Plant pots and boxes that hold soil and growing plants.

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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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Is it wise to reuse potting soil?

The potting soil in question is in medium to large sized pots that had/have tomatoes or small fruit trees in them.
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How do I grow root vegetables in pots/grow-bags?

We have a flat (apartment) with no garden, but would love to grow root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. Is it possible to grow these in a pot, container or grow-bag, or do they need too much ...
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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?
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How do I help my kitchen window herb garden thrive?

For the last couple of years, I've been nursing along a sort of kitchen window herb garden consisting of cilantro, parsley, basil and chives. What I've done is bought live herb plants at our local ...
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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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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 is a proper container to preserve seeds?

I received seeds from various produces as a gift. They are in sealed paper bags, but they occupy a lot of space and I was thinking about opening the bags and putting the seeds into small transparent ...
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What are some fast-growing, voluminous vines that are suitable to be grown in containers?

I have a large terrace in New York City, and am looking to fill it with some greenery without spending a fortune. In the past I have had good luck with morning glories in containers - they grow ...
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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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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 do I grow sweet potatoes in a pot?

I planted some attractive sweet potato vines in a 6 inch deep pot -- about 1.5 ft in diameter. I didn't expect them to grow extensively. However, with watering regularly, they certainly are growing ...
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What should I do to a homemade paper pot before planting it?

I got one of these snazzy paper pot makers and made a ton of pots to grow all sorts of stuff. It's pretty cool because, unlike a bedpost, you can press the newspaper you use to make the pot into a ...
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Will it kill my potted tree if I use tree fertilizer spikes?

I recently bought some tree fertilizer spikes to feed my potted dwarf kumquat and lime trees. After I got them home, I read the following warning on the side of the box: NOTE: Never apply within 30" ...
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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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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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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 should I repot these overgrown and delicate plants?

I've got several plants that are probably overdue to be repotted. One of them is a cactus with lots of new growth and sharp spines. And the other is a jade where many more of the cuttings survived ...
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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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Do peat pots slow down the development of seedlings?

To prevent root disturbance when planting out, I usually sow my sweet corn in peat pots which I then put in the propagator. As soon as the seed germinates, I grow the seedlings on for two to three ...
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Do I need to buy a specialty bark medium to repot my orchid?

As a result of a previous question, I've decided to repot my Phalaenopsis orchid in bark once the blooms fall off. I understand that tree bark makes a better medium than the moss it's currently ...
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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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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 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 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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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 a 4x4x1ft raised bed too small for potatoes?

I'm wanting to grow potatoes in a garden bed. Unfortunately, suitable wood is relatively expensive (~$2 a foot for 1x12 cedar) and space is scarce. Would this be too small for half a dozen seed ...
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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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Will a galvanized container leach Zinc and “Trim” the roots? Are there other effects?

I have heard that a galvanized container such as this one for a raised bed will leach zinc and "trim" the roots. What do they mean by this? Would the increased zinc be bad for raising food plants? I ...
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What is a good source for free or inexpensive 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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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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How can I grow tomatoes in a pot?

Is it possible to grow tomatoes as a pot plant? In the limited space I have I can afford pot of maximum depth = 12 cm and diameter = 12 cm. what size pot will be ideal to start with? In India what ...
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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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What size of plant pot should I be using for young chili plants?

I have 4 small chili plants (sorry not sure what variety they are), they have 3 sets of leaves. I re-potted them from a seed tray about 2 weeks ago. I'm a bit concerned the plant pot is too big? When ...
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How to save roses - commercially potted gift ones with few roots?

I was given a pot of (flowering) roses which I actually like and would want to keep and plant in my garden. In this tiny pot there are 4 plants; each one has only a few roots as a quick inspection ...
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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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What sort of pots are used in the pot-in-pot method?

The pot-in-pot method of growing uses a production pot inside another pot which is in ground. This allows you to swap pots easily, and some 20 good reasons why this might be a good idea are listed ...
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How to water a potless Tillandsia Cyanea?

I have a Tillandsia Cyanea that I have to do something with. It's by Living Trends and they put it in a small drainless pot with a magnet on the back. It's technically in a small pot within that pot, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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When should I transfer from pod to pot or ground?

Since the pre-sprouted plant season is in full bloom, what is a good indicator of the time to transfer a pre-sprouted plant? For instance I have a mexi-bell pepper in a plastic pod and two basil ...
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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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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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Will african violet fertilizer diffuse through clay pots?

I have several african violets in special clay pots. The pots kind of resemble a double boiler, and the lower pot is filled with water, then the upper section, containing the plant, is unglazed on its ...
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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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Bonsai pot broke due to accident

I am a bonsai beginner and a friend gifted me a ficus bonsai. A stray cat got into the house and jumped on the table where I had kept my bonsai pot, tipping the table and breaking the pot. I wasn't ...
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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 ...