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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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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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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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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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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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What is this bug with a hundred feet that I found in my garden?

This bug was crawling between my pot garden this morning. Can anyone tell me what it is? (Im sorry for the bluryness, it moves so fast!
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How should I take care of my new Areca Palm?

I just received my new Areca Palm. It was delivered to me in New York via UPS from Florida. Since Florida is more than a little warmer than here, my question is how to take care of this so it gets ...
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What is wrong with this desert rose and how can I cure it?

My desert rose appears to have a disease. Every year, the leaves develop these spots and look terrible. It still blooms every year. Can anyone identify the disease and/or suggest a cure? enter ...
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Garlic scapes drooping during a cold winter without much snow. Will they survive?

I live in Massachusetts Zone 6b and I planted garlic in October (First time ever planting garlic!) about 6 inches deep into the soil, with mulch on top of the soil. The garlic I planted was organic ...
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1answer
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How fast do banana plants grow?

Last fall I picked up half a large banana plant corm from the refuse pile at the local gardens, planted it in a 12" pot with loamy soil, and stuck it in my growth chamber for months of benign neglect. ...
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1answer
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What is this mold/fungus? [duplicate]

Is it harmful? What should I do about it? It was undoubtedly caused by the excess water on the surface from the drippers. Those are now off.
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1answer
44 views

What is the best growing temperatures for an avocado plant?

I live in a very warm climate (Phoenix AZ) and I was wondering what the best growing conditions (temperatures) are for an avocado plant? Are the extreme heat summers here to much for an avocado? We ...
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1answer
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How do I grow a new African Violet from a leaf?

Two days ago I was admiring a friend's indoor African Violet, and she told me I could grow my own from a leaf. I've never heard of being able to do that with any plant. She gave me three leaves, each ...
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1answer
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What happened to my Mass Cane?

Not putting in much thought I moved my plants closer to a light source over the weekend and as you can see in the pictures some tips turned black. Did it get burned? Is it dying? What am I supposed ...
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2answers
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What is the gardening purpose of an l-shaped groove knife hand tool?

What is the gardening purpose of an l-shaped groove knife? ( http://www.chillingtontoolsonline.com/groove-knife-p62 ) It appears to be a weeding or cultivation tool, a little-bit like a "wrong ...
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3answers
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Can I use 12-6-9 fertilizer sticks for a Ficus Bonsai?

I have a bunch of plant food sticks described as "compound organic and inorganic NPK 12-6-9 fertilizer with micronutrients for ornamental plants". I wonder if this is suitable for a Ficus (Ginseng?) ...
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Is there anything wrong with allowing moss to grow around herbs?

I've started up a pot of Basil sprouts indoors under a lamp, and it seems like some moss is beginning to grow around them. Is there anything wrong with having moss in the same pot? Any problems with ...
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1answer
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Does cypress produce any smell or allergens when planted indoors?

I'm thinking about putting a cypress (Chamaecyparis) onto my office desk which is in an open space, however, I don't want it to disturb my coworkers. Is an indoor cypress known to produce any notable ...
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Should I remove rhododendron buds which didn't open before the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and have ten large rhododendrons which bloomed profusely last spring. In September, numerous buds appeared on each bush, but the winter came before they had a chance to open. I ...
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1answer
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Where Can I Get Saintpaulia (African Violet) Food? [closed]

I've been advised to feed my African Violets (Saintpaulia) with two type of food; NPK 20-20-20 for the leaves NPK 15-30-15 for the flowers The former comes in powder form, and 1/4 teaspoon of it ...
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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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1answer
53 views

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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1answer
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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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1answer
173 views

What is this plant from a package of mixed flower seeds?

I got a bunch of flower seeds off of amazon back during the summer. The majority of them are dead now, but this is the last remaining and I am not sure what flower plant it is. I planted back in the ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
526 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
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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 ...
2
votes
1answer
43 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. ...
2
votes
1answer
63 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 ...
3
votes
1answer
112 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 ...
3
votes
1answer
61 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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votes
1answer
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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
82 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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1answer
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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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1answer
268 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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2answers
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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
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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
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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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votes
1answer
52 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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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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votes
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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