Repotting flower plants

I tried repotting flowers from one pot to another but they die.  I am doing something wrong. How can I repot flower plants from one pot to another.  What soils and other items do I need and is there a certain size flower pot I have to repot them in or does it depend on how big I want the flower to grow.  I want to put these flower(s) plants on my patio.  Sometimes during the day my patio has a lot of sun and other times it does not.  What is the best flower plant(s) for this. What is the best way to take care of a repotted flower plant.

Topic by arev519 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can someone please tell me what this plant is? Answered

I found this plant at my local fairgrounds about a year ago and I pointed it out to a friend who also worked at said fair and he said that it looked a little like pot and I certainly agree with him but I find it hard to believe that since it was out in the open and there were cops walking around too, so what in the heck is this?

Question by Zuma07 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Any suggestions for home made pot or tub for plants?

How to make pot or tub like for a plant?

Question by nanitha 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how to make newspaper pots for seedlings?

On etsy.com there is a set of wood pieces that when you wrap the newspaper around one piece, then insert it in the second piece it sets the bottom then you plant seedlings. anyone know how to make something similar? thanks

Question by cotajeri 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can I paint plstic plant containers with yogurt to make them look old?

Painted garden plastic pot using yogurt?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


upsidedown tomato planting,how do I do this?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I need a cheap fast growing pot plant for science experiment? Answered

Hi everyone. Recently I have got a school assignment for the holidays that requires to make changes to a organisms environment, and make observations and write a report about what affect the changes have on the organism. I have decided to see how dayley water amounts affect a plant species. I am planning on setting up a planter box, with many divisions. I will then give plants more water than others, form dry to completely saturated. I will be measuring the plants heights dayley, and also be comparing the root systems of them after the experiment has completed. The aim is to see how the plants adapt and find the optimum water content. I need to decide on a common, available, cheap plant, that will grow fast enough that I will get some decent results over the 2 week holidays. Any ideas?

Question by David97 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How can I scan to roots of plant that inside of the pot?

Dear friends, I am an academician in Faculty of Agriculture. Roots development of plants is an important parameter in our experiments. So I need to display the root length without remove the plants from the pots. I need to find the differences between cultivars or treatments about root length, efficient root depth and root area. If I can display it similar to example images, so if I can distinguish the roots by photoshop, It will be so useful for me. Is there any sensor, method or such thing that I can scan the roots without the damage the plants by using of arduino ? or any DIY device. Coloring is not important for me, I need just selection of roots. Best regards.

Question by JeoleX 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How do I build water level indicators for hydroculture pots?

I need water level indicators in opaque planting pots filled with LECA (Light Expanded Clay Aggregate) growing medium. The indicator needs to sit down in the LECA to the bottom of the pot with an indicator above the LECA to show how much water is in the bottom and non-viewable portion of the pot. The indicator can be a simple rise and fall system or even electronic, so long as it is low profile and does not harm the plant. The pots are different sizes, so I need a way to make the unit in various heights. Water levels I need to measure include a max level that varies per pot, a low level at about 1/4 or 1/2 an inch of water, and empty. Something that will look nice and not take away from the beauty of the plant is desirable, but functionality is the most important aspect of this project. Hydroculture is also known as static hydroponics. The LECA I am using is Hydroton. With Hydroculture, plants are grown without soil. The Hydroton provides water and nutrients to the plant roots via capillary action and it is important that the maximum water level is just below the roots. The roots are not submerged in hydroculture like they are in hydroponics. Give me your best ideas, creators!

Question by Anianna 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



has anyone built an above ground potato planter, with recycled materials? Answered

I saw one for sell a while back but it was expensive. (it didn't use recycled materials) after going through this site, i thought best to ask. I want to plant potatos, but i don't have too much space nor am i going to go to the community plot because when i'm gone for a week or so, i know my neighbors won't water my plants. so i was wondering if anyone has built an above ground potato planter that can be easily opened for havesting. my neighbors would water my plants in front of my apt. it couldn't be bigger than a 10 gallon pot, because if i have to tip it over to get the potatos out it might be too heavy for me. so i'm hoping that you much more intelligent people, because i get stupmped when i start thinking of things, can help a girl out. i'm hoping that you can do this out of recycled materials so that way i can slightly revise without buying much... ' starving students' is what i'm trying to not let my family be... so any help would be great.

Question by tatihana00 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Idea - "Living Jacket"?

Here's my idea - get two medium sized ivy vines (or some other creeper) and attach the pots to the bottom of a jacket. As the plants grow wind the vines around the jacket so they eventually cover the whole thing, sort of weaving them together. When finished, gently remove the jacket and attach the pots to a belt. Viola a living jacket! Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? I know it wouldn't be very practical, but it'd probably look cool

Question by jlensher 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


is there anything special that should be done to seeds/beans (from my own plants) before planting them?

I plan to plant a bunch of different veggie plants in my backyard and have been shopping for cheap organic seeds. i have a bunch of them and have started growing them in an indoor greenhouse, but for later as i replant i was wondering if i need to do anything with the beans or other seeds before just putting them into the pots.

Question by evan_124 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


free oregano plants for alta loma area

I have some oregano that is growing tall from last season and need to get rid of some of it, it will be ideal for residents who live in the alta loma/rancho cucamonga are or in the inland empire. It will be in a pot with soil. if interested then pleez leave me a comment then i'll contact with u ASAP

Topic by firecraker222 10 years ago


Can anyone give me ideas on how to make a strawberry grower ?

a large pot with pockets for the plants

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to identify mushroom / fungus growing in watermelon pot.?

  The medium used is coco peat from south India. The fertilizer used is organic seaweed imported from South Africa. I want to know whether its an infestation or beneficial for my plant growth? THE PIC:http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/f6196f211f.jpg

Question by charmneo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can you grow plant cuttings in clay balls?

I'm going to be taking some cuttings from orange trees and veggies. Will I be able to put them straight into expanded clay pellets, or do I need to start with something like potting soil? Thanks!

Question by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Removing Aphids? Answered

My indoor Mint garden has aphids!!! I pulled 10 -20 off (all I could find) but I'm sure there are more!  Also, I am worried that Ladybugs would die because it is a small plant (pot is 6x18 inches)  and indoors.  Furthermore, it is winter and freezes so the mint will die outside. How can I kill the aphids but still be able to use the mint?

Question by tincanz 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



Mystery (to me ;-) Succulent Identification: What is this? Answered

I bought this really interesting succulent(?) from a door-to-door plant salesman a week ago.   The pot is 5", so that gives you a size reference.  This strange-growing plant appears to have thorns, but the spikey protrusions are not hard or ouchie-sharp. Does anyone know what species it is?

Question by bajablue 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 days ago


How can I SIMPLY Construct a Greenhouse with a Dog Kennel, being a female, EASY INSTRUCTION ?

I am trying to start a home business with plants, but really need a greenhouse, since I will be purchasing plugs, which will be delivered in February and need somewhere to store until I can pot them in bigger pots. You have such good suggestions and your input would be appreciated!

Question by bwalke30 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Need tips on starting Lantana from seed?

I have tried starting seeds in paper towels dampened and directly in potting soil inside the house and no luck starting them. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Question by eagleflyingoverhead1111 7 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


Datura

My datura has been flowering for about a month now, and it seems all the insects in the world have figured it out. It gets swarmed by moths, bees, flies, etc. every night now, so I ran out with my camera and caught some pics of the bees going crazah! The flowers bloom only at night and fade the following morning.  The fragrance is very strong and lovely, but the plant is DANGEROUS!  Native American people used the plant ritualistically to induce hallucinations, but consuming the plant can kill you.  Some people will develop contact dermatitis just from touching the soft, velvety leaves.  Despite its showy blooms and large leaves, the plant is drought tolerant and can take a lot of heat and sun.  It will self-sow readily, and I'm expecting a lot of seeds just gauging from how many blooms (and seed pods) I've had.  My plants are HUGE, and I never would have expected them to get so big so fast from little 4" pots.

Topic by AngryRedhead 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


would like to know where to wire the 10k linear potentiometer to the Lm317

I'm trying to build a Led Constant Current driver for my led grow plants but I'm stuck on where i would solder the 10k linear potentiomter on the LM317 By the way this is what I'm using 10k linear pot 1kohms fix resister 2.2ohms resister LM317 can someone please draw in color code where i would solder the 10k Pot wires to the LM317  please really appreciate it thank you

Question by lex76 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


watermelon seedlings are turning black and dying for some reason?

Hi, recently ive been trying to grow watermelons from seed, but for some reason at one point or another some leaves start to go broan/black and die off around the edges, and eventually it spreads until the whole plant inevitably just goes and dies. i cant find anywhere on the internet about this, or anyone else having this problem. one thing i should note is that these seedlings (and two established plants over a meter long) are in pots and containers when this begins to happen. is it just them dying from a lack of nutrients? in which case should i just me planting them directly into the soil once they have reached a certain size? the same thing seems to be happening with various species of watermelon, please help!

Question by oldmanbeefjerky 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I NEED SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT MY OPLANTS IN THE WINTER.

I have been collecting materials to build a greenhouse/potting shed. I have alor of hanging baskets , ferns, moss rose, spider plants and tons of planters full of annuals that I have bought for 2 years in a row and I now see that it is not cost effective to keep buying them new year after year....(also bad on my back) I'm not getting any younger here..............I need a place to pot flowers and to keep these from freezing this winter. I have a sliding glass door and 5 windows, so far.  3 are one size and the other two are another. I envision something with the sliding glass door on one end, the 3 windows on one side and the other two on the end opposite the sliding glass door. I think I should use the rippled fiblerglass stuff for the top. How hard is this going to be to frame and could someone give me an extimate of what it might cost me to get it it done. Should I use cinderblock or wood framing and will they live in wouthern Illinois without me heating the shed? kimberlyballard22@yahoo.com

Question by kjballard22 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


y should you use a pump in small hydroponics??? not needed in most cases?

Most small setups are keeped in the house where you stay. so a small sprayer is all you need if you keep your plants on top of a plasic sheet with water and clay pebels. a good layer of clay ball socked in water with the plants on top is not going to cause root rot. you can use plant pots or rockwool cubes and dosen`t mater if you don`t spray them everyday.. a heaing pad under the hole thing is also a good idea . the heat will cover a larger area by gently heating the water also this way is perfect for seedling just cover with a clear plastic sheet. humidity from the heating pad under the sheet will act as a heated propergater.   here is some music to listen to while you read http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMbcfYrkmxs  

Question by andybuda 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I protect against tomato blight next summer after terrible problems this year?

Should I sterilize my potting soil for my cherry tomatoes? How should I dispose of infected fruit and plants to avoid contamination next season? Will the soil need any work, or will the freezing temps of winter take care of the viruses?

Question by daphnek 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Orchid Care Questions

So I have been given this orchid - in bloom... I really don't know how to care for it.... right now, it's been on my kitchen bar for about a week getting fluorescent light. My father grows a bunch of orchids at home, but he just sort of "plants" them somewhere an forgets about them - which has worked very well for him :p Any care recommendations? Is there anything particularly wrong with cutting the flower stem off (if no, where should I cut)? I do have a balcony, it faces North and the plant is in a plastic pot (maybe 1.5 quart size) with wood chip mulch. thanks :)

Topic by trebuchet03 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Does anyone know to make concrete or like material head planter for outdoor plants?

Hello Wonderful, and Creative people, I need your help in achieving the same or similar look to these terracotta/concrete planter, with an aged moss green patina, $85-$125 at HGTV Marketplace Ouch!!! I would like to use these for small outdoor plants! and achieve the same awesome look for less? I would appreciate any suggestions before embarking in uncharted waters. I was thinking of using those Styrofoam heads and cutting a hold big enough to accommodate a flower pot. What should I use to prep for water/weather proofing...paper Mache, shellac, paint and glue moss??? Please advice this novice. Thank -U-much! Lilmamahttp://stonefacecreations.homestead.com/PRODUCTS.html

Question by lilmamacita 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can i put potting mix or dirt of soil in water forming a slurry and use it as hydroponics nutrient solution?

I recently saw videos on hydroponics and wanted to set it up my self on a budget, 0$, just as an experiment i cut the cone top of a small mineral water bottle put it upside down like a diy minnow trap and used tissue as substitute for rock wool, filled bottom with water till it just touched the tissue, then plopped a bean in it. I then forgot after putting it behind a fish tank. After 3 days it looks like this. I need nutrient in water so i was thinking about just dumping a palm full of soil, would it work?

Question by Atharva1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


insulating radiator cover

I'm looking for suggesting for upping the r-value on top of my radiator. Every window in my apartment has a radiator underneath it. I'd like to have some plants by those windows ('cause y'know, they need light and all) but I'm concerned about heat from below drying & killing the plants. A couple of the radiators have covers, but they're metal, so no insulation there. Ceramic pots may provide some insulation, but I'd really like to lay down a layer of some kind of building insulation proper just to be safe. The question is, what kind? Batting won't work, and the foam insulation panels I've seen at the hardware store I know are a fire hazard... plus not too fond of plastic-type materials. My dad suggested something he called "thermal block" which I believe is aerated concrete panels, but which I can't find a source to purchase. I'd like to spend less than $20, preferably less than $10 on this. Please help!

Topic by timeismine 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


IMPORTANCE OF FORESTRY AND GARDENING FOR AFRICAN SCHOOL CHILDREN

In The Gambia all schools can participate in a tree nursery competition.  As the children are learning how to grow saplings for reforestation or for having fruit trees in the village, this is a very important activity in their education.  A class in Sambel Kunda village was introduced to the way a tree nursery can be set up, using seeds of the nearby baobab trees, planting them in cans, cups or poly pots.  This is one of the different aid projects contributing to the sustainable development of their village.

Topic by wvan cotthem 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Cultivating blackberries - works for roses too!

Although in many regions (wild) blackberries are considered to be a pest, in our gardens they can be delicious.I don't mean the wild variety here but the cultivated ones with big fruits and no thorns on them.And if you ever tried to successfully save money by just buying one and using cuttings from it for the new season you know the troubles....Creating cuttings from blackberries is quite easy if done the right way.But there is an ever easier and simpler way if you don't mind doing your pruning a bit later than usual.Once the harvest season is over and all berries are gone you see that the blackberries still keep growing before they finally start dropping their leaves.And if all went well then your blackberries have grown in long "snakes" supported on a vertical structure - like long bows.During a good season this bows get so long that they almost reach the ground at the end of the season.All you have to do it to free your snkes so you can places their ends into the ground, preferably out to the side so you can start a new row of blackberries with enough space between them.Use some soft cord and weights to keep the ends in the ground and fill the hole.Only water once when done otherwise let nature take care of things.In a very dry climate or season you might want to water a bit once a week though.When leaves start to drop in big numbers cut the above ground bits off with about 10 to 15cm left standing.Prune the big ones as you always do to get them ready for the next season.And when the next season starts you will see that most of your little "cuttings" take off like mad.They had the mother plant until it was time to go dormant, so no extra energy was required to stop a dying cutting from going dry.The end of the plant realised it is under ground and for that reason it is time to grow roots.Then suddenly it is time to hibernate and all energy is left in the remains, ready for use in the next spring.It is no problem to get over 15 new plants from a single one this way for the next season.It also works quite well fo roses.Although here you might need to create a podest or similar to place pot on.And the season for it is different too ;)It all starts with your pruning at thend of the season.All parts that did not produce flowers, those "wild" stems need to be fully removed.Those who produced good are cut back so you are left with 3 to 5 "eyes" - these tiny pimple where the new shoots come out.Pay attention to their location as it determines the direction of the new shoots ;)Don't have too many facing inwards.When the rose starts growing again in spring you should prepare your stand for the pot.The new shoots are quite flexible and can be directed to grow where you need them for the pot by using bonsai tape or wire - just be gently with them!Once long enough that the end can be placed about 5cm deep into your pot with good potting mix or the good soil from your garden:Place the pot so that the end shoot is held in the soilwithout force - if in doubt let the shoot grow a bit longer and form it donwards with wire.You want to bury it only when there is new growth going out if it but not of the end currently only has the leaf(s) showing.These fresh end shoots should point downwards into the soil.Cover it all and keep the soild moist at all times but not soaking wet.It really helps to have the pot shaded.You can use small seedling pots and check for roots a few weeks later or just wait till the end of the season.Either way a root should form in the pot and once strong enough you only have to wait and look out for eyes forming on the stem.If the do you can cut the stem so you have enough eyes on the potted stem.Be aware though that this will only result in a strong and healthy rose if the mother plant is not a hybridised clone.For the later it is best to transplant and eye onto a donor bush or wild rose.

Topic by Downunder35m 4 months ago


How could you build a snoasis?

Everybody's probably seen the groasis which will let you grow trees in the desert.  But I wonder if there's a way to make a version that will help a plant survive winters where it snows. backstory: I want to grow a tree that isn't suitable for the winters here. I had a nice tropical tree which I grew from seed in a pot, but it got so big indoors and clearly wanted to go outside that I planted it outside as a reward for being awesome. However, when winter came, I decided to protect it by giving it a blanket and some insulation around its core at the bottom of the trunk. Unfortunately this only caused mold to collect around the base and killed the tree. So... ever since I have idly wondered if there's a way to fashion some sort of insulating box at the ground level, kind of like the groasis that would let it survive a freeze in the winter.

Question by foobear 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Water-proofing papier-mache...how can this be done, please?

Hi, Thanks for stopping by! I would like to do a large (2m2) outdoor papier-mache project. Essentially it's a large plant holder display and so would need to hold about 25lbs in weight and be able for me to water the pot plants it will hold. These are my concerns, and I would seriously appreciate some advice if you can: - How do I waterproof the whole thing? I was hoping to use strong wallpaper paste and then seal it with about 3 coats of oil-based paint like eggshell. The other worry I have is where I cut holes into the papier-mache there will then be an unsealed exposed edge where water could get in a separate the layers: I don't feel that paint would be sufficient for such thin areas/egdes...what would you do? Again, thanks for reading me, please help if you can. Kevin

Topic by kevinhannan 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


PIR activated motor - can anyone help me build one?

I am baffled by the techie bits of the various PIR projects that I have stumbled across.  You're all very clever! I'd like to develop a kids toy whereby a small motor is triggered by movement in the room. it should: fit inside a plant pot be battery operated use very little or no power when inactive cost less than £10 / $15 in parts Is this possible?  Would anyone be willling to help me develop this toy? thanks. Julius (London, UK)

Question by julius100 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Instructables mention in New York Times

Everyone's getting into the garden this summer (and you should too - by entering our Garden Contest!), and nothing's hotter than growing things upside-down.  Cutworms ravaging your tomato plants?  Take a tip from Instructables and the New York Times, and grow them from hanging pots.  You don't have to be an apartment dweller to take advantage of these low-profile planters that are cheap and easy to DIY. Check out our mention in the Garden section of the New York Times this week.  They know a good thing when they see one!

Topic by scoochmaroo 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New contest for all you crafters!

Http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests/all/5-Choose-to-Reuse-Sponsored-by-Hewlett-Packard-HPFor all you nifty crafters out there, Greenwala just partnered up with HP to add on to their green-themed contest with the Choose to Reuse contest. Participants upload a photo of their latest refurbished creation.As an example of some things people have been submitting: a soda tab halter top, vinyl record potting plants, old shower curtain turned into a rain coat, etc.The winner of the contest will win a new HP mini laptop and a printer! Plus Greenwala is donating $500 to the nonprofit company Acterra http://www.acterra.org/For more info or to submit click on the link above!

Topic by ModrnHippe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how much potassium nitrate should i use to speed growth of watermelon seedlings?

Hi, I have several KG's of potassium nitrate, and am currectly growing watermelons, among other plants, however my concern is mostly with the watermelons. I live in mackay, tropical queensland, the sun here is very harsh, and when the wind blows, well, its pretty hard. i have only a limited amount of time before these seedlings use up all the nutrients in their dirt, (they are currently in an egg carton filled with dirt), and each their maximum size before they start to starve. I want to know, how much potassium nitrate i can use to boost their growth to get them as big as possible for when they go outside. Where i live, the house is pretty aerodynamic, you exprenice windyness from all four sides, so i need them as strong as possible for that time that i plant them outside, in large individual pots, until theyve grown enough to be planted around my spoon drain. Anyway, i need to get them to grow ALLOT, and i have the potassium nitrate, however, nitrate is toxic to plants, so i need to know what a safe quantity might be. im not asking for the exact best value, but just anything that will aid in boosting growth before they get repotted would be great. thanks. also, my tomatos, black russian and some random huge tomato, is growing very slowly, would nitrate help them also? and pumpkin, when the seed sprouted, part of the seed was dead, and so two starter leaves were bound together, and died, leaving it leafless. new leaves are starting to appear, but not fast enough as its turning yellow, again, would nitrate help?

Question by oldmanbeefjerky 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Arduino moist sensor with email function

Hello! I would like to do a project with an Arduino one including soil sensors and wifi options. I have all the materials (i think) needed for this but i would need some help with the code. The idea is to connect atleast 2 soil sensors to the arduino that also has an LCD on it. I want to be able to monitor the current state of the soil on the LCD in percentage of how moist the soil is. As for example, when i just watered my plants the LCD would show close to 100% of moist. And for example when the moist drop below 25% i would receive an email depending on which of the sensors that sent the alarm. If i have both tomatoes and peppers in 2 different pots, i want the arduino to know the difference between theese 2 so i can get an email specifying which pot i need to water. I could however see this on the LCD aswell since it would always show me the current moist percentage of both sensors but i would also want it to be specified in the email.  So let's say i'm out of town and my tomatoes run low on moist, so the sensor alarms the arduino and it sends me an email saying "Moist in Tomato pot is below 25%, water them" or something alike. I could help write the code and modify it afterwards for my needs. I just need someone to help me get started with it :) Thanks!

Topic by vivering 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Solar Powered Electric Fence from electric fly swatter and garden lights

Hey everyone, I'm working on a little project but circuit design isn't my area of expertise. I want to build a little electric fence to put around some potted plants and keep the squirrels away. There isn't an electrical outlet nearby, so I want to rely on solar power.I bought an electric fly swatter from Harbor Freight and two solar garden lights. The fly swatter runs on 3 volts, and each garden light has a 1.5 volt battery. I want to wire the batteries in series, but if I'm not mistaken, won't that mess with the charge controller circuits on the garden lights? How can I accomplish this?

Question by NathanielB10 1 year ago


Uses for old and broken projectors/overheads

Our school, for some reason has a lot of partially dismantled and broken projectors. This year, all the classrooms have also been installed with a fancier ceiling-projector that connects to laptops and computers instead of just reflecting pieces of overhead paper. Because it was only recently that the school greenhouse came into use, it's been used as storage. While we could recycle them, I think they could be turned into something useful (preferably for the greenhouse), but I don't have any ideas. I'd like some ideas or for someone to try and build something. The only idea I've had was to turn it into a planter or pot, but apparently the bulbs won't work with plant lights and wouldn't be bright enough.

Topic by Fii 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Need some answers on oranges... Answered

This summer (I think, I really cannot remember) I set up a propagator to grow some bamboo seeds I bought off eBay- Instructable coming soon on this topic- and then off the success of my bamboo seeds, I stuck a few orange seeds in as well. They grew alright, they're pretty huge now and I just re-potted them today into new, higher quality soil etc. Whilst doing this I discovered that each seed (I only had to successfully grown seeds) had spouted two saplings. So when re-potting I found out I didn't actual have 2 strange orange saplings but 4 of them with totally independent root systems. Albeit Two out of the four had not been receiving as much light as the others so there are two huge dominant saplings and the two smaller ones that grew in their shadow.  Is it normal for orange trees to grow two sprouts from one seed? I haven't tried growing them before so I don't know. Or have I got magical seeds, or a divine calling to grow plants? ;) Any help would be great,   Tom

Question by thomas9666 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Updating an upsidedown planter and had some ideas, the only problem is that I know nothing about gardening. please help.

K, so I've been trying to make an instructable for about a year now, but I always pick projects that are apparently too ambitious for me as I never finish them... But I just had an idea as I will not be home this sumer so I won't have the joy of attempting to grow peppers this year... which means I'll have to try over the winter months. So I saw this instructable and thought it seemed like a perfect idea https://www.instructables.com/id/Matts-Original-Inverted-Planter-aka-IPlanter/ And then I started getting ideas of how to update it and make it better... however, I know a sum total of about nothing when it comes to plants... Last year i just bought a pepper plant from the local greenhouse, fed it fertilizer sticks once every other week, shoved it on my shed roof and hoped for the best... It succeeded, but I'm not yet willing to say it was skill on my part. So My first plot for an update came from this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Upside-Down-Hanging-Self-Watering-Earth-Filled-Box/ Since the pot will be hanging upside down and all that, checking the soil will be hasslesome, so a self watering system seems like a good idea, but this just seems complicated to me... So I've seen these things (http://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Globes-AG011706-Watering-2-Pack/dp/B000FHAJ90) on tv from time to time and was wondering how they work? Like could I just cut off the base of a wine bottle and shove the neck into the soil and then just fill the wine bottle as needed (or some other kind of glass bottle... i can cut glass easy enough)? My next though was when the instructable told me to cover the hole with plastic wrap so nothing leaks out onto the floor... But then I was thinking if a cork could also do the same task... I was thinking of drilling a hole through it and then cutting it into 4 pieces and re-assembling it around the stem and corking the bottle from the inside... Since I made the cuts I figure the plant would just move the cork out of the way as it grew and would eventually be big enough to just take the place of the cork... but again i don't know enough about plants to know if this would actually work. My last question is more of a what type of plant should i put in my bottle... I personally like peppers but the last time i grew them was on the roof of my shed and I'm wondering if they need more sun then they would getting sitting inside and upside down through the winter... and if not, what kind of plat could I plant in an upside down planter designed for indoor winter use? Also, is it true that used coffee grounds make for good fertilizer?

Question by coolname123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


i want to make a 'shelfing unit' that is an upright with slits across for the shelfs (with matching slits) to fit into.

The shelf will have two purposes: one for putting plant pots on and secondly as security against someone breaking in. I have to keep drilling to the minimum as its rented property so the uprights which are 4 x 1in will be wedged from sill to ceiling with just small (maybe 1in) angle brackets to fasten to wooden sill. Few questions: 1. How can I get a perfect fit between sill and ceiling? I know I can measure but it isnt even. 2. How to get those slits perfect? Would there be a certain type of jigsaw blade that will make the job easier?  3. Are there any other measures I can take eg. to stop the wood splitting at the end of the slit.

Question by merimaid 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make small scale hempcrete?

I was watching this video about hempcrete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il7yw0JFs5c It is supposed to be just made of lime, shredded hemp stalk (which you can replace with straw if not available) and water. There is also briefly mentioned a lime heating process, but nothing more detailed than that. I'm not into making a house with this, but I would be interested in making things like plant pots, small tables and stools, and various artwork with it. I need more info though. Like... Is there a specific kind, or prepared lime I need to use? What is this heating process you need to do to it? What parts lime to hemp/straw is recommended? How long is the curing process? It seems like you could make some neat things out of this, but I haven't found anyone doing so. Are there any experts that could offer advice about this kind of thing? Thanks.

Topic by horsebones 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What would be a good, CHEAP covering for a slightly inclined sunroom roof, so we can use it as a deck?

I have a sunroom roof with access. When we moved in, this 'deck' had steel pipe railing that caused a roof leak where it was screwed into the floor. We had to recover it with 'ice and snow' and the contractor cut the pipe off. So now we have a roof but would like to use it as a deck again. Last year we covered part of it with cheap, and loose indoor outdoor carpet and put some of our veggies in plant pots there to keep them away from deer and woodchucks. We'd like to cover it but can't afford Trex or a contractor! Any suggestions? Is there any reason we couldn't cover it with vinyl flooring? I saw a guy on HGTV use scrap lino to make 'rugs' by painting the other side. Would that work outside? Would I have to put something under it?

Question by RonBot 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Guerilla Ganja Discussion

Photohippie wanted us to continue our discussion, but Grandpiper made a good point that the comments would be irrelevant to the Instructable and would clutter it all up. I figure that in a forum we can get more ideas on the matter, and I think it's something worth discussing. What was said so far...GrandPiper says:I always wanted to do this with marijuana seeds. They grow fast and can survive under pretty harsh conditions. Im sure they would get pulled up eventually but if you hit enough spots with them and planted close to 20 or whatever a spot, i think it would really send a statement to your city. I wanted to do it preferably in the downtown area, add some green life to the dead concrete jungle. Valche says:Usually I try to leave positive comments, but that's a stupid idea. I'm all for legalization, but planting pot isn't going to make any statement other than "Wow, some pothead thinks they're cool."GrandPiper says:Hmm what's your idea then? Writing your politicians so they can blow us off for lobbyists? How is my idea much more different then marching in the streets? The guerrilla growing is a way to say "hey i dont think smoking marijuana is as bad as other legal drugs" and it also doesnt expose yourself to the police as a marijuana smoker. This can be done in the cover of the night and you could carry a lot of seeds without being noticed.Sorry for posting a response irrelevant to the instructable! and Valche if you want to discuss this further, send me a pm.

Topic by Valche 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Using a webcam to do digital video from a microscope.

I don't have windows set up for the net so it was nice to buy a cheap webcam that works right away in linux  and skype with my sister and brothers in different parts of the world.  It has a focus ring and I tried it with my microscope and prepared slide.  And then later with greeny water from plant pots in the back garden. It is actually pretty good.  I had to use 2 software programs. I used cheese to open the webcam but it misses frames when it records its own video!  I found that opening recordmydesktop and recording the cheese window or cheese area of the desktop solves the problem. I got the microscope second hand in a thrift store. Next step will be to find a pond and grab some really nice samples. I will grab pics of how I set it up in a while, but for now here is a video of a prepared slide, and focusing through it. <br> I did some other videos too with live specimens from the back garden but nothing really exciting. I still have to work on lighting and making the mount a bit more rigid but for a first attempt it is pretty good. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago