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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

What kind of greenhouse for zone 5?

Our school in Salt Lake City is fundraising to build a greenhouse - what should we consider related to the actual construction/type of greenhouse? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Plants for a bright but cold basement

Looking for information about houseplants that will do well in an oddly well-lit, but cold and drafty basement in the Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Nov 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Vegetable friend for my underground lair

What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
posted by swift on Nov 11, 2010 - 14 answers

please help me identify and care for my new plants

Can you identify my office plants from the photos, and give me tips for caring for them? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Oct 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Broken philodendron leaves - can they be saved?

Bought a philodendron and somehow managed to bend two of the leaves to the point of breaking them on the subway journey home. How should I handle this? Should I trim off the dead, drooping part, and if so, will it eventually fill back in to the standard leaf shape? Or is there some way to glue it so it will eventually fuse back together? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre on Oct 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Fall Garden Help!

What should I plant? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Oct 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Historic plant reproductive variation diagrams or art

"That plants employ many different strategies to engage in sexual reproduction was used, from just a structural perspective, by Carolus Linnaeus (1735 and 1753) to propose a system of classification of flowering plants." - I would very much like to find period diagrams/drawings that depict this (as many of the varying sex types/methods possible) [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Oct 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Sort of like a jade tree, but not

Houseplant ID: can anyone identify the plant on the right in this photo?
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me identify a strange plant

Need help identifying a mystery plant. [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter on Sep 20, 2010 - 14 answers

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