English oak tree from acorn

Good afternoon, I am attempting to grow an English oak from an acorn. I have 4 acorns, each with a different length of tap root. From 4 inches to an acorn just about to expose the root. I have each…

Sick Japanese maple

We have a japanese maple that is about 7 years old. It has been very health since we planted it, but this year, for some reason, many of the branches were either leafless or very sparse and is very unhealthy.…

Cactus identification and care instructions

Hi, I was wondering whether you would be able to tell me what sort of cactus this is, and more importantly how I care for it. In addition to watering and sun instructions, I would be interested in knowing whether…

Lesser celandine

I’ve been able to identify that it’s fig buttercup (lesser celandine) that is taking over in my garden. Could you please provide information on how to effectively manage and remove this invasive species, including the use of a herbicide if…

Dividing and Moving a Ghost Fern

In Nov 2018, I had to remove a large dying 30 yr old spruce tree from my south facing back yard.  I had a lot of shade, but now the garden is almost full sun.  Under this spruce tree, I…

Early Shooting Dahlias

My dahlia Moonfire is shooting particularly early this year. I do not want to do root cuttings again and do not have the space to put them in more light. What is best for the rhizomes – cut off the…

Lucky Bamboo Dying

Hello There, Hope you’re doing well. I have a lucky bamboo plant that I bought 5 years ago and It was my first gift to my Fiancée and now wife so it holds quite emotional value. Its dying and I…

Baby Rubber Plant Spindles Falling Off

Hello, I bought this beautiful little plant back in November (took a while of searching to figure out what type of plant it was – i think a peperomia clusiifolia pericattii???). It seemed healthy and the leaves continue to look…

Dying and Dried Out Cedar Hedge

I have a privacy hedge at the back of my Ottawa home. The hedge is about 40 feet wide and is about 12-14 feet high. It backs up against and along an identical hedge owned by my neighbour. It is…

Growing Olive Trees

I live in north-central Alberta and take great pride in my ability to grow things that were not meant to grow here. I am interested in growing olive trees. Do you know any extra tricks about growing things outside of…