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Marianne’s Responses

leaves on hydrangeas with black spots

Posted by Margy | August 28, 2019

I thought I wanted to purchase a hydrangea. I've been looking at them in the local nurseries and the plants are in bad shape with black spots on many of the leaves. Is there a way to avoid that? Also, the label says they can be planted in part shade. My bush would not be under a tree, but there ...

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Freezing seeds

Posted by melissa brown | August 28, 2019

Can you freeze seeds like flowers or veges in general? thank you

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agapanthus

Posted by daisylady | August 28, 2019

My agapanthus doesn't have any bloom spikes on it...is it too late to go crazy with fertilizer or what should I do?

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Grass cutting

Posted by Jim Nystrom | August 28, 2019

Just read your article on keeping cool in the garden and I have to disagree with point # 6- "8. Mow high. .... Let your grass grow to three inches high, than remove one third from the top so the blades are still 2 inches tall." That is not high enough. Maybe you are talking about warm season grasses. I ...

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indoor pot plant feeding quantities

Posted by Jon Tribe | August 21, 2019

Hi I just brought some of your Osmocote plus indoor/outdoor smart release plant food. I want to use it for my indoor house plants. The instructions for how much to use only say '1 cap full per 2 gal pot.' That's not so helpful to me as all my house plants are in small pots of about 5" diameter, so ...

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When to transplant?

Posted by Daniel Bloom | August 21, 2019

I have a haphazard garden with tall perennials in front and small ones behind. When should I try to move them around and impose order?

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Feeding houseplants

Posted by Paytra Nyitrai | August 21, 2019

Hello, I am new to gardening so I am unsure of the proper way to feed my various house plants. I purchased Osmocote plus indoor outdoor plant food but since I do not need to repot the plants I need guidance on the proper amount to feed them. They are in various pots sizes from as small as 4 inch ...

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Ripening figs

Posted by Ronsung | August 21, 2019

I'm trying to beat the birds and bees to my figs. Do figs continue to ripen after picking or must I leave them on the tree until they are ripe?.

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Rescue prune a hydrangea

Posted by Pat Hergert | August 21, 2019

Hi, my 10+ year old Niko blue was "snowball" pruned a couple of years ago so is badly out of shape. The heavy rains we had early this summer beat it down and it has not come back up. I know about taking 1/3 per year for regular pruning, but is there something different I should do to give this ...

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Mums not forming flower buds

Posted by | August 21, 2019

I have long followed your recommendation to pinch back mums until the Fourth of July to postpone flowers until Fall. I did that again this year ( actually on July 7th) but I have very few flower buds forming. Is there something I can do to get flowers this Fall?

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