Gardening Q and A

Daphne Wilting

Q: I’ve noticed that my seven-year old daphne has started to wilt from the top and it’s moving down. Your website mentions a lethal fungus called Phytophthora. Can a replacement daphne be planted in the same soil later? A: I...

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Trimming Asparagus

Q: I planted asparagus two years ago. The plants are six feet tall. Do I leave this growth or trim it back? A: The ferny foliage is vital to absorb the energy needed to make stronger roots and more spears...

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Gerber Daisies

Q: This year, I initially had blooms on my Gerber daisies, but once I removed the flower, they didn’t produce any other blooms. A: This South African native is known for the bright flowers it produces in spring and fall....

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Growing Scuppernong Vine

Q: I recently received a cutting from a friend’s scuppernong vine. It has taken root but how do I handle it now? A: I’d leave the young plant alone for several months and let it become strong. You can move...

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Japanese Maple Coloration

Q: My Japanese maple gets morning sun and afternoon shade, but the red foliage is turning more green now. Is there something I could do for a redder leaf foliage? A: There’s not much you can do. Japanese maple expert...

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Planting Pansy Seeds

Q: I am getting ready to plant some pansy seeds and want to know the basics. A: Pansies need a constant temperature of 70 degrees in order to germinate and grow strongly. It’s possible you could get the low temperature...

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Brown Bermuda Lawn

Q: Why is my bermuda lawn brown? The tips of the grass grow green, but the grass near the soil is brown. When I mow the grass each week it is brown for a few days until the tips of...

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Blueberry Plants Diseases

Q: I have a long row of mature blueberry plants. For the past two years, all of my berries have turned brown and dropped just prior to maturing. I theorized this was mummy berry disease so I replaced all the...

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Deadheading Flowers

Q: Should all flowers be deadheaded when they wither? Do I just cut off the dead bloom or snip the stem? A: I think most plants look better when the dry flowers are removed. The usual method is to make...

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Cottonseed Meal – In Garden

Q: Will cottonseed meal from a feed store work the same as the cottonseed meal I purchased from a garden center? It is much cheaper at the feed store. A: They are exactly the same thing. Products sold for fertilizer...

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Maple – Black Trunk

Q: I have a maple tree on which the trunk is turning black. Should I be worried? A: Art Morris, Master Arborist for Bartlett Tree Experts says he sees this quite a bit. Dark staining of maple tree trunks is...

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Meyer Lemon – Bloom Time

Q: I think my Meyer lemon tree is confused! It is flowering and has baby lemons started in winter. I pruned it last January, hoping the new growth would stimulate flowers in April, but just got more green foliage. What...

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Dogs – Eating Pears

Q: We have a pear tree in the backyard which we don’t do much with. This year it was loaded with pears. When the pears starting dropping we noticed that our dogs took interest in them. We soon noticed that...

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Spider Mites – On Citrus (Orange)

Q: Our 8-year-old son was 5 when he stuck a seed from his Clementine orange into a flower pot with old potting soil in it. We all kidded him, telling him that it would never grow. And just like in...

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Cryptomeria – Losing Limbs (Dieback)

Q: I have several ‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria trees in my back yard. They are very large, maybe 25 feet tall. About two years ago, I noticed that one of the 5 had some brown patches on it. The about a year...

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Wax Scale – On Camellia

Q: I found this growing on a Japanese maple and camellia bush in my front entryway. It looks like a tiny blob of bird poop but is attached to the plant at the joints and seems to be a deposit...

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Blueberry Growing – With High Calcium

Q: I would like to plant blueberries in what was my vegetable garden. I had a soil test done by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and it came back that I had high Calcium (1088 lbs/acre). Will I be...

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Citrus Leafroller – Identification

Q: On my citrus tree I found one leaf strangely “sewn” into a pocket. As there was nothing inside the pocket it has me stumped. A: My guess is a leafroller moth. There are several hundred moths of this kind....

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