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Q.My Aloe Plant Is 3 Years Old, Top Heavy, But There Are No Pups - Should all Aloe plants have pups? Indoor plant

Anonymous added on January 25, 2020 | Answered

A. Research says that aloe plants will thrive with three basic conditions: cramped roots, scant watering and sunshine. I would add that a dose of patience is important, too. It can take 5 to 6 years to get pups. This article…Read More

Q.Can I Grow A Hazelnut Tree In The Caribbean? - I heard there are different types of Hazelnut trees and was interested in growing something like the European variety. However…

Anonymous added on January 25, 2020 | Answered

A. Hazelnut trees are monoecious, meaning that they produce male and female flowers on the same plant. However they are not suited for the tropical climate, unless you can find an exception from a local supplier/grower. The tree may grow, but…Read More

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Q.I Buy Beautiful Bougainvillea With Heavy Blooms. After Having Them Several Weeks And Longer No Blooms Even Though I Feed Them. - What am I doing wrong? I have 3 plants and 2 trees with no blossoms.

Roseanna Fluet added on January 25, 2020 | Answered

A. They need a rest between bloom periods. You may be overwatering or overfertilizng. Fertilize every month in spring and summer with half-strength fertilizer. Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry. More

Q.How To Save My Holy Basil Plant - My holy basil plant has several problems but mainly the stem from the bottom is turning blackish but there seems…

Anonymous added on January 25, 2020 | Answered

A. Basil is often subject to a number of diseases, and yours sounds like fusarium wilt. The only recourse is to destroy the plant and its soil. This article should help you deal with your plant's problems: More

Q.Chayote Squash, Best For Low Temperatures - The chayote squash found in the local stores come from Mexico and have a very smooth skin. A friend grows…

Anonymous added on January 25, 2020 | Answered

A. They have a few different variations but are not cold hardy. As far as growing them... I'm afraid that you are a little too far outside of their growing zone. They will barely scrape by in zone 7 and you…Read More

Q.How Do You Germinate Perennial Flower Seeds? Do They Need Cold Stratification? - These are the perennial flowers I would like to germinate indoors and plant in the spring after the last frost.…

Anonymous added on January 25, 2020 | Answered

A. Joe Pye weed will need cold stratification and I've included instructions below. See a list of other seeds needing this treatment: All the flowers you mention have a care article on this website. Just "search" for the flower.…Read More

Q.Did It Die? Is It Possible For Regrowth? - At the beginning of the winter I left my tomato tree outside for the 3 days. I had to cut…

Anonymous added on January 24, 2020 | Answered

A. Tomato plants do die back in the winter, but if you've kept it potted indoors, you could possibly see it sprouting back when spring approaches. Make sure to remove the hardened stems and dead leaves. If the roots have not…Read More

Q.Is Our Creeping Fig Killing The Other Plants Nearby? - Last year we cleared out a section in the yard for a veggie garden. In one area there is a…

cb8189 added on January 24, 2020 | Answered

A. It could be the reason. The vine is very aggressive and requires a lot of water. It may have robbed your other plants of moisture. Yellowing can be a sign of improper watering. More

Q.How Can I Prevent Ornamental Grasses From Self-sowing, And Best Way To Kill Seedlings? - My landscape customer has about 75 ornamental grasses, and lives surrounded by woods. The grasses have been self-sowing (especially the…

Anonymous added on January 24, 2020 | Answered

A. To prevent future self-sowing of established plants, clip and discard seed heads as soon as they appear so that they don't mature, blow away and re-seed themselves. Targeted spraying with the proper herbicide should kill the unwanted seedlings. Here are…Read More

Q.GOLDFISH PLANT IS LIMP AND LOSING LEAVES - Help! My goldfish plant has started looking very weak lately. It's losing it's leaves and the tops of the branches…

Anonymous added on January 24, 2020 | Answered

A. Perhaps you've already done so, but it would be important to continue to inspect your goldfish plant's leaves very closely (maybe with a magnifying glass) to see if there is any lingering disease. Any leaves showing signs of mold or…Read More

Q.Starting Dolphin Succulent Seeds - I’m confused about starting seeds of dolphin succulent 1 recommendation is to soak seeds prior to planting and another just…

Anonymous added on January 24, 2020 | Answered

A. Generally, unless the seed shell is extremely hard, succulent and cactus seeds do not need soaking, but can be cultivated in shallow containers of damp potting soil mixed with sand, perlite or other material that will provide good drainage. These…Read More

Q.How Can I Get Rid Of Termites? - Please suggest some tips with no chemical use on plants.

ameet_kesrani added on January 24, 2020 | Answered

A. Once you have a significant termite infestation, you will need to get a qualified pest control agent out to control the damage. Home remedies will prove ineffective here, leaving you with a worse problem in the future.Read More

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