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Need help diagnosing pepper pests

I am trying to figure out what is eating holes in the leaves of my plants ( habinero and sweet pepper ). Primarily the holes are in the centre of leaves, with some on the edge of one leaf. and the ...
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Lavender is taking off!

My lavender has just exploded with new stems this spring. I didn’t expect it would grow so tall. Do you think it’s time to repot so it spreads out? I have a much larger space I could fill with it if ...
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What flexible but stable outdoor material can be used to fill a gap under a metal frame suspended window?

To describe the situation a bit more: I have an outdoor window with a metal frame. There is about 10-15cm gap along the bottom of it. Tiled floor. The gap is not even height, so it's literraly about ...
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Can you kindly tell the name of this plant?

Can you identify this type of plant? The location is Bridgetown, Barbados. What is this plant called?
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Will I be able to grow a small plot of grain in my very rainy climate?

I wanted to try growing a small plot of cereal grain in my yard next season, but I don't know if it will work & can't find any resources that address my question. I gather that since it is cool &...
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White stuff on the Japanease Honeysuckle

Some white stuff is growing on my honeysuckle, tried looking it up online but I can't figure out what it us or how to cure it. I'm hoping I can rely on your expertise, so any advise or suggestions are ...
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chrysanthemum plant looks dull and almost dying

I am living in Germany and now the temperature is between 3 to 12 degree celsius these days. Rarely at night it goes to 0 or -1. I have 2 chrysanthemum plants in my balcony pot out of which one is ...
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6 month old Chilli plants are struggling after a strong yield

My chilli plants seem to be having a tough time recently and I can't work out what the problem is. 1 Scotch Bonnet plant seems to be dropping a lot of leaves and yellowing, the other two are mostly ok ...
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What’s wrong with this jasmine?

I planted a jasmine (polyanthum I think) in our backyard last spring. It is positioned in a corner where it gets 2-3 hours of sun on a sunny summer day, but this being the Netherlands, that remains ...
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White covering on leaves of tulsi (holy basil) in winters

Full gallery Facing the same problem in 3 of my 4 tulsi plants Looks like a fungal infection to me, please advice. Happening in winters. It appears to have spread to 2 plants from one. Other non-tulsi ...
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Can a hinoki cypress thrive in a planter with access to the earth below?

I moved into a new place with a very small 'yard'. I would like to plant a Hinoki cypress, but there is no direct access to the earth because the whole yard is covered with deck or porch. There is a ...
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Is this a mango tree?

This plant started growing in one of my outdoor pots. We’re in the Caribbean, and it’s growing in an outdoor concrete rooftop at 90+ degrees (with little shade) where only cacti survive. Is it some ...
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Why are hanging planters wider at the top?

Is there a reason why pots used for hanging are wider at the top? Does this benefit the plant? Assuming that both are made of plastic and both hold the same amount of soil, which is the preferred ...
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Do big outdoor planters need a saucer?

I wanted to build a two-foot (24”) square planter from left-over tiles. I will drill small holes at the bottom, so it will have drainage holes. These planters will be moved to an outdoor area where ...
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Can fruiting plants detect that they are in an indoor environment?

I have a blueberry plant that's a few years old now, and when I left it outside it grew berries, but indoors it did not, despite nearly the same conditions. This got me wondering if my plant knew it ...
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What is this plant with buds?

It's been growing for a few months -- first as a little seedling in my polka dot plant pot, and now I have it outside. When I put it outside, it shot way up and started getting these little green buds....
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Why is my zucchini dying bottom up?

I’ve looked EVERYWHERE and I haven’t been able to find an answer, even though it seems like it should be something simple. The zucchini was doing fine for a couple months, and then it started turning ...
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Please Identify this outdoor plant?

I saw this outdoor plant yesterday. What’s the name of this plant? Also, can it easily be propagated to a pot?
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Are these Dracaena Spikes? Should I prune them more?

Moved into a new place and not sure what these are. I'm in Michigan. I cut off the clearly dead leaves, but then there's a handful that are kind of spotty brown or half yellow which I left. Also, ...
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Tomatoes not growing from seed

Hi can you grow tomatoes on your windowsill to grow outside on 22nd March and beyond? I tried a few years back and got some tasty tawny tomatoes (Can't remember the date I planted) But have tried some ...
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How can I protect my outdoor potted garden without a fence?

My wife started planting vegetables this year - she has starters growing indoors, and soon we will need to move them outside. Unfortunately, after consulting with my landlord, it turns out we cannot ...
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Need help determining all possible locations for growing plants

I am creating a social media website for gardeners. One of the features is that gardeners can create their own garden journals. A user can indicate in the garden journal where he or she is growing the ...
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Rubber plant leaves turning yellow

I recently bought a rubber plant and repotted it as it was root bound. I'm noticing the leaves are turning yellow with black brown spots on them. I'm watering fine and gave ample fertilizer. It's been ...
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My Cherry tree saplings are drying and dying, and I'm not sure why

I have two cherry tree saplings here in Bogotá Colombia. It's sunny and not raining much, with 20 °C (80 °F) During the day, dropping to around 8/9 °C at night (47 °F). I'm watering around a cup of ...
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What plant can this be?

This plant is flowering now in winter season, I don't know whether it will bloom in the summers. This is the flower. This is its bud. This is the plant itself. Local vendor said it is Aster, but I ...
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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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Transplanting periwinkle

I have plenty of periwinkle (probably Vinca minor, or possibly V. major) in my back yard. I will soon attend to building a storage shed there. I would have to clear periwinkle for the shed ground. I ...
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Identify these insects hiding under compost

I use a layer of compost as mulch, but every time I water, millions of tiny insects start jumping all over the place. Is it possible to identify them as I'm not sure if they're decomposing the organic ...
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How do cold protection measures work in the cold season (fleece, buble wrap, cold greenhouse, ...)

Due to lack of space indoors, some of our plants and mini-trees here in Switzerland will have to survive the winter on the balcony. My girlfriend is set on wrapping the trees in bubble wrap, covering ...
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Ficus religiosa leaves turning brown and yellow

Ficus religiosa leaves are falling off, some by turning yellow, and some by turning brown. I tried treating with fungicide thrice with 3 days gap in between, which is of no use. I use vermicompost as ...
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Trying to identify something that just popped up?

Many brackets of 7 thin serrated leaves. has scent
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Can you identify this mystery plant? possibly mint?

I got this creeping plant the other day on clearance at a local walmart under the pretense that it was part of the mint family. It smells minty but it has no identification on it. I was hoping that ...
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On the history of tomatoes

I have found many blogs and articles saying that the original tomatoes (before selective breeding) were the size of peas. Is this true for the majority of them? What is an authoritative source for ...
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What should I grow in my rocky+sandy+salty soil?

I'm trying to improve this area next to my home with some plantings. What I'd like to accomplish: Make the area look nicer Discourage people from walking their dogs on the property Discourage people ...
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When can potted Strawberry Seedlings be safely transplanted outside considering Squirrel attacks?

Southern California resident here. I have strawberry seedlings and would like to transplant them outside. How old should they be to avoid being eaten by squirrels? I've had days-old seedlings get ...
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Black and Yellow dots on Scallions

I'm new to gardening and well recently I decided to try to grow scallions from leftover Scallion ends. first I placed them in water to grow them out a bit then I planted them in a random pot that had ...
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What's this white stuff on my petunias?

Any idea what is happening here and how do I fix it???
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Where should the water holes be in an outdoor plant pot?

I have some balcony plant pots like these: They have no holes at the bottom, so I'm planning to drill holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom and causing rot. But as you can see there ...
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Adding shade to a potted plant?

We live in the Caribbean and I have several potted plants in my rooftop. One of the plants is a small citrus plant. The problem is that the climate here is so hot (over 90 degrees in the morning) and ...
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Identify this garden plant

I bought this 3 weeks ago in the final closure sale of a nearby garden center. As the business is now gone I can't go back to ask for details. All I know about this plant is that supposedly it likes ...
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How can I save my miniature roses?

I bought these miniature roses about 3 months ago from the supermarket, so I was aware they might not live long. However, they seemed to do well. After I removed the dead flowers and moved them near ...
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What plant is it?

I got a plant growing very tall next to a rose. Not sure what plant is it as it is different from the regular weed. Here are some images of the plant overview and a closer photoshot of the plant ...
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Is this a new lavender plant or a weed or an unknown plant?

I have a lavender plant from an old image taken 4 months ago here: Now I notice there is a new plant growth from the mid of the lavender plant. Not sure if it is a lavender or a weed as the root of ...
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How important are companion plants in community gardens

My partner and I will be getting involved with our first community garden this year (with a number of policies to ensure safe social distancing, of course). Having never really done gardening before, ...
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Build planter box against home foundation?

Wondering if I need to do any waterproofing against the brick and foundation of my house inside the wooden planter box I built below. I plan to have soil a few inches above the foundation/brick ...
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What is the name of this fragrant flower?

Can anyone identify this flower? It started its flower about a week ago and has an amazing frangrance.
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Can lemon plant survive?

This lemon plant has always had trouble growing. Just today I noticed that the pot has earthworms, so I was thinking of moving it to another pot. But before transplanting it, I thought I’d share ...
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Plants under trees

I have this "wall" of trees at the end of my garden that I want to keep for a bit of privacy but I was wondering if I could plant anything underneath them. Ideally any useful plants such as herbs or ...
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Which agave species are small enough for my succulent garden?

Two years ago, I have made two succulent garden plots, each lies in the bare center of a fruit tree garden bed. The central area receives enough sun for socculents. I have planted cacti, Sansevierias ...
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How to beautify the lavender with many splitting branches?

I have a lavender bush outside the door. It has many empty branches. I believe that they are dead after I had accidentally over-harvested the lavender by cutting all the lavender leaves. Part A & ...
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