Gardening Q and A

Ponytail Palm – Propagating

Q: I have a ponytail palm that has a couple of “pups” at the bottom. There’s one on the bulb and one shooting off of the main stem of the plant. How do I propagate these into new plants? A:...

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Peach Trees – Peach Scab

Q: Please tell me what to do with peach trees this time of year. Last year our trees were loaded with peaches but as they ripened they became covered with black blotches and were wormy. How can we prevent this?...

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Redbud – Rotten Roots

Q: This eight year-old red bud tree developed a few dead branches over the last month but bloomed beautifully in March. I came home yesterday and found this! Let me know what you think. A: I think something went wrong...

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Umbrella Tree – Pruning Roots

Q: I have an umbrella tree that is beginning to send roots out of the bottom of a 15 inch pot. Is there anything I can do to keep it in a 15 inch pot or will I have to...

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Pansies – Planting From Seed

Q: I am tired of buying flat after flat of pansies each fall, only to see them shrivel up and die each spring. Can I harvest the seeds of pansies that are flowering now so I can have “free” pansies...

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‘Packman’ Broccoli – Gone to Seed Early

Q: I planted my ‘Packman’ broccoli plants on February 22. They are only a foot high but have already gone to seed. I feel cheated! A: Broccoli plants flower and make seed (bolt) when the young plants are exposed to...

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Red Dogwood – Blooming White

Q: Four years ago I planted a red dogwood. The first blooming season it bloomed red, but in subsequent years has bloomed white. What’s up? How do I get it to bloom red again? A: I’ll bet the red dogwood...

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Tansy – Deterring Japanese Beetles

Q: I read in a book that tansy is good for deterring Japanese beetles. I have roses and other flowers that the beetles have a good lunch on for a few months. I don’t like to use sprays due to...

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Snakes – Control on Patio

Q: I am trying to find a solution to our snake problem. I live in a townhouse; my unit is bordered by a deep drainage ditch. I’ve had snakes come up onto the patio as well as around the rest...

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Creeping Fig – Prune After Cold?

Q: We have a lot of creeping fig planted around our house. The cold weather has turned it brown. Does it need to be pruned back or will the new foliage just take over? A: Creeping fig, Ficus pumila, is...

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Termites – Effect of Lawn Chemicals On,

Q: Since termites are always in season in the south, I have a question. Are any of the typical lawn chemicals effective on subterranean or Formosan termites? A: Yes, the chemicals in several lawn and garden insecticides are used to...

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Mandevilla – Overwintering

Q: I have a five-year old mandevilla growing in a large container. The first year I got the plant I heard somewhere to not cut it back but to simply put it into a protected place for the winter. I...

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Sunlight – Full Sun vs. Partial Shade

Q: When a plant tag says full sun or partial shade, how many hours of sun or shade are appropriate when determining if a spot is suitable for the plant? A: Sunshine intensity differs across every landscape and garden. Compare...

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“Mole Plant” – Information

Q: My sister in law has sent me “mole plant” seeds. She says the plant will deter moles from the garden. Do you have any information about such a plant? A: I think you have castor bean seeds. The plant...

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Meyer Lemon Tree – For Georgia

Q: I just purchased a Meyer lemon tree and want to plant it in my yard. Do you see any problem with planting it here? I’ve done some Internet searching for this question, but most answers relate to growing them...

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Bats – In Louvers

Q: I have had bats in the louvers in the eaves of my house. The vent is about thirty feet in the air. They have managed to get through the screen and into the attic. What can I do now?...

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Hornworms – Control

Q: Until four years ago I always planted three tomato plants in a spot where they covered the entire side of my garage and bore fruit until frost. Then, the hornworms got my address. The first year they defoliated an...

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Planting – On Burnt Soil

Q: I would like to plant a flower bed where I have burned yard trash for many years. The ashes have been removed but will flowers grow in this soil? A: I’d bet the soil is still pretty alkaline. You...

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