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All Seasons Blog

Poinsettia Care through Winter (and Beyond)

This iconic holiday plant has tropical roots. Get tips on keeping your poinsettia looking its best all year. Perhaps no flower represents the winter holidays like the poinsettia. However, these festive plants, which range from the traditional red to pale yellow, can be mysterious when it comes to care and maintenance. Here are some tips on

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Christmas Cactus Care

The Christmas cactus is a long lived plant with flat, segmented stems. Most of the year its appearance is fairly unassuming. Some potted green in the corner of the living room or parked under a tree in the back yard. Around Christmas, however, something magical happens. With care, this plain looking plant will blossom with flowers of

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A Holly for Every Need

Enjoy the following recollection of holly berries and childhood from a Louisiana Horticulturist: “Growing up right behind St. George, our neighbor, Mrs. B., had a Holly on the right corner of her house. Being a boy, what this meant for me was I now had “bullets” to throw at my younger brother. Holly berries were

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In the Zone: An Article on Plant Growing Zones

  Have you gone to a nursery to purchase a plant only to be confused by the zone indicated? Usually the zone on the label is the plant hardiness zone, but it is becoming common to include heat zones. First, let’s discuss plant hardiness zones. This set of numbers is about minimum temperatures a plant

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Lettuce Get Started in the Garden

All types of lettuce (romaine, butterhead, leaf, and head) all grow well in Louisiana. Purchase fresh seed or transplants at a local nursery or online from major seed companies. Seed should be planted a one-eighth of an inch deep or less. Many varieties of lettuce germinate better if light can reach the seed. Cover lettuce

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Evergreen Shrubs for Year-Long Color

Evergreen shrubs don’t disappoint. Add them to your landscape for vibrant flowers, leaves and stems every season. Evergreen Viburnum Viburnum is a dense, compact shrub with pointed green leaves edged with creamy yellow. It has clusters of red flowers in late winter and spring. Though most cultivars are deciduous, the sweet viburnum is a diehard

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A Color Scheme for Cool Season

When you decide it’s time to pull out the warm-season bedding plants and replant your flowerbeds and containers, lots of wonderful cool season bedding plants are available here! The roles these plants play in landscapes and containers is to provide color. What colors to plant or how you combine them is mostly a matter of

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Landscaping Pitfalls & Solutions

Pitfall: Planting too close to a wall means that there’s just a little air circulation between the plant and the wall, and fungal diseases can run rampant. Solution: Keep plants at least a few feet away from walls. Pitfall: Planting in straight lines (or curved lines, for that matter) isn’t a mistake per se, but very often

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Growing Citrus in Acadiana

Citrus trees are the most popular edible tree grown in southern Louisiana. With their dark green foliage, fragrant white flowers and delicious fruit so many people just love them! We are lucky to have a unique climate that allows us to grow Citrus (a tropical fruit) here in south Louisiana. The only thing that stops

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Louisiana: Vegetable Planting Calendar

Starting to plan the fall veggie garden? Or already elbows deep in it? Have you seen this handy informational sheet on planting and harvest dates from the Urban Farmer? This is a good guide to the last and first frost dates throughout the state, as well as a crop-by-crop calendar for the year. We typically

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