February 6, 2008

Growing Cherries in the Home Garden


Cherry trees are dual purpose plants in the landscape. They provide attractive flowers in spring and delicious fruit in early summer. Sour or tart cherries are delicious in pies and other desserts. Sweet cherries are often eaten fresh or used in salads, main dishes and desserts.

Planting Site

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - February 6, 2008


Plant Diseases

Please see the article in this issue by Christine Englebrect about two possible fungal diseases of spruce that the clinic has received samples of lately – Stigmina needle cast and sudden needle drop.

Insect Pests

Two new spruce diseases?


Two possible new diseases of spruce have been seen in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic recently.

"Stigmina needle cast"

Cultivar versus Variety


As a horticulturist, it is important that I use the right terms the right way (at least most of the time). Variety and cultivar are two terms often abused by gardeners and horticulturists.