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Desert Ficus Watering Volume?

Watering a ficus grown in Phoenix, AZ, I've recently had irrigation put in that has changed the way I water the tree. Previously I just used a hose and ran it at lower volume output for an ...
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The mint plant I found is too tall, how should I prune it?

I found a mint plant in a friend's yard. It's very tall. There are three individual stalks. One is nearly two feet tall, the other two a bit under half that. The big one is fully flowered. The large ...
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How to keep pine trees small

This is a picture inside Montreal's botanical garden at the entrance of the Japanese garden. In this picture we can see 5 small pine like trees along with thyme and rocks. I would like to recreate ...
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What is the value of powdered onion as a fertilizer or soil amendment?

Hypothetically speaking, if I have a whole bunch of onions that I powdered, what value might that powder have as a fertilizer or soil amendment for plants like tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits (just ...
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Which genus is this Cattleya Aliance orchid?

This was a gift and does not have an ID tag! Please help me orchid experts! Thank you!
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Which flowers are there in this white/blue/purple wedding bouquet?

My fiancée is in love with the bouquet bellow, but we have no clue about the flowers species used in it. Could someone help us? Any help is really appreciated.
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What is this stinging plant with little hairs on the leaves?

I have no idea what this plant came from, where it came from or any thing about it. What I do know is its leaves are covered in little hairs, there's little thorns growing all over it and just by ...
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First time grower of Spinach - first harvest went well, now the plant is unweildly

This is my first year at a garden and I have some bloomsdale spinach I planted mid-May and had a nice harvest about 3 weeks ago: lots of leaves big and small, very bushy, tasted delicious. The plants ...
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Is my limp Elephant Ear dead?

I have an elephant ear plant. I planted it about three months ago, and it has been limp for the last two days. What used to be open and spread out is floppy and all over itself. It's not yellow. Is ...
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Orchid growing a second plant?

About 3 weeks ago I purchased my first orchid on a whim, suspecting I'd end up killing him. But he's been growing happily, I've had 2 new flowers from him within that time! (I've recently learnt that ...
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Caring for Edelweiss (suddenly started withering)

I recently bought a pot of Edelweiss in central Switzerland, in a village at an elevation of ~600m. The plant was looking healthy enough and was one of about a dozen pots ligned up outside the shop in ...
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Why are these succulent leaves withering instead of rooting?

I collected some leaves and put them on to sprout. Instead the leaves withered. I'd like know what happened and how I can avoid it.
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What Would Be A Good Shade Tree for Oakville, Ontario, Canada?

Shade Tree questions I'm looking to get a new tree for our backyard to provide a bit more shade throughout the summer. I did some searches around and on this site, got some ideas, but would still ...
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Is it possible to verify that my “organic” landscaper isn't sneaking synthetic fertilizers and/or pesticides onto my property?

A lot of companies offer "organic" programs for lawn and landscape care. I have listened to a lot of cynics say that all of them sneak prohibited chemicals onto the landscape to deliver results ...
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Do tomatoes require pollinators to bear fruit?

I ask because I have a small raised bed wrapped in hardware cloth to keep the wildlife out, and then it's covered in shade cloth to keep the hot southwestern sun out. The plants (one "container ...
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Cacao tree: leaves falling off, some discolored

Note that I'm a complete novice when it comes to gardening and I am asking this question on behalf on my girlfriend. This is a cacao tree. Problem 1. Notice the following discoloration of the leaves: ...
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How do I keep “cat grass” alive?

Sometimes I buy a little carton of grass at the pet store for my (indoor) cat to nibble on. She likes it but it always seems to die off within a week or two. I'd really love to have a sustainable ...
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How large might a paper wasp nest become? [migrated]

About two weeks ago I noticed a new wasp nest in my back yard. I generally leave them as long as they aren't interfering with anything, but this nest has suddenly grown quite large and they are ...
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hydrangea not producing flowers?

My hydrangea is very leafy, but not producing flowers. Should I be adding something to the soil? This is the second consecutive year and I am totally perplexed. Appreciate any and all assistance. ...
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Accidentally pulled fruit spurs during harvest

I was harvesting cherries and wasn't aware until after that I should NOT pull off the fruit spurs. I harvested quite a bit. I feel bad. Is the damage permanent? Will they grow back?
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Are Geraniums truly effective against Japanese Beetles?

In 2010, the Agricultural Research Service recommended planting geraniums to help control Japanese Beetles. Geraniums Could Help Control Devastating Japanese Beetle (2010). However, I have not been ...
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help! I broke my mango seedling's root

Ok, so my cousins had come over.sweet kids of 8 and 9. I was just showing them around my garden.And earlier in the day, we had some mangoes, and I had showed them how to take the seed out of the tough ...
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Measuring soil and compost for NPK

Folks, I'm trying to measure soil and compost for use in home gardening of vegetables and herbs. My goal is to use compost primarily, and augment it as necessary. The compost is mostly vermicompost, ...
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What is wrong with my tomato plants?

(Disclaimer: I'm a novice tomato-gardener, this is my first season) I love in eastern NC, and my tomato plants just seem... small. And now I'm starting to get tomatoes on my plants, but they're ...
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What is this (fungus?) on my fruit trees, and should I treat it?

I have several fruit trees (Apple, Cherry, and Peach) that all have an identical growth on the bark. It looks like a fungus to me, but I'm uncertain of the exact identification and what to use to ...
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How do I change the soil on already planted plants (not in pots)

So my plants arent growing too well in my garden (as compared to my friends with the same plants I gave them) and was wondering how do I give my plants better soil? I've already mulched the ...
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What is causing dry, dark green spots on the leaves of my new basil plant?

I just bought a basil plant this past week at the supermarket to have some fresh basil for cooking. It had some dark green spots on it, which at first I assumed were just dry/dying leaves. I'm not so ...
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Which Fertilizer should I use for Coriander?

Which fertilizer should I use to grow larger leaves on coriander plants? I have read this question - What could cause my coriander plant to start browning? Which talks about over water logged soil ...
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White fuzzy hairy stuff on plant leaves…ugh, what to do

The plant is healthy otherwise, I see a few ants crawling around on it. Is this a sickness? How do I remove this and get shiny leaves like I see others have?
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How often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

An important practice in toxin-free (and other) turf care is to only mow with sharp blades. So how often do I have to sharpen the blades? I'm sure that it will depend on conditions, but is there some ...
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what are these insects on my roses and how to kill them?

I woke up and saw these are on my roses, and they are on a some spider web-shape thing, maybe they're baby spiders, and they are moving on the flower and there are some things on the leaves that I ...
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What methods can be used to apply an antifungal to the interior of a tree?

Diseases such as the Blue Stain Fungus infect trees from the inside out due to inoculation by host insects. Are there any effective/standard methods for applying antifungal compounds to infected ...
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How to fix a small pond that has become stagnant?

I'm working in a park and we have a small pond, a part of a river system that has become stagnant, mucky and smelly. The river that previously ran into the pond is no longer there and we'd like to be ...
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Can anyone identify this plant/weed that has a curled-over top with little white flowers?

Asking from New Jersey. I have a couple of these little flowering plants growing in my front yard, one in a small area surrounded by stargazer lilies and another across the yard between some ivy and a ...
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When should I transfer a pothos rooted in water to soil?

I recently learned how to take clippings from a pothos plant and root it in water. I am quite new to this sort of gardening and have no idea when I should transfer it to soil. I can see tiny roots ...
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Is it ok to water plants at noon (peak sunlight)?

So far I heard two opposite opinions: Harmful: watering at noon would shock the plants. Helpful: watering at noon would help the plant at the most difficult hours. And would the answer differ ...
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Why isn't our Victoria Plum tree producing healthy fruit?

We have a 4 year old Victoria Plum tree. We prune it, and water it well. We were excited this year when it had the best show of blossoms so far. After blooming, a large number of tiny green plums ...
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How to save roses - commercially potted gift ones with few roots?

I was given a pot of (flowering) roses which I actually like and would want to keep and plant in my garden. In this tiny pot there are 4 plants; each one has only a few roots as a quick inspection ...
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Growing spurt branches of a plum tree

I have had my plum tree for 4yrs now, it has never bared fruit, i do have weak looking young branches that are shooting out all over. I had them last year so cut them off but they have grown again ...
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How can I grow sunflowers that will produce seeds in the shells, for my pet bird?

I grow sunflower plants where the flower is not pollinated, and they produce empty seed shells. How do I get the plant to produce seeds shells with a seed inside?
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What is eating our Basil plants

Everytime we put our basil plants outside, something starts to eat the leaves. This is what one of the leaves looks like, do you guys know what it could be? IT seems to happen within only hours of ...
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How to measure the biomass of hydroponic plants in netpot/rockwool DWC system? [migrated]

I'm doing an experiment with 4 kale plants, each in their own small DWC system. Each plant was transplanted in rockwool with netpots and clay pebbles. But I need to periodically and accurately measure ...
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Will a field system being dug near my Norway Spruce have any effect on it?

My neighbors are having a field system dug for their septic system. The digging is just beyond the edge of the drip line of my very tall, 60+ years old, Norway spruce. Will my tree suffer any ...
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Tree growing back after being removed

Our tree snapped into last spring and we had it removed and they ground it I believe with a machine. I saw what I thought was a weed growing in it's place two month's ago which was about 2 to 3 ...
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Should I pinch my first celosia blooms?

This is my first year starting annuals from seeds, mainly for containers. I've read that pinching off the first blooms helps the plant produce more blooms and form a bushier habit. I started my seeds ...
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Garden Grass/Lawn Mould Identification

We have a standard grass lawn and in true British style got a paddling pool out a month too early. The pool got infested with mosquito larvae so we drained it (not into the garden) and got rid of the ...
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How can I move large amounts of soil without a wheelbarrow?

We source compost/soil/mulch etc. in two forms: bulk and bagged. We typically use bagged when there is limited access to the areas to which we need to apply materials. I would love an efficient ...
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Identifying this white wildflower

I photographed this flower in Grenada in November of last year. The flowers were small (roughly 1½in or 4cm in diameter), white, with 5 narrow petals. There was just one flower on a stem, and ...
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Will my Frangipani Plumeria (Champa Flower) survive in water without adding soil?

I have what I think are Frangipani cuttings which I got from Laos. After having the cutting for about 2 months without pouring I decided to give my planting skills a try, so I filled a glass with ...
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How do researchers map root systems of plants? [migrated]

For example, here is a picture of the root systems for some prairie grasses: (Click image for higher-resolution PDF) from: http://www.conservationresearchinstitute.org/educational-offerings.html How ...

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