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Tillandsia (air plants) Turning Black and Dying After Watering

Your tillandsia has been damaged by using chlorinated water. You can dechlorinate water by leaving it to stand for 24 hours but if the municipal authority uses chloramines instead, then you will have ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

Well, the correct way to conserve water is to watch your water, and make sure you don't have excess drainage. This of course takes time and experience. Till then, use measuring cups, or watering jugs ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

I haven't found any good reference sources, so this is just my personal experience. It ended up being too long for a comment, so I hope it's appropriate as an answer. I do this frequently, with both ...
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Why can't dry soil absorb water well?

It's due to surface tension and adsorption. If you take a beaker of water you will see how the water clings to the glass sides of the beaker in a meniscus. At a molecular level the surface is really ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

Interesting question. There are definitely ways to speed up growth, like fine-tuning soil for optimal growth. For example taking the time to test soil and amend it with any deficient macro- or micro-...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

Add organic matter. Whether you are trying to get a heavy clay soil to drain better, or light sandy soil to retain water and nutrients, one of the surest ways of improving your soil is to add organic ...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

I've had a similar problem. As I see if you have these choices: Reduce the source of the water. In my case, run-off from a nearby shed was adding to the volume of rainwater - guttering on the shed ...
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Holding water and good drainage contradiction?

It seems a contradiction, but if you look more in deep, there is a reason: A soil with a lot of clay (so finer grains of soil) is a concrete like structure: water and clay paste together: there is a ...
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Vegetable Grow time and watering Info Table

This question comes up every so often on the forum, but I'm afraid you won't find such a thing. There are just so many variables that would make such an app impractical. For example, things that will ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

No, is the short answer. Whilst some plants will grow in waterlogged soil quite happily in open ground, such as in a bog garden, soil in a non draining or waterlogged pot can become hypoxic/anoxic and ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

Typically a non-draining pot is used for growing succulents (especially cactus.) The idea is to water infrequently (once a month or longer) and completely soak the soil. This mimics the natural ...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

One sure fire way to quickly move the water away from that area is to install a French Drain. Drainage problems near to your foundation (you say it's by your patio, so I'm not sure how close that is ...
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Can these plants survive spring floods?

I'll just address part of your question regarding floods. In my experience, after witnessing 2014 catastrophic floods in Doboj, BiH (where I live), I would say water level itself isn't going to be ...
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How to reclaim my backyard that has turned into a swamp?

Most yards with this slope would drain better. It must rain an awful lot and your soil must be very high in clay. Nothing wrong with clay but this shows just how powerful water surface tension can ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

Your question implies an existing tree. But have you considered getting a new tree? Paulownia tomentosa (Empress Tree) is one of the fastest-growing trees on the planet, rivalling Normandy Poplar. It ...
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How to convert inches to gallons?

I just went through the same thing myself when setting up my drip irrigation system. It's actually pretty easy. The formula is as follows: Pr = 96.25 x Total GPM of all emitters (gal/min) ------...
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Raised garden in flood zone

I have some experience with this, I think - I am in London, UK, and I tend a plot in an allotment next to a small river, and I am pretty much at the lowest point in the allotment, or I was, but more ...
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Why should carnivorous plants not be planted in regular soil / watered with regular water?

Some understanding in ecology and evolutionary biology can help us find an answer. In nature most plants and animals are adapted to certain environmental conditions. These carnivorous plants are ...
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Tillandsia (air plants) Turning Black and Dying After Watering

I use the old water from my aquarium (when I refresh the water) and my tillandsia plants love it. Else, (plants at my job), I leave the water rest for couple of hours (overnight) before I lie the ...
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Should I add water to my compost heap?

It is very important to keep water and temperature in balance in a compost heap. The bacteria need water to assist the decomposition process, but too much water will slow down or stop the process ...
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Why do plants need water?

You're definitely missing something; your information is incomplete. You've mentioned evaporation (from the soil, presumably) but not transpiration. Plants need water, it's the stuff of life - they ...
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How to grow a tree on steroids?

No, you can't make a tree grow in a turbo charged fashion - each type of tree has its own genetic code that dictates how fast it will grow. The only thing you can do is ensure the tree you grow has ...
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How to germinate seeds using the plastic bag method

I don't often try the paper towel techniques etc. Plants don't need paper towels, ziploc bags, and hydrogen peroxide to propagate in the wild! For lavender, fill a seed tray with damp compost, ...
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Do I need to worry about the water dripping from the cut branch of the tree?

Whoever cut that when they cut it was not a very good excuse for a tree surgeon. That's not water, it's sap. Eventually it will stop, but doing major surgery on hardwoods in the early spring is ...
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Are there species that thrive in non-draining pots?

Plants are living things and therefore all the cells must breathe. This includes the roots. Even plants which appear to be growing in nothing but water are in fact breathing through the roots, ...
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Aquatic plants growing conditions

If I were you, I would take a step back. From your questions, it appears a good review would help you. Aquatic plants, like any other type can grow well in any space they are given, with proper ...
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

Unless you are OCD about water, which might come in handy someday, watering your potted plants who depend on you completely means giving them the best chances for survival; the best soil, the best ...
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

A twin faucet outlet simplifies things. If you really need to irrigate both trees and sprinkler at same time just add a metafim reducer to the line supplying the trees.ideally a twin faucet with two ...
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