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Propagating a white cultivar of Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora
September 09, 2016
I am trying to propagate a white cultivar of the Texas Mountain Laurel. I plan to use bee sticks and pollinate the plant. Are the plants self fruiting or do I need to find another white mountain laure...
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Southern Live Oak Authority for Jackson MS
June 23, 2016
Who are the foremost authorities on Southern Live Oaks? May need expert testimony to oppose cutting of 50 year-old live oaks in boulevard of Riverside Drive in Jackson, MS
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Are Tannins in Persimmons the same in Fruit and Leaf?
January 23, 2016
I was wanting to know if tannins in persimmons have the same properties in both the fruit and leaves.
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Bignoniaceae Family Members Fix Nitrogen?
January 23, 2016
Do plants in the Bignoniaceae family, such as Tecoma stans and Chilopsis linearis, fix nitrogen into the soil? I ask because they have a bean-type pod. Just curious.
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How many seeds in a Balsam Gourd fruit?
January 12, 2016
How many seeds should I expect to find inside the fruit of Ibervillea Londoners?
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Is Poison ivy always rooted in the ground?
November 11, 2015
Does Poison ivy on a tree always start at the ground and climb up the tree or can it start producing its vine and leaves by itself at the top of the tree or middle?
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What is the difference between indigenous and native?
November 03, 2015
What is the difference between indigenous and native?
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Are Native Cultivars As Beneficial to Wildlife?
September 02, 2015
I am working on adding more native plants to my small acreage. I would like to know if using a selection or cultivar of a native species is as likely to have wildlife benefits as using a randomly prop...
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What does the name montana mean in a species name?
August 21, 2015
What does the name montana mean in a species name?
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Use of the word annual
May 27, 2015
Why is the word 'annual' used to describe plants with one grow season, when in all other cases it's used to describe things that reoccur year after year? i.e. Events, celebration, salary?
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