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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It smells so nice, what is it?

Help me identify this houseplant, please. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Oct 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Brightening up a dreary corporate parking lot - what is it?

Can anyone identify this plant? It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD.
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 17, 2012 - 7 answers

What-Is-This-Plant Filter

What kind of plant is this? Not-so-green thumb needs to know! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Sep 13, 2012 - 4 answers

...and all I got is dirty looks by the neighbors.

Other than grass, what can I plant in my pervious concrete paver driveway in Seattle, WA? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Aug 28, 2012 - 12 answers

What kind of peppers are these, and when will they be ripe?

What kind of peppers are these, and when will they be ripe? I got a pepper plant from the farmer's market on a whim, and it's started making a bunch of tiny little peppers. Except! I lost the little tag that says what kind of peppers they are and I have no idea when they'll be ripe. I do know the guy said they're edible, they are not just ornamental, but I can't tell, and there are all sorts of colors going on with these cute little guys. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Aug 2, 2012 - 17 answers

What are these plants in in my yard?

What are these plants in in my yard? [Jun 4-1] [Jun 4-2] [Jun 4-3] [Jun 26] [Jul 7] [more inside]
posted by TeknoKid on Jul 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I stop plant thieves?

Someone stole a potted plant off of my back porch. I'm assuming it was a neighbor or guest of a neighbor, because our alley is locked off. Anyway I am pretty sad and angry (who steals a plant??? It was a $2 farmer's market plant in a $15 pot), and also worried about my other plants. How can I protect them? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jun 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)?

Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jun 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Seed help please!

What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue on May 31, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I get rid of mold on my bonsai?

What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Will this plant grow tall again?

Have I stunted this plant's upward growth with "reckless" pruning? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Pretty Plant Related Engagement Rings

Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Elephant ear, or what?

Plant Identification Filter: All sources say "elephant ear plant", but we're not entirely sure that's it. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on Mar 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Soothing scents for the sick!

Please recommend strongly-scented cut flowers or potted plants for someone in a nursing home. [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Nov 29, 2011 - 20 answers

Can you identify this succulent?

What succulent is this? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Unique seeds for pops!

My dad loves being outside. I want to get him some cool/fun seeds for Christmas to plant in the spring. What should I get? He lives in south eastern Wisconsin (zone 5). [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Oct 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Mystery Fruit, may you vex us no more.

Plant Identification Filter: What is this New England tree with cherry-like fruit? [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Sep 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Plant Identification

Can anyone identify this shrub/bush/tree? [more inside]
posted by lyam on Sep 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Bee balm bushes begin bending; bothers buzzv

Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Jul 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Where should I order bulk flowers online?

Does anyone have experience with ordering bulk flowers online? I'm looking for a reliable company to buy a bunch of flowers from for an event in mid September. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Jul 26, 2011 - 10 answers

I would take you home with me, if I only knew your name.

Mefi botanists: what is this strange cactus-like vine-y plant? [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 28, 2011 - 7 answers

For whom the purple bell tolls? And what is thy name?

Does anyone know what this plant could be? [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu on Jun 12, 2011 - 9 answers

to properly propagate a pothos

Why won't my pothos propagate in this place? I feel as though I am doing the right things, and now don't want to give up another little leg of the stuff to a failed propagation. [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jun 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Garden paradise in my apartment?!

Easy PlantIDFilter: Name this tree. [more inside]
posted by nosila on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

office plant identification

could you help me identify these two species of plants I picked up? they were sold to me as hardy office plants: image. That’s an indoor bamboo on the top left but there’s two of the same species on the bottom left that I’d like to identify, and one on the bottom right. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on May 22, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I move my plants cross-country?

How do I move my plants cross-country? [more inside]
posted by scazza on May 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Identify these three plants, please

Can you help me identify these plants? I'm trying to identify 1) the purple flowers, 2) the little white flowers at the bottom, and 3) the big green leaves. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 3, 2011 - 8 answers

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]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 20, 2011 - 20 answers

The Tree Ferns Have to Love Themselves Before I Can Love Them

What is going on with my new tree ferns? Bad things, yes, but what manner of bad things? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Apr 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Suggestions please for good food plants for kids to grow on our balcony.

Apart from tomatoes, strawberries and beans, what can we grow on our sunny central European balcony? [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Mar 27, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I keep predators out of my small container pond?

How can I keep predators out of my small container pond? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran on Feb 12, 2011 - 10 answers

I need to identify a plant to figure out if it is bird safe.

I need to identify a plant to figure out if it is bird safe. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Feb 7, 2011 - 11 answers

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