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In general, it depends on your location. In the northern hemisphere, the south side gets the bulk of the sun, because the sun is in that half of the sky. But if you are on a hill, or have a hill to the east or west, it can significantly shorten your solar 'day'. Additionally, if you are in an area that tends to get morning fog, east-facing will get less ...


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Many houseplants can withstand low light intensity. You can google "houseplant". Some of them can clean the air too, according to a research done by NASA. I have a copy of that research in google doc here. Here is a shortlist of houseplants: Hedera helix English ivy Chlorophytum comosum spider plant Epipiremnum aureum golden pothos Spathiphyllum ...


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If a house plant is in reasonable light then when it is watered it should receive enough so that water comes out the bottom of the pot. If a plant has really dried out then you may need to let it sit in a small amount of water so capillary action can re wet the entire root ball. Normally though you should not let a plant sit in water. Although it varies ...


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You can refer to this article, I think it is okay. In my opinion, you changed the water too frequently. You should only change the water if the water is dirty or bad. When you change the water, you should never throw away all the old water, but retain 1/2 of the old water because lucky bamboo plants are sensitive to water quality change. The ultimate ...


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Of course it is difficult to know for sure, but it sounds like your general care is "the right type of thing". Yes only use distilled water. Don't use "any old bottled water", mineral water, well water, or tap water. Rain water is generally considered acceptable but you might to avoid it if you have a lot of pollution in your area. Pollution generally ...


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A healthy, mature, Aloe Vera will bloom (flower) when it's ready... Which translates into -- as far as I'm aware you can't "force" an Aloe Vera plant to bloom, it will flower once it reaches maturity (roundabout 4 years old), is in good health and has stored up enough energy to-do-so. Below are some points which will help keep a potted Aloe Vera plant in ...


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She's probably looking for some fiber in her diet. There are special grasses you can get that are good for cats: maybe just grow a little pot of one of those and she'll ignore the other plants. We did that for our cat when she was an indoors cat, and that worked fine. Now, she only knocks down plants when she's being clumsy :)


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What kind of succulent? If it's like most succulents, you can absolutely just trim the ends off the plant and it will be fine (and, if you wanted, you could plant those and make new plants to keep or give away). Additionally, many plants will cooperate well with root pruning, like what bonsai growers do. This typically involves taking the plant out of the ...


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It looks like Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, and as the others answered, those are flower buds. Your plants look very lush!


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There are a variety of different jade trees; this includes some with naturally thicker trunks and others which grow thin like vines. So you may be battling against the way the plant grows naturally. Essentially, you may the wrong variety of jade tree for what you are aiming to achieve. If this is the case, I suggest you begin by looking around and ...


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It's a bromeliad, most likely a member of the Aechmea fasciata cultivar family. They are a large genus of about 200 species and all are epiphytic tank-forming plants mostly with broad rosettes of arching leaves. Bromeliads are long lasting houseplants but once they flower, like the one in the picture,the next thing they do is start dying. If conditions are ...


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Too much moisture is not a problem I have and I've never seen moss growing around my peppers. I have the opposite problem! So I looked in "The Edible Pepper Garden" by Rosalind Creasy, which is the better of the two pepper books I have. As well as appendices of problems, it has a reasonable cooking section and a thorough overview of varieties (including ...


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It looks pretty much like a poppy. Once those flower buds open (which looks like will be happening soon), you can get a definite answer. The flower is usually much more definitive than the vegetative growth. Source: Wikimedia commons


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Disclaimer: I've never planted a Sempervivum. This is just my guess. From the information about Sempervivum on this page: The hens will die after flowering, but by that time they will have produced numerous chicks or chickens to take their place. Reproduction is normally vegetative by cutting the numerous stolons growing near the main ...


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A good (and kind of fun) way to answer this is with Google Earth. If you look up your address, then click the Sun icon, it will allow you to see the sun light based on season and time of day.


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This is an interesting and very useful question. I have done a quick online search and, besides those you mention, tobacco smoke apparently contains, among others, two substances that are thought to cause cancer, xylene and toluene, and these are absorbed by the plants below (those marked with an asterisk are small ones, suitable for use in apartments, the ...


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It is a begonia, probably a Rieger begonia. Check this begonia care site for details. Begonias commonly get gray mold (Botrytis). Since this fungus moves from dead tissue into living, pick off any dead flowers or leaves as soon as you can. Try to keep the foliage and flowers dry.


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You can grow almost anything in a pot or vase but some of the issues are: if there are no drainage holes in the bottom and you plant in soil there is a risk of root rot. Even if you have a drainage layer and soil separator it is tricky to maintain just the right amount of soil moisture. many plants are quite happy to grow in water. This is easy if there ...


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What type of orchid is it and what type of potting medium it planted in? If its roots are in bark, I suggest it needs more frequent watering. I water my bark-potted orchids at least once per week, twice if it's hot and dry. In response to your additional information: Phalaenopsis orchids in their natural habitats typically grow in trees or on rocks and ...


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The only disadvantages that occur to me are: (1) they require regular attention (feeding and watering), (2) need someone to take care of them when you are away on holiday, (3) outgrow their pots, become root-bound and need to be potted on, and (4) sometimes flourish so well that they eventually require a pot that is too large for the situation in which they ...


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I agree with the above answer to your question. However, the plant in question (Lucky Bamboo) is not bamboo. It is a dracaena. It is in the same family as the Corn Plant and Marginata. Due to the way that it grows and looks it is called incorrectly called bamboo. Most bamboo which is in the grass family, would not do well sitting in water.


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The three numbers should represent N-P-K: N for Nitrogen - helps produce more chlorophyll – makes the leaves/lawn look greener P for Phosphorus - promotes root development K for Potassium - helps with winterizing, and drought resistance. Have fun gardening!


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Not really, an indoor plant does not have the same ecosystem in the soil that an outdoor plant does. Hopefully you do not have worms, slugs and snails in the soil of your plant. These are the agents of recycling outside. You are better off to pick up the dead stuff and apply a dilute fertilizer to replace the nutrients lost.


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Prune it hard. Crassula Ovata can make a very attractive bonsai. If you keep cutting back the leaves it will put growth into the roots and stem. If you search for crassula ovata bonsai on google image search you will seem stunning bonsais with massive trunks like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/anafont/3409308362/. One bit advice though - move it to ...


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If the leaves - particularly the lower ones - are turning yellow before falling (rather than black, which is usually a a sign of over-watering), the problem is almost certainly caused by insufficient light. Although Schefflera can adapt to a wide range of light levels, it prefers fairly bright light, away from sunshine, especially the variegated variety. The ...


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The very first leaves a pepper seedling puts out are thin and pointy. They're about an inch long and don't last long. Technical term is a dicot cotlydon. These "bootstrap" the seedling whilst the first proper leaves grow. By this definition, those look like adult leaves, although yours are smaller than the top leaves (which look very big to me). The ...


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It's flowering. Sempervivums are monocarpic so when they flower they die. However they usually form so many offests that the exponential population growth makes up for it. Weak looking rossettes are almost always the result of a lack of sunshine. Don't fertilize them and make sure they have gritty high drainage potting compost and that pots have holes ...


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You do not say where you live. Since it is a cactus, here is what I would do. I would not place it in a situation where it stands in water. That would kill it because the roots do not like siting in water. If it is not going to be cold I would put it outside in a shady area. The natural moisture (morning dew or rain) would be sufficient to keep it alive and ...


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The roots in the picture seem to be simply fleshy, thick, tuberous roots. The special horizontal root a spider plant also has is called a rhizome. You can separate them without hurting them. Ideally such division would be done after growth stops (during dormancy) or after flowering. You want to just water well, then lift and pry the root ball apart into ...


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To go with "Mancuniensis" answer, I've listed below a few more resources you may wish to leaf through at your leisure: Indoor Plants for Clean Air via Penn State Cooperative Extension. Houseplants Help Clean Indoor Air via University of Minnesota Extension Office. Indoor Air Home - US Environmental Protection Agency has a tonne of information on indoor air ...



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