| Dec 20, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Question: I have a phalaenopsis orchid in a small container with lots of roots that is starting to form a flower spike. Is it too late to repot it?
Answer: Orchids don't mind cramp quarters where the roots creep out over the sides of their containers,...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Plant Doctor (Prints 12/27/14)
Question: We would like to plant a small fruit tree but are only here November through May. When is the best time to add it to the landscape?
A: Fruit trees can be added year-round, but now during the cooler months is...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 11:33 AM
I've always believed there is no wrong or right way to garden — only your way.
Your garden should reflect your personality, your style and your needs — and 2015's gardening trends reflect that same philosophy.
"Now, more than ever, the...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 7:41 PM
Average temperatures: High 72, low 50
Rainfall: 2.43 inches
Florida Arbor Day: Jan. 16
1. Moon phases
•Full moon: Jan. 4
•Last quarter: Jan. 13
•New moon: Jan. 20
First quarter: Jan. 26
2. Moon sign...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Along one of the miles and miles of footpath at The Morton Arboretum, I stopped on a recent Monday to soak in the scene. The forest floor was a bright yellow carpet. Above me, more leaves, yellow and orange and green, still clung to their makers. The...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Question: My peppers look horrible with curling leaves and brown tips. What is the cause and what can I use that is natural to obtain control?
Answer: Growing good pepper plants has been difficult this fall due to an assortment of pests. Often mites,...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 9:23 AM
Question: I would like to add a plumbago shrub to my flower bed. Is it better to plant it now or wait until spring?
Answer: Take just a little risk and plant the plumbago now. Fall is a good time to add new trees, shrubs and perennials to the landscape....
| Jan 3, 2015
| 12:27 PM
Question: Spider mites and thrips have affected my annuals and I plan to remove them from the garden and replant. Is there anything I should do to the soil?
Answer: Once a food source is removed most insect pests rapidly decline. Removing the plants...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Question: My sago has the cycad scale you have [previously] discussed. I have been using a horticultural oil spray but the scale is still present. What else can I do?
Answer: Tough and persistent scale insects go away very slowly. They are often...
| Jun 14, 2009
•Scientific name: Scaevola aemula.
•Growth habit: A sprawling evergreen perennial growing to 12 inches tall and twice as wide. The leaves are medium to dark green, obovate in shape, deeply toothed and growing to 2 inches long and half as...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 7:22 PM
My calendar says my summer vegetables should be harvested by now. It's time for cool season crops to go into the ground.
But it feels weird gearing up for winter while we're coming off a blistering week of triple-digit heat. And it's disappointing to...