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Top new questions this week:

Do cloned tomatillos pollinate each other?

For tomatillos that require a pollinator, if I have only one tomatillo plant, but I root some cuttings from it, will the plants pollinate the other clones (and/or the parent)? They're all from the ...

vegetables cuttings pollination tomatillos  
asked by Shule 5 votes
answered by J. Musser 6 votes

Why are blackberry plants typically named for Native American tribes?

Whenever I see blackberry plants for sale, it always seem like they're named for a native American tribe. There's Navaho, Apache, Arapaho, Kiowa, this only ones I know of that don't follow this trend ...

fruits terminology  
asked by Matt S. 4 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 4 votes

How to conceal anti-siphon irrigation valves?

I'm rebuilding the valve manifold of my residential irrigation system. The existing system seems to have no backflow prevention, so among other changes, I'll be swapping out the globe valves for ...

sprinkler-system irrigation  
asked by eponymous 4 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 1 vote

Is this plant an indoor palm of some kind?

I am trying to identify this plant - I recently moved in with my partner and this is one she had, she doesn't know what it is other than "some kind of palm" (she's not the most green fingered, they've ...

identification houseplants plant-care  
asked by GriffinEvo 4 votes
answered by J. Musser 3 votes

What's a good way to protect fig trees overwinter?

A friend of mine has a fig plant growing in the ground in Lancaster, PA, USDA hardiness zone 6b, and it needs protection each year through the winter, to prevent burn. What he does for now is wrap the ...

plant-care fruits over-wintering technique figs  
asked by J. Musser 3 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 2 votes

How long after full coloring do I harvest grapes?

I always harvested our juice grapes (concord) soon after full coloring, but I recently met someone who leaves theirs on until they begin to soften, many weeks later. Is there a certain time to ...

harvesting fruits technique grape-vine  
asked by J. Musser 3 votes
answered by J. Musser 1 vote

What is wrong with my Philodendrons' stems and roots?

The stems of my Philodendron 'Brasil' are getting brown and soft. Is it some kind of disease? I'm growing them hydroponically. Click photo for full size

diagnosis diseases hydroponic rot  
asked by Pete 3 votes
answered by J. Musser 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Please help me ID this apple or apple-like bush/tree in my yard - Small green apple with no stem and thorns

I have lived in this house for many years. I have always had a bush behind the shed that I couldn't identify. I always knew it was green most of the year and that it had thorns but that was about ...

identification fruit-trees  
asked by Bruce Thompson 4 votes
answered by Rosalyn Brooks 2 votes

What could cause a weak or no spark from a string trimmer's spark plug?

I got a free string trimmer from a buddy who couldn't get it to start. I did a compression check by pulling the pull starter and the compression seemed good. Next I pulled the spark plug, put it ...

tools repair string-trimmer  
asked by mikeazo 3 votes
answered by Tester101 4 votes

Can you answer these?

Butternut Squash Cross Pollinate?

I grew some butternut this year and they turned out great but one of the vines has started producing something that doesn't look like a butternut: In hunting around the closest image I've found so ...

identification vegetables ripening  
asked by Guy 3 votes

How often can I harvest coppiced black-locusts?

I would like to coppice some black locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia) for fence post production. The conditions are fairly good. This is USDA hardiness zone 6b, with good clay based topsoil, and ...

trees harvesting post-harvest woodland  
asked by J. Musser 3 votes

What's Wrong with this Orchid?

I had previously asked a question about my Orchids (How Should I Take Care of These Two Phalaenopsis Orchids with Different Behaviors?) and I've read the other questions on the website, however I ...

diagnosis houseplants plant-health plant-care orchids  
asked by Neeku 1 vote
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