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Questions tagged [optimal-conditions]

Tag for conditions that best help a plant thrive and produce.

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Viburnum Tinus buds getting dry

My parents gave me a couple of months ago a Viburnum Tinus (aka Laurustinus, or Durillo in spanish). It had a lot of "bud bundles" (I don't know the technical name for that, sorry), that looked nice ...
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Soil condition for catus seedling

I have a cactus seedling (Pachycereus pringlei), it is one month old now (germinated end of August). During this time I kept the soil very moist and wet. My question is when do I switch to normal ...
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What are the best planting conditions for primula seeds?

Can anyone help me how to plant these primula seeds? I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. They will be in a greenhouse and this is what I need to know. What size trays do I need? Should I cover them? What ...
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problems with adults Brachychiton

A bout 20 years ago I planted Brachychiton acerifolius and Brachychiton populneus.I could not get any of that flower.Now the Brachychiton populneus are losing leaves.  Does anyone know why? Soils ...
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Is it normal that heat mats for plants do *not* have 3-prong, grounded plugs? [closed]

I'm searching for some 2-4ft long 1-2ft wide heat mats to start plant seeds and cuttings on. In shopping around on Amazon I see that most (or all so far) heat mats have polarized 2-prong plugs. ...
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Do walnut trees grow in rain forests?

A few things that I'm interested to know about: What's the required temperature for growing walnut trees (Juglans regia)? Do they grow in hill areas? How long does it take to produce fruit from the ...
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Can I prune a grape vine in near-freezing weather?

Most of the advice I have seen on when to prune grape vines in the British Isles is "early winter (late November/December)". I had planned to prune a three-year old vine, which is in an unheated ...
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Is maral root useful as a companion plant?

I was looking at rarer plants to grow for natural pesticide purposes and I was wondering how maral root fares. What conditions does this plant need to grow? At what temperature, water amounts, soil ...
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What are the ideal germination conditions for herbs and leafy greens?

I'm new to home gardening. I just bought Sustainable Seed Company's Herb Collection (Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme) and Mountain Valley Seed Company'...
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Which crops or vegetables can withstand 40 degrees Celsius?

I want to know which crops or vegetables will withstand 40 degrees Celsius (103 degrees Fahrenheit)?
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How can I promote new growth on a section of my Jade cutting?

I inherited this jade from my mother who got it 10 years ago. It had some considerable root rot and some wild and curvy/lanky branches, so I hacked it way back. The root rot went up about 2" of the ...
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How do I grow Wasabi?

I would like to grow Wasabi. My climate seems, according an old Times World Atlas, very similar to the (central) Japanese one. But on documentaries I've seen on TV, it seems that Wasabi grows in wet ...
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Can I plant Escallonia Apple Blossom as a hedge in partial shade?

Is Escallonia Apple Blossom shrub suitable for planting as a hedge in a North facing cornish wall? The site is windy, coastal and in the shade of the house. The Royal Horticultural Society says ...
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What kind of stone/surface can I grow moss on?

If I'm trying to grow moss on a stone sculpture, is there anything I should be on the look out for? I'm thinking of certain chemicals or other toxins that might be in some sculptures. Does the statue ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

We've been thinking about getting a living tree for Christmas this year. It's something I've always wanted to do, as it bothers us to throw away trees. We also need more trees for birds, squirrels, ...
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Can it be too late to aerate the lawn?

So, it's mid october, the plug-pulling lawn Aerator that I ordered in early august got here today. In the past two weeks, as is pretty normal in my neck of the woods, the weather has looked like this, ...
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How do I prepare planters with sedum and hen and chicks for winter?

I have three of these and I think it will not be a good idea to leave them like that over winter. This is in Toronto Canada. Here is the hardiness map. I was thinking that storing them in a shed my ...
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How can I save this plant sprout?

In my other question What is this plant on the pictures? I was asking about the identity of certain plant. The reason I was asking was that this plant has gone for the worse recently. The whole plant ...
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What's the best place to plant this grape vine?

I purchased a grape vine plant from a nursery today, its called a vitis vinifera, or Flame Seedless. It seems fairly healthy and I would like to plant it now. It is midsummer here in So. Cal and ...
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Artificial Lighting for Growing Seedlings

I'm attempting to grow Curcubits and Nightshades (for eating) indoors (in the middle of winter). I recently acquired a (Red/Blue LED 120 watt) grow lamp - but my calculations are that it will eat a ...
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What is this low-growing plant with fuzzy green and gray leaves, and when can I transplant it?

I found a number of these plants tucked behind peonies, bleeding hearts and other perennials. They're primarily up against my cement foundation, and are growing in clumps. I didn't plant them, but don'...
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Can I plant sun-loving annual seedlings in partial shade if the area will have full sun in a few weeks?

This is somewhat of a general question, as it applies to several things I'm growing, but to be specific enough, I've chosen to ask it about one plant. I'm in Zone 6 (−5°F, -20°C). I started some ...
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Can I transplant a shade-growing lilac into a sunny spot?

All of the lilac bushes I've ever grown have been in the sun. I assumed that was important for their survival. When cleaning up the yard yesterday in preparation for spring planting, I found a ...
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What are the most important environmental conditions that affect vegetable production? [closed]

What do you feel are the most important environmental conditions that affect vegetable production in a greenhouse?
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Should dead-looking sections be removed from bulbs before planting?

For Christmas, my daughter gave me some tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs. Since they've been sitting around for quite some time in the local department store, they're in varying states and ...
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What can I do to make a Dwarf Cavendish banana plant thrive in my apartment?

I currently live in New York. I'm interested in having a Dwarf Cavendish as a indoor houseplant, in my apartment. Will it survive/thrive? I can definitely provide sufficient humidity. I know having a ...
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Coleus - annual or 'tender' perennial?

So I picked up a couple of mid-sized Coleus plants (a 'Ruby Dreams' and a 'Dream Catcher') from the local nursery today. I plan to put them in a shady area which gets indirect light for a few hours a ...
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Can I transplant young Rose of Sharon plants in July in Zone 6a?

I live in Massachusetts, growing zone 6a. Yesterday my husband was given some young Rose of Sharon plants from a friend at work, grown from seed by someone else. I've always wanted some, and would ...
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What is the heat tolerance of English Lavender?

I live in India (Bombay). It is very hot here in summers. I wish to grow Lavender on my balcony, however I am not sure if it will survive the heat. What is the heat tolerance level of English ...
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What fluorescent bulb is best for my tomato seedlings?

It has been suggested that my seedlings may not be getting enough light. What are the best types of fluorescent lights to get? I have a single bulb, and looking to get another light or two to add to ...
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Have I planted my tomato seedlings too close together?

I have been following this walk-through on growing tomatoes from seeds: http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/grow-tomato.htm I have planted my seeds in the rectangular container. But I believe I ...
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Should I prune lavender on a cold/wet day in Spring?

I'd like to prune lavender for the spring season. Today it's a cold and wet day (2 to 7 degrees Celsius and some rainfall, in Europe), the weather forecast says next week will be sunny, but I'll ...
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Do Pawpaws do well in common landscape settings in hardiness zones 6B?

I've seen wild pawpaw in VA, but never spent the time to investigate any special growing conditions. I'd love to plant them as an edge plant here in NY, but I've never seen them around here. I'm ...
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Why are the leaves of my ginger plant drying out?

It's only been 3-4 months since I potted my ginger plants. I water them every 2-3 days depending on the the weather. I try not to get the soil too moist. Over the last couple weeks, the leaves of one ...
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Grapes leaves too dry - is that normal?

Recently I noticed my green grapes leaves don't look too good. There's nothing like scales or ants or any other sign of parasites. Only older leaves are affected, new ones are fine as you can see on ...
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What is the best growing temperatures for an avocado plant?

I live in a very warm climate (Phoenix AZ) and I was wondering what the best growing conditions (temperatures) are for an avocado plant? Are the extreme heat summers here to much for an avocado? We ...
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How do I determine what the soil conditions are where I live?

I am starting to get into gardening since I have a bit of garden space for the first time. When I do research online, I often see recommendations for plant soil quality like "rich, porous, somewhat ...
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What good websites which list the requirements of various plants?

This may sound like a weird one, but I am working on a plant ecosystem simulator as part of my research and am looking for property data on various plant species. Ideally, this data would include, ...
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Can I grow pineapple plants from seed, rather than crowns?

The other day, as I was eating pineapple, I noticed that it was full of seeds (see pic below for what they look like). I have grown plants from the crowns on top of the fruit (even a couple patented ...
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How do I grow strawberries from seed?

I'm thinking about saving my own strawberry seeds. I have some questions about the ideal conditions for optimal germination: What soil/mix is best? How deep should they be planted? What is the best ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

It's been 2 weeks since I transplanted my chilli seedlings: Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing? They don't seem to have gotten over their transplant shock yet. Googling seems to mostly ...
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Does Thai muskmelon (AKA Thai best or Tang Thai) do well in a dry climate?

I read about a kind of melon called Thai best. I think it's popular in Thailand. Anyway, that's where it comes from. According to websites online, fruits mature extremely quickly (60 to 65 days after ...
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Can I dig up a wilting Begonia in the garden and turn it into a houseplant?

I live in Massachusetts and have some begonias that have been very happy all summer planted in a mostly shady area of my garden. The recent cold nights have caused the flowers to fall and the leaves ...
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What are the optimal growing conditions for sugar beet?

I was thinking about growing sugar beets on my London roof terrace, so I was wondering what temperature it needs. I also have access to a greenhouse should it be necessary.
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What are the most effective ways to maximize solar radiation?

How can I maximize solar radiation for sun lovers? For example, in central Germany, you'll have some summers that won't have a lot of sun and/or heat, yet you want big peppers and good grapes.
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What are the best growing conditions for Vanilla planfolia?

As part of my creation of a tropical growth room to grow some vanilla orchids, I was wondering if anybody knew the optimal conditions to grow this plant. I would need: Humidity Temperature Watering ...
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What are the optimal N-P-K levels for fertilizing potatoes?

I have some russet potatoes that seem to be doing well growing in a plastic tub. (This photo was taken near sunset; they do get 8+ hours open sun.) I have a choice between these three fertilizers, ...
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Can quinoa be grown in the UK?

Due to the fact that quinoa, bought in shops here, cost a lot and because of the ethical implications of buying quinoa (and also just for the hell of it), I'd like to know if it's possible to grow ...
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What would grow well under a trampoline?

We have a trampoline in our garden where the trampoline itself is made from a dark mesh material that lets through light. This means that the lawn underneath grows fine (perhaps a bit slower?). So I ...
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Why my tomato plants grows so slowly?

I've started growing a tomato plant a month ago and it is still pretty small. Around 7 cm high. I grow it with a small fluorescent light ( T8 model ) in my basement. Why is it growing so slow? Is ...