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Wintering of non- native jasmine in Newton KS
September 18, 2010
Hi Mr. Smarty Plants, I received a gorgeous jasmine for mothers day and I planted it in my front yard in the flower area close to the house. Can I keep it there all winter or do I need to dig it up a...
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When should I remove the stakes from Oak trees planted last november in Kyle, TX?
August 18, 2010
I live in Kyle TX. I have new construction of oak trees that are about 10 feet tall and are staked. How long should they stay staked? They were put in the ground about Thanksgiving 2009. Thanks.
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Deadheading Mexican hat to produce more blooms in Austin
July 05, 2010
I have several Mexican hat (rudbeckia) plants growing wild in my yard. Would deadheading now give them a second flush of bloom in fall?
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Wildflowers planted in Pittsfield, IL to bloom the first of October
July 01, 2010
If I plant my wildflower seeds now in Illinois, is it possible they will bloom in three months (by the very beginning of October)?
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Can Juncus effusus winter outside in Mountville PA?
June 28, 2010
If we have the juncus effusus spiralis outside in a small pond and you say to let it outside in the winter does that mean we should let it in the pond? thanks for your time
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Trimming back freeze damage from Anacacho orchid in Liberty Hill TX
May 17, 2010
When is it safe to trim back what I think is dead wood on my Anacacho orchid trees (that were hit hard this past winter)? Is there any harm done if I cut back living wood?
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Transplanting a redbud in Virginia Beach VA
April 21, 2010
I have a 5-6 ft. Redbud Tree and like to dig up and move to different spot in my backyard. How/what is the proper way to do it without killing the tree?
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Late emergence of passiflora incarnata hybrid in Austin
April 11, 2010
Two years ago I planted in my clay soil garden a variation on native passiflora incarnata; the passiflora Elizabeth (a cross between passiflora incarnata and passiflora phoenicia)because I hoped it pr...
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Tidying up Copper Canyon Daisies in San Antonio
March 30, 2010
We have a small bed with 4 copper canyon daisies. We cut them back in the fall but have not pruned them during growing season; as a result they become a big tangle by September. Should they be pruned ...
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Trimming of Aster ericoides in Philadelphia
March 20, 2010
Should I cut back my Aster ericoides, ‘schneegitter’ in the spring?
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