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Jesup, GA
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jesup, GA
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What trees can I plant that are fast growing for shade and, most importantly, safe for horses?
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Jesup, GA
Caterpillars devouring Blue Wild Indigo in Jesup GA
I have a false blue indigo growing in my garden. Every spring it gets defoliated by Genista moth caterpillars. It usually doesn't put out new growth until the next spring. This summer, it has put ...
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Waverly, GA
May I send a blueberry picture for ID?
May I send a digital photo of plant for confirmation that it is a wild blueberry?
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Claxton, GA
Plant identification
Mr. Smarty Plants, I have some plants I cannot identify. They were given to me after a funeral. I love them, i would like to know WHAT THEY ARE??? Here are descriptions. I can get photos. (PS I liv...
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Ellabell, GA
Help identify a plant.
Could you help me to identify this plant?
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Lyons, GA
Trailing milkvine, Matelea pubiflora, identified from seed pod
I have a vine that has a seed pod that looks like okra. Inside the pod is a small flat seed and a cotton-looking fiber. Please help identify, if possible.
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Kingsland, GA
Plant identification
Purchased foliage plant - no one knows its name. Leaves (stems) are bright green and 10" tall. Has "babies" like a spider plant but leaves (stems) are wider and thicker. Has a "rib" to them in...
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Savannah, GA
Grasses for erosion control in sand on coastal Georgia
I've been tasked with identifying native grass varieties or mixes (Coastal Georgia) that can be used for erosion control on sandy slopes created from dredged river sediment and that receive lots of s...
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savannah, GA
Plant identification in Georgia.
Help I bought a bush at the flea market and I was told it would have white star flowers and it was a hydrangea. The leaves look like cannabis but not furry. The leaves grow from stalks Help what did...
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Savannah, GA
Absence of grass around a willow tree in Georgia
In the past three years my Willow tree has grown from a stick to a lovely tree. Unfortunately, the grass under and around the tree is gone. Nothing left but dirt. Is there a remedy?
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Savanna, GA
Native cherry trees for Georgia
Is it possible to grow any type of cherry in Georgia, USA?
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Guyton, GA
Identity of a plant in SE Georgia
Identity of a plant- This plant is growing wild in SE GA, but I have never seen it before until this year. The plant has a stolon "root" system it forms an upright stem and a cluster of flowers begi...
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Guyton, GA
Smarty Plants on science projects
Hello, i am a 6th grade student at a middle school in GA. I am doing a science project and my question is, "Does music affect plant growth?" Is there a plant that would work best for me to experiment...
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Homerville, GA
Problems with non-native corkscrew willow in Homerville GA
I have a corkscrew willow tree and it the branches are turning dark and dying. What could be the problem?
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Fernandina Beach, FL
Vine like blackberry with 3 leaves & thorns in Florida
What vine looks like a blackberry vine but has three leaves and thorns?
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Bluffton, SC
Flowering, deer resistant plants for South Carolina
Can you tell me which flowering plants are deer resistant and will grow in South Carolina?
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Bluffton, SC
Is India Hawthorne a deer-resistant plant?
Is India Hawthorne a deer resistant plant in Beaufort County South Carolina?
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Ridgeland, SC
Transplanting native azaleas in South Carolina
When is the best time to transplant azaleas in South Carolina Low Country?
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Bryceville, FL
Information about Lady Lupine (Lupinus villosus)
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Nashville, GA
Fast growing shade trees safe for livestock in pasture in Nashville GA
I would like a list of fast growing shade trees that are safe for cows and horses in a pasture.
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