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comment Wintering a banana tree? should it be like this?
I used to cut ours down, but they were too big to bring inside, and we'd get frosts. So I'd cut them to about 4ft, then wrap them up. One year that gave us fruit (in North Texas!). Yours is still alive, still growing. You're indoors, so it won't get frosted - just let it grow! They'll get big, of course...
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comment Are Ornamental chilies safe to eat?
Yes I've known them dry 'on the vine' - unlike regular peppers which will rot first, here in North Texas. when I've tried them they haven't been that hot, but of course it will vary by variety.
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comment Why is my cactus drooping?
on the other hand, too little, and they shrivel and droop :-) Or if they're simply dead they'll droop but take time doing it so you don't know they're sick/distressed until it is too late. as for watering: Well draining soil is the secret - then they shouldn't (in theory) get over watered
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comment How to salvage a cactus plant that is half dead
Most wellwater is fine - and as with everything it is relative, but chronic fluorisis from drinking water famously reported in Iceland post-Laki (volc. eruption) in the late 18th C, and today is seen in the Danakil Depression Ethiopia (again volc origins). Actually Google came up with a lot of African groundwater fluorosis cases. BPA is one of those things where there's little evidence either way BUT it is the kind of chemical we don't expect to do much good, but in normal usage probably doesn't leach into the water in quantities to do harm (I wouldn't put a BPA water bottle in a microwave!)
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comment How to salvage a cactus plant that is half dead
Agree on the cacti side of things - well draining soil is the secret - makes it harder to over water. I'm a geologist by background, and the science for fluoride in small quantities resulting in a substitution of chloride ions in apatite (the mineral in your teeth) is sound, although I question the efficacy of many dental treatments as they are applied over such a short period. Yes fluorine is nasty stuff, and large quantities of fluoride will result in fluorosis (which can occur naturally from well water btw) - but everything is poisonous in large quantities.
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comment Can anyone identify this mystery plant growing in my vegetable garden?
Image links are currently broken. As such, this is not a very useful question for future readers who might have similar plants...
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reviewed Leave Open Can anyone identify this mystery plant growing in my vegetable garden?
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reviewed No Action Needed Do tomatoes really need support to grow?
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reviewed No Action Needed My new allotment plot is covered in horsetail