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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Can I root prickly pear pads that I buy (presumably for food) in the grocery store? It seems like it would be a great way to get some thornless prickly pear cacti growing. If I were to do it, I would ...
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What causes the base of tomato seedling stems to shrivel?

What causes the base of the stems of tomato seedlings to wither (shrivel up)? I've noticed this happen occasionally. The remainder of the plant is fine until it dies from being separated from the ...
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What is this Coarse Green Sand-Like Material in my Bonsai Kit?

I just purchased my first bonsai tree. The kit I purchased came with a small green packet of coarse sand-like material (see picture below). In all my reading, I haven't been able to figure out what ...
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447 views

Beautiful plants for covering balcony grill to prevent noise and pollution entering home

I live in Mumbai (India), our flat has an east facing balcony (roof covered) of around 15-20 feet which receives direct sunlight for 3-4 hours in the morning. I have few plants (Roses, Aloe Vera, ...
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Should I try to treat a Majesty palm tree with brown holes in the leaves?

I purchased a Majesty palm tree, but didn't realize till after I repotted it, that it had lots of brown holes in some of the leaves. Should I prune the damaged leaves or should I just return the ...
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What is the right name for plant base protection wraps?

Sometimes you'll see trees or other larger plants wrapped with a cylindrical hard yet flexible plastic wrap that expands (cut along the length of the tube - not stretching) as the plant grows and ...
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95 views

Is there a temperate climate perennial succulent adapted to wet root conditions?

Is there a succulent plant that can grow in wet/swampy conditions? I've never seen it, but I think it would be an interesting change from the usual sedgy/grassy looking swamp plants that grow around ...
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Renovating mature pear trees

Of the descriptions about renovating mature fruit trees these two seem useful: Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet - Pruning Mature Apples and Pears & Fedco Trees Tips for Renovating Old ...
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Cactus and Succulent in the same pot

I am looking to plant several cacti and succulents together in a single pot. Several of the plants will include a grafted "moon" cactus and a succulent "Eceveria Mazarine" there may be one or two ...
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How should I treat a badly aphid infested shedding Hoya?

I have just been given a very badly aphid infested Hoya lanceolata ssp. bella plant. I was also given another wax plant too, though I am not sure of its name; could it be a Hoya australis. It looks ...
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What's the best thing to do for a neglected agave?

Plant: Agave victoriae-reginae Background: This plant has had a hard life. I bought it at a local greenhouse in '11, and kept it properly all year, on a stump on the hill, with other plants in a ...
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Why did my Agave plants stop growing shortly after sprouting?

I planted some agave seeds about two months ago, which sprouted into 4 or 5 little 0.5 to 1 inch sprouts within a couple of weeks. However, they haven't grown at all since then. I water them about 1/3 ...
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Is it possible for an almond tree to grow in a tropical country?

I have been searching in Google, but I got neither information or reference regarding this issue. I'm wondering is it possible for an almond tree to grow in a tropical country such as Indonesia? If ...
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What cacti can grow without cold protection in USDA zone 6b in Pennsylvania?

I'm in USDA hardiness zone 6b. I'm growing eastern prickly pears as outdoor perennials, and would like to grow some other cacti as well. From what I gather, cold hardiness has a lot to do with soil ...
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Why does my repotted cactus seem to be dying?

I bought a cactus from my local big chain DIY store a few years back. It was in a tiny pot and all was well. It's really grown over the years so I decided to re-pot it. I used your everyday compost ...
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1answer
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How can I tell if a tool I'm holding is well made?

One time I purchased a hand trowel, it was pretty cheap so I didn't expect too much from it. But as soon as I tried to use it, the pressure from lifting the dirt out of the ground broke the wooden ...
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How do I determine what the soil conditions are where I live?

I am starting to get into gardening since I have a bit of garden space for the first time. When I do research online, I often see recommendations for plant soil quality like "rich, porous, somewhat ...
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1answer
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How should I prepare a bed of chrysanthemums for winter?

I would like to prepare a bed of chrysanthemums for the winter. The plants have grown up to sizes of 1 to 1.5 meters, some of then have colapsed slightly because they evidently became to large. I've ...
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595 views

What is this small green bug with long legs and antennae, in New Zealand?

I have found an insect sitting on one of my plants, in Auckland, New Zealand. It is sitting on a broad bean leaf about 6 cm wide Is this a friend or foe?
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Can citrus tree health affect the seed count in the fruit?

I have a Clementine Orange which used to produce pleasant fruit that was lightly seeded. In the last few years, the number of seeds in each orange has increased dramatically. The tree has fallen to ...
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Is it practical to sharpen hedger blades yourself?

I have a gas powered hedge cutter that is quite nice, but it usually goes dull quite often under heavy use. I always put on spare blades and get the others sharpened, but I'm interested how long it ...
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1answer
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What good websites which list the requirements of various plants?

This may sound like a weird one, but I am working on a plant ecosystem simulator as part of my research and am looking for property data on various plant species. Ideally, this data would include, ...
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What can I do about carrots having weak stems?

Should I plant then deeper, fill in dirt around them as they are growing or perhaps something else? It seems like they grow faster than they can keep up with themselves, and if I do nothing, I'd end ...
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1answer
398 views

Why aren't my rose seeds germinating?

I had ordered blue rose seeds online. I got 5 seeds. I chose 3 seeds and sowed them in a small pot with soil and have been watering them for last 2 weeks. I have kept the pot indoors, covered with a ...
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343 views

Why are my basil seeds instantly covered with a white goo after planting?

I'm trying to germinate basil for hydroponic purposes. When I put the seeds on wet foam, they get almost instantly covered with a white goo (within approx. 1 min). Sorry, I cannot get a picture. What'...
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How far apart do raspberries and blackberries need to be planted?

Most horticultural guides I've read recommend not planting blackberries and raspberries near each other because they will spread diseases between each other. How far apart do they need to be to ...
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What are my options for securing my fenced back yard against rabbits?

I want to plant a vegetable garden in my backyard, but there are a ton of rabbits in the neighborhood. Instead of enclosing my entire raised bed(s), it seems like it could be simpler to just make the ...
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1answer
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My newly repotted majesty palm is loose. Should I add more mix?

I blended the potting soil with 50/50 sphagnum peat moss/moisture retaining potting soil for my Majesty palm. It feels kinda light and the palm is a little loose in the pot. Should I add more potting ...
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How do I treat gray fuzz on the soil around my Peace Lily plant?

I purchased a Peace Lily, but I didn't have a chance to repot it yet. However at the beginning of the week I saw some gray fuzz and and also mites and sprayed it with Bayer Insect Disease and Mite ...
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Source for apple variety information

I'm learning more about apples. Here's my dilemma: I can get about a dozen varieties from my usual supplier. Generally prairie hardy apples are not commercially viable due to their size. Now ...
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Greenhouse in a tropical climate

This may be an odd question. I live in Singapore and I recently bought a small greenhouse because it was cheap and it looked nice. It's about 20x40x50cm. I'm originally from a cool temperate climate ...
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How can I prevent Schlumbergera from dropping buds?

I recently bought a Schlumbergera from a reputable garden centre. It had buds on it when I bought it. It soon flowered and within a couple of weeks the flowers have all fallen off and the remaining ...
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Is it possible to turn a tumbler compost too frequently?

Related: How often do you need to turn the compost heap? I have a tumbler composter. When I put my food scraps in it - roughly once a day - I also put in a handful of leaves that I have saved from ...
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Optimal temperatures and light times for pepper plants

Day/night temperatures? How much light is too much? Right now I have an indoor pepper plant that is usually 80-90F during the day with 18 hours of light. I'm pretty sure I'm overdoing it as the ...
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I've caught unknown insects in my sticky trap. Do I need to take any action?

What have I caught and do I need to take any action? This is the result of one of my sticky traps. I lay them flat on top of the soil. The trap is 2 sided which is why you see the shadows of other ...
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239 views

Should I water my houseplants before or after spraying for spider mites?

Is it better to water my houseplants before or after spraying bayer products to control spider mites?
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What equipment do I need to transplant a 20' tall pin oak?

I knew a guy who moved 7 or 8 large (for moving) 20-35' pin oaks. He used a backhoe, digging out around the rootball, while leaving it intact. While this was successful, and the trees did very well, ...
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What went wrong with my tomatillos?

I planted one tomatillo plant this year and I got hundreds of tomatillos; however, I got very few that had the fruit burst the husks, so that they were useable. Also, the fruit that was mature enough ...
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What is yield of a tea tree? [closed]

I would like to plan plantation of tea. I would like to know how much tea a tea tree would yield. What is the quantity / frequency?
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What should I do with my horrible plastic-rocks-and-weeds front yard?

The front yard of my northern New Mexico house (zone 7a) is horrible. It consists of rocks and dirt with Tribulus Terrestris weeds growing in the dirt and between the rocks. Below that is a layer of ...
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What is this possibly succulent plant and how do I look after it?

I have just come into possession of this plant/tree and I'm hoping to find out three things: What it is How to look after it If I can train it I don't know much about it except that it is over 15 ...
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How do I control suckers on pear trees?

I have several ornamental pear trees of which one keeps producing suckers. I have tried cutting them off as low down as possible and have even resorted to weedkiller but they just seem to keep coming ...
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2answers
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Why could this Elephant's Ear be turning yellow?

I have a pretty large elephant's ear, that @Stephie helped me identify some weeks ago in this question. As you can see in one of the pictures there, one of the leaves is already not looking very great....
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Can I grow mint from cuttings indefinitely?

I would like to grow mint hydroponically from cuttings. I wonder if I can grow mint from cuttings indefinitely? what is the plant lifespan? can I grow cuttings from plant generation after generation ...
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1answer
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What is a desiccant and is it helpful when saving annual Snapdragon seeds for the winter?

I live in Massachusetts and harvested some Snapdragon seeds to save for planting next spring. I've never done this, but have been told to let them dry, seal them in something airtight such as an ...
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Do cloned tomatillos pollinate each other?

For tomatillos that require a pollinator, if I have only one tomatillo plant, but I root some cuttings from it, will the plants pollinate the other clones (and/or the parent)? They're all from the ...
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What's a good way to protect fig trees overwinter?

A friend of mine has a fig plant growing in the ground in Lancaster, PA, USDA hardiness zone 6b, and it needs protection each year through the winter, to prevent burn. What he does for now is wrap the ...
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How can I ensure that hellebores in 6" nursery pots survive the winter?

Earlier this year, I bought some hellebores (Helleborus niger hybrids) to plant in a shady spot near my Magnolia tree. I promptly forgot them, partly because of being ill for a couple of weeks, partly ...
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Which edible solanaceae fruits will ripen after they've been picked, besides tomatoes?

Which edible solanaceae fruits will ripen after they've been picked, besides domestic tomatoes? I already know tomatoes will ripen off the vine. I heard that tomatillos or some such won't. So, that's ...
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Butternut Squash Cross Pollinate?

I grew some butternut this year and they turned out great but one of the vines has started producing something that doesn't look like a butternut: In hunting around the closest image I've found so ...

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