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A Nebraska View of Horticulture

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Spooky Looking Plants


Powdery Mildew on lilac

Spooky looking plants have been sighted all across Central Nebraska.  Ghostly white peonies and lilac aren’t possessed, they are infected.  Find out what is causing this whitish cast to many favorite landscape plants.

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To-MAY-to or To-MAH-to?

Blossom end rot on tomato. Maintain consistent moisture, try mulching tomatoes first. Don’t reach for the Epsom salts.

Whether you pronounce it to-MAY-to or to-MAH-to, either way you say it they are both delicious.  Tomatoes are grown in over 86 percent of home gardens in the United States, but there are many common diseases and problems that can plague tomatoes.  With a little help, you can keep your tomatoes in tip top shape.

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The ‘F Word’ of the Year: Fire Blight

This year has been a tough one on our landscapes. The fluctuating temperatures this winter caused death and dieback in euonymus and willow. Then the prolonged cool, wet spring has brought about fungal infections including ash rust and cedar/apple rust. Now a bacterial infection is rearing its ugly head in apple, crabapple, and their relatives. Find out what fire blight is, the symptoms to be on the look-out for, and what can be done to trees once infected. Continue reading