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Blossom-End Rot Frustrates Tomato Growers

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Eager tomato growers, having lovingly nurtured their plants, anxiously await their ripe gems. But alas, a black, leathery spot appears at the base of the fruit. Blossom end-rot is thankfully not an infectious disease, but rather a frustrating disorder of the fruit. The black scar tissue is thought to be caused by a deficiency of…

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Cucumbers Bitter During Hot, Dry Weather

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

If you’ve noticed that your cucumbers are a little (or a lot) bitter lately, don’t give up hope. A little water, mulch and patience will provide relief. Most cucumber plants contain a bitter compound called cucurbitacin, which can be present in the fruit as well as the foliage. Bitterness in cucumbers tends to be more…

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Watering the Garden Just Right

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Although recent rains have relieved some gardeners from their watering chores, the respite is sure to be temporary. Seasonal thunderstorms may deluge some gardens with water while other areas, even those close by, may stay fairly dry. Most garden plants will need 1-1.5 inches of water per week to maintain healthy leaves, flowers and fruit….

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Sunflowers for Midwestern Gardens

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Sunflowers are traditional in the typical Midwestern garden, but modern hybrids have greatly expanded the palette of choices. Whether you want short, medium or tall; yellow, burgundy, bronze or brown; seed for the birds; or just pretty to look at, there’s a sunflower for you. Gardeners will find two different types of sunflowers available from…

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Assessing Freeze Injury on Horticultural Plants – Yard & Garden News

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Rosie Lerner and Bruce Bordelon, Purdue Extension Horticulture & Landscape Architecture As so many gardeners are staying at home these days, we’ve had more opportunity to enjoy the spring display. And then, perhaps inevitably, “normal” spring frost and freeze visited. Some plants are vulnerable to damage. The amount of damage will depend on how far…

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Advice for first-time gardeners: Start small

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

As so many of us are spending much more time at home these days, this might be the perfect time to think about starting a vegetable garden! In addition to adding fresh produce to your diet, gardening can offer both physical and mental therapeutic benefits. Anyone can develop a green thumb, as long as they’re…

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Spring Garden Shows Cure Winter Blahs

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Purdue Extension Master Gardeners answer gardening questions at the Purdue Plant Info to Go Booth at Indiana Flower & Patio Show Photo credit: Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Slipper orchidPhoto credit: Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension DaffodilsPhoto credit: Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned green thumb, you’ll find lots of inspiring…

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Mother Nature Gives Spring Bulbs the Heave-Ho!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Hyacinth bulb with leaves and flower buds emerged January 2020. Photo Credit: Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension Daffodil bulbs emerge December 2019. Photo Credit: Tom Creswell, Purdue Extension Frost-heaved tulip bulbs December 2019. Photo Credit: Tom Creswell, Purdue Extension It’s not unusual for Indiana weather to have trouble deciding what season it is. Warm spells during…

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Holiday Cactus FAQs

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Holiday cacti are not only popular gift plants, but they are also the subject of frequent debate among gardeners. There appears to be much confusion about these unique tropical cacti regarding care, maintenance and, especially, on how to get them to re-bloom. While most folks just lump them all together as Christmas cactus, there are…

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Thankful for Cranberries

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

The cranberry plant is native to large portions of the northeastern United States as well as the West Coast states and portions of Canada. Cranberry production requires a rather unique acid bog habitat, which restricts its commercial production to just a few states. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington are the leading producers in…

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Cut Back Perennials Now or Later?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Septoria leaf spot lesions on rudbeckia leaves. Foliage should be cut back and removed from infected plants. Photo Credits: Dr. Janna Beckerman, Purdue Extension Advanced stages of Septoria leaf spot can eventually kill the plant, especially during wet weather or frequently irrigated plants. Foliage should be cut back from infected plants. Photo Credits: Dr. Janna…

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Fall Leaves Are Treasure, Not Trash

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The hot dry weather experienced throughout much of Indiana in late summer is bringing an early leaf drop to many landscape plants. But even under the best weather conditions, the shorter, cooler days of autumn signal deciduous plants to begin their color change and eventual leaf drop. For some, this marvel is overshadowed by the…

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Native Shrubs For Fall Color

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Bottlebrush buckeye fall colorPhoto Credits: Purdue Arboretum Dwarf fothergilla fall colorPhoto Credits: Purdue Arboretum Oak-leaved hydrangea fall color Photo Credits: Purdue Arboretum If you’re looking to add native shrubs to your home landscape, fall is an excellent time to look for those with good fall color. While many factors affect the display of fall color,…

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Squash blossoms drop, and sometimes that’s normal

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

A common complaint among vegetable gardeners is that their squash plants have a lot of flowers, but many of them just fall off without producing any fruit. This same observation can be made of cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and gourds, all of which are collectively known as “vine” crops to home gardeners. These plants are all…

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When lightning strikes, is the tree out?

Monday, June 17th, 2019

When lightning strikes a tree, it will most certainly leave a calling card, but it can be difficult to predict whether that injury is strike one, two or three. There are many variables to consider, including the species, moisture content, relative health of the tree at the time of the strike, and the intensity of…

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Bee proactive in protecting pollinators

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Gardeners play a critical role in the nurturing and conservation of both native and introduced pollinators. Gardens and landscapes provide pollinators with food, water, shelter and habitat to complete their life cycles. Urban areas typically feature large areas of pavement and buildings and offer little in the way of food or shelter for pollinators. Garden…

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Leafy vegetables ready for short, cool growing season

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Leafy vegetables are more nutritious and have fewer calories than most other vegetables, and they’re easy to grow. Most greens can be grown in relatively short, cool growing seasons, making them available for fresh harvest earlier than most other crops. If properly planned, fresh, leafy greens can be harvested all season long. Leafy vegetables adapted…

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Rhubarb is prone to bolting. Here’s what to do

Monday, March 18th, 2019

We humans can be so difficult to please. When plants flower when we want them to, we call it blooming. But when plants flower when we don’t want them to, we call it bolting. Flowering is an undesirable trait when growing rhubarb; therefore, bolting describes the event. Gardeners frequently ask why their rhubarb is bolting….

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Please Don’t Top Your Trees

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Topping a tree is an all-too-common practice among homeowners, particularly when their trees become too tall and pose a possible threat to the house or overhead power lines. Some have the trees topped because they believe, or are led to believe, that topping is a good pruning practice. Some situations obviously require the removal of…

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Snow Is Good for Gardens

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Though your aching back may not agree, recent heavy snows actually will be good for your garden and landscape. Snow provides moisture as well as protection from cold and wind. Snow is an excellent insulator against low temperatures and excessive winds. The extent of protection depends on the depth of snow. In addition, the soil…

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