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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

Continue watering, especially evergreens if soils are dry.

Place wire guards around trunks of young fruit trees to prevent injury from gnawing rabbits and other rodents.

Shut off and drain outdoor irrigation systems that may freeze during cold weather.

Mulch flower and bulb beds after the ground freezes to prevent injury to plants from frost heaving.

Check stored summer bulbs such as Dahlias, Cannas and Gladiolus to be sure they are not rotting or drying out. 

During the winter months, begin creating a garden plan for spring.

 

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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