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How to remedy die-off of lower and middle branches on my plum tree?

Introduction I have a plum tree that is not doing well. It is situated alongside a dirt road which gets regular (but not heavy) traffic. There's not a lot of wind, and the sun shines on it for about ...
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Why did our cactus die?

We had a cactus named eddy and he died, he had a stretched body with a sphere on top as a head and two little spheres attached to it like eyes. He looked like Echinocereus triglochidiatus but with ...
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Why doesn't my fig tree produce fruit?

I have a fig tree but it hasn't had any fruits on it yet. I don't know which variety it is, I got it when it was only a few inches high. It's planted on a West facing wall of my bungalow, but like I ...
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What are the ideal conditions for Lobelia cardinalis

I have been trying to attract hummingbirds for a few years by planting flowers that they like. Two of these are Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica. They are both said to: be perennial need ...
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A visual reference to nutrient deficiencies in plants [closed]

Often times we cna look at the leaves of a plant to determine what nutrients are missing in the soil which the plants need. It would be nice to have a repository of images with accompanying ...
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Hard potatoes harvested

First time grower in Michigan, partial shade and probably not the best soil. The red potatoes I got out first were very hard. Why? What can I do to prevent this with the rest of them before they ...
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Why are my tomato fruits developing black, mushy spots before they can ripen?

My tomato fruits are going bad before they have a chance to go from green to red. Can anything be done this year to the plants I have? I have same problem with every new fruit.
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Why won't my mulberry tree set fruit?

I have a mulberry tree which has been in my garden for 4 years. I bought it at a market and I think it was a seedling. It has grown to a height of 4 metres and is thriving. Each year it has flowered ...
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Does it look like a vine borer caused this damage to my zucchini?

After reading the accepted answer on the question "Is something wrong with my zucchini plant?", I've come to the conclusion that it is in fact a vine borer which has invaded my zucchini. Based on the ...
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What is causing my Gladiolus blooms to open withered?

My glads are blooming but the majority of the flowers are opening withered like they are already fading. They are wrinkled with grayish discoloring. The blooms pictured below are newly opened or ...
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Why are my raspberry's leaves curling up?

Last fall I planted 4 raspberry plants, two Heritage and two Killarney. Recently the two Heritage have had a handful of leaves curl up and fold in half so you only see the bottom of the leaf which ...
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Why is my Norfolk Island pine not doing well?

My Norfolk Island pine is not doing so well: the needles are turning brown and the branches are drooping. See photos below. Why did this happen to my plant, and how can I cure it? Click photo for ...
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Why have some of the leaves on my cherry tree sapling suddenly gone very pale?

Several months ago, I planted three cherry trees, one in the front garden, one in the back and one in a container in the house. The one in the front has really struggled, whereas, predictably, the one ...
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Why is my chili plant drying out when the soil is moist?

What is happening to my chili plant? The soil is moist but the leaves are drying out. I have the plant in a pot in the bathroom with plenty of light from the skylight. There are plenty of flowers but ...
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Do I have a diseased clematis?

Can anyone identify what is wrong with my clematis? The leaves are browning and there looks to be a mold or fur growing on it.
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How do I deal with a pine tree infestation?

My pine tree is heavily infested with some kind of white stuff. It looks like some kind of scales or white powder that is covering all the pine needles. Anyone know how to deal with this without ...
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What are some reasons why a blueberry bush's leaves turn yellow?

I have two types of Southern Highbush blueberry bushes, Misty and O'Neal. This spring, I noticed that their leaves are yellowing as shown in the photos below: Misty: O'Neal: They are in 100% peat ...
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What is happening to the leaves of my Ipomoea (Morning glory)?

What could be the reason to cause this discoloration of the leaves? The discolored parts you see here get thicker over the time until the green color disappears. It does not seem that the leaves dry ...
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What are these sphere-like things on my Camellia azalea tree?

There's about 3 of these sphere things on my Camellia azalea tree/shrub. Can anyone tell me what they are? Are they harmful? And also the leaves are browning at the tips and falling... Is that due to ...
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What are the growing conditions for Camellia azalea? Especially it's water needs

I have bought this rare breed of Camellia, the Camellia azalea. It's originally from China I think and I have mixed in some coco husk to allow for good water flow and prevent clogging the soil with ...
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My Air Plant (Kalanchoe Pinnata) is attacked, how do I save it?

My Air Plant (Kalanchoe Pinnata) is attacked by little green worm like insects which are eating its leaves. Slowly one by one, all of the leaves are dropped by the plant, now it is left with just ...
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Mexican Avocado tree grown indoors 1½ years old has round spots on leaves [closed]

I have a Mexican Avocado tree growing indoors in the winter (we live in the Northeast) outdoors in the summer. It has developed white round spots and the edges to the inside are becoming brown and the ...
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Box-blight or just the effects of winter

I have some small box-trees which start to have some yellow leaves on the top of some branches. Is this the start of box-blight or just the effects of winter. We have some low temperatures (down to -5 ...
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What's wrong with my chili bush?

I've had a chili bush I grew from seed for about a year now, and it's finally growing into something resembling an actual bush (rather than just a seedling) and it was going great until the last few ...
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Can we save a dying chili pepper plant by grafting?

I have a dying Jalapeno plant and I want to save the fruits that are already growing, can I use grafting procedure to save it from dying using a well grown Jalapeno plant.
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Should I cut leafless stem off of plant?

I have a ( Indoor ) plant that has been drooping lately and its stems are long and touch the floor. I'm not sure if the stems are supposed to be stiff, or if that is just the way the plant is supposed ...
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Why are my aloe's leaves bent and drying up, and what can I do to help it grow?

My aloe plant is not growing right. I've had it for about a year and the leaves are bending and drying up. Please help me because I don't want it to die, they are very beautiful plants. Can I ...
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cultivating a cactus from cutting

I've recently gotten a san pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) cutting as a gift. I'm trying to take care of it as good as possible, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. The situation is: the ...
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Why is my pine tree turning brown?

I have 4 pine trees (not sure the type but they look like Christmas trees) in my back yard. They were planted at the end of May by the people that we bought the house from. One of them has turned ...
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Ants and white/gray/brown spores all over my gardenia

I planted my gardenia four or five months ago. I noticed, recently, that (a) growth has stunted, and (b) there are ants all over the plant (base, leaves, etc.). There are also white little dots ...
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Second opinion: Arborist says tree needs to go

I just had an arborist look at a red maple with a long bark split in my yard. His diagnosis was that it was struck by lightning (there was a close lightning strike a few months ago) and the tree needs ...
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Why is my cactus purple?

This has been going on for a while (about a year), one of my cacti has turned purple. I've just replanted it after its pot fell and broke (no, it did not spend the year on the ground). What is the ...
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How can I protect my citrus tree leaves from being eaten?

A couple of years ago I planted a lemon and a lime tree in my garden. They've been growing quite well but recently I noticed the leaves are patchy and holey - something has been eating them. What's ...
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brown patches on acanthocereus tetragonus (fairy castle cactus)

I've had this pair of fairy castle cacti for several years now, and they've done fairly well. However, I noticed today that they have developed brown patches over most of their stems and a few areas ...
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citrus, curled leaves

Is anyone able to identify this disease / pest? We have this on several citrus of different types including an orange, grapefruit, lime, and a mandarin orange. My first thought was that it could ...
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How can I make my Moringa Oleifera happy again?

I'm having some problems with my Moringa Oleifera. It's about 6 months old and is placed in a sunny window (oriented south), in southern Sweden. It's been growing well and looked healthy until ...
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Why do some of my zucchini shrivel and turn yellow at the blossom end?

Every year, I grow a zucchini plant, and every year a few of the zucchini stop growing once they reach a few inches in length, then turn yellow from the blossom end: Left to themselves, they will ...
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What's making holes in the trunk/stem of my succulent? [closed]

Something is making holes in the stem/trunk of my succulent, and is now making holes in an offshoot. When I stick my fingers in the dark hole, it feels gritty. I don't see any insects in the hole or ...
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Tomato plants got black stems and the leaves dry out

I was so proud of my tomato plants (grown from seeds), but now I'm worried that they have died... Instead of having a usual French summer (with 30 C at least and dry weather) it is raining a lot and ...
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What's causing these yellow veins on my Okra leaves?

My Okra leaves have turned as shown below Is this a deficiency or a disease? How can I remedy this? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days. Current: Overcast with light rains.
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Is it too late for this tomato?

I started these tomatoes on the soil and they were kind of crowded. I placed 2 of the largest ones in a separate container and they already have 2 tomatoes and lots of flowers, these where the others ...
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potted, indoor freesia: dropped flowers, yellowing leaves?

I bought a young (I'm guessing.. 6"-8" tall) Freesia about a week ago. It was doing well at the time of purchase, but it's been all downhill since. Within a few days, the flowers shrivelled then ...
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What is this disease on the growing tips of my peppers, and how can I control it?

Please have a look at these images of my hot pepper plant. Notice the growing tips which seem withered and diseased. What disease is this and what is causing this? What are the solutions to counter ...
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What causes my zucchini-leaves to become light yellow?

Please have a look at these images of my zucchini plant: What disease is this and what is causing this? What are the solutions to counter this? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F ...
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What is causing diseased leaves on my French beans?

My French bean plants have diseased leaves as shown below: What can be causing this? The beans themselves are relatively plentiful. Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days. The ...
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Why are my lemons cracking?

My lemons are cracking as shown in below image: What can be causing this and how can I prevent this in the future? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days.
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White stuff on roots

When I uproot my vegetable plants or even sometimes when I remove weeds, I see this white stuff in the soil near the roots: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/717/img1014be.jpg ...
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Are my orange tree's yellowing leaves a sign of underwatering?

I have a mature orange tree in my back yard and I've noticed that the lower leaves at the extremity of have started to to yellow over the last couple of months. Is this a sign of overwatering? ...
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What is the white powdery substance on my Dracaena's leaves?

I bought a Dracaena about 3 months ago. I water it 1-2 times a week and make sure the soil is moist, but not too damp. About 3 weeks ago, it started developing a white powdery substance on the ...
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What is causing the bark on my crabapple to crack and peel off?

I have a flowering crabapple in my yard whose bark has several large areas where it cracks and curls away from the wood underneath: Hover over any image for description / click for full size I ...