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Are CFL and Energy Saver bulbs same and used for growing plants?

Sorry for asking a really novice question but I have searched a lot and not found a yes no answer so I am still confused with this! I want to buy CFL bulbs to grow some tomato plants. I have seen ...
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Hydroponics Nutrients and Fertilizers, are they same?

Let me start of by saying that I am a person with very little experience of gardening. I have just been growing some plants in my balcony and in the process fell in love with this hobby and stumbled ...
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How many times do Fungus Gnats lay eggs?

If they lay eggs only once, this fact could help in eradicating them. If one has an extra pot of soil without a plant in it and waters this one day before watering the plants, then this pot may be ...
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Is it safe to grow vegetables in a container made of stained wood pallets?

I made a couple of containers for my garden out of pallets. I wanted to protect them from rain, so I stained them with an exterior waterproof seal. But later I read someone mentioning to avoid using ...
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How to treat a Jade plant with yellow leaves and holes in its leaves?

My succulent has developed some weird disease, first it only looked as if something was eating it but then the leaves started turning pale and yellow.. I never fertilize it and I irrigate it once a ...
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What is this succulent with spined leaves with a triangular cross-section?

A few weeks ago I got this plant from someone: Sadly it looks like it is dying. What kind of plant is this? I have been watering it twice a week, keeping the soil moist. What did I do wrong and how ...
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Date palm just growing in height but not getting a trunk

I've been growing a date palm for about eight years now (time goes by fast...) and it works out pretty well. If I hold it up, the largest branch/leaf is about 2m (~6 feet) in height and it grows in ...
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Plants Fungus Infection

I am new to garden and I have a tomato plant that is infected by fungus. I would like to ask how fungus infects the plant? Does the disease affect the soil, plant or both?
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Why are my Meyer lemon's leaves yellowing and falling off?

I purchased a 1-2 year old Meyer lemon. We keep it indoors and it was doing great, and started blossoming all over. Then we re-potted it, using some citrus soil and one of those self watering pots. I ...
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What's going on with my bay leaf? Burnt looking leaves?

I purchased a bay leaf plant and noticed that some of the leaves are appearing burnt. I haven't repotted the plant yet. It's sitting in a nice sunny spot and I've been watering it. I also noticed ...
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Spearmint Yield [closed]

would any of you know approximately how much spearmint I could get per plant? I am looking to buy a four tier greenhouse and fill it up completely with spearmint so I am not exactly sure how much the ...
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Is it time to thin these cilantro seedlings?

I planted 2 cilantro seeds in the same bed a few weeks ago... now I've got 3 distinct seedlings coming up in close proximity. I want to grow the cilantro for culinary use and planted multiple seeds ...
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Why does this succulent/echeveria have brown leaves?

I believe this is an echeveria. I got it maybe 6 months ago and transplanted it to this pot. It has regular potting soil and one thing to note about the container is that it doesn't have a drainage ...
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Should I pinch my first celosia blooms?

This is my first year starting annuals from seeds, mainly for containers. I've read that pinching off the first blooms helps the plant produce more blooms and form a bushier habit. I started my seeds ...
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Why are my chilli plant's leaves turning upside down?

I have a small chilli plant. It's in a pot and yesterday I put it outside in the sun. When I brought it back inside some of its leaves had turned upside down. What is the problem?
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What is happening with my pothos?

Eleven days ago, I had asked why my young plants were not growing. Well, weeks later, one of them is regressing. What can be the issue now? I added organic material( yam peel, banana peels and egg ...
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Recommended Gardening books for Toddlers?

We live in an apartment with a small balcony. I've decided to start a small container garden to teach my two year old about gardens and taking care of plants. she's very excited. does any one ...
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Has anyone made a DIY Shepherd's Hook?

I was thinking of getting some shepherd's hooks and was wondering if anyone has come up with any cheaper DIY solutions that might be interesting. I found some flimsy plans that were mainly used as ...
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Is it okay to line the top of a container with plastic to hold water inside?

One of the problems with container gardening in my area is that you generally have to water the plants every single day in the summer (except on occasion) or else they have a high likelihood of dying ...
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How many strawberry plants can you plant in a 10" hanging basket?

I have a couple of extra plastic 10" hanging baskets and soil and I'd like to plant some more strawberries. Likely some sort of everbearing variety like Evie that I'll get as bare root plants. How ...
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Does having pebbles around the base of my Jade plant cause problems?

For looks, I have the soil around my Jade plant covered with small rounded pebbles for a different textured look. Does this actually cause water or moisture retention? Should I simply have the soil ...
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What is the minimum amount of space needed to grow a poppy?

I live in an apartment in the city (located roughly central east-coast of US) and really miss my father's garden in the suburbs. As such, I have figured out a scheme for window boxes that has allowed ...
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What are the effects of keeping a clumping bamboo in a pot permanently?

I'm looking at buying a couple of 15 gallon Bambusa multiplex "Green Hedge" for privacy but want to keep them both contained and with the option of moving them around as other plants mature. If I ...
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Am I meeting the light requirements for indoor dwarf citrus trees?

I've recently purchased 3 dwarf citrus trees that we plan to keep indoors for ~9 months of the year. We are in zone 6 so we can only reliably move the trees to the porch for June, July and August with ...
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How should I grow Moneymaker tomato plants in indoor containers?

A few questions about these moneymaker tomato plants: 1) Is it okay to grow two in a 5-gallon container? 2) Is a homemade bamboo obelisk like the one I am using (see picture) tall enough (it's ...
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What is the name of this plant, and how should I plant and care for it?

I have been given this plant. It is in water and has rooted: What's is its name? How should I plant and care for it?
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What are the best vegetables to grow in containers?

I'm trying to grow some vegetables in the second floor balcony of my house. I am from Sri Lanka. It gets about 5 to 4 hours (some days a bit less) of direct sunlight. What are the best vegetables to ...
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When planting is it good to use one pot for each plant or one large common pot?

I'm trying to plant some vegetables in my second floor balcony. I have one container for each plant. Is this the best method or should I go for one long common container to plant all of them? What are ...
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Indoor pesticide for edible plants

I've got a small indoor container garden, with a variety of herbs, a couple of flowers, and a couple of succulents. A while ago, we noticed very small white insects moving around on my morning ...
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Plants that can be grown in USDA zone 8a

I live in a condo complex in zone 8a, and I can have potted plants on a patio area. What I'm planning on growing: Tomatoes, Peppers What I'd like to grow as well: peas, green beans, strawberries. ...
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Why does my gardenia have brown patches on it's leaves?

This plant has been growing normally for a while but I woke up this morning to discover brown patches and some shriveled leaves. I had previously sprayed it down with fungicide and then with ...
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Night-Blooming Jasmine plant continues to wilt even after treating with baking soda-water spray

I recently purchased some night-blooming jasmine plants. After a week the plants are wilting. I transferred them to new pots with different soil but no improvement noticed. I also sprayed numerous ...
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How can I get my fava beans to grow faster and start flowering?

I planted some fava beans in large pots late october. They should be flowering by now, but all I can see is small flower buds, only in a couple of the plants. And it is growing very slowly. What can I ...
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How do I get rid of these insects that are in all of my planters?

How do I get rid of these insects that are in all of my planters? I find them only to be in the dirt and not on the plants. To me they look spider mites, but they did not die out when I applied Bayer ...
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Why are the leaves of my rubber plants getting wavy?

I just got a young rubber plant (I think thats what it is). After the second watering I realized the plants leaves were getting wavy or ridged. If it matters, I waited till the mix was dry before ...
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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Can I root prickly pear pads that I buy (presumably for food) in the grocery store? It seems like it would be a great way to get some thornless prickly pear cacti growing. If I were to do it, I would ...
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What's the best thing to do for a neglected agave?

Plant: Agave victoriae-reginae Background: This plant has had a hard life. I bought it at a local greenhouse in '11, and kept it properly all year, on a stump on the hill, with other plants in a ...
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Why does my repotted cactus seem to be dying?

I bought a cactus from my local big chain DIY store a few years back. It was in a tiny pot and all was well. It's really grown over the years so I decided to re-pot it. I used your everyday compost ...
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My newly repotted majesty palm is loose. Should I add more mix?

I blended the potting soil with 50/50 sphagnum peat moss/moisture retaining potting soil for my Majesty palm. It feels kinda light and the palm is a little loose in the pot. Should I add more potting ...
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How do you get rid of root flies organically?

Now that it is warming up in Sydney, I have noticed some tiny flies in the soil of my pots. I think they are root flies. They seem attracted to the pots containing rhizomes the most[1][2]. These pots ...
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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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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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What vegetables could be planted in a limited balcony space in a subtropical environment?

I am looking to develop and maintain a small vegetable plot on my unit's balcony, the space available is approximately 2m x 1m (6ft x 3ft). Conditions: Subtropical coastal mining-port town in ...
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Will tulips survive a winter in USDA zone 5 when planted in a boat?

Will tulip bulbs survive if I plant them in a boat in USDA zone 5? This boat sits in my front yard and I plant annuals in it every year. It was my mother's boat and holds sentimental value. I was ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

I have taken a recent interest in gardening, particularly growing herbs and vegetables. I don't know much, but I'm going to wing it and learn from trial and error. I have a few questions that I ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

I haven't found anything stating that the plant dies off after producing fruit and it is my understanding that if I keep the environmental conditions correct, continue manual pollination, and add ...
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Is this a good organic soil/fertilizer setup for container carrots?

I am growing 36 carrots in a 18" square container that is 14" deep. I know I have enough room for them but am more worried about whether there will be enough nutrition in the soil to carry them ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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Should I be concerned about the wind and my spinach seedlings?

I have a small planter box with spinach seedlings. I can see the wind really knocks them around. Sometimes they are lopsided to one side, almost lying on the dirt. When this happens, I firm up the ...
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How does one go about growing a cactus in a terrarium?

I've been searching the web online, and the ideas are all conflicting. Some websites would say cacti are unable to grow in glass jars because the heat trapped will cook the cactus, and other websites ...