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What is this large plant with spikes of hot pink bracts and lavender, trumpet shaped flowers, that's growing in South Africa?

This photo was taken mid-April in the Southern hemisphere, so Autumn. It's about 2m tall, growing in full sun, and is in Pretoria, South Africa.
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How can I determine the variety of an apple tree that hasn't fruited?

Perhaps 10 years ago I planted several apple trees on my farm. These may have been bought at the local blue or orange store and I've long since forgotten the varieties planted. I didn't keep such ...
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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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Can I use cedar hog fuel instead of clean fill to bring up my soil line?

I have a really uneven property, but I'm not a big fan of clean fill. Can I use cedar hog fuel instead of the fill? My plan is put around 12"- 24" of cedar hog fuel and put on the top about 6"-12" of ...
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Should I plant a Common Hackberry tree in my front yard for shade?

My front yard (in Northern New Mexico, zone 7a) is in desperate need of a shade tree. The soil is relatively poor and there's not a lot of water. I'm making a list of trees that I think would work in ...
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Dormant Spray and Whitewash

I have a couple young cherry trees in pots that seem to have a shothole fungus problem, which I'm told I can clear up by treating with a dormant spray after all the leaves fall off. I would also like ...
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What are the uptake and decay rates for Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns?

Once a lawn has been treated with Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns how long are the active ingredients 'active'? Do some decay faster then others? Following the links from the Manufactures site ...
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Why is my Sunshine Blue blueberry bush flowering in the fall?

I live in the San Juan Islands in the US Pacific N.W. and planted my Sunshine Blue this spring in a container. It only had 10 or so berries which I understand is OK for a first year plant. It is ...
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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

My Venus Flytrap is quite crowded, there are traps under traps and I've noticed one clamped over the stems of another. Should I prune it? Will it digest itself?
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Can anyone tell me what this plant is? [duplicate]

I cannot find out what this plant is called. It blooms bright red leaves that eventually turn green.
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Can I use tap water as an alternative to rain water on my Venus fly trap?

Can I leave tap water to stand outside in order for the fluorine and other baddies in tap water to evaporate? Could I boil it for the same result?
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Can I graft elderberries (Sambucus)?

I have some Sambucus Peruviana, which gives a beautiful white flower that I boil to make a soothing drink for sore throats. It also gives a nice berry that can be snacked on. I see online that there ...
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Is there an enzyme/compound I can use to quickly rot fallen fruit?

I have two crabapple trees that drop crabapples down every year. They get awfully gooey and sticky and make walking through my yard barefoot a terrible ordeal. Is there some sort of enzyme or chemical ...
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What is this young shrub with opposite ovate, crenate leaves and reddish stems?

I found this plant growing in my garden in the crack between two retaining wall blocks. it's currently about 14" (35cm) tall and has grown this year. it seems to branch freely; the one pictured has ...
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What is the quickest germinating leguminous cover crop?

I would like to find a good leguminous cover crop that sprouts quickly, and grows fast, especially the roots. What are the best ones for this purpose (and the pros/cons of those you mention)? ...
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Using electricity to improve plants

I've read that you can send electric currents through plants and seeds with (low currents using DC power) and that this can increase yields and all-in-all improve the plants (provided you use the ...
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What are the pros and cons of different rock dusts?

Rockdust is powdered rock that helps give plants extra minerals (such as silica for strong leaves and stems), trace minerals, calcium, iron etc. They can increase the soil pH somewhat, too. Rockdust ...
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Are eastern prickly pear cacti pads edible?

Are eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa) cacti pads as edible as the kind you find in the grocery store (Opuntia ficus-indica)? I know the fruit is edible, if everything across the Internet I've ...
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Why are my blackberry leaves tasting like sulfur?

People don't always realise but you can eat a certain amount of blackberry leaves (and use them as herbs to make tea for diarrhea and stuff). The tea usually tastes and smells pretty good (kind of ...
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Will coppicing a Siberian elm tree get rid of bacterial wetwood (slime flux)?

Will coppicing a Siberian elm tree cure it of bacterial wetwood or slime flux? I know you can coppice Siberian elm trees and they will grow back (if what I've read about people trying to kill the ...
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Can you coppice a pear tree?

I've heard of coppicing apple trees, but if you coppice a pear tree, will it grow back (and does the variety matter)? This is with regard to standard-sized pear trees (without a different rootstock). ...
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May have planted my tree wrong… is it too late to dig it up and replant it?

I live in climate zone 7a in New Mexico, and I planted a pear tree in my backyard three days ago. Following the directions on the tag, I dug a hole twice the diameter and depth of the root ball and ...
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Boiling before germinating Chinese Juniper Seeds

4 weeks ago I purchased Chinese Juniper Seeds. The intructions which came with the seeds said to keep the seeds in boiling hot water for 48 hours. Therefore everytime the water cooled I would boil ...
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What's the best way to transplant Malva sylvestris Zebrina?

This is a follow-up question concerning Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'. The plant has grown from seeds to more than 50 cm in height. I did not expect such a large specimen and would like to keep it around ...
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In graft hybridisation does a younger stock facilitate more extensive hybrid effects in the scion?

There are anecdotes and articles where one kind of tree fruit scion has been grafted to the stock of another kind, perhaps with an interstock, and properties like flavour and shape have been affected ...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

I recently bought chives from a fruit and vegetables store that had them imported from somewhere in Europe. It wasn't exposed to sunlight at the place. I brought it home, cleaned it up, repotted into ...
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How do you block tree roots from affecting your garden?

What is the best way to stop my pear tree roots from invading and sucking the life out of my flower bed that is planted under it?
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Why did the leaves on my Christmas cactus suddenly change texture and colour?

I've been growing a cloned Christmas Cactus now for a few months, and it has been doing quite well. I moved to university 4 days ago (from Swindon, England to Bristol, England) and today I notice that ...
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How do I shape a Cryptomeria bonsai into the chokkan style?

How do you prune/pinch/wire a Cryptomeria japonica to shape it into the formal upright "chokkan" style, like this or this? Whenever I've tried this with other evergreen species, I've never been able ...
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How to distinguish between Elaeagnus umbellata and E. multiflora?

(This is a follow-up to this identification question). How can one distinguish between Elaeagnus umbellata and E. multiflora? I see some minor differences in the descriptions e.g. on Wikipedia, but ...
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What could be keeping Crepe Myrtles from flowering?

3 mature (8-10') Crepe Myrtles (var. Raspberry Sundae) were installed approximately 4 years ago on a property on the south fork of Long Island. They seem to be thriving, and grow well each year. ...
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Why is my cactus droopy?

I have a cactus (pictured) which I bought about a month or so ago. It has been slowly drooping, although the tag said to keep it dry in winter and I have only watered it once when I re-potted it. The ...
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How does a bow-knife weed cutter compare with a string trimmer?

In hard-to-mow areas, I use a string trimmer to occasionally cut back the weeds. I recently found a tool for sale which could potentially be used in a similar fashion, but without any gas. It's called ...
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What is this little insect larvae on my cucumbers?

Need help identifying these little monsters creatures on my cucumber plants. It doesn't look like a beetle but working along side beetles.
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Do pine beetles kill healthy pitch pines, or is it safe to plant seedlings to replace trees killed by them?

We need to remove a number of trees that have been killed by some kind of pine beetle - presumably black turpentine beetle - on eastern Long Island. These trees had suffered injury from salt spray ...
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Should my plant be shedding leaves when it's flowering?

I have this plant at my new place which I assume is a Cissus of some type from googling. I noticed some of the leaves started yellowing and falling off when the flower buds started appearing. Is ...
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What is this white-and-purple, five-petaled flower?

What is the name of this plant? The picture was taken in Central Europe this September. The plant is more than 50 cm high and grew from seeds in a single season.
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What are the basics to collect seed from the vegetable garden?

Since I was able to purchase NON-GMO seed, I'd like to harvest seed from my vegetable garden this year. How do you tell when the seed is ready for harvest? Lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, ...
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What are these mushrooms growing in the mulch around my orange tree

I have 2 or 3 types of mushrooms growing in the mulch around my orange tree near Houston, Texas (UDSA Zone 9a). What are they? The the last picture is actually 3 clustered, I haven't pulled it up yet ...
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What unclean water can I give to my plants?

Since water is scarce here, I would like to water my pots with used water. I guess that it is not a good idea to use water with soap, but what about water with food remnants? For example, I washed the ...
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What is a soil spreader called in the U.S? Are they available here?

I just watched a YouTube video on how to top dress your lawn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M77S86Sib1I The guy who does the video is in Australia. He has a handy tool that he calls a soil ...
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Is there a way to harvest my chilli peppers for the best possible heat?

We have a few chilli pepper plants (I'm afraid I don't know what kind as the seed packet was unfortunately lost) but I don't know when the best time is to pick them so that they will be as spicy as ...
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What is this small shrub with small red berries, and lanceolate, alternate entire leaves?

This shrub is: found growing wild in a field in New Hampshire, USA; USDA Zone 5 about 1m (3') tall alternate, smooth edged, ~6cm (2.5") long leaves growing on a hillside in gravelly, acidic (pH ~5), ...
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Why are my indoor strawberry's leaves turning brown?

There is a problem with my strawberry, see the photos It's been growing in this container for about four months. It grows indoors. I have fed it recently, after that the leaves started to turn ...
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How should I prepare a containerized tomato-plant for overwintering?

I would like to try to overwinter some tomato plants which I planted in a container and have worked well. I will have a hard winter and thus I need to stock them inside the house. What do I need to ...
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Why do I need special microgreen seeds?

I'd like to start growing microgreens indoors. Why do I need to buy specific microgreen seeds? Why can't I use seeds that I'd plant in my garden? It seems like a marketing gimmick to me.
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed my lawn? Can I do it myself?

I live in NC, USA and I never did aerate before. The size of the lawn is 0.37 acre. Recently I got a letter from a lawn-care company about offering the service about aeration etc. Aeration only ...
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Why are my eggplants golden brown?

Right now I have 3 eggplant plants of the same variety (I think Ichiban, but I may have that confused) growing fruit, two of them are growing golden brown fruits, as pictured above, the other's ...
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Should I wait for twigs in compost to fully decompose before adding it to the soil?

I have created a small compost pit and i have putting lot of garden cuttings and kitchen waste in it for last 12 weeks. The whole thing has turned into nice dark brown humus. It smells very nice and I ...
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What is wrong with my Mango plant?

I planted a mango seed this spring. And it went good. But growth stagnated after a while and totally stopped. Then I noticed some bulgy excrescence on the top, with a very dark almost black color. I ...

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