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  • Ode to the orchid at Chicago Botanic Garden

    Ode to the orchid at Chicago Botanic Garden
    If the plant-care anecdotes are true, then this country is practically teeming with serial killers — of orchids. Try as we may, entranced as we may be by their delicate beauty at the Jewel or at a flower shop, we get them home and, well, soon enough...
  • Don't let droopy amaryllis leaves get you down

    Don't let droopy amaryllis leaves get you down
    Question: Amaryllis, which I am growing in the ground, have green leaves that are almost touching the soil. Should I cut those leaves back? Answer: Amaryllis won't mind their leaves touching or even flopping on the ground but you might. Do feel free...
  • Help out cold-sensitive plants before freezing temps arrive

    Help out cold-sensitive plants before freezing temps arrive
    Question: We have a Snow Queen hibiscus bush. How cold does it have to get before we have to cover it? When we use a frost blanket, the outer edges often burn. Answer: Temperatures only have to dip to 32 degrees at the leaf surface to cause damage to...
  • December gardening calendar

    Almanac Average temperatures: High 73, Low 53 Rainfall: 2.31 inches Winter arrives: Dec. 21 Average first frost: Dec. 18 The moon 1. Moon phases •Full moon: Dec. 6 •Last quarter: Dec. 14 •New moon: Dec. 21 •First...
  • Orchid won't mind cramped space, so let it sit until spring

    Orchid won't mind cramped space, so let it sit until spring
    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,...
  • Raising fruit trees not always a sweet endeavor

    Raising fruit trees not always a sweet endeavor
    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...
  • Gardening trends 2015: Find your niche and grow the garden you like and need

    Gardening trends 2015: Find your niche and grow the garden you like and need
    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...
  • January gardening calendar

    January gardening calendar
    Almanac Average temperatures: High 72, low 50 Rainfall: 2.43 inches Florida Arbor Day: Jan. 16 The moon 1. Moon phases •Full moon: Jan. 4 •Last quarter: Jan. 13 •New moon: Jan. 20 First quarter: Jan. 26 2. Moon sign...
  • Worth the risk: Put plumbago in ground now

    Worth the risk: Put plumbago in ground now
    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....
  • Save roots when you transplant orchid

    Save roots when you transplant orchid
    Question: We received a gift of an in-bloom phalaenopsis orchid that seems to be in a very small container. Should it be transplanted to a larger container now or should we wait until later? Answer: Why not enjoy the blooms that could continue for a...
  • Give soil a deep till before replanting

    Give soil a deep till before replanting
    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...