Outdoor Flowers and Foliage

Can I Plant Cut Roses

Q: The cut roses I received are growing sprouts and new leaves. Are they able to be planted?  A: it is not uncommon for cut roses to sprout new leaves. However, they rarely sprout new roots. If the twigs don’t...

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What Kind Of Hydrangeas Work In The Sunlight

Q: We are wanting to put hydrangeas on the side of our house. But it gets sunshine from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. What kind do we need?  A: Sunshine at that time of day can be pretty hot for...

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Tulip Poplar Dropping Green Seed Pods

Q: My tulip poplar has been dropping green seed pods for a couple of weeks. They fall every 20 minutes or so all day long. A: The regular dropping you describe sounds like the work of squirrels. Poplar seeds, like...

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One Of My Azalea Bushes Is Dying, But The Others Are Fine

Q: One of the eight azaleas I planted two years ago has had to be replaced twice. Why might I be having trouble with this one bush?  A: Whenever plants die in one spot, I immediately suspect the soil is...

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Abnormally large tithonia

Q: I plant tithonia every year for the butterflies and pollinators. This year in one group of three Mexican sunflowers, the middle sunflower grew to twelve feet tall while the ones on either side grew their normal height of six...

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Varieties Of Lilacs Similar To Southern Lilacs

Q: I planted lilac cuttings I got from my mother’s yard in Rhode Island but they did not bloom. Are there Southern lilacs that look and smell like the ones of my childhood?  A: Different lilac varieties are adapted to...

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Cardinal Climber Vines Are Not Blooming

Q: My three sunny cardinal climber vines are not blooming. They’re pretty big and green but no blooms.  A: Cardinal climber, and its parents, cypress vine and red morning glory, are vigorous annual vines. Given a good site in which...

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Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

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Getting Rid Of Rose Rosette Infested Roses

Q: Our favorite rose got the rose rosette crud. Does it need to be burned after removal?  A: You don’t need to burn it. The best thing to do is to clip the rose bush into small enough pieces that...

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Toxins From Sunflowers?

Q: I was told that sunflowers produce toxins in the soil they grow in. Will these gentle giants destroy my surrounding plants? Do the toxins build up over time?  A: When one plant reduces other plant’s growth, it’s called allelopathy....

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Will Ginseng Grow In Georgia?

Q: Will ginseng will grow in Georgia very well?  A: Ginseng grows very well in north Georgia. That’s where shady, moist, rich, well-drained sites under hardwood trees can be found. Wild-simulated ginseng production is the most profitable and ecologically sustainable...

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Keeping Hydrangeas Pink When They Bloom

Q: We have pink hydrangeas that haven’t bloomed yet. When they do bloom we want them to stay pink. I have been advised to keep the soil alkaline. A: If you want to do it right, start by having a...

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Growing Ginseng in Georgia

Q: Will ginseng will grow in Georgia very well? A: Ginseng grows very well in north Georgia. That’s where shady, moist, rich, well-drained sites under hardwood trees can be found. Wild-simulated ginseng production is the most profitable and ecologically sustainable...

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Soil Test First to Keep Hydrangeas Pink

Q: We bought pink hydrangeas and we want them to stay pink. I have been advised to keep the soil alkaline. Is fast acting lime okay? A: I have a group of hydrangeas in the front of my house. I...

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Yellow Flag Iris – Identified

Q: I found this plant growing on the shoreline of the lake in my neighborhood . Can you identify the plant? Can the plant be propagated via the seed pods. A: This is yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacoris. You can...

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Morning Glory Rust – yellow powder on back of leaves – Identified

Q: This yellow stuff is on the backside of my morningglory leaves. When you rub it it seems to be like a yellow pollen. A: It is morningglory rust. Rust disease attacks many ornamental plants. One way to manage it...

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Tiger Lily Bulbils – Identified

Q: What is this flower and what are the black, bead-type things on the stalk? A: It is a tiger lily. The black things are called bulbils and can be planted exactly as you would seed. Lilies, of course, have...

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How To Cut Back My Huge Buckeye

Q: My buckeye lost its shade when two old pines were removed. Now it has absolutely taken over a side of my yard, covering everything in sight: azaleas, nandina, weeds, etc. The buckeye has white flower spikes in June. Should...

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