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How do you prune a rose bush?

I tried to prune a rose bush and it stopped growing from all the branches I pruned, and instead shot one big green stem up from the root again. What is the proper technique?
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Is there a simple rule of thumb for caring for potted plants in an office?

I've recently been made responsible for watering and taking care of many small potted plants around our office, and I have little to no gardening experience. There are many different types of plants, ...
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How can I prevent my Nepenthes pitchers from drying out?

I received what I guess is a Nepenthes last month, but the pitchers have all dried out by now. It starts with the lid drying up and once that happens it takes 10 days until the entire pitcher is all ...
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What is a general rule of thumb for when to prune plants and trees?

It seems like every plant that I come across has a different (and seemingly random) best time to prune. Is there some sort of generally rule that I could apply to any plant and have a pretty good idea ...
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My basil is “rotting”, here's all the clues I have gathered

This is my third try in having a basil that lives more than a month and I've been rather successful with my last try. But now, for some unknown reason to me, it's dying. Here are many pictures of ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

My wife and I just bought a property and I don't know anything about plants or trees. Can someone tell me what the large trees/bushes/plants are and also how often do I need to water them?
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What should I do with geraniums during the winter?

I brought my geraniums indoors for the winter. Do they need light? Should I water them? Should I cut them? If so, how short? When is the best time to take cuttings (i.e. during winter, start of ...
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What is this plant with red-pink lines/veins on its big green rounded leaves?

My mother bought this plant but she didn't bother to even ask what was its name and what type of care does it need. Can any of you identify it, so that we can find info about the proper care it should ...
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Office plant identification and care

At my work, everyone has his own plant and needs to take care of it. I was wondering if you guys could help me out taking care of my plant. A picture of my plant can be seen below. So, by that, I ...
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How can I grow edible plants for a reptile in the reptile's tank?

I have a bearded dragon, and I recently came up with an idea to possibly plant my dragon's food in her own tank. This way it is fresh, always available, and may even help to keep the humidity in her ...
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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

My Venus Flytrap is quite crowded, there are traps under traps and I've noticed one clamped over the stems of another. Should I prune it? Will it digest itself?
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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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How can I save these etiolated aloe crowns with under watered stems?

Two succulent Aloe vera shoots easily fell off a friend's aloe plant from readjusting a pot. This plant is potentially under watered and, from looking at the main plant or by just observing the two ...
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Advice for overwhelmed beginner

I'm the new owner of a well established garden. Unfortunately I don't really know what I'm doing... Already I seem to have lots of problems (e.g. well established Rhododendron now near death), which ...
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How often should I water an Amaryllis plant?

I have a red amaryllis plant that is currently looking like it's doing well. It hasn't yet flowered and it is in a fairly early stage of growth. The plant care instructions said that it's important to ...
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Can I salvage an over-watered tomato plant?

I've never tried growing tomatoes before and I recently went out and bought a tomato plant for my balcony. I initially re-potted the plant in too small a planter, so I re-re-potted it a week later. ...
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Why are the leaves on my mango tree turning brown and drying out?

I grew a mango tree last summer from seed in a pot. In the beginning it was extremely healthy looking and fast-growing. When the summer was over, as it gets very cold here in Canada, I took it indoors ...
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Pest, etiolation, soil or overwatering? Other causes of pale-brown tips in Aloe Vera

A friend has just given me an Aloe Vera with pale brown tips. Different sources have lead me to multiple non-conclusive possible causes; mainly: pests, etiolation, wrong type of soil or overwatering.....
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What plant is this and how should we take care of it?

I am sorry for my ignorance in advance. My wife has received this beautiful plant as a Christmas present. We love to know what it is, and more importantly, how we should take care of it to keep it ...
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How can I restore foliage in a Chinese Elm bonsai?

My Chinese Elm bonsai lost its foliage from the time of purchase (June) until now (November): Roots seem fine (i.e. not rotten): Is there something I can do (e.g. re-potting, pruning, feeding, ...
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How should I take care of a Hyacinth bulb growing in a vase of water?

I just picked this plant up from the store. What is the best way to take care of it? Can I leave it like it is and let it sit in the sun?
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What to do with a plant that can't support its own weight?

I received this plant (I'm sorry, I'm not entirely sure what it is) a few years back when it was on death's door and only had a few living leaves left. I managed to bring it back to health but that ...
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Care for an indoor hyacinth after blooming

I have a hyacinth planted in a pot indoors. From what I have read, I should cut the stalk and let the leaves die naturally. So I cut the flower stalk but it seems now after about two months, the ...
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What is this small plant with large dark green leaves, and how do I care for it?

A friend just gave me one of her houseplants during her move to another apartment. She doesn't know what the name of this plant is and she didn't give me any instructions on how to care for it. The ...
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Can I save this basil?

I'm very new to this field, and these plants are all I have so far. A few days ago I bought them from IKEA and left them in the kitchen. My bad, I know and I apologize for it. Now I'd like to save ...
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Dracaena Fragrans Grafting?

Our office Dracaena Fragrans (called Wilson) is not healthy looking. The stalk of the plant is beige, woody and completely dried out. Once it was cut (before my time) a new stalk developed. This is ...
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How long do Nepenthes leaves last without traps?

My nepenthes ventricosa x mira has lost two of the four traps it had when it shipped in but the leaves are still living, kinda growing, and are healthy. But I am wondering how long they will last. ...
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How can I grow endive seeds?

I have some endive seeds (Endivia 'Crispum'), and I want to know the guidelines on how to grow them. Our weather has been sunny with temperatures reaching low 60's at night and low 90's during the day....
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Care of red currant bushes

I've got two red currant bushes in my backyard, probably several years old, slightly neglected. Anyone have experience maintaining these? I'm about to string them up a bit as they have so much fruit ...
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Help is my cactus is dying, can it be saved

I recently bought a golden barrel cactus (about two months ago), judging by its size I would say the plant is about a year old. Everything has been perfect with it until Saturday. I usually water or ...
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Sick Elderberry help

Recently I've seen my Elderberry trees develop some yellow leaves and I don't know what the problem could be or how to fix it, so I'll leave a picture if anybody can help me.
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What is causing brown spots on my Alocasia Black Velvet?

About two months ago I bought an Alocasia black velvet for on my desk. My office has a large window and the plant stand at a distance of around 3 meters from the window, so not in direct sunlight. I ...
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What books would be most useful as a reference for (vegetable) gardening?

There are a few main subjects such a book should cover, such as: the seasonal dependence of various plants (which can grow when, and when can one grow what), descriptions of the specific care ...
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Is this shrub a rhododendron, and how can I help it to flourish?

My mom gave me this shrub/tree/bush a few years back. She told me it was a rhododendron but had no other information. I live on the border of Zone 4 and 5 in the Lake Michigan basin. I planted it ...
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How should we treat cracks in the stem of Aloe Veras?

I received this damaged Aloe Vera about 5 days ago and I found help, here mainly, to determine the source of its problems. So everything was on track now, until I realized that it had soil in between ...
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Is my bougainvillea turning into a magic beanstalk?

I have a few bougainvillea plants around our house in Southwest Florida. Two are doing OK, the hanging one is bursting out in color with red bracts and white flowers, and there's this one... This is ...
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Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?

I've had this plant in water until it grew enough roots and a few more leaves. I'm not sure what kind of plant this is, but its starting to grow longer; when it was only one little leaf when I rescued ...
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When is the winter period for plants kept in a country with no winter (or a constant room temperature)?

Reading up on how to care for a Mammillaria Elongata Cactus I see it mentions such things as suspending watering in winter for best care (and to encourage better flowering) the preferred time to re-...
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What soil mixture should I use for my office Schefflera?

I'm on here again, asking more questions about my office's Schefflera that I'm in charge of. You can find pictures and a previous question here: Whats the next step to improving my schefflera? I ...
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What houseplants will best filter the air for a retirement home?

My grandpa lives in a retirement home. I visit him on every Friday, so after browsing on this site, I was thinking to buy a plant or two for his room. Do you have any recommendations? Which is the ...
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Need help identifying this plant

I found this strange plant growing around my garden, like a weed, but never seen it before. Any idea?
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Benefits of wiping the dust/dirt off the leaves?

I was cleaning the leaves of my plant by wiping them with a damp cloth. But my sister came and said that don't waste your time and let the plants be in natural state. So here is my question: Why we ...
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Growing hot peppers indoors on the West Coast

Is it practical or possible to grow hot peppers on the West Coast in North America? It seems they require a ton of sunshine, and that's not exactly something we get in abundance. I'm a rookie with ...
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How to care for a tree with a rotting crotch at ground level?

I have an old oak tree (probably at least as old as the house, 1978) in my North Texas front yard. It appears to be pretty healthy. There aren't many dead branches on it each year, and it produces ...
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Resource for plant anatomy/lifecycle vocabulary

I've been curious about a lot of vocabulary words in the world of botany. I've had quite a bit of trouble finding somewhere online to help me out, but I'm having some trouble finding a resource like ...
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How to care for sweet basil plant in a humid climate, such as Hawaii?

I am growing a sweet basil plant and providing full sun and plenty of water. I pinched off the first set of flowers and pruned the plant a bit, but the leaves are still drying out towards the top. I'm ...
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My seedling looks stressed and the leaves are wilting.

Tonight I tried to give 4 hours of direct sunlight to my seedling, but after 4 hours of sunlight it looks so stressed the leaves went down. What should I do?
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Is my lucky bamboo dying and what can I do about it?

Recently I've noticed my lucky bamboo houseplant had been withering from the top down. I've had it for over a year now and I'm wondering why it is dying. The plant is in a glass bottle of water (...
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What do I do with my avocado plant during arctic winter?

I am going to start with describing my plant and how it has grown and its living conditions, and then I'll ask my questions later. So I have this indoor avocado plant which I planted from a nut and it ...
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What plant is this and how do I save it?

I've recently found this plant, which was already dying, maybe due to low temperatures, too much or too less water, poor soil... Firstly, I'd like to know its name, in order to learn how to take care ...

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