November 7, 2007

Forcing Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs

Forcing flower bulbs indoors is an excellent way to brighten the cold, gray days of winter. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, and other spring-flowering bulbs can be forced indoors. Paperwhite narcissus can also be forced indoors. Paperwhite narcissus are easy to force. Unlike tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses, paperwhite narcissus don't require a cold storage period to flower.

Next Issue, December 5

The next issue of the ISU Horticulture and Home Pest News will be published Wednesday, December 5.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - November 7, 2007

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

Plant Diseases

Diplodia tip blight on Austrian pines

Seasonal needle loss

It's Garden Cleaning Time!

We're well into fall now. The vegetables have been harvested, the flowers have come and gone, and there's nothing left to do in the garden, right? Wrong! A little bit of late-season cleanup now can head off many plant disease problems for next year.

Powderpost Beetles

There are two defining characteristics of powderpost beetle infestations. First, small piles of the powdery sawdust will appear and reappear after cleaning, under, around or on top of infested furniture or lumber. Second, numerous small, round holes (1/16 inch diameter) appear on the wood surface. Only when the wood is broken open do you find the criss-crossing, powder-filled tunnels inside the wood.