March 27, 2020

Morel Mushroom Online Recertification Class Planned

A morel mushroom growing out of the ground, with small green leaves around it.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has worked in partnership with the Department of Inspection and Appeals to offer an emergency morel mushroom recertification training online, after canceling the certification trainings scheduled due to COVID-19.

Applying Pandemic Lessons: Sanitation can help in your garden too

A plant with symptoms of a virus. Yellowing leaves.

Clean garden tools used for planting after use.

Division of Perennials in Spring

iris lily

Herbaceous perennials are commonly divided for three reasons: to control size, to rejuvenate plants, and to produce additional plants.

Growing Gesneriads

An African violet

There are over 100 genera in the Gesneriaceae or Gesneriad family. Most are tropical plants, such as African violet and gloxinia, and are native to Africa, Asia and Central and South America. Approximately 300 species are cultivated, many as houseplants. All are excellent houseplants with showy flowers or foliage.  A few of the most common cultivated species are listed below.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update on COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic has made the decision to implement as much distance diagnostics as possible in order to greatly reduce the numbers of physical samples.