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.

Horticulture Faculty Recognized at University Day 2014

The purpose of the Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award is to recognize scholarly achievement and a level of innovation and effort that far exceeds expectations. This year’s recipient is Carolyn Breece, faculty research assistant in the department of horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Breece is the coordinator of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program, and researches honeybee health with Ramesh Sagili.

In addition, The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award is given to the person who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement through teaching and scholarship, service to the university and the community, and professional leadership, nationally and internationally. This year, there are two winners, Joey Spatafora, professor of botany and plant pathology, and Bernadine Strik, professor of horticulture, both with the College of Agricultural Sciences.


EM 8973, Establishing a Vineyard in Oregon – A Quick-start Resource Guide

EM 8973, Establishing a Vineyard in Oregon – A Quick-start Resource Guide
Author: Patty Skinkis
Revised September 2014, 7 pages, NC

Low-maintenance lawn: Time to sow fresh grass seed

Lawn looking lackluster? Mid-August to early October is a sweet spot in the calendar year to sow fresh grass seed or replace an existing lawn throughout the state, according to Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

If you wait until November, you're too late – the next best bet to establish a new lawn comes around the following April to May.

Read more in the Oregonian »

Tomato late blight: Stop purple black spots that kill foliage

Late blight, a fungal disease that infects tomatoes, usually shows up in Oregon gardens as weather turns wet and humid, and it's dispersed by the wind and rain. This devastating disease kills tomato and potato plants, as well as peppers and eggplant, and usually does not arrive until mid-August or September.

According to Ross Penhallegon, Oregon State University Extension horticulturist in Lane County, the disease is holding off because of the current warm weather. Once it turns wet and cool, start looking for late blight, Penhallegon advises.

Read more in the Oregonian »