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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I grind up rhubarb root to make it multiply?

You should not grind it. It is not like horseradish which you probably could grind up to multiply. Rhubarb you need to let it multiply naturally and divide it after its growing multiple crowns. It's ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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