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Holiday Plant Care Basics

Nov 16, 2018
Tobie Blanchard / LSU AgCenter

This time of year, even people who have no interest at all in growing plants find themselves purchasing and displaying living plants as an element of holiday decorating. If you're not accustomed to taking care of indoor plans, this episode of Bayou Garden will be especially helpful.

Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

Vegetables are typically grown in the ground or in containers. But why grow vegetables in containers when you could grow them in the ground? There are some good reasons, including access to tools, back-saving reasons, and the ease of management of a few containers rather than a full in-ground garden. There are reasons of necessity, such as availability of space, too.

Dan Gill / LSU AgCenter

What if you made it your mission to incorporate at least one item from your vegetable garden into at least one meal every day? This is easy to achieve with your fall and winter vegetable garden thanks to the vast amount of greens and lettuce that can be grown during these months.

Tom Pope

Many plants seem to save up all summer for the spectacular display of flowers, fruit, and foliage showing up in our gardens right now.

If you want punch up the color level in your garden from late spring through early December, here are some trees, shrubs, and perennials you might consider.

LSU AgCenter

It could be argued that azaleas define the spring season in Louisiana. That's because for a long time the most commonly planted Azalea were the large growing Southern Indica types. They produce their flowers and short but incredible display all the way from mid-March through mid April.

But times are changing. With the introduction and more common usage of alternate season blooming azaleas, such as the popular Encore or Robin Hill groups of azaleas, it is not unusual to see azaleas blooming during the late summer fall and even into the winter months.

LSU AgCenter

Looking up in your pecan or sweet gum trees, you may have noticed a very spooky webbing being formed around the tips of your branches, as well as the foliation under the webbing.

If you are seeing this, most likely you have an infestation of the fall webworm.

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Cannas are highly versatile plants and should be used in the landscape by anyone looking to add a tropical feel to the garden or simply looking for a beautiful filler that provides tons of color all throughout the summer. Cannas can tolerate a wide variety of soil moistures ranging from very soggy to fairly dry. This particular quality of Cannas makes it an ideal candidate for rain gardens and low lying areas of the garden.

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September and October is an excellent time to plant the sunflower. You can plant them this time of year for a beautiful fall bouquet.

You might have noticed that sunflowers are not usually sold as transplants. This is because sunflowers are fairly difficult to transfer from pot to garden.

LSU AgCenter

In October, the growth of warm season grasses like Saint Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia begin to slow down. Now is a bad time to do things that disrupt the turf, such as filling, aerification, or thatching.

By mid-December, most warm season grasses will be dormant to some extent. Dormancy is important for the survival of grasses when they could be exposed to freezes. This would be a bad time to apply fertilizers high in nitrotgen. Nitrogen will stimulate lucious fall growth, which would make the grass susceptible to cold injury in the winter.

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Mealy bugs, aphids, leaf hoppers, and white flies have had all summer to build their populations in your garden. Spider mites can be damaging to many plants too. Year round spray oil or all-seasons oil are low-toxicity pesticides for these pests.

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