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Need ripe gourdes for luffa creation

Q:  I grew some luffa gourds this year. How do I make them into luffa sponges? A:    Harvest the fully ripe gourds and wipe them with a 1 to 10 bleach to water solution. Dry the gourds for a few days in a well-ventilated place. Then peel off the [Read More]

December 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tips on orchid care

Q:  I have an orchid that has black and white spots on the side. What might this be?  A:    Orchids that get a foliar disease often have black spots. This can be treated with a fungicide. White spots would be an insect such [Read More]

October 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Keith discusses palm trees

Q:    I have burned some palm fronds. Can I use the ashes in the landscape?  A:    Ashes can be used around some plantings. Simply throw them around the landscape and then water them in. Ashes are a valuable source [Read More]

October 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on pine cones

Q:   Is there a way to make pine cones open up? I have collected some to make a wreath but they do not seem to be fully open.  A:     Place them on a cookie sheet and put them in a warm oven. The heat will cause [Read More]

September 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Soggy begonia leaf

Q:    A leaf on my angel wing begonia looks soggy. I have had leaf spot on the plant before but nothing like this. What is the problem?  A:   The leaf probably has a bacterial infection. Pick off the leaf. Keep an eye [Read More]

September 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Candelabra cactus problem

Q:   My candelabra cactus has a fine white web at the tips. It is yellowing, too. What should I do to correct this? A:    Your cactus has a spider mite infestation. If left unchecked they will cause  the skin of  [Read More]

September 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

On fertilizer & and bromeliads

Q:   I used a time release fertilizer on my potted plants that said it was good for 18 months. That was less than a year ago and now my plants look like they could use a feeding. Should I apply more?  A:   If you look at the [Read More]

August 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Ivy, braided ficus info

Q:  I want the trunk of my ficus tree to be braided as I have seen on others. Do I need to train it or will it do this naturally?  A:   Ficus with braided trunks are produced that way. It is actually three seedlings which were [Read More]

August 5, 2019 // 0 Comments