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Should my spruce tree roots be covered?

This Norway spruce's roots have always been on top of the ground. The soil it is growing on is very hard white dry soil with a layer of decayed needles on top. It has been growing fine so far, but ...
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Will a snowball viburnum thrive in the San Francisco bay area (Fremont)?

I'm thinking of gifting someone with a snowball viburnum for Christmas. Will it live alright in the bay area (specifically, Fremont)? I heard that the soil may cause some issues.
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Can multiple arborvitaes be made to grow uniformly to the same height?

Arborvitaes grown in rows often grow unevenly with some growing twice as much as others of the same age and with the same care. Is it possible to prevent this, and make all the trees in one row look ...
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Will leaving fallen leaves on the lawn during winter damage the grass?

I have a lot of leaves on my lawn (in Oklahoma). Will it hurt the grass if I leave the leaves there over the winter?
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How do I take care of a Port Jackson fig bonsai?

A few years ago (4ish, I think) my girlfriend at the time brought me a small bonsai, a Port Jackson Fig (if I remember right!). I have managed to keep it going so far. At this point, it is more a ...
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Are the yellow leaves on my Massangeana due to root rot?

I bought my Massangeana (Dracaena fragens) 15 months ago, and he's be doing really well. Started off with a few burnt ends, but I switched to filtered water and he was good again. In the last couple ...
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Why did the stem suddenly weaken in my oriental poppy?

I have an oriental poppy 'Patty's Plum' growing in new potting compost in a pot with good drainage. It sits in full sun, and I water it as needed in the recent dry weather. I purchased it from a ...
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Should you trim off half yellowed leaves on an indoor plant?

My mum has a plant (Aglaonema modestum) which she doesn't quite take care of, and it is messy with dead leaves and half yellow, half green leaves. I find them very ugly and want to trim them off. The ...
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My plants are dropping leaves suddenly and dying. Are they being poisoned?

We have got a Japanese maple plant in the back garden in a pot that has suddenly seemed to have died. There are absolutely no leaves on it at all now. I asked my dad who said this is perfectly ...
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Why are my basil seedlings failing to thrive?

I have grown basil from seeds in a large pot. They have germinated but are now failing to thrive. They are now about 3 weeks old. They get the afternoon sun and are watered daily. I applied Seasol ...
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What is the best way to keep a tree growing straight?

When most trees get over ten feet tall, they seem to be trying to grow every way but up. Staking would be impractical because of scale, and pruning often helps but does not force the tree to grow up. ...
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How should I transition my Thanksgiving Cactus to artificial indoor light?

I have a Thanksgiving Cactus that is getting covered in flower buds but it is getting near the frost date. This plant was outdoors most of the year this year and it has grown like crazy. How do I keep ...
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Cherry sapling has orange dots on its leaves and the tips are wilting. What could be wrong?

I recently planted a cherry tree sapling about two weeks ago. It's about a handspan high, and has four leaves. I noticed that it had orange spots on one of the leaves when I planted it. Click on ...
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Why does my English walnut lose its leaves early?

I have an English walnut sapling that grows vigorously all summer, but at the beginning of Fall the leaves dry up and fall. It has been two years now. Is that a problem with the tree?
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What should I do after a pepper plant has partly broken under its own weight?

So, I'm sitting here on my computer and get the life scared out of me by a horrible cracking, rustling, thudding sound. I turn to find one of my peppers plants has broken - apparently one of the upper ...
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How healthy are seedlings sent by mail?

I've never bought seedlings out of seed catalogs, but am sometimes tempted to (especially by the flashy free $20, no obligation seed catalogs). I'm just wondering what the considerations are when ...
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What are the disadvantages of having creepers or normal plants indoors?

I never had indoor plants before. Are there disadvantages to having indoor plants in a dusty environment? If the plant is a creeper, is there a way that I can clean its leaves? Probably by spraying ...
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How do I treat rhubarb rust?

I have a small rhubarb plant and one of the stems has gotten some rust on it. What should I do? (there are only 3 small stems on the plant)
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Why do my gardenias turn yellow before they bloom?

My gardenias seem to be happy all year around, but when they bloom, they turn half yellow. Is there a way to keep them green through the bloom phase?
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Is it possible to get a plant that is just a genetic dud?

Is it possible that an instance of a plant could just be a dud. As in even with great care it is never healthy?
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How to help a Jade plant heal?

I have a couple of Jade plants ( Crassula ovata ) that I have grown from leaf pieces over the course of the last 10 years or so. This year, for the first time, they appear to have been attacked by ...
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A few leaves on my peppers are showing multiple small holes, should I be worried?

I've noticed that a small number of the leaves on my pepper plants are showing several tiny holes through their surface. These are focused towards the stem of the leaf, and not so much towards the ...
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When should I transfer from pod to pot or ground?

Since the pre-sprouted plant season is in full bloom, what is a good indicator of the time to transfer a pre-sprouted plant? For instance I have a mexi-bell pepper in a plastic pod and two basil ...