Outdoor Flowers and Foliage

Thorny Three-Leaf Orange Plants With Fuzzy Yellow Fruits

Q: I have a bunch of thorny three-leaf orange plants with lots of fuzzy yellow fruit on my property. Are they worth anything? What’s the best way of getting rid of them? A: I have heard of farmers planting trifoliate...

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Moving Potted Hibiscus During The Spring

Q: We have six potted hibiscus that we move in and out of our home every fall and spring. We usually have to cut them way back to fit them into our warm basement area where they get six hours...

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Caring For Oakleaf Hydrangea In The Winter?

Q: I rooted an oakleaf hydrangea from an outdoor plant. It is doing well: growing and throwing out new leaves. What care would you suggest for the winter?  A: You can plant it in a sunny spot outdoors but the...

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How To Control Leaf Rollers On Canna Lilies?

Q: I sprayed my canna lilies with insecticide every two weeks to control leaf rollers. Is there something better I could be doing?  A: The cigar-rolled leaves of a canna infested with leaf rollers are really ugly. In addition to...

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How Do I Keep My Coneflowers Alive?

Q: I planted a dozen beautiful coneflowers of different colors last year. The label said they are perennial but the six that came back this spring gradually died in summer. The soil is well-drained and I only watered when things...

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Can I Prune My Climbing Rose Now Or Should I Wait?

Q: I have an old climbing rose I forgot to prune after it bloomed in May. Can I still prune it this late in the year or should I wait until next year?  A: If it needs major surgery, it...

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Should I Put My Bromeliad In The Sun?

Q: My new bromeliad gets light directly through a window for an hour in the morning but the rest of the day there’s no direct light. The leaves are turning brown and it looks very unhappy with me.  A: Generally...

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What Are The White Fuzzy Things Floating All Over Cartersville?

Q: What are the white fuzzy things floating all over Cartersville?  A: They are hackberry woolly aphids. Paul Pugliese, University of Georgia Extension agent in Bartow County, says “We had lots of rain this year. This equaled more sap flow...

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Would A Daphne Grow In Morning Shade And Afternoon Sun?

Q: Would a daphne grow in morning shade and afternoon sun?  A: Conventional wisdom says that daphne grows best in morning sun with shade in the afternoon, particularly in the southern United States. But one daphne in my neighborhood does...

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Pentas – Caterpillar Damage

Q: This thing destroyed a pot of pentas. Do you recognize this unneighborly guy? A: It’s the caterpillar of a tersa sphinx moth. The moth itself is relatively large. When it flies, the wings don’t flutter like most moths, they...

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Thorny Rose – Rosette vs Glyphosate Damage

Q: Can you tell me what makes a rose sprout shoots like this? It’s an old rose, maybe 15 yrs. old. A: The thorniness reminds me of rose rosette virus. See the links here but the balls of tiny leaves...

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Jelly Bean Plant – Identification

Q: I was given a plant called a “jelly bean” plant. It has a three-lobed leaf and flowers like a hibiscus. I found a nursery in Louisiana that said it was a ‘Red Zinger’ hibiscus. I don’t know if this...

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Sago Palm – Thin Fronds in Low Light

Q: What are these coming out of the sago palm in our office? A: It’s not getting enough light. Sago palm is typically an outdoor tropical plant. The skinny new fronds are simply reaching for any light they can find....

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Controlling Lespedeza

Q: How do I control lespedeza? A: I see two kinds of lespedeza that are problematic in lawns. Annual lespedeza, Lespedeza striata, is a low-growing annual plant; it sprouts from seed each year. Sericea lespedeza, Lespedeza cuneata, is an upright...

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Planting Star Magnolias

Q: In late July, my star magnolia, planted last fall, suddenly almost completely defoliated. I kept it watered through the winter and only occasionally this summer since rain was frequent. It looked healthy in early July. Any idea what the...

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Trimming Oak Leaf Hydrangeas

Q: When should I trim my oak leaf hydrangea? How far back? A: The best time to prune is right after the flowers fade, usually in late July. Remembering that the shrub wants to be at least 6 feet high,...

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Mexican Petunia-invasive?

Q: I see clumps of tall blue flowers called Mexican petunia in my neighborhood. Everyone tells me that they are very invasive and spread rapidly. Are they really that invasive? A: Tall Mexican petunia, Ruellia brittoniana, isn’t invasive like bamboo...

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Hydrangea – Different Color Flowers

Q: This hydrangea is a volunteer that appeared last spring by our deck on a newly built house where the lot was graded. It bloomed nicely this year but the size and color of the leaves concern me. Why did...

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