Flowers and houseplants


  • Friday, August 11, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Most of the year, irises grow easily without a care in the world. Rarely do they need attention to thrive.
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  • Friday, July 21, 2017
    VERSAILLES, Mo. – Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners know that good things come in small packages.
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri researchers, under the direction of MU Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley, are finding that pigweed seed is popping up in birdseed in alarming numbers.
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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the search for a colorful annual flower that can handle the rigors of a typical Missouri summer, zinnia ranks high on the list, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Few garden flowers give more and ask for less than daylily. In the quest for a “no maintenance” perennial, daylily is about as close as one can get, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. There are some who maintain that daylilies thrive on neglect, he added.
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cute critters by day. Thieves by night.
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many admire them. Few grow them.
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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rainbow-colored irises, commonly found in Missouri fence rows, ditches and yards, are anything but common, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. A flower of contrasts, iris is hard to kill yet maintains an intricate and delicate beauty.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The ukulele-playing Tiny Tim may have strummed it best. “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” is good advice for gardeners. Tiptoe through the bulb garden, doing little for bigger, more beautiful blooms next year.
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  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Few flowering ornamentals are as exquisite as the “Queen of the Vines”—clematis.
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  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nativars, superhero plants that possess the virtues of native plants but in a more attractive package, make good choices for landscaped areas.
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  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The cyclamen is Cupid’s flowering love child.
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  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Terrariums are back in style for plant lovers, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Evergreens, holly, mistletoe and other traditional plants adorning homes at this festive time of the year can pose risks, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your houseplants may look like they need CPR after you bring them inside to protect them from falling temperatures.
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –  Ben Franklin’s adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could be gardeners’ theme song for November.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Minor bulbs make a major splash in early spring.
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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. – Feed your garden and it will feed you.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many spring flowerbeds awaken with the vibrant colors of tulips. Once a valuable currency, tulip has a history as vibrant as its petals.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “You don’t need to have a green thumb to be a good gardener, but it certainly helps to have good soil,” said David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist. Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening.
  • Friday, August 26, 2016
    MONROE CITY, Mo. – The right tools and techniques can make gardening after 50 golden, says University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Todd Lorenz.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The unique beauty and pleasing fragrance of carnivorous plants lure unwary prey into their clutches. From an insect’s point of view, carnivorous plants are lovely to behold until they grab hold.
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  • Friday, August 12, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. — A penny saved is a penny earned, but saving seeds from the garden can be a questionable use of time and energy.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Plants and people are alike when it comes to sizzling temperatures.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.


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