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Yuma, AZ
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Yuma, AZ
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Yuma, AZ
Should a bloom stalk be cut down in Yuma AZ?
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Mohave Valley, AZ
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Indio, CA
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When pruning Tecoma stans for growth and shape control,should I cut off the pods?
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La Quinta / Palm Desert, CA
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La Quinta, CA
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I have been advised that the Calandria (sic) is a good plant to cover a cement wall surrounding our home in La Quinta, CA. I cannot find such a plant on line. Can you assist? I want to entirely cov...
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La Quinta, CA
Will wisteria grow in LaQuinta CA?
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La Quinta, CA
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La Quinta, CA
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I take care of an elderly woman with dementia. She is in a nursing home and she's always LOVES flowers and plants. Do you have any suggestions for potted outdoor blooming plants for the summer in...
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Palm Desert, CA
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Laughlin, NV
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I have a plant which has fern like leaves on the top and round broad leaves near the ground. What is it?
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Buckeye, AZ
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Buckeye, AZ
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