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Questions asked to this group

Pruning my indoor avocado tree

I'm pruning my plant just above leaves with buds. i've done it twice, but in both cases, one of the branches grows straight up, so the tree just gets taller and taller. I'm growing it with a gro light, and it's apparently healthy, but I do NOT want it to get any taller. What am I doing wrong? Jan Ewing

New York County New York Posted 4 days ago

Burning bush plant

My dog ate 2 of it's seeds. I know it's poisonous. Are 2 seeds enough to make her sick?

New York County New York Posted 4 days ago

Spider identification

Can someone identify this spider I found in my basement this evening?

Cattaraugus County New York Posted 10 days ago

What kind of bug is this

Please help...I have no idea what they are. Found then mostly hidden in totes I had clothes in.

New York County New York Posted 12 days ago

Cyclamen care

Do you have any information about care of cyclamen plants (indoors)?

Kings County New York Posted 23 days ago

Brown patches - umbrella plant

Hi, could you please advise what can be causing brown patches on my umbrella plant leaves? I bought it about 3 weeks ago, looked healthy with new leaves growing but I noticed random leaves turning / developing brown patches and the falling off, even on the tiny new ones :( soil is not wet, I keep an eye on that, as I know overwatering will cause root rotting.. any ideas please?

New York Posted about 1 month ago

Arborvitae help

We purchased several arborvitae from local Mennonite’s. The trees are 15 yrs old and about 15 feet tall. They re turning brown. From what I read it’s not unusual. What are your thoughts? Also the trees are very tall and thin. Is there a way to make the trees fuller.

Schuyler County New York Posted about 1 month ago

Unidentified spider

Can anyone identify this spider. The pic was taken At Hilton Head island SC

Suffolk County New York Posted about 1 month ago

Tropical plant ID

While in Fla. I picked up a big seed (little smaller than a golf ball) at the base of this huge plant. It had big white sweet smelling flowers. It was in the landscape of a hotel. I potted it up, put outside in summer, and all I get are green varigated leaves. This is the 2 nd summer I've had it. Can you tell me what it is or could be?

Onondaga County New York Posted about 1 month ago

Possible weed killer contamination?

So a month ago I sprayed some compare and save weed killer on some plants. Today I used the same jug, without rinsing it out, to mix some neem oil and water and sprayed my veggies. Is there a possibility that I contaminated my veggies? I realized a few moments later and immediately hosed off the veggie garden. Also, the jug was completely dry when I took it out since I sprayed the weed killer a month ago. Are my veggies going to be ok and will they still be edible?

Kings County New York Posted about 1 month ago