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Valentine's Day Flower Care

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:00
More cut flowers are purchased on Valentine’s Day than on any other day of the year, in spite of the fact that the holiday falls in the dead of winter. When buying a bouquet, it can be hard to determine how best to care for cut flowers and make them last. Cindy Haynes, a horticulturalist from Iowa State University, has some tips for selecting cut flowers. “We like roses that are fairly tight in bud that are showing good color,” Haynes says. “Red roses and some of the darker colored roses don’t show that damage quite as much as something like a white rose.” Care should be taken when selecting dyed flowers. “The addition of the dye, particularly for the roses, might shorten the life expectancy a little bit,” Haynes says. On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Haynes and Iowa State University horticulturalist Richard Jauron about getting the most out of cut flowers any day of the year, judging a bouquet, and extending a flower's life expectancy. They also answer listener

New Year's Resolutions for Your Garden

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:21
The harsh winter weather is upon us this January, and many Iowans are left longingly looking at their outdoor gardens buried in snow wondering what they can do to stay busy during the winter months. While some may opt to visit Iowa's many wonderful indoor botanical gardens, another option is to create a similar atmosphere within your own home. Assistant director of Reiman Gardens, Aaron Steil, has suggestions how to create a humid atmosphere for plants to grow. "One of the big challenges at home is humidity," Steil says. "The way we heat our homes dries the air out, and the air this time of year naturally has a lot less moisture in it. If you can figure out how to add humidity to the home, and spraying water in the air doesn't work; you need to use a humidifier, then that's the hardest part." On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Steil and Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about indoor botanical gardens in the area, their own New Year

Winter Plants and Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 13:05
The plants outside are starting to change their shape and color. Given that the trees have shed their leaves and the ground is too frozen to plant almost anything, many Iowans are left twiddling their green thumbs wondering how they can manage to plant anything in this weather. Cindy Haynes, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University, suggests planting some holly. "The one that we see, as far as decorations, the shiny green one, doesn't do well in Iowa," Haynes says. "The Meserve Holly, which does have that English Holly dark green leaf and bright red berries, is hardy into Canada. We also have a holly that is a deciduous holly called Winterberry that sheds its leaves and shows you the berries, which is absolutely beautiful as well. Both of these do well in Iowa." On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Haynes and Iowa State Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about plants to grow in the winter, gifts to give the gardener in your life, and

Caring for Christmas Trees and Holiday Plants

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:57
With the holiday season just around the corner, many living rooms will soon be filled with towering Christmas trees and holiday plants like poinsettias. Many Iowans have questions about how to care for these plants, and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh has advice for those who would like to keep their trees properly hydrated indoors. "Get it in water right away, even if you're not going to put it up," Vitosh says. "What I always tell people is if you put it up Sunday afternoon, before you go to bed, check that water. You should have a basin that should have a quart of water per inch diameter. And keep that going and keep checking, because in the first couple days, it's going to drink, drink, drink." On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Vitosh, and Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about caring for holiday plants, and they also take calls from listeners.

Protecting Your Winter Garden

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:09
It’s mid-November, and winter weather is already upon us. Many Iowans want to know how to prepare their yard and garden for winter. Winter garden care involves covering strawberries, prepping roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry rabbits. Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames has advice for those who want to protect their strawberries. "Strawberries need a little protection, especially for their flower buds this time of year," Steil says. "So putting down a nice, about four inches of straw or chopped-up corn husk, can work really well to help protect those flower buds through the winter months." On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Steil and Iowa State Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about caring for your winter garden, and they take calls from listeners.

Finally, an Insect-Free Garden

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:27
It got cold last week, and suddenly the world outside is insect-free. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with her guests about how insects survive the winter, and why they show up so quickly when the warmth returns. Guests are Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron, ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis, DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh, and ISU Professor of Horticulture and organic specialist Kathleen Delate.