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How to prevent avocado from drying out indoors?

I have an avocado plant that has grown indoors since it was a pit. It grew first in a badly insulated, north-facing, wet and cool house, where it grew splendidly. After I moved it to a well insulated ...
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Can aloe be grown indoors with artificial light?

I came across a very beautiful aloe in a shop a few days ago, which I would like to plant in my office next to my computer. However, there is no natural light (sunlight) and only fluorescent light, ...
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How do I grow a usable vegetable garden indoors?

I'm from a very rural area and love to garden, however, for work I just moved into an apartment in the city. I miss being able to grow vegetables and so I attempted to start some leaf lettuce indoors, ...
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What are some low maintenance plant choices for apartment (indoor) living?

I'm not an expert on plants, but would like to add some plant life to my apartment. I'm looking for good choices that: don't require direct sunlight require minimal watering survive for at least a ...
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Can I save my damaged Aloe vera plant?

I had an Aloe plant that had grown to about 10" tall, in the shape of a miniature Christmas tree. It was potted in a small 8" pot with two other succulents. Last night our cats broke the plant from ...
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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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What are some herbs and spices that are easy to grow indoors?

I currently grow Rosemary on my windowsill. What are some other herbs and spices that are easy to grow (and useful)? I live in South Carolina, USA. Plants are indoors = 65-75F all year.
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Can plants have too much light, or do they need night/rest?

Because we live in southern Canada, in the late fall, my mother likes to take as much of her garden indoors as she can fit, for the winter. She usually brings in her potted palms, a few flowers, at ...
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Is there anything wrong with allowing moss to grow around herbs?

I've started up a pot of Basil sprouts indoors under a lamp, and it seems like some moss is beginning to grow around them. Is there anything wrong with having moss in the same pot? Any problems with ...
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How do I grow bamboo plants indoors?

Doesn't this plant have root rotting property? I tried to grow this in my home which had the tubelight burning only for 6 hours at night. And at the rest of the time it is a shady place. We used to ...
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What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?

Can ANY plant with green foliage survive in a sealed office environment with fluoroscent lighting from 8am to 5:30pm and air conditioning set at 20 C? For the remaining time, there is basically zero ...
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What do the numbers in the names of indoor liquid fertilizers mean?

I went to pick up some liquid fertilizer for the plant I keep at work and I saw several varieties : Liquid Growth Indoor Plant 4-12-9 Food; All Purpose Liquid Concentrate Plant Food 12-4-8 with ...
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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 type of potting soil is most suitable for indoor herbs?

I've tried a few times to grow potted herbs in my apartment with varying success, and I suspect it is related to the potting soil. I have basil and rosemary that are thriving in pots filled with ...
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Is it worth keeping indoor pepper plants alive over the winter?

It's not quite time yet1, but I'm wondering if it will be worthwhile keeping my indoor peppers plants alive over the winter. What I've stumbled across so far seems to indicate they will probably just ...
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What is happening to my chilli plant? How can I help it?

Some white spots appeared recently on my Twilight chilli plant (indoors), on some leaves brown spots start appearing in the middle. First I thought - aphids, but it doesn't quite look like insects. Or ...
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How to prevent my Ficus plant from growing new branches low?

I have a Ficus plant that I bought some time ago. After a while, all of its leaves fell off (I think this might have been due to too much fertilizer). Now it seems to be recovering, however, instead ...
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Can I use “distilled” water to water plants?

My apartment is very humid, and I regularly use a dehumidifier. Is it OK to use the resulting water to water my indoor plants? Since it's basically distilled water it does lack minerals. I usually use ...
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What are some tips on growing plants indoors with cats?

I have to grow my plants indoors because it does get cold enough in Dallas sometimes that frost may occur or even snow. However, we have a small household cat. She has bit our bamboo plant leaves in ...
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What is this plant with red-pink lines/veins on its big green rounded leaves?

My mother bought this plant but she didn't bother to even ask what was its name and what type of care does it need. Can any of you identify it, so that we can find info about the proper care it should ...
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Is it too late to pinch back my avocado plant?

I'm growing an avocado plant from the pit (started with the toothpicks and glass method). Unfortunately I was out of town when it hit its growth spurt and therefore was not there to pinch back the ...
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How long will my basil plants live inside?

I have 2 basil plants that are in 8 inch diam. pots. They were outside but were doing poorly so around the middle of the summer I moved them inside. They are now thriving! I generally harvest a few ...
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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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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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What exactly is an outdoor bonsai?

I recently got a Brussels Boxwood Bonsai, 3 years old. And I have it placed indoors near an optimally sunlit area and apartment temperature is around 70 F.There seems to be a little bit of ...
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Is there a fruiting plant that can grow in an office environment?

In the office there is an abundance of fluorescent light and that's about it. The temperature stays around 70 ºF (21 ºC) I think. Could I grow a fruiting plant in these conditions? I may be able to ...
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Why does my pepper plant have yellowing, drying and curling leaves?

One of my pepper plants has so far suffered from pests, blossom end rot and odd skin blemishes and unfortunately the plant is now taking a turn for the worse and looking rather unhealthy. The leaves ...
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Is it safe to change the entire soil surrounding the roots?

Usually when you buy plants from the store, the soil type might not be suitable to them. Is it safe to change the soil completely? I mean to remove all the soil around most of the roots, then put it ...
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How can I grow barley grass indoors?

I watched this video where a man grows barley grass, then makes a juice from it. I'd like to grow my own barley grass indoors in pots, so temperature is probably an important factor. What else ...
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What are the disadvantages of having creepers or normal plants indoors?

I never had indoor plants before. Are there disadvantages to having indoor plants in a dusty environment? If the plant is a creeper, is there a way that I can clean its leaves? Probably by spraying ...
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What is this plant with a thick woody stem and waxy leaves?

I found this plant in the recycling room in my building and its taken quite well to its new home. But what is it?
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What is the best type of soil for growing an indoor avocado plant?

Do you know what is the best soil for an avocado plant? Would it vary depending on the breed? What would be a good recipe for this soil (for growing indoors)?
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

I have a phalaenopsis orchid at home. I have not done much to it in terms of taking care other than watering it. The base looks healthy but the top stem has dried up. What care do I need to take to ...
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Is it bad practice to leave dead roots in soil?

Is leaving them in there better or worse than taking them out? What about for indoor vs outdoor? Is it okay to leave roots in a pot you plan to re-use soil for? In my mind I am mostly considering ...
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How do I grow moss indoors?

I have started to grow moss indoors and am looking for more advice. I saw some information online, but I am hoping to clarify some points here. If I keep the moss in a closed jar then how do I ...
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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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How can I stop my herbs growing too tall?

I have been growing some herbs in my kitchen in individual pots and they have been growing quite successfully. However, certain herbs, like coriander, have grown to be quite tall, but not strong ...
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Why are the leaves of my pea plant (little marvel) drying up and turning brown?

The pea plant (Pisum sativum) was grown in an ebb & flow hydroponics system until it failed; now it's in a deep water culture unit. I noticed that the leaves were turning brown/grey. I thought ...
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Is there a dwarf nectarine tree that would be suitable for indoor/outdoor life?

I have an apartment in Brooklyn with a south-east facing deck. In the summer it gets a lot of light. Indoors, I also have lots of windows facing that direction. I'd like to get a nectarine tree ...
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Jade: Can I repot and/or take cuttings?

I've read other questions on this and other forums on Jade plants, and haven't quite found an answer. My Jade plant is 20 years old and about 3" in diameter at the base and 4' high. It seems to never ...
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What is this thin-stemmed plant with narrow leaves in an aquaponics bed in my greenhouse?

This plant grew from seed to about 2' high within 3 months. I'm sure it's not done growing. I have no clue what it could be, since I'm in the bad habit of sticking anything that looks like a seed ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

I haven't found anything stating that the plant dies off after producing fruit and it is my understanding that if I keep the environmental conditions correct, continue manual pollination, and add ...
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My indoor plant has an orange mold-like substance growing on it and has tiny white bugs. How can I remove it?

I have my very first plant in my cube and it seems to be doing just fine. However, there is an orange mold-like substance growing on the top of the soil, and I can see a few tiny white bugs crawling ...
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How do I protect the roots and adjust watering levels in a non-draining indoor pot?

The long, winding backstory: We have a rubber tree which has been in the same pot for ages. It has been moved twice, and in our new home we're still trying to find it a spot it likes. Recently, ...
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Is there such a thing as a specifically indoor only orange/citrus tree?

I obtained an orange tree a few months ago and it always seems to have a lot of problems. Curling leaves, yellow leaves and dying leaves. I am not looking for suggestions as to why I have problems ...
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How big a lemon tree can I grow indoors?

I recently (yesterday) received a lemon tree as a gift. It's a little more than two meters tall, and comes with a giant pot, maybe around 50 cm in diameter and height. I'm planning on growing it ...
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Indoor Garden Built - Now Little Flies!

We built this indoor "garden" in our office as a prank for one of our employees who was out for a stint. It was only meant to be temporary, however we have all grown a liking to it. We ended up ...
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How do I care for grapefruit seedlings?

I got two tiny grapefruit seedlings for free and I don't know how to care for them. They are in very small pots and all the care they are getting is watering. They are 2" tall. I don't live in the ...
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Tropical Plants Fruiting in Temperate Climates

I live in hardiness zone 4, where not much can survive the winter, but I have been able to grow many tropical plants by bringing them inside before the frost, or by keeping them in my office year ...
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Can an aloe plant that's completely rotten at the base be cured?

I had a potted aloe plant that looked like a set of leaves coming out of a single spot at ground level. One day it just fell apart - the leaves and the roots got completely rotten at ground level and ...