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House Plants: Rubber plant recovery, rubber plant, ficus elastica
rubber plant, ficus elastica, repotting: Hi Iris, I have to say I am not as optimistic as you seem to be as to the future health of your Rubber Plant. Several weeks of sitting in water no doubt has caused the fine root hairs to rot and die and those roothairs do most of the work. Leaves are wilting...

House Plants: Schefflera Arboricola, dish detergent, schefflera arboricola
dish detergent, schefflera arboricola, nearest walmart: Tammy, Your Schefflera Arboricola has some type of insect infesting it. The sticky stuff is the excrement of the insects. Your plant would be happier outdoors in full sun this time of year. More sun would also make your plant stronger to fight off the insects...

House Plants: violet geraniums & propagation of evergreens, osmocote fertilizer, neon tubes
osmocote fertilizer, neon tubes, plastic pots: Michael, Send me the pictures at your earliest convenience. If I cannot ID the problem I have a friend that may be able to. As the tree matures the branches will turn brown naturally. Your tumors may be something as simple as the beginnings of fir cones....

House Plants: Amaryllis-many years old, Amaryllis
Amaryllis: Hi Joanne, I m sorry that your Amaryllis died. Good quality Amaryllis bulbs will live for a long time if they are cared for properly. In general, they must be kept potbound and in strong sunlight from January through August when they are restoring the bulb....

House Plants: Benjamin ficus, benjamin ficus, ficus bonsai
benjamin ficus, ficus bonsai, ficus plants: Pat, Insects can be extremely frustrating and difficult to eradicate. The white specks are most likely mealy bugs and they can be one of the most difficult insects. Your other option would be to go to Walmart, Home Depot, Menards or Lowes and get a...

House Plants: Browning Loquat, loquat trees, automatic sprinkler system
loquat trees, automatic sprinkler system, loquat tree: Jackie, I suspect that you have fire blight. Fire blight, a bacterial disease, can be serious for the plant if not treated on time and infects all parts of the plant. Initially the twigs and branches weaken and the foliage wilts accompanied by the infected...

House Plants: Chienese Evergreen yellow leaves and white sticky powder, chinese evergreens, yellow leaves
chinese evergreens, yellow leaves, s drain: Jonas, The yellow leaves are from the plant being kept too wet. It does not like wet feet and should only be watered when it has been dry for at least 4 days and never allowed to sit with water in it s drain tray. Was the plant blooming when you found...

House Plants: coral cactus house plant, drain tray, daylight bulb
drain tray, daylight bulb, desk lamp: Marsha, Put your cactus under a desk lamp with a florescent daylight bulb in it Keep the bulb about 6-8 inches from the plant so it gets lots of light. Have the light on a timer set up so the plant gets 14 hours of light per day, that will keep it healthy...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginate, dracaena marginata, repotting
dracaena marginata, repotting, root rot: Hi Susan, There are a lot of misunderstandings here that need to get straightened out. Lots of online plant advice is well-intentioned, but unprofessional, out-of-date and ill-advised. Re-potting plants unnecessarily and incorrectly are the most causes...

House Plants: Ficus Benjamina dying?, ficus, repotting
ficus, repotting, watering: Hi Dona, It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant that is already under some stress due to the change in environment. I have no details on the repotting, but there is a good chance that it was not done correctly and is now in a pot that is...

House Plants: Getting a Ficus lyrata to branch, ficus lyrata, fiddle-leafed fig
ficus lyrata, fiddle-leafed fig: Hi Kate, Ficus lyratas do not branch readily and only sporadically and unpredictably when they do. Sometimes they branch spontaneously, but you have no control over that. Pruning a stem back occasionally will cause the stem to put out two new stems, but...

House Plants: hoti house plant, hoya plants, hoya plant
hoya plants, hoya plant, hoti: Carol, Your description sounds like a Hoya plant. Go this website and it will have pictures of the hoya and complete care instructions. http://plantcaretoday.com/how-to-care-for-grow-and-bloom-hoya-plants.html If that is your plant and you have more...

House Plants: Kentiia palm, repotting
repotting: Hi Carole, I am glad you were able to solve your Kentia problem. Now that you have re-wetted the soil, you should be able to resume normal watering. It is a good thing you checked in with me before going ahead with the repotting. Had you repotted, you might...

House Plants: what kind of plant do I have?, green leaf, begonia
green leaf, begonia, google: Rachel, It sounds like a description of a begonia. There are many types. If you send me a picture of the plant I could more specifically identify it for you. You can e-mail the picture to this address. If you can t do that you can google begonia and then...

House Plants: large palm has sap, palm, scale insects
palm, scale insects: Hi Patty, It is very important to know just what kind of Palm you have. There are dozens of different Palm species and many other non-Palms that people think are Palms. All of these different plants have very different care requirements. The stickiness...

House Plants: my new fig tree, ficus, repotting
ficus, repotting, watering: Hi Ashley, Your new plant is a Ficus benjamina. Your florist gave you better instructions than most. It will do best in your sunniest uncovered window. The more light is receives, the faster and larger it will grow. I recommend that you get a plastic...

House Plants: What is this plant, calathea
calathea: Hi Sue, Your plant is a CALATHEA CROCATA CANDELA. This is a hybrid and not an easy plant to rebloom. Provide lots of bright indirect sunlight, such as on a north windowsill that is protected from direct sunlight. Do not repot it. Water thoroughly...

House Plants: Planting trees that grow healthy
A. Yes, bark would be preferable to stones because it is more insulating for the roots. Do not apply anything more that 4 inches deep or you will smother the roots and they will not be able to breathe and that will cause death to the trees. Good luck! ...

House Plants: rebloom orchids, orchids
orchids: Hi Victor, Most Orchid species are difficult to grow and re-bloom as house plants. Properly caring for them requires instructions that are more extensive than I can provide here. If you are really serious about pursuing an Orchid hobby, you should get in...

House Plants: save Ming aralia, ming aralia, polyscias
ming aralia, polyscias: Hi Dan, I can tell from the photos that your Ming Aralia was not properly cared for prior to your acquiring it. The very thin stems reveal that for a long time it did not receive adequate light. In addition, it was never pruned properly. The loose, leaning...

House Plants: Schefflera, Schefflera, watering
Schefflera, watering, symptoms: Hi Kris, The symptoms you described are generic and don t reveal the precise cause. There are several possible issues here. Discolored new growth usually indicates damaged roots, typically from not allowing the soil to dry properly. Home Depot is not...

House Plants: silly question, tropical indoor plants, hanging plants
tropical indoor plants, hanging plants, pothos: Hi Lee, Your plant, which is called a Pothos, is most likely just growing toward the light source. With nothing to hang on to, the stems will fall down towards the floor but the new growth will grow toward the light source. With stems that long, you...

House Plants: Aglaonema plant, aglaonema, chinese evergreen repotting
aglaonema, chinese evergreen repotting, pruning: Hi Lisa, Thanks for posting the photo; that makes my diagnosis more accurate and helpful to you. There are hundreds of Aglaonema varieties, so it is difficult to tell exactly which variety of Aglaonema commutatum you have. However, the care of all varieties...

House Plants: Brown leaves on avocado plant
Adam, Avocados grow on trees. They have no leaves low on the trunk, only at the top, that is normal. Watering it twice a week is too often. You should insert a bamboo skewer into the soil and when you think it needs watered pull the skewer out. Only the...

House Plants: bugs on house plant
Jillian, If it was outside in the snow and the stem is now soft and mushy there is a 95% chance the plant is dead. The bugs are attracted by the rotting roots. You can cut the stem off and water the plant with a bottle of rubbing alcohol.That will kill...

House Plants: cleaning dust off plants, repotting, watering
repotting, watering, cleaning leaves: Hi Kim, It is always good to keep plant leaves relatively dust-free. Of course, some locations are more dusty than others. If the dust is visibly noticeable to you, then it is probably time to remove the dust. Spritzing with water is fine, but using a feather...

House Plants: cliva plant problem, clivia, kaffir lily
clivia, kaffir lily, dormancy: Hi Glynis, The streaks you are noticing on some leaves of your Clivia seem so small that they should not be of concern. It is normal for older leaves to gradually discolor and die back as they age. If any direct sun falls directly on leaves, that may also...

House Plants: cold damage to split leaf philodendron & shrimp plants
Carole, Put some metal pipes or wooden poles in the ground to support the covers. I use old sheets to cover my 6 foot tall tomatoes in wire cages. We had a waterbed that had sheets that the top and bottom sheets were sewed together at the foot of the bed,...

House Plants: cold window poinsettias
G The term is cool storage not cold storage...Your plants will start to do poorly and die if the temp goes below 50 degrees...Depending on the type of plants most will do well in temps 50-60 degrees...If the leaves of the poinsettia touches the (20-50 degrees)window...

House Plants: yucca plant problem, repotting, changing soil
repotting, changing soil: Hi Julie, I strongly recommend that you leave your Yucca in its existing pot and soil. There is no indication that it is suffering from pot size or soil quality. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant failure, so leave the soil and...

House Plants: Croton
Hi Stephanie, It will be fine to prune the stems down but not to repot unless the pot has no drainage holes in the bottom or the plant is showing signs of rootbound stress. Unnecessary repotting is one of the most common reasons for plant failure. The...

House Plants: Aglaonema plant
House Plants: Aglaonema plant

House Plants: Fica plant, ficus, cold damage
ficus, cold damage: Hi Harold, The recent cold wave has brought me lots of inquiries similar to yours. First, make sure your Ficus tree is now in a warm location and stays there. The leaves are the most vulnerable part of any plant. They will discolor and fall off and there...

House Plants: Hawaiian Lava plant
Evie, The flowers do not last forever. How old is this plant? There are several types of Lava Plants. I really need a picture to answer the question more precisely. I suspect that these flowers are fading due to their age and you need directions on how...

House Plants: help, night-blooming cereus, queen of the night
night-blooming cereus, queen of the night, Epiphyllum: Hi Driselda, Your plant is an Epiphyllum oxypetalum, sometimes called Queen of the Night or Night-blooming Cereus. It is indeed an amazing plant as the flower is quite spectacular, although it only lasts for a single night. Some folks hold evening parties...

House Plants: Indoor large jade plants, jade, pruning
jade, pruning, repotting: Hi Laura, I have news that will surprise you, but also make life a lot easier for you. Your Jades do NOT need to be transplanted! Older Jades have root systems that have long ago maxed out and should be maintained in their existing pots indefinitely. I...

House Plants: janet craig dracaena revival, janet craig, pruning
janet craig, pruning, fertilizer: Hi Judi, A photo and/or more detail would be helpful here. I don t know how poor the condition of the plant is or what adverse conditions it suffered. The top cuttings should nave no more than a half dozen leaves each and a bare stem below the leaves...

House Plants: lipstick plant, Lipstick plant, Aeschynanthus lobbianus
Lipstick plant, Aeschynanthus lobbianus, Aeschynanthus radicans: Hi Kim, Lipstick plant is known botanically as Aeschynanthus lobbianus or Aeschynanthus radicans. Although this plant can make a nice foliage plant, most folks like the unusual flowers that it produces. It is fairly easy to keep this plant healthy, but...

House Plants: Mass cane
1st get the plant towards a morning sun window...You can remove any brown leaves back to green areas... Water the plant properly... Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly watered VS when they are ready to be watered again. Plants die...

House Plants: Neanthe Bella Palm, parlor palm, chamaedorea
parlor palm, chamaedorea, neanthe bella palm: Hi Karen, It is hard to believe that your Parlor Palm is still alive after going six weeks without water! Any fronds that are dry and brittle will probably not recover. Each palm stem has a single growing tip at the top. If that tip remains green and produces...

House Plants: Orchids, orchid, orchid care
orchid, orchid care, phalaenopsis: Hi Laura, There are many different species of Orchids and they don t all have the same requirements. However, the chances are very good that you have a Phalaenopsis Orchid, so I will respond accordingly. If you have a different Orchid species, let me know....

House Plants: Philodendron, philodendron, watering
philodendron, watering: Hi Alice, There are many different types of Philodendrons and even a few that are commonly called Philodendron, but are not. Thus, I cannot be sure just what you have. A photo posted here or emailed to my address below might help me give you better support....

House Plants: Pitcher plant
Hi Linda, Thanks for the photo. Your plant is quite potbound - which is a good thing - so it it is best to water it by giving it a thorough drenching once per week with clean water. Each separate pitcher can be given a single insect each week. However,...

House Plants: poinsettas at window in KY, poinsettia
poinsettia: Hi Greg, Although some flowering plants and cut flowers last longer when kept in cold temperatures, Poinsettias are not among them. Poinsettias are semi-tropical plants that should not be subjected to temps below 55 degrees F. Even having foliage or flowers...

House Plants: poinsettias
Hi Greg, Although some flowering plants and cut flowers last longer when kept in cold temperatures, Poinsettias are not among them. Poinsettias are semi-tropical plants that should not be subjected to temps below 55 degrees F. Even having foliage or flowers...

House Plants: Problem with Christmas cactus
Jacquelyn, I m going to assume you don t know about these plants, so if I say something which sounds obvious or that you already know, I ask in advance that you pls. excuse me. Xmas cacti are jungle cacti, not desert cacti (as some folks mistake them),...

House Plants: Purple oxaclis
Sheila, Put it in a brown paper bag ( that will still breath, you can ask for one at the grocery store) and put it in a closet preferably on an outside wall that will be a bit cooler when the door is closed. Check it once a month and give it a tablespoon...

House Plants: Tall Dark Green Prayer Plant with White Blooms, maranta, maranta flowers
maranta, maranta flowers: Hi Robin, Cultivated Marantas are not noted for their flowering regularity. Often, they do not flower at all and their flowers are not particularly notable or scented. For that reason, many hybrid varieties do not flower at all. Hybridizers focus on the...

House Plants: Very tall Dracaena sanderiana, lucky bamboo, sanderiana
lucky bamboo, sanderiana, pruning: Hi Emily, You have done very well with your Lucky Bamboo. Most do not maintain their healthy green color for as long as 4 years. So don t relocate it or repot it or otherwise change anything other than its height. Lucky Bamboo stems are themselves cuttings...

House Plants: Aloe flowers, aloe flowers
aloe flowers: Hi Traci, Aloe flowers are tiny and rather insignificant flowers that appear along a long flower stem, called a spike. They are not particularly attractive and they don t last long. Most people cut off the entire flower spike when it appears. Lots of direct...

House Plants: Amaryllis, amaryllis flowering, amaryllis dormancy
amaryllis flowering, amaryllis dormancy: Hi William, Misting may help keep the foliage clean in a dusty environment, but it does not raise the humidity as is commonly believed. It certainty does no harm to mist, but the benefits are not significant. Humidifiers and pebble trays do raise humidity...

House Plants: ARROWHEAD VINE, arrowhead, syngonium
arrowhead, syngonium, cuttings: Hi Bernard, There are several different plants that are commonly called Arrowhead. I suggest that you either post a photo of your cutting here or email it to my address below so we can properly identify it. I will make an educated guess that yours...

House Plants: Black bugs on Ponytail Palm plant
Hi Julie, I have never seen tiny black crawling bugs on a Ponytail Palm that is kept indoors. Ponytails can attract white mealybugs; dark brown scale insects that do not crawl; and black flying fungus gnats. I suspect what you are seeing is some insect...

House Plants: Bonsai Beginner, bonsai
bonsai: Hi Dan, I do not recommend attempting Bonsai unless you have had considerable experience and success with the care of regularly potted indoor plants. It is essential to understand the growth habit of the particular species selected for Bonsai. You also...

House Plants: Chritmas Cactus, christmas cactus, thanksgiving cactus
christmas cactus, thanksgiving cactus: Hi Victor, Normally, greenhouse growers time their Holiday Cacti to come into bloom anytime from Thanksgiving until Christmas. There are also some varieties that come into bloom closer to Easter. That is why I refer to them as Holiday Cacti. The conditions...

House Plants: cold damaged peace lilly
Debby, The first thing you should do is call FTD and demand that they replace the cold damaged plants. Their plants are way too expensive to settle for damaged plants. It is not fair to you or the person who sent you the plants. If you are going to...

House Plants: coral cactus, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Gayle, Coral Cacti are unusual looking plants that grow differently than most others species. That is why some folks love them and others find them ugly. They often push out new leaves in odd and unpredictable locations. If you like the new growth, leave...

House Plants: damage spider plant leaves, spider plant, damaged leaves
spider plant, damaged leaves: Hi Kim, You could trim off all the leaves and start the plant anew, but that is an extreme remedy and not necessarily the best one because I assume you still have at least half the plant that is undamaged and looks good. Individual damaged leaves will...

House Plants: Pachira Aquatica Leaves turning Yellow
Hi Hlee, I apologize for the delay in answering your question. I was not familiar with plants from Ikea so I did a little research about it. From what I found,plants bought from Ikea are usually healthy and generally stay healthy. So they are not known...

House Plants: Peace Lily, not blooming anymore., peace lily, repotting
peace lily, repotting, peace lily flowers: Hi Monica, Congratulations on your success with your Peace Lily! Peace Lilies are sporadic bloomers at best. Some varieties bloom better than others, but most are bred to bloom profusely at time of sale, but bloom only sporadically thereafter. There...

House Plants: ponytail
Michael, If none of the pots have drainage holes you must be very careful with the watering. The plants need to only be watered when they are dry all the way to within an inch or 2 of the bottom of the pot. To determine this you can cut bamboo skewers or...

House Plants: Wilting plants, china doll, radermachera
china doll, radermachera, ivy: Hi Sidney, I gave you a very thorough and accurate answer to a question that you posed without providing much background information. It would not be responsible for me to give you one definitive answer, although that is what you were seeking. Had you posted...

House Plants: Aralis
Alisa, Continue to water it thoroughly whenever the skewer is dry at least half way down. Always water it thoroughly and always wait until the skewer is half dry. Putting it up on stones and keeping the tray full of water will help make it more humid around...

House Plants: book on caring for house plants, plant book
plant book: Hi Sherri, Thanks for your inquiry. My book on indoor plant care, titled Outside the Greenhouse: Taking Care of Plants in the Home and Office, is now available, but only in PDF format. You can find information about purchasing my book at: a href=http://horticulturalhelp.com/buy-my-book/...

House Plants: Cactus pest, cactus, overwatering
cactus, overwatering: Hi Jean, A photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot would be more helpful. Shriveling of Cacti sections is usually a good indication that there is a lack of water getting to those sections of the plant. Excessive dryness of the soil for extended...

House Plants: cat palm tree, cat palm, palm flowers
cat palm, palm flowers: Hi Jessica, Those are your Cat Palm s flowers. Actually each bump along the yellow branches is an individual flower. We sometimes forget that the reason for flowers is so that plants can reproduce. Not all flowers are attractive to the human eye and this...

House Plants: coral cacti, coral cactus, propagation
coral cactus, propagation, cactus soil: Hi Pam, You can use a sharp knife to make a clean cut above the rotted section of the Coral Cactus. Let the cutting dry in the open air for about 24 hours. Use a cactus potting mix that is intended exclusively for Cacti. Do NOT use a Miracle-Gro mix that...

House Plants: My daugter's air plant
Hi Jenny All plants, including Tillandsia air plants need a consistent environment. Ideally they need to be put in one spot and left there. There really is no plant that I can think of that would be like a pet plant that can be taken along places. ...

House Plants: House plants, angelwing begonia, repotting
angelwing begonia, repotting, flowering: Hi Levolia, Angelwing Begonias are pretty reliable bloomers if they get a lot of direct sunlight and are kept very potbound. Alaska has very short winter days, so it is possible yours is not getting enough year-round. Make sure you keep yours directly in...

House Plants: Identifying a houseplant I have
Hi Shelley, There are at least three different types of vining plants in your photo and I can only guess which one you are interested in. My educated guess is that the plant in the left foreground is the plant you want identified. That plant is a Pothos....

House Plants: jasmine plant
Hi Rhonda, Sorry for the delay in answering your question, I have been having some computer problems. You are on the right track thinking that the stress of the new environment and being moved indoors is affecting the plant. Another thing I have noticed...

House Plants: Ming Aralia, ming aralia, repotting
ming aralia, repotting, polyscias: Hi Rosemary, Your question was posted in the Question Pool rather than directed to me specifically so that is why you have not received a reply sooner. I hope you have not yet repotted or taken it outside in temperatures below 60 degrees. Ming Aralia...

House Plants: mushrooms in my bonsai
Elizabeth Here is the best way to care for indoor bonsai plants. Water by weight. Water and let the plant sit for a few minutes. Pick up or lean the pot. It should feel heavy. Don t water again until it feels considerably lighter in weight. Indoors check...

House Plants: Peace lily phenomenon?
Patricia, Many varieties of Peace lilies have the mature flowers turn bright green before deterioarting enough to be cut off. Using blooming plant fertilizer will help the plant bloom more and the flowers last longer. You didn t say you have one so if you...

House Plants: Pet safe plants
Hi Miriam, Very few pets would want to nibble on sharp, leathery Sago Palm leaves. I suggest you go to the ASPCA website below to find a list of safe plants: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants Ancient-looking...

House Plants: can you please identify this tropical plant for me
Diamond, What I see is a bouquet with violets, what looks like large magnolia leaves, a branch off of a flowering tree and a dried up branch off of maybe a fruit tree. It is impossible to identify a plant from a bouquet of flowers. I need pictures of the...

House Plants: rooting a Jesus in the manger plant, Epiphyllum, night blooming cereus
Epiphyllum, night blooming cereus: Hi Mary, Jesus or Christ or Baby in the Manger and Night-blooming Cereus are common names for an Epiphyllum species. It is noted for its spectacular, large flowers with wonderful aroma. Individual flowers open and close all within the course of a single...

House Plants: spathiphyllum, peace lily flowers, green flowers
peace lily flowers, green flowers: Hi Patricia, What you observed is actually quite common. Many Peace Lilies produce white flowers that turn green as they age. Others produce white flowers initially, but green flowers subsequently. Flower color is a product of hybridization. Most Peace...

House Plants: spathiphyllum
Hi Trisha, Sorry for the delay in answering your question. I have been having computer problems. The spath (flower) on a peace lily acts like a leaf. With enough sunlight the spath will turn green as it matures. The spathes are only white in the beginning....

House Plants: Tree top looks dead
Candie, The top could have been wind burnt when you moved or sun burned that caused the leaves to die. I would remove the leaves and wait. If the twigs are not dead and shriveled they are not dead and will probably produce new leaves quickly. Ficus trees...

House Plants: watering my Bamboo tree
Julie, My email address is plantlady6@yahoo.com. Your lucky bamboo is not bamboo at all, it is a dracaena sanderiana. It can be grown in plain water or in a very sandy soil. If it is in soil that is not sandy or if it is kept too wet the soil will get...

House Plants: yucca plant falling over, yucca, root rot
yucca, root rot, cuttings: Hi Emanuella, It appears that the stems between the top of the thick cane and the leaves have all withered. When that happens, the stems are no longer able to transport water and nutrients from the soil and roots to the leaves. Unfortunately, once the stems...

House Plants: Arilia indoor plant.
Alisa, Thank you for letting me know that my previous answers have helped you with your aralia. I would suggest that you add a couple of tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to your soap mix for insects. That will make it even more effective. No matter the...

House Plants: Calla Lillie's that the blooms are drooping
Brenda, No do not cut them off as they will not bloom again for a year. Most calla lilies are left in pots as they like to be constantly moist. They like to be shaded part of the day and wind frequently knocks them down. They will not survive winter in...

House Plants: Drooping jade plant leaves, jade plant, repotting
jade plant, repotting, wilting: Hi Linda, Judging from the photo, I suspect that your Jade Plant is wilting because the roots have rotted and are no longer able to absorb water for the plant. If the soil was completely dried out that would also cause this wilting, but appears that the...

House Plants: Growing a pineapple, pineapple
pineapple: Hi Nancy, The roots should be at least an inch or more long. Then, put it into a 4 or 6-inch clay pot using a damp soilless, peat-based potting mix. Water thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. Gradually increase the light so that it ends up...

House Plants: growing tree from a branch
Hi Gigi, This is the houseplants forum for tropical species plants that are grown indoors. You should go to the outdoor gardening section to pose your question. However, before you do, you will have to identify the species of plant that you are referring...

House Plants: what leaves are these
Pauline, After examining them closely with a large magnifying glass I do not believe they are real leaves. I believe they are silk and are made to resemble a large narrow leaf ficus tree or they could be from silk ornamental grass. There are no real leaves...

House Plants: Marginata Plant
Belinda, The trunk is already there. You an remove some of the lower leaves to reveal the trunk but do not remove more than about 40% of the leaves, not quite half. The leaves usually fall off during the winter when the plant is not getting as much light...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine crowding in pot, norfolk island pine care
norfolk island pine care: Hi Joel, The individual stems were put together in the same pot when they were seedlings. It was deliberate for two reasons. First, it makes for a fuller plant than a single stem would. Second, if one or two stems don t make it, all is not lost. They...

House Plants: Olive oil poured in plant, cactus, oil in soil
cactus, oil in soil: Hi Cathy, That s a tough one! I am concerned that the oil will coat the fine Cactus roots and prevent them from absorbing water and nutrients. Other foreign substances can usually be flushed out of the soil by running lots of fresh water through. However,...

House Plants: 2 house plant problems, arboricola, scale
arboricola, scale: Hi Sadie, Arboricola flowers can produce sticky residue, but you didn t mention any flowers. They don t look like conventional flowers, so perhaps you do not recognize them. Mealybugs also produce honeydew, but you didn t mention seeing mealybugs. ...

House Plants: Adenium Obesum, adenium, repotting
adenium, repotting, root rot: Hi Elizabeth, Your Adenium is a tropical species that should not be exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees. Any immediate loss of leaves is due to cold damage. There is no way to fix such cold damge. You can only prevent such damage in the future. ...

House Plants: cactus problems
Blaine It would help to have a picture of the plant...You may need to drive a stake in the ground next to the base of the plant to support the leaning problem...After 30+ years the damage has already been done...It s too late to change its growth pattern...All...

House Plants: Cat pee
Rebecca, These plants have very specific needs: Light: They prefer full sun and tend to stretch out in dimmer conditions (see below). Give your plant the best light possible, or alternate between full sun and short periods in dimmer conditions. Water:...

House Plants: clueless!!
Trista, Your 1st plant is Alocasia amazonica commonly known as African Mask. Here is care sheet info on it: Origin: Tropical Asia Height: To 2 ft (60 cm) Light: Bright light in an east or west window indoors , but no direct sun outdoors. Water:...

House Plants: Coral cactus, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Judy, It may be genetic, but the likely cause is not enough direct sunlight. 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 Volunteer bar below and...

House Plants: corn houseplant, corn plant, pruning
corn plant, pruning: Hi Nancy, It is quite easy to prune back your Dracaena and pruning it will not harm it in any way. I suggest that you use sharp pruners to cut off the longest stem that is hanging over the stair rail. Cut off approximately 3 to 4 feet or however much...

House Plants: Dying House Plant
Hi Cathy, You could unpot the plant, remove the excess soil as I described and then measure the original rootball. That would allow you to purchase the appropriate sized pot, but my guess is that you don t want to do that. Your only other alternative...

House Plants: What in the HECK IS THIS!!, dracaena marginata, pruning
dracaena marginata, pruning: Hi Tiffani, It is somewhat unusual, but not at all rare for a Janet Craig to push up new stems from below the soil. I cannot think of any good reason to try to separate the new shoots. As you discovered, it is easy to damage the roots of it is not done...

House Plants: Putting hibiscus outdoors.
Cheryl, I live in northern Indiana. I just put my hibiscus outside today. You have to wait until the nighttime temperatures are going to stay above 10 degrees centigrade as the lowest every night. If you put it outdoors earlier than that it will damage...

House Plants: House plant/tree identification, gardenia
gardenia: Hi Amy, Happy Mother s Day! I hope it was a good one for you. I wish I could gift you by telling you that your pink Gardenia is an easy to care for plant, but I cannot. The photo is a bit fuzzy and I cannot see the foliage clearly, but I do believe it...

House Plants: Indoor Jasmine, pruning, pruning jasmine
pruning, pruning jasmine: Hi Farah, Yes, now is a good time to start pruning. As a general rule, cut back most of the stems by about half. That will probably cause it to look more sparse than you would prefer. But it will soon put out new growth and fill out. When it fills out to...

House Plants: marginata, dracaena marginata
dracaena marginata: Hi Rick, Thanks for the photo. You have a nice healthy-looking plant, but it needs to be right in front of an uncovered window. Artificial light from below is useless because the light sensors in plant foliage are on the top of leaf surfaces. The only...

House Plants: Peace Lilly
Melanie, Peace lilies hate too much water and brown leaf tips say it is too wet. Because it is not getting much sun it does not use much water. The soil it is in holds water for a long time. When you water it it should never have water sitting in the basket...

House Plants: philodendron selloum problem
Hi Susan, The brown leaf edges are unrelated to the scale. Inadequte light and improper watering are the most common causes of this smptom. Your Selloum should be no more han 5 feet from the nearest uncovered sunny window. Allow the top 1-2 inches ofsoil...

House Plants: plant care for my brestenburg hydrangeas
Darla, It is going to be very hard to maintain it indoors in an apartment. I know you think it is sunny but at best it is in a fully shaded location and getting no real direct sun. It needs a few hours of direct sun actually shining on it s leaves either...

House Plants: pony tail palms, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Herman, A Ponytail Palm can probably survive your winters there in Florida, although few other places in the US are warm enough. The primary problem is adjustment to light. If your potted Ponytail was grown in a shaded nursery, then it would have...

House Plants: rubber plant, rubber plant, propagation
rubber plant, propagation, cuttings: Hi jj, One of the many important functions of roots is to support the plant and keep it upright. If the root system is weak or dying, the stems lose their support. Even worse, the roots lose their ability to absorb moisture and nutrients from the soil and...

House Plants: Save the Aloe Vera
Ashe, Every time you water it you should drown it by watering it from the top but then you should empty the drain tray an hour after watering it and not water it again until it has been very dry for at least 4 days. The pot should feel a lot lighter when...

House Plants: Saving my Desert Rose
Mari Anne, You should absolutely never spray weed killer on any houseplant. Unpot it and remove the top layer of soil to remove the weeds and replace it. At this point it is probably too late to save your desert rose. You can try to unpot it wash all the...

House Plants: Type of Palm
Maria, The Purple King Palm Tree, scientific name Archontophoenix purpurea,is as you describe but it is a large palm tree and not a small house plant. Whatever your plant is it sounds like you may be watering it too much. I can only identify it properly...

House Plants: bonsai gardenia, gardenia, bonsai
gardenia, bonsai: Hi Betty, This kind of question is always the toughest for me to answer. Your son has given you a lovely and thoughtful gift plant without realizing that Gardenias are among the most difficult of all flowering plants to keep in bloom. I fault the retailer...

House Plants: curly leaf ficus, ficus, repotting
ficus, repotting: Hi Kathy, I don t know of any Ficus species that are large and have naturally curly leaves. Ficus pumila has somewhat curly leaves, but is a small, vining plant. Larger Ficus species such as benjamina sometimes develop leaves that curl inward due to thrips...

House Plants: Damaged desert rose, desert rose
desert rose: Hi Rick, You could try propagating each of the four branches by cutting each just above where they emerge from the base stem. However, if they are all still attached to the base, then I suggest making a clean cut on that base stem just below the break and...

House Plants: Gardenias, gardenia care
gardenia care: Hi Victor, Gardenias are among the most difficult plants to grow indoors in the home and close to impossible to get to flower, which is the primary reason for purchasing a Gardenia. Of course, retailers never tell you this prior to purchase! The yellowing...

House Plants: Hawaiian Ti plant, Ti plant, cordyline
Ti plant, cordyline, hard water: Hi Jeff, Brown leaves on a Ti Plant are a generic symptom with several possible causes, so I cannot say for certain that the water softener is the sole cause. However, the mineral salts added to water softeners are definitely not good for any potted plants....

House Plants: Identity and how to re-pot, philodendron selloum, aerial roots
philodendron selloum, aerial roots: Hi Terra, Thanks for the photo. Your plant is a Philodendron selloum. It typically has one main stem out of which leaf stems grow. The main stem also produces many aerial roots. In nature, these roots attach to nearby damp soil and wet tree bark for support...

House Plants: money tree assitance
Hi Bob, I cannot see much of the pot and that is important. I am guessing that the pot may not have drain holes and that is a recipe for watering problems. Any excess water tends to collect in th bottom of the pot and eventually cause root rot and fungus...

House Plants: Philodendron oxycardium, cleaning leaves
cleaning leaves: Hi Cynthia, Thanks for the top ratings! Much appreciated. The soap is a surfactant, which means it helps the solution spread over the surface of the leaves and stems and provide better coverage. It also helps remove the salt build up and puts a bit of...

House Plants: Philodendron oxycardium, philodendron, light at night
philodendron, light at night: Hi Cynthia, No indoor artificial lighting will adversely affect your Philodendron. In fact, some kinds of artificial lights will actually increase photosynthesis and cause the plant to grow a bit faster. However, I think I understand the cause of the...

House Plants: Plant care, tea for plants, misting with tea
tea for plants, misting with tea: Hi Cynthia, There are hundreds of different kinds of tea, so I can only reply generally. Some teas may help clean your plants or possibly add a bit of shine to them. Tea will not increase humidity. Although some teas may include some minerals that plants...

House Plants: plant nutrients, plant food, fertilizer
plant food, fertilizer: Hi Cynthia, Seachem Flourish and Kent Marine are formulated for use with aquarium plants. I do not recommend either for non-aquarium plants. Hydrogen peroxide is another household product that appeals to people, but has no proven benefits for plants. ...

House Plants: rozelea
Joy, The instructions that I passed on came directly from the creators of rozelea. At 1 teaspoon per gallon of water it is not harmful. If your plant is planted in a soil mix with a lot of peat moss then your soil is very acidic to begin with so you only...

House Plants: sago palm, sago palm
sago palm: Hi Marlene, The white tips are not really a cause for concern. The usual cause is an episode of drought when the soil got unusually dry. Your Sago Palm is otherwise healthy, so I wouldn t worry about it unless you are not watering often enough or deep...

House Plants: begonias, begonia flower color
begonia flower color: Hi Richard, It is very likely that the variety of the Begonia you have is different from the one your neighbor has. There are literally thousands of Begonia hybrids that are bred for variations in flower color (white, pink, salmon, and many shades of red)...

House Plants: Boston Fern
Billy Bob Ideal humidity for a Boston-fern would depend on numerous factors - location (indoors/outdoors), lighting (sunlight/artificial), etc. They don t like direct sunlight but will tolerate morning sun. You can increase humidity by spray misting the foliage...

House Plants: Ficus tree problem
Melinda, No, you should not prune off all the leaves. If the plant is already having problems that would stress it more. If you can take a knife and scrape the bumps off your problem is scale insects and not fungus. Fungucide will not help. The sap it is...

House Plants: spider plant babies, spider plant
spider plant: Hi Kim, Ten Spider Plant runners is a considerable accomplishment, so pat yourself on the back for doing a great job! Most of the Spider Plants that you have seen in photos are grown in the ideal and carefully controlled environments of greenhouses. ...

House Plants: 27 year old yucca, yucca plants, stem cuttings
yucca plants, stem cuttings, kiera: H Kiera, Without seeing a photo, it is hard for me to say what your Yuccas need. Can you email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? The leaves will not root in water; only healthy stem cuttings. Repotting will cause more harm than good. Pruning...

House Plants: 30 year old Yucca, I'm not kidding!, repotting, raising kids
repotting, raising kids, trouper: Melana, First of all where do you live? Has the yucca been indoors or outdoors? Fall is not a good time of year to do the project you want to do. Spring is the best time a year to both repot the yucca and prune it and attempt to propagate the cuttings....

House Plants: 30 yr old jade tree, yellow leaves, drain tray
yellow leaves, drain tray, new leaves: Alan, I suspect that you moved it in an open pickup truck without any wind protection. You should have found a box from an appliance store that would set down over it and protect it from the wind. The wind put it in shock. It will take time for it to come...

House Plants: 40 year old ponytail plant is dying, help!, ponytail plant, loose leaves
ponytail plant, loose leaves, garage apartment: Hi Jana, I am afraid that the prognosis for your ponytail is not good. Try not to blame yourself. Here is what happened. Plants are stable things and often struggle when relocated. Not only does the light change, but so does their need for water. In...

House Plants: 6 ft old Umbrella plant with bald lower trunk, old umbrella, umbrella plant
old umbrella, umbrella plant, new leaves: Hi Olive, You are far more useful and successful with houseplants than you realize. Few people are able to keep plants alive and healthy for as long as 12 years. So you must be doing a lot right! Your Schefflera is growing exactly as Nature designed...

House Plants: 6 inch pot weith elephant ear plant, fungus problem, elephant ears
fungus problem, elephant ears, purple shades: Hi Dorothe, Elephant ears like lots of bright indirect light. Right in front of a north or east window is the best place for them. The rooted leaf might just be from old age if it is limited to an occasional lower leaf or it might be a fungus problem that...

House Plants: I have about 7 or 8 indoor..., clay pots, potting soil
clay pots, potting soil, indoor plants: Hi Roxy, The worm-like critters came in with the potting soil that you used. If you use a soilless, peat-based potting mix you are less likely to have pest problems. They are harmless and are unlikely to leave the soil. If you did nothing to treat them,...

House Plants: 7' China Doll, china doll, cold temps
china doll, cold temps, plant questions: Hi Paulette, That is an awesome China doll that you have! Great work! Apparently the light that it receives in that location is close to ideal. China doll comes from the tropical regions of south China and is hardy in Zones 10-12. That means it cannot...

House Plants: ADDENDUM TO QUESTION, peat moss, ponytail palm
peat moss, ponytail palm, pot size: Wow! I had not anticipated that! Healthy roots in a potbound condition are very unusual for a ponytail palm in low light. Congratulations to you for doing a lot of things right! If the roots are firm and healthy and there is very little soil in proportion...

House Plants: Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose) Leaf Damage, porch area, potting soil
porch area, potting soil, leaf damage: Hi Heather, Thanks for the new photos. They show clearly everything I need to see. Your background information is also invaluable. The 8 pot is too large and puts your desert Rose at risk for root rot. In addition, a cactus potting soil is preferred....

House Plants: Adenium obesum rot, desert roses, winter desert
desert roses, winter desert, member plants: Hi Allin, Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a succulent member of the Oleander family. (Note: Oleander family member plants are poisonous to pets and children.) In fact, many desert roses are actually grafted onto an oleander before they are sold. The grafted...

House Plants: Aeschynanthus lobbianus, lipstick plant, flower buds
lipstick plant, flower buds, leaf bud: Donna, Your Aeschynanthus lobbianus may come back if you let it dry out, it won t if you don t. In the winter it should be kept dryer than in the summer when it is actively growing. Michigan State University has the following to say about this plant: ...

House Plants: AFRICAN VIOLETS, african violets, first impression
african violets, first impression, pests: Gloria, Could you possibly send me more information about your plant? It is difficult for me to answer unless I know more, such as are the leaves green or pale, are they spotted? Do you see any evidence of pests? How do you water and feed the plant? ...

House Plants: African Violet, african violet, inch pot
african violet, inch pot, rooting hormone: Hi Lillibelle, To rejuvenate a leggy AV, cut off the stem so you have a short neck that can be potted in the same pot. Scraping the bare stem gently before potting it will encourage root development. Another way of getting rid of a neck is to pot down...

House Plants: African Violet, african violet, tap water
african violet, tap water, hard water: Hi Cricket, Is that your real name? Thanks for sending the photo. It appears that you have multiple plants in that pot. That is not a bad thing, it just gives it an unusual look. AV s are usually potted in soilless potting mixes and can use monthly...

House Plants: African Violet, soil dries, plastic pots
soil dries, plastic pots, african violet: Kathy-- you are a person after my own heart! A rescuer of violets! I, myself rescue many plants, and when they live and thrive, as they usually do, I feel as protective as an adoptive parent! Sound a little neurotic? Anyway, you have many questions, and...

House Plants: African Violet, swamp plant, african violet
swamp plant, african violet, darlene: Corrinne, Allow the plant to dry out. It has been overwatered. Roots need a breathing period between each watering and it does not like to be constantly wet. This is not a swamp plant. It also does not like any actual sun shining on it, just very bright...

House Plants: African Violet Pests, fungus gnats, african violet
fungus gnats, african violet, new leaves: Hi there, The white bugs that you see in the soil are probably larvae of fungus gnats. They are more prevalent when soil is kept too moist and when plant roots rot. They have been introduced with the soil that you used when you repotted. If you allow...

House Plants: African Violet propagation, african violet propagation, african violets
african violet propagation, african violets, tiny plants: Deb, During the winter, with the shorter hours of daylight all houseplants go dormant or semi dormant. Spring, with it s lengthening of daylight hours send all plants into a growing mode and is the best time for propagation. Good luck. ...

House Plants: African Violet, african violets, african violet
african violets, african violet, derya: Hi Derya It sounds as if your African violet has a type of a mildew problem. This will happen if their leaves have gotten wet or if your plants are in a over crowded place. Pluck off the flowers and leaves that are affected and space your plants out a bit....

House Plants: African Violets, african violets, clay pots
african violets, clay pots, plastic pots: Jack, Yes, it is alright to use clay pots for african violets and it is fine if they are glazed. In fact I reccommend that if you tend to underwater house plants that you use plastic pots or glazed clay pots. They will hold the moisture longer. If you seem...

House Plants: African Violets, rebecca kolls, e mail address
rebecca kolls, e mail address, african violets: Hi Patti, A high middle number (phosphorous)is usually recommended for flowering plants. The ratio of the three numbers is more important than the actual numbers. For example, 5-10-5 or 3-9-6 are equally appropriate for flowering plants, such as AV s. ...

House Plants: African Violets, african violets, aquarium stores
african violets, aquarium stores, indirect sunlight: I would give almost anything to inherit some African Violets! Realizing you are a beginner, I am going to refer you to some websites that will help you continuously. However, violets are pretty simple plants to please, though they can be temperamental. ...

House Plants: African Violets, wick water, african violets
wick water, african violets, water roots: This one I have tried. It is very interesting and worth doing. The plants seem to love it. Be sure to wick water them if you use this medium. http://higromite.com/study.htm http://www.hydrolights.net/ http://www.simplyhydro.com/growing2.htm http://www.hydroponics.com/gardens/growingmedia.html...

House Plants: African Violets, epsom salts, african violets
epsom salts, african violets, proper proportions: Hi Shirley, There is at least a little more truth to this one, but not much. Epsom salts have lots of magnesium and plants do use magnesium, but in very small quantities. So using Epsom salts would likely overdose a plant with magnesium unless it was very...

House Plants: African Violets and nats, african violets, oil soap
african violets, oil soap, water use: Mix one capfull of Murphy s Oil Soap per gallon of water. Use this once a week for two weeks as a soil drench. The oil smothers the larvae. It will take a couple of weeks for them to be gone but it will work. Hang in there I have done this myself...it...

House Plants: African Violets and Spider plants, african violets, african violet plant
african violets, african violet plant, spider plants: Hi Amy I am sorry about how long it has taken me to answer your question-my mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer and I have not been at home much; African Violets; The most important factor in getting African Violets to bloom is light-Insufficient light...

House Plants: African Violets, tiny nodules, african violets
tiny nodules, african violets, african violet: Nadine, This usually takes 4-6 weeks. How are you trying to start it? I find it best to dip a leaf cutting in rooting hormone then insert it in a new pot of soil and treat it the same as you do your other violets. In about a month you can gently tug on...

House Plants: African violet, african violet, warm location
african violet, warm location, leaf cutting: Hi Pam, If the roots are healthy - and they may not be if the top fell off because the stem was rotted - then it is possible that a new plantlet will form at the base of the stump. However, the odds are against that. A better solution is to replant...

House Plants: African violet propagation, growing african violets, african violet propagation
growing african violets, african violet propagation, genetic anomaly: Hi Kelly, Rarely, a plant will produce a genetic anomaly called a sport that has a different characteristic than the parent plant. So it is possible for an AV to one day produce a flower of a different color, but that is rare. You are correct that...

House Plants: African violet question, epsom salts, self watering pots
epsom salts, self watering pots, soil mixture: Patricia, I think mixing the Osmocote with the soil would be fine. Just don t fertilize again until the Osmocote has worn out or you will overfertilize them. I would be more hesitant about the self watering pots. My experience with the wick type self watering...

House Plants: African violet, rebecca kolls, epsom salts
rebecca kolls, epsom salts, african violets: Patti, The middle number affects blooming so a higher middle number would promote more blooming, however if you have been using the Optimara successfully for some time and your violets are blooming well I would not worry about it. Even if your violets are...

House Plants: African violets, african violets, liquid fertilizer
african violets, liquid fertilizer, heavy soil: Hi Virginia, Curiously, older AV leaves get soft when the roots are deprived of water and also when they are kept to moist. I know that sounds like a contradiction. When AV soil is kept constantly moist, some of the roots begin to rot and then the leaves...

House Plants: African violets, violet pots, african violets
violet pots, african violets, african violet: Hi Karen, It may be that you were at one time overwatering your violet. But, to cut back and only water it when the soil is dry is not good for violets either. They need constant moisture, but not constant WETNESS. It sounds to me, without seeing your...

House Plants: Aglaomena, sunup to sundown, indirect sunlight
sunup to sundown, indirect sunlight, drain tray: Heather, This plant requires very even moisture. I have problems with it even though it is supposed to be an easy plant. It has to be in a pot with a hole in the bottom and a drain tray and the drain tray must be emptied an hour after watering. The surface...

House Plants: Aglaonema, blighted ovum, genetic problem
blighted ovum, genetic problem, spathe: Hi Celeste, Thanks for confirming that I was correct and kudos to you for performing a postmortem and learning something from it! By way of explanation, I can only make an analogy to the human species that often produces a blighted ovum after an egg...

House Plants: Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen), chinese evergreens, 4 leaves
chinese evergreens, 4 leaves, winter sunshine: Hi Cricket, Is that your real name? It is quite common for Aglaonemeas and other plants to adjust to a new environment by dropping some older leaves. One per month is not a cause for concern as long as healthy new growth is coming in to replace the...

House Plants: Aglaonema 'corey' plants, aglonema, aerosol spray
aglonema, aerosol spray, indirect sunlight: Hi John, I am not sure just what you mean by leaf burn. A more exact description of the symptoms would be helpful. In general, leaf burn can be caused by direct sun on the leaves, by excessive heat from an appliance or from a toxic chemical or aerosol...

House Plants: Aglaonema leaves, emerald beauty, new leaves
emerald beauty, new leaves, bacterial infection: Tracy, Lets talk light, it does not like sun, no sun should touch the leaves, but the light does need to be bright enough to read sitting where it sits. Also it hates temperatures below 60 degrees. Either light or temperature could be causing your problem....

House Plants: Aglaonema problem, miracle gro potting soil, new leaves
miracle gro potting soil, new leaves, high humidity: Tracy, Lets talk light, it does not like sun, no sun should touch the leaves, but the light does need to be bright enough to read sitting where it sits. Also it hates temperatures below 60 degrees. Either light or temperature could be causing your problem....

House Plants: Aglaonema Silver Queen, silver queen, plant questions
silver queen, plant questions, plain water: Hi Donna, Aglaonema Silver Queen does tend to get tall and leggy after a few years. This is because the new growth is always at the tops of the stems. The only way to deal with this is by pruning. Replanting will have no affect on the legginess. New...

House Plants: Aglaonema "Silver Queen" - fading colors, fading colors, silver queen
fading colors, silver queen, s rays: Hi Connie, Paradoxically, Aglaonema colors can fade in either too much or too little light. Too much light would require the sun s rays to fall directly on the leaves for an hour or more each day. Too little would be if the Aglaonema is more than 6 feet...

House Plants: Aglaonema(Silver Queen), scale insects, silver queen
scale insects, silver queen, plant questions: Hi Sandy, If the sticky globules are limited to the stems and undersides of the leaves, then they are sap secretions that are harmless and not a cause for concern. If you are finding amorphous stickiness on the tops of leaves, then that may be honeydew...

House Plants: Aglaonema, seed pod, spathe
seed pod, spathe, spadix: Hi Celeste, It appears that you have more than just plant issues! The round, oblong, white portion of the plant that is in the photo is the inflorescence which usually opens to reveal the inner spathe, spadix and actual flowers. Because this Aglaonema...

House Plants: Ailing houseplants, cold temperatures, minimal care
cold temperatures, minimal care, best medicine: Hi Roxanne, Most all houseplants are tropical in origin and do not tolerate cold temperatures. The degree of damage depends on just how cold they got and how long they were exposed. Any of the leaves and stems that were damaged by cold will not recover....

House Plants: Ailing Peace Lily, energy saving bulbs, peace lily
energy saving bulbs, peace lily, lighting conditions: Hi Lora, Thanks for the detailed information. The roots that you described are extremely sparse. A healthy peace lily will have many thick roots and many more fine root hairs growing off of those. It is the fine roots and root hairs that do most of...

House Plants: Air layering a Schefflera, moist sphagnum moss, schefflera arboricola
moist sphagnum moss, schefflera arboricola, new roots: Hi David, Thick stems do not root easily using the conventional methods, so air-layering is usually recommended. Air layering is a bit complex, so an alternative is to root the Schefflera arboricola tip cuttings in water or moist potting mix. A tip cutting...

House Plants: Air Purifiers, household plants, fyh
household plants, fyh, plantscape: Paul, Thsi research was done by NASA for the spac station. Check out thes web sites: http://www.zone10.com/tech/NASA/Fyh.htm http://www.denverplants.com/Plantscape/html/cleanair_3.htm http://www.colormegreenco.com/NASA/nasa.htm If you have more...

House Plants: Air Purifying Plants, janet craig dracaena, dracaena janet craig
janet craig dracaena, dracaena janet craig, dracaena marginata: Ben, Below is the list of the 10 best air cleaning plants as determined by NASA. http://www.zone10.com/tech/NASA/Fyh.htm They remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. Common Name Scientific Name Bamboo Palm...

House Plants: ALEO VERA, aleo vera, aloe
aleo vera, aloe, creed: Hi Venet, I need some additional information. What condition was your Aloe in before you repotted it? Why did you decide to repot? What kind of soil did you use. How large was the original pot and how large is the new pot? What kind of light does your Aloe...

House Plants: It's Alive again, sudden revival, corn plant
sudden revival, corn plant, clay pot: Hi Gwendolyn, Good news! Sometimes soil gets so dry that it doesn t absorb water unless it is soaked in a sink as you did. Perhaps that explains the sudden revival. Can you tell me where the new shoot is coming out of the corn plant cane? Is it near...

House Plants: Alocasia matters, indoor potted plants, soil composition
indoor potted plants, soil composition, alocasia species: Hi Gary, You didn t specify, but I assume that you are growing your Alocasia outside in the ground. My expertise is limited to houseplants - indoor potted plants - so I cannot be of much help with your Alocasia. However, I do know that most Alocasia...

House Plants: Alocasia pruning, elephant ears, plant questions
elephant ears, plant questions, patio doors: Hi Nancy, Overgrowing is a problem with Alocasia as it does not really respond to pruning. The best measure is preventive, meaning keeping it in a small pot and pruning the roots and not moving it outside in the warmer months. We all like to see plants...

House Plants: Alocasia, moist soil, plant questions
moist soil, plant questions, leaf spots: Hi Amy, It sounds like your Alocasia has a bacterial infection of some type if you are getting watery leaf spots. This infection is in the soil and affecting the roots, as well as the leaves. I suggest that you take it back for a refund as this is not a...

House Plants: Aloe Care, aloe plant, pot size
aloe plant, pot size, new leaves: Hi Jill, Like most plants, Aloes do best in a stable environment. Frequent changes in watering, light, and pot size can overwhelm a plant s ability to adapt. The best thing you can do for your Aloe is to find a location that is bright and where it can...

House Plants: Aloe Container Growth, aloe plant, house plants
aloe plant, house plants, perennials: I would be happy to answer your question, however I need to see a picture of it, you can post one on http://photobucket.com/ and send me the link, send me the picture in my House Plants section if that is maxed out you have my permission to send it through...

House Plants: Aloe Plant, cayenne pepper, aloe plant
cayenne pepper, aloe plant, shady location: Mark, The brown spots are plant sunburn. The plant can stay outside, just put it in a shady location. If you want to keep it indoors empty a bottle of cayenne pepper on top of the soil around the plant and the cats should stay away from it. Good luck....

House Plants: Aloe Plant, aloe plant, inch pot
aloe plant, inch pot, massive size: Sonia, Aloe is a tough plant and will do fine in the drafty window. It deswperately needs full sun with drapes or blinds open all day. If anything repot it to a smaller pot, a 4 inch pot. Then it will be harder to overwater. It needs to dry out totally...

House Plants: Aloe Plant, time heals all wounds, aloe plant
time heals all wounds, aloe plant, separate rooms: Time heals all wounds, Sonia -- Aloes are resilient, as you have learned, and with Time, this will bounce back to its old self. Odds are however given the record, Fate has it in for this plant. Next time you see it growing, I urge you to separate all...

House Plants: Aloe Plant, cactus soil, aloe plant
cactus soil, aloe plant, desert plants: Sherry, NO! You cannot root them in water! Root them in sandy soil. To repot them use a sandy cactus soil and just poke the base into the cactus soil in a small pot where the aloes cover at least 50% of the surface of the soil. Then water them very lightly,...

House Plants: Aloe Plant care, aloe plant care, dry soil
aloe plant care, dry soil, potting soil: Sally, That s a huge pot for an aloe. Mine that is a foot tall is in a 6 diameter pot. They really prefer to be rootbound. I hope you repotted it in cactus soil or half potting soil and half sand. If not you need to change the soil and mix sand in it....

House Plants: Aloe Plant Problem, aloe plant, noxious odor
aloe plant, noxious odor, side switch: Hi Casey, Fresh healthy Aloe does have a mild odor that you might be sensitive to. Sometimes water quality can affect the odor of the sap. If your tap water is on the hard side, switch to filtered water. Healthy Aloes have firm, plump leaves. Your Aloe...

House Plants: Aloe Plant, aloe plant, leaf cuttings
aloe plant, leaf cuttings, potting mix: Hi Angela, All indications are that your Aloes roots have rotted out. Once the roots have died, there is little that you can do to salvage the plant. You can try taking some leaf cuttings, let them heal overnight in the open air and then pot them up in...

House Plants: Aloe plant, peat moss, light tug
peat moss, light tug, aloe plant: Hello Ma, I am confused by your description. Cutting usually refers to a single leaf or stem, but your reference to 5 shoots seems to contradict that. Perhaps you have an offset or baby plant that was severed from the mother plant? It probably should...

House Plants: Aloe plant rescue, aloe plant, pot size
aloe plant, pot size, plant questions: Hi Jeffrey, This will surprise you, but my main suggestion is to move it back into its original pot. Your Aloe is distressed because it wasn t watered for 3-4 months. A larger pot is not going to help. In fact, pot size should reflect the volume of healthy...

House Plants: Aloe plant, aloe plant, inch pot
aloe plant, inch pot, fetilizer: Sadie, I do not put my aloes outside ever b ecause I found out the hard way that they sunburn easily. You should not ever need to repot it again, a 14 inch pot is large for an aloe. Just keep removing babies and potting them for frineds. My aloe also grows...

House Plants: Aloe plants, aloe vera plant, aloe plants
aloe vera plant, aloe plants, plant questions: Hi Pam, Congratulations on your obvious success with your Aloe vera! Don t change anything you are doing and keep it potbound. The flower stem will eventually whither and die without producing any more flowers. It is probably best to cut it off completely...

House Plants: Aloe propagation, cactus soil, aloe plant
cactus soil, aloe plant, sandy soil: Dee, Just insert the base of each piece into a pot of sandy cactus soil and barely water it. The roots are there just beginning in the base of each piece and they will be fully rooted within a month. Do not water more often than once a week and makee sure...

House Plants: Aloe Somaliensis, root division, new leaves
root division, new leaves, plant questions: Splitting usually refers to separating multiple plants growing in the same pot by root division. What you are inquiring about is propagating your plant so you can get others. I don t mean to be picky here, but proper terminology can help avoid confusion....

House Plants: Aloe Vera, aloe vera plant, miracle grow fertilizer
aloe vera plant, miracle grow fertilizer, window face: Camupa, It sounds like it may not be getting enough light. How close is it to a window and what direction does the window face. It should be right next to a south facing window with no drapes or miniblinds closed. I would also recommend a monthly dose of...

House Plants: Aloe Vera, aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants
aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants, rootbound: Ling, Aloe Vera plants are succulents from the planes of South Africa and love the sunshine. The also are used to long droughts and need long periods of dry. During winter I water mine only every 2 weeks when it is very dry and in the summer once a wssk...

House Plants: Aloe Vera, inch pots, dry spells
inch pots, dry spells, desert area: Sam, No when you cut a leaf it will not grow back so it is best to cut the lowest leaf. No leaves will not grow roots. When the plant is rootbound it will send out babies and ass they get 4 or 5 leaves on them you can separate them into separate 4 inch...

House Plants: Aloe Vera, aloe vera plant, visible dirt
aloe vera plant, visible dirt, apartment window: Jaymie, I will try to answer each of your questions: The plant has about 5-6 stalks and is about 9 inches long, but some are shorter than that on the sides. *Each stalk is a separate plant. The smaller ones on the outside edges could be removed carefully...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Flowering, aloe vera plant, cactus succulent
aloe vera plant, cactus succulent, facing window: Hi Andrew, Aloe veras rarely bloom indoors because they require a lot of direct sunlight, for starters. They also have to be quite potbound and in the same pot for at least several years. If you don t have a sunny south-facing window, try keeping it outside...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Help!, aloe plant, new roots
aloe plant, new roots, plant questions: Hi Kathy, If the main stem is indeed dead, then all you can do is to cut off the stem just below the lowest healthy leaves. Leave this cutting out in the open overnight. Then insert the stem stub in a small pot filled with a porous potting mix with added...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Houseplant, aloe vera plant, flower spike
aloe vera plant, flower spike, plant questions: Hi Helen, That flower spike will never produce any more flowers although the plant will. It does no harm to leave the spike in place, but it will not harm the plant or discourage future flowers if you cut it off. Congratulations on your good care of...

House Plants: Aloe Vera & Hoya, terra cotta pot, peat moss
terra cotta pot, peat moss, inch pot: Hi Jennifer, It is customary to propagate Aloe offsets by letting them dry over night and then inserting them in a small pot filled with a damp mix of peat moss and perlite. Rooting in water is another acceptable method. You can now transfer yours from...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Plant, aloe vera plant, peat moss
aloe vera plant, peat moss, future prospects: Hi Sabrena, Your Aloe vera has had a tough life recently. Without seeing the extent of the damage it is hard for me to assess its future prospects. Take each stem and clean off any mold and soil it has on it. Let them dry over night. Use a small pot...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Plant, aloe vera plant, brown leaf
aloe vera plant, brown leaf, leaf tips: Sonja, Aloe can never get too much direct sun, it comes from the plains of Africa. It may be getting too much water which can cause brown leaf tips and some rotting of roots that could cause the juice to sour. Cut back on the water and let it dry out but...

House Plants: Aloe Vera Plant, aloe vera plant, interior landscaper
aloe vera plant, interior landscaper, terra cotta pot: Hi Lisa, You have a healthy Aloe vera that seems to be in need of some rehab. There is a small risk involved in the rehab, but it is the only way to keep it upright, short of propping it up permanently with stakes. Remove all of the lower leaves on the...

House Plants: Aloe Vera plant, miracle gro potting soil, aloe vera plant
miracle gro potting soil, aloe vera plant, miracle grow potting soil: That s a sign of tissue damage, Suzette - could be caused by overwatering or cold damage, among other things. Miracle Gro Potting soil is not the best thing for most plants; in this case, it will retain water, especially since you are growing it in a plastic...

House Plants: Aloe Vera plants / Upright elephant ear plant, aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants
aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants, elephant ear: Brian, You must give your aloe pups more time to grow roots, wait till they are at least 2-3 inches tall and they should have roots if you gently remove them from the soil. At that size the leaves should be thicker and healthier also. Your elephant...

House Plants: Aloe Vera propagation, aloe vera plants, plant questions
aloe vera plants, plant questions, mother plant: Hi Deborah, When an Aloe Vera is healthy, kept in a small pot, and given lots of sunlight, it will produce small baby plants called offsets at the base of the plant. These offsets can be left on the plant and they will help fill out the pot and can...

House Plants: Aloe Vera: signs of trouble, miracle grow potting soil, signs of trouble
miracle grow potting soil, signs of trouble, aloe vera: Hi Erin, Thanks for your very detailed description. Had you contacted me a year ago I would have advised you not to repot your Aloe and that would have been all the help you needed. Now, unfortunately, there is not much help that I can provide. Like...

House Plants: Aloe Vera, indirect sunlight, moist side
indirect sunlight, moist side, sandy soil: Kelsey, Yes, Aloes are from the plains of Africa. They love full sun so I suggest you move it to the sunniest location in your home. Also they live for long periods without water. It sounds as though you are overwatering it. It needs to dry out totally...

House Plants: Aloe vera grow light, full spectrum light bulb, full spectrum light
full spectrum light bulb, full spectrum light, aloe plant: Sara, Ok, get the spotlight fixture and a grow light bulb that is 75 - 100 watts full spectrum light bulb. I wouldn t worry about lumens. Place the spotlight fixture 3-4 feet from the aloe and plug it into a timer that will have it on about 14 hours a day...

House Plants: Aloe vera plant, aloe vera plant, poor water quality
aloe vera plant, poor water quality, creed: Hi Jenny, This is an unusual problem. A foreign substance poured into the soil or poor water quality could cause this. Or if the Aloe has been in strong sunlight and got overheated, it could develop an odor. Has this Aloe been treated differently than...

House Plants: Aloe vera plant, aloe vera plant, peat moss
aloe vera plant, peat moss, aloe leaf: Hi Ann, Use an Aloe leaf tip cutting of about 3-6 inches in length. Let it heal in the open air for about 12 hours. Then insert it upright (cut end down) in a small pot to a depth of about a half-inch. The pot should be filled with a mix of half peat moss...

House Plants: Aloe vera plants, aloe vera plants, creed
aloe vera plants, creed, nomination: Thank you, Yolanda. I hope you will post a rating and nomination for me, if you have not already. It is true that there is a great deal of not very good information out there. So it does pay off to check with someone with authoritative knowledge. Please...

House Plants: Aloe vera watering, soil porosity, soil dries
soil porosity, soil dries, pot size: Hi Mike, The frequency of watering depends not only on temperature, but also pot size, soil porosity, light intensity and humidity. Thus, I cannot tell you just how often your particular plant will need water. Certainly your Aloe will use more water...

House Plants: Aloe vera, aloe vera plant, bright indirect light
aloe vera plant, bright indirect light, bonny scotland: Hi Darren, Always good to hear from someone from bonny Scotland. There is a bit of Scottish blood in me going way back - last name of Stabb. Are we related?! Yes, it is true that you can propagate or clone your Aloe vera by taking a healthy leaf cutting,...

House Plants: AMARYLLIS PLANT, plant pot, dark closet
plant pot, dark closet, sunny location: Matt, When the temperature outdoors is above 50 degrees at night consistently you need to put your amaryllis outdoors in full sun in the pot and water it with fertilizer every 2 weeks to feed the bulb. The more sun and fertilizer the plant gets the larger...

House Plants: AMARYLLIS, new leaves, water soluable
new leaves, water soluable, maximum growth: Nancy, I don t know what the instructions that came with it said but if it sent out new leaves and just didn t bloom you did it mostly right or it would not have survived. To get it to rebloom you need to put it outside in full sun all summer so the leaves...

House Plants: Amaryllis, amaryllis flower, six weeks
amaryllis flower, six weeks, apples: Hi Wille I am assuming you are asking what to do with the plant once the flower has died off. You can make an amaryllis flower again; *After the flower has died off, cut it back to the top of the bulb. *Continue to water and fertilize -you should be getting...

House Plants: Amaryllis, potting compost, sunny area
potting compost, sunny area, lukewarm water: Hi Jimmy First of all, to prepare the bulb, place in lukewarm water for a few hours. Plant the bulb up to its neck, using a good potting compost. Place the pot in a warm, sunny area-the direct sun is needed for stem development. Water sparingly until the...

House Plants: Amaryllis, tall flower, amaryllis plant
tall flower, amaryllis plant, flowering plants: Hi Josie, Congratulations on the re-joining of you and your husband! Once the flower had died, it is best to cut the tall flower stalk off just above the bulb. Do NOT cut the leaves off. They need to grow from now until the end of summer to renew the...

House Plants: Amaryllis, flower stalk, holiday plants
flower stalk, holiday plants, dormant period: Hi Morgana, Your timing is excellent! Now is the time that Amaryllis plants go into their dormant period for 8 weeks. As long as you allowed the leaves to grow strong and healthy since they emerged at the end of last year, then the bulb should be renewed...

House Plants: Amaryllis, amarylis bulbs, amaryllis bulbs
amarylis bulbs, amaryllis bulbs, paper whites: Hi TANA, It is true that paper whites rarely re-bloom and if they do, the flowers are weak. However, that is not true for Amaryllis bulbs. After they flower, Amaryllis bulbs are renewed by allowing the leaves to grow in direct sun for about 9 months....

House Plants: Amaryllis, white flower farm, amaryllis bulbs
white flower farm, amaryllis bulbs, flower stalks: Hi Samantha, Good quality Amaryllis bulbs are quite reliable in following the normal pattern of flowering, leaf growth, bulb renewal, dormancy, new flowers. There is no way I can assess all of the various suppliers of Amaryllis bulbs, but I know that the...

House Plants: Amaryllis, poinsettia christmas, plant questions
poinsettia christmas, plant questions, flowering plants: Hi Myrtle, Unlike many flowering plants, Amaryllis can definitely re-bloom every year. However, there is a specific routine that has to be followed to make this happen. From January through September, the leaves must be allowed to grow in as much light...

House Plants: Amaryllis, sphagnum moss, peat moss
sphagnum moss, peat moss, ebay seller: Hi Bill, I don t know anyone who grows Amaryllis from seed when they propagate so much faster, easier and relatively inexpensively from the offset bulbs that these plants produce. I would also nor recommend buying seeds on eBay unless this is a source...

House Plants: Amaryllis, flower stalk, sunny windowsill
flower stalk, sunny windowsill, christmas cactus: Hi Nancy, You Amaryllis is doing its best to flower so it is important that you understand its needs and help it along. In the early fall, Amaryllis plants need a two-month dormant period. That means no water at all and little light. The leaves will...

House Plants: Amaryllis Bulb Seeds, amaryllis bulbs, sowing the seeds
amaryllis bulbs, sowing the seeds, exercise in futility: Hi Joy, I think you are confusing Amaryllis seeds with Amaryllis bulbets. It is the small bulbets that emerge attached to the main bulb that can reach flowering size within three years in good growing conditions. Amaryllis seeds from the flowers are...

House Plants: Amaryllis, flower stalk, flower bud
flower stalk, flower bud, sunny area: Hi Bill I am assuming you are growing your Amaryllis indoors. There are several things that you need to do to get your Amaryllis to flower again- First, stop watering and fertilizing it for 8 to ten weeks. The leaves will yellow and wither. When you see...

House Plants: Amy, turkey baster, peace lilly
turkey baster, peace lilly, peace lily: Amy, Most instructions say this is a low light plant but it needs very bright light, just no sun. Try to keep it within 5 to 8 feet of a window for best results. Do not place your plant in direct sun. Direct sunlight can burn the Peace Lily s foliage. If...

House Plants: ANGEL WINGED BEGONIAS, angel wing begonia, epsom salts
angel wing begonia, epsom salts, mother plant: Bea, Why do you say that it needs a new start? Is it woody? When did it last bloom? You can use it to take cuttings and start 2-3 new plants. Then if you really want to save the original you can cut it down to withing 6-8 inches of the soil then let...

House Plants: ANTHERIUM, epsom salts, growing flowers
epsom salts, growing flowers, new leaves: Cathy, If you repotted it into a larger pot it will not bloom until it is rootbound. It is too busy growing roots to spend time growing flowers. Otherwise try to brighten the indirect light and try giving it 2 teaspoons of epsom salts sprinkled on top of...

House Plants: Aname to a plant and care, elephant ear, dry location
elephant ear, dry location, latin name: A.H., It s common name is still elephant ear, but it s latin name is Alocasia portadora and it is in the same family as the Colocasia esculenta. The brown edges is a sign of too much water,or too little humidity but generally this happens to this plant...

House Plants: Angel Wing Begonia, angel wing, compact plant
angel wing, compact plant, potting mix: Hi Jeneanne, Yes, pruning is often the solution for changing a leggy, overgrown plant back to a fuller, more compact plant. Here is why. For many plants, such as Angelwing Begonias, new growth is always at the ends (tops) of stems. As the plant grows...

House Plants: Angels wings plant..., angels wings, la veta co
angels wings, la veta co, dieing: Hi Cheryl, Your plant is an Angel-winged Begonia. I am not familiar with your area, but I am sure there are online retailers that sell this plant, as it is not at all rare. Like all Begonias, yours requires lots of direct sunlight to do well. It should...

House Plants: Angelwing begonia, begonia family, angelwing begonia
begonia family, angelwing begonia, plant questions: Hi Sue, From your brief description, I suspect your plant is an Angelwing Begonia. There are many types of Angelwings, but they mostly fit your description. If you send a photo to my address below, I can give you a positive ID. Once you have identified...

House Plants: Anita Draceana, pleomele reflexa, balanced fertilizer, liquid fertilizer
balanced fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, pleomele: Hi Tami, A Dracaena Pleomele Reflexa or commonly known as Song Of India can get 8-15 ft tall with a 6-10 ft spread. You should repot the plant only when it needs it. A couple common signs that a plant needs repotting is an almost constant demand for water...

House Plants: Antherium, anthurium plant care, peat moss
anthurium plant care, peat moss, christmas centerpiece: Denise, Yes, it would prefer both warmer temperatures and maybe a little brighter light, such as just out of reach of the sun near a south window. The following info came from a website at http://www.hawaiitropicals.com/anplancar.html Anthurium Plant...

House Plants: Antherium fertilizing, peace lily, araceae family
peace lily, araceae family, orchid food: Hello Linda, I donít have any experience with this genus of the Araceae family. If it is anything like the peace lily (Spathiphyllum), also a member of the Araceae family, it will do fine with an all purpose food. Something you should take into consideration...

House Plants: Antherium potting soil, peat moss, orchid mix
peat moss, orchid mix, potting soil: Hi Jane, Yes, you could, although I would recommend that you add one part peat moss to one part Orchid mix. Anthurium roots are a bit finer than Orchids and they cannot tolerate quite as much dryness. If you add some peat, that will help retain moisture...

House Plants: Antherium, drain tray, palm trees
drain tray, palm trees, rain forest: Gail, Could be too much sun, they are from Hawaii and grow under the palm trees in rain forest areas where they get filtered light. Also could be too much water, moist means lightly moist, not wet. Never leave it sit with water in the drain tray. Water...

House Plants: Anthrium Plant, potting soil, excessive dryness
potting soil, excessive dryness, leaf edges: Hi Tonya, Watering Anthuriums can be tricky. I suspect that yours was just drying out in less than a week before you moved and repotted it. The excessive dryness probably caused the leaf edges to burn a bit. The simpler solution would have been to water...

House Plants: Anthurium, bright indirect light, anthurium flowers
bright indirect light, anthurium flowers, vermiculite perlite: Hi Charlotte, I think you are looking for a quick answer and easy solution. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. The fertilizer is the least important of al the factors such as pot size, potting mix, available light, and watering frequency. Watering frequency...

House Plants: Anthurium, bright indirect light, small slits
bright indirect light, small slits, plant questions: Hi Sandy, You haven t told me much about the environment that you are providing for your Anthurium, so it hard for me to diagnose the cause. Judging from the symptoms, your Anthurium is probably suffering from inadequate light and improper watering. ...

House Plants: Anthurium, bright indirect light, anthurium plants
bright indirect light, anthurium plants, flower growth: Hi Cathy, Anthuriums are not cacti or succulents. They should be potted in a peat-based potting mix that has some bark chips added to it. The pot size should be as small as possible to fit the roots into. Tight pots encourage better foliage and flower...

House Plants: Anthurium, peace lily, mr creed
peace lily, mr creed, plastic pots: Hi Cathy, Anthuriums are usually potted in material that is very porous and does not retain water for a long time. This is deliberate because their roots do not tolerate constant moisture the way that a peace lily does, for example. Different potting mixes...

House Plants: Anthurium, cactus soil, new flower
cactus soil, new flower, sandy soil: Carol, Most likely it is a watering problem. It does not like to dry out too much but it also cannot stand to sit in a tray full of water all the time. Do not repot it till after April 1st and then do not move it to a pot more that 2 inches larger than...

House Plants: Anthurium, bright indirect light, anthurium flowers
bright indirect light, anthurium flowers, brown areas: Hi Wanda, There is no one specific cause of brown spots on Anthurium leaves and you haven t revealed what environment you are providing for your Anthurium. Improper light, watering and fertilizing can all cause brown leaf spots. All I can do is to provide...

House Plants: Anthurium, sun and rain, blooms
sun and rain, blooms, e mail: Hi Jacquie, Sometimes a happy, blooming plant is better left alone. I will need to see a couple of photos of your Anthurium to be able to advise you. The photos should show the entire plant, including its pot and from a couple of angles so I can better...

House Plants: Anthurium....., drainage holes, drain holes
drainage holes, drain holes, plant questions: Hi Matthew, Thanks for the photos. Trim off the brown portions of the leaves as they will not recover. Follow my instructions below and further browning should cease. Keep your Anthurium indoors where it is protected from the intense outdoor light. A...

House Plants: Anthurium, new leaves, cold temps
new leaves, cold temps, dead leaves: Hi Mark, Depending on the degree of damage done by the cold temps, there may not be a cure for the damage. Anthuriums are tropical plants and are not at all equipped to deal with cold temps, let alone frost. Sometimes the roots suffer less cold damage because...

House Plants: Anthurium, insect shells, anthurium plants
insect shells, anthurium plants, soil composition: Hi Dianne, If the leaves are dropping it is either because the soil has gotten completely dried out or because the roots have been damaged and no longer able to absorb water. If you are watering twice per week,it is unlikely that the soil is too dry....

House Plants: Anthurium blooms, bright indirect light, porous rock
bright indirect light, porous rock, anthuriums: Hi Lorrie, That is an unusual arrangement for growing an Anthurium and one that makes it difficult to keep it alive, let alone getting it to flower. But apparently you are doing a good job and your description of how you care for it seems appropriate. ...

House Plants: Anthurium, brown spots on leaves, aerobic bacteria, oxygen water
aerobic bacteria, oxygen water, flower production: Anthuriums grow and bloom best under bright light -- but not direct sun. Like most flowering plants, they respond to extra doses of Phosphorous in their diet to support flower production. Holding back on either of these requirements will trigger plant...

House Plants: Anthurium Cleopatra, inch pot, possible light
inch pot, possible light, e mail: Hi Marcy, Legginess is usually due to inadequate light or age. If the window is uncovered and the plant is within a couple of feet of the window, then the light should be adequate. However, even in good light, Anthuriums grow taller, but not wider so it...

House Plants: Anthurium Cleopatra, dry soil, sandy soil
dry soil, sandy soil, drain tray: Dear RC, This plant likes bright light but no sun, sandy soil, high humidity and it doesn t like wet or dry soil. They are native to Hawaii where they grow on the floor of the jungle where the sun always shines but it is shaded by the trees. The soil is...

House Plants: Anthurium care, inch pot, antherium
inch pot, antherium, indirect light: Hi Jim, The roots don t need a lot of room to grow. In fact, the plant will be healthier and flower more if you keep the plant quite potbound. (For a more extensive explanation of repotting, send a request for my article on thos subject to me at my address...

House Plants: Anthurium Drooping and Browning, sphagnum moss, peat moss
sphagnum moss, peat moss, anthurium plants: Hi Jessica, I understand your frustration with trying to get a good plant diagnosis on the Internet, in part because most plant problems are unique and in part because there are a lot of folks dispensing bad information on the Internet. Plants respond...

House Plants: Anthurium Emerald, bright indirect light, pot size
bright indirect light, pot size, new leaves: Hi Cathy, Thanks for the photos of the dead leaves. Unfortunately, that does not help me. A photo of the entire plant would be more useful. It is quite common for some lower leaves to discolor and die. As long as an equal number of healthy new leaves...

House Plants: Anthurium leaves brown, bright indirect light, anthurium flowers
bright indirect light, anthurium flowers, vermiculite perlite: Hi Kay, Anthuriums are epiphytes or air plants. That means that they don t grow in the ground like most houseplants. In nature their roots attach themselves to tree branches, as do Orchids and Bromeliads. Why is this important? Because epiphytes cannot...

House Plants: Anthurium Plant, creed, stems
creed, stems, anthurium plant: Hi Michele, Everyone has a different idea as to what is watering too much. And just how far out of the direct sun is your Anthurium? Have you repotted it since you received it? A photo sent to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com would help me...

House Plants: Anthurium Plant, bright indirect light, plant questions
bright indirect light, plant questions, e mail: Hi Angie, Anthuriums grow taller and lose some older leaves as they age. After several years they become quite tall and leggy looking. Having lots of bright indirect light helps prevent this, but only somewhat. Anthuriums do not branch and they do not add...

House Plants: Anthurium plant, spider mites, tiny insects
spider mites, tiny insects, plant question: Those webs sound like Spider Mites. These are a common pest on Anthuriums (and almost all the houseplants I know, unfortunately). They are TINY and hard to detect without a magnifying glass. Symptoms like yours often go unnoticed until the plant has...

House Plants: Anthurium plant, tiny dust particles, spider mites
tiny dust particles, spider mites, plant question: I will need a photo to determine if there is much hope for your Anthurium. In the interim here are instructions for treating mealybugs an scale insects. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are always more to deal with than meets the eye....

House Plants: Anthurium plant, air circulation, plant questions
air circulation, plant questions, morning sun: Hi Debbie, Yes, you can move it outside for the summer. However, you must protect it from any direct outdoor sun, which is very intense. Even an hour of early morning sun may burn or bleach the leaves. Your Anthurium is adapted to indoor light so it must...

House Plants: Anthurium-poisonous?, poisonous plant, apcc
poisonous plant, apcc, furry friend: Hi Jan, The ASPCA website (http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_toxicplants#A) does not list Anthurium as being toxic to pets, so it is probably okay if your cat nibbles on it. Keep in mind that certain pets can be toxic to plants,...

House Plants: Anthurium -Red Blooms, bright indirect light, natural breezes
bright indirect light, natural breezes, peace lily: Hi Anna, Like many tropical flowering plants, Anthuriums do not have a specific blooming time. They can flower at any time of the year, just like an African violet or a peace lily. However, that does not mean that your Anthurium will bloom constantly...

House Plants: Anthurium Repotting, anthurium plant, mail request
anthurium plant, mail request, plastic pot: Hi Geeta, Your Anthurium is thriving and flowering, doing all that you could want! So there is no need to repot it, although it might look like it is too large for the pot. In fact, part of the reason it is flowering so well is because it is tightly potted....

House Plants: Anthurium - Very sticky leaves, tiny probes, scale insect
tiny probes, scale insect, insect infestation: Hi Peter, Your Anthurium has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. They resemble insects when they are babies, but they are smaller than a pinhead and very hard to see. When they find a suitable site, they insert their tiny probes...

House Plants: Anthurium yellow and brown tips, humidity level, pot size
humidity level, pot size, new leaves: Hi Aaron, Apparently your Anturium is healthy and doing well and you haven t offered a reason to move it to a larger pot, so I doubt that it is a good idea. More often that not, up-potting is unwarranted and causes problems. A photo would help. I have...

House Plants: Anthurium, anthurium plants, boston fern
anthurium plants, boston fern, potting soil: Cathy The instructions on the bag of soil were for cacti whose roots need to heal after repotting before they are expoised to water. The yellow leaves are from not enough water. Remember I talked about anthuriums being from Hawaii where it rains frequently...

House Plants: Anthuriums, anthurium flowers, midday sun
anthurium flowers, midday sun, new leaves: Hi Cathy, Anthuriums bloom sporadically and not all year long. Yours may simply be in a rest period. To promote Anthurium flowers, try to provide the brightest possible light while still protecting it from direct midday sun. You might want to move yours...

House Plants: Anthuriums not blooming, easy houseplants, buds and blooms
easy houseplants, buds and blooms, fool proof: Anthuriums are easy houseplants that require little care. What could be wrong here? Why did yours stop blooming? Let s begin with the Sun factor. Anthuriums don t need FULL Sun. But they need a good dose of it. You didn t mention what kind of direct...

House Plants: Anthuriums, drain tray, sandy soil
drain tray, sandy soil, anthuriums: Cathy, Anthuriums are very sensitive to watering. They need to be moist but not wet most of the time. Yes, I repot anthuriums, in fact I reccomend removing some soil without disturbing the roots too much and replacing it with sand, you can get bags of...

House Plants: Treating scale and ants, potassium salts, tiny probes
potassium salts, tiny probes, soft scales: Hi Cindy, That s one of the risks of sending me plant questions - you often find out stuff you had never before considered. Insecticidal soap is not really that effective in treating scale. It may keep it under control, but not eradicate it. The reason...

House Plants: Ants, ficus tree, plant roots
ficus tree, plant roots, plant questions: Hi Annie, First make sure that no one has put any food substances in the soil that would attract ants. Ants do not ordinarily feed on plants or plant roots. Then you have two choices. One is to plunge the pot up to its rim in a tub of plant water. Leave...

House Plants: Apentia corifolia, sandy soil, sunny location
sandy soil, sunny location, house plant: Donna, I had never heard of it before, so in researching it I discovered it is considered to be a weed from Arizona. I would say you can give it a try and I would treat it like a cactus. Grow it in a sandy soil. Keep it in a very sunny location and only...

House Plants: Arabian Coffee, arabian coffee, coffee plant
arabian coffee, coffee plant, new leaves: Hi Kim, Dry brown leaf edges on a coffe plant are usually caused by too much direct sun. However, you indicated that yours is not getting any direct sun. If so, then check the quality of your water. If it is on the hard side, switch to filtered, distilled,...

House Plants: Arabica Coffee Tree pests, tree pests, spider mites
tree pests, spider mites, scale insects: Hi Donna, Congratulations on your success with your coffee tree. You have provided an excellent description of scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps...

House Plants: Aralia elegantissima, pot size, sized shoes
pot size, sized shoes, growing plants: Hi Dierdra, Yes, I would be very surprised if you need to repot again for a very long time. In ideal conditions, such as in a greenhouse, growth rate is much faster and more frequent repotting is necessary. But assuming your Aralias are in a standard home...

House Plants: Arbol Limon, Lemon Tree, fruit drop, citrus trees
fruit drop, citrus trees, cold drafts: Hi Craig, Getting Citrus trees to produce fruit indoors is very challenging. You have gotten further along than most. Any number of environmental conditions can cause leaf and fruit drop. The most common cause is keeping the soil too moist. This can...

House Plants: Arboricola, schefflera arboricola, scheffleras
schefflera arboricola, scheffleras, plant questions: Hi Kristen, Your plant is a Schefflera arboricola. According to the ASPCA, Scheffleras are considered toxic for 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...

House Plants: Areca Palm-thin black lines on stems and canes, bright indirect light, inch soil
bright indirect light, inch soil, plant questions: Dear Natalie, The very thin lines are a normal part of the Areca frond structure. It is not a cause for concern. It is also common for lower fronds to yellow and die back as new fronds are added up above. As long as it is limited to the lower fronds...

House Plants: Areca palm leaves, new leaves, fronds
new leaves, fronds, frond: Hi Rob, You have done the right thing. An individual frond will not not grow new leaves. All new growth will be new fronds emerging from the individual stems. However, it is not good to cut off the growing tip of any stem. That sometimes stops new growtrh...

House Plants: Areca palm, chlorine water, areca palms
chlorine water, areca palms, plant nutrients: Hi there, The generally recognized maximum chloride level for potted plants is 140 parts per million. That would include Arecas. Once you exceed that degree of concentration, it may take quite a while before the effects show up. Obviously, in more concentrated...

House Plants: Armaryllis, amaryllis flowers, flower stalk
amaryllis flowers, flower stalk, sunny window: Hi Jimmy, You weren t specific as to whether this is an Amaryllis already in bloom or a brand new bulb. So I will provide some overall instructions that you can adapt to your particular situation. Care of Blooming Amaryllis: Put it in a place where you...

House Plants: Arrowhead Philodendron, paperback novel, indirect lighting
paperback novel, indirect lighting, indoor lighting: Lauren, I know the plant on your website as Butterfly Nephthytis or it s latin name Syngonium podophyllum. I have no idea what but it has to have been caused by something that happened to it before you received it. Smoke would not have caused the problem....

House Plants: Arrowhead Plant?, arrowhead plant, brown tint
arrowhead plant, brown tint, reddish tint: Hi KC, I need more information. A photo e-mailed to me would be best. Otherwise I need to know if this reddish tint is limited to one side of the plant (top or bottom) and is it spread evenly throughout or in a pattern? How large are the leaves? Do they...

House Plants: Asparagus Fern, asparagus fern, chemical insecticides
asparagus fern, chemical insecticides, little leaves: Hi Theresa, When plants are brought inside, they become stressed from the sudden change in environment which leaves them especially vulnerable to other problems. Ferns need very high humidity. Putting a tray filled with pebbles and about half filled with...

House Plants: Asparagus fern berries, asparagus fern, gorgeous plants
asparagus fern, gorgeous plants, seed pods: Jeffrey, Yes, those berries are seed pods and if they are allowed to ripen until thy are red and soft you can try planting them and see if they sprout. It depends on whether or not they were fertilized. Otherwise your best way of propagating the plant...

House Plants: Asparagus fern roots, e mail address, asparagus fern
e mail address, asparagus fern, physiological role: Hi Morgan, You have posed some interesting and unusual questions. As you know, I ordinarily discourage repotting. The asparagus fren is one exception, however, if it is growing in good light. As you have discovered, this plant has a very fast growing...

House Plants: Asparagus fern, asparagus fern, spider mites
asparagus fern, spider mites, tuberous roots: Hi Sonja, Asparagus ferns have very large, tuberous roots that require repotting regularly. As the roots fill up the pot, they need ever more frequent watering. If they don t get all the water they need, then the needles turn yellow and drop off. Also,...

House Plants: Atmospheric Water Uptake, high humidity, water uptake
high humidity, water uptake, physiological differences: Yes, it is true that plants lose less moisture through their leaves (transpiration) in high humidity and that reduces the plants need for moisture around the roots. Just how much is hard to specify. In general, during the shorter, cooler days of winter...

House Plants: Auralia, thirsty plants, garden columnist
thirsty plants, garden columnist, columnist george: These are THIRSTY plants, Ming Aralias. The trick is to give the frail, finicky roots enough without giving it too much. This is not a plant that grows an extensive root system. It takes a very Green thumb to succeed with an Aralia. Ming Aralia ( Polyscias...

House Plants: Australian Daisy, indoor potted plants, white crystal
indoor potted plants, white crystal, flowering plant: Hi Dean, There are many Australian daisy species. None of the ones I am familiar with are used as indoor potted plants nor are they 5-feet tall. They all require direct outdoor sun and cool temps if they are to survive for long. Either your flowering...

House Plants: Avacado Tree, growing avocados, little specks
growing avocados, little specks, avocado tree: Hi Ryan, There are many possible cause for loss of lower leaves, although a certain amount of lower leaf loss is normal. Here are some things you should know for growing Avocados successfully. First, you should move your Avocado to a pot that is just...

House Plants: Avocado, tropical fruit trees, avocado plants
tropical fruit trees, avocado plants, night soil: Bill, Avocados are tropical fruit trees. They grow outdoors in the ground in southern California and in Florida in very sandy soil. To be successful indoors you have to duplicate their natural environment. Temperatures need to be between 55 and 75 degrees...

House Plants: Azalea Bonsai, plant questions, bonsais
plant questions, bonsais, azaleas: Hi Jim, Bonsai Azaleas are tough to keep because Azaleas do not tolerate dryness and Bonsais have little soil and small pots so they dry out quickly. That means you may have to water your Azalea every day or two, although I cannot be sure of that without...

House Plants: Azalea died?, flower buds, leaf buds
flower buds, leaf buds, new leaves: Hi Rebecca, Let me give you some general care instructions for Azaleas and then I will answer your specific question. Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. They do best outside in the warmer months. Indoors they need lots of light, cool temps, and soil...

House Plants: Azalea, Kalanchoe & Bromeliad care, kalanchoe flowers, azalea plant
kalanchoe flowers, azalea plant, free expert advice: Hi Margaret, The experts on this site are all volunteers who receive no compensation other than the ratings provided by those who post questions and receive free expert advice. I would appreciate your taking a minute to rate the answer that I provided...

House Plants: Azalea plant in pot - indoor, flower buds, azalea plant
flower buds, azalea plant, leaf buds: Hi Darlene, You probably have a florists Azalea which is very difficult to get to re-bloom and I assume that is your intention. If you want to try, it will take some special care. First, you must prune it back by about one-third. This will keep it compact...

House Plants: Azalea plant, azalea plant, inch pot
azalea plant, inch pot, full bloom: Hi Nicole, Sorry to learn about your grandmother. Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. Indoors they need lots of light (right on a sunny windowsill), cool temps, and soil that is kept constantly moist, but not left standing in water. Even a single...

House Plants: Azalea (sp) care, azalea species, foliage plant
azalea species, foliage plant, soggy soil: Hi Jeannette, Your winters are too cold in Klamath Falls for a florist s Azalea, which is more tender than standard Azalea species. Do NOT repot your V Day Azalea. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels slightly dry. Although it...

House Plants: Azalea tree with braided trunk, azaleas, azalea
azaleas, azalea, stalks: Janice, If you want to continue braiding it you will have to cut off all side branches and direct the growth into the three main stalks only. You need to braid it while the stems are young enough to be pliable. You may have to sacrifice some blooms by cutting...

House Plants: Azalea tree, flower buds, leaf buds
flower buds, leaf buds, miracid: Hi Missi, Although the grower chose to braid the trunks of this Azalea shrub, it is still an Azalea and has the same care requirements. Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. They do best outside in the warmer months. Indoors they need lots of light,...

House Plants: Azalea, inch pot, degree temps
inch pot, degree temps, first frost: Hi Kim, I assume that the gift Azalea was in a 6 or 8 inch pot and was intended for use indoors as a houseplant. These indoor Azaleas are hybrids that have been forced to bloom on a particular schedule. They rarely bloom well again. If you are satisfied...

House Plants: Azaleas dying, cactus soil, plastic pot
cactus soil, plastic pot, water dish: Jessica, Azaleas are difficult plants. The watering needs to be very even. As for pruning they do not need pruned until they have finished blooming and the plant has put out new growth. when you do just use sharp scissors or pruners. You really do not...

House Plants: Azaleas, flower buds, leaf buds
flower buds, leaf buds, high humidity: Hi Anita, I can t imagine how difficult it must be for you to cope with your son s death. None of us want to outlive our children. My deepest regrets to you. Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. They do best outside in the warmer months. Indoors they...

House Plants: I accidently over-watered Umbrella Tree plant, soil dries, old umbrella
soil dries, old umbrella, umbrella tree: Hi Sue, Schefflera arboricolas do not tolerate saturated soil very well at all. If the roots were deprived of oxygen for too long, then they may all be dead and the plant will not recover. If some of the roots are still intact, then all you can do is...

House Plants: adam's needle, few green leaves, flower stalks
few green leaves, flower stalks, yucca plant: Sandi, How close together are the 2 yuccas? How much water do they get? Do you have a sprinkler system? Is the sick one closer to a sprinkler head? Where do you live? How much rain has your area been getting? I suspect too much water is the problem. Is...

House Plants: additional croton question, spider mites, plenty of sunshine
spider mites, plenty of sunshine, rubbing alcohol: Pat, Give the plant plenty of sunshine and let it dry out well between waterings and it will be less likely to get spidermites. If it does spray them with rubbing alcohol, it is harmless to you and the environment but will kill the insects. Good luck. ...

House Plants: adenium obesum, desert roses, dormant period
desert roses, dormant period, plant questions: Hi Theresa, I would need a photo posted here to really understand your concern. Desert roses do not normally grow all to one side unless that one side always faces the light. If that is the case with yours, then you should rotate the plant 180 degrees...

House Plants: adenium obesum - desert rose, adenium obesum, room temperatures
adenium obesum, room temperatures, cold temps: Hi Martina, A single overnight soaking will not damage a desert rose as long as it is allowed to dry out normally after the soaking. After all, that is what we do when we water potted plants - soak them and then let them dry out. However cold temps below...

House Plants: african violets, african violet society, growing african violets
african violet society, growing african violets, african violet plant: They are easy to propagate from leaf cuttings, but NEVER divide an African violet. Where many plants will divide easily, this kills many violets. Cut a leaf off of a good healthy plant. Make sure you have as long a stem as possible, say 2-3 inches at least....

House Plants: african violets, african violets, soil mixture
african violets, soil mixture, drainage hole: Steve, Your question is so refreshing, because it shows me that you have a full understanding of the pebble tray concept in increasing humidity for violets. I don t think you are missing anything, except perhaps you misunderstand about watering violets....

House Plants: african violets, self watering pots, african violets
self watering pots, african violets, soil mixture: Thanks for getting back to me, Pat. Good move sticking with the liquid fertilizer and I am glad to know you understand about keeping your AV s potbound. Best of luck to you! Will If this information has been helpful, please remember to give me a rating...

House Plants: african violets, african violets, drain tray
african violets, drain tray, lysol: Rita, You are overwatering it and the roots are rotting causing the leaves to die and the mold to grow on the soil. Let it dry out more and spry the surface of the soil with aeresol Lysol, that will kill the mold. If you keep turning the soil you are disturbing...

House Plants: getting my african violets to bloom, epsom salts, african violets
epsom salts, african violets, tomato plants: Gail, Give each plant a teaspoon full of epsom salts sprinkled on top of the soil. Then water from the top carefully under the leaves. The epsom salts is magnesium sulfate and they need that to bloom. It should trigger blooming in 4-6 weeks. This is good...

House Plants: african violets flowering, bright indirect light, african violets
bright indirect light, african violets, fertlizer: First the pot should be 1/3 the size of the plant. THey like to be root bound. Second..fertlize with a good balanced fertlizer with NO Urea. Urea can cause death. Third...they need bright indirect light. Not full sun. They require 10 to 12 hours of...

House Plants: african violets, african violets, african violet
african violets, african violet, judy cole: Hi Judy, Congratulations on your 65th and on having a sweet and thoughtful daughter! If you have not done well with African violets in the past, it may be because you were too attentive. There is no reason to repot them. In fact, they only flower when...

House Plants: africian violets, africian violets, african violet society
africian violets, african violet society, african violets: Linda, You have asked a very generalized question with multiple and complex answers- a question that probably best can be answered by books on the subject. From your question it appears that this is your first attempt to grow african violets. These are...

House Plants: aglaonema silverado, plastic tubs, paula smith
plastic tubs, paula smith, water soluable: Paula, You need to find pots with holes in the bottom that will fit in your planters. Then plant your aglaonema silverados in those pots. These plants cannot stand to be overwatered, they must dry out between waterings. If they are in separate pots and...

House Plants: ailing indoor orange tree, release fertilizer, spider mites
release fertilizer, spider mites, signs of stress: Hi Ann, When a plant that has done well for many years suddenly starts to fall apart, I usually look for some change in its normal environment - a reduction in light, repotting, drop in temperature, pest infestation, et. al. However, there is nothing that...

House Plants: BUGS FOUND ON PALM, epsom salts, water roots
epsom salts, water roots, sunny porch: Bonnie, Yes, head for your nearest garden center that has a person you can talk to. Describe the insects and ask what insecticide they reccommend. I am in northern Indiana so I am not familiar with what insects you have attacking palms in Texas but local...

House Plants: albino hoya(??), hoya plants, adaptive advantage
hoya plants, adaptive advantage, professional growers: Hi Zach, What you have is a Hoya sport. A sport is a mutant form of a plant. For reasons not fully understood, plants occasionally put out a leaf or flower or stem that does not look like the rest of the plant. In nature, some sports may have an survival...

House Plants: aleo plants, aloes, aloe
aloes, aloe, creed: Hi Angie, There are many possible reasons why your Aloe is wilting and looking poorly. Keeping the soil too moist and not providing enough direct sun are the most common reasons. However, without a more complete description of the light, your watering routine,...

House Plants: aleo vera house plant, aleo vera, aloe plants
aleo vera, aloe plants, dry spells: Debby, No, you cannot cut it back. If you leave it in the pot it is in and stop watering it so much (you only need to water aloe plants every 2 weeks and they will grow much slower) it will send out side shoots. When the side shoots are at least 2 inches...

House Plants: aleo vera plant, aleo vera, soil dries
aleo vera, soil dries, temperature extremes: Hi Roxanne, Exposure to temperature extremes (either hot or cold) and keeping the soil too moist are the only likely causes of those symptoms. Unfortunately, recovery is unlikely, although if the roots have not been seriously damaged, your Aloe vera...

House Plants: aleo vera plants, aleo vera, dry leaves
aleo vera, dry leaves, aloe vera: Hi Helen, Unfortunately, the symptoms of over and under watering are almost identical - shriveled, yellowed leaves. Overwatering leads to the gradual rotting of roots. When that happens, the plant has no way to absorb water so it reacts as it would if it...

House Plants: almond bush, red berries, pink flowers
red berries, pink flowers, google: Emily, I am an expert on houseplants, not shrubs. I have never grown this shrub. The red berries would be fruit with seed but other than that I know very little about Flowering almonds. When I Googled it they showed both white and pink in images. The following...

House Plants: alocasia not growing, indoor potted plants, cold temps
indoor potted plants, cold temps, tropical region: Hi Steven, My area of expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. I really do not have experience with growing Alocasias outdoors, so I cannot adequately reply to your question. I do know that when kept indoors year round there is no dieback or dormancy....

House Plants: alocasia in winter, leaf dieback, winter temps
leaf dieback, winter temps, alocasia: Hi Steven, If you think you let it get too dry, then by all means give it more water. As long as it gets proper light, water, and warm temps it should grow. If not, then that suggests some kind of root damage. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper...

House Plants: alocasia in winter, alocasia, shorter days
alocasia, shorter days, colocasia: Steven, If it has just gone dormant it will probably need at least a 3-4 month dry dormant period in order to send out new growth. The need a rest. Repotting it may just make it take longer to grow new roots before it sends out new growth. Just gently...

House Plants: alocasia in winter, alocasia, colocasia
alocasia, colocasia, mediterranean area: Hi Steven I am not one to give up on a plant until the fat lady sings . Do you have this indoor or outdoors? I would continue to water and see what happens. There are so many different species of the alocasia, at least 70, and I have read that some are...

House Plants: aloe, sister plant, dead leaves
sister plant, dead leaves, hot afternoon: Tinker, Sounds like too much water. Have you had a lot of rain this summer? You might want to find something to put over it when it is raining so it doesn t get so much. You also should consider moving it to where it will get sun all morning and shade...

House Plants: aloe, aloe plant, offshoots
aloe plant, offshoots, offsets: Chances are, the pot you are growing your plant in is way too big for it. Switch to a smaller pot and as it grows into the pot, it will probably build offshoots -- pups as they are commonly called. Of course, the plant itself has to be thriving to do...

House Plants: aloe care, cactus soil, drain tray
cactus soil, drain tray, sandy soil: Kelli, Sounds like the deeper pot is also holding more water and it is getting overwatered. Cut way back on the water. I only water my aloe every 2 weeks in the summer and every 4 weeks in the winter. The condition you describe is the result of too much...

House Plants: aloe gardening issues, aloe plants, micro nutrients
aloe plants, micro nutrients, insect problems: Richard, Aloes should be treated like cacti. They should only be watered when they have been very dry for several days. Aloes do not like sitting in a drain tray full of water and they should only be watered every 2 weeks or when dry for at least 3 days....

House Plants: aloe plant turning brown, aloe plants, aloe plant
aloe plants, aloe plant, inch pot: Diane, The only reasons that aloes turn brown are too little water. Too much water would make them turn black and mushy. A 4 pot is rather large for just 2 little aloes but I doubt that is the problem. Try watering them a bit more often and see if that...

House Plants: my aloe plant, aloe plant, new leaves
aloe plant, new leaves, roots: Ivette, I certainly understand your concern. I had a large aloe die once that I had had for many years. It was a big loss. You do not say how old or large your plant is, if it is indoors or outdoors, or how often you water it. The fact that it is putting...

House Plants: aloe vera, aloe vera plant, mother plant
aloe vera plant, mother plant, offsets: Hi Carrie, It is theoretically possible to start new plants from your Aloe vera seeds. However, it is very difficult. If your plant is a hybrid, and many are, then the seeds may be sterile. However, you have nothing to lose by trying. It is much easier...

House Plants: aloe vera, aloe vera plant, cactus soil
aloe vera plant, cactus soil, drain tray: Jo, Put it where it will get lots of sun all day long and only water it when it is bone dry and very light weight. Whe you do water it water it thoroughly until some water goes into the drain tray under it and an hour later pour the excess water out of...

House Plants: aloe vera, sun in the afternoon, aloe vera
sun in the afternoon, aloe vera, jade plant: Stefanie, You might want to move it to an are where it will not get quite as much sun in the afternoon. The purple is it s response to the sun. It is not sunburn, that would be brown. It will not hurt the plant but if you do not like the purple move it...

House Plants: aloe vera help..., rootbound, aloe vera
rootbound, aloe vera, houseplants: Mandy, If the stems are mushy it is getting too much water. It is most likely in too large a pot. When it is in such a large pot you water it enough to moisten all the soil in the pot and the plant cannot use it up in time for the roots to have a breathing...

House Plants: aloe vera plant, aloe vera plant, aloe plant
aloe vera plant, aloe plant, plant questions: Hi Robin, It is likely that the discoloration of the Aloes leaves was caused by intense outdoor light, which is much more intense than indoor light. You didn t mention temperatures, but if temps have dropped below 50 degrees, that also could be a contributing...

House Plants: aloe vera plant, aloe vera plant, potting mix
aloe vera plant, potting mix, spindle: Hi Stephanie, In general, the answer is that you can cut off the stems of the offset (babies) at any point, let them heal in the open air over night and then pot them up in small pots filled with a damp, porous potting mix. However, yours seems a little...

House Plants: aloe vera plant, aloe vera plant, christmas cacti
aloe vera plant, christmas cacti, indirect sunlight: Matt, Set it in a south facing window that gets sun all day. Also make sure it is not sitting with any water in it s drain tray. This is a plant from the plains of South Africa. It loves the sun and dry periods but you may be leaving it dry too long. When...

House Plants: aloe vera plant, aloe vera plant, november 1st
aloe vera plant, november 1st, darlene: Allison, How huge is it? What is the plant diameter approximately and what is the diameter of the pot you have it in? Cut back on the water and that will slow it s growth. Water it every 2 weeks till November 1st then cut back to every 3 weeks for the winter....

House Plants: aloe vera plants, aloe vera plants, cactus soil
aloe vera plants, cactus soil, shallow pot: Rosanna, You can prune the roots a little but I would not prune off more than half the length of the roots. If possible I would not prune them but would twist the root around in the bottom of the new pot. The babies can be gently separated and potted in...

House Plants: aloe vera plants, aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants
aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants, cactus succulent: Hello Rita, You can start a new plant by peeling or cutting off one of the leaves of the plant. Put the leaf in moist cactus/succulent soil(mostly sand) and leave it be for about a month. Keep it just a little moist but make sure not to overwater. You...

House Plants: aloe vera plants flowering, aloe vera plants, aleo vera
aloe vera plants, aleo vera, vera plant: Hi Heidi, Congratulations on your successful care of your Aloe vera! These plants do flower as they get older and after they have been given good light and good care. Keeping them moderately potbound also encourages flowering. The life expectancy of a flower...

House Plants: aloe vera plants, aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants
aloe vera plant, aloe vera plants, sunny windowsill: Hi Roxana, There are a couple of things you can do to help your Aloes. First, put them in pots that are just barely big enough to hold the roots and a little soil. Large pots and lots of soil will lead to root rot. Second, add perlite to the potting...

House Plants: aloe vera troubled, aloe vera plant, facing window
aloe vera plant, facing window, weird thing: emma, How much light is it getting? It needs to be in front of a south facing window with blinds or drapes open all day so it gets the maximum light possible. It may also be a sign of underwatering, you did not say how often you are watering it. Try...

House Plants: aloe vera watering / outdoor, spam porn, pot size
spam porn, pot size, aloe vera: Hi Britany, Keep your Aloe vera tightly potted so that you do not inadvertently promote root rot. Water your Aloe only when the soil is dry almost to the bottom of the pot. How often that is depends on light, temperature, humidity, and pot size. If...

House Plants: aloe vera, aloe vera plant, proper diagnosis
aloe vera plant, proper diagnosis, diameters: Hi Stephanie, Did the wilting start before or after you repotted? Can you tell me in inches the diameters of the two pots? How much light does it get - how close to a window? How do you decide when it is time to water. Finally, if you can e-mail a photo...

House Plants: aloe, african violet, pot size
african violet, pot size, shady location: Peg, No do not set it in water. Let it dry out entirely! Aloes should be treated like cacti and allowed to get totally dry between waterings. It was too much water that killed your aloe. Set it outdoors where it will get more light but is shaded in the...

House Plants: amaryllis seeds, amaryllis bulbs, hand pollination
amaryllis bulbs, hand pollination, mature seeds: Amaryllis Seeds are found in the seedpod. When the flowers bloom, you can hand pollinate the flowers. You will find illustrated instructions on hand pollination of Amaryllis at the LandsPro website: http://www.landspro.com/page009.htm They make an...

House Plants: amaryllis, amaryllis bulbs, summer bloomers
amaryllis bulbs, summer bloomers, darlene: Patty, Amaryllis do not need to be refrigerated so hopefully they did not get frozen at all or that would destroy them. These bulbs can be timed to bloom at any time of year. The ones you bought are summer bloomers. I have several getting ready to bloom...

House Plants: ananas pinepple plant, miracle grow potting soil, amazon jungle
miracle grow potting soil, amazon jungle, rainforest plant: First things first. In case anyone is picturing BANANAS AND PINEAPPLES here, let s make sure they understand that the Pineapple Plant is Ananas comosus to Botanists. Good. Now that s out of the way. Vicki, where do you live? If it s cold, you have...

House Plants: angel wing begonia, water soluble fertilizer, angel wing
water soluble fertilizer, angel wing, pink flowers: I suspect the constant clipping may be removing the portion of the plant where the flowers would form. You might try (gradually) increasing the amount of light the plant receives; this might help it stay more compact without trimming. Also fertilize regularly...

House Plants: angel wing begonias, mealy bugs, angel wing
mealy bugs, angel wing, root rot: Hi Sue Double check for any pests; mealy bugs (white cottonish looking bugs under the leaves), white fly (actually small white flies around the plant) or spidermite (check for small webs in between the leaf brackets). If this is fine, make sure you are not...

House Plants: angelwing begonia, inch pot, google search
inch pot, google search, begonia flowers: Hi Gypse, Here is a link to some photos of Angelwing begonia flowers, just to jog your memory! http://images.google.com/images?q=angelwing+begonia&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search This plant will bloom regularly, at least annually, if given lots of bright...

House Plants: animal safe houseplants, poison control center, peace lily
poison control center, peace lily, wandering jew: Hi Karrie, Unfortunately there is no coordination of effort among the various groups that list toxic plants. Part of the problem is that there is variation in quantity of plant ingested before toxicity occurs. In addition, some pets react differently than...

House Plants: antherium leaves, brown leaf, leaf tips
brown leaf, leaf tips, anthurium: Hi Yolanda, If your Anthurium is in a 4 to 6 pot and in moderately bright light, then it will need weekly watering . Brown leaf tips are more often caused by too little than too much watering. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you...

House Plants: antherium, brown leaves, anthurium
brown leaves, anthurium, potting mix: Hi Lenora, Your Anthurium can only be divided if there is more than one plant in the pot. Each plant will have a separate stem coming up from the potting mix. To divide them, it is best to use a sharp knife to slice in between the separate plants, cutting...

House Plants: anthurium, drainage holes, proper advice
drainage holes, proper advice, wood chips: Hi Catherine, If your Anthurium has been grown hydroponically, then there should be instructions accompanying it regarding its care, especially if it is in a vase without drainage holes. There are many types of hydroponic growing methods and media so I...

House Plants: anthurium lava plant, lava rock, white flower
lava rock, white flower, flouride: Joe, These plants are native to Hawaii where they grow in sandy vocanic soil that drains well. Did the care instructions tell you to keep it in water all the time? Anthuriums do not usually like being kept that constantly wet. I would try letting it dry...

House Plants: anthurium, s drain, drain tray
s drain, drain tray, soil surface: Mathew, This indicates that you are overwatering the plant. Cut back on the water and let the plant get dry on the soil surface before watering again. Never let the plant sit with water in it s drain tray! That is like sitting it in a swamp and the roots...

House Plants: anthuriums (flamingo lily), miracle grow fertilizer, epsom salts
miracle grow fertilizer, epsom salts, drainage hole: Lisa, No plant should be in a pot without a drainage hole. It is sitting in a swamp and I am sure there is way too much water in the bottom of the pot. The brown on the edges of the leaves indicates too much water. This plant is from Hawaii where it grows...

House Plants: anthuriums, diameter pots, bright indirect light
diameter pots, bright indirect light, e mail: Hi Patrick, Whoever wrote that Anthuriums like low light is mistaken. Anthuriums must have very bright indirect light throughout the day with some early or late day direct sun, as well. An east windowsill is ideal. You are correct in assuming that lack...

House Plants: ants and houseplants, apple cider vinegar, dish soap
apple cider vinegar, dish soap, spider mite: Hi Judith I hate ants! We just moved into a new house and had a horrible problem with those tiny water ants that bite. It took almost 3 months to get rid of them. Meanwhile, I walked around looking as if I had the measles, they bit me whenever I went outside....

House Plants: ants in spider plants, white vinegar, spider plants
white vinegar, spider plants, plant questions: Hi Linda, Don t use vinegar of any color to treat the ants. Vinegar is acidic and will change the pH of the soil. If the soil becomes too acidic, then the nutrients will no longer be available to the plant. You may get rid of the plants using vinegar, but...

House Plants: ants, fire ants, sarasota fl
fire ants, sarasota fl, ant problem: Jean, Are they fire ants? I m in northern Indiana and we do not have near the ant problem that you do. My suggestion would be to go to a garden center or two and see what they reccommend. I would probably try watering it with rubbing alcohol first. That...

House Plants: I apologize for yet another legnthy question, ming aralia, concern brand
ming aralia, concern brand, vitamins and minerals: My first question is, Why did you use a Fungicide on your Ming Aralia ( (Polyscias fruticosa to botanists)? Regardless of the original problem, it is important to point out that sterile soil is an inferior growing medium for plants. Specialized root Fungi...

House Plants: can an areca palm be root pruned, tropical houseplants, indoor palm
tropical houseplants, indoor palm, areca palm: Dwight, I have not done it but from my research it is possible. First carefully remove it from it s pot then use a long knife to cut about an inch or so off of the rootball all the way around. Then laying on it s side remove about 2 inches off the bottom...

House Plants: artemisia silver mound, artemisia silver mound, dormant period
artemisia silver mound, dormant period, sunny window: Liliana, The Jasmine Topiary Pink is fine indoors. Give it as much sun as possible. Water it when it gets dry, do not overwater it. The artemisia silver mound is not fine indoors. It is a perennial and needs a dormant period in the cold. If possible move...

House Plants: artificial light, skylight, flower
skylight, flower, begonias: To flower, Begonias need Far Red (from incandescents) to supplement Far Blue (from fluorescents) light. Please tell me a little more about which Begonias you are growing, and how you are propagating them. I am assuming also that you are not going to have...

House Plants: artificial lighting, nolina recurvata, desert plant
nolina recurvata, desert plant, drain tray: Chelsea, OK, You want more details, because your plant is a desert plant and sun lover it needs as much light as possible. I am a master gardener and not a botanist or scientist but I have raised several of these plants. I do not know the specific UVA or...

House Plants: Is it an asparagus fern?, asparagus fern, spider mites
asparagus fern, spider mites, mother plant: Hi Matt, From your description, I would say that you seem to be describing an asparagus fern, but I cannot be sure unless you email a photo to me at my address below. Asparagus ferns do best when potbound and placed right in a sunny window. Water it...

House Plants: asparagus fern care, asparagus fern care, mite infestation
asparagus fern care, mite infestation, spider mites: Hi Erika, I am very surprised that you are seeing spider mites a week after treating them. I know that soapy water smothers them so I can only conclude the you missed some of them the first time. So definitely, respray them with the soap solution. There...

House Plants: asparagus fern care, asparagus fern care, fertilizer spikes
asparagus fern care, fertilizer spikes, plant fertilizer: Hi Aubrey, Asparagus ferns don t tolerate dry soil or low light very well. Either of these can cause the symptoms you described. Once some of the needles or stems yellow, they stay yellow even after you have corrected the problem. Water your Asparagus...

House Plants: asparagus fern plants, asparagus fern plants, water trickles
asparagus fern plants, water trickles, drainage holes: Hi Tina, Asparagus ferns should be watered thoroughly (until some water trickles through the drainage holes) as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Asparagus ferns develop large, bulbous roots that can cause them to become rootbound...

House Plants: asparagus fern (plumosus?), nitrogen fertilizer, asparagus fern
nitrogen fertilizer, asparagus fern, root cutting: Good to hear from you Ben! That s great that you are on a plant rescue mission. What will you do with your 4 new plants - keep them or give them away? Yes, you can slice off all around the rootballs, including the bottoms to get them to fit into your...

House Plants: asparagus fern, asparagus fern, medium light
asparagus fern, medium light, excess water: water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that time pour off any excess water in the saucer. pick up the pot. it should feel heavy. don t water again until it feels considerably...

House Plants: atificial sunlight inquiry., medium light plants, hps lights
medium light plants, hps lights, cooking spices: Hi Dan, I have several artificial lighting systems all through my house. I have set ups for all light levels and I didn t pay a whole lot of money for them either. You can get florescent gro lights that come with fixtures at most home improvement stores...

House Plants: auxins and growing coleus, coleus plants, supplemental lighting
coleus plants, supplemental lighting, science project: Carlee, My expertise is in how to grow houseplants. Coleus are not houseplants and are difficult to grow in a house, there is not enough sun in any home unless you have a greenhouse or supplemental lighting. Coleus planted from seed in two weeks would...

House Plants: avacado tree, little holes, indoor plants
little holes, indoor plants, plant questions: Hi Pam, Avocados are often used as indoor plants and will thrive if given lots of sunlight and are pruned regularly. I am not clear as to whether yours is indoors now or already outdoors. If it is outside, then it could be a pest problem - eat and run!...

House Plants: avacado tree, avocado tree, pam pam
avocado tree, pam pam, geranium plant: Pam, when I saw Avocado Tree on the menu here I was worried - I imagined you would ask something like, Why are my Avocados turning orange? or maybe, There is a bug on my Avocado tree what is it? etc. But pinching? Piece of cake. I remember learning...

House Plants: My avocado plant is dying, avocado plant, cornell scientists
avocado plant, cornell scientists, root hairs: Repair and recovery are delicate areas, my friend. Transplanting is VERY hard on the plant. Microscopic root hairs cover the roots and support growth that the roots alone cannot accomplish. When you disturb these delicate root hairs, or when you wash them...

House Plants: avocado plant, avocado plants, avocado plant
avocado plants, avocado plant, avocado trees: Rendel, Avocado plants become avocado trees. It will not branch out until it is 4-6 feet tall unless you pinch out the growing tip. To do that you cut or pinch at least 1-2 inches off of the very top up to 6-8 inches. That should force it to start branching...

House Plants: avocado tree, dish soap, avocado tree
dish soap, avocado tree, dish cloth: Hello Casey, The leaf drop could be the result of the plant being upset about replanting. Many plants will drop leaves when something in their environment changes. The bugs could be mites. To get rid of them simply mix in some dish soap with the water...

House Plants: azalea plant care, azalea plant care, 1 800 flowers
azalea plant care, 1 800 flowers, sunny windowsill: Hi Erica, Ouch! No instructions. With pots that small, daily watering is probably necesssary to keep the soil from drying out. Azaleas do not tolerate dry soil at all and they also don t do well in temps much above 75 degrees. Either dryness or excess...

House Plants: azalea tree for indoors, flower buds, leaf buds
flower buds, leaf buds, high humidity: Hi Diane, Phoenix is a difficult climate for Azaleas. Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. They do best outside in the warmer months, but your hot dry summers are probably too much for them. Indoors they need lots of light, cool temps, and soil that...

House Plants: azaleas, indoor plants, bonzai tree
indoor plants, bonzai tree, shady spot: Deborah, I have some florist azaleas that I grow indoors. Mine are still on my deck but need to come in in the next day or so. One trick to not overwatering them is to keep very shallow drain trays under them so they do not sit in water for hours after...

House Plants: azaleas, flower buds, leaf buds
flower buds, leaf buds, foliage plant: Hi Linda, Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. They do best outside in the warmer months. Indoors they need lots of light, cool temps, and soil that is kept constantly moist, but not left standing in water. Even a single episode of drought can cause the...

House Plants: BABY SPIDER PLANT ROOTS., plant roots, spider plant
plant roots, spider plant, mother plant: Hi Rachel, If you have well water then it is probably hard water. I would recommend that you use distilled water for your plants. If the roots are getting mushy as well as black then they are rotten. Remove them to keep it from spreading to the mother plant....

House Plants: BANANA TREES, banana trees, degree range
banana trees, degree range, tall trees: Jess, Actually topping them is the only thing you can do. The leaves will not turn green again and it is easier to cut them off now than wait till the leaves start to decompose. The following website has a lot of excellent info on growing banana trees....

House Plants: Baby Aloe Vera, aloe vera plant, light and mist
aloe vera plant, light and mist, soil surface: Hi Rosalind, You can sever the baby or offset from the mother plant. Then let it heal over night in the open air. Then you can plant it not very deeply in a small pot filled with damp potting mix. Provide lots of good light and mist the soil surface moderately...

House Plants: Bachelor pad, zero knowledge of plants. Any recommendations?, zz plant, sized plants
zz plant, sized plants, microwave meals: Hi Jeff, The easiest of plants is the ZZ Plant. It can adapt to a wide range of light and it needs water only every 3 to 4 weeks. Beyond that, your plants would have to be selected according to the available light. Plants must be matched properly with...

House Plants: Balcony plants, jasmine plants, organic insecticide
jasmine plants, organic insecticide, peat moss: Vassia, It seems you have an assortment of insects and some may be due to overwatering so my best advice is to be careful with the watering. Most plants do not like to sit in a swamp and more plants are killed by too much water than by too little. The potting...

House Plants: Bamboo, bright indirect light, dracaena sanderiana
bright indirect light, dracaena sanderiana, ceramic pot: Dawn, Is your plant a lucky bamboo growing in water only with no soil? If so it is not a true bamboo but a Dracaena sanderiana. It may need a bit of fertilizer, just a tiny bit of Miracle Grow, mabey 1/16 tsp mixed in the water. It needs water that doesn...

House Plants: Bamboo, bamboo plant, sticky substance
bamboo plant, sticky substance, darlene: Dawn, A sticky substance indicates a presence of insects. Inspect closely for any other signs of insects, especially where leaves join stalks or on the underside of leaves. If you see anything suspicious let me know what you see. Also let me know if this...

House Plants: Bamboo Orchid, tiny silver bugs in soil, styrofoam pellets, potting soil
styrofoam pellets, potting soil, orchid bark: Rebecca, You did not say what kind of soil it is? A bamboo orchid should not be grown in standard potting soil, it will hold too much water and rot the bulb which may be already happenining which is why you have insects. It should be planted in a very porous...

House Plants: My Bamboo Plant, bamboo plant, darlene
bamboo plant, darlene, scissors: Tearran, You say it has died, has it turned black and mushy or has it shhriveled? Let me know exactly what makes you think that it is dead. Is it possible for you to just use small scissors and cut the pieces of it that are left away? f it is possible...

House Plants: Bamboo going yellow, yellow leaves, sanderiana
yellow leaves, sanderiana, bamboo sticks: Kerstin, Lucky bamboo is not true bamboo. It is Dracaena sanderiana. It will not grow in soil, it will rot. Yellow leaves are caused by too much light or sun and yellow leaves should be pinched off. The following sites have more info. Good luck. ...

House Plants: Bamboo, miracle grow potting soil, dracaena sanderiana
miracle grow potting soil, dracaena sanderiana, spiral shapes: Hi Freddie, OK, lucky bamboo it is. For whatever it is worth, it is actually a Dracaena sanderiana and is not at all related to a real bamboo. Your plant should be potted in a small pot, just big enough to accommodate the roots. A larger pot will make...

House Plants: Banana Plant, banana plant, new leaves
banana plant, new leaves, repotting: Hi Jamie, I can only help you if you provide me with more specific information about your care of the banana plant. Please describe the light it received inside and the light it now receives outside. What is it s repotting history? How tall is...

House Plants: Banana plant, soil dries, banana plants
soil dries, banana plants, pot size: Hi Bahar, Banana plants are not easy houseplants. The require lots of bright light, good humidity, the right pot size, and proper watering. They are not very forgiving if any of these factors are a bit out of line. Yours should dry out about every week...

House Plants: Banana plants 2, banana plants, banana plant
banana plants, banana plant, wales swansea: Lauren, It depends on what variety of banana plant you have? Do you know? If so give me the name and I will looke it up for you. If it is not a dwarf variety it could get up to 12 foot tall at maturity. Some dwarf varieties produce bananas at 4-5 foot tall....

House Plants: Banana Tree Winter Care, banana plants, banana tree
banana plants, banana tree, banana plant: Hi Lynne, To be honest, I do not know a whole lot about banana tree plants but after receiving your question I did some research on them. From what I found it really depends a lot on what kind of banana plant you have. A hardy type will more likely survive...

House Plants: Banana Tree for the winter, banana trees, banana tree
banana trees, banana tree, parent plants: Tom, I would say you have no choice but to cut off the banana trees to store them in your basement for the winter. I would not separate the side shoots from the parent plants till spring. I highly reccommend that you look at the following site for more...

House Plants: Banana trees in Atlanta, herbaceous perennials, rich loam
herbaceous perennials, rich loam, banana trees: Odd but true: Bananas are in fact NOT classified as Trees at all -- they are the LARGEST herbaceous perennials in the kingdom. They need full Sun, a very large pot with rich soil (lots of Phosphorous if and when you reach the Banana-making stage), and moisture...

House Plants: Basement plant recommendations, plant recommendations, light plants
plant recommendations, light plants, fluorescent light fixture: Hi Ian, Unless you can place the plant right in front of the window, then even a low light plant will not survive for long in your basement. However, if you install a fluorescent light fixture, then there are a number of low light plants that would do...

House Plants: Basic Care for Zebra Plants., sliding glass doors, bright indirect light
sliding glass doors, bright indirect light, zebra plant: Kimberly, They are beautiful plants. Here are 2 websites with complete care info: http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/html/Zebra.htm http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets/pottedplants/zebrpl.html This plant and your ponytail both...

House Plants: Beaucarnea (?) Plant, ponytail palm, elephant foot
ponytail palm, elephant foot, pony tail: Hi Donna, Beaucarnea recurvata is the botanical name for ponytail palm. I don t know why anyone would deliberately cut off the top. Perhaps, it was broken off by accident. No matter. The glued in gravel was done for decorative and ease-of-handling...

House Plants: Beaucarnea (?) Question, elephant foot, pony tail
elephant foot, pony tail, sandy soil: Donna, Yes, beaucarnea recurvata is the latin name for a young Pony Tail / Elephant Foot palm tree. It is frequently grown as a bonsai tree, however a little galvanized tub with 2 holes in the bottom is not a bonsai tray. But the fine gravel rather than...

House Plants: Beaucarnea (red pony tail), double glass window, pony tail
double glass window, pony tail, red pony: Carmela, In the last month how often havw you watered the plant? Has the base of the plant shriveled or is it still firm? These plants like lots of sun, mine goes outside for the summer and in the winter it sits next to a large south facing window. I water...

House Plants: Beer Fertilizer, black strap molasses, epsom salt
black strap molasses, epsom salt, generic versions: Amanda, I have heard of it, I have not used it. It would be effective although I would use I tablespoon per gallon of water per weekly waterings. Monthly sounds a bit weak. I would be a bit concerned that the sugar in the beer and the black strap molassed...

House Plants: Begonia repotting, orange flowers, family disputes
orange flowers, family disputes, flowering plants: Hi Silvia, I hate to takes sides in family disputes, but in this case I do agree with your mother. When you disturb roots, it often interferes with flowering, causing buds to drop off rather than open up. In addition, most flowering plants must be quite...

House Plants: My Beloved Plants, schefflera arboricola, spider mites
schefflera arboricola, spider mites, umbrella plant: Hi Jan, I am very sorry that you received very poor advice from another expert when you first inquired about your Schefflera arboricola in early May. Let me try to correct the poor information your received. Alcohol is not a good treatment for spider...

House Plants: Beloved Umbrella Plant, insect attacks, umbrella plant
insect attacks, umbrella plant, spider mites: Jan, If it were mine I would spray it with rubbing alcohol straight out of the bottle and not diluted, 3 times the first week then twice a week for 2 more weeks. Spray it very thoroughly, making sure you get the fronts and backs of all leaves. Also move...

House Plants: Benjamin Ficus, benjamin ficus, sunny south east
benjamin ficus, sunny south east, sun worshipper: Tara, If you expect to have any chance of saving him he must be kept above 60 degrees and kept in a sunny south, east or west window with the window covering open from dawn to dusk. He is a sun worshipper and will need as much bright direct sun as possible...

House Plants: Benjamin Ficus, benjamin ficus, tropical houseplants
benjamin ficus, tropical houseplants, boise idaho: Sherri, No, ficus benjamina and most other tropical houseplants should be moved indoors when the nighttime low temperatures drop below 50 degrees. They absolutely have to be in by the time the temps get down to 45 degrees. You could also have a problem...

House Plants: Benjamina Ficus, ficus tree, sized pot
ficus tree, sized pot, clay pot: Hi Jerri, Root pruning is an accepted practice that may cause some leaf loss but will not cause any permanent damage to the tree. In fact, you could prune off an inch all around the entire rootball, including the bottom, and be able to return the tree to...

House Plants: My Benjamina. . ., self watering pot, ficus trees
self watering pot, ficus trees, ficus tree: Hi Selena, Ficus trees do shed leaves whenever they are relocated and there is a change in light. However, dry brittle leaves are typically caused by poor light or improper watering or soil conditions. Your Ficus tree must be located right in from of...

House Plants: Bergpalm, chamaedora elegans, fungus gnats
chamaedora elegans, fungus gnats, home depot: Susanne, It sounds like you have fungus gnats. They are usually caused by overwatering which causes the roots to begin to rot and and attract the gnats. You can water the plant with rubbing alcohol which will kill the gnats. However after that you need...

House Plants: Best indoor plants, dracaena janet craig, majestic palms
dracaena janet craig, majestic palms, bamboo palms: Hi Janina, North windows provide indirect light - bright indirect light if the plants are very close to the window and low light if they are 3-6 feet from the window. If they are more than 6 feet from a north window, they will gradually decline because...

House Plants: Best plant for cool high light indoors, daphne odora, peace lily
daphne odora, peace lily, porch roof: Most plants believe it or not will thrive in that kind of environment, Susanna. The biggest problem in Winter may be low humidity, but with the cooler temps, you have a lot less to worry about. The only plants you won t be able to please are most of the...

House Plants: Best Reference guide, growing house plants, complete guide to houseplants
growing house plants, complete guide to houseplants, larry hodgson: Hi Judy What type of a business are you starting? I worked in a small plant shop for a few years, which I loved! I also use to work doing design with houseplants for offices and model homes. That was a lot of work but enjoyable. As far as reference...

House Plants: Best temperature to raise an aloe plant, aloe plant, aloes
aloe plant, aloes, personal taste: Trish, The red color was because the aloe was getting lots of sun and that is perfectly normal. The rotting and smell was because it was being overwatered. They must dry out totally between waterings. Aloes come from the plains of South Africa. Temperatures...

House Plants: BIG ROUND IVY, drainage hole, brown leaves
drainage hole, brown leaves, drain tray: Brooke, Your ivy does not need sun but it does need bright light. The light should be bright enough for you to read a paperback book sitting where it is sitting without turning on additional lights. If not you need to open drapes or blinds or move it closer...

House Plants: Bidding, interior landscaper, interior plants
interior landscaper, interior plants, house plants: Are you asking me to bid on a specific site? If so, please contact me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com with the details. If you are seeking to become an interior landscaper and work professionally, then that is information you should work out with your accountant...

House Plants: Billbergia Zebrina not growing, tropical rain forest, indoor potted plants
tropical rain forest, indoor potted plants, inch pot: Hi Randi, If you are following the instructions that were sent to you by the catalog company, then demand your money back. If you are following someone else s advice, don t ask that person again. Billbergias never need pots larger than 5-6 inches in...

House Plants: Biology Presentation on Passiflora Incarnata, timmie, pollination
timmie, pollination, small animals: Hi Timmie, I am sorry that I did not get this information to you last night. Unfortunately, when I went to post my reply, this site was having server problems and would not allow me to post my reply. I got up very early this morning to try again, but had...

House Plants: Biology Project on Passion Flower, passiflora incarnata, dispersal agents
passiflora incarnata, dispersal agents, 15 year old boys: Hi Timmie, Being a girl is not a joke and neither is having a neat name like Timmie. You have nothing to explain or to be defensive about. Besides, 15-year old boys don t know anything! Passiflora can be propagated sexually through flowers and seeds...

House Plants: Bird's Nest Plant, new leaves, nest fern
new leaves, nest fern, plant questions: Hi Marie, If the new fronds are turning black, then there is a problem with the roots. Usually, it is a sign of root rot. That could be because you are keeping the soil too moist or because the pot is too big. If your bird s Nest fern is appropriately...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise, potted palms, indoor plants
potted palms, indoor plants, plant questions: Hi Dwight, An east window would be just fine as long as it is uncovered throughout the day and is not blocked outside by a large tree or shrub or building. Temps in the 50-90 degree range are good for the BOP. Please let me know if any of this is...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise, self watering pot, foliage plant
self watering pot, foliage plant, warm climate: Hi Diane, It is very rare for a B of P to flower as an indoor potted plant. Ideally it should be outside year round in strong sunlight. Unfortunately, moving it outside during the warmer months doesn t really work, in part because it needs to be outside...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise Flowers, flower stalk, plant questions
flower stalk, plant questions, flowering plant: Hi Chee, There is only one flower for each flower stalk. I am not sure just what you are seeing. It may be that the flower has only partially opened for you. This is a flowering plant that does not do well indoors. Once the flowers start to shrivel,...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise plant going down hill, plant pests, bottom portion
plant pests, bottom portion, bird of paradise: Hi David, As a long-time NYC resident, I know how much light from a window can vary. Can you tell which direction the window faces? If there is a tall building outside the window? And if the window is completely uncovered during the day? How dry is the...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise plant, smith and hawkin, wet sponge
smith and hawkin, wet sponge, hgic: Steve, If it is getting plenty of sun and you see no signs of insects then the only thing you can do is be patient. The plant will open the leaves in it s own time. Just to be safe you might Spray or sponge the plant well with soapy water to eradicate any...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise Repotting, interior landscaper, black ants
interior landscaper, black ants, plastic garbage: Hi Andrew, Having ants in the soil is not normal. Although they are not likely to damage the plant, I am sure you don t want them taking up residence in your mum s home. Their presence is a good indication that the plant was not grown by a quality nursery....

House Plants: Bird of Paradise Seeds/Jade Plant, sphagnum peat moss, sphagnum moss
sphagnum peat moss, sphagnum moss, canadian sphagnum: Hi Mychele, Good to hear from you again! Rooting Jade cuttings in sphagnum moss is unorthodox, but there is no reason why it shouldn t work. Are they still in the moss? Have they developed any roots yet? Shriveled leaves usually mean they are not...

House Plants: Bird of Paradise, inch pot, morning sunlight
inch pot, morning sunlight, plant questions: Hi Cara, The Bird of Paradise is not always an easy plant. It requires lots of light, which yours seems to have as long as the window is uncovered throughout the day and the plant is directly in front of the window. It is also quite sensitive to hard...

House Plants: Bird of paradise, plant questions, bird of paradise
plant questions, bird of paradise, stalk: Hi Lynn, That is an unusual problem. A bird of paradise cannot be propagated from cuttings, so the top portion that broke off cannot be used to produce another plant with roots, although it may stay in water for quite a while before it deteriorates and...

House Plants: Birds of Paradise (house plant), tiny crevices, scale insects
tiny crevices, scale insects, outer shells: Hi Jenifer, The brown spots are the hard outer shells of scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along...

House Plants: Birds of paradise, scale insect, plant pests
scale insect, plant pests, insect infestation: Hi Jennifer, In my previous reply I explained to you that you have a scale insect infestation and offered several different alternatives for treating them. It is very important that your treatment is very thorough, covering all leaf and stem surfaces until...

House Plants: Black Aralia, pot size, aralia
pot size, aralia, facing window: Hi Kimberly, Aralias (Polyscias) are among my favorite plants with their unusual looking foliage. When properly potted and well-established, they are fairly easy to care for as long as you understand their light and watering requirements. Your aralia...

House Plants: Black Auralia (?), ming aralia, slow grower
ming aralia, slow grower, botanical name: Hi Kelly, Black aralia is more commonly known as Ming aralia. Its botanical name is Polyscias. It does best in front of a window that faces north, east, or west. Some direct sunlight is good, but it should not get hot sun all day long. Allow the top...

House Plants: Black leaves on my Peace Plant, sooty mold, black leaves
sooty mold, black leaves, honey dew: Hi Karen, Has the actual leaf turned brown or is there just a black coating on the leaves? If it is a black coating then it is honey dew, a clear, thick, syrup like substance secreted by insects. Honey dew attracts black sooty mold that covers the leaves...

House Plants: Black lumps on ficus trees, ficus trees, scale insects
ficus trees, scale insects, window ledge: Hi Brenda, I suspect that you may be seeing scale insects. They appear as slightly raised, dark bumps along the leaf stems and on the back sides of the leaves. They are about 3/8ths of an inch lone and slightly oval-shaped. They scrape off with a fingernail....

House Plants: Black magic plant, interior landscaper, magic plant
interior landscaper, magic plant, new leaves: Hi Roland, Colocasias have two types of shoots that emerge from the base of the plant. One type is a leaf stem that emerges with the leaf initially furled around the stem that unfurls as it develops. The other type is a flower stem that has a hooded spathe...

House Plants: Black round like bugs an little worms in plaints, fungus gnats, rubbing alcohol
fungus gnats, rubbing alcohol, plant questions: Donna, Water them with rubbing alcohol straight out of the bottle. Use the same amount of alcohol that you would normally use water when you water them. Alcohol will kill the insects and worms on contact and it will not hurt the plants or their roots. ...

House Plants: Black spots on Jade Plant, jade plant, indoor plants
jade plant, indoor plants, high temperatures: Hi Janenne, My expertise is limited to indoor plants where the environment is more controlled. Those spots may be due to excess sun, pests, fungal infections or high temperatures, as well as improper watering. There are just too many factors outdoors for...

House Plants: Black spots on Jade Plant, fungus infections, midday sun
fungus infections, midday sun, moist soil: Janenne, *additional note at bottom It sounds like a fungal infection. Is it getting any sun? And how often do you water it? If it is in the shade most of the day in humid conditions with moist soil that promotes the growth of fungus infections. Jades...

House Plants: Blackleaf, patio pots, sooty mold
patio pots, sooty mold, lemon and lime: Hi Sharon, Blackleaf is something that ordinarily occurs on grape leaves, not citrus or Gardenia. Black spot is something else entirely and can occur on citrus fruit, but not usually on leaves. Black sooty mold appears on a variety of plant leaves. So I...

House Plants: Bonsai Bumble, venus fly trap, venus fly trap plant
venus fly trap, venus fly trap plant, venus flytrap: Amy, The juniper is a real bonsai if you treat it like one. A bonsai is an artistic way of growing a woody plant, it is not a specific plant. Junipers should not be kept indoors during the winter. Did your plant come with any instructions? Where do you...

House Plants: Bonsai Care, gritty soil, bonsai plants
gritty soil, bonsai plants, bonsai club: John, Yellow leave are a sign of over or under watering. What type of soil did you use? How often do you water it? How much sun does it get? Bonsai plants need a very porous gravelly gritty soil. Are you a member of a local bonsai club? There are clubs...

House Plants: Bonsai Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree, umbrella tree, ceramic bowl
umbrella tree, ceramic bowl, plant questions: Hi Patrick, It really doesn t matter how you water as long as you are able to saturate all of the soil each time you water and then allow it to dry out some before re-wetting the soil. You cannot add too much water when you do water, but you can water too...

House Plants: Bonsai-Juniper, cold winter temperatures, soil replacement
cold winter temperatures, soil replacement, winter environment: Hi Earl, Bonsais are carefully grown and their roots are delicately pruned to keep the plant miniaturized. It is a very precise and delicate art. They are designed to stay in the same pot forever. Unless you have expert knowledge with bonsai, it is not...

House Plants: Bonsai Ponytail Palm, cactus soil, bonsai soil
cactus soil, bonsai soil, potting soil: Kelley, Stop watering it. It is overwatered, it should not be in standard potting soil, it should be in very pourous bonsai soil or very sandy cactus soil. In the summer it should be watered once a week, in the winter once every 2-3 weeks. It should be...

House Plants: Bonzai Fica tree, ficus trees, new leaves
ficus trees, new leaves, western exposure: Javier, I believe that you are watering it too much or too little. It needs to get dry between watering but not be dry for more than a day or 2. It also does not like to sit in a tray of water for days. Ficus trees do not bloom. The coolness at night is...

House Plants: Bonzai Pony Tail Palm, pony tail, new leaves
pony tail, new leaves, darlene: Lynda, I would not trim anything off yet. Move it to the sunniest area you have. Then when the temperatures are above 50 degrees at night move it outside to a location where it will get full sun all day long. Also fertilize it once every 2 weeks when you...

House Plants: Books for identifying plants, pet peeve, tonsills
pet peeve, tonsills, plant books: John, I received my first house plant 50 years ago when I had my tonsills removed. I have raised over 200 haouse plants a year for the last 15 years. I have a library of over 50 plant books. In answering these questions I can usually guess the id of many...

House Plants: Boston Fern, degree temperature drop, kitchen window sill
degree temperature drop, kitchen window sill, boston fern: Cathy, Ferns do not like it indoors. They need high humidity that is difficult in most houses and they do best with at least a 10 degree temperature drop at night. The best I have ever done is keep it alive through the winter but they drop leaves all over...

House Plants: Boston Fern, boston ferns, boston fern
boston ferns, boston fern, initial trauma: Hi Lewis, It is quite common for Boston ferns to lose older, lower fronds as healthy new ones are added on top. As long as healthy new growth is coming in, you are on the right track. Lower frond dying increases if the soil us allowed to get too dry, if...

House Plants: My Boston Fern is dying--please help!, cool mist vaporizer, boston fern
cool mist vaporizer, boston fern, rootbound: Gail, You should not have repottted it going into the fall. It doesn t mind being rootbound and will stay healthier that way. Move it to an east or west window and and place a cool mist vaporizer under it. Then cut way back on the water. Give it about a...

House Plants: Boston Fern Problem, boston ferns, brown leaves
boston ferns, brown leaves, falling leaves: Sue, Brown leaves on a fern are usually caused by one of 3 problems. 1. The humidity is too low. Have you done anything that would cause the humidity to go down? A new, more effecient air conditioner? Maybe it s just that it is hotteer so you are running...

House Plants: Boston Fern, boston ferns, boston fern
boston ferns, boston fern, corn plant: Hi Ellen, Your Boston fern will do just fine hanging right in an east or north window. The direct morning sun is OK, but the hotter afternoon sun (west window), is not. Ferns do not tolerate dryness at all. You should give yours a good soak as soon as...

House Plants: Boston fern, last ditch attempt, fungus knats
last ditch attempt, fungus knats, insect infestations: Hi there, Without actually seeing your Boston fern, it is hard for me to be sure, but based on your detailed report, let me tell you what I think has happened. The air from the AC was probably not cold enough to do any damage, but it probably did have...

House Plants: Bottle palm/elephant foot centipedes, elephant foot, potting soil
elephant foot, potting soil, beaucarnea: Hi Martin, A few pests in the soil are not a cause for concern and they will not damage the plant or its roots. However, most people are not comfortable with critters inside their homes and want to get rid of them. Plunging the pot up to its rim in plain...

House Plants: Bougainvillea Species?, delta dawn, purple shades
delta dawn, purple shades, colored bark: Jo Ann, No, I can t without looking at your plants. But here are the differences. Bougainvillea species Bougainvillea glabra -- It is thought that this climbing evergreen member of the family was first identified by Choisy about 1850. LEAVES are...

House Plants: Bougainvillea yellowing & tips turning brown, bloom period, dormant period
bloom period, dormant period, sunny window: Hi Duane, This is not a good time of year to purchase a blooming Bougainvillea. This is the time of year when they are normally in a semi-dormant period. If yours is in bloom, you may be able to extend the bloom period by keeping the soil moist at all...

House Plants: Bougainvillea, leafes, warm temps
leafes, warm temps, bougainvilleas: Hi Mike, You probably do have a watering issue and perhaps a temperature issue as well. Although Bougainvilleas like lots of light and warm temps, they are not usually grown outside in pots in full sunlight. Keeping the soil constantly moist is certainly...

House Plants: Bouganvilea cuttings, potting soil, inch pot
potting soil, inch pot, nubs: Laura, Are they 2 of the same kind? If so I would wait about 7-10 days and let those nubs grow a bit then I would pot one up in soil in a 3-4 inch pot. Let the other one go in water since it is doing okay until the first one is stable in soil then pot...

House Plants: Bouganvilea, rainforest jungle, clay pot
rainforest jungle, clay pot, ridiculous level: Bougainvillea spectabilis is a plant made for the tropical rainforest jungle -- somewhat cool at night (avg 68 degrees F in the Amazons) and warmer in the daytime (around 85 degrees F high). It will tolerate semishade but its growth heads upward to reach...

House Plants: BRAND "X" USE, kentia palms, ficus benjamina
kentia palms, ficus benjamina, bamboo plants: Hi Jennifer, There used to be an ad campaign for DuPont with a tagline, Better living through chemistry! It seems you are applying that to your plant care! LOL! I have no objections to using chemicals and do use them on occasion, but I don t believe they...

House Plants: Braided Arboricola, schefflera arboricola, drainage holes
schefflera arboricola, drainage holes, water trickles: Hi Angela, It sounds like you have a very healthy plant and a nice remembrance of your grandpa. Do not repot your Schefflera arboricola at this time. It needs at least 6 months to adapt to its new home without the stress of repotting. The roots coming...

House Plants: Braided Ficus Tree, ficus trees, drainage holes
ficus trees, drainage holes, water trickles: Hi Virginia, It is quite common for Ficus trees to drop leaves whenever they are relocated and whenevr they are repotted. Putting stones in the bottom of a pot is an outdated technique that actually hinders good drainage. You may want to consider removing...

House Plants: Braided fiscus tree, ficus tree care, e mail address
ficus tree care, e mail address, scale insects: Hi Anne, I am glad you have eliminated scale insects as a cause of the leaf spots. If the spots are found only on some of the older leaves then they were probably caused by the very moist conditions in the greenhouse where they were grown or by overhead...

House Plants: Braided Money Tree, braided money tree, money trees
braided money tree, money trees, new leaves: Hi Susan, Money trees (Pachira aquatica) often lose some older leaves as they adapt to their new environment. Unfortunately, they have some limits to their adaptability. Direct sun is too strong for them and not only are the older leaves reacting, but the...

House Plants: Bringing English Ivy cuttings indoors?, english ivy plant, glass vase
english ivy plant, glass vase, softened water: Hi Erica, Your comparison to lucky bamboo is apt. Lucky bamboo are nothing more than Dracaena cuttings that are rooting in water. Hedera (English) ivy roots about equally well in plain water and will live for quite a long time in just plain water. Make...

House Plants: Broken cactus, rain in the desert, sand and water
rain in the desert, sand and water, outer skin: Richie, I would go ahead and break it off and let the top dry for a few days until it has a skin over the cut. Then insert it in a pot of fresh sand and water it very lightly until it roots. There is a slim chance that it wold heal if you reconected...

House Plants: Broken Dragon Tree, dragon trees, old trunks
dragon trees, old trunks, dragon tree: Cleo, I would go to the nearest garden center and pick up a bottle of rooting hormone. Dip the trunks in the rooting hormone, then either insert them beside the old stumps in the pot or inseert them in a fresh pot of 1/2 potting soil and 1/2 sand using...

House Plants: Broken jade plant, peat moss, jade plant
peat moss, jade plant, perlite: Hi Robyn, No, splinting and grafting will not work. You can take the broken off pieces and after they have dried overnight insert them in a small pot filled with a damp mix of half peat moss and half perlite. They will develop their own root systems in...

House Plants: Bromelia, compact plants, color spectrum
compact plants, color spectrum, guzmania: Renee, Your plant is a Guzmania Bromeliad. It does not bloom forever and may have been blooming for some time before your son bought it for you. One problem it could be having is sun. It is from the floor of the jungle and does not like the sun but it does...

House Plants: Bromeliad, three babies, what on earth
three babies, what on earth, leafs: Amylynn, Yes, the mother slowly dies off. Whe it is totally dead you can carefully cut her off. Leave one of the babies in the original pot and gently remove the other two and pot them up in pots the same size as the original one, no larger. The white...

House Plants: Bromeliad care, bromeliads, bsi
bromeliads, bsi, darlene: Cristie, Yes, the cups are babies and they should be allowed to get half as big as the original plant before you separate them. Then they should be put in a pot the same size the original one was in when you received it. Yes it is true that if you cover...

House Plants: Bromeliad fertilizer, bromeliads, home depot
bromeliads, home depot, fertilizer: Hi Judy, Fertilizer is over-rated generally and Bromeliads are not heavy feeders. In fact, they can easily be damaged if they are over-fertilized. If you do use fertilizer, use any standard fertilizer but use it at quarter strength and no more than monthly....

House Plants: Bromeliad Vriesia, plant questions, satisfactory explanation
plant questions, satisfactory explanation, soapy water: Hi Jason, Your Vriesia certainly will not flower again if the leaves do not open up. After that occurs, it will be at least 2-3 years before the offsets are mature enough to flower. However, re-flowering of Vriseas outside of the greenhouse is very problematic...

House Plants: Bromeliad, plastic pot, plastic wrapper
plastic pot, plastic wrapper, retaining water: Hi Tru, I am not sure what you mean by a green tuft in the center. Bromeliads typically have a rosette of leaves and a flower that emerges from the center of the rosette. Nonetheless, I can answer some of your other questions. The plastic outer wrap...

House Plants: Bromeliades, mother plant, bromeliad
mother plant, bromeliad, sure what your question: Hello Lori, Im not exactly sure what your question is. The pointed parts are offsets(pups) that start to grow from the base of the mother plant. Bromeliads only bloom once in their lifetime then begin to slowly die. As it dies it will grow these pups...

House Plants: Bromeliads, bromeliad, darlene
bromeliad, darlene, thanks in advance: Sally, No, the flower will not grow back. But the plant will grow side shoots that when they are half the size of the parent you can separate them from the parent. Put them in the same size pot the parent was in. Fertilize them regularly and they will be...

House Plants: Bromilliads, potting soil, daniel daniel
potting soil, daniel daniel, perlite: Daniel, No, the parent plant will not rebloom. The babies should not be separated until the are about half the size of the parent plant. I have one that I am probably on the great grandchildren of the original. Get a new pot or pots ready and some soil....

House Plants: Brown-Black plant leaves, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, black leaves: Hi Roxanne, As a general rule for peace lilies, yellow leaves indicate excessive drying of the soil and black leaves indicate root rot due to keeping the soil too moist or maintaining it in a pot that is too large. The best time to water a peace lily...

House Plants: Brown leaves, indoor palm, dish soap
indoor palm, dish soap, spider mite: Hi JC What type of a palm do you have? Is it indoors or outdoors? trimming will not cure the problem, only make it look better. There are a couple of different reasons for the browning-under watering, not enough humidity, check to make sure there...