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From selecting the right plants to proper watering techniques and dealing with pests, host Lee Rouse delivers the information you need to garden successfully in Louisiana's unique climate.

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Even the best gardeners can still fall short of the perfect red, delicious tomato. Aspects of fertilization, water, and temperature can stand in the way of a perfect tomato.

Failure to set fruit can be caused by a number of problems, including nighttime temperature. Nighttime temperatures outside of a range between 55 and 70 degrees make it difficult for the tomato flower to be pollinated. Also, fruit set is lowest when there are daytime temperatures exceeding 90 degrees.

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The foliage on your spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths is probably beginning to look a little ratty in your landscape by now. Late April to early May is a great time to dig these spring flowering bulbs out of the garden where it's possible.

If these bulbs happen to be growing in the lawn or close to a three or shrub, consider leaving them in the landscape to go dormant naturally. It's not worth disturbing the root systems of other plants in order to properly store these bulb.

For the best results for next year's blooms for those bulbs that you can get out of the ground, use a pitchfork instead of a shovel. With a pitchfork, you'll loosen the soil but won't sever roots or accidentally cut a bulb in half the way you might do with a shovel.

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A new cleome, Seniorita Rosalita, is a radical departure from the cleomes we have grown in the past.

The cleome, or spider flower, is a traditional summer annual grown in the south for generations. They are tall robust plants growing three to five feet tall with a hand-shaped leaf and a large heads of delicate flowers.

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The fig tree was imported into the United States some time during the 16th century. It grows well in the south Atlantic and Gulf coast areas. Figs are one of the most interesting fruits you can grow in your back yard.

The fig was one of the first fruits cultivated by ancient people. Evidence shows it's been in cultivation since 4,000 BC.

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One plant that continues to hold my interest season to season is the native Virginia Willow. As gardeners have become more environmentally conscious, they're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape.

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Have you looked around your lawn recently? Have you noticed yellow or brown patches that are beginning to spread and get larger?

If so you may have a disease in your lawn called take-all root rot. It's caused by a soil-borne fungus which is typically found around turf grass roots.

The Louisiana Master Gardener Program is an ongoing volunteer platform offered by the LSU AgCenter. It's not a one-off volunteer opportunity like you might find so much in the community. The Louisiana Master Gardener Program is an ongoing education and volunteering arrangement open to those with a passion for horticulture and gardening.

The main focus of the program is volunteering in the arena of home horticulture education. No prior experience with gardening is necessary to becoming a master gardener. There is a job available for every skill-set.

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If you're interested in planting wildflowers in your garden, one of the best plants to put in the garden this time of the year is the native Louisiana iris.

Hybrids of this native species bloom in a rainbow of color with large, showy flowers on their long stems. While their beauty and reliability in the garden have made Louisiana irises increasingly popular around the world, they still have some obscurity in their own native Louisiana.

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It's time to wake up and plant the roses. Roses are one of the most common gardening shrubs used throughout the world.

The Chinese have been growing these and breeding them for over five thousand years. This breeding practice has led to many, many new cultivars, interesting colors, flower habits, and shrub sizes and forms.

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You might be wondering about your tropicals right about now. Tender tropical plants were significantly affected by this winter's cold temperatures.

Sago palms took a beating this year and the AgCenter has been receiving a lot of questions about them. You want to prune off any fronds that have cold damage. The plant will be fine without them. The trunks have enough sugars in them to make sure the palm can leaf out this spring.

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