Watch What Happens When A Geraniums Is Cut Back.

Sometimes working with plants takes a leap of faith. Then, when we realize a technique is successful, it’s not so traumatic next time. Giving geraniums a good cut-back is like that. Geraniums that grew outdoors in summer containers can be wintered quite nicely indoors in a sunny window or under fluorescent lights. The geranium in…
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The Rose Garden I Never Promised

My wife, Mary, and I have been married a little over 33 years and we’ve seen a lot, as most couple have.  Battled too many Red River floods to count, (lost the battle in ’97), moved an old house twice, worked side-by-side in our greenhouse business for 20 years, raised 4 children (2 married, 2…
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New Dogwood’s Bright Red Beauty Is A Winter Winner.

Choosing trees and shrubs that are pretty in winter makes good sense. Certain types have extra-special beauty after leaves have fallen, which is nice because we have a fair number of months with bare branches. Redtwig dogwoods are shrubs with great winter color. But cultivars (named varieties) of dogwoods vary greatly in the intensity of…
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Two Sure-Fire Ways To Kill A New Poinsettia

The chilly holidays separate the wheat from the chaff where plant sellers are concerned, and I’ve got a confession. I enjoy closely watching the sales clerks to see if they offer to wrap plants sufficiently when it’s frigid outdoors. Last year, as I was buying a poinsettia at a grocery store on a sub-zero day,…
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Yard And Garden Plague: Japanese Beetle Now Established In North Dakota

It’s long been said that North Dakota’s cold winters keep out the riff-raff. Well, that may no longer be true. Japanese beetles, which voraciously gobble over 300 different types of yard, garden and agronomic crops is apparently here to stay, and is surviving our winters. Recent news releases by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture…
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