Gardening Q and A

Bougainvillea Goldenraintree – I.D.

Q: I saw two gorgeous trees in downtown Canton this week. The leaves were similar to pecan tree leaves and black walnut tree leaves. The tree was covered with hundred’s of beautiful clusters of watermelon-pink colored “hangy downy” triangular seed...

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Acorn Weevil

Q: My little granddaughter recently picked up a few acorns and I tossed them on the dining room table. A week later, I was about to remove them when I noticed a fine acorn dust all over the table cloth...

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Curry Leaf Plant – Propagation

Q: I wanted to find out how best to propagate the Curry Leaf plant? I have several of them and I get requests for them often enough that I have only my big older ones left. If I can propagate...

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European Beech – Survival in Georgia

Q: Can a tri-colored beech tree survive and thrive in Atlanta? If yes, do they need any special considerations in planting? A: According to the experts, European beech (Fagus sylvatica) can’t handle our summer heat. I have never seen one...

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Sweet Pea – Growing

Q: Can we grow sweet peas in Atlanta? I live in Roswell. If so, when do we start the seed? A: Do you mean the flower or the edible pea? In either case, the answer is the same…yes. Plant the...

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Rabbit’s Foot Fern – Repotting

Q: Could you tell me how to repot a Rabbit’s Foot fern? The fuzzy extensions have grown around and under the hanging plant. They seems flexible but I am concerned about breakage when I repot. Can I cut the fuzzy...

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Florida Betony – Control

Q: I have Florida betony in my perennial beds and it is slowly taking over my entire garden. Nothing seems to control it. A: Florida betony is also called “rattlesnake weed” because its roots look like the end of a...

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Windmill Palm – Planting Seeds

Q: I live in Lavonia, Ga. (Franklin County). have three Windmill Palms. They are in the 10 – 12 foot range..They are full of seeds this year and I would like to know when to collect and how/when to plant....

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Mosquito – Propane-powered

Q: When I asked subscribers to my “Georgia Gardener” e-mail newsletter for their experiences with propane-powered mosquito I expected a wide range of comments. Here’s one I didn’t expect: Does a propane powered mosquito get better gas mileage than a...

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Swimming Pool – Converting to Pond

Q: I have a swimming pool that is partially restored and have decided to fill it in and create a garden spot with possibly a small pond for wildlife to enjoy. It is a Gunite pool and it is currently...

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Citrus Trees – Winter Care

Q: I have several citrus trees in the back yard-orange, grapefruit and lemon. They all bear fruit, but I am sure that there is something I should do over the winter months. I haven’t been able to find any literature...

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Pre-emergents – information

Q: I’ve heard you talk about pre-emergents on your show and I was wondering if I could use one on the plot of ground where I will be planting my fall patch of turnip greens and spinach. Every year, the...

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Tomato – White meat Inside

Q: My husband, who is a retired Delta grain farmer, is trying his hand at growing tomatoes. We have tons of the tiny ones, which are very good. Our large tomatoes, are prolific enough, but most of them have a...

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Vegetable Garden – ‘Sterilizing’ soil

Q: My father has two vegetable gardens (totalling 800 sq ft) that he wants to “sterilize” dirt. He is concerned that due to size “rotation” of crops are not very effective. He is looking for dazomet(?) or basamid (?). He...

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Mockernut Hickory – Identification

Q: I have a tree in my backyard that must have been planted by the previous owners. I’ve tried to identify it through The National Arbor Day Foundation but I can’t figure it out. Can you look at these photographs...

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Dwarf Mondo Grass – Planting

Q: What can you tell me about dwarf mondo grass? Can you split the containers of plants or do they have to be planted as a unit? Doe it spread and can you dig up and transplant the grass? When...

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Coastal Bermuda Grass – Pros and Cons

Q: What are your thoughts on coastal bermuda as a lawn grass? Pros and cons please! A: The first con I can think of is that you’ll have to plant Coastal from sprigs. There is no seed or sod. A...

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Concrete Dust – on plants

Q: SOS!!! My husband had concrete driveway pad replaced; dust from concrete saw (used to break up old pad) covers my liriope, hosta, azaleas, impatiens, some iris. what is best way to remove it? I’m concerned it will change PH...

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