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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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What are the absolute most water-thirsty plants?

I have a balcony that gets about 4 hours 1 hour of direct sunlight a day (but several many hours of indirect sunlight bouncing off a building in front) that has an A/C unit where the water condensate ...
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What is the minimum amount of space needed to grow a poppy?

I live in an apartment in the city (located roughly central east-coast of US) and really miss my father's garden in the suburbs. As such, I have figured out a scheme for window boxes that has allowed ...
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Whats the next step to improving my schefflera?

I have a large schefflera at my work place. I have been given the honor of caring for all the office plants. That's after the last guy half killed some of them. I already lost one and he jokingly said ...
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Shade tolerant plants that including ones that will cascade

I have a series of terraced beds in front of my house that navigate a downward slope of 4'. The terrace is mostly in shade due to the maple tree that is also in the front yard. I'm looking to fill the ...
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What climbing plant can I grow on my balcony that's not poisonous to cats?

I have a west-oriented balcony where I would like to grow a climbing plant, to separate my balcony from the neighborhood. However, I found that most of the climbing plants like ivy are poisonous or ...
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Do any plants add nutrients back into the soil as they grow?

It seems reasonable that there ought to be at least a few symbiotic plant varieties that benefit from improving soil condition for other plants. If not that, are there plants that essentially improve ...
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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 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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What cacti can grow without cold protection in USDA zone 6b in Pennsylvania?

I'm in USDA hardiness zone 6b. I'm growing eastern prickly pears as outdoor perennials, and would like to grow some other cacti as well. From what I gather, cold hardiness has a lot to do with soil ...
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What is this cactus with paper-looking spindles sticking out all around?

I bought this cactus a while ago and never knew the name of the species. Can someone help me with the name of the plant? A small clone of it is growing on the top of the plant. Should I cut it and ...
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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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What plants can I grow on my apartment balcony in India?

I'm from India. I have an apartment with a balcony, and would like to plant a few vegetables and flowers. The climate here is very sunny. I've already planted brinjal, ladies finger, tomatoes and a ...
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Do Pawpaws do well in common landscape settings in hardiness zones 6B?

I've seen wild pawpaw in VA, but never spent the time to investigate any special growing conditions. I'd love to plant them as an edge plant here in NY, but I've never seen them around here. I'm ...
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How do I change this to a butterfly garden?

My front yard has 2 flower beds. One small one is a rain garden with Turk's cap connected to the down spout from a roof gutter. The larger one has two rose bushes, 2 salvias, 1 dying dwarf Mexican ...
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Planting to deter cats

I am doing a bit of work around our garden, part of which will involve surfacing a largeish area with bark mulch. There are a lot of cats around our area, and they are already frequently in our ...
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What plants will deter mosquitoes?

Does anyone have any plant recommendations that could deter mosquitoes? The location is North Texas, and I am looking for something that could be used on or around the deck. This might make the deck ...
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Does cypress produce any smell or allergens when planted indoors?

I'm thinking about putting a cypress (Chamaecyparis) onto my office desk which is in an open space, however, I don't want it to disturb my coworkers. Is an indoor cypress known to produce any notable ...
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What is a good shrub for privacy for the Pacific Northwest USA?

I live in Seattle WA and am looking for some ideas on what type of hedge/shrub to grow near my fence to increase privacy. Some requirements: Grow fast (to about 10' or so) Stay pretty even in winter ...
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What plants can grow in bathroom humidity with no direct sunlight?

I would like to have a plant in my bathroom, that can absorb the humidity when I shower, so that no attention to irrigation would be required. The bathroom however doesn't have direct sunlight.
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Is there a temperate climate perennial succulent adapted to wet root conditions?

Is there a succulent plant that can grow in wet/swampy conditions? I've never seen it, but I think it would be an interesting change from the usual sedgy/grassy looking swamp plants that grow around ...
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What are some hot peppers that ripen black on the last stage?

I'm looking for chili pepper recommendations: what are some chili peppers that ripen to black on the last stage of ripening? I know plenty that start green, turn black and then turn red, but I want ...
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Will prickly pear thrive under the eaves on the west side of my house?

The front of my house faces due west, with about a 2' overhang underneath the eaves. There is a 12' section between the northwest corner and the walkway leading to my door that has proven very ...
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What vegetable/fruits plants will rabbits not eat?

I have an area for a few raised beds were it would be impractical to secure against rabbits. What can I plant there that they won't be interested in? I'm assuming they won't eat any berry types, but ...
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Greenhouse in a tropical climate

This may be an odd question. I live in Singapore and I recently bought a small greenhouse because it was cheap and it looked nice. It's about 20x40x50cm. I'm originally from a cool temperate climate ...
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What's the Minimum Space I Can Leave Between Flower Bulbs That I Want to Plant in a Planter Box?

I've bought a pile of various tulip, hyacinth, narcis/daffodil, and iris bulbs and I want to plant them in in planter boxes and small pots if I can't fit them all in the box. The instructions on the ...
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What vegetables could be planted in a limited balcony space in a subtropical environment?

I am looking to develop and maintain a small vegetable plot on my unit's balcony, the space available is approximately 2m x 1m (6ft x 3ft). Conditions: Subtropical coastal mining-port town in ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

I have taken a recent interest in gardening, particularly growing herbs and vegetables. I don't know much, but I'm going to wing it and learn from trial and error. I have a few questions that I ...
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What evergreens will tolerate alkaline clay soil in USDA zone 4?

Although the area where I live is famed for it's white pine they grow in sandy soils. My garden has a thin skim of topsoil over six feet of compact alkaline (ph 7) clay. My dwarf white pine is doing ...
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What is a good choice for an edible fruit producing plant given a space of 20 ft x 3 ft?

There is a patch of lawn between the driveways of my neighbour and I of dimension ~5 ft x 20 ft. I would like to plant edible fruit producing plants in my half of this strip of dirt and not have it ...
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What herbs/vegetables/greens can be grown in a balcony garden with limited sunlight?

Growing up in a house with a yard, we had a pretty decent sized garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs galore. Since moving to "the city", I haven't had a yard, and I miss being able to grow things ...
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Which high-desert-friendly tree should I plant beside my driveway?

My property (New Mexico, climate zone 7a) has a patch of ground between my driveway and a fence that's begging for a tree to be there. It's about 11 feet wide. Apparently a tree was there before, as ...
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What are the best deciduous shade trees for Phoenix, Arizona?

I'm looking for a medium sized deciduous shade tree to plant in Phoenix, Arizona to shade part of my house. It needs to be deciduous so that it will let the sun through in the winter and provide shade ...
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What are some good combinations of plants & practices for raised beds to maximize efficiency/output?

As an example of what I am asking I provided one answer: Lettuce/spinach grow well in the empty spaces around the base of pepper plants. Pepper plants don't grow too tall and aren't ...
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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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Which grass is best suited as an indoor perennial?

I would like to decorate our living room with a strip of grass. Which type should I grow? The requirements are as following: should be a perennial or at least grow for a year or so slow growing, ...
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What's a good ground cover to cover a rock wall in heavy shade in Massachusetts?

At the back of our property we have a 2 foot rock wall, made primary of just big rocks and boulders. Its really cool, however behind it is a thick forest and so due to the trees in our yard as well ...
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Is there a snake repellent plant that can prevent snakes from entering a backyard or house?

I have read about the Sansevieria trifasciata, commonly called "snake plant", in Wikipedia (which doesn't suggest any specific snake repellent property). However, this link suggests that the snakes ...
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Ground cover for 2000 sq.ft (half full sun / half partial shade) with 60º slope

I am at Southern California. I need ground cover for 2000 sq.ft. with 60º slope and help for choosing the right flowering low ground cover. There are 30 rose plants at present, so prefer ground cover ...
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Is there a close relative to citrus trees, which can grow in the northeast US?

I am interested in knowing what is a known close relative to citrus, that is known to grow in the northeast US, such as western New York. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Redwood planter - Should I treat it and how?

I just built a nice planter in my garden, and would like to plant some flowers and edible vegetables (i.e. corn, tomatoes and more). Should I treat the wood and how? Let me add a few details: ...
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What kind of landscaping plants do livestock avoid eating and need minimal attention?

I'd like to plant plants/trees/shrubs along the sidewalk on the roads to improve the landscaping and general appearance. However, I live in Gurgaon, India and it is common to see livestock (cows, ...
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What are some good plant suggestions for a cool climate in an apartment? [duplicate]

I'm staying in an apartment which has no balcony (it's a single bedroom house). I want some flowers/houseplants which do not require much sunlight or space. Can some one suggest any plants? The ...
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What are some recommended perennials to grow under large spruce trees in an area of about 350 sq. feet?

I have a small area which I would like to fill with (hopefully perennial) foliage plants, to green it up. I was thinking a variety of different hostas would fit the bill. If this was your bed, what ...
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Are there any drought tolerant plants that will force out weeds in pavement and sidewalk cracks?

In front of my house there is a sidewalk and about 2-3 feet of pavement behind a fence which I'm assuming was formerly dirt that was paved over. I've done my best to work with what I've got and make ...
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What houseplants will best filter the air for a retirement home?

My grandpa lives in a retirement home. I visit him on every Friday, so after browsing on this site, I was thinking to buy a plant or two for his room. Do you have any recommendations? Which is the ...
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What is an easy vegetable to grow in a hot, dry summer / cool, wet winter climate?

I want to try growing vegetables. What is an easy veggie to start with? I live in a climate with hot, dry summers and cool rainy winters.
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Hardy edible perennials that are easy to propagate?

I'm looking for hardy (USDA Z4/Z5; -15F winter lows) perennials (or low maintenance reseeding annuals) that are easy/reliable to propagate either via cuttings, division, or seed. The growing season is ...
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How do I determine what vegetables I can grow on a hot arid island in June?

I will be spending four months on Lanzarote this year, an arid island off the African coast, and want to grow vegetables for home consumption there. The summer is sunny, hot, and dry; local ...
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Could I grow a Sochi tea plant (Camellia sinensis) in zone 6b?

I saw a Sochi tea plant in a catalog that was hardy in zones 7-10. Since I am in zone 6b, I was wondering if I could successfully grow these without wrapping in tar paper or anything like that. I am ...