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Vine Crops

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentation and reading the article, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on vine crops, including cucumbers, melons and squash.

Mukdenia, Mukdenia rossii

Grown for its showy foliage and airy flowers, mukdenia is an uncommon herbaceous perennial for the shade garden. The glossy green, fan-shaped leaves are attractive throughout summer, but when they transform to bright red starting at the tips they become a stunning statement in the garden. Learn more about this introduced ornamental plant in this article…

Leaf cactus, Pereskia spp.

A cactus with leaves? The genus Pereskia is one of the most interesting and unusual genera of cacti, unlike all other members of the family with broad, bright green leaves on thin stems. However these plants do have the same kind of spines and flowers of their typical cactus cousins hidden under all that foliage. Learn more about this unique group of plants in this article…

Croton, Codiaeum variegatum

One of the boldest houseplants around, croton offers fabulous foliage marked with bright yellow, orange, red, and even near black. These eye-catching plants add a tropical touch to indoor décor or make a dramatic focal point as a seasonal plant outdoors during the growing season. Learn more about this Asian plant distantly related to poinsettia in this article…

Square Foot Gadening
Square Foot Gardening

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentation and reading the article, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on square foot gardening.

Sea thrift, Armeria maritima

Sea thrift is a profuse spring and early summer bloomer, with pink or white flowers on low mounds of dense foliage. Coming from mountainous and coastal areas, it needs excellent drainage and lean soils to thrive so can be a challenge to grow in wet Midwestern climates. Learn more about this clump-forming evergreen perennial in this article…

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