Take steps to protect hibiscus from the cold

Tropical hibiscus are vulnerable in freezing temperatures, so yes, move it to your garage when the thermometer dips.

Dissolve 1 tablespoon each of a balanced water-soluble fertilizer (Peter’s 20-20-20), Epsom salts and KNO3 (potassium nitrate) in 1 gallon of water.

Apply Epsom salts at a rate of 1 tablespoon per gallon of pot size, or throw a healthy handful around grounded plants once a month.

The rains have prompted mushrooms – above-ground fruiting/reproductive bodies of fungi – to sprout in lawns and flower beds.

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes, from caps on stems to jellylike lobes to cagelike structures and tiny cups with “eggs.”

For the most part, garden mushrooms are mycorrhizal, meaning they’re extensions of a plant’s root system, and have a beneficial relationship with green plants.

In your emailed photo, I see silvery, squiggly lines in the curling foliage, the work of leaf miners.

A tiny adult moth lays eggs on the citrus leaf and the larvae tunnel through the foliage, leaving trails as they feed.

Watch our garden calendar for winter fruit tree sales sponsored by Urban Harvest and area Master Gardeners. …read more

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