Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
How do I care for a calceolaria?
Answer:

Place calceolarias in a brightly lit, cool location.  The location should receive bright light, but not direct sunlight.  Ideal temperatures are 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.  Check the potting soil daily.  When the surface of...

Question:
Is snow beneficial to landscape plants?
Answer:

A layer of snow is beneficial to many plants in the garden and landscape.  A layer of snow protects plants from extreme cold and the drying effects from sun and wind.  A layer of snow also prevents repeated freezing and thawing of the...

Question:
My shrubs are flopping over due to the weight of heavy, wet snow. What should I do?
Answer:

The weight of heavy, wet snow can cause considerable damage to small trees and shrubs.  When heavy, wet snow accumulates on small trees and shrubs, gently shake the snow from their branches or carefully brush off the snow with a broom....

Question:
Can paperwhite narcissus bulbs be saved after they have been forced indoors?
Answer:

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs should be discarded after flowering.  Paperwhites cannot be successfully forced again and are not winter hardy outdoors. 

Question:
When are trees and shrubs most vulnerable to rabbit browsing?
Answer:

In the home landscape, rabbits feed on herbaceous plants (annuals, perennials, vegetables, and grasses) during the growing season.  Trees and shrubs become food sources in late fall and winter (December through March).  Damage to trees...

Question:
I received cut flowers for Valentine’s Day. How do I prolong their life?
Answer:

Several things can be done to lengthen the vase life of cut flowers.  Begin with a clean vase.  Wash previously used containers with hot, soapy water to remove debris and destroy bacteria and fungi that may shorten the life of the cut...

Question:
Where should the pruning cut be made when removing a branch?
Answer:

Cut off the branch just beyond the branch collar and branch bark ridge.  The branch collar is the swollen area at the base of the branch.  The branch bark ridge is the dark, rough bark ridge that separates the branch from the main...

Question:
An amaryllis bulb saved from a previous year produces leaves, but doesn’t bloom. Why?
Answer:

An amaryllis bulb purchased at a garden center or other retail business typically blooms 6 to 8 weeks after the bulb is potted up.  In succeeding years, proper cultural practices must be followed to get the bulb to bloom on an annual basis...

Question:
Deer have eaten the foliage on the bottom portions of several arborvitae. Will the bare areas green back up in spring?
Answer:

When a prolonged period of snow cover deprives deer of food on the ground, deer often feed on trees and shrubs in woodlands, windbreaks, and home landscapes.  Among evergreens, arborvitae and yews are most susceptible to browsing by deer in...

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