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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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Indoor gardening with rockwool

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?

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 ...
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White spots growing on small tree in UK garden

I've just noticed these white growths on a tree in my garden (UK). Does anybody know what it is, what I should do about it? I believe the tree us a Salix Integra Thanks for your help EDIT: ...
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What is this fur on the outer leaves on my Peperomia angulata?

There is white fur on some outer leaves of my peperomia angulata. Is this normal or should I be worried? New images:
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Why did my young cucumbers turn yellow and fall off?

My baby cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. I have 2 cucumber plants that produced 8 cucumbers each, however, the other flowers with small cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. What causes that ...
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What is causing brown spots on my mint plant?

I have been rooting my mint in water and it rooted, then I found those brown spots appearing. It happened with all the mint plants I had before. I am in Egypt, and it gets morning sun and no afternoon ...
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Life-support for plants: How can I re-grow my plants from half-dry stems

So, I got a couple of roses, ivy, holly, jasmine, porthos and gardenia plants back in December, but now they all seem to be near-death. I have tried several times to resurrect some of my plants using ...
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Will my avocado plant grow after the top has broken off?

I tried to root an avocado pit in water with toothpicks as suggested, but gave up after leaving it for quite a long time. Finally I just stuck the pit in dirt and watered it. Six months later a tall ...
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Holes in hardy kiwi leaves

On my balcony I have just planted my hardy kiwi. I found that some leaves, particularly smaller ones, have holes: I'm using universal soil (ph 5.5-6.5). I'm watering it everyday as the flowerpot is ...
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Can you grow Baby's Breath very close to each other?

I was sprinkling some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila elegans) seeds on a planter and I was wondering if it's possible to grow all of them together even though they're very close instead of having to play a ...
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How can I help a rhododendron with yellowing leaves and a dead section?

I have a rhododendron which was healthy last year, and produced gorgeous white flowers. Today I noticed that many of the leaves are turning yellow, and a section appears to have died. ...
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Why would my basil leaves have a sharp, unpleasant smell?

I have a basil plant that's getting plenty of sunshine (it's around 29 °C today, with clear skies). It's in a big pot, not shaded, and the soil is damp. We had a lot of rain a few days ago, and ...
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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 ...