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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

Mystery trees, grant me some knowledge

Can you help me identify these potted fruit plants/trees to be? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Root depth and breadth

I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
posted by gray17 on Dec 15, 2011 - 4 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

What is this houseplant?

As the green thumb of my circle of friends, I have been asked to resuscitate my friend's dying plant. It'd help me if I knew what kind of plant it was.
posted by tumbleweedjack on Oct 19, 2011 - 3 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

Kalanchoe - potting questions

When, if, and how should I repot my new kalanchoe? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 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

Pretty pink and purple

I saw some potted flowers on someone's front gate and I would like to know what they are. They were bright pink, shaped like impatiens, but the leaves were a uniform and solid dark maroon/purple. They were sort of the same color as maple leaves before they turn in the fall. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture of the plant, and I have been looking at images of impatiens and other flowers all night with no luck. Green thumbs of AskMe, do you have any ideas?
posted by oflinkey on Sep 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Plant Identification

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

Keeping herbs alive in a city window

I have a black thumb, but I'd really like to be able to keep a few pots of herbs in my window here in NYC. Give me your best herb practices. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Aug 6, 2011 - 15 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

Help my jade plant come back to life!

My jade plant is suffering. How do I help it? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 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

Do Mosquito-fighting Plants Exist?

Perhaps this is the Holy Grail of pest control but: does anyone have first-hand experience of plants that really, truly repel mosquitoes? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jun 26, 2011 - 6 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

Plants for pets.

What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help for a Bonsai

Hello! I'm having difficulty with my Bonsai tree! Help a confused beginner horticulturist out! [more inside]
posted by theJigsawLady on Jun 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Would Earth plants grow in alien soil?

Suppose there were another Earth-like planet with an Earth-like ecosystem, but evolved totally separately from Earth's. Am I right in suspecting that we would almost certainly not be able to digest any of its plants or animals and vice versa? If we were to bring our own plants, could they grow in the soil? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 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

What's eating my plants?

Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by celerity on May 28, 2011 - 13 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 to save a dying thai paper plant?

How do I tell if my pepper plant is dying, or can be saved? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet on May 21, 2011 - 8 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

Friend or foe? Plant or weed?

I'm in Southern California and have a tiny patch of dirt, so over the past couple of years, we've been trying to grow random things, seemingly with no success, except recently, a bunch of stuff sprouted up. Please help ID these. [more inside]
posted by edjusted on May 14, 2011 - 10 answers

What plants would be good for screening a window?

What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 8, 2011 - 10 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

Please identify this plant for me

What flower / plant is this? The photo lightens the flowers; in real life they are dark, kind of electric cobalt.
posted by everichon on May 3, 2011 - 10 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

Looking for Tiny Houseplants in Savannah

I have the urge to build a small terrarium but have had little luck finding plants the right size in Savannah, GA. Where can I find small houseplants in the Savannah area? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder on Apr 17, 2011 - 5 answers

What are these white bugs on my houseplants?

What are these small white things (bugs?) on my house plants? [more inside]
posted by hgcrpd on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Can you identify this plant and help me take better care of it?

Can anyone identify this plant and help me take better care of it? I think it's slowly dying. [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes on Apr 14, 2011 - 15 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

Climbing Peas Need First Aid!

I planted climbing peas about 2 weeks ago and they are turning yellow, drying out despite a fair amount of water, and losing their nice green color. I think I overwatered them to begin with, but I let them go without water for a few days, and put them outside so they could get more light. Now they look like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60463163@N06/?saved=1 Please help! What should I do? I live in San Jose, zone 8B if that matters. Nights are in the upper 40's and days are in the mid to upper 60's. Gardening newbie, all other plants are doing well.
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Hello dendrologists!

I'm trying to identify a type of tree that I remember from when I lived in upstate NY. It had needles (rather than broad leaves) which were a little longer and much "softer"-- less prickly, anyway-- than most coniferous trees I've seen/felt. Most strikingly, they would turn a gorgeous scarlet in the autumn-- the only non-broadleaf tree I've seen to do so. Has anyone out there seen these beauties?
posted by samac on Feb 14, 2011 - 10 answers

What I really need is a friendly robot who wouldn't mind watering my plants while I'm gone.

I'm going away for 2 months. How do I keep my plants watered? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Feb 13, 2011 - 17 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

sun beautiful sun

We have motion-activated lights in our new office, and office plants that need light over the weekend. I'm looking for some kind of plug-in kinetic sculpture that we can have on a plant timer, that'll run (hopefully without being too annoying) during the day to keep the lights on.
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Can you identify these houseplants?

Can you help me identify these houseplants? [more inside]
posted by jdruk on Jan 22, 2011 - 12 answers

How to get more blooms from houseplants?

How to get potted calla lilies and potted lavender to bloom? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Jan 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Pop Science/History like Botany of Desire?

What are some good books about the history or evolution of different plants or animals? Overblown metaphor aside, I really liked Michael Pollan's 'The Botany of Desire' and would be interested in learning the history of other domesticated plants like roses or oranges. Or books on evolution that get into things like insects or whales.
posted by Caravantea on Jan 9, 2011 - 24 answers

What kind of tomatoes should I grow?

Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jan 6, 2011 - 35 answers

How do I care for my new "living Christmas tree"?

[Plant Filter] How do I care for my new dwarf conifer, a Lawson Cypress also known as "Treasure Island"? I purchased him from my local nursery two days ago, where they were selling small "living Christmas trees" as novelties. It is a very lovely little tree, and I would actually like to keep it potted inside if possible, but I'm not sure if it will be too warm for this species. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Dec 3, 2010 - 5 answers

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