December 5, 2007

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - December 5, 2007

Samples with the following problems have been seen in the Clinic lately:

Next Issue, January 9

The next issue of the ISU Horticulture and Home Pest News will be published Wednesday, January 9, 2008. May peace, prosperity and plant health be yours throughout the holidays and new year. See you next year!

Spider Mites on Houseplants

Winter is the time many people start to notice spider mites on houseplants. The dry, indoor air and reduced plant vigor seem to favor the mites.

A Gardener's Version of the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the yard
the branches were bare and the ground frozen hard;
The roses were dormant and mulched all around
to protect them from damage if frost heaves the ground.
The perennials were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of 5-10-5 danced in their heads.
The new-planted shrubs, had been soaked by the hose
to settle their roots for the long winter's doze;
And out on the lawn, the new fallen snow
protected the roots of the grasses below.

Mistletoe: a Kiss of Death?

Many plants help usher in the good cheer of the holiday season—Christmas trees, holly, poinsettias. But one plant, mistletoe, is not as harmless as it appears. Although people view mistletoe as a symbol of romance and peace, to a tree, mistletoe is a serious threat.