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 Home>News Archive>2012>April>Get It Growing>
Lantana montevidensis provides spring & summer color
[Image: Lantana Montevidensis]

(Video 04/23/12) Lantanas have beautiful flowers that can nicely color a landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a tough lantana that produces beautiful white and lavender flowers. (Runtime: 1:33)

Autumn fern is evergreen with copper color
[Image: Autumn Fern]

(Video 04/16/12) Ferns can dot landscapes with a lush-looking appeal. Some types are evergreen, and some types are not. One unique evergreen fern garners attention not only because of its green display, but also thanks to some bonus color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the autumn fern. (Runtime: 1:31)

Harvest cool-season herbs while you can
(Audio 04/30/12) As the weather gets warmer in May, many cool-season herbs start to languish. Harvest these herbs generously. Freeze or dry the extras and use them throughout the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Give houseplants summer vacation
(Audio 04/30/12) Many people use tropical plants as houseplants. These plants must be indoors during cold weather, but will thrive if placed outside during the summer. Gradually allow them to adjust to outdoor conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Palm trees like warm weather plantings
(Audio 04/30/12) Most trees are best planted in the fall. The one exception is palm trees. Plant these while the weather is warm. Make sure the palm tree is hardy for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant heat-tolerant vegetables this month
(Audio 04/30/12) Summer is right around the corner, but there are still plenty of vegetables we can plant in our gardens. Plant heat-tolerant vegetables that can withstand our summer temperatures. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bell peppers change colors over time
(Audio 04/30/12) You can find bell peppers in a variety of colors. Colored bell peppers are simply ripe green bell peppers. If you leave a green bell pepper on the plant, it will change colors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana Super Plant Senorita Rosalita provides endless flowers [Image: Senorita Rosalita]
(Video 04/16/12) Spider flowers are traditional summer annuals grown in the South. But they have tiny spines that can be unpleasant to handle. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new type of spider flower that has virtually no spines and even more beautiful flowers than the others. It’s the Senorita Rosalita, and it’s a tough, durable Louisiana Super Plant. (Runtime: 1:54)
Louisiana Super Plant – BabyWing begonia [Image: BabyWing Begonia]
(Video 04/09/12) The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the BabyWing begonia – a Louisiana Super Plant that will provide nice color all the way through to October. (Runtime: 1:41)
Watch for aphids on crape myrtles
(Audio 04/23/12) Crape myrtles are the most popular small summer-flowering trees in Louisiana landscapes. They don't have a lot of insect or disease problems, but their major problem can be aphids. The aphids cause black sooty mold on the trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give spring-flowering bulbs final care
(Audio 04/23/12) By this time of the year most of the spring-flowering bulbs are starting to fade. These bulbs require some after care. This allows them to bloom beautifully next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Penny Mac is outstanding hydrangea variety
(Audio 04/23/12) Hydrangeas are a traditional Southern shrub. They bloom beautifully in partial shade. A great variety to try is the Penny Mac hydrangea, a spring 2012 Louisiana Super Plant selection. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Container plants need fertilizer
(Audio 04/23/12) Container plants embellish indoor and outdoor landscapes and environments. Because the plant's root system is limited in the container, it can be difficult for it to get the nutrients it needs. Make sure these plants have an adequate amount of fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Powdery mildew can attack trees, vegetables, ornamentals
(Audio 04/23/12) Powdery mildew is a common fungal infection that affects a wide variety of plants in our landscapes. The symptoms look like the name, and it is not hard to control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)