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K-State Research and Extension News


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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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
03-31-17EARLY SPRING INSECTS - K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd discusses two insect issues:  flies and tent caterpillars.Cloyd 3-31
03-24-17ASPARAGUS AND RHUBARB - Asparagus and rhubarb do very well in Kansas growing conditions. Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone discusses site preparation and variety selectionEyestone 3 -24
03-17-17PLANTING GARDEN ONIONS - Ward Upham offers tips for growing the largest onion bulbs possible. Upham 3-17
03-10-17ITCH MITES RETURN - Raymond Cloyd offers tips on reducing their activity  in the home landscape.Cloyd 3-10
03-03-17EARLY LAWN MANAGEMENT - Jared Hoyle talks about early pre emergence herbicide and fertilizer applications.Hoyle 3-3