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Bugs on Althea seed pods

Q:    My althea has seed pods on it and these are covered with a red and black bug. Should I spray these or are they harmless? A:    These are called cotton stainers or red cross bugs. They feed on the seeds of the althea. If you cut off the [Read More]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

About anise shrubs

Q:    I have an anise shrub that gets white flowers. I saw a different plant with a burgundy colored flower. The plants look identical. Can you change the flower color like a hydrangea? A:   Both plants are an anise but they are different. [Read More]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Amaryllis bulbs needs some space

Q:    I planted some amaryllis bulbs that a friend gave me but they never bloom. They have been in the ground for about three years but all they grow are leaves. What am I doing wrong? A:    The bulbs are old enough to bloom. Many people plant [Read More]

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

On Cherokee bean and hydrangea

Q:   I saw a humming bird in a wild area of my yard. It was feeding on red flowers from a tall flower spike. I’ve never noticed the plant before. It has triangular shaped leaves that are near the ground. I would plant more of this if I knew what [Read More]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tips from lilies to African iris

Q:    I would like to know if there is such a thing as pink Easter lilies. I have some growing and wonder if they are common or rare. A:    Lilies come in colors of white, pink, red, yellow and orange. The foliage looks about the same on all [Read More]

March 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

On narcissus and native plants

Q:     What types of narcissus can grow here? A:   We are limited to the polyanthus narcissi: paper white, Chinese sacred lily, Pearl white and Grand soliel d’or will grow here. Q:    I want to include more native plants in my landscape. [Read More]

March 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tips on staghorn fern and more

Q:    I have a staghorn fern that is under a tree canopy. The trees were trimmed and now it gets afternoon sun. Will it tolerate this situation? A:    Staghorns grow best in filtered light. Afternoon sun tends to be intense light. If the light [Read More]

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pyracantha, compost piles and more

Q:    Please suggest some plants that will attract birds. A:    Plants with berries like holly, pyracantha, beauty berry, asparagus fern and sumac can provide food for birds. Many birds are fruit eaters and so figs, citrus, plums and loquat [Read More]

February 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Info on Christmas cactus, aloe

Q:    My Christmas cactus is wilting. What caused this to happen? A:   After blooming the plant will go semi-dormant and sometimes limpness is connected to this. Over-watering and over-feeding can cause the Christmas cactus to wilt. Inspect the [Read More]

January 29, 2018 // 0 Comments