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How do trees respond to solid, isolated, chunks of minerals such as iron, placed in the root zone?

Let's say you had a cast-iron pan and an apple tree that you were going to plant. Let's say you dug a large hole, threw the pan in and planted the tree near the pan. One might imagine that the tree ...
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Why are blackberry plants typically named for Native American tribes?

Whenever I see blackberry plants for sale, it always seem like they're named for a native American tribe. There's Navaho, Apache, Arapaho, Kiowa, this only ones I know of that don't follow this trend ...
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What can cause tomato flowers to drop before blooming even once?

What can cause tomato flowers to drop before blooming even once? They never open at all. So, there's no chance for external pollination. They get to the point to where they're almost about to open ...
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What is wrong with my Philodendrons' stems and roots?

The stems of my Philodendron 'Brasil' are getting brown and soft. Is it some kind of disease? I'm growing them hydroponically. Click photo for full size
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How to conceal anti-siphon irrigation valves?

I'm rebuilding the valve manifold of my residential irrigation system. The existing system seems to have no backflow prevention, so among other changes, I'll be swapping out the globe valves for ...
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How often can I harvest coppiced black-locusts?

I would like to coppice some black locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia) for fence post production. The conditions are fairly good. This is USDA hardiness zone 6b, with good clay based topsoil, and ...
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How long after full coloring do I harvest grapes?

I always harvested our juice grapes (concord) soon after full coloring, but I recently met someone who leaves theirs on until they begin to soften, many weeks later. Is there a certain time to ...
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What is this plant with long narrow whorled leaves and pink-tinged flowers?

I have this plant in my garden and my wife loves it, but I cannot identify it. Click for full size photo
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How do I transplant a 20 year old Satsuma tree?

We have a very large Satsuma tree which is at least 20 years old and was a gift from my father. We are moving and want to transplant the tree. We are currently in Southeast Texas and we will be ...
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Is this plant an indoor palm of some kind?

I am trying to identify this plant - I recently moved in with my partner and this is one she had, she doesn't know what it is other than "some kind of palm" (she's not the most green fingered, they've ...
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How does one harvest aloe vera leaves?

I grow a few large Aloe vera plants which I'm interested in harvesting regularly during the summer months. What percentage of the foliage should be removed at each harvest for highest production? ...
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What is the proper soil type for Aloe?

I have a couple aloe plants that don't seem to be really growing much. I'm pretty sure it's because I never bothered to look up what soil they really need and have just been keeping them in potting ...
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What is Etiolation?

I saw a comment about Etiolation when talking about wintering plants. Etiolation is a big concern also, in warmer temps and short days. I've never seen that word before, it sounds like it's ...
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I live in West Palm Beach Florida we have a strange Apple like tree [on hold]

A slow growing tree that has been in our backyard for many years with an apple like fruit growing on it it only gets a couple of fruit each year and theiguanas seem to like this tree however I do ...
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How Many Holes Do I need to Make at the Bottom of a Plastic Planting Box?

I'm planning some bulbs in a few planting boxes that are 40cm long. There's a note at the bottom, saying: "Drill holes if required." I've made 6 holes from the possible designated places, but ...
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Can frog droppings be used as fertilizer?

In the context I am thinking, I would essentially be mixing the droppings into the topsoil in a plant bed. How much would be too much? How much would be too little to make a difference? Nutrient ...
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What is this potted plant with dark green leaves and puffy white flowers on long stems?

I recently got this plant from my granddad, he can't take care of it anymore. Neither of us can figure out what it is, but he used to travel a lot so it wouldn't surprise me if he brought it from ...
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What is this plant called?

I am doing a project about plants and I am new at this. I found this in a park in Cairo, Egypt. Would be great if someone can identify it.
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What happens with rosemary if I don't let it hibernate over the winter?

I have a 1 year old rosemary. I read in several (non scientific) articles that I have to put it to 10°C in winter, so it can hibernate (I guess). (Outside it would freeze I think, we sometimes get ...
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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that it ...
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How to Keep Compost “Hot” in Winter?

I live in Pittsburgh (i.e., Zone 6) and I started a compost bin in the 2nd week in October. (I know, I should have started earlier...) It has a lot of kitchen scraps, maybe 60-70%, but I've also been ...
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What is this pink-flowering shrub in Massachusetts, and how can I transplant it?

This pink-flowering shrub is in the sun in central Massachusetts. It bloomed profusely throughout May and June, and produced a few buds again in the fall. It grew to about 4 feet before we pruned it. ...
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How far should I place garden plants from concrete and fences?

I have a 9' strip of land nestled between my driveway and the neighbor's fence. I'd like to plant some rows of blackberries and make some raised beds with tomatoes and vegetables here since it's one ...
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How long should I dry fresh seeds from solanaceae, cucurbitaceae and other families, before storing?

I'm collecting a bunch of wet seeds (tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, peppers, cantaloupe, cucumber, winter squash, etc.) I'm drying them out for storage. I have to dry them indoors, with only a ...
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Can I overwinter runner bean seedlings for cropping the next season?

Clearing up my vegetable plot this autumn I have found several young runner beans have self seeded and have put up new plants currently 10-15cm high. I've not seen this before but we have had a very ...
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Can I treat supermarket “living lettuce” as lettuce seedlings?

I have a tray of tired looking supermarket "living lettuce". You're supposed to keep it on your windowsill and use it up over a week or two. Can I treat the living lettuce as a tray of seedlings and ...
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What to do against my Catalpa rooting in the neighbour's garden?

I have a Catalpa tree in the center of my yard. Today the neighbor showed me it's roots are showing in his (vegetable) garden. He went looking for it after noticing that his crops were smaller at ...
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What is this disease on my lime plant? [duplicate]

What is this disease on my lime plant? And how to fix it?
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Is this powdery mildew?

I have a bunch of these flowers - I don't know their names, but they're planted all around Israel alongside traffic circles and in public places. They're very hardy, but just recently I noticed this ...
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What to do with a this tree which has become to big for its current position?

I've got an tree (see this question for ID) which has been planted by the previous owner in a position where it now has outgrown. I would like to remove it from there and like know what are my ...
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Identify this tree with two different types of leaves?

There are 2 types of leaves sprouting from the mystery root here. You might guess that one is a sprig of tree leaves and the other leaves belong to a weed, but in fact both are growing directly from ...
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Can this tree be an eucalyptus tree growing in Central Europe?

I have this tree in my garden. The previous owner, who planted it, told me it is a kind of eucalyptus. When rubbing a leave between the fingers it indeed has the smell I know of eucalyptus-sweets. 3 ...
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How can we salvage a poorly pruned mature pear tree?

I just had a company prune my mature pear tree yesterday. But I think they did it all wrong. I asked for the top to be trimmed down as much as possible and prune around power lines and over our ...
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Eating vegetables that are frozen when picked? [duplicate]

Is it safe to eat vegetable that are frozen when picked from the garden ?
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Can I grow Basil indoors this winter?

My room temperature is 20-21 degrees centigrade or 68° F and I would put them in front of the window facing east, where the sun rises, but usually where I live there is little actual sunlight: it ...
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What kind of green watermelons have a red spot?

When I was a child, I saw an awesome large long watermelon (I'm guessing about 2.5 to 3.5 feet long and 1 to 1.7 feet thick, but I could be off considering I might have seen it in a garden catalog ...
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Home-made Solution for White-Spotted Curley Leaves on Pepper Leaves

I had bought 10 pots of peppers a while back. Not all of them seemed healthy, but since they had the fruits, I thought I can use the fruits and bin the pots if I can't keep them. I was keeping them in ...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ...
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How do I grow strawberries from seed?

I'm thinking about saving my own strawberry seeds. I have some questions about the ideal conditions for optimal germination: What soil/mix is best? How deep should they be planted? What is the best ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have a big blue liriope (Liriope muscari) in my yard, and the flowers have changed to berries. I imagine the normal propagation method is to split the adult plant after it grow large enough, but if ...
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What is the maximum amount (lbs/1000 sf.) of nitrogen that should be applied to turf in the spring?

Assumptions and details: we would apply slow release, predominantly insoluble, organic sources of nitrogen which could include compost, corn gluten meal or any of a number of organic turf fertilizer ...
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What are these round, white, waxy things on my cycad?

What are these white things on this cycad? Are they some kind of bugs, or are they seeds?
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How can I stop grass from growing in my driveway?

I have a split rock driveway and grass is growing in it. How can I kill the grass effectively so it doesn't just come back in 2 weeks?
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Should I overwinter my Crocosmia bulbs indoors, or plant them?

I just dug out some bulbs of what I believe is Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Honey Angels'. I'm wondering now what to do with them. Should I store them until spring? In that case, which conditions ...
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How do I save lilac seeds?

I know it's possible, because that's how people come out with new hybrids, but how does one go about saving the seeds of a lilac? Specifically, I have the straight species of Syringa vulgaris, and ...
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What's the Minimum Space I Can Leave Between Flower Bulbs That I Want to Plant in a Planter Box?

I've bought a pile of various tulip, hyacinth, narcis/daffodil, and iris bulbs and I want to plant them in in planter boxes and small pots if I can't fit them all in the box. The instructions on the ...
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Are these orchids dying? They are flowering but the leaves are turning yellow

We moved and I followed some good advice I got here and moved them to the basement. Prior to that they sat in late summer sun for a week until we arranged everything in the house. At that time it ...
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How far apart should I space Thuja 'Green Giant'?

If I wanted to plant several Thuja plicata x standishii 'Green Giant', how far apart should they be placed, or does it matter? Some evergreens seem to like being planted close together (and growing ...
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Can I successfully over-seed a lawn in the Spring in Colorado?

My lawn is old and in desperate need of over-seeding. Many people in my area (Denver, Colorado) say to do it in the Fall. My thinking is that in the Fall the lawn areas are very dry and that aerating ...

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