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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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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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NC Cooperative Extension Cut Flower Portal

Cut Flower Portal

NC Cooperative Extension Cut Flower Portal[/caption] Comprehensive Cut flower information including new cultivar evaluation, production strategies, postharvest handling and more.

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Azalea lace bugs make azalea leaves look unsightly and mottled.
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Azalea Lace
Bugs

Azalea lace bugs make azalea leaves look unsightly and mottled.©Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org[/caption] Over 30 different types of lace bugs live in North Carolina. Each species of lace bug specializes in feeding on a specific plant species or plant family. The names of lace bugs typically indicate the types of plants upon which they feed. For example, sycamore lace bugs only feed upon sycamore trees, while lantana lace bugs specialize in feeding on lantana. The lace bug that gets gardeners the most riled up is the azalea lace bug. This common pest does not seriously damage azaleas, but it can make them appear sickly and off-color. Azalea lace bugs (Stephanitis pyrioides) overwinter in the egg stage and hatch in early spring. Nymphs and adults spend most of their time on the underside of azalea leaves, where they use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to remove chlorophyll from the leaf tissue, causing azalea leaves to take on an unsightly, mottled, yellow appearance. If this describes your azalea, check under the leaf for dots of brown or black excrement that are a sure sign your plant has a lace bug infestation. The most effective way to control azalea lace bug is to plant azaleas in the right location—out of direct sun. Planting a diverse landscape also helps reduce the numbers of lace bugs. Chemical control is possible. But if damage can be tolerated, treatment is not necessary because this pest does not threaten the health of azalea shrubs. — Donna Teasley

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*Inviting Bees to
Your Landscape*

       Bees are very important not only to agriculture (they pollinate about 75 % of fruits, vegetables and nuts species around the world), they are also very important to many flowering plants.  About 70 % of flowering plants rely on insects for pollination, bees being one of the more important pollinators.  Your landscape can benefit greatly from attracting bees.         Consider placing a block for orchard mason bees in your landscape.  Orchard mason bees pollinate spring fruit trees, flowers and vegetables.  They are non-aggressive and one may observe them at a close range without fear of being stung.  Directions for making a block from scrap lumber can be found on the NC State Website at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Other/note109/note109.html        Ground dwelling bees will be showing up soon around the coastal plains and most in the piedmont and foothills a week or so later.  They may scare people but they are non-aggressive and beneficial for pollination. Remember, don’t spray with insecticides plants that are blooming.

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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 »

Porcupine with a sweet potato body and green bean spines.

Veggie Varmint

The “Veggie Varmint” contest, hosted at the Burke County fair each year, is delightful, creative way to connect children with produce. Without the pressure to “EAT IT”, children (and adults) are encouraged to 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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From Plant to Plate--Starting from SeedSat Mar 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
930 Shady Ln, Marion, NC 28752, USA
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Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Apr 14, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 3 weeks away
Spring Plant SaleSat Apr 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
208 W Chestnut St, Goldsboro, NC 27530, USA
— 3 weeks away
Wildflower WorkshopMon Apr 20, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Pitt County Arboretum, 403 Government Circle, Greenville, NC 27834, United States
— 3 weeks away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue May 12, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 months away
Pollinator Gardening Workshop & Garden TourTue May 12, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 months away
8th Annual Pollinator Day CelebrationSat May 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Pittsboro, NC
— 2 months away
Plantsmen's Tour - JCRA 2nd Tuesday of Month 1pm - RaleighTue Jun 9, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Where:
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
— 2 months away
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