Gardening Q and A

Is The Southeast Flower Show Being Held This Year?

Q: Can tell me when or if the southeast flower show will be held this year? A: in its heyday, before the recession of 2008, the Southeastern Flower Show was the highlight of local gardeners’ early spring calendar. Economic factors...

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Burned Shrubs And Trees – Cut Them Back Or Wait Till Spring

Q: I am not sure about what to do about the burned shrubs and trees around my house. Should I cut them back now or wait to see what they do in the spring? A: I recently passed by a...

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Overseeding Temporary Rye With Fescue – Will It Prevent Germination

Q: I read that winter rye has a pre-emergent chemical in it that prevents weeds from coming up. Will this prevent germination if I overseed my temporary rye with fescue this spring? A: It is true that annual ryegrass is...

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African Violet – Healthy But Not Blooming

Q: I have a beautiful African violet that is very healthy but has no blooms. A: Inadequate light is the usual cause of sparse blooms on an African violet. The best situation is for the plant to be in a...

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Fescue Lawn – Turning Yellow/Tan After Cold Spell

Q: I have a beautiful, lush, green fescue lawn that has turned yellow/tan over the past week. It was planted in fall of 2014. My maintenance company has fertilized three times so far. It was green before this last cold...

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Meyers Lemons – Healthy Leaves Are Falling Off

Q: I bought a Meyer lemon in October and planted it in a sixteen-inch wide pot. I brought it indoors in late November. It is now blooming profusely and dropping perfectly green, healthy leaves at the same time. A: My...

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Azaleas – How To Get Rid Of Lacebugs

Q: I’ve been trying to get rid of lacebugs on my azaleas for years. Sprayed with insecticides, to no avail. I think it’s because the bugs are on the underside of the leaves and it’s difficult to get the spray...

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Moving Plants – Potting Them First Or Wait Till Last Minute

Q: I will be moving in March. I want to dig up and take hostas, lilies, and hydrangeas. Would I be better off digging them now and potting them until I move, or waiting until the last minute before I...

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Encore Azaleas – Did Not Bloom Second Time

Q: My Encore azaleas didn’t bloom a second time in either of two seasons after planting. They get afternoon sun. A: It is not unusual for azaleas to fail to bloom as expected for at least a couple of years...

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Best Greens To Plant In Winter

Q: What are the best greens to plant in the winter. A: Collards, turnip greens, lettuce, and spinach are easy to plant from seed in September. Given water as needed, they will give you much to harvest through most of...

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Roses – Kill The Bugs But Not The Bees

Q: What can I spray for bugs on my roses instead of systemic insecticides that kill honeybees? A: It’s true that systemic insecticides can harm bees, but despite the brouhaha over their use, insecticides are not the only cause of...

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Royal Riviera Pears – Will Seeds Grow Same Pears?

Q: We got a box of delicious Royal Riviera pears from Harry & David Gifts. If we plant the seeds will they grow the same pears? A: It’s not likely you’ll have success. In the first place, because you don’t...

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Warm Weather – Don`t Put Pre-emergent Down

Q: With the recent warm weather, should I put pre-emergent down? A: I don’t recommend it. It’s actually soil temperatures that determine when summer annual weed seeds germinate. Soil temperatures won’t get high enough to stimulate that until late February...

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Knockout Roses – Is It Safe To Prune Now?

Q: With such nice weather recently, is it safe to prune Knockout roses? A: It is safe only if you can confidently predict there will be no more cold weather this winter. Otherwise, pruning now may stimulate buds to swell...

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Lemon Tree – How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites

Q: On your radio show you mentioned a product that you use to get rid of spider mites on your lemon tree. What is it? A: Since I eat the Meyer lemons, I use products that are easy to wash...

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Sweet Olive Shrubs – Best Time To Prune

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall. A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew...

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Raised Beds – Best Soil To Use

Q: I have built twelve raised beds out of concrete blocks. What is the best soil to use to raise flowers and vegetables? A: You have several choices. One option is to use the existing soil (plus some from nearby)...

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Selling Plants Commercially – Where To Start

Q: I have some acreage that I am considering using as a nursery. I would like to sell plants commercially, but I am not sure where to start. A: You are just in time to attend the annual conference of...

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