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How to support mint cuttings with wilted tips?

I had rooted some mint cuttings in water but the upper ends of these had already wilted a bit. They have rooted and I have placed them in a 10 inch pot with potting soil. Yet due to wilting the tips ...
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How much sunlight for rooting grocery store mint?

I am planning to root some grocery store edible field mint (with most leaves removed and bottom and top cut) in 3 and 4 inch plastic pots. My question is, is keeping them in 2 hours of direct sunlight ...
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Why did my mint plant die?

These were planted in 12 inch pots with around 2 parts old self-made potting soil (vermicompost+perlite+vermiculite+cocopeat) and 1 part garden soil. I fell sick and was unable to walk up and water ...
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What are small plants for containers referred to as?

I have a balcony with a number of pots all of which are < 30cm in diameter. I struggle to work out what I should be putting in them. Most plants seem too big to go in these containers and are grown ...
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When and where should I keep these saplings?

These roselle seeds were germinated in a 15 inch (please don't bang your keyboards in anger) soil from the ground with cocopeat, compost, vermiculite and perlite mixed with it. Didn't knew the dangers ...
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Can decorative pebbles harm outdoor plants?

I'm thinking of putting decorative white pebbles on top of my potted outdoor plants. I googled this, and some articles that I found raise several concerns: Pebbles in soil increase soil pH, which is ...
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Are synthetic fertilisers necessary in potting plants?

Is it possible to have healthy plants (edible ones) flourishing in pots without the use of synthetic fertilisers? I have concerns regarding fertilisers polluting nearby water sources/soil from ...
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How do some seeds germinate and flourish in soil filled pots?

I have regularly seen people not recommending plain soil for pots, since the roots of the newly generated seedlings suffocate in the lack of oxygen due to its compact nature and lack of water drainage....
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Compost from wood chips

Last year I had 3 pine trees cut down in my yard due to safety concerns during inclement weather. These trees were healthy and disease free. After grinding the stumps I had piled the remaining wood ...
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Raised garden in flood zone

Say that I have an area of my lawn (in northern Mississippi) where water tends to pool after a rainstorm (see photo below). This prevents me from effectively installing a traditional garden. Would it ...
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Marigold leaves drying up

I have potted two marigolds in one seven inch pot. Both plants are having their leaved dried up. I Water them daily. Weather in my area min: 10 °C/65 °F, max: 25 °C/77 °F. Can someone please help me ...
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My nursery bought marigold is dying

I bought this marigold from a local nursery and it looked fine for a few days but after about a week it is starting to wilt. I have cut off the dried flowers and stems and it looks like this. Is there ...
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Best Vegetable for growing in pots?

I've grown a few different veg over the years including Tomatoes, Green Beans, Peppers, Sweetcorn and a few others. However, they are usually planted in the ground. I'm looking at moving house later ...
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Marigold buds grow sideways and die

Plants are in 3 gallon pots, outside in full sun, watered and fertilized, and pruned when necessary. I live in S. Florida, so cold is no problem.
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Help me out with this strange Asiatic lily growth pattern!

I am currently residing in Delhi (daily temperature ranges from 25°C in the day to 13°C at night). I bought an Asiatic lily plant this year in January and it bloomed around March. After that I left ...
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Are ornamental peppers annuals or perennials when planted in containers and maintained indoors?

Consider an ornamental pepper such as this: https://www.panamseed.com/plant_info.aspx?phid=045600001036964 It's listed as an annual, but I'm not sure if this just means when grown outside they're ...
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Is it too late to plant roses in the ground in November

I bought some David Austin roses earlier this year and put them into containers to test. The reason is that my yards are very shady so I wanted to see if the "spot" works due to many pine ...
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How much water can you save with self-watering containers?

I live in a place with very limited water resources, making it difficult to grow food. So I thought I should give self-watering containers a go after reading that they can save a lot of water. But ...
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What's happening to the mung bean plant?

I was trying to plant mung bean in a pod. The germination process is simple and quick, but after moving the plant to grow in soil, then something strange happened. At the beginning after moving to ...
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Problem with Climbing Aloe mid-stem drying up

I started this on my window sill 3 years ago. It was a lot bigger than current photo, had to cut off dying. The stems are drying up and dying. I did transplant and moved it from back yard (hotter) to ...
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Leaf too long? Honey mango

The seedling is not even 3 inches tall and has a leaf bigger than itself. This is a polyembryonic honey mango seed. It gets 1 hour of sunlight daily and the pot has no drainage holes. I also am ...
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I want to plant 5 species of plants in my garden, which can purify the air around the garden and also keep away mosquitoes . Suggest some to me

I have a garden in my house where I had some plants earlier. They were mostly flowering plants. Now I am looking for some plants which can purify the air around the house, keep away mosquitoes, and ...
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Rust color spots on Tomato Leaves, and Caterpillars

I am getting these spots on tomatoes in my green house. I am in North Carolina so it is really hot. Caterpillars also have been eating the leaves. They mostly like the kale leaves though. How can ...
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Cactus growing in a stem between two leaves?

Question 1: What plant is this... a cactus growing in a stem between two leaves...? Never saw that at stores, I think! It got so heavy that it started falling, I'm keeping it up straight with the help ...
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Can I grow low-growing heathers in containers with soil depth of 10cm?

I am building a small shed with a heather/heath roof using low growing varieties that reach 10-15cm. I plan to use 4 separate 60x40cm Euro trays, lined with soil barrier, so that I can lift these off ...
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Keeping aphids away from my Chamomile once they've found it

I've had good success with the Chamomile I planted in a 2 foot long windowbox and I had no pest issues before we started getting a lot of rain. I was treating them with neem oil diluted in water (1 ...
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Browning on Silver Spurflower leaves? Is this a fungus or lack of water?

I have noticed over the last week my Silver Spurflower leaves have started to go brown and start curling. They are in large containers and other plants in the containers have also been getting similar ...
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Cherry Tomato plants, withering, yellowing leaves, white powdery on root

The plant is yellowing, and pull out the root to find the white powdering thing... Anyone know what is this? how to prevent?
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Marguerite daisy leaves are turning yellow and drying

Identification: Most likely a "Marguerite daisy" or some member of the "Argyranthemum frutescens" family. Symptoms: Leaves are turning yellow and then completely dry Conditions:...
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Should I prune these low branches on my tomato plant?

My tomato is probably 3 weeks old and now it's end of July. Should I trim the low branches in red circle? What else should I do now to accelerate tomato production? Fertilizer? I am Pacific Northwest....
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Chrysanthemum blooms partially deformed and colors faded

I bought a potted Chrysanthemum from the local nursery over a month ago while the plant is still budding. Haven't repotted it since day 1. It bloomed very well couple weeks after I bought it and ...
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Geranium is short with leaves only no flowers in July

I put down the seeds for geranium around mid or late May in 2020. I live in Pacific Northwest. Now it is just like this after almost 2 months It's only 4-5 in tall and no flowers yet. It's been cool ...
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Will a periwinkle plant regrow leaves on bare branches?

I got a periwinkle plant from a relative. She's a bit absent-minded and barely watered it. When I got it, the branches were all bare (leaves fallen off) and no flowers. I have had it a few months now....
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Is my parsley ok?

I have gotten a pot of parsley. I watered it with fertilizer mix and after that with normal water, every day, as the top gets a bit dry. I'm located in north part of Croatia for the climate. The ...
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Are my fuchsias ok?

I have 2 fuchsia plants. I watered them with fertilizer mix and after that with normal water, every second day, they seem kind of dry but not completely when I water them. The pot is a hanging one ...
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Are my strawberries ok?

I have strawberries on east facing balcony in a pot. I watered them with fertilizer mix and after that with normal water, every second day, they seem kind of dry but not completely They have brown ...
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How to grow water forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) in a container?

Water forget-me-not is semi-aquatic and usually grows in ponds and swamps, because it likes very moist soil. It can even grow in water if it's not too deep (<10 cm). Sadly, I don't have a pond, so ...
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How many inches of dirt depth required to grow grass?

I want to grow a container of grass on my balcony for my dog. How many inches of depth of soil is typically required to grow healthy grass? Length and width of the container I’ll determine at a later ...
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Can vegetable plants do well if planted within the lighted area near a (LED) mercury vapor light?

Due to mobility (and other) issues, I can't just put the veggies I want to grow into the ground. I need them to be at a level which doesn't require bending. In the past, I've used "dead refrigerators" ...
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Building a raised garden on uneven concrete?

I'm new to gardening but would like to get a raised bed started in my NYC backyard. My plans are to build a 2x8 raised bed. I have a spot picked out but I am worried about drainage problems as the ...
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Best method to use netting to protect container-grown kale from pests

New gardener from the UK here. I am growing kale (Nero di Toscana) in garden containers, and so far this year, so good! Unfortunately when I tried this last year, they were completely demolished by ...
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How to convert garden fertilizer dosage to container dosage?

I have a bunch of old-school mineral fertilizers that I would like to use for container plants. The problem is that the dosage on them is grams/m2, lets say for simplicity it is 100 grams/m2. How do i ...
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Is a gabion a good raised planter for a vegetable garden?

I am looking for a raised planter for a vegetable garden -- likely approximately 2'H x 2'W x 8'L. I like the look of a gabion, but I was wondering about its suitability for a vegetable garden compared ...
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Too late to start plants inside? (Late April, Eastern Massachusetts, USA)

I'm no gardening hero but I like to grow flowers, herbs and a few vegetables from seed. Usually I start them indoors but this year I had trouble getting seeds because of the pandemic. The seeds ...
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Build planter box against home foundation?

Wondering if I need to do any waterproofing against the brick and foundation of my house inside the wooden planter box I built below. I plan to have soil a few inches above the foundation/brick ...
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Using the same soil In containers with fertiliser every year

I want to use the same soil I bought last year for tomatoes. It is covered in plastic and in a very sunny spot (so I hope to kill off all the fungus that might be lurking), and I am mostly wondering ...
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Favorite small-scale gardening books for beginners? [closed]

I recently started cultivating a 20'x25' vegetable garden, which is to say, I signed up for a community garden plot and have a few containers for tomatoes on my porch. I don't have any experience ...
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Phototropism on rosemary plant

Do rosemary plants exhibit phototropism? I bought a rosemary plant from a nursery with its woody stem not perpendicular to the soil surface (about 50 deg between the soil and the stem). While its ...
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Dog ate my blueberry bushes

We got a new puppy and she would chew everything is there something I can do to save my babies. !
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Help! What is happening to my agave?

There are fade marks everywhere and the leaves have started to curl inwards. Not only that, it looks like a completely different plant to what it was when i first got it which had this grey silvery ...

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