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Breaking dormancy of native seeds
November 22, 2006
The science of seed preservation seems to be well advanced. However, Jill Nokes' book appears to be the only well-known information about breaking dormancy of native seeds. I'm grateful that she w...
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Identifying gender of persimmon trees
October 23, 2006
How can you tell the difference between a male persimmon tree and a female persimmon tree? Also do you need both to bear the fruit? I live in Louisiana and never heard of this before. Thanks.
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Restoring and propagating rhododendrons
October 18, 2006
I have 70+ year old native rhododendrons (16+ feet high) in my backyard. After all these years they are beginning to get dammaged by snow load and ice. Therefore I have 2 quesitons concerning these b...
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Practicality of growing bluebonnets in Germany
July 28, 2006
I am originally from Texas, but I am living in Washington and moving to Germany for the military. I desperately miss bluebonnets and my husband picked up a big bag for me as a present and have no ide...
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Grapes Grown from Seed
July 21, 2006
Can mustang grapes be grown from seed? If so, how is the best way and when is the best time to do it?
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Propagating Carya illinoinensis in Vienna, Austria
July 13, 2006
I'm interested in growing and propagating the pecan, Carya illinoiensis for my area (Austria). Northern pecans are the better choice. Are trees grown from seed (no northern pecan origin) also as har...
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Leaves falling off recently transplanted mature Mountain Laurel
July 05, 2006
I have recently purchased a Mountain Laurel for my backyard landscaping. It is a fully matured ML standing over 9 feet tall by 6 feet wide. Since it was planted (about 6 weeks ago) it has been losin...
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Transplanting Mustang Grapes
June 15, 2006
What is the best way to grow mustang grapes? We have vines established over the property but up too high to continue to harvest and a couple of young vines on the ground that haven't reached the clo...
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Transplanting an immature Sweet Bay Magnolia
May 30, 2006
Hi Mr. Smarty Pants: I just found what I think is a Magnolia Sweet Bay growing wild next to an oak and a pine tree in my back wooded yard. It has blooms on it and is about 2 feet tall. There are tw...
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Transplanting of yucca plants
May 26, 2006
We have several Arkansas Yucca plants in our yard that we want to transplant to a plant bed. How do we do that?
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Survival possibility of transplant of sucker from oak tree
May 15, 2006
My neighbor has a young oak tree in his front yard. It has small leaves and round acorns and once a year sprouts shoot up at its base. The neighbor was kind enough to let me dig some up to try to tr...
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Sapindus drummondii or Rhus aromatica for Austria
May 07, 2006
Hy! I'm from Austria/Europe, and interested in some North American native plants specially. It would be great if you can help me with my two questions: Sapindus drummondii I read from different...
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Repotting from 4-inch pots
April 18, 2006
Hello. A week ago I purchased some native plants at the wildflower center plant sale. I would like to know how to repot these seedlling native plants. They are in 4" pots right now. I have as follows...
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Cultural requirements for Heliotropium angiospermum in Florida
April 10, 2006
What are the cultural requirements for Heliotropium angiospermum?
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Native habitate sunlight as opposed to artificial light
March 26, 2006
Does a plant grow best in sunlight or artificial light?
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Comparative speeds of flowering from seeds or bulbs
March 24, 2006
Does a seed flower grow faster than a bulb flower?
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Transplanting trilliums in dormancy in Michigan
February 15, 2006
I live in Michigan. I have a Trillium in my yard and we are having a new septic field put in. I need to know if I can save the whole plant and can I keep it in the house or do I just need the bulb a...
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Cultivation of Gossypium hirsutum, Upland Cotton
February 08, 2006
I got a cotton boll (seeds and all) at a spinning workshop. I spun the cotton and the lady who brought the cotton boles said the seeds could be planted and the plant could be grown in a container on ...
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Removing competition of mustang grapes from live oaks
January 26, 2006
We have several native mustang grape vines on our rural property that seem to be taking over the live oaks on which they are becoming entwined. Is it advisable to remove them or are they harmless? And...
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Information on propagating alder (Alnus crispa) from seed or cuttings in Alberta, Canada
January 20, 2006
What do you know about propagating alder (Alnus crispa) from seed or cuttings? I'm involved in a small stream side revegetation project in central Alberta, Canada.
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Pineapple plant care
November 05, 2005
Hello, I have a new pineapple plant that is still very small 1-2 inches around the fruit at most. The fruit has recently turned a deep yellow as if it were ripe. I am wondering if it can be ripe at su...
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Storing seed from Pickerel weed
October 28, 2005
What's the best method to store seed from Pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) and Arrowhead (Sagattaria latifolia)? Should it be kept wet?
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Propagation of hostas
September 06, 2005
I have many different types of hostas in my yard. This year they bloomed abundantly and now have large pods where the blooms were which are full of seeds. My questions: 1. If I plant these pods, o...
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Smarty Plants on dutchmans pipe
July 24, 2005
How do I care for and transplant dutchman pipe?
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Bulbils on Turks cap lily
July 21, 2005
My Turks cap lily has dark pea size growths at the bass of each leaf. Are these the seeds? How and when do I harvest seeds from this plant?
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Propagation of poinsettias
June 09, 2005
How do I grow poinsettias from seed pods?
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Smarty Plants on potted plants
May 23, 2005
How do you know when it is time to transfer a potted plant to a bigger pot? Everytime I do this my plant dies.
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Propagation of Emory Oak acorns
May 08, 2005
Dear Wildflower Experts, By any chance do you know how we could obtain some Emory Oak acorns to plant on our farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland? I know itís not a given that the trees would grow...
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Germination and propagation of bluebonnets
April 25, 2005
I live in Austin. Last fall I spread a load of dirt on my lawn to provide soil contact for the 2 pounds of bluebonnet seeds I subsequently spread (this was in early November). The germination rate a...
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Propagation of Indian Paintbrush
March 28, 2005
I have tried for years to propagate Indian Paintbrush and have had no luck-started inside or outside in the fall down't seem to matter. What can I do to get them to grow?
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Propagation of Eastern Redbud
March 25, 2005
I have collected seeds from an Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis L.) and I want to learn how to germinate them. How can I find out this information?
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Propagation of mustang grape
March 10, 2005
I'm looking to plant several vines of mustang grapes near my parents retirement home in Beeville, TX (78102). I really have two questions - what's the best way to find them at a nursery or relocate...
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Propagation of American Bittersweet
December 29, 2004
Will American Bittersweet grow in Central Texas?
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Propagation of yellow columbine
November 03, 2004
I purchased a yellow columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha and your website says it grows in moist upland soils, and yet it shows their habitat as Utah, Arizona, NM, and sw Texas. Tell me how it can...
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Propagation of skunk cabbage
December 18, 2003
Where can I purchase root stock for a start of skunk cabbage to plant? in my wetland?
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How to Propagate Mountain Laurel by Seed
January 02, 2003
How do I propagate mountain laurel by seed?
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