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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 tell when a cutting has developed roots?

I assume you're talking about rooting plants in soil. I'll describe the system I like to use, and tell you how I generally decide when they have roots. I imagine the way to tell may differ slightly ...
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When should I transfer a pothos rooted in water to soil?

About half an inch to an inch is sufficient - you don't want them much longer than that because its harder to pot them without damage, and once roots start appearing, its surprising how fast they grow....
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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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Can trees be propagated from cuttings without roots or leaves?

The type of cutting you are talking about is mostly likely called a truncheon. Some trees will grow from this kind of cutting VERY well. Others not so well or not at all. A truncheon is usually a 3 ...
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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

Liriope muscari is rather challenging to grow from seed. For one thing, the pulp contains phenolic compounds which inhibit germination, so the seeds must be cleaned well before use. Seeds also have a ...
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Why are these succulent leaves withering instead of rooting?

In the case of the aloe (plant on the right) it's because trying to root aloe from cuttings is different from most and might involve a little luck. Most places I've read say that it just won't root ...
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How to collect your own grass plugs?

Lots of fancy grasses are sold commercially as plugs. To harvest them they use what looks like a lawn aerator but about 1" to 1.5" in diameter. To cut plugs like for your purpose you need to make a ...
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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 should I propagate Ajuga

Ajuga is fairly shallow rooted. You should be able to take a sharp spade and cut out 6" wide squares. Plant in the new area. Top dress where you made the cut and then stand back, way back as it ...
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Should I grind up rhubarb root to make it multiply?

Grind isn't the word I would use. More like split. What you want to do is dig up the plant. You dig 6-8 inches deep all the way around, then pry the plant up out of the ground. If the plant is ...
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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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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Yes, they will root if you put them into a very sandy, free-draining mix kept slightly damp at all times, preferably with bottom heat, but if that's not possible, keep it in a warm, bright place. ...
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How long can celery grow from water alone?

It depends. I'm currently grown some philodendron vines in water for propagation purposes. They will stay in water for a long time with no ill effect. However, I believe that all the plants growing is ...
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Will water prune roots with an air layering pot?

This is my kiddie pool sub irrigation planter with a couple of dismal looking tomato plants, and one bag with 4 corn and one Apple tree seedling. I probably over did it! Two of the corn look very weak....
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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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Can I save the berries from a Big Blue Liriope (Liriope muscari) and plant them next spring?

I have had very high germination rates by collecting big blue seed in fall, soaking overnight, then completely removing the berry (Wear gloves). Then they soak in a 1/10 ratio bleach water solution ...
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How are lilac cuttings taken?

I had a hardwood branch break off from my lilac branch and stuck it in water. No rooting hormone. It is now growing roots.
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Growing trees from seed & cuttings

You can't beat RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) publications if you're in the UK - there's one called RHS Propagating Plants by Alan Toogood (available on Amazon), also RHS Handbook: Propagation ...
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Dividing Montauk Daisies

Properly known as Nipponanthemum nipponicum these days, though it was once classifed as Leucanthemum and prior to that, Chrysanthemum. Its the usual method employed with other herbaceous perennials - ...
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How do I subdivide mature chrysanthemums?

Mums respond well to being divided, but you should wait until spring to do so. For now, leave the mums as-is. Since you live in a climate with a true winter, I would not recommend cutting the plants ...
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Should I let Echinodorus Tenellus flower?

It will produce runners. One of the principal benefits live plants is that they absorb nutrients that normally just sit in the water at the end of the nitrogen cycle. That's good, so let the plant ...
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How to Separate or Propagate Limonium Perezii aka: Statice?

There are three different ways to propagate this plant - if the clump is very large, you can dig it up in spring, split it and replant the section/s. Otherwise, you can try semi ripe cuttings, in mid ...
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Taking a cutting from cherry Tree

Having tried this (unsuccessfully) with "spring cuttings" (friends were moving and leaving their house with cherry tree, so it was then or never) my research into it suggested taking cuttings in the ...
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How can I propagate Pachira?

If it has milky sap, a rooting hormone is a more reliable way to propagate from cuttings. I don't know the species, sorry, but if the host plant you are taking cuttings from is doing poorly, it might ...
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