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Pruning Leggy Santolina
January 30, 2016
We are members of the society and have loved your section offering advice. We have green santolina that is becoming quite leggy. I would like to prune them to get them more compact come spring and sum...
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Growing Florist Roses
January 23, 2016
Often I find that florist roses sprout for me, but I fail to get them to grow into a bush. Do you have the answer?
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ID for Caribbean mystery plants.
January 13, 2016
I AM TRYING TO FIND THE COMMON NAME FOR TWO FLOWERS I TOOK PICTURES OF ON A CARIBBEAN CRUISE. I TOOK ONE IN HONDURAS AND ONE IN GRAND CAYMAN. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHERE I CAN GO TO TO GET HELP IN ID...
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Containing Japanese Wisteria Roots
November 22, 2015
I have some Japanese wisteria plants that I would like to plant inside root barriers but I cannot find any info on how deep the roots go. Do you know if a 2 ft deep root barrier for trees can contain ...
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Should Mexican milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) not be used to attract Monarch butterflies?
November 20, 2015
Should I remove Asclepias curassavica (Mexican milkweed) in my garden for threat of OE parasitic protozoan threat to Monarch butterflies? Is this threat as widespread as Chronicle implies? I had great...
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Deer eating Non-native Asiatic Jasmine in Georgetown, TX
October 22, 2015
Is there a spray or granular material that will prevent deer from eating asiatic jasmine?
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Is my Crimson queen maple dying?
October 20, 2015
Is my Crimson queen maple dying if it's leaves are turning brown?
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Suggestions for vegetables to grow in North Texas
October 12, 2015
Hi, I want some suggestions on vegetable plants that withstands North Texas winter icy weather? and when to plant them? Thanks, Meena.
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Are Royal Poinciana and Royal Empress trees the same?
October 09, 2015
Hi, can you tell me if the Royal empress tree and the Royal Poinciana are the same tree?
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Ficus pumila on Stucco Walls
October 06, 2015
Can the creeping fig vine damage the stucco covered walls?
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