Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

New Plants- Watering

Q: When is the best time to water new plants such as begonias, daylilies, black eyed Susan, etc? Is it an old wives tale that you should not water in the evening? We have hundreds of new plants and it...

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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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Dark Eyes Fuchsia- Planting

Q: I have a ‘Dark Eyes’ Fuchsia and would like to plant it in the yard. Is this a wise thing to do? A: You are welcome to plant it but I can’t guarantee success. In the first place, fuchsia...

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Fertilizers- Annuals

Q: How can someone know which combination of fertilizer numbers is right for each shrub, perennial, ground cover or annuals? Is there a list? A: Despite the plethora of tomato fertilizers, azalea fertilizers, lawn fertilizers, orchid fertilizers, citrus fertilizers, etc,...

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Hemlock Trees- Maintenance

Q: We planted twenty hemlock trees six years ago. We have lost a few but for the most part they have done well. It seems this summer that they are not as green and are not growing like they have...

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Miss Muffett Caladium- Overwinter

Q: Will ‘Miss Muffett’ caladium overwinter in Chatham county? I had regular begonias go through last winter and emerge this spring for a good summer show. A: ‘Miss Muffett’ caladium is a chartreuse dwarf with red spots on the leaves....

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Cipollini Onion- Growth

Q: I am interested in growing cipollini onions. They’re the little flattened ones from Italy that look like little Vidalias. When should I try to plant seeds? A: I’ve never grown them, but according to one source, cipollinis are “medium-sized...

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Gardening- Yard Maintenance

Q: I’m a new homeowner and don’t have any experience with gardening. I sodded bermudagrass but had some bare spots. In an attempt to fix the bare spots I accidentally seeded them with fescue. Now my yard looks pretty weird...

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Celestial Fig- Fertilizer

Q: My two-year old Celestial fig already has small figs on it. I have few other varieties but they have not yet fruited? When should I fertilize them? A: I bet you have a ‘Celeste’ not a Celestial fig. Figs...

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Angel Trumpet- Poisonous

Q: I have been told that angel trumpet plants are poisonous. Since we have a lot of small children living near us I don’t want to grow a possibly hazardous plant. A: If you’re worried about poisonous landscape plants, you’ll...

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Carpetgrass/Centipedegrass- Growth

Q: Last summer I planted a grass mixture in our newly graded lawn. It had carpetgrass to fill in quickly and centipedegrass to establish more slowly. Now I have mostly carpetgrass, quite a few blobs of centipedegrass, and a moderate...

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Petunias – Surviving Winter

Q: Last year we planted several petunias that we bought from a nursery. In full sun, they gave us fantastic blooms while spreading like crazy. This spring many are green and seem to be putting on new growth. Will they...

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English Ivy- Dieback

Q: What could cause dieback of our English ivy beds? We have lived in this house for about six years and the groundcover has always been healthy until this past summer. A: English ivy can be affected by fungal or...

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Bug- Identification

Q: I’ve noticed a large insect flying into holes already bored by carpenter bees. They are one inch long or longer and have a large head, burnt orange thorax, and black abdomen. The eyes are big and easy to see....

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Container Pond- Aboveground

Q: I want to have a container pond on my back porch. I’ve purchased a plastic planter ten inches deep and two feet long. Can I overwinter a hardy waterlily and fish in it without burying it in the ground?...

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Tree- Identification

Q: My yard is a haven for a week I do not recognize. It looks like a tiny mimosa tree. Can you offer any help? A: Weed scientists call this plant chamberbitter but I call it mimosa weed, because it...

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Stargazer Lilies- Pruning

Q: My ‘Stargazer’ lilies were beautiful this year after being planted last fall. Do I prune back the seed pods? A: Yes, but only the seed pods and faded flowers. The leaves along the tall stem are absorbing sunshine and...

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Rose packages- Blossoms

Q: I am confused about the numbers on rose plant food packages. What is the ideal number combination to achieve rose blossoms? I have two products, one with 10-60-10 and the other with 12-6-10. Which is best for my needs?...

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