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 Home>News Archive>2010>April>Get It Growing>
Great time to plant Louisiana Irises
Louisiana Iris

(Video 4/26/10) Colorful Louisiana irises are blooming beautifully across the state. Now also is a great time to plant them. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill provides tips on growing this popular spring flower. (Runtime: 1:30)

Container orchids require special soil mixes
(Audio 04/26/10) Orchids are wonderful flowering plants with a moderate cost that are becoming more readily available all the time. They are popularly given as gifts, but they are not your ordinary houseplants. Orchids are potted in special orchid mixes and require proper watering. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Plant redbuds for a delightful landscape addition
(Audio 04/26/10) The redbud is an outstanding native spring-flowering tree used to brighten landscapes. Redbuds can be found at your local nursery or garden center. It is best to plant them before the heat of summer arrives. Listen for details about the conditions required for optimal redbud growth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Move houseplants outdoors during summer
(Audio 04/26/10) Many people move their indoor plants outside during the summer. Outdoor conditions are much better than those indoors, and this move can help rejuvenate plants and make them grow better. Hear more about how to revitalize container plants with a move outdoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Cut off flower stalks after blooming season
(Audio 04/26/10) Louisiana gardeners use a wide variety of spring-flowering bulbs in their landscapes. Right after flowering ends, especially if seed pods are forming, you should cut off the old flower stalks. Learn more about caring for spring-flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mushroom growth optimal during mild weather
(Audio 04/26/10) Spring rains and milder temperatures often encourage mushroom growth in lawns and flower beds. The mushroom-producing fungus lives in the ground year-round but only produces mushrooms when weather conditions are ideal. Find out what you should do if mushrooms pop up in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Powdery mildew found on plants during April
(Audio 04/19/10) Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that appears as a fine, white, powdery covering on the leaves of many different kinds of plants. Powdery mildew fungus is most troublesome when the weather is dry, humid and warm. Find out which plants are most commonly affected by powdery mildew. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize container plants for rich soil
(Audio 04/19/10) Longer days and warmer weather this time of the year will encourage growth in many plants growing in containers. In order to keep soil from container plants nutritious, it is important to use fertilizer. Learn the best types of fertilizer to use for container plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep up with your lawn during springtime
(Audio 04/19/10) Gardeners should consider several aspects of lawn care this time of the year. You may want to fertilize your lawn or practice weed control. You also are going to have to mow your lawn much more frequently. Hear how to keep your mower blades sharpened and how to control your weeds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer bedding plants need-well prepared bed
(Audio 04/19/10) In Louisiana, it is safe to begin planting summer bedding plants during April. In order to ensure that these plants produce for us throughout the summer, it is important to prepare the bed well. Here are some instructions on how to properly prepare for these summer bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant caladiums in shady areas
(Audio 04/19/10) Caladium is a colorful bedding plant that is wonderful for occupying shady areas in the landscape. Be sure to put a good amount of organic matter into the soil where you will be planting your caladiums in order to maximize your results. Learn how to plant caladium tubers this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider adding calla lilies to landscape
Calla Lilies
(Video 4/19/10) During spring, you can purchase many bulb plants at your local nurseries. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a perennial bulb that reliably comes back again and again with beautiful flowers. (Runtime: 1:40)
Pick perennials for a recurring display of color
Choosing Perennials
(Video 4/12/10) When you visit your local nursery, you’ll see lots of bright, colorful flowers to choose from. But what you might not notice are some wonderful plants that have not displayed their blooms yet. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the advantage of planting perennials. (Runtime: 1:31)
Try solid sodding when planting a new lawn
(Audio 04/12/10) Permanent lawn grasses grow best during the warm season which makes spring a prime grass planting season. Solid sodding is the preferred method when trying to establish a lawn. Hear more about the advantages of solid sodding a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)