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Wooden containers finished with Danish Oil- should I line them?

I have some wooden wine boxes that I am going to use for lettuces. I am using Danish Oil to finish the boxes (two coats) so they can be a bit waterproofed. I might also add some corner reinforcements. ...
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Is it okay to use left-over pasta water to water plants, including edibles?

We are having a drought in California, so I'm just wondering if I could reuse salted pasta water (after it cools) to keep the plants hydrated. Is this a good idea?
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Can excess NPK fertilizer damage my container-grown plants?

I live in an apartment building, and all my plants grow in pots or small flower beds. Since I moved here, 7 years ago, I have only watered the pots and revolved the "soil", eventually adding more ...
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Is it possible to grow a grape plant in a container?

Would it be possible, if I kept it pruned, to keep a grape plant in a container? I have 23 inch containers that I could use to keep them in, but would that be enough? What would I need to consider if ...
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How do I water a desk plant without making a mess?

I have decided to get a few plants for my office desk. However, one thing still eludes me. Plant pots usually have a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. If I keep the plant on my desk, how ...
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What is a perched water table?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'perched water table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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Is there a rule of thumb for what size of a pot you need to keep a plant in?

I keep quite a lot of potted plants around my house, and usually I just move them to a bigger pot when I notice that they're looking like they need more space. It would be kind of nice to be able to ...
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What kind of plant is this with a single, tall stem and alternate, carrot-like leaves?

I recently bought a house and have found this plant in a hanging basket in the back yard. Can anyone identify it for me?
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How large can potted patio trees grow in the US northeast?

I have a large sunny patio that I would like to shade with the largest potted trees that I can grow practically in the northeast of the U.S. (New England, 6a). What trees are suitable and how large ...
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What is causing the yellowing on my English Ivy's leaves?

Same unfortunate newbie from this thread I have some ivy plants that two weeks after transplant are yellowing of the leaves and starting to look rather sad. These were purchased as full size plants ...
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Why are my Coleus plants wilting?

Newbie plant parent here. Probably not doing the best job! I purchased some Coleus plants from Home Depot for indoor houseplants. I've raised them successfully indoors from seed before but have ...
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Can I place plants in the ground in the original pots they came from the nursery in?

I am redoing the landscaping left by the previous owners of my house. When going to nurseries I find that everything comes planted in a pot. When thinking lazily about it, at one time I considered ...
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Just transplated Zucchini and bean outside and noticing some white spots on leaves and brown stems

So a few days ago I transplanted my pole beans and Zucchini plants into containers. I'm noticing a few things on the plants. We had a heavy rain and some wind a few days after I transplanted them ...
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Are pepper plants worth trying to save after root rot?

I am very much a newbie gardener. I found out the hard way that I was definitely over watering my pepper seedlings, which led to root rot and leaves falling off, as well as the main stem (the tip of ...
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How can I water the plants on my balcony without dripping water on my downstairs neighbor?

I live in an apartment with a balcony and I'm having issues figuring out the best way to handle my drainage. I have a neighbor below me and don't want any water dripping down on her patio. Are there ...
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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?

This Spring there seem to be grubs all over my garden, in just about any handful of dirt you flip over. There are lots of articles about how to handle grubs in your lawn, but I don't have a lawn, just ...
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subdividing and repotting drosera/sundew

I have a very nice drosera/sundew - but it's overgrown it's little container and needs to be repotted. What should I use as the potting soil? I plan on separating it into two or three new ...
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How can I pump water from a rain barrel to my balcony?

I live in an apartment with a porch that is one story off of the ground. I plan on container gardening on the porch, but I don't have a spigot outside to connect a hose. There is, however, a gutter ...
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Can I drill drainage holes on the side of the container?

This is a cross-section of a container. Most containers have a drainage hole on the bottom. I've marked that hole with an asterisk. | | | | | | \___*___/ The problem with ...
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Are citrus trees better grown using containers or in the ground?

I would really like to get a couple citrus trees (lemon and/or lime). The problem is I live in an apartment. I hope to move at some point such that I will have some land that I can put these in. My ...
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How should a forced Hyacinth bulb be cared for after flowering?

I bought a hyacinth at the grocery store in a water-only pot with the bulb suspended over the water. The flowers have now died, and the roots have started to break off of the bulb, although there ...
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Can I plant heather under wisteria?

I have a young wisteria plant in a large wooden sided container in my sunken courtyard. It should get pretty good sun on the wall it's climbing. Most wisteria info seems to say you can't grow ...
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Depth of containers for indoor gardens

I am growing an indoor garden in my basement apartment on a racking system I built. I have two shelves 2' deep, 4' long and 2' high with two 4' T5 flouresants for light. The question I have is for ...
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How to get proper drainage in a pot with a built-in saucer?

I bought a 16'' wide plastic pot with a built-in saucer. The saucer is removable. On the inside of the pot, there are 4 holes where the saucer connects with the pot and 4 other tiny holes that appear ...
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What fruit trees are suitable for growing in containers in a subtropical zone?

I live in Northern Australia, which is a subtropical zone. We always have temperatures above 20°C. We have two seasons: a dry season with no rain and temperatures ranging between 21°C and ...
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Are ants damaging pot plants? If they are, how badly?

Since spring started around 2 weeks ago, I noticed increasing amounts of ants around my pot plants. Sometimes they like to march over the pots themselves, not sure if they are actually digging into ...
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The benefits of coir for pot plants?

I recently bought coir for my pot plants, after I saw many other pot plants (in the garden centre) containing a handful. I would like to know the benefits for pot plants if you add coir above the ...
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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose

Yesterday we accidentally put too much fertilizer into our pots. Today the leaves start to turn brown. Is there any way to save them? Some details: We have two pots - one with basil, one with ...
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Painting concrete pots to help conserve water

I asked this question about my potted lilly pillys. I have another separate question. I live in a temperate climate zone. I have plants on a east facing balcony- they get sun from about sunrise till ...
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How to grow Trailing Rosemary as a ground cover in very heavy clay?

I want to cover a large area that is on a steep slope with ground cover. There is absolutely no soil at all, it's all pure clay: hard rock when dry and soft when wet. I was thinking of putting a ...
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What bamboo species for a container-bound green wall?

I have a boring grey northwest-facing-with-southwest-exposure concrete wall on my balcony, outdoors, in Vancouver BC, that I would like to turn into a lush wall of bamboo. I have one container whose ...
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Why do I have standing water in the saucer after repotting my rubber plant?

I have a large rubber plant that I re-potted in a larger pot with drainage holes and placed one of the water saucers/catchers underneath. I water the plant once a week and I've noticed the water is ...
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What kind of soil do potted sensitivity plants need?

I bought a sensitivity plant (Mimosa Pudica) and noticed it was planted in an unusual looking soil. I want to transfer it to a larger container, so I would like to know how to buy or prepare a ...
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proper drainage in aluminum foil dish, container

I have a bunch of aluminum foil dishes that are maybe 3" deep: I'm going to fill with soil and put on the roof of my apartment building. How should I prepare the container? Specifically, how do I ...
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Planting 2 tomato plants in one 20-gallon grow pot (Smart Pot)

I bought a few 20 gallon grow pots (20" diameter x 15.5" high), and they look quite big for one plant. Do you think I can put two plants side by side? That'd be 10 gallons per plant. The only issue ...
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Fungi on the outside of clay pot

I recently bought some clay pots and put a one year old date palm in it using a potting mix of 1 year old compost, leaf mold and very few of bought horse-manure-mix. For drainage I used some stones. ...
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Low maintenance evergreen shade-tolerant container climbers for UK

I'm new to gardening and looking for a some climbers to put in my North facing lightwell. It is very sheltered and gets a little bit of sun in the summer evenings. I have bought two very large ...
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How can I stop mold from growing on the surface of the soil around my potted plants?

I've been growing some apples from seed. I had four growing in one pot, then transplanted them into four separate pots. They have survived the transplant I believe, but one of the pots has a ...
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Why don't my Roma tomatoes reach full size?

I know it's only spring time, but I have lots of little blossoms on my container tomato plants. All are ready to bloom into tomatoes. They often do not reach full size. In fact, I just pulled off ...
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What can I plant in a container on my south-facing balcony that requires the least attention (watering etc.)?

I have a south-facing balcony with a built-in soil container. Ideally, I don't want to water it at all. Since the container is on the edge of the balcony, it receives some rainfall. What are the best ...
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How do I re-color clay pots of my plants?

I have several indoor plants in ceramic\clay pots. The pots are now look old & faded. Also, fungus is grown on them. So, I was thinking to re-color them to get a fresh look. What should I ...
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Plastic Pots OR Ceramic pots, which is better in terms of plant health?

Are their any advantage of having plastic pots over ceramic pots except below points: 1. Lower cost. 2. Fungus will not grow on Plastic 3. un-breakable, good life. all of above point are not ...
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How do I prevent growth of fungus on outer wall of ceramic pots?

Many times fungus gets accumulated on the walls of my ceramic pots, it gets too thick & smelly. It is difficult for me to completely remove it with knife. Is their any way by which we can prevent ...
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Water levels for Mint in a window box

I can only grow things in containers as I have no garden and have an active herb garden mostly consisting of some very happy chives and some potted Bay, rosemary and basil.However the window box I ...
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Sub-irrigation planter bucket setup

After doing some research around sub-irrigation I think I've come up with a cheap method of creating a SIP pot (the 20L pails are expensive in Aus) 9.3L Bucket ~40cm length of 2" Corrugated Drain ...
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Can I use a clear glass as a container for houseplants?

I have a quite large clear glass vase, that I would like to transform into a plant pot. What are the problems that may occur? Are there any houseplants that I can grow inside the house, which won't ...
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Why are my Freesias sprouting in the fall?

I bought some Freesias in the spring last year and planted them in a wooden planter. All spring and summer, I didn't see any signs of life, even though they got watered regularly. Then in the fall of ...
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What bulbs will do well planted in containers in the fall in Dallas, and how should I take care of them?

I'm a total and complete novice when it comes to gardening... I'd like to plant some bulbs this fall in large containers on my back patio. I live near Dallas, Texas. What bulbs would you recommend? ...
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Which herbs can be planted closely without having a negative effect on each other

I want to grow some herbs for regular use on my kitchen window sill. As herbs influence other plants growing next to them, I want to make sure they'll go well together before planting/sowing them. ...
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How long can I keep a Mulberry tree in a large pot without stunting it?

I have a mulberry tree growing in a large pot, about 30-40 litres (about 40-50cm diameter, same depth). How long will it be fine in that size pot, or is it good forever and will just be stunted?