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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

The trees have probably got aphids. From the RHS website here: Ants may be found climbing plants with aphid colonies, they tend the aphids obtaining honeydew as a reward. The ants will remove aphid ...
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

I agree with the other answers, you probably have an aphid infestation. But rather than spraying your trees to get rid of the aphids, you may try putting a ring of glue on your tree, to get rid of the ...
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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

It won't digest live plant matter. Venus flytraps secrete the enzymes phosphatase, proteinase, nuclease and amylase. These enzymes target insect prey, which have high levels of protein. They do not ...
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What is this plant with red-pink lines/veins on its big green rounded leaves?

This is the Prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura), named because the way the leaves fold up at night is reminiscent of hands held together in prayer. This particular plant is M. leuconeura var. ...
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Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?

Looks like natural variegation to me...looks like a typical golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum). It's supposed to have these marks. They show up and contrast best with good lighting. Don't worry about ...
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What are these tall, tree-like shrubs and how often should I water them?

Judging by the new growth being red, I'd say these were Photinia fraserii 'Red Robin'. I can't tell if they're pleached or not, can't see any framework within the foliage, so its possible they're just ...
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What plant is this and how should we take care of it?

First, let me assure you there is no need to apologise for 'your ignorance'; you're not the first to not know a plant name and you certainly won't be the last! That said, this is Schlumbergera ...
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Pest, etiolation, soil or overwatering? Other causes of pale-brown tips in Aloe Vera

Based on the plump, browning tips on the leaves, this initially appears to be classic aloe over-watering response. BUT, once every three weeks isn't necessarily an unreasonable watering schedule for ...
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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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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

The problem with not treating for aphids is it's likely to get worse, especially with ants warding off aphid predators. With large trees, it's obviously next to impossible to treat for aphids because ...
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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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Need help identifying this plant

This is Equisetum arvense, the field horsetail or common horsetail. It is a herbaceous perennial plant, native throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. ~Wikipedia ...
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What houseplants will best filter the air for a retirement home?

There are plants that improve air quality - some remove chemicals from the air, formaldehyde for example, but as for removing smells, I can't say I've noticed they're too good at that, though claims ...
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Can I save this basil?

Does the basil on the left side have any chances of survival? It doesn't seem likely, but there is still some green on the leaves. The plant on the left side is too far gone. It will never fully ...
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How do I water a desk plant at my office without making a mess?

I assume that you yourself will be the only one watering the plant. Most people use a saucer under the pot (without gravel) and avoid too much water build up by watering the plant only as needed. If ...
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How should I care for this houseplant to prevent wilting?

It looks like Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana' - one that hasn't formed a woody trunk yet. The reason it's wilting during the day is the sunlight - these plants do not appreciate direct sun. Dappled ...
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What is this small plant with large dark green leaves, and how do I care for it?

It's a Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata). Here are some conditions to provide: Pot/mix: These have large, invasive root systems and need large pots. They like a well drained, peaty mix with some mineral ...
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How can I save these etiolated aloe crowns with under watered stems?

Actually, I was in a similar situation a few weeks ago: A friend gave me an aloe crown that looked exactly like yours (i.e. slightly dry stem, no roots). What worked for me was to simply plant it into ...
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How often should I water an Amaryllis plant?

How much to water is a complex question where you have to evaluate how much light is present, the relative humidity and the water needs of the plant. Bulbs do not normally like wet feet. The ...
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Care for an indoor hyacinth after blooming

Couple of things - when you bought your hyacinth bulb, was it a prepared, pre treated one, sold specially for growing indoors? Or was it just an ordinary outdoor one? It's usual to buy a prepared one ...
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Growing hot peppers indoors on the West Coast

Read all you can about indoor growing & seek out varieties that are know to do well in containers. (Example 1: Datil Pepper) (Example 2: Pineapple Rocoto) (Example 3: Bhut Jolokia / Ghost) The ...
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How should I take care of a Hyacinth bulb growing in a vase of water?

On the assumption you mean indoors in the sun, it would be best if it wasn't in full, hot sun all day because it might affect the roots - the glass may magnify the sun's rays and cause burning, and ...
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Orange spots on Polypodium

I can't get a close enough image to examine the spots thoroughly, but because they're evenly spaced, its most likely these are sporangia, or spore cases. It's a sign of a healthy plant and the spores ...
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Benefits of wiping the dust/dirt off the leaves?

Cleaning of plant leaves is usually only done on houseplants, because they're inclined to accumulate a lot of dust over time. Outdoors, exposed to the elements, plants get 'cleaned' by moving air (...
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This plant doesn’t want to stay alive

It's a Fittonia, common name Nerve plant. These can be difficult to keep healthy because they require high humidity, draught free conditions and steady, warm temperatures. They do not appreciate ...
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

Firstly, the 50/50 peat moss perlite mix contains absolutely zero nutrients. That means the plant isn't getting the building blocks necessary to grow. Start fertilizing with your watering every other ...
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What are some heat tolerant nutritious greens I could plant for a tortoise?

I wonder whether turtles mind bitter greens? What we find unpalatable might be just fine with them. And some of the most nutritious greens out there aren't the ones we tend to prefer the taste of. ...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

The little starts you buy at the grocery store have recently undergone a huge amount of stress, and wilting after being brought home is relatively common. They are usually grown fast in a greenhouse, ...
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What is the name of this houseplant, and how can I prevent it from drying out?

Definitely an Impatiens variety (busy lizzie) - can't tell how tall it is, but it looks remarkably like I. walleriana - if its taller than it seems, it'll be one of the New Guinea hybrids. I note the ...
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What is this potted plant with dark green leaves and puffy white flowers on long stems?

It's a Haemanthus albiflos (common: elephant's ear / tongue, paintbrush plant). It's native to South Africa. You have a beautiful specimen here, good luck with it. It's rather easy to care for, given ...
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