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Perennials: gladiolas, zinnias, gladiola bulbs, powdery mildew
gladiola bulbs, powdery mildew, dead plants: Hi Jamie, Thanx for the additional information. Wait another week or so for the rest of your gladioli corms to sprout. Sometimes they sprout sporadically. The ground should be moist but not soggy. You should get enough rain in Mississippi that you don...

Perennials: "golden sundrops", soil mixture, cedar mulch
soil mixture, cedar mulch, chicken manure: Yes, plant the sundrops in the ground to the same depth as they are in the planter that you bought them in. If the roots are bound -very thick and growing around the bottom of the planter, it is OK to tear them away at the bottom then plant into soil. ...

Perennials: my silver mound?, blue fescue, silver mound
blue fescue, silver mound, year one: Dear Dr. Aston, I apologize for missing the silver mound question. Mine seemed to diminish because it started rotting at the crown. Have you had a lot of rain? Does the soil drain well. Rotting is usually caused by too much water and silver mound (if...

Perennials: green flowers, annabelle hydrangea, green flowers
annabelle hydrangea, green flowers, mature plant: Bernadette, This is a question I am most often asked.Those elusive Hydrangeas just have a mind of their own and it sounds like you did just about everything you could to get some color. Cutting off the old wood will cause the plant to produce NO bloom so...

Perennials: ground cover that thrives with neglect and is colorful, burpee seed co, white flower farm
burpee seed co, white flower farm, wayside gardens: Cynthia, My first thought is anything in the Ivy family.Ivy can take any weather,no water,and just little trimming every now and then.It also is evergreen,which means it doesn t lose it s foliage in the winter. Their is an ivy that changes color in the fall...

Perennials: ground cover, lilac bushes, partial sun
lilac bushes, partial sun, amboy illinois: Sandra, OK--here I am again--I had a Garage Sale this past weekend and was able to get a list of plants for you. In the SUNNY area (dwarf to 15 ) Silver Mound Bellflower Candytuft Chrysanthemum crocus-bulb Dianthus Flax Cranesbill Geranium-perennial...

Perennials: grow Cuttings, butterfly bushes, butterfly bush
butterfly bushes, butterfly bush, plain sand: Shirley, Take the new shoots that come out in spring and cut the bottom stem at a slant.Dip it into the root tone and blow off the excess.Then stick it down into fresh pre moistened potting soil.Use a small pot for single cuttings or a larger pot for multiple...

Perennials: what to grow, master gardners, agricultural extension service
master gardners, agricultural extension service, kansas state university: Hi John, Thanx for your question. Kansas City here so we are kind of brothers no? I would like to put you in touch with the Master Gardners in St. Louis County. They can give you some incredible advice. I m associated with Kansas State University Agricultural...

Perennials: growing asiatic lillies in Alaska, rain lilies, asiatic lillies
rain lilies, asiatic lillies, asiatic lilies: Hi Ann, Thanx for your question. Asiatic lilies are hardy from zone 3-10 so you are ok. Plant the bulbs in full sun in a hole about 6-8 inches deep. I do not believe you have significant drought periods in your area but you should water the plants once...

Perennials: growing Dianthus, sphagnum moss, plastic baggie
sphagnum moss, plastic baggie, potting soil: Hi Loretta, Thanx for your question. Dianthus will reseed themselves but you can help by spreading some of the seed around yourself. Some of the seeds should germinate this spring. You can start some indoors this spring about 8 weeks before the last frost....

Perennials: growing my first lavendar plant., woody growth, blooms
woody growth, blooms, lavender: Hi Kelly, Thanx for your question. Cutting back lavender a few inches all around at a time, will encourage fuller, bushier growth. You can alwasy remove spent blooms. In the winter, cut the plant back to about 3 or 4 inches from the soil. Make sure you...

Perennials: growing green pepers, potting soil, warm temperatures
potting soil, warm temperatures, rain wind: Hello Gratziella, Thank you for your question. I have been to Scotland before but have never been to Romania. Perhaps some day. Peppers require warm temperatures in which to germinate. Press the seeds into damp but not soggy potting soil and lightly...

Perennials: growing lavendar plants, lavendar plants, costa brava
lavendar plants, costa brava, google: Anne, Wow.I have no idea where Costa Brava is.Sorry,but I live in Western Ky. in zone 6 of the US.If I were you I would go to www.google.com and type in a direct search for plants to grow in Costa Brava or www.ask.co and type in What plants can be grown...

Perennials: growing plants from seed, hollyhock seeds, growing plants from seed
hollyhock seeds, growing plants from seed, google search: Hi Leon, Thanx for your question. There are a lot of resources on the Internet. You can do a Google search (Google.com) and type in e.g. Pansy Seed Germination (many sites will come up with all kinds of info) or Hollyhock seed germination. You can also...

Perennials: Hardy Hibiscus, crown rot, wet feet
crown rot, wet feet, root rot: Hi Pat, thanx for your question. It sounds like either a parasite or some kind of bacterial infestation. Did you notice if there were any insects invading the plant. These plants are usually pretty tough. Does your soil drain well so you don t get root...

Perennials: Hardy Hibscus and Daisy tree, hardy hibiscus, hibiscus tree
hardy hibiscus, hibiscus tree, hibscus: Hardy Hibiscus is just what it sounds like - Hardy - unless you ve been growing it in a pot. In that case, it needs to be placed in the ground for the winter, or at least placed in a well sheltered location, where the pot won t freeze solid. Long Island...

Perennials: Hardy item for a large planter, hardy perennials, whiskey barrel
hardy perennials, whiskey barrel, yucca plant: David, I know what you mean about college mischief.I live in a college town also. Yuccas would be one solution but they can really hurt if you aren t watching where you are going you could easily run into it and it can draw blood. Another great ornamental...

Perennials: Hardy Mums, hardy mums, compact shape
hardy mums, compact shape, hi bob: Hi Bob, Thanx for your question. I won t laugh. ;o) Next year, when your mums begin to grow again, allow them to grow about 8 or 10 inches tall and then cut them back to 4-6 inches. Take the cuttings and stick them in the soil and keep them watered but...

Perennials: Healthy Hollyhocks, northern massachusetts, hollyhocks
northern massachusetts, hollyhocks, sorry tom: Hi Caterina, Thanx for yur question. There are not many products that will successfully protect your hollyhocks from bugs. There are several insecticides from Ortho you can try for flowering plants. Look for insecticides that have pyrethrum in them. This...

Perennials: Heather, winter thanks, canadian winters
winter thanks, canadian winters, canadian winter: Zone 5 is -20 to -10 degree F & -29 to -23 degrees C. Heather should survive, but I do not know what Zone you are in. There are some very cold spots in Canada that would be considered a Zone 4 or even a Zone 2 or 3, VERY COLD! So you need to ask around...

Perennials: Hedges, hedgetrimmer, proper time
hedgetrimmer, proper time, hedges: Hi David, Thanx for the follow up. If it is a blooming hedge, wait until the hedge has stopped blooming. If it is just a regular hedge, you may trim it any time. If you are going to do some severe pruning wait until early fall or right after the last frost...

Perennials: Heliotropes, hardy perennials, tender perennials
hardy perennials, tender perennials, flowers and leaves: Hi Carrie, Thanx for your question. It s okay that you pruned your heliotropes now. One may also prune them in the early spring. Your plants should look bushy and healthy next spring. Heliotropes are originally from Peru and are hardy perennials in Zones...

Perennials: Help on choosing, hours of sun, flower bed
hours of sun, flower bed, sandy clay: Hi Jonathan, Thanx for your question. First, I need to know what part of the country you are in so I can make recommendations that are suitable for your climate. Secondly, how large is the bed? Does it get full sun, 4-6 hours of sun, more than 6 hours...

Perennials: Help!!, bluestone perennials, painted fern
bluestone perennials, painted fern, flower bed: You want flowers under these 2 trees, Angela? Or is Foliage OK with you? Hostas, Pachysandra and Ferns would love to grow under your Tree. If you re thinking an All Green Garden is boring, have a look at Hosta Guacamole (google it and you ll get a lot...

Perennials: HIBISCUS TREE CARE, room temperature water, balanced fertilizer
room temperature water, balanced fertilizer, hardy hibiscus: I guess we can assume this is a tender, Florida-loving Hibiscus? A hardy Hibiscus would be going dormant as we speak, accounting for yellow leaves. We have to know before we can proceed. Tropical Hibiscus has glossy deep green leaves and, often, huge...

Perennials: HIBISCUS TREES, miracle gro potting soil, pink buds
miracle gro potting soil, pink buds, flower colors: Congratulations on your little find. You can build a whole collection of houseplants this way -- people don t move their potted plants the way they move their sofas and chairs. Tell me please where you are writing from -- zipcode will do. And describe...

Perennials: HIBISCUS, hibiscus shrub, tropical hibiscus
hibiscus shrub, tropical hibiscus, early frost: Maureen, Great question. You did not say if it was a perennial or tropical Hibiscus.That will make a big difference I believe.The perennial type I have grown from seed but never the tropical type.I am assuming that they will germinate and grow the same but...

Perennials: Hibicus Tree, bull by the horns, hibiscus tree
bull by the horns, hibiscus tree, tree leaves: It sounds to me like this plant may be wilting -- are the branches the only droopers or are the leaves drooping as well? Wilting can be caused by lack of water of course, but it is also caused by too much water, compacted soil, or damage to the roots....

Perennials: Hibiscis Bush, tropical hibiscus, hibiscis
tropical hibiscus, hibiscis, sunny window: Are you referring to the Tropical Hibiscus? If so,no it will not survive outdoors in your zone. I have some too and I take them indoors when the temps fall below 40. If you have it in the ground you will have to dig it up and pot it in a large pot and bring...

Perennials: Hibiscis, gorgeous plants, hibiscis
gorgeous plants, hibiscis, composted materials: Jack,I just found it.It has been answered.Here it is again. Hibiscus (rose mallow) Moscheutos Question: I live in zone 5 (Trenton ont. Canada) and my wife and I planted this Hibiscus two years ago. The first year it not do very much. but this year it...

Perennials: Hibiscus, hibiscus plant, tropical hibiscus
hibiscus plant, tropical hibiscus, eastern pennsylvania: Jane, It could be a tropical Hibiscus considering it only gets 3 feet tall. Hardy perennial Hibiscus gets as tall as 10 feet.So,you need to bring it inside over the winter.It will be semi-dormant over the winter,probably will lose some leaves and may not...

Perennials: Hibiscus, cypress chips, pine needles
cypress chips, pine needles, hardy hibiscus: Hi Lin, Thanx for your question. I am going to assume this is the hardy Hibiscus moscheutos. You should mulch it heavily at least out to one foot away from the main growth and about 4-6 inches deep. You can use cypress chips or pine needles, leaves, etc....

Perennials: Hibiscus, winter beginning, hibiscus plant
winter beginning, hibiscus plant, footcandles: Hibiscus needs sun to be at its best. If yours is looking straggly , I hope you don t mean it is growing in the shade, getting leggy . It sounds however like it is not getting adequate footcandles to bloom. And that s not a good thing. You can trim...

Perennials: Hibiscus, miracle grow potting soil, tropical hibiscus
miracle grow potting soil, tropical hibiscus, late spring: Hi Bill, Thanx for your question. Stop fertilizing and make sure they get 5 to 6 hours of sunlight. Just don t let them dry out and they ll start blooming in a few weeks. Miracle Grow is great but eventually it will result in more green than blooms. Between...

Perennials: Hibiscus, fleshy roots, new roots
fleshy roots, new roots, hibiscus moscheutos: Debbie, I ve always found that my hibiscus moscheutos tend to overmultiply over time and the clumps get too congested and the new shoots each year tend to get weaker and smaller, at which time it s good to divide them. They can be sometimes a bit touchy...

Perennials: Hibiscus, fungus problem, fish bones
fungus problem, fish bones, coop extension: Those websites show extreme and exaggerated visuals that illustrate what your Hibiscus might look like. The collapsed stem you describe, all your symptoms, they sound like Botrytis to me. When Botrytis attacks seedlings, for example, the seedlings collapse...

Perennials: Hibiscus, cow manure, grass clippings
cow manure, grass clippings, hibiscus plants: Hi Jacqui, Thanx for the follow up. Please don t use that recipe. Please use organic materials such as the cured compost/horse/cow manure, grass clippings, leaves, etc. You will be pleased with the results but it will take some time for it to work. The...

Perennials: Hibiscus blooms, google image search, hibiscus blooms
google image search, hibiscus blooms, miracle gro: Hi, Pam. Unfortunately I copied your link and did not find the page you referenced. I would like to see it. Can you give the link of the page BEFORE the JPG page? Also, I am not sure where you are living. I am The Long Island Gardener for a reason...

Perennials: Hibiscus blooms, flower thrips, peony flowers
flower thrips, peony flowers, flower buds: Hello Carole, Funny that you would send your question from Florida because my one and only favorite Hibiscus Breeder is down there. And so I went to Will Soldani, who runs the famous hibiscus farm FANCY HIBISCUS (www.fancyhibiscus.com), for his sage advice....

Perennials: Hibiscus Care, phosphorous fertilizer, flower buds
phosphorous fertilizer, flower buds, hibiscus tree: Tell me, is this an INDOOR Hibiscus in a pot that you are growing in Michigan, or an OUTDOOR Rose of Sharon Hibiscus (hardy) in the ground? These can be fickle plants, especially the indoor Hibiscus. Which seem to have more trouble in the Winter -- so...

Perennials: Hibiscus Flowers, hibiscus flowers, tropical hibiscus
hibiscus flowers, tropical hibiscus, hibiscus plant: Joe, I amquite sure it is a tropical Hibiscus. But I can only assume that it needs warm outdoor temps to bring it out of it s dormancy.They need lots of sunlight and warm weather. To learn more about this plant cut and paste this link in your browser: http://www.trophibiscus.com/index.html...

Perennials: Hibiscus leaves-white-?, symptoms of shock, tender plants
symptoms of shock, tender plants, winter area: Sabrina, this is a tender Hibiscus (which are so beautiful, I agree) that you wintered indoors because you don t live in Florida where they breed these lovely plants, and now you ve put it outdoors and there are white areas on the leaves? I have heard of...

Perennials: Hibiscus PH, soil test kits, acid loving plants
soil test kits, acid loving plants, hardy hibiscus: Hi Larry, Thanx for your question. General pH should be around 6.2-6.4. If you have a blue hydrangea and want to keep it blue, you ll need a pH of about 5.2. You may have to add aluminum to the soil if it is not acidic enough. There are soil test kits...

Perennials: Hibiscus Plant's, tender plants, tropical hibiscus
tender plants, tropical hibiscus, perrenial: Sue, I need to know if they are tropical or hardy perennial.More than likely they are the tropical type because those are the ones sold in garden centers all over the nation.I have some myself. They are not hardy and will have to be brought indoors over the...

Perennials: Hibiscus plant, levittown pennsylvania, soil temps
levittown pennsylvania, soil temps, hardy cultivar: Since you live in Pennsylvania, I would expect this would have to be a hardy cultivar of Hibiscus moscheutos, a close relative of the garden shrub we call Rose of Sharon , Hibiscus syriacus, as well as Hollyhocks and Malva. Its huge red flowers do not...

Perennials: Hibiscus (rose mallow) Moscheutos, gorgeous plants, composted materials
gorgeous plants, composted materials, pine needles: Jack, Make sure it is hardy in your area.If it has already survived one winter then you should be able to grow it continuously with no problem or special care.For added insurance of it s ability to grow well,cover the base of the plant with any type of mulch(hardwood...

Perennials: Hibiscus and Sun, balanced fertilizer, beautiful blooms
balanced fertilizer, beautiful blooms, diy stores: Hi Stephanie, Thanx for your question. Keep your potted hibiscus shaded from full sun but outdoors for 10 days. After that, place the plants in direct sunlight and don t let them dry out and they will reward you with robust growth and beautiful blooms....

Perennials: Hibiscus Tree Care, growing vegetables, tropical hibiscus
growing vegetables, tropical hibiscus, hours of daylight: Hi Mark, Thanx for your question. I am in Kansas City and I have a friend down here from Bethany. I also saw a program on PBS about people in Bethany, AK growing vegetables in the summer. It was very interesting to learn how the sunlight way up north affects...

Perennials: Hibiscus Tree, fungus gnats, ants
fungus gnats, ants, bugs: The trouble with flying bugs, such as fungus gnats, is that they simply fly off the water-submerged plant, then return when it s safe. Can you give me the context of your question? Are there flying bugs you want to eliminate on houseplants you re bringing...

Perennials: Hibiscus tree, waiting in the wings, tree question
waiting in the wings, tree question, leaf drop: If you are going to do any cutting, make sure you still have leaves and/or shoot growth on the plant after you cut. Look closely at the leaves to see if they are mottled or chlorotic at all. Let me know if you have any wiggly little tiny critters, perhaps...

Perennials: Hibiscus, poor drainage, soil ph
poor drainage, soil ph, iron chlorosis: Hi Fred. I think your hibiscus has iron chlorosis. This may occur from high pH, actual deficiency of iron, over-watering, poor drainage, or some combination of these causes. First check the water in the soil. If the plant is staying too wet at the roots...

Perennials: Hibuscus Tree, holly bushes, hardy geraniums
holly bushes, hardy geraniums, grocery store manager: Six of one, half a dozen of the other - these Hibiscus need sun, but if they don t survive, that will be a moot point, won t it? The protection sounds like a good idea. But they will need a blast of sunlight if they make it through the winter and you want...

Perennials: Himalayan Poppies, poppies, thanx
poppies, thanx, plants: Hi Cm, Thanx for your question. Unfortunately, I believe the answer is no. Himalayan poppies are finicky (sp) and require a mountainous, cool, yet sunny environment. I would invite you to go ahead and try the plants indoors but it may not be successful....

Perennials: Holly plants, dwarf variety, growth habit
dwarf variety, growth habit, alberta spruce: Paul, That sounds a lot like a planting I did several years ago on a new home.It was a formal style,with boxwoods(dwarf) and an Alberta Spruce.The boxwoods are still there but we have lost many an Alberta Spruce in my 20 years of landscaping here in zone...

Perennials: Holly, holly bush, blooms
holly bush, blooms, berries: Hi Jackie, Thanx for your question. In general, you should prune the holly after it produces berries. You may prune it now but it will cut down on the blooms (if a male plant) or the berries if a female plant. Trim it just to make it look neat. Severe...

Perennials: Honey Suckle, climbing plants, new leaves
climbing plants, new leaves, garden plants: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. I would prune the plant back severaly this fall and it will generate new growth in the spring which should result in lots of new green growth and flowers. Here is a link I hope you will find helpful. http://www.greenzonelife.com/garden-plants/climbing-plants/honeysuckle.html...

Perennials: Honeysuckle won't bloom this year, italian honeysuckle, white flowers
italian honeysuckle, white flowers, first frost: Lonicera Halliana - IF this is in fact what you are growing (white flowers, strong fragrance, heavenly) - loves lots of sun and grows like crazy thanks to its humble weed pedigree. Or maybe you are growing Etruscan Honeysuckle (L. etrusca), Common Honeysuckle...

Perennials: Hosta Flowering, light soil, hey jay
light soil, hey jay, hours of sun: Hey Jay Your hostas need to have some time to cool off, up here in zone 5 (ohio) my hostas have that period when they go dormant and the next season they grow and flower. what you need to do is cut them back and dig them up and put them in a cool dry place...

Perennials: Hosta, early autumn, hi jill
early autumn, hi jill, front yard: Hi Jill, Thanx for your question. Let your hostas be. They will recover. I wouldn t cut anything off that is not completely dead. It s too late this year for them to look nice but they will reward you next year. In the future, divide hostas in late summer...

Perennials: Hostas, root ball, first frost
root ball, first frost, root system: Hi Dick, Thanx for your question. You may divide hostas in the late summer to early fall as long as there are at least 30 days before the first frost. The best way to do it is to dig up the root ball and divide it with a saw or machete into sections that...

Perennials: Hostas, insect spray, insect killer
insect spray, insect killer, killer spray: John, Insects do like hostas as well as snails at night.Snail traps are good for that.But do use an insect spray as soon as you see holes.They do mar the appearance of an otherwise beautiful plant.It isn t fatal,just unsightly.Some hostas are targeted more...

Perennials: Hostas, thick roots, soil conditions
thick roots, soil conditions, hostas: Mrs. Peet, Thanx for your question. You do not have to cut the hostas back for the fall. It will not harm the plant if you do cut the leaves back this late in the year. I wouldn t advise cutting them back earlier as the leaves do gather energy from the...

Perennials: Hostas, tall stalks, clumps
tall stalks, clumps, irises: Roxie, Well,more than likely they are fine.Hostas usually slow their growth by summer s end and after they bloom those tall stalks with blooms,they are spent and ready for winter.They stop growing at all after bloom.They go dormant in the winter just like...

Perennials: Hostas and freeze, day lilies, hard freeze
day lilies, hard freeze, mild winter: Hi Dennis, Thanx for your question. The same thing happened to me and my hostas are already coming back (amongst other things). Hostas, day lilies and others have the abilitity to come back several times due to a late winter or an early spring. I hope...

Perennials: Hostas and Heuchera landscape design, visual anchor, coral bells
visual anchor, coral bells, landscape designers: Pat, Although it is the height of the busy season for landscape designers, David F. Delardi, CLA ASLA, known for his elegant solutions in residential and commercial projects in New Jersey, describes his approach. He says: Hosta and Heuchera do go well...

Perennials: Hostas Need Help, sodium bicarbonate, hungry insects
sodium bicarbonate, hungry insects, golden tiara: Bill, It sounds like insects are having a heydey at your hostas. I know the feeling. I just sprayed all of mine. Go to the garden center of your choice and buy some insecticidal soap.It comes in a ready to spray formula. It is very mild and will not hurt...

Perennials: Hostas, lambs ear, blooms
lambs ear, blooms, hostas: HI AND THANKYOU FOR THE QUESTION, I MYSELF DON T LIKE THE BLOOMS ON MY HOSTAS, AND I ALWAYS CUT MINE OFF. I HAVE NEVER HAD TROUBLE AFTER I CUT MINE EITHER. SOME PEOPLE DO LET THE BLOOMS STAY, BUT TO ME THEY ARE AS USELESS AS THE LAMBS EAR BLOOMS. ...

Perennials: Hubiscus Leaves, hardy hibiscus, cheese effect
hardy hibiscus, cheese effect, leaf miners: Hi Tim, Thanx for your question. The pest could include a number of insects such as spider mites, slugs who knows. Just use a general insecticide approved for flowering plants. This is available at Walmart or one of the big hardware stores. Ortho makes...

Perennials: HYBISCUS WINTERIZATION, hardy hibiscus, beautiful blooms
hardy hibiscus, beautiful blooms, thirsty plant: Depends on whether you are talking about a Hardy or atropical Tender Hibiscus, my friend. Hardy Hibiscus is one tough plant that needs no preparation for the cold weather. Just don t try to prune it (stimulates growth) or fertilize it (ditto) past this month...

Perennials: HYBISCUS, hybiscus tree, hybiscus flowers
hybiscus tree, hybiscus flowers, liver enzymes: The only plant that I can find which comes close to being poisonous is Thespesia populnea, which resembles a Malva (www.boxerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59397), but is another species. I only mention it in the event that perhaps you have one of these...

Perennials: HYDRANGEA - NO BLOOM, planting hydrangeas, acid loving plants
planting hydrangeas, acid loving plants, fertilizing your lawn: Hi Kim, Thanx for your question. Planting in partial shade for hydrangeas only applies to parts of the country where it gets really hot. If I were planting hydrangeas in New England, I think they would need full sun. That s why you re not getting blossoms....

Perennials: Hybiscis care, soil dries, hybiscus plant
soil dries, hybiscus plant, flower bud: Hi Gloria, Thanx for your question. Yes, you may plant your hibiscus in a larger pot. Don t worry about the yellow leaves. This will stop soon. Water the plant each time the top of the soil dries out. Be careful not have the roots constantly exposed...

Perennials: Hybiscus, summer heat wave, life is full of surprises
summer heat wave, life is full of surprises, enormous quantities: Hello Norma - I happen to love yellow Hibiscus flowers so this is a question I want to get to right away. Before the brownout descends again and the computer crashes. Life is full of surprises these days. I want to clarify your description of the problem:...

Perennials: Hybiscus, room temperature water, balanced fertilizer
room temperature water, balanced fertilizer, hungry plants: Tender, Florida-style Hibiscus are thirsty, hungry plants. Deep, regular soaking with room-temperature water, spiked with a little fertilizer, will keep your tender Hibiscus happy all fall and winter. Put a deep tray under the pot, rather than the usual...

Perennials: Hybiscus, plant pot, sunny spot
plant pot, sunny spot, hibiscus: Sun is probably at the root (sorry, couldn t help it!) of your problem. But don t discount other potential contributors. Is this plant pot-bound? Check the roots. Does the plant need to be pinched -- the top pruned, perhaps 3 inches, to open up lower...

Perennials: Hybiscus Tree, hibiscus tree, clay soil
hibiscus tree, clay soil, flower bed: OK - We can cross off a slew of suspects that would cause this kind of damage. Thanks for your detailed list. First, your Clay Soil has its pros and its cons. The best Soil in the world has a substantial amount of Clay, because Clay is the only way to...

Perennials: Hybiscus Tree, cold location, hibiscus tree
cold location, hibiscus tree, sunny state: John, if you would please clarify for me what you mean by drooping maybe we can solve this problem. Are the upper branches wilting? Are the leaves wilting, too? Is this Hibiscus being grown outdoors, in a cold location like Maine or Connecticut or...

Perennials: Hybiscus trouble, middlefield ohio, leaf mulch
middlefield ohio, leaf mulch, clay soil: Hi Kim, Thanx for your question. I live in Kansas City and have a lot of clay soil also but clay soil isn t all that bad as some of the so-called experts say. I grow all kinds of stuff in my clay soil, even vegetables! As for the hibiscus, many times a...

Perennials: Hybiscus, potted hibiscus, hardy hibiscus
potted hibiscus, hardy hibiscus, tropical hibiscus: Doris, If it is a potted Hibiscus it is more than likely a tropical plant.Hardy Hibiscus are not suited for potting so I can assume yours is tropical,which means it can t survive outdoors in the winter. If you have a fairly well lighted room with a sunny...

Perennials: Hydgreana, hydrangea, blooms
hydrangea, blooms, darlene: Hi Darlene, Thanx for your question. You should not cut off the blooms of the hydrangea in order to increase blooms. If you just put the plant in last year. It will take it a couple of years before it will bloom profusely. Next year should bring more...

Perennials: Hydrandeas, growing geraniums, sized tomatoes
growing geraniums, sized tomatoes, miracle gro: Tonya my friend, Rome was not built in a day. Those are BABY Hydrangeas growing in your garden. Give them time, dear. They will grow up - bigger every year. Easy on the Miracle Gro. Best thing to do for those Hydrangeas is give them good, healthy...

Perennials: Hydranga Bloom, cow manure, soggy soil
cow manure, soggy soil, added nutrients: Hi Joan, Thanx for your question. If you are pruning the hydrangea in the spring this could reduce blooming. Always prune after the plant has bloomed. Be careful not to prune too severely has this can inhibit blooming the following year. Feed the hydrangea...

Perennials: Hydranga blooms, miracid, walmart
miracid, walmart, diy stores: Hi Tami, Thanx for your question. If you are pruning the tree before it blooms (like in the early spring or anytime before blooms are to appear, you are cutting off the buds without realizing it. Is the bush big and unruly? It is okay to prune it back...

Perennials: Hydrangea, bloom color, clay soil
bloom color, clay soil, potting soil: Shirley, There are several types of Hydrangea.The most commonly sold at garden centers is the macrophylla species,which originated in Korea. They prefer partial shade and moist,well drained soil.If you have a clay soil you should add some good fresh potting...

Perennials: Hydrangea, flowering shrubs, hydrangeas
flowering shrubs, hydrangeas, frosts: Hi John, Thanx for your question. Does you area often experience late frosts? If so, these late frosts will kill the old wood which is where your blooms will be. This often happens with little or no effect on the roots and when the weather warms up, the...

Perennials: Hydrangea, acid loving plants, acidic compounds
acid loving plants, acidic compounds, lawn fertilizers: Hi Quint, Thanx for your questions. When you say you used bluing formula, are you talking about acidic compounds to bring out a blue flower? When you replaced the lawn, did you use any fertilizers or other chemicals that could have come into contact with...

Perennials: Hydrangea, trees and shrubs, flowering trees
trees and shrubs, flowering trees, prune: Hi Sharada, Thanx for your question. Don t prune the bush too severely. Blooms will come off of new growth so only prune enough to keep it shapely but don t prune it down to far. Then in the early spring, start fertilizing it with a fertilizer made for...

Perennials: Hydrangea, flowering shrubs, beautiful flowers
flowering shrubs, beautiful flowers, early spring: Hi Jeff, Thanx for your question. I apologize for not getting to you sooner. In general, prune flowering shrubs right after they finish flowering. Prune only enough to clean up and dead or unkempt branches (just neaten up the appearance). Usually, the...

Perennials: Hydrangea, hydrangea plants, moist soils
hydrangea plants, moist soils, boston ma area: Hi Jerry, Thanx for your question. Have you checked the pH of your soil? Hydrangeas require an acidic soil. Also, the soil should be moist and not dried out. Hydrangeas like moist soils in partial shade. Get a box of Miracid from Walmart or Home Depot...

Perennials: Hydrangea, compost mulch, soluble plant food
compost mulch, soluble plant food, woody branches: Ralph, Hydrangeas are beautiful and sometimes unpredictable,even to me,a seasoned gardener. If it is a big leaf Hydrangea(macrophylla) which are the most common.They will be all different shades of pinks,lavenders,blues and sometimes I have seen a big surprise...

Perennials: Hydrangea, mathilda gutges hydrangea, plastic pot
mathilda gutges hydrangea, plastic pot, zone 5a: Wendy, I have no personal experience with that particular type of Hydrangea.Mostly I have experience with the big leaf macrophylla Hydrangeas. I am going to give you some links to find out more info on your particular cultivar.I am quite certain however that...

Perennials: Hydrangea, terra cotta pot, spider mites
terra cotta pot, spider mites, potted hydrangea: Chris, can you tell me WHEN and WHERE you placed your potted, rooted Hydrangea cutting outside ? Was it, say, mid-December in Rhode Island? Mid-January in Palm Beach? Plants being wintered outside in a cold region need to harden off . If you have done...

Perennials: Hydrangea, nitrogen fertilizers, fish emulsion
nitrogen fertilizers, fish emulsion, top dressings: Fear not. My best guess is that your Hydrangea will stir in the next few weeks. But what were you thinking???? Give this one at least another year to bloom at all. Earth-friendly Nitrogen fertilizers in the form of Fish Emulsion or Blood Meal will...

Perennials: Hydrangea, hydranga, green leaves
hydranga, green leaves, hyacinths: Hi Wanda, Thanx for your question. I think just about all of us in the U.S. had a late freeze. I know it set a lot of my stuff back and totally nuked my tulips and hyacinths. Your hydrangea is fine but it has been shocked and you should expect several...

Perennials: Hydrangea Bush, hydrangea diseases, soil bed
hydrangea diseases, soil bed, thirsty plants: Jeff, ever talk to a Tech Support person about a problem with your computer? Notice that 99 percent of the time the answer is: Have you tried rebooting your computer? Now, let s go to your poor, sick Hydrangea. The one that was doing so well until...

Perennials: Hydrangea Leaves, soggy soil, growing plants
soggy soil, growing plants, ugly brown: Hi Nancy, Thanx for your question and thanx for your confidence in my assistance. I appreciate it and it is gratifying to know that others enjoy the same pleasure I get from growing plants. Yes, you may remove the brown tipped leaves any time. Don t prune...

Perennials: Hydrangea/Mophead, oakleaf hydrangea, beautiful blooms
oakleaf hydrangea, beautiful blooms, mophead: Pam, It is probably an Oakleaf Hydrangea.It sounds like it anyway.If the blooms are elongated instead of round and the blooms go through the color changes you mentioned.DO NOT prune the old wood. In other words,you can cut off the blooms as much as you want,but...

Perennials: Hydrangea Paniculata, japanese tree lilac, hydrangea paniculata
japanese tree lilac, hydrangea paniculata, tiny flowers: What ever are we doing indoors on our computers on a beautiful summer day like today, Lynn? I don t think you mentioned your previous work down here -- but your approach did sound a cut above the usual why are my tulips not blooming in July? questions...

Perennials: Hydrangea Paniculata, transplant shock, pink diamond
transplant shock, pink diamond, nursury: Lynn, Thanks for giving out your address. I do remember the strange expert .It was like she was competing with all the others,but then again,they sort of have it set up like that,what with the ratings and expert of the month and the ridiculous graphs that...

Perennials: Hydrangea Plant, acid loving plants, grass fertilizer
acid loving plants, grass fertilizer, lawn fertilizers: Hi Joanie, Thanx for your question. You should only prune a flowering bush after it flowers or in the case of one that did not flower, prune it in the late summer or early fall. Use Miracid or some other acidic fertilizer for your plant as these are acid-loving...

Perennials: Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinky Winky', hydrangea paniculata, johan van
hydrangea paniculata, johan van, cedar trees: Assuming you are in Zone 7, then, you might try the Pinky Winky introduction, which sounds very promising and will gradually get better and better. It is undemanding and maintenance free except for watering on hot summer days and some friendly fertilizing....

Perennials: Hydrangea, nikko blue hydrangea, balanced soil
nikko blue hydrangea, balanced soil, soil chemistry: I have that same plant-but I have trouble getting it to bloom--what do you do??? An important first step, is to test your soil to determine its pH - a measure of acidity or alkalinity. This important measure is represented by a scale of numbers from...

Perennials: Hydrangear fertilizer, flower bud, lace cap
flower bud, lace cap, miracle gro: Anne, If you are cutting off the old wood from your Hydrangeas this could be the reason for them not producing blooms.I have had sooo many questions about Hydrangeas and this is the most asked.I myself made the mistake of cutting off my old branches.It seems...

Perennials: Hydrangeas, flower heads, blooms
flower heads, blooms, bushes: Debbie, Not true about clipping blooms from your Hydrangea that they will not bloom as much.In fact quite the opposite. I clip mine all the time.They are so irresistable,who can help but to want them inside your home to brighten it up and appreciate the enormus...

Perennials: Hydrangeas, lucky this time, root system
lucky this time, root system, hydrangea: Some landscapers never cease to amaze me. I once watched a man with a lawnmower push and shove over 2 young, newly planted yews to level them to the ground. They were stubs when he was done with them. What are they thinking? It was extra work to...

Perennials: Hydrangeas, eastern seaboard, acid soil
eastern seaboard, acid soil, cold weather: More on Hydrangeas... Well, I was just getting started anyway. I should explain that I often start typing a very involved answer, and switch back between windows (that s what Windows is for, after all) to check and make sure these different things will be...

Perennials: Hydrangeas, limelight hydrangea, early spring
limelight hydrangea, early spring, blooms: I am so glad that you know what variety of Hydrangea you have, because it is very important. Some hydrangeas bloom on new wood, some on old wood, and some on both. And you are correct, the pruning is best if done in late fall or early spring. I prefer to...

Perennials: Hydrangeas not blooming, nikko blue, phosphorus fertilizer
nikko blue, phosphorus fertilizer, lace cap: Reblooming remontant Hydrangea Macrophylla produce flowers on current season s (new wood) wood so bloom is less likely to be lost to incorrect pruning or cold. Pruning Group 1 for these Hydrangea species ( Annabelle Samantha & Hortensis ); For decidious...

Perennials: Hydrangeas need company, cornus alba, japanese kerria
cornus alba, japanese kerria, pink azaleas: What do you have against Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Jennifer? Azaleas covered in bright white flowers in early spring are lovely. A few weeks from now, drive around your neighborhood and look for them. They are stunning shade lovers that will also be...

Perennials: Hydrangeas and wisteria, master gardener training, johnson county kansas
master gardener training, johnson county kansas, soil dries: Hi Kim, Thanx for your question. I worked with the Wyandotte County Extension Service of Kansas State University, with which I was very proud to be associated. I took the Master Gardener Training and manned the phones for a while back in 2000 and 2001....

Perennials: Hydrangeas, pee gee hydrangea, flowering shrubs
pee gee hydrangea, flowering shrubs, miracid: Hi Virginia, Thanx for your question. Make sure the plant is getting plenty of water. Hydrangeas like some shade so if it is constantly in the sun this could be stunting it. Also, use a fertilizer for flowering shrubs which you should be able to find at...

Perennials: Hydrangeaus, mild shock, trees and shrubs
mild shock, trees and shrubs, miracid: Hi Howard, Thanx for your question. The hydrangea may have suffered a mild shock which trees and shrubs sometimes do when they are transplanted. If you haven t had rain for 4 weeks, the hydrangea definitely needs to be watered. At least once a week. Hydrangeas...

Perennials: Hydrangias, miracle gro, dead flowers
miracle gro, dead flowers, sun location: All dead material -- twigs without green, branches with no leaves that snap when broken -- can be removed with no harm to the current season s flower show. But remember that Hydrangeas bloom on OLD wood. Every time you cut, you are chopping off blooming...

Perennials: Hypericum moserianum tri-color, st john s wort, lilyturf
st john s wort, lilyturf, yellow flowers: For info on the St. John s Wort see: http://www.crescentbloom.com/Plants/Specimen/HU/Hypericum%20x%20moserianum%20Tricolor.htm For the lilyturf, see: http://www.crescentbloom.com/IV/O/Plants6.htm These sites come from the complete Botanica book--it...

Perennials: how to handle rhododendrons, riverview new brunswick, new brunswick canada
riverview new brunswick, new brunswick canada, soil conditioner: Such a simple question, Bob -- I hope this long answer doesn t make you give up before you finish reading. It took me a few days to check the Canadian angle on this. I am, after all, the Long Island Gardener. Here goes: Rhododendrons are more complex...

Perennials: hardy fuschias, american fuchsia society, winter mulch
american fuchsia society, winter mulch, hardy fuchsias: Dappled sunlight, moderate temperatures, and H2O make Fuchsias grow. The secret of success with Fuchsias is their roots. Fuchsia roots must be kept cool and moist. High temperatures are not to blame when Fuchsias fall apart. It s the overheated roots...

Perennials: hardy? mum 'Goldcrest', zone 7a, goldcrest
zone 7a, goldcrest, cottage gardens: Courtney, Yes I am pretty sure if they are cushion mums in this part of the US they will mostly all survive.But most come back in different clusters,not shaped like you bought them.I usually just let em go,cause it s a lost cause to train them.Just pull a...

Perennials: hardy mums, hardy mums, growing zone
hardy mums, growing zone, rule of thumb: I live in growing zone 5 and my rule of thumb on mums is to keep them cut back to about 8 until the 4th of July. All my rules are changing slightly since the seasons seem to be coming earlier and earlier. But even if they have buds--cut them back until...

Perennials: heat/watering, creeping myrtle, back yard
creeping myrtle, back yard, soil: Susan, It depends on how much you are watering the plants each day. You might dig up around one of them and see if the soil and inch or two down is still moist the day after you water. If it is, then don t water. Creeping myrtle are fairly drought...

Perennials: hedges, winterberry holly, professional landscaper
winterberry holly, professional landscaper, red cedars: Bonny-Jean, Wow.Canada is kind of out of my expertise.I haven t looked lately tosee if we have an expert in that zone.But I work with evergreens that are usually listed from zones 3 to4 and up.But I think you are in zone 1 or 2 and that is way off the map...

Perennials: helianthus, kansas sunflowers, variegated foliage
kansas sunflowers, variegated foliage, yellow flower: Hi LC Thanx for your question. I haven t seen any sunflowers with variegated foliage yet myself but that doesn t mean they don t exist. There are some sunflowers (helianthus family) that are perennial like some of the sunflowers native to my state (Kansas)....

Perennials: help with acypress, scarsdale ny, master gardeners
scarsdale ny, master gardeners, cooperative extension service: Hey Jim, Thanx for following up with me and providing me with the additional information. I don t think you ve done anything wrong. I ve done a lot of research and I can t tell you what is wrong. At this point, I would not do anything until you notice...

Perennials: help! annual or per. mums?, cold hardiness, flower buds
cold hardiness, flower buds, exhibition purposes: Almost all mums that garden centers sell are perennials, but a lot of people do not know that, or they just treat them like annuals because: they require a lot of cutting back up until July 15th to get them to stay bushy and bloom in the Fall. Because when...

Perennials: help, rhododendren, cold spell
rhododendren, cold spell, bad weather: Hi James, Thanx for your question. Give the bushes about a month more. We had bad weather here in Kansas also as the cold spell swept across the country. My sister s rhododendren is just now blooming and should have bloomed 3-weeks ago. What happened...

Perennials: herbicide, grass problem, liriope
grass problem, liriope, google: Donna, Get a product called Grass Be Gone.I believe it is made by Ortho,but not sure. It is hard to find around here but most bigger garden centers carry it. It kills grass around certain plants like Liriope.I have used it myself.The grass will turn brown...

Perennials: hibiscus, new guinea impatiens, busy lizzies
new guinea impatiens, busy lizzies, blue agapanthus: Hi Heather, Thanx for your question. I think the Hibiscus is a nice idea. How about planting some lantana around it and keep it trimmed about one-third of the way up. Lantana comes in so many beautiful colors is a nice all-purpose shrublet. Also, begonias...

Perennials: hibiscus, teas nursery, pretty flower
teas nursery, pretty flower, hibiscus flower: My friend, Hibiscus is enjoying a really big surge in popularity right now, and growers are working overtime to make sure they can reap the benefits of all this demand by getting as many new varieties to market as possible. Some of these new Hibiscus...

Perennials: hibiscus, hibiscus plant, tropical plants
hibiscus plant, tropical plants, dormancy: Hi Sharon, Thanx for your question. Trim off all of the dead growth and neaten it up. Stop feeding it if you have been fertilizing. Place it in the sunniest window you have. It will still get a little raggedy looking during the winter but it will be okay....

Perennials: hibiscus, rain wind, sun spot
rain wind, sun spot, shade tree: Hi Lisa, Thanx for your help. Yes, your hibiscus got burned. When transitioning plants from the house back to the outdoors, place them in a place that is protected from direct sunlight and extemes in temperature, rain, wind, hail, etc. for 10 days. After...

Perennials: hibiscus never bloom/no buds, ammonium phosphate, phosphate fertilizer
ammonium phosphate, phosphate fertilizer, non flowering plants: OK, Barbara - I think I misunderstood your question. Re-reading it now, I see you said, My other hibiscus BY the house bloom. I think I thought you said My other hibiscus IN the house ... Different story altogether. I apologize for that. I can only...

Perennials: hibiscus blooms, hibiscus blooms, darndest time
hibiscus blooms, darndest time, growing plants: Sorry, Pam, but I am having the darndest time getting that website to open with this computer. I am not ignoring you but you have no way of knowing that. A neighbor here has a computer that I can use. I am just trying to get us both in the neighborhood...

Perennials: hibiscus and daylilies, buds, foliage
buds, foliage, peach: Hi Lucia, Thanx for your question. Can you tell me approximately where you re located? Are the hibiscus hardy or the tropical type? Have you had problems with the hibiscus blooming before? How does the foliage look? Please give me this additional information...

Perennials: hibiscus maintainance, potted hibiscus, gorgeous plants
potted hibiscus, gorgeous plants, hardy hibiscus: Dave, If it is a potted Hibiscus it is more than likely a tropical plant.Hardy Hibiscus are not suited for potting so I can assume yours is tropical,which means it can t survive outdoors in the winter. If you have a fairly well lighted room with a sunny...

Perennials: hibiscus tree, balanced fertilizer, insecticidal soap
balanced fertilizer, insecticidal soap, potting soil: Hi Christine, Thanx for the additional information. Because the tree is outdoors, in the ground, use the insecticidal soap but first, prune the shrub back so that as much of the infected material is removed. The plant will come out of it but make sure you...

Perennials: hibiscus tree care, garbage pail, family pets
garbage pail, family pets, ant control: Pat, I am so glad that you wrote to me to ask about this problem, because just about everyone I know would run out and get a bug spray. My house is organic, but I admit, I don t like bugs IN the house. So I have a few choices here for you. First...

Perennials: hibiscus tree, northern climates, flower pots
northern climates, flower pots, hibiscus plants: Collette, Hibiscus can be Hardy or Tender. Depending on where you live -- right now, that s one of life s mysteries from where I sit -- it could be too cold or acceptable. I am guessing you are not writing from Florida because Hibiscus plants love Florida....

Perennials: hibiscus trees, safer insecticidal soap, fungus gnats
safer insecticidal soap, fungus gnats, indoor trees: Very common problem, Marie. In your lifetime, if you keep growing things, you ll see these over and over. Find a local supplier of one of the Safer brand sprays. These are generally quite benign as insecticides go. Since you re growing this indoors all...

Perennials: hibiscus, hi thanx, soil level
hi thanx, soil level, plent: Hi, Thanx for your question. You can divide the hibiscus in late summer or early fall when you have at least 30 days before the first frost. Prune the shrub down to about a foot above the soil level and then dig up the entire root ball. Shake off all of...

Perennials: hibuscus tree, lethal chemicals, weedkiller
lethal chemicals, weedkiller, windy day: Toxic Hibiscus is not growing anywhere on this planet to the best of my knowledge, but that doesn t mean the tissue is not packed with systemic Pesticides and other potentially lethal chemicals. You don t even have to use them. A diligent neighbor may...

Perennials: honeysuckle and clematis, honeysuckle bush, hard frost
honeysuckle bush, hard frost, mulch: Terry, I have an aggressive honeysuckle and I cut it off every year at the height of the fence (6 ). Cut it after the first hard frost. The clematis can actually be cut to about 4 -6 over the winter. I like to mulch it and protect it from the elements-I...

Perennials: honeysuckle vines cape orange. They don't bloom. Why?, honeysuckle vines, root system
honeysuckle vines, root system, blooms: Hi Shirley, Thanx for your question. Usually, when a blooming plant is transplanted or otherwise removed from the container in which it has been grown and it is put in the ground it will shock the plant enough to stop it from blooming but it won t kill it....

Perennials: hosta flowers, flower bloom, hostas
flower bloom, hostas, flowers: Hi, Joe, There are over 250 different varieties of hosta and each has it s own flower. Some bloom in early summer and others wait until the fall. You should let the flower bloom (yes, no matter how it looks to you) and when it is finished, you may cut...

Perennials: hosta from seed, sphagnum moss, growing hostas
sphagnum moss, growing hostas, hosta: Hi Jeff, Thanx for your question. I ve had pretty good luck growing hostas from seed. Prepare the pots like you do for your tomatoes and spread the seeds over the top of the soil. Cover them lightly with soil and I sprinkle a light layer of milled sphagnum...

Perennials: hostas, weed barrier, staples
weed barrier, staples, mulch: Pat, Hostas usually make it to the surface no matter what they are buried under. They are reliable and tough. I would not worry about them coming up unless you would like for them to come up quicker.You could just go out and scoop the mulch from around them...

Perennials: hostas, sclerotium rolfsii, plant wilts
sclerotium rolfsii, plant wilts, nc state university: Sorry to be confusing, Pat. I did not mean to imply that new Hostas cause Crown Rot. The Fungus that causes it is there all the time. Your Hostas have been dealing with it for years. So you re probably thinking now, Well, If the Fungus was there, and...

Perennials: hostas and peonies, hostas, peonies
hostas, peonies, mulch: Hi Cathy, Thanx for your question. Yes, it s time to put perennials to bed for the winter in Central Ohio. You can safely cut back your peonies to a couple of inches above the ground. For the hostas, I would clean them up next spring. Allow the leaves...

Perennials: hostas, butterfly weed, flowers plants
butterfly weed, flowers plants, ajuga: Hi Kristie, Thanx for your question. I found a website for you to look at. Amongst some of the plants are achillea, ajuga, columbine, goatsbeard, butterfly weed, alpine aster, bergenia, cimicfuga, coreopsis, clematis integrifolia, bleeding heart. Try this...

Perennials: hybiscus, tropical hibiscus, coffee cup
tropical hibiscus, coffee cup, sunny window: Hi Bernice, Thanx for your question. I think the tree-looking plants are probably tropical hibiscus. Did you keep the tags to see what zone for which they were rated? Long Island generally falls into zones 6 and 7 so the hibiscuses won t survive outside...

Perennials: hybiscus, time of year, bloom
time of year, bloom, hybiscus: Hi Karen, Thanx for your question. This is the time of year when growth is reduced for tropical hibiscus grown indoors for the winter. By all means, prune now and tidy it up. It should be fine for next year s bloom and growth. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: hybiscus tree, hibiscus plant, central arkansas
hibiscus plant, central arkansas, zone 7: Hi Lisa, Thanx for your question. I don t think the hibiscus will survive a zone 7 winter. I think these are tropical and are only hardy in California and Florida. You can dig it up, trim the roots and the the tree to a smaller shape and repot it. Every...

Perennials: hybiscus, hardy hibiscus, mail order
hardy hibiscus, mail order, davesgarden: Hi Joe, Thanx for your question. Hibiscus moscheutos, often referred to as Hardy Hibiscus can overwinter outdoors in Michigan. The plant is widely available at nurseries and through mail order nurseries. Here is a link you may find useful. I hope this...

Perennials: hydeangeas no flowers, mild winters, hydrangeas
mild winters, hydrangeas, snow fall: Hi Kathy, Thanx for your question. Too much pruning will definitely result in no flowers. Are you in Canada or U.K.? The pruning is definitely the problem in my book. If one is going to prune, it should be right after flowering and then, only to tidy...

Perennials: hydrandga not blooming, plant blooms, southern exposure
plant blooms, southern exposure, miracid: Hi Dara, Thanx for your question. Stop using the Miracle Grow please and switch to Miracid. Hydrangeas love acidic soil. Apply according to the directions on the box. Make sure the soil is well drained but that it is kept moist but not soggy. Do not...

Perennials: hydraners, ammonium sulfate, blue hydrangeas
ammonium sulfate, blue hydrangeas, lowe s: Hi Gabe, Thanx for your question. The reason your blue hydrangeas are fading or turning white (sometimes even turn pink) is because the soil is low in acidity. You can use ammonium sulfate available at most nurseries or you can use a product called Miracid...

Perennials: hydranga, nikko blue, miracid
nikko blue, miracid, moist soil: Hi Becky, Thanx for your question. There are hydrangeas that will grow in most parts of the U.S. and then there are the florist-grade hydrangeas that come in cute little pots and look like a big ball of blue, white or pink. These plants are not hardy to...

Perennials: hydrangas, phosphorus fertilizer, hydranga
phosphorus fertilizer, hydranga, blooms: Some hydrangeas bloom on new wood, some bloom on old wood, and some bloom on both. Do you know why it bloomed this year? Is it because you cut it back last fall? Or is it because you left it alone? Whatever you did to it last year is probably why it bloomed...

Perennials: hydrangea, usda hardiness zone map, usda hardiness zone
usda hardiness zone map, usda hardiness zone, arborday org: Hydrangeas that bloom on old wood -- H. aspera, H. macrophylla, H. quercifolia - are vulnerable to late winter or early spring frostbite. A winter heat wave warm enough to trigger early growth, followed by a cold wave after they have already broken...

Perennials: hydrangea, crape myrtles, organic fertilizer
crape myrtles, organic fertilizer, miracid: Hi Pamela, Thanx for your question. Both hydrangea and crape myrtles can be transplanted now or in the early spring after the last frost. Transplanting in the spring could inhibit blooming so now would be best in my opinion. It gives the bush plenty of...

Perennials: hydrangea, flower buds, zone lines
flower buds, zone lines, two flowers: Carolyn, I can totally relate to your problem!! There are many reason for a hydrangea to fail to bloom. I will start with the most common reasons and go from there. 1. I have found that the most common reason for lack of blooms is pruning at the...

Perennials: hydrangea, beautiful blooms, protein product
beautiful blooms, protein product, partial sun: Optimal planting season is in the early Fall. But these are tough shrubs that you can really plant now if you find one you love. Full Sun is best but you will find that you get some beautiful blooms even in partial Sun. If you are looking for Blue flowers,...

Perennials: hydrangea bush won't flower, miracle gro, blue flowers
miracle gro, blue flowers, hydrangea: CandI have the same problem.I mistakenly cut off the old stems of my Hydrangea and it did not bloom. I have found out recently that blooms come from the old stems and therefore they should never be pruned.Also Hydrangeas are just stubborn and the reason they...

Perennials: hydrangea care, miracid, hydrangeas
miracid, hydrangeas, afternoon heat: Hi Ben, Thanx for your question. I ll bet it s pretty warm there right now. Is the soil uniformly moist (not soggy)? The afternoon heat can make hydrangeas appear to wilt only to recover when the weather cools in the evening. Make sure they get plenty...

Perennials: hydrangea drooping, bamboo sticks, lowe s
bamboo sticks, lowe s, diy stores: Hi George, Thanx for your question. It depends upon how serious you are about the presentation of your plants. I might suggest the green, bamboo sticks (about 3-4 feet tall) that are available at Lowe s and other DIY stores. I believe there about 24 to...

Perennials: hydrangea plants, hydrangea plants, pruning shears
hydrangea plants, pruning shears, stems: Barb, Yes, get rid of all the old dead wood. I would use pruning shears if it doesn t come out easily. This is a great website for the care of hydrangeas: http://www.hydrangeaselect.com/care_and_maintenance.html Now go get your fingers dirty!!...

Perennials: hydrangea,s, nitrogen fertilizer, cider vinegar
nitrogen fertilizer, cider vinegar, potting soil: Your fading Hydrangea is fine -- it just needs a rest. Your Zone 9 climate is perfect for growing the more tender florist Hydrangeas. Do you know how to repot this plant? Find a pot -- preferably Terra Cotta -- one size larger than the pot it s been growing...

Perennials: hydrangea's, hydrangea macrophylla, flower buds
hydrangea macrophylla, flower buds, nantucket mass: Don t prune your Hydrangea yet, Kathy - let it grow a little more. Two years is not THAT old for a Hydrangea macrophylla. Anyway, you can count on this shrub being around long after you and I are planting flowers in that garden in the sky... You will be...

Perennials: hydrangea, national home gardening club, wayside gardens
national home gardening club, wayside gardens, sun area: Nancy, Ah,the Hydrangea dilemma continues to confuse and astound every gardener I have ever met,including myself. It is normal for the leaves to develop these spots,but you did not describe them.Are they black spots or just holes from insects perhaps,which...

Perennials: hydrangeas, soil ph, peegee
soil ph, peegee, bloom season: Joan, I always love to hear from a fellow Hydrangea lover.I am assuming you are speaking about the large leaf Macrophyla type with the huge blooms in varous shades of pink and blue that change to different shades according to the soil ph. Here is what I...

Perennials: hydrangeas, fish emulsion, moist soil
fish emulsion, moist soil, walmart: Hi Jill, Thanx for your question. Are you pruning the bush in the spring or late spring? If so, you are cutting off the new wood that will produce blooms. Don t prune until after the shrub has bloomed (usually August is safe). Also, are you fertilizing?...

Perennials: hydrangeas, cypress bark, sandy soil
cypress bark, sandy soil, miracid: Hi Lawanna, Thanx for your question. In a hot climate like Georgia, hydrangeas will benefit from some shade in the late afternoon. You must also not let the soil dry out. A thick mulch of cypress bark around each shrub will help retain moisture in the...

Perennials: hydrangeas in w. kentucky, bloom time, sun location
bloom time, sun location, afternoon sun: Crystal, They actually grow best in morning sun or afternoon sun.I mistakenly planted one in full sun this year and it is already looking bad. The sun scorches the leaves but it does bloom earlier in full sun. I think though that getting sun in the morning...

Perennials: hydrangeas, kansas state university extension, kansas state university
kansas state university extension, kansas state university, acidic soil: Hi Maria, That s my sister s name! Thanx for your question. Hydrangeas are pretty easy to grow. If you have the blue hydrangeas you may have to amend your soil to make it more acidic. Hydrangeas will tolerate shade or full sun. The blue hydrangea will...

Perennials: hypericum bush yellow flowers, yellow flowers, hypericum
yellow flowers, hypericum, late spring: HiSusan, Thanx for your question. My guess is that you waited too late in the spring to prune. Prune blooming bushes right after they bloom. This is because most blooming occurs on new growth. The new growth is completed by early spring. Prune right...

Perennials: hypericum, orange tiger lilies, stella d oro
orange tiger lilies, stella d oro, day lilies: Day lilies bloom from early,mid and late summer. They should not be trimmed until after they bloom.They lose a bloom per day and usually put one right back on the next day,so they do bloom for several weeks. The Stella D Oro Daylily is a repeat continuous...

Perennials: Identifying a companion plant, buddleia davidii, butterfly bushes
buddleia davidii, butterfly bushes, flower buds: Hi Pat, Thanx for your question. Sometimes butterfly bushes are grafted on to hardier Buddleia species. My guess is that is what you are seeing is the hardier version coming up. If this is the case, you can t separate the plants. If you did the root ball...

Perennials: IRISES, spring blooming bulbs, soil level
spring blooming bulbs, soil level, pine needles: I m not familiar with the term fanned ,but I think it s what this corner of the garden,we call it plain old dividing ,which does mean to seperate the green blades or fans of the Iris.I am assuming you mean the old fashioned type,commonly known as the ...

Perennials: Iris, messy job, irises
messy job, irises, tubers: If these Irises are out of the ground now, best thing is to pot them all and let them grow as normally as possible for the summer until you have relocated. A messy job. But you asked. These need at least a semblance of the normal living conditions for...

Perennials: Iris and hydrangea, flowering shrubs, triangle pattern
flowering shrubs, triangle pattern, lowe s: Hi Regina, Thanx for your questions. Irises have very distict roots. In fact, the term is rhizome. When you see them branch out, separate the branches. Some may not bloom next year. It looks like a thick root. Dig them all up, clean them (don t use...

Perennials: Iris', Lilies, and Peonies, changing colors, peonies
changing colors, peonies, different colors: Hi Jim, Thanx for your questions. I can t answer the first question. I ve never had a problem with lilies and irises changing colors. So, I can t help you with that. But, the peony problem is easy. Peonies hate to be moved. Once they are in the ground...

Perennials: Iris water plants, japanese iris, water plants
japanese iris, water plants, fish pond: Hi Jimmy, Thanx for your question. Most irises that grow in ponds will also grow on dry land. Japanese iris, Virginia iris, Louisiana iris all love wet feet so they do well at the edge of a pond. They will also grow in a garden but, you will get best results...

Perennials: Iris, troy built tiller, iris bulbs
troy built tiller, iris bulbs, paper sack: I ve been dividing all my iris (hundreds) and have some that I didn t get into the ground this fall. I just put them in a paper sack and keep them in a place that is about 40-60 degrees. I ve even put them in the refrigerator over the winter. Plant...

Perennials: Irises, dutch roses, bloom time
dutch roses, bloom time, acid soil: What kind of Irises did you buy? Are they bulbs, tubers or something else? rsvp! Irises in general need slightly acid soil and full sun. There is also a hierarchy to these plants. Real Irises, to certain gardeners, exclude the Dutch roses. See if you...

Perennials: Irises, compost pile, iris borer
compost pile, iris borer, insect infestation: Hi Brenda, thanx for the followup. It sounds like you figured your problem out. Aphids seldom attack the leaves of the iris but will suck all of the fluid out of the more fragile and thin skinned flowers which will cause them to lose color, brown and eventually...

Perennials: Ixora Maui, ixora maui, cypress mulch
ixora maui, cypress mulch, zone 9a: Hi Diane, Thanx for your question. Ixora Maui is hardy from zones 9a to 11 but will die back after sustained temperatures below 40 degrees. Roots will survive and the plant will come back as long as temps stay above 25 degrees F. This plant is a tropical...

Perennials: Ixoras: Maui and Norah, acid loving plants, corporate hq
acid loving plants, corporate hq, vigoro: Hi Grace, Thanx for your question. I might suggest Sunniland Palm and Ixora fertilizer. I think their corporate HQ is in Sanford which isn t too far away from Jax. Or Vigoro Palm and Ixora spikes. http://www.vigoro.com/ProductCategories/PlantFood/VigoroPalmIxoraFertilizerSpikes/....

Perennials: Can you identify this flower for me?, flower petals, flower encyclopedia
flower petals, flower encyclopedia, master gardener: Liz, It could be a type of anenome. Take the picture to your county extension office, there is usually a Master Gardener there one of the days of the week. Or...go to a big book store and find the Flower Encyclopedia and just start looking--I ve done...

Perennials: Can you identify this plant, iris family, crocosmia
iris family, crocosmia, corms: Hi Jody, Thanx for your question. It does sound like a member of the iris family. How tall is the plant and can you be more descriptive of the flower (what kind of stalk, how long. It sounds like crocosmia. It s not reliably hardy in Ohio but the corms...

Perennials: inca and princess lilies in winter, princess lilies, princess lily
princess lilies, princess lily, easy to grow bulbs: Your Inca Lily ( Alstroemeria aurantiaca to botanists) is hard to Zone 7 and will take temps BRIEFLY as cold as 10 degrees F. Your Princess Lily (aka Dwarf Alstroemeria, There s a cheat sheet on your Inca Lily at the Desert Tropicals website (http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Liliaceae/Alstroemeria_aurantiaca.html)...

Perennials: indoor or outdoor plant, canada new brunswick, kalanchoe plant
canada new brunswick, kalanchoe plant, glow light: Bob, That plant is an indoors plant. You probably received it in a blooming state. It likes southern light-direct or indirest sunlight. I have had little luck in having them rebloom but I have talked to a few people who have gotten it to rebloom with...

Perennials: inherited existing garden, compost mulch, bark mulches
compost mulch, bark mulches, compost starter: This situation calls for the SURPRISE-Wait and See what comes up method. Watch in the spring and keep the weeds at bay (once you have the weeds all gone in an area-one you re not going to seed-spread PREEN all around. I swear by the stuff-keeps those...

Perennials: insects/general garden care, soil nematodes, paperbark maple
soil nematodes, paperbark maple, home made remedy: I m not sure I can help you with the Maple Tree problems, but in general, you can get all bugs with a Neem, an organic Bug Killer. But my favorite Bug Killer is Beneficial insects. These are incredible. Ladybugs happen to attack the insects pestiest...

Perennials: iris, martha martha, soil level
martha martha, soil level, winter sets: Martha, If you have the flag Irises,just cut them two about 3 inches above soil level.These are the stiff bladed sort of foliage.They won t bloom again until next spring or early summer and usually they turn completely brown and unattractive anyway.The...

Perennials: irises, hi chris, irises
hi chris, irises, borers: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. When I thin my iris, I always throw away any of them that have holes in them (usually means iris borers) and I never plant any back that were attached to ones that were rotten. I also wouldn t plant irises on the north...

Perennials: irish moss, alpine plant, irish moss
alpine plant, irish moss, alpine conditions: Hi Cindy, Thanx for your question. I tried to grow this stuff a few years ago. I know the places that sell it say it is rated for zones 4-10 but this plant hates hot weather and will go dormant only to come back when it gets cooler. You can t overwater...

Perennials: Japanese Tree Lilac, japanese tree lilac, japanese lilac tree
japanese tree lilac, japanese lilac tree, syringa reticulata: Hello Hammybee, so you moved to Chicago? I have a sister up there. Too chill for me, different zone, but she loves it. Very clean up there. Lilacs as a rule take some time to get big enough to bloom. The wood has to be at least two and probably three...

Perennials: Jasmine, calgary ab canada, jasmine plant
calgary ab canada, jasmine plant, dead flowers: Jen, I know very little about Jasmine,because they are considered tropical plants in my zone 6 and I deal mostly with hardy,low maintenance perennials.But I found some sites for you to go and find out what your problem may be. Here they are: http://www.gardenguides.com/articles/jasmine.htm...

Perennials: Jasonine?, van bourgondien bulbs, jung seed co
van bourgondien bulbs, jung seed co, white flower farm: Meloney, I have not heard of it,but that doesn t mean it doesn t exist.If I live to be 100 I still would not know ALL the plants in the plant kingdom.It may be a latin name instead of the common name.I would have to study horticultural latin names for many...

Perennials: Jerry Baker Master Gardener, jerry baker master gardener, drip system
jerry baker master gardener, drip system, lawns and gardens: John, I can t tell you how much business Jerry Baker has. I have read his books and his concepts are unique. Many of them work. I don t like some of them, but what I happen to love about Jerry Baker is the way he has taken the Chemicals out of the Garden....

Perennials: jasmine, master gardener, plants and bushes
master gardener, plants and bushes, jasmine: John, The word at the Garden Club and at Master Gardener s is to leave the plants and bushes alone until they are finished blooming to prune back. I know they don t look really great, but cutting them now might impair their blooming. So just let the jasmine...

Perennials: jasmine, white flower farm, burpee seed
white flower farm, burpee seed, evergreen vine: Lori, Jasmine is a wonderfully fragrant evergreen vine.It is a great perennial in zones 10 and 11 for sure.But,I have not tested it s hardiness level because I haven t had one myself.The nursery where I worked about 5 years ago did have some,and they always...

Perennials: Keeping a calla dormant indoors, crystal blush, grayslake illinois
crystal blush, grayslake illinois, release fertilizer: Hello Dr. Donna - This is a tough question. I had to do a little scientific research to understand the gymnastics that were going on downstairs with your Calla Lilies. You provided extensive details - my guess is you have a PhD in SOMETHING - and in this...

Perennials: Keeping my Hydrangea's Blooming, soil acidity, acid soil
soil acidity, acid soil, alkaline soil: Sounds like a really beautiful shrub you have there, Alex. Pruning is tricky with Hydrangeas so make sure you know what you are doing when you pick up the clippers. What could go wrong? Hydrangeas bloom on second year wood. If you clip your Hydrangea...

Perennials: Kinds of Astilbe, lulea sweden, autumn morning
lulea sweden, autumn morning, horrible spelling: Astilbiside Tubularis.. Astbile Tstlibeoidsis... Astreoisu Tscoiusreis? Yikes. First the good news. If you copy www.bjorsby.se/justnu.aspx?NEW_ID=22 you will arrive at a gardening website for Bjorsby handelstradgaard (www.bjorsby.se/), a gardening...

Perennials: kalanchoe, rich potting soil, fish emulsion
rich potting soil, fish emulsion, balanced fertilizer: Kalanchoes are succulents, which makes them some of the easiest plants to grow. Kalanchoes grow best when temps are in the 60 s, and light is dappled or semishady -- full sun will stress these plants. Technically they like slightly acid soil, with a pH of...

Perennials: kalanchoe problem, zone 7b, family crassulaceae
zone 7b, family crassulaceae, flower bed: Pat, I ve NEVER had any luck with those plants. But here are a couple of websites that may help. I ve never tried them outside! http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/Kalanchoe.htm http://www.plantfacts.com/Family/Crassulaceae/Kalanchoe.blossfeldiana.shtml...

Perennials: keeping geranium, earth returns, geranium plant
earth returns, geranium plant, color variation: Hi Pat, Thanx for your question. It is natural for geraniums and other plants from high sun, tropical areas to go blah during our northern hemisphere winters. Don t water the plant too much, just enough to keep it alive. It will look pretty puny until...

Perennials: what kind of plant?, retainer wall, marijuana leaf
retainer wall, marijuana leaf, plant grower: Hi Vicky, Thanx for getting back to me. There are several types of plants that have leaves that look like cannabis (marijuana). Aralia is one genus of plants and these are tropical or subtropical and would not survive the winter in Wisconsin. Another plant...

Perennials: Lace Cap Hydrangea, white flower farm, shady oaks nursery
white flower farm, shady oaks nursery, wayside gardens: Louise, I LOVE Hydrangeas. I have not grown a Lacecap however,but the basics apply.It takes a good 2 to 3 years for a Hydrangea to develop large heads or blooms. Lacecaps need a bit more sun than most Hydrangeas.Cut off old blooms when the blooms are faded.Don...

Perennials: Lady Slipper Orchid, lady slipper, orchids
lady slipper, orchids, lena: Hi Lena, Thanx for your question. I m not an expert with orchids but I found a useful link. http://www.orchids.com/support/supportCareTips_Paphilo.html It seems the plant should not be allowed to dry out in between watering. Also, to induce blooming,...

Perennials: Lamb's Ear, nearby plants, flower bed
nearby plants, flower bed, kansas city area: Hi Diane, Thanx for your question. I live in the Kansas City area and have never had a problem and do not know of anyone else who has a problem with Lamb s Ear being invasive. It will spread but unfortunately, in may case, it never seemed to like my yard....

Perennials: Lamb's Ear?, lambs ear plant, plant foliage
lambs ear plant, plant foliage, black bugs: Deb, I have never tried to bring one in.Mainly because they are so winter hardy,that I have never had the need to.The Lambs Ear plant is one of the most reliable perennials that I know of.As a matter of fact,that one plant will produce MANY more in just...

Perennials: Landscape design, sweet alyssum, day lillies
sweet alyssum, day lillies, dutch iris: Hi Adam! This is a tall order. I ll see what I can do. From the plants you list, I suspect that you are in zone 8 or 9, so I m going to make recommendations based on that guess. Lilies are large and round. I like to pair them with Veronica, which is...

Perennials: Lantana, powdery mildew, whitish coating
powdery mildew, whitish coating, humid weather: Mana- You probably have powdery mildew. It appears as a dusty white to gray coating over leaf surfaces or other plant parts. In most cases this fungal growth can be partially removed by rubbing the leaves. It might be identified incorrectly as dust that...

Perennials: "Late Season" Tulips already blooming, french tulips, doctor doctor
french tulips, doctor doctor, peony: Christy, did you hear the one about this Gardener, he feels a little sick, so he goes to the Doctor. Doctor looks at him, does some tests, and the guy goes home. A few days go by, he s out working in the garden, and the doctor calls him and asks him to...

Perennials: Lattice screen, passion vine, climbing hydrangea
passion vine, climbing hydrangea, time of passion: Hi Debbie, Thanx for the follow up. I am a master gardener for the Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service. Below is a contact in Bexar County who can help you from the University of Texas. I hope this helps. Tom Dr. Elaine K. Fries,...

Perennials: Lavendar Plants, lavendar plants, drainage hole
lavendar plants, drainage hole, redding ca: Hi Debbie, Thanx for your question. For potted plants outside, you must water them every day in order to keep them properly hydrated. Although lavendar tolerate drought well when planted in the garden, all potted plants require a daily (sometimes twice...

Perennials: Lavendar plant, lavendar plants, cold hardy
lavendar plants, cold hardy, dormancy: I need to know what type of Lavender plant you have first. There are a couple of varieties that are cold hardy, like Munstead. But if it is Spanish lavender, that one is not cold hardy, and there are several others that are not cold hardy. If it looks still...

Perennials: Lavender, square foot plant, lavender
square foot plant, lavender, drought: Hi Pam, Thanx for your question. If you have grass growing in the place you want your lavender you don t need to do much to amend the soil. Each lavender plant will spread out to take up about one square foot. Plant your lavender in the soil and then treat...

Perennials: Lavender, lavender plants, border plants
lavender plants, border plants, lavender: Hi Kellie, Thanx for your question. You may trim your plants back as soon as they quit blooming. I would say early fall would be the best time. Lavender is perennial and should come back year after year, especially if you keep it clean and tidy. I hope...

Perennials: Lavender plants, lavandula dentata, lavender lavandula
lavandula dentata, lavender lavandula, lavandula stoechas: To be a vigorous healthy plant, lavender needs to be pruned. This should begin when the plant is young and continue each year. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) needs pruning after flowering in summer. Italian Lavender (Lavandula stoechas), with the...

Perennials: Lavender, talbot county maryland, running feet
talbot county maryland, running feet, baltimore washington: Hi Jacquelne, Thanx for your question. Lavender is not attractive to deer. As far as the plant itself goes. You should be able to find the plant at specialty nurseries. Call the local nurseries in your area to see who offers it. Someone in the Baltimore-Washington...

Perennials: Leaning stalks on Calli Lily, calli lilies, planting bulbs
calli lilies, planting bulbs, mealy bugs: Once a flower has bloomed it begins to go into dormancy, because it has completed its life s cycle. My Calli s do that once that have bloomed, if I don t dead head them before they start to go to seed. And then I let them dry out and store them for the winter....

Perennials: Lemon Grass, family gramineae, grass plants
family gramineae, grass plants, lemon grass: Terry, Here is what my research turned up on Lemon Grass and unless you live in zones 10 or 11 I would certainly consider this plant an annual and will not survive our winters: When buying lemon grass fresh, be sure to check the bases to see if there are...

Perennials: LI resources for display garden, american hemerocallis society, school guidance offices
american hemerocallis society, school guidance offices, suny farmingdale: Gardening is a heavy lifting activity, Debi - Bravo to your mother for taking her gardening work this far. Volunteer gardeners are hard to find for the large public gardens and museums here. Although many Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) high schools now...

Perennials: Lilacs, vigorous canes, new lease on life
vigorous canes, new lease on life, lilac tree: Are those leaders what I would call suckers ? New growth emerging from the ground and lower part of the trunks? Some kinds of Lilacs are prone to produce lots of suckers from the base. You can cut off most but you should leave the most vigorous canes....

Perennials: Lilacs, lilac tree, lilacs
lilac tree, lilacs, stumps: Hi Dave, Thanx for your question. I would cut all of the the old wood back down to the ground. Allow the new shoots to grow. You cannot get rid of the older trunks entirely. My mother lived on 9 acres in Kansas with very, very, old lilacs, probably planted...

Perennials: Lilacs & peonies, beautiful magazine, peonies
beautiful magazine, peonies, lilacs: Janet, Possibly in a southern state where things bloom earlier and stay in bloom a bit longer. Also,there are always new varities of Lilacs and peonies being introduced so perhaps they were new hybrids of some sort. And again,sometimes you can t always believe...

Perennials: Lilacs, lilac bush, growth spurt
lilac bush, growth spurt, organic soil: Rhea, There is no need really to worry about pruning a lilac.It has it s own growth habit and I call it sprawling if it s very large or free form if it is a young not quite mature yet. If you give them enough space as your planting it,which should be at...

Perennials: Lilies, soil mixture, cedar mulch
soil mixture, cedar mulch, chicken manure: Kelly, I don t know what growing zone you are in but you can sut the stargazer back to about 8-10 now and it MAY bloom again this year. They do not need to be dug up unless you are in extreme cold climate for the winter--they bloom about the end of May-mid...

Perennials: Lilies, safeway grocery store, grass clippings
safeway grocery store, grass clippings, cold weather: You can try to get them to grow again outside. I would suggest planting them now and when the cold weather begine, put a pile of grass clippings and leaves on top of them to shield them from the cold. In the spring, rake off the leaves and hope for the...

Perennials: Lillies, oriental lilies, thrips
oriental lilies, thrips, aphids: Hi Fran, thanx for your question. The problem could be one of many. In the NE U.S. and Eastern Canada there has been an invasion of the lily beetle which can cause the decline of the plant. Here s a link: http://www.concordma.com/magazine/july98/lily.html...

Perennials: Lilly of the Valley, lilies of the valley, lilly of the valley
lilies of the valley, lilly of the valley, dappled sunlight: Charity, It would be fine to plant them now or in the fall.Either way you should see some blooms next spring. I love Lilies of the Valley.They have a wonderful scent. Plant them in semi shade or dappled sunlight.They will, I believe bloom in deep shade but...

Perennials: Lilly of the Valley, lilly of the valley, plant tulips
lilly of the valley, plant tulips, partial sun: Carole, Lily s of the Valley do grow and look better in shade.But some morning or evening sun is fine,just don t plant them in full sun.Dividing them may rejuvenate them,but sometimes when you ignore something,you re surprised when they bloom.Thats how Lily...

Perennials: Lily "Red Carpet", type of lily, red carpet
type of lily, red carpet, mulch: DO NOT DIG IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What type of lily is it Oriental or Asiatic? Almost all lilies are perennials, and mine is going dormant right now, turning brown, it is however NOT dead, just going dormant for the winter. You should cut back...

Perennials: Lily, true lilies, tiny roots
true lilies, tiny roots, flower color: Hi Janet, Thanx for your question. Canna rhizomes will be dark brown and the skin underneath is white. Usually, they will start sprouting in the basement as soon as it warms up in April and May. True lilies have bulbs that look like they have scales or...

Perennials: Liriope, hi lee, clumps
hi lee, clumps, thanx: Hi Lee, Thanx for your question. You may have taken too much off of the old root but sometimes plants go into shock from the trauma of the division. Give them a few more months or if winter is approaching wait until next season to see if they come back....

Perennials: Locating a specific plant, musser forests, shady oaks nursery
musser forests, shady oaks nursery, wayside gardens: Kathy, You have me stumped on this one.I will give you the most knowledgable web sites that may help: Sources for a wide variety of perennials,grasses,shrubs,trees,evergreens and garden supplies: Charley s Greenhouse(charleysgreenhouse.com) Wayside Gardens,Thompson&Morgans...

Perennials: Low Maintenance Perennials, tulips daffodils, grape hyacinths
tulips daffodils, grape hyacinths, tiger lilies: Deb, I know exactly what you mean.Summer annuals take a lot of extra time and energy that lots of busy people just don t have enough of. They are usually just icing the way I look at it.But I am such a flower freak that I make it my business to have a lot...

Perennials: Lupine transplanting, nitrogen in soil, outdoor flower
nitrogen in soil, outdoor flower, flower beds: Lupines are in a class by themselves, vividly colored Nitrogen-building perennials. Lupine roots have a gift for fixing Nitrogen in soil. That gift makes these roots very complex. It means that Lupines do not transplant well... except as seedlings. ...

Perennials: Lupines, running roads, wet summers
running roads, wet summers, sunny locations: Hi Lonnie, Thanx for your question. I can tell you that while traveling through Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the plants grew along side roads whether it was north south or east west. I did not notice that they only grew in a certain direction and...

Perennials: lace cap hydrangeas, lace cap, seed production
lace cap, seed production, hydrangea: ALL plants turn themselves inside out to produce Seeds. It s like being pregnant. The energy required to construct a crop of Seeds is exhausting. So if you re NOT going to plant those Seeds (and you shouldn t bother because there are more efficient,...

Perennials: lackluster perennials, seed pods, pitch fork
seed pods, pitch fork, daylillies: Hi Janet, Thanx for the followup. I use a pitch fork to dig up my lilies and separate. Usually, when you dig up a clump, shake off the dirt, you can literally pull the separate plants apart (do it gently) and you can see where they are separate plants....

Perennials: lantana, fence posts, chicken wire
fence posts, chicken wire, lantana: Jamie, I d LOVE to have a climbing Lantana!!! If it s next to a fence-staple some chicken wire to the fence-leave room for the plant to weave around and about-so staple it in a kind of wave . If the plant is not by a fence-decide if it would be better...

Perennials: lantanas, african violets, greenhouse effect
african violets, greenhouse effect, soil mix: Hi, Your welcome. Ihave enjoyed working on this thread. You don t need to mist if you have plenty of humidity in your greenhouse. Usually though, itis recommended to mist because the air tends to dry out and the cuttings seem to benefit from this. If...

Perennials: large white cala lilies, calla lilies, cala lilies
calla lilies, cala lilies, flower beds: Shari, You must live in growing zone 7-8 or 9! I live in 5b and Calla lilies have to be dug up each fall. After they bloom you can cut the bloom stalk down to the ground. Leave the foliage, this is when it gathers all the nutrients for the bulb and...

Perennials: large white calla, pacific callas, inch pot
pacific callas, inch pot, container sizes: The Calla specialist, Pacific Callas, actually posts a schedule of recommended container sizes for these popular plants: http://www.callalilies.net/Potchart.htm Their advice is based on the fact that restricted Calla roots cannot grow vigorously. A...

Perennials: late afternoon sun for begonias?, balloon flower, tall phlox
balloon flower, tall phlox, partial sun: Darleen, Begonias are out, but last year I saw partial sun Impatiens at Home Depot-didn t try them but... Petunias, assylum, tall phlox,bee balm, balloon flower... This is a great site to find certain conditions of flowers http://springhillnursery.com/default.asp...

Perennials: too late to prune?, flowering almond shrub, spring blooms
flowering almond shrub, spring blooms, spring blooming trees: Debra, If you prune it now you may not get any blooms in spring and that is your goal of course.To have beautiful spring blooms.The best time to prune IS after the blooms have faded and I would not recommend pruning it now.All spring blooming trees should...

Perennials: lavendar plants and koi fish, lavendar plants, pond enthusiasts
lavendar plants, pond enthusiasts, uv sterilizer: Hi Margaret, Thanx for your question and information. Throwing lavender and daylily into the pond will not hurt the fish. I have never heard of this for cleaning up algae. That doesn t mean it s wrong. An easier way is to buy a small block of barley straw...

Perennials: lavendar, flower beds, dry soil
flower beds, dry soil, root rot: Hi Crystal. Thanx for the follow up. It is true that lavendar does best in drier soils. If the soil remains damp this could cause root rot and actually kill the lavendar or stunt it a good deal. I think too, too much water would definitely inhibit blooming....

Perennials: lavender plants, lavender lavandula, lavandula dentata
lavender lavandula, lavandula dentata, lavandula stoechas: Hi Donna, If you don t have Spanish or French lavender, Lavandula stoechas or Lavandula dentata, you should be able to raise your lavender out doors. Lavandula vera is the common lavender. I wouldn t advise keeping it as a potted plant. They are really...

Perennials: lavender plants, lavender plants, southeast mass
lavender plants, southeast mass, alkaline soil: Lavender can be finicky and borderline hardy. The secret to overwintering is (a) protection from wind and bitter cold, and (b) INCREDIBLE drainage. This plant HATES water. The Mediterranean climate they are used to is balmy and very dry. They need moisture,...

Perennials: lavender, growing zone, urbanext
growing zone, urbanext, 3 feet: Lavender is not a hardy plant. There are MANY kinds of lavender though. Please go to these websites for further info: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/herbs/lavender.html http://www.frontrangeliving.com/garden/lavender.htm on this next one, scroll...

Perennials: liacs, lilac bushes, pruning shears
lilac bushes, pruning shears, powdery mildew: Dianne, is there any possibility someone accidentally spilled too much fertilizer or something else that would damage the roots and prevent water from being distributed to the leaves? Because it sounds like that may have been the problem. Any watering...

Perennials: lilac suckers, lilac bushes, mother plant
lilac bushes, mother plant, lilacs: Hi Carol, Thanx for your question. Lilacs are notorious for their suckers. Just keep the lawnmower going around the base of the plant. That s about all you can do other than digging them up and separating them from the mother plant. This to me, is too...

Perennials: lilacs&night-blooming jasmine, room temperature water, soil bacteria
room temperature water, soil bacteria, night blooming jasmine: Lilacs and Cestrum need slightly alkaline soil -- high pH -- and max out their genetic flower power with long term Phosphorous preferably in the form of organic matter, as in Bone Meal, when it s time to bloom. Lilacs take years to get used to their new...

Perennials: lilacs, lime soil, formal hedges
lime soil, formal hedges, extension horticulturist: Pamela, Annual pruning is always good for Lilacs. Gardener Network (www.gardenersnet.com/lilac) posts very clear advice about exactly how to do this. The basics: 1 - Aim for fullness. Thick, bushy lilacs are disease prone. They need sun and good air...

Perennials: lillie pods, seed pods, black seeds
seed pods, black seeds, water lilies: Hi Kari, Thanx for your question. The pod should be dry and brown and starting to shrivel. If you re talking about lotuses, they have a round shape like half an orange and you can see the large black seeds. Clip the entire seed pod taking care not to spill...

Perennials: lilly-of-the-valley, little bit of morning, lilly of the valley
little bit of morning, lilly of the valley, zero sun: Hi Cathy, Thanx for your question. I don t think you re doing anything wrong. Lily-of-the-valley do like a little bit of morning sun in the spring. Complete shade will make them bloom less although it doesn t seem to affect the foliage. Trillium and bleeding...

Perennials: lily of the valley invasion, jack russells, lily of the valley
jack russells, lily of the valley, border garden: If you want to get totally rid of them, spray them with Roots n All or some similiar product that kills systemically-down to the roots. Cover other plants that you don t want killed when you do this. The rhizomes grow about 6 deep and will travel........

Perennials: lily of the valley invasion, library thinkquest, lilies of the valley
library thinkquest, lilies of the valley, lily of the valley: Linda, Yes Lilies of the Valley are very agressive plants that like lots of space to spread out.They are beautiful in spring with the bulbs. However,the only way to thin them out is to dig them up with a long sharp spade.I do not think they are poisonous...

Perennials: limp peony, miracle gro, shady area
miracle gro, shady area, peonies: Sal, The hardest thing a gardener has to learn is patience and in your instance that s all you really can do. Peonies are peculiar and they do whatever they want no matter what you do to them. My experience with them is to not coddle them.Whatever happens,happens....

Perennials: liriope, liriope muscari, weed killer
liriope muscari, weed killer, early spring: Karla, Yes, you are probably right. This plant propagates by seed. I would imagine that if you put a post-emergent on the area around the plant, you will not have the plant next year. I do not know if the seed germinates in the fall or spring. Using...

Perennials: liriope, dappled sunlight, yellow pieces
dappled sunlight, yellow pieces, yellow leaves: Hi Alison, Thanx for your question. I ve seen this a lot with liriope. Wherever it gets hot they will do that. They seem to reduce this activity when planted in the shade or dappled sunlight. Also, fertilizing them will cause yellow leaves too so if you...

Perennials: lirope, lamar county alabama, lamar county al
lamar county alabama, lamar county al, wholesale nurseries: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. I am not from North Alabama so I think you must have me confused with someone else. I lived in NW Florida for 3 years back in the early to mid-80s. I don t recall looking for Liriope seed but I do recall discussing it....

Perennials: long border with am sun, landscape fabric, start from scratch
landscape fabric, start from scratch, perennial border: Hey John, Thanx for following up. Seven or eight types of perennials for shade should be easy. Here we go. I love hostas. Hostas give one so many different choices in leaf color/design and flowering. Some hostas have beautiful long sprays of white,...

Perennials: long border with am sun, landscape fabric, start from scratch
landscape fabric, start from scratch, perennial border: I find shade tolerant perennial flowers are generally unimpressive - they need to be viewed up close. Bleeding heart, for example - you can hardly see it until you re stepping on top of it. New England Aster hybrids are quite happy in semishade. The Asters...

Perennials: Mailing Lily of the Valley, lilies of the valley, lily of the valley
lilies of the valley, lily of the valley, spring and fall: Right before or right when the Lilies of the Valley start coming up from the ground is the best time for tranIf the Lily has already bloomed, wait until fall to transplant. I love Lilies of the Valley.I ve had great luck in transplanting them in spring...

Perennials: Maintenance of black eyed susans, black eyed susans, beautiful blooms
black eyed susans, beautiful blooms, day lilies: Hi Linda, Thanx for your follow-up. The same thing applies to daylilies. I have a ton of them and I had a cool experience getting off on all of their beautiful blooms this past summer. Take care and let me know if you have other questions. thx, To...

Perennials: Mammoth Elephant Ears, neighborhood plants, elephant ears
neighborhood plants, elephant ears, talk of the neighborhood: Hi Anna, Thanx for your question. The end with the continuous circles is the bottom. The end that appears to be cut off straight across the top is the top. Many have what looks like a small, dime-sized of smaller nipple or bumb coming out of the middle....

Perennials: Mandavilla, pests, blooms
pests, blooms, central florida: Hi Diane, I love the Mandavilla......beautiful. Ok I have a question for you........Have you looked under the leaves to see if you have any pests........The like to live under leaves....If you see any sign of pests you need to get some insectacidal soap...

Perennials: Mandevilla, mandevilla vine, vining plant
mandevilla vine, vining plant, winter winds: Patty, It s a small world huh? My son and his girlfriend used to live in Paducah too. It s only about a one hour drive from Murray. Birmingham is a LOT warmer and you may be able to grow that Mandevilla there over winter with protection.Not here though....

Perennials: Marigolds, plant growth hormones, life in the fast lane
plant growth hormones, life in the fast lane, best guess: Seeds are a great idea, Geraniums would work but they need hard pruning and eventually end up looking like trees. If your Marigold seeds are not sterile, they will grow next year -- just let them go to seed, dry and save. Then plant them next spring and...

Perennials: Marigolds, jungs seeds, bedding plants
jungs seeds, bedding plants, garden seeds: Peggy, You may be planting them too soon. Zones 6 and below should put out annual plants no sooner than mid April.Some garden centers offer annual bedding plants that have been forced to bloom early in big greenhouses and they don t recover through an late...

Perennials: Mexican heather, mexican heather, bedding plant
mexican heather, bedding plant, california post: Hi Laura, Mexican Heather is hardy down to 28 degrees but not for extended periods. If you had a frost, it probably died. If the frost was an unusual thing and you don t anticipate another one, the roots may have survived. In most of the U.S., Mexican...

Perennials: Mexican heather, mexican heather, zone 6b
mexican heather, zone 6b, growing zones: Mexican Heather is an annual except in growing zones 8b-11a. You are in zone 6b or 7a. You will be very lucky if you have any of them winter-over. They like acidic soil so putting some lime around the base may help. They may look dead, but sometimes if...

Perennials: Mexican heather, mexican heather, western kentucky
mexican heather, western kentucky, thanks for your help: Esther, I have tried it too and it does not survive our winters.I am also in zone 6,Western Kentucky.I would bring it in if you want it to live.I am not sure how well it does indoors but I m pretty sure it will survive.It may go dormant,but unless it s a...

Perennials: Miss Huff Lantana, girl from athens, beautiful beast
girl from athens, beautiful beast, onlineathens: Hi Harvey. Miss Huff is a beautiful beast, isn t she. You may not know that she s a local girl--from Athens (http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/092703/hga_20030927017.shtml) You have very little to do to your lantana to keep it looking and feeling good....

Perennials: MOONBEAM COREOPSIS TICKLE, moonbeam coreopsis, datura seeds
moonbeam coreopsis, datura seeds, clematis seeds: Hi Rebecca, Thanx for your questions. If you get seeds from Moonbeam coreopsis there is no guarantee the resulting seedlings will be like the parents. This is because it is a hybrid and most hybrid seeds do not result in seedlings that look like the parents....

Perennials: MOVING LILIES, asiatic lily bulbs, photosynthesis
asiatic lily bulbs, photosynthesis, zone 3: Hi Tuula, Thanx for your question. Wait until the lilies have finished flowering and the foliage turns yellow or brown. After flowering, the lily uses its foliage to gather sunlight for photosynthesis to produce sugars which are stored in the bulb for next...

Perennials: Moon flower plant, moon flower, enforcement circles
moon flower, enforcement circles, neck of the woods: Pat, it sure does sound like you are growing at least one plant called Moonflower in your neck of the woods, right down to the reseeding behavior and the hardiness factor. Several species carry large, fragrant flowers that open at dusk are referred to as...

Perennials: Moon flower, datura plant, moon flower
datura plant, moon flower, noxious weed: Hi Debbie, Thanx for your question. Datura can be a beautiful plant but it can also be a noxious weed. It is easily spread and pops up all over the place. All parts of the datura plant are poisonous and can be lethal if ingested. I m not sure about a...

Perennials: Moon Plant, night moths, flower bud
night moths, flower bud, desertusa: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. It sounds like a night-blooming cereus. I know this cactus and there are references under Epiphyllums and under Cereus gregii and Peniocereus gregii. I have seen the blooms and when I was a kid a neighbor woman up the...

Perennials: Moonflower, datura, weeds
datura, weeds, alba: We should identify the Moonflower you have, just to make it official. Ipomoea alba Moonflower ? Scroll down to the white photograph at the following page: http://www.sunriseseeds.com/MORNING%20GLORY%20SEED.0.html Or Datura Moonflower ? also called...

Perennials: Moved to Zone 6, cold hardy, lantana
cold hardy, lantana, zone 7: It is only cold hardy to Zone 7 or 8, one-two zones warmer than where you currently live. So I would say no, unless you keep it in your garage, or a heated greenhouse (just above freezing). You can t bring it into your house because your house is normally...

Perennials: Moving lillies, asiatic lillies, white lillies
asiatic lillies, white lillies, asiatics: Hi George, Thanx for your question. Wait until the plants have completely bloomed and then in the early fall at least 30 days before the first frost, dig up the bulbs and separate them. Replant in the desired location and water well. That should do it....

Perennials: Moving Plants, hydrangea plants, ms walker
hydrangea plants, ms walker, bloom time: Jeanne, Fall and spring are both good times to transplant.Since Wisteria is very finicky about being transplanted either time would be fine for it.Sometimes it does not bloom for a year or two after transplanting. Hydrangeas are not choosy when they are transplanted...

Perennials: Moving and storing Irises, siberian irises, bearded irises
siberian irises, bearded irises, cedar mulch: Hi Ralph, For German bearded irises you can dig up the rhizomes and store them in the basement. For Siberians, their rhizomes are very thin. Leave the dirt on the rhizomes and store them in a cool, dry place in the basement. I would take the roots and...

Perennials: Moving Tiger Lilies to a new home, tiger lilies, weedkiller
tiger lilies, weedkiller, stargazers: You ve asked a lot of questions here. Let me answer them one at a time. I ll address your first question, the one aobut moving (I assume) perennials to your new house. If you would like to send the other 2 as separate questions, I ll take a good look at...

Perennials: Moving..Want to take my perennials with me., cypress bark, composted manure
cypress bark, composted manure, drip line: Hi Kim, Thanx for your question. If you can move your perennials now, do so. The key is to get them moved before the ground starts freezing (30-45 days before freeze). This will ensure the roots get acclimated to new surroundings. Cut your plants back...

Perennials: Mums, mild climate, flowerbeds
mild climate, flowerbeds, cutback: Gigi, Keep Mums cut back to about 8 until at least July 4th. If you are in a mild climate you can keep them cutback till mid July. The Rule is the 4th of July for the upper 1/2 of the US. You will have beautiful, appropriate sized mums in the fall! ...

Perennials: Mums, mum plant, floral tape
mum plant, floral tape, flowerbeds: Gigi, I know exactly how you feel. I had to tie mine up because they get so big they seem to split in the middle.I use a green floral tape that you can t even see from a distance and wrap it all the way around the mum plant when they start budding out and...

Perennials: Mums, soil recipe, soil mixture
soil recipe, soil mixture, cedar mulch: Judy, Plant mums anytime during the summer or early fall. You may also plant florist mums after they have finished blooming. * Select a planting site that receives full sunlight. Mums are perennials, so they will return year after ...

Perennials: Mums, bloom, thanx
bloom, thanx, autumn: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. You can plant mums in Illinois in the Autumn. They are often on sale here in the Midwest for the fall bloom. Make sure you plant them so that they have 30-45 days before the first heavy frost so the roots can get acclimated...

Perennials: Mums, cypress mulch, couple inches
cypress mulch, couple inches, heaves: Hi Joe, One of the things that causes mums to die in the winter is the fact that the ground heaves. That means, as it gets cold and then gets warm, the soil has a tendency to unearth some plants and expose their roots to the freezing temperatures resulting...

Perennials: Mums in house plant, flower buds, dormant state
flower buds, dormant state, house plant: You need to dead head them, by removing the dried seed heads. Most mums are perennials and will come back again next year, if they are planted in the ground and mulched with Hay. You can try and gather seeds from the spent blooms, but they might not have...

Perennials: Are Mums really hardy?, football mums, preferred zone
football mums, preferred zone, signs of life: Ah, yes, the case of the disappearing Mums. Yes, Mums are hardy. Yes, they are perennial. About as perennial as Tulips. Truth is, Mums don t like cold wet snow and they don t come back every year. Pretty depressing, isn t it? Years ago, I bought...

Perennials: Mums, oldtimers, 4th of july
oldtimers, 4th of july, thanx: Hi Karen, Thanx for your questions. The oldtimers tell me that one keeps cutting mums back to about 6 or 8 inches until the 4th of July and then let them go. As far as the ones that are blooming now, I would dead-head them so they ll bloom this fall. I...

Perennials: I'm getting ready to begin..., plant seeds, plant perennials
plant seeds, plant perennials, hardiness: Hi Janine, Thanx for your questions. If cost is a factor, seeds are definitely the way to go but you need the right set up which initially will involve some bucks. Now, you could start your seeds indoors and then move the flats outdoors to a protected place...

Perennials: magnolia bush, shrubs and trees, flowery shrubs
shrubs and trees, flowery shrubs, central minnesota: Hi Betty, Thanx for your question. Let your magnolia bloom. It will be ok. Sometimes flowery shrubs and trees will bloom again in the late summer or early fall particularly if there have been any unusual temperature changes. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: magnolia bush, judy loe, cheese cloth
judy loe, cheese cloth, time judy: Hi Judy, Thanx for your question. Magnolia are supposed to be deer resistant but realize that when very hungry, deer will feed on just about anything. Yes, your magnolia should flower next season. Summer Sweet is considered to be deer resistant. I hope...

Perennials: magnolia bush, types of magnolias, care tag
types of magnolias, care tag, home depot: Rose, I ll tell you what. Go to www.waysidegardens and www.songsparrow.com. They have an extensive array of unusual (and rather expensive) new types of Magnolias and I bet you will find it in one of these places.If not let me know and I will try helping you...

Perennials: making a chamomile bench, vita sackville west, acidic soil
vita sackville west, acidic soil, roman chamomile: Stonesmith Garden Vessels (www.stonesmith.com/benches_1.html) posts its catalog on the internet at its website and sells a form of Chamomile Bench that simplifies that art of preparation for this traditional English garden piece. There is also a reference...

Perennials: mammouth elephant ears, elephant ear bulbs, elephant ears
elephant ear bulbs, elephant ears, first frost: Hi Merry, Thanx for your question. Yes, elephant ears will grow in Pittsburgh. Wait until mid-May when the soil has warmed and plant the bulb so that it is covered by about 4 inches of soil. They will gorwo in the shade and they ll grow in full sun and...

Perennials: what to do when your man fern is dead, tree ferns, rainforest jungle
tree ferns, rainforest jungle, organic soil: Your evergreen Man Fern -- Dicksonia antarctica to botanists -- is a hugely popular tree fern from the tropics and the one most often grown as a houseplant. It needs rich, healthy, organic soil and, thanks to their rainforest jungle ancestry, lots of rain....

Perennials: mandavilla, nitorgen, warm temperatures
nitorgen, warm temperatures, mandavilla: Hi Pat, Thanx for your question.You may want to repot the plant and make sure that you feed it with a fertilizer that has less nitrogen and more Potassium and Phosphorus. Nitorgen encourages the green growth often at expense of flowers. Keep the plant well...

Perennials: mandavilla, sugestions, parasol
sugestions, parasol, vines: Joanna, I alos adore Mandevilla vines. If you live in a cooler climate below zone 8 you will have to bring it indoors.It may need repotting if it is in the original nursery pot. If you have a sunroom or big window with plenty of light that would be a good...

Perennials: mertle tree, native soil, good soil
native soil, good soil, manure: Derrek, The only think to do is water it when it gets dry and wait until next years bloom cycle.You can prune it in the fall but do not prune it in spring.That will cut off all the buds that will open in summer. A transplanted tree needs a season to recover.I...

Perennials: mexican heather plant, mexican heather, google
mexican heather, google, nurserys: Brenda, I have not heard this before. I have a few of them myself,but unfortuneately I still have mosquitos. So to be sure and to put your question at rest,go to www.google.com and put in Mexican Heather in the search box. If that does not answer your specific...

Perennials: mexican petunia, san antonio tx, ground cover
san antonio tx, ground cover, finch: Hi Ruth, Thanx for your question. I found this interesting article that shows the Mexican petunia is not deer tolerant but there is a jasmine variety that is. I hope this helps. Please use the link below. http://www.plantanswers.com/calvin_finch_articles/easy_care.htm...

Perennials: mexican petunias, mexican petunias, ruellia katie
mexican petunias, ruellia katie, mexican petunia: Hi JCH, The Mexican petunia is marginally hardy to your zone if you are zone 7. It is rated for zones 8-10. It may have been too cold this winter if you didn t mulch them. Wait another couple of weeks to see if it still doesn t snap out of it. Sometimes...

Perennials: why my money plant withers?, money plant, shady place
money plant, shady place, partial shade: Hello Ayesharao, Thanx for your question. If you are talking about Reuellia makoyana, its soil needs to be constantly wet and not dry out. It also needs shade or at least partial shade. If you put it outdoors, put it in a shady place and make sure it is...

Perennials: moon flower, moon flower, moonflower
moon flower, moonflower, perennials: Christa, The seeds should be planted in full fun. Propagation of the Moonflower is usually by seed. The seed should be nicked with a file and then soaked overnight before planting. Moonflowers should be planted when the Moon is new or increasing in light!...

Perennials: moon flowers, moon flowers, seed pod
moon flowers, seed pod, moonflowers: Hi Kaye, Thanx for your question. Moonflowers are also known as datura and jimsonweed. All parts of the plant, including the seed are poisonous (can be lethal) if ingested. Another name is thornapple because of the prickly balls you describe. Allow the...

Perennials: moon plant, moon flower, locoweed
moon flower, locoweed, white flowers: Hi Pam, Thanx for the additioal information. Your plant sounds like datura also known as jimsonweed, locoweed, angel s trumpet, Gabriel s trumpets, moon flower. All parts of the plant are poisonous and ingestion can lead to death. I grow the plant in my...

Perennials: moon plant, bushy plant, thornapple
bushy plant, thornapple, datura: Hi Char, Thanx for your question. By moon plant are you refering to a bushy plant with large, white trumpet blooms that primarily bloom at night? If so, that is the datura, jimsonweed, thornapple, Gabriel s Trumpet or Angel s Trumpet and yes, ingesting...

Perennials: moon plant - bush, trumpet angel, reseeding
trumpet angel, reseeding, moonflower: Hi Margaret, Thanx for your question. If by moonflower, you mean the datura, jimsonweed, Gabriel s trumpet, Angel s trumpet, it is not perennial except in the warmer parts of the U.S. In places where you get regular frost, the plant usually comes back by...

Perennials: moon plant, moon vine, morning glory family
moon vine, morning glory family, moon flower: Hi Kay, Thanx for your question. There is a plant called Moon Vine. It is a member of the morning glory family. It has huge white flowers that bloom at night or when it is very cloudy. There is another plant called moon flower, a variety of datura. It...

Perennials: moon plants, moon vine, corn kernels
moon vine, corn kernels, moon flower: Hi Craig, Thanx for the question. Both datura (moon plant, jimsonweed, thornapple, etc.) and the moon vine (Ipomoa alba) are toxic if ingested. Usually, when referring to toxicity generally the discussion is around herbivores like pasture animals that will...

Perennials: moonbeam coreopsis leaf mold?, powdery mildew, leaf mold
powdery mildew, leaf mold, lady bugs: Hi Steven, Thanx for the follow up. Yes, you would be able to see aphids. They are green,yellow, brown or whitish in color and look like tiny beads with legs. It is definitely some type of insect but it is not associated with the powdery mildew. If you...

Perennials: moonflower, moon vine, moon flower
moon vine, moon flower, morning glory family: Hi Ionnie, Thanx for your question. If the moon flower grows as a loose shrub with large, trumpet-like flowers that bloom at night or when it is cloudy this is probably a member of the datura family and is also known as jimsonweed, datura, Gabriel s Trumpet,...

Perennials: moonflower, moon flower, jimsonweed
moon flower, jimsonweed, thornapple: Hi Tina, Thanx for your question. By moon flower do you mean the morning glory vine that blooms at night or the datura/jimsonweed/thornapple that is a loose shrub with large trumpet shaped flowers? My datura/moonflower just started blooming last week. ...

Perennials: moonflower, moonflower seeds, tropane alkaloids
moonflower seeds, tropane alkaloids, deadly nightshade: I admire your caution, Linda. The fact is, although Moonflower seeds and plant parts (including flowers) are TOXIC (i.e., POISONOUS) when swallowed, there are not many cases where people were said to eat them accidentally. I DO NOT THINK YOU SHOULD GROW...

Perennials: moonflowers, moonlight garden, vines
moonlight garden, vines, seeds: Karen, None that I am aware of except the bugs will eat up the leaves if you don t keep them sparayed.Other than that,no care is required.They are annual vines in zones 4 to 8,so they will not come back next year,but you can save the seeds after they dry...

Perennials: moving clematis, chain link fence, rich compost
chain link fence, rich compost, root ball: Hi Loreen, Thanx for the follow-up. Just cut your plant back to where you can get it free of the fence. If that means only having a few inches of the plant above ground level, that s fine. The plant will recover and send out new shoots. I hope this helps....

Perennials: moving perenials in zone 4, perenials, mulch
perenials, mulch, perennials: Hi Melissa, Thanx for your question. It is a bit late to be moving plants in zone 4 however, if you heavily mulch, you should be able to safely do it. The key is to get the plants move and into the ground 30 days before the ground freezes. 3-5 inches of...

Perennials: moving perennials, planting peonies, wood shavings
planting peonies, wood shavings, paper sacks: Barbara, I am in the process of doing this as well. Make sure your Daffodils and Hyacinths are past there bloom and the foliage has turned yellow before digging them up. Then trim all foliage off,shake off loose dirt and seperate the bulbs. Put them in a...

Perennials: mulch or no mulch?, grass clippings, hicory
grass clippings, hicory, mulch: Hi Roy, Thanx for your question. Yes, you should go ahead and mulch to your heart s content. As the ground cover fills in, you can uncover the mulch and clear more area for the ground cover to fill in. For mulch, I would use hay, oak or other tree leaves...

Perennials: mums, cow manure, garden soil
cow manure, garden soil, soil testing: Lea, Lime neutralizes acidity in your soil. This enables certain elements which are crucial to plant growth, such as Phosphorus, to become available for use by plants. These elements, even if present in large amounts or added by fertilizers, can t be used...

Perennials: mums, fungus attacks, indiana winter
fungus attacks, indiana winter, dry periods: We all start Gardening as beginners, dear. This is easier than you think. Take a scissors in the late Fall after the flowers are finished and cut off the branches just an inch or two above the last set of leaves. This is so important. Chrysanthemums...

Perennials: Name of flower, genus ranunculus, genus and species
genus ranunculus, genus and species, growing plants: Hi Deb, Thanx for your question. Buttercup is usually identified as the genus ranunculus . Americans have tons of names for plants with which they have come into contact since the settling on this continent. There is no way to be sure without seeing the...

Perennials: Name of Perennial, day lily, summer flower
day lily, summer flower, spring flower: Hi Jane, Thanx for your question. Is this plant native to your area? How long are the leaves? I am assuming they are sword-like, like day lily leaves. How tall is the stem on which the flower is growing? How big is the flower? Are the petals flat or...

Perennials: Name that plant, bluestone perennials, van bourgondien bulbs
bluestone perennials, van bourgondien bulbs, sheperds seeds: Kim, It is impossible to identify a plant by a simple description because there are millions that may match that same description. Go back to the place you bought it and see if they have either another one just like it or take a picture of the plant and...

Perennials: Narcissus, heather heather, spring blooming bulbs
heather heather, spring blooming bulbs, sun shade: Heather, Narcissus is the same as a Daffodil. They are spring blooming bulbs that are usually planted in the fall. So wait until the green blades all turn yellow or brown and lose most of their green color.This will occur after the blooms have long dried...

Perennials: Need shade perennials, species tulips, foliage plants
species tulips, foliage plants, shade perennials: Rachel, Ixia are full-sun bulbs. These anemones and the Zephyrahtes can take partial shade (but may not bloom well). My favorite blooming perennial for shade is Astilbe. They range from white to red to purple, have long-lasting blooms, and are easy...

Perennials: New Zealand Flax/Phormium (all species), new zealand flax, phormium tenax
new zealand flax, phormium tenax, blue flax: Phormium tenax and P. cookianum are both called New Zealand Flax , often called Phormium . Neither is related to the azure-flowered midsummer bloomer Blue Flax , Linum perenne, or any of its Linum relatives. P. tenax is better known and more common. ...

Perennials: Nipponanthemum, kemper center, soil requirements
kemper center, soil requirements, mainland china: OK, Rose. Let s figure out what s wrong here. Living in New York State -- one of two venues where this perennial from Mainland China happens to sing through Summer with very little care -- I must admit there was never a problem growing these in the most...

Perennials: Non-flowering hydrangea, hydrangeas, afternoon sun
hydrangeas, afternoon sun, prune: Hi Jeanne, Thanx for your question. If you cut the hydrangeas down last fall you also cut away new growth that was being set for the following season s blooms. When pruning, don t prune too severely or you won t get blooms. Just prune enough to tidy up...

Perennials: Non Toxic Climbers, toxic plants, creepers
toxic plants, creepers, climbers: Hi Ruthy, Thanx for your question. I too, love cats and I have my buddy Chulo living with me for the past 10 years. He doesn t act like an old cat though. Most cats, just as dogs know what to eat and what not to eat. Trust me, after 40 years of having...

Perennials: Nonflowering Perrenial vine...what is it?, aristolochia durior, rapid grower
aristolochia durior, rapid grower, rootone: Hi Nancy, Thanx for your question. It sounds like Aristolochia durior (Dutchman s pipe) and the flowers are difficult to find. I have not however, found a leaf as big as 12 inches. I ve seen 6-8 inches but not 12. This plant is a long lived perenial and...

Perennials: name of flower, new castle county, blue eyed grass
new castle county, blue eyed grass, beautiful flower: Hi Billie-Jo, Thanx for the follow-up. The plant sounds like a form of blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium sp.). Take some of it to your local county extension agent for New Castle County. They should be able to tell you for sure. Contact information below....

Perennials: nature of lillies, san francisco climate, enormous pot
san francisco climate, enormous pot, maintenance plants: Hi Walt, Thanx for your questions. Lilies are perennial but there are a few commonly grown in the U.S. that are not hardy in colder zones. Your San Francisco climate is fine for most lilies. Usually, lilies bloom once a year. Some start in April and some...

Perennials: new garden, michaelmas daisy, perennial dianthus
michaelmas daisy, perennial dianthus, bloom period: Nina, Congratulations on your new home. I also have recently moved into a new/old home and can t wait to get started on my cottage garden .Just can t seem to find the time yet. Anyway you are in Zone 5 on the plant hardiness map of the US.You can find out...

Perennials: new garden, purple coneflower, butterfly weed
purple coneflower, butterfly weed, hybrid roses: Hi Nina, Thanx for your question. Here is a list of easy, low-maintenance perennials you may want to consider for next year. Gardening isn t hard, it just takes practice and you don t have to be a botannical expert. I m sure you will have a beautiful garden...

Perennials: new home., e mail address, peculiar plant
e mail address, peculiar plant, folded leaf: Jenna, if you would like to re-send your question as a Private question (see the little box marked Private ?) I will send you my email address and you can try sending your photographs. I have to remind you though that I am the Long Island Gardener and...

Perennials: night bloomer, dandelion leaf, moon flower
dandelion leaf, moon flower, foot diameter: Madam, You really want to make me work for my position here on Allexperts don t you? Just kidding. It was actually kind of fun sleuthing but I think I have an answer for you. I think the plant you describe is Oenothera triloba and it grows here in the...

Perennials: non-flowering honeysuckle vine, honeysuckle vine, gallon pot
honeysuckle vine, gallon pot, female flowers: Hi Peggy, Thanx for your question. Honeysuckles (lonicera) have hermaphroditic (both male and female) flowers so the non-flowering issue isn t about the sex of the flowers. If you are fertilizing it, I would stop as this has a tendency to increase green...

Perennials: Oakleaf Hydrangeas, oakleaf hydrangeas, flowering shrubs
oakleaf hydrangeas, flowering shrubs, sister in law: Hi Heidi, Thanx for your question. My sister-in-law is called Heidi too. Prune flowering shrubs after they have flowered. Now that it is, in my opinion, winter, prune your hibiscus now but be careful not to severely prune them. In general, you should still...

Perennials: Obedient Plant, plastic gloves, obedient plant
plastic gloves, obedient plant, perennial bed: Hi Pat, Thanx for your question. I would spot treat the obedient plant with Roundup. If you re afraid it might accidentally spray on plants you want to keep, wear plastic gloves and pour a little bit into an old cottage cheese container and brush it onto...

Perennials: Optimums of Growing Liriope From Seeds, planting seeds, optimum depth
planting seeds, optimum depth, plant seeds: Hi William, Great to hear from someone from the South. I lived in Fort Walton Beach for 3 years back in the 80s. The best time to harvest liriope seeds will be in December or January after the plant has set the berries. The key is to look for the berries...

Perennials: Oriental Lilies question, oriental lilies, van engelen
oriental lilies, van engelen, vanengelen: Patience, patience, patience please... Lilies can t stay dormant year round--they are really quite delicate and must be handled gently and carefully. And during the summer, which is now, they must be growing somewhere outside or in a pot or bag (and no...

Perennials: Oriental lilies, oriental lilies, day lilies
oriental lilies, day lilies, orange day: Hi Leroy, Thanx for your question. The only thing I can think of is either a virus did this or there was some kind of genetic reversion that occurred in the bulbs during the winter. Contact your local County Extension Service horticulturalist. I honestly...

Perennials: Overwintering Lupines, lupines, kansas city area
lupines, kansas city area, warm weather: Hi Barbara, I have seen the lupines growing along the roadside in Maine and then through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. They are absolutely gorgeous. Lupines do not like hot weather and do well in the Northeast and Canada. They also grow well in the Pacific...

Perennials: orange honeysuckle plan, flowering vines, hi mary
flowering vines, hi mary, honeysuckle: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question. In the late summer prune the vine back severely. You may want to start fertilizing now with a fertilize for flowering vines and shrubs. Follow the directions on the box. Stop fertilizing in early fall. I hope this helps....

Perennials: orientalpoppies, oriental poppies, root cuttings
oriental poppies, root cuttings, first frost: Hi Ruth, Thanx for your question. You can sow the seeds in the area you want them togrow this fall before the first frost or you can wait until early spring. By sowing this fall you may get some blooms next year. If you sow in the spring you will have...

Perennials: ornamental grass, musser forests, shady oaks nursery
musser forests, shady oaks nursery, wayside gardens: There are hundreds of different varieties of ornamental grasses.You just described them all. I don t know your location either. But anyway,go to one of these websites and you will likely find it: Wayside Gardens,Whiteflower Farm,Bluestone Perennials,Shady...

Perennials: ornamental grasses, black dirt, pampas region
black dirt, pampas region, ornamental grasses: Hi Howard, Thanx for your question. Pampas grass is native to the Pampas region of Argentina which is similar to the plains areas of Texas. It is of the Cortaderia genus and is not hardy in zone 5. You can grow it in a tub and move the tub into a cold...

Perennials: outdoor plated hybiscus, mild winter weather, hybiscus plants
mild winter weather, hybiscus plants, straight answer: Hi Sue, When you say they are not annual hibiscus you are growing, can you tell me what they are? A little more information to give you a straight answer. I don t want to tell you to go ahead and leave them out there and find your entire collection was...

Perennials: outdoor yucca plants, yucca plants, wastes resources
yucca plants, wastes resources, stalk: It s always best to remove a spent bloom on ANY plant, mainly to keep it from setting seed -- a high energy exercise that wastes resources. Yuccas are no different. Remove the finished stalk or hard stem as soon as the flower is past its prime and no longer...

Perennials: overwintered perennials, delphenium, chicago zone
delphenium, chicago zone, energy from the sun: Hi Jane, Thanx for your question. I m sure you can plant them out after the last frost. Don t do it now or they might die from the shock of sudden cold. They may not bloom again this summer since they have already tried to bloom. Perennials do go dormant...

Perennials: overwintering canna and calla lillies, peat moss, unheated greenhouse
peat moss, unheated greenhouse, calla lilies: As you know, Frank, since Cannas and Callas are tender perennials, you must bring them indoors for the winter. Funny how we plan to do that and often miss the boat. I guess we ve both been there done that. Let s start with Cannas. Begin by removing...

Perennials: overwintering perennial containers in zone 5, potted perennials, garbage bags
potted perennials, garbage bags, steady heat: Kim, It really depends on the degree of cold it reaches. When it drops below 20 degrees,I would put a heater on just to be safe.I wouldn t want to kill off my first stock of perennials. It shouldn t take a lot of heat.Just a low steady heat so that the greenhouse...

Perennials: PAMPUS GRASS, slow release fertilizer, pampas grass
slow release fertilizer, pampas grass, cold hardy: Pampas grass are definitely considered marginal for Zone 5. I do the plant ordering for our large retail plant nursery. And through numerous distributors, I have only been able to find one variety of pampas grass that was considered cold hardy for Zone 5...

Perennials: Pampas Grass, ornamental grasses, ornamental grass
ornamental grasses, ornamental grass, poor drainage: Paul, First off,it all depends on how long it has been in the ground.Pampas Grass is a rampant growing ornamental grass,and I have yet to find one that is easily dug up,especially a mature plant. The roots go VERY deep and VERY tightly clustered together.If...

Perennials: Patio/ container garden, etc...., colorful foliage, washington dc area
colorful foliage, washington dc area, variegated ivy: Hi Gary, Thanx for your question. For continuous blooming underneath the large tree, I would use impatiens. These are annuals but will continue to bloom throughout the summer and fall until frost. Vinca will also work but I like impatiens better. You...

Perennials: PERENNIAL NAME/INFO?, flowering ground cover, perennial section
flowering ground cover, perennial section, border plants: Hi Mary, Thanx for your question and the additional information. Aubrieta is a good ground cover for your area (hardy from zones 4-8). It grows well in rock gardens, between stepping stones and around rocks but it is great as a low-growing ground cover....

Perennials: Peonies, new quarters, south exposure
new quarters, south exposure, peonies: Hi Alexi, Thanx for your question. You were lucky to get 5 blooms on your peony after planting it last year. Peonies often take 2-4 years to bloom after being dug up and moved or planted from a pot. Unfortunately, the blooms do not last a long time. Once...

Perennials: Peonies, gypsy moths, peonie bush
gypsy moths, peonie bush, dish soap: Hi Louise, Thanx for the follow up. We are having another weird summer. No real heat until next week and then we re talking 90s. We had a serious drought here as we have had off and on for the past 20 years. Another weird thing that caught me last year...

Perennials: Peonies, peony, peonies
peony, peonies, bushes: Karen, Sure you can cut them back after they bloom. And as they are in bloom you can get some Peony cages that hold up the heavy blossoms.They are just round hoops with legs that go down in the ground around the shrub. Good luck with your new garden...

Perennials: Peonies, albany ny area, large blossoms
albany ny area, large blossoms, sandy soil: Jack, You could easily have gotten a mighty PEST that ate away at the root system. Are other plants around the peony doing well? How does the grass look in the area? You may want to dig it up and look at the roo system and even take it into a nursery...

Perennials: Peonies, soil dries, albany ny area
soil dries, albany ny area, leaf mold: Hi Jack, Thanx for your question. If the soil dries out to quickly the plants may be starved for water. Generally, you don t need to fertilize peonies. For them to only grow a few inches a year is unusual. Do you have some better soil? They need full...

Perennials: Peonies, chinese tree peony, chinese peonies
chinese tree peony, chinese peonies, organic fungicide: Yes, the Chinese tree peony season on Long Island just closed and it was an interesting year. Now the Japanese peonies are preparing to bloom. I don t know which peonies you have out there in Idaho, Ashley. Let me tell you about my Chinese peonies this...

Perennials: Peonies, dry spring, rainy seasons
dry spring, rainy seasons, gangbusters: Hi Barry, Thanx for your question. The ants did not harm your peonies. They are a common symbiotic organism. I can tell you that my experience here in Kansas was that we had unusually warm and dry spring. Everything came up like gangbusters at first and...

Perennials: Peonies, tree fruit crops, twospotted spider mite
tree fruit crops, twospotted spider mite, mildew spores: Orchards in Ohio were having trouble with Spider Mites and Mildew a few years ago and the State Coop Extension stepped up to the plate to help them. Sulfur was suggested. It s Organic to the extent that it is necessary for plants and a deficiency will...

Perennials: Peonies - seed pods, plastic baggie, seed pods
plastic baggie, seed pods, cold periods: Hi Nancy, Thanx for your question. Some peonies will set seed. I ve not seen any develop on any of mine but I have seen peony seeds elsewhere. I understand that it takes one or two cold periods to break the dormancy. That means the seeds must go through...

Perennials: Peonies (sp), peonies, 3 years
peonies, 3 years: Hi Sue, Thanx for your question. I live in Kansas. I wouldn t move my peonies until late summer. It will also take them 2-3 years to bloom again once they are moved. They resent being moved but they ll survive. I wouldn t recommend moving them until...

Perennials: My Peonies have a white all over the stems and leaves, peonies, hi chris
peonies, hi chris, sanitary conditions: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. It sounds like your peonies have white mold. In the fall, I cut my peonies down to the ground and throw away all old plant material. This helps maintain sanitary conditions for the plant growing area and reduces the chances...

Perennials: Peonies, mature plants, welcome thanks
mature plants, welcome thanks, peonies: HI MAYA, AND THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION O.K HERE IS THE SITUATION, FIRST I NEED TO KNOW HOW LONG YOU LIVED THERE,THAT WOULD HELP, BECAUSE NEW PLANTS MAY NEED 2 TO 3 YEARS TO BLOOM, SECOND, THEY MAY NOT BLOOM IF THEY ARE PLANTED TO DEEP, AND FINALLY DIVISION...

Perennials: Peonys, peony plants, purple blotches
peony plants, purple blotches, botrytis blight: The few buds this year would be under average, but three is better than two or none. Peonies seem to take a lifetime to get off the ground. They are similar to Roses in that regard, but they take twice as long to settle in and that much longer to correct...

Perennials: Peonys, root disturbance, family move
root disturbance, family move, peonies: Hi James, thanx for your question. I apologize being late. I am down here in Florida helping my brother and his family move and I forgot to put myself on vacation! The best time to separate and move peonies is in the late summer or early fall. You may...

Perennials: Perenial's for Fall, perenial plants, ornamental kale
perenial plants, ornamental kale, day lilies: Hi Jennifer, Thanx for your question. I live in the Kansas City area and for years it was chrysanthemums. It still is...BUT! Now we have asters and they are wonderful. Tons of new varieties of asters at the garden centers. How about ornamental kale? ...

Perennials: Perennial, elephant ear bulbs, georgetown ky
elephant ear bulbs, georgetown ky, tender plants: Those Elephants MUST be lifted out of Kentucky gardens to survive the winter. Sweet Potatoes are also tender plants, very sensitive to frost. I admit I have not over-wintered one, so I cannot tell you if they would respond better to pot-storage or if you...

Perennials: Perennial hibiscus, root hairs, unavoidable damage
root hairs, unavoidable damage, michigan retailer: Your Hibiscus -- this is a Hardy Hibiscus? Perhaps a Rose of Sharon? PRUNING Hardy Outdoor Hibiscus right now is asking for trouble. You stimulate growth, the new growth is too tender to take on Winter, and the branch goes kaput. Enough of that, and...

Perennials: Perennial hybiscus, crepe myrtles, rain hail
crepe myrtles, rain hail, seed pods: Hi Paulette, Thanx for your question. I lived in Ft. Walton Beach back int the mid-80s. Love the Gulf Coast! Cutting off spent blooms will not increase blooming. So, if you see seed pods forming, cutting them off won t make the shrub bloom more. They...

Perennials: Perennial lantana, soilless mix, rooting hormone
soilless mix, rooting hormone, lantana: Hi Dan, Thanx for your question. Lantana is propagated by softwood (green wood) or hard wood (brown wood)cuttings. You cannot divide it like hostas. Make cuttings about six inches long and strip all leaves off except the top three. Make the cutting where...

Perennials: Perennial Morning Glory, flower boxes, root protection
flower boxes, root protection, dry basement: Hi Kymberlee, Unless you live in Mexico, this does not sound like a morning glory to me. You must live along the Gulf Coast or in Southern California because this sounds like a tropical plant. Perennial morning glories (they re all perennial south of...

Perennials: Perennial planting from seed, zone 5b, blue flax
zone 5b, blue flax, perennial seeds: Hi, Thanx for the follow up! Now this is May and if you are going to start your seeds now, for perennials count on no bloom this year. You are also a little late for some of the annuals. Mindy, here s the deal. You can start your plants indoors from December...

Perennials: Perennial sunflower probelm, insecticidal soap, daisies
insecticidal soap, daisies, zone 5: Hi Oxana, Thanx for your question. You should be able to see the aphids on the underside of the leaves. They will appear as tiny flea-like insects green, white or yellow. You can treat the plant with an insecticidal soap available at your nursery or d-i-y...

Perennials: Perennials, hens and chickens, hardy cacti
hens and chickens, hardy cacti, nex level: Hi John, Thanx for your question. By tiered I assume you mean from small plants to large plants. If I m incorrect please post a followup. Use hollyhocks, crambe, hibiscus, purple vitex and Rose of Sharon for the tall, bushy back end of the tier. Nex...

Perennials: Perennials, van bourgondien bulbs, jung seed co
van bourgondien bulbs, jung seed co, white flower farm: Judy, Here are some great websites to check out for whatever perennial you are searching for:www.wildflower2.org www.perennials.com www.musserforests.com www.bestratedsites.com/Products/1016 White Flower Farm Wayside Gardens Van Bourgondien(bulbs.few...

Perennials: Perennials, rosy glow barberry, shasta daisy
rosy glow barberry, shasta daisy, spring blooming bulbs: Marcia, Definetly get rid of that old growth! Some gardeners cut back the old growth of perennials in late fall or early spring.It really depends on if you have lots of spring blooming bulbs that will be shooting up in early spring like I and many of my...

Perennials: Perennials, organic compost, potting soil
organic compost, potting soil, dense shade: Sure will. Just plant the Bleeding Heart and the Columbine in a carefully chosen spot that is slightly shady and moist.You may want to break up the soil a bit and add some organic compost or fresh potting soil to soften the soil. Don t give them dense shade,just...

Perennials: Perennials, hardy hibiscus, showy perennials
hardy hibiscus, showy perennials, sunny spot: Hi Carol, Thanx for your question. Your wish is a tall order. Most perennials bloom at specific times of the growing season. My advice would be to plant some hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheoutos) a hardy hibiscus which will bloom for you from July to frost....

Perennials: Perennials, shady oak trees, organic fertilizer
shady oak trees, organic fertilizer, springhill nursery: I ve used the Springhill nursery plant finder for most of my plantings. You can put in your category, growing zone, amount of sun, color, etc. Here is the website: http://springhillnursery.com/default.asp I hope this helps. You may need to nourish...

Perennials: Perennials, first frost, sun wind
first frost, sun wind, annuals: Hi Dennis, Thanx for your question. You may continue to grow perennials from seeds. Make sure that after the seeds have germinated the seedlings have at least 30-45 days to grow outdoors before the first frost. Once seeds germinate and have their first...

Perennials: Perennials, root system, new situation
root system, new situation, hibernation: Do it NOW! Laurie. The winter is the perfect time for your perennials to slip into hibernation, but they still have an actively growing root system. Take it easy with the fertilizer - you don t want new growth now, just roots that can get used to the new...

Perennials: Perennials, blackberry lily, wood poppy
blackberry lily, wood poppy, ladies mantle: Hi Chris, Thanx for your question. It is going to be difficult to find a lot of flashy perennials for shade. Hostas do very well in the shad and have beautiful spikes of flowers that come in whites, pinks and purples, great foliage too with all different...

Perennials: Perennials Blooming from Spring to Fall, butterfly bush, wild roses
butterfly bush, wild roses, o clock: Hi Terri, Thanx for your question. One thing that comes to mind is the butterfly bush. There are certain types of trailing roses that will bloom most of the summer. Look for the classical type and not the hybrids. The trailing roses tend to be very hardy....

Perennials: Perennials in Connecticut, adirondack chairs, flower borders
adirondack chairs, flower borders, growing flowers: I see! Low growing, low maintenance, limited sun. I guess we can forget about Lilacs. Check the Internet website for Bluestone Perennials for photographs of their Daylilies (Hemerocallis), Hosta (there are several different kinds and they mix well, I...

Perennials: Perennials-Kentucky, favorite perennials, southern climates
favorite perennials, southern climates, uky edu: Anne, First of all Welcome toKentucky. The weather in the summer is not much different than Georgia.The summers are not as long and of course the winters are much colder.But that is a benefit for you since now you can grow some of those spring bulbs that...

Perennials: Perennials & Shrubs in containers, lake effect snow, snow region
lake effect snow, snow region, hydrangea: Hi Susan I have had my perennials in containers in this lake effect snow region of ohio and The next year they came right back, just try to keep the base of the pots covered with something........i have protected mine with anything from blankets to mulch......also...

Perennials: Perennials for sloping flower garden, spring flowering bulbs, rock garden creeper
spring flowering bulbs, rock garden creeper, sage herbs: Dawny, Sounds like you are on the right track.Just use the type of perennials you are using now. But wait til spring to see if there are any spring flowering bulbs like crocus,Daffodils,tulips,etc before you do any more digging.You could cut into and damage...

Perennials: Perennials for Zone 10, ft walton beach, mexican heather
ft walton beach, mexican heather, beautiful colors: Hi Carol, Thanx for your question. Years ago, I lived in Northwest Florida in Ft. Walton Beach. Here s a list of some plants that would do well in partial shade 10-24 inches: dayflower (commelina) hosta (best choice and there are white, pink and purple...

Perennials: Perennials, tall grass, weed growth
tall grass, weed growth, irises: If your shed is heated or at least insulated, the plants MIGHT make it...... but potting them now for sale next year is chancy in your area. I don t know of any other weed reventor other than Preen that works well with irises. Sorry I can t be of much...

Perennials: Periwinkle, weed killers, periwinkle
weed killers, periwinkle, bushes: Hi Dan, I try to be as Earth-friendly as possible so I seldom recommend defoliants or other weed killers but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I would dig up whatever I could near the plants you want to keep. Spot treat the areas with heavy...

Perennials: Perriwinkle weed spraying, lawn weed control, periwinkle groundcover
lawn weed control, periwinkle groundcover, grassy weeds: Patricia, A few years ago I found a wonderful product called Grass Be Gone by Ortho. I needed it for killing Bermuda grass in a Liriope bed. It worked with several applications. I will give you the info below that I got from the www.ortho.com web site or...

Perennials: Petunias, petunia flowers, leafy trees
petunia flowers, leafy trees, hanging baskets: Hi Neelma, Thanx for your question. Petunias require full sun that s probably why the blossoms are weak. Eventually, the plant will get leggy and messy due to the low light. If you have been fertilizing the plants I would stop. Make sure the soil is moist...

Perennials: Petunias, vigorous plants, dry soil
vigorous plants, dry soil, transplant shock: Yellow leaves can be caused by many things including lack of nitrogen, insufficient light, water-logged soil (plant roots need oxygen to thrive), dry soil, or iron deficiency. If the older bottom leaves are yellow, but new growth is green, it s usually a lack...

Perennials: Petunias, spider mites, yellow leaves
spider mites, yellow leaves, root rot: Hi Mary Ellen, Thanx for your question. Are you fertilizing them? If so, you should stop. Check the soil. If it remains damp, ease up on the watering. Water only when the top of the soil starts to dry out. Make sure the container is free draining and...

Perennials: Petunias, miracle gro, water sun
miracle gro, water sun, broad spectrum: Petunias love sun. They like watering about every three days--or just feel the dirt and if moist--don t water. I would get a broad spectrum fertilizer like Jobe s, Miracle Gro, etc and use as directed about every three weeks. Petunias don t mind the cold--less...

Perennials: Phlox stalks turning brown and dying, predator mites, coop service
predator mites, coop service, spider mite: Give it your best shot. I think at this point your focus should be understanding what is wrong and how to fix it. With so few Phlox, it becomes an experiment. Phlox season will be over before you know it. If you are going to replace your Phlox, try...

Perennials: CAN I PLANT SNAPDRAGONS THI TIME OF YEAR?, snap dragons, flower tray
snap dragons, flower tray, eastern exposure: Hi Davetta, Thanx for your question. Unless your area is frost-free right now, I would not plant the snap dragons outside until after your last frost. Leave them in their container in a sunny window with a southern or eastern exposure and water once a week...

Perennials: PLANTING IN S.C., cypress mulch, soil mixture
cypress mulch, soil mixture, shade spring: Here is my soil mixture that is sure to bring success: Good Soil Mixture: If you do this when you begin your garden area you won t have to add stuff every year. I just use a shovel and turn the clear areas around the plants each year and add Millorganite...

Perennials: Plant Suggestions, garden phlox, spring blooms
garden phlox, spring blooms, tall poppies: Here I am again...and hope I can help you with plant suggestions! Spring blooms Columbine-there are so many solors to choose from Small asters Delphinium (blue) Silver Mound (for texture) Iris Bellflower-White or purple Anenomes-large variety ...

Perennials: Planting in the garden in winter!, spring summer autumn, frost areas
spring summer autumn, frost areas, winter flowering heather: Hi JO, Thanx for your question. Flowering clematis are native to the Mediterranean and will not tolerate hard frosts. If you live in Florida, South Texas, Southern California or other frost free or mild frost areas of the U.S. plant the plants as late as...

Perennials: Planting ideas for steep bank, plastic drainage pipe, wooden privacy fence
plastic drainage pipe, wooden privacy fence, blue rug junipers: Trisha, You really need a good ground cover for erosion control and to anchor other potential areas on the slope where you might plant. I like using a permanent evergreen groundcover such as juniper. The Blue Rug junipers are great! There are now many more...

Perennials: Planting in January, spring temperatures, kc area
spring temperatures, kc area, plant flowers: Hi Renee, Thanx for your question. I have leftover pansies from the fall and I m in the KC area which is relatively the same climate as the Washington, D.C. metro area. If you want to try pansies, I think they ll be okay but won t be great until you have...

Perennials: Planting new roses, flowering shrub, tea roses
flowering shrub, tea roses, new roses: Assuming the plants arrive dormant, I would think this would be an excellent time to plunge those roses right into the ground and cover with soil above for protection. It would be a bit easier if I knew what exactly you were purchasing - Zone 6 for some of...

Perennials: Planting next to a house, landscape timbers, perennial plants
landscape timbers, perennial plants, brick house: This is such a HUGE question. I am going to refer you to several websites. PERENNIALS FOR SHADE: http://www.tmac.clara.co.uk/urgring/faqshade.htm http://www.earlmay.com/pamphlets/908012_perennial_plants_for_shade.htm http://www.earlmay.com/pamphlets/908012_perennial_plants_for_shade.htm...

Perennials: Planting Perennials, purple cone flowers, shasta daisies
purple cone flowers, shasta daisies, garden soil: Sorry, I reread your question and now I can answer your question. Wait until late July to September to transplant iris. I am going to refer you to several websites that can do a much better job in explaining the process of ground preparation and also what...

Perennials: Planting a perennial garden, planting a perennial garden, plant catalogs
planting a perennial garden, plant catalogs, perennial plants: Tara, First things first. The very first thing you need is a plan.It doesn t have to be elaborate or complex,just a rough outline of the area and a note of all of the characteristics of the site.Take a photo of the site first and sit down with it to put it...

Perennials: Planting perennial, hostas plants, coral bells
hostas plants, coral bells, coral bell: Pat, I would really have to see the way your sidewalk is in relation to your house and other beds in order to tell you where to place them. If you want to line a straight sidewalk,you wouldn t have to move the Hostas,but you could plant the Coral Bells on...

Perennials: Planting perennials near lilacs, black walnut trees, hosta cultivars
black walnut trees, hosta cultivars, black walnuts: Hi Vince, Thanx for your quetion. I was doing some research on the Internet on the allelopathy of lilac. Allelopathy, simplistically, means sensitivity of other plants to one particular plant. A classic example is the allelopathy of black walnuts. If...

Perennials: Poinsettia, green thumb, total darkness
green thumb, total darkness, twist tie: Forcing Poinsettias Forcing Poinsettias to bloom is a difficult task. Many have tried, but few succeed. But, if you have kept them around and healthy all year, you ve just gotta give it a try. The concept is simple enough. Any time from late September...

Perennials: Poinsettia, hours of darkness, night temperatures
hours of darkness, night temperatures, red leaves: Temperatures that low may be a little brisk for your Poinsetta. The cooler nights are always best for plants - but it should be gradual and varies with the species. Start your long-night treatment as soon as possible. Get the lights out - TOTAL DARKNESS...

Perennials: Portulaca (moss Rose), portulacas, dead heading
portulacas, dead heading, dose one: Hi Joan, Thanx for your question. Potulacas don t need dead heading but it may be cooling off where you live which causes them to get leggy. They will also get leggy if there isn t enough sun, too much rain or water or if you are fertilizing them (don t)....

Perennials: Portulacas, annuals, oblivion
annuals, oblivion, drought: Portulacas are a vividly colored ANNUAL plant that wane toward the end of the Summer. They LOVE baking heat and drought and they happen to be one of my favorite plants. The strength of color is incredible. Let your Portulacas fade into oblivion toward...

Perennials: Pothos Plants, ap biology course, pothos plants
ap biology course, pothos plants, cedar park high school: Hi Leslie, Thanx for your question. My expertise is mainly in seed propagation and perennials, not particularly house plants but I do know a little bit about this one so I will answer what I know. 1. Pothos tolerate a variety of different lights from...

Perennials: Can My Potted Bulbs Go Outside Now, potted bulbs, flower pots
potted bulbs, flower pots, calla lilies: Kimberly, 10 1/2 yrs. ago I had a stroke at the age of 44. I was living in Alaska at the time so I moved to where my parents and the rest of the family lived-the midwest. Since then, after lots of rehab, I took up gardening as therapy . It can be sooooo...

Perennials: Potted Gerber Daisy, gerber daisies, gerber daisy
gerber daisies, gerber daisy, dead leaves: Hi Cindy, Gerber daisies are perennial in zones 8 and above. They will not overwinter outdoors in zone 6. You can treat it as a houseplant and yes, it may bloom again before the onset of winter. Bear in mind that the plant is native to subtropical areas...

Perennials: Potted Mums, potted mums, spring sunshine
potted mums, spring sunshine, hybrids: Keep your Mums watered and cool enough to chill without freezing the roots. You did not mention your location, but if water freezes, it is going to be cold. At the end of the Winter of course they go out in the Spring sunshine. But you knew that. It...

Perennials: Powdery mildew on crape myrtle, mildew spores, nasty side effects
mildew spores, nasty side effects, skull and bones: Mildew is not ONE problem; it s any of SEVERAL problems, triggered by a long list of Fungus villains. Its signature soft-gray powder coats buds and leaves -- especially new tender growth, halting photosynthesis and other basic life processes, sapping energy,...

Perennials: Preparing bulbs for winter, day lillies, daylilies
day lillies, daylilies, correct time: Carole the iris leaves should be cut back to about 3 -4 in the fall, probably at the end of Sept. for you. The Daylilies will die back and as you see dead leaves, just pull them out, eventually they will all be out. When all the leaves of the daylilies...

Perennials: Preparing a Perennial Bed, beds and lawns, peat moss
beds and lawns, peat moss, organic fertilizer: First though you MUST prepare your soil. It may be pains-taking but you will see such better results from your garden, sun or shade. You didn t say where you live but this is my formula and I have good topsoil for about 5-6 but then a lot of clay. ...

Perennials: Preserving Calla Lilies, silica sand, silica gel
silica sand, silica gel, calla lilies: I don t suppose those Calla Lilies were caught in a bouquet thrown by the Bride at the Wedding? This question comes up a lot around this time of year -- like clockwork, Chelsea! Callas are a popular bouquet flower these days. There are many ways to accomplish...

Perennials: Privacy break - tall hedges at property line, true natives, tall hedges
true natives, tall hedges, alaska cedar: There are some native Northern Cedars I am sure of. I live in Kentucky(zone6)and I went out in my woods when I lived in the country and dug up some of our native cedars for a privacy/property line that seperated our neighbors. They grew FAST and in only...

Perennials: Problem Day Lillies, day lilies, day lillies
day lilies, day lillies, black seed: Hi Sheril, Thanx for your question. What you describe is not a problem but the natural life cycle of your day lilies. The plants bloom, produce seed and then stop blooming. You can t do anything to make the daylilies bloom longer. It is natural for them...

Perennials: Protecting Clematis During Fence Installation, fence installation, fence post
fence installation, fence post, shock treatment: Hello Ryan from Pittsburgh, good to hear from you again. My opinion about this is that if you re-plant it, the root system will be re-damaged when you lift it again later. I vote for a large pot instead. This exercise will require extra attention on...

Perennials: "Proven Winners" for Zone 5&6, mailorder catalogs, proven winners
mailorder catalogs, proven winners, shade area: Hi Dee, Thanx for your question. Check out Provenwinners.com. It will explain to you what proven winners are and it has a wonderful assortment of plants that are proven winners or sure bets for your area. I hope this helps. provenwinners.com To...

Perennials: Pruning azaleas, pruning azaleas, blooms
pruning azaleas, blooms, buds: Rod, You can prune them as far back as you want. Just remember though that if you prune in the fall you will be cutting off the buds that form in the fall for bloom in spring.So you may not have blooms the following spring.It may take another spring before...

Perennials: Pruning Butterfly Bushes, pruning butterfly bushes, dana dana
pruning butterfly bushes, dana dana, little bungalow: Dana, Here is what I did,bravely or stupidly ,at the time I didn t know.They were getting way out of bounds.I cut them all the way back in the fall to about 2 or 3 feet.That s it. They were just a bunch of sticks and very unattractive I must say,but the...

Perennials: Pruning Hibiscus, herbaceous peonies, tree peonies
herbaceous peonies, tree peonies, zone 5b: Hi Oxana. I think the first plant you re describing is Hibiscus syriacus or althea. This plant is hardy to minus 20 degrees Farenheit. This should tell you whether to expect any winter die back. You can use pruning to give a couple of different shapes...

Perennials: Pruning a Hydrangea Tree, transplanting shrubs, flower buds
transplanting shrubs, flower buds, mature specimen: Hydrangeas have nerves of steel -- but they re not made of it, and if you aren t careful you will kill this plant. The exhaust from a c/a/c too close to it, blowing at the hottest part of the Summer, can t be good for it. I don t know where you live,...

Perennials: Pruning hydrangeas, tony cipriano, monmouth county
tony cipriano, monmouth county, moist soil: Hi Tony, Thanx for your questions. Hydrangeas do best in partial shade with moist soil that does not completely dry out. The soil should be slightly acidic and you can treat the soil with Miracid, available at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe s, etc. Follow the...

Perennials: Pruning Lantana in Southern California, container plants, heighth
container plants, heighth, lantana: Hi Michael, Thanx for you question. I apologize for the delay in answering you. Radiation is a bush-type of lantana and will reach 4 feet tall if you don t keep it pruned below that heighth. The purple lantana tends to be low-growing in nature, probably...

Perennials: Pruning lantana in Arizona, arizona borders, tropical climates
arizona borders, tropical climates, purple plant: Hey Alan, Thanx for the follow-up. I lived in the Phoenix area back in the late 70s and early 80s. Thanx for the additional info on the lantanas. You may have had a weak plant in regard to the purple plant. I am now in Kansas and we use Lantanas as annuals...

Perennials: Pruning Mums, flower lover, game thanks
flower lover, game thanks, name of the game: Your mums will bloom, but there will be fewer than if you had pruned them and stimulated branching. A single stalk of anything blooms at the end of the stem. Pinch it - cut off the tip - and you get branches off to the side and more growth below. Each...

Perennials: Pruning/Propogation, leaf mold, flower seeds
leaf mold, flower seeds, plant propagation: Hi David, It s wonderful to hear from New Zealand. Before 9/11, I used to trade flower seeds with several people in New Zealand. One of my goals in life is to some day visit Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Thanx for your queston. Most perennials...

Perennials: Pruning, buddleia davidii, butterfly bush
buddleia davidii, butterfly bush, early autumn: The pruning schedule for these two shrubs is COMPLETELY different. The Butterfly Bush -- ‘Buddleia davidii’ to botanists -- blooms on NEW wood. This is one of the fastest growing shrubs I have ever seen, sending out branches like crazy all Summer. It...

Perennials: pampas Grass, spring storms, consistent period
spring storms, consistent period, kim hi: Hi Kim, Thanx for your question. Much of the country experienced some spring cold spells which have resulted in slowing down the growing process (even in the South and Western U.S.). You took the right actions on maintaining your plants so I think I would...

Perennials: pansies, jana jana, pansies
jana jana, pansies, last spring: Jana, Russia is WAY out of my expertise! I live in the US,Western KY. Pansies love cool weather(between 30 and 40 degrees),but I am not sure what your temp is there now.They will not do well indoors unless you have a cool bright room.Otherwise,just buy new...

Perennials: peace lilley, peace lily, root ball
peace lily, root ball, lilley: Hi Dorothy, Thanx for your question. If the peace lily has a large root ball, you should be able to pull it apart into at least two pieces. You may even be able to get four or more pieces just make sure that there are plenty of roots on each piece. If...

Perennials: peanuts and salvia, poor soil conditions, growing peanuts
poor soil conditions, growing peanuts, soil mix: Lisa, I have no clue as to how to plant peanuts. I have never even seen anyone plant them. But the Salvia microphylia is a wonderful perennial. It does well in zones 4 to 9,but I assume it can be grown in any zone. It is a good drought resistant perennial...

Perennials: peonies, herbaceous peonies, tree peonies
herbaceous peonies, tree peonies, leaf mold: Aren t you lucky to inherit peonies! I m going to assume that you have herbaceous and not tree peonies, so this advice is care of herbaceous peonies. On mine, I cut off spent blossoms in the spring. In the summer, I mulch them pretty deeply with leaf...

Perennials: peonies, chinese tree peonies, herbaceous peonies
chinese tree peonies, herbaceous peonies, peonie plants: Nancy, It sounds like you are asking about your Japanese/Herbaceous Peonies. You are cutting them back in autumn, at which point they more or less disappear into dormancy until spring when they bloom around the same time as the roses in spring. Chinese/Tree...

Perennials: peonies, peonies, lst
peonies, lst, early spring: Hi Lois, Thanx for your question. Transplant your peonies now, otherwise, wait until after the last frost and transplant. Peonies hate to be moved and they will not bloom for 2 or more years after being moved. Just so you know. I hope this helps. To...

Perennials: peonies, transplanting peonies, peony plant
transplanting peonies, peony plant, herbaceous peonies: Peonies are normally hardy from USDA Zones 2 through 7 or 8. Herbaceous peonies do need days with freezing temperatures to produce good flowers. The secret here is to force the peony into dormancy by trimming off the leaves in November if they do not fall...

Perennials: peonies, botrytis blight, fungus botrytis cinerea
botrytis blight, fungus botrytis cinerea, compost tea: These lovely plants are subject to a number of fungal blights, rots, wilts and leafspots. Two of the most common: Botrytis Blight, caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea, and Phytophthora Blight, caused by Phytophthora cactorum. These Fungi attack buds,...

Perennials: peonies, rhizomes, peonies
rhizomes, peonies, pitchfork: Hi Denise, Thanx for your question. The best time to move peonies is in the late summer or early fall but if you must move them, just dig them up and I use a pitchfork to get all of the rhizomes up out of the soil. Don t cut the foliage off just yet. They...

Perennials: peonies, peonie bushes, peonies
peonie bushes, peonies, root system: Linda, The best time to transplant peonies is in the fall--the beginning of September, so that it ll get a good root system established before a freeze. Dig deep and dig about 8 -10 outside the stems. They are quite hardy but may take an extra year...

Perennials: peonies, potassium deficiency, excess nitrogen
potassium deficiency, excess nitrogen, nearby plants: Sarah, If you are in Zone 4--those peonies should be in full sun. This year many areas were hit with a freeze just at the time the peonies and lots of other plants were getting ready to bud, thus stopping the process. Peonies don t like to be moved...

Perennials: peonies, dividing peonies, peony
dividing peonies, peony, bear in mind: Hi Patty, Thanx for your question. Here is a great URL with pics to show you how to divide your peony. Bear in mind, peonies don t like to be moved so the plant will probably not bloom for 2-3 years. I know this from personal experience. I moved some...

Perennials: peonies and moonflowers, moonvine, leaf variety
moonvine, leaf variety, fern leaf: Hi Donna, Thanx for your question. What is your location? Generally, peonies will not bloom for 2-3 years after their roots have been disturbed. Fern leaf peonies are but one of many, many varieties of peony. I have the broader leaf variety. There...

Perennials: peonies, tomato cages, hi bob
tomato cages, hi bob, peonies: Hi Bob, Thanx for your questions. Do all of the flowers have brown edges on them before the bloom? It is common for some of the less mature buds to have brown edges. You can keep peonies from bailing over by staking them. There are some thin green stakes...

Perennials: peony "Dr. Alexander Fleming", alexander fleming, soil line
alexander fleming, soil line, flower spring: Peonies bloom in the spring, my friend. Paeonia lactiflora Dr Alexander Fleming (aka P. sinensis) is an herbaceous Japanese Peony. They are slow growing and take time to establish. Biggest mistake people make with these is planting them too deep, delaying...

Perennials: peony plants, peony plants, flower beds
peony plants, flower beds, energy from the sun: Hey Bob, Thanx for your question. Your question is absolutely NOT a dumb question. I used to wonder about this myself when I first started getting serious about horticulture. The fact is, you don t want to cut the plant down until the leaves start turning...

Perennials: peony starts, moist paper towel, plastic baggie
moist paper towel, plastic baggie, chinese varieties: Hi Ron, Thanx for your question. I have had no luck finding seeds on the spent pods of my peonies however, I do know that some peonies will set seed. The seeds I have seen are black and pea-shaped. Mostly, these come from native Chinese varieties. If...

Perennials: peony won't bloom, new brunswick canada, brecks bulbs
new brunswick canada, brecks bulbs, white flower farm: Bob, welcome to the world of frustrated Peony lovers! Don t fell bad.I transplanted some peonies that were in a weed bed at a customers neglected garden.I waited until they quit blooming and then transplanted them.That was 2 years ago. So far,one bloom from...

Perennials: peonys, ncsu edu, north carolina cooperative extension
ncsu edu, north carolina cooperative extension, north carolina cooperative extension service: Hi Tama, So you have moved to Charlotte. Beautiful country down there. I used to visit High Point four times a year to cover the furniture market for several magazines, 25 years ago. I loved the weather. It was milder than New York; trees and flowers that...

Perennials: peonys, spring bulbs, planting spring
spring bulbs, planting spring, peonies: Audra, Easy questions,easy answer.Anytime is just fine to transplant Peonies.I do mine in the fall while planting spring bulbs but you can do it any time after their blooms are gone.The sooner the better since they have such deep tubers or eyes .It is usually...

Perennials: peonys, peonies, paper bags
peonies, paper bags, blooms: Lucy, Peonies have eyes .They are similar to bulbs and drying them out does not effect their function to grow again when planted.Just leave the soil around them and place them in paper bags so they do not get wet. When you are ready to plant get a sharp...

Perennials: peonys, soil level, hard frost
soil level, hard frost, peonies: Lisa, Peonies usually stay pretty green until a hard frost,so just cut the stems and faded blooms off and leave the green foliage on the plant. This is similar to how bulbs get their energy from their green foliage.It all goes to the roots or the eyes of...

Perennials: perenials, Astilbe, Phlox and Foxglove, foxgloves, phlox
foxgloves, phlox, fronds: Hello Annamay, Thanx for your question. Did you fertilize these plants? It sounds to me like they got too much Nitrogen. Did you use Miracle Grow? Actually, your phlox and foxglove may still bloom. The Astilbe should have bloomed in the late spring....

Perennials: perennals, coral bells, elephant ears
coral bells, elephant ears, lilies of the valley: Noreen, Even though these plants say they are for only sunny areas-I have had good luck with these in shadier areas. Not even a question about the spring flowering: Partial sun and shade-Spring: Crocus Grape hyacinth Coral Bells-green leafed...

Perennials: perennial?, pot marigolds, close but no cigar
pot marigolds, close but no cigar, thompson morgan: Short answer: Nope. Long answer: Simple enough question: Is there a hardy, Perennial Marigold? Not so fast! Marigolds - some of which are called Tagetes among botanists - come in several dozen Annual and Perennial species. There are in fact many...

Perennials: perennial bed renovation, soil recipe, zone 5b
soil recipe, zone 5b, wild berries: John, Even if you turn-over or roto-til the weeds under, they are still there and will come back. I really hate to use chemicals but in cases like this--it may be the only way. I had a similiar situation when redoing and enlarging my backyard garden....

Perennials: perennial bulbs, quality flower bulbs, bluestone perennials
quality flower bulbs, bluestone perennials, sheperds seeds: Lynn, Go to the following websites to learn about caring for your bulbs:www.vandycks.com,www.vanbourgondien.com,www.mzbulb.com(aka McClure&Zimmerman, Quality Flower Bulbs,www.dutchgardens.com, White Flower Farm,Wayside Gardens, Shady Oaks Nursery,Walters...

Perennials: perennial disease or ?, spider mites, sandy loam
spider mites, sandy loam, insecticidal soaps: Hi Linda, Thanx for your question. It sounds like spider mites. You can control spider mites with insecticidal soaps or oils which are available at your local nursery. Also, spraying the plants regularly with the garden hose will knock them off of the...

Perennials: perennial flowers, dwarf evergreens, beautiful blooms
dwarf evergreens, beautiful blooms, perennial flowers: JP, Here is a link. Somehow I am on it,but it does apply to your questions!I have lots of low maintenance flowers on it. http://experts.about.com/q/Perennials-729/Low-Maintenance-Perennials.htm?zIr=5#r Just copy and paste into your browser. Hope this...

Perennials: perennial grasses, perennial ornamental grasses, van bourgondien bulbs
perennial ornamental grasses, van bourgondien bulbs, jung seed co: Moria, Here is the list of the best places to look for ornamental grasses. They are great low maintenance plants! www.wildflower2.org www.perennials.com www.musserforests.com www.bestratedsites.com/Products/1016 White Flower Farm Wayside Gardens Van...

Perennials: perennial new comer, van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials
van bourgondien bulbs, bluestone perennials, grape hyacinth bulbs: Gaye, Actually Grape Hyacinths are very low maintenance and what has happened is burrowing animal like squirrels or voles/moles have gotten the bulbs and did not care for the taste of them and spit them out therefore causing them to come up here and there....

Perennials: perennial seed germination, american daffodil society, seed germination
american daffodil society, seed germination, perennial seed: There are 2 organizations whose most vocal and active members are mainly former scientists and specialists in narrow fields of interest -- they would probably love to trade intricate opinions on this subject, or at least would know others who can. They are...

Perennials: perennial selection, purple coneflower, yucca trees
purple coneflower, yucca trees, virginia creeper: Michael, I can relate! There are a few measures we can take to reduce damage to our landscapes. Plants First, here s a quick list of what not to plant: azaleas and rhododendrons, fruit trees, euonymus, roses, hostas and lilies are all delicacies...

Perennials: is it a perennial, land scapeing, gorgeous plant
land scapeing, gorgeous plant, perilla: Linda, Go to these two links for info on your plant.I have not seen it yet around here. I would say it is a tender annual in zones below 8.It is a very gorgeous plant! http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/104655/index.html http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/detail.cfm?photoID=6489...

Perennials: perennials, zebra grass, delicious berries
zebra grass, delicious berries, hybrid roses: Hi Jan. I m jealous of your agapanthus... mine don t always make it through the winter. I m going to suggest some perennials, grasses, bulbs, and shrubs for your seasonal color. Perennials don t answer it all. mid summer: monarda (pink, blue, and...

Perennials: perennials, climbing hydrangea, colorful plants
climbing hydrangea, colorful plants, goatsbeard: Hi Kathy. I just love astilbe and goatsbeard planted under trees. Each should overwinter for you with little trouble. Another pretty luck would be a climbing hydrangea left to climb the ground around your maple. The hydrangea and goatsbeard are creamy...

Perennials: perennials, perennial seedlings, rain hail
perennial seedlings, rain hail, loving plants: Hi Ryan, Thanx for your question. Many perennial seedlings will survive a light frost but not a heavy one. I know in my part of the country (KC)we will probably not have anything close to a frost until mid to late October now. I would say in your zone,...

Perennials: perennials...., soil level, daisies
soil level, daisies, foliage: Laura, I know why you picked me.LOL! Yes you should cut back all foliage and stems from mature perennials after they have ceased blooming.Roses too.Cut everything back to approx. 6 inches from soil level.Have fun with your chores and look forward to next...

Perennials: perennials, homestead purple verbena, sunny borders
homestead purple verbena, sunny borders, patio bricks: I ll give you some perenniel combinations for under your tree. I ve started with one about 18-24 tall. 1--Nepeta, Walker s Low Waves of pale lavender-blue flower spikes in midsummer, framed below by silvery-green scalloped leaves. Dense, mounding plants...

Perennials: are these perennials or annuals, steep banks, crown vetch
steep banks, crown vetch, dahlias: Hi Geina, Thanx for your question. Gerbera daisies, brachycomes and dahlias are perenials in zones 8 and warmer. They are often treated as annuals further north. Some people in the north will lift the tubers of dahlias and store them in the basement for...

Perennials: Any perennials that bloom year round??, rod mclellan company, danielson connecticut
rod mclellan company, danielson connecticut, shrimp plant: LOTS of flowering plants are everblooming , my friend. A few for starters: The Shrimp Plant Logees Greenhouses, the Danielson, Connecticut retailer, sells these and posts photos on its website of the Shrimp Plant (http://www.logees.com/prodinfo.asp?number=R1396-2),...

Perennials: Any perennials that bloom year round??, low desert, left hand side
low desert, left hand side, perennials: Mike--DON T I WISH!!!!! All perennials have their own blooming time. A good resource to find perennials that will bloomone after the other, go to this website and look up what you want on the left hand side of the page. I use this site only as a reference....

Perennials: Any perennials that bloom year round??, low desert, begonias
low desert, begonias, kansan: Hi Mike, Thanx for your question. I lived in California (northern) a while back and go out often but I m a Kansan. So, this thing about perennials that bloom all year long is a tough one for me. I know that begonias and lantana will bloom all year long...

Perennials: perennials for containers, tall annuals, potato vines
tall annuals, potato vines, coleous: Hi Susan, Take some coleus cuttings in with you in the fall and they will easily root in water and growth in pots in a sunny window and you ll have some for next season. Okay, cold weather perennials for pots. Columbines, hen and chicks, sedums, asters,...

Perennials: Should perennials be cut to the ground in the fall. I, wood chips, first frost
wood chips, first frost, zone 5: Hi Arthur, Thanx for your question. I would wait until the first frost to trim back my perennials back to the ground, but, I need specifics. There are certain plants that should not be cut down to the ground. Kindly submit a followup and let me know what...

Perennials: perennials/fertilizing, national home gardening club, butterfly weed
national home gardening club, butterfly weed, balloon flower: Not even a question about the spring: Full Sun: Crocus Creeping phlox (3 ) a ground cover Grape hyacinth (6 ) Regular hyacinth (10-12 and very fragrant) Daffodils-12-14 and there are dozens of color combinations) Tulips- (12-16 ) and in a great variety...

Perennials: perennials in flowerboxes, commercial landscaper, flowerboxes
commercial landscaper, flowerboxes, spring bulbs: Sure there are, but we don t usually do it unless you want to dote over them all winter to make sure they don t freeze but still go dormant. Spring bulbs are a sure thing. If you grow them in pots and place those in the box, you can remove them at the...

Perennials: perennials from seed, plastic baggie, midwest chicago
plastic baggie, midwest chicago, frost place: Hi Lee, Some perennials like rudbekia can be short-lived. They ll hang around for 3-5 years and then just disappear after an especially cold winter or wet winter. You can start the seed indoors and they ll germinate in about 2-4 weeks. Keep the soil...

Perennials: perennials vs annuals, bedding plants, warm climates
bedding plants, warm climates, classification of plants: I must say,this is THE easiest question I have answerd yet! Thank you for that! OK here goes: A perennial means that the plant OR the offspring of the plant(also could be dropping seed or root multiplication from same plant)will return year after year without...

Perennials: perennials in the winter, summer daisies, true gardener
summer daisies, true gardener, winter rest: Ah, the heart of a true gardener, Erin - summer Daisies, Violets, who knows what else that you cannot bear to abandon. Remember that old gardener s saying - spring will come again? It s true. Say goodbye. Autumn is beautiful, too. For winter, I...