Saturday, September 10, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 119: Crapemyrtles

In this episode, we talk with Margaret Pooler, Supervisory Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS, all about Crapemyrtles. The plant profile is on Coleus and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

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01:00 Introducing Margaret Pooler, Supervisory Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS 04:25 What are you working on? 08:33 What’s growing in your garden? 09:04 “I grow things that I like or things that have personal meaning” -Margaret 10:53 A name like no other… Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) 13:25 “They went from being, not even in the US, to now I think there’s like three million plants sold each year by the industry.” -Margaret 14:10 A Tree? A Shrub? Both? 17:46 A plant for All seasons 21:57 Tips and tricks for healthy growing 26:14 Stop and smell the crape myrtles 27:29 Best pruning practices 32:27 Crape myrtles for plots big and small 34:02 The historic plight of powdery mildew and disease 38:30 “There’s at least, like, 200 named crapemyrtle cultivars out there, so, we don’t want to just keep adding more and more that don’t have a specific purpose.” -Margaret 41:22 Crapemyrtles and sooty mold 46:20 How to propagate productively 48:55 How to reach Margaret 50:58 This week's plant profile is... Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides) 52:45 What's new in the garden? Cucamelons & Dahlia flowers 53:08 What’s going on around town? We’ll be at Greenspring, American Horticultural Society’s centennial, Smithsonian semi-centennial, and several sales

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:
~ GardenDC Episode 22: Fruit Trees, Crape Myrtle, and Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives
GardenDC Podcast Episode 6: Spring-Flowering Trees and Shrubs

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Brandie Bland


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