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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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Ultralow yield potatoes

Based on your comments, I'm assuming that you used potatoes that were purchased at a grocery store or market. One disadvantage of doing this is that the potatoes are not certified to be disease-free, ...
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Ultralow yield potatoes

If you keep hilling the potato plant up indefinitely, it's going to be confused. Hilling up is done early in the season, and then you STOP messing with the soil level. You leave 3-4 leaves so you don'...
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What are the growing conditions for Camelia azalea, especially its water needs?

Well firstly well done on buying such a spectacular plant! I have six, now seven as I bought an interesting one yesterday. I've been growing them for a number of years now, at least eleven and am ...
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How do I pickle wood plugs for inoculation?

He's talking about pasteurizing wood chips or straw using immersion in water to create an anaerobic environment to kill off the aerobic bacteria and fungi. Then he removes the water to expose the ...
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How to create a sapling from a figtree

Figs respond well to "Air Layering". Essentially wrapping the branch with soil while it's still attached to the tree. It will root into the soil and then can be cut off and planted.
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How to create a sapling from a figtree

I highly recommend winter hardwood cuttings. If you girdle the branch 30 days prior to taking the cutting you will have a higher success rate, but even w no girdling and no hormone you can easily get ...
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In an Aquaponic system, can grow beds drain into each other?

Grow beds can drain parallel or serially but in the latter case a failure anywhere affects the whole system and not just a single bed. So, if for example you were using bell siphons, and one of the ...
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What bamboo species for a container-bound green wall?

I'm just a little south of you in the Seattle WA area, and there are tons of options when it comes to bamboo that will thrive around here. For planter use, I'd recommend a small clumping variety, ...
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Can coffee grounds be considered soil?

100% coffee grounds will not make a great soil, you should mix it with at least 50-75% other soil. Also, coffee grounds are fine for plants that like a bit of acid (azaleas, rhododendrons, tomatoes) ...
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Can coffee grounds be considered soil?

I think you're not really asking if this is soil, which requires inorganic materials ( ground rocks ) with some organic matter ( humus ), but whether this mixture is suitable medium to grow your ...
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Best way to grow Lion's Mane mushrooms?

I find them naturally in my area fairly frequently since most of the woods here are hardwoods with multiple oak species. Laurel oaks seem to be the primary tree species for sources. Drop a pin for ...
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Best way to grow Lion's Mane mushrooms?

If this is your first time, I'd go with un-supplemented hardwood pellets. Order some spawn from a reputable vendor. I'd start with heavy inoculation rates, say 1:5 or better (ex. 1 lb, (or more) ...
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What type of wood does black oyster mushrooms grow on?

Dark Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus sp.) having a place with Class Basidiomycetes and Family Agaricaceae is famously known as 'dhingri' in India and develops normally in the mild and Most regularly found ...
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Is it fine to use insulation rockwool in hydroponics

The Rock wool used for insulation hardly absorbs any water and hence probably is not suitable for hydroponics. Also, the one purposed for hydroponics is PH neutralized and properly treated for ...
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Avocado roots growing in the wrong direction

You're probably fine. If you post a picture (I don't remember how much reputation one needs to post pictures, so apologies) but if the roots are healthy and they don't extend past 4-5 inches, it won't ...
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Seedlings have crispy, yellow tips

It looks like classic tip burn from too much light and heat. Combine with the overall small leaves and this points to either lights too close to the plants, the wrong type of light generating large ...
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Growing 3 sisters but my beans are overtaking corn

This is a "wish I'd known that" answer, but you might try bush beans next time! Then, you'd eventually have the opposite problem: the corn (and even squash) may shade out the beans. Yea, I ...
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Oyster mushrooms turn reddish brown, pretty much every time. Is this a moisture or temperature or some other problem? Pls help

I have seen them grow like this - so disappointing when they start to fruit and stop. Rather than mist a lot, just put a clear bag over the whole thing to keep the humidity high, and have a little ...
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"Green Spire" shrub with no growth

There is a saying regarding woody plants: First year, they sleep; second year, they creep; third year, they leap. In other words No growth the first year, a little growth the second year, and typical ...
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Grow hydroponics on fleece

Nice idea. You'll have to be careful buying. Fleece: "the coat of wool covering a wool-bearing animal (such as a sheep)." There's a lot of "fiber fill" out there these days. Usually made from some ...
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Seeds That Grow in Decomposing Scraps

Usually it is much better to produce compost, and use compost as amendment of soil for your vegetable garden. The problem of decomposing stuffs is the heat: decomposition will create a lot of heat (...
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What is going on with my beans?

I noticed a big difference this year compared to last as well. I grow both Borlotti bush and Kentucky Wonder pole beans; the Borlotti germinated and grew on pretty much as last year, but the KW came ...
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Plant gel growing medium

I am very glad you felt something was wrong! The only soil that should ever be used in pots is sterilized potting soil. These water holding gimmicks go AGAINST great drainage. Fertilizer added to ...
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Plant gel growing medium

I've seen this or something like this used in propagation labs, but that is a very limited circumstance and the new plants are quickly moved to more "normal" media once they make roots. It looks ...
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Do you need to inoculate a mushroom growing medium before breaking it up to spread on the ground?

The point of using colonized substrate is that the mycelium has grown on a fairly cheap substrate and you know it's viable. On the other hand, if you try to inoculate directly from spore syringes you ...
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Tofu as a growing medium?

As I have made tofu itself I would not do this. Tofu is made from soaking soybeans and then grinding them into a fine slurry, cooking it for a while to extract any oils/proteins and then straining it ...
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What edible plants grow well in alkaline clay soils?

One word, Pomegranate. But you probably already knew this. I do actually grow fruit trees in soil exactly like yours in central coast of California .. hard clay pH 8.3. Amend with lots of copper and ...
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