I saw some potted flowers on someone's front gate and I would like to know what they are. They were bright pink, shaped like impatiens, but the leaves were a uniform and solid dark maroon/purple. They were sort of the same color as maple leaves before they turn in the fall. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture of the plant, and I have been looking at images of impatiens and other flowers all night with no luck. Green thumbs of AskMe, do you have any ideas?
This has appeared in my Portland, Oregon yard. It's about 8 ft tall, its leaves are monstrous and it's reproducing- there was one of them last year, there are now about five. It has large, furry leaves and a thick, green stem which has white pips on it. Gardening Mefites, what is it?
Can I eat peppers that have been gnawed by squirrels, or will I die of rabies? [more inside]
Can you tell me what this large glass jar found in my rented house's garden might be used for? [more inside]
Gardening question! I've got a potted tomato plant, with tons of green tomatoes. They were ripening up nicely, but when I went to pick some, they were rotting on the vine. Cracked at the stem and rotting in the center. The green ones are already cracking and darkening around the stem. See picture. What's wrong with them?
Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
My mother has a squirrel problem. She has a ton of tomato plants and now that they're coming in, the squirrels are picking them and eating part of them. Is there something she can do to save her plants? Note: killing the squirrels is not an option--she would rather not have tomatoes than kill the squirrels.
Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
I am going to inherit neglected piece of land that is covered in wild blackberry bush. There are fruit trees and currants somewhere in there, but I can't get to them. I don't know where to start with this - I would like to make this piece of land manageable, but I don't want to use herbicides and kill everything in sight. Are there any earth-friendly/permaculture solutions to this?
Is it too late in the growing season to propagate my forsythia? [more inside]
What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
Is it okay to mix the sulphur with some VF-11 fertilizer and spray both at the same time? I think I'm seeing some phosphorus deficiency (red segments on the leaves) so want try and address it and also want to keep up my powdery mildew prevention regime.
Hello! I'm having difficulty with my Bonsai tree! Help a confused beginner horticulturist out! [more inside]
Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
Help! My potted curry leaf tree has suddenly had its leaves start shriveling and turning brown. What's wrong with it, and how can I save my plant? [more inside]
What plant should we put in the box out front? Next to our stoop is a raised brick box with maybe 20x20x10 inches filled with dirt, where we want to plant something for decoration. The problem is that no matter what we plant, after a couple of months somebody comes along and pulls it out. [more inside]
As it turns out, the big weed that I couldn't cut down last year is a Boxelder maple (Acer negundo), and we've decided to keep it as a shade tree for our deck. Now I'm addicted, and I want more trees. What would you suggest for our climate and placement? [more inside]
I'm in Southern California and have a tiny patch of dirt, so over the past couple of years, we've been trying to grow random things, seemingly with no success, except recently, a bunch of stuff sprouted up. Please help ID these. [more inside]
Can I plant vegetables by just cutting them up and putting them in the ground? Specifically tomatoes and cucumbers. [more inside]
What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
Help out dying greenhouse tomato's! [more inside]
What's wrong with my peppers and tomatoes? [more inside]
So my Utah apartment I'm staying at over the summer has a decent-sized balcony, and I want to grow things on it. How can I do it, what should I grow, and what do I need? [more inside]
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action - Meister Eckhart
I want to plant some trees in the front yard that appeal to squirrels and birds. One would think that nut trees (hazel, chestnut, etc) would be a good choice but there's one thing - I'm hugely allergic to them and their pollen. What sort of tree should I plant? [more inside]
Container garden: Plastic storage bins... is the plastic safe for food? [more inside]
I have a plot in a community garden. I'm trying to decide if I want to use the raised bed/square foot gardening method or just use the soil that's already there. [more inside]
What are some useful gardening apps for my iPhone? [more inside]
I'd like to use hard PVC piping to make a worm tower for my garden - how safe is this? [more inside]
Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?
Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants? [more inside]
Got distracted and planted my onion sets and my peas in the same row... [more inside]
Will planting potatoes poison the hummingbirds? [more inside]
My sister is turning 40 soon. Can you help me find a good gift to give her? [more inside]
What can I apply to to the plastic sheeting of my cold frame to prevent it from fogging up? [more inside]
Help me wow my dad. Where can I buy the hybrid tea rose named "Picture?" [more inside]
Where can I buy hop rhizomes in Philly or NYC? [more inside]
I planted climbing peas about 2 weeks ago and they are turning yellow, drying out despite a fair amount of water, and losing their nice green color. I think I overwatered them to begin with, but I let them go without water for a few days, and put them outside so they could get more light. Now they look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60463163@N06/?saved=1 Please help! What should I do? I live in San Jose, zone 8B if that matters. Nights are in the upper 40's and days are in the mid to upper 60's. Gardening newbie, all other plants are doing well.
I'd like to grow hard-shell gourds (and maybe bamboo) on my Brooklyn deck, for making musical instruments. What varieties of plants should I grow? Where can I get seeds? What should I know about growing this stuff in containers, and preparing it after harvest? Is trying to grow bamboo to useful sizes out of the question? [more inside]
I have long-term custody of a potted citron tree that's a year or two old. It seems to be doing OK, but the central stem/trunk doesn't have any leaves at the top of it: Photo of the tree here. Should I prune the top of the trunk? If so, when and how? Is there any other pruning I should be doing at this point in its growth?
Squirrel Wars: Can I lay down a layer of chicken wire or hardware cloth directly on top of my raised beds to keep the squirrels from digging up my plants, and then let my veggies grow through the wire all season? [more inside]
This is for all of the green thumb mefites out there. I am looking for unique seeds to give as a gift to a friend who lives in southeastern Alabama. She is an advanced gardener with a degree in horticulture, so it should be something rewarding, but with a bit of a challenge I think. She enjoys interesting flowers as well as food goods. Any good suggestions?
I would like to populate my yard with native plants that would grow on their own in my local climate (read: no extra watering, very low care). How can I, a gardening novice, successfully transfer cuttings of live plants I encounter on my hikes around the area to my yard? What should I look for? What should I avoid? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to calculate the length and time of the shadow cast by my fence this spring and summer, for gardening purposes? Specs: 8 ft tall solid wood fence running almost exactly east to west, located in Washngton, DC.
I think I've failed in my first test as a backyard gardener by planting some grape vines in a stupid place. What can I do to save them? [more inside]
I'm looking to start a small vegetable garden this year. I'm in Westminster, CO. I have no experience with gardening. Where do I start? and when do I start?
Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
Gardening solo for the first time. What's a 30 year old woman to do to prepare for Spring? [more inside]
[Plant Filter] How do I care for my new dwarf conifer, a Lawson Cypress also known as "Treasure Island"? I purchased him from my local nursery two days ago, where they were selling small "living Christmas trees" as novelties. It is a very lovely little tree, and I would actually like to keep it potted inside if possible, but I'm not sure if it will be too warm for this species. [more inside]