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House Plants: Pruning "trunks" of Monstera, monstera, tropical area
monstera, tropical area, darlene: Carroll, You must be living in a very tropical area to have hard, gnarly trunks. The answer is yes, you can prun them, probably best done with a saw or a power saw or ax. The hard, gnarly trunks will not root I am sure. It should be easy to root cuttings...

House Plants: peace lily, epsom salts, peace lily
epsom salts, peace lily, winter solstice: Charlene, No, they are just the older mature leaves. Actually the flowers are more likely to grow out of thos leaf stems than they are the young small leaves. Winter solstice is approaching next weekend. After that the days will slowly begin to lengthen...

House Plants: what to plant at base of palm, wandering jew, cyclaman
wandering jew, cyclaman, purple flower: Bethany, Tradescantia (Wandering Jew), Cyclaman, Agave, Aloe, Kalanchoe, most Bromeliads, cactus, succulents would all fill your needs. Tradescantia (Wandering Jew) is a vine that comes in many colors from purple to a dramatic green and white striped,...

House Plants: rubber plant possibly dying??, bamboo skewer, drainage hole
bamboo skewer, drainage hole, black leaves: Shelly, Is it in a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom and a drain tray under it? It must be. You should water it and 2 hours after you water it you should empty the drain tray. Then you should not water it again until it is dry. Insert a bamboo skewer...

House Plants: Slug in new houseplant, bleach solution, rubbing alcohol
bleach solution, rubbing alcohol, gallon water: Melissa, DON T USE BLEACH!!!!!!! Use rubbing alcohol mixed with water 50/50 to water the plant. That will kill the slugs on contact and not hurt the plant. Bleach can easily hurt the plant. You are not risking your other plants as long as you do it in...

House Plants: over watered plant, fruit flys, drainage hole
fruit flys, drainage hole, plastic pot: Nea, Remove the drain tray under the plant and set it in the sink overnight so as much water as possible drains overnight. It needs to be dried out as quickly as possible. The roots are rotting and that is what is attracting the fruit flies just as they...

House Plants: Yucca, yucca trees, peace lily
yucca trees, peace lily, drain tray: Des, You are watering them too often. Both plants need to be very dry for several days before being watered again. This time of year you should not water a peace lily more often than once every 10 days and empty the drain tray an hour after you water it....

House Plants: Yucca and/or Dracaenas trees, attractive plant, hole in the roof
attractive plant, hole in the roof, palm tree: Barbara, If you cannot send me a picture go to Google.co and put in yucca then click on images and see if what comes up is pictures of your plant. That will tell you if you have a yucca. If it is not then put in dracaena marginata and click on images and...

House Plants: Aglonema, pot suckers, new flower
pot suckers, new flower, aglaonema: Hi Julia, Aglaonema are propagated by removing suckers (offshoots) and planting them in another pot. Suckers are the little offshoots that grow up, usually from under the soil, from a larger stem. When an Aglaonema gets leggy, you can cut a main stem...

House Plants: aloe vera, aloe plants, google search
aloe plants, google search, aloe vera: Lisa, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Aloe+seed&btnG=Google+Search The google search above has several sites that have aloe seed for sale, I was surprised. http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=aloe+seed&category0=...

House Plants: Banana Fica, bitter apple spray, prayer plants
bitter apple spray, prayer plants, cat grass: Hi Ashley, I am not really familiar with Banana Fica. However all plants should be considered toxic to animals. Most of the plants that are commonly used for houseplants are not good for pets. Even plants that are not considered poisonous can still harm...

House Plants: China Doll plant, grass seeds, cat grass
grass seeds, cat grass, cats and dogs: Hi Kevin, Really all houseplants should be considered harmful to pets. Even a plant that is not considered to be poisonous can cause a bad reaction and harm a dog or cat. Especially young puppies and kittens. The safest thing to do is to keep the plant...

House Plants: Christmas Cactus, christmas cactus, jade plants
christmas cactus, jade plants, rubbing alcohol: Steve, No, it will not harm the plant. Rubbing alcohol is the only insecticide I have ever sprayed on all plants and it has never harmed any plant, including jade plants which are harmed by most insecticides. Overwatering harms Christmas Cactus more than...

House Plants: climbing plant, back porch, pothos
back porch, pothos, philodendron: Marsha, It is probably a philodendron. If the leaves are solid green it is a philodendron. If they are streaked with yellow or white it is a pothos. In any case neither of themm roott vert deep. They are a surface rooter that just kind of suctions itself...

House Plants: coral cactus, tropical forest regions, porous soil
tropical forest regions, porous soil, potting soil: Sondra, Yes you may trim off the dead part. Provide lots of bright light for your coral cactus by keeping it close to an uncovered window. It doesn t have to have direct sun, but it needs very bright indirect sun. It does best in a small pot filled with...

House Plants: my corn plant needs help!, corn plants, corn plant
corn plants, corn plant, facing window: Nicole, Corn plants cannot be watered with water that has flouride in it and they also need to be watered like cactus. They have to be allowed to dry out totally before being watered again. I suspect you have watered too often and maybe given it too much...

House Plants: Dracaena marginata, leaf rosettes, dracaena marginata
leaf rosettes, dracaena marginata, rooting hormone: Hi Robert, Congratulations on keeping a Dracaena Marginata alive and growing so well for so long! If you cut the stems of this plant then yes, new growth will sprout from that place in the stem. In fact the cut stems will often produce two or more leaf...

House Plants: epiphyllum, cacti and succulents, google search
cacti and succulents, google search, beautiful flower: Mary, They normally bloom in the winter, they are from the tropics in central and south America and it is not winter there. It is late summer, the beginning of fall. I am not an expert on these, I do have a couple and love when they bloom. I did do a...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus plant, bright indirect light
ficus plant, bright indirect light, ficus tree: Hi Dorothy, The best time to prune a Ficus is early spring once the Ficus has came out of it dormant/rest cycle and has started actively growing again. However you can prune a Ficus anytime if needed, it will just not promote the new growth that pruning...

House Plants: Help with identification and edge of leaves turning brown, spray bottle, leafs
House Plants: Help with identification and edge of leaves turning brown, spray bottle, leafs, plants

House Plants: Pruning madagascar palm., cactus, madagascar
House Plants: Pruning madagascar palm., cactus, madagascar, palm

House Plants: my fiddle leaf fig, plant sitter, new leaves
plant sitter, new leaves, leaf growth: Hi Patricia, The main thing you can do to encourage new growth is to prune the plant back. The plant should come back strongly even if you prune it heavily. Don t prune off more that 25% of the plant though. Right now the plant is in it s dormant/resting...

House Plants: Gnats, apple cider vinegar, fungus gnats
apple cider vinegar, fungus gnats, potting soil: Tamika, Fungus gnats are very similar to fruit flys. I would not use any of the remiedies you mentioned for fear of just causing or attracting more gnats. You probably have a poor quality potting soil that does not have good drainage so it is holding a...

House Plants: gardenia, flower buds, acidic soil
flower buds, acidic soil, night temperatures: CarolJean, Gardenias like a acidic soil and need to to be fed with an acidic fertilizer regularly. Common causes of bud drop also include low humidity, overwatering, underwatering, insufficient light and high temperatures at night. They need night temperatures...

House Plants: Help with identification and edge of leaves turning brown, dracaena marginata, drain tray
dracaena marginata, drain tray, water requirements: Calvin, It is a dracaena marginata. It needs bright light near ab east or west window with drapes or blinds open most of the day and has low water requirements. It is my experience that it will not do well if the light is not bright enough for your hand...

House Plants: House plant is dying..., pigmy date palm, dead leaves
pigmy date palm, dead leaves, stem rot: Hi Kari, Your plant has stem rot. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to save the plant. Since the plant probably has root rot as well, it is only a matter of time before the remaining trunk starts to die. You should throw the plant out immediately....

House Plants: help with identifying a plant, rhoeo spathacea, oyster plant
rhoeo spathacea, oyster plant, wandering jew: Hi Marie, Your plant is a Tricolor Oyster Plant (Tradescantia Rhoeo Spathacea). This plant is also known by several common names. Moses In A Basket, Moses In A Boat and Boat Lily are a few of the most common names this plant is known by. It is in the same...

House Plants: house plant, drainage holes, spider mites
drainage holes, spider mites, spider mite: Hi Donna, It is difficult for me to come up with what the most likely cause of the problem is without knowing what kind of plants you have. Yellowing leaves can be caused by many different things. Most of those things are cultural and I can not tell you...

House Plants: house plant pests, fungus gnat larvae, house plant pests
fungus gnat larvae, house plant pests, fungus gnats: Hello Sarah, What you have if Fungus Gnats and it is probably too late now to solve the problem by changing the soil. The Fungus Gnats have probably already moved to other plants, even if you haven t seen them yet. Fungus Gnats are little flying...

House Plants: houseplant, systemic insecticide, mealy bugs
systemic insecticide, mealy bugs, insect control: Hi Joanne, Your plant has Mealy Bugs. The main problem with washing insects off a plant with a strong spray of water is there are always a few insects and eggs left behind. For that to be effective, you will need to repeat washing the plant with a strong...

House Plants: indoor palms, indoor palms, palm tree
indoor palms, palm tree, little water: Darrell, A palm tree turning brown is caused by either too much or too little water or too little light. You have to solve which ever problem is causing it. It would be helpful to know what ind of palm tree it is? Where it sits, how close to a window and...

House Plants: jasmine sadness, fungus gnats, jasmine plant
fungus gnats, jasmine plant, dawn to dusk: Jen, Your plant has aphids, I can tell that by the sticky substance on the leaves, it is the excrement of aphids. It also has mealy bugs, I can tell that by the powder-like substance on the leaves, you are right it is another problem all together. Your...

House Plants: Kenti Palm, kentia palms, palm html
kentia palms, palm html, lowes: Shirley, The common name is Kentia Palm, the latin name is Howea forsteriana. As spring arrives you may find them at Walmart, Home Depot, or Lowes or even a grocery store. There is one available online at this web site ( although it is a bit pricey.:...

House Plants: Lady Palm, spider mites, lady palm
spider mites, lady palm, facing window: Hi Leslie, I would recommend that you place the Lady Palm about 2-3 feet away from a curtain filtered south facing window. This time of year it should be okay but make sure you get the curtain up before spring. Without the curtain, the direct sunlight...

House Plants: Money tree leaves turning yellow :(, drainage holes, water drains
drainage holes, water drains, indirect sunlight: Hi Danny, Most plants get stressed when moved to a new environment. One of the most common things a plant does in response to this stress is to drop some of it s leaves. It usually takes about 2-4 weeks for a plant to recover from the stress of a new...

House Plants: money plant, money plant, leaf drop
money plant, leaf drop, green leaves: Hi Jayne Moving a plant to a new environment will cause a lot of stress to the plant. Some plants deal with the stress better than other plants do. Typically plants will drop leaves in response to the stress of a new environment. Plants will usually recover...

House Plants: money tree, yucca cane, plant failure
yucca cane, plant failure, proper lighting: Hi Megan, There are many things that could be causing your problem. You could be under-watering the plant or the plant could have root rot. If the plant has root rot, then the plant would be unable to absorb moisture so it would have symptoms similar...

House Plants: Pachira aquatica, drapes and blinds, little leaves
drapes and blinds, little leaves, four leaves: Andreja, You cannot cut all the leaves off your plant. Cut off just the tip of that long branch and one of the four leaves and it should force the tree to send out some side branches lower with more leaves. Once those grow a bit you can do more pruning...

House Plants: Pachira aquatica,, tropical house plants, pachira aquatica
tropical house plants, pachira aquatica, tie wire: Rachel, First of all, do not repot the tree until after April first when the days are longer and the roots are actively growing Tropical house plants should only be repotted between April 1st and July 15th and no other time of the year. Also plants...

House Plants: Palm problems, facing window, lillys
facing window, lillys, darlene: Michelle, It cannot be constantly wet, nor can it sit in a tray full of water all the time. It needs to dry out partially between waterings so that the top 3-5 inches of soil get dry before it is watered again. Palms are plants from the tropics, they like...

House Plants: Patio plants, flower boxes, patio plants
flower boxes, patio plants, window boxes: Hi Gary, I do not know a whole lot about flowering plants. However the last 2 summers I have grown flowers in flower boxes. Impatiens and Pansies grow very well in planters. I accented them with Baby s Breath and Alyssum. The other things I have grown...

House Plants: Peace Plant, fertilizer spikes, potting soil
fertilizer spikes, potting soil, steams: Angela, You repotted it at the wrong time of year, you need to wait until after April 1st at the very earliest for any houseplants. The days are lond enough then that their roots are actively growing. Those roots coming out the bottom of the pot are not...

House Plants: My Poor Ficus, ficus care, ficus tree
ficus care, ficus tree, spider mites: Hello Daphne, Your picture did not post with your question. Ficus are notorious for dropping a great deal of leaves in response to being moved (even if moved just across the room) or the slightest change in environment. Since you moved it 6 months...

House Plants: Probelm, ficus tree, systemic insecticide
ficus tree, systemic insecticide, spider mites: Jan, I suspect you have a ficus tree that has been attaced by spider mites. They have been particularly bad this year attacking some of my plants also. The only signs you will see are fine webs in the crotches of some of the branches or if you hold a white...

House Plants: Pruning madagascar palm., cathedral ceilings, pruning shears
cathedral ceilings, pruning shears, sunny window: Hanna, You can cut it back to the lower branch using a very sharp knife and heavy duty pruning shears. You can then lay the top piece that you cut off aside for 10 days to dry then pot it in cacti soil and it put it in a very sunny window and it should...

House Plants: Pygmy Date Palm disease, systemic insecticide, pygmy date palm
systemic insecticide, pygmy date palm, ficus benjamina: Hi Monica, Yes, you should keep all other plants away from this plant. However it may be too late and they are already infected. The problem is not fungus or disease. Your plant has mealy bugs. Mealybugs are soft-bodied, oval shaped, scale like insects...

House Plants: pachira, drainage holes, water drains
drainage holes, water drains, native habitat: Hi June, As a general rule when watering most houseplants, allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry between watering. Then water the plant until a small amount of water drains from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. The native habitat for the...

House Plants: palm w/ bugs, spider mites, palm plant
spider mites, palm plant, rubbing alcohol: Brandy, The webs are from bugs, spider mites. Put rubbing alcohol in a bottle and spray the entire plant. It will kill the spider mites on contact. If the plant is small enough take it to the kitchen sink and use the sprayer to wash off the webs or if it...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, cold car
peace lily, cold car, long periods: Don, You didn t say where you are moving from and too. If it is across freezing areas you cannot move them in the moving van, they must be moved in a car where they will be kept warm and get light. They will need to be taken in to a hotel room each night...

House Plants: my plant is loosing all of it's leaves, ficus elastica, loose leaves
ficus elastica, loose leaves, facing window: Jessie, It is commonly known as a rubber tree, the latin name is ficus elastica. I suspect it needs more sun than it is getting. It loves th sun and would like to sit in front of a south facing window with the window covering open all day long. It also...

House Plants: plants & soils, potting soil, science project
potting soil, science project, walmart: Karen, I would suggest using soil dug up in the yard or garden in one pot, maybe from an area with a lot of clay in the soil. For the second pot I would use potting soil from Walmart, whatever is the cheapest brand. For the third pot I would use 2 parts...

House Plants: ponytail plant, palms, plants
palms, plants, soil: Hi Bob, It sounds like your plants have stem rot. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to save the plants. All you can do now is reexamine the care you give your plants to prevent this from happening to any of your other plants. The stem rot was...

House Plants: propagating, potting soil, rooting hormone
potting soil, rooting hormone, stem rot: Hi Rory, Dracaena are usually easy to root. The fact that the tops are still green and producing new growth is encouraging. However sometimes in cases of root/stem rot you can t see the full extent of the damage right away so it is possible that you may...

House Plants: Rhoeo, darlene, good luck
darlene, good luck, plants: Eric, I have Rhoeo and I am costantly starting new plants from it and givimg them away. Are there particular plants that you are looking for cuttings for? If I have the plant I would be happy to give you cuttings if you pay the postaqe. Just let me now...

House Plants: Shamrocks in the mail, teracotta pots, wood sorrel
teracotta pots, wood sorrel, iowa state university: Liza, Just get a new pot for the broken one and replant it and the others. Shamrocks are growing from small bulbs. Replant them set them in a window where they will get sun most of the day and water them then empty the excess water out of the drain tray...

House Plants: Spath, natural aging process, new leaves
natural aging process, new leaves, insects: Hi Cindy, It is normal for plants to drop leaves as part of the natural aging process. The leaves that turn yellow and drop off due to aging are usually older leaves towards the bottom of the plant. As long as the plant is not losing new leaves or dropping...

House Plants: transplanting, meyer lemon tree, elephants foot
meyer lemon tree, elephants foot, indirect sunlight: Mike, For starters your ponytail palm needs direct sun, not indirect sunlight. Most folks assume it is a palm, but in reality is much closer to the Yucca. Over the years it has acquired many commen names besides ponytail , others are bottle palm, and elephants...

House Plants: Umbrella & Jade Trees, umbrella tree, plant lady
umbrella tree, plant lady, rooting hormone: Carrie, Yes, I would very much encourage you to prune them. Get a good pair of pruning shears, I like Fiskars. Prune them both back on a regular basis and they will bush out much better for you. You can also get rooting hormone and dip the cuttings in it...

House Plants: unknown plant and fertilizer questions, pilea involucrata, peace lily
pilea involucrata, peace lily, umbrella tree: Betul, You have so many questions. Your first plant is a Moon Valley Pilea, Latin name: Pilea involucrata, you can find complete care instructions at http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/html/pileamoon.htm Your new croton loves the sun. Likes to be...

House Plants: A Yukka owner with a few concerns, carpenter ants, yucca plants
carpenter ants, yucca plants, ant invasion: Nicola, Since you are growing it outdoors you must live in a tropical area. It may be carpenter ants that are attacking it. They could be burrowing into the roots, yucca plants are hard to kill but carpenter ants might do it. The brown spots indicate root...

House Plants: anthurium blooms, blooms, darlene
blooms, darlene, bloom: Cherry, Have you changed the location of the plant? Is it getting a lot more sun? If so the plant may feel it is shading the blooms to protect them from the burning the son. Move it to a shadier location and the stems may elongate. The stems on anthurium...

House Plants: BLACK SPOTS, curry leaves, tops and bottoms
curry leaves, tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol: Afiq, Okay, you are saying black spots and I am assuming insects. Are the black spots removeable? Do they seem to be an insect? Because of the location it sounds like insects but if it is just spots on the stem and leaves it is a fungal infection, perhaps...

House Plants: best pot for ficus trees, self watering pot, ficus trees
self watering pot, ficus trees, bamboo skewer: Vilma, I do not feel that a self watering pot is the best pot for a ficus tree. When you first removed it from the pot did you find all tan and wiry looking roots? Or were roots black and mushy in spots? I find self watering pots keep the plants roots too...

House Plants: Canela tree, ficus tree, transplant shock
ficus tree, transplant shock, shady location: Marilyn, Your info saying no direct sun is wrong. It,like the ficus tree,will do much better with some sun. With no more sun than you are giving it you must keep it very dry, water it nor more than once every 2 weeks or very lightly once a week so that...

House Plants: Cat Palm/spider mites and yellowing leaves., peat moss, spider mites
peat moss, spider mites, dust mites: Jerry, Cat palms are difficult indoors because they need to be kept constantly moist but not left sittning in water so their roots will rot. The potting soil should have a lot of peat moss to hold moisture and feel a bit spongy. It should be watered whenever...

House Plants: Cold, michigan winters, facing window
michigan winters, facing window, aralia: Tamika, This plant is just fine in the window even in Michigan. It can handle temperatures down to 35 degrees so it is fine. You are right it is just time to loose a few leaves. It is a shrub type plant so it is sprouting new branches. Most houseplants...

House Plants: cutting, compost bin, potting soil
compost bin, potting soil, air layers: Teresa, What you need to do is air layer the 2 arms off and pot them up in the same pot you have it in now with new soil. Then you will have 2 separate plants in the pot on their own roots with no space between the bottom of the plant and the soil. This...

House Plants: Drac. Massangeana, bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers
bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers, dry plants: Michelle, The light needs to be bright enough that your hand will mae a good shadow where the plant is sitting. It just doesn t like strong sun sun shining on it for a long time or it will burn easily. I really suspect the brown leaves are more of a watering...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans:Corn, corn plants, watering pot
corn plants, watering pot, tall corn: Courtney, Your dracaena problems come from (at least in part) it being in way too large a pot. This plant much prefers to be in a small pot and to be pot bound. In a large pot it gets overwatered too frequently and just cannot use up that much water soon...

House Plants: droopy neon, miracle gro potting soil, heavy soil
miracle gro potting soil, heavy soil, house plants: Leeanna, I don t know of any plant called a neon nor can I find anything online called that. I am wondering if you aren t referring to a pothos vine which is similar to a philodendron but variegated. Okay, spring is coming fast, at this point increase...

House Plants: dropping leaves on hibiscus plants, bamboo skewer, shish kabobs
bamboo skewer, shish kabobs, hibiscus plants: Rebecca, Overwatering can cause the roots to rot then the plant can no longer take up water and the leave droop no matter how much water you put on them. The more water you give them just causes the remaining roots to rot. You are right the sticky stuff...

House Plants: dumbcane plant, reccommendation, antibiotic cream
reccommendation, antibiotic cream, bad shape: Gina, I m not sure whether you are asing for a solution for your hands or the plant. I am not a nurse. For your hands I would used a tube of triple antibiotic cream as a hand lotion. Or go the the drug store, show them to the pharmacist and as for a reccommendation....

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, yellow halos, botrytis cinerea
yellow halos, botrytis cinerea, leaf veins: Jena, I suspect that your ficus has a fungal infection. The 3 below are common in fiddle leaf figs and I suspect that yours has the second one. Botrytis cinerea is a gray mold disease often found on Ficus. Consists of brown leaf spots with large dark...

House Plants: Flamingo Lily, drain tray, palm trees
drain tray, palm trees, darlene: Josephine, It is not overwatered if you empty the drain tray after watering. If you allow it to sit in a tray full of water for 2-3 days it could still be overwatered even though it has good holes under the pot for drainage. The brown spots could also...

House Plants: best pot for ficus trees, self watering pot, self watering pots
House Plants: best pot for ficus trees, self watering pot, self watering pots, ficus benjamina

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, soda mix, baking soda
House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, soda mix, baking soda, leafs

House Plants: Mystery Plant, banch, sapling
House Plants: Mystery Plant, banch, sapling, glass of water

House Plants: ponytail palm, ponytail plant, allegies
House Plants: ponytail palm, ponytail plant, allegies, paper cuts

House Plants: toxic & nontoxic plants for cats, burning sensation in the throat, inducing vomiting
House Plants: toxic & nontoxic plants for cats, burning sensation in the throat, inducing vomiting, pothos plant

House Plants: Vinegar and plants, concentration of vinegar, water soil
House Plants: Vinegar and plants, concentration of vinegar, water soil, soil ph

House Plants: fichus hedge fungus treatment, ficus hedge, blackspot on roses
ficus hedge, blackspot on roses, fungus treatment: Mark, Since it is outdoors I would go to the nearst garden center and discuss fungicides with the manager. Remember these are chemicals and you should follow the instructions and protect yourself when applying. If you prefer not to use chemicals, the only...

House Plants: Gardenia indoor, humidity tray, drainage holes
humidity tray, drainage holes, drain tray: Erica, You need a humidity tray under it. First it has to be in a pot with drainage holes and you need a drain tray under it. An hour after you water it you need to empty the drain tray so it is not sitting in a tray of water constantly or the roots will...

House Plants: Hibiscus, spider mites, insect problem
spider mites, insect problem, yellow leaves: Carol, I have one with a similar problem. You are either over or under watering or you have an insect problem. I have com to the conclusion that mine has spider mites and I am spraying it with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle daily spraying the fronts...

House Plants: House Plant, little trunks, www google com
little trunks, www google com, serissa foetida: Teri, It is probably a Serissa foetida. If they go totally dry they can be very very difficult to save. You might try misting it 2-3 times a day for awhile. Do not leave it sit in a tray full of water constantly or the roots will rot, but water it whenever...

House Plants: House Plant, pink blooms, wandering jew
pink blooms, wandering jew, green leaves: Susan, It is a variety of tradescantia and there are many varieties of tradescantia including wandering jew. I suspect that with more sun yours would have less distance between the leaves and a more silvery look. In the summer or as long as the temperture...

House Plants: How can I help my peace lily?, peace lillies, peace lily
peace lillies, peace lily, inch pot: Amy, If I were there with you I would reccommend that you very carefully repot it back into the same pot you took it out of. Of course wash the pot first. Be very careful to try to do as little damage as possible to the roots. The less damage to the roots...

House Plants: Ivy Plants, spider mites, ivy plants
spider mites, ivy plants, drain tray: Daphne, You should be watering them when they are dry but do not allow them to sit in a tray full of water. You need to empty the drain tray an hour after watering them then check them regularly and when the surface of the soil feels dry and the pot feels...

House Plants: issues with my money tree, little miracle, yellow leaves
little miracle, yellow leaves, changing colors: Sean, Yes, it can be getting too much water and it sounds like that could be the problem. How often do you water it and how much water do you give it? Send the pictures to plantlady6@yahoo.com. How large is the pot it is in? Show me in a picture what you...

House Plants: Lucky Bamboo, dish soap, lucky bamboo plant
dish soap, lucky bamboo plant, rubbing alcohol: Sadie, Your black specks are an insect called scale. They had to be on there when he bought the plant. Depending on where he bought the plant I would be tempted to try to return it and get them to replace it since you have not had it that long. Does it...

House Plants: Majestic palm, majestic palms, majestic palm
majestic palms, majestic palm, house plants: Diana, Are these majestic palms house plants? What size pots are they in? How old are they? Where do you live? How much light/sun do they get? How often do you water them? Do you fertilize them? Do you have city water or well water? Let me know the answers...

House Plants: Ming plant, drain tray, night temperatures
drain tray, night temperatures, daytime temperatures: Roben, Your aralia is a beautiful plant but can be touchy about water. It should never sit with water in the drain tray for more than 2 hours and the top 2 inches of soil should be dry before you water again. If you empty that drain tray 2 hours after watering...

House Plants: Ming tree, mealy bugs, spider mites
mealy bugs, spider mites, cotton balls: Dr. Oskamp, If the stalks have turned soft and mushy the problem is a watering problem and you need to cut off the mushy parts. Then keep the plant very dry. Water only when it is very dry and then only give it 2 cups of water. Do not water again until...

House Plants: Mystery Plant, impatiens niamniamensis, candy corn
impatiens niamniamensis, candy corn, corn plant: Judith, I can normally answer quicly but yours was a real challenge and took suggestions from 2 other people before I figured it out. I suggested it was a type of impatien or balsam and the other said it was a Candy Corn plant. In searching on Google for...

House Plants: magnesuim sulfate and house plants, house plants, magnesium sulfate
house plants, magnesium sulfate, blooms: Leta, It should be used on any plant that blooms. It s purpose is to promote more and stronger and longer lasting blooms. If the plant does not bloom you might give it 1 teaspoon of magnesium sulfate in April for every 8 inches of pot diameter. But if it...

House Plants: north fork pine, turkey baster, drainage hole
turkey baster, drainage hole, drain tray: Irene, I suspect that you have actually watered it too much and that last soaking done it in. The roots have rotted from being overwatered and there are no roots to take up water. To check it gently try digging into the soil to inspect the roots. Or even...

House Plants: ornamental orange tree, plant insects, plastic tablecloth
plant insects, plastic tablecloth, mealy bugs: Gabariella, We are having unusual weather and milder winters and insects have become a worse problem each year over the last several years. The government outlawed DDT several years ago because of it s harm to the environment and since then the birds have...

House Plants: Peace Lilly, epsom salts, peace lilly
epsom salts, peace lilly, peace lily: Loren, You need to be using fertilizer labeled specifically for blooming plants. It will be higher in both phosphorous and potassium. Because it has stopped blooming you should give it a teaspoon of epsom salts per every 4 inches of pot diameter. Sprinkle...

House Plants: Ponytail palm leaf drop, dead leaves, clay pot
dead leaves, clay pot, sandy soil: Michael, If the bulb is not soft and mushy there is every chance it will come back. Just treat it like a cactus. Lots of sun, warm temps and little water. That bulbous base makes it the same as a cactus. Be patient. Do not water it until it has been dry...

House Plants: Problem with Pontail Palm, fungus gnats, cactus soil
fungus gnats, cactus soil, bonsai pot: Betty, You should be watering these like cacti and they should be planted in very sandy cactus soil. Water them, an hour later empty the drain tray under them and do not water them again until they have been dry for at least 5 days. The pot they are in...

House Plants: peace plant, dead flower, drain tray
dead flower, drain tray, fertilzer: Robin, Trim the dead flower off at the base of the stem. Then fertilize the plant with fertilzer for blooming plants. Set it in a place with very bright light but not diret sun. Water it whenever it is dry and feels light weight, do not water it if it...

House Plants: ponytail palm, jelly fish, fresh cuts
jelly fish, fresh cuts, antibiotic ointment: D, This plant is on every safe plant list there is so I suspect that is is like a paper cut that got some bacteria in it. Or you have a particular allergy to the plant. If it is an allergy Benedryl cream rubbed into the cuts should help. If it is an infected...

House Plants: question about my boston fern, time melissa, boston fern
time melissa, boston fern, dead leaves: Melissa, The root system is still there. Take it to an area where you can clean it up and the dead leaves can be allowed to just blow it away. Tilt it on it s sid and strip the dead leaves and stems from the plant. You can cut them off if you would like....

House Plants: Rubber plant very sad, bamboo skewer, shish kabobs
bamboo skewer, shish kabobs, drain tray: Julie, In it s normal location how much sun does it get? This plant needs lots of sun and I suspect it got very little for the 2-3 months it was next to the TV but it did get the same amount of water it usually got. That caused it to be overwatered. With...

House Plants: Sap from Braided Money Tree, braided money tree, dish soap
braided money tree, dish soap, mealy bugs: Christina, It has insects of some type. The sap is called honeydew and it is the excrement of the insects. It could be from aphids, scale or mealy bugs. You need to take a quart of rubbing alcohol and mix a pint of water with a tablespoon of dish soap then...

House Plants: toxic & nontoxic plants for cats, wandering jew, pothos plant
wandering jew, pothos plant, litter boxes: Katelyn, For the most part cats are intelligent enough to not eat plants that are poisonous, they may bite into a leaf but usually will not swallow it. Pothos vine is somewhat toxic, it will make them sick but will not kill them, Christmas cactus are...

House Plants: Unidentified plant needs help!, dracaena warneckii, unidentified plant
dracaena warneckii, unidentified plant, corn plant: Summer, It is a dracaena, probably a dracaena warneckii or corn plant. The light it is getting is fine. It is in way too large a pot. Most house plants like to be somewhat rootbound. This plant should not be in a pot with a diameter larger than 6 inches....

House Plants: Vinegar and plants, science experiment, vinegar
science experiment, vinegar, acidity: Jasmine, The vinegar you buy in the grocery is diluted so for a brief time the soil would have acted as a filter and filtered it enough that the wheat sprouts would have only absorbed the water but after a few days it had to absorb the vinegar and the acidity...

House Plants: Adenium obesum...how to prune?, soil mix, open wounds
soil mix, open wounds, winter rest: Liz, Etiolated means when a succulent turns white because it is being grown without sunlight. Do heavy pruning on your adenium obesum after the plant s rest period or right now. However, it bleeds profusely, so heavy pruning should be kept to a minimum....

House Plants: Amate Schefflera and Dieffenbachia, stem blight, dumb cane
stem blight, dumb cane, question pool: This is VERY IMPORTANT TO DO RIGHT AWAY, It is going to die, there is no cure. You have Bacterial Stem blight, I am not the person you sent this question to. But I say this question in a Experts Question Pool in other words the expert you asked put it there....

House Plants: My Boss's Peace Lilly keeps wilting, peace lilly, air vent
peace lilly, air vent, green thumb: It is a plant that thrives on sunlight so that is one of the problems, and should get 4 hours or more of direct sunlight from a south window. You should also keep moist when growing and dry when dormant or when not growing, but water occasionally. The plant...

House Plants: Bromeliad Garden, water tap, rain water
water tap, rain water, seldomly: It is not that you are watering it too little or too much, it is that you must be giving them, some other water besides, distilled water or rain water, tap water and most human water contain some kind of salt of chlorine. They plants leafs then dry out, and...

House Plants: Corn Plant, corn stalk plant, soil dries
corn stalk plant, soil dries, sq ft area: No, it is not normal aging for Corn Plant (assuming its a Corn Stalk Plant the have Brown Tips on the ends. I have a couple theories on why the leafs are brown. 1. If your using tap water and it has Chlorine or salt in it, that could be the reason, it is...

House Plants: croton, liquid fertilizer, dry soil
liquid fertilizer, dry soil, infant food: This is a little bit beyond me, however I can say one thing, in some Infant Water there are secret ingredients that are harmfull to the plant, try feeding it DISTILLED WATER and/or RAIN WATER! I m sorry I couldn t be of more help, I really didn t research...

House Plants: Dieffenbachia, Reroot, Repot?, rooting hormone powder, tv cart
rooting hormone powder, tv cart, onw: Hi, this is a tricky question, but I can answer it if you are willing to be VERY VERY PATIENT, with the Dieffenbachia! You can cut the stalk off and cover the end with rooting hormone, and then plant it in soil, but it make take a VERY long time the re-root,...

House Plants: Dumb Cane, white worms, egg masses
white worms, egg masses, dumb cane: It would help if I had a picture, but you most likely have Mealybugs. To get rid of them you should get a spray with a pesticide containing resmethrin. But make sure Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) is listed on the product label, and follow label directions very...

House Plants: Dying jasmine plant, part rubbing alcohol, jasmine plant
part rubbing alcohol, jasmine plant, spider mites: Gigi, It sounds like you are doing the right things. When you water it empty the drain tray a few hours later if it doesn t soak the water up quickly or don t give it so much water that it goes in the drain tray. Right now, until it can goe outside you...

House Plants: Dying Yucca, yucca plant, brown leaves
yucca plant, brown leaves, desert plant: Derek, To start with of course dry it out as quickly as possible. Remove the drain tray and set it in the sink or tub to drain as much water off as possible. Then put it back in the sunniest location possible in your home. If you live in a warm climate...

House Plants: the effect of concentration of chlorine on plants, dracaenas, literary sources
dracaenas, literary sources, city water: Domanique, I cannot give you any literary sources on it but I can tell you that concentrations stronger than drinking water will kill houseplants. City water with chlorine generally will not harm plants except a few such as dracaenas that are sensitive...

House Plants: eucalyptus, body spray, northern indiana
body spray, northern indiana, local county: Laura, I live in northern Indiana where eucalyptus will not grow outdoors and it is too large to grow as a houseplant. Look in the phone book or check on line for the phone # for your local County Extension Office and call and ask them. It sounds reasonable...

House Plants: Ficus Tree Issues, self watering pot, ficus tree
self watering pot, ficus tree, liquid fertilizer: It s no problem. Well the fertilizer should help to keep it healthy, but the distilled water should keep the leafs from dieing. If they aren t gnats I honestly don t know what they are, of the matter of fact I have gnats invading my plants. I noticed them...

House Plants: Ficus Tree Issues, self watering pot, ficus tree
self watering pot, ficus tree, liquid fertilizer: It s no problem. Well the fertilizer should help to keep it healthy, but the distilled water should keep the leafs from dieing. If they aren t gnats I honestly don t know what they are, of the matter of fact I have gnats invading my plants. I noticed them...

House Plants: Flowering Dracaena Fragrans - Corn Plant, corn plant, answering your questions
corn plant, answering your questions, mchsi: I m sorry to say this but there is nothing you can do once the flowers leave, I do recommend Pollinating it yourself and keeping the seeds, they are VERY VERY RARE because this only happens once or twice in the plants life time! The seeds I am guessing are...

House Plants: Dieffenbachia, Reroot, Repot?, slab, chunk
House Plants: Dieffenbachia, Reroot, Repot?, slab, chunk, moss

House Plants: the effect of concentration of chlorine on plants, free chlorine, irrigation system
House Plants: the effect of concentration of chlorine on plants, free chlorine, irrigation system, phd work

House Plants: Ficus tree issues, aphids
House Plants: Ficus tree issues, aphids

House Plants: Flowering Dracaena Fragrans - Corn Plant, dracaena fragrans, 22 years
House Plants: Flowering Dracaena Fragrans - Corn Plant, dracaena fragrans, 22 years, 3 years

House Plants: Shamrock plant dead?, leafs, shamrock
House Plants: Shamrock plant dead?, leafs, shamrock, dormant state

House Plants: What is this?, christmas berry, ardisia crenata
House Plants: What is this?, christmas berry, ardisia crenata, red berries

House Plants: ficus lyrata, ficus lyrata, warm climate
ficus lyrata, warm climate, bushy plant: Anne, Just growing them together in the same pot you will end up with a large shrub. This plant is originally from Africa and each plant by itself is a tree that if planted in the ground in a warm climate would eventually become a 40 foot tall tree. ...

House Plants: Gnats on Money Tree, moist soil, fruit flies
moist soil, fruit flies, dry water: If you have any other plants in the building! You should tell everyone that has plants to let the soil dry out completely and then water it well, then let it completely dry out again and water it well again and then water regularly, if they are still there...

House Plants: house plant identification, horticulture dept, aloe plant
horticulture dept, aloe plant, house plant: Deb, It is a different variety of aloe. There are over 200 varieties of aloe from 2 inches tall to over 6 feet tall. I do not know the names of all of them nor can you find them on line. You may be able to find a book on them if you have a lorge library...

House Plants: Janet Craig Dracenia, miracle product, janet craig
miracle product, janet craig, salt damage: I am not too sure if the leafs will grow back but they should. Also, try using distilled water or rain water. I also reccomend a Miracle Product called Super-Thrive, you might be able to get it at Wal-Mart, or online. The leafs falling off are most likely...

House Plants: Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana, soggy soil, spider mite
soggy soil, spider mite, soil mix: Ari, Then put them where they would get dappled sun so they get some sun during the day, or where they will get sun in the morning and evening but not midday. They really like being outdoors with a night time temperature drop. I actually prefer using...

House Plants: little black ants in and on my houseplants, little black ants, part rubbing alcohol
little black ants, part rubbing alcohol, cindy cindy: Cindy, WAIT! don t trans plant it is not the soil. Your plants have scale or aphids, another insect and the ants are spreading the aphids or scale as farmers because they like the honeydew (excrement) of the aphids or scale. What you need to do is mix up...

House Plants: lucky bean plant, lucky bean plant, bamboo skewer
lucky bean plant, bamboo skewer, sun worshippers: Yolanda, I am not sure exactly what a lucky bean plant is, however the symptoms you describe indicate that it is being overwatered. The soil in the top half of the pot needs to be dry before you water it again and you need to empty the drain tray an hour...

House Plants: My night blooming cirius, shot hole fungus, cactus soil
shot hole fungus, cactus soil, bamboo skewer: Kim, Cactus should be bone dry before you water it, you should be able to insert a bamboo skewer into the soil all the way to the bottom and have it com out dry. Watering it once or twice a week is way too often unless you are only giving it 1/4th of a...

House Plants: Palm Tree dying, peat moss, hydrogen atoms
peat moss, hydrogen atoms, oxygen atom: I have come up with a few theories, if could be that you aren t watering it enough, or that you are using tap water. If tap water has chlorine or salt or any compound besides 2 Hydrogen Atoms 1 Oxygen atom or of course fertilizer, or in other words Nitrogen,...

House Plants: Parsley Aralia, sunrise to sunset, drain tray
sunrise to sunset, drain tray, shultz: Noelle, Something has changed to cause this color and texture change on your aralia. Did you change windows or drapes on the window? Have you repotted the plant? If you look very closely at the plant is there any sign of insects? Do you allow water to sit...

House Plants: Peace lily, peace lily, dead leaves
peace lily, dead leaves, flowering plants: I don t know who told you that Direct Sunlight will kill it, because if it doesn t get enough direct sunlight it won t grow. It could also, be going dormant, which means it won t grow for a while and it is still alive, many flowering plants do this. The Peace...

House Plants: Plant lights, epsom salts, african violets
epsom salts, african violets, tomato plants: Steven, Yes, there are grow light bulbs. They need to be in a lamp directed directly at the violets, like a desk lamp. Also, if you are growing them in an office with no windows and you are not there on weekends a lot of your problem is that they are in...

House Plants: Pothos Plant, stain glass window, darlene
stain glass window, darlene, pothos plant: Dana, It is overwatered. This plant loves the sun but it needs to be totally dry before it gets watered again. Pick it up before it you water it. If it is heavy do not water it. If it is heavy do not water it. Dry it out as quickly as possible. Empty the...

House Plants: peace lilly?, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, cold climates: Nate, You must live in a tropical area because the plant would not survive the winter in a frezing climate. It is a caladium. The plant is a bulb plant. In cold climates it is dug ain the fall and allowed to rest during the winter. There are many different...

House Plants: peace lily, bamboo skewer, peace lily
bamboo skewer, peace lily, potting soil: Amy, After you cut the root ball in half you should have just planted each half in each pot and not done any further separating. Further separating damaged the roots a lot. When I buy any potting soil today I always buy an extra bag of perlite and mix 2...

House Plants: plants are dieing, drainage holes, water drains
drainage holes, water drains, stem rot: Stephanie, If the stem is getting softer then the plant has stem rot (and probably root rot as well) which has nothing to do with pruning the plant. Stem rot and root rot is caused by overwatering. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to save the...

House Plants: How to re-pot adesertrose, drainage hole, inch diameter
drainage hole, inch diameter, tuberous root: Debbie, You said you only gave me an 8 because I did not tell you how to cut it back. Please review your question above and note that you did not ask that question. The only place I might cut anything off is the one branch that sticks up higher than the...

House Plants: re-potting a fiscus plant, drain tray, fiscus tree
drain tray, fiscus tree, leafs: Annetta, You severely shocked it. You either cut the roots back and put it back in the same pot or you do not cut the roots back and put it in a larger pot. You should not do both. I suggest that you move it back to a smaller pot and move it to the sunniest...

House Plants: repotting ivy, loose soil, potting soil
loose soil, potting soil, rootbound: Connie, I have nt seen any of those plant poles myself in years. A cedar slab may be the closest thing he can find. I would wait a few more weeks and the stores will have more in and check places like Lowes, Wal-Mart, or Home Depot and see what they have....

House Plants: Schefflera plant, insect control, honey dew
insect control, honey dew, sticky substance: Stacia, The sticky substance is likely honey dew, which is produced by some insects as waste. Check the plant carefully for insects. If you do find insects, here is a link to a guide I wrote on insect control on houseplants. It has a lot of information...

House Plants: Scheffleras planted outside?, darlene, south florida
darlene, south florida, good luck: Debbie, Yes, it can if you live in south Florida or Southern California and the temperatures NEVER drop below 45 degrees. Make sure it gets at least an inch of water every 2 weeks. It can be pruned regularly. If you have more questions feel free to write...

House Plants: Shamrock plant dead?, shamrock plant, twist ties
shamrock plant, twist ties, 6 sticks: It is absolutely not dead, there are a couple theories and I thank you for the picture I can t tell you how much work you saved me! Anyway the shamrock may be in shock and nothing will help it except maybe watering it a little by little through out the day....

House Plants: Spider plant, liquid fertilizer, spider plant
liquid fertilizer, spider plant, distilled water: Well why are there only two leafs? Did you take them off? If so, just put the Spider Plant in sunlight in a south window, then water and fertilize it, with Miracle-Grow Liquid Fertilizer. If you didn t take them off I need you to elaborate on why. If you cut...

House Plants: schefflera, schefflera plant, inch pot
schefflera plant, inch pot, plastic pot: Jessica, Because it is spring and the roots are actively growing you can repot it in a 10 inch pot but no larger and yes you can bury it deeper, it will grow roots all along the stalk. do not repot it again for at least 2 years and then only go the 2 inches...

House Plants: sick plant with white, sticky spots, allexperts, questioner
allexperts, questioner, sbcglobal net: Hi Karen, I found this question in our answer pool and thought I might be able to help. I want to apologize for the problem you had getting an answer to your question. Which expert did you send your question to? It is likely that the expert confused...

House Plants: I have a sick ponytail palm, dawn detergent, ponytail palm
dawn detergent, ponytail palm, mealy bugs: You didn t give me a huge description to work with, however I would say you might have a mealy but problem or just fungi. I would recommend cutting the leafs off with a scissors and transplanting it to new soil and let all of the plants in your house completely...

House Plants: sticky residue, dish soap, tops and bottoms
dish soap, tops and bottoms, medium pot: Mitra, The removable spots are an insect called scale. The stickiness is it s excrement. The black ones are dead, the brown ones are alive. You can kill them and any tiny immature ones that may be flying around by mixing 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part...

House Plants: tiny flies living in my house plant, moist soil, money plant
moist soil, money plant, life span: I know exactly what they are but I almost guarantee you that they are in other plants! They are gnats and they are like tiny flies. They lay there eggs in moist soil, and have a short life span. So, if you allow all of your plants soil to completely dry out....

House Plants: UMBRELLA PLANT, umbrella plant, baywindow
umbrella plant, baywindow, darlene: Jodie, It likes lots of sun. Something has changed. Tell me what has changed? Did you repot it? Have you inspected it closely for any signs of insects? How much water do you give it? Overwatering can rot the roots, it must dry out well between waterings....

House Plants: Umbrella Tree Problems, umbrella tree, clay pots
umbrella tree, clay pots, terra cotta pot: It is most likely that it s not getting any sunlight. However, there is good news they now have light bulbs that are specifically for plants, they are about $3.78 at the following site: http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/page/001/PROD/Plant/60A-PL It lasts 1000...

House Plants: Unknown succulent, succulent plant, latin name
succulent plant, latin name, darlene: Jenna, Your plant is commonly known as a Ghost plant. The Latin name is Graptopetalum paraguayense. This site has complete info on the plant: http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week141.shtml I have grown this for years. It is a fun plant. If you have additional...

House Plants: What is this?, pepperomia, new leaves
pepperomia, new leaves, rubber tree: Tamika, It has the appearance of a rubber tree but I get the impression that it is much smaller than a rubber tree. From your picture it is hard to tell what size the plant is. The only thing smaller that looks a lot like a rubber tree is a pepperomia but...

House Plants: zz plant, yellow leaves, drain tray
yellow leaves, drain tray, darlene: Pat, Yellow leaves indicates the plant is too wet. You have it in too large a pot so it cannot use up the water fast enough. This plant prefers small pots, you need to empty the drain tray an hour after watering it and do not water it again until it feels...

House Plants: anthuriums, mild temperate climate, epsom salts
mild temperate climate, epsom salts, ore questions: Gary, Anthuriums as a rule (indoors) will take about as much light as you can provide them with-but not direct sunlight. Lower levels of light will slow down or cease flower production. The foliage type species will tolerate lower light levels as they grow...

House Plants: boston ferns, boston ferns, boston fern
boston ferns, boston fern, windy weather: Barbara, They are being wind burned along with overwatered and chilled. We really need warmer less windy weather. All tropical plants prefer nights above 50 degrees. When it warms up, drys up and the wind slows down they should be fine. If it is going to...

House Plants: Just bought this plant.Wat is it?, janet craig, colored edges
janet craig, colored edges, dracaena deremensis: SUGARFREEKANDEE, They are all dracaenas, the one on the right with the cream colored edges is a Dracaena fragrans,(http://www.plant-care.com/dracaena-fragrans-name.html) the solid green one is a Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig (http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/html/DrJanetCraig.htm)...

House Plants: Calandiva - Diseases, liquid fertilizer, 4 leaves
liquid fertilizer, 4 leaves, circular spots: Ari, I had not received the pictures the first time around, sorry, sometimes when I am not loooking for something specific my computer puts it in the junk email file & I don t recognize that I need to pull it out. In the first 2 pictures the spots look...

House Plants: Be Careful When Treating Plants for Gnats, fungus gnats, alcohol mix
fungus gnats, alcohol mix, alcohol damage: Tamika, When you repot the bulbs mix extra perlite in with the new soil for better drainage. Use a ratio of 2 parts of potting soil to 1 part of perlite. Do this even if the new soil has perlite in it. More perlite will improve the aeration, drainage and...

House Plants: Confused about ID of plant, Tasmanian Tiger Plant
Tasmanian Tiger Plant: Dave, It is a patented plant that has only been on the market a few years. The latin name is Euphorbia characias variegata . It is meant to be more of an outdoor plant than a house plant but with the right conditions many outdoor plants can be wintered...

House Plants: Phalaenopsis amabilis (Moon Orchid), keikis, hawaiian word
House Plants: Phalaenopsis amabilis (Moon Orchid), keikis, hawaiian word, mother plant

House Plants: umbrella house plant, home gardener
House Plants: umbrella house plant, home gardener

House Plants: ficus plant, Brown Spots scale on a ficus
Brown Spots scale on a ficus: Irma, I suspect that your brown spots on your ficus are an insect called scale. They appear to be little brown spots on the backs of the leaves and on the trunk that do not move. There is a stickiness on the pot and the surfaces under and around the plant...

House Plants: flying insects, fungus gnats, peat moss
fungus gnats, peat moss, quality soil: Linese, The insects are fungus gnats. The soil you used to repot your plants is poor quality soil with not enough air in it and probably too much peat moss. One solution would be to add more perlite to the potting soil so it will drain better and have more...

House Plants: fungus ???, Mealy bugs and scale
Mealy bugs and scale: April, Your problem is not a fungus, it is insects. If you look at the backs of the leaves of the plants with thhe stickiness I think you will find tiny spots that you can scrape off the leaves with your fingernail or a knife. The removable spots are an...

House Plants: Grandma's houseplants, victoria tx area, pedilanthus tithymaloides
victoria tx area, pedilanthus tithymaloides, older ladys: Andy, I believe that the plant you are looking for is Devilís backbone or Pedilanthus tithymaloides. It gets its name from the zigzag stems. Dwarf and tall cultivars exist and there are several variations in the leaves. This plant has succulent stems,...

House Plants: gardenias, gardenia plant care, peat moss
gardenia plant care, peat moss, dawn to dusk: Shiela, You can but it is difficult. It needs full sun all day long sitting next to a south facing window with the window covering open from dawn to dusk. It also needs to be misted 2-3 times per day to keep the humidity high around the plant. You have...

House Plants: 'House' Palm, mealy bugs, areca palm
mealy bugs, areca palm, cotton balls: Marjorie, I need you to describe the fungus a bit more. Is it like a mold all over the plant or is it on the soil? If so start by spraying it with Lysol spray then, since it is outside head to your garden center and ask them for the best way to treat...

House Plants: house plants, moses in the bullrushes, shelly shelly
moses in the bullrushes, shelly shelly, noah s ark: Shelly, I have never heard of a houseplant called Noah s Ark nor can I find any referance to one on the internet. There is a purple leafed plant however, that is called Moses in the Bullrushes. Is that the plant you are talking about by chance? It s latin...

House Plants: ivy plant- black leaves, drainage hole, drain tray
drainage hole, drain tray, ceramic planter: Shelley, Causes for black leaves are usually too much water and too little light or too cold of temperatures. Do not overwater it or leave it sit in a drain tray full of water and keep it at a minimum of 60 degrees. It definitly must be in a pot with a...

House Plants: Lucky Bamboo Gnat Infestation, fungus gnats, lucky bamboo plant
fungus gnats, lucky bamboo plant, kitchen counter: Lindsey, Carefully remove the lucky bamboo from the pot and inspect the roots. I am afraid you will find the roots are rotting. That is usually what attracts the fungus gnats. You must cut away the rotten roots and let the cuts heal for a few days if the...

House Plants: Majestic Palms, majesty palm, majestic palms
majesty palm, majestic palms, tall stalks: Laurie, If you planted it in the ground in South Carolina I hope you realize it will not survive temperatures below 40 degrees. The Majesty Palm is characterized by tall stalks of bladed green foliage. The Majesty Palm is a common houseplant. Some claim...

House Plants: money plant, night temperatures, money plant
night temperatures, money plant, shady location: Anita, It is safe to put it out when the night temperatures are not falling below 50 degrees. Also put it out in a location that is partly sunny at first and move it slowly to a sunnier location if you want to. If you put it in full sun immediately after...

House Plants: New Gardenia plant wilted overnight, Gardenia Care
Gardenia Care: Tina, I suspect it is too wet. These plants grow outside in semi sunny locations in the south. The heat does not bother it as much as the low humidity in the air conditioning. Too much sun will bother it outside or too little sun indoors. You said it is...

House Plants: Norfork Pine Tree, louise louise, tropical tree
louise louise, tropical tree, evenin: Louise, Only if you live where the temperature never drops below 40 degrees. A norfork pine tree is a tropical tree and cannot freeze at all. If you do plant it outside it likes to be in the sun in the morning and evenin and shaded in midday when the sun...

House Plants: Peace Lily - Tons of Blooms, peace lily, plant fertilizer
peace lily, plant fertilizer, halfs: Mike, No, it should be fine. I suspect you kept both halfs in small pots so they became fairly rootbound fast. This plant likes to be tight and cozy in it s pot and not be in too large a pot. You porbably do not overwater them and I suspect you fertilize...

House Plants: Phalaenopsis amabilis (Moon Orchid), orchid expert, seed pods
orchid expert, seed pods, master gardener: Cristina, I am not an orchid expert. I suspect that they are seed pods forming from previous blooms but that is just my best guess. If all experts has an orchid expert I reccommend you email them. If not then I reccommend that you call your local county...

House Plants: Pineapple Plant, Growing A Pineapple
Growing A Pineapple: Tiffani, A pineapple plant will grow at least one and after that maybe one or two more plants. You can however also grow a pineapple from just the top of a pineapple you buy at the grocery store. The following website gives you full info on how to do that:...

House Plants: Ponytail palm brown leaf, Ponytail Palm with Brown Leaves
Ponytail Palm with Brown Leaves: Rob, You have said nothing about the amout of light it was receiving. It has been my experience that brown leaves on a ponytail palm are cased by either too little light or too much water. You should consider this a desert plant, it needs lots of light...

House Plants: peace lilly blooms don't open, epsom salts, peace lilly
epsom salts, peace lilly, blooming plants: Laura, Peace Lilly blooms are not the same as typical lillies. You can see the blooms at the following site: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=peace%20lilly%20&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi If the blooms are not opening I suggest you try giving them...

House Plants: plant gave to me, aluminum plant, latin name
aluminum plant, latin name, watermelon: Dawn, It is an Aluminum Plant aka. Watermelon Plant and the Latin name is Pilea cadierei. The following website has a lot of info about caring for it. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54482/ After looking at that if you have more questions feel...

House Plants: root bound rubber tree, rubber tree plant, soil mix
rubber tree plant, soil mix, potting soil: Theresa, You & your husband need to get it outside or in the garage and carefully remove it from the pot. Then take a long sharp nife and cut at least 2 inches off the rootball all the way around and on the bottom. While it is out of the pot clean the pot...

House Plants: rubber tree plant, rubber tree plant, drain tray
rubber tree plant, drain tray, sky light: Kim, If you move it indoors you need to mist it once or twice a day to keep it humid since you will have the the air conditioning on. You will need to keep it close to that sky light so it gets as much sun as possible. Your other plants should do fine inside...

House Plants: Sago Palm turning yellow, sago palm, darlene
sago palm, darlene, entertainment center: Dawn, It is either over or underwatered. It can t sit in too much water but it can t be allowed to dry out totally either.If either one happened it may die. You can try to gt it bac to a more even watering schedule and say a prayer for it. Good luck. ...

House Plants: Sago Palms, sago palms, sago palm
sago palms, sago palm, drainage holes: Beth, They are glued together stones but the pot usually is a bonsai pot with drainage holes in the bottom. Sago palms cannot stand to sit in a lot of water. The glued together stones can be dealt with by using a sturdy screw driver and wedging it between...

House Plants: Schefelera tree, bamboo skewer, loose leaves
bamboo skewer, loose leaves, drain tray: Ilima, Being rootbound generally does not cause a plant to loose leaves and this plant typically has roots above the soil because the roots are trying to breath in carbon dioxide. That is one of the reasons this plant is good at cleaning chemicals out of...

House Plants: Sick Patho's????, drain tray, drain holes
drain tray, drain holes, new roots: Colleen, It appears to be a combination of a watering problem and a light problem. This plant needs sunshine and not just bright light. I also suspect that it is being kept too wet and the roots may be rotting. It must be in a pot with drain holes and a...

House Plants: umbrella house plant, umbrella plant, plant leaves
umbrella plant, plant leaves, drain tray: Wendy, Insects, not enough sun or too much water can cause leaf problems. First examine the front & back sides of the leaves and the trunk thoroughly for anything unusual and let me know if you find anything besides plain leaves. Otherwise this plant needs...

House Plants: unidentified palm, majesty palm, water trickles
majesty palm, water trickles, drainage holes: Melissa, I believe it is unfortunately a Majesty Palm. Majesty palm (latin name: Ravenea Rivularis), is one plant I can never recommend because unfortunately, it just does not fare well indoors, except perhaps in a greenhouse. It requires copious light,...

House Plants: white bird of paradise plant, white bird of paradise plant, mealy bugs
white bird of paradise plant, mealy bugs, inch diameter: Jeannie, It could be caused by any one of the following: 1 Too much water causing the roots to rot. This is the hardest to solve, you have to cut back on the water and not let the plant sit in a tray of water to give the plant a chance to regrow roots....

House Plants: white chalky substance on my clay pots., household plants, clay pots
household plants, clay pots, white vinegar: Dear C. Voni Zoubi, The white chalky substance on the pots is from the lime and other minerals in the water. You can remove it from the pot by removing the plant from the pot then scrubbing the pot with a stiff wire brush after removing the plant from the...

House Plants: Can I do this..., dracaena janet craig, potting soil
dracaena janet craig, potting soil, 3 feet: Su, If you are not talking about burying 3 feet of stem then yes you can. If it has too much bare trunk you can air layer the top off and put it in a separate new pot and the old roots will then grow a whole new top and you will have 2 plants. Directions...

House Plants: Yucca cane pruning, yucca cane, yucca plant
yucca cane, yucca plant, inch pot: Voicu, The definitive answer is probably! If the temperatures are above 50 degrees at night in your area set it outside where it will get sun most of the day. If it is not warm enough yet set it in the sunniest location indoors. Warm sun will help induce...

House Plants: Alocasia Polly, Crying plant
Crying plant: Gina, No, it is fine, it is a natural phenomenon that some plants do.I have had a lot of plants cry over the years and none ever died, I think they are tears of happiness. I have never found a satisfactory answer to the question of why but it usually...

House Plants: Aloe Vera PLant, aloe vera plant, bamboo skewer
aloe vera plant, bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers: Lindsay, I absolutely must be in a pot witn a drain hole in the bottom and it must be in sandy soil. You water it enough that all the soil in the pot is moist and some water goes in the drain tray under the pot. An hour later you empty the drain tray. Then...

House Plants: arboricola, Arboricola Care
Arboricola Care: Darlene, Arboricola is the dwarf sister of scheffleras. High light indoors means sitting by a south facing window with the window covering open from dawn to dusk. High light outdoors means full sun to light shade. Your porch will be fine. Do not transplant...

House Plants: Bougainvillea, Getting a bougainvillea to bloom
Getting a bougainvillea to bloom: Hanson, To have planted bougainvillea in the ground you must live in a very warm area. The key to getting bougies to bloom is to actually let them go very dry to the point of loosing a lot of leaves then they will bud out and you water and fertilize normally....

House Plants: bugs in tropical houseplants, fungus gnats, tropical houseplants
fungus gnats, tropical houseplants, bamboo skewer: Sabrina, They are probably fungus gnats and you can kill them by spraying the water and the plants if you still had them with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. It will kill the insects of on contact. I suspect that when you watered all your new plants...

House Plants: China doll plant, drain tray, china doll
drain tray, china doll, moisture meter: Joyce, Your plant needs some sun. In California it grows outdoors in the ground and becomes a 50 foot tall tree. It prefers to be in an east or west window indoors or if you can place it outdoors put it where it will get sun in the morning or evening but...

House Plants: Corn Plant with Flower, corn plant dracaena, corn plants
corn plant dracaena, corn plants, colored flowers: Alicia, Yes, I have heard of corn plants, dracaena fragrans blooming a dark pink flower stalk out of the center of the leaf shoot. When the blooms open they will be highly scented, you will probably be able to smell it in your mome. Go to the following...

House Plants: crown of thorns, dawn to dusk, crown of thorns plant
dawn to dusk, crown of thorns plant, drainage hole: Corabell, The latin name for it is Euphorbia splendens. If you cut or break a branch be careful. The white milky sap is VERY poisonous, use care, wash your hands afterwards! The plant should be treated like a cactus. Grow it in a very sunny south facing...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Leaf Curl, Leaf curl on dracaena
Leaf curl on dracaena: Lana, Your symptoms indicate overwatering. This plant should never sit with any water in it s drain tray. If the soil is very heavy I suggest that you get some fresh potting soil and an extra bag of perlite. Perlite is availabe whereever you get potting...

House Plants: dirt in house plants, Changing soil.
Changing soil.: Sherri, Changing the soil is not necessary as long as you are using a fertilizer on a monthly basis. The soil commonly used for houseplants is a mix of compost, peat moss and perlite to make a light weight airy mix that will support the roots and not be...

House Plants: dracaena marginata, bamboo skewer, tops and bottoms
bamboo skewer, tops and bottoms, spider mites: Lori, You are correct, your dracaena has or had mealy bugs. They do frequently attack plants when they are either too wet or too dry. I suggest that if you can, set your plant outdoors in a sunny area and spray what is left of the plant with rubbing alcohol...

House Plants: eucalyptus, light coats, top bottom
light coats, top bottom, drip: Beth, I think that is more of a florist question, fortunately I do some flower arranging as another hobby. I assume you are using it in something outside where it is getting wet. If you keep it dry it will not drip. Dried arrangements are much better off...

House Plants: Fungus Gnats, yellow sticky traps, fungus gnats
yellow sticky traps, fungus gnats, bamboo skewer: Judy, No, I have not heard of them biting humans but it really doesn t surprise me. Many insects are becoming more aggressive. Fungus gnats can be killed by spraying them, the surface of the soil,the water and the plants with rubbing alcohol in a spray...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Leaf Curl, darlene
House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Leaf Curl, darlene

House Plants: Lucky Bean (castanospermum), darlene, plants
House Plants: Lucky Bean (castanospermum), darlene, plants

House Plants: Yucca palm with sticky stuff, yucca plant, guidance
House Plants: Yucca palm with sticky stuff, yucca plant, guidance

House Plants: flying nats, bamboo skewer, peat moss
bamboo skewer, peat moss, office plants: Leslie, I suspect that when you repotted you moved your plants to too large of pots and that you may have used a potting soil with too much peat moss so it holds too much water. Both of these factors cause you to be overwatering without realizing it. There...

House Plants: Gardenia Bonsai, gardenia bonsai, wilted flowers
gardenia bonsai, wilted flowers, humidity levels: Carla, Gardenias do well in the heat and high humidity in the south. I suggest that you put it outside in a semi shady location when you turn the air on and leave it there the rest of the day and all night. You can take it in for a few hours in the morning...

House Plants: GOLDFISH PLANT(Nematanthus), peat moss, stem cuttings
peat moss, stem cuttings, perlite: Quang Lee, I would use a mix of compost, peat moss and perlite or vermiculite in equal quantities mixed well to start cuttings of nematanthus. Nematanthus can be started from seed or from stem cuttings 3 to 6 inches long. Keep them lightly moist or in a...

House Plants: Goldfish Plant, epsom salts, blooming plants
epsom salts, blooming plants, leaf growth: Tamika, It sounds like you are doing everything right. The only other things I would try is giving it a teaspoon of epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) sprinkled on top of the soil before watering it next time. I would also give it a dose of water soluable...

House Plants: Guzmania `Rana`, well water, darlene
well water, darlene, google: Loretta, Yes, cut the bloom off. Then go to the following google list of sites and check out all the sites but especially the first one that has detailed instructions for reblooming your plant. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Guzmania+%60Rana%60&btnG=Google+Search...

House Plants: geraniums and scheffeleras...., rooting hormone, schefflera
rooting hormone, schefflera, geraniums: Michelle, You could but when it coes time to take it in the geraniums will most likely die and you will have a straggly schefflera with dead geraniums around it. I would get some rooting hormone at a garden center. Then I would cut 4-8 6-12 long pieces...

House Plants: House plat, bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers
bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers, brown leaves: Roger, The brown leaves can indicate that it is not getting enough water or it is getting too much water and the roots are rotting so they are no longer able to absorb water. Or the 3rd problem could be the plant is not getting enough light. If you send...

House Plants: Household Plants and Parrots, majesty palm, household plants
majesty palm, household plants, palm html: Tiffany, Burgundy Robusta is not the name of the plant it is just a description the nursery gave it because they didn t know the name and were too lazy to find out the real name. Send me a picture and I can tell you what plant family it is from and whether...

House Plants: hibiscus, Hibiscus problems
Hibiscus problems: Jim, Is it getting full sun all day long? It needs as much sun as possible to get that deep green color and lots of buds will take time to form. You needed to be giving it lots of sun and fertilizer while it was inside also. If it was leaning bad it sound...

House Plants: jade tree, dry water, jade tree
dry water, jade tree, partial shade: Karen, You only need to water it if it is bone dry. Water it well then let it get totally dry before wateering it again. It only needs repotted if it is so big that it falls over because the top is a lot larger than the roots and potted area. It does need...

House Plants: Kalanchoe, kalanchoe care
kalanchoe care: Heather, Go to the grocery store and buy a package of bamboo skewers, they look like long toothpicks and they cost about $1.00. They are used to make shish kabobs. Insert one in the soil and pull it out when you think it needs watered, do not water until...

House Plants: Lipstick plant curiosity, light pink petals, lipstick plant
light pink petals, lipstick plant, hoya plant: Falguni, The plant that is blooming now is a hoya plant, (Asclepias carnosa). It must have been in the pot with the lipstick plant and the lipstick plant has sinc died off but the hoya took over. The vines are very similar although they are not in the same...

House Plants: Lucky Bean (castanospermum), lucky bean plant, soil dries
lucky bean plant, soil dries, bright indirect light: Lee, Lucky bean plant (Castanospermum australe) should be kept in a small pot (no larger than a 4 inch pot) until the soil dries out in 3 days or less. Provide lots of bright indirect light with a few hours of early or late day direct sun by setting it...

House Plants: lemon grass, leaf cutter ants, lemon grass
leaf cutter ants, lemon grass, ground lemon: Brooks, It sounds like you are talking about flowers planted outdoors in the ground. Lemon grass will get 1 to 2 feet tall. I suggest you use an insecticide such as diazinon and kill the ants. Talk to your local garden center about the problem. They would...

House Plants: Mold, potting soil, poor soil
potting soil, poor soil, drain tray: Laura, No, it is not usual. It indicates you have poor soil and you are keeping your plant too wet, you may have some root rot. You need to dry your plants out and spray the surface of the soil with Lysol spray. Make sure you do not leave water standing...

House Plants: Money Tree, bamboo skewer, many roots
bamboo skewer, many roots, potting soil: Stephanie, Only if these offshoots you are referring to have roots. They will not easily grow roots like a cutting, but it they have roots then yes by all means pot them up separately and grow them on their own. Cut them away from the tree and pot them...

House Plants: massangeana cane, potpourri, darlene
potpourri, darlene, blossoms: Gene, It is normal for it to produce a flower when it gets several years old and it is rootbound and healthy. If the flower is fertilized by the right insects it will produce seeds and grow more plants. However, plants grown from seeds may or may not be...

House Plants: money tree (pachira), money tree pachira, pachira aquatica
money tree pachira, pachira aquatica, edible nuts: Sunny, If you want it to grow larger you should not prune it at all until it is as large as you want it to be. You should repot it once a year between April 15th and June 15th into a pot with a diameter 2 inches larger than the pot you took it out of....

House Plants: Plant is dying due to overwatering or something else help?, bamboo skewer, thanks in advance
bamboo skewer, thanks in advance, darlene: Sandra, If you have had it for 10 years what have you changed? It is either a pothos vine or a philodendron vine. They will both grow as you describe. A philodendron is solid green and a pothos vine is variegatedgreen and green & cream or white. Either...

House Plants: peace lily, Sick Peace lilys
Sick Peace lilys: Melanie, You didn t say but I suspect that when you repotted the 2 sick plants they had very few roots. I suspect the roots have rotted off because of overwatering. Your first reaction to a droopy plant should not be to water it but you should check the...

House Plants: plants unknown, peace lilly plants, peace lily care
peace lilly plants, peace lily care, darlene: Dawn, This is a pretty ragged looking peace lilly. It looks like it has been outdoors and been treated pretty rough. The wind is pretty hard on peace lilly plants. They also do not like too much sun. The following site give good care info: http://houseplants-care.blogspot.com/2006/10/peace-lily-care.html...

House Plants: Rabbits foot fern help!, night time temperature, rabbits foot
night time temperature, rabbits foot, foot fern: Brittany, I suggest that you take it outside and hang it in a tree. It will like the brighter light it will get and the higher humidity along with the night time temperature drops. Cut back on the watering to no more than twice a week or 3 times at most,...

House Plants: RUBBER plant leaf turning color, s drain, yellow leaves
s drain, yellow leaves, drain tray: Kandee, Yellow leaves on a rubber tree usually occur because of over watering. If you don t let the plant dry out well between waterings the entire plant will soon turn yellow. It should NEVER be allowed to sit with any water in it s drain tray. The yellow...

House Plants: Spineless Yukka, yukka plant, yukka
yukka plant, yukka, lowes: Amy, Yes, eventually it will get roots, it might be helpfull to go back to Lowes and pick up a bottle of Schultz Starter Solution and follow the instructions on the bottle. That should help it root faster. It was dipped in the wax to help keep it from...

House Plants: spider plant, drain tray, brown leaf
drain tray, brown leaf, leaf tips: Debra, Brown leaf tips indicate overwatering. This plant has succulent roots and doesn t like to be constantly wet. It should not be sitting with water in the drain tray constantly. It should not be watered until the pot is dry enough to feel rather light...

House Plants: Unknow plants, Sweedish ivy id & care
Sweedish ivy id & care: Dawn, This vining one is a Sweedish ivy. It makes a great hanging basket plant. The following site has good care info: http://www.ehow.com/how_2060483_care-swedish-ivy.html If you have more questions feel free to write again. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: Yucca palm with sticky stuff, yucca palm, dish soap
yucca palm, dish soap, mealy bugs: Kelsie, If you set it outside it needs to be in a place it will be shady in the hot afternoon but sunny in the morning and evening so it does not get sunburned. It would like being outdoors under a shady tree 24 hours a day for the summer months until the...

House Plants: yucca clippings, yucca propagation
yucca propagation: Pauline, You need to clip 12-36 inches off the top of the yucca plant. Then dip the part you cut off in rooting hormone and insert it in a fresh pot of soil. The old plant will send out 2-4 new side shoots that will grow into new tops you can let these...

House Plants: Abyssinian Red, bamboo skewer, banana plant
bamboo skewer, banana plant, s drain: Mackenzie, Is this plant a Musa plant? In other words, a type of banana plant that doesn t grow bananas? I suspect that your plant has been overwatered and that it started long before you went on vacation. A soil that is designed to hold extra water is...

House Plants: Bromeliad problem..., Neoregelia care
Neoregelia care: Mohsen, Bromeliads in nature do not normally grow in soil. They grow in crotches of tree branches or on the sides or in hole of rocks. They have just enough roots to cling to where they are growing. They absorb some nutrients through those roots but your...

House Plants: bird of paradise, Bird of paradise
Bird of paradise: Eva, These plants are generally at least 7-10 years old before they bloom and rather large. Don t automatically move it to a much larger pot so it will grow bigger. You can move it to a pot with a 4 inch larger diameter every 2 years and you will be fine,...

House Plants: Candy Corn plant, epsom salts, candy corn
epsom salts, candy corn, corn plant: Gloria, I have a few, is it in the same location it was in last year so it is getting the same amount of sunshine? In not move it. Also fertilize it with a fertilizer that says it is for blooming plants. Then sprinkle 22 teaspoons of Epsom salts on top...

House Plants: China Doll leaves turning brownish colour, bamboo skewer, china dolls
bamboo skewer, china dolls, drain tray: Matt, I suspect that you are overwatering it and it may be getting a fungal infection that China Dolls seem to be getting easily when overeatered. I suggest you cut back on the water. This fungal infection is called Corynespora leaf spot. The only description...

House Plants: china doll health?!, plastic pot, black leaves
plastic pot, black leaves, drain tray: Ash, I suspect it is very root bound in that small pot and because of that itcontracted a fungal infection called Corynespora leaf spot. The only description of this problem I could find follows: Symptoms of Corynespora leaf spot vary depending upon the...

House Plants: croton plant care, soil dries, sun worshipper
soil dries, sun worshipper, dawn to dusk: Mary, What direction does your 10 window face and are there trees close to the windows? Do you have drapes or blinds on the windows? What type of fertiliuzer do you use on this plant? I only take 2 questions a day so you will have to answer to my...

House Plants: croton plants, Crotons & spider mites.
Crotons & spider mites.: Rebecca, The answer to the 1st question is it depends on where you live and the 2nd question it depends on what plant they are on! If you live where the temperature never falls below 40 degrees then yes, your croton plant can be planted outside in the...

House Plants: Fig Trees, Inside Our Out?, night time temperatures, fig trees
night time temperatures, fig trees, fig tree: Michael, It would be very happy out there. You will need to water it more often while it is outdoors, daily when the temperatures are above 80 degrees. You may need to prune it when you need to take it back indoors in the fall when night time temperatures...

House Plants: Hibiscus not flowering
House Plants: Hibiscus not flowering

House Plants: Little black flying gnats?, fungus gnats, beneficial nematodes
House Plants: Little black flying gnats?, fungus gnats, beneficial nematodes, microscopic organisms

House Plants: mushroom Question???, compost tea, danger sign
House Plants: mushroom Question???, compost tea, danger sign, decomposers

House Plants: fiddleleaf fig propagation, nina nina, fig plant
nina nina, fig plant, potting soil: Nina, Since it has roots you can remove it from the heating pad and put it in a semi-shady location outside and if you are in a humid location open the bag but do not remove it. Do not cut the leave off until you see signs of it growing a small plantlet....

House Plants: gynura aurantiaca, flower pot, tomato plants
flower pot, tomato plants, ap biology: Evelyn, Most houseplants grow relatively slow even if they are described as growing fast. Vegetables are fast growing plants, green beans and tomato plants grow visibly fast, growing from a seed to producing huge amounts of food in 1 growing season. ...

House Plants: Hibiscus not flowering, epsom salts, abundant flowers
epsom salts, abundant flowers, root strength: Abhijit, It needs to have fertilizer for blooming plants, that will help it bloom faster and have more blooms. It also needs a 1/2 cup of epsom salts sprinkles on top of the soil before you water it next time. Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate which will...

House Plants: hybiscus, Hibiscus indoors
Hibiscus indoors: Janae, Move it outdoors in the sun and heat. This is a tropical plant from south Florida and tropical islands. It likes and needs hot intense sun. You may also be overwatering it. It needs to dry out well between waterings. Insert a bamboo skewer into the...

House Plants: Indian Jasmine, jasmine tea, jasmine plant
jasmine tea, jasmine plant, compact shape: Milly, The Belle of India Jasmine is a controllable vining shrub. It needs some pruning to keep a bushy shape.You may keep it up to 3-4 ft tall. It is a moderate grower in full sun to semi-shade so your 2 hours of western sun a day is fine. Moderate...

House Plants: Jamaican Song Plant, song of jamaica, long periods of time
song of jamaica, long periods of time, livingroom window: Erin, Your Pleomele Reflexa or Song of Jamaica should love the conditions you say you are giving it. I wonder if you have either waited a bit longer than you realized between waterings and he is drying out too much or someone else in your house thinks he...

House Plants: Jasmine houseplant, Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis) Fruit
Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis) Fruit: Toni, I read that you couldn t use my link. Just go to Google and put in Madagascar Jasmine fruit and click on search then click on images and the only image of a fruit that comes up is what the link was to. It shows one that appears to be a bit more ripe...

House Plants: Little black flying gnats?, apple cider vinegar, fungus gnats
apple cider vinegar, fungus gnats, tiny cracks: Glenda, They are fungus gnats. They are attracted by over ripe fruit, rotting vegetables or houseplants that are being overwatered. They come from outside and are tiny enough to come through screens or tiny cracks. If they smell something rotting they will...

House Plants: Money Tree Plant, drain tray, money tree
drain tray, money tree, sunny location: Gabe, You can try rooting the broken top in water, there is maybe a 10% chance that it will root. You actually have a better chance that the base will send out new growth and grow a whole new top. Keep it in a very sunny location an treat it the same as...

House Plants: mushroom Question???, fungus spores, acidic soil
fungus spores, acidic soil, plant pot: Freddy, Is this a new plant? Was the plant recently repotted? Have you brought any nearby new plants in? Yes your air is polluted with mushroom or toadstool spores, everyone s air is. Mold and fungus spores are microscopic and always float in the air, where...

House Plants: new to dracaenas & cacti/ succulents, aloe vera plants, indoor houseplants
aloe vera plants, indoor houseplants, styrofoam container: Pippa, Clay pots are actually better for plants because the roots can breath through the porous sides of the pots. Be very careful not to overwater your dracaena marginatas and do not leave them sit with a drain tray full of water or the roots will rot....

House Plants: orange tree, control weeds, orange trees
control weeds, orange trees, fertilzer: Sherry, I am offended that you rated my knowledge quite low. I told you I only raise orange trees in pots. Why you came to a houseplant expert for answers to a citrus tree problem is beyond me to begin with. I also told you the information I was providing...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, carol reed
peace lily, carol reed, potting soil: Carol, Peace lilies hate to be divided into individual plants, at most you should just split them in 2 pieces when you divide them. Their roots are so intertwined that when you separate them you destroy a lot of roots and send them into shock. Right now...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, turkey baster
peace lily, turkey baster, drainage hole: Phyllis, Chances are she watered it heavily and left if sit in a drain tray full of water because she was afraid of letting it go too dry so instead she overwatered it. Cut the yellow leaves off. Let it dry out and go back to careful watering and not letting...

House Plants: Plant Propagation, plant propagation, rooting hormone
plant propagation, rooting hormone, sunny area: Tamika, It was my husbands 40th class reunion out of state, we had fun, thanks. I would dip it in rooting hormone and put it in soil then put a plastic bag loosely over it to keep humidity in and keep it in a sunny area. It should root in 2-4 weeks at the...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm Bonsai Trimming, moist sand, rooting hormone
moist sand, rooting hormone, sunny location: Jennifer, Your palm looks quite healthy. The more sun the plant get and the less water you give it the leaves will tend to grow less long so will need less cutting. The plant should be treated like a cactus. It should be grown in full sun and with very...

House Plants: Potted Palm, epsom salts, potted palm
epsom salts, potted palm, miracid: Troy, Sorry, I thought you wanted to know how to stop them from turning brown and get it to grow better and what was causing them to turn brown. Yes, you can remove the leaves but it will take awhile for them to grow new fronds so you are better off just...

House Plants: about palm trees, dawn to dusk, indoor palm
dawn to dusk, indoor palm, drain tray: Beatrice, You did not tell me anything about how you are caring for this plant so the best I can do is guess at what it s problems might be. For starters outdoors this plant needs medium to full sun. Indoors it needs to be directly in front of a south,...

House Plants: re-rooting a philodendron, new roots, potting soil
new roots, potting soil, root stimulator: Nancy, Do not use fertilizer. If you want to use anything go to a garden center and get starter solution or root stimulator. It will not burn new roots, fertilizer will. You will get roots in 2-4 weeks. When you have quite a few roots pot your cuttings...

House Plants: Syngonium leaf curling, bamboo skewer, lighting problem
bamboo skewer, lighting problem, drain tray: Jayme, I haven t seen your picture so I ll go ahead and answer. There are 2 reasons for curling leaves. Uncurl one of the leaves manually and ssee if there is an insect inside the curled leaf. If there is you need an insecticide. I would probaly take it...

House Plants: Transporting a 7 foot palm, ponytail palm, warm temperatures
ponytail palm, warm temperatures, little water: Rose, It will break fairly easily so if you lay it down it must be supported fully. Totally upright would probably be best in an enclosed truck. In an open truck you would need to wrap the foliage so the wind doesn t tear the foliage apart. Be very careful...

House Plants: Umbrella Plant dropping leaves, bamboo skewer, umbrella plant
bamboo skewer, umbrella plant, yellow leaves: Elizabeth, In winter the plant should be dry before you water it again. You can insert a bamboo skewer into the soil and it should come out dry before you water it. Yellow leaves do tend to indicate too much water. The plant does prefer lots of sun,...

House Plants: Want to know the name of a house plant, Persian Violets
Persian Violets: Anna, I suspect it is a persian violet. You can go to the following site to see a picture of a persian violet to make sure I am right: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Persian+Violet If that is it you will find care instructions at the following...

House Plants: watering indoor varigated shifolero or chifalero, turkey baster, drainage hole
turkey baster, drainage hole, drain tray: Nanette, How long has your office had this shefflera? Are there no windows anyplace in the office? Yes, they were overwatering it when they were watering it daily. It does not need misted. It does need bright light 7 days a week for 16 hours a day. The...

House Plants: what is it?, peat moss, kalanchoe blossfeldiana
peat moss, kalanchoe blossfeldiana, yellow blooms: Jo, It is a kalanchoe blossfeldiana. Kalanchoes are easy to grow, need warm temperatures and minimum care. In our moderate climate it can be as easily grown indoors and outdoors but only in pots and not in the ground. Temperatures between 12 and 30οC...

House Plants: Yucca cane, yucca cane, desert plants
yucca cane, desert plants, yellow leaves: Misty, If you are watering it more often than once a week you are watering it to often and that is what is causing it to get yellow leaves and rot. Also it needs to be getting full sun all day long if it is being grown indoors. It needs to be in front...

House Plants: yucca plant, cactus soil, yucca plant
cactus soil, yucca plant, potting soil: Jo, Yes, you may drown it. It should only have been repotted in a pot with a diameter no more than 2 inches larger than the diameter of the original pot. If it is in too large a pot you will overwater it. Also the soil you use should be a light weight potting...

House Plants: aloe, aloe plant, dry plants
aloe plant, dry plants, drain tray: Ashley, Remove the drain tray and let it dry out as quickly as possible. Then set it in the sunniest window you have, more sun will help it recuperate faster. If you email me a picture I will tell you whether you will be able to save your plant or not....

House Plants: Bug Infested Dracaena, bamboo skewer, rubbing alcohol
bamboo skewer, rubbing alcohol, dracaena: Denver, Chances are you overwatered the plant causing tissue damage and possible root rot. Insects quickly attack a damaged plant. First allow the plant dry out. Then put a bottle of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the stalk that has the white...

House Plants: Care for a Cat Palm Plant, palm plant, potting soil
palm plant, potting soil, high humidity: Denise, No, you are not watering it enough and fertilising it enough and it needs very high humidity and more sun. This is a very touchy and difficult plant to grow. It should have been planted in 1/2 sand and 1/2 potting soil when you repotted it. It is...

House Plants: Plant leaves fold up at night, cumberland co, cecil county md
House Plants: Plant leaves fold up at night, cumberland co, cecil county md, fast growing trees

House Plants: Thread like worms in house plant, hair worms, ficus tree
House Plants: Thread like worms in house plant, hair worms, ficus tree, drip pan

House Plants: Leaf spots on Dracaena Fragrans 'Massangeana(Mass Cane), yellow halo, plastic pot
yellow halo, plastic pot, drain tray: Maria, You should be giving it about 2 quarts of water when you water it. That should make all the soil in the pot moist. If your moisture meter does not read at least medium then you should give it another pint of water. Then do not water it again until...

House Plants: I need help with my Gloxinia, gloxinia plant, african violets
gloxinia plant, african violets, cool night: Jesse, Basically, their care is the same as that of African violets. Gloxinias need cool night temps (65 degrees) and day temperatures about 10 degrees warmer, but not beyond 80 degrees. Gloxinias need bright light but no sun, they will get leggy if grown...

House Plants: Plant leaves fold up at night, master gardener, yellow flowers
master gardener, yellow flowers, southeastern pa: Bette, I answer houseplant questions. This is definitely not a houseplant. In fact I suspect that it is a weed if it has come up and you did not plant it. Although it could be something that a bird dropped a seed of. You are welcome to send me a picture...

House Plants: Schefflera Question, inch pot, scheffleras
inch pot, scheffleras, facing windows: Dom, You might be able to repot it into two 6inch pots with 2 plants in each pot but no larger pots and do not try to separate all four of them or you will really shock them. You will probably have to literally cut between the 2 pairs with a sharp knife...

House Plants: Soil problems with houseplant, mold fungus, drainage hole
mold fungus, drainage hole, soil problems: Christine, Does your 4 gallon ceramic antique bucket have a drain hole in the bottom of it? If not the soil at the bottom of the bottom of the bucket never dries out no matter how long you allow between waterings. That causes the roots to rot, attracts...

House Plants: Strelitzia, turkey baster, thick roots
turkey baster, thick roots, drain tray: Helen, There are several varieties, orange flowering ones get about 5-6 foot tall eventually, white flowering ones can get 10-12 foot tall. They need a lot of sun to bloom indoors and it can take up to 10-12 years. Go ahead and repot it into a pot one...

House Plants: Thread like worms in house plant, bamboo skewer, turkey baster
bamboo skewer, turkey baster, ficus tree: Linda, I have no idea what the name of the worms are, they will not hurt you, and to kill them just mix rubbing alcohol and water 50/50 and water your plant with it. next time you water the plant. To kill the ones in the drain tray immediately just empty...

House Plants: 2 unknown vine, english ivy, vine
english ivy, vine, helix: Hi Dawn, The first vine is an English Ivy (Hedera Helix). I am sorry, I do not know what the second vine is. I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information please don t hesitate to ask. Thanks ...

House Plants: 5ft. indoor potted palm treewith folaige like Dracaena, drainage holes, water drains
drainage holes, water drains, dry soil: Hi Bev, You are correct that the most important thing right now is to not cause anymore stress to Herman. It sounds like the main problem besides the stress of adjusting to a new environment is you are probably overwatering him. As a general rule you...

House Plants: Asparagus Fern, asparagus fern, fronds
asparagus fern, fronds, darlene: Brenda, Yes, I do it every year. Just start on the outside edge and trim off the outer fronds at their base keep going until you have reduced the plant to the size that you feel is manageable for the winter. They can be messy plant and this will save you...

House Plants: areca palm, potting soil mix, nursery pots
potting soil mix, nursery pots, areca palms: Janet, There is no reason that you need to repot them. If you feel you have to in order to get them into a more decorative pot put them into a pot no larger than the nursery pots they are in now. Try to disturb the roots as little as possible. For potting...

House Plants: Browning Janet Craig, dragon trees, drainage holes
dragon trees, drainage holes, janet craig: Hi RS, The problem you are describing sounds like stem rot. Dracaenas like Janet Craig, Warneckii and corn plants are very susceptible to stem rot. The most common cause of stem rot is over watering. Unfortunately once stem rot fungus is present it is...

House Plants: bamboo plant from Madagascar, mother plants, bamboo plants
mother plants, bamboo plants, bamboo plant: Carolyn, The Madagascar Bamboo that I have been able to find on the internet is a large size bamboo that Lemurs are raised in and on. Is yours a larger bamboo? are you growing it in pots or in the ground? Bamboo likes lots of sun, it does not like to be...

House Plants: bromellaide garden, bromeliads, litter box
bromeliads, litter box, darlene: Ginger, There are many different varieties of bromeliads but I do not know of any that are poisonous to cats or people. Cats, however can destroy your bromeliads in short order if they decide to use them as a litter box or play with them with their claws....

House Plants: Calandiva Loosing, drainage hole, ceramic pots
drainage hole, ceramic pots, drain tray: Ari, Yes, I suspect that you are watering your calandiva frequently or giving it too much water when you water it. The pot absolutely must have a drainage hole with a drain tray under it. You should empty the excess water out of the drain tray an hour after...

House Plants: Chicks and Hens, chicks and hens, little leaves
chicks and hens, little leaves, mini blinds: Njoki, Most hen and chicks will survive outdoors year around. There are a few tropical varieties that will not. That should have been a question to ask the previous owner when you bought them. The second best clue would be what kind of soil were they in...

House Plants: Croton, red spider mites, mite infestation
red spider mites, mite infestation, insect problem: Hi Catherine, With proper care there is a good chance the leaves will grow back, as long as the spider mites (and other insects) are kept off the plant. However it will take a long time for the plant to be nice and full again so it should probably be...

House Plants: corn plant, dracaena massangeana, rooting hormone powder
dracaena massangeana, rooting hormone powder, corn plant: Virginia, You have a dracaena massangeana and the thing on top is a flower stalk. The flowers are not pretty but smell heavenly at night because in their natural environment the insect that pollinates the flower to make seeds only comes out at night so...

House Plants: Ficus Tree; Cactus environment, ficus tree, florescent lighting
ficus tree, florescent lighting, desert plant: Jeff, Your ficus tree will only survive and stay healthy in the basememnt under flourescent lighting if it is directly under a 4 tube light fixture that is on for 14 hours a day and off for 10 hours 7 days a week. With less light than that it will start...

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig Houseplant, aerial roots, water meter
aerial roots, water meter, lowes: Suzanne, Fiddle leaf Figs love direct sun. If at all possible move it to in front of one of those windows. I would also go to a garden center like Walmart, Lowes, Builder s Square and pick up a water meter. They usually cost between $5-10.00 and it will...

House Plants: Identify, moses in the cradle, pods
House Plants: Identify, moses in the cradle, pods, flower

House Plants: Soil around stalk, plants
House Plants: Soil around stalk, plants

House Plants: Hibiscus, plant fertilizer, tropical area
plant fertilizer, tropical area, buds: Karen, It needs lots of sun to bloom, set it in full sun all day long, fertilize it with a blooming plant fertilizer and water it when it is slightly dry. It does not like to totaly dry out. If you let me know where you live and what the temperatures are...

House Plants: house bamboo plant, bamboo plant, darlene
bamboo plant, darlene, subject line: Pat, There are many types of bamboo and some cannot be pruned. I need to see a picture of you plant before I can safely answer your question. Please email a picture to plantlady6@yahoo.com and put bamboo picture in the subject line. I will answer you as...

House Plants: Identify, wandering jew, medium light
wandering jew, medium light, google: Tamika, It appears to be Rhoeo. It is a very close up picture but I am pretty sure that is what it is. If you go to Google and put in Rhoeo and then click on images you can compare the plant to those pictures and see if that is what you have. If it is it...

House Plants: Jade Roots on branches, jade plants, pothos plant
jade plants, pothos plant, starter plant: Hi Shannon, Root like growths on the stems of plants do not always give the stem a head start in propagating that stem. Depending on the type of Jade plant you have, the root like growths could actually be support tendrils the plant has grown to spread...

House Plants: leaves are falling off, bamboo skewer, turkey baster
bamboo skewer, turkey baster, indirect lighting: Marcos, Your tree needs sun. Leaves falling off can indicate not enough light or too much water. I would move it in front of a south facing window immediately. Then also be sure to not leave water sittin in the drain tray after you water it. You can use...

House Plants: leaves of the Lily plant geting dark, peace lily plants, bamboo skewer
peace lily plants, bamboo skewer, black leaves: Lovy, This is not a good time of year to repot the plant. You should not have planted the plant in a pot any larger than the one it was in previously and if you disturbed the roots it will probably put the plant into shock and may kill it. The bead like...

House Plants: leaves turning yellow, drain tray, house plants
drain tray, house plants, excess water: Nelda, Leaves turning yellow indicates either too little water or too much water. Without more information about the kind of plant, the size of the pot, how often you are watering it and how much light it gets that is all I can tell you. You will have to...

House Plants: money tree, flower pot, natural flower
flower pot, natural flower, light frost: Hi Tim, A Money Tree plant can be kept outside if you live in an area where the temperature does not go below 35 degrees in the winter. If you live in an area where the Money Tree can be kept outside then one of the main things you need to do is protect...

House Plants: Need to know what kind of plant I have, mini plants, flower stalk
mini plants, flower stalk, haworthia: Krista, Your plant appears to be a Haworthia fasciata. It is definitely a Haworthia and there are many varieties, I believe that yours is a fasciata. The babies are simply offshoots off the mother plant, they are not growing from the flower stalk. The...

House Plants: When is it OK to repot a dragon tree?, razor blade, dragon tree
razor blade, dragon tree, inch pot: Kris, It would be much better to do this between April 15th and July 1st. However since you have started it you should not be putting it into a pot with a diameter more than 3 inches larger than the diameter of the pot you are taking it out of. If you...

House Plants: Oriental Pepper Plant, hot pepper plants, pepper plant
hot pepper plants, pepper plant, high pot: Jan, For hot pepper plants thik New Mexico! Lots of sun, no water till it is dry on the surface. Don t let it wilt but if it starts to wilt don t worry just water it immediately and it will perk back up. Do not repot it until spring. The peppers on it are...

House Plants: PHILODENDRON, philodendron selloum, bacterial leaf spot
philodendron selloum, bacterial leaf spot, spray schedule: Janet, I suspect that you are in a location with high temperatures and high humidity and the plant is being watered with a hose in the evening so the foliage doesn t have time to dry out before darkness. Because of that your plant has gotten a bacterial...

House Plants: Prayer Plant, google image search, prayer plants
google image search, prayer plants, blue prayer: Hi Luna, I am not sure I understand what you are saying. Was there a Prayer plant in the dirt or the roots of a Prayer plant in the soil or was there nothing in the soil and you believe that a Prayer plant just happen to grow there? It is not likely that...

House Plants: peace lilly with brown leaf tips and won't bloom, epsom salts, peace lilly
epsom salts, peace lilly, blooming plants: Naoum, You are not giving it enough water when you water it. When you water it all the soil in the pot should be moist so it should not need watered for at least a week during the summer and 2 weeks during the winter. Only water it when it is dry and feels...

House Plants: what plant is that?, ficus tree care, ficus benjamina
ficus tree care, ficus benjamina, winter leaf: Naoum, Your plant is a ficus tree. It likes lots of sun when it is indoors and partial sun outdoors. It is a tropical plant so it can t take freezing or temperatures outdoors below 50 degrees. It needs to bee watered when the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry...

House Plants: purpleleaf shamrock, purple leaf, ebay
purple leaf, ebay, prakash: Prakash, There are several sellers on ebay selling those bulbs or the following site has them for sale: http://www.easytogrowbulbs.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=899 They are easy to grow. If you have more questions feel free to write again....

House Plants: RE: Indoor Hibiscus, plant fertilizer, pruning shears
plant fertilizer, pruning shears, tree shape: Dee, You must have very large windows where your hibiscus gets lots of sun. Usually when you move them indoors they do not get enough sun and they eventually stop blooming. When they stop blooming (for me that is usually in January) is when you prune them....

House Plants: Soil around stalk, plant killers, corn plant
plant killers, corn plant, stalks: If you ask me Aqua Globe s are great for small plant s but that Corn Plant look s very very dry try putting 2-3 aqua globe s in the soil. As for the re-potting, it s not necessary to re-pot the plant as long as you put, extra soil in the loose one. And make...

House Plants: schefflera, fruit flys, schefflera plant
fruit flys, schefflera plant, rubbing alcohol: JR, You are overwatering it. Allow it to dry out totally before you water it again. Also move it to the sunniest location possible where it will get sun all day long. Never water this plant unless the surface of the soil is very dry and the plant feels...

House Plants: schefflera, bright indirect light, spider mites
bright indirect light, spider mites, control insect: Hi Toni, As you already know, Schefflera will drop some leaves in reaction to a change in environment. If it is excessive then it is another problem. Perhaps it is getting colder than usual in the room or you have moved the plant to a different place...

House Plants: spathiphyllum, drain tray, root rot
drain tray, root rot, excess water: Kita, You have overwatered it. Remove the drain tray and set it in the sink overnight to drain off as much water as possible. Then do not water it again until it is dry and then do not ive it more than 1 cup of water and an hour after you water it empty...

House Plants: spider plant cuttings, potting soil, spider plant
potting soil, spider plant, plant cuttings: Terry, This is an easy one, snip the babies at the end of the long stalk and plant them in well drained soil (2 parts potting soil mixed with 1 part of perlite) so that just the base nub is in the soil. They will quickly grow roots and fill a new pot...

House Plants: spider plants, spider mites, tops and bottoms
spider mites, tops and bottoms, spider plants: Doris, I do not totally understand your question. You have half inch spider webs on the bottom of the leaves of your spider plant? They could be from spider mites. Then you say something about small white looking dot on the bottom each one, those could...

House Plants: sticky palm tree, dish detergent, spider mites
dish detergent, spider mites, future signs: Cathy, Your palm has insects and the sticky stuff is their excrement. You need to treat it to get rid of the insects. It has either gotten scale (little circular spots on the backs of the leaves that look like they don t move but have insects under there...

House Plants: Toxicity of Lisianthus, little tooth, lisianthus
little tooth, lisianthus, darlene: Lorna, It is not on any lists on the internet as being toxic to cats but it is also not on any lists as not being toxic. It has been discussed as making cats seem inebriated. So it may have the effect of beer or wine. Not exactly toxic but an effect none...

House Plants: Warms in my plants, soil insects, chemical insecticide
soil insects, chemical insecticide, feeder roots: Hi Pamela, There are many kinds of soil worms and caterpillars that can infest the soil of houseplants. There are also many ways for them to get inside your home. How long have you had the plants? There could have been eggs in the soil or on the roots...

House Plants: White bugs in soil, fungus gnats, larva stage
fungus gnats, larva stage, house plants: Cyn, The white bugs in the soil are the larva stage of fungus gnats. They are attacking the roots because the plants are being overwatered and the roots are beginning to rot so the fungus gnats larva are going after the rotten root material just like fruit...

House Plants: just wondering, schefflera plant, umbrella plant
schefflera plant, umbrella plant, even plants: Hi Tracey, As a general rule all houseplants should be considered potentially poisonous. Even plants that are not specifically labeled as poisonous could still cause adverse affects in children or animals if eaten. Any non food plant can cause an allergic...

House Plants: Yucca's suddenly going sour, new growth, generic version, thick layer
generic version, thick layer, yucca: Gareth, I have not had or heard of a yucca with a fungal or bacterial problem. Their problems are usually from too much water and not enough sun. I reccommend that you increase the sun if at all possible, decrease the amount of water that you are giving...

House Plants: zizi and bamboo houseplants, dracaena sanderiana, glass carafe
dracaena sanderiana, glass carafe, bamboo plants: Nancy, Good news and bad news. The bamboo that you see in stores in water is one specific type of bamboo that in fact is not bamboo but Dracaena sanderiana. If your bamboo is that type of bamboo then yes you can put it i a glass carafe and it will do fine....

House Plants: azaleas, rooting hormone, potted azalea
rooting hormone, potted azalea, facing windows: Sara, They need very bright light but they don t need to sit in hot direct sun. You said you water them when they are dry. In your picture the plant on the left looks like the soil immediately around the base of the plant is a little moist but part of...

House Plants: bamboo, drainage holes, water drains
drainage holes, water drains, tap water: Hi Jan, Most of the plants sold as Bamboo are not actually Bamboo. They are plants that belong to the Dracaena family. You may be under-watering the plant. It is recommended that you allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry between watering then water...

House Plants: Cactus gardens in SW Florida, cacti and succulents, doral fl
cacti and succulents, doral fl, oakland park fl: Sharyn, Sorry, I live in northern Indiana. It s 21 degrees here, I envy you. Actually I am only jealous in the winter, in the summer I love Indiana. I did find 2 clubs in south Florida that you can check out: Sarasota Succulent Society and Experimental...

House Plants: Chlorphytum Comosum, grass cats, plants poisonous to cats
grass cats, plants poisonous to cats, grass seeds: Hi Erik, Some experts list Spider Plants as being poisonous and some say it is not. Even if it is not officially considered a poisonous plant all houseplants can be harmful to animals, especially cats. Any kind of plant can cause a potentially life threatening...

House Plants: coconut plant, bamboo skewer, sun up to sun down
bamboo skewer, sun up to sun down, black fly: Christine, A coconut palm is very difficult to grow indoors in a pot without a greenhouse. It requires full sun all day long. It needs to sit next to a south facing window with no window covering that is closed from sun up to sun down. It would be even...

House Plants: corn plants, rooting hormone powder, corn kernel
rooting hormone powder, corn kernel, corn plants: Khalliah, You should not do anything until after April 1st when the days are longer then it will be more likely to reroot in about 3-4 weeks. In the meantime you should pick up a bottle of powdered rooting hormone at a garden center such as Lowes. When...

House Plants: diffenbachia, dowel rod, rooting hormone
dowel rod, rooting hormone, new roots: Amber, This is not the right time to repot it yet or start it from cuttings. After April 1st to June 15th is the best time period to do that. It is when the roots are actively growing and the plant will reroot the easiest without going into shock. What...

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House Plants: Potted palm, cool water, rest of the day
House Plants: Potted palm, cool water, rest of the day, leaves

House Plants: ficus losing leaves, turkey baster, ficus plants
turkey baster, ficus plants, dawn to dusk: Neli, Move them both to a location where they get as much actual sun as possible all day long and they will stop loosing leaves. Set them in front of a window and keep the drapes or blinds open all day from dawn to dusk. They need direct sun! For water...

House Plants: flowering maple sap?, adult scale, scale insects
adult scale, scale insects, cotton swab: Hi Maggie, Yes, you can prune off the most heavily infested branches and leaves. As long as you are not removing too much of the plant at one time it should be okay. I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information please...

House Plants: House Plants are dying in the winter., drain tray, house plants
drain tray, house plants, rain water: Ann, Whether or not it is getting enough light depends on what kind of palm it is. It could also be turning brown because it is getting too much water. In the winter when the days are shorter all plants slow down their growth and their need for water. We...

House Plants: help, heliconia, pollinator
heliconia, pollinator, sciencemag: Joshua, Hummingbirds. Reference: http://cloudbridge.org/heliconia_pollination.pdf http://www.jstor.org/pss/2459823 http://www.smith.edu/garden/Academics/Smithsonian-Internship05.pdf http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/300/5619/630...

House Plants: hibiscus tree, dawn to dusk, spider mites
dawn to dusk, spider mites, insect attack: Kris, You are probably not far from me. I live near Fort Wayne, IN. Hibiscus can be difficult to live with during the winter. They do tend to loose leaves during the winter but it is usually for a reason. The most common reason is too little sun, as...

House Plants: jade plant, dawn to dusk, future signs
dawn to dusk, future signs, mealy bugs: Gaile, Does the new window face the same direction so the plant gets as much light as it did before. It needs to sit next to a south or east or west facing window with the window covering open from dawn to dusk. A north window will not have enough sun....

House Plants: Light question, easy houseplants, pothos plants
easy houseplants, pothos plants, peace lily: Maria, With those screens I would keep low light plants within 3 feet of the east or west windows, medium light plants next to those windows and you can put low light plants right next to the north facing ones, especially large windows. High light plants...

House Plants: Light question, easy houseplants, pothos plants
easy houseplants, pothos plants, peace lily: Hi Maria, I am not really familiar with solar screens so I am not sure exactly how much they will affect the light a plant would receive. High light plants are probably not a good idea but you should be able to grow medium to low light plants fairly well....

House Plants: Money Tree, drainage holes, stem rot
drainage holes, stem rot, sunny window: Hi Lee, It sounds like the plant has stem rot. Unfortunately there is not really anything you can do to save the plant. The most common cause of stem rot is overwatering. As a general rule you should allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry then water...

House Plants: 'mass cane', plant hope, poor location
plant hope, poor location, diningroom: Norman, Yes, It does not like the drying heat, it needs humidity. It also needs bright light but no actual sun. Near a large north window is great or 3 feet from an east or west window is okay or at least 5 feet from a south window. Move it and it will...

House Plants: ming plants, ming aralia, bamboo skewer
ming aralia, bamboo skewer, decorative pebbles: Vera, These plants need high humidity. Therefore unless you have 200 plants in your home that keep the humidity around 50% your new plant will benefit from a humidity tray. The plant itself cannot stand to sit constantly in a drain tray full of water, it...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, repotting plants, norfolk island pine
repotting plants, norfolk island pine, drain tray: Paul, It s a little early to be repotting plants yet. Yes, it would be good to separate them but it would be better to wait until the days are longer and you can remove most of the soil then take the plant outdoors and wash the rest of the soil off the...

House Plants: outdoor jade plant, scale insects, tiny insects
scale insects, tiny insects, mealy bugs: Mary, That would be wise, it neeeds protection from too much rain and definitely from frost but it does need sun either in the morning or evening but not in the heat of the day or it will get sunburned. You are welcome. If I can help you in the future feel...

House Plants: Pachira aquatica, aggie horticulture, money tree
aggie horticulture, money tree, darlene: Danielle, Pachira aquatica is a tree and cannot be rooted from cuttings in water. It may be able to be rooted from air layerings but I have never tried that on that tree so I cannot tell you with any certainty. You can try it with directions from the following...

House Plants: Philodendron care, indirect sunlight, soil mix
indirect sunlight, soil mix, philodendron plant: Maya, If this plant was already growing in soil you should not remove it from the soil and put it in water. The kind of roots that a cutting grows in water are not the same as the roots that a plant grows in soil. Roots grown in water are succulent and...

House Plants: Potted palm, potted palm tree, yucca plants
potted palm tree, yucca plants, 50 degres: Maya, Most potted palms are very difficult plants to keep alive. I have killed several myself even with my experience. The only palm I reccommend that you buy is a bamboo palm and they can be difficult to find. You may be able to find one online the easiest....

House Plants: Pruning fig indoor fig tree, soil mix, roots and branches
soil mix, roots and branches, drain tray: Jim, Yes,you can prune off about 30% of the top and 30% of the roots each year. Never put the tree in a larger pot unless you want it to grow larger than it is right now. You can either prune it topiary style so it ends up looking like a ball after...

House Plants: peace lily woes, peace lily, rubbing alcohol
peace lily, rubbing alcohol, green thumb: You are welcome. I use it on all my plants. It costs about $20.00 for a bottle but you only use 2 tablepoons per 5 gallon bucket of water or 1 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water so it will last a long time and it will not spoil or go outdated. If you have more...

House Plants: my plants dying :(, bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers
bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers, dry plants: Briana, Draceana plants do not like direct sun. You should not set it in the sun on a sunny day. The light needs to be bright enough that your hand will make a good shadow where the plant is sitting. It just doesn t like strong sun sun shining on it for...

House Plants: poney tail palm, elephants foot, pony tail
elephants foot, pony tail, frond: Roseanna, It is strictly a matter of taste. If you do not like the look with the new frond cut it off, if you aren t sure let it go till it gets a little larger and you can see. The larger it is you can cut it off and you may be able to root it to start...

House Plants: propagating a prince of orange phildendron, flourescent bulb, philodendrons
flourescent bulb, philodendrons, rooting hormone: Jesse, I find plants root much easier in soil. Get a bottle of rooting hormone at your nearest garden center and dip the cutting in the hormone then insert it in a pot of fresh soil and firm the soil around the cutting. Then treat it like you do the parent...

House Plants: Schefflera tree, bamboo skewer, turkey baster
bamboo skewer, turkey baster, swamp plant: Stan, The nursery gave you incorrect instructions. This tree loves the sun. It needs to be moved to the sunniest location possible. It needs to be next to those windows and the drapes or blinds need to be open from dawn to dusk. It also does not like...

House Plants: Science plant question, fast growing plants, prayer plants
fast growing plants, prayer plants, dryer lint: Hello Marina, I am not sure you are going to find any plants that will grow significantly in only 1 week and 3 days. To answer your question, some cheap fast growing plants are Philodendrons, Pothos and Spider Plant plantlets (babies). Prayer Plants...

House Plants: yukka house plant, dawn to dusk, desert plant
dawn to dusk, desert plant, yukka: Colin, Only if they are not getting enough sun and they are getting too much water. They need full sun from a south, east or west window with blinds or drapes open fully from dawn to dusk and only watered every 3 weeks. Mine has not lost any leaves sitting...

House Plants: 3-Season Room Plants, indoor herb garden, herb greenhouse
indoor herb garden, herb greenhouse, dracaena marginata: Carolyn, No tropical house plant will survive if the temperature drops in the the low 40 s. Plants that will survive into the lower 50 s and high 40 s are Bay laurel trees (with leaves for soups or roasts), ficus trees, hibiscus, most Bromeliads, most...

House Plants: Basil Plant, basil plant, long periods of time
basil plant, long periods of time, inch pot: Kritka, You should keep the house much above 70 degrees because too hot can kill them also. The would actually like it around 65 degrees which would be a bit cool for you. They especially like the temperature to drop during the late evening and at night...

House Plants: christmas cactus & atomic grow, Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus: J. A., You have over or under watered it. During the summer and before blooming you should give it lots of water but after blooming you should treat it like a cactus and give it minimal watering. At all times it should be in very bright light locations...

House Plants: Dracaena cane, fungus spores, allergy problems
fungus spores, allergy problems, dracaenas: Debbie, Because this has been such a wet year there is a lot os mold and fungus spores in the air in a lot of areas. I would spray the top of the stump lightly with Lysol spray every other day for 3 times. Then if you see any more mold spray it again. Be...

House Plants: Ficus Benjamina, ficus benjamina, darlene
ficus benjamina, darlene, fungus: Muna, I beleive that you are probably right and your hard yellow clusters are fungal growths. If it wer my tree and I had not had it long I would first contact the store where I got it and see if they would take it back and if they had any problems with...

House Plants: House Plant Identification, new leaves, rooting hormone
new leaves, rooting hormone, dieffenbachia: Todd, Your plant is a dieffenbachia. The trunk is tall and flimsy because the plant did not have enough light as it was growing so it elongated itself reaching for more light. You can air layer the top part off just below the leaves and once it is rooted...

House Plants: Houseplant Lighting, track lighting, full spectrum
track lighting, full spectrum, darlene: Scott, The compact flourescents would provide the best light and since they need to be on for 14 hours a day so since they are the most economical you are best off with those. A timer to turn them on and off would make it reallly easy. If you have more...

House Plants: Mass Cane?, self watering pot, cindy cindy
self watering pot, cindy cindy, drain tray: Cindy, First I would check to see if this cane is well rooted. If it pulls out of the soil easily you have a root problem on that cane. I would inspect it for any root rot and if I found that cut away the rotten portions then dip the cane in a powdered...

House Plants: Peace Lily, Peace lily not blooming
Peace lily not blooming: Cheryl, The leaves are turning down either because you are keeping it too wet or too dry. Feel the soil and you sohould know which. It is probably too wet. This plant likes to get totally dry between waterings. It does not like to be kept too wet. It...

House Plants: Philodendron, forage crops, process of photosynthesis
forage crops, process of photosynthesis, fertilizer application: Hannah, I am surprised that it did not do just fine. It actually gets as much from the sun and water and it can get most of the following nutrients from very gravelly soil. I suspect that your plant almost died due to being watered too much and that it...

House Plants: plam tree, Palm care
Palm care: Billy, You need to kind out exactly what type of palm it is and what it s needs are and care for it accordingly. Off the top of my head the biggest problem with palms with the problems you describe is that they are being overwatered and it may not be getting...

House Plants: sensitive plan prunning, pruning shears, master gardener
pruning shears, master gardener, sensitive plant: Carol, No, I am a volunteer Master Gardener. I am not a professional horticulturalist. It is my experience that it is quite easy to prune most plants back. You can use pruning shears or simply sharp scissors and prune each branch just above a branch or...

House Plants: ???sugarcane plant, houseplant, allexperts
houseplant, allexperts, darlene: Dominique, I cannot be sure what plant your are talking about. The sugarcane plant is not a houseplant. Can you email me a picture of the plant though allexperts or to plantlady6@yahoo.com Then I can identify it and answer your question. Darlen...

House Plants: I think my plant has chicken pox!, Treating scale on a houseplant.
Treating scale on a houseplant.: Linda, I can t tell exactly what your plant is but the things are an insect called scale. Under the hard shell is a bug sucking on the plant and laying eggs for more insects. You need to kill it and it s eggs. Take a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and...

House Plants: type of house plants that need none or mininal sun, flourescent bulbs, light bulbs
flourescent bulbs, light bulbs, house plants: Kate. The only way you can grow houseplants in that location would be if you use flourescent lighting suspended frome the ceiling. You need either 2 two tube fixtures or 1 four tube fixture on a timer set to have them on for 14 hours a day. You can use...

House Plants: African Violet, bamboo skewer, self watering pots
bamboo skewer, self watering pots, african violet: April, I m not sure exactly what a violet pot is. Maybe you need to talk to whereever you got the pot from. I do not beleive in any type of self watering pots. In my experience they either keep the plants too wet or too dry. A plain clay or plastic pot...

House Plants: Azaleas, degree temperature drop, red azalea
degree temperature drop, red azalea, azalea plant: Monica, Step1. Put your azalea in the coolest room available where it will get good light but remain out of direct sun. And make sure the soil in the pot never dries out. Step 2. Remove spent blooms to avoid encouraging disease. Step 3. Water thoroughly...

House Plants: arborea, ceramic pots, cache pot
ceramic pots, cache pot, plastic pot: David, There are at least 2 plants known as Arboreas so I am not sure which one you are talking about. Because of the problem you are having I absolutly do not reccommend that you plant any plants in non draining pots. They are not meant to have the plants...

House Plants: brown spots on aloe plant, fungus gnats, aloe plant
fungus gnats, aloe plant, drain tray: Katherine, The brown spots on your aloe plant are most likely a sucking insect called scale that can be flicked off with a Q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol. The other insects are fungus gnats and are there because that plant or another plant in the vicinity...

House Plants: Calathea Second Chance Plant, yellow halos, prayer plants
yellow halos, prayer plants, plant biologists: Hi Secunda, It is not unusual for Marantas (Calatheas are members of the Maranta family which also includes Prayer Plants, Stromanthe and Ctenanthe) to stop folding up at night (Plant biologists call these daily cycles circadian rhythms) as one of the...

House Plants: Chinese Evergreens, chinese evergreens, peace lily
chinese evergreens, peace lily, chinese evergreen: Linda, Earlier today someone sent me a picture of the largest Chinese Evergreen I have ever seen. It was absolutely beautiful. After seeing that I cannot reccommend that you divide it or prune it. In the next couple of days go to Allexperts.com and go...

House Plants: Croton, fatal allergic reaction, croton plant
fatal allergic reaction, croton plant, new leaves: Hi Pam, Moderate to high intensity sunlight is what a croton plant requires. Inside in the summer time the place for a croton is within 3 feet of an east or west facing window. A southern facing window during the winter may be just fine for a croton. ...

House Plants: cactus houseplant do not know type, potting soil mix, clay pot
potting soil mix, clay pot, flat sections: Doris, You can try rooting a still green section of this plant. Cut or break it off of the main plant and leave it lay and air dry for 3-5 days until the cut appears totally dry. Pick up a bag of builders sand at Lowe s or Home Depot and a bag of cheap...

House Plants: calathea mia, prayer plants, fertilizer package
prayer plants, fertilizer package, liquid fertilizers: Hi Agustin, Calatheas are members of the Marantas family (Prayer Plants, Stromanthe and Ctenanthe are also Marantas). Marantas grow on the floor of the rainforest so they like a moist, warm and humid environment. Marantas fold up their leaves at night,...

House Plants: cat palm, Make a cat palm think it is outside.
Make a cat palm think it is outside.: Kevin, Build a greenhouse around it or beg a greenhouse to keep it for you for the winter. Or hire a contractor to put a window in the south side of your house to give you the light your cat palm needs. As an alternative this plant will survive without...

House Plants: chocolate plant (pseuderanthemum), peat moss, soil mixture
peat moss, soil mixture, balanced fertilizer: Reina, There are many varieties of pseuderanthemum but I suspect yours is pseuderanthemum altum since that is the one known as Chocolate plant. An 18 pot may be too large unless the pot is fairly full of plant. Because the days are shorter during the...

House Plants: corn plants, corn plants, corn plant
corn plants, corn plant, rare occurrence: Amalie, It is happening because your plant is mature enough for it to happen. It never happens until a plant is about 10 years old. If you cut it back and forced it to start over it would not bloom again for some time. Once it blooms they generally bloom...

House Plants: dieffenbachia, dawn dishwashing liquid, home pest control
dawn dishwashing liquid, home pest control, commercial pesticides: Hi Cynthia, You will have to get rid of the insects that are making the holes in the leaves. If you do not find insects on the plant when you check it then wait until nighttime. A lot of the insects that cause this type of damage do not actually live on...

House Plants: False Aralia, false aralia, bright indirect light
false aralia, bright indirect light, purple hue: Douglas, It is not a bamboo, it is a False Aralia or Aralia elegantissima/Dizygortheca elegantissima. It is native to Australasia. If you go to Google and put in False Aralia then click on images at the top you will find pictures of your plant. Here...

House Plants: Fica tree, bamboo skewer, turkey baster
bamboo skewer, turkey baster, drain tray: Tina, You are watering it too much and the roots are rotting and the soil is molding. You should never water the tree until the soil is dry to within an inch of the bottom of the pot. Either get a water meter at a garden center, they are less than $10.00,...

House Plants: False Aralia, false aralia, jatropha multifida
House Plants: False Aralia, false aralia, jatropha multifida, google images

House Plants: small white worms, rubbing alcohol
House Plants: small white worms, rubbing alcohol

House Plants: Goldfish Plants, drain tray, drain hole
drain tray, drain hole, fifteen days: Ally, The symptoms sound like it is dying from being too wet. Does the container it is in have a drain hole and a drain tray under it? If it does not that is your problem. If it does is the soil drying out well in the fifteen days between waterings? Let...

House Plants: house plant, philodendron family, google
philodendron family, google, reddish color: Anna, I am sorry, you will have to send me a picture for me to identify it for certain. I think it may be in the philodendron family. You can go to google put philodendron in and click on images and see if any match your plant. Otherwise email me a picture...

House Plants: Identification please, aggie horticulture, corn plants
aggie horticulture, corn plants, dracaena deremensis: Laura, I beleive that you have a Dracaena deremensis ĎWarneckiií. It is more commonly called a corn plant. It does not need to be in a larger pot. I would reccommend removing the lowest 7 or 8 leaves then air layering the top of the plant. This is a technique...

House Plants: Indoor plants, plants that are poisonous to cats, snake plant
plants that are poisonous to cats, snake plant, african violet: Pat, A pothos vine or philodendron vine hanging near a window with the drapes or blinds open all day will do fine. Snake plant does fine. http://houseplants.about.com/od/pickingahouseplan1/tp/LowLightPlants.htm That website gives a whole list of...

House Plants: Indoor Rubber tree, indoor rubber, soil line
indoor rubber, soil line, question pool: Hi Leslie, I just got back from being on vacation and found your question in our Question Pool and thought I may be able to help. From what you are describing the plant may well be past being able to recover but I have found rubber trees can be very...

House Plants: Indoor Yucca, drainage hole, desert plant
drainage hole, desert plant, drain tray: Marion, I am not sure what you mean by, both of the shoots got top heavy and have drooped right over. Has the trunk turned mushy or soft up where it is green? This plant is a desert plant. I suspect you have been keeping it too wet and not giving it...

House Plants: what kind of house plant?, false aralia, s drain
false aralia, s drain, pot plant: Jamey, Your plant is a yellow flower one is a Dizygotheca elegantissima or commonly known as False Aralia. It can become as tall as 20 feet tall if planted in the ground or a huge pot but is a slow grower. The following website gives very detailed growing...

House Plants: low maintenence indoor plants, plastic plants, water plants
plastic plants, water plants, indoor plants: Kaylee, i m sorry, I do not know of any plants that will grow all summer without water. Plants have to be cared for. Not even cactus will go that long without water. I m afraid you will have to find a janitor willing to water plants during the summer or...

House Plants: Mass Cane, Rooting Mass cane stalks
Rooting Mass cane stalks: Linda, Try to figure out which end of each cane goes down and get a pot of soil then dip the bottom end in rooting hormone and insert it in the pot of soil. Then set the pot back outside in the same type location it was used to in her yard. Sun if it was...

House Plants: Mass cane plant, dracaena plants, drain tray
dracaena plants, drain tray, lowe s: Ashlee, The 2 planter sounds very large for 1 plant. The pot should not be much bigger around than the plant is or it will be very easy to overwater and get root rot. Roots absolutely need to dry out enoungh between waterings that the roots can breath...

House Plants: Money Tree pruning, rooting hormone powder, tree trees
rooting hormone powder, tree trees, money tree: Gracie, A money tree is a Tree just like a Maple tree or an oak tree. I would keep the trunk in a very sunny location for at least 3 months before I threw it out to see if it sprouts new growth. There is a small chance it will. As far as starting a new...

House Plants: mass cane harmful for cats?, cat at home, safe side
cat at home, safe side, nibble: Katherine, Mass Cane is in the Dracaena family and it is not considered safe for cats. Generally cats know what is poisonous to them and stay away from it. I suggest that you keep the plant in a room the cat does not go into to be on the safe side. Good...

House Plants: mexican dagger /yucca plant, yucca plant, sandy soil
yucca plant, sandy soil, rooting hormone: Graham, I would suspect it is old age or maybe even some frost.I do not believe that it is a disease. These plants anr not subject to any diseases other than overwatering. If it has been too wet you may need to pot them up in very sandy soil to keep them...

House Plants: minimum temps for houseplants, jade plants, scheffleras
jade plants, scheffleras, spider plants: Hi Abby, Scheffleras are somewhat sensitive to temperature and humidity. They are native to regions that are warm and wet, so it is good to try and replicate this for your plant. It is best if temperatures stay around 70F during the day and donít go below...

House Plants: Ornamental orange tree, Mold Solution for Orange Tree
Mold Solution for Orange Tree: Arleen, The mold is most likely due to being too wet and because we have had a very wet year there are a lot of mold spores in the air that are very opportunistic. I reccomend that you keep the plant on the dry side for awhile and the leaf drop should stop....

House Plants: Overgrown umbrella plant, umbrella plant, plant friends
umbrella plant, plant friends, foot ceilings: Suzanne, New branches will come out of buds at the base of a leaf stem and the can come out anywhere up and down the trunk. The more sun it gets the more branches it will grow. The part you cut off I would try using rooting hormone and rooting it in a pot...

House Plants: Plant Care, drainage holes, schefflera plant
drainage holes, schefflera plant, wooden skewer: Hi Allene, The 2 main problems caused by improper watering on a schefflera is the leaves turning black and falling off and wrinkled leaf tips. Leaves turning black and falling off is a sign that the plant is being over-watered. Wrinkled leaf tips is a...

House Plants: Plant concerns, yams and sweet potatoes, difference between yams and sweet potatoes
yams and sweet potatoes, difference between yams and sweet potatoes, striped dracaena: Pat, In my experience any residue on the outside of pots is the residue of hard water. Just how it accumulates depends on how that particular pot was fired, how hot etc. It is nothing to worry about. It will not harm the plants. Just rinse it off from time...

House Plants: Plant ID, canna lilly, google
canna lilly, google, plant id: R, A little difficult with just the picture of the flower especially when this plant is not normally a house plant. It is a canna lilly that is grown from a large tuber outdoors in full sun. If you are i a tropical area it can be raised outdoors year...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm (has out grown ceiling ht), aggie horticulture, greenhouse environment
aggie horticulture, greenhouse environment, pony tail: Dean, I agree, if you can possibly wait I would also wait until you can put it outside and follow the instructions to air layer it as soon as you put it outsice. Then it has plenty of time to root and the base will start growing a new top before it has...

House Plants: Portulacaria, drain tray, clay soil
drain tray, clay soil, malation: Wanda, Portulacaria needs to be in almost pure gravel so the water will drain through quickly. There should be no drain tray under it. If it has rained a lot to much rain is probably the culprit. Portulacaria do not like chemical such as malathion or...

House Plants: Pothos, inch pot, golden pothos
inch pot, golden pothos, money plant: Heather, Yes, I would put the new one back in it s original pot or go get another 6 inch marble queen and put both in the 10 inch pot together. Then they should be fine. If you want to add to your golden pothos give yourself a Christmas present and do it...

House Plants: papyrus plant, case thanks, hopeless case
case thanks, hopeless case, swampy areas: Phyllis, It is a plant that needs sun. Do you have a friend that you might want to give it to who would like to try it?? It likes lots of water. It can sit in water constantly. In nature it is a plant that grows in sunny swampy areas. If you can t meet...

House Plants: planting Ficus pumila in pots., ficus pumila, drain tray
ficus pumila, drain tray, moist soil: Eden, I have grown them in pots. They do better in pots if they are in smaller pots or pot bound. You are best off with no drain trays under the pots. Just use the pots to give them a pocket of soil to grow in. They do not need constantly moist soil so...

House Plants: ponytail palm, growth spurts, dry spells
growth spurts, dry spells, slow grower: Hi Donna, If the branch rooted well then it should become a plant just like the one it came from. However because of the slow growth of ponytail palms it could be quite awhile before it looks like the parent plant. Ponytail palms get their name from...

House Plants: pothos, Crying plant
Crying plant: Linda, Rest assured this is not uncommon. Letís look at those - crying leaves - and try to stay away from being too technical. What Is This Function Called? It is called Guttation - Some refer to this as transpiration, but what you are seeing is specifically...

House Plants: problem with my jade plants, self watering pot, cactus soil
self watering pot, cactus soil, jade plants: Bev, Root rot will not be resolved by stopping watering for a couple of days. It will take 6 months of very careful minimal watering and lots of sun to heal your plants. First lay the plant on it s side and carefully gently remove it from the pot and examine...

House Plants: pruning a palm tree, tall palm tree, roots in water
tall palm tree, roots in water, draceana: Carol, I cannot answer your questions without knowing exactly what kind of plant you are talking about. I need to see a picture or two of it to identify it before you do any cutting on it. If it is truly a palm tree you cannot cut it off and root it but...

House Plants: Repottig mistake, styrofoam pellets, question thanks
styrofoam pellets, question thanks, sunny location: Sheilagh, That is just fine. Just keep it in a very sunny location and it should be fine. Be careful to let it get somewhat dry and lighter between waterings, don t let it dry out totally but let it get dryer. After it finishes blooming let it dry out...

House Plants: Root Rot in Desert Rose., caudex, drain tray
caudex, drain tray, potting soil: Wanda, Yes, but if there is no sand in the soil I would put some sand on top of the soil and as you water it that will wash down in. I would get it some water immediately. There is a fine line between enough and too much but if you do not leave any water...

House Plants: Rose problems, degree temperature drop, swamp plant
degree temperature drop, swamp plant, rose problems: Mackenzie, A rose is a very touchy plant to try to grow indoors. It needs at least a 10 degree temperature drop at night and it needs to dry out to where it is nearly dry and fairly light weight before you water it. When you water it you need to empty the...

House Plants: Sad Purple Passion, plant wilts, new roots
plant wilts, new roots, purple passion: Robin, You said she was watering like she was told to, how was she told to water it? It should be allowed to dry out between waterings. Every time it is watered the drain tray should be emptied so it is not constantly sitting in water or the roots begin...

House Plants: Scale treatment, Scale on a large Chinese Evergreen
Scale on a large Chinese Evergreen: Angela, The instructions from Logee s website for Ced-o-flora are as follows: Directions for Use: Shake contents before mixing. Mix 3 teaspoons of Ced-O-Flora with 1 pint of water or 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) to 1 Quart of water. Stir or shake the mixture...

House Plants: Schefflera, drapes and blinds, light green leaves
drapes and blinds, light green leaves, drain tray: Anny, Absolutely do not repot it! This is the wrong time of year to repot any plant or to try to grow new roots on cuttings! The days are getting shorter. Plants are going into a resting period, they are not going to grow new roots on repotted plants or...

House Plants: Song of India Plant, fungus gnats, fruit flys
fungus gnats, fruit flys, drain tray: Sharon, For the ones around the bottom of the pot I would pour rubbing alcohol directly on them full strength. Otherwise I would dilute it just a little, 2 parts alcohol and 1 part water. Water it with that. Leave it sit for an hour then remove the liquid...

House Plants: sap on my umbrella plant, insect problem, bodied insects
insect problem, bodied insects, brown dots: Hi Patti, The sticky stuff you are finding on the leaves and your floor is not sap, it is called Honeydew . Honeydew is a waste product produced by insects such as scale, mealy bugs and aphids. Sooty Mold , a black mold that looks like soot, can often...

House Plants: small white worms, fruit flys, self watering pots
fruit flys, self watering pots, white worms: Sheila, They are most likey the larva of fungus gnats. Overwatering is causing root rot that is attracting the fungus gnats. The fungus gnats are the same as fruit flys that are attracted to overripe bananas on your counter. They are there because the...

House Plants: How to trim a potted palm tree, potted palm tree, palm fronds
potted palm tree, palm fronds, palm trees: Hi Roberta, You can prune off or cut back individual palm fronds down on the body of a palm, but you cannot prune off the top growing tip on any stem. If you remove the top off of a palm stem, it will stop growing and will die. I hope this helps. If...

House Plants: trimming a night blooming cereus, night blooming cirrus, night blooming cereus
night blooming cirrus, night blooming cereus, pruners: Dibs, Simply take sharp scissors or pruners and cut of the brown parts. You can also cut back sections that you consider leggy, especially round sections. Flowers only grow out of the flat leaf sections but the plant tends to grow round stemmy sections....

House Plants: weak flowers on peace lily?, peace lily, flower buds
peace lily, flower buds, dry periods: Kay, I think the flowers are weak because the plant is crowded and needs repotted and needs fertilized. Don t be afraid to repot it but don t disturb the roots a lot. Just rmove it from the smaller pot, put some soil in the bottom of the new larger pot...

House Plants: whats the name of my plants?, ficus palmeri, care of ficus trees
ficus palmeri, care of ficus trees, ficus petiolaris: Jamey, It is a Ficus palmeri or a Ficus petiolaris. They are almost the same and their care is the same. Jerry Meislik is a ficus bonsai expert. I reccommend that you study his website on the care of ficus trees (http://www.bonsaihunk.us/ ) and, if you...

House Plants: wood sorel sick!, wood sorel, insect spray
wood sorel, insect spray, good soil: Liz, I need to know more about these white spots. There are white spots that can be caused by insects or white spots that can be from fungal infections. It would be really helpful to see that picture. You can email it to me at plantlady6@yahoo.com or you...

House Plants: worms?, soil dwelling pests, leaf miners
soil dwelling pests, leaf miners, spider mites: Hi Heidi, I am not sure exactly what type of insect you are having a problem with. None of the signs you describe really fit any one type of insect. One possibility is there are more than one type of insect/mite on the plants. The most common insect/mite...

House Plants: Zygo Christmas Cactus, plant blooms, drain tray
plant blooms, drain tray, potting soil: Jean, The first thing you must do is fill the pot with soil to within an inch of the rim. The soil should be a mix of potting soil and sand. Then you should put it next to a very sunny window and put the shorter side next to the window so it will grow faster...

House Plants: Anthurium leaves turning brown, indoor tropical plants, anthurium plants
indoor tropical plants, anthurium plants, drain tray: Eva, For starters, you should never buy a plant and immediately repot it, especially not in the fall. Tropical plants should only be repotted between April 1st and July 1st when the days are getting longer, never in the fall of the year when the days are...

House Plants: Asian Money Tree, east balcony, ceramic pot
east balcony, ceramic pot, drain tray: Connie, You have overwatered your plant. It should not be so wet that you can hear water sloshing inside. The roots have rotted so they cannot absorb water and the tree has whithered. The plant should have a drain hole so that any water you give it drains...

House Plants: Asparagus Fern Bugs, overripe bananas, asparagus fern
overripe bananas, asparagus fern, fungus gnats: Jackie, You should water it with as much rubbing alcohol as you would water. If you give it a cup of water when you water it then give it a cup of rubbing alcohol. Then 1/2 hour later empty the drain tray of the plant and let the plant dry out. Then keep...

House Plants: brown leaves on peace lily, peace lily, french doors
peace lily, french doors, darlene: Tina, That s an easy one, if they are totally brown cut them off at the base of the stem. Fertilize the plant lightly to encourage new growth. As partially brown leaves turn cut them off also. Keeping the plant in a bright location near an east window will...

House Plants: Christmas Cactus, britta filter, christmas cactus
britta filter, christmas cactus, black thumb: Marcia, Yes, It doesn t sound like it removes flouride though and draceanas and a few other plants are especially sensitive to that so leaving water in the jugs is great. The flouride will go and the water will be at room temperature which is healthier....

House Plants: Christmas cactus, flower buds, greenhouse environment
flower buds, greenhouse environment, home humidity: Donna, Moving the plant from a florist or greenhouse environment to a home environment in winter where the humidity goes from 60 percent or higher to one where the humidity is 10 percent or less will cause the flower buds to drop. Christmas cactus is a...

House Plants: Coconut Plant, fungus gnats, metal halide lights
fungus gnats, metal halide lights, overripe bananas: Barb, If I am using it on a small pot I pour it on full strength. It will not hurt the plant and it will kill the insects faster. If it is in a large oontainer and I can t afford that much rubbing alcohol then I mix it with water in equal amounts and pour...

House Plants: Cronton, water globes, drain tray
water globes, drain tray, water globe: Alisa, If you are transplanting them out of pots that have no drainage holes into pots that do then yes, do that immediately. Do not move them to any larger pots. If anything move them to smaller pots. Add extra perlite to any new soil you use, perlite,...

House Plants: Dwarf Banana Plant, dwarf banana, drainage hole
dwarf banana, drainage hole, banana plant: Dawn, Repot it once a year in the spring. Move it to a 14 inch pot and make sure it is a pot with a drainage hole and a drain tray under it so it doees not accumulate a lot of water in the bottom of the pot and rot the roots. It would be much happier outside...

House Plants: dividing a Radermachera sinica, radermachera sinica, bonsai artist
radermachera sinica, bonsai artist, mother plant: Carmel, You can buy the KLN at this site: http://www.planetnatural.com/site/rooting-concentrate.html It is $9.95 for a pint bottle but you dilute it a lot so it will last a long time unless you root a lot of cuttins this year. You have to google KLN,...

House Plants: dracaena massangeana, dracaena massangeana cane, drain tray
dracaena massangeana cane, drain tray, poland spring: Saya, When you water it is it dry? Not just look dry, the surface can look dry and the plant can actually be very wet. What you are telling me about are symptoms of overwatering. The plant must be in a pot with drain hole and a drain tray under it. You...

House Plants: dying palm plant?, florescent bulbs, florescent lighting
florescent bulbs, florescent lighting, indoor palm: Richard, Florescent lighting would be better for the plant. Even the new florescent bulbs in the fixtures would be good. Good luck. Darlene Richard, Let me ask you, is the office trying to conserve electricity by turning the lights down or part...

House Plants: Esrog(Etrog,Citrus Medica), compost tea, soil plants
compost tea, soil plants, grass clippings: Marc, I have the following suggestions: 1.Recycle your coffee grounds. Your citrus tree likes acidic soil and coffee grounds will keep the soil acidic. Just sprinkle them on top of the soil and mix them into the top few inches of soil. 2.You...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus trees, systemic insecticide
ficus trees, systemic insecticide, greetings of the season: Worrel, The best thing for you to use is Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed Systemic Insecticide. You may need to mail order it. It costs around $20.00 American for a bottle but 1 application will keep insects away for a full year. The only onther...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus tree, spider mites
ficus tree, spider mites, bright flashlight: Brenda, I suspect your ficus tree has spider mites. Look at it very closely when the sun is shining on it or look at it with a very bright flashlight. You are looking for very fine webbs especially in the crotches where the leaf stems attach or the twigs...

House Plants: fern, facing window, ferns
facing window, ferns, darlene: Kimberly, All you can do is trim off the parts that do not look healthy then hang the fern in a bright east facing window and fertlize it. That should stimulate new growth and get it on the road to health in short order. Ferns do like a lot of humidity...

House Plants: Indoor Fruit Trees, oranges and lemons, indoor trees
oranges and lemons, indoor trees, banana tree: Dee, Yes, citrus trees make wonderful indoor trees during the winter in Indiana. I do reccommend that they go outdoors during the summer so the blossoms get pollinated by insects and you get oranges and lemons easily. Whether you will have fruit in 2 years...

House Plants: Grape Ivy..., lilac bushes, powdery mildew
lilac bushes, powdery mildew, grape ivy: Pam, Grape ivy is a plant that can get a fungal disease called powdery mildew. It kind of looks like you dusted the plant with white powder. It happens to lilac bushes outdoors in the summer a lot. It will not kill the lilacs but it will your grape ivy....

House Plants: guzmania pup, time susan, bromeliads
time susan, bromeliads, hole in the middle: Susan, No, I do not believe that you have a disease or fungus. I think the pup just got scraped or scratched as it was barely emerging. They are very easily damaged. It could also be the result of a watering problem. you have to be be careful with the...

House Plants: Identification, rubber tree plant, ficus elastica
rubber tree plant, ficus elastica, rubber plant: Sarah, It sounds like a rubber tree plant or ficus elastica. Go to Google.com and type in ficus elastica then click on images tward the top of the page and see if any of the pictures match you plant. If so click on that picture and it should give you more...

House Plants: Intruiging object found on surface of houseplant soil., ficus elastica, ficus lyrata
ficus elastica, ficus lyrata, release fertilizer: Mike, Are you sure that these are not a time release form of fertilizer that you or someone else in your family may have applied to the plants some time ago and forgotten about? If these are recently purchased plants or have never been repotted they may...

House Plants: Ivy Problems, Droopy ivy
Droopy ivy: Tamika, In that location it is very pretty but it probably is not getting enough light. it must be bright enough all day on most day for it to make a shadow for it to be getting enough light. Without enough light it isnot growing and not using up the water....

House Plants: Jasmine, jasmine plant, finger and thumb
jasmine plant, finger and thumb, ivy ivy: Hi Susan, Yes, you should bring the plant inside for the winter. Don t forget to carefully check the plant for insects and mites when you bring it inside. You can prune the plant back but I would only cut back dead wood stems and/or would not cut back...

House Plants: jade plant repotting, soil mix, rootbound
soil mix, rootbound, jade plant: Marcy, The answer to all of your questions is yes. You should only move it to a pot that has a diameter 2 inches larger than the pot it is in now. It should not be repotted unless it is rootbound. That means if you can lift the plant from the pot it is...

House Plants: large banana houseplant, turkey baster, drain tray
turkey baster, drain tray, housesitter: Diana, Your banana should only be watered when it has been dry for a few days. I have a smaller one in the same size pot and I am only watering it every 2 weeks right now. It does not get as much sun as yours will as mine only hase a south window and it...

House Plants: mass cane plant, new roots, northern hemisphere
new roots, northern hemisphere, dark location: Tony, NO! Do not repot it! This is not the right time of year to repot any plant. Keep it in the original pot and set it in a basket or ceramic pot. If you really feel you must change the pot find a prettier pot exactly the same size and simply remove it...

House Plants: massangeana, tropical rain forest, corn plant
tropical rain forest, corn plant, yellow leaves: Kelly, Yes, I have heard of them blooming and they do have very strongly scented flowers especially at night. They will not produce seed unless you live in the tropical rain forest they are native to where the tiny flies are that will pollinate them at...

House Plants: mold, potting soil, drain tray
potting soil, drain tray, root rot: Diane, You may be overwatering or you may just have potting soil with too much vegetative stuff in it and the mold is helping digest (turn it into soil) that. However I know, it is disgusting and I have had the problem myself. The fix is easy, spray the...

House Plants: Ornamental Orange Tree, shish kabobs, bamboo skewers
shish kabobs, bamboo skewers, drain tray: Laurie, Most likely you have either watered it too much or too little. I suspect the problem is too much water. When a plant does not dry out well between waterings the roots do not have time to breath in carbon dioxide so the plant can breath oxygen out...

House Plants: odour absorbing house plants, air wick, scented plants
air wick, scented plants, straight forward question: Michael, For starters all houseplants are tropical plants. There are no plants that will survive with light only one or two days a week. All plants need to be in a location bright enough to make a shadow at during daylight hours on sunny days. They don...

House Plants: How often should I water my Dracaena?, bamboo skewer, turkey baster
bamboo skewer, turkey baster, dracena plant: Christina, For starters your city water probably has flouride and chlorine in it and that will burn your Dracena plant. You need to use distilled water or allow your city water to sit in an open bucket for 72 hours before you use it on any of your plants....

House Plants: Pachira Plant, new roots, southern hemisphere
new roots, southern hemisphere, dormant stage: Freddie, The best time to get cuttings to root is in the spring of the year when the days are getting longer. If you are in the southern hemisphere that would be now. If you are in the north you need to wait about months for the ideal time. You can prune...

House Plants: Palm tree care, palm tree care, bamboo skewer
palm tree care, bamboo skewer, flourescent light: Maureen, It sounds like too much water with possible root rot. Do not water it if it feels really heavy. Insert a bamboo skewer into the soil and leave it for at least an hour then pull it out. If it is wet do not water. Put it back in and wait a few days...

House Plants: Plant Identification, philodendron family, latin name
philodendron family, latin name, science fair project: Casey, Plant # 2, the vine is definiteoy Golden Pothos Vine (it s latin name is Epipremnum pinnatum). It is an easy plant to grow and care for. I believe that #3 is Philodendron Rojo, a self-heading hybrid that stays small and manageable but retains its...

House Plants: Potted rose bush from a cut rose, hybrid tea roses, tiny roses
hybrid tea roses, tiny roses, winnipeg canada: Heidi, I did some research and my information says Black Beauty Roses are Hybrid Tea Roses that come from New Zealand. They do need a dormant period of about 3 months. New Zealand has areas where the temperatures get down to freezing. If you can keep it...

House Plants: How to Propagate this Palm, yucca plants, rooting hormone powder
yucca plants, rooting hormone powder, yucca plant: Rosie, It is not a palm, it is a yucca plant. Yuccas come from the desert. Yucca plants are appreciated for the tropical look they give to a room. If you would like a second yucca plant or are concerned your plant my die, you might want to propagate it....

House Plants: plant, drain tray, sunny locations
drain tray, sunny locations, green leaves: Kira & Ronna, I believe your plants are dracaena marginata plants although it is very hard to tell for sure because your picture is taken at a distance from the plant. Both the description and the picture fits that plant except for the 4 thing and I am...

House Plants: plants, science fair prodject, dish detergent
science fair prodject, dish detergent, tops and bottoms: Katelyn, My first tip is learn to use spell check or you will not succeed at all. Scale is an insect. If you are treating scale outdoors on plants you should go to a garden center and find an insecticide that is labeled that it can be used to treat scale...

House Plants: queen anne ferns, humidity tray, country queen
humidity tray, country queen, beautiful queen: David, Every plant has an official Latin name that nurseries should use but many don t bother. Therefore most plants end up with many common names that vary in different parts of the country. Queen Anne Fern is one of those common names that the nursery...

House Plants: Repotting house plants in winter, repotting house plants, peace lillies
repotting house plants, peace lillies, peace lilly: Esther, Whoever advised you it was a mistake was correct. Plants are semi dormant now when the days are shorter. The roots are not growing because of the shorter days. They will not start growing until the days start getting longer. The ideal time to repot...

House Plants: RUBBER TREE PLANT TRIMMING, rubber tree plant, rooting cuttings
rubber tree plant, rooting cuttings, rooting hormone: WM, You can safely prune it now and the tree will regrow. What you probably can t do now is root the cuttings that you cut off. If you were pruning it in the spring of the year you would have a 50/50 chance of rooting the cuttings in soil using rooting...

House Plants: when repot zizi plant, repotting plants, drainage holes
repotting plants, drainage holes, plant failure: Hi Stephanie, Unnecessary repotting is one of the main causes of plant failure so plants should not be repotted unless absolutely necessary. Plants need to be repotted when they become root bound and/or when the potting soil is spent of nutrients and...

House Plants: Spore Forming Parasite on Mint Herb, thick brown hair, mint herb
thick brown hair, mint herb, herb question: Kyle, It won t hurt the plant as long as you keep the can 12 inches from the plant. You want the mist all over the plant not the accellerant. I would wash it well and use the veggie cleaner you can get in the produce section of most large groceries. You...

House Plants: spider mites in my tropical plants, banana plants, spider mites
banana plants, spider mites, banana plant: Hi Debra, I have some good news for you and some bad news. The bad news is since your banana plant has lost so many of it s leaves, there is a chance that it may not recover from both the leaf loss and the damage caused by the spider mites. However, the...

House Plants: white growth on indoor orange tree, systemic insecticide, mealy bugs
systemic insecticide, mealy bugs, indoor plants: Melissa, It is mealy bugs, an insect. It can move to other plants. I would immediately inspect the other plants. You can immediately put a bottle of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle full strength and spray them. It will kill them but you have to be very...

House Plants: white sticky substance, scale insect, scale insects
scale insect, scale insects, sticky layer: Dee, The sticky substance is called honeydew. Honeydew is a liquid sugar that aphids and some scale insects make when they eat plant sap. Honeydew is very sticky. To eat plant sap, the aphid or scale insect pushes its mouth parts into the plant. Plant...

House Plants: wool like ??? stuff on the underside of house plants, jasmine plants, plants and leaves
jasmine plants, plants and leaves, mealy bugs: Ijaz, You have mealy bugs. You need to spray the infested plants with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray the entire plant getting the fronts and backs of all the leaves. You will need to respray it twice a week 4 times to kill any eggs that hatch...

House Plants: zebra plant, zebra plant, shady area
zebra plant, shady area, darlene: Nick, The more sun it gets the more likely it is to send out side shoots but probably not until spring. At that time pinch the growing tip off the top and that will force it to send our side shoots. If you put it outdoors it will need to be in a partly...

House Plants: Areca Palm, bamboo skewers, spider mites
bamboo skewers, spider mites, leaf damage: Sharon, You could be overwatering. The soil cannot be constantly wet. You should get some bamboo skewers and insert one all the way into the soil then do not water it until the soil is dry at least 2/3rds of the depth of the pot and the pot feels lighter...

House Plants: CARE OF YUCCA PLANT, dracaena deremensis, peat moss
dracaena deremensis, peat moss, dawn to dusk: Vicky, Your plant is not a yucca, it is a corn plant or Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig . This plant also prefers soil but it prefers plain potting soil. If you have or can get extra peat moss to make the soil more acidic that would make it even happier....

House Plants: Chilly Plants, john bracken, purple passion
john bracken, purple passion, ebay: Gwen, You don t mention the sun but you did mention cactus so I assume that you have plenty of sun. Many of the plants that like the cool are plants that bloom that love the sun. Orchids, bromeliads, begonias, tulips, daffodills,kalanchoe,lantana, your...