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Is it possible to design a garden that is free from insects and pests?

A huge loud no. Part of you wants to garden. The other part is afraid of insects. There is no way you can do both. And you live in paradise. I wish I could just give you what I know about ...
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Plant only flowers after rain, and not from being watered. What plant is it?

This plant is Zephyranthes carinata, a bulb with the common name Rain Lily. There are lots of hybrids these days, but the reason they're called rain lilies is because they flower after rain. Some only ...
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Mysterious Brazilian jungle plant

Looks exactly like ginger, though exactly WHICH ginger is going to have to await flowering. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zingiberales https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Is it possible to design a garden that is free from insects and pests?

In short, no. Insects and other life forms within the soil (and there are billions, many of which you cannot see without a strong microscope, such as bacteria) are an essential part of an eco system, ...
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What is this tree with blue and white flowers and long strap-like leaves?

This is Strelitzia nicolai, commonly known as the Giant Bird of Paradise. It is a tropical plant, native to Africa, but can be grown in USDA zone 13 with protection from the cold. It is a relative of ...
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How do I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya tree?

The hermaphrodite papaya is recognized by its flowers. They have both male and female characteristics, which is why they're able to self-pollinate. Unfortunately, that means you really can't tell the ...
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Identify this tree with thin trunk and large leaves?

Ruffled fan palm tree (Licuala grandis)
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How should I care for my struggling Nepenthes Miranda?

Nepenthes, or the Asian pitcher plant, naturally grows in the tropical regions of Asia either in high mountain rain forests or in warm lowland grasslands at the base of mountains. They are divided ...
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Identify this tree with thin trunk and large leaves?

One of the fan palms, possibly Licuala grandis - gets up to 3 metres high over many years, likes tropical conditions, that is, reasonably high temperatures and high humidity http://www.palmpedia.net/...
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What is this tropical plant with woody vines and waxy leaves?

This is Hoya carnosa and it requires bright light for flowering. It's easy to propagate; I have 11 plants like this from 11 leaves of the original plant.
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How do I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya tree?

From Genetics and Genomics of Papaya, Chapter 3: (a) Female (b) Hermaphroditic (c) Male (d) Male fruit-bearing plant
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What plants is this?

Could be a young Janet Craig, but also looks like a leggy Green Jewel to me (its more compact). All fall under Dracaena anyway, so if you Google image search Dracaena, I'm sure you'll find a match ...
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What should I do to papaya seeds prior to planting?

The removal of the membrane around papaya seeds (the sarcotesta) will slightly increase germination rate and slightly decrease germination time. Typically, sarcotestas exist so some of the many seeds ...
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Which of these Air & Pollution cleaning plants best fit a window/ balcony in Mumbai Weather?

Based on all three links that you have provided, as well as the availability of the said plants in Mumbai, these plants will not only survive, but thrive, as well as clean the air. They are low ...
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Is it possible to design a garden that is free from insects and pests?

While the two existing No answers are generally correct, there is a Yes answer, here it is. Yes; but it is not simple. You have to have a place to grow the plants that is insect free, then you have ...
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Unidentified identification

Due to the leaf shape, growth habit, and glossiness, I'm getting a "croton" (either a hybrid member of the enormous Croton genus or one from the the less common (to me, at least) Codaeium ...
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What is this succulent with flat hairy leaves?

I believe it is Cotyledon tomentosa bear's paw. I originally forgothow I got to this conclusion. Thanks to comments below, here is my reasoning: I grow different species of Cotyledon. I grow ...
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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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What trees would be good along a boundary wall and avenue in India?

If you need to to grow fast I'd go with a clumping ornamental bamboo Bambusa chungii or the like. If you need it higher than 10m go with bambusa oldhamii which grows 25m. If you really want a tree ...
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Growing temperate and some tropical plants in an indoor 'winter garden' in Ireland

First of all, I want to caution you regarding the amount of humidity a grow room is going to produce, especially if it's heated. Depending on what your walls are made out of, the humidity may ...
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Growing temperate and some tropical plants in an indoor 'winter garden' in Ireland

more light = more growth, although I'd imagine if you are growing this for personal edification rather then produce yield, this will be much less of a factor. If I understand the Light value of 62 ...
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Growing temperate and some tropical plants in an indoor 'winter garden' in Ireland

Each pane of glass will reduce the number of lumens coming in which means less light for your plants, which as close to the arctic circle as you will be will starve your plants for light during the ...
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How to prevent weeds from growing?

I think you are overgeneralizing. Try with mulch or hay. Observe and adapt. They could bring insects or rodents, but it is not the rule, if you check and control your yard regularly: For both: do not ...
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How to hand pollinate Narajilla (Lulo)?

Many Solanums use a special pollination mechanism called buzz pollination. It requires a bee to land on the flower and vibrate its wings at a specific frequency before the anthers release their pollen....
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What is this tree with scaly bark in Beverly Hills, California?

These are the Pony Tail variant Beaucarnea stricta. The photos below were taken ten years ago at the same Beverly Hills park as the photo in the original post.
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Can someone please ID this succulent

I think its Pachyphytum oviferum, also known as Moonstone or Sugar Almond plant https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachyphytum_oviferum
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What causes papaya leaves to curl up into weird shapes?

Fiksdal...sigh, take a look at this article...my goodness it is right on with the pictures of your leaves. I am sorry...curling leaves of papaya
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Are there any varieties of Elephant Ear that are hardy enough to withstand a zone 6b winter?

You're on the cusp of being able to overwinter some varieties of Elephant Ear, Colocasia. I found what you did, that of the very cold hardy varieties, zone 7 is pretty much the lowest advertised. ...
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What trees would be good along a boundary wall and avenue in India?

Apart from Bamboo varieties you can also try Asoca & Badam trees. Asoca will have very little leaf fall through out the year and can grown upto 30 feet tall. They attract very few birds in my ...
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What is this (tropical?) plant called?

Nice search, it could be also a variety of Dracaena's family There is also a plant very similar to Veratrum, Gentiana Maggiore.
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