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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?
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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 ...