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What is acid soil?

Everyone talks about acid soil, but what does it mean when someone says my soil is acid? How does soil get that way? Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing?
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Does soap mixed with water kill plants?? [duplicate]

I'm doing a science fair project for 8th grade and I'm trying to decide my hypothesis but I'm oblivious .
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Should I use aluminum sulfate (sulphate) to acidify my soil?

It is often recommended online or by nurseries to apply aluminum sulfate to plants like blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas and to hydrangeas to make the flowers blue. Is this advice I should follow? ...
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Yellowing leaves on some hibiscus plants

We moved into a new house in SW FL (the Cape Coral area) a couple of months ago, and the front was landscaped with 5 hibiscus plants. All of them are flowering nicely (a nice, fuchsia color), but 2 of ...
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Do I need to leave space at the base of a plant so that air can get into the soil?

I have heard this mentioned many times that at the base of a tree or plant you need to leave the surface uncovered so that air can get into the soil. How true is this? The idea is that if you are ...
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Does it look like a vine borer caused this damage to my zucchini?

After reading the accepted answer on the question "Is something wrong with my zucchini plant?", I've come to the conclusion that it is in fact a vine borer which has invaded my zucchini. Based on the ...
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Why are my chilli pepper leaves curling and new flowers are falling off?

Could you please tell me why my chilli pepper plant leaves are curling. The plant has grown to about 15" tall and has produced some chilli peppers. The peppers are already maturing but new flowers ...
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What is this plant? What is the white stuff on it?

I've had this plant for a long time, and for most of that time it was outdoors, in a shared area with other plants and heavy sun. It didn't do well, so I dug it out and put in it's own pot, with a ...
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Tomato stems mysteriously cut above the fruit

I have good healthy plants with no signs of (obvious) trouble. Fruits are forming, but some fruits on some plants, and there quite a few of them, are mysteriously cut. I don't see similar damage ...
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Cucumber plants are healthy, but wilt badly in hot sun, then recover

If cucumber plants are growing well, wilt very badly in the sun, revive quickly in shade and over night, is the wilting harming them? Their soil tests okay for water. I am in northern California and ...
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How to prune my sad rhododendron?

We've got PJM rhododendrons at our new house in Michigan... a couple of them are absolutely flourishing, but two of the smaller bushes right next to them are not having a good time. Some of the ...
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Why is my Norfolk Island pine not doing well?

My Norfolk Island pine is not doing so well: the needles are turning brown and the branches are drooping. See photos below. Why did this happen to my plant, and how can I cure it? Click photo for ...
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Small tomato plants have purplish stems

I have Parks Whopper Cr Improved Vf1f2nt Hybrid started from seed indoors. The plants have healthy leaves and seem to be growing well, but their stems are rather purple. Is this normal, or the ...
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Should I pinch early pear blossoms to encourage stronger tree and better season?

I have a young pear tree that has several varieties of pears grafted on it. It is starting to blossom. Should I pinch these early blossoms? Will the tree divert resources to making more leaves and ...
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Lilium flower withering

I've just recently (2013.03.08) bought a lilium and an orchid plant from a big hardware/gardening chain store. The day after, I watered them early in the morning with room temperature water ...
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Brown turkey fig dormancy time

We picked up a brown turkey fig tree last summer. We plan in keeping it in a large pot rather then in the ground. We have a small space and understand they have a good sized root system. Plus we live ...
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Sequoia Browning

I have a small sequoia tree which I got from the San Francisco airport as a seedling. I planted it in January 2012 and it has been growing (slowly) and seemed healthy - it is about a foot tall and is ...
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Should I cut leafless stem off of plant?

I have a ( Indoor ) plant that has been drooping lately and its stems are long and touch the floor. I'm not sure if the stems are supposed to be stiff, or if that is just the way the plant is supposed ...
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Why the leaf tips of my spathiphyllum look burned?

I have a spathiphyllum and I water it 3 times a week. But the leaf tips look like burned. Is that natural or should I do something for it? BTW, how can I make it blossom?
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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 will they last. ...
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I just planted a Paperwhite bulb and I broke the roots. Will it still grow?

I planted it, indoors, about 2 days ago. I rotated it because I thought it was leaning. Then I heard a snap and realized i'd broken the roots. I didn't think roots would have already sprouted :(. Did ...
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How to care for/water Snake's Plant (Mother-In-Law Tongue Plant) indoor potted plant?

I have several indoor potted Snake's plants. One pot has several kinds of plants in it, and is reasonably large - probably 16" diameter. It is filled with Prayer plants, another plant (the name leaves ...
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What are these yellow bugs and should I be worried?

I took a close look at one of my plants, and saw all these tiny yellow bugs. They don't seem to be hurting the plant, but I thought I'd ask to make sure. If it helps, this is in the San Francisco ...
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Potted sweet peas have shot up quicker then expected

Please help i've never grown sweetpeas and wasn't sure what to expect when I chucked the seeds that had started to grow in the packet in with the ones i'd started already and now they have all grown ...
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What is this houseplant, and what can I do to keep it from going downhill?

Looking for help with this plant we recently got. Not much of a plant person, but struggling with this one in particular. Don't know what it is..but I think it's slowly going. I think the soil is ...
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White spots on rose leaves

I have a rose. I have noticed that some of the leaves have got white dots and do not look healthy. There are also strings between some of them (similar to spider webs). I also noticed some small flies ...
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Schefflera arboricola , seems to be withering and dying, help!

I am not sure what is wrong, the plant seems to be rotting and withering from the top down. The tag says that it is a bush but it has grown to 5 feet or more in height. I tried trimming back the ...
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Restoring overwatered rosemary

I have several rosemary bushes in the backyard; I live in San Francisco and rosemary thrives here. However, the landlord overwatered one of the bushes for several months. It's now got some kind of ...
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What's causing these yellow veins on my Okra leaves?

My Okra leaves have turned as shown below Is this a deficiency or a disease? How can I remedy this? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days. Current: Overcast with light rains.
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What is this disease on the growing tips of my peppers, and how can I control it?

Please have a look at these images of my hot pepper plant. Notice the growing tips which seem withered and diseased. What disease is this and what is causing this? What are the solutions to counter ...
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What causes my zucchini-leaves to become light yellow?

Please have a look at these images of my zucchini plant: What disease is this and what is causing this? What are the solutions to counter this? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F ...
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What is causing diseased leaves on my French beans?

My French bean plants have diseased leaves as shown below: What can be causing this? The beans themselves are relatively plentiful. Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days. The ...
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Why are my lemons cracking?

My lemons are cracking as shown in below image: What can be causing this and how can I prevent this in the future? Location: India. Weather In May-June: Hot! > 95F days.
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Can this peace lily be saved?

We have bought this peace lily plant one or 2 months ago, but suddenly all life seems to have gone out of it. Can we still save it? We watered it once a week, so I don't think that is the issue.
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Chlorine vs Chloramine: Both harmful?

I've seen a lot of information saying that chlorine can be bad for some plants and the suggestion to let the water sit out for several hours before using it on plants. I rarely see anything about ...
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Does Arugula/rocket flowering mean the plant's crop season is over?

I sowed arugula/rocket in an outside pot 2 months ago. As it was my first sowing of rocket, it turned out to be too dense so I have thinned it out. It was growing nicely, but all of a sudden it ...
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How long until the fireblight is gone?

Our fruiting quince tree has fireblight. We've been trying to control it by pruning, but it's not working. We're going to have to take out the tree. I can't buy quince fruit, so I want a quince ...
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What is this fungus or weed growing in my flower bed?

I came home today and noticed two patches of this stuff in my flower bed. I recently put down new mulch and I just started watering my lawn again. I live in Texas. 1) Is this a fungus? 2) Is it ...
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What is this little narrow leaved rosette forming plant?

I have a little plant and don't know it's name. I don't know how to maintain it or what kind of soil or fertilizer it needs. Any suggestion is welcomed in advance! Edit1: Can I bring out the root, ...
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Can I use an NPK compund fertilizer on herbs?

I have some "Low nutrient NPK compound fertilizer" which is sold as Citrus Food left over from a Calamondin tree which has sadly passed away. Can I use this fertilizer on my herbs? They are basil, ...
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How can I prolong a marigold?

A girl who's graduating just got a pot with a pretty little flower in it from her a capella group as a parting gift. She's about to fly away across the world, so she can't take it with her, so she ...
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Letting basil loose. Will it die?

I let my basil grow from seed, and I very seldom trimmed it. My aim is to understand the plant life cycle, so I did it on purpose. The plants are so arranged: Three vases sitting in a larger, long ...
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How should I treat Frangipani rust?

My frangipani experiences rust. How should I best treat/protect my plant from rust (all year round)? My plant experienced severe rust during December/January (Australian Summer). It was a very wet ...
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Will a winter-damaged hosta self repair?

In winter, the next-years growth spikes of some of my Regal Blue Hostas got trampled off, and now that they're up, the leaves all have blunt-ended, ragged ends that curl and ripple. This is right by ...
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Is there anything I can do to promote spreading in my Lily of the Valley?

I have some old Lily of the Valley plants around the northeast corner of my house, and they grow nice and thick around the foundation, but failed to spread into the four-five foot wide strip along the ...
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Is it okay to grow English ivy on the base of a tree trunk?

In one place in the yard, there is a carpet of ivy under a black walnut. Would it harm the tree in any way to let the ivy up to the base of the branches? I would like to do this so that the whole ...
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How should budding off be prevented on Gardenias?

How can budding off be stopped on a mature Gardenia? The plant is healthy in all other ways, but the buds always fall off before opening. What is causing this?
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What are the optimal growing conditions for chives?

I have a few questions about starting chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and keeping them happy. I understand chives can survive and grow in many conditions, but what are the best conditions? A few ...
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What Should I look (out) for when purchasing a hydrangea plant?

I was about to buy a potted hydrangea as a last minute gift. I looked at the stem and it appeared dry, brittle and brown at the base of the plant. It's nice and green and firm near the heads of the ...
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How does pH affect plant growth?

I am aware that different plants thrive/need different pH levels to grow. What is it about the alkalinity/acidity of the soil that effects how a plant grows? Note: I understand that this could have ...