A: Out of your description of the plant and its seedpod, I am fairly sure it is Datura, which is the botanical genus of the plant, and may also be used as a typical identify. Botanical names are nice, as a result of the identical frequent identify is commonly used for varied crops, equivalent to moonflower, which simply causes confusion.
A reputation typically used for one of these Datura is Angel’s Trumpet, and plant components are poisonous. In addition to white, there are additionally lavender shades, and even some double-flowered sorts.
Q: We’ve had our raspberry patch for over 25 years. This previous summer season, for the primary time, we found small white worms within the berries. Are you able to inform me when and with what I ought to spray the crops? We nonetheless had a superb harvest in midsummer, however the one means we may eat them was to first freeze them. — Gene Gaffney, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
A: You might be experiencing one of many worst fruit bugs to invade america, which entered the nation from Asia and shortly unfold throughout the U.S. in simply the previous 10 years or so, and is firmly entrenched in Minnesota and North Dakota.
It’s the Noticed Winged Drosophila fruit fly, abbreviated SWD. The grownup fly injects eggs into the fruit, which hatch into small white wormlike larvae. Management is difficult, as a result of pesticides used should have a brief residual so ripening berries can safely be eaten. One product that’s getting used for SWD management, and may be sprayed inside in the future of harvest, is the lively ingredient Spinosad. As all the time, learn and comply with label directions.
Here’s a hyperlink to a North Dakota State College bulletin that features necessary cultural practices, equivalent to eradicating overripe fruit: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/crops/integrated-pest-management-of-spotted-wing-drosophila-in-north-dakota
The timing of spray will depend on the presence of grownup flies that start laying eggs when fruit begins to ripen. The above bulletin mentions do-it-yourself vinegar traps that may be positioned close to the raspberry patch, so you may monitor when the SWD flies are current. If it’s any comfort, nearly all of us are battling these worms in our berries. On the upside, reside bugs are thought-about an edible delicacy in some cultures.
Q: I’ve obtained an outdated spider plant and I do know I can begin new ones from all of the little spiders. The “mom” plant is getting overgrown, however I hate to throw it out. Can it’s in the reduction of, and can it regrow? — Daybreak S., Fargo.
A: Giant, outdated spider crops typically attain an overgrown stage, the place they now not look as engaging as they as soon as did. However there’s no have to let go. If the plant and root system are in any other case wholesome, an outdated spider plant may be rejuvenated efficiently.
Right here’s what to do: With a pruning shears, knife or scissors, completely in the reduction of all foliage and trailing spiders again to about 2 inches above soil stage, so nothing is left however brief stubs. Take away the plant from its pot and minimize away an inch or two from the surface perimeter of the rootball, which is often a mass of enlarged roots. Then repot in contemporary combine.
This sounds drastic, however so long as the spider plant and its roots are wholesome, it should quickly ship up contemporary new progress, making a plant that appears model new. I haven’t misplaced a spider plant affected person but with this technique when it’s been used on massive, sturdy, however overgrown crops.
In case you have a gardening or garden care query, electronic mail Don Kinzler, NDSU Extension-Cass County, at firstname.lastname@example.org or name 701-241-5707. Questions with broad enchantment could also be revealed, so please embody your identify, metropolis and state for acceptable recommendation.