News for the Horticulture Department

Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

Learn more about this promising release from Oregon State University Department of Horticulture Plant Breeder Jim Myers.

Blueberry barrage (Register-Guard)

Blueberry barrage (Register-Guard)
Blueberries have specific needs and take eight years to become fully mature. Under the right growing conditions, however, the plant can live for up to 50 years, says Dr. Bernadine Strik, a professor of horticulture and lead berry researcher at Oregon State University. “If you get things right with blueberries, you’re going to reap rewards for a long time,” she says.

Rain-related cherry cracking (Ag Info)

Rain-related cherry cracking (Ag Info)
Scientists at at Oregon State University have found a protective skin for cherries to help minimize rain-related cracking. During a discussion with OSU horticulturist Lynn Long, I learned that there are two separate modes of action that can introduce enough water to the fruit to make it crack.

4 tips to keep your roses free of diseases and pests (Oregonian)

4 tips to keep your roses free of diseases and pests (Oregonian)
When it comes to one of the county’s most popular perennial plants, the “big four” vexations are powdery mildew, black spot, rust and aphids, according to Jay W. Pscheidt, a plant pathology specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Swiss needle cast or drought? OSU extension experts answer garden questions (Oregonian)

Swiss needle cast or drought? OSU extension experts answer garden questions (Oregonian)
When there are no peas in the pods or flowers on the dahlias, get the answers you need with Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. OSU Extension faculty and Master Gardeners reply to queries within two business days, usually less.

Grass-free backyard makeover (The Oregonian)

Grass-free backyard makeover (The Oregonian)
Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist with the OSU Extension Service, suggests two ways to rid your yard of grass: an organic technique that uses no pesticides and a chemical method that employs an herbicide that leaves no residue in the soil.