raspberry

Fertilizing Raspberry Plants

      While most raspberry (Rubus spp.) cultivars are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 7, some tolerate warmer temperatures and reduced chill hours. “Autumn Bliss,” (Rubus idaeus “Autumn Bliss”), for instance, is hardy to USDA zones 3 through 11. No matter where in the world you grow raspberries, for maximum yield, […]

propagate boxwood cutting

A Boxwood Lover’s Guide to Propagation

  The most popular plant among professional landscapers is boxwood  (Buxus spp.), according to a poll of Lawn and Landscape magazine’s readers.  Thus the versatile evergreen has been dubbed America’s most popular shrub.   Although there are about 150 cultivars and species available in nurseries, the most commonly grown is the common or American boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), […]

cycad diseases

Snow on my Sago Palm?

“Ew, what’s that white stuff on my sago palm?” asks a reader from Southern California. That, my friend is evidence of a huge infestation of what is commonly known as cycad scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui). A type of armored scale, these guys would be harmless if they showed up by their lonesome. Instead, they come in […]

grow stevia

Grow Stevia from Seed

Considered a tender perennial herb, stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. The plant’s leaves are dried and ground into a sugar substitute with zero calories. What makes the leaves so sweet are compounds called steviol glycosides. Because the levels of these compounds vary in plants […]