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House Plants: Palm and mealybugs, Mealybugs
Mealybugs: Neil Your plant is an Areca Palm, a common indoor house plant...Type ARECA PALM into your search engine and compare the pictures on one of the sites to your plant... The insects on it are called Mealybugs (a type of soft scale insect)...The white fuzzy...

House Plants: phaelaenopsis orchid, orchid, phalaenopsis
orchid, phalaenopsis: Hi Louisa, You are very lucky to have a Phalaenopsis that is producing plantlets on the flower spike. Although it is not rare, it is unusual and a way to get free plants! I suggest that you wait until the plantlets have at least two roots that are an...

House Plants: when to plant amaryllis, flower stalks, flower spike
flower stalks, flower spike, plastic pot: Victor Growth usually begins 2-8 weeks after you pot the Amaryllis...Some varieties will start to grow faster than others...I do not know what variety you have...If it came in the box read the instructions...IF NOT ASK THE PEOPLE WHERE YOU BOUGHT IT IF...

House Plants: Plant name unknown, wet soils, alkaline soil
wet soils, alkaline soil, outdoor plants: Alfred, No plant likes to be kept constantly wet. You will rot the roots. You should always empty the drain tray under the plant an hour after water so the plant is not sitting in water, that rots the roots really fast. Plants need to dry out between watterings...

House Plants: Plants' states of consciousness, states of consciousness, dormant state
states of consciousness, dormant state, darlene: Harsh, When the days are shorter plants go into a dormant state where they do not grow until the days get longer again. That could be considered a type of sleep. I have never seen a plants brain so i do not believe they have a consciousness. Darlen...

House Plants: Ponytale Palm, turkey baster, cactus soil
turkey baster, cactus soil, ponytail palm: Nancy, You need to measure the diameter of the current pot and find a new pot with a diameter no more than 4 inches larger than the old one. The pot must have a large drain hole and a drain tray under it. This plant grows very slowly and stops growing indoors...

House Plants: queen ann ferns, cool mist vaporizer, rich potting soil
cool mist vaporizer, rich potting soil, central heating systems: John, I am about 100 miles northeast of you, just north of Fort Wayne, IN so I am quite familiar with the climate. Ferns need high humidity. Their natural habitat is very tropical jungles. They do like cold temperatures and dry air caused by central heating...

House Plants: Queen palm, queen palm, even plants
queen palm, even plants, syagrus romanzoffiana: Chris, According to the ASPCA: There is currently no data indicating that Queen Palm (Cocos plumose or Syagrus romanzoffiana) has toxic potential to pets. However, it’s important to keep in mind that even plants considered to be non-toxic can produce minor...

House Plants: Repotted plants are too wet, repotting
repotting: Hi Ann, Unnecessary repotting is the most common of all indoor plant care mistakes. A pot that is too large has extra soil that takes too long to dry out and causes roots to rot. Fortunately, you repotted only two weeks ago so your Philodendron can probably...

House Plants: Rust on leaves, scale
scale: Hi Pejan, If the rust doesn t brush off easily, then it is probably a scale insect infestation. Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part isopropyl alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, spray all leaf and stem surfaces thoroughly until they are...

House Plants: Springtails? How to get rid of., springtails, plant pests
springtails, plant pests: Hi Pennie, Springtails do occur in indoor plants, but they are unusual. Obviously, yours were imported with the outdoor soil that you brought indoors. Lesson learned! Springtails need moisture and food to survive and damp soil provides both. Their food...

House Plants: Twisted Trunk Ficus ( Bonsai), ficus, bonsai
ficus, bonsai: Hi LisaMarie, A gift plant with sentimental value is never silly. I am having a difficult time understanding just what it is that you are seeing - the ring and the whitening. I will need a good photo to understand what this is. Perhaps it is a metal...

House Plants: unknown plant, ficus benjamina, turkey baster
ficus benjamina, turkey baster, ficus tree: Mathew, Also make sure you only water it when it has been dry for at least 3 days and an hour after you water empty the drain tray. If it is too large to pick up to empty the drain tray then use a turkey baster to suck out most of the water. Sitting in...

House Plants: unknown plant, ficus trees, water soluble fertilizer
ficus trees, water soluble fertilizer, ficus benjamina: Mathew, Prune of the dead branches or the dead ends of branches. If you are in a tropical area move it out to the outer edge of the porch where it will get sun most of the day. Ficus trees love the sun. The more sun it gets will cause it to sprout a lot...

House Plants: 7 yr old Money tree w/braided trunk - two trunks suddenly die, lighting levels, facing window
lighting levels, facing window, money tree: Hi Diana, I do see the comments and ratings that are left for me on this site. Your extremely kind words have made my month! I do have expert professional knowledge of indoor plants that I know few people have access to. There is no reason for me not to...

House Plants: ASPIDISTRAS, cast iron plant, plant fertilizer
cast iron plant, plant fertilizer, size plants: Scout, Here s a few ways to help improve your plant s health... 1. How long has it been in the same pot?...You may want to pull your aspidistra (sometimes called Cast Iron Plant ) out of the pot and check to see if it is potbound (mostly roots not soil)....

House Plants: Beaucarnea Plant, myra myra, warm soapy water
myra myra, warm soapy water, mealy bugs: Myra, The white stuff on your plants is an insect called mealy bugs or in your country wooly aphids. Under that white cottony looking stuff is an insect. You are right it is spreading. It only likes certain plants and it loves those that are sort of succulent...

House Plants: Blooming corn plant, inch pot, corn plants
inch pot, corn plants, corn plant: Juliet, Yes, blooming is fairly rare and one of the things that can trigger it is being very pot bound as yours is. Pot size is taken from the diameter of the pot and it appears your plant is in a 4 inch pot. You can continue to feed your plant with the...

House Plants: boston ferns, cold damage
cold damage: Hi Ionna, You will lose most or all of the fronds due to cold damage. However, if the roots were not too seriously damaged, then healthy new growth will emerge slowly. If the frost was mild and brief, then the roots are probably okay because they are insulated...

House Plants: Bougainvillea Shrub, few green leaves, water drains
few green leaves, water drains, mealy bugs: Richard, Bougainvillea love the sun but they also like to be a little dry. Make sure you did not plant it too deep. The crown of the plant should be slightly above soil level so water drains away from the crown quickly. Too deep means the crown could be...

House Plants: corn plants, swamp plant, corn plants
swamp plant, corn plants, corn plant: Tonia, This is not the best time of year to divide plants. The days are getting shorter and houseplant s roots have stopped growing for the winter. If you divide them now you will do some damage to the roots in the process and the damaged roots will most...

House Plants: cyanea - care of, orchid mix, soil mix
orchid mix, soil mix, good soil: June, You are doing the right thing...Keep up the good work...It is not actually planted in a regular potting mix... Cyanea is a Genus of flowering plants native to Hawaii...It contains more than 50 species, ranging in size from shrubs to tall palm-like...

House Plants: domestic onion plant, allium bulbs, onion plants
allium bulbs, onion plants, onion plant: Michelle Were you able to divide the onion plant?? There are numerous types of species in the Allium Genus which are considered wild onion plants and also some hybridized varieties...It would help if I had a picture of the plant and the top of the...

House Plants: Blooming corn plant, mad magazines, corn plant
House Plants: Blooming corn plant, mad magazines, corn plant, fragrant bloom

House Plants: Falling leaves, falling leaves, florescent lights
falling leaves, florescent lights, house plants: Jeri, Where in PA do you live? I have a son that lives in Lewistown, PA. I am in northern IN and it is also cold and frequently dreary. Since you say the leaves started falling when you put up the curtain I am sure it is the lack of light causing your problem....

House Plants: Fertilizer, science research project, magnet school
science research project, magnet school, riddick: Alyssa, I regularly fertilize all my plants with various fertilizers depeending on it s needs and I have hundreds of plants. I do not do homework for students. Email me your questions and I will look at them and decide whether I can help you or whether...

House Plants: ficus lyrata, fertilizer, light
fertilizer, light, dyna-gro: Hi Cynthia, Thank you for the nice compliment. Much appreciated! Great to have fans. Few people realize that the difference between indoor and outdoor light is enormous. If your porch is not enclosed, then the direct sunlight will burn the leaves of...

House Plants: ficus lyrata, brown spots and leaf loss, ficus lyrata, dark leaves
ficus lyrata, dark leaves, scale insects: Francesca Fiddle leaf figs like bright rooms but not direct sunlite(with the exception of morning sun). Are the brown spots on both the top and bottom side of the leaves?..They may be caused by too much sun, brown scale insects, or the result of other physical/nutritional...

House Plants: Fig Tree, ficus tree, dormant period
ficus tree, dormant period, dark closet: Rose, A 20 gallon container is extremely large for a plant you are going to keep in the house part of the year. I suspect that your fig tree is the type of fig tree that grows figs and not a tropicaal ficus tree. I could tell for sure if you email me a...

House Plants: fungus gnats, fungus gnats
fungus gnats: Hi Greg, I am not sure which of my many posts on the subject of fungus gnats you saw, so you may not have my most complete or up-to-date information on fungus gnat controls. The first thing you need to do is remove all loose soil that is not in direct...

House Plants: gnats coming from my soil!, fungus gnat larvae, tiny larvae
fungus gnat larvae, tiny larvae, fungus gnats: Hi again, I think you are relying too much on sand to solve the gnat problem. If you are growing seedlings then you are probably using a soil mix that is infested with gnat larvae. I suggest you use 3 parts of peat moss and 1 part perlite as your mix to...

House Plants: Something growing in my houseplant, hannah hannah, mushroom spores
hannah hannah, mushroom spores, mealy bugs: Hannah, It is either the eggs of mealy bugs or it is soil infected with mushroom spores. It is hard to tell for sure from your picture without seeing the soil myself. I hope you got rid of the infected soil immediately after taking that picture and that...

House Plants: House plant: tiny little white bugs, bugs, plant pests
bugs, plant pests, insects: Hi Charlotte, It is hard to say exactly what critters you are seeing in the soil. However, the fact that your plants are healthy and you didn t mention seeing any larger bugs or flying gnats tells me that the soil-borne insects are harmless to you, your...

House Plants: house plants, drainage holes, house plants
drainage holes, house plants, cold damage: Hi Quintin, Unfortunately there is no sure way to save the plants. First make sure the plants are in a warm room that gets bright, but not direct sunlight. Be extra careful to properly water the plants. As a general rule, allow the top 1-2 inches of...

House Plants: Hybiscus Tree Care, garden pruners, hibiscus tree
garden pruners, hibiscus tree, night temperatures: Keri, If it still has some green leaves it will probably survive. If it looses all of it s leaves and has no sprouts in a month it is dead. For the time being it needs pruned back. Get out your heavy duty garden pruners and any branches that do not have...

House Plants: Insect pests on Stephanotis, plant pests
plant pests: Hi Simon, I need better information here. First I need proper identification of the plant pests. Can you describe what you are seeing that makes you suspect thrips? A photo would be even better. I need to know because different plants pests require different...

House Plants: jade plant, potting soil, boston garden
potting soil, boston garden, top soil: Cathy, The good news is the problems are not life threatening. The brown spots it gets are sunburn. B patient and the leaves will heal and the brown spots will flake off. To prevent it figure out a way to shade it on that fire escape. Either use a larger...

House Plants: Kalanchoe, Portulaca and Umbrella plant, school science teacher, self watering pots
school science teacher, self watering pots, middle school science: Hi Tonia, Most of the flowering Kalanchoes that are sold today are hybrids that were bred to bloom prolifically at point-of-sale, but are weak bloomers after that. Do your best, but keep your expectations low as far as flowering goes. Kalanchoes need a...

House Plants: Long distance move - Small Ficus tree, bonsai, ficus
bonsai, ficus, moving plants: Hi Greg, Your bonsaied Ficus is commonly called Ficus Ginseng bonsai and is also known as Banyan Fig bonsai and Taiwan Ficus bonsai. Its botanical name is Ficus retusa. It is a close relative of Ficus benjamina and its care is the same. If it is possible...

House Plants: maiden hair fern problems, maiden hair fern, maidenhair fern
maiden hair fern, maidenhair fern, humidity levels: Janet, I read your comments and hope you read my original answer thoroughly because I added several additional comments to the info from the other website. It is not growing because plants go dormant during this time of yeaar due to the shorter days. As...

House Plants: ? Moneytree, Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’
Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’: Sandra, It is definitely not a money tree...It is a corn stalk plant(common name)... Latin binomial Name - Probably Dracaena fragrans - variety ‘Massangeana’...Type Dracaena Fragans into your search engine and compare yours to the pictures displayed...They...

House Plants: mosquito plant, scented geranium
scented geranium: Hi Dan, Mosquito Plant is the common name usually applied to Pelargonium citrosum and sometimes called Citronella Geranium. It is called Mosquito Plant because the citronella aroma repels mosquitoes. Geraniums can be grown and over-wintered indoors,...

House Plants: plant care, size plants, pot size
size plants, pot size, sunlight exposure: Did I unconfuse it for you??? Melissa, Even though cat palms don t want to stay too wet, your problem sounds more like it is going too dry in between waterings... Try watering this way... Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly watered...

House Plants: Plant is getting too tall, lucky bamboo, pruning
lucky bamboo, pruning, propagation: Hi Cassandra, Thank you for the photo. In the US, your plant is commonly called Lucky Bamboo because it somewhat resembles Bamboo. However, it is not even a close relative of Bamboo. It is a Dracaena sanderiana. Yours looks healthy, but overgrown. Pruning...

House Plants: rainwater, chemicals and minerals, pigeon droppings
chemicals and minerals, pigeon droppings, rain water: Hi Mathew, Although a lot of gardeners recommend using rain water to water houseplants, using rain water can be problematic. Sometimes, in some places there are chemicals and pollution from the air in the rain water that are not good for potted plants....

House Plants: rainwater, 5 gallon buckets, hardy plants
5 gallon buckets, hardy plants, house plants: Mathew, If the water is very cold then yes it would be better to warm it so it does not shock your plants. Most houseplants are tropical plants and watering them with ice cold water will shock them a bit. I fill 5 gallon buckets with water the night before...

House Plants: re-potting Ming Aralia question, ming aralia, polyscias
ming aralia, polyscias, repotting: Hi Savanna, Ming aralias can be quite temperamental, particularly about change. Keeping it close to the window will help it adjust to its new environment. The less light it receives, the more difficulties it will have adjusting to your home. Even in good...

House Plants: Repotting my philodendron bipinnatifidum, philodendron selloum
philodendron selloum: Hi Tricia, Your Philodendron is healthy and growing as it should. Of course, that means that it does grow an ever-longer bare stem with the foliage all at the end. It is possible to keep the stem upright, rather than leaning, by rotating the plant so that...

House Plants: Getting Rid of bad smell in a house plant, frabreeze, house plants
frabreeze, house plants, bad smell: Tammy, I would recommend sprinkling 1 tablespoon of turf lime over the soil and then watering it lightly...Make sure you wet all the lime...Do this 2-3 times over a period of time (No need to add more lime)...You could also sprinkle a little potpourri over...

House Plants: Do I have sick plants?, minature roses, new roots
minature roses, new roots, sick plants: Cate, I suspect that the Christmas cactus has been overwatered and suffered from root rot. It will slowly grow new roots and come out of it. It needs as much sun as possible. As for the aloe, laying on their sides is the nature of the larger varieties....

House Plants: slow release fertilizer, fertilizer
fertilizer: Hi Hidajadi, Slow or timed release fertilizer is always best applied by mixing it into and throughout the potting mix. In the case of a self-watering planter, it must be mixed into the soil to have any effect. Otherwise, the fertilizer pellets will just...

House Plants: spider plants, spider plants
spider plants: Hi Tina, You cannot tell the difference because there is no such thing as male and female spider plants. This myth got started because some people had trouble getting their spider plants to produce baby plantlets, so they assumed that was because they were...

House Plants: True Christmas Cactus, schlumbergera, hybrid varieties
schlumbergera, hybrid varieties, christmas cactus: Jonica, You can get Schlumbergera Christmas cactus at the following site: They have several hybrid varieties so I would call the an ask if they have your original Schlumbergera x buckleyi. http://www.logees.com/default.asp I have purchased plants...

House Plants: Umbrella plants, adventitious roots, schefflera
adventitious roots, schefflera: Hi Denise, Those are called adventitious roots because they appear in an unusual place. There is no particular cause for this phenomenon. It simply happens occasionally and there is no way to prevent it. Adventitious roots serve no practical purpose for...

House Plants: Wax Plant, mealybugs, wax plant
mealybugs, wax plant, hoya: Hi Dorothy, The key to eliminating mealybugs is to spray really thoroughly. A mix of 5 parts water, 1 part alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap is effective. However, you must spray all leaf and stem surfaces (top, bottom, sides) until they are dripping...

House Plants: white, sticky, I think--mealy bugs on my anthirium plant., mealybugs, plants pests
mealybugs, plants pests: Hi Mary, Mealybugs look like bits of white cotton and they secrete a sticky substance called honeydew. Although mealybugs can spread to other nearby plants, that will not happen as long as you treat your Anthurium promptly as I describe below. Just to be...

House Plants: 30 ft indoor Ficus tree with white spider mites, ficus tree care, ficus
ficus tree care, ficus, spider mites: Hi Doug, For a tree that size, you really need professional help from a certified interior landscape company. Check local listings for indoor landscaping companies. Outdoor landscapers are not really qualified to help you with your atrium Ficus. Commercial...

House Plants: Coconut palm, cold damage
cold damage: Hi Aaron, The future of your coconut Palm depends on just how much cold it was exposed to and for what duration. This is a tropical plant that does not tolerate cold well at all. It can survive temps as low as 40 degrees F. for short periods. Cold exposure...

House Plants: coral cactus, cacti and other succulents, thick base
cacti and other succulents, thick base, wet water: Victor You have a coral cactus grafted on to the top of a succulent cutting. They are very neat looking plants especially when the top is a different color from the stem cutting...Their care is easy if you treat them like a cactus when it comes to watering......

House Plants: Drooping Plant, arrowhead plant, swamp plant
arrowhead plant, swamp plant, drain tray: Trisha, Your plant is a nepthitus or arrowhead plant. In the picture it looks too dry. It needs for the surface of the soil to get dry between waterings but it needs to be well watered probably about once a week. Give it enough water so that all the soil...

House Plants: Another dying yukka question, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting: Hi Chris, The primary problem is that your Yucca is suffering from rotting roots caused by the unnecessary repotting. Appearance and relieving suffering are not good reasons to repot. The large pot with added soil keeps the soil around the roots from drying...

House Plants: zizi plant, zz plant, plastic pot
House Plants: zizi plant, zz plant, plastic pot, creed

House Plants: Ficus Lyrata care, watering, ficus lyrata
watering, ficus lyrata: Hi Aggy, There is no simple formula as to quantity of water that a plant needs based on its size. How much water a plant uses depends on light intensity, pot size, temperature, humidity and how potbound the plant is. So I cannot tell you specifically how...

House Plants: indoor tree, dieffenbachia, dumb cane
dieffenbachia, dumb cane: Hi Christina, Your plant is a Dieffenbachia and it is clear you do have a green thumb! Dieffenbachias do grow quite tall and quite quickly when properly cared for. The problem is that their large, heavy leaves cause them to become top-heavy. A larger pot...

House Plants: kimberly queen fern, ferns
ferns: Hi Heather, My expertise is limited to indoor potted houseplants where the environment is more consistent. I am not familiar with conditions in your area so I cannot tell you what the white bulbs are, except that they are not bulbs because Ferns are not...

House Plants: Mass Cane flowers, corn plant flowers
corn plant flowers: Hi Dave, Indeed, the aroma of Corn Plant flowers can be a bit overwhelming. The entire flower stem (called a spike) can be cut off at any time without any harm to the plant. Next time it flowers, you may want to remove the stem before the tiny buds open...

House Plants: moving and repotting plants, light, repotting
light, repotting, corn plant: Hi A.B. The brown tips on the Corn Plant leaves are not caused by excess light. The likely cause is periodic excessive dryness, although keeping the soil constantly moist can also cause this problem. If the plant is badly potbound, that might also cause...

House Plants: noah's ark houseplant, latin binomial, moses in the cradle
latin binomial, moses in the cradle, noah s ark: dayetta One of the problems ID-ing plants without seeing them or a picture of them is that you can not be sure what they really are with just a common name...Common names differ from area to area...So it does help if I know where you are located (state,...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine indoor, norfolk island pines, plastic pot
norfolk island pines, plastic pot, ceramic pot: Chris By keeping them in the same pot for a long time you can slow their growth...Norfolk Island Pines will reach heights of 70-100 feet tall in the ground in their native areas... They need a well lit room...They like morning sun...Using a humidifier...

House Plants: Ornamental orange tree dropping leaves after replanting, repotting
repotting: Hi Mindy, Unfortunately, you have been victimized by some bad advice from some well-intentioned people with mistaken ideas. Mature potted plants do NOT need to be repotted...EVER. Well-established plants are stable in their existing pots. They may need...

House Plants: peace lilly, poinsettia, holiday flowering plants
poinsettia, holiday flowering plants: Hi Mathew, First, it is important to understand that the colored leaves on a Poinsettia generally last for only 4-6 weeks in good conditions - lots of good light, proper watering and temps between 60 and 75 degrees F. The symptoms you described are generic...

House Plants: play sand that's colored in potting medium, playsand, kitty litter
playsand, kitty litter, potting soil: Jelinda, I have never seen playsand at Lowes, Menards or Home Depot that is colored. It is normally natural tan or brown sand with no coloring. It may also be called builders sand. It comes in a 25 pound bag usually in the lumber area. You might be able...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm Pests, fungus gnats, drapes and blinds
fungus gnats, drapes and blinds, systemic insecticide: Becki, It sounds like your bugs are fungus gnats which usually only attack plants that are too wet. This plant should be treated like a cactus and only watered when it is very dry. This time of year that should be only every 2 to 3 weeks with the short...

House Plants: Problem with new Yucca plant, yucca
yucca: Hi David, Although you have given good information describing the plant and its symptoms, it is hard for me to tell what is wrong because you haven t described the available light or your watering routine. When the growing tip goes soft or becomes discolored,...

House Plants: Red Leaf Clover - Shamrock, shamrock, oxalis
shamrock, oxalis: Hi Zee, Red Leaf Clover - Shamrock is a descriptive name, not a botanical name so I cannot be sure exactly what plant your sister wants. I suspect it is an Oxalis species, a plant that has leaves that look like shamrocks or clover and with some varieties...

House Plants: Repotting a HUGE Schefflera, rooting cuttings, potting soil
rooting cuttings, potting soil, rooting hormone: Mike, You can only divide it easily if there are 2 or more different plants in the pot, each with it s own roots. To find this out remove the entire plant fom the pot and carefully start removing soil from the top. If all those lanky branches come together...

House Plants: Rhipsalis cereuscula, peat moss, acidic soil
peat moss, acidic soil, orchid mix: Jelinda, Rhipsalis cereuscula are succulent plants and should be treated much like cactus, be kept in a sunny location and allowed to get nearly totally dry before watering. If they were mine I would mix 2 parts of a soft acidic soil like African Violet...

House Plants: sago palm, sago palm, cycad
sago palm, cycad: Hi Victor, Despite their common name, Sago Palms are not actually Palms. They are Cycads, the oldest of the various plant families. So these are pretty tough plants, although over potting and over watering will do them in. Do your best to pry off the...

House Plants: Sago Palm, sago palms, cactus soil
sago palms, cactus soil, drapes and blinds: Victor, Take a screwdriver and pry off the glued together stones immediately. They make it difficult to tell whether the plant is wet or dry and they suffocate the roots. If you like the looks of the stones you can get new decorative ones at most craft...

House Plants: skylights, weeping fig tree, shade cloths
weeping fig tree, shade cloths, ficus benjamina: Ray Most tropical plants sold for indoor use don t need a tremendous amount of direct sunlite...Most grown in FL for resale are grown under shade cloths because the direct sun can harm them... One of my previous houses had slanted vaulted ceilings w/2...

House Plants: Split Leaf Philodendron, monstera, propagation
monstera, propagation, potting: Hi Audrey, There may be a bit of truth to what you read about light for your Monstera, but it is mostly incorrect. The light when it is rooting should be no different than when it is a mature plant. That light should be very, bright indirect indoor light....

House Plants: STROMANTHE 'Stripestar', ceramic pot, plant pot
ceramic pot, plant pot, red leaves: Bill, If you just recently repotted it that is part of the problem. You repotted it at the wrong time of year when the roots are not growing and will not fill the pot till later in the spring. It would be best to stake it until April 1st to stabilize it...

House Plants: can't identify plant, sweet potato vine, potato vines
sweet potato vine, potato vines, prayer plant: Tara, Your camouflage plant is a Chinese Evergreen. It likes to get dry between watering. It doesn t like sun but does like bright light. The only difference between the green and purple is the purple is more ornamental and potatoes from it may not...

House Plants: unhealthy gardenia, epsom salts, plant fertilizer
epsom salts, plant fertilizer, acidic soils: Yvonne, 1. Gardenias like temperatures 60 to 80 degrees...Above or below that they will not do well...I m not sure what your year round temps are?..I am in New Jersey,USA (Zone 6-7#...Here they need to be brought inside during the colder months...Full sun...

House Plants: zizi plant, ZZ Plant, leaf shine
ZZ Plant, leaf shine: Hi Marilyn, I am glad to hear that your ZZ Plant is doing well for you. The leaves of a ZZ Plant are naturally quite shiny so I am not quite sure why yours are not. Sometimes nurseries spray plants with pesticides and fertilizers that leave a whitish residue...

House Plants: zygo cactus, zygo cactus, cats and dogs
zygo cactus, cats and dogs, darlene: Sherry, Yes, they are poisonous to cats and dogs. At first I could not locate any information saying they were poisonous so I was about to tell you know. Then I suddenly found 3 sites that confirmed they are poisonous. Either put the plants where the cats...

House Plants: 6th grade science project, grade science project, 6th grade science project
grade science project, 6th grade science project, 6th grade science: Tiffany, Here are several articles availabe on Google that will have the info you are looking for: http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=vitamins+for+plant+growth&aq=1&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&fp=7cdb1c38873a06e I do not do school work for kids....

House Plants: Acclimating and quarantining new houseplants, pests, light
pests, light: Hi Dave, I understand your dilemma. There is a great deal of misinformation available from even seemingly reliable sources. There is far too much attention paid to repotting, fertilizing and humidity and not enough emphasis on proper light and pruning....

House Plants: African violets growing straight up, african violets, urea nitrogen
african violets, urea nitrogen, soluble potash: Jillian, Violets need strong, bright light but not direct sun. Lack of light curtails blooming and causes leaves to grow upright. Too much light results in leaves that are brittle, scorched, and yellow. Under natural light, an east window is often the best...

House Plants: azalea tree, azalea
azalea: Hi Julie, There are hundreds of different Azalea species and hybrids, many of which can withstand sub-freezing temperatures. If yours was sold as a houseplant, then the chances are that it is not winter hardy in your area. On the other hand, all Azalea...

House Plants: Banana root rot, banana plants, banana plant
banana plants, banana plant, yorktown virginia: Hi Sandra, I don t know what information you received from Tracy, but I cannot vouch for its reliability. Your Banana plant could be reacting to the cold (you didn t indicate how cold your garage gets), it may be going dormant, it may not be getting...

House Plants: Burro's Tail, pruning, burros tail
pruning, burros tail: Hi Helen, The only way to eliminate the existing legginess is by pruning. That is because even in stronger light, new growth will only emerge at the ends of each stem. Pruning shortens the stem and makes the end closer to the pot or soil. New growth will...

House Plants: banna tree pest, part rubbing alcohol, spider mites
part rubbing alcohol, spider mites, plant pests: Hi Kimberly, Once a plant is moved outdoors, it is exposed to any number of plant pests that are local to that area. That means there is no way I can possibly know just what critters you may have on your plant. The bruise may be just that - a bruise...

House Plants: bugs in plants, plant soil, drain tray
plant soil, drain tray, rubbing alcohol: Tracy, Water your plant with rubbing alcohol. It will kill the insects in the soil without harming the plant any more than it alreaady is. The insects are attracted to the rotting roots because you have been keeping your plant to wet. It has to be dried...

House Plants: Cashew Plant Spot, cold temperatures, cold drafts
cold temperatures, cold drafts, plant questions: Hi Bobbi, I have never known anyone to successfully grow a Cashew (Anacardium occidentale) indoors, other than in a greenhouse. Not only is this a tropical plant that cannot withstand cold temperatures, it also requires a great deal of direct outdoor sunlight....

House Plants: new indoor plant, bird of paradise
bird of paradise: Hi Jonathan, Your new plant is a White Bird of Paradise. I can only see the top of the pot, but it looks like the pot is a bit on the large size. I don t recommend repotting to a smaller pot, but you should remove all the loose soil on top that is not in...

House Plants: Cheese plant, pruning
pruning: Hi Ruth, Many houseplants, including the Monstera deliciosa, produce new growth only at the very end of a stem. They do not branch or replace lower leaves. Once you understand that new growth will only be at the end of a stem, then you can control where...

House Plants: China plant/tree, propagation, rooting cuttings
propagation, rooting cuttings: Hi Joyce, Some plant species, including China Doll, do not root easily. For those plants, I recommend the following: * Use tip cuttings that have no more than 4-6 leaves and a bare stem of about 2-3 inches in length. Longer, woody stem cuttings are much...

House Plants: Coral Cactus, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Judy, The Coral Cactus that you purchased was set up to look pretty. But it was also set up for failure, for the very reasons you cited. It is important that you disturb the roots as little as possible while you try to remove the glued pebbles from...

House Plants: Corn Cane Plant, plant fertilizer, sweet fragrance
plant fertilizer, sweet fragrance, blooming plants: Susan, It is not rare but it does require perfect conditions. If you go to Google and put in Dracaena Fragrans blooms you will find several articles and if you click on images you will find severaal pictures of blooming plants. It can bloom every 2 years...

House Plants: cactus broke, cactus
cactus: Hi Lanette, Most Cacti have a remarkable ability to recover from the type of damage you described. If your Cactus is healthy and not in a dormant period, then grafting the broken piece back into place should work as long as the exposed tissue did not dry...

House Plants: christmas cactus, christmas cactus, cold damage
christmas cactus, cold damage: Hi Ruth, Holiday Cacti are tropical plants are are easily killed by freezing temps. The limp foliage will not recover. However, if the roots, which are insulated some by the soil and pot, did not freeze, then there is chance that they will produce some...

House Plants: corn plants, corn plant
corn plant: Hi Dena, Yes, you can cut back your Corn Plant. However, it is best if you cut off as little as possible. The reason is that the lower portions of the stems are older and less likely to generate new growth. I cannot predict just how low you can cut,...

House Plants: Dracaena Deremensis Warneckii - normal & abnormal stalks in same pot?, interior landscaper, electric baseboard
interior landscaper, electric baseboard, leaf discoloration: Hi Lisa, The stems on the right side of the photo appear to have leaves that are slightly thinner, shorter and darker green. Those are all signs of receiving lower light compared to the stems on the other side. You didn t indicate this, but I would guess...

House Plants: Dracena, swamp plant, oval spots
swamp plant, oval spots, pot size: Beryl, You probably damged the roots a bit when you pulled out the weed. It is best to pull out any weeds as soon as you se them or you ccan damage the main plant in the pot. The brown spots on the leaves could well be caused by flouride in the water. You...

House Plants: Dracena Reflexa Anita, leaf joints, mealy bugs
leaf joints, mealy bugs, cotton balls: Stephanie, I doubt that it is mould unless the trunk has soft mushy spots. I suspect that what you are seeing looks more like bits of cotton balls all over the trunk and at the leaf joints of the plant. If so it is Mealy bugs, an insect that creates cotton...

House Plants: Dragon tree, dragon tree, cache pot
dragon tree, cache pot, drain tray: Ada, This tree grows in the desert in Egypt. Stop misting it. It must be in a pot with drain holes and a drain tray or a cache pot under it. It has to dry out between waterings and be dry for several days. I believe that you may be watering it too much...

House Plants: Dwarf Schefflera - Trinity, schefflera
schefflera: Hi Farah, If you rotate the plant a quarter turn each time you water, then all sides will get equal amounts of light, allowing the plant to grow more evenly. Removing the mulch was a good idea. Some upper root exposure is not a problem and did not cause...

House Plants: desert rose rotting, desert rose
desert rose: Hi Aditi, Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a succulent member of the Oleander family, which is poisonous to pets and children.) In winter, Desert Rose has a dormant period during which it should be allowed to dry completely and kept in cool temps (55...

House Plants: Floristry student requiring help with regard to suitable plants for an indoor pool environment., pool plants
pool plants: Hi Hannah, It took me a while to find this information and I got some professional help. A book by David Hamilton, Commercial Indoor Plants, lists the plants below as suitable for use in areas where high chlorine levels are in the air. I do not know this...

House Plants: Frosted Yucca plant, yucca plant, covered porch
yucca plant, covered porch, spedd: Nicola, If the top turns totally brown and drys up you will have to cut it off bact ot the green but it will send out new side shoots. In the future you have to pay attention to the weather forecasts and if they predict it will get below freezing for the...

House Plants: Cat Palm, inch pot, sphagnum moss
House Plants: Cat Palm, inch pot, sphagnum moss, facing window

House Plants: Coral Cactus, punch holes, root zone
House Plants: Coral Cactus, punch holes, root zone, cactus

House Plants: Floristry student requiring help with regard to suitable plants for an indoor pool environment., referenced book, indoor pool
House Plants: Floristry student requiring help with regard to suitable plants for an indoor pool environment., referenced book, indoor pool, chlorine

House Plants: fig tree, ficus, yellow leaves
ficus, yellow leaves: Hi Janet, Yellow leaves are very common and generic symptom with multiple causes, including both under and over watering. With Ficus trees, inadequate light and lack of pruning will also cause leaf yellowing. Finally, using hard water can gradually cause...

House Plants: growing bulb plants, etc indoors, flowering plants
flowering plants: Hi Debra, Potted tulips are hybrids that have been forced into bloom early. Keep the soil moist and provide lots of sun to keep them in boom as long as possible. After it is finished flowering, you should discard it. It will never bloom again as an indoor...

House Plants: Hard well water questions, excess minerals, delicate plants
excess minerals, delicate plants, china dolls: Hi Lisa, Adding more chemicals to plant water is never a good answer. Actually the chemicals that are usually most harmful to plants are chemicals that people add to water, such as chlorine, fluoride and excess salts. With proper watering, minerals...

House Plants: Help with Bromeliad care and identification, yellow blooms, aechmea
yellow blooms, aechmea, bromeliads: Natalie, Your bromeliads appear to be varities of Aechmea. You can learn a lot more about bromeliads at the following website: http://www.bsi.org/ Read especiallly the frequently asked questions. Like most bromeliads, urn plant only blooms once...

House Plants: Holy Basil infection, basil plants, mealy bugs
basil plants, mealy bugs, holy basil: Vipluv, Your picture was rather blurry so it was hard to tell but now with your description I am sure that you have insects called scale. Mealy bugs are a type of scale that hides under bits of cottony looking fluff. Scale hides under a hard shell that...

House Plants: Home plant (Yucca) help me !!!! :(, yucca
yucca: Hi Rebeka, You have provided only limited information about your Yucca so I can only provide a limited answer. I cannot see the tops of the two taller canes so I cannot tell what shape they are in. Yuccas require a lot of direct sunlight, so that is...

House Plants: House Gnats, fungus gnats, gnats
fungus gnats, gnats: Hi Patelyn, The last sentence you wrote is the key to dealing with these annoying fungus gnats. The larvae of fungus gnats feed on decaying organic matter. That can be rotting roots and/or soil that is kept too moist. The larvae mostly live in the top...

House Plants: Indoor Cana Lily, cana lily, canna lily
cana lily, canna lily, savannah image: Savannah, Stop watering it and put it in a dark cool location and the stalks will die back naturally. When they get completely limp you can cut them off a half inch above the soil level. If you go any lower you could damage the bulb. You can plant it in...

House Plants: Indoor ficus dwarf Veld fig, ficus, veld fig
ficus, veld fig, bonsai: Hi Emily, This is an unusual Ficus species (Ficus burtt-davyi) that comes from southern South Africa. It is used primarily as a bonsai, which I assume yours is. It is best kept on a sunny window sill or at least within a few feet of a sunny window. Good...

House Plants: Insect problem, part rubbing alcohol, liquid dish soap
part rubbing alcohol, liquid dish soap, new york winter: Hi Bob, Duranta is almost never used as a houseplant because it does not fare well indoors where the light is not strong enough and night time temps do not drop low enough in most homes. Most people use these as annuals outdoors in northern climates and...

House Plants: Interior Fig Tree, ficus, cold damage
ficus, cold damage: Hi Leslie, Ficus trees can usually withstand a brief period of light frost. The leaves are most vulnerable and most affected by cold. The leaves and stems that are affected will not recover so you may as well remove them. Prune the branches back to eliminate...

House Plants: Ivy - Grub Infestation, fungus gnats, white grubs
fungus gnats, white grubs, swamp plant: Yes, repot it with dry soil. Then water it with rubbing alcohol and let it sit an hour. then remove the drain tray and let all the alcohol and as much water as possible drain out. Do not water it again until the plant feels very light weight and dry. Do not...

House Plants: id cactus, indoor potted plants, burning sensation
indoor potted plants, burning sensation, mystery plant: Hi Gerry, My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. That said, your mystery plant is probably some type of Euphorbia. Euphorbias are succulents, like Cacti, but they are not in the same family as Cactus. To get proper care instructions, you will...

House Plants: indoor flowering plants who don't need sunlight?, indoor flowering plants, african violets
indoor flowering plants, african violets, angel wing: Loettaa, African violets, peace lilies, azaleas, bromeliads, Streptocarpus, phaleonopsis orchids, Angel-wing begonias and Columneas all will live and bloom in medium light. No plant will bloom in light that is so low that your hand will not make a shadow....

House Plants: Getting Jade to Bloom, jade, jade flowering
jade, jade flowering: Hi Niki, Anyone who claims to know how to get a Jade to flower reliably doesn’t really know what they are talking about. So I will not add to that list by pretending to have the answer. Jades flower sporadically at best so it is best not to expect them...

House Plants: Jade plant with bark powdery or sooty, jade plant
jade plant: Hi Deb, That white, powdery stuff is probably residue from leaves and stems that have previously gotten too dry. Just rinse or wipe off this residue and keep your Jade from drying out completely. It is best to water a Jade when the top half-inch inch of...

House Plants: Jade plant "problem", Jade plant, pests
Jade plant, pests: HI Dave, Thanks for the photo. Unlikely, but if the white stuff is only under the flowers, then it my be pollen in which case nothing needs to be done. More likely it is either aphids or mealybugs. If you can see them move, then they are aphids. If they...

House Plants: kangaroo paw fern, kangaroo paw, systemic insecticide
kangaroo paw, systemic insecticide, systemic insecticides: Hi Barbara, Yes, it is very likely that the brown bumps you are seeing are Scale insects. Scale insects are black, brown or tan, somewhat flat, oval shaped insects that are covered by a hard shell. Adult scales are stationary. Immature scales (called...

House Plants: Will my Lemon Tree EVER produce a lemon?, foliage plant, citrus trees
foliage plant, citrus trees, bearing tree: Hi Bobbi, Citrus trees grown from seed rarely flower or produce fruit. The primary reason is that the seeds from cultivated fruit are usually sterile. Even if they are not, Citrus requires direct sunlight all year round and that is nearly impossible to...

House Plants: My Lily is drooping and weakening!, vertical majesty, peace lily
vertical majesty, peace lily, pot plants: Stuart, You repotted Stanley a bit too early. You should only repot plants between April 1st and August 1st. That is because the days are long enough then that the roots are growing and will quickly fill the right sized new pot with roots and most plants,...

House Plants: lost, philodendron selloum, tropical area
philodendron selloum, tropical area, crowns: Dave, It is a philodendron selloum. It is not a bulb plant. Unless there are obviously 2 separate crowns where the leaves grow out of one central point it is all one plant. The larger the pot you put it in the larger it will get and this plant can get...

House Plants: Mass Cane...not so healthy., swamp plant, cause plants
swamp plant, cause plants, gallon pot: Michelle, Buy a small bag of potting soil and a bag of perlite and mix them and fill up the pot so the roots are well covered and the soil is down about 2 inches from the rim of the pot. Make sure there are holes in the pot and there is a drain tray under...

House Plants: New Houseplants, corn plant, mass cane
corn plant, mass cane: Hi Michelle, You didn t mention before that you also have a Mass cane or Corn Plant. Long Corn Plant leaves are attached to a vertical stem. If most of the leaf is discolored, then remove all of it. If just the tips are brown, then trim the tips off using...

House Plants: name of plant, shaman australis, swedish ivy
shaman australis, swedish ivy, plectranthus: Sabina, The only name I can find for it is the same as you have. I did find a source in Australia where it can be bought: http://shaman-australis.com.au/shop/index.php?cPath=29_204&osCsid=824d4bcd9ae9b9f81007756f58f36472 I am sure that once you get it...

House Plants: Orange Tree Pest, plant pests
plant pests: Hi Jenny, Thanks for the photo. The critters are Citrus Red Mites (Panonychus citri). You can treat them with a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol, 5 parts water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. The key to success is to spray the entire plant - all...

House Plants: office artificial-light-only plants?, low light plants, office plants
low light plants, office plants: Hi Adam, A good percentage of the plants I care for professionally are in offices like yours - no window and overhead fluorescent lights. Here is a partial list of plants that do best in that environment: Dracaena Janet Craig, Pothos, Philodendron,...

House Plants: PEACELILLY, drapes and blinds, peace lilly
drapes and blinds, peace lilly, peace lily: Denise, A Peace Lily is not a closet Plant . There is no plant that will survive in a location that is not bright enough for your hand to make a shadow. Move your plant to a location that is bright and sunny but 18 inches away from the window and it will...

House Plants: Peace Lillies...can I save them?, peace lily care, peace lillies
peace lily care, peace lillies, fungus spores: HI Jackie, Contrary to popular belief, 7 year old plants do not need to be repotted. Larger pots and added soil invariably keep the soil and roots from drying out frequently enough and will cause roots to slowly rot. Using pots without drainage holes only...

House Plants: Peace Lily Help(1), peace lily care, indirect sunlight
peace lily care, indirect sunlight, leaf discoloration: I don t know what products are available to you where you are. Ask your local supplier for a soil additive that will help acidify the soil. Sulfur products or sulfates are generally effective. If your tap water is the primary problem, then simply flushing...

House Plants: Peace Lily Help(3), peace lily
peace lily: Hi Alfredo, I think the problem is the quality of the soil and the manner in which it is potted. The soil looks like it is filled with gritty porous material that is more suited for succulents and epiphytes. I don t suggest you replace the soil, but this...

House Plants: Peace lily, peace lily, repotting
peace lily, repotting: Hi Marion, You made the classic mistake of fixing something that did not need to be fixed. Unnecessary repotting is teh most common of all plant care mistakes, so you have lots of good company. Remove the plant from its new pot. Gently remove all of...

House Plants: Pony Tail Bonsai, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Bonnie, The Ponytail Palm that you received was set up to look pretty. But it was also set up for failure, because of the pebbled covering and pot without drain holes. The former will prevent you from determining when the soil is dry and the latter will...

House Plants: Ponytail Bonsai, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Rhonda, Your Ponytail Palm is not actually a Bonsai. It is simply potted in a bonsai-type planter. I mention this only because if you follow standard bonsai instructions, it will not be helpful to you. In the photo you posted, your Ponytail looks...

House Plants: Ponytail palm, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Alison, I don t think I have ever seen 12 Ponytails potted in a 6-inch pot. A photo would help me understand the situation a bit better. The problem with separating plants that have been potted together is that the roots are all intertwined so it...

House Plants: Pothos plant dying..., dieffenbachia, pruning
dieffenbachia, pruning: Hi Denise, Your plant is a Dieffenbachia, not a Pothos. My first concern is drainage holes in the bottom of the planter. If there are none, then that could be the primary cause of its languishing. If so, move the plant into a pot of comparable size,...

House Plants: Potting Mixes, Orchid
Orchid: Hi Tamika, No, Phalaenopsis should most definitely NOT be potted in AV potting soil. Orchid potting mixes are composed of very porous material, such as bark chips or sphagnum moss. In nature, Phalaenopsis Orchids grow attached to tree limbs in the rain...

House Plants: What is this plant?, resurrection fern, nsme
resurrection fern, nsme, sfrc: San, I beleive that you have a Resurrection fern, it s latin nsme is Polypodium polypodioides. You can get more information at http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4h/Resurrection_fern/resufern.htm or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleopeltis_polypodioides It is...

House Plants: Root Bound Kentia?, drainage holes, water trickles
drainage holes, water trickles, indirect sunlight: Hi Tim, Sorry, I misunderstood. As long as all roots are inside the pot - even though they are on the outside of the rootball - there should be no reason to repot or trim any roots. A healthy plant will usually have lots of roots wrapped around the outside...

House Plants: Time of day to water? Period of darkness nec?, christmas cactus, hours of darkness
christmas cactus, hours of darkness, light intensity: Hi Jillian, Thank you for your compliment on my past answers here. That s what makes it worthwhile! It really doesn’t matter what time of day you water. There might be a slight advantage to watering early in the day so the plants have a chance to dry...

House Plants: Topheavy Dieffenbachia, dieffenbachia, propagation
dieffenbachia, propagation, cuttings: Hi Nancy, If you are not interested in preserving the lower, thinner stem section, then I suggest you discard it and start the top section in a 6 or 8 diameter terra cotta pot filled with fresh standard potting mix. Because shorter top cuttings root a...

House Plants: top heavy dieffenbachia, dieffenbachia
dieffenbachia: Hi Judy, Not only is pruning your Dieffenbachia possible, it is a necessity! Dieffenbachias naturally become very top heavy as they grow taller. Eventually they start to fall over unless they are supported by a nearby wall or with sturdy stakes. Neither...

House Plants: Yucca tree, yucca tree, generic version
yucca tree, generic version, fungus: Val, I would start immediately by spraying the fungus with Lysol Spray, this is an air freshener that kills bacteria and fungus in the air and on surfaces that can be bought in the local grocery. I hope you have it there. If not or if it doesn t seem to...

House Plants: zamioculcas zamiifolia, zz plant, cold damage
zz plant, cold damage: Hi Shannon, Thanks for the generous ratings. Much appreciated! Unless you are an extremely fast walker, yes, more than 10 minutes of exposure to freezing temps is enough to cause cold damage to a tropical plant, such as your ZZ Plant. The leaves and...

House Plants: Amaryllis won´t bloom, green leafs, foliage plants
green leafs, foliage plants, flower stalks: Hi Gertie, To be honest I have more experience with foliage plants than blooming plants and I have never grown amaryllis but I asked a friend who works in a botanical garden about your problem. He told me that there are 3 common reasons why amaryllis fail...

House Plants: Azaelea loosing leaves, indirect sunlight, indoor temperatures
indirect sunlight, indoor temperatures, pigeonberry: Antony, Indoor azaleas are hybrids grown in greenhouses. To get the longest bloom time from an azalea houseplant, choose a plant with color in the buds and few to no flowers open. Indoor azaleas need cool temperatures to stay healthy. Daytime temperatures...

House Plants: aechmea primera-spineless, bromeliad, pups
bromeliad, pups, offsets: Hi Tiffany, You have done a great job with your Silver Vase bromeliad! I suggest waiting until the offsets or pups are about one-half the height of the mother plant before trying separation. When you separate, try to take a bit of root with each pup so...

House Plants: aloe vera ?fungi/disease, aloe vera plant, aloe plants
aloe vera plant, aloe plants, control soil: Becky, It appears to me to be the red tinges that appears on many succulents when they are healthy and getting a lot of sun. It is not a problem, it indicates they are very healthy and happy. If you want it to go away then move it away from the window so...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise leaves curling inward, turkey baster, purpose fertilizer
turkey baster, purpose fertilizer, drain tray: Joanne, Curling and browning foliage points to drying out, either in the root area or in the air surrounding the leaves. Having problems with browning and curling leaves on Bird of Paradise and other tropical plants may be avoided by misting the foliage...

House Plants: Bird of paradise, scale problems, scale, plant pests
scale, plant pests: Hi Andrew, Thanks for the photo. Your Bird of Paradise does have a sale insect infestation. Here is how to treat scale. Mix 5 parts of water with 1 part of isopropyl alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray both sides of every...

House Plants: Bonsai Fig _Please Help us save it, ficus, bonsai
ficus, bonsai, root rot: Hi Maria, The soft trunks mean that the roots have already rotted beyond saving and that means the plant cannot be saved. I wish I had a solution for you, but if I offered one I would be misleading you. The root rot has been developing slowly for a long...

House Plants: Bougainvillea, bougainvillea plant, propagation medium
bougainvillea plant, propagation medium, propagation environment: Sonia. Yes, you can start bougainvillea from cuttings. It is best to use green stem cuttings if you are not using rooting hormone. If you would like to try rooting in late spring or early summer (or as long as night temps remain 55 degrees or warmer), it...

House Plants: Brown Turkey Indoor Fig Tree, fig tree
fig tree: Hi Martha, The Brown Turkey Fig is a variety of Ficus carica that was developed to survive in cold winters, probably even in Indiana. I know people have success with them as far north as Ohio, PA and CT. They really are not intended to be used as indoor...

House Plants: Browning Tips on Hawaiian Dwarf, dwarf plant, leaf tips
dwarf plant, leaf tips, brown leaf: Hi Alanna, Browning leaf tips are more often caused by too low humidity and problems with water quality than caused by lighting. To increase humidity around the plant you can try placing the plant on a tray of pebbles filled halfway with water. Be sure...

House Plants: braided gardenia, gardenia
gardenia: Hi Carolyn, It is best to keep the lower stems braided, but to let the newer growth spread out into a globe or ball shape. Maintain the globe shape by pruning back stems that grow out beyond the canopy of the globe. This is somewhat difficult to describe,...

House Plants: bugs & worms in plant, Sansevieria, repotting
Sansevieria, repotting, worms: Hi Debbie, The flies are probably fungus gnats and the worms are probably some type of centipede. Yes, they were introduced when you added non-sterilized garden soil. Sansevierias do best when kept very potbound and rarely need repotting. I suggest that...

House Plants: Chinese Evergreen, porcelain pot, swamp plants
porcelain pot, swamp plants, soil plants: Monica, Just like outdoor plants need rain then a few days to dry out tben more rain. All plants need time to dry out between waterings so their roots can breath in carbon dioxide through their roots and breathe out oxygen through the leaves. Houseplants...

House Plants: Christmas cactus bloom techniques, zygo cactus, epsom salts
zygo cactus, epsom salts, christmas cactus: Shay, Where did you get that idea? That s Poinsettias, not Christmas Cactus. Why do you expect it to bloom this time of year? Has it in the past? To get Christmas cactus to bloom at Christmas it needs to be outside all summer, well fertilized with a blooming...

House Plants: Corn plant, corn plant, new leaves
corn plant, new leaves, 3 feet: David, I reccomend never putting it outside again unless you have a shded porch or deck. You have found out they cannot stand any direct sun. A bright room is great, just no sun. Now that it has been burned you can either cut it down to about 6 inchees...

House Plants: calamondin citrus mitis, citrus mitis, drainage holes
citrus mitis, drainage holes, plant fertilizer: Hi Mary, Without more information on how the plant has been cared for I can only give you a limited answer of why the leaves fell off. When plants are taken from the ideal environment provided by growers and into retail settings and our homes they have...

House Plants: chamaedorea cataractarum, cool mist vaporizer, bamboo palm
cool mist vaporizer, bamboo palm, drain tray: Melissa, You didn t say whether you have it outdoors in filtered light or indoors under florescent office light. Under florescent light it needs the lights on at least 14 hours a day, 7 days a week and there needs to be at least 2 light fixtures in the...

House Plants: corn plant, corn plant, anc
corn plant, anc, spring and summer: Juli, You did not tell me how tall the plant is so the best I can do is tell you to prune off the top 2/3rds of the plant. However I anc also tell you that if the plant was below freezing for more than 1 hour the plant may be totally dead. If it stayed...

House Plants: corn plants yellow leaves, drainage holes, corn plants
drainage holes, corn plants, pair of scissors: Hi Joe, It sounds like you have an overwatering issue that caused stem rot and possibly root rot also. I will warn you now, this plant may not recover. There are a few things you can do to try to save the plant. First is to stop overwatering. As a general...

House Plants: cyclamen, cyclamen
cyclamen: Hi Gloria, If just the flowers have died back, then all you need to do is trim off the flower stems and continue to water it as you have in the past. Do not repot it. If the leaves also start to die back, then your Cyclamen is entering semi-dormancy....

House Plants: Dieffenbachia houseplant, dieffenbachia, scale insects
dieffenbachia, scale insects, plant pests: Hi Jeanene, If the small brown things are slightly raised and scrape off easily with your fingernail and there is some stickiness on the tops of leaves or under the plant, then those are scale insects. They are best treated by using a spray made of 5...

House Plants: Dracena, inch pot, rooting hormone
inch pot, rooting hormone, lowes: Kelly, It is the really fine meshy roots that feed the plant. Because they are so fine that is why they rot so easily when they are overwatered. Since it has a good large root it shouldn t take too long to grow new roots if you cut back by half on the amount...

House Plants: Dying Jade Plant, jade
jade: Hi Jerry, It looks like your Jade is not getting enough light and enough water. The long spaces between leaves and the small size of newer leaves definitely suggest inadequate light. Jades do best right on a sunny windowsill. More than a few feet away is...

House Plants: Dying Jade Plant, jade
jade: Hi Jerry, It looks like your Jade is not getting enough light and enough water. The long spaces between leaves and the small size of newer leaves definitely suggest inadequate light. Jades do best right on a sunny windowsill. More than a few feet away is...

House Plants: dying peace lily, peace lily, plastic pot
peace lily, plastic pot, potting soil: Gloria, You are watering it too soon before the soil drys out. It needs to get very dry before you water it and after you water it you should immediately empty the drain tray. It cannot sit in a tray full of water or in a pot that does not have a drain...

House Plants: Elephant Foot Plant, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Sandy, Ponytail Palms do best when they are very tightly potted. That means an inch or less of space between the base and the edge of the pot. You have almost double that much space. That means there is a lot of excess soil in the pot that will retain...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus, mushrooms
ficus, mushrooms: Hi Mike, The pot size is fine and will be indefinitely. The mushrooms are there because some spores got into the soil and the soil is staying moist enough to provide a good environment for them to grow. The mushrooms are harmless to the tree. When you...

House Plants: Ficus Benj., ficus tree, chamber of commerces
ficus tree, chamber of commerces, galls: L.J. Whether or not you can trim it back to small enough to get in a car, van or suv to take it to Florida without damaging it depends on how large it is now. If you tell me the size and send some pictures to my email, plantlady6@yahoo.com , I will advise...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus, ficus watering
ficus, ficus watering, ficus pruning: Hi Betty, Ordinarily, it is best to water potted plants so that a bit of water trickles through the drainage holes. Unfortunately, yours is directly potted in the ground so there is no way to gauge how much water to add so that the roots have been completely...

House Plants: fertilizer, fertilizer
fertilizer: Hi Nancy, Fertilizer is vastly over-rated for indoor plants. It is not medicine to solve plants problems as is commonly believed. Rather it is intended for plants that are healthy, growing vigorously and have been in the same pot for a year or more. That...

House Plants: Is this fluoride sensitivity?, fluoride, chlorine
fluoride, chlorine, brown leaf tips: Hi Alanna, The short answer is, no, it is not likely to be fluoride damage. You obviously are quite knowledgeable about plants so you deserve more than a short answer. There is much confusion about fluoride and chlorine damage to plants. While both of...

House Plants: Gardenia Bonsai, gardenia
gardenia: Hi Himaja, Gardenias are one of the loveliest and most difficult plants to bloom successfully indoors. The primary problem is temperature control. Never buy a Gardenia that is not in flower because the chances of your successfully getting a Gardenia...

House Plants: golden pothos, pothos, pruning
pothos, pruning: Hi Jackie, It is best to prune vining plants, including Golden Pothos, before it looks obvious that they need pruning. Delaying pruning often means the vines lose older leaves near the top. Those leaves never grow back so you end up with long bare strings....

House Plants: Hawortha mutica advice, haworthia, sedum
haworthia, sedum: Hi Clare, Specialty plant species, such as Orchids and Haworthias, generate a lot of different theories on cultural practices. Hobbyists have many different approaches for the care of their pet species. What many do not understand is that what works for...

House Plants: Hibiscus tree, hibiscus, repotting
hibiscus, repotting: Hi Katherine, Hibiscus trees often struggle indoors in warm, dry air during winter when the sunlight is reduced. They tend to go semi-dormant in winter and don t look so great. Unfortunately, all of the corrections you attempted made matters worse. Repotting...

House Plants: House plant with eastern exposure, prayer plants, spider plants
prayer plants, spider plants, eastern exposure: Hi Ilene, There are lots of plants that would do very well in front of an eastern facing window. An east facing window is almost ideal for many plants. Some plants that would do well are Prayer Plants, Ivy, Pothos, Syngonium, Spider Plants and Aglaonema...

House Plants: House plant identification, polyscias fruticosa, ming aralia
polyscias fruticosa, ming aralia, home depot: Clare, It is a Ming Aralia, Latin Name: Polyscias fruticosa. They are fairly easy but do sometimes get aphids. The following site has good care info: http://www.plantcare.com/encyclopedia/ming-aralia-826.aspx If you have more questions feel free to wwrite...

House Plants: Huge leafy plant identification, plant id
plant id: Hi Ann Marie, If this is an indoor potted plant, you can email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com for identification. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC Visit my website at www.HorticulturalHelp.com ...

House Plants: house plant identification, Zebra Plant, latin name Aphelandra care
Zebra Plant, latin name Aphelandra care: Dani, Your plant is an Zebra Plant or the Latin name is Aphelandra. Yes, this is a plant that doesn t like to dry out but it also should not be allowed to sit in standing water so you should always empty the drain tray after watering the plant so it is...

House Plants: houseplants, peace lily, drainage holes
peace lily, drainage holes, mr creed: Hi Monica, There are three things that can cause the flower stems to droop - inadequate light, allowing the soil to dry too much between waterings, and the genetic composition of the particular Peace Lily variety that you have. The spathes are the white...

House Plants: indoor azaela, azalea
azalea: Hi Suzanne, If you want your Azalea to flower, then it is best to keep it quite potbound. Repotting it may not be such a good idea. Azaleas do best with an acidic fertilizer. Miracid is the most commonly available acidic fertilizer. I have written...

House Plants: indoor plant, Peace Lily
Peace Lily: Hi Julie-ann, Brown tips are a generic symptom with multiple causes. Allowing the soil to become so dry that the leaves wilt is one cause. Using hard water for your Peace Lily is another cause. Excess fertilizing will also cause brown tips. Inadequate...

House Plants: Janet Craig Dracaena, dracaena janet craig
dracaena janet craig: Hi there, If the tips are turning black that is usually caused by keeping to soil too moist. Exposure to cold temperatures can also cause black tipping. If you repotted your Janet Craig, then the extra soil you added is probably keeping the roots too...

House Plants: Janet Craig Dracena, chemicals and minerals, drainage holes
chemicals and minerals, drainage holes, janet craig: Hi Linda, Most cities, even the small towns, in the USA have fluoride in the water whether you know it is there or not. Unless you are on well water you probably have fluoride in the water. However even without fluoride there are still plenty of other...

House Plants: jasmine roots in a glass plantpot, jasmine plant, mineral salts
jasmine plant, mineral salts, plant questions: Hi Jack, There are several problems with using glass planters. The number one problem is that there is no way for excess water and accumulated mineral salts and gases to drain out though the bottom. This problem exists with any planter that has a sealed...

House Plants: what kind of soil should i use for my cacti and when should i water it?, cacti and succulents, cactus soil
cacti and succulents, cactus soil, rainbow cactus: Mimi, If it gets black spot it is an infection. If you see that immediately start spraying with Lysol spray lightly keeping the can at least 12 inches from the plant. Spray it every other day for at least 2 weeks or until you feel the cactus is healing...

House Plants: Long-leafed Fig dying, ficus, ficus alii
ficus, ficus alii, pruning: Hi Dan, The list of indoor potted plants that have been described as among the easiest or hardiest is so long as to be meaningless. Ficus alii is quite hardy IF it has enough light and after it is well-established in its new location. Light is the most...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane plant leaves, corn plant, massangeana cane
corn plant, massangeana cane: Hi Kristen, If the leaves started to discolor as soon as you got your plant home, then the cause is something that the retailer did. I say that because plants do not react immediately to improper care. I suspect that the retailer had neglected watering...

House Plants: Mexican Fan Palms, mexican fan palms, mexican fan palm
mexican fan palms, mexican fan palm, slow release fertilizer: Bob, Following are instructions for caring for your Mexican Fan Palms that I found on the following website: http://www.ehow.com/how_5996966_care-mexican-fan-palm.html Since I live in northeast Indiana I have no experience in growing palms anywhere but...

House Plants: Mother-In-Law Plant, dieffenbachia, pruning
dieffenbachia, pruning: Hi Nancy, Dieffenbachia is also known as Dumb Cane. Mother-in-Law plant is an entirely different plant species - Sansevieria trifasciata. From your question, I am quite sure your plant is a Dieffenbachia, but you should double check to be sure. Dieffenbachias...

House Plants: majesty palm, majesty palm, perennial vine
majesty palm, perennial vine, purple blooms: Brenda, Outdoors majesty palms can do very well in the landscape. But it has a few requirements – lots of water, bright light or full sun and feed it heavy. They are fine with heat but like high humidity but near a pool they should get that. They do not...

House Plants: Need to know the name of this plant/tree, flower section, seed racks
flower section, seed racks, homedepot: Lisa, If it is a tree it is probably a eucalyptus tree. If it is a plant it is lunaria annua. My bet is on the plant. both are outdoor plants and would be very difficult to grow as a houseplant. Some eucalyptus can be grown in pots but needs brighter light...

House Plants: office light only plants follow up- low temperature?, cast iron plant, rhapis palm
cast iron plant, rhapis palm, foliage damage: Hi Adam, Damage due to exposure to cold depends on just how cold and the duration of the exposure. Some tender plants suffer minor foliage damage with prolonged exposure to temps below 55 degrees F. Most indoor plants are okay down to 50 degrees F., although...

House Plants: Very old Jade plant, full time job, great grandmother
full time job, great grandmother, baby jade: Judi, No hints, if the trunk is hollow and withered it was either overwatered or encountered a bacterial infection or insecticide. Jades have to be watered like a cactus and they die from most insecticides. The only insecticide I have found that will not...

House Plants: Pachira Braided Money Tree, braided money tree, fatal allergic reaction
braided money tree, fatal allergic reaction, tail signs: Hi Nancy, Pachira is one of those plants that some sources claim are poisonous and some say it is not. However most sources list Pachira plants as nonpoisonous. There really are no safe plants. Any plant can cause harm to children and animals if chewed...

House Plants: Palm like plant with tiny bugs on the bottom of the pot, plant fertilizer, balanced fertilizer
plant fertilizer, balanced fertilizer, liquid fertilizer: Hi Lydia, Unfortunately, right away in the beginning you made a few common mistakes. First off you took a stressed, unhealthy plant and repotted it and into a larger pot. Even under normal conditions unnecessary repotting is one of the most common reasons...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, liquid fertilizers
peace lily, liquid fertilizers, liquid fertilizer: Hi Barbara, The most common reasons for leaf curling and brown leaf tips are too low humidity and over watering. Try setting a tray of pebbles and water under the plant to increase humidity and allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry a bit between watering....

House Plants: Peace Lily Infestation, peace lily, white worms
peace lily, white worms, drain tray: Terri, When you repot you should only move your plant to a pot that has a diameter 2 inches larger than the diameter of the old pot. If you moved it to one a lot larger then repot it immediately to a pot that is the right size. When you move it to too large...

House Plants: Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis, orchid
Phalaenopsis, orchid: Hi Daedree, It is best if the roots are left undisturbed while the Phalaenopsis is in bloom. So don t do anything with it just yet except reduce the watering frequency. Don t worry, the soft roots are not diseased or likely to spread to other roots. Allowing...

House Plants: Plant scale insect, scale
scale: Hi Kathleen, What I see on the stems in the photo is not scale. However, the stickiness you describe may be scale. Scale insects are translucent, nearly invisible, slightly raised bumps about the size of a match head. As they mature, they develop a dark,...

House Plants: Please help me identify my plant, spineless yucca, elephants foot
spineless yucca, elephants foot, yucca plant: Linda, Your plant is a Yucca elephantipes, also known as the spineless or soft-tipped yucca, is a small evergreen tree reaching around 9 meters in the wild, but it is usually smaller in cultivation. It has a thick, branching trunk that settles at the base...

House Plants: palm-like houseplant, dragon tree, green leaves
dragon tree, green leaves, dracaena: Lynn, Your tree sounds like a Dracaena Marginata also known as Dragon Tree. You can look at comparisons at the following site: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1038&bih=420&q=dracaena+marginata&aq=3&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=dracaena&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=adfc30e62a8b2ba0...

House Plants: peace Palm, plants poisonous to cats, bitter apple spray
plants poisonous to cats, bitter apple spray, common houseplants: Hi Sharon, Several palms are listed as poisonous but regardless if a plant is considered poisonous or not any plant can cause illness or even death in animals, especially young animals like kittens, if chewed or ingested. Chewing your houseplants is...

House Plants: philodendron—reason for split leaves, monstera, split-leafed Philodendron
monstera, split-leafed Philodendron: Hi TJ, Your Split-leafed Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) is doing exactly what nature designed it to do. In its native tropical habitat, it grows along the floor of the rain forest until it finds a tree that it can attach itself to and climb. As it climbs,...

House Plants: pony palm, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Mary, A soft stem and complete leaf loss is a pretty good indication of serious root damage - most likely root rot. Once a plant s roots are that severely damaged, the plant is not likely to recover. You can try cutting the stem below the soft portion,...

House Plants: ponytail palm bulbs, ponytail or elephants-foot palm, beaucarnea recurvata
ponytail or elephants-foot palm, beaucarnea recurvata: Clare, Yes this is appropriate for your plant. It is definitely a ponytail or elephants-foot palm. The Latin name is beaucarnea recurvata. I highly recommend that you separate them and pot them up in a mix of half potting soil and half sand. You can buy...

House Plants: Repotting Mature Yucca, yucca
yucca: Hi Kenny, Your photo confirms that your Yucca does not need a larger pot. However, it does need to be pruned back because it appears to be close to the ceiling or above the top of the windows. I suggest pruning the tallest stem back to a height of about...

House Plants: Repotting Mature Yucca, yucca
yucca: Hi Kenny, There is no good reason to keep moving mature plants into ever larger pots and good reasons not to do it. Plants do best when they are kept quite potbound. As long as there is enough soil to retain moisture around the roots for 3 days or more...

House Plants: rapidly growing echeveria, echeveria, pruning
echeveria, pruning, cuttings: Hi Maria, There are hundreds of different types of Echeverias so it is hard to know just what you have. A photo posted here or emailed to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com would help. That said, it seems that your Echeveria needs to be pruned back....

House Plants: Scale, plain english explanations, plant questions
plain english explanations, plant questions, houseplants: Hi Kelly, Thank you for taking the time to send your note of appreciation. I know a lot of folks research this site for information without actually posting a question. I try to keep that in mind when I write my replies to specific questions. I also...

House Plants: spathiphyllum, peace lily
peace lily: Hi Monica, It is never a good idea to keep any plant in a pot without a drainage hole. The reason is that excess water, mineral salts and gases can build up in the bottom of the pot without your realizing it. All of those will damage roots and eventually...

House Plants: Transplanting ZZ, repotting, ZZ plant
repotting, ZZ plant: Hi Sally, Thanks for the top rating and nomination. Much appreciated! The safest option is to keep your ZZ Plant in its existing (albeit distorted) pot and increase the watering to every 7-10 days. This is the safe choice because there are always some...

House Plants: Trimming a Stromanthe, stromanthe, inch pot
stromanthe, inch pot, indoor plants: Hi Alexia, Stromanthes need regular pruning to keep them from becoming leggy, as yours is. The stems can be cut just above a node - the joint where the leaf stem attaches to the branch. It is best to cut just above the node that is closest to the soil....

House Plants: unknown plant type, pilea
pilea: Hi Jana, Your mystery plant is a cultivar of Pilea Moon Valley. It does best in strong, but indirect sunlight. It will lose its rich colors if it does not get enough light. Keep it in a small pot and water it when the surface of the soil is dry. You...

House Plants: YUCCA, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting: Hi Jen, Unnecessary repotting is the most common plant care mistake and cause of plant problems. It is never a good idea to repot a new plant because the plant is already under stress trying to adapt to a new environment, specifically a reduction in light....

House Plants: Yucca, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting, fertilizer: Hi Albert, Like many people, you are focused on the wrong things - repotting and fertilizer. Your Yucca needs neither. It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant. The plant needs time to adapt to its new environment and the stress of repotting...

House Plants: Yucca Plants, yucca plants, brown leaves
yucca plants, brown leaves, high as the ceiling: Hi Sandra, I cannot diagnose a plant problem from a generic symptom, such as brown leaves. If the Yuccas are as high as the ceiling then they are probably not getting enough light, but I have no idea how close to a window your plant is. Over and under...

House Plants: zizi, ZZ Plant
ZZ Plant: Hi Bonnie, ZZ Plants do not like large pots so it is good that the new pot is only slightly larger. I suggest you use a sandy, Cactus-type potting mix to fill in. I have written an article on ZZ Plant care that I will email for free to you (or anyone...

House Plants: Adenium Obesum (desert rose), adenium, desert rose
adenium, desert rose: Hi Yen, As long as the stems are not dried out and are viable, then you should be able to propagate your Desert Rose from stem cuttings. Tip cuttings about 3 inches long are younger and somewhat easier to propagate than older, longer stem cuttings. You...

House Plants: anita plant, dracaenas, plant questions
dracaenas, plant questions, dracaena: Hi there, Your Anita is a Dracaena and according to the ASPCA Dracaenas are potentially toxic to pets. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. If this information has been helpful, please click the Rate...

House Plants: Caladium, caladium
caladium: Hi Farah, Caladiums are not exactly annuals, but they do die back after several months of colorful leaf growth. They go into dormancy during which time the tubers are kept cool and completely dry for abut 4 months before they are repotted and new growth...

House Plants: Carnation plant, part rubbing alcohol, liquid dish soap
part rubbing alcohol, liquid dish soap, indoor houseplants: Hi Michele, What you are doing is very unusual. Carnations are not normally used as indoor houseplants because they need much more sun and cooler temps than you can provide in a typical home. Without a photo, I cannot be sure just what it is you are...

House Plants: Corn plant, corn plant
corn plant: Hi Renee, If your Corn Plant is a cane type, meaning it has a thick, round, bark-covered trunk (cane) with smaller stems growing from the top of the trunk, then new growth will probably sprout from just below the point where the stem was broken. If the...

House Plants: Croton question, croton, repotting
croton, repotting, mold: Hi Shelli, It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant that is already stressed from trying to adjust to a new environment. But that is another matter that I will explain further if you are interested. The white stuff on the soil is some...

House Plants: coconut plant, palms
palms: Hi Suzanne, I m afraid that Coconut Palms are sold more for their novelty value than their ability to perform well as indoor potted plants. They require lots of sun, high humidity, good air circulation and temps between 60 and 75 degrees F. to do well indoors....

House Plants: How to control pest of Jasmine sambac and tulsi, jasmine sambac, shrub care
jasmine sambac, shrub care, quick reply: Rohit, I have no way of knowing what is readily available in India. You need to go to a plant or garden center and ask them for a systemic treatment that will kill these insects. The only thing I know you would have there is a spray on treatment. Mix 1...

House Plants: coral cactus, bright indirect light, new roots
bright indirect light, new roots, soil moisture: Hi Terina, If I understand correctly, your Coral Cactus has few if any roots at all. A healthy plant would have many visible roots holding the soil intact. There are several things that can cause the roots to die back. Over watering is the most common...

House Plants: corn plant, dracaena massangeana, corn plant
dracaena massangeana, corn plant, plant question: Hi Cora, It is possible it needs to be repotted, but I cannot tell until I see a good photo of your mystery plant that shows the entire plant and its pot. Email the photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. I am now going away for several days...

House Plants: corn plants, corn plant, pruning
corn plant, pruning: Hi Carmen, A photo posted here or emailed to my address below would help me give you more specific instructions, but for now I will provide some general instructions. You can thin out your Corn Plant foliage by selectively removing individual leaves....

House Plants: corn tree, corn plant, pruning
corn plant, pruning: Hi Tanny, Pruning back overgrown plant stems does not harm them - it just makes them shorter. When pruning many plants, including Corn Plants, new growth will emerge from a point on the stem jusr below where you make the pruning cut. So if you prune...

House Plants: correcting root rot, cat palms, repotting
cat palms, repotting: Hi Gina, When you purchase new plants, they are already in the correct sized pot. When plants wilt it is because you have waited a bit too long to water thoroughly. Had you simply watered your wilted Cat Palm you could have avoided the unnecessary repotting....

House Plants: Dracaena Cane vs. Heads, corn plants
corn plants: Hi Justin, Interesting question. I assume you are referring specifically to Dracaena massangeana canes. Theoretically, the cutting can develop and become tall enough and old enough to develop a tall, cane structure. That is what happens in its native tropical...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans (corn plant), Corn plant
Corn plant: Hi Audrey, The degree of damage to your Corn Plant depends on how long it has been sitting in water. Soil that stays constantly wet causes roots to gradually rot and die. Certainly some of the roots have already rotted and that has caused the damage to...

House Plants: Draceana fungus- come back?, fungus spores, fungus problem
fungus spores, fungus problem, sized pot: Hi Scott, I believe the answer is no, your plant cannot be salvaged. Any stem that has lost all of its leaves or has turned soft anywhere or has loosened bark will not survive. I suspect the problem occurred with the repotting that you did. The soil...

House Plants: dracena leaves turning yellow, dracaena marginata, moving plants outdoors
dracaena marginata, moving plants outdoors: Hi Sue, Even the healthiest of Dracaena marginatas will lose lower leaves as they grow taller and add leaves on top. While it is true that improper watering and inadequate light can cause more leaves than normal to drop off, you should always expect some...

House Plants: Fichus Tree, dish detergent, insect problem
dish detergent, insect problem, mealy bugs: Tracy, It may not have scale, but it definitely has an insect problem. The insects are either aphids(especially if you also have ants, ants farm the aphids by moving them from plant to plant), aphids can be so tiny that they are nearly invisible. They...

House Plants: Ficus Lyrata, ficus lyrata, pruning
ficus lyrata, pruning: Hi Marcy, As with many plants, Ficus lyratas only produce new leaves at the ends of stems where the growing tips are located. As they grow taller in reduced indoor light, they also drop off older leaves as they add new ones on top. All of this you have...

House Plants: Maiden hair fern
House Plants: Maiden hair fern

House Plants: ficus tree pest control, ficus, scale insects
ficus, scale insects, plant pests: Hi Debbie, Actually you do see bugs. You just don t recognize them as such. Scale insects are translucent and nearly invisible when they are young and crawl along leaf stems an leaves. As they mature, they develop a hard, brown outer shell covering for...

House Plants: foilage plant is dying, indoor foilage, spider mites
indoor foilage, spider mites, circular spots: Shipra, I suspect that it may have a problem with insects. Examine the plant closely in bright light. If it has fine spider webs over it you have a problem with spider mites. If you find tiny circular spots on the under or topside of the leaves or stem...

House Plants: Green Fantasy Fern, ferns, repotting
ferns, repotting: Hi Holly, I believe that the plant that you have is a Nephrolepis exaltata Green Fantasy. It is a variety of Boston fern. Pots without drain holes are always a problem for any plant. The reason is that excess water, mineral salts and gases build up...

House Plants: Green Ficus, ficus, pruning
ficus, pruning, fertilizer: Hi Marcy, It is hard for me to evaluate not as green as it once was. New growth is often a lighter shade of green that gradually becomes darker with age. Obviously that is not a problem. Uneven green and pale green on individual leaves may indicate...

House Plants: gardenia plant, gardenia plant, potting soil
gardenia plant, potting soil, green grass: Arlene, My guess would be grass or weeds planted there by birds last summer when the plant was outside or even from weed seed blown by the wind or in potting soil if you recently repotted it. I have had weeds grow in brand new potting soil that the seed...

House Plants: gynura velvet plant, purple velvet plant, gynura
purple velvet plant, gynura: Hi Marian, Most local garden centers do not carry Purple Velvet Plants. Here is a link to a site that sells them: http://glasshouseworks.com/trop-gh.html#Gynura Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions....

House Plants: Help my bonsai, bougainvillea plant, soil surface
bougainvillea plant, soil surface, aphids: Dee, Your bonsai is a bougainvillea plant. It loves the sun and does not like to be constantly wet. Keeping it outside at night will not help it. It needs to be out all day long in full sun. Bougies come from tropical islands near the equator. It cannot...

House Plants: Hibicus Tree, hibiscus tree, night temperatures
hibiscus tree, night temperatures, suburbs of philadelphia: Cathy, No, it will not survive temperatures under 40 degrees so you cannot plant it in the ground near Philadelphia. It prefers over 50 degrees. You can cut it back by as much at 2/3rds of the top of the tree. It is best to cut it back in the middle of...

House Plants: House plant with red berries?, red berries, white flowers
red berries, white flowers, house plant: Ellen, Sorry, it doesn t sound like anything I have ever grown. If you can get your friend to take a digital picture of it and send it to you you can forward it to me at plantlady6@yahoo.com and I will see if I can identify it. I have a friend who is really...

House Plants: house plant, tiny egg, entymologist
tiny egg, entymologist, mineral nutrients: Jackie, I suspect that the egg like substances were time release fertiliizer pellets. Or they could have been Micorrhiza fungus applied to the plant at tthe nursery. When the hyphae of certain fungi form specialized sheaths around the roots of certain plants,...

House Plants: house plant cuttings, dragon trees, dragon tree
dragon trees, dragon tree, rooting hormone: Mathew, Yes, you can cut it off. Personally I like to cut them off and dip them in rooting hormone then place them in the soil beside the original plant, I like the look of 3 dragon trees (Dracaena marginata) in one pot. I would wait till May and that...

House Plants: house plant with red berries, seed pods, red berries
seed pods, red berries, chinese evergreen: Ellen, Yes, it is a Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) that has obviously bloomed and the red berries are the seed pods. I do not beleive they are edible. This plant rarely produces fruit as a houseplant so you have accomplished something good. The seed in the...

House Plants: houseplant identification, bright indirect light, distinct veins
bright indirect light, distinct veins, summer virginia: Hi Velma, Your plant is commonly known as Cape Primrose. Its botanical name is Streptocarpus. It does best in very bright indirect light. Keep the soil moderately moist, but avoid getting cold water on the leaves. Keep it in the 60-70 degree F. range...

House Plants: hyacinth bulbs, hyacinth bulbs, forcing bulbs
hyacinth bulbs, forcing bulbs, plant fertilizer: Penny, They will not bloom again for a year and then only with a cold treatment which can be done by forcing which you said you read about. They can be kept in the same pot. But, during the spring and summer they need to be outside in full sun, watered...

House Plants: identification, dracaena marginata
dracaena marginata: Hi Teena, Your plant is a Dracaena marginata. It looks healthy, but it has adapted to low light. That is why it has long, thin stems with not many leaves. It would do a bit better if it were placed close to a north or east facing window. Water it very...

House Plants: Jasmine, jasmine
jasmine: Hi Misty, There are many different species of Jasmine. Some are tropical and intended mostly for indoor use. Others are native to cooler regions and tend to do better outdoors. Some species are sun-grown and can be used outdoors in warm climates. Others...

House Plants: keeping an indoor majesty palm happy, majesty palm, palms
majesty palm, palms: Hi David, I hate to tell you this, but there is no way to keep a Majesty Palm happy for very long indoors. This is the only commonly available plant that I do not recommend under any circumstances. Unlike most other Palm species, the Majesty Palm requires...

House Plants: Maiden hair fern, ferns, maidenhair fern
ferns, maidenhair fern: Hi Chantelle Maidenhair Ferns are one of the loveliest of potted plants, but also one of the least forgiving of plants. They need lots of bright light, but protection from direct rays of the sun. They need constantly damp, but not soggy soil. They require...

House Plants: Mealy Bug Treatment for Golden Cane Palms, palms, mealybugs
palms, mealybugs: Hi Kelly, My area of expertise is limited to potted plants that are grown indoors as houseplants. In that environment, the best treatment is a thorough drenching of all leaf and stem surfaces with a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part isopropyl alcohol and...

House Plants: Moth Orchid/Phalaenopsis, orchid, phalaenopsis
orchid, phalaenopsis: Hi Jean, I am not sure just what you are describing here. New leaves normally emerge from the center of the existing leaves and new roots emerge from just underneath the leaves and grow over the surface of the potting mix and pot. If that is what you have,...

House Plants: massangeana cane plant, corn plant
corn plant: Hi Faye, The first thing you should do is be honest with your daughter rather than trying to fool her. Plants are used to a stable environment and do not respond well to change. That means you need to duplicate as much as possible the environment that your...

House Plants: money tree, fungus gnats, fungus gnat
fungus gnats, fungus gnat, rubbing alcohol: Barb, When you change the soil you can t get all the soil off so the fungus gnats may have eggs laid right on the roots. Or you may have gotten some bad soil with fungus gnat eggs in it. Everything you are doing is right. Make sure that tree dries out...

House Plants: Need Help With My Brunfelsias, aluminum sulphate, plant hormones
aluminum sulphate, plant hormones, vacaville ca: Mel, No my son is a photography expert and the head of an AGE shop in the Air Force. In fact I do not have a horticulture degree. My advice is based on being a master gardener and raising hundreds of plants every year for the last 40 years, including brunsfelsia....

House Plants: Need Help With My Brunfelsias, brunsfelsia
brunsfelsia: Hi Mel, Understand that you are dealing with a very challenging flowering plant species. Your location far from the tropics does not make it any easier. There are many possible causes of your Brunsfelsia s failure to flower successfully and I cannot...

House Plants: Orange tree in dire straits, citrus
citrus: Hi Mike, It is very difficult to get citrus tree to bear fruit when they are kept indoors in the colder months. Retailers never tell you that because they want to promote sales. Four fruitings a year might be possible when they are grown outdoors in semitropical...

House Plants: overwatered stromanthe burle marx, burle marx, drainage holes
burle marx, drainage holes, drainage hole: Cynthia, Do not repot it. The roots have been damaged by the overwatering. You have some root rot. Be sure to not let the plant dry out too much but do not water it until the soil surface has been dry for a day. Then water it half as much as you have in...

House Plants: Palm Tree plant, plant id, new plants
plant id, new plants, replanting: Hi Judy, There are many different types of Palm plants and many that are mistakenly called Palms, but are not. All of these have different care requirements, so you need to identify your plant more specifically before I or anyone else can properly help...

House Plants: Parlour Palm, parlor palm, palm
parlor palm, palm: Hi Terry, As with most Palms, Parlor Palm stems have a single growing tip and grow ever taller without ever branching out. Although they do well in relatively low indoor light, the stems are not as thick so they do tend to get top heavy and lean as they...

House Plants: Peace Lily flowers turning brown, peace lily
peace lily: Hi Darla, Based on your diligence and careful research, I am sure you will do very well with your Peace Lily and other potted plants in the future. I appreciate the detail and the photo you have provided. There are a couple of possibilities here. First,...

House Plants: Peace Lily - yellow leaves, peace lily
peace lily: Hi Farah, You report that after your vacation your Peace Lily had drooped (wilted) and then came back after a good watering. The only conclusion is that your plant got too dried out. As a result it wilted, the flowers turned brown, leaf tips discolored...

House Plants: Phalaenopsis root rot, orchid, phalaenopsis
orchid, phalaenopsis: Hi Jason, I don t think your friend has the same feel for Orchids that you do. I am sure your instructions were appropriate, but your friend did not follow them, for whatever reason. Thus, I think the best thing you can do is take back the Orchid and see...

House Plants: pachira aquatica, pachira aquatica, money tree
pachira aquatica, money tree: Hi Parker, It is most likely a problem with the roots. Perhaps the pot is too tight. Or you may not be watering frequently enough. Finally, a lot of direct sunlight can cause this symptom. I have written an article on Pachira care that I will email for...

House Plants: plant id, ficus pumila, creeping fig
ficus pumila, creeping fig, tiny heart: Hi Linda, There are many plant species that fit that description and not all of them are indoor or tropical plants. I will make an educated guess that yours might be a variegated Ficus pumila or Creeping Fig, but I cannot really say for sure without seeing...

House Plants: plant identity, rose mallow, home improvement store
rose mallow, home improvement store, lavatera: Dedria, Your plant is a Lavatera, also known as Rose Mallow and they are varieties of hibiscus. I hope you get this and say yes, that s right, that s what it is because it is! If you have more questions feel free to write again. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: plants that drip sticky stuff, dish detergent, mealy bugs
dish detergent, mealy bugs, little circles: Alice, The sticky residue is not coming from the plants, it is coming from insects on the plants. It is their excrement. The insects are either aphids(especially if you also have ants, ants farm the aphids by moving them from plant to plant), mealy bugs...

House Plants: ponytail palm, root rot, ponytail palm
root rot, ponytail palm: Hi Ingrid, The shriveled stem is a definite indication that the stem and leaves are not getting enough water. Extreme drought could be the cause, but unless you routinely have not watered your Ponytail for a month or more, then it is more likely that the...

House Plants: ponytail plant, plastic pot, potting soil
plastic pot, potting soil, beaucarnea recurvata: kathy, This is the best time of year to once again try rooting babies of your beaucarnea recurvata. To root cuttings you need to pick out the largest ones on your tree and cut a sliver off of the parent with the baby. Then allow the cuttings to lay on a...

House Plants: Questions on how to care for several different newly acquired house plants, Philodendron, pothos
Philodendron, pothos: Hi NaMichelle, I can answer only a limited number of questions each day, so it would not be fair for me to answer all of your many questions. I will answer the questions related to your Philodendron. Feel free to re-submit your other questions, one-at-a-time...

House Plants: "Rozalea" - coral -Keepsake Azalea, deer problem, coral color
deer problem, coral color, azaleas: Bonnie, For rozalea care instructions go to this page: http://keepsakeplants.com/index.php/care-a-handling-information.html Then click on the tab at the top that says care instructions and scroll to the lower half of the page for outdoor instructions....

House Plants: Rubber plant not growing, propagation, rooting cuttings
propagation, rooting cuttings: Hi Rakhi, If you root a cutting in water, you should wait until you have several roots at least an inch long before transferring it to a pot with soil. I can t tell if you did that. The pot should be very small - just large enough to hold a couple of...

House Plants: Scale infestation, scale insects, plant pests
scale insects, plant pests: Hi Maria, There are many different types and sizes of Peperomia so that might explain different treatments. In general, to treat them safely and effectively you will need to mix a spray solution of 5 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol and a squirt...

House Plants: Small Black Flies, fungus gnats, plant pests
fungus gnats, plant pests, pests: Hi Cynthia, Fungus gnat larvae live in decaying organic material (wet soil and rotting roots) where they feed. As adults they develop wings and fly out of the soil. The winged adults live for only about a week before laying eggs in damp soil and dying....

House Plants: Soil and plantsn and watering for marigolds and four o'clock flowers, flower pot, food scraps
flower pot, food scraps, outdoor plants: Hi Manahil, The houseplants forum is the wrong forum for questions about your outdoor plants. Try the outdoor gardening forum. Any decaying organic matter, including dead fish and food scraps, has some nutritional value for plants. However, food substances...

House Plants: Spathiphyllum Fungus???, peace lily
peace lily: Hi Terra, It is hard to tell from the photo you posted, but it looks like there is a type of fungus, probably powdery mildew, on the lower stems. The source is probably the soil or bark chips in the soil combined with high humidity. I suggest that you...

House Plants: Staghorn fern, ferns
ferns: Hi Rivka, Oy! Why do people take it upon themselves to offer assistance without asking and making assumptions that are unfounded? Fortunately, the tiny white hairs on the frond surface of the Staghorn are not vital to its survival. In nature, they are...

House Plants: String of pearls? Agave??, string of hearts, aloe
string of hearts, aloe: Hi Clare, Your hanging plant is a String of Hearts or Ceropegia woodii. Other than the strings, it has nothing in common with the String of Pearls. String of Hearts is not a succulent as is the String of Pearls, so the soil must be kept a bit more moist,...

House Plants: severe pruning for diseased ficus, systemic insecticide, ficus
systemic insecticide, ficus, infestations: Deb, The easiest way to get rid of scale is to go to your nearest garden center and pick up a bottle of Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed. You can also get it at Walmart for under $20.00 and you mix it with water according to the directions...

House Plants: split leaf philodendron, new leaves, plant questions
new leaves, plant questions, windy day: Hi Traci, Once leaves are damaged or discolored by excess sun or wind there is no way to repair that damage. If they look unattractive, it is best to remove them. The good news is that the roots were not damaged by the sun or wind. That means that all...

House Plants: stromanthe multicolor, soil mix, attractive plant
soil mix, attractive plant, plant questions: Hi Vikki, I don t usually recommend dividing plants for two reason: 1) Putting multiple plants in a single pot is done intentionally because it makes for a fuller, more attractive plant than a single plant would by itself. 2) Dividing plants is very...

House Plants: Thanksgiving Cactus, holiday cactus, christmas cactus
holiday cactus, christmas cactus: Hi Stacie, Your holiday Cactus is exhibiting symptoms that usually occur on these plants during the winter months after its flowering period at the end of the year. After flowering, it usually goes semi-dormant during which time it looks rather pathetic...

House Plants: Tiny brown worms in Ponytail Palm dirt., ponytail palm, worms
ponytail palm, worms, plant pests: Hi Marylou, They are a type of centipede. Quality nurseries use sterilized soil that is pest free, so their presence does raise some questions about the quality of your plant s provenance. The critters are harmless and may die off on their own. If you...

House Plants: tropical plant, shoulder height, houseplant
shoulder height, houseplant, tropical plant: Paul, I am not familiar with this plant and I do not beleive it is something that has ever been used as a houseplant. I still may be able to identify it for you if you answer some questions. Was it planted in the ground or in a pot? What part of Mexico...

House Plants: Umbrella Tree, schefflera, pruning
schefflera, pruning, propagation: Hi Jamie, Older plants become overgrown, spindly and straggly if they are not pruned regularly. Pruning is often neglected becasue people are afraid they will do it incorrectly. The most incorrect thing you can do is to neglect pruning. It is harder to...

House Plants: umbrella Tree, self watering pot, umbrella tree
self watering pot, umbrella tree, sun location: Peggy, It appears in the picture that your schefflera is nothing but trunk. The only way you can save the lower part is if the roots are okay and there is some live trunk. It appears that the plant was either overwatered in which case the roots are probably...

House Plants: Yucca Plant in dreadful condtion, yucca
yucca: Hi Dougie, I am not going to sugarcoat this, but your Yucca is not only in dreadful condition, but it is also in dire straits. A plant cannot be neglected for many years and then easily revived by repotting or pruning. All indications are that the Yucca...

House Plants: Zebrina (Wandering Jew) leaf spots and wilt, bright indirect light, wandering jew
bright indirect light, wandering jew, light from the east: Hi Dan, Your list of symptoms does not suggest a single cause. A photo that shows the entire plant including the pot would be more helpful than multiple photos of isolated portions of the plant. I don t have a sense of the extent of the symptoms and their...

House Plants: Zi Zi plant care., ZZ plant
ZZ plant: Hi Kim, ZZ Plants are among the hardiest of indoor plants. However, the one thing they do not tolerate is excessive watering and repotting. The soil needs to dry out almost to the very bottom of the pot before watering. Keeping the soil constantly moist...

House Plants: anita plant, water quality, hard water
water quality, hard water, tap water: Hi Hank, Unless your tap water is loaded with some unusual toxic substances, than you don t have to worry about your plant dying or changing the soil. Indeed, changing the soil is much more likely to kill the plant. Your Anita is in the Dracaena genus...

House Plants: asparagus fern, light, asparagus fern
light, asparagus fern: Hi Bill, I am not sure just which of my Asparagus Fern answers you found, but if I wrote direct direct sunlight that was a typo. When indoors they do best in a sunny window that gets at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day. However, outdoor...

House Plants: asparagus fern, asparagus fern, root ball
asparagus fern, root ball, manageable size: JC, Hello - my plant wasn t looking too great so first I cut it way back to a manageable size, then took it out of the pot and cut the very root bound root ball into quarters with a serrated carving knife. I potted up the sections separately. I gave 3 of...

House Plants: Banana Palm Fern Houseplant, banana plants, growing bananas
banana plants, growing bananas, banana plant: Mitch, Ok, lets start from the beginning, they are banana plants (not palms or ferns),actually a big herb; that said, they are perpetual, under the ground is what is called a corm, that s its root system, its like a big potato, and out of this corm perpetual...

House Plants: Black spots, ficus elastica, covered porch
ficus elastica, covered porch, rubber trees: Diane, If it is outside in full sun and has never been out before it is probably sunburn. A ficus elastica (rubber tree) usually grows in the jungle where it is not sunny. Move it to under a tree or on a covered porch. It cannot take full sun. I do not...

House Plants: Brand X on my Orchids ok?, plant pests
plant pests: Hi Kerry, Most insect pests that are found on indoor plants do not live outdoors in non-tropical regions and would quickly die due to cold temperatures. So they usually don t come in from outside. Because indoor plant pests materialize seemingly out...

House Plants: Broken Kentia Palm, dracaena reflexa, kentia palm
dracaena reflexa, kentia palm, indirect sunlight: Thanks for the top ratings and nomination, Peggy. Much appreciated! I have seen enough D. reflexas like yours to be able to imagine what yours looked like from the photo you provided. Good luck with the pruning. I suggest that you start by pruning just...

House Plants: Broken split-leafed philodendron, philodendron
philodendron: Hi Bob, From your description, I believe your plant is a Philodendron selloum although there are other species commonly called split-leafed Philodendron. Even though the top portion was not completely severed from the bottom, it seems likely that key...

House Plants: Bromlaid, http www youtube, bromeliads
http www youtube, bromeliads, bromeliad: Yolanda, The flower is in bloom now and it will not grow any taller. It is best to water it in the leaf cups as you will see in the videos below. You will know the flower is dieing back when it looses it s color and turns brown. Then you can cut the flower...

House Plants: Candy corn plant, manettia, candy corn plant
manettia, candy corn plant: Hi Linda, There are several plants that are called Candy Corn because of the color of their flowers. The one most commonly given this name is Manettia and I will assume that is what you have, but you should check to make sure you have the proper ID. ...

House Plants: China doll, Purple velvet plant, gynura
Purple velvet plant, gynura: Hi Joan, Thanks for taking the time to make your positive comments. Much appreciated! The Gynura aurantiaca was once commonly available, but for some reason that is no longer so. They show up sporadically at retailers such as Home Depot. I did a search...

House Plants: Coral Cactus, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Sheila, It is not a good sign when the base of a Coral Cactus starts to rot. That means the roots have already rotted and the plant no longer has a way to absorb water. Re-rooting a Coral Cactus is not easy, but you can give it a try because you have...

House Plants: Corn Plant, flower stalk, flower buds
flower stalk, flower buds, corn plant: Carolyn, What makes you think it needs to be repotted? It is beginning to bloom. That new growth is a flower stalk. If you repot it it will not bloom again for several years until it is rootbound again. This is a plant that prefers to be root bound and...

House Plants: Corn Plant - to big, corn plant, potting soil
corn plant, potting soil, rooting hormone: Sherri, Yes it can be trimmed and you can use the part you cut off to start a new plant for yourself or a friend. First get a new pot of soil ready with 3 parts of potting soil and 1 part of perlite mixed. Also pick up some rooting hormone at your garden...

House Plants: coral cactus care, cactus care, pink ridge
cactus care, pink ridge, indirect sunlight: Hi Janette, I don t think you will lose your Coral Cactus nor do I think you have overwatered it, unless the pot has no drain hole. I do think you have probably allowed it to get too dry. As soon as the surface of the soil feels dry, it must be watered...

House Plants: curly leafed plant - Jade?, pink flowers, aql
pink flowers, aql, aqi: Marilyn, Your plant is a hoya carnosa also known as a hindu rope plant. It sounds like you are doing great with it. If you want more info about it below is a link of a lot of websites about the care of it. http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&source=hp&q=hoya+care&aq=1&aqi=g5&aql=f&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=9651d7334bd74320...

House Plants: Dracaena ----possible death?, dracaena
dracaena: Hi Marilyn, If your Dracaena s growing tip is damaged, then your plant is not likely to recover. You can try cutting the stem off a few inches above the soil. If the roots and stem are still viable, then new growth will emerge just below the point where...

House Plants: Dracena Blossoms, dracaena massangeana, corn plant
dracaena massangeana, corn plant, corn plant flowers: Hi Marcia, Pat yourself on the back for maintaining a stable environment and good care for your Dracaena massangeana! That is what is required for mature Dracaenas to flower. AS long as you don t repot or relocate your plant, it will probably bloom at least...

House Plants: eggs in soil, insect eggs, potting soil
insect eggs, potting soil, house plants: Brenda, I have spilled some on the floor and i can attest that they will bounce all over the place. However they are like a tiny rubber ball. They will not bounce unless you do something to cause them to bounce. There is an insect that bounces called springtails....

House Plants: False Aralia, root rot, cuttings
root rot, cuttings, false aralia: Hi Farah, I m afraid to say that prayer is may be your best option at this point. All signs point to serious root rot. Some types of self-watering planters can be helpful in certain circumstances, but only if they are set up properly. Water globes are...

House Plants: Ficus Lyrata and its usual problem of dropping leaves!, ficus lyrata
ficus lyrata: Hi Vanessa, Thanks for the many photos. They are quite helpful. Yes, I have been asked this question many times, but the answer is not always the same. That s because the discoloration of the leaves doesn t reveal much because that discoloration and leaf...

House Plants: gardenia house plant, gardenia plants, rain one
House Plants: gardenia house plant, gardenia plants, rain one, blossoms

House Plants: outdoor Yucca Trees damaged by wind, yucca trees, signs of life
House Plants: outdoor Yucca Trees damaged by wind, yucca trees, signs of life, 3m

House Plants: Right plant name, family portulacaceae, bush family
House Plants: Right plant name, family portulacaceae, bush family, afra

House Plants: ficus tree, ficus tree, plant questions
ficus tree, plant questions, christmas lights: Hi Anne, Wow! Planning for Christmas already! Putting holiday lights on a Ficus tree will cause no damage as long as hot bulbs are not in direct contact with leaf or stem tissue. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional...

House Plants: fungus gnats, fungus gnats, gnats
fungus gnats, gnats, plant pests: Hi Shyanna, Coarse river sand is best to use on fungus gnat larvae that live in the soil. The larvae live in the uppermost portion of the soil and when they mature they climb to the surface and fly off. If there is a layer of sharp-edged sand as a barrier,...

House Plants: Gardenia plant, gardenia
gardenia: Hi Lenette, Gardenias produce lush, white flowers with a magnificent scent. They are an irresistible plant, but are one of the more difficult plants to grow and bloom indoors successfully, so much so that they may best be used as a seasonal plant and discarded...

House Plants: Giant dumb cane, dieffenbachia
dieffenbachia: Hi Becky, Plants often surprise me with their ability to survive horrible conditions, so I do not want to rule out all hope. However, removing all or most of the soil from a plant s roots is extremely stressful and not recommended. Of course, exposing fragile...

House Plants: gardenia house plant, Gardenia
Gardenia: Hi Cordelia, Gardenias produce lush, white flowers with a magnificent scent. They are an irresistible plant, but are one of the more difficult plants to grow and bloom indoors successfully, so much so that they may best be used as a seasonal plant and discarded...

House Plants: household plant giving me an infection?, mealy bugs, succulent plants
mealy bugs, succulent plants, rubbing alcohol: Samantha, The insects you are describing sounds like mealy bugs. They attack dracaenas and succulent plants such as your Hoya. You can clean them off the plants with q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol. Then you keep them off the plant by putting rubbing...

House Plants: hydrangea plant, hydrangea
hydrangea: Hi Elizabeth, Hydrangeas are not long-lived as potted plants and the flowers rarely last longer than a week. They do not tolerate dryness at all. Here is what I think happened to yours based on the information you reported: The Hydrangea soil was already...

House Plants: Jade Plant root issue, jade, root rot
jade, root rot: Hi Melissa, I m afraid your Jade is suffering from root rot. The squishy stems and gnats are good evidence of that. I cannot imagine any Jade is HUGE enough to warrant a 30 gallon container unless the plant is double potted and actually growing inside of...

House Plants: jade tree, jade plant
jade plant: Hi Crystal, The symptoms suggest that you are not providing enough water. I think if you water once every week, the plant s health will improve. If it doesn t, get back to me and let me know the pot size and how much you are watering. A photo posted here...

House Plants: keepsake azaleas, water globes, wet soil
water globes, wet soil, water globe: Leslie, It will not come back to life unless there are still some green leaves on it. Repotting it to a larger container gave it more wet soil to try to dry out so the roots could breathe. You should never move any plant to a pot with a diameter more than...

House Plants: LIpstick Plant--Pruning, lipstick plant, pruning
lipstick plant, pruning: Hi Cara, I believe only those who actually post a questions and receive an answer can rate the volunteer. You should be able to do that now that you have received my reply. Your Lipstick Plant can be pruned back at any time, except when it is in flower...

House Plants: Light Level, light
light: Hi Alfredo, Balcony light is much more intense than indoor light. Evaluating light depends on direction that the light comes from and how much of the light is shaded or blocked by nearby buildings and overhanging balconies above. Judging from your photo,...

House Plants: lemon tree, lemon trees, plant specialists
lemon trees, plant specialists, bonsai trees: Tim, I do not have a business. I occasionally sell a bonsai tree or two. I do maintain the large bonsai trees at Petroleum Traders. I can tell you that a pair of lemon trees will not do well in your foyer unless your foyer faces south and is all windows....

House Plants: light level, anthurium andraeanum, saintpaulia ionantha
anthurium andraeanum, saintpaulia ionantha, fragrant foliage: Alfredo, You appear to have Medium to highlight. Because it ends at 3 pm I would not call it high light and it certainly isn t low light. Most bloomig plants will do fine there as long as the night temperature lows are above 10 degrees centigrade. Here...

House Plants: New Plant....No Green Thumb....., persian shield
persian shield: Hi Stephanie, This is not the plant I would choose as a gift got a novice, but that does not mean it is terribly difficult; it just requires diligence. It is commonly called Persian Shield. Leave it in its existing pot. If you don t like the looks of...

House Plants: neem oil, systemic insecticide, horticultural oil
systemic insecticide, horticultural oil, oil damage: Gayla, That will not work. It is not a systemic insecticide or fungicide. It acts on the outside of the plant. You can mix a bit of perfume in with it to hide the offensive odor or you can take the plant outside to spray it on and then leave it outside...

House Plants: outdoor Yucca Trees damaged by wind, yucca trees, dead trunks
yucca trees, dead trunks, leaf buds: Maria, Be very patient, if the trunk has not collapsed it is not dead. The new leaves will only come out at the top of the trunk. It will not grow new laves any lower than the top of the trunk and that will give it a palm tree appearance. You may need to...

House Plants: Palm tree fertilozer, palm tree, azaleas
palm tree, azaleas, salutation: Roxanne, If you feel you must move it to a larger pot make sure that the diameter of the new pot is no more than 4 inches larger than the diameter of the pot it was in when you purchased it. I hope you realize that many palms grow 40-80 feet tall and will...

House Plants: Plant Indentification, propagation
propagation: Hi Rebecca, I cannot see the plant clearly in the photo, but it looks like there is only a single stem. There is some risk, but it can be propagated by cutting off the stem just below the healthiest leaves. Insert 2-4 inches of bare stem in a SMALL...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm Bonsai spider, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Donetta, Ponytail Palms are not prone to spiders and are quite resistant to most plant pests. Ponytail Palms are not listed on the ASPCA s list of plants toxic to cats. I have written an article on Ponytail Palms that I will email for free to...

House Plants: pony tail plant, mealybugs, plant pests
mealybugs, plant pests, ponytail palm: Hi Gloria, The white fuzz is a mealybug infestation. They don t look like insect pests, but they are and they will continue to reproduce and spread unless treated effectively. If this was a recent purchase, I suggest you return it for exchange or money...

House Plants: pups, bromeliad, aechmea
bromeliad, aechmea, pups: Hi Terry, Normally, your Aechmea would have a pup by now, but every plant is unique. Your Aechmea may simply be slower than average in producing a pup. This would be the case if you repotted it into a larger pot. Because so many Bromeliads sold today are...

House Plants: RE: Light Level, mr creed, plant questions
mr creed, plant questions, light shade: Hi Alfredo, I really cannot accurately assess light based on a photo. In addition, I am sure that some parts of your balcony get more light than other parts. Light shade means the light you would get outdoors under a tree with sparse, but not dense leaves....

House Plants: RE: Light level, bright indirect light, sun plants
bright indirect light, sun plants, best bets: The Hibiscus and Four-o clocks are full sun plants so it makes sense that they are spindly and the internodes are elongated. Your Orchids and Hoyas prefer light shade and they are doing well. This confirms that your best bets are plants that require light...

House Plants: Right plant name, house plants, cold period
house plants, cold period, variety name: Lindsey, The Sempervivum (Sunset is the variety name) is actually an outdoor plant that should be planted in the ground in full sun, indoors it needs a very sunny location and it will need a 6 week cold period in the winter when the temps should be in the...

House Plants: Rubber Tree Plant, rubber plant, rubber tree
rubber plant, rubber tree: Hi Jessica, Your Rubber Tree does not need to be repotted, but it may need to be relocated. You didn t describe its location,but it should be within a couple of feet of a sunny window that is uncovered all day long. When you water, use room temperature...

House Plants: rabbit's foot fern, fern, rabitt's foot fern
fern, rabitt's foot fern: Hi Frankie, It is hard for me to assess your fern s situation without a photo to determine just how potbound it actually is. It is quite common for the feet to completely cover over the top of the pot while there is still adequate soil in the pot to keep...

House Plants: repot Ficus tree ?, ficus, moving plants outside
ficus, moving plants outside, repotting: Hi Betty, As long as you can keep the roots properly moist, there is no reason to repot. Sometimes as Ficus trees become more potbound they need to be watered a bit more often, although most times they adjust just fine all on their own. Regular repotting...

House Plants: repotting, potting flowers, rule of thumb
potting flowers, rule of thumb, root rot: Cheryl, Yes, if you can t loosen the roots with your fingers you should cut them open on 4 sides no more than 1/2 inch deep. You can use a shovel, a knife or a saw. You should also follow the rule of thumb that the new pot should have a diameter no more...

House Plants: Schefflera, schefflera, sticky leaves
schefflera, sticky leaves, scale: Hi Barbara, Quite remarkable that your Schefflera survived a PA winter on an unheated enclosed porch! The stickiness is the honeydew secretions of either scale insects or mealybugs. Scale looks like small slightly raised brown bumps on the leaves. Mealybugs...

House Plants: Schefflera arboricola is extremely droopy and new growth turns black, repotting
repotting: Hi Harry, When new growth on a Schefflera turns black it is almost always because the roots are rotting. When roots rot it is most commonly because of unnecessary and improper repotting. You have not offered any details as to why you decided to repot,...

House Plants: sad looking rubber tree plant, rubber plant, ficus elastica
rubber plant, ficus elastica: Hi Julie, Yellow and brown leaves are generic symptoms with multiple causes. Inadequate light is the most common cause, but either under or ever watering can also cause this leaf discoloration. It is fine to remove the discolored leaves because they will...

House Plants: Tiny Worms, bird of paradise, worms
bird of paradise, worms: Hi Marina, Your plant is a White Bird of Paradise. The critters in the soil will not harm the plant, but I am sure you would rather not have them in your home. The best and safest treatment is to set the plant in a tub of plain water that comes up at...

House Plants: White spots in my shamrock, shamrock, oxalis
shamrock, oxalis: Hi Clau, Repotting is rarely a solution to any plant problem. This is not a fungus issue either. I recommend that you move your Oxalis closer to the window, by about a meter. You are also probably watering too often. Wait until the top quarter of the...

House Plants: Very wilted houseplant, drain holes, purple plant
drain holes, purple plant, mystery plant: Hi Diana, Giving potted plants food substances of any kind is never a good idea. The apple juice has a very high sugar content and may also be too acidic for your mystery plant. The suddenness of the change in your plant is consistent with your previously...

House Plants: Aloe vera flowering stalk, aloe vera
aloe vera: Hi Gwen, There is a common misconception that if you leave a dead flower stem on a plant, it will sap the strength of the plant. It will not. However, a dead flower stem is not very attractive, so it is generally recommended to remove the stem by cutting...

House Plants: Angel leaf begonia with whit spots on leafs., angelwing begonia, watering plants
angelwing begonia, watering plants: Hi Deona, Discoloration of new leaves is usually caused by root damage due to over watering. Even in good light and a relatively small pot, an Angelwing Begonia should not need water every other day. It is best to water only when the top inch or so of soil...

House Plants: anthurium, anthurium flowers, anthurium
anthurium: Hi Josie, Time for a short botanical lesson. The reddish colored shield is called a spathe and it protects and attracts the attention of pollinating insects to the green spike, called a spadix. Along the spadix are lots of tiny flowers that don t look...

House Plants: arabian coffee house plant, coffee plant
coffee plant: Hi Rebecca, Your Coffee arabica is unlikely to ever produce coffee beans for you, but you can try. In summer, it needs bright indirect light with a few hours of morning direct sun; right in an east window is best. In winter, it can take more direct sun;...

House Plants: Banana plant, dwarf banana, inch pot
dwarf banana, inch pot, drainage hole: BJ, OK, then you may have a tap water problem so switch to bottled water. I have a dwarf banana and it is 3 years old and in a 14 inch pot. It will need to be moved to a larger pot soon, so will your mother s. Is she fertilizing? If not that may be why...

House Plants: Banana plant, banana plant, drain tray
banana plant, drain tray, drain hole: Bj, Was the soil dry when she watered it? She has to allow the soil to get dry before watering it. Does the pot have a drain hole in the bottom? Water it and then empty the drain tray under it so it is not setting in a tray full of water. It cannot stand...

House Plants: Broken Plant Stem, dracaena fragrans, rooting hormone
dracaena fragrans, rooting hormone, lowes: Tonalea, I would recommend that you first go get a bottle of rooting hormone at a garden center such as Lowes or Home Depot. Then I would cut off the broken cane entirely and dip it in the rooting hormone and insert it in the soil beside the parent plant....

House Plants: Bugs in a banana plant, plant pests
plant pests: Hi Maria, I cannot tell from your description just what plant pests you are seeing, but the treatment is the same regardless. Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part isopropyl alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then thoroughly spray all leaf and...

House Plants: Calathea care and flowering, calathea
calathea: Hi Eddie, Congratulations on your many years of success with Orchids! There are over 300 species of Calathea. The reason you don t see flowers mentioned very often is because the flowers on most species are relatively insignificant and usually somewhat...

House Plants: Ceramic Ficus, Bonsai
Bonsai: Hi Jill Ceramic Ficus - This name refers more to the container it is grown in than the type of Ficus. Yours is probably a Fig species of the Ficus benjamina orientalis variety which is native to South and South-East Asia. This tree is particularly good...

House Plants: Coral Cactus, desert plants, potting soil
desert plants, potting soil, water sun: Cindy, Yes, the top should reroot unless the stem rot has gotten into the top also. It is worth a shot anyway. Just be sure to use fresh soil and morning sun outdoors is best. Just be sure to not overwater it. Cut down the amount of water you give it by...

House Plants: corn plant, corn plants
corn plants: Hi Alberto, The answer to both your questions is, yes. There are two types of Corn Plants. One is a cane type that has one or more thick, bark-covered trunks planted in the soil with thinner stems with leaves growing out of the tops of the canes. ...

House Plants: Are corn plants dangerous to small children, dracaena fragrans massangeana, corn plants
dracaena fragrans massangeana, corn plants, outdoor plants: Your plant may be a Dracaena fragrans Janet Craig , another hybrid of the corn plant. Type the name into your search engine and see if the picture matches your plant. There are other hybrids of Dracaena fragrans. This one sounds most like yours. Indoor plants...

House Plants: Diffenbachia Amoena (Dumb Cane) cutting, dieffenbachia pruning
dieffenbachia pruning: Hi Gail, Dieffenbachias invariably grow tall and their thick stems are not strong enough to support their very heavy leaves. They usually need supports or else the stems snap. In any case, Dieffenbachias require regular pruning to keep them manageable....

House Plants: Dracaena marginata, dracaena marginata, low light plants
dracaena marginata, low light plants: Hi Elizabeth, Yes, your plant is a Dracaena marginata. It can get by on a bit less light than your Schefflera, but 18 feet from even the sunniest of windows is too far for the long term survival of any plant. Your Marginata should really be within 6-8 feet...

House Plants: I dunno the name of the plant, but the leaves are yellowing all the time., dracaena draco, turkey baster
dracaena draco, turkey baster, drain tray: Mahmud Shuvra, Yellowing leaves are usually the result of keeping the plant constantly wet. This plant must dry out between waterings. Yes it does look like a Dracaena. You need to empty the drain tray after watering. Since it looks too large to pick up...

House Plants: dwarf jade plant, water pot, drain tray
water pot, drain tray, jade plant: Christy, Yes, put it back in the small pot it came in. A jade is a succulent African plant that grows naturally on the plains of Africa. It stores water in that thick stem and leaves. It goes weeks without water then it rains and it swells up and stores...

House Plants: elephant foot plant, Elephantfoot/ Ponytail
Elephantfoot/ Ponytail: Yes - and as the tips of other leaves brown you should prune them back to green on the leaf. This will help the plant look better and aids in keeping the plant healthy. Elephant foot plants (also called ponytail plants) can grow large quite quickly. In the...

House Plants: Dracaena marginata, soil
House Plants: Dracaena marginata, soil

House Plants: Ferns care, indoor tropical plants, boston ferns
indoor tropical plants, boston ferns, size plants: Karen, Most people kill their plants by over or under watering them. Plants die from too frequent waterings, not from how much water you give them at one time. Here s how to correct the problem. Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly...

House Plants: fica tree problem, concrete walkways, root growth
concrete walkways, root growth, root systems: Maryana, You can try it but ficus are very agressive at growing roots which often swell. If you water the tree stop watering it, it can live with very little water and less water will slow down root growth. Often cutting off 1 root will make it grow 2 or...

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig - Help!, drainage hole, brown patches
drainage hole, brown patches, mass quantities: Hi Alyssa, The plastic lining was definitely keeping the soil sitting in water so root rot is what you are dealing with. New growth leaves will not start to improve until the soil has dried out properly and is kept properly moist for a while. Because the...

House Plants: gardenia plant, gardenia
gardenia: Hi Brenda, Gardenias are tropical plants that require warm temperatures above 15 degrees C. all year round. Unlike temperate zone species, they do not have a cold winter dormant period, so your plan to keep it outdoors in your Canadian winter will not work....

House Plants: I haven't watered my peace lillies in 7 days, but the soil is still moist, do i water them?, Watering
Watering: Peace lillies (Spathiphyliums) usually show you when they need water by wilting their leaves. If kept wet too long or allowed to stay dry too long their leaves will turn yellow easily. Do remove yellow or brown leaves as they appear. Plants die from too frequent...

House Plants: How to help a fiddle leaf fig over the brown spots, ficus lyrata, repotting
ficus lyrata, repotting: Hi L, You have two serious problems: not enough light and too much moisture around the roots. South light is wonderful, but of no value if the blinds are closed. If keeping the blinds open during the day due to heat is a problem, then its probably best...

House Plants: Help identify plant, green leaves, dracaena
green leaves, dracaena, smooth edges: Pat, I was hoping you had sent a picture so I could positively identify it. I am sure it is a type of Dracaena. You can go to google and put Dracaena in the click on images and find which one matches your plant. Then click on the picture and it will tell...

House Plants: ID at local garden center, flower structure, house plants
flower structure, house plants, plant flowers: I still think it looks like a coleus(90% sure)...Type red/purple coleus leaf into your search engine and see if you can find a leaf that matches...Also type coleus flower pictures and see what the flower looks like...When your plant flowers (And it will...

House Plants: Identification and care help, dracaena marginata
dracaena marginata: Hi Nicole, Your plant is a Dracaena marginata, so named because of the pink/red leaf margins. The photo reveals that your inherited plant has not been very well cared for and even good care going forward does not guarantee success. The weaker of the...

House Plants: Indoor palm bug solution, majesty palm, spider mites
majesty palm, spider mites: Hi Debbie, The photo is very small and hard for me to ID your Palm definitively. However, it does look like the dreaded Majesty Palm, a plant often sold by supermarkets and Big Box stores. I hate to tell you this but the Majesty Palm has the poorest...

House Plants: Jade plants are sick, jade, plants outside
jade, plants outside: Hi Mary, The leaf pitting on your Jade is a result of some kind of physical damage. It is not a fungal or bacterial problem. It is also not caused by common indoor plants pests, such as mealybugs, scale or aphids. When houseplants are moved outside,...

House Plants: Janet Craig cane, Janet Craig
Janet Craig: Hi Nancy, Dracaena Janet Craigs do not often flower indoors, but it is not a rare event either. Usually it occurs with plants that are quite potbound, are located near a window and have been in the same location for a long time. Of course, good care is...

House Plants: lemon trees, citrus trees, lemon trees
citrus trees, lemon trees: Hi Rebecca, Keep your seedlings tightly potted and in warm temps and direct indoor sunlight. Water them as soon as the surface of the soil is dry. Apply a standard fertilizer at half strength once per month. When they need water every couple of days,...

House Plants: Losing leaves, ficus tree
ficus tree: Hi Regina, Ficus trees are notorious for shedding lots of leaves each time they are relocated. That is because their leaves are very sensitive to even small changes in light intensity. As long as you locate your plant very close to and in front of any uncovered...

House Plants: Money plant, pachira aquatica, lunaria annua
pachira aquatica, lunaria annua, riyadh saudi arabia: Hi Syed, Money plant is a common name for several very different plant species, including: Epipremnum aureum (Pothos), Lunaria annua, Crassula ovata (Jade Plant), Pilea peperomioides and Pachira aquatica. This causes confusion and is why plant professionals...

House Plants: money tree plant, fungus gnats, drain tray
fungus gnats, drain tray, natural enemies: Donna, If they are flying around the soil and the base of the plant they are fungus gnats and you are watering too much. It doesn t want to be constantly wet. The roots are rotting and attracting the fungus gnats. It needs to dry out between waterings so...

House Plants: overwatered plants, wet soil, plant arrangement
wet soil, plant arrangement, philodendron: Hi Jan, I will need to know what plants you have that are left. The constant wet soil has caused the roots to rot. Some plants, like the ivy and philodendron are easy to re-root but I will need to know what the others are to figure out the best way to...

House Plants: Palm tree, majesty palm, palm tree
majesty palm, palm tree, frond: Hi Debbie, The close-up of teh frond doesn t tell me anything I don t already know. The brown tips are a generic symptom with multiple causes. As I mentioned earlier, it needs more light and probably more water, but ultimately there is nothing you can do...

House Plants: Peace lilies, miracle grow plant food, drain holes
miracle grow plant food, drain holes, yellow leaves: Kathy, I suspect that you may be keeping them too wet. To begin with they must be in pots with drain holes and draintrays underneath them. When you water the plants give them enough water so all the soil in the pot gets moist and some water goes in the...

House Plants: peace lilly, repotting, peace lily
repotting, peace lily: Hi Donna, Repotting is not something I usually recommend. That is because it is often unnecessary and because a lot can go wrong if it is not done properly. You haven t provided any details, so I can only suggest some things that may have gone wrong. ...

House Plants: pencil cactus plant, repotting, pencil cactus
repotting, pencil cactus: Hi Gwendolyn, It is a very common practice for folks to repot newly acquired plants. However, it is almost never a good idea. First of all, most plants are sold in the proper sized pots, meaning they are moderately potbound. Second, plants undergo stress...

House Plants: plant help, sun damage
sun damage: Hi Michelle, Any leaves that are discolored because of the sun will not recover, so it is best to cut them off. Cut off the entire leaf stem at its base where it connects to the main stem. This will affect the appearance of the plant, but not its health....

House Plants: Plant Identification?, local plant nurseries, oval shape
local plant nurseries, oval shape, indoor plants: Hi Mick, A quick guess based on your limited description is that the plant is question is a Croton. There is way to post photos on this site, but I cannot provide directions for you - my expertise is limited to indoor plants! However, you can also email...

House Plants: plant sticky, brown insects, tiny critters
brown insects, tiny critters, pot plants: Susan, Hello to Austria! The size of your plants is why you should not keep repotting into larger pots. You end up with unmanageable plants. The tops can be pruned back and if you want after you prune the tops back you can remove each plant from it s pot...

House Plants: please help, low light plants, oxygen
low light plants, oxygen: Hi Mayra, All plants - and people - require good light and fresh air to thrive. Although most green plants do add small quantifies of oxygen to the air, a single plant will not make much difference to your living environment. The good news is that there...

House Plants: Plumeria fungus, plumeria trees, entire leaf
plumeria trees, entire leaf, orange color: James, Your plumeria has plumeria rust. It can be difficult to get rid of. Check on the following page for info about this problem:http://www.plumeria101.com/problems/rust.html It will be difficult to clear up, you must be consistant. Goodluck,...

House Plants: Pothos Ivy Watering, pothos ivy, size plants
pothos ivy, size plants, sunlight exposure: Carla, Your plant is called Devil s IVY(it is a common name for the plant#. It is often classified as Pothos. More correctly it is now classified as Epipremnum(being the Genus) aureum(being the species). English ivies are Hedera helix. It sounds confusing...

House Plants: My pothos leaves are yellowing, a few at a time, pothos
pothos: Hi Patricia, Thank you for the helpful detailed information. When a Pothos is under stress for any reason, it reacts by losing its older leaves, the ones closest to the soil. I suspect the primary reason for the leaf loss on your Pothos is the sheer...

House Plants: Re-planting Dracaena Spikes-Cordyline Indivisa, large flower pots, dracaena spikes
large flower pots, dracaena spikes, plant questions: Hi Deborah, Removing a plant from a pot and separating its roots from the entwined roots of other plants is always risky. Like surgery, if it is not done properly, you will lose the patient. Try to separate the roots with as little trauma as possible....

House Plants: Red Sun Parasol Mandevilla?, mandevilla
mandevilla: Hi Brandon, Mandevilla is a tropical plant that cannot withstand temps below 50 degrees, so you definitely cannot put it in the ground in the St Louis area. On the other hand, it does require lots of good light. If outside in summer, it should be in light...

House Plants: rubber plant, rubber tree plant, leaf scar
rubber tree plant, leaf scar, pruning shears: Sheiladolly, Rubber tree plants, Ficus elastica, get rather large and sometimes develop bare spots and need to be pruned. Pruning a rubber tree plant isn’t overly complicated and it responds well to pruning. Rubber tree plants are resilient and rubber...

House Plants: Schefflera (umbrella variety), schefflera, pruning
schefflera, pruning, repotting: Hi Sue, Here s the problem with moving a plant outside for better light in the summer: if the change in light is too dramatic, the plant will not be able to adapt. In nature, plants stay in one location throughout their lives and their leaves are adapted...

House Plants: schefflera, schefflera
schefflera: Hi Elizabeth, Your Schefflera was grown in the nursery in a bush form. That is why you have multiple plants in the same pot. Tree forms are grown from different (heavier) Schefflera stock plants and usually only one per pot. Bottom line is that yours is...

House Plants: schefflera question, schefflera. low light plants. low light
schefflera. low light plants. low light: Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for the additional information; it is very helpful. The pot size is appropriate and it is good that you used a pot only one size larger. The light, however, is not nearly as good for the plant as you think. Light intensity drops...

House Plants: I have a very sick plant, desert plant, little bugs
desert plant, little bugs, drain tray: Stacey, I need to know a few things. Is the yucca in a pot with a drain hole and a drain tray underneath it? If not you need to move it to a pot that has that. Are these flying bugs or crawling bugs? Are they black, white or brown? was the soil wet or bone...

House Plants: Spathiphyllum care, peace lily, spathiphyllum
peace lily, spathiphyllum: Hi Michael, Spathiphyllum (Peace lilies) are tropical plants but they grow only in deep shade when outdoors. High humidity is fine but temps much over 90 degrees F. are not. In addition, Spaths have thin leaves that are easily shredded by wind and heavy...

House Plants: splitting an Umbrella plant to start a new one, sun worshippers, umbrella plant
sun worshippers, umbrella plant, drain tray: Linda, You will have a much better chance of starting all your cuttings if you get a 2 or 4 pot for each cutting. A 6 pot can be used if it is a really large cutting. Also pick up a bottle of rooting hormone. Fill your pots with soil and press the soil...

House Plants: tiny flying black bugs on my house plants, fungus gnats, plant pests
fungus gnats, plant pests: Hi Margaret, Those are fungus gnats. Their larvae (eggs) live in the soil where they feed on decaying organic matter, usually rotting roots. The flying adult gnats will die of their own accord within a week or so. The key is to treat the future generations...

House Plants: Umbrella Schefflera Plant, schefflera, repotting
schefflera, repotting: Hi Tanya, For starters, your Schefflera is not getting enough light. It must be no more than 2-3 feet away from your east window and would prefer to be right in front of it. Because it is not getting enough light, its growth rate has slowed and that means...

House Plants: white stuff on Majesty palm, ravenea rivularis, majesty palm
ravenea rivularis, majesty palm, isopropyl alcohol: Carl, Ravenea Rivularis is called “The Majesty Palm”.nOutdoors in south Florida or in California the plant can do very well in the landscape. But it has a few requirements – lots of water, bright light or full sun and feed it heavy. It wants LOTS of:...

House Plants: Yucca Cane Rot, yucca
yucca: Hi Chantal, I don t know if you are referring to a green stem that grows out of the top of the bark-covered cane or the thick cane itself. If it is the former, any portion of the green stem above the soft portion will eventually die, so you should cut off...

House Plants: zygo christmas cactus(red flower), christmas cactus, zygo
christmas cactus, zygo, root rot: Hi Becky, I have not seen bumps similar to the ones in your photo. The purplish discoloration is a common reaction after flowering. I don t think the bumps are a disease and are definitely not pest related. Are the discoloration and bumps occurring...

House Plants: zz house plant, zz plant
zz plant: Hi Melanie, When ZZ Plants are kept in sunny locations, the stems are thicker and less likely to sag under their own weight. In low light, this is a common problem with older leaf stems. Certainly, anytime a leaf stem looks unsightly it should be cut...

House Plants: Anthurium as a hydroponic?, hydroponic environment, beta fish
hydroponic environment, beta fish, flowering plant: Lori, Anthuriums need to dry out between watering so they are not a good idea. Peace lilies or Chinese Evergreens work in beta vases. I would like to ask you first to review the following site before you go shopping. http://bettatalk.com/betta_in_a_vase.htm...

House Plants: Areca Palm, robin robin, sticky stuff
robin robin, sticky stuff, fronds: Robin, Your brown/tan spotting along the stalks is not a fungus, it is an insect called scale. Go to google and put in scale on Areca palm then click on images. The last picture in the top row shows a lot of scale on an Areca palm. Yours may look a little...

House Plants: Bird's Nest Fern, repotting, fern
repotting, fern: Hi Melissa, Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. Most plants do not do well in large pots and most folks do not know how to repot properly even when it is necessary. Over sized pots usually lead to root rot. If you...

House Plants: black leaves on plants, moving plants outside
moving plants outside: Hi Karen, Please spare your plants from intense outdoor light. It is not at all good for them. Your plants are reacting to excess sun and excess heat. Probably one side was more exposed to the direct sun than the other. In nature, plants put down roots...

House Plants: black tiny bugs on holy basil leaves., target pests, garlic onion
target pests, garlic onion, kerosene oil: Gita, It sounds like you have aphids on your basil. It is a sucking insect. Here are 3 recipes for insecticides that wil kill and repel aphids: Chillies Plant parts with insect controlling properties: fruit Mode of action: stomach position insecticidal,...

House Plants: brown spots, Fern spores
Fern spores: Pat, Ferns reproduce by producing spores on the underside of their leaves...They don t flower, get pollinated and produce seeds like most other plants...I am pretty sure (99%) what you think are insects are actually the reproductive spores (especially if...

House Plants: Bugs in my Peace Lily, fungus gnats, peace lily
fungus gnats, peace lily: Hi YM, The fruit flies are fungus gnats. The larvae of the gnats are what you see in the soil. As they mature, they develop wings and fly off to lay eggs in other locations that have decaying organic matter. The larvae were probably in the soil used in...

House Plants: Burro tail, Burro's Tail
Burro's Tail: Hi Matt, I am a bit confused by the information you provided. How long was your Burro s Tail in a dark room? How much light did it get before that? If it was in a dark place for more than a couple of weeks then that may have started its decline. Although...

House Plants: China Doll Ivy, potting soil mix, indirect sunlight
potting soil mix, indirect sunlight, ivy plants: Sandra, There is no such thing as China Doll Ivy. There are China Doll Plants and there are Ivy plants. The latin name for a china doll plant is Radermachera sinica . You can see if you have a China Doll plant by going to the following site and comparing...

House Plants: Clear Worms in house plant, fungus gnat larvae, horsehair worms
fungus gnat larvae, horsehair worms, bamboo skewer: Carly, They are Planarians, horsehair worms, newly hatched earth worms, fungus gnat larvae, grubs, or nematodes. My best guess would be the fungus gnat larvae. It really doesn t matter what they are, since they are in a beloved houseplant you need to get...

House Plants: Clivia, bright indirect light, terra cotta pot
bright indirect light, terra cotta pot, spectacular flowers: You would need a lot of ice to keep the air temp all around the plant cold enough. Not very practical. Even running an air conditioner on its coldest setting would probably not be adequate. It might be cheaper for you to relocate to a cooler climate! LOL!...

House Plants: coral cactus, crown of thorns, euphorbia milii
crown of thorns, euphorbia milii, plant questions: Hi Kerie, I suspect your plant is a Euphorbia lactea or Euphorbia trigona, but not a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii). Sorry about the confusion, but it is hard to tell from the photo you provided. You can cut off the stem that has emerged and use it...

House Plants: Coral Cactus, parent plants, spines
parent plants, spines, cactus: Frank, Yes but leave it lay on the counter for 3=4 days after cutting it before planting it so the cut will heal over. It is probably from one of the parent plants since your plant is a hybrid. It will not look anything like your Coral Cactus. Treat...

House Plants: Croton (Codiaeum variegatum), repotting, croton
repotting, croton: Hi Tamena, You have made the most common of all plant care mistakes - unnecessarily repotting your new plant. New plants have a difficult time adjusting to their new environment and the stress of repotting just makes that process more difficult. In addition,...

House Plants: desert rose ? stem rot, darkened areas, stem rot
darkened areas, stem rot, edge of a knife: Robin, I believe that your problem was either a fungal problem or sunburn but that your plant is okay now. aAll you have is these small dry black areas. You can read more about this at the following website: http://www.tropicanursery.com/adenium/problems.htm#diseases...

House Plants: Dracaena fragratissima 'Massangeana, corn plant
corn plant: Hi Deirdre, The correct spelling of your plant is Dracaena fragrans massangeana. Please tell me where you are finding these black patches. On the leaves? If so, on the tips, the edges or the center of the leaves. Or are they on the stems or canes?...

House Plants: dracena plant, dracaena marginata, repotting
dracaena marginata, repotting: Hi Sandra, Yes, not a good idea to repot your new Dracaena marginata, especially into a big pot. Plants actually grow best when they are quite potbound. If they are put into a pot that is too large, most of their energy goes into filling the larger pot...

House Plants: black tiny bugs on holy basil leaves., darlene
House Plants: black tiny bugs on holy basil leaves., darlene

House Plants: fiddle leaf fig, mealybugs, mushrooms
mealybugs, mushrooms: Hi Cynthia, The white fuzz is probably a mealybug infestation. They are best treated by spraying with a solution of 5 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Be sure to get complete coverage of all leaf and stem surfaces....

House Plants: Find papaya leaves in USA, papaya leaves
papaya leaves: Mary, I did a copy and paste on a papaya plant seller s article I found on the Internet for you. Most papaya growers seem to be in southern FL near Homestead, FL. I assume you are looking for a wholesaler. There were retailers for papaya leaves on Amazon.com....

House Plants: fungus gnats, turkey baster, fungus gnat
turkey baster, fungus gnat, drainage holes: Jeff, Fungus gnats will not live in soil that drys out well between waterings. Allow your plants to get very dry before watering them so that there is only moisture in the bottom inch or two of soil. That will stop the roots of your plants from rotting...

House Plants: Hawaiian Palm Tree, autumn time, light intensity
autumn time, light intensity, stress conditions: Angela, In winter, the Hawaii palm” prefers a light place, even the south window sill is possible. She also does well with less light. In the summer you must protect the palm a bit for too much sun, otherwise she might loose quit some leaves (they really...

House Plants: inchworms, Inchworms
Inchworms: Steve, Inchworms are the insect larvae of geometer moths (order Lepidoptera - including moths and butterflies & family Geometridae). There are 1000 s of different species in North America. To ID the particular one you have you would have to compare a picture...

House Plants: indoor juniper, swamp plants, drain tray
swamp plants, drain tray, outdoor plants: Nick, There is no such thing as an indoor juniper . All junipers are outdoor plants. You probably bought a bonsai tree. If it came with glued together stones those should come off immediately. They put them on the plant for shipping purposes and they limit...

House Plants: indoor pepper plant, swamp plant, pepper plant
swamp plant, pepper plant, yellow pepper: Jessica, I have a large 5 year old pepper plant in a 6 inch pot. You did not say what size pot it is now in. Absolutely do not go to a pot with a diameter larger than 8 inches. Larger than that and you will kill the plant by overwatering it. It is okay...

House Plants: indoor plant identification, scale insects, podocarpus
scale insects, podocarpus: Hi Kira, Your plant is a Podocarpus macrophyllus, more commonly called Buddhist Pine. This is a plant that struggles some as an indoor plant as it prefers cool temps - cooler than most of our homes in winter. It also should be close to a sunny window...

House Plants: Ivy, medium size pot, ceramic pot
medium size pot, ceramic pot, contaminated soil: Hi Victoria, The odor is not coming from the plant itself. It may be coming from something in the soil, something added to the soil or something the pot is made out of. Most potting mixes are sterile and odor-free. However, if you repotted yourself,...

House Plants: My ivy's leaves are turning black, ivy, hedera ivy
ivy, hedera ivy: Hi Stacey, I am assuming your ivy is a Hedera Ivy, although many people also call Philodendron and Pothos ivy. If I am wrong, let me know. Although light is important for plants, too much ligth is a bad thing. Plants can adapt to changes in light,...

House Plants: jade plant problems, jade, jade pruning
jade, jade pruning: Hi Elaina, I don t know how many trunks your Jade has so it is hard for me to know the extent of the damage. In any case, eventually that trunk was going to fall on its own without help from your dog. The bug(s) are not the cause of the problem either....

House Plants: Jasmine Housplants, jasmine, pinching
jasmine, pinching: Hi Nikki, I m glad you found my information helpful. The dead flowers are best removed as soon as they are spent. After that it is the new stem and leaf growth that comes in that should be pruned off or pinched back until August. Otherwise, you will...

House Plants: Jasmine scale infestation, scale insects
scale insects: Hi Maya, You can wipe off the dead brown scales by hand if you want. Otherwise, the best proof of their elimination is the end of any further stickiness on the leaves or under the plant. Only live scale continue to secrete the honeydew. I have written...

House Plants: Leaf at the very bottom of jade plant turning black-ish., jade plant
jade plant: Hi Hannah, A single dead leaf is not a cause for concern. If you suddenly get many more, then that would indicate some kind of problem, although not a specific one. Although I would have advised against your decision to repot your new Jade Plant, at...

House Plants: luck bean plant, repotting
repotting: Hi Myra, Most glass containers do not have bottom drainage holes, so that is the best reason to move it into a different pot. If the roots are wrapped all around the outside of the soil ball, then put it into a pot that is 4 inches in diameter. Otherwise,...

House Plants: I'm at a loss, dracaena massangeana, dracaena deremensis
dracaena massangeana, dracaena deremensis, dracaena marginata: Hi Kimberly, Thank you for the top ratings. It is much appreciated! Good to know your dish garden does have a drainage hole. That will help insure against inadvertent over watering and the buildup of mineral salts from fertilizer and hard water. Most...

House Plants: Madagascar Palm, clay pot, brown areas
clay pot, brown areas, wet side: Elaine, I think you have a few problems with your Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei). It may have gone into a dormant period due to the lack of light. With more light it will start growing again. Are you aware that this plant could live outdoors on your...

House Plants: mandevilla, storage organs, soil mix
storage organs, soil mix, potting soil: Grace, As it is probably in full bloom right now you should dig it trying to disturb the soil around the roots as little as possible and put it in a pot only slightly larger than the root ball. Dig it right now and leave it sitting outside where you dug...

House Plants: Marginata, dracaena marginata, propagation
dracaena marginata, propagation: Hi Kathy, Although there are some few plant species (African violets, for example) that can be propagated from leaf cuttings, Dracaena marginata is not one of them. The lady is misinformed, so don t waste your time trying. Only Marginata stem cuttings can...

House Plants: Ming tree, ming aralia, polyscias
ming aralia, polyscias: Hi Sally, Yes, you can go ahead and prune back any stems that were wind damaged. New growth will emerge just below the points where you make the stem cuts. Mings respond very well to pruning under any circumstances so they can be pruned and shaped as you...

House Plants: Monstera Deliciosa, monstera, repotting
monstera, repotting: Hi Khy, When new growth of most any plant is discolored or damaged, it is almost always a symptom of root damage, usually root rot. How did this happen? It is a result of the most common of all plant care mistakes - unnecessary repotting. The external...

House Plants: Name that houseplant, epsom salts, 4 leaves
epsom salts, 4 leaves, rooting hormone: Trina, It appears to be a hoya vine. To bloom it must be rootbound. It will take about 3 years for it to do that on it s own. Do not repot it. You can take a cutting off your hoya and remove the lowest 4 leaves then dip it in rooting hormone and insert...

House Plants: Nephthytis,hedera, pothos, hedera, pothos
hedera, pothos, nephthytis: Hi Bridget, The compatibility of plants depends on their moisture and light requirements. Both must match for them to be compatible. As far as light goes, the Pothos is the mis-match here as it does not do well in direct indoor sunlight. Nephthytis requires...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island Pine: Hi Julia, Plants can do quite well in adverse conditions for quite some time. That causes us to believe that everything is okay when in fact the roots and the plants are slowly deteriorating, mostly out of sight. The primary problem with your NIP is...

House Plants: North-facing Apartment, topiary plants, 4 x4
topiary plants, 4 x4, outdoor plants: Hi Rachel, My expertise is limited to indoor plants, so my knowledge of vegetable gardening is limited. That said, I do knew that virtually all vegetables that you would be interested in require lots of direct sun for most of the day. You can grow vegetables...

House Plants: My Pachira Trees, pachira aquatica, diameter pots
pachira aquatica, diameter pots, rooting hormone powder: Betty, You can cut them back but if you cut all the green leaves off of a branch chances are it will not regrow. 7 feet is the usual height for an indoor pachira aquatica. Out side in nature it can grow to 40 feet or more. You can easily trim it back...

House Plants: "palm" tree?, ficus elastica, rubber tree plant
ficus elastica, rubber tree plant, turkey baster: Colette, Although I can t see it very well in the picture I suspect from the shape of the leaves that your plant is a ficus elastica or rubber tree plant. Go to google and enter that as your question then click on images. It will have a bunch of pictures...

House Plants: peacock jasmine, inch pot, dawn to dusk
inch pot, dawn to dusk, blinds and drapes: Karen, You need a light weight soil, to acheive that you can use 2 parts of potting soil and 1 part perlite that you can buy anywhere that you buy potting soil. You need to move it to that 4 inch pot asap and make sure it has a drain hole in the bottom...

House Plants: What plant is this?, cold desert, zone 5
cold desert, zone 5, ground water: Lyndy, Your plant is an Adam s Needle Yucca. It is a cold desert type plant. It can be planted in the ground from zone 5 to zone 10. It likes to be outside in full sun and kept from barely moist to dry. In the ground water it once every 2 weeks well if...

House Plants: What is this plant?, aloe vera plant, flower stalk
aloe vera plant, flower stalk, drain tray: Norma, That was my Mother s name. Nice name! You have the standard variety of large Aloe Vera plant. There are many varieties. The come from the plains of South Africa where they get lots of full sun and sometimes go for very long times with little water....

House Plants: plant name, pandanus
pandanus: Hi Kenneth, It is difficult to be sure without a photo, but your description seems to match that of a Pandanus utilis, commonly called Screw-Pine. If you do a Google Image search you will find lots of photos of this plant and perhaps it matches yours....

House Plants: Plant problem, adenium obesum, member plants
adenium obesum, member plants, winter desert: Hi Jill, I assume the terrace door is glass so that lots of indirect light comes through. If so, then the natural light is better than the fluorescent light and probably adequate on its own. The fluorescent light is a worthwhile supplement to the natural...

House Plants: Planting corn plant with parlor palm?, parlor palm, corn plant
parlor palm, corn plant: Hi Stephanie, That s a good and interesting question. Corn Plants and Parlor Palms are compatible as far as light goes, although you would have to be careful that the larger Corn Plant leaves do not block out too much light for the shorter Palm. However,...

House Plants: pregnant onion, onion plants, onion plant
onion plants, onion plant, indirect sunlight: Sylvia, Sorry for the delay in answering you...With the drought in the Northeast (southern NJ) I have been too busy to keep up on other things... There are 2 major things you will need to do to revive your pregnant onion plant...Get it to a brighter sunlight...

House Plants: Queen of the N ight, cestrum nocturnum, epiphyllum oxypetalum
cestrum nocturnum, epiphyllum oxypetalum, queen of the night plant: Hi Claudette, Queen of the Night is a common name that refers to several different plants species, including Selenicereus grandiflorus, Hylocereus undatus, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, Peniocereus greggii and Cestrum nocturnum. My point here is not to imprees...

House Plants: Reviving a Ming Aralia, ming aralia, turkey baster
ming aralia, turkey baster, poor appearance: Brent, What you are proposing is exactly what I would do. I would suggest putting it in a pot with a diameter of no more than 16 inches. I would look for one of the newer light weight pots and make sure it has a drain hole and you can put a 20 inch clear...

House Plants: Rhipsalis cereuscula: Coral Cactus, coral cactus, glued pebbles
coral cactus, glued pebbles: Hi Marie, Unfortunately, this inappropriate use of glued on pebbles is being used increasingly by growers and retailers who are interested only in an initial sale and not the long-term prospects of plants. As you have discovered, this glued on surface layer...

House Plants: Rozalea, azalea, peace lily
azalea, peace lily: Hi Kathy, If you repotted within the past month, then take it out of its pot and remove the soil and manure you added on, under and around the original rootball, which still should be intact. Put that rootball back into the original or same sized pot -...

House Plants: Rubber Tree Plant, rubber plant
rubber plant: Hi Debi, Thanks for the compliments. However, you should understand that in reduced light (summer with closed blinds), plant growth rate will slow and the plant will use less water. So if you are watering the same, then you are probably over watering. ...

House Plants: Spider mites on Dwarf Umbrella Tree?, schefflera arboricola, spider mites
schefflera arboricola, spider mites: Hi Christina, Thank you for your very nice compliments. Much appreciated! I don t believe the incredibly tiny reddish crawlers are a problem for your plant. They are not red spider mites nor any other common indoor plant pest. However, the webs on...

House Plants: Spots on my dragon tree, adding soil
adding soil: Hi Amelia, Remove all of the soil you added ASAP. Soil naturally settles and sometimes even exposes a few top roots that quickly heal over to protect them from exposure to the air. This is the way nature takes care of this problem. By adding soil, you have...

House Plants: No sun plants., low light plants
low light plants: Sue, If there are any windows left in the room or other outdoor light sources many tropical plants will survive easily if taken care of properly. If not, there are numerous plants that will grow under low light conditions - they do need artificial lights...

House Plants: tillandsia, plant information
plant information: Hi Min, I do not have access to your email address (or anyone else s). Therefore, you have to email me a request so I have a return email address to send my article on Bromeliad care. Email me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. There is a great deal of...

House Plants: Tropical plants, mandevilla, croton
mandevilla, croton: Hi Emily, You have a wonderful growing climate in BC. However, I am afraid you are out of luck as far as Crotons and Mandevilla go. Crotons cannot withstand temps below freezing (Zone 10) and Mandevilla the same except for a few species that tolerate -5...

House Plants: my umbrella tree's leaves are turning yellow and falling off, schefflera, arboricola
schefflera, arboricola, pruning: Hi Frankie, I am going to assume that your plant is a a Schefflera arboricola. It is unusual that it would do so well for so long and then suddenly start to deteriorate so much in the past week. Here are some possibilities, most of which you can probably...

House Plants: unknown plant, false aralia, dizygotheca elegantissima
false aralia, dizygotheca elegantissima: Hi Joe, Your mystery plant is Dizygotheca elegantissima, sometimes called False Aralia. It can be a bit temperamental. It needs lots of bright indirect light such as on a north or east windowsill. Keep it tightly potted and water it as soon as the top...

House Plants: going on vacation, christmas cacti, house plants
christmas cacti, house plants, nearby water: Victor, Yes, Victor, when I go on vacation I have a friend who lives nearby water my plants and i always buy her a nice gift from where I went on vacation. If you were only going to be gone 1 or 2 weeks you could water each plant well and put it in a plastic...

House Plants: wasp nest in my potted plant, wasp spray, wasp nest
wasp spray, wasp nest, elephant ear: Beth, It would help if I had a picture of the insect and any entrance or exit hole in the pot or soil...It is important to know what insect is involved before trying to kill it... I will assume it is a wasp or hornet nest...It is best to treat it now and...

House Plants: Yucca Cane, yucca cane, flower bed
yucca cane, flower bed, ground pool: Karen, Yucca canes have taproots that pretty much grow straight down. Problems arise when you try to dig them up and every little piece of root left in the ground will grow a new plant. I do not beleive that this plant will cause a problem with your sprinkler...