Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

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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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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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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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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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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Greenhouse – Home-made

Q: We are looking at converting an outbuilding into a greenhouse. Do you know of any Web sites that provide information on managing a greenhouse? A: I have one mental picture of greenhouse owners enjoying tropical warmth in the wintertime,...

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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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Mole – In Lawn

Q: Beginning in late May, we have had moles tunneling in our lawn. We have tried bombs, metal contraptions, and poisonous liquids to no avail. Now, we are preparing to aerate and reseed fescue for fall and don’t want to...

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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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