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Please Identify this outdoor plant?

It is a rubber fig (Ficus elastica). It's funny that you say it is an outdoor plant, because in my climate (Europe) it is an indoor plant (so I didn't expect this one), I have one in my living room. ...
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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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Identification of this tree

It is Araucaria araucana (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_araucana), commonly called the "monkey puzzle tree" in the UK (presumably because attempting to climb it would be an prickly ...
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Identify this garden plant

Ricinus communis, common name - castor oil plant. Details here and here.
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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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Need help determining all possible locations for growing plants

At some point in the future I think you will find that your categories are too broadly defined as collections of even more basic categories. One of the fundamentals of database design is to reduce ...
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Lavender is taking off!

The taller stems are flower stems; later, when the flowers have finished, you'll be clipping them back right at the base, where the leaves are, and taking a little leaf material too to try to keep the ...
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What type of berry is this?

Yes, this looks very much like a wineberry. It's a type of raspberry. Wineberries are one of my favorite raspberries and one of the only I've ever seen that produce reliably in the shade. It is ...
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What are these tiny white spider-like bugs in my soil and on plants?

Long post..apologies in advance Question #1: Are they moving? Specifically, are they jumping? {{shivers down spine}} Jumping = Springtails (below) No Movement = could be the caste exosteleton of ...
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Plants for under blue spruce tree

A chunk of my garden is acidic, mostly dry shade, so here's what does well for me: Groundcovers: Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) - may require more water than you have under the trees, ...
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Should this plant be grown indoors or outdoors?

It's in the genus of Bryophyllum. Sometimes Bryophyllum is lumped in with the genus Kalanchoe. It has gone back and forth a couple times. The newest genome testing is showing that Bryophyllum should ...
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Is this a new lavender plant or a weed or an unknown plant?

They are self set saplings or seedlings of a tree, possibly elder. The lavender is dead and needs to be removed along with the saplings before they get any bigger.
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Can anyone identify these small orange growths? They're just over an inch long and just appeared in my North Florida backyard

They appear to be the characteristic "red" seeds of the cardboard cycad (Zamia furfuracea). It is not a true palm tree, but does have the appearance of a palm plant. The seeds (and plant) are known ...
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Should i use rocks in a (VERY) large container for gardening? (no drainage)

This looks an ideal setup to make a sub irrigated planter. You can look on youtube for many videos on how to construct these but you've got most of the construction already completed for you. So, in ...
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What plants will bloom in the fall in my yard in Seattle?

The problem with sites like this are there is often too little information about the whole year- as in where are the frost pockets, dark shaded bits and at what times of the day, soil type, pH, ...
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Please help me identify this UK plant

It would have been better to see a photo of the whole plant, but judging by what's there, its a Euphorbia of some variety. These are often difficult to dig out, because the roots can go down quite a ...
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Plants under trees

Some kind of ivy is the obvious choice. Hedera hibernica is good ground cover, as are variegated forms of Hedera helix. But you do need to keep an eye on ivy as it can become horrendously invasive. ...
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Where should the water holes be in an outdoor plant pot?

Ignore the raised bits and drill the holes in the base- usually, there are round 'impressions' or thinner bits of plastic where the holes are meant to go, but if not, put about 4 small holes in each ...
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Transplanting periwinkle

You will need to dig out the Vinca with roots attached in order to tranplant it, and you should only do that when the winter is over and the ground is not frozen. If the area you want to transplant to ...
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Is this a mango tree?

I think it is a mango Here is a picture of a mango leaf from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Tough Leaves Mango leaves are equipped with a thick outer cuticle to prevent water and nutrient ...
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I need advice about a Dipladenia (related to Mandevilla)

This plant is desperate for more root room - the adventitious aerial roots it's producing are a stress response; a desperate attempt to try to find something else to root into so it can get larger. ...
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White mold or insects on magic basil plant

If its Ocimum sanctum, common name Holy Basil, you won't be eating that I assume - it does look like its infested with mealybug/scale insect, and the fact you are not eating the plant widens the ...
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Do plants need to be re-hardened after being brought back inside?

Yes, plants get “sensitive” when taken back indoors again. How much depends on how dark the indoors is an how long they stay inside. I would be careful and not just put them straight into full sun ...
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Most effective method for growing moss outdoors?

A few years ago I had to maintain the rather scrappy gardens of a run down block of flats in east London (annual rainfall - about 600mm). There was a large patch of bare ground that used to attract ...
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Most effective method for growing moss outdoors?

Moss is easily out competed by grass and weeds unless the environment favors it. I can find moss growing in cracks in the dry north side of the house or in shady wet areas. If you want to encourage ...
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Will small tomato plant thrive under strong heat sun?

There's no reason why your tomato plant would not give you much pleasure for a while. Assuming the grower chose a variety suitable for elevated temperature the existing trusses will likely go on to ...
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What's the name of this plant? And why the leaves become yellow?

It's either bearded iris (Iris germanica or Iris pallida) or possibly a Flag iris (Iris versicolor) and is dying back for the winter if you're in the Northern Hemisphere. If you're in the Southern ...
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How much soil needed for cactus maintenance?

The amount of soil has little influence ; Drainage holes and the nature of the soil are the important factors. Cacti generally need "fast" drainage soil , mostly sand ,gravel, or similar. I ...
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ideas for redoing flowerbed

There is Hedera helix in your bed (ivy), which will make adding plants very difficult. The soil will be full of ivy roots which are hard to get rid of; these roots will also be preventing the soil ...
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White and yellow stuff in potting soil?

The white and yellow stuff on the soil are a combination of fungal growth and slime mould, likely caused by the soil in the pot being too wet for too long. The yellow growth appears to be an early ...
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