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Fungus gnats and mushrooms in a Walmart strawberry plant

Two weeks I bought a $10 everbearing strawberry plant from Walmart. It looked the most alive out of all the Walmart options. I immediately repotted it into a larger pot that stays out on my balcony. I ...
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Why is my Cili padi peppers curling

I've noticed that my pepper leaves starting to curl and not grow. And the peppers that grow are not fully growing. I thought it was over watering, but I don't know.![Cili pida ]1
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Squash vine stopped growing?

I've seen this on several squash plants, where the vine seems to stop growing but the growth tip is still trying to produce fruit. Not sure what this is called - internode shortening or something? ...
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Possible pest identification on Weeping Blue Atlas cedar

Location is Portland, Oregon, USA. We have a blue atlas cedar that's at least 20 years old. It was recently pruned (by an arborist) and now the needles are turning brown. To check for insect pests ...
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Is this scale on my English ivy? How to prevent spreading to other outdoor and indoor plants ? Should I just uproot and throw them out?

I live in an apartment. I have a few climbing plants - English ivy, star jasmine and lonicera out on the balcony in the setup shown here. Last year I got aphids on my outdoor plants - there were a ...
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What are these pests and how to solve?

[click below link for picture]1] Kindly help me with my lime tree
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Monstera Thai - Is it Rust Fungus? Thrips? Me Being a Hypochondriac? :))

I got this beauty about 2 weeks ago and ever since she came home she has had those bumps under 3 of her leaves. This is the leaf that is the most affected. I have been googling day in and night and I ...
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How to get rid of mosquitoes in the garden?

We have a modest garden, about 90 sq.m, with a large, shady tree in the corner. Of late, we've noticed a lot of insects emanating from that corner, particularly some nasty mosquitoes that hang around ...
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Unknown pest on a mint

I have some mint plants that suffer from some kind of tumor disease or parasite. I have not found any helpful information about what this is. I searched for images of mint pathogens, but nothing ...
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How many voles trapped until I give up?

I have a 5.5 acre lot backing up to a field where the farmer rotates corn/soy beans. Voles haven't been a problem until this year, but now they're taking over! The yard is now riddled with their holes ...
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Pest on Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata)

Today I discovered a pest on my Ponytail Palm. I noticed that it has been getting dry leaves and losing them since 2 weeks ago. I hope someone can help me to identify the pest and a possible ...
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Super Root Maggots?

Last year, my garden was ravaged by root maggots. I was constantly battling with them, and had to continually put in new vegetable seedlings, only to have them rot away and die a few weeks later. I ...
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What are these holes?

I noticed these burrows on my lawn. The holes are 1/2”. Pests? If so, what kind? FWIW I live on Long Island, NY. [
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What are these insects on my iris and is it bad?

I have many plants in pots at my windows, and only my irises are affected (I have other parasites on other plants, but I usually don't really care as long as the plants are OK, as I am for bio-...
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Help identifying pest on indoor palm

found these under the leaves of my indoor palm, not sure if these are two type of pests or young/mature of the same one. Both the long brown ones and the small dark ones easily scraped off). Thought ...
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Is this fly-like creature damaging my lemon verbena leaves?

Several of my lemon verbena leaves have started showing damage like that in the photo. Today I noticed several fly-like insects on and around the plant like the one below. To me, it looks like it ...
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Pea Pest Identification

I was in my garden today and noticed my pea plants are being eaten by something. Could someone help me identify what's happening and how I could stop it? The pea plants are about 1-3 in tall and I ...
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What are these tiny bugs that kill my Monstera Leaves?

My Monstera has pale specks on the leaves. I noticed it on one leaf first, and it's slowly spread to others. I have also noticed tiny black specks, about the size of a grain of sand, that I think may ...
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What is chopping down my sunflowers?

I had a small pot with three sunflowers in it (firecracker). They went down one by one, each with the same thing. See the image below, it looks like a tiny beaver chewed on the stem, just above the ...
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mealybugs, spider mites, on ALL of my plants!

So I am currently dealing with essentially a houseplant massacre: boston fern is infested with (I believe) mealybugs bonsai cape mallow is infested with (confirmed) mealybugs bonsai south african ...
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Please help save my dying Areca Palm

I bought my fully grown Areca palm 1 year ago. It was thriving until suddenly I’ve noticed the leaves are starting to dry out and also noticed brown spots on the stem. Not sure if they have always ...
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good or bad guys in compost bin?

I am making this compost at home using green and brown materials (egg shells, banana peel, kitchen waste, dead leaves, green leaves, etc.). While there is no bad smell or any liquid discharge, I ...
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Fungus gnat larvae on chili plant?

Had a few chilly plants. Recently, one of them started looking a bid sad and droopy. When I watered it today there were some maggots coming out the drainage holes. I think they are fungus gnat larvae ...
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UK Bug Identification: Silver/Black Aphid?

I spotted these bugs circling on of my pots today, pics below. I didn't recognise them so was hoping someone could help identify these critters? I wasn't sure if they were some kind of tick, want to ...
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Treating a wasp nest

We have a wasp nest in a very awkward position. It is in the side top of the roof above the porch. I have attached some images showing where the nest is. There is a window next to the nest but not ...
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Need help! What's wrong with my peppers? Brown on underside of leaves

I'm a beginner and this is my first year growing hot peppers. A few of my peppers have started to become brown under the leaves and the plants slowly begin to look sickly. I've looked for similar ...
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Green mould/mushrooms on houseplant soil

I recently took some cuttings from a friend, let them root in water, and then planted them. About a week later, suddenly there’s lot of green fungus/mould on the top of the soil! Any help ...
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Huge fungi in the cactus pot

A year ago or so, my cactus started developing yellow spots all over and was diagnosed with a fungal infection. As instructed, I got an antifungal spray (copper-based) and was spraying it once a week ...
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Not sure if there's a pest in my soil!

I had potted some garlic to grow recently, and yesterday when I lifted the pot to clean under it, the soil seemed to look like pest excrement, of some sort. Here is a picture. Can someone help me ...
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Getting rid of strange eggs in houseplant soil

Help! I have a peace lily which I bought three years ago for almost a nothing as it was almost dead. I nursed it back to health and was doing great, after about a year of having it in it’s nursery pot ...
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Help identifying species of vegetable garden pest

I am having trouble determining what type of pest has invaded my vegetable garden. It has started with the bok choy and is working its way toward the peppers and herbs. Please advise.
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Any disease or pest problems planting a Honey Locust?

My goal this spring is to plant a tree in the backyard. The Honey Locust or Gleditsia triacanthos inermis is native, planted in my area, somewhat pest free and would do the job nicely. When I ...
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Small powdery white around bottom of stems of a Peace Lily, and some brown lesions on some of the leaves

Problems: I recently noticed some small powdery white regions around the bottom of some of the stems on my peace lily, below are some examples: They become less prominent when wet, but are visible ...
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Can you identify this spider? [UK]

I was clearing out some of my tyre plants. ( A plant literally in a tyre.) and came across this lovely specimin who was on my hand. I'm absolutely petrified of spiders but I have never seen one like ...
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Palm Tree -Stuff Under Leaves

I have been growing a Majesty Palm I got from Home Depot for almost half a year now. I recently noticed that under the leaves are these small, long, thin white/brown things that seem to be on the ...
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What is this pest on a weeping fig?

I recently noticed that my weeping fig isn't going well and many of its leaves have white traces and black dots on them. After inspecting the leaves for a while, I think I found the culprit. It is ...
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pepper pest problem

can anyone help me out with the problem on the pictures? One of the pictures shows a bio insecticide I allready tried twice, but it doesn't help. I don't know what kind of pest it is nor what I can ...
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What is this pest on an indoor mint plant, and how can I stop it coming back?

I recently planted a mint plant purchased from a supermarket in some houseplant potting soil. It's been on a windowsill in the kitchen. In the last week it's acquired some sort of pest which I've ...
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Is this white root rot on my philodendron?

I got this plant from my mother, who had been keeping it in a pot that doesn't seem to drain. I was digging around to see if there was gravel at the bottom or if I'd need to repot, and discovered this ...
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What wildlife fencing should I use around my 5 acres to keep my critters in and wildlife out?

We want to keep costs down, but want something that will last, that wildlife can't get in and our critters can't get out. Saw 6ft high steel fencing with rectangular mesh that got smaller at the ...
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Found this cotton like mold in areca palm in earthed plant

Found this in my areca palm trees planted in ground. The place is moist and recieves lesser sunlight. Should this be treated with some fungicide or just a raking of soil would do ? It is winter ...
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Small Red See Through Worms in House Plants

I bought a plant of of Facebook Marketplace and when I went to give it a watering these small red see through worms were sitting in the watering tray. I’ve watered the plant a few more times since ...
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What is this bug? Is it a pest?

The other day I asked a question about keeping Japanese squash plants. Just now I discovered some bugs in the pot where I keep the squash plants. I saw maybe 10 of them creeping on or just below the ...
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Which animal's droppings are these?

I was tearing down my tool shed in the garden and found these droppings on the floor. Can someone tell me which animal's droppings are these? Note: I live in the Pacific Northwest of the US
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Scale like matter and dark spots on Lipstick Petiole

I found this scale like matter on my leaves and i noticed they have been droopy lately. There is also tiny black things on almost every petiole.
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Please identify small black cones on avocado branch

One small branch of this five year old avocado tree is covered in black cones that resemble barnacle shells. Ants are clearly interested in them. What is going on here? Has something other than the ...
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What are these tiny black pest on chilli plant

They are really tiny and hard to focus on with a mobile camera. Are they good guys or bad guys? I don't think they are eating the leaves or the fruit, are they here for flower buds?
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Which Pest Attacked My Lettuce Leaves?

I planted romaine lettuce and I think it was attacked by some pests, but I can't identify them because I don't see any insects. I decided to replace with the new plants but it still get attacked. Do ...
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Help identifying a flowering plant and its pests

I recently bought a flowering plant from the supermarket, but have not been able to determine exactly what it is (it was unhelpfully labelled as "potted plant"). Its stems are thin and vine-like; its ...
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What's going on with my Green Buttonwood?

All the new growth is stunted. I was told it could be a thrip of some kind. Any help would be appreciated as I planted this to replace my Ficus.

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