Archive for the ‘Plant Problems’ Category
      Why Won’t my Roses Bloom?
      By lavender at Nov. 6. 2016. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plant Problems

      The question of non-blooming rose bushes was brought up at the June meeting. Why would a rose bush that previously bloomed stop blooming? One of the simplest explanations is a change in pruning methods. Some of the older roses that bloom only once a season bloom on wood formed the previous year. If you prune...

      Aster Yellows in Coneflowers
      By lavender at Oct. 4. 2015. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plant Problems

      ‘Green Envy’ is a cone flower that is bred to have a green color, however, if your pink coneflowers start to turn green do not gleefully suppose that you have developed a new and fascinating cultivar. Coneflowers are susceptible to a disease called aster yellows. Caused by an organism called a  phytoplasma, aster yellows causes...

      Winter Kill 2013-14
      By lavender at Jun. 13. 2014. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plant Problems

      We’ve been hearing about the extensive damage that extreme winter conditions have caused to both evergreen and deciduous shrubs this year. Knockout roses have been hit particularly hard. These tough, basically carefree bushes are hardy to around -20 degrees F with individual differences. We had temperatures this winter that were that low and lower. There...

      Poisonous Plants: Another Point of View

      There is nothing more frustrating than growing a plant all season only to have it eaten off by the wildlife before it blooms. Unless maybe it is the chipmunks and squirrels consuming all of those expensive bulbs that you put in with great hopes of enjoying their spring beauty. Have you ever planted a nice...

      African Fig Fly  Zaprionus indianus Gupta
      By lavender at Apr. 5. 2013. with No Comments
      Posted in: Plant Problems

      Gardeners who grow fruit, especially small fruits such as cherries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, might be seeing a new invasive pest this summer. According to Penn State researchers the African fig fly (Zaprionus indianus Gupta) has been found in Adams, Clearfield Dauphin, and York Counties. The African fig fly entered the country through ports...

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