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Is this coriander or bolted parsley?

I had both cilantro and parsley growing in this container. Much time has passed, and now I have no idea what I'm looking at! click on the image for a larger version I want to grow just parsley in ...
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My potting soil is being overrun by soil insects. How do I get rid of them? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time getting rid of insects in my potting soil. My plants are droopy. I have applied a good amount of diatomaceous earth to all of them, even to the roots, but these insects don't ...
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What might be eating my butter bibb lettuce plants?

I live in southwest MN and have started growing some vegetables in containers. We had a big storm, so I put the pots on the ground beside my porch because they always get blown over. Today, I noticed ...
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Watering container tomatoes while away

I have many 5 gallon containers with tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, herbs, etc. in my garden. I am leaving for 10 days in the middle of August, and nobody will be able to water the plants (also the ...
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What is causing damage to my summer squash and zucchini plants?

I have a variety of problems with my summer squash and zucchini plants: The summer squash (and to a smaller degree the zucchini) has clear spots in the leaves: This morning one of the zucchini ...
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Why is one fernbush thriving and one not?

I bought two Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush) online. Live in zone 9. plants are in south facing backyard 6-10 hrs sun. I followed the instructions and water both semi-daily, planted in sandy ...
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Why does my Red Acer plant look like it has twigs but no leaves?

I have two Red Acer plants. They were both young and small when I bought them last year. I did find some bugs on the branches of the green one, so I sprayed them with bug spray. The one with the green ...
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Which tomatoes grow the best in high temperatures?

Which tomato varieties have the most heat tolerance? I live in a dry area (technically considered desert, but you might not think that) where the daytime highs are usually 89° F. or above in summer ...
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Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree

Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree? By the same token will limiting tree size also have an effect on root system size?
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Now what is the matter with my rose stems?

So, about 2 or so weeks ago, I decided to put what I read from here to action. I picked up a couple of rose stems(green part of course) and planted them. Just the other day, I notice that some of the ...
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Can I transplant young Rose of Sharon plants in July in Zone 6a?

I live in Massachusetts, growing zone 6a. Yesterday my husband was given some young Rose of Sharon plants from a friend at work, grown from seed by someone else. I've always wanted some, and would ...
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Encouraging wisteria to grow quickly

I've planted some wisteria and am trying to encourage it to grow up a wooden column. I put some nails into the column and have slowly wound the wisteria around the column on the nails and attached ...
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Desert Ficus Watering Volume?

Watering a ficus grown in Phoenix, AZ, I've recently had irrigation put in that has changed the way I water the tree. Previously I just used a hose and ran it at lower volume output for an ...
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The mint plant I found is too tall, how should I prune it?

I found a mint plant in a friend's yard. It's very tall. There are three individual stalks. One is nearly two feet tall, the other two a bit under half that. The big one is fully flowered. The large ...
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How to keep pine trees small

This is a picture inside Montreal's botanical garden at the entrance of the Japanese garden. In this picture we can see 5 small pine like trees along with thyme and rocks. I would like to recreate ...
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What is the value of powdered onion as a fertilizer or soil amendment?

Hypothetically speaking, if I have a whole bunch of onions that I powdered, what value might that powder have as a fertilizer or soil amendment for plants like tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits (just ...
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Which genus is this Cattleya Aliance orchid?

This was a gift and does not have an ID tag! Please help me orchid experts! Thank you!
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Which flowers are there in this white/blue/purple wedding bouquet?

My fiancée is in love with the bouquet bellow, but we have no clue about the flowers species used in it. Could someone help us? Any help is really appreciated.
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What is this stinging plant with little hairs on the leaves?

I have no idea what this plant came from, where it came from or any thing about it. What I do know is its leaves are covered in little hairs, there's little thorns growing all over it and just by ...
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First time grower of Spinach - first harvest went well, now the plant is unweildly

This is my first year at a garden and I have some bloomsdale spinach I planted mid-May and had a nice harvest about 3 weeks ago: lots of leaves big and small, very bushy, tasted delicious. The plants ...
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Is my limp Elephant Ear dead?

I have an elephant ear plant. I planted it about three months ago, and it has been limp for the last two days. What used to be open and spread out is floppy and all over itself. It's not yellow. Is ...
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Orchid growing a second plant?

About 3 weeks ago I purchased my first orchid on a whim, suspecting I'd end up killing him. But he's been growing happily, I've had 2 new flowers from him within that time! (I've recently learnt that ...
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Caring for Edelweiss (suddenly started withering)

I recently bought a pot of Edelweiss in central Switzerland, in a village at an elevation of ~600m. The plant was looking healthy enough and was one of about a dozen pots ligned up outside the shop in ...
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Why are these succulent leaves withering instead of rooting?

I collected some leaves and put them on to sprout. Instead the leaves withered. I'd like know what happened and how I can avoid it.
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What Would Be A Good Shade Tree for Oakville, Ontario, Canada?

Shade Tree questions I'm looking to get a new tree for our backyard to provide a bit more shade throughout the summer. I did some searches around and on this site, got some ideas, but would still ...
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Is it possible to verify that my “organic” landscaper isn't sneaking synthetic fertilizers and/or pesticides onto my property?

A lot of companies offer "organic" programs for lawn and landscape care. I have listened to a lot of cynics say that all of them sneak prohibited chemicals onto the landscape to deliver results ...
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Do tomatoes require pollinators to bear fruit?

I ask because I have a small raised bed wrapped in hardware cloth to keep the wildlife out, and then it's covered in shade cloth to keep the hot southwestern sun out. The plants (one "container ...
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Cacao tree: leaves falling off, some discolored

Note that I'm a complete novice when it comes to gardening and I am asking this question on behalf on my girlfriend. This is a cacao tree. Problem 1. Notice the following discoloration of the leaves: ...
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How do I keep “cat grass” alive?

Sometimes I buy a little carton of grass at the pet store for my (indoor) cat to nibble on. She likes it but it always seems to die off within a week or two. I'd really love to have a sustainable ...
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hydrangea not producing flowers?

My hydrangea is very leafy, but not producing flowers. Should I be adding something to the soil? This is the second consecutive year and I am totally perplexed. Appreciate any and all assistance. ...
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Accidentally pulled fruit spurs during harvest

I was harvesting cherries and wasn't aware until after that I should NOT pull off the fruit spurs. I harvested quite a bit. I feel bad. Is the damage permanent? Will they grow back?
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Are Geraniums truly effective against Japanese Beetles?

In 2010, the Agricultural Research Service recommended planting geraniums to help control Japanese Beetles. Geraniums Could Help Control Devastating Japanese Beetle (2010). However, I have not been ...
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help! I broke my mango seedling's root

Ok, so my cousins had come over.sweet kids of 8 and 9. I was just showing them around my garden.And earlier in the day, we had some mangoes, and I had showed them how to take the seed out of the tough ...
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Measuring soil and compost for NPK

Folks, I'm trying to measure soil and compost for use in home gardening of vegetables and herbs. My goal is to use compost primarily, and augment it as necessary. The compost is mostly vermicompost, ...
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What is wrong with my tomato plants?

(Disclaimer: I'm a novice tomato-gardener, this is my first season) I love in eastern NC, and my tomato plants just seem... small. And now I'm starting to get tomatoes on my plants, but they're ...
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What is this (fungus?) on my fruit trees, and should I treat it?

I have several fruit trees (Apple, Cherry, and Peach) that all have an identical growth on the bark. It looks like a fungus to me, but I'm uncertain of the exact identification and what to use to ...
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How do I change the soil on already planted plants (not in pots)

So my plants arent growing too well in my garden (as compared to my friends with the same plants I gave them) and was wondering how do I give my plants better soil? I've already mulched the ...
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What is causing dry, dark green spots on the leaves of my new basil plant?

I just bought a basil plant this past week at the supermarket to have some fresh basil for cooking. It had some dark green spots on it, which at first I assumed were just dry/dying leaves. I'm not so ...
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Which Fertilizer should I use for Coriander?

Which fertilizer should I use to grow larger leaves on coriander plants? I have read this question - What could cause my coriander plant to start browning? Which talks about over water logged soil ...
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White fuzzy hairy stuff on plant leaves…ugh, what to do

The plant is healthy otherwise, I see a few ants crawling around on it. Is this a sickness? How do I remove this and get shiny leaves like I see others have?
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How often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

An important practice in toxin-free (and other) turf care is to only mow with sharp blades. So how often do I have to sharpen the blades? I'm sure that it will depend on conditions, but is there some ...
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what are these insects on my roses and how to kill them?

I woke up and saw these are on my roses, and they are on a some spider web-shape thing, maybe they're baby spiders, and they are moving on the flower and there are some things on the leaves that I ...
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What methods can be used to apply an antifungal to the interior of a tree?

Diseases such as the Blue Stain Fungus infect trees from the inside out due to inoculation by host insects. Are there any effective/standard methods for applying antifungal compounds to infected ...
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How to fix a small pond that has become stagnant?

I'm working in a park and we have a small pond, a part of a river system that has become stagnant, mucky and smelly. The river that previously ran into the pond is no longer there and we'd like to be ...
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Can anyone identify this plant/weed that has a curled-over top with little white flowers?

Asking from New Jersey. I have a couple of these little flowering plants growing in my front yard, one in a small area surrounded by stargazer lilies and another across the yard between some ivy and a ...
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When should I transfer a pothos rooted in water to soil?

I recently learned how to take clippings from a pothos plant and root it in water. I am quite new to this sort of gardening and have no idea when I should transfer it to soil. I can see tiny roots ...
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Is it ok to water plants at noon (peak sunlight)?

So far I heard two opposite opinions: Harmful: watering at noon would shock the plants. Helpful: watering at noon would help the plant at the most difficult hours. And would the answer differ ...
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Why isn't our Victoria Plum tree producing healthy fruit?

We have a 4 year old Victoria Plum tree. We prune it, and water it well. We were excited this year when it had the best show of blossoms so far. After blooming, a large number of tiny green plums ...
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How to save roses - commercially potted gift ones with few roots?

I was given a pot of (flowering) roses which I actually like and would want to keep and plant in my garden. In this tiny pot there are 4 plants; each one has only a few roots as a quick inspection ...
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Growing spurt branches of a plum tree

I have had my plum tree for 4yrs now, it has never bared fruit, i do have weak looking young branches that are shooting out all over. I had them last year so cut them off but they have grown again ...

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