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A Mild December in 2015

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist It’s that time of the year when things here at the Garden are slowing down after completing most of our fall plantings. The Herbaceous team has completed their always arduous change-out of our annual beds, and every team is taking a breather after planting thousands (and thousands!)…

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Spider Mites

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The hot, relatively dry weather that we are currently experiencing often encourages population buildups of spider mites. Damage caused by spider mites is called stippling, see photo below, and occurs on the upper surfaces of leaves.  Associated with this stippling will be very fine webbing on the underside of the leaf.  Vegetable plants affected by…

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Blackspot of Roses

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Blackspot of roses is a fungus disease that can cause leaves to yellow and eventually defoliate. The first signs of blackspot, usually on lower leaves working its way up the plant, are leaves with dark, roughly circular spots with uneven edges. The most severe cases of blackspot occur when the relative humidity is above 85%…

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Poison Ivy

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Poison ivy (formerly Rhus radicans now Toxicodendron radicans) Can you identify poison ivy if you should come across this plant while weeding in your garden or out hiking? This is a vital skill if you wish to avoid the rash and irritation that results from coming in contact with it.  The old adage:  “Leaves of…

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Lawn mowing height in Spring

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How low should you go on the first cutting? On tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, you can mow as low as 1 to 1½ inches. Be careful you don’t go so low that you scalp the turf though.  Actually, low mowing can speed green-up by removing old, dead grass and allowing the soil to warm…

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2015 – Year of the Sweet Pepper

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Sweet peppers come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.  The Colors include red, yellow, ivory, orange and purple and shapes include the elongated banana, the blocky bell, the oblong bells and smooth cherry types.  Sweet peppers are called “sweet” because they do not contain capsaisin the chemical that makes chili peppers “hot” and can…

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Impatiens – Easy Growing

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The Sakata Seed Company has produced a tough and colorful Impatiens series called Spreading SunPatiens®.  They are available in a number of colors including red, white, salmon, orange and lavender.  ‘Spreading Shell Pink’  was recently announced as an All-America Selections winner.  This line of impatiens, which are considered a breeding breakthrough, thrive in full sun…

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Spotted Lanternfly

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A new exotic insect pest was recently announced by Pennsylvania agricultural officials. The Spotted Lanternfly, a colorful flying insect native to China, India, Japan and VietNam, has prompted a quarantine in five PA townships where it has been discovered. These are the only reported observations of this pest in the US so far. The Spotted…

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