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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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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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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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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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Why some of the stems are red and more strong than others in this mint plant

This is just a general question. I have mint plant that I have bought from the store. However, some of the mint plants in the same pot looks different. Their stems are red and leaves are very small ...
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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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Is it time to thin these cilantro seedlings?

I planted 2 cilantro seeds in the same bed a few weeks ago... now I've got 3 distinct seedlings coming up in close proximity. I want to grow the cilantro for culinary use and planted multiple seeds ...
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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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Why is spiderwort a good plant for mesocosms?

You may already have heard about the 53 year-old sealed bottle garden, but I would like to know why spiderwort is a particularly sustainable plant. What are some other plant species that require ...
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What is this succulent with spined leaves with a triangular cross-section?

A few weeks ago I got this plant from someone: Sadly it looks like it is dying. What kind of plant is this? I have been watering it twice a week, keeping the soil moist. What did I do wrong and how ...
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How to seal board gaps in raised bed garden?

I just put together a 10x4 raised bed garden using cedar boards stacked 2 high. I am a little concerned that the small gap between the stacked boards will let water seep out. Could you provide any ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised vegetable beds?

I'm asking this mainly to learn before I spend money and effort. This year our produce hasn't been good and mainly because of critters. So I was wondering if raised beds will help to keep the critters ...
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Can I build a soil-based garden on a concrete balcony?

I have a fairly small balcony that I don't use, but my apartment has no garden. Would it be possible to cover the balcony in a tarp and then add some soil, moss, plants, etc? It's a solid ...
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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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Chrysanthemum flowers and buds turning brown and dying, leaves wilting and getting brown spots

I bought these mums less than a month ago and planted them in Miracle Grow Potting Soil. Kept them in sun for 3-4 hours and in shade for the rest. They were left in sun for a couple of days at around ...
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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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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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Dying vinca plant

How to save my dying vinca plant? I attached photos.Please help me.. I am from Mumbai.I brought this plant from local nursery 7 days ago, I use vermicompost. I used to keep outdoor usually. I used ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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How to get rid of these small black bugs on gardenia

My gardenia is more than 6 months old. it was in good health. Suddenly I noticed that the gardenia leaves are turning yellow. I thought that it was because of natural causes. So, I ignored it ...
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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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House plant with no name

Just received thus beautiful plant. Can anyone help with identification and care?
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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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Best way of pruning Cardinal Creeper

I've got this 2/3 year old Cardinal Creeper in a 16" container that's become really bare at the base, making the stem look like coils of rope. The new growth seems to happen at the tips, leaving the ...
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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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Night-Blooming Jasmine plant continues to wilt even after treating with baking soda-water spray

I recently purchased some night-blooming jasmine plants. After a week the plants are wilting. I transferred them to new pots with different soil but no improvement noticed. I also sprayed numerous ...
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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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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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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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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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Tomato plant after neem oil application

My tomato plants stems had mealy bugs and with in an hour of my notice I started to spray neem oil liquid soap water and the plants now looks very bad and the leaves looks very dull. Will the leaves ...
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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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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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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

I haven't found anything stating that the plant dies off after producing fruit and it is my understanding that if I keep the environmental conditions correct, continue manual pollination, and add ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to save a dying dusty miller?

This is my plant and is dying. Although I tried a lot to make it survive its health status depleted with time. Now some of its leaves are still active while rest died (approx 20 percent alive). This ...

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