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Slovaks visit AgCenter Food Incubator with hopes of starting their own
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two scientists from a university in Slovakia are at the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator for three weeks of intensive training. They’re hoping to start a similar incubator back home.
AgCenter evaluating olives for Louisiana
(Distributed 05/22/15) HAMMOND, La. – The past ten years have seen increased interest in growing olive trees in the southeastern United States. In Louisiana, a number of individuals and businesses have planted a few olive trees. In addition to culinary and processing quality of the fruit, olives can be long-lived trees with finely textured
AgCenter works to improve ornamental plants
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many varieties of shrubs and trees are no longer grown any in Louisiana landscapes, but that’s about to change with the help of LSU AgCenter researchers.
$187,500 grant to LSU AgCenter supports research in oil, gas drilling
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La – An LSU AgCenter scientist has received more than $187,000 for research to develop smart drilling fluids used in oil and gas exploration with more efficiency and greater efficacy.
Rains cause problems for La. corn and soybeans, but sugarcane and rice OK so far
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Heavy rains are causing problems for some Louisiana soybean and corn farmers, especially in the north part of the state where a storm system brought as much as 10 inches of rain in some areas in the past week, but sugarcane and rice are not as affected by the weather, according to LSU AgCenter experts.
Louisiana’s wheat crop headed toward disaster for 2015
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Excessive rain across Louisiana is compounding already existing problems with the 2015 wheat crop and leading to what LSU AgCenter experts call a disastrous season.
Keep food safety in mind when preparing for hurricane season
(Distributed 05/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With the June 1 beginning of hurricane season rapidly approaching, Louisiana residents need to make preparations now so they have a safe food supply if a storm hits.
4-H’ers design safe room for St. John Parish
(Distributed 05/19/15) LAPLACE, La. – A dozen St. John the Baptist Parish 4-H Club members presented their plans to parish officials on May 14 for a safe room for emergency workers responding to a disaster.
LSU AgCenter offers online interactive flood maps
(Distributed 05/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As hurricane season approaches, Louisiana residents can turn to the LSU AgCenter website for tools to determine if they live in a flood zone and how to prevent storm damage. Among the resources are interactive flood maps, which have recently been updated with new features.
Louisiana Master Cattleman course graduates 22
(Distributed 05/18/15) FARMERVILLE, La. – Twenty-two cattle producers and industry professionals graduated on May 4 from a Louisiana Master Cattleman course hosted in Farmerville by the LSU AgCenter.
Plant health, new flowers featured at open house
(Distributed 05/18/15) HAMMOND, La. – Many Louisianians have watched dogwoods gradually disappear from the landscape in recent years. While environmental factors are partially to blame, some gardening mistakes can also hinder dogwood health, said Mark Windham, professor in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
Louisiana begins blueberry harvest
(Distributed 05/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Until recent years, blueberries weren’t looked at as a popular warm-season fruit compared to peaches, watermelons and others, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Charlie Johnson.
Choose hardy palms to plant in your landscape
(Audio 05/25/15) If you're thinking about adding some palm trees to your landscape to add a tropical look, make sure that they will be hardy enough to withstand freezes. Be aware of what information you should be asking when visiting your local nursery. Listen for more information on palm trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant summer alternatives to cool-season leafy greens
(Audio 05/25/15) Although we love our leafy greens in the South, most of them grow best in the cool season. However, there are a few heat-tolerant plants you could try, such as malabar spinach or amaranth. Listen for more information on these alternatives to customary Southern leafy greens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Properly clean pots for healthier plants
(Audio 05/25/15) Nearly every gardener grows some kind of plant in pots. Cleaning pots is important because it reduces the likelihood that your pot will harbor disease-causing organisms. Listen for instructions on cleaning different types of pots. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant bulbs for wonderful summer plants
(Audio 05/25/15) Gardeners generally use the term bulb to describe any plant structure that is fleshy and below the ground. Some of these "bulbs" include tubers, rhizomes, and corms. The plants that these bulbs produce are great options for additions to your summer garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gomphrena/Globe Amaranth – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 18, 2015
(Distributed 05/15/15) Gardeners should consider some of the new gomphrena varieties – globe amaranth – for their landscapes.
Students hear about ag careers at field day
(Distributed 05/15/15) CROWLEY, La. – Students from across south Louisiana met May 12 at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station to learn about career opportunities in agriculture.
Aquaculture offers economic opportunities worldwide
(Distributed 05/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – This time of year, most Louisianians are acutely aware of the importance of aquaculture thanks to a unique commodity produced in this state: crawfish.
Try some new daylily varieties
(Distributed 05/15/15) HAMMOND, La. – Daylilies are one of the most popular flowering plants for late spring and early summer Louisiana landscapes. They have reached peak bloom about three weeks early this spring because of the lack of significant cold weather in February and March.
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Wetlands program poetry contest winners announced
(Distributed 05/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Focusing on the theme “Louisiana’s Coast: Our Unique Culture,” more than 250 students from across the state competed in the second annual Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program poetry contest.
Ag pesticide workshop set for June 9 in Winnsboro
(Distributed 05/14/15) WINNSBORO, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a workshop on June 9 for farmers and consultants to learn how to reduce off-target pesticide drift and to use new technologies at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station.
Vegetables in cucumber family have unique flowers
(Video 05/25/15) You may be looking at your vegetable plant and thinking, “I see the fruit growing.” In reality, it may not be the fruit; but it has to do with the flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what sets the flowers on vegetables of the cucumber family apart from others. (Runtime: 01:43)
What to do with bolting herbs
(Video 05/18/15) Growing your own herbs can be very rewarding when it comes to enhancing your meals. But when flowers start appearing, what do you do? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what you should do when your herbs start to bolt. (Runtime: 01:42)
Master Gardeners honored for service
(Distributed 05/13/15)HAMMOND, La. – More than 250 Louisiana Master Gardener volunteers experienced the royal treatment while learning and competing for prizes at an appreciation day held at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on May 8.
12 inducted into Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame
(Distributed 05/13/15) MANSURA, La. – A dozen individuals were recognized on May 9 as the newest selections for the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame.
Don't worry too much about Spanish moss
(Audio 05/18/15) Unlike mistletoe, Spanish moss is not parasitic to trees in your landscape. However, Spanish moss can become a nuisance if it adds too much weight to or overpowers a tree. Listen for more information on Spanish moss. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Liven up your garden with new summer bedding plants
(Audio 05/18/15) It's time to replace those tired-looking spring bedding plants with some fresh and new summer bedding plants. Head to your local nursery and pick out some beautiful new plants to place in a well-prepared bed. Listen for more instructions on caring for summer bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest blackberries in May
(Audio 05/18/15) May is the month in which blackberries and their relatives begin to ripen. Although it's possible to harvest wild blackberries, it is much more convenient to harvest them from your own garden. Listen for more information on harvesting blackberries. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest Irish potatoes in late spring
(Audio 05/18/15) The Irish potato is one of several vegetables that are ready to be harvested in late May or early June. Keep an eye on your plants for telltale signs that they are ready for harvesting. Listen for more information on proper harvesting techniques. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Make sure your new trees don't dry out this summer
(Audio 05/18/15) If you have planted a new tree recently, it is very important to take care of it properly in the summer heat. New trees can dry out very easily, so it is important to irrigate them during their first summer. Listen for more information on keeping new trees watered in the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Unpasteurized milk may contain severe hazards
(Distributed 05/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Unpasteurized, raw milk can harbor several bacteria that can cause severe illness, particularly in young children, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals, said an LSU AgCenter food safety specialist.
Safe food handling helps prevent listeriosis
(Distributed 05/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A recent outbreak of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in ice cream has demonstrated how challenging it can be to prevent foodborne illness.
New plant disease infecting loropetalums in Louisiana
(Distributed 05/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new disease is making its appearance on loropetalum plants in Louisiana nurseries and landscapes. It’s caused by a bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi, which is also known to cause galls or knots on olives and oleanders, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh. Other important known hosts include ash, privet and forsythia.
Monsanto, Plein Foundation fund scholarships for LSU ag students
(Distributed 05/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Monsanto and the Thomas A. Plein Foundation are helping support students in the LSU College of Agriculture by establishing two new scholarships.
Luna Hibiscus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 11, 2015
(Distributed 05/08/15) Luna hibiscus was named a Louisiana Super Plant in spring 2014. It comes in four colors and is a hardy hibiscus for Louisiana.
Drift roses offer smaller plants, great blooms
(Distributed 05/08/15) HAMMOND, La. – Roses are completing their initial spring bloom across Louisiana, and one group of roses is getting a good deal of attention.
4-H’ers compete in Commodity Ambassador contests
(Distributed 05/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La – The 2015 Louisiana 4-H Commodity Ambassador contests were held on April 28 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. In all, 98 4-H’ers from across the state competed in the chicken, egg, seafood, sugar and turkey ambassador contests.
Control summer weeds in your lawn
(Audio 05/11/15) Now is the time to evaluate your lawn to see if summer weeds will be an issue in the coming months. Identify the weeds if you can, then buy herbicide to control those particular weeds. Listen for more weed control information. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch hydrangeas and gardenias bloom in May
(Audio 05/11/15) In the month of May, both hydrangeas and gardenias bloom beautifully. Gardenias will bloom into June while hydrangeas will bloom until late June and sometimes July. Listen for more information about these beautiful flowering summer shrubs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Maintain newly laid lawn
(Audio 05/11/15) After you lay sod in your lawn during the summertime, it is important to take care of it properly. Water it regularly and give it the attention it needs to flourish. Listen for more specific instructions on caring for a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect your tomatoes from buckeye rot
(Audio 05/11/15) Tomatoes are extremely prone to insect and disease problems such as buckeye rot. Buckeye rot affects the fruit hanging lowest to the ground and causes it to become discolored right under the skin. Listen for more information on preventing buckeye rot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant sod in the summertime
(Audio 05/11/15) Summer is the perfect time to plant sod in your landscape. You can plant sod to repair damage from insects and diseases or to grow a new lawn. Listen for more information and instructions about planting sod. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter releases home vegetable gardening publications
(Distributed 05/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has published five new information brochures on home vegetable gardening in Louisiana.
LSU Dairy Science Club gives annual awards
(Distributed 05/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Dairy Science Club recognized an animal science professor, a long-time dairyman and students at its annual banquet at the LSU Student Union on May 2.
Fireworks purple fountain grass is a care-free Super Plant
(Video 05/11/15) All ornamental grasses aren’t as exciting as the Fireworks purple fountain grass, which was recently selected as an LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the reasons for this plant’s high accolades. (Runtime: 01:48)
Henna coleus is a colorful Super Plant for summer gardens
(Video 05/04/15) The plant species coleus grows in a variety of different styles, sizes and colors. The Henna coleus was selected as an LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant for 2015. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the Henna coleus is worthy of its Super Plant status. (Runtime: 01:48)
Visiting scholar hopes to improve life in Sierra Leone through agriculture education
(Distributed 05/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Agriculture has led Joseph Musa around the world, from his native Sierra Leone to a university in Costa Rica, and most recently to Louisiana, where he is a visiting scholar at the LSU AgCenter.
4-H state shooting sports selects national competitors
(Distributed 05/04/15) SHREVEPORT, La. – More than 350 Louisiana 4-H regional shooting sports winners participated in the 4-H State Shooting Sports competition held in Shreveport and Grand Cane, Louisiana, on April 23-26.
Baton Rouge area farm tour for consumers set for May 17
(Distributed 05/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A tour of small local family farms north of Baton Rouge is scheduled for May 17. Sponsored by the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program, the tour will provide an opportunity for urban consumers to visit local sustainable farms and to appreciate the contribution of these local businesses to our local food system.
Beef producers hear management strategies
(Distributed 05/01/15) BOSSIER CITY, La. – With cattle prices at or near historic levels, it seems to be a good time to be a cattle producer. According to an economist and beef researchers presenting at the Northwest Beef and Forage Day at the LSU AgCenter Red River Research Station, it is a good time, but producers need to plan and manage their cattle to maximize their investments.
Frostproof Gardenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 4, 2015
(Distributed 05/01/15) Frostproof gardenia is a great plant for home gardeners to enjoy. It is a Louisiana Super Plant selection.
Students get hands-on experience with farm animals
(Distributed 05/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Getting close to farm animals and learning where food comes from provide learning with a twist at Farm Day at the LSU AgCenter campus dairy on April 28.
Fireworks purple fountain grass named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 05/01/15) HAMMOND, La. – With spring in full swing, it’s time for another Louisiana Super Plant announcement from the LSU AgCenter.
Insect, disease management critical as ag exports increase
(Distributed 05/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As foreign countries and the U.S. demand more of each other’s agriculture products, new economic opportunities that may benefit Louisiana are growing.
LSU ag faculty, students awarded professorships, assistantships
BATON ROUGE, La – Three faculty members and two graduate students in the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture have received financial awards to carry out research.
Move houseplants outside for the summer
(Audio 05/04/15) It's time to move tropical container plants back outdoors for the summer. Move them into a shady location and gradually introduce them to more light. Listen for more information on proper transitioning of houseplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Collect herbs from your garden now
(Audio 05/04/15) If you planted herbs such as sage, parsley and cilantro in the fall, they should be producing well this time of year. Harvest these herbs generously before summer heat hits. Listen for more information on harvesting herbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add some caladiums to your garden bed
(Audio 05/04/15) Caladiums are great bedding plants for shady areas. Decide whether you would like to plant tubers or from potted plants. Listen for more information about purchasing, planting and caring for caladiums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow peppers in your home garden
(Audio 05/04/15) It is possible to grow several types of peppers at home in our vegetable gardens. Some peppers thrive in the summer heat while others need cooler temperatures to grow well. Listen for instructions on harvesting and growing peppers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant heat-tolerant vegetables in May
(Audio 05/04/15) Remember that vegetables you plant in May will be growing in the summer heat. Be sure the vegetables in your garden now will be able to tolerate the hot weather in the coming months. Try vegetables such as hot peppers, eggplant transplants, okra, pumpkins and cantaloupes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Garden Fest set for June 20 at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 04/30/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fresh food, hayride tours and children’s water slides will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at Burden on June 20 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Farm to School conference set for May 27 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 04/30/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The state’s first conference dedicated to the Farm to School initiative will be hosted by the LSU AgCenter at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on May 27 with a focus to promote farm to school activities, networking and increase awareness.
Louisiana 4-H’ers learn about co-op way of doing business
(Distributed 04/29/15) POLLOCK, La. – Louisiana 4-H’ers received a real-world entrepreneurial experience while attending the 2015 Co-op Leadership Conference at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center April 24-26.
LSU College of Agriculture alumni group holds spring awards ceremony
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association recognized outstanding alumni, faculty and students at a ceremony on Friday, April 24, at The Club at Union Square on the LSU campus.
LSU AgCenter poultry field day set for June 16
(Distributed 04/29/15) HOMER, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station will host a poultry field day on June 16.The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. followed by a walking tour at 9:30.
Thousands of Louisiana students participate in Wetlands Week April 20-24
(Distributed 04/29/15) POLLOCK, La. – Thousands of students from across the state participated in Wetlands Week April 20-24 to celebrate one of Louisiana’s most valuable treasures.
LSU ag students spend spring break in Nicaragua
(Distributed 04/28/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many college students like to spend spring break somewhere tropical. That is what a group of LSU College of Agriculture students did on their recent spring break. But this group wasn’t lounging on beaches. The students were visiting farms, working with local children and helping struggling communities.
Fashion Association at LSU to present ninth annual fashion show May 13
(Distributed 04/28/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Before the first garment will walk the runway, students in the Fashion Association at LSU will have worked all semester to prepare for their annual fashion show.
Some vegetables thrive in summer heat
(For Release On Or After 05/29/15) The high temperatures that will be with us now until October take their toll in the vegetable garden. Tomatoes set fewer fruit and snap beans produce poor quality beans, for instance.
Composting recycles yard waste
(For Release On Or After 05/22/15) You can recycle yard waste through the process of composting. Doing this can benefit your gardens, your budget and the environment.
Improving deer herd health, regulations topics at field day
(Distributed 04/27/15) CLINTON, La. – Owners of high-fence deer facilities and others interested in the business attended the high fence deer management field day at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Wildlife Institute on April 22.
Basil is great for summer gardens
(For Release On Or After 05/15/15) Grown and used in cuisines around the world, basil is also indispensable to Louisiana cooks. Besides having extraordinary taste, basil is attractive and really easy to grow.
Choose the right fertilizer
(For Release On Or After 05/08/15) Choosing a fertilizer for your landscape is not as difficult as it might seem.
Farewell to spring
(For Release On Or After 05/01/15) I’ve heard it said – and even said so myself in earlier years – that spring is short in Louisiana, with weather rapidly transitioning from winter to summer. But this really isn’t accurate.
AgMagic on the River returns to Docville Farms May 13-16
(Distributed 04/24/15) VIOLET, La. – Three thousand New Orleans area school children will learn how agriculture affects their lives when the exhibit AgMagic on the River returns to Docville Farms in Violet on May 13-16.
Fireworks Pennisetum – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 27, 2015
(Distributed 04/24/15) Pennisetum is an ornamental grass commonly known as purple fountain grass. And Fireworks is a new red-foliaged variety addition to this group of grasses.
Wheat, oat research highlight field day
(Distributed 04/24/15) WINNSBORO, La. – Dozens of university wheat and oat varieties from university research and commercial companies were on display at the annual wheat and oat field day at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station Wednesday (April 22).
Zinnias produce great color all summer long
(Distributed 04/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – Home gardeners have long enjoyed zinnias, one of our most popular warm-season bedding plants. New zinnia varieties have been introduced regularly over the past few years.
Nursery, landscape industry thrives in Louisiana
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana moves through spring, the state’s horticulture industry is shifting into high gear.
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Planting roses is still an option
(Audio 04/27/15) Roses are abundant this time of year. Planting roses earlier is preferable, but planting from containers now will also work fine. Plant low-maintenance roses now to add some beauty and color to your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadhead plants to encourage longer growth period
(Audio 04/27/15) The term deadheading refers to the removal of flowers that have faded. Deadheading can keep your plant looking fresh and prevent your plant from setting seed. Deadhead your plants to encourage longer growth and to keep them looking fresh. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep crape myrtle aphids away
(Audio 04/27/15) Although crape myrtles are relatively immune to pests and diseases, crape myrtle aphids can weaken these trees, reduce flowering, and cause sooty mold growth. Listen for information about keeping crape myrtle aphids away from your trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU poultry program promises students hands-on experiences
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The chirping of baby chicks rang through a poultry lab on LSU’s campus. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne had a research associate and graduate and undergraduate students helping her sort, weigh and band the birds for a research project.
Try growing vines in the spring
(Audio 04/27/15) Spring is the prime season for planting perennial vines. Try training your vines onto a fence or lattice. As they grow, weave your vines horizontally through the fence or lattice in order to ensure that your vines appear full. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch Louisiana irises bloom in April
(Audio 04/27/15) April is usually the month when Louisiana irises look most beautiful in our landscapes. These flowers come in a wide variety of colors and can grow in both normal garden beds and wet areas. Listen for more information about caring for Louisiana irises. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable seeds come from different sources
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Different types of vegetable seeds and the produce that comes from them can be confusing, LSU AgCenter horticulturists say.
Greenhead horse flies give clues to marsh health after oil spills
(Distributed 04/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the effects of the BP oil spill on a horse fly species, using it as a bellwether to provide clues to the health of the marsh after the ecological disaster that occurred five years ago.
Lafayette Parish teacher named Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year
(Distributed 04/21/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – Judy Morgan, fourth-grade teacher at Charles Burke Elementary School in Lafayette Parish, has been honored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau as Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for her school garden project.
2 AgCenter scientists study new material to help preserve marine life after oil spills
(Distributed 04/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter scientists have been using small baitfish to study a new material that could help with oil spill cleanups. Their work began as the result of research started after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago.
Allow tropical plants to gradually adapt to more sun
(Audio 04/20/15) Once the weather warms up in the spring, it is time to move tropical plants back outdoors. Gradually reintroduce these plants to the higher levels of light outdoors. Listen for more instructions on moving tropical plants outside after the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Be careful when removing foliage from spring-flowering bulbs
(Audio 04/20/15) Many spring-flowering bulbs provide beautiful color in our landscapes. Be careful when removing the foliage of these plants after they are done flowering. Listen for more information on spring-flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kauai Torenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 20, 2015
(Distributed 04/17/15) Torenia, also called wishbone flower, is an alternative bedding plant to consider instead of impatiens for the shade.
Plant leftover Easter lilies in your garden
(Audio 04/20/15) You may still have some Easter lilies left over from the Easter season. Rather than throwing these flowers away, plant them into a well-prepared bed. Listen for more information on planting and caring for Easter lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add some Fireworks purple fountain grass to your landscape
(Audio 04/20/15) Fireworks purple fountain grass has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2015. This beautiful ornamental grass creates colorful foliage in whites, pinks, burgundies and greens. Think about adding some firework grass to your landscape for a beautiful display this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize container plants to maintain healthy growth
(Audio 04/20/15) Container plants are commonly used for decorating porches, patios and decks. It is important to keep these plants well-fertilized so that they will remain looking healthy. Use slow-release or water-soluble fertilizers in order to provide the nutrients that your container plants need. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Senorita Rosalita, new ‘cousins’ shine in flower beds
(Distributed 04/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Every few years, a new variety of bedding plant comes along that takes the country by storm. Greenhouse growers instantly fall in love; retailers cannot sell enough once they get it on the shelves; and home gardeners go crazy when they truly realize how great of a new plant it is.
Colorful foliage that will last all summer
(Video 04/27/15) Flowers aren’t the only source of color in your landscape during summer. On this edition of Get It Growing, AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill presents some great choices for colorful and attractive foliage that will stand up to the heat. (Runtime: 01:46)
Hanging baskets offer unique perspectives
(Video 04/20/15) 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: 01:39)
Farmers urged to follow safe practices
(Distributed 04/16/15) JEANERETTE, La. – Farmers were urged to be more mindful of protecting themselves from harm on the job at an LSU AgCenter farm safety meeting held Wednesday (April 15).
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Formosan termite numbers rising in East Baton Rouge and Louisiana
(Distributed 04/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Mimicking the growing population of East Baton Rouge Parish, the number of Formosan subterranean termites found in traps across the area is also increasing.
Horse owners should watch for signs of joint ill
(Distributed 04/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With breeding season underway, it is important for horse owners to pay attention to lameness in foals — a potential sign of a bacterial infection that causes joint ill.
Lecture series, open house scheduled at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 04/15/1/5) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be held at the Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 15.
Electrofishing gives students look at fish diversity
(Distributed 04/14/15) RUDDOCK, La. – With Lake Maurepas standing in for their classroom, LSU College of Agriculture students in the School of Renewable Natural Resources boarded a boat equipped with a generator and anodes. The anodes send electrical currents through the water to temporarily stun fish.
LSU sports dietitian heads to big leagues
(Distributed 04/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – After four years of helping college athletes stay healthy, Jamie Meeks is going pro. The registered dietitian and alumna of the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Nutrition and Food Sciences has been named the director of sports nutrition for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.
Angelonia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 13, 2015
(Distributed 04/13/15) Angelonia is a great bedding plant for the warm season.
LaHouse hosts classes on HVAC, leak testing for new housing energy code
(Distributed 04/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. — Two new classes for contractors and code verifiers to help homes achieve provisions of Louisiana’s new residential building energy code will be offered April 28-30 at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center.
Mayor, council get briefed on agriculture programs
(Distributed 04/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Each year, the LSU AgCenter and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center give an annual report to the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and members of the Metro Council. This year’s event was held on April 8.
Springtime brings problems for fish ponds
(Distributed 04/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many Louisiana ponds experience partial fish die-offs during the spring due to a combination of disease and low oxygen stress, according to LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz.
Henna coleus newest Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 04/10/15) HAMMOND, La. – It may be hard to believe, but the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program is now 5 years old. With the announcement of our first 2015 selection – Henna coleus – we now have 29 Louisiana Super Plants. This list will grow to 32 outstanding plants by the end of 2015.
Housing expert offers ways to reduce air conditioning costs
(Distributed 04/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The long, hot, humid summers in the Deep South can cause electric bills to skyrocket as people turn on their air conditioners for relief. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel offers several ways to reduce costs.
Louisiana ag economy grows to $12.7 billion in 2014
(Distributed 04/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana agriculture as a whole contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, as reported in the 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter, which was released today online. Net value for all sectors was up 7.6 percent, or $900 million, from 2013, said AgCenter economist John Westra.
Henna Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 6, 2015
(Distributed 04/02/15) Two new plants are joining the list of Louisiana Super Plants this spring. Henna coleus is the first.
Early April is azalea time in Louisiana
(Distributed 04/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – Early April is here, and that signifies the peak flowering season for azaleas across the state. Some years, flowering is earlier; some years, flowers come later.
South Louisiana rice planting off to good start
(Distributed 04/02/15) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers in south Louisiana have been taking advantage of favorable weather to start their growing season with estimates of more than half the acreage planted.
Get rid of powdery mildew with fungicide
(Audio 04/13/15) In the spring and summer, a fungus called powdery mildew can become a problem for a variety of ornamentals and vegetables. Once you notice this mildew, it is easy to control. Apply several applications of fungicide to alleviate the problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bridal wreath complements azaleas
(Video 04/08/15) Azaleas are superstars of spring. But flowering bridal wreath plays a supporting role in bringing out magnificent patches of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why bridal wreath spirea can be an excellent shrub for your landscape. (Runtime: 01:43)
Easter cactus blooms for the holiday and beyond
(Video 04/01/15) Everyone is familiar with the Easter lily, but there’s another beautiful Easter plant that’s not well known. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Easter cactus – a relative of the Christmas cactus and the Thanksgiving cactus. (Runtime: 01:31)
Add warm-season bedding plants to your summer garden
(Audio 4/13/15) Now is a great time to add some warm-season bedding plants to your garden. Put old cool-season bedding plants in your compost pile when they play out and are removed from the flower bed. You can visit your local nursery and buy some new and colorful plants now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant caladiums in shady areas
(Audio 04/13/15) Caladiums are reliable bedding plants that grow well in shady areas. They are great plants to use to add summer color to your garden. Listen for more information on planting and maintaining caladiums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Armenian produce growers visit LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 04/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Five Armenian farmers and food processors are visiting Louisiana this week (March 30-April 3) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellowship Program, which provides short-term training to agriculture professionals from middle-income countries.
Master Farmer Program receives State Conservation Award
(Distributed 04/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer Program was honored by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Award Banquet on March 28.
Louisiana corn farmers hurry to plant before hot weather
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Dry weather opened the window for corn planting in Louisiana as farmers were getting anxious to start their growing season.
Increase lawn maintenance in the summer and spring
(Audio 04/13/15) Around April, your lawn will begin to need more and more attention. Remember to get the blades on your lawn mower sharpened and mow regularly. Listen for more lawn care tips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant and maintain lawns in the summer
(Audio 04/13/15) Newly planted grass grows best in Louisiana during the warm summer months. If you spot a dead area in your lawn, lay sod to repair the damage. Listen for more instructions on lawn care and maintenance. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Salt is salt, whether from sea or mines
(Distributed 03/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Sea salt is sprinkled on chocolate and caramels and used to enhance the flavors of vegetables and meats. Sea salt is a trendy food ingredient. LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent Kate Farbe said nutritionally it is not very different from table salt despite popularized claims that it is healthier.
Plant colorful Henna coleus
(Audio 04/06/15) Coleuses are popular plants among gardeners. These colorful plants can be used in a diverse array of areas in our landscapes. Listen for information about an exceptional Super Plant called the Henna coleus. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize your lawn in late March or early April
(Audio 04/06/15) If you haven't already fertilized your lawn, now is a great time to do so. It is important to spread an appropriate amount of fertilizer evenly over your lawn. Be sure to choose a fertilizer that matches the needs of your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest your herbs in the spring
(Audio 04/06/15) Many popular herbs are ready to be harvested right now in the spring. It is important to harvest before the summer heat causes the plants to shut down. Harvest your herbs generously now while they're in the peak of production. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Train your tomato plants to grow upward
(Audio 04/06/15) When cultivating tomato plants, it is important to keep them elevated off the ground. This prevents rotting and allows the plant to grow properly. Listen for information on methods of growing and training tomatoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant tomatoes in early to mid-April
(Audio 04/06/15) Early to mid-April is the ideal time to plant your tomatoes. This allows your plant time to settle in and produce lots of flowers while the weather is still mild. Listen for more information on choosing and planting tomato plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Put Fireworks in your landscape
(For Release On Or After 04/24/15) An ornamental grass called Fireworks purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum Fireworks) has been selected by the LSU AgCenter as a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2015. And, wow, are you going to be impressed by the colorful foliage of this grass.
Henna coleus named Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 04/17/15) Coleuses were among the first plants I became familiar with when I started learning about plants as a teenager. I found the incredible variation of colors and patterns in the leaves fascinating. This spring, the LSU AgCenter has named Henna coleus a Louisiana Super Plants selection.
Train vines to improve appearance
(For Release On Or After 04/10/15) Vines are an amazing group of plants with enough diversity to boggle the mind of any gardener. What binds these wonderful plants together is their universal lack of strong stems. That’s right; vines are lazy plants that rely on some other plant or structure to allow them to grow upwards, or they simply run on the ground.
Avoid cool-season bedding plants in spring
(Audio 03/30/15) Late spring is when cool-season bedding plants start to fade. Right now, nurseries may still have cool-season bedding plants for sale. However, make sure you're buying plants that will bloom through summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Make gardening easier with mulches
(For Release On Or After 04/03/15) Mulching is an easy-to-do labor-saving gardening technique that all gardeners should take advantage of. A mulch is a material, usually organic but sometimes inorganic, we use to cover the soil surface around plants. Mulching beds is an important part of sustainable landscaping.
Add vegetables to your garden in late spring
(Audio 03/30/15) Late spring is a great time to plant a wide variety of vegetables in your home garden. Plant these vegetables into sunny, well-prepared beds. Consider adding vegetables such as collards, corn, Swiss chard and peppers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Start buying warm-season bedding plants
(Audio 03/30/25) It's time to head to your local nursery and buy some warm-season bedding plants. These plants can withstand the harsh summer heat. Plant them in your flower bed to provide color all through the long, hot summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sapsuckers can damage trees and shrubs
(Audio 03/30/15) Sapsuckers are one of the few birds that cause damage to woody plants such as trees and shrubs. These birds peck holes in the bark in order to get sap and insects out of the plants. Thankfully, however, the damage caused by these birds is usually relatively harmless. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink Butterfly Bush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 30, 2015
(Distributed 03/27/15) One great buddleia (butterfly bush) for Louisiana is better than most on the market. It’s Fluttterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, which was selected as a Louisiana Super Plant in 2014.
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Open house at LaHouse set for April 18
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Start caring for crape myrtles now
(Distributed 03/27/15) HAMMOND, La. – Our spring- and summer-flowering trees and shrubs are growing and preparing for another great bloom season. One of favorite landscape plants for late spring and summer is the popular and loved crape myrtle.
AgMagic set for April 20-26 in Baton Rouge, May 13-16 in New Orleans
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – AgMagic, an interactive event that teaches children about agriculture, will be held April 20 to 26 at the Parker Coliseum on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
Prune your spring-flowering shrubs and vines
(Audio 03/30/15) Now is a good time to prune your spring-flowering shrubs and vines. Make sure you are pruning with a specific purpose in mind like controlling the size. Listen for advice on pruning your spring shrubs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give your garden a tropical look by planting aucuba
(Video 03/30/15) Aucuba is an excellent plant that will thrive in the shade. It is a wonderful choice if you are attempting to add a tropical look to your garden. Add these evergreen shrubs to the shady areas in your landscape. (Runtime: 01:46)
Soybean and grain board awards AgCenter $1,873,000 for 2015 study projects
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board has awarded the LSU AgCenter $1,873,000 for 2015 to continue conducting research and extension programs that benefit the industry.
Rice Research Station hosts leadership class
(Distributed 03/26/15) CROWLEY, La. – The 2015 Rice Leadership Class toured the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station on Thursday (March 26) to see what scientists there are doing to help rice farmers with new varieties of rice and better ways of growing it.
Stinging caterpillars coming soon to south Louisiana
(Distributed 03/26/15) HAMMOND, La. – The stinging caterpillars that will become buck moths are beginning to appear in south Louisiana and will be active through May.
Plant primrose for beautiful Easter flowers
(Video 03/23/15) Primroses are beautiful container plants that can also be grown in cool, shady areas. These flowers are perfect for decorating during the Easter season. Watch for more information on these lovely flowering plants. (Runtime: 01:44)
Wood chopped, relationships built at conclaves
(Distributed 03/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Crosscut sawing, canoeing, duck calling and ax throwing are some of the events LSU College of Agriculture students participated in at forestry and wildlife conclaves. The conclaves are competitions among students from different universities.
Shrimpers, crabbers learn new regulations
(Distributed 03/25/15) DELCAMBRE, La. – Shrimpers and crabbers learned about the newest regulations, techniques and equipment at a Louisiana Fisheries Forward meeting on March 24, organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
Ag programs prepare high school students for college, workforce
(Distributed 03/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana educators try to prepare students for a growing number of careers in seemingly divergent fields — science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and mechanical trades — agriculture could provide common ground for training the state’s workforce of the future.
Pests, liability, family dynamics featured at forestry forum
(Distributed 03/25/15) HAMMOND, La. – Forest landowners heard the latest updates on invasive species and other issues of importance in their industry at the Florida parishes forestry forum on March 20 in Hammond.
4-H camp teaches families about food, fitness
(Distributed 03/24/15) POLLOCK, La. – Eating right and regular exercise are critical to a healthy lifestyle. But a third component — family involvement — is just as important, children and parents learned at the 4-H Food and Fitness Camp on March 21 and 22.
4-H leadership conference brings youth together
(Distributed 03/24/15) POLLOCK, La. – Nearly 440 4-H’ers representing every parish in the state attended the 2015 Junior Leadership Conference at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center March 13-15.
Protect your roses from thrips
(Audio 03/23/15) Thrips are tiny insects that infest the flower buds of our roses and feed on the petals. The flowers will either look brown and old, or the bud will never open. Listen for instructions on how to get rid of these pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Allow your tropicals to wake up from the winter
(Audio 03/23/15) Tropicals are common in Louisiana landscapes. Give your tropicals until late spring to wake up from the winter freezes. If your tropicals were killed during the winter, replant them in April or May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadhead plants to maintain a fresh look
(Audio 03/23/15) Deadheading refers to the act of removing faded flowers from a plant. This can extend the plant's flowering period and maintain a fresh and neat look. Listen for more information about deadheading in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Eliminate buck moth caterpillars in your oak trees
(Audio 03/23/15) Buck moth caterpillars are primarily found feeding on oak trees. Large masses of buck moth caterpillars begin to appear by late March. Spray your trees to eliminate these caterpillars before they become a problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Service your lawn mower in the spring
(Audio 03/23/15) By the time March and April arrive, lawns are in active growth again. This means it's time to break out the lawn mower. Listen for more information on lawn and lawn mower maintenance. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Three new members join Southern U’s agricultural ‘legends’
(Distributed 03/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Three individuals were recognized as Louisiana Living Legends during the fifth annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center on March 20.
Caladium – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 23, 2015
(Distributed 03/20/15) Many Louisiana gardeners enjoy a summer landscape planting of caladiums. These are one of the most popular plants to fill shady gardens because they thrive in the heat and humidity common in Louisiana summers.
2015 named ‘Year of the Gaillardia’
(Distributed 03/20/15) HAMMOND, La. – The National Garden Bureau has named 2015 the “Year of the Gaillardia.”
Quarantine on wood out of Webster Parish likely to be imposed soon
(Distributed 03/20/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – A quarantine is likely to be imposed soon to ban the movement of wood from ash trees out of Webster Parish because of the discovery there of an invasive insect pest, timber industry personnel learned on March 17 at the Central Louisiana Forestry Forum.
Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium set for Aug. 21 in Pollock
(Distributed 03/19/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled the 2015 Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium for Aug. 21 at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center near Pollock in central Louisiana.
More countries turn to Louisiana for forestry needs
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana is benefitting as countries around the world turn to the state to satisfy growing demand for wood products and forestry expertise, said Richard Vlosky, director of the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Forest Products Development Center.
Sweet corn can thrive in home gardens
(Distributed 03/17/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As warmer weather approaches, we conjure up images associated with the upcoming season – longer days, swimming, snow cones, barbeques. . . and sweet corn.
Fannin named LSU Rainmaker
(Distributed 03/17/15) BATON ROUGE, La, – Matt Fannin has spent much of his career researching the economics behind rural communities. His work has helped improve health access for rural residents and assisted local governments become financially prepared for natural disasters.
LSU AgCenter researcher receives grant to study rural wealth
(Distributed 03/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded $14 million in grants through its Agriculture Food and Research Initiative to support programs aimed at increasing prosperity in rural America. Matt Fannin, LSU AgCenter economist and associate professor in the LSU College of Agriculture, is part of a group that received $500,000 to study rural communities and regional development.
Silverbells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 16, 2015
(Distributed 03/13/15) Silverbells comprise several species of native trees that are attracting increased interest in the southeastern United States. The two-winged silverbell (Halesia diptera) is one of our many smaller-growing native tree species that should be considered for inclusion in a native landscape plan.
Know your hardiness, heat zones
(Distributed 03/13/15) HAMMOND, La. – As we transition from late winter to early spring in the landscape, many gardeners start thinking about weather conditions, last frost and freeze dates and consider whether it’s safe to plant this plant or that plant in the landscape.
LSU AgCenter scientist wins national award
(Distributed 03/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Christopher Green, associate professor at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station, received the Distinguished Early Career Award at the United States Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting.
Summit focuses on seafood industry
(Distributed 03/13/15) HOUMA, La. – The Louisiana Fisheries Forward seafood summit held Wednesday (March 11) provided the seafood industry with information and assistance that could help producers stay in business and even increase profits.
Spray fruit trees to repel insects and fungus
(Audio 03/16/15) It's extremely important to spray fruit trees with insecticides and fungicides before they are infested. Be proactive and begin a spray program long before problems develop. Listen for more information on spraying fruit trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Learn about different types of fertilizer
(Audio 03/16/15) Fertilizer is important, but you don't need a different kind for every plant. A general purpose fertilizer will work for most of your plants. Listen for more information on different types of fertilizers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Create a well-prepared bed for your plants
(Audio 03/16/15) March and April are very busy months for Louisiana gardening. In these months, make sure you prepare your beds very well for your vegetables, shrubs, and flowers. Listen for instructions on proper bed preparation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control brown patch in your lawn
(Audio 03/16/15) Brown patch is a very common fungal disease that attacks lawns. The disease gets started when the weather is cool and moist and turns the grass yellow and brownish. Listen for instructions on how to control brown patch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Properly care for your early spring lawn
(Audio 03/16/15) By late March and early April, Louisiana lawns are greening up very nicely. During this time, it is best to leave your lawn alone. Avoid fertilizing until the first week of April to allow the old root system to die off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
4-H seeks alumni by March 16 for national contest
(Distributed 03/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana 4-H has the opportunity to win $10,000 to support state programs about science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM, if enough alumni cast an electronic vote by March 16 in a national competition sponsored by the National 4-H Council.
Garden expo scheduled for Alexandria
(Distributed 03/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The second annual Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held on April 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U. S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
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Experts tell cattle producers how to keep herds healthier
(Distributed 03/11/15) JEANERETTE, La. – Cattle producers attending the Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station on March 7 heard about practices that could result in healthier and more profitable herds.
New Orleans garden show scheduled for April 11-12
(Distributed 03/11/15) NEW ORLEANS – The 36th Annual New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden April 11-12 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Mold control and remediation training scheduled for March 31-April 2
(Distributed 03/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a Mold Control and Remediation Training course on March 31 – April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Know the differences between sugar, sugar substitutes
(Distributed 03/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sugar and sugar substitutes are two products we use to sweeten our foods, and understanding the difference will help consumers make an informed choice, according to LSU AgCenter registered dietitian Denise Holston-West.
Burden art exhibition to feature local artists
(Distributed 03/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The fifth annual Brush With Burden art exhibition will be held at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden March 22-29.
LSU AgCenter expands rose research programs
(Distributed 03/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Roses continue to be among the most popular flowering plants in Louisiana landscapes, and the LSU AgCenter is expanding its rose research and demonstration trials at the AgCenter Hammond Research Station and the AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden.
Nickelodeon awards Avoyelles 4-H student $10,000 to teach science
(Distributed 03/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Stanley Celestine Jr. is motivated to teach science to his peers. His efforts caught the attention of the children’s network Nickelodeon and resulted in his receiving the TeenNick’s Halo Effect Award for February and $10,000.
Transplant or divide perennials in the spring
(Audio 03/09/15) Whether you're thinking about transplanting your perennials or dividing them, spring is the time to do it. Right now, the perennials don't have too much growth. Listen for information on dividing and transplanting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Maintain the mulch in your garden
(Audio 03/09/15) Mulches are extremely useful in many ways. They suppress weed growth, maintain soil moisture, and moderate soil temperature. Organic mulch will decay over time and add organic matter to the soil. Listen for instruction on how maintain your mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize shrubs in your landscape
(Audio 03/09/15) March is a great time to fertilize shrubs in your landscape. However, not all plants need to be fertilized every year. Observe how your shrubs are growing and fertilize accordingly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Calibrachoa – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 9, 2015
(Distributed 03/06/15) Calibrachoas are great plants for adding to the late winter, early spring landscape. And they last through early summer. You can expect short-term performance of 4-6 months.
Allow transplants time to adapt
(Audio 03/09/15) It is important to allow transplants to adapt before planting them directly into your vegetable gardens. Give them time to adjust before exposing them to direct sunlight, and allow them to wilt slightly in order to toughen them up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Inspect trees on potential properties
(Audio 03/09/15) When considering purchasing a home, it is a good idea to have the trees on the property inspected. Large trees around a home or on a property have potential to cause problems. To avoid costly damage, hire a licensed arborist to inspect trees on potential properties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana wheat crop outlook iffy
(Distributed 03/06/15) WINNSBORO, La. – The recent surge of cold weather could be damaging to Louisiana’s wheat crop, depending on the severity and duration of the below-freezing temperatures, according to LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton.
Grow verbena for flourishing summer flowers
(Video 03/16/15) If you plant cool-season flowering plants now, they won't last very long. But verbena can be planted in cool weather and continue to flourish through summer heat. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the colorful choices for this flowering plant and how to care for it. (Runtime: 01:40)
Grow verbena for flourishing summer flowers
(Video 03/16/15) If you plant cool-season flowering plants now, they won't last very long. But verbena can be planted in cool weather and continue to flourish through summer heat. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the colorful choices for this flowering plant and how to care for it. (Runtime: 01:40)
LSU AgCenter helps Honduras develop plan to improve rural lives
(Distributed 03/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter youth nutrition program could provide a model to reduce poverty and hunger in Honduras.
Camellia season nearing end
(Distributed 03/06/15) HAMMOND, La. – Beneath the mighty, majestic live oaks surrounded by gardenias, Southern magnolias, azaleas and sweet olives stands the camellia – what many in the South may refer to as “the queen of the garden.”
AgCenter announces 20 field days, ag youth events for 2015
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 20 field days and agricultural awareness events for youth across the state during 2015. Details on times and topics covered are being made available closer to the dates.
Plant paperwhites for easy-to-grow spring flowers
(Video 03/09/15) Not all flowering bulbs re-bloom again and again. But, easy-to-grow paperwhites do exactly that. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select and care for paperwhites. (Runtime: 01:57)
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Forestry industry events scheduled in DeRidder
(Distributed 03/05/15) DERIDDER, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled two events for the forestry industry – a feral hog management workshop in April and a prescribed burning workshop in May.
LSU students visit aquaculture facility as part of residence college program
(Distributed 03/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With two fingers placed on each side of the reptile’s head, Chloe Vitrano, scooped a small alligator out of a holding tank. The freshman in the LSU College of Agriculture was visiting the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station on Feb. 26 with a group of students who are part of the Agriculture Residence College.
Jewelry designer speaks at tea fundraiser for LSU museums
(Distributed 03/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Friends of the LSU Textiles and Costume Museum and Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum gathered on February 28, for Tea, Fashion and Fancies. The event held at the LSU Rural Life Museum featured a traditional English high tea and a discussion with Louisiana jewelry designer, Mignon Faget.
AgCenter partner university strives to improve Honduran agriculture
(Distributed 03/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – In Honduras, where 67 percent of people live in poverty, food and other resources are not always used or distributed efficiently.
LSU AgCenter announces food safety workshops
(Distributed 03/03/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences will conduct two food safety workshops for seafood processors in May and a workshop for the meat and poultry slaughter and processing industry in June.
Forestry forum rescheduled for March 17 in Alexandria
(Distributed 03/03/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. –The Central Louisiana Forestry Forum, canceled last month because of bad weather, has been rescheduled for March 17 at the LSU AgCenter Evacuation Shelter next to the LSU-A Campus on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Gourmet in the Garden scheduled for May 1 at AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 03/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dining with the local flavors of Louisiana among the blooms and under the stars will be featured during Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m.
It’s time for homegrown tomatoes
(For Release On Or After 03/27/15) It’s time to plant tomato transplants into the garden, especially in south Louisiana. North Louisiana gardeners may want to wait another couple of weeks to be cautious. Early planted tomatoes produce more and higher-quality tomatoes and benefit from lower pest populations.
Take a look at raised-bed gardens
(For Release On Or After 03/20/15) March is a month when many gardeners begin to plant their spring vegetables. Raised beds can be the solution to a number of challenges when it comes to home vegetable gardens.
Ferns are perfect for shady spots
(For Release On Or After 03/13/15) Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are just perfect for shady spots. Early spring is a great time to plant ferns into the landscape. It allows them to settle in and get established before the heat of summer.
Pet friendly gardening
(For Release On Or After 03/06/15) Your landscape is there to be enjoyed by you and your family. It’s the setting for your home and provides a space for outdoor activities. Lawn areas offer a wonderful place for kids to play, and family get-togethers and parties take place on decks and patios. If your family includes pets, your landscape will likely be used by them as well.
Working together key to biotechnology success in Louisiana
(Distributed 03/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Researchers and industry representatives interested in biotechnology in Louisiana met on the LSU campus on Feb. 27 to learn more about how they can work together to strengthen the role of the industry in the state.
Coral Bells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 2, 2015
(Distributed 02/27/15) Coral bells (Heuchera) is a plant for shady containers and landscape beds.
Forestry forum scheduled for March 20 in Hammond
(Distributed 02/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 26th annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum is scheduled for March 20 at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Covington garden show scheduled for March 20-21
(Distributed 02/27/15) COVINGTON, La. – The 2015 Northshore Garden and Plant Sale will take place March 20-21 at the Covington Fairgrounds.
Economist says 2015 should be good for beef producers
(Distributed 02/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cattle prices should remain strong for 2015, after a brief dip during the past two months, according to an LSU AgCenter beef cattle economist.
Fisheries meeting set for March 11 in Houma
(Distributed 02/27/15) HOUMA, La. – Louisiana Fisheries Forward 2015, the third annual summit for Louisiana commercial fishermen and the seafood industry, will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, on March 11.
Southerners love live oaks
(Distributed 02/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Have you noticed that Southerners have a love affair with the live oak (Quercus virginiana)? And rightly so! Noted for its strength and longevity, this stately tree was one of the major tree species that survived the wind and flooding of Hurricane Katrina.
Baton Rouge garden show scheduled for March 14-15
(Distributed 02/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 13th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 14-15 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
Stored rice insect pests featured at meeting
(Distributed 02/26/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter hosted a workshop on rice mill insect pest management Wednesday (Feb. 25).
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Baton Rouge Master Gardeners plant sale set for April 11
(Distributed 02/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners are preparing for their annual spring plant sale that will be at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 11.
Louisiana youths named champions at 80th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – Hundreds of young people from across Louisiana were named state champions during the 80th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show held Feb. 14-21 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – Six exceptional Louisiana youths were recognized Saturday (Feb. 21) for their knowledge, skills and communication abilities as they were named winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award at the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center here.
Hammond garden show scheduled for March 14
(Distributed 02/24/15) AMITE, La. – The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lake Charles garden show, expo set for March
(Distributed 02/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2015 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo is scheduled for March 27-28 in Lake Charles.
4-H, FFA youth, leader honored at LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – The LSU AgCenter honored five Louisiana 4-H and FFA members and one adult leader for their work with youth livestock projects on Feb. 21.
Beef cattle producer field day set for March 7 in Jeanerette
(Distributed 02/24/15) JEANERETTE, La. – The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day will be held March 7 at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Ball moss cropping up in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians are probably familiar with Spanish moss, but they may not be aware of ball moss. Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh.
Enhance landscapes with privacy hedges
(Video 02/18/15) Residents sometimes use rows of shrubs, bushes, or trees to create privacy hedges around their yards. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends some excellent small shrubs for creating an effective privacy screen. (Runtime: 01:36)
Enhance landscapes with privacy hedges
(Video 02/18/15) Residents sometimes use rows of shrubs, bushes, or trees to create privacy hedges around their yards. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends some excellent small shrubs for creating an effective privacy screen. (Runtime: 01:36)
Japanese flowering apricot trees provide beautiful flowers
(Video 02/05/15) You’ve seen pictures of beautiful pink cherry blossoms in the National Mall. Even though Japanese cherries don’t grow well in Louisiana, there is a way to create a similar look in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the not-so-well-known Japanese flowering apricot. (Runtime: 01:54)
Burford holly trees color winter landscapes
(Video 02/05/15) You might have noticed red berries hanging from trees in the landscape at this time of year. The Burford holly is the tree producing these bright bunches of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill talks about care for this beautiful small tree. (Runtime: 01:33)
Lawns require late-winter, early-spring care
(For Release On Or After 02/27/15) Although our lawns are still dormant this month, you can begin to plan your strategy to have an attractive, healthy lawn this summer. Because the grass is still dormant, most lawns look relatively bad now, so don’t judge yours too harshly at this point.
Figs thrive in Louisiana landscapes
(For Release On Or After 02/20/15) Figs are one of the most widely planted fruit trees in home landscapes in Louisiana. With little care, they will produce crops of juicy, sweet figs every July.
Trees benefit from fertilizer
(For Release On Or After 02/13/15) February is an excellent time to fertilize trees. Most trees are just beginning to enter a growth phase – or will within a few weeks. Fertilizing this month provides them with nutrients just when they can use them most effectively.
Try starting plants from seeds
(For Release On Or After 02/06/15) At some point, many gardeners discover seed catalogs offer a much greater selection of annual flowers and vegetables than can be found at the local nursery. To grow those wonderful plants, however, you must be able to grow your own transplants from seed.
Plant roses in winter for beautiful blooms
(For Release On Or After 01/30/15) 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 each type includes numerous varieties.
Plant cool-season mahonias
(Audio 01/26/15) Now’s a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs into your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some diverse types of mahonia – shrubs that provide nice ground cover. (Runtime: 01:48)
Plant Pericallis to brighten any area
(Video 01/26/15) If you’re looking for a beautiful cool-season plant, then pericallis be a nice choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how this new container plant will certainly brighten up a patio or window sill. (Runtime: 01:45)
Take a look at these vines for Louisiana landscapes
(For Release On Or After 01/23/15) No other group of plants can quite duplicate what vines do for us in the landscape. Vines can be used to provide shade, privacy, flowers, ground cover, edible or attractive fruit, fragrance and food for wildlife. It would be hard to imagine a well-planted landscape without vines somewhere. Now is a great time to plant hardy vines.
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Consider the benefits of trees
(For Release On Or After 01/16/15) Arbor Day is celebrated in Louisiana each year on the third Friday in January. This date is set aside to encourage people to plant trees.
Alyssums can add color to winter gardens
(Video 01/14/15) We’re in the middle of winter, but you can still put in some beautiful bedding plants now. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to alyssum—a great bedding plant that can be used in many ways. (Runtime 01:40)
Grow a salad this winter
(For Release On Or After 01/09/15) Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is easy to grow, delicious to eat and so attractive to the eye that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even container garden on a balcony – should include it.
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
(Audio 01/12/15) January is the prime planting season for trees or shrubs in Louisiana. Arbor Day is celebrated here the third Friday of January. If you are considering planting a tree, now is the time to do it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add color to your garden with cool-season plants
(Audio 01/12/15) Gardeners can plant cool-season bedding plants through March. Some plants do much better when planted earlier in the season including foxgloves, delphiniums, and columbines. Look for cool-season Louisiana Super Plants in garden centers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can control winter weeds
(Audio 01/12/15) Even though your lawn is dormant in the winter, weeds may still be growing. On a mild day, use a herbicide to get rid of unwanted weeds. Follow label directions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Provide indoor plants with sufficient light
(Audio 01/12/15) A big challenge of growing plants indoors is giving them the light they need. Light is their food, so they need light to live. Make sure a plant is near a window or clean a window to give it more light. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant parsley in January
(Audio 01/12/15) Parsley is a useful herb for cooking and is easy to grow. You can find parsley transplants at garden centers now. Plant transplants in sunny beds and let them grow before harvesting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
All-America Selections winners for 2015
(For Release On Or After 01/02/15) All-America Selections is a nonprofit organization that tests newly developed varieties of seed-grown bedding plants and vegetables in garden plots all across the United States.
Holly after holidays
(Video 12/29/14) 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 have passed, 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.
New Year’s resolution
(Audio 12/29/14) For your New Year’s resolution, consider trying to grow a new plant. You may also want to resolve to keep better records or keep up with weeding. Encourage friends or family members to try gardening. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take care of indoor plants
(Audio 12/29/14) Most gardeners have more indoor plants in the wintertime. Take care of them by placing them next to a window to receive light. Do not place them where warm air from the vents can hit them, and remember to water appropriately. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ordering plants from catalogs
(Audio 12/29/14) Many gardening catalogs will arrive this time of the year. Be sure to check out the new plants for next year, but don’t get carried away if you’re not sure what will grow well here. Do some research or reach out to your LSU AgCenter extension office if you have questions about a new variety. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant amaryllis bulbs throughout winter
(Audio 12/29/14) Purchase and plant amaryllis bulbs all through the winter season. First, plant the bulbs in a pot next to a sunny window and allow them to bloom. In April, move the pot outside and plant the bulb into the ground. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep Christmas cactuses from year to year
(Audio 12/29/14) Most Christmas cactuses have probably finished blooming by now, but don’t throw them away. Christmas cactuses can become long-lived house plants that will bloom year after year. Move them next to a sunny window or place them on your porch or patio throughout the summer and into fall (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evergreen color during winter
(Audio 12/22/14) Once the weather gets chilly, the foliage on evergreens may change color. Some foliage may take on a scarlet, gold or bronze pigment but will change back to green in the spring. Listen to learn which evergreen plants provide winter color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy shrubs in December
(Audio 12/22/14) December is a really great time to get hardy shrubs into the ground. Hardy shrubs will not be bothered by the colder temperatures in Louisiana. These include Indian hawthorns, azaleas, camellias and roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune damaged tropicals in winter
(Audio 12/22/14) Prune tropical plants that may be damaged from freezing temperatures. Cut back herbaceous tropicals right away, usually 3-5 days after the freeze. Protect woody tropicals throughout the winter and prune them in the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest bunching onions now
(Audio 12/22/14) Harvest bunching onions in the green stage when they have green tops and white bases. You can dig up the entire bunch, separate out the amount you want, and replant the remainder so they may continue to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs
(Audio 12/22/14) Plant pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs in late December or early January. Bulbs should be refrigerated 6-8 weeks before planting them. Make sure to plant the bulbs 5 inches into the ground in a sunny, well-drained location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Spacing is crucial when planting flower beds
(Video 12/22/14) Now is a good time to get cool-season plants into your flower beds. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of determining proper placement and spacing before you put them in the ground.
Add late-season color to your landscape
(Video 12/15/14) Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to have a dreary yard. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives you some tips for adding late-season color to your landscape.
Store chemicals in a safe place
(Audio 12/15/14) Chemicals used in gardening include a wide variety of pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticides may by toxic, so make sure to store them where they are out of reach of children. Store fertilizers in an air-tight container to keep them fresh. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant winter-flowering camellias
(Audio 12/15/14) Find camellias already in bloom at your local nursery and plant them now. Be sure to plant the camellia at the same depth it was growing in the container. Camellias should be planted in a well-drained location with afternoon shade. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don’t throw away fallen leaves
(Audio 12/15/14) Shade trees dump a lot of leaves on our lawns during this time of year. Instead of putting them out with the trash, use fallen leaves for mulch or compost. If you prefer the look of a particular mulch, place a layer of leaves under a thin layer of the mulch to save money. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Store leftover seeds for next year
(Audio 12/15/14) Few gardeners still grow plants from seeds. When buying packages of seeds, we often do not use them all. Store excess seeds in the refrigerator to plant in your garden next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Arbor Day activities set for Jan. 17 at LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
(Distributed 12/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The sixth annual Arbor Day at Burden in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grow apple trees in the South
(Audio 12/8/14) Winter is a great time to plant hardy fruit trees in the landscape, such as apples. Choose warm varieties that like mild winters. Remember to plant two apple varieties for cross pollination. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control weeds this winter
(Audio 12/8/14) Because Louisiana has mild winters, this allows cool-season weeds to grow all through the winter season. Keep flower beds and vegetables gardens well mulched to protect them from weeds. If needed, apply a weed killer to your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wind chill factor does not affect plants
(Audio 12/8/14) The wind chill factor really applies to warm-blooded mammals, such as humans. Because plants do not produce any heat, they are not affected by the wind chill factor. When it comes to your garden, only worry about the normal temperature. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect tropical plants during freezes
(Audio 12/8/14) Tropical plants do not have the cold hardiness to deal with freezes. Protect them this winter season by bringing them inside your house or garage. If planted outside, cover them with layers of plastic or fabric. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant cabbage in December
(Audio 12/8/14) Cabbages won’t be bothered by below-freezing temperatures. Transplants come in multiple varieties according to head size or color and can be found at your local nursery. Plant transplants about two feet apart. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
As strong as an oak
(For Release On Or After 12/26/14) The oaks have become a part of American culture more than many other type of tree. Oaks are a symbol of strength and durability. Strong as an oak is a common comparison.
Winter’s turning point
(For Release On Or After 12/19/14) As the earth travels around the sun in its orbit, the length of our days and nights varies from season to season. This is because the earth’s axis of rotation is tilted in respect to its plane of orbit around the sun.
Try delicious cool-season vegetables
(For Release On Or After 12/12/14) Winter vegetable gardening is tremendously rewarding. Many of the vegetables we planted earlier in the fall are ready to harvest, and it is important to harvest vegetables at their right stage for best results.
Christmas trees need proper care
(For Release On Or After 12/05/14) When it comes to Christmas trees, there are two basic choices – living or artificial. Although artificial trees have their place, and manufactures are producing some startlingly realistic versions, I’m going to focus on the living types, as you would expect in a gardening column.
Poinsettias provide beautiful Christmas color
(Video 12/8/14) If you thought holly berry or mistletoe were the most popular Christmas plants, you would be wrong. That distinction belongs to the lovely poinsettia. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select good poinsettias and care for them through the season.
Choose a good Christmas tree and keep it healthy
(Video 12/1/14) ’Tis the season for decorating, and one of the top decorations is a traditional Christmas tree. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to choose a good Christmas tree and keep it looking nice through the season.
Cold snap good for Louisiana citrus
(Distributed 12/01/14) HOUMA, La. – Citrus fruit are becoming sweeter and juicier with cooler temperatures, according to LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion in Terrebonne Parish.
Plant cool-season plants in December
(Audio 12/1/14) Add cool-season bedding plants to your landscape in early December. This will allow the plants to settle in before the intense cold of late December, January and February. Listen to learn which cool-season bedding plants will do well this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Store garden equipment through winter
(Audio 12/1/14) Gardening chores typically slow down during this time of year. Make sure to drain the gasoline from power equipment before storing them. Clean and sharpen all your tools, then coat them with oil so they do not rust. Store pesticides in a location where they won’t freeze. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Display holiday plants
(Audio 12/1/14) Use poinsettias to decorate your home for the holidays. Keep poinsettias well watered and locate them close to a window. Another holiday plant is the Christmas cactus, which will bloom year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Select a fresh Christmas tree
(Audio 12/1/14) Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh for the holiday season. Shake the tree to look for fallen needles, touch the needles to see if they are still soft, and pick out a tree that has a fresh green look and a nice smell. Consider cutting your own tree on a Louisiana Christmas tree farm. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant December vegetables
(Audio 12/1/14) Louisiana’s mild winters allow gardeners to grow vegetables year round. Promptly harvest vegetables to receive the best quality possible. Listen to learn which vegetables to plant in December. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow paperwhite bulbs in containers
(Audio 11/24/14) Gardeners often grow paperwhite bulbs in containers for their first year. Plant the bulbs in potting soil with proper drainage. The bulbs should not be touching each other, and the tops of the bulbs should be exposed at the surface. Place in a shady location until they begin to sprout. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don’t fertilize most plants in fall
(Audio 11/24/14) Nearly everything in your landscape is going dormant for the winter and no longer needs to be fertilized. This includes your lawn, trees, shrubs and most herbaceous perennials. Only fertilize those plants that will grow during the wintertime. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Treat winter insects
(Audio 11/24/14) Because of Louisiana’s mild winters, expect to see insects throughout the winter season. Common insects found on bedding plants and vegetables in the winter include aphids, caterpillars, snails and slugs. Listen to learn how to treat winter insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Moving plants inside the home
(Audio 11/24/14) It is almost time to move house plants back inside the house. Before moving them inside, place the plants in a shaded location for a couple of weeks and allow them to adjust to lower light conditions. Check for insects before moving them into your home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy fruit trees in winter
(Audio 11/24/14) Fall and winter are the perfect time to plant hardy fruit trees into your landscape. Planting these trees while they are dormant will lessen the transplant shock. Listen to learn which hardy plants will not be bothered by the cold. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Weight gain doesn’t have to come with the holidays
(Distributed 11/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As the sun was setting on Nov. 17 and temperatures were beginning their steady decline on their way to freezing, Anna McEvers set out from the warm confines of a coffee shop with a group of runners. The Varsity Sports running club meets regularly throughout the week in different locations to train together and motivate each other.
Use combination container plants for patios and porches
(Video 11/24/14) Growing multiple plants in large containers continues to be popular for patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select – or create – combination container plants that will survive and provide beauty for several seasons.
Cool-season shade plants offer nice colors
(Video 11/17/14) 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 the cooler months of fall.
Plant fall herbs
(Audio 11/17/14) A wide variety of herbs are cold-hardy and may be planted during this time of the year. Herbs planted in the fall will be far more productive than herbs planted in the spring. Listen to learn which herbs enjoy being planted in fall and winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use falling leaves for mulch
(Audio 11/17/14) Do not waste leaves that fall from shade trees this time of year. Save money by putting down two inches of leaves, and then putting your favorite mulch on top of the leaves. Create a compost bin to store leaves through the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
When to harvest broccoli
(Audio 11/17/14) Do not harvest broccoli according to the size of the head. Instead, look at the flower buds in the head. When the largest flower buds are the size of a kitchen match, it is time to harvest the broccoli. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow amaryllis bulbs in containers
(Audio 11/17/14) Amaryllis bulbs are easy to grow inside, but are also beautiful garden plants. Grow the bulbs in containers on a sunny window sill and water regularly. Around April, you may move the plant into a sunny location in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant ornamental vegetables in your garden
(Audio 11/17/14) Ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale can brighten your garden during fall and winter. These vegetable plants will produce a variety of colorful leaves in the heart of the plant. Buy young plants from your local nursery and fertilize generously. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Treat tea scale on camellias
(Audio 11/10/14) Camellias come from the tea family. The leading insect pest of camellias is known as the tea scale. Symptoms include a white fuzzy material on the back of the leaf and yellow blotches on the upper surface of the leaf. Listen to learn how to treat the tea scale. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Colorful cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 11/10/14) Louisiana gardeners tend to focus on spring flower beds, but cool-season bedding plants can be just as colorful throughout the winter. Replace warm-season bedding plants with cool-season plants such as pansies, violas, and snapdragons. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Replace warm-season shade plants
(Audio 11/10/14) Warm-season shade plants in flower beds should be replaced with cool-season plants during this time of the year. When choosing bedding plants for fall, be aware of the amount of sunlight the area will receive. Listen to learn which shade plants will do best in a full shade, partial shade or no-shade location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant spring bulbs in the fall
(Audio 11/10/14) Now is the time to purchase and plant spring bulbs. In order to have blooming bulbs in the spring, they have to have the winter growing season to do well. Make sure to plant bulbs in a sunny, well-drained location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow fresh lettuce
(Audio 11/10/14) Homegrown lettuce is easy to grow. The quality of lettuce you receive from your own vegetable garden is superior to lettuce found in any supermarket. Harvest lettuce by simply taking the largest leaves off each plant or by cutting the entire plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall is for planting trees, shrubs and more
(For Release On Or After 11/21/14) I wish more gardeners understood that fall is a primary planting season in Louisiana. For years horticulturists have tried to get the word out that November through February is the ideal time to plant hardy trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers in the landscape.
It’s time to plant cool-season bedding plants
(For Release On Or After 11/14/14) November is a great time to remove summer bedding plants and add cool-season bedding plants to your flower beds.
Fall provides color in the landscape
(For Release On Or After 11/07/14) Many plants seem to save up all summer for the spectacular display of flowers, fruit and foliage showing up in our gardens now. If you want to punch up the color level in your garden from October through December, here are some trees, shrubs and perennials you might consider including in your landscape.
Purchase garden chrysanthemums
(Audio 11/3/14) Cooler weather will cause your chrysanthemums to last longer. Make sure to buy domed-shaped mums, or garden mums, that have a lot of unopened buds. Garden mums will live in your garden and bloom for years to come. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Remove fallen leaves from lawns
(Audio 11/3/14) Deciduous trees will begin to drop most of their leaves in November. A heavy coating of leaves on your lawn is not healthy for your grass. Remove leaves from your lawn and use them to mulch your flower beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trim back perennials
(Audio 11/3/14) Perennials come back every year and provide color in our gardens. Perennials may turn brown and looked tired during this time of the year. Feel free to cut back the plants that have new growth around the bottom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evergreens shed yellow leaves
(Audio 11/3/14) As we move into early winter, you may notice that your evergreen shrubs have leaves that are turning yellow and are falling off of the plant. A whole generation of leaves may die at one time and be shed. Evergreens will continue to shed leaves into the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 11/3/14) Although the cold weather is moving in, you can still plant vegetables in your garden during November. Focus on leafy greens, root crops, and onions. Listen to learn which vegetables will do well during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rabbiteye blueberries are Louisiana Super Plants
(Video 11/10/14) The Louisiana Super Plants program highlights plants shown to be reliable through research. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to rabbiteye blueberries. These deciduous plants turn beautiful orange during the fall and produce delicious fruit in the spring and early summer.
Fall mums come in three types
(Video 11/3/14) Fall brings the diverse colors of chrysanthemums or mums into full display. But did you know there are three different types of mums? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the differences – so you can pick the ones that work best for you.
Plant cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 10/27/14) Add fall color to the landscape with cool-season bedding plants. Prepare the bed properly by turning the soil and adding compost and fertilizer. Prepare a color scheme when picking out plants for each bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look for fall wildflowers
(Audio 10/27/14) During the month of October, Louisiana provides a beautiful fall wildflower season. Look for narrow-leaf sunflowers, asters and goldenrods along the roadsides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/27/14) Help lawns get through the winter by fertilizing. Some lawns with low potassium content in the soil may need to be winterized more than others. Check the potassium level of your fertilizer and use appropriately. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rabbiteye blueberries native to Louisiana
(Audio 10/27/14) Various types of blueberries can be found in the United States, but the rabbiteye blueberry is most common in Louisiana. These blueberries have been named a Louisiana Super Plant for 2014. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant spring-flowering bulbs in fall
(Audio 10/20/14) Spring-flowering balls can be planted in October, November and early December. Generally, these bulbs will only bloom for one spring then will be discarded. Bulbs to plant now include narcissus, daffodils, crocus and scillas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Replace warm-season bedding plants
(Audio 10/20/14) Louisiana’s mild winters allow a year-round blooming season. Replace warm-season bedding plants with cool-season bedding plants in October. Listen to learn which plants are cool-season bedding plants appropriate for Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dig up caladium tubers
(Audio 10/20/14) Caladiums provide color in shady areas throughout the summe, but have come to the end of their season. Dig up tubers to store them over the winter and replant them next year. Listen to learn the proper method for digging up and storing caladium tubers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid pruning hydrangeas in fall
(Audio 10/20/14) Hydrangeas have already set their flower buds for next year. Do not cut hydrangeas back until they have finished flowering. Apply aluminum sulfate to turn pink hydrangeas blue, and scatter lime around the plant to turn blue flowers pink. (Runtime 60 seconds)
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Wisteria vines are late bloomers
(Audio 10/20/14) Wisteria vines are common in the Louisiana landscape. The vine grows rapidly, but can take years to bloom. Severing the roots will slow the growth of the plant and may cause it to bloom. (Runtime 60 seconds)
It’s a great time to plant tasty chives
(Video: 10/20/14) 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.
(Video 10/27/14) Fall means some nice colors on trees and plants in Louisiana. If you’re one who complains there’s not enough color, you can do something about it. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shows you some plants that can make your landscape burst with those warm fall shades of orange, red and gold.
Mesa gaillardia blooms throughout the year
(Video 10/13/14) The Louisiana Super Plants program recommends beautiful plants shown to be reliable through research. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a 2014 fall Super Plant called Mesa gaillardia. It’s a perennial plant that blooms in beautiful colors from the cool season through the summer – and it attracts butterflies.
Plant backyard persimmon trees
(Audio 10/3/14) Home gardeners have great success with backyard persimmons. Fall is a great time to plant the trees, which can be found at your local nursery. Be aware that there are two distinctive types of persimmons, astringent and non-astringent. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Move container plants inside
(Audio 10/3/14) It is almost time to move tropical container plants inside for the winter. Move the plants into a very shady area for a couple weeks. Once they are used to the lower light conditions, move them inside of the home sometime during late October. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana Super Plant Mesa gaillardia
(Audio 10/3/14) The Mesa gaillardia has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2014. The plant will bloom through the fall season, take a break in winter, and continue to bloom throughout spring and summer. Mesa gaillardia is available in three colors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/3/14) Many herbs provide a bountiful harvest in the month of October. Choose herbs that you really intend to use such as herbs that you commonly cook or garnish with. Listen to learn which herbs are best to plant during fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant strawberries in October
(Audio 10/3/14) Plant young strawberry plants now for a spring harvest. Prepare beds in a sunny, well-drained location and place plants about a 12 inches apart. Consider covering the beds with netting to protect the berries from birds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brown leaf tips signal underlying causes
(Video 10/6/14) Have you noticed brown spots at the end of some of your plant leaves? On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains what those brown leaf tips might be indicating and what you can do to solve those issues.
Plant sweet peas during fall
(Audio 10/6/14) Sweet peas are a vining, cool-season annual. Plant the seeds in October so they can develop properly before spring. Find a sunny, well-drained location near a fence or trellis. The flowers will begin to appear in March. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Natural decorations for fall
(Audio 10/6/14) Louisiana residents love to decorate their porches for fall. Use natural decorations such as pumpkins, gourds, ornamental peppers and corn. Keep an eye out for seed pods, dried flower heads and plumes that may also be used for fall decorating. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Treat brown patch disease
(Audio 10/6/14) One of the most common diseases found in the fall is a fungal disease called brown patch. The disease will start in a small area and then rapidly get worse. Contact your local nursery for treatment and make two applications. Do not apply nitrogen-containing fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall rose care
(Audio 10/6/14) Roses bloom heavily during this time of year. If the roses have faded and become unattractive, deadhead them by trimming the old flowers off. Make the pruning cut just above the fifth leaflet. This will encourage more flowers to form. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/6/14) Enjoy the mild weather while working in your vegetable garden. Vegetables you should plant in October include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Listen to learn which root crops and transplants will do well this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Antiginon – an easy vine to manage
(Video 9/29/14) Some vines can grow out of control, taking over everything. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Rose of the Montana or antiginon – a beautiful flowering vine that attracts wildlife and is easy to manage.
Tropical hibiscus can survive mild winters
(Audio 9/29/14) The tropical hibiscus can survive a mild winter in Louisiana if it is well mulched and covered. Make sure the shrub is planted in a sunny location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Help sustain the Monarch butterfly
(Audio 9/29/14) The Monarch Butterfly migrates from Southern Canada through Louisiana and into Mexico. Plant nectar plants such as lantana and zinnias for them to feed on as they move through. Also plant milkweed to encourage new generations of the butterfly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
There is still time to repair your lawn
(Audio 9/29/14) If you need to repair your lawn, try to lay sod within the next few weeks. When repairing a lawn you should remove the dead grass completely, rake the soil to loosen it, and then lay sod that fits perfectly into the area. Listen to learn how to plant a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water plants thoroughly during dry weather
(Audio 9/29/14) Don’t let the cooler weather fool you; October is one of the driest months. Remember to water plants thoroughly and occasionally as needed. Pay careful attention to anything that’s been newly planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Houseplants clean the air inside your home
(Audio 9/29/14) NASA discovered that houseplants have the ability to remove a wide variety of toxins from the air. Indoor plants that can keep the air inside your home pure include the spider plant, the peace lily, and the Chinese evergreen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Basics of planting cole crops
(Video 9/22/14) Cole crops like cabbage and cauliflower are great vegetables to grow during the fall. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the proper way to get them into the ground so they produce well for you.
Plant garlic for Louisiana cooking
(Audio 9/22/14) Garlic is indispensable to the Louisiana vegetable garden because it brings a lot of flavor to food. Types of garlic that may be planted now include Italian garlic, creole garlic, and elephant garlic. This garlic will be harvested next May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide perennial plants
(Audio 9/22/14) Divide, or separate, plants to create more copies and to control the size of the plant. This should be done when the plant is most dormant. Plants that are dormant during this time of the year include Louisiana irises, daylilies, Easter lilies, and calla lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wait to plant shade trees in the landscape
(Audio 9/22/14) Although it is still too hot to plant shade trees, evaluate your home and decide if you would like to plant some later. Shade trees next to the home can really help with utility bills. Take this time to think about where you would like the tree and what size the tree needs to be. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate bedding plants in late September
(Audio 9/22/14) Take notes on how well each bedding plant performed throughout the summer. Keep track of which plants survived the heat, rain, insects, and diseases. Your notes will help when deciding which plants to plant next spring and summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Repot plants that have become pot-bound
(Audio 9/22/14) After a long summer, potted plants may become pot-bound and begin to stress. Check to see if the roots have completely filled the container. If so, repot the plant in a container about 4 inches larger than the previous pot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant ornamental peppers now
(Video 9/15/14) Peppers are great vegetables. But you can also grow ornamental peppers that produce colorful, decorative little fruits. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explores some different types of ornamental peppers and how to care for them.
(Video 09/15/14) Native Louisiana plants can be excellent choices for landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests the American beautyberry as a great native selection. It’s a shrub that produces beautiful berry clusters – great for cut-flower arrangements.
Watch out for azalea lace bugs
(Audio 9/15/14) There are two generations of azalea lace bugs, and the second generation appears in early fall. Azalea lace bugs can be identified by tiny white spots on the upper surface on the leaf and brown spots underneath the leaf. Treat with an insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Create a compost pile in early fall
(Audio 9/15/14) Everybody who gardens should have a compost pile. If you have enough space in your yard, create a compost pile before the leaves begin to fall. Listen to hear instructions on how to easily construct a compost bin for your home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Store caladiums through the winter
(Audio 9/15/14) Caladiums provide color to flower beds throughout the summer, but they go dormant in the fall. Before the foliage disappears, dig up the tubers and store them through the winter. This will allow you to replant them year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall azaleas provide blooms late in the year
(Audio 9/15/14) Fall azaleas have been common in Louisiana for years. Most fall-blooming azaleas produce a nice display in the fall and another display in the spring. Listen to learn which types of azaleas are most popular during this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gaillardia Mesa is fall Louisiana Super Plant
(Audio 9/15/14) A Louisiana Super Plant, gaillardia Mesa is an outstanding bedding plant for fall, but will continue to flower throughout spring and early summer. The series has three flower colors, Mesa Bi-color, Mesa Yellow and Mesa Peach. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mulch controls weeds
(Audio 09/08/14) Mulches are used in flower beds and around shrubs. They bring a great look to your landscape and also enrich the soil. Their most important job, however, is to prevent weeds from growing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns should be kept well mowed
(Audio 09/08/14) Lawns still need to be mowed often this time of year. Make sure to weed, water and mow regularly so the lawn stays healthy for those cold winter months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare gardens now for winter planting
(Audio 09/08/14) A lot of gardening is done during September and October. During this time, summer plants are coming to an end, and it's time to plant those fall vegetables and flowers. Gardens need to be prepared for the new plants to produce abundantly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning trees and shrubs may cause less flowering
(Audio 09/08/14) Fall-, winter- and spring-flowering trees and shrubs have already set their flower buds for next year. Pruning these plants now will cause the flowers to be less abundant during blooming seasons. Listen to learn more about when and how to prune. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilizing for the fall
(Audio 09/08/14) Fall is right around the corner, and fertilization in preparation for fall is important. Fertilizer is important in spring and summer, but not as much in fall and winter. Listen to learn more about how to fertilize for fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall is for planting – make plans now
(For Release On Or After 09/26/14) November through February is the prime season for planting hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers in Louisiana. So now is an excellent time to assess your landscape situation and begin to make plans.
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What to do with caladiums
(For Release On Or After 09/19/14) Plantings of caladiums generally begin to look tired and less attractive in late September or early October. When they do, it’s time to decide what you want to do with them.
Mesa gaillardia is outstanding in fall gardens
(For Release On Or After 09/12/14) Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil Louisiana Super Plants selections for that season, and gaillardia Mesa series has been named a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2014.
It’s time to start cool-season vegetable gardening
(For Release On Or After 09/05/14) Although September weather is often still hot, vegetable gardeners begin to anticipate the cooler weather to come. It is now that we begin to focus on planting cool-season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter and spring.
Pecan trees need large yards
(Audio 09/01/14) During this time of year pecan trees are getting ready to drop their nuts. Pecan trees alternately have large crops one year and small crops the next. The brittle wood on pecan trees during those large-crop years becomes very fragile, and branches often fall. The bigger your yard, the safer it is to have a pecan tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tree roots need to be properly cared for
(Audio 09/01/14) Tree roots can be a lot shallower than you think. Shallow roots call for special care because certain tasks around the tree, like sidewalk construction or digging, can easily harm the roots. Listen to learn more about how to prevent root damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant bunching onions now
(Audio 09/01/14) Bunching onions should be planted now so they can grow throughout the winter. You can buy them from your local nursery and plant them within the next few months. Listen to learn more about bunching onions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rainy weather encourages fungi growth
(Audio 09/01/14) Fungi that live in your lawn help deteriorate the grass clippings. The rainy weather causes the fungi to sprout and create mushrooms. The mushrooms aren’t usually dangerous, but some may be poisonous. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transplant vegetables now to keep gardens productive
(Audio 09/01/14) Great fall vegetables can still be grown to produce vegetables before the first big freeze of the winter. Transplanting these vegetables now is the easiest and smartest way to get a fall crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video: 09/01/14) Tropical cannas produce beautiful flowers in some of the hottest conditions. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to promote better blooming on these plants and how to control persistent insect problems. (Runtime: 1:39 seconds)
Porterweed adds beauty and wildlife
(Video: 08/25/14) Porterweed is a summer plant that is not too well known. But as horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, porterweed can enhance your landscape in multiple ways. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Lawns should not be fertilized after August
(Audio 08/25/14) Depending on how your lawn is growing determines if it needs to be fertilized. If you fertilized your lawn earlier in the summer and the grass looks to be growing properly, then you don’t need to fertilize again before winter. Listen to learn more about fertilizing your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning gingers and cannas
(Audio 08/25/14) Gingers and cannas both can be pruned around this time of the year. Each stalk or shoot only produces one group of flowers, so once the stalk has bloomed, you can prune it down to the ground. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mosquitoes are a nuisance in the garden
(Audio 08/25/14) Mosquitoes are abundant the summer and can be a nuisance when you garden in early morning or late afternoon and evening. Make sure to take proper precautions such as wearing long clothing and using repellant. Listen to learn more about how to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses during late summer
(Audio 08/25/14) Roses need to be pruned twice a year so they can produce flowers properly. The timing of pruning is crucial because it comes right before the plants produce flower buds. Pruning allows roses to grow properly and provide you with beautiful flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grass clippings are valuable organic matter
(Audio 08/25/14) Summer showers and heat cause grass to grow rapidly, which in turn calls for your lawn to be cut more often. Grass clippings from mowing your lawn should be properly used. Listen to learn more about how to use those clippings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Planting palms should be done in summer
(Audio: 08/18/14) Palms are tropical, so they should be planted during summer. Palms can’t handle freezing temperatures and sometimes die from cold. If you have palms in your landscape that look dead, last winter’s frost probably killed them, and now is the time to replant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ferns are the best plants to grow in shady areas
(Audio: 08/18/14) In the heat of the summer, it’s nice to work in the shade. Ferns are best grown in shade, so tending to them is easy to do in the heat of the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest pears early so they can ripen off the tree
(Audio: 08/18/14) Pears are ready to be picked around this time of the year, but they aren’t quite ready to be eaten yet. The best method to ripening the pears is to wrap them in newspaper and let them sit for at least a week. Listen to learn more about what signs to look for when the pears are ready to be picked. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana irises do most of their growing in the winter
(Audio: 08/18/14) Because most irises grow mainly in the winter, now is the time to transplant them to different parts of your landscape. Clumps of irises can become very large and need to be spread apart. Make sure to transplant them carefully and you’ll have beautiful arrangements of irises in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Butterfly weeds provide food and nesting grounds for monarch butterflies
(Audio: 08/18/14) Butterfly weeds are grown in many Louisiana gardens. All butterflies come to feed on the nectar of the weeds, but the monarch butterflies lay their eggs on these plants. Monarch populations have fallen over the past couple of years, and by planting these plants, the butterflies will have a safe place to lay their eggs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Repotting potted plants gives them room to grow
(Audio: 08/11/14) The end of summer means it’s time to repot those potted plants you planted earlier in the year. It’s likely they have become root-bound and need more room to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mulching is important around younger trees
(Audio: 08/11/14) Mulching around the younger trees in the landscape is important for their growth. Listen to learn more about how to properly mulch a young tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bell pepper and eggplant plants that last
(Audio: 08/11/14) Eggplants and bell pepper plants, if in good condition, can produce again in the fall. Pay close attention to how the plants looks to determine whether it can last until at least late September early October. If so, then they will produce another healthy batch of vegetables for you to enjoy in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Introducing color into your landscape
(Audio: 08/11/14) There are many ways to introduce color into the landscape, but the coleus is a plant that carries its color in the foliage. Coleus comes in many color variations that will bring a beautiful look to the landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rain gauges help determine how much to water the landscape
(Audio: 08/11/14) The heat of the summer causes landscapes to dry out. Even though there is an abundance of rainstorms, certain areas get little water. Rain gauges are the easiest tool gardeners use to know how much their plants need to be watered. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lichens are harmless
(Video: 08/18/14) 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 (lie-kins) and they are harmless. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Cercospora on crape myrtles not a major problem
(Video: 08/11/14) 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: 1:45 seconds)
Gardeners can plant a fall crop of tomatoes
(Audio 08/04/14) Louisiana’s long growing season allows us to plant a second crop of tomatoes this time of year. Plant tomatoes a little deeper in the soil to keep them cool. Listen to learn when to plant your transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pests are a problem in late summer
(Audio 08/04/14) Pests in our landscape include insects, diseases and weeds. In late summer, we see a rise in these problems; this is usually because of an increase in rain. Your local LSU AgCenter office and county agent can help you identify and treat the problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
It’s time to look out for chinch bugs
(Audio 08/04/14) Chinch bug populations build up over the summer. The damage will start in one particular area of your lawn, often along concrete and can spread rapidly. If your grass seems straw-like and brown, use an insecticide that controls lawn insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trim back overgrown bedding plants
(Audio 08/04/14) Because Louisiana has a long growing season, bedding plants can become tall and leggy by August. Now is the perfect time to trim back bedding plants that are overgrown and unattractive. Listen to learn which plants should be trimmed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetables we can grow in August
(Audio 08/04/14) Although it is brutally hot in August, you can plant all kinds of vegetables during this month. This includes a mix of both cool-season and warm-season vegetables. Listen to learn which vegetables to grow this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses in late summer
(For Release On Or After 08/29/14) Late summer is time to think about pruning roses. Roses respond best to regular pruning each year.
You can grow bromeliads from ‘pups’
(For Release On Or After 08/22/14) Bromeliads are a wonderful group of tropical or semi-tropical plants that are widely popular container plants. Because they are easy to grow, colorful and stay in bloom for a long time, they are commonly used by florists as gift plants.
Getting to the root keeps plants healthy
(For Release On Or After 08/15/14) I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, “When Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Substitute “root” for “Momma,” and you will have an essential message when it comes to plants.
Good-looking landscape is a matter of control
(For Release On Or After 08/08/14) Right about now is a good time to look over your landscape and evaluate how things are growing. Our long growing season, combined with adequate soil fertility and water, can produce abundant and even rampant growth in landscape plantings.
It’s not too late for summer flowers
(For Release On Or After 08/01/14) If you want to boost the color in your landscape now, don’t let the heat stop you. Nurseries have excellent selections of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat summer throws at them.
Profusion zinnias, beautiful, disease resistant flowers
(Video: 08/04/14) Zinnias (pronounced Zen-Yuhs) are beautiful flowers for Louisiana landscapes. But some of the typical varieties are prone to disease. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains how hybrid zinnias are both disease resistant and beautiful. (Runtime: 1:48)
Fight disease in bell peppers
(Video: 07/28/14) Many people have peppers in their garden, and they’re now producing, but high moisture can lead to disease problems. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to take care of these pepper problems. (Runtime: 1:53 seconds)
Harvest herbs generously this time of the year
(Audio 07/28/14) Don’t forget about those herbs that were planted at the beginning of the summer. Now is the time to harvest them and either use them in your cooking or freeze them for later use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Heat-tolerant plants can still add color to the flower bed
(Audio 07/28/14) Gardeners can fill their flower beds with heat-tolerant plants that will last throughout the summer. Listen to learn more about which plants will beat the heat and bring color to their landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crape myrtles are an easy summer-blooming tree
(Audio 07/28/14) Crape myrtles make two to three flushes of flowers every summer. This makes them popular in the landscape. For the crape myrtle to produce properly, pruning has to be done. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Well-groomed flower beds make a great show in your garden
(Audio 07/28/14 ) Because flower beds are so colorful, they really draw people’s attention. By grooming your flower bed you keep it healthy and appealing. Listen to hear more tips on what to do when grooming your flower bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Late pruning of hydrangeas can reduce spring blooms
(Audio 07/28/14) Hydrangeas have finished blooming for this season. Pruning them should be now so that you don’t prune off the new buds that the plant has set. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Paniculata hydrangeas have lovely cone-shaped flowers
(Video: 07/21/14) One of the most popular plants for beautiful, rich pastel colors and full flowers is the hydrangea. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new type of hydrangea – one with cone-shaped flowers. (Runtime: 1:52)
Texas sage survives the heat in style
(Video: 07/14/14) The summer heat is difficult on plants, so when you find one that’s tough and beautiful and that can last through the entire summer, you’ve found a real winner. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a plant with unique foliage, beautiful flowers, and the ability to survive the heat. (Runtime: 1:40)
Growing mushrooms in your garden isn’t a good idea
(Audio: 07/21/14) The mushrooms that grow on you lawns and in your gardens are not to eat. If the mushrooms in your landscape bother you, just gather them up and throw them away. There isn’t much else you can do. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Some flowers need attention in July
(Audio: 07/21/14) Mums, glads, caladiums and coleus may need attention in July. Listen to learn more about how to treat these plants in summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Basil is a warm-season herb that loves the heat
(Audio: 07/21/14) Basil is one of the few plants that you can plant now and have it survive through the summer heat. Go to your local nursery and get a basil transplant to plant in your garden or in a little pot to use in your cooking. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Midsummer is a good time to take cuttings from woody shrubs
(Audio: 07/21/14) Semi-hardwood cuttings taken during this time of year will root easily. Listen to learn more about how to properly cut and root cuttings so they produce shrubs for you next season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cut and arrange flowers from your flower beds
(Audio: 07/21/14) During summer flowers in your flower beds are ready to pick. Go out one evening and bring some into your home and enjoy the color and fragrance of flowers from your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Blackberries are an easy, rewarding plant
(Audio 07/14/14) Blackberry harvest is over, but in order to have good berries next year, some pruning has to be done. Remove the fruiting vines that produced this year because they will not produce again. Leave the new canes; they will be the ones that produce next year's fruit. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice don’t harm trees
(Audio 07/14/14) Bark lice are common during midsummer. They create a fine, silvery webbing on the trunks of trees. This webbing is not harmful to the tree and is common in Louisiana. The lice are just eating organic bits off of the tree and cleaning them as they go. The webbing is simply a form of protection. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pumpkin vines now for Halloween
(Audio 07/14/14) To have big healthy pumpkins for Halloween now is the time to plant them. They are heat-tolerant and need a large area to properly grow. It is a fun plant to have in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning spring-flowering shrubs needs to be done in July
(Audio 07/14/14) In order to not interfere with the buds on your spring-flowering plants, pruning needs to be done now. This will allow enough time for those buds to grow after pruning. If you wait too late, you may cut off some of the buds that will bloom in the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shade sometimes causes lawn grass problems
(Audio 07/14/14) When you have an abundance of shade trees in your landscape, the grass under those shade trees tend to die. There are ways to fix this, such as making a mulch area. Ground covers also make suitable fixes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Scientist searches for controls for weeds in rice
(Distributed 04/04/14) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster continued his work in 2013 on dormant hybrids and red rice outcrossing by starting a new project using several different herbicides to eliminate undesired plants in a field.
Prevent leaf miners from feeding in your leaves
(Audio: 07/07/14) Leaf miners are tiny insects that feed on the inside of a plant's leaves. Keeping a layer of insecticide on the outside of the leaf prevents insects from burrowing into leaves when they hatch from eggs. There are many different types of insecticides that can be used for this. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Using pot feet helps maintain your deck
(Audio: 07/07/14) We like to decorate our outside decks with plants in many different kinds of pots. Using pot feet keeps the area under the pot from rotting and staining. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant bedding plants beat the heat
(Audio: 07/07/14) If the plants in your flower beds are heat-tolerant, they should be looking pretty good. Watering, however, requires special attention. They'll need water if they begin to wilt between rains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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By late June some tomato plants have finished producing
(Audio: 07/07/14) Because we plant tomato plants so early to give them time to grow and bloom in our gardens, by late June most have finished producing for the year. If you have tomato plants that are looking brown and not producing anymore, it’s probably time to pull the and plant something else that will grow throughout the rest of the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shade trees reduce home cooling costs
(Audio: 07/07/14) Summer is a great time to asses if your home could use a shady tree to help lower cooling costs. The shade that large trees can provide helps keep it cool, but mostly helps keep your home from direct sunlight. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(For Release On Or After 07/25/14) Oppressive heat and humidity are part of late summer in Louisiana as much as good food and music are part of our local culture. Despite the heat, garden activities continue for those who can stand it.
Flowers of the sun
(For Release On Or After 07/18/14) If you haven’t paid a lot of attention to sunflowers for your garden lately, you may think only of the gigantic sunflowers that reach for their namesake in the sky – towering to heights of 8 feet or more. And you may think that they only come in yellow.
Summertime means summer vines
(For Release On Or After 07/11/14) Some of the most beautiful flowers of the summer garden are produced by vines. Because vines climb, the flowers are often produced at eye-level or overhead, allowing the gardener the chance to easily smell the fragrance or closely examine the details of the blooms.
Look beyond crape myrtles
(For Release On Or After 07/04/14) For the summer season, no flowering tree or shrub out-blooms the crape myrtle. This small tree packs a powerful punch of color over an amazingly long season. But other summer blooming large shrubs and small trees can do a lot to contribute to the summer display. Here are a few.
Begonias offer incredible variety for shade gardens
(Video: 07/07/14) 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: 1:45 seconds)
Native Stoke’s aster flowers return every year
(Video: 06/29/14) 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: 1:50 seconds)
Drones make an appearance at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station field day.
(Video: 06/27/14) A demonstration of a drone highlighted research on display at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station Field Day. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the field day and has this report. (Runtime: 1:51 seconds)
Soaker hoses provide even water flow to your plants
(Audio: 06/23/14) Soaker hoses are the easiest way to thoroughly water your flower beds and gardens during the heat of the summer. They provide that slow leak of water that plants need in order to grow and produce lots of vegetation and flowers. Listen to learn more about why using a soaker hose is a great option. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Now is the time to prune gardenias
(Audio: 06/23/14) Gardenias sometimes last until the early part of June, but by late June they are ready to be pruned. This encourages them to grow fuller and make a great show next year. The earlier you prune, the more likely the plants are to make beautiful buds in the future. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lichens don't harm plants
(Audio: 06/23/14) Lichens are everywhere in your landscape. They often grow on old trees and concrete statues. Lichens are often a gray color and although they may look like they are harming your plants, they aren't. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mexican tarragon is a heat-tolerant substitute for French tarragon
(Audio: 06/23/14) Tarragon is a popular herb that we use in many culinary dishes. French tarragon is the most popular, but it doesn’t grow in the heat of the summer. The Mexican tarragon is a great substitute for the French tarragon and it tolerates the heat very well. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Preemergence herbicides control weeds
(Audio: 06/23/14) Weed control is a constant problem, especially in Louisiana summertime. Preemergence herbicides are applied to prevent new weeds from growing. Many different types correlate with the plants in your garden. Listen to learn more about how to correctly use preemergence herbicides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Yarrow is a tough perennial with varied colors
(Video 06/16/14) A tough, reliable perennial for the hot summer months is yarrow (Yah-row). LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing why this multi-colored plant is a great idea for your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Soluble fertilizers are widely available
(Audio 06/16/14) There are four main categories of fertilizers. One type is soluble fertilizer, which acts differently than other types. Listen to learn more about using soluble fertilizers with your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Aquatic gardens are still popular
(Audio 06/16/14) Aquatic gardens are easy to put into your landscape and provide a different look to your gardens. Aquatic plants are easy to add into a water garden and are easy to take care of. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bacteria and fungi can cause zinnia problems
(Audio 06/16/14) Zinnias make great additions to your flower beds, but summer rainstorms can cause bacterial and fungal diseases. Some zinnias, however, are more tolerant to the bacteria and fungi. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer heat affects roses
(Audio 06/16/14) Roses become less productive during the heat of summer. They don't need more fertilizer, however. Listen to learn more about how to care for your roses in the summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Most petunias can’t handle Louisiana heat
(Audio 06/16/14) Petunias make great spring bedding plants, but the heat of the summer causes them to do poorly. There are, however, heat-tolerant petunias available. Listen to learn more about petunias that can take the summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Heat has major effects on gardeners
(Audio 06/09/14) Summer brings high temperature and high humidity in Louisiana. Gardeners need to be aware of ways to prevent getting dehydrated. While taking care of your landscape, be sure to take the proper precautions so you don’t get overheated. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
How you prune roses depends on type
(Audio 06/09/14) Roses are divided into two groups -- repeat-flowering and once-blooming. They bloom at different times of the year, so you have to prune them at different times. Listen to learn more on how and when to prune your roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crape myrtle suckers create 'bushes'
(Audio 06/09/14) Crape myrtle trees create shoots at the base of the trunk called suckers. If they are allowed to grow, they make the tree look more like a bush. There is a proper way to prune these plants so that this doesn’t occur. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Landscape hurricane preparation is essential
(Audio 06/09/14) Hurricanes affect all Gulf States, and preparations need to be made. Summer months bring storms with high winds and rains that can affect your house and landscape. Your yard should be carefully evaluated to make sure trees and objects that could be blown away are taken care of properly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice are harmless to trees
(Audio 06/09/14) The ghostlike webs you see on trees during this time of the year come from a tiny insect called bark lice. They are completely harmless to your trees, and there is no reason to be concerned. Listen to learn more about bark lice. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cheyene Spirit coneflowers offer diverse colors
(Video 06/09/14) The coneflower, named for its cone-shaped head, has been a popular flower in Louisiana gardens for many years. It has typically come in only one color. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out on this edition of Get It Growing, this tough plant has recently been bred to offer an incredible diversity of flower colors. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Grow your own sweet, juicy pineapple
(For Release On Or After 06/27/14) Growing a pineapple plant and getting it to produce a pineapple for you is a fun gardening project. Now is a great time to begin, and as you will see, it’s really not all that difficult.
Sometimes you must deal with caterpillars
(For Release On Or After 06/20/14) Caterpillars of various types are common pests in vegetable gardens, flower beds, trees, shrubs and even lawns all through the summer. Fall webworms infest a wide variety of fruit and nut trees as well as ornamental trees and shrubs.
How to harvest your potatoes
(Video 06/02/14) If you planted potatoes earlier this year, the nutritious vegetables may be ready to be dug about now. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shares some important tips for harvesting them on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Crape myrtles remain a Louisiana favorite
(For Release On Or After 06/13/14) Although native to the Far East, crape myrtles are almost indispensable in the Southern landscape. Their vibrantly colored flowers in shades of pink, purple, red and white from May to September virtually define the summer season here.
Harvest home-grown vegetables properly
(For Release On Or After 06/06/14) June is the peak month for harvesting early-summer vegetables. One reason people grow their own vegetables is for the outstanding quality of freshly harvested produce. Harvesting at the right stage, however, is essential to getting the best quality vegetables from your garden.
Horticulturist suggests gardeners consider composting
(Audio 06/02/14) Composting is easy to do and everyone with a yard can have a small compost pile. Easy items to compost include grass clippings, leaves, sticks and other yard waste. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns need attention during summer
(Audio 06/02/14) Mowing your lawn frequently with sharp blades is the best way to keep your lawn healthy during summer months. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends mowing every five to seven days. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can harvest garlic, onions
(Audio 06/02/14) Many home vegetable gardeners plant members of the onion family such as bunching onions, shallots, leeks and garlic. These plants should be ready to harvest in June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pests threaten tomatoes
(Audio 06/02/14) Vine-ripened tomatoes are a summer favorite. But longer a tomato sits on the vine the more susceptible it is to disease, pests and birds. Make sure pests don't get your tomatoes before you do. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant heat-tolerant vegetables in June
(Audio 06/02/14) The summer heat starts settling in as June begins. Vegetable gardeners should look for crops that can tolerate hot conditions. Consider vegetables such as okra, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crape myrtle aphids create problems
(Audio 05/26/14) Crape myrtles are one of Louisiana’s most popular trees. Crape myrtle aphids leave honeydew on the leaves and branches, which then leads to a black mold growth. Listen to find out how to stop aphids from making an appearance in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Clean pots make the best presentation on your patio
(Audio 05/26/14) Different types of pots need to be cleaned in different ways. The best time to do this is in between plantings. Clean pots will make your plants look better. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Few leafy greens produce well in summer
(Audio 05/26/14) Traditional greens that Louisianans like to eat don’t produce well during summer. Some leafy greens can be good substitutes. Listen to find out more about these summer leafy greens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spanish moss is a huge part of southern Louisiana
(Audio 05/26/14) Spanish moss is not a parasite and does not harm your trees. It creates its own photosynthesis, and it gets the water that it needs from rainfall. The Spanish moss is only using the tree to hang on to. Removing it, however, can be quite a task. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Blackspot can harm roses
(Audio 05/25/14) Landscape roses are a new type of rose that many Louisiana gardeners have moved to. Older types of roses are more susceptible to a disease called blackspot. Blackspot cannot be controlled by spraying occasionally; roses have to be sprayed every 7-10 days. Listen to learn more about how to control blackspot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leaf miners make an apperance in Louisiana gardens
(Video 05/26/14) If you’ve noticed funny trailing patterns on leaves of your vegetables, it could mean you have a pest called the leaf miner. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what can be done to stop this destructive little fly. (Runtime: 1:57 seconds)
Cleome – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 28, 2014
(Distributed 04/25/14) Senorita Rosalita cleome and its new cousin, Senorita Blanca, are great plants for flowers from late spring through frost. Also known as spider flower because the projecting stamens of the flowers give these plants a spidery look, this plant can take summer's heat and is drought-tolerant.
Replanting your spring bulb plants
(Video 03/24/14) Flowering bulbs are a natural part of spring. You might wonder: “Will my potted tulips or daffodils keep growing, or can I replant them?" On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill answers those questions and talks about the general care of these beautiful plants. (Runtime: 1:40 seconds)
Forestry future looks good in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/28/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The future for wood products in Louisiana is bright, thanks to Europe, a beetle in Canada and an increase in U.S. housing construction, LSU AgCenter experts said Tuesday (Feb. 25) at the Central Louisiana Forestry Forum.
Brush With Burden exhibition to feature local artists
(Distributed 02/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The fourth annual Brush With Burden art exhibition will be held at the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Garden at Burden from March 23-30.
Freezes hurt tropical plants
(Audio 01/27/14) Louisiana has seen some really cold weather this winter. Many tropical plants have been damaged by the freezes. Gardeners can cut back herbaceous tropical plants like cannas, but should wait until spring to cut back woody tropical plants like hibiscus or angel trumpets. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
PotashCorp donates $25,000 to LSU AgCenter youth livestock program
(Distributed 10/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – PotashCorp, of Geismer, La., recently donated $25,000 to the LSU AgCenter’s youth livestock development program.
Don’t prune hydrangea buds during winter
(Video 01/04/14) Hydrangeas bloom beautifully during the summer. But the plants look dead during the winter. They’re not. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill warns gardeners not to prune back their hydrangeas at this time. (Runtime: 1:44)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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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)
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)
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.
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.
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