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Archive for March 2013

Impatiens Downy Mildew Update – Spring 2013

Since most of Cape Cod was hit by Impatiens Downy Mildew in 2012, those who love this annual are asking, “Now what?” Here’s what we know about this problem: We know that IDM is an oomycete, or water mold. The spores move and spread quickly in cool, wet conditions. All varieties and hybrids of Impatiens…

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Instant Spring Color

In March we get pretty tired of cold temperatures and grey skies. We need reminders that spring is possible, even when you live near the ocean! If you’re thinking that you wish you’d planted your window boxes, urns, and whiskey barrels with bulbs last fall, don’t despair. You can have colorful spring-flowering plants in those…

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What to do With Tropical Hibiscus in Spring

“I brought my tropical hibiscus that I bought last year into the house in September,” the caller asked. “What do I do with it now?” Soon our greenhouses will be filled with these showy, easy plants that are summer annuals in this area. They make great patio and porch plants in sunny locations and many…

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