University of Illinois Extension

Volume 6 Issue 2

Articles in this issue...

“Cool” Holiday Gift Plants

Everyone likes to receive “cool” things as gifts but when it comes to flowering gift plants, the term “cool’ can be taken very literally, says Greg Stack, a U of I Extension horticulturist.

Understanding Poisonous Plants

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean some people can stop worrying about poisonous plants, said Sharon Yiesla, University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.
“Why talk about poisonous plants in winter,” said Yiesla.

Koi and Goldfish Pond Winter Care

It’s easy to avoid winter kill in your garden fish pond by simply keeping a small area of the pond ice-free for the exchange of gases with the atmosphere, said Jeff Rugg, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Plants, Bugs, Diseases and a Mild Winter

A mild winter can mean more insects and disease in the landscape next season, said Richard Hentschel, U of I Extension horticulture specialist.
“Rumor has it that our winter will be a mild one, not a wild one,” says Hentschel.

Rex Begonia

Consider using plants with colorful variegated foliage indoors this winter, Jennifer Schultz Nelson, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, recommended. “Variegated plants generally need more light than plants with solid green leaves,” said Schultz Nelson