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How can I propagate Phoenix canariensis with vegetative offshoots?

My neighbour has some Phoenix canariensis in his garden. And, despite reading many times that this plant does not do that, some of them have produced vegetative offshoots from basal portions of their ...
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What is this plant with small red flowers and palmate leaves with 11 leaflets?

This plant was given to me earlier this year and was said to be an herb - nutmeg I think they said. I don't think it is a nutmeg. I have looked all over the web to no avail - no clue what it is. 11 ...
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What's wrong with this Photinia fraseri tree?

I've got three Photinia fraseri trees in my yard in Tucson, Arizona. They were planted last May (2013) and now in September (2014), one of them is turning entirely brown and losing all its leaves ...
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Drip Irrigation for Row of Long Arborvitae Hedge

Both sides of our property have newly planted 6 foot arborvitaes planted. One side has about 55 and the other side has about 25 all spaced 2.5 feet from center in straight lines in a 5 foot wide bed ...
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What is this mint-family plant with small, pink flowers in Lynchburg, VA?

The honey bees like this one. Each branch has many small flowers that bloom consecutively.
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What is this yellow ray flowering plant, found in Lynchburg, VA, that honey bees like?

The flowers have slender petals. My honey bees seem to like it!
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What is this purple stalked, berry producing plant? [duplicate]

It has small, white flowers with 5 petals.
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What is this yellow, four-petal flowering plant in Lynchburg, VA?

This grows wild behind my house. It has many yellow flowers per "branch", and many branches. The flowers bloom after each other. The flowers have 4 petals. Each seed pod has a flower on top of it.
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How does one go about growing a cactus in a terrarium?

I've been searching the web online, and the ideas are all conflicting. Some websites would say cacti are unable to grow in glass jars because the heat trapped will cook the cactus, and other websites ...
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Would spinach seeds not sprout because they are planted too low in the pot?

So, again being a newb as I am... I planted some spinach seeds in these black plastic pots that I transplanted other plants from. There is a good 3 inches of height in the planter with no soil. It's ...
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Will chrysanthemums help with my mosquito problems?

I just purchased a home with a great big bag yard with a connecting courtyard, which is so rare in a city like Houston, TX. I've consulted most mosquito control websites which usually recommend ...
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Wooden containers finished with Danish Oil- should I line them?

I have some wooden wine boxes that I am going to use for lettuces. I am using Danish Oil to finish the boxes (two coats) so they can be a bit waterproofed. I might also add some corner reinforcements. ...
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What immediate steps should I take after my lawn is aerated?

My lawn which is a combination of clover, moss, crabgrass, dandelions and occasionally some grass is going to be aerated in two weeks. I want to know the immediate steps to take after the cores are ...
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How should I control the growth of my umbrella grass?

I have a few clumps of umbrella grass that are getting very overgrown. They are planted at the edge of my court yard (pictures below). I live in Houston TX. This is my first house and I inherited a ...
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101 views

What are these mushrooms?

Mushroom #1: Mushroom #2: Mushroom #1: Mushroom #2: Mushroom #2: Mushroom #1: Lower left is #2 and center, upper right is #1: I have tried and tried over the internet to find out ...
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Do I have to bring my potted plants inside during the winter?

I live in zone six. The coldest it gets in the winter here is something like -10 degrees. I have a couple plants in pots that will need to make it through the winter. They're all cold hardy plants, ...
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59 views

What should I look for when selecting lights for indoor cacti?

We grow cacti indoors due to the weather (UK). What should we look for when selecting lights? We have had mixed results with a new lighting system and have started to lose some. See one of the old ...
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154 views

What plant has no foliage and clusters of red berries on top of a fleshy 1' stem?

I have strange plants growing among my redcurrant/raspberries and close to cobnut trees . They have a single fleshy stem, no foliage, are about a foot tall and have a cluster of bright red berries at ...
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Why Hasn't my Cactus Grown Deadly Spines?

I recently purchased a small cactus plant from my local store for about $5. I've been giving the cactus lots of sunlight and a good watering every week. I've noticed that since I bought it, the ...
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What to do about a slug and excrement on my Batavian lettuce?

I think this is happening because this lettuce is ready to harvest and it's been sitting in there too long? I discovered one slug (is that a slug?) which I can remove... but there are also all ...
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Is it possible to add too much compost?

I'm going to be amending my garden soil soon, after I take care of all the rocks, so I'll be dumping in a lot of compost to fix the horrible clay soil I'm left with. Should I be worried about adding ...
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Is there a way I can keep my plant off of my desk?

I bought a pothos plant for my work desk. Right now it's a standard a 5 inch diameter pot. I'd like to raise the plant up some, above the surface of the desk, maybe 12 to 24 inches. I don't want to ...
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What are these small black things appearing on my cucumber leaves, and are they harmful?

There are these little black things on my cucumber plants that have started appearing recently. They are more concentrated towards the 'top' of the plant. They don't seem to be eating away the leaves ...
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143 views

What are these mushrooms growing in the shade in Houston, Texas?

What kind of Mushrooms are these? I found them growing in my yard near Houston, Texas (UDSA Zone 9a). Click on any picture for full size
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What is this vine with heart-shaped leaves found in Northern California?

My neighbor's vine is poking through the fence. I first caught it trying to choke one of my roses. I cut it away and it's now poking through the fence again. The leaves are heart shaped when you ...
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How will indirect sunlight affect indoor tomatoes under grow lights?

I'm deciding where to put my indoor vegetable garden for the winter. I will use grow lights as the primary light source but part of my decision decision is based on the value of indirect sunlight. ...
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162 views

Why Do Trees In Swampy or Wet Areas Change Color Earlier?

Not a gardening question per-se, but I believe this is the best exchange for it. It had been my observation here in the northern temperate zone that trees growing in low-lying, wet areas change to ...
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I planted seedlings with mint by accident… what do I do to save them?

Being a newb, I put a mint plant inside a small container, and then proceeded to plant spinach seeds inside it. I have since learned that mint grows rampantly and should be confined... My poor ...
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Is it okay to use left-over pasta water to water plants, including edibles?

We are having a drought in California, so I'm just wondering if I could reuse salted pasta water (after it cools) to keep the plants hydrated. Is this a good idea?
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Is it possible to tell by shape of the flower if it will attract butterflies or hummingbirds?

Looking through plants, I've started noticing that all the flowers marked that they attract hummingbirds have flowers with deep, tube-like, petals. Meanwhile, it seems like the plants that are marked ...
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How should I plant Calathea Medallion seeds?

I have a nice Calathea Medallion in my living room, and it has flowered, and now I'd like to try and plant the seeds. However the flower is a little... funny looking, so to speak, and I wouldn't know ...
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How can I prevent my arborvitae trees from turning brown and dying every time I plant them? [duplicate]

I have replaced these Arborvitae trees 4 times. They keep turning brown. I cut out parts of the trees behind them, so they would get more sunlight. I Am watering them. Could it be a fungus? How can I ...
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Can excess NPK fertilizer damage my container-grown plants?

I live in an apartment building, and all my plants grow in pots or small flower beds. Since I moved here, 7 years ago, I have only watered the pots and revolved the "soil", eventually adding more ...
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Is it possible to grow a grape plant in a container?

Would it be possible, if I kept it pruned, to keep a grape plant in a container? I have 23 inch containers that I could use to keep them in, but would that be enough? What would I need to consider if ...
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How can I keep mosquitoes out of my yard?

Since my garden is outside, and I live next to a heavily wooded area, there are quite a few mosquitoes that greet me everytime I go outside to work in my yard. Is there something I can do to keep my ...
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How deep should a post be in the ground, compared to how tall it's going to be above?

I have some grape plants coming in next year. My plan is to make a sort of trellis-fence to partly break up the view of the road from my yard, and of course help the grape plants vine out. What's the ...
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How tall can grape plants get?

Looking at grape plants, I noticed that they all say the height is variable, or only list the spread of the plant. Does that mean that as long as I provide a tall enough trellis, I could grow a grape ...
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What causes cucumber leaves to turn yellow, brown, wilt, die, and the plants to stop producing?

Every year it seems my cukes will go gang busters then suddenly the leaves turn yellow (starting with yellow spots), then turn brown, wilt and slowly die off. This all happens from the root crown and ...
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Why do many of my parsley leaves have white tips?

I'm not sure if this is normal? Not every leaf has this but lots of them do
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Should I pinch my blueberry bushes for the first year?

I know you're supposed to pinch strawberry plants for their first year. That way you have higher yields of strawberries the following years because the roots have been able to fully develop during ...
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When does red clover (cover crop) go to seed?

This seems like a silly question, but I'm struggling to find an answer on google. When does red clover go to seed? I am planting it now, in combination with Italian Rye, as a cover crop. When do I ...
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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

So, this has been my first year with a yard that I need to tend myself, and I have dutifully mowed it every Saturday morning. The problem I'm finding is that, while I've always heard it's better to ...
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How can I get a Morning Glory that was cut back to flower before the season's end?

My Heavenly Blue Morning Glory was pruned last week just as it began to bloom. Today is September 1. What can I do to save the blooming season?
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What is this burr covered plant (weed?)

Click photo for full size These plants are growing all around my new house. I am wondering if this burr infested plant is anything that is worth keeping or if it is just a weed that sticks itself ...
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Why does my Goji Berry produce many flowers but never bear fruit?

I have a 4 foot tall Goji Berry plant that has been prolifically producing flowers all year long. None of the flowers ever become fruit. I've witnessed hummingbirds poke into each flower because they ...
3
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64 views

Why did the leaves on my Plumeria alba develop black spots and fall off?

I got a small Plumeria alba tree in my office, right next to a very sunny window. At first it was growing brand new leaves and looked great. Over time the leaves got black dots and fell off and the ...
3
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67 views

What are all the methods to control powdery mildew?

This particular disease is totally vexing! I admit, I love cramming plants together, especially in a garden. I hate bare soil. I do prune for aeration. I do use free water to wash off leaves early ...
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56 views

What can I do with a dead bonsai that was an anniversary gift? [closed]

For our anniversary, my wife gave me a ficus bonsai tree. About 2 months ago, it suddenly lost all its leaves. We took it to a garden store that specializes in bonsais, and we were told that it had ...
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59 views

Which grass is best suited as an indoor perennial?

I would like to decorate our living room with a strip of grass. Which type should I grow? The requirements are as following: should be a perennial or at least grow for a year or so slow growing, ...
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When should I harvest my carrots?

I live in central Ohio, zone 6a. Last year I harvested my carrots right after Labor Day (first Monday of September) and they were pretty nice. I've been picking them as needed this year, but I'm ...

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