November 16, 2018

Selection and Care of the Poinsettia


The poinsettia is one of the most beautiful symbols of the holiday season.  The bright, colorful poinsettia has become an integral part of holiday decorations in both the home and office.

Sooty Blotch and Flyspeck on Apple


This fall we had numerous calls and emails about the unsightly look of apple fruit in the home orchard. This disease is known as sooty blotch and flyspeck, a fungal disease that only affects the appearance of the apples.

Plant Pathology Sessions- Master Gardener Training Fall 2018


This year we had a new venue for our session. That gave us a great opportunity to incorporate the 2017 trainees' feedback to our hands-on activities. This year, 274 trainees came to campus to apply the plant pathology concepts learned in our webcast, to practice.

Sprouting Avocados, Rooting Pineapples


Avocados, pineapples and other tropical foods can be sprouted into houseplants with the correct technique and a little time.  Read more about propagating avocados and pineapples in the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden news release.

Keeping Fall Garden Produce


Squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and other vegetables from your garden can be stored for months when provided the right conditions.  Read more about cold storage of garden produce in the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden news release.

Forcing Paperwhite Narcissus


Narcissus is a popular flowering bulb typically that makes for great home decoration during the holidays.  Learn how to select paperwhite narcissus for your home and how to force them to bloom in the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden news release.

Storing Garden Supplies and Tools


Extra care for your garden tools now will help you get an early start on gardening next spring.  Learn about how to store supplies and tools for the winter in the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden news release.