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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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Why has our lucky bamboo turned yellow?

Our lucky bamboo has turned yellow in a very short time, after we've had it for almost 2 years. We've trimmed all yellow leaves, and changed the pebble to clean the green algae - what else can be ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does my Norfolk Island pine tree have brown needles and drooping branches?

My Norfolk Island pine is not doing so well; the needles are turning brown and the branches are drooping. Why did this happen to my plant, and how can I cure it? Click photos for full size
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How long do amaryllis bulbs live?

I've had an amaryllis bulb in a pot for about 5 years now and the bulb hasn't been doing much for, I reckon, over 6 months. When should I consider getting rid of it? Could it have run its course?
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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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Can I cover an evergreen shrub in winter?

I have a small evergreen shrub that gets frost burn in winter. I had been told to use tar paper on it over winter, but I was concerned that since it is a broad-leaved evergreen it might need light in ...
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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 ...
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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 they will last. ...
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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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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 ...
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Why is my hosta shrinking?

I have a blue giant hosta. It is in fertile soil and gets plenty of water. I had been dividing it every few years but lately it has started to shrink. I don't want to lose it. How can I get it back? ...
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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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What happened to my airplant, can it be revived?

I recently purchased this airplant online, when I received it it was healthy and green. The directions said to water once a week, I may have gone over that amount before watering. Is this plant ...
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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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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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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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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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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 you save an aloe plant whose stem is weak and appears to be rotting?

I have a large aloe plant that is probably 5 years old and has bloomed twice. Stem is very tall and leaves are approximately 2½ to 3ft (750 to 900mm) long and still very green except at the stem ...
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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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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 ...
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How to salvage a cactus plant that is half dead

This plant did very well for a year and bloomed. At some point I think I over watered it and it started looking 'dusty' and then parts turned black. I snipped off the worst parts and let it dry out ...
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What is causing the collapsing branches on my Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii)?

I have a young Aloe barberae (a type of giant tree aloe), about 3 meters tall, which has been in my front yard for three years. I'm in Los Angeles, which has a climate similar to the weather in the ...
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Why is my basil doing poorly after I split it a month ago?

About a month ago I split my basil plant in half since I wanted to give some basil to a friend. I had never split a plant before. During the summer and fall months I kept my plants outside on my ...
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Why do my newly planted arborvitae keep dying?

I planted arborvitae a year ago that died (five total). I replanted all of them (new trees) this year and three of them are now dying again. Soil Conditions The dirt up here is practically just ...
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Is my bougainvillea turning into a magic beanstalk?

I have a few bougainvillea plants around our house in Southwest Florida. Two are doing OK, the hanging one is bursting out in color with red bracts and white flowers, and there's this one... This is ...
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Potted poinciana leaves turning yellow

I have some poincianas in pots that I started from seeds back in early July. In the summer, I kept them outdoors on the balcony and they mostly did quite fine, although later in August, some of the ...
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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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How can I use rockwool for indoor gardening?

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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Why are the edges of my cucumber leaves drying out?

I have been growing cucumbers under 40% shade net. Last week the temperature was at 42° Celsius (105° F). At the end of last week, some of the plants started having burning and drying of the leaves' ...
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What are these orange spots on my fiddle fig plant?

I've just noticed some orange-like spots on one of the new leaves on my fiddle fig plant. I water it once a week or whenever the dirt is dry. It sits in my window from morning to evening time. Is this ...
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My lemon tree is having major problems [duplicate]

I live in Southern California and the bark on my tree is splitting, there are limbs also splitting off and the fruit is green instead of yellow. This tree is about fifty years old and I want to save ...
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Should I remove rhododendron buds which didn't open before the winter?

I live in Massachusetts, zone 6a, 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 ...