Category Archives: Shrubs

Greater Houston Plant Conference 2018

If you are interested in learning about new plants for the landscape, then the 2018 Greater Houston Plant Conference is the place to be. We will have speakers from the horticulture industry talking about annuals, perennials, bulbs, trees and more. We have a great lineup of speakers that will provide you with the latest information on new plants coming to the market and maybe a few forgotten ones that should be reconsidered. So don’t miss this opportunity to spend the day with fellow plant enthusiasts and meet new friends… Read More →

Is My Sago Palm (Cycad) Dead?

Sago palms or cycads are a popular landscape plant in the greater Houston area. There are several genera and about 200 species of plants referred to as cycads but the most common by far in our area is Cycas revoluta, which is commonly known as “sago palm”, even though it isn’t a true palm. These plants add a tropical look to the landscape and are generally considered cold hardy in our area. However, when temperatures dropped to 19 degrees (Houston IAH data) in mid January many plants were… Read More →

Calling All Irrigators!!

If you are licensed irrigator or have in interest in landscape irrigation then we have two great programs for you in February. Drip Irrigation Workshop – February 14 This course provides an overview of drip irrigation systems design and management as well as a review of hydraulics of irrigation systems. Instruction is provided on the types of drip products available and how to evaluate their performance characteristics and quality. Topics include: advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation in landscape applications and product selection. Instruction is provided on: Design… Read More →


The Greater Houston Plant Conference is a great opportunity to learn about new plants, breeding programs and ornamental plant trials in Texas and around the country. Come hear from industry experts about which shrubs, annuals and perennials you should be growing. Get your tickets early, we are at a new venue for 2016 with limited seating.    REGISTER TODAY!

Landscape Pest & Disease Workshop

If you work in the green industry and deal with pests and diseases in the landscape, or work at a garden center and answer questions from customers on plant diseases and pests; then don’t miss out on the Landscape Pest & Disease Workshop on January 29, 2016. We have an excellent group of presenters that will cover the following  program topics. Pollinator Protection Pesticide Laws & Regulations Landscape Disease Management Landscape Ornamental Pests (Common Culprits & New Invasives) Turfgrass Disease Diagnosis & Management Continuing Education Credits available  TDA Pesticide… Read More →

2015 Landscape & Irrigation Symposium

Join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as we present the 2015 Landscape & Irrigation Symposium at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on Friday, November 13th. The program is designed to provide the green industry with the latest information on water management. Register         7:00 – 8:15 a.m.                Vendor Setup and Registration 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.                Why Invest in Conservation Practices and Technologies  John O’Donnell 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.            … Read More →

Beneficial Insects: Green Lacewings

The green lacewing (Chrysoperla sp.) is a common beneficial insect found in the landscape. They are a generalist predator best known for feeding on aphids, but will also control mites and other soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs and whiteflies. The adult green lacewing has a long slender green body and golden eyes. It has prominent wings with lace-like veins. An adult will be approximately 0.75” in length. They are typically night flying insects.  Females can lay up to 200 tiny, oblong eggs on silken stalks attached… Read More →

Earth- Kind® Azalea Trial Established at Bear Creek Office

You are probably aware of the Earth-Kind rose program that was initiated by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension in the mid-late 90’s. Dr. Steve George and fellow A&M researchers started the program by evaluating roses utilizing sustainable growing practices. That program has screened hundreds of roses and has resulted in 27 varieties receiving the Earth-Kind designation. The objective of Earth-Kind is to combine the best of organic and traditional landscaping principles and practices to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental responsibility. The goals of… Read More →

Crown Gall

We received an email last week from our friend Gaye Hammond a Master Rosarian with the Houston Rose Society regarding a sighting of crown gall on roses. Besides roses, crown gall affects many woody ornamental plants, fruit trees and brambles. Crown gall is caused by a soil-borne bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Once in the soil, the crown gall bacterium can survive for several years in decomposing galls from infected plants. The bacterium gets into the plant through wounds that occur during planting, grafting, pruning or by chewing insects feeding… Read More →

Rose Rosette Disease (RRD)

Rose Rosette Disease is in Texas but currently not in Houston. This blog entry will provide a brief overview of the disease along with links to valuable resources for the green industry. RRD Overview: Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has been identified in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area, but has not been confirmed in Houston. RRD is caused by a virus (Rose Rosette Virus-RRV) that is transmitted by the eriophyid mite, Phyllocoptes fructiphylus. RRD was initially identified in the US in 1941 – spread of the disease in the… Read More →