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Small aloe vera in small pot - will it get too big?

I bought a small aloe plant for my office and it came in a small pot (around 8cm). I've only seen the aloes that get quite large, but I would like to keep this guy small since it's just sitting on my ...
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How can I make indoor composting a success?

I live in an apartment building and would like to have an indoor composter (not vermicomposter). This idea is not addressing drainage, this looks promising but expensive and Bokashi mixture is not ...
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What are the alternatives to AeroGarden

I'm looking for an indoor hydroponic system and I've found the AeroGarden family which looks great but I'd like to check the alternatives. Are there systems similar to this? Important features for me: ...
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What next for a forced Hyacinth bulb?

I bought a hyacinth at the grocery store in a water-only pot with the bulb suspended over the water. The flowers have now died, and the roots have started to break off of the bulb, although there ...
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Relocated lime tree not doing well

A friend of mine gave me well-established lime and lemon trees. They're about four years old, two or three feet tall. She's moving and can't take them with her. The lemon tree is doing relatively ...
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Depth of containers for indoor gardens

I am growing an indoor garden in my basement apartment on a racking system I built. I have two shelves 2' deep, 4' long and 2' high with two 4' T5 flouresants for light. The question I have is for ...
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How do I get my Jade plant to grow again?

We've recently moved, and while traveling to our new home all my house plants have turned brown. But importantly my jade has stopped growing. It is down to two leaves that are very loose in soil. I'm ...
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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 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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How can I grow ivy (or a bush or other plant) in my fireplace that is low-maintenance and bug-repellant?

I've never gardened, but I do love design. I'm moving into a new place that has an unusable fireplace, and I think it'd look amazing if it had a green, leafy plant filling the interior of it. Since ...
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Can I grow coffee plants in my garden?

I live in the Netherlands, where the climate is very unstable. Whilst I love my coffee and love doing a lot of stuff myself, the urge to grow my own coffee had risen. I was wondering if the Dutch ...
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Basement hydro or aquaponics?

What I want to grow: Cherry tomatoes Iceberg & Romaine lettuce Green/Yellow peppers Strawberries Room information: 55-75% RH, can be vented to the outside once a day manually (via a dryer ...
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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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Chilli Plant Bugs/Brown-Purple Staining

I have an indoor jalapeno, cayenne and birds eye chillies which I planted from seed and moved indoors at the end of summer. They have become infested with tiny bugs which live on the bottoms of the ...
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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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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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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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Palm potted in unusual soil - should I leave it that way, or change it to generic pot plant soil?

I am repotting my houseplants. When I took an areka 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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Is light direction or proximity more important when considering indoor natural light for plants?

I'm trying to provide my houseplants with as much natural light as possible inside my 2nd floor apartment. I have 2 large bay windows that face north, and can put my plants directly by the window/on ...
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Is it normal for an Aloe vera to become spidery after blooming?

My Aloe vera plant has bloomed. It has gotten very "spidery", hanging out over the edges of the pot. Some of the leaves down near the base have begun to dry up. Someone told me they usually die ...
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Can aloe grow 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 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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What is causing my lavender's leaves to turn grey and wizen?

I am trying to grow a lavender plant on the windowsill of my apartment in Brooklyn. I got this more succulent lavender after some more delicate french lavender had died on the same sill. This plant ...
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Looking for an small indoor desk plant

I am looking for a plant which : Is small, growing to atmost 1.5 feet (the smaller, the better) Requires minimal sunlight (at most, 1-2 hours of direct sunlight per day) Low risk of attracting pests ...
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Am I overwatering this unidentified (jade) plant?

I have this large unidentified plant which I keep indoors. (a present from my aunt) I don't water it too frequently, and it seems to be doing OK - it's much bigger than it was when I got it a few ...
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Is a juniper suitable as an indoor bonsai?

I'm keen to have a bonsai by my desk at work. It will be on a window sill, but only have direct sunlight for about an hour a day (in the morning), the rest of the day it will have light reflected at ...
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What kind of light is needed for moss and ferns?

I'm planning to set up a nano-vivarium to grow moss and ferns indoor like shown in the picture below. My question is what kind of light is best or which lamps should I use? I don't have any ...
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Will indoor-grown strawberries flower multiple times, if grown all year long?

My parents have a great garden that they started a few years ago with a bed of strawberries and a few other things. My dad built a box to keep out rabbits, but soon enough the strawberries had ...
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How to propagate Norfolk Island pine and asparagus fern ?

How do I propagate two of my house plants or in other words how can I give this plant to someone else who wishes to grow it? Photos of them are given below: Plant 1: Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria ...
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Are garden gnomes and similar decorations safe to install indoors?

I think of buying a garden decoration similar to a garden gnome - a ceramic hollow figure of a bird - sold at a gardening store and meant for installing in a garden. I want to install it indoors. My ...
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Should I re-pot an Aloe vera when it is still blooming?

My Aloe vera flower is in full bloom, and some of its petals are starting to fall. It also has some sprouts. Should I wait until the flower has completely died down to re-pot the new sprout?
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What is the name of this purple leaved hanging plant?

One of my hanging plant's name I don't know, can you identify it? here are its pictures: Full Plant: Leaves Front Side: Leaves Back Side: (Purple side)
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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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Low maintenance plant choices for apartment (indoor) living?

I'm not an expert on plants, but would like to add some plantlife 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 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 to a well insulated ...
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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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cultivating a cactus from cutting

I've recently gotten a san pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) cutting as a gift. I'm trying to take care of it as good as possible, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. The situation is: the ...
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What is this little leaved plant?

The stem of this plant goes curling up like a creeper plant. It has small leaves. Not seen any flower yet, so not sure if it flowers or not. Zoomed-in: New added pic:
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Which are the possible, suitable growing mediums for indoor plants?

In my childhood, I had tried growing musturd in the bowl having cotton as growing medium. It grown much well. Also tried Money plant & water-cabbage in water. Regular soil is used for potted ...
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What is the name of this fat-stemmed plant?

I got this plant few months back, but I forgot to ask its name from the vendor. Could anyone identify it? I have taken a few pics: Full Plant: Stem: Flower: Leaves:
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help me identify this plant, has this special fruit

I'm having this plant from an year now, but till now I don't know the name, please can someone help me identify this plant and also tell me how keep him healthy. Here are the two photos for ...
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Is it really an Orchid plant? If yes, then which variety of it?

I had asked my plant vendor for an Orchid plant and I got this one. I am not sure if it is really an Orchid. Since 4 months, it is of same size as I got it initially, it never bloomed. I maintain its ...
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How to grow Rosemary indoors over the winter?

I live in northern Colorado on the plains and the rosemary that thrives in the summer never makes it through the winter in a pot. It slowly dries up and dies even though I water it and keep it in a ...
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My Air Plant (Kalanchoe Pinnata) is attacked, how do I save it?

My Air Plant (Kalanchoe Pinnata) is attacked by little green worm like insects which are eating its leaves. Slowly one by one, all of the leaves are dropped by the plant, now it is left with just ...
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How do I re-color clay pots of my plants?

I have several indoor plants in ceramic\clay pots. The pots are now look old & faded. Also, fungus is grown on them. So, I was thinking to re-color them to get a fresh look. What should I ...
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How much light is enough for indoor plants?

I have a cute bonsai sitting by my desk, it's a juniper. I have a window and it gets around an hour a day of direct sunlight. For the rest of the day it has a mix of indirect and florescent light. ...
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Why does plants requires or prefer their specific type of soil? Is it fine if same type of soil is used for all of them?

At my home I have got few different plants (Aloe, Rose, Neem, Pisum, Air plant, Lucky Bamboo) I have got same type of soil (mixed with compost) from plant nursery, so I am wondering that using same ...
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Plastic Pots OR Ceramic pots, which is better in terms of plant health?

Are their any advantage of having plastic pots over ceramic pots except below points: 1. Lower cost. 2. Fungus will not grow on Plastic 3. un-breakable, good life. all of above point are not ...
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Can an evergreen fern be adapted for indoor use?

I was hoping to find a fern houseplant at the gardening store, but the next best thing I could find was a potted evergreen fern, Dryopteris Affinis Crispa. I would have thought it's small size and ...
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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 ...