Gardening Q and A

Iris – Propagating with seed

Q: I have several beds of small purple iris. All the stalks have seed pods. They have dried up and there are several seeds in each one. I have about all the iris plants I can handle, but would like...

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Pears – Canning

Q: Could you tell me the best way to put our pears up? This is the first year our tree has produced and we want to enjoy the fruit all through the winter. We prefer pear preserves but any help...

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Gardenia – Wax Scale

Q: I have a gardenia bush and have noticed some strange looking growths. They are whitish, waxy-feeling deposits on the branches. They seem to be just on the surface of the branch. What should, or can, I do about them?...

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Tomato – Blossom End Rot

Q: My wife and I are growing tomato plants in two locations. Mine are in the garden, hers are in containers on the back deck. Tomatoes on her plants are turning black on the bottom. All ten of mine are...

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Dallisgrass – control

Q: I have almost two acres of a mixture of centipedegrass and bermudagrass. Unfortunately, dallisgrass is taking over. Is there anything in this whole wide world that I can use to kill this pest? A: Dallisgrass is indeed hard to...

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Rosemary – Recommended varieties

Q: I have a lovely eighteen-inch wide decorative pot I wish to center in the middle of an herb bed. I would like to plant an evergreen in this pot. It gets full sun ALL day! What would you recommend?...

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Daylily – Rooting Proliferations

Q: My mother and I have several daylilies that are doing something we think is strange. On the shoot where the lily bloomed, there is now what looks like a new plant growing on the dead stem, about half way...

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Pear – When to pick

Q: I have a pear tree that is full of fruit this year. Is there a good way by looking at the pears to tell if they are ready to pick? A: Unlike most fruits, pears continue to ripen after...

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Groundcovers – alternatives to grass

Q: I am curious about using plants other than grasses for an open area in my backyard. I have heard you describe on your radio show the idea of using dwarf mondo grass but the relatively high cost makes me...

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Norfolk Island Pine – Dog ate bark

Q: I have a Norfolk Island pine and my dog ate away the bark on the bottom of the plant. Only the bark is gone and there is no damage to the trunk. Is the plant going to die? A:...

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Chestnut – Disease-resistant variety

Q: I’ve read that the American chestnut is being cross-bred with the Chinese chestnut to make a blight resistant tree. I’d really like to plant one! The ones I read about are mostly American and have all the American chestnut...

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Zoysiagrass – Planting in bermudagrass

Q: I need some advice. I have a bermudagrass lawn, but I prefer zoysiagrass. I was planning on plugging in ‘Meyer’ zoysiagrass. Will the zoysiagrass overtake the bermudagrass easily? Is there a better time of year to plug? A: One...

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Daffodil bulbs – Determining quality

Q: This spring I reworked a weed-choked flower bed. It had a couple hundred daffodil bulbs in it. I dug the bulbs up and laid them on a mesh trailer and forgot about them. They have been laying on this...

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Iris, daisies – Care in extreme weather

Q: At this late date, my iris and daisies have all bloomed and are now resting. I usually wait until the end of September to cut them way back for next year, but with all the rain and heat, they...

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Lawn – Proper watering

Q: This morning my lawn service man told me to water in the middle of the day instead of early morning because water was standing too long, creating mold and mildew and allowing the weeds to grow better. Do you...

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Summer vegetable gardening – information

Q: I’m new to gardening in Georgia so I’m curious. Many gardens are planted so early in the spring, compared to my New York State home, that sweet corn and tomato plants are already harvested and being cut down by...

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Orchid – Caregivers

Q: I was recently in Charlotte and my niece told me about a service she uses for her orchids. After the blooms are gone, she takes the orchids to someone who tends them until they bloom again. They call her...

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Weeping Cherry Tree – Propagation

Q: I have been digging up the seedlings under a weeping cherry tree and giving them to friends and family for a couple of years. Am I wasting my time? Will the seedlings be weeping cherry trees or just plain...

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