Gardening Q and A

Tomato Pollination

Q: My husband and I have the most beautiful tomato plants imaginable. They must be five feet tall now in May. The only problem is that there are no blooms on the plants. Is there a way to force the...

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Dogwood – Peak Bloom

Q: Can you tell me when the dogwoods will be blooming in Atlanta? I have friends who want to come when they are at their height. A: My retired Extension friend Newton Hogg has forgotten more information about plants than...

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Crinum – Identification

Q: Would you please identify the attached flower I have blooming in my backyard? A: According to one source, ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ crinum is one of the best known crinum hybrids in the United States. Percival Bosanquet grew the hybrid in...

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Bottlebrush Buckeye

Q: I would very much appreciate you telling me what this is. The picture includes the leaves, the nut case and the nut. I found a total of 8-10 bushes with nuts on them. I think it may be a...

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Dog – Eating Persimmon Fruit

Q: I have two Golden Retrievers and for a month or so I have noticed that the male dog’s stool has contains lots of pumpkin-like seeds.(Sorry about that) We have about nine acres in Grayson and even after eight and...

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Plants for Victorian Landscapes

Q: Could you recommend plants that would grow well in Cedartown, GA and be commonly found in a “Victorian” landscape? A: Victoriana Magazine seems to have good information about Victorian...

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Goldenrain tree – Fall Leaf Drop

Q: I planted a Goldenrain tree 5 or 6 years ago. Every year in August and September, short branches (about 18 inches long) begin turning yellow, die and drop from the tree. Sometimes green ones fall off. Dozens of these...

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Red Bud Tree- Straightening

Q: I have a redbud tree about 20 feet tall that is leaning and I would like to straighten if possible. Looks like the tree (sorry, no digital camera) has been growing this way from the base. Will it kill...

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Red Tip Photinia – Berries

Q: In our yard we have a large red tip hedge and recently noticed one of the bushes has sprouted red berries on the ends of its limbs. We have contacted several local nurseries and the county extension service and...

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Daffodils – Planted by Georgia D.O.T.

Q: I heard you on the radio talking about daffodil bulbs planted by the DOT. Where are they located? A: Last fall, the Georgia Department of Transportation planted over 200,000 daffodil bulbs on Georgia roadsides to extend the season of...

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Lady’s Slipper – Care

Q: We own some property on which there is a big area of pink and white Lady’s Slippers. What can you tell me about their care? A: There are two Lady’s Slipper orchids you might run into in the woods:...

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Urea & Ammonium Nitrate – Difference

Q: What is the difference between ammonium nitrate (16-0-0) and urea(45-0-0) besides the amount of Nitrogen? A: Though it doesn’t affect our discussion, I think you have your fertilizer numbers mixed up. Ammonium nitrate is 33 percent nitrogen so the...

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Tree Tomatoes

Q: In the paper, there was an ad for “Tree Tomatoes”. It claimed you can get 60lbs. of tomatoes from one single plant! Have you ever heard of these? Could you please shed some light on this before I order...

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Royal Paulownia – Sapphire Dragon

Q: I cut two ads out of the newspaper and wondered if you would give me some insight. One advertises the “Super-growing Flowering Shade Tree – Grows roof high in just one year!” It’s called a Royal Paulownia and I...

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Cattails – Where to get

Q: Where can I get some cattails? My son has a perfect spot for them. A: There are probably hundreds of people who would be glad to give you cattails from their pond. They won’t tell you that the reason...

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Piccadilly Farm – Hellebore Days

Q: When is the annual Hellebore Days at Piccadilly Farm? A: Hellebore Days has been an annual event at Piccadilly Farm in Bishop, GA (near Athens)for more than seventeen years. It is usually held around the first week of March....

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Pruning Trees in Fall

Q: We have several limbs on big oak and pine trees that need to be cut off. My husband says it should’t be done until the sap is out of the limbs in December. I think it needs to be...

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Watermelons – Ripe When?

Q: This is the first year I have grown watermelons. They are taking over my garden! When is the right time to harvest them? The largest melon is the size of a basketball. A: I have a gourd vine right...

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