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Should I pinch my first celosia blooms?

This is my first year starting annuals from seeds, mainly for containers. I've read that pinching off the first blooms helps the plant produce more blooms and form a bushier habit. I started my seeds ...
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What is happening with my pothos?

Eleven days ago, I had asked why my young plants were not growing. Well, weeks later, one of them is regressing. What can be the issue now? I added organic material( yam peel, banana peels and egg ...
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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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What are these beetles/spiders on my Sambuca plant?

Can anyone recognize these beetles/spiders on the below picture, which are all over my Sambuca plant? Hires picture here. I have just sprayed them with ECOstyle LuseFri insect soap mixed with Neem ...
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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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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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Can I grow a Bird of Paradise in Bangladesh?

I love the bird of paradise flower. It's my dream to have it on my balcony. Here in Bangladesh the average temperature in summer is 33 - 36 Celsius. In winter it is 26 Celsius. Can I fulfil my ...
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Why are my rose flowers getting dry?

First of all, I'm not a gardening expert so I don't know the correct terms. I bought some roses recently and I've put them next to my window. Their leaves are getting dry and their flowers are ...
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How should I care for this houseplant to prevent wilting?

Is anyone familiar on the name of this plant? I seem to have problems with it wilting during the day, with or without sunlight. I water this regularly during the day and started applying complete ...
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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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Is this “Tall Grass” dead? Should I clear it out to make room for new growth?

Not sure what this is called but for now I'm just calling it tall grass. I have a couple of things around my house. To me these grass stalks look dead from winter. Am I good clearing them off? I ...
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Why did these plants dry/burn?

I bought a small venus fly trap kit to sow. Three of them sprouted and they were growing well. I had placed them at a south facing window, watering them every few days. I found them like this a few ...
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How can I prevent my Nepenthes pitchers from drying out?

I received what I guess is a Nepenthes last month, but the pitchers have all dried out by now. It starts with the lid drying up and once that happens it takes 10 days until the entire pitcher is all ...
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Adenium Boehmianum branches

Is there a trick to get my Adenium Boehmianum to sprout new branches? It has never grown any more branches than when I bought it more than 5 years ago. I just repotted it in proper soil with lots of ...
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What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

One of my friends gave me this plant as present about two weeks ago. Now it`s starting to dry out, while retaining green leaves (without yellowing). At first I watered it every day, but now water it ...
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Should I cut off severely bent stems (folded on darker line or spot) on my Peace Lily?

I left my home for 11 days and told someone else to water my Peace Lily but she forgot. When I returned the plant looked dead, lying flat and hanging around the pot. I have watered it and cut some ...
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Peace Lily. Inside of stem protrudes (see pic). Do I need to do something about it?

As you can see in the pic of this Peace Lily, the internal part of the stem encircled in red protrudes outside its cover. Is that normal? Should I try to push it in or do something about it?
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Damaged Lily leaves: Brown, yellow and cut. What to do?

Damaged Peace Lily: shall I cut leave encircled in red? What about the yellow-brown on the back right of the encircled one? This occurred after the plant had not been watered for too long. But ...
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Is it good to use fertilizer right after a Peace-Lily has been damaged from not being watered for several days?

I have had to cut 1/6th of the stems after it had not been watered for 11 days (don't blame me). Still, after three or four days some other leaves don't look as they used to yet. Spring is coming and ...
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What is the name of this plant, and how should I plant and care for it?

I have been given this plant. It is in water and has rooted: What's is its name? How should I plant and care for it?
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How should I care for this Succulent?

I bought this plant over two weeks ago. What is its name? How should I take care of it?
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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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What is wrong with my ponytail palm?

I have a ponytail palm on my office desk, which I love. I've noticed the leaves are brown at the tip and quite tightly bunched together. They don’t sit as beautifully as in the pictures of other ...
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Dendrobium nobile: How and when to cut and pot new plant (keiki) from mother?

I have a (slightly neglected) dendrobium nobile that has started to grow new plants at the top of two old stalks. One is staring to show roots (see picture below), the other is still a bit smaller. ...
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Curious to know why over-watering leads to root-rot yet the same plant can be grown in water? [duplicate]

I bought a few pothos plants from home depot last summer, and from my investigation, it seemed they all died from root rot. I tried every thing I could to save them but they just would not stop. But ...
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What makes a plant deer resistant?

Every so often I see plants advertised as being "deer resistant". I can understand when flowers are marked as attracting butterflies or hummingbirds, since that can be determined by the shape of the ...
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How effective is cow's blood as a deer deterent?

In reading this thread I was curious about something I was told a while ago. A friend of mine said he was having issues with deer eating all of his plants. He said he was given advice to utilize dried ...
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Once the fava bean pods are formed, does the plant need a lot of sunshine to grow?

My fava bean plants now formed pods. It is getting around twelve hours of sunshine on the roof. I am worried that the weather is now getting too hot, in Egypt. Should I move it back to a shady balcony ...
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Will green, algae-like blooms in the side of a clear pot cause any damage to the plant and its roots, and if so, how can I get rid of these?

I have had a False Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) planted in a clear, fishbowl-like container with a handful of gravel for drainage and potting soil to the level of the pot it came in for about a year ...
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What is this cactus and how should I care for it?

I bought this cactus over two weeks ago. What is it's name and how should I take care of it?
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Can I use 12-6-9 fertilizer sticks for a Ficus Bonsai?

I have a bunch of plant food sticks described as "compound organic and inorganic NPK 12-6-9 fertilizer with micronutrients for ornamental plants". I wonder if this is suitable for a Ficus (Ginseng?) ...
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How should I care for these plants? [closed]

I moved to a new apartment recently and the owner left me some of his plants. Looks like some citrus plant: 2. This one already started to rot: It will be great to be able to ...
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How should I take care of my new Areca Palm?

I just received my new Areca Palm. It was delivered to me in New York via UPS from Florida. Since Florida is more than a little warmer than here, my question is how to take care of this so it gets ...
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What plant is this and how do I save it?

I've recently found this plant, which was already dying, maybe due to low temperatures, too much or too less water, poor soil... Firstly, I'd like to know its name, in order to learn how to take ...
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How do I grow a new African Violet from a leaf?

Two days ago I was admiring a friend's indoor African Violet, and she told me I could grow my own from a leaf. I've never heard of being able to do that with any plant. She gave me three leaves, each ...
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Should I remove rhododendron buds which didn't open before the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and have ten large rhododendrons which bloomed profusely last spring. In September, numerous buds appeared on each bush, but the winter came before they had a chance to open. I ...
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Where Can I Get Saintpaulia (African Violet) Food? [closed]

I've been advised to feed my African Violets (Saintpaulia) with two type of food; NPK 20-20-20 for the leaves NPK 15-30-15 for the flowers The former comes in powder form, and 1/4 teaspoon of it ...
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How useful/reliable is the Parrot Flower Power? [closed]

Has anyone used a Parrot Power wireless plant monitor, is it worth the money or is it just a gimmick or fad that I should let pass? Are there any other products similar to this type of Internet of ...
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What's wrong with my mango plant?

about a two month ago, I planted my first mango plant. It was growing nicely and it looked gorgeous. Then week ago purple-red-brownish spots started to appear on the leaves (coincidence or not, only ...
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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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What's the best thing to do for a neglected agave?

Plant: Agave victoriae-reginae Background: This plant has had a hard life. I bought it at a local greenhouse in '11, and kept it properly all year, on a stump on the hill, with other plants in a ...
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Please let me know what type of plant I purchased here? And how to take care of this. [duplicate]

Please let me know what type of plant I purchased here? And how to take care of this. He are some pics of it...
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What's Wrong with this Orchid?

I had previously asked a question about my Orchids (How Should I Take Care of These Two Phalaenopsis Orchids with Different Behaviors?) and I've read the other questions on the website, however I ...
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What is this possibly succulent plant and how do I look after it?

I have just come into possession of this plant/tree and I'm hoping to find out three things: What it is How to look after it If I can train it I don't know much about it except that it is over 15 ...
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What's a good way to protect fig trees overwinter?

A friend of mine has a fig plant growing in the ground in Lancaster, PA, USDA hardiness zone 6b, and it needs protection each year through the winter, to prevent burn. What he does for now is wrap the ...
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Is this plant an indoor palm of some kind?

I am trying to identify this plant - I recently moved in with my partner and this is one she had, she doesn't know what it is other than "some kind of palm" (she's not the most green fingered, they've ...
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What is this potted plant with dark green leaves and puffy white flowers on long stems?

I recently got this plant from my granddad, he can't take care of it anymore. Neither of us can figure out what it is, but he used to travel a lot so it wouldn't surprise me if he brought it from ...
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Can I treat supermarket “living lettuce” as lettuce seedlings?

I have a tray of tired looking supermarket "living lettuce". You're supposed to keep it on your windowsill and use it up over a week or two. Can I treat the living lettuce as a tray of seedlings and ...
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Identify potted plant growing too tall (>8-9 ft)

My parents have had this plant probably around 15-20 years now, during which it has spent its time slowly growing upwards while the bottom leaves drop off and don't regrow. It's traditionally been ...
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How should I care for a sunburned coffee plant?

We have a coffee plant which lives indoors. Our house is reasonably dark so every now and then we take it outside when the sun isn't very bright. A week or so ago, the sun suddenly came out while we ...