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==Basics==
# In general, any action that initiates or promotes plant growth in any way is included in the prohibited Melacha called Zoreah (planting). <ref> 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 261) </ref>
# Planting of any amount is forbidden. The applications of this prohibition are planting, grafting, removal of obstacles to the plant, fertilizing, watering, spraying insecticide, putting seeds in water, and moving a plant in a bored pot. <Ref> Rambam Shabbat 8:2, Eglei Tal Zoreya 1,4-8 </ref>
# Pruning a plant, removing weeds from a lawn or garden, fumigating with insecticide, or removing rocks from on top of a sprouting plant are forbidden as Zoreah (because they all promote plant growth). <ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 271-2) </ref>
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==Dropping seeds==
# One must be very careful not to drop or throw seeds, pits or cores of fruit or vegetables on the ground on Shabbat. <ref> 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 264) </ref>
# One should be careful not to spill any liquid or even to spit on plants on Shabbos. <ref> 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 267-8) </ref>
# Urinating on a plant isn't a violation of Zoreah (because the caustic fluid doesn't help the plant). <ref>S"A 336:3, Mishna Brurah 336:28, 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 267-8) </ref>See the halacha about urinating into dirt (Melachet Lash).
==Removing a Sukkah covering==
# If it rained and water collected on a Sukkah covering (shlock) and by removing the covering the water will spill onto grass it is only permitted to remove the cover if the grass is fully saturated (such as after it rained steadily for a long time and the ground hasn’t begun to dry). However, if the grass isn’t fully saturated one may not remove the covering if by doing so one will spill rainwater on the grass. <ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 268-70) </ref>
# If the Sukkah is on a pavement or deck and the water will first spill on the pavement or deck and then spill over to the lawn it is permitted to open the covering provided that one doesn’t intend to water the grass and that some of the water doesn’t spill directly onto the grass. <ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 268-70) </ref>
 
==Potted plants==
# If one has an indoor plant one may not open the curtains in order to allow the plant to get sunlight. Similarly it’s forbidden to open a window near a plant in order to improve the ventilation for the plant. However, it is permitted to open the curtains or open a window if it is done in order to brighten or ventilate the room and the plant only benefits indirectly. <Ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 274) </ref>
# Many authorities forbid handling a potted plant on Shabbat even if it doesn’t improve it’s growth, while some are lenient. <Ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 275) quotes Shevitat Shabbat (Kotzer 5) and that he heard in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein that potted plants are Muktzeh, however, he adds that it seems from other sources that it wouldn’t be an issue.</ref>
# If a potted plant fell over one may sweep the dirt but one may not put it back into the plant pot. <Ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 276) based on Mishna Brurah 337:12 and Biur Halacha 337 D”h VeYesh </ref>
 
===Removing a Sukkah covering===
# If it rained and water collected on a Sukkah covering (shlock) and by removing the covering the water will spill onto grass it is only permitted to remove the cover if the grass is fully saturated (such as after it rained steadily for a long time and the ground hasn’t begun to dry). However, if the grass isn’t fully saturated one may not remove the covering if by doing so one will spill rainwater on the grass. <ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 268-70) </ref>
# If the Sukkah is on a pavement or deck and the water will first spill on the pavement or deck and then spill over to the lawn it is permitted to open the covering provided that one doesn’t intend to water the grass and that some of the water doesn’t spill directly onto the grass. <ref>39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 268-70) </ref>
==Putting flowers in a vase==

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