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Melisa Crane, Todd C. Wehner and Rachel P. Naegele

of PM and DM inoculum. Fig. 1. Patio cucumber trial using containers on a plastic mulch and drip irrigation at Horticultural Crops Research Station, Clinton, paired with field trial in the same location (not shown). The spring patio trial was planted

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Madeline W. Olberg and Roberto G. Lopez

quality, when they are compact, fill the container, well branched, and in flower. Materials and Methods Plant material and culture. Rooted cuttings of petunia ‘Sun Spun Burgundy’, ‘Sun Spun Lavender Star’, ‘Sanguna Patio Red’, ‘Potunia Plus Red’, ‘Potunia

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James A. Schrader, Christopher J. Currey, Nicholas J. Flax, David Grewell and William R. Graves

; Fig. 3 ). Favorable results with plants in hanging baskets and patio planters constitute proof-of-concept that pelletized biopolymer fertilizer and biopolymer fertilizer spikes are effective for providing nutrients to containerized plants during

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Alice (Jack) Le Duc

Several collecting trips in Mexico, in association with a monographic revision of a portion of the genus Mirabilis, have produced several species which show promise as new perennial landscape plants. Mirabilis pringlei Weatherby, with its showy pink flowers, has potential as a striking summer blooming plant, particularly when used as a container accent plant. Equally promising are two as yet unnamed species, their fragrant white flowers opening in the evening, seem ideal as terrace or patio accents.

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Melisa Crane and Todd Wehner

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is one of the most popular vegetables grown in U.S. home gardens. The objectives of this study were to identify suitable cultivars and proper plant density for use with container-grown cucumber. Additional objectives were to determine the value of field trials for predicting cucumber performance in containers, and to evaluate different plant types (dwarf vs. tall, gynoecious vs. monoecious, pickling vs. slicing) for container use. Fourteen cultivars and breeding lines were tested at three densities in two seasons using a randomized complete-block design with six replications. Pickling cucumbers were M 21, M 27, NC-74, `NC-Danbury', `NC-Dixon', `Sumter', `Vlaspik', and `Picklebush'. Slicing cucumbers were `Bush Whopper II', `Spacemaster 80', `Bush Champion', `Marketmore 76', `Dasher II', and `Cherokee 7'. Plant densities were one, two, or three plants per container. For both the spring and summer container trials, there were corresponding field trials run at the same time for comparison. Best performance was obtained using three plants per container, or 4 L of soil volume per plant. There was a strong, significant correlation between patio and field trials, permitting gardeners to choose cucumber cultivars with high yield, high quality, and disease resistance using data from field trials. Pickling-type cucumbers have thinner skin than slicing-type cucumbers that were bred for shipping. Gynoecious types must be planted with monoecious cultivars to assure fruit set. Monoecious types can self-pollinate, and have the additional advantage of longer harvest period. Thus, home gardeners may want dwarf, monoecious, pickling types for best performance in containers. The best cultivar of that type was `NC-Danbury'.

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Cecil T. Pounders and Hamidou Sakhanokho

-grade hibiscus cultivars are developed for the flowering pot plant market and generally need to be compact, responsive to growth regulators, have high bud counts under greenhouse production environments, and have greener denser foliage. Outdoor patio hibiscus

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Elisabeth Hodgdon, Jennifer Bonina Noseworthy and Rebecca Grube Sideman

percentage of off-type plants that exhibit dense and distorted leaves and a low percentage of blossoms successfully setting fruit. ‘Rambling Rose’ is a cherry tomato with pink fruit and a determinate, prostrate growth habit suitable for production in large

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D. Scott NeSmith

landscapes. For example, plants can be used as border plants in ornamental beds or as accent plants in a number of garden sites. The new cultivar is also useful for container gardening ( Fig. 5 ), offering consumers in mid-chill regions a patio blueberry

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Shu’an Wang, Rutong Yang, Peng Wang, Qing Wang, Linfang Li, Ya Li and Zengfang Yin

restricted spaces, and container plants for patios or paved public areas due to its dwarf plant habit and leaf color. Fig. 1. Eight-year-old cutting grown plants of ‘Jinhuang’ crape myrtle. Fig. 2. Flowers of ‘Jinhuang’ crape myrtle. Culture ‘Jinhuang’ is

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Kathy Zuzek, David Zlesak, Vance Whitaker, Steve McNamara and Stan C. Hokanson

plantings with other shrubs and herbaceous plants. Because of their compact size and strong repeat blooming habit, they can also be used as floriferous containerized plants placed on patios and balconies. With similar plant sizes and complementary floral