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What is causing a white rash to appear on the leaves of Pedilanthus tithymaloides?

My Lightning Bamboo Green (Pedilanthus tithymaloides, also called Euphorbia tithymaloides) feels well at my home; he already has a sprout. So I can't explain what the white rash on the leaves are. It ...
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Why does my lime tree drop its fruit early?

I have a kumquat and a Mexican (or Key) lime tree in pots right next to each other. The kumquat has been flowing and fruiting like a champ nearly as long as I've owned it. The lime hasn't yet ...
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What causes spruce branches to drop their needles?

I have a spruce tree that has a problem. Every year, some branches suddenly drop all of their green needles and die. I would like to prevent this, but I don't know what the cause is. What causes this ...
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Why did my grape hyacinths put out leaves in the fall?

Normally my grape hyacinth only puts out leaves in the spring, but this year they all are vigorously growing leaves in the fall. Why do they do that? Is it diagnostic of a problem?
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Why didn't my maple leaves change color in the fall after transplanting?

I just bought and planted an October Glory maple sapling with a trunk about 1.5" in diameter. I did everything the nursery worker told me to while transplanting it: I dug a hole twice as wide as the ...
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Why does my sweet potato have stunted growth with wide, flattened stems and dense leaves?

My sweet potato plant has a severely widened and flattened stem and grows like a band, with dense leaves and stunted growth. What is wrong with it?
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How do I keep oak trees from sprouting?

I have a lot of nice sized oak trees. I have pin, black, and chestnut. Every once in a while one of them puts out sprouts all over the trunk and starts looking like a green pillar. How do I keep that ...
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Why does my pepper plant have yellowing, drying and curling leaves?

One of my pepper plants has so far suffered from pests, blossom end rot and odd skin blemishes. Unfortunately, the plant is now taking a turn for the worse and looking rather unhealthy. The leaves ...
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What are these red spots on the leaves of my boysenberry plant?

Previously, I had issues with the sun scorching the leaves of my berry plants. Now that the heat has cooled down, those leaves are back to normal. However, a lot of the leaves on my boysenberry plant ...
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What is this discolouration of the skin of my pepper?

One of my peppers is showing some strange discolouration of its skin. You cannot feel that it's there, so presumably this is underneath the outermost membrane of the fruit. As far as I can tell there ...
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Cherry sapling has wilted leaves, dried trunk; is it dying?

I've posted earlier about my diseased cherry seedling. Since then, all the leaves have wilted and curled to some amount and the trunk of the seedling itself looks like a dried stick. Is this ...
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Why does my English walnut lose its leaves early?

I have an English walnut sapling that grows vigorously all summer, but at the beginning of Fall the leaves dry up and fall. It has been two years now. Is that a problem with the tree?
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What could be the cause of death for my carnivorous plants?

In the past year I've had a venus flytrap and two sundews that each arrived healthy, flourished (and ate!) for a month or two, and then died (after which I tried again and bought a new one!). They all ...
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Why is my hosta shrinking?

I have a blue giant hosta. It is in fertile soil and gets plenty of water. I had been dividing it every few years but lately it has started to shrink. I don't want to lose it. How can I get it back? ...
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Why does my sinningia have yellow spots?

Click below images to enlarge... This is probably Sinningia Ozark Coral Freckles. I put it in a aquarium with artificial light on from 8:00am to 0:00am. The distance to light is about 20cm. The ...
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Why are the leaves of my pea plant (little marvel) drying up and turning brown?

The pea plant (Pisum sativum) was grown in an ebb & flow hydroponics system until it failed; now it's in a deep water culture unit. I noticed that the leaves were turning brown/grey. I thought ...
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Why are my apples rotting on the tree?

I recently bought a home that has an apple tree in the backyard. I don't know much about apples (or gardening in general for that matter) and I need help with a couple of things. I'd like some help ...
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What is this anomalous growth on my oak leaf?

I found an interesting lesion on an oak leaf in my back yard (Upstate South Carolina). What is it? I am asking about the marble like structure since I am fairly certain that the larva (shown at link) ...
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Why are my carrots white in the center?

We harvested all of the remaining carrots in our garden, and to our surprise a large number of them are white or bright yellow in the center, rather than being orange all the way through. The white ...
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What are these blemishes on the skin of my bell peppers?

I've noticed the following on two of my oldest bell-peppers, also called capsicum (the third pepper of that "batch" had almost finished going red and ripening instead): It's not "on" the surface - ...
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What is this house plant with bright pink flowers and dark green leaves? How should I take care of it?

I bought this plant from a home repair store 3 days back, but I don't know what it is. Now it seems that its decaying. What is this plant and what do I need to do to take care of it?
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Cherry sapling has orange dots on its leaves and the tips are wilting. What could be wrong?

I recently planted a cherry tree sapling about two weeks ago. It's about a handspan high, and has four leaves. I noticed that it had orange spots on one of the leaves when I planted it. Click on ...
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Why has my mint plant gone all woody/sparse/stringy?

I grew my mint plant in a pot to contain the roots, and that has worked well for 3-4 months. However, the plant is not really producing fresh leaves now. Is there anything I can do?
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Why are my peach leaves turning orange?

During summer, the leaves on my peach tree turn an orange-green shade. Is this normal? Is this a response to heat stress, drought, or something else (e.g. mineral deficiency during high heat ...
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Why did my orange bell pepper smell of ammonia?

A week ago I harvested an orange Bell pepper from my garden. It was still halfway green, so I put it on our kitchen counter to ripen. When I finally cut it open for a salad after a week of ripening, ...
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How do I prevent my berry leaves from getting scorched in the sun?

Raspberries are plants that require good exposure to sun. However, my black-raspberry plant has been getting scorched of late. Typical signs of sun-scorching are when the older leaves start drying out ...
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Why did my jalapeños turn black?

Last year I grew jalapeños. The fruits were tiny, but I was able to harvest a few handfuls. I noticed that many of them started to turn black on the plant. They were still edible, and they weren't ...
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What causes black spots on my apples?

I've got an apple tree in the garden which has produced a good crop, but most of the apples are covered in black spots: What is this? It seems to be some sort of fungus, but what's the best way to ...
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My indoor plant has an orange mold-like substance growing on it and has tiny white bugs. How can I remove it?

I have my very first plant in my cube and it seems to be doing just fine. However, there is an orange mold-like substance growing on the top of the soil, and I can see a few tiny white bugs crawling ...
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What is the cause of the dead spots in my lilac bush?

Last year, we built a home and got a Lilac as part of our landscaping package. The landscaping was planted in August, so it's almost made it a full year now. In June, we started to see dead spots ...
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What is this brown, shell-like thing growing on the stalk of my avocado plant?

Could you please help identifying this brown shell-like thing growing on the stalk of my avocado plant? There are several of these. It looks like a little shell (with the appearance of a ...
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How do I encourage morning glories to bloom?

I know that many of you will find this unbelievable -- but my morning glories did not bloom this year. For those of you that live where morning glories are a perenial that borders on "weed" this ...
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What's growing on my tomatoes?

My tomato plants are covered with tiny, pill-like growths on their stems, pictured below. They're about 1mm wide and 3-4mm long, and they're widespread on both stems and branches. I'm also getting an ...
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My flat leaf parsley has stunted growth and pale red leaves. What could be wrong?

My flat leaf parsley is not looking very healthy; the growth seems stunted, and the leaves are starting to turn a pale red. What should I do to revive it?
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Holes on bottom side of tomato [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cracks on Bottom Side of Tomato This may be related to my prior question about cracks on the bottom side of tomatoes. A few plants I'm growing have appeared with holes ...
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How to stop my courgettes (zucchini) rotting?

I've tried growing courgettes (zucchini) for the first time this year and the plants have been delightfully easy to grow. (For reference, I'm in NE England, UK, btw.) However, many of the fruits ...
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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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Why is an indoor pepper plant flowering but not producing fruit?

One of my pepper plants has started to flower, and the petals are falling off to reveal a pepper growing from that stem - well, at least the first two have, and the other flowers seem to be bulging ...
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Is my lemon tree dying?

I'm on my 2nd lemon tree. I live in Melbourne, Australia and lemon trees are the norm around here. I suspect my first one died as it outgrew its pot, which was half the size of this one. I'm ...
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Why is my pepper plant dying?

I planted a capsicum/pepper plant about 5 months back and it's been growing well and producing a few fruits. I live in Melbourne, Australia and it's now Winter, and the plant now has lots of fruit, ...
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Japanese box hedge failing to thrive. What to do?

I have a Japanese box hedge which is not exactly dying, but is definitely failing to thrive. When I moved in (5 years ago) it was looking much better. So it's not about the location, but that the ...
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Why are my pumpkins dying? Is it the heat?

I'm getting plenty of flowers, and about half of them produce a tiny little pumpkin. However, after only a couple of days, the pumpkins begin to turn black and shrivel up. It is 104-degrees during ...
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A few leaves on my peppers are showing multiple small holes, should I be worried?

I've noticed that a small number of the leaves on my pepper plants are showing several tiny holes through their surface. These are focused towards the stem of the leaf, and not so much towards the ...
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What could be causing rot to appear on the skin of my bell peppers?

I have a set of four bell pepper plants that I am growing in 12" containers in my backyard. They've been growing alright until the fruits on the plants have started to develop what appears to be a rot ...
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Why aren't my gooseberries thriving?

I bought some gooseberries and planted them in some self-watering containers. They did well for a few weeks but now one has lost all of its leaves and the other is losing some leaves, while other ...
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Insect infestation on my pepper plant, what do I do?

I have spotted that one - and only one - of my peppers plants has a number of small black flies of some type hanging around the soil. And while writing this I've just spotted that one (and only one!) ...
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What is my citrus deficiency, based on leaf appearance? And how to treat?

In the images of my citrus below, you can see the leaves are paling towards the edges. What is the deficiency and how can I fix it? The soil is clay-dominated with some sand and coloured red, ...
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How can I revive wilted water basil plants?

I bought these basil plants from the store. They looked a little droopy and wilting. They came with several bunches and they were half off and discounted because they've been there in the store so ...
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How do I get rid of this white stuff on my pumpkin leaves?

The leaves on my pumpkin plants have what looks like a white mold growing on them. What is this? If it is harmful, how do I treat it?
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Schefflera arboricola - where to place it? Too much water?

I have a Schefflera Arboricola (also known as Strahlenaralie). I've placed it in my office so that it receives some sunshine, but not directly - I've put it behind a plastic plant (on the right on the ...