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My sunflowers are too tall (over 5') and butting into the top of my enclosed garden

Sunspot is a relatively "short" variety that only grows to 4 feet. Autumn beauty will grow to about 6 feet. The Mexican sunflower Tithonia diversifolia (which is not really a sunflower at ...
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What to do if too many seedlings are in the same pot?

You seem to have more than a hundred seedlings overall. Are you willing to grow every single one of them into adult plants? I'm assuming not. If that's the case, you'll be discarding them at a later ...
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Can I tell if a boxed, hydroponic, fly-trap growing kit, made for teenagers, would be reliable?

I would not recommend it, but I think you should ask this question in your siste site: https://parenting.stackexchange.com/. The problem I find with this "gifts": these are very very slow to grow (...
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What causes tomato plants to bear large fruit?

This is a very open question, and I like to see other answers. As you wrote, variety is the main driver. Cold weather and dry soil could stop the growth of a tomato. Position is also a determinant. ...
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Is there anything I need to worry about when growing the mulberry tree?

I just got rid of a mulberry tree this year, and I'm glad I did. The fruit is so thick and dense that it covers the ground and not much else grows there. They grow fast. A branch growing 3ft a year ...
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Why do people say perennial food crops only produce for a few years?

Nothing lasts forever.The term perennial simply means a plant that will last for more than 2 years. That can mean 3 years that can mean 50 years or more. As the plants age they can lose their ability ...
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Is there a way to grow plants super fast while it still being organic (i.e. healthy)?

There isn't a way to force plant growth any faster than it's programmed to be either organically or inorganically. What you can do, though, is provide optimum growing conditions for whatever plant it ...
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How should I "free" these trapped sprouts?

Leave them be. They will either pop open by themselves, or die. If you try to help (well, when I used to try to help) the overall success of the operation tends to be less than just letting them be, ...
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Is this pineapple plant dead?

It's not dead at all - but there are some dead areas at the tips of the leaves, and what looks like one completely dead leaf. Trim off the dead areas and the dead leaf,but don't prune. These plants ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

Interesting question. There are definitely ways to speed up growth, like fine-tuning soil for optimal growth. For example taking the time to test soil and amend it with any deficient macro- or micro-...
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Is it true that having only one fruit per vine makes it taste better?

I suspect that MOST of the cost is that this is a hassle/extra-labor item for the farmer (buying special boxes to put watermelons into, putting the boxes on the melons, etc.), rather than anything ...
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Is there anything I need to worry about when growing the mulberry tree?

Mulberry trees can grow roots that break up sidewalks and such. I wouldn't plant them next to a house, either. Mulberries with dark fruits may fall on the ground, people may walk on them, and if they ...
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Will a thick layer of coffee grounds cause girdling?

Girdling is the removal of a ring of bark around the circumference of a tree. This usually kills the tree and is often seen due to lawn mower or whipper snipper work. Mulching with any organic matter ...
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Is there a way to grow plants super fast while it still being organic (i.e. healthy)?

Plants are best grown at their own pace. I always joke about "Miracle Gro" asking people if they would feed their kids crack if that would help them grow faster. Jokes aside, when plants take their ...
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Does putting vegetables next to each other cause a conflict?

In this case, I would say there will be no problems. In general it is better not to repeat the same family of vegetables on the same spot (depletion of soil), and better not to have same families ...
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What causes tomato plants to bear large fruit?

While much good information has been provided, some is incorrect or partially correct. Tomatoes are primarily self pollinating, and not just to the extent of pollen being transferred between flowers. ...
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What is this weird growth on my cucumber?

Remove it. I don't think it is a tumor. Tumor are relatively rare in vegetables, because of short lifetime, and having a lot (really a lot) more genes. I think it is caused by insects (or other ...
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How long can an Opuntia (prickly pear cactus) live?

I don't know about centuries, but some species live a long time. The large species like Opuntia ficus indica develop woody stems and grow in a tree-like fashion. There are several other South American ...
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Is it possible to know if a small avocado plant is going to be a fruitful tree?

Most avocado plants are hybrids and seeds will not necessarily come true from seed. Fruit could be better, worse or the same. Also, avocados are large trees. Your chances of getting a crop from a ...
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Does new green growth suggest root growth?

Continuous growth, yes, it does signify root growth. The exception to this would be when moisture stored in the trunk and branches is expended to push out the foliage, but then not replaced by the ...
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What’s growing on my tomato plant? This is crazy!

This is chocolate tube slime mold. I have never seen it grow on anything other than dead trees before. Your best course of action is to treat with a chlorothalonil fungicide since a copper sulfate ...
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Is there anything I need to worry about when growing the mulberry tree?

They're short lived (50-80 years), enormous, prone to leaf spot which they will spread all over the area they're in (at least they are here), and should never be planted in a back yard unless your ...
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How do I take care of my mint plant?

Stormy has a nice answer, but I should add a WARNING: mint can be invasive on your garden, so don't plant in the middle of your garden and keep in mind: How do I eradicate Mint .
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Is something wrong with my Aloe Vera?

From what I see here, your Aloe gets too much water for the sun it get. Aloe Vera leaves in very hot, sunny places (often sandy). e.g. already discussed here. It goes for the sun (phototropism) ...
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What is a non invasive, large, structural species of Bamboo?

Ain't no such animal. Well, Plant. I've looked... Clumping bamboos (cold-climate tolerant) do not grow particularly "large and structural". For that matter, in zone 5, about the best you can hope ...
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Can you have a shade-loving plant under full sun?

To understand the needs of any house plant, you need to take a closer look at its natural habitat. In our homes, we try to mimic those conditions as well as we can and breeders have been working hard ...
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Is my lemon tree healthy?

Looking at this picture, to me it seems it may need more sunlight. It looks very "leggy", which indicates it's stretching to catch the light and wants more sun. But I'm impressed it's grown from seed ...
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How to grow grass in the shade?

Moss is due to lack of proper sunlight. You need to adjust your yard for that to fix the source of the issue. Other than that, you should get the soil analyzed, it'll help you figure out what you ...
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Big cactus identification and how long does it take?

The two plants on the left are either Carnegiea gigantea or Saguaro or Pachycereus pringlei or Mexican/Sonoran Saguaro. They look very similar at this stage. They look to be 10-15 years old. My ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

Your question implies an existing tree. But have you considered getting a new tree? Paulownia tomentosa (Empress Tree) is one of the fastest-growing trees on the planet, rivalling Normandy Poplar. It ...
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