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Contorted Filbert has a blight

Our beautiful contorted filbert is dying from a blight. Can we save it?
Thank you, Brenda Norton

Loudoun County Virginia Posted 16 days ago

Growing tobacco

Hello, I’ve recently started seed trays of 400 tobacco plants to include Havana, Cuban, Connecticut and Virginia gold. What soil composition is best for these plants. Also, what fertilizer should I use? Any tips and advice would be helpful as well. Thanks

Chesapeake Virginia Posted 4 months ago

Organic cover crops suitable for hemp production.

Here in Virginia we need to irrigate the hemp planting to insure 30" of rainfall. My question is what cover crop could employed during the growing season to reduce mechanical removal of weeds without damage to the hemp growing process. Also what cover crop do you recommend after the crop has been removed.

Newport News Virginia Posted 9 months ago

Thundercloud Plum losing leaves

I have three Thundercloud Plum trees. They are non fruit bearing. This is my second year of the leaves dropping after they have blossomed. The ph balance in my soil is 5. The one thing I have noticed with the leaves that have fallen is on the midrib of them, a small fuzziness on it . I have started with mag-i-cal too help with the ph level. The age of the trees vary. The oldest being 10 years which is the worst of the three losing the leaves. The other two are 7 and 4 and they do not lose as much as the 10 year old. They all have that fuzzy look on the back of the leaf on the midrib. The color of the fuzzy stuff is kinda grayish brown it blends in to the leaf. Health leaves do not have that on them. I also have almost no new growth maybe 5%. Please help. Jill

Norfolk Virginia horticulture Posted 11 months ago


Why type of grape is this?

Montgomery County Virginia Posted 12 months ago

Root growth

How deep do roots of flowers from seed grow,le; how deep a planter is needed? Thank you

Hanover County Virginia horticulture Posted about 1 year ago

Mushroom compost

I live in a community where we share a garden space. My garden space is 3ft. By 3 ft. I am planting one super sweet 100 tomato plant and one snack a bell red mini bell pepper plant. The dirt in the garden is Virginia soil. What is the ratio of mushroom compost mixed with the soil on the ground.

James City County Virginia Posted about 1 year ago

Flowering Cherry brown/rust colored fungus

Should I be concerned about this fungus?

Prince William County Virginia Posted over 1 year ago

Fescue Grass

My lawn is starting to die off. It’s turning yellow in spots and seems to be spreading. This is within the last two weeks. Seeded my new lawn last fall and it came in beautiful and thick. Looked great through June, July and August. Certain spots where there is less sun gets like a mildew, greenish-black on the dirt. I assume because of to much water and not enough sun. Though even those areas looked great until now. I can send you pics if need be. Thanks

Suffolk Virginia Posted over 1 year ago

Potential fungus and die back on young maple tree

Hi! I have a young maple tree that I planted in my backyard probably around 1.5 years ago. Before that it spent a good deal of time in a bag in our garage and then in a terracotta pot on our porch. I'm very attached to it as it is the last surviving tree we have from our wedding - we gave them out as favors. Its roots must have really gotten established over this past winter cause it has seemed very, very healthy this year. It has put on about 5 feet of growth and has full size leaves instead of the little baby ones it always put out before. We live in Virginia and we have gotten A LOT of rain over the past couple of weeks. We also have a sort of clay based soil in our yard. So anyway, all of the sudden the new growth at the ends of the branches is crinkly, crispy, and brown. I would assume that's a water issue but could that really be the case with as much rain as we've been having? Another thing I noticed when I was checking out the leaves was several small white dots on the trunk near the base. They seem slightly fuzzy and they come right off if I touch them gently. I actually called a local nursery and they suggested it might be crape myrtle bark scale. I looked it up and it does look pretty much just like that but can a maple get that? Any help is very appreciated. Like I said I am very attached to this tree and I want to make sure this isn't something that might kill it. Sorry for the one enormous paragraph. The entry form is being really glitchy and wouldn't let me start new paragraphs.

Suffolk Virginia horticulture Posted almost 2 years ago