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Should I trim off flower buds on basil?

If I get your question right, should you pinch the buds of the basil plant before they flower in order to maximize leaf production? Answer yes. If you don't trim the buds off, then they will flower, ...
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Plant ID Needed - making my dog sick!

That is lantana. ASPCA Website says: "Lantana Additional Common Names: Shrub Verbena, Yellow Sage, Red Sage Scientific Name: Lantana camara Family: Verbenaceae Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to ...
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What is this unusual flowering vine?

It is a passion flower, but it's not Passiflora incarnata; your photo shows Passiflora caerulea. The rays on the first variety are wavy or crimped, whereas the second has generally straight but ...
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How to make curly parsley produce seeds?

Parsley is an umbellifer and a biennial. This says that the flowers are produced in umbrella-like clusters and its growth takes two years to complete; in the first year it focuses on growing a solid ...
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When a flowering plant isn't currently flowering, what is that state or phase called?

It is the vegetative state. I know two identification flora about vegetative state: Flora Vegetativa: in French or German, of Swiss wild plants The vegetative key to the British flora
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Plant with pink five-petalled flowers and waxy ovate leaves

This is Catharanthus roseus, commonly known as the Madagascar periwinkle or rosy periwinkle. It is native and endemic to Madagascar, but grown elsewhere as an ornamental and medicinal plant, a source ...
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How do I know when to harvest my artichokes?

Although you've not specified clearly, from what you're saying you appear to be asking about Globe Artichokes rather than Jerusalem artichoke. I'm sorry to confirm that longstanding recommended ...
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What is the name of this plant? It has round big flowers

I'd rather say this is an ornamental Aillium. They often use it to decorate my town. Here is how the head will look like if I'm not wrong: Might be a giganteum; in below picture you'll notice ...
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Is this a Jacaranda or a Silk Tree or something else?

I have a jacaranda, also not flowering yet, which I know to be a jacaranda because it was also planted from a seed. It seems to be pretty easy to sprout these jacaranda seeds, so I would be inclined ...
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How should I water and feed lilac bushes?

Lilacs are the original "plant it and forget it" shrub. You'll sometimes find them in the US growing in the middle of nowhere, which marks where a farmhouse once stood 100+ years ago. I've ...
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Is the fruit from this plum blossom tree edible?

Some plums are inedible, from having too high a level of cyanide in the fruit. Sometimes they will also have high levels of oxalic, malic, and tartaric acid that cause inedibility. All those things ...
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

Orchid need light. You should keep it in a well-lit place, but avoiding too much sunshine. Temperature should remain above 18°C. Orchid need to have breathing roots: you must make sure your pot allows ...
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How to protect young plants against frost?

I don't know about flowers, but for vegetables, I like to use humidity domes. I just cut off the bottom of a milk jug, throw the cap away and put it over my newly transplanted plants, if it still ...
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What is this tiny pink flower in lawn?

The term 'wood violet' is somewhat vague - this is actually one of the Oxalis varieties, so not a Viola at all; it's probably Oxalis latifolia, maybe Oxalis violacaea, often commonly known as wood ...
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Identify this garden plant

Ricinus communis, common name - castor oil plant. Details here and here.
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What's the best way to take care of my potted orchid?

Alright, so the first thing I'd suggest is looking up a channel on youtube.com called 'Brad's Greenhouse'. It's a dude in Canada that has a ton of great videos, including a pretty extensive one on ...
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Did my peppers cross? (see pictures)

If you bought these plants this year, even though they're growing in close proximity, and even if the Reaper pollinates a bell pepper, it won't affect the plants or fruits - it only affects the seeds ...
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How to get a Kalanchoe to flower in bunch

So you are saying you have not fertilized since you purchased these plants? That is a very good thing. Their time at the nursery you have no way of knowing. One could have been in the greenhouse ...
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Will these roses bloom this year?

Roses supplied in the condition you describe are known as 'bare root' in the UK, so 'nude root' is just another way of saying the same thing. Both these roses need to be planted in the ground, ...
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Need help identifying this plant in zone 9b

You'll find them sold as bacopa, a trailing plant usd in many planters. It's not the real bacopa (Bacopa genus plants) but Chaenostoma cordatum (synonym Sutera cordata). You can see a photo and read ...
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What is this bean-shaped thing growing on my aloe?

You were pretty close when you described the "thing" as a bean, because like a bean, it's a seedpod - your aloe was pollinated and has set seeds in three pods. You could let the pods dry - ...
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What plant can this be?

It's a dianthus; its wide green leaves indicate that it's probably a cultivar of Dianthus chinensis. These plants like cool weather and usually bloom in the spring in my area of the US - looks like ...
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How can I regulate lettuce indoors so it doesn't bolt/flower?

Control the lighting so it never exceeds 12 hrs. And keep it cool, below 70 degrees F if you can. Why you growing it indoors though, that's not usually done.
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What's this tree/shrub with white 4-petal flowers?

This appears to be a Philadelphus variety, most likely Philadelphus coronarius (or one of its cultivars) judging by the yellow stamens of the flowers and the slight hooked appearance at the edge of ...
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Why are my morning glory flowers closing so early?

That's why they are called morning glories. That will happen any day that is warm/sunny. If it's overcast all day, and especially if it's cool, the blooms may remain open throughout the day, but if ...
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What are the consequences of not removing all the buds on my young lemon tree?

Young fruit trees need to develop themselves and setting fruit consumes a part of their resources. The more flowers you remove, the faster will the tree grow and produce more fruits the next season. ...
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How to make curly parsley produce seeds?

Parsley, like many garden vegetable, are biennial plants, so one year they will produce the green and the second year they will produce flowers and seed (usually greens in second year are not so tasty)...
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Can I grow a fall-winter flowering witch hazel bush in Zone 6?

Should be fine where you are, provided you don't plant it somewhere that dries out frequently. It likes reasonably moist, well drained soil, and tends to flower better in sun than shade. Flowering is ...
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I have a big rose outside that does not make flowers almost at all!

I suspect that the vigorous stems that grow upwards are in fact suckers coming from below the grafting point, that is from the rootstock. I don't see another explanation for the fact that the vertical ...
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