Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 1-7, 2017
Title: “Emerald Ash Borer”

As you may have heard, the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Northwest Missouri. This insect has become a major pest of ash trees in the eastern U.S., where it has removed ash trees from entire forests. While the insects are tiny, they feed in large numbers, killing trees quickly. If you would like more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, contact your local University of Missouri Extension center.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 8-14, 2017
Title: “Bringing Houseplants Indoors”

Many houseplants do well outdoors during warm weather. But plants of tropical origin will not tolerate frost.  Some may even be subject to chilling injury, where damage occurs at temperatures well above freezing. When it’s time to bring them indoors, inspect them carefully for insects and diseases.  You don’t want to bring insects into your home for the winter, so treat them if needed.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 15-21, 2017
Title: “Harvesting Pumpkins and Winter Squash”

“Frost on the pumpkins” may bring images of fall weather and harvest time, but it’s not a good idea to leave your crop in the field that long.  Pumpkins and winter squash need to develop a hard, thick rind, so that they will last for a long time in storage.  But don’t let them freeze or even get frost on them, if possible. That will damage them and shorten their storage life.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 22-28, 2017
Title: “Fire Ants”

Fire ants in Missouri?  These pests made the news a few years ago when they arrived in hay which had been imported by southern Missouri cattle producers. As a result, warnings were given to all livestock producers to be careful when importing hay from the south. But did you know it can also affect horticultural crops, by arriving in nursery stock? If you see any of these aggressive pests, call your local MU Extension center.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 29 to November 4, 2017
Title: “Terrariums”

Now that another growing season is over, many gardeners are ready for a rest. No more weed pulling for six months!  But growing plants doesn’t have to end with the arrival of frost, snow, and winter. You might consider starting a terrarium. This tightly closed, clear glass or plastic container is filled with small plants, and provides a great hobby to get you through the winter. Ask for our guide sheet on the topic.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.