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Plant diseases, landscaping, tropical plants, roses, herbs, plant care, grafting, horticulture, plant identification, anything about plants I can likely answer.

Experience in the area

35 years experience in various plant businesses, 1984 Certified Texas Master Gardener.


Master Gardener Association of Texas charter member


none as of yet, but I have a plant q&a book I am in process of submitting.


Magna cum laude graduate of Texas A&M, 1978

Awards and Honors

Plant growing awards, highest grade for Texas Master Gardener graduates.

Past/Present Clients

Past member of and was very highly rated. Owned landscape company in the past, Almost Paradise, and was very successful despite little equipment, no help, and no advertising. Lived well for two years until 9/11.

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Ann11/30/16101010Thank you and will find the product .....
Kanwaljeet Singh11/23/1610Good knowledge,polite and quick response
Don11/05/16101010Thanks, I see no signs of powder .....
Lynn08/27/16101010Thank you

Recent Answers from Melissa Johnston

2017-01-22 Please help:

Dear Clayton, It seems that you have several of these Tillandsia plants attached to the wood and some of them have become unattached.  It also looks like some of the roots may have been knocked off as

2016-11-28 Cocoplum leaves:

Dear Ann, Help is on the way!  When you have something eating your bushes, but you can't find the bug doing the damage, the best option is to spray with a product containing the active ingredient Spinosad

2016-11-14 Lotus plant's disease:

Dear Kanwaljeet, Greetings.  I have family in northern India, also named Singh.  I am not sure if you planted your seeds first in only soil or if you had them in soil covered by water.  What I have learned

2016-11-02 red apple fungus killer:

Dear Don, There have been a lot of problems in the last few years with the decline of the red apple ground cover, particularly in your area.  A new species of downy mildew has been identified (Peronospora

2016-10-23 Phal orchid repot:

Dear Cindy,  I think the big picture here is to examine what is really going on with your orchid.  If the roots were indeed rotten and there was a bacterial infection going on, then the chances of the


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