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I bought Winter Harvest colors blend from Burpee, How is it that the squash will not cross pollinate? There are 6 different types in this package. very different types, I dont under stand how they will not cross pollinate.

Asked by: CARLOTTA
Yes they will cross pollinate. But you are not saving seeds from your squash plants for next year, are you? If not, then there is nothing to worry about. Cross pollination will only affect the seeds that are produced, not this year's fruits. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

All of my pepper plants are losing their bottom leaves and are not producing very many peppers What do I need to do?

Asked by: Beginning Gardner
I would apply some crystalline soluable fertilizer, maybe a tablespoon to the base of the plant, as well as some drip irrigation or at least some light frequent waterings.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

my fig tree does make figs but I never get to taste they disappear before they ripe I looked for bugs and watch for birds maybe taking them but nothing I looked on ground to see if they fell off but that is not the case haven't figured it out yet

Asked by: crybaby
Squirrels and raccoons love to eat figs. That would be my guess. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

How can I increase acidity of my soil?? It is now 6.5, I need it to be 4.5 to 5.5.

Asked by: pop33
Adding some peat moss and bark mulch will lower the pH, and applying Aluminum Sulfate is the usual method. In NC, red clay often has a very low pH naturally. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

My cucumbers are growing & Flowering but the buds grow to 2" or so, yellow and stop growing. ?

Asked by: Heeley
This sounds like inadequate pollination. You can hand pollinate your female flowers for much better results. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

I am in zone 10 and tried growing onions.  I planted short day starts (225 of them) in late March.  A few weeks ago they started dying off at somewhere between a quarter and half dollar size.  Any ideas or suggestions for a better harvest?

Asked by: ThisandthatMIA
In Florida you definitely need to plant short day onions as you have done. But if you want big bulbs at harvest, you need to give them more time to grow before their usual dormancy time in mid June. I would plant my starts in October, and let them grow all winter before going dormant in June. If you can't get starts/plants in October, then you can certainly start them yourself indoors from seeds as I have done myself. Or alternatively, you could let your current crop stay in the ground at present, and your onions will start growing again in mid to late September, and will produce a bountiful harvest come next June. Growing good onions is a lot like growing good lawn grass, in my opinion. They like generous higher Nitrogen fertilizer and light frequent rains. Watering them lightly every day that it doesn't rain would not be too extreme. And don't let them get overcrowded, since that is no different from letting weeds grow. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

Do you treat Flame Star Hybrid cauliflower the same as white cauliflower by bringing the leaves up around the head or as purple cauliflower which doesn't need to have that done to it?

Asked by: Nonie
I have never grown Flame Star Cauliflower, but I would bring the leaves up around the head if possible, but that is just me. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09

We bought 3 red bell pepper plants my question right they’re all green will they turn red before it’s time to pick them ?

Asked by: Dean427
You can pick them now while they are green if you like, or wait until they ripen to red if you like. It is entirely up to you in this case. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-07-09
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