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Pike Nurseries answers your gardening questions

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We've received plenty of questions from our viewers when it comes to gardening and some of the problems they encounter! Melodie McDanal of Pike Nurseries stopped by Good Day Atlanta on Friday to answer some of those gardening questions!

Today's Questions and Answers!

Question 1
My question is about my bamboo. It's appears to be dying for the past 3 months. Transplanted 4 months ago when taken out of container. It's experiencing a color change No foliage all year.
-Derrick Godboldo

Answer 1
It looks like your bamboo is a little heat-stressed which is very typical at this time of year. Bamboo likes water so keep it well hydrated. Bamboo is durable so it should spring back as it continues to cool off.

Question 2
Hi, I have a banana tree, I've had now for 3 years. I notice small bananas on a bloom this year, but they stayed the same size. My question is, it possible to get full size bananas in our zone?
-Anita, Lawrenceville

Answer 2
The size of the banana depends on two things: what type of banana tree it is and the climate. Considering your banana tree is well established, the bananas you get will probably not get any larger. While our summers may feel long to us at times, the bananas need more time in the warm, humid weather to get larger.

Question 3
My crape myrtle leaves are covered with these little white things. The leaves are discolored and mottled, not the normal green color. Do you know what this is and what can I do to help my crape myrtle?
-Shannon, Alpharetta

Answer 3
It looks like your crape myrtle has developed black sooty mold. It was likely caused by aphids that were on your crape myrtle and it left a sticky residue.

The good news is that you can treat black sooty mold so that your crape myrtle will be good as new. We recommend using a product like Bayer All-in-One Rose and Flower care. Bayer All-in-One is great because it controls insects, diseases and is a fertilizer:

  • Insect Control - Caterpillars (granules only), Japanese Beetles (adult), Aphids and other listed pests
  • Disease Control - Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Rust and Southern Blight
  • Fertilizer - Promotes strong roots and beautiful blooms
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