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The main reason to plant grafted tomato plants is to protect the plants from soil-borne diseases such as bacterial wilt, root knot nematode, and Fusarium wilt.
Bitter rot of apple is a fungal disease commonly caused by two species known as Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and C. acutatum.
Peppers are a popular crop in the home garden, especially in Louisiana. These colorful fruit range from sweet and mild to hot in flavor.
Tips for the home gardener on planting onions, shallots, garlic and leeks, plus information on their pests and diseases.
Tips for planting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower in the home garden.
The eggplant is believed to be a native vegetable of the Far East. Nutritionally, it is a good source of fiber and is high in Vitamin B and K. (PDF format only)
Squash and pumpkins are among the most popular and productive warm- season vegetables in Louisiana. This publication includes information on the varieties, culture, pollination and pest problems of both squash and pumpkins. (PDF Format Only)
The tomato is one of the most popular vegetables grown in home gardens. It requires little space when staked and tied and can produce 5 or more pounds of usable fruit per plant. Find information on varieties, soils, cultural practices and common pests and diseases. (PDF Format Only)
Irish potatoes are a cool-season vegetable grown in the late winter and spring in Louisiana and, to some extent, in late summer and fall. This publication includes information on varieties, insects, diseases, harvesting and storing of Irish potatoes. (PDF Format Only)
Recommendations on sweet corn varieties, cultural practices, diseases and pests for the home gardener.
Cucumber is a warm-season vegetable that yields a high return for the space it occupies.
Mirlitons are susceptible to a common fungal disease called powdery mildew. Mirliton powdery mildew is caused by Podosphaera xanthii.
A brief guide on how and when to grow vegetables for small scale gardeners.
Louisiana's warm, humid weather encourages the development of several serious diseases that can damage rose bushes. This publication describes the major rose diseases found in Louisiana and offers disease management tips. (PDF Format Only)
Oleander leaf scorch (OLS) is a deadly disease of oleander that was first reported in California in the early 1990s.
This document can be used to learn how to schedule irrigation for crops using multiple tools.
Native pollinators have evolved close associations with the plants specific to their native regions.
A number of common vegetable and fruit plants can serve a dual function of providing food and habitat specifically for native pollinators.
In Louisiana, Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud) is a signature palm planted in New Orleans and nearby cities.
Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus known as Rose rosette virus. It is a devastating disease of roses – particularly since all cultivars are susceptible.
Downy mildew of sweet basil is a destructive disease that was first detected in the United States in 2007.
Citrus greening, also known as yellow shoot disease or huanglongbing, is one of the most devastating diseases of citrus worldwide.
Lichens are fascinating plants. They are composed of two different organisms – a fungal partner and a photosynthetic partner living in a symbiotic relationship.
Bacterial gall on Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) is caused by a plant pathogenic bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi.
Sweet olive is susceptible to a bacterial disease called leaf scorch, which is caused by Xylella fastidiosa.
Boxwood blight, also known as box blight, is a fungal disease caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculata, C. buxicola).
Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae.
Citrus canker is a bacterial disease caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. It is thought to have originated in Southeast Asia.
Large patch is the most common disease of warm-season turfgrasses in Louisiana. This disease is caused by the soilborne fungus Rhizoctonia solani.
This publication is intended to introduce home vegetable gardeners to the various methods used to manage the many diseases that affect these crops. (PDF Format Only)
Leaf mold, caused by the fungus Passalora fulva, can cause severe defoliation and yield losses to tomatoes produced in the field in the southern United States.
Rosette disease is a destructive fungal disease of blackberries in Louisiana.
Bacterial gall on Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) is caused by a plant pathogenic bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi. The bacterium is also known to cause galls/knots on olives and oleanders. Other important known hosts include ash, privet and forsythia.
In Louisiana, Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis Hort. Ex Chabaud) is a signature palm planted in New Orleans and nearby cities. In 2009, a lethal disease called Fusarium wilt was detected on Canary Island date palms in Louisiana. The disease, which is caused by a soil-borne fungus called Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. canariensis, previously had been known to occur in California, Florida and Nevada.
Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus known as Rose rosette virus. It is a devastating disease of roses – particularly since all cultivars are susceptible, including Knock Out roses and wild multiflora roses (Rosa multiflora).
Troubleshooting: Symptoms, possible causes and prescriptions for your composting problems. (PDF Format Only)
Organic gardening is popular in the United States, and interest is increasing in Louisiana. Organic gardening encourages particular garden practices that use natural biological cycles, enhance diversity and are ecologically sound. (PDF Format Only)
Vines for Louisiana Landscapes is a new full-color, 16-page publication from the LSU AgCenter about how you can use vines in your landscapes. With 19 photographs, it covers everything from Confederate jasmine to Chinese wisteria and includes recommendations for selecting the right type of vine for your situation, as well as tips on planting and maintenance. Cost: $5 plus tax and shipping.
Rainfall sensors are necessary for automatic in-ground irrigation systems to bypass irrigation events during rainfall to conserve water resources and maintain plant health. (pdf format only)
This fact sheet is intended to aid in the identification and management of phytophthora blight on peppers
A guide to manage weeds in your home vegetable garden. (PDF Format Only)
A practical guide to determining when to harvest and how to store produce from your Louisiana spring and summer vegetable gardens. (PDF Format Only)
A transplant is a small plant germinated from a seed. Growing your own vegetable transplants is very rewarding. By using these basic tips, you’ll be able to grow all kinds of exciting vegetable varieties in your own backyard. (PDF Format Only)
A practical guide to determining when to harvest and how to store produce from your Louisiana fall vegetable garden. (PDF Format Only)
Constructing raised beds for the home vegetable garden. (PDF Format Only)
Strawberries are a great addition to the home garden. Whether you intend on growing just a few plants in a container or multiple rows in the garden, following the advice provided in this guide (weather permitting) will lead to a successful harvest. (PDF Format Only)
Growing lettuce in the home garden just makes sense because we consume so much of this versatile vegetable. Because lettuce is a fast-growing crop, it can be planted multiple times from late summer into the fall season. (PDF Format Only)
Gardening is one of Louisiana’s most popular activities, and this publication is designed to provide Louisiana vegetable gardeners with a comprehensive guidebook to help them get the most from their gardens. The 120-page, spiral-bound, full-color guide provides a variety of photos and illustrations. Revised Oct. 2014. Cost: $20 plus tax and shipping. You can order this book through our online store by using the Order Publication link below.
Rose rosette disease is caused by a virus. It is a devastating disease of roses – particularly since all cultivars are susceptible, including Knock Out roses and wild multiflora rose. Although rose rosette disease produces unique symptoms on roses, those symptoms can be easily confused with symptoms caused by other diseases, pests, stresses and other factors. (PDF format only)
This publication has information on the varieties, pollination, soil preparation, planting and cultivation of vegetable pears. (PDF Format Only)
This series provides a variety of information for home vegetable gardeners. Topics include beans, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, shallots, garlic and many more of the favorites of home gardeners.
Chinese cabbage grows well in Louisiana vegetable gardens. Chinese cabbage is an excellent substitute for head lettuce in salads and sandwiches.
Learn how to grow lima, snap and other beans in your home garden using the latest cultural practices, pest control and harvesting techniques. (PDF Format Only)
Pecan spittlebugs are found throughout the pecan-producing regions of Louisiana and can be a serious pest. The severity of infestations varies from year to year and from orchard to orchard. Life cycle, type of injury and control information are included. (PDF Format Only)
Many Louisiana homeowners have small greenhouses for growing potted plants and for starting annual flower and vegetable plants. You can also grow high-quality fresh vegetables in a home greenhouse during the cold months to add variety and interest to the family diet. Recommended varieties, temperature requirements, pest control and hobby greenhouse diagrams are included. (PDF Format Only)
A lawn that’s properly cared for and healthy will resist weeds and other pest problems. Following the best management practices (BMPs) in this publication should help keep your lawn in good condition.
Mini gardening is an intensive type of agriculture using a small space or containers to produce vegetables and plants. The main benefits derived from mini gardens are that they take much less space and require much less work. This publication includes information on constructing and maintaining a mini garden. (PDF Fomat Only)
Downy mildew is a potentially devastating disease of all cucurbits. Disease symptoms, development, control measures and color photographs of symptoms on pumpkin, cucumber and watermelon are included. (PDF format only)
This publication is an excellent resource for anyone interested in growing fruit or nuts in the area. Filled with 84 full-color pages, this handbook includes detailed information about everything from fruit and nuts commonly grown here to information about fruit plants that can double as attractive parts of your landscape. Cost: $20 plus tax and shipping. You can order this book through our online store by using the Order Publication link below.
Two species of yellow aphids are found on pecans in Louisiana and in all pecan-producing states. Descripton, life cycle, damage and control information is included. (PDF Format Only)
Pecan phylloxera are found throughout the native pecan-producing regions of the United States. Beginning in mid-April, galls (knots) begin to appear on the leaf veins, leaf rachises, catkins, current season's shoot growth and nuts of the pecan. Damage, description, life cycle and control information is included. (PDF Format Only)
Good marketing is the process of fulfilling the objectives of both the buyer and the seller. The factors you have some control over are the 4 Ps of product, price, placement and promotion. Here are some tips to help you tune up your produce marketing plan. (PDF Format Only)
Louisiana is blessed with long growing seasons that make year-round gardening possible. To be successful, however, you must have an insect management program. Learn how to tell if the insect is beneficial to your garden or if it is a pest, and determine what to use if controls are necessary. (PDF format only)
What is compost? Find information on temperature, oxygen and aeration, moisture, odors, nutrients, co-composting and much more! (PDF Format Only)
A cinder block bin is sturdy, durable and easily accessible. If you have to buy the cinder blocks, it is slightly more expensive to build than the wire mesh bin. (PDF Format Only)
A cinder block multiple bin for composting looks like three cinder block holding units in a row. It is sturdy, and if you can find used cinder blocks, it is relatively inexpensive to build. (PDF Format Only)
Yard wastes can be composted without a bin if you don’t mind the appearance of an uncontained compost mound in your yard. The only costs are your time and effort. (PDF Format Only)
Mulch material does not have to be finished compost. But you can also mulch with compost. Yard wastes can be used as mulch and placed around plants in the garden or along paths and in play areas. The only cost for mulching is your time and effort. (PDF Format Only)
This publication explains what composting is and how it works, and it describes different composting systems. Solutions to problems that may arise are provided as well as suggestions about how to use your compost. The list of resources will help you learn more about composting. (PDF Format Only)
A wire mesh bin for composting is inexpensive and easy to build out of either galvanized chicken wire or hardware cloth. (PDF Format Only)
A wood and wire three-bin turning unit can be used to compost large amounts of yard, garden and kitchen wastes in a short time. Although relatively expensive to build, it is sturdy and attractive and should last a long time. (PDF Format Only)
A wooden box bin for composting can be built inexpensively by using wooden pallets. Or you can use lumber to make a nicer bin. The costs vary, depending on whether you use pallets or new lumber. (PDF Format Only)
Worms in the house? YukI But this composting system actually works! The worms stay in the box and eat household scraps, and the box gives off little odor. Worm composting can be done in apartment buildings or other homes with no yard space. You might try it in your school! (PDF Format Only)
Greenhouse tomatoes are about a $2.2 million business in Louisiana, assuming growers can sell what they produce for a profit. Learn the secrets of turning a profit from your tomatoes. (PDF Format Only)