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Why is my apple seedling shriveling up after like 15 min, every time I remove the plastic dome?

Around 7-9 weeks ago (maybe more) I planted a sprouted apple seed in a cup of potting soil that I placed on top of a low heat pad, and covered it with a plastic bag. I also have a full spectrum ...
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Sansevieria leaves wrinkling and browning

First time with sansevieria in the home. Got them primarily because of the low water needs and put them in rooms that aren't frequently accessed. How should I water them? What I've read online ...
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Cactus species?

I bought this cactus a while ago and never knew the name of the species, could some one help me with the name of the plant? A small clone of it is growing on the top of the plant, should I cut it ...
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What are good introductory texts on botanics and horticulture?

I refer with this question to those among you who have a strong background and work in fields like: botanics, horticulture, dendrology, etc. I would like to start building a solid preparation, both ...
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Can I grow a Szechuan/Sichuan pepper tree from store bought peppercorns meant for cooking?

The packaging for the peppers just states that they have been dried and they don't look like they have been processed much.
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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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Why won't my pepper grow?

For the past three years (since I started gardening) I've tried with no luck to grow peppers. Two years ago I was able to grow a few pepper plants (out of many) but the peppers did not get very big. ...
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Adenium Boehmianum branches

Is there a trick to get my Adenium Boehmianum to sprout new branches? It has never grown any more branches than when I bought it more than 5 years ago. I just repotted it in proper soil with lots of ...
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How to safely remove poison ivy

What is the best way to remove poison ivy from a yard or trees without getting it all over yourself? I figured that even with an herbicide that the dead poison ivy would still need gathered up, and ...
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How to fix a broken cactus

I have been growing this guy for 6 years. He's gotten a little too top heavy and today has fallen over and the top piece (about 9") broke off. The break was very even. I have no idea where to begin ...
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What is this weed with tiny yellow flowers found in eastern Australia?

It grows very fast in summer. Hundreds of little round seeds seem to grow on stems where the leaves join to the main stem. Wind or manual removal causes them to fall off everywhere. Older stems seem ...
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What is the best shade tree to shade the front of my house?

What type of tree(s) should I plant to provide the best shade on a two-story house? I would like to provide as much shade as possible on the red square below: The part I'm most concerned about is ...
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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 ...
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How can I find sprinkler valves buried in my yard?

I had a lightning storm hit my house and my sprinkler system stopped working. I replaced the Irritrol KD9 controller. The controller powers on and I have ~25 AC V on the line according to my ...
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0answers
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Am I meeting the light requirements for indoor dwarf citrus trees?

I've recently purchased 3 dwarf citrus trees that we plan to keep indoors for ~9 months of the year. We are in zone 6 so we can only reliably move the trees to the porch for June, July and August with ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between hydroponics and aeroponics?

I do know how hydroponics works. I think aeroponics is just like cloning but in a big scale you just have to use big buckets and keep air and water at all times with chemicals .
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Identify small, white, “ant-like” bug found in chips near tree

Can you help me identify and "diagnose" these small, white, ant-like bugs? There are red chips around the base of a tree in my front yard. I pushed some around with my shoe, and was a bit surprised ...
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Can I put coffee filters into my compost?

I've heard that coffee grounds are a good "green"(nitrogen rich) to put in your compost, but I was wondering if I could throw the filter in there as well? They are the standard "accordion side" white ...
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2answers
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Where, when, and how can I plant magnolia trees?

I'd like to plant a magnolia tree at the edge of the garden where it meets the concrete of an adjacent parking lot. There is clear morning sun. Light from the South and West is somewhat obstructed by ...
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1answer
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What is this large orange mushroom found in lodgepole pine forest in Oregon's high desert?

This mushroom grows in Oregon's high desert in lodgepole pine forest. It is big, 4-6" high and wide. Bright orange with yellow meat. Definitely a parasol type.
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Should I remove dead grass/weeds from my raised beds before planting?

We bought a house that already has raised beds. One is FULL of grass and weeds, too much and deep to pull by hand. I understand I should/can put newspaper or cardboard down and then mulch, but do I ...
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2answers
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How do I divide an overgrown Mammillaria cactus?

How do I divide an overgrown cactus (looks similar to Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis Preiff)?
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1answer
123 views

How should I grow Moneymaker tomato plants in indoor containers?

A few questions about these moneymaker tomato plants: 1) Is it okay to grow two in a 5-gallon container? 2) Is a homemade bamboo obelisk like the one I am using (see picture) tall enough (it's ...
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3answers
147 views

Is it possible to have an odorless/near odorless indoor vermicompost?

Is it possible to have an odorless/near odorless indoor vermicompost system? Somewhere in the range of 3-7 gallons. What about purposing something like this on the scale of 65 gallons? Does size ...
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1answer
46 views

What is this bulb with a fuzzy purple and green flower head?

The bulb was small and white at first. Now there's this mixture of purple and green fuzziness of the flowers that's going to bloom. Any ideas what it might be? A friend found it and I just decided to ...
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3answers
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What fluorescent bulb is best for my tomato seedlings?

It has been suggested that my seedlings may not be getting enough light. What are the best types of fluorescent lights to get? I have a single bulb, and looking to get another light or two to add to ...
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3answers
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Can kitchen waste be used as manure?

Can kitchen wastes (like potato peels, onion skins, orange rinds, egg shells, tea inside tea bags etc) be used as manure? If so, how to use them?  Right now, I'm just dumping them in soil, which I ...
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3answers
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How to 'clean' topsoil of weeds & pests before giving it to a friend

We're removing a layer of topsoil from a section our yard to lay brick paving. A friend who donated the bricks has expressed an interest in taking this topsoil for their own garden in exchange ...
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1answer
166 views

How to strengthen a leggy pomegranate sapling?

I just received a Wonderful Pomegranate sapling in the mail. It is 18 inches tall. Its single trunk is so thin and tall that it can't stand up by itself. I believe the gardening vernacular to describe ...
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1answer
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What are the practical differences between cucurbits grown from seed and cuttings?

What are the practical differences between cucumbers grown from seed and cucumbers of the same maturity level and equivalent root maturity from cuttings? Is there a significant difference between ...
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1answer
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My live berry plants have been here a week. When do I put them in the ground?

I have raspberry and blackberry plants from Burpee that showed up here last week. Yesterday was the first day above freezing here in New Jersey (USA). There is still unmelted snow in my yard, and the ...
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1answer
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What is the name of these blue seeds?

What is the name of the blue seeds in the upper left part of this picture?
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1answer
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Could a spider be causing my orchids and cactus to die?

I had several small plants in the office (two orchids and a small cactus) that died. In a short time they began to dry. Now a third orchid is beginning with similar symptoms and I wanted to ask what ...
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3answers
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Are 3601 trays big enough to transplant vegetables to?

This is the first year I'm growing my vegetable seeds in standard greenhouse trays and inserts. As a result I wound up getting some inserts I thought were something else and I'm trying to figure out ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
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How can I save Yew bush branches severely bent by snow and ice?

It's been snowing on these Yew bushes for the past three months of this harsh Massachusetts winter. With regular gentle cleaning, they've been doing fine. After last week's snow it warmed up a bit, ...
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2answers
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How long do chemicals persist in a pile of grass clippings?

I have a field behind me and my neighbor is throwing his grass clippings in the field for years, ( the grass is treated with chemicals) I have 2 Doberman and they tend to go over and scratch the top ...
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2answers
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Replanting out of control raspberries

I recently purchased a house with a couple of rows of raspberries (which seem to be well established) in the garden. The first row on the north side was starting to disappear, so I trimmed it down ...
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2answers
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Why do small fruit fall off chilli plants?

My chilli plants are flowering and producing fruit now. However, some of the very young fruit regularly fall off. They are not very big, probably no more than 2mm in diameter. But they definitely ...
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2answers
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Should I use a mycorrhizal inoculant when transplanting 4.5" caliper white oaks?

The site is on the east end of Long Island. Zone 6b. It is actually a re-vegetation of a forested area from which we removed over 40 mature pitch pines that had succumbed to some pine beetle. There ...
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1answer
52 views

What is this shrub/tree with small green drupes in southern Texas?

I'm hoping someone can help me identify this shrub/tree. We recently purchased this property and are still trying to figure some plants out. We live in deep south Texas, zone 8/9 but there are many ...
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2answers
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How can I save my Venus Fly Trap after being watered with tap water?

My coworkers used normal tap water to water my Venus Fly Trap. How can I save it?
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1answer
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How can I waterproof garden walls which have bad damage to the rendering?

Our garden is on an extreme slope, so I got someone in to landscape it. Unfortunately after one winter the walls are a complete mess. I'm not getting the person who did it back, so I am after any ...
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2answers
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Bonsai from tree cuttings

Is there a way to make a bonsai from a normal tree cutting (not from a bonsai cutting)? I was just thinking for instance of making a bonsai maple from a normal size field maple, or ash, etc. What ...
4
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3answers
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Have I planted my tomato seedlings too close together?

I have been following this walk-through on growing tomatoes from seeds: http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/grow-tomato.htm I have planted my seeds in the rectangular container. But I believe I ...
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16answers
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Is it possible to kill a large area of weeds organically/naturally?

We've got a ~4500sq/ft back yard that's probably 90% weeds. Is there an organic/natural way to kill off all the weeds so we can start from scratch? With kids and dogs and a swimming pool right beside ...
3
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1answer
50 views

Am I over watering flowering plants

How can I tell if I am over watering flowering plants? One of the flower plants I have looks either over watered or sick. I will add I have small children so I am not sure if this is also an ...
3
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2answers
111 views

How should I deal with my willow tree that has been butchered by the council?

This willow tree was pruned, and cut back to stump. I believe that whoever was cutting the tree didn't know what he was doing. Today we returned home and were hugely shocked. The willow tree was ...
3
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1answer
74 views

Why is my guava plant producing sour fruit?

My guava plant is producing sour fruit. Is this because of a nutrient deficiency or because of the type of plant? How can I grow sweet guava fruit?
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7answers
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Is it safe to grow food plants near the road?

I have been told that debris/pollution from the road will find its way into my plants, but I don't know how much to be concerned about this. We have a nice porch which could be used as a vegetable ...

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