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.
posted by cocoagirl
on Oct 30, 2006 -
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]
posted by veggieboy
on Oct 13, 2006 -
Help me make my new basement room feel like a non-basement room. Specifically, paint, lighting, and other decorating ideas. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on Aug 30, 2006 -
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]
posted by agropyron
on Aug 7, 2006 -
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.
posted by unknowncommand
on Aug 2, 2006 -
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]
posted by rexruff
on Jul 31, 2006 -
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.
posted by artifarce
on May 30, 2006 -
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.
posted by Moistener
on Mar 29, 2006 -
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]
posted by cavalier
on Feb 13, 2006 -
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]
posted by lucasks
on Jan 12, 2006 -
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!
posted by theperfectcrime
on Dec 31, 2005 -
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?
posted by authenticgeek
on Dec 11, 2005 -
If someone were interested in building a greywater wetland on their property, what sort of plants would be required? [more inside]
posted by purephase
on Oct 13, 2005 -
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?
posted by my sock puppet account
on Oct 8, 2005 -
What do you call this thorny plant
I found growing outside the Smithsonian Castle in DC? My Google-fu fails me.
posted by brownpau
on Sep 24, 2005 -
I'd like to get a small-to-medium-sized potted plant to liven up my dreary work cubicle. It won't receive any sunlight at all and will be exposed to 24 hours a day of pinkish fluorescent lighting and the glare of several computers and TV screens. The best it can hope for is fresh water and fertilizer/nutrient supplements as needed. Other than those boring and ubiquitous bamboo sticks, what else is there? Bonus points if it flowers or smells nice.
posted by Asparagirl
on Sep 12, 2005 -
I find myself responsible for a semi-large, quite varied chunk of landscaping. Shrubs, flowers, trees, you name it. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Where can I find help? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia
on Jul 21, 2005 -
MeFi botanists: These
are buebells, right, blooming now until June? (Yes, that IS my cat Widget on the scanner trying to eat them.)
But what are these
, fallen from a tree or plant on the NE Ohio shore of Lake Erie? (Pic is aprox
200% actual size.)
Does anyone else have any plants you need to identify? Are there any good books or online flora resources you recommend that allow a person to maybe search by, say, "flowers-blue" and then narrow the search, perusing images? Thanks.
posted by Shane
on May 3, 2005 -
I'd like to become skilled with gardening and maintaining indoor plants and stuff. What's a good way to develop a green thumb? Book suggestions, websites, personal anecdotes, cost saving tips, good nursuries in Los Angeles, etc are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Apr 30, 2005 -
The only window in my basement apartment faces north and is fairly obscured as well. I would really like a plant or two to liven the place up. [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo
on Apr 11, 2005 -
Some sort of mite is attacking my houseplants, tiny, tiny white specs all over the leaves, how do I stop them and save my plants?
posted by Cosine
on Mar 30, 2005 -
Any tips on how to make Sensitive Plants (the fern-like ones that close their leaves when you touch them) thrive? I can usually keep them pretty happy for a few months, but they gradually become more and more unresponsive and eventually die. I'm in Southern California and will be moving to a new place with a greenhouse, and am fairly ignorant in the ways of plant-tending. Another question, just for sucking as much possible information out of this as possible: Anyone have any indoor plants they really like? If so, how do you make *those* thrive?
posted by sirion
on Mar 11, 2005 -
I have a venus fly trap which seems to be sickening and dying, and I'd love to save it. [more inside]
posted by tomble
on Feb 21, 2005 -
Damn Kids! Filter:
The wall behind my building faces an industrial and unincorporated area of the town, and it's prime real estate for spray-painting, vandalism, and the sort of activity in which teenage hooligans and ruffians (*cough*karma returns*cough*)
tend to engage. I don't much care if kids spray-paint back there--I just don't want them painting the windows or leaving their empty paint cans and beer bottles back there.
So I was thinking a way to discourage them would be to plant some thorny, prickly, brambly-type stuff back there--ideally, it's something that doesn't need tending, isn't poisonous
, and has lots of thorns and prickly things. I'd rather not install motion-sensing security lights; I'd just like to make painting my wall a difficult experience. Any ideas or suggestions for non-poisonous
brambly, prickly, thorny plants?
posted by fandango_matt
on Feb 9, 2005 -
I have a hazelnut tree. Each year at this time, the tips of the branches extrude 2-3 inch long caterpillar-like growths which drop off. What are these called, and what is their function? This is undoubtedly a simple question which many can answer, but nevertheless hard to google.
posted by Neiltupper
on Feb 5, 2005 -
Springfield Lemon Tree
Filter: I have a Meyer lemon tree
which was subjected to very cold temperatures last month. I was able to get it inside, but it spent almost a week outside, with temperatures in the low twenties (F). All of the leaves have dried up, and most have now fallen off. No new leaves have grown. I've had this tree for about six years, and it was a few years old when I purchased it. I'd very much like to save it.
It is in an extremely oversized pot, which I thought would help shield it from the cold, but apparently it wasn't enough. At the very least, I'd like to be able to save the roots, even if I have to graft another tree to the trunk. Any ideas?
posted by bh
on Jan 17, 2005 -
recommendations, please, for tall houseplants that need little watering (we're sometimes away for a week or two), like the warmth (summer is warm, winter has central heating), and don't mind the shade (in summer there are blinds outside to keep the temperature down)? someone just recommended ficus alli
to us, yet they are described on that page as "sun loving" - what's right? also, once bought, do we need to repot them into something larger? if so, what soil do we need? anything else plant-clueless people should know? thanks! [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke
on Dec 8, 2004 -
At some trade show recently, Whirlpool showed a prototype washer
that ("if feasible") relies on hydroponic plants to purify and reuse the water [pdf, p17]
. So, are there any users out there who go to Kitchen and Bath trade shows, and know more details about how this works? Alternate question for hydroponics enthusiasts: What kind of plants are those in the washer?
posted by Lirp
on Nov 11, 2004 -
Looking for office cube decoration inspiration. My current job is in a grey cube farm. Floor to ceiling, everything is grey. I'm in the middle of the room away from the windows and I need to make my space more cheerful. Any ideas? What plants will survive in these conditions? (MI) [more inside]
posted by onhazier
on Oct 20, 2004 -
My wife and I are notoriously bad at keeping plants alive. Our best success is an Aloe Vera plant (which we ignore) and a Peace Lilly which tends to behave like a plant in The Sims - colapsing as it dies, and then perking up as soon as we notice.
Accepting that plants feel pain and scream when hurt, are we evil torturing sadists?
posted by twine42
on Oct 1, 2004 -
New orchid grower seeks advice as he hunkers down for yet another Canadian winter! Can any mefites recommend good books on growing orchids indoors? Actually, any advice about orchids, grow-lights and other tropicals that might grow well in my urban apartment would be very much appreciated.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk
on Sep 21, 2004 -
Need help diagnosing bamboo ailment and preventing further damage. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by christie
on Aug 1, 2004 -
I want to add some plants to my deck and I'm looking for planters, or rather looking for industrial materials which might make good planters that can be bought for cheap. I spent hours on my Tandy looking through Google and Froogle, but can't seen to find anything appropriate. What I'm dreaming about would be any sort of tub or industrial looking trough or whatever which could be adapted to hold various plants. Metal and wood are the desired materials. If anyone has advice about where to go, how to look, or on specific materials that might make good planters, please post!
posted by chaz
on Jul 14, 2004 -
Plantfilter. And I mean that literally. I seek recommendations for my next potted plant, and I want one which can filter the air. More inside. [more inside]
posted by brownpau
on Jul 11, 2004 -
Question for carnivorous plant aficionados: I have a Sundew plant (drosera adelae
) that seems quite healthy. It catches a lot of fruit flies, but seems unable to actually digest them. Often, dead flies just sit on the Sundew's leaves until the fly bodies eventually mold from the humidity of the terrarium. Is the plant overeating?
posted by arielmeadow
on Jun 28, 2004 -
Invasive species plant Garlic Mustard
.. This spring I harvested over 200 pounds from surrounding property and sent it to the landfill to rot. Has anyone eaten it before or have experience managing this invasive plant?
posted by stbalbach
on May 12, 2004 -