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House Plants: Ficus lyrata...spindly stalks & brown leaf edges, ficus lyrata, repotting. moisture control
ficus lyrata, repotting. moisture control: Hi David, Your Ficus lyrata is being overwatered because it is in a pot that is too large with soil that stays too moist. A large pot has excess soil that retains moisture for too long, thereby depriving the roots of needed oxygen. The moisture control...

House Plants: gardenia, gardenia
gardenia: Hi Linda, Gardenias produce gorgeous, sweet-smelling flowers, but they are very challenging plants to keep in bloom and even more challenging to re-bloom. The difficulty is that they require cool temps in the 55-65 degree F. range to establish and maintain...

House Plants: Gardenia plant, miracle grow potting soil, gardenia plant
miracle grow potting soil, gardenia plant, easter this year: Samira, Indoors it it needs to be next to a south or east or west facing window with the window covering open all day long. It is better for it to be by the vent than for it not to get enough sun. It is loosing it s blooms and getting weak so it is being...

House Plants: Guzmania Pups, bromeliad, guzmania
bromeliad, guzmania, propagation: Hi Lisa, I am assuming the nursery is discarding the Guzmanias only because they have finished flowering, not because they are diseased, have pest problems or are otherwise unhealthy. When you remove the pups from the main plant, take a small slice of...

House Plants: Hawaiian Ti- Red Sister Plants, epsom salts, sister plants
epsom salts, sister plants, landscape gardens: Dennis, I suggest that you be patient as the weather evens itself out a bit but assist your plants with a couple of doses of liquid Miracle Grow or the Miracle Grow sticks. That much rain that fast washed most nutrients out of the sandy soil. Also sprinkle...

House Plants: Haworthia wide zebra help, brown leaves, potting soil
brown leaves, potting soil, mild problems: Jay, If it is just the bottom layer of leaves turning brown you are being ovely concerned and doing more damage by taking it out of the soil for a few days. If you are overwatering they will turn black and mushy. Brown leaves can indicate underwatering...

House Plants: identify my plant?, high school graduation, parallel veins
high school graduation, parallel veins, hoya species: Alison, I am glad Will was able to help you. My son s houseplants do well but he has huge windows that all face south in his living room so even in the winter they get pretty good light. I have been to the green house right down the road from my son s house...

House Plants: my indoor Banyan has scales!, scale
scale: Hi Deb, The scale insect infestation is not related to the soil. The scales do not live in the soil. To teat the scale, mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Take your tree outside on a cloudy or overcast...

House Plants: Indoor Beautiful plants best suited for tropical climates, janet craig dracaena, cast iron plant
janet craig dracaena, cast iron plant, sago palm: Sir, I answered your houseplant question with more than you ask for! You lawn care question is obviously outside my area of expertise but I did give you a referral to a website that can better serve you. Saying I did not serve you well is unfair! Darlene...

House Plants: jade, jade, pruning
jade, pruning: Hi Gail, I would need a photo to confirm what I believe you are describing. You can post a photo here or email it to me at my address below. Jades require lots of direct sunlight indoors to develop thick trunks and stems. In reduced light, the Jade continues...

House Plants: What kind of plant do I have??, aloe vera plant, shady location
aloe vera plant, shady location, house plants: Robbie, No the brown spots do not affect the quality of the gel. Yes, you can separate the pups. I usually separate the large plant by gently removing it using a butter knife to carefully loosen the roots then I plant it in a taller than usual narrow pot...

House Plants: MADAGASCAR PALM, pachypodium
pachypodium: Hi Nathan, The tragedy of this plant is that it reveals no symptoms until it is too late. Leaking sap, mushy spots and collapse of a portion of the stem are all signs of a problem that has been developing for a long time. Pachypodium lamerei requires...

House Plants: Mandevilla Sangria, drain tray, greenhouse effect
drain tray, greenhouse effect, yellow leaves: Eva, Yellow leaves and dropping flowers indicate that you are either watering it too much or too little. How large a pot are we talking about? A cup of water is about enough for a 6 inch diameter pot. You should be giving it enough water so that all the...

House Plants: Mass Cane plant, poor water quality, bottom drainage
poor water quality, bottom drainage, corn plant: Hi Kelly, Those are somewhat unusual symptoms that you have described. A photo posted here or emailed to me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com would be most helpful. The light seems to be okay as long as the windows are uncovered. So, I suspect...

House Plants: Mass Canes, corn plant, mass cane
corn plant, mass cane: Hi Derek, I am surprised that only short Dracaena massangeana canes are available in your area. You might ask if they can order a taller one for you, especially after you read my reply below. The canes are actually cuttings taken as sections from 20+...

House Plants: Mealy bugs, jade, mealybugs
jade, mealybugs: Hi Kathleen, Hand wiping individual leaves is not an effective way to treat mealybugs. The problem is that the juvenile mealies are virtually invisible and they hide in tiny spaces where leaves attach to stems. Wiping misses those and they end up reproducing...

House Plants: moses plant, Rhoeo spathacea, moses in boat
Rhoeo spathacea, moses in boat: Hi Marge, It is common for Rhoeo spathacea to lose some of its older, lower leaves as new ones are added on top. If you suddenly lose many of them all at once or you seem to be losing more than you are gaining, then that is an indication of improper light...

House Plants: mother in law's tongue plant, snake plant sansevieria
snake plant sansevieria: Hi Carolyn, Other than keeping your Sansevieria in direct sunlight, there is no easy solution to the problem you described. It is something I cope with for many older Sansevierias that I care for. The older these plants become, the more floppy they get....

House Plants: Need to get rid of yellow mushrooms, christmas cactus, viruses and bacteria
christmas cactus, viruses and bacteria, bonsai plant: Layn, I understand, I have lots of allergies myself! Pick the mushrooms off immediately then go to a dollar store or Walmart and get a can of Lysol spray, the kind that says it kills viruses and bacteria while it scents your air. If you are allergic to...

House Plants: Orchids, firm roots, orchid plant
firm roots, orchid plant, bamboo stems: Elba, I suggest that you pick up a book on orchid care at the library. I will be honest that I am not an orchid expert, I do not consider that a houseplant. I do know that they normally live in the jungle in the crotches of tree branches and their roots...

House Plants: Persimmon tree, darlene, back yard
darlene, back yard, fertilizer: Mike, Not exactly a houseplant question that I usually answer but I do work with trees in bonsai. Keep the ivy off of it and prune away all the dead branches then give it some fertilizer, tree spikes or even Miracle Grow and wait to see what happens....

House Plants: Plant, flowering plants, 4th of july
flowering plants, 4th of july, sunflower: Win Just celebrated 4th of July...Sorry it took me so long to get back to you... Flowering plants are classified by the structure of their flower...Since plant types vary from area to area plants that grow in the United Kingdom do not necessarily grow...

House Plants: What is this plant?, dracaena marginata, compact footprint
dracaena marginata, compact footprint, purple stripes: Laura, It is a Dracaena marginata aka Madagascar dragon tree. Dracaena marginata commonly called Red-edge Dracaena or Madagascar dragon tree, and can grow to 15 feet in height, supported by a long, slender truck or “cane” and it is also one of the top indoor...

House Plants: pony tail palm, ponytail palm, scale
ponytail palm, scale, mealybug: Hi Diane, If the white stuff is soft and fluffy like tiny bits of cotton, then it is mealybug. If it is flat and scaly, then it is scale insects. Theses two pests are related and the treatment is the same. Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part isopropyl...

House Plants: Pots for Jade Plants, jade, repotting
jade, repotting: Hi David, It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant until it has acclimated for at least three months. In addition, large Jades never need repotting. It is not well understood that repotting stresses plants and it is not as simple as getting...

House Plants: red wood burl, redwood
redwood: Hi Hazel, Your Redwood burl is one of those novelty plants that has great marketing appeal, but is very difficult to maintain as a houseplant. As I am sure you know, Redwoods grow only on the west coast of northern California and southern Oregon. The don...

House Plants: Repotting, brass pot, mineral salts
brass pot, mineral salts, plant questions: Hi Kim, No. Having the soil and roots in direct contact with brass will cause the release of chemicals toxic to the plant. The mineral salts in the soil will also gradually corrode the brass pot from the inside out. The corrosion will be covered with soil,...

House Plants: Scale Insects, scale, Jade
scale, Jade, pests: Hi Cecilia, I have been in that place where I had to discard many otherwise healthy plants due to a serious pest infestation and it was very discouraging. That was before I understood the key to treating indoor plant pests was not the product used, but...

House Plants: Spineless Yucca, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting: Hi Betty, I m glad you asked BEFORE you went ahead and did what most people mistakenly do. The pot your Yucca is now in is the right size for it and it will probably never need a larger pot. When plants are moved from the ideal growing conditions of a nursery...

House Plants: I can't identify this plant, peperomia
peperomia: Hi Alison, I am impressed with your plant knowledge. Your description seems almost to be lifted from a botanical text describing a variety of Peperomia blanda, more specifically Peperomia blanda var. langsdorfii. The Peperomia blanda species has been hybridized...

House Plants: Unknown hanging plant that needs love, tahitian bridal veil, pruning
tahitian bridal veil, pruning: Hi Alan, The photos are not at all clear, but I suspect your plant is a Tahitian Bridal Veil or Gibasis geniculata. Unless these plants are taken care of properly, they quickly become rather ragged looking with long stems that are bare at the top. It...

House Plants: Wasps in potted fern., bee keeper hat, wasp spray
bee keeper hat, wasp spray, pesticide applicator: Sara I am a certified pesticide applicator and pesticide operator trainer...I have 2 licenses to allow me to legally do this type extermination and charge for my services...If you are allergic to stings or too afraid of stinging insects you need to contact...

House Plants: White specs on palm tree, pakm, mealybugs
pakm, mealybugs: Hi Donna, I could provide better assistance if you knew just what species your Palm is. There are dozens of very different Palm species with very different light and water requirements. I will explain at the end why this is important. The white specks...

House Plants: yellow edge around a single leaf, epsom salts, african violet pot
epsom salts, african violet pot, self watering pots: Conrad, The yellow leaves indicate the soil may be a little too moist. The top of the soil should feel nearly dry. Lower in the pot the soil will still be moist. I do not not like self watering pots for most plants, they tend to keep most plants too wet...

House Plants: yucca cane plant, yucca cane plant, ohio university alumni
yucca cane plant, ohio university alumni, yucca plant: Sandra Without a picture I can only guess. Without any leaves on the plant I would say NO . But now that you have repotted it into new soil you might as well start watering it and see what happens. Look for new green growth buds along the stem. Water...

House Plants: is my yukka plant dying, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting, light: Hi Kelly, If all or most of the leaves on the shorter canes have died, then the prognosis is not great. If the stems growing out of the tops of the canes have shriveled, then they are definitely beyond recovery. The good news is that the tallest cane...

House Plants: zz plant, zz plant, repotting
zz plant, repotting: Hi Vicky, There is an easy solution for plants that are top-heavy and it does not involve repotting. Simply place the existing pot inside of a slightly larger decorative planter. Fill in the space between the two pots with small stones. The stones will...

House Plants: aluminum plant, plant hardiness zones, peat moss
plant hardiness zones, peat moss, aluminum plants: Dorene, The aluminum plant (Pilea cadierei) is an evergreen perennial grown for its delicate foliage; it features shiny, silver markings surrounding green leaf veins. The plant s eye-catching foliar splotching has earned Pilea the nickname of watermelon...

House Plants: ants in house plants, part rubbing alcohol, foliage plant
part rubbing alcohol, foliage plant, dish soap: Sue, I have a lot of house plants too and every fall the ants will move into one or two of my plants trying to find a cozy place for the queen for the winter. I find they are there when I have let the plants get too dry and then water and a swarm of ants...

House Plants: Burgundy Ficus, rubber tree, ficus elastica
rubber tree, ficus elastica: Hi Chris, Moldy looking spot is not specific enough for me to identify the cause. It might be powdery mildew or pesticidal residue or sunburn or bird dropping. It would best if you posted a photo here or emailed one to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com....

House Plants: China doll tree roots, window planter box, china dolls
window planter box, china dolls, china doll: Dear Zacky, I live in northern Indiana in the US where we freeze in the winter. China Dolls cannot stand freezing temperatures so I did not know the answer to your question. I did some research and the first few answers I found said no it was not invasive...

House Plants: Cocos/ Coconut Palm, coconut palm, repotting
coconut palm, repotting: Hi there, The Coconut shell sitting on the surface of the soil may take up a lot of space on top, but does not take up much space in the soil itself. The roots of the Coconut Palm do not require much soil or space. If given too much soil, the soil stays...

House Plants: COCOS NUCIFERA, tall palm trees, drain tray
tall palm trees, drain tray, seedling: Valentina, No, it will not grow a coconut on it s side. It grows out of the coconut. It could possibly be that the coconut that hers grew out of grew a second tree when her tree no longer needed it. The sprout only feeds off the coconut for awhile then...

House Plants: coral cactus, houseplants, succulents
houseplants, succulents, cactus: Dennis, A coral cactus is usually a grafted cactus grafted onto another plant. The one with the leaf coming out of it. I cannot tell you what the root stalk is without seeing a picture. Actually I suggest that you send the picture to Will Creed and ask...

House Plants: Coral Cactus, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Melanie, The Coral Cactus is not a true cactus. It is a Euphorbia Lactea Crest grafted to a Cactus. Although the photo you posted is very small and hard to see, it certainly looks like the leaves in question are Euphorbia leaves. The fan-like crest...

House Plants: corn plant transplant, corn plant
corn plant: Hi Olivia, A photo of your Corn Plant would be useful because Corn Plants are grown in a variety of different ways. Photos can be posted here or emailed to me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. In general, I can tell you that any healthy stems...

House Plants: cutting back Silver Anouk Lavender, flower pedals, catastrophic mistake
flower pedals, catastrophic mistake, aluminum rod: Betty, Silver Anouk Lavender is usually just individual plants in the ground. What you have is a Silver Anouk Lavender Tree which is very unusual. I have never seen one nor can I find any lavender trees on the Internet. For regular silver anouk lavender...

House Plants: Dendrobium orchid, night time temperature, drainage holes
night time temperature, drainage holes, orchid potting mix: Hi Marilyn, Once per week, take the plastic liner with drainage holes out of the ceramic pot and in the kitchen sink flush lots of clear water through the potting mix. Let it drain for a few minutes and then return it to its ceramic pot. Once per month...

House Plants: Dieffenbachia, guttation, dieffenbachia
guttation, dieffenbachia: Hi John, I believe what you are seeing are droplets of water at the tips of the leaves. This is a plant s way of releasing excess water pressure and it is called guttation. It is perfectly normal and does not mean the plant has been damaged in any way so...

House Plants: dieffenbachia trouble, dieffenbachia, repotting
dieffenbachia, repotting, watering: Hi Denise, Pruning back your Dieffenbachia stem may have eliminated the unsightly, lifeless leaves, but it did not deal with the underlying cause of the wilted leaves. When plant leaves wilt, become discolored, become distorted or dry up, it is usually...

House Plants: My dragon tree, soil mold
soil mold: Hi Mia, I cannot see the entire plant, but I do not think it is a dragon tree (Dracaena marginata). It looks more like a Yucca stem. In any case, that is mold that is growing on the surface of the soil. Clearly, the soil was contaminated with the mold...

House Plants: Dying Spider Plant, store excess water, swamp plant
store excess water, swamp plant, drain tray: Richard, The spider plant is not a swamp plant. It cannot sit in water constantly. It is more like a grass. It needs to be watered then allowed to dry and be dry for at least 3 days then watered again. The roots of a spider plant have succulent nodules...

House Plants: Epiphyllum oxypetalum, peat moss, epiphytic plant
peat moss, epiphytic plant, orchid mix: Hi Alysha, Unfortunately, the photo shows only a portion of a leaf, not the way the plant is potted up. They probably should be in smaller pots and you should have more than one cutting per pot. If you have two cuttings, pot them together in a 3 or...

House Plants: Eugenia 2Ball Topiary/Indoor, repotting
repotting: Hi Veronica, Eugenia myrtifolia topiary is the correct botanical name so you have provided good information. This is a beautiful but challenging plant. It requires a location right in front of a sunny window so that it gets direct sunlight for most of...

House Plants: House plant and a recent move, dracaena marginata, indirect sunlight
dracaena marginata, indirect sunlight, watering plants: Hi Fern, Excessive light usually causes leaf yellowing, but the heat may cause wilting. Of greater concern is that wilted leaves are often a sign of roots that have rotted and are no longer able to absorb water properly. Marginatas are very susceptible...

House Plants: house plants, pothos plants, miracle grow plant food
pothos plants, miracle grow plant food, drain tray: Jeeva, Overfertilizing any plant can burn the roots and kill the plant. You can remove the drain tray from the plant and set it outside then slowly water it with 2-3 gallons of plain water to wash the excess fertilizer out of the soil. Just let the water...

House Plants: houseplants, pothos plants, miracle grow plant food
pothos plants, miracle grow plant food, water container: jeeva It could harm the plants depending on how big of a water container you used...Next time you water water it about 4-5 times in a row allowing a minute or two in between waterings...That will help wash away the excess fertilizer... After that water it...

House Plants: identifiying plant/trimming, dracaena 'janet craig', pruning
dracaena 'janet craig', pruning: Hi Lisa, Your Dracaena Janet Craig is an excellent example of a plant that is well cared for in all ways except pruning. Pruning is what scares most people and is most commonly neglected. So now your plant is in a battle with your ceiling and the ceiling...

House Plants: Indoor Ficus Corkscrew Plant Pests, ficus benjamina tree, green leafs
ficus benjamina tree, green leafs, plant pests: Mr. Amin, Ficus is a very fast grower. I would go in and thin it out as much as possible so you can see what is going on. If you send me a picture I may be able to help you identify the yellow thing in the middle. I do reccommend that you get an insecticide...

House Plants: Indoor rubber plant, rubber plant, ficus elastica
rubber plant, ficus elastica, root rot: Hi Sally, I m afraid that the combination of not enough light and too much water has doomed your Rubber Plant. That combination also explains the mold growing on the soil. Rubber plants must be within a few feet of a sunny window that is uncovered throughout...

House Plants: Jade Plant Fungus, jade, repotting
jade, repotting, overwatering: Hi Alex, The photos you posted are too small to be of much help, but from your description it is likely to be a root rot problem. Repotting to provide room to breathe is a misguided notion. In fact, it does the opposite. As long as plants are potted...

House Plants: Leaves turning brown, arrowhead plant, turkey baster
arrowhead plant, turkey baster, drain tray: Peggy, It is either because you are keeping it too wet or too dry. You did not tell me how often you are watering or anything about how you are caring for the plant. It could also be sunburn if it is outdoors in full sun. All plants should be in a pot...

House Plants: Love palm leaves are getting dry up, palm leaves, drain tray
palm leaves, drain tray, potted palm: Ajay, For starters there is no palm whose botanical name is Love Palm so I have no idea what palm you are talking about. I am assuming that it is a potted palm. You also did not say if you are keeping it indoors or outdoors. Dried up yellow leaves can be...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, corn plant repotting
corn plant repotting: Hi Louie, Your plant with the lighter green leaves is a Dracaena massangeana cane or Corn Plant. The darker leafed plant is a Dracaena Janet Craig. They are close relatives, but different species so that is why they grow and look differently. Their care...

House Plants: Ming aralia, styrofoam pellets, water soluble fertilizer
styrofoam pellets, water soluble fertilizer, bamboo skewer: Paula, A Ming Arabia is a great plant. It need a well draining soil, I would mix 1 part cheap potting soil with 1 part of play sand ( you can get this in bags at Lowes, Home Depot or Menards) and 1 part perlite (a volcanic product that looks like little...

House Plants: MONSTERA RE-POTTING, professional landscaper, soil quality
professional landscaper, soil quality, plant questions: Hi Julia, Transplanting a plant from the ground to a pot is not something that can be done easily and is best left to a professional landscaper who can properly assess the root system and the soil quality of your particular Monstera. Cutting some of the...

House Plants: negative ion plants, negative ions, plants and clean air
negative ions, plants and clean air, air pollutants and plants: Hi Sally, The idea that negative ions help clean the air or make it fresher is a myth. Consumer Reports tested and found that Ionizer air cleaners were ineffective. Here is a link about the myth of negative ions: http://www.ce-mag.com/archive/02/11/mrstatic.html....

House Plants: Pests, bacillus thuringiensis, insect killer
bacillus thuringiensis, insect killer, dylox: Cheryl, Without a picture of the insects it is impossible to absolutely identify them as there are many white insects that can look like larva that can attack hibiscus. When sunny weather is predicted for several days I would dust the plants on your patio...

House Plants: Philodendron, philodendron
philodendron: Hi Sue, Philodendrons normally grow in deep shade under the canopy of the tropical rain forests. When they are grown in sunny locations they exhibit the symptoms you described - sticky beads of sap and mottled leaf discoloration. I think you will see some...

House Plants: plant, wandering jew, plant profiles
wandering jew, plant profiles, green leaf: Janice, Wandering Jew has purple leaves. Your plant is in the same family and is a Cyanotis somaliensis. It should be treated the same as wandering jew. You can see a picture of this plant at the following site: http://www.tropgard.com/component/content/article/35-plant-profiles/189-fuzzy-jew...

House Plants: plant mites please help, Pothos, repotting
Pothos, repotting, fungus gnats: Hi Terry Anne, Those cooties are actually fungus gnats. The larvae live in damp soil and feed on decaying roots. As they mature, they develop wings and then fly out of the plant. They are usually introduced in unsterile potting mixes. Miracle-Gro s moisture...

House Plants: Polka Dot Plant, polka dot plant, potting soil mix
polka dot plant, potting soil mix, indirect sunlight: Mel Polka-Dot plants can be easily propagated by seed or cuttings in spring or summer...Get to your local garden center and buy a good potting soil mix (pots too if you need them)...Quiz them on Polka-dot plant propagation and care while there... Whether...

House Plants: Problem with Peace Lily Houseplant, peace lily houseplant, miracle grow potting soil
peace lily houseplant, miracle grow potting soil, slow release fertilizer: Hi Tam, Indoor plants are not selected by outdoor climate zone because houseplants are kept indoors, away from temperature extremes. Indoor plants are selected based on available light and that varies among different locations in the house. High light plants...

House Plants: Should we repot Monstera Deliciosa?, repotting, pruning
repotting, pruning, monstera: Hi Barbara, Although you haven t provided a photo or any specifics about your Monstera pot size, I am quite confident that it is very unlikely to need a larger pot. Monsteras are actually vining plants and are not really meant to be grown as upright...

House Plants: repotting fiddle leaf fig, ficus lyrata, repotting
ficus lyrata, repotting, pruning: Hi Doug, Your Ficus lyrata is healthy and you have had no problems and remarkable success with it. So why would you try to fix it by moving it to a larger pot? Of course that is a rhetorical question designed to put things in perspective. Contrary to...

House Plants: Watering, turkey baster, snake plant
turkey baster, snake plant, drain tray: John, Every plant must be in a pot with one or more drain holes in the bottom of the pot and a drain tray under it. Yes, give it enough water until water till runs out the bottom then an hour later empty that drain tray. If you don t want to pick the plants...

House Plants: Yucca Cane Yellow Leaves, yucca cane, inch pot
yucca cane, inch pot, draining water: Farah, You did not say how often you water it. Indoors it should not be watered more often than once a week if it is in a very sunny window. Once every 2 weeks if it is in an east or west window. This plant needs to get very dry between waterings and be...

House Plants: aloe blooms, aloe flowers
aloe flowers: Hi Dave, I am having trouble imagining just what it is you are seeing. That said, an Aloe produces only ones set of flowers per flower stem. If you want to post a photo here or email a photo to me at my address below, I can probably identify what it is...

House Plants: Baby jade starting to wrinkle, common house plants, cactus soil
common house plants, cactus soil, baby jade: Eve, Stop watering it! Jade is from the plains of Africa. It should be planted in a sandy cactus soil. Whenever it is sick it needs to stay dry awhile. When you take cuttings you should not water them at all until you see they are beginning to grow new...

House Plants: Brown tips on Spider Plants, spider plants, size plants
spider plants, size plants, pot size: Denise Usually it is caused by improper watering technique and lack of humidity... The key to success with your spider plant will largely depend on how you water it...Plants die from too frequent waterings, not from how much water you give them at one time...Also...

House Plants: Browning of container grown datepalm leaves, organic fertilizer, size plants
organic fertilizer, size plants, pot size: Hi, Usually it is caused by improper watering technique and lack of humidity... The key to success with your date palm plant will largely depend on how you water it...Plants die from too frequent waterings, not from how much water you give them at one time...Also...

House Plants: Take care of Queen of the Night, night greetings, queen of the night
night greetings, queen of the night, queen of the night plant: My, Queen of the Night is a cactus and as such requires as much sun as possible and it must dry out well between waterings. It should also be planted in sandy soil. A north facing window does not get much sun. It needs to be in an East, south or west window...

House Plants: cutting ponytail plam, houseplant, plam
houseplant, plam, stalks: James, Of course it can! I would be tempted to cut it even lower. I would do this ASAP so it has plenty of longer days to sprout the new shoots before the days shorten. It will send out several new shoots out the side of that trunk near where you cut it...

House Plants: dancing dolphin plant, columnea
columnea: Hi Terry, Your plant is a type of Columnea hybrid. Dancing Dolphin is a made-up name used mostly for marketing purposes. There are dozens of Columnea hybrids on the market each with slightly different shaped flowers and in varying shades of read, orange...

House Plants: Epiphyllum, drywalls, soil mix
drywalls, soil mix, gypsum: Faye, It is not growing from the dried up area, the dried up area died above the green part. The green part will slowly die also unless you cut it off and cut away the brown part then root the green part in a separate pot. I own a very large one that I...

House Plants: Ferns, plants ferns, memphis tenn
plants ferns, memphis tenn, side porch: James You need to check with a local garden center to see which ferns can grow outside over winter in your area...I am not familiar with Kimberly Queen ferns... I am very familiar with rabbit foot and other ferns...Rabbit foot ferns can easily be kept as...

House Plants: fruiting of citrus and avocado tree grown from seed of grocery bought fruits, avocado plants, avocado tree
avocado plants, avocado tree, quality fruits: shafreej Grafting is not compulsory for your plant to bear fruit...However when a plant is grafted it is true to species (It has the same DNA characteristics as the original plant - the fruit produced are the same as the parent plant)...Your plants grown...

House Plants: Help w/ variety of sweet potato vine, sweet potato vine, ornamental sweet potato vine
sweet potato vine, ornamental sweet potato vine, ipomoea batatas: Jason, Sorry, in the pictures I received from you the leaves appeared to be dark burgundy colored. There is another variety that is light green, Ipomoea batatas Chartreuse (Chartreuse) and another is called Ipomoea batatas Hernandez and is a variety...

House Plants: Leaves Have Fallen Off Aloe Vera Plant, aloe barbadensis miller, barbadensis miller plant
aloe barbadensis miller, barbadensis miller plant, aloe vera plant: Richard Watering once a week can cause many problems, ... Most plants die from improper watering techniques...Depending on plant types, sunlight exposure and pot size plants will need water at many different rates (1-2 times a day to once a month or more)......

House Plants: Need Advice re: Cutting Root of Rubber Tree, concrete walkway, ground roots
concrete walkway, ground roots, rubber tree: Cindie, We are not talking about a houseplant here. You need to call a local tree service. They frequently do free estimates. They could judge what you are asking much better. I do not want that kind of liability. I can tell you that ficus trees are very...

House Plants: night temperatures, tropical houseplants, night temperatures
tropical houseplants, night temperatures, degrees fahrenheit: Lisa, For me 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees centigrade is the magic #. I am in northern Indiana and it has been getting below that regularly for the last 2 weeks so I have brought all of my tropical houseplants and tropical bonsai trees in for the...

House Plants: my orange tree, citrus trees, plant questions
citrus trees, plant questions, light frost: Hi Dave, Citrus trees can manage a light frost, but not the kind of hard freezes you get in CT. Wrapping it would provide some additional protection, but not enough. Even more importantly, Citrus do not have winter dormant periods. You ll have to move it...

House Plants: Pachira Aquatica, money tree
money tree: Hi Farah, It is all too common for one or more of the braided stems to die back. Sometimes it is just limited to one stem, but other times other stems follow suit. It is almost impossible to predict just how many of the stems will be affected. All you can...

House Plants: palm disease, palms, spider mites
palms, spider mites: Hi David, The mottled appearance on the leaves is caused by tiny spider mites on the fronds. The mites look like tiny particles of dust when you look closely. They also spin very fine, tiny webs between the leaflets. Once you know what to look for, their...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily care, plant questions
peace lily care, plant questions, white flowers: Hi Lynne, Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to control the color of the flowers because it is a genetic trait. Peace Lilies are all hybrids that have been bred for certain specific qualities that help the retailers sell the plants. For example,...

House Plants: Persian Shield repeated browning of leaves; leaf fall, persian shield, change good luck
persian shield, change good luck, mumbai india: LeRoy, In looking at the weather reports for your area in India I see that the temperatures are from the mid 80 s to the mid 90 s Fahrenheit for the highs. The browning on the edges of the leaves indicate that they are not getting enough watering. Keep...

House Plants: What plant is this?, poisonous houseplants, dumb cane
poisonous houseplants, dumb cane, drain tray: Stetson, Your plant is a Dieffenbachia Exotica Alba. You can go to google and put that in and click on images to confirm that. The Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) is an extremely common houseplant. Yours is a more exotic variety of Dieffenbachia. It is also...

House Plants: ponytail palm, spring solstice, rooting hormone
spring solstice, rooting hormone, shorter days: James, it is possible to reroot the trunk. On one that large you have about a 50/50 chance of it rooting. Pick up a bottle of rooting hormone at Lowes, Home Depot, Menards or most nurseries and put some out in a bowl then after cutting the top off remove...

House Plants: Ponytail palm in decorative pot, ponytail palm, repotting
ponytail palm, repotting: Hi Kelly, The only way it will work is if there is enough room for you to set the existing pot with holes inside the decorative planter. This allows you to see after each time you water if any water has accumulated in the bottom of the decorative planter....

House Plants: ponytail palm plant, repotting, ponytail palm
repotting, ponytail palm: Hi Josh, Ponytail Palms are native to arid regions where rain is scarce and infrequent. Consequently, the plant has evolved to survive drought. It s large base bulb stores water so it can survive long periods without water. Likewise, its roots are structured...

House Plants: potted patchouli care, sunny windowsill, mr creed
sunny windowsill, mr creed, spider mites: Hi Christina, Your plants may be potbound, especially if they require water every couple of days. That gives you little margin for error with watering, so if you are even a day late it may stress the plant. In addition, you may be allowing the soil to get...

House Plants: Pressing Leaves, care of houseplants, pressing leaves
care of houseplants, pressing leaves, leaf collections: James, Leaf collections can last forever if done properly. The library will have books on identifying trees or a good used book store. Many colleges and some cemetaries and parks have all their trees labeled making collecting leaves very easy. Click...

House Plants: root rot?, dracaena marginata, self watering
dracaena marginata, self watering, root rot: Hi Audrey, Your tentative diagnosis of root rot is probably correct. Marginatas do not do well on most self-watering systems, especially as the plant ages and its water requirements are reduced. The fact that the soil does not dry out after a long period...

House Plants: sago palm-houseplant, sago palms, soil dries
sago palms, soil dries, sago palm: Hi Kathy, I cannot see clearly what you are describing. The stems are either fronds that have not received enough light or they are stems that produce seeds. In either case, you should probably cut them off as they will serve no useful purpose for your...

House Plants: Scheffelera leaves puckering and folding, repotting, schefflera
repotting, schefflera: Hi Deb, If a plant s leaves wilt or pucker as a result of temporary soil/root dryness, they will return to form after the plant is watered as long as the drought is not excessively long. Plants that are kept drier than ideal for an extended period of time...

House Plants: Schefflera yellow leaf fall, schefflera arboricola
schefflera arboricola: Hi Andy, Blackening of new growth is usually associated with root rot. Other possibilities are exposure to cold or chemical, but I assume neither of these apply in this situation. It is easy to get into a watering routine that works well for a while,...

House Plants: sickly houseplant, not sure what it is!, corn stalk plant, excess water
corn stalk plant, excess water, houseplant: nikki Your plant is called a corn stalk plant (Dracaena fragrans)...Type this name into your search engine and compare it to the plant you have. Water by weight. Put a saucer under the pot. Water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes....

House Plants: about spider plant, spider plants, size plants
spider plants, size plants, pot size: Hi Sally You can do it any time of the year and it is the best way to propagate new plants on a spider plant...You can also remove the baby plant and put the base of the plant in water and wait for it to root (This way you can actually see the roots develop...

House Plants: about spider plant, spider plant babies
spider plant babies: Hi Sally, Spider Plants are non-seasonal so the baby plants can be potted at anytime. There are several ways to do this: 1.Cut off one or more babies and float them in water. The moisture will trigger root growth. When the roots are about an inch long,...

House Plants: about spider plant, seltzer water, artificial sweeteners
seltzer water, artificial sweeteners, free soda: Sally, Spider plants like lots of sun. It would stop growing if it is not in a very sunny window or if it has not been fertilized may also be why it is not growing. It should be watered only when it is dry and it should be in a pot with drain holes and...

House Plants: Can't Get Bougainvillea Cuttings to Grow, leaf areas, rooting hormone
leaf areas, rooting hormone, heated floor: Kat They grow big and beautiful in FL also... I see many problems with you methods... My usual method is to take a cutting that s roughly 6-8 long, roughly 1/8 inch thick, cut off all but the top 2-3 leaves, 1)Leave 3-4 leaves and cut off other leaves...

House Plants: watering issue and proper care for container grown date palm., cow manure, date palms
cow manure, date palms, organic fertilizer: Dear Shafreejhidayath, The plant is overwatered because it is in too large a pot. Move it to a pot that is half the size of that one. It needs to be small enough that it can use up the moisture in the soil so it is dry for a day or 2 on the surface of the...

House Plants: yellow leaves on ficus, garden pesticide, lowes home
garden pesticide, lowes home, fungus gnats: Sue, Pull them out of the tubs and drill more and larger holes immediately. Then put the trees back in. Never leave them sit with water in drain trays under the tubs. Use a turkey baster to suck out excess water an hour after watering them or after a big...

House Plants: Boston fern, degree temperature drop, boston ferns
degree temperature drop, boston ferns, water soluble fertilizer: Cheri, Boston ferns are very picky creatures. They do not like being indoors and only getting light on one side in a house that to them is hot and dry. They like higher humidity in a location with light but not sun coming from all 4 sides. They also like...

House Plants: Bromeliad has lost its color, bright orange color, bromeliad plant
bright orange color, bromeliad plant, size plants: Darlene Your bromeliad is done flowering...Bromeliads are epiphytic plants (grow on trees)...They only flower once and then produce side-shoots to reflower...Transplanting these off-shoots are necessary to keep flower production going... As long as they...

House Plants: Bromeliad has lost its color, bromeliad
bromeliad: Hi Kelly, Individual Bromeliad flowers last longer than just about any other flower. However, even Bromeliad flowers do not last more than several months, after which they begin to lose their color and gradually die. This is perfectly normal and there is...

House Plants: bugs on my leaves, little bugs, corn plant
little bugs, corn plant, grubs: Hi Brenda All I can say at the moment is that you need to be more specific as there are a whole tonne of bugs that are pest to plants. What do they look like? What color are they? Are they insects or grubs? Are they adult? How big are they?...

House Plants: Christmas Cacti, christmas cactus, peat moss
christmas cactus, peat moss, soil mix: Victor, The days are too short now, they will not root. The time to root cuttings from a Christmas cactus or any other tropical houseplant is between April 1st and July 30th. They need to rest for a bit after blooming and be very careful not to overwater...

House Plants: Christmas cactus, holiday cacti, indirect sunlight
holiday cacti, indirect sunlight, plant questions: Hi Nicole, As holiday cacti age, the lower stems develop a woody texture. What concerns me with yours is that I am not seeing any healthy green growth at the ends of the stems. That is not a normal part of aging. Older plants should not be repotted,...

House Plants: Christmas catcus, christmas cacti, christmas cactus
christmas cacti, christmas cactus, drain tray: Nichole, You have repotted it into too large a pot and kept it too wet. In nature Christmas cacti are actually epiphytic cacti and they grow in the branch crotches of trees high in the jungle where they get lots of light and the only soil is the rotten...

House Plants: Dieffenbachia-root bound, repotting, tipping plant
repotting, tipping plant, root hairs: Hi Megan, Thanks for the great photo! You described your Dieffenbachia as pretty badly root bound. I would describe it as very nicely root bound. It is not commonly understood that plants do best when they are quite root bound. Roots do not care if...

House Plants: Dracaena anita, bottled distilled water, plastic pot
bottled distilled water, plastic pot, drafty windows: Courtney, I beleive that the deeply browning leaf tips happened because you repotted it into too large of a pot so it was not able to dry out between waterings. This plant cannot stand to be constantly wet, it needs to dry out between waterings. The cold...

House Plants: euphorbia lactea cristata, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Marie, I am not sure just what your question is. The photos are not clear enough for me to see whatever it is that concerns you. I can tell you that the pot size and potting mix you described are appropriate for a Coral Cactus. If they are sitting...

House Plants: mimosa pudica with no leaves, new leaves, humidity
House Plants: mimosa pudica with no leaves, new leaves, humidity, sunlight

House Plants: fiddle leaf fig plant, turkey baster, swamp plant
turkey baster, swamp plant, fig plant: Tracey, Hopefully you did not move it to a pot twice as big as the old one, if so I would move it back to one just slightly larger than the old one. Be very careful not to overwater it. It is a tree, not a swamp plant, it does not like to be too wet. It...

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig tree indoors, ficus lyrata
ficus lyrata: Hi Laura Beth, I cannot see enough of the new growth in the photo to be sure, but it is possible that the dry brown that you see is the outer covering of the growing tip and not a cause for concern. If indeed it is the growing tip itself that has shriveled...

House Plants: houseplant ID, umbrella plant, cyperus
umbrella plant, cyperus, papyrus: Hi Brian, There is so little left of your plant that it is almost unidentifiable. However, it is a Cyperus alternifolius, more commonly called Umbrella Plant. It is a close relative of Papyrus. I do not see any healthy live foliage on this plant so I...

House Plants: Identifying a large houseplant, philodendron selloum, plant fertilizer
philodendron selloum, plant fertilizer, peace lily: Jessie, It is a philodendron selloum. I have never seen one bloom. If you visit Florida you will see them up to 20 feet tall and I have never seen one bloom. If it does bloom it stays close to the base of the plant and looks like a peace lily bloom. To...

House Plants: Indoor corn plant, water soluble fertilizer, corn plant
water soluble fertilizer, corn plant, blinds and drapes: Frances, It could be because it is in too small a pot and is severely rootbound. If the pot diameter (inches across the top of the pot is less than 10 inches it is too small a pot. it should be repotted into a 10 inch diameter pot but not until after April...

House Plants: Indoor Ivy Care, ivy, pruning
ivy, pruning, repotting: Hi Sonya, Your questions are good ones because they reflect a couple of common misunderstandings about Ivies, as well as other potted plants. Your Ivy does not need to be repotted and probably never will. Plants do best when kept quite potbound in their...

House Plants: indoor loquat tree, epsom salts, home depot store
epsom salts, home depot store, loquat trees: Vince, I live in Fort Wayne, IN about 2 1/2 hours S/E fro Chicago on Highway 30. I have made many trips to Florida because I have family and friends there. I cannot tell you exactly where but I can tell you there are lots of Fruit markets and lots of grocery...

House Plants: Ivy turned black in winter...., long hope, ivies
long hope, ivies, rain water: Patrick Without pictures or knowing what ivies you have I can only guess... Many plants will turn different colors during the winter VS their color during the growing season...In colder areas it is normal for some ivies to turn blackish...Come spring they...

House Plants: madagascar palm, thick trunk, baby powder
thick trunk, baby powder, darlene: Curt, Since your plant is rotting from the top down and normally it grows from the top up there is unfortunately not much you can do. Stop watering it entirely until you see new growth. That thick trunk holds water. During the winter months it should not...

House Plants: manderin tree indoors, orange tree, citrus
orange tree, citrus: Hi Vince, It is very difficult to get Mandarin orange trees to bloom and produce fruit indoors. In general, they require more sunlight than even direct indoor sunlight can provide. Outdoor sun is up to 100 times more intense than indoor sun. Cool night-time...

House Plants: mimosa pudica with no leaves, pot size, repotting
pot size, repotting: Hi Marloes, Thanks for the photos. That allows me to be more specific. As you have discovered, the root system is very small. Plants do best when they are kept quite potbound. That means the new pot is still too large. It appears that the proper sized...

House Plants: ming aralia brown spots (bacterial?), scale, ming aralia
scale, ming aralia: Hi Jackie, It is highly unlikely that your Aralia is suffering from a bacterial or fungal infection. Those most commonly occur in greenhouse production facilities where the environment is kept warm and humid with overhead watering. Plants are also very...

House Plants: new growth failing on indoor yucca, pruning
pruning: Hi Ellen, I seen so many instances of plant problems caused by unnecessary repotting that it is the obvious answer to many plant problems and questions. The conventional wisdom is based on the experience of those who grow plants in controlled environments...

House Plants: Norfolk pine, norfolk island pine
norfolk island pine: Hi Maureen, It is likely that the move to the large pot is the cause of the problem. Repotting is tricky and it is easy to damage roots in the process. A pot that is too large usually leads to some of the roots starting to rot and that may have happened...

House Plants: ornamental pineapple plant, pineapplae, bromeliad
pineapplae, bromeliad: Hi Alex, Your pineapple has been grown outside in direct sunlight and for that reason is very healthy. The same plant could have been grown in shade and would be more suited for use indoors where light is much less intense, even in a sunny window. The...

House Plants: Osmanthus Houseplant, sunny windowsill, red berries
sunny windowsill, red berries, natural sunlight: Hi Bonye, Osmanthus is not an easy plant to use as a houseplant. It requires a tight pot, lots of natural sunlight and proper watering as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Regular pruning is also required. Clearly, yours has not received adequate...

House Plants: Osmanthus Houseplant, osmanthus, sweet olive
osmanthus, sweet olive: Hi Bonye, Osmanthus is not an easy plant to use as a houseplant. It requires a tight pot, lots of natural sunlight and proper watering as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Regular pruning is also required. Clearly, yours has not received adequate...

House Plants: palm identification, palm type, areca palm
palm type, areca palm, indoor plants: Courtney Looks like an Areca palm. Type this name into your search engine and compare the pictures to your plant. Let me know what you think after comparing your plant to the pictures. Watering it properly and doing other proper maintenance should help you...

House Plants: Peace Lily Flowers, peace lily, lily flowers
peace lily, lily flowers, size plants: Shareigh Prune off some of the leaves to allow a better view of the flowers...Cut some of them back to the base...New leaves will develop as will more flowers... Water your peace lily by weight... Check how much it weighs when thoroughly watered VS its...

House Plants: pests on indoor herbs, fungus gnats, seedlings
fungus gnats, seedlings, potting mix: Hi Jane, Your instinct is correct - the pests are coming in the bagged potting soil you have been using. It is logical to assume that sealed bagged potting soil would be pest-free, but it is not. The most commonly available Miracle Gro potting mixes are...

House Plants: plant transpiration, plant transpiration, brick walls
plant transpiration, brick walls, brick wall: Lynn I guess it is possible...But I would highly doubt it... Without pictures I can only guess... I would think the main problem would be preping the wall before painting...If the problem moisture were from an inside source you would see other signs like...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, ponytail palm, root rot
ponytail palm, root rot: Hi May, No one wants their plants to die, but a lot of them do. When lower leaves on a Ponytail Palm yellow and die back, it is not a serious problem. However, when new growth comes in withered, discolored or distorted, that means the roots are damaged,...

House Plants: My poor Schefflera Plant, schefflera plant, inch pot
schefflera plant, inch pot, umbrella plant: Adam, You are not overwatering it. In that size pot it is root bound which is not a terrible thing. If you want it to grow larger then sometime after April 1st you need to repot it into a 12 inch pot. Don t do it before that because the roots are not growing...

House Plants: schefflera arboricola, schefflera, arboricola
schefflera, arboricola, cuttings: Hi Elizabeth, I wish you had sought help a couple of months ago when your Arboricola first started to decline and still had a chance to be saved. Now, based on your description, it is too late. You can try taking a tip cutting. That would be cutting...

House Plants: science project, google search, google
google search, google, cut flowers: Nirvana, You would need to use typical cut flowers such as carnations, roses and maybe lisianthus. I also recommend you read the articles in this Google search: https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&q=does+sugar+prolong+the+life+of+cut+flowers+hypothesis&oq=+%22does+sugar+prolong+the+life+of+cut+flowers%3F%22&gs_l=hp.1.1.0l3j0i30.659679.659679.1.674845.1.1.0.0.0.0.402.402.4-1.1.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.P9vlMaTZckc&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41018144,d.cGE&fp=9caf76e0ffa9dabf&biw=1093&bih=470...

House Plants: spider plant babies, spider plant, spider babies
spider plant, spider babies: Hi Kim, Don t worry, the baby plants can stay on the main plant as long as you want or as long as the stem to which they are attached stays healthy. The more light your Spider Plant receives, the stronger the stems (runners, actually) will be. I have...

House Plants: Splitting up a tree philodendron., selloum
selloum: Hi Jessie, Your plant is known as a Philodendron selloum. You could try to separate the smaller plants from the main plant, but I don t recommend it. There is a risk that you could damage the roots to both and lose everything. If you leave them alone,...

House Plants: Stromanthe, stromanthe, repotting
stromanthe, repotting, propagation: Hi Darryl, Keeping plants moderately potbound is not only not a bad thing, it is a good thing! That is why when you purchase healthy, good quality plants they are nearly always moderately potbound and they should stay that way. The number of leaves is not...

House Plants: ti plant dying after repotting, foliage loss, potting soil
foliage loss, potting soil, ti plant: I am quite sure your Ti Plant is suffering from root rot and I hope it is not already too late. So yes, I do recommend that you get it back into its original pot. Adding any amount of soil is not a good idea and it is never appropriate to add soil to the top...

House Plants: Treating Scale on Schefflera, scale, plant pests
scale, plant pests: Hi Ti, Diluted rubbing alcohol (5 parts water, 1 part alcohol) is not toxic to Schefflera or most other indoor plants. None of the treatments I have mentioned are toxic to plants or people or pets. However, they are toxic to the insect pests being treated...

House Plants: Treating Scale on Schefflera, horticultural oil, plant questions
horticultural oil, plant questions, schefflera: Hi Ti, When properly diluted with water for indoor use, none of those products are viscous enough to clog the respiratory pores on the undersides of the leaves. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. ...

House Plants: What type of plant is this?, indoor house plants, indoor tropical plants
indoor house plants, indoor tropical plants, fertilizer package: Not necessarily once per week...Most indoor tropical plants require you to add fertilizer on a weekly to monthly basis during the growing season...You can just add it to the water you use to water your plants...It s important to replenish the nutrients in...

House Plants: umbrella plant, schefflera, arboricola
schefflera, arboricola, repotting: Hi Dave, Umbrella plant is a name applied to several different plant species, most commonly to Schefflera arboricola. I will go on the assumption that is what you have. Let me know if that is not the case. When new growth at the upper ends of stems...

House Plants: Varigated Umbrella plant has brown leaves, indoor tropical plants, humidity requirements
indoor tropical plants, humidity requirements, umbrella plant: Dawn Sounds like your plant is adjusting to its new location...Umbrella plants (schefflera plants like a bright location - not direct sunlite)...Moving plants to new locations usually means adjusting your care schedule...With this in mind generally speaking...

House Plants: Watering ZeZe plant, zz plant, drain tray
zz plant, drain tray, drain hole: Jan, Yellow leaves on a ZZ plant can indicate too much or too little water. Without knowing what size pot it is in or how large the plant is it is hard to tell you exactly how much water to give it. It must be in a pot with a drain hole and a drain tray...

House Plants: worms in my house plant, wet soils, 2 legs
wet soils, 2 legs, potting soil: Karen Without pictures I can only guess what your bug problem is...It could be a centipede (2-legs per segment), millipede (more than a pair of legs per segment), or a larva of an insect(worm looking)... Either way the best treatment to prevent them in...

House Plants: My yucca plant is in trouble, yucca care, foam particles
yucca care, foam particles, yucca plant: Hi Asma, Plants are slow to react to existing conditions. The yellow leaves were the plant s slow response to the previous overwatering, not to your more recent allowing it to dry out. There is no doubt that you are not allowing the soil to dry out deep...

House Plants: yucca tree, yucca
yucca: Hi Maggie, Your Yucca is in poor condition, so moving it to a larger pot now is the worst thing you can do to it. No need to worry about some exposed roots at the surface as they have already healed over. Fertilizing is also inappropriate as it is intended...

House Plants: Eggs in soil
Tom Sorry to take so long...It s been a very busy week for me... More than likely they are mealybug eggs...Mealybugs are whitish fuzzy little insects that attach themselves to plants and feed off them...They are very common on indoor house plants and outdoor...

House Plants: High Altitude Plants, humidity for plants, low light plants
humidity for plants, low light plants, light for plants: Hi Chris, This may surprise you, but the high altitude and low humidity will not have an adverse effect on most of the commonly used indoor plants. Even in CT, the indoor humidity levels in winter when the heat is on are lower than the desert. Do avoid...

House Plants: Mealy bug treatment, mealybugs, hoya
mealybugs, hoya: Hi Carol, It is unlikely that your Hoya carnosa has mealybugs in the soil. However, your plant is small enough that I can suggest an alternative treatment. Fill your kitchen sink with the same solution of water, alcohol and soap. Then plunge the entire...

House Plants: monstera deliciosa, monstera, philodendron
monstera, philodendron: Hi Bud, As you have discovered, Monstera is more of a medium than low light plant and that is why it is flourishing now. Stem thickness and leaf size usually depend on the light available at the time that portion of the stem emerges. The lower stem emerged...

House Plants: Overgrown Philodendron Monstera Needs Support, monstera, pruning
monstera, pruning: Hi James, In nature, Monsteras are vining plants that grow along the ground, sending out aerial roots that attach themselves to the damp rainforest floor. This allows them to travel long distances. In some instances, they attach themselves to the damp bark...

House Plants: redwood burl, Redwood burl.
Redwood burl.: Lilli, A redwood burl needs to be kept constantly moist. The wilted sprouts may eventually perk back up or the may whither. If they whither continue to keep it wet and you may get new sprouts. I would not throw it out unless it starts really getting rotten...

House Plants: Rubber tree, rubber tree, variegation
rubber tree, variegation: Hi Shari, New growth on variegated plants may revert unexpectedly to all-green at any time. This is particularly true with hybrids, which yours probably is. In addition, variegated plants require more light than all-green varieties. It is possible that...

House Plants: Rubber Tree Plant, plant identification
plant identification: Hi Elizabeth, Improper identification of plants is a common problem. Yet, proper ID is the starting point for answering any plant-related question. Proper use of terminology is also important. Buds, bulbs, leaves and pistils are all very distinct plant...

House Plants: scale on schefflera, scale, schefflera
scale, schefflera: Hi Irene, This is further evidence that the internet is often an unreliable source of information. There is no temperature at which scale insects will die, but a Schefflera will survive. That is wishful thinking. Picking off individual scales or dabbing...

House Plants: christmas cactus, christmas cactus, poinsettia
christmas cactus, poinsettia, amaryllis: Hi Kim, In general, Holiday Cacti need lots of good light and water during the summer months, followed by cool temperatures below 60 degrees for approximately 6 weeks starting in September. They also should have completely dark nights and sunny days during...

House Plants: Diffenbachia, guttation, water droplets
guttation, water droplets, weeping leaves: Hi Pat, The weeping of droplets of water from leaf tips and edges of certain plants is called guttation. It seems to be unique to members of the Aroid plant family that includes Dieffenbachias, Aglaonemas, Pothos and Peace Lilies. It is the way that a...

House Plants: Drooping and Dying Rubber Plant. Please help,, rubber plant, repotting
rubber plant, repotting: Hi Nita, From the photo of your Rubber Plant, it is clearly in a pot that is too large and the potting soil is very dense. Consequently, the roots have been slowly rotting. At this point, I am not optimistic. I have written detailed articles on repotting...

House Plants: Over-large House plants
Enjua, No, I do not know of an adoption agency for plants. But you can cut them in half. For starters you should never repot a plant into a larger pot if it is already as big as you have room for. You can every 3 years unpot it outside and 1-3 inches off...

House Plants: Mass Cane Plant, corn plant. soil critters, repotting
corn plant. soil critters, repotting: Hi Chelsea, The critters have become a distraction from what is really ailing your Corn Plant. Critters in potting soil do indicate less than great quality soil, but neither the critters or the soil quality are responsible for the yellowing leaves. Replacing...

House Plants: Name of plant and care instructions, aucuba, gold dust plant
aucuba, gold dust plant: Hi Chris, Your gift plant is an Aucuba japonica variegata, more commonly called Gold Dust Plant. Keep it potbound in its existing pot. If you prefer a more decorative pot, then use one that is large enough for you to set the existing plastic nursery...

House Plants: night blooming cereus, night blooming cereus, epiphyllum oxypetalum
night blooming cereus, epiphyllum oxypetalum: Hi there, I live in New York City, so I have no idea where you can get one locally. I did find the site below that sells them by mail. If you search further, you will probably find other sources. Be aware that shipping these tropical plants at this time...

House Plants: norfolk pine, norfolk island pine
norfolk island pine: Hi Nancy, I m not sure why you want to have only a single stemmed Norfolk Island Pine in the pot, but the best way to accomplish that is to prune off the smaller stems as close to the soil line as possible. This will kill the smaller plants without disturbing...

House Plants: Pothos house plant is dying
Tameka Sounds like you have a watering and fertilizing problem... Pothos proper watering care is similar to most indoor potted plants (excluding Orchids, cacti and a few other special type plants). Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly...

House Plants: Rubber Tree Plant, repotting, pruning
repotting, pruning, rubber tree: Hi Massie, The notion that potted plants need to be repotted every so often has been discredited. Most potted plants reach a maximum pot size and never need to be repotted again. A plant s height, age, and presence of roots out of the pot are not reliable...

House Plants: Tropical Plant
Kelli, Your plant is a Dracaena fragrans, commonly known at a corn plant and the thing growing out of it is a flower stalk. You are obviously doing something right because it is fairly uncommon for them to bloom. To keep it blooming every year you will...

House Plants: Yellowing leaves, spider plant, yellow leaves
spider plant, yellow leaves, moving plants outside: Hi Esperanza, I know it is a common practice to summer houseplants outdoors, but I don t usually recommend it. The intensity of light outdoors is many times greater than indoor sunlight. Plants struggle to adapt to big changes in light. That is what is...

House Plants: 2.5 qt Alberta spruce holiday
Tracey Proper watering care for your Dwf Alberta Spruce while it is inside is similar to most indoor potted plants...Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly watered VS when they are ready to be watered again. Plants die from too frequent...

House Plants: Cold Wilted Dracaena, cold damage, marginata
cold damage, marginata: Hi Jason, Your Marginata is exhibiting classic symptoms of cold damage. The foliage is affected the most because, unlike the roots, the leaves are not insulated by the pot or soil. The leaves will not recover and probably will gradually die back and fall...

House Plants: coral cactus crest looks dead-is it too late to save it ?, coral cactus
coral cactus: Hi Sarah, I know your Coral Cactus looks unusual and unhealthy, but this is an unusual plant and it is fine, I am happy to say. The grafted top portions of Coral Cacti are typically fan-shaped and come in a variety of interesting colors, including shades...

House Plants: My Fiddle Leaved Fig!!
Maren, You said the problems began with your Fiddle Leaf fig while you were gone in Europe. I suspect that the problem began with the watering and the person who was handling the watering in your absence. This plant needs to dry out between waterings. I...

House Plants: Jasmine plant to train into bonsai, bonsai, jasmine
bonsai, jasmine, pruning: Hi Antoinette, Strictly speaking, bonsai is an art form more than a horticultural exercise. Traditionally, bonais are single stemmed plants with carefully pruned roots and stems and grown in special bonsai pots that are tray-like in shape and rarely more...

House Plants: Leaf Miner
Hi Gilbert, Leaf miners do not come from the soil or seed starting mixes. They are the larva stage of flying insects. Your options for control of these insects are pretty limited. Because they burrow under the leaf surface, they are immune to most sprayed...

House Plants: night jasmine flower, night blooming jasmine, jessamine
night blooming jasmine, jessamine, cestrum: Hi Kelly, Cestrum nocturnum is the botanical name for Night-blooming Jasmine or Jessamine. It is not easy to get it to bloom indoors. It must be potbound to bloom, so avoid repotting. It requires lots of direct indoor sunlight so keep it on a sunny...

House Plants: Palms for indoor use
Hi Jack, You seem to have done lots of research from a variety of sources on these Palms, so I am not sure why you are soliciting my advice. Commonly available plants are grown commercially in large quantities by nurseries in FL, CA and HI. If a particular...

House Plants: Peace lily yellow/brown tips, smaller new leaves, spathiphyllum, peace lily
spathiphyllum, peace lily, watering: Hi Julie, It is quite normal for new leaf growth to be smaller than older leaves that emerged when the plant was in the ideal greenhouse environment of the nursery. In particular, ideal overhead light intensity for up to 16 hours per day is the key to rapid,...

House Plants: planting christmas cactus together, repotting, christmas cactus
repotting, christmas cactus: Hi Kim, Christmas cacti bloom best when kept very tightly potted. If you put them all together in a larger pot, you will have to add soil in the bottom and in the spaces between the rootballs. That added soil will cause the individual root systems to put...

House Plants: Canela, yellow leaves, drain tray
yellow leaves, drain tray, cold car: JoEllen, The store attendant gave you some wrong information. First I hope the plant was well wrapped for you to take it from the store to your car and that you took it straight home. It is a very sensitive tropical plant and if it was allowed to sit in...

House Plants: Castanospermum(Lucky Bean Plant), lucky bean plant, navy bean
lucky bean plant, navy bean, katherine katherine: Katherine, What looks like 2 beans is actually 2 halves of 1 bean and the plant is still feeding off of them. They will gradually just shrivel and disappear. You can bury them a bit deeper when you repot it if you want or when they have shriveled down to...

House Plants: Dead-Dying Philodendron?, philodendron, propagation
philodendron, propagation: Hi Angelina, I need more specific information. There are dozens of different Philodendron species and they have different requirements. If you don t know what yours is, then post a photo of it here or email one to me at my email address below. Was it...

House Plants: Desert Rose, desert rose flowers
desert rose flowers: Hi June, It sounds like you know how to care for plants, but Desert Rose has some special requirements that you may not be aware of. Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) must be in direct sun all year round if you want it to flower. That pretty much limits it...

House Plants: Desert Rose soft stems and outer layer, root ball, root rot
root ball, root rot, fungal infection: Kelly, I suspect that your desert rose is already pretty well dead. It sounds like it has been overwatered and has gotten a fungal infection as a result of the overwatering. During the winter this plant should get as much sun as possible and no more than...

House Plants: Dracaena Anita, miracle grow potting soil, peat moss
miracle grow potting soil, peat moss, giant sponge: Hi Courtney, You shouldn t need much peat and perlite and try to use as little as possible. Nearly all houseplants are tropical in origin and therefore non-seasonal. That means they can be pruned at any time of year. In general, it is best to repot...

House Plants: Dracaena Janet Craig - brown spots and shriveled leaves, cold damage, janet Craig
cold damage, janet Craig: Hi Deborah, Thanks for the photo. The blackened leaves are a result of exposure to cold temperatures. Dracaena Janet Craig s are tropical plants and cannot withstand temperatures much below 60 degrees, even for short times. Probably, the cold exposure...

House Plants: dracaena marginata wilted overnight, marginata, cold damage
marginata, cold damage: Hi Megan, Your Dracaena marginata has suffered from some significant trauma recently. The wilting was probably caused by the cold temperatures. If the leaves have not perked up by now, they will not in the future. It is good that they are still green, but...

House Plants: House Plants and natural gas furnace, natural gas furnace, patio doors
House Plants: House Plants and natural gas furnace, natural gas furnace, patio doors, ferns

House Plants: Ficus ginseng, fungus gnats, drainage holes
fungus gnats, drainage holes, white worms: Wendy, It is probably too late to save the tree. It is dying of root rot that has extended into the trunk from being kept too wet. The black fruit flies are fungus gnats that go after the the rotting roots and the white worms are their larva. The tree should...

House Plants: Frozen ficus tree, cold damage, ficus
cold damage, ficus, pruning: Hi Nancy, Don t be too hard on yourself. Ficus trees are hardier than many houseplants. The fact that many of the stems are still pliable is a good sign. What matters most is the condition of the roots and they were insulated somewhat by the pot and soil....

House Plants: hoping to save my spider plant, differnt colors, new roots
differnt colors, new roots, plant question: Hi Kim, I think the small plant you are trying to root will be okay either in water or inserted into the soil of the larger plant. The plant will sacrifice some older leaves until it develops roots of its own. Trim off those discolored leaves. Allow...

House Plants: House Plants and natural gas furnace, natural gas furnace, natural gas heat
natural gas furnace, natural gas heat, light plants: Hi Lori, If your new heating system is operating properly, then the natural gas heat will not have an adverse effect on your plants. Of course, this assumes that none of your plants are in direct contact with any heating elements or right in front of forced...

House Plants: ID of flower, other search engines, tina tina
other search engines, tina tina, house plants: Tina, I consulted my friend Ed and he determined that it is a type of Iris. I suspect it is a tropical iris such as Neomarica and Dietes and there are many other rarer ones but I have not been able to locate any thru Google or other search engines with...

House Plants: Indoor kentia palm dying, kentia palm
kentia palm: Hi Eva, Overall, your Kentia looks pretty healthy. It is normal for any Palm to lose some of its lower fronds. It is best to cut off brown fronds at their base, as you have done. Excessive frond die-back can be caused by inadequate light or improper...

House Plants: ming aralia brown spots, fungal spores, sunny location
fungal spores, sunny location, fungal infection: Jackie, I believe your Ming has a fungal infection. You can try spraying it every 3 days with Lysol Spray for a month or you can go to a garden center (or Lowes or Walmart) and look for a fungicide. There are very few houseplant fungicides but a fungicide...

House Plants: scale?, yellow leaves, pachira
yellow leaves, pachira, liquid soap: Hi Robin, It is not necessary to treat your Pachira for scale. My educated guess is that those are old scale carcasses that were treated previously. Just be vigilant in watching for future live scale insects that leave the tell-tale signs I described....

House Plants: North Fork Pine, how to repot, repotting
how to repot, repotting, norfolk island pine: Hi Duwana, A limited amount of needle drop from th lowest branches is normal for a Norfolk Island Pine. It is common to put multiple plants together to make a fuller plant. Sometimes one of the plants does not take as well as the others and may die back....

House Plants: Northfork pine house plant, norfolk island pine
norfolk island pine: Hi Pat, The symptoms you described are not specific enough to identify a particular cause. It is most likely a light or a watering problem. Norfolk Island Pines should be in front of a moderately sunny window where they get a few hours of direct sunlight...

House Plants: My palm has diese, scale insect, scale insects
scale insect, scale insects, tops and bottoms: Lupe, You have given me very little information.I do not know what kind of palm tree you have or how large it is. Can you scrape these black things off with the edge of a knife blade? Do they look like flat little circles? If the answers to those last 2...

House Plants: Palm leaves turning brown, repotting, fertilizer
repotting, fertilizer: Hi Pegi, Keeping it indoors year-round would be a wise choice. Fertilizing is over-rated and over-used. It is intended only for plants that are in good light, healthy and growing vigorously. Yours will not benefit from any fertilizer. Likewise, your...

House Plants: Peace lily health, peace lily
peace lily: Hi Bev, Dark brown leaves are nearly always a sign of keeping the soil too dry and/or inadequate light. If you have already lost more than half of the leaves, then it may be too late to save. Peace Lilies should be located within a couple of feet of...

House Plants: Peace Lily Plant, peace lily, flowers
peace lily, flowers: Hi Ricardo, There are several factors that are needed to help Peace Lilies flower. First, they must be moderately potbound. Second, they must have lots of bright indirect light. Third, they have to be genetically programmed to bloom regularly. Your Peace...

House Plants: peace plant, peace lily plants, potting soil
peace lily plants, potting soil, perlite: Patty, I suspect it is suffering from root rot. Peace lily plants do much better when they are pot bound. When you do divide and repot them it should only be done when the roots are actively growing and will fill the new pot with roots quickly. That would...

House Plants: Plant ID and Propagating, yucca, fungus gnats
yucca, fungus gnats, black flies: Hi Melanie, Your plant is a Yucca elephantipes and not a Dracaena as you have been misinformed. There is no one best way to propagate a Yucca cutting. Your particular plant is too weak to try air-layering, which might work otherwise. Taking stem sections...

House Plants: plants and moving, cold, cold damage
cold, cold damage, moving plants: Hi Cindy, Some common houseplants species begin to deteriorate at temps below 60 degrees F. Most are okay in temps as low as 50 degrees and some can even survive short periods of sub-freezing temperatures. So I cannot say how yours will do because I don...

House Plants: red emerald philodendron, nitrogen fertilizer, inch pot
nitrogen fertilizer, inch pot, soil areas: Debi, A red emerald Philodendron can grow almost anywhere except in the direct sun. In low light the plant often looks stretched out as it tries to reach for the light. I think water is your problem. As large as the plant is in that small a pot if you...

House Plants: rubber tree plant, rubber plant
rubber plant: Hi Cindy, I cannot tell you why your Rubber Plant is losing leaves because you have not provided much information about how you have cared for it. So, I will tell you what it needs and you can adjust accordingly. First, keep it quite potbound and do...

House Plants: Second plant, kalanchoe pinnata, succulent perennial herb
kalanchoe pinnata, succulent perennial herb, nitrogen fertilizer: Christina, It is a Kalanchoe pinnata. Kalanchoe pinnata is a succulent perennial herb. Its leaves are grey green with distinctive red-trimmed scalloped edges in the sun. The pendulous, bell shaped pink-and-green flowers appear from late spring to early...

House Plants: sheffleara plant is droping stems and leaves but both are perfectly green, scale insects, mealy bugs
scale insects, mealy bugs, shefflera: Jeanne, Your shefflera could be overwatered or underwatered or it could have insects. If you water it more than once a week and leave it sitting with a drain tray full of water you are keeping it too wet. Cut back on the water. If it is in a pot with no...

House Plants: Snake Plant, snake plant, over watering
snake plant, over watering, root rot: Hi Farah, The rotting leaves are more of a concern than the white stuff on the leaves. The white stuff may be dead plant tissue or it may be a mealybug infestation. If it is not limited to unhealthy leaves, then it is mealybug. Treat them by spraying all...

House Plants: types of spider plants, spider plant babies
spider plant babies: Hi Kim, Theer are two basic types of what are commonly called spider plants. There is the green and white striped variety and the all green variety. However, there are many other hybrids that may be slightly different. The base of a baby plantlet will...

House Plants: Two unknown house plants, tradescantia fluminensis, wandering jew
tradescantia fluminensis, wandering jew, drainage hole: Christina, This first plant is in the Wandering Jew family. It is a Tradescantia fluminensis ( Variegata Wandering Jew ). You can go to Google and put in Tradescantia fluminensis ( Variegata Wandering Jew ) then click on images and you will find pictures...

House Plants: Unsure of the name of the plant and why the leaves are drooping, Dracaena godseffiana, gold-dust Dracaena
Dracaena godseffiana, gold-dust Dracaena: Hi Melynda, You have correctly identified your Dracaena, although botanists have now renamed it Dracaena surculosa. It is commonly called gold-dust Dracaena. Although it is true that this plant needs protection from more than an hour or so of direct...

House Plants: Yucca cane dried out., yucca
yucca: Hi Kem, This is an instance where a photo would be very helpful. Is the hole like a donut hole right through the center of the cane? If the cane is indeed dried out and dead or dying, then it is a matter of time before the stems growing out of that cane...

House Plants: Yucca, corn and Ficus plant problems, corn plant, yucca
corn plant, yucca, ficus: Hi Tommy, Your Corn Plant is likely getting too much light. They are low light plants that need protection at all times from the direct rays of the sun. Yellow leaves can also be caused by improper watering and using hard water over an extended period of...

House Plants: Yucca Elephantipes - Rust-Colored Film on Steams, repotting, yucca
repotting, yucca: Hi Nataliia, When new growth is distorted or discolored, that is almost always a sign of a root rot problem. Despite your best efforts, your Yucca is staying too moist for too long and it is not getting enough light. An east window will provide barely...

House Plants: Yucca House Plant, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting : Hi Heather, It is important to get a positive ID for your plant. Lots of plants look like Yuccas or Palms, but are neither. Indeed, Yuccas are not evenly remotely related to the Palm family. Knowing exactly what species you have is important in determining...

House Plants: Aglaonema plant, mealybugs, scale
mealybugs, scale: Hi Glenda, Your plant has a mealybug/scale infestation. Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap. Then spray the ENTIRE plant so that all leaf and stem surfaces are dripping wet. Then wipe the infestation away with...

House Plants: aloe vera flower, aloe vera plant, allergist
aloe vera plant, allergist, basic questions: Shawn, Sorry to hear it is stirring up your allergies. I am not an allergist so I can t tell you that this is absolutely the cause but I am sure it is also possible. A lot of trees are also pollinating this time of year and many people including me are...

House Plants: Bugs in plant soil, overwatering
overwatering: Hi Tashina, Your Prayer Plant is not struggling because of the tiny bugs you are seeing in the soil. Most likely, you are keeping the soil too moist which is causing the roots to rot and those are what the tiny insects are feeding on. You haven t provided...

House Plants: cactus, cactus soil, shallow roots
cactus soil, shallow roots, forbesii: Aytek, It looks exactly like a cactus I bought about a year ago that is a Cereus forbesii monstrose Ming Thing . You can confirm that at the following website:http://www.gardenlife.com/store/Cactaceae-Cereus-forbesii-monstrose-Ming-Thing.html It needs...

House Plants: clear crystals/resin leaking from plant, aglaonema, repotting
aglaonema, repotting, sap balls: Hi Mirtha, It is quite common for some Aglaonema species to produce sticky globules of sap on the leaf stems and undersides of leaves. It is perfectly normal and not an indication of any pest or disease. It can safely be ignored or the droplets can be removed...

House Plants: Decorating with hanging plants, vining plants, hanging plants
vining plants, hanging plants, floor plants: Sallie, I am not a decorator, I am a plant advisor. That said, I love the look of large hanging plants. In my kitchen I have a long window above the sink and above it I have a wood bar hanging from chains on each end. I hang 4 plants from it. They change...

House Plants: dracaena fragrans, repotting, old plants
repotting, old plants, corn plant: Hi Tracy, So many folks make the common assumption that all plants need to be repotted periodically and/or that leaning plant problems can be solved by using a larger pot. Repotting is like surgery and should be done only when there is no alternative. And,...

House Plants: dracaena warneckii question, wet paper towel, potting soil
wet paper towel, potting soil, green leaves: Michelle, Tomorrow make a trip to Lowes, Home Depot or Menards and pick up a bottle of Rotting Hormone. It will be in the houseplant fertilizer and insecticide section. Dip the end of that cutting in it then make a hole in the soil beside the plant that...

House Plants: dying house plant, poor quality photo, corn stalk
poor quality photo, corn stalk, mr creed: Hi Genny, Your plant s name may be unknown to you, but it does have a name. Without knowing what plant species you have there is no way I or anyone can properly tell you how to care for it. Please post a photo of your plant on this site or email a photo...

House Plants: help, zinc plant, lily of the valley
zinc plant, lily of the valley, green leaves: Angel, I would need a picture to help you identify your plant. You could be describing a tulip, Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica, paperwhites, Leucojum , lilies, lily of the valley and the list could go on and on. As I said, I need a picture to ID...

House Plants: hibiscus, hibiscus flowers
hibiscus flowers: Hi Pam, Repotting actually discourages flowering. Flowering plants produce more flowers when they are kept moderately potbound. The key to getting Hibiscus rosa-sinensis to flower is providing a winter semi-dormant period. That is probably why yours...

House Plants: Jade tree, bacterial soft rot, popular houseplants
bacterial soft rot, popular houseplants, jade plants: Michael, Your watering habits should not always be the same. It the winter the plant should be watered only when it has been dry for 10 days. Ususally that means watering as little as once a month. These plants can retain high amounts of water in their...

House Plants: Leaves curled up like straws, maranta leuconeura, tuberous roots
maranta leuconeura, tuberous roots, prayer plant: Nicole, The picture you sent is a prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura. It does not look like it is in too small a pot nor does it look like it has rolled leaves. If this is a before picture it did not need to be repotted. This plant likes to be rootbound....

House Plants: Neanthe Bella Palm past infestation?, parlor palm, neanthe bella plam
parlor palm, neanthe bella plam, spider mites: Hi Katy, Thanks for posting the photos. Your Bella Palm definitely had a spider mite infestation. I can see evidence of the damage they caused - the mottled appearance on the leaves. This Palm is highly susceptible to spider mite infestations and will need...

House Plants: PESTS, fungus gnats, knats
fungus gnats, knats, plant pests: Hi Jan, Please take this as a constructive advice. Using all caps is viewed by most people as the equivalent of shouting. It is best to use it very discreetly. The presence of fungus gnats is a sure sign of unnecessary repotting, using contaminated soil,...

House Plants: PESTS, plant pesticides, wet soils
plant pesticides, wet soils, knats: Jan Gnats are a sign of keeping the soil too wet. They breed (fly maggots) in wet soils. Let your plants dry out sufficiently between waterings. Water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. Water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes....

House Plants: Philodendron soil, distilled white vinegar, turkey baster
distilled white vinegar, turkey baster, drainage hole: Irene, What you describe is frequently caused by overwatering or poorly draining soil. It must be in a pot with a large drainage hole and a draintray under it. To get rid of the white mold spray the surface of the soil with Lysol spray ever 3 days for 2...

House Plants: What Plant it is ?, ming aralia plant, soil humus
ming aralia plant, soil humus, soil acidity: Dwaipayan, You have a POLYSICAS VARIEGATA, or a variegated Ming aralia. Ming aralia, scientific name Polyscias fruticosa, is a versatile and easy-to-grow houseplant. Belonging to the family Araliaceae, this evergreen foliage plant is native to India...

House Plants: plant identification, new roots, rooting hormone
new roots, rooting hormone, ginnie: Ginnie, Your plant is a Dracaena sanderiana/Ribbon Dracaena, it is the same plant that is grown as a Lucky Bamboo. It is in a pot that is a bit large. It likes to be more rootbound. Bigger is not always better. Wait till after April 1st then you can cut...

House Plants: ponytail plant, drainage holes, pony tail
drainage holes, pony tail, potting soil: Helena, You are fortunate, this is close to the best time of year to root a pony tail palm cutting but if I were doing it on purpose I would have waited till after the first day of spring. Water is not the place to root this. It is similar to rooting a...

House Plants: Potted Pothos soil problem, fungus gnat larvae, miracle gro
fungus gnat larvae, miracle gro, salt concentration: Hi Mary Lou, Any chemical removed by the plant from the environment would never be visible, so that is not what you are seeing. There are three possible sources of the scum you are seeing - the soil, the water you are using or the material the pot is...

House Plants: Red Sister plant with worms, fungus gnats, overripe bananas
fungus gnats, overripe bananas, drain tray: Teresa, It is not necessary to cut any leaves off or any parts of the stem. It is not necessary to replace the soil either. Just set it in the sink without the drain tray and run straight alcohol through it. Then leave it sit and drain for at least 8 hours....

House Plants: rejuvenate Split Leaf Philodendron, monstera deliciosa
monstera deliciosa: Hi Carrie, Light is the primary determining factor in your Monstera s growth. You may be keeping it a bit too shaded for maximum growth. A few hours of direct indoor sun each day is fine. The rest of the day it should receive very bright indirect sunlight...

House Plants: repotted draecena warnecki, indoor tropical plants, humidity requirements
indoor tropical plants, humidity requirements, plant stems: lorraine It sounds like you did not properly water it after repotting... 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 or lean...

House Plants: Sick Ponytail Palm, ponytail palm, desert plant
ponytail palm, desert plant, brown leaves: Scott, It is ok to trim off brown leaf tips and ok to remove lower leaves off the plants. It is not ok to remove brown leaves from the top of the plant that are still growing. If you start letting the plant be dry for a full week before watering it again...

House Plants: trimming a ficus tree, ficus pruning
ficus pruning: Hi Diane, Pruning a branched 20-foot Ficus benjamina back to 6 feet removing and all of its branches would be going too far. It might work, but I would not want to chance it. If you really want a 5-6 foot tree, then buy one and keep it pruned to that size....

House Plants: veins, philodendron, selloum
philodendron, selloum, tree philodendron: Hi Zoe, Just to avoid any confusion, although your plant is a Philodendron and it does have split leaves, it is usually called tree Philodendron or Philodendron selloum. Its correct botanical name is Philodendron bipinnatifidum. Split-leafed Philodendron...

House Plants: whiteflies on hibiscus, whiteflies
whiteflies: Hi Karen, Whiteflies are best treated at night when they are less inclined to fly about when disturbed. If you have a hand vacuum, use that first to vacuum the winged adults that are on the leaves. Then use a solution of soapy water (use liquid dish soap)...

House Plants: yucca cane tree, yucca
yucca: Hi Valentina, Your description of your Yucca s symptoms are somewhat vague and you didn t post a photo, so I cannot tell you if there is a problem or just what to do about it. However, I can tel you what your Yucca needs. Yuccas should stay tightly potted...

House Plants: African Violets leaves, indoor tropical plants, african violets
indoor tropical plants, african violets, plant fertilizer: Alisa You should be able to save it... Sounds like your plant was going too dry for too long in between waterings...That is what causes dry brittle leaves to appear...African violets flower better when pot bound and fertilized properly... I water most plants...

House Plants: Beaucarnea Recurvata. Elephant foot/Ponytail plant,, indoor tropical plants, new jers
indoor tropical plants, new jers, cactus soil: Sonja I think you accidentally sent your question to me...Sounds like your black multi purpose soil mix has worked real well for you...If you add cactus mix to the equation you may have to adjust your watering schedule...The soil will dry out faster...If...

House Plants: Beaucarnea Recurvata. Elephant foot/Ponytail plant,, fertilizer
fertilizer: Hi Sonja, Yellow/brown leaves are a generic symptom with multiple possible causes, including inadequate light and improper watering. A few lower leaves that exhibit this symptom may be nothing more than the natural aging process. Unless your Ponytail was...

House Plants: browning of small pine tree, dwarf alberta spruce, sago palm
dwarf alberta spruce, sago palm, brown hairs: Sara, Your plant is not a pine tree, it is a dwarf Alberta spruce, the Latin name for the tree is picea glauca conica . It has the appearance of a Christmas tree. It cannot live in the original nursery pot forever. It needs repotted into a slightly larger...

House Plants: Desert Rose, mealy bugs, bulbous root
mealy bugs, bulbous root, dirty dishes: Linds, If someone or an animal eats the leaves that fall off it could make them sick. Laying in the sink after having fallen off will not leave sap in the sink. Simply pick them out and throw them away. I have had desert rose plants for years and have found...

House Plants: dieffenbachia, dieffenbachia, cold damage
dieffenbachia, cold damage, frozen plant: Hi Becky, Whether or not your Dieffenbachia can be saved depends on the condition of the roots and that depends on just how cold it got and how long they were exposed to the cold. The foliage and stems are directly exposed to the air so they suffer more...

House Plants: Echeveria needs help!, Echeveria
Echeveria: Hi Sara, There are hundreds of different Echeveria species. Yours appears to be Echeveria pulvinata, sometimes called Chenille Plant. This is not a plant for shade. It must have as much direct sunlight as possible. In good light, the leaves are bigger...

House Plants: Howea Forsteriana best pot size, kentia palm, howea
kentia palm, howea, potting: Hi Dan, Howea Forsteriana (Kentia Palm) enjoys being as pot bound as a Ficus, and perhaps even more so because its roots are far more fragile and less extensive than Ficus. Your volume estimates of the pots seem a bit off. A 7-foot Kentia Palm should...

House Plants: Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana, maranta, prayer plant
maranta, prayer plant: Hi Monica, Thank you for your second very generous donation. It is much appreciated! The internet is filled with conflicting, inaccurate and unreliable information, often posted by well-intentioned amateurs who fail to realize the limitations of their...

House Plants: Money Tree, bonsai artist, tropical trees
bonsai artist, tropical trees, sulpher: Ryan, First I must tell you that I am a bonsai artist and in my mind what you have there is a giant bonsai tree that is clump style. I agree that the 10 foot one looks out of place. You can simply cut it off at it s base and allow the shorter ones to grow....

House Plants: Peace Lily Specie Identification, peace lily, spathiphyllum
peace lily, spathiphyllum, Simply Elegant Lovely One: Hi Mishia, The phrase Simply Elegant Lovely One is marketing verbiage that Teleflora has added to a plant commonly known as Peace Lily. Its botanical name is Spathiphyllum. This plant, like most plants, will do best if it is maintained in its nursery...

House Plants: Philodendron indoor care, philodendron, repotting
philodendron, repotting, potting: Hi Nedra, Putting drainage material in the bottom of pots is an outdated and discredited horticultural practice. Philodendrons do best when kept moderately potbound. If they are kept in pots that too large, then there is a very good chance of root rot....

House Plants: What is on my plants?, plant insects, scale insects
plant insects, scale insects, aloe plant: Hi Azurle, The hard brown spots on the plant in the first picture are scale insects. The plant in the second picture has mealy bugs on it. The hardened, shiny liquid you are finding on the leaves is called Honeydew . Honeydew is a sweet sticky liquid,...

House Plants: Pothos Help, pothos pruning
pothos pruning: Hi Bonnie, As long as the roots are okay and there are some stems left, then the Pothos will be just fine. Prune back the naked stems to a length of 1-2 inches. Healthy new growth will emerge from each stem just below the pruning cut and grow out from there....

House Plants: Removing aloe vera flower stalk and treating burnt leaves, aloe vera plant, flower stalk
aloe vera plant, flower stalk, aloe plants: Sharon, To begin with you need to move that mother plant to a shady location then slowly move it out to a sunnier location to avoid sunburning them in the first place. If moving it is not possible cover it with a white sheet to shade it in the heat of the...

House Plants: how to repot an areca palm, styrofoam pellets, turkey baster
styrofoam pellets, turkey baster, cool whip: Don, It was probably moved to the pot it is in now within the last year so unless it is really rootbound it does not need a larger pot. A larger pot will actually stress it out unless when you remove it from the nursery pot you see nothing but roots and...

House Plants: spider plant, balanced fertilizer, liquid fertilizer
balanced fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, liquid fertilizers: Hi Tawana, There are a couple of reasons why the plant is not producing plantlets. It may not be mature enough yet. When Spider plants are grown from plantlets it can often take them a couple of years to become mature enough to produce plantlets. Another...

House Plants: white fuzzy things, systemic insecticide, mealy bugs
systemic insecticide, mealy bugs, fuzzy things: Carol, Why do you want to cut the stalk off? The bugs are mealy bugs. Yes the bugs could still be in the soil. You can take the plant outdoors and wash the plant with a hose set on a high pressure stream of water to wash the insects off. Then water the...

House Plants: whitish leaves, ficus lyrata, fiddle-leafed fig
ficus lyrata, fiddle-leafed fig: Hi Monica, The symptoms you described are generic and can be caused by improper light or watering or over potting. You didn t mention where your Ficus lyrata is located relative to the nearest uncovered window, so I don t know if that is the cause. In...

House Plants: My yuccas leaves, yucca
yucca: Hi Ronny, There are three possible causes. The most likely is that the soil is drying out too much in between waterings. Next most likely is the opposite. If you have been keeping the soil too moist, then the roots may have rotted and the plant now has...

House Plants: braided azalea trees, azalea
azalea: Hi Peggy, You are not a murderer! It doesn t take much to screw up a potted Azalea. This variety of Azalea is intended for relatively cool temps - preferably below 75 degrees F. and located in light to moderate shade. Yours will survive if you move it...

House Plants: where to buy columnea or dancing dophine plants or seeds, dancing dolphin, columnea
dancing dolphin, columnea, mail order: Hi Diane, Dancing Dolphin is a type of Columnea, usually Columnea gloriosa. However, there are a number of Columnea species varieties that are similar but vary in shape and color. You can do a search for Columnea plants and find many mail order sources....

House Plants: Christmas cactus care, christmas cactus, avocado
christmas cactus, avocado, shamrock: Hi Eleanor, It is better if you post separate questions individually. That makes it easier for other who come after you to search for an answer to similar questions. CHRISTMAS CACTI branch spontaneously or you can pinch out new growth and that will often...

House Plants: Cowboy cactus cutting and planting., potting mix, scab
potting mix, scab, cacti: Hi Whoever told you this is correct. You have got to leave the cutting to dry and form a scab and this takes a week to a few week; depending on the size of the cutting. If you plant it straight away, the cut section will rot as it will not dry out....

House Plants: curling leaves on Hawumberella plant, umbrella plant, pot size
umbrella plant, pot size, plant questions: Hi Joni, More important than pot size is the light available to a plant. You didn t indicate specifics, but it seems that you moved the plant from high light to reduced light. The light that is available to new leaves when they emerge is what determines...

House Plants: Diffenbachia, acidic soils, wet soils
acidic soils, wet soils, white worms: Betsy Get to a local garden center/nursery and buy a safer soap pesticide (professionally formulated) and apply it as a soil drench...Read the directions on the label...It won t hurt the plant and will kill the gnat worms as the eggs hatch...Ask them how...

House Plants: euphorbia cuttings, euphorbia
euphorbia: Hi Larry, There are dozens of different Euphorbia species, but the most common ones used indoors are Euphorbia milii or Crown Of Thorns and Euphorbia trigona or African Milk Tree. All Euphorbia species exude white sap when cut. The sap is a mild ski irritant....

House Plants: "false aralia", false aralia, elegantissima
false aralia, elegantissima, repotting: Hi Steven, It is unlikely that your other Schefflera elegantissima died because of the AC. If the leaves were sticky, that is a sure sign of a scale insect or mealybug infestation. This plant is susceptible to both of those plant pests and also to spider...

House Plants: fuchsia hybrids, fuchsia
fuchsia: Hi Diamond, No one has ever done a comprehensive study of the toxicity of all plant species. However, there are no reports of poisoning from Fuchsia so it is unlikely that they are poisonous. In addition, your child s exposure was very limited. If your...

House Plants: Gnats in my fiddle-leaf ficus, ficus lyrata, fiddle-leafed fig
ficus lyrata, fiddle-leafed fig, fungus gnats: Hi Isabel, Unfortunately, your research did not turn up reliable information for you. Newly acquired plants should never be repotted for at least 6 months, if at all. When repotting is appropriate, you should move the plant up one size only. Moving a plant...

House Plants: Guzmania lingulata, guzmania, bromeliad
guzmania, bromeliad, offsets: Hi Jenn, There is a reason your Guzmanias (correct pluralization!) were in the trash. Like all Bromeliads, Guzmanias produce one long lasting (about 3 months) flower before slowly dying over the course of a year or more. In the interim, offsets or baby...

House Plants: Help!, repotting, transplanting
repotting, transplanting: Hi Candace, For me to identify your plant and help you with it, you would have to post a photo of your plant here or email a photo directly to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. However, based on what you have reported, the roots have probably rotted...

House Plants: my jasmin plant, jasmine
jasmine: Hi Susmita, Jasmine are not easy plants to care for unless you are fairly experienced with indoor potted plants. Do NOT repot your Jasmine because that will disrupt the flowering cycle and probably cause root rot. Locate your Jasmine right on an east...

House Plants: Keepsake Azalea Braided Tree, azalea braid, azalea
azalea braid, azalea, braided plants: Hi Theresa, Azalea braids are not intended to have the braid continue beyond what you already have. There is no practical way for you to continue braiding, even if you wanted to. The braided stems fuse together as they age and usually there is no reason...

House Plants: large jade plant problem, jade, plants outside
jade, plants outside, sunburn: Hi Nancy, I m sorry it took you so long to find me on the internet. Save my email address below so you can contact me directly next time you have an indoor plant question. The symptoms on your leaves are definitely a result of too much sun. Most folks...

House Plants: Monstera deliciosa, monstera
monstera: Hi Mariliis, Photos that show the entire plant are more helpful than photos that show just a few effected leaves. Discolored leaves are a generic symptom that can be caused by over as well as under watering. Using hard water and too much fertilizer can...

House Plants: Moses in the boat plant, moses-in-boat, rhoeo
moses-in-boat, rhoeo: Hi Peg, Rhoeo flowers can be left on the plant after they have died without harm to the plant. However, they tend to look unattractive so most people remove the spent flowers once they turn brown and dry. Either way, it will not affect development of new...

House Plants: north fork pine, norfolk island pine
norfolk island pine: Hi Angela, Norfolk Island Pines do not like to have their roots disturbed. Even repotting them, which they rarely need, can stress the plant unnecessarily. Dividing the plants and the roots is even more traumatic. It can be done if you know what you are...

House Plants: Plant gnats on diffenbachia, dieffenbachia, fungus gnats
dieffenbachia, fungus gnats, repotting: Hi Deborah, Fungus gnats are almost always preceded by repotting into a larger pot and the gnat larvae are introduced by the new soil added. In addition, most folks mistakenly add soil on top of the original rootball when they repot. I realize that you...

House Plants: Plant id and care please, jade, crassula
jade, crassula, repotting: Hi Vicky, Yes, your plants are Jade Plants (Crassula ovata). They appear to be generally healthy, but in need of substantial pruning. First and foremost, resist any temptation to repot them. They are just fine as-is and probably will never need to be...

House Plants: Question about cacti, cactus, cacti
cactus, cacti, cactus flowers: Hi Sara, Thank you for your kind words. It is my pleasure to help folks like you with your indoor plant issues. The key to getting most Cacti to flower is the rest period that usually occurs for several months in the late fall and early winter. During...

House Plants: Re; Pineapple Plant, pineapple. bromeliad, repotting
pineapple. bromeliad, repotting: Hi Tya, Here are my instructions for propagating a Pineapple Plant: To propagate a pineapple, use a fresh pineapple that has healthy leaves on the crown. Twist or cut off the crown (leafy stem) just above the fleshy part of the fruit. Strip away the...

House Plants: Systemic?, plant pests, scale
plant pests, scale, systemic: Hi Barbara, I have posted thousands of answers here so I am not sure just what you read. A spray solution of 5 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap applied very liberally on all leaf and stem surfaces is the preferred first option....

House Plants: tropic snow plant, dieffenbachia, repotting
dieffenbachia, repotting: Hi Kate, Of course, it depends to a certain extent on the size of your Dieffenbachia, but 5 to 6 yellowed leaves in a month is probably indicative of a problem. Lack of nutrients is not the cause of the problem, however. It could be a light problem, but...

House Plants: Unidentified plant, croton
croton: Hi Lee Ann, Your plant is a variety of Croton. It is a naturally colorful plant so it is hard to tell from the photos whether the yellowing is natural or due to a soil pH problem. If your local tap water is on the hard side, then that has probably raised...

House Plants: water, standing water overnight
standing water overnight: Hi Kim, There is much confusion about this issue. The practice of letting tap water stand in an open container overnight is based on the idea that chlorine and fluoride in water dissipate (evaporate) into the air and out of the water so it cannot harm potted...

House Plants: Yucca Elephantipes, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting: Hi Anthony, If the stems are shriveled, then it is just a matter of time before all the leaves on those stems die. Shriveled Yucca stems are beyond recovery. The symptoms you described are all consistent with rotted roots that are mostly dead and can no...

House Plants: Zygo Cactus, christmas cactus
christmas cactus: Hi Rhonda, Zycocactus, now known as Schlumbergera and commonly called Christmas Cactus, is a tropical plant that cannot withstand freezing temperatures. So in your location, you would be advised to bring it indoors at the first warning of frost. Exposing...

House Plants: Calla Lilly, calla lilly, calla lilies
calla lilly, calla lilies, calla lily: Pam Not to worry...Calla Lilies are tubers...Sounds like your calla lily is getting ready to go into its dormant period...They bloom for 4-6 weeks and then should be allowed to die back so they can rejuvinate...The flowers turn green to brown when getting...

House Plants: coleus, shady location, sun lover
shady location, sun lover, bright sun: Meridith, Probably too much sun and maybe too much water. Most coleus needs a shady location and well drained soil with lots of perlite and sand in it. A few hybrid coleus can take bright sun but you have to know that you have a hybrid sun lover to keep...

House Plants: coral cactus, gonner, morning sun
gonner, morning sun, succulents: Laurie, Coral Cactus and other succulents usually die from too frequent watering (or letting stay dry too long)... Soft and mushy sounds like being too wet for too long...Sounds like it may be a gonner...Did you water it too heavy before going away for a...

House Plants: Coral Cactus dark green, bamboo skewer, shallow root system
bamboo skewer, shallow root system, cactus garden: Diana, Your husband needs to take a screwdriver and pry the glued together stones off the top of the soil. They were put there to make it easy to ship. It is a cactus. It should not be watered until it is dry. It has a shallow root system. It does not need...

House Plants: corn cane plants, corn plant, root rot
corn plant, root rot, repotting: Hi Mike, I don t know who potted this plant, but the pot is way too big. In addition, the pot may not have a drain hole and the soil may be too heavy or dense. The result is that the excess soil in the large pot is retaining water for too long and the roots...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, dracaena marginata, red spiders
dracaena marginata, red spiders, full blossom: Susan, This plant needs bright light, mine sits in front of my east facing patio window for most of the year and goes out on the small deck just outside that door during the summer. It gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. It needs to get...

House Plants: elephant foot plant, ponytail palm
ponytail palm: Hi Vicki, Sometimes older Ponytail Palms will spontaneously produce offsets or baby plants attached to the large bulb. After these offsets are about two inches in height, they can be severed and rooted in a small pot filled with damp potting mix. This...

House Plants: fertilizer slection, fertilizer manufacturer, tree fertilizer
fertilizer manufacturer, tree fertilizer, organic fertilizer: Again I would research it online...Type fruit tree fertilizer into your search engine to view sites of companies that sell the fertilizers...Contact them on their site to see who would ship to your country or have them recommend a supplier in your country......

House Plants: Ficus tree, ants, pests
ants, pests, ficus: Hi Sarah, As long as you keep your tree outside, ants will always find a home there. That is one reason I don t generally recommend moving houseplants outside in the summer. Such moves force plants to adapt to significant environmental changes (especially...

House Plants: Inherited Sad Little Ficus, ficus benjamina, repotting
ficus benjamina, repotting: Hi Carol, A 5 or 6-inch pot is about right for now. Your Ficus does not look hardy because it was neglected and discarded. You cannot fix that over night, so be patient without doing anything drastic. New leaves on Ficus benjamina are usually a light shade...

House Plants: Monstera Pruning, philodendron, selloum
philodendron, selloum, pruning: Hi Sandy, Monstera deliciosa and Philodendron selloum are often confused because they both have similar leaves. Monsteras have long, vining stems with leaves all along the stems. Selloums have single very thick, upright stems with foliage growing from the...

House Plants: Orchid Fertilizer on Money Tree?, orchids, phalaenopsis
orchids, phalaenopsis, money tree: Hi Kensi, Let me start by saying that fertilizer is vastly over rated and over promoted by manufacturers. Indoor plants use nutrients in very minute quantities and force feeding them more than they can use will damage them. Surprisingly, most indoor plants...

House Plants: Pony palm soil worm.., ponytail palm, house plants
ponytail palm, house plants, ponytail palms: I m sorry I wasn t more clear in my first reply. When I suggested you replace the contaminated soil you added and use a mix that would be pest and disease free, I should have mentioned that I included worms in the categories of contaminated and pests. ...

House Plants: Pruning Ponytail Palm, ponytail palm plant, darlene
ponytail palm plant, darlene, good luck: Michelle, You can prune off the ends of the leaves trimming them to a point. However I must warn you the the tips may dry and turn brown after you prune it off but it will only be the tip. You might try it on one or two leaves and wait a month to see how...

House Plants: repotting philadendron, philadendron, rootbound
philadendron, rootbound, sharp knife: Debbie, Carefully remove the plant from the pot then take a very sharp knife and cut off 2-3 inches from the bottom and sides (all the way around) of the rootball. Make sure you are not cutting off any plants, only the roots. Then you can wash the pot and...

House Plants: Spider plant, epiphyllum spider plant, repotting
epiphyllum spider plant, repotting, soil replacement: Hi Victoria, If you are washing away and replacing the soil of your plants every year, that is a practice I do not recommend. There is no good reason to do it because fresh soil has no advantages. More importantly, removing old soil damages the tiny root...

House Plants: Syngonium/arrowhead, repotting, root division
repotting, root division, guzmania: Hi Jenn, Your Syngonium is reacting to the damage done to tiny root hairs when you divided and repotted. Even when done very carefully, dividing root systems invariably causes some root damage. Assuming you provide proper light and water correctly, eventually...

House Plants: too tall palm-like tree, dracaena marginata, pruning
dracaena marginata, pruning: Hi Marian, Your plant is a Dracaena marginata, so named because of the reddish margin on its leaves. The stems definitely can and should be pruned back to a more desirable height. As long as the roots remain healthy, pruning will do no harm. New foliage...

House Plants: Top Heavy Aloe Vera, aloe vera
aloe vera: Hi Ann, I have posted many replies to questions about Aloe veras and you didn t post a photo of your Aloe, so it is hard for me to give you a specific answer. In most cases, Aloe veras become top-heavy if they are not getting lots of direct sunlight,...

House Plants: Trying to revive a palm plant, repotting
repotting: Hi Lisa, Good that you downsized the pot for your Areca Palm. The minimal root cutting that you did initially should not cause any harm, although do expect some yellow fronds as a result of the shock of two repottings. Look for healthy new growth and focus...

House Plants: Umbrella Tree, dwarf schefflera, bright indirect light
dwarf schefflera, bright indirect light, umbrella tree: Hi Marilyne, It often takes several months or more before inadequate light and/or improper watering start to show their effects. This time lag is more so if the light and watering are off by a relatively small amount. The loss of leaves you described...

House Plants: Aloe Vera and pups, aloe vera plants, aloe plants
aloe vera plants, aloe plants, inch pot: Sharon, These pups grow off of the roots of the plant. If you do not want to use them to start additional plants you can use an old butter knife and gently ease them out of the soil breaking the connection to the mother plant and discard the pup. If you...

House Plants: bird of paradise, bird of paradise, strelitzia
bird of paradise, strelitzia: Hi Rebecca, Strelitzia requires cool winter temps in the 50-55 degree F. range to set buds and that is hard to maintain in the typical home. That is why they rarely flower when used as indoor plants. Of course, they cannot be kept outdoors in winter except...

House Plants: broken cactus, sandy soil, cactus plant
sandy soil, cactus plant, quarter cup: Brandon, You need to send me a picture for me to identify it and tell you if it is possible to graft it back together. I am sure you can same both halves. Email that picture here or to plantlady6@yahoo.com The bottom half will sent out side shoots...

House Plants: Bromeliad care, bromeliad, articles
bromeliad, articles: Hi Marilyn, I do not have access to your email address on this website, so email your request to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com and I will send you the article. In the interim, the dead Bromeliad flower and stalk can be cut off. ~Will Cree...

House Plants: Bromeliad ID, precise answer, flowering plants
precise answer, flowering plants, sedum: Jean I don t believe your plant is a bromeliad...It looks like it is a type of sedum or agave...Type sedum & then agave into your search engine and compare the pictures to your plant... Flowering plants (angiosperms) are classified by the structure...

House Plants: bromeliads, bromeliad, guzmania
bromeliad, guzmania: Hi Victor, Your Bromeliads are probably of the Guzmania species. Do NOT repot your Bromeliad. These plants do best when kept in small pots. Pots that are too large will quickly rot the fragile roots. Place your Bromeliad near a sunny north or east...

House Plants: Corn Plant, corn plant, repotting
corn plant, repotting, leaning: Hi Chuck, I have not received a photo of your plant so I can only respond to what you have written here. Straightening Corn Plant canes is more about physics than horticulture. If the soil is loose, you should be able to push the cane to the vertical...

House Plants: corn plant, corn plant, moving plants outside
corn plant, moving plants outside: Hi Patricia, In nature, Corn Plants grow in deep shade under the canopy of the rainforest. That means it does well in shade outdoors and in the relatively low light indoors. You can keep it outdoors, but it must be in shade at all times and protected from...

House Plants: Dracena (corn plant), corn plant, root rot
corn plant, root rot, repotting: Hi Gloria Rose, When a plant s leaves look wilted and drooping even when the soil is not dry, it is almost always a sign that the roots have rotted and died. When that happens, the roots are no longer able to absorb water and carry it to the rest of the...

House Plants: Problem with my rubber tree plant.
House Plants: Problem with my rubber tree plant.

House Plants: Ficus Tree Health, ficus, white sap balls
ficus, white sap balls, scale: Hi Karen, Your tree looks healthy, although it is a bit sparse. The more sunlight a Ficus tree receives, the more leaves it can support. Indoor light is much less intense than outdoor light so trees kept inside are naturally more sparse, but no less healthy....

House Plants: Hibiscus/repotting booklet, articles
articles: Hi Cheryl, Congratulations on your retirement! I can only send my many indoor plant articles via email. I do not have access to your email address from this site, so you will have to email your request to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Best regards,...

House Plants: lithops, lithops, living stones
lithops, living stones: Hi Victor, Lithops are commonly called Living Stones. You are correct that they are succulents and that means they are very low maintenance except for doing best with lots of direct sunlight. Keep them on your sunniest windowsill. They grow very slowly...

House Plants: Money Tree, fungus gnats, lavender plants
fungus gnats, lavender plants, drainage holes: Hi Carla Sorry it has taken me so long to answer you. It seems that you have several problems with this plant. Spider Mites, Fungus gnats and over watering. The best way to get rid of spider mites is to put distilled water, a few drops of dishwashing...

House Plants: Norfolk pine tree, norfolk island pine, watering
norfolk island pine, watering, light: Hi Shirley, You haven t provide enough information for me to give a specific diagnosis. For starters, it is quite normal for Norfolk Island Pines to drop older branches as they age. As long as you are getting about as many new branches on top as you are...

House Plants: Peace Lilly, peace lily
peace lily: Hi Beverly, Your original Peace Lily is suffering from severe root rot caused by letting it sit in water. Once the roots rot, it is unlikely to recover. At best, recovery will be very slow and it will never attain its original size. Peace Lilies do not...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, light plants
peace lily, light plants, flower petal: Hi Carole, Even if it is not in direct sunlight it is probably still getting too much light. Especially since you are in Florida. Peace Lilies are low light plants. Move the plant to an interior room a few feet away from a window or perhaps just inside...

House Plants: what is this plant, pittosporum, mock orange
pittosporum, mock orange: Hi Lori, Your plant is a Pittosporum tobira or more commonly called Mock Orange because the flowers have a slight orange-like scent. The photos reveal that you have provided good care. However, it does appear to now be up against the ceiling so you...

House Plants: Problem with my rubber tree plant., rubber tree plant, size plants
rubber tree plant, size plants, pot size: I did not mean severe pruning...Pruning should be selective to promote growth in a certain direction...Periodic pruning is necessary to help direct the growth of the particular plant... Susie A picture of the whole plant and its location would help ID...

House Plants: re-potting, repotting, rubber plant
repotting, rubber plant: Hi Tracey, Your question reflects a common misunderstanding about repotting indoor plants. Indoor plants are from tropical regions and are non-seasonal. That means that they can be repotted at any time of the year, but only when needed. Unnecessary repotting...

House Plants: Sick Rubber Plant, turkey baster, drainage holes
turkey baster, drainage holes, soggy soil: Jim, Your rubber tree should be in a pot with large drainage holes and a drain tray under it that is easily removed during a rainy season. When it is rainy you should remove it from the drain tray so the water runs right through and does not make to soil...

House Plants: Sick Rubber Plant, root rot, rubber plant
root rot, rubber plant: Hi Jim, Let s review what happened here so that you and others reading this will understand what happens when a pretty common plant care mistake is made. When potted plants are moved outdoors they must be in pots that have drain holes that discharge...

House Plants: Stephanotis Floribunda, stephanotis floribunda, plant fertilizer
stephanotis floribunda, plant fertilizer, blooming plants: Karla, More sun = shorter nodes. It was previously being grown either outdoors in full sun or in a greenhouse in full sun. More sun will also equal more blooms. You also need to be fertilizing it with a blooming plant fertilizer on a regular basis following...

House Plants: Can't Identify House Plant, apical dominance, ribbon plant
apical dominance, ribbon plant, little sprouts: Hi Nor, The more commonly used Dracaenas - Massangeana, Marginata and Deremensis - do have larger leaves, but some varieties like Sanderiana do have smaller leaves. Thanks for the top ratings and nomination. Much appreciated! I will send you the information...

House Plants: 30 Year Old Madagascar Palm - Black Leaves, watering
watering: Hi Mike, Root rot usually affects new growth more than old growth leaves. The leaves already affected will not recover, so you should trim off the dry tips so you can monitor any future damage. If the roots are not too badly damaged and you get the soil...

House Plants: Artificial Light setup for prayer plants, prayer plants, prayer plant
prayer plants, prayer plant, air plants: Hi Sears, I have no way to attach a picture to this answer. The clip lights would work and one light will not cover many plants. Remember that incandescent bulbs put off a lot of heat and must be at least 12 inches away from the top of the plants. The...

House Plants: Cane yucca help, yucca, repotting
yucca, repotting, sand: Hi Nikki, Yucca canes can withstand drought quite well, but their roots will rot if the soil is not allowed to dry out sufficiently between waterings. It is very easy to inadvertently over-water a repotted plant because the added soil retains water for...

House Plants: dracena concerns, dracaena, light
dracaena, light, leaf size: Hi Jacob, I assume your plant is a Dracaena marginata, but I cannot be sure. In any case, light is the factor that determines growth rate and leaf size. When grown in moderately high light (very bright indirect light 16 hours per day), the foliage is thicker,...

House Plants: How to drain water from large indoor plants, watering, root rot
watering, root rot, self-watering: Hi Taylor, Your concerns are good ones. The key to watering is drying out. By that I mean that all plants need oxygen as well as water in their root zone. Soil that is constantly wet or saturated with water has no room for air (oxygen) in the tiny spaces...

House Plants: dying dragon tree, dragon tree, drain tray
dragon tree, drain tray, root rot: Jessica, Yes, you need to cut those stalks off at the level where they are then firm. There is a chance that new stalks will grow if the rot that is causing the stalks to fall over does not extend into the roots. It is happening because the plant has been...

House Plants: fiddle leaf ficus, ficus lyrata, repotting
ficus lyrata, repotting: Hi Bobi, It is never a good idea to repot or disturb the roots of a newly acquired plant that is trying to adapt to its new environment. The solution to your ugly pot problem is to use a more attractive planter of your choice that is large enough to accommodate...

House Plants: Houseplant identification, fern, polypodium
fern, polypodium, hares foot fern: Hi Patti, Thank you for sending photos. Your plant is commonly called Hare s Foot Fern. Its botanical name is Polypodium aureum. It is a tropical plant and cannot withstand temps below 55 degrees F. so you will have to keep it indoors in winter. Very...

House Plants: Houseplants dying, bamboo palm, mealybugs
bamboo palm, mealybugs: Hi Starshine, Relocating plants often leads to plant problems. Plants do not like change and any change in light requires adjustments in watering. Repotting further adds to the stress of plants. So it is not too surprising that many of your plants are struggling...

House Plants: what are the long spikes?, flower stalks, long spikes
flower stalks, long spikes, india rubber: Joanne, There are many succulent plants similar to what you describe. It may be in the peperomia family. I cannot give you an absolute identity on the plant unless you send me pictures. You can send them through this site or you can send them to plandlady6@yahoo.com...

House Plants: Pachira aquatica (money tree) trunk shriveling, money tree, pachira
money tree, pachira, repotting: Hi Scott, You made the very common mistake of repotting a plant that did not need to be repotted. The extra soil that you added is, like a sponge, absorbing and retaining water for too long. As a result, the roots are slowly rotting and have been for some...

House Plants: plant problems, mealy bugs, potted plants
mealy bugs, potted plants, rubbing alcohol: Rick, The white stuff on your plants are insects called mealy bugs. They are hiding under the fluffy white stuff. You can spray them with straight rubbing alcohol and that will make the fluffy white stuff go away and you will see the eggs and insects under...

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: plant identification
Hi Roy, The plant is a Glechoma Hederacea Variegata . Commonly known as a variegated Creeping Charlie. Creeping Charlie is a member of the mint family, which accounts for it s strong, minty fragrance. I hope this helps. If you have any questions or...

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...