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Online Plant Guides

Online versions of our most popular publications.

AGRS-026. This nearly 400-page, wire-o bound guide was prepared by Penn State extension specialists in agronomy, entomology, and plant pathology; U.S. Pasture Laboratory staff; county extension educators; seed, fertilizer, lime, and pesticide industry personnel; and representatives of state agricultural and environmental government agencies. It is organized into two sections. Part 1 covers crop and soil management, as well as storing seed and grain and farm management and budgeting. Part 2 covers pest management, and includes recommendations for managing pests in corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, small grains, and forages. A hard copy version of this publication can be purchased for $16 + shipping and handling.

AGRS-097. This full-color guide includes new chapters on weed management and vertebrate pest control, in addition to updated information on site preparation and planning, production systems, cultivars, economics, and pest management (including current pesticides that can be used) for strawberries, blueberries, brambles, and gooseberries and currants. Appendices cover diagnostic services available within the region from University and private laboratories; sources of plants and production supplies, and sources of information that expand on various topics in the guide even more. A hardcopy of this guide can be purchased for $20 + shipping & handling.

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AGRS-115. This 64-page, full-color publication provides information about growing vegetables--from selecting the best site for your garden to harvesting your vegetables. Vegetables discussed include asparagus, beans, brassicas, bulb vegetables, cucurbits, leafy vegetables, peas, peppers, root peppers, sweet corn, baby corn, and pickling corn, eggplants, and tomatoes. This publication is intended to replace the discontinued Culture and Cultivars (Varieties) for the Gardener, Bedding Plant Grower, Garden Center Supplier, and Direct Marketer series. A hard copy version of this guide can be purchased for $10 + shipping and Handling.

AGRS-028. This 200-page guide provides information based on multistage research results and extension programs as well as the knowledge and experience of growers, county extension educators, and industry personnel. It is intended to help commercial vegetable growers make informed managerial decisions. A hardcopy of this guide can be purchased for $20 + shipping & handling.

AGRS-099. Fruit Production for the Home Gardener has been developed as a resource for people who wish to produce fruit on a small scale (one acre or less) and who are not legally licensed to use pesticides. A hard copy version of this guide can be purchased for $12 + shipping and handling.

AGRS-045. This production guide provides commercial fruit growers, extension educators, consultants, and others with information on fruit culture; orchard nutrition; spraying; pesticides; storage of tree fruit crops; and control of weeds, insects, diseases (including sharka, or plum pox virus), and mice. A hardcopy version of this guide can be purchased for $25 + shipping and handling.

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UJ235. This four-page fact sheet lists production guides, general and specialty reference books, trade journals, newsletters, grower organizations, wine-related information, and other resources than can help grape growers in Pennsylvania.

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UJ257. More than 100 different shrubs are listed in this guide. This publication is broken down into the following ares: what to consider when selecting shrubs, aesthetic qualities of shrubs, and shrubs for specific conditions.

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SC229. This 24-page publication explains hardiness and site requirements, landscape use, and characteristics of selected evergreen plants.

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UJ253. Ornamental plantings on a property help shape and enhance the outdoor environment and experience. Successful, healthy, and long-lived plantings depend on several factors. This 16-page publication covers these factors in detail, including buying healthy plants, different types of ornamentals, and the proper way to plant them.

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AGRS-095. Proper ornamental plant care begins with selecting the right plant for the right place, exercising proper care in site preparation and planting, and establishing timely and appropriate maintenance. Pruning is necessary to maintain a healthy and vigorous tree or shrub, but it is not a way to fix poor planning and placement of a tree or shrub. This 24-page guide explains pruning myths, the impact of pruning, and reasons to prune. It also describes pruning tools, pruning techniques, and how to properly prune deciduous shrubs and trees, evergreen shrubs and trees, vines, ground covers, hedges, espalier, topiary, and roses. A glossary and illustrations are also provided. A hard copy version of this publication can be purchased for $4 + shipping and handling.