Friday, December 19, 2008

Welcome to the OSU Master Gardener Blog

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program provides training for volunteers, who in turn assist in providing community horticulture services to the public. Under the auspices of Oregon State University Extension, individuals with an active interest in horticulture enroll in an intensive training program in horticulture and related fields. When the trainees complete their coursework, pass all assessments, and complete their volunteer practicum, they become an OSU Extension Master Gardener.

A primary mission of the OSU Master Gardener Program is to provide sustainable gardening advice to the public, using unbiased and research based materials. It is this reliance on research-based materials that ensures that the advice given by an OSU Master Gardener volunteer is of the highest possible quality.

In order to support OSU Master Gardener volunteers in their endeavor to provide the unbiased, research-based advice to gardeners seeking answers to plant problems, I thought that I would begin a blog. I am not yet sure how often I will be able to update the blog, but I intend to write at least one short article per week, and will try to focus on contemporary research that may be of interest to Master Gardeners.

When I can not find a journal article that strikes my fancy, I will report on events or other information that is likely to appeal to Master Gardener volunteers and other friends of the Program.

Please feel free to comment on posts, or to suggest a journal article that you would like to see featured.


  1. I bought a house plant about a few months ago, and within 2 days it had drooped and it looks lifeless now. Not sure what type it is though (took pics if I can forward somehow?). It gets low light in our living room. Temp is 68 during the weekdays, 68 between 6 pm and 11 pm, and 62 between 11 pm and 7 am. We have forced hot air, but have a house humidifier that adds some moisture into the air. We returned to the center where we bought it last month, and guy thought perhaps we were watering it too much, so we've been only watering it since then every 5 days or so. That has not helped. I would love to be able to revive this plant, so any advice would be appreciated!

  2. Oops I meant that we keep it at 58 degrees during the day on weekdays.


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