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What’s Eating my False Indigo Plant?

Plants in the genus Baptisia, also known as false indigos, are tough and resilient plants that are not typically bothered by pests or diseases. However, one pest is becoming more common in gardens and landscapes and it’s called the Genista Broom moth (Uresiphita reversalis). The caterpillar, or larval stage, of this moth feeds on some plants in the pea family, which False Indigo is a member of. Genista Broom moth caterpillar While I’m all for attracting insects into the garden, the caterpillar of Genista Broom moth can devour plants down to ground level and they don’t seem to have any...

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How to Transplant and Divide False Indigo

Do you have a false indigo that you would like to move or divide? Maybe it’s too large for its allotted space, or it’s not flowering well. While there are definitely easier plants to divide and move, False Indigo (Baptisia) can be successfully transplanted if you: Plan ahead Take your time Have a strong spade and back Digging up a false indigo plant When is the best time to move or divide false indigo? MOVE - As long as you dig the plant up with a good root ball, there is no wrong time to move a healthy Baptisia plant....

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The Easiest Way to Propagate Coral Honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle is usually propagated by cuttings, but by far the easiest way to propagate it is by an age-old practice known as layering, which requires no special skills, tools, or care, apart from a bit of patience. Coral honeysuckle flowers What is layering? Layering is laying a stem (usually new or one year old growth) on the ground, covering it with soil, and then waiting for it to form roots - it’s that easy! When is the best time to layer? Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) forms roots in late summer, so you can lay down a stem any time...

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Seashore Mallow - A Plant with a Bright Future

When selecting native plants for the garden, seashore or saltmarsh mallow is often overlooked in favor of its larger-flowered cousin, Hibiscus. While seashore mallow might not have the huge flowers of its well-known relative, its flowers are by no means modest or less showy. Additionally, its hairy leaves offer resistance to sawfly larvae, which can defoliate the smoother-leaved Hibiscus. Seashore mallow growing wild in a North Carolina saltmarsh In the wild, seashore mallow is native along the coast from Long Island south to Florida and into Texas. It is confined to brackish and freshwater tidal marshes, where it can sometimes...

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How to Sow and Transplant Milkweed

In this seed sowing and transplanting guide we’re going to focus on milkweed, but all the procedures can be easily transferred to other types of plants. Growing plants from seed is very rewarding and it is as much an art as it is a science. So, experiment, have fun, and don’t give up if you fail the first time. One of the greatest challenges of germinating seeds is managing moisture so they do not become too wet and succumb to damping off diseases. The following method of using a combination of seed raising mix and perlite minimizes the threat of...

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