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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

I'm revising my answer again, but this time with an opinion based on my observations of peppers (not bell types specifically): My opinion is that they'll continue to live as long as they're healthy ...
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Can rice be used as a potting medium?

The aloe is not growing in that medium. Sugar dissolves, rice and coffee decompose, when exposed to the conditions required for a healthy root zone. They would sour and kill the plant roots. Not ...
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Should containerized plants be periodically rotated relative to the sun?

Rotating some plants while in bud may cause flower stem weakening and bud drop, as in Schlumbergeras. but generally, if the light source tends to be one sided, it is a good idea to rotate the pot. You ...
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How long can a bell pepper plant thrive while maintained indoors?

For what it's worth we have a local greenhouse that grows bell peppers and tomatoes year round. They use plants for 2 years. I think they trash them after that because the amount of woody stems ...
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Do I have to bring my potted plants inside during the winter?

The general rule is that if the plants are hardy two zones colder than where you live, they'll be fine outside in pots. So for you that would mean they'll be fine if the plants are hardy to zone 4. ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

I take a bit of a different approach than J. Musser does (and here I am making an assumption based on the answer), but I agree with that approach when adding commercial fertilizer. Bagged fertilizer (...
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What is this yellow mold or fungus in my container?

It is a fungus digesting the organic matter in the soil underneath the plant, and it is, if anything, beneficial. See the bark chips in the soil? They are what the fungus is breaking down. The white ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

Probably the easiest and most self-sustaining plants to grow are the invasive ones, although you have to be careful, because they are invasive. You may or may not have neighbors that care about this, ...
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What is this succulent with spined leaves with a triangular cross-section?

This plant is an aloe. It's a desert dwelling succulent. In warm weather they can handle being watered once a month, sometimes more often in HOT weather. Indoors they can often go several months ...
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What are the easiest and fastest growing eatable plant you can grow in garden

None of those are particularly "fast" examples. Radish is fast - 3 weeks to harvest for the small types. I don't like it much, but it's fast. You'd need to let some go to seed for seeds. Since ...
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Is a 4x4x1ft raised bed too small for potatoes?

My potato bag is one square foot in diameter, and just under 2 foot high. You have 16 square feet in your bed so you could potentially plant one seed potato ( or part of one with at least 3 eyes ) ...
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How do I take over a previous owners raised beds?

Topping with compost is always a good idea, it should be an annual fall event, however it won't hurt to do it in the spring when you move in. In any case it's always good to bring some samples from ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

This is fairly normal behavior for these plants. As they grow, the stems get longer, and since the leaves are full of water, the weight of the top of the plant pulls the stem over to one side. It's ...
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How can I save spinach seedlings I planted in a pot with mint?

The spinach seedlings are far more fragile; I'd recommend moving the mint. You can do it anytime, but the sooner the better. As you have just planted the mint, it should come out fairly easily. Be as ...
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What are the best vegetables to grow in containers?

EDIT: Sorry about this, everyone, but a lot of the stuff I said about Kiwano from my personal experience may in fact be wrong, because my Kiwano plants appear to be growing cucumbers. I messaged the ...
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How should I grow Moneymaker tomato plants in indoor containers?

Two in a 5 gallon pot is going to be pretty cramped. If they are going to live in the pot their whole lives they will choke each other and you'll potentially get less production than you would from a ...
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Is a 4x4x1ft raised bed too small for potatoes?

Looking at the measurements of your garden bed, it sounds like square foot gardening. And yes, potatoes are included in that method, one seed per square, so sixteen for your bed. One issue with ...
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What sort of pots are used in the pot-in-pot method?

This technique is used by commercial growers for tree and shrub production the pots you use should be identical and readily available in bulk quantities sandy soil is probably not the best if you are ...
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How can I prevent my succulent from tipping over its pot?

The cause is usually not enough light, or the light is very directional (for example if the pot is near a window). The remedy is to turn the pot regularly (i.e. every day or two) to keep the plant ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised vegetable beds?

I'm kind of the opposite of stormy. I love gardening directly in the ground (that is my method of choice for most things). The only reason I use raised beds is because we have some. However, I do know ...
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Do I remove the garlic flower?

With regular garlic, you would cut it off at a certain point if you wanted bigger bulbs in the ground, or leave it on if you want bulbils/bulblets to form. FYI: You can eat garlic scapes (they're ...
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How to get rid of worms in containers?

If the plants are outdoors some of the year or all of the year, then earthworms are inevitable, and are not undesirable. If these are plants he wants to keep indoors, then I suggest he decants them, ...
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I planted a vegetable but can't remember what it is

Gees, looks like a potato. But one couldn't forget planting a potato, right? Grins...I am being very bad! Potato would be fine planted in this humongous pot. Seeds of other plants, not so much. If ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

On most crop plants, I give them the first fertilizing at the three-leaf stage. This is when the first three leaves (not counting the cotyledons) reach full size. By this time, the root system has ...
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Can excess NPK fertilizer damage my container-grown plants?

Yes excess NPK can damage plants, although how much N, P, or K is too much depends on the plant. For example, you shouldn't add too much N to the soil for radishes and carrots because that will ...
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What are some good vegetables for a beginner, and how do I find quality seeds?

Garlic. About as fool-proof and reliable about making "seed" as they come. Potatoes. As with garlic, if you can grow the crop, you have your "seed." No fuss about hybrids, cross breeding intentional ...
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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Yes, they will root if you put them into a very sandy, free-draining mix kept slightly damp at all times, preferably with bottom heat, but if that's not possible, keep it in a warm, bright place. ...
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Why are my chilli plant's leaves turning upside down?

The most likely explanation is too much sun too quickly - the chlorophyll content in the leaves is greatest on the upper surface, and its the chlorophyll that absorbs sunlight. Your plant, being ...
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Should I pinch my first celosia blooms?

Well we're already into July, past the longest day, so it rather depends where you live - if you're somewhere that experiences fall by September, no, don't nip those off. If, on the other hand, you ...
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Is a screened in porch full sun or partial shade?

Well it's filtered sunlight, so that counts as partial or dappled shade, just about. There may be increased ambient light levels because of the reflected light off the pool, and possibly from the hard ...
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