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How can I revive a wilted Mexican feather grass?

I bought a Mexican feather grass from the clearance section so I know it's been taken care of, it's just a little droopy so it was heavily discounted. Since I thought I'd like it, I'd love to be able ...
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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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Is there a way to straighten an older tree that started crooked?

I have a pecan tree that is about 6 years old that is growing about 5 degrees off vertical. I've tried to stake it several times but to little effect. Currently I have a ratchet strap trying to pull ...
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Does this orchid have a viable stem? If not, will it grow one if transplanted to a larger pot?

I received a Phalaenopsis Orchid as a Valentine's Day present. It was in a glass vase, and atop the straight stem, which was held to a support stick by a hair clip, were two lovely pink flowers. It ...
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Rue with white dots and some 3mm white bugs

I have a Rue plant in my terrace, and for many weeks it has had some sort of plague made of white dots and some slightly bigger bugs, oval shape, no more than 3mm long. I've been using an organic ...
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Can I eat carrots with wormholes in them?

I started cleaning up and cutting two big carrots to make a soup when I realized worms had dug galleries in them. Is it safe to eat them even if I clean them? So far I have not found any worms but can ...
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Could a spider be causing my orchids and cactus to die?

I had several small plants in the office (two orchids and a small cactus) that died. In a short time they began to dry. Now a third orchid is beginning with similar symptoms and I wanted to ask what ...
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How can I save my Venus Fly Trap after being watered with tap water?

My coworkers used normal tap water to water my Venus Fly Trap. How can I save it?
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Can I fix my lucky bamboo that has yellow stalks?

Is it possible to save my lucky bamboo plant? The stalk is yellow and starting to turn brown but the leaves are still green. I have cleaned the glass container it is in and placed it in indirect sun. ...
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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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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I have an almond tree on a house I purchased. The tree looks very old and the large bulk of it didn't have much green - looked very dead. It was growing sideways and near the base of the tree some new ...
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What is the name of this plant, is it edible, and how can I care for it?

I took a little bunch, but it in water and planted it when I saw the roots. the original plant was low, close to the floor. I kind of like it going up. This plant smells really nice. It's super ...
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What is wrong with this Fargesia?

Looks like some kind of leaf miner, but I've never seen it before. What is it, and is there an "organic" way to treat it?
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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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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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Is it really that important to prune deadwood from trees? If so, why?

It seems like every time we bring arborists onto a property, the first thing they want to do is to remove all the deadwood from the tree canopies. What are the reasons for doing this, and is it really ...
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Why aren't my new echinaceas true perennials?

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of my favorite flowers; it's easy to grow, cheap, spreads quickly (giving me lots of new plants to spread around) and looks good over a long season (I ...
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What are these red spots on my guava leaves?

I had purchased a guava tree (in vase) a month ago and from the beginning (some leaves had problems when I got the tree), some red spots or areas appeared on the leaves. After a while some of them ...
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Why are the leaves of my rubber plants getting wavy?

I just got a young rubber plant (I think thats what it is). After the second watering I realized the plants leaves were getting wavy or ridged. If it matters, I waited till the mix was dry before ...
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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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Why could this Elephant's Ear be turning yellow?

I have a pretty large elephant's ear, that @Stephie helped me identify some weeks ago in this question. As you can see in one of the pictures there, one of the leaves is already not looking very ...
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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 happens with rosemary if I don't let it hibernate over the winter?

I have a 1 year old rosemary. I read in several (non scientific) articles that I have to put it to 10°C in winter, so it can hibernate (I guess). (Outside it would freeze I think, we sometimes get ...
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Home-made Solution for White-Spotted Curley Leaves on Pepper Leaves

I had bought 10 pots of peppers a while back. Not all of them seemed healthy, but since they had the fruits, I thought I can use the fruits and bin the pots if I can't keep them. I was keeping them in ...
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How Should I Take Care of These Two Phalaenopsis Orchids with Different Behaviors?

I bought a pot of Phalaenopsis Orchid while its flower was almost dead a few months ago. Several weeks later I bought another pot with no flowers on it. I've been keeping both pots in the sitting room ...
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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 ...
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Pumpkins survive and continue to produce but fruit went rotten after some development

I seeded some "atlantic giant" pumpkins in april, in a big lawn at full sun for all day long. They started to grow and to flower, and after some time they started to produce some pumpkins. They grew ...
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Is it important to deal with gall wasps on oak trees? If so, what is the best method?

Gall wasps are a common problem here on the east end of Long Island. Oaks are a dominant species around here, and many clients rely on them for shade around their houses and yards. What should be done ...
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Why did the leaves on my Christmas cactus suddenly change texture and colour?

I've been growing a cloned Christmas Cactus now for a few months, and it has been doing quite well. I moved to university 4 days ago (from Swindon, England to Bristol, England) and today I notice that ...
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What could be keeping Crepe Myrtles from flowering?

3 mature (8-10') Crepe Myrtles (var. Raspberry Sundae) were installed approximately 4 years ago on a property on the south fork of Long Island. They seem to be thriving, and grow well each year. ...
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Do pine beetles kill healthy pitch pines, or is it safe to plant seedlings to replace trees killed by them?

We need to remove a number of trees that have been killed by some kind of pine beetle - presumably black turpentine beetle - on eastern Long Island. These trees had suffered injury from salt spray ...
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Should my plant be shedding leaves when it's flowering?

I have this plant at my new place which I assume is a Cissus of some type from googling. I noticed some of the leaves started yellowing and falling off when the flower buds started appearing. Is ...
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How should I control the growth of my umbrella grass?

I have a few clumps of umbrella grass that are getting very overgrown. They are planted at the edge of my court yard (pictures below). I live in Houston TX. This is my first house and I inherited a ...
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How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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Should I seal the wounds where limbs were removed on a crape myrtle?

I have a crape myrtle that I attempted to transplant last spring. Unfortunately, it didn't do so well (I damaged more of the roots than I intended), and while it did leaf out last year, after a long ...
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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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Redwood planter - Should I treat it and how?

I just built a nice planter in my garden, and would like to plant some flowers and edible vegetables (i.e. corn, tomatoes and more). Should I treat the wood and how? Let me add a few details: ...
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Should I still continue to plant a potato that turned green?

When potatoes are exposed to the sun they turn green and become toxic. I wanted to try to chit a potato tuber but I'm scared that when it turns green I will end up harvesting green tubers as well.
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What is causing curling leaves on my potted Rosy Glow barberry bushes?

I have a few Rosy Glow Barberries that I bought when they were little. I live in a very hot and humid area, so I put them under 60% shade cloth. Well, they turned green, so that told me that they ...
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What is causing the leaves to develop brownish patches between the veins on my tomato plant?

My tomato plant's leaves are turning brown in some places (photo). Zoom in It seems to affect mostly older leaves, but not all of them, as you can see in the image. It starts with a few small brown ...
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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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Will planting Pachysandra terminalis affect existing shrubs?

I'm considering planting Pachysandra terminalis around the base of a few shrub/tree stands, but am concerned it may negatively effect the growth of the existing trees/shrubs. The first area is ...
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Will Arborvitae regrow to their usual shape after being partially eaten by deer?

I planted a bunch of Arborvitae in my yard and last winter the deer ate the bottom portion of 2 or 3 of them. I did some Googling to see if they'd grow back, and while most sources say that they will ...
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How can I prevent my banana tree from drying out?

We live in Lahore , Pakistan where temperature in summers reach 45 degrees Centigrade. Our banana tree is drying out in the sun. What is the best way to ensure that it remains healthy? This banana ...
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Ginger plant too tall for its own good

My ginger plant is about 33 inches (85cm) tall now, and still plans to get taller. Is this normal? I'm afraid it will fall off and break its stem, and I really don't want to hurt the root down there ...
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What insects killed this red cabbage?

Watering the lettuces, I spotted a Red Cabbage head leaning sideways on the ground. On close inspection, here's what I saw: Three little worm-like bugs having a feast of the bottom of the stalk of ...
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How to protect plants from freezing

Waking at 1 am, I get my shoes on to run out to my greenhouse. I've had a heck of a time getting my garden in this year. I've lost quite a few plants to 'pop' freezes and I'm probably getting ...
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Is my newly planted weeping willow in shock?

This spring, I planted a weeping willow tree (salix x) in my yard, in an attempt to help dry things out. I'd heard they love wet conditions, and can grow up to 8' a year. Well, it has been almost two ...
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Can I rejuvenate a very old lilac bush that has regrown from the base?

I have a very old (about 120-125 yrs. old) lilac bush. It was cut almost to the ground 20 years ago. I had been told that this was how to control giant lilacs. It had formerly been 18' high and 25' ...
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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 ...