If you want to maximize the number of tomatoes you can harvest, you should prune off suckers on the plant.
LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains the watering regimen for your plants at home while you're on vacation.
(Video 6/26/19) Angelonias provide a beautiful, diverse array of color in the landscape and is a great choice for the summer heat.
(Video 2/26/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains what you can do to help your muscadines grow more effectively.
(Video 06/24/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard introduces you to an excellent alternative shrub with a unique, swirling growth pattern.
(Video 06/17/19) Thinking of adding a beautiful shrub into your landscape? Then the Louisiana Super Plant Shoal Creek vitex is an excellent choice.
(Video 06/10/19) Horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard meets with vegetable expert KiKi Fontenot to discuss the merits of growing ornamental corn.
(Video 06/03/19) If you’ve got established blueberry plants in the ground, it’s almost time to harvest their sweet, tangy fruits.
(Video 05/27/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard introduces you to a manageable dwarf version of the butterfly bush.
(Video 05/20/19) 2019 Louisiana Super Plant Lime Sizzler firebush not only looks beautiful, but it can also take the heat.
(Video 05/12/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard shares some ways to protect your roses.
(Video 05/05/19) Horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard shows you how to install an irrigation kit in your landscape.
Heather Kirk-Ballard demonstrates how to remove vines that are to taking over your yard.(Video 4/29/19)
How to identify some of the most prevalent weeds and what you can do to defend your lawn against their spread. (Video 4/22/19)
(Video 04/15/19) If you want to jazz up the look of your landscape, a raised bed might help you reach that goal.
(Video 04/08/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard explains how to plant vegetables in your spring garden
(Video 04/01/19)Heather Kirk-Ballard demonstrates how to prepare your garden bed so you can maximize the productivity of your tomatoes, squash or bell peppers.
(Video 03/18/19) Heather Kirk-Ballard explains what you need to be doing now to maximize the success of your gardens and landscapes.
(Video 03/11/19) On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard introduces you to the vibrant Lemon Ball sedum.
(Video 3/4/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard discusses the beauty of camellias and how to keep them happily growing and blooming.
(Video 02/25/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Kerry Heafner explains why properly pruning your fruit trees can improve their overall health and productivity.
(Video 02/11/19) Dan Gill explains why it’s important to use the correct potting mixes for growing your potted plants.
(Video 02/03/19) It sounds simple, but watering your indoor plants properly is an important part of keeping them healthy.
(Video 01/28/19) It’s an ideal time to plant fruit trees and bushes now. Here are some tips for purchasing the right fruit plants.
(Video 01/21/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the best way to get your soil tested.
(Video 01/07/19) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Kiki Fontenot shows how to properly plant onion transplants.
(Video 12/24/18) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill discusses the advantages of ornamental kale and ornamental cabbage.
(Video 08/20/18) On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can have a fall crop of tomatoes.
(Video 04/16/18) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to these beautiful plants and explains why they’re so easy for gardeners to grow.
(Video 04/09/18) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how Easter lilies can be planted in the landscape and grow very well with the proper care.
(Video 04/02/18) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill tells you what you need to know about selecting vegetables from the cucumber family.
(Video 03/26/18) LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the many types of tomatoes you can choose for your early planting.
(Video 01/14/18) On this edition of Get It Growing, learn what you can do to combat gray mold.
(Video 01/01/18) On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains steps you can take to check and improve your soil composition.
(Video 12/25/17) You have plants left over after Christmas. Can you replant that poinsettia or keep that Christmas cactus?
(Video 09/12/16) On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Bird of Paradise.
(Video 09/05/16) Some roses will bloom beautifully in the fall, if you take care of them now.
(Audio 12/5/05) If you haven't put in your cool-season bedding plants, now is the time. Just be sure not to put them out right before a hard freeze.
(Audio for 12/5/05) Cutting down your own Christmas tree is a fun way to get a fresh, live tree. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill talks about how to find tree farms around Louisiana.
(Audio for 12/5/05) Despite the cold, there are a number of vegetables you can plant this time of the year. Just be sure to protect them from potential hard freezes.
(Audio for 12/5/05) Poinsettias come in many different shapes and sizes. Proper care will assure a beautiful plant into the New Year.
(Video 02/18/08) Now is the time to get some of your flowering plants into their flower beds. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives you some good choices of hardy annuals for your cool-season garden. (Runtime 1 minute, 33 seconds)
(Audio 10/15/07) Gardeners can manipulate the color of their hydrangeas by making an addition to the soil this month. Acid soils produce blue plants and alkaline soils produce pink flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/15/07) Wisteria is an outstanding flowering vine for Louisiana landscapes. It spreads easily, so be sure to keep it under control. A common problem with wisteria is that it can take several years to bloom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/08/07) Many gardeners move their houseplants outside during the summer. As the weather cools, tropical plants will have to come back indoors. Before making the move, they need to acclimate to low-light conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/08/07) Persimmon trees are easy to grow in Louisiana landscapes. This fruit tree produces seedless fruit and doesn't need pollination. The fruit of most varieties must be soft before it can be eaten. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/08/07) Harvest season for strawberries is in the spring, but now is the time to plant them in your garden. Make sure the beds are well-prepared and raised. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/08/07) Save the seeds from plants such as annuals and perennials, and don't harvest the seeds too early. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/07/08) Sweet peas are outstanding flowering vines. Their color and fragrance make a great addition to our landscape. Sweet peas will bloom in the spring, but now is the time to plant the vines. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 10/01/07) Lycoris radiata goes by a variety of common names: Hurricane lily, spider lily and naked ladies. This plant requires patience because it may take three years to start blooming. (Runtime: 1 minute, 27 seconds)
(Audio 10/01/07) We start thinking of the holidays this time of the year. There are a lot items in nature that can decorate up your home for fall. Look for things such as seed pods, dried flower heads and pine cones. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/01/07) Many great vegetables can be planted this time of the year. Transplants of broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower are available at local nurseries. Root crops can be direct-seeded into the garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/01/07) Roses in Louisiana bloom beautifully in October and November. If your roses were pruned back in August or September, there is not much pruning needed now. You will need to deadhead your roses after they fade. This keeps the rose bush looking fresh and attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/01/07) Gardeners can plant a wide variety of herbs in their gardens this time of the year. A few plants provide a big harvest, so there is no need to plant more than you can use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/01/07) Brown patch is a fungal infection that affects lawn grasses, especially St. Augustine. It likes cool, mild and damp weather conditions. Watch for discolored areas in the lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/24/07) Louisiana irises are dormant during the months of August, September and early October. If you have irises that need to be divided, get that done soon. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/24/07) Garlic is critical to Louisiana cuisine. It is easy to grow, and now is the time to plant it. Choose a well-prepared bed in a sunny area with good drainage. Garlic can be planted through the month of October and into early November. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/24/07) It is still too hot to plant trees, but planting season is right around the corner. Now is a good time to look around for needed shade in your lawn and make plans for fall plantings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/24/07) Azalea lace bugs are small flying insects that live on the underside of the leaves. Small white spots on the leaf indicate an infestation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/24/07) Mid-to-late September is a great time to plant cole crops into your vegetable garden. Cole crops are the group of vegetables closely related to cabbage. (Runtime: 1 minute, 28 seconds)
(Audio 09/17/07) Louisiana gardeners can compost every bit of organic debris their landscapes create. This includes leaves in the fall and grass clippings in the summer. Gardeners can create their own compost pile using simple materials. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/17/07) Many gardeners move container plants outside for the summer. After a summer of abundant growth outdoors, plants may have outgrown their containers. Look for roots growing out of drainage holes or showing up on the soil. These plants will benefit from being repotted into a larger container. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/17/07) Caladiums are a wonderful shade-tolerant summer bedding plant. They are reaching the end of their growing season, and gardeners should dig up the tubers before all the foliage falls off. The tubers need to be dried and stored in paper bags or cardboard boxes inside during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/17/07) Many types of azaleas will bloom in late summer and fall. Encore azaleas were bred in Louisiana, are well-adapted to our growing conditions and bloom without fail in the fall. This is a good time to plant them into your landscape, and you can pick out your plants while they are in bloom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/17/07) September and October are transitional times in Louisiana landscapes. Days become milder, and summer rain showers began to slow down. This means watering will likely be necessary. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/17/07) Blue flowers are relatively rare in the plant world. That’s why plumbago's blue flowers are so precious. Plumbago is an outstanding workhorse in the summer landscape. It’s actually a shrubby-looking plant, but when you examine at the stems, you’ll see they’re very green and herbaceous. (Runtime: 1 minutre, 30 seconds)
(Audio 09/10/07) Mulches are a valuable gardening tool for reducing weeds in beds. It is important to remember that mulch must be thick to work properly. If your mulch is looking thin, add another layer on top of the existing mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/10/07) As we move into September, we must be careful about what we prune in our landscapes. Winter and spring-flowering shrubs have set their flower buds, so pruning will remove these flowers. Also, pruning too late can keep shrubs or tree branches from hardening off before winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/10/07) In September, it is still pretty hot. Combining that with dry weather can cause an increase in chinch bug activity. These insects attack lawn grasses and prefer St. Augustine grass. They create circular brown areas and will kill the grass where they feed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/10/07) Vegetable and flower beds are active parts of our landscape. Right now, gardeners may need to do some bed preparation before planting fall crops. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/10/07) The weather can remain quite warm throughout September, but we are reaching the end of the growing period. This means you have to be careful with late-season fertilizer applications. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/03/07) A variety of fungal organisms live and grow in our lawns. Some are relatively harmless. Others can be very damaging and cause problems in hot, dry weather. Fungicides can prevent some of this damage from occurring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/03/07) Pecan trees tend to "alternate bear," which means they will produce a large crop one year followed by a small crop or no crop the next year. A large crop can lead to breaking branches because of pecan's brittle wood. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/03/07) Green onions are an important part of Louisiana cuisine. This is a great time of the year to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/03/07) Mature trees are a valuable part of the home landscape. When building on a lot with existing trees, make plans to keep them from being damaged by construction. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 09/03/07) A variety of both warm-season and cool-season vegetables can be planted in September. Transplants of tomatoes and bell peppers can be planted early in the month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 09/10/07) You might have noticed tree leaves that look diseased or sickly recently. What’s the problem and what should you do? LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to handle the situation in this segment of Get it Growing. (Runtime: 1 minute, 27 seconds)
(Video 09/03/07) Many Louisiana gardeners like to grow culinary herbs. Mexican oregano is a good herb for our area. It generally grows in the drier climate of south Texas and northern mexico, but does remarkably well in Louisiana. Make sure this plant gets very good drainage. (Runtime: 1 minute, 31 seconds)
(Audio 08/27/07) Pruning Gingers and cannas can be tricky. Once a shoot has flowered it will not flower again. Gardeners can prune these shoots back down to the ground and make room for new shoots that will sprout up later. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 08/27/07) Some plants are great for attracting beautiful insects – like butterflies. In this Get It Growing segment, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a plant that not only attracts Monarch butterflies but also serves as a type of nursery for their young. (Runtime: 1 minute, 30 seconds)
(Audio 08/27/07) The young transplants gardeners buy at local nurseries have been raised under perfect conditions in greenhouses. As a result, transplants may need to be hardened off first before being planted in the garden.(Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/27/07) Caterpillars are one of the leading pests that attack plants in our landscapes. Their damage usually can be tolerated, but populations of these pests can be high at the end of summer. Monitor their damage and apply pesticides if necessary. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/27/07) Roses have their share of problems during the summer, but if we wait through it, we can expect a good blooming season in the fall. Evaluate your roses now. Prune them, if they need it, to prepare them for fall blooming. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/27/07) The end of August or the first week of September is the last time this year to apply nitrogen fertilizer to your lawn. You do not want to encourage vigorous growth into the fall, because that makes the grass less hardy going into the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 08/20/07) It’s been extremely hot lately, making it uncomfortable to go outside and work in the garden. The good news is that it feels a little better in the shade. With that in mind, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a beautiful shade-loving plant. (Runtime: 1 minute, 27 seconds)
(Audio 08/20/07) This time of the year, gardeners tend to work in the early morning or early evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. Gardeners should protect themselves with mosquito repellant or clothing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/20/07) Heat stress is terrible this time of the year. The weather is just as hard on our plants as it is on us, so we should avoid planting trees and shrubs now. Wait until the weather cools down in October before trying to plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/20/07) Part of the pruning is to remove unattractive faded fronds from the lower part of the palm's head. This becomes more difficult as the palm grows taller. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 08/20/07) Bagging grass clippings is not necessary if you mow frequently. If you don't, however, bagging the clippings can keep your yard healthy and attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)