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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

Some info about carnivorous plants

I am a creative writer (NOT a gardener or botanist) and have some questions about carnivorous plants. I'm wondering what some of the more "out-there" examples of carnivorous plants are and how they work. I was also wondering how a person could modify a carnivorous plant so it doesn't eat insects (it doesn't matter if this would kill the plant; just need to know how to do it.) Have read wiki page and some other basic info. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 22, 2012 - 10 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

Possibly a Prickly Peruvian

What kind of cactus did I just adopt? A Replanting Challenge [more inside]
posted by General Tonic on Oct 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Can I grow herbs in an indoor wall-mounted planter?

Can I grow herbs that hang on the wall indoors and make them look nice too? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Oct 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Weird giant fig-things

What the heck is this mysterious fruit/vegetable? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Oct 20, 2012 - 4 answers

There's a hole in the countertop, dear Liza, dear Liza

What should we do with this big 1'x2.5' hole in the top of a bathroom countertop? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 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

PlantFiler: Help ID This vine in Atlanta!

I just recently moved to Atlanta (yay) and have been doing some gardening (aside: fellow atlanta mefi-ers please say hi, i need friends here!) Anyway, in pruning the honeysuckle bush outside our place, i found that about half of the plant is entangled in what looks to be some kind of invasive vine whose leaves look like this. I've cut most of it out of the plant now but I'd like to know what it is and what i should be doing to keep it away. I also see it growing up the side of the house a little. Please dont tell me its poison something because i 've been rubbing my hands on it all morning.
posted by softlord on Sep 16, 2012 - 18 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

Mystery weed ID

I need help identifying this plant: photo 1 / photo 2. It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD, USA.
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 10, 2012 - 3 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

Strange Fruit

What is this fruit-bearing bush in the yard of my new house, and can I eat the fruit on it (when it ripens)? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jul 31, 2012 - 10 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

Is this a weed or what?

Weed or flower filter: I was on vacation for a week or so and now there is a bunch of stuff here that I can't identify. HELP! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Show me what you got, nature!

I'm looking for all awe-inspiring annual/seasonal/migratory natural phenomena within a 4 hour drive of Los Angeles. Help me fill my yearly calendar with sights to see! [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 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

Plant or weed identification time.

What is this plant (or weed) growing in my back yard? It has multiple, thick stems with tiny thorns, green leaves that turn light green/reddish as the plant gets bigger, and a big root system with roots that are woody and slightly rubbery. It does not have any tendrils or flowers and left to grow, it begins to resemble a small tree. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

When to prune a weeping pussy willow?

When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I get my little garden to do its thing and grow some stuff

Gardening Filter : My tomato plants are flowering but not yielding any fruit! Am I doing something wrong? Or is it just not time yet? I have other friends who are already getting tomatoes this year. Is there anything I can do to help them out? This and other gardening queries. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 6, 2012 - 17 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 to build a perennial garden from the ground up?

Talk to me about building a perennial garden from the ground up. I'm a fairly new gardener, and have recently bought a number of plants online. This worked well, because we have a small but complicated garden layout (in terms of sun/shade/water) and I can figure out specifics without getting overwhelmed. I also enjoy being present in a nursery to see the plants in person, but the good places are a fairly long drive away and weekend crowds can drive me insane. Given a list of desired plants, how do you go about buying them? What is the most cost effective way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by barnone on May 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I move my potted vegetable plants to catch the morning sun?

I have a cherry tomato plant and a few pepper plants (scotch bonnets and jalapenos) in pots in a window that faces due west - they get bright shade until about 3 pm, and then hot, direct sun until about 6:30 pm. Should I move them to the front garden (facing south) in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Seed-filter: Can you ID this seed?

Seed-filter: Can you identify this seed (head-on, profile)? My mom came across this odd seed and is wondering what it is. I suggested that we plant it to figure out, but decided that Asking Metafilter might be a faster option.
posted by rdn on May 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Five year old green thumb

I'm trying to get my five year old step son interested in gardening. We made a special flower bed for him and I to grow plants in together and he is really excited to grow "rainbow blossoms" in it. Help me make this as rewarding for him as possible! [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 9, 2012 - 38 answers

Neighbor damaging my plants -- need a nannycam

Neighbors (?) deliberately cutting down our young plants. They have been nasty to us before. Considering a "nanny cam" to train on the not-cheap plants ... would like a) advice on nanny cams to suit our purposes; b) any other avenues to consider? [more inside]
posted by Sockish American on May 1, 2012 - 20 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

Help me pick the perfect plant

I need a fairly cheap, hard to kill, awfully pretty plant that comes in a 6-pack or more of bedding plants. And would be happy in a small pot. [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Apr 5, 2012 - 19 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

MyGarden?

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

Can you help me identify these plants?

Plant ID-Filter: I'm having trouble identifying these plants from Crystal Cove state park in Orange County, California. Any native plant specialists able to lend me a hand?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 28, 2012 - 14 answers

We would rather not see your potty please

Help me hide me neighbors toilet... and all the other trash the have on the side of their house. Looking for creative hedge ideas. We would like to plant a privacy hedge so we don't have to look out our windows and see our neighbor's junk. Our houses sit about 15ft apart on one side. It is only the front side yard we need to worry about as the back yard has a nice tall 8ft fence. Wish list inside. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Their time to thrive

I'm looking for examples of plants, animals or ecosystems that suddenly thrive under relatively rare and occasional conditions. One example is the marine ecosystem of microorganisms, shrimp, tiny fish, etc that thrive on the corpses of dead whales. Another is the Australian eucalypts which regenerate after bushfires. Another example is pantry moths, which can suddenly explode in population when grain is improperly stored. Can you think of any other examples?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Help with struggling exotic house plants!?

An older couple asked me to care for their condo & exotic house plants for three months while they're traveling. Two of the plants are struggling, and I don't know what to do! More info inside. [more inside]
posted by eenagy on Feb 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Please help us save our conjugal oak tree!!!

Our conjugal oak tree is dying, and I'm devastated. Please help us save it!!! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Feb 21, 2012 - 15 answers

fuzz on jade trees

My Jade plants have some white fuzz on them and some small fuzzy bug-looking things. picture The bug looking things don't move though. Anyone know what is happening?
posted by yticmic on Feb 5, 2012 - 5 answers

A punny card design, please?

Attention pun lovers! Plant related v-day punchline needed! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jan 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Easy-to-grow, attractive seedlings for wedding favors

I'm getting married in early September. Huzzah! My fiancé and I were originally planning on skipping favors, but we're now considering doing a combined favor/place card—seedlings, based heavily on this. To keep the cost down, we'd like to grow the plants from seeds ourselves, but we're not sure what plants would be best for this kind of project, and we obviously need to limit the chances for failure here. Help us get it right. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Jan 18, 2012 - 17 answers

What is this grassy crap in the spinach?

Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Jan 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Day of the Dead Lanscaping Needs Reviving. Where to start?

Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Jan 17, 2012 - 6 answers

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