What is causing my hosta to change from a variegated to a solid color?

I have a hosta that is a least 25 years old. I have moved it from one house to a new house 15 years ago. About 3 years ago, it started to change from a cream center with green outer leaf to a solid green. I have it in a large washtub with no other plants with it. What can I do to stop this change?


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Montgomery County Kansas trees and shrubs hostas horticulture about 4 years ago

Spider Identification

We have found this spider in our garage on the wall. We are wondering what type it is and if it is dangerous? We currently have the spider alive in a glass mason jar. My concern is that it is a poisonous spider and where there is one spider there is more.

Thank you,



Ingham County Michigan spider identification about 4 years ago

A new and different insect - what is it?

This bug was crossing the sidewalk when first spotted and took off through the grass. Eventually it turned back and crossed the sidewalk again and headed off through the grass. In the second picture it is on a 5/8" garden hose - I would estimate the insect was about an inch long. Although it had long orange wings (black body) it showed no desire to fly. We've lived here in Silt for better than 15 years and this is the first time we've seen one of these so am curious what it is!


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Garfield County Colorado insects about 4 years ago

Tree Borer Infestation

Can you advise treatment for borer infestation in my tree. Tree is about 50 feet tall. Do not know age. Do not know type (see photo of leaves and bark). First noticed couple months ago. Affects tree trunk as far up as I can see. Number of borers seems to increase. Tree in full sun. Soil type has not changed around tree. Good drainage. I sprayed with Lindane one time, several weeks ago. Do not notice difference.


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Providence County Rhode Island trees and shrubs borer possible hickory about 4 years ago

Hello, I have a 3 year old Minnesota Snowflake Mock Orange Shrub. Last year I...

Hello, I have a 3 year old Minnesota Snowflake Mock Orange Shrub. Last year I had only a couple of flowers on one branch. This year the same branch has flowers, but no other flowers anywhere. I will upload a picture. It has full sun and with all the rain there should be plenty of moisture. What can I do to bring more flowers? Kathy



St. Croix County Wisconsin trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

Green Pepper Malady

Green bell pepper plants that are in pots, although the plants in the garden show the same problem to a lesser degree. The new growth particularly is affected although there is some damage on the older leaves as well. The new growth develops numerous small pinholes in the leaves which then enlarge and turn brown around the edges of the hole. The damage is enough that the new growth is severely deformed and barely alive.

I've inspected the plants closely on numerous occasions and cannot find any insects that might be the culprits - not even a single grasshopper. I did spray the plants anyway, first with spinosad, then a neem oil based product I use for the apple trees, and finally I even tried Sevin which is the white residue you see on the leaves in the pictures.

Right next to these two green pepper plants that are sick are other pepper plants and garden plants that are completely unaffected. The problem is unique to the green bell peppers.


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Garfield County Colorado fruits and vegetables green peppers about 4 years ago

Hello, my neighbor has a plant (weed) that keeps migrating over to my yard...

Hello, my neighbor has a plant (weed) that keeps migrating over to my yard and taking over wherever it starts. What is this, and how can I get rid of it? I have tried pulling, but if even the tiniest piece remains, it is back soon. If it gets into the grass, it chokes the grass out. Thank you for any advice you can give.



Ramsey County Minnesota about 4 years ago

Diseased Apple Tree

We have an apple tree on our new property that has a branch with dead leaves and the rest of the leaves look withered and the apple have spots. We are new to apples tree growing and need some advice..


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Minnehaha County South Dakota apples south dakota apple trees horticulture about 4 years ago

What can I do to control rabbit damage to our grass?

Rabbits are ruining our backyard grass.


Denver County Colorado wildlife damage management about 4 years ago

Dying tree?

Only part of this tree produced leaves? Is it dying? Is there anything we can do to help this tree?



Minnehaha County South Dakota trees and shrubs horticulture about 4 years ago

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