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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

On the assumption you mean plants suitable for pots outdoors, lemon scented plants such as Citronella and Lemon Balm are good. Plants offered for sale under the name citronella vary - the one to look ...
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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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What's the fastest way to dry peat before re-potting an overwatered succulent?

Well I wouldn't worry about drying it out first - simply tip it out of its pot, preferably wearing gloves, carefully, and with any luck, most of the wet soil will fall off immediately anyway. The ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

If you can manage to get a few marigolds, plant those. They thrive on a lot of sunshine, can be grown in pots, and are good at repelling mosquitoes and most other insect pests. The beautiful flowers ...
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What's a good full-sun groundcover for Zone 6A?

I'm also in zone 6A (Massachusetts, USA), and have something that works perfectly for me. It is vinca, also called periwinkle. I think mine is vinca minor, but there are a number of varieties, so it ...
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Will reflected light, from a mirror, work on plants?

It's not going to help. As the sun apparently moves across the sky you're going to have to track where the sun light falls into the room and position mirrors to focus the reflection on your plants. ...
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Why do some plants need an "open" position?

Some plants may be susceptible to root rots and perhaps fungal problems on the upper parts, and thus need good drainage and airflow around them; an open position, not closed in or crowded by other ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

I read that in Malta it is frequent to use basil to repel mosquitoes. It likes sun, but it should be watered often to maintain the green leaves and smell (though it is also resilient to dry periods).
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Is it really beneficial to put papaya seeds in the sun for a few minutes before planting?

Some people dry them in the sun for a couple of days to help remove the (germination inhibiting) aril but if you can remove it in other ways that's fine. The idea is to get a clean seed into warm ...
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How much sun do peaches need to fruit?

From experience, in the hot summers of northern Portugal, peaches fruit even under partial shade but the fruit is not very sweet. The more direct sunlight the sweeter the fruit seems to be.
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What color should a greenhouse be?

Several of the answers here are incorrect. Green plastic absorbs green light or reflects it which is why it appears green. Green is chosen because if you want to reduce the light intensity to the ...
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Song of India(Dracaena Reflexa) getting yellow-brown leaves

The pot surface looks quite dry to me. While they are water efficient, these plants do need sufficient watering. The death of lower leaves is not that concerning, under normal circumstances, because ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

In my opinion, it is not a big deal. Six hours are enough. You can cut some branches of the other tree, and wait the spruce to grow, so it will get more sun. In nature, young tree tend to grow in ...
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Did my aloes sunburn?

Haworthia do not like direct sun, especially when kept as a houseplant - I agree with the ID of Haworthia attenuata, so yes, it does need a different situation from a true aloe, so somewhere with good ...
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What's a good full-sun groundcover for Zone 6A?

Lowbush AKA "wild" blueberries. Vaccinium angustifolium Lignonberries Vaccinium vitis-idaea Otherwise, 3-6 inches of pine needles and don't worry about growing much of anything (though I find that ...
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Could I grow a fruiting plant in my office?

If the lights are extremely close to the plants, you could do a lot more kinds of plants, but I imagine they're on the ceiling, which is very far away. You might experiment with a Grandpa's Home ...
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Venus Flytrap: repot, sun and water

Congratulations on the start of your CP(carnivorous plant) obsession. These are great and hardy plants. I've got a mess of them and plan to make a bog garden soon. I'll do my best to answer your ...
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What color should a greenhouse be?

While looking for an answer to this question myself, I came across this article which talks about actual studies that have been done regarding the colour of plastic greenhouse covers. In particular it ...
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How much light is too much for a Maranta Red house plant?

This is nowhere near a full sun location. It's hard to say so your best tool is observation. Signs of too much light: brown tips on the leaves leaves hanging down indicates too dry which can go hand ...
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How much sun do peaches need to fruit?

Agree with Organic's answer - you may get fruit setting, but without sufficient UV rays on the foliage, less starch will convert to sugars within the fruits. They may ripen quite well, but will be ...
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Will weed barrier work as a shade cloth?

It depends on the weed barrier. If the weed barrier is too thick it would diffuse too much of the sunlight. Your cukes need the sunlight. Let me preface this by saying I haven't done this. If you ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

Blue spruces only need full sun to reach their top growth potential, they do not require it to be healthy. They will grow very well in shade, if they are not under another tree's dripline, and if ...
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Morning/Afternoon sun plants (vegetables)

Your greenhouse should be oriented east west. Your plant beds (and I recommend building your greenhouse over soil that you will simply add decomposed organic matter to as you build your beds and ...
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"Plenty of light but no direct sunlight": reflection on walls vs shades diffused sunlight

It's not as complicated as it first appears - where it says plenty of 'light' read daylight, such as that which comes through a north facing window, but without direct sun. Some houseplants like some ...
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Do young plants prefer their pots be rotated?

What is actually happening when a plant bends towards the light, is that the cells on the darker side develop in an elongated manner. If you turn the plant round and round as it grows, it will ...
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How to make a plastic bottle sun resistant for DIY watering irrigation

I think you are over thinking this since plastic bottles are a disposable item you can replace as needed. Though using this DIY recipe, you could save tape by running the stake through the top of the ...
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Fruit bearing plants in shade of northern wall?

The best plant I immediately think of would be BLUEBERRIES. Prolific fruit, some types early, mid season others late season. Love acidic soil. Next to your foundation I would test that soil first ...
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How to care for transplanted oaks?

Give them a good soaking of water, wait for the top 2 or 3 inches of soil in the pots to dry out, and repeat. Depending on the temperature, humidity, and the soil in the pots each cycle may take ...
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Got a plant as a present. What kind of plant is it?

What a handsome plant! I believe this is a Clusia rosea (AKA Autograph Tree) based on: Opposing, dark green simple leaves Leathery leaves with smooth edges Pinnate leaf venation Obovate / teardrop ...
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Wanting to plant shade plants? But where?

You are correct that in the Northern hemisphere, the north side is the side of the house that is in the shade the most, but that does not mean it is necessarily the shadiest spot in your yard. The ...
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