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How should a lemon tree with yellowing leaves, peeling bark, and small fruit be saved?

Our lovely lemon tree is in trouble... We live in Northern California. Starting mid-last summer our tree began yellowing. We've called an arborist out to the house but the advice has been pretty ...
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Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
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Would spinach seeds not sprout because they are planted too low in the pot?

So, again being a newb as I am... I planted some spinach seeds in these black plastic pots that I transplanted other plants from. There is a good 3 inches of height in the planter with no soil. It's ...
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What are these small black things appearing on my cucumber leaves, and are they harmful?

There are these little black things on my cucumber plants that have started appearing recently. They are more concentrated towards the 'top' of the plant. They don't seem to be eating away the leaves ...
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What causes cucumber leaves to turn yellow, brown, wilt, die, and the plants to stop producing?

Every year it seems my cukes will go gang busters then suddenly the leaves turn yellow (starting with yellow spots), then turn brown, wilt and slowly die off. This all happens from the root crown and ...
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Why did the leaves on my Plumeria alba develop black spots and fall off?

I got a small Plumeria alba tree in my office, right next to a very sunny window. At first it was growing brand new leaves and looked great. Over time the leaves got black dots and fell off and the ...
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How can I prevent my arborvitae trees from turning brown and dying every time I plant them? [duplicate]

I have replaced these Arborvitae trees 4 times. They keep turning brown. I cut out parts of the trees behind them, so they would get more sunlight. I Am watering them. Could it be a fungus? How can I ...
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Are my Emerald Arborvitaes recoverable?

I bought 31 thujas a couple of months ago and some of them are really struggling. I installed a drip line a week ago, but am wondering if these trees are completely dead. Here's a bunch of pics: ...
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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 do many of my parsley leaves have white tips?

I'm not sure if this is normal? Not every leaf has this but lots of them do
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Why does my Goji Berry produce many flowers but never bear fruit?

I have a 4 foot tall Goji Berry plant that has been prolifically producing flowers all year long. None of the flowers ever become fruit. I've witnessed hummingbirds poke into each flower because they ...
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What is this white substance growing on a kumquat tree?

I've had a kumquat tree on two different balconies for about three years. It's put out a few kumquats over the years, and lately started to again. Recently I noticed this white substance growing on ...
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What are these reddish-brown growths on my succulent plant?

I recently discovered upon close examination of these strange, small, brown-reddish growths on the stems of my plant (picture below). This was a recent occurrence, after I placed the plant on the ...
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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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Why do the tips of my lettuce leaves look dark/burnt and feel brittle?

I am growing Batavian 'Arianna' lettuce in a container on my balcony. I'm in San Francisco, so it gets some sun, but it's not all day, and it gets a lot of shade too. I noticed that the tips of some ...
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What are these brown patches on my 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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What's causing my cucumber & melon vines to wither away?

I am in the UK and my cucumber and melon plants have started wilting. I used to water them twice a week and increased the frequency to once every two days since they started fruiting. They were ...
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Why aren't my potted herbs healthy, and water runs dark out of the parsley container?

I am growing spearmint and flat-leaved parsley in two 10” round containers. I water the plants a couple of times a week, and every 2 weeks or so water them thoroughly until the water drains out the ...
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What's wrong with my dwarf cherry tree's leaves?

I'm starting to see holes and some black spots on some leaves. Anyone know what this is and how I can treat this?
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Why doesn't my night-blooming Cereus produce flowers?

I have had a night-blooming Cereus for several years and it has yet to bloom. A friend has one and it blooms no problem. This plant is indoors and keeps growing, but no blooms. What can I do to make ...
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Why is my new Acer tree dying?

I recently bought a small red Acer and moved it into a more permanent pot. It's about 2 1/2 feet tall and since I've moved it, the leaves have have started to brown and shrivel like a dead leaf would ...
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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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What is causing the rotting/brown spots on my plum fruit?

I inherited a plum tree in my garden. I haven't yet been able to get a healthy looking plum from it. All the plums that turn to a ripe purple colour seem to have the following problem - Can anyone ...
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What are these lines on tomato leaves? [duplicate]

I have planted some tomatoes in my garden. The plants have started showing white lines as shown in the picture. Is this some disease? If yes, What kind of disease is this? Is it safe to eat tomatoes ...
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What is causing my lavender's leaves to turn grey and wizen?

I am trying to grow a lavender plant on the windowsill of my apartment in Brooklyn. I got this more succulent lavender after some more delicate french lavender had died on the same sill. This plant ...
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What is this dead light brown patch on my lawn, and how do I get rid of it?

I have a speckled, dry brown patch on my lawn that won't go away: I first noticed it a month or so ago while mowing the lawn, when it was isolated to a single area of several square feet. I figured ...
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Bugs eating my yellow bell pepper

For some reason my yellow bell pepper plant is dying very quickly. When I first got the plant it was thriving putting out peppers like no end. Now the branches are turning brown leaves falling off. ...
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Are woodlice eating my carrots?

I lifted some carrots this evening. It being December these are carrots which have been in the ground some time. They're big and fat, they need cleaning up and the damage needs cutting out, but ...
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Why are my lilacs dying and what can I do about it?

I have some large, old lilacs that seem to be dying. They start out great in the season, then leaves on individual branches start to get a variegated look, then curl, then brown, then finally die. I ...
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Why are my hydrangea flowers dying, but the leaves look OK?

I bought some Hydrangeas in pots in full flower. They were then left un-watered. They are now suffering from dead flowers but the leaves look OK. It is now August in North Yorkshire. Any ideas what I ...
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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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What are the scratch marks on the undersides of my tomato fruits?

I am seeing scratch like marks on bottoms of my tomatoes. What is causing this? Possibly chipmunks? I have tried eight solutions with no results.
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What is causing yellow spots with 'hair growth' on the underside of the leaves on my tree?

I've slowly been bringing this tree back from some devastating summers 5 years ago where several large branches died. I've been diligent about pruning and feeding. For lack of a better description, ...
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Why are my hibiscus buds & leaves randomly turning yellow and dropping off?

Besides the random yellowing and dropping off of leaves and buds, the plant is otherwise putting out new buds and flowers pretty well. What might be causing this? The plant is in partial shade ...
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What could cause brown spots on the leaves of a Song of India plant (Dracaena reflexa)?

As you can see in these pictures our Song of India (Dracaena reflexa) is having some problems. I say it is too much water, while my wife says not. What do you say? Click any photo for full size
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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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Are these bushes sun damaged?

I have two of these bushes -I'm not sure what they are, maybe somebody knows? It looks like they might be sun damaged. I know that there used to be a tree nearby that provided some shade, which makes ...
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What is causing curling leaves on my potted Rosy Glow barberry bushes?

I have a few Rosy Glow Barberries that I bought when they were little. I live in a very hot and humid area, so I put them under 60% shade cloth. Well, they turned green, so that told me that they ...
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What should I do when a courgette-plant's stem has split open?

I have one courgette plant in my bed and it seems to work well. We just had 2 super hot days (35 C) and I just saw the the stem (which has become really dark recently) has split open very close to ...
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My bean plants appear to have rust

They're a variety called 'yard long' I think. Could somebody confirm or let me know what else it could be? What's the best way to treat them? It has been a pretty wet spring. We're in zone 3/4. Oops ...
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Is my newly planted weeping willow in shock?

This spring, I planted a weeping willow tree (salix x) in my yard, in an attempt to help dry things out. I'd heard they love wet conditions, and can grow up to 8' a year. Well, it has been almost two ...
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Are my tomato plants damaged by a chemical or a disease?

Most of my tomato plants have started showing signs of what I think is Cucumber Mosaic Virus. I have shoestring, fernleaf, and curling leaves. They also have a leathery appearance. At first I thought ...
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What is the blossom strategy of chili peppers?

This is my first year growing chili peppers in pots. I would like to know if chili peppers blossom constantly during their fertile growing period, or do they blossom in "waves" all the time or ...
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Are my Salvia flowers dying?

I just dead headed all my salvias about a week ago and they aren't looking so good. Also, it's been raining like crazy the past week.. maybe this has something to do with it? The leaves are turning ...
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What's affecting this tomato plant? [duplicate]

Can anyone tell what's wrong with this tomato plant? Is it disease or deficiency? My areas been having issues with late blight the last few years. One spot seems to have a concentric circle around it ...
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Why are the blooms dropping off my zucchini without fruiting?

As you can see from the pictures the blooms look as if they just release themselves and leave the beheaded stalk. There doesn't seem to be any fruit growing at all. Is there something that I am doing ...
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Why has the stem of my chili plant split?

I have a couple of newish chili plants growing in pots on my windowsill, they're about 15cm or so tall and seemed to be doing well enough so far. However, this morning I've noticed that the stem at ...
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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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What is eating my Sweet Pepper plant?

I have an outdoor container garden in Southern Illinois. The pepper plant is on a raised level, surrounded by untouched tomatoes, carrots, spinach, onions, and squash. I have never seen anything like ...
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What is this fungus in my indoor snake plant's pot, and is it harmful?

I've had a snake plant growing indoors for about a year. Twice now in the last month I've had to remove some fungus that sprouted over the surface. The planter is located next to a patio door, which ...