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What food crops grow well in a hot/dry desert climate?

I live in Las Vegas, where year-round rainfall is very low, and summer temperatures can be very high. The humidity is very low, the sky is nearly always sunny, and spring and fall temperatures can ...
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What is this fast growing plant with blue/black berries?

In my garden a strange plant is growing at an incredible speed and I can't identify what kind it is. It broke through end of June and within two months it grew about 1.8-2.0m high. It now carries ...
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What are good shade-loving consumable plants for a high-rise windowsill?

At our office, we have a wonderful recreation area that gets a few hours of morning sun. The rest of the day the space is engulfed in generic flourescent light. I'm curious which herbs, vegetables ...
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What is a good choice for an edible fruit producing plant given a space of 20 ft x 3 ft?

There is a patch of lawn between the driveways of my neighbour and I of dimension ~5 ft x 20 ft. I would like to plant edible fruit producing plants in my half of this strip of dirt and not have it ...
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Is the fruit of passion vine edible?

The plant has small white flowers and dark fruits - almost black. Seems like a Passiflora subpeltata - but the fruit is very dark - not sure if they started out green as some sites described. I'm ...
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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 insect/disease causes lemons to look like a Cthulhu and how can this be prevented?

Earlier today, pictures of weirdly shaped lemons were shared on reddit. The top comment there says it is a case of citrus bud mites, which actually seems to make sense. My questions are: Is this ...
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Why are my limes taking a long time to ripen?

I have an indoor lime tree and it grew blooms and fruit for the first time (in seven years) this spring. I'm very excited. Now, it has 4 or 5 fruits on it and they've been on there since April or so. ...
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Storing apples - how do I improve my success rate?

Here's my apple store a few weeks after I put them into storage: As you can see, already quite a high failure rate. And even for the apples which still look sound as of today, are they still at ...
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What is this tiny strawberry-like fruit found in a Southern Illinois lawn?

I live in southern Illinois, and earlier today I noticed this small red fruit in my yard. It looks kind of like a strawberry, but it's the size of a small raspberry (about 1/4 inches in diameter). ...
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Understanding the flowering of strawberries

When I moved into my house last year I found a bed of (unmaintained) strawberries which despite that were fruiting quite well. This spring I cleaned up and dug out all of them and removed weeds. Then ...
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Is it possible to graft miracle fruit to a rootstock that tolerates alkaline soil?

I am interested in purchasing a miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) plant and would love to plant it in the ground. However, one of the main issues is that miracle fruit likes extremely acidic ...
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Where can I find a fruits and vegetables planting schedule for Southern Oregon?

I'm just getting started on my first vegetable garden so forgive the noobie questions. I live in Southern Oregon and having a hard time finding a list of fruits and vegetables, and the correct time to ...
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Do strawberry runners start from age zero?

They say that strawberry plants don't produce good fruit as they become a few years old. Let's say a 5 year old strawberry plant starts a new plant via a runner. Does this runner have its biological ...
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Should I cull June-bearing strawberries for fall bearing?

This year some of my Gurney's Whopper strawberries, a June-bearing variety, produced a few berries in the fall. That might weaken the plants for next years crop. Will culling them for this be ...
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Desert Fruit - What are good varieties to grow in the desert?

I live in the desert and want to grow fruit in my garden but am concerned about the heat. I'm wondering what varieties the community would recommend I take a stab at when it begins to warm up?
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What is the difference between a melon and a squash?

When looking at either the fruit, or the plant of either, is there a specific characteristic, or set thereof, of either group that distinguishes one from the other? I am curious as to the ...
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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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If I plant strawberry plants in the fall, would I still need to pinch the flowers for the first year?

For strawberry plants, I know you're supposed to take the flowers off of them for the first year (pinch them) so that they focus on developing the plants rather than the fruits. Then the fruits ...
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What is this round neon-green fruit with a bumpy surface?

I have a vague recollection that this is called some kind of "apple" as a nickname. But I just couldn't retrieve the exact name from memory.
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Is the fruit from this plum blossom tree edible?

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I just recently bought a new house and in the backyard of this house there are 3 plum blossom trees (at least that's what I was told they were by the estate agent). The ...
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What is this mark that appears on my small green plums?

After the flowers fell the green plums started growing. As soon as they were 1/4" across, They began developing these little sunken black marks. I have been consistently spraying with fruit tree ...
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My live berry plants have been here a week. When do I put them in the ground?

I have raspberry and blackberry plants from Burpee that showed up here last week. Yesterday was the first day above freezing here in New Jersey (USA). There is still unmelted snow in my yard, and the ...
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Where can I find a “bee melon”?

My wife remembers a shrub(?) that grew in the Azores that was called a bee melon or Melão de abelha. She describes it as growing from a bush that produced small white flowers, and then a pale whitish ...
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What vine grows purple grapes which taste like lollipops?

When I was younger lots of people we knew had grape vines with grapes that tasted quite a lot like the grape lolly flavour. (I guess it's the grape they designed that flavour from.) They had purple ...
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Why do small fruit fall off chilli plants?

My chilli plants are flowering and producing fruit now. However, some of the very young fruit regularly fall off. They are not very big, probably no more than 2mm in diameter. But they definitely ...
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Why are my strawberry leaves turning yellow?

About a week ago I planted a strawberry plant. New leaves are growing fine but the old big leaves are turning yellow. I don't know what the problem is.
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Is there an enzyme/compound I can use to quickly rot fallen fruit?

I have two crabapple trees that drop crabapples down every year. They get awfully gooey and sticky and make walking through my yard barefoot a terrible ordeal. Is there some sort of enzyme or chemical ...
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Best practices to grow haskap bush: Lonicera caerulea edulis

This honeysuckle with edible fruit is being sold by retailers in my area as the new best thing. After researching them I planted three varieties to get good cross pollination. What experience ...
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How can I save seeds from strawberries?

I'm interested in knowing how to save the seeds of the common strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa. At which point in the ripening of the fruit are strawberry seeds ready to be harvested, and how are they ...
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Can blueberries be grown in a raised garden bed?

I am thinking of putting in a raised garden bed in our back yard here in south-west Florida. The soil here is rocky and sandy, and I've been told by more than one person that some things don't grow so ...
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Does it matter if I cull the flower or fruit for higher fruit quality?

I have a tropical Century Guava that will soon be putting out dozens of flowers. I would like the resulting fruit to be bigger, so I need to do some culling. Will the final fruit quality differ if I ...
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Are large strawberries supposed to be fan-shaped?

My new Gurney's Whopper strawberries are growing large as advertised, but are an odd fan shape. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong? I have here a picture of Gurney's Whopper strawberries ...
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Easy trees from common fruit/vegetable seeds

It's pretty easy to grow an avocado from the pit. Are there any other trees/plants that can be grown relatively easily from common household fruits or vegetables?
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When is the best time to harvest my persimmons?

After 8 years, I finally got my persimmon to grow 13 big fruits this year. They started to turn yellow and are pretty hard to touch. My leaves are mostly green. When is the best time to harvest the ...
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How do I eliminate tomato cracking?

Over the years of planting tomatoes I have had a problem with a lot of the fruit cracking. I need some advice as to how to eliminate that.
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Is it a good idea to plant blueberries in July in USDA hardiness zone 7b?

I'm wanting to plant a blueberry bush now so hopefully It'll be established by next spring. I don't know if it's good to plant them in July. I'm in zone 7 (Northern Mississippi). Does anyone know if ...
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How to prevent raspberries from shriveling before they've matured?

I have a 5 foot tall Fall Gold Raspberry plant. I bought it as a 4 foot plant from the local nursery earlier this year. It has been producing quite a lot of berries. There are perhaps 20 growing on ...
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What rose would be best for hip production?

I am looking for a rose that produces a good crop of large hips. It has to be winter hardy and relatively carefree , but I will be able to prune, mulch, and, water it. It also will have to be disease ...
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What Other Type Berries are growing with my Blackberries?

I am shocked to say the least. I was outdoors last night weeding my flowerbeds and some shrubs and I noticed the strangest thing. Our blackberry plants had something I'd never in my life seen. It's ...
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Why are blackberry plants typically named for Native American tribes?

Whenever I see blackberry plants for sale, it always seem like they're named for a native American tribe. There's Navaho, Apache, Arapaho, Kiowa, this only ones I know of that don't follow this trend ...
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What should I do with unharvested berries on my loganberry plant?

I've inherited a loganberry bush, and failed to harvest a crop of berries before they shriveled up. What should I do now? Is there any benefit in picking them anyway? Would that encourage a new crop? ...
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How can I stop my Ficus from dropping small pea-sized fruit?

My 30 year old, 20 foot tall outdoor Ficus drops fruit or seeds (pea size tan nut-like balls) in the summer. Is there any way to stop the production of these messy balls?
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How long after full coloring do I harvest grapes?

I always harvested our juice grapes (concord) soon after full coloring, but I recently met someone who leaves theirs on until they begin to soften, many weeks later. Is there a certain time to ...
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Repotting a cactus after flowering but before fruits

It is generally advised against repotting a cactus while it has buds or flowers on it. My Mammillaria prolifera has just finished flowering and it really needs repotting. But since it's a self-fertile ...
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What vegetable/fruits plants will rabbits not eat?

I have an area for a few raised beds were it would be impractical to secure against rabbits. What can I plant there that they won't be interested in? I'm assuming they won't eat any berry types, but ...
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What was this large yellow-green fruit I ate in Ethiopia?

This summer I was eating a strange type of fruit in Ethiopia and I'm still curious to know what it actually was. The taste is similar to citrus fruits (little bit acid like a lemon and bitter like a ...
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Tomato stems mysteriously cut above the fruit

I have good healthy plants with no signs of (obvious) trouble. Fruits are forming, but some fruits on some plants, and there quite a few of them, are mysteriously cut. I don't see similar damage ...
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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 breed/variety of grapes can be easily grown in the Philippines?

Philippines is a tropical country with rain evenly distributed throughout the year. Many people don't believe that grapes grow in our country but we have one. We have prunes, idk if that's still a ...