Gardening Q and A

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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Effects of Light and Soil on Plants – Science Fair Project

Q: I am a 9th grade student. I am doing a science fair project that has to do with plants. My project has to do with the effect different fertilizers, soils, and light have on the growth of a plant....

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Swamp Hibiscus- Growing

Q: Do you have any advice on the swamp hibiscus? The tag on the plant indicates that it “dies back to the ground in winter.” Info from a web site indicates that the plant will grow to 6 – 9...

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Mosquitoes

Q: I have got to have some relief from mosquitoes! My children and I can not garden or play outdoors without being eaten alive! I don’t want to use (commercial mosquito repellent) on my kids. Isn’t there something more organic...

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Trees for Memorials – Recommendations

Q: Some friends from church would like to plant a tree in remembrance of our son Adam who was killed in a car crash. I would like an unusual tree that was showy three seasons of the year and maybe...

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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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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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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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Philodendron – Flowering

Q: We have a split leaf philodendron with what appears to be a blossom. We cut it back about 8 years ago. The leaves were split when we acquired the original plant it but over time, the split disappeared. The...

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Collards – Aphids

Q: I have a beautiful crop of collards, but cannot control the lice on them, what can I do. I have tried spraying with permethrin (Pounce) but it doesn’t seem to help. A: Turnip aphids and green peach aphids (collard...

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