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House Plants: house plant soil, caring for houseplants, gallon pot
caring for houseplants, gallon pot, inch pot: Shannon, Repotting it is probably a good idea but I would encourage you to first pick up a bag of perlite and a bag of horticultural charcoal. Mix 6 gallons of neew potting soil with 4 gallons of perlite and a bag of charcoal. Use that mix to repot the...

House Plants: house plant status in pakistan, mujtaba, house plant
mujtaba, house plant, export quality: Mujtaba, I m not sure what you are asking? Do you want to know about exporting houseplants to Pakistan from the U.S. or from Pakistan to the U.S.? I am not sure of the laws or restrictions or quarantine requirements. If you ask a more detailed question...

House Plants: house plant with yellowing leaves, pot size, pothos
pot size, pothos, yellow leaves: Hi Karon, Yellow leaves are a non-specific symptom that occur when virtually anything is wrong with a Pothos. To properly diagnose your plant s problem, I have to know its pot size (before and after the repotting), how long you have had it, how much light...

House Plants: house plant, foot vines, leaf size
foot vines, leaf size, size shape: Hi Theresa, My condolences to you and your family. I am sure the plant is special to you. Proper identification of your plant is important because different plant species have different care requirements. If you can e-mail a photo of it to me at the...

House Plants: house plants, keeping cats, plant question
keeping cats, plant question, house plants: Hi Michael, That is more of a cat question than a plant question. If there is such a product, a pet shop would carry it, not a plant shop. If you go to http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx and in the search box on this site enter, “plants and...

House Plants: house plants, ficus plant, ghance
ficus plant, ghance, dish soap: Donna, More sun and less water will help bring it out of shock. Do not transplant before April 1st. The days are longer then and the roots are actively growing so it will recuperate from transplanting faster. In the meantime get the roots healthier by...

House Plants: house plants, pot size, accurate diagnosis
pot size, accurate diagnosis, house plants: Hi Jolene, Brown leaf tips are a generic symptom that can be caused by under watering, by using hard water, by over fertilizing, by inadequate light, and by over watering. Limpness is most often caused by too little water, but if it does not perk up...

House Plants: house plants, aloe vera plant, cuts and scrapes
aloe vera plant, cuts and scrapes, aloe juice: Hi Esther, Aloes do have a very mild odor that might be characterized as musty. In any case, I don t think you have anything to be concerned about if you are using the Aloe juice for topical treatment. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or...

House Plants: house plants, aluminum sulphate, hydranger
aluminum sulphate, hydranger, acid soil: Hi Christine, Acid soil (low pH) will produce blue flowers and alkaline (high pH) will produce pink flowers in Hydrangeas. The best way to sweeten the soil (make it more alkaline) is to add horticultural lime to the soil; about one to two tablespsoons...

House Plants: house plants, house plants, darlene
house plants, darlene, good luck: Desiree, http://www.ivy.org/care.html Go to that website and it has detailed information on the care of indoor ivy. If you have questions after reading that website write again and I will be happy to come up with answers. Good luck. Darlene ...

House Plants: My house plants, fungus gnats, black bugs
fungus gnats, black bugs, drain tray: Fay, The bugs are fungus gnats. They are there because the plants soil is too wet and the roots may be beginning to rot. Set the plant in the sink and remove the drain tray to drain as much water as possible. Then do not water the plants till the soil...

House Plants: house plants, african violets, house plants
african violets, house plants, houseplants: Hello, please note that I only answer questions relating to AFRICAN VIOLETS. If your question is about one of them please write back to me and I will be glad to help. Otherwise, please direct your question to one of the other fine volunteers in the area...

House Plants: house plants, peace lily, dumb cane
peace lily, dumb cane, chinese evergreen: Hi Bobbie, If you live in New York City, I do make plant doctor housecalls! Do not replace the soil as that will only aggravate any problems you have. In addition, stop fertilizing because fertilizer is only for healthy plants that are growing vigorously....

House Plants: house plants, dragon tree, drain tray
dragon tree, drain tray, shady location: Val, Water it well when you water it so all the soil in the pot is moist and a little goes in the drain tray under the pot. However do not allow the plant sit with the drain tray full. Empty it by dumping it or suctioning it with a turkey baster 2 hours...

House Plants: house plants, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, good soil: Carla, Put some good soil around the roots of the Peace lilly. By good soil I mean standard potting soil with extra white perlite mixed in at a ration of 2 parts soil to 1 part soil. Then be careful not to overwater, this plant likes to dry out well between...

House Plants: house plants, btec national diploma, plants oh
btec national diploma, plants oh, agriculture departments: Hi Joseph, In the US, many of the state universities have agriculture departments that include courses in ornamental plants and in floriculture (flowering plants). I suggest that you do a search for University agriculture schools as a starting point....

House Plants: house plants that don't need water?, plant questions, house plants
plant questions, house plants, botanical name: Hi Bobbie, The plant you are probably referring to is commonly called Air Plant. It s botanical name is Tillandsia. It does not need to grow in a pot with soil. However, it does need to be misted a couple of times a week to survive, so it is not a completely...

House Plants: why my house plants are dying, areca palms, madagascar palms
areca palms, madagascar palms, pachypodium lamerei: Hi Kathleen, Without knowing how much light your plants receive and what your watering routine is, it is hard for me to identify a cause for their problems. I also don t know what you mean by dying. If you are able to send some photos to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com,...

House Plants: house plants--leaves that close up, venus flytrap, mr creed
venus flytrap, mr creed, prayer plant: Hi Elizabeth, The prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) has leaves that fold up at night. The Venus flytrap also closes when an insect touches its hair-like triggers. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions....

House Plants: house plants and low light, dracaena janet craig, light plants
dracaena janet craig, light plants, foot ceilings: Hi Kit, Don t give up! First let s make sure that your low light is not too low for any plants to survive. Even the lowest light plants require enough natural light to create bright reading light adequate to read newsprint and they must have that much...

House Plants: house plants and outside temperatures, vinca vine, spider plants
vinca vine, spider plants, cold temperatures: Hi Courtney, Most Vinca species can survive below freezing temps. Spider plants and most Cacti can withstand temps as low as 35-40 degrees. However, your plants have been inside and have not been gradually hardened off to such cold temperatures. Thus, I...

House Plants: house plants pests, pothos plant, squirrel problem
pothos plant, squirrel problem, fresh dirt: Wow-it sure does sound as if you have a mouse or something playing around there! How large is the hole in the dirt? My first thought was something I have seen a lot of and that is a slug in the soil, but you would see him. They like to dig down into the...

House Plants: house plants for science project, air pollutants, house plants
air pollutants, house plants, science experiments: Hi Mercedes, Houseplants: 1. Add beauty to the environment. 2. Add oxygen to the air and remove the carbon dioxide that we exhale. 3. Help remove air pollutants. 4. Provide pleasure to those who care for them. 5. Help people feel more relaxed. 6....

House Plants: house plants for windows, plants for hanging baskets, hanging plants
plants for hanging baskets, hanging plants, wandering jew: Rita, Good easy care plants for hanging baskets in windows are spider plants, pothos vines, philordendron, wandering jew, and sweedish ivy are all good easy care plants. If you have questions about them feel free to write again. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: house plants, aggie horticulture, house plants
aggie horticulture, house plants, descriptive categories: Sally, At one time, there was a site that had various descriptive categories that you could enter and then it would show photos of plants that matched your description. Unfortunately, that site is no longer operating. Here are some sites that have lots...

House Plants: household plant soil insects, soil insects, black bugs
soil insects, black bugs, potting soil: Hi Quinetha, No, good indoor potting mix should not contain any critters. You should use a peat-based, soilless potting mix. Pro-Mix brand is a good one. Also make sure that the bag is not open or have any rips or tears in it. Keep in mind that unnecessary...

House Plants: houseplant i.d., cissus antarctica, plectranthus australis
cissus antarctica, plectranthus australis, chenille plant: Hi Shelly, There are several possibilities that come to mind, although none fit your decriuption completely. Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis) is a vining plant with small white flowers. Howwever, the leaves are rounded and the serration is moderately...

House Plants: houseplant identification, search images, btng
search images, btng, darlene: Penny, The only plant I can think of is a Madagascar Palm. Check these pictures out: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=madagascar+palm&btnG=Search+Images Let me know if that is your plant and I will tell you how to take care of it. If it is...

House Plants: houseplant identification, shade cloths, idea what kind
shade cloths, idea what kind, photo jpeg: sounds like it could be in the dracena compacta family. there are millions of plants out there, so w/out seeing it i can t be sure. send a digital photo(jpeg format) to rleehern@hotmail.com and i can give you more of a positve answer. the care would...

House Plants: houseplant ivy, spider mites, gold spots
spider mites, gold spots, fungal attack: Yolanda, It sounds like you may be overwatering them. When they are overwatered the roots rot and then the plants can t absorb water and they look as if they are too dry. Carefully try removing the plant from the pot and remove a bit of soil and carefully...

House Plants: houseplant jasmine.., inch pot, leaf drop
inch pot, leaf drop, repotting: Hi Jane, That is a very large Jasmine! I am surprised that it could not go a week without water since it is in a fairly large pot. Jasmine will drop leaves when it gets too dry. The leaf drop will continue for a short while after it is watered, so some...

House Plants: houseplant light, peace lily, indirect sunlight
peace lily, indirect sunlight, janet craig: Hi Sandra, Thanks for the follow-up information. You would need a low light plant. Some good choices are Pothos, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, corn plant, ZZ Plant, Dracaena Janet Craig, and parlor palm. There are others, but that is a pretty good...

House Plants: houseplant pests, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, houseplant pests: Hi Vondra, Congratulations on keeping your Scheffleras alive for so long. That is remarkable! FYI, the large leafed one is called Schefflera actinophylla and the small leafed variety is Schefflera arboricola. The white fuzzy things are mealybugs. The...

House Plants: houseplant problem, arrowhead vine, heather heather
arrowhead vine, heather heather, white butterfly: Heather, http://www.killerplants.com/plant-of-the-week/20031117.asp Above is a website that talks about your plant more. I beleive in this case your problem is too little light, move it to a sunnier location. They like the sun. Also you may need...

House Plants: houseplant problems, heather heather, lived plants
heather heather, lived plants, houseplant problems: Heather, You have a grafted cactus which typically do not live too long. They do tend to be top heavy and that is why part of the stem was buried. To support the plant. Unburying it will not make the plant live longer. It may or may not eventually heal,...

House Plants: houseplant watering, drainage holes, self watering planters
drainage holes, self watering planters, plastic pots: Hi Bets, There are slow release materials that can be added to the soil. They hold and release water as needed. Soil Absorb and Terrasorb are two brand names. However, they can keep soil too moist for many plants and they may not last for 1-22 months, especially...

House Plants: houseplant, houseplants, bleach
houseplants, bleach, clear water: Hi Cynthia, I am not qualified to comment on the effectiveness of prayer. However, it sounds like you are already doing the right think - flushing lots of clear water through the soil to wash the bleach out. If you started this flushing soon after the bleach...

House Plants: houseplants, golden pothos, spider plant
golden pothos, spider plant, windowsill: Hi Paula, You have provided very limited information so it is hard for me to detemine just what has gone wrong with your plants. The only chage you mentioned was that they were moved six months ago. It may well be that the change in location and light is...

House Plants: houseplants, spider plants, spider plant
spider plants, spider plant, darlene: Leanne, They may be dead but I would try to give them a chance. I hope you have taken them indoors now. Cut off the wilted foliage but do not pitch the plants for at least 3 months. There is a small chance that the roots will send out new growth. If they...

House Plants: houseplants cats dislike, cayenne pepper, squirt gun
cayenne pepper, squirt gun, wheat grass: Cheryl, 1.Try plants in hanging baskets that the cats can t get to. 2. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on the soil in all your plants and the cats will stay away. 3. If you are home squirt the cats with a spray bottle or squirt gun when they go near a plant and...

House Plants: houseplants and cats, plants poisonous to cats, pets cats
plants poisonous to cats, pets cats, house plants: Adrienne, Any of the variieties of dracaena would work well and are not poisonous. A large sansevieria or a schefflera would also work. If you have questions after you get the plant feel free to write again. The following site has a list of plants poisonous...

House Plants: my houseplants are NOT Happy!, sun porch, fungal diseases
sun porch, fungal diseases, indoor plants: Hi Wint, Thanks for sending me the photos. The suddenness of the discoloration of your plants is due to the drop in temperature. However, the spots on your fern are spores and they are quite normal and healthy. Many ferns can tolerate cold temps, so that...

House Plants: houseplants are suffering, soil problems, creeping charlie
soil problems, creeping charlie, syngonium: Deborah, I suspect it is some sort of fungal or bacterial disease. To diagnose it exactly you would need to take it to a college with a hortcultural diagnostic department such as Purdue University. If that is not possible I would use the only antifungal,...

House Plants: houseplants, philodendron selloum, leaf symptoms
philodendron selloum, leaf symptoms, light plants: Hi Lisa, The light you described is adequate, but less than ideal for a Selloum. However, that is only indirectly contributing to the new leaf symptoms that you described. In low light, plants use very little water, so it is very easy to inadvertently...

House Plants: hoya, dropping flowers, dormant winter period, bright indirect light
dormant winter period, bright indirect light, nitrogen fertilizer: Hi Sharon, To bloom, Hoyas must have a lot of bright indirect light all day and a few hours of direct light, as well. In addition, keep it potbound and on the dry side and don t change its location. Disturb it as little as possible. Do NOT use a high nitrogen...

House Plants: hoya dropping leaves, insect damage, indirect light
insect damage, indirect light, little water: Sandra, Check the soil. I suspect a watering problem, either too much or too little water, probably too much. Could someone besides you have watered it? As you know this plant does not like too much water. Have you made any changes in it s environment lately?...

House Plants: hoya tri-color, mealy bug, eastern exposure
mealy bug, eastern exposure, tropical plants: dwight hoyas(hindu rope plants) are in the succulent family. better to error on the dry side. however if they remain dry for too long they will lose flowers and become susceptable to mealy bug infestations. the care would still be similar as for most tropical...

House Plants: hybiscus in the garden, gypsy moths, hybiscus plant
gypsy moths, hybiscus plant, japanese beetles: Dedar Habdu, You said most of the leaves are gone? Do the ones that are left show any signs of animal or insect damage. Japanese beetles are worse this year than in previous years. Michigan also has gypsy moths but I do not know what would strip it that...

House Plants: hybiscus indoor plant, flowering plants, sunny window
flowering plants, sunny window, hibiscus: Hi Joan, Hibiscus will not flower year round. Typically it only blooms during the warmer months when there is lots of light. If it does not get enough direct sunlight, it may not flower at all. Pruning does not usually deter flowers, but repotting does....

House Plants: hybiscus, hybiscus plant, sun worshippers
hybiscus plant, sun worshippers, dish soap: Mariann, Your hibiscus needs more sun! The are tropical sun worshippers. Move it to a sunnier location if at all possible. This time of year it should be pruned back somewhat to give it a fresh start for spring. When you water it you should give it enough...

House Plants: hydrengeas, clay soil, house plant
clay soil, house plant, hydrangea: Maria, It is not a house plant so I am not sure. It sounds to me like you may be overwatering it. Where do you live? How hot has it been there? What is the soil around it like? Did you plop it in the middle of clay soil so it is holding all the water you...

House Plants: ID succulent, garage sale in san francisco, inch pot
garage sale in san francisco, inch pot, plant id: Andy, I am not placing it from the description. Please send photos showing the whole plant in the pot, a closeup on the leaves and a closeup on the flower to Plantlady6@aol.com. If I can t identify it I have a friend who can. Put plant ID in the subject...

House Plants: ID Wierd Plant, plant genus, flower structure
plant genus, flower structure, nepenthes: Hi Paul, You have provided an excellent description of the Nepenthes or pitcher plant genus. There are over 70 species of Nepenthes and it is difficult to tell the differences except through the flower structure. Here is a site that has lots of photos...

House Plants: IDENTIFICATION OF A HOUSE PLANT, water lilies, chris slater
water lilies, chris slater, glabella: Hi Chris, It is hard to tell from your descripton just what you have. If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below, then I can provide a positive ID. There are hundreds of different Peperomia species and many of them would seem to fit the decription...

House Plants: IDENTIFY PLANTS & GROWING INFO, bright indirect light, fertalizer
bright indirect light, fertalizer, tight bundle: Hi Bill, Your ZZ Plant s botanical name is Zamioculcus zamiifolia. The care instructions you have received are accurate. It will do best in a bright window, but it will survive light that is bright enough to read newsprint in for at least 8 hours per day....

House Plants: Idea temperature for cylamen plant, cyclamen plant, red flowers
cyclamen plant, red flowers, sunny location: Viki, It should not be left outdoors at night when the temperatures are below freezing. It should not be outside below 5 degrees centigrade. It likes cool temperatures 5-15 degrees is ideal. It also likes a sunny location. It needs to be watered and your...

House Plants: Identfy a house plant, leaf shape, calathea
leaf shape, calathea, house plant: Hi Sara, It might be a Calathea or a Begonia or a Bromeliad, but in the absence of a photo or a detailed description, including leaf shape and dimensions and stem size and type, I cannot be sure. If you can e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com,...

House Plants: Identification of an airplant, pineapple plant, pet peeve
pineapple plant, pet peeve, drift wood: Terry, It is my pet peeve that plants don t come with exact identification. The pictures at the following site might help you. http://www.airplant.com/a.html I suspect it is type of bilbergia but there are many types of those so it is immpossible to...

House Plants: Identification/Care, soil minerals, rainforest plant
soil minerals, rainforest plant, african violets: Hi Jan, African violets must be quite rootbound before they will bloom. Your offshoots are probably still putting energy into filling the pots with roots. I hope you used small pots for them otherwise the wait could be a long one! Your mystery plant...

House Plants: Identification of House Plants, aggie horticulture, ncsu edu
aggie horticulture, ncsu edu, house plants: Pat, I m just as bad online about wanting everything I see! Plants can be addictive! These first 2 sites are reliable suppliers with lots of pictures on their sites. http://www.glasshouseworks.com/pageone.html http://www.logees.com/ The following...

House Plants: Identification of house plant, inch pot, water plants
inch pot, water plants, house plants: Margaret, I m going to give you three quesses. Zephranthes (rain lilly), cyclamen, or begonias. Go to Google.com and put each name in then click on images and see if one of those is your plant. If none of those are your plant please give me more information...

House Plants: Identification and Information of House Plant, spikey balls, plant fertilizer
spikey balls, plant fertilizer, dracaena marginata: Nancy, If it looks like a Dracaena Hookeriana it problably is that or a Dracaena Marginata. Both look similar and both can be that large when they are that old. It bloomed because it is finallly reaching maturity. You should treat it the same as you always...

House Plants: Identification of indoor plant, drain tray, sure what type
drain tray, sure what type, chinese evergreen: Mae, May I ask why you are repotting it? This is a bad time of year to repot any plant as the days are getting shorter and roots stop growing. It is much better to repot in the spring as the days are getting longer. Between April 1st and June 15th is best....

House Plants: Identification of a plant, and it's care, dracaena janet craig, office occupant
dracaena janet craig, office occupant, moist soil: Hi there, I suspect that you have a Dracaena Janet Craig, but I cannot be sure without seeing a photo. If possible, please email a photo to my address below. In any case, the plant can be pruned at any point along the stem. Wherever you prune it, new...

House Plants: Identification and special care, schefflera arboricola, drop seeds
schefflera arboricola, drop seeds, collective strength: Hi Shaun, Thanks for sending the photos. Your plant is a Schefflera arboricola and it is native to Taiwan, although yours was probably grown in a US greenhouse. Although it is overgrown and in need of pruning, it is healthy and it does not need a larger...

House Plants: Identification, houseplant, darlene
houseplant, darlene, blooms: Noel, Your decription does not sound like any plants I am familiar with. Is it a houseplant? If you can send me a picture of it I should be able to identify it within a day or 2. You can send your picture to Plantlady6@aol.com ...

House Plants: Identify 2 houseplants please, succulent species, rhoeo spathacea
succulent species, rhoeo spathacea, definitive identification: Hi Alyson, I can think of a couple of plants that are green on top and purple underneath - one is a Philodendron and the other is a Rhoeo spathacea. However, neither is furry underneath. A photo sent to me at wcreed@horticulturalHelp would help here. ...

House Plants: Identify delicate house plant, false aralia, bright indirect light
false aralia, bright indirect light, high humidity: Hi Kerri, I believe you have a false aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima). If you want to send a photo of it to my address listed below, I can confirm the ID and perhaps add some additional device. False aralias are among the plants quickest to react dramatically...

House Plants: Identify House Plant, dracaena plant, janet craig
dracaena plant, janet craig, thin branch: Hi Dan, Your description is a bit too brief for me to give a positive ID, so a photo sent to my email address below would be very helpful. I am guessing that you may have a Dracaena plant of some type, perhaps Janet Craig. If you cannot send me a photo,...

House Plants: Identify Houseplant, peace lily, white flower
peace lily, white flower, spathiphyllum: Hi Helena, I think your plant may be a peace lily or Spathiphyllum, as it is known botanically. If this is not what you have, let me know how yours differs. Better yet, send a photo to my address below. Let me know if you need any care instructions....

House Plants: Identify a house plant, yucca elephantipes plant, palm tree
yucca elephantipes plant, palm tree, house plant: Brenda, From your description I suspect it is a Yucca elephantipes plant that is being very overwatered. For a picture of the plant and care instructions go to the following website: http://www.indoor-plant-care.com/indoor_plant.asp?title=Yucca+elephantipes%2CSpinaless+yucca&item=plant_details&id_razred=12&id=556...

House Plants: Identify a house plant, indoor palm, positive id
indoor palm, positive id, house plant: Hi Rosemary, Based on your description, I would hazard a guess that your plant might be Rhoeo spathacea. But I will await your photo to make a positive ID. You can e-mail it to my address below. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural...

House Plants: Identify a leaf seeding plant, thanx matt, pot plants
thanx matt, pot plants, kalanchoe daigremontiana: Hi Matt, From your description, I believe that your plant is a Kalanchoe daigremontiana or mother-of-thousands. The latter name refers to the many tiny plantlets that grow on the edges of the leaves. If I am mistaken, please email a photo to my address...

House Plants: Identify Plant, areca palms, dish soap
areca palms, dish soap, spider mite: Hi Rachel Okay, an Areca Palm. They are also known as Parlor Palms, you use to see them in parlors of Victorian homes. You have to be very careful with spider mite-they LOVE areca palms! Watch for webs between the frawns. Make sure the plant frawns are...

House Plants: Identify a plane, indoor plants, green leaves
indoor plants, green leaves, house plant: Hi Jackie, I do not know of any indoor plants that have green leaves that become purple and twist and still remain healthy. Perhaps I am misunderstanding something from your description. Can you e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? ...

House Plants: Identify this plant, purple blooms, miracle plant
purple blooms, miracle plant, cool rain: Hi Dawn Boy, I thought I answered this question-I remember typing out the answer and everything! Sometimes, for whatever reason, the answers do not take when I click on submit . Anyway, it is hard to say, without seeing it, what type of a plant you have....

House Plants: Identify my plant, rubber tree plant, ficus elastica
rubber tree plant, ficus elastica, aloe plant: Tim, First let s identify the plant. It sounds like a ficus elsatica or rubber tree plant. Please check the pictures at the site below and let me know if that is the plant, then I will give you care instructions. If it is not the plant you have please describe...

House Plants: Identify this plant, velvet plant, foilage
velvet plant, foilage, jagged edges: Hi Wes-Leigh, I suspect you may have a velvet plant or Gynura scandens. However, I cannot be sure without a photo or additional information. If this is NOT what you have, please tell me how yours differs or send me a photo. Regards, Will Creed, Interior...

House Plants: Identify a plant - Sago palm, sago palms, bright indirect light
sago palms, bright indirect light, sago palm: Hi Bob, Thanks for the photos. Your plant is called a Sago palm, although it is not actually in the Palm family. Its botanical name is Cycas revoluta. These are conifers that have existed on earth for some 250 million years. There is a living one in Japan...

House Plants: Identify plant, white flower, green leaves
white flower, green leaves, fuzz: Hi Delcie, Love plant is the common name for Anacampseros rufescens. It is not a large plant, but it has fleshy leaves with white, cobwebby stuff growing out of the leaves. Do a search and see if this is what you have. If so, let me know and I will...

House Plants: Identify these plants please and what their needs are, peace lilly, ficus elastica
peace lilly, ficus elastica, peace lily: Angie, The 1st and 2nd picture is commonly known as a rubber tree (ficus elastica), The 3rd and 4th picture shows a peace lily (spathiphylum). Both pictures look like you may be doing a bit of overwatering. These plants need to get dry between waterings....

House Plants: Identifying and caring for plant, yucca cane, aquarium gravel
yucca cane, aquarium gravel, janet craig: Hello Derven, To save the Janet Craig cane your best bet would be to take a cane cutting from a healthy part of the stem. The link below can explain how to do this in better detail than I could. The section on cane cuttings is a little more than halfway...

House Plants: Identifying a few plants, dracaena janet craig, e mail address
dracaena janet craig, e mail address, indirect sunlight: Hi Ben, You have a lot of questions here. I will do my best to answer them. The first plant is a Dracaena Janet Craig compacta. The second is a Gold-dust Dracaena (Dracaena godseffiana). The third plant is an Impatiens hybrid, probably I. hawkeri....

House Plants: Identifying this house plant, beefsteak begonia, flower stalks
beefsteak begonia, flower stalks, leaf margins: Rosemarie, Your plant is commonly known as a Beefsteak begonia (Begonia erythrophylla).This is an indoor plant. This wonderful, fast-growing plant likes plenty of light, but sometimes loses its rich, dark, lustrous green if in direct, southern light. The...

House Plants: Identifying a house plant, song of jamaica, dracaena reflexa song of jamaica
song of jamaica, dracaena reflexa song of jamaica, yellow stripes: Hi Will, Your description of the plant is quite limited. Your plant may be a Dracaena Lemon lime or a Dracaena reflexa Song of Jamaica. That s the best that I can do with the information you provided. If your plant is not one of the above, then let...

House Plants: Identifying Plant and pruning options, dracaena, pruners
dracaena, pruners, tropical plant: Hi Noelle, From your brief description, I believe you have some species of Dracaena. If you would like to e-mail a photo to my address below, I can provide a specific ID for you. You can definitely prune it back. You can cut the stem at any point (use...

House Plants: Identifying Two Plants, shade cloths, plastic pots
shade cloths, plastic pots, thin stripe: sounds like the 1st could be in the spider plant family. your description of the 2nd sounds like a fern. there are millions of plants out there, so w/out seeing them i can t be sure. send a digital photo(jpeg format) to rleehern@hotmail.com and i...

House Plants: Identifying my plant, velvet plant, purple passion
velvet plant, purple passion, jagged edges: Hi Melanie, I think you may be describing a velvet plant (Gynura aurantiaca) or the closely related purple passion plant (Gynura sarmentosa). A Coleus is another possibility. If none of these match your plant, then e-mail a photo to me at the address...

House Plants: Identifying plant, tropical foliage plant, mass merchandise store
tropical foliage plant, mass merchandise store, indoor tropical foliage: sounds like it could be in the dracena family. there are millions of plants out there, so w/out seeing it i can t be sure. send a digital photo(jpeg format) to rleehern@hotmail.com. put Plant ID on the subject line or i may not open it........

House Plants: Identifying my plant..., orchid cactus, night blooming cereus
orchid cactus, night blooming cereus, tenticles: Hi Matthew, I believe you have a plant that is commonly called orchid cactus or night-blooming cereus. Its botanical name is Epiphyllum oxypetalum. If I am wrong or you are unsure, then you can e-mail a photo to me at my address below. Please let...

House Plants: Identifying plants, house plants, darlene
house plants, darlene, subject line: Mike, http://www.glasshouseworks.com/ http://www.logees.com/ Those 2 sites have quite a few pictures on their sites. Unfortunately there are no sites specifically for the purpose of identifying plants. If you can t identify all you have you are welcome...

House Plants: Inactive Ficus, ficus tree, new leaves
ficus tree, new leaves, water soluable: Bob, Are the drapes or the blinds open during the day? It sounds like it is not getting enough sun. Ficus loves sun. It could also stand fertilizing once a month with a water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Grow or one of the generics. You are doing...

House Plants: India Rubber Plant, inch pot, blinds and drapes
inch pot, blinds and drapes, drain tray: Yolanda, I am assuming that you live in the northern half of the US since you didn t say. It should not be repotted until spring. All houseplants should be repotted between April 15th and June 15th. It should be in a very sunny location in your home such...

House Plants: Indian Rubber Tree, ficus elastica, rubber tree plant
ficus elastica, rubber tree plant, soil volume: Your Indian Rubber Tree - Ficus elastica to Botanists - is what Bubble Gum is made of. Did you know that? We go now to the Illinois State Extension Service houseplants page on Ficus elastic (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/houseplants/types/ficus.html)...

House Plants: Indoor Bamboo Plant, bamboo leaves, outdoor landscape
bamboo leaves, outdoor landscape, bamboo plant: You can find an excellent illustrated instruction booklet at the Oregon Bamboo Association s website: http://www.oregonbambooassociation.org/downloads/dividingbamboo.pdf I ve been waiting for someone to ask me about this plant just so I could direct...

House Plants: Indoor Bamboo Plant, bright indirect light, glass fish
bright indirect light, glass fish, warm temperatures: Hi Margaret, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. If your tap water is on the hard side, then use filtered or distilled...

House Plants: Indoor Bamboo plant, bright indirect light, room without a window
bright indirect light, room without a window, warm temperatures: Hi CJ, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. Although they will live for a long time in water, in most cases the new growth...

House Plants: Indoor Bird of Paradise (BoP), drainage hole, ceramic planter
drainage hole, ceramic planter, green thumb: Hi Elizabeth, Congratulations on your new gift plant! I hope that it is placed within a few feet of a nearby window that is kept uncovered throughout the day. Adequate light is the most important consideration. I need some additional information....

House Plants: Indoor Bird of Paradise, leaf edge, plant questions
leaf edge, plant questions, product water: Location! Location! Location! If you plan to locate the plant right in front of the window you describe and within a few feet of that window, then I would would recommend one of the Dracaenas as a good alternative to the B of P. If it would be more than...

House Plants: Indoor bug problem: fungus gnats, fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk
fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk, fungus gnats: Hi Judith, I am sorry to learn that you have fungus gnats. Most likely the soil that you used when you repotted had the gnat larvae in it. I would not use it again. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people....

House Plants: Indoor Calla Lily Plant, calla lillies, calla lily
calla lillies, calla lily, indirect sunlight: Where are you in Arizona? If you are in zone 10 yes, plant it in a location that gets sun in the mnorning but not in the hot afternoon. Also a place that you can water it regularly and where you will notice it next year when it comes up so you can start watering...

House Plants: Indoor care of gardenia, gardenia plant, gardenias
gardenia plant, gardenias, foilage: Hi Rachel, Your Gardenia is reacting to the change in its environment. Even a sunny indoor window does not provide as much light as light shade outdoors. In addition, Gardenias do better with temps in the 55-65 degree range at this time of year and that...

House Plants: Indoor companion planting, indoor companion, wolf spiders
indoor companion, wolf spiders, indoor jungle: Dear Ms. Cricket, Any friend of Miss Amy is a friend of mine, so I am delighted for this opportunity to respond to your inquiry. There has been scant research done on indoor companion planting, so I am hesitant to give a simple, No, to your question...

House Plants: Indoor Dracaena (Corn Plant), sized pot, plant failure
sized pot, plant failure, corn plant: Hi Bruce, It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant. The plant is already undergoing the stress of a new environment. The repotting only stresses it that much more. More importantly, using a pot that is too large is the single most common...

House Plants: Indoor Ficus Plant/Tree, ficus plant, ficus trees
ficus plant, ficus trees, african violets: Bridget, I could find nothing in two different texts about these little green balls, and I even used a textbook published by the Ortho Company. Keep in mind that my expertise is in African Violets, though! I actually have never even grown a ficus. ...

House Plants: Indoor Ficus Tree Trouble, insect larva, ficus tree
insect larva, ficus tree, systemic insecticide: Karen, I do not have any experience with this problem and you have not said where you live? The yellow brown protrusion could be a fungal growth or it could be what is left of an insect larva. If you can locate your county extension office I would remove...

House Plants: Indoor Fiddle Leaf Fig very unhappy.....help!, ficus lyrata, soil composition
ficus lyrata, soil composition, pot size: Hi Nancy, The light seems appropriate for your Ficus lyrata. Without knowing the pot size and soil composition, it is hard to say if your watering schedule is appropriate. However, my guess is that watering is a problem. If the watering schedule is a bit...

House Plants: Indoor fig tree, little miracle, fig trees
little miracle, fig trees, green leaves: Meghan, Your fig tree is a Ficus lyrata or Fiddle Leaf fig. CONCERNS: -It has dropped alot of leaves, and some leaves that still remain on brown and dry at the ends (there are however, still some fully green leaves on it, and even a few that seem young...

House Plants: Indoor flowering plant, violet family, eastern exposure
violet family, eastern exposure, center nursery: thor this time of the year i d recommend an impatiens plant. morning sun (eastern) exposure would be the best for it inside. streptocarpus (in the violet family) would be another. get to a local garden center/nursery and quiz them on a solution to your...

House Plants: Indoor Garden Basket, slender stalks, stressed plants
slender stalks, stressed plants, plant basket: Hi Margaret, Dish gardens are beautiful to look at and hard to maintain. The different plants have different light and water requirements, so it is hard to meet them all. In addition, there is no way for excess water to drain out. Inevitably, you will lose...

House Plants: Indoor garden in Illinois, illinois institute of technology, indoor greenhouse
illinois institute of technology, indoor greenhouse, citrus plants: Hi Dan, The key factors in selecting appropriate plants for your greenhouse are temperature range and available light. For the temperature range you have cited, only tropical and semi-tropical plants will survive. Temperate plants from the Illinois...

House Plants: Indoor Hibiscus is becoming an unsightly, sticky mess, hibiscus plant, scale insects
hibiscus plant, scale insects, sticky film: Hi Natasha, Your Hibiscus is infested quite severely with two different pests - whiteflies and scale. The whiteflies are obvious. The scale insects appear as small raised bumps on the underside of the leaves. The scale insects secrete a sticky substance...

House Plants: Indoor Hibiscus Plant Fertilizer, hybiscus plants, plant fertilizer
hybiscus plants, plant fertilizer, indoor plants: Hi Ed, For any plant, fertilizer should be used only on plants that are healthy and growing vigorously and have not been repotted in a year or more. Your Hibiscus is now going into a reduced growth phase as the days grow shorter, so now is not the time...

House Plants: Indoor house plants, indoor house plants, plant boxes
indoor house plants, plant boxes, best bet: Cathy, If it doesn t get enough light for your hand to cast a visible shadow then no plant will live for long; silk would be your best bet. If you see a nice shadow with no additional light then you should check out these two websites. http://muextension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/hort/g06515.htm...

House Plants: Indoor Jasmine tree, miracle grow potting soil, jasmine tree
miracle grow potting soil, jasmine tree, little buds: Shawn, What size pot was this plant in originally? This plant loves the sun, it needs moved to a sunny location. If the pot has no drainage hole in the bottom you have probably overwatered it. The soil toward the bottom is probably really soggy and...

House Plants: Indoor jasmine - pinching back, jasmine plants, plant vines
jasmine plants, plant vines, indoor plants: Hi Julie, Thanks for asking me to clarify pinching out. This is a method of keeping a plant vines or stems from getting too long and leggy. It helps keep a plant more compact. Many plants, such as Jasmine, grow very long vines if left on their own....

House Plants: Indoor kumquat tree, loamy soil, kumquat tree
loamy soil, kumquat tree, nutrient deficiencies: The leaf drop you describe has many symptoms. I have been thinking about this and it is hard to say (for me) without seeing the plant. But not impossible. Your Kumquat is now 3 years old -- have you repotted it? This is the best time of year to do that....

House Plants: Indoor Lime Tree Turning Brown, lime trees, excess minerals
lime trees, excess minerals, lime tree: Hi JaNell, You haven t provided me with much specific information about the indoor environment you are providing for your lime tree so it is hard for me to give a specific answer. The brown-edged, curled leaves can be caused by many things. So let me tell...

House Plants: Indoor Palm-basic info needed!, plastic pot, indoor palm
plastic pot, indoor palm, plant failure: Hi Lindsey, Just putting rocks at the bottom of a pot without drainage won t work. If you really want to use that pot then put the plant into a smaller plastic pot that has good drainage and set the plastic pot into the one without. Be sure to put rocks in...

House Plants: Indoor Palm Pest, indoor palm, new leaves
indoor palm, new leaves, q tip: This may sound funny but here it goes. Without examining it myself it is very hard for me to tell. Try taking a Q-Tip and puting it in rubbing alchohol and rub it on the white spots if it is a pest it should have killed it and you can scrape it off. If...

House Plants: Indoor Palm Tree with dead top, indoor palm, degree weather
indoor palm, degree weather, sure what type: Hi Julie, Sorry, but it is time to move your palm to a permanent trash can. Few palms can withstand temps as low as 30 degrees. Palms have only one growing tip and when that dies, the plant has no future. The dead top that you referred to is the growing...

House Plants: Indoor Palm Tree, indoor palm, exotic pets
indoor palm, exotic pets, palm tree: Keisha, Sorry, I don t get stumped too often but you got me. Where do you live? Is the palm blooming by chance? It doesn t sound like any insects I am aware of. If you want you can send me a picture of the droppings and I can see if I can tell anything...

House Plants: Indoor Palm Trees, pygmy date palm, bright indirect light
pygmy date palm, bright indirect light, majesty palm: Hi Sandra, Pygmy date palm does best in very bright indirect light with a few hours of direct sun early or late in the day; right in front of an east or west window is best. It will not do well more than a few feet from an uncovered window. Keep the...

House Plants: Indoor Palm Trees, chamaedorea seifrizii, turkey baster
chamaedorea seifrizii, turkey baster, peat moss: Dawn, I have had a lot of trouble with palms too. You need to know exactly what variety of palm you have and what it needs. Also, most palms you buy are growing in standard potting soil, which I have concluded is part of the problem. If I were buying one...

House Plants: Indoor Palm White Mold, indoor palm, soil surface
indoor palm, soil surface, home improvement store: Hi Kat, The best thing I have found to use on soil mold is a antifungal liquid called Consan 20. You can find it at your local nursery or garden center. Since it can be used for other things all over the house you might be able to find it at a home improvement...

House Plants: My Indoor Palm, indoor palm, chamaedorea cataractarum
indoor palm, chamaedorea cataractarum, potting soil: Hi Monica, The photos are quite fuzzy, but it appears that your palm is some kind of Chamaedorea, most likely a Chamaedorea cataractarum or Cat palm. If not, perhaps you can send me a clearer photo and one that includes the base of the plant so I can...

House Plants: Indoor Palms, chamaedorea erumpens, indoor palms
chamaedorea erumpens, indoor palms, peat moss: John, I have problems with palms too. You have to create their natural environment in the home. Most of the time they come potted in peat moss based soil that holds too much water for too long. I would suggest that you remove as much of the soil as possible...

House Plants: Indoor Plant Problems, seed pods, plant leaves
seed pods, plant leaves, indoor plants: Jenn, For your dracaena, it sounds like you may be overwatering it a bit and you may have a bit of root rot from the overwatering. There should never be water in the drain tray more than an hour after you water it. If it doesn t soak it up empty the drain...

House Plants: Indoor Plant Rental Service, indoor palms, decorative pots
indoor palms, decorative pots, savannah georgia: Hi Amy, That is a tough question that does not have an easy answer and I have been in the business for over 20 years. You have to start by knowing what your costs are. Costs include not only what you pay for new plants, but also your overhead expenses...

House Plants: Indoor Plant, bright indirect light, flouride
bright indirect light, flouride, chlorine: Dear T., Any plant in the dracaena family would fit the bill. Go to this website: http://dracaena.com/ and click on each plant listed on the left side and look at the pictures and care info they provide. I do not suggest that you buy their book. Bright...

House Plants: Indoor Planting, persistent myth, oxygen supply
persistent myth, oxygen supply, hours of darkness: Hi Eniola, That is a persistent myth that is based on an incomplete understanding. Plants produce oxygen during the day and use it at night. However, the amount that they produce over the course of 24 hours is far more than the amount that they use up,...

House Plants: Indoor Plants/ Dracena, soil dries, dracaena marginata
soil dries, dracaena marginata, drainage holes: Hi Michele, There are several plants in the Dracaena genus so I am not sure which you have. But I am guessing that yours is a Dracaena marginata with dark green leaves with a slightly reddish margin along the leaf edges. Let me know if I am wrong! I...

House Plants: Indoor Plants, fungus gnat larvae, soil pests
fungus gnat larvae, soil pests, coconut husk: Hi Steve, From your brief description, it appears that you have a fungus gnat infestation. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation...

House Plants: Indoor palm - tips turning brown, codiaeum variegatum, terra cotta pots
codiaeum variegatum, terra cotta pots, indoor palm: Are we talking about the Croton plant -- Codiaeum variegatum? The tender tropical plant with brightly colored leaves? Overwatering is the biggest error people make with Crotons, especially when the pots are oversized -- the root system can t use the moisture...

House Plants: Indoor palm tree, indoor palm, sure what kind
indoor palm, sure what kind, palm tree: Hi Sandra, Yes, your palm is suffering from sunburn. Moving a plant from inside to the direct sun outside is never good for a plant and invariably results in damaged leaves. Those damaged leaves will never recover, so you may as well remove them just...

House Plants: Indoor palm, spider mites, indoor palm
spider mites, indoor palm, veg oil: Hi Laura, I am not sure you have spider mites and suspect you may have mealybugs. Spider mites look like dust particles. They are tiny enough to fit a half dozen on a head of a pin. They tend to appear on tender new growth. Mealybugs are larger than...

House Plants: Indoor plant, tablespoon vegetable oil, insect problem
tablespoon vegetable oil, insect problem, spider mites: Hi Donna, Since I don t know what kind of plants you have it will be hard for me to give you accurate advice, but I think I know what the problem may be regardless of what kind of plants they are. Since the plants were outside all summer it is likely that...

House Plants: Indoor plant care, indoor plants, brown areas
indoor plants, brown areas, sonia: Hi Sonia, It sounds like you are watering the plants too much. Depending on the type of plant you have you should allow the top 1-2 inches of soil dry between watering. Let me know what kind of plants you have and I should be able to give you better advice....

House Plants: Indoor plant leafves falling off after re-potting, pot size, heat increase
pot size, heat increase, plant photos: Hi Dustin, The only thing that has changed is the pot size and the added soil. So that is what has caused the problem. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. Without having more specifics about your plant, including...

House Plants: Indoor plant for the office, silk flower arrangement, light plants
silk flower arrangement, light plants, flourescent lights: Sarah, The following sites have lists of plants for you: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/pyg/tips/houseplants/tip_1111.shtml http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC1450.htm http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg97/sg971225.htm My favorite would be...

House Plants: Indoor plant, slow release fertilizer, peace lilly
slow release fertilizer, peace lilly, drainage hole: Pam, I beleive your plant is a peace lilly. You can google peace lilly and click on images and look at the pictures to confirm that. The problem is you are way overwatering it. It needs to dry out totally between waterings so the roots have a chance to...

House Plants: Indoor plants, dracaena janet craig, zz plant
dracaena janet craig, zz plant, ficus trees: Hi Geetika, There are literally hundreds of different plants that will thrive indoors, although very few of them are flowering plants. Right now garden centers are selling mostly perennials and annuals to grow outdoors. When selecting indoor plants,...

House Plants: Indoor plants, kitchen window sill, sliding glass doors
kitchen window sill, sliding glass doors, sun loving plants: Hi Dean, I am not familiar with the term walkout so I am unclear just how much light you get. In particular, are the windows at normal height or are they the kind of basement windows that are small and up high? Are there any trees or overhangs outside...

House Plants: Indoor plants growing outside - now what?, north west indiana, vining plants
north west indiana, vining plants, wandering jews: Hi Danielle, The wandering Jew is definitely a frost-sensitive plant and cannot survive temperatures much below 45 degrees, so it will definitely have to come inside for the winter. You haven t identified the other 2 plants, so I cannot say if they are...

House Plants: Indoor plants help?!, fungus problem, translucent spots
fungus problem, translucent spots, tops and bottoms: Heather, Cannas are not really indoor plants, they need more light than you can generally give them indoors. The brown leaf tips, spots and translucent spots indicate you are giving them too much water. The white dust is powdery mildew, a fungus problem....

House Plants: Indoor plants help?!, translucent spots, spider mites
translucent spots, spider mites, dust particles: Hi Heather, Canna is a very difficult plant to keep indoors as a houseplant because it requires so much light. In addition, most of the varieties sold today are hybrids that have beautiful flowers, but are very weak and rarely flower again. Beyond that,...

House Plants: Indoor plants and insects, plants and insects, plant pests
plants and insects, plant pests, zz plant: Hi Maria, I appreciate your concern about plant pests. Unfortunately, all indoor plants are potential targets for pests. I struggled with them myself for many years until I learned how to prevent them. Healthy plants are much more resistant to pests...

House Plants: Indoor plants....STRESS, potted hibiscus, indoor palms
potted hibiscus, indoor palms, sunny windowsill: Hi Rob, You have 5 different plants with different care requirements. I cannot describe the specific requirements for each one in this space. However, I can give you some general guidelines. Do NOT make the common mistake of repotting your new plants....

House Plants: Indoor plants, zero sunlight, spathiphyllum peace lily, chamaedorea elegans
spathiphyllum peace lily, chamaedorea elegans, janet craig dracaena: Hi Len, It may surprise you to learn that there are quite a few plants that will do well in the office light that you describe. flourescent light is very good for plants. Here is a list (in no particular order) of low light plants for you to consider...

House Plants: Indoor plants, cast iron plant, peace lillies
cast iron plant, peace lillies, varieties of palm trees: Chris, There are some very large peace lillies that your work. Or a large Aspidistra, aka Cast Iron plant. Some varieties of palm trees need bright light but no direct sun. Bamboo palm is one of the easier types to grow. Below are 3 sites with more info...

House Plants: Indoor sago palm, sago palms, sago palm
sago palms, sago palm, drainage holes: Betty, Yes, I would repot it into a pot with drainage holes. I would either go to a pot just one size larger or even the same size. You might even be able to find someone to drill drain holes in the pot it is in now. When you repot it you can cover the...

House Plants: Indoor sunless plants, zz plant, peace lily
zz plant, peace lily, light plants: Hi Chris, I don t know what you mean by sunless. All plants need some light to survive, but many do just fine without sun shining directly on their leaves. A north windowsill would be an example of that. Some low light plants will do well under fluorescent...

House Plants: Indoor tree, ficus benjamina, hunch
ficus benjamina, hunch, detailed description: Hi Jim, That are lots of plants that fit that description. If it is truly tree-like, then I have a hunch it may be a variegated Ficus benjamina. But I really cannot be sure and therefore cannot provide care instructions until I know for sure what it is....

House Plants: Indoor trees/shrubs, dwarf alberta spruce, bonsai ficus
dwarf alberta spruce, bonsai ficus, ficus tree: Christy, Only tropical trees will work indoors, trees that grow in their natural climate at the same temperatures as your home. In an evergreen tree, the only one that fits that description would be the Norfolk Island Pine. If you want something pyramid...

House Plants: Indoor trees, care of ficus trees, ficus benjamina
care of ficus trees, ficus benjamina, indoor trees: Hi Sarah, Ficus benjamina is the best choice. They thrive in full sunlight, come in heights from a few feet to 20+ feet, look tree-like, and grow rapidly. Although they tend to shed leaves for several months after being relocated, once they are adapted...

House Plants: Indoor tropical flowering plants, peace lily, african violets
peace lily, african violets, light plants: Hi Andrew, The best low light plants that will flower are African violets and peace lilies. Both will do fine on a north windowsill in indirect light. If you have a sunny spot, then I suggest a Geranium. None of these plants require repotting and...

House Plants: Indoor undergrowth, cold winter temperatures, northern climates
cold winter temperatures, northern climates, unsung heroes: Hi Marc, That is an interesting concept, but not practical. Plants that survive indoors (called houseplants here in the US) almost invariably are tropical in origin. That is because plants native to northern climates must have cold winter temperatures in...

House Plants: Indoor Yucca plant, yucca plant, potting soil
yucca plant, potting soil, prunning: Marie, Yes, you can cut it off without hurting your plant. Where ever you cut it off it will probably send out a new shoot after you move it and it will be up to you whether you allow the new shoot to grow or you remove it. You should be able to quickly...

House Plants: Indoor Yucca plant, terracotta pot, yucca plant
terracotta pot, yucca plant, excess nutrients: Hi Ellen, Two of the most common misunderstandings about indoor plant care are that ailing plants need repotting and plant food. In fact, both will aggravate already existing problems. Yuccas need lots of direct sun and must be placed directly in front...

House Plants: Indoor Yucca plants, yucca plants, soil dries
yucca plants, soil dries, sunny window: Hi Leanne, The pot is too big, although I must confess that I do not know what 300 square means. That is probably why they have languished. Moving them outside where the sun is much more intense is what has caused the leaves to discolor. Already damaged...

House Plants: Indoor Yucca with Scale, rapid reproduction, house plants
rapid reproduction, house plants, host species: Hi Caroline, First, lets be sure that your Yucca really had scale. Yuccas often develop brown spots that are sometimes mistaken for scale. Scale scratches off easily with your fingernail. Scale also leaves a tell-tale sticky substance behind. Assuming...

House Plants: Indoor yukka plant, yukka plant, avocado plant
yukka plant, avocado plant, yukka: Anne, First, what state & city do you live in? Second, how close to a window do these plants sit and what direction do those windows face? Third, what is the diameter of the pots that these plants are now in? Answer those questions and I will give you...

House Plants: Infected ficus trees, ficus trees, hybrid tree
ficus trees, hybrid tree, entire leaf: Hi Fateen, Thanks for the detailed description of the critters infesting your Ficus trees. I did some additional research and learned that these trees, most of which are grown in Florida, are experiencing a major infestation of thrips. Thrips have been...

House Plants: Inherited Aloe Plant, soil dries, aloe plant
soil dries, aloe plant, turkey gravy: Hi Diane, Thanks for the clarification. Yours is the second complaint I have had recently about a healthy Aloe giving off a strong odor. I am not sure what that is about. Aloes do have a mild somewhat musty odor and I know that some people are more sensitive...

House Plants: Inherited Office Plant, dumb cane, toxic plant
dumb cane, toxic plant, digging a hole: Hi Melanie, Thanks for sending the photos. Your plant is a Dieffenbachia or dumb cane. The latter name relates to the fact that this toxic plant will numb sensitive mucous membranes in the mouth when eaten, causing the mouth tissue to swell and rendering...

House Plants: Insect Spray, insect spray, drain tray
insect spray, drain tray, wet soil: Derya, You can try the spray to kill the gnats but the plant is dying because the soil is too wet and the roots are rotting off. If you feel you have to do something then remove some of the wet soil and replace it with dry soil. Immediately drain off all...

House Plants: Insects destroying my hibiscus, isopropyl alcohol, white strands
isopropyl alcohol, white strands, insect spray: Hello again, Lucille Im sorry i don t know much about Rhododendron. But these people do http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=131 They move kind of slow so you ll want to get as much info into your first question as you...

House Plants: Insects in Massangeana Dracena, insect spray, corn plant
insect spray, corn plant, millipedes: Hi Jim, Without a picture of the insect I really couldn t tell you what it is exactly. I would recommend that you repot the plant into fresh soil. Be sure to remove all of the old soil from the roots. You should rinse off the whole plant, including the roots...

House Plants: Insects on my palm plant, two palms, palm plant
two palms, palm plant, liquid soap: Hi Mary, Palms often develop a type of mealybug that leaves a chalky film on the lower stems. I suspect that is what you have. It also appears that you have a serious infestation. Pesticides are hazardous to you, your family, your pets, and the environment...

House Plants: How do Ire-root the top of a corn plant, corn plant, foot section
corn plant, foot section, e mail: Hi Esther, If it is the upper two feet or less that broke off, then I suggest rooting it in water. When it has developed roots about an inch long, it can be moved into a small pot with damp soil. If the broken off section is more than two feet long,...

House Plants: Ivy, spider mites, yellow leaves
spider mites, yellow leaves, new leaves: Ayana, She needs to check it for spider mites, hold it up to the light and see if there are fine webs over the plant. If she finds them she should put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the entire plant. The alcohol will kill the mites on contact....

House Plants: Ivy and Chinese Evergreen, spider mites, insect damage
spider mites, insect damage, plant lighting: Mick, Your Chinese Evergreen may have reached it s maximum mature size for the pot it is in. Plants do not grow larger forever. For it to grow larger you may need to divide it first or just leave it the size it is. Is it pot bound? What size pot is it in?...

House Plants: Ivy help, tropical houseplants, spider mites
tropical houseplants, spider mites, plastic containers: Hi Sidney I used to have problems keeping Ivy as well. Here are a few things about successfully growing Ivy. Ivy like cooler temperatures than tropical houseplants so try to keep them in a cooler area of your home if that is convenient but definitely keep...

House Plants: Ivy plant, drainage hole, ceramic pot
drainage hole, ceramic pot, potting soil: Jodie, I m sure your planter does not have a drainage hole so a lot of moisture has gathered at the bottom even though the surface feels dry. Ivys hate wet feet. You need to remove that plant and put it in a separate pot with a drainage hole and only water...

House Plants: Ivy plant, cob web, spider mites
cob web, spider mites, dish soap: Laura, You have spider mites. If you have a handheld shower take it o the shower and spray it thoroughly. That will wash a lot of them off. Then put a teaspoon of dish soap in a quart of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it thoroughly every other...

House Plants: Ivy plant, spider mites, yellow leaves
spider mites, yellow leaves, ivies: Hi Cynthia, Yellow leaves on an ivy are a symptom with many causes. In this case, the light is okay, so I suspect it is a watering problem or possibly spider mites. Hedera ivies are quite particular about their watering needs and watering a bit too early...

House Plants: Ivy and scales, scale insects, spider plants
scale insects, spider plants, rubber plants: Hi Julie, I m glad you found me because I can help! Yes, scale insects like Hedera ivies and spider plants. Look on the underside of the leaves for early signs of these critters. I know that quarantine is usually recommended, but I know that is both...

House Plants: Ivy topiary, styrofoam balls, spagnum moss
styrofoam balls, spagnum moss, fig tree: Anne, Then, yes you want to keep wrapping them and you may want to use fine wire to secure them every so often. If the balls are already really thick with ivy you can trim them whenever you would like but be sure to omy prune off the ends. Don t cut through...

House Plants: Ivy, excess minerals, rockport texas
excess minerals, rockport texas, yellow leaves: Hi Joyce, I am going to assume that Hedera or English ivies are what you have based on your description. If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below, I can identify them positively and also be able to give some more specific advice. First, evaluate...

House Plants: idenifing a flowering house plant, house plant, houseplant
house plant, houseplant, google: Donna, Go to Google.com and put in pink (or whatever color it is) flowering houseplant and click search then click on images at the top and look through what comes up. Or if you have a digital camera email me a picture to plantlady6@yahoo.com I m...

House Plants: idenifying a plant, creed, nomination
creed, nomination, e mail: Hi Lisa, I believe I have already identified this plant for you via e-mail. If not, please let me know and re-send the photo. Otherwise, if this information has been helpful, please remember to give me a rating and nomination. Regards, Will Creed,...

House Plants: identification, corn stalk, new roots
corn stalk, new roots, rootone: Annie, It sounds like a Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana The sites below have more info. www.plant-care.com/PlantTips/1998/121198.htm http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets/pottedplants/cornplnt.html http://www.dracaena.com/Massangeana.asp...

House Plants: identification, bean plants, zone 5a
bean plants, zone 5a, sedums: Peter, That is the correct Latin name for jelly bean plants. It will survive down to 20 degrees and zone 5 can get as low as -20 degrees so I would take the chance. I am also in zone 5 in northeast IN near Fort Wayne. I applaud you for wanting the accurate...

House Plants: I now know the name, mr creed, spider mites
mr creed, spider mites, soap solution: Hi Kim, Spider mites are small enough to fit 5 or 6 on the head of a pin. If you have good eyes, you can see them move if the light is good. They appear on the undersides of the leaves and not usually on the stems. The brown hairs you decribed are a...

House Plants: identification of a plant, leaf buds, light water
leaf buds, light water, water temperature: Hi Maria, Can you e-mail a photo of your plant to me at the address below? If not, I would need a more detailed description of your plant. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. Regards, Will Creed,...

House Plants: identification, senecio, little water
senecio, little water, succulent: Chris, It is a Senecio jacobsenii also known as a trailing jade or weeping jade. It is a succulent that needs little water and lots of sun. There is a picture of it at this web site: http://plantsdatabase.com/showpicture/36147/ Good luck. ...

House Plants: identify a houseplant, pot size, green leaves
pot size, green leaves, size shape: Jackie, Without a picture or a very detailed description of the plant, size, pot size, shape of leaves, vine or stalks, where you live, where the plant sits, it is very hard to identify the plant or what it s problem is. However, yellowing leaves usually...

House Plants: identify houseplant, ficus lyrata, educated guess
ficus lyrata, educated guess, plant questions: Hi Penny, Your description is lacking in detail, but I am going to take an educated guess that you have a fiddle leaf fig or Ficus lyrata. If this is what you have, let me know and I will provide care instructions for you. If it is not what you have,...

House Plants: identify houseplant, codiaeum, pointed tip
codiaeum, pointed tip, info thanks: Eva, I think your plant is probably a Codiaeum or croton. Go to this page and look at the picture and tet me know if I am right: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=www.floridagardener.com/pom/croton.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.floridagardener.com/pom/croton.htm&h=281&w=374&sz=60&tbnid=VKNMBEXhWsYJ:&tbnh=88&tbnw=117&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcodiaeum%26start%3D20%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN...

House Plants: identify plant, rabbits foot, rabbit ear
rabbits foot, rabbit ear, mike cox: Hi Becky I have never heard of a plant called by either name-I have heard of a Rabbits Foot Fern , which gets a furry type root growth at the base of the plant. Could you possibly take a picture of the plant and send to me to help you identify it? Thank...

House Plants: Can you identify this plant #2?, cardboard palm, latin name
cardboard palm, latin name, cycad: Marlie, This plant is a cycad, it s latin name is Zamia furfuracea, it is commonly known as a cardboard palm. You can get more info at http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s404624.htm It is a neat plant. If you have more questions feel free to write...

House Plants: Can you identify a plant for me?, tomato plant, compound leaf
tomato plant, compound leaf, educated guess: Hi Dennis, From your brief description, I would make an educated guess that you may have a type of Geranium, perhaps one of the scented types. However, I cannot be sure unless I see a photo - you can send it to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com - or get...

House Plants: identify plant, bright indirect light, little babies
bright indirect light, little babies, money plant: Hi there, Kalanchoe daigremontiana is usually called devil s backbone, maternity plant, or mother-of-thousands because of its unusual production of tiny baby plants all along the edges of its leaves. Money plant sems to fit well, also. These baby plants...

House Plants: identify plant, ficus elastica, red leaves
ficus elastica, red leaves, main vein: Beth, The only thing I can think of from your description is a rubber tree or Ficus Elastica. Go to the site below and look at the pictures. http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=ficus+elastica&sa=N&tab=wi If that is your plant let...

House Plants: identify a plant, desert rose, best guess
desert rose, best guess, green leaves: Camilla, My best guess from your description would be Adenium obesum or Desert Rose which comes in a variety of colors from Pink to red. If you just brought it in I hope you live in a tropical area. Google Adenium obesum and click on photos and see if...

House Plants: identify plant, inch pot, home plants
inch pot, home plants, potted garden: Hi there David! From your brief description, I believe you have a Dracaena marginata tricolor. If you are unable to confirm this, let me know and send me a photo to my address below. Your plant will not grow big if you give it more room, i.e. a larger...

House Plants: Can you identify this plant?, dracaena, silhouette
dracaena, silhouette, creed: Hi Janis, Thanks for the photo. Unfortunately, the bright light from the window left the plant in darkness in the photo so I can only see its silhouette. I am quite sure your plant is a Dracaena, but I cannot tell which species without a better photo. It...

House Plants: identify plant and get care instructions, gallon pot, aglaonema
gallon pot, aglaonema, dieffenbachia: Hi Lydia, From your description, I believe you have a Dieffenbachia, although Aglaonema is another possibility, depending on just how thick the stem is. If you want to e-mail me a photo, I can confirm this for you. Also let me know if you need care...

House Plants: identify a plant and determine propagation methods, palm frond, propagation methods
palm frond, propagation methods, leaf shape: Melody, It is not something that sounds familiar to me. Is there any possibility that you can email me a digital picture of the plant. If so send it to Plantlady6@aol.com. If I can t figure it out from the picture I m sure I can get help identifying it....

House Plants: Can you identify this plant for me please, beaucarnea recurvata, buenos aires argentina
beaucarnea recurvata, buenos aires argentina, elephant foot: Garry, It is a very young Beaucarnea recurvata, aka, Elephant Foot Palm or Ponytail Palm. It love direct sun, the more the better. If it gets sun the leaves will stay shorter and tend to break off less. Although the lower leaves do turn brown as they...

House Plants: identify my plant?, leaf shape, flowering maple
leaf shape, flowering maple, green leaves: Hi Lynn, Flowering maple (Abutilon magapotamicum) comes to mind, but it is hard to be sure without a photo (you can e-mail it to my address below my name) or a more detailed description; leaf shape is particularly important. Also, what did the flowers look...

House Plants: identify, golden pothos, peace lilly
golden pothos, peace lilly, peace lily: Missy, I returned one of your emails with the plants identified. Those plants are Peace lilly, Calathea Corona (in the Prayer Plant family),and Schefflera. The 4th plant in the other email is a Golden Pothos. The Schefflera and Golden Pothos like lots...

House Plants: identifying a house plant, prickly edges, green arrow
prickly edges, green arrow, grayish color: Odds are, if you picked this up at a Florist, it is not going to be hardy outside -- able to survive temperatures below freezing, perhaps even warmer temperatures in the 30sor 40s. Sounds to me like you picked up a Bromeliad -- a Tropical Rainforest Native....

House Plants: identifying a house plant, house plant, fig tree
house plant, fig tree, trunks: Hi Rachelle, I need more detailed information to make a positive identification. If you can e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@Horticulturalhelp.com, that would be best. If not please describe the shape of the leaves and give me the length and width and...

House Plants: identifying a houseplant gift, dieffenbachia and philodendron, foliage industry
dieffenbachia and philodendron, foliage industry, turkey baster: Debra, Your plant is a peace lilly. The latin name is SPATHIPHYLLUM. During the last 20 years, Spathiphyllum has gained enormous popularity in the tropical foliage industry. Its popularity is warranted since Spathiphyllum produce large, long lasting,...

House Plants: identifying a houseplant, string of pearls, latin name
string of pearls, latin name, succulent plant: Doris, That s an easy one, it is called string of pearls or it s latin name is SENECIO ROWLEYANUS. It is a succulent plant that loves sun and low amounts of water. They like to be kept in small pots and like to be root bound. They can be started from cuttings....

House Plants: identifying my plant, potted palm, corn plant
potted palm, corn plant, massangeana: Hi Katherine, Your plant may be a corn plant or Dracaena massangeana, although the splitting of the leaves does not quite fit with the rest of the description. If this is not what you have, can you e-mail a photo of your plant to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com?...

House Plants: identifying two plants, e mail address, variegated arboricola
e mail address, variegated arboricola, umbrella plant: Shari, Your first plant is a Variegated arboricola schefflera. Their are several varieties. They are very easy to grow and love the sun. Mine goes outdoors in full sun during the summer. During the winter it is next to a south facing window with no drapes....

House Plants: identifying viney plant & "palm" tree like plant, plant palm, light palm
plant palm, light palm, yellow colors: Hi Heather, Thanks for the photos. The viney plant is commonly called Pothos and mistakenly called Philodendron. Its botanical name is Epipremnum aureum, although that was changed for Scindapsus aureus. Yours appears to be very healthy and I would not...

House Plants: identity of houseplant, houseplant, green leaves
houseplant, green leaves, six inches: Hi Jackie, There are lots of plants with green leaves with white in the middle. Can you e-mail a photo to me at the address below? If not please describe the shape of the leaves and the number, length and thickness of the stems, if there are any. Is...

House Plants: imidacloprid concentration for house plants, math conversions, dilution rate
math conversions, dilution rate, mealy bugs: Hi Stephen, Imidacloprid is effective against mealybugs. The dosage rates recommended on the Imidacloprid label for indoor use are one tablespoon per 0.6 gallon or 5.1 teaspoons per gallon. This is a stronger concentration than was recommend to you on iVillage...

House Plants: important propagating question., prayer plants, house plants
prayer plants, house plants, propagation: Hi Mrs Flores, I am sorry but there are too many plants that can be rooted in water for me to list the names of all of them here. Most plants that can be propagated by stem tip cuttings can be rooted in either soil or water. Some will root better in soil...

House Plants: indian flower plant, night blooming jasmine, evening primrose
night blooming jasmine, evening primrose, flower plant: Afroza, It could be night blooming cereus, night blooming jasmine, nicotiana or Evening Primrose(Oenothera). You can put each of these names in Google and click on images and see if it matches your plant. If not then email me a picture of the plant...

House Plants: indoodr elephant ear plant, elephant ear plants, indoor plants
elephant ear plants, indoor plants, darlene: Joan, Elephant ear plants are not indoor plants. They need to be outdoors in full sun. The following website has full information on growing them. http://www.floridata.com/ref/c/colo_esc.cfm It is not gettig enough light in the home. IKf you have...

House Plants: indoor asparagus fern, asparagus fern plants, spider mites
asparagus fern plants, spider mites, light plants: Hi Debbie, You haven t told me what it is that you do, so I cannot a say where you are going wrong. I will tell you how to best care for our asparagus fern and that may help you determine where you are going astray. Locate your Asparagus fern in your...

House Plants: my indoor banana plant., banana plants, banana plant
banana plants, banana plant, dwarf plant: Hi Shirley, I am not sure just what your question is, but I think you are wondering how big it will get. Banana plants will stay as dwarfs if they are kept in small pots and in indoor light. Yours has grown a lot because you had it outside where the...

House Plants: indoor calla lily, calla lily, plant questions
calla lily, plant questions, calla flower: Hi Ellen, Your Calla flower is going through its normal progression from yellow to green before it finally fades altogether. Your using fertilizer was just coincidental and not the cause of the color change. There is nothing you can do to restore the color....

House Plants: indoor climber, climbing plants, chrysanthemums
climbing plants, chrysanthemums, creed: Hi Cara, I have never heard of such a plant. If there were such a plant, I believe I would have heard about it, so this may fall into the category of plant myths. Chrysanthemums are repellent to many insects. However, they are not climbing plants. ...

House Plants: indoor climber, cara cara, darlene
cara cara, darlene, spiders: Cara, I have not heard of the plant you are referring to. If you find out what it is from your friend let me know. I have a lot of spiders as I live near a woods and creek. Good luck. Sorry I couldn t help you more. ...

House Plants: indoor climbers and light, bright indirect light, pruning vines
bright indirect light, pruning vines, ficus pumila: Hi Leila, It is hard to answer your questions because they are unique to the specific situation you are creating. Lots of very bright indirect light for 16 hours per day, warm temps near 80 degrees, and humid air will all promote faster growth. The quality...

House Plants: indoor coffee plant, coffee plants, coffee plant
coffee plants, coffee plant, plastic pots: Hi Jill, I know that a 5-inch pot seems quite small, but for a seedling that is not very large, the pot is too big. Plants grow faster and stronger when they are kept moderately potbound. When a pot is too big, the excess soil retains moisture for too...

House Plants: indoor evergreen, norfolk island pine, norfolk pine
norfolk island pine, norfolk pine, tropical evergreen: Hi Ann, I cannot tell from your photo just what it is. The only tropical indoor evergreen is a Norfolk Island pine, but I am not sure that is what you have. It may have been mislabeled. If so, then it has no chance to survive indoors, as the Norfolk pine...

House Plants: indoor ficus tree leaves turning brown, ficus tree, drainage holes
ficus tree, drainage holes, plant questions: Hi Shaun, If a substantial number of new leaves are turning brown, then that means there is a root-related problem. Keeping the soil too moist is the most common cause of this. Unnecessary repotting and using a pot that does not have drainage holes both...

House Plants: indoor fig tree, little miracle, fig trees
little miracle, fig trees, green leaves: Hi Meghan, Thanks for sending me photos, that makes life a lot easier for me and allows me to offer better advice. BTW, I live in Astoria. Your tree is a fiddle-leafed fig or Ficus lyrata. If you have been researching it as a fig tree, then you may have...

House Plants: indoor fiscus tree, nitrogen fertilizer, leaf growth
nitrogen fertilizer, leaf growth, ficus: Ficus as a group are notoriously stress-prone. Some people claim merely moving them across the room will cause leafdrop. You ve purchased a Ficus at Home Depot and you have hauled the whole plant out of HD and into your bedroom -- the trip alone is stressful,...

House Plants: indoor hibiscus tree, dilution rate, hibiscus tree
dilution rate, hibiscus tree, facing window: Hi Alexi, You seem to be doing just fine. You are correct not to disturb the roots when it is in bloom. In fact, potbound plants flower more prolifically, so you may want to keep it in that pot even after it finishes flowering. Each flower only lasts...

House Plants: indoor Ivy, medium size pot, spider mites
medium size pot, spider mites, ivy plants: Hi Angela, Hedera ivies, sometimes called English ivies, are quite hardy once they are well established in their environment, provided they are given consistent care. They are not very forgiving of even occasional watering lapses. The immediate problem...

House Plants: indoor ivy plants, ivy plants, mother plant
ivy plants, mother plant, shorter days: Gloria , This is not the right time of year to do anything. Right now because of the shorter days of winter your plant is semi dormant anyway and you need to be very careful not to overwater any of your plants. It will be fine in the 8 pot until after...

House Plants: indoor Jasmine stickiness, tiny crevices, jasmine tree
tiny crevices, jasmine tree, scale insects: Hi Dolores, The stickiness is probably the secretions from scale or mealybugs. Mealybugs appear as tiny bits of white cotton. You didn t mention that, so my guess is that you have scale insects on your Jasmine. In either case, the treatment is the same....

House Plants: indoor jasmine care/problem, sized pot, variety name
sized pot, variety name, true variety: Hi Rose Mary, Poets Jasmine usually refers to Jasmine officianale or Jasmine grandiflora, in some places. Your plant is responding to two things - inadequate light and too LARGE a pot. This plant is a sun-lover and must be in a window where it will...

House Plants: indoor lighting, indoor house plants, foliage plants
indoor house plants, foliage plants, wattage bulbs: Glad you mentioned that - these plants require all possible sun. They grow with full sun exposures. And to get them to bloom of course you need Far Red, not just to get flowers but to get them to set fruit. Bird of Paradise is very slow growing and takes years...

House Plants: indoor lighting, venus fly trap, light bulbs
venus fly trap, light bulbs, indoor lighting: Adrian, Go to Walmart or Lowe s, Home Depot or any good hardware store and look in the light bulb section. You will find incandescent grow light bulbs that you can position about a foot above the plants or flourescent grow light bulbs that you can use....

House Plants: indoor lime tree, lime tree, soapy water
lime tree, soapy water, transpiration: Halla, It is probably normal transpiration. Yes I would clean it off but I would use soapy water. Definitely do not use olive oil. That will clog the pores in the leaves of the Lime tree and they won t be able to breath. It is never a good idea to apply...

House Plants: indoor lime tree, lime tree, darlene
lime tree, darlene, pot: Steve, In the summer does the tree get more leaves? Do you put the tree outdoors for the summer? Where does the tree sit? How much light is it getting? How large is the tree? How large is the pot the tree is in? How old is the tree? Let me...

House Plants: indoor lime tree, lime pit, lime tree
lime pit, lime tree, citrus trees: Hi John, It is very difficult to get citrus trees to produce fruit when they are kept indoors for a substantial part of the year. They require a tremendous amount of direct sunlight to produce fruit. Even a south-facing window produces strong light to only...

House Plants: indoor lime tree, tiny crevices, scale insect
tiny crevices, scale insect, lime tree: Hi Halla, The sticky drops of sap are classic signs of a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be...

House Plants: indoor lime trees, lime trees, southeast north carolina
lime trees, southeast north carolina, pruning trees: Hi Mark, Pruning trees to keep them shapely is as much art as science. Here are a few general rules that will you get started: You can prune at any time of year, but during the warmer months is best. The earlier in a tree s life that you start to...

House Plants: indoor low light plants, philodendron selloum, dracaena janet craig
philodendron selloum, dracaena janet craig, pothos ivy: Jessica, Good choices are Peace Lily: Dracaena Janet Craig , Chinese evergreen, Pothos Ivy, Philodendron Selloum, Snake plant and philodendron vine. The following site has a few more suggestions: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/pyg/tips/houseplants/tip_1111.shtml...

House Plants: indoor money plant, bright indirect light, money plants
bright indirect light, money plants, money plant: Any yellow leaves can be cut off. Once a leaf turns yellow, it will never become green again. I am not sure I understand your second question. If the spaces between leaves are very long it is usually because it it not getting enough light. If I have...

House Plants: indoor oak, grape ivy, botanical name
grape ivy, botanical name, oak leaf: Hi Ron, I suspect that your plant is commonly called oak leaf or grape ivy. Its botanical name is Cissus rhombifolia or some other variant of Cissus. If this is not what you have let me know how yours differs or better yet, send a photo of it to me at...

House Plants: indoor orange plant, orange plant, flowers and fruit
orange plant, flowers and fruit, citrus trees: Hi Amanda, It is easy to get distracted by the lesser elements and lose sight of the more important factors. Orange trees need direct sun all day long. That is hard to accomplish indoors and the most common reason that citrus trees do not produce fruit...

House Plants: indoor orange plant, keeping bees, orange plant
keeping bees, orange plant, orange tree: Hi there, If you grew your orange tree from a seed then it is most likely infertile and will never produce flowers or fruit. If you purchased your orange tree and it has previously flowered, then it will need several things before it will flower again....

House Plants: indoor orange tree problem, rubbing alcohol, partial sun
rubbing alcohol, partial sun, sticky substance: Hi Gina, Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems and on the undersides of leaves. They don t look like bugs...

House Plants: indoor palm, fungus gnats, peat moss
fungus gnats, peat moss, indoor palm: Jerry, I do not know what size your pot is but you should use enough that all the soil in the pot is oist from the alcohol. It will kill the insects, worms and eggs on contact. To keep rid of them you have to let the plant dry out well between each watering....

House Plants: indoor palm, majesty palm, light exposures
majesty palm, light exposures, indoor palm: Ty, my Texas friend, the Majesty Palm is a stunning plant - in the swamps and inland waterways of Florida. But if you did not plant your Majesty there, only drastic measures will save it. Do-able. But worth it? You decide. For one thing, MP is a Spider...

House Plants: indoor palm and corn plant, indoor palm, cayenne pepper
indoor palm, cayenne pepper, corn plant: Jamie, All of these problems are happening because you are watering your plants too much and the soil is too wet causing the roots to rot. That is attracting the gnats and the bugs and worms in the soil are the larval form of the gnats. The mushrooms or...

House Plants: My indoor palm plant, drainage holes, indoor palm
drainage holes, indoor palm, palm plant: Hi Sarah, There are many different types of palm and they have very different light and water requirements. So I will need to know just what species you have. Perhaps you can attach a photo so I can ID it for you. All potted plants must be planted in...

House Plants: indoor palm plants, indoor palm, palm plant
indoor palm, palm plant, palm species: Hi Lynn, I cannot help you without knowing which palm species you have. There are many different palms and they have varying light and water requirements. If you are unsure what you have, e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Will Cree...

House Plants: indoor palm plants, indoor palm, native habitats
indoor palm, native habitats, potting soil: Carol, I have never heard of growing palms in water. I am shocked they are still alive. Are you sure you have a palm? If you plant them in soil all of a sudden you have a 50/50 chance they will live. I would start by buying a bag of perlite and moving them...

House Plants: indoor palm question, indoor palm, sandy soil
indoor palm, sandy soil, home depot: Janie, It depends on what kind of indoor palm it is but more likely it is too much water. They usually come planted in a peat based soil that holds a lot of water for long periods. In the tropics they grow well in fast draining sandy soil. I reccommend...

House Plants: indoor palm tree care, palm tree care, indoor palm
palm tree care, indoor palm, drain tray: Jason, It was the combination of no holes in the pot and too much water. When you repotted it you should have used a very sandy cactus soil. (Palms do great in Florida and Hawaii where the soil is sandy!) When you water it you should give it enough...

House Plants: indoor palm tree, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Trish, Your palm has an infestation of mealybugs. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are skillful at hiding in...

House Plants: indoor palm trees, indoor palm, drain tray
indoor palm, drain tray, odd smell: Melissa, Dry it out immediately. Set it in the tub with no drain tray so all that water drains off. You are watering way too much. The smell is the roots rotting. You have a 25% chance of saving it. When you water it water it thoroughly so some water...

House Plants: indoor palm is not doing well, e mail address, indoor palm
e mail address, indoor palm, little bit of light: Leah, It needs more light and less water. Indirect light means bright light close to a window but not where the sun will shine on it. However, in this case I beleive that the tag was wrong about indirect light for this plant. In my experience cycads benefit...

House Plants: indoor palm, cool mist vaporizer, spider mites
cool mist vaporizer, spider mites, cob webs: Michael, It sounds oke the palm is past saving. Yes, if the plants are covered with little websw it is spider mites. The first think to do is to wash them off in the kitchen sink or the shower. Plain water will wash most of them away. Then the soap water...

House Plants: indoor palms, darlene darlene, indoor palms
darlene darlene, indoor palms, bamboo skewer: Anne, I assum your question is why it is turning brown? That really depends on what type of palm it is. Some palms don t like that much light. Most palms like a sandier soil than they come in. The peat based soils most nurseries use hold too much water...

House Plants: indoor palms, indoor palms, drainage hole
indoor palms, drainage hole, soil probe: Aaron, The easiest palm to raise in low light conditions is a bamboo palm, Chamaedorea erumpens. Let s talk about your pot. Does it have a drainage hole in the bottom? If not,it was never intended to have a plant put directly into it. The plant needs...

House Plants: indoor plant, cast iron plant, snake plant
cast iron plant, snake plant, chinese evergreen: Michelle, If there is not enough light for your hand to make a shadow there is not enough light for any plant to survive. If there is at least some light good plants for low light areas are Chinese evergreen, Cast iron plant (aspidistra), Snake plant (sansevieria)...

House Plants: indoor plant, water feeder, colorful plants
water feeder, colorful plants, indoor plants: Because light is such a critical factor, I need a better description of the light. What direction does the window face? How large is the window? Will the plant be right in front of the window or to the side? Exactly how far away from the window will...

House Plants: indoor plant containers, indoor house plants, drainage holes
indoor house plants, drainage holes, african violets: Heena, I am not sure how to answer your question, like are you referring to a specific kind of plant? African violets? In general, all plants, outdoor or houseplants, should be kept in containers with drainage holes. To not do that means that the soil...

House Plants: indoor plant disease, insect spray, gallon pot
insect spray, gallon pot, rubbing alcohol: Mary, I suspect your flakes are aphids, an insect. Spray them daily for a week with rubbing alcohol put in a spray bottle. It will not hurt the plant and will kill the insects. After the first week spray them twice a week for 4 more weeks. Persistance is...

House Plants: my indoor plant is dying! help!, warm water, darlene
warm water, darlene, stems: Anna, I m not sure what plant you are talking about but the symptoms you describe are either from soil that is not draining well enough so your plant is not drying out enough before you water it again. You may need to let it go a bit longer between waterings....

House Plants: indoor plant with mushrooms, fungus spores, soil garden
fungus spores, soil garden, loose soil: Hi Delaine, Mushrooms or soil mold comes from fungus spores in the soil. They thrive in cool, damp conditions. They are not harmful to plants. Fungal molds usually only occur if you do one or more of the following: ·Use Unsterilized potting soil, garden...

House Plants: indoor plant / Palm, plant palm, potting soil
plant palm, potting soil, lowes: Richard, Yes, but it also may have been overwatered in the store. What kind of palm is it? The surface of the soil should dry out before you water it. There is still moisture down in the root zone. Some palms need less water than others. If I knew the kind...

House Plants: indoor plant pests, miracle gro potting mix, indoor plant pests
miracle gro potting mix, indoor plant pests, ficus elastica: Hi Lindsay, The best potting mix is usually the one that the plant came with. The professional growers know what they are doing and use the right potting blends for the particular species they are growing. That is why I recommend NOT repotting new plants...

House Plants: indoor plant roots, stem cutting, potting soil
stem cutting, potting soil, plant roots: Hi Sara, For most houseplants, you can take the broken-off stem and root it in plain water. Change the water weekly to keep it fresh. When the stem cutting has roots that are at least an inch long, then you can move it into a small pot filled with potting...

House Plants: Is this an indoor plant?, soil dries, acid soil
soil dries, acid soil, high humidity: Willow, Yes, this is a very rare tropical house plant that was discovered in South America. It should be kept in a sunny location and the temoerature should not drop below 50 degrees. This member of the Eriocaulaceae family was described by Ruhland in...

House Plants: indoor planters, indoor planters, light plants
indoor planters, light plants, bright windows: Hi Kat, Thanks for the specifics. Temperature is not a problem for you, although the constant coolness will lead to slower growth rate and less water usage than comparable plants would have in a warmer setting. Light is the limiting factor here. I don...

House Plants: indoor plants, indoor plants, hard water
indoor plants, hard water, creed: Hello Ashfaq, There are many reasons why plant leaves turn brown. The most common is that the soil has gotten too dry. However, using hard water and not providing enough light are other causes of brown leaves. I could help you more if you could identify...

House Plants: indoor plants, zz plant, minimal lighting
zz plant, minimal lighting, janet craig: Hi Therese, I would need more specific information to properly assess your available light. However, I can tell you the plants that do the best in the least amount of light. ZZ plant comes up to 2 feet tall and can survive in direct sun or low light....

House Plants: indoor plants, fungus gnat larvae, soil pests
fungus gnat larvae, soil pests, coconut husk: Hi Joan, Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the soil. The larvae feed on...

House Plants: indoor plants, ficus decora, aglaonema commutatum
ficus decora, aglaonema commutatum, calla lily: Tony, Aglaonema commutatum. Chinese evergreen. Marbled foliage on a small, elegant, tough plant. Dieffenbachia. Dumb cane. Many varieties are chronic hosts for spider mites, but Tropic Snow doesn t get them. Name refers to the fact that the juice will...

House Plants: indoor plants, window plants, indoor plants
window plants, indoor plants, gesneriads: Try these links. It may be hard to find a mature plant. http://www.centralfloridafarms.com/ http://www.growpalms.com/palmcat/palms10.html http://www.ezpalms.com/large_material1.htm http://www.growquest.com/Fruit%20trees%20-%20better%20plant/olive_tree_varieties.htm...

House Plants: indoor plants, zz plant, indoor plants
zz plant, indoor plants, indoor gardening: Hi Quincey, There is no one plant that is the best for all situations. In general, it is most important to select a plant based on the light available to it. Some plants do well in low light while others require bright direct sun. If you can describe in...

House Plants: indoor plants, middle punch, sticky traps
middle punch, sticky traps, pair of scissors: Oh those little GNATS are SO AGNOYING! Yep, I know what you mean, Stephanie. Easy to get rid of, though. You won t believe how easy. You should have asked me weeks ago. Make yourself some sticky traps. You need some YELLOW CARDBOARD or Index...

House Plants: indoor plants care, golden pothos, yellow leaves
golden pothos, yellow leaves, indoor plants: Hi Suma, You didn t give me much specific information about your Golden Pothos, so it is not possible for me to say what has gone wrong with yours. However, I can tell you how it should be cared for and that may help you determine where you have gone wrong....

House Plants: indoor plants where you sleep, tropical house plants, mold allergies
tropical house plants, mold allergies, indoor plants: Steve, Quite the opposite, all plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen, so they actually add more oxygen to your bedroom. Many tropical plants also clean contaminants from the air making it much healthier. The only legitimate reason for not keeping...

House Plants: indoor plants-no sun!?, janet craig dracaena, dracaena janet craig
janet craig dracaena, dracaena janet craig, peace lily: Hi Amy, Forget your troubles, there are a number of plants that thrive with just indoor overhead fluorescent lighting, as long as those lights are on for about 8 hours, 5 days per week at a minimum. That means if you go on vacation for a week, someone will...

House Plants: indoor plants have worms!, red worms, indoor plants
red worms, indoor plants, plant roots: Brandon, I have no idea where your worms came from. I have never heard of red and black thin worms attacking houseplants. You can kill them by watering the plants from the top with a bottle of rubbing alcohol straight out of the bottle. That will kill any...

House Plants: indoor plants., snake plant, colorful plants
snake plant, colorful plants, indoor plants: Hi Bruno, That is a funny question because virtually all of the indoor plants used in the northeast, including the ZZ plant, are grown in Florida nurseries and shipped north by truck. Most of the nurseries are located in south Florida, although there are...

House Plants: indoor potted palm tree, potted palm tree, fertilizer package
potted palm tree, fertilizer package, fertilizer treatment: Hi Amy, Palms needs bright light, except the dwarf date palm which needs lower light. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry between watering and mist it regularly. I would recommend using distilled water as palms are sensitive to fluoride and chlorine. You...

House Plants: indoor potted palm, potted palm, rubbing alcohol
potted palm, rubbing alcohol, sticky substance: Karen, I suspect your palm has scale. These are insects that look like a spot on the leaves. You can flick them off with a fingernail. I reccommend you either spray it with rubbing alcohol making sure you get the fronts and backs of all leaves and the surface...

House Plants: indoor potted plants - soil turns white, dish detergent, indoor potted plants
dish detergent, indoor potted plants, african violets: Kathy, It is possible that there is a small amount of mold on top of your potting soil, but it sounds to me like mineral deposits and salts are collecting on top of the soil. This is from your water. It could possibly be that you are watering too often....

House Plants: indoor rose bush?, indoor roses, plant failures
indoor roses, plant failures, winter temps: Hi Emma, If your rose is potted in a small pot and is intended for indoor use, then it will not do well after it has finished flowering. Roses require cool to cold winter temps. Yours is probably a hybrid that is bred to bloom just once and then not bloom...

House Plants: indoor rubber tree plants, aggie horticulture, indoor rubber
aggie horticulture, indoor rubber, tree plants: Esther, Cut back on the water and move it to a sunnier location. I suspect that the one not loosing it s leaves is more rootbound and maybe in a sunnier location. However, you must also understand that this plant is not a cute little shrub that will...

House Plants: my indoor tree is bare!!, stress load, repotting
stress load, repotting, leafs: Hi D, We need to get your tree identified before I can give you proper care information. Can you email a photo to me at wcreed@horticulturalhelp.com? Otherwise, you will have to provide a very detailed description of the tree. Just for your information,...

House Plants: indoor vines, ficus pumila, aerial roots
ficus pumila, aerial roots, edible fruits: Sure do! If you have enough light -- very bright but not baking intense sun -- you ll love the PASSIONFLOWER. It s a vining houseplant absolutely dripping with the WOW! factor. Intriguing fragrant violet flowers become into edible fruits if left on the...

House Plants: indoor water garden plants under lights, water garden plants, indoor water garden
water garden plants, indoor water garden, cyperus alternifolius: Hi Chris, There are many possibilities. In general, most indoor plants that have soft, fleshy stems will root readily in water and continue to grow that way for several years. The water should be changed at least monthly and a tiny amount of complete fertilizer...

House Plants: indoor Yucca Elephantipes (spineless), yucca elephantipes, inch pots
yucca elephantipes, inch pots, yucca plant: Donna, It is best to prune it in the spring but it can be done now. First go to a garden center and buy some rooting hormone, Lowes, Walmart, Home Depot all carry it, it comes in a small plastic bottle. You can cut the plant down as far as you would like...

House Plants: info about orange calamodin bonsai trees, citrus mitis, aggie horticulture
citrus mitis, aggie horticulture, cough remedy: The Calamondin Orange Tree -- resembling the Kumquat -- is perfect for Bonsai because it has tiny oranges. Citrus Mitis to botanists, this citrus was imported around 1900 straight out of China. There s a whole description of Calamondin at the Texas A&M...

House Plants: Just inherited a HUGE Palm--Help!, drainage holes, desert plant
drainage holes, desert plant, potting soil: Nancy, I suspect that your plant is actually a yucca, that looks like a palm as you described. Go to this picture and see if this is your plant: http://www.houseofplants.co.uk/Resources/pic_orig_yucca%20_1.5x3.jpg I realize yours is larger than that...

House Plants: insect eggs on soil, fungus gnats, insect eggs
fungus gnats, insect eggs, perlite: Amy, They were the eggs for fungus gnats. That indicates you are watering too much, keeping your pllants too wet. You need to let them dry out longer between waterings. Also next time you repot anything add extra perlite to the soil. 2 parts soil to 1 part...

House Plants: insect pests, fungus gnat larvae, soil pests
fungus gnat larvae, soil pests, coconut husk: Hi David, Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the soil. The larvae feed...

House Plants: insects, turkey baster, massangeana cane
turkey baster, massangeana cane, fungus gnats: Lucille, Your overwatering has caused the insect problem. They are fungus gnats. They are there because the plant is being overwatered. Even when the surface of the soil feels dry there is a lot of moisture lower in the pot. The ultimate solution is...

House Plants: insects curled up in ficus leaves, ficus tree, tree pests
ficus tree, tree pests, plant questions: Hi Tegan, Those are not ordinary indoor Ficus tree pests and cannot be treated in a normal manner. Return the tree to the seller and get your money back. That is not a healthy tree. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional...

House Plants: insects/repotting, fungus gnats, pesticide treatment
fungus gnats, pesticide treatment, jade plants: Hi Donna, Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. This is particularly true for Jade plants because they have small, fine root systems that easily rot when surrounded by moist soil. A Jade plant will live for decades in...

House Plants: insects, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, coconut husk: Hi Dulce, Your speculation is correct. Those are actually fungus gnats, which are close relatives of fruit flies and they do come from the plant. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives...

House Plants: interior landscape career, commercial challenges, interior landscape
commercial challenges, interior landscape, indoor plants: Hi Benjamin, You have posed a lot more than a single simple question here. I could probably write a book in response to your inquiry! If possible, I suggest that we speak by phone. My number is 917-887-8601. Alternatively, we might correspond via email...

House Plants: interior plants, dracaena janet craig, zz plant
dracaena janet craig, zz plant, peace lily: Hi Carol, Below is a list of plants that do well in just fluorescent light. There are no plants that will work over the long run without window or fluorescent light. Incandescent lights are not helpful for plants. Pothos Aglaonema Dracaena Janet Craig...

House Plants: ivy house plant, peat moss, tops and bottoms
peat moss, tops and bottoms, spider mites: Diane, The black flies indicate to me too much water. A lot of peat moss in the soil causes it to hold more water. Next time you repot add extra perlite to the soil mix and that will provide better drainage. Allow the plant to dry out totally between...

House Plants: ivy house plants, fungus problems, fungal spores
fungus problems, fungal spores, ivy society: Loretta, Did you know that the American Ivy Society has a webpage with all kinds of inside tips and tricks for growing this American favority (http://www.ivy.org/betsp.html)? Your problem could be something called Ivy Leaf Spot. And it s very common. ...

House Plants: ivy houseplant, bright indirect light, spider mites
bright indirect light, spider mites, inch pot: Hi Janet, Hedera ivies need a stable environment - one in which their roots are undisturbed and they are not moved around much and they are watered consistently. Keep you ivy in a place where it gets bright indirect light all day with a few hours of...

House Plants: ivy indoor plant care, pinkish tinge, soil ph
pinkish tinge, soil ph, nutrient deficiency: Hi Andrea, I am assuming that your ivy is a Hedera or English ivy. If so, then too much direct sun is the most likely cause of the pinkish tinge on the leaves. The leaves may also become more pale, as well. Protect the ivy from hot direct sun by moving...

House Plants: i have a ivy plant that was..., ivies, water and dust
ivies, water and dust, wire frames: Hi Jaime, No, the braided ivies will not choke each other. Ivies are very commonly used to make topiaries by entwining the stems around wire frames or forms. As long as your ivies are thriving, I suggest that you continue to provide the same care that...

House Plants: ivy plants for window boxes, ivy plants, boston ivy
ivy plants, boston ivy, brick walls: Hi Julio, Boston ivy is the best wall climber. However, I don t know that it will work well if they are grown from window boxes. It is much preferable to grow them in the ground where the roots are better protected from hard freezes and excessive heat and...

House Plants: ivy watering?, wick system, bottom drainage
wick system, bottom drainage, drainage holes: Hi Shannon, The light you describe is about right for a Hedera helix, although it could do with a bit more, but not less. Hedera ivies are quite fussy about watering, especially when they are new. They do not like to be repotted. I know what wick systems...

House Plants: JADE PLANT PROBLEM, spray nozzle, mealy bugs
spray nozzle, mealy bugs, tops and bottoms: Christopher, Yes, it is mealy bugs. The advice you were given is absolutely correct. The bad news is you need to keep spraying it with the rubbing alcohol every other day for 3 weeks. Make sure you spray very thoroughly getting the tops and bottoms of all...

House Plants: Jade Bonsai, nursery manager, plant questions
nursery manager, plant questions, jades: Hi Melissa, Bonsais are rarely easy and nearly always very expensive - and profitable! Unlike many bonsais, a Jade can survive as a houseplant. Bonsais are potted in a variety of different containers of different sizes and shape and with varied soil...

House Plants: Jade Cuttings in November, plastic pots, clay pots
plastic pots, clay pots, clay pot: Hi Amanda, Jades come from tropical regions so they are not seasonal. It also makes little difference if they are in CA or Detroit, unless they are kept outside! It is rare for Jade cuttings to form roots in the open air unless that air is very moist...

House Plants: Jade House Plant, jade plants, new leaves
jade plants, new leaves, compact plant: Hi Judy, Congratulations on your 12 years of success with your Jade! I assume that you have not recently relocated your Jade or otherwise changed the amount of light it receives. If this is incorrect, please let me know. If it is mostly older leaves...

House Plants: Jade leaves have a bite marks, insect pests, beautifuljade
insect pests, beautifuljade, jade plants: Hi Anna, For unknown reasons, Jade plants often develop some deformed leaves that look like they have been bitten. It is not a cause for concern. Unless, yours has leaves that have open wounds, then I don t think anything is eating it. In addition, Jades...

House Plants: Jade in Michigan!, rapid root development, terra cotta pot
rapid root development, terra cotta pot, porous soil: Hi Rebecca, I think you already know at least part of the answer to your question - be very careful not to overwater Jade cuttings. Jade cuttings should heal for about 24 hours before they are inserted in a porous potting mix. Porous means adding extra...

House Plants: Jade Plant, jade plant, clay pot
jade plant, clay pot, james don: Hi James, Don t even thnk about repotting that beautiful, and I am sure expensive, Jade plant! That dry, hard soil is the reason it has grown so well for 15+ years. It is exactly what Jades need, although that might seem strange to you. Trust me; the...

House Plants: Jade Plant, cactus soil, drainage hole
cactus soil, drainage hole, plastic pot: Karen, When you transplanted it did you use sandy cactus soil? If not that is a part of the problem. Jades are succulents, they should be treated like cacti. Lots of sun, not too much water. Regular potting soil holds too much water for too long. This plant...

House Plants: Jade Plant, northern climates, jade plant
northern climates, jade plant, incandescent bulb: Hi Alice, Without a photo, it is hard for me to visualize just what the angled problem is. You can email a photo to my address below, then I will e able to help you with that problem. Also, have you potted it yet? Jades are tropical in origin and cannot...

House Plants: Jade Plant, soil dries, sunny windowsill
soil dries, sunny windowsill, jade plant: Hi Milo, I don t know much about your Jade, so I cannot say for sure what the problem is, but I suspect root rot. Jades do best indoors on a sunny windowsill or outside in partial shade. They should be kept potbound so the soil dries out quickly in between...

House Plants: Jade Plant, good morning sun, drain tray
good morning sun, drain tray, jade plant: Krista, Yes, it got sunburned, outside jades need a bit more shade and to be moved into the sun slowly. If it is just a few sunburned leaves then yes, remove them and the plant will replace them. If it is a lot remove half of them and the the plant work...

House Plants: Jade Plant, jade plants, gallon pots
jade plants, gallon pots, new leaves: Joe, Sorry to answer this again but I needed to send it through the system. Darlene Joe, After looking at your picture it appears to me to be a sunburn spot. Where do your jades sit? Have they gotten a lot of sun this summer? Is there any possibility...

House Plants: Jade Plant, jade plant, inch diameter
jade plant, inch diameter, sunny location: Shannon, If segments are turning into mush you are still overwatering. I have one that I water about once a month this time of year and it is large and still in an 8 inch diameter pot. Have you repotted it recently?If you haven t don t, repotting damages...

House Plants: Jade Plant, reddish tinge, jade plants
reddish tinge, jade plants, wooden pencil: Hi Vickie, Jade plants do best right inside a sunny window or in light shade outside when temperatures are above 50 degrees. In good light they develop a reddish tinge on the edge of their leaves. They will adapt to lower light, but they will not grow as...

House Plants: Jade Plant, bright indirect light, peat moss
bright indirect light, peat moss, jade plants: Hi Gena, From your description, it is apparent that the roots of your Jade plant have rotted and died. When thet happens, the plant cannot be salvaged. However, you may be able to take some cuttings if there are still some healthy stems with healthy leaves...

House Plants: Jade Plant, interior landscapers, jade plant
interior landscapers, jade plant, e bay: Hi Sean, That s a tough one because you have to locate someone who wants a Jade just like yours. Unfortunately, 40 year old Jades are not that rare because they often do live for a very long time. Shipping a large Jade plant may be prohibitively expensive...

House Plants: Jade Plant, washington herbarium, rare flower
washington herbarium, rare flower, jade plant: Hi Sean Boy, do I wish I lived near you! I would love to take your Jade Plant, but it would be too much to ship to Phoenix. You can try the Univ. of Washington Herbarium: http://depts.washington.edu/wtu/home.htm They may be able to direct you in the...

House Plants: Jade Plant, jan wall, inch pot
jan wall, inch pot, back porch: Jan, In an east window it should be right next to the window and the window should have no drapes or minblinds. It needs lots of light. Do you live in a cold climate? That is a pretty large pot for a jade. How long have you owned the jade and when...

House Plants: Jade Plant, snake plant, asparagus fern
snake plant, asparagus fern, jade plant: Sheney, Your jade needs lots of light and to dry out between waterings. Water about once every 3 weks this time of year and in the summer water once a week. You didn t mention fertilizer. I reccomend that you fertilize once a month using a water soluable...

House Plants: Jade Plant, brown scales, scale insect
brown scales, scale insect, scale insects: Hi Trip, You have had great success with your Jade in part because you have resisted the temptation to repot it. There is no relationship between pot size and the scale you referred to. Older Jades often develop dry brown patches on some of their leaves....

House Plants: Jade Plant, succulent tissue, jade plant
succulent tissue, jade plant, stem cuttings: Hi there, Your Jade is probably suffering from root rot. When the roots rot and stop functioning, the leaves and stems no longer have a way to get water and nutrients. They live off the water and nutrients stored in their succulent tissue for a while and...

House Plants: Jade Plant loosing leaves, many different reasons, leaf drop
many different reasons, leaf drop, jade plant: Hi Joe, Jades will drop leaves for many different reasons, not all of them bad. Unless they are pruned regularly, they will periodically self-prune by dropping off older leaves so that new ones can grow in. If your plant is otherwise healthy and nothing...

House Plants: Jade Plant with powdery mildew, powdery mildew, african violets
powdery mildew, african violets, spider plants: Hi Bobbi, A solution of baking soda (I TBSP) to a quart of water with a squirt of liquid soap usually works well and is safe to use on your plants. Be sure to spray all leaf and stem surfaces thoroughly and also the surface of the soil. Respray again at...

House Plants: Jade Plant root rot, tiny air pockets, soil dries
tiny air pockets, soil dries, insufficient oxygen: Hi Jane, As with most plants, Jades do not develop root rot suddenly. Root rot is usually a slow process and can take many months before the symptoms are obvious and the damage is irreparable. Root rot occurs when the roots are deprived of oxygen, which...

House Plants: Jade Plant, root rot??, soggy soil, jade plants
soggy soil, jade plants, dead roots: Hi Joanne, The roots of the separate stems are all completely intertwined within the soil and have been for 20 years. So all of the stems will be affected more or less equally by the soil/root zone environment. Thus, if one stem is showing symptoms of root...

House Plants: Jade Plant - Soil Fungus, soil replacement, fungus growth
soil replacement, fungus growth, plant soil: HI Gail, Jades do not like their roots disturbed. I am more concerned about the effects of the soil replacement on your Jade than the fungus. Soil fungus does not harm plants, so drastic remedies are not recommended. The fungus comes from spores that...

House Plants: Jade Plant - trouble with leaves, fungus infection, water droplets
fungus infection, water droplets, pot size: Hi Wendy, Thanks for sending the photos. They are a big help. At first, I thought that the spots might be the result of sunburn, cause by water droplets on the leaves in the sun. However, your reference to white spots on the leaves that you wiped off makes...

House Plants: Jade Plant, jade plant, succulent plant
jade plant, succulent plant, excess water: Trisha, You have either sprayed it with an insecticide that it doesn t like or you have overwatered it. Jades are a succulent plant from the dry plains of Africa and it does not like too much water. It also needs as much sun as possible. When the branches...

House Plants: Jade Plants, decorative pots, jade plants
decorative pots, jade plants, high pot: Cathy, I reccommend that you wait until after April 1st to repot unless you live in the deep south. Is the soil that is on the plant now in the same shape that it was in the last time? It sounds like it almost turned into cement. This time I reccommend...

House Plants: Jade Plants, jade plants, drain tray
jade plants, drain tray, leafes: Mike, The red leaf edges is caused by the sun exposure and just indicate that your jade is very happy and healthy. Remove the drain tray from under the jade and even if it rains daily it will not be in standing water so it will be fine. The red edges...

House Plants: Jade Plants, terra cotta pot, jade plants
terra cotta pot, jade plants, plastic pot: Hi Kate, Jade plants will survive in low/medium light, but they will not thrive. Growth rate will slow and new leaves and stem growth will be smaller and thinner. Repotting will not be necessary, nor will fertilizing and watering will be infrequent. As...

House Plants: Jade Plants, terra cotta pot, jade plants
terra cotta pot, jade plants, jade plant: Hi William, A Jade is not hard to prune. Use a sharp, clean knife, pruners or scissors. Cut off any stems/branches that are too long. Cut them as far back as you like, but make the cut just above a leaf node so that you don t leave a long stub. Remember...

House Plants: Jade plant, humidity levels, jade plant
humidity levels, jade plant, tuffs: Leah, The only other cause for it dropping its leaves is too little water. How often do you water the plant? During the summer Jades need more water when they are activly growing. If it was in an air conditioned home that lowers the humidity levels in...

House Plants: Jade plant, bamboo skewer, sized pot
bamboo skewer, sized pot, drain tray: Melissa, It needs to get more light, it needs to sit in a south, east or west window with the drapes or blinds open all day. It needs to dry out totally between waterings, not just on the surface. The surface needs to be dry for several days before watering...

House Plants: Jade plant, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Stacy, Your Jade has a mealybug infestation, as your ivy did before. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are...

House Plants: Jade plant, sun sun sun, bright indirect light
sun sun sun, bright indirect light, plastic pot: Hi Joanna, Jades have very small and fine root systems compared to the size of the stems and leaves. If you move it into a larger pot, then the extra soil will keep the roots moist for too long. Jades need to dry out deep into the pot in between thorough...

House Plants: Jade plant, pruning plants, leaf node
pruning plants, leaf node, jade plant: Hi Mary, Congratulations on doing such a good job on your Jade plant! I really don t know of any place that has pictures of the pruning process. Pruning is not that difficult and I don t think you would be in any danger of killing the plant pruning it...

House Plants: Jade plant dropping leaves, desicated, jade plant
desicated, jade plant, high in the sky: Susan, The sun is high in the sky right now and not shining in windows well so most likely it is just not getting enough light. As they get older it s lower branches will drop a bit and tend to be more horizontal. It is a sign of it s age. If you are...

House Plants: Jade plant fungus or insect infestation...?, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Chris, You probably have a mealybug infestation on your Jade. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there is always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are skillful...

House Plants: Jade plant leaves problem, dry climates, jade plant
dry climates, jade plant, waxy coating: Hi Deborah, Jades have a thin, waxy outer coating that helps it retain moisture in hot, dry climates. If a leaf dies (from too little water, too much heat or almost any other reason), then the waxy coating crystallizes and that is the sparkley stuff that...

House Plants: Jade plant light, full spectrum light, jade plant
full spectrum light, jade plant, e mail: Hi Nikki, Nothing is as good as natural light for a Jade, but a full spectrum bulb that is kept pretty close to the plant and is left on for at least 8 hours per day should be adequate for your Jade. Be careful that the light does not generate so much...

House Plants: Jade plant, jade plant, fingernail
jade plant, fingernail, creed: Hi Joan, I need some additional information to help you. Do the black spots scratch off with your fingernail or are they actually part of the plant? Are the spots raised bumps or are they indented? Where are the spots located? On the leaves or...

House Plants: Jade Tree Large, hi doug, jade tree
hi doug, jade tree, creed: Hi Doug, Perhaps you are confusing me with someone else. I am not offering a Jade or any other plant. I have no idea where you live or where you might find a 2-3 Jade. Check with local suppliers and see if they can get you one. Regards, Will Creed...

House Plants: Jade Tree, jade tree, quetion
jade tree, quetion, petals: Hi Gregory, Congratulations on your well-tended Jade tree. Getting it to flower is your bonus for providing good care for many years. Jades can bloom at any time, at least in theory. However, indoor Jades typically bloom only after they have been in...

House Plants: Jade tree, jade tree, jocelyn
jade tree, jocelyn, creed: Hi Jocelyn, I do remember. The soil should feel dry about halfway down into the pot before you add water. Push your finger down into the soil to determine when the top half is dry. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional...

House Plants: Jade tree, black dirt, sand gravel
black dirt, sand gravel, cactus plants: Jades are in a class of plant called Succulents - they need to DRY OUT between waterings. You have a smaller one that is healthy so you may have this down, but just in case, I cannot stress enough how easy it is to OVERwater these things. Less is more. ...

House Plants: Jade tree, firm roots, loose soil
firm roots, loose soil, jade tree: Hi Jocelyn, You can use a cactus mix with one part peat moss added to two parts of cactus mix. Terra cotta pots dry out more quickly. That means the plants will be less prone to root rot. In addition, jades can become top heavy and they are less inclined...

House Plants: Jade trees, terra cotta pot, jade plants
terra cotta pot, jade plants, shorter days: Hi Diane, Jade plants (Crassula argentea) do best in lots of bright light, including several hours of direct sun each day. Right in a south or west window is best. The edges of jade leaves develop a reddish color when given lots of direct sun. Jades will...

House Plants: Jade trees, soil dries, sunny windowsill
soil dries, sunny windowsill, peat moss: Hi Tracy, Jades do best in direct sun. A change in light will often cause leaf drop. If the new growth leaves are smaller that is a clear indication that it is getting less light. In reduced light, a Jade may survive, but growth slows and older leaves...

House Plants: Jades / Aloes and Fluorescent Lighting, inch pots, compact fluorescent bulbs
inch pots, compact fluorescent bulbs, plastic pot: Amanda, I m sorry, I misread earlier. Since they are in small pots and you are dramatically increasing the light I suspect they will need watered every 10-14 days or even sooner if they seem very dry. I would wait until March 1st then start fertilizing...

House Plants: Janet Craig, janet craig, craigs
janet craig, craigs, top heavy: Hi Venetta, It is rather unusual for potted Janet Craigs to flower and their flowers are rather insignificant, so don t be too envious! Apparently you have a Janet Craig compacta. (4) Pruning it back is a better option, in my opinion. Otherwise it...

House Plants: Janet Craig Dracaena, janet craig dracaena, dry soil
janet craig dracaena, dry soil, potting soil: Hi there, Potting soil only gets rock hard when it is allowed to get very dried out. It is similar to a sponge that goes from soft when damp to very hard when completely dry. Very dry soil is hard to re-wet and water added to the surface often just runs...

House Plants: Janet Craig plant, drainage holes, janet craig
drainage holes, janet craig, plant questions: Hi Janet, I have written on this topic many times, so I am not sure just what you read. Forgive me if I repeat myself! Moving your plant to a larger pot is a last resort. First make sure your water quality is OK. If it is on the hard side, switch...

House Plants: Janet Craig, soil dries, interior landscaper
soil dries, interior landscaper, drainage holes: Hi Sherry, I am also a professional interior landscaper and have confronted this problem many times. There is no agreement among my professional colleagues as to the cause. I suspect that is because there are multiple causes. Here are some possibilities...

House Plants: Japanese Peace Lily, spathiphyllum peace lily, japanese peace lily
spathiphyllum peace lily, japanese peace lily, soil dries: Assuming you have a Spathiphyllum -- Peace Lily -- your region would be delightfully hospitable for these foliage favorites. Please check the Peace Lily pictured at the webpost Evergrowing Tips on Houseplant Care : http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/peacelily.htm...

House Plants: Jasmin house plant, true jasmine, pot size
true jasmine, pot size, faceing: Jason, True jasmine are vines. I suspect that your plant is MURRAYA PANICULATA. Please go to google and put that in then click on it and then click on images and let me know if that is your plant. How long ago did you repot it and what size pot was it...

House Plants: Jasmin houseplant, room temperatures, dark nights
room temperatures, dark nights, sunny window: Hi Lynn, Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a winter bloom and then new growth is kept pinched back to promote fullness until August. Keep the soil moist and fertilize regularly when it is putting...

House Plants: Jasmin plant, room temperatures, dark nights
room temperatures, dark nights, sunny window: Hi Marc, Indoor Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally Jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a winter bloom and then new growth is kept pinched back to promote fullness until August. Keep the soil moist and fertilize regularly when it is...

House Plants: Jasmine, indoor houseplants, soil conditions
indoor houseplants, soil conditions, florda: Hi Don, I am sorry, but my expertise is limited to indoor houseplants, so I cannot tell you what the problem is, as your are located outside. You may want to check with a local gardening expert who is familiar with your local soil conditions. Will Creed...

House Plants: Jasmine, arched trellis, plant blooms
arched trellis, plant blooms, jasmine plant: Thanks for reminding me that you previously sent me a photo of your Jasmine. I know it is painful to remove healthy growth, but that is what pruning is all about. Just bear in mind that if you take good care of it, it will soon be growing lots of long vines...

House Plants: Jasmine, time lows, white flowers
time lows, white flowers, e family: Steve, For starters it should be outdoors in full sun this time of year as long as the night time lows are above 50 degrees. There are many varieties of jasmine, do you know which variety yours is? If you do let me know and I can give you more complete...

House Plants: Jasmine, pleasing fragrance, deciduous shrub
pleasing fragrance, deciduous shrub, liquid fertilizer: A Jasmine is a native to China. It is a deciduous shrub that can reach 30 feet (9m) tall. Most varieties of Jasminium do well under the conditions describes below They are vigorous growers and most require support They bloom from spring to fall and rest from...

House Plants: Jasmine, holyoke college botanic garden, mt holyoke college
holyoke college botanic garden, mt holyoke college, sun sun sun: Jasmine is a VERY nice plant ... if you can grow it. Just warning you. This is tricky. Because you live in Colorado. Tricky part: Winter temperatures and cultivation. If you want this plant to bloom again, it must be kept cool and bright, with no mistakes....

House Plants: Jasmine care, mite infestations, jasmine plants
mite infestations, jasmine plants, jasmine plant: Hi Laura, Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don t get discouraged if you don t have immediate success. Light: Lots of bright light, but protect it from hot direct sunlight in midday. Right in an east window is best. Outside on a porch in the warmer...

House Plants: Jasmine and cold temperatures, jasmine tree, zoning maps
jasmine tree, zoning maps, degrees fahrenheit: Hi Amy, Most Jasmine are tropical in origin and will not survive sub-freezing temperatures. However there are some colder weather species, such as J. nudiflorum and J. officinale, that can withstand winters in Zone 6, which includes some areas around the...

House Plants: My Jasmine is dying!, jasmine plant, plant questions
jasmine plant, plant questions, root rot: Hi Lyly, Your Jasmine is suffering from root rot. A jasmine should be watered about once per week, but never daily. In addition, it should never be allowed to sit in water for more than a day or so. With all of the excess water that it has been exposed...

House Plants: How to get Jasmine to flower, hours of darkness, heat lamp
hours of darkness, heat lamp, flowering time: Hi Sally, Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don t get discouraged if you don t have immediate success. Light: Lots of bright light, but protect it from hot direct sunlight in midday. Right in an east window is best. The west window may be too much...

House Plants: Jasmine indoor plant, ms jasmine, midday air
ms jasmine, midday air, dry leaves: Anita, If your apartment has sunlight around the clock you must live in Alaska. If you moved it into a pot with a diameter more than 2 inches larger than the pot it was in when you bought it I suggest that you move it back to a smaller pot or it will probably...

House Plants: Jasmine (Lebanese), mite infestations, jasmine plants
mite infestations, jasmine plants, jasmine plant: Hi Abagtha, There are many varieties of jasmine and I cannot be sure just what you have. However, I can provide some general instructions for you. These instructions are for potted Jasmine that are kept indoors or outside in a protected area. Jasmine is...

House Plants: Jasmine mildew?, jasmine plant, powdery mildew
jasmine plant, powdery mildew, room temperatures: Hi Oxana, Let me deal with the non-flowering problem first. Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a winter bloom and then new growth is kept pinched back to promote fullness until August. Keep the...

House Plants: Jasmine Plant, angelwing jasmine, tin pots
angelwing jasmine, tin pots, jasmine plant: Hi Jean, Without seeing a photo of the plant and its container, I am not sure just how to advise you. FTD often puts plants in pretty pots that are poorly designed for keeping the plant alive. For example, if the tin container does not have drainage holes,...

House Plants: Jasmine plant care, jasmine plant care, mite infestations
jasmine plant care, mite infestations, jasmine plants: Hi Fertan, Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don t get discouraged if you don t have immediate success. The immediate problem is the reduction in light when it was brought inside as indoor light is much less intense. Here is what you need to know...

House Plants: Jasmine plant and tree, jasmine tree, jasmine plant
jasmine tree, jasmine plant, circle shape: Angela, Jasmine is a winter bloomer. You should be pruning it back regularly until August to make it fuller and more compact. Each time you prune of a long shoot it will send out 2 shorter ones. Keep the soil moist and fertilize regularly when it is putting...

House Plants: Jasmine plant, interior landscaper, indoor potted plants
interior landscaper, indoor potted plants, weather variables: Hi Kathy, I limit myself to indoor potted plants because there are so many local temperature and weather variables that can affect plants when they are outdoors. I am sorry I cannot help you in thiss case. Regards, Will Creed, Interior landscape...

House Plants: Jasmine plants, jasmine plants, jasmine plant
jasmine plants, jasmine plant, new jersey usa: get it out of the all day direct sunlite. most plants like filtered light or a morning sun exposure. direct sunlite can burn foliage especially when it is hot out. you could also be watering improperly and/or not fertilizing on a regular basis. improper watering...

House Plants: Jasmine problems, jasmine plants, variegated plants
jasmine plants, variegated plants, organic fertilizer: Ed, You didn t say what variety of jasmine you have and there are several. Leaf symptoms such as yellowing, browning or dropping are the most common signs of trouble, but the same symptoms can be caused by different problems. Stick a fingertip into...

House Plants: Jasmine Tree & Leaf Loss, jasmine tree, leaf loss
jasmine tree, leaf loss, indoor plants: Hi Kerry, When kept as indoor plants, Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally Jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a winter bloom and then new growth is kept pinched back to promote fullness until August. Yours is a little out of sync...

House Plants: Jasmine Tree Problem, drapes and blinds, jasmine tree
drapes and blinds, jasmine tree, leaf loss: Ed, Jasmines bloom in January-Febuary. Where do you live? Did it get to cold outside? It needs to be taken indoors when the temperature at night starts dropping below 50 degrees. Indoors it needs to sit in a south facing window with the drapes and blinds...

House Plants: Jasmine Tree - Scale, novice gardener, jasmine tree
novice gardener, jasmine tree, mr creed: Hi there, Thanks for the photo offer, but, unfortunately, I know what the problem is from your description. Your Jasmine has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are oval, slightly raised,...

House Plants: Jasmine Tree, jasmine tree, spider mites
jasmine tree, spider mites, leaf loss: Hi Kathy, Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don t get discouraged if you don t have immediate success. Below I will outline the specific requirements that Jasmine has. Yours has suffered from not being pruned back; from temps that are higher than...

House Plants: Jasmine tree, indoor houseplants, jasmine tree
indoor houseplants, jasmine tree, gallon pot: Hi Amanda, There are several popular Jasmine species and some are winter hardy in certain parts of the south. Do you plant to keep yours outside? If so, then I cannot help you very much because my expertise is limited to caring for indoor houseplants....

House Plants: Jasmine tree indoors., jasmine tree, missoula mt
jasmine tree, missoula mt, compact plant: Hi Ara, I never told anyone to put their Jasmine in a completely dark place for 6-8 weeks. That would kill it for sure. I did say that completely dark NIGHTS for 6-8 weeks starting in October will help promote flowers on a healthy Jasmine. That means lots...

House Plants: Jasmine tree, jasmine tree, root rot
jasmine tree, root rot, lapses: Hi Barbara, Jasmine are not easy plants to keep attractive and in bloom. They are not very forgiving of mistakes with repotting, light, or watering. Here are their requirements: Light: Lots of bright light, but protect it from hot direct sunlight in...

House Plants: Jasmine, jasmine plant, filtration system
jasmine plant, filtration system, indoor plants: Sharon, Ok, your mites are mealy bugs. This site is from England and I do not reccommend the products they are selling but the pictures are great: http://www.greengardener.co.uk/mealy.htm Mealy bugs don t reproduce as fast as other insects... so...

House Plants: Jasminum Sambac, Maid of Orleans, room temperatures, maid of orleans
room temperatures, maid of orleans, plant questions: Hi Tracy, Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally Jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a winter bloom and then new growth is kept pinched back to promote fullness until August. Keep the soil moist and fertilize regularly when it is putting...

House Plants: Jenny Craig Cane, Banana, and Marginata Cane, miracle grow fertilizer, jenny craig
miracle grow fertilizer, jenny craig, janet craig: Hi Leo, Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the soil. The larvae feed on...

House Plants: Jesus in a Manager, open bloom, leaf veins
open bloom, leaf veins, white flower: Hi Vickie, I have never heard of a plant by that name and I cannot tell from your description just what it is. It might be a Passiflora, but I would need more informaton to be sure. If you can e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com, that...

House Plants: Jolla aka Hoya, dormant winter period, bright indirect light
dormant winter period, bright indirect light, soil dries: Hi Tomas, I believe the plant you are referring to is the Hoya plant. Please correct me if I am wrong. To bloom, which is what you want Hoyas to do, they must have a lot of bright indirect light all day and a few hours of direct light, as well. In addition,...

House Plants: Jolla Plant Care, vine plant, soil mix
vine plant, soil mix, wax plant: Hi Gwyn Hoya, aka Wax Plant or Shooting Star is a beautiful, thick leaved ivy type plant. The leaves are thick and almost wax like. The Hoya blooms im just about every color except blue. You will find that they Hoya will bloom more in the summer time,...

House Plants: Jungle plant, tiny gnat, flat ovals
tiny gnat, flat ovals, sticky resin: Tamar, I have used undiluted rubbing alcohol an many plants and it has never harmed a single plant. I am not sure why but it doesn t even harm jade plants and any chemical will kill a jade. It should work for you as well. Darlene Tamar, I am not sure...

House Plants: my jade house plant HELP!, potting mix, house plant
potting mix, house plant, three quarters: Hi Daria, If you can post a photo to me at my address below, I might be able to make a better determination. In general, anything above the rotted stem will eventually die. Nutrients and moisture move from the roots through the stems to the rest of the...

House Plants: jade light, drain tray, jade plant
drain tray, jade plant, facing window: Carol, I have a variegated jade and I love it. They are slow growers. Indoors they love as much actual sun shining on them as possible. If it can be in a south facing window with no blinds, drapes or shades it would be perfectly content. As for water, water...

House Plants: jade plant, spider mites, ivy plants
spider mites, ivy plants, anaerobic bacteria: New leaves are a good sign, Jonathan! Your Jade may be on the road to recovery. Just want to make sure your plant is sitting in a sunny window. Light levels that are too low for this plant will yield small leaves. Jades can t take shade. They need bright...

House Plants: jade plant, crape myrtle trees, jade plants
crape myrtle trees, jade plants, jade plant: Hi Mary I had answered this question but must not have clicked to send it through-sorry about it taking so long; Okay, first of all regarding the repotting. When you repot a plant, you should never go more than 2 larger than the current size. The plant...

House Plants: jade plant, powdery mildew, jade plant
powdery mildew, jade plant, white stuff: Hi there, Your description is vague so it is hard for me to tell just what you are observing. Any chance you can e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? White stuff on Jades is usually either a fungus (powdery mildew) or mealybugs. The...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Flowering and tropical plants, aloe vera plant, chocolate soldier
aloe vera plant, chocolate soldier, tropical hibiscus: Andrew, My aloe vera is getting ready to bloom and it sits in a corner with windows facing both south and west so it gets the maximum amount of sunshine possible in northeast Indiana. It is also in a pot that is about 8 inches wide but only 3 inches deep....

House Plants: jade plant, porous soil, jade plant
porous soil, jade plant, mounths: Hi there, It appears that you are keeping the soil too moist and the roots are rotting. It may already be too late to salvage it since this has been going on for six months. Jades need lots of direct sun, small pots, porous soil, and soil that is a allowed...

House Plants: jade plant, woody trunk, jade plant
woody trunk, jade plant, rootbound: Jen, There is nothing wrong with letting it bloom. It shows it is very healthy and getting enough sun. They do not bloom until they are mature and large and usuallly rootbound. I do not reccommend repotting this plant ever. You can use cutting and start...

House Plants: jade plant, drain tray, jade plant
drain tray, jade plant, fungal infection: Catherine, Too much water and not enough sun may have caused a fungal infection. Move it to the sunniest location you have and let it dry out well between each watering. You can also spray it lightly with Lysol Spray once a day for a week and that will...

House Plants: jade plant, balanced fertilizer, razor blade
balanced fertilizer, razor blade, succulents plants: Jade Trees - Crassula ovata to Botanists - are some of the easiest houseplants around. But a 10-year-old specimen is very special, indeed. Jades are succulents , plants that store massive quantities of water in their leaves and stems. They RARELY need...

House Plants: jade plant, growing house plants, learning about plants
growing house plants, learning about plants, pot size: Hi LeeAnne, Congratulations on your success so far. I am not sure you can call yourself a beginner anymore! The wrinkled leaves can be caused by either under or over watering. However, given the pot size, the direct sun and the weekly water schedule,...

House Plants: jade plant fungus, plant fungus, pet elephant
plant fungus, pet elephant, window face: CW, If it were mine I would immediately stop watrering it. This time of year jades growth slows because of less light therefore they need less water. Also any moisture will feed a fungal or bacterial attack on the plant. Then I would use the only antifungal,...

House Plants: jade plant problem, interior landscaper, jade plants
interior landscaper, jade plants, little bugs: Hi Peggy Sue, The symptoms you described are classic signs of Jade root rot. This has happened because when a plant s light is reduced, its water requirements are reduced as well. It is very easy to over water a plant that has been moved to lower light....

House Plants: jade plant-troubleshooting, inch pot, jade plant
inch pot, jade plant, top of my head: Gerry, What changed to cause it to loose a lot of leaves? How long have you owned it? Where is it sitting and how much light does it get? Did you move it? Did you recently repot it? A 12 pot is a huge pot for a jade unles it is a huge jade! How often...

House Plants: jade plant, jade plants, side porch
jade plants, side porch, many different things: Hi Again Harry You could be losing leaves from the repotting. Jade plants like to be root bound. Also, the best way to water jades are to give them a really good soaking, if you can pick the container up (does the pot have good drainage?) and put it in...

House Plants: jade plants, reddish tinge, jade plants
reddish tinge, jade plants, color variations: Hi Erin, I have never seen nor heard of a yellow or red Jade. I have seen some Jades with yellowish leaves and some with a reddish tinge to the leaves. However, these color variations are due to cultural conditions, not to the genetic makeup of the plant....

House Plants: jade plants, jade plants, jade plant
jade plants, jade plant, marcy: Hi Marcy The Jade Plant, aka Crassula argentea, is one of the easier plants to care for. Because they are a type of a succulent, they store water in their leaves. Jades do best in a very bright light, but will survive in a lower light. One thing to watch...

House Plants: jade tree, sun in the afternoon, retaining water
sun in the afternoon, retaining water, jade tree: Water until the water comes out the bottom when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. When the leaves get mushy it means that they are not retaining water for storage anymore. They are using it. Also it would be a good idea to make sure they do...

House Plants: jade tree, mealy bugs, pharmacy area
mealy bugs, pharmacy area, surgical spirit: Susan, I mean 70% isopropyl alcohol usually called rubbing alcohol. It is usually available at most drug stores or Walmart, Target, etc. sitting in the pharmacy area next to the peroxide and a bottle is usually under $.60. If you are outside the US...

House Plants: jade tree, reddish tinge, outdoor shade
reddish tinge, outdoor shade, jade tree: Hi Michelle, Jades thrive in strong direct sunlight. Their leaves are thicker and closer together and the leaves develop a reddish tinge on their edges. In lower light, the leaves are a darker green, but the spaces between the leaves are longer. Moving...

House Plants: jade over watered or under watered?, potting soil, moderate light
potting soil, moderate light, facing window: Melanie, Yes, you have been overwatering it. In the summer water it every 7-10 days and in the winter every 12- 20 days. Mine is in an east window so that is better for it. Are there any little white tufts of cotton on the plant anywhere? Especially...

House Plants: jade, pet elephant, jade plant
pet elephant, jade plant, water soluable: Norma, Jades love as much sun as possible. All day in front of an east or west window with no window coverings is perfect. Only water them when they are very dry. Once a week in in the summer is usually good and once evry 2 weeks in the winter is good....

House Plants: janet craig dracaena, janet craig, leaf discoloration
janet craig, leaf discoloration, new leaves: Hi Terry, Leaf discoloration on Janet Craigs is quite common, particularly as they get older. Unfortunately, there is no single cause when new leaves discolor. First, check you water quality. If it is on the hard or alkaline side, then switch to filtered...

House Plants: janet craig dracaena, epsom salts, janet craig
epsom salts, janet craig, lime deposits: Hi Heidi, Dracaenas, especially the Deremensis (Warneckii / Janet Craig) are very sensitive to fluoride. Fluoride causes leaf tips and edges to turn brown and is believed to be a cause of age spots , spots that appear on this kind of plant after several...

House Plants: japanese peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, turkey baster: Leah, I am in Indiana in the US,I have no idea if peace lilies are available in Australia but since they are so popular I would imagine they are. They are house plants and they need the warm climates of most homes. They do not do well outside becuse the...

House Plants: jasmin plant care, heavenly fragrance, jasmine plant
heavenly fragrance, jasmine plant, new leaves: A Jasmine will not bloom if light is too low. If the soil is too wet or to dry, and the leaves will fall off. You should water evenly moist. Water thoroughly and discard drainage. For hours of sun light or more of direct sunlight if possible from the...

House Plants: jasmine, jasmine plant, powdery mildew
jasmine plant, powdery mildew, new leaves: Hi Jen, I single episode of the soil and roots getting too dry can be enough to cause Jasmine leaves to dry and die. Those dead leaves do not recover so they should be removed. Normally, if the soil and roots are kept properly moist thereafter, healthy...

House Plants: jasmine doesnt flower, foliage plant, bean poles
foliage plant, bean poles, room temperatures: Hi Gaynor, It sounds like your Jasmine is thriving as a foliage plant, but I am sure you purchased it for the flowers, not extensive foliage growth! Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally Jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a winter...

House Plants: jasmine leaf drop, indoor potted plants, jasmine leaf
indoor potted plants, jasmine leaf, leaf drop: Hi Dawn, My experience and expertise is limited to indoor potted plants, so your question is outside my area of expertise. I suspect that your Jasmine needs pruning, but you should check with a gardening expert who is familiar with your particular climate....

House Plants: my jasmine plant, peace lilly, jasmine plant
peace lilly, jasmine plant, shady location: Kristen, This is the right time of year to bring it in. I only question the lighting. It has been my experience that jasmin likes full sun. How much sun did it get on your deck where it was happy? I keep mine in front of a south facing window with no covering....

House Plants: jasmine plant, tsk tsk, sun dried tomatoes
tsk tsk, sun dried tomatoes, jasmine plant: Although Jasmines thrive in Sun, placing a newly rooted Jasmine in its first pot under scorching August rays is like picking a New York Sunbird up at the Miami airport and spending a day flat out on the beach in January. Tsk, tsk, tsk, my friend. All...

House Plants: jasmine plant, jasmine plant, darlene
jasmine plant, darlene, stems: Laura, The sun did not cause the leaves to fall off your jasmine, they love the sun. The problem that probably caused the leaves to fall off was the plant was allowed to get too dry. This plant cannot stand to dry out totally for even an hour. If there...

House Plants: jasmine plant, warm weather returns, jasmine plant
warm weather returns, jasmine plant, room temperatures: Hi Cindy, I hope you were satisfied enough with my answer to take the time to give me a rating. Thank you Will Creed Hi Cindy, Do not repot your Jasmine at this time. Starting in October, give your Jasmine completely dark nights and...

House Plants: jasmine sambac disease?, jasmine sambac, insect infestation
jasmine sambac, insect infestation, inch pot: Hi Joel, Other than the loss of leaves, you haven t described any symptoms that suggest a fungus or any other disease. If leaf loss is the only symptom, then I suspect that the transition from outdoors to indoors may be the source of the problem. However,...

House Plants: jasmine sambac disease, jasmine sambac, insect infestation
jasmine sambac, insect infestation, mini blinds: Joel, You didn t say how much sun it is getting. This plant is a sun lover and I suspect that is part of your problem. If possible move it to a sunnier location and it should improve. It needs all day in front of a south facing window with drapes or mini...

House Plants: jasmine tree, mite infestations, jasmine plants
mite infestations, jasmine plants, jasmine tree: Hi Michelle, Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant, so don t get discouraged if you don t have immediate success. Light: Lots of bright light, but protect it from hot direct sunlight in midday. Right in an east window is best. Outside on a porch in the...

House Plants: jasmine tree, jasmine tree, plant pests
jasmine tree, plant pests, red berries: Hi Carol, I cannot tell from your brief description just what you are seeing. When kept indoors, white plant pests are usually mealybugs and sometimes white flies. However, when moved outside, then your plant is exposed to a whole variety of local pests....

House Plants: jasmine tree, tiny crevices, jasmine tree
tiny crevices, jasmine tree, scale insect: Hi Lisa, I believe that your Jasmine has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems...

House Plants: jasmine, star jasmine, red leaves
star jasmine, red leaves, rain city: Vickie, I suspect that it is just a different variety of jasmine, possibly due to a mixup in the nursery that supplied the plants. There is one variety of star jasmine, Star Jasmine Madison that gets red leaves in the winter. See the following site for...

House Plants: juniper on a standard indoors, cold winter temperatures, concrete pots
cold winter temperatures, concrete pots, indoor plants: Hi Kevin, Junipers will not survive for long indoors. They need outdoor sun and cold winter temperatures. Indoor plants are mostly from the tropics because those plants are adapted to year-round warm temps. Sorry I don t have better news for you. ...

House Plants: Kalanchoe with mealybug, kalanchoe plant, nooks and crannies
kalanchoe plant, nooks and crannies, drip point: Hi Jeannice, Your Kalanchoe has a mealybug infestation. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there is always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are skillful at hiding...

House Plants: Kalanchoe, blooming plants, water soluable
blooming plants, water soluable, looking at photos: Paula, Give it full sun, even outdoors for the summer and fertilize it regularly. When it finishes blooming this time cut it back half way. Then with lots of sun and regular fertilizing it will bloom well again. They are heavy feeders so use a water soluable...

House Plants: Kalanchoes, dish gardens, hours of darkness
dish gardens, hours of darkness, dish garden: Hi Debbie, Trim off the flower stems at the point where they emerge from the leaves. If the new growth is leggy and spindly, then the new growth can be cut back to where the original larger leaves are. Kalanchoes usually like more light and drier soil...

House Plants: Kalanchoes, epsom salts, flower buds
epsom salts, flower buds, flower bud: Nancy, Kalanchoes love the sun, if you give them full sun during the summer and indoors during the winter they will bloom every year in late winter or early spring. Mine is outside now but in the winter it goes in a south facing greenhouse window where...

House Plants: Kane House Plant (tree), corn plant, spring march
corn plant, spring march, excellent care: Victor, A blooming corn plant indicates the tree is very healthy. The sap from the flowers is normal, they exude a very sticky sap and are very fragrant to attract insects to polinate them. When they are mature they frequently send out side shoots. This...

House Plants: Kane trees, poor air circulation, yellow blotches
poor air circulation, yellow blotches, mold spores: The Kane Tree (aka Corn Plant) is an easy, low-light houseplant that does help those of us up North to get that I-live-on-Fiji look. I agree, it s so nice to walk into a room like that on a cold gray January afternoon with snow on the ground outside and...

House Plants: Kangaroo Fern Propagation, kangaroo paw, fern propagation
kangaroo paw, fern propagation, potting soil: Hi Amanda, You cannot propagate ferns from stem cuttings. Yes, the frond stem cutting will eventually die as it has no capacity to develop roots. Most ferns have rhizomes that are thick rootstocks that develop smaller roots. Fern rhizomes can be found...

House Plants: Keeping fish in with plant, fish question, lucky bamboo plant
fish question, lucky bamboo plant, keeping fish: Hi Shawn, My expertise is limited to plants. The fish will cause no harm to the lucky bamboo as long as the water is changed every week or two. However, I cannot say what effect the plant might have on the fish. That s a fish question. Will Cree...

House Plants: Kentia Palm, kentia palms, bottom drainage
kentia palms, bottom drainage, wendy powell: Hi Wendy, In my experience, it is unusual for a grocery store or a discount retailer to sell a Kentia palm. Kentias are slow growers and quite expensive. Because many palms look very similar, it is often hard to tell just which you have. I can tell the...

House Plants: Kentia Palm, care of african violets, allexperts
care of african violets, allexperts, houseplants: Jessica, My expertise lies in the care of African Violets only, as noted in my Profile. I would ask you to direct your question to a member of AllExperts who specializes in ALL houseplants. If, however, after searching the website you cannot find someone...

House Plants: Kentia Palm, bright indirect light, plant pests
bright indirect light, plant pests, slow grower: Hi Ruari, Kentia palm is known botanically as Howeia forsteriana. It does best in a location with lots of bright indirect light, although it will survive in low light if you are very careful not to overwater. The best location is right in front of an uncovered...

House Plants: Kentia Palm, plant questions, fronds
plant questions, fronds, kentia palm: Hi Sylvia, Yes, you can cut off some of the outer fronds that are spreading too wide for you. This will not harm the plant. It will only alter its appearance. Another option is to tie some dark green yarn or soft string around the base of the Kentia...

House Plants: Kentia Palm damage, frond, fronds
frond, fronds, main stem: Cut the frond as close to the main stem (base) as possible. In time, the sheath that attaches the frond stem to the main stem will turn brown and come loose. Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC You can E-mail me directly at: wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com...

House Plants: Kentia Palm, kentia palms, wicker basket
kentia palms, wicker basket, humidity level: Hi Shenoy, The photos you a sent are rather fuzzy so it is hard to get a positive ID. Weak stems result from too little light and/or too much fertilizer. I recommend cutting off any unsightly stems or fronds. The palm in the clay pot appears to be...

House Plants: Kentia palm, sorry eugene, longitudinal cuts
sorry eugene, longitudinal cuts, extreme dryness: Hi Eugene I m sorry Eugene, there must have been a mistake somewhere and I got your question instead of Will Creed. I will answer your question as best I can and if you would like you can still send this question to Will Creed as well. It sounds as if you...

House Plants: Kentia palm, soil composition, morning sunshine
soil composition, morning sunshine, root ball: Yue, I m not sure where you are located or what fertilizers are available to you. Here I would use a fertilizer like Miracle Grow which is a water soluable fertilizer that you add to the water before you water it. I would add it once a month or even just...

House Plants: WHAT KIND OF PLANT, arboricola, bonsaiboy
arboricola, bonsaiboy, idea what kind: Mona, I suspect that your plant is a braided schefflera or braided arboricola. Below are 2 sights with pictures. If that is not your plant I will need a picture sent to plantlady6@aol.com Let me know if that is right and I will send you care instructions....

House Plants: Kimberly Queen Fern, boston fern, poisonous plants
boston fern, poisonous plants, toxic plants: KQ or Kimberly Queen ferns -- Nephrolepis obliterata to botanists -- are typical success stories -- very easy, undemanding, and attractive. Toxic? That is something I have not heard before. I do know that the Boston Fern, another Nephrolepis, is on...

House Plants: Kimberly Queen Fern, systemic insecticide, gallon pots
systemic insecticide, gallon pots, fern plants: Hello, It sounds like you have caterpillars You will need to get rid of all the soil in the pots and repot in a sterile pot with fresh soil. Wash the plant really well with a strong spray of water. Treat plant with a commercial insecticide, you can use...

House Plants: Kimberly Queen Ferns, release fertilizer, screen porch
release fertilizer, screen porch, high humidity: Terry, The spores are ripening, collect somme and try planting them. The brown fronds may be from underwatering, if it is hot (over 85 degrees) like it is in northern Indiana right now they need watered daily. They like high humidity so if you are in a...

House Plants: Kiwis, clay pot, hard frost
clay pot, hard frost, first frost: Bill, There are 2 types of Kiwis, the larger of which is the tropical kiwi and also the most common in the stores. That is probably what you have. So, no, I don t beleive you should leave it out until frost. Frost will most likely kill it. Check out...

House Plants: kalanchoe, warm location, sun location
warm location, sun location, dormant state: Shelley, After a kalanchoe has finished blooming you should cut off the dead blooms and cut the foliage in half. Continue watering as you have been and put the plant in a full sun location. The plant needs to rest in a warm location but it will not die...

House Plants: kalanchoe, inch pot, sunny window
inch pot, sunny window, sunny location: Sandra, Yes cut off the blooms and put the plant in a sunny window. Water it weekly, fertilize it once a month. After April 15th repot it into a 6 inch pot, no larger and when it is above 50 degrees all the time in your area set it outside in a sunny location....

House Plants: How can I keep my cat from eating my plant?, oranges lemons, cyperus alternifolius
oranges lemons, cyperus alternifolius, african violets: Hi, Marie, First of all, your email address was either cut off or just not included, so I am sending the reply via the website. I actually specialize in African Violets, as noted in my Profile, so I am not very experienced or qualified to answer your question....

House Plants: Cannot keep any ivy alive!! Help!!, spider mites, ivy plants
spider mites, ivy plants, ivies: Hi Leah, I hear your frustration with your Hedera ivies. Until they are established in their new environment, they can be very difficult plants. They are very particular about soil moisture and not very forgiving of even occasional watering lapses. First...

House Plants: I keep kiling all houseplants, peat moss, pothos plant
peat moss, pothos plant, drain tray: TJ, In general you are probably either overwatering them or underwatering them. I know you say you only water every 2 weeks and that sounds like underwatering them. But, how much water do you give them? Plants neeed enough water when you water them to...

House Plants: kentia palm, lord howe island, interior plants
lord howe island, interior plants, morning sunshine: Gaynor, From the article below I sispect it is either over or underwatering. But first I would like to know how large it is and how large the pot is? Also how was it transported to your home? When it was outside did it get cold? Where do you live? How...

House Plants: kentia palm problem, mineral salts, leaf tips
mineral salts, leaf tips, fronds: Hi Micki, The water softener is definitely a problem as it adds certain mineral salts to soften the water. Those minerals can accumulate and burn tender roots and leaf tips. I suggest the you use filtered, distilled or rainwater instead. The direct...

House Plants: kentia palm problem, kentia palms, palm plant
kentia palms, palm plant, morning sunshine: Debbie, The botanical name is Howea Fosteriana, but is known more commonly as the Kentia or the sentry palm. The Kentia is an upright palm with beautiful, arching, dark green leaves. Your problem could be water but it could also be too little light....

House Plants: kentia palm problem, peat moss, soil composition
peat moss, soil composition, spider mites: Hi Micki, Kentias are quite resistant to pests, so I think you can rule out scale or spider mites. The pot size is appropriate for the height of the plant. Your watering technique seems to be pretty good, although you didn t indicate how far down...

House Plants: kentia palm, poor water quality, drainage hole
poor water quality, drainage hole, inch pot: Hi Barbara, I am not sure what you mean by twisted and puffy. However, it is not uncommon for new fronds to emerge somewhat distorted, usually a pale color or dry and brown. If you want to e-mail a photo to me at the address under my name, that may help...

House Plants: What is killing my Papyrus?, lava rocks, scale insect
lava rocks, scale insect, insect infestation: Hi Tara, From your description, I suspect that you have a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young, these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can...

House Plants: What is killing my Papyrus?, room temperature water, dish detergent
room temperature water, dish detergent, lava rocks: Tara, I suspect your plant has aphids. Many people remove them with a heavy stream of water from a hose end sprayer. This would at least remove most of them. Then I would reccomend that you also spray the plant daily with a tablespoon of dish soap in a...

House Plants: killing pests, fungus gnats, black flys
fungus gnats, black flys, drain tray: Ray, The bugs are fungus gnats. They are there because the soil is too wet and the roots may be beginning to rot. Set the plants in the sink and remove the drain tray to drain as much water as possible. Then do not water the plant till the soil feels very...

House Plants: kimberly queen ferns, weather returns, fronds
weather returns, fronds, ferns: Hi Melanie, Many people grow Kimberly Queens outdoors in the ground year-round if temps don t fall too much below freezing. The fronds die back in the late fall and the ferns are mulched heavily to protect the roots. When the warmer weather returns, so...

House Plants: What kind of fertilizer does Anthurium need, anthurium plants, potting mix
anthurium plants, potting mix, anthuriums: Hi Alma, Use a fertilizer with a 15-30-15 formulation. It is better if it is a complete fertilizer with micro and trace elements, as well. Use it only at half strength monthly. However, I doubt that fertilizer is going to make the difference for your...

House Plants: what kind of house plant/tree is best for me?, palm fronds, majesty palm
palm fronds, majesty palm, dragon tree: Hi Megan, What kind of plant you can use in this corner really depends on the amount of light that this corner gets. If you have a nice bright corner and the window gets any exposure except northern you could probably put a Madagascar Dragon Tree in the corner....

House Plants: what kind of house plant do I have, google image search, corn plant
google image search, corn plant, massangeana: Hi Rhonda, Based on your limited description, I would make an educated guess that the plant is a corn plant, known botanically as Dracaena massangeana. If you do a Google Image search under this botanical name, you will get lots of photos of this plant....

House Plants: What kind of plant is this?, drainage holes, thin strip
drainage holes, thin strip, dracaena: Hi Bona, Your plant is a Dracaena marginata. Do not repot it. Keep it close to a sunny window. Allow the top quarter of the soil to dry out and then water it thoroughly until a bit of water runs through the drainage holes. Fertilize it at half strength...

House Plants: what kind of plant do i have?, colorings, detailed description
colorings, detailed description, vines: Hi Larry, Can you email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? Otherwise, I will need a more detailed description. What shape and size are the leaves? Does the plant have a single stem or many stems? Is the stem bark covered? How tall is the...

House Plants: What kind of plant is this???, peperomia caperata, local grocery store
peperomia caperata, local grocery store, r gibson: Molly, The peperomia is a large family. If you just put peperomia in Google.com and go to the picture section it will come up with a lot of varieties. I think what you have may be a Peperomia caperata or Emerald Ripple Peperomia. Put that in google and...

House Plants: What kind of plant is this?, peace lilly, calla lilies
peace lilly, calla lilies, rootbound: Kathy, Yes, it is a peace lilly, or Spathiphyllum. It is normal for the flowers to turn green as they get older. When you feel they are ugly it is fine just to cut them off where the flower stem comes out of a leaf stem. They do not mind being rootbound...

House Plants: What kind of plant is this?, ficus elastica, ficus species
ficus elastica, ficus species, woody trunk: Hi Maura, Plants that have a woody trunk and produce milky sap are usually in the Ficus family. Ficus elastica or rubber plant fits the description, but I cannot be sure. If you look at photos of Ficus species you may find one like yours. If not, let me...

House Plants: more about my plant, gynura aurantiaca, oxalate crystals
gynura aurantiaca, oxalate crystals, yellow balls: Hi Laura I have researched your problem and if you do not have any scale, spider mites, or aphids, it has to be some type of a sap from the plant. Maybe when you transplanted, it cracked a stem and this is when the sap began forming. As far as the flower...

House Plants: What kind of plant is it?, peace lilly, cold basement
peace lilly, cold basement, chinese evergreen: Meg, I suspect that your plant is a Chinese Evergreen, the Latin name is Aglaonema Silver King . I am not sure what you mean by, The leaves of the plant itself is very unusual looking. Almost wilted with different shades of green. ? The Chinese Evergreen...

House Plants: what kind of plant is this, shade of green, replanting
shade of green, replanting, fuzz: Hi Beth, I could only guess based on your description. A photo sent to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com would certainly do the trick. Otherwise, I will need a more detailed description What shape are the leaves? What are the dimensions of the leaves?...

House Plants: what kind of plant, poison control centers, ribbon plant
poison control centers, ribbon plant, chinese luck: Hi Lori, From your brief description, I suspect your plant is a ribbon plant or Dracaena sanderiana. Do an image search under that name. If that is not what you have, please email a photo to me at my address below. Alternatively, let me know how yours...

House Plants: what kind of plant do i have, mystery plant, oxalis
mystery plant, oxalis, friends mother: Hi Heather, I believe your mystery plant is an Oxalis. It is sometimes called shamrock. There are a number of different varieties of Oxalis and their appearance (color) and culture requirements vary. Do an image search under Oxalis and see if you can...

House Plants: what kind of plant do I have, bright indirect light, corn plant dracaena
bright indirect light, corn plant dracaena, yucca elephantipes: Hi Meesh, Your inherited corn plant has lost leaves on two of the three canes most likley because of improper watering. It may have been neglected and kept too dry or it could have been kept too moist and the roots have rotted. If all of the leaves are...

House Plants: what kind is it ?, jeannie jeannie, peace lily
jeannie jeannie, peace lily, white flower: Jeannie, It is probably a peace lily. Look at the picture at the site below and let me know if that is the plant you have. http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu/Hort/Hort332/images/plantlist/peace%20lily%20 Mona%20loa .jpg If it is tell me how often you water...

House Plants: kit for child, gorgeous flowers, peat moss
gorgeous flowers, peat moss, seed pot: Hi Liz, Although it is customary to start seeds in the early spring, you could start them in the fall, particularly if it is intended as a learning experience for your daughter. Your plants will be grown indoors so cold temps are not a problem. If your...

House Plants: How do I know if I need to repot my Norfolk Pine?, bright indirect light, humidity requirements
bright indirect light, humidity requirements, humidity levels: Hi Marilee, What you have learned about the hazards of unnecessary repotting are correct. Your NIP is healthy so there is no reason to change its environment, especially its pot. Tipping can be a problem. Take the existing pot and place it inside another...

House Plants: how to know where to start or where to cut back a rubber tree plant, rubber tree plant, pruning shears
rubber tree plant, pruning shears, fresh dirt: Alicia, You start by using sharp scissors or pruning shears and cut off just a few leaves that are sticking out at a bad angle. Cut about 1/2 inch above a leaf. You keep going till you get a shape you are satisfied with. I would not prune off more than...

House Plants: Lady Palm Tree, drainage hole, lady palm
drainage hole, lady palm, plant questions: Hi Gladis, The presence of a some roots poking out of drainage hole is commonly thought to be a sign that the plant needs to be repotted. In fact, that is not a good indicator for repotting. As long as there is a enough soil in the pot to keep the roots...

House Plants: Large Aloe Vera Plant, aloe vera plant, peat moss
aloe vera plant, peat moss, aloe plant: A happy, healthy Aloe will sprout more leaves off the main stem and grow all over the place, Deborah. A big pot can be good, and it can be bad. Good because Aloes don t respond in a positive way to being pog-bound. A cramped root system is not their cup...

House Plants: Large leaf Umbrella house plant, umbrella plant, plant questions
umbrella plant, plant questions, house plant: Hi Wenyin, Wrinkled leaves could be caused by either under or over watering or old age, if it is just the lower leaves. A 20 pot is very large for a plant under 5 feet tall, or even under 7 feet, for that matter. Oversized pots almost always lead to...

House Plants: Lavender indoors, cactus soil, lavendar
cactus soil, lavendar, water requirements: Susan, Lavendar is, at best difficult to grow indoors without a greenhouse or sun room. It needs full sun all day long and needs to be planted in sandy cactus soil with a teaspoon of lime added to each pot of soil. For water it needs to be well watered...

House Plants: LEANES ON MY HOUSE PLANTS, house plants, excess water
house plants, excess water, sun exposure: probably watering improperly and/or not fertilizing on a regular basis. improper watering is uusually the #1 reason for leaf yellowing. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that...

House Plants: LEGGY ZEBRA PLANT, zebra plant, shorter days
zebra plant, shorter days, window sill: Jo, If it is getting leggy it is probably not getting enough light. It needs to sit in the window sill of an east, west or south window so it gets bright light. If you prune all the leaves off there is a chance that it will not send out any new gowth. You...

House Plants: Leaf drop with Dwarf Umbrella Tree, schefflera arboricola, loose soil
schefflera arboricola, loose soil, umbrella tree: Hi Pat, Dwarf umbrella trees (Schefflera arboricola) do not tolerate soil that stays too moist. Unfortunately, the repotting and the 2X per week watering have done exactly that. Repotting into a larger pot adds soil around the roots. This extra soil...

House Plants: Leaf Size, greenhouse conditions, philodendrons
greenhouse conditions, philodendrons, leaf size: Hi Jackie, Those very large leaves are grown under ideal greenhouse conditions where the optimal light, temperatures, and humidity are carefully regulated. It is nearly impossible to duplicate those conditions in the home. Light is the most important...

House Plants: Leaning "China Doll", wooden dowels, china doll
wooden dowels, china doll, wooden stakes: Hi Davy, A photo here would help so that I could see just what you mean by leaning. If the main stem itself is leaning pretty much from the ground up, then the solution is to reposition it in the pot. Do this by pulling the rootball out of the pot slightly,...

House Plants: Leaning plants, indoor plants, outdoor plants
indoor plants, outdoor plants, norfolk pines: The brown tips on your Kentia could be caused by improper watering, using hard water, or inadequate light. If your tap water is on the hard side, then switch to filtered or distilled water. Your Kentia should be in bright indirect light not far from...

House Plants: Leaves have brown spots, dracaena fragrans massangeana, corn plants
dracaena fragrans massangeana, corn plants, flouride: Shirley, Mass Cane Dracaena fragrans massangeana are also known as corn plants. They like high light but NO direct sun shining on them. They hate city water with chlorine or flouride. If your water has that you need to let the water sit in an open bucket...