(Video 02/15/10) Not all palm plants are created equal. Because of the unusual cold this year, some palms are looking brown and dried up, while others are green and healthy looking. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the differences among popular palms and how to care for them. (Runtime: 1:37)
(Audio 01/25/10) Although garden pests are more active during the summer months than they are in the winter, gardeners should be aware of a few insects. Caterpillars, aphids, snails and slugs can be a nuisance in vegetable gardens during the winter, and should be dealt with appropriately. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/25/10) Plants that are kept indoors require some simple care from their owners. Learn the correct way to most effectively water your indoor plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/25/10) January is an excellent time for planting camellias because it allows them to settle into their new environment without much stress. Visit your local nursery to purchase the specific camellias you want for your landscape, and be sure to plant them in a suitable location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/25/10) Although pruning is necessary for some plants, there is some pruning that gardeners should avoid. For example, gardeners should refrain from trimming spring-flowering shrubs this time of the year to ensure the maximum amount of blossoms. Learn more about what not to prune. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/25/10) Indoor plants can embellish our homes and even refresh our air, but tese plants can harbor insects such as the mealy bug. Hear about symptoms related to a mealy bug infestation on indoor plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/25/10) The sago palm is a hardy plant for Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to care for these beautiful plants while respecting their forbidden fruits. (Runtime: 1:43)
(Video 01/18/10) Hard freezes have affected many plants throughout the state. Now, after the damage has been done, what can you do? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to do with your cold-damaged tropicals. (Runtime: 1:49)
(Audio 01/18/10) Arbor Day is the day set aside to celebrate trees, and people often plant trees as part of their celebrations. Arbor Day varies from state to state because of the climate and growing conditions in various locations. Find out more about Arbor Day in Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/18/10) Irish potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables grown in Louisiana during the winter. Learn how to grow this wonderful vegetable in your own garden for easily available and delicious potatoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/18/10) Winter is a good time to prune many of your landscape plants and not interfere with their blooming seasons. Hear more about trimming the various plants in your yard. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/18/10) While some common fungicides and insecticides lose their potency over time after being opened, fertilizers maintain their effectiveness as long as they are stored properly. Learn the conditions under which your fertilizers should be kept. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/18/10) Ground covers are low-growing evergreens that spread to fill in spaces in the landscape. Be sure to plant ground covers that are well adapted to the conditions of the location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/11/10) Parsley is a popular herb in many Louisiana recipes. Whether you prefer flat leaf or curly leaf parsley, transplants for either are available at your local nursery and can be planted into your garden for everyday use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/11/10) Tropical plants are often moved indoors during the cold winter weather. Gardeners should remember that although these plants are being protected from the cold, they still require a substantial amount of light. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/11/10) If you are interested in old-fashioned plants that look great in cottage-style gardens, you should try planting foxgloves, delphinium or holly hock. Hear more to learn tricks for success with these plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/11/10) Gardeners who plan to raise transplants for tomatoes, peppers and eggplants should purchase seeds during January. Listen for several conditions necessary for raising successful transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/11/10) Most spring-flowering bulbs should have been planted in the fall, but tulips and hyacinth require special treatment before planting. If your tulip and hyacinth bulbs have been chilling in a refrigerator, early January is the best time to get them planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 01/11/10) Maybe one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthfully. Growing your own fruit can help you toward that end. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains now is a great time to plant blueberry bushes – which produce some of the most healthful fruit around. (Runtime: 1:49)
(Video 01/04/10) After the Christmas holidays, what do you do with the seasonal plants you’ve used? Throw them out or keep them? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can keep and care for some of these holiday plants. (Runtime: 1:40)
(For Release On Or After 01/29/10) At the beginning of a new year it’s tempting to look back on the previous year and think of ways to do things better. A worthy goal for gardeners is to keep better records of their gardening activities.
(For Release On Or After 01/22/10) It’s been called both picturesque and spooky, but whatever you think of it, Spanish moss draping live oaks and bald cypress trees contributes a lot to the look of Louisiana.
(For Release On Or After 01/15/10) 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.
(For Release On Or After 01/08/10) Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is easy to grow, delicious and so attractive any gardener should include – whether in with a vegetable garden, flower garden or even container garden on a balcony.
(For Release On Or After 01/01/10) All-America Selections is a nonprofit organization that tests newly developed seed-grown varieties of bedding plants and vegetables in garden plots all across the United States. Duplicating conditions in the average home garden, the testing program is independent and unbiased.
(Audio 01/04/10) Roses are considered one of the hardiest of shrubs planted into Louisiana landscapes. While roses are widely grown during the spring, it is wise to plant bushes now during the winter months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/04/10) Cool-season bedding plants do a wonderful job of brightening winter landscapes. While it is not too late to plant them in your yard, these cool-season plants require attention. Hear more about ways to care for winter bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/04/10) Holiday plants are popular as decorations during the Christmas season. Holiday cactuses, Christmas trees and poinsettias are wonderful additions during the holidays, but what do you do when the season is over. Listen for LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill's advice on that topic. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/04/10) Most lawns are dormant over the winter months, so they turn a brown or tan color. The bright or dark green color of cool-season weeds is particularly noticeable against these lawns. Although winter is not the prime time for weed control, it is practical to begin now instead of waiting for the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 01/04/10) Many gardeners may not think January is a good time to grow vegetables. In reality, there are some vegetables that can only be grown during the cooler months in Louisiana. Learn which vegetables develop best during our mild winters. (Runtime: 60 seconds)