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What is causing this damage on my apple tree?

UPDATE On inspecting all the other branches, I found one of the branches in the following state. It shows the bark beginning to fall off the tip, explaining how the other branches have developed.I cut ...
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Does my mint plant have web blight?

In the pot I see small lumps that look like rocks, but they crush like dirt. Additionally, there's fuzz on the main stem that looks like a spider's web. Finally (what a brown thumb I've got) there's ...
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Variegated Arboricola shrubs leaves wilting

What can I do to help this Variegated Arboricola to grow healthy and stop wilting? I am in Southern Florida. I was spraying my lawn with Ortho® Weed B Gon® Weed Killer For Lawns Ready-To-Spray2 ...
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What is this white crust forming on my cactus during the growing months?

I live in the UK and have a Trichocereus bridgesii/Echinopsis lageniformis "monstrose" cactus that I bought from a garden centre 3 years ago. Every year in early summer several new stems grow from ...
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Tillandsia (air plants) Turning Black and Dying After Watering

I live in a northeast Connecticut boarding school, and have ten tillandsias on the windowsill of my dormitory room. I cannot collect rain water for them because I have no tools to do so, so the water ...
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Why does my banana chili start to wilt and seem to die off when it reaches 500 mm high?

You can see the problem in the picture! I've grown chilies here for 25 years without problems.
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What is this tree-like houseplant with long thin leaves? Is it sick?

Can somebody identify this plant? I received it for my Dad's passing and it isn't doing so well. I just moved it and it may be in shock.
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Why are my aloe leaves turning white and brown?

I have had this plant of aloe for years, and it has always given me great satisfaction. Easy to take care of, I had separated it into different pots but now decided to keep it all together into a ...
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Why are the leaves on my houseplant turning yellow and getting black spots?

I have this shade plant in my home. The leaves are becoming dry, turning yellow and developing black dots on them. I don't know whats wrong with it. If it's a lack of food, I can give it compost, ...
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How can I determine if cactus seedlings are dead?

I planted some notocactus seeds sometime in September and many have germinated since then. A few weeks ago, there was an incident where some of my succulents may have experienced frost and I can't be ...
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What is this bonsai tree with serrated elliptic leaves and why has it lost all its leaves?

My son bought me a bonsai tree for Father's day in June last year. It grew new leaves and shoots for a while and has been watered regularly. It has now dropped all its leaves and there does not seem ...
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Why are my strawberry leaves turning yellow?

About a week ago I planted a strawberry plant. New leaves are growing fine but the old big leaves are turning yellow. I don't know what the problem is.
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What would make my apple seedling wilt and looks like it's dying?

I have a little apple sapling that I planted using a seed from an apple at the super market. I live in Auckland, New Zealand and my apple sapling is about 10 cm (4 in) tall. Recently it became very ...
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Why has my orange tree turned yellow and stopped bearing fruit?

I live in Spain, and this year my orange tree has turned yellow all over, with no flowers or fruit. What could it be? I have taken a picture.
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Is this powdery mildew on my tomato?

Just noticed this on my store bought plant (not grown from seed). It's now fruiting, and I don't see any white spots on the leaves. Update: 25 Feb 2016 with close up of the stems and an more ...
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What is this “palm” looking houseplant and how do I take care of it?

I'm not sure what this plant is but I've had it for for 3-4 years. I've watered it about twice monthly and it's right by a giant window. For the last month, the branches have been getting weaker and ...
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Why is my Adenium obesum wilting?

This desert rose, Adenium obesum, was put on a window sill on top of a radiator, and did well for approximately 10 days. Then I left for the Holydays. I left the plant with extra water and no ...
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How can I help this plant?

This tiny plant needs help ! The previous tenant left it in the apartment. With a little search, I guess it's a crassula ovata. I live in France, what are the best recommendations do you have ? Is it ...
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What's causing discoloration and spots on my Tomato and Bell Pepper plants?

I had an issue with tomato hornworms. I sprayed my plants with a BT Dipel solution. A few days after I sprayed them, I noticed a change in the plants. I did some research and found that it could be ...
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What is causing this sedum's leaves to curl and etiolate?

A few months ago I took a sedum from a soil plot where they were being used as a ground cover. I think it was Sedum ewersii, Sedum sieboldii, Sedum cauticola or a species very closely related. I ...
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Why is my basil doing poorly after I split it a month ago?

About a month ago I split my basil plant in half since I wanted to give some basil to a friend. I had never split a plant before. During the summer and fall months I kept my plants outside on my ...
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What is causing curled and deformed capsicum and chilli leaves?

I live in western South Australia (Mediterranean climate with sandy, pH neutral soils). I turned over the vegetable garden (history unknown) in August/September, adding Dynamic Lifter for vegetables, ...
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What are these orange spots on my fiddle fig plant?

I've just noticed some orange-like spots on one of the new leaves on my fiddle fig plant. I water it once a week or whenever the dirt is dry. It sits in my window from morning to evening time. Is this ...
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Why are my tomato plant seedlings dying?

Some of my tomato plants are dying for no reason. I just transplanted a few seedlings in the pot and after 3-4 days, a few are dead and some are doing well. Is this some kind of transplant shock? This ...
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Why are the edges of my cucumber leaves drying out?

I have been growing cucumbers under 40% shade net. Last week the temperature was at 42° Celsius (105° F). At the end of last week, some of the plants started having burning and drying of the leaves' ...
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What is the white stuff on this cactus-type plant?

I have had this plant for more than 10 years now but I do not know its name. What is the name of this plant? The issue is that this plant has a lot of white areas, as shown in the pictures. These ...
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Is this aloe vera root rot?

Can someone verify if this is root rot on my aloe vera? It was starting to wilt so I had to re-pot. There were more root "hairs" but they were slimy and black and most of them stayed with the old dirt....
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Why are the leaves on my capsicum plant curling and turning brown?

Does anyone have any idea what's happening to my capsicum plant and what I should do about it? There are no visible bugs on the leaves.
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What is causing irregular brown sunken spots on my tomatoes?

I have been growing tomatoes in the same spot in my garden for years. This year most of my tomatoes seem to be affected by a disease which only affects the tomatoes. I prune, water & fertilize the ...
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Who/what is eating my mint?

Who/what is eating my mint? What should I do about it? Can I do something organic? I had destroyed my mint a year ago by spraying a pesticide, so I don't want to go that route. I live in Jaipur, ...
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What are these nodules growing on my miniature lilac?

Does anyone know what is growing on my miniature lilac? The nodules are all over the stems and first appeared in the late spring. I have tried searching the internet for an answer but the common ...
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How much seasonal, internal die-off of Arborvitae is natural and expected?

How much "natural" (i.e., without damaging factors) die-back from the inside of an (otherwise healthy) arborvitae hedge should be expected each year? Stated another way, would an arborvitae in ideal ...
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Why are my chives turning brown on the tips of their leaves?

I grow chives in a pot. In the last few weeks, it grew dramatically. However, in the last days I noticed that the tips of the leaves turned brown. What could it be? Some type of disease? Lack of ...
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Strange brown/dead spots on leaves?

What I have here is a plant which is being affected by something which is making certain spots of its leaves appear to be unhealthy. Does anyone have any idea what's going on? Is this something that ...
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Can anyone identify this infection with my Mango Tree?

The blisters seem to be spreading only to the older (darker, interior) leaves, and the sap is dripping out of the blisters (literally raining down) What is this?
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Is this plant (Radermachera ) sick? Leaves turning yellow and spotty

Previously I did not know the species of the plant in the picture. (The one with the owl ornament). I finally found the sticker. It is Radermachera. In last couple of week I find that many leaves ...
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Why is my lucky bamboo turning yellow? [duplicate]

I have a wrapping of bamboo stalks, maybe 20 or so stalks tied together. 3 or 4 stalks have died one at a time the past 2 months - they start to get yellow-greenish, then more yellow over time. The ...
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Why are some clippings of this plant apparently pure green and others mottled with yellow?

I saw this question on “Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?” and have a tangential question. Plants in question are pictured. All indoor plants. So understand the concept ...
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Why are chunks of my Sedum Spectabile snapping off at the stem bases?

Whole chunks of my sedum plant (which looks otherwise healthy) come away in my hand because the stem has snapped/cut clean through. What's causing this, and how can I prevent it?
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What is this plant with large leaves that have a white substance on them?

I have a plant of unknown species on my closed balcony. Since the last few months it seems to vegetate and starts to lose its leaves without producing new ones. For some time there was some white ...
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Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?

I've had this plant in water until it grew enough roots and a few more leaves. I'm not sure what kind of plant this is, but its starting to grow longer; when it was only one little leaf when I rescued ...
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Why has my prickly pear cactus gone limp? [duplicate]

I have a new prickly pear that I love and it just went limp on me tonight. I checked the soil and it feels moist but not wet and top inch is bone dry. Around the roots is a little damper. The top ...
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Why do my Chilli plants have curling leaves, falling flowers, and ants?

My Chilli plant leaves are curling, the flowers are falling, and a lot of ants are traveling all the way to the place where the new leaves and flowers are shooting. I have tried burying banana peel ...
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Why is my snake plants' leaf fading in color?

I've had this snake plant for quite some time, but recently one of the leaves has been fading in color. The mix I'm using is perlite based, and I water it once a week. I give it sunlight in the ...
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Why is my leaf changing light green on one side? [closed]

I have several strains that I am watering with the same nutrients but this one is showing this light green discoloration on half of the leaf. None of the other plants are showing this. All conditions ...
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My carrots that I dig from my garden are soft

I have been digging up carrots and have lots left in the ground. All of them are soft and spongy right out of the ground. I have been eating them for three weeks or so. They seem to be safe to eat. ...
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Why has my kiwi plant developed red leaves?

I have grown a kiwi plant which is growing nicely in my office. Recently, some leaves developed a red hue. What is happening here? Do I have to worry?
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What causes sandy, flecked, or speckled leaves like this?

There are several different species of plants in my yard that have developed some kind of condition where the leaves get pale, tiny specks all over them (such that they look kind of sandy). Many of ...
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What is causing the collapsing branches on my Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii)?

I have a young Aloe barberae (a type of giant tree aloe), about 3 meters tall, which has been in my front yard for three years. I'm in Los Angeles, which has a climate similar to the weather in the ...
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Why are my raspberries' leaves turning brown? [closed]

My yellow berries were doing great until a couple of months ago then the leaves started to turn brown and curl up. It started slowly but almost took over the whole plant. There is new growth on the ...