May 2014 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 May 4-10, 2014
Title: “Potted Plants”

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

If you move your potted plants outside for the summer, remember that they will usually need more water than they did inside your home.  This is because increased air circulation due to wind will increase transpiration and water loss.  Even if a plant can take sunlight in its normal setting, it’s best to find a shadier spot at first, in order to acclimatize the plant to the great outdoors.  Depending on the species, you may then move it to a sunnier location later.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 11-17, 2014
Title: “Clay Pots”

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

Clay pots are a traditional container for potted plants, and work well.  But watering requirements for plants in clay pots will be different than plants in plastic pots.  This is because some water loss can occur through the sides of the pot itself.  In a windy outdoor setting, you can reduce water requirements by setting the clay pot into a close-fitting plastic pot, or by covering the clay pot with aluminum foil.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 18-24, 2014
Title: “New Transplants”

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

One of the more common mistakes with newly transplanted trees and shrubs is to give them either too much or not enough water.  This is especially critical during the first year after they’ve been transplanted, since the plant must grow new roots for water and nutrient intake.  When starting out, it’s best to water frequently, with less water, so that your tree’s water needs are in balance, and that you don’t drown them or dry them out.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of May 25-31, 2014
Title: “Southern Peas”

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

Southern peas are a favorite garden vegetable in the South, and do well in our hot Missouri summers.  When growing them, remember that they don’t require a lot of fertilizer, compared to other vegetables.  If you over fertilize them, the extra fertilizer will encourage excess vine growth, and will delay pod set.  Be sure to harvest ripe pods, once they are fully formed.  This will encourage the plant to continue producing more pods.

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