The Garden Lady, December 17
Dec 18, 2016|
The Garden Lady airs every Saturday on WRKO from 12-2 p.m. Host C.L. Fornari covers a variety of gardening and landscaping topics, discusses her favorite plants and answers all of your gardening questions. Regular segments include "From Yard to Table," "Welcome to the Garden" and "Have I Got a Plant for You!"
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Welcome to. Started leaning on WRKO. Join the show like 6172666868. Welcome to the garden variety I have the guard play the see now for our. And it is my great pleasure to be here with you every Saturday from twelve to two. Where we're talking about landscaped. Lawns houseplants flowers. Home grown to achieve shrubs and trees. And I look forward to speaking with you later in this hour we always start out with a welcome to the garden party when we talk. Just a little bit about what's happening with planting gardening and right now and what's happening right now of course is that. Many of us are. Enjoying holidays. Flowering plants such as the points at yeah. At this time of the year and I just want to briefly remind you that when you are bringing your holiday flowering plants home. What that they are points ideas or cycle men. Or hammer realists or our Christmas cactus or any of this wonderful plants that you confined in garden centers at this time of year. Be sure that you put them in two. Apparently warm car and be sure that you take them right home don't get your holiday plants first during the day and spend your day out. Running your Aronson chopping and leave that plant in the car. Most of these plants will not to be half. We if they are left in the freezing air. And even vote today it's getting warmer tomorrow will be warmer. If your. Intending to pick up a plan pick that up the last thing you do and then tried it are strictly hole. OK I want to introduce my guest this week right away. Because it is my pleasure to welcome to the garden lady today David Anderson. David is our Massachusetts certified. He was the chairman of the certified arbor sport in Massachusetts for three years he's written a lot of Carter calls and he gives presentations about. A wide variety of horticulture subjects. But he also has great experience. In that tree and landscape care business. And now he is working for Hartley cream on as an. And he works in various projects at Boston Brookline and Cambridge so with David welcome to the program. How well you know I wanted to just start out by asking you this statement out frequently on this program. I will say to somebody. You know if that tree is an important treaty you may want to calm a call a certified are terrorist and have. That personally eyeballs on it. And you're a certified. From your point of view why is a good thing to recommend that someone look for eighth certified arbor east. Well I think the certification just shows a minimum standard of expertise that you passed the tests whether you know. You know nationally like I guess they are more specifically MCA specific to into the trees and New England area and you know the harbors to have great service of coming out and you know inspecting your trees inspecting your woody plants and you know it's one for help. You know two trees can be potentially dangerous. So that this is really good to have you know professional that. Eyes on your trees take the heat in a lot times you. Most often a free consultation you can get a lot of good information to pick and choose to decide to do any work with that particular company. I think it's just like going to doctoring in the physical. Okay. Well talk a little bit about. You know what what things you look for wearing you expect to treat a little later but let's start off what's with. Information that that is really pretty pressing for a lot of that's right now. And that comes from the season that we. Have just gone through an impact we've just gone route true particularly dry summer seasons and the way. Yes it's too good. Pretty remarkable when you look out the window today you're driving around this seat. You know the snow and the cold and think but you know last two Summers are extremely hot and dry and it really taxes all plants. But you know trees particularly to take we take for granted and I always recommend people even and a quote unquote normal year to start watering entries. In you know June. Because before becomes drive because there and the water of the wonderful cohesive power to drag the watered down in June when missiles so more sure but. No this summer in particular. People calling me and saying to water my trees when it's very difficult. Because the surface tension that allow the water per can but. Connect I know it sounds corny but I tell people you know in the summertime run the hose just political wanted to trickle. And you know be home first let me do it so you can let it knows it's gonna run off in two hours before I was eight hours but. Just like humans everything that the trees do really depends on water keep them healthy and do all their function. What oh what types other than. Making the when we go to a drop other than making the soil have a certain level of surface tension so that it sheds water at that point rather than letting it. Sink him. What are some of the effects of drought on trees went to work with. On this past summer fir tree. Well I think most of time when trees showed difficulties it's very chronic so you know they might not show results for you know two years three years several years but I think one of the things that shows that sooner than later is. You know. Wilting. Leaf drop in news political trees success from the top down. Some of the things that are harder to receive that we know is with. Big name hot days the tree will not vote synthesize a closed a lot of the small. Hole in the bottom of the leaves where you know water transfers takes place from the post and the side of the in an effort to save water. The trees will not vote synthesize so close. Is. And that's you know tried to see but it really stresses the player that they're not beating themselves the other thing that happens when we have this severe chronic drought we've had. A lot of the finer here roots. Or even the rich get to the naked guy will just completely died in shrivel up. So they're not functioning you know it starts with the finest here route to bring the water from the distance from. Way out into the soil always in the top of the camp a piece of the plants can't vote synthesize and just to all of their work is everything. Comes from the finer. Roots following through the structure of the tree and the way the trees we actually cool themselves off as aspiring by bringing water up releasing it. So obviously the tree is very attacks and you know some of these stresses that we can't see wool. Show up this spring when some of the dissenters plants don't leave because about a dedicated. Early in the spring or a lot of the ever greens well we'll just burned because they have to carry that we use stream these. Terrible cold winter days that we had yesterday just like our skin prize so believe steps to cave in a lot of shrugged and every green loss in the spring because. They just don't wake up they just density completely. You know you know and and I couldn't see if it's the fine root hairs are dying. Then the problem. Becomes once it does start to ring first it takes a few grains to break that surface tension. And then once the brain does go in the tree doesn't have the fine route Harris and the roots to take up the water. That is there at that point right so. There are really. The arc trees have gone into the winter. Very very dehydrated and stressed. No that's exactly correct and I and I think you know last summer was. You know that those summer before this one 2015 some it was very bad and I thought that was what he just but the this year prompted completely and you know I had trees. Just collapsing and dying you know I'm talking about large trees and something else species some. You know tougher than others when it comes to you know drought stressed but. You know it's going to be very interesting to see you know what happens next here it is and a lot of mature trees dead or partially dead and it's it's very difficult thing in towns where they have water restrictions even watered trees proactively but right we just tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube when. If you haven't water entries. Sure sure. Eight. Let's let me ask you this before we leave the subject of drought and watering. If you don't have water restrictions. Is watering. Treaty once a week at good idea no matter what or do we. Do we monitor it arraigned on if we have over an inch can we skip that week quell what would you say about water. You know what I generally recommend is you know when we have our average. April and may where it's rainy and cool. Not a problem and usually even into mid June that the slopes and the soil moisture excuse me news is. Usually find but I I think if you can supplemental water. You know once a week every two weeks in the course of the summer even a large trees to get the ability to do that and and you know trees prefer. You know more water less often. A close eye on what they want you know ten or fifteen minutes every day but if you can give the trees you know. You know literally you know hundred gallons spewed out depending on the size of the tree and keep the slow Moya it's just really really helps a lot because you just keep that pipeline going. So missile sting Malloy is the fine here roots staying poised and you know. Prince locating right up through the trees in the especially when you think of a larger treats the distances has to travel. I'm so routier's all the way to the top throughout the largest scaffolding branches. All right well we have to take a quick break David where we come back I want to talk about what you listen arbor as to what you look for when you inspector tree. We will be right back with more on the garden lately here on the voice of Boston WRKO. Well come back. But ardently behind C Alfred Ari and we are here every Saturday talking plants. Gardens. Everything's green and I am speaking today with David Anderson. And welcome. Back David after the break. Did fit works with heart me great month. He's our poorest representative. He is a certified. And what in a week home. Owners home landscaper. On what we can look for. In a certified. First of all it's two people happy column mainly because it treat might be gained tres or because they're worried about its health. Well it's very this happening at our company we have hope a lot of different services we provide so. The first thing we look for no matter what the call is about as we try to emphasize safety because as I said earlier. Trees can potentially be dangerous. As our Burris we try to. Save every three within reasonable and possible. But you know sometimes. That tree needs to come down and that we try to have that be the last thing but obviously. With people and vehicles and wires and all sorts of things we refer to those targets lesson we wanna do is have something. You know something break there have been some of her. Sure sure. Well I think most people if they're calling it a certified. Have a ticket happened and things. Correctness and unfortunately the chronic nature of the way trees work is that might have been some sort of trauma. Construction drought stress something might happen you know 45 years ago. Entries to a wonderful job of of teton stored energy taking the money out of banks and keeping up appearances. Then one day. You know the treaty doesn't look so good letter collapse for at least potent. You know people that lay people say oh hole it was fine last year and unfortunately sometimes we have to be the bearer of bad news but but most of the time we can come up with some type of prescription if you will whether it's insect and disease treatment of fertilization. Or pruning to try and make the trees healthier and in just like. People you know if you eat right and exercise and keep yourself healthy and proactive. You're less likely to have a problem and if you don't then you're the reason we care for people's properties have relations people for years and years and years. Is because you only have a handful of trees or shrubs that might have sentimental value or. Are important is that your home and you want to keep them off the. Problems and problem free. Sure sure so be it let's say you've been called to a property. They're worried about the trees what do what do you look for. All the first thing usually problems start with some of the root system or the root color under caller is just about the ground level. Because a lot of times but could sit with the drought it starts with the results so we will do an inspection. Is there. You know I'll probably root system is did damage on the trunk is they're visible problems other. Decay funds he's they mushrooms that might show. Something else. You know it's a sign of something that might be you know a bigger problem. You know has the tree been affected by an insect or disease. And you know then start asking questions and you kind of police detective hat on and try to look for. You know where's the problem is a problem with the roots of the problems systemic problem believes and then trying to find out what is causing that problem and how long it's been there. Do you find that many people assume it's either insects or disease that but it may not be either of us. I think a lot of times people just. Taken for granted and and don't understand and you know it's it's like watching it children grow you know one minute they're in the crib in the next minute they're coming home from which was closed and locked by a tree every day and you don't see how it more some changes and because you see it every day. So a lot of that is really just a matter of it seemed like it was fine to me yes you know the problem but it really varies in and I think most of the time it's a matter of water. And fertilizer Keaton plants helping out over fertilized in the keeping them. Water and fertilizer keeping the trees healthy. You know it really varies and the most common problem we see is. Something that affected either the the trunk for the root system but we do. We can manage most inspections of these diseases pretty. It. Well I know from week. We don't have a lot of time to get into winner Martin Gypsy moth right now we'll have to have you back you know in the spring to talk about Gypsy months. But winner must I know indeed where I live on the K we haven't had a great flight of winter months this winter is in the same in the Boston area. No I mean it's it's really hasn't been that bad in the and the one thing about winter Marat is I would say it's consistently inconsistent because I thought it was. He'll he'll weigh yeah. Last year and I told everyone it's parents it's. Was when about the very specific and yet weeping cherry if you have ambling your field blueberries its circuit cherries crab apple it's very specific but. BL I give up a long time ago we've been battling it in and managing it and it is very trees proactively. There's some wonderful environment with products that really work it sure sprayed him earlier in the spring but. I trying to predict went to market last year I thought it was going to be over and it was one of the work springs we've had a long long time. Right now OK. So we just have to do we have to wait and see and it could be that. I see fewer males flying around but that doesn't necessarily mean we'll have it'll be up and up next year. And if you have a history of damage to trees that might be worth that if you want to make investment to treat them. And I think if you haven't had in a significant you know absolutely to fully that are entire principle he did. You can probably have a wait and see attitude and see what happens because of Portland would put him up by the time we see the cream Caterpillar's. In in let's say late may early June they had done eating so is. It's kind of you need be to be proactive or wait and see what happens and you know it's. It's really a tough one for that matter word Gypsy marked you can actually see the feeding you the political and sex and say oh my gosh it would devastate my trees have been on treat them. Where Panama that it's it's kind of over by the time the leaves are right that very early at least that's what. Via people people don't even realize that the leaves are disappearing faster than their opening up in a way you know there. They're just taking their slow to open up or something and then suddenly they're gone so. Yeah that's right the timing is bad well. As usual our time here has flown by David and I want to thank you so much for joining me today and talking about trees and I hope people will as a result take a look at their treaties com. And realized that maybe being proactive. And contacting a certified barbarous before. The tree is actually dead it's a good idea so thank you so much for being here on the currently eighty today. My pleasure still thank you so much for having me on. Thank you David Anderson is at Massachusetts certified. Davey tree expert company we will be right back with your phone calls here on the garden lady on WRK. I'll. Well come back to the dark lady I'm CL. And we are here every Saturday from twelve to do. 617. June 0666868. Is enough for you call we are going to lined one to talk with Maria. Maria welcome to the garden lady. I thank you for taking my call. I have a question. I am trying to move them. Great sign. A little band since you know I have few of them and I put them in water. And what I find after a few days it says. It looks like I'm Cooley stuff. Doha Round of them. And it looks almost like a clear have been a light is. Yeah it's probably. I'd. So why are well. There are some plants Maria that don't wrote well in water that's number one. And most woody plants you know there are few woody plants like horse is the but most of them on route best first of all when you take a cutting in August. And you take your cutting of that year's growth so it's not the oldest scams but there's they're not real. Really young either because you're you're cutting them in August so it is the growth that it's you know three or four month sole. And if you then take those and use a rooting hormone that is made for woody plants. Mean that's how professional. Proper gators. Propagate. Woody plants like vines and shrubs and trees. They used that hormone that made for a woody plant and lead to it on. Nudity this year's growth taking the cuttings in August. Oh that that's what I would recommend to you might guess is you're not going to be successful taking them now and rooting them and why. Well no would I do now they do one of them sensitive in the green. Well if you want to if you wanna keep trying. That with the depth pieces that you have. Keep changing the water daily clip off the bottom. So that you know that it's getting water up through the shoot you know clip off the bottom of a couple of days just a little skip to make a fresh cut. And I hope for the best but I think. Probably you will find that you will have more success if you wait until next. Summer at the end of the summer and take those cuttings them and used. Hormone in and put it in seed starting mix not in water. And. And albeit on Mon blog in my I had no idea that there were different kinds. The other different types because some of the hormone that you would use on something like. Annual cutting or operate deal cutting. Is different than the ones that you use for woody plants and that's because woody plants are harder to root and they need a stronger. Formula. To both that will both prevent them from rotting in stimulate them to make roots and you couldn't find that type of rooting hormone that your local garden center. But then I went home that you can bend. There and. Don't don't. I I don't think that that really has much validity certainly could drive banging one of your zip to it it helps but I don't think. I think you're gonna be better off with the August cutting and though woody hormone you know from the garden center. Let's put a line drive and talk with Jen Jen welcome to the garden variety. Hitting your garden Levy. I kept in mystery true rabbit who I am trying to. A finding it's identity. My friend from southern New Hampshire just called me. Right before your show started. Yen on she has been married Gary it's. I'm she knows that it isn't shrubs that needs email and it seemed ill but it's not a whole. It has. I'm initially put it it it's just that it was not know these are up over winter but it had a tiny little white flower and now. It is covered with masses. Of the red there is and she has blocks of Robbins coming. He asked what Nowak yeah that is a holly. Yes it's a Holley called winter Barry holly it's Iowa experts at. Which is winter Barry holly and it is they had to say to a colleague. Dubbed birds love it it is then native holly to. The United States and southeast Canada. And it just are really beautiful plant at this time of year. That would cut she couldn't tell me she's not really a partner which he had planted these and I said today elect's son or shape that she said. Now suddenly you know that I leave them or I feel like on that. I don't know win over she's a wonderful. Little allowed to say there. But they really like son but they will tolerate a little bit of shade so he's on our part son and what they also like is they like their feet wet so. Anybody who has kind of a waste place in the area art winter glory holly it's a good plant for that moist on. He has stick. You know but you're so quick temper what I'd do without. I publish your heart you'll thank you so much at yankees have a good weekend let's go to line two in rock out like 3 am sorry talk at least. Lisa welcome to the garden variety. I only what's happening. Well first I want to thank you for Colin made Q along time ago I was finally able to beat that bad this week. With the site you gave me. Well could but. Keep up you know vigilance because you'll see it pop up here and there because the birds will continue to pull the seeds around your property. Well thank you for that. I have I actually have a couple of quick questions so I pulled because I'm. Pure and simple all. The previous caller that you create all of got me wondering about propagating I did have another question. I have a beautiful girls I think they call it trop but yet and yeah even my neighbor is like cutting. To propagated and that Caylee they don't know how to do it. The other problem. Here's the problem with Tropicana Tropicana is a rose that is undoubtedly. I grafted onto another roses root system. And it's it's not a rose that is going to grow wealth for your neighbor from a cuttings for that reason. If they. It if they want at Tropicana roads at least that they're going to have to buy one at the garden center because. As I say they if they are grown on a stronger roots system. Every. Year and yet it's very hard it because it's growing on another roses roots miss them it's grafted. On to a heart to your roots system. And going and when you take you're cutting up a plan of course you're not grasping on to another route system. And they are not as hardy. On with their own roots this particular routes are there are few roses that are grown with their own wrote spent a lot of them. And it especially including Tropicana are grown on another rose's root system. Well would it need any special care of that up not doing. It's keeping out. Oh euros. Euros is as you say Tropicana it's a very party plan. Ian. You know like all roses like regular fertilization in. And top dressing of compost compost manure once in awhile organic matter right. I am. And rooted in the spring that it they don't need any particular. Cared that other roses don't but you're not going to be able to give your neighbor cutting of yours. Well good because they've been asking me on them in the senate sentimental value. I Blanchett from my mom and musicals so. That's teleglobe bow out and sign up on a pay them because they made some. I'll I'll check. Well they're not going to just tell them that I that they are not going to be successful because that needs to be grafted on another roses root system so it come. It comes right from the suddenly it. And end bacon they confined to another Tropicana at their local garden center. They are called pink hue and another thinks highly moms. Every year at fault for them is beautiful and then never. And yet and yet there has and yes number one after they finish flowering you have to keep watering them. And it's a little late for that this year but fortunately it's raining and it's going out today. Number two after they've finished flowering don't cut them back leave the stems leaves the old flowers leaves the leaves. Until the next spring. And are all those two things watering them wrote a fall into December. And leaving the scams it ear almost certain to get them back the next year. Now I think it's too late for the true beauty that's still got outside guys. Are they in are they in pots are planted in the ground now there ought. Yeah that's probably too late if you want him to live you need to plant them in the ground you know in October when you buy them or September when they needed be covered anything out an intimate thing. Now they just need to be watered it and you leave the stem some place and don't cut them back particularly don't underwent right that's right. Okay I'm OK right that's right center location app. They like a lot of water are a little water well in this all after they're finished firing a really good deep soaking once a week is probably plan to. Well that's wonderful I shall try again. Are right I appreciate wit Lisa we're out of time we're up against a break but I appreciate your cough. And we will be right back to speak with Bob and perhaps you I'm the garden variety and you're listening to the voice of Boston. WRK. Ago. Welcome back to the garden lady I'm CLC Arnie and I am here every Saturday. Talking shrubs and trees homegrown vegetables and flowers houseplants. Lines and landscapes and we're going right to. Talk with. Bob welcome to the garden variety. Thank you were much as one that last week I was listening and indeed there was a gentleman saying you wanted and crime scene is in your guide. He mentioned. Something is to. And some New England it was a read something in the bird's loved it. Yes it's an eastern red Cedar. Key. The red. Cedar. And the Titanic and it's actually at juniper Jeanette parents urgent need him. So if you're a member Virginian who ran ads in Virginia. Two and a parent's part to Indiana or eastern red cedar. And it is true that the birds love the berries on eastern red cedar. Are robins little birds see you name it apartment neighbors who will eat those berries. Suited train your actual number what is it. Well it's the eastern red cedar is a I guess you'd call it a tree it's an upright tuna per it's not a bushy shrub beat juniper Arafat you know upright. With a little bit of its not a tree with a big canopy up on top it's more of a Christmas tree shaped tree. OK and cult although again. Well most of them get our round somewhere around its I would say twelve feet tall some a little bigger some a little shorter but kind of in their rates they're not huge huge sell okay. It's not a plant that's going to get all over power. Normal sized backyard which is another nice thing about it. How much that I had a couple of them some men are much basically they have they have between the two. It kind of depends on how fast you want. Privacy from them. So I'm really. Like to see the birds days true. Oh okay so benefits at about Bert Plante I certainly wouldn't put them any closer than. Six to eight feet apart standards editor and it in nature of course nature gross things right on top of each other right. And so in nature these plants can grow six inches from each other. Or a foot from each other but if I would spacing them so that you had a nice air flow and look at the tree I probably plant them. About six to eight feet apart trunk to trunk. Okay all right thank you very much. I appreciate it Carl up. 6172666868. REU thinking about at things from plants to Europe landscape for the birds. We just wait today had two calls about birds liking. A couple of native plants the winter Barry holly. It and the eastern red cedar both of those are. Our great bird plants with a cart are are natives. Holly IU Lex oh packet is also good. Four birds. In the northernmost part of aren't listening area it's probably not going to thrive. You know up in the New Hampshire area. But down from about the Boston area on down itself. Our native holly. That is ever green and does quite well so and as Jen had mentioned that to sit Chile's holly that drives all the way up into Canada so that a good one for birds support. Out in the cart as speaking tempered support the last couple of days when we were in the single digits. Reminded me certainly of the importance. Have me. Both food and water out for the birds and if you have the ability to put out a bird bath heater. To keep. Some water available to plants wind that temperature. Never comes above freezing during the day. Have it available to birds I should say. That is a real gift to the hurts these kinds. Certainly if food is important that water is equally as important and are on that day when we were in the single digits. I thought just about every bird on my property coming to my. Bird bath because I have a heater in there it stayed open after it change the water couple of times because. They not only you know drink from a and they turn around and open it you have to change itself. I'm in order to keep the water clean for their drinking I did have to change the water couples times. But I got such pleasure out of seeing those. You don't fall what Packers that red bellied woodpecker. The downy woodpeckers the flicker they were all coming to my. He did bird bath and drinking my cardinals of course. They. The mourning dove mob I I often called them those deadbeats because they'll ring that he did teetering and treat it like their own personal spot at oracle while. As they hang out there. Chick Getty's comment and a few inches and it's just there are real pleasure if you enjoy the birds if you enjoy. Supporting the birds and seeing that action that movement and collar and their personalities. Out your window it can be one of the high points of winter. And heated Burton act is as important I think. And sometimes even more important and C south the other thing I would remind you about feeding the birds is. Put a little bit of birds eat out in the late afternoon at 2 o'clock 3 o'clock if you can't if you are at home. And that is because. Last eating that the birds do before they seek shelter for the night. Those calories are going to be what sustains them through the whole night's and so sometimes eating. Right before. They. Going to their place of shelter for the night. That can be the difference between death and survival for some birds so putting making sure that your bird feeders have. I don't have to fill them as much as you might in the morning and making sure your bird feeders have some food out there. Around 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Can be a very important way to sustain. The bird life around your house garden. We are coming up on the end of the hour when we come back we have some plant cock. We have some plan. Talks some fun facts about a holiday plans are here on the cart lady. On the voice of Boston. WRK. Oh. You can. Playing. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Pain. These kids. Welcome to. Garden sleep on WR KL join the show went 6172666868. Well up to this second hour of the garden lady I'm see help and sorry. Every Saturday's twelve to. As we talked about house plants they've plants logs landscapes trees. Homegrown vegetables. Flowers. And throughout. Of course of minor true. And some mosques. Are an F 6172666868. We always start out the second hour with a question. And my question is do year in need Som brilliant color indoors. At this time of the year. Well half had a plan for you. You for beyond pulled cheer them. Nobody calls that that everybody calls it either queens setting or points. One or the other there's no wrong pronunciation there's only Iran expelling in my opinion. So the plane sent to us or points city I love this plan and I was. Moved to talk about it because I had a friend over who was also a plant person. And she called it the world's worst boring plants. And I really. Disagree I understand it's a common plan to tactics. Most widely sold potted plant in the United States today. But just because it's common doesn't mean that it's not. Do you follow. And one of the things that I love about points or ideas is that not only can you find them they can read which is the most popular collar. But EU can also find them paying him peach and ivory and now purple. All kinds of colors you confront them barricaded. You couldn't find them splashed with white. Any number of color combinations and you can even find him. Used as an artist's canvas. Splashed with dies and am floral patent glitter settle. Whether it's a natural color or whether it is a man and a woman in the made design on the points that your plan you can find and this is the time of the year when we need that color indoors though most. I am going to be talking a little bit as the hour goes on about some. Things about the points said he does some things that you may not know something's that arm myths that everybody thinks it and it's not true. Not talking about how to take care of these beautiful plants. So that you can enjoy it. Well through February indoors. And maybe even you know use it in your containers outside in the summertime. 6172666868. Let's go to line one and speak with merry. Mary welcome to the garden variety. I guard lady I have a question. I had been printed able on the entry in Florida. And an and I relatives backyard. And Billy Allen trio is in good shape and that can that the land on the back you know true. To treat. It was. Two years ago but the tree was. About four feet high at the current. Well it could be depending on the variety of lemons that it is Mary it could be that it's just not old enough. A lot of all plants have a juvenile period during which time they can't reproduce just like people do you know that's a five year old kid can't have a baby thank goodness. And the exactly. So. Plant the same way and the baker the plan the longer the juvenile period in an example is that standard apple tree. The juvenile period is about twelve years so nothing that you do that first twelve years of an apple trees life. Will bring it into fruit because it's in its juvenile area. I don't know what kind of lemon tree your husband bought some lemon trees are smaller hands. They come in to fruit very. Quickly when they're small and others grow larger and it could be at this plant just isn't old enough. Are paying a dozen flowered you know. Now like yeah. Now out loud if it if it's not Lowry and it's not through its juvenile period. Because of course before fruit that you have to have flowers so. If you've seen no sign of flowering then it's just too young but what I would do is is keep up the health of the plant by. In Oakland deep soaking. Once and awhile so that it continues to develop normally and grow a good route system. And you could use some organic citrus fertilizer you can find that at any gardens that are down there. And then you know hope that it's old enough pretty simple wooden. Except that well we'll have to wait around we'll pick. That's it exactly. Are difficult to a bathroom trips and. Well you can do that till. And you plan to second when you can go and find one that it you know in the nursery that art he has fruit on it took that you note that it stood with your. It's juvenile period for example. You can buy mayor lemons. And they bear fruit when they're very small very small very young. Oh. Yeah oh yeah so I'm a mayor lemon tree. And it has lemons that are really. Delightfully. Floor at all. In in their fragrance as well so it's an ice plant and it it bears fruit quite young. It. A very much I appreciate your call married 6172666868. It is interesting because we don't think about that in terms of plants that they have a juvenile period they have to reach a certain age. Before they can reproduce. And you know with with smaller plants like an annual plan to talk that's a matter of days you know it. They're juvenile period could be thirty days. I was something like a rose bush it's a matter of months. They're too little period is only a few months. But the bicker plants. And trees. They have longer periods of time before it there through their juvenile period and down. So and now I'm sure that it has to do with you know how they have evolved over time. And the way that they are growing it you know in some ways. They produce a strong plan before they start to reproduce so we have to work with that sometimes then just. Be patient about it. 6172666868. I was having a great time the other day reading about some of the chance to new rent Neil plants. For all 2006. Team. And a huge splits I am going to be on the look out for next year. Not number one there is variety of milk wheat that is Derek gave it called. At scorpions. Monarch. Promise. Monarch promise well of course it named after the butterfly most. A scrappy as are many a scrappy as they should say to support butterflies not most of them that many of them do and this one. Does and it is of barricaded once or not only do you have those beautiful orange flowers. But you have green and yellow Foley it. So this one has quite intrigued him going to see if I get my hands on some odd that for next year. Another plant that I thought was very interesting is that knew that easier. Now Baptist is sometimes called faults in Togo. And for anyone who has grown that there are several things we love about baptists it's a drought tolerant plan it is in native plant. It is a plan that blooms in June but the foliage remains attractive through the summer and the fall so we'd love all of that. About snapped his he has. Sometimes can be a problem for people is that a Baptist in normal Baptist gets quite large. They get to beat the size of shrub so they grow all four feet tall at least and port six EY. So they get sick well there's a new kid on the block in the world of Baptist is called decadence. Sparkling. Sac fly irks sparkling sapphire. And it is shorter fuse so it's a more compact plan. Works. Better in you know smaller cartons so that's a good thing about it the other thing about it is that it has really. Rich. Violet blue flowers so that the names sparkling snapped fires I think it's pretty appropriate for this plan. That's plant that I am very intrigued by them I will look for. And another plant the final plant that I put on my list of new plants to look for is a huge crowd coral bells called grape soda. And grape soda is not a real dark purple but it's more of coral. Coral purple in color foliage and flowers so Hugh Grant grape soda is on my. One list for 2007. Team. We're going to take a quick break when we come back your calls and more here on the garden variety on WR chain. Welcome back. The garden maybe. We are here very Manning name around twelve. That number you've been called jointly with your garden questions and comments is 617. Tuesday. 686. Greatly upset myself but with time and room. Want to talk a little about points ideas today because we started out talking about the points that he has since. By the way on my block. On my web sites garden variety dot com. You can see some of the pictures of the pulling ideas that I particularly love. I loved the one with the very gated belief in the kind of coral red. Racks coral red color. On those racks those colorful shall leaves on past. Points idea and the reason I love that. Is not only of course of the coral red at this time of year you have depth green and cream colored leaves so that's an added bonus. And that's our plan that you can take. You know keep it alive through the winter and in two to spring. And then in many EU could plant doubt in your containers as a foliage plant because. The barricaded foliage. On this point said he is so beautiful. That it makes a nice foliage component outside in a container. That was separately to the winter of course. But they have for the summertime you can combine that with flowers in the container. And it's flatly brings a whole lot to the parties are you get two for one you get holiday color at this time of the year. And get the foliage. You know annual plan to that you news in the container or even in a carton. Over the summertime. I also have a picture on my block at garden variety dot com. A white points Eddie and I found that had been. Died with splashes of you can find them spray painted with guys you confront them splashed with guy. You could even try this yourself by the way only you'd want to be sure to use floral color. Not sort of run of the mill. Heat. You don't wanna kill the plant. If you wanna play with some painting on the plan. Go to your craft store and find floral colors there are special. Both spray paints or diss me for flowers. And most of the time you confront these larger craft stories. I point said he is a very interesting plant because they grow in their native area in Mexico ads. Basically at large from small trees. There are very lean and lanky out in the wild. And it was the development of a technique to make them branch out early and quickly in and be painful. This was done. At town and the act ranch in in California in years ago. In the 1950s. And that's what made it possible. For this plan to become. America's favorite. Holiday plan Pollard junior he's kind of considered the father of and said he. Industry. Because he developed a technique which branch to those points said he is out. A four years and years. The act ranch politic rich California. Grew the majority. Appoints said he has sold in the United States and they grew the cuttings were shipped to other growers and and grown on you know more locally as well but a lot of them have column from the Aqua. Ranch originally. And the they have done extensive. Reading actually act ranch I was reading. An article. That highlighted one of the breeders there at the actress and she. Crosses and planned and you know works win. Thousands and thousands. Of young insidious every year evaluating looking for one it. Either lasts longer or might be a little Fuller or bigger error or different color. You know they they look for plan to. That art just how little bit better in some fashion or other. And when they find so let's. They select those out. They throw off run of the mill when it's a way they select out the better plants are at the interest in one's them. That different colors and then they breed those for awhile. If those prove promising they send them to other people to grow. Because. One of the things about the plan businesses. You of course want to know that many people will be successful. With this with this plan not just Yahoo! in Southern California for example. So if Europe growing point steady as you want to know that the grower up in Maine is going to be successful with it and the grower and South Carolina it's going to be successful with it and the one in Connecticut. Minnesota. So. You know it takes a long time for a new plan to come to market because they are usually tested. Quite extensively. In various parts of the country's that. That. Original breeder knows that but this is a good plan that people will be successful with this for. Other growers will be successful with that and the homeowner will be successful with it as well. It's the case of many plants and including the points at yet as well. Red is the most popular color of the points ideas to date. That there are just so many varieties. And tack on my block a conceit just a few of the different color combinations. That you confine it. The point said he gets to be about twelve feet tall in the wild. And yet. Grows quite well in very well drained soil. So it just tells you something about keeping your point said he happy inside the house. And that is you don't want it sitting in a pool of water. You don't want it in debt debt critic of pot might look really pretty and that record of pot but if you water area. In that decorative popped it doesn't have a drainage hole. And it's it's water. You know that's not going to be good for the plants because it likes that good drainage. So often if you do have a point sitting in a decorative pot. Pick it out of that pot. Think it over to the kitchen sink water really really well. Then let it to rain into the kitchen sink Guinness after an hour or so after all water excess water has streamed out then you can put that. Back in the record of pot and put it where you have to exploit. I think parents say these are great for lightening up other houseplants at this time of the year. It's wonderful to have those green plants by the window but what you put in a few. Read or peach or pinpoint said he hasn't been this just comes on line. Be sure if you want to keep your point video alive and looking good as long as possible. Not only does it need to be well to rain water well when you do water so that it's evenly moist. Let victory now you don't need to fertilize that these plants have come from the grower of fairy well pumped up front fertilize. But you do want to keep it fairly warm these are not plans to put in the room that gets to be fifty degrees at night. These plants being from Mexico they prefer the heat. And there happy as somewhere between 6062. And seventy degrees. You don't want to keep the points Eddie and next with the heating vent however no hot drafts. You don't want to keep it next to the window that you open it returned to collect filled the bird feeder or are you don't or the door. Because you don't want hold traps on your point that as well. So. When we come back later after the break I'm gonna talk about how to. Keep the points at the F from your year should you want to look at because that is. Dean most common question how can I get the points hit it to read Lou in the next year to collar. And of course those red. Leaves that are on the plant those are modified leaves that are called tracks by plant people. And the tracks are what circle anthrax by the way is spelled BR CC ads for acts. Our create what circled the actual flowers of the plant the flowers are very small. And their kind of creamy yellow color. And they are in the center of those colorful racks a colorful. Modified leaves draw in pollen meters the interesting thing is that when I went to look and see. Okay what kind of pollen haters do these plants support down in Mexico. I don't find much. Available. In terms of information about and I don't know whether this plant just has not been studied. In the wild as much there are many many. Species. A wild insidious. And down interest in looking plants. Most of them leaner and meaner then. Our holiday plan. I would be interested in finding out more about this plant in the wild. We're going to take a quick break when we come back or phone calls here to the voice of Austin. WRK. Well come back to the dark lady. See out and Ari and I am so we. And every weakness we talked about plan hurt me. Your homeland 86172666868. He is the number that you can call today to. Let's talk about or what's going on in New York landscape. I you know what's going on in our all of our landscapes in this listening area today it's kind of some messy weather right. But the good news is it's gotten warmer as the day has gone on so and then it's turns to rain tomorrow it's supposed to be even warmer. Which is a nice thing in my book anyway. Let's talk about getting eight points idiot to re balloons or cholera next year and hairs that. It can be a fun project to do number one. But the point study is that we keep from year to year end up looking quite different. Then the ones that we'd buy at the garden center saw fuel like the law come about Corey being. Launch. Gorgeous points idea that has huge colorful tracks. Bryant when every year. Because. And leisure professional grower with a green house you know and really keep the fertilization. The whole thing. It's it's hard to get that same look. But the bottom line is in order to cholera. They need to know more than ten hours of daylight beginnings sometime in September but it. So that means you're gonna have to put this plant in the closet. At about 4 o'clock in the afternoon and then take it at about 8 o'clock the next morning. In order to get those racks to color needs long. Night. All right. And of course if you put it outside for summer camp it will grow well over the summer. He won uproot it back before you do that he'll want to fertilize that well make sure that it's in a slightly bigger pot than the one that you. Had purchased it and and you wanna keep it in. Some mid morning sun afternoon shade or. Late afternoon sunshine. All summer long and make sure that you water that make sure that you. Turn it once and awhile so that it grows evenly. And keep that fertilization apprehend them bring it inside in September and start putting it in the classic. From about four or five. At night and then taking it out in the morning. After you do that for several weeks you will see that it starts to color. Can't at that point. You will in order to maintain. Her color. You stop putting it in the closet and you just keep that in the bright. Say it might be worth it just to get a new plan to have for huge. 6172666868. The aztecs. Used to the point to any of practice to make a purple reddish dying for their fabrics. And they used to strap medicinal needs to control fevers don't recommend that. Do you it is not a plan that. Is known to have. Medicinal qualities in fact some people are allergic to the snapped if you for obvious this is your fork out. You for a BS snapped him give some people rash. Not as bad as poison ivy that a rash and the last cell. That is an important to know about points that is that your hand doubling in number of them men. There's any breakage of the dams by the way if the stem breaks up your points to India. It makes great flowery you can put that in a vase of water it will last a long time. So don't just throw out any broken piece of a point at a plant that also after you have made a first put that in water. A wash your hands so that if you did it and it snapped on your hands washed off. I read that Montezuma the last king of the aztecs. Pat points that is delivered to him by a caravan. To what is now Mexico City because the point it is did not grow. At that high altitude. And so he had them brought to him because they were considered to be such a valuable plan. I happen to love this plan. I loved. You know having them around the house at this time of year that I am not panic anymore interest is in. Keeping them mere year exciting different and get it to killer app I've done it a couple of times I see that it can be done. I can't time cycle for at the big and lush and poll out. That they have when they come right from the garden center this time this year. All right Tom. Let's talk a bit about another holiday plans to you may have you may have going. And that is the Amarillo is well. I was answering an email last week from someone who said that. She the I had was confused because her sister had brought it up. Four or five grammar rules popes to give as ski apps and had covered the huh. And she was wondering what is the right way to plan that camera spot. Well. But the reasons that we plant them with part of the poll showing. And usually they are planted with at least a third of the ball above the surface of the soil. And most often about half of the ball. Above the surface of the soil. The reason that they are our potted that way. Is because they're less likely to rot. If you plant the whole ball in the potting mix. Very often that will keep that ball just a little to camp particularly. If you're not real careful about the water. So the percentage. Play. Is to pop them up with top sticking up out of the soil. So that the whole thing is that surrounded by moist dirt and that way they are less likely to have any bonding issue going on. These are plants that do like to try out a little bit in between lottery and they do quite well with that treatment. There are so plants that that light heat and so if you have purchased or kept. An amber Allen spoke from season to season and you have it in the house and it's not put academy. Sign of life it's not sprouting it may be in a place it's just a little too cool for. So try moving it to a room that is warmer. Or try moving it to eight sunnier window. And that should make the difference because these are plants to like the warm and they will. German agent and put out that flower but much more quickly. In a warm situation. You don't need to fertilize your grammar realist as it it's flowering but once it stops firing once. The flower has stated Japan often problems by the blooms stock. And at that point the plan should be producing beliefs. And it has long strapping believes sometimes get a little you know. There look a little ungainly in the house that's all right just put up with them. At that point you want to start to fertilize its. And the ideal thing to do is to grow them into this spring's. Indoors. And then in May's sometime in mid to late Maine put them out in a location where they get some sun and some shade. Mornings and an afternoon chain or dappled sunlight throughout the day. Or sunlight maybe early in the morning and late in the afternoon that's a good combo for amber hours. And grow them outside fertilized them regularly while there at side. Because that photos synthesizing. That the leaves are doing winter outdoors. And the combination of the fertilizer and of course you're going to watered them. Regularly. That builds up strength in the ball so that they will have you know put flowering the following season. And then you bring them in in September and you put them in the garage and let them cooled down. Let the leaves dived back. And then they will be ready to bring out brings back to life. In the wintertime any time now you can bring them in and bring them back to sell. I have several amber analysts that I have. Kept from year to year. And normally what I do is tapering one in the house and I let their growth for awhile and and a in Allan that when stars come into flour that I bring in another another. Try to take a little bit different this year I am going to. Clear a couple of windows in very prominent spots in my house in other words the kitchen where we hang out. And and I am going to put a rule of the pot there are so that having them all. Break Durham NC and flower at the same time that might be kind of fun. Keep one or 24. Liter flowering that most of them I think I'm going to. Bring in to bloom all about at the same time and see how that works. Now like many plans that we make for plants it might all fall apart in my I might bring them all and at the same time and they still electric storms is different times supplement to protect itself. Sometimes with plants we make plans and and the plants of course have their own. Agenda and their own calendar. And their own. Timetable preferences etc. And so we'd just make the best of of what they do it I'll keep you posted on. How successful it is to bring them all in the same time. We are going to take a quick break when we come back a couple emails that came in during the weekend your phone call 61726668. 68. I'm the garden lady on W our decade ago. And yeah. Well come back to the garden variety. Yeah often. Oh pleasure to be here we do. As sweet talk about all manner enough plants again. Things that person decides that's what we are discussing here every Saturday from twelve to. 617. 6868. As the number that you can't call. I had an email all. From Francis last week who said and Francis I never had a shrimp plants at this past summer. It's inspiring and it's in the pot. That it came in him and leave the pot it's and will live. I think it'll where Francis but here's the thing if you wanna be sure that that will live. If you can get a hold this weekend in sync that pot in the hole. That would improve its chances or fear for compost pile on a bunch of leaves even. Burying the pot in the compost pile. The problem with a leaf piles. Solution however it's not quite as good as to bury solution. Because the problem of belief Ohio solution is that. It makes it nice little cozy place in there. Under the leaves for things like polls and mice to live him. And eat your plants while they are staying cozy in the at least. So that's a little. More obvious key to put it in leaves or Haney. Or something loose like that. Then it would be to bury the pot in the ground. The the risk of leaving any potted plant whether it's it's binary error rose pusher anything else that you didn't get in the ground. In time the risk of leaving it out is that hot ticket holder to ground temperature. And so the roots are more likely to freeze if you leave for pot out now of course a lot of it depends on the winter. And how cold it gets in the winter and how long it's this cold in the winter so that's a situation. And the other problem is that. Drying out we often don't think about waste your in the wintertime. But if we end up having. Four weeks without snow or rain in January for example. Top potted plant is going to dry out faster then anything that is in the ground and so. It's possible not only for the routes to get. Colder and more frozen. It's also possible for those routes to destitute with drought and nobody wants to be going outside in January and watering a pot. So that's the problem now what's the worst that happened for access. Well worth it can happen in that it can make it to the winter. And likelihood with despite Rea they're pretty tough plants they're very hardy most diary it's our party in his own three or four or so. For us here in northeast. IT have a good chance of that plan without. So if you're doing nothing you know if you if you can't bury it you don't protected at least pull it to next to the house. War in a window well you know near your house. So that it gets the benefit of a little bit of protection. Pull it in May be the in an eastern western or. We're southern area not in the northern part of your house so that it a little bit warmer and then just hope for the best. I had. C email last week from rose rose said I've been making reads and swing X from evergreen branches out of my heart. On some of the kinds. I clipped off all of the greens. My husband is unhappy because now they are there on the bottom will they come back from the in size. What type of mind they. Our roads I don't know some people call all the it'll ever greens pies so I don't know whether you're actually. When he clipped off a pint or clipped off spruce or Ferrer but. The news is not good for. None of those will come back from bare wood on the inside of the plane. If it was you who that you cut. They used to regenerate. From old would usually however on the lower. Branches on the inside if it's really dark and there the plan isn't going to regenerate. Any growth. On the inside mainly because. It's shaping hair. And we have to always remember it that leaves certain vehicles on a plant are for photosynthesis. And a plan. Doesn't usually make believe swear no photos that this can happen in the plan is going to put its energy to the top of the plan. It's in Morse on. Rather then in to the inside of the Baird dark areas of the plan. So. I think. I would at this point of course do nothing to wait and see what happens that'll likelihood is depending on what type of thing you have. It's not likely to green. So you may want to start thinking about how that plan Z. If the bottom branches are kind of limped up a little bit so the trunk is exposed. And then the green part starts up above. That might be the solution you can plant and nice. In shape carton of ferns and some hostages. Hello borrowers. Nice shade plants on the underside. Of that. That pine trees if it currently is patents. If you know by the way if you have a question about a plan on hand to contact me I don't. Always answer. In detail by email as anyone who has approached me by email knows just because I get overwhelmed by emails. But I will try and answer all emails on air certainly the following week if you. Have a plan you have a question about a picture always helps pictures worth a thousand words. Had rose sent me a picture I would know instantly whether she was talking about a pint or what she was talking about it cypress sorry you or. Or offer or spruce and so I can always give on ward each ill cancer and therefore more accurate answer. If I know for sure what a plant isn't. And you know that's the thing about common names we used the same common name for several plants it's so much time we use that for several evergreen. Plants many people do and but knowing more specifically. Not only what it's going on with your plan that exactly what plan worked harking about. That helps me to be helpful TO so. You are always welcome to send me an email contact information is on my website currently eighty dot com. And to ask a question and I it will certainly answer on T parent the following week. We will be back next week by the way I'm on Christmas Eve we will be chatting here about plants and gardening itself. Do stay in touch I am currently on Twitter. I am the cart lady on FaceBook so keep in touch. Check out. My blog where I half. Analysts pictures of points or ideas for you to see this week. And I look forward to speaking with you all about holiday plants and beyond next week. Here on the voice of Boston the garden late. And appeal RK. Playing. These kids.