Outdoor Flowers and Foliage

Can I Bring My Elephant Ears Inside?

Q: I have elephant ears that flower every year for me. I love their sweet smell. Can I bring them inside? I was told by a friend that they smell horrible once cut.  A: You possibly have fragrant elephant ear,...

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Methods To Kill Bamboo

Q: I heard you say on the radio that no herbicides will kill bamboo. I have had reasonable success killing bamboo by cutting every cane a little above ground level, just below a joint. I then fill the cell, which...

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Wild Ginger, Little Brown Jug, “Piggies”

Q: As a kid, we would hunt what we called “piggies” in the woods. As I remember, the leaves were sort of heart shaped and when we found them we would bend away the leaves so the little piggies could...

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When To Prune Confederate Rose Plants

Q: I have five Confederate rose plants and the stems are not yet dead. Should I prune it down anyway? A: I did an experiment a couple of years ago. I left my stalks in place all winter. To my...

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Can I Transplant My Hydrangeas To Zone 9?

Q: Can I transplant my hydrangeas to Zone 9, Florida? They are about three feet tall and wide.  A: Hydrangeas will grow in zone 9 if you give them light shade all day long and if they are watered properly...

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Hibiscus And Mandevilla – Greenhouse Tents

Q: I purchased a small tent-type greenhouse to overwinter my hibiscus and mandevilla in. Is it better to place the plants into pots or buckets and put them in the greenhouse tent or to actually relocate them to a single...

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DIY special rose soil recipe

Rose growers can be divided into three classes: lackadaisical, committed and fanatic. Those in the first class dig a small planting hole, shove the rose in place and hope it survives. Committed rose growers follow the tips listed here. Fanatic...

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Coneflower rosette mite identification

Q: Why are there not any petals on my coneflowers? The plant right next to it is beautiful, full of cones with petals. A: You have coneflower rosette mite. Here are the typical symptoms: > cone has tufts, flower petals,...

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Should I Cut My Lenten Roses Back

Q: We have lots of very healthy Lenten roses and autumn ferns. My husband wants to cut off all the leaves and fronds from the plants. I think they look great just the way they are. Is there any reason...

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Why Are My Peace Lilies Dying?

Q: Many leaves on my 20-year-old peace lily are turning brown. I repotted it ten years ago. It stays in the window of a cool room and I water it once every other week. How do I make it healthier? ...

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Can I Transplant My Hydrangeas To Zone 9 (Florida)?

Q: Can I transplant my hydrangeas to Zone 9, Florida? They are about three feet tall and wide. A: Hydrangeas will grow in zone 9 if you give them light shade all day long and if they are watered properly...

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Too Late To Prune Winter Jasmine Plants?

Q: I need to prune my winter jasmine plants. Is it too late to prune now? A: It is too late in the season to prune if you want flowers next year. Winter jasmine blooms in January and the buds...

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Sorghum Covered With Insects

Q: My friend has sorghum sprouting near her bird feeder. I noticed the seedhead was absolutely covered with a wide variety of insects, from different looking wasps and ants to other flying creatures.  A: Sorghum (milo) in bird seed comes...

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Lady Banks Rose Has Only Long Runners

Q: I have a young Lady Banks rose. It has multiple long runners but not a single bloom. What could be wrong, and should I prune the long runners?  A: Depending on its age, the rose may simply be getting...

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How To Get Thicker Blooms On My Crapemyrtle

Q: I was happy to see a few beautiful red blooms come on our crape myrtle but it seems tall and thin. How can I get it to be thicker with more blooms?  A: Crapemyrtle flowers are produced on the...

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Do Allium Bulbs Need Prechilling

Q: Do allium bulbs need prechilling before planting? This is my first foray into alliums and I’m a little confused on when to plant them. A: Unlike tulips, allium bulbs do not need to be kept in the cold before...

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Old Bulbs Not Blooming

Q: This past February we purchased four hundred bulbs that were on sale at a big box store. They were stored in two open cardboard boxes in our living room and planted in early April. Only half of the Dutch...

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Mammoth Sunflower With More Than One Flower

Q: Have you ever seen a Mammoth sunflower stalk with more than one flower on it? This one has eleven different blooms! A: The ‘Mammoth’ variety of sunflowers have been bred to have one big flower on top and nothing...

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