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is a 3-in-1 swf citrus plant for container to be kept outside on indoors

Asked by: david j
Most people keep their citrus outdoors during warm, sunny weather, and indoors during cold or freezing weather. Attempting to grow citrus in a place like North Dakota will definitely present a significant challenge. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

Can you suggest how I can kill wild violets without harming my other annuals and perennials? I hate to kill them, but they are taking over my flower patches. No matter how much tilling I do to them, they keep coming back. Thank you

Asked by: Andalusians
I personally believe that Roundup is perfectly safe and effective, if used as directed. Alternatively, I have laid down a double thickness of black plastic for one year, and that will kill them out. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

are you suppose to remove the yellow flowers on tomato plants

Asked by: connie502
The yellow flowers are what ultimately produce the tomatoes on your plants, so removing the flowers will prevent you from harvesting any tasty tomatoes. The only time I have ever pinched the flowers off of my tomato plants is when the plant is just transplanted and weak and needs to devote more of its energy to becoming strong and healthy, rather than wasting energy on fruit production. Then you can let it bloom later, with much better results. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

I Have a 16 cell Self watering system that is over one year old. My plants are only 2 inches high and I planted your seeds 7 weeks ago. I used lights on them all that time on 16 hours of 8 hours.Is it possible the pellets are old??

Asked by: johncon
Starting seeds indoors under lights is perhaps the most difficult thing that most gardeners attempt. Everything must be 'just right' or disaster will occur. The most common reason for poor results is inadequate light, and on that score, I usually keep my grow-lights on 24 hours/day, (which will not harm your plants). The next thing is that you need adequate nutrition, meaning their water needs some dilute liquid fertilizer for best results. The pH needs to be right as well, with some seedlings preferring acidic media, and others preferring neutral to even slightly alkaline media. Lastly, using ordinary tap water will often cause salts to buildup in your media, especially if you rely on watering from the bottom too much. (Most plants prefer to receive their watering from the top, similar to rain.) Use rain water or distilled water instead. And I have had some trouble with keeping the media too soggy and water logged, which is especially bad for semi-arid adapted species such as tomatoes and geraniums, for instance. I hope these musings will help your situation. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

I purchased the new hybrid corn for containers. I planted in a raised bed. It has been 3 weeks and only a few have come up. Should I have soaked the seeds before planting? Any suggestions?

Asked by: Grumpy
I must admit that I personally have never tried to grow Burpee's 'On Deck' sweet corn. However, it is an "sh2" variety, and as such, these varieties are given to very poor germination, and thus they require really warm soil in order to get even a minimally decent germination rate. In my experience, having a poor germination event is not as bad as it seems at first glance, because the few plants that are there will often go overboard in producing a bountiful harvest for you, largely due to the lack of crowding that they have come into. So what to do now? You could replant some more of the same now into warmer soil, or I have sprouted my seeds using the 'wet paper towel' method, and then plant the sprouts. Or alternatively, you could switch to another variety that has more vigorous germination. I recommend trying Burpee's 'Sweetness' variety, which will probably be more suited to your success. Living in Georgia means you have plenty of time to grow lots of good corn all summer. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-05-18

Should I dust my tomato and pepper plants as soon as I plant them?

Asked by: Bcrohn
Hessianguy2. 6 hours ago l usually don,t l wait until pestilence shows up first. But you can if you want. Do you live in a high pestilence area ?
Answered by: Hessianguy2 6 hours ago
Date published: 2018-05-13

Should I be cutting off the runners from a hanging strawberry basket?

Asked by: Dan649
Dan649 . 5 days ago Should l be cutting off the runners from a hanging strawberry basket Hessianguy2. 6 hours ago They don,t do any harm.figure a way to root them into a ball of soil first Then, once rooted, they will provide you with lots of new strawberry plants. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2 6 hours ago
Date published: 2018-05-13

Is it ok to use vermiculite and perlite together in the potting soil of a self-wicking, container garden? (much like an EarthBox?).

Asked by: Cryotech
Hessianguy2 6 . hours ago I think it should be fine. But no more than 50% of these would be best. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2 6 hours ago
Date published: 2018-05-13
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