Gardening Q and A

Snake – DeKay’s and Garter

Q: My wife and I have found several small snakes in our front and back yard. They have each been about 12 inches long with the same markings. Do you recognize this type of snake? A: Yours is the most...

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Florida azalea – Identification

Q: I have this shrub in the front of my house. It’s absolutely beautiful. However, I don’t know what it is. I was up at Amiacola Falls this spring and saw some growing wild. They also had white and pink...

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Witchhazel Gall

Q: We have an older Witch Hazel (yellow bloomer) that we transplanted a few years ago. The first and third growing season we’ve found these wierd green and pink growths on the leaves. There appears to be a hole in...

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Cinnamon Fern – Identification

Q: Could you please I.D. this fern? They are growing in a low wetlands area in Gainesville, GA. They are appx. 4′ tall already. Can they be transplanted? A: Neat huh?! You’ve found cinnamon ferns, Osmunda cinnamomea. They’re called cinnamon...

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Raspberry – Virus

Q: What is wrong with my ‘Heritage’ raspberries? About 25% are healthy green but the rest look like this. A: It sure looks like raspberry virus. Raspberries and blackberries are susceptible to several virus diseases, including raspberry mosaic, raspberry leaf...

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Cornflower – Identification

Q: Can you tell me what kind of flower this is and where I can buy the seeds? It is growing along side the road between Buena Vista and Americus, GA. A: It’s a pretty blue cornflower, Centaurea cyanus. You...

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Spider Mite – Foxglove, Hollyhock, Juniper

Q: My foxgloves looked wonderful for a while then became increasingly ‘fried’ looking. Was it too much sun or drought or some fungus among us? I haven’t seen any webs from spider mites, and have hit them with a fungicide....

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Daylily Rust

Q: I collect daylilies and my ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘TC Red’, do not seem to be doing too well this year. Is this daylily rust and, if so, is it curable? A: Daylily rust is a relatively new disease but...

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Dying Tree – Root Damage

Q: Can you tell me what is happening to my tree? Can I save it? A: Great pictures – they give me a lot of information. First, looking at the whole tree, I see the limbs are thinly foliaged and...

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Azalea – Cold Damage

Q: I have a large planting of Formosa azaleas which normally produce beautiful flowers but this year is different. Many of the buds did not produce flowers. In addition, most of the buds that did produce flowers this year are...

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Painted Tongue – Salpiglossis

Q: Can you please tell me what kind of flower this is? We took a photo of it at Callaway Gardens in May. A: Patricia Collins replies: “That’s the infamous Painted Tongue (Salpiglossis). We sell it at our Plant Fair...

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Snakes – Attracting

Q: I just found out that I have rats in my crawlspace, which I’m having trapped by an expert. I also have a gazillion chipmunks. They are soooo cute, but I worry there are too many and I may start...

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Walking Iris – ID

Q: I’ve had this houseplant for a few years now and it flowers like crazy every winter into spring. Can you help me ID it? A: Walking iris, Neomarica gracilis is a tropical iris. It can’t stand cold soil. If...

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Pine – Fusiform Rust

Q: My wife noticed this on one of our pine trees. Do you have any idea what it is and how to treat it? A: The knots and orange powder are signs of fusiform rust disease. The orange spores will...

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Palm Trees – Fertilizing

Q: Can you tell me where to find fertilizer for a Windmill Palm I’ve had for 10 years, or what to use as a substitute? I have had to remove fronds 5 feet up already and most of the tips...

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Spittlebug – Control in Centipedegrass

Q: I have a problem every summer with an infestation of twolined spittlebug in my centipedegrass. How should I control them? A: Adult spittlebugs are black with two orange stripes across their wings. The nymphs are yellow-green with a brown...

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Earthstar fungus

Q: Can you please tell me what kind of fungus this is? It is about as wide as the palm of a hand and is shaped like a flower flush to the ground. A: My trusted expert, Mary Woehrel from...

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Doublefile Viburnum

Q: I love this tree! I know of three in LaFayette, and I have seen one near the carousel at the Grant Park Zoo. The flowers bloom about the same time as dogwoods, and they are strung out all along...

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