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Replacement for Prunus x Cistena

I've had a Prunus Cistena in my garden for 10 years -- flowered gloriously in the spring, but added interest all year due to its leaf colour. Last year it exhibited cherry leaf scorch; this year it ...
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What is happening with my pothos?

Eleven days ago, I had asked why my young plants were not growing. Well, weeks later, one of them is regressing. What can be the issue now? I added organic material( yam peel, banana peels and egg ...
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Houseplants not looking good

I recently moved and now my money tree and monstera are getting brown / yellow leaves and leaf drop. I think the monstera is too far gone but any help would be appreciated!!! I had to walk them ...
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What type of canopy tree(s) for small commercial property?

The city is requiring I plant a "canopy tree" (potentially a few) on a small commercial property in NW Ohio. I love trees! But am concerned about causing problems / pain for myself and ...
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What vine would be best for my arbor under a tree in dry soil?

I have an arbor over a walkway, under a large tree. I want to find a vine that will grow on this under these conditions: dry clay based topsoil medium shade all day USDA hardiness zone 6b lots of ...
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Fast growing tree species in Borneo with good coppice capability

I am looking for tree species that have good coppicing ability in the lowland tropical climate of northern Borneo, specifically in Brunei, and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. The tree ...
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What edible plants grow well in alkaline clay soils?

I live in the middle of the chihuahuan desert, where we have clay soils in the Ph range of 8.5. I don't mind fertilizing and turning the soil, but I want to take advantage of the natural soils around ...
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Does anybody know some low-maintenance indoor plants for summer?

I've been planning to decorate my home with some indoor plants that are easy to grow. And have found many common plants but I am not sure if they'll thrive in Summer or not. I tried checking their ...
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Are there some plant-based erosion control ground cover options for Pacific Northwest US?

Our driveway cuts through the side of a hill. The 'uphill' side in parts is at a perhaps 65 degree angle so steep, and there's a bit of erosion... enough to expose some tree roots. Ideally we'd use ...
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Is my bird of paradise too crowded? Should I divide or repot it?

I have 3 bird of paradise plants in a 16" pot, and I am worried that they are getting too crowded. I water them 1-2 times per week and fertilize about every 3 months using 19-6-12 Osmocote smart-...
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Non-poisonous vine for chain-link fence

I'm looking for a vine species that fits the following: Non-toxic (i.e. won't harm children if they touch or eat leaves/berries) Can climb/grow on a chain link fence Relatively drought tolerant, i.e. ...
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What is the best way to manage a large bush(previously bush hogged down)?

We moved to a property that was being used as a hay field but had a large garden previous to that. We find new plants all the time and I have found a row of bushes that I would like to let regrow for ...
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Why my Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker is drying?

I've noticed that after a month or so since buying, leaves of my Hypoestes phyllostachya is becoming brown and then dry out and colors are somewhat fading. I keep it in front of a south side window, ...
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Saving a rubber tree

A friend gave me a 4 month old rubber tree about 8 months ago. Unfortunately its gone from being healthy, with 10 leaves to rundown and leafless. It is just inside an east facing window, is not ...
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In North Carolina, looking for tips to plant now for raised beds

I just purchased two raised cedar beds to replace some crummy plastic ones that we didn't like. What are some flowers and vegetables that I can plant as early as March?
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Succession planting for bluebells

I have a small semi-shaded patch of garden, where I have sown common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) seed over several years; they are now growing well, possibly going to flower for the first ...
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What evergreens will tolerate alkaline clay soil in USDA zone 4?

Although the area where I live is famed for it's white pine they grow in sandy soils. My garden has a thin skim of topsoil over six feet of compact alkaline (ph 7) clay. My dwarf white pine is doing ...
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What ground cover plants can thrive under my rain barrel spigot?

I have a rain barrel with a spigot in my yard. I try to be careful, but the ground around the spigot is taking a beating. It gets pounded by water from the spigot and I tread on it frequently and ...
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Is dry sphagnum moss dead?

When you buy dried/dehydrated, compacted bricks of sphagnum moss from gardening suppliers and stores, etc., is it supposed to be alive, and/or able to grow, upon rehydration? Or is it dead? I bought ...
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need plants to cover and area

"I need hanging plants that can withstand some sun for a garden wall I want to cover (I've looked into Silver Falls Plant). Any other recommendations? Also, plants that can be found in Costa Rica....
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What narrow 15 foot+ tall evergreen plants grow in USDA Zone 6b?

I'm in USDA zone 6b bordering on 6a in Ohio. I've looked at lines of sight for my house and concluded that a few privacy plants would be good, if possible. Some of the new plants should be narrow or ...
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Drooping peace lilly! Is it ok?

My peace Lilly is drooping and has brown/ yellow spots. is it overwatering or too dry ? I watered it last week But it was also recently fertilized. The soil is a bit moist around the stems but mainly ...
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High value weeds or plants that can replace the chemical treatment of pesticides and herbicides?

I'm working on a project that aims to replace (at least lower) the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides in farming with the use of high value weeds and plants that can naturally replace the ...
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What type of fig to plant in the Netherlands

I have a garden that I would like to grow a fig tree in, currently it already has a fig, however the fig in question doesn't make a lot of fruit and we would like to get a 2nd one that does make a lot ...
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What can I plant to help dry out a wet area and prevent erosion?

I have cattails that have taken over a large section of my yard for years, which have made the land underneath deeply muddy and impassable. When I clear the cattails away, the sun will dry out the ...
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What plant is this and how can I keep it alive?

I am hoping to get some help with my succulent. I recently bought a little pot full of a few different types of succulents. It was already looking a little bleak, but one of the succulents seems to be ...
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Privacy screen recommendation for narrow strip of land by driveway

I would like to plant something on this narrow strip between my driveway and the neighbor's fence. Goals: look good, privacy, dampen noise from neighbor's AC The strip of land is 28" wide and on ...
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What can be planted in this large cement planter?

We have this long cement dividing planter (30”W x 20’ L) at the end of our driveway. It separates a parking spot from the back patio. I have had flowers and a veggie garden here as well. Both did well ...
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Best dwarf shrub varieties which has shallow roots to plant near building wall

I'd like to grow oleanders that won't impact the wall or foundation of my building. I noticed that dwarf oleanders could be a solution as it's known not to grow more than 3 feet tall. ( Click here to ...
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What can I plant to attract butterflies and other pollinators in Minnesota?

A lot of plants can pollinate themselves. Fruits: Tomatoes, Strawberries Vegetables: Peppers, Eggplant, Snap Beans, Lima Beans, Lettuce, Endive, Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beets, Kohlrabi ...
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are there any plants that are known to keep termites and ants away

I know we can bait the ant or termite or cockroach with boric acid or baking soda powder mixed with sugar and kill them off. Or we can mix vinegar with baking soda powder and pore over the ant's ...
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Circular dead spots on Boxwood shrub - identification and treatment

I am trying to figure out why my shrubs are showing dead spots and, in some cases, complete sides of the shrubs are dying off. Can anyone help me: Identify what this shrub is Why they are all showing ...
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Why is spiderwort a good plant for mesocosms?

You may already have heard about the 53 year-old sealed bottle garden, but I would like to know why spiderwort is a particularly sustainable plant. What are some other plant species that require ...
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What are the tiny black dots on my basil?

I repotted my basil plant yesterday as it was in a small seedling bag. Today when I checked on my plant, all of the leaves even the small ones that are growing, had black dots all over. Please help I’...
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How can I get Piet Oudolf garden plans?

I have inherited a farm, and behind the barn I would make a garden in the style of Piet Oudolf. Shall I find a local gardener and show my favorit gardens him in Hummelo about this below, and ask to ...
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My Vinca plants are dying

My Vinca plants are dying in my pots at home. Please suggest some measures to prevent further or possible cause for it.
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Ground cover that works well with crocus

I am looking for an easy-to-care-for ground cover that will allow spring crocus to flower well. I am in the North West of England, the soil is reasonably drained and is clay based with a lot of ...
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Can spotted dead-nettle and pachysandra coexist?

I am propagating both pachysandra and spotted dead-nettle (I'm pretty sure the variety is Chequers) from cuttings to replace the mulch beds in my backyard. I am in Ohio, US. Will the pachysandra choke ...
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What are some of the fastest growing plant by mass?

There's a few questions on this site based around the fastest growing plant of a specific type (vegetable, tree etc.) but can anyone give me a list of the fastest growing plants by mass. To be clear I ...
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What is a good distance to grow coconut tree from house and compound wall?

I am planning to plant the following trees in my new home (yet to build). I think I will not get much space between house foundation and compound wall. What is the recommended space to grow the ...
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Which plants will grow well in 18-24 inch (height) x 12-14 inch (diameter) pots?

I need to place pots in a flower bed in my balcony, which is about 18 inches deep and 15 inches wide. I'm planning to buy a few tall planters which will be 18-24 inches in height and about 12-14 ...
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Are purple cherry tomatoes ripe and if not can I pick them and will they ripen off the vine?

I started growing my cherry tomatoes in July, but used a container rather then planting them in the ground. Most of the tomatoes have ripened. But I have a few that are not turning red, but staying ...
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Southern California Sandy Hillside - Stabilization

We recently purchased a home that has a fairly steep hillside in the back. I haven’t measured the grade but I’d say it’s somewhere between 35-45 degrees. You can walk it fairly easily. My question for ...
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How to choose the right garden plants around the building wall and dry wells

If trees/shrubs are planted too close to a house, the roots can damage the foundation Only two to three feet is available from the building wall on both the sides of the building and dry wells with ...
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Plants that absorb carbon monooxide and other drainage gases

I have drainage pits around the house, sometimes the drainage smells comes from the pit but they are odourless gases such as carbon monoxide which can be harmful and there are other toxic gases such ...
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What plants can I grow in an air-tight jar?

Recently I found out about a way to grow plants in air-tight jars, where the plant is recycling water and air so it is basically a no-maintenance plant. There is a product available from Pikaplant (...
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Any recommendations for low light house plants?

I'm looking for a low light plant to have in my bathroom, and looking for recommendations. I do have one window in the bathroom, but it is has that foggy/blurred treatment on it. Any insights, advice ...
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Indoor Cat Palm looks very sad/dying. Please help!

Got this Cat Palm about 3 weeks ago and in the last week it has started to look very unhappy with yellowing of the fronds to now looking a bit brown-black just dying off. It is in our workspace so ...
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Shade tree suggestions near house in southeast PA

We would like to shade a 'sun room' that was added to our house and gets very hot in the summer. A good planting spot, not too far and not too close, leaves room for a 30ft canopy diameter (maximum ...
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My rue plant is partially yellow

I have this problem with my rue, that some of its leaves are yellow and weak. I tried watering less often and all the leaves became a little dry/crispy so I assumed it was not over watering. I live in ...

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