Call 855-660-4261 with your lawn & garden questions every Saturday from 8:06am to 10:00am ET. Then listen to Mort answer your questions. Or email anytime at questions@themagicgarden.com
Listen to the weekly archive 24 hours a day 7 days a week on demand.
Weekly Lawn & Garden Tips

2/12/18 Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Chief Seattle

Question:
My African Violet that I just bought is in a bright room not too far from the window. Can I keep it wet? Pat, Stonington, CT
Mort's Answer:
Moist is the operative word. You can let it dry but not often. African Violets were discovered at the start of the Nile River under Victoria Falls. It was throwing mist over the entire area. It is best not to overwater and do not put water on the leaves moisten the plants from the bottom. Use a light mix of soluble fertilizer in every other application of mist. If you see brown edges on the leaves, cut back on the fertilizing.

Question:
Can I plant daffodils in the snow? Mark , Johnston, RI
Mort's Answer:
Daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs will need the cold of winter for rest. If you can penetrate the soil under the snow, you can plant the bulbs. King Alfred dafs are planted eight inches down. All bulbs are two and a half times the size deep. Place a third sand with your present soil unless it is already sandy. Do not use any fertilizer in the hole. You can place the fertilizer on the top.

Question:
I just bought some Leopard plants. They are also known as Asian Ligularia? When can I plant them? Chris, Franklin, CT
Mort's Answer:
L.kaempferi aurea-maculata is grown primarily for its kidney shaped leaves. It has a light yellow flower that can be two inches on white wooly three foot stems. Leaves are pink blotched and hardy to zone eight. I would wait until May 15 and keep them as house plants in a south facing window until then, You will have to bring them indoors in the fall. You could try to store the roots like a dahlia for the winter.

Question:
Can we grow bananas here in North Carolina, Harve, Hamptonville
Mort's Answer:
Bananas like its relative Bird of Paradise will do well as houseplants. Musa cavendishi is a dwarf plant grown as an ornamental. Cavendish banana or Chinese banana can have as many as 200 fruit in a cluster. It has colorful brown bracts and yellowish white calyx. M.sapientum has five to ten foot leaves and fruit clusters of 100 bananas and can grow to 30 feet. It is not a recommended houseplant anywhere except in large greenhouses. These tropical plants will not grow outdoors in North Carolina, If you grow the Cavendish as a houseplant, they will like cooler temps in the fall and early winter.

Question:
How can I get your book? "A Face Made for Radio"
Mort's Answer:
You can purchase my book, "A Face Made for Radio".
This autobiography is 11.95 per copy including S&H. It chronicles my first 25 years and the history of radio. Just mail check or money order to:

Whitehouse Productions
484 Wellington Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910.

Allow two weeks for delivery.

If you have a question you would like answered, call during our show time or e-mail us at questions@themagicgarden.com.

Please Note: that your lawn and garden questions can only be answered in the weekly Q&A page or on air during The Magic Garden radio show at 855-660-4261 from 8:06 to 10:00am ET on Saturdays.

Republishing without the expressed written consent of Whitehouse Productions is strictly prohibited.