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General care for hydrangeas

Look to this hydrangea how-to for advice on soil, water, pruning and more. Learn a simple pH trick that will turn blooms from pink to blue.

Kristin VanHoose | Jun 2018 | Article

Management Strategies for Dealing with Select Poisonous Plants in Oregon

Rangeland, pastures and hay fields throughout Oregon often contain poisonous plants that are potentially dangerous to cattle and other livestock.

Andy Hulting, Karin Neff | Sep 2019 | Publication

Are lupines the answer to my difficult yard?

Q: I'm an urban rental dweller--West Portland--whose elderly landlords would rather deal with issues with the house rather than the yard, on which grass seed that I've bought does not grow; the soil is depleted and I can't ...

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Don't toss those tuberous begonias - save for next summer

It is easy to ready and store tender summer bulbs such as tuberous begonias for next growing season. Here’s how.

Sep 19, 2003 | News Story

Will banana slugs munch my plants?

Q: Are banana slugs harmful to my flower or vegetable garden? I remember learning that they are beneficial but I would like to clarify. The internet is giving me very mixed answers.

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Amaryllis can brighten a winter window

Amaryllis are as easy to grow as they are beautiful.

May 25, 2011 | News Story

My spring bulbs are sprouting now in November, what should I do?

Q: I have crocus blooming, daffodils and bearded iris sprouting in my yard. Will they retain enough energy to grow next spring when they are supposed to? Will I need to feed them extra at some point? When?

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Hanging baskets put the color in summer

Think about location when designing and caring for a hanging containers

Kym Pokorny | May 15, 2015 | News Story

Divide and conquer plants to keep them healthy and productive

Dig up and cut apart plants when they start to show less vigor

Kym Pokorny | Apr 24, 2015 | News Story

Less toxic iron phosphate slug bait proves effective

OSU research indicates that the less toxic iron phosphate containing slug baits are as effective as those with metaldehyde.

Feb 25, 2008 | News Story