Filed under Plants That Grow Here

Dibbles And Bits

Dandelions are everywhere in early spring. “My great grandfather brought dandelions with him from Denmark,” Paul Harens of Yankton remarked. “They were for greens.” Why one would bring dandelion seeds to grow– the plant scourge of some lawns today? Dandelions are members of the large Asteraceae family. The genus Taraxacum is native to North America, … Continue reading

What It Takes to Grow

Brandon Wagner is the teacher for a new horticulture class at Yankton High School. He wanted his students to learn about plants and have direct experience in how plants grow. A newly constructed automated greenhouse and seed germinating chamber gave Wagner and his students a chance to learn about the fundamentals of growing plants. Students … Continue reading

Transplants Ready to Plant Soon

Transplants are ready to go in the garden here at Plant Exchange! It’s mid-May and the average frost date has passed, so in the next couple of weeks, the transplants here are ready for the flowerbeds, gardens, and containers. Flowers and vegetables were started from seeds and germinated under florescent lights indoors. When the plants … Continue reading

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 15th

Spring has arrived at Plant Exchange Blog in South Dakota! Pelicans have migrated north and songbirds are everywhere. In our USDA Zone 4-5a region, we may have encountered the last frost to start the season. Wild native plums are quite showy in early mornings and evenings these days.   New leaves dress trees and shrubs … Continue reading

Art and Garden in Synchrony

Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog where we try to showcase the talents of people of the Northern Plains who like plants. Amy Fill is a local sculptor and painter and also gardens. She’s also the interim director of university art galleries at University of South Dakota. Fill lives and works in an art studio in … Continue reading

Honoring Dr. David Graper

Dr. David Graper is highlighted in Plant Exchange Blog this week for his service to everyday gardeners. David Graper is a Horticulture professor at South Dakota State University and S. D. State Extension Horticulture Specialist and McCrory Gardens horticulturist. He spent much of his career in service to the people of South Dakota and with … Continue reading

Lauritzen Gardens Dinosaurs and Plants

Plants and dinosaurs were well connected in ancient times in our mid – region of the now United States. Fossil evidence shows us that dinosaurs ate plants or dined on plant-eaters. Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, has an exhibit that shows realistic dinosaurs and living plants they likely ate. “Dinosaur UpROAR” exhibit, until May 12th, … Continue reading

Work Behind A Good Apple

Apples are reliable fruits grown on the Northern Plains since homesteaders settled the west. As for the variety of apples we see in the produce display today, the kinds of apples just seem to expand. This week’s Plant Exchange Blog focus is on the Honeycrisp and a few related apples. David Bedford is a member … Continue reading

An Indoor Accent Plant–Fiddle Leaf Fig

Houseplants dress our homes like containers of flowers highlight an area or echo a theme outdoors. Trees and shrubs may be the anchors in an outdoor room, but indoors, large plants can assume that role. Fiddle Leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) can be the anchor for a room full of houseplants. Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog. … Continue reading