Home & Garden Information Center

The Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health. 1-888-656-9988 (SC residents only, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, M - F)

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& Indoor Plants

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& Other Problems

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The common heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens f. oxycadrium) grows well in low light conditions.Featured  Publication - Gardening
Philodendron, Pothos & Monstera
– Philodendrons are among the most common and easy-to-grow houseplants. Many tolerate low light and neglect. If well treated, they will be beautiful and dependable for many years. ... (continue)


Sweetpotatoes (Ipomea batatas) are a superfood due to their high levels of vitamins A & C, antioxidants, and low glycemic impact.Seasonal Garden Tips
Sweet 'Taters – 
Sweetpotatoes, or ‘sweet ‘taters’ as many South Carolinians refer to them, have risen from the dirt as a ‘superfood’ due to their high levels of vitamins A & C, antioxidants, and low glycemic impact. ... (continue)

A well filled and properly packed picnic basket guarantees a safe and delicious meal.Featured Publication - Food & Nutrition
Safe Picnics - "There are always ants at a picnic." You can see ants and avoid them, but it’s not possible to see, taste or smell dangerous bacteria that can cause illness if food is mishandled. Bacteria grow and multiply rapidly ... (continue)

Spiral Squash & Sauce is a tasty alternative to traditional past dishes.Food Safety & Nutrition News
All About Summer Squash! – If you like summer squash then June is a good month to get it fresh. It grows well all over the state and is being harvested right now. Summer squashes come in a range of shapes and colors ... (continue)

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The HGIC staff of horticulture Extension agents and food safety specialists are available to answer questions via their toll-free number, 1-888-656-9988 (South Carolina residents only), between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. You can also email HGIC@clemson.edu for questions answered by our agents. Please include in which county you live, for us to better answer your questions. Non-residents of South Carolina can locate their local County Extension Office here.



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