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Mushroom is growing in fruit tree soil is it bad or good?

Hello as you can see i got mushrooms in my soil are they bad? are they going to make root rot to my plants? please help its my testing soil i plant different plants in here but are they infectious ...
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New fungus or mold on my basil plant soil

My husband and I are new to gardening. We bought a basil plant a month or so again, and we've been cutting it and starting new plants. Today woke up to this weird mold or fungus. I can't seem to find ...
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Identify striped bug on plants: safe or suspect?

New to gardening, many species are unknown to me. This one (and many of its friends) with nice metallic colored stripes just apppear on my lavender, rosemary and slightly less on honeysuckle. What ...
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What's this strange large growth on my new asiatic lily?

I had planted some asiatic lilies last year that looked wonderful. They appear to have multiplied, however I noticed an odd growth in one area of my early lily plants. I've attached an in image of ...
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Is my bird of paradise too crowded? Should I divide or repot it?

I have 3 bird of paradise plants in a 16" pot, and I am worried that they are getting too crowded. I water them 1-2 times per week and fertilize about every 3 months using 19-6-12 Osmocote ...
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How to straighten an Aloe vera plant?

I have a huge Aloe. I've had it for about 3 years and it was huge before I got it. It just blossomed for the first time. Actually I should say it has a first time bud. All I do is water it and leave ...
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Citrus plant with strong growth but yellowish/lime-green leaves

I know that (generally speaking) yellowish to lime-green leaves combined with slow/weak growth in a plant are an indication of inadequate nitrogen, and one must fertilize accordingly. However, does ...
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Why is the stem of one of my sunflower seedlings shriveling?

I recently planted some sunflower seedlings and they have been doing fairly well. The only problem I had noticed was that the tips of the leaves were slightly burnt, but even then, the burns weren't ...
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Christmas Cactus leaf discoloration

I received this Christmas Cactus as a cutting from a larger plant about a year ago. It has been growing and doing well over that time. In the past month I have noticed some of the end leaves begin to ...
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Can I use waste water from kitchen for plants? [duplicate]

Can I use the waste water mixed with dish washing liquid from kitchen for watering my garden?
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Why are my Japanese Yews (podocarpus) suddenly dying?

I installed five Japanese Yews (Podocarpus) in the fall, November, of last year here in Austin TX. I checked up on them about a month ago and everything was fine. Now the leaves are turning ...
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Tear in alocasia calodora

There's been a slight tear on my indoor alocasia plant and I was wondering if it'll heal? Is there anything I could possibly do to help it?
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Why do my potted plants have stems but no branches?

I have more than 10 plants on my balcony, and almost every one of them has long stems with no branches. We water them every morning, and the sunlight is good. They are like this throughout the year. ...
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Brown spots on my Fiddle Fig plant

I've just noticed these brown areas on my plant today when I've arrived from work. I had moved this plant from my bathroom window which had given my plant indirect sunlight to my livingroom window ...
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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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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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Tillandsia (air plants) Turning Black and Dying After Watering

I live in a northeast Connecticut boarding school, and have ten tillandsias on the windowsill of my dormitory room. I cannot collect rain water for them because I have no tools to do so, so the water ...
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Why did my pansies die?

I had some pansies and similar flowers in a horse trough outside on a balcony in San Francisco. They were doing well, and had done for around six months. Then it got very windy, and also very rainy, ...
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Has my Japanese Maple completely died?

I moved my Maple tree from a pot and planted it in my garden over a year ago. Since the leaves shriveled and died the tree seems to also have dried out and is not producing new buds, has it died ...
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how to grow gingko biloba young sapling at home

I found very little information that will help me grow a gingko biloba plant at home. To the T, i'm a novice in plant nursery with a new zeal/interest. Now, I've been watering a young sapling every ...
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Nepenthes “Lady Luck” Help

I was wondering if someone could help me with my Nepenthes "Lady Luck" plant. I ordered it from a dealer off of amazon a few months ago. I bought it because it was supposed to do well enough inside ...
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How Do I Rehabilitate my Norfolk Island Pine?

We have a Norfolk Island Pine that was doing reasonably well...until we moved. Unsurprisingly, being packed up in a wardrobe box and driven across the country in a moving van (this was in December, so ...
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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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All my plants have problems with the leaves and im unable to identify the exact cause of the issue [closed]

I have some vegetables and fruits in my balcony. All are in pots. Unfortunately, almost all of them start to develop issues in their leaves. Yellowing, having grey dead spots, etc. Here are some ...
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What is purple and looks like eggs or pests on my Magnolia champaca?

I have a Magnolia champaca plant, also known as 'Son champa' in India. Recently a few of its leaves contained some very tiny (about 0.5-1 mm in diameter approximately) purple colored jelly kind of ...
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Why is my basil doing poorly after I split it a month ago?

About a month ago I split my basil plant in half since I wanted to give some basil to a friend. I had never split a plant before. During the summer and fall months I kept my plants outside on my ...
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Is my bougainvillea turning into a magic beanstalk?

I have a few bougainvillea plants around our house in Southwest Florida. Two are doing OK, the hanging one is bursting out in color with red bracts and white flowers, and there's this one... This is ...
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Potted poinciana leaves turning yellow

I have some poincianas in pots that I started from seeds back in early July. In the summer, I kept them outdoors on the balcony and they mostly did quite fine, although later in August, some of the ...
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What are these orange spots on my fiddle fig plant?

I've just noticed some orange-like spots on one of the new leaves on my fiddle fig plant. I water it once a week or whenever the dirt is dry. It sits in my window from morning to evening time. Is this ...
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Why are the edges of my cucumber leaves drying out?

I have been growing cucumbers under 40% shade net. Last week the temperature was at 42° Celsius (105° F). At the end of last week, some of the plants started having burning and drying of the leaves' ...
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My lemon tree is having major problems [duplicate]

I live in Southern California and the bark on my tree is splitting, there are limbs also splitting off and the fruit is green instead of yellow. This tree is about fifty years old and I want to save ...
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What happened to my airplant, can it be revived?

I recently purchased this airplant online, when I received it it was healthy and green. The directions said to water once a week, I may have gone over that amount before watering. Is this plant ...
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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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Why is my snake plants' leaf fading in color?

I've had this snake plant for quite some time, but recently one of the leaves has been fading in color. The mix I'm using is perlite based, and I water it once a week. I give it sunlight in the ...
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How should I prune my okra plants?

I have an okra plant which has already produced two okras. Now new leaves are growing and I can see there are two new okras coming from the bottom. Is that good? Do I have to remove both the leaves ...
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What is causing the collapsing branches on my Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii)?

I have a young Aloe barberae (a type of giant tree aloe), about 3 meters tall, which has been in my front yard for three years. I'm in Los Angeles, which has a climate similar to the weather in the ...
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How should I tame my overgrown Phalenopsis?

My phal finished blooming last week, so I am now ready to repot. However, the plant has gotten quite unruly. It's about 5.5" from the soil line to the center of the top leaf, has developed a fairly ...
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Why are my Meyer lemon's leaves yellowing and falling off?

I purchased a 1-2 year old Meyer lemon. We keep it indoors and it was doing great, and started blossoming all over. Then we re-potted it, using some citrus soil and one of those self watering pots. I ...
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How can I use rockwool for indoor gardening?

So, I decided to do research on using rock-wool for my indoor panting needs, rather than the potting soil I obtain from the local stores here. Reasons are 1. I have some rock-wool leftover after ...
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Is 'fertilizer' considered FOOD for plants?

Plants seemed to have thrived for millions of years without any fertilizer being added. Why can't I just not use fertilizer?
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What's causing these small black spots on my basil plant?

I have a basil plant in my flat which has recently developed some light patchy areas with small black spots. Can anyone tell me what is causing it? I occasionally use some left over Tomorite to feed ...
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What are the black spots on my paw paws and how do I treat them?

I have six paw paw trees, all of which were going fine, then almost all together started to develop these black spots on the leaves and fruit. It has progressively gotten worse, and caused most of ...
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Why did a section of leaves on my Holly bush turn brown?

We have two East Malatka Holly bushes in our flowerbed, which were only planted 5 months ago (they were in 15 gal pots, so already pretty large). They have been doing well, until just the last week ...
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Does soil need to be acidic for carnivorous plaints (droserae)

I'm still trying to grow carnivorous plants, and with reasonable success. Recommended: Peat / sphagnum moss Now generally, these plants grow in "wet, boggy, acidic soils" as every source will tell ...
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Pruning and caring for heuchera / coral bells that have gotten too much sun?

It's getting into the driest, hottest part of summer here in MI and my heuchera / coral bells are starting to show some dissatisfaction with it. The outer leaves are browning and turning crispy. My ...
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Yellow leaves in hardy kiwi

I have multiple hardy kiwis on my balcony and one of them started to have strange colour on the leaves, dried out. What could that be from? My guesses: There was a really heavy sun for the ...
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What is causing curling and white, hairy growth on the leaves of my chili plants? [closed]

The leaves on my chili plants have started curling up, and on the underside of the leaves along the petiole, I've noticed a line of very fine white hairs. What's wrong with my plant?
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Is my limp Elephant Ear dead?

I have an elephant ear plant. I planted it about three months ago, and it has been limp for the last two days. What used to be open and spread out is floppy and all over itself. It's not yellow. Is ...
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White fuzzy hairy stuff on plant leaves…ugh, what to do

The plant is healthy otherwise, I see a few ants crawling around on it. Is this a sickness? How do I remove this and get shiny leaves like I see others have?
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How to prune a Salix Integra recovering from scale infestation

I just wondered if you could point me in the right direction with regard to pruning my Salix Integra. Im just about to treat it for a scale infestation and could do with some tips. Here's a picture ...