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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

Help Me Find Trees & Plants for a NYC Terrace.

I'm looking for a referral to a supplier of quality and reasonably priced evergreen type trees and plants in and around NYC (also LI, NJ, Conn., etc.) This would need to be a store, nursery or garden center that offers delivery to Manhattan. I've been to the "plant district" in the city but I'm interested in researching other alternatives. Looking to purchase in the next two weeks. Thank you.
posted by mbx on Oct 7, 2013 - 2 answers

I Am Sooooo Stuck On You

Went out in the woods yesterday in my new Patagonia fleece jacket. Noticed the dog was covered with tiny black burrs and then noticed I was covered with them too. The jacket is covered with masses of them and they are impossible to pull off as they are clumped together. Duct tape and packing tape do not work. Help me to be wear my new jacket again. Suggestions please?
posted by Xurando on Oct 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Beautifying my backyard, and I need a little help!

I live in zone 9b (northern CA) and I'm looking for good ground-cover plants that are hearty, can withstand moist/rocky soil, and need lots of water. The challenge is that this area (about 8 square feet) is right next to the foundation of our house, and the gutter pours water into the area. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Houseplant suggestions needed

I'd like to get some suggestions for small houseplants. They will sit on the windowsill above my kitchen sink, getting direct sunlight in the morning. I need plants that can remain in smallish pots (no more than 6" diameter), and require minimal upkeep. I'd prefer it if they can be watered by adding an ice cube once or twice per week.
posted by asher on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What is growing in my sister's garden?

My sister bought cucumber plants for her garden... What grew was this. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Sep 5, 2013 - 10 answers

I love eggplants. Can I grow them indoors in the winter?

Eggplant is my favorite vegetable, and while you can get them year-round, the prime eggplant season is rapidly coming to a close. It is possible to make some rig in my decent-sized apartment to grow them in the winter? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Aug 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Which houseplants are the least tasty to cats?

Please recommend cat-proof plants. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Aug 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me cheaply improve my crappy apartment's barren soil/dying shrub

What are some cheap plants/landscaping that can grow in the shady barren-dirt-place next to my condo's front door and/or something I can do to revivify the pathetic shrub that languishes nearby? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Jul 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Edible plants to grow in the shower?

I have a large bathroom/shower room. It is a Japanese bathroom where the whole room gets wet and has a drain in the middle. I am looking for edible plants that like that type of wet/humid/warm environment. The room has a large northerly facing window but does not get any direct light. Maybe some kind of tropical fruit?
posted by Infernarl on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

What kind of flower is this?

I think it's some kind of wild rose, though not sure. The photo was taken in Ireland. Photo here: http://instagram.com/p/a1USOGv3BP/ Found something called a Winged Thorn Rose on Google images - but the petals of that rose were not jagged like the one in my photo. Officially stumped!
posted by aelish on Jun 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me not to kill this (unkillable?) plant!

I'm in charge of taking care of a pachira aquatica plant in my office. We moved about two weeks ago, and since then it's been turning yellow at a very alarming rate. All the leaves that are yellow here have only become so over the past few days, and this picture don't even include all the ones that have completely fallen off--please let me know if there's anything that I can do to reverse this, or at least stop it from continuing until there aren't any leaves at all! [more inside]
posted by Dante Riordan on Jun 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Organization focused on 3 plant species, all adept at filtering water

I can't remember the name of this organization, and I've seen online crowds do better. The website I remember was focused on 3 plants, and the organization's major goal was cleaning waterways by replanting in places where we have uprooted for the sake of a better view or access to the water etc. It's possible they've branched into more species, but at the time they seemed pretty dedicated solely to a tree, a bush, and another plant. Thanks, here's hoping.
posted by Atticus Swanson on Jun 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Plants for privacy screening in the SF Bay Area

Could any of the great gardeners on Metafilter offer advice about what to plant along a fence to create some privacy screening? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jun 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should I plant this if I don't know what it is? Please help.

Got this plant as a gift from inlaws. I'd like to identify it so I know how big it will get and where to plant it. Any ideas? It's about 2ft. tall right now still in the pot. I'm in south texas. Leaves remind me of a mesquite, But I doubt that's what it is. Honestly i have no clue. They got at it as some event where they were giving away all sorts of plants. Thanks in advance!
posted by gabem on Jun 2, 2013 - 9 answers

SOFTWARE / RESOURCE SUGGESTIONS FOR BOTANY BEGINNER...

Any recommendations for a software program for managing photos, notes, etc., of plants I am learning about. Just recently developed an interest in Botany and don't really know where to begin. I have tons of photos, journal notes and websites bookmarked and am looking for a way to keep things together and organized so i can access all the info easier. Also looking for a reliable resource for identifying and learning more about the plants I find. Any other advice for a beginner would be appreciated as well...
posted by slowtree on May 28, 2013 - 2 answers

I'm looking for flowering or edible, shade-tolerant container plants.

I'm looking for flowering or edible, shade-tolerant container plants. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on May 24, 2013 - 9 answers

What tree is this?

Please help identify this tree. The photo was taken in Vancouver yesterday.
posted by vanar sena on May 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Thorny, sharp-leaved plant with yellow flowers?

I (foolishly) let a plant with thorns and sharp leaves get rather large next to my house. Now I'm finding it tough to tear it all out because it's so well established. Can anybody help me identify the plant so I can try to figure out if I'm killing enough of it so that it won't come back? I live in Colorado. A picture of the plant is here and a close up of the yellow flowers/leaves is here. [more inside]
posted by warble on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

Homescaping Query

What's a good bush to plant next to the front door? This is in coastal Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Will I kill my window box plants with Miracle Gro?

Now that I have a balcony, I wanted a little garden out there with window boxes. I purchased window boxes and a bag of Miracle Gro online. I already had two potted flowers that were about to burst from their pots. (I was going to buy more tomorrow after the boxes arrived and I had an idea how much room I would have.) The Miracle Gro arrived and despite no warning on the website, it says "Not for use in containers." Will I kill my flowers if I go ahead and use it? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Apr 19, 2013 - 11 answers

Is this a Chinese or Japanese character?

I'm fairly sure this thing I saw this morning is going to be a vertical growing tower for plants. Is it also a Chinese or Japanese character? If it is, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Apr 10, 2013 - 3 answers

The catproofed terrace

I am looking for ideas for adding privacy, plants, and catproofing to the rather large terrace at my new place. You can see a picture of the terrace here (with bonus cat). [more inside]
posted by thebordella on Apr 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Plant Identification

This is our plant, Plant. What kind of plant is it? I picked Plant up a few years ago in a fancy garden store but it was unlabelled and they didn't know what it was either. A few more clues inside. [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Apr 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Strange Plants Now Flowering What are They?

A new bunch of plants flowering now - they are very unusual - can you tell me what they are? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Mar 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Plants that like cat pee?

Are there any plants that will actually thrive from regular doses of cat urine? And that would grow in pots outdoors in Western Oregon? [more inside]
posted by mmmmbobo on Mar 20, 2013 - 9 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

I don't want my apartment to smell like a rustic old cabin all the time.

How do I change the way my apartment smells? I'm in a long-term sublet. The place has a kind of dankness to it that I find less than ideal. It's not a bad smell, it's just kind of stifling. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Mar 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Un-Depressing a small grey lounge

Suggestions for greening up an indoor space when I can't use real plants. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Black Thumb + Cold + Bad Light = Super Easy, Right?

What are some hardy, pretty, or useful houseplants for a small space in the Pittsburgh/Western PA/Northeast region? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 22, 2013 - 15 answers

ID this plant?

Asking for a friend; please help ID this particular bit of shrubbery.
posted by MansRiot on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Locating Manzanita

Does anyone know where specifically (like near what street) I might be able to find wild Manzanita Trees in Alameda County or Contra Costa County? I have heard they may grow on Mt. Diablo... [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Jan 23, 2013 - 7 answers

What can I eat and use to grow a new plant indoors?

I already know about avocados, celery and pineapples. What else can I buy in the supermarket, eat and then plant a seed from which will grow a nice indoor plant? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Jan 10, 2013 - 23 answers

What has gone wrong with my squash, cucumbers, and peas?

Oh no! My winter squash, cucumbers, and peas are failing. Can anybody tell me why and what, if anything, I can do about it? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Can you identify this plant?

Can you identify this plant? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 30, 2012 - 11 answers

What does an elm look like?

I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 28, 2012 - 22 answers

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