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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

Most potatoes, as far as I know, have the ability to flower and set fruit. The fruits, known as berries, are small green globes reminiscent of tomatoes, which makes sense seeing as how they're in the ...
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Do vegetable seeds have a shelf life?

Yes, all seeds have an average "life span", but the length varies between species and is greatly influenced by storage conditions like temperature, humidity and light. As a rule of thumb, dry, cool ...
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Do potatoes produce seeds that you can store and/or replant?

The tubers that are used for "seed potatoes" are grown and harvested exactly the same way as other potatoes, except for one thing. Like other members of the same plant family (e.g. tomatoes),...
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

Weed seeds in the soil won't be affected by a contact or systemic (such as glyphosate) weedkiller that acts on green leaves. Regular mowing will get rid of some of the taller weeds. Otherwise, wait ...
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Do seeds from fresh tomatoes need to completely dry before they will sprout?

Tomato seeds that have never been dried can germinate. I've tried it. Tomatoes can actually germinate inside the fruit, sometimes (wherein the fruit is still good to eat, at that). I've read that ...
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What does soaking hot pepper seeds in weak tea accomplish?

The aim of it is to mimic the action of a bird's intestines prior to pooing out the seed - many seeds which pass through a bird's digestive system germinate more readily, because the outer coating of ...
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I need to grow one radish plant per pot, for a science experiment. How many seeds do I plant?

If you really need one plant growing in the center of the pot, then get 3 or 4 pots, mark them with numbers (so you don't bias your experiment by choosing the one that is "growing the best" or ...
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What is this tree with twisted bark, fern-like leaves and bright red flowers?

This is a Delonix regia, a tree very similar to more famous Albicia julibrissin, but with entirely different flowers: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia On propagation, from www.thespruce....
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What is this whitish feather on my Echinacea seedlings?

That looks like fine root hairs on the hypocotyl of a normal , healthy seedling still in the cotyledon stage. These root hairs greatly increase the surface area of the root and are thought to aid in ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

You don't plant the whole bulb, but split them into cloves, and plant each of the cloves separately. Each clove will develop a new bulb that will be oriented correctly. I doubt it matters if the ...
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Does keeping lettuce seeds in an open package affect their viability?

Yes, this will affect the seeds' viability but depending on your climate, it may not be enough to worry you. In general, lettuce seeds last about 2-5 years. If your climate is hot and humid, the ...
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Do seeds from fresh tomatoes need to completely dry before they will sprout?

No need to dry them out usually, and large varieties of tomato will grow exceptionally well with the right conditions. Here in Florida we just slice the tomatoes and lay the slices on top of the soil. ...
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What is 'Allelopathy'?

Basically allelopathy is a mechanism where one species of plant affects the growth of another via chemicals (typically exuded from roots). It can be both positive and negative, although gardeners ...
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Should I save seeds from corn suckers?

What you have there is referred to as a tassel-ear. You are correct that corn is a monecious flower, but the way it develops is a little different. When the flower (both tassel and ear) first form ...
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Can I grow a cherry tree from seed without stratification?

Cherry seeds need both warm and cold stratification to overcome the seed's dormancy. But you can germinate fresh cherry seeds using the plant hormone Gibberellic acid. In March 1969, partially ...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

Think of how tomatoes grow "in the wild" fruit drops to the ground, slowly rots, and when conditions are right a new plant emerges. So cut open the fruit and cover it in soil, the results are not ...
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Why am I having trouble with lettuce germination?

Lettuce, while now bred into dozens on varieties, originally comes from the Mediterranean, an area with hot and dry summers. A mechanism called thermo-inhibition prevents the seeds to sprout when the ...
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How should I store wildflower seeds embedded in a piece of cotton, for several months before planting?

What a nice gesture of this animal hospital, sorry to hear about your loss. The best way to keep these seeds is in a dry and cool environment. So not in the fridge (too much moist), and not above the ...
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Disagreeing info on growing black pine from seed

I'm assuming a couple of things here: The booklet did not give a botanical name for "black pine". Note that a quick internet search yielded three different species of black pines (Pinus ...
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What vegetable seeds should be planted right now?

If you ask yourself what wegetable you should grow at a given time, you should use a seasonality table like this one. This kind of document can help you to chose and optimize your cultures by planning ...
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Growing seeds outdoors

If the soil temperature is adequate, the seeds are good, the depth is correct, then likely the seeds are rotting in the ground or are being eaten by animal life. That's why people use seed mixes to ...
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How long do coffee seeds require to germinate?

The potential for germination will continue for almost four months, but after this time the germination rate is several fold less and germination time is significantly longer. Fresh seeds should ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

It matters. Not in the "critical and you won't get garlic" sense, but you will get weird misshapen garlic if they are not base down, tip up. Not my picture, but I've grown these, and it's due to mis-...
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What is the best way to germinating seeds in compost?

re: "Any tips how can I do so (i.e.: have a higher [genermination] success rate)?" Ensure your compost is well decomposed. If it is too hot or it contains too much tannins from unfinished ...
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What is this bush with small yellow flowers and an orange substance in the stems?

This is definetively Chelidonium majus or greater celandine. In the US it's a neophyte, probably imported by early settlers that used the orange milk to treat warts1 and other skin conditions. It ...
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Can I simultaneously kill off grass and sow wildflower seed?

I thought of doing the same on a piece of land I own. I thought a lot about it, and now I finally got the chance of building a new house on that property. So what I'm thinking now is I'll wait after ...
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Planting too many seeds in small pot

Your plants will have to compete with each other for light, and root space. Because they are so packed and crowded, none of the plants will grow optimal this way. If you just want basil cress, you can ...
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

I used to live near a retired professional gardener who had worked in English "stately home" gardens where lawns (acres of them) were a key feature. One of his pieces of advice was "...
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Right time to move vegetable plants outdoors

You can get the average last frost date for your area from various sources, such as this one from UC Ag Extension, or one I cannot seem to find for your area from the National Weather Service. What ...
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I am on the west coast but can tell you what I do. I remove weeds manually (it is more work but I avoid chemicals in the process) by pulling them out. Also, at the beginning of spring, I fertilize ...
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