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Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

AUBURN, Ala.- Finding the perfect Christmas tree doesn’t have to be difficult. Christmastime, and the holiday season in general, can be a stressful time for many people. There are so many holiday parties to attend, presents to buy, meals to make and decorations to set out. Out of all the decorations this holiday season, finding the perfect Christmas tree for ... Read More »

How to Care for a Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree

Auburn, Ala.- Named the “It” plant of the Design World by New York Times, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree is among the newest trend in Home Décor. These dark green, relatively small trees, are being seen all over homes, office spaces, restaurants and retail shops. Read More »

When to take the plants inside

AUBURN, Alabama — Fall is officially here and winter is on the horizon, which means it’s time to bring in those potted plants that have sojourned on the back porch all summer. Although, before doing so, there are some important steps to take in order to lessen the shock for your plants and to not bring in any unwanted pests. ... Read More »

Alabama Christmas Tree Farms

AUBURN, Ala. – There are some families in Alabama where Christmas in July is not just a funny saying; it is a reality. For most families, Christmas only comes once a year, but for a select group of Alabama farmers, Christmas lasts all year long. The farmers who grow Christmas trees are surrounded by one of the main symbols of the ... Read More »

December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

AUBURN, Ala. — Chinese privet is widely used as an ornamental throughout the Southeastern United States.  It was introduced to the U.S. from Southeast Asia in the early 1850s. . Chinese privet is a single to multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that grow throughout the year. It produces thick clusters of small white flowers each spring.  Dark dark blue fruits mature in the ... Read More »

Family Gardening: Growing Together

AUBURN, Ala. — Many people look to gardening for the produce, stress relief or profit, but why not make it a family learning project.  Incorporating children into a gardening project offers several benefits including life lessons, practical knowledge about vegetables and closer families. Learning Children learn responsibility when the family plants a garden. They will have to water and check the ... Read More »

Orchids in The South

  Auburn, Ala. –“Orchids remind me of home,” said Deb Bailey, a former liberal arts professor at Auburn University. Bailey grew up in northwest Alabama. “When I think of orchids, it makes me think of the spring season. My grandmother used to grow them on her sun porch and I have memories of watering them with her.” Known for their ... Read More »

Showtime for Holiday Cactus

Auburn, Alabama —Holiday cacti, whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, put on quite a show about the time most other color is gone. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are closely related. “Care for them is similar, and to many, it’s hard to tell them apart. However, for those who want to know why their Christmas cactus is ... Read More »

The ins and outs of growing succulents in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama — Whether you are an experienced gardener or just a beginner, growing succulents can be a breeze. “A succulent is a thick, fleshy, waxy leafed plant that thrives in periods of drought. They are good for people who forget [to water] or travel a lot,” said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds Extension agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Try a transplant

AUBURN, Ala.- If you find yourself impatiently waiting for your garden seeds to sprout, try out transplants. “The reason we like to use transplants is earliness,” Dr. Joe Kemble, a vegetable specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said. “You don’t have to sit there and wait for the seed to come up.” For example, planting a four to five week old ... Read More »