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Baltimore County MD Posted about 11 hours ago

Prune a fig tree?

This summer I planted an Olympian Fig next to our back deck facing south east. It must be very happy and liked the rain because it is now 7-1/2 feet tall. It has one single trunk. Should I prune it so it will bush out? If so, when should I do this? Also, I noticed red spots on several leaves. Is this normal? Thank you.

Charles County MD Posted about 14 hours ago

Plant Identification

I found this plant growing near my compost bin. Any ideas on what it is?

Prince George's County MD compost plant identification papaya volunteer Posted about 16 hours ago

soil testing

Hello I was wondering if you do soil analyses?

Baltimore County MD soil testing Posted about 17 hours ago

How long to grow to 2' - 2 1/2'?

My garden book says that oregano will grow to 2' - 2 1/2' high when fully grown. If it is grown from seed, how long should this take?

Charles County MD herbs oregano normal growth Posted about 18 hours ago

clivia winter care

I have clivia in a pot in my kitchen not too far from a window. I have heard of another option to keep it in the basement that is dark. I know not to water it until December. Can you recommend the best care?

Anne Arundel County Maryland houseplants clivia plant care Posted 1 day ago


An un-named variety of buddleia was planted late spring '17, bloomed well, cut down this spring, bloomed well (and quite full foliage) and now 4x4. Residual Hurr Michael winds uprooted it. Staked and watered, but now uprooted again. When uprighted this time, the root ball could not be compressed back to ground level. It would be possible to dig around it to resettle the rootball if i cut it back, which would also stabilize it vs. future winds. Am concerned that if frost is late, there could be new growth that is zapped, and don't know if would cause residual damage. However, since will cut back anyway in spring, and frost will probably come soon, it seems best to cut back now to about 2' which will avoid further wind movement, and allow resettling the roots to proper soil level. Then in spring cut back as usual. Do you suggest a different strategy?

Anne Arundel County Maryland butterfly bush invasive abiotic issues Posted 1 day ago

Chill hours for Tropical tree plant

Hi, How do I determine what 100 chill hours are? This is for my potted Lychee house tree. I plan to put it in the garage for the 100 chill hours. When should I do that? The tree is from Florida. What month(s) and how many days should I put the tree in the garage?

Prince George's County Maryland chill hours tropical houseplant lychee Posted 1 day ago

need soil tested

I live in Howard county. I plan to establish a rebuild my lawn. Where can I get my soil tested.

Howard County Maryland lawns and turf soil testing Posted 1 day ago

Crape Myrtle Growth Problems

We have two crape myrtles, almost two years old. One is flourishing, with leaves and blooms until recently on top and on the lower branches. But the second one has lost the leaves on top (for about a month), even though the new branches (or suckers ?) on the bottom are doing great. We need to know if this is OK or if we should cut back the lower branches or some of them to make sure there is adequate growth on top in the spring. What could have caused the "denuding" of the upper branches, and is there something we should be doing about that? Also, should we fertilize these trees before winter?

Montgomery County Maryland plant care abiotic issues crapemyrtle dieback trees Posted 1 day ago