Gardening Q and A

Hickory, Pecan, Acorn – Huge Nut Crop

Q: Our home is surrounded by many hardwood trees. This year we are experiencing a proliferation of hickory nuts. It is basically a solid mass of nuts underneath. Do you know of any explanation for this? A: Nuts such as...

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African Violet – Mites

Q: I have noticed white particles on my African violet leaves. The particles do not seem to be affecting the health of the plant, but I was hoping you could shed some light on what it might be. A: The...

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Squirrel – Albino

Q: A co-worker you discussed albino squirrels on the radio. I have one that frequents my yard here in Norcross. A: Albino squirrels are unusual but not exactly rare. It’s a genetic trait that is passed from parent squirrels to...

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Pride Of Barbados – Surviving The Cold

Q: While visiting San Antonio this summer we saw beautiful Pride of Barbados bushes with lovely flame orange flowers. My husband had to have one and we planted it in a very large pot. When the temperature dropped into the...

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Crapemyrtle – To Prune, Or Not To Prune

Q: I planted ten Acoma crapemyrtle sprouts four years ago. I’m not sure how they should be pruned or if they should be pruned at all. A: ‘Acoma’ crapemyrtle is a small-statured, white-blooming crapemyrtle. It grows to approximately ten feet...

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Japanese Maple – Leaves Have Dropped

Q: Last August we bought and had planted a large dwarf Japanese maple. We were told to water it regularly for the first year. Do we continue to water after the tree drops its leaves? A: I think your instincts...

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Azalea – Golden Yellow Leaves

Q: With the early cold snap, some of my azalea leaves are now a golden yellow color. Is there anything I should do? A: What you’re seeing is normal behavior for azaleas. The yellow leaves are those that were produced...

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Cardinals – Where Are They?

Q:I have not seen cardinals at our feeders since October. Do you have any ideas as to what happened? A: I don’t know but other bird lovers have noted the same thing. Perhaps a hawk or an owl has settled...

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Miscanthus – Turned Brown

Q: Our new yard has a grassy plant next to the front steps. It is about four feet high and has feathery plumes at the ends of stems. It is brown now. Do we cut it back? A: It’s probably...

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Japanese Maple – Brown Leaves

Q: Is there an explanation as to why our Japanese maples’ leaves are all brown but still hanging onto the trees? A: I’ve noticed as well that leaves on some crapemyrtles are lingering longer than usual this year. Young American...

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Grape Vine – Deer Damage

Q: A deer chewed my grape vine clean in half about two feet off the ground. Do I need to dig up vine and start over? A: The grape vine will definitely come back, either from just below the damage...

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Greenhouse – Lighting Systems

Q: My parents recently purchased a small hobby greenhouse. I want to purchase some sort of supplemental lighting system for them. Do you have any recommendations? A: The lighting system is a good idea. They can easily start seeds in...

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Euonymus – White Dots On Leaves

Q: I have a variegated euonymus shrub which has little white dots covering the leaves and stems. I need your help in identifying the culprit. A: You have euonymus scale, a sap sucking insect. In my experience, a heavy infestation...

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Frost Cover – When Should It Be Taken Off

Q: How long can the white fabric used for frost protection be left on plants? A: The translucent material commonly called “floating row cover” is very handy stuff. It allows most of the sunshine and rain to penetrate but holds...

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Hyacinth – Storing Seed Pods

Q: I have collected seed pods from my hyacinth bean vine that I planted last spring. How should I store the seeds? A: Now that the pods are brown and stiff you can simply pick them off the vine and...

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Carrots – Surviving Winter

Q: Will my carrot’s make it through winter freezes? I have them in a window box on my deck. The green leaves are about 12″ tall. A: Carrots are cold weather champs. But growing them in a shallow, easy-to-freeze container...

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Lily – Storing Over Winter

Q: I have just received an order of canna lily roots in plastic bags. How do I keep them over the winter? A: If you leave the roots in the bags, they will rot. Take them out of the bags...

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Freesia Laxa – Planting In Georgia

Q: I brought home some Freesia laxa seed pods from Gainesville, Florida. Can I sow these here? A: I don’t think this plant would be winter-hardy outdoors. Best idea is to plant the seed in a container in April and...

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