Fruits

Banana – Growing

Q: I have the offspring of a banana tree that came from my great-grandparents’ back yard in South Carolina. I planted it in my yard in 1989. It came back every year with more banana trees but no fruit. Last...

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Wild Plum – Identification

Q: I have a question that centers around a pleasure from my pre-teen years. Growing wild near my Dad’s garden plot and near the county road were small plums. The fruit were about twice the size of a cherry and...

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Tomato – Hornworm Wasp Parasite

Q: I put what I believe was a tomato hornworm in a jar with plenty of tomato plant foliage to chew on so my 7-year old could witness the transformation to pupa and then into moth. After a couple of...

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Grafting – Onto Bradford Pear

Q: Would it be possible to graft another fruit tree (some type of cherry preferably) to a freshly cut Bradford pear stump? I have three eighteen-year old Bradfords in my side yard that I would like to replace.   A:...

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Plum – Early Blooms

Q: For the past few years, my plum tree has started to show its blooms in the middle of January. Prior to the snow this January it began to do the same thing. I know that it has a lot...

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Blueberry – Pruning

Q: I have over one hundred rabbiteye blueberry plants, some almost 20 years old, and they need pruning. I get conflicting information on the proper time to prune. Please tell me when will be the best time. A: Blueberries flower...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – in Cherry Tree

Q: On your radio show I heard you describe what the Asian ambrosia beetle does to ornamental trees. I have the ‘toothpicks’ sticking out of my ‘Kwanzan’ cherry tree. I heard you tell a listener who had the beetles in...

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Fruit Tree – Grafting

Q: In the Sunday paper there was an ad for a “fruit salad tree” which they claim can grow five different kinds of fruit. I was considering buying one, but first I wanted to find out what you knew about...

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Mulberry Tree

Q: My friend has a beautiful mulberry tree and has offered to let me take a branch and try to root it. How would I go about doing that? I would love to try to grow a mulberry, especially for...

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Banana Growth

Q: I would like to grow edible bananas. I could bring them indoors during the winter. Can you recommend a variety? A: A recent caller to my radio show said he had small banana fingers showing on his bloom stalk...

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Pomegranate – Growing

Q: I am keeping a pomegranate plant in a large pot. During winter I move it indoors. I love this plant and want to see it grow in my garden. Please advise if the plant would be tolerant of the...

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Grape – Recommended Varieties

Q: What grapes varieties would you recommend growing in the Atlanta area for eating, jellies, and jams? Also, where can they be purchased? A: There are two types of grapes from which to choose: muscadines and bunch grapes. Muscadines are...

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Trifoliate Orange – Identification

Q: Walking in the woods a few days ago I found a small rangy tree with which I’m not familiar. It has a small yellow fruit about the size of a golf ball. When cut open it looks like citrus...

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Pepper – Purple

Q: I recently purchased an attractive plant from a hardware store. The clerk knew nothing more than that it was a pepper. It has dark green leaves, purple flowers and purple fruit. I’ve tried to research it on the Internet...

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Blueberry – Growing in Bark

Q: Just south of me, folks in Alma are growing blueberry bushes directly in pine bark. Some grow them in fifty-gallon plastic drums cut in half, using drip irrigation. Is pine bark the only ingredient in the soil or is...

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Kiwi – Growing

Q: I have had a kiwi vine for five years. Last summer, it had its first bloom. Is there anything I can do to make it bloom and bear fruit? A: Growing a kiwi is surely a task for a...

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Fig – Pruning

Q: I have heard several descriptions of how to prune a fig but some seem to conflict. What is the timing and severity of pruning the trees?   A: Figs try to bear two crops per year. After a mild...

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Grapefruit – Growing

Q: Early this summer I planted some grapefruit seed in a pot. Much to my surprise, one of them sprouted! Now what should I do with it for the winter? A: A little bit of Florida right here in Atlanta!...

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