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By Mykate88 on Apr 4, 2020 3:42 PM, concerning plant: Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan')

I have a glorious Kansan cherry about 14 years old. There is a 4 foot sapling growing up from a large root.
The tree is currently on bloom in Zone 7
Should I cut out the sapling and treat the wound with something?

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By Australis on Apr 4, 2020 4:59 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Oncidium Samares 'Hamlet')

This is a known tetraploid (4N) alba carrier.

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By Australis on Apr 4, 2020 4:30 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Frank Caprio)

Another hybrid from Andy Easton of New Horizon Orchids. It has some warmth tolerance and flowers with two spikes on a bulb. The spikes are reported to cut and last well.

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By Australis on Apr 4, 2020 3:56 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Jocelyn Brooke 'New Horizon')

The hybridiser, Andy Easton, noted that this particular plant is a good example of an interesting colour-changing phenomenon. He reports that when flowered in California, it is an emerald green, but in Colombia, it is a shade of yellow (as per photo).

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By Australis on Apr 3, 2020 1:34 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Grammatocymbidium Pakkret Gargoyle)

This is the hybrid of Orchid (Cymbidium Valerie Absolonova) X Bell Orchid (Grammatophyllum scriptum). The original cross was made by Pakkret Floriculture and used the 4N Orchid (Cymbidium Valerie Absolonova 'Salinas Sunset') with a 2N dwarf form of Gram. scriptum.

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By ILPARW on Apr 2, 2020 8:56 AM, concerning plant: Japanese Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus)

I occasionally see this evergreen species from Japan planted in southeast Pennsylvania. It seems to do just fine in the region. This species is very similar to the Fortune or Wintercreeper Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei) that is a smaller shrub or groundcover and/or vine from China or the Spreading Euonymus (E kiautschovicus) from China that is a more widely spreading shrub and that often is only semi-evergreen. Like the other two euonymus species, it can be troubled by Crown Gall, Mildew, Leaf Spots, Aphids, and Euonymus Scale insects.

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By Baja_Costero on Apr 1, 2020 11:51 AM, concerning plant: Aeonium (Aeonium smithii)

Smallish Aeonium to about 2 feet tall with hairy stems and yellow flowers. Leaves are undulate (wavy) and puberulent (with fine hairs), bearing marked elongated, raised idioblasts on the underside. Rosettes reach about 2-6 inches wide. From Tenerife.

The hairy stems are diagnostic. Named hybrids with A. spathulatum and "Cyclops" exist.

This species may be self fertile, but is not readily propagated from leaves. It experiences marked summer dormancy (avoid regular water in summer). As a consequence, it works best as a landscape plant in Mediterranean (dry summer) gardens. In climates with summer rainfall, it is best kept in a container which can be moved under cover.

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By ILPARW on Apr 1, 2020 8:53 AM, concerning plant: English Ivy (Hedera helix)

What we call English-Ivy is native to Europe, especially southeast Europe where it is a shrub with vine-like extensions. It is one of those plants that are romanticised, with people thinking of a cute woody vine (liana) on cottage walls. I think it makes a great houseplant or as annual use outdoors, if one has one of the many cultivars with variegated leaf markings. However, it escapes cultivation in the US in Zones 6 and higher and has become a horrible invasive vine when some birds eat the black fruit of the mature form and spread its seeds around; and big vines weigh down trees. As a groundcover and/or a vine in a yard, it needs constant supervision because it is so happy to grow out-of-bounds and grow into the space of other plants. I don't think it is worth the cost benefit ratio of having a big mass of this plant. Best to keep it all by itself. I've seen it sneak under vinyl siding of buildings when next to a building. The immature form has the beloved leaves of 3 to 5 lobes that are sort of maple-like, but the mature form develops unlobed leaves that resemble Catalpa leaves and it will bear the clusters of the slightly poisonous berry-like black drupes that mature in April-May. Fortunately, for USDA Zones 4 &5, English-Ivy does not grow up real high and change to the mature form.

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By sallyg on Mar 31, 2020 11:47 AM, concerning plant: Ferny Corydalis (Corydalis cheilanthifolia)

I think this is very pretty. It pops up here and there. Some winters it is evergreen, turning bronze-y and pretty.

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By sallyg on Mar 31, 2020 11:44 AM, concerning plant: Fringed Loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker')

I agree about its aggressive nature. Lots of runners. It is pretty through bloom, with the yellow flowers on red foliage, but then the leaf color fades and it isn't much to look at.

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