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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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What is the proper soil type for Aloe?

I have a couple aloe plants that don't seem to be really growing much. I'm pretty sure it's because I never bothered to look up what soil they really need and have just been keeping them in potting ...
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Should containerized plants be periodically rotated relative to the sun?

I have the assumption that plants grow more foliage towards the arc of the sun. With containerized plants, I assumed I could rotate it every week to help it develop more balanced foliage. Are the ...
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How many times do Fungus Gnats lay eggs?

If they lay eggs only once, this fact could help in eradicating them. If one has an extra pot of soil without a plant in it and waters this one day before watering the plants, then this pot may be ...
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What is this yellow mold or fungus in my container?

I found this yellow looking patch underneath the branches of my rosemary plant. I did not see it near either of the other 2 plants in the container. I dug the yellow stuff up, it seemed surface level, ...
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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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Is a screened in porch full sun or partial shade?

Florida, Zone 9b. I've got a lot of unused space around a screened in pool so I'm planning to do some container gardening. Three walls and the roof of this area are window screen material held up by ...
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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

My fiancee and I just bought our first home and I'd like to start my journey of vegetable gardening. The previous homeowners have 3 raised beds on the South side of the house. We haven't moved in ...
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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I recently moved several small potted succulents from partial shade to full sun, which proved catastrophic for many of them. Specific genera among the casualties: Echeveria / Graptopetalum Faucaria ...
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Identify plant, and what to do with rocks

Can anyone identify this little tree/shrub/indoor plant? I got it from a neighbor who had it on her porch, among others, and it appears pretty healthy. It's in a 3" plastic pot, that rests in a faux ...
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Maple plant that will not turn green?

I live in Ireland. I bought an Acer plant "deshojo" ,few years back . Now I have two issues with this plant. One is that it will give that nice pink/red color only for few months (April -june). The ...
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How do you get rid of root flies organically?

Now that it is warming up in Sydney, I have noticed some tiny flies in the soil of my pots. I think they are root flies. They seem attracted to the pots containing rhizomes the most[1][2]. These pots ...
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Am I meeting the light requirements for indoor dwarf citrus trees?

I've recently purchased 3 dwarf citrus trees that we plan to keep indoors for ~9 months of the year. We are in zone 6 so we can only reliably move the trees to the porch for June, July and August with ...
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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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Does having pebbles around the base of my Jade plant cause problems?

For looks, I have the soil around my Jade plant covered with small rounded pebbles for a different textured look. Does this actually cause water or moisture retention? Should I simply have the soil ...
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Date palm just growing in height but not getting a trunk

I've been growing a date palm for about eight years now (time goes by fast...) and it works out pretty well. If I hold it up, the largest branch/leaf is about 2m (~6 feet) in height and it grows in ...
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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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Is it okay to line the top of a container with plastic to hold water inside?

One of the problems with container gardening in my area is that you generally have to water the plants every single day in the summer (except on occasion) or else they have a high likelihood of dying ...
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Why are my Meyer lemon's leaves yellowing and falling off?

I purchased a 1-2 year old Meyer lemon. We keep it indoors and it was doing great, and started blossoming all over. Then we re-potted it, using some citrus soil and one of those self watering pots. I ...
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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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My anthurium's leaves are turning yellow and brown

I recently got this anthurium from Safeway. I put it away in my room from a south facing window. And then repotted it into a bigger pot with regular potting mix. The plants leaves started to get brown ...
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