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Flowers, Fruits, and Frass

Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Holiday Cacti by Jennifer Fishburn

A holiday cactus in full bloom is a great holiday gift. Easy to care for, holiday cacti generally are long lived and will easily bloom year after year. In fact, they are often passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms.When selecting a new plant, look for sturdy, healthy green foliage and new flower buds. Avoid diseased or insect-damaged plants, said Jennifer Fishburn, a horticu...

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Horticulture Myths

Horticulture Myths "As a horticulture educator, it is my duty to dispel horticulture myths," says University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Myth: Some mulch is good. A lot of mulch must be better. I am referring to the sad, but familiar, mulch volcanos around the base of trees. Leaving mulch up against the...

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Arachnophilia

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Arachnophilia This past month many homes are being purposefully adorned by abnormally-large, scary black spiders and their webs to hinge on the fact that a large percentage of the population suffers from the fear of spiders, known as Arachnophobia. "In contrast to most of America, I suffer from Arachnophilia-a love of spiders," says University of Illinois Extens...

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Horticulture and Nature Gifts by Kelly and Rhonda

Horticulture and Nature Gifts for the Holidays "Do you have a plant nerd or 'hortiholic' on your buy-for list this holiday season? Here are some plant gifts that will lead them further down the rabbit hole into the wondrous world of horticulture," says University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup....

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