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Why plants fail to bloom

Flowering plants that don’t bloom as promised can be a big disappointment in your garden. Reasons for lack of blooming are as diverse as the palette of plants from which to choose, but a little detective work can usually pinpoint the trouble. The most common factors associated with blooming, or lack thereof, include light, plant age, nutrition, extreme temperatures and improper pruning. Many woody plants must reach a certain age before they are mature enough […]


Caring for storm-damaged trees/How to Acidify Soil in the Yard

Q. Several trees on my property were damaged during recent storms. Some just lost a few limbs, but others are split along the trunk. How can I tell whether the trees can be saved or if they should be cut down? What kind of pruning paint should I use on the broken branches? – I.P., Bartholomew County, Ind. A. It can be difficult to decide whether trees with severe damage should be removed. The first […]


Planting Landscape Trees and Shrubs (HO-100-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses plant selection, timing, preplant operations, planting instructions, pruning, staking and guying, trunk wrapping, watering, and transplanting of landscape trees and shrubs. Tables are provided listing some slow-to-root trees that should be planted in the spring and some commonly used landscape plants that do not tolerate wet soils. Illustrations are also included showing the preferred and acceptable planting times for nursery stock in central Indiana, the proper planting of a bare-root, balled and burlapped, and container-growth plants in well drained soil, construction of a raised bed on poorly drained soil, the proper planting technique for sandy soil, how to stake and wrap a tree, and the two-year sequence for root pruning and third year transplanting of a tree or shrub.

Growing Grapes (HO-45-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses the grape plant, site and cultivar selection, vineyard establishment and management, and pest control. Two tables provide information on the grape cultivars for Indiana and suggested pruning for various grape cultivars on single curtain training systems. Illustrations are given showing the USDA Hardiness Zone map for Indiana, the proper pruning and training of vines from planting through the fourth and subsequent years, and the Umbrella kniffin, Bilateral cordon, Geneva double curtain, and cold-tender cultivar training systems.

Currants and Gooseberries (HO-17-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses the cultural requirements, cultivars, soil preparation, planting, weed control, fertilizing, pest control, pruning, and harvesting for currants and gooseberries.

Growing Cherries in Indiana (HO-9-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses site selection, planting, training, cultural practices, cultivars, and disease and insect control associated with growing cherry trees in Indiana. Illustrations on proper branch removal and pruning are included.

Effects of Cold Weather on Horticultural Plants in Indiana (HO-203-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication identifies the types of injury caused by cold weather, the factors that influence the degree of injury, and ways to prevent or reduce injury. Tables are included listing the symptoms of freezing injury on some vegetables, frost resistance of annual flowers, floral development stages for fruit crops, critical temperatures for flower bud kill, critical temperatures and cold injury evaluations for small fruit crops, application precipitation rates, and row covers and frost protection. An illustration is also included showing the USDA hardiness zones of the United States.

Large wounds in tuliptrees not likely to heal

Large wounds in tuliptrees not likely to heal Q) I’ve attached a photo of one of my trees. I’m concerned that the tree will not heal, and if it does will be too weakened. Also, you gave me a contact for a state arborist last time we visited. I have lost that info. – G.F., Jeffersonville, Indiana A) Looks like perhaps this was storm-related damage? Tuliptrees are somewhat weak-wooded and can be susceptible to limb […]

When Tree Roots Surface

Much to the dismay of homeowners, landscape trees sometimes grow roots on top of the surface of the lawn or possibly even buckle sidewalks and driveways. These surface roots can be quite a nuisance to lawn mowers and human feet. There are several reasons why the roots come to the surface. Some tree species are more prone to surface roots than others, most notably silver maple, poplar and willow. But almost any large, older tree […]

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