family fun with a variety of activities and Smokey Bear at the fourth annual Arbor Day celebration on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Forestry forum scheduled for Jan. 17 in West Monroe
(Distributed 12/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The annual forestry forum held in conjunction with the AgExpo at the West Monroe Convention Center is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 17.
Scientist wins $450,000 grant to study rice drought tolerance
(Distributed 12/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter rice geneticist has obtained a $450,000 federal grant to improve American rice varieties with tolerance to saltwater and drought.
October Magic Series Camellia – Ornamental Plant of Week for December 2, 2013
(Distributed 12/02/13) New to the plant market a few years ago is the great October Magic series of Camellia hiemalis developed by Bobby Green of Green Nurseries in Fairhope, Ala.
Many plants need winter frost, freeze protection
(Distributed 12/01/13) HAMMOND, La. – Winter is here, and this time of year brings questions about protecting landscape plants during the cold months of December, January and February.
Get cool-season bedding plants in the ground
(Audio 12/09/13) There is still time to plant cool-season bedding plants in your landscape. Prepare the beds before planting by digging up old plants and turning the soil. Some plants to consider include foxgloves, violas and the new Super Plant, Diamonds Blue delphiniums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Freezes will kill fall tomatoes
(Audio 12/09/13) Gardeners in Louisiana can produce a fall crop of tomatoes. With a freeze in November, many tomato plants are probably done. If you still have tomatoes, pick them before the next freeze. They can ripen indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep Christmas tree fresh with good care
(Audio 12/09/13) Cut Christmas trees are an important part of holiday traditions. Keeping a tree fresh and alive is important. To do this, chose wisely, and always keep it in water. Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose the right maple for your Louisiana landscape
(For Release On Or After 12/27/13) Although we can’t grow the sugar maples that produce that delicious syrup here in Louisiana, a wonderful variety of maples can be used as shade trees and ornamentals in our landscapes. Now through February is a great time to plant them.
Plant pecan trees in winter
(For Release On Or After 12/20/13) November through February is the best time to plant pecan trees. But before you decide to add a pecan tree to your landscape, there are some things to consider.
Cactuses brighten the holiday season
(For Release On Or After 12/13/13) Of the many kinds of plants we use to decorate our homes for the holidays, the holiday cactuses possess a special beauty. And yes, despite the fact that these plants don’t have spines, they are true cactuses.
Deck the halls with homemade garlands
(For Release On Or After 12/06/13) An easy-to-make garland might be just what you need to spruce up your front entrance before your holiday company arrives. It just so happens that December is an ideal time to prune conifers. Instead of throwing away what you prune from these plants, use them to make festive garlands.
Keep vegetable garden active in December
(Audio 12/09/13) Cold temperatures don't mean you can't have vegetables in winter. A variety of vegetables can withstand winter weather. Hear more to learn which vegetables you can plant this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Holiday plants will lasts all season with proper care
(Audio 12/09/13) We use a wide variety of plants to embellish our homes around the holidays. Proper care will keep them attractive throughout the season. Take care when transporting these plants. Also place them in a sunny spot away from warm vents or a fireplace. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rose care for fall and winter months
(Video 12/09/13) You may be noticing some blooms on roses right now. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to care for your roses during the fall and winter months to help them grow their best. (Runtime: 1:33)
11 Louisiana 4-H’ers win top prizes at national poultry, egg conference
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eleven Louisiana 4-H members took home top prizes from the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 20-21.
Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction nominations due Dec. 15
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nominations for the 2014 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted through Dec. 15.
Cassia splendida offers brightness during dreary weather
(Video 12/02/13) Dreary, cold days of fall don’t have to be lacking in color. The Cassia splendida, also called golden wonder tree, surprises you with bright yellow flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to care for this beautiful tree. (Runtime: 1:35)
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LSU AgCenter poinsettia open house, sale set for Dec. 6
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a poinsettia open house and sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, which is located at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge.
LSU AgCenter offers new home fruit, nut production handbook
(Distributed 11/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has published a valuable guide for those interested in fruit and nut production in the state.
Students learn about wetlands during statewide Exploration Day
(Distributed 11/22/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students from the LSU Laboratory School got out of the classroom for a wetlands education field day at LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum on Nov. 14. The event, known as Louisiana Wetlands Exploration Day, was one of seven similar events held around the state this fall, according to Ashley Mullens, LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Wetlands Program manager.
Camelot Foxglove – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 25, 2013
(Distributed 11/22/13) The Camelot series foxglove (Digitalis) is seed-propagated and includes four colors – Camelot Cream, Camelot White, Camelot Rose and Camelot Lavender.
Workshop focuses on wood-based bioenergy
(Distributed 11/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – The U.S. forestry industry has migrated from the Pacific Northwest to the South over the past two decades, providing additional opportunities for Southern forest landowners, an LSU AgCenter business development expert told an audience at a workshop on forest-based bioenergy.
Sasanquas, dwarf camellias add color to early-winter landscapes
(Distributed 11/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – The sasanqua species of camellia is one of our most popular flowering shrubs for late fall through early spring. These go by the scientific names of Camellia sasanqua.
Nutrition agent measures success with habit changes
(Distributed 11/21/13) THIBODAUX, La. – Debbie Melvin likes to say that it takes 30 days to make something a habit. She spends eight Monday evenings with a group of women helping them form healthy habits they can have for the rest of their lives.
Master Gardeners get equipped at conference
(Distributed 11/21/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 60 Master Gardeners from across the state attended the Louisiana Plant Materials Conference at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens as part of a training program on Nov. 19.
’Tis the poinsettia season
(Distributed 11/20/13) HAMMOND, La. – The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season means it’s time for poinsettias.
LSU AgCenter issues call for entries for 2015 Get It Growing calendar
(Distributed 11/20/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has issued a call for entries for photographs for its 2015 Get It Growing calendar to give photographers an opportunity to have their photos selected for the upcoming edition.
Thanksgiving dinner costs up 9 percent
(Distributed 11/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La – Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of traditional dinner items up for the second year in a row. The 2013 Thanksgiving market basket will average $48.50 for 10 people, according to an LSU AgCenter survey.
Brazilians’ LSU AgCenter visit builds relationships
(Distributed 11/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eight animal science faculty members from three federal universities in Brazil spent Nov. 11-15 at the LSU AgCenter visiting with professors, scientists and students in an effort to learn more about various research programs.
La. dairy farmers prepare for EPA visits
(Distributed 11/15/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A recent meeting sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry brought dairy farmers together to discuss their nutrient management plans and to make sure they are in compliance before EPA visits in the coming weeks.
Swan Columbine – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 18, 2013
(Distributed 11/15/13) The LSU AgCenter has been evaluating landscape performance of columbines the past five years and selected the Swan series as a Louisiana Super Plant in fall 2011.
Cool-season bedding plants also include shade lovers
(Video 11/18/13) Most cool-season bedding plants like full sun. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out some beautiful shade-loving plants that work great during cooler months. (Runtime: 1:27)
Fast-growing willow oak is a Louisiana Super Plant
(Video 11/25/13) Many trees are dropping their leaves now. But not to worry; fall is a great time to plant trees in your yard. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a Super Plant called willow oak. And like all Louisiana Super Plant selections, it’s a proven winner. (Runtime: 1:33)
Willow oak is fall 2013 Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 11/15/13) HAMMOND, La. – We are now at the time of the year ideal for planting shade trees in Louisiana, and oaks are among our most popular landscape trees.
Soybean study evaluates residue control
(Distributed 11/15/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ron Levy is conducting the first year of a study at the Dean Lee Research Station to find the balance between preparing an adequate seedbed and retaining organic matter left from the harvest.
Army sergeant receives award for 4-H work
(Distributed 11/14/13) FORT POLK, La. – The U.S. Army has honored Sgt. Melvin Jennings for helping 4-H students prepare for a statewide 4-H culinary competition.
Wheat planting nearing completion
(Audio News 11/14/13) Farmers have planted most of Louisiana’s wheat crop. LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton says with ideal weather recently, they’ve been able to plant quickly. (Runtime: 1:20)
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Louisiana wheat planting nears completion
(Distributed 11/13/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Farmers have planted most of Louisiana’s wheat crop. With ideal weather recently, they’ve been able to plant quickly. “We’ve had good conditions,” said LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton. “The rain has played with us nicely. We’ve had some showers that helped with germination, but not enough to kick us out of the field for long periods of time.”
Sugarcane burning continues, but with fewer problems
(Distributed 11/13/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – For many years, fall in central and south Louisiana meant smoke causing power outages, poor visibility for drivers and ash falling from the sky.
Cover your fall vegetable garden? It depends
(Distributed 11/13/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – November weather in Louisiana can be extremely variable. One day we are wearing flip flops and T-shirts; the next, temperatures are dipping into the 30s.
Proper planting will help tree thrive
(Audio 11/18/13) November and early December are considered the best time to plant hardy trees in our landscapes. In this segment, horticulturist Dan Gill has steps for planting a tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Direct-seeding is best for some plants
(Audio 11/18/13) The majority of the cool-season plants we use in our flower gardens are transplants. Some plants prefer to be planted from seeds. Sweet peas, poppies and larkspurs should be direct-seeded where you intend for them to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pests can still be a problem in winter
(Audio 11/18/13) Mild winters allow Louisiana gardeners to have flowers and vegetables during winter. But this also means we have insect pests. Things to look out for this time of the year include aphids, slugs and snails. Hear more the learn how to control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tulips, hyacinth bulbs need chilling before planting
(Audio 11/18/13) Most spring bulbs can be planted this time of the year. Tulip and hyacinth bulbs need refrigeration before they can go into the ground. You can buy the bulbs now and keep them in the vegetable bin of your refrigeration for six to eight weeks before planting them in January or February. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tropical plants need freeze protection
(Audio 11/18/13) Most Louisiana gardeners have tropical plants in their landscape. These plants need to be protected during freezes. Tropicals in containers can be moved inside. Sheets or small lights can keep plants in the ground from freezing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Students learn about agriculture at the State Fair’s AgMagic
(Distributed 11/11/13) SHREVEPORT, La. – Several thousand students and their teachers visited the LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic exhibit at the 2013 Louisiana State Fair.
What citrus lost in size is made up for in taste
(Distributed 11/08/13) BELLE CHASE, La. – The lingering cold temperatures last spring may be affecting the quantity and size of some citrus crops but growers harvesting satsumas say this could be a bumper crop that is definitely better than last year.
Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 11, 2013 – Willow Oak
Distributed 11/08/13) We are now at the time of the year ideal for shade tree planting in Louisiana. Oaks are one of our most popular landscape trees. The willow oak (Quercus phellos) has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013.
Nursery, landscape conference set for Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 11/08/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A plant materials conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals has been set for Dec. 5 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden in Baton Rouge.
Plant foxgloves in fall for gorgeous spring blooms
(Distributed 11/08/13) HAMMOND, La. – Foxglove (Digitalis species and hybrids) is a lesser-known, cool-season flower for Louisiana landscapes. Most home gardeners aren’t familiar with this plant.
Price named LSU AgCenter field crops plant pathologist
(Distributed 11/07/13) WINNSBORO, La. – When Paul “Trey” Price began his career with the LSU AgCenter, he didn’t expect to be in the position he holds now.
Prepare plants for move indoors
(Audio 11/11/13) Many gardeners move their houseplants outside during summer. But a lot of container plants are tropical and should be kept inside for winter. Don't wait until a freeze threatens. Prepare the plants for the move, and rid them of any pests before bringing them in. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow amaryllis indoors during winter
(Audio 11/11/13) You may see amaryllis bulbs in the nurseries this time of the year. Fall and winter is not the time to plant amaryllis in your landscape. The bulbs can be grown in pots indoors on a sunny window sill during winter and then planted outdoors in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take time to enjoy your garden
(Audio 11/11/13) Gardeners can get so caught up in working in their gardens that they don't take the time to just enjoy it. Spend time relaxing in your garden and admire the work you put into it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ryegrass keeps lawns green during winter
(Audio 11/11/13) Ryegrass will keeps lawns green and attractive throughout winter. Remember if you do plant ryegrass you will have to continue to mow. Hear more to lean about planting ryegrass. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall tomato crop coming in
(Audio 11/11/13) Louisiana gardeners are fortunate to get a fall crop of tomatoes. As the weather gets cooler, the tomatoes will ripen more slowly. If a freeze threatens, harvest the tomatoes and ripen them indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pink muhly grass adds grace and color to landscapes
(Video 11/11/13) Ornamental grasses can look lovely in the landscape – particularly when they add a touch of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to pink muhly grass – a wispy native ornamental that can add grace and colorful tints of pink to your yard. (Runtime: 1:32)
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Diamonds Blue delphinium, true blue Super Plant
(Video 11/04/13) The Louisiana Super Plants program promotes plants that are tough, vigorous and beautiful in Louisiana landscapes. Most plants that are described as blue look to be some shade of purple or lavender. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a true blue and strikingly beautiful plant – the Diamonds Blue delphinium. (Runtime: 1:36)
4 LSU students attend produce marketing meeting
(Distributed 11/05/13) NEW ORLEANS, La. – Four LSU College of Agriculture students attended a recent Produce Marketing Association Career Pathways program in New Orleans.This event, which was Oct. 17-20, is designed to attract students into careers in the fresh produce industry, said LSU AgCenter economist R. Wes Harrison.
Sorbet Violas – Ornamental Plants of the Week for November 4, 2013
(Distributed 11/01/13) Want to add color to your fall, winter and early spring garden? Plant some colorful Sorbet series violas.
Ornamental kale, cabbage enhance cool-season flower beds
(Distributed 11/01/13) HAMMOND, La. – Most of us think of pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons and petunias to decorate our fall-through-early-spring landscape. Another nice addition to cool-season flower beds is ornamental types of kale and cabbage.
Rice farmers continue funding research at LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 10/31/13) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Rice Research Board reviewed a number of proposals from LSU AgCenter scientists and agreed Tuesday to provide $1.29 million for next year’s projects to help Louisiana rice farmers.
AgCenter, China sign wetlands agreement
(Distributed 10/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A delegation of Chinese educators and researchers attended the signing of a Letter of Intent on Oct. 29 in Baton Rouge to collaborate with LSU and LSU AgCenter scientists.
Louisiana farmers harvest average sweet potato crop
(Distributed 10/31/13) CHASE, La. – Sweet potatoes are common on the Thanksgiving dinner table, but now this fall favorite is consumed year-round. Sweet potato farmers are busy getting this year’s crop out of the ground. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Mavis Finger said the yield so far is average, and the quality is good.
Timber burn workshop scheduled for Dec. 11-13 in Hammond
(Distributed 10/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is offering a prescribed burning workshop with burner certification at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station Dec. 11-13.
Botanic Gardens wins national design award
(Distributed 10/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has received a national award for the design of its All-America Selections Display Garden. This 50-foot-by-200-foot garden features flowers and vegetables recommended by All-America Selections, a nonprofit organization.
For the best lettuce, grow it yourself
(Audio 11/04/13) Lettuce is a great cool-season vegetable. The lettuce you purchase in the supermarket cannot compare to freshly harvested lettuce. You can grow lettuce from seeds or transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant spring-flowering bulbs in November
(Audio 11/04/13) Nurseries get their spring bulbs in September, but November is the best month to plant them. You can find good selections now. Listen to hear how to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Reuse leaves in your landscape
(Audio 11/04/13) Deciduous trees will drop their leaves this time of the year. Keep the leaves from sitting on your lawn too long. This can make the grass unhealthy. Rake or mow them up. Use the leaves as mulch or compost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evergreen trees can lose leaves
(Audio 11/04/13) We expect to see the leaves of deciduous trees change colors and drop off. But this can happen to some of the leaves on evergreens as well. Evergreens won't have a big drop off like deciduous trees, but older leaves may yellow and fall off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold-tolerant vegetables keep gardens productive
(Audio 11/04/13) Despite the cold weather we can have in November, there are many vegetables that can be planted this month. Many vegetables prefer chilly temperatures, so keep the garden active during winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Producers earn credit at Master Farmer University
(Distributed 10/30/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Cattle producers, row crop farmers and timber owners earned certification credit at a two-day Master Farmer University course on the LSU campus in Alexandria on Oct. 24-25.
Former student tells how insects have been used in war
(Distributed 10/30/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – On an average day, most people wouldn’t think of insects and soldiers as being synonymous, but a recent lecture on the LSU campus shows just how often insects have been used as weapons of war through the ages.
Vegetable growers learn new skills at workshop
(Distributed 10/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – About 50 people wanting to improve their vegetable gardening skills participated in the New and Beginning Vegetable Farm Training at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on Oct. 23.
AT&T gives $30,000 to 4-H Camp Grant Walker
(Distributed 10/29/13) POLLOCK, La. – The final donation to build the multipurpose center at 4-H Camp Grant Walker was made by AT&T on Oct. 28, clearing the way for the possibility that the facility could be available for campers in 2014. Danny Wilson, of AT&T, delivered a check for $30,000 to Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture. Two previous donations by AT&T during the past two years totaled $50,000.
College of Agriculture presents 3 annual awards
(Distributed 10/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU’s football team was not the only winner on campus during the 2013 homecoming festivities. The College of Agriculture presented three awards at the annual alumni tailgate party on Oct. 26.
If you grow plants for fruit, you need to know this
(For Release On Or After 11/29/13) Botany lessons often help gardeners understand some of the underlying reasons why plants behave the way they do and why we do things a certain way. When growing a plant that is expected to produce fruit, knowing something about its reproductive workings is in the gardener’s best interest to prevent disappointment.
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Add fragrance to your cool-season flower beds
(For Release On Or After 11/22/13) Now is the perfect time to plant cool-season bedding plants that will brighten our landscapes over the next five or six months.
Amaryllis – a potted plant now; a landscape plant later
(For Release On Or After 11/15/13) Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden. Dormant bulbs are readily available now, and with proper care, they can become a long-lasting part of your landscape.
Willow oak is a Louisiana Super Plants selection
(For Release On Or After 11/08/13) The willow oak (Quercus phellos) has been name a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013. Native to Louisiana, willow oaks are deciduous trees that make outstanding shade trees.
You can plant fall, winter vegetables now
(For Release On Or After 11/01/13) If you’re not keeping your vegetable garden productive through the winter, you’re missing out on one of the most rewarding times of the year for growing vegetables. An amazing selection of vegetables can only be grown here during the cool season from October-November through April-May.
Diamonds Blue Delphinium – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 28, 2013
(Distributed 10/25/13) An exceptional, blue-flowered, cool-season bedding plant called Diamonds Blue delphinium (Delphinium chinensis Diamonds Blue) is a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013.
Webster named LSU AgCenter assistant regional director
(Distributed 10/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eric Webster, an F. Avalon Daggett Professor in the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been named to the position of assistant regional director in the AgCenter’s Southwest Region.
EPA official meets with Louisiana rice farmers
(Distributed 10/25/13) THORNWELL, La. – The No. 2 official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assured farmers Thursday (Oct. 24) that he will make sure the agency is moving forward with its review of a blackbird repellent used to protect rice seed.
Try this truly blue flower in your landscape
(Distributed 10/25/13) HAMMOND, La. – Many home gardeners know the tall, cut-flower-type delphiniums. These are excellent plants for the cool-season landscape in Louisiana.
Family Fest draws 400, kicks off Healthy Communities program
(Distributed 10/23/13) OAK GROVE, La. – Cars were lined up for a mile trying to get into the Family Fall Fest at the Thomas Jason Lingo Center on a sunny Saturday morning on Oct. 12, reported Brenda Bradley as she arrived. Bradley, a member of the town council here, was one of the planners for this event, which attracted more than 400 men, women and children of all shapes, ages and sizes from across West Carroll Parish.
Fall fertilizer application can buy farmers time
(Distributed 10/23/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter research being conducted shows that farmers who grow multiple crops may benefit from applying some nutrients during fall if soil tests are completed first.
Put away fertilizer for most of fall
(Audio 10/28/13) As we move into fall, gardeners may wonder what to fertilizer. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says generally nothing. We want trees and shrubs to go dormant, and they won't benefit from fertilizer. The exceptions include cool-season plants and perennials that grow this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider composting leaves
(Audio 10/28/13) It is a little early to see a lot of leaves dropping out of your trees. But next month there will be leaves to deal with. Don't rake, bag them and throw them out. Instead consider composting them or using them as mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Check trees for broken limbs
(Audio 10/28/13) Storms and high winds are common during Louisiana's summers. As a result you may have broken limbs in your trees. Look at your trees and call an arborist if you have ragged stubs or limbs that may fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wildflowers bloom in fall
(Audio 10/28/13) Louisiana wildflowers put on an outstanding display in fall. Look around and notice what nature does every year. Some of the plants to look for are goldenrod, asters and narrow-leaf sunflowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winterizing is optional for Louisiana lawns
(Audio 10/28/13) You may hear about winterizing your lawn in fall. This means applying potassium to our lawns. Plants need potassium during winter, but winterizing is optional. If you do, make sure to buy the correct winterizer for Louisiana lawns. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Diamonds Blue delphiniums sparkle in the cool-season garden
(For Release On Or After 10/25/13) An exceptional, blue-flowered, cool-season bedding plant called Diamonds Blue delphinium (Delphinium chinensis Diamonds Blue) is a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013.
Don’t prune gardenias until late May, early June
(Video 10/28/13) Now is a great time to plant hardy shrubs. Maybe one of the best-smelling of all those shrubs is the gardenia. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out on this edition of Get It Growing, if you want those great smells from nice, white flowers in the spring, you want to avoid pruning your gardenias at this time. (Runtime: 1:33)
It’s a great time to plant tasty chives
(Video 10/21/13) Now is a great time to plant cool-season herbs. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to chives – an herb with beautiful flowers and tasty foliage. (Runtime: 1:35)
It’s time to plant broccoli
(Distributed 10/22/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter recommends planting broccoli in fall vegetable gardens, and October is a perfect month for planting transplants or small seedlings.
Fruit, vegetable growers learn new FDA food safety rules
(Distributed 10/21/13) WINNSBORO, La. – A complex set of federal food safety regulations will affect many producers of agricultural products and require more record keeping, an LSU AgCenter specialist told fruit and vegetable growers at the Northeast Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference here on Oct. 17.
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Griffin named graduate student recruiter in LSU College of Agriculture
(Distributed 10/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – James L. Griffin, the Lee F. Mason LSU Alumni Association Professor in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been named graduate student recruiter in the LSU College of Agriculture.
Southern Sugar Maple – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 21, 2013
The Southern sugar maple is a great deciduous tree for fall foliage color in Louisiana.
Pansies, violas thrive in Louisiana winter landscapes
(Distributed 10/17/13) HAMMOND, La. – The ideal planting time for cool-season bedding plants in Louisiana runs from late September through early December. Some of our common cool-season flowers prefer the earlier planting dates while others prefer the later dates.
Fruit trees like fall planting
(Audio 10/23/13) Now through February is the best time to plant fruit trees. A fall planting allow them to get established and send out strong roots. Don't expect a good harvest the first few years, and be sure to plant varieties suitable for Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Delphinium makes rank as La. Super Plant
(Audio 10/25/13) Diamonds Blue delphiniums are a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013. They are a low-growing variety of delphiniums that are a true blue color. Plant them now, and they will bloom in fall and winter and put on the best show in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season herbs are ready for planting
(Audio 10/24/13) A wide variety of hardy herbs can be planted this time of the year. These herbs won't be hurt by the cold weather. They will need a well-drained, sunny location. Consider planting herbs such as chives, oregano, sage, thyme and lavender. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest broccoli at right time
(Audio 10/22/13) Broccoli is a great cool-season vegetable to grow. Harvesting broccoli can be tricky. Gardeners may wait for the head to be a certain size before harvesting. This can lead to the broccoli flowering. Don't go by the size of the head, but rather the size of the buds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy shrubs in autumn
(Audio 10/21/13) Fall is the best time of the year to plant hardy trees and shrubs. These plants are not bothered by winter cold and establish well in the cool days of autumn. Roses, camellias and azaleas are all good to plant now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Greens are a Southern favorite
(For Release On Or After 10/18/13) In the South, the term “greens” refers to vegetables whose leaves are cooked until tender. During cool fall temperatures, mustard, turnip, collards and other greens flourish in the vegetable garden. And now is an excellent time to plant them.
Landscape horticulture research highlight field day
(Distributed 10/16/13) HAMMOND, La. – The latest research findings from ongoing studies, information about new pests and tours of the gardens at the Hammond Research Station highlighted a field day held on Oct. 10.
Cotton yields could reach record
(Distributed 10/15/13) WINNSBORO, La. – As cotton harvest in Louisiana comes to an end, farmers are seeing record high yields, although the cotton acreage is at a record low, according to David Kerns, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist.
Ivey looks forward to working with horticultural crops
(Distributed 10/14/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – It may be a bit of culture shock for the LSU AgCenter’s new extension plant pathologist, but she is excited about the opportunity to provide horticultural information to citizens across the state.
Sweetbay Magnolia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 14, 2013
(Distributed 10/11/13) Louisiana gardeners are always looking for nice trees for the landscape. The sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is an excellent native tree that is not nearly as well known as it should be.
Louisiana 4-H’er wins national Heart Association award
(Distributed 10/11/13) WINNFIELD, La. – An 11-year-old 4-H Club member in Winn Parish has won a national award from the American Heart Association for her service-learning project that involved her entire school in a healthful living program.
Ornamental plant breeding, selection expanding at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 10/11/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter is increasing work at the Hammond Research Station to select and breed new ornamental plants for the state’s growing nursery and landscape industry.
Agriculture organization returns to LSU after 6 years
(Distributed 10/11/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU chapter of the national society of MANRRS held its kickoff meeting in the LSU Student Union on Oct. 2 to let students know that the chapter is back and ready to regain its name recognition.
Here’s what to do with caladiums
(For Release On Or After 10/11/13) Caladiums are among the most reliable summer bedding plants for providing color in shady areas and even in sunny beds. They stay attractive despite the intense heat of summer and are rarely bothered by insects or disease.
Fast Food Farm ribbon cut in St. James Parish
(Distributed 10/09/13) GRAMERCY, La. – Students in St. James Parish now have a new kitchen to prepare vegetables they grow on Fast Food Farm, thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Mosaic Company.
Technology aids in bull testing, evaluation
(Distributed 10/07/13) OPELOUSAS, La. – An LSU AgCenter cattle researcher told producers the use of ultrasound technology to get a glimpse of an animal’s beef quality removes the mystery out of buying cattle and can result in better prices at the sale barn.
Alter hydrangea color with soil additives
(Audio 10/14/13) Hydrangeas are wonderful flowering shrubs. Gardeners looking to change the color of their hydrangeas can add amendments to the soil this month. If you want blue hydrangeas, apply aluminum sulfate. For pink hydrangeas, put lime around them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Open house at LaHouse set for Oct. 19
(Distributed 10/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Caladium tubers can be stored during winter
(Audio 10/13/14) Caladiums are going dormant. October is the time to dig up the tubers for storage during winter. Do this while there is still foliage attached to the tubers. Let the foliage turn brown, and it will detach easily. Store the tubers indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer bulbs are going dormant
(Audio 10/14/13) Most summer bulbs can be left in the ground and will survive our winters. Simply cut back the foliage when it turns brown and keep the ground mulched. Caladiums and hybrid gladiolus do better dug up and stored for the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ornamental vegetables can do double duty in flower garden
(Audio 10/14/13) Many cool-season vegetables are pretty enough to plant in the flower garden. Curly-leaf parsley makes a nice garden border. Some kales and Swiss chards have great texture and color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tea scale can infest camellia plants
(Audio 10/14/13) Camellias are popular in Louisiana. They are relatively pest free, but they do have one issue, the camellia tea scale. This insect can be controlled with an oil or systemic spray. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator receives $20,500 grant
(Distributed 10/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Food Incubator has received a $20,500 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development Business Incubator Support Program.
2014 LSU AgCenter Get it Growing calendar now available
(Distributed 10/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s 2014 Get It Growing Calendar is now available.
Drift Rose – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 7, 2013
(Distributed 10/07/13) The first Louisiana Super Plants from the LSU AgCenter for fall 2013 is the Drift series of roses.
Louisiana has great landscape trees
(Distributed 10/04/13) HAMMOND, La. – Fall is the best time of the year to garden in Louisiana, and it’s a great time to consider trees. Landscapes typically have trees as one of the dominant features.
Ag college dean retires after 45-plus-year career
(Distributed 10/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – For the past 46 years, LSU College of Agriculture Dean Ken Koonce has been associated with the university system. On Oct. 7, he will retire and open the next chapter of his life.
Chrysanthemums make great fall plants
(Audio 10/07/13) Chrysanthemums start showing up in nurseries in September. October is a better month to plant them. The cooler days allow the plants to last longer. They are also great in pots on porches, on patios and indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant strawberries in October
(Audio 10/07/13) Louisiana gardeners who want to plant strawberries need to do so soon. Check nurseries and garden centers for strawberry plants. These should be planted in well-prepared beds in full sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plants to consider for shady areas
(Audio 10/07/13) Louisiana gardeners do have options for cool-season plants that do well in shady areas. Plants such as Camelot foxglove, Swan columbine and forget-me-nots will grow in the shade, but could use some morning sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Time to plant cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 10/07/13) October is a great time to plant cool-season bedding plants into your gardens. These include pansies, dianthus and ornamental vegetables. Plant them now for flowers in fall and spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant sweet peas for color, fragrance
(Audio 10/07/13) Gardeners crave color in the landscape. Many cool-season plants will provide wonderful color, but sweet pea also has a fantastic fragrance. Sweet pea can be planted now and needs a fence or trellis to climb on. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cigar plants add bright color to fall landscapes
(Video 10/14/13) When you look at a fall landscape dotted with warm red shades, you wouldn’t expect to see tropical plants. But, cigar plants are hardy, perennial tropicals that bloom profusely in the fall. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how these beautiful cigar plants, also called cigar flowers, work great in your fall flower beds. (Runtime: 1:36)
Mums provide burst of fall beauty
(Video 10/07/13) In many parts of Louisiana, fall doesn’t include all the oranges, reds, and yellows you might see farther north. But you can simulate that fall-like look for your landscape by planting mums. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill provides some useful tips on selecting chrysanthemums that meet your particular needs. (Runtime: 1:31)
Ascension Parish Master Gardeners use skills to beautify, teach
(Distributed 10/02/13) GONZALES, La. – Since 2007, Master Gardeners in Ascension Parish have been taking on projects to beautify the parish and provide information to get others involved in gardening and landscape improvement.
Master Farmer University set for Oct. 24-25 in Alexandria
(Distributed 10/01/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer program will offer a two-day workshop – called Master Farmer University – at LSU in Alexandria on Oct. 24-25, in which participants will be able to complete the first two of three phases of the program.
LaHouse offers mold control, remediation training
(Distributed 10/01/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a mold control and remediation training course Oct. 22-24.
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Invasive species troubles crape myrtles
(Distributed 10/01/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new invasive scale insect has been infesting crape myrtles in Shreveport and Dallas and possibly in Houma and Lafayette.
Four students win rice cooking awards
(Distributed 09/30/13) LAKE CHARLES, La. – Thirteen high school students participated in the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers Association rice cooking contest on Sept. 25 as part of National Rice Month, which is sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.
Drift rose selected as Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 10/04/13) A great new series of low-growing landscape roses, called Drift roses, has been named a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013. Fall is a great time to plant roses – they establish very well in the cooler weather and provide outstanding color to the fall garden.
Drift rose is low-maintenance Super Plant
(Video 09/30/13) Fall is a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs. The low-maintenance, yet beautiful Drift rose is an excellent choice. It’s a Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2013. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains an important difference between the Drift rose and the popular Knock Out rose. (Runtime: 1:48)
Healy to serve as AgCenter public health entomologist
(Distributed 09/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La – The threat of mosquitoes can keep people from enjoying the outdoors, but the LSU AgCenter has a public health entomologist whose work will help fight the bite.
Check labels when choosing petunias
(Video 09/23/13) Petunias offer profuse color to a landscape, and now’s a great time to plant them. Even though all petunias look similar at the nursery, there are differences. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of reading specific labels when choosing the right petunias for your flower bed. (Runtime: 1:47)
Belinda’s Dream rose – LSU AgCenter Plant of the Week for September 30, 2013
A past Louisiana Super Plant, Belinda’s Dream rose is one of the most popular Earth Kind roses grown in Louisiana. This variety was named a Texas Superstar plant in 2002 – the first rose to be so honored.
Drift roses named Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013
(Distributed 09/27/13) HAMMOND, La. – One of the great new groups of almost-everblooming plants, the Drift series of low-maintenance roses, fits a special niche in the shrub rose market. These roses are from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses, the same folks who gave us the Knock Out series of low-maintenance landscape roses.
Author of book on insects as weapons of war will speak Oct. 4 at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jeff Lockwood, a professor at the University of Wyoming and award-winning writer, will present a lecture about his book “Six-Legged Soldiers: A History of Insects in Torture, Terrorism, and Warfare” on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., Room A101, Life Sciences Annex, on the LSU campus.
Bring fall into your home with natural decorations
(Audio 09/30/13) Look around and you can see many natural things you can use to decorate your home this fall. You can find seed pods, pine cones, leaves or cattails. These dried materials can stay attractive all season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare perennials for fall
(Audio 09/30/13) Perennials can live in our garden for a number of years. Many of the perennials in Louisiana are winding down in fall. This is a good time to divide them or clean up the areas around them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Drift roses are a Louisiana Super Plant
(Audio 09/30/13) Drift rose series is a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013. These roses are low-growing and come in a variety of colors. They can be planted in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transition to cool-season vegetables in garden
(Audio 09/30/13) Louisiana home vegetable gardeners can focus on cool-season vegetables in October. Cole and root crops are good ones to grow this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brown patch can affect lawns in fall
(Audio 09/30/13) As the weather cools in October, lawn growth begins to slow down. The disease brown patch can be a problem this month. Symptoms include small brownish-yellow areas that rapidly expand. A lawn fungicide can control brown patch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get It Growing Calendar Call for Entries
Promote your gardening photographs by entering the LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing Gardening Calendar competition. Submit your eye-popping images of Louisiana flowers, fruits, vegetables, gardens, trees, etc. for all months of the year. Find out more by reading the 2015 Get It Growing Calendar call for entries information included along with the form for entering your photos.
2014 Get it Growing Calendar - Mail Order Form
The LSU AgCenter's 2014 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar offers beautiful photos of Louisiana plants, flowers and garden scenes accompanied by monthly gardening tips from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill. It also includes a special feature on roses, a how-to section on composting, a variety of gardening terms and definitions, a Louisiana Zone Map and new Louisiana Super Plants for spring and fall.
Field day features cattle procedures, winter forage
(Distributed 09/24/13) MANGHAM, La. – Cattle producers interested in learning proper cattle handling procedures were not disappointed by attending a beef and forage field day at the Goldmine Plantation on Sept. 19.
Story Time at Burden set for Saturdays in October, November
(Distributed 09/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Children between the ages of three and eight can get in the spirit of fall and increase their reading skills at a series of free events in October and November at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
You can grow winter vegetables in containers
(For Release On Or After 09/27/13) Are you not growing vegetables because you don’t have a yard to plant them in? Perhaps you live in an apartment. Or is the only sunny area of your landscape covered in concrete? The satisfaction of growing fresh vegetables is undeniable, yet many gardeners do not have a suitable in-ground location to grow them.
LSU College of Agriculture recognizes scholarship winners
(Distributed 09/23/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Professors, graduate and undergraduate students were recognized at the LSU College of Agriculture honors and awards ceremony at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on Sept. 18.
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Conversation Piece Azalea – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 23, 2013
(Distributed 09/20/13) The Conversation Piece azalea belongs to the Robin Hill group. This group of azaleas is known for multi-season blooming and large flowers on hardy plants.
Poultry farmers learn better practices at LSU AgCenter field day
(Distributed 09/20/13) HOMER, La. – Poultry producers from across the state were taught practices that will make their operations more environmentally friendly and efficient at a field day at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station on Sept. 18.
Louisiana Super Plants are always winners
(Distributed 09/20/13) HAMMOND, La. – Fall is the best time of year to garden in Louisiana. Now through November and December is recommended for adding new trees and shrubs to your landscape. Also consider some cool-season flower additions or some herbaceous perennials.
Get ready to plant garlic
(Audio 09/23/13) October is the month to plant garlic in your vegetable garden. You can do this by simply buying a head of garlic and breaking it up into individual toes. Garlic doesn't require much work, but it does take patience. The crop won't be ready until May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
As Louisiana sugarcane harvest approaches, outlook looks good
(Distributed 09/17/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A late-winter freeze set this year’s Louisiana sugarcane crop back, but the outlook for harvest is optimistic, said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.
Divide Louisiana iris while the plants are dormant
(Audio 09/23/13) The Louisiana iris is dormant this time of the year. They begin growing again in October. If you need to divide them, this is a good time to do it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Flower beds will transition to fall
(Audio 09/23/13) Summer bedding plants may still be in good shape this month. Gardeners can pull out the ones that are past peak, but it's still too early to plant cool-season bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate shade needs in landscape
(Audio 09/23/13) It's easy to be tired of the summer heat in September. While waiting for cooler weather, consider where in your yard you could use shade. Fall is the best time to plant shade trees in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for lace bugs on azaleas
(Audio 09/23/13) Azalea lace bugs are small insects that feed on the foliage of azaleas. The insects show up in spring and fall. Symptoms include small white dots on the leaves and a decline in the health of the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Specialist recommends new, affordable technology for cattle production
(Distributed 09/16/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – An LSU AgCenter cattle expert advised owners of small cattle operations that they should consider artificial insemination with technology available to make the option affordable and easier.
Master Gardeners give Lafayette city-parish $5,000 to develop park
(Distributed 09/16/13) LAFAYETTE, La. – Thousands of gardening enthusiasts attended the Master Gardeners’ Plant Fest in Lafayette, held Sept. 14 at the Horse Farm.
Take care of outside houseplants
(For Release On Or After 09/20/13) As we move toward October, it’s not too early to make plans for houseplants that spent the summer outdoors. You will need to bring them back inside at some point when it starts to get cold. But you have a variety of jobs to do now.
Conference focuses on wider community
(Distributed 09/16/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Faculty members and volunteers from across the state involved in nutrition education spent Sept. 10-12 at the Lod Cook Conference Center at LSU recognizing the new School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Purple Coneflower – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 16, 2013
(Distributed 09/13/13) One of the most popular herbaceous perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name of this plant is Echinacea purpurea. It is native to a geographic area from the Midwest into the Southeastern United States.
New flower varieties shine in research evaluations
(Distributed 09/13/13) HAMMOND, La. – Each fall, research gardens across the country, such as those located at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, announce some of the best landscape plants that have performed well in trials during that year.
Corn growers learn steps to minimize new disease
(Distributed 09/12/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Now that the Louisiana corn harvest is nearly complete, growers have been given a few ways to decrease the chance of the Goss’s wilt bacteria overwintering in their fields.
Landscape horticulture field day scheduled for Oct. 10 in Hammond
(Distributed 09/12/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 10.
Root-bound plants should be repotted
(Audio 09/16/13) If you love to grow plants in containers, you'll notice eventually the root system can fill the container. When this happens, the plants should be moved into a larger container or the health of the plant will decline. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Composting can be easily, inexpensive
(Audio 09/16/13) Having a compost pile should be a part of every gardener's landscape. A bin is easy to make, and kitchen scrapes and yard waste can be recycled into great organic matter that can be used for bed preparations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save caladium tubers for next year
(Audio 09/16/13) Caladiums start to go dormant later this month. Gardeners can store their tubers during the winter and save them for next year. Hear more to learn how to dig them up and store them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Gardens can have azalea flowers in fall
(Audio 09/16/13) Louisiana gardeners associate azalea blooming with spring. But we can grow fall-blooming azaleas. It is a joy to see these flowers in fall and into winter. Encore and Robin Hill are good fall azaleas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Peach trees can have pests problems
(Audio 09/16/13) Peach harvest season has passed, but you do need to keep out for pests on the trees. Peach tree scale is a common insect found on peach trees. Hear more to learn how to control it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Changing eating habits can aid weight loss
(Distributed 09/11/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Possibly the hardest part of changing eating habits to lose weight is deciding where to begin and how to sustain, says LSU AgCenter Smart Bodies program director Denise Holston-West.
Louisiana part of multistate study to test arsenic in rice growing
(Distributed 09/10/13) CROWLEY, La. – Dustin Harrell, LSU Agcenter agronomist at the Rice Research Station here, is participating in a multistate study on arsenic in rice to determine if levels of the element are higher in different varieties and to see if varied flooding methods affect arsenic content.
Pest management, crop production focus of field day
(Distributed 09/10/13) MACON RIDGE, La. – LSU AgCenter scientists shared the latest research findings and progress with participants who braved sweltering heat at the Macon Ridge Research Station near Winnsboro on Sept. 5.
It’s time to think about landscape planning
(For Release On Or After 09/13/13) When it comes to home landscaping, many gardeners remain confused about how to create what they want. Efforts at landscaping can be disappointing despite spending a substantial amount of money.
Jump$tart event to focus on financial education
(Distributed 09/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Financial professionals from throughout the area will conduct a financial education event for consumers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LSU and LSU AgCenter dairy programs to consolidate
(Distributed 09/06/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture will be consolidating dairy science programs over the next nine months to expand and better integrate the research, extension and teaching efforts.
Cassia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 9, 2013
(Distributed 09/16/13) One of the popular fall-flowering plants offered at many retail garden centers in Louisiana during late summer and early fall are cassias.
Ornamental peppers add color to fall landscapes
(Distributed 09/06/13) HAMMOND, La. – Ornamental peppers are a unique, specialty plant for home landscapes. Appealing characteristics include colorful berries and foliage. Ornamental peppers have traditionally been thought of to some degree as a holiday potted plant, but they are enjoying increased use among home gardeners as an alternative color addition to annual and herbaceous perennial beds.
Organic mulch needs replacing from time to time
(Audio 09/09/13) Mulches are commonly used around flower beds and shrubs. They help suppress weeds and conserve soil moisture. Organic mulches will decay over time and need to be replaced. Keep the old mulch in place when adding new mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agritourism workshop set for Oct. 2 in Delhi, La.
(Distributed 09/05/13) DELHI. La. – An outdoor business workshop for landowners will be held here Oct. 2 at the Delhi Civic Center.
Lawns may be weedy in late summer
(Audio 09/09/13) Lawn mowers remain active into late summer. You may notice more weeds as you mow. When daytime temperatures begin to stay in the 80s, you can apply lawn weed killers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Be careful when pruning flowering shrubs
(Audio 09/09/13) Some plants in our landscape should not be pruned in September. They include flowering shrubs such as camellias, azaleas, gardenias and hydrangeas. These plants have set their flower buds, and pruning will diminish their floral displays. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare beds for fall plantings
(Audio 09/09/13) Louisiana gardeners do a lot of gardening in September and October. As we transition to the cool season, it is important to do some good bed preparation before putting a new crop of plants in. Hear more to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall applications of fertilizer can damage plants
(Audio 09/09/13) Even though it stays hot into September in Louisiana, we have to realize that fall isn't too far away. Plants should start slowing down, and this mean we shouldn't fertilize lawns, shrubs or trees this time of the year. Gardeners can continue to fertilize vegetables and cool-season bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bald cypress trees in Louisiana landscapes
(Video 09/16/13) When people think of Louisiana, they think of this tree covered in Spanish moss. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the bald cypress is an excellent tree for well-drained Louisiana landscapes. (Runtime: 1:39)
Prune Knock Out roses to improve fall blooms
(Video 09/09/13) Pruning is an important part of plant care. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes how to prune Knock Out roses for profuse, bright-colored blooms in the fall. (Runtime: 1:54)
Seasons change differently in La.
(For Release On Or After 09/06/13) You may often hear Labor Day designated as the traditional end of summer, and according to the calendar, fall will officially start at the fall equinox on September 22. We know good and well, however, that our Louisiana summer season extends a good bit longer.
Firecracker vine pops with color, attracts hummingbirds
(Video 09/02/13) Vines can help liven up a landscape. But some are unmanageable. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the very well-behaved firecracker vine – a plant that pops with a profusion of scarlet red flowers attractive hummingbirds. (Runtime: 1:29)
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Plant fall vegetables now
(Video 08/26/13) Now is the time to get some of your fall vegetables planted. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains which plants to grow and what to look for when selecting vegetable transplants. (Runtime: 1:28)
Prepare roses for fall blooming
(Audio 08/26/13) The heat could cause roses to look poorly in late summer. The good news is they'll bloom again in the fall. To get them ready for fall blooming, cut them back and fertilize them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate plants at end of summer
(Audio 08/26/13) Louisiana summers can be stressful on plants. Late August is a good time to evaluate your plants and see if they are able to withstand the heat. Make a note of which ones work to plant again next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable transplants need to transition from nursery to garden
(Audio 08/26/13) Louisiana gardeners can plant many types of vegetable transplants this time of year. These plants are kept in shady conditions and are well-watered at the nursery, so they will be need to be toughened up a bit before planting them into your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune ginger, canna stalks after they finish blooming
(Audio 08/26/13) By late summer, cannas and gingers have been blooming nicely. Remember, each stalk only blooms once. After the blooms fade, you can prune back the shoots. This makes room for fresh, new stalks to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice clean bark of trees
(Audio 08/26/13) This time of the year you may notice a fine, silvery webbing on the bark of a tree. This webbing is not harmful. It's created by bark lice that feed on organic debris on the crevices of the tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize lawns by end of August
(Audio 08/19/13) Homeowners fertilize lawns to give the grass more vigor and to give it a deep green color. Late summer is a good time to fertilize lawns. If you want to fertilize, do it by the end of August. Fertilizing later can make the lawn susceptible to cold damage in winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat stress can affect plants
(Audio 08/19/13) Plants can experience heat stress in August. This makes it a bad time to plant hardy trees or shrubs. If you are looking to plant something now, consider tropical plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Simple tasks can keep palms attractive
(Audio 08/19/13) Palms can be grown all over the state of Louisiana. They are easy to grow, but they can use a little care. When fertilizing palms, make sure to use a fertilizer labeled for palms. Cutting off old fronds can keep them attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wishbone flowers can take shade, heat
(Audio 08/19/13) The wishbone flower, also known as torenia, is a summer annual. It comes in lots of colors and likes partial shade. It also tolerates the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Return grass clippings to lawn
(Audio 08/19/13) Grass clippings can be beneficial to your lawn. But to do this right, you need to mow frequently with a regular mower or use a mulching mower. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Amaranthus tricolor, a towering beauty
(Video 08/19/13) All ornamental plants don’t get the attention they deserve – partly because they’re not seen in their colorful glory at the nursery. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to an annual plant that deserves more attention. It’s called Amaranthus tricolor, and this towering beauty will definitely catch a stare or two. (Runtime: 1:40)
Lichens are harmless
(Video 08/12/13) If you’ve noticed a crusty grey or green growth on the branches of your plants, there’s no need to be alarmed. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that these are lichens, and they are harmless. (Runtime: 1:40)
Pride of Barbados – plant of the week for August 5, 2013
Pride of Barbados is a great, small-growing tropical tree. You see more of these planted in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, than you do in Louisiana. But we should use these plants much more. Whenever garden centers have them in stock, they are liquidated quickly.
Gardeners can plant fall tomtatoes
(Audio 07/29/13) Louisiana gardeners get a second shot at growing tomatoes in late summer. Tomatoes planted this time of the year may have pest problems, so keep an eye out insects or diseases. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable gardens transition to fall
(Audio 07/29/13) August ushers in late summer and early fall for our vegetable gardens. Gardeners can plant vegetables that can tolerate the heat and ones that will productive into fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Young trees require more water
(Audio 08/05/13) Young trees have not established a good root system. These trees need more water, especially if we experience dry conditions. Mulch can help trees' roots retain moisture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get eggplants, peppers ready for fall production
(Audio 08/05/13) Eggplants, bell peppers and sweet peppers are popular in summer gardens. These plants can withstand the summer heat. They may need some care before they start producing again in fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant coleus for colorful foliage
(Audio 08/05/13) Coleus offers beautiful foliage rather than flowers. You can find different varieties of coleus at your nursery. Make sure your purchase the right type for your landscape. Some can tolerate sun; others prefer shade. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dry spells call for proper watering
(Audio 08/05/13) It is not unusual to have long dry spells in late summer. Plants will need water during these times, but people can make the mistake of watering frequently and lightly. Hear more to learn the proper way to water your plants during dry spells. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Gardeners may have spider mites in late summer
(Audio 08/05/13) Spider mites are often a problem late in the summer. Spider mites prefer dry conditions and are found on vegetables and ornamentals. They can be controlled with a couple of different products. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Damage on lawn could be from chinch bugs
(Audio 07/29/13) Chinch bug damage is more common late in the summer. Chinch bugs suck the sap out of the grass, causing the leaf blades to roll up lengthwise. The grass also will appear to need water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Defend plants against late-summer pests
(Audio 07/29/13) Louisiana gardeners have more than their share of late-summer pests. Insects have had all season long to build up their populations, and we usually see the worst outbreaks this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer plants need midseason care
(Audio 07/29/13) Louisiana has a long summer growing season. Plants that were planted back in April will live in our gardens for months. If your summer bedding plants are tall or leggy, trim them back to keep them attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mushrooms are nuisance in landscapes
(Audio 07/26/13) During Louisiana's humid summer, it is not unusual to see mushrooms in the landscape. Mushrooms are mainly a nuisance. Some types of mushrooms can be poisonous, so consider gathering and disposing of them if you have children or pets. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer care helps chrysanthemums bloom in fall
(Audio 07/25/13) Chrysanthemums are the queen of the fall flower garden, but summer is a good time to cut them back. If you wait too long to do this, it may interfere with their blooming. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cercospora on crape myrtles not a major problem
(Video 08/05/13) Crape myrtles are grown throughout Louisiana because they are reliable and beautiful, but you may have noticed the appearance of black spots and some yellow, orange and red leaves on your trees. As horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, it’s not a sign of an early fall, but a disease. (Runtime: 1:36)
Not too late to add summer color
(Video 07/29/13) During this hottest time of summer, large numbers of people don’t typically flock to plant nurseries. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that now is an ideal time to go to your nursery to select flowers that will add great color to your landscape – colors that can last until October. (Runtime- 1:33)
Summer is perfect time to plant palms
(Audio 07/24/13) Palms are popular in Louisiana landscapes. Because our winters are mild, we can plant a wide variety of palms. Summer is the perfect time to plant palms, so consider adding some to your yard. Remember to get one hardy enough for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cut flowers to enjoy indoors
(Audio 07/23/13) Gardeners don't cut enough flowers from their flower gardens. In this segment of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gills offers tips to get the longest life out of your cut flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Basil is productive during summer
(Audio 07/22/13) Basil is popular herb used in many dishes. It is also easy to grow. This is a good time to plant basil. The herb comes in different varieties, so choose one that suits your needs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tough asparagus ferns provide lush foliage
(Video 07/22/13) Asparagus ferns are not really ferns, but they offer lush, green foliage similar to a true fern. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains how this adaptable, drought-tolerant plant works well in sunny or shady parts of your landscape. (Runtime: 1:48)
Jasmine adds pleasing fragrance to gardens
(Video 07/15/13) The name “jasmine” is often used for plants that provide pleasing fragrance. But not all of them are actually jasmine plants. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some “true” jasmine plants that have nice aromas and beautiful white flowers. (Runtime: 1:47)
Prune blackberries properly to preserve next year's fruit
(Audio 07/15/13) Blackberries are an easy fruit to grow. They don't have many insect or disease problems, but they do require judicious pruning. Listen to learn how to prune blackberries. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice feed on debris on tree
(Audio 07/15/14) Bark lice are small insects that feed on the bark of trees. The lice scavenge organic debris off the surface of the bark. They don't harm the tree, and no control is needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Roses require some summer care
(Audio 07/15/14) High temperatures in summer can stress roses. Flowers may be smaller and may not last that long. Deadhead your roses and water them weekly if we enter a dry spell. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune flowering shrubs before next year's flowers set
(Audio 07/15/14) Hydrangeas and gardenias are considered early summer-blooming shrubs, but they set their flowers for next year in late July or early August. If you need to do some pruning on them, do it as soon as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest figs before pests get to them
(Audio 07/15/14) Gardeners can start harvesting figs in July. Ripe figs are vulnerable to bird or insect damage. Make it a habit to harvest figs often so you get to enjoy your figs instead of the birds enjoying them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Solutions for shady spots in lawn
(Audio 07/08/13) When mowing frequently, you are more likely to notice if you have problem areas in your lawn. Shade is a common problem in landscapes, so consider a shade-tolerant grass or ground cover or just mulch the area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leaf miners can damage variety of plants
(Audio 07/08/13) Leaf miners are a common problem in the vegetable garden, flower bed and even on fruit trees. They feed on the inside of the leaf. They can be controlled by an organic insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Weeding is ongoing process
(Audio 07/08/13) Weeding is a job that is never quite done. Weeds will always pop back up. But if you follow a few guidelines, you can weed less often. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give caladiums care during summer
(Audio 07/08/13) Caladiums are a common bedding plant to use in shady areas of the landscape. They are reliable but require some care, including a good layer of mulch and an adequate amount of water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose heat-tolerant bedding plants for July plantings
(Audio 07/08/13) The heat in the summer can make it difficult to garden. If you do feel the urge to get out there and garden, you can find wonderful bedding plants that will tolerate the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Practice environmentally friendly gardening
(For Release On Or After 07/26/13) I have always thought of gardening as a “green” activity. Indeed, the horticulture industry that includes wholesale nursery growers, retail nurseries and landscape installation and maintenance companies has long been known as the “green industry.”
Torpedograss – one of the most difficult weeds to control
(For Release On Or After 07/19/13) Grassy weeds are among the most difficult to control in the landscape. Torpedograss is a scourge around the state, and common bermudagrass is a problem no matter where you go. Grassy weeds are a problem in both lawns and beds.
Mushrooms in the yard aren’t cause for concern
(For Release On Or After 07/12/13) After a rainy period in summer, we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere. Some people are concerned, some are curious, and some are downright irritated when these strange growths appear in landscapes.
Southern peas – a great summer vegetable
(For Release On Or After 07/05/13) Many vegetables that were planted in spring, such as tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and snap beans, are finishing or have already reached the end of their productive season. Once the harvest is finished, they should be removed from the garden.
Begonias offer incredible variety for shade gardens
(Video 07/08/13) Begonias are perennial plants that come in dramatically different sizes and shapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the ever-expanding selections of begonias and which ones to be wary of in our hot, humid summer climate. (Runtime: 1:36)
Stoke’s aster flowers return every year
(Video 07/01/13) It’s a nice perk to have beautiful flowers that keep blooming year after year at the same time, without having to replant. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of those — a native perennial called Stoke’s aster. (Runtime: 1:37)
Tomato quality decreases with increasing temperatures
(Audio 07/01/13) Tomato season is just about over. Heat-tolerant tomatoes will keep producing in July, but standard tomatoes begin to lose quality. You can use insecticides to battle summer pests or you may decide to pull the plants up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
See where shade is needed around home
(Audio 07/01/13) Summer is not a good time to plant shade trees into your landscape. It is a good time to see where you may need more shade. Trees can lower cooling bills and provide shade around decks and patios. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Webworms won't harm trees
(Audio 07/01/13) Webworms are a common type of caterpillar that infest trees in Louisiana during summer. They prefer pecan trees and seem to be prevalent this year. They look terrible, but don't threaten the health of the tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawn care means mowing in summer
(Audio News 07/01/13) Summer lawn care mainly involves mowing. When rain is frequent, you will likely need to mow more often. Cutting the grass regularly keeps it healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant vegetables that can withstand high temperatures
(Audio 07/01/13) Gardeners willing to endure the heat can plant many great vegetables this month. Keep in mind these vegetables must be able to tolerate the extreme heat and will likely need plenty of water early on. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Remove cypress knees that pop up in your lawn
(Audio 06/24/13) Most baldcypress trees that are planted in the landscape don’t usually produce knees. If your cypress does produce knees, this can be a nuisance when they come up in the lawn. While cypress knees in a flower bed appear picturesque, it is beneficial to eliminate the ones that appear in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose heat-tolerant petunia varieties
(Audio 06/24/13) Petunias produce beautifully while the weather is relatively mild in the spring. It is not unusual for these spring-planted petunias to begin to languish during the intense heat of summer. If you are planning to plant petunias for the summer, be sure to choose heat-tolerant varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mexican tarragon grows well during summer
(Audio 06/24/13) While French tarragon will not grow properly throughout Louisiana’s hot summers, Mexican tarragon could serve as a substitute. This relative of marigolds has a rich flavor and grows beautifully in full sun. Learn more about planting Mexican tarragon in your herb garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant insect-free Profusion zinnias
(Audio 06/24/13) Louisiana gardeners welcome flowering plants that are able to withstand the intense heat of summer. Profusion zinnias are a hybrid group of zinnias that are insect-free. They grow very well during the summer. Hear more about growing zinnias in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Handle snail and slug damage in your landscape
(Audio 06/24/13) Frequent summer rainfall makes the weather humid and damp. Snails and slugs love this type of weather, and they are likely to come out and feed on your plants. Deal with snails and slugs by setting out beer traps or using iron phosphate baits. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Addressing disease in amaryllis plants
(Video 06/24/13) Amaryllis is a tropical-looking plant that has recently finished blooming across the state. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill offers advice for detecting disease in amaryllis and steps to improve the overall health of the plant. (Runtime: 1:47)
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Copperleaf surprises with unique summer colors
(Video 06/17/13) Mention summer color and we typically think of bright flowers. But foliage can be a source of great splashes of color, too. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the diverse copperleaf -- uniquely colored plants that are drought-tolerant even through the hottest months. (Runtime: 1:46)
Containers, pots on decks could use boost
(Audio 06/17/13) Many gardeners have outdoor container plants. Be careful when growing container plants on wooden decks because they could cause staining or rotting of the wood. To prevent this from happening, boost container plants by placing them on top of bricks or pot feet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pentas to brighten flower bed
(Audio 06/17/13) Just about everyone loves a colorful flower bed in the summer. Pentas are wonderful, reliable plants that come in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes. Hear more about planting pentas in your flower bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control population of caterpillars in landscape
(Audio 06/17/13) Caterpillars are a major pest on plants such as vegetables, ornamentals and fruit trees. Gardeners should keep an eye out for caterpillar damage and take action for controlling infestations if necessary. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trees are susceptible to lightning strikes
(Audio 06/17/13) Trees are an irreplaceable aspect of landscapes, but their tall heights make them vulnerable to lightning strikes. A lightning strike does not always cause a tree to die, but homeowners should be aware of how to handle a dying tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning gardenias encourages new growth for next season
(Audio 06/17/13) Gardenias are popular in Louisiana gardens and are known for their amazing fragrance. When gardenias finish their blooming season in June, it is time for gardeners to begin pruning if necessary. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider pruning your gardenias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Be careful while gardening in summer heat
(Audio 06/10/13) Louisiana gardeners that spend long periods of time outside in their gardens should take precautions to protect themselves from summer’s heat. Hear more about drinking plenty of fluids, gardening in the shade and other helpful tips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune once-blooming roses in June
(Audio 06/10/13) Now is the time for gardeners to start pruning their once-blooming rose bushes. These roses are just finishing their blooming season, and by pruning them now, the plant will produce vigorous new growth. This new growth will produce flowers for you next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control suckers in your landscape
(Audio 06/10/13) A sucker is an undesirable, vigorous shoot originating at the base of a plant. When dealing with suckers, it is important to prune them off properly to prevent a stub from sprouting and producing more suckers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Slime mold can benefit lawn
(Audio 06/10/13) Lawns often have many issues that are sometimes difficult to treat. Slime mold is an unattractive fungus-like organism that lives in lawns throughout the year and decays organic matter. Hear how slime mold can actually benefit your lawn rather than cause damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lichens grow more vigorously on struggling plants
(Audio 06/10/13) Lichens are a crusty, grayish growth found on tree branches, statues or fences. Gardeners are often concerned that this growth is damaging the plant. Learn more about lichen growth in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shade trees reduce summer cooling bills
(For Release On Or After 06/28/03) The heat is on, and we can expect daytime highs around 90 and nighttime lows in the 70s from now until September. As the days get longer and the sunlight more intense, our home air conditioning systems work harder and harder to keep the inside of our homes comfortable.
Put the sun’s heat to good use
(For Release On Or After 06/21/13) The extraordinary heat we experience in summer can be put to good use in the vegetable garden. Through solarization – a process of heating soil in beds under clear plastic using sunlight – summer heat can be used to reduce the harmful effects of pathogenic fungi and nematodes and kill weed seeds in the soil without using toxic chemicals.
Try some hot-weather herbs
(For Release On Or After 06/14/13) Many popular herbs languish in the heat of summer, and some down right pitch a fit. Herbs that do not like our hot, wet summers include thyme, chives, sage, parsley, cilantro, French tarragon, lavender, feverfew and chamomile.
Take care of your roses during summer
(For Release On Or After 06/07/13) Summer heat stresses many plants in our landscapes. Along with other plants, most roses are not especially happy during the extreme heat of mid- to late summer. Come to think of it, neither are most gardeners.
Tomatoes will ripen off the vine
(Audio 06/03/13) Vine-ripened tomatoes are a favorite of home gardeners. If you are having problems with insects or birds getting to your tomatoes, you can ripen them indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grass clippings make great compost
(Audio 06/03/13) Gardeners should recycle the organic waste in their yards. The compost you create can help your plants grow better. During summer, grass clippings are an excellent addition to the compost pile. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mow frequently for a healthy lawn
(Audio 06/03/13) Taking care of the lawn is an important chore during the summer. Mowing regularly and at the right height helps maintain a healthy lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant vegetables keep gardens productive
(Audio 06/03/13) If you can tolerate the heat, you can plant a number of vegetables into your garden in June. These vegetables are productive during the hottest part of the year. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Showy coral honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds
(Video 06/10/13) The coral honeysuckle is one of the showiest vining honeysuckles you can find. It’s tough and attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some uses for this climbing vine with bright flowers. (Runtime: 1:29)
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Red yucca is a great low-maintenance succulent
(06/03/13) Red yucca is not really a yucca, and it’s not really red. But it is a beautiful, low-maintenance succulent without the dangerous, dagger-like leaves of a true yucca plant. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to this heat-tolerant plant, which also attracts butterflies. (Runtime: 1:27)
Protect trees during construction projects
(Audio 05/27/13) Construction on a property can damage the trees on it. Before building or doing renovations on a lot with existing trees, safeguard the trees. Consult an arborist to devise a strategy for saving the trees.
Gardeners can plant palms in summer
(Audio 05/27/13) Warm summer months are the best time to plant palms in Louisiana. This gives them time to settle in before the cold of winter. Look at hardiness and growth habit when deciding what palm to plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hyacinth bean is attractive summer vine
(Audio 05/27/13) Hyacinth bean is a great summer-flowering vine. It produces spikes of lavender flowers and attractive seed pods. Plant seeds in May, and be sure to have a large trellis or arbor for it to grow on. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Submerged plants help keep aquatic gardens healthy
(Audio 05/27/13) The sound of water can have a cooling effect during summer. If you have an aquatic garden in your landscape, do try to keep it clean and healthy. Submerged plants help keep algae from growing in the water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Aphids can infest crape myrtles
(Audio 05/27/13) Crape myrtles are the most popular summer-flowering tree in Louisiana. They have few pest problems, but one issue is the crape myrtle aphid. It sucks the sap from the tree and excretes a substance that causes sooty mold to grow on the trees.
Graceful agapanthus come in different sizes
(Video 05/27/13) One of the most graceful plants of summer is the Lily of the Nile or agapanthus – with its striking blue or white flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to different-sized agapanthus plants and explains how to take care of them. (Runtime: 1:41)
Add salvia for intense color through summer
(Video 05/20/13) Salvia is an incredible summer plant that offers a wide variety of colors and styles. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some beautiful salvia species and explains the best places to plant them. (Runtime: 1:45)
Plants provide leafy greens during summer
(Audio 05/20/13) Cooked greens are a traditional part of Louisiana cuisine. Most of the leafy greens we use are grown in winter. If you are looking for greens in summer, you can try Malabar and New Zealand spinach or amaranth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Clean pots keep container plants attractive
(Audio 05/20/13) If you grow plants in containers, you will need to clean these pots from time to time. Plastic pots are easy to clean, but terra cotta pots may need a little more help. Listen to learn how to properly clean your pots. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant summer bulbs for beautiful blooms
(Audio 05/20/13) Late May is a good time to plant summer bulbs. Some to consider include calla lilies, canna, caladiums and gingers. Look for them in local nurseries and garden centers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spray schedule can control black spot on roses
(Audio 05/20/13) Black spot is the leading fungal disease on roses in Louisiana. Some of the roses we use are more tolerant to black spot. Hybrid teas and grandifloras can be put on a regular spray schedule to control this disease. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spanish moss won't hurt trees
(Audio 05/20/13) Spanish moss is associated with Louisiana - often seen hanging from the branches of live oaks or cypress trees. It does not hurt the trees it grows on. It makes its own food through photosynthesis. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New research facility to benefit ‘gator’ farmers
(Distributed 05/10/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Small studies on alligator nutrition have been ongoing at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station, but with the addition of new facilities, those projects can be expanded, according to LSU AgCenter assistant vice chancellor Phil Elzer.
Harvest Irish potatoes in late May
(Audio 05/13/13) It is too late to plant Irish potatoes, but gardeners can get ready to harvest them. When the plants turn yellow and start to die off, that is the time you will get mature potatoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try spring Super Plants in your landscape
(Audio 05/13/13) The Bandana series lantana and the Little Ruby alternanthera are great summer bedding plants for Louisiana landscapes. Both also are Louisiana Super Plants for spring 2013. Consider planting them in May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season plants will fade as weather warms
(Audio 05/13/13) Gardeners planted cool-season bedding plants back in the fall. These are flowers that like cold nights and cool days, so they will start fading soon. Pull them out when this happens and put in some warm-season plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Young trees need water during summer
(Audio 05/13/13) Newly planted trees will need special care their first summer in the ground. Pay close attention to watering young trees during drier periods. Hear more to learn good techniques for watering trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper care keeps hydrangeas, gardenias in good shape
(Audio 05/13/13) Hydrangeas and gardenias put on their best show in May. You may see a few yellow leaves on them, but this isn't of concern. You can shape them up after they bloom, and be sure to give hydrangeas water during summer dry spells. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Colorful foliage that will last all summer
(Video 05/13/13) Flowers aren’t the only source of color in your landscape during the summer months. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill presents some great choices for colorful and attractive foliage that will stand up to the heat. (Runtime: 1:38)
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Aphrodite althea, Super Plant with giant flowers
(Video 05/06/13) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. The Aphrodite althea is a Super Plant that provides incredibly large and beautiful flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains proper care for this beautiful shrub. (Runtime: 1:42)
Treat lawn weeds before weather heats up
(Audio 05/06/13) The warmer the weather gets, the less effective lawn herbicides become. If you need to treat your lawn for weeds, do it soon to get the best control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Buckeye rot can damage tomatoes
(Audio 05/06/13) Several diseases can infect tomato plants, and buckeye rot is one of the worst. This disease causes lesions on the tomato itself. Discard any fruit that has evidence of buckeye rot and spray your tomatoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Aphrodite althea offers reliable summer blooms
(Audio 05/06/13) The Aphrodite althea is a Louisiana Super Plants selection for spring 2013. This plant can be used as a large shrub or small tree. It is related to hibiscus and has wonderful large flowers that bloom throughout summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Houseplants need time outside
(Audio 05/06/13) Houseplants that have spent the winter indoors could use some time outside. Make the move gradual by first putting them in a shady area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest cool-season herbs while production is still good
(Audio 05/06/13) Cooking with home-grown herbs is a great way to add flavor to your food. If you have cool-season herbs growing in your yard, harvest them before they give way to the summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give the yardlong bean a try
(For Release On Or After 05/31/13) You’ve got to think that a vegetable with a name like yardlong bean would be incredibly productive – and you would be right. This vegetable originated in southern Asia and is now grown extensively in Asia and Europe.
Outside plants in pots need special care
(For Release On Or After 05/24/13) Nearly any plant may be grown outdoors in a container as long as you provide the requirements that the plant needs. Even commonplace plants take on a distinctive quality in containers.
Be careful when considering insecticide use
(For Release On Or After 05/17/13) As the weather warms up, insect problems increase. Many gardeners still feel they should immediately get an insecticide and begin spraying when they see insects or some apparent insect damage in their gardens or landscapes. But just because you see an insect is not reason enough to spray.
Try althea for summer color
(For Release On Or After 05/10/13) Louisiana gardeners crave color in the landscape. When thinking about landscape color, we often tend to focus mostly on annual bedding plants. These plants are bred and selected to produce outstanding displays of color.
Container, newly planted plants need special watering care
(For Release On Or After 05/03/13) Lots of new planting gets done every spring. Proper watering can make the difference between life and death to newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs and ground covers as well as bedding and vegetable transplants.
Caladiums thrive in shade
(Audio 04/29/13) Caladiums allow gardeners to work in the shade during summer. These plants grow from tubers and can be planted in May and June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can still plant roses in May
(Audio 04/29/13) It is not too late to add roses to your landscape. Plant roses into well-prepared beds enriched with organic matter. Remember, roses enjoy full sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant heat-tolerant vegetables in May
(Audio 04/29/13) Gardeners can begin planting more heat-tolerant vegetables in May. The temperatures will be hot as the vegetables develop. Listen to learn what vegetables can be planted this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Green bell peppers will ripen to other colors
(Audio 04/29/13) Bell peppers are popular in home gardens. You may see bell peppers in red, yellow and orange. These are simply green bell peppers that have stayed on the plant long enough to fully ripen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Yellow leaves are not a concern on evergreen plants
(Audio 04/29/13) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of evergreen shrubs and trees in their landscapes. Even though evergreen plants never drop all their leaves at once, it is important to know that leaves do get old, will turn yellow and drop off the plant. Generally this is nothing to worry about. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Verbenas are beautiful in multiple colors
(Video 04/29/13) A strikingly beautiful summer plant is the verbena. It’s been around for a while, and as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, breeders have developed many colorful variations of this outstanding plant. (Runtime: 1:40)
Bandana lantanas are tough, compact Super Plants
(Video 04/22/13) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. The Bandana lantana, also called Bandana Rose, is a beautiful, low-maintenance lantana with an improvement over its relatives. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how the Bandana’s compact size – only 20 inches tall and 2 feet wide – make it even more manageable than other lantanas. (Runtime: 1:33)
Gardeners can plant warm-season herbs in April
(Audio 04/22/13) When planting herbs in April, gardeners should focus on heat-tolerant herbs. Basil is one to consider planting. Harvest herbs you planted in fall because they will start to languish as the weather warms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mulch has many benefits
(Audio 04/22/13) Mulching offers many benefits to flower beds and vegetable gardens. A good layer of mulch suppresses weeds, helps retain soil moisture and regulates soil temperature. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Container plants need more water, fertilizer
(Audio 04/22/13) Plants growing in containers have special needs. They have to be in potting soil. They also need frequent watering and fertilizing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bring plants outdoors for summer
(Audio 04/22/13) Many of the plants we grow in containers are tropicals. If you brought plants inside for the winter, now is the time to move them back outdoors. Make the transition slowly to help the plants adjust to greater light conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control aphids on crape myrtles
(Audio 04/22/13) Crape myrtles are popular in Louisiana landscapes. They bloom beautifully throughout the summer. The leading insect pest of crape myrtles is the crape myrtle aphid. They are sucking insects that create honeydew on the trees, creating a sooty mold. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Super Plants offer warm-season color
(Audio 04/15/13) Summer bedding plants are ready to go into the garden. Nurseries are full of great selections. Consider planting spring Super Plants to brighten your landscapes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Frequent mowing keeps lawns healthy
(Audio 04/15/13) Lawn care kicks into high gear as the weather warms. If you didn't have your blades sharpened before putting the mower away for the winter, consider having them sharpened now. This will keep the turf healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Caladiums are ready for planting
(Audio 04/15/13) April is a good time to plant caladiums. These plants are wonderful in shady locations. There are some varieties that will work in full sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant lawns during warm season
(Audio 04/15/13) There are four main lawn grasses used in Louisiana. These grasses love the heat and grow well during summer. If you are thinking of planting a new lawn, do it is as the weather warms up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bandana lantana: funny name, but Super Plant
(Audio 04/15/13) Lantanas provide reliable color in Louisiana landscapes. They typically grow rather large, but a new series called Bandana lantana produce mounding plants covered in flowers. They are drought-tolerant and attractive to butterflies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Super Plant has attractive foliage
(Audio 04/08/13) Little Ruby alternanthera is a low-growing plant grown for its beautiful foliage. Its deep burgundy, purplish foliage stays lovely all summer long. It also is a spring 2013 Super Plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilizers can increase lawn vigor
(Audio 04/08/13) In Louisiana, we can begin fertilizing lawns in the last week of March, and this can continue into May. It is a great idea to fertilize lawns that are low in vigor and need a deeper color. Gardeners can use a weed-and-feed to also control weeds in the yard while fertilizing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Re-blooming spring bulbs need proper care
(Audio 04/08/13) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of spring-flowering bulbs. Some of the bulbs will come back and re-bloom year after year, while others don't re-bloom well. Learn how to care for ones that do bloom again and again. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insects become more active in spring
(Audio 04/08/13) The warm weather of spring brings out more pests in our landscapes. Insecticides may be necessary to control insects on vegetable plants. Make sure you know what kind of insects you have so can best control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tomato transplants are ready for planting
(Audio 04/08/13) With warmer weather in April, gardeners can plant tomatoes in any area of the state. When selecting tomato transplants, decide what type of tomatoes you want. You can choose from many different varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hanging baskets offer unique perspectives
(Video 04/15/13) Hanging baskets offer a unique aesthetic perspective to patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers some tips on maintaining the health and beauty of plants you choose for your hanging containers. (Runtime: 1:32)
Little Ruby alternanthera is colorful Super Plant
(Video 04/08/13) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. Little Ruby alternanthera is a colorful, tough new Super Plant selection. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the low-maintenance Little Ruby is an excellent choice to grow in containers or in your flower beds. (Runtime: 1:32)
Plan summer flower gardens now
(For Release On Or After 04/26/13) As May approaches, we transition from the warm days and cool nights of spring and early summer to the hot days and warm nights that will be with us until September. With the increasing heat, you should be noticing the inevitable decline of your cool-season bedding plants.
Bandana lantanas are Louisiana Super Plants
(For Release On Or After 04/19/13) Lantana (Lantana camara) is one of the first flowers I became aware of as a young child in Chalmette. After all, who could resist a plant so perfectly named with the common name “ham and eggs”?
Little Ruby alternanthera gives summer-long color
(For Release On Or After 04/12/13) The foliage of ornamental plants generally plays a supporting role to their colorful flowers. Leaves, in all their many different shades of green, typically provide a backdrop for the flowers that delight the eye and dominate our attention.
Beautiful blooms of blue
(For Release On Or After 04/05/13) Blue, particularly true blue, is a color relatively rare among garden flowers. Blame the pollinators. Remember, flowers are not produced by plants for our enjoyment.
Sapsuckers cause holes, but not much damage on trees
(Audio 04/01/13) Sapsuckers are birds related to woodpeckers. They have strong beaks they use to peck holes into the trunks of trees. They are after sap in the trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Easter lilies can transition from home into garden
(Audio 04/01/13) Easter was early this year, but you may still have Easter lilies. You can plant these in a flower bed where they will bloom for you year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune spring-flowering shrubs when flowers fade
(Audio 04/01/13) Many spring-flowering shrubs have been blooming during the past month and will continue to bloom into April and early May. The best time to prune them is right after they finish flowering. If you wait too long, you could disrupt next year's blooms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
April is busy time in vegetable garden
(Audio 04/01/13) We can count on warmer weather during the month of April. Gardeners can start planting transplants of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Hear more to learn about other vegetables ready for planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Selecting vegetables from the cucumber family
(Video 04/01/13) Did you know cantaloupes and watermelons belong to the cucumber family? Right now is a great time to plant all of these. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill tells you what you need to know about selecting vegetables from the cucumber family.
Choosing the best tomato transplants
(Video 03/25/13) At this time you can plant many different types of vegetables. Tomatoes are among the favorites. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to look for when selecting tomato transplants from the nursery. (Runtime: 1:40)
Plant roses before blooming begins
(Audio 03/24/13) Gardeners often wait until roses are in bloom to head out to nurseries to purchase plants. Planting is stressful for a plant, so it's best done before it starts blooming. Late March is a good time to plant roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tropicals are popular in Louisiana landscapes
(Audio 03/24/13) Louisiana gardeners use many types of tropical plants in their landscapes. They may have been damaged by freezes this winter, so you can trim them back. Wait until April or May to plant new ones. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Thrips can damage spring roses
(Audio 03/24/13) Thrips are tiny insects that invade the flower buds of roses. As the bud opens, the flower may appear burned on the edges. Some buds may never fully open. Systemic insecticides can help control thrips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadheading keeps plants attractive, in bloom
(Audio 03/24/13) Gardeners use the term deadhead when talking about removing faded flowers from their plants. This keeps the plants looking attractive, and also prevents the plant from setting seed - which encourages more blooms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look for buck moth caterpillar masses in oak trees
(Audio 3/24/13) The buck moth caterpillar, found primarily on live oaks, has black stinging spines. Usually by late March, you can see caterpillar masses up in trees. A tree service can spray the trees before the caterpillars descend. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider tree inspection before buying home
(Audio 03/18/14) Prospective homebuyers often have their home inspected before purchasing it. It's a good idea to have the trees on the property inspected as well. Consider having a licensed arborist check the trees for potential problems. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Put fruit trees on preventative spray program
(Audio 03/18/14) Fruit trees must be sprayed preventively for insects and diseases. If you wait until they are already infested, it's too late to spray. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
General-purpose fertilizers will feed most plants
(Audio 03/18/13) Gardeners may get overwhelmed by the many options of fertilizers available. Remember you don't need a different fertilizer for each plant. Consider getting a general-purpose fertilizer to feed most plants in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brown patch can develop on lawns during cool, moist periods
(Audio 03/18/13) Brown patch is a common fungal disease that attacks lawns. St. Augustine grass is the most susceptible, but the fungus also attacks centipede grass. It gets started when the weather is cool and moist. Hear more to learn about the symptoms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't rush to fertilize lawns
(Audio 03/18/13) Louisiana lawns start to wake up in March. Often home gardeners want to fertilize their lawns early. The grass is best left alone and not stimulated while it is greening up. Wait until April to fertilize with any general-purpose lawn fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Amazing carnivorous plants
(Video 03/18/13) Animals often eat plants, but rarely does the opposite happen. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explores some interesting carnivorous plants that flip the food web around by actually eating insects and bugs. (Runtime: 1:38)
Calibrachoa are hardy petunia look-alikes
(Video 03/11/13) If you’re looking for transitional plants that can survive remaining freezes but also stand tough during hot weather, calibrachoa would be a good choice. They’re not petunias, but these hardy perennials look a lot like petunias. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why calibrachoa is a good choice to plant in your garden now. (Runtime: 1:34)
Digging up, dividing perennials is early spring task
(Audio 03/11/13) Perennials live from year to year in our landscapes. Their clumps will grow larger and larger and may eventually need to be divided. Get this done in early spring while the plant is still dormant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize shrubs in March
(Audio 03/11/13) March is a great month to fertilize shrubs in your landscape. You don't have to fertilize them if they don't appear to need it. Newly planted shrubs or ones with low vigor can benefit from an application of fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Toughen up transplants prior to planting
(Audio 03/11/13) Vegetable transplants purchased from nurseries have been pampered in greenhouses. Outdoor conditions can be stressful for them. They need to be hardened off before planting them into the garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Pollination is important for some vegetables
(Audio 03/11/13) Louisiana home gardeners plant lots of vegetables in March and April. Pollination is an issue for some vegetables. Some are self-pollinating. Others have to be pollinated by bees or insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season bedding plants hit their peak in spring
(Audio 03/11/13) You may notice flower beds filled with beautiful cool-season bedding plants. These plants peak around late March and April. The best beds were planted in the fall. So if you want these flowers, plant them as soon as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Broccoli and cabbage harvest tips
(Video 03/04/13) Now is a great time to plant vegetables like broccoli and cabbage in your garden. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains a crucial, but sometimes overlooked part of vegetable production — harvesting at the right time. (Runtime: 1:49)
Shade gardening takes planning
(For Release On Or After 03/29/13) I love to garden in shady areas, although I know gardeners who complain about gardening successfully in the shade. Trouble mostly occurs when sun-loving plants are planted in shady locations.
It’s time to plant spring vegetables
(For Release On Or After 03/22/13) Louisiana gardeners begin to plant spring and early summer vegetables this month. Watch the last freeze date in your area and be prepared to cover or protect tender plants in case of an unusually late freeze.
Tips for starting a home vegetable garden
(For Release On Or After 03/15/13) Visions of delicious homegrown vegetables can become a reality with some planning and a willingness to put in the time and work that planting and caring for a garden require.
It’s time to clean out aquatic gardens
(For Release On Or After 03/08/13) If you have a thick layer of gunk on the bottom of a small decorative pond or aquatic garden, it’s a good idea to clean it out early this month. Generally, you should clean out smaller aquatic gardens about once a year and larger ones every few years.
Evaluate light in your landscape
(For Release On Or After 03/01/13) When it comes to gardening, knowing the sunlight conditions in different areas of your landscape is critical to success. If you should plant a shrub you just bought in partial shade, do you know where partial shade exists in your landscape?
Plant perennials for years of color
(Audio 03/05/13) Perennials are colorful plants grown for their colorful flowers or foliage. They can brighten our landscapes and live for many years. Gardeners can find established perennials grown in large containers at nursery centers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep cool-season weeds from flowering
(Audio 03/05/13) Cool-season weeds are actively growing in lawns and flower beds this time of the year. As the weather warms, these weeds can explode in growth. Make sure they don't flower and set seeds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tending to spring-flowering bulbs
(Audio 03/05/13) Spring-flowering bulbs can add a lot to gardens. Many of these bulbs do not bloom again well or at all. These bulbs should be pulled out of the garden and composted. For the ones that do, such as daffodils and narcissus, leave them in place. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control weeds with pre-emergence herbicides before they appear
(Audio 03/05/13) Gardeners can use pre-emergence herbicides to control weeds before they show up. Early March is the ideal time to use these herbicides to prevent weeds from popping up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable gardeners turn to warm-season fare
(Audio 03/05/13) March is an active month in the home vegetable garden. We can begin planting warm-season vegetables in many areas of the state. Gardeners do need to watch out for late freezes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Peach trees need pruning
(Video 02/25/13) Now’s a great time to plant peach trees in Louisiana. Established ones need proper care, like pruning, to produce lots of mouth-watering fruit. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out some crucial tips for maintaining both young and mature peach trees. (Runtime: 1:39)
Terms describe light needs of plants
(Audio 02/25/13) Gardeners use a variety of terms to describe the different amounts of light plants need to grow and be healthy. Hear more to learn the differences of full sun, part sun, part shade and full shade. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide dormant perennials before spring starts
(Audio 02/25/13) Perennials are wonderful plants that live for many years in our gardens. Many of these plants are dormant this time of the year, making it a great time to divide them. Hear more to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sweet corn can tolerate late February planting
(Audio 02/25/13) Gardeners may not think about planting warm-season vegetables in the month of February. They can, however, plant sweet corn as early as the last week of February. Planting early helps minimize problems with pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilizers will stay potent from year to year
(Audio 02/25/13) Fertilizers provide nutrients to plants to help them grow. Gardeners may have fertilizers left over from previous seasons. That is still good to use. Fertilizers will stay potent indefinitely. Just be sure to store it properly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trim ground covers to encourage new growth
(Audio 02/25/13) Ground covers are a popular part of Louisiana landscapes. We want evergreen ground covers, but sometimes they can have old foliage that needs to be trimmed back. This encourages the plant to grow new foliage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana iris can be planted early
(Video 02/11/13) It’s not too early to plant Louisiana iris in your landscape. They grow well across the state and add an elegant touch to any yard. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill provides tips for care of your Louisiana iris. (Runtime: 1:31)
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Spring bulbs are starting to bloom
(Audio 02/18/13) Spring bulbs are up and growing. Some, like paperwhites, are already blooming. The foliage of spring bulbs is hardy, but if we get a freeze, the flowers can be damaged. Consider cutting them to bring indoors if a freeze is likely (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transplant with care to help plant thrive
(Audio 02/18/13) Transplanting a tree or shrub may be desirable or necessary sometimes. Gardeners thinking about moving the plant should do it now while the plants are dormant. Doing it correctly will help the plant succeed in its new location. (Runtime: 60 seconds
Extend gladiolus blooms with interval plantings
(Audio 02/18/13) Gladioluses are beautiful in the flower garden. The flowers don't last long, so you can get a longer blooming season if you do several plantings in two-week intervals. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare beds during dry spells
(Audio 02/18/13) A lot of gardeners like to prepare their beds before it is time to plant flowers or vegetables. Our weather can be rainy in late winter, and this makes it hard to work the soil. Make sure your soil isn't too wet when you prepare beds, or you could damage the soil. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant a tree in later winter
(Audio 02/18/13) Late winter is a great time to plant trees and shrubs into your landscape. It is easy to plant a tree, but you have to do it properly. Listen to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Alter soil pH to change hydrangea color
(Audio 02/11/13) Gardeners can alter the color of their hydrangeas by applying additives to the soil this month. Lime can turn blue hydrangeas pink, and aluminum sulfate can change pink hydrangeas into blue ones. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize shade trees in February
(Audio 02/11/13) Gardeners can fertilize shade trees in February. Large mature trees don't require fertilization, but trees in the first five to 10 years can use that boost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't wait to plant bare-root roses
(Audio 02/11/13) Gardeners interested in planting bare-root roses need to do so soon. Bare-root roses are more vulnerable than container roses, which can be planted throughout the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Boost shady areas with colorful bedding plants
(Audio 02/11/13) Shady areas can get a boost with cool-season color. Plants such as cyclamen, forget-me-nots and foxgloves can thrive in the shade. For areas with part shade, consider pansies and violas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune fruit trees properly for best production
(Audio 02/11/13) February is a good month to prune fruit trees. How you prune the trees can affect the harvest. Do some research before you prune to make sure you get the best production from your tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dracaena can accent your interior
(Video 1/28/13) Indoor greenery can add a nice accent to your home’s interior while improving the air quality. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to Dracaenas — a beautiful group of plants that offer a nice diversity of choices. (Runtime: 1:39)
Ligularia – a great shade-loving plant
(Video 02/04/13) If you’re searching for a tough, shade-loving plant with nice shiny leaves, ligularia might be the plant for you. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why it’s a good selection for Louisiana landscapes. (Runtime: 1:35)
Prune tropical plants when damage is evident
(Audio 02/04/13) The winter has been mild in Louisiana, but we have had a few frosts that could have damaged tropical plants. You can prune damage off herbaceous tropical plants such as gingers and elephant ears. Wait to prune woody damage until the plants start to sprout in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for spider mites on indoor plants
(Audio 02/04/13) Spider mites can be a problem on houseplants in the winter. These tiny insects are hard to spot, but listen to learn symptoms of spider mite damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider planting Swiss chard in your vegetable garden
(Audio 02/04/13) Swiss chard is a wonderful vegetable that hasn't reached the popularity in the home garden as many other vegetables. It's nutritious, delicious and even beautiful in the garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses by mid-February
(Audio 02/04/13) Take care of roses that need pruning early this month. Roses that bloom throughout the year may need to be cut back to encourage new blooms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold-season vegetables still preferable for February garden
(Audio 02/04/13) February isn't always frost-free, so gardeners can't yet plant spring vegetables. Anyone looking to put new vegetables into their gardens should plant cold-tolerant vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try Swiss chard in your vegetable garden
(For Release On Or After 02/22/13) Swiss chard is a leafy vegetable that can be grown easily in Louisiana vegetable gardens during fall, winter and spring. It is reliable and very productive and should be planted more often. A cool-season vegetable grown primarily from October to June, it has better heat resistance than other greens, such as spinach.
Homegrown fresh fruit is delicious
(For Release On Or After 02/08/13) February is a great time to plant hardy fruit trees, bushes or vines in your landscape. Local nurseries should have an excellent selection newly arrived for planting in late winter and early spring.
Prune roses in early February
(For Release On Or After 02/01/13) Early February is an excellent time to cut back roses growing in your landscape. Hybrid tea and grandiflora roses, in particular, should be pruned around this time every year. Otherwise, these roses tend to become leggy, less vigorous and unattractive and do not bloom as well.
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Protect trees during construction
(For Release On Or After 02/15/13) Homeowners whose new houses were constructed on lots with existing trees are often dismayed to find the trees declining in health or dying a few years after construction. This tragedy can be avoided if existing trees are properly protected during construction around them.
AgCenter biofuels pilot plant commissioned in La.
(Distributed 01/25/13) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The fledgling biofuels and bioprocessing industry in the South took a step forward Friday, Jan. 25, with the formal commissioning of a pilot plant at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute.
Improve light conditions inside for indoor plants
(Audio 01/28/13) Light is a plant's food, so it is critical for the plant to grow and thrive. If you have indoor plants this winter, make sure they are near a window where they can get plenty of light. Clean windows or prune plants to let more light in. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare beds for spring planting
(Audio 01/28/13) There will be plenty to do in the garden in late March and April, so take time now to prepare beds. If adding beds or planting into existing beds, turn soil and add organic matter. (Runtime: 60 econds)
Plant ground covers during cool season
(Audio 01/28/13) If you can't find things to do in the landscape, consider planting ground covers. These plants establish well during cooler months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Everblooming roses need pruning in late winter
(Audio 01/28/13) Late January is a good time to prune everblooming roses. How far back you cut the roses depends on much their size needs to be controlled. Remember, pruning helps them bloom better. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get bare-root roses in ground soon
(Audio 01/28/13) Gardeners typically buy roses growing in containers, but garden centers do have bare-root roses. These plants are perishable and must be planted this month or next. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid pruning spring-flowering plants
(Audio 01/21/13) Gardeners should avoid pruning spring-flowering shrubs and trees this time of the year. These plants have already set their flower buds, so pruning now would remove flowers. This includes plants such as azaleas, hydrangeas and gardenias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Camellias are in bloom, ready for planting
(Audio 01/21/13) Camellias are in bloom right now. It is great to see their flowers in the dead of winter. January is a good time to plant them. Because the plants are blooming, you can see which color you prefer to plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't forget to water container plants
(Audio 01/21/13) Container plants populate homes during winter. Remember these plants need adequate moisture. Water them thoroughly and allow the pot to drain. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winter pests are active in vegetable gardens
(Audio 01/21/13) Louisiana gardeners are fortunate to be able to grow vegetables year round. While gardeners will see fewer problems in the garden in winter, pest problems can still pop up. Keep the garden mulched and weeded. Also look out for caterpillars, aphids, snails and slugs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't forget to water container plants
(Audio 01/21/13) Container plants populate homes during winter. Remember these plants need adequate moisture. Water them thoroughly and allow the pot to drain. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Seed potatoes can go into gardens in winter
(Audio 01/21/13) Despite the name Irish potatoes, potatoes are actually native to South America. They are a cool-season crop. Gardeners can plant seed potatoes now into a well-drained, sunny location. Be patient. It may take a while to see growth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use blue point juniper trees to accent landscape
(Video 01/14/13) Now’s a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs. Small trees can add a nice accent to home landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the blue point juniper – a lovely evergreen tree. (Runtime: 1:33)
Combination planters are great for color, cuisine
(Video 01/21/13) Even though it’s wintertime, you can still incorporate color into your home setting. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explores the use of combination planters as a way to establish color on a patio or deck and as a way to grow vegetables or herbs that can please the palate. (Runtime: 1:49)
Use common sense when fertilizing
(Audio 01/14/13) When it comes to fertilizing, common sense can dictate when to do it. The best time to fertilize a plant is early in its season. When plants are dormant, don't fertilize them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winter is a good time for pruning
(Audio 01/14/13) Winter is a good time to prune a wide variety of plants in your landscape. Deciduous shade trees are leafless, allowing you to see the structure of the tree more clearly. You do not want to prune spring-flowering shrubs now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch out for mealy bugs on houseplants
(Audio 01/14/13) Gardeners may have a lot of plants inside their homes during winter. This can lead to pest problems. Look out for mealy bugs - cottony white bugs that suck sap out of plants. Control them with a horticulture oil or houseplant insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep vegetable garden growing with beets, Swiss chard
(Audio 01/14/13) Swiss chard and beets are two of the vegetables that gardeners can plant in January. Beets are grown for their roots, while Swiss chard is grown for its leaves. Remember, beets need to be spaced properly to make a nice root. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
(Audio 01/14/13) The winter months are the ideal time to plant hardy trees in Louisiana. In our state, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January. If you are considering planting shade trees or decorative trees, do it for Arbor Day. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Rye grass keeps lawns green in winter
(Audio 01/07/13) Rye grass is a cool-season temporary grass. It allows homeowners to have a green lawn during the winter. It must be maintained, which includes mowing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant parsley for a good harvest in spring
(Audio 01/07/13) Fall-planted parsley performs better than the herb planted in winter. That doesn't mean you can't plant parsley transplants now. Wait for a mild spell to plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Time to grow tomato transplants
(Audio 01/07/13) It takes about six to eight weeks to raise tomato transplants. If you plan to grow your own transplants, you may want to start soon. Listen to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season bedding plants bloom best from early plantings
(Audio 01/07/13) To get the best blooms, plant foxgloves, holly hocks and delphinium by early February. Also, consider planting the Super Plant Camelot foxglove. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant chilled tulips, hyacinth bulbs
(Audio 01/07/13) Gardeners planted most of their spring-flowering bulbs in fall. Two notable exceptions are tulips and hyacinth. These bulbs need to be chilled before they can be planted into the landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control lawn weeds during winter
(Audio 12/31/12) Weed control is still necessary during winter. Cool-season weeds can withstand Louisiana's relatively mild winters. Lawn weeds are more obvious this time of the year, so consider controlling them with broadleaf weed killers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take care of cool-season plants
(Audio 12/31/12) Gardeners should have planted their cool-season bedding plants by now. These plants will need water and fertilizer to keep them looking fresh during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
What to do with holiday plants
(Audio 12/31/12) With the holidays over, you may wonder what to do with the plants used to decorate during the Christmas season. Poinsettias should be composted, but Christmas cactus can live for many years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep the garden active with cold-tolerant vegetables
(Audio 12/31/12) January is usually the coldest month of the year in Louisiana. Vegetables planted this month must be able to withstand the cold. Some root crops and leafy vegetables can be direct seeded. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant roses in midwinter
(Audio 12/31/12) Nurseries and garden centers are stocking roses that Louisiana gardeners can plant this time of the year. If mail-ordering roses, you need to get them in as soon as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant roses in winter for beautiful summer blooms
(For Release On Or After 01/25/13) Now is an excellent time to consider adding roses to your landscape. For many gardeners, particularly those just getting into roses, a rose is a rose. But several different categories or types of roses are available, and within each type are numerous varieties.
Care for birds in your landscape
(For Release On Or After 01/18/13) The presence of birds is almost universally welcome among gardeners. Their contribution of movement, color, sounds and pest control to the landscape are unique and desirable.
Plant Southern magnolias now
(For Release On Or After 01/04/13) January and February are excellent months to plant trees in Louisiana. If you’re thinking about adding shade trees, small spring- or summer-flowering trees or trees for screening, head out to local nurseries and purchase and plant trees in the next few weeks.
Control snails, slugs in your yard
(For Release On Or After 01/11/13) Many gardeners consider snails and slugs to be the most disgusting pests in the garden. I could live with their looks if they just didn’t cause so much damage.
Use proper sprayers for various applications
(Video 01/01/13) Eventually, most gardeners have to apply some type of treatments to control insects, weeds and disease. Some of the chemicals are pre-made and measured; others have to be mixed. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of using the proper sprayers for various lawn and garden applications. (Runtime: 1:39)
Holly plants aren’t just for the holidays
(Video 12/31/12) Holly plants have always been synonymous with the Christmas season — because of their deep green foliage and bright red fruits. But even though Christmas and New Year’s Day are almost past, you can still plant these festive trees and shrubs in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some of the best holly plants available at your local nurseries right now. (Runtime: 1:31)
Time to plant chilled tulips, hyacinth bulbs
(Audio 12/24/12) Late December to early January is the time to plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs that have been chilling in the vegetable bins of your refrigerator. It is too late to buy bulbs because they haven't been properly chilled. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep holiday cactus all year
(Audio 12/24/12) After the holidays, people wonder what to do with the plants they used to decorate their homes. Poinsettias are not easy to grow in the landscape, so they should be discarded. Keep your holiday cactus because it will bloom for you year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Make time to harvest winter vegetables
(Audio 12/24/12) There is nothing like fresh food from the garden. This time of year can be busy, but don't forget to harvest vegetables that are growing in your garden. Listen more to hear how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Freeze-damaged tropical plants will need pruning
(Audio 12/24/12) Tropical plants can be damaged during winter freezes. You will need to prune freeze damage. Prune the herbaceous tropical plants, such as gingers, soon after the damage occurs. Wait to prune woody tropicals until spring when new growth would start to appear. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Roses still bloom in winter
(Audio 12/24/12) Don't be surprised if you have roses blooming for Christmas. They don't require a lot of effort this time of the year. Deadhead them as they continue to bloom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Buck moths now mean caterpillars in spring
(Distributed 12/13/12)BATON ROUGE, La. – Buck moths on the wing in December conjure up thoughts of buck moth caterpillars in the yard in spring. And large numbers of buck moths flying in south Louisiana this season suggest buck moth caterpillars will abound next spring, according to experts at the LSU AgCenter.
Intercrop vegetables for maximum produce
(Video 12/24/12) Now’s a great time for cool-season vegetables. You can have even more of a good thing by carefully maximizing the vegetables you grow in your rows. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains this efficient process called intercropping. (Runtime: 1:16)
Intercrop vegetables for maximum produce
(Video 12/24/12) Now’s a great time for cool-season vegetables. You can have even more of a good thing by carefully maximizing the vegetables you grow in your rows. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains this efficient process called intercropping. (Runtime: 1:16)
Fertilize some winter plants
(Video 12/17/12) Most plants are fertilized during spring. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why some plants need to be fertilized during winter. (Runtime: 1:32)
Protect tropical plants from freezes
(Audio 12/17/12) Louisiana gardeners must protect their tropical plants during freezing weather. Container plants can be brought inside. Plants in the ground can be mulched or covered. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Force amaryllis bulbs indoors in winter, plant outside in spring
(Audio 12/17/12) Amaryllis is a wonderful spring-flowering bulb. The bulbs are dried by growers for shipping, making them ready to bloom around Christmas. Pot them indoors now, and save the bulbs for planting in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pecan trees in winter
(Audio 12/17/12) Pecans are popular in holiday baking. The holiday season also is a good time to plant pecan trees. Pecan trees grow large, and the wood is brittle. Be sure not to plant them close to homes or structures. Also, choose the right variety for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winter still bring weeds to our landscapes
(Audio 12/17/12) Louisiana landscapes have fewer pest problems in winter than in summer, but weeds can still be an issue for some gardeners. Mulch and weed killers can keep cool-season weeds under control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Seed catalogs offer many plants
(Audio 12/13/12) Seed companies send out their catalogues this time of the year. They are filled with wonderful plants. If you are considering order from a catalog or online, make sure the plants your chose are suitable for Louisiana and your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dracaena accents interior
(Video 12/10/12) Indoor greenery can add a nice accent to your home’s interior while improving the air quality. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to dracaenas — a beautiful group of plants that offer a nice diversity of choices. (Runtime: 1:39)
Living Christmas trees, gardening calendar — gifts that keep giving
(Video 12/3/12) If you’re searching for a unique gift, you might consider a Get It Growing calendar or a living Christmas tree this season. As LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, they’re both gifts that certainly keep giving throughout the year. (Runtime: 1:47)
Tips for growing, harvesting broccoli
(Audio 11/12/12) Broccoli is a great cool-season vegetable. If you space your plants too close together, you won't get nice-sized florets. Also harvest the broccoli when the flower buds on the head are the size of a kitchen match. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant herbs in fall for best production
(Audio 11/9/12) Many herbs are hardy and grow well during Louisiana's winters. Plant them in a sunny, well-drained area. Keep them handy to the kitchen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Successful ponds require good management
(Distributed 08/15/12) For many people, just the act of fishing can provide relief from the stresses of everyday life. But catching fish can put food on the table, and for some, this is the best part of owning a recreational pond.
Sugarcane field day scheduled for July 18
(Distributed 07/03/12) The LSU AgCenter’s 30th Annual Sugarcane Field Day will be held July 18 at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m.
Alligator gar spawning is successful
(Audio 05/22/12) Researchers at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station have successfully spawned alligator gar. These gar will be used for future research projects to help researchers understand more about these ancient fish that are declining across the country. (Runtime 1:10)
Daylilies give early-season color
(Distributed 05/04/12) Daylilies are one of the most popular flowering plants for late spring and early summer landscapes in Louisiana. They have reached peak bloom about three weeks early this spring due to our lack of significant cold weather in February and March.
Land rents an issue for farmers
(Video News 04/20/12) Renting land is part of farmers’ expenses. But high land rents could affect crop production. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that higher commodity prices are influencing rent costs. (Runtime: 1:40)
Cucumber family provides many favorite vegetables
(For Release On Or After 03/30/12) The cucumber family, properly known as the Cucurbitaceae (cu-cur-bit-A-cee-ee), provides a wide variety of vegetables popular for the spring, summer and fall home vegetable garden.
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Soil addition can change hydrangea color
(Audio 10/17/11) Gardeners can change the color of their hydrangeas this month by applying lime or aluminum sulfate. Hydrangeas provide beautiful blooms during the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cut flowers brighten our homes
(Audio 07/25/11) Flowers from the garden should be brought indoors. Cutting flowers allows you to enjoy the flowers more and beautifies your living areas. Cut your flowers during the coolest part of the day and keep them in water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant bedding plants will thrive in summer
(Audio 07/11/11) Many bedding plants gardeners planted in the spring are starting to lose their vigor. You can replace these plants with heat-tolerant plants such as zinnias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 04/25/11) April is the peak month for wonderful cool-season bedding plants. If these plants were planted back in the fall, they should be hitting their stride now. This time of the year is not a good time to plant cool-season plants, but you can make evaluations about what worked in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spider mites can thrive on houseplants
(Audio 01/31/11) Plants growing indoors can be prone to pest problems. Spider mites are tiny pests that can thrive on houseplants. Know the symptoms of spider mites and how to control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Camellias may need care during winter
(Radio News 12/13/10) Camellias bloom beautifully throughout the winter months. If Louisiana has a dry spell during winter, you may want to irrigate your camellias. Freezes can damage open blooms but generally won't hurt buds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant cool-season bedding plants for winter color
(Audio 11/29/10) Louisiana gardeners use cool-season bedding plants to add color to our flower gardens during winter. Plants such as dianthus, pansies and violas will bloom from fall into spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Snow Princess: pretty name, tough plant
(Video 11/22/10) If you’re looking for a cool-season bedding plant that blooms nicely most of the year, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill has a suggestion. The Snow Princess is a beautiful plant, but as you’ll learn on this edition of Get It Growing, you won’t need a magic wand to keep it alive. (Runtime: 1:39)
Camelot foxglove excellent fall choice
(Video 11/08/10) Louisiana Super Plants are beautiful plants chosen by the LSU AgCenter as superior ornamentals for Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of the most recent fall Super Plants. It’s called Camelot foxglove. (Runtime: 1:43)
Spider mites damage vegetables and ornamentals
(Audio 04/05/10) Spider mites are a type of pest that is barely visible to the naked eye. They attack and damage plants such as roses, palms, eggplants and many other vegetables and ornamentals. Find out what symptoms to be aware of when checking for spider mite infestation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trim unattractive Louisiana iris foliage
(Audio 08/09/10) Louisiana iris is a popular herbaceous perennial that is native to Louisiana. These iris grow profusely during the spring, but become unattractive during late summer. This indicates their dormancy. Hear more about Louisiana iris. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate bedding plants to make planting decisions for next year
(Audio 09/20/10) Only the most reliable bedding plants can survive a Louisiana summer. This is a great time of year to evaluate your bedding plants and deternune which ones performed well and which ones you may or may not want to plant again. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tropical plant can handle La. winters
(Video 09/13/10) You can maintain a tropical look in your landscape well into fall with the beautiful Pride of Barbados plant. But LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill advises you’d better plant them now. (Runtime: 1:35)
Heavy pecan load can result in broken limbs
(Audio 09/06/10) It looks like this could be a good year for pecans in Louisiana. Someimes, though, the weight of pecans can cause problems for the trees. Pecan trees have brittle wood, and limbs can snap and break from the heavy nuts. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
All-America rose winner does well in La.
(Distributed 02/25/10) Easy Does It is the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) winner – the only winner – for 2010.
Many fruit and nut trees prosper in Louisiana
(Audio 11/23/09) Louisiana gardeners can grow a wide variety of fruit. Now is a great time to plant fruit and nut trees to allow time for establishment. Learn more about the many kinds of fruit trees that can be grown successfully in Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save seeds for future plantings
(Audio 10/12/09) Gardeners can save seeds their plants produce. Although it's not a good idea to try to grow woody plants from their seeds, annual and perennials are wonderful plants to save seeds from. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Create your own compost
(Audio 09/21/09) Many gardeners simply discard the organic waste they clean out of their yards. Composting items such as grass clippings and leaves could be beneficial for future bed preparations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try reusing caladium tubers
(Audio 09/21/09) Caladiums may not need to be replanted each year even though they become dormant during winter months. The tubers could be reused to produce more caladiums the following year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Follow 7 principles for a sustainable landscape
(Distributed 08/28/09) One of the LSU AgCenter’s many educational efforts is the Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods program for gardening and landscape enthusiasts.
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Hanging baskets lift up flowers
(Video 06/08/09) Beautiful flowering plants in a landscape can catch your attention. But they don’t necessarily have to be planted in the ground to provide beauty and fragrance. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill encourages gardeners to take plants higher than ground level, while bringing flowers closer to the senses. (Runtime: 1 minute, 41 seconds)
Should flood insurance give way to ‘hurricane insurance’?
(Distributed 6/19/08) Without insurance, there will be no recovery, insurance industry experts and members of the Louisiana congressional delegation said Monday (June 16).
Get It Growing: Right Plant + Right Place = Gardening Success
(For Release On Or After 10/27/06) Gardeners are often advised that the key to gardening success is planting the right plant in the right place. Although this sounds relatively simple, a lot goes into the decision of what plants should be used and where they should be planted in the landscape.
Get It Growing: Radishes Are Easy To Grow
(For Release On Or After 10/20/06) When I was a child my family lived in Germany for a time. I remember attending the annual Oktoberfest in Munich, where thinly-sliced white radishes were served with salt as a nibbler to accompany the famed draft beer. Although I couldn’t appreciate the beer at that age, I loved the radishes. I also think of radishes in October for another reason, because this is a great time to plant them in your garden, and there are no vegetables easier to grow.
Get It Growing: Adding Soil? Make Sure You Get What Your Garden Needs
(For Release On Or After 10/13/06) I’m not a big fan of bringing in new soil and replacing the original soil in a garden bed. There are times, however, when it is necessary to purchase additional soil for the garden – especially when creating new raised beds or raising the grade of existing ones.
Get It Growing: To Dig Or Not To Dig; That’s The Question With Caladiums This Time Of Year
(For Release On Or After 10/06/06) Caladiums are among the most reliable summer bedding plants for providing color in shady areas. They stay attractive despite the intense heat of summer and are rarely bothered by insects or disease. By the end of September or beginning of October, however, they reach the end of their growing season and begin to decline in appearance.
Save Potted Easter Lilies For Landscapes
(Audio 2/20/06) Potted, blooming Easter lilies are always available around Easter time. Save these lilies and plant them into your landscape. They will go dormant in the summer and bloom for you year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Include Trees In Total Home Inspection
(Audio 3/20/06) Home inspections can ensure that costly repairs are not required after you take possession of the property. Trees usually are not included in such inspections, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests hiring a licensed arborist before making an offer on a home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spray Fruit Trees To Avoid Problems
(Audio 3/20/06) Louisiana gardeners are able to grow a wide variety of fruit trees in home landscapes. One thing you need to keep in mind is that fruit trees are prone to insect and disease problems. These trees must be on a preventve spray schedule. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant Corn If You Have The Space
(Audio 3/20/06) Corn is one of the most wonderful vegetables you can grow in your home vegetable garden. Corn takes up a lot of room, however, so you will need space to grow this plant. Plant corn in a square to get good pollination. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper Bed Preparation Is The Start To Good Growing
(Audio 03/13/06) Proper bed preparation before planting is an important part of your success in the garden. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says good bed preparation makes a difference in the perfomance of what you plant, whether it is vegetables, shrubs or flowers. Remove weeds and till soil to get started. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Common Fall Lawn Fungus Can Be Active In Spring
(Audio 03/13/06) St. Augustine grass has been a very popular lawn grass. Unfortunately, it is quite susceptible to the disease brown patch. Brown patch primarily is active in the fall, but it also shows up this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control Winter Weeds Before They Set Seeds
(Audio 03/13/06) During the month of March, Louisiana lawns wake up and begin to turn green. Dormant lawns may be alive with winter weeds this time of the year. Mow back these weeds or apply a lawn weed killer. This will prevent the cool-season weeds from setting seeds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leave Old Mulch In Place
(Audio 03/13/06) Mulch is a material gardeners spread over the soil surface to supress weed growth and conserve soil moisture. A common question LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gets about mulch is whether a gardener should remove old mulch before putting down new mulch? His short answer is no. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide And Transplant Perennials In Eary March
(Audtio 03/13/06) Transplanting and dividing perennials should be done as soon as possible. As the weather warms, the chance of transplant shock increases. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to divide and transplant perennials. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control Spider Mites On Camellias
(Video 2/27/06) Camellias provide wonderful flowers in the late winter. Spider mites can be a problem on camellias. Mites are hard to see, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says they can be controlled. (Runtime: 1 minute 30 seconds)
Plant Holly Hocks Before They Bloom
(Video 2/13/06) Louisiana gardeners are accustomed to going to the nursery and buying plants already in bloom. Holly hocks should be planted well before they bloom. They need to be established to put on a good show. (Runtime 1 minute 24 seconds)
Use Seeds To Get Warm-season Bedding Plants Going
(Video 03/06/06) This a great time of the year to start warm-season bedding plants from seed -- to transplant into the garden later. Read the back of the seed package for directions. (Runtime: 1 minute 35 seconds)
Fertilize Shrubs In March
(Audio 03/06/06) March is a great month to fertilize your shrubbery. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says a good all-purpose granular fertilizer can be used to fertilize virtually all the shrubs in your landscape. If your plants are performing well, fertilizing is an option. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
'Harden Off' Transplants To Get Them Ready For Planting
(Audio 03/06/06) Gardeners use a variety of interesting terms. One of these terms is "hardening off." That term is applied to growing transplants. What it means is that transplants often are raised in the sheltered environment of a greenhouse and they must be toughened before being planted into a garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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