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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

Kauai Torenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 20, 2015
[Image: Kauai White Torenia]

(Distributed 04/17/15) Torenia, also called wishbone flower, is an alternative bedding plant to consider instead of impatiens for the shade.

Allow tropical plants to gradually adapt to more sun
(Audio 04/20/15) Once the weather warms up in the spring, it is time to move tropical plants back outdoors. Gradually reintroduce these plants to the higher levels of light outdoors. Listen for more instructions on moving tropical plants outside after the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Be careful when removing foliage from spring flowering bulbs
(Audio 04/20/15) There are lots of spring flowering bulbs that provide beautiful color in our landscapes. Be careful when removing the foliage of these plants after they are done flowering. Listen for more information on spring flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Plant leftover Easter lilies in your garden
(Audio 04/20/15) You may still have some Easter lilies left over from the Easter season. Rather than throwing these flowers away, plant them into a well-prepared bed. Listen for more information on planting and caring for Easter lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Add some firework purple fountain grass to your garden
(Audio 04/20/15) The firework purple fountain grass has been named a Louisiana super plant for spring 2015. This beautiful ornamental grass creates colorful foliage in whites, pinks, burgundies, and greens. Think about adding some firework grass to your garden for a beautiful display this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Senorita Rosalita, new ‘cousins’ shine in flower beds [Image: Senorita Rosalita Cleome]
(Distributed 04/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Every few years, a new variety of bedding plant comes along that takes the country by storm. Greenhouse growers instantly fall in love; retailers cannot sell enough once they get it on the shelves; and home gardeners go crazy when they truly realize how great of a new plant it is.
Fertilize container plants to maintain healthy growth
(Audio 04/20/15) Container plants are commonly used for decorating porches, patios, and decks. It is important to keep these plants well-fertilized so that they will remain looking healthy. Use slow-release or water soluble fertilizers in order to provide the nutrients that your container plants need. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Colorful foliage that will last all summer [Image: Colorful Foliage]
(Video 04/27/15) Flowers aren’t the only source of color in your landscape during summer. On this edition of Get It Growing, AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill presents some great choices for colorful and attractive foliage that will stand up to the heat. (Runtime: 01:46)
Hanging baskets offer unique perspectives [Image: Hanging Baskets]
(Video 04/20/15) Hanging baskets offer a unique aesthetic perspective to patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers some tips on maintaining the health and beauty of plants you choose for your hanging containers. (Runtime: 01:39)
Farmers urged to follow safe practices
(Distributed 04/16/15) JEANERETTE, La. – Farmers were urged to be more mindful of protecting themselves from harm on the job at an LSU AgCenter farm safety meeting held Wednesday (April 15).
Formosan termite numbers rising in East Baton Rouge and Louisiana [Image: termites]
(Distributed 04/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Mimicking the growing population of East Baton Rouge Parish, the number of Formosan subterranean termites found in traps across the area is also increasing.
Horse owners should watch for signs of joint ill
(Distributed 04/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With breeding season underway, it is important for horse owners to pay attention to lameness in foals — a potential sign of a bacterial infection that causes joint ill.
Students learn about electrofishing [Image: Electrofishing]
(Video 04/15/15) Out of the classroom and on the lake, students in the LSU College of Agriculture are learning skills they will use in their careers. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard went out on the water with a class that was electrofishing. (Runtime: 01:44)
Weather affects rice planting in Louisiana [Image: Rice Planting]
(Video 04/15/15) Rice planting in southwest Louisiana is virtually through, while planting in northeast Louisiana has come to a standstill because of wet weather. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:36)