Gardening Q and A

Houseplants – Dripping Water

Q: My corn plant is crying! Every few days I notice a drop of water clinging to several of the leaf tips. Why is it doing this? A: The phenomenon is called “guttation”. It happens when a tropical plant has...

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Compost – White Roots Growing in It

Q: I am an experienced gardener and have a puzzling situation to which I cannot find the answer. Anytime I have a pile of compost or wood chips, a mass of string-like roots have grown in the bottom of the...

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Sweet Potato – Planting Ornamental Type

Q: I have planted some ‘Blackie’ and ‘Margarita’ ornamental sweet potato this year. I want to collect the potatoes to plant more of them next year. Do you have any suggestions on how to store them and prepare them for...

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Leyland Cypress – Growth Rate

Q: We want to plant Leyland cypress trees along both sides of our back yard, for screen. My question is how much do these trees grow a year? I was told the first year they sleep, the second year they...

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Bottle Gourd – Identification

Q: I am hoping you can tell me what the plant shown on the attached pictures is. It is a volunteer that grows with gusto. It’s blossoms open at night and close in the morning. As you can see it...

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Bone Meal vs Blood Meal

Q: What is the difference in bone and blood meal? How are they used and where do they come from? A: Blood meal is made by flash-drying blood that is collected at a slaughterhouse. It is high in nitrogen, with...

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Calla Lily

Q: I have a calla lily plant I received as a gift. It was blooming when I received it but has not flowered again in two years. Green leaves sprout ever year but it never blooms. A friend has had...

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Ornamental Sweet Potato – Edible or Not

Q: Are the tubers from the ornamental sweet potato vine edible? A: Sure – and you’ll get 200 percent of your daily roughage requirements in the bargain! Ornamental sweet potatoes are the same species as the edible kind but they...

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Tiller – Choosing

Q: You mentioned recently that you have a “little two-cycle tiller” that works well for you. I have been looking for a tillers for several months now and have been told that only an expensive 6 horsepower rear-tine tiller will...

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Tea Camellia

Q: I am working with a client who lives in Stone Mountain (very close to the mountain itself) who wants to know the uses of her property since the 1821 land lottery. She has been told that her land was...

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Poinsettia Tree – Care

Q: I have kept and gotten poinsettias to recolor every year for a long time, using a dark basement and timer grow light. This year I have a new challenge–someone gave me a poinsettia tree about 4′ tall–bright red with...

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Blue Fescue – Care

Q: I have an area where I have planted blue fescue. There is dead and brown grass on the underside of the plant. Is there a proper time to trim back the plant, or do you trim the grass at...

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Luffa Gourd – Harvest

Q: How do you harvest loofa gourds? A: In autumn, mature gourds will begin to turn brown and brittle. Check plants frequently and remove any dried gourds. These will feel light and dry, and rattle with loose seeds when shaken....

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Grape – Caring for ‘Concord’

Q: I have two ‘Concord’ grape vines growing along the lattice around our patio. When do I cut them back and how much do I remove? The vines are two years old and I had plenty of grapes this year....

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Hummingbird Vine

Q: My wife and I were given a plant called hummingbird bush but we’re not sure how to take care of it. It has vining growth and the leaves grow along the entire stem and are very fine, almost hair-like....

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Zoysiagrass – Overseed with Ryegrass

Q: I have always wanted a green lawn in winter. How much will it hurt my zoysiagrass lawn to overseed with ryegrass this winter? A: Turf researcher Dr. Clint Waltz says there is no real reason or advantage to overseed...

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Lawn – Timing Fertilizer in Spring

Q: We have bermudagrass in our front yard and fescue in the back. We have been served by a local lawn maintenance company for several years. They always want to start the new season with an application of pre-emergent and...

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Fig – Damaged by Rabbit

Q: Something is chewing on my big fig bush! All of the damage is within eighteen inches of the ground. There is nothing up higher. With this much damage will the fig be harmed? A: The key to your description...

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