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Does it matter if I cull the flower or fruit for higher fruit quality?

I have a tropical Century Guava that will soon be putting out dozens of flowers. I would like the resulting fruit to be bigger, so I need to do some culling. Will the final fruit quality differ if I ...
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1answer
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Help needed to identify this monster

Can anyone help me identify this? I live in Essex, England and it's in a border in my garden. Within 1 metre (three feet) is an ornamental Pear tree, other plants and grasses are close by too. Also ...
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71 views

What is this plant that sprouted when I planted pepper seeds?

I thought I had bought shishito pepper seeds and this grew. What is it?
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343 views

What is this succulent plant bought from a botanical garden?

Does anybody know what this plant is? When we bought it, it was very small, brown and closed up. With decent watering and light it's grown into what you can see here: several low-lying rosettes of ...
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1answer
63 views

What are these dark brown spots on my tomato leaves?

I have these dark brown spots on my tomato leaves that appeared over the weekend. I'm only seeing them on one branch. The rest of the plant looks fine. The nearest I can tell, it looks like spotted ...
6
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1answer
80 views

How can I rescue my tree?

I moved into this house last year, so I've only seen this tree with leaves once and I do not know what kind of tree it is (I live in Iowa). I noticed this spring that the leaves didn't seem to come in ...
6
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1answer
131 views

What is this plant with no leaves and a thick red stalk?

We live in a lodgepole pine forest and this plant is popping up everywhere. Is this a fungus of some kind?
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1answer
67 views

How can I prevent my banana tree from drying out?

We live in Lahore , Pakistan where temperature in summers reach 45 degrees Centigrade. Our banana tree is drying out in the sun. What is the best way to ensure that it remains healthy? This banana ...
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1answer
169 views

Can you tell me the garden plant that is popping up all over my 10x10 garden plot in Wisconsin? [duplicate]

I have these plants popping up all over my 10x10ft garden in Wisconsin. I think it may be some kind of flower. I think the leaves look like potato leaves. I want to know what this is. Is it a weed? ...
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Should I thin and transplant watermelon seedlings?

I have a row of watermelon seedlings, each separated by 2 inches, except that in several places two seedlings are growing together about half an inch apart (where I had sown two seeds in the same ...
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1answer
60 views

What's wrong with my butterfly bush?

My butterfly bush is not flowering. I've had it for 3 years and every year was a little bit downhill from the previous one. Last fall, I gave it some compost and some new shoots emerged but no ...
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1answer
63 views

What kind of mushrooms are these?

I've noticed these mushrooms growing in my backyard today. They are likely thriving on dead grass that my lawnmower has been leaving behind. Can anyone identify them? I am located in the Houston, ...
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3answers
75 views

How can I support oranges as they grow?

I have an orange tree growing in my backyard. I am not sure of the exact species. It has 4 oranges growing on it right now. Three of them appear to be very healthy. The other one is very small and ...
4
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2answers
641 views

What is this plant growing in my backyard?

I have this plant growing in my backyard near Houston, TX (UDSA Zone 9a). I been letting it grow because I have no idea what it is. It starting to look like just another weed. Can anyone identify this ...
4
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1answer
220 views

What is this fast growing plant and should I rip it out?

So we planted a big new garden, and I think my wife sprinkled some assorted seeds (possibly wildflower?) and now we have three huge plants growing that don't seem to either produce flowers or ...
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3answers
105 views

How large can potted patio trees grow in the US northeast?

I have a large sunny patio that I would like to shade with the largest potted trees that I can grow practically in the northeast of the U.S. (New England, 6a). What trees are suitable and how large ...
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1answer
90 views

What is this small tree with purple leaves and small green fruits?

I'd like to get one of these for my back yard but I'm not sure what kind of tree it is... anybody know?
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2answers
100 views

What variety of clematis is this?

Two years ago we thought we had bought a clematis 'Nelly Moser' - but when I look at the flower, it doesn't look at all how it should look. The petals are neither pink nor white but purple, and ...
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1answer
313 views

Ginger plant too tall for its own good

My ginger plant is about 33 inches (85cm) tall now, and still plans to get taller. Is this normal? I'm afraid it will fall off and break its stem, and I really don't want to hurt the root down there ...
3
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1answer
60 views

Do aphids return to the host plant after being sprayed off?

What happens to aphids after you spray them off a plant? Do they wander around until they find a new host, get rescued by ants, die, or something else? Am I just moving them from one plant to another ...
2
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2answers
67 views

What size, and how far apart, should support posts for a trellis tunnel be?

I was thinking of building a trellis/vine-tunnel (not sure what it is called). Which I want to grow a variety of edibles (grapes, and maybe some northern kiwi vines) and flowers. Every species seems ...
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2answers
54 views

Should I let lemon basil flower?

I'm growing some herbs in pots on my patio, and I've let things get away from me a bit: my cilantro and lemon basil are flowering. I know it's considered bad to let my cilantro flower like that, and ...
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1answer
50 views

Can the bananas of this variety be eaten?

I recently purchased this banana tree in a flower pot. I've attached two photos with its label. Do you know if the bananas of this variety can be eaten? (Does the "\" icon over the fork and knife mean ...
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3answers
101 views

What is the best way to sprout Lychee seeds?

I am attempting to sprout some lychee pits using the moist paper towel in a ziplock method. So far it has resulted in mold on the towel and tops of the seeds. Is there a better method?
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1answer
52 views

How much and often should I water a bean seedling in a small plastic lined cardboard tube?

Let me start this question by saying there are a lot of unknowns and I can't provide them so please don't be mad or frustrated by this! As a green based work scheme each employee at my workplace has ...
2
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1answer
49 views

How do I revive an air-layer that has dropped all its leaves?

I bought a Sweetheart Lychee air-layer a month ago. It is less than a foot tall. I immediately planted it in a plastic container whose diameter matched the canopy size. For the first week, I kept it ...
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6answers
2k views

How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

I have a low spot in the back of my yard that pools excessive water after a rain. The only lower spot than that is my neighbor's yard (there is a brief upslope between my yard and his) so I cannot ...
5
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2answers
116 views

Should I remove what remains of a seed from the top of a sprout?

I planted a seed from a pomegranate, and it successfully started to grow. However, the seed's shell is still remaining on top of the sprout, stopping the leaves from opening. I am worried that the ...
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2answers
124 views

What insects killed this red cabbage?

Watering the lettuces, I spotted a Red Cabbage head leaning sideways on the ground. On close inspection, here's what I saw: Three little worm-like bugs having a feast of the bottom of the stalk of ...
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1answer
86 views

Pumpkin sprout and pepper plants have holes in leaves

I have a pumpkin sprout that sprouted very nicely, but I woke up this morning and the sprout had two holes in it. The holes were yellowish and had scabbing around the outside. The pepper plant is ...
2
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1answer
51 views

What should I do about a newly planted avocado tree that stopped growing?

The new avocado tree that I bought isn't growing well since I planted it in the ground. Should I put more soil around it to build the ground up?
4
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1answer
68 views

Is it possible to grow nepenthes without a terrarium?

Is it possible or recommended to grow nepenthes outside of terrariums? Aren't nepenthes tropical plants needing constant high humidity?
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4answers
162 views

Is this flowering vine diseased?

I'm not sure what the name of this vine is, but about a week ago the flowers started to brown around the edges and then fall off completely. A couple of days ago the leaves began wilting. I did ...
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1answer
128 views

Is it safe to eat dandelions previously treated with a selective iron herbicide?

Three years ago, I started trying to reduce the number of dandelions in my lawn with a household selective herbicide named Scotts® EcoSense® Weed B Gon® (MSDS and retailer product page). The ...
4
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3answers
198 views

What is this weed and how can I eliminate it?

I live in Nova Scotia, and I have been fighting with this weed for at least 7 years. It is in my flower garden. I have gone so far as to try to follow each of the white roots though the soil and ...
4
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2answers
106 views

Preparation for a new lawn to prevent weeds and encourage growth

Two Years Ago About two years ago, the lawn in our back garden was full of dandelions. We decided to replace it with brand new turf, the kind you roll out into place. I tried my best to remove the ...
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2answers
55 views

How to protect plants from freezing

Waking at 1 am, I get my shoes on to run out to my greenhouse. I've had a heck of a time getting my garden in this year. I've lost quite a few plants to 'pop' freezes and I'm probably getting ...
4
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3answers
177 views

Are my tomato plants damaged by a chemical or a disease?

Most of my tomato plants have started showing signs of what I think is Cucumber Mosaic Virus. I have shoestring, fernleaf, and curling leaves. They also have a leathery appearance. At first I thought ...
4
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2answers
96 views

Why is my Australian Tree Fern's leaves curling up at the ends and looking kind of burnt?

I have an Australian Tree Fern and its leaves are starting to turn 'crispy' at the tips. One branch looks like it's been burnt almost. Can anyone tell me why?
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1answer
97 views

Is my newly planted weeping willow in shock?

This spring, I planted a weeping willow tree (salix x) in my yard, in an attempt to help dry things out. I'd heard they love wet conditions, and can grow up to 8' a year. Well, it has been almost two ...
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votes
1answer
51 views

Can I successfully cross-pollinate different species of Aloe?

Okay, I have the big guy from this question, and the little guy from this question. I believe, from their different growth habits, flowers, and mature sizes that these are different species. I have ...
3
votes
1answer
140 views

Can I rejuvenate a very old lilac bush that has regrown from the base?

I have a very old (about 120-125 yrs. old) lilac bush. It was cut almost to the ground 20 years ago. I had been told that this was how to control giant lilacs. It had formerly been 18' high and 25' ...
4
votes
1answer
41 views

Should I re-plant my unbalanced indoor lucky bamboo plant, or will something else work?

What is the best way to re-plant this plant, or help it to support itself? The shoots are a bit too tall for the original stalk.
2
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1answer
35 views

Extending Life of Cut Flowers

I was reading this article on Extending the Life of Cut Flowers and had a couple of questions. As was also pointed out on How to keep my roses fresh?, you should cut the stems at an angle under ...
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2answers
97 views

Do bolting vegetables produce a toxin?

I still like my arugula, kale and some lettuce varieties after they are bolting. A friend told me that those plants produce toxins when they bolt in order to ward off insects, and that we should ...
4
votes
1answer
91 views

Can white pines be sheared or trimmed?

I have a dwarf white pine that suffered a fair bit of winter burn this last hard winter. My horticulture courses said you could trim white pines for hedges. I would just like to trim once for shape. ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

My tomatoes got hit by a freeze

Most of them are coming back. 12 out of 15. Will these produce this year if I can keep them from freezing again? They've been babied in a heated greenhouse ever since. I know I'll have to harden ...
6
votes
2answers
534 views

Smallest practical garden pond

I have noticed a few toads in my garden, and would like to encourage them - they're welcome to my slugs. So I thought it might be nice to create a small pond. However I don't want it to dominate the ...
5
votes
2answers
342 views

How can I prevent nettles creeping through my fence?

My neighbor has a garden with plenty of nettles, and they're growing through my fence right where the kids' sandbox is. It must sadly be noted that the neighbor is only renting the place and doesn't ...
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2answers
78 views

What is the flower just above the groom's left breast?

I have this image I am wondering what the flower is that's just above the groom's left breast (her left) and if the greenery with it is native to the flower (ie. if you cultivated the flower or ...

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