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Extension Gardener

Extension Gardener™ is a statewide horticultural program that provides timely, research-based horticultural information. It helps Carolinians: increase their gardening knowledge, manage their landscapes, and sustain the environment.

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Hybrid Crape Myrtle

Extension Gardener

Extension Gardener™ is a statewide horticultural program that provides timely, research-based horticultural information. It helps Carolinians: increase their gardening knowledge, manage their landscapes, and sustain the environment.

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Irises in bloom

Divide Those
Daylilies and Irises!

Every couple of years, after they finish blooming in July is the ideal time to divide and transplant daylilies and irises. After digging a mass of irises, pull apart the rhizomes and discard any with holes or decay. Replant large rhizomes with at least one nice fan of leaves. When dividing daylilies, dig up the entire clump, cut into sections with a shovel or large knife and replant right away. Share the extra plants with friends and establish new beds. Keep the plants watered while they get reestablished

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Start seeds for fall
planting

In July and August, start seeds indoors for cool-weather annuals for fall planting.  Try foxglove, pansy, alyssum, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage (kale) and prim roses. Pansy seeds germinate well when stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 10 to 14 days before planting.

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Lilac leaf with powdery mildew

Dealing with powdery
mildew

Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. Consider replacing susceptible plants with resistant varieties.

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What Is Wrong With My Basil Plant? popular

If you’re planning to make pesto from your summer basil crop, do it sooner rather than later. This is because basil downy mildew, a fungal disease that attacks basil leaves, is now active MORE »

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Floriculture InfoSearch

Floriculture InfoSearch is a powerful, but focused search engine designed to bring you floriculture information from the scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University, and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive MORE »

Downy Mildew
Image by Gerald Holmes, courtesy of Bugwood

Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is here! Look on the tops of leaves for angular, yellow to brown wounds that stop at a leaf vein. Management suggestions: • Plant early in the season so you can MORE »

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Greenstriped Mapleworms

Greenstriped Mapleworms Greenstriped mapleworms are found in the piedmont the end of June and early July. As their name suggests their preferred hosts are maple trees, but they are also found on boxelder MORE »

Emerald Ash Borer 
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Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer, a beautiful but extremely destructive, exotic insect pest, has now been detected in North Carolina. These beetles kill ash trees by feeding on the trunks. So far Person, Granville, MORE »

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