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If the soil feels dry, give it some----but not too much---depends on pot size and how many plants in the pot.

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I do have a dish under it. So all is good now. The one plant left, seems to be doing okay. How much water do you give it?

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It probably got root rot---you just need to cut a hole or slit in the bottom or the foil so water can drain out---but make sure you put it in a dish or something so the water does not ruin your furniture.

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I had no idea that the foil left on the bottom would cause the Poinsettia's to do that. I thought it had to be me not watering correctly or I had the plants in the wrong location. So this year when I bought the two plants, I was making sure I followed the care tips correctly. Now I know the foil not being cut off the bottom of the pots was the problem all along.


Thank you again for the tip! I may be able to save the one plant but the other one I had to throw out.

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Hope both helps---I learned the foil problem when working at Walmart in the garden center.

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Thank you! I'll take a look at that link you've posted.

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Thank you for your reply! I didn't put holes at the bottom of the foil. Okay, I see the problem now.

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Here's a link on Poinsettia plant

http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/html_pubs
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Since add a link wouldn't work for me, you will have to copy and paste the address.

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Might be too much water or in too cool a spot---did you put a hole in bottom of foil surrounding the bottom---the water does need to drain and can't do it in the foil.

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Hello members,

I would love your advice on how to care for a Poinsettia plant? Mine at the moment, aren't doing so well. The leaves and petals are dying quite rapidly. I thought I was following the care instructions but something isn't right.

Thanks for any help on this,

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Love my compost - it's all I use in my organic garden.

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I use both. They give lots of wonderful organic nutrients to the soil.

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I would plant the seeds now. That will give you until spring to get a reasonable size plat started. I would plant it out in the spring giving it all growing season to develop a strong roots system.

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Do any of our gardeners use compost bins and composting worms to use their castings in their garden?

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The one thing I was confused about was when to plant---it seems I can start them from seeds but then it said something about planting them in the fall--so, do I plant them in big enough containers to grow all summer and then plant in the ground in the fall?

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thank you for the "gardening know how" link- that's one of the easiest & best info sites I've seen,
I went to search one thing on there and ended up staying on there for over an hour without realizing it (unusual for me)

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THANKS!

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Hmmm, nothing with your post.

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Here is an article on propagating crepe myrtle from seed, roots and cuttings.
Good luck

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I thought they would be really pretty spray painted and stuck in my Christmas tree, too. Will tell my mom they are the seeds---she wants to try planting some. Thanks.

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Thank you for answering that!
I was thinking they were probably seed pods but hadn't had time to look it up, I'm behind on everything since I broke my arm 2 weeks ago.

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Those little balls on the crepe myrtle are the seed pods. I've got them all over the place right now and my dogs love to eat them for some reason. They make a nice little rattle when the wind blows.

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Yea, I got that right! LOL

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Lecates is right in what she told you. Also different types of mums are hardy to different growing zones so frequently only survive that one year. It is worth a try to plant them out though
Sorry it took me so long to reply, I was unavailable for couple of weeks.

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Question about Crepe Myrtle---where the blooms where has created little balls at the point. Are these seeds? I actually thing they would be pretty cut off and sprayed colors for Christmas in a vase or stuck in a tree as accents---might cut some off next time and try that out--but if seeds I would like to plant some and see if I can get some more bushes out of it.

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Mums have to be deadheaded---one reason why I don't like them----and probably won't rebloom unless the weather is cool but not dropping below freezing---have her take a pair of scissors and just start cutting---it really will not hurt the plants---and doubtful she can keep them much longer---most mums in pots are rootbound so they don't last long---Her MIL should realize that---but she could ask her apt. manager if there was some place on the property that she might like some free flowers planted. If they were in a nice basket, she could save that and use it to put some pointsettias in it or even a small tree.

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Dear Daughter has received a good size beautiful basket of potted mums from her future mother-in-law. She cannot plant outside as she lives in apt. I received call from her yesterday about how to care for them. She says they are beginning to die and look bad throughout - just after a few weeks and her doing everything she has read on the web about how to care for them properly since day one. DD says it would be bad to lose these since they are from future MIL and wants to know how to keep them alive and well.
I've always planted mine after receiving them, and some have made it, some don't.
I am not an expert on potted plants, especially mums. Any help or suggestions from experts here (please) would be great so I can pass on to her. Thank you in advance for your advice! :-)

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Thank you for the info, Imreite. Will remember those suggestions next year. Was not a really great gardening year again this year in my area. I am a zone 4 cause I am on top of a mountain. My son and I put in two more raised gardens then put linen tarps over them.

The tomatoes grew huge finally but thought they would be safe from a frost. Even added sheets and extra tarp. Didn't happen. I picked a lot of tomatoes the next day. Some were green and looked okay even though the plants were drooping. Ended up being an almost total loss. Overnight they have turned brown, gotten mold on them and started to deteriorate. Got a lot of peppers in all kinds of varieties and the cabbage family, broccoli, kohlrabi, 3 kinds of kale did well this year. So many in my area ended up with
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I am not an expert, but i have had good luck with squash. i try to plant at least 2 plants next to each other. The tend polinate each other. i also plant a few herbs to attract more beneficial insects.

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Here are a couple of articles that may help.

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/cornu
cop/2003081901015268.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_6593510_promote-
female-flowers-squash-plant.html

Sorry but Add A Link isn't working for me today. You can just copy and paste the links to your browser.

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I have a question about squash plants. I had big bushy vines and tons of male blossoms. Never got a single squash on my acorn squash or my spaghetti squash plants. Wondering what I did wrong so next year I can correct it?

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The problem most plants, including roses, have with surviving the winter in pots is that the root ball can freeze hard in many areas. So the main factors involved in there survival is how cold your winters are, how big the pot is and what kind of protection you give the pot. If you have mild winters with only occasional freezes, they should be ok in an area protected from the north wind, like up against a sunny south facing wall. For more severe cold, you will probably need to give them some insulation as well as moving them by a sunny south facing wall. An easy way to provide insulation for your pots is to make a circle of chicken wire or some other inexpensive fencing and with the pot in the middle of it fill it with shredded leaves to a little over the top of the pot. You might need to keep an eye on it, the leaves can settle over time so you might need to refill it. For severe winters, a spot in an unheated garage might work.

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HAVE A QUESTION, WILL ROSES SURVIVE OVER THE WINTER IN POTS, MINE WERE ALWAYS IN THE GROUND SO I WONDER, emoticon NANCY

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Good to know. Thanks for your input everyone.
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Its improbable that you would "burn your plants with to much compost. That can happen with some chemical fertilizers because of how concentrated they are.
I have never heard of anyone having a problrem from using too much compost.

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I think you can burn your plants with too much but Shar should have a better answer.

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Thanks, Sharon. I can't wait until I can get out in my garden again. I know just where I'll be adding the compost to my garden. Is it possible to use too much compost??

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Compost makes a BIG difference in your gardens. In addition to all the macro and micro nutrients it adds to the soil and so makes available to the plants, it helps loosen up clay soil so that water can drain through it better and also helps sandy soil retain water so it doesn't have to be watered as often.

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Thanks for the ideas. I'm kind of curious to see if using compost will make a difference in the garden. I just had cataract surgery and won't be able to work in the garden for a week or so but I'll give it a try when I get cleared to work outside. Thanks again, Linda

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You could sprinkle it lightly over the mulch just before you water the gardens, most of it will wash down into and through the mulch in a couple of waterings. You can also make compost tea by put a scope of it in some cheese cloth and tie it closed the soak that in a bucket of water for a few days. Great for watering both indoor and outdoor plants. Also if you are repotting plants mix some in your potting mix.

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I have finally been able to get a large pile of compost from my compost piles. My problem is what do I do with it. I know if I put in new plants to add some to the hole as I put the plants in. Most of my garden is heavily mulched so I don't want to just throw the compost around the garden. Or should I do that? What is the best use of compost on an established garden? I've been able to find a lot of info on making compost heaps but not so much on the best ways to use it in the garden. Any help would really be appreciated. BTW, all of my garden is flowers, no veggies.

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My avatar is the hens and chicks in bloom.

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Oh so that is what hens and chicks are!

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Sometimes I have trouble too, but it seems to be getting better... www.outsidepride.com/seed/ground-cov
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Thanks---I have trouble with adding links all the time! Glad it's not just me!

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The seeds will be in the dried flower head. When the flower dries, cut it off and shake it gently over a piece of paper or plastic. The seeds should fall off.
This article gives the basics of starting the seeds.

http://www.outsidepride.com/seed/ground-
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Are the seeds the dried flowers? Would love to start some more----actually, thinking of giving those seeds to the horticulture teacher as we talked about them expanding to some succulents and maybe some cacti for year round sales.

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Thanks for the info.

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Sorry I didn't get back to you all sooner, apparently I somehow or other unsubscribe to this forum. I have click subscribe again to hopefully it will not be a problem.

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Once the plant blooms it usually dies. The "chicks", off sets from the main plant will usually live and grow as long as they have developed a good root system.
I would let the flower die and collect the seeds and try to start them.

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Tomato plants are either determinant or indeterminant. The determinant ones grow to a given height and set most of their tomatoes at once, then are pretty much done for the year. The indeterminant ones keep growing all season and set fewer tomatoes at a time but keep producing until a frost kills them.
It sounds like your cherry tomato plant is an indeterminate variety. Clipping the top will probably stop the growth from that one point but is likely to encourage side shoots that will continue to grow longer and longer.

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Sharjo, what do I do with those hens and chicks after they bloom? those are now looking pretty ratty now. Also have 2 more of those coming up and will bloom soon.
Also, I bought some bees balm on clearance---so the blooms are spent---will they bloom again and any links for what to do with them would help. Thanks!

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Never heard of them but googled them and you can eat them,

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ANYONE EVER EAT PURSLANE?
I HAVE SEEN IT IN GARDENS FOR YEARS. LAST YEAR I STARTED TO NOTICE THAT I HAD 2 WEEDS THAT LOOKED SIMILAR BUT HAS SOME DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS. I PICKED UP A BOOK ABOUT PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND I FOUND THAT I HAD CREEPING SPURGE AND PUSRLANE. IT WAS ACTUALLY TASTY.

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.
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6/18/13 3:45 P

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Shar, my avatar in the Hens and chicks in bloom!

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6/18/13 1:01 P

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MY CHERRY TOMATO PLANTS HAVE GROWN SKY HIGH. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF I CLIPPED THE TOP OF THEM, SAY ABOUT AN INCH ABOVE THE HIGHEST BUNCH OF FLOWERS

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SharJoPaul,
Thank you for the info. I will try to find some place that can look at the branch. Whatever this is has sucked the life out of all the branches for the past 3 years. I have sprayed with
organic spray. Did the oil spray this spring. If it will ever stop raining I have something called
Captain Jack's? something bug spray. Supposed to be organic all the stuff I have. Need to go read that bottle. Every night it is either rain or too much wind.

Yes,, it is compost tea he is doing with used tea bags. The grounds he is just putting in the garden but will pass this info on. He is so into growing things. Spends alot of time on the
computer every night looking for information. I do think he has found his niche. My grandfather was a farmer and sold his produce. He could grow anything. I do think my son has inherited his love of growing things. I am going to find some organic farms locally and try to visit some of them this Summer. Not sure where they are around in my area but I will find some.

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I have been searching the web to try to find some information for you, without any luck. I you have a large zip lock bag, take a sample of one of the branches and place it in the bag and close it, this is to keep anything on the branch with in the bag. Take your sample to a good nursery and/or you local Master Gardeners. By seeing it they may be able to help identify what is going on with your plant. You may also ask them about spraying schedules for your area for fruit trees & bushes. There are organic sprays that can be used to keep pests off of fruit plants.

Are you sure your son wasn't talking about compost tea. I have heard of using cheese cloth to make a bag of compost and making compost tea from it. I've also heard that by aerating the water it will increase the nutrients in it.

Used coffee grounds are much less acid than unused ones. The amount of coffee grounds most people use at home would not lower the PH of your soil enough to cause any problem with you veggies. If you are getting coffee grounds from coffee stores (yes some coffee stores give used grounds away) they you might want to compost them first, which will further reduce the acid content.

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Coffee grounds do help. And they say fish emulsion also is a good fertilizer---from when you clean out a fish tank. Hopefully SharJo will have an answer to your plant question. What a bummer!

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Good Morning,
I have a question about my cherry bushes. Something seems to be sucking the juice out of the ends of the branches. I look during the day but haven't seen anything so maybe a night bug? They end up limp and dying. I have seen a couple times a type of beetle in the vicinity. It is small, long, black and a touch of red towards the front. Maybe not related to what is going on. Not sure what to do to stop this from happening.

My son watched a video on UTube about putting tea bags in water and making a "broth" from them. You put a aquarium pump in the water to aerate it. They claim it makes the veggie plants really grow. He is also wanting to put used coffee grounds around in the garden. Is there any danger putting either of these on all my veggie plants. Just a little nervous that maybe some will react negatively if I do that. I thought coffee grounds had acidity in them but my son claims the acidity leaves the grounds when it is perked. Thank you for
any info you can give me

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That is what i thought. That tree has been in bad health for a while. it will probably have to be removed. i will have to add it to the list of plants to replace.

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Mushrooms grow on things that are dieing or dead, You maybe losing it to the mushrooms and I don't think that you can save it but you could go to a nursery and find out if you can save it,.

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I have a box elder tree that has mushrooms growing on it. i had to use a pole saw to cut the last one off because the rake was not strong enough to knock it off. is there a plant food or treatment i can do to protect it, or is the tree mostly dead?

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Looks like the Hens and chicks will flower soon---see little buds at the top---will post when they do---never knew they bloomed so this is neat!

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On most fruit trees, especially when they are younger, need to have some of the fruit pruned off early in the season in order to prevent the branches from breaking under the weight of the fruit as it ripens,. By thinning the fruit you will often get larger fruit also because the tree doesn't have to expend effort in supporting as much fruit.

Lady bugs will often fly away if there is not adequate food where they are released.

For your rose questions, I will post the answers that I can give you on that topic,

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SHARJOPAUL HERE IS A QUESTION POSTED ON THE ROSE THREAD FROM HOLLYT55, HOPE YOU CAN ANSWER HER

My yellow rose bush looks much better than last year. I fed it recycle coffee grounds and two bananas. I did the finger pruning too.
My other rose bushes are producing tiny buds. I think that i should cut away the off shoots or tiny branches but not sure what to cut.
I started to water the bush next door. It is rewarding me with a lot of pink blooms. Its kewl.
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DWARF PEACH TREE:
My trees did have a lot of white flies and aphids. I sprayed few months ago and later bought lady bugs. My lady bugs flew away and two came back. The rest visited my neighbors grandchildren. The trees is very full now. I wonder if it should be trimmed anymore to help the treee to support the peaches. Would it help to take a picture and post here?

Thank you for all the advise. I am sorry for not posting dealing with some health issues. I will do better.

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Thanks---they are actually in what was a fountain that I put some dirt in---not very much---but it does retain water when it rains and I sometimes have to dump it out---didn't know that they flowered---neat!

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The Hen & Chicks that are getting tall are probably sending up a flower spike. I have only seen that a few times, it probably indicates they are in a really good site that allows them to do that.
As far as transplanting, you simply dig out the portion you want to move, getting as much root as you can and then replant where you want them.

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