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Will green, algae-like blooms in the side of a clear pot cause any damage to the plant and its roots, and if so, how can I get rid of these?

I have had a False Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) planted in a clear, fishbowl-like container with a handful of gravel for drainage and potting soil to the level of the pot it came in for about a year ...
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Can dragon fruit get scale?

I think that my dragon fruit has scale. This is my first encounter with scale so I want to check first. I assume that any plant can get scale. When researching it I never saw it mentioned on cacti so ...
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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I have an almond tree on a house I purchased. The tree looks very old and the large bulk of it didn't have much green - looked very dead. It was growing sideways and near the base of the tree some new ...
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What does Mesquite Tree sap have that possibly makes it a good fertilizer for dragon fruit?

I have 2 dragon fruit (pitaya) growing under a large 30-year-old mesquite tree. The mesquite tree is dripping sap at the base of one of the dragon fruit plants. This plant is a deep green healthy ...
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What's the name of this houseplant? [duplicate]

I only know that this is a popular houseplant in Turkey. What's its name?
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1answer
59 views

How should I care for this Succulent?

I bought this plant over two weeks ago. What is its name? How should I take care of it?
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1answer
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What is this cactus and how should I care for it?

I bought this cactus over two weeks ago. What is it's name and how should I take care of it?
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1answer
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What LED light should I choose for a specific PAR watt need?

I wish to design an LED lighting system suitable for growing plants in the absence of natural light. I do NOT wish to just buy available specialised horticultural LEDs - I want to build my own using ...
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1answer
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How do I prevent my mung bean sprouts from turning green and developing too many roots?

I am sprouting mung beans to eat. I sprout them in a clear plastic container with the opening covered in a mesh. I place the container, opening down on the kitchen counter covered in one of those ...
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Should I rotate border vegetables, or plant a perimeter of onions/scallions each year?

Last year my wife and I planted our first ever organic vegetable garden (raised bed made of cedar) and pretty much just "winged it"; and surprisingly had very good yields. By "winged it" I mean, we ...
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1answer
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Is this a sign of some disease or insect damage? (Piel De Sapo plant)

I tried doing some research into what might be causing the damage, as the vine is also damaged slightly. I looked around the rest of my garden and the winter melon and hairy melons are growing ...
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1answer
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How to check if a tropical tree has survived a subtropic winter?

I am currently living in the California Bay Area, a subtropic region. I grow quite a few tropical trees in my backyard. This winter has been the first subtropic winter that these trees have ever ...
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What is this weed with tiny yellow flowers found in eastern Australia?

It grows very fast in summer. Hundreds of little round seeds seem to grow on stems where the leaves join to the main stem. Wind or manual removal causes them to fall off everywhere. Older stems seem ...
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1answer
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What is killing off my lucky bamboo?

I've been following the general guidelines for taking care of lucky bamboo. Purified water Sunny area, indirect sunlight No fertilizer Indoors (60 to 70 fahrenheit nowadays) They have been slowly ...
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1answer
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Houseplant with clustered red berries at the bottom part of the plant?

I bought a plant but the seller does not know the scientific name of the plant. He says that it is a money tree, but can't seem to find a money tree that fits the description on the Internet. It has ...
3
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1answer
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What are the differences that can be apparent between vines and creepers?

The terms 'vines' and 'creepers' are used frequently in plant descriptions. They both have flexible growth and cannot support themselves in an upright habit. A simple image search brings almost ...
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How to completely rid my potting soil/container of fungi which seems to continually attack my plants

So, after so many dead plant and ruts, I have come to realize that for some reason, my plants seem to contract some fungal issue most every week. I am not exactly sure why but I have had to pluck up ...
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1answer
115 views

What does 'standard' mean when referring to shrubs and vines?

I often see shrubs and vines for sale labeled as 'standards'. What does that mean? Examples: Roses Rose of Sharon Trumpet Vine Wisteria And so on.
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Is there any merit to my wacky idea to grow a Purslane lawn?

I have this wacky idea to plant Purslane instead of grass in my desert yard (zone 7a, 9 inches of rain annually). I'm not keen on having high-maintenance turf; the only grass in the running against ...
4
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1answer
38 views

What columnar cactus species I should select as a rootstock for a Rhipsalis standard?

I want to make a standard(1) with scions from a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or mistletoe cactus. I need a rootstock that: Is columnar Is unbranched Has good longevity (at least 20 years) Can adapt to high ...
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36 views

How Do I Get Rid Of Moles [duplicate]

How can I prevent, get rid of moles in my yard? I have tried traps and the glandular poison. Moles come back every spring.
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2answers
81 views

What is this small potted plant with a thick trunk and palmate clusters of 5 leaves?

I received this pot plant as a gift, but I don't know what it is, and consequently, how to properly care for it. The size is approximately 20 cm from the base of the pot to the top of the plant. It's ...
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1answer
40 views

Should I let my basil leaves age?

Is it okay to let the basil leaves "age"? Like the leaves at the lower part of the stem. I pinch back my basil plant at the top, so the leaves at the bottom doesn't get touched and grow larger. I have ...
3
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2answers
92 views

What is this bush called and can it be pruned this time of year?

Can anyone identify this bush? The photo was taken in May (in South England). It is slowly turning into a kind of a tree, with long branches without any new shoots, so I would like to prune it and ...
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3answers
157 views

What is this large, woody plant with compound leaves, found in zone 6a?

In the early summer of 2014, I was on vacation in Pine Grove (PA), and saw this large plant by the side of the road. It is huge. For scale, the pokeweed in the pic is about 7' tall. This weed is ...
3
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1answer
47 views

Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?

I've had 2" of composted manure added to my desert front yard (New Mexico, zone 7a) to serve as new topsoil after having someone with a bobcat and a dump truck to haul off the gravel and plastic ...
3
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1answer
75 views

What is this almost spherical red flower with thin, hair-like, petals?

I saw this flower at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Callaway Gardens. Please help me identify it.
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What is this grass that is growing in my desert yard?

I live in New Mexico (zone 7a) and my yard is basically a desert. However, I was surprised to discover some grass growing near the edge of my patio slab today. I didn't plant it and I certainly ...
4
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1answer
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Should I remove brown, cap-shaped Birch Polypore mushrooms from my tree?

I learned from this question that my birch tree is infested with Birch Polypore mushrooms. For two reasons, I'm wondering if I should remove them. First, even though they grow because the tree is ...
4
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1answer
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What is happening to my Snake plant?

My indoor snake plant seems to be losing more leaves than it's growing. It started off as a pretty crowded pot, now it has reduced itself to this. I have another one in my office that's doing ...
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1answer
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Can I measure chemical elements in soil myself?

What sort of equipment would one need to ensure that plant soil contains the right concentration of the 13 mineral nutrients necessary for plant growth? Specifically, can this be measured in real-time ...
4
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1answer
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Why are my avocado's leaves drying out from the edges?

I recently moved into a house in the South SF Bay Area in California, with three large avocado trees. I've noticed that the leaves on one of these trees is drying out from the edges: Here's another ...
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1answer
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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1answer
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Can strawberries be grown year-round indoors?

Are there particular varieties that are best suited for indoor growing? Will the plant die after producing fruit after x amount of harvests? Are particular lighting schedules required to produce ...
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1answer
70 views

Identification of garden insect with a red-edged green body and white spots

Please can someone Identify this New Zealand Bug found on my lawn today, thank you.
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1answer
36 views

Does Pachysandra cause algae to grow on the concrete foundation of my house?

I live in Massachusetts and have a swath of pachysandra approximately twelve inches wide growing against the foundation around my house. It's healthy and produced a lot of pretty, sweet-smelling ...
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1answer
73 views

How do I get rid of mice without hurting the birds that might feed on them?

I live in the country, so I've got mice that like to come into the house when the weather gets cold. The mice have learned to avoid the traps that I put inside the house, so I need to step up to ...
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Why is my lemon tree losing leaves after I gave it tomato feed?

There are pale blotches on the leaves of my lemon tree. There are no pests or mites, but all leaves have fallen from tree. I have tried a tomato feed with no results.
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1answer
66 views

Identify deciduous shrub with small red berries and small leaves

I live in London, UK and have had this shrub in my garden since I moved in 2 years ago. It looks like it has been shaped/pruned. Two years ago, there were tiny green leaves which turned red in ...
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154 views

Why do chilli and cilantro seedlings look the same?

I have one week old cilantro and chilli seedlings growing in adjacent pots. They look the same. Are they supposed to look the same?
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1answer
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How should I care for these plants? [closed]

I moved to a new apartment recently and the owner left me some of his plants. Looks like some citrus plant: 2. This one already started to rot: It will be great to be able to ...
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4answers
176 views

A website for keeping track of my houseplants

Is there a website where I can submit information about my houseplants and manage them. I am looking for a service that would allow me to have a kind of a diary where I could keep track of their ...
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1answer
358 views

What is this itch-inducing twig I found in my cilantro?

I bought a bunch of cilantro today at my usual produce market and when I picked it up, I felt a couple of pricks on my fingers that started itching a lot. When I got home and started preparing said ...
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0answers
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Bermuda grass (I think?) is a muddy mess in the winter time

I live in Knoxville, TN. My back lawn sees a lot of action year-round with two medium-sized dogs. I think much of it is Bermuda grass, since it runs close to the ground, is very thick and soft in ...
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1answer
56 views

Falling leaves and black spots on bonsai tree. What can I do to return it to health?

I bought this bonsai last week. There was no info on what breed it is? What can I do past watering?
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1answer
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What plant is this and how do I save it?

I've recently found this plant, which was already dying, maybe due to low temperatures, too much or too less water, poor soil... Firstly, I'd like to know its name, in order to learn how to take ...
4
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1answer
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What is the name of this plant and how to make it grow horizontal branches?

I have a really nice plant that grows high. I am afraid that the trunk won't be able to support it one day and it will just break. Is there a way I could force this plant to grow horizontal branches? ...
3
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1answer
58 views

What is the name of this plant, is it edible, and how can I care for it?

I took a little bunch, but it in water and planted it when I saw the roots. the original plant was low, close to the floor. I kind of like it going up. This plant smells really nice. It's super ...
2
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1answer
35 views

How should I eradicate or control mugwort without herbicides?

There is an area of approximately 6,000 square feet that is full of mugwort. We would like to restore some native vegetation, but as the area is adjacent to a pond, I don't want to use herbicides in ...
3
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What is wrong with this Fargesia?

Looks like some kind of leaf miner, but I've never seen it before. What is it, and is there an "organic" way to treat it?

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