Gardening Q and A

Effects of Temperature on Plant- Science Fair Project

Q: I am emailing you to ask for your help with my science fair project in botany. My topic is “How would various temperatures affect the growth of a ‘Baby Gold’ ivy?” I was intend to take 4 of the...

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Chinese Lantern- Propagation

Q: I have a Chinese Lantern (don’t know which) that had beautiful lantern blooms in August. The blooms are dying back and revealing a bright red berry or perhaps seed. How can I propagate the plant to share with my...

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Tree – Planting on Steep Slope

Q: I will be planting a tree on a steep slope. How much of the root ball should be exposed on the up and down sides of the hill? A: None! Planting a tree on a slope correctly is a...

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Tater Vine (Air Potato) – Recipe for Cooking

Q: I have been growing for several years the “air potato” plant you wrote about recently. I grow mine on a fence so the bulblets don’t spread throughout the neighborhood. The tiny “potatoes” are edible and quite good if put...

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Alfalfa Farming- Getting Started

Q: My wife and I are nearing retirement and plan on staying in Fayette County. As a young man raised near Chicago, one of my favorate summers was spent on a farm in Michigan. We hauled hay the old fashioned...

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Rhododendron – Pinch off Buds in Winter

Q: I have noticed that my rhododendrons have large bulbs at the ends of the branches, not ready for bloom. Since winter is around the corner, should I pinch them off? A: Don’t, don’t, don’t!! Those swollen things at the...

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Aucuba – Pollinator

Q: I am needing a pollinator for an aucuba. I think I need Aucuba Crassifolia. A: Indeed Aucuba ‘Crassifolia’ is the only male pollinator for the female...

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Privet Hedge – Transplanting

Q: I have some of the famous University of Georgia hedges (salvaged after the Auburn game in ’95) that I would like to transplant to a new house. My plant is thirty inches wide and five feet tall. What should...

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Bacteria – Growing for Science Project

Q: I need to know how to grow a bacterium to infect a healthy plant, and then try and cure it with beta carotene. Agrobacterium tumefaciens had been suggested but we cannot find the bacteria. Is there anything that I...

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Peace Lily – Wilts After Repotting

Q: I am in trouble! I recently repotted a peace lily which holds great sentimental value for my wife. Now the leaves have wilted and flopped down around the rim of the pot. Is there anything I can do to...

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Creeping Fig – Invasiveness

Q: I have a concrete retaining wall that is attached to my house on one end. I am thinking about planting creeping fig along the south face (filtered shade), starting about fifteen feet away from the house. I’ve read that...

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Fir – Concolor as Xmas Tree

Q: When I went to buy my cut Christmas tree several weeks ago, the guys at the lot described it as a “Cuculla” fir. It was very attractive throughout the holidays – especially since it smells nicely of tangerines when...

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Pecan – Fertilizing

Q: I would like to know how to fertilize my pecan trees. I have two large trees and they have always produced more than I could ever use or even give away. A: I have strong memories of my Dad...

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Evolvulus ‘Blue Daze’

Q: Can you tell me what the name of this flower? I want to do some research & take proper care of it during the winter months. A: You have Evolvulus glomeratus ‘Blue Daze”. It is a semi-woody perennial shrub...

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Black-eyed Susan – Flower Petals Disappear

Q: My black-eyed Susans were beautiful last year, but this year the growth is stunted by a very small black beetle. It eats the upper bud and leaves. What organic insecticide can I use to eliminate this pest? A: I...

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Muhlygrass – ID and Care

Q: I heard you talk about Muhly grass on your radio show on Saturday. There are several varieties available. Do you prefer any of these best or will they all do okay in north Atlanta? A: Habersham Gardens says they...

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Wood Chips – Using

Q: I want to know what to do with the chips that are left after a stump is ground up. Can I put them on my flower or vegetable garden? Can they be mixed with the dirt or should they...

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Eucalyptus – Care

Q: I saw a couple of eucalyptus plants growing outside the entrance to Gwinnett Place mall. The maintenance people didn’t seem to know much about how well they grow in this region but they seem to have survived the winter....

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