If you have a nectarine fruit tree or a relative of nectarine like Nectaplum, expect your fruit to be scarred unless you spray.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Q. I have a recently planted ocotillo. It is tied together by wire when should I cut the ties? Also, I heard that I should spray the plant with water frequently. What’s frequently?
Q. I recently had my yard refreshed with a new irrigation system, new plants, rose bushes and even a small tree. My roses had suffered badly the last couple of seasons. No matter what I did, the mealybugs and aphids were victorious. Even if my roses bloomed they were small and quick to wilt.
Q. My Blenheim apricot tree is not doing well. A few branches have lost all their leaves. Other leaves are starting to curl and cup. This year it had plenty of apricots but few leaves. I thinned them out since the tree is young. I thought this would also help the tree put more energy into leaves.
Most gardeners recognize the stinkbug in southern Nevada. But the populations may be on the rise in home gardens particularly early in the season.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Q. My water accidently turned off for two weeks and my Japanese Blueberries are all orange. I do see new growth on the edge of the branches. Is the tree shedding old leaves? Did the cold snap in November cause this?
Q. We have a 3 year old Quince tree which looked very good to me until today when I notice brown/dark purple small pee size bumps on the top branches. Removing the bumps causes a fluid to ooze out. I guess the fluid must be sweet since there are ants running up and down the branch.
Q. We have an orange tree that did not produce any flowers this last December. Over the last week in March the tree has started covering itself with buds all over.
Q. I believe in one of your columns regarding cat's claw to avoid mulching the base of the plant. Of course I had already done this and the plants are struggling where I very much want them to thrive and go nuts with no issues.