Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Amaryllis – Pollination

Q: My boss bought a dozen amaryllis for the office for Christmas. We now have six in a sunny window. My question has to do with pollination. Before the first flowers started to fade, I cut a stamen from a...

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Devil’s Backbone – Care

Q: Please advise how I might save what is left of my poor Devil’s backbone plant (Pedilanthus tithymaloides). During my wife’s fight with cancer it was totally forgotten in a dim room with no water for fifteen months. It has...

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Jade Plant – Propagation

Q: I have a jade plant that is top heavy. Is there a way to replant some of this plant to start new plants or is there a seed on the plant? A: Jade plants do have seeds but getting...

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Pre-emergent – Failure

Q: I have a bermudagrass lawn, about two and one-half years old. I put down pre-emergent in the fall and even used the weed killer hose spray for weeds. I had the lawn aerated also. Presently, I have numerous henbit...

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Dogwood – Sprouts on Trunk

Q: I have a dogwood tree in partial shade which looks healthy enough except that leaves started growing out of the trunk. I thought it was a vine growing up the tree. Someone told me it had a virus called...

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Verbena – Rejuvenating Homestead Purple

Q: For two consecutive years I have planted ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena and it dies without fail, even though I don’t cut it back until March. I love this plant and am having a hard time finding a substitute that blooms...

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Banana Growth

Q: I would like to grow edible bananas. I could bring them indoors during the winter. Can you recommend a variety? A: A recent caller to my radio show said he had small banana fingers showing on his bloom stalk...

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Hosta – Variegated Turning Green

Q: I have several hostas that once had a green center and white edge but each year the variegation seems to fade more and more. In fact, some of them are solid green this year. I have some of the...

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Photinia – Pruning

Q: When is the best time to trim my red tip photinia shrubs back? Mine was really nice until the last couple of years. I think their decline was caused by cutting them back at the wrong time. Any tips?...

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Pomegranate – Growing

Q: I am keeping a pomegranate plant in a large pot. During winter I move it indoors. I love this plant and want to see it grow in my garden. Please advise if the plant would be tolerant of the...

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Sunroom – Low-E Glass and Plant Health

Q: I recently built a sunroom on the south side of my house and used Low-E glass because it keeps out most of the heat from the sun. I didn’t think about it at the time but will it also...

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Poinsettia – Forcing

Q: I have three poinsettia plants which I’ve kept for four years. Last year, they changed color in the summer. How can I get them to change color at Christmas? A: Your poinsettias were only doing what comes naturally when...

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Bougainvillaea – Care

Q: Last year I planted two beautiful bougainvillaeas in my garden. I cut them back before the first frost, hoping they would return. I have yet to see any regrowth though they were well covered with pine straw. Do you...

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Amaranth – Summer Poinsettia

Q: This plant grows in the garden in front of Crawford Long Hospital. Is it a coleus? The leaves and stem look similar but only the top leaves are bright red … almost like a poinsettia. It’s very showy, whatever...

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Crapemyrtle – Moving

Q: I have four big crapemyrtles, about ten foot tall. Due to construction activity, they need to be moved. When should I transplant them and should they be pruned before or after the move? All four of them are going...

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Muscadine – Transplanting Wild One

Q: July 27, 1996 – When is the best time to transplant a wild muscadine vine out of the woods? A: In my opinion, it is never a good time to transplant a wild muscadine vine. Why? Because they simply...

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Blueberry – No Fruit

Q: I bought four varieties of blueberry last year. They all had fruit then but they had none this year. What could have been the problem? A: If you had a late freeze this spring, the cold weather could have...

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Birch – Planting

Q: I am new to the Atlanta area and will be starting a garden from scratch. The lot where we are building has no trees and I need some assistance as to the best species and varieties to plant. Is...

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