Gardening Q and A

Daphne – Propagating

Q: My Daphne Odora Alba has a rose-colored sport that I would like to propagate. Do you have any advice? A: A good reference is Washington State University’s Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees, and Vines with Stem Cuttings...

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Soil – Over Amended?

Q: My son is building a large garden for a project. Because the soil in the area was packed clay when he began, he tilled it, added a dump truck load of compost and a truckload of old horse manure....

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Banana Tree – Frozen

Q: I covered my banana tree with straw and plastic bags for the winter. Recently, I removed the coverings and am not sure it survived. The top of the plant looks rotten, so should I cut the stalk back to...

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Bell Pepper – Growing From Seed

Q: I just bought a red bell pepper last night from Publix and saved some of the seeds that fell out while I was slicing it. Would these seeds actually grow or produce peppers? A: The seed probably wouldn’t produce...

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Mountain Laurel – Fertilizing

Q: My land is covered with mountain laurel, which I love. However, it looks rather scraggy and not well kept. I have lightly pruned it, but admit I don’t know what else to do. How can I care for and...

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Purple Passion Plant – Identification

Q: I was given a cutting of a nice looking houseplant vine. It grows like “designer kudzu”. It has very fuzzy leaves, mostly purple and green. A: Purple Velvet Plant, Gynura...

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Blackberry Vine – Weed Identification

Q: I have this weed/thorn vine growing in my side yard and I can’t seem to get rid of it can you help me. It’s like a rose stem that is reddish/green with thorns; it only grows about 1-2 feet...

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Mulch – Dye Sources

Q: My red mulch and red pine bark are fading. Do you know where I can buy the red dye to touch it up? A: One source I found is Bark...

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Garden – Possum Contamination?

Q: There’s an area in my yard where I planned to put a garden. However, a possum died in the place before I had the chance to plant anything. When I went to remove the body, it had already started...

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Tufted Grape Hyacinth – Growing and Finding

Q: Are there any websites or information you can give me on how to grow Tufted Grape Hyacinth? I would also like to find a source for seeds or young plants. Do you know where I can get either? A:...

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Turfgrass – For Florida Soil

Q: What low-maintenance, long-lasting grasses do best in the climate and natural soil of Florida? A: Centipedegrass might do well. For more information on lawn care in Florida, see the Florida Lawn...

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Fleas – Control

Q: I have a major flea problem in my house. I’ve tried spraying with permethrin and vacuuming thoroughly, sometimes more than once a week. Our dog is covered in the things, despite getting a bath with flea shampoo about every...

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Hummingbird Moth

Q: Please tell me what I have just seen in my garden in September. I thought it was a hummingbird, but it was slightly smaller and it was beating very hummingbird-like wings. It wasn’t drinking from the feeders but from...

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Growing Fruits – For Beginner

Q: I’m trying to find out about growing fruit trees such as peaches and plums. I have no experience with either. Can you give me any help or any links that may be able to help me? A: I strongly...

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Green Thumb – Origin of Phrase

Q: This isn’t a question, just a bit of garden trivia. Do you know how the expression “green thumb” originated? According to James Underwood Crockett, it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will...

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Lawn – Vandalized

Q: Someone has poured something on my lawn killing it instantly, within 24 hours, turning it blackish in stripes. I called the police and asked if they would test the grass to see what was used. They say they do...

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Pineapple – Forcing Fruit

Q: I have heard that to make a pineapple produce you have to put a rotten apple in the middle of it. Can you please send me the information we need to make our pineapples have fruit? A: Once a...

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Flowers – For Blooming Clock

Q: My college architecture project this semester focuses on issues surrounding the landscape at Hartsfield International Airport. Part of my proposal is to create a rooftop garden that would use flowers as a way of telling time. Do you know...

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