A: A nandina plant consists of several stems coming out of the ground. Select a few of the tallest stems and shorten them by two-thirds. These stems will re-sprout at the lower height so the nandina does not have bare legs and it will be lower than the hollies on either side.
Q: Two years ago, some friends and I bought at a big-box store 50 crocus bulbs and planted them in a traffic calming island. We’ve never had crocus flowers, but the spot produces 2-foot-long leaves. Will we ever see crocus flowers? Barbara Ribner, Decatur
A: It’s tough to predict what will happen. I predict they will eventually bloom. Big-box stores aren’t famous for caring for their bulb displays. The crocus bulbs might have gotten too hot or too cold or too dry before planting. All would cause delayed or nonexistent blooming.
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