How To Propagate Your Plants

By Sean Flynn

Propagated Plants

Chase Smoak of Palmetto State Liners visits us at "Making It Grow" and shares some tips with Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty on how to propagate plants.

Poison Ivy is a Year-Round Threat of Misery

By Tut Underwood

A three-left cluster is an easy way to spot poison ivy.

Poison ivy is a common plant in South Carolina that can make people miserable for weeks.  Naturalist Rudy Mancke said the vine can both grow on the ground and can climb trees, which it likes to do.  The itch and rash poison ivy (and its cousins, poison oak and the rarer poison sumac) produces can last for two to four weeks, according to University of South Carolina allergist Dr. David Amrol.  He says it sometimes can be tricky to detect the rash’s source, because it doesn’t show up for at least 12 hours, and sometimes four or five days. 

The Dangers of Cyad Ingestion

By Amanda McNulty

Making It Grow Minute



Credit SC Public Radio


Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Cycads have been used as emergency food in many cultures. In Florida, however, Seminole Indians relied on starch made from the native cycad, Zamia floridana, as a primary source of calories. This plant, which covered portions of Florida, became the backbone of the arrowroot flour industry which flourished from 1850 to the 1920’s.

Sago Palms Contain Neuro-Toxins

By Amanda McNulty

Coontie, Zamia floridana.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Cycads have been used for food in many cultures around the world.  A cycad native to Florida, Zamia floridana, or coontie, was almost eliminated by the production of cycad flour; mills churned out 15 tons of arrowroot flour a day.  Since cycads contain extremely dangerous neuro-toxins that cause horrific symptoms in humans decades after consumption, the plant material must be processed with great care to render it safe. 

The Long History of Cyads

By Amanda McNulty

Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Sago palms are actually cycads, which are grouped with gymnosperms like pine trees. They are among the oldest seed plants to evolve on our planet.   Cycad fossils date back to almost 300 million years ago and once flourished worldwide.  They were the dominant plant group during the Mesozoic; the period sometimes called both the age of the dinosaur and the age of the cycads.

The Ancient Cyads

By Amanda McNulty

Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Sago palms are the most readily available cold hardy cycads that we can grow in most of South Carolina. Well-established cycads will usually survive temperatures down to 15 degrees, but their beautiful, stiff, pinnately-compound leaves which normally stay green and live through winter are killed when we have unusually low temperatures. It’s best to let those dead leaves most of our sagos now have remain on the plants as they can give some protection to the growth points.

The Home & Garden Information Center and The Plant & Pest Diagnostic Clinic

By Sean Flynn

Clemson Laboratory

On “Making It Grow”, we always make references to the wealth of information Clemson has available for the citizens of the state. For our featured segment, we take a behind the scenes tour of two of these places – The Clemson Extension Home and Garden Information Center and The Clemson University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic (formally the Plant Problem Clinic).  The HGIC provides information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety and preservation, nutrition, physical activity and health via a toll-free line and a searchable database of factsheets.

Helping Your Sago Palm Survive the Winter

By Amanda McNulty

Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. One plant that really suffered during our December ice age was the sago palm, Cycas revoluta. Sago palms represent some of the oldest living plants on earth and are not palms but cycads. According to Clemson’s Home and Garden Information Center (a great resource –just put the topic you want to know about followed by Clemson hgic), sago palms are hardy in most of zone 8.

Color for Winter Containers

By Sean Flynn


It may be winter, but that doesn't mean you can still have color! Daniel Gravano of Gravano Farms in Ruffin, SC has a wholesale operation providing plants to nurseries and garden centers in South Carolina. We enjoyed seeing the varieties of Ranunculus, Calibrachoa, Primula, Stock, Pot Carnation, Bacopa and Creeping Jenny he brought to "Making It Grow"

Submit Your Video "Audition" to the Create® Cooking Challenge 2018

By Tabitha Safdi

The Create Cooking Challenge

Do you love to cook? Show the Create community what you’ve got with the Create Cooking Challenge 2018! Between February 6–March 6, submit a short video of your best tip, project, or recipe, and enter to win one of 18 prizes, from Create merchandise to your own web series! Visit CreateTV.com/challenge for contest rules and requirements.