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What fruit trees are suitable for growing in containers in a subtropical zone?

I live in Northern Australia, which is a subtropical zone. We always have temperatures above 20°C. We have two seasons: a dry season with no rain and temperatures ranging between 21°C and ...
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Hard potatoes harvested

First time grower in Michigan, partial shade and probably not the best soil. The red potatoes I got out first were very hard. Why? What can I do to prevent this with the rest of them before they ...
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Is there a creeping plant that will absorb pollen, dust and pollutants?

I live in an apartment on the 10th floor & facing a major road. As a result fine dust and pollen make their way into my bedroom easily at night when I keep the window open. I have allergic ...
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What can I plant in dry shade at the base of a deciduous hedge?

I have planted a deciduous native hedge (Euonymus Europaeus, Viburnum lantana, Acer campestre and Viburnum opulus, plus an existing full-size sycamore) along the south-eastern boundary of my back ...
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Drought-tolerant grass for sunny, wet Texas clay

I live in Texas, and my back yard is on the bottom of a hill; thus it gets lots of run-off from other houses in the subdivision. The run-off causes problems you'd normally expect: Soft, boggy lawn ...
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Desalinating plants (the botanical kind) which create fresh water

Are there any plant architectures or permaculture schemes which can filter seawater and create fresh water? I imagine a saline pond or bore, flowing down through a series of ponds to a lower ...
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Vine-like plant that eventually melds with others of its kind?

Is there any crawling plant that, when it's crawling among others of its species, will actually grow into one another and eventually share veins? Unrelated: this is for a project to provide a living ...
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What's the most hardy red fleshed apple for the Pacific Northwest?

I had two wonderful red fleshed apples in Birch Bay, Washington. We've moved to St. Helens, Oregon and I can't find any here. I'd love to replace them. Does anyone know where I might find these and ...
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Uncommon Plants in Northern Argentina (Misiones) [closed]

A friend of mine has a little plantation in Argentina, Misiones. It's kind of a small rain forrest. I would like to bring him some seed that would grow there and that he can't get there from every ...
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Looking for an small indoor desk plant

I am looking for a plant which : Is small, growing to atmost 1.5 feet (the smaller, the better) Requires minimal sunlight (at most, 1-2 hours of direct sunlight per day) Low risk of attracting pests ...
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What bamboo species for a container-bound green wall?

I have a boring grey northwest-facing-with-southwest-exposure concrete wall on my balcony, outdoors, in Vancouver BC, that I would like to turn into a lush wall of bamboo. I have one container whose ...
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Is there a grassy plant that's unattractive to livestock without being poisonous?

We'd like to grow a plant (hopefully not obscure, and not hard to cultivate) which livestock (horses in our case) will leave alone. From observing horses the three main plants which they are ...
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How can I grow ivy (or a bush or other plant) in my fireplace that is low-maintenance and bug-repellant?

I've never gardened, but I do love design. I'm moving into a new place that has an unusable fireplace, and I think it'd look amazing if it had a green, leafy plant filling the interior of it. Since ...
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Hardy plants for wind break in the Rocky Mountain West?

Here in Montana, high winds are a common cause for both gardening problems and poor energy efficiency in homes (as well as maintenance issues). Can anyone recommend some low-maintenance plants that ...
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How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

I have a mixed hedge which is about 6 feet high. I think it is privet and hawthorn. Currently, it is very top heavy in terms of the growth, and it has a lot of bare stems lower down. Please see the ...
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Plants for a duck enclosure - Sydney, Australia

I'm looking for suggestions for plants to put in a duck enclosure that are not going to be eaten or trampled by my ducks. I will have some small raised hills running down two sides of the enclosure ...
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Tall Living Fence

I live in NJ and my house next to a daycare facility playground. Not only is there zero privacy, it also gets really noisy with the kids screaming all day. I am looking into the possibility of a ...
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Growing in the Tropics

Can I grow peonies, camellias or magnolias in the tropics/Philippines? or at least a good substitute for those I have mentioned.
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What are some hardy trees with medicinal properties?

I am looking to plant a few trees this year, they are not in a high priority location. I am mostly just doing it to keep my hill from eroding. I have heard ( i dont know how well documented this is) ...
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What are the uses of rice hulls?

I see a lot of rice hulls that are burned after harvest seasons. Is there a good use for it in my garden or it is best suited for large scale farming like rice and corn? Is there a good use for its ...
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What climbing vines will cover a 40' high cliff in southern Spain?

We live in southern Spain, and have the problem of trying to disguise a massive cliff wall behind the house. We intend to erect large metal fencing to the cliff, which is 100 feet long by 40 feet ...
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Can I plant a tree into a concrete foundation to break it?

Apparently, what used to be a foundation for a small house is now part of our backyard. The house is long gone, but the concrete foundation has been there for as long as anyone can remember. Is there ...
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Leafiest Tropical Tree

I currently live in tropical country Philippines and I would like to plant or graft the most leafiest tree serving 2 purpose; first to have a better shade, like I said we live in a tropical climate ...
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cultivating a cactus from cutting

I've recently gotten a san pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) cutting as a gift. I'm trying to take care of it as good as possible, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. The situation is: the ...
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Plants to grow over and cover up an ugly wall?

On my property there is an ugly wall/fence, made of concrete, with vertical pieces of concrete and gaps between, like a picket fence. but far, far less attractive. I want to plant some plants at the ...
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Pruning a mimosa

I have a mimosa and I have to prune it. I'd like to be less invasive and do this "operation" in the best way. Which is the best weather to prune mimosa? Which is the best time to do it?
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What bulbs will do well planted in containers in the fall in Dallas, and how should I take care of them?

I'm a total and complete novice when it comes to gardening... I'd like to plant some bulbs this fall in large containers on my back patio. I live near Dallas, Texas. What bulbs would you recommend? ...
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Which are some good indoor plants for upside down planting?

Would like to grow indoor plans upside down, to save space... Which are some good choice? Would like those promoting more leaf growth? Will the stem continues to grow at the same rate, as if it's ...
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What plants survive in a relatively dark room?

What can I plant in a pot that will survive in a relatively dark room?
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Pacific N.W. sandy, sloped probably acidic soil. Needs ground cover!

I have a 5 acre parcel of land and just excavated it, leaving just large cedars and firs. I am trying to find a low ground cover that's pretty dense and can cover at least an acre of hillside that ...
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Advice on growing Naranjilla (Solanum quitonense)?

I have been trying to transform a previously ornamental garden into a productive but still attractive one. I've used citrus and guavas for hedging, lemongrass for borders etc. One final niche I'm ...
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What are some low maintenance plants I can use for my front yard?

I've got two sections in my front yard, each with one terrible looking plant. I've removed all other plants(mostly weeds). I want to remove the remaining two plants leaving me with a clean slate. ...
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Plants to dry out a soggy lawn

I live in the north of England (where it's fairly wet) and have a section of lawn near a fence that is quite mossy and boggy. I cannot put any drainage pipe in, because the only place to run the ...
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Plant suggestions for a rockery in a dry, shaded position

I am planning to make a rockery down the end of my garden. The position is directly underneath two tall Leylandii. The soil there is poor and any moisture very quickly sucked out by the Leylandii. ...
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Landscaping to Reduce Visual Size of Home

We are building 2-story home (~2300 sqft) in a neighborhood of mostly 1-story homes, and typically less square feet, and no large attached garage. Needless to say, with the extra square feet, and ...
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What are good plants for sandy soil?

I live in the San Francisco Bay area and my landlord asked us to take care of the overgrown yard in exchange for reduced rent. I cleared a lot of the dead weeds and piles of leaves out and it looks ...
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Does an Eastern Redbud tolerate partial shade?

I'm thinking of replacing an ugly evergreen shrub in my front yard with a flowering tree of some kind. The location on which I'll be placing the tree is overshaded by some very large old oaks, so I'm ...
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Is there a plant which can withstand heat up to 40 degree Celsius?

There are many plant recommended over the internet as heat tolerant plant. Well, I am not sure how much heat they are talking about. My Habonaro Chili pepper are in bad shape due to heat wave coming ...
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Ground cover for large sloped area

I have a fairly large area, ~1000 square feet, that I would like to plant with ground cover that looks good, is low to the ground, and is zero maintenance. The area gets full sun the first half of the ...
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Looking for recommendations for houseplants to freshen up air that do not grow much

I do a lot of soldering in my room which smells. Not only that, I find my room smells stale anyway. Ideally I want a fairly small plant that is easy to maintain and doesn't grow into a forest/ palm ...
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Is there any replacement for the privacy that the thick undergrowth in woods provide?

In the back of my lot I have about 20 feet thick of woods/brush. This provides some very nice privacy from the house that is on the other side of that brush. However, I have had problems with poison ...
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What is the best shade tree to shade the front of my house?

What type of tree(s) should I plant to provide the best shade on a two-story house? I would like to provide as much shade as possible on the red square below: The part I'm most concerned about is ...
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Where can I educate myself about palm trees?

I'm looking for a palm tree to provide a back drop to a swimming pool. I think I want a medium sized palm but I know nothing about them and need to educate myself. Where can I learn about the ...
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What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?

Can ANY plant with green foliage survive in a sealed office environment with fluoroscent lighting from 8am to 5:30pm and air conditioning set at 20 C? For the remaining time, there is basically zero ...
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What are some low-maintenance vegetables and annuals that take no extra care beyond watering?

We have a fairly short growing season-- last frost mid-May, first frost mid-Sept. This year, it's even more compressed because I'm having a baby in late June (yay!). I want to put an easy garden in ...
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What can I grow in a very damp, shaded part of the garden?

I have a small flower bed which is in a very shaded corner. It never gets any direct sunlight, and tends to be very damp (although it's well-drained - but the water never evaporates). I'd like to be ...
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What ground cover would be best for my old stone driveway?

I have a steep driveway that isn't very practical for parking in, but looks pretty nice. It is "paved" with bricks and large marble slabs, with dirt in between the stones. Although this looks pretty ...
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What plants are complementary to these plants in a crop rotation?

I would like to know what vegetables would work well in a garden with the following history: Season 1: Tomatoes (various varieties, (vv)), eggplants, peppers (vv), basil, marigold, asparagus (did ...
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What heirloom varieties are easiest to work with for a 'heirloom beginier'?

I would like to grow heirloom varieties of the vegetables listed below. However, I have never worked with heirloom seeds before and I have heard they are difficult to grow. So, I would like ...
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What flowers and shrubs will grow without outside help?

I would like to plant some shrubs and/or flowers in a mostly wooded area behind my house (in NE Oklahoma). What are some good candidates that are (1) cheap, (2) perennial, and (3) hardy enough to ...