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How to care for container bulbs after the first year?

I live in Zone 9 (UK/Ireland). There are plenty of tutorials online explaining how to plant freshing purchased bulbs in containers and how to care for them until the foliage dies. E.g. plant them in a ...
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How to plan spring flower bulb bonanza in containers

I got a little bit over-excited buying bulbs from the Northern Hemisphere (I'm based in the Southern Hemisphere). I am due to recieve some 245 bulbs/corms in December/January. Hopefully they survive ...
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Coverings of drainage hole

I use plastic pots, concrete and ceramic pots with holes at the bottom, often without a saucer for outside. When I water, I bath my plants or put enough water and allow excess amount to pass through ...
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My neighbors weeds infesting my yard

My neighbor’s yard is terrible and the house next to hers is abandoned due to fire so it’s weeds everywhere. It’s been a battle to keep the weeds out a battle i have lost. What was once a beautiful ...
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Are purple cherry tomatoes ripe and if not can I pick them and will they ripen off the vine?

I started growing my cherry tomatoes in July, but used a container rather then planting them in the ground. Most of the tomatoes have ripened. But I have a few that are not turning red, but staying ...
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what's wrong with my dahlia blossoms?

Hi, For the first month I grew this dahlia, it bloomed abundantly and appeared healthy. Now, some petals are twisted and brownish, and some buds don't fully open. Other buds appear fine. Can someone ...
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How deep do watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash & cucumber plant roots grow? How big of a pot do I need for above ground gardening?

How deep do watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash & cucumber plant roots grow? How big of a pot do I need for above ground gardening on these plants?
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Containers seem to be losing soil in heavy rain

I have herbs & vegetables in containers outside (due to excessive tree roots in the ground itself). However, it seems that the containers are consistently losing soil. I put enough soil to fill ...
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Need help with container sizes for planting herbs

I'm a total noob when it comes to herb gardening and have a doubt here. I've got 5 plastic containers, 4 small ones with about 7.5' diameter and 1 slightly larger at 10' diameter. The 5 herbs I want ...
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House plant with no name

Just received thus beautiful plant. Can anyone help with identification and care?
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What is affecting my west country lupine's second bloom, and how do I cure it?

I bought this lupine this Spring when it was in bloom and beautiful, then potted it. A friend gave me the pot with a plant in it, which I moved. I’m concerned the pot’s drainage is poor. Could poor ...
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Why are 2 rosemary plants in the same potters getting woody at a very different pace

I recently bought a couple rosemary arp plants and have them in my mini indoor greenhouse. Ive been noticing that one of them is turning woody at a much faster pace whereas the other has almost all ...
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Deformed new leaves on my bilberry (european blueberry) plants

I have some bilberry plants (european blueberry, Vaccinium Myrtillus) growing in containers on my balcony, and I just noticed that new leaves are deformed and discolored (a bit more yellow that the ...
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Are these aphids that I've found in my indoor greenhouse and trying to figure out what this caterpillar like creature is?

So I've started up a little indoor herb garden/green house about a month and a half ago.I should preface by saying I'm relatively new to the gardening game. I've basically just used some greenhouse ...
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17 gallon pot for rose bush

I have a 17" tall / 17 gallon pot and I plan to use it for planting my David Austin rose Charles Darwin https://www.davidaustinroses.com/products/charles-darwin I know the website said large ...
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What are these bugs in my tomato plants containers and how can I save them?

Recently transplanted 6 plants outdoors into fabric containers with potting soil from Lowes. Within a few days, these were jumping around the dirt. They just look like tiny little beads to the naked ...
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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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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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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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