An­swers from quiz on page 6

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1. True. The seed­less wa­ter­melon plant seeds are a cross be­tween a reg­u­lar wa­ter­melon and a wa­ter­melon plant that is ge­net­i­cally un­able to pro­duce fruit. 2. False. They might be okay. Beans, phlox and car­rots re­main vi­able for three or more years. Del­phinium, corn and parsnips don’t tend to make it past one year.

3. False. The rea­son baby plants get spindly, or leggy, in­doors is be­cause they can­not get enough light; they’re stretch­ing to find the sun.

4. False. Seeds con­tain all the food they need to ger­mi­nate. Seedlings don’t need out­side nu­tri­ents un­til they de­velop their first set of true leaves.

5. True. A flower’s rea­son for ex­is­tence is to make seeds. If you re­move the flower be­fore it has made seeds, many plants will try again. This works with most an­nu­als and bian­nu­als.

6. False. Petu­nias lose their scent once they’ve been pol­li­nated, not be­cause they’re get­ting old. The flower pro­duces the scent to at­tract pol­li­na­tors, once pe­tu­nia pol­li­nated why put more en­ergy into pro­duc­ing a scent.

7. True. Bees pol­li­nate crops such as ap­ples, or­anges and squash. With­out pol­li­na­tion, those plants don’t pro­duce the fruit that we eat.

8. False. Ants do love pe­onies, and they do crawl all over the buds col­lect­ing the nec­tar, but they don’t seem to do any­thing ben­e­fi­cial for the plant. On the other hand, they don’t seem to hurt the pe­onies, ei­ther.

9. True. La­dy­bugs are a nat­u­ral preda­tor of aphids, which ants herd. Aphids suck the juice out of your plants then ex­crete a sticky sub­stance called honey­dew, which ants love to eat. When a la­dy­bug comes along to eat the aphids, to the ant it’s like a fox in the hen house. 10. False. Whether you’ve been drink­ing or not, the al­li­ga­tor-like crea­ture is a la­dy­bug larva, and it will eat up to 400 aphids be­fore it be­comes an adult. As an adult, it may vac­uum up as many as 5,000 more aphids.

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8-10 cor­rect: Your mind is fer­tile. 5-7 cor­rect: A lit­tle more sun­light and you’ll be grow­ing strong.

Fewer than 5 cor­rect: You won­der how much you have to drink to see those lit­tle orange-spot­ted al­li­ga­tors.

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