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Why should I not grow 2 different types of raspberries in the same bed?

I've often been given advice (in blogs, books and verbally) that if you have planted a particular type of raspberry in a bed to not plant a different type. I've always been disappointed that it's not ...
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How to encourage flavour development in raspberries

We planted raspberry plants in our garden a few years back. We quickly learned that to get most fruit production they need to be cut back to just a few inches above ground once they start to die back ...
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Are Coreopsis "Zagreb" and "Moonbeam" normally less compact than less natural cultivars?

I'm looking to grow some Coreopsis/tickseed plants in containers on my balcony, mostly to attract birds and pollinators but also for their visual appeal. An employee at the plant store suggested ...
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Sweet potato - identify variety

Could anybody help me to identify which veriety is it? Young plant looks as below - leaves are larger than other sweet potato species have: Harvested tubers are white flesh similar to potato color, ...
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What variety of sweet potato is best for lower grow temperatures?

I'm looking for sweet potato variety most suitable for temperate climate zone (central Europe). Especially, I need some variety that tolerates lower night temperatures (usually between 10 and 15 °C). ...
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Perfect trees that doesn't require pruning

Recently I've finished pruning fruit trees and two 'weird' question crossed my mind: Is it possible to produce a tree (or fruit or vegetable) that doesn't need pruning at all? Is possible to achieve ...
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How to identify which variety of lemon you have?

Last month I decided to start some lemon seedlings from store bought organic lemons imported from Argentina (which for me is a first, usually lemons are imported from Mexico or grown in USA) fast ...
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Plants with nutritional requirements similar to Cannabis

What are some short plants that preferably could be grown indoor which have similar nutritional requirements (in terms of N-P-K ratio, doses etc.) as Cannabis? The purpose of this is testing a mineral ...
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Can I graft a Scion on a mature tree branch?

Can I graft a scion on a different variety mature tree branch? For example can I graft a Kingston Black apple scion on a Dabinett apple tree branch?
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Determine species of pear and harvest time for this location (Central Texas)

I'm finally getting into gardening and realize it takes a lot of invested time to learn even a fraction of what there is to know. This pear tree below is the only one on my property, planted about 10 ...
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Determine species of figs, care in very wet Texas June, harvest time(s)

I have a fig tree growing in my back yard, and do not know the species. This is central Texas (the "Hill Country"), and our normal hot June and July is so far very wet and cooler than normal. The ...
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What F1 in name of seeds/varieties means?

Quick question: what 'F1' (for example 'Oceano F1' tomato seed) in name of seed exactly means? Are there other designations/markings in use, what is their meaning? Are there other naming conventions (...
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Are there mulling spices that can be grown in zone 5 northern USA?

I'm a fan of mulling spices used in wine and cider, but I can't think of any similar fragrant plants that grow in my neck of the woods. Mulling spices I'm thinking of are allspice, clove, cinnamon, ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen? [duplicate]

It doesn't matter what I do, my Cherry tomatoes always seem to have many of them crack when/as they ripen. I have tried everything - more sun, less sun, more water, less water, different varieties etc....
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What's the correct lilac plant for my growing conditions?

I want to get one lilac and I wasn't aware that there are different kinds. I live in New Jersey, the soil is clay and acidic. I want to place it in front of my house where it gets half day full on sun....
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Which vegetables under a walnut

On some pasts questions on this site, I discovered that walnuts release Juglone, which is nasty for the growth of many plants. I had/have a part of the vegetable garden partly under a Juglans regia, ...
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Need Help Finding a Botija Olive Tree

For several years I have enjoyed the olives of a type of tree from Peru called a Botija olive tree. The olives are cured only by drying them, which seems to remove almost all the bitterness. They are ...
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What's the difference between Berberis Thunbergii cultivars 'Golden Ring' and 'Coronita'?

I'm trying to distinguish between two cultivars of Berberis Thunbergii. Two that are similar are available in my area: 'Golden Ring' and 'Coronita'. What is the difference? What do you recommend?
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What variety of cedar is this in Puget Sound region?

Attaching three photos of of a grove of (I think) cedar trees, which are distinct from the common Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) which has a pyramid shape and uniform branches when standing alone. ...
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Is it wise to let lonicera grow over a brush pile?

I have a sizable brush pile in my yard, 5m x 5m (16ft x 16ft), height 2m (6.5ft). Even a colony of sparrows lives in it. I toy with the idea of planting a Lonicera caprifolium (https://en.m.wikipedia....
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What's a good variety of decorative grass for indoors and balcony?

I'm looking for the right variety of grass which would thrive in a pot in a well lit living room and in an open balcony. Two different types, one indoor and one outdoor will be fine, too. My main ...
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What variety of heather grows to a large 4 foot height?

I'm in the Pacific Northwest where heaths/heathers really thrive. I'm deciding on the variety to place in a well-drained, partially sunny southwest facing spot. All of the heather types available at ...
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What bamboos are hardy in USDA zone 4A and can be used to make cloth?

I'm considering growing clumping bamboo for clothing; what type should I plant in order to make cloth. It hasn't been colder than -10°F in a few years (Minneapolis, Minnesota). What types should ...
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Are all plants able to be cloned?

Do all flora possess the capacity to be cloned or viably reproduced from their trimmings, offcuts, and so on? Or is this trait exclusive to certain varieties; or specific (cultivars) taxa?
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Microclover Mix Lawns

What has been people's experience with microclover/grass mix lawns? In theory they sound incredible, but I'm afraid that the clover will be so hearty that it will take over the entire lawn. Here's an ...
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Will Bermuda grass survive in Boston

I live in the Boston metro area, which is a zone 6a/6b. The grass we currently have does not do well in the summer at all. The center of our yard is full sun most of the day and pretty much dies ...
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What variety of Goumi berry will thrive under an apple tree in USDA zone 4a?

I want to plant a goumi berry bush underneath an apple tree. My goal is to have as much fruit as I can. I am in Minnesota, USDA zone 4a. What variety should I order?
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Hugely different results storing apples from different trees?

So, I took a look at my apple store over this weekend. It being February, the apples have been in there a number of months. In previous years I haven't had a massive amount of success storing apples ...
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What variety of Hibiscus grows best in Northern Kentucky?

I've come upon a serious love for Hibiscus tea. We want to plant several Hibiscus plants for our own use. So many types to choose from and not sure which ones to choose for this purpose. Anyone with ...
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What are some of the top producing tomato plants for use in sauces?

I'm getting ready to start some tomato plants. We do a lot of canning and want to get some highly productive plants for making sauces. We live in USDA zone 5. Looking for meaty tomatoes from plants ...
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What vine grows purple grapes which taste like lollipops?

When I was younger lots of people we knew had grape vines with grapes that tasted quite a lot like the grape lolly flavour. (I guess it's the grape they designed that flavour from.) They had purple ...
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Are there climbing vines that don't damage stucco?

Based on my research, climbing vines such as Creeping Fig attach themselves to surfaces using 'peds', which are next to impossible to remove, and end up damaging surfaces such as stucco. It has been ...
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What is the difference between a Red Japanese Maple and a 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple?

I'm wondering about the difference between a Red Japanese Maple and a Bloodgood Japanese Maple. One source says Bloodgood's a deeper red than the seed grown variety. Another said something similar. A ...
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What grass types would be good for contrasting lawns in Central Europe?

I've seen a lawn which was composed with different grass types, I'd like to achieve a similar effect. I have a couple of concerns, they should: grow slowly, at similar rate, have different colour/...
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What bamboo is best for outdoor pots?

We live on Long Island in NY (USDA zone 7a) and want to use bamboo in planters near the front of our house. It would need to be cold hardy as we can't bring them in in the winter. Form would follow ...
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What columnar cactus species I should select as a rootstock for a Rhipsalis standard?

I want to make a standard(1) with scions from a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or mistletoe cactus. I need a rootstock that: Is columnar Is unbranched Has good longevity (at least 20 years) Can adapt to high ...
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Will prickly pear thrive under the eaves on the west side of my house?

The front of my house faces due west, with about a 2' overhang underneath the eaves. There is a 12' section between the northwest corner and the walkway leading to my door that has proven very ...
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Beautiful plants for covering balcony grill to prevent noise and pollution entering home

I live in Mumbai (India), our flat has an east facing balcony (roof covered) of around 15-20 ft (5-6 m) which receives direct sunlight for 3-4 hours in the morning. I have few plants (Roses, Aloe ...
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Source for apple variety information

I'm learning more about apples. Here's my dilemma: I can get about a dozen varieties from my usual supplier. Generally prairie hardy apples are not commercially viable due to their size. Now ...
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What is the world's widest pepper variety?

What is the world's widest pepper variety (including both hot and sweet peppers)? The weight and length aren't in question. Just the width at any point of the pepper (it need not be uniformly wide all ...
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How can I preserve and propagate a color sport in my dahlias?

I have several Hulin's Carnival dahlias in my garden, whose flowers are normally white with flecks or large patches of wine: This year, one of them has put out a stalk that has pink flowers instead ...
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Which walnut varieties are best for eating?

It looks like English walnut (Juglans regia) is the tree that produces the walnuts you'd get in the supermarket. Does black walnut (J. nigra) produce nuts that are worth eating? Are there varieties ...
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What are some non-sweet white corn varieties?

I've had some grilled white corn in some parts in south Mexico, prepared in different ways, they're all pretty good and none are sweet, I've been looking to grow some but most of the seeds I find say ...
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Mange Tout/Peas & Courgettes/Marrows

Is a mange tout merely an immature pea and there's nothing more to it than that? And while we're at it, is a courgette (zucchino for Americans & Italians) just an immature marrow and that's all? ...
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Please suggest an apple variety that will grow well in Long Island NY without pesticides

I am planning on planting 3 to 5 apple trees for eating, baking and cider. My wife keeps telling me to get some heirloom varieties but I am not sure which ones and where to get them. I am looking ...
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Is the "Paris Market" carrot a good variety for clay-rich soil?

I have tried growing carrots now and then, but they were always twisting around all of the rocks and squeezing through the clay, and I basically got a bad crop of strong flavored, tough carrots that ...
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Are there any varieties of Elephant Ear that are hardy enough to withstand a zone 6b winter?

When I look at Elephant Ear varieties in plant catalogs, they all say Elephant Ears are hardy in zones 9-10, sometimes 7-10. But I see people in my area, zone 6b, growing them outdoors without winter ...
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What varieties of sweet corn are best for freezing?

Late fall / early winter means it's time to select seeds for next year's garden! What varieties of sweet corn are good for both eating fresh and freezing? The seed catalogs seem to be silent on the ...
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What is the best sunflower for seed production in Pennsylvania zone 6b?

I have been growing mammoth grey stripe sunflowers for a while, but I want to know if there is a better producer for my climate. The area I would plant them in is a heavy, clay base soil. The average ...
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Are 'winter' varieties important when sowing beans & peas in late autumn/fall?

This list of jobs for November suggests sowing peas and broad beans. The comments section is more specific about varieties to go for, namely: Aquadulce for Broadbeans and Douce Provence for Peas. How ...
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