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When pruning, it is important to remember that wherever the plant is cut regrowth will be stimulated, generally happening within 6 to 8 inches of the cut. CAES News
When to prune landscape plants — and how to do it right
Do you have a yard full of woody ornamentals? Are you unsure of when or how to prune them? With diverse growth habits and varying pruning requirements, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out when and how to prune each variety. Not pruning correctly, or at the wrong time, can lead to plants to become irregular in shape, more vulnerable to cold damage or pests, or less likely to flower at their full potential.
Adam Gregory, an agricultural specialist with UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, serves as the farm manager for the Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit. “Half the fun of the job is knowing how important this resource is to the germplasm system,” Gregory said. “Many of these species are grown for their disease resistance or some other small trait.” CAES News
Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit at UGA is protecting seeds for the future
The seeds of knowledge are planted every day at the University of Georgia. But the UGA Griffin campus sows seeds to store, aiding plant preservation and research at a global scale. UGA-Griffin is home to the Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s larger National Plant Germplasm System, spanning 19 sites across the U.S., plus three affiliated collections not held by the USDA.
During the pandemic, many parents spent time with their children while gardening. (Getty Images) CAES News
COVID-19 pandemic fueled massive growth in green industry
Most people would say the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been a great couple of years. But for the green industry, like plant nurseries and greenhouses, it’s been a boon. But will the uptick in gardening last once the last coronavirus restrictions are lifted?
A four-leaf clover, recently found in the writer's backyard. (Photo by Aaron Hale) CAES News
The science and secrets of four-leaf clovers
If you’ve ever scanned a field looking for a lucky four-leaf clover, then perhaps you’ve wondered why they are so rare. It turns out scientists aren’t exactly sure about the mysteries of four-leaf clovers, either.
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Research in plant genomics is answering big biological questions
Since Robin Buell joined the University of Georgia faculty in fall 2021, there’s been a flurry of activity in her lab. Buell and her researchers have nine projects underway in plant genomics – and Buell has already secured millions of dollars in federal funding.
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Gently Soap cleans up at inaugural Floor and Décor UGA Venture Prize Competition
When Kristen Dunning participated in her first UGA Entrepreneurship Idea Accelerator Program, she was a woman with sensitive skin, a knack for plants and a dream of selling soap to the masses.