Category: In the Garden

Question of the Week – Spider Mites

What caused the stippling on this eggplant leaf? This damage was caused by two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urica). While spider mites are often included in discussions of insect management,...

Meeting a Mydas Fly

Conducting summer camps at the South Carolina Botanical Garden affords much more time to explore the grounds and make new discoveries alongside the young participants. On the Tuesday of our first...

Question of the Week – TSWV

What is going on with this Roma tomato? The tie-dye appearance of this tomato is due to it being infected by tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). TSWV is an important virus of tomato, pepper, eggplant,...

Hummingbird Favorite: Pentas

Every spring, I visit local garden centers, searching for colorful flowers that attract hummingbirds. I like to combine these flowers in containers and place them where I can watch hummingbirds...

Am I Venomous or Poisonous?

“Is this snake poisonous?” I get asked this question a lot, and my answer is no. The snake isn’t poisonous, but it could be venomous. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a TV commercial or movie...

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