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My lettuce is flowering - does that mean it has bolted?

I planted a batch of "zesty blend" lettuce seeds. They seem to be doing fine, but suddenly they started flowering: Have they bolted? They look healthy otherwise. Still edible?
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What conditions are necessary to make a potted aloe vera bloom?

I have a potted aloe vera that I keep indoors during the winter and outside the rest of the year. It has leaves one foot long and two inches wide at the base. I fertilize it with tea from my ...
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Why aren't my fruit/nut trees flowering?

I live in zone 8/9 in northern FL and I have the following fruit/nut trees: 2 Pecans 2 Meyor Lemons 2 Peach trees (uncertain of variety) 1 Black Mission fig Most of the trees have been planted for ...
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How do I encourage morning glories to bloom?

I know that many of you will find this unbelievable -- but my morning glories did not bloom this year. For those of you that live where morning glories are a perenial that borders on "weed" this ...
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What causes flowers to fall off of a blueberry bush?

My blueberry bush's flower bells are falling off, leaving only the center stalk (stamen? pistil? whatever it is, its part of the sex organs) Is this what happens when a blueberry flower is properly ...
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Why is my spinach flowering and how can I prevent it?

It is an unusually warm year in Minnesota. I planted two rows of spinach around April 15th. Now (end of May) I have two rows of spinach about 2 inches tall, and it all started flowering. Is it now ...
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Can I force a dormant forsythia branch to bloom by bringing it inside?

I live in Massachusetts, where we have approximately three feet of snow in the yard, and the temperature has been well below freezing nearly every day for the last two months. In an article in ...
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How can a green leaved canna's flower color be found when not in bloom?

At a perennial sale once I found an unmarked canna with green leaves, and when I asked what color the flowers were, they said they didn't know. After looking at the leaves for a while, they decided it ...
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

I have a phalaenopsis orchid at home. I have not done much to it in terms of taking care other than watering it. The base looks healthy but the top stem has dried up. What care do I need to take to ...
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What steps can I use to encourage pollination?

I have some plants that have many flowers but not very many vegetables being produced; sometimes it seems as if I'm growing the plants for the pretty flowers and not for the vegetables that may ...
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What to do with the spent flower spike of foxgloves (digitalis)?

I've had a glorious display of foxgloves in my garden this year, but now pretty much all of the flowers have wilted and fallen. I don't particularly want to collect seed from the plants, but what ...
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Why are my daffodils putting out flower buds in January?

Why are my dwarf double yellow daffodils putting out flower buds? It's January, and they usually start that in March. They could get damaged by cold and wildlife during winter. Anyone know what is ...
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Do Bloomerang and Josee lilacs rebloom as well as advertised?

Looking through catalogs, I see pictures of lilac bushes in full bloom with sunflowers blooming nearby, illustrating how well they rebloom during the season. If I bought one, should I expect that or ...
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Should I trim off flower buds on basil?

I have several herbs in a hydrocultural system. I have recently noticed several budding flowers on some of my basil plants. Since my goal is to maximize leaf yield, should I trim them off to conserve ...
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What is this unusual flowering vine?

What is this vine? It's located in Atlanta, GA. It has been flowering for the past several months. The photos were taken in late August, 2020. The flowers on this vine seem to be particularly ...
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Why isn't my hydrangea producing flowers?

My hydrangea is very leafy, but not producing flowers. Should I be adding something to the soil? This is the second consecutive year and I am totally perplexed. Appreciate any and all assistance. ...
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Should I cut back my yucca after flowering?

My Adam's needle yucca flowered for the first time this year. It does not look like it is going to grow in that area anymore, but the leaves are still green. Should I cut it back at all?
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Why do my gardenias turn yellow before they bloom?

My gardenias seem to be happy all year around, but when they bloom, they turn half yellow. Is there a way to keep them green through the bloom phase?
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Why have only the female flowers bloomed in my pumpkin patch

I planted two Giant Atlantic pumpkin plants in my garden around 9 weeks or so ago. The male flowers where the first to show, many of them but haven't bloomed and are quite firm to the touch still. ...
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How long does it take a mock-orange bush to flower?

I have a four year old mock-orange that is eight feet (2.4m) tall and six feet (1.8m) wide, and I'm getting impatient for some flowers. It's planted in partial shade in a valley. I prune it in winter....
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What kind of flowering tree is this?

These flowering trees are found in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Can anyone identify what they are?
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My Artichoke Flowered, Now What?

I wasn't paying close enough attention to my artichoke this past week, and it flowered on me before I could get a chance to harvest the bud. Disappointing that I didn't get to eat it, but at least I ...
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Why won't my artichoke plants produce buds?

Last year I started a number of artichoke plants over the winter. I wasn't successful in giving them enough cold weather in order to bud the first year so I covered the plants with leaves in the fall ...
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How to get a Kalanchoe to flower in bunch

I have two questions regarding Kalanchoes. I bought 3 Kalanchoes from IKEA for almost one year. The funny thing is that one of them has lots of flowers, the second one, only one flower, and the third ...
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Does it matter if I cull the flower or fruit for higher fruit quality?

I have a tropical Century Guava that will soon be putting out dozens of flowers. I would like the resulting fruit to be bigger, so I need to do some culling. Will the final fruit quality differ if I ...
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Can I force Sedum spectabile 'Neon' to rebloom?

I grew some Sedum spectabile 'Neon' and it flowered very well, but the flowers do not last very long. I would like to extend the flowering period. I noticed a scattering of rebloom, but it was not ...
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At what age will a night flowering cereus begin to flower?

I have a night flowering cereus cactus that is about five years old. It is a foot tall and has a single stem. It is in a four inch square plastic pot. Is it going to flower anytime soon?
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How old does English ivy (Hedera helix var.) have to be in order to flower?

I like the look of flowering ivy, but mine has never shown a sign of a flower. Is it one of those plants that takes a long time or am I not caring for it properly? Mine is five years old and climbed ...
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How can I get my Wandering Jew to flower?

I have had a Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) plant for several years, but it has never flowered. It is in a hanging basket outside during the warm season, and indoors during winter. The ...
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Plant ID Needed - making my dog sick!

Does anyone know what kind of plant this is in the photos? My dog keeps eating the leaves, and it makes him sick.
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What is this tiny pink flower in lawn?

What is this tiny pink flower? Found in my mother's lawn in Norfolk, Virginia. It's so small, but they're showing up randomly here and there. Stalk appears to be greener at the top near the bloom and ...
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Is the fruit from this plum blossom tree edible?

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I just recently bought a new house and in the backyard of this house there are 3 plum blossom trees (at least that's what I was told they were by the estate agent). The ...
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What is this vine (with purple flowers), and can I transplant/spread it?

Can anyone help identify this climbing vine with purple flowers in our backyard? It was there when we moved in, and started blooming when it got nice out (and we gave it a little water). Someone said ...
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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' not flowering

I have a magnolia 'Little Jem' that is about 4 years since I planted it in my backyard. It gets very good sunlight. However it is not flowering very well (see attached picture). I am in the San ...
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Please help me identify this bulbous plant with long, broad leaves and white flowers

I rescued this plant from a landfill in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has taken well in my garden and is blooming in just the second season that it's been here. When I rescued it, I thought it was ...
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How to manage fruit-trees blooming for the second time in autumn?

A friend of mine has an apple tree and a walnut tree that have bloomed for the second time this year. The trees grow in a 6b hardiness zone in the Northern hemisphere where it is already autumn. Night ...
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Is it beneficial to limit a Phalaenopsis orchid's bloom time?

I have a Phalaenopsis orchid that appears to be doing very well. It has been in bloom for at least 4 months, and the flower spikes continue to put on new blooms. Based on the number of buds on the ...
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can anyone help identify this?

Hi, I grew this beauty from a black pod like seed that drifts often onto our Beach here in Mayaro, trinidad. The leaves grew slowly, and the pod size ranges, but could be as big as an adult fist, or ...
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Why do small fruit fall off chilli plants?

My chilli plants are flowering and producing fruit now. However, some of the very young fruit regularly fall off. They are not very big, probably no more than 2mm in diameter. But they definitely ...
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When a flowering plant isn't currently flowering, what is that state or phase called?

Is there a technical term for when a plant isn't a seedling, but isn't producing flowers, reproducing, or going dormant? If there are synonyms for that term, I'd love to know them as well. As an ...
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Did my peppers cross? (see pictures)

So I'm growing Carolina Reapers and bell peppers in very close proximity to each other. On one of my bell pepper plants there is a strange looking pepper. It looks like a Reaper and its on one of my ...
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What is this saw tooth leaved plant, and will it flower and attract bees?

I've got these in my garden in the city of Innsbruck, Austria and I'm wondering what they are and if their flowers attract bees or other insects. They just popped up by themselves and feel really good ...
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Why are my morning glory flowers closing so early?

I love glories, particularly Grandpa Ott glories. They open in the morning, but by noon, they have closed. Is that because it is so hot here in Florida? The leaves showed some yellowing, and I figured ...
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When should Bee Balm bloom in Zone 6 (it did not bloom last year)?

Two years ago we planted some bee balm. We trimmed it back in early March last year and it never bloomed, though the plant was otherwise healthy and bushy. We trimmed it back again this year. Is ...
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How to protect young plants against frost?

In a 6b zone I have to grow some annual and perennial flowers by the end of May, meaning that they must be flowering by then. I have tried to make a rehearsal of some sorts, but we had freezing ...
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How do I know when to harvest my artichokes?

At the beginning of the UK summer I planted some artichoke seeds. What I didn't realise is how monstrous the plants would become. They're huge and taking over my vegetable patch. I've had to regularly ...
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Will these roses bloom this year?

A few weeks ago I bought two tea-hybrid roses with their roots in wet sawdust and saran wrap (it is called nude root in my area, no idea how to call it in English). The shoots started to grow the next ...
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Getting tomatoes to grow

I am new to growing tomatoes. I have a plant outside that is about 3ft high but the tomatoes themselves aren't growing. Can someone give me some tips please? Please note I am the southern ...
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Can you identify this small, formerly flowering houseplant?

I received this plant as a gift. It had flowers, but they have long since vanished. The plant seems to be doing fine- it's been putting out new leaves, and it's been six months. I recently moved it ...
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What are the consequences of not removing all the buds on my young lemon tree?

I have a potted dwarf Meyer lemon tree which is just entering its first flowering season (well at least the first that I've had it - I don't know how old it was when I bought it from the nursery.) I ...