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2016 Southwest Yard & Garden archives

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  • January 2, 2016
    1 – Spider mites are common, but easily managed, pests of houseplants during the winter.
  • January 9, 2016
    1 – Poinsettia plants may be propagated from stem cuttings to produce new plants if they are not patented varieties.
  • January 16, 2016
    1 – Apple trees are impossible for most home gardeners to grow from stem cuttings due to limitations of adult phase stem tissue.
  • January 23, 2016
    1 - Some indoor plants are attacked in winter by insects which may be treated with oil spray or rubs that are safe for people.
  • January 30, 2016
    1 – Maples are not usually considered good choices for New Mexico landscapes, but there may be some varieties and other species of trees that can produce fall color in New Mexico.


  • February 6, 2016
    1 – Painting a tree trunk white may help reduce the incidence of southwest injury causing splitting of the bark.
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Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist, retired from New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.