Outdoor Flowers and Foliage

Roses – No Second Bloom

Q: I planted several Knock Out roses last year. They bloomed nicely last fall and spring but, unlike my neighbor’s bushes, I don’t see any blooms now. A: Like all roses, Knock Out blooms occur at the end of a...

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Amaryllis – How To Move Bulbs?

Q: I have a dozen beautiful red amaryllis bulbs planted outdoors. They die back in the winter, sprout up in the late spring, and bloom during the summer. How should we move the bulbs? A: I assume you have hardy...

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Pansies – Nitrate Fertilizer Use?

Q: I’ve heard that nitrate fertilizer is good for pansies in winter. I used Miracle Gro at planting but am hunting nitrate fertilizer. A: The only product I’m aware of is Osmocote 19-6-12 slow release fertilizer. It contains 9% nitrate...

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Magnolia – Pruning?

Q: I have a tulip magnolia that’s gotten too big. Can I cut it back to about five feet tall like I do with my crape myrtle? A: Tulip magnolia blooms on branch tips produced the previous year. That means...

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Lotus – Winter Care

Q: I have a lotus plant in a large pot filled with water. What should I do now that winter is coming? A: Most folks just wait until frost nips the leaves and then clip the stems a couple of...

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Roses – Winter Protection Protocol

Q: I am growing roses in pots on a raised deck. What is the recommended winter protection for a container grown rose? A: The safest thing to do is to move them into an unheated garage or basement. If this...

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Angle Trumpet – Maintenance

Q: I have been cutting down my angel trumpet plant each fall but do I have to do this?. They come back in the spring but it takes all summer for them to bloom. A: You can cut them down...

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Lantana – Varieties and Information

Q: Lantana appears to be the only plant in my yard the deer will not eat. Where can I learn more about lantana? A: Lantana is an excellent landscape plant…..and almost completely deer-proof! New varieties are introduced every year. Many...

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Hydrangeas – Expecting Flowers?

Q: Our landscaper planted four Bombshell hydrangeas in our courtyard in May of last year. The area gets good sun, but not total sun. The tag that came with them states that they bloom in sun or shade. They did...

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Lotus – Growing Tips

Q: I have a friend with the nickname “Lotus”. I’d love to find lotus seed to place in an aquarium in her room so she can watch it bloom. A: American lotus, Nelumbo lutea, grows fine outdoors in ponds and...

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Hydrangeas – How To Prune Them

Q: I heard your radio discussion about pruning hydrangeas. Do I cut just the green new growth stem or can I cut the old wood too? A: You can cut into the old wood if you need to. Make your...

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Mimosa – Unusually Large

Q: I noticed the flowers of a mimosa tree above the canopy of the woods behind my house. I’m guessing it’s sixty feet tall. Is that unusual? A: It’s unusual, and it may be the biggest in the state, but...

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Azaleas – Planting In Containers

Q: Can azaleas be planted in containers instead of in the ground? I’ve never seen them in containers. A: Smaller-sized azaleas do fine in containers. Read the plant label to find out their mature size. The Encore azalea experts list...

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Dianthus – Pruning Dead Flowers

Q: I planted Dianthus about a month ago and it had beautiful white blossoms. The blossoms have since died back and leaving a unsightly brown flower. Do I cut off the old flowers in order for new ones to appear?...

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Christmas Cactus – Planting New Seeds

Q: My Christmas cactus has a seed pod on it. Should break it open and plant the seeds or should I just let nature take its course? A: One source says to wait until the pod is mature (bright pink)....

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Winter – Affects on Staghorn Fern

Q: We have moved to northeast Georgia from south Florida. Knowing I need to protect my staghorn fern from winter freezes, can I have any possibility of success with it during the growing season? A: If you have a good...

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Tobacco – Growing and Curing

Q: My sweetheart wants terribly to grow some good tobacco. Do you have tips? A:I grew tobacco for the first time last summer. Rather than go through the hassle of growing the plants from seed, I bought them online from...

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Ponytail Plant – When Can You Separate Offsets?

Q: My mother has a ponytail plant on her back porch in Cairo. It has “babies” growing on the base. How can she start them to be separate plants? A: Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, is not a true palm but...

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