Question #1: “I think my yew is dying, how can I fix it?”
Trying to determine if a plant can be saved can sometimes be tough . Lucky for this guy, he is totally still saveable! Yews tend to dry up like we see here on the ends if you leave them exposed when they’re just planted. I would trim the very dry brittle parts off and fertilize them with an Evergreen fertilizer. Fertilize it now and in the spring. If your Yew gets a lot of wind, you need to put some steaks in the ground and wrap burlap around them. Be sure to keep the burlap off of the plant. Or another option is to buy some plywood and just put two pieces of plywood and make a tent on top of it. This is to keep the wind off in the winter.
Question #2: “My neighbor has these amazing hibiscus plants in her yard, I’m wondering if they are perennial?”
Wow! These Perennial hibiscus in the photo are beautiful! They are sold around this time of year. They are often not sold in the spring months due to the fact that this plant only starts to wake up and emerge from the ground once it becomes warmer, like in late May rearly June.
They will flower in early August until the fall. These plants also love a nice sunny spot in the garden. They prefer well-drained humus soil, so make sure they are not sitting in water and are not super dry. If you see the leaves yellowing at the base of the plant, it is a good indication it’s too dry or too wet. These are one of my favorite plants. I remember it was one of the first plants I bought myself. Now there are a lot of new varieties available. The one I have is this pink one in the photo, now there are some with almost black leaves. When May 1st comes around, you’re going to see everything waking up but this plant won’t make an appearance until about late May or early June so don’t panic.
I hope everyone has a fantastic October and a happy Halloween! If you would like me to answer one of your questions next month you can send your question to me at [email protected] attention “Ask Anna”.
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