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Plantorama is a weekly five-minute interview with horticultural specialists at Kansas State University, covering timely topics in: home lawn care; vegetable, fruit and flower gardening; landscape design and ornamental plant care;  indoor plant care; and horticultural pest control.

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08-18-17LAWN OVERSEEDING PREP – September is the optimum time for overseeding cool-season lawns.  K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle says there are a handful of preparatory steps homeowners can take now to make the overseeding project much smoother. Hoyle 08-18 
08-11-17DETERMINING APPLE RIPENESS– Home apple growers are anxiously awaiting that first new fruit of the season. It's important to know how to accurately determine apple ripeness, and according to Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone, there are several signals growers can use. Eyestone 08-11
08-04-17IRIS DIVIDING TECHNIQUE– As part of routine management, iris plants should be divided every few years…and right now is the time to do it, according to K-State horticulturist Ward Upham. He emphasizes that gardeners should pay attention to the health of the plants they’re dividing and re-planting.Upham 08-04
07-28-17TIMELY GARDEN HARVEST– K-State vegetable and fruit production specialist Cary Rivard (rih-VARD) offers a handful of guidelines for timely picking of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and other garden crops.Rivard 07-28
07-21-17ORNAMENTAL FLOWER TRIALSEvery year, K-State conducts evaluation trials on several hundred ornamental flower cultivars. K-State ornamental horticulturist Cheryl Boyer talks about what’s new in ornamental flower selection.Boyer 07-21
07-14-17VEGETABLE HEAT STRESS– K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the interruption in tomato and bean output that could result from the extreme heat, and what gardeners should do in response.Upham 07-14
07-07-17TICKS AND BEETLES– K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd discusses how to deal with two pests that are active in home landscapes right now: ticks and Japanese beetles. Cloyd-07-07
06-30-17CURRENT LAWN ILLS– K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle discusses the best methods of contending with yellow nutsedge and brown patch disease.Hoyle 06-30 
06-23-17BAGWORMS AND SQUASH BUGS– K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd urges homeowners to take action against bagworms on landscape evergreens and squash bugs in the garden. Cloyd 06-23
06-16-17VEGETABLE STORM DAMAGE– K-State vegetable production specialist Cary Rivard says following a few basic management steps can usually put weather-damaged vegetables back on the road to productivity.Rivard 06-16
06-09-17RENOVATING STRAWBERRY BEDS– K-State horticulturist Ward Upham outlines the recommended renovation steps, and the follow-up strawberry bed maintenance growers should conduct now that the garden harvest is over for most growers.Upham 06-09
06-02-17OVERLY WET SOILS K-State horticulturist Ward Upham says overly saturated soil from persistent rainfall has resulted in some potential concerns that might need to be addressed.Upham 06-02
05-26-17MORE LANDSCAPE INSECTS– K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd advises homeowners to be on lookout for scale insects on landscape ornamentals and a saw fly that attacks flowering roses.Cloyd 05-26
05-19-17LANDSCAPE INSECT PESTS– Insect activity in home landscapes is hitting full stride. K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd suggests homeowners pay special attention to their elm trees, evergreens and euonymus.Cloyd 05-19
05-12-17PINE NEEDLE PROBLEMS – Some Kansas homeowners are reporting the needles on their landscape pine trees are partly turning brown. K-State plant disease specialist Judy O’Mara thinks that could be a concern.  Omara 05-12
05-05-17ASPARAGUS AND RHUBARB– K-State horticulturist Ward Upham discusses harvest management for asparagus and rhubarb.Upham 05-05
04-28-17PINE TREE CONCERNS - K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd says pine needle scale and the larval form of the pine saw fly are showing up on landscape pine trees. Cloyd 04-28
04-21-17ROUNDUP FOR LAWNS K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle urges homeowners to be careful when using “Roundup for Lawns” to avoid purchasing a traditional Roundup product that could kill their lawn.Hoyle 04-21
04-14-17ORNAMENTAL SHRUB CARE– Dennis Patton offers tips on fertilizing, pruning and weeding ornamental shrubs.Patton-04-14
04-07-17SPRING LAWN CARE - K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle discusses early spring fertilization and grassy weed control.Hoyle 04-07