Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Roundup Damage – On Lawn

Q: We would like to know what this disease is in our Meyer’s zoysiagrass and what we should do to get rid of the problem. We have a chemical lawn service but they have not cured it. We have two...

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Hidden Ginger – Identification

Q: My aunt gave my mother a large tree in a pot and this plant was in the pot also. My aunt doesn’t know where it came from. Mother said I could have it, but I don’t know what it...

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Shamrock (Oxalis) – Care

Q: Can I plant my St. Patrick’s day oxalis outside? If so what are the requirements? A: As you note, the common St. Patrick’s Day shamrock is actually an oxalis, typically Oxalis regnellii. I have some growing under an old...

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Aphids – On Pansy

Q: I was taking out my pansies in early April and noticed three-fourths of them were filled with small bugs. I think that they are lacebugs, but didn’t think that they were out this early. I have a problem every...

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Hollyhock – Rust

Q: I have some high mallow on which some of the leaves are turning a yellowish color with little spots on them. Can you tell me what it is? A: High mallow, Malva sylvestris, is also known as French hollyhock....

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Hydrangea – No Leaves in Winter

Q: Last summer my established hydrangeas didn’t really bloom. I assumed this was because of the drought and the shrubs were just conserving energy and would bounce back next spring. I did not prune the shrubs last summer or fall...

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Freeze Damage – Fountain Grass

Q: Last year I planted purple fountain grass. They all did great. I cut them back in November. So far this year they are doing nothing. I have been told they will not come back until late June. Is this...

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Melanga – Growing

Q: Do you know how to grow a malanga? I have tried to plant the tubers but nothing happened. A: Malanga is a tropical plant whose leaves resemble the elephant ear. The tubers are edible. They can be baked, fried...

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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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Sweet Olive (Osmanthus) – Identification

Q: This past weekend while on an afternoon walk we smelled quite a potent and sweet aroma. However, we did not see any plants, bushes, or trees in bloom. I can only describe the smell as very sweet, almost like...

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Jack-In-The-Pulpit – Raising

Q: A friend found a jack-in-the-pulpit that produced fruit this fall. I would like to know how to gather the seeds and raise more of these flowers. A: The red berries covering the end of a short stalk are typical...

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Fig Trees – Blossoms

Q: I was told by a friend that fig trees have no blossoms from which the fruit comes and it is the only fruit of which that is so. Is this true? A: Figs certainly have flowers, but their method...

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Mole – Pest Control

Q: I have had a mole problem for two years. I have tried a mole trap without success. I’ve also tried to control insects my yard to eliminate their source of food. Do you have any suggestions? A: Mole tunnels...

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Fruit Garden – For School

Q: I’m in charge of planning a fruit tree garden for elementary school students. Can you give me some ideas on fruits that will ripen before the end of May or after August? A: Not many fruit ripen in late...

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Fertilizer – Using Old Wet Stuff

Q: I found a plastic bucket in which some 10-10-10 fertilizer had spent the winter on my patio. When I opened it, I found that the granules were wet and partially dissolved, with a good bit of liquid in the...

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Peach – Pruning to Open Center

Q: What does the open center system of pruning mean? We have a peach tree that is six years old and need to know how to best prune it. A: The “open center” method of pruning a peach tree results...

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Pink Snow Mold – Identification

Q: Can you tell me if this is something I should be concerned about? These spots appeared after the grass had been dormant for quite a while. I noticed them in December. They appear pink in color and are about...

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Mistletoe – On Fringe Tree

Q: Can you tell me what this aberrant foliage is? It is growing on a fringe tree which is 10 years old and this is its first appearance. It looks like mistletoe to me but surely I must be wrong....

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