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By farmerdill on Oct 19, 2021 7:07 PM, concerning plant: Eggplant (Solanum melongena 'Icicle')

A long white (7.5 X 1.5 inch) fruit on a 48-inch plant

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By farmerdill on Oct 19, 2021 6:16 PM, concerning plant: Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas 'Evangeline')

This entry from LSU is touted as the sweetest sweet potato available having twice the sucrose content of Beauregard. It has rampant vines with young growth deep purple. Under my conditions , yield is average. Roots are more uniform in size and shape than Beauregard. It does have a peculiar growth pattern. It grows a thick mainstem and the edible roots form along it t. They grow deep , 12 inches or more below the soil.

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By alpharalpha on Oct 19, 2021 10:53 AM, concerning plant: Crotons (Codiaeum)

Hello, landscaping just planted a bunch of crotons; I'm in zone 9b (Central FL) it's still fairly hot out (high 80s) and no rain upcoming. How drought tolerant are these when first transplanted?

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By Gardener2493 on Oct 19, 2021 10:02 AM, concerning plant: Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica)

This plant is highly invasive in several states. It is easy to propagate and spreads by way of cuttings and seeds. It prefers wetlands and waterways, and is illegal to sell as a vegetable in many areas. Pretty white or pink-throated flowers appear on the plants in summer, giving way to many small seeds. This is a traditional Asian vegetable. Its place of origin is not known.

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By ILPARW on Oct 18, 2021 9:48 AM, concerning plant: Chokeberry (Aronia)

The generic name of Aronia was made up from the Greek word for the Whitebeam Mountain-Ash (Rowan-tree) that is Sorbus aria that is native to Europe, including southern Europe. There are three species of Aronia that are called Chokeberry in eastern North America. They are the Red Chokeberry (A. arbutifolia), the Black Chokeberry (A. melanocarpa), and the Purple Chokeberry (A. prunifolia). The Purple species is considered as a natural hybrid of the other two, becoming its own species. The flowers, fruit, leaves, stems, and buds of Chokeberries are very similar to the Serviceberries (Amelanchier) that are also in the Rose Family (Rosaceae).There is also what is supposed to be about 60 species of a genus called Photinia of eastern Asia that also have very similar flowers and fruit to both the already mentioned two genera. Many current botanists have now included Aronia into the Photinia genus. I am an old horticulturist, so I continue to say Aronia as the generic name of the three American species. They all make nice, clean, ornamental shrubs for the landscape and should be used much more.

All three species of Chokeberry are found most often in the draining wet and acid soils of bogs, but they grow well in regular garden soils that usually are silt-clay loams of neutral pH. The Red tends to be a more upright, less thickly growing shrub that usually has slightly smaller, more pointed leaves that often are whitish beneath, and slightly smaller red fruits that are bitter to eat, thus the name "choke" - berry. The Black Chokeberry usually has slightly larger, more rounded leaves, and usually larger fruits that are black and sort of tart to eat, but definitely edible for humans and loved by birds. The Purple species is more like the Red species in appearance but has dark purple fruit.

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By scvirginia on Oct 17, 2021 10:11 PM, concerning plant: Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Berenice Boddy')

This camellia is more cold-hardy than most japonica varieties, and was used by Clifford Parks in his cold-hardy camellia breeding program. Camellia Forest Nursery rates the hardiness from 7a, but I've heard of it doing well in 6b if sheltered from cold, drying winds.

In zone 6, a similar-looking camellia, 'April Remembered' might be a better choice; it's a seedling of 'Berenice Boddy', and somewhat larger and hardier.

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By Permastake on Oct 17, 2021 2:18 PM, concerning plant: Gas Plant (Dictamnus albus)

Just noticed that the leaves here are listsd as edible, but further down leaves listed as poisonous. Anyone else notice this?

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By Nic887 on Oct 17, 2021 11:59 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lemonn Vistaâ„¢')

Reblooms. Add to Lemon Vista that it Reblooms. Also it is spelled without the two n's on the end of your entry of its name. Not Lemonn, but Lemon.

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By BeetleJuice on Oct 17, 2021 11:27 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis Ruby Stella )

Would like to know: is 'Ruby Stella' one cross of 'Stella de Oro'? Thanks for your interest..

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By blue23rose on Oct 17, 2021 4:02 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chew Mailpouch Tobacco')

'Chew Mailpouch Tobacco' is a great bud-builder. In 2020, it bloomed from July 3 to October 6 until cold weather hit. This year, it started blooming on June 25 and as of October 15 still has a few buds.

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