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How important is water type to carnivorous plants, really?

How important is it to not use tap water for carnivorous plants? e.g. is it a guideline or a hard rule? I have seen several answers on here saying not to, but I have had a venus fly trap for 3-4 ...
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Will rusty nails in garden harm plants or people who eat the plants? [duplicate]

Other than the risk of injury and tetanus, will the hundreds of rusty nails inexplicably found in sections of my garden harm the plants that grow there or the people who eat said plants? They are so ...
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Tomato plant discolored and dried out

I have a home garden with tomatoes and peppers. The peppers grow great every year, but often the tomatoes end up discolored with dried out leaves. I recently did a Manutec pH test on the soil and ...
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Can anyone please tell me the name of the plant in the picture?

I planted this back in the summer, and as you can see, it has not grown much. It is the only surviving of its kind but I have no information on it's identity. I would appreciate help identifying it so ...
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Can bent grass be controlled without toxic chemicals?

Due to the large number of golf courses in our area, we have a problem with bent grass invading fescue and bluegrass lawns throughout the county. Next to crab grass, it is one of the things that ...
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How do I prune boxwoods to control for boxwood leaf miner?

Our boxwoods have a moderate infestation of boxwood leaf miners. Sources recommend pruning to help manage them, and mention that you should cut at a certain time in the pest's lifecycle. But they ...
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What is a shade tolerant, low ground-cover that can tolerate foot traffic for between bluestone pavers?

We have an irregular bluestone walkway leading to our back door. Spacing between the stones varies from 1.25cm to 3.75cm. Though on the south side of the house, heavy deciduous tree cover shades the ...
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26 views

Is it true that some plants can reduce air pollution? [duplicate]

I'm six weeks pregnant and I live in a 7th floor apartment in Mumbai, India. My apartment complex is on a busy road with 24/7 traffic and traffic jams in the morning and evening. I'm worried about the ...
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479 views

What are these brown, cap-shaped mushrooms on my birch tree?

I live in Massachusetts and have several birch trees in my yard. One of them has brown, cap-shaped mushrooms growing in groups up and down the trunk. As you can see, the tree has a big crack in the ...
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Which of these palms would be easier to take care of in an indoor 9" pot?

I'm looking to buy a new palm to keep indoors in a 9-10 pot. I've narrowed my selection down to two palms, I'm wondering which would be easier to take care of between the 2 plants: Cateracterum ...
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What kind of bamboo is this?

I have a bamboo species in my backyard I would like to identify. Its a mid level running bamboo with shoots that hit 1 inch thickness near the base and grows up to 20-25 feet at this time. It has ...
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1answer
41 views

How useful/reliable is the Parrot Flower Power? [closed]

Has anyone used a Parrot Power wireless plant monitor, is it worth the money or is it just a gimmick or fad that I should let pass? Are there any other products similar to this type of Internet of ...
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1answer
40 views

Are there bulbs that produce only leaves?

Are there plants with bulbs that only produce leaves, no flowers? If I wanted to look up such plants, what should I search for? e.g. botanical term, name of plant family - whatever makes sense. ...
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1answer
45 views

Why does my gardenia have brown patches on it's leaves?

This plant has been growing normally for a while but I woke up this morning to discover brown patches and some shriveled leaves. I had previously sprayed it down with fungicide and then with ...
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1answer
65 views

What is the name of this purple-flowered climbing plant?

I bought this plant today, it has purple flowers and it climbs. I forget to ask the seller about its name and I regret it! Any recommendation on how to care for this plant? Should I keep it in a ...
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1answer
54 views

Is it really that important to prune deadwood from trees? If so, why?

It seems like every time we bring arborists onto a property, the first thing they want to do is to remove all the deadwood from the tree canopies. What are the reasons for doing this, and is it really ...
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50 views

Is this young plant a rosemary?

Since the last rain, this plant has been making its way in our garden. It looks like a rosemary, it is growing a couple feet from an old rosemary bush, and its tender leaves kinda taste like one. ...
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1answer
72 views

What is this bushy, yellow-flowering plant?

Can you help me identify this plant? It is between a foot and two tall. It has a scent I can't really place. It doesn't seem strong enough for a mint.
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36 views

What is this bushy, lemony, red-flowering herb?

Can you help me identify this plant? It is about a foot tall. It has a slightly lemony smell. I don't think it's a mint.
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265 views

Identify this plant(s) mixed with a dwarf bamboo

At first there was much less of the heart-shaped leaves and more bamboo leaves but the bamboo mostly died off and the heart-shaped leaves mostly took over the pot. I was under the impression that it ...
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63 views

What is this plant with ivy-like leaves and pink flowers?

Can you help me identify this plant? Is it a vine?
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1answer
34 views

How should I prune a top heavy Jade plant?

I have had a Jade plant over 15 years. It thrives most of the time, however this morning I found it toppled over from being so full at the top of the plant. I have never pruned it and am very afraid ...
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1answer
37 views

What is this plant in my vegetable bed? [duplicate]

I found this strange vegetable-looking plant growing randomly outside my apartment and was wondering what it is. It looks like a mustard family vegetable and the purple/green stem is similar to ...
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3answers
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Can I use unused pine bedding as mulch in my potted outdoor plants?

My hamster recently died and I have lots of pine bedding left over. Is it possible to use unused pine bedding as mulch for the potted plants in my garden?
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1answer
40 views

How do I take care of my very small Kaffir lime tree?

What is the general care of Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix) trees? I have a very small tree that I'm growing as a houseplant. How do I care for it? Does it need a bigger pot?
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2answers
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Can I water indoor fruit trees with aquarium water?

I have kiwi, lemon, orange, mandarin and avocado trees, grown from seed from normal fruit which I have eaten. I also have an aquarium with turtle. I've treated aquarium water with ReptoSafe and ...
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1answer
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Night-Blooming Jasmine plant continues to wilt even after treating with baking soda-water spray

I recently purchased some night-blooming jasmine plants. After a week the plants are wilting. I transferred them to new pots with different soil but no improvement noticed. I also sprayed numerous ...
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1answer
60 views

How can I deal with broken glass spread out in my yard?

I recently purchased a house on a 0.25 acre (0.1 hectare, ~11,000 sqft) lot that in the past was known as "the party house." This name became more clear to me today while raking leaves I found large ...
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1answer
84 views

Trying to Identify this Flowering Shrub

I photographed this unusual shrub in November, in St. Lucia, but haven't been able to identify it. It had small (1-2cm), red flowers, growing out of pink-ish sepals in many elongate clusters as shown ...
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89 views

Is this an ant colony on this fig tree?

Just noticed this on a fig tree and these are everywhere. It's not just on the leaves but on the stems as well. Is this an ant colony on this fig tree, Or something else? This is my ...
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Why aren't my new echinaceas true perennials?

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of my favorite flowers; it's easy to grow, cheap, spreads quickly (giving me lots of new plants to spread around) and looks good over a long season (I ...
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What is this weed in my lawn and how can I get my grass back? [closed]

Essentially, along the edges of a new-to-me yard (edges of house, porch) -- I'm assuming from moisture retention -- a weedy/cloverish (I have no idea, clearly) thing is taking over. This is a yard ...
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1answer
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How can I tell the difference between etiolation and a sunburn?

I'm attempting to grow plants from seed during the winter, by using a desk lamp and a timer to simulate 12 hour days. Since I know sprouts require a lot of light, I placed the desk lamp such that the ...
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1answer
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Are both of these flowers chrysanthemums?

I was told that both of these plants (they grow as neighbors in the same bed) are chrysanthemums, and that one is an annual and the other is a perennial kind. Could that be right and if so what are ...
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Is it OK to plant Daffodils on a forest floor?

I'd like to plant Daffodil bulbs in a forested area visible from a kitchen window. The area in question belongs to the homeowner, has no understory (deer browse) or early season ground cover, and is ...
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What is the name of this tree? - currently a bonsai

I'm trying to find the name of this tree. It's currently a bonsai and isn't doing very well, indoors or out. It came with no identification and very basic instructions like "don't let it dry out." ...
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What's destroying my recently laid Kikuya lawn?

About a month ago I had roll on Kikuya lawn planted. Since then the area has had a lot of rain and irrigation and everything seemed to be going okay until recently when portions started thinning out. ...
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1answer
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How can I get my fava beans to grow faster and start flowering?

I planted some fava beans in large pots late october. They should be flowering by now, but all I can see is small flower buds, only in a couple of the plants. And it is growing very slowly. What can I ...
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1answer
45 views

What is the plant with multiple lily-like yellow flowers with iris-plant-anatomy?

This September suddenly, what I assume to be a bulb or rhizome-based plant was coming out of the ground somewhere in my garden. I didn't plant it and have no idea where it came from. Early November ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Am I pruning the my pepper plants optimally?

I usually prune my pepper plants at the start of winter, just above the second set of nodes. I have been doing this for about eight years now and i'm interested to see if there is better or correct ...
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3answers
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What purpose do these towers serve in drip irrigation?

I bought a foreclosed house that already had drip irrigation installed. The system can be turned on via a control panel in the garage. The previous owner was angry that he lost his house so he snipped ...
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1answer
36 views

How close to a mature douglas fir can I place a septic tank and leach field?

I have two mature douglas fir trees (40') on my lot. How close to them can a septic tank or leach field be placed safely to avoid root invasion?
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What is the name of this tree found in Switzerland?

What is the name of this tree? They are quite common in Switzerland. The second picture refers to Lugano. Here a couple of pictures in summer (with leaves):
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What are these red spots on my guava leaves?

I had purchased a guava tree (in vase) a month ago and from the beginning (some leaves had problems when I got the tree), some red spots or areas appeared on the leaves. After a while some of them ...
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1answer
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How to properly plant Dracaena after it developed roots in water?

I've made a cut of my overgrown dracaena This is what the "parent" plant looks like: Then I put it into bottle and it developed some good-looking roots, here it is The roots look a bit fragile ...
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Will this 20,000k LED bulb function as a grow light?

I see a 20,000k (color temperature) 12 watt LED E27 bulb designed for coral, aquariums and such. 7000k is supposed to be full-spectrum light, I hear. So, I imagine a 20,000k would be even more ...
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1answer
64 views

Why are cut roses doing so much better in a ceramic vase than a crystal vase?

I have two dozen cut roses, one dozen in a crystal vase, and one dozen in a Lenox ceramic vase. We're in a dry (70°F) heated house in the middle of winter, and the roses in the ceramic vase are ...
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2answers
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How can I save seeds from a large, fast-growing arugula plant?

I planted arugula seeds in small containers. They are all so tiny, except one plant that grew very fast and looks dramatically healthier bigger and just different from the rest of them. It might be a ...
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1answer
58 views

Why is my philodendron getting these brown dry parts on its leaves?

Why is my philodendron getting these brown dry parts on its leaves? You can see in the attached photo where it is starting to get brown (bottom left). In the second photo you can see that almost the ...

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