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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?
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What else (if anything) can I support in the same pot with my lime trees?

I have two lime trees in pots, because I need to bring them indoors during the winter. Additionally, we recently found that keeping mint in our lawn garden was a bad idea, since it spreads so ...
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Can I salvage an over-watered tomato plant?

I've never tried growing tomatoes before and I recently went out and bought a tomato plant for my balcony. I initially re-potted the plant in too small a planter, so I re-re-potted it a week later. ...
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How should I be fertilizing my container tomatoes?

Caveat - I am about as novice as it gets when it comes to gardening, and especially with vegetables. I'm trying tomatoes for the first time this year (Husky Cherry Red), and am wondering how I should ...
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How do sweet peas compare with morning glories in terms of growth, coverage, etc.?

I plant morning glories every year in containers to climb up the walls of my terrace, but this year am having a lot of trouble with them. When buying the seeds, I saw sweet peas as well, and decided ...
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What are some recommendations for a potted orange tree?

My wife and I would like to have a potted orange tree. We live in the San Diego area so the climate for citrus trees is near perfect, but we don't know what kind of tree we should buy. Also, how large ...
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How do I make a wooden container fit for growing stuff in it?

I have bought a number of used wooden containers that I would like to grow Thuja trees and various vegetables in: they are about 1 foot wide, 2 feet long, and 1 foot tall. Being an amateur in ...
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Can Thuja trees live in a “square foot garden” style container?

I have a number of young Thuja trees that I would like to grow outside my porch. However, I live in student housing and we're forbidden from altering the outside area, so I don't like the idea of ...
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Can you grow raspberries in a pot/growbag?

Unfortunately we don't have a proper garden, but we do have an area that we can use for pots and/or grow bags. We've been offered some raspberry canes by a friend - but will they grow ok in pots or ...
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What's a suitable depth for a planter for sage and tarragon?

I have just planted a tray each of tarragon and sage seeds, and intend, once the seedlings are suitably developed, to transfer them to planters on the verandah, rather than to the main plot. What ...
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What are the best soil amendments for container grown blueberries?

What are the best soil amendments for blueberries grown in containers? What's the best mulch? Last year I used chopped leaves from a friend's landscaping job that is no longer around. I also ...
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Do homemade paper pots for seedlings really work well?

This question talks about making paper pots for seedlings, and links to what appears to be the standard pot maker for sale at various online outlets. There are also some entirely home made solutions ...
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What kinds of miniature fruit shrubs/trees can be grown in a reasonably sized container?

I once saw advertised in a catalog a miniature blueberry bush, that could spend its whole life in a container and grow to maturity. Are there any other fruit plants that can exist their whole life in ...
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How do you overwinter a container plant?

What are the basics for overwintering a plant? Where is a good place in a house/apartment to overwinter a plant? In general, does this require special supplements/artificial lighting?
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Is it possible to grow an indoor tea plant?

It is at all possible to grow tea plants, particularly something like Camellia sinensis, not herbal teas, indoors with special lighting? Specifically, I'm not taking about starting tea seedlings and ...
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Has anybody had any success using 5 gallon buckets as planters?

I've recently became interested in starting some outdoor planters this coming spring. After searching around, I found an interesting idea off of Popular Mechanics using 5 gallon drywall buckets as ...
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How is compost made in the kitchen?

I just made this small compost container but I'm not certain how to use it. Should I just put the scraps in there and "let it do its thing" or are there other steps needed?
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How do you transition a guava from a yard in Florida to a pot in Boston?

My father, who lives in Florida, recently gave me a guava that was growing in his back yard. He potted it with soil from the ground and tossed in into the back of my van to bring home to Boston. ...
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Source for cheap large plastic tubs?

I'm looking into setting up an aquaponics system, which requires me to acquire a large tub (on the order of 250L, relatively flat) to use as a grow bed for the veggies. Does anyone know where I could ...
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How can I pack my potted plants for moving (across the US)?

I'm faced with moving across the US soon. As my climate zone will be changing, some of my outdoor potted plants will have to become indoor plants. However, I would like to take as many as possible ...
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What problems can come from a tree with its graft union 5 inches above the soil line?

I planted a grafted apple tree in a pot and shortly thereafter realized the graft union is about 5-6 inches above the soil line. My gardening books and online searches recommend the union be no more ...
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What products can I use to hang herbs under a fluorescent light?

I have a window-like opening between my kitchen sink and the adjacent room. On the ceiling of the opening is a fluorescent light, and ideally I'd like to set up a long rectangular hanging basket ...
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Placing eggshells on top of potted plants?

In general, is there any benefit (growth, soil quality, etc) if I place eggshells on top of my potted plants? My mother often does it to provide it organic material. She's not much of a scientist. I ...
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Why are pots typically wider at the top than at the bottom?

Recently I needed a pot with shape that would make it as stable as possible so that it's unlikely to tip over and fall from the shelve. So I was looking for a pot as close to a cylinder as possible. ...
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What are good shade-loving consumable plants for a high-rise windowsill?

At our office, we have a wonderful recreation area that gets a few hours of morning sun. The rest of the day the space is engulfed in generic flourescent light. I'm curious which herbs, vegetables ...
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How can I safely transplant blueberry bushes planted in the spring before the winter hits?

If all goes according to plan, I will be moving this winter to another location. I currently have two blueberry bushes I planted last spring, purchased from Gurney's. I'm wondering what the ...
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What are some quick growing, flowering, climbing/vine plants that can be grown from a container garden (USDA zone 6)? What is a good time to start?

My main gardening space is a paved area in front of my house surrounded by a white picket fence. I planted a few vegetable and herb seeds in containers there this summer, and from seeing the ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for caring for potted plants in office?

I've recently been made responsible for watering and taking care of many small potted plants around our office, and I have little to no gardening experience. There are many different types of plants, ...
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What are good plants to use in a container-based winter garden?

I live in an apartment that has a small outdoor patio and I'm looking to create a little container garden this autumn/winter. I'm located in the US (hardiness zone is 7) and I'm looking for ideas ...
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Is it safe to change the entire soil surrounding the roots?

Usually when you buy plants from the store, the soil type might not be suitable to them. Is it safe to change the soil completely? I mean to remove all the soil around most of the roots, then put it ...
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Do I need to correct the pH of my newly re-potted citrus tree?

I tried my hand at making my own soil for my citrus tree re potting. See below for the long story reasoning. I mixed EKO store bought (I live in an apartment) organic compost with coco coir and ...
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What should I do if the soil shrinks and separates from the flowerpot walls?

Recently we relocated a cactus into a new flowerpot. When it was planted the soil would evenly occupy the flowerpot and adjoin the flowerpot side walls. The soil isn't cactus soil, but just regular ...
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Why do my tomato leaves look powdery?

I have a threesome of tomato plants planted in on my porch. All three have some leaves that seem to be a bit white and powdery. One of the leaves has even started to turn a bit brown. I don't think ...
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How to replant bamboo/water based plants

I have had a bamboo for several years in this tiny glass pot. It has grown very much, but its time to move her to a bigger home. But how? the pot she was brought home in was large at the bottom and ...
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How do I protect the roots and adjust watering levels in a non-draining indoor pot?

The long, winding backstory: We have a rubber tree which has been in the same pot for ages. It has been moved twice, and in our new home we're still trying to find it a spot it likes. Recently, ...
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What are some sustainable alternatives to peat for potting compost?

I've just finished writing the tag wiki for organic and was thinking about wider issues of sustainability. Perhaps the best area where I could improve things personally, would be to use an alternative ...
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What is the best way to support a stake in a potted tomato plant?

I currently have a tomato plant planted in a pot on my porch. It is doing quite nicely and is tied to a 6' bamboo cane. Unfortunately my cane has started to lean a bit and I am afraid that as the ...
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Can I move a self-seeded oak tree into a pot to keep it small?

An oak has self seeded in our garden. Has got to about a metre tall and seems happy. We don't have anywhere near enough space for an oak but seems a shame to kill it. Can we move it to a pot to keep ...
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Why does my cilantro have thin leaves? Why is my parsley not growing? When will they be ready for harvest?

My cilantro (planted outside, full sun from about 11am to 6pm) doesn't have the broad leaves that I see when I buy it in the store. I planted it in May. When should I expect it ready for harvesting? ...
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What could be causing rot to appear on the skin of my bell peppers?

I have a set of four bell pepper plants that I am growing in 12" containers in my backyard. They've been growing alright until the fruits on the plants have started to develop what appears to be a rot ...
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Any benefit to watering whole plant (leaves and all) instead of just the soil/roots?

A question I often wonder about when watering outdoor pots in the dead heat of summer. Should I just make sure the soil in the bed/pot is watered sufficiently, or is it necessary/advisable to also ...
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What should I do about standing water in potted plant?

I have a large (70L?) moulded plastic pot which is filled with topsoil, and has a freshly planted lilac bush in it. I had noticed this pot did not have drainage holes at the bottom, but had thought ...
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How are peppers and mulch used in a desert environment?

I have a couple of pepper plants that I've recently procured. Since I do not want these to go the way every other plant that has been gifted to me (i.e. death), I transplanted them into some large ...
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What are some good cheap self-watering containers?

I've made my own self-watering containers. Fun, but a bit time-consuming. Most self-watering containers that are for sale are a bit pricey for me... I'd really want at least a half a dozen, and at ...
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What is a good source for nursery pots?

Are there free (or low cost) sources for nursery pots? Presumably nurseries reuse them. I'd like to get a few dozen in varying sizes for starting vegetables.
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Is it OK to grow plants in clear (transparent) pots?

I was using old clear (transparent) plastic meat packaging to grow plants in. Is that a good idea? Are there any side effects of roots possibly being exposed to the sun?