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Crown Rot: A Serious Disease of Hosta and Other Ornamentals - Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Few pests plague hostas and other ornamentals in Iowa. However, a disease called crown rot has been damaging hostas since the mid-1990s. This publication discusses symptoms and causes of crown rot
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2017 Garden Calendar - Indoor Flower Power
For many, active gardening begins in spring and ends in autumn. But the indoor gardener reaps rewards year round. Each month of this beautiful calendar brings you striking, closeup photos of the endea
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Forcing Flower Bulbs
Use bulb forcing to bring the bright colors and fragrant aromas of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, and other spring flowering bulbs indoors with you during winter. Find tips for choosing bulbs
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Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden
Chrysanthemums reach their peak when most annuals and perennials are winding down for the season. Mums also offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of
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Edible Flowers
Edible flowers are a popular way to add color, texture, scent, and flavor to foods. Included is a list of some edible flowers, their culture, and suggested uses.
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Caring for Roses in Iowa
Learn how to grow roses that you’ll be proud of. Information on planting, watering, fertilizing, deadheading, weed and pest control, winter preparations, and pruning for roses in Iowa gardens.
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Growing Petunias
Petunias are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and are available in a wide range of colors, flower forms, and growth habits. Learn about petunia types and how to grow and maintain them.
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Growing and Over-wintering Garden Geraniums
Discover more about this popular flowering plant. This publication discusses geranium culture, overwintering, potting, cutting, bare root plants, and growing them from seed.
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Cannas for Home Landscapes
Cannas are bold, exotic-looking plants grown for their attractive flowers and foliage. Find information on cannas culture, planting, starting from seed, storage, and flower varieties and sources.
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Growing Amaryllis
Amaryllis are popular flowering bulbs grown indoors during the winter months. Learn how easy it is to plant an amaryllis bulb and how to care for it as it grows.
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Delphiniums
Learn more about delphiniums with this brochure on delphinium traits, care, plant sources, problems, staking, and commonly available varieties.
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When to Divide Perennials
Herbaceous perennials are commonly divided for three reasons: to control size, to rejuvenate plants, and to propagate a prized perennial. The best time to divide perennials varies with the different p
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Perennials for Shady Areas
Selecting and planting shade-tolerant perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs can turn a shady site into an attractively landscaped area. Publication discusses perennials that are good choices for part
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Growing Impatiens
Three of the more than 800 species of impatiens are commonly grown in gardens: impatiens , New Guinea impatiens, and rose balsam. Learn more about where to plant, when to plant, watering, and fertil
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Daylilies
Daylilies are easy to grow, relatively pest free, and many varieties multiple quickly. Learn more about daylily characteristics, propagation, growth needs, types, and landscape uses.
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Clematis
Clematis are often referred to as the queen of the flowering vines. Learn about the varying types of clematis, growing tips, how to support the plant, pests, use in vases, and species that work best
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The Griffith Buck Roses
Griffith Buck developed more than 85 roses that are noted for their free-flowering habit, disease resistance, and winter hardiness. Several varieties are described here, along with where you can fin
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Suggested Daffodil Cultivars for Iowa
Several thousand daffodil cultivars are available. One way to choose is by considering the physical characteristics of different types. Brochure briefly describes 48 cultivars that are known to do
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Got Plant or Insect Problems?
The ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic helps Iowans diagnose and manage plant diseases, weeds, and insects in fields and around your home. Here's an introduction to the clinic.
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Flowering Plants for the Late Summer Garden
Highlights some of the best August-flowering plants for zones 4 and 5. All listed plants have been proven performers in Iowa and Nebraska gardens.
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Weed Management in the Home Garden
Describes three methods of weed control for the home gardener; includes tips for using mulches effectively.
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Growing Garden Peonies
Basic information about types of peonies and how to grow them—including tips on planting, fertilizing, and seasonal care.
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Growing Hostas
Introduction to growing and using this popular perennial—including plant characteristics, propagation tips, and possible insect or disease problems.
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References and Resources for Prairies and Native Plantings -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Prairie plants and other native plants are returning to the Iowa landscape. This publication offers a list of resources that will help those planning to create any size prairie plantings.
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Growing and Over-wintering Tender Perennials -- Reiman Gardens
Tuberous begonias, gladioli, caladium, cannas, and dahlias provide welcome color until a killing frost. Check these tips for growing and storing these perennial favorites.
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Growing Annuals in Containers -- Reiman Gardens
Container gardens are a great way to grow plants in limited spaces. Look here for tips on choosing containers and plants, as as tips on maintenance.
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Miniature Roses -- Reiman Gardens
Miniature roses are ideal for container culture, and are popular flowering gifts that can brighten indoor spaces. Make your roses bloom with information on indoor and outdoor care, pest control, and
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Zinnias -- Reiman Gardens
Zinnias prompt memories of grandmothers’ gardens and cheerful bouquets. They easily earn a good reputation with their dependability and array of flower colors and heights. Learn how to grow zinnias,
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Growing Dahlias
Includes photos and detailed information about dahlia types, plus tips on planting, growing, and preparing for flower shows.
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Poinsettia Care -- Reiman Gardens
The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States. Learn how to select a healthy plant and the care involved keeping the plant and getting it to bloom again next season.
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Griffith Buck: Rose Hybridizer
Griffith Buck introduced 85 rose cultivars plus 15 geraniums and a heliotrope during his nearly 40 years at Iowa State. Here's more information about the man and his plants.
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Preparing Cut Flowers and Houseplants for Exhibits
Learn all the ins and outs of exhibiting cut flowers and houseplants at flower shows and fairs. Details provided for 16 different flowers.
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Harvesting and Drying Flowers
Enjoy flowers all year long in dried arrangements, on wreaths, or in potpourri. Learn which plants are suitable for drying and find out about havesting and preservation techniques. Includes many color
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African Violets -- Reiman Gardens
While African violets are relatively easy to grow, they do require consistent care and attention to light, temperature, watering, and fertilization. Find out more, including how to propagate by leaf
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Home Landscape -- Understanding the Basics of Landscape Design
Whether you want to do-it-yourself or are working with a professional, this guide offers a step-by-step approach to understanding the design process. Color photos and diagrams show how to use basic d
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Growing Garden Lilies -- Reiman Gardens
Find out out several different varieties of true lilies. Also, in addition to being outstanding garden performers, lilies make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life.
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The Garden Guide to Midwest Annuals and Perennials
An easy-to-carry guide (5" x 8 1/2") for home gardeners and visitors to public gardens in the Midwest. Color photos and basic information about growing 300 annual and perennial flowers, Buck roses, o
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Indoor Plants
Covers foliage and flowering house plants and succulents and florists' plants. Includes 180 color photos and 110 plant descriptions.
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The Language of Flowers -- Reiman Gardens
Check out this list of more than 100 common flowers and their meanings. "Next time you give flowers to someone, consider selecting particular ones to express your sentiment."
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Hosta Diseases and Pests -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Easily identify common diseases and pests and how to manage them effectively.
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Late Season Perennial Flowers -- Reiman Gardens
Mums, ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum, and rudbeckia are familiar perennials that bloom in late summer to fall. Adding any of these eighteen other less common, late season perennials discussed in this publication
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Dahlias -- Reiman Gardens
Dahlias are available in 15 different official colors and 18 types. Learn about dahlia history, planting and growing tips, fall care, and classification.
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Ornamental Grasses with Winter Interest -- Reiman Gardens
An excellent way to brighten the winter landscape is to plant trees and shrubs with ornamental characteristics, such as colorful fruit or exfoliating bark.
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Drought Tolerant Annuals and Perennials
Color photos and descriptions of 20 drought tolerant annuals and perennials.
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Annuals
This gardener's guide to annual flowers includes 106 plant descriptions plus 186 color photos. A comparison chart makes it easy to choose plants by height or flower color. Recommendations also are g
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Annual Vines -- Reiman Gardens
Annual vines grow quickly and bloom profusely in one summer. They can camouflage fences or walls, accent architecture, or soften structural lines—and at the same time add color, texture, and height; s
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Early Spring Blooming Perennials -- Reiman Gardens
Several perennials that bloom in early spring are often forgotten about among flowers like crocuses and daffodils. Learn how pig squeak, heartleaf brunnera, Lenten rose, candytuft, crested iris, Virgi
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Groundcovers
Select the best ground cover for your yard. Discover what type of plants work best in your area. Special features include 92 color pictures, 43 plant descriptions, and other tips.
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Perennials for Shade
If you think hostas are your only choice for shady gardens, think again. This full color publication gives growing characteristics, plant descriptions, and other tips for more than 70 perennials for
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Perennials for Sun
Hundreds of perennials prefer the bright light and accompanying heat that define sunny sites. This full color publication gives growing characteristics for more than 100 perennials that thrive in the
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Common Rose Diseases
Several rose diseases caused by fungus, virus, or bacterium are discussed. Disease-resistant varieties also are mentioned.
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Roses for the Home
Roses are one of the most popular garden flowers. They can be grown in almost all areas of the North Central region and are adapted to many decorative purposes. New cultivars are introduced each y
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Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators
A butterfly garden can be created as simply as planting a bunch of butterfly-favorite plants in a sunny corner of your yard. Learn about effective butterfly garden characteristics and which host and
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Iowa's Spring Wildflowers -- Iowa's Plants
Anyone interested in Iowa’s beautiful landscape will find this booklet, prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists, useful for learning and teaching about the common plants in Iowa. This publica
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Iowa's Summer and Fall Wildflowers -- Iowa's Plants
Anyone interested in the beauty of the Iowa outdoors will find this booklet, prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists, useful for learning and teaching about the common plants in Iowa. This pub
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