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This account is for my mother (the 60+ in the profile) who is an avid gardener (though her health problems mean I have to do a lot of the “heavy lifting” for her).

Living in Canada limits her options somewhat (as does the small place with small backyard she now lives in), but she nevertheless grows a plethora of flowers (including 6' tall lilies of numerous colors), vegetables (her record was a harvest of about 15 different kinds in the old house), and herbs (again her record is about 10 different kinds).

My favorite documentary on plants (and indeed on anything) is the incredible BBC mini-series How to Grow a Planet.


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Sep
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comment Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
Also, the time of year is probably important when trying to diagnose this. In our case, it happened during spring when the vines were still relatively leafless and it was just coming back to life after winter. I don’t think it is a problem now that it’s in full bloom. It could be that during spring, it is sucking up a lot of water and nutrients, so if it still happens later in the year, it could be something else. (Of course this doesn’t explain the slime.)
Sep
6
comment Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
For the record, it had stopped, then started again with another part that got nicked somehow. Eventually it stopped altogether (I think she said she was trying hard to prevent any cuts). Currently, the grapevine seems to be doing pretty well (it is late summer). It has a few bunches of grapes that are starting to turn purple, but they are pretty small (probably because they get little sun because they are shaded by its own leaves ¬_¬).
Aug
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Jul
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comment Sudden Outbreak of Yellow Leaves on Tomato (and Other) Plants
Those are some great tips; I’ll pass them on. So it could have spread even though they were each in their own pot because their leaves were touching?
Jul
14
comment Sudden Outbreak of Yellow Leaves on Tomato (and Other) Plants
Actually, I considered Septoria as well as early blight, but the photos don’t quite match; they tend to have much less yellow. This wouldn't be root-suffocation or overwatering, though, it could be that the rain leached away enough nutrients to leave the plant in a malnourished state, weak enough to succumb to a fungal infection But would malnutrition cause them to succumb to infection overnight?
Jul
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asked Sudden Outbreak of Yellow Leaves on Tomato (and Other) Plants
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May
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May
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comment Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
My concern is that if it is/was an infection or something, cauterizing it like that would trap the disease in the plant instead of letting it eject it.
May
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revised Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
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May
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May
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revised Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
Added photos and new information.
May
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comment Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
This question is similar (except for the viscosity) and the photo is the same. I’ll post a photo and check the smell today or tomorrow.
May
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asked Grapevine leaking water and white mucus
Dec
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Oct
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revised Wintering Carnivorous Plants
Fixed typo.
Oct
10
comment Wintering Carnivorous Plants
Okay, but what (typically) triggers the dormancy? Temperature? Humidity? Light? Surely it’s possible to encourage them to hibernate even indoors.
Oct
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comment Wintering Carnivorous Plants
Yes, but you implied that she would somehow be interfering with it. I’m asking how she would be interfering with it and how to allow it to happen.
Oct
9
comment Wintering Carnivorous Plants
Unfortunately, we have electric heaters, and Ontario started time-of-use billing this year, so it’s too expensive to have heating in the winter. It’s already getting cold (early spring, early winter I guess), but because there’s a bunch of plants indoors (she brought several palms, cacti, flowers, herbs, and small trees inside for the winter), it’s actually fairly humid upstairs—perhaps not bog-humid, but noticeably. What do you mean by dormancy? How would they do it on their own and how would she be preventing it/allow it? (they can sleep in the winter since there’s no bugs).