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What are the chances to get an edible apple from a tree grown from seed?

My experience is different. It is very easy to have a apple tree from seed. But apple trees are not auto-fertile. This mean that to have apple on a tree, you need pollen from an other trees (and ...
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Are all plants able to be cloned?

The term you need is actually 'vegetatively propagated' rather than 'cloned'. The answer is, essentially, yes, by and large, almost all plants can be vegetatively propagated, though different parts of ...
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How can I propagate a baby spider plant?

I believe you are simply over watering the baby plant, or the soil you are using does not provide enough drainage. But there are a few ways we can work around that problem. A Quick Background on ...
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Are hormone rooting products effective?

From personal experience, I'd disagree with the statement that rooting hormones are ineffective, but it depends what you're using it for. I prefer the powder formulation to gels or liquids because ...
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Are these growths on my houseplant roots?

This is definitively a Yucca elephantipes. Not Dracaena. It is indeed an air root coming out of it. However, this plant is one of the easiest to propagate, you can just cut of the top of the stem or ...
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Nuances of propagating deciduous tree cutting at leaf off stage?

Hardwood cuttings work best for mulberry; though you haven't said which variety of Acer you're trying to propagate,softwood cuttings are more likely to be successful,or from seed. Softwood cuttings ...
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black nightshade plant

Black nightshade - yes, Solanum nigrum see the wiki page here. Short lived perennial. Is it edible ... the wiki page has something to say on this; answers yes and no would be correct, but probably you ...
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When rooting cuttings in water, should the water be exchanged regularly?

The water may work better over time, until bad things grow. The cuttings produce auxins, the plant hormone that causes roots to grow. This does leak out of the cuttings; an old technique for striking ...
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How to grow a new Opuntia (prickly pear) from a cutting?

I've never bothered with drying them. I just plonk them vertically in some sandy soil - I may need to prop them up at first until roots grow. Then they will grow. It might take a while - cacti are ...
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Can I propagate a hosta from a leaf?

I suppose you might be able to, but I think you'd be well into cell culturing rather than "stick a leaf in damp soil and get a plant" ala African Violet - but I have not tried it (since I've never ...
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How to grow a new Opuntia (prickly pear) from a cutting?

I've propagated a lot of prickly pear. They root easily and grow roots faster than most cactus. You could just stick it in soil a few days after cutting, forget about it, and it will most likely ...
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Can I grow an apple tree by planting an apple from a nearby tree?

Not if you just plant a whole fruit, no, very unlikely. There is a way to do it, but you need to extract the seeds from the fruit in autumn by cutting it open, lifting the seeds out carefully, then ...
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Can I grow an apple tree by planting an apple from a nearby tree?

I don't really know for crab apples, but I can tell you my experience with germinating regular apples (not necessarily on purpose). Anyway, I've found that if the ground is bare (has no grass, weeds, ...
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Cuttings growing leaves underground

If you only did it a couple of weeks ago, that was a bit late for a hardwood cutting. You can follow Stormy's instructions regarding this particular cutting to give it a second chance, but you can ...
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How to keep a detached strawberry runner alive

Probably too much water, combined with planting at the wrong depth. Strawberries are sensitive to being planted too deeply or too shallowly. Get a fresh pot of soil, moist but not wet. Remove the ...
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In general can hardwood cuttings be stored, and how?

I am confused what you mean by storage. If you intend to hold these cuttings briefly for sale or shipping within the dormancy period simply wrapping in damp paper towels, then wrapping the bundle ...
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Do tomatoes produce seeds that are true to the parent plant's characteristics?

The answer is "it depends". Open pollinated strains of tomato exist, which will come true to type, although "type" will be more genetically diverse than close-pollinated strains. As for your ...
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Can the african violet be propagated by leafs

Yes, it works. Use any type of soil that has a loose touch because the plants need some oxygen in it and if it's too compact it will keep only water without air. Water only when the soil is ...
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Emergency propagation of red currant cutting in early summer

The best way to propagate ribes (currents, gooseberries,jostaberries) is by layering, however cuttings can work, but they work best in the late fall like many fruit trees by overwintering the scion ...
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Cut the iris stem to the rhizome or only as far as the bottom leafs?

Don't sweat the "as close to the rhizome as possible" part. Cutting the flower stem is just an energy-saving measure; it prevents the plant from dedicating energy to seed growth, so the energy is ...
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Can I propagate a hosta from a leaf?

Yes, you can root hosta leaf cuttings but you have to cut the leaf with a bit of the root it is growing from, preferable with a few small roots attached to the cutting. Put it in water, change the ...
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Does water with 0-0-5 fertilizer help Ficus cuttings to develop roots faster?

You've not said which variety of Ficus you're trying to root in water - I know it works with Ficus benjamina and its cultivars, but not sure it does with all varieties. I wouldn't add anything to the ...
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How can I clone (propagate) a juniper tree from a stem?

At school for propagation of cuttings we were told "Cool tops, misty middles and hot bottoms." The "hot" part is there for dramatic effect; warmth is the point. The critical thing is to get the roots ...
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Is dry sphagnum moss dead?

This product is primarily intended for use as a growing medium for particular plants such as Sarracenia/carnivorous ones, or for mixing in to other materials to create a particular potting mix to ...
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Growing bur oak from stored seeds - how to start?

Acorns don't need to be drowned before planting. If you want them to grow a big tree or two, put them directly outside. Choose a place to start them: You should put them directly in open ground in a ...
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Propagating succulents in 3 months, is it possible?

From a gardener's perspective, the problem is that you can't "speed up" something that needs a certain time to grow - too much fertilizer, for example, could even kill your babies. So apart from ...
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Opuntia Cactus: To cut or not to cut?

I would not recommend planting Opuntia cuttings more than one segment tall. My experience has been that it slows the rooting process and the plant appears to sit dormant for some time. Ideally, cut ...
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Can you cut and transplant clippings of Autumn Joy Sedum?

Sometimes what I do is leave the plant to die down but I don't cut off the flowering stems- soon afterwards sometimes you will notice little buds down the stem- then what I do is cut off the entire ...
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Blue/Green fuzz on Peach Pits

Yes, you can throw away the peach pits because they have mold. If the cherry pits are the same, throw them also. As for recommendations on how to optimize the process next time: PEACH The first ...
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How to separate seeds from chaff (husk)?

Personally I would start by picking out the large debris with my hand. From there, I've seen people take the seeds and place them in a shallow dish, tilt the dish, and gentle blow the chaff away - ...
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