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Home Gardening Center Closed 3/12 to 3/15

Due to constructions, the Center for Home Gardening will be closed Tuesday March, 12th to Friday March, 15th. The walk-in Plant Doctor service will not be available during this time. Home gardening questions can be sumbitted to the the Horticulture Answer Service (314-577-5143) from 9am - 12 pm, Monday - Friday or through e-mail at plantinformation@mobot.org. 

Plant Samples

Due to the threat of Boxwood Blight and other potential pest/disease issues, the Garden will no longer be allowing samples of Boxwood, Pachysandra or any samples suspected of having serious diseases such as Rose Rosette or Phytophthora to be brought into the garden.

Please help us protect our living plant collection by taking clear photos of the plant you need identified or diagnosed. Images can be emailed to plantinformation@mobot.org or brought to the Plant Doctors at the Center for Home Gardening (Open every day, 9 am - 5 pm).  

For any additional questions regarding samples, please call: 314-577-9562. 

 

Cultivating Orchids for the Home Gardener

Learn how to keep these common household orchids happy and healthy. You can see these and many more in the Orchid Show, February 2nd to March 24th.

Cattylea

Cymbidium

Phalaenopsis

Paphiopedilum

 

Seasonal Gardening Tips

Winter aconite (Eranthis sp.) and snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) are hardy bulbs for shady gardens that frequently push up through snow to bloom now. 

Enjoy the fragrant blooms of Ozark Witch Hazel flowering in shrub borders or wooded areas on warm sunny days.

Inspect summer bulbs in storage to be sure none are drying out. Discard any that show signs of rot. 

To control iris borer, clean up and destroy the old foliage before new growth begins. 

Clean up beds by removing all weeds and dead foliage. 

Seeds of hardy annuals such as larkspur, bachelor's buttons, and California poppies should be directly sown in the garden now. 

Ornamental grasses should be cut to the ground just as the new growth begins.

Plant peas, lettuce, radishes, collards, spinach, carrots and beet seeds outdoors.

Watch for squirrels feeding on the tender, swollen buds of Elms, Hickories, Oaks and other trees as spring approaches. 

 

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Enjoy the fragrant blooms of the Ozark Witch Hazel flowering in shrub borders or wooded areas on warm sunny days.
Enjoy the fragrant blooms of the Ozark Witch Hazel flowering in shrub borders or wooded areas on warm sunny days.
Repot any root-bound house plants now before vigorous growth occurs. Choose a new container that is only 1 or 2 inches larger in diameter than the old pot.
Repot any root-bound house plants now before vigorous growth occurs. Choose a new container that is only 1 or 2 inches larger in diameter than the old pot.
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Gardening Help

We have staff available to help you with your gardening questions:

  • Plant Doctors: Master Gardeners can answer your questions in person at the Center for Home Gardening

    Every day, 9 am - 5 pm

  • Horticulture Answer Service: Have your gardening questions answered over the phone: 

    (314) 577-5143

    Mon.-Fri., 9 am to 12 pm

  • Plant Information: Email your gardening questions to: 

    plantinformation@mobot.org