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How do you prune a rose bush?

I tried to prune a rose bush and it stopped growing from all the branches I pruned, and instead shot one big green stem up from the root again. What is the proper technique?
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What is a general rule of thumb for when to prune plants and trees?

It seems like every plant that I come across has a different (and seemingly random) best time to prune. Is there some sort of generally rule that I could apply to any plant and have a pretty good idea ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for caring for potted plants in office?

I've recently been made responsible for watering and taking care of many small potted plants around our office, and I have little to no gardening experience. There are many different types of plants, ...
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What should I do with geraniums during the winter?

I brought my geraniums indoors for the winter. Do they need light? Should I water them? Should I cut them? If so, how short? When is the best time to take cuttings (i.e. during winter, start of ...
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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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Advice for overwhelmed beginner

I'm the new owner of a well established garden. Unfortunately I don't really know what I'm doing... Already I seem to have lots of problems (e.g. well established Rhododendron now near death), which ...
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Care of red currant bushes

I've got two red currant bushes in my backyard, probably several years old, slightly neglected. Anyone have experience maintaining these? I'm about to string them up a bit as they have so much fruit ...
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Can I salvage an over-watered tomato plant?

I've never tried growing tomatoes before and I recently went out and bought a tomato plant for my balcony. I initially re-potted the plant in too small a planter, so I re-re-potted it a week later. ...
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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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Is this shrub a rhododendron, and how can I help it to flourish?

My mom gave me this shrub/tree/bush a few years back. She told me it was a rhododendron but had no other information. I live on the border of Zone 4 and 5 in the Lake Michigan basin. I planted it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Broken basil plant at the stem

One of my plants apparently collapsed under its own weight, and the stem is clearly broken, where the plant stem meets the soil (a bit under it apparently). I think that if I move it and twist it for ...
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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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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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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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Where can I go to get a maintenance plan for my existing landscaping?

I moved into a house with existing landscaping that's pretty nice but seems a bit lacking in maintenance. I feel capable of doing maintenance work but I'm not sure what needs to be done. I'm looking ...
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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 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 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 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 ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Schefflera arboricola , seems to be withering and dying, help!

I am not sure what is wrong, the plant seems to be rotting and withering from the top down. The tag says that it is a bush but it has grown to 5 feet or more in height. I tried trimming back the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...