What is this plant?

My mum asked me to find out for her what this plant is. Any ideas anyone? We presume it's from one of the seeds that's fallen out of the bird feeder. She let it grow so she could find out what it is. If it helps, she lives in the SE of England. Thanks.

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What Flower plant is this?

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What Kind Of Plant Is This?

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How to reroot a plant??

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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.

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Is it possible to grow a plant in a bottle? Answered

I just got a great idea that I would like to try. I tried searching the web for similar ideas, but found nothing. So, I have decided to try it and post an instructable. My idea is to insert some garden soil into a 1.5 liter plastic bottle then drop in a seed and cover it lightly with some more soil. Then, I will punch a few holes in the bottle cap and screw it on. Will the seed germinate and grow? Thanks.

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Grow a plant in my locker?

Currently, this is an idea, and i am simply expanding on it. I had this great idea, mostly as a joke, why not grow a plant in a spare locker? I am currently a high school student that goes to a small school, and have way too much time on my hands. As i was looking at the empty lockers we have from students who left, or even just spares, an idea hit me. Why not put one of these lockers to good use? Why not put a plant inside of it, that can sustain most if not all of itself? Have a gallon of water in there, along with an arduino and a moisture sensor, that would end up watering the plant. I would also have an artificial light source to provide light, preferably LED. The hardest bit is the power. All of this would run off of either a SLA battery or two, or maybe a drill battery. I could swap the battery once every day, which means it would need to go for 24 hours without stopping. That, and the weekends, which would be three full days. I first thought about mushrooms, or other dark growing plants, but i find that boring, lacking a challenge. besides doing this just for jokes, i have also wanted to try out the idea of growing a plant fully indoors without the use of natural sunlight. I have never done this, so please feel free to bombard me with recommendations. Again, this is only an idea. I can only assume it's possible. Also, recommendations on parts and methods would be sweet. Some type of light that can be powered on 12-24v, and run off of a SLA or maybe even a lawnmower battery for minimum of 3 days. Also, plant. I was thinking a tomato plant? Some species that doesn't grow taller than 2.5ft? Anyway, that's the idea. If you guys could help with ideas, provide recommendations, or point me in the correct direction, that'd be sweet. Last note, i would like to keep this cheap. I am not going for some extreme garden or anything. Just a single plant, in a semi-self sustaining locker.

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Do These Plants Need Stakes? Answered

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How do I replant tomatoes without killing them? Answered

The instructions that came with the tomato kit said to plant *all* of the seeds, so I did.  I didn't expect all of them to grow.  So now I have a basket that's now overflowing with cherry tomato sprouts, and I'm worried they're too crammed in there. I'm also worried that if I try to transplant them to another container, they'll die! What do I do?

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mushrooms growing in my garlic plant? Answered

i have an indoor garlic plant and little mushrooms are starting to grow in the soil, is this something i need to worry about? what should i do?

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Will an LED on 24-7 mess up a house plant?

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Edible Plants? AKa Underutilized crops

So.. I like to read the Wikipedia. I don't know why. However, the other day I found a little blurb interesting. I was reading about alternative crops when I realized I was very familiar with a few of the plants on the list. I do a fair amount of Gardening here in Northern Utah, so I was somewhat surprised to find that one of the weeds which I've been pulling for 90% of my gardening experience is actually an extremely nutrious food crop. So this got me wondering, what other alternative food crops were out there. I tore through the wikipedia's list of underutilized crops, and was surprised by the number of plants that just aren't used. In many cases, I can't see a reason why such a crop isn't being used. Especially in areas where cultivation of said plant would encourage use of land that's not otherwise arable. As a for instance, I live very near the Great Salt Lake. The flood plain of the great salt lake is salt killed, however, There is a small plant that grows on the flood plain. I was told that it was edible, but it wasn't usually eaten due to both the texture and the flavour. So, I was surprised when I noticed it's scientific name on the underutilized crop list. Turns out it's a good oil seed crop, and oil is one of those things we need. The other thing I noticed is that alot of the crops were indigenious, rather then more commonly used cultivars. Indigenous crops that have evolved to survive in specific locations are, in many cases, better suited to survive in local areas then food crops developed through artificial selection. Utilizing indigenious plants helps mitigate the impact of agricultural activity on the environment (which is arguably more destructive then any other industrial activity), and helps to reduce pests of popular cultivars. So with that all said, I'm interested to see what other people have donee along this line of thinking. I've noticed an instructable or two that have done just this. I'm probably put one up at the end of this year. Mine will be focusing on Common Pigweed and White Goosefoot (scientific names are in the links to the wikipedia at the bottom). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Underutilized_crops http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranthus_palmeri http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Goosefoot

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Can anyone help me identify this plant, please? Answered

Found in my new Community Garden plot, among the weeds that had sprung up over the winter. I was going to pull it, but then it starting looking to me like it might be a desirable garden plant. A few clues:garden is in Seattle, WA; in a Temperate Rainforest climate.raised bed garden, filled with a none-too-rich commercial compost, built on top of native soil composed of equal parts clay & glacial till.this plant or its seed survived an unusually long hard freeze (for this area) this last winter, 12 days of temps ranging from 10-20 F.discoloration on leaves is probably Leaf Miner damage, of which our community gardens have a minor plague.just before deciding that it might not be a weed, I discovered that it has a thick white taproot that extends well below the 4 inches or so that I'd dug out.Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Any suggestions for home made pot or tub for plants?

How to make pot or tub like for a plant?

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Are LEDS used in GROW LED LAMPS any different from regular, colored LEDs?

I've seen grow LED lamps for plants and flowers go for $100 to $200 on ebay and they look like simple red and blue LEDs in a lamp unit. These days anyone can do a lamp with LEDs since we have a wide variety of LEDs, drivers and casings at our disposal and at a very affordable price. Even if you add the cost of research and develpment and a healthy profit to remain in business into the cost of the device, I don't think the ratio cost-price of those lamps is fair. Those grow lamps seem to be a scam to me, unless the LEDs/drivers used on them are really more expensive than the widely available in the market. I am more inclined to think they priced their lamps artificially to cater to its intended market: deep-pocket obsessed gardeners, weed grow-op guys, fancy growers, etc. Why is that these lamps are that costly? What is the magic behind them or do they have "NASA" technology on them or what? Thanks for your input

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How might I build an indoor living wall?

I was thinking about the research that was done regarding improving indoor air quality, and one idea piqued my curiosity, and that was the concept of a "green wall" also known as a "living wall."Some links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_wallhttp://appsci.queensu.ca/ilc/greenBuilding/greenwall/greenwall_03.phpGreen wall photo:http://www.ozoux.com/eclectic/archive/2006/10/30/images/greenwall.jpgI'm wondering what the feasability of such a thing would be for a residential home, using items that are either recycled or easily obtained from say a hardware store. I am aware of being able to purchase setups, but they cost a fair bit of money and I thought it might be more interesting if I might construct one myself.

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What are the best plants to grow in a garden for dried potpourri, besides lavender?

I am planning to plant a potpourri garden next year in a small, raised space in Southern MN.  Anyone have any great experiences growing and drying plants that smell nice?  I'd like to start with lavender and go from there.  THANKS  :)

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Can a bamboo plant and an Apple Snail coexist?

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Well, to make a long story short, I am making a bed of poisonous plants and doing some research. It will have a fence around it and everything will be labeled so you do NOT eat it. We have lots of toddlers around.... and it would be bad if they ate anything poisonous.

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Where can I find an online archive/library of aquatic plants, that will help me identify various lake plants?

I've said it all... It would be nice if I could narrow the species down one step at a time, simpily answering yes or no to descriptors. Picture comparing would be nice too...

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Will this light work to grow plants in my homemade greenhouse? Answered

I am working on a homemade greenhouse and I wanted to use a solar light, I found one for pretty cheap at harbor freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=95573 will this work to help my plants grow? or does it have to be a certain type of light? thanks

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I have a favorite viburnum that I'd like to root. I've used rooting powder and loose soil but I haven't succeded. Can this plant be rooted from a cutting?Thanks,Tim?

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Moving to the US? Answered

Hey there.  After I have *hopefully* gone to uni and came out the other side with a degree I am considering moving out to the USA, probably to or at least to somewhere near San Diego. Nothing is set in stone for now so any suggestions on other places would also be helpful. But my main problem is that I have started to grow some plants back in Britain and don't particularly like the thought of just leaving them, so what are the laws on bringing plants with me? I know they are just plants but it's all the time I've put into them and to be honest, they're the first few plants I haven't killed. Any tips or stories of emigrating to the US would be great. As I said, this is just a thought, but I need to know more about how to go about moving there and what happens before I can truly decide. Thanks for your help :) Tom

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Multi Generational Pineapple?

Hi all, i have a Pineapple Plant in my Front Garden Started from a "Top" (i think it's been about 4 years) currently in it's 3rd Generation Gen 1, 1 Fruit ,3 Offspring. 1 Harvested, 2 Left on "Mother" plant. Gen 2, 2 Fruit, 3 Offspring(1 on one plant, 2 on other). 1 Will Be Removed when it's Big enough. Question is: How Many Generations Before the Fruit Becomes Either Too Small or It Doesn't Fruit?

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I want to set up a hydroponics system but don't want to buy commercial nutrient or medium. Answered

Can i just flood the soil the plant is growing in for a temporary portion of the day? I don't have a problem with the pump, just buying the nutrient / medium. Can i just use soil and wet it down really well once a day and then drain it (out the bottom)? Would floating soil in the water being circulated through the system work? I could empty water / put more soil in on a regular basis.

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Hi fellow instrucablers, I planted some sunflowers a while ago and recently I collected the seeds from the flowers and replanted them.  The original seeds were from a packet which I threw away.  I've planted the new seeds and it's been a week and the haven't sprouted, I'm not sure if I was really unlucky or if the seeds have been genetically modified in order for them not to grow new plants.   I still have some seeds left over so I was wondering if there was anyway to tell if they have been modified somehow. Thanks a ton Sirnoodlehe

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Why do we call dandelions "dandelions"?

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What veggies grow well in very little light? Answered

I am moving into an appartment with a decent sized patio, where hanging plants would be spectacular, if it weren't for the fact that we are on the bottom floor, and facing north. there is almost no light throughout the day. Does anyone know any fruits or veggies, or heck, even herbs, that grow in next to no light?

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Is the effluent produced by a biogas generator enough to feed plants in a hydroponic system?

I'm looking at various ways to grow food free/almost free in a small space.  I would like to grow enough veg to feed myself comfortably. Hydroponics in a vertical farm set up would allow me to grow lots of veg in a small space, trouble is I now need nutrients to feed my plants. After much reading, it looks like I could anaerobically digest all my food waste (including meat, diary, plant stems and anything else that decomposes) in a biogenerator. If I use the resulting liquid effluent, would this alone be sufficient to grow healthy plants.  Are all the nutrients they need going to be in sufficient proportion and are they all in an accessible form for plants. Will I need to add bottled nutrients from a store to top it up? Another question is if the effluent is safe or a biohazard?  My reading so far suggests that most pathogens are killed off in the anaerobic process. Is there anyone who has tried anything like this already? So far I can only find people who are fertilising crops in soil with the effluent. Any comments are greatly appreciated. P.S: for those who do not know what a biogenrator does/is.. a quick description.  Its a sealed tank filled with water, waste (shredded) is added, naturally occuring bacteria in the water (not dependent on oxygen to survive) breakdown the waste into their nutrient parts, methane is also produced by the bacteria (methane is CH4, carbon is in the waste and hydrogen is in the water), the methane can be tapped off for burning and the old liquid can also be tapped off, supposedly this liquid is an extremely good nutrient source, though I don't know if it could sustain plants grown hydroponically on its own.

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I just read about an inspiring idea from Japan to lower electricity bills in summer: you mount a wire frame outside the window, plant vines at the bottom, and the vines will grow up the wires, providing shade, a more "organic" feeling, and probably a little more oxygen to the room its shading. This sounds like a GREAT idea! Does anyone know of any fast growing vines that are succulent/lush enough to make this work well?

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