Tag: Horticulture

Fruit Tree Workshops

Come learn how to care for your fruit trees and help them succeed in our unpredictable Kansas climate!

Saturday, March 23 at 9:00am and 2:00pm
SAME DATE… but offering two different locations and times!

Morning Session
Mankato Christian Church
102 E. South Street
Mankato, KS 66956

OR

Afternoon Session
St. Mary Catholic Church
301 E. 1st Street
Glasco, KS 67445

Featured Speaker:
Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension Specialist and Master Gardener Coordinator

Practice hands-on pruning techniques!

New and experienced gardeners are welcome, free to participate but please RSVP to Post Rock Extension, 785-738-3597 by March 18th.

For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yxq2ma5w

By: Cassie Homan

Forcing Stems of Woody Plants for Indoor Bloom

This winter seems like it will never end. So in the meantime here is a fun activity you can do indoors to have some pretty blooms before spring fully arrives.

Stems of a number of woody plants can be forced into bloom for indoor display. Of course, some are easier to force than others. Three of the easiest are forsythia, pussy willow, and flowering quince. These plants have now gone through enough cold weather to satisfy their chilling requirement and should bloom if given the right conditions.

Choose a day that is above freezing for collecting branches for blooming. Keep the stem length to 3 feet or less. As you cut, place the stems in a bucket of water. Once you have the number of branches you want, bring them into the house and soak them in warm water for several hours — a bathtub works well for this. This ensures that the stems and buds are fully hydrated. Next, place them in a container that has a warm, preservative solution and place them in an environment with high humidity and plenty of light.

Make your preservative solution by dissolving packets of floral preservative in water.  These packets can often be obtained from your local florist. You can also make your own preservative by adding a tablespoon of Listerine per gallon of water, but commercial preservatives are preferred. Floral preservatives accomplish two functions; they prevent bacterial growth in your water and provide nutrients and energy for the life processes of the plants.

Many times our houses have a very low relative humidity during the winter. These low humidities can lead to dehydration of flower buds and blossoms. To raise the humidity around your plants, mist the plants or drape a dry cleaner’s bag over your stems. If a cleaner’s bag is too small, use a painter’s clear plastic drop cloth. Humidifiers can also help raise humidity levels.

Normally, forsythia will take about nine days to flower, quince will require between 12 to 20, and pussy willow needs from five to 15 days. The time required will vary depending on indoor conditions and how late in the winter the branches were collected. Most woody plants should be in flower within three weeks of collection and will remain in flower for about a week before blooms start to fade.

By: Cassie Homan

Lawn Calendar for Warm-Season Grass

Warm seasons grasses include Bermudagrass, Buffalograss, and Zoysiagrass they require special care to survive our hot and dry summers.  Year round attention is needed to keep the weeds down and help your grass look green and lush. Follow this DIY calendar to care for your lawn each month.

View the whole article for even more tips;

https://blogs.k-state.edu/turf/homeowner-do-it-yourself-lawn-calendar-for-warm-season-grass/

By: Cassie Homan

Get Growin’ Garden Series

Spring is just around the corner, planning your garden and landscape can start today! Join us for this three-part garden series, Wednesdays in February at the Osborne Public Library from 12:10-12:45pm. Contact Cassie Homan at your local Extension Office for more details.

For complete details follow the link:

https://www.postrock.k-state.edu/news/2019%20Feburary%20Garden%20Series.pdf

By: Cassie Homan

Caring for Valentine’s Day Flowers

If you are gifting or receiving Valentines flowers this year, follow these tips to keep them fresh.

  1. Keep the vase filled or floral foam soaked with warm water. Add fresh, warm water daily. If possible, recut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife.
  1. Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72°F), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or near radiators.
  1. If a rose starts to wilt, remove it from the arrangement, and recut the stem under water. Submerge the entire rose in warm water. The rose should revive in one to two hours.

By: Cassie Homan

Navigating Through a Seed Catalog

Even though it may be cold and dreary outside, seed catalogs are starting to arrive! You can request catalogs for free from most seed suppliers. They are often shiny, colorful, and offer the latest high quality seeds. If you find the catalogs a bit overwhelming, you are not alone. Look for varieties that offer disease resistance and will do well in our summer heat.

Click here for my latest newspaper article discussing how to navigate a seed catalog:

https://www.postrock.k-state.edu/docs/answers-column/horticulture-answers/Post%20Rock%20Answers%20Seed%20Catalog%20Shopping%20Jan%204.pdf

By: Cassie Homan

Extension Master Gardener Program

Do you have winter blues and miss your garden? If you have a passion for plants and the outdoors, consider joining the Extension Master Gardener Program. With this fun program you will receive a mini horticulture degree and be able to give back to your community. Contact Cassie Homan at your local Extension Office for more details.

To learn more and fill out an application click this link;

http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/lawn-garden/master-gardner/index.html

By: Cassie Homan

Forcing Bulbs in Winter

Bulbs made to flower at other than normal times are said to be forced. The practice of forcing is commonly used to flower daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, crocus and other spring bulbs during the winter. This is a fun activity to do in the winter, to create beautiful blooms in your home over the cold months ahead.

To learn more, watch our latest YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/hSLkEN5fzKU

By: Cassie Homan