Gardening Q and A

Roses – Rosette Virus

Q: Last week I took out a beautiful thirteen-year-old climbing Eden rose because it had rose rosette virus. We weren’t able to get all the roots but most of them. Is there something I can add to the soil so...

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Freezing Seeds – Not Helpful

Q: I have heard that freezing seeds for up to one week prior to planting seeds up the germination. Is this true? A: I don’t think it helps germination. It’s true that some seeds require “stratification”, which is storage in...

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Spirea – Pruning Tips

Q: My husband wants to prune our spirea. But he doesn’t believe me when I insist it blooms twice! Our landscaper used to severely prune it this time of year. A: Scheduling spirea pruning depends on which kind you have....

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Bee Trap – No Bait Required

Q: I checked out the carpenter bee trap on your website. Should you put some bait in the bottle? What makes the bees go down the hole? A: No bait is needed. Once bees enter the drilled holes in the...

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Harsh Winter – Are My Plants Dead?

Q: Has winter weather killed my (gardenia), (loropetalum), (daphne), etc? A: With multiple bouts of sub-10 degree cold, the winter of 2014 will teach us all some lessons about how hardy our plants REALLY are. I’m wondering how my St....

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Blueberry – Determining Your Variety

Q: How can I determine what variety of blueberry bushes I have in my yard? A: You can’t do it definitively. You might be able to make a good guess by observing when yours fruit. ‘Climax’ is earlier than ‘Brightwell’,...

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Canna – Not A Winter Plant

Q: I have a question about when to transplant canna. I would like to move mine but I’m not sure when to do it. A: Canna is not always winter hardy outdoors in the Atlanta area. This winter will test...

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Patio Gardening – Herbs and Vegetables

Q: I live in an apartment but I have private patio. I am interested in planting herb and vegetables on a small scale using pots. A: I found a great resource for vegetable container gardening AND a very useful calendar...

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Cherry Laurel – Not Growing As Expected

Q: We planted eight Carolina cherry laurels six years ago. They were supposed to grow but are still the same size as when they were planted. What may be the problem? A: When shrubs or trees refuse to grow to...

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Removing Plants – Where Can They Go?

Q: I plan on removing numerous plants and shrubs from my back yard including: azaleas, mop head hydrangeas, oak leaf hydrangeas, rhododendrons and hostas. Rather than have these plants destroyed and sent to the landfill, is there anyone you know...

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Peppers – Planting Bell With Hot

Q: Can I plant bell peppers and hot peppers together or will they cross pollinate? A: They might cross-pollinate but this will not affect their taste. Pepper flowers contain both male and female organs, so the flowers typically pollinate themselves....

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Beehives – Bee Friendly Plants

Q: I have nine bee hives and am a member of a local beekeepers club. We need to know what bee-friendly plants are blooming when. A: I well remember my beekeeper father moving his hives from place to place to...

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Hydrangea – Droopy Leaves

Q: My wife had surgery and her boss gave her a hydrangea in a pot. It had beautiful blooms but now they are drying and falling off. The leaves look a little droopy as well. A: My observation with florist...

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Dawn Redwood – Losing Leaves

Q: I bought a dawn redwood through the Arbor Day website two years ago. It seemed to be thriving until recently. After Thanksgiving, I noticed all the needles had fallen off. But the branches seem to be alive still. A:...

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Perennials – Near A Septic System

Q: We just moved into a new home and want to do some landscaping in the back yard. Can you suggest some shallow rooted perennials that can safely be planted over our septic drain field? A: I don’t think there...

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Peace Lily – Keeping It Healty

Q: I was given a potted peace lily eight years ago. It’s had a few deformed blossoms but has not bloomed since. It appears healthy, but never increases in size. A: Daryl Pulis (MrsGreenThumb.com ) says to knock the plant...

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Mock Orange – Turning Brown

Q: My mock orange plants are a bit brown after the big freeze. What should I do now, if anything? A: All you can do is wait. On several shrubs (Indica azalea, pittosporum, fatsia, etc) , much damage may show...

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Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

Q: I have collected paper egg cartons to use for seed starters. Will the paper bio-degrade or will I need to ‘pull’ the seedling and soil to transplant it? A: In my experience, you can “crumble” the carton pocket on...

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