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Gardening

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  • Monthly fertilizer promotes healthy, hearty banana tree

    Question: What is needed to care for a banana tree? What fertilizer should I use and when do I pick the bananas? Answer: Many gardeners are harvesting bananas this year due to the mild winter that allowed their plantings to survive with minimal damage....
  • Open agapanthus pods to start seedlings

    Open agapanthus pods to start seedlings
    Question: Our agapanthus flowered well this year and now have green seed pods at the ends of many stems. Do you plant the entire pod or open them to grow more agapanthus? Answer: Agapanthus plantings, also known as lilies of the Nile, have flourished...
  • Containers give anthuriums escape route from cold

    Question: I have been give several anthuriums in containers and I am worried about their susceptibility to cold. Would a semi-shady spot where I have plumerias be a good area for the plants? Answer: Most gardeners know the anthuriums with broad green...
  • Heavy pruning forces plants to develop full coverage

    Question: My Indian hawthorn is green on the top but bare of leaves on the bottom. Want can I do to make the plant full again? Answer: There is only one way to force plants to fill their lower portions with stems and foliage – give them a heavy...
  • Pinpointing avocado's ripening period takes time

    Question: I find about six avocado fruits on my 8-year-old tree. How do I know when they are ripe as I don't want them to drop to the ground? Answer: Determining when an avocado is ripe is a real puzzle that could be fun solving but you only have six...
  • After poinsettia pruning, turn off nighttime light

    After poinsettia pruning, turn off nighttime light
    Question: My poinsettias are making lots of growth and I am pruning them regularly. When is the last time to do the pruning? Answer: Keep up the good pruning until the end of August or the first week in September. Then allow them to grow a bit more...
  • Pineapple's yellow color indicates prime picking time

    Question: I have been growing a pineapple plant for years and finally have a fruit that is turning yellow. When should it be removed? Answer: Wait no longer as your pineapple is ready for picking. Normally they can be easily twisted off by the top of the...
  • Scarlet Hibiscus

    •Scientific name: Hibiscus coccineus. •Growth habit: A clump forming shrublike deciduous perennial with upright shoots growing to 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The leaves are medium to dark green with up to five fingerlike lobes and growing to...
  • Edible fig

    •Scientific name: Ficus carica. •Growth habit: A deciduous large shrub to small tree with a rounded shape and open branching habit growing to 12 feet tall and wide. The dark-green deeply notched leaves are rounded in shape and grow to 8...
  • Europe in bloom

    I head to Europe every spring, ready to start afresh on a new season of travel. It's an exciting time, as I dive into exhausting days of nonstop guidebook research and travel show filming. With age and wisdom, I've learned to take some of my own advice:...
  • Lantana

    •Scientific names: Lantana hybrids •Growth habit: An evergreen mound-forming perennial growing to 5 foot tall and wide, but new varieties are often much smaller. The leaves are medium to dark green, lance-like to ovate in shape with rounded...