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Why Did Gaillardia and Aquilegia Changed Color?
June 26, 2013
Both a Gaillardia pulchella and two red columbines bloomed normally last summer, but this summer the Gaillardia's petals are all yellow and one columbine is white and the other is yellow. What caused...
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Flowering plant for gravesite in Weatherford TX
June 23, 2013
I want to plant flowering plant of some kind at parent's grave site in Weatherford, TX. The family cemetery is on a limestone hill with no irrigation or ability to water other than nature. Would on...
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Source for Frostweed plants or seeds from Portland TX
June 23, 2013
I am looking for somewhere I can buy Frostweed plants or seeds. I live in Portland, TX, but frequent San Antonio and the Hill Country. Can you help me with this?
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Seeding success with Penstemon cobaea from Austin
June 18, 2013
I've never had much luck in harvesting seeds from foxgloves (Penstemon cobaea, I think). Whenever I open the seed casing, the seeds inside are covered with some kind of mold. What's going on, and ho...
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Germinating Hibiscus martianus, Heartleaf hibiscus
June 11, 2013
Is there some secret to getting Heart Leaf Hibiscus to germinate from seed? I have tried several times, but have had no luck getting them to germinate.
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How to graft muscadines?
June 07, 2013
I have tried for the last two years, grafting my perfect muscadines to the native non-bearing vines. I have tried every method available to no avail. I usually get two or three leaves, then wilt and...
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Proliferation of Small Palafoxia in Dallas Co. TX
June 07, 2013
A few years ago I noticed a new wildflower I hadn't seen before in the southwest Dallas County area. I found the name to be Small Palafoxia. It was growing along the edges of HWy 67 in Duncanville ...
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Blooming but not berrying American bittersweet from Pendleton IN
May 29, 2013
I have had a bittersweet plant for years, it blooms but not berries. How do I tell if it is male or female so I can buy the opposite? It is currently blooming.
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Scarifying seeds of evergreen sumacs from Lockhart TX
May 19, 2013
Dear Smarty Plants, We would like to grow our own evergreen sumacs. Consulting Nokes book, How to Grow Native Plants on page 310, it says to scarify fresh uncleaned seeds for 30-45 minutes. On page...
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Failure to bloom of one of two Texas persimmons from Wimberly TX
May 04, 2013
Last year my son planted two texas persimmon trees. One is blooming ok this year and the other is not. It does not seem dead. What can I do or is is in fact dying?
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Lilies not blooming from Austin
May 03, 2013
Last December 8, you published a letter in the Statesman that I had written to you regarding Rain Lilies, Oxblood Lilies, and Copper Lilies. The were sprouting in my garage in a bag. You recommended...
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Spreading bluebonnets in pasture from Ledbetter TX
April 29, 2013
I've found a small patch of bluebonnets in my back pasture in Ledbetter, tx. What is the best method of encouraging their spread across the pasture? I've heard that one can pull up the plants and ...
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Loss of bloom stalk on Yucca filamentosa from Scotch Plains NJ
April 27, 2013
We have 3 Yucca filamentosa L. planted together, in NJ. A friend of ours was helping to remove the weeds, little did she know and removed the blooming stalk from the plants. By the time I saw, it was ...
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Sharing Selfheal with Texas Friends
April 25, 2013
I have discovered selfheal plants in my yard. When and how do I collect the seeds or do I just dig up plants to share with friends? I understand this is actually an herb. I love identifying wildflower...
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Protecting agave pups in San Antonio
April 23, 2013
I would like to share the soon to happen bloom of two century plants on my property; they are sisters planted at the same time. I am sad to know they will die but will do all that I can to protect the...
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Century Plant
April 20, 2013
I have a century plant that has just begun to bloom. I have a transplanted a few pups, successfully. I am wondering how I am to go about removing the mother plant once it blooms and dies. I'm reading...
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Transplanting Eve's Necklace from Round Mountain TX
April 16, 2013
We have dozens of small Eve's necklace plants coming up in our large yard. I would like to share them with my friends who aren't so lucky. Many years ago, I tried to transplant one, and it didn't...
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Plants purchased at Duke Gardens From Durham NC
April 09, 2013
I went to the plant sale at a local garden this week and bought some very small plants. I am happy to wait for plants to grow but wondered if I need to do anything special. I live in Durham NC and...
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Native turkscap failing to thrive in Shiro TX
March 19, 2013
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, Two years ago I transplanted several native (not cultivars) Drummond's turkscaps in the proximity of water oaks in the front yard. All get shade and some sun. They seemed to ...
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Lack of Fruit on Forestiera
March 17, 2013
I have not been able to get berry production on my elbow bush. I have male and female plants. Is it possible to help with the pollination process? Thank you.
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What to do with agave after it blooms from Phoenix AZ
March 12, 2013
Hello! I have 2 century plants in the process of blooming. How exciting!! I've never really seen it before. Anyway, what do I then do with the dying/dead plant. Simply dig it up and trash it? T...
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Edibility of non-native garlic sprouts from Brancburg, NJ
March 12, 2013
I have regular garlic in my refrigerator. It had sprouts growing out of it so I put it in a cup of water. Now that the stems are large enough to put in food, my question is.. Is that part of the garl...
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Starting Antelope Horn Milkweed Seeds
March 08, 2013
I recently found a sealed plastic bag containing milkweed seeds in a cabinet drawer that I had gathered more than a year ago, (maybe two years ago). These are the "antelope horn" milkweed I think it...
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Propagation of Texas sage from Bastrop, TX
March 01, 2013
Am I wasting my time trying to transplant texas sage runners? Any advice?
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Saving frozen yuccas from North Carolina
February 23, 2013
I live in NC and have 2 potted yucca plants on my deck. Every year I have brought them in for the winter. This year, someone told us that we could leave them out all winter. They began to die in the c...
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Source for dotted blue-eyed grass from Saluda SC
February 23, 2013
I lived in Texas for several years and now live on acreage in South Carolina. I have heard that bluebonnets don't grow well in South Carolina. However, there is a place by the road near our house t...
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Pollinating Pawpaws
February 06, 2013
We have many good sized pawpaw trees in our area but they never bear any fruit. I've checked them at different times in the fall over the years but no fruit. Someone told me that the flowers were po...
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Poppies for a wedding in August from Highlands Ranch CO
February 04, 2013
Are poppies available to buy for weddings in August in Colorado?
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Wildflower garden with Castilleja indivisa (Indian paintbrush)
January 08, 2013
I want to start a wildflower garden in my front/backyard. Specifically, I would like to include the indian paintbrush. What is the best way to go about this? Straight in the ground, containers, etc...
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Starting yucca from seed from Austin
December 24, 2012
I would like to start a soft leaf yucca recurvifolia from seed. Is that possible? Also, I've looked for seed on dried flower stalks, and I'm not sure that what I'm finding is the seed, and I ...
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Propagation of Chandler's craglily from San Marcos TX
December 16, 2012
Can you please advise me on collecting and propagating seed from Chandlerís craglily -Echeandia chandleri. I have 2 plants that came from the wildflower center. They never seem to multiply, but they d...
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Propagation of wax myrtle from Lafayette LA
December 10, 2012
Hello, I have a good portion of Wax Myrtle Seeds. How do I get them Started for planting? Have been told to put several seeds in a Jar lid in a very damp paper-towel & leave them there till they ...
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Propagation of Tournefortia volubilis
December 07, 2012
I am a State Park Host at Estero Llano Grande SP in Weslaco, TX and am looking for information on the Tournefortia volubilis, Googly-eyed vine. I would like to know if there is a best method for propa...
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Propagation of rain, oxblood, and copper lily bulbs
November 30, 2012
I have Rain Lily, Oxblood Lily, and Copper Lily bulbs out of the ground, that are putting out some green growth. I would like to plant them soon. Is it okay to plant now and in December, or do I hav...
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Male pollinator to produce berries on Juniperus virginiana from Amston CT
November 08, 2012
We have planted 3 juniperus virginiana 'Glauca' (on our Connecticut property) that have a few blue berries on them. Will they need a male pollinator to make berries? We do not have other juniperus...
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Transplanting a young lilac
November 05, 2012
This past spring I planted a hybrid lilac in the ground. The weather here has started to get cold, and much more so at night. Also, the temperatures go from warm to cold and back again as if unsure wh...
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Junipers for restoring area in Bulverde TX
November 03, 2012
Are ashe or virginiana junipers for sale around the hill country? I would like to recreate the natural plant life that was bulldozed next to my home. Do you recommend any other types of juniper that ...
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Dogwoods cross-pollinating from Snyder, CO
October 24, 2012
I have a red twig and a yellow twig dogwood. Will they cross-pollinate to produce berries? Thank you
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Source for seeds of New Mexico locust from Abilene TX
October 23, 2012
Is there a place to buy Robinia neomexicana native to Texas or order seed from Texas grown plants?
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Can lantana be grown in British Columbia from Vernon BC
October 20, 2012
Can I grow lantana in Vernon B.C. Canada?
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Keeping a Texas Madrone alive from Belton TX
October 01, 2012
I have found a supplier of a Texas Madrone and have been wanting to grow one ever since our family vacation to Big Bend NP. My question is how do you have success with this tree? Many people say it is...
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Dying branches on Texas Mountain Laurel from Kempner TX
September 14, 2012
The branches on my Texas Mountain Laurel are very dry and brittle. The leaves are also starting to die. The tree has been in my yard for six years and prior to that it sat wrapped in burlap for ov...
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Varieties of Ceanothus suitable for Illinois
September 07, 2012
Ceanothus Velutinus is the smell of western Montana, my home, to me, and I have relocated to Illinois. I miss it so much that whenever I go home I bring back a jar of ceanothis leaves and keep th...
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Moving plants for extreme drought from Greencastle IN
August 23, 2012
In exceptional drought here in Indiana, I am looking at weeds that may become my next perennials! How do I move what my dad called ragged robins from the edges of roads. They are blue and could be wil...
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White flowering mountain laurel from Driftwood TX
August 23, 2012
I love white flowering mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) and want to grow one from seeds. I've had a lot of success germinating and growing purple mountain laurel from seeds (or beans), so I DO ...
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Growing butterfly weed as a girl scout project
July 30, 2012
We have a group of girl scouts who want to sell 'crafts' at a farmers market. I am wanting to steer the moms and girls in a different direction. I was wondering if you think that butterfly weed woul...
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Bluebonnet rosettes in July from Austin
July 30, 2012
Dear Mr S.P.: Please solve my bluebonnet summer mystery! I established about 1500 sq feet of bluebonnets starting four years ago by scavenging seeds here and there and just scattering in the sprin...
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Accurate bloom time for Mistflower from Spring TX
July 25, 2012
Regarding Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum): Your site lists July to November as blooming time, while Wildflowers of Texas (Agilvsgi, Shearer Publishing, 2003) and Native Texas Plants (Wasowski, Lo...
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Need tips for planting wildflower seeds in pots in Edinburg, TX.
July 22, 2012
Can you give me some tips for starting wildflower seeds in pots or trays, rather than outdoors? Is this even possible? Most instructions I have found are for seeding large areas. I want to get some p...
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Problems with chile pequin from Pflugerville TX
July 19, 2012
Hello there! I have a question about my chile pequin (Capsicum annuum L.) plant. I purchased it last year from the Wildflower Center Fall Plant Sale. It stayed in a pot until three months ago when I p...
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Can two species of Muhlenbergia be cross-pollinated from Portal AZ
July 17, 2012
Will Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Big Muhly) cross-pollinate with Muhlenbergia porteri (Bush Muhly)? I am attempting to restore the grasslands on my private property to a pre-1900 state. Bush Muhly was a...
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Rooting cuttings in water from Rifle CO
July 11, 2012
Found russian sage lavender stems from cutting. Need to find out if I can root them in water? I also have found rose cutting; wondering if I can put them in water to root? I have a western chokecher...
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Petunias pollinated by clematis from Logansport IN
July 11, 2012
Can petunias be pollinated by clematis? I have 2 petunias that have split blooms and look like a small clematis flower. They are growing close to a jackamani clematis.
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Planting Texas Mountain Laurel seeds in Horse Shoe Bay,TX
July 09, 2012
I have harvested Texas Mountain Laurel pods and extracted the seeds from the pods. The seeds are characteristic red/orange/maroon. When is the best time and best method to introduce seeds into pots? ...
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Lookink for bulbs of German Blue Bells in Weatherford, TX.
July 09, 2012
I am searching for a plant that is called "German Blue Bells". They are tubular as seed. Like tiny iris only bands around the tubular. The flower looks like a morning glory with an off set bloom....
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Kinnikinnick for a green roof
July 04, 2012
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I live just north of Seattle and want to build a green roof (outdoor kitchen) I'm concerned about the weight of the soil (saturated), drainage etc. am building from scratch and...
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Is slow growth of young Tx mountain laurel normal?
July 02, 2012
My Texas mountain laurel is 2 or 3 years old and is about 4 feet tall. It seems quite healthy but has grown very little, if any, and has never bloomed. Is this normal? Although I don't want it to gro...
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Propagating plant cuttings in cut potato from Columbia MO
June 26, 2012
Hello. I belong to a garden group and one of the members posted a "tip" she found in an early 2000 garden magazine. I wanted to see if there was any truth to the tip? Basically the tip was to use...
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Making Ruellia nudiflora thicker in pot from Tucson AZ
June 25, 2012
Can Ruellia Nudiflora be propagated in the same pot as the parent plant? Can it be cut back to stimulate a denser plant? I have plants in several pots and would like to 'thicken' the plant. Tha...
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Propagation of Asclepias tuberosa
June 18, 2012
Re: Asclepias tuberosa, "butterfly weed" bush -- I have a bed in a mix of Shoal Creek well-drained caliche, soil, and some enrichment of mulch that gets almost full sun and low water. After 4 yrs a...
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Gathering seeds of Indian Blanket from Duncanville TX
June 09, 2012
We have a field full of Indian Blanket that are blooming now and would like to share some seeds with our friends! Where is the seed on them and I take it we wait till they are done blooming to get the...
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Source of Berlandiera pumila seeds from Coral Gables FL
June 07, 2012
Where can I buy plants or seeds of Berlandiera pumila?
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Propogating snowbells from Elmendorf TX
June 06, 2012
Is it possible to propagate Styrax platanifolius and Halesia diptera from cuttings? If yes, what is the process?
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Digging wild buttercup from roadside in Mechanicsville MD
May 28, 2012
Mr. Smarty Plants, is it illegal to dig out wild buttercup in Maryland? I see them along the dirt road or just in the ditch. Since buttercup considered weed, I'm wondering what the law say about this...
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Adding Wildflowers to Corpus Christi
May 20, 2012
I have a dry sandy yard, full sun in Corpus Christi with lot's of stickers mostly, want to transform to wildflowers. When should I plant, how should I prepare soil, should I dig out stickers? Which w...
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Pollinator to Arkansas yucca from Arlington TX
May 15, 2012
Thank you Barbara for your answer. However, my Arkansas yuccas bloom every year, but do not set seed. I am asking for the name of the moth that pollinates them, or other native plants that serve as ...
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Pollinating moth of Arkansas Yucca from Arlington TX
May 15, 2012
What is the pollinating moth of the Arkansas yucca. I have Desert willows which is the larval host for white-winged moth, but the yuccas are still not seeding. What other larval hosts plants can I p...
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Making cuttings from purple sage in Austin, TX.
May 15, 2012
I would like to plant additional purple sage for landscaping. May I do this with cuttings from an existing adult plant? If so, how and when would be the best method? I live in Lago Vista, TX
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How to propagate Clematis texensis in Austin, TX?
May 14, 2012
How do I propagate a Clematis texensis Buckl. Scarlet leatherflower from the seed pod?
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Stump sprouting of Oak trees in the wildfire area in Bastrop, TX.
May 13, 2012
We live in Bastrop, Texas, in the wildfire area. We lost all of our trees. The oak trees have "suckers" growing from the base of the burned tree that has been cut down. They look like little bushe...
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Need care instructions for Cardiosperma halicacabum in Little Rock, AR>
May 11, 2012
I'd like to find out how to cultivate & care for a balloon vine/heart seed vine/love in a puff vine which I found growing wild in my yard (in Little Rock, Arkansas). There seems to be very little in...
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Restoring the woods in Central Austin.
May 08, 2012
I live in Austin, south central between Red Bud trail close to the low water bridge and Bee Caves road. My question: I want to make the wooded sections of my yard attractive. They have filtered sun...
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Germination of Sophora seeds, and Dodder identification in Kingsland, TX.
May 02, 2012
Our Mt. Laurel has just produced seeds. Can those be scarified and planted now or do they have to dry out. Also what is the stringy orange substance that gets on bluebonnets and other wildflowers ...
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Seed source for Carex texensis from Louisville KY
May 02, 2012
Your reply to my question re a grass for my Kentucky home with cistern only water available was much appreciated, Carex texensis was recommended. I am unable to find this product for sale other than ...
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Male and female possumhaws for berries from Georgetown TX
April 23, 2012
Do I need to plant two ilex decidua (possumhaws), a male and female to have red berries on the tree in the winter?
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Dividing non-native daffodils from Austin
April 15, 2012
The foliage on my daffodils is lush and healthy, but I have no blooms. Should I divide them?
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Non-native lilacs for Salt Lake City, UT
April 15, 2012
Is the weather in Salt Lake City UT good enough to plant a lilac bush root? If not, how long should I wait?
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Growing non-native lettuce under artificial light from Washington NY
April 15, 2012
Which artificial light( UV LIGHT, FLUORESCENT LIGHT AND INCANDESCENT LIGHT) makes a lettuce plant grow the fastest over a time period of 3 weeks and what would be your variables( independent, dependen...
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Flowers for Fall in Bosque County from Valley Mills TX
April 06, 2012
What Wildflowers could we plant in Bosque County area to bloom in the Fall?
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Transplanting and germination of Pride of Barbados in Adkins, TX
April 02, 2012
What is the root system like of the Pride of Barbados? I have a lot of new plants coming up in my beds from seeds. Can these be transplanted to a new location easily without damaging the plants? If...
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Propagation of non-native Selenicereus Antonyanus from Warwick RI
March 24, 2012
I just purchased a Selenicereus Anthonyanus, Rick Rack Cactus unrooted. I have searched on the web of the proper way to root the plant and have had no luck except it says easy rooting but not how to r...
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Controlling Passionflora Incarnata propagation
March 20, 2012
Would a cinderblock raised bed, 8 inches in height, be sufficient to contain the roots of passiflora incarnata and keep them from traveling to places where I don't want the vine? Are the roots deepe...
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Plant cloning or genetic engineering
February 23, 2012
Can you take one genome (strain) and take a clean cut and put onto another plant another strain?
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Can trees survive if trunks are buried under 3-5 ft of soil?
January 27, 2012
We have two cedar elms and a mesquite that I protected from backfill as our Texas Hill Country lot was leveled in preparation for building a house. The bulkheads are now holding back 3' to 5' of ma...
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Replacing Drought-Stricken Cedars
January 16, 2012
Hello, I live in Williamson County on a couple acres. We have several dead cedars as a result of drought; we're reluctant to cut them down because many of them provide a friendly barrier between us...
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Speeding up growth of Hesperaloe parviflora (red yucca)
January 12, 2012
I have germinated Hesperaloe parviflora, Red Yucca, for our Caddo Native plant sale. I have kept in the cool greenhouse for 2 months and they are about 2 inches. A friend put one outside and they froz...
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native plants for landscaping in Honolulu
January 08, 2012
Hi, wildflower.org has been a great help for me in learning about different plants, their Latin names and characteristics. I was looking for a list of plants (trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials...
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Can I Grow Beautyberry
December 30, 2011
Will try to be brief. Beautyberry sprouted leaves in vase of branches in water. It's NYC beginning of winter. Can I plant it outside? If not will it grow in a pot inside? Thanks. Happy New Ye...
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Source of dollarweed for shady lawn in Hillsboro TX
December 19, 2011
I live in Hillsboro,Tx - Where can I get Dollar Weed for my shady lawn?
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Why is non-native peach tree not going dormant in Owensville IN
December 19, 2011
I have a peach tree I grew from a peach pit. It is about 2 years old. I planted the tree in my yard this summer. It is now about 3' tall. My problem is it is not going dormant. We have had several fr...
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Germinating Mexican Persimmon seeds in Austin, TX.
November 15, 2011
I'm planning to germinate Mexican Persimmon seeds, and plant them this spring. I want a female for fruit. Is there any way to encourage a plant to be female, and if not, is there any way you can iden...
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Mexican Sycamore trees grown from seed
November 15, 2011
If someone is selling an alleged Mexican Sycamore grown from a seed harvested from a mature tree growing in Austin, is it likely to be a TRUE Mexican Sycamore -- or has it most likely been pollinated ...
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Propagating a Magnolia tree from a twig cutting in New Hampshire.
November 02, 2011
I have a twig cutting from a rare magnolia tree I found on a farm in central New Hampshire. The tree seems to be at least one hundred years old. It was in full bloom in late August and I was told by t...
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transplanting Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris)
October 25, 2011
Behind our house is a huge grotto with a spring flowing through it that runs into a creek. Because of the constant flow of water, there are many of the Maidenhair Ferns (Adiantum capillus-veneris). I ...
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Baby mountain laurels are ready to move, in Lockhart Texas
October 19, 2011
I want to harvest the baby mountain laurel plants which are growing under a large bush. What height would be best for the young plants survival? Please recommend a soil mixture for the pots.
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Golden groundsel plants or seeds for Bulverde TX
October 02, 2011
Where can I find golden groundsel, plants or seeds?
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Eliminating black locust volunteers in Rockville MD
September 27, 2011
I am a landscape designer whose client has a very large, mature black locust in her front yard. Not surprisingly, she also has multitudes of black locust volunteers popping up all over her yard. The...
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Plant called beargrass from Granbury, TX
September 24, 2011
I am not a native Texan. We have a clump of what my husband (from Big Spring) calls "Bear Grass." It is over to the side of our yard and we have always enjoyed it (moved here in 1982). It blooms ...
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Seed planting of Crossvine from Orlando FL
September 12, 2011
Seed planting of Bignonia capreolata - Tangerine Beauty. I have seed pods. Do I plant how deep and should I put in a plastic bag with a wet papertowel in the refrigerator and let it sprout? ...
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Propagation of Crossvine from San Antonio
September 03, 2011
I have a new Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) that has a single seedpod so far. What is the best way to plant it for the best chances for success? It is still green and a very hot August. Do I plant ...
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