Plant Particulars

Citrus x latifolia 'Bearss Seedless'_3471

The Orangery display in the Hughes Conservatory features citrus trees. These plants can be a beautiful and bountiful addition to the home if provided with the right conditions. Use these tips to grow your own citrus tree in your Iowa home. Start with dwarf varieties. Meyer lemon, Ponderosa lemon, Persian […]

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Hippeastrum 'Apple Blossom' 1

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) are popular gifts for the holidays. While growing them from the bulb the first year is easy, many gardeners are a little perplexed on what to do once the first flower stalk fades. Follow these tips to get that gift of color started and then to get it […]

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container

Each year the horticulturists at Reiman Gardens create beautiful winter containers out of evergreen boughs, dried plants, and other colorful and interesting materials. You can create these garden focal points at home by following these simple tips: Be sure to use a frost proof container. Avoid porous concrete, clay, and […]

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fall leaves

The wonderful fall colors of deciduous trees are one of the best parts of autumn. The management of the subsequent piles of leaves is one of the least desirable fall chores in the garden. Leaves allowed to pile and cover the lawn can cause serious issues with turf health. The […]

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45 Herb Garden spring

October is the month to plant spring blooming bulbs. This year Reiman Gardens will plant nearly 47,000 tulips and other bulbs! While planting consists essentially of digging a hole and placing them in the ground pointy side up, there are a few things that can be done to be more […]

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Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso' 1

Fall Planting Mid-August to Mid-October is a great time to plant many trees, shrubs and even some perennials. The advantage to late season planting is the weather. Fall has cooler air temperatures that promote less above ground growth but warm soil temperatures to promote abundant root growth which is very […]

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Radish Raphanus sativus 'Rover Hybrid'

Early August is a great time to start quick maturing cold tolerant vegetables for fall harvest. Lettuce, spinach, kale, radishes even peas, beets and green onions can be planted in mid to late summer and enjoyed in the fall. Some vegetables like Brussels sprouts are said to taste better if […]

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powdery mildew

The garden to-do list can get a little shorter in the heat of the summer. Lawns slow, planting is put on hold until fall and, apart from watering and weed-pulling, the tasks are not as demanding in July and August. This gives the gardener more opportunity to watch for common […]

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Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata)

As the days get longer and warmer and summer gets into full swing, gardens sometimes hit a “low spot” in bloom. The flush of spring bloom has ended and the newly planted annuals are still small but the summer reliables, like daylilies and coneflower, have not yet graced the garden […]

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Taxodium distichum 0133

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic destructive pest that kills all native ash trees (Fraxinus). The urban tree canopy is significantly impacted by the loss of ash trees. It has recently been found in Story County and while treatment options are available, they are expensive and most homeowners […]

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