Over-Worked Amaryllis

Question: We give our amaryllis plant food dissolved in water every other week and it has bloomed three times in ten months. But, the leaves are 42 inches long and so floppy we have to tie them up. What is wrong with them? JJ, Mich. Answer: Your... Read More...

Geranium Stem Black

Question: My geranium plant died because the main stem became black from the bottom up. What caused this and what can be done about it? JK, Conn. Answer: Often a disease known as “blackleg” attacks geraniums while they’re rooting.... Read More...

Heartbreaking Dahlias

Question: After some years a big bronze dahlia I have has begun to produce only single flowers. The plants are healthy and the flowers still big but I am heartbroken. Is there something I can do about this? JS, Miss. Answer: It is not unusual for... Read More...

Gardening Student

Question: We’ve just moved from the city to a place with 2 acres of land. Several kinds of flowers have come up but I don’t even know their names. I’ve been told they are iris, tulips, daffodils and peonies all scattered through... Read More...

Poor African Violets

Question: Last fall we put in gas wall heaters. Ever since my African violet plants have been affected. The foliage looks all right and there are plenty of buds but they don’t open or make very tiny flowers. Could it be the gas and, if so,... Read More...

Orchids in North Window

Question: I have an apartment with north windows only. Can I grow an orchid? I also have an aquarium, 12 by 12 by 24 inches with heater, light and glass cover. Could I make a terrarium with it? RB, Va. Answer: Cypripediums and similar forms of lady-slipper... Read More...

Gardenia Problem

Question: The buds dry up and fall off my gardenia. What can I do to make it bloom? SM, Mich. Answer: It is difficult to provide suitable conditions in the home for the gardenia to bloom. It needs plenty of sunshine, a moist atmosphere, enough water... Read More...

Amaryllis From Seed

Question: I want to grow hybrid amaryllis from seed and have a number of seed pods coming. When should they be picked and how do I go about raising seedling? TW, Neb. Answer: When amaryllis seed pods begin to split the seeds are mature and ready... Read More...

Hoya Carnosa Cuttings

Question: Two years ago I rooted cuttings of Hoya carnosa and put them in a pot. They’ve sat in an east window for two years without making any growth. What can I do to make them grow? RB, Mass. Answer: I have waited two years for leaf cuttings... Read More...

Wonder Plant of India

Question: Where can I get information on growing the Wonder Plant of India? WJ, Calif. Answer: In frost-free areas, the Wonder Plant of India may be left in the open ground in rich soil. It could also be grown in a pot in which case a liberal feeding... Read More...

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