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]
How can I keep predators out of my small container pond? [more inside]
I need to identify a plant to figure out if it is bird safe. Thanks! [more inside]
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.
Can you help me identify these houseplants? [more inside]
How to get potted calla lilies and potted lavender to bloom? [more inside]
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.
Gardeners! Help me narrow down what three varieties of tomato to grow on my tiny urban deck. [more inside]
[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]
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]
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]
What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
Can you identify my office plants from the photos, and give me tips for caring for them? [more inside]
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]
What should I plant? [more inside]
"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]
Houseplant ID: can anyone identify the plant on the right in this photo?
Need help identifying a mystery plant. [more inside]
How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples in movies and television where a character cares for a particular house plant as a symbolic plot element or to show another side to the character. [more inside]
Please recommend a reference book for trees and plants (flowers, etc) in the high Rocky Mountain region (specifically Utah). I would like to purchase this book online if possible. [more inside]
Please help me identify the plants - flowers, weeds, veggies, herbs - in the garden of the house we just bought. There are several plants that I don't recognize, so I'd really appreciate any clues you might have! [more inside]
Recommendations for houseplants that are both cat-friendly and thrive in low-light. [more inside]
What can I plant on a hot, windy roof garden? My New York City apartment boasts a private roof deck. The problem: It gets constant sun all day long, and is the tallest building around, so it can get quite windy. Nearly everything I've planted has shriveled and died. What will work? [more inside]
What's the best way to send someone an aloe plant in the mail? [more inside]
Plant Identification Filter: Can you name this plant? The photo was taken on San Juan Island, WA, but I don't think this was unique to the area. [more inside]
Plant/Computers Filter: What's the best way to create an easily searchable digital database/library? Any program recommendations? [more inside]
IndoorGardenFilter -- What are some sweet-smelling plants or flowers I could fill my apartment with? [more inside]
What low maintenance plants to plant on steep sunny hillside to enhance home’s curb appeal? [more inside]
I am the temporary care-keeper of a Medinilla Magnifica (here's a decent description). And it's trying to die on me - even though it has bright (but not direct sunlight), enought watering (but not to moist) and a quite humid placement. Please assist me to resuscitate it again. [more inside]