Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

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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Bleeding Heart- Identification

Q: Last May my husband and I were on vacation in Naples, Florida. Our condo courtyard had a particular climbing plant called bleeding heart, with beautiful dark green leaves and white flowers. I dug up some baby plants and they...

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Veitchii- Planting

Q: I have a ‘Veitchii’ gardenia that was given to me two Christmases ago. It has lived in the house since then, except for summering on the porch. It has done well, but it is a struggle in the winter...

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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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Plumosa Fern- Protection

Q: I purchased a plumosa fern from a grocery on a whim and it has turned out to be a fabulous fern. It’s unique because it is lacy and a luscious dark green. What do I do to protect it...

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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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Dahlias- Seasons

Q: I’m confused about whether or not to store dahlias for the winter. Will they make it through an Atlanta winter or should I dig them up? A: I’ve had them freeze in winter several times so I recommend that...

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Fireweed – Identification

Q: This weed is nasty. If you touch it, it doesn’t stop stinging for 4 hrs. It came to our pasture in hay from south Georgia. It has jumped from one small spot to several large ones. I tried 2,4-D...

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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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Agaves- Location

Q: Will agaves grow in Georgia? A: Some species of agave (century plant) grow well in Georgia, particularly in the southern half of the state. In metro Atlanta most are done in by poor drainage in winter. If you want...

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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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Weeping Willow- Planting

Q: I’m thinking of planting a weeping willow. The site is near a stream and is the wettest part of the yard when it rains. Are there any problems with this tree? A: It sounds like you have a good...

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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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Butterfly Bushes- Planting

Q: Earlier this summer I planted three butterfly bushes in my full sun front yard. One looked great after planting but is now all brown and dry. Would it be too late to try to plant a new one? A:...

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Bougainvillea’s- Blooming

Q: I purchased two one-gallon bougainvillea’s in late April in full bloom. I have kept them in their original containers in full sun. The initial blooms fell off within two weeks and they have not come back. Do you have...

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Crapemyrtle- Blooming

Q: I used to live in Alpharetta and loved the crapemyrtles. Now I’m in Ohio ( Zone 5). I planted a ‘Red Rocket’ crapemyrtle last fall. In the spring the trunks were dead but healthy sprouts have come up from...

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Roses- Fragrance

Q: Where can I get roses that actually smell like roses? I am tired of smelling nothing! Why do growers breed the fragrance out of roses? A: Rosarian Jim Kelley says the rose breeders do not intentionally “breed out” fragrance....

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Kwansan cherry tree- Planting

Q: I’m in a quandary. I received a ten-foot tall ‘Kwansan’ cherry tree for my birthday. Should I go ahead and plant it in the face of watering restrictions? Plus, I’m going to be on vacation next week. A: If...

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