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Why do people say perennial food crops only produce for a few years?

When reading about plants I've heard that plants only produce for a few years, then die. Why can't they produce for as long as they're healthy?
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What's the fastest growing shade tree?

I've heard there are many fast growing trees. Can anyone tell me the fastest growing one suitable as a shade tree near a house? I bought a new house and need a super fast growing tree. I love maples. ...
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Why are the tips of my hardneck garlic plants dying?

I've noticed that the tips of my hard neck garlic leaves are dying, and was wondering if this is normal, or not, because the flower stalk hasn't come up yet. What am I doing wrong/right? What ...
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What makes sunchokes bumpy?

I've noticed that sunchokes are often bumpy. Does anyone know why sunchokes are bumpy? Do they fuse together, or do they just grow like that?
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Cutting back Avocado trees

I am growing an Avocado tree. I was told that the tree needs to be cut back. However, I am afraid of damaging it. My question is whether cutting back is recommended and how do I do this without ...
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Will branches on my damaged apple tree grow farther apart from each other as it gets taller?

I have an apple tree that is developing a lot of branches close together after it lost half its height due to a deer attack. As the tree grows taller again, will the new branches eventually grow with ...
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Should you beat up garlic for production similar to how you would a tree?

I've heard that the professional orchards have people beat up their trees with newspapers, so I was wondering if I should beat up my garlic by taking tiny bits off the points of the garlic.
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Will the power of sunchoke ruin plastic?

I have some large PVC pipes near my sunchokes, so I was wondering if it's been known to damage PVC pipes.
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Growth rate of a Pecan tree?

We bought a pecan tree that is basically a 2' tall stick right now. It was planted in an opening with other trees and should get about 75% of available daylight. How many years would you think it ...
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Plants grow but not fruit

I'm an amateur gardener and I've tried growing sweet peas, yard long beans, cucumbers with no results. The plants grow but never bear fruit. The only thing that grows in my soil is tomatoes. Can ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

Is it important that the clove for garlic is pointed end up, or can it grow just as good on its side, and look a little funny?
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Harvest garlic year round?

I'm hoping that using a Popsicle tray I can freeze 6 cloves of garlic and once removed transplant them into an indoor garden. Would a fridge freezer be cold enough to trigger the budding process in ...
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Citrus plant with strong growth but yellowish/lime-green leaves

I know that (generally speaking) yellowish to lime-green leaves combined with slow/weak growth in a plant are an indication of inadequate nitrogen, and one must fertilize accordingly. However, does ...
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Weeping willow not growing

We have a small (about 5' tall) weeping willow tree we bought from a home improvement store. It was planted in our yard about 2 years ago. There have been a few new branches that have grown, plus the ...
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Why does the tree trunk grow in diameter?

Why does the tree trunk grow in diameter even though you cut the roots and tips of branches?
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What's the best way to care for and feed my strawberry plants?

Now that strawberry season is upon us, I wanted to be proactive to maximize the output of my 7-8 small strawberry plants. I have had these plants for 4 years now and the results have been mixed in ...
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What is 'Apical Dominance'?

When pruning trees, most notably conifers, you must be aware of a phenomenon known as 'apical dominance', when choosing your pruning technique, and selecting shoots for the permanent structure. What ...
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help! I broke my mango seedling's root

Ok, so my cousins had come over.sweet kids of 8 and 9. I was just showing them around my garden.And earlier in the day, we had some mangoes, and I had showed them how to take the seed out of the tough ...
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What are some of the fastest growing plant by mass?

There's a few questions on this site based around the fastest growing plant of a specific type (vegetable, tree etc.) but can anyone give me a list of the fastest growing plants by mass. To be clear I ...
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Can I make my Jade plant grow faster?

A year ago, my grandmother gave me a cutting from her jade plant and it has grown a little since that time. I repotted it about a week ago because the pot it was in was beginning to get too small. I ...
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What are the most important environmental conditions that affect vegetable production? [closed]

What do you feel are the most important environmental conditions that affect vegetable production in a greenhouse?
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Improving Maple growth?

I have grown maples 4 times. Every time it was 1 or more seeds from a sugar maple and the seeds were viable(I could feel the seed inside). First attempt: Planting time: March 21st 2010 Number of ...
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The mint plant I found is too tall, how should I prune it?

I found a mint plant in a friend's yard. It's very tall. There are three individual stalks. One is nearly two feet tall, the other two a bit under half that. The big one is fully flowered. The large ...
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Spreading existing bamboo patch deliberately

Would anyone know the trick to deliberately spreading an existing bamboo patch? Along my back fence a neighbors patch has spread into my yard and is providing a great natural privacy screen. So I'd ...
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Date palm just growing in height but not getting a trunk

I've been growing a date palm for about eight years now (time goes by fast...) and it works out pretty well. If I hold it up, the largest branch/leaf is about 2m (~6 feet) in height and it grows in ...
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What is the minimum amount of space needed to grow a poppy?

I live in an apartment in the city (located roughly central east-coast of US) and really miss my father's garden in the suburbs. As such, I have figured out a scheme for window boxes that has allowed ...
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Why are my radishes malformed?

The majority of the radishes I harvested were of this form - bent so that part grew parallel to the soil above the ground, with the stalk taking another 90 degree turn to return to vertical. What ...
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Why does my holiday cactus have a three cornered stem segment?

I noticed some new growth on my Schlumbergera, and when I looked at it, I found a three cornered stem segment. The segments are normally flat. with only two wings out from the stem. This segment has ...
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Do different cultivars of a species have different growing conditions?

I am a novice at growing plants and want to grow bulls blood beet to harvest as a micro green. I shall be doing this in a greenhouse, but I want to know if growing different cultivars(variaties? ) of ...
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Will my lupines grow back next year if I cut them to the ground?

Our lupines (also called lupin in the UK) were done flowering for the year and were harboring an aphid infestation, so I mowed them. Are the "stumps" likely to regrow next year or do the plants rely ...
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Can a healthy pecan tree grow from the root of one which was cut down?

I had a pecan tree, which was more than 20 years old. I cut it down because the trunk near the ground was partially rotted and the tree did not look healthy, though not dead. Now a new tree (about 3 ...
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Reputable source of learning greenhouse practices, specifically for microgreens?

I am allowed to use my school's greenhouse and have some space allotted to me. I want to start growing microgreens, but most of the videos and sources I read are always trying to "sell" me something. ...
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Ginkgo Biloba growth rate

For years I dream to plant a Ginkgo Biloba. And the other day I found two ones in a shop. The first one was really cheap, but really little with its head having been cut off... it was something like ...
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How to encourage weeping cherry to grow larger

I purchased my Mother two 'Weeping Cherry' trees this year. I've planted them out and they've actually shown a large amount of new growth. I've had new whips growing 2'+ off of them. The plants are ...
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Stems are kept in moist environment but soil insects keep growing in there

So, I am trying to grow some plants such as rose, and jasmine from stem but I keep running into the insects-in-the-soil problem. As you see in the picture, the plants grow some and then eventually ...
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What's the difference between corms, bulbs, and tubers?

Some plants, such as tulips, daffodils, and onions, grow from bulbs. Others, such as crocosmia, gladiolus, and taro, grow from corms. And then there are tuberous plants, such as potatoes, dahlias, and ...
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What is the name of this purple-flowered climbing plant?

I bought this plant today, it has purple flowers and it climbs. I forget to ask the seller about its name and I regret it! Any recommendation on how to care for this plant? Should I keep it in a ...
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Will my basil plant regrow without leaves?

I received a potted basil plant a bit over a year ago as thanks for some computer work. Not knowing how exactly to grow it, I kind of let it overgrow, including not nipping it in the bud at first. It ...
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White spots growing on small tree in UK garden

I've just noticed these white growths on a tree in my garden (UK). Does anybody know what it is, what I should do about it? I believe the tree us a Salix Integra Thanks for your help EDIT: ...
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Why aren't my young plants growing, even with proper nutrition?

The top picture is a gardenia plant I purchased back in February of this year. It looks healthy, and the leaves are all green, but for some odd reason, it remains the same height, and nothing much has ...
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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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Can electromagnetic fields from high tension wires affect a garden? [closed]

We can get plants (tomatoes, blueberries, grapes, etc.) to grow but they will not produce fruit. We have tried all kinds of soil. We have planted in the ground and in plant beds and in pots. we will ...
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What should I do with a watermelon plant that has flowered much too early?

I have several (trellised) watermelon plants that are about a foot tall by now. One of them, oddly enough, has flowers already. This is my first time trying to grow watermelons, but it seems like ...
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Is early June too late to transplant Rhubarb in USDA Zone 5?

Last year, I foolishly planted a rhubarb plant (zone 5) behind a Horseradish and a raised bed. It's getting shaded out. Is it too late to dig it up and put it in a sunnier spot? I've no expectation ...
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Why do my radishes have voids in them?

I forget the variety, but it is one of the oblong types. They taste great, much of the radish is solid as normal. But the centers have these voids (see photo). They are not from insects, and otherwise ...
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What has caused this strange growth on my euonymus?

We have an otherwise apparently healthy euonymus in our garden, but a couple of branches have gone very pale, wide and flat with tightly bunched stunted leaves on the end. What causes this and is it ...
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How can I straighten this crooked tree?

The landscapers left us with this tree which is growing crooked. The trunk is still pretty supple and you can straighten it manually, but it returns to being bent as soon as you let go of it. I ...
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Should my Gaillardia be emerging by now, in Zone 6?

I live in Massachusetts, Zone 6. Last July I bought a beautiful Gaillardia Arizona Sun. It bloomed all summer and into the fall. According to what I was told, as well as my online research, it's a ...
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Can you grow Baby's Breath very close to each other?

I was sprinkling some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila elegans) seeds on a planter and I was wondering if it's possible to grow all of them together even though they're very close instead of having to play a ...
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What books would be most useful as a reference for (vegetable) gardening?

There are a few main subjects such a book should cover, such as: the seasonal dependence of various plants (which can grow when, and when can one grow what), descriptions of the specific care ...