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I happen to know the day is Wednesday.

What is this unearthly plant? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on May 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Surviving territorial pissings

I have been put in charge of beautifying a tiny patch of land in nyc, what should I plant in it? [more inside]
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity on May 2, 2016 - 7 answers

How can I create a lush, green balcony?

I have a small apartment balcony and I hope to be able to have all the walls covered in green this summer. I feel like there is a lot of potential for it to go well, maybe, but I just have no idea what to do! I've been researching, but I could really use some help in weighing my options. Gardeners, plant lovers, apartment dwellers, please help with your insights! [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 answers

RIP Primulas

Help me make my balcony feel like a welcoming outdoor space without any live plants. [more inside]
posted by burntflowers on Apr 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Gardening in California: What to do with a DEEP container?

Short version: I have a crate that is 50 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 35 inches deep. What plants have roots that can take advantage of the depth, but don't need much space to spread laterally? Long version: [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Apr 9, 2016 - 15 answers

Can I eat this, garden edition

I'm actually more wondering if these plants are poisonous. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by zinful on Mar 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Edible plants for bay area garden

Just moved to a place in SF south bay (mediterranean climate) with an empty raised bed garden, approx 10' x 5'. There are a couple of trees over it and fences/buildings blocking the west and east, so it only receives filtered light in the middle of the day. Any recommendations for edible plants (including herbs) that will grow well here? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi on Mar 28, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this plant in my back garden?

Can someone identify this plant? For the record, everything that looks red in the photo is actually a dead brown colour. It's looked mostly like this since I moved into this house in October, but the green bits on the ground are new. I'd like to know what it is so I know how to manage it. [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Mar 27, 2016 - 4 answers

What are some interesting plants I can grow in my office?

Looking for suggestions for uncommon plants that will do well in the specific environment of my very dry, well-lit, well-ventilated, cool office. Specifications within. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Can you identify this house plant?

Can you identify this house plant? [more inside]
posted by peep on Mar 8, 2016 - 8 answers

What is going on with these plants?

My apartment complex gardner planted 4 "white catawba rhododendron" bushes (?) in January. Two of them seem to be doing great, and two look like they're dying (?) This makes me sad but I know just about nothing about plants. Pictures after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Mar 8, 2016 - 8 answers

MISSION: AERIAL FOOD CUBE

I want to make a food-producing container garden on our (rented) apartment's small balcony. The good news: the balcony gets tons of sun. The bad news: the usable footprint is about 6'x6' and 6' of vertical space. What can I do to grow the most vegetables in this space? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 22, 2016 - 17 answers

Need help with committing herbicide (with several complications)

My condo has a deck that will probably need to be restored in the next few years, but I can't afford it now. The wood is shrinking some, which is enabling many plants to come up through the slats. Weeding the deck all summer is a real drag, but I believe that bunnies and groundhogs sometimes move in underneath, and I don't want to harm them. Also there are small trees. More inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Feb 13, 2016 - 14 answers

I want summer in February

It's freezing and I want to look at happy green things. Recommend me some gardening blogs?
posted by topoisomerase on Feb 13, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for a very specific plant

I'm looking for a drought resistant, shade tolerant, tall (at least 4 feet) perennial that can survive in a metal planter. [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Feb 8, 2016 - 9 answers

What are these brown bumps on my staghorn fern?

I have a staghorn fern named Robert. I just noticed little brown bumps on Robert what are they? Here's a picture. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Can you tell me what this plant is? And how to take care of it?

I bought this mystery plant at IKEA about two months ago...and have no idea how to take care of it. There are no stickers or other ID on it; I've looked up various plants online and by searching IKEA's plants, but don't see a match. I haven't been able to figure out what it wants with regard to water, light, heat; do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this houseplant with long stems, v-shaped leaves and no flowers?

I have done several Google searches and checked many lists of common houseplants. I can't figure out what this is.
posted by perryfugue on Jan 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Need good book on physical world of the Bible that isn't for children

For a project I'm doing, I'd like an illustrated book with lots of information on the physical world of the Bible - particularly animals, plants, and insects. I can look up what's mentioned in the Bible on Wikipedia, but I want more than that. I want to be able to page through an illustrated work (color) - bonus points if there are commentaries from scholars - and to learn a lot about all of the creatures mentioned without having to turn to my computer for complete information. More below. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Dec 31, 2015 - 9 answers

Why is my philodendron dying off, leaf by leaf?!

I bought this sucker because it's supposed to be hearty. But lately, its leaves have been turning yellow and then shriveling up, one by one. I water it once a week or so- whenever the water doohickey said it needs it. And I'm pretty sure it gets enough sunlight. What am I doing wrong?! Poor plant. Here's a pic. Oh, also: my mom helped me repot it about a month ago, and she said some trauma is expected. But I've lost 3 big leaves so far, and I can see it happening again! Gah.
posted by jessca84 on Dec 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Best Indoor Plant Gift

I have an older relative who enjoys gardening, but can no longer work in the yard. I would like to give him a small in-door plant that requires some amount of maintenance and care so that he can still enjoy his hobby. Difficulty level: the plant must be very allergy friendly. Bonus points if I can find this on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Dec 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Looking for a good picture book showing the biodiversity of the Earth

I'm looking for a giant book of life on earth for a kid. A book with real pictures (not drawings) that highlights the biodiversity of the earth. A book with 400+ pages that would have pictures of things like the dragon blood tree, the jewel caterpillar, the banyan tree, the cashew tree, the iridescent sky blue Hoplia coerulea. Not just pigs, zebras, and lions. And not anything framed as "weird!" If there was an updated version of the Illustrated Wildlife Treasury Cards, that would be fantastic and ideal. But I don't see such a thing, so a book will have to do. Any suggestions?
posted by cashman on Nov 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Ideas for outdoor container plants that accept ill-treatment?

I have a practical need/personal desire to have some outdoor plants in containers -- some small, some medium, some large containers--as well as, preferably, some hanging baskets. However: I hate caring for outdoor plants in containers. What plants might a disinterested-but-interested gardener use with these constraints? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

What to replace bolting rocket with in my hot but shadey garden bed?

I have a garden bed in Sydney, Australia, that is in part shade, but it's clearly now too hot for the rocket and other lettuces that were in there, as they are all bolting as soon as they mature. What should I replace them with for the summer months? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Can anyone tell me what this plant is?

I'm trying to ID a plant in my back yard that recently flowered. Photos of the plant in question. I'm located in southern Illinois. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Sep 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Houseplants 101

I want plants in my house. I tend to kill most plants. Also, I have hardwood floors and curtains and cats. Help. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Aug 28, 2015 - 21 answers

What plant is this?

Can anyone identify this indoor plant, seen at an office in north Texas? Thanks!
posted by LNM on Aug 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Is installing a cistern worth the trouble?

We recently bought a 3 acre property near Ojai, CA. Over the next few years we will be building some new structures and rebuild the existing house. The land used to be an Apricot orchard but has been barren for decades. All the vegetation left are some beautiful Californian Oaks and two Olive trees. In May we planted the perimeter with 171 drought tolerant trees and bushes and have put a drip irrigation system on it (currently 1 X 30 min per week). This should take care of our privacy and hide the fence. [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Jul 27, 2015 - 20 answers

Jade Plant Collapsed, why?

I checked my plants on my porch today and noticed that one of my jade plants had folded over like a popped balloon. Looking around online I think it sounds like it got a bad case of root rot, but is that right, and can I do anything but throw it out? Picture here. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jul 22, 2015 - 4 answers

PlantID: Tomatillo, or weed?

This plant has sprung up as a volunteer in my friend's garden box. No tomatillos have been anywhere near the garden box, or the compost used to enrich the garden box. My husband claims it is definitely a tomatillo, because it looks remarkably like our tomatillo plant. I say it can't be, because that makes no sense, and it has to be some kind of weedy nightshade. Settle our bet, Metafilter.
posted by deludingmyself on Jul 19, 2015 - 6 answers

What is this plant my dog loves?

My dog races to this plant and eats it every chance she gets. She acts like it's pepperoni! What is it and will it kill her?
posted by Raichle on Jul 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Plant Identification Alert

I am designing a table centerpiece for an upcoming party, and I would like something very similar to the corked bottles in this Pinterest image. Can you identify the plants that are inside the bottles? [more inside]
posted by jess on Jul 7, 2015 - 4 answers

Which of these flowering climbers should I plant?

I have an arbor that I'd like to have some climbing woody flowering vines or other plants on. I'm in hardiness zone 7a and the plants must be in containers. Jasmine, clematis, honeysuckle, climbing rose? [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Jul 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Gardening at night, in the morning, whenever.

I'm looking for images of residential gardens that embody high design standards--websites are fine; books are great. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Raised bed garden built from cardboard?

My sister and I are trying to figure out how to do raised bed gardening on the extremely cheap. I have proposed building the beds out of the cardboard boxes left over from our recent move. What are the likely consequences of this plan, and do you have a better and/or cheaper option? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jul 2, 2015 - 35 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Asking for a friend who found these in his Los Angeles backyard: The nuts start out green like olives, then turn. Inside is a hard shell. If you crack that open there is a strong smell my friend described as a cross between almond, macadamia and hazelnut, mostly almond. His dog chewed up the nuts so he's wondering if they're toxic at all.
posted by Hairy Lobster on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I start from scratch with my flower beds? And if so, how?

My flowerbeds are overrun with weeds, no matter how much I pull. Should I start completely over, and if so, what's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Jun 18, 2015 - 9 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

Aeonium or not aeonium...?

This is a photo of a small part of a colony of succulents growing in a friend's yard. The maple spinners might give a sense of scale – the rosettes vary from about 1.5 to 3.5 inches across. Are these aeonium? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jun 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Flower identification

Spotted this flower, not sure if it was planted or if it sprouted up as a weed. Can you ID? Flower is growing in Seattle, Washington. [more inside]
posted by Craig on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

What to think about when building a greenhouse

We're going to build a greenhouse from a kit in the garden, around 16 sq meters (around 170 sq feet) in size, probably rectangular and with a regular peaked roof. It will be used mostly for herbs and vegetables, and starting the garden plants in the spring. We haven't owned a greenhouse before, so we need some assistance with the different design decisions: [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Plant ID help needed

I'm curious to know what this plant is - it's growing in an alley in Washington, D.C.
posted by ryanshepard on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

How can I make my balcony awesome? Difficulty level: allergic to dirt.

We recently moved to an apartment with a large balcony. We were super excited about the possibilities, especially growing veggies / herbs / flowers with our kids. But surprise!! We can't find dirt! My child has a peanut allergy, and - WHO KNEW?? - most commercially available dirt / potting soil has peanuts and peanut shells as a filler. My child's allergy is severe enough that we won't take the risk of having it around. How can we enjoy the full potential of our balcony and maybe even enjoy some living, growing things? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on May 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Let's play ID the plant!

I'm a gardening dummy and bought and potted an herb without really confirming what it is. I originally thought it was thyme but it's obviously not thyme. Here is a photograph of said plant. 1. What is this plant? 2. Is it safe if my cat nibbles it? 3. Any advice on how to avoid killing it?
posted by thirdletter on May 4, 2015 - 38 answers

What is this plant?

We have two unidentified plants in our Chicago backyard - what are they? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by cimton on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Highest wattage of fluorescent lights for plant growing?

I am currently growing pothos in a long planter in my bathroom with two four-ft. "grow light" fluorescent bulbs in a regular two-bulb fluorescent fixture. This is almost a joke, because... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Time to play another round of Plant! Or! Weed!!

Is my garden overrun with weeds? See pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I grow tomatoes in my yard?

Is there any good reason why I can't grow tomatoes in area with grass? Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Dallas plants/Bushes or flowers.

I just bought a new home in Dallas Tx. In our kitchen right where the kitchen table is we have a big window that looks out to our neighbors house where there is a air conditioner unit. Im looking for a relatively inexpensive bush/plant/flower to put there that will grow and live all year round that will add a more pleasant view than an AC unit. Suggestions? House faces North/ South. Also looking for the option that requires the least maintenance.
posted by flipmiester99 on Mar 20, 2015 - 7 answers

What are some cool plants to put in a planted aquarium?

After reading the question about the ethics of keeping fish in a tank, I'm now curious about interesting plants (tank or not). What are some plants with extra features that don't take a lot of maintenance? (Glows in the dark? Is edible? Smells cool?) [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Mar 1, 2015 - 7 answers

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