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posted: 06/25/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I got a beautiful bougain-villea for my birthday in April, and I think I have been steadily killing it. It was in a small pot, and we hung it in the sun on a planter rod. It stayed that way until I moved it to where it does get some shade, then I fertilized it about two weeks later with Miracle-Gro, as I do with my other flowers. It then lost all its flowers. I looked it up online and saw it was recommended that lime be used, but the site did not say how much. Also, we have had so much rain and the online site also said the plant did not like "wet feet." I have repotted it into a larger pot, and it now looks like it might begin to produce a few flowers. If it needs lime, where do I get it? How much? It is my favorite flower.

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posted: 06/18/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Is the plectranthus “Velvet Elvis” winter-hardy in Northwest Arkansas, and is it available at local nurseries?


posted: 06/11/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q This is my Meyer lemon tree or a lime tree. These places on the stem seem to attract ants in huge numbers. These are squashy, moldy looking things that do not move. I have wiped off a lot of this and sprayed the plant with water to get rid of quite a bit. I have sprayed the leaves with neem oil and sprinkled ant killer in the soil. Is there anything else I can do to get rid of this? The tree seems to be healthy.


posted: 06/04/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q A friend gave me some seeds for gourds for birds' nests. I planted them, and they're a few feet tall now and probably need fertilizer. What type should I use and how often should I apply it? Is this vine an annual or will it come back on its own next year? If I do get gourds, how do I treat them to make bird nests?


posted: 05/28/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I have petu-nias planted in a container on the front porch, which gets afternoon sun. They have already become leggy, and the top where I pour water on them looks smashed down. There are still a few blooms. I deadhead them. Do I need to "cut them back" some way? Will they become "bushy" again with lots of flowers? Or do I just need to consider their time spent and get new ones to plant?


posted: 05/21/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a Japanese tulip tree. It is several years old, and I have two bushes from the root and have cut all the other shoots off. Would it be better to cut the smaller shoot off and let the larger shoot grow stronger?


posted: 05/14/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I moved to Van Buren 366 days ago. I started tilling my garden in January due to the unusually mild weather. I was able to start planting potatoes in March, and in the first week of April I planted 70 tomato plants, 56 pepper plants, 16 yellow squash plants, four zucchini plants, and the list goes on. Everything was looking great until yesterday. We were hit with a hailstorm the likes of which I have never experienced. My 40-by-75-foot garden looks like a Weed Eater came through and cut some in half and others ... the stem may be all that is left. Will the plants possibly survive? Can I do anything to try and save what is left? What are your recommendations? My thoughts were to wait a week to 10 days and see what the plants look like. If they don't make it, I will replace them.


posted: 05/07/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Q We have had a Japanese maple for eight or nine years. It was a beautiful tree until August or September when a neighborhood vandal sprayed the front of both it and a crape myrtle with some kind of poison. The front leaves on both trees turned brown, and those on the crape myrtle dropped off. We did not know if either would put out leaves this spring but were hoping for the best. Unfortunately, the best didn't happen. Only leaves in the back came out on the maple; it is too early to know what the crape myrtle will be like after some pruning last month. Is there anything we can do for the maple besides dig it up and plant another? We invested in security cameras immediately after the incident and hope our property will be safer from now on.


posted: 04/30/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q I am trying to find a rose bush that had been in my family for generations. Unfortunately I was the last one in the family that had one, and I had to move because of sickness in the family and could not take it with me. It was called the "Yellow Rose of Texas," and it was a climbing rose that spread quickly and had very thick and large thorns. Could you please tell me if there is anywhere that I could possibly be able to buy a start of this bush?


posted: 04/23/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q Some of my best childhood memories are of driving along dirt roads with my grandparents and picking wild muscadines along barbed-wire fencerows and then cooking jelly with my grandmother.




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