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posted: 08/20/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q I want to send moon-flower seeds to our daughter in Florida, but my moonflower does not produce any seed pods whatsoever. What advice can you offer me?


posted: 08/13/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q My tomatoes look good and are head-high, but none of the blooms are making tomatoes. What do I do?


posted: 08/06/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q For years, I've carried in my pocket a buckeye seed that was given to me by a friend. It is "dying" of old age, and I'd like to replace it. I have a native buckeye tree in my yard that blossomed beautifully this spring, and now it has unripe seeds. I am afraid if I leave them to ripen and fall off the tree the squirrels will get them, as they have in the past. Can I cut them now and let them dry in a place in the house?

In the Garden

posted: 07/30/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I have about 10 "Niko Blue" hydrangeas. They had lots of beautiful blue blooms in June. Now they are putting on green blooms. They do this every year. Can I do anything at this point to turn the new blooms blue?


posted: 07/23/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Q We have a bunch of per-simmon trees in our yard and have little persimmon trees coming up everywhere. Between regular grass mowing they will be 6 to 12 inches tall. It's nothing new, of course, but is there an easy way we can control them?

In The Garden

posted: 07/16/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Q I am a bee-keeper in Cave Springs and I would like to know if sourwood trees will grow here. The bees love sourwood trees, plus they are a beautiful tree even if I decide to quit keeping bees, but I can't find anyone that knows anything about them. I know Crystal Bridges has planted a few of them, but they are still pretty small trees. I finally found a nursery that is fairly close by that says they will grow. I would like a second opinion.


posted: 07/09/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

QWe have a Bradford pear tree that is looking bad. It has had a number of black leaves forming in the last two weeks, and some branches have fewer green leaves. It was planted in spring 1998. I think it is dying. Is there anything I could do to help save it, or is it on its last days? The spring blossoms were normal -- loaded and beautiful.


posted: 07/02/2016 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q I have two lace-cap hydran-geas I planted about 10 years ago in Fayetteville.


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.

In the garden

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?




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