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Tips From Richard: Semi-hardwood Cuttings for Propagation

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:21am -- WCVE

Take cuttings from your azaleas and other woody ornamentals for propagation. By early July, the new growth has reached the semi-hardwood stage which is ideal for propagating cuttings. Clip four to six inches of new growth and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Place the cutting in a small pot with a moist, well drained medium and cover with a clear plastic bag. Place the pot in the shade. Cuttings should root in four to six weeks.

Tips From Richard: Pinch Your Mums

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:52am -- WCVE

Pinch your mums one last time in early July. By pinching or clipping off the last inch or two of each stem you’ll force the plants to put out new growth further down on the stem. This will make plants thicker and they’ll still have time to set buds for great color this fall.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Fertilize Outdoor Container Plants

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:11am -- WCVE

Whether you’re growing annuals, perennials or vegetables in your containers, they should be fertilized about once a month with a general purpose water soluble fertilizer. For less frequent applications, try one of the slow release pelletized fertilizers specifically designed for container plants.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Control Bagworms

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:43pm -- WCVE

If bagworms were a problem on your conifers last year, now’s the time to treat those previously infested plants to control the larvae while they are still young. Any bags that survived the winter could have been holding eggs which have now hatched. Right now the larvae are tiny and practically impossible to see, but easy to control.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Virginia Home Grown: May 2014

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:42pm -- WCVE

Host Amy Williams talks with Ian Robertson about unusual plants for the garden that are readily available in garden centers. Co-host Peggy Singlemann meets with Landscape Architect Chris Hale at the Virginia State Capitol to talk about rain gardens. The Plant of the Month is the Japanese Snowbell ‘Pink Chimes’ (Styrax japonicus) presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Peggy Singlemann offers a Tip from Maymont about caring for and preserving large trees.
(Show #1403)

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