Fruits

Tomato – Caging to Deter Squirrels

Q: A friend says that she feeds the squirrels in her landscape bird seed, which she believes keeps them from eating her tomatoes. I’m afraid this will only cause more squirrels to come into my garden. What are your thoughts?...

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‘Cleveland’ and ‘Bradford’ Flowering Pear – Not Recommended

Q: Four of our fourteen Cleveland pear trees have been attacked by the Asian ambrosia beetle (toothpicks of sawdust). The trees are ornamental and do not bear fruit. Should we pull them up to keep from spreading? Can we replant...

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Fruit Bags – Protect Peaches from Insects and Disease

Q: What do you know about bagging fruit? A: I know that Clemson University is promoting it as a way to grow peaches organically. There are three steps to bagging: Properly take care of your trees to minimize tree stress...

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Apple – Burr Knot on Trunk

Q: I have black warty growths all over my Fuji apple tree. I think it’s “burr knot”. I’ve removed most of the knots with chisel. Can I save my apple tree? A: I think you have diagnosed the problem exactly...

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Grape – Air Roots Hanging from Vine

Q: Why are these growing from the muscadine? First time this has happened. Plant is about 6 years old. A: They are called aerial roots. I’ve noticed them many times on the muscadine vines at Callaway Gardens. They seem to...

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Blueberry – Varieties That Avoid Freeze Damage

Q: Every spring I find myself rushing out to put Christmas lights and blankets over my blueberry blooms to avoid them being damaged by a late winter freeze. What causes blueberries to bloom so early? A: Blueberries are triggered to...

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How Do I Help My Cherrylaurel After Snow Damage?

Q: During the last snow storm, one of our cherrylaurel trees fell over. The weight pulled up half of the root ball but did not damage 75-80 percent of the roots. I used ropes and pulleys to bring it upright...

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Is It Too Late For Blueberry Pruning?

Q: Is it too late for blueberry pruning?  A: You can prune blueberries anytime between late fall and late winter. Actually, they require little pruning until they reach four to six feet in height. At this point, start a cane...

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Can You Plant A Meyer Lemon Bush Outside?

Q: Can you plant Meyer lemon bushes outside? I’ve had mine for three years. My husband is tired of moving it in and out and wants to know if I can just plant it outside and leave it.  A: I...

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Can I Cut My Cherrylaurels Down To A Foot?

Q: I have four cherrylaurels that are fifteen feet tall They are very difficult to maintain at that height. Can I take them down to a foot above ground level?  A: I have a cherrylaurel in my backyard that fell...

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Beautyberry Bushes – How Much Can I Prune Them?

Q: My beautyberry bushes are twelve feet high and haven’t been pruned in years. How far back can I prune them?  A: Good news: beautyberry blooms on new wood, so you can prune in winter. The eye-catching berries seen in...

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How Do I Stunt The Height Of My Tomato Plants?

Q: How do I stunt the height of my tomato plants? Every year they grow to at least seven feet high. I would like to limit that to four or five feet if possible.  A: Next spring when you buy...

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Wooly Apple Aphid – Control

Q: Last summer, I noticed some small white, fluffy, cotton balls on my apple trees. Is it aphids or some sort of a fungus? A: I think you’re seeing wooly apple aphids. They suck sap from the twigs on the...

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Meyer Lemon And Key Lime Tree In Same Pot – Should I Separate Now?

Q: I have a Meyer lemon and a Key lime tree in a three gallon pot. They’re about two feet tall. I intended on separating them into different containers but they have started blooming. Should I go ahead and separate...

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Is Transplanting A Four-Year-Old Blueberry Bush Possible?

Q: I have a four-year-old blueberry bush I need to transplant to a new location. Is this possible?  A: Blueberries have very fine, wide-ranging fibrous roots. This is normal for plants that have to scavenge for nutrients under trees in...

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My Tomatoes Develop Black Spots And Rot After Being Picked

Q: This summer I had beautiful tomato plants with loads of fruit. Problem is, after I pick them they begin to get blackish spots and rot right away.  A: Your symptoms sound like you have stink bugs or leaf-footed bugs...

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Pineapple – Dividing and Growing

Q: I have a three year old pineapple plant. It has three babies growing from the bottom of the plant. Should I repot the babies? A: Interesting! A pineapple usually doesn’t make offsets until after it flowers. Despite that, I...

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Cherry Tree – Should I Prune Dead Limbs Now?

Q: We have two old flowering cherry trees at our church. They have several dead limbs and didn’t bloom very well. Is there anything I should do now to strengthen them before pruning this winter?  A: I think no harm...

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