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Fall Planting for Spring Blooms

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Fall Planting for Spring Blooms
Can you believe it is time to plant bulbs for spring flowers? It is exciting seeing that first flower in spring but it takes time to get there. Spring blooming bulbs start growing almost immediately after they are planted. They send down roots in the fall and continue growing throughout the winter. It is so important to get them off to a good start. Choose a spot that will get plenty of sunshine in the spring. Add organic matter and some bulb food or bone meal, at planting time. Make sure you ke...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: fall planting , bulb , spring bulbs | Comments (0) | View Count: (397)

Controlling Powdery Mildew

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Controlling Powdery Mildew
As a gardener living in St. Louis with wet springs and humid summers, you get use to pests, insects, disease and other problems. But the one problem that bothers me the most is powdery mildew. Crowded plants with poor air circulation, dampness and high humidity help encourage growth. Powdery mildew is a fungus that can overwinter in plant debris which produces spores in the spring. The spores are carried by wind, insects and splashing water. Some ways to control powdery mildew include: Choose h...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: diesease , powdery mildew | Comments (0) | View Count: (509)

Growing Citrus Indoors

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Growing Citrus Indoors
Have you ever thought how fun it would be to have your own lemon tree or an orange tree in your own home?  The flowers of citrus plants are delightfully fragrant, usually with thick snow white petals on flowers that pollenate, seemingly, like magic. We have been growing citrus trees, in pots, here at the Kemper Center for quite a few years now. We had a calamondin orange tree (Citrus x calamondin) for about five or six years. It was just a 6 inch cutting when we began. The fact that it wa...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: orange , citrus , indoor plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (1175)
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