Have a Gardening Question?

by Fern on August 29, 2011

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I’m going to be shooting some video(s) with Mahalo later this week that will answer various gardening questions. If you have a burning question, ask it right here: Ask a Garden Blogger Anything. Curious what the video will be like? You can check out their other video answers on the Mahalo YouTube channel.

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Tami August 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

I’d love to find out tips and hints for growing gardenia plants in containers in So.Cal. I have two that I got at a nursery (bc. I’m in LOVE with the fragrance) but have succeeded in coaxing only a single bud (of about 20) to bloom. Yellow spotted leafs? Dropping buds? I never know if I’m watering too much, or not enough. I’ve heard I should add coffee grounds to the soil- but when. I’ve heard something about epsom salts? When do I bring them inside for the winter? Oh, how those precious flowers elude me. Help!


Fern August 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Tami–I’ll send this to the producer. Thanks!

Rejoyce August 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Not to long ago, you had a story on turning a pallet into a garden. I would love to know how this is done. I have moved to a place with just a balcony. This will give me more room to grow plants. Can I also grow veg’s as well?

Thank You


Claudia September 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Hi. We recently moved into this new home. Previous owner had grape tomatoes growing & I was able to harvest a lot during the summer. As September came along I noticed a lot of the branches dying & drying out. There are a lot of snails in the area too. My gardener came in today & I asked him what we should do. He suggested we replace them since it doesn’t look like he can salvage anything. I want to plant veggies but can’t decide what will survive in Southern California. Help! Please advice since I am new to all these. Thank you!


Fern September 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

Claudia–That was one of the questions I answered! Check it out: http://youtu.be/xKwbakNdHuk

Hilary September 28, 2011 at 3:22 am

I live in central Italy on the coast and I have a small balcony garden. I have two questions. First, is it possible to grow Wisteria in a container? It is one of my favourite climbers and is very popular here and I’d love to have some on the balcony. Second, how do I grow convolvulous from a cutting? There is some beautiful morning glory-like stuff growing on the verge by the side of the train tracks and I plan to go out with my trowel and dig up a sample and grow it up the side of the balcony to form a sun screen on the east side. Very lovely purply blue flowers. Will this work? Can I do it from a cutting? What do you do with cuttings? I remember when I was a kid having endless twigs and sticks in jars of water on the window sill and some of them sprouted roots and some did not. What’s the secret?


Fern September 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

Hi Hilary! Yes, you can grow wisteria in a container, I’ve seen it done before. However, the plants don’t seem as vigorous as those grown in the ground. As far as taking cuttings from convolvulous, I found these instructions helpful: http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=404

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