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Could you please recommend a heat tolerant, perennial vine that likes the shade? Our air conditioner exhaust are 5 feet away and blow hot air on the plants. We purchased 16 Sleeping Jenny plants from you this year but the hot air was too much for them.

Asked by: TDGET
I'm sorry, but I don't know any vines that tolerate shade that well; maybe English Ivy? (The whole purpose of being a vine is to climb up something else in order to get to the sunlight.) I'm sorry for not being more helpful. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-28

My 20-year old Crepe Myrtles are in flowerbeds filled with 2-3 inches of cedar mulch on top of a layer of weed-block fabric. Can I use white vinegar to kill the small weeds popping up under the bird feeders without harming the Crepes?

Asked by: Jim Young Sr
Yes, I think that would be fine. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-28

is there any way to kill a white fungus on a cactus which is is there any way to kill a white fungus on a cactus which is a house plant without killing the cactus.

Asked by: rosee
When a cactus starts showing fungus growth, that is usually a sign that something more fundamental is wrong, and the fungus is just an indicator. But you can probably get rid of your fungus by watering the fungal area with a 50:50 solution of vinegar and water, or even more dilute than that. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-28

I purchased a Top Hat Blueberry container plant last Spring.  What /where is the best place to keep the plant through a NH Winter

Asked by: KMacL
I would consider keeping it in your unheated garage from Christmastime until mid-February. Otherwise it should be fine outside. Blueberry plants need to experience below freezing temperatures each year during normal winter. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-28

I have a tree year old elephant ear that is sending up two flower shoots. I have never seem them do this before. My other 3 are not doing this. Also, at the bottom of the plant at soil level there are 4 shoots coming off, 3-7 inches long, what are these?

Asked by: Caroline1950
My guess is that your plant is now healthy enough to attempt to reproduce itself, both through flower production as well through those 4 new shoots. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-28

My butternut squash plant was healthy, now yellow spots on leaves and blossom end rot on new squash. I always use fertilizer when planting. Can I salvage the crop?

Asked by: Moomoo
The main purpose of any living thing is to 1) survive, and 2) reproduce. In the case of butternut squash, this means seed production. Once two or three good squash fruits are produced, the plant has achieved its goal and will then cease production of new squashes and the plant will then normally die. This is normal for a butternut squash. The butternut squash fruits are then best harvested when the plant is dead or nearly dead, and then stored for your winter enjoyment. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-28

I have a evergreen tree and want to know what would be a good plant the plant around there cuz everything seems to die that I plant around that tree

Asked by: Fuzzyduck
What you need are acid loving plants that tolerate some shade. Azaleas and Rhododendrons will probably do well. Also blueberries. Perrywinkle might be a good ground cover. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-20

I have a huge crop of Brussels sprout plants but no sprouts.    I had the same experience last year with cabbage. Tons of leaves no cabbage ball.      I planted the sprouts early in the season, past the last frost.  Again the leaves and plants are thick. 

Asked by: Jan25
I am going to guess that your plants are probably overcrowded, which is really no different than letting weeds grow up. As I was taught, Brassicas should be thought of as "miniature trees", which means they need decent space between plants. Giving one Brassica plant at least 4 square feet of space would be a minimum. Also, Brassicas grow best in cool, cloudy, rainy weather, with generous fertilizer and slightly alkaline to neutral soil with decent organic matter mixed in. I am hopeful that there is still hope for your brussels sprouts to produce well as the weather improves toward the fall season. Good Luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2019-08-20
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