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Usual plant Qs: what, how, when etc

What plant is this? How do I care for it? Placement, watering, feeding, pruning... I was given this plant when somebody left the country. It seems happy enough. As you can see it's gone native! But ...
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Tree support with plastic hose wrapping around

Few months ago I bought a persimmon fruit tree. I didn't have any supporting materials and was in a hurry so I used some plastic hose material with metal wire and wrap around the tree like picture ...
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How to make Grow Light with LED?

I made a LED setup with blue and red LED that is supposed to help me with indoor planting. I used total 4 LEDs (2 Red and 2 Blue) for one pot of Portolaca flowers. But I think it is not simulating the ...
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Young peach limb bent under load and splintered, can I mend it with a graft?

Pictures first, some discussion follows. Context shot.. Close up of the splintered limb.. The limb is probably about a half-inch in diameter. You can see that I attempted to prop it up, which was ...
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Raised Garden Bed - Catch all support system

I have two 4'x6' raised garden beds where I am growing a variety of vegetables. I specifically want to find out for indeterminate toamtoes, bell pepper plants, beans, and peas, if I can just put long ...
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Support Structures for Green beans and peas

Growing green beans and peas in my raised garden bed and wanted to know about supports for these plants. For the peas I plan on just using canes in the ground and tying them up as such. I also ...
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How to support/stake/cage a large amount of tomato plants economically

I have an interesting situation. I received a lot of tomato plants as a gift. I'm not sure exactly how many, but let's say that I'm dealing with 50 for good measure. Right now they're in pots that are ...
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Will a 6' circumference tomato cage work?

In my past experience with growing industrial sized tomato plants I need oversized tomato cages, so I use concrete mesh to grow my tomatoes, but I cut some a little too long, so now I have 2 tomato ...
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My (future) Hoyas have nowhere to climb, they will hang. Is that OK?

I have the right climate, lighting and even a good location. There is a wooden fence between the neighbors and us. If I let the Hoyas climb the fence, I will have to plant them in the ground or put ...
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What's the difference between stacked and trellis when supporting tomatoes?

I was reading some article that said that stacked tomatoes yield less than those supported with trellis. I tried searching for images for stacked and trellis tomatoes, but I see the same type of ...
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I've heard hog panels have lead in them, should I be worried?

A sales associate told me that the wire used in concrete to hold it together better has lead in it (10 gauge), should I worry about using it in my garden?
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What is this the correct name for this skinny-pergola type structure?

We're looking to grow roses onto something like the structure pictured below. We'd like to look at photos of various forms, however I don't know what to search for. Pergola and trellis give very ...
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What plants/trees will help (or hinder) bind a river bank together?

Our garden border is defined by a steep bank about 4m high, into a small river - not quite a cliff but so steep you would struggle to climb it. The river bends into our border at one point which ...
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My chilli plant is leaning away from the vertical, should I support it somehow?

My plant is quite young, about 20 cm tall. It is leaning slightly, should I support it? If so, how?
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How to tie tree trunk and branches for support

EDIT: 2017/09/09 In the end I trimmed pretty aggressively and I don't think any support will be necessary. The walkway is no longer obstructed. I hope I wasn't too aggressive. Thanks to both Bamboo ...
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Can I use a moss support for my Hoya Plant?

My Hoya has been hanging for most of its life. Recently, we moved and there are no hanging spots with enough light. Currently, it is sprawled out on my counter, but I would prefer more structure. Can ...
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Should I remove the top of a tall, skinny eucalyptus to promote a stronger core?

I've got a tall skinny eucalyptus tree that I planted about a year and a half ago. When I bought it, its trunk was somewhat narrow, and tethered in at least three spots to a stake to keep it straight. ...
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How can I support Birdhouse Gourds without nailing anything to my fence?

I have birdhouse gourd vines growing up my fence. I started with a river cane trellis pushed into the soil in the tubs the gourds are growing in. This initial trellis can not support the new growth. I ...
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Ropes as climbing support for English Ivy?

I intend to grow a foliage wall in my bedroom by using English Ivy. For convenience and aesthetics I'd prefer using ropes as support. But will it climb?
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Can I correct a bad lean in my new 15' willow tree? [duplicate]

We recently purchased a 15' Willow tree. After planting it, the main trunk is straight, however approximately 5' up it starts to have a very bad lean to the right. How can we fix it without damaging ...
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Should trees be staked when they are planted?

Horticultural practices do change and research can be a driving force. It wasn't too long ago that standard practice to stake a new tree was a six foot T bar and and a strand of wire. Should all ...
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Do tomatoes really need support to grow?

I am new to gardening and I am starting out with tomatoes. I keep reading that tomatoes need support like a stake or a cage. However is there a reason why they can't just grow on the ground like ...
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Using Sunflowers as living bean poles

About a month ago I got the idea to try growing pole beans (Kentucky Wonder) and using my sunflowers as support instead of bothering to put up a trellis. Of course it wasn't until after I bought the ...
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How can I straighten this crooked tree?

The landscapers left us with this tree which is growing crooked. The trunk is still pretty supple and you can straighten it manually, but it returns to being bent as soon as you let go of it. I have ...
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What is the right name for plant base protection wraps?

Sometimes you'll see trees or other larger plants wrapped with a cylindrical hard yet flexible plastic wrap that expands (cut along the length of the tube - not stretching) as the plant grows and ...
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What can I do about carrots having weak stems?

Should I plant then deeper, fill in dirt around them as they are growing or perhaps something else? It seems like they grow faster than they can keep up with themselves, and if I do nothing, I'd end ...
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How can I support oranges as they grow?

I have an orange tree growing in my backyard. I am not sure of the exact species. It has 4 oranges growing on it right now. Three of them appear to be very healthy. The other one is very small and ...
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Lucky Bamboo stem sags but seems healthy, how do I fix this?

I've had this Lucky Bamboo plant for almost 4 years. It has got two shoots coming out of the main stem, the longer of which is now unable to support itself. We had a very dry winter and I had a hard ...
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Should eggplants be caged?

I just got eggplants starting to grow, with some flowers too. But I'm not sure if I should put a cage around it, like a small tomato cage.
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How do I provide support to a growing sunflower?

I am growing sunflowers and they grow quite high, sometimes toppling over. What kind of support can I give to them in this case?
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How do I maintain a Raspberry plant?

I planted a raspberry cane this spring, and it appears to be doing well, having put out a new cane that is now 5 ft tall (and curving under its own weight.) There is also old growth at the bottom ...
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What is the best way to support a stake in a potted tomato plant?

I currently have a tomato plant planted in a pot on my porch. It is doing quite nicely and is tied to a 6' bamboo cane. Unfortunately my cane has started to lean a bit and I am afraid that as the ...
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What's the ideal shape for a cucumber trellis/cage?

Is there an ideal or preferred shape for a trellis or cage for cucumbers? My plant is taking over my garden and I would like to get things a bit more organized. I've seen a cone type trellis where ...
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Using clothesline in the garden - what needs the most support?

So, a yet another windstorm came through this week and dropped a branch tree on my clothesline, ripped it right off the house! I was planning repurposing the line on using to support my peas next ...
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Should I stop runner beans climbing too high?

I realise I've put runner beans close to an overhanging damson tree. The beans closest to the damson have scaled my supports and have bridged the gap between support and tree and started to climb on ...
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Is it possible to keep peonies standing upright?

My peonies quickly drooped over and became quite unattractive. Is there a way to keep them upright? I'm not thrilled about the idea of putting in stakes for each plant if that's my only option.
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Does a pomegranate tree need propping up?

We planted a small pomegranate tree (about 1 foot tall) a couple of years ago. The tree has been growing nicely, now standing about 3-4 feet tall. Last year we had a bunch of flowers but no fruit. ...
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How many bean plants will corn / sunflower support?

I planted a section of my garden three-sisters style this year: corn, squash/pumpkin, and pole beans (for dry harvest). I also have a 25' row of "Mammoth Gray Stripe" sunflowers (9-12 footers) in the ...
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What is the best method for trellising green beans?

I have 6 rows of green beans that have now grown to about 12" in height and I want to give them something to climb. What is the best method of trellising them? I was thinking about grabbing some ...
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What are inexpensive materials for homemade tomato cages?

After starting our tomato plants from seed this year, we have many more small plants in the ground than in the past years. We are looking to make our own inexpensive and durable cages that we could ...
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