Question: Do we need to mix soil with Nature's Gold when planting annuals?
Answer: Yes, do mix soil with natures gold when planting annuals. It can be too strong & for tender annuals used straight, could burn.
Question: Could you please tell me what kind of insects go after zinnia's, some of my plants are drying up and going brown
Answer: Zinnia as a species is more prone to diseases such as powdery mildew, grey mold or leaf spotting, than to insect-related problems. Check the plants carefully. "Defender", from "Safers", is a good control for most types of plant problems. If insects are the problem, "Safer's Insecticidal Soap" will control most types of pests.
Question: Are there different kinds of geraniums such as annual and perennial? What is the difference between seed geraniums and the other kind? Can I winter seed geraniums?
Answer: Yes, there are annual geraniums (correctly known as pelargoniums) and perennial geraniums. There are a number of different species of perennial geraniums, they are mostly used for foreground, mounding growth habits type plants for the front of borders, or for rock gardens. There's a wide variation in foliage types, and flowers too. I grow one called 'Johnson's Blue' which is only about eight inches tall and produces blue flowers all summer.
There are two main types of annual geraniums, seed and zonal. Seed geraniums are from seed, are smaller plants and have smaller clusters of blooms, but they are quite free-flowering and well-suited for mass plantings in flower beds. Zonal geraniums are propagated from cuttings, are larger plants and have bigger blooms. You can overwinter these indoors, you cannot overwinter seed geraniums.
Question: I bought two hardy cyclamen tubers in April and planted them as soon as I got home. They have yet to show anything. Is it possible I planted them upside down?
Answer: It's possible that they were planted upside down-it's kind of hard to tell which way is up. You should dig them up and see what's going on. Cyclamen are definitely worth growing if you can find the right location for them (shady, with rich, well-drained soil). Once established they are very hardy and quite lovely in spring when they bloom.