January 2013 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 January 6-12, 2013
Title: “Germination Tests"

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If you have seed left over from last year’s garden, don’t throw it away. A simple germination test will tell you how viable the seed is, and if you can depend on it for this year’s garden. Roll 10 to 20 seeds in a damp paper towel. Keep them moist and warm. After the normal germination time for the seed, usually a week or two, count how many seeds have sprouted. If the percentage is high enough, you should have no problem with them in this year’s garden.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of January 13-19, 2013
Title: “Pruning Tree Limbs”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Winter is a good time to prune large tree limbs, but be sure you prune properly to avoid damage to your tree. First, make a cut from the bottom of the limb up, about 1/3 way. Then finish the cut from the top. This helps to prevent the limb from splitting and breaking off. This will insure a clean cut, leaving fewer places where disease and insects could become established.

 Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of January 20-26, 2013
Title: “Chinese Evergreens”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

Looking for a good houseplant that will tolerate low light levels? Try the Chinese Evergreen. Its silver-splashed leaves will grow well even at low light levels, with a minimal amount of care. Just be sure the temperatures don’t drop below 65 degrees. Be sure to use a soil mixture that drains well, and take care not to over-water.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

Horticulture Tip for the week of January 27 to February 2, 2013
Title: “Sticky Traps”

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

A good, economical way to trap whiteflies and aphids near your houseplants is to cut bright yellow cardboard or plastic and coat it with petroleum jelly. These insects are attracted to the bright color, and will become stuck when they land on the sticky surface. Insert the traps into the soil of your potted plants, or hang them nearby, and you’ll quickly lower the number of those insect pests.  

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.