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How to eliminate fertilizer odor from home?

I live in a small apartment. A couple days ago I added Jobes fertilizer to several potted plants. My home now reeks of noxious pulverized bone meal. What can I do (short of removing the plants) to ...
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

I know the norm is to use rock phosphate or bone meal but I can't find rock phosphate in my area and it's expensive to ship because of the weight. I'm not able to use an animal product like bone or ...
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Pink Anthurium in apartment - leaves turning brown and dying

I've been keeping 3 plants of pink anthurium in my apartment - bought at different points of time from different shops, all plants initially healthy. All three however end up showing the same ...
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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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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 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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How much light is too much for a Maranta Red house plant?

I recently added a Maranta Red to a room with large "bubble" type skylights. It sits on top of a book case and with the position of the room it DOES get hit by direct sunlight for roughly 45 minutes a ...
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What is this tall potted plant with narrow leaves and braided bark at the base?

We recently inherited a new plant with no information about the species or location where it naturally grows. It looks like it has been regularly trimmed by the previous owner, and I'm not sure if ...
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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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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 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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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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Ropes as climbing support for English Ivy?

I intend to grow a foliage wall in my bedroom by using English Ivy. For convenience and aesthetics I'd prefer using ropes as support. But will it climb?
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Bought FRÖER growing sets from IKEA and the herbs are starting to grow. What do I have to pay attention to?

I'm very inexperienced with gardening and I got two growing sets from IKEA, this and this one for basil, parsley, peppermint, coriander, oregano and thyme. Most of them have begun to grow and it seems ...
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How can I regulate lettuce indoors so it doesn't bolt/flower?

Is there a science to regulating lettuce indoors in a way that prevents or minimizes bolting/flowering?
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What LED light should I choose for a specific PAR watt need?

I wish to design an LED lighting system suitable for growing plants in the absence of natural light. I do NOT wish to just buy available specialised horticultural LEDs - I want to build my own using ...
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Giant Sequoia Bonsai

I'm attempting to grow some Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Sequoia) from seedlings I received from a friend. I plan to bonsai them, since i don't really have the need or space for a 300ft tree. The ...
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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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Growing temperate and some tropical plants in an indoor 'winter garden' in Ireland

I am in the lucky position of building my own house in Southern Ireland and have have a 'winter garden' room which will have three tall walls of glazing with one side facing south. The roof is very ...
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Concerned about slow growth of my seedlings

I planted a number of vegetable seeds (zucchini, cucumber, peppers, kale, etc.) indoors in 1"x1" pods. They germinated quickly and well. Once the true leaves appeared, I moved them over to a 4"x4" ...
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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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How to replant bamboo/water based plants

I have had a bamboo for several years in this tiny glass pot. It has grown very much, but its time to move her to a bigger home. But how? the pot she was brought home in was large at the bottom and ...
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Should I leave an indoor areca palm in dense, thick soil, or change it to regular potting soil?

I am repotting my houseplants. When I took an areca palm out of the pot, I noticed that its roots are planted in what looks like loam. I can't identify it well, but it is very different from the ...
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Disease / pest identification

What could have caused the damage in some of the leafs of this pothos? Fungus? Drought? Pest? Factors: It appeared suddenly, at the end of winter time, beginning of spring It is an indoor plant, ...
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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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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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How to maintain indoor Polyscias fruticosa

I have a little plant of Polyscias fruticosa in my living-room. It is about 1 m tall and more then 10 years old. It is not exposed to direct light. Last year it started to look a bit painful and, ...
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How to care for/water Snake's Plant (Mother-In-Law Tongue Plant) indoor potted plant?

I have several indoor potted Snake's plants. One pot has several kinds of plants in it, and is reasonably large - probably 16" diameter. It is filled with Prayer plants, another plant (the name ...
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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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Can carnivorous plants grow well indoors?

I will be going to a nursery soon. If I find some carnivorous plants there, would it be wise and safe for the plant to keep them inside, even though I don't keep insects in the house for them to eat? ...
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Does my mint plant have web blight?

In the pot I see small lumps that look like rocks, but they crush like dirt. Additionally, there's fuzz on the main stem that looks like a spider's web. Finally (what a brown thumb I've got) there's ...
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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 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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Care for an indoor hyacinth after blooming

I have a hyacinth planted in a pot indoors. From what I have read, I should cut the stalk and let the leaves die naturally. So I cut the flower stalk but it seems now after about two months, the ...
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How much water do these hydroponic office plants need?

A large company near our office has moved to another building. We got the chance to take over some of their office furniture, including two pretty massive office plants. Click on pictures for full ...
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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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How much water should I give a mung bean each day?

I have a mung bean plant I'm growing in my home that's about 10 centimeters tall now. How much water should I be giving the plant each day in order for it to grow? I would like to know the amount in ...
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Is sunlight from my window enough to grow cherry tomato seedlings indoors?

It is my first time planting anything from seeds, and certainly my first time with cherry tomatoes. I've watched many tutorials and read many articles, so I have a fair knowledge about the subject. ...
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Can I grow a bay tree (Laurus nobilis) indoors?

I want to grow a bay tree for cooking purposes. Since it is not frost resistant I have to at least partially put the plant inside. Are lighting conditions without additional artificial light ...
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What would be the symptoms of a Song of India plant with too little water?

My Song of India (Dracaena reflexa) has brown spots but I certainly am NOT overwatering it. It has 2 hours of direct sun and 10 hours of artificial lighting. I water it about every 9 days, or when the ...
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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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How can I keep my Persimmons tree warm?

I'm trying to grow my persimmons tree, but my country is a cold country so I am growing it indoors. What can I do to keep its temperature at a normal level?
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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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What are the easiest vegetables & fruits to grow in your apartment?

I would like to know what are the easiest and fastest vegetables & fruits that can be grown in a small space with limited sunlight access, like an apartment balcony. I live in the small island of ...
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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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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 help this plant?

This tiny plant needs help ! The previous tenant left it in the apartment. With a little search, I guess it's a crassula ovata. I live in France, what are the best recommendations do you have ? Is it ...
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What's the best way to care for a venus fly trap?

I just recently acquired a small venus fly trap. I want to keep it indoors. What's the best way to take care of it, to make sure it lives a healthy life?
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What are the best conditions for Peperomia caperata?

This is the plant, Peperomia caperata that I like for my bedroom and living room. Rooms have windows but receive only some daylight and no sunlight. We have to use tubelight for these rooms, all the ...
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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 ...