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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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How do I remove oak seedlings which sprouted in my garden?

Depends how big they are - if the ground is damp and they're no taller than, say, 6-10 inches, you should be able to pull them up. If the ground isn't damp, make sure it is when you attempt this. If ...
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What is this giant seedling?

Looks like pumpkin, Vivid. You don't remember what you sowed?
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What is this whitish feather on my Echinacea seedlings?

That looks like fine root hairs on the hypocotyl of a normal , healthy seedling still in the cotyledon stage. These root hairs greatly increase the surface area of the root and are thought to aid in ...
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Why do my bonsai seedlings die after a month?

They look far too thin and spindly, which probably means they are not getting enough light. If they are indoors, they are probably also too warm in a heated house, and watering "every day" seems much ...
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Why have my chilli seedlings stopped growing?

I'd say the stress of replanting is causing this non-growth. Small damages to roots and new type of soil. The seedlings need to recover. I'd be patient.
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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

You don't need any fertiliser at all to start with - the clue is in the word 'starter'. You're only meant to germinate the seeds, then wait till they have 2/3 sets of leaves (one cotyledon pair and ...
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Concerned about slow growth of my seedlings

I'm by no means an expert, however I am pretty sure that, at least for Zucchini, Cucumber and peppers 1% more light = 1% more growth. Thus in order to increase growth, maybe you should start moving ...
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A seedling with three (instead of two) cotyledons

It happens occasionally - not uncommon in chilli pepper, tomatoes and cannabis plants. It doesn't seem to confer any advantage and usually, the seedling continues to grow normally, with two true ...
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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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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

I take a bit of a different approach than J. Musser does (and here I am making an assumption based on the answer), but I agree with that approach when adding commercial fertilizer. Bagged fertilizer (...
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Why is my apple seedling shriveling up after like 15 min, every time I remove the plastic dome?

Try removing the bag a little at a time over the period of several days so the seedling can acclimate to the unprotected environment. It's going to be just like hardening off any plant.
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What's the best pot size for rose seeds germinated in the refrigerator?

All plants should have pots matching the plant size, otherwise you risk root-bound plants or trouble with watering. That's why we re-pot as needed and only go up a few pot sizes at a time. Roses like ...
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What do sunchokes look like when they're sprouting?

The sunchoke, also frequently called Jerusalem artichoke, is a species called H. Tuberosus, in the Helianthus genus of Asteraceae, which is a large plant family that includes sunflowers and daisies. ...
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Is using tomato slices really viable for starting seedlings?

Think of how tomatoes grow "in the wild" fruit drops to the ground, slowly rots, and when conditions are right a new plant emerges. So cut open the fruit and cover it in soil, the results are not ...
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Weed Identification

I planted some Oxalis deppei in the garden at my university last year and it looked just like your plant. It had little dark pink flowers and spread like crazy, from 15 bulbs planted in spring I got ...
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Are there any methods of fixing transplant shock?

Some say vitamin B1 (thiamin) is supposed to help for transplant shock. Thiamin contains sulfur; so, maybe that has something to do with it. If sulfur has anything to do with it, Epsom salt (magnesium ...
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Do these sunflower seedlings need to be thinned?

It will help to find what variety you have, as some varieties need much wider spacing than others. Here is an idea of what you are looking for via spacing: 2-3' tall matured: Space 10-14" apart 3-4' ...
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Why are my tomato plant seedlings dying?

Disclaimer: This answer is mostly based off of my own experience. Yes. That appears to be classic transplant shock. As Ecnerwal said, it could be cutworms, too, though. Anything that disturbs (or ...
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How can I grow seedlings from commercial apples?

Put the seed in a pot (if you want it potted) and put the pot in the ground; or plant directly in the ground. Wait for spring. The seeds require "cold treatment" - they are programmed not to sprout ...
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Should I add soil with living things, like worms, to a potting mix?

The trouble with introducing 'life' by inoculating with garden soil is you have no control over which life forms you are introducing, and some of them might be pathogenic when contained inside a pot ...
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Do young plants prefer their pots be rotated?

Do they prefer it? No, not really. Plants have evolved to grow and orient themselves to get the most light in any given conditions. It could even be argued that turning them away from this orientation ...
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Planting too many seeds in small pot

Your plants will have to compete with each other for light, and root space. Because they are so packed and crowded, none of the plants will grow optimal this way. If you just want basil cress, you can ...
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Will my Mango seedling survive after being attacked by my cat?

I can't promise it will live, but I've seem mango seedlings survive some pretty rough treatment. The main thing is to keep your cat or anything else from inflicting more damage. I think it has a ...
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How do I care for grapefruit seedlings?

In the mid-ninties (probably '94), I planted several grapefruit seeds. Several germinated, and they all got some white fuzzy stuff on them that made them sticky, and all but one of them died (maybe it ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

This has worked for me for 20+ years, just like tomatoes. And of course, don't over water to avoid root rot.
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

On most crop plants, I give them the first fertilizing at the three-leaf stage. This is when the first three leaves (not counting the cotyledons) reach full size. By this time, the root system has ...
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How do I remove oak seedlings which sprouted in my garden?

I used to suffer from this when the squirrels buried acorns in my lawn. I found that just mowing them down regularly (with routine lawn maintenance) kept them from becoming established.
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Does moss sprout leaves?

Yes, Moss grows leaves. They are simple leaves 1 cell thick, and they grow on a thin stem. Moss plants have no vascular tissue, so water and nutrients can only travel through the plant by diffusion. ...
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Is total darkness acceptable for tomatoes to recover from transplant shock?

You can do that, but not for more than a couple days, before giving them light again. You don't want to see any signs of etiolation, or you will have to 'harden off' the plants back into light. If you ...
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