Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are perfect for those shady spots. Early spring is an excellent time to plant ferns in a landscape; it allows them to settle in and establish before the heat of summer arrives. So, if you've got some shady areas and you think ferns would work there now is the time to get them in the ground.
Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected.
Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.
Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 3:39 pm
Thanksgiving and Christmas cactuses aren't from the desert, but tropical rainforests in Brazil, where they spend their lives perched up in the trees with their roots in pockets of decaying organic matter lodged in cavities along the branches.