Gardening Q and A

Jade Plant – Propagation

Q: I have a jade plant that is top heavy. Is there a way to replant some of this plant to start new plants or is there a seed on the plant? A: Jade plants do have seeds but getting...

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Chinquapin – Care

Q: I purchased four ‘Georgiana’ chinquapin trees from a nursery in south Georgia. Can you tell me when is the best time to plant them and any special care instructions? I would like to give two of them to my...

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Broom Sedge Identification

Q: We are building a rural homestead display at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and using broom sedge for thatch and for brooms. Can you give me the scientific name of broom sedge? A: It’s a grass, not a sedge, but...

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Amaryllis – Pollination

Q: My boss bought a dozen amaryllis for the office for Christmas. We now have six in a sunny window. My question has to do with pollination. Before the first flowers started to fade, I cut a stamen from a...

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Watering – Before a Freeze

Q: When you know the temperature is going to be way below freezing one evening and your plants need watering (especially tender perennials), is it better to wait? Or does watering do more harm than good? Is dry soil a...

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Flowers – For Drying

Q: How do I go about drying summer flowers like hydrangea, zinnia and yarrow? A: I found excellent information from both Auburn University and the University of Florida. The publications cover drying and preserving flowers and plants, along with lists...

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Daffodils – Protect in Winter

Q: Because of the abnormal warm weather in winter, my daffodils have starting peeking their little heads up. Is there anything I can do to protect them?   A: Many are the anguished cries when gardeners notice that bulb foliage...

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Gooseneck Loosestrife

Q: We found this plant in our yard and don’t know what it is. Can you help identify it? A: You have gooseneck loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides. This is another in the list of plants I’ve put in my garden that...

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Southern Blight – On Black-eyed Susan

Q: Can you identify this disease and tell me how to control it? It started in several of my black-eyed Susan plants which made the stems turn black and completely die. A: Looks like Southern blight (Rhizoctonia solani) . It’s...

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Centipede – Overwatering Problems

Q: I bought a house a year ago and had it sodded with centipedegrass. Since the sod was put down in October some parts never took firm root by winter. When spring arrived some areas never greened up. Then came...

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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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Pre-emergent – Failure

Q: I have a bermudagrass lawn, about two and one-half years old. I put down pre-emergent in the fall and even used the weed killer hose spray for weeds. I had the lawn aerated also. Presently, I have numerous henbit...

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Termites – Planting Too Close to Foundation

Q: I have planted a vine close to the foundation of our house. I want to train the limbs into a pattern against the blank brick wall like I’ve seen done in garden design magazines. Now that it is in...

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Cotton – Planting

Q: Would you please give me some information on how to plant cotton seeds? I went to the library so see if they had a book on this subject but they did not. A: Before you plant the cotton seed...

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Allamanda, Mandevilla and Dipladenia – Differences

Q: I am finding two vines for sale in garden centers, neither of which I am familiar with, but both of which are very pretty. One is “dipladenia”, and the other is “allamanda”. Information on each would indicate that it...

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Siberian Iris – Care

Q: I have several Siberian iris in my garden. They are one of my favorite spring flowers but I am not fond of the foliage that looks untidy all summer long. Does it damage the plant to cut it back...

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Dogwood – Sprouts on Trunk

Q: I have a dogwood tree in partial shade which looks healthy enough except that leaves started growing out of the trunk. I thought it was a vine growing up the tree. Someone told me it had a virus called...

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Equisetum

Q: I have been given a plant that I think is called “equiseedem”. It is only bunch of tall green straws in a pot. Can you tell me something about this plant and how to care for it and what...

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