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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Plants: minimum temps for houseplants, jade plants, scheffleras
jade plants, scheffleras, spider plants: Hi Abby, Scheffleras are somewhat sensitive to temperature and humidity. They are native to regions that are warm and wet, so it is good to try and replicate this for your plant. It is best if temperatures stay around 70F during the day and don’t go below...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Plants: cat palm, drain tray, potting soil
drain tray, potting soil, high humidity: Jennifer, Your problem could either be watering too much or too little. You may not be watering it enough and fertilising it enough and it needs very high humidity and more sun. This is a very touchy and difficult plant to grow. It should have been planted...

House Plants: cataractarum palm, two palms, drain tray
two palms, drain tray, house plants: Karen, It is safe for cats. Most house plants are safe for cats except for lilies. So you can rest easy. The palms are fairly easy to take care of. They do well near north windows. Do not let them dry out totally but do not leave them sit with a lot of...

House Plants: is a corn plant poisinous to a iguana, corn plant, cats and dogs
corn plant, cats and dogs, incoordination: Christina, Most websites I consulted said no it is not but one said the following regarding cats and dogs: Corn Plant / Cornstalk Plant Dracaena Fragrans Massangean Can cause in cats: dilated pupils, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, increased...

House Plants: cut corn plant trunks, corn plant, soil level
corn plant, soil level, root system: Stella, The roots of the 2 trunks you cut will probably send out new shoots and grow whole new tops. You can go to a garden center and pick up some pruning sealer use that to seal the cuts if you prefer. Unless you overwater the plants the cuts will dry...

House Plants: Emerald Bay house plant, medium light plants, drainage holes
medium light plants, drainage holes, water drains: Hi Jessica, You are probably right that the temperature is harming the plant. Aglaonema are very sensitive to drafts and cold temperatures. Temperatures below 55 degrees can be lethal to Aglaonemas. You need to move the plant to a warmer location right...

House Plants: grapefruit in pot, getting rid of spider mites, spider mite
getting rid of spider mites, spider mite, crawling insects: Hi Liliane, What you are describing sounds like spider mites. You don t need to cut the plant back drastically unless you are removing severely damaged foliage. Spraying everything with soapy water like you have been doing is really one of the best things...

House Plants: getting a hoya to flower, perfect sun, sun location
perfect sun, sun location, hoya: Dorothy, Is it rootbound? This and many other plants bloom luxuriously when they are kept in small pots so they are rootbound. In a large pot they just seem to lay around. If it is in a large pot I suggest you try moving it into a smaller pot around the...

House Plants: indoor azela plant, peat moss, square bales
peat moss, square bales, potting soil: Janie, NO! You should not repot it until it is done blooming and not until after April 1st when the days are longer. You can keep it indoors but make sure it is getting bright light. When you water it give it enough water that all the water in the pot is...

House Plants: Jasmine house plant, swamp plant, wet roots
swamp plant, wet roots, dawn to dusk: Phillis, You should keep it in the sunniest window available with the drapes and miniblinds open from dawn to dusk. The soil should be watered whenever the top inch of the soil feels dry but an hour after you water the drain tray should be emptied so the...

House Plants: Kimberly Queen fern, brown specks, isopropyl alcohol
brown specks, isopropyl alcohol, mealy bugs: Neil, The sap like substance you describe is the excrement from insects. It is called honeydew. It comes from aphids, scale or mealy bugs. First you need to figure out which kind of insects you are dealing with. Mealy bugs will look like little bits of...

House Plants: lighting, ornamental pepper plants, ficus bonsai tree
ornamental pepper plants, ficus bonsai tree, blooming plants: Brandon, The bulbs that came with the lights are designed to be grow lights with light that is equal to sun light. You cannot get anything better for your plants. You do not need to change them. Yes, pepper plants are considered flowering plants. As...

House Plants: massangeana-flies, fungus gnats, rubbing alcohol
fungus gnats, rubbing alcohol, fruit fly: Linda, The flies are fungus gnats because the plant is being overwatered and the roos are beginning to rot. You have to dry the plant out as quickly as possible and the fungus gnats will go away. As for an insecticide you can spray them with rubbing alcohol...

House Plants: Need to find the name of this plant, flowering onion, allium bulb
flowering onion, allium bulb, landscape plants: Enrique, It is an Allium bulb or a flowering onion. I cannot tell you exactly which variety and I have spent over an hour searching the internet trying to find it on the internet. It is a beautiful pink variety of a flowering onion. It should be treated...

House Plants: Peace Lilly, peace lilly, dinning room table
peace lilly, dinning room table, loose soil: Ann, Your garden soil is too heavy and holds too much water for your plants so it s roots are beginning too rot causing the brown leaf edges. Unless you are leaving the overhead lights on for 14 hours a day you plant is not getting enough light to keep...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, drainage holes
peace lily, drainage holes, water drains: Hi Gayla, With an Aqua Globe you may be over watering the plant. As a general rule you should allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry between watering. Then water the plant until a small amount of water drains from the drainage holes in the bottom of...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, tropical plants
peace lily, tropical plants, root rot: Katrina, For starters you repotted it at the wrong time of year. The days are too short so the roots are not growing. Because of the short days the the even tropical plants like peace lilies are semi dormant so their roots are not growing and repotting...

House Plants: plants from funeral, rex begonia, peace lily
rex begonia, peace lily, plant failure: Hi Jen, One way to raise the humidity around a plant place the plant on a tray of pebbles filled halfway with water. Be sure that the bottom of the pot is not sitting in the water as this will cause the soil to stay too wet. Another way to raise the...

House Plants: Repotting, drainage hole, spider plant
drainage hole, spider plant, pothos: Summer, Yes but you need to slip it out of the pot without the drainage hole and put it into a pot with a drainage hole without disturbing the roots at all. Both pots need to be about the same size. You need to not water it until it is dry. It will quickly...

House Plants: triming a selluam, aerial roots, bottom side
aerial roots, bottom side, crowns: James, The tenacles are aerial roots. If the plant has 2 separate crowns or central points with leaves growing from each crown then you can divide it and get 2 separate plants. If it doesn t have 2 crowns it cannot be divided. If it does you can cut it...

House Plants: yucca cane plant, yucca cane plant, swamp plant
yucca cane plant, swamp plant, dawn to dusk: Dee, You are either giving it too much water or not enough sun. A yuccca plant should be treated like a cactus in the desert. Put in the sunniest location in your home and the windowcovering should be home from dawn to dusk. It should only be watered when...

House Plants: Zizi plant, drain tray, root stimulator
drain tray, root stimulator, leaf spots: Celeste, If the stalks were soggy you were keeping it too wet. This plant needs to be kept dry like a cactus especially in the short days of winter. Keep it very dry, only water it when it has been bone dry for several days. Keep it in a very bright location....

House Plants: Amarylis, amarylis bulbs, flower fades
amarylis bulbs, flower fades, plant fertilizer: Brian, You do not cut the leaves off to make the flower last longer. The reason the plants in the greenhouse had no leaves was that in a full sun, cool night habitat that it gets in a greenhouse it produces the flower first and as the flower fades the leaves...

House Plants: air plant, plant question, high humidity
plant question, high humidity, best bet: Danny, Actually I had a friend that brought me one from Florida and gave it to me as a gift. It was in a shell and I just dipped it in water for a few minutes twice a day and mine died. Hers are still alive after 3 years and I asked her what she does....

House Plants: aloe plant in house, cactus soil, aloe plant
cactus soil, aloe plant, dawn to dusk: Jennifer, Aloes do not like to be repotted. It should be groing in a sandy cactus soil. If you can t find cactus soil at your garden center you need to get a bag of play sand and mix potting soil and play sand 50/50. Your aloe needs to sit in a sunny south...

House Plants: cat palm plant, room temperature water, spider mites
room temperature water, spider mites, dish soap: LENNY, Yellow leaves on a repotted cat palm indicates it may have spider mites. shine a very bright light on the back side of the yellow fronds and see if you see fine webs. If you do the plant has spider mites. If you have a hand held shower set the plant...

House Plants: cocoa palm house plant, coconut palm tree, tall palm tree
coconut palm tree, tall palm tree, cocoa palm: Jayne, A cocoa (coconut) palm tree s natural environment is outdoors in Florida in full sun in sandy Florida soil with water from the rain wich quickly drains away in the sandy soil. They get 70-80 feet tall. So in your home it needs to be in the sunniest...

House Plants: Dying peace lily?, peace lily, shish kabobs
peace lily, shish kabobs, bamboo skewers: Kaylee, Your peace lily can sit near an east or north window but no other windows. It will not do well if it is in too dark a location. If your hand will not make a shadow where it is now it is too dark, move it to a brighter location. Black leaves usually...

House Plants: Florida Red Scale, systemic insecticide, rubbing alcohol
systemic insecticide, rubbing alcohol, orange trees: Vanessa, 70% Isopropyl alcohol known here as rubbing alcohol, usually sold in a drug store or pharmacy or Walmart for under $1.00 a pint. It is used for cleaning medical instuments, sometimes wounds but it burns a lot. It will kill any insects on contact....

House Plants: Frost Bitten House plants, night time temperatures, types of house plants
night time temperatures, types of house plants, tropical plants: Sean, Houseplants are tropical plants. They should never go outside until night time temperatures are always above 50 degrees. Your problems could be the result of frost or sunburn or a combination of both. When you first move tropical plants outside in...

House Plants: Houseplants and kids, household plants, google
House Plants: Houseplants and kids, household plants, google, boston ferns

House Plants: Need to find out what kind of house plant that I have, zamioculcas zamiifolia, cardboard palm
House Plants: Need to find out what kind of house plant that I have, zamioculcas zamiifolia, cardboard palm, zz plant

House Plants: Gold Capella Schefflera, terra cotta pot, bamboo skewers
terra cotta pot, bamboo skewers, dawn to dusk: Jennifer, You should never repot a plant until it has been in your home for at least a few months and has acclimated to your home. Repotting shocks a plant. When you repot a plant you should only move it to a pot that has a diameter 2 inches larger than...

House Plants: Helpless case of the fungus nats, fungus gnats, rubbing alcohol
fungus gnats, rubbing alcohol, house plants: Angela, To start with empty the water out of the drain trays of all of your house plants immediately. Let your plants dry out well before watering them again. Do not water until the pots feel light weight when you pick them up then give them water a cup...

House Plants: Houseplants and kids, janet craig dracaena, dracaena fragans
janet craig dracaena, dracaena fragans, dracaena deremensis: Julia, The first list of air filtering plants was compiled by NASA as part of the NASA Clean Air Study [1], which researched ways to clean air in space stations. As well as absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, as all plants do, these plants also...

House Plants: jasmine plants, jasmine plants, plant blooms
jasmine plants, plant blooms, jasmine plant: Jasmine, Do not prune your jasmine plants until just after they have stopped blooming then cut them back by 50% using sharp pruning shears to a shape that you are happy with. This plant blooms on old wood so it will grow all year and bloom next year about...

House Plants: LOTS of Yellow leaves, air quality problems, dracaena marginata
air quality problems, dracaena marginata, spider mites: Emily, How new is it? If you have just had it for less than 2 weeks then I suspect something happened to the plant before you got it. It got way too cold for too long or it was too dry for too long, or it was treated with a chemical that it should not have...

House Plants: Ming Afralia, ming aralia, meijers store
ming aralia, meijers store, eastern indiana: Dorothe, If you are anywhere near north eastern Indiana I know where there is one in a Meijers store for sale. My best advice is to get on the telephone and call every place in your area where they sell plants, every nursery, every flower shop, every...

House Plants: majestic palm, majestic palms, majestic palm
majestic palms, majestic palm, spider mites: Brigette, You have an insect attacking your majestic palms. The black sticky residue is their excrement. Examine the backs of the fronds looking for scale or aphids or mealy bugs or look closely for fine webbing that would be the signs of spider mites....

House Plants: Need to find out what kind of house plant that I have, cardboard palm, leaf pores
cardboard palm, leaf pores, roomm: Candace, I beleive that it is a variety of a zamia or a cardboard palm. Yes, it is poisonous to cats so you will need to keep it up out of their reach or in a roomm they are not allowed in. It needs to dry out well between waterings so the soil is very...

House Plants: Olive Trees, nova scotia canada, sandy type
nova scotia canada, sandy type, light soil: Arthur, I have a bonsai olive tree here in northern Indiana and it is very happy outdoors in the summer in as much sun as possible. But, unfortunately it is a nearly tropical tree, from the shores of the Mediterranean, so it must be taken indoors when the...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, withers
peace lily, withers, darlene: Kyle, You should cut flowers or leaves off at the base of the stem with sharp scissors where the stem comes out of another leaf. Be careful not to overwater or overpot and the leaves shouldn t die back, only the flowers will die. I overwater my peace lily...

House Plants: Peace Lily, miracle grow potting soil, peace lily
miracle grow potting soil, peace lily, shady location: Patricia, I am sure that your original plant was a peace lily. It is very common to send peace lilies to funerals and I do myself. However, I am saying that the sprouts in the picture do not appear to be the sprouts of a peace lily plant. It could be that...

House Plants: Pothos, dawn to dusk, drainage hole
dawn to dusk, drainage hole, smitha: Jerry, The usual reason that new leaves on pothos dries is because it is getting too much water. This plant needs to get nearly dry (until the plant feels light weight) between waterings. It must be in a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot...

House Plants: plant question (ID), ficus elastica, plant question
ficus elastica, plant question, drain tray: Lori, It appears to be a ficus elastica or variegated rubber tree but it is difficult to tell for sure because of the way the leaves are rolled up. It is not getting enough sun, being a variegated plant it needs moved over in front of that window so it...

House Plants: question on house plants, fungus spores, mold spores
fungus spores, mold spores, house plants: Frank, It is mold. It is from the soil or fertilizer that you are using or could even just be from some mold spores in the air and your soil was a warm moist environment that they grew on. Allow the soil to dry out well between waterings and that will interupt...

House Plants: rabbits foot fern, peat moss, potting soil
peat moss, potting soil, foot fern: Deb, If you mean roots are coming out of the bottom of the container I wouldn t worry about it. I would just cut the roots off. If you really want it in a larger container you can gently do it but you have to literally bend or break off some of those feet...

House Plants: Should I repot my dracaena lisa?, drain tray, dracaenas
drain tray, dracaenas, ceramic container: Angela, No, I would not repot it unless I thought it had really bad soil for some reason. If the soil is dark with lots of perlite (little white pellets that look like styrofoam) and it crumbles in your fingers well it is fine. Just set that in a basket...

House Plants: Scale on Palm, insecticidal soap, rubbing alcohol
insecticidal soap, rubbing alcohol, spray bottle: Andrew, You can also use rubbing alcohol mixed with water 50/50 and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the entire plant every 3 days for at least 2 months to get every scale that hatches from eggs. You must spray the fronts and backs of all the leaves and...

House Plants: Can I save my corn plant?, cold winter night, corn plant
cold winter night, corn plant, sunny location: Ravan, If the stubs that are sticking up out of the soil are green then you can keep the pot in a very bright but not sunny location in the houseand water it lightly. Do not keep it wet. Be very patient and it may regrow. A corn plant should never be...

House Plants: about my umbrella tree, bamboo skewer, turkey baster
bamboo skewer, turkey baster, drainage hole: No just use wire clippers or toenail clippers and clip the skewer off just above the surface of the soil. Then if the top 2/3rds of the skewer is dry it is time to water, if it is not wait. If the pot is smaller than 8 inches you should be able to just pick...

House Plants: weeping plants, wingless aphids, bodied insects
wingless aphids, bodied insects, pear shaped body: Hello Audrey May, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I was receiving questions. Most likely the sticky stuff you are seeing is not plant sap but...

House Plants: worms in the dirt of my Cat Palms, rubbing alcohol, brown leaves
rubbing alcohol, brown leaves, larval stage: Cindy, You are overwater and keeping them too wet so the roots are rotting which is causing the brown leaves and the rotting roots are attracting the centipede like worms. They are actually the larval stage of fungus gnats. Let the plants dry out more and...

House Plants: Anthurium - Dark Edges, fertilizer spikes, dark edges
fertilizer spikes, dark edges, drain tray: Ann, That burn could come from fertilizer or from over watering or from too much sun. So if you have not changed your watering or moved it to a sunnier location then the fertilizer spikes are probably the culprits. I would try to remove them annd set the...

House Plants: Asparagus Fern, asparagus fern, walmart
asparagus fern, walmart, darlene: Steven, If it is very large you can divide it but it usually doesn t like that. Otherwise growing it from seed is the only way. It will not grow from cuttings. You can generally buy small ones pretty cheap in the spring at Walmart for putting in planters....

House Plants: amaryllis bulbs, amaryllis bulbs, blooming plants
amaryllis bulbs, blooming plants, sun location: Irene, You need to feed them more than just bone meal. Amaryllis are heavy feeders and the bulbs need to grow larger at this point in order to bloom next year. They need to go out in a full sun location and they need to be fed weekly with Miracle Grow...

House Plants: banana trees, dwarf cavendish banana, banana trees
dwarf cavendish banana, banana trees, inch pots: Phyllis, They will grow just fine in large pots. I reccommend that you use potting soil with some sand mixed in. They would do well in a location where they get morning sun and som shade in the afternoon so they do not get burned. When it is above 80 degrees...

House Plants: blooming or flowering palm plant?, dracaena deremensis, palm plant
dracaena deremensis, palm plant, janet craig: Tanya, Your plant is not a palm, it is a Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig . The shoots you have are strictly for the purpose of blooming. They will not start a new plant. Enjoy the blooms while you have them. They do not often bloom. It appears you take...

House Plants: burros tail (donkey), bamboo skewer, colored water
bamboo skewer, colored water, yellow colour: Willie, I suspect someone else may be giving your burros tail a drink when you are not looking. Your desription sounds like mine when I accidently overwatered him. You neeed to let him dry out. Make sure no one else is watering him. Stick a bamboo skewer...

House Plants: china doll, radermachera sinica, cayenne pepper
radermachera sinica, cayenne pepper, spider mites: Malisa, It is fine to put pebbles atop the soil. You might want to put cayenne pepper on the soil rather thickly first then the stones. That should keep the cats out of the soil. To help it recover from the spider mites you should move it to a location...

House Plants: how to clone a schefflera tree, cuttings from plants, moist soil
cuttings from plants, moist soil, potting soil: Hello Jenny, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. Unfortunately Schefflera are difficult to successfully propagate....

House Plants: Dying Guzmania Grand Prix, floral library, dry patches
floral library, dry patches, green leaves: Samantha, I assume that it was in bloom when you bought it and that it bloomed for some time after that. Now the bloom is beginning to fade. Unfortunately that is normal for all bromeliads. That does not mean the plant is dying. You can clip off the fading...

House Plants: deifinbaccia, dumb cane, aggie horticulture, dawn air
aggie horticulture, dawn air, dumb cane: Dawn, Air layering is the safest way to take the top off the plant if you want to guarantee you can use the top portion as another plant. If your plant grew that large that fast you have it in too lare a pot and you must be fertilizing it a lot. I reccommend...

House Plants: diplandia, plant fertilizer, rest periods
plant fertilizer, rest periods, blooming plants: Ellen, Cutting them back will prevent them from blooming but lack of sun while they are indoors keeps them from blooming indoors and lack of fertilizer. If you fertilize them every 2 weeks begining right now all summer you will have blooms all summer and...

House Plants: Fertilising Houseplants, flamingo flower, calcium carbonate
flamingo flower, calcium carbonate, peace lily: Dear Lily, Yes, I reccommend that you fertilize the plants while they are flowering. I would use Miracle Grow or a generic version of a water soluable fertilizer and mix it at half of the strength that is reccommended on the box. At half strength the soil...

House Plants: FICA issues, warm sunny place, ficus trees
warm sunny place, ficus trees, snow blizzard: Hello Maria, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. Ficus trees are quite well known for dropping leaves for the...

House Plants: Fica Plant, ficus trees, clay pot
ficus trees, clay pot, shady place: Gloria, Yes, you can transplant it into a clay pot with a drainage csaucer, that would be best but only move it to a pot that is no more than 4 inches larger diameeter than the diameter of the pot you are taking it out of. 2 incches is even beter but ficus...

House Plants: indoor yucca plant from ikea, nest fungus, birds nest
House Plants: indoor yucca plant from ikea, nest fungus, birds nest, organic matter

House Plants: over fertlized potted tomatoes, patio tomatoes, self watering pots
patio tomatoes, self watering pots, tomatoe plants: Clarissa, The only other things I can think of would be to remove some of the soil in the pot and replace it with straight soil. However, tomatoes are fairly heavy feeders and I am not convinced that over fertilizing is the problem. I have never liked...

House Plants: House plant, anti fungal treatment, lowes home
anti fungal treatment, lowes home, fungal spores: Hello Reed Van Gorden, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. It sounds like the plant could have some type of...

House Plants: help, getting rid of spider mites, spider mite
getting rid of spider mites, spider mite, fungus gnats: Hello Kammie, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. There must be something else going on or there must be other...

House Plants: house plants, house plants, growth cycle
house plants, growth cycle: Hello Anna, Actually you can repot and take cuttings from a Pothos anytime but it is best to repot and take cuttings in the spring after the plant is in it s active growth cycle. I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information...

House Plants: indoor yucca plant from ikea, toad stools, yucca plant
toad stools, yucca plant, heavy soil: Stephanie, It appears to be some type of toadstools growing in very acidic heavy soil. Yuccas should be planted in a sandy soil that is kept on the dry side, much like a cactus. They should be kept in the sunniest location possible in your home. I would...

House Plants: Jade Update, leaf pores, powdery mildew
leaf pores, powdery mildew, insecticidal soap: Polina, As long as the stems are firm and green I would repot it. Use a soil mix of half cheap potting soil, not the kind that has fertilizer in it or moisture holding pellets in it, and half builders sand that you can get at Lowes or Builder s Sguare....

House Plants: Light conditions for plants, tropical rain forest, blinds and drapes
tropical rain forest, blinds and drapes, night temperatures: Haldee, Your anthurium is from Hawaii and loves the humidity of tropical islands. It would also love the humidity of your bathroom and the bright but subdued light like it would get in a tropical rain forest. Your croton is a sun lover. In Florida you...

House Plants: Lilly Plant, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, darlene: Anette, The only way a peace lily should be outside is if the lowest temperature at night is above 55 degrees farenheit. It should not sit in the sun only in the shade and it should also sit in a location out of the wind. I find that peace lilies are the...

House Plants: Majesty Palm, majesty palm tree, novice gardener
majesty palm tree, novice gardener, humidity tray: Hello Gail, Majesty Palm definitely needs more light than it is currently getting in your basement unless it is sitting in front of a nice south facing window in your basement. It also might not be warm enough down in your basement for the Palm. I would...

House Plants: Mother in Law's togue fell over, drainage hole, ceramic pot
drainage hole, ceramic pot, drain tray: Natasha, Usually sansevieria plants are connected to each other with their roots connected in a mesh of 1 to the other. First they must be in a pot with a drainage hole and a drain tray under it. That can be set in a decorativ basket or ceramic pot. The...

House Plants: mass cane plant, corn plant, leaf tips
corn plant, leaf tips, flouride: Dear Efe, They require being in a room that is bright enough that your hand will make a shadow without having lights on. It does not like sun shining on it. The brown an yellow leaf tips are caused by overwatering or by watering the plant with city...

House Plants: old aloe plant, aloe plants, aloe plant
aloe plants, aloe plant, midday sun: Christie, Treat it like a cactus. Indoors give it lots of sun. Mine sits in the corner of an enclosed sun porch where there are windows facing both south and west and it is very happy. I do not put it outdoors in summer because it is happy where it is and...

House Plants: Palm houseplant, plastic pot, earthen pot
plastic pot, earthen pot, local grocery store: Julia, Watering every other day is too often. You cannot keep the plant that wet or the roots willl rot. Keep it in the plastic pot it is in and set it in a decorative pot or basket with a drain tray inside it. When you water it an hour later you need to...

House Plants: Poinsettia plants, Poinsettia Reblooming
Poinsettia Reblooming: Harriet, It sounds like this one really wants to live if you haven t watered it and it is still sprouting leaves. Yes, it can be brought into bloom again but you have to follow a strict regimen. You do not have a greenhouse so the blooms will not be as...

House Plants: Prayer Plant Roots, root knot nematode, carrot celery
root knot nematode, carrot celery, prayer plant: Brenda, No, it is not normal and I suspect that your plant has Meloidogyne incognita — Southern root-knot nematode. This species of root-knot nematode cannot withstand freezing and so is limited to soils that do not freeze. It often occurs on plants...

House Plants: peace plant, poor water quality, peace lily
poor water quality, peace lily, plant fertilizer: Hello Irene, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. First off, stop using the fertilizer sticks! For one thing when...

House Plants: plant identification, genus tolmiea, monotypic genus
genus tolmiea, monotypic genus, seed propagation: Sue, I believe that your plant is a Tolmiea menziesii, commonly known as a Piggyback plant. Your description sounds perfect. It is not a weed, it is a Native Plant . The following info comes from Wikipedia: The plant Tolmiea menziesii is the only member...

House Plants: pruning, aggie horticulture, pruning shears
aggie horticulture, pruning shears, leaf points: Lorraine, You simply take either a sharp knife or sharp pruning shears and cut the stem you want to remove just above a leave. The new branch will come out at that leaf node in the direction the leaf points toward. On the cutting you should remove the lower...

House Plants: Rubber tree plant, rubber tree plant, tree plants
rubber tree plant, tree plants, spring time: Hello Julee, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. Yes, Rubber Tree plants can be pruned. It is usually best to...

House Plants: SCHEFFELARA, potting soil, flower bed
potting soil, flower bed, tropical area: Lou, I have no idea where you live so I can t come help you. You don t have a question here. Remove the schefflera from the pot and take a sharp knife and cut the roots down the side so they dont keep circling the rootball then dig the hole where you want...

House Plants: Schefflera arboricola leaf drop, isopropyl alcohol, drainage hole
isopropyl alcohol, drainage hole, black leaves: Sue, Stop moving it around, all the moving and experimanting stresses it. It needs sun for as many hours a day as possible, all day if possible. Black leaves usually indicate not enough sun or too much water. It must be in a pot that is not too large and...

House Plants: Schflerra Dwarf, bright indirect light, tea pot
bright indirect light, tea pot, new leaves: Denise, Let it get dryer between waterings and move it to where it will get direct sun. Schefflerras actually love the sun. Open the drapes or blinds. Get it more sun and let it dry out a bi then it should strat sprouting some new growth. At that time...

House Plants: Sick yucca cane, shanti shanti, yucca cane
shanti shanti, yucca cane, dawn to dusk: Shanti, I suspect that at times your yucca has been overwatered and other times underwatered which has caused the deformities along with not getting enough sun. It needs to be treated like a desert plant and given lost of sunlight from that southfacing...

House Plants: small plants starting in pot - not attached to aloe verra, inch pot, air currents
inch pot, air currents, aloe vera: Kathyn, Sorry to tell you they are weeds. Probably seeds that floated in on air currents. Your aloe does not need competition so pull them immediately. How large is the pot? If there is only one baby aloe in the pot it sould not be larger than a 3 inch...

House Plants: Unknown house plant, invironments, tongue swelling
invironments, tongue swelling, dragon tree: Hi Brad, I m sorry but I can not identify the plant or tell if it is poisonous without a picture. You will need to resubmit a question and attach a picture of the plant. Do the long thin leaves grow in a rosette pattern on a thin light brown trunk (the...

House Plants: umbrella plant, umbrella plant, potting soil
umbrella plant, potting soil, rooting hormone: Hello Connie, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your question. I was out of town and did not realize my set vacation time had expired and that I had started receiving questions. Yes, you can cut the plant down. When you cut it, make the...

House Plants: White circles, grape vines, home depot
grape vines, home depot, fungal disease: Stephanie, Young grape vines are very touchy. Over watering can cause then to become droopy or being too cold, too warm or in too dark a location. They need to be kept in a very sunny and cool location but not freezing. Are the grapes potted or still in...

House Plants: white calla lilly indoor, calla lilly, calla lily
calla lilly, calla lily, peace lily: Jen, Is your plant a calla lily or a peace lily? If it is a peace lily you should be careful not to overwater it but if it is a calla lily it needs lots of sun and it needs to sit in a bowl full of water constantly. A calla lily is a plant that grows from...

House Plants: white fungus on orchid blossom stems, blossom buds, white fungus
blossom buds, white fungus, cotton swab: Hello Mary, Unfortunately I was not able to see much in the picture you sent. I wonder if maybe this is something other than a fungus. For one thing fungus is supposed to be fuzzy, not fluffy. I think it is probably one of two things. It is either really...

House Plants: Yucca Repotting, yucca plant, dave thorpe
yucca plant, dave thorpe, potting soil: Dave, It looks like you have an inside pot and an outside pot. I am assuming that it is tne outside pot that has the 22 inch diameter. It looks like the inside diameter may only be about 18 inches. If you transplant it move it to a pot that the diameter...

House Plants: yucca gloriosa, yucca gloriosa, spanish dagger
yucca gloriosa, spanish dagger, water soluable: Gary, No, You just have to be patient. It is a slow growing plant and those outer shoots grow best with age. If you cut the center shoot the plant will focus it s growth on replacing that instead of growing the outer shoots. I am assuming that this is outdoors...

House Plants: ZZ plant, ugly pot, shady nook
ugly pot, shady nook, plant question: Terri, I am growing my first ZZ plant now so I am not an expert on it but I would probably remove the yellow leaves and sit tight for a couple of months and see if it looks like the plant is going to replace them. If it will this is the best time of year...

House Plants: Anthurium Red Hot, epsom salts, plant fertilizer
epsom salts, plant fertilizer, drain tray: Neal, Is it in a pot with a drain hole in the bottom and a drain tray under it? Yes, you can repot it, but move it to a pot that is no more than 2 inches larger diameter than the pot it is in now and make sure it has a drain hole with a tray under it....

House Plants: Avacado Plant, avocado plant, new leaves
avocado plant, new leaves, green leaves: Dear Angela, Well I don t want to hurt you - far from it - so what shall I tell you? Unless your plant is swimming in water I doubt if you have overwatered it as they do like plenty of water in the Spring and Summer - much less in the winter. They also...

House Plants: Azalea plan, azalea plant, air bubbles
azalea plant, air bubbles, full bloom: Dear Judy, I do love a woman with a sense of humour - thanks for giving me a good chuckle when I read your response. I am glad your plant is now at home in what sounds like a good position. You are probably right that the plant had been overwatered...

House Plants: Azalea plant, azalea plant, thirsty plants
azalea plant, thirsty plants, plastic pots: Hello Elise, Azaleas are very thirsty plants - in the spring/summer when the buds are opening and then later when the plant is in full flower it will need more frequent watering than at other times of the year when it is resting. If your plant is in a clay...

House Plants: aloe plant browning and becoming squishy to touch, cactus soil, aloe plant
cactus soil, aloe plant, facing window: Dear Jimi, Well what a time you and your aloe have had, in, out, in, out etc. the cat being the final straw I would have thought! I m told that most succulents don t mind a drop in temperature at night time so unless it is really cold where you live...

House Plants: asparagus fern, asparagus fern, shady conditions
asparagus fern, shady conditions, ferns: Hello Kelly, Am I to assume that you have never re-potted your Asparagus Fern? If so, how clever of you to have kept it going for so many years! Asparagus ferns should be re-potted every Spring using a pot which is slightly bigger - say 2inches larger...

House Plants: Black Aralia, blind situation, inch pot
blind situation, inch pot, leaf loss: Dear Kevin, My haven t you done well to have your plant grow more than 8ft tall - I can understand your dismay to see so much leaf drop. Are the leaves dropping from the base of the plant or all over I wonder? Personally I would not have the plant standing...

House Plants: Bright Screen that will withstand cold/shade, zone 5b, cedar trees
zone 5b, cedar trees, shady conditions: Mike, My expertise is in house plants and I don t think they would help you much. Go back to allexperts.com then click on gardening, then click on landscaping, then click on landscaping and design, then I would suggest you choose Sean Murphy to ask the...

House Plants: Broken propeller plant/propagation, sharp sand, plant propagation
sharp sand, plant propagation, rooting hormone: Dear Sharon, If you have a special soil for cactus it may already include sand - check on the bag. By sharp sand I mean sand which can be bought in a garden centre not sand from the beach. I have a feeling, dredged up from years ago when I had a florist...

House Plants: bonsai bamboo plants, bamboo plants, bonsai plants
bamboo plants, bonsai plants, different shapes: Dear Crystal, Much as I love looking at Bonsai plants I have never possessed one so don t know much about their care. However, I DO know that they are trained into different shapes by the use of wire and from what I have seen in books it is a very painstaking...

House Plants: Cat palms, high humidity, wet location
high humidity, wet location, tropical area: Gale, Cat palms do not like full sun and they like lots of water and high humidity. You did not say where you live but it could be from too much sun, too little water or too low of humidity. They can survive for awhile but ultimately no. Move them to a...

House Plants: Cowboy Cactus, cacti and succulents, growing cacti
cacti and succulents, growing cacti, jade plants: Hello Zoe, Wow, 9ft tall! You must feel you are out in the desert in Arizona when you look at it! You have done well. As mentioned in my profile cacti are not really my area but I will tell you what I would do if it were my plant. Obviously there is...

House Plants: my candy corn plant, candy corn, corn plant
candy corn, corn plant, pussy cat: Hello V. Fields, I have to admit that I have no personal experience of Candy Corn which I believe to be a garden plant. As I am not a cat lover I would suggest you dispose of your cat - no, I am joking! However, it would be interesting to know why the cat...

House Plants: candy corn plants(manettia inflata), non flowering plants, corn plants
non flowering plants, corn plants, candy corn: Hello Cala, I have to tell you that I have no personal experience of growing candy corn plants but I do know that they need sunshine to flower. Perhaps the one you have which is flowering gets some sunshine and the other two do not? Have you been feeding...

House Plants: care,where to plant a vineing with lalgre purple flowes phil selloum, cup and saucer vine, spectacular plant
cup and saucer vine, spectacular plant, coloured wall: Dear Tammy, It would seem that you have been given the incorrect name for your plant. Philodendron selloum is not a vine, it has very large, deeply lobed green leaves and makes a spectacular plant which looks wonderful positioned against a plain coloured...

House Plants: cat palm and boston fern, boston fern, palm leaves
boston fern, palm leaves, dry atmosphere: Good morning Cindy, Since both your plants seem to be suffering from more or less the same problem I would hazard a guess that the plants are in a hot, dry atmosphere. They need to be misted frequently and in the case of the palm, the fronds can be sponged...

House Plants: Devils Ivy, scindapsus aureus, hot day today
scindapsus aureus, hot day today, beachside restaurant: Dear Sue, Glad to hear you have had a hot day today - hope it continues like that over the holiday weekend. Here in Spain it is gorgeous too - have just returned home from lunch at a beachside restaurant - good weather, good food and good company, what...

House Plants: Double Hibiscus tree, hibiscus tree, hibiscus plants
hibiscus tree, hibiscus plants, potting compost: Dear Ashley, First of all why do you think your hibiscus suffered from frost bite - did you leave it outside during cold wintery weather? Where I live in Spain - Andalucia - our hibiscus plants are grown outdoors but of course it is warm here and they...

House Plants: Draceana Cane, dracaenas, light position
dracaenas, light position, draughts: Dear Christen, Yes it most certainly is ok to cut off the brown leaves - no-one likes to see brown leaves on their otherwise healthy plant do they? If the leaves are lower leaves then turning brown is a natural and inevitable process due to old age! ...

House Plants: donkey tail question, donkey tail, pony tail
donkey tail, pony tail, botanical name: Hello Dorothy, I m sorry but I have no idea what a donkey tail plant is - is it the same as pony tail? Could you send me the botanical name or a photo so I can identify it? Many thanks. Diana Hello again Dorothy, No sooner had I answered your...

House Plants: dracaena fragrans flower, flower stalk, darlene
flower stalk, darlene, good luck: Terry, Cut off the flower stalk and keep doing exactly what you have been doing. You must be doing an excellent job of growing it since they rarely bloom and yours did. If you have more specific questions feel free to write again. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: dumb cane, pruning shears, new roots
pruning shears, new roots, potting soil: Dawn, I would get another pot that is about 12 inches wide and fill it with a mix of 2 parts of potting soil to 1 part of perlite available at any garden center. Also pick up a bottle of rooting hormone at the garden center. From the top of the plant...

House Plants: Saw dust, Borer Damage
Borer Damage: Sean, You have a yucca cane borer that is a butterfly or a moth that has laid an egg on your yucca and the larva has bored in to the trunk of your yucca and is growing. When it matures it will come out and finish maturing into the butterfly or moth although...

House Plants: Enlgish Ivy, red spider mites, little eva
red spider mites, little eva, ivies: Good morning Denise, In the olden days, before you and I were born!, ivies were considered easy plants to grow but, since the advent of central heating that has changed. Ivies do not like hot, dry air in our homes. It sounds as if your plant may be suffering...

House Plants: FICA trees, systemic insecticide, scale insects
systemic insecticide, scale insects, scale insect: Dear Carol, Well you have a big cleaning up operation in front of you! It would appear to me that your plants have been attacked either by aphids or scale insect which suck the sap from leaves and stems and then secrete a substance known as honeydew which...

House Plants: Flower Pot, flower pot, plant pot
flower pot, plant pot, indoor plants: Hello Derek, What I would do is use this pot as a plant pot cover rather than planting directly into it as without drainage every plant you put in is destined to die quickly. So you will have to choose plants in pots which are smaller than the marble...

House Plants: candy corn plants(manettia inflata), corn plants, candy corn
House Plants: candy corn plants(manettia inflata), corn plants, candy corn, pot

House Plants: help id house plant, sexual reproduction, mother plant
House Plants: help id house plant, sexual reproduction, mother plant, genus ornithogalum

House Plants: indoor plant, oxalis triangularis, purple shamrock
House Plants: indoor plant, oxalis triangularis, purple shamrock, oxalis regnellii

House Plants: Leaves Turning Yellow on Silver Philodendron, fungus gnats, maintenance plants
House Plants: Leaves Turning Yellow on Silver Philodendron, fungus gnats, maintenance plants, north dakota usa

House Plants: Name my houseplant?!
House Plants: Name my houseplant?!

House Plants: noah's ark houseplant, noah s ark, rhoeo
House Plants: noah's ark houseplant, noah s ark, rhoeo, moses

House Plants: rooting hormone and herbs
House Plants: rooting hormone and herbs

House Plants: Sago Palm, stalks
House Plants: Sago Palm, stalks

House Plants: ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, drainage hole: Mary Jane, Ficus trees can loose leaves because they are too dry, or because they are too wet, or because they are not getting enough sun (the love the sun), or because they are too cold, or too hot. Have you recently moved it? How often has it been...

House Plants: what is this flowers name?, hoya carnosa, darlene
hoya carnosa, darlene, good luck: Munkhtselmeg, I beleive that your plant is a vining Hoya carnosa that is usually grown as a hanging plant. It likes lots of sun. The following websites have more info about the plant. If you have more questions feel free to write again. Good luck. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/432/...

House Plants: Gardenias, midday sun, full bloom
midday sun, full bloom, night temperature: Hello Eduardo, When you say tree, do you really mean tree or plant? Is the plant inside or outside, in a pot or planted in the garden? Gardenias are gorgeous I think,with their beautiful white flowers and delightful perfume BUT full sun is no good,...

House Plants: Gold Dust or Spotted Dracaena, plant crown, potting soil
plant crown, potting soil, light position: Hello Tasha, If you have the plant crown you can plant this directly into potting soil but if you took cane cuttings then you can grow a plant from each cutting which should be between 2 and 3 in length bearing at least one node. The cuttings can be placed...

House Plants: Hen & Chickens, Hens & Chickens
Hens & Chickens: Katherine, It depends, where did you get these hen & chicks? There is a tropical variety that you might have gotten if you bought them in a house plant section in a garden center. If they were with a lot of cactus plants indoors at Lowes or Home Depot they...

House Plants: Hibiscus, sudden change, spring and summer
sudden change, spring and summer, buds: Hello Kathy, I have only ever grown hibiscus out of doors as I live in Spain where they grow without much attention for years! That is if they are planted in a garden or park. In a pot it is different of course. When I have grown them in a pot I have...

House Plants: Hibiscus leaf problems, flower buds, acidic soils
flower buds, acidic soils, cream colour: Anne, I looked up Phostrogen on line as we don t have it here in Indiana and found there are several varieties. Since I do not know which one you are using I will tell you what I have discovered with my tree hibiscus this past winter. I had some palm food...

House Plants: Houseplants nightmare!, flowering house plants, air bubbles
flowering house plants, air bubbles, growing plants: Hello Victoria, I am amazed that the seller of the plants did not give you proper growing instructions or at least a name! I wouldn t go back to him again! Well there are a vast amount of flowering house plants and there is no knowing what kind you...

House Plants: help id house plant, green leaves, white flowers
green leaves, white flowers, house plant: Hi Lori, I m sorry but I cannot ID your plant. I wonder if you were to cut one of the leaves if it actually smells of onions? I have some much smaller bulbs growing in pots which have long leaves and throw out a long stem with small white flowers and they...

House Plants: hibiscus, organic fertilizers, mealy bugs
organic fertilizers, mealy bugs, hibiscus plant: Usha, Your problem is either scale or mealy bugs, they are very similar insects and the same insecticides will work on either. The ants are farming these insects because they like their sticky sweet excrement. I do not know what insecticides are available...

House Plants: hibuscus as a houseplant, aerosol spray, hibiscus plants
aerosol spray, hibiscus plants, insect killer: Good morning D I have lost count of the times I have sprayed my hibiscus plants to rid them of white and green fly and they have never shown any adverse effect. Did you use an aerosol spray or a liquid insecticide? If the latter perhaps it was not diluted...

House Plants: house coconut palm plant, styrofoam pellets, bamboo skewer
styrofoam pellets, bamboo skewer, coconut palm: Gemma, The best care instructions I can give you are move to Miami and plant it in your yard in full sun. This is an outdoor plant not a houseplant. That said, you might, might, be able to grow it indoors for a few years. You an repot it into a pot that...

House Plants: Indoor Azalea Tree, peat moss, clay pots
peat moss, clay pots, shallow roots: Dee, I checked the winter temperatures in Portland and the lows do fall below 32 degrees. In January the lowest low temperature I found was 25 degrees. If you plant it in the ground you will have to mulch it well in the winter and on nights when frost is...

House Plants: Indoor Elephant Ear (Brown Leaves), elephant ear, dormant period
elephant ear, dormant period, dark closet: Jonathon, This plant likes lots of sun. There are several things that could be causing your brown leaves. One is lack of light, this plant loves the sun and is usually grown outdoors in full sun. Two is not enough water, this plant is grown in swampy areas...

House Plants: Indoor Palm Tree, indoor palm, palm tree
indoor palm, palm tree, partial shade: Good morning Kristen, I am a little mystified about your plant and wonder if it is in fact a palm? As you probably know the leaves of palms are called fronds and, generally speaking, each grows on its own stem therefore I don t understand when you say the...

House Plants: Ivy house plants, african violets, lit position
african violets, lit position, house plants: Hello Lori, yes of course send me a photo and I will do my best to identify your ivy. Practically all plants, apart from those with hairy fleshy leaves and stalks i.e. African Violets, Gloxinthia, Begonias will never say no to a misting! Just remember never...

House Plants: indoor plant, oxalis triangularis, definite name
oxalis triangularis, definite name, plant question: Dear Margaret, Am so glad you have been given a definite name and to know that I was almost there in my identification! At least I got the Clover correct! I shall be looking out for this plant now as I now know there are so many beautiful varieties. ...

House Plants: ivy pot, bonsai pot, variegated ivy
bonsai pot, variegated ivy, sure what kind: Dear Alanda, I imagine your ivy is not doing well for both the reasons you give. Firstly why did you feel the need to repot it? Was it because you like the bonsai pot and wanted to use it? Bonsai pots are far too shallow and, in some cases, too wide...

House Plants: Jade Plant, knitting needle, potting compost
knitting needle, potting compost, easier run: Dear Katherine, If it is a large plant as I imagine it must be since it is 12 years old, or thereabouts, I would, if at all possible, ask someone to help you repot it because, as you probably know the leaves and stems can break off quite easily. Let...

House Plants: jasmine, partial shade, zone 5
partial shade, zone 5, jasmine: Dear Kath, I should cut off all the brown bits and place your plant outside in partial shade - definitely not in full sunshine - keep the soil moist, mist the plant frequently taking it out of the sunshine whilst you do this. I have a pink jasmine which...

House Plants: Kimberley Queen Fern, sword fern, great guns
sword fern, great guns, indirect light: Good morning Cindy, From what I can tell, your Kimberly Queen Fern is what we [not in the States] call a Sword Fern - correct me if I am wrong. Popular conception has it that ferns only grow well in the shade indoors but in fact they do enjoy indirect...

House Plants: kalanchoe, leaved plants, mature plants
leaved plants, mature plants, dear kelly: Dear Kelly, I am assuming that your kalanchoe is a non flowering variety perhaps with furry or hairy leaves? Succulents are fleshy leaved plants which store water or stems which store water. Most succulents require free-draining compost, sunshine, fresh...

House Plants: Lady Palm Cane regrowth, lady palm, fronds
lady palm, fronds, palms: Congratulations on reviving part of your palm! I wonder if you have cut the other canes to see if they are still alive? I would cut off a small part and if they are dead then dig them out. If they are not then there is a chance they will grow at some stage....

House Plants: Leaves Turning Yellow on Silver Philodendron, specimen plants, philodendron family
specimen plants, philodendron family, pot plants: Dear Darlene, Have just answered your query, then pressed a button on my computer and the whole thing disappeared! Oh the joys of the technical age! So here goes again! I wonder if you can send me a photo and/or the botanical name of your plant as...

House Plants: Lucky Bean, lucky bean plant, indirect sunlight
lucky bean plant, indirect sunlight, seed pods: Mellissa, Chances are when you transplanted it in the winter you put it into too large an pot and it went into shock and stopped growing. Your Lucky bean plant is known botanically as Castanosperum australe. It is an interesting novelty plant because...

House Plants: The leaves of my new plant has started yellowing, lit position, boston fern
lit position, boston fern, air bubbles: Dear Anar, It s impossible for me to identify your plant for you as I am afraid I have never heard of Champa. It sounds as if your sister-in-law is correct when she says the yellowing leaves are probably due to lack of water. I will give you some general...

House Plants: looks like a rabbits foot, maranta plants, rabbits foot
maranta plants, rabbits foot, paw print: Hello Keith, You describe, very well I might add, one of my favourite houseplants from the group of Marantas. Yours is a M. leuconeura kerchoveana commonly known as a Prayer Plant and/or Rabbit Tracks. The markings on the leaves are, as you say, like a...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree, dragon tree, drainage hole
dragon tree, drainage hole, drain tray: Barbara, You can use the pelletized timed released fertilizer on it or you can give it regular doses of Miracle Grow or a generic version of Miracle Grow. I would use the latter. I hope that you have repotted it into a pot with a drainage hole that is the...

House Plants: Magic bean plant soil/gravel, Glued stones on lucky bean plant
Glued stones on lucky bean plant: Landra, Take a screw driver and very carefully pry the gravel out while holding on to the base of the plant with the other hand. Or if you have a helper you hold the plant and the pot while he pries. You can soak it ahead of time if you want and that...

House Plants: Marigolds, house plants, aesthetically
house plants, aesthetically, what the heck: Hello Vikki, As you will appreciate yours is a gardening question not house plants, however, having said that I can t imagine there is any reason why you can t, if you wish, plant both marigolds in the same pot. But remember that aesthetically it may...

House Plants: Ming Aralia, isopropyl alcohol, spider mites
isopropyl alcohol, spider mites, inch pot: Gail, You need to move it to where it will get direct sun. A lack of sun can cause the leaf drop that you are experiencing. In fact it would like being outdoors in a semi shady location. Outside it would like to be where it would get sun in the morning...

House Plants: my mandevila plant is wilting, air humidity, mandeville plant
air humidity, mandeville plant, 00p: Dear Jeni, I would move them to a shaded place and see how they respond. I wonder if these are small plants newly purchased? If so going into sunshine straight away could have been too much of a shock for them. I am surprised that the pots are lined...

House Plants: mass cane floor plant, pot sizes, root balls
pot sizes, root balls, front porch: Angie, Are you saying that you want to put it in the ground for the summer with other plants? Yes you could but you will have to put it back in the pot in the fall and digging it up and repotting it will be traumatic for the plant in the fall. I recommend...

House Plants: massangeana cane, fungus gnats, isopropyl alcohol
fungus gnats, isopropyl alcohol, larva: Kathy, You don t say what size of worms. I suspect they are the larva of fungus gnats and that your plant has been overwatered. Mix 70% isopropyl alcohol with water 50/50 and that will kill the worms. Then cut back on the amount of water you give the plant...

House Plants: Name my houseplant?!, cordyline terminalis, plantdatabase
cordyline terminalis, plantdatabase, houseplant: Gillian, I believe it is a young Cordyline, either terminalis, fruiticosa or compacta. The following sites give complete care info: http://www.greenpatio.com/plantdatabase/cordyline_terminalis.shtml http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1571243.htm...

House Plants: My Nephthytis Forest, aerial roots, miss hamilton
aerial roots, miss hamilton, stem cuttings: Good morning Tracy, Glad to hear your plant is doing so well! This plant is almost like two plants in the same pot since the young leaves are borne on erect stalks but the older stems acquire a climbing habit and need support. What you need to do is...

House Plants: Northfolk Pine Tree, air bubbles, norfolk pine
air bubbles, norfolk pine, tepid water: Hello Carolyn, I don t have any personal experience of growing a Norfolk pine or indeed any type of pine. However, for what it is worth here are some suggestions. Firstly it probably wasn t necessary to repot the plant unless you investigated and saw...

House Plants: nats/larvae killing my plants, fungus gnats, tulip bulbs
fungus gnats, tulip bulbs, topsy turvey: Sherry, The gnats are fungus gnats, they are like fruit flys. They have attacked your plants because you are watering your plants too frequently and the roots are beginning to rot. They smell tthe rotting roots like fruit flys smell over ripe fruit and...

House Plants: noah's ark houseplant, noah s ark, elderly lady
noah s ark, elderly lady, true identity: Janna, I tried to contact Shelly and she has not answered, she may have changed her email address. I am sure your plant has another name. Do you have a picture of it from before it died or can you give me a detailed description of how it looked and maybe...

House Plants: Peace Lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, beautiful peace: Dear Agnes, It s amazing the number of times I have been asked questions about the peace lily - so much so that this morning I bought one for myself so I could experience [although hopefully not] some of the problems owners have with this plant! As the...

House Plants: Peace Lilly bruising, peace lilly, root ball
peace lilly, root ball, insecticide: Dear Kimberly, Have you checked the plant and root ball for insects? I would say this is the most likely answer to your problem. If there are insects or even slugs affecting your plant then you can purchase the appropriate insecticide. I have in the...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, keen gardener
peace lily, keen gardener, green leaves: Dear Frances, The peace lily strikes again! MY peace lily is beautiful with no problems at all but then, I only bought it this week!!!! Well what to do about yours? Yellowing leaves are usually a sign of underwatering or of the plant standing in a draught....

House Plants: Persian Violet Overwatered, persian violet, potting compost
persian violet, potting compost, root ball: Hello Kim, Maybe you can save the overwatered plants - have you checked the roots? If they are all rotted - ie are brown and soft - then, sorry, there is no hope. However if only part of the root ball has rotted then you should leave it out of the pot...

House Plants: Philodendron, aerial roots, runners
aerial roots, runners, diana: Hello Debbie, The long roots are called aerial roots - no don t cut them off [apart from the dried up tips], when they are long enough push the ends into the soil as they will help to take moisture back to the leaves. Sounds as if you have grown a lovely...

House Plants: Plant I.D., Purple Passion Plant ID
Purple Passion Plant ID: Millie, I believe that your plant may be a Purple Passion Plant (Gynura aurantiaca). At the following site are some pictures and a discussion of the plant by some owners: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2570/ This plant has 2 forms of growth, one...

House Plants: Plant ID and Facts, Beaucarnea Recurvata also known as a Ponytail Palm
Beaucarnea Recurvata also known as a Ponytail Palm: Rebecca, Your plant is a Beaucarnea Recurvata also known as a Ponytail Palm. It loves the sun and lack of sun is probably your problem. It does not need a lot of water, that large base stores water so your watering is fine, just move it to a very sunny...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, moist leaf litter, pony tail
moist leaf litter, pony tail, rubbing alcohol: Christie, Actually cenitpedes are good insects. They are predators that eat bad insects. The centipedes have super long legs for their narrow body size, making them very recognizable. The centipedes can be found in very moist leaf litter or an overcrowded...

House Plants: Ponytail problems, self watering pot, bamboo skewer
self watering pot, bamboo skewer, desert plant: Marilyn, A self watering pot is not good for a beaucarnea recurvata or ponytail palm. It keeps the plant too wet. This is a desert plant. That water in the base keeps the lower part of the soil and the roots constantly moist. This is a desert type plant...

House Plants: Pygmy Date Palm tree, red spider mites, pygmy date palm
red spider mites, pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm tree: Hello Lori, Yes, it certainly sounds as if your palm has been infected by red spider mites. Personally I would attempt to wash off the insects and the webs in the first instance and then spray with a systemic insecticide following the instructions on the...

House Plants: palm, indoor palm, fronds
indoor palm, fronds, parlour palm: Hello Bud, Well Bud, I want you to imagine that you were nice and cosy at home and then suddenly you were thrust outside, at night time, with no extra clothes - how do you think you might feel by morning? Pretty cold and fed up I should think! And that...

House Plants: palm tree not growing well, bamboo skewer, compost bin
bamboo skewer, compost bin, drain tray: Philomena, You can feed it every 2 months but not during the winter months with an acidic water soluable fertilizer such as Miracid. Or you can use any dry fertilizer that says it is for palms but only during the spring, summer and fall months and follow...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, darlene
peace lilly, darlene, good luck: Jan, Not unless you have a place that gets no direct sun but is bright and gets no wind what so ever. This plant gets very easily sun burned and any wind will shred it s leaves. It needs bright light but no direct sun. If you have additional questions...

House Plants: peace lily, Peace Lily
Peace Lily: Tammy, Drain as much water as possible off as quickly as possible. If it is drooping it is probably drooping because it is overwatered. Is the soil soggy? The roots of prayer plants begin to rot immediately when it is left sitting in standing water and...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, insecticide
peace lily, insecticide, insects: Dear Ladygator, Well, it either means that the flower has died as all of them will eventually so just cut it off or it means that perhaps there are insects on the plant attacking it. So have a look to see if you can find any insects and if so apply insecticide...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, sentimental memories
peace lily, sentimental memories, dry atmosphere: Dear Jan, It would seem that the peace lily is a popular plant in the States as I receive lots of queries about it. Or maybe that just means that lots of people find it difficult to grow! I wonder how often you have been watering your plant? It likes...

House Plants: plam tree plant, pick up truck, darlene
pick up truck, darlene, will take some time: Brenda, For starters next time you move a plant in an open pick up truck you have to wrap it with a sheet or paper so it doesn t get torn up. The leaves will not heal or regrow unless you cut it off. It will take some time for the plant to regrow. If you...

House Plants: plant, water soluble fertilizer, evening sun
water soluble fertilizer, evening sun, repotting: Tiffany, Yes, it is a fiddle leaf fig. You have 3 trunks there and it is in a fairly small pot. I would repot it into a pot with a diameter 2 inches larger than the diameter of the pot it is in now. Yes, in Kansas it can go outside for the spring, summer...

House Plants: plant identification, begonia rex, soft hairs
begonia rex, soft hairs, unusual plant: Dear Amber, I wonder if it would be possible for you to send a photo of your plant? My immediate thought was that it could be a Begonia Rex which has fleshy hairy stems and hairy leaves but then I thought that this is not such an unusual plant so someone...

House Plants: plant identification assistance - ok for kitties to nibble?, outdoor grass, pony tail
outdoor grass, pony tail, root base: Andrea, Your palm grass is I suspect, a Dwarf Egyptian Paper Plant Latin Name: Cyperus papyrus Dwarf you can see a picture of it in flower at the following website and get more care info. http://www.plantcare.com/encyclopedia/dwarf-egyptian-paper-plant-375.aspx...

House Plants: planting a baby aloe plant, drainage hole, aloe leaf
drainage hole, aloe leaf, aloe plant: Angela, Since it is a baby start it in a small pot with not more than a 3 inch diameter. Aloes do not ever have a lot of roots and do not like large pots or their roots rot in too much soil. Make sure the pot has a drainage hole and when you water it empty...

House Plants: How to prune a Chinadoll plant?, potting soil, mother plant
potting soil, mother plant, chinadoll: Hello Daniel, Yes, after pruning your plant you will get new growth from the cut end. As Chinadoll plants are quite difficult to propagate do not be hard on yourself if it doesn t work but the way to do is to place a cutting [green stem not woody] from...

House Plants: Question about a dracaena, dracaena, open trailer
dracaena, open trailer, al fresco: Dear Sharon, What a shame that your Dracaena had to go through the shock of moving house al fresco although obviously you did your best to protect it. Yes you did well to cut off all the brown bits - they are no good to man or beast! I wonder what...

House Plants: Rozalea, Rozalea 'Keepsake Azaleas'
Rozalea 'Keepsake Azaleas': Jay, Rozalea is the variety name, not the type of plant it is. Ohio-based Chrysanthemums/Poinsettas/Hibiscus grower Yoder Brothers Inc. rolled out its Keepsake Azaleas collection a few years ago, targeting the premium Valentine-through-Mother s Day market...

House Plants: repotting 1.5m jade plants, jade plants, climate ranges
jade plants, climate ranges, money trees: Hello Elizabeth, I would not use home made compost as it may well contain pests which will flourish in the warmer indoor conditions. I would use a bought potting compost. If you can get the plants outside in the summer I am sure they would benefit enormously...

House Plants: rooting hormone and herbs, rooting hormone powder, water soluable
rooting hormone powder, water soluable, boise id: Mary, Rooting hormone is a chemical that has an effect on plants but is not a true hormone that will have any effect on humans. It is also water soluable and will be washed away by the time your plants have grown to edible size. I am baffled as to why...

House Plants: Sago Palm, sago palm, sago plant
sago palm, sago plant, garden trees: Dear Vickie, The story gets very intriguing! This is just to let you know that I haven t forgotten you but I never managed to get to the garden centre this weekend, instead I went out partying!! But I will be going later on this week when I have some...

House Plants: Scale on my spider plant, spider plants, scale insects
spider plants, scale insects, insect infestation: Hello Betty, Yes, it certainly sounds like scale insects have attacked your spider plant. Or it could be tiny white fly whose larvae known as whitescales also exude a sticky residue. What causes this problem? I suppose the only answer I can give you is...

House Plants: scales on areca palm, areca palm plant, systemic insecticide
areca palm plant, systemic insecticide, rubbing alcohol: Hello Lisa, When I encounter scale on my plants if it is not too bad then I remove them manually with ordinary water. After their removal I spray with a systemic insecticide. The actual insects with their waxy coat are impervious to insecticide. Or you...

House Plants: Umbrella Plant, umbrella plant, english woman
umbrella plant, english woman, home depot: Hello Jazmin, Well this week seems to be how do I look after and/or save my umbrella plant? They are obviously popular plants in the States. It sounds to me as if you are doing everything correctly as long as the pot you used to repot was just a couple...

House Plants: umbrella plant problem, umbrella plant, plant leaves
umbrella plant, plant leaves, aphids: Hello Leigh, Stickiness on plant leaves is going to be due to insects probably aphids or scale so check your plant for these, turning over the leaves to check the underside. If the plant is easy to handle I would try to wash off the insects and then...

House Plants: umbrella tree, organic potting soil, drainage holes
organic potting soil, drainage holes, scale insect: Hello again Gloria, My favourite plant food is Phostrogen which is in powder form but I have no idea if this brand is available in the States. But any well known house plant fertiliser in either powder or liquid form will be fine. Read the contents to...

House Plants: umbrella tree, umbrella tree, rooting hormone
umbrella tree, rooting hormone, darlene: Donna, You can leave them in the water and you have a 50/50 chance that they will root. You can remove them from the water dip them in rooting hormone which you can get at any garden center, then insert them in a pot of fresh soil. cut each leaf in...

House Plants: venus fly traps, venus fly traps, venus fly trap
venus fly traps, venus fly trap, intriguing plants: Dear Andrew, Firstly I have a confession to make! I have never attempted to grow a Venus Fly Trap - I used to sell them in my shop but as they were quite expensive I never kept any for myself. They are certainly intriguing plants and it would seem that...

House Plants: Wilting,withering corn plant, bamboo skewer, swamp plant
bamboo skewer, swamp plant, corn plant: Kristee, Are you sure that no one else is giving it any water between you watering it? It sounds like the plant is being overwatered. I suggest that you remove the plant from it s pot and examine the roots. If they look wiry and the pot is full of roots...

House Plants: What is this?, florist plant, bushy plants
florist plant, bushy plants, dipladenia: Dear Tamra, I am amazed that the person/shop who sold you this plant did not tell you its name and advise you on how to look after it. When I had a florist/plant shop I always made sure that each plant had a care label on it and also gave verbal instructions...

House Plants: What do I have?, purple flowers, petunias
purple flowers, petunias, 3 feet: Dear Jane, I wish I knew what you have! It sounds lovely and I have a feeling I have seen these plants in florists but have not looked to see the name. I will endeavour to find out for you and let you know. Meanwhile perhaps you could either visit a local...

House Plants: Yucca Cane Plant Troubles, Yucca Care
Yucca Care: Hope, Unless the night temperatures are below 50 degrees keep them outside in full sun. If it is going to drop below 50 one night you can pull them in the garage and put them back out the next day when the temps are above 50 degrees. Cut back on the watering...

House Plants: Yucca Plant Agony, Yucca care
Yucca care: Chinni, Yuccas are desert plants. They love the sun. They hate being wet. Put it back in front of the window. Mine is in front of an east facing window all winter and never sunburns. The only time you have to worry about sunburn is in the summer if you...

House Plants: Yucca plant, yucca plants, yucca plant
yucca plants, yucca plant, new leaves: Deb, You did not ruin them. From your original question I was assuming the trunks were 2 feet to 5 feet tall. Obviously, they are not. They will grow back just fine. You should not have anything to worry about. If you have more questions write again. I...

House Plants: yellow mushrooms in my houseplants, fungal spores, avacado tree
fungal spores, avacado tree, wet soil: Christie, Whether it is a mushroom that is edible or a toadstool that is not it is a fungus. I would not try to eat it unless I was absolutely sure it is edible. As for it hurting your tree, it will not hurt your tree by itself but it indicates that your...

House Plants: yucca plants, yucca plants, well lit place
yucca plants, well lit place, dear maggie: Dear Maggie, I haven t actually written anything to do with root rot in yucca plants - obviously someone else - not that it matters in the slightest! I wonder if your plant is in a pot in the garden or in the garden soil itself? If it is in a container...

House Plants: zz plant, busy lizzie, zz plant
busy lizzie, zz plant, impatiens: Hello Stacey, Firstly I am sorry but you ll have to tell me what a zz plant is! Is it perhaps a Busy Lizzie [Impatiens]? But in any case whatever the plant is it is obviously too tall and heavy for the its present pot so I should repot it into a slightly...

House Plants: African Violet, african violets, lit position
african violets, lit position, african violet: Dear Loretta, I have grown quite a few African Violets in my time and have never encountered this problem. My plants have suffered when either I overwatered them and they became soggy and the leaves died, underwatered and they dried up or they were infested...

House Plants: Asparagus fern, fern asparagus, asparagus fern
fern asparagus, asparagus fern, airplane plant: Dear Susan, Propagation of the Asparagus Fern is by division of plants which can be done at any time of the year. However, if you are thinking of repotting your plant [best done in the Spring] then that would be a good time to divide it. However to...

House Plants: My Azalea Tree is dying, air bubbles, water feed
air bubbles, water feed, main stem: Dear Raphaela, Fortunately you have two plants in one it would seem so cut off all the dead branches and concentrate on the living plant. It needs bright light but not direct sunlight, plenty of water, the compost should be constantly moist. My preferred...

House Plants: alocasia polly, alocasia polly, red spider mites
alocasia polly, red spider mites, new leaves: Dear Marlene, Not an easy plant to grow but how spectacular it is, isn t it? You will find that this plant, whilst often appearing to have died, is really dormant and just as you think it is the end of the road it will suddenly throw out new leaves....

House Plants: alocasia polly, alocasia polly, white chalk
alocasia polly, white chalk, spathe: Dear Doris, Although alocasia polly does flower the flowers are sterile and do not set seed. If what you have looks like seeds then you can always plant them and see what happens! Don t forget that these plants have a dormancy period so if the plant...

House Plants: angel wing, angel wing, blooming plants
angel wing, blooming plants, sunny location: Renate, Move it to a shadier area. That is what happens when it is growing in a bright sunny location. It isn t really a problem. It is the variety it is and the amount of sun it is receiving. It is fine. Fertilize it with a fertilizer for blooming plants...

House Plants: apentia hearts and flowers, hearts and flowers, potting soil
hearts and flowers, potting soil, ground cover: Uma, Yes, you can root it in the ground. You can cut it in 3 or 4 pieces but you need to make sure you keep track of which end went towards the ground and make sure that is the end that you put in the ground to root. You will need to remove the lowest leaves...

House Plants: azalea tree, Azalea
Azalea: Diane, Do not keep the soil moist or wet just keep it not dry. Never allow any water to be sitting in the drain tray under the plant or in the wrapper around the plant. That can cause the roots to start to rot and the buds to drop as you describe. All Azaleas...

House Plants: Beaucarnea Guatemalensis, mail order company, pony tail plant
mail order company, pony tail plant, cactus soil: Dear Tom, Thanks for sending me a picture of your Pony Tail plant - I realise now that the one in the local garden centre is Beaucarnea recurvata which has much thinner leaves - the same plant is still there after three weeks or so with a lot of new growth...

House Plants: Bird of paradise, ant run, orange blue
ant run, orange blue, white bird: Dear Kim, You must be very excited to see your plant in bloom after such a long wait! No, don t spray the flowers. First of all buy some antkiller powder or gel and put this on the ant run, i.e. on the ground where the ants are running back and forth....

House Plants: Bugs in soil, tropical plants, insecticide
tropical plants, insecticide, matchbox: Dear Steve, I presume the bugs are not ants? They can often be seen in soil disturbing the roots and also they carry aphids from one plant to another. Another insect which could possibly be the culprit is woodlice. I would suggest that you put some...

House Plants: banana palm brown edges, Banana Care
Banana Care: Diana, If the soil is moist and the pot is heavy for it s size when you water it you are overwatering it. It is also not getting enough light. You should move it so it is next to a south facing window with the window covering open from dawn to dusk. You...

House Plants: beefsteak begonia, beefsteak begonia, fungus gnats
beefsteak begonia, fungus gnats, hairy roots: Maisie, The SUCCESS WITH HOUSE PLANTS by Reader s Digest Editors..., ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HOUSEPLANTS HARDBACK BOOK from the American Horticultural Society, The Illustrated Book of Houseplants, Nancy Gardiner, are all available on ebay right now...

House Plants: may have burned new growth-- how do I save my plant-- and what is it? :), sago palm, apartment balcony
sago palm, apartment balcony, cycad family: Erica, It should only go out in the morning or evening for 2-3 hours. It would love to be out 24 hours a day but only if you can rig up something to shade it during to hot early afternoon sun. It could go under a taller plant that would would shade it so...

House Plants: button fern, button fern, foot fern
button fern, foot fern, fronds: Good morning Doris, If it were my plant I would cut it all back, put it in a position where it has more light, keep the soil moist, feed once a week and mist it when you have new fronds - I have just answered another question on Rabbit s foot fern which...

House Plants: Chilli Pepper plant care, hot chilli pepper, pepper plant
hot chilli pepper, pepper plant, windowsill: Good afternoon Pat, I ll tell you about my experience of growing a chilli pepper plant [Capsicum anuum]. I found that spraying of the flowers [like you would do for tomato flowers] set them so that the fruit then formed. This was done daily and I did...

House Plants: Chinese Evergreen, salt crystals, chinese evergreen
salt crystals, chinese evergreen, allexperts: Dear Robin, Sorry for the delay in answering your question - I never received the e-mail but have today been advised by allexperts that I had a pending question. I have never experienced your plant s condition or rather, none of my plants have ever experienced...

House Plants: Clivia, soil insects, soil insects, stuf
soil insects, stuf, tks: Cob, Without having a picture of the insects or seing them it is impossible for me to identify them. I can tell you to remove the white crusty stuf on top of the soil and put it in a ziplock bag then put it in the trash so it is removed from your property....

House Plants: COFFEE BEAN PLANT, roasting coffee beans, pineapple plant
roasting coffee beans, pineapple plant, red berries: Hello Doris, As a houseplant sorry, there will be no aroma of roasting coffee beans in the future as the white flowers and red berries rarely appear under ordinary room conditions. However your plant is an attractive bush shape with dark shiny wavy-edged...

House Plants: corn plant, ficus plant, wet roots
ficus plant, wet roots, drainage hole: Therese, You should not be watering your ficus plant once a week, it should only be watered when it is dry. It should be in a pot with a drainage hole and a drain tray under it. If you only water it when it is dry you will not overwater it. If you water...

House Plants: Dying Split-Leaf Philodendron, split leaf philodendron, root ball
split leaf philodendron, root ball, spring and summer: Dear Megan - will be in touch within a day or so - can t concentrate right now as was in a car accident earlier today - just wanted to let you know you are not being ignored. Diana Hello again Megan, I m so sorry that your plant is dying off - what...

House Plants: desert rose plant, plant question, little flowers
plant question, little flowers, gardening store: Hello Amanda, Yes I mean with a fertiliser. I use Phostrogen in powder form but I don t know if that is available in the States. I am sure your local garden centre or store can recommend either a general fertiliser or perhaps one especially formulated...

House Plants: dieffenbachia - spontaneous water droplets, water droplets, crystal clear water
water droplets, crystal clear water, floor register: Pamela, It is a normal occurence in the summer with high humidity. It should not be next to the floor register with A/C turned on. It hates drafts and that is the ultimate draft. You can move it or you can get a little plastic piece that fits on top of...

House Plants: Failing Yucca, moist area, communal garden
moist area, communal garden, house plants: Hello Stefanie, Yes you have understood fine although I don t hold out much hope for the top part growing roots but I always think it is worth trying. Ref the offsets if there are roots then rooting powder is not necessary but if there aren t any I should...

House Plants: gnats in my plants, top soil, drys
House Plants: gnats in my plants, top soil, drys, eggs

House Plants: Jasmine Flower, jasmine plant, secret mist
House Plants: Jasmine Flower, jasmine plant, secret mist, fertalizer

House Plants: Peace Lilly, new leaves, lilies
House Plants: Peace Lilly, new leaves, lilies, peace

House Plants: scindapsus aureus, nitrifying bacteria, scindapsus
House Plants: scindapsus aureus, nitrifying bacteria, scindapsus, hard water

House Plants: worm-like creatures in soil of house plant, centipedes, soil
House Plants: worm-like creatures in soil of house plant, centipedes, soil

House Plants: false aralia, tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol
tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol, subtance: Samantha, Yes, the sticky stuff is caused by the bugs. What you see in the soil is the immature version of the insects. They eventually mature. You can kill them by spraying the plant and the surface of the soil making sure you get the tops and bottoms...

House Plants: ficus menjamina, ficus benjamina, graceful plant
ficus benjamina, graceful plant, plant lover: Dear Barbara, Ficus Benjamina is such a lovely graceful plant isn t it? Trimnming off any bare side stems at the base of the plant where it has lost leaves will not cause it any harm but will give the plant a much neater appearance. This plant likes...

House Plants: funfus in my plant?, systemic insecticide, mealy bug
systemic insecticide, mealy bug, indoor plants: Dear Luis, Could be both I m afraid. Some insects i.e. aphids, whitefly and mealy bug feed on the sap of the plant and exude a sticky substance called honeydew. I doubt very much that your plants have mealy bug the as you would have noticed them as they...

House Plants: Gardenia-spider mites (?), olive oil spray, pam mak
olive oil spray, pam mak, vinyl table cloth: Kim, If you see more Pam try adding 1/2 cup 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to the Dawn and water mix. It will not hurt her or her roots and it will not cause drain problems but it will help disperse the Pam. All the water and humidity from...

House Plants: Green moss, aloe vera plant, green moss
aloe vera plant, green moss, damage plants: Hello Lisa, As far as I know moss doesn t damage plants, in fact, some people enjoy growing moss as a plant in its own right. You might like to look at the following website to learn a bit more about moss www.mossacres.com Personally I always think...

House Plants: gnats in my plants, fungus gnats, african violets
fungus gnats, african violets, sap system: Dear Brandy, Insects descend on plants because they want to suck the tasty sap from the leaves and stems. If you regularly check your plants you can keep them at bay by misting the leaves frequently [make sure that your plant is one which enjoys misting...

House Plants: Hibiscus, summer sunlight, dear marge
summer sunlight, dear marge, spring and summer: Dear Marge, The most likely reasons are 1] not enough water - the compost should be kept moist during spring and summer. If the plant does dry out then give it a good soaking. 2] too much midday summer sunlight 3] shock at finding itself in the...

House Plants: Hoya blooms, bees and butterflies, hoya plants
bees and butterflies, hoya plants, hoya plant: Dear June, What a shame that the fragrance emanting from your plant is unpleasant - there are other people who have found the same but who have friends who smell the same plant and say the fragrance is beautiful, almost chocolatey. The blooms should smell...

House Plants: Hoya/cotton like stuff, systemic insecticide, spider mites
systemic insecticide, spider mites, mealy bug: Dear Leslie, What you describe is almost certainly mealy bug so you should spray weekly with malathion or a systemic insecticide - this will enter the plant s leaves and stalks so that new insects alighting on the plant will be poisoned when they try to...

House Plants: Indoor calla lily blooms won't open, arum lily, calla lilies
arum lily, calla lilies, calla lily: Dear Jeanne, There are so many different types of calla lilies that it is impossible to be specific for one variety. Some calla lilies e.g. the arum lily really open up but perhaps yours is a variety that does not, and looking at the spathe on the right...

House Plants: Insects in Vegetable Garden, slug pellets, garden greetings
slug pellets, garden greetings, broken pot: Hello Jessica, my first query from Puerto Rico! If they are slugs or caterpillars then you have been doing the right thing in removing them and wiping the plants. However, you can buy slug pellets which will kill the slugs but you have to be very careful...

House Plants: identify house plant please, blood lily, flower clusters
blood lily, flower clusters, plant bulbs: Angie, It took me awhile but it is Haemanthus albiflos or White Blood Lily . The following website: http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/haemanthus/haemanthus_1358.php gives the following care instructions. The exotic-looking Blood Lily is...

House Plants: indoor lighting for houseplants, metal halide bulbs, florescent tubes
metal halide bulbs, florescent tubes, t5 fluorescent bulbs: Susanne, Your plants need the additional light during the day time hours. The lights should not be that glaring during the day. Compact fluorescent bulbs in a regular lamp fixture will not provide enough light unless each plant has it s own 60-75 watt...

House Plants: Jasmine Flower, jasmine flower, vigorous climber
jasmine flower, vigorous climber, summer sunshine: Dear Henry, I don t know the temperatures that prevail in Canada [ I am in southern Spain] but I do know that a jasmine prefers a temperature of not less than 45 degrees F in the winter - in the summer it can be placed outside as long as it is not in hot...

House Plants: jade, jade plant, plastic pot
jade plant, plastic pot, clay pot: Lee, How much larger is the diameter of the new pot than the old pot? If it is 2 inches or less larger then yes it will need more frequent watering but if the pot is 2-4 inches larger diameter than the old pot it will need watered about the same as before...

House Plants: Kentia Palm, Kentia Palm care
Kentia Palm care: Zach, Kentia (Sentry, Thatch Leaf) Palms are not tolerable to severe dryness or continual over watering. They prefer to be moist much of the time, however do allow the top 1 to 2 inches of soil to dry before watering again. If frond tips are turning brown...

House Plants: What kind of tree was I given?, pony tail plant, beaucarnea recurvata
pony tail plant, beaucarnea recurvata, dry atmosphere: Good morning Loren, Isn t that just a great little plant - well not so little really! Your plant is known as a Pony Tail plant [Beaucarnea recurvata]. These plants are not that well known in Europe although funnily enough I saw a similar one in a garden...

House Plants: Lemon scented plant, scented geranium, blue gum
scented geranium, blue gum, eucalyptus globulus: Dear Robin, I m afraid I don t know of any plant which lets off the smell of lemons when sprayed with water however, there are a couple of plants whose leaves, when crushed, smell of lemons. They are Eucalyptus globulus known as Blue Gum and Pelargonium...

House Plants: MAJESTY PALM, majesty palm, spider mites
majesty palm, spider mites, dish soap: Dear Cricket Richards, Spider mites are very minute and are found on the underside of leaves where they suck the sap from the plants. They produce white webbing between the leaves and stems. They will attack plants which are growing in hot dry conditions....

House Plants: Marginata drooping, facing window, dorm room
facing window, dorm room, darlene: Kathy, Just set it in front of an east facing window and water it when it gets dry. The leaves will probably fall off naturally but be patient. You may see new growth at the top of the plant. If you don t see any growth within a month the heat killed the...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, soilless compost, drainage holes
soilless compost, drainage holes, inch pot: Hello again Helen, By misting the plant I mean spraying it all over with water and on the occasions when you have fertiliser in the water use that water too, that is if the fertiliser is systemic [enters through the leaves and stems]. I use a powder fertiliser...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane and a ponytail plam, john innes compost, clay pots
john innes compost, clay pots, potting soil: Hello, I use a straightforward potting soil for all my plants and mostly they do very well. I don t know the names of brands in the States as I am in southern Spain. I buy a good brand of soilless compost which is based on peat so, when I repot I do not...

House Plants: Ming tree, ming trees, fungus gnats
ming trees, fungus gnats, annoying bugs: Dear Nancie, Ming trees are so pretty aren t they and I can understand that you want to save your plant. It sounds as if your plant may have been affected by fungus gnats. The flying insects do no harm to the actual plant but they lay their eggs on the...

House Plants: money tree care, Money tree
Money tree: David, I have never seen a money tree in just water. I would not leave it that way. I would plant it in a mix of 2 parts sand, 1 part gravel and 1 part potting soil. For the gravel you can use the stones it is in now. Put it in a pot that has a diameter...

House Plants: new leaves of wax malphigia are turning black, humidity tray, drain tray
humidity tray, drain tray, black leaves: I m sorry, I am assuming that your plant is in a flower pot and has a round tray under it that is slightly larger in diameter than the pot for excess water to drain into. If it was indoors you would want a drain tray under it to protect your window sill or...

House Plants: new leaves of wax malphigia are turning black, new leaves, house plants
new leaves, house plants, winter protection: Hello Priyanshi, It would seem that this plant is either a native of, and/or is a very popular plant, in India and, as such, I can find no reference to it in the very many books I have on popular house plants grown in Europe - I am in southern Spain by...

House Plants: Ornamental orange tree/plant, drainage holes, insect spray
drainage holes, insect spray, insect infestation: Dear Maureen, You have done really well to keep your plant for 25 years and I can well understand your feelings now that things are going wrong. Ref your worry that the roots could be rotting. When the root ball came away from the pot did you investigate...

House Plants: Palm Tree Care, palm tree care, indoor palm
palm tree care, indoor palm, brown leaves: Dear Chris, How sad that your plants are appear to be dying but are there any new fronds coming through and, if so, are they dying too? The answer to your problems is I think either over or underwatering. If the plants are overwatered and sit in water...

House Plants: Peace Lilly, peace lilly, mini greenhouse
peace lilly, mini greenhouse, soil line: Todd, If it is just a flower that broke off no, you cannot root a flower. If the entire plant broke off and has no roots attached to it then I reccommend that you go to a garden center and get a bottle of rooting hormone and a tomato cage. Insert a tomato...

House Plants: Peace Lily, peace lily, foliage plants
peace lily, foliage plants, west exposures: Jill, You want to look for another plant that doesn t need a lot of sun so it would need the same requirements as the peace lily. These tropical and subtropical plants we call “houseplants”, grow in the tropical islands, central Europe and the Americas...

House Plants: Peacock Jasmine, jasmine plants, inch pots
jasmine plants, inch pots, root balls: Dear Dana, I would say 4 inch pots would be the right size for your plants. Anything larger will not encourage them to grow - in fact exactly the opposite. Jasmines need bright light with some direct sun but not hot summer sunshine. But your plants...

House Plants: Plants unknown, nitrogen content, scallop edges
nitrogen content, scallop edges, hanging baskets: Dear Karen, It sounds to me as if you have a Swedish Ivy, which doesn t, as the name implies originate from Sweden and is not an ivy either! It is so called because it is very popular in Sweden and it grows like an ivy. The botanical name is Plectranthus...

House Plants: Prayer plant flowering, prayer plant, purple flowers
prayer plant, purple flowers, semi shade: Dear Laura, Well your prayer plant is obviously very happy! Yes cut off the flower stem - in actual fact conventional wisdom has it that you should cut off the stem when the flowers first bloom as it is taking strength away from the plant but I never do...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, indirect sunlight: Good morning, I am beginning to think that every plant lover in the States possesses a Peace lily as so many people experience problems with this plant and write for advice! You might like to look through answers I have given to other people who have written...

House Plants: plant pots, plant pots, fiberglass media
plant pots, fiberglass media, drain holes: Josh, Those pots are a whole system for growing plants in water and a fiberglass media. You need to invest in everything to make the system work or you will simply be drowning your plants. You cannot use thos plants with potting soil. I prefer standard...

House Plants: plants, miracle grow potting soil, peace lily
miracle grow potting soil, peace lily, precious plants: Hello Bandie, My goodness what a tenacious person you are! Even after the squirrel affair! Why don t you bring it inside to avoid a repetition of that? Obviously without knowing what type of plant it is I cannot give you specific advice but I would say...

House Plants: plastic or clay pot, plastic pot, clay pot
plastic pot, clay pot, growing plants: Dear Lee, When the time comes to first re-pot my plants I always choose a clay pot. There are several reasons for this - firstly I think clay looks much more attractive than plastic, secondly there is less chance of the plant becoming waterlogged as clay...