Jared Barnes

Jared Barnes

Jared Barnes is a gardener, horticulture speaker, and doctoral candidate in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University.

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    South Regional Reports

    Drought-Tolerant Shrubs for the South

    According to NASA Earth Observatory, one-third of the United States experienced some level of drought in 2020. Unfortunately, we know this was not a random anomaly but an increasing trend…

  • How-To

    Lesser-Known Methods of Propagation Beyond Stem Cuttings

    While stem cuttings are the most popular method of propagation, plants can be propagated by other means.  Root: Some woodies, such as sassafras (Sassafras albidum, Zones 4–9) and sumac (Rhus…

  • How-To

    Six Simple Steps for Stem-Cutting Success

    Keep in mind that different species can root better at different times of the year. So if you fail, try again! You can learn much and be inspired by seeing…

  • How-To

    How to Propagate Plants from Cuttings

    As a kid, I read that new tomato transplants could be started by breaking off suckers and sticking them into potting soil to make new roots. I tried this, and…

  • South Regional Reports

    Best Native Woodies for the South

    Gardeners love native plants, and for good reason. They are built to thrive in the conditions of a specific region, often without complaint, and are an essential component in the…

  • How-To

    Seedling Aftercare

    Once your seeds have germinated, how do you give your young plants the best possible start? Read the Science of Seed Starting. Keep a careful watch. We can help seeds…

  • How-To

    The Science of Seed Starting

    Seeds are little miracles that transform the world. In the wild, these tiny amalgamations of DNA can be stored away for years, waiting for the right conditions to turn a…

  • South Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Short Plants – South

    See regional picks for short plants, and read the article by Steve Aitken for even more ideas. “As I began amassing countless short varieties, only some of which worked in…

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    Winter Stars: Bare Yet Beautiful Plant Varieties

    If the seasons of a garden were likened to a day, then the Northern Hemisphere’s winter would undoubtedly be night. It is cold, it is long, and it is dark.…