The Q&A Archives: Questions From many people!

Question: Here are questions from many people!

1. Bonsai Sago Palm
The new leaves on my bonsai Sago are now about 2-3 ft and very spindly. The old leaves were only about 1' long and have died off. The new LONG and spindly leaves seem to be having difficulty opening up... Should I transplant it to a larger pot?

2. Holly berries
And The 9 feet tall holly tree at our new house developed beautiful clusters of blue berries this summer. Now, however, they are shriveling up, and some are dropping off. I am at a loss as to know what to do to save the few that are left. I surely hope you can help me on this matter.

3. Black Bark
And I lost a purple plum this spring, the leaves shriveled and the bark turned very black and separated. I took the tree out but now I have an ornamental pear that is starting to exhibit the same symptoms. Is there anything I can do to save this tree that we love!

4. Peach Tree
And our peach tree had peach leaf curl, we sprayed the area with an insect killer and the portion that we sprayed the leaves turned brown but the top is green and flourishing. I?ve found articles about the peach leaf curl and I think I understand that but we have gobs of jell a sticky sort of stuff coming out of the trunk and branches-can you tell me what that is and if we need to do something, what to do?

5. Camellia Bush
And I planted a camellia bush (Zone 7) almost 10-11 months ago. The plant itself is thriving and growing great and seems very healthy. My question is: why has it not bloomed? What month do they bloom?

6. Clementis
I have a white Clementis but I have no idea what variety it is. It is about 5 years old. This past February was the first time we have cut it back. We cut it back to about half its size and it didn't have quite as many blooms this spring. My question is: Do I have to wait until February to cut it back? It is taking over my carport! My husband put a piece of wire on the brick carport post so it would grow up and out. But it is so big it doesn't look good and it is getting in our way. I really want to cut it some now. What will happen? Also, the only thing I feed it is Miracle Grow. Is that ok? Thanks so much!

7. Weeping Willow
My weeping willow was huge and thriving. I noticed at the root, the lawnmower cut one of the roots and it is soft and falling apart. The tree is huge and that was the only root affected (4 inches diameter). One branch was dead on that side on the bottom. The rest of the tree was fine until this week. The tree looks like it is dying completely. We saw cicada shells at the bottom of the tree and it has been very dry. We have a sprinkler system that gets it daily at 2am. I feel like we are going to lose the gigantic tree in a week if I don't do something
Sam Falk

Answer: Hi Sam! I hate to disappoint you but it really is not possible to answer more than one question per Q&A entry. There are several reasons for this, but the most important one is that one of us might know more about the sago palm problem, one might know more about the peach leaf curl, and one might know more about weeping willows. Asking separate question for each problem allows us to send you the best possible answers and also allows us ample time for each answer so we can be thorough. Please ask these in separate entries and we will answer as best we can. (I did answer your peach leaf curl question this morning.)

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