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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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What to do about cold damage to spineless prickly pear?
March 05, 2010
In Austin, Texas our 'spineless' prickly pear cactus is about 6' wide by 4' tall. In the last severe freeze, the top half flattened out and has remained that way. Should I cut the flattened pads o...
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Cutting back salvia greggii in Birmingham, AL
February 23, 2010
When is a good time to cut back salvia gregii and how much can you cut it back. We will probably still have frost. Will it grow in sun and shade?
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Damage to plants after sudden freeze in Redway CA
January 02, 2010
I live on the North Coast of California near "The Avenue of the Giants" and Redwoods State Park along the Eel River. We recently have had below freezing weather, constant rain and even snow! I have...
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Cutting back woody plants after freeze in Leander TX
December 10, 2009
I have several woody shrubs in a prominent location. Now that the leaves have frozen, how far back should I cut them? These are Flame Acanthus, Salvia ballotiflora, and Aloysia macrostachya, but I w...
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Freeze damage to esperanza in pot from Brady TX
December 10, 2009
My esperanza, currently in a container, has suffered some freeze damage. I have prepared a planting spot for it and am not sure whether to plant now, trim it back if I do plant it, etc. I would appr...
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Arrows and Hunting Dogs in Kentucky
December 09, 2009
Mr. Smarty Plants--Is it normal for our arrowwood viburnum to give off a musky odour in the late fall? The smell reminds me of a wet hunting dog.
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Overwintering Cardinal Flower in Thornwood NY
October 01, 2009
I have 6 Cardinal Flower plants in planters. They have mulch on top to keep them moist. Can they stay in the planters all winter? Do I cut the stalks before winter comes or leave as is?
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Yucca elata flowering in Tauranga, NZ.
August 20, 2009
I have two huuuuuuge Yucca elatas in my garden. One of them flowered spectacularly last year - a 15ft stalk that grew so quickly you could hear it, and then burst into a cloud of waxy cream flowers. M...
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Rainfall for Central Texas
July 20, 2009
What dance will produce abundant rainfall in Central Texas?
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Transplant time for Virginia Beach, VA
July 08, 2009
I have a friend who is not a gardener but lives on a piece of property that has a gorgeous back yard with lots of plants, shrubs and trees that are becoming overgrown. I have her permission to dig up...
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Care for penstemons in South Jordan, UT
June 21, 2009
I have Firecracker Penstemons and they bloomed beautifully this year. How do I trim them and when? Will they continue to bloom throughout the summer?
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Winter-hardiness of hibiscus in Idaho
June 14, 2009
I bought a hibiscus tree at Sam's Club in Idaho Falls and after planting it, I read the label which says not to go below 50 degrees. Does that mean it is an inside or potted tree to bring in in the ...
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Cutting back achillea in New York
March 18, 2009
Last summer I planted three gorgeous hearty achillea with flat, yellow tops, about 3 feet high or more each, in my sunny garden. But after they were done flowering, I left those very pretty brown stem...
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Removal of Carolina Jasmine in San Antonio
March 02, 2009
We are attempting to permanently remove large old-growth Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens bushes from our property. The bushes are cut down. Any suggestions for stump/root removal (mec...
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Timing for transplanting a yaupon in Louisiana
January 01, 2009
I found a female yaupon growing wild at the back of my property and would like to move it to the front. When should I do this?
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