Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

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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Fountain Grass – Overwintering

Q: I planted purple fountain grass this year. Will it come back next year? A: Purple fountain grass is a perennial in south Florida but it doesn’t have a chance of surviving an Atlanta winter outdoors. That is actually a...

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Grape – Recommended Varieties

Q: What grapes varieties would you recommend growing in the Atlanta area for eating, jellies, and jams? Also, where can they be purchased? A: There are two types of grapes from which to choose: muscadines and bunch grapes. Muscadines are...

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Poinsettia – Care After Winter

Q: I have successfully held over three poinsettia plants in a window greenhouse for four years. Every year they get bright red bracts. Needless to say they are now very leggy. When is a good time to cut them back...

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Aucuba – Wilting

Q: We live on a shady lot and have a lot of aucuba plants around our small lawn. Some of the aucuba have leaves that are turning black and wilting. Does this mean they are dying? A: If it makes...

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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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Rose – Seed

Q: I just picked the rose hips off of my climbing ‘Fourth of July’ rose. Are the hips actually the seeds of the plant? If so what do I do with them? When and how should they be planted? A:...

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Grapefruit – Growing

Q: Early this summer I planted some grapefruit seed in a pot. Much to my surprise, one of them sprouted! Now what should I do with it for the winter? A: A little bit of Florida right here in Atlanta!...

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Kiwi – Growing

Q: I have had a kiwi vine for five years. Last summer, it had its first bloom. Is there anything I can do to make it bloom and bear fruit? A: Growing a kiwi is surely a task for a...

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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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Cane Begonia – Overwintering

Q: How can I over winter Dragon Wing begonias? I hate seeing them in the compost pile after the first big freeze. A: Dragon Wing begonia, Begonia x hybrida, and angel wing begonia, Begonia coccinea are very attractive, cane-forming begonia...

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Snake – Skins

Q: My neighbor found three big snake skins in his attic. We called a pest control company but they said they don’t handle snake calls. Can you tell me the name of a company that will help us eliminate snakes?...

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Mango – Growing

Q: I planted two mango seeds which have sprouted in pots. Will they grow into a tree shape or a bush? A: Since a mango plant will not survive outdoor winter temperatures in Atlanta, you had better raise your mango...

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Basil – Preserving

Q: How do I preserve basil leaves? A: Pull your plants before frost and hang in a cool place until the leaves are completely dry. They can be crumbled and stored in a jar for winter use. You could also...

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Shrub – Planting in Winter

Q: What should be done with shrubs that are purchased just before severe cold? Is it better to leave them in the garage until warmer weather or would I be safe putting them in the ground? A: Up North, where...

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Agapanthus – Care

Q: I got an agapanthus from a friend in south Georgia. Is it hardy enough to plant outside? I have it indoors now. A: Agapanthus is also called “Lily of the Nile”. It is a member of the amaryllis family...

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Amaryllis – Forcing for Christmas

Q: I have an amaryllis that bloomed this past spring and the leaves look very healthy now. How can I make it bloom this Christmas? A: All you have to do is fool the bulb into thinking it’s spring in...

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English Ivy – Remove from Trees

Q: I have a question about the best way to manage ivy. In particular, I am looking for some advice on how to trim ivy down from the base of trees so that the ivy doesn’t grow too high. How...

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