Gardening Daily Tips 111

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x hybridum)

Plant type: Interior Plant, Perennial

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8a to 10a

Height: 12″ to 24″

Spread: 12″ to 36″

Exposure: partial shade partial sun to full sun

Bloom Color: Orange, Pink, Red, White

Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring

Leaf Color: Green

Growth Rate: slow

Moisture: dry

Soil Condition: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained

Form: Upright or erect

Landscape Uses:

Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing

Special Features:

Attractive flowers or blooms

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Q&A: Non-Fruiting Lemon Tree

Question: I have a lemon tree that I planted about 4 years ago and it has yet to produce flowers or fruit, do you know why this is?

Answer: There are only a few reasons that your tree is not flowering and setting fruit. One is immaturity. Most lemon trees are grafted from mature trees and the graft typically bears fruit in 3-7 years. If you grew your tree from seed, it can take 10-15 years before it will flower and bear fruit. The second reason is lack of sufficient sunlight (8 hours minimum) and the final reason is over fertilization. Too much nitrogen will promote lots of lush green growth at the expense of flowering. So hold off on feeding, or feed with a 5-10-10 formula. Hope this helps!

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Q&A: Vegetables To Grow In Shade

Question: My garden is shaded by the house in the morning and is partially shaded by trees in the afternoon. What common vegetables would grow best under these conditions?

Answer: Most warm-season vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunshine each day. Failing that, you can grow most leafy veggies in partial shade. Lettuce, cabbage, and kale will grow in the spot you describe. You may have success with scallions and peas, as well. Just think in terms of a green salad garden, and you won’t go too far wrong.

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Q&A: Geese Pull Up Grass

Question: What is a good and humane way to get rid of Canadian geese? They have become quite a problem tearing up the grass by the roots.

Answer: Your lawn is either near water, or it’s full of grubs which are attracting the geese. You can try to make the lawn a less attractive place to visit by pounding stakes around the perimeter and stringing fishing line between the stakes. If you make it difficult for the geese to land and walk around, they’ll eventually find another place to gather. Just string the fishing line back and forth over the grassy area so there’s no more than about 12 inches between the lines. The birds won’t be injured and will soon learn that they’re not welcome in your yard.

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Tip: Asparagus Harvesting

Harvest asparagus spears when they’re three-eighths of an inch wide or larger. Cut them no lower than soil level to avoid damaging the crown. Harvesting smaller spears, or harvesting for too long a period, especially from young plants, weakens the plant and lessens later harvests. Be overgenerous towards the young plant by not harvesting too much, and your plant will increase future harvests because it has gained strength.

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Tip: Don’t Mulch Too Deeply

When applying mulch, check to see that it’s not getting too deep. A 2- to 4-inch layer is plenty; deeper mulch can prevent water and oxygen from penetrating into soil.

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