What the heck kind of plant did my son get into? While on vacation in Quebec, my son started complaining that his hand was hurting. He had brushed it against some sort of plant. Within ten minutes he was screaming in pain. [more inside]
What are the ownership boundaries of plants in a rented/shared household? [more inside]
Help identify this cactus! [more inside]
What is that white foamy stuff I saw dripping off all the leaves in a forest in Northern California and then again on some of the plants around Whistler, Canada?
What is that white foamy stuff I saw dripping off all the leaves in a forest in Northern California and then again on some of the plants around Whistler, Canada? My first thought was bird droppings, but it seems a little too insubstantial for that. A few people thought maybe it was sap or pollen. Does anybody know for sure?
It's July, I'm in central North Carolina (Zone 7 or 8 depending who you ask), and I have an unused, mostly shaded 3' x 6' dirt plot at the side of our front lawn that I'd love to put some color in to brighten the neighborhood. What can I plant there now that'll give me the most color through the fall? Annual or perennial, bonus points for drought-tolerant but that's not essential).
What's an inexpensive but durable way to label plants? [more inside]
I want to eat my chillies before the greenfly do. How do I keep them away? [more inside]
Curtain-like, wall hanging, transparent plastic, self watering planter I can no longer find on the internet. [more inside]
PlantFilter: Can someone suggest a way for me to keep the surface under my house plants dry? [more inside]
would my window sill plants benefit from enclosing them and ramping up co2 levels? [more inside]
I kill baby plants! Help me, gardeners! [more inside]
trying to isolate sneezing allergy source in my house, think it may be my plant. [more inside]
Should I purchase some "beneficial insects" for my yard? [more inside]
How do I learn the names of plants and animals, particularly trees and birds? [more inside]
I am looking for ideas for planting around grave sites. [more inside]
What kind of plants should I grow in my apartment? Bonus points for traditionally outdoor plants. [more inside]
After years of renting apartments, I have moved up in the world: I am now renting a house. Strangely, the house comes with small organic green things projecting from the ground. Having never been responsible for a lawn before, I don't really know what to do with it. I also have two, I don't know, shrubs (I think). One is low growing, thick, with branches that kind of double as rhizomes, and one might be a juniper. As you can see, I'm pretty clueless. What do I need to know/what must I do/what must I buy to take good care of my lawn and it's various planty inhabitants? [more inside]
I am looking for a nondestructive climbing vine that does well in shade. [more inside]
How do I make my schefflera (umbrella tree, S. actinophylla) branch out? [more inside]
I recently purchased a three- to four-foot Dracaena Massangea, or corn plant. I have a moisture meter gauge that I use to determine whether my plants need to be watered or not (it has two metal prongs that you put into the soil, and a red, yellow or green light goes on to signal whether the soil is moist or not.) The gauge works great with all my other plants, but with the corn plant, the gauge never indicates that the soil is dry. I have now gone weeks without watering the corn plant, and the gauge still says the soil is sufficiently moist near the roots. The plant looks fine, but what gives? How often should a corn plant of this size be watered?
Strelitzia reginae and other conservatory plants seem to suffer with soft scales...more inside [more inside]
Could you water plants with heavy water? What would be the effect? Would they survive/thrive?
Will my cat eat basil? What happens if she does? [more inside]
What water temperature do indoor plants prefer to drink? [more inside]
PlantFilter: What is "pinching off" and how do I do it? [more inside]
Any help identifying this plant? It's a shrub about 10' high and the photo shows what it looks like in October in New England. Bonus points if you can provide a reference about whether it's poisonous or not.
Where can I find the shelves/brackets to hang/place plants on walls? [more inside]
What is this plant/weed and how can a friend of mine control it? Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C. [more inside]
I'm looking to buy a few dwarf citrus trees as a gift. Can anyone offer tips on what/where to buy online? [more inside]
Help me make my new basement room feel like a non-basement room. Specifically, paint, lighting, and other decorating ideas. [more inside]
How to keep squirrel from digging in container plants? [more inside]
Lawn alternatives! Has anyone here tried replacing their high-maintenance grass lawn with an alternative lawn? I've read about some of the no-mow lawn grass types, and I understand other people simply let the moss and clover grow. Have you seen a lawn like this? How did you like it? [more inside]
What is this lovely groundcover? [more inside]
Recommend some houseplants to me. [more inside]
I've been battling a spider mite infestation on my Angel Datura tree, which lives outside year round. I've tried a few different remedies, but nothing seems to work for very long. [more inside]
A two-parter. Is it _really_ possible to train a cat? And if not, what kind of houseplants should I get that my cat can chew on and not regurgitate (as much?) ? [more inside]
mold in my plant soil! [more inside]
Is my rose bush dead? Last fall I didn't prune back my rose bushs. This spring 3 of them finally turned green after I pruned back some of the dead wood, but the last one (a climbing rose) is still seemingly dead sticks. Each one has successfully grown for years, never w/ much consistency in pruning, but now I have 2 feet of dead sticks on the remaining bush. How do I know if I should give up on it? Does it have a chance next year? I'm in Colorado in zone 5, for what it's worth.
Does anyone know any resources on growing vegetables while living in an apartment? [more inside]
Houseplant recommendations, please. I want a "columnar" plant to sit in front of my floor-stand-mounted speakers, hiding the ugly black-poled void. In other words, what houseplants a) sit in a ~10" pot and b) have a "columnar" display rising straight up for 2.5-3 feet? The plants will get bright reflected light, but almost no direct sun.
What can I plant to cover a well shaded, steep hill? [more inside]
Dumb gardener filter: What can I do to help protect my big hibiscus plant from the frost tonight? This is the first frost all winter. I've been told to just throw a twin sized bed sheet over the whole plant. Is it that simple? [more inside]
Plant Identification filter. Can anyone give me a name for the plant pictured here and here? [more inside]
Given an airtight room with bright enough lights to fuel photosynthesis, how many plants would it take to provide an average person, at rest, with sufficient oxygen (assuming it is possible at all). [more inside]
I need seed catalog suggestions for my mom. She just bought a few acres in New Mexico and is trying to find a worthwhile activity to occupy her time, so I suggested gardening. She's not online, so I need catalogs from companies from which I can request print catalogs to be sent to her. Personally, I'm interested in obscure/rare, heirloom, and medicinal plants. I need suggestions. Thanks!
Certain palm trees in the San Francisco area tend to have their palms tied upwards for a while after they're replanted in an urban setting (they're full grown already). I think this has to do with encouraging the roots to grow downward rather than sideways (and disturbing the concrete around them) by not allowing the palms to drip water in a wider circle around the base of the tree but I can't find any information to corroborate this theory. Can anyone with tree-fu help me out with a link or two?
Help me pick some plants to go in a window box. [more inside]
If someone were interested in building a greywater wetland on their property, what sort of plants would be required? [more inside]
I'm trying to get rid of some ugly, dying ferns in my backyard. I'm digging them up the best I can, but should I be worried about the coming back and what hints and tips do you have about removing ferns?