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What is causing damage to my summer squash and zucchini plants?

I have a variety of problems with my summer squash and zucchini plants: The summer squash (and to a smaller degree the zucchini) has clear spots in the leaves: This morning one of the zucchini ...
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Why does my Red Acer plant look like it has twigs but no leaves?

I have two Red Acer plants. They were both young and small when I bought them last year. I did find some bugs on the branches of the green one, so I sprayed them with bug spray. The one with the green ...
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Is my limp Elephant Ear dead?

I have an elephant ear plant. I planted it about three months ago, and it has been limp for the last two days. What used to be open and spread out is floppy and all over itself. It's not yellow. Is ...
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How do I keep “cat grass” alive?

Sometimes I buy a little carton of grass at the pet store for my (indoor) cat to nibble on. She likes it but it always seems to die off within a week or two. I'd really love to have a sustainable ...
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What is causing dry, dark green spots on the leaves of my new basil plant?

I just bought a basil plant this past week at the supermarket to have some fresh basil for cooking. It had some dark green spots on it, which at first I assumed were just dry/dying leaves. I'm not so ...
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Why isn't our Victoria Plum tree producing healthy fruit?

We have a 4 year old Victoria Plum tree. We prune it, and water it well. We were excited this year when it had the best show of blossoms so far. After blooming, a large number of tiny green plums ...
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Diagnose Sugar Maple problem

How does one diagnose Sugar Maple problems? There is some green on the trunk and the leaves haven't filled out for a couple years. Climate: Southern Michigan Soil: ~18 inches of topsoil with clay ...
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Why would one of my Prairiefire crabapple trees seem stunted this year?

I planted two Prairiefire Crabapple trees on my front lawn about ten years ago. Each spring, they flower beautifully together, then fruit, then leaves. This year one of them seemed to lag behind. ...
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Succulent withering/rotting at the base

This succulent seems fine at the extremities, but it started to wither from the base up... Can anyone identify it so I can find how to grow it properly? I put a few drops of water everyday on it, ...
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What is this insect, which is drilling holes into my rose bush?

I recently bought a rose bush for the first time and planted it in a large pot according to the instructions on the label. It has been about a month since then, the first yellow rose has started to ...
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What is causing brown spots on my Philodendron? [closed]

I have dark brown spots appearing on my very large Philodendron and have no idea what is causing them. They are not turning yellow like the soil is too dry or they are getting too much sun. Does ...
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Why are my radishes malformed?

The majority of the radishes I harvested were of this form - bent so that part grew parallel to the soil above the ground, with the stalk taking another 90 degree turn to return to vertical. What ...
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What are these shallow markings on my chili leaves?

I had some green aphids, and killed them with an acetamiprid based insecticide. Everything after that seemed fine until recently. Some whiteflies started showing and I treated those with a mixture of ...
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What is causing yellow spots on my cucumber seedling's leaves?

I planted these cucumbers last week, and yesterday I noticed the leaves have yellow spots and edges. Do I need to buy new plants?
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What should I do to prevent my kiwi leaves losing their color?

My kiwi leaves are losing their green color too fast. Even new, small leaves can lose it and fall off. The kiwi is 1 year old, grown in a pot in my apartment. It is not close to a window or a ...
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Why does my recently transplanted avocado still have droopy, discolored leaves?

This avacado tree is about a week old, and now she's looking a little worse than she did here. :( Thoughts?
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Hapless rose bush diagnosis

I've recently become the inexperienced caretaker of four rose bushes at the house I moved into last year. I've done a fair amount of gardening but was never into roses. Anyway, I feel like it's my ...
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What is causing white spots and wilting on my Black Naga leaves?

I have some chili plants which are two and a half months old. Most of them seem fine except one. A few days ago, one of my Black Naga plants started having these weird white spots on a few leaves (not ...
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Why did my young cucumbers turn yellow and fall off?

My baby cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. I have 2 cucumber plants that produced 8 cucumbers each, however, the other flowers with small cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. What causes that ...
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Why did my onion heads turn brown after planting?

My spring onion heads turned yellow. Once I set spring onions in the soil, the heads turned brown and they are growing slowly with yellow leaves. It's summer season in my country. My soil is a mix ...
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Why didn't my Meyer Lemon tree produce fruit after it blossomed?

My Meyer Lemon tree was full of flowers this spring. I hand pollinated them using a q-tip, along with help from some insects, when the tree was outside. After the blossoms fell off, it didn't ...
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What is causing brown spots on my mint plant?

I have been rooting my mint in water and it rooted, then I found those brown spots appearing. It happened with all the mint plants I had before. I am in Egypt, and it gets morning sun and no afternoon ...
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Aloe plant is yellowing slightly at the tips

I have had this aloe plant for about a year and up until now it's been thriving. Now it's beginning to turn yellow at the tips, like so: I also think whatever's wrong with my aloe has already ...
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Why are the leaves curling on my snowball bush?

Our small snowball bush has some curled leaves. I don't see any evidence of any bugs eating it or damaging it. What could be causing it? What can I do to treat/fix it? Click on photo for full size ...
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What is causing yellow leaves on my Morning Glory? [duplicate]

What's wrong with my Morning Glory? It's grown outside, the temperature has been around 5-10 °C at night and 10-30 °C at day time since I planted them. Could it be cold, pH, overwatering?
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My large pine tree is indenting at the bottom of the trunk [closed]

My large pine tree is starting to indent near the ground. The bark in some spots can be pulled off easily. The pine tree is the type that branches out. What could the issue be ?
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Why do we have yellowing watermelon leaves?

My husband and I, first time gardeners, planted some watermelon for our grandchildren. We water the raised garden they are in every other night. We have been noticing yellow leaves, but only on the ...
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What is wrong with my apple trees? [closed]

This is on some of my apple trees, can someone help me? What is going on and how do I treat it. Thanks
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All our garden plants appear to be dying [closed]

I have a red Acer tree about two to three feet tall, two Hydrangeas and a Buddleia all of which appear to be dying, leaves shrivelling up. We have just returned from a week away and are horrified to ...
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How can I help a rhododendron with yellowing leaves and a dead section?

I have a rhododendron which was healthy last year, and produced gorgeous white flowers. Today I noticed that many of the leaves are turning yellow, and a section appears to have died. ...
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Why are my rose flowers getting dry?

First of all, I'm not a gardening expert so I don't know the correct terms. I bought some roses recently and I've put them next to my window. Their leaves are getting dry and their flowers are ...
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Why would my basil leaves have a sharp, unpleasant smell?

I have a basil plant that's getting plenty of sunshine (it's around 29 °C today, with clear skies). It's in a big pot, not shaded, and the soil is damp. We had a lot of rain a few days ago, and ...
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Why would a walnut tree lose all its leaves in ten minutes?

I watched a walnut tree lose all its leaves in about ten minutes one time some years ago and I was wondering if this is something that is normal and if not would there be a simple explanation for it. ...
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Aloe plant is browning and the leaves are thinning

I have recently received a small Aloe plant that I wasn't able to identify past the genus. It does not look healthy, some leaves have become brownish, and their ends thin, as if squeezed out. The ...
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What is eating my basil?

I have had a terrible time with my basil. I do not see any bugs or slugs. Nothing on the undersides of the leaves BUT there are obvious holes from the center of the leaves as well as bites taken out ...
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Rue with white dots and some 3mm white bugs

I have a Rue plant in my terrace, and for many weeks it has had some sort of plague made of white dots and some slightly bigger bugs, oval shape, no more than 3mm long. I've been using an organic ...
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Could a spider be causing my orchids and cactus to die?

I had several small plants in the office (two orchids and a small cactus) that died. In a short time they began to dry. Now a third orchid is beginning with similar symptoms and I wanted to ask what ...
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Ferns have not survived winter, what might be the case?

We are renting a flat with a nice garden in Leeds UK. It has a nice garden in the back yard and when we moved in in July 2014 there were 4 healthy ferns pleasing my eye. Now, with winter having ...
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What is causing the weird bubbles on my pepper seedling's stem?

Any recommendations you have would be appreciated. I'm assuming this is bad and will kill the plant? :( The pepper seedlings have been indoors their entire lives (a few weeks). Not all of them have ...
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Does moss sprout leaves?

I had some moss in one of my seedlings pot and I asked what I should do with it here in GSE. I was assured it was mostly harmless so I left it be. However, a couple of days ago, it has sprouted ...
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Grapes leaves too dry - is that normal?

Recently I noticed my green grapes leaves don't look too good. There's nothing like scales or ants or any other sign of parasites. Only older leaves are affected, new ones are fine as you can see on ...
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What are the white specks on my Strelitzia's leaves? [closed]

I have a white fungus on my Strelitzia. It started as little specks on the leaves and I would like to know what it is, what caused it and what will get rid of it.
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Do ants eat scale on lime trees?

Location: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa When: Feb 2015 (summer in Southern Hemisphere) A couple of questions. First: Is this Scale in the first photo? If so, what type? If not what is it? Second: ...
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Why are the leaves of my Peace Lily wilted and black?

I recently bought a flowering house plant. I may have watered it too much, me thinks. Since my apartment gets little natural light, I put it outside on the patio the other day in direct sunlight, only ...
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How can I help my young mulberry tree grow a thicker stem?

I have my young mulberry tree, which is a little more than a year old. I grew it from a seed, and have it indoors in a large pot at the moment. It is growing tall and thin, needs a stick to support ...
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What is wrong with my ponytail palm?

I have a ponytail palm on my office desk, which I love. I've noticed the leaves are brown at the tip and quite tightly bunched together. They don’t sit as beautifully as in the pictures of other ...
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Why are my avocado's leaves drying out from the edges?

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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What is wrong with this desert rose and how can I cure it?

My desert rose appears to have a disease, as shown in the picture above. Every year, the leaves develop these spots and look terrible. It still blooms every year. Here is another picture of it: ...
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What happened to my Mass Cane?

Not putting in much thought I moved my plants closer to a light source over the weekend and as you can see in the pictures some tips turned black. Did it get burned? Is it dying? What am I supposed ...