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"Softening" plants before they go inside?

I've never heard of the need. The issue with hardening is that you're taking a plant in a largely controlled environment with low light levels, and a steady temperature, no wind, to a highly varied ...
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A dark blight is eating my Basil. What to do?

That might well be slug or snail damage - given there's lots of leaf litter laying around your plant, you've created a perfect environment for slugs to hide beneath during the day, and then appear at ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

I recall doing something like this each spring (for several years) growing up, and the plant of choice was Marigolds (planted in a paper cup, as far as I recall) which were grown in class and then ...
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My basil is "rotting", here's all the clues I have gathered

Looks like a heavy whitefly aphid infestation - they're usually underneath the leaves and suck the sap within, causing the leaf to shrivel and die. You can't treat with pesticide because it's an ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

My two suggestions; Scarlet Runner Beans and the second is Carex testacea or Orange Sedge. Easy to grow, very pretty no matter its age, wonderful to tuck into any plant bed or pot, nice just left in ...
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Why use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

Without looking at your video, I would expect the landscape fabric is being laid as a weed mat to inhibit weeds from regenerating from roots left in situ and coming up in the middle of the raised ...
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Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

Have you considered something as simple as Garden Cress (Lepidium sativum)? You can simply hand out a pack of seeds and a piece of cotton wool. The kids can then "plant" it themselves (really just ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

Well, yes and no, or maybe. Annual plants have one purpose - to grow, flower, be pollinated and fertilized, set seed and die, all in a year. Then there's biennials - these form, usually, a basal clump ...
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"Softening" plants before they go inside?

Some plants are sensitive to light changes (such as Shark Fin Melon). I think this is partially because Shark Fin Melon is supposed to rely on light changes to know when to set fruit, but even though ...
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Is if safe to use this insecticide (d-Allethrin, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide) on my edible herbs?

It's extremely helpful that you included the actual ingredient list in your question, rather than a brandname - thank you! So you know, I grow anything that I eat organically and this question is one ...
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Can I revive my basil that wasn't watered for a week?

"Worth it" is often personal taste. Of these plants (in those store-bought pots are many young plants, not one), the smaller ones with the large leaves on top will probably bounce back and grow a bit ...
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Are Majorana hortensis and Origanum majorana the same plant?

Yes, they are the same species. Moench put it as different genus (Majorana), but still keeping references to Linnaeus' Origanum majorana. So they are the same species, and both are acceptable (and ...
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What do I have to pay attention to with pre-potted growing sets of herbs?

With most plants indoors, insufficient light is one of your greatest enemies. It can lead to etiolation or, plainly long, lanky and pale stems and unfortunately a higher tendency to attract pests or ...
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What do I have to pay attention to with pre-potted growing sets of herbs?

The pots you have look quite small (maybe 9 cm across?), but you should be able to keep your herbs in them. I have 3 herb pots on my window sill that are about the same size, and my herbs have been ...
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Should I prune a basil plant as it's growing?

If you see flowers starting to form, you then need to remove those otherwise the energy of the plant goes into making flowers and not leaves. It's generally recommended that you want to make your ...
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Why use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

One of the main reasons people build raised beds for vegetable gardens instead of planting directly in the ground is because it's often easier to fill a raised bed with a good soil than it is to try ...
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Can a Mexican sage survive losing all its stems?

These things happen (in my case, my cats get excited and "boticidal"). They just might survive. I would leave any leaves that are still on the plants there, protect them from any further damage, ...
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Minty smelling plant with white and pink flowers

Yup. It's Salvia "Hot Lips" "Delicate red and white blooms create a stunning show throughout summer. Some flowers will bloom in solid red color attracting bees and hummingbirds. With a little ...
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The correct way to prune a rosemary

I would add some fertilizer. Not much, rosemary is a plant of poor and dry soils. On the other hand, if it is a lot woody, probably it has eat most of nutrient in the soil. I would also check if ...
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Will Sage, Oregano and Thyme grow well together in the same pot?

They can be grown nearby one another, they prefer the same conditions, but in a pot, the three together will quickly outgrow the container. Sage is a shrub that can get 2/3 feet wide by a couple of ...
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is fresh oregano supposed to be pungent?

Dried herbs are always stronger than fresh, which is why only a small amount is used in cooking, whereas a much larger amount of the fresh herb is needed to give flavour. Depending on the herb, half ...
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Dry herb identification

It's a greek mountain tea. Not a St. John's wort but an ironwort. Makes a great Mediterranean tea. Here's More: Wikipedia/ Sideritis
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Can I revive my basil that wasn't watered for a week?

Yes. It is very interesting to see a dry basilicum to improve within few minutes (so you see it in real time). Basilicum is a plant who originates in dry places, so it will not die, and at first rain ...
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How do I get rid of white flies on my basil?

I regularly bring home whiteflies on organic farm stand greens. I used to wash those greens in the kitchen sink, and the aphids would fly up to the potted herbs in my kitchen window, and so my ...
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How should I propagate a serpentina plant?

The image you are using (https://i.stack.imgur.com/nw9ie.jpgs) is of Andrographis paniculata. Some places ascribe copyright to emeritus Prof Kazuo Yamasaki. Is there a reason you did not take your ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

If you use a large enough pot, say 24 inches, you can just let the basil reseed itself, but it depend on the basil. Some basil grow tiny little black seeds that don't drop from the flower hips so ...
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Oregano becoming red, what's wrong?

Remove the extra lighting - if you have your plant on a sunny windowsill, even if it only gets morning or afternoon sun, that's enough. Turn the pot weekly so that each side of the plant gets exposure ...
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What is this fungus or mould on my oregano, and how should I treat it?

Change the environment to create one much more suitable for growing these plants. It's a good thing you told me where the Oregano was in the third picture, because it's next to impossible to tell. I'm ...
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Is my ginger stem too thin?

Looks healthy to me! I don't think a support is necessary. If a cane grows too long for the pot, you can trim it (cut off the last 1/3 of that cane). Make sure they get as much light as possible, to ...
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Need help on basics for growing herbs and vegetables in pots

I am glad you will start with 'starts' or plants grown from a seed to a decent size. The least expensive pots are black plastic. You can get them from a nursery very cheaply. Any pot with a ...
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