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Where can I buy plants or seeds of Berlandiera pumila?
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Information about Melochia tomentosa
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Miami, FL
Does music affect growth of necklace pod plants?
Does music affect the growth of the necklace pod plants? this is for a science project! Please help!
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Vine with red berries in North Carolina
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What is more important for plant growth; sunlight, water, soil or what?
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Why are my palm trees turning orange?
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Miami, FL
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Miami, FL
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I am looking for a place where I could buy the Aerva Lanata Plant, would you happen to know?
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Miami, FL
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Scientific name for non-native staghorn fern
What is the scientific name for the staghorn fern?
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Miami, FL
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Groundcovers for Miami, FL
I live in Miami, Florida. I have a medium size Bismarck Palm in my front yard. What would be a good ground cover other than grass around this palm?
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My Ixoras are full of weeds look like some kind of berry. Is there a way to get rid of them?
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