Questions about when, where and how much to water plants, about techniques for watering and about the equipment gardeners use to deliver water to their plants.

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Pine Bark vs Sphagnum Peat/Sand for Blueberries and Azaleas

I had a quick question, because I'm trying to figure up my mulch and fertilizer needs for this Spring. I had bought my father a couple of blueberry plants, among others, because that's what he wanted ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

I never had this happen but one of the 3 ball bearings on the female end of a Nelson quick connect is stuck. I have tried soaking it in vinegar, and lubricating it with oil. Any tricks or tips to ...
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What should the watering schedule for garlic be to ensure optimal growth?

I'm wondering if I should personally water garlic every day in the spring, or just let mother nature take care of it for the most part so it can grow big quickly, then allow it to do its own stuff ...
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What should I do about standing water in potted plant?

I have a large (70L?) moulded plastic pot which is filled with topsoil, and has a freshly planted lilac bush in it. I had noticed this pot did not have drainage holes at the bottom, but had thought ...
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Leaves on my Cherry Blossom Tree are Wilting

While I was in Japan a few weeks ago I picked up a small cherry blossom sapling to bring home (I believe it's a Yoshino cherry blossom). My girlfriend's grandfather who we were staying with on his ...
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Growing in barrel planters

I need some help. I set up two half barrel planters this spring, filled with nice bagged soil from Lowe's, but have had no luck growing plants from seed after about two months. I think my issues are ...
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How does a self-cleaning dripping hose work?

How does the self-cleaning function of a dripping hose work?
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

My wife and I just bought a property and I don't know anything about plants or trees. Can someone tell me what the large trees/bushes/plants are and also how often do I need to water them?
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Why do the leaves of my avocado tree have brown edges and spots?

I have inherited an avocado tree in a hot, arid climate in a very windy spot. It has been watered well, but its leaves look like something is wrong with it - they have brown edges. Perhaps it's ...
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Does eating fruits and vegetables watered with greywater affect your health?

Does using greywater on your fruit and vegetable garden affect your health in a negative way? Greywater is the run-off or cast off water that lolls about when you do normal washing around the home. ...
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Aloe is drooping, is it ok?

My friend almost killed this aloe, it was just a dead stalk, and gave it to me to try to fix. I've got it to grow again: 2015-08: but now it's drooping over the edge of the pot: 2016-03: Is it: ...
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Will water prune roots with an air layering pot?

I've been looking at the root pruning pots and wanted to experiment with them this year. I've seen people on YouTube using A cloth like root pruning bag and they'll set it in a kiddy pool of water. ...
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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 much should I water an avocado plant guided by a moisture meter?

I have a moisture meter that registers readings from 0.0 to 9.9 (driest to wettest). I cannot find a listing for a potted avocado tree. Can you give me info as to what percentage is optimal for the ...
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Is rain water better than tap water for plants?

Is it better to water your plants with rain water collected in water butts? I mean is that better than water straight from the tap? And is it just a matter of temperature (presumably plants don't ...
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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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What should I do about a Tillandsia cyanea with accidentally removed roots?

My Tillandsia cyanea was watered too much, and when I touched it, the top part with the leaves separated from the roots. I've found that some types of Tillandsia don't need roots, but is this it? ...
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How to water a potless Tillandsia Cyanea?

I have a Tillandsia Cyanea that I have to do something with. It's by Living Trends and they put it in a small drainless pot with a magnet on the back. It's technically in a small pot within that pot, ...
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How often should I water potted vegetables and herbs with a garden hose?

My vegetables and herbs are all in pots outside in full sun. I don't have a drip system. I just water my plants by hand with the hose on the mist setting. How do I get the 1" per week amount of ...
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What is a 'Perched Water Table'?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'Perched Water Table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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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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How much water do these hydroponic office plants need?

A large company near our office has moved to another building. We got the chance to take over some of their office furniture, including two pretty massive office plants. Click on pictures for full ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

It is a Gardenia. Insects infested the soil so I added diatomaceous earth to it, but maybe I was too late. The plant continued dying, so I pulled it out and set it in a bath filled with water to which ...
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How much water should I give a mung bean each day?

I have a mung bean plant I'm growing in my home that's about 10 centimeters tall now. How much water should I be giving the plant each day in order for it to grow? I would like to know the amount in ...
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Watering Schedule: Large Jade Crosby

I have a large jade crosby plant. The plant is 2'4" tall, with a 7" trunk circumference at the base. It sits at a south facing window in my apartment. I was wondering about watering schedule. I read ...
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Which plants/trees will benefit from using urine as a fertilizer?

We know that urine can do a plant good. Certain plants (like citrus trees) will absolutely do well if you add urine to their intake. But urine is very high in nitrogen and could potentially "burn" ...
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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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Hydroponics Nutrients and Fertilizers, are they same?

Let me start of by saying that I am a person with very little experience of gardening. I have just been growing some plants in my balcony and in the process fell in love with this hobby and stumbled ...
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Why is my Adenium obesum wilting?

This desert rose, Adenium obesum, was put on a window sill on top of a radiator, and did well for approximately 10 days. Then I left for the Holydays. I left the plant with extra water and no ...
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Why is my fern wilting and drying out?

I have a fairly well established fern which recently started drying out regardless of frequent watering, to the point where there was nothing green left on it. I went away for a week and when I came ...
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Is it okay to use left-over pasta water to water plants, including edibles?

We are having a drought in California, so I'm just wondering if I could reuse salted pasta water (after it cools) to keep the plants hydrated. Is this a good idea?
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What are the growing conditions for Camelia azalea, especially its water needs?

I have bought this rare breed of Camellia, the Camellia azalea. It's originally from China I think. I have mixed in some coco husk to allow for good water flow and prevent clogging the soil with too ...
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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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How do I repair a soaker hose?

I laid out a soaker hose system for my garden this year. Unfortunately a few weeks ago I went to turn it on and noticed a loud spraying sound coming from one area, when I removed some mulch the water ...
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How to prevent avocado from drying out indoors?

I have an avocado plant that has grown indoors since it was a pit. It grew first in a badly insulated, north-facing, wet and cool house, where it grew splendidly. After I moved it to a well insulated ...
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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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How much water should I give to a 20 foot Italian Cypress tree?

I have an Italian cypress tree in my backyard which is about 20 feet tall. How much water should I give it? Also, how frequently should I water it? I should point out a big caveat. The tree is ...
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Can I save any of this orange harvest? (probably under-watered tree)

The house I'm renting has a number of fruit trees. I'm in San Jose, CA and with the drought, it has been a challenge to give them the right amount of water while still conserving. It seems the mature ...
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How to set up a very long (1600 ft) drip irrigation system?

I've been tasked with setting up a drip system, and I'm at a loss of how to go about it. My only source of water is from a 3/4" garden valve. I am planting 250 plants, and ideally 250 emitters will go ...
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PC controlled irrigation system

I am investigating the use of a PC to control my yard irrigation system. The research that I've done has only revealed one system with the (unfortunate) name of Irritrol. Have you used your PC to ...
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What should I do to keep my peppermint plant alive?

I decided to buy a small peppermint plant to have in my room this year. I put the plant in a new pot with additional soil and I've been keeping it indoors for most of the time in a place where it has ...
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How can I save deer ferns after a drought?

I have several large deer ferns. Some started to drop significantly during an unusually high summer drought in the Pacific Northwestern USA. I watered immediately and they did not perk up. They are ...
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Advice on potted heathers please!

I don't have a garden, but I have taken to having window boxes with some wild flowers from seed and keeping herbs, which is working out great so far. However, recently I bought heathers, a range inc. ...
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Can I water plants with spoiled wine?

I have a small indoor garden. Unfortunately, I also have a dozen liters of spoiled wine. Intuitively, I think watering edibles with wine will be beneficial for them, as the wine carries already ...
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Is rust from a steel rainwater barrel harmful to edible plants?

We are using a used steel drum barrel as a rainwater container. Someone else in our house brought it from work, and we haven't bothered replacing with a plastic one yet. Supposing that there is no ...
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Peace lily flowers are turning black

Why is my peace lily flower turning black? It's the white flower not the green leafs that are turning black.
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Moisture sensors in connection with drip irrigation

Living in dry California, we are about to redo our front yard with native plants only, each of which is getting a drip, for about a dozen plants per irrigation channel. I'm trying to to figure out a ...
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Which US states restrict rain water harvesting?

Does anyone have an up-to-date list of which US states require a permit or otherwise restrict land owners from harvesting water? I know Washington, Utah, and Colorado were on the list at one point.
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How often should I water my lawn in Georgetown, Massachusetts

Looking to hear from any others in New England, or even more specifically Massachusetts. We just bought our dream home in Georgetown, MA and the one thing that needs a lot of work is the lawn and ...
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Caladium plant leaves turn yellow

I have bought a Caladium Plant last week. When I was potting her, I accidentally cut a few roots. When I saw some of her leaves wilting I associated it with my clumsy hands. But just today I noticed ...