, Newburyport, MA


May 8, 2013

May plants should be able to survive frost


Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you are going to give Mom a flowering hanging basket, make sure to give her a container of plant food to go along with it. Hanging baskets are raised in greenhouses where the plants are fertilized on a regular schedule. This is the reason why the plants look so good when you buy them. If Mom does not keep up with feeding the plants, pretty soon, the flowering will stop on the plant.

I received an email from Donna in Newbury. She is having a problem with her viburnum plants. The plants wind up being defoliated each year. The culprit may be a caterpillar. An application of a product called BT when the leaves first open and then another application in seven to 10 days should kill the caterpillars and save the plants from losing their leaves again this year.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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