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What is this houseplant, and what can I do to keep it from going downhill?

Looking for help with this plant we recently got. Not much of a plant person, but struggling with this one in particular. Don't know what it is..but I think it's slowly going. I think the soil is ...
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When are ground cherries ripe?

I've got some Aunt Molly's Ground Cherries fruiting on me, but I don't know when to pick them. I've never planted them before. I've picked a few and they don't taste very good so I'm thinking ...
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How should I prepare a containerized tomato-plant for overwintering?

I would like to try to overwinter some tomato plants which I planted in a container and have worked well. I will have a hard winter and thus I need to stock them inside the house. What do I need to ...
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What is this small shrub with small red berries, and lanceolate, alternate entire leaves?

This shrub is: found growing wild in a field in New Hampshire, USA; USDA Zone 5 about 1m (3') tall alternate, smooth edged, ~6cm (2.5") long leaves growing on a hillside in gravelly, acidic (pH ~5), ...
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Is there a way to harvest my chilli peppers for the best possible heat?

We have a few chilli pepper plants (I'm afraid I don't know what kind as the seed packet was unfortunately lost) but I don't know when the best time is to pick them so that they will be as spicy as ...
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Why are my indoor strawberry's leaves turning brown?

There is a problem with my strawberry, see the photos It's been growing in this container for about four months. It grows indoors. I have fed it recently, after that the leaves started to turn ...
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What procedure should I follow to compost bones, fat, and rotten cooked food?

I have read that composting things like bones and fat should be avoided as it can get smelly and attract pests. However, I expect that there are a lot of nutrients that I am wasting if I threw these ...
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How do I get rid of pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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Why do I need special microgreen seeds?

I'd like to start growing microgreens indoors. Why do I need to buy specific microgreen seeds? Why can't I use seeds that I'd plant in my garden? It seems like a marketing gimmick to me.
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Why are my aloe's leaves bent and drying up, and what can I do to help it grow?

My aloe plant is not growing right. I've had it for about a year and the leaves are bending and drying up. Please help me because I don't want it to die, they are very beautiful plants. Can I ...
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How should I care for newly planted saplings on a slope?

Me and couple of my mates are trying to plant few trees on a hill slope before the wet season (monsoon) sets in India (early June). The hill has been devoid of trees due to excessive felling in last ...
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How should I save a palm I repotted too high?

I repotted an areca palm, and unfortunately set it too high in the pot, so the top of the stems, which meet the roots, are slightly exposed at the top. What happens if I leave it as-is? Will the ...
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Can dahlias be grown as perennials?

The wikipedia article on dahlia says that they are perennial plants. However, the dahlia section at my local garden center claims (in their little info booklets) that they are annuals. Upon further ...
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed my lawn? Can I do it myself?

I live in NC, USA and I never did aerate before. The size of the lawn is 0.37 acre. Recently I got a letter from a lawn-care company about offering the service about aeration etc. Aeration only ...
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Did cement mix damage my grass?

A couple of weeks ago we had some brick-pavings re-cemented around our driveway. Now all of the grass on the lawn that runs alongside the bricks has gone very orange. I assume it was where the ...
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Should I wait for twigs in compost to fully decompose before adding it to the soil?

I have created a small compost pit and i have putting lot of garden cuttings and kitchen waste in it for last 12 weeks. The whole thing has turned into nice dark brown humus. It smells very nice and I ...
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How can mushrooms be used to enhance a vegetable garden?

I have read in various places that mushrooms in lawns are an indication of woody compostable material that is being eaten by the mushrooms and that the by-product of this process will be additional ...
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2answers
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Why are my eggplants golden brown?

Right now I have 3 eggplant plants of the same variety (I think Ichiban, but I may have that confused) growing fruit, two of them are growing golden brown fruits, as pictured above, the other's ...
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1answer
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looking for a fast growing Leucaena leucocephala seeds [on hold]

I am looking for a fast growing Leucaena leucocephala seeds. Now, I am cultivating Leucaena leucocephala which can grow 6.00 Meters in a year. But I am looking for a genetically improved seeds which ...
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What is wrong with my Mango plant?

I planted a mango seed this spring. And it went good. But growth stagnated after a while and totally stopped. Then I noticed some bulgy excrescence on the top, with a very dark almost black color. I ...
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Is the moisture sensor reading correct in my self-watering vase?

I have an hydrangea in a «self watering» vase (a Lechuza Cube) and I use a Parrot Flower Power to monitor soil moisture. The soil moisture level sensor stays constant (17%-18%), watering the vase ...
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How can I prevent stones from rising to the soil surface each year?

My allotment has a lot of flint stone (UK, Bucks area). I am preparing the beds for the first time, and have been reducing the amount of stone as much as possible by raking and removing stones as I ...
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2answers
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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What is this yellow, four-petal flowering plant in Lynchburg, VA?

This grows wild behind my house. It has many yellow flowers per "branch", and many branches. The flowers bloom after each other. The flowers have 4 petals. Each seed pod has a flower on top of it.
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What are some heat tolerant nutritious greens I could plant for a tortoise?

I've recently posted a question about raising a few leafy greens, and turns out quite a few favor cold temperatures and will turn sour (bolt?) when exposed to heat. Our temperatures here should vary ...
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1answer
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What should I look for when selecting lights for indoor cacti?

We grow cacti indoors due to the weather (UK). What should we look for when selecting lights? We have had mixed results with a new lighting system and have started to lose some. See one of the old ...
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What is this white flowered tree?

Could anyone identify this white-flowered tree please (planted in the UK), I was told the name and I think it begins with an 'S' but I can't remember it
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1answer
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Should I be concerned about the wind and my spinach seedlings?

I have a small planter box with spinach seedlings. I can see the wind really knocks them around. Sometimes they are lopsided to one side, almost lying on the dirt. When this happens, I firm up the ...
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1answer
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Soft Fruit - Canes or Large Potted Plants?

I'm looking at setting up some soft fruit beds in my allotment, and looking around it seems like I can either buy canes or large potted plants (~3L pots). The only difference I can appreciate so far ...
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2answers
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Best way to combat Rosemary Mites?

All of my rosemary plants are infected with rosemary mites, which are some kind of variety of spider mite. These invisibly tiny insects cause unsightly yellow mottling on the leaves of the rosemary, ...
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What is this tall plant with large leaves and long bunches of soft pink flowers?

Please can you help me identify this plant. The flowers are soft to touch.
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What soil problem would cause fruit and vegetable to grow very small?

One that is lawn clipping compost with a pH 6.0 where everything grows pretty well. The other garden is 40cm deep of supposedly Rich Organic Garden Soil but has a pH of 7.0. The only things that grow ...
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1answer
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How can I keep my flamingo plants small for a terrarium?

I have some flamingo plants, Anthurium sp., growing in my 60x100x60 cm rainforest terrarium. My problem is about this big one here It's about 60cm in height, and I want it to keep it a bit smaller ...
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2answers
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What immediate steps should I take after my lawn is aerated?

My lawn which is a combination of clover, moss, crabgrass, dandelions and occasionally some grass is going to be aerated in two weeks. I want to know the immediate steps to take after the cores are ...
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1answer
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What are the basic directions to planting leafy greens?

I'm planning to plant some leafy greens for a tortoise I'm going to get soon. I want the basic directions for planting and caring for the greens provided I have attained the seeds. The greens I'm ...
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Is it too late to plant potatoes in Dorset, UK in Mid -september?

Is it too late to plant potatoes in Dorset, UK now (Mid-September) ?
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Will wisteria clippings take root in a compost pile?

I just did a major pruning of a wisteria. I don't look forward to bagging all the clippings and hauling them to the town site for yard waste. Could I simply gather them up and dump them in the compost ...
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What is this 3 cm brown seed?

I found this seed on the beach on Koh Jum, an island on the Andaman Sea. The islands nearby are mostly populated by black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) and rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis).
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Are spreading spider plants a problem?

Spider plants have jumped from pots into the yard, and are spreading fairly rapidly across the shady portions, near the south fence. Will these become a problem in the future, or can I regard them as ...
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1answer
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How can I propagate Phoenix canariensis with vegetative offshoots?

My neighbour has some Phoenix canariensis in his garden. And, despite reading many times that this plant does not do that, some of them have produced vegetative offshoots from basal portions of their ...
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1answer
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What was this large yellow-green fruit I ate in Ethiopia?

This summer I was eating a strange type of fruit in Ethiopia and I'm still curious to know what it actually was. The taste is similar to citrus fruits (little bit acid like a lemon and bitter like a ...
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What is this plant with small red flowers and palmate leaves with 11 leaflets?

This plant was given to me earlier this year and was said to be an herb - nutmeg I think they said. I don't think it is a nutmeg. I have looked all over the web to no avail - no clue what it is. 11 ...
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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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1answer
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Drip Irrigation for Row of Long Arborvitae Hedge

Both sides of our property have newly planted 6 foot arborvitaes planted. One side has about 55 and the other side has about 25 all spaced 2.5 feet from center in straight lines in a 5 foot wide bed ...
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1answer
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Why do the leaves of my avocado tree have brown edges and spots?

I have inherited an avocado tree in a hot, arid climate in a very windy spot. It has been watered well, but its leaves look like something is wrong with it - they have brown edges. Perhaps it's ...
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What's wrong with this Photinia fraseri tree?

I've got 3 photinia fraseri trees in my yard in Tucson, AZ. They were planted last May (2013) and one of them is turning entirely brown and losing all its leaves (over the course of the past month or ...
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1answer
555 views

What is the best light spectrum for growing chili peppers?

Natural light is best for plants during all growth phases, but I'll be growing indoors, It's a good idea to have a basic understanding of the light spectrum and how it affects plant growth, in order ...
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1answer
42 views

What is this yellow ray flowering plant, found in Lynchburg, VA, that honey bees like?

The flowers have slender petals. My honey bees seem to like it!
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What is this mint-family plant with small, pink flowers in Lynchburg, VA?

The honey bees like this one. Each branch has many small flowers that bloom consecutively.
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