QUESTION : I am looking for a plant to replace my
dying bougainvillaeas in 2 decorative pots in front of my
house. I was thinking that Camellias would look nice since
they would bloom through the winter. Will camellias do well
in pots and what are the names of dwarf varieties? Also,
do you have any other plant suggestions for pots?
ANSWER :I you plant the two pots in front of the
house which receives shade in the afternoon, then camellias
would work. The problem is trying to find a dwarf camellia.
She's on the north side of San Antonio and would have to
cover the camellia flowers (or buds) when it freezes. Another
option would be gardenias (white gem or radicans). White
gem is a dwarf that grows approximately 2 to 2 and one?half
feet and has single blossoms. Radicans is a ground cover
that gets 1 to 1 and one?half feet and has small, quarter
size flowers. If the pots are in the sun, then mimature
crape myrtle, dwarf lantana, salvias, minature roses and
Mike Fanick, Fanick Nursery, San Antonio
QUESTION : Poppy Stewart sent in a recipe to you
named Devine Pecan Pie.... it does not say anything about
a pie crust. Does pie filling go directly in pie plate ?
or do you use a pie crust?
ANSWER : Of the over 20,000 copies of this recipe
sent out, you are the SECOND to notice that no pie crust
is mentioned. My Aggie daughter Alicia was the FIRST. I
don't know what to tell you ?? maybe those other 19, 998
used a pie crust but if the pie crust gets in the way, I
guess you could pour it directly into a pie plate without
crust. Or maybe into a glass and just drink the mixings!!
ANYWAY you fix it, this will be the best pie you EVER laid
your lips on!!! Milton Glueck, the lovely and talented host
for the KLUP Saturday and Sunday Garden Radio 930 Show tells
me that people should use the largest pie pan or pie crust
available. Milton also gives the hint to take the pie out
of the oven before the pecans on top of the pie burst into
flames or turn charcoal black REGARDLESS of how long the
pie has been baking.
QUESTION : I was wondering if you might know of
anyone trying to grow olive trees in the Hill Country. It
seems to me there is a known established olive grove somewhere
near you, and somebody experimenting with selected olive
trees from Europe and the Middle East.
ANSWER : I do not know of any olive growing in the
Hill Country. However, there are some trial plantings near
Devine, Cotulla and Dilley. One planting near Devine was
taken out this past year due to being froze to the ground
3 years in a row. It is not that it has been considerably
cold, rather it warms up in the middle of the winter and
the plants lose their cold hardiness only to be subjected
to more cold. A summary of olive culture in Texas is outlined
at the following Plantanswers site:
QUESTION : Why must composting be done properly?
ANSWER : If improperly cultured (maintained) or mixed,
organic material will rot rather than decompose. Aeration
and microbiological activity are essential for decomposition
of organic materials to occur.
QUESTION : Why is it best to prune in dry weather?
ANSWER : Avoids the spreading of pathogens which
might be present via the water medium. Also, who wants to
prune in the rain!?!
QUESTION : Why is planting junipers and ornamental
pear trees together a poor combination?
ANSWER : Junipers can harbor such fungus diseases
as Cedar Apple Rust which can damage?defoliate apple and
QUESTION : Why is sanitation an important part of
disease control of ornamentals?
ANSWER : To avoid contamination via movement of contaminates
on pruning equipment to otherwise non?infected plant materials.