Category Archives: Botany for Gardeners

Ferns Having Babies

“There’s something wrong with my fern! It has dots all over the leaves. It must be some sort of disease! What should I spray it with?” I was sitting at our county extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk, answering questions when … Continue reading

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Good Vibrations

Can plants hear? At first glance, this seems like a silly question. Plants don’t have ears, so of course they can’t hear. But wait—do organisms need ears to hear? What is hearing, anyway? Given that sound consists of a series … Continue reading

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Don’t Prune that Crown!

It’s a common question. You’ve just planted a new tree. In the process, the plant has lost a significant portion of its roots—sometimes up to 95! Should you prune back the crown to compensate? The intuitive answer would be yes. … Continue reading

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Plant Science for Gardeners

New gardening books seem to pop up as regularly as springtime dandelions. Most simply rehash what has been said before—perhaps with a new twist or better photos. But How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do (Science … Continue reading

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Moss, the Weird Plant

Moss. To those of us in Colorado, moss conjures images of soft green blankets cushioning the forest floor, or carpeting the north side of a tree in a verdant forest. To my daughter in western Washington, moss is that soggy … Continue reading

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I’ll end the year with…

I first saw this poem published on the Garden Professors blog. It made me smile, so I’m sharing it with you. I hope you enjoy it too. Botany There should be no monotony In studying your botany; It helps to … Continue reading

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Love Poinsettias? Thank a Phytoplasma.

For many of us gardeners, poinsettia plants are an essential element of our Christmas decorating. I love the huge displays at church and in the stores, even if I don’t have room for that many in my home. I’ve written … Continue reading

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