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April 2013 Horticulture Tips

 

Horticulture Tip for the week of March 31 to April 6, 2013

Title: Chrysanthemum Propagation

 

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

 

If you have mums outdoors which have survived the winter, dig them up, divide them, and replant them as soon as the new shoots appear.  Each rooted shoot or clump will develop into a new plant which will bloom later this summer and fall.  When the new plants get about four inches high, pinch out the tops.  This will thicken the plant and produce more blooms.

 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

 


 

Horticulture Tip for the week of April 7-13, 2013

Title: Hydrangeas

 

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

 

If you have received a hydrangea as a gift, don’t be afraid to transplant it into the garden after the flowers fade.  When warm weather arrives, plant it in a well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.  But be aware that the flower color may not be the same.  Alkaline soils produce pink flowers; acidic soils produce blue flowers.  So your soil pH will determine the color of the flower.  White hydrangeas are not affected by pH.  

 

 Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

 


 

Horticulture Tip for the week of April 14-20, 2013

Title: Garden Cultivation

 

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

 

One time-honored practice among gardeners is cultivating and deep hoeing for weed control.  This may not be the best idea.  This practice will cause considerable damage to the shallow roots of vegetables and flowers, and also brings up weed seeds to the surface where they can germinate.  It’s far better to apply two inches of a good mulch material once the soil warms up.  Any weeds that make it through that are easily picked out by hand.

 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

 


 

Horticulture Tip for the week of April 21-27, 2013

Title: Cutting Gardens

 

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

 

Cutting gardens for flower production have become popular in recent years, but handling those long-stemmed plants isn’t always easy.  The best way is to use chicken wire.  When the plants are small, unroll the chicken wire and stake it so that it’s suspended about one foot above the soil, running horizontal to the ground.  The stems will grow up through the chicken wire and support the flowers so that they don’t fall over.

 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

 


 

Horticulture Tip for the week of April 28 to May 4, 2013

Title: Garden Records

 

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

 

It’s always a good idea to keep accurate records and notes of your garden activities.  What variety did you plant?  When did you plant it?  When did those peach trees bloom?  How much rain did you get last week?  How about that fertilizer did you put on your yard last summer?  The better your records are, the more informed you can be when it’s time to make decisions.  And the better prepared you’ll be to predict the best time to implement those decisions.

 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension.

 


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