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What are some tips on planting large plants?

When planting large plants, like trees or large shrubs, I've always dug a hole larger than the root ball, filled it with water, and then suspended the root ball in the water and used my hand to ...
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How can I grow a pineapple plant from a store-bought pineapple?

I've read in several places that a pineapple plant can be grown from the top of a store-bought pineapple, provided it has a crown/leaves intact. The only problem is that I'm finding many ...
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Hexagonal bush?

I have seen the pictured bush today when hiking around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. From a distance, hexagonal patterns are visible: Adjacent branches grow in an almost perfect 45° angle relative to ...
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How much time does clover need to establish before winter?

I'm planting Mammoth Red Clover as a cover crop -- it will grow all next year in a couple of my garden beds, and I'll plow it under the following spring (~18 months from now). I'd like to get it ...
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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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Planting Garlic

I've been replanting my garlic every year from some seed cloves I purchased 10 years ago. Every year, I replant cloves from the largest, nicest heads and use the smaller ones in the kitchen. Despite ...
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How and when to plant young grafted fruit tree?

Our backyard is in a Mediterranean climate (Adelaide plains, South Australia) and we've been gifted a young grafted apple tree which has its root ball still wrapped in plastic. It's about 1.3m (4ft) ...
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How can I grow edible plants for a reptile in the reptile's tank?

I have a bearded dragon, and I recently came up with an idea to possibly plant my dragon's food in her own tank. This way it is fresh, always available, and may even help to keep the humidity in her ...
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When should Broccoli seeds be sown indoors for spring planting in Minnesota?

When should I sow my broccoli seeds indoors and when should I transplant outside?
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How to start a bulb bed so that it doesn't need weeding?

When I bought my house (in southern Minnesota), one of the things I loved about it was a flower bed along the side of the garage that requires very very little maintenance. At the end of the summer, I ...
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How many mint seeds should you plant?

I received a package of 50 mint seeds. They seemed small so I just planted all of them in a wide 10 liter pot. Was that too many seeds in too small of an area? How much is too much?
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How should I calculate row spacing with different varieties?

I was going to ask this as an aside in this question, but I remembered that there are no asides in StackExchange. so say I've done this again: I go out and I plant two rows and beets, two rows ...
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Should I plant my garden early this year?

Due to the unusual weather in the Midwestern USA this year with record highs being set almost on a daily basis, should I plant my summer garden earlier? That is, does this affect the growing season ...
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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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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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Can I plant peas, green beans and lettuce this early?

The weather this year has been exceptionally mild here in northern Illinois, and I am thinking of planting my peas, green beans and lettuce in the next couple weeks. This is probably a full four weeks ...
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How do I prepare my hyacinths for planting out?

I received a couple of hyacinth bulbs in small pots that have flowered nicely, and I'm wondering what the best way to prepare them for planting out in the spring is. They have 8 inch stalks with ...
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What sort of planting layout should I follow to cover a fence with a hedge?

I'm planning on planting around 500 ft of evergreen hedge in Tennessee, partly in the sun and partly in shade. I talked to a local landscaping company who recommended one of the following: ...
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How should I stabilize a tree with a malformed root ball?

I recently purchased a tree from a local nursery. It was originally in a 15-20 gal pot. The trunk of the tree was not centered in the pot. Instead its was an inch or two away from the edge. As a ...
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Two-dimensional plant spacing

I'm new to vegetable gardening and am just beginning to plant a few seeds into raised beds. On every seed packet, and in almost every other guide or reference I've found, on- and off-line, ...
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Is there any kind of plant or vine that can grow so thick as to replace the need for sheetrock?

I've been looking at the sheet rock and I've decided it's kind of boring. I want to rip it out exposing the rafters behind it. I was thinking it'd be kind of cool to layer the framing and the sheet ...
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Where can I find a large shrub to replace one that died in a hedge? (See details)

With the drought last year I lost two fairly large (~ 5 foot tall) Photonia/Redtip shrubs that were part of a hedge. I've been to several nurseries, but the biggest one I've seen for sale anywhere is ...
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When is the best time to plant Knockout Roses in North Georgia?

I live in N. Georgia (USA) and I want to grow a rose bush. Knockouts are sold around here all the time and are fairly cheap, and am wondering when is the best time to put one in the ground? I started ...
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What vegetables/seeds/fruits at the grocery store can be viably replanted?

I have a crude understanding that planted seeds should be non-hybrid non-gmo open-pollinated in order for their offspring to be as good as the parents. If I try to use organic produce from the ...
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Do nutrients always flow downward in soil?

I've been reading and watching planting techniques. Many people place fertilizer at the bottom of the planting hole before putting in the plant. The first example is from Osmocote's fertilizer ...
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How to remember planting depth and spacing in the vegetable garden?

This may seem like a non-problem to some, but I very often find myself with a handful of seeds and I totally forget what the seed spacing, row spacing and seed depth is supposed to be for any ...
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Can I plant this mango seed

Today preparing a mango for breakfast, I retrieved the mango seed. The mango somehow just split in the middle and the inner seed was free. That never happened before. I am now wondering, whether I ...
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When should I replant Home depot (Bonnie) tomato plants

I've brought few tomato plants from home depot (Bonnie brand) and they are 5 to 8 inches tall and their roots start poking out from the bottom (and sides) of their (3" and 4") containers. Seems like ...
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How do I increase the chance of growing a garlic plant from a clove?

A while back I threw out some spoiled-looking garlic cloves only to find them growing quite well in my compost. I'd like to try planting a few (in a container, not the open ground). Can I simply ...
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How should I replant this daffodil?

While I was transplanting daffodils I came across this plant that grew upside down, with the base of the bulb sticking out of the ground. Now that I dug it up, How should it be replanted?
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Why are strawberries cooled before planting, and what is a term for this procedure?

I've heard that it's a practice to cool strawberry plants to a low temperature (~2 °C/~35 °F) for some time before planting them. Supposedly this results in an increased growth tempo of the plants in ...
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What is the root span of Dwarf Southern Magnolia 'Little Gem'?

I can't seem to find any consistent information on the root structure of these guys. We were given one as a housewarming gift and would like to get it into the ground as soon as possible, however I'm ...
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How do you grow a Lotus flower from seed?

I have a Lotus flower seed and have kept it in water for the last 5 or 6 days. I saw that it has started to open up. What should I do next? EDIT I saw on the paper packaging that it is called ...
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Forcing a clover takeover of my lawn

I have weeds in my grass lawn. Not an uncommon situation, I understand. I have a few types of weeds. One type grows like — well, like weeds: quickly and tall. And unsightly. Then there's ...
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Advice on planting a bed of wildflowers on a hillside in zone 7?

I know almost nothing about gardening and landscaping so I can really use some advice. In our backyard we had a hillside that was covered with ivy and weeds for years. I finally had it cleared this ...
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Is it a good idea to plant blueberries in July in USDA hardiness zone 7b?

I'm wanting to plant a blueberry bush now so hopefully It'll be established by next spring. I don't know if it's good to plant them in July. I'm in zone 7 (Northern Mississippi). Does anyone know if ...
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Scientific (?) literature on planting and maintaining apple trees

A friend of mine and I want to start producing cider, but from scratch: He inherited a property which we want to clear up, plant apple trees and eventually produce apple wine (a common beverage in ...
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Root removal when removing shrubs

I have two arborvitae trees that are near the front entrance to our house. Many years ago they were planted way to close and now they need to be removed. We have decided to simple plant perennials ...
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How do I know it's time to transfer my citrus (kumquat) to a bigger flowerpot?

I've sprouted kumquat from seed and planted it a small flowerpot. Now I have a stem and two pretty leaves. When do I transfer it to a bigger flowerpot? How big is big enough to have a flourishing ...
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Is there any truth behind planting by phases of the moon?

A book I've been skimming through recently, How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, talks about this, and I've also heard it mentioned, and read about it several other places--perhaps most notably the ...
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Should I plant paperwhites that have started to grow?

I received my order of paperwhites that I had ordered from a catalog and when I opened the boxes I saw that the bulbs have started to sprout. Should I get them into the ground now or should I store ...
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What is the traditional approach to planting bulbs?

I wandered onto this page about how to plant bulbs indoors. It mentioned that we need to place the bulb in the soil and put it in a cool, dark place for the root system to develop, which takes about 6 ...
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Can I plant rhubarb roots in mid July, in Michigan?

I am new to growing rhubarb. I live in Michigan and it is mid July. I found some clearance rhubarb roots and decided to give them a try. Can I plant them now, so they will come up next year? Also can ...
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Is it better to plant many seeds in one hole or few?

I don't quite understand why so many tutorials, photos and videos show people planting a bunch of seeds together in one hole. Is there some benefit to this? I have very little experience with ...
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How is nutritional value in fruit and vegetables measured?

We often read in books and Wikipedia that certain fruits or vegetables contain certain amount of vitamins, minerals and other elements. An example can be seen on Beetroot in the box with nutritional ...
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Strawberry Plants from Home Depot not producing.

This is the 3rd year and they have done ok, until this year and no fruit to mention. Planted nicely in ground on retaining wall of rock. Growing very large, should I cut them back or just let continue ...
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Picking, planting, and storing lily seeds

I walk my dogs around a number of different parks in the neighborhood. In each of this parks there are a number of flower beds with different color lilies. Some of them are still flowering while ...
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What should I do about a newly planted avocado tree that stopped growing?

The new avocado tree that I bought isn't growing well since I planted it in the ground. Should I put more soil around it to build the ground up?
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What is the name of this flowering tree?

I need help to identify the following tree. It is commonly seen in Hong Kong. However,I can't find it when searching for it under the common trees in Hong Kong. What is the name of the tree?
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Growing Goji berry plant in Ohio

I am entertaining the idea of growing a Goji berry plant in my backyard. I have several fruit trees already and have good soil conditions. The plant would be permanently outdoors and would not be ...