The reproductive organs of most garden plants.

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Is there any reason not to add commercially produced flowers to compost?

Is there any reason to avoid putting flowers purchased from the florist in compost? The flowers were gifts but are now wilting. Would florists or growers use anything on the flowers to preserve them ...
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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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How can I control/remove unwanted grass in flower beds?

I have a flower bed with some ground cover, daffodils, tulips and a few shrubs. Lately grass has been growing pretty much everywhere, including through the ground cover. I tried an herbicide called ...
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How should I treat a frangipani?

I've just potted a frangipani cutting given to me by a friend and since it's not in it's natural climate, I'm wondering what conditions it will thrive in? If it matters, I live in a temperate zone. ...
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What are some good companion veggies/flowers/herbs to scare off beetles?

I've had the biggest problems with Asian Stink Bugs (an invasive species that is terrorizing the Midatlantic USA region) and Asparagus Beetles. Oddly enough the asparagus beetles (right pic) are ...
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How do I change the color of my hydrangea flowers?

So, I've heard that people sometimes mix a bit of lemon juice in when they water blue hydrangeas, they say it keeps them blue if the soil is lacking in acid. I was wondering, I have a pink indoor ...
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What are some quick growing, flowering, climbing/vine plants that can be grown from a container garden (USDA zone 6)? What is a good time to start?

My main gardening space is a paved area in front of my house surrounded by a white picket fence. I planted a few vegetable and herb seeds in containers there this summer, and from seeing the ...
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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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How can I kill or remove insects from cut flowers that I bring inside?

When I cut flowers (typically daylilies) from my garden and bring them inside, I often find I am treated to a barrage of flies over the next few days. I'm going to guess that there are maggot larvae ...
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Is it OK to plant Daffodils on a forest floor?

I'd like to plant Daffodil bulbs in a forested area visible from a kitchen window. The area in question belongs to the homeowner, has no understory (deer browse) or early season ground cover, and is ...
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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 insect eats petals and what can I do to kill it?

My geraniums loved being outside the front window of my house. They've been thriving there for over two months now and I thought I'd finally found a winner (it's too hot for pansies and other daintier ...
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Why did the stem suddenly weaken in my oriental poppy?

I have an oriental poppy 'Patty's Plum' growing in new potting compost in a pot with good drainage. It sits in full sun, and I water it as needed in the recent dry weather. I purchased it from a ...
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Keeping goats from eating my plants

I have a couple of goats I like to let run around my yard, problem is I have a few flowering plants out there too. The goats seem to target these heavily, I was wondering if there was some way to keep ...
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How do I keep my balcony flowers hydrated while I'm away?

Seeing this indoor question made me look for an outdoor version of the same but found nothing, so here goes: We've got a balcony with a very large planter on the outside in which we have planted some ...
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Does Dawn dishwashing detergent kill plants (shrubs & flowers)?

Yesterday I was talking to my neighbor, and he was telling me he was cleaning the trim on his house with Dawn (dishwashing detergent used in the US) mixed in water. I thought I read somewhere that ...
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Are there any annuals I can sow this late in the year (end of June)?

Are there any flowering annuals I can still sow in the second half of June? I've just transplanted out some marigolds that I threw into seed compost in the Spring and basically neglected in a corner ...
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What is this yellow flower?

This yellow flower was growing in my yard in St Petersburg, Florida. It did not survive my xeriscaping.
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What flowering bulbs grow well in an air conditioned office environment?

I want to grow some bulbs in my office. I have windows facing east, west, and north-east. The office is air conditioned, but not humid. What flowering bulbs can I plant, that will grow well under ...
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Can I encourage my roses to produce more flowers and fewer long stems?

I have standard roses. As the weather warms, and after feeding with commerically purchased rotted chicken manure they are growing very, very fast. Is there a way I can get them to produce more ...
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Is it possible to keep peonies standing upright?

My peonies quickly drooped over and became quite unattractive. Is there a way to keep them upright? I'm not thrilled about the idea of putting in stakes for each plant if that's my only option.
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What type of plant is this? It looks like Chamomile

I'm thinking it could be Chamomile, but I'm not quite sure. This was found in Washington. Any ideas?
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What is the name of this plant with 5-petaled pink flowers?

What is the name of this plant? For what it is worth, the image is from a China tour website. I am not sure if it is also popular in America.
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Any suggestions on how to control clover and grass in a flowerbed?

I have an out of control clover infestation in my flower bed, but every time I dig out a batch of clover, it just springs back up within a month. The native grasses also seems to love the flowerbed. ...
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How I can persuade an olive tree to flower?

I have an olive tree that was a mail order gift about four years ago. Unusually for mail-order florist "living plant" deliveries, this one has survived more than a few months! It came with two olives ...
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Should I fertilize my tulips in the spring?

I planted some tulip bulbs outside last fall for the first time. We had a week of warm weather last week and they're coming up nicely. Is there anything I should do to ensure a nice bloom? More ...
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Will over spray from Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max kill my flowers?

I was spraying some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max on my lawn, and some of the mist/over-spray got in and around my flower bed (on flowers). Are my flowers doomed, or is there still hope that they will live ...
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What are the most fragrant non-double peonies?

Old-fashioned peonies are among my favorite perennials, easy to grow, spectacular in flower and awesomely fragrant. The old fully double varieties, however, have a serious weakness: a single rain ...
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What is this small white flower, sprouting out of a single large leaf?

I recently found this flower on a north facing, shady bank in woodland (UK) with sandy soil. I've never seen anything like it before, a small, white flower sprouting out of a single, large leaf. What ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have a big blue liriope (Liriope muscari) in my yard, and the flowers have changed to berries. I imagine the normal propagation method is to split the adult plant after it grows large enough, but if ...
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What is this pink flowering alpine shrub?

What's the name of this plant and where can one find it? The picture is taken in the Austrian Alps in maybe 2500m. Click image for full size
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What is this tall plant with large leaves and long bunches of soft pink flowers?

Please can you help me identify this plant. The flowers are soft to touch.
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What's this plant with long pink hanging blossoms?

In my garden I have a small bed of flowers pictured below. I don't know what the plant is, so I don't know whether I can move it or not. The blossoms are long, pink, hang down and almost touch the ...
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Is bottom heat important for successful germination of flower seeds?

While doing research for my answer to this question, I learned that bottom heat, the recommended source being a propagation mat, is essential for successful germination of tree and shrub seeds. Is ...
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What is this flower with five mottled green petals that are fused together?

Does anybody know what this is? My colleague photographed it. It seems to be some kind of orchid. The owner said it was an "umbrella plant." The flower is in a pot, 30 cm high, flowers about 3 x 2 ...
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What is this flower that smells like a skunk?

This has been blooming in the sun in my yard in Massachusetts for the past two weeks. We've only lived here since last spring and since I didn't plant it, I'm guessing it's a perennial. What's ...
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Can someone help identify these two groundcover plants?

I am trying to identify the purple flowers (and the groundcover plant that they grow from.) The light green leaves on the left of the photo are NOT the same plant. Those leaves are the same as the ...
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What is this plant, which has a spreading root system and purple, crinkled petunia-like flowers?

Click to enlarge This is a hardy perennial that grows up to 5' tall. It has a spreading root system and purple, crinkled petunia-like flowers. What is it?
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What kind of flowering tree is this?

These flowering trees are found in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Can anyone identify what they are?
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Identify this seed pod

We got a bouquet of cut flowers from someone attending a party we were hosting. It included this thing which I assume is a seed pod of some sorts. It feels sort of like a baloon in that it is ...
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How do you grow a Lotus flower from seed?

I have a Lotus flower seed and have kept it in water for the last 5 or 6 days. I saw that it has started to open up. What should I do next? EDIT I saw on the paper packaging that it is called ...
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Can I force Sedum spectabile 'Neon' to rebloom?

I grew some Sedum spectabile 'Neon' and it flowered very well, but the flowers do not last very long. I would like to extend the flowering period. I noticed a scattering of rebloom, but it was not ...
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How can I stop paperwhite bulbs from developing mold when forcing them inside?

I recently planted a few paperwhite bulbs in river rock with water. They've started to root and sprout, but I noticed one of them is developing mold. What's the best way to fix this problem? Should I ...
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Do wild asters cross with domestic ones?

I would like to save seeds from my double lavender asters, I would like them to be pure, but I do not know if they will pollinate with wild ones. The nearest wild patch is about 100' from the plant. ...
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Are these lilacs/something else?

These started showing up in my backyard this year, I believe they migrated over from my neighbor's yard. Are they lilacs, or are they something else? This picture was taken in mid-May in Saginaw, ...
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What is the name of symmetrical, orange/red flower?

I saw this beautiful flower on flickr: Could someone please let me know the name of this flower?
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Is there a creeping plant that will absorb pollen, dust and pollutants?

I live in an apartment on the 10th floor & facing a major road. As a result fine dust and pollen make their way into my bedroom easily at night when I keep the window open. I have allergic ...
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Why aren't my new echinaceas true perennials?

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of my favorite flowers; it's easy to grow, cheap, spreads quickly (giving me lots of new plants to spread around) and looks good over a long season (I ...
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Why are my zucchini flowers closed?

Wondering why my zucchini flowers are closed? Should they be open? I know some flowers close at night and open during the day, however my flowers seem to be closed all the time.
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What should I do to encourage my Hyacinth to flower again?

I bought a hyacinth plant which bloomed and then the flowers died. So once the flowers have died but the greenery still looks fine, is there anything I can do to coax more flowers out of the plant?