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]
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]
Can you help me identify this plant/weed (found in New England)? [more inside]
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]
When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
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]
What are some native seeds / plants to Pennsylvania and Delaware, that would be able to grow in San Francisco? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
Have I stunted this plant's upward growth with "reckless" pruning? [more inside]
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]
Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
Are there any free cloud-based garden planning tools? [more inside]
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]