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Plant ID? It's not marijuana.

This plant has been showing up every year for 12 years now. I don't know what it is. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by yesster on May 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Bamboo Plant Labels: how to make them last

We have been labeling plants in a public garden with 1 inch bamboo and black text printed on clear all weather label tape. These labels don't last as long as we'd like them to and we're looking for ideas on how to fix this so we don't have to replace 40% of them each year. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on May 4, 2016 - 17 answers

Suggestions for where to look for a horticulture degree?

I've decided to see what I can do about some form of advanced education. I'm looking at a degree in horticulture but I'm somewhat stuck beyond that. [more inside]
posted by Socinus on Feb 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Are master gardener courses realistic? What about 'realistic for me'?

I'm thinking of doing this either next year or the following. Can I get some experiences, thoughts, and feedback? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 28, 2015 - 11 answers

What is this tree and seed?

What is this tree and seed (nut?)? Eight or nine feet tall, growing next to a sidewalk and clearly intentionally planted. That seed is marble- or dime-sized, and I just picked this Friday, so it would have to be fruiting now in Austin, Texas. Don't worry, I'm not going to eat it. Just curious. Thanks!
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Resources for becoming a more intuitive gardener?

Over many years of learning how to cook, I developed from slavishly following recipes (and often screwing up anyway) to being able to improvise with a decent success rate. Now I'm learning how to garden, and would like to make a similar transition. If you have done this, what helped? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jun 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Small, HIGH QUALITY, general-purpose pruner?

I'd like to buy a small (~6 inch), HIGH QUALITY pruner. It needs to stay LOCKED so that I can carry it around. I've been looking at Felco pruners, but they seem to be tailored for heavy-duty pruning and are pretty large to carry around all the time as a general purpose tool. Leatherman's Micra looks nice (I've been needing to get a multitool too...) but I'm looking for a dedicated pruner.
posted by gray17 on Feb 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to donate / sell specific items in Atlanta?

I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Grow a quinine tree in California?

I live in Sunset zone 14. Could I grow a Cinchona Pubescens tree in my yard? Because: how awesome would it be to have both a lime tree and a quinine tree, maybe at the front walkway or something? (Cue Esquivel.) Bonus: where to buy the rootstock?
posted by prettyboyfloyd on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I grow marijuana legally for a living?

I live in Arizona, where medical cannabis has been state law for two years now. The industry is still a wee sapling, and it's a dream of mine to legally grow and sell to dispensaries and to patients directly. This is the best time to make my dream happen, before the market blossoms, yeah? Puns aside, I'm having significant trouble finding accurate and helpful information on the internet--how do I do legal cannabis growing? What's the application I need to turn in to which department to receive which license? What are the do's and don't's and points of etiquette in handling a federally illegal substance? Tell me what I need to know! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Plant Filter: Name That Flower

What is the name of these blue flowers? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Mar 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Seeking recommendations for books about plants and gardening

This past week I was at a job interview and was asked what my favorite book on gardening was and I had trouble answering. I eventually said Dirr, but felt that my answer was kind of boring; this led to the realization that I should probably do some reading. Please help me find some good books about plants. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Can I keep a plant in my car?

I would like to keep a plant (alive) in my car, possibly in a cup holder. Is there a plant that could handle my car's interior environment, isn't too fussy about watering, and is not covered in needles? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Feb 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Inpatient gardening ideas, please!

Help me figure out what to do with my new gardening group! Indoors and out, with an emphasis is on safety. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 5, 2012 - 7 answers


Are there any free cloud-based garden planning tools? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers


I'm thinking of building a terrarium to combine the excitement of cultivation and microcontroller/control systems hacking. What are some interesting organisms to grow in a terrarium that would justify elaborate control of lighting, humidity, and temperature?
posted by phrontist on Jan 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Root depth and breadth

I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
posted by gray17 on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 answers

iPhone Photo Overlay App

I'm looking for an iPhone app that can use a previous photo as a transparent overlay to match up when when taking a new photo. I want to take photos of a tree every week and have each photo look as similar as possible to show the growth of the leaves.
posted by greenapplecat on Oct 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Billions of berries for Blackberry Jamble

Can I move a blackberry plant safely? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Aug 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Mystery office plant

What is this mystery plant, and how can it be saved? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on May 25, 2011 - 12 answers

What is this thing and can I eat it - part deux

SO what's this OTHER thing growing on my backyard tree. And more important, will I soon be able to eat it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 1, 2010 - 27 answers

Mary Mary Quite Contrary - Indoor Plant Palooza!

Recommend some house plants! [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on May 10, 2010 - 22 answers

Is it a bush? A tree? A whazzit?

Yet another plant identification question! [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I save thyme?

How can I, or rather my landlady, save some thyme that has just been brought in for the winter? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong on Dec 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Canadian flowers, 'weeds', trees, and 'pests'.

Are there any respectable horticulture textbooks with specifically Canadian content? [more inside]
posted by RollingGreens on Sep 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Please help me identify an unknown wild berry (that I tasted...does that entice you to read more?)

Please help me identify a wild berry in Western Canada? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Aug 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Identify this houseplant please.

Please identify this houseplant. This tall and skinny houseplant intrigues me, and I would like to get my own. Who can tell me what it is, and possibly where I would go to get one? (i am a plant newb)
posted by mrgoldenbrown on Jul 13, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I grow rosa rugosa indoors?

Oh hive mind: wield your mighty collective horticulture-fu to help me bring the seashore to my apartment! Help me figure out how to grow Rosa Rugosa inside and make my sweetheart happy! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jul 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Careers in horticulture

Tell me about careers in horticulture [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Nov 17, 2008 - 7 answers

ID this little white flower?

Flower Identification filter: What is this plant? [more inside]
posted by MaudB on Jul 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Help identify strange swamp cabbage on our property?

Can anyone help me identify this odd cabbage-like plant that we have tons of growing on our property? Pictures and more description inside. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Apr 1, 2008 - 15 answers

They grow this sh-t in Walla Walla, so why not try it here?

Can I grow wine grapes in Boston? Advice and anecdotes sought... [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Dec 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Please help me to identify this plant

What is this houseplant? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Sep 16, 2007 - 9 answers

Urban (Garden) Blight

One of my container garden tomato plants is sick. What's wrong with it? [more inside]
posted by dw on Jul 11, 2007 - 7 answers

How hard is it to graft fruit limbs?

How difficult is it to graft fruit stock onto root stock for the backyard horticulturist? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Jun 4, 2007 - 4 answers

Nondestructive Climbing Vines

I am looking for a nondestructive climbing vine that does well in shade. [more inside]
posted by pheideaux on Mar 28, 2007 - 12 answers

Can I Get My Schefflera to Branch?

How do I make my schefflera (umbrella tree, S. actinophylla) branch out? [more inside]
posted by goatdog on Mar 20, 2007 - 6 answers

The Brown Thumb Kills All!

PlantFilter: What is "pinching off" and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 30, 2006 - 13 answers

Where can I find help maintaining some landscaping?

I find myself responsible for a semi-large, quite varied chunk of landscaping. Shrubs, flowers, trees, you name it. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Where can I find help? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Jul 21, 2005 - 9 answers

What are these caterpillar-like things on my hazelnut tree?

I have a hazelnut tree. Each year at this time, the tips of the branches extrude 2-3 inch long caterpillar-like growths which drop off. What are these called, and what is their function? This is undoubtedly a simple question which many can answer, but nevertheless hard to google.
posted by Neiltupper on Feb 5, 2005 - 3 answers


I've decided that I need a new hobby and am thinking that growing bonsai trees might be it. [Guess what waits inside...] [more inside]
posted by shotsy on Oct 17, 2004 - 8 answers

What are some good books about growing orchids indoors?

New orchid grower seeks advice as he hunkers down for yet another Canadian winter! Can any mefites recommend good books on growing orchids indoors? Actually, any advice about orchids, grow-lights and other tropicals that might grow well in my urban apartment would be very much appreciated.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk on Sep 21, 2004 - 4 answers

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