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House Plants: Plants, s green, sunburn
s green, sunburn, creed: Hi Latisha, Yes, plants can get sunburned, but not like humnan skin. When certain plants are exposed to very intense direct sunlight, the dark green color gets bleached to a pale green-yellow color. Once that happens, the leaf s green color is never restored....

House Plants: Please Help My Avocado Plant!, avocado plant, avocado tree
avocado plant, avocado tree, drain tray: Melanie, Once the avocado tree is growing the seed is supposed to shrivel up as the plant uses up the food stored in the seed and begins taking it s food up from the soil through the roots. The seed should be covered with soil and you would not notice the...

House Plants: Please help me identify my houseplant, radermachera sinica, central vein
radermachera sinica, central vein, china doll: Hi Carol, Like I said, it is really hard to give you an accurate answer without seeing the plant. Another guess would be that it is a Ficus. I m sorry but I do not know how to upload pictures. If you find a way to send it, you can send it to me at Avlar@sbcglobal.net...

House Plants: Please help me identify a plant, vining plant, cup appearance
vining plant, cup appearance, inch pot: Beverly, Your description is not ringing any bells tonight but it is late. Could you possibly email me a digital picture of the plant? If so send it to plantlady6@aol.com . Is this a vining plant or on a stalk or trunk? Does it have any blooms? The...

House Plants: Please help identify -, velvety plant, mexican bush sage
velvety plant, mexican bush sage, beauty farms: Ray, It could be Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) or a type of Artemesia. I suggest you try to find out what store it came from and call themm to see if they know. If not email me a picture to plantlady6@yahoo.com and I will do my best to identify it....

House Plants: Please help with the proper care of Rana Guzmania, peat moss, gentle tug
peat moss, gentle tug, spanish moss: Hi Vicki, Your Guzmania is a Bromeliads and in the same family as pineapples and Spanish moss. Bromeliads are monocarpic. That means they die after flowering. The death is a slow one, usually taking up to 3 years. In the interim, 1 to 3 offsets (called...

House Plants: Please help save my ivy., spider mites, tops and bottoms
spider mites, tops and bottoms, leaf discoloration: Hazelle, Inspect your ivys by holding them up in strong light and looking at the surface of the plants for webs over the plants. The webs are those of spider mites. Put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the entire plant with the alcohol. It will...

House Plants: Please help!, lunaria annua, circular shape
lunaria annua, circular shape, money plant: Nicole, I think your grandmother s plant may be MONEY PLANT or Lunaria annua. It is a bienniel plant for your flower garden. You can look at the pictures at the 2 websites below and see if that is her plant. http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/images/lunariaseed3.jpeg...

House Plants: Please Identify this "palm?" tree., e mail address, tiny stickers
e mail address, tiny stickers, plam tree: Hi Timothy, I really can t identify this plant without a photo. I know that you can attach a photo to your question because I have gotten several questions recently with photos attached. I have been on vacation for several months and this feature was...

House Plants: Please try to identify this plant., bright pink flowers, flame pea
bright pink flowers, flame pea, google: Hi Dona, Flowering oak is known botanically as Chorizema cordatum. It is more requently called Australian flame pea. Here is a site that has many photos that you can click on to see this plant: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&q=chorizema&btnG=Search...

House Plants: Plectranthus Australis, leaf tips, swedish ivy
leaf tips, swedish ivy, 80f: Derya, I have a Sweedish ivy with almost the same problem. I m pretty sure that mine got too much water over the summer and not enough fertilizer. I suspect you have the same problem. Some plants don t need to be watered once a week. Do not water it if...

House Plants: Plectranthus Australis, inch pot, mint family
inch pot, mint family, leaf tips: Hi Derya, A larger pot and fertilizer are never the answer for ailing plants. I am quite sure that your plant is ailing because of a soil moisture problem or possibly inadequate light. If many of the stems are long and stringy due to leave loss, than...

House Plants: Pleomele Reflexa & Ficus Benjamina (braided), ficus benjamina, paperback novel
ficus benjamina, paperback novel, shorter days: Sasa, I m so glad that you asked me before you have problems. You should reverse the position of the plants. The PR needs bright light but no sun, you should be able to read a paperback novel where it is sitting without additional light. The FB needs as...

House Plants: Pleomele Reflexa heat stroke, lighting condition, lush 3
lighting condition, lush 3, heat stroke: Hi Phong, Your Pleomele will probably survive, but the individual leaves that were damaged will not. So, as you say, cut your losses, which in this case means trimming off any damaged leaves. If that leaves you will some tall stems without many leaves,...

House Plants: Plumeria and Philodendron infested with bugs, little critters, oval shape
little critters, oval shape, striations: Hi Kristin, I need a better description of the critters that you are seeing. About how long are they? Do they move? Do they have any features such as legs or heads? Are they hard or soft? Are they flat or raised? Are the striations on the bugs or on the...

House Plants: Plumeria, plumeria society, informative website
plumeria society, informative website, tropicals: Barbara, I have only bought plumeria once and that was at a garden show. You must be a talented gardener or have perfect conditions to get it to bloom in CT. Congratulations. Here is an address for the International Plumeria society. If I was you I...

House Plants: I GOT A POINSETTIA FOR CHRISTMAS..., sunny windowsill, hours of darkness
sunny windowsill, hours of darkness, poinsettia: Hi there, I am not sure what conditions you have provided for the past two months, but here is what should be done. Getting your Poinsettia to re-bloom is not complicated, but it’s not easy either. Beginning in late September, you must provide...

House Plants: PONEY TAIL PALMS, female specimen, plant blooms
female specimen, plant blooms, humidity problem: Ponytail Palms -- Beaucarnea recurvata or Beaucarnea stricta to botanists, and, technically, not a palm -- need lots of bright light, high humidity, and plenty of water. Unless you live somewhere that has 70 percent humidity every day, this plant should...

House Plants: PONYTAIL PALM, ponytail palms, fronds
ponytail palms, fronds, windowsill: Hi Patsy, Immature ponytail palms have underdeveloped bulbs and thin leaves, so I don t think you have a different species or a problem here. Placing it in your sunniest windowsill and keeping it tightly potted will help it to grow and develop more rapidly....

House Plants: PONYTAIL PALM, peat moss, shallow pot
peat moss, shallow pot, classic signs: Hi Patricia, Thanks for the nice compliment, but even the best have their limits! Your ponytail shows the classic signs of roots that have died due to the soil staying too moist or not enough sun or both. You can cut off the top of the bulb and...

House Plants: IS MY PONYTAIL PLANT GONNA BE OK, ponytail plant, ponytail palm
ponytail plant, ponytail palm, drainage hole: Marie, How large is your Ponytail palm? How long have you owned it? What is the diameter of the new pot? Are there any leaves left at the top of the plant? Are there any soft spots on the bulb or the neck of the plant? Does the new pot have a drainage hole...

House Plants: POTS, inch pots, garden watchdog
inch pots, garden watchdog, mail order: Hi Luanne Here is a website that you might be able to find the pots you need. This mail order nursery has a lot of pots and other things for reasonable prices. Although I have never ordered anything from this nursery ( I plan to though) it has a very good...

House Plants: POTTED PALM TREE?, potted palm tree, typical palm
potted palm tree, typical palm, google: Joe, It sounds like a schefflera. Go here and look at pictures and let me know if i am right: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=schefflera&sa=N&tab=wi Yelloow leaves are either not enough sun or too much or too little water. If it is a scheff...

House Plants: Poganotherum Monica dying, south sun, dry grass
south sun, dry grass, new leaves: Hi Bessie, Your bamboo needs a tremendous amount of direct light and lots of water. For that reason, it is not a very good indoor potted plant and is rarely used that way. Repotting to a larger pot is a good idea, however, that will not produce instant...

House Plants: Poinsettia & other holiday flowering plants, christmas cactus, holiday plants
christmas cactus, holiday plants, poinsettia christmas: Hi Joan, Now is the time to prune back Poinsettias sharply. Look for new sprouts down low on stems and cut just above the lowest sprout on any stem. If you don t see any sprouts, then cut back the stems by half to two-thirds. I know that will leave your...

House Plants: Pointsettias, flower buds, pointsettia
flower buds, pointsettia, blooms: Carol, If you dig it up and move it you will loose any blooms this year. It is best to transplant it after it finishes blooming. If you transplant it to another location in the ground you need to move as much of the rootball as possible and try to disturb...

House Plants: Poison Plant for Turtles, ficus elastica, poison plant
ficus elastica, poison plant, rubber trees: Hi Joe, Rubber trees (Ficus elastica) are not listed as being toxic to people or pets. Although, pets usually refers to cats and dogs, I think it is unlikley that turtles would be hurt by Rubber Trees. However, only a vet could say for sure. Your rubber...

House Plants: Poisoned my mint with urine. :(, mint plant, sized pot
mint plant, sized pot, drain tray: Daniel, On any plant if you are going to use urine, you should use it once a month. It is very high in nitrogen. Using it undiluted over a wee and a half would damage any plant! The only thing you can do is take it to the kitchen sink, remove the drain...

House Plants: Polka Dot, purple blooms, corn plant
purple blooms, corn plant, plant questions: Hi Ayana, Polka dot plants are notorious for getting tall and leggy. The only way to correct this is to prune it back regularly. As long as the root and stems are health, then you will get healthy new growth starting just below where you make the pruning...

House Plants: Poney Tail plant, pot size, seed pod
pot size, seed pod, frons: Lynn, It went into shock when you repotted because you put it in too large a pot. Any plant should never be moved to a pot larger than 2 inches larger than the pot it is coming out or. Your plant will do much better if you can put it outdoors in full sun...

House Plants: Poney tail plant, darlene, good luck
darlene, good luck, rebecca: Rebecca, You can prune the top off. If it were mine I would cut it down to no more than 4 foot tall. It will send out several new shoots and after they have grown for awhile you should remove all except the strongest one or two and allow then to grow to...

House Plants: Pontail Palm Disease, jp jp, ponytail palm
jp jp, ponytail palm, window face: JP, Your plant has insects, not a disease. I need a little clarification before I can answer you. Do you have fine spider webs covering the plant? Or do you have what looks like little white tufts of cotton here and there on the plant? They are 2 different...

House Plants: Pony Palm, leaf area, pony
leaf area, pony, palms: Hi Kristi, Unfortunately no. This plant is probably beyond recovery. Once plants get damaged from rot to this extent it is over. I would recommend digging up the rest of what is left of the plant and discarding it so that it doesn t spread to other plants....

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, pony tail, semm
pony tail, semm, ponytails: Hi Marianne, Headless ponytails rarely recover because the growing tip is in the head and that has been removed. It is also possible that the roots may have frozen, which will also kill this particular plant. Please let me know if any of this is unclear...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, pony tail, inch diameter
pony tail, inch diameter, rooting hormone: Dear J., Yes, you can top it at 4 ft. or even 3 ft. It will send out a lot of new shoots and you should pick no more than 2 or 3 to allow to grow. The ones you cut off may be rootable. You may also be able to get the old top that you cut off to root by...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, ponytail palms, soil line
ponytail palms, soil line, pony tail: Hi Lynette, In general, Ponytail palms do best right in a windowsill facing north or east. That will provide lots of bright light with a few hours of direct sun. Pot size is important. It should be no more than an inch wider than the bulb at its widest...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, tiny specks, palm leaves
tiny specks, palm leaves, pony tail: Hi Robin, We need to determine the cause of the leaf yellowing before I can tell if your ponytail can be saved. When you say that it sits next to an east window, just how far away is that and how much to the side? Is the window covered with anything?...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, scale insects, pony tail
scale insects, pony tail, liquid soap: Hi Pam, Your description is not very clear, but I suspect your Ponytail may have scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long....

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, soil dries, pony tail
soil dries, pony tail, moist soil: Hi Tony, Ponytails have small, fine root systems that are adapted to surviving drought, but they cannot tolerate constantly moist soil. For that reason, they are best kept in very small pots not much wider that the base bulb. In larger pots, the extra soil...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm Question, inch pot, pony tail
inch pot, pony tail, private person: Linda, You did nt say where you live and if this is an indoor? I am assuming that it is an indoor plant. At 7.5 feet it probably is getting too tall for her house and the top is getting no light. That is why all the brown leaves. This is a sun loving plant....

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm Rooting, black thumb, pony tail
black thumb, pony tail, good rain: Jonna, Yes, you are right about how to go about rooting them. You can put a dozen in a large tray and pot them individually after they begin to grow roots. As for water the ones in the ground do not need any extra water other than the rain unless you...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm - roots & spot problems, new roots, pony tail
new roots, pony tail, flat pan: Hi there, It is possible for your 1989 ponytail to develop new roots and recover, but it is tricky. The bottom of the bulb needs to be in contact with contstantly damp, but not wet potting mix. If the mix gets too dry, the newly emerged roots are too tender...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palm, pony tail, flourescent lights
pony tail, flourescent lights, house plant: Brooke, It should be okay in the office until spring then I would take it back outdoors. It normally turns a lighter color during the winter becuse it doesn t get as much light. Be sure to let it dry out well between waterings. Next time it needs water...

House Plants: Pony Tail Palms, size pots, elephant foot
size pots, elephant foot, pony tail: Jessica, You didn t say if they are in the same size pots or if they both receive the same amount of light. This plant loves the sun. The more light they get the better they will grow. Mine goes outdoors for the summer in full sun. They are slow growing...

House Plants: Pony Tail Plant Root Trim, pony tail plant, ponytail plant
pony tail plant, ponytail plant, beaucarnea recurvata: Cynthia, I assume you are aiming to turn your beaucarnea recurvata into a bonsai plant. You not only prune the roots by about 1 1/2 -2 inches but you also wash some of the soil off the surface exposing more of the top of the bulb. You should wait at least...

House Plants: Pony tail palm, fire hoses, pony tail
fire hoses, pony tail, mushiness: Keith, Yes, I would cut the soggy top off down to where there is firm tissue. Then put it outside in full sun and do not water it at all until you see signs of new growth. While it is ill if you water it it is likely to make it spread the mushiness. It...

House Plants: Pony tail palm, sun porch, pony tail
sun porch, pony tail, window face: Val, You went to a pretty large pot, the soil may now feel dry on top but still hold a lot of moisture deeper in the pot so you are overwatering. Allow it to be dry for at least 5 days before you water it again. They store water in that big bulb so they...

House Plants: Pony tails, ponytail plant, pony tails
ponytail plant, pony tails, pony tail: Sherri, Yes, set the plant outdoors in a sunny location and it will grow a new top. Maybe several. If so I would pick the 2 or 3 best situated at the top of the stalk and remove the rest of them. These plants love full sun and can be keop outdoors as long...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, moist moss, google search
moist moss, google search, compound fracture: Karen, How long ago was that last response? In other words, how long ago was it splinted? If it has been over 6 months have you tried taking the splint off to see if it has done any healing or if it is still broken? If it has been more than 6 months...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, elephant foot, yellow areas
elephant foot, yellow areas, foot tree: Light-loving Ponytail Palm -- Beaucarnea recurvata to botanists -- needs a room with a view. Where are you growing your Ponytail? Without adequate light, leaves are pale, weak, and insipid. This plant needs a LOT of sunlight. To do that, GRADUALLY...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, greenhouse environment, plant questions
greenhouse environment, plant questions, ponytails: Hi Shelley, It is very rare for a ponytail palm to flower indoors. It only happens with very old ponytails that have been in the same pot for a long time and are growing in a greenhouse environment. There are no secrets to getting them to flower other than...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, tropical areas, ponytail palm
tropical areas, ponytail palm, darlene: Shelley, Unless it is about 30 years old and 6- 12 feet tall you probably will not see flowers. Beaucarnea recurvata generally does not bloom in pots, most of the websites that talk about blooms are in tropical areas where the plant is grown in the ground....

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, ponytail palm, sun location
ponytail palm, sun location, sun lover: Wendy, Yes, low light is a big part of the problem but so is the overwatering. If it is still wet then set in in the sink over night to drain. Then do not water it again for about 3 weeks. This plant is a sun lover so if possible move it to a brighter...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, light lime, new leaves
light lime, new leaves, clay pot: Richard, Your ponytail palm (beaucamea recurvata) is not geting enough light. That causes the leaves to elongate and they are heavier and therefore they droop. It is also why the plant gets scale and mealy bugs (small balls of cotton ), the plant is under...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, peat moss, new roots
peat moss, new roots, bulbous base: Hi Jill, The most common reason for new growth on a Ponytail to die back is overwatering. Typically, by the time the new growth is affected, the roots have already rotted out and are unable to supply the new growth with water and nutrients. The baby plants...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, ponytail palm, pot size
ponytail palm, pot size, new leaves: Cecelia, As I said I would cut off some of the offshoots and save no more than 2 new offshoots on each trunk in the best position. The ones you cut off could be dipped in rooting hormone and pressed into the soil in a new pat and you have a 50% chance that...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, potting soil, rootbound
potting soil, rootbound, ponytail palm: Belva, I am curious, where do you live? Just state and city so I know your climate. You can easily repot it right now. Find a pot about the same size as the one it is in and use potting soil for cactus with lots of sand in it. Then you can keep it in that...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, sago palms, bright indirect light
sago palms, bright indirect light, shallow pots: Hi Gayle, It is unusual for seven ponytails to be in the same pot, but there is no reason to separate them. If you can email a photo to my address below, I can confirm if they are indeed ponytails. Ponytails need to stay very potbound and are usually...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm brown tips, ponytail palm, plant questions
ponytail palm, plant questions, comparable number: Hi Lisa, If anything at all is less than perfect in a Ponytail s environment, you will get some brown tipping on the lower leaves. So, you should always expect at least some tipping of older leaves. In addition, as healthy new growth is added on top, a...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm Damage, pam bell, cayenne pepper
pam bell, cayenne pepper, new roots: Pam, Set the plant outdoors in a sunny location and it will grow a whole new top. It will probably send out several new shoots and if it were mine I would eliminate all but 1 or 2. The top may grow new roots. I would dip it in rooting hormone, available...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm disease, day lilies, tops and bottoms
day lilies, tops and bottoms, facing window: Susan, I have never had this problem but in doing a little research I found it is a fungal infection that may come from day lilies. You can go to a garden center and pick up a fungicide and apply it according to package instructions. Or you can try lysol...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm - Parasite, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Alisha, If the white stuff looks like little bits of cotton, then your ponytail has mealybugs. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there is always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm (PTP), new pony, pony tail
new pony, pony tail, rooting hormone: Johnny, Yes, the baby can be removed (ct off with a shrp knife so it has a small piece of base with it) , dipped in rooting hormone and snuggled in the top of a fresh pot of soil. However, this is best done in the spring as the days are lengthening. It...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm repotting, shallow pots, shallow pot
shallow pots, shallow pot, potting soil: Hi Linda, You are assuming that your ponytail needs a bigger container and I am not sure that is true. Unnecessary repotting is the most common mistake made with indoor plants. Ponytails are very susceptible to root rot and too much soil in a too-large...

House Plants: Ponytail Palm, potting mix, ponytail palms
potting mix, ponytail palms, perlite: Hi there, You could go either way with this one. If you separate them, just tease the roots apart gently so you avoid damaging them. A few broken roots will not be a major problem. More importantly, use very small pots for each separated plant and a...

House Plants: Ponytail Plant pests, part rubbing alcohol, black bugs
part rubbing alcohol, black bugs, plant pests: Thanks, Maria. Your description does not fit any pest that feeds on a ponytail palm. Scale insects appear as small, slightly raised bumps, but they do not move visibly to the naked eye. Thus, that is not what you have. They are probably some local insect...

House Plants: Ponytail Plant Revival, screen porch, degree temps
screen porch, degree temps, e mail: Hi Pam, Ponytails are tropical in origin and do not tolerate temps below freezing very well. It might survive temps as low as 20-25 degrees. I suspect that your ponytail s exposure to 16 degree temps may prove fatal. Covering it but keeping it outside will...

House Plants: Ponytail palm, heat of the summer, packing material
heat of the summer, packing material, ponytail palm: Connie, You have a couple of problems, first is the stones,they are packing material, you need to remove them. You can immerse it in a bowl or sink full of warm water. The water should be just slightly over the surface of the stones. Allow it to soak for...

House Plants: Ponytail palm, drainage holes, decorative pebbles
drainage holes, decorative pebbles, zebra plant: Hi Pam, I am dismayed that an increasing number of retailers are selling plants that look beautiful, but are set up to fail as living plants. Those glued on pebbles are an example of that. Decorative planters without drainage holes is another. Retailers...

House Plants: Ponytail palm, soil dries, inch pot
soil dries, inch pot, potting soil: Hi Kathy, It is a judgment call as to whether you should uproot your ponytail to add the perlite. If you are careful to let the soil dry out well between waterings, then it should not be necessary. Ponytails do not need increased humidity. Most common...

House Plants: Ponytail palm, soil dries, drainage holes
soil dries, drainage holes, pony tail: Hi Brian, That is an unusual symptom for a ponytail palm. It can be a symptom of sunburn, particularly if the sun shines directly on the leaves and is very warm. Otherwise, it is probably root-related. Make sure there are no roots wandering out of the...

House Plants: Ponytail palm and it's care, plant questions, light exposure
plant questions, light exposure, sunny window: Hi Sue, Thanks for the photo. Your plant is a Ponytail Palm. It is a tropical plant and will not survive freezing temperatures. If you know what light exposure it had before you inherited it, then it would be best to try to duplicate that light,...

House Plants: Ponytail palm plants, ponytail plant, indirect sunlight
ponytail plant, indirect sunlight, liquid fertilizer: Mary Ann, Put your ponytail palm or beaucarnea recurvata out in full sun and treat it like a cactus. Keep it in a sandy soil, water it every 7-10 days, fertilize it once a month. It loves the sun. Be very careful not to overwater! The following site gives...

House Plants: Ponytail palm problem, sun lover, indirect light
sun lover, indirect light, sunny location: Patricia, Your problem is the plant is not getting enough light. This plant is a sun lover and needs to go in the sunniest spot possible in your home. Yes, you can cut the whole top off and if you put it in a sunny location it will grow a whole new top...

House Plants: Ponytail palm tipping, drainage hole, orchid mix
drainage hole, orchid mix, clay pot: Hi West Coast Maggie, Thank you for providing such detailed information about your ponytail palm and also for contacting me BEFORE your plant was in serious trouble. The dry brown tips on older ponytail palm leaves is almost unavoidable, not unlike the...

House Plants: Ponytail palm, gorgeous plant, pony tail
gorgeous plant, pony tail, houseplant: Shanon, A long neck is not necessarily ugly. You can pull off the ugly leaf stumps, sometimes you need pliers to help you pull them off. Set it outside in full sun for the summer and give it a little fertilizer once a month and by the end of summer you...

House Plants: "Ponytail" plant..., bright indirect light, mix soil
bright indirect light, mix soil, ponytail palm: Nolina recurvata is the Ponytail Palm . The Ponytail Palm is really not a palm at all. It is a member of the Lilaceae (lily family), and is known by several names. It has earned the name elephant s foot because of its bulbous base. Because of its base...

House Plants: My Poor Corn Plant, corn plants, corn plant
corn plants, corn plant, plant failure: Hi Mary Jane, I am hoping that it is not too late already. I am concerned that whatever has caused the one cane to die may also cause the other two to die as well. First, make sure it is getting enough light. Corn plants do not require as much light...

House Plants: Poor Easter Lily, easter lily, plant questions
easter lily, plant questions, pests: Hi Jenny, Trash the lily. It is a hybrid and it will not flower again so there is no point in keeping it, especially since it is a source of pests. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. If this information...

House Plants: Poor old Ficus Benjamina, ficus tree, loose leaves
ficus tree, loose leaves, insatiable desire: Dear Amy, I think that your mother should have a trial separation until the Ficus tree has recovered. I also think that you have the right ideas and you should step in as a surrogate for your mother. As always, light is the key. By this time of year...

House Plants: Portable grow light, indoor plants, plant grow lights
indoor plants, plant grow lights, lighting fixtures: Hi Larry, I am not an expert on lighting fixtures, but I can tell you about the kind of artificial light that will most benefit your plants. Fluorescent tubes, preferably in a double fixture so you can have one warm white and one cool white tube, provide...

House Plants: Portea alatisepala, pot size, air circulation
pot size, air circulation, aechmea: Hi Justin, Portea alatisepala is an unusual specimen that is not commonly available, as I am sure you know. I have no direct experience with this species myself as I work mostly with more common houseplants. Its cultural requirements are similar to the...

House Plants: Portulacaria Afra is too spindly, summit county colorado, sandy gravel
summit county colorado, sandy gravel, porous soil: Brad, Increase your feeding to twice a month because of the porous soil mix you are using and water at least weekly. The flourescent plant & aqaurium bulb under your kitchen cabinet would be fine for it. If you want to try other lighting a 2 bulb flourescent...

House Plants: Portulacaria Afra, porous pot, porous soil
porous pot, porous soil, natural inclination: Hi Amanda, Your concern is a legitimate one and you are not suffering from paranoia. However, I suspect you are suffering from reading too many warnings about overwatering. Although it is true that this is a succulent and as such it should be in porous...

House Plants: Possible pest/disease, liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol
liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol, peace lily: Hi Allison, The best treatment for mealybugs is to thoroughly drench all leaf and stem surfaces with a solution of six parts water, one part rubbing alcohol, and a squirt of liquid dish soap. You indicated that your peace lily is growing in water. If...

House Plants: Pot bound Gum Tree, forest red gum, fish emulsion
forest red gum, fish emulsion, tree fertilizer: Forest, With your name you should become a Master Gardener and/or a Bonsai tree expert! Just kidding you a bit. A. Yes, I would say it is pot bound. I can t tell you without seeing the tree if it had arrested growth. That is not necessarily a bad thing...

House Plants: Pot Size for Money Tree (Pachira), money tree pachira, pot size
money tree pachira, pot size, lateral dimensions: Hi Sam, Although there are other possible causes for the symptoms you described, the chances are quite good that the roots are staying moist for too long because of all the extra soil. Although the lateral dimensions of the new pot may be twice as large,...

House Plants: Pot too small for Bamboo?, drainage holes, sized pot
drainage holes, sized pot, pot size: Hi Kristin, I am going to assume that your bamboo is what is commonly called Lucky Bamboo. That is a very different plant than a true bamboo. If my assumption is not correct, please let me know. The size or height of a plant is a poor indicator of a...

House Plants: Potbound Orchid, flower water, indoor plants
flower water, indoor plants, close shot: Hi Melissa, No need to cut your losses or ditch your husband! I cannot be sure how the HD folks handled your moth Orchid, but it seems to be doing quite well under your care. Flowers typically last for 1-2 months. It is common for Phalaenopsis roots...

House Plants: Pothos, pot size, compact plant
pot size, compact plant, new leaves: Hi Jess, All a girl has to do is to contact me to get clear, uncontradictory information. There is lots of non-professional, anecdotal information on the Internet and lots of imprecise professional information, as well. New leaves will NOT grow back...

House Plants: Pothos, african violets, wet soil
african violets, wet soil, dry soil: Could it possibly be that your pothos has been over-watered? That sounds like early root rot. OR, it could be reacting to not being watered at all, however, pothos usually wilts first if it is lacking water. I have had this problem before with a pothos...

House Plants: Pothos, pothos plant, rooting hormone
pothos plant, rooting hormone, water change: Hi Matthew, Yes, trimming the plant will make it look better. When you trim off some of the longer stems make the cut just below a leaf. As a added bonus you can propagate the stem that you cut off. Recut the removed stem just above a leaf. Remove the bottom...

House Plants: Pothos, porch railing, pathos plant
porch railing, pathos plant, hanging plants: Hi Marcia, Your Pothos is a low light plant that does not tolerate direct sunlight, even indoors. The direct sun tends to bleach out the leaves looking them pale yellow. It should do fine on your porch as long as it is back far enough that it is in shade...

House Plants: Pothos, plant questions, long strings
plant questions, long strings, winning side: Hi Heidi, If I provide the answer, do I get a slice from the winning side?! Pothos do benefit from regular pruning, as it does keep them full and compact. If left unpruned, the vines grow ever longer until they can no longer support so many leaves. Then...

House Plants: Pothos, e mail address, drainage hole
e mail address, drainage hole, plastic pot: Tamika, The only problem is she is too dry. Water her and she will perk back up within a couple of hours. If you wait to water her till you get back in 4 more days it will be too late and she will be dead. This is just how she looks when she is very very...

House Plants: Pothos Cuttings, inch pot, pothos plant
inch pot, pothos plant, plant questions: Hi Frank, It is not a good idea for your friend to try and pull out a Pothos vine with roots intact. The problem is that the roots are intertwined with the roots of other vines in that pot and very difficult to separate. A single potted Pothos vine will...

House Plants: Pothos/ devil's Ivy, pothos, nothing but water
pothos, nothing but water, water change: Hi Brian, Your pothos cuttings will live for a long time in water alone. However, if you add a very dilute amount of fertilizer to the water every month, that will help prolong their life by providing the nutrients they don t get from plain water. Change...

House Plants: Pothos (Epipremnum) Indoor Plant, white fungus, fungus gnats
white fungus, fungus gnats, drainage hole: Tracey, It sounds like it may have had mealy bugs, the white powder stuff, and you may have overwatered it. The fine bugs flying around were fungus gnats that attack plants that are too wet. Most houseplants do not like sitting in a swamp with their roots...

House Plants: Pothos Foliage, ammonia smell, long periods of time
ammonia smell, long periods of time, indirect sunlight: April, You burned the roots with the full strength fertilizer and they are rotting. The vines in water are probably not savable. The directions on a box of Miracle Grow is meant to use that to water plants growing in soil. For cuttings growing in water...

House Plants: Pothos fading to yellow!!!!, beta tank, proper nutrients
beta tank, proper nutrients, beta fish: Hi Adam, There are a couple of problems here. The most important is that your Pothos is not getting enough light. Any standard fluorescent light is fine (No botanist design is necessary!), as long as it is within a foot or so of the Pothos AND it is...

House Plants: Pothos Golden, pothos plants, soil dries
pothos plants, soil dries, drainage holes: Hi Noemi, It is hard to know why two identical plants in the same environment grow differently. They may be different genetically or they may have had different care before you acquired them. Pothos do well in bright, but indirect light. Right in front...

House Plants: Pothos houseplants, ammonia smell, excess nutrients
ammonia smell, excess nutrients, indirect sunlight: Hi April, Thanks for the very good description that you provided. The problem is that the fertilizer that you mixed was too concentrated for the cuttings rooted in water. The label directions are for plants growing in soil in ideal nursery conditions....

House Plants: Pothos Ivy, pothos ivy, new leaves
pothos ivy, new leaves, ivies: Hi Jennifer, For a beginner, you have excellent questions! Pothos do benefit from regular pruning. When the stems or vines are allowed to get too long, the plant will sacrifice the older leaves so that it can continue to produce new leaves at the ends...

House Plants: Pothos Plants, ap biology course, pothos plants
ap biology course, pothos plants, cedar park high school: Hi Leslie, That is an interesting project. Clearly, you have already done some good research and know what questions to ask. 1) Pothos do best in bright indirect natural light - a north windowsill with blinds fully opened - or under fluorescent lights....

House Plants: Pothos Plants, ap biology course, pothos plants
ap biology course, pothos plants, cedar park high school: 1)Under what amount of light do Pothos plants grow best? The more light the better. They will grow faster with full sun. 2)What region are Pothos plants native to? The rain forests of South America. 3)Do Pothos plants grow better under natural or...

House Plants: Pothos question, darlene, swamps
darlene, swamps, leaves: Ann, Either overwatering or underwatering, probably overwatering. It hates swamps. This plant needs to get very dry between waterings. It should not be watered if it feels heavy. It needs to dry out till it feels light weight. But, it cannot be dry for...

House Plants: Pothos vine pruning, vining plants, vine pruning
vining plants, vine pruning, inch pot: Hi Patti, Congratulations on your long success with your Pothos! Apparently, the only thing you have neglected is regular pruning. Most vining plants produce new growth only at the ends and never replace leaves along the vines. If these plants are not...

House Plants: Pothos, palmdale ca, kitchen cabinets
palmdale ca, kitchen cabinets, kittens: Hi Leah, Your local climate will have little or no impact on your indoor pothos. Pothos can survive on as little light as any plant. However, they have their limits. As a rule of thumb, they require enough natural light to be able to read newsprint comfortably...

House Plants: Potted Banana Plant, strelitzia reginae, banana plant
strelitzia reginae, banana plant, spider mites: Hi Judy, Banana or Musaceae is a large family of plants that includes banana (Musa nana), bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae), travelers tree (Ravenela madagascariensis), and various types of Heliconia. In general, all of these plants require a lot...

House Plants: Potted king palm, tall palm tree, gallon pot
tall palm tree, gallon pot, king palm: Paul, First of all Paul, where do you live? This is not a house plant! This plant will be 25 foot tall in 10 years. It needs full sun all day. Moving any plant from a 1 gallon pot to a 10 gallon pot is extremely drastic but might be okay in this case if...

House Plants: Potted Palm, potted palm tree, yellow leaves
potted palm tree, yellow leaves, different kinds: Hi Patty, I need better information to be able to help you. There are many different kinds of palms with different care requirements. I need to know what kind you have. If you cannot find out, email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Then,...

House Plants: Potted Plant outdoors, ornamental pepper plants, tropical vine
ornamental pepper plants, tropical vine, wandering jew: Kacey, This time of year you may have a difficult time finding any plants I reccommend. How cold does it get there during the winter? If it does not freeze and you want long lasting plants I would suggest a tropical hibiscus plant in each pot for an upright...

House Plants: More on Potting soil Repelling water, tiny air pockets, peat moss
tiny air pockets, peat moss, potting soil: Hi Doug, I was not the one who expressed concern about peat-based potting mixes repelling water. For most houseplants, peat-based potting mixes are preferred because peat not only absorbs water and releases it slowly to the roots, but it also has millions...

House Plants: Powdery Mildew, powdery mildew fungus, tiny spores
powdery mildew fungus, tiny spores, cissus rhombifolia: Hi Constance, Cissus species (grape ivies) were once very popular houseplants. However, they fell out of favor when they proved to be so susceptible to the powdery mildew fungus. Once it takes hold on a plant, it is very difficult to eradicate. The tiny...

House Plants: PRICKLY PEARS, Replanting in Southwest FL, prickly pears, cactus garden
prickly pears, cactus garden, nancy nancy: Nancy, 1. Yes, you can remove more than 1 leaf. I reccommend that you use the scissor type cooking tongs to remove them or roll up newspaper very thick and grab them with that. Then just lay them out of the rain and let the wounds dry for at least 3-4 days...

House Plants: PROBLEM WITH PLANT, asparagus fern, leaf drop
asparagus fern, leaf drop, fronds: Hi Patti I agree, your plant does need more light, that will cause the stems to turn yellow. An asparagus fern is not a fern in the true sense of the word, they are actually in the asparagus family. You should be able to divide it without hurting the plant,...

House Plants: Prayer Plant tips, miracle gro potting soil, prayer plants
miracle gro potting soil, prayer plants, calcium deficiency: Hi Melina, From the symptoms you described and the timing, I suspect that the problem is related to the repotting. The new pot may be too large if it is more than an inch or two wider than the original pot. Did you loosen the roots in the original...

House Plants: Prayer Plant, prayer plants, prayer plant
prayer plants, prayer plant, new leaves: Hi Melina, Inadequate light can cause the markings on new leaves not to emerge. If the new leaves are significantly smaller than the older leaves, then poor light may be the problem. If the light is OK, then your prayer plant is probably a hybrid that...

House Plants: Prayer plant, paint stir sticks, prayer plants
paint stir sticks, prayer plants, nitrogen fertilizer: Deborah, You can cut vines back and they send out side shoots and become fulller. Prayer plants are from small bulbs and are not vines, they usually do not respond the same way. You can try cutting a leaf or two off and it might send out side shoots but...

House Plants: Pregnant onion, onion plants, botany dept
onion plants, botany dept, starflower: Watering, Temperature and Light are the keys to success with Ornithogalum caudatum -- and I admit, I had to look this one up: http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week240.shtml because I had never heard of O. caudatum being referred to as Pregnant Onion until...

House Plants: Pregnant onion, potting soil, darlene
potting soil, darlene, onion: Erma, In a mix of 50% sand & 50% regular potting soil, in a very small pot and don t bury it. Just press it firmly into the soil so the top shows. It s roots will pull it to the level where it wants to be. It likes it s top to be uncovered. Water it lightly...

House Plants: Problem with Christmas Cactus, christmas cactus, plastic pot
christmas cactus, plastic pot, slow decline: Hi Robert, Thanks for the comprehensive report. The problem is related to your repotting and the soil that you used. The presence of worms means that you used poor quality soil or at least non-sterile potting mix. Soil that has worms in it is often also...

House Plants: Problem with my house plant, pot plant, corn plant
pot plant, corn plant, house plant: Hi Michelle, Mushrooms on the soil will not harm your plant but it is definitely not good for your daughter. There are a couple of ways to deal with this problem. When you remove the mushrooms from the surface of the soil put a plastic bag over the mushroom...

House Plants: Problem with a plant, thick stalks, dying leaves
thick stalks, dying leaves, pot size: Hi Bev, I need a specific ID for your plant before I can properly address the problem. Can you e-mail a photo to me at the address listed below my name? A heating duct should not be a problem as long as the leaves are not actually in contact with the...

House Plants: Problems with Ivy and a Chinese Evergreen, chinese evergreens, plant lighting
chinese evergreens, plant lighting, leaf loss: Hi Mick, That is very odd that the leaf browning on most of your ivies occurs on one leaf only. I have no explanation for that. However, I would be alert to additional leaves near the growing tip dying back. If that happens, then there is definitely a root-related...

House Plants: Problems with Peace Lilies and Gnats, fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality
fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality, coconut husk: Hi Sandra, Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the soil. The larvae feed...

House Plants: Project 2, fern family, small animals
fern family, small animals, e mail: Hi Ena, Only plants in the Fern family produce spores. Hedera is not a fern. When Hedera is mature, it produces berries that contain seeds. In nature, the berries and seeds are usually dispersed by birds and small animals. Please let me know if any...

House Plants: Project, fibrous root system, biology project
fibrous root system, biology project, biology class: Hi Ena, Hedera helix has a fibrous root system and it is asexual. Let me know if you have further questions. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. If not, good luck with your biology project! Regards,...

House Plants: How to Propagate Dumbcanes, dumbcane, taking cuttings
dumbcane, taking cuttings, dieffenbachia: Hi Tracy, I am not sure I understand your intention here. Are you seeking to get your Dieffenbachia to put out a second plant from the soil? Or is there more than one stem in the pot and you inquiring about dividing the plants? Or are you talking about...

House Plants: Propagating aloe plant, peat moss, aloe plant
peat moss, aloe plant, best lighting: Hi Ann, Put the start directly in a very small pot. Use a very porous potting mix by using 2 parts of regular potting mix or peat moss and one part perlite. Keep it barely damp at all times. Placing it on either an east or west windowsill would be fine....

House Plants: Propagating Dieffenbachia, yellow leaves, dieffenbachia
yellow leaves, dieffenbachia, potting mix: Hi Derya, I am sorry you discovered some root rot, but I think you are doing the right thing. Dieffenbachias can be propagated by cutting the stem or stems about two inches below the lowest leaves. You can then root these stems in plain water until they...

House Plants: Propagating prayer plants, prayer plants, water prayer
prayer plants, water prayer, rooting hormone: Hi Melina, Prayer plants are propagated by stem tip cuttings. Take the cutting just below a node in the stem. Best to use a node close to the bottom of the stem. Dip the cut end into rooting hormone and put in water. Prayer plants root better and faster in...

House Plants: Propagating schefellera (umbrella tree), aggie horticulture, umbrella tree
aggie horticulture, umbrella tree, potted plants: Rajita, Scheflera rarely bloom as potted plants. They do bloom when they are planted in the ground in a tropical area and they are about 20 years old. They can be propagated from cuttings or air layering. If you take cuttings first use sharp scissors...

House Plants: Propagation, spider plants, plant propagation
spider plants, plant propagation, plant questions: Hi Tammy, I love plants, but I would never recommend letting them take the place of food! But I do understand how cuttings seem to take control of space almost overnight. Plants that are rooted in water can safely be put into small pots filled with damp...

House Plants: Propagation, april 1st, darlene
april 1st, darlene, propagation: Samantha, It is propagated by cuttings. It is best done after April 1st when the days are longer. The following site has complete info with pictures. It is easy. If you have questions after looking at that website you can feel free to write again. http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/L290-w.htm...

House Plants: Pruning, tropical plants, repotting
tropical plants, repotting, darlene: Doreen, I do that type of work in the fall when I am bringing trees in from outdoors and I need them to fit in my house again! The experts say for tropical plants from July 1st to September 1st is a good time for pruning and repotting. If you do not want...

House Plants: Pruning a China Doll indoor tree, soil line, china doll
soil line, china doll, pruning shears: Paula, Is there foliage all the way down to the soil line of the plant? No, cutting the main trunk will not kill the tree but it would hav e been better to prune the tree regularly before it got so far out of hand. If you can email me some pictures I can...

House Plants: Pruning China Doll, jungle in my bedroom, harm plants
jungle in my bedroom, harm plants, e mail: Hi Fran, Pruning tends to be based on the individual plant, but I can give you some general guidelines. Any healthy stem can be pruned back to any height. New growth will then emerge just below the point of the pruning cut. So prune back to where you...

House Plants: Pruning House plants, leaf shape, house plants
leaf shape, house plants, jefferies: Hi Bruce, I could make some educated guesses as to what kind of plant you are caring for, but they would only be guesses. I really need to know for sure just what kind of plant you have if I am to help you properly. It would be best if you could email...

House Plants: Pruning Indoor Plant, umbrella tree, rooting hormone
umbrella tree, rooting hormone, many thanks: Hi Jo, You can just cut the plant down to where you want it. After you cut the top off the stem you can start a new plant by dipping the cut end in rooting hormone and put in fresh soil. In a few weeks the cutting will root. I hope this helps. If you have...

House Plants: Pruning a Massangeana Cane, tree wound dressing, massangeana cane
tree wound dressing, massangeana cane, tree wounds: Hi Kirk, Your mistake was pruning the stems so far back. You should have left at least several inches of stem above the cane if you wanted to generate new growth. Sealing pruning wounds is an outdated practice for indoor or outdoor trees. Tree wounds...

House Plants: Pruning a plant often..... will it hurt it?, foot point, china doll
foot point, china doll, plant books: Hi Ben, First, congratulations on your success with your China Doll. They can be quite particular if their needs are not met. Your question is a good one because it gets to the confusion between pinching and pruning. They are really not the same thing,...

House Plants: Pruning a Rubber Plant, rubber plants, rubber plant
rubber plants, rubber plant, potting mix: Hi Molly, Yes, rubber plants can benefit from being pruned back. New growth will emerge just below the point on the stem where you make the cut. Thus, it is best to prune the stem back close to the center of the plant so that it will become more compact...

House Plants: Pruning Scheffleras, moist sphagnum moss, new roots
moist sphagnum moss, new roots, rooting hormone: Hi Fran, Now you know why I am not enthusiastic about moving plants outside. They may thrive outside, but they often fare poorly when brought back inside and they can also outgrow their indoor homes. Older, larger Scheffleras do not propagate easily,...

House Plants: Pruning techniques, e mail address, plant questions
e mail address, plant questions, pruning techniques: Hi Mike, All you need to understand is that a healthy Schefflera stem can be cut back at any point and new growth will later emerge just below the point of the pruning cut and grow upward from there. So you decide where you want the new growth to come in...

House Plants: Pruning back a Yucca, yucca plant, cieling
yucca plant, cieling, second opinion: Mark, Your friend was right. I have one that is 23 years old that has been pruned many times. The top that you cut off can also be cut to an acceptable height and potted up in a new pot of soil and it will root. Then you will have a plant to give to a...

House Plants: Pruning, dead canes, sure what type
dead canes, sure what type, bamboo plant: Ceneita, The plant you have is lucky bamboo and is not a true bamboo. The plant which is commonly sold as Lucky Bamboo is in fact a member of the Dracaena family (Dracaena sanderiana), plants which are well known for their durability under adverse indoor...

House Plants: Just Purchased Kentia Palm, scale insects, brown leaf
scale insects, brown leaf, leaf spots: Hi Nic, If the brown leaf spots are in the leaf and do not scrape off with your fingernail, then they are probably the result of a leaf fungus common in greenhouses where overwatering is used. The spots cannot be removed, but the fungus will not be a problem...

House Plants: Purchasing Plants, interior landscaper, soil additives
interior landscaper, soil additives, corn plants: Hi David, Some professional on-site assistance would still be helpful, but I will do my best to give you some ideas to work with. The best low-to-moderate light palm is a Rhapis palm. It holds up better than a Kentia and does not demand as much light...

House Plants: Purple calla lily/peace plant, bright indirect light, calla lily
bright indirect light, calla lily, dry peace: Hi Fay, The flowers may have simply run their natural course and are now starting to fade. Callas are hard to overwater if they are kept in their original pots, unless you leave them sitting in water. I suspect that your concern for over watering may be...

House Plants: Purple Passion, peat moss, soil mixture
peat moss, soil mixture, purple passion: Louise, Remove the stake so the plant can vine. Let thee buds grow until the branches are at least 5 inches long the cut off 3 inches and use the part you cut off as cuttings. Remove the lower leaves on the cut ends and dip the cut end into rooting hormone...

House Plants: Purple Passion Plant Black Flies, black flies, purple passion
black flies, purple passion, oil soap: Ok here is what you do. Get some Murphy s Oil Soap. Mix 1 capfull per gallon of water. Use this as a soil drench once a week for two weeks. This will get rid of them. The oil in the soap smothers the larvae killing them. It will take a few weeks for...

House Plants: Purple Passion Plant, purple passion, first source
purple passion, first source, darlene: Virginia, Purple passion plants or Gynura aurantica can be found at these sites. http://www.glasshouseworks.com/ http://almostedenplants.com/mall/Purplepassionplant.asp I know the first source is reliable, I have bought from them. Good luck....

House Plants: Purple Passion plant pests, plant pests, mealy bugs
plant pests, mealy bugs, purple passion: Hi Lana, If the white specks have a soft cotton-like texture, they are mealybugs. If you keep getting them, you may want to talk to the retailer, as that is probably where they are coming from. Treat them with a solution of warm water and a squirt of...

House Plants: Purple Passion, purple passion, ebay
purple passion, ebay, darlene: Rhonda, I have never tried growing Gynura aurantiaca from seeds. There are some cuttings available on ebay right now. I could find no sites on the internet that had seed for sale. You can keep checking ebay. I find no reference anywhere regarding growing...

House Plants: Purple passion plant, vining plants, soil line
vining plants, soil line, purple passion: Hi Stephanie, Thanks for the photos. Your plant is Purple passion. Its botanical name is Gynura sarmentosa. It does best in a sunny window where the purple color will be more vibrant. It will grow better when potbound, so move it into a small pot. Water...

House Plants: Purple Velvet Plant, purple velvet plant, african violet pot
purple velvet plant, african violet pot, folliage: Hi Robin, Older leaves do gradually fade in color over time. However, direct sunlight will help intensify and prolong the color. You may want to consider moving your purple velvet plant to a sunnier window. It is best if you water your plant thoroughly...

House Plants: Purple velvet plant, purple velvet plant, spider babies
purple velvet plant, spider babies, water roots: Hi Brenda, From your purple passion plant take cuttings that have 3 sets of leaves. Strip of the lowest pair of leaves and root the cuttings in water. Roots will grow from where the leaves you stripped off were attached. After the roots are an inch or more...

House Plants: Purse plant, pocketbook plant, light green leaves
pocketbook plant, light green leaves, tiny red spots: Hi Jack, Pocketbook plant is known botanically as Calceolaria herbeo hybrida. This is an annual that should be discarded after it finishes flowering because it will die anyway. To enhance its flowering period provide warm temperatures, fresh air, no...

House Plants: Pussy plant, marvelous plant, ebay
marvelous plant, ebay, ms box: Hi Ms. Box, Pussy ears plant or Cyanotis somaliensis is a fleshy stemmed succulent plant with fuzzy leaves gray green that resemble a cat s ear. You can take as many cuttings as you like without harming your pussy plant. However, at some point your pussy...

House Plants: pachira aquatica, taking cuttings, bonsai trees
taking cuttings, bonsai trees, pothos: Cheryl, When I buy bonsai trees with the glued together stones I soak them for a few hours in room temp water with the water over the stones. Then use a heavy butter knife and pry the stones off a few at a time carefully. I have never been successful...

House Plants: pale yellow leaves, african violets, african violet
african violets, african violet, carbon hydrogen: Mary, Is this window more shaded by a tree or is it a smaller window? Violets need to be in a location where the light is bright enough that your hand will cast a shdow. If not the leaves will yellow. The amount of light that an African Violet receives...

House Plants: palm, palm home, gallon pot
palm home, gallon pot, facing window: Carolyn, Are both palms the same variety? It may be that they are just 2 different varieties and that is why one is greener. I would try some fertilizer llike Miracle Grow and maybe moving it to the side of the window so it doesn t get as much light. Palms...

House Plants: palm with brown leaves, miracle grow potting soil, types of palms
miracle grow potting soil, types of palms, drainage holes: Hi Brown Thumb, Let me help you green up your thumb! The fact that roots wander out of the drainage holes is NOT a good indicator that a plant needs to be repotted. Did you know that unnecessary repotting is the most common cause of plant problems? Probably...

House Plants: palm plant problem, palm plant, howea forsteriana
palm plant, howea forsteriana, light plants: Hi Katherine, What you have described is mealybug. A solution of rubbing alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap is an effective treatment for mealybugs, provided you get thorough coverage of all leaf and stem surfaces. Pay particular attention to the crevices...

House Plants: palm plants, animal cat, first frost
animal cat, first frost, tap water: Jane, How old are the palm plants? Where do you live? What size was the old pot that you took them out of? Without knowing the type of palm I don t know if it is the plant or perhaps an animal (cat) has deficated in the soil? Or it may be overwaterd and...

House Plants: palm repotting, palm plant, potted plants
palm plant, potted plants, rule of thumb: Hi Ruth, Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. The extra soil that is added tends to retain moisture around the roots for too long and causes them to rot. Research has demonstrated that potted plants do best when the...

House Plants: palm stem rot?, chamaedorea seifrizii, drainage holes
chamaedorea seifrizii, drainage holes, bamboo palm: Hi Karan, The nursery should have known better, but obviously they did not. Unnecessary repotting is the most common cause of plant failure. Not only does it stress the plant at a time when it is undergoing the stress of moving to a new environment, it...

House Plants: palm tree, potted palm tree, liquid dish soap
potted palm tree, liquid dish soap, formula 409: Hi Steve, It might be harmful. Can you tell me what ingredients are in Formula 409? I don t have any in the house, so I can t tell what is in it. Powerful cleaning agents are often toxic to plants. If you want to clean your plants either use a commercial...

House Plants: palm tree, peat moss, plastic pot
peat moss, plastic pot, garden soil: Greg, It sounds like you may be overwatering. However check out the soil first and let me know if it is in regular potting soil with mostly black peat moss, or if it is in a sandy soil, or if it is in a clay garden soil. Also let me know the diameter of...

House Plants: palm tree, many roots, palm tree
many roots, palm tree, darlene: Julie, What kind of palm tree is it? How tall is it and how big around? If there are so many roots they are showing above the soil in the large pot why do you want to move it to a smalller pot? If anything carefully remove it from the pot and prune the...

House Plants: palm tree with a bad roomate, cactus soil, peat moss
cactus soil, peat moss, problem insects: Bobbie, I doubt that he is the problem. Insects in the soil are rarely a problem for plants but are there becuse the plant has been overwatered and the plant may be in poor soil that has too much peat moss causing it to hold too much water. Toio much water...

House Plants: palm tree / majestic, water trickles, drainage holes
water trickles, drainage holes, majesty palms: Hi Kathy, Whenever I receive inquiries about Majesty palms (Ravenea Rivularis), I cringe. I am afraid this is one plant I can never recommend because it just does not fare well indoors, except perhaps in a greenhouse. It requires copious light, humidity,...

House Plants: palm tree and spider mites?, spider mites, indoor palm
spider mites, indoor palm, palm tree: Hi Laura, I m sorry that you didn t receive an answer from Will, he is usually very good about answering his questions. Are the white spots webs or spots on the leaves? Are the on the upperside or underside of the leaves? If the spots are not webs then...

House Plants: my palm tree has white spots on it, mealy bug treatment, types of palms
mealy bug treatment, types of palms, mealy bugs: Hi Ellen, I suspect that your palm has mealy bugs, but I cannot be sure without a more detailed description than white spots. If the spots are soft and have a cotton-like texture, let me know and then I will provide mealy bug treatment instructions. If...

House Plants: palm tree, palm plant, palm tree
palm plant, palm tree, root system: Hi Patti, Unlike most other plants, true palms cannot be pruned back. Once the growing tip is removed from a a palm stem, then it stops growing and gradually dies. But if yours is up against the ceiling what choice do you have? Palm cuttings do not...

House Plants: palm, palm plant, fronds
palm plant, fronds, many different types: Hi Becky, Without knowing just what kind of palm you have (there are many different types) or seeinng just where the splits are occurring, it is hard for me to be sure. However, I suspect that age may have more to do with it than watering. It is quite...

House Plants: palms, ficus & philodendron, egg sacs, diseased plants
egg sacs, diseased plants, sick plants: Hi Logan, Your description doesn t match anything that I can think of. However, some good photos may change that. Send them to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. You may also be dealing with some kind of pest problem that is indigenous to your local...

House Plants: paper whites, flower stalks, paper whites
flower stalks, paper whites, paperwhites: Hi Jo, I commend your efforts to save the paperwhites. However, I have to tell you that paperwhites that are forced at this time of year rarely flower ever again, especially indoors. When they do flower, the flowers are rather weak and don t last very long....

House Plants: parasite?, mr creed, release fertilizer
mr creed, release fertilizer, hibiscuss: Hi Mandy, I am quite sure that you have nothing to be concerned about. I suspect that what you are seeing may be a soil amendment called perlite that is added to soil to increase drainage. Styrofoam beads are also used for the same purpose. Another possibility...

House Plants: What can I do to the part of the plant that has no leaves?, heart shape, sky light
heart shape, sky light, soil water: Jill, Your plant is a pothos vine. It has lost it s leaves from too much or too little water at times. I have one that looks the same way. Yes, you can cut off the leafy shoots with about 6 inches of leafless stem. Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting...

House Plants: pathos, vining plants, new leaves
vining plants, new leaves, plant questions: Hi Louise, Your question is a good one and the answer is not one that is generally understood. When vining plants such as your Pothos, are allowed to grow very long, eventually they reach the point where the available light cannot support any more leaves....

House Plants: pathos, plants growth, yellow leaves
plants growth, yellow leaves, winter dormancy: Joni, Pothos vines get yellow leaves for 3 reasons, not enough light (they love the sun), too much water or too little water. Usually the cause is too much water, pick the plant up and see if it feels heavy, if it does do not water it. This plant likes...

House Plants: pathos plant problem, pathos plant, partial sun
pathos plant, partial sun, pothos: Hi Diane, I need some additional information. Did you do anything else to the Pothos other than lift its stems? Did you repot it or change its location relative to the light? Please describe the light source and how far away it is. How do you decide...

House Plants: peace lilies, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, accurate answer: Hi Margaret, I need more information than you have provided. Are the leaves or the flowers yellowing? The flowers usually last for only about a week before they start to die naturally. If the leaves are yellowing, tell me how many and where they are...

House Plants: peace lilies, lilies, wicker
lilies, wicker, pots: First let me say that I am sorry for your loss. Peace Lilies are among the most easy plants to grow. You cannot kill these plants unless you don t water them. Go ahead and repot them. It will not hurt them a bit. As a matter of fact they will reward...

House Plants: peace lilies, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, good soil: Hi Carolyn, Yellow tips are a generic symptom with many possible causes, including under watering, over watering, using hard or alkaline water, and over fertilizing. Unfortunately none of those cause are corrected by repotting or dividing or replacing...

House Plants: peace lilies, peace lillies, peace lily
peace lillies, peace lily, peices: Hi Alexis, Peace lilies are not generally regarded to be toxic. However, all bets are off when it comes to infants. If you have an infant that has eaten some peace lily, I think you should contact a medical doctor immediately. If you have an infant and...

House Plants: peace lilies, peace lily, new leaves
peace lily, new leaves, indirect light: Hi Deni, From the limited information you have provided, my educated guess is that your peace lily is not getting enough light. Peace lilies do best close to a window where they get lots of bright, but indirect light. However, if you can provide me with...

House Plants: getting peace lilies to bloom, peace lily, fertilizer solution
peace lily, fertilizer solution, macro elements: Hi Mel, Peace lilies are less likely to bloom when grown in water than when potted in soil. However, many peace lily hybrids sold today do not flower very well even when potted in soil. Genetics is a very important determinant of flower production. If...

House Plants: peace lilies, fertlizer, white flower
fertlizer, white flower, tropical areas: They can be planted outside it tropical areas. I think TN may be too cool to keep them out all year round. The bloom will turn brown and die as a natural part of its life cycle. They need indirect bright light. Direct sun will burn them. Water when...

House Plants: peace lillies, peace lillies, room temperature water
peace lillies, room temperature water, peace lily: The first step is to cut off the spent flowers and their stems, down to below foliage level. After your plant has rested for a few weeks, it will send up new flowering stalks. Here is some general care information: Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum floribundum)...

House Plants: peace lillies, turkey baster, peace lily
turkey baster, peace lily, peace lillies: Laurie, Yes, you are watering them too often and too much water. Below are my in depth care instructions for peace lilies: Most instructions say this is a low light plant but it needs very bright light, just no sun. Try to keep it within 5 to 8 feet...

House Plants: peace lillies, peace lilly, brown thumb
peace lilly, brown thumb, mature size: Billy, You are not doing anything wrong, in fact you have done quite well to keep it for that long. There are many cultivars of peace lilly and it seems yours is at it s mature size and it is one that does not send out a lot of offshoots to fill the pot....

House Plants: peace lilliy, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, growth periods: Hi Gail, Fertilizer should only be given to healthy plants during active growth periods. Fertilizer will not fix an unhealthy plant. When you repotted it caused the plant to be stressed and go into shock. It sounds like you may have even caused some damage...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, new leaf
peace lilly, new leaf, root system: Hi Nancy I am sorry for the delay in answering you-my husband has been down with pneumonia and I have been away from my computer for a few days. I am sorry to say but it sounds as if the roots of your Peach Lily, aka Spathillyum , have been damaged. It...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, size perspective
peace lilly, size perspective, dry periods: Laura, In my experience peace lillies like to be root bound. They do best planted in a pot slightly larger than the plant is. They also need to dry out totally between waterings. They like to be dry for several days before being watered again. The roots...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, black leaves
peace lilly, black leaves, drain tray: Cynthia, It is not getting enough light, it should not receive direct sun but it does need very bright light. No plant will live in a location where there is not enough light for your hand to cast a good shadow. In the summer when the sun is very high...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, killing plants
peace lilly, killing plants, indoor plants: here s how to water a peace lilly. it s not as simple as water everyday or once a week . each type plant has its own watering requirements. watering frequency depends on many factors(sun exposure, type of plant, wind, day temps,indoors VS outdoor location,...

House Plants: peace lilly, proper shading, peace lilly
proper shading, peace lilly, frost bite: Robert, I would move them in or cover them if the temps were dropping below 40 degrees. I have always been told to take them in below 50 degrees but I have left plants out down to 40. You must have them in a location out of the wind because i have found...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peat moss
peace lilly, peat moss, plastic pot: Kara, This plant does not like sun, bright light but no sun so move it away from the window and the heater. The heater is drying it out too fast. Moving it away will help. Once a week watering should be fine. I m sure the soil has a lot of peat moss in...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, drain tray: Julie, This is not the right time of year to divide a peace lily because with the short days the roots stop growing for awhile. All repotting and dividing should be done from April 15th to June 15th. If you do divide it the plant will stop blooming...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, protective canopy: Nice to meet you, Stacey. First things first: Are we talking about the same Peace Lily (see the Evergrowing Tips on Houseplant Care (http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/peacelily.htm)? Please look at the photo and confirm. If so, I can tell you that...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly plants, miracle grow potting soil
peace lilly plants, miracle grow potting soil, bad smell: This has stumped many people but I think I know the answer. It may be because the soil is getting soggy, I would transplant it into new Miracle Grow potting soil, the cause is usually when you water the plant too much! Don t forget to rate me on my answer...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, doors
peace lilly, doors: No! You can put it outside all summer. Depending on the one you have, and where you live, you can then bring it inside, or keep it outdoors, but it all depends. Tell me where you live, and I ll give you instructions for figuring out what kind you have...

House Plants: peace lilly, epsom salts, peace lilly
epsom salts, peace lilly, plant fertilizer: Debbie, When it is rootboun which it likes and with proper care this plant can bloom year around. Fertilize it with blooming plant fertilizer and twice a year sprinkle 2 teaspoons of epsom salts on top of the soil before watering. Epsom salts is magnesium...

House Plants: peace lilly, bright indirect light, peace lilly
bright indirect light, peace lilly, peace lily: Hi Kristee, The symptoms suggest that your peace lily either has not had enough light or it has not been watered properly. It is hard to know which without more information about the available light and your watering habits. It is also possible that the...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, leaf discoloration: Hi April, Peace lily leaves droop quickly once the roots get the slightest bit too dry. It is best to water thoroughly just BEFORE the leaves start to wilt. Although the leaves perk up again after watering, the wilting will cause leaf discoloration a...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, new leaves
peace lilly, new leaves, entire leaf: Hi Kay, I don t think you are doing anything wrong. Peace lilies are relatively fast growers and they tend to lose older leaves as they add new ones. This renewal process is quite normal and it happens more with newly acquired plants. Trim off the older...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, root rot: Hi Mel, Peace lilies are susceptible to a disease called Cylindrocladium root rot. There is no cure or teratment for it. Professsional growers discard such infected plants so as not to infect other peace lilies. Root rot due to overwatering can sometimes...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, beautiful peace: Hi Belinda, Peace lily leaves burn up real quickly in direct sun! The burned leaves will not recover so they should be trimmed off. The roots should be healthy and in time they will produce new leaves that should be OK. It will require patience on your...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lillies
peace lilly, peace lillies, phenomonon: Jason, Yes, it is normal. It is a phenomonon that comes and goes depending on when the plant was last watered and how dry the air is. It will do that occaisionally for a few days then stop. It does not hurt the plant. The following website has an interesting...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, breathing spell
peace lilly, breathing spell, wet light: Bob, I suspect your peace lilly is wilting because it is too wet. Those who say the soil should stay moist are wrong. It needs to be well watered when you water it but then not watered again until the soil has been very dry for several days. Mine does...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, dead leaves: Hi Robert, Any leaves that have been damaged by the drought will not ever recover, so you might as well cut them off. Removing these dead leaves will have no effect on the overall health of your peace lily. The key to the future of your plant is how...

House Plants: My peace lilly has browned..., peace lilly, excess minerals
peace lilly, excess minerals, peace lily: Hi Mary, Misting won t do any harm, but it will not solve the new leaf yellowing and brown tip problems. First, check your water supply. If it is on the hard side, then switch to filtered, distilled or rainwater. It may take a month or more to flush...

House Plants: Is peace lilly dangerous to cats?, peace lilly, coworker
peace lilly, coworker, upshot: Hello Carolyn, Yes these plants are poisonous to cats. The upshot is that it causes irritation in the mouth and throat when eaten in small amounts. So if your cats are smart they ll chew on it once then never go near it again. However, if your animals are...

House Plants: peace lilly, peace lilly, contrary to popular belief
peace lilly, contrary to popular belief, peace lily: Hi Dorothy, You should probably not repot your peace lily. Contrary to popular belief, most plants do best when their roots are crowded. If your peace lily can stay sufficiently moist (doesn t wilt) for at least 2 or 3 days after a thorough watering, then...

House Plants: peace lillys, peace lilly, shorter days
peace lilly, shorter days, lillys: Marcy, It is either not getting enough light, it needs light bright enough that you could read a paperback sitting where it sitts without additional light, but no sun. Or, more likely, it is being overwatered. It needs to get very dry between waterings....

House Plants: peace lillys, peace lily, leaf tips
peace lily, leaf tips, lillys: Several things can make a peace lily, or spathiphyllum s leaf tips turn brown: A lack of water; too much water; too much fertilizer; sunlight too strong, although that would probably occur in summer. Make certain that the soil is allowed to dry out between...

House Plants: peace lily, peat moss, peace lily
peat moss, peace lily, potting soil: Andrea, Ok, I reviewed all the pictures and I have to ask where do you live and has the plant been way too cold or too hot for any reason? I still think the plant needs a pot bottom. Whatever damaged it, it will take time to recuperate. Just be careful...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, clear water
peace lily, clear water, lilies: Hi Diane, Yes, a peace lily can root and grow in clear water that is not hard. However, those that have grown in soil first sometimes have difficulty making the transition. In addition, peace lilies in water will not live as long or grow as large as those...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, moist soil
peace lily, moist soil, mineral salt: Hi Jacque, Most peace lilies sold now are hybrids and their longevity is not great. When they are younger they requite a lot of water or they wilt pathetically. Older peace lilies no longer like constantly moist soil and need to dry out more in between...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, leaf edges
peace lily, leaf edges, vagueness: Hi Deanna, A moderate downward curl on peace lily leaves is quite normal and should not be a cause for concern. Some browning of older leaf edges is also to be expected. This can be aggravated by letting the plant wilt, by using hard water, or by using...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, potting soil
peace lily, potting soil, peacelily: Hi Pam, I m sorry to tell you that more plant problems start with unnecessary repotting than any other cause. I have to respond to this problem so often that I have written an article explaining exactly why repotting can be so hazardous to plants. If you...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lillies, peace lilly
peace lillies, peace lilly, peace lily: Billie, Peace lillies and corn plants do not like the sun or the wind. Get them back indoors in bright locations but no sun. They love being beside large north windows or off to the side or about 6 feet away from other windows.On the corn plant you can...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, darlene: Lesia, You are overwatering it. Do not water it again until it feels very dry and light weight. It needs to be dry down in the roots for a couple of days before you water it so the roots can breathe. Too much water will kill a peace lilly faster than anything...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, dead flower: Natalie, Trim the dead flower and the yellow leaves off as low on the stem as you can without damaging another leaf. Put it in a very bright location, bright enough that you could read a book there, but not where the sun will acvtually shine on it....

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, rootbound
peace lily, rootbound, two flowers: Shawn, Cut the stem of the flower off as low as possible just above where it comes out of a leaf stem. Yes, these plants like to be rootbound and will bloom more when they are. When it gets so rootbound that all you can see is roots and no soil you can...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, caring for peace lilies
peace lily, caring for peace lilies, indirect light: Hi Machelle, I receive so many questions about caring for peace lilies that I have written an article on the subject, which you can have by sending a request to me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Here are the basics: Provide lots of bright,...

House Plants: peace lily, epsom salts, peace lilly
epsom salts, peace lilly, peace lily: Sue, Your peace lilly needs bright enough light that you could read a paperback novel if you were sitting where it sits. If it is not that bright there you need to have the plant light on it for at least 14 hours a day. Lack of light or improper watering...

House Plants: peace lily, sliding glass doors, peace lily
sliding glass doors, peace lily, green thumb: Hi Dianne, It was a pleasure speaking with you by phone. I want to reiterate that your peace lily should dry out within 7 to 10 days unless it is sitting in water or if it is potted in a pot that is too large. A plant that is in soil that does not dry...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, beta fish
peace lily, beta fish, joy joy: Joy, Peace lillies need bright light but no sun. They are tropical they do not need a fan to cool it off but they don t mind air moving some. Let it get very dry between waterings so the pot feels light when you pick it up. When the soil feels dry on the...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, drainage hole: Hi Robin, It is rare that repotting solves a plant problem. In fact, unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. Now I don t know if your peace lily needs a new pot, but you should not assume that it does. How can you tell...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, white flowers: Hi Teresa, It s all in the genes and there is nothing you can do about it. Nearly all peace lilies sold today are hybrids that are designed to produce a flourish of white flowers at point-of-sale. After that, the flowering tends to be more sporadic and...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, drain tray: Nancy, You are watering it too much. Let it dry out totally between waterings till the plant feels very light weight when you pick it up. Make sure it is in a very bright location with the drapes or blinds open all day. But make sure it is sitting where...

House Plants: peace lily, bright indirect light, peace lily
bright indirect light, peace lily, lily varieties: Hi Kevin, The symptoms you described are generic so I cannot tell just what the cause is. Many peace lily varieties do not tolerate temps below 60 degrees, so depending on how cold the conservatory was, that could be the cause. Likewise, I don t know...

House Plants: peace lily, fungus gnats, coconut husk
fungus gnats, coconut husk, peat moss: Hi Valerie, When you say that two stalks were not potted deeply enough are you basing that on appearance or because those stalks are not healthy? Can you email a photo to me that shows what you are seeing so I can evaluate it? My address s wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com....

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, houseplants
peace lily, houseplants, lilies: Hi Karol, First off let me warn you that Peace Lilies are very poisonous. I really like Peace Lilies but I do not have one because I have 3 cats. During the winter when homes are heated the most common threat to the health of houseplants is low humidity....

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily care, bright indirect light
peace lily care, bright indirect light, florist plant: Hi Jennifer, Florists have all the advantages. They have greenhouses with optimum light, carefully controlled temperatures and humidity, and special chemicals designed to promote maximum flower and leaf characteristics. You can t compete with all of...

House Plants: peace lily, bottom drainage, peace lily
bottom drainage, peace lily, drainage holes: Hi Glenda, As a general rule allow the top 1-2 inches of soil dry between watering. When you water, water enough that water drains from the pot s bottom drainage holes. Drooping leaves can be lack of water but it can also be insects. You should check often...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, office desk
peace lily, office desk, lowes: Jeanette, If your plant is rootbound you can remove it from it s pot and use a sharp knife and literally cut the plant in half down thru the rootball. Put each half in a separate pot the same size as the original pot, no larger. This is best done between...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, rootbound
peace lily, rootbound, shorter days: Sue, Yes it can be split but put each part in a pot not a lot bigger around than the plant is. This is a plant that likes to be rootbound and will bloom more when it is. This is also not the best time of year to do this. Because of the shorter days...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily plant, peace lily plants
peace lily plant, peace lily plants, inch pots: Sue, You are better off finding larger ones in soil and in May washing the soil off the roots and putting them in the betta jar. Be sure to keep the plants in a plastic tray and keep them at leeast an inch or two above the water so the roos extend through...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, incandescent bulbs
peace lily, incandescent bulbs, supplemental lighting: Hi Sue, Peace lilies do not require a lot of light. In fact, direct sun shining directly on their leaves is too much for them. However, that does not mean they should be more than 5 -6 feet away from even the sunniest window. A little off to the side of...

House Plants: peace lily, indoor plant pests, peace lily
indoor plant pests, peace lily, water droplets: Hi Pat, Occasionally, a few peace lily leaves will develop small holes for no apparent reason. It can be genetic or it may be water droplets exposed to the sun. It is rarely due to pests, however, unless you have had your plant outside. There are no known...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, abew
peace lily, abew, lilies: Are we talking about the same Peace Lily (see the Evergrowing Tips on Houseplant Care (http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/peacelily.htm)? Please look at the photo and confirm. I am thinking there may be some confusion because you mention this was acquired...

House Plants: peace lily, madonna lily, peace lily
madonna lily, peace lily, abew: This is hard, Amy. Your solemn words feel through and through the loss of your dear brother, and I so do want to offer some help here, as small as it is, with your Peace Plant. I checked the photographs you sent and it does appear to be a Spathuphyllum....

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, protective canopy
peace lily, protective canopy, cold weather: Please confirm for me that your Peace Lily looks like the one pictured at Evergrowing Tips on Houseplant Care (http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/peacelily.htm). Botanists call these Spathiphyllum . Spathiphyllums are tropical plants that naturally grow...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, sheer curtains
peace lily, sheer curtains, beta fish: Hi Jamie, Your peace lily can grow in soil or in plain water, but not in both. You should rinse off all of the soil before putting it in the fish bowl filled with water. The combination of soil and water leads to root rot. Peace lilies need protection...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, nancy nancy
peace lily, nancy nancy, plant flower: Nancy, We don t know. I would like to say it will be OK, but I don t know, Nancy. I can definitely tell you however that if you don t, it will NOT be OK. Let me put this in perspective for you, dear. Nancy, I get a lot of questions from people who...

House Plants: peace lily, calcium oxalate crystals, peace lily
calcium oxalate crystals, peace lily, aroid family: Hi Betty, According to the ASPCA website, peace lily, as a member of the Aroid family contains calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals can cause oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, and...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, benign neglect
peace lily, benign neglect, repotting: I don t think it hurts to transplant a potbound plant to a bigger pot with a reasonable amount of soil. These Peace Lilies -- Spathiphyllums wallesii -- are undemanding and easy to grow. Which is why so many people have trouble with them. Too much water,...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, flower spikes
peace lily, flower spikes, brown burn: How old is your your Peace Lily -- Spathiphyllum floribundum to botanists? How much light does it get? Is this a new plant from a florist or did you inherit one or receive it as a gift? What s been going on with it before it came into YOUR life? ...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, plant questions
peace lily, plant questions, e mail: Hi Sue, Peace lilies don t like to have their roots disturbed. So the fist option is to leave it in its existing pot unless it really needs repotting. If it wilts in 3 days or less after a thorough watering, then it does need a larger pot. Otherwise leave...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, window face
peace lily, window face, medium light: Raquel, How often do you water it and how much water? What size pot is it in? What size pot was it in before you repotted it? What kind of fertilizer do you use? How close to a window dose it sit? What direction does that window face? What kind of window...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, entire leaf
peace lily, entire leaf, plant questions: Hi Shelly, If it just the edges of a leaf that are burned, you can use sharp scissors to trim off these edges so that you maintain the original contour of the leaf. If you want to remove the entire leaf, cut the leaf stem just above where it emerges...

House Plants: peace lily, epsom salts, peace lily
epsom salts, peace lily, blooming plants: Susan, Those flowers are done blooming and should be pruned off so the plant will work on making more flowers. Right now it is maing seeds on those old flowers and the seed will not grow new good plants because the plants are hybrids. So cut the old flowers...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, insect control: Susie, You have overwatered it. The only thing you can do now is to dry it out as fast as possible by draining all the excess water off and setting it in the brightest location possible but not in the sun. Do not water it again until it has been bone dry...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, valerie
peace lily, valerie, creed: Hi Valerie, Yes, you can trim off as much as one-third of the roots. You may get some limited leaf yellowing as a result, but nothing fatal. If there is no fish in the bowl, then it may not be necessary to trim the roots. Roots do just fine in a crowded...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, white flowers
peace lily, white flowers, hi chris: Hi Chris, It s all in the genes and there is nothing you can do about it. Nearly all peace lilies sold today are hybrids that are designed to produce a flourish of white flowers at point-of-sale. After that, the flowering tends to be more sporadic and...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, plant failure
peace lily, plant failure, many roots: Hi Marilyn, The problem actually started last year when you repotted into a large pot. The extra soil that you added when you repotted absorbed and retained moisture for too long a period of time. Because the soil and roots didn t dry out frequently enough,...

House Plants: peace lily, fungus spores, peace lily
fungus spores, peace lily, fungicide: Hi Lynn, The fungus/mushrooms are there because the soil is contaminated with fungus spores. They are harmless to your peace lily. Scrape out the mushrooms along with the surrounding soil and discard them. Be persistent about this each time they emerge...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, drainage holes
peace lily, drainage holes, water trickles: Hi Sue, My condolences to you and your family on your father s death. I know it is a difficult time for you. I am sure that the peace lily has great meaning for you. However, it is important that you not be nervous about caring for it, as I will guide...

House Plants: peace lily not blooming, peace lily plant, epsom salts
peace lily plant, epsom salts, darlene: Jill, Try fertilizing it once aq month with a bloom builder fertilizer. Also sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts (magnesiun sulfate) on top of the soil before you water it again. This will trigger buds to form. It should be blooming in about 2-3 months....

House Plants: peace lily care, peace lily care, e mail
peace lily care, e mail, pat on the back: Hi Cathy, Although there are some exceptions, over eight years is a very long time to keep a peace lily healthy. Give yourself a pat on the back for that. But I understand you are not so much looking for a pat on the back as a way to keep your peace lily...

House Plants: my peace lily is dying!, fungus gnats, peace lily
fungus gnats, peace lily, yellow stripes: Hi Lori, If peace lily leaves wilt when the soil is moist, then it is because of root disease, usually root rot. The presence of fungus gnats is a further indication that the roots are rotting. And when new leaves are affected, as well, then the roots are...

House Plants: peace lily flowers, peace lily, lily flowers
peace lily, lily flowers, new leaves: Hi Linda, Spathiphyllum or peace lily is a sporadic bloomer and it varies widely with the particular variety that you have. Most will bloom once or twice per year, but never as prolifically as their original greenhouse-induced flowers. Although peace...

House Plants: peace lily help PLEASE!!, peace lillies, peace lilly
peace lillies, peace lilly, peace lily: Kristy, Peace lillies do not like to be repotted. They like being rootbound. When you do repot it should only be in the spring when the roots are actively growing. The crowns should be at the same soil level as it was previously or that can cause rotting....

House Plants: peace lily part 2, e mail address, peace lily
e mail address, peace lily, creed: Hi Andrea, I just replied to your first question. I included an e-mail address where you can send the photos directly. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC You can E-mail me directly at: wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com ...

House Plants: peace lily pest, color size shape, peace lily
color size shape, peace lily, plant exhibit: Hi Nicole, To give you a proper diagnosis I need better information from you. Can you describe the pests that are on the peace lily - color, size, shape, concentration, etc.? Does the plant exhibit any symptoms other than brown leaf tips? How extensive...

House Plants: peace lily and plants for indoor pool areas, foot circumference, peace lily
foot circumference, peace lily, norfolk island pine: Debra, Yes, you can prune off the damaged leaves close to the main stalk. Cut on the diagonal. It may set the plant back a bit if you are cutting a lot of leaves back at the same time. Give it a dose of fertilizer and that will promote new growth faster....

House Plants: peace lily repotting, peace lily, black patches
peace lily, black patches, yellow leaves: Hi Nancy, Without actually seeing the plant and its roots, it is hard for me to determine if it has reached the point of no return. It really depends on just how bad the root rot is. If the new growth has black patches on it, then it is probably hopeless....

House Plants: peace lily repotting, drainage holes, peace lily
drainage holes, peace lily, clay pot: Hi Melissa, Unless you are very skilled and accomplished with potted plants and know precisely how to water, yes, your plants should have drainage holes. The danger is that you may add just a bit too much water each time. That excess water builds up in...

House Plants: peace lily with scale, part rubbing alcohol, peace lily
part rubbing alcohol, peace lily, scale insect: Hi Frani, The stickiness indicates that your peace lily has a scale insect infestation. On the undersides of some of the leaves you will find some slightly raised oval bumps. Those are the scale insects, although they don t look or move like insects that...

House Plants: peace lily stems, bright indirect light, peace lily
bright indirect light, peace lily, flower production: Hi Michelle, I am sorry to learn that you found my answer to your question lacking clarity and knowledge. I would like to help clarify any questions that remain in your mind. The purpose of this site is to get you the best possible information in a form...

House Plants: peace lily, peace lily, leaf edges
peace lily, leaf edges, facing window: Hi Andrea, I hope your pending wedding is not at stake here! This is a little difficult because you don t know how it has been cared for and your description of its symptoms wasn t reallt specific. So I will tell you what the peace lily needs and we...

House Plants: peace plant, bottom drainage, drainage holes
bottom drainage, drainage holes, peace lily: Hi Sue, Peace lilies get brown tips for several reasons. 1. Using hard tap water or too much fertilizer. 2. Letting the soil get too dry. 3. Keeping the soil constantly wet. Place your peace lily close to an uncovered window, but do protect it from...

House Plants: peace plant, light bulbs, light fixture
light bulbs, light fixture, four feet: Jean, You have 2 choices. The first is to give the plant to a friend or relative that has better light than you will have at the new place. The second is to hang a 4 tube flourescent light fixture from chains about 12 inches above the top of the plant....

House Plants: peach pit, peach pit, peach tree
peach pit, peach tree, darlene: James, Plant the whole pit. Bury it just 1 inch under the surface of the soil. Keep it lightly moist and it will break out of the pit on it s own and be a stronger plant. If you break the pit for it then it will end up being a weaker plant. Goodluck. ...

House Plants: peach seed, recipe for peach pie, wikipedia encyclopedia
recipe for peach pie, wikipedia encyclopedia, cold stratification: Your Peach Tree -- Prunus persica to Botanists -- is hardy to Zone 7. If you live somewhere there or South, you can grow your Peach outdoors. Scrub your Seed well and soak overnight in fresh water to remove all traces of the pulp.. These seeds need exposure...

House Plants: pepper plant, pepper plant, drain tray
pepper plant, drain tray, southern louisiana: Aja, Peppers need to dry out thoroughly between waterings. I suspect it is wilted because it has been given too much water. Always pick the pepper up before you water it, if it is heavy it does not need water, if it is very light water it immediately. It...

House Plants: pest, dish soap, potting soil
dish soap, potting soil, knat: Hi Debby You have soil gnats. They are little gnats that breed and live in off of the fungus growing in the potting soil. The best way to get rid of them is to allow the soil to dry out completely. That way, there is nothing for the gnats to thrive off...

House Plants: pest control, fungus gnats, cacti and succulents
fungus gnats, cacti and succulents, mealy bugs: Pearlie, The gnats are probably fungus gnats that come from a plant that is too wet and either the roots are rotting or the potting soil is peat based and attracting the fungus gnats. These ore the same kind of gnats attracted to a rotten apple or banana...

House Plants: i have pest....a rubber tree, cheap paint, paint brush
cheap paint, paint brush, rubber tree: Kayleigh, Get yourself a bottle of concentrated Roundup and a cheap paint brush. Go out and paint the Roundup on the leaves. Then go back 2 weeks later and dig it out and haul it away. Then visit once a month with your Roundup and paint brush and if anything...

House Plants: pest, tops and bottoms, plant pests
tops and bottoms, plant pests, yucas: Hi Kelly, I am going to assume that the spiders on your plants are the ordinary daddy-longlegs type spiders. If they are something else, please let me know. Spiders are actually beneficial to plants because they prey on plant pests that can actually...

House Plants: pests, fungus gnats, water pools
fungus gnats, water pools, hi tim: Gnats have wings and fly. You didn t mention that, so I don t think they are gnats. If they are translucent and about the size of a pinhead, and you see them when the water pools after watering, then they may be the larvae of fungus gnats. If that seems...

House Plants: pests, fungus gnat larvae, soil pests
fungus gnat larvae, soil pests, coconut husk: Hi Charlie, Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the soil. The larvae feed...

House Plants: pests, chinese fan palm, safer soap
chinese fan palm, safer soap, center nursery: let your plants dry out sufficiently between waterings. but don t let them wilt. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that time pour off any excess water in the saucer. pick up...

House Plants: Chinese elm with pests, sized pot, chris answer
sized pot, chris answer, chinese elm: Hi Chris, Spider mites are small enough to put several on the head on a pin. They look like specks of white dust and you see lots of them together. It is hard to see them move with just the naked eye. They leave a mottled appearance on the leaves where...

House Plants: pests, fungus gnat larvae, tiny critters
fungus gnat larvae, tiny critters, quality plants: Hi Aimee, Why are you churning the soil in your palm? What about it was unappealing? I am wondering if there is something else going on here that I should know about. Where did the soil come from? Have you repotted or is this the original soil that it...

House Plants: pests, garden soil, potting soil
garden soil, potting soil, indoor plants: Hi Patty, Keep your outdoor garden soil, compost, and worms outside. Indoor plants are sheltered from nature for the most part and have different needs. It is best to use only sterile, soilless potting mixes for your indoor plants. You probably introduced...

House Plants: pests, fungus gnats, shore flies
fungus gnats, shore flies, organic pesticide: Hi Erin, The pesticides you used may not be effective on the larvae. Keeping the soil dry definitely helps, but it takes time. Changing the soil is NOT recommended as it may kill the plant! Sand will help if it is applied to the surface and the soil is...

House Plants: pests and diseases, rust spots, new leaves
rust spots, new leaves, live in spain: Hi Alex, Are the spots slightly raised bumps that scratch off with your fingernail or are they spots within the structure of the leaf itself? Better yet, can you email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? Please include this correspondence...

House Plants: pests on my house plants, spider mites, house plants
spider mites, house plants, mite: Hi Robin, I need a little better description. Fungus gnats look like black gnats and fly about, often when the soil is disturbed. Springtails jump out of the soil when the soil is disturbed. Spider mites don t fly and attach themselves to the undersides...

House Plants: pests, kinds of insects, plant leaves
kinds of insects, plant leaves, indoor plants: Hi Keith, There are many possible causes of holes in plant leaves. Insects are rarely the cause of this on indoor plants because the kinds of insects that chew holes do not survive very long indoors. Other possible causes are root exposure, fungal and...

House Plants: pesty flies, wet soils, soil ph
wet soils, soil ph, center nursery: sounds like gnats gnats(flies) are a sign of keeping the soil too wet. they breed in wet soils. let your plants dry out sufficiently between waterings. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes....

House Plants: pH, boston ferns, proper fertilizer
boston ferns, proper fertilizer, african violets: Peter, The plants you inquired about and most houseplants require a PH of around 7 which is neutral. A few plants, azaleas, Norfolk Island Pine, gardenias, anthurium, Boston ferns and African violets require a PH that is more acidic, between 5 and 6. ...

House Plants: philadendron that is yellowing!, philadendron, probaby
philadendron, probaby, excess water: hi erica i m in southern NJ. mom is probaby right. most plant problems are caused by improper watering. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that time pour off any excess water...

House Plants: philidendron, transplant shock, house plants
transplant shock, house plants, darlene: Richard, Cut back on the water so it doesn t feel swamped. Keep it on the dry side for the next 3 months. It will be happier. Most house plants really prefer to be a bit root bound. Whe you repot you should never go to a pot more than 2 inches larger...

House Plants: my philodendron, vining plants, rooting hormone
vining plants, rooting hormone, philodendron: Donwea, It will not stop growing. In fact it should cause it to send out 2 side shoots, 1 on each side of the old growing tip and become bigger faster. That is why pruning vining plants is always good for them. The branch out more and fill out the pot faster....

House Plants: philodendron, extreme temperatures, plant questions
extreme temperatures, plant questions, little water: Hi Katina, Improper watering or light will not cause a plant to deteriorate so quickly. So something happened to it on its way to your home. I have no idea what that might have been, but extreme temperatures or exposure to strong chemicals are the logical...

House Plants: philodendron (heart-leaf, arrowhead) new leaves stuck., excess minerals, heart leaf philodendron
excess minerals, heart leaf philodendron, plant questions: Hi Scott, I am confused by what plant you have. Heart-leafed Philodendrons have heart-shaped leaves and they do not ordinarily have a problem unfurling. I do not know what an arrowhead Philodendron is, but it is not heart-shaped. Can you email me a photo...

House Plants: philodendron house plant, drainage holes, philodendron plant
drainage holes, philodendron plant, indirect sunlight: Hi Sarah, Philodendrons are low light plants but they can grow well under medium light conditions. A philodendron should never get direct sunlight and should be kept out of indirect sunlight. The yellowing of leaves around the base could be caused by normal...

House Plants: philodendron new leaves yellow, wilt then die, philodendron selloum, monstera deliciosa
philodendron selloum, monstera deliciosa, rays of the sun: Hi Ron, First I need to know which type of Philodendron you have. I suspect it is a Philodendron selloum or a Monstera deliciosa. Is there a way that you can ID it for me or send a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? Did you repot it after you...

House Plants: philodendron silver?, philodendrons, splotches
philodendrons, splotches, windowsill: Hi Cynthia, Your silver Philodendron requires the same care as most other Philodendrons. It has a small root system so keep it in a small pot. Your selection of 2/3 pots for the cuttings was appropriate, although I would have combined them in one pot...

House Plants: philodendron, philodendron selloum, monstera deliciosa
philodendron selloum, monstera deliciosa, diffenbachia: Hi Diana, Monstera deliciosa is in the Aroid family, as is Philodendron, but it is not actually a Philodendron. So I guess you may have to call your plant Monster, rather than Phil! Your Monstera can be propagated by cuttings or by air-layering. As you...

House Plants: picking the dead or dying leaves from outdoor plants, dead debris, dying leaves
dead debris, dying leaves, native habitats: Hi Joe, My area of expertise is limited to indoor plants. However, in this case, I do know that it makes no difference to the plants as to the frequency of dead leaf and branch removal. In their native habitats, plant do quite nicely without ever having...

House Plants: Did you get my pictures?, miracle gro, plant questions
miracle gro, plant questions, potting mix: It takes longer than 2 weeks for roots to form. In the interim, the cutting is not going to thrive so you will get some brown tips and some leaves will yellow and die. Keep it reasonably close to a sunny window. Use filtered or distilled water if your tap...

House Plants: pineapple plant, pineapple plant, gentle tug
pineapple plant, gentle tug, soil surface: Hi Cheryl, The small pebbles should be removed from the top of the soil. You are right that it makes it difficult (impossible!) to tell when the soil is dry. They were put there to make the plant look pretty, but they will also kill the plant. Do not repot...

House Plants: pineapple plant, pineapple plant, moist soil
pineapple plant, moist soil, brown leaf: Hi Sheila, Those are very large pots for Pineapples. Were they in those pots when you acquired them or did you up-pot them? Brown leaf tips is a generic symptom with several possible causes, including soil that is staying too moist, soil that is allowed...

House Plants: pineapple plant, mason dixon line, pineapple plant
mason dixon line, pineapple plant, rich soil: Your Pineapple (Ananas Comosus) is a tropical Bromeliad. It should not be pruned, except for removal of dead leaves. The leaf material that you clipped will not be growing again, but I can see how you might want to cut them back to reduce its 3-foot leafspan....

House Plants: pineapple plant, pineapple plant, drain tray
pineapple plant, drain tray, water soluable: Arlene, I have nver heard of a non-edible pineapple. Pineapples grow in Hawaii so think Hawaii, lots of sun with the drapes or blinds open all day,water it whenever the surface of the soil feels dry and always empty the drain tray an hour later. NEVER let...

House Plants: pineapple plant, pineapple plant, extension horticulture
pineapple plant, extension horticulture, saleslady: Debbie, It is a tropical plant and must be kept above 60 degrees. It needs full sun, watered lightly once a week and fertilized monthly. It takes 2 years for the plant to produce a pineapple but you don tknow how old it already is. The following websites...

House Plants: pink polka dot plant pruning, ornamental pepper plant, polka dot plant
ornamental pepper plant, polka dot plant, bleach solution: Hi Betul, No, it is NOT okay to repot a plant into used soil. You must not only use fresh soil but the pot must also be clean. Preferably the pot should be dipped/soaked in a 10% bleach solution. You can plant some of the rooted cuttings into the pot...

House Plants: plalnting a rubber tree, rubber tree plant, drain hole
rubber tree plant, drain hole, sixe: Raye, Roots coming out the drain hole does not necessarily mean the plant has to be repotted. You should only repot any plant if you want it to grow larger. In this case I realize you probably do. It should be moved into a pot with a diameter 2 inches larger...

House Plants: plam tree, indoor palm, drain tray
indoor palm, drain tray, drain hole: Gitana, It depends on what type of palm tree it is. It could be caused by not enough sun. It could also be not enough water or too much water. Did you repot it after it was given to you? What is the diameter of the pot? Is there a drain hole in the bottom...

House Plants: Can we plan majectic palm in outside environment?, majesty palm, king phoenix
majesty palm, king phoenix, soil quality: Hi Douglas, Your question is not really within my area of expertise, which is limited to growing plants indoors. However, I do know that the Majesty Palm (Ravena rivulara) is hardy only in Zones 10 and 11 where temps never fall below freezing. I do not...

House Plants: about a plant, bright indirect light, powdery mildew
bright indirect light, powdery mildew, string of beads: Hi Penny, Your string of pearls (beads) is a succulent - the beads store water - so it does best in direct sunlight (a south or west window) and the soil should become quite dry between thorough waterings. Overwatering causes patches of soft rot at the...

House Plants: What plant is it, banana plant, ti plant
banana plant, ti plant, green leaves: Tammie, The only thing coming to mind is a Hawaiian Ti plant, google that and click on images and see if that is it. If not I need a picture. You can email me a picture at plantlady6@yahoo. com Where did you get the plant? Perhaps they could tell you...

House Plants: A plant I had, nursery website, hoya carnosa
nursery website, hoya carnosa, gardino nursery: Don t ask why, I just have a feeling this might be a kind of Hoya plant. But I have no reason to know that. Since we cannot rely on esp for this question, I should proceed w/ some followups. And by the way, you are not the first person to do this....

House Plants: what is this plant?, arrowhead vine, syngonium
arrowhead vine, syngonium, perlite: Marlie, Your plant is an Syngonium, a.k.a. Nephthytis, White-veined arrowhead vine. The following site has more info: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/houseplants/types/syngonium.html The leaves in the picture look fine. The plant does not like too much...

House Plants: about a plant, bright indirect light, powdery mildew
bright indirect light, powdery mildew, string of beads: Penney, It needs to be in a sunnier location. It is a succulent and likes full sun. If you think it has powdery mildew I would spray it with Lysol spray (generic is fine) every day for a week then twice a week for a month. That will kill powdery mildew....

House Plants: plant, christ in the manger, botanical references
christ in the manger, botanical references, e mail: Hi Debra, There is no plant listed by that name in the botanical references. However, there is a plant commonly called Moses-in-the-manger. Its botanical name is Tradescantia spathacea (Rhoeo spathacea, in some references). If this is not your plant,...

House Plants: what is this plant?, crown of thorns, friend doesn
crown of thorns, friend doesn, photo section: Ted, It sounds like a crown of thorns but I have never seen one with leaves shaped like that. I am consulting a friend to see if he has a better idea. I will let you know. In the meantime if you want you can put crown of thorns into google and go to...

House Plants: which plant is this, pandanus veitchii, yucca aloifolia
pandanus veitchii, yucca aloifolia, dracaena reflexa: Hi Raji, Your decsription is not very detailed so I cannot give you a specific identification. Here are some plants that fit the description you provided: Dracaena deremensis Warneckei Dracaena sanderiana (sometimes sold as Lucky bamboo) Dracaena...

House Plants: What is this plant?, peat moss, peace lily
peat moss, peace lily, indirect light: Hi Robin, For a change, the tag has properly identified your plant. It is an Anthurium. Although it looks like a peace lily, it is not related. Anthuriums are usually grown in a very porous potting mix or in peat moss. This is because the roots need...

House Plants: what is this plant, ficus tree, green leaves
ficus tree, green leaves, google: Rhonda, My guess would be a variegated miniature ficus tree. Go to this site to see if the pictures match your plant: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=%20variegated%20miniature%20ficus%20tree&sa=N&tab=wi If not please email a picture of your...

House Plants: plant, light intensity, indirect light
light intensity, indirect light, plant growth: Hi Karla, Virtually all plants require at least 8-10 hours per day of good light. Some plants are adapted to low or indirect light while others require direct sun throughout the day. Thus, different plant species have different light intensity requirements,...

House Plants: What plant is advisable?, plain vanilla, chinese evergreen
plain vanilla, chinese evergreen, foot tree: This horse you want to buy, my friend - it will be parked near a window? Because as you know, light is needed. What direction does your window(s) face? (N-S-E-W) Would you say it gets a LOT of sun? Enough sun to wake you up on Sunday mornings? Is it...

House Plants: Is a plant in a bedroom safe ?, oxygen plants, plants and animals
oxygen plants, plants and animals, eons: Gaelle, Thank you for the high rating. I saw your request for my article, but I need your email address. Please send it to me at wcreed@Horticulturalhelp.com and ask for the article on plants and oxygen. Regards, Will Hi Gaelle, Plants are absolutely...

House Plants: Is my plant a caladium, arrowhead vine, syngonium podophyllum
arrowhead vine, syngonium podophyllum, elephant ear: Hi Renee, You seem to be describing an arrowhead vine or Syngonium podophyllum. These plants do tend to bend under the weight of their leaves. By providing very bright, but indirect light, the stems will grow thicker and be better able to support the...

House Plants: plant care and identity, google images, pot size
google images, pot size, hybrid varieties: Hi Dave, Thanks for te photos. Your plant is a begonia. Unfortunately, there are so many species and hybrid varieties of Begonia that it is impossible for me to tell just which one you have. A botanist would have to examine the flowers to tell for sure...

House Plants: plant care, money tree pachira, pachira aquatica
money tree pachira, pachira aquatica, money trees: Stephanie, The following website has more info about your pachira aquatica: http://homedeco.geniosity.co.za/2005/12/29/money-tree-pachira/ http://www.tcsiam.com/tcsiam/money_tree.htm As for the palm tree I need to know what kiind of palm it is...

House Plants: plant cleaning, liquid dish soap, bottom drainage
liquid dish soap, bottom drainage, drainage hole: Hi Nana, If the leaves are not noticeably dirty, then there is no reason to clean them. Otherwise, spray them with a mild solution of liquid dish soap and water and then rinse them with plain water. Bottom watering is very tricky and it is easy to not...

House Plants: plant cotton substance - mealybug, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Trent, Your plants have a mealybug infestation. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are skillful at hiding in...

House Plants: plant damaged by cat, jade plant, teeth marks
jade plant, teeth marks, toxic plant: Jenifer, I m not familiar with an African Jade plant , but I would assume it is similar to the jade which is a succulent. The plant will NOT regenerate itself. You can leave the leaves as they are and they will scab over. But, for looks you will probably...

House Plants: plant for dark bathroom, zz plant, parlor palm
zz plant, parlor palm, light plants: Hi Renee, All plants (mushrooms excepted) require at least some light in order to survive. If your bathroom has no natural light, then it would need a fluorescent light to be on for at least 8 hours per day for there to be enough light for a low-light plant...

House Plants: does my plant have a disease?, dragon plant, spider mites
dragon plant, spider mites, insect infestation: Hi Hannah, It sounds like you have a bad insect infestation. Most of the sucking insects, like aphids and mealybugs secrete a substance called Honeydew . Honeydew starts out as a clear,thick, sticky liquid that covers the leaves. After a while sooty mold...

House Plants: plant diseases?, ficus trees, massangeana cane
ficus trees, massangeana cane, brown patches: Hi Kristen, I replied to your photos before I saw this question. Plants often go through an adjustment period when they are relocated. I expect they will soon stabilize for you. Trim off the discolored leaves on the Massangeana cane. The Ti plan...

House Plants: plant dying, shot in the dark, sure what kind
shot in the dark, sure what kind, 9 months: Hello Melanie, I m sorry but there isn t much i can do without knowing what kind of plant it is. If you could email me a picture at jmw2787@yahoo.com i could take a look and help you out. ....Just for kicks ill take a shot in the dark here. Is this your...

House Plants: my plant is dying, ficus trees, pachira
ficus trees, pachira, moneytree: Kati, If you can t click on the previous link go to Google.com and put in Moneytree care or Pachira care. That sight will come up along with other sites. I would reccommend that you not water it until it is dry and keep it in the sunny location. If you...

House Plants: plant flies, plant flies, ms harris
plant flies, ms harris, tropical plants: Ms. Harris, I know of no plant flies or gnats that would bite humans. This is only happening when you are sleeping? Where are the bites occurring? On legs and arms? Maybe they are mosquitoes. On the backs of the knees or the fronts of the elbows? Do some...

House Plants: plant fungs, fungus problem, plain dish
fungus problem, plain dish, colostate edu: Ayanna, It is not a fungus problem it is an insect problem. It is spider mites. Mites are members of the arachnid class along with spiders and ticks. Hard to visualize well with the naked eye (about 1/60th of an inch in length when full-grown), a hand...

House Plants: >>plant fungus<<, plant fungus, s drain
plant fungus, s drain, sandy soil: Diane, Remove the mushrooms and scrape the surface of the soil off getting the top layer of soil. Spray the next layer of soil with aerosol Lysol Spray, it is a fungicide. Then add a layer of sand to the surface of the soil around the jade. In the future...

House Plants: plant growth, reagions, degree environment
reagions, degree environment, tree seeds: Hi Aaron, This sounds like a science project. Appropriate temperatures for seeds varies considerably from one species to another. For example, acorns (oak tree seeds) require freezing temperatures during the winter before they can germinae in the spring....

House Plants: plant health, bright indirect light, drainage holes
bright indirect light, drainage holes, yucca plant: Hi Kay, Brown leaf edges and tips on Yuccas are non-specific symptoms that occur when just about anything is out of sync for the plant. First, make sure it is getting enough light. It must have very bright indirect light all day long and some early or...

House Plants: plant help, schefflera arboricola, umbrella tree
schefflera arboricola, umbrella tree, potting mix: Hi Sarah, Thanks for the photos. Your tree is a Schefflera arboricola. It certainly looks healthy enough so you are obviously giving it good care! This plant does not branch or send out new shoots from the soil. You have only one stem in the pot so it...

House Plants: plant help, corn plant, potting mix
corn plant, potting mix, e mail: Hi Cynthia, Congratulations on keeping your corn plant for so long. The average indoor plant lasts for about 3 years! Yes, you can prune back your corn plant to just about any height. New growth will emerge just below where you make the pruning cut and...

House Plants: plant ID, purple passion, plant id
purple passion, plant id, phote: Hi Michelle, The photo didn t come through, but it may be that your plant is a purple passion plant or Gynura Sarmentosa. If this is not what you have, then send me that photo again. If you need care instructions, let me know. Regards, Will Creed...

House Plants: plant ID, turkey baster, drain tray
turkey baster, drain tray, indoor plants: Leah, I beleive that you have a variegated dracaena marginata. Check out these web sites for pictures and more info. http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week215.shtml http://hort.ufl.edu/shrubs/DRAMARB.PDF http://www.bachmans.com/tipsheets/indoor_plants/Dracaenas.cfm...

House Plants: plant id., peace lilly, plant id
peace lilly, plant id, anthurium: Hi Veronica, One-stop shopping here! If we get the ID, then I can provide you with the care instructions you are seeking. From your brief description, I think you may have an Anthurium. If so, let me know and I will provide care instructions. If not,...

House Plants: plant id, ming aralia, plant id
ming aralia, plant id, mings: Hi Lori, Your description is consistent with that of a Ming aralia, but I cannot be sure without seeing a photo. There is a way to attach photos on this site. If you are unable to do that, then contact me by email at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com and...

House Plants: plant id and care, gerber daisy, warm temps
gerber daisy, warm temps, main vein: Hi Penny, From your brief description, I am guessing that you may have a Primrose of some type. If you can email a photo to my address below, I may be able to provide a more positive ID. In any case, you probably have a plant that is not really intended...

House Plants: plant id, interior landscaper, new leaves
interior landscaper, new leaves, compact plant: Hi Raejon, Thanks for e-mailing the photo. THat maks my job a lot easier and more accurate! Your plant is a badly overgrown Dieffenbachia. I suggest that you cut it back so that each stem is only about a foot tall. That means discarding most of the...

House Plants: plant identification, flowering house plants, polka dot plant
flowering house plants, polka dot plant, parlor palm: Hi Meagan, I think you may have a Dracaena godseffiana, also known as gold-dust Dracaena. It requires care similar to other Dracaenas. If this is not what you have, please e-mail me a photo or let me know how yours differs. Regards, Will Creed, Interior...

House Plants: plant identification, night blooming cirrus, green leaves
night blooming cirrus, green leaves, papr: MaryAnn, Itg is spelled Cereus. The following websites have more info: http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/july/papr/nbcereus.html http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/2443/index.html http://www.purplesage.org.uk/profiles/cereus.htm http://www.onepaper.com/stthomasvi/?v=d&i=&s=Lifestyles:Home%2FGarden&p=38223...

House Plants: plant identification, wide gap, bottom sides
wide gap, bottom sides, houseplant: Hi Stephanie, I am confused by your description. How can the leaf be split in the back and not in the front? By front and back are you referring to the top and bottom sides of the leaves? Are the leaves completely pink on top or variegated with other...

House Plants: plant identification, green leaves, opposites
green leaves, opposites, stalk: Hi there, I do not have enough information about your plant to ID it. If you an email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com, that would be best and assures accuracy. Otherwise, please describe the shape of the leaves; how many stalks does it...

House Plants: plant identification, dracaena janet craig, plant questions
dracaena janet craig, plant questions, photo thanks: Hi April, Thanks for the photos. Your plant is an overgrown Dracaena Janet Craig. It appears to be quite healthy and that tells me it has been well cared for. It can and should be pruned back. Start by cutting back one or two of the tallest stems....

House Plants: plant identification, hybrid variety, plant questions
hybrid variety, plant questions, lovely one: Hi Donna, Thanks for the photo. Your new plant is a hybrid variety of Philodendron - and a very lovely one! Don t be in a hurry to repot it, although it may look quite large for its pot. It prefers to be quite potbound. Protect it from direct rays...

House Plants: plant identification, stalks, darlene
stalks, darlene, scanner: Dan, If you have a scanner you can email your picture to me at plantlady6@yahoo.com Who told you that it flowers every 26 years but didn t know what it is?? Do you have a picture of the flower? How tall is the plant? How old is your plant? Let me know...

House Plants: plant identification, red veins, little flowers
red veins, little flowers, green leaves: Hi Sheri, Can you describe the shape of the leaves and their dimensions? Did the leaf stems grow directly from the soil or off of stems that grew out of the soil? Did the veins show red through the top or only from underneath? Thanks, Will Creed ...

House Plants: plant identification, ficus lyrata, educated guess
ficus lyrata, educated guess, house plant: Hi Jim, Based on your brief description, I would make an educated guess that you have a Ficus lyrata. If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below, I can make a postive ID. Otherwise, let me know how yours differs from the Ficus lyrata. Please...

House Plants: plant identification, staghorn fern, bonsi
staghorn fern, bonsi, small stones: Hi Kathy It sounda as if you may have purchased a type of a orchid because of the type of mixture it is planted in, but I cannot say for sure. Is there any way you can take a picture and send to me? That would be very helpful. My first thought was a Staghorn...

House Plants: plant identification, darlene darlene, woody trunk
darlene darlene, woody trunk, lowes: Corin, Is there anything on the top of the leaves? Stripes? Spots? I m just not coming up with anything. Why not try calling the garden center and ask for the nursery or houseplant manager. If he/she is good with plants you should be able to describe...

House Plants: plant identification, mystery plant, wax plant
mystery plant, wax plant, house plant: Hi Tracey, Your mystery plant may be a Wax Plant or Hoya carnosa. However, there are a couple of other plants that also match this description so it is best if you send a photo to me at the address below. After I confirm the ID, I can answer any questions...

House Plants: plant identification, plum background, indirect sunlight
plum background, indirect sunlight, sweet daughter: Hi Cindy, What a sweet daughter you have! Your description is a bit sketchy, but I would guess that your plant is an Oxalis regnelli. If this is not the case, perhaps you can email a photo to me at my addresses below. Please let me know if you need...

House Plants: plant identification, philodendron erubescens, potting mix
philodendron erubescens, potting mix, repotting: Hi Chris, Thanks for the photo; that helps a lot. Your plant is a Philodendron erubescens. It can definitely be pruned back. New growth will emerge on the stem just below where you make the pruning cut and grow upward from there. The pruned off portion...

House Plants: plant identification, green heart, darlene
green heart, darlene, suckers: Steph, It is a philodendron vine. Yes it is quite common but still beautiful. It likes bright light but no sun. I have one that is vining all over a wall in my enclosed south facing back porch. When it sits close to a wall it will attach itself to the...

House Plants: plant identification and care, shamrock plant, red leaves
shamrock plant, red leaves, purple leaf: Lisa, I believe that your plants Common name is Purple Leaf Shamrock and it s Latin name is Oxalis regnellii var. triangularis. There is a picture of this plant and care instructions at this website: http://www.denverplants.com/flower/html/oxali_rtr.htm...

House Plants: plant identification - Hindu Rope Plant, bright indirect light, nitrogen fertilizer
bright indirect light, nitrogen fertilizer, mystery plant: Hi Cherie, Thanks for the photo. Your mystery plant is a Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa Hummel s compacta ). Hoyas must have a lot of bright indirect light all day and a few hours of direct light, as well. Keep it as close to a sunny window as possible....

House Plants: plant identification help, e mail, petals
e mail, petals, foliage: Hi Lindsay, Can you describe the foliage for me? Length, shape, color, and location relative to the stem and flowers? Better yet, can you e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? I look forward to hearing back from you. Regards, ...

House Plants: plant identification, kalanchoe pinnata, friendship plant
kalanchoe pinnata, friendship plant, sunny location: Hi, It is a succulent member of the kalanchoe family. It is a Kalanchoe Pinnata to be exact, also known as Friendship plant. This site has a picture of the plant so you can be sure it is your plant. Keep it in a sunny location and water it like you would...

House Plants: plant insects, plant insects, soggy soil
plant insects, soggy soil, white worms: Hi Pattie Boy o boy, do I sympathize with you; a few weeks ago, I too bought a houseplant at a grocery store. It was LOADED with scale! I called the store immediately and told them. They returned my money to me, I threw the plant away-they did not want...

House Plants: plant leaf question, science homework, plant leaf
science homework, plant leaf, science class: Michelle, I really don t do homewor. Besides I mm in my 50 s and it has been a long time sch=ince I have been in school so I am not sure what they are going for and you didn t say what grade we are taling about. The quick answer would be yes, but I don...

House Plants: my plant leaves falling why, liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol
liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol, water trickles: Hi Julie, Thanks for the photos. Your umbrella tree is also known as Schefflera arboricola. It should be very close to an uncovered window. Allow the top two inches of soil to dry out and then water it thoroughly until some water trickles through the drainage...

House Plants: plant leaves, ficus tree, corn plant
ficus tree, corn plant, shiney: Hello Jackie, There are a number of products you could try, such as Shine-ola plant shine and cleaner or Miracle grow-plant shine. These can be found at just about any place that sells plant products. I ve never used these products so im not really sure...

House Plants: plant mold, allergic reactions, mold
allergic reactions, mold, different kinds: Hi Shyrl There are many different kinds of mold. Most of them are harmless to plants. However, many people have allergic reactions to some kinds of mold. Thus, there is no way I can say categorically that mold is toxic or not toxic. It depends on the mold...

House Plants: plant name, plant questions, creed
plant questions, creed, anita: Hi Anita, Your friend is probably referring to a lemon-scented Geranium, known botanically as Pelargonium graveolens. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If this information has been helpful, please click the Rate Volunteer bar...

House Plants: plant name/ care, bright indirect light, swampy regions
bright indirect light, swampy regions, wet soil: Hi there, Your plant is Colocasia esculenta, more commonly called Taro or elephant s ear. This is a plant that comes from swampy regions of Indonesia. It loves wet soil during its spring and summer growing season. It is best to leave it sitting in a...

House Plants: plant name, vining plants, soil line
vining plants, soil line, african violet: Hi Tracey, Thanks for the rave review! The botanical name is Gynura sarmentosa. It does best in a sunny window where the purple color will be more vibrant. Resist the urge to repot it because it will grow better when potbound. Water thoroughly as soon...

House Plants: ? plant parasite, room temperature water, plant parasite
room temperature water, plant parasite, dish soap: Maria, It appears that your Hoya plant has been attacked by both Mealy Bugs and aphids. If it is warm enough take it outside and spray it with a sharp stream of water from a hose to wash as many of the insects off as possible. If it is too cold where you...

House Plants: plant parasites, tiny probes, plant parasites
tiny probes, plant parasites, jade plants: Hi Linda, I am glad you waited before acting. Adding soap or bleach to the soil will not have any effect on the scale insects that are infesting your plant. Scale can be hard to detect. They resemble insects when they are babies, but they are smaller...

House Plants: plant parsites, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, alcohol mix: Hi Joan, Your plants have a mealybug infestation. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there is always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are skillful at hiding in nooks...

House Plants: plant pest or disease?, wandering jew, black dirt
wandering jew, black dirt, rubbing alcohol: Colleen, Your problem is scale. It is a sucking insect. They are bad this time of year. You need to pick up a bottle of Neem oil at a garden center and mix it according to the bottle instructions. Then mix the Neem oil equally with rubbing alcohol and put...

House Plants: plant pest problem, soil pests, coconut husk
soil pests, coconut husk, granular insecticide: Hi Mary, Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the soil. The larvae feed on...

House Plants: plant pests, fungus gnats, soil pests
fungus gnats, soil pests, coconut husk: Hi Carol, You are very sweet to be looking out for your daughter s plants! The bugs are fungus gnats and they probably came in with the soil that she used when she transplanted. That means all of the plants that have this soil will have to be treated....

House Plants: plant pests., southern ontario canada, pink geranium
southern ontario canada, pink geranium, integrated pest management ipm: snip off a small section of a branch with bad stuff on it, seal it in a plastic bag, and take it to your local garden center for ID. if they aren t sure what it is go to another garden center that does. it s not wise to just spray when you see bugs on ornamental...

House Plants: plant pests, fungus gnat, plant pests
fungus gnat, plant pests, tiny bugs: Hi Mary, It is not unusual to see microscopic bugs around the base of a plant where it tends to be moist and dark. They tend to occur in potting mixes that are not completely sterile. For the most part they are harmless and do not require any treatment....

House Plants: plant pests (look like a centipeede), plant pests, palm plant
plant pests, palm plant, plant questions: Hi Kinsella, If the centipedes are in the soil, then plunge the pot up to its rim in a tub filled with water. Leave it for about 30 minutes. This will flood the soil and drive the critters up and out of the soil in search of air. That usually does the trick,...

House Plants: plant pests, plant pests, plain water
plant pests, plain water, critters: Hi Diane, There are pesticides that can be applied to the soil of the infested plants. However, pesticides are hazardous, so I don t recommend them. I suggest that you take the infested plants and plunge their pots up to their rims in a sink or tub filled...

House Plants: when to plant poinsietta outside, corpus christi tx, specimens
corpus christi tx, specimens, creed: Hi Ro, My expertise is limited to plants grown indoors. I can tell you how to care for a Poinsettia indoors where the environemt is more controlled, but I cannot help you with it as an outdoor plant. I suggest you try an outdoor gardening expert. ...

House Plants: plant preservation, preserved plants, banana trees
preserved plants, banana trees, plant preservation: Hi Susan, I am not aware of any scientific term for preserving plants. Such plants are usually refered to as preserved plants or naturally preserved plants. There are many companies that preserve plants and they do not all use the same technique. Perhaps,...

House Plants: plant problems, lipstick plant, dish soap
lipstick plant, dish soap, linda coleman: Hi Linda I am sorry it took so long to get to your question. I have had a lot going on this week. I just purchased a plant that had the same light green growth on the top of the soil. I took a plastic spoon and dug it out, then sprayed the soil with...

House Plants: plant propagation, christmas cacti, plant propagation
christmas cacti, plant propagation, potting soil: John, I reccommend that you cut it in half once again. You can give the extras to a freind or neighbor. That will keep the plant healthier. You are doing well to keep a fern healthy indoors all winter. The usually die back and drop leaves all over the...

House Plants: plant question, drainage holes, kentia palm
drainage holes, kentia palm, plant question: Hi Debbie, How MUCH is the easy part. You should always apply just enough water so that a little starts to trickle through the drainage holes. How OFTEN you should water your Kentia is the hard part. To answer that I will need some additional information....

House Plants: plant question, philodendron care, medium light intensity
philodendron care, medium light intensity, shiny foliage: Philodendron care Most Philodendrons are native to the jungles of tropical America, and as such, prefer the medium light intensity they would have on the jungle floor. They will tolerate low light, but if there is too little light, the new leaves will develop...

House Plants: plant question, majesty palm, palm plant
majesty palm, palm plant, inch pot: Hi Patti, Outdoors in south Florida, Majesty palm can do very well in the landscape. Indoors, I have found majesty palms (Ravenea Rivularis) to be difficult. The moisture level in the soil must be constantly moist, but not wet. This can be nearly impossible...

House Plants: plant questions, snake plant, porous soil
snake plant, porous soil, plant questions: Hi Laci, Yes, you can cut the stem of the Aloe and put the top portion into its own pot. Let it heal over for 12-24 hours before putting it into a small pot filled with a damp, porous, potting mix. The original plant may send up some baby plants called...

House Plants: Two plant questions, snake plants, herb rosemary
snake plants, herb rosemary, african violets: Hi Tricia, Snake plants are often sold as good low light plants that are easy to care for. The truth is that they will do just fine for about 1 to 2 years in low light and then they will rather rapily deteriorate. That is what yours is now doing. It is...

House Plants: plant roots on cuttings, mr creed, new roots
mr creed, new roots, plant roots: Hi Jared, Check your water quality. If the water is on the hard or alkaline side, then switch to filtered or distilled. That may make the difference. Some cuttings just don t take and the leaves and stems turn black and rot. If so, just discard them...

House Plants: plant roots, mr creed, warm temperatures
mr creed, warm temperatures, high humidity: Hi Jaelyn, Root development is affected by temperature and light. Warm temperatures (75 - 80 degrees) and moderately bright natural light both contribute to better root growth. For some plants, high humidity also helps root growth. You can create a...

House Plants: plant seed, peace lillies, tropical seeds
peace lillies, tropical seeds, seed pods: Joseph, Those are seed pods. I have never tried growing a peace lillie from seed but if I were going to try it I would plant them immediately after they turn brown since tropical seeds usually do not need any rest period. Most experts do not reccommend...

House Plants: plant sunburn, snake plant, sissors
snake plant, sissors, sunburn: Just remove the damaged parts of the leaves. There is no need to remove the whole leaf. Just use some sharp sissors and follow the natural growth pattern the best you can. I repot all of my plants once a year. Spring is usually the best time but any...

House Plants: plant too tall, long term solution, self watering planter
long term solution, self watering planter, moist soil: Hi Dheana, I suspect you may have a Dieffenbachia, although I cannot be sure without a photo. If you would like, you can e-mail a photo to me at my address below. Dieffenbachias are notorious for growing ever-taller until their stems can no longer support...

House Plants: This plant has three leaves..., oxalis, windmill
oxalis, windmill, shamrock: Hi Lynne, I believe you are describing an Oxalis regnelli, sometimes called shamrock. If this is not what you have, please let me know how yours differs. If you need care instructions let me know. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural...

House Plants: plant not doing well, new leaves, lengthy search
new leaves, lengthy search, new apartment: Steve, As long as you have a healthy top it is fine. It is in the nature of this plant for its lower leaves to brown and fall off. It is a tree, not a shrub. As long as it is growing it is fine. More light will help it hold more top leaves. I set mine...

House Plants: plant not doing well, new leaves, mature plants
new leaves, mature plants, leaf tips: Hi Steven, Nolina recurvata is now known by horticulturists as Beaucarnea recurvata and by laypeople as Ponytail palm. If anything at all is out of sorts with this plant, the slender leaf tips turn brown. In fact, it is nearly impossible to keep the...

House Plants: plant worms, potting soil, plant questions
potting soil, plant questions, place water: Hi Sue, It is not uncommon to see small critters in the potting soil. Many growers don t use completely sterile soil. The worm-like critters have probably been there all along and you haven t noticed them. They do not harm the plant and they don t grow...

House Plants: plant yellowing, drain tray, hanging plants
drain tray, hanging plants, yellow leaves: Angel, Yellowing leaves usually means too little water. I suspect you are waiting a bit too long to water. Once a week should be fine and make sure you water them thoroughly so all the soil in the pot is moist. I assume that the pot has a drain hole and...

House Plants: What is this plant?, foliage plant, tiny flowers
foliage plant, tiny flowers, kalanchoe: Hi Teena, Your plant sounds like a kalanchoe. They are succulents which means they like good light and soil that dries somewhat between waterings. Eventually the flowers will fade and can be removed. You can continue to grow your kalanchoe as a foliage...

House Plants: plants, potting soil, dauther
potting soil, dauther, glass of water: Santiago, She needs to get some cuttings of the same plant from a friend who likes plants and can spare some cuttings and try putting two cuttings in a glass of water and two cuttings in a pot of potting soil. Put them side by side in a bright location...

House Plants: plants as air purifiers, janet craig dracaena, internal humidity
janet craig dracaena, internal humidity, rate of photosynthesis: Michael, Houseplants can clean the air of tobaco smoke and other chemicals that we bring in when we buy new clothes and furniture. They cannot remove mold from the air. I beleive all my plants help with my allergies a lot. Houseplants are our often-overlooked...

House Plants: plants for areas w/little sunlight, chamaedorea elegans, cast iron plant
chamaedorea elegans, cast iron plant, peace lilly: Al, Botanical Name Common Name Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen Chamaedorea elegans Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm Nephrolepsis exaltata Boston Fern Philodendron scandens var. oxycardium Heart Leaf Philodrendron Sansevieria trifasciata...

House Plants: plants for a babys room, janet craig dracaena, dracaena marginata
janet craig dracaena, dracaena marginata, dracaena deremensis: Mario, Here is a list of house plants that are about equal in oxygenating the room. The Nasa website with more info is at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/projects/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h110indoorair.html Hedera helix English ivy...

House Plants: Which plants are best for my room?, ponytail palm, foliage plants
ponytail palm, foliage plants, schefflera amate: Hi Rick, An eastern exposure is great because it provides at least several hours of direct sun, but avoid the heat and intensity of the afternoon sun. The temperature range is also ideal for nearly all houseplants, which are of tropical origin and well-suited...

House Plants: My plants have bugs, worm casings, potting soil
worm casings, potting soil, head of a pin: Hi Amy, Thank you for your erudite and amusing reply to my questions. Your light-hearted touch is a welcome change of pace for me on this site! Now for the business at hand: those are micro-critters that don t have another name because they are too insignificant...

House Plants: plants- fertilizers, cahe nmsu edu pubs, canola council
cahe nmsu edu pubs, canola council, pfra: Megan, In general I do not do school work for anyone but I will give you some websites to check out for answers to your questions: http://agguide.agronomy.psu.edu/cm/sec2/sec28b.cfm http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/cropsystems/DC6288.html...

House Plants: plants froze, hanging baskets, houseplant care
hanging baskets, houseplant care, tropical plants: probably too late to correct your problem. prune them back to healthy branches if you have any. see if they releaf. if they do you will see new growth. on days above 50 put them outside. once the temp reaches 40 bring them in for the evening. get to a local...

House Plants: plants suitable for airconditioning draft, cast iron plant, schefflera plant
cast iron plant, schefflera plant, lowes: Carrie, You might want to try another nursery before you give up on an aspidistra, I have seen them in Lowes for $15-20.00. You could also consider a sansevieria or a cactus, there are many really interesting large cacti available that don t mind an air...

House Plants: What plants for a sunny, uncovered patio?, wax begonias, potato vines
wax begonias, potato vines, wandering jew: Jennifer, If you want plants that can survive neglect you need cacti and plants you see in the desert. Ponytail palms would like it and also be able to stand neglect. If you can remember to check plants and water them at least once or twice a week or...

House Plants: plants that thrive on flourescent light, daylight tubes, african violets
daylight tubes, african violets, aloe plant: Jolene, A philodendron or pothos vine will work well,a begonia, a sansevieria (the tall ones or the short bird s nest sansevieria), or a small aloe plant. African violets do work well usually under flourescents. It is best if the flourescents are new or...

House Plants: plants and vitamins, plant fertilizers, small quantities
plant fertilizers, small quantities, plant questions: Hi Treaman, What do you mean by vitamins? Vitamins that are used by humans (A, B, C, D, E, etc.)have no relevance to plants. Plants do have nutrient needs. They include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and a number of other minor and trace elements. ...

House Plants: plants, e mail address, different kinds of orchids
e mail address, different kinds of orchids, bright indirect light: Hi Naomi, There are thousands of different kinds of Orchids. I suggest that you purchase a Phalaenopsis orchid as a starter because that is the easiest to care for. This Orchid should get lots of bright indirect light, such as you get on a north windowsill....

House Plants: could you please help me, bright sun light, wondering jew
bright sun light, wondering jew, potting soil: Wayne, I would use regular potting soil but add extra perlite to give it better drainage. Do not move it to anything larger than a 12 inch hanging basket. It would love to be outside for the summer in full sun. It will become much brighter colored in...

House Plants: please help me identify a plant, drainage holes, garden soil
drainage holes, garden soil, little pot: Hi Toni, Your son s new acquisition is either a Sedum or an Echeveria - it s hard to tell without seeing the stems. But, no matter as they have the same care requirements. It will do best in very bright direct sun, so keep it on your sunniest windowsill....

House Plants: Can you please help me with this plant, dracaena marginata, spider mites
dracaena marginata, spider mites, leaf shapes: Hi Traci, There are hundreds of Croton varieties as growers develop hybrids with different leaf shapes and different color patterns. However, all Crotons require the same care. They need lots of direct sunlight, soil that is watered as soon as the surface...

House Plants: could you please help me, wondering jew, wandering jews
wondering jew, wandering jews, potting soil: Hi Wayne, Wandering Jews use standard potting mixes. They are not fussy. However, I caution you that most people repot prematurely and often end up killing the plant. If your plant can go three or more days after a thorough watering without needing more...

House Plants: please identify, pteris cretica, eugenia myrtifolia
pteris cretica, eugenia myrtifolia, plant questions: Hi Pam, Thanks for the photos. Your first plant is a brake fern or Pteris cretica. Your second plant is a Eugenia myrtifolia. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If this information has been helpful, please click the Rate Volunteer...

House Plants: pls identify this home plant..., ficus benjamina, creed
ficus benjamina, creed, nomination: Hi there, Your plant is a variety of Ficus benjamina. It is called Ficus midnight. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC You can...

House Plants: plumosa fern, bright indirect light, soil dries
bright indirect light, soil dries, asparagus fern: Hi Susan, Your asparagus fern should get lots of very bright, but indirect light. Locate it right in front of a north or east window, if possible. Keep it warm with temps above 60 degrees at all times. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil...

House Plants: {poinsetta, beautiful blooms, facing window
beautiful blooms, facing window, darlene: Liz, Are there still leaves on the plant? If so it is not dead, if there are no leaves or flowers it is dead. If it has leaves put it in a south facing window where it will get as much sun as possible and it should start growing again. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: poinsettia, intense sun, spring and summer
intense sun, spring and summer, good chance: Hi Leah, You have a lots of company. Every spring and summer lots of plants get moved outside by their owners and the plants leaves burn up in the very hot and intense sun. Because our eyes adjust automatically to the light brightness when we go from inside...

House Plants: poinssetas, warm temperatures, darlene
warm temperatures, darlene, osu: Fawn, You keep them in a southfacing window and let them dry out totally between waterings. They come from Mexico and like lots of sun, warm temperatures and to be kept on the dry side. In the summer set it outside in full sun. They do not go in a closet...

House Plants: pointsettias poisonous?, poison control centers, flower organizations
poison control centers, flower organizations, gastrointestinal distress: Gina, They would have to eat several plants to get sick! The Truth: This is one of those beliefs that is so widespread that a survey of florists found that most of them believed it to be true. That s because it has been the conventional understanding...

House Plants: poision plant?, creed, nomination
creed, nomination, animals: Hi Cheryl, According to my sources, the answer is no. Here is a good website link for future reference. http://www.library.uiuc.edu/vex/toxic/intro.htm Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. Regards,...

House Plants: poisonous house plants, chamaedorea cataractarum, poisonous house plants
chamaedorea cataractarum, poisonous house plants, plant questions: Hi Larissa, The ASPCA does not list cat palms or any other palms as being toxic to pets. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If this information has been helpful, please click the Rate Volunteer bar below and enter a rating and...

House Plants: poisonous houseplants, plants poisonous to dogs, poisonous houseplants
plants poisonous to dogs, poisonous houseplants, spider plants: Hi Iris, I don t believe that Spider plants are listed as poisonous but you never know how an animal will react to even a plant not known to be poisonous. To be on the safe side always assume that all houseplants are dangerous to animals and should be kept...

House Plants: poisonous plants, chinese evergreens, hearty plants
chinese evergreens, hearty plants, jade plants: Hi Martha Good question! As a dog lover myself, I am always aware of the type of plants that I buy. Here is a great website that lists plants safe around animals: http://www.sniksnak.com/plants.html You may need to copy and paste the link. You...

House Plants: polishing leaves, insecticide fungicide, soft cloth
insecticide fungicide, soft cloth, croton: Missy, Generally just a soft cloth works best. Anything you apply to the leaves of the plant will clog the pores of the leaves and the leaves will not breath as well, damaging the plant. If you absolutly have to use something I suggest that you try an insecticide...

House Plants: pollenating indoor orange tree, plant fertilizer, sun location
plant fertilizer, sun location, orange trees: Laurie, If you grew it from seed it may never bloom, orange trees are hybrids and it may have reverted to a non flowering ancestral rootstock type. If it was a purchased tree it should bloom. Give it as much sun as possible year around, growing it in a...

House Plants: pollenating indoor orange trees, orange trees, sun plant
orange trees, sun plant, orange tree: Your orange tree is a full sun plant, Laurie. If you are not putting it next to a picture window facing south or west or east, you are not getting it enough light! You can do this indoors with less natural light, but you have to add supplemental artificial...

House Plants: pony tail palm, personal preferance, pony tail
personal preferance, pony tail, facing windows: Mike, That is up to you. You can chose to remove them and just keep the main one or you can remove the main part and the bulb will send out a lot of new shoots and you will have a lot bushier plant. I have done both. It is a matter of taste. In my...

House Plants: pony tail palm, ponytail palm, pony tail
ponytail palm, pony tail, leaf tips: Hi Glenda, I do not think the palm is diseased as such. It is probably showing the effects of either being too dry, too wet, or too much fertilizer or salts in the soil. The ponytail palm is a very tolerant plant. It stores water in its large trunk,...

House Plants: pony tail palm, plant nurseries, pony tail
plant nurseries, pony tail, clock position: Joe, I love ponytail palms too. It is possible to cut a few side shoots off with just a bit of base and treat them as you would cuttings from other plant, rub the pottoms with rooting hormone, available at most garden centers, and put each in a fresh pot...

House Plants: pony tail palm, pony tail, sticky stuff
pony tail, sticky stuff, soft cotton: Hi Kurt, Can you describe the white sticky stuff? Does it have a soft cotton-like texture? I suspect mealybugs, but I want to be sure I understand wha you are seeing before I offer a diagnosis. A photo sent to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com would be...

House Plants: pony tail palm, moist sphagnum moss, pony tail
moist sphagnum moss, pony tail, rooting hormone: It is easy to propagate the offsets of this houseplant -- Nolina recurvata to botanists -- and this is just the time of year to do that! Carefully remove the offsets and place in a new pot with well drained soil or sand to root encourage roots. Cover...

House Plants: pony tail palm, peat moss, pony tail
peat moss, pony tail, plant questions: Hi Karen, Yes, you can but it is a bit dicey because they don t always root. Slice the baby off and let it heal in the open air over night. Then insert the bottom part in a very small pot filled with a mix of half peat moss and half perlite. Keep this...

House Plants: pony tail palm,elephant foot, elephant foot, daytona fl
elephant foot, daytona fl, pony tail: Dick, If there is a hard freeze you will need to protect it. A hard feeze will kill it. You could put it in a large pot and sink that in the ground that you could dig out in the case of a hard freeze or you can plan on covering it with heavy blankets in...

House Plants: pony tail palm, pony tail, new roots
pony tail, new roots, rooting hormone: Jill, There is a chance you can turn the two pieces of plant into 2 new plants! As for the bottom of the plant. Be patient and it will grow a whole new top all by itself. It may send out 5 or 6 new shoots. You are best to limit it to 2 or 3 by removing...

House Plants: ponytail palm, rule of thumb, ponytails
rule of thumb, ponytails, e mail: Hi Stacey, If the several plants were grown together in one pot, then I suggest that you leave them together. They can be separated, but their roots are entwined and it will cause considerable trauma if they are separated. The less their roots are disturbed,...

House Plants: ponytail palm, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi J, White fluffy stuff sure sounds like mealybugs. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are always more to deal with than meets the eye. Young mealybugs lack the telltale cotton-like protective coating and they are skillful at hiding...

House Plants: ponytail palm, ponytail palm tree, e mail
ponytail palm tree, e mail, creed: Hi Kim, Your ponytail is probably not as old as your friend s. It can take several years of growing in good light for a substantial trunk to develop. Genetics also comes into a play a bit, but you can t do anything about that. Keep it on your sunniest...

House Plants: ponytail palm, surface roots, water question
surface roots, water question, plant questions: Hi Veronica, Your ponytail was grown as a Bonsai and was intended to be maintained that way. I suggest that you keep it in the shallow, 3 deep pot. Take it to the sink weekly and water it thoroughly until all of the soil is drenched. The roots growing...

House Plants: ponytail palm, cactus soil, soil level
cactus soil, soil level, potting soil: Lori, If there are 4 individual bulbs then there are 4 separate plants. There roots may be pretty entgangled but you can separate them. Start by getting some cactus soil, not potting soil. If you can t find cactus soil and have to use potting soil also...

House Plants: ponytail palm, dark specks, spider mite
dark specks, spider mite, spider mites: Hi Mike, It is difficult to say what the problem is without more information. With the information you have given me it sounds like the problem could be either insects, some kind of rot or a fungus. Does the ball shaped root that sticks above the soil...

House Plants: ponytail palm, ponytail palm plant, sized pot
ponytail palm plant, sized pot, new leaves: Hi Lindsay, Keep your ponytail in the same sized pot. This is very important. They do not do well in large pots. Also try to keep all of the original soil, resisting the temptation to replace the soil with fresh soil. Ponytails are grown in a very porous...

House Plants: ponytail palm, plastic pot, ponytail palms
plastic pot, ponytail palms, shirl: Hi Shirley, I think you can relax a bit and not fret over past failures. New growth on ponytail palms is always pale green and relatively fine in texture. As time passes that new growth will thicken and darken in color. However, in low light the leaves...

House Plants: ponytail palm, downward fall, facing window
downward fall, facing window, home depot: Hi Bhavani, You seem to have been very successful with your ponytail until you moved it. Plants do not adapt to changes in their environment very readily. After all, in nature they put down roots and stay there for life. The light from the skylight was...

House Plants: ponytail palm, moist sand, rooting hormone
moist sand, rooting hormone, tropical location: Mike You can do either, it is a matter of choice. I have one with about 4 shoots growing. The following site has a picture of one growing in the ground in a tropical location and it has 4 trunks and tops. http://biotech.tipo.gov.tw/plantjpg/1/Beaucarnea%20recurvata.jpg...

House Plants: ponytail palm, soil mix, potting soil
soil mix, potting soil, beaucarnea: Toni, Get a pot that is no more than 4 inches larger diameter than the bulb of the Beaucarnea Recurvata. Mix regular potting soil half and half with sand, (you can get sand at most garden centers such as Lowes) put some soil mix in the bottom of the pot....

House Plants: ponytail palm, drain tray, high in the sky
drain tray, high in the sky, bottom heat: Kerry, The antifungal/bacterial solution probably wouldn t hurt except it would get it even wetter. If part of the bulb is actually rotten you probably need to cut the rotten part away then soak it in the antifungal/bacterial solution. If it is not rotten...

House Plants: ponytail palm, shelly shelly, terra cotta pot
shelly shelly, terra cotta pot, long periods: Shelly, Don t worry, it will grow a whole new top. Would you like it to be shorter than it is? If so cut the trunk off at the level that you would like it to be. If you want it tall let it go. It will start with a lot of sprouts at the broken point. Pinch...

House Plants: ponytail palm growth, main stem, ponytail palm
main stem, ponytail palm, woes: Hi Jo, I don t have a clear picture of what has happened to your ponytail. If you can email me a photo that might give me some additional insights. In theory, you can cut back the main stem and you will get new growth at some point below the pruning...

House Plants: ponytail palm rooting, inch pot, rooting hormone
inch pot, rooting hormone, little sun: Nicole, I would trim them back so they are still long enough to nearly touch the table but not be too terribly long so they are dragging all over. What part of Michigan are you in? I am in Fort Wayne, IN, not far south of Michigan. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: ponytail palm, pony tail, new leaves
pony tail, new leaves, warm temps: Hi Rico, There is no way to predict how quickly your ponytail will grow. However, here are some factors that will help promote faster growth: Lots of bright light is most important. Place it in front of your sunniest window. Keep it very potbound....

House Plants: ponytail plant pot, ponytail palm plant, inch pot
ponytail palm plant, inch pot, plant pot: Sandy, Yes that is too large. It should start out in a 4 inch pot and nolt be moved to a 6 inch one until the bulb of the plant is almost filling the pot. Then when it fills the 6 pot nearly full move it to an 8 inch pot. Continue moving it to a pot...

House Plants: ponytail plant roots, shallow pot, plant roots
shallow pot, plant roots, hi amy: Hi Amy, Without seeing a photo of the plant, I cannot say for sure. However, I would judge that the exposure of roots on the surface is not a problem. The looseness in the pot is probably due to improper watering. I suggest that you leave your ponytail...

House Plants: ponytail plants, light green leaves, little darlings
light green leaves, little darlings, brown leaf: Susan, I need to know what kind of plants you have? They are probably tropical plants so 80 degrees will not bother them. However, some plants need sun and some need shade. Without knowing what you have I can t tell you to put them out in full sun or not....

House Plants: ponytailpalm, sunny window, floral shop
sunny window, floral shop, darlene: Lois, As long as the bulb is still firm it will come back. Keep it in a sunny window and only give it a cup of water every 3 weeks. Overwatering it could kill it. Be patient. It will eventually send out new shoots. It may not happen till the days get...

House Plants: ponytailpalm, ponytail palm, new leaves
ponytail palm, new leaves, pony tail: Rico, Well, my largest ponytail palm was about the same size as yours is now 10 years ago. It is now about 4 foot tall including the pot. It is a slow growing plant but will grow faster the more sun and fertilizer it gets. In the summer mine goes outside...

House Plants: poorly yukka, yucca plants, desert plants
yucca plants, desert plants, light soil: Andrew, Move it to in front of the south facing window and keep the drapes or window covering open all day so it gets some actual sun. This plant loves and needs the sun. Also cut back on watering, water it every 2 weeks. Yucca plants are desert plants...

House Plants: possible pest on Syngonium, mr creed, spider mites
mr creed, spider mites, ceramic pot: Hi Rebekah, Good to hear from you again and thanks for reporting back to me on your success with your plants. The white stuff on the soil is a mold or type of fungus. It is harmless to your plant, however I am sure you would like to get rid of it. There...

House Plants: pothos, pothos plants, pothos plant
pothos plants, pothos plant, little water: Joyceline, Two things that I know turn pothos yellow are too much water or no enough light. How often are you watering it? It needs to get very dry between waterings, almost to the point of wilting. It gets a transparent look for a day before wilting. ...

House Plants: pothos, pothos plant, yellow leaves
pothos plant, yellow leaves, partial sun: Hi Pep, White Pothos leaves almost always mean that the plant is reverting to a recessive color trait. Stems or plants that produce white leaves are called sports. If the leaves are indeed white, and not pale yellow, then there is nothing you can do...

House Plants: pothos losing leaves, fertilizer spikes, interior landscaper
fertilizer spikes, interior landscaper, new leaves: Hi Rick, Yes, your Pothos should be pruned back. I will explain why. New growth on Pothos vines is always at the ends. Eventually, very long vines max-out in terms of their ability to support additional leaves. At that point, they start to shed older...

House Plants: pothos plant, 4 leaves, potting mix
4 leaves, potting mix, water use: Hi Gert, Pothos cuttings root quite readily in water. Use tip cuttings from the ends of stems and with no more than 4 leaves. Be sure that a node (bump where a leaf attaches to the stem) is under water at all times. When the roots are an inch long,...

House Plants: pothos problem, leaf shoot, pothos plant
leaf shoot, pothos plant, guttation: Hi Mary, Congratulations on your new office! Ironically, Pothos is an excellent office plant that does very well under overhead fluorescent lights alone. I care for dozens of them in windowless offices. A north window should not be too much for a Pothos...

House Plants: pothos, plant vines, tropical jungles
plant vines, tropical jungles, old favorites: Charlie, Pothos vines are from the tropical jungles of of South and Central America. The large leaves happen as the plant vines up a support. The leaves will not make the conversion to large leaves unless it has something to climb up on. Once it has made...

House Plants: potted hydrangea, hydrangea plants, potted hydrangea
hydrangea plants, potted hydrangea, flower petals: Nancy, The soil is what? Hydrangea plants need to be planted outdoors in the ground unless you live in Canada. They need a winter dormant period. They like a semi shady location that gets just a little sun each day. The plant should not be kept too wet....

House Plants: potted palm, shallow pot, dark soil
shallow pot, dark soil, palm species: Hi Brooke, I think that you may have a palm that is a bonsai. But I cannot be sure of that nor do I know which of the many palm species you have. To help you I really need a photo of your plant, including its pot. Can you send one to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com?...

House Plants: potted palm tree, potted palm tree, high humidity
potted palm tree, high humidity, pebbles: Hi Andrea, Palms need high humidity. Setting a large tray of pebbles about half filled with water under the plant will help raise the humidity around the plant. Palms also benefit from daily misting. Another problem may be that you are overwatering. You...

House Plants: potted palm, mealy bugs, potted palm
mealy bugs, potted palm, potting soil: Joe, No your first did not come through. Florida is the perfect spot for palms. If there are any green leaves on it yet I would remove it from the pot and totally remove all the soil. Inspect the roots, if there are white fuzzies attached to the roots wash...

House Plants: potting plants in a painted metal pot, drainage holes, metal pot
drainage holes, metal pot, plastic pot: Hi Carole, I am not sure if you are more concerned with protecting the plant from the pot or the pot from the moisture. Either way, I suggest that you cachepot or double pot the Philodendron. Keep the plant in a small plastic pot with drainage holes...

House Plants: potting the plants, bright indirect light, lucky bamboo plant
bright indirect light, lucky bamboo plant, potting soil: Hi James, Lucky bamboo are no different from other rooted cuttings. At some point they need to be moved into soil if they are to get the nutrients that they need. So you have done the right thing. However, putting stones or any other drainage material...

House Plants: potting, corn plant dracaena, massangeana cane
corn plant dracaena, massangeana cane, chemical fertilizers: The Corn Plant - Dracaena fragrans Massangeana to Botanists - is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. Univ. of Florida Extension Service has prepared a Fact Sheet on this plant you might interesting (http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/DRAFRAA.PDF). When...

House Plants: pottted fruit bearing fig indoors for the winter, ficus carica, pittsburg pa
ficus carica, pittsburg pa, fruit bearing: Hi Lance, My expertise is limited to indoor plants so I really have no direct experience with wrapping and over-wintering a Ficus carica. However, I do believe that anything that helps insulate the roots (submerging the pot, mulching, etc.) and maximizes...

House Plants: prayer plant, prayer plant, sunny location
prayer plant, sunny location, darlene: Sue, It could be because of overwatering or underwatering. It likes to dry out between waterings but not be dry for days. It also could be because it has been my experience that this plant likes to periodically go dormant for about 3 months usually in...

House Plants: prayer plant, prayer plants, prayer plant
prayer plants, prayer plant, potting mix: Hi Crystal, Propagating prayer plants is usually done by dividing the roots. It is quite difficult to root Maranta cuttings. To do it, take a cutting with about 3 leaves. Insert it in a small pot filled with a damp peat-base potting mix. Enclose the...

House Plants: prayer plants-marantas, prayer plants, dish soap
prayer plants, dish soap, mealy bugs: Hello Chelsea, From your description it sounds like you have a mealy big infestation. The cottony substance is a result of the waxy protective covering these pests produce. First the plant should be moved away from any other house plants to keep the...

House Plants: prayer plants, prayer plants, prayer plant
prayer plants, prayer plant, repotting: Brandy, This is the wrong time to be repotting. You should wait till after April 1st when the days are longer and your plant will recuperate from the shock of replanting faster. Putting that aside I need to know if the nodules surround the entire root or...

House Plants: pregnant onion toxic to other plants?, peace lily, onion plant
peace lily, onion plant, plant leaves: Hi Laurie, It very well could be that the pregnant onion plant is the cause of the problem with your Peace lily. Separate the plants and give your peace lily some extra TLC. Make sure your peace lily has enough humidity. Putting a tray filled with pebbles...

House Plants: pregnant onion, onion plants, oil soap
onion plants, oil soap, full proof: There is not full proof way to avoid them. I use a grandular systemic that you can only obtain for commercial use. You could try to sterlize your soil by boiling water and soaking the soil with it. But then all of the nutrients comes out of the soil. I...

House Plants: How to prevent Brush Cherry from flowering, abundant flowers, cherry trees
abundant flowers, cherry trees, allergist: Nancy, No, I do not know of any way to prevent brush cherry trees from blooming or any other trees for that matter. The following website discusses that: http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0502&L=sanet-mg&P=16954 My question would be is that...

House Plants: probable pest, indoor plant pests, feeding on the leaves
indoor plant pests, feeding on the leaves, proper id: Hi Sal, We need to ID the pest first. Indoor plant pests do not gnaw holes in the leaves or chew the edges. If that is what you are seeing, then that is a pest from outside, not a houseplant pest. Can you describe the pests that you are seeing or send...

House Plants: problem with defenbachia, bright indirect light, facing window
bright indirect light, facing window, dieffenbachia: Hi Dean, There are several things that might be causing these symptoms. You may be overwatering. Allow the top third of the soil to dry out in between waterings. Poke your finger down deep into the soil to make this determination. Make sure your Dieffenbachia...

House Plants: what is the problem with my maple tree and apple tree?, getting rid of ants, tropical houseplants
getting rid of ants, tropical houseplants, apple trees: Li, http://allexperts.com/getExpert.asp?Category=739 Cut and paste the above into your browser and it will take you to the tree specialists in All Experts. Maybe they can give you better advice on your trees. I do think that the trees are just showing...

House Plants: problem with my money tree, money tree, fingernail
money tree, fingernail, darlene: Kathy, Can you send me some pictures showing me the problem? Also how tall is it? What is the diameter of the pot it is in now? What was the diameter of the pot you moved it out of? How long ago did you repot it? Is the sap clear or a color? Do you see...

House Plants: problems with corn plant, dracaena massangeana, corn plant
dracaena massangeana, corn plant, new leaves: Hi Lindsay, I don t see the shades of black you referred to. I had assumed that the whitish film was pesticidal residue that was not removed prior to sale. Wipe it off and let me know if any more develops. The brown lines on the leaves in the last...

House Plants: problems with Pilea, bright indirect light, pilea
bright indirect light, pilea, exact species: Hi Jamin, I like the way you think about your plants! Yes, the light should be fine. And, yes, watering is the likely problem. There are many different types of Pilea and some need to dry out more than others, so I cannot really tell you just how much...