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What the heck kind of plant did my son get into?

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]
posted by bondcliff on Jul 30, 2007 - 9 answers

The question I pose: Whose roses are those?

What are the ownership boundaries of plants in a rented/shared household? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Mystery cactus

Help identify this cactus! [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 12, 2007 - 2 answers

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?
posted by willnot on Jul 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Shaded garden plot needs color!

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).
posted by mediareport on Jul 2, 2007 - 5 answers

That's a nice ____ in your garden

What's an inexpensive but durable way to label plants? [more inside]
posted by derMax on Jul 1, 2007 - 15 answers

Banishing greenfly

I want to eat my chillies before the greenfly do. How do I keep them away? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me find this product!

Curtain-like, wall hanging, transparent plastic, self watering planter I can no longer find on the internet. [more inside]
posted by machaus on Jun 21, 2007 - 1 answer

River free plant watering

PlantFilter: Can someone suggest a way for me to keep the surface under my house plants dry? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Jun 20, 2007 - 7 answers

omg global warming in my window!

would my window sill plants benefit from enclosing them and ramping up co2 levels? [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Jun 17, 2007 - 6 answers

I kill baby plants!

I kill baby plants! Help me, gardeners! [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on May 17, 2007 - 11 answers

uninspired home allergy question

trying to isolate sneezing allergy source in my house, think it may be my plant. [more inside]
posted by yonation on May 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Buying bugs - beneficial or bogus?

Should I purchase some "beneficial insects" for my yard? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on May 3, 2007 - 26 answers

How do I learn the names of plants and animals?

How do I learn the names of plants and animals, particularly trees and birds? [more inside]
posted by monsterhero on May 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Cemetery Gardening Ideas Wanted

I am looking for ideas for planting around grave sites. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on May 1, 2007 - 8 answers

What (tradionally outdoor) plants should I have in my apartment?

What kind of plants should I grow in my apartment? Bonus points for traditionally outdoor plants. [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Apr 25, 2007 - 12 answers

My First Yard! (tm)

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]
posted by arcticwoman on Mar 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Nondestructive Climbing Vines

I am looking for a nondestructive climbing vine that does well in shade. [more inside]
posted by pheideaux on Mar 28, 2007 - 12 answers

Can I Get My Schefflera to Branch?

How do I make my schefflera (umbrella tree, S. actinophylla) branch out? [more inside]
posted by goatdog on Mar 20, 2007 - 6 answers

What is the deal with my corn plant?

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?
posted by zembla3 on Mar 9, 2007 - 5 answers

How to treat soft scales infested conservatory plants?

Strelitzia reginae and other conservatory plants seem to suffer with soft scales...more inside [more inside]
posted by koahiatamadl on Feb 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Water water everywhere

Could you water plants with heavy water? What would be the effect? Would they survive/thrive?
posted by barrakuda on Feb 22, 2007 - 5 answers

her favorite foods are cigarette butts and junk mail, should I add basil to the list?

Will my cat eat basil? What happens if she does? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Feb 21, 2007 - 12 answers

What kind of water do my plants want?

What water temperature do indoor plants prefer to drink? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Dec 7, 2006 - 7 answers

The Brown Thumb Kills All!

PlantFilter: What is "pinching off" and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 30, 2006 - 13 answers

What kind of bush is this?

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 - 9 answers

Plants on a Wall!

Where can I find the shelves/brackets to hang/place plants on walls? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner on Oct 27, 2006 - 3 answers

What is this nefarious plant?

What is this plant/weed and how can a friend of mine control it? Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C. [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Oct 21, 2006 - 4 answers

In search of dwarf citrus trees

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 - 8 answers

Water hemlock? Disposal?

Is this ugly plant water hemlock? There's [more inside]
posted by fogster on Sep 12, 2006 - 5 answers

Unbasement my basement

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 - 10 answers

Squirrel diggers

How to keep squirrel from digging in container plants? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Aug 20, 2006 - 14 answers

I hate mowing. I love moss.

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 - 28 answers

Plant identification

What is this lovely groundcover? [more inside]
posted by peep on Aug 6, 2006 - 7 answers

I need the hookup on some green

Recommend some houseplants to me. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Aug 2, 2006 - 20 answers

How can I eliminate spider mites?

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]
posted by unknowncommand on Aug 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Train cats? Plants they can safely eat?

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 - 24 answers

save my cappi

mold in my plant soil! [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Jun 1, 2006 - 4 answers

How to tell if my rosebush has a chance at life

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 - 4 answers

Apartment vegetables

Does anyone know any resources on growing vegetables while living in an apartment? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 on May 14, 2006 - 17 answers

A 3ft "column" of houseplant

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 - 6 answers

Ground cover for a shaded hill?

What can I plant to cover a well shaded, steep hill? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Mar 5, 2006 - 15 answers

Frost Shock would be bad

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 - 8 answers

Help Me Identify this Plant...

Plant Identification filter. Can anyone give me a name for the plant pictured here and here? [more inside]
posted by Jase on Jan 24, 2006 - 9 answers

How many plants do I need to breath?

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 - 7 answers

I need seed catalog suggestions for my mom.

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 - 20 answers

Why tie newly planted palms upward?

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 - 3 answers

What are good plants to put in a window box?

Help me pick some plants to go in a window box. [more inside]
posted by greycap on Oct 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Household greywater wetlands

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 - 5 answers

Removing Ferns

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 - 8 answers

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