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If I order seeds now, will they be for the 2019 growing season ?

Asked by: Skip S
Yes. I don't work for Burpee, but any seeds ordered now will be for 2019, I am sure.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-11

How can I prevent my sweet peas from becoming diseased from the bottom up? I follow all watering and air circulation advise to no avail.

Asked by: Julieinbr
I believe your peas are simply showing their old age, as it is normal for a plant to drop its older leaves as the plant itself grows older. Your best remedy in my opinion is to keep planting younger plants periodically, to take the place of the older ones. Good luck. (Unfortunately, Burpee no longer is capable of receiving uploaded photos, which would have helped me in this case.)
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-07

I have an m2 patch of dirt. I was wondering how many radishes I could grow in that area. It is 200 cm by 50 cm.

Asked by: AaronE2020
Each radish plant will probably grow fine with maybe 10cm² of growing space as a minimum. So 50x200=10,000cm², allowing you to grow up to ~1,000 radishes as a maximum, although fewer radishes, thus allowing for less crowding, would probably be better. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-07

Do I need to do anything with my mint plant for the fall?

Asked by: PattyDee
No. It will be fine during your mild California winters.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-07

Which flower will come back year after year.

Asked by: Yhi yhi
Flowers that are called "perennials" should come back year after year. One of the best examples would be Chrysanthemums, among others. Flowers that grow from bulbs (such as daffodils) or rhyzomes (such as daylillies, Iris, etc.) will also usually come back year after year. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-07

Hi I have an indoor tree growing under the skylight in my house and its been almost 1 year now and its not growing at all, am i doing something wrong ? its in a big pot and i water it 2 times a week and I also add iron and fertilizer its healthy

Asked by: tnagaway
I have an indoor Ficus tree and it has not grown appreciably in over 10 years, although it remains healthy. I think of it as a large Bonsai type tree, perhaps. Trees such as this that are root bound like a Bonsai and who receive little light compared to outdoors should not be expected to grow very much from year to year. But if you would like to have it grow larger, then I believe you should transplant it into a pot that is 4-5 times larger than its current quarters and try to increase its light, water, and fertilizer, within reason of course. (It sounds like inadequate light might be your particular situation. Maybe getting 2-3 spotlights shining on it would help.) Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-16

I planted your brand of Onion seeds, called Countrywide Hybrid (picture on packet is a purple onion) in the beginning of August. The directions days to harvest at 125 days.. If I can see a bit the onion poking through, can I pick them or should I wait ?

Asked by: Lisa67
As with all root and bulb crops, you can harvest at anytime that you desire, realizing that harvesting earlier will yield smaller produce, (but will also thin your crop and thus help to grow those that remain with less crowding, which is a good thing.) Onions prefer to grow in the fall-winter-spring season and are fairly frost hardy, but in Southwest Ohio, you may need to protect your onions from extreme cold, as temperatures below mid 20sF are not that well tolerated by onions. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-07

When should I prune back my 3 year old raspberry bushes? They fruited good this year. The vines/stems of the plants are very long now. Never pruned them. When and should they be pruned? How far back should I prune the vines? Please respond. Thanks.

Asked by: Little Leaf
Raspberries produce new canes each spring, arising from their roots. These canes then go dormant for the winter, and then produce berries the following spring. As I was taught, it is best to remove these 2 year canes in the late fall/winter once they have gone dormant, giving more space, etc. to the canes that are a year younger, who will then bear fruit as the next spring arrives, free from being overcrowded by the older canes. So perhaps prune your older canes out down to ground level now, or at least sometime before next March. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-11-10
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