Q - I planted oranges seeds in a flower pot; they are up and a little more than an inch tall, and about 1 1/2 inches apart. What is the next step?

A - When they have two pairs of leaves showing, they can be transplanted, each to its own small pot, they can all be taken outdoors for the summer and kept in a place where they get morning sun and light afternoon shade. Make sure they are watered often enough.

Fertilize them lightly with a soluble fertilizer dissolved in water about every two weeks from Aprilthrough August. Take them back into the house when night temperatures starts to go below 60.

The odds are your citrus plants will not bloom or bear fruit because they will get much too big to be grown in the average home before they are old enough to bloom, and they will not survive outdoors. However, the attractive foliage makes them well worthwile.

Q - When planting tree this spring should I remove the burlap from around the roots?

A - Leave the burlap on. It will keep the rootball tight and prevent the root system from being disturbed. If wire is holding the burlap in place, be sure to remove it after the plant is in place. One other suggestion: Never pcik up B&B (balled and burlaped) plant by the stem or branches. Pick it up by the rootball.

Q - We want to plant an evergreen ligustram hedge on one side of our yard to separate the yard from the vegetable garden. My husband thinks it might damage the vegetables that grow next to the Lingustrum, such as corn, cabbage or beans. Do you think it would?

A - The only damage it could do would be shading the vegetables; otherwise, no problem.