Fruits

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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Insects On Figs – How To Deter Them Without Killing

Q: I have a fig tree that is covered with little juicy nubs where figs used to be. Every time one gets ripe, large black wasps with white marks descend and devour it before I get a chance to pick...

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Lime Does Not Control Moss

Q: I have some mossy areas in my lawn that could use some lime. How much? A: It is a myth that lime eliminates moss from a lawn. My backyard patio has several large patches of moss growing happily in...

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Applying Lime To Lawn To Raise pH – How Often To Do It?

Q: How often can one apply lime to a lawn to raise the pH? A: You can apply lime to a lawn, if needed, a couple of times a year. Since it can take several months for lime to change...

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Fig Tree – Figs Are Not Ripening

Q: I have a young fig tree. Last year I got twenty-five delicious figs. This year none of the figs are ripening. I have over forty green figs of various sizes on the tree. A: I really should patent a...

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Late-Blooming Blueberries – Recommendations

Q: I caught the tail end of your radio show when you were talking about late-blooming blueberries. Which ones do you recommend? A: My neighbor’s ‘Ochlockonee’ blueberry bushes finished fruiting in late July but she has a ‘Baldwin’ that ripens...

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Tomato – Cracks on Top

Q: Last year and again this year our tomatoes have this “wood grain” look on the top of the fruit. What can we do to correct this? A: This distinctive look is caused by alternate wet and dry days. After...

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Dwarf Peach Tree – Brown Sap Oozing From Branches

Q: I noticed brown sap oozing from my three-year-old dwarf peach tree. An arborist told me this is caused by peach borers. I sprayed insecticide but recently I have noticed a few areas around small branches where the sap is...

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Tomatoes – How To Combat Blight

Q: I and many others had a terrible tomato season because of early blight. Are there any tomatoes that are resistant to blight? Is there any successful treatment? Conversely, I have several volunteer cherry tomatoes that are disease free!  A:...

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Are Those Tomatoes On My Irish Potato Plant?

Q: Have you ever seen tomatoes on Irish potato plants? I have three plants with what I call pomatoes.  A: They’re not tomatoes, just the seed pods of your potatoes. Tomatoes and potatoes belong to the same botanical family so...

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Should I Trim My Watermelon Plant?

Q: I have a watermelon plant that’s doing great in a small three-foot by five-foot space. It’s getting too big. Would it be okay to trim the ends of the plant growth?  A: I guess you could clip the ends...

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Apple Trees – Orange-Yellow Spots On Leaves

Q: We just purchased a new house with a couple of apple trees on the property. The leaves have lots of little orange-yellow spots on them. A: It’s likely cedar-apple rust. Your trees may start dropping leaves soon. Red cedar...

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Blueberry Bush – Leaves Are Yellow With Green Veins

Q: My Premier blueberry bush looks sick. It is full of fruit but the leaves are yellow, with green veins. Any ideas? A: Yellow leaves with green veins indicate iron chlorosis, which can be caused by soil pH that’s too...

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Peach Tree Planted Around Septic Tank – Safe To Eat Fruit?

Q: What do you think about eating the fruit from a peach tree that it was planted around a septic tank? A: As long as the fruit does not directly touch the ground I would be comfortable eating it. Germs...

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