Posts Tagged ‘bulbs’

Plum – Blooms Frozen

Q: For the past few years, my plum tree has started to show its blooms in the middle of January. Prior to the snow this January it began to do the same thing. I know that it has a lot...

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Tulip – Reblooms Each Year

Q: I have an amazing tulip that not only grows back every year, it gets bigger each time it grows back. Two years ago a tulip outside my front door in full sun on the west side of my home...

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Lawn – Wild Onion Control

Q: What can I do to rid my bermudagrass lawn of an infestation of wild onions? I’m a transplant from Illinois and have not faced this type of problem with my turf before. A: As with any weed, you have...

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Multiplier Onions

Q: Where can I find old-fashioned multiplying onions? All the local seed and feed stores have shallots. A: I doubt you’ll find them locally. Multiplier onions are also called potato onions. As their name suggests, the bulbs multiply, forming offsets...

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Star of Bethlehem – Identification

Q: This is a flower that has come up in my bed. Could you please help me identify it? A: It’s called Star of Bethlehem, Ornithogalum umbellatum. Although the flowers are pretty. Some folks consider the plant a weed in...

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Herbs – Growing Indoors

Q: I would like to grow some herbs indoors. The only spots I have are a south eastern facing window that receives good morning sun only. What herbs, if any, would work in those areas. I have an 18 inch...

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Houseplant – Adding Extra Light

Q: I have had a split leaf philodendron, named Priscilla, for over 12 years. During the winter I keep it in a corner of my living room where it does not get very much light. In the winter many of...

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Saffron Crocus – Identification

Q: I heard that the very expensive saffron spice is just the stamen of the crocus bulb. Can I collect them from my garden each spring and use them in my cooking or will I poison myself? A: It’s correct...

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Pregnant Onion – Identification

Q: What exactly is a pregnant onion? A: There are lots of different species of onion. Some are edible and some are not but two different plants are called “pregnant onion.” In the first place, there are three kinds of...

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Onions – Transplanting

Q: A local store is selling onions for transplanting into the garden. It’s too early isn’t it? A: I drive past green-spotted bermudagrass lawns every day that prove that onions are perfectly happy in cold weather. Indeed, you can plant...

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Sprouting – Fluorescent Bulbs

Q: I have my seed packets in hand, ready to start sprouting plants for my spring garden. But I am so confused as to what kind of fluorescent bulbs to buy. Everywhere I look, a different kind of bulb is...

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Long Day Onion- Bulbing

Q: I purchased ‘Sweet Spanish Yellow Utah Jumbo’ onion seeds from a big box retailer. After planting I found out this is a “long day” onion. Will they bulb next summer? If not, why would this store sell them in...

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Daffodils- Transplanting

Q: I recently moved but beforehand I had ordered some daffodils. The landscaping was not completed so I had to plant the bulbs in a vacant lot next door. They have come up and are beautiful, but I want to...

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Squirrels- Prevention

Q: Is there anything that I can do to prevent squirrels from digging up my bulbs that I plant this fall? A: The easiest thing to do is plant the bulbs and then cover the spot with 1″ mesh chicken...

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Daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs – Planting

Q: I have daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs that I haven’t managed to get in the ground yet. I most likely won’t have the opportunity to do so for another month. Would it be okay to plant them in mid-January?...

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Magic lily – Growth sequence

Q: Five years ago I planted several “Magic Lily” bulbs. Every spring the leaves come up on cue. They die back in the summer, but no flowers come up in fall. What is wrong with this picture? A: Magic Lily,...

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Tulip – Bulb Replacing

Q: My wife put tulip and daffodil bulbs in planters last fall. This spring they bloomed very nicely. Can we replant the bulbs? A: You can transplant daffodil bulbs after the leaves start turning yellow in mid-May. Tulips don’t usually...

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Crocus bulb – Cooking

Q: I heard that the very expensive saffron spice is just the stamen of a crocus bulb. Can I collect them from my garden each spring and use them in my cooking or will I poison myself? A: It’s correct...

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