Q: The hickory trees in my yard and those around the neighborhood seem to be doing poorly. Some of the tops of the leaves are turning brown and the undersides have white spots. A: I… Read More
Q: Could you help me determine the name of the plant that just appeared in my garden one day in late summer?
Q: Could you help me determine the name of the plant that just appeared in my garden one day in late summer? It had interesting foliage so I let it grow. It may be an… Read More
Q: Last year I had the ends rot out of watermelon and cantaloupe. What can I put on the plants to prevent the end rot?
Q: Last year I had the ends rot out of watermelon and cantaloupe. They bloom but no fruit developed. This year, I planted zucchini instead and I am getting the same problem. The fruit is… Read More
Q: My Satsuma tangerine tree is loaded with fruit but none of them are orange. How do I know when they are ready to pick?
A: Satsuma mandarin bears its fruit early in the year which makes it a good choice for our area, especially for the home landscape. The name Satsuma comes from a specific province in China. Since… Read More
Q: Do you know of anyplace where I can get some osage oranges? It is supposedly also referred to as monkey balls. I read online somewhere that they are an excellent deterrent to spiders and… Read More
Q: I have an orange tree I want to protect from the freeze. I am told I can run water over it and it will protect it from freezing but it seems like a… Read More
Q. My orange tree now produces sour oranges. Will some kind of fertilizer help to make them sweet again?
Q: I have an orange tree that used to produce sweet fruit. We pruned it back a few years ago after a freeze and now it only produces small sour oranges that are full of… Read More
Q: I purchased a Mandarin Orange tree called ‘Robinson’ at a local nursery and was told I needed a pollinator tree to produce fruit.
Q: I purchased a Mandarin Orange tree called ‘Robinson’ at a local nursery and was told I needed a pollinator tree to produce fruit. Is that true and if so what should I use to pollinate… Read More
A: There are two juicing oranges which grow best in our area and they are Hamlin and Pineapple oranges. Hamlin oranges are generally harvested from October through early January. Pineapple oranges are harvested from December… Read More
Q: This year, some of my navel oranges had dry areas in the fruit. What causes this and how can I prevent it?
A: It is always disappointing to cut open citrus and find the flesh is dry or pulpy. Navel oranges are not the only citrus to have this problem; any citrus can show the same… Read More