Weekly Lawn & Garden Tips
2/20/17- Spring in the garden is as irresistible, as incredible, as spring in the heart of the wilderness. Herbet Ravenal Sass
My hyacinth that I purchased in a glass with water is sprouting. It looks like it will bloom soon. What should I do when it finishes bringing the flower? Pat, North Stonington, CT
Enjoy the scent and elegance of the hyacinth, while it lasts. After it withers, you can sun dry the bulb and remove the hair roots on the bottom and the leaves on the top. Store your bulb in a cool dry place for the summer and early fall.
It may split in two in the interim. Plant your restored bulb/bulbs in eight inch holes in the garden. Do not put any fertilizer in the hole. Two tablespoons of 5-10-10 on the surface will enrich the spoil for the following spring bloom.
My bonsai plant is turning brown on the edges. In have been using manure tea to keep it healthy. What is wrong? Won, Union City, West Virginia
Your soil is too rich in nitrogen. Stop killing your plant with kindness. Cut off brown edges and only use distilled water. Next year you can use a very diluted liquid fertilizer once a month to keep your plant happy.
My Aloe Vera houseplant that I purchase a three weeks ago is mushy in the center. What could be the problem? Marie, Pawtucket, RI
Too much water will turn any succulent into mush. I would take it back to the store and ask for a credit. Unless is you watered every day since you purchased it, the damage was done at an earlier time.
We have tiny little black bugs flying around our ivy houseplants. How can we get rid of them? Lisa, Seekonk, MA
Fungus gnats are a frequent winter pest. On a day that is over 45, you can take the plant outdoors and spray with malathion or alcohol. Also spray the soil underneath. Turn the soil over under the plant every two or three weeks to disrupt the nest. Follow directions on the label and repeat in a couple of weeks.
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