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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

What is wrong with my peace lily?

My peace lily keeps wilting no matter what I do. I'm kind of bad with plants, but usually not this bad. I need to do something different, but what? [more inside]
posted by holborne on Feb 24, 2015 - 20 answers

She's going back to the land...

Can the Hive Mind help me in brainstorming the perfect family homestead? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Feb 12, 2015 - 35 answers

Venus fly traps just aren't big enough...

How can I stop cats from peeing on the outside of my front door? Plants maybe? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Feb 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Amateur Gardening 101

I want to grow vegetables and herbs on my apartment terrace. I am feeling overwhelmed, as I've never had a garden before. I need help! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jan 3, 2015 - 15 answers

Humidifying, low-light, cat-friendly plants? Or a better humidifier?

We'd like to humidify our bedroom. Can we make a meaningful difference with houseplants? What kind, for low light and non-toxicity to cats? Alternatively, is there a humidifier that isn't annoying? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Nov 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Recommend a climbing plant that will cover a brick wall.

I'm doing some pre-planning for a landscaping project next year. I have a brick wall that I would like to cover with some form of climbing ivy or the like. It is an eastern facing wall (4'w x 8'h), gets plenty of morning sunlight, located in the New York City area and would have to be planted in limited soil depth (6" or so) or a planter. I would like something that grows fast, has a long season and is a perennial. Not sure if Boston Ivy meets these goals but that look would be the ideal. Would appreciate your advice.
posted by mbx on Nov 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Snow and my garden

First winter in our new house, and the first real (but probably short lived) snow will come Wednesday (USDA Hardiness Zone 6A). We won't have to to prep for this snowfall, but what should we be doing longer term for the plants in our garden during the winter? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

I kill plants. I have a plant. What do I do?

Last night a neighbor very sweetly brought me this little plant - a stub of what seems to be a succulent, about 3 inches high, potted in a tiny glass pot. I have no idea what it is or what it needs, and I'd like to keep it alive. Please help! [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Nov 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Twist tie me up

The green twist ties in garden stores and the green tape for supporting vines and plants,....are they green as a light spectrum issue or just to blend in with the leaves?
posted by Freedomboy on Oct 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Safe to bring California bay laurel/pepperwood to Arizona?

Can I bring California bay laurel branches to Arizona without potentially causing an ecological problem? [more inside]
posted by pony707 on Sep 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me about these berries!

What are they? Can I eat them (I didn't, they don't look very eaty)? I found them on the sunshine coast in BC and proceeded to fail at google.
posted by rideunicorns on Sep 2, 2014 - 3 answers

How should I cheaply improve this terrible front yard?

Moving into a rental house and the lawn is bare and weedy. I don't want to sink a lot of money in it, but I do want it to look better. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Images of crops/livestock before selective breeding

I'm giving a talk soon that will include a few slides about the dramatic changes wrought by selective breeding, mostly on food crops and livestock. I'm looking for examples and images (ideally public domain) that I can use to say e.g. "here's what it looked like in the wild, and here's what it looks like after 2,000 years of domestication". [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 20, 2014 - 19 answers

What small plant(s) would like to live in my shower niche?

Instead of placing soap in the platform of my shower designed to hold soap, I would like to have one or a few small plants grow there. What species should I be considering for this periodically moist environment? Difficulty level: history of repeat herbicide. & I want these plants to quietly flourish.
posted by bertran on Aug 19, 2014 - 13 answers

What is this blue berried plant?

Out of nowhere this plant grew from my lavender and is producing berries. Blue berries would be too good to be true. Although there is no way I would sample them, I would like to know if they are dangerous to the three dog terrors of the house! Oddly enough googling "blue berried plant" results in many blueberry plants. Photobucket (fail) stream Many thanks to Teh Metas!
posted by Bun Surnt on Aug 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Garden peeps: any idea what this might be? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jul 27, 2014 - 13 answers

If you cauliflower by any other name, does it smell as sweet?

I have a houseplant that I love, but I have no idea what it is. It's a hearty, lovely little guy, and contrary to the post's title doesn't ever flower. I want more of it! Or at least want to know what it is. Gallery of images on imgur. Thank you, internet heroes!
posted by twooster on Jul 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How to bring blueberry bushes back to life?

I got a pair of blueberry bushes recently. They were potted and intended for ground planting, but I was unable to plant them. I was out of town for a week and a half and they went about that long with little or no water. When I returned, the leaves were brown and crispy and the soil was bone-dry. I put them in the ground and watered them copiously every day, but it's been a few days and they seem no better. Is there anything I can do to revive them, or am I out of luck?
posted by Slinga on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Can this schefflera be saved?

I have a large (4' tall) schefflera in my office that has been infested with aphids for a few years now. At the recommendation of a coworker, I tried half-heartedly to get rid of them one time over the course of a few weeks by spraying the leaves with a mixture of dish soap and water, but this was way too time-intensive given that I do not care about this plant at all, and I'm not sure it helped, anyway. The thing is, I feel guilty letting it slowly die an aphid-ridden death. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Austrian Florafilter: help my friend ID this plant?

Can you name this lovely flower/plant? [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno on Jul 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Gardeningfilter: name those plants...

Hi folks, a friend is looking to do some garden remodelling. She's seen a couple of plants she'd like and took photographs, but has no idea what they actually are. So, green-fingered members of the green, can you help? Images and snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Indoor plant for my office

About 12 months ago I started work at a new workplace. The office fit-out is ordinary; beige cubicles for the workers, (mostly) windowless little offices for the big-salary earners. We all work in a low-rise building a few ks out of the CBD. A few nice things about the environment struck me when I was new: the lovely Indo-pacific artefacts decorating the place and the abundance of lovely tropical plants everywhere. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Jul 10, 2014 - 18 answers

What are these flowers?

I have a bunch of flowers in my yard. Pic 1. Pic 2. What are they? I am particularly interested in the blue one, but there are an awful lot of flowers.
posted by amber_dale on Jun 11, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I grow rosemary indoors?

Every time I try to grow rosemary indoors, the plants die. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on May 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Ground-cover suggestions for the absolute beginner

For the first time in my life, I have a yard, but I need to find something to cover my special-snowflake hill. Help? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on May 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you quantify the energy of spring?

It's spring and the plants and trees which have been bare for months are bursting into life. I've been thinking it must take a lot of energy for a tree to go from having no leaves at all to being covered in too many to count in a relatively short period of time. But how much energy exactly? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Apr 16, 2014 - 4 answers

The original sources of traditional medicine

How were the medicinal properties of plants established in antiquity? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Attention horticulturists!

How old is our new plant that is a cutting from an old plant? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Feb 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Need ideas for backyard ground cover

The backyard of the house we bought has several raised beds (great!) and a couple of trees. The previous owners removed the lawn, so the rest of the ground is plain ol' bare dirt. They apparently liked it that way, but I don't. I'd like some ideas for a low-maintenance ground cover that isn't straight-up grass or sod. Other details within. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jan 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Terrarium Supplies

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy terrarium supplies (glass dish, sand/gravel, plants)? Ideally, I want an open, cylindrical dish about 10" wide and 3" tall. [more inside]
posted by pompelmo on Jan 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Taking care of a European Cypress tree

My dad sent me a European Cypress tree in the mail. How do I take care of it? Minnesota edition. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Dec 19, 2013 - 1 answer

What kind of palm tree is this?

I bought this tree at a stoop sale about 8 years ago and they told me it was a "weeping palm". Just got around to googling that name and it looks like that might not be a real name for any kind tree, or at least any kind that tells me what kind of potting soil it wants. Help? Bonus points if you help me take awesome care of it.
posted by paul_smatatoes on Dec 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Help with gift for Dad

I need help finding a Christmas gift for my dad. I'm looking for: - Something that requires occasional hands on -- a project, but not a full-time project - Something a little science-projecty and geeky, but that does not involve a computer (he's 72 and not terribly computer literate; he does have an iPad, though) - Something that has a definable end result - Something he can attend to while my folks spend three months in their RV this winter - Most likely something plant-related More... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Plant ID for pets

Is this a polka dot plant? I need to know in case Mr. Muffin decides to munch on it (details and links to pics inside) [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Nov 18, 2013 - 8 answers

How to store an overwatered bay laurel until replanting?

How should I store my bare-root baby bay laurel overnight? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Nov 6, 2013 - 2 answers

What plant is this?

My neighbour threw a biggish one of these out in a pot; it was half dead, but I noticed this small pup at the edge of the container and rescued it. I'm thinking Agave? Maybe Aloe? Image 1 Image 2
posted by New England Cultist on Oct 30, 2013 - 5 answers

I think I've given home to Audrey III

I have a cactus which I believe to be an ostropuntia subulata monstrose (pic of one that looks just like mine). It didn't grow for years, and now it's growing astonishingly quickly. Why? And what can I do to help it along? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

We're totally going to eat these if you don't stop us.

Our new apartment comes with a garden that contains a mix of both edible plants and decorative plants. There are a few plants that we're pretty sure are edible, but we'd like to be 100% sure before we, you know, eat them. Help us out? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Oct 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Animal/plant found ONLY in Illinois/midwest

Need a QUICK answer. I need animals or plants found ONLY in Illinois or immediately surrounding areas. Have tried Google and am really struggling with the ONLY part of that. Anyody who knows one or more, PLEASE let me know. Thank you!
posted by odragul on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

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