Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

Iris – Propagating with seed

Q: I have several beds of small purple iris. All the stalks have seed pods. They have dried up and there are several seeds in each one. I have about all the iris plants I can handle, but would like...

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Groundcovers – alternatives to grass

Q: I am curious about using plants other than grasses for an open area in my backyard. I have heard you describe on your radio show the idea of using dwarf mondo grass but the relatively high cost makes me...

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Rosemary – Recommended varieties

Q: I have a lovely eighteen-inch wide decorative pot I wish to center in the middle of an herb bed. I would like to plant an evergreen in this pot. It gets full sun ALL day! What would you recommend?...

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Cherrylaurel – Leaf Spot

Q: We have a Carolina cherrylaurel in our backyard. It has some brownish-gold spots as well as some small holes in the leaves. It gets early morning and afternoon sun with spotty shade most of the rest of the day....

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Confederate Rose – Identification

Q: This plant was given to me by a friend whose house was about to be torn down and he called it a “Cotton Rose” but wasn’t sure. The first day the bloom is white with a yellow center, the...

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Caterpillar – Predicting Winter Weather

Q: Please help me with folklore predictions of how the weathers will be. One of the things I’ve always heard about are the black woolly caterpillars, but don’t know which one means that the winter will be bad. I saw...

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Pinecone Ginger

Q: I was recently in Bainbridge. A lady was making a flower arrangement with “flowers” I have not seen before. The flower looked like a six-inch tall pine cone on a very thick stem. She called this a pine cone...

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Pansy – Nitrate Nitrogen

Q: I want to revisit the continuing saga of how to fertilize pansies in the winter. You have written and mentioned on the radio that pansies should be fertilized with any product that has a moderate concentration of “nitrate” nitrogen....

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Pansy – Wilting in Cold Weather

Q: Can you give me some information on pansies and how they stay alive during the freezing weather? Do they have plant anti-freeze in them? Does the water go down to the roots at night? A: Pansies are members of...

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Zoysia – Fertilizing in Winter

Q: I heard you say on your radio program in October not to fertilize zoysiagrass again this year. On Nov. 1 my lawn maintenance company called to ask permission (this is not a scheduled round) to treat our zoysiagrass lawn with...

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Lemon Grass – Winter care

Q: I have a large planter full of West Indian Lemon Grass (Cymbopogan citratus) and live in Brookhaven(Dekalb County). I understand Lemon Grass is a tender perennial. How do I take care of it over the winter? Should I wait...

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Viburnum- ‘Winterthur’

Q: I would like to know the name of the particular Viburnum you mentioned that your cohorts ooohhed and ahhhhed over at the mere mention of the species. A: The viburnum was...

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Hibiscus – Winter care

Q: I want to know what to do with Hibiscus plants this winter. I lost one last year and we planted some new ones and I want to know how to save them for next spring. A: If it is...

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Moss Lawn – Care

Q: I have, quite by accident, created a very beautiful moss lawn in my very shady front yard. My question is how can I kill the weeds that crop up on top of the moss? Is there a spray that...

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Citrus Trees – Winter Care

Q: I have several citrus trees in the back yard-orange, grapefruit and lemon. They all bear fruit, but I am sure that there is something I should do over the winter months. I haven’t been able to find any literature...

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Composting – In Plastic Bags

Q: If I leave my shredded leaves in a plastic bag outdoors and punch small holes in the bag so rain water will wet them, will they compost by spring? A: The leaves will eventually decompose into compost but I...

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Mirliton Squash

Q: I listened to your radio discussion of the mirliton squash a few weeks ago and wondered what was the resolution of how to plant it. Do you plant the whole thing? Will it grow here? A: The beauty of...

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Caladium – Flowers

Q: I have red and green leaved caladium plants and to my surprise they bloomed this year! The flower is like, but larger than, a peace lily flower. It had an upright thing in the middle. I did not know...

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