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On January 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

Camellias beautify dreary winter days

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Don’t you feel sorry for gardeners who live where there are no winter flowers?

Camellias are the super stars of winter garden in the South, lighting up the landscape with lovely flowers in red, rose, pink, white and bicolors. Plant now and you'll be able to enjoy them for many weeks.

Both Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua, the two varieties most often planted here, prefer a partial shade location. A well-drained spot where they will receive about four to six hours of morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal. They also thrive under the high shade cast by pine trees. Like azaleas, camellias do best in acid soil. If your soil pH is above 7, add an acidifier at planting time and feed your plant with fertilizer labeled for acid-loving plants.

Here’s a look at a few of the popular varieties Akin’s usually has in stock:

  • Nuccio’s Gem: a strong upright grower that bears loads of perfectly formed, pristine white semidouble flowers with a rosebud center in early to mid-season.
  • Cotton Candy: an early-season bloomers that bears masses of clear pink, semidouble flowers.
  • Kanjiro: a vigorous upright grower with early, rose-pink, semidouble flowers shading to rose-red on the petal edges.
  • Shishi Gashira: a compact, low-grower that bears early rosy-red, semidouble flowers. Named a Louisiana Super Plant.
  • Setsugekka: a moderate upright grower with masses of early, white, semidouble flowers bearing golden stamens.

Adding one, or more, of these camellias will give your eyes something beautiful to rest on during winter’s grayest, dreariest months.


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On January 1st, 2018 by Kathie Rowell

January garden tips

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  • Get those tulip bulbs that have been chilling in your refrigerator planted as soon as possible.
  • Plant trees and shrubs so they can get a good root system started before the stress of next summer’s heat.
  • Camellias are likely to be in bloom, so you can choose the flower color and form you like best.
  • Start tomato seeds indoors in late January for transplanting into the garden after danger of frost is over.
  • Trim dead or freeze-damaged perennials.
  • Deadhead cool-season annuals.
  • Transplant established trees and shrubs while they are dormant.
  • Prune trees and shrubs that don’t flower in the spring, if necessary.
  • Get your soil tested. If amendments are required, a winter application will make them available for spring planting. We have LSU AgCenter soil test kits available.
  • Don’t overwater indoor plants, which need less moisture during winter than during the growing season.
  • Protect or bring indoors less-hardy cool-season plants, such as cyclamen, if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. Hardy plants, such as pansies, violas and dianthus, may be burned by a hard freeze, but should recover.
  • Cut the faded flower stalk from the amaryllis plants you forced to bloom inside, then place them in a bright window until spring when they can be planted outdoors.
  • Plant your forced paperwhite bulbs outside after their blooms have faded. They should revert to their natural schedule and bloom again.
  • Plant seeds of rye grass or wheat grass in containers for a spot of fresh green on your window sill.
  • Begin cutting back the dead foliage on ornamental grasses.
  • Don’t let fallen leaves stay on your lawn all winter to avoid disease problems. Either mow over them to add organic matter to the lawn, build a compost bin or set aside an area for a compost pile.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray or horticultural oil.
  • Prepare beds you plan to plant in spring by removing weeds, working in chopped leaves and compost and covering with mulch. No compost? We recommend Vital Earth compost.

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On December 2nd, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

Christmas plant care tips

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without poinsettias, paperwhites, amaryllises and cyclamen.

Keep them looking their best with these tips:

Poinsettia:  Place the plant where is will get some sunlight and won’t be exposed to drafts. Water with warm water when the soil surface is dry to the touch, but don’t let the plant stand in water. Avoid getting mist or water on the colored bracts.

Paperwhite:  For best flowering, leave the bulb pot outside if temperatures will stay above freezing.  When grown in warm temperatures and with low light, foliage and flowers tend to flop. Once the flowers open, bring the pot inside, but move it to an unheated location at night to extend flower life.

Amaryllis: Put the pot near a sunny window, and rotate it a quarter turn every few days once the flower stalk emerges to keep it growing straight. Too little light will result in a weak, spindly stalk. Keep soil evenly moist.

Cyclamen: Keep the soil moist, but don’t water from above. Place the pot in a shallow tray of water and let the roots take it up. They prefer temperatures in the 60s and like bright light.


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On December 2nd, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

December garden tips

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  • Plant trees and shrubs so they can get a good root system started before the stress of summer’s heat.It's a particularly good time to plant camellias and sasanquas because they are likely in bloom.
  • Keep Christmas trees well watered.
  • Continue planting cool-season color, such as pansies, violas, dianthus, cyclamen, stock, candytuft, ornamental cabbage and kale and snapdragons. Refresh your beds first with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.
  • Deadhead bedding plants to keep them tidy and prolong blooming.
  • Protect or bring indoors less-hardy cool-season plants, such as cyclamen, if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. Hardy plants, such as pansies, violas and dianthus, may be burned by a hard freeze, but should recover.
  • Fertilize cool-season bedding plants you set out in early fall.
  • Get your soil tested now so you’ll be ready to go for spring planting. Akin’s has the kits available to be completed and mailed to LSU AgCenter.
  • Sow seeds of larkspur, sweet pea and poppy for spring blooms.
  • Finish planting daffodils this month. Plant the tulip and hyacinth bulbs you’ve been chilling in your refrigerator toward the end of the month.
  • Don’t let fallen leaves stay on your lawn all winter to avoid disease problems. Either mow over them to add organic matter to the lawn or turn them into nutrient-rich compost by building/buying a compost bin or setting aside an area for a compost pile.
  • Spray trees affected by scale insects, such as camellias, sasanquas, Burford hollies and magnolias, with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray or horticultural oil.
  • Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it occurs, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.
  • Prepare beds you plan to plant in spring by removing weeds, working in chopped leaves and compost and covering with mulch. No homemade compost? We recommend Vital Earth compost.

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On October 18th, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

Halloween Potting Parties for Kids

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We love doing our Halloween potting parties for kids, so they are back again this year. We'll provide the pot, potting soil, decorations and hands-on help so the little ones can create a spooktacular masterpiece. Cost: $5 per pot. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25-28 and 30-31. Hope to see you there!


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On October 3rd, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

Cooking with Herbs at Thanksgiving

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Ready for a new twist on your Thanksgiving recipes? Be sure to sign up for our  10 a.m. Nov. 11 talk on cooking with herbs. Retired Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service county agent/dietitian Cheryl Maxwell will share ideas for adding fresh herbs -- primarily rosemary and sage -- to your holiday feast. Admission is free, but advance registration is appreciated. Call 318-868-2701 or drop by the nursery.


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On October 1st, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

October garden tips

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Plant cool-season color, such as pansies, violas, dianthus, alyssum, stock,  ornamental cabbage and kale and snapdragons. Refresh your beds first with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.

Create fall porch displays with potted mums, crotons and pumpkins.

Plant these vegetables in October, says LSU AgCenter: Cabbage, broccoli (transplants), turnips, collards, kale, parsley, shallots, radishes, beets, leaf lettuce, celery, onions, Swiss chard, garlic and carrots. Plant endive, mustard, spinach and Chinese cab­bage early in the month.

Begin to plant trees and shrubs as the weather cools down and rain returns to the area.

Get your soil tested in the fall, says LSU AgCenter. Akin’s has the kits available to be completed and mailed to the AgCenter.

Sow seeds of larkspur, sweet pea, poppy and bluebonnet for spring bloom.

Purchase spring bulbs and begin planting daffodils at the end of the month. Tulips and hyacinth bulbs must be refrigerated for six to eight weeks before being planted in November/December.

Dig and divide crowded perennials, such as daylilies, phlox, coreopsis, daisies and irises.

Build a compost bin or set aside an area for a compost pile. You’ll have plenty of fall leaves soon to fill it. Or you could use fallen leaves as mulch.

Continue a spray program on roses to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns.  Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.

Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.

Irrigate lawns, landscape and garden beds, including newly planted trees and shrubs, in the absence of rain.

Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it occurs, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.

Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.

Cut back perennials that have finished blooming for a tidy appearance.


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On September 19th, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

It's time to plant cool-season veggies

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Cooler weather is on the way and that means fall veggies. Cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, kale, collards  and more thrive in our climate.

Here's a list from LSU AgCenter of vegetables from that can be planted in September:

  • Beets, broccoli (transplants or seeds through September)
  • Brussels sprouts (transplants or seeds)
  • Cabbage (transplants or seeds)
  • Chinese cabbage (transplants or seeds)
  • Cauliflower (transplants or seeds)
  • Collards (transplants or seeds)
  • Endive
  • Carrots
  • English peas
  • Snow peas
  • Garlic (late September)4
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onions (seeds, late September)
  • Parsley
  • Snap beans (early September)
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnips
  • Kale

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On September 1st, 2017 by Kathie Rowell

Red, Green and Evergreen

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You can deck your halls for the holidays and bring Christmas cheer to homeless families on Saturday, Nov. 18. A portion of sales from Christmas trees, greenery, gifts and plants will benefit Providence House during Red, Green and Evergreen, an annual event at Akin's Nursery, 5901 E. Kings Highway, Shreveport.

Refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will be on hand for photos with children and pets.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Akin's at 318-868-2701.


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