Plant Identification Filter: All sources say "elephant ear plant", but we're not entirely sure that's it. [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
Our conjugal oak tree is dying, and I'm devastated. Please help us save it!!! [more inside]
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?
Attention pun lovers! Plant related v-day punchline needed! [more inside]
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]
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]
Day of the Dead---In desperate need for front landscaping makeover but want to DIY. Where do I start? [more inside]
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.
Please recommend strongly-scented cut flowers or potted plants for someone in a nursing home. [more inside]
What succulent is this? [more inside]
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.
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]
When, if, and how should I repot my new kalanchoe? [more inside]
Plant Identification Filter: What is this New England tree with cherry-like fruit? [more inside]
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?
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]
Why is my bee balm falling over? [more inside]
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]
My jade plant is suffering. How do I help it? [more inside]
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]
What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
Hello! I'm having difficulty with my Bonsai tree! Help a confused beginner horticulturist out! [more inside]
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]
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]
Something is eating the plants in my garden. I don't know what it is or how to stop it. Photos inside. [more inside]
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]
How do I tell if my pepper plant is dying, or can be saved? [more inside]
How do I move my plants cross-country? [more inside]
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]
What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
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]
What flower / plant is this? The photo lightens the flowers; in real life they are dark, kind of electric cobalt.
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]
What is going on with my new tree ferns? Bad things, yes, but what manner of bad things? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone identify this plant and help me take better care of it? I think it's slowly dying. [more inside]
Apart from tomatoes, strawberries and beans, what can we grow on our sunny central European balcony? [more inside]
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.
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?
I'm going away for 2 months. How do I keep my plants watered? [more inside]