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Ideas for picking up residual water?

I have several plants hanging in my balcony from something like this, so when I water them, the residual water naturally spills to the floor. So I was thinking of building a wood planter, similar to ...
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How can I stunt the growth of a Night Blooming Jasmine?

I have been trying to grow a Night Blooming Jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum Jessamine, plant indoors. The plant is growing pretty rapidly. I read that the height of the plant goes up to 8-10 feet, which is ...
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Is my maple tree in trouble?

Location is Pacific Northwest (15 mi W of Portland, OR) A 2-inch diameter branch broke off my backyard maple tree at the trunk this afternoon. The branch had many healthy-looking leaves and seed "...
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Tiny Yellow spots on Dracaena Refelxa Pleomele. What I am doing wrong?

It's not on all leaves, but, let's say, on 70% of the leaves. Well-drained soil. Medium-bright indirect light. I water it every two days, ~250ml water. It was fine a few days back, but now the leaves ...
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How to prevent basil leaves from becoming black

The attached photographs show a sick basil leaf (which is turning black) compared to a healthy basil leaf from the same plant. The black leaves need to be trimmed to keep the plant healthy. What can I ...
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What should I do with damaged leaves on my Money Plant?

Some leaves on my money plant, Epipremnum aureum, have been damaged by rats. Should I cut them or leave them? If cutting them is good for the plant, from where should I cut the leaves? Here are ...
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What is this white substance on my queen of the night?

I recently discovered a white substance on my queen of the night Cestrum nocturnum. I don’t know what kind of pathogen it is. Does anyone have any ideas how to deal with this? I would greatly ...
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Why did the leaves of my pepper plant become partly white after transplanting?

I am growing a scorpion pepper plant and I have an issue. Since transplanting, all of the new growth is white. I used miracle gro potting mix. The seedling was previously in a pot with a different ...
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Is music good for plants? [closed]

I was watching a documentary on plants, and I came across this section that tells about the effect of music on plants. It says that Rock music kills plants while some other type of music encourages ...
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Is there a difference between Aspirin, Tylenol, and Advil when growing tomatoes? [closed]

In this YouTube video people are suggesting planting with Aspirin, but would Advil, and Tylenol do the same thing?
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Cut the iris stem to the rhizome or only as far as the bottom leafs?

I have bearded iris growing at 7,000 feet. I want to see which of the iris will rebloom this season, and when the blooms are finished, to split and propagate the plants. In either case, it's my ...
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Is mold/mildew in the stalks killing my lucky bamboo?

I've got a lucky bamboo with two stalks. One stalk (right to the bottom and left at the top - blue turtle) looks green and healthy, but the most recent leaves started look yellow-ish. The other stalk (...
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What is wrong with my Camellia?

What is wrong with my Camellia? It hasn't been looking too happy recently but I just returned from a 2 week holiday and it looks like this (I live in London, uk and it should get sun most of the day)
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black spots near roots and up stems

My beautiful palm tree started showing black spots on the stems near the roots and then further up the stems as time progressed. Some of the leaves have a brown tinge to them. It hasn't stopped ...
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Plant sitting two orchids and need advice

I'm charged with keeping these two orchids alive this summer. Neither look really great right now. The first is a phalaenopsis that was a Christmas gift with beautiful blooms in December. The ...
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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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Do I need to shade my veggie garden during a heat wave?

We are expected to have 100+ degrees Fahrenheit for the next 3 days. My plants are already looking pretty wilted. They get 12 hours of sunlight, often dry and windy as well. I'm really worried I will ...
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Did I over fertilize my vegetable garden?

I think I over fertilized my raised vegetable garden. A few days after I fertilized, the leaves are starting to go limp and point downwards. Is this what it looks like? And if so, is there any ...
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White spots on large maple tree

I live in the UK and I have a very large maple tree in my garden and just noticed it has white spots on the trunk and some branches. Any idea what it could be and what I can use to cure it? Thanks!
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Black patches on aloe vera leaves

Please tell me if this Aloe Vera leaf is healthy. Most of the leaves are green but there are some leaves with these black patches. Is it safe to consume these leaves raw? For Image, Please click ...
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Cutting back Avocado trees

I am growing an Avocado tree. I was told that the tree needs to be cut back. However, I am afraid of damaging it. My question is whether cutting back is recommended and how do I do this without ...
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What are the pigments in my orchid?

This orchid has been with me for one week. I don't know if she's ok, she has little points on her flowers and her stalk isn't brown at all. I watered the plant the same day I bought her and yesterday. ...
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Is this a fungi on my plant?

I have bought a Kalanchoe and it was healthy when I bought it. I have four more plants with the same problem (all purchased from a place like ikea in Ecuador). I wonder if it is a fungus, and how to ...
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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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Why haven't my Birch and London plane tree leafed out yet

In the fall I bought a few trees from Arbor Day. I planted the birch and plane tree on the north side of my house and they haven't budded, bloomed, or leafed yet while my other trees have. I did the ...
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Is it good or bad to have mushrooms growing in the soil of my fruit tree?

As you can see I have mushrooms in my soil. Are they bad? Are they going to cause root rot in my plants? Also, are the mushrooms infectious through the air? It's my testing soil. I plant different ...
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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 smart-...
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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 pale/...
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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 ...