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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

My Venus Flytrap is quite crowded, there are traps under traps and I've noticed one clamped over the stems of another. Should I prune it? Will it digest itself?
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

I recently bought chives from a fruit and vegetables store that had them imported from somewhere in Europe. It wasn't exposed to sunlight at the place. I brought it home, cleaned it up, repotted into ...
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What are some heat tolerant nutritious greens I could plant for a tortoise?

I've recently posted a question about raising a few leafy greens, and turns out quite a few favor cold temperatures and will turn sour (bolt?) when exposed to heat. Our temperatures here should vary ...
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How can I keep my flamingo plants small for a terrarium?

I have some flamingo plants, Anthurium sp., growing in my 60x100x60 cm rainforest terrarium. My problem is about this big one here It's about 60cm in height, and I want it to keep it a bit smaller ...
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What are the basic directions to planting leafy greens?

I'm planning to plant some leafy greens for a tortoise I'm going to get soon. I want the basic directions for planting and caring for the greens provided I have attained the seeds. The greens I'm ...
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How can I get a Morning Glory that was cut back to flower before the season's end?

My Heavenly Blue Morning Glory was pruned last week just as it began to bloom. Today is September 1. What can I do to save the blooming season?
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

I bought a Japanese painted fern several weeks ago. It was on the store's "reduced price" shelf, so it wasn't in perfect shape, but I figured I could try to nurse it back to health. So far, though, ...
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How do I water a desk plant without making a mess?

I have decided to get a few plants for my office desk. However, one thing still eludes me. Plant pots usually have a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. If I keep the plant on my desk, how ...
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How to secure my orange tree

As you can see in the picture, my Orange tree is developing plenty of beautiful looking oranges. Now, I'd really like to enjoy these oranges as soon as they ripe, so I have a few questions: ...
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Why are my hibiscus buds & leaves randomly turning yellow and dropping off?

Besides the random yellowing and dropping off of leaves and buds, the plant is otherwise putting out new buds and flowers pretty well. What might be causing this? The plant is in partial shade ...
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What houseplants will best filter the air for a retirement home?

My grandpa lives in a retirement home. I visit him on every Friday, so after browsing on this site, I was thinking to buy a plant or two for his room. Do you have any recommendations? Which is the ...
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Can I save this basil?

I'm very new to this field, and these plants are all I have so far. A few days ago I bought them from IKEA and left them in the kitchen. My bad, I know and I apologize for it. Now I'd like to save ...
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How can I rejuvenate my overgrown Elaegnus & Deutzia?

My elaegnus and deutzia bushes are 3 or 4 meters tall. They are bare for the first 2.5 meters, and above that is the foliage & some shoots that appeared this year. If I cut all the stems back to ...
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When trellising pumpkins, do I need to fertilise more heavily?

This year I decided to try trellising my pumpkins and am wondering about the impact this might have on the fruit, since the vines won't be putting down roots as they run. Does anyone have experience ...
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How can I repair an apple espalier that broke off above the first lateral tier?

I have a Fiesta apple tree being trained as an espalier. I snapped the main stem, all growth in fact, above the first tier. The young tree is effectively now a T, a step-over. Will it form new shoots ...
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What is this fungus in my indoor snake plant's pot, and is it harmful?

I've had a snake plant growing indoors for about a year. Twice now in the last month I've had to remove some fungus that sprouted over the surface. The planter is located next to a patio door, which ...
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What is the optimal raised bed depth for Brassicas?

I built two large raised beds in my new garden, but couldn't manage to fill them to the top. The bottom is closed with cardboard and has a layer of prunings and hay 1-3 cm deep. I planted anyway 10 ...
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What are the best growing conditions for Vanilla planfolia?

As part of my creation of a tropical growth room to grow some vanilla orchids, I was wondering if anybody knew the optimal conditions to grow this plant. I would need: Humidity Temperature Watering ...
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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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Can the bananas of this variety be eaten?

I recently purchased this banana tree in a flower pot. I've attached two photos with its label. Do you know if the bananas of this variety can be eaten? (Does the "\" icon over the fork and knife mean ...
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What should I do about a newly planted avocado tree that stopped growing?

The new avocado tree that I bought isn't growing well since I planted it in the ground. Should I put more soil around it to build the ground up?
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Should I re-plant my unbalanced indoor lucky bamboo plant, or will something else work?

What is the best way to re-plant this plant, or help it to support itself? The shoots are a bit too tall for the original stalk.
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Extending Life of Cut Flowers

I was reading this article on Extending the Life of Cut Flowers and had a couple of questions. As was also pointed out on How to keep my roses fresh?, you should cut the stems at an angle under ...
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Why are the leaves turning yellow on these conifers?

I have two kinds of conifers in the front yard. They are in a spot with eastern exposure, but the sunlight is somewhat blocked by a big house on the south side of the yard. They get a lot of shade in ...
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When should Bee Balm bloom in Zone 6 (it did not bloom last year)?

Two years ago we planted some bee balm. We trimmed it back in early March last year and it never bloomed, though the plant was otherwise healthy and bushy. We trimmed it back again this year. Is ...
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How to save my 1-meter-high Aloe Vera plant which broke off at the stem? [duplicate]

My aloe plant broke at the stem, all leaves and about 1 inch of stem remain. Can I re-plant the broken section and will it grow again from the broken stem?
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Save Wisteria during Veranda renovation

We have a Wisteria growing along the vertical beams (with some horizontal support) of our Veranda to provide shade. The Veranda is now up for extension/ renovation. We like the Wisteria so would ...
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How to keep my roses fresh?

I got a few roses from my friends and I keep them in my office. I've changed their fresh water for three days but they won't stop fading. What can I do to extend their flowering? Some people tell me ...
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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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Will my Aloe vera plant survive after all of the leaves broke off?

I have made the same mistake as the person who asked the question Can I save my damaged Aloe vera plant: my Aloe vera plant fell off of its stand and all of the leaves bent and broke off except for a ...
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Is this Schefflera overwatered?

I bought this Schefflera three weeks ago. I changed its pot from the plastic tub it came in to a ceramic one. Last week, one branch died completely; all the leaves withered. I thought I might be ...
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What should I do with yarrow once it has stopped blooming?

Do you deadhead yarrow? If you do, do you just tear of the tops, or do you cut them all the way down the stem? Or do you simply save seeds somehow?
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Why doesn't my night-blooming Cereus produce flowers?

I have had a night-blooming Cereus for several years and it has yet to bloom. A friend has one and it blooms no problem. This plant is indoors and keeps growing, but no blooms. What can I do to make ...
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Protecting winter potatoes from frost with a growhouse

In the first week of August (2013) I started my first attempt at growing potatoes, in grow bags. Actually got the miracle-gro root vegetable bags from garden centre and seed potatoes, so the mix ...
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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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Why are my pitcher plant's leaves turning brown on the ends?

We bought a Nepenthes pitcher plant 3 months ago. It is growing beautifully but not producing any new pitchers (it has two small ones from when we bought it). The new leaves that come out and grow ...
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How much to remove when trimming dead leaves on a squash plant?

I am specifically asking this regarding a squash plant, but general advice would be useful. If I have dead leaves, which I assume I should remove, should I remove the whole stem that it is growing ...
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How to kill a butterfly bush [duplicate]

I have a large butterfly bush in my back yard that has grown up between fences (the previous homeowner put privacy fence on either side of a chain link fence, so its impossible to get to all of the ...
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How to trim spent flowers from a sun star (Ornithogalum dubium)?

I've read several online guides about taking care of sun star plants, but I'm confused about how to trim off the spent flowers. The instructions say to "remove spent flowers from the base, and another ...
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Resource for plant anatomy/lifecycle vocabulary

I've been curious about a lot of vocabulary words in the world of botany. I've had quite a bit of trouble finding somewhere online to help me out, but I'm having some trouble finding a resource like ...
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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 ...
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What care does yucca need outdoors in New Hampshire?

I live in New Hampshire and have a nice group of yucca plants on a hill. I am wondering how often they bloom and do I need to do anything special for it? It has bloomed twice but not last year. Do I ...
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How can I grow edible plants for a reptile in the reptile's tank?

I have a bearded dragon, and I recently came up with an idea to possibly plant my dragon's food in her own tank. This way it is fresh, always available, and may even help to keep the humidity in her ...
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Received a plant; need help identifying it [duplicate]

I recently inherited this plant, and am not sure of what type of plant it is or what its needs are (as far as watering, light, temp, etc.). Any help in either respect would be greatly appreciated. ...
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What plant is this and what do I do with it?

I now work at a new desk and inherited this plant. Click to enlarge. What is it and what can I do with it (to fix it or trim it)? Indoors, no sunlight. I am not a gardener :)
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How do I care for an indoor avocado plant growing in Alaska?

I have an indoor avocado plant in a window on the side of the house that gets the most sun. I live in Alaska. Does the plant need direct sunlight or should i move it somewhere else? It is in a plastic ...
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Lilium flower withering

I've just recently (2013.03.08) bought a lilium and an orchid plant from a big hardware/gardening chain store. The day after, I watered them early in the morning with room temperature water ...
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How long do Nepenthes leaves last without traps

My nepenthes ventricosa x mira has lost two of the four traps it had when it shipped in but the leaves are still living, kinda growing, and are healthy. But I am wondering how long will they last. ...
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How do I care of Adenium Boehmianum

I'm having my Adenium Boehmianum for almost, em!, maybe 4 years. I'm watering on this scheme (staying in the most sunny place): summer - every week; spring/autumn - every fortnight; winter - once in ...
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How to store (Iris)-rhizomes?

I dug out Iris rhizomes yesterday in order to put them somewhere else, I was surprised by their quantity and couldn't put all of them to their new destination due to space limitation. So, now I have ...