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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 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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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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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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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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Office plant identification care

At my work, everyone has his own plant and needs to take care of it. I was wondering if you guys could help me out, taking care of my plant. A picture of my plant can be seen below. So, by that, I ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

My wife and I just bought a property and I don't know anything about plants or trees. Can someone tell me what the large trees/bushes/plants are and also how often do I need to water them?
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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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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 can I save these etiolated aloe crowns with under watered stems?

Two succulent Aloe vera shoots easily fell off a friend's aloe plant from readjusting a pot. This plant is potentially under watered and, from looking at the main plant or by just observing the two ...
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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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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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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 they will last. ...
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How can I grow endive seeds?

I have some endive seeds (Endivia 'Crispum'), and I want to know the guidelines on how to grow them. Our weather has been sunny with temperatures reaching low 60's at night and low 90's during the day....
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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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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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How should I take care of a Hyacinth bulb growing in a vase of water?

I just picked this plant up from the store. What is the best way to take care of it? Can I leave it like it is and let it sit in the sun?
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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 often should I water an Amaryllis plant?

I have a red amaryllis plant that is currently looking like it's doing well. It hasn't yet flowered and it is in a fairly early stage of growth. The plant care instructions said that it's important to ...
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Dracaena Fragrans Grafting?

Our office Dracaena Fragrans (called Wilson) is not healthy looking. The stalk of the plant is beige, woody and completely dried out. Once it was cut (before my time)a new stalk developed. This is ...
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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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Why are the leaves on my mango tree turning brown and drying out?

I grew a mango tree last summer from seed in a pot. In the beginning it was extremely healthy looking and fast-growing. When the summer was over, as it gets very cold here in Canada, I took it indoors ...
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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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Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?

I've had this plant in water until it grew enough roots and a few more leaves. I'm not sure what kind of plant this is, but its starting to grow longer; when it was only one little leaf when I rescued ...
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How should we treat cracks in the stem of Aloe Veras?

I received this damaged Aloe Vera about 5 days ago and I found help, here mainly, to determine the source of its problems. So everything was on track now, until I realized that it had soil in between ...
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Coleus - annual or 'tender' perennial?

So I picked up a couple of mid-sized Coleus plants (a 'Ruby Dreams' and a 'Dream Catcher') from the local nursery today. I plan to put them in a shady area which gets indirect light for a few hours a ...
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What soil mixture should I use for my Schefflera?

I'm on here again, asking more questions about my office's Schefflera that I'm in charge of. You can find pictures and a previous question here: Whats the next step to improving my schefflera? I ...
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Need help identifying this plant

I found this strange plant growing around my garden, like a weed, but never seen it before. Any idea?
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Which of these Air & Pollution cleaning plants best fit a window/ balcony in Mumbai Weather?

Most of the previous threads around such plants are centered/ biased around western nations, so finding ones that fit this Asian/ Indian city is different and key. Also, it would help apply to ...
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Should a Rudy Haag Burning Bush be pruned?

Should my Euonymus alatus 'Rudy Haag' (Burning Bush) be pruned in spring or not at all? This is my first spring after planting it last spring.
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Growing hot peppers indoors on the West Coast

Is it practical or possible to grow hot peppers on the West Coast in North America? It seems they require a ton of sunshine, and that's not exactly something we get in abundance. I'm a rookie with ...
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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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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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My office plant identification care

Since my previous question about the plant at my office is so well received, I thought it would be nice to get some information about another plant at my office. A picture of my plant can be seen ...
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My seedling looks stressed and the leaves are wilting.

Tonight I tried to give 4 hours of direct sunlight to my seedling, but after 4 hours of sunlight it looks so stressed the leaves went down. What should I do?
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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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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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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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When Will Radicchio Leaves Change Colour

My plants have started to sprout! They are still short with 2 green leaves. When can I expect a colour change to red leaves?
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How should I deal with these ill pepper plants?

I've had these pepper plants for a year and a half now. They weren't 100% healthy when I bought them. The actual plan was to pick the fruits and then bin the plants, but I felt bad doing that! They ...
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Pest, etiolation, soil or overwatering? Other causes of pale-brown tips in Aloe Vera

A friend has just given me an Aloe Vera with pale brown tips. Different sources have lead me to multiple non-conclusive possible causes; mainly: pests, etiolation, wrong type of soil or overwatering.....
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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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What is the name of this plant with arrow shaped leaves 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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Is using detergent on plants a good way to revive them?

A friend said to me: Using a little detergent can help revive a potted (or planted) plant that has not completely died but has been under watered almost to the point of death. I'm dubious; using ...
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Orange spots on Polypodium

A few months ago I asked a what kind of plant my office plant is and how to take care of it. I got a clear answer on that recently, but I just discovered orange spots on some of the leaves (NOT ALL!). ...
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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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Help me identify and save this plant

We have a plant that is not doing well... Can someone help us identify it so we can research a little bit more about it? Thank you
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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 ...