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Can I give sugar (or something similar) to flowering plants?

I was wondering if it's possible/advisable to give a flowering plant or any plant for that matter, sugar (or something similar) in addition to plant food?
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Is there a directory of precise dosages of fertilizers for indoor/outdoor plants?

For example, I have a lot of plants inside (African violet, geranium, coleus, etc.) and outside (dolichos, petunia, pansy, asters, etc.) my home. Also, I have a lot of chemicals (such as ammonium ...
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white material on roots of apple tree?

When I dug up a young apple tree to move it to a sunnier location, I noticed some sort of white material on the roots. Is this cause for concern?
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How important is it to do irrigation system with new build?

We're building a new house in Lenexa, KS (southwest side of Kansas City). Our yard is larger than average, and the cost for the builder to put in an irrigation system is $4,250. I'm debating on if we ...
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Why are the leaves of my ginger plant drying out?

It's only been 3-4 months since I potted my ginger plants. I water them every 2-3 days depending on the the weather. I try not to get the soil too moist. Over the last couple weeks, the leaves of one ...
3
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1answer
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Does moss sprout leaves?

I had some moss in one of my seedlings pot and I asked what I should do with it here in GSE. I was assured it was mostly harmless so I left it be. However, a couple of days ago, it has sprouted ...
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Database/API for vegetable growing seasons? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a database, (ideally an API!) that has information on the growing season of vegetables in various places. For example, what months can onions be harvested in Minneapolis? When are ...
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1answer
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Index of photoperiods

I planted a Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood) sapling today, and I was wondering how many hours of daylight the little guy needs. I found this answer, which mentioned photoperiods of different ...
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1answer
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What happens when you take a cutting from a mature determinate tomato plant?

If I take a cutting from a determinate tomato plant that has already produced fruit, will the cutting grow and produce, or will it just die, eventually? I know mature indeterminate tomato cuttings ...
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Sodding a grub-damaged area in Southwest Florida

I've got some white grub damaged areas (I've seen some on the top of the damaged areas) in our front lawn that will need to be replaced. It's probably too late in the cycle to really do anything about ...
3
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1answer
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What pepper varieties have the longest shelf-life?

I'm looking for pepper plant recommendations. Which pepper varieties keep the longest, or for a really long time (after being picked, unrefrigerated, without being dried)? I'm hoping for 2+ weeks ...
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Plants that can be grown in USDA zone 8a

I live in a condo complex in zone 8a, and I can have potted plants on a patio area. What I'm planning on growing: Tomatoes, Peppers What I'd like to grow as well: peas, green beans, strawberries. ...
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134 views

At what point do seedlings start to need nutrients? [duplicate]

A seed has all the food it needs to germinate so water is enough to make it grow, after that though, at what point are minerals and other nutrients needed? I suspect the time would depend on the type ...
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What will speed the decomposition of a tree stump?

I have two large oak tree stumps. Will drilling them and applying sugar decompose them? Because of their position, I cannot grind them out. Is there anything else that will speed the effects of ...
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2answers
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Is a skylight enough light for tomato seedlings?

I have a 2' x 4' domed skylight on a pitched roof, facing southeast. If I build a shelf so the seedlings sit a foot under this dome, will it be enough light to prevent leggy plants?
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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

I have a seed starter kit with a wicking system. The kit came with a peat moss mix and I have purchased some new peat moss pellets for starting seeds. I know that peat does not really contain any ...
3
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3answers
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Is drainage needed for a new lawn on compacted clay?

I am in the process of creating a lawn at the back of my house. The previous owner had paved and stoned the area. The size is about 30ft by 40ft, it is raised from the level of the house by about 2ft, ...
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3answers
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Tulip bulbs, plant them late or keep them until next year

I've got a bunch of bulbs from tulips and other early-bloomers, that I 'forgot' to plant last November. By now it's almost March, and I wonder, should I plant them now, or should I keep them until ...
3
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1answer
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Orchid on branch: What carrier could work?

A few years ago I had an orchid that was sold mounted on a cork plaque and did very well - until it was stolen. So I know how to care for them and what to expect (not my question). I can get my hands ...
3
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1answer
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Grapes leaves too dry - is that normal?

Recently I noticed my green grapes leaves don't look too good. There's nothing like scales or ants or any other sign of parasites. Only older leaves are affected, new ones are fine as you can see on ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to grow grapevines from root cuttings?

I know that grapevines can be propagated using hardwood cuttings, softwood cuttings, and even single buds with the right equipment. I was wondering if I could do the same using root cuttings in order ...
2
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1answer
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Can I fix my lucky bamboo that has yellow stalks?

Is it possible to save my lucky bamboo plant? The stalk is yellow and starting to turn brown but the leaves are still green. I have cleaned the glass container it is in and placed it in indirect sun. ...
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How do I grow a basil plant tall?

In my workplace we have a competition on who can grow their basil plant the tallest in 9 weeks. I know next to nothing about gardening, so I would appreciate tips. The plants are store bought, so ...
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1answer
46 views

How do I safely eradicate mold without hurting cactus seedlings?

Here are some of my seedlings, sown a little bit less than a month ago. As you can see, there's mold starting to form. I am using the baggie method whereby the pot with the seeds is enclosed in a ...
3
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1answer
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Can leaves absorb light from below as easily as from above?

I'm considering trying to improve my indoor herb growing. It seems that under certain conditions, one could easily run strings of LED lights at the soil surface, which would allow for the plants to ...
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2answers
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How to get rid of Snails in my lotus pond

I have a small 4x6 feet lotus pond, where i planted lotus plant which i had in a fresh water pond near my Town. Lotus plant is growing nice but my pond became a place for Snails too. i think the plant ...
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2answers
90 views

What is this tree/shrub in my Florida yard?

South Florida currently about 10 feet tall
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What are the white specks on my Strelitzia's leaves? [on hold]

I have a white fungus on my Strelitzia. It started as little specks on the leaves and I would like to know what it is, what caused it and what will get rid of it.
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1answer
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Can any one tell me what are these white cotton like substances growing on these leaves?

My chili plant leaves have these white cotton like blobs growing on them. Is this some kind of disease? Sorry, for bad image quality.
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0answers
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Why is my guava plant producing sour fruit?

My guava plant is producing sour fruit. Is this because of a nutrient deficiency or because of the type of plant? How can I grow sweet guava fruit?
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1answer
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azalea lacebug mitigation - what about bees?

I have several azaleas and some rhododendron that have become infested with lacebug. Some sites say to remove the plant and start over though this seems a bit draconian to me. One suggestion was to ...
2
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1answer
44 views

Can I graft a zone 10 tree's scion onto a zone 6 tree's rootstock?

I want to grow pomegranates outdoors in Souther Ontario (Canada), and I am wondering if this would be possible by grafting a pomegranate scion onto an apple rootstock. Does anyone know if this is ...
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2answers
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How should I prune a damaged Rhododendron?

I had a 6ft tall healthy Rhododendron that a tree decided to fall on. Now it has a big chunk taken out of the middle. Either side of the chunk is still 4ft or so but the middle goes right to the base ...
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1answer
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...
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2answers
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How can I stop a walk-behind kubota lawn mower?

I "inherited" a lawn mower when I moved to a new house. It's a kubota walk-behind one. Unfortunately I have no idea how to stop the engine. There's no usual lever for stopping the fuel on the handle. ...
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Do ants eat scale on lime trees?

Location: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa When: Feb 2015 (summer in Southern Hemisphere) A couple of questions. First: Is this Scale in the first photo? If so, what type? If not what is it? Second: ...
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1answer
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Dendrobium nobile: How and when to cut and pot new plant (keiki) from mother?

I have a (slightly neglected) dendrobium nobile that has started to grow new plants at the top of two old stalks. One is staring to show roots (see picture below), the other is still a bit smaller. ...
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1answer
73 views

What is this large plant that came up when I turned my soil?

I turned my soil recently and this huge plant started to grow. I have put my hand there to show the size. It does not seem to be a weed so I would really want to know if this is some kind of vegetable ...
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Curious to know why over-watering leads to root-rot yet the same plant can be grown in water? [duplicate]

I bought a few pothos plants from home depot last summer, and from my investigation, it seemed they all died from root rot. I tried every thing I could to save them but they just would not stop. But ...
3
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1answer
97 views

Identify this succulent/echevaria?

Can anyone precisely identify this plant? The pot just says "Echeveria." As you can see there are cat-tooth marks on the plant, but I had left it out because I thought echeveria to be non-toxic to ...
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0answers
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Can you please identify this houseplant that has long floppy leaves?

Long green, floppy leaves with spotty undersides.
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1answer
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How can I find out what's eating my chilli plants?

I'm in Sydney, Australia. I live in an apartment 3 stories off the ground floor. My chilli plants are in pots on my balcony. Recently (last 2 weeks) I have noticed that something is eating the ...
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Why are the leaves of my Peace Lily wilted and black?

I recently bought a flowering house plant. I may have watered it too much, me thinks. Since my apartment gets little natural light, I put it outside on the patio the other day in direct sunlight, only ...
2
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1answer
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Want to set up a timed watering system for 'remote' garden patches without utilizing underground water hoses

I would like to set up a timer-based watering system for my mother's garden (see figure below). I plan to have the timer installed on the main water supply line, which then branches via underground ...
5
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1answer
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How does the “Ketchup 'n' Fries” plant produce both tomatoes and potatoes? Is it safe?

A recent article has left me quite amazed at the possibility of producing tomatoes and potatoes from the same plant. The article describes a technique called "grafting". How does it work, and are ...
3
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1answer
46 views

Best way to avoid seedlings from bending and dying

I love starting plants from seeds. I love the fact that from something tiny comes out something so amazing. I find, though, that I have a very bad survival rate with my seedlings. I would say 90% of ...
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2answers
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My long stemmed rose is growing new leaves

I had a long stemmed rose in a bouquet of flowers. The head had died so I went to discard the stem, only to notice new leaves were shooting out of it in 3 different places. I left the stem in the vase ...
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3answers
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Is this compost bin rodent-proof?

Is this compost bin rodent-proof? If not, how to find a similar but rodent-proof or at least relatively safe one in that regard? I want put put a compost bin in my backyard and put my food waste ...
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260 views

Are these maggots and are they okay in the soil around the roots of a fruit tree?

Just dug these up from around the roots of a stone fruit tree. Are they maggots? Are they good or bad for the soil around the roots of the tree? Do they harm the tree in any way? If yes to the ...
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1answer
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Can I add commercial roses to my compost pile?

I'm not sure what kind of chemicals store bought roses are usually treated with. Bonus question: Can I dump the water in the vase on the pile as well (with the little feeding packets they give you)?

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