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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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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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What is causing brown spots on my Philodendron?

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 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 happening to my chili plants?

Okay, so 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 ...
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

I bought a Japanese painted fern several weeks ago. It was on the store's "reduced price" shelf, so it wasn't in perfect shape, but I figured I could try to nurse it back to health. So far, though, ...
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What should I do to prevent 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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What is causing yellow spots on my cucumber 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 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 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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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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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. Here are a few pictures for reference. I also think whatever's ...
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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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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 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 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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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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How do I get rid of pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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Why have my tomato leaves started yellowing at the base?

One of my tomato plants (Better Boys if that matters) has a few leaves that have started yellowing on the lower branches. Not sure if they aren't getting enough water, or if they are diseased or what. ...
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What is causing the leaves to develop brownish patches between the veins on my tomato plant?

My tomato plant's leaves are turning brown in some places (photo). Zoom in It seems to affect mostly older leaves, but not all of them, as you can see in the image. It starts with a few small brown ...
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My large pine tree is indenting at the bottom of the trunk

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?

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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Why does my mint have dry, brown or black leaves and stems that are falling over?

What do I do for an indoor mint plant with dry leaves and stems which are falling over? Some leaves are brown or black.
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All our garden plants appear to be dying

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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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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How should I care for this houseplant to prevent wilting?

Is anyone familiar on the name of this plant? I seem to have problems with it wilting during the day, with or without sunlight. I water this regularly during the day and started applying complete ...
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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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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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Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?

I have several large tree ferns that are dying. The leaves are turning brown, not one at a time, all together, and then dying. It seems to be spreading to other ferns in my yard. They have been here ...
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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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Why did my tulips die?

I planted three bulbs in a small vase, around 20 cm diameter, without a drainage hole. I planted them in November, outside under a roof, facing East, and watered them when the soil was dry. I'm in ...
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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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Why is the bark falling off the base of my Corkscrew Willow's trunk?

I have a corkscrew willow, and the bark appears to be falling off around the base of its trunk. It seems as if something could be causing it, but I'm not sure as I haven't see anything obvious. This ...
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Why won't my pepper grow?

For the past three years (since I started gardening) I've tried with no luck to grow peppers. Two years ago I was able to grow a few pepper plants (out of many) but the peppers did not get very big. ...
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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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What's destroying my recently laid Kikuya lawn?

About a month ago I had roll on Kikuya lawn planted. Since then the area has had a lot of rain and irrigation and everything seemed to be going okay until recently when portions started thinning out. ...
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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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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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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 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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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.