Gardening Q and A

Southeastern Flower Show 2012/2013

Q: I am trying to find out when the Southeastern Flower Show will be in 2012. Do you have any information on this event? A: The Southeastern Horticulture Society, sponsors of the flower show, have decided to put their efforts...

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Cultivating Wildlife Habitats

Q: Recently I had many very tall pines removed from behind my house. I want to plant trees or large bushes back there so that the birds and squirrels will have a good habitat. A: Whether you are squirrel, bird...

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Amaryllis – Replanting

Q: When can I dig up, separate and replant my outdoor amaryllis? A: I think the best time is in spring when the green shoots first appear. Hardy amaryllis, Hippeastrum x johnsonii, blooms in my landscape each year. Dig a...

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Canna Liliy – Aggressive?

Q: Last year I bought a small canna lily plant for 50 cents. I planted it near the edge of our lake. Now it’s spread to six feet by ten feet. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but I am...

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Pine Trees – Premature Needle Shedding

Q: All of a sudden pine straw falling from my trees is as green as if it were still on the tree. Why is this? A: Premature needle shedding is most likely caused by big temperature swings coupled with summer...

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Fruit-Bearing Cherry Trees – Viability in Atlanta area

Q: I am looking for fruit-bearing cherry trees. What is your advice? A: I don’t know of anyone who has successfully grown sweet cherry fruit in the Atlanta area. Temperature swings in winter cause freeze damage to the trunk and...

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Pyracantha – Pruning

Q: How should I prune the pyracantha that’s climbing the wall of my garage? A: Pyracantha blooms in April or May on twigs that grew the previous year. If you prune severely now, you won’t have flowers or the bright...

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Winter King Hawthorn – Propagation from Seeds/Berries

Q: There is a stand of ‘Winter King’ hawthorn on Ronald Regan Parkway near the Webb Gin House exit. They are beautiful now. Can I use the seeds/berries to make new trees? A: It will be tough to get the...

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Bedding Plants – Relocating

Q: We’re going to have major construction at our home. I need advice on relocating some bedding plants to keep them out of harm’s way until the work is completed next fall The plants include bearded iris, daylily, cone flower,...

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Blueberries – Cross Pollination

Q: I’m very confused about which varieties of blueberries I must plant together to achieve cross-pollination. I bought ‘O’Neal’ and ‘Chippewa’ from big box stores. Will they cross-pollinate? A: My smartphone is my best resource when I see a plant...

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Carolina Allspice – Fragrance

Q: We purchased five Carolina allspice bushes and they have thrived, loaded with blooms. But none of them has the aroma I bought them for. Is there anything I can do to get them to smell like they do in...

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Mulching Leaves with Mower

Q: I am tired of raking! Is there any reason I can’t shred lawn leaves with my mower and not rake them into piles for removal? A: There are two good reasons to let your mower do the work. One...

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Seed Cane – Viability in South Georgia

Q: My husband gave me a stalk of something called seed cane from south Georgia. Can I plant it in my garden? A: Seed cane is a mature stalk of sugar cane that has buds from which more plants can...

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Long Stemmed Pansies

Q: The pansies I bought the last week of September for a pot on the deck have extra-long stems. Are these a new variety? A: Average temperatures since September have been in the mid-70′s, which caused the pansies to stretch...

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Fruit Trees – Pruning

Q: I have two apple, two peach, and three cherry trees. I have never pruned any of them. I didn’t realize I had to cut them down so much. Now that they’ve grown big, what should I do? A: While...

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Birch Trees – Aphids

Q: We have two birch trees on the side of our house. My neighbor’s driveway is under them. They are dripping something on their cars. Does this mean they are diseased? A: Birch trees sometimes become infested with a big...

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Seed Suppliers – Reliability

Q: Is it a good idea to purchase non-hybrid vegetable seeds from an Internet supplier? How do you know if it is reliable? A: Local nurseries have many heirloom seed varieties. Look for displays from Seeds of Change, Johnnies Selected...

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Ryegrass – Use as Garden Cover Crop

Q: I sowed annual ryegrass in my vegetable garden in early October. The grass is thick and plush. How do I manage it in winter? A: The purpose of a garden cover crop such as ryegrass, clover, or winter pea...

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