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House Plants: Lucky Bamboo, new roots, sanderiana
new roots, sanderiana, rubbing alcohol: Hi Jennifer; The Lucky Bamboo , aka Dracaena sanderiana , is a fairly easy plant to take care of. I am not too familiar with any type of pests or problems they can have besides rotting of the stem. I am still not sure what causes that to happen. FYI:...

House Plants: Lucky Bean, lucky bean plant, seed pods
lucky bean plant, seed pods, miracle gro: Hi Kimberly, A few healthy roots are probably not enough to save the plant. A healthy plant should have a solid mass of healthy roots with little soil visible on the outside of the rootball. The correct pot size is just large enough to hold the healthy...

House Plants: Lucky Bean Plant, lucky bean plant, bright indirect light
lucky bean plant, bright indirect light, soil dries: Hi Sophie, The symptoms you describe have several possible causes, including improper water and light. Lucky bean plant (Castanospermum australe) should be kept in a small pot until the soil dries out in 3 days or less. A pot that is too large can cause...

House Plants: Lucky Bean plant, lucky bean plant, seed pods
lucky bean plant, seed pods, facing window: Rheta, Given the circumstances, 2 out of 3 is pretty good! Try cutting the sickly stem back to about an inch above the soil. There is a very slim possibility that it might then put out new growth. If there is no sign of new growth within a couple of weeks,...

House Plants: Lucky bamboo, liquid fertilizer, plant fertilizer
liquid fertilizer, plant fertilizer, lucky bamboo plant: Hi Chris, I usually don t recommend buying unhealthy plants. Plants that are already unhealthy usually don t recover from the stress of relocating to your home, which is a sudden change in environment. Also unhealthy plants can bring their problems into your...

House Plants: Lucky bamboo, drainage holes, room temperatures
drainage holes, room temperatures, new leaves: Hi Bill, Once the stems of a lucky bamboo yellow, they will not recover. The cause is most often due to a root problem, typically improper watering. I assume that your mum s bamboos are potted in soil. If so, they should be in a small diameter pot filled...

House Plants: Lucky bamboo, dracaena sanderiana, nerves of steel
dracaena sanderiana, nerves of steel, dracaenas: Lucky Bamboo -- Dracaena sanderiana to botanists (sometimes called the Ribbon Dracaena ) -- is one of those plants with nerves of steel that can survive almost anything. This is a popular plant around the Chinese New Year, among Feng Shui fans; a collection...

House Plants: Lucky bamboo, dracaena sanderiana, pot size
dracaena sanderiana, pot size, fish water: Hi Alyssa, Your plant is not actually a bamboo, but a Dracaena sanderiana. These plants are often sold under the name, lucky bamboo although they are not related to bamboo. Fish water may have some very small value for your plants, but not enough to...

House Plants: Lucky Log, qvc, corn plant
qvc, corn plant, google: Jami, It sounds like you overwatered your plant which is either a Ti (pronounced tee) plant or a Dracaena corn plant. You can go to google and put thos in then click on images and decide which you have. Either way they don t like too much water so dry it...

House Plants: Lylac, kind reply, lilacs
kind reply, lilacs, darlene: Rida, Yes, you can use the same food on your roses. Follow the instructions on the box for feeding roses. Do not feed it during the winter. The box will tell you the dilution and give it enough water with fertilizer mixed in to water all the soil around...

House Plants: lack of chlorophyll due to to much sunlight?, img photobucket, water seeps
img photobucket, water seeps, drainage hole: Hi Paul, In your photos I can see only one leaf that is partially discolored. All of the others look fine. Thus, I am assuming that this occurs only sporadically. If so, it is not a problem of note. Sometimes individual leaves develop imperfections or blemishes....

House Plants: lantana, african violets, northern climates
african violets, northern climates, outdoor plants: Georgina, I applaud your efforts. However, one of the reasons that African violets are a popular houseplant and Lantanas are not is because AV s will flower in far less light than Lantanas. I doubt that artificail light will be adequate for the Lantanas....

House Plants: I have a very large aloe vera,..., aloe vera, aloes
aloe vera, aloes, darlene: Barb, It is the nature of large aloes to lean over and actually lay on the ground, It will not damage the leaves. They are native to the plains of Africa and there they normally lay on the ground and support each other. You can try repotting it and using...

House Plants: large Corn Stalk House Plant, corn plants, corn stalk
corn plants, corn stalk, pot size: Hi Debbie, It is best to prune back corn plants before they touch the ceiling. Once they touch the ceiling, they become distorted in shape. The stem can be cut at any point and at any angle. The new growth will emerge on the stem just below where you...

House Plants: What to do with my very large hibiscus, hibiscus plants, sunny window
hibiscus plants, sunny window, tropical plant: Amanda, There are 2 types of hibiscus plants, one with shiny leaves that is a tropical plant that must be planted in a pot and taken indoors during the winter. The other has fuzzy leaves and can be planted in the ground and will die back during the winter...

House Plants: very large lace tree philodendron, philodendrom, selloum
philodendrom, selloum, smaller pieces: Debra, First I will tell you what I tell everyone about any plant. Never put it in a larger pot unless you want the plant to grow larger. Most plants will do fine even if they are rootbound. No, it cannot be divided. There is no way to divide that 1...

House Plants: Very large plants & repotting, tropical houseplants, clay pots
tropical houseplants, clay pots, foot ceilings: Michelle, It is not time to repot tropical houseplants until after April 1st. Your very large plants need to be pruned. If you let me know what plants you have and how large each is I will tell you how much you can prune off. There is no reason to repot...

House Plants: Very large snake plant, snake plants, snake plant
snake plants, snake plant, gloomy outlook: Hi Sharon, Older snake plants do become floppy as they age unless they have been in very strong sunlight. Unfortunately, moving them into larger pots will make matters worse rather than better. The problem is that in lower light and in a larger pot, the...

House Plants: leaf very brown, philodendron selloum, sun photos
philodendron selloum, sun photos, spruce tree: Barbara, Your plant is a philodendron selloum. It appears to me that it needs more water and a dose of fertilizer. These plants use water up fairly fast. Mine sits outside during the summer under a thick spruce tree so it doesn t get much sun either. I...

House Plants: leaf coating, scale insects, bamboo palm
scale insects, bamboo palm, sticky fluid: Hi Ingrid, Stickiness on the top surfaces of houseplant leaves is almost always caused by scale insects. Occasionally mealybugs and aphids will leave sticky deposits, but they are much more identifiable as pests. Scale can be hard to detect. When they...

House Plants: leaf drop, braided money tree, sandy soil
braided money tree, sandy soil, yellow coloring: Regina, These are tropical plants that are very hardy. Only water once a month or water when the soil is completely dry. Uses sandy soil like cactus soil; keep the soil loose. Mist the tree with water in spray bottle once a week. Too much water can cause...

House Plants: leaf loss, drainage holes, water trickles
drainage holes, water trickles, excess minerals: Hi Suzaan, Crotons are very demanding houseplants. They must be right in front of a very sunny window (south or west facing) where they can get lots of direct sunlight. Without lots of light, they drop off their older leaves and replace them with smaller,...

House Plants: what is leaf node, new roots, plant questions
new roots, plant questions, floralights: Hi Peter That is not a stupid question at all! A leaf node is where the leaf is attached to the stem. This way, a new set of leaves will grow from that area, which will make the plant fuller. Also, when rooting a cutting, the node is where new roots will...

House Plants: leaf spotting, interior landscaper, corn plants
interior landscaper, corn plants, corn plant: Hi Jeff, Corn plant leaf spotting can occur when the soil is too dry; when roots are compacted at the bottom of the pot; when soil pH becomes to acidic; or when mineral salts from excess fertilizer or hard water build up in the soil. Pull the plant...

House Plants: leaning oyster plant, oyster plant, garden vegetables
oyster plant, garden vegetables, mother plant: Tameko, The only plants I know that are called Oyster plants are either garden vegetables (salsify) or vining houseplants (Rhoeo). I either need the latin name for the plant or a picture so I can identify it. You can email a picture to Plantlady6@aol.com....

House Plants: A leaning oyster plant, oyster plant, peace lilly
oyster plant, peace lilly, new leaves: Hi Tameko, Yes, by pruning I mean cut the stem off completely using sharp scisors or pruners. One sharp cut is all that is required. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant failure. Contrary to popular belief, plants do best when...

House Plants: leaning plant, green leaves, ceiling glass
green leaves, ceiling glass, idea what kind: Bob, I need to know what kind of plant this is? If it is not getting direct sunligh I suggest that you move it to a window that it will get direct sunlight but you turn it away from the sun and it may straighten up. Or is it top heavy and leaning because...

House Plants: leaves, bright indirect light, fertlizer
bright indirect light, fertlizer, container water: Ok, What kind of light is it getting? It should be getting bright indirect light. Not full sun and not shade. Be sure to fertlize with a good balanced fertlizer. Follow the directions on the container. Water when it feels dry to the touch. Are...

House Plants: leaves dropping, soil surface, ivies
soil surface, ivies, plant species: Hi Gina, I need better information to be able to help you. A photo of each plant would probably be sufficient. Specifically, I need to know what plant species your have. There are many kinds of ivies and ferns and I need to know which you have. Leaves...

House Plants: Why are the leaves dropping from my Umbrella Tree?, spider mites, umbrella tree
spider mites, umbrella tree, leaf drop: Hi Dee, I am going to assume that your Schefflera is a S. actinopylla rather than a S. arboricola. The former has leaves that are about 5 inches long and the latter has leaves that are about 3 inches long. They have slightly different care requirements,...

House Plants: leaves dropping, turkey baster, drain tray
turkey baster, drain tray, leaf drop: Val, Make sure you are not overwatering it. That can cause leaf drop. It needs to get dry between waterings. The tea won t hurt but too much will. Do not leave it with water sittting in the drain tray. An hour after watering it remove the excess water...

House Plants: leaves falling off, sandy soil, high humidity
sandy soil, high humidity, gardenia: Lorraine, Gardenia s are very difficult plants, they require full sun all day long, very high humidity which is hard during the winter. The soil needs to be slightly moist, not soggy all the time. They do better in sandy soil when they are lightly watered...

House Plants: Will CreedIt is a Prayer..., water trickles, drainage holes
water trickles, drainage holes, peace lily: Hi Bob, I don t which leaves (older? newer?) are affected nor do I know how extensively, so I can only make some general observations. First, use distilled, filtered or rainwater instead of tap water. That alone may solve the problem going forward, but...

House Plants: leaves turn brown, soil dries, ponytail palm
soil dries, ponytail palm, indirect light: Patricia, It needs sun, not just indirect light. It needs to sit by a south facing window with nothing between it and the glass so it gets as much sun as possible. Get it more sun and it will be fine. In the summer mine goes outside in full sun anbd it...

House Plants: leaves turning color, house plants, darlene
house plants, darlene, good luck: Carol, It is the result of a watering problem, either too much or too little. How often do you water? More plants are killed by too much water than by too little. Let me know what they are and I may be able to tell you how often to water. Good luck. ...

House Plants: leaves turning yellow, corn plant, flouride
corn plant, flouride, house plant: Carol The loeaves are most likely turning yellow because she is watering it too often. It needs to dry out totally between waterings. She should also not water it with water that has chlorine or flouride in it. Hopefully she did not damage the roots too...

House Plants: leaves, drain tray, root problems
drain tray, root problems, drain hole: Carol, It could be the cold that is part of the problem. However, it may also be over or underwatering that is causing root problems. If the soil is very dry and the plant is extremely light weight before she waters she may not be watering often enough....

House Plants: lefsa plant, lilly pad, spider plant
lilly pad, spider plant, silver dollar: Hi Kathy, Based on your description, I think your plant may be a Peperomia polybotrya or coin leaf Peperomia. If this is not what you have, let me know how yours differs or, even better, send a photo to me at the address below. Please let me know...

House Plants: leggy violet, tight rope, nursery worker
tight rope, nursery worker, touch water: Kathy, Yes, longer leaves can be cut off with a CLEAN knife, then put into water. Make sure the leaf itself doesn t touch water. It can take weeks to first see a little root, but it will happen. The HARD part is after the roots are formed, and after...

House Plants: lemon button fern, wet habitats, button fern
wet habitats, button fern, drain tray: Adrienne, Lemon Button Fern-This great little fern does well in a wide range of conditions but best of all is that it is compact in size and is one of the few ferns that fairs well with neglect and does extremely well in wet habitats. It stays under 12...

House Plants: light exposure for house plant, ficus lyrata, light plants
ficus lyrata, light plants, light intensity: Hi Lynn, Light intensity drops off dramatically with each foot of distance from the light source (window). At 13 feet, the light is very low and not bright enough for a Ficus lyrata, which would need to be within 5-6 feet of a south window. If you contact...

House Plants: What are all these light labels?, mini blinds, indoor plants
mini blinds, indoor plants, sheers: Kate, Confusing isn t it. And when the authors of different books don t even agree what do you do. Well I have had a ton of experience and sometimes I can be confused. I have killed a lot of plants with too little light. Yes, direct sun, full sun,...

House Plants: lighting and browning, foliage plant, water pot
foliage plant, water pot, pot size: Hi Yaya, To really help you, I have to know what species of plant you have. Foliage plant is a general term that is not helpful. Please understand that each species of plant has its own unique requirements as far as light, water, pot size, soil type,...

House Plants: lighting, dracaena janet craig, parlor palm
dracaena janet craig, parlor palm, light plants: Hi Tammy, I won t bog you down with technical stuff, such as footcandles and lumens. However, even the plants that will survive in the lowest light levels need enough natural light that it would be easy for you to read newsprint and they need that much...

House Plants: lilac bush on balcony, lilac bush, african violets
lilac bush, african violets, plastic pot: I am not sure I can offer much assistance. I actually answer questions on HOUSE PLANTS, and I specialize in African Violets. A lilac bush is more of a shrub. I, myself have never grown a lilac, but I would assume it cannot be kept outdoors during winter,...

House Plants: lily plant, pot plants, repotting
pot plants, repotting, lily: Hi Naya Water the plant a couple of days before you plan to repot it. This will help prevent damage during the repotting and to help the plant adjust to the change. Put about an inch of soil into the bottom of the new pot then remove the plant from the pot...

House Plants: lily, easter lilys, compost heap
easter lilys, compost heap, easter lily: Lynne, Yes, the bulblets are viable as long as they are still firm. Plant them just like bulbs, in the spring they should send out foliage but will not bloom for a couple of years since they are small. Fertilize them well so they grow larger to bloom as...

House Plants: A one-limb Schefflera, dracaena massangeana, plastic pot
dracaena massangeana, plastic pot, corn plant: Hi Frank, Your description seems to match a Dracaena massangeana (corn plant) better than a Schefflera. I am surprised it is still alive in a pot so large and so far away from a north window, although that may be why the other two canes are dead. ...

House Plants: lime tree, fish emulsion, light intensity
fish emulsion, light intensity, new leaves: Hi Chandler, Citrus trees, including limes, require a great deal of direct sunlight all year round. Yours is reacting to the sudden reduction of light intensity that occurred when you moved it indoors where the light is much less intense, even in front...

House Plants: lipstick plant blooming and pruning, lipstick plant, midday hours
lipstick plant, midday hours, patricia gordon: Hi Patricia, Lipstick plant needs lots of bright light all year round, although they also need protection from direct sun in the midday hours. It should be kept in a small pot. Keep temps warm, never below the mid 60 s, even in winter. Keep the soil...

House Plants: lipstick plant, lipstick plant, fish emulsion
lipstick plant, fish emulsion, african violets: http://aggs.org/ http://www.gesneriads.ca/Default.htm It could be a variety that does not have a big bloom. It needs indirect bright light. One of mine grow in a South window and it blooms all of the time. You might try fertlizing it with a balanced...

House Plants: little tiny bugs, wondering jew, wandering jews
wondering jew, wandering jews, dish soap: Hi Jim The wondering jew , aka, Zebrina pendula is a fairly easy houseplant to grow. They can take from a medium high to low light. You can allow the soil to dry out to the touch between waterings. IT is good to leach the soil every 3rd or 4th watering-do...

House Plants: I live in Okinawa, Japan...., ficus tree, okinawa japan
ficus tree, okinawa japan, drainage hole: Courtney, It sounds like a small ficus tree. The new soil you used is holding too much water. If you have sand available unpot it and mix sand and your potting soil 50/50 and repot the tree. Your pot does have a drainage hole in the bottom I assume. When...

House Plants: long thin potted palm, bonsai specimens, two palms
bonsai specimens, two palms, potted palm: Candace, what kind of light are you giving this Palm? Direct Sun is too intense for many Palms, but bright light is still part of the TLC they need to do well. They won t grow in a closet or a corner, even if the room is lit up with fixtures. How much light...

House Plants: looking for true house plant name, kalanchoe daigremontiana, mother plant
kalanchoe daigremontiana, mother plant, mother of thousands: Hi there, I cannot be sure without seeing a photo, but I believe the plant you described is a Kalanchoe daigremontiana or mother of thousands. If that is not what you have, let me know how yours is different or send me a photo to my address below. ...

House Plants: loss of leaves, bright indirect light, powdery mildew
bright indirect light, powdery mildew, grape vine: Hi Claire, I assume that your plant is the one more commonly called grape ivy or Cissus. This was once a popular indoor plant, but is not seen much any more. It is quite particular about light and soil moisture and it is highly susceptible to powdery...

House Plants: low light indoor plants, medium light plants, dracaena janet craig
medium light plants, dracaena janet craig, dragon trees: Hi Marian, The most important thing you can do when selecting plants is match the available light with the particular plant species. Although plant retailers often claim that Dracaena marginatas (dragon trees) are low light plants, in fact they are medium...

House Plants: low light office plants, dracaena janet craig, zz plant
dracaena janet craig, zz plant, oxygen production: Hi Jillian, I care for many plants in offices like yours. Typically, they have no windows, recycled air, and overhead fluorescent lighting. In these situations, light is the controlling factor. Only a limited number of low-light plants will survive in artificial...

House Plants: low-light rooms, dracaena janet craig, light plants
dracaena janet craig, light plants, snake plant: Hi Laura, Inadequate light can turn even the greenest thumb black! All plants need some light to survive. The lowest light plants must have the equivalent of very bright natural reading light all day long in order to survive. If you don t have that...

House Plants: low light tall house plant, corn plants dracaena, dracaena janet craig
corn plants dracaena, dracaena janet craig, light plants: Hi Lucy, The best tall, low light plants are corn plants (Dracaena massangeana), Dracaena Janet Craig and Dracaena Lisa. If possible, I would suggest using a fluorescent light rather than an incandescent grow light. The lights would have to be on...

House Plants: lucky bamboo, natural spring water, lucky bamboo plant
natural spring water, lucky bamboo plant, common factors: Laura, Two of the most common factors are 1.) too much direct sunlight; and 2.) too salty or heavily-flouridated tap water. To give your new Lucky Bamboo a thriving start be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight, and water only with filtered or natural...

House Plants: lucky bamboo, bright indirect light, chlorine in water
bright indirect light, chlorine in water, commercial fertilizer: Hi Prash, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. Although they will live for a long time in water, in most cases the new...

House Plants: " lucky bamboo", commercial fertilizer, rooted cuttings
commercial fertilizer, rooted cuttings, indirect light: Hi Carla, Like any other rooted cuttings, your Dracaena sanderiana cuttings can do okay for about a year in plain water before they start to deteriorate mostly due to lack of nutrients. Adding fertilizer helps a bit, but commercial fertilizer is formulated...

House Plants: lucky bamboo, bright indirect light, lucky bamboo plant
bright indirect light, lucky bamboo plant, warm temperatures: Hi Jennifer, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. I suggest changing the water every week or two. In the interim, make...

House Plants: lucky bamboo, yellow portion, potting mix
yellow portion, potting mix, e mail: Hi Cyndi, A photo always helps, but based on the information you provided I believe that the stem roots are rotting. A 10 pot is too large for a single 2 stem. The extra soil in the large pot retains moisture for too long and slowly rots the roots. The...

House Plants: lucky bamboo, plant questions, potting mix
plant questions, potting mix, main stem: Hi Lisa, If the main stem and roots of your lucky bamboo are healthy, but the leaves are yellowing, it is probably due to lack of nutrients. Adding a tiny amount of plant food to the water sometimes helps a bit, but it is not really a solution. It is...

House Plants: lucky bamboo, drainage holes, best potting soil
drainage holes, best potting soil, lucky bamboo plant: Hi Loraine, I see that your rating indicated that you were less than impressed with my knowledge on this topic. Please let me know where you felt I let you down. It was hard for me to tell you just what to do without knowing the current status of your plant....

House Plants: About lucky bamboo, dracaena sanderiana, scale insects
dracaena sanderiana, scale insects, liquid soap: Hi Honie, If the black spots are slightly raised bumps, then they are probably 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: lucky bamboo + koi, sunny windowsill, mix plants
sunny windowsill, mix plants, lack of oxygen: Hi Fay, Lucky bamboo are Dracaena cuttings that are rooting in water. Like any cuttings, they will survive in plain water for about a year and then begin to decline due to lack of nutrients. So if you want your Lucky bamboo to survive long term, then your...

House Plants: lucky bamboo plant, bright indirect light, lucky bamboo plant
bright indirect light, lucky bamboo plant, warm temperatures: Hi Lois, I assume you have a lucky bamboo. Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings rooting in water. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. If your local water is...

House Plants: lucky bamboo plants, lucky bamboo plants, lucky bamboos
lucky bamboo plants, lucky bamboos, lucky bamboo plant: Hi James, First, understand that lucky bamboo are not bamboo plants. They are Dracaena cuttings that are rooting in water. There is nothing that you can do to promote additional shoots from the main stems. If you cut back a thin growing stem, it will...

House Plants: "lucky bamboo", slow release fertilizer, wood element
slow release fertilizer, wood element, bamboo plants: Kate, Lucky bamboo is not bamboo, it is Dracaena Sanderiana. It will probably never get woody. Following is the instructions from a popular website. The last paragraph is from me again. It is estimated that bamboo has been a symbol of good fortune in...

House Plants: lucky bean plant, lucky bean plant, e mail
lucky bean plant, e mail, humid environment: Hi Cindy, Lucky bean plant is known botanically as Cerbera manghas. It is in the Oleander family and it is a poisonous plant if ingested by pets or people. It is a novelty plant that tends not to fare well as a houseplant because it requires a very warm,...

House Plants: lucky bean plant, lucky bean plant, genus castanospermum
lucky bean plant, genus castanospermum, seed pods: It s in the genus Castanospermum and it s a native Australian tree that grows to about 60 feet tall and is hardy only in Zone 10. It s seen quite a bit as a landscape plant in south Florida and portions of southern California, but most of us can only grow...

House Plants: lucky bean plant, miracle gro potting soil, lucky bean plant
miracle gro potting soil, lucky bean plant, drainage holes: Hi Shelly, I would recommend that you wait 2 or 3 months before you fertilize. You should only fertilize while a plant is in an active growth cycle and only healthy plants should get fertilizer. Fertilizer will not fix an unhealthy plant, only cause more...

House Plants: lucky been plant, root rot, insects
root rot, insects, roots: Hi Michelle, From what you have described it sounds like your plant has root rot. Root rot is most often caused by overwatering. Very gently, disturbing the roots a little as possible, remove the plant from it s pot and look at the roots. They should be white...

House Plants: MADAGASCAR PALM, mushiness, darlene
mushiness, darlene, seam: Darrell, The mushiness inside indicates that it was getting too much water for the reduced amount of light. This plant needs the sun. Filtered light from a north window was not enough. For future reference if you have other plants that need more light you...

House Plants: MAINTAINING SPIDER PLANTS, chlorophytum comosum, spider plants
chlorophytum comosum, spider plants, facing window: Valerie, Spider plants do not like to be repotted. They prefer to be rootbound. When you start babies it should be in the pot you want them in forever. If it is a large pot just start more babies in it. The faster they get rootbound the better. Do not...

House Plants: MASS CANE PLANT, dracaena massangeana cane, aquatic plants
dracaena massangeana cane, aquatic plants, plant questions: Hi Terri, You can take top stem cuttings from a Dracaena massangeana cane and root them in either plain water or in a small pot filled with damp potting mix. If you root them in water, then wait until you have several roots at least an inch long before...

House Plants: Mad. dragon plant, dragon plant, drain tray
dragon plant, drain tray, dry period: Erin, There should not be water in the drain tray for more than a few hours if the plant can soak it back up. If you keep water in there constantly that is like setting your plant in a swamp, you are keeping it s roots constantly wet and this plant does...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon braided trunks, dragon tree, plant questions
dragon tree, plant questions, lowes: Hi Erica, The braided trunks were established when the separate plants were very small and pliable in the greenhouse. They do not grow that way naturally. As they aged, the trunks became stiffer and bark-covered and have probably even grown together some....

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree, fungus gnats, dragon tree
fungus gnats, dragon tree, rubbing alcohol: Water the plant with a bottle of rubbing alcohol. It will kill insects but not harm the roots. Then let the plant dry out totally between waterings. It needs to be very dry, not just dry on the surface. Check the weight of the plant, if it is light it needs...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree, dragon tree, drain tray
dragon tree, drain tray, darlene: Kathy, Your diagnosis is right on. The trunks have rotted due to too much water. This plant needs the soil to dry out totally between watering. It should never be left with water sitting in the drain tray. Two hours after watering the drain trays should...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree, dragon tree, drain tray
dragon tree, drain tray, drain hole: Sarah, Your problem is either not enough light or too much water. How much light is it getting? How often do you water and how much do you give it? What size pot is it in? Does it have a drain hole and a drain tray? Let me now and I will be happy to discuss...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree, dracaena marginata, new york horticultural society
dracaena marginata, new york horticultural society, dragon tree: The eternal question: How to keep a Dracaena marginata from growing up and through the roof. There are a few ways to handle this. Easiest solution: Chop off old growth to trigger newer stalks at the base of the plant. Just use a scissors. Or you...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree - Dracaena Marginata, dragon tree, new leaves
dragon tree, new leaves, plant questions: Hi Raymond, It is quite common for Dracaena marginatas to lose some of their lower (older) leaves as they add new leaves on top. When a Marginata is relocated, it tends to lose more than usual, but it sounds like yours has started to stabilize. Once...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragon Tree, dracaena marginata, dragon tree
dracaena marginata, dragon tree, drain tray: Elizabeth, Dracaena marginata or Madagascar Dragon Tree are wonderful plants and yes, it sounds like she advised you to overwater it! Plant food once a month is fine. This time of year it is not growing and should not be watered unless it is bone dry....

House Plants: Madagascar Dragons (Dracaena marginata), dragon plant, plant questions
dragon plant, plant questions, dracaena: Hi Lauren, Quick answer...Yes. As long as the roots and stem are healthy, then you can cut your Marginata back to any height you desire. A new head of leaves will emerge just below the point on the stem where you make the pruning cut and will grow up...

House Plants: Madagascar Dragons (Dracaena marginata), lanky plants, dracaena marginata
lanky plants, dracaena marginata, e mail: Hi Rob, It is unusual but not rare for a Dracaena marginata to push out a new stem along an older stem. The new stem is not in any way harming the older stem, but the added weight may be causing it to bend more. As these plants age, they get ever taller...

House Plants: Madagascar dragon plant, dragon plant, inch pot
dragon plant, inch pot, mealy bugs: Srinu, I am assuming the pebbles that you are talking about are glued together, that is for shipping and you need to remove them. There is soil underneath. You need to gently pry at them with a screw driver to break them up. If they are too stubborn you...

House Plants: Madagascar Palm (can it be left outside), degree winters, inch pot
degree winters, inch pot, dracaena: Hi Joe, Dracaena marginatas can tolerate down to 45 degrees, although it is better not to expose them to temps below 50 degrees. Freezing temps will kill them very quickly. The solution is to prune back your D. marginata to a height that will allow you...

House Plants: Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei), pachypodium lamerei, fungus problem
pachypodium lamerei, fungus problem, master gardener: Andrew, I am sorry, I am in norther Indiana and I nave a small Madagascar Palm but I am not that experienced with large once and have not had this problem. I would suspect that it is a fungus problem and it may need a systemic fungicide but I would reccomend...

House Plants: Madagascar Palm pruning, brantford ontario canada, humid weather
brantford ontario canada, humid weather, guestion: Susan, I will be seeing Ed this Saturday and will discuss your problem with him. In the meantime I suggest that you go to this website and ask this gentleman your guestion by email: http://www.bobsmoleys.com/ He is probably the best qualified person...

House Plants: Madagascar Palm, barrel cactus, miracle gro
barrel cactus, miracle gro, water formula: Ed, How much light is it getting? Does it stay indoors year around? It is a plant that likes lots of sun and lack of light as the sun gets higher in the sky may be at least partly to blame for your black leaf problem. That s my best guess, sorry I can t...

House Plants: Madagascar palm, madagascar palms, hot water radiator
madagascar palms, hot water radiator, bamboo skewer: Nathalie, Does this pot have a drain hole and a drain tray underneath? If not that is a big share of your problem. Normally in a pot with a drain hole and drain tray under it you should water it well so all the soil in the pot is moist. Two hours later...

House Plants: Madagascar palm, soil drainage, outdoor humidity
soil drainage, outdoor humidity, heat vent: Hi Geneva, I suspect a watering problem or perhaps a soil drainage problem. Your Madagascar palm needs to dry out quite deeply in between waterings. If properly potted in soil that drains readily, that usually means every 3 to 4 weeks and even less frequently...

House Plants: Magic Star, magic star, high humidity
magic star, high humidity, root rot: Hi Melina, I have had the same problem with my Magic Star . Just keep the plant in high humidity, lower light and keep it lightly watered. It should recover in a few days. When you removed the plant from it s pot you might have accidently damaged some of...

House Plants: Maidenhair ferns, maidenhair ferns, fish emulsion
maidenhair ferns, fish emulsion, chemical fertilizers: Hi Nicole, Maidenhair ferns are not easy to grow as indoor plants for a number of reasons. First, they do no do well in dry air so they tend to suffer in heated homes during the winter months. Pebble trays help some and humidifiers are even better. But...

House Plants: Maidenhair ferns, maidenhair ferns, humidity environment
maidenhair ferns, humidity environment, boston fern: Hi Sylvia, It sounds like you DO know what a pebble tray is! If the saucer that holds the pebbles and water is quite a bit wider than the the pot that the fern is growing in, then there will be that much more humid air surrounding the plant. If there...

House Plants: Mailing cuttings?, andrea andrea, priority mail
andrea andrea, priority mail, recipient lives: Andrea, I have sold a lot of cuttings on ebay and they travel fine. I would send them by priority mail so they get there fast. Jade cuttings need to lay and heal over the cut before being planted anyway so they will do that during their travel. I would...

House Plants: Mailing Live Plants, stress quotient, interior landscaper
stress quotient, interior landscaper, packing material: Hi Cricket, I am glad that you waited until April (no fooling, I hope) to do this mailing. Mailing live plant material in sub-freezing temperatures is not generally recommended. Even so, lots of insulating packing is essential even at this time of year....

House Plants: Maintenance for Schefflera Plant, soil dries, partial lighting
soil dries, partial lighting, schefflera plant: Hi Marie, Move your Schefflera so that it is right in front of an unobstructed window. That is the primary cause of the leaf drop. If you repotted it, that will also contribute to leaf drop. Make sure that the top quarter of the soil dries out in...

House Plants: Majestic & Chinese Fan Palms, chinese fan palm, soil dries
chinese fan palm, soil dries, majestic palms: Hi Scott & Jen, I didn t know I was so elusive! Plants that are grown as houseplants are intended for indoor use where the light is much less intense than it is outside. That means if you want to summer yours outside, then you will have to keep them...

House Plants: Majestic Palm dying, guide to landscape palms, majesty palm
guide to landscape palms, majesty palm, sago palm: Let s go back to my answer on this. Buried in pages and pages of reply was a quote from the University of Missouri website: Highly refined oils sold as superior or ultra-refined horticultural oils are effective in controlling both adults and scale crawlers....

House Plants: Majestic Palm w/yellowing leaves, majesty palm, majestic palms
majesty palm, majestic palms, majestic palm: Hi Rita, Unfortunately, the majesty palm is the one commonly available plant that I never recommend because it has such a poor record as an indoor plant. It needs a tremendous amount of light and constantly moist soil to survive. In good light conditions,...

House Plants: Majestic Palm, majesty palm, majestic palm
majesty palm, majestic palm, positive suggestions: Hi Courtney, I wish I had some positive suggestions for you, but I don t. The majesty palm is a very poor indoor plant. It rarely looks decent for more than 6 months to a year. This plant is grown outside in the Florida sun. It is not acclimated to reduced...

House Plants: Majestic Plm Tree, majesty palm, majestic palm
majesty palm, majestic palm, anniston alabama: Hi John, Your majesty palm will not survive freezing temperatures and might suffer some cold damage below 40 degrees. I doubt that it would survive the entire winter outdoors in your area. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any...

House Plants: Majestic palm, majestic palm, air vent
majestic palm, air vent, lowe s: Debbie, Your Majestic palm seems to have an insect called scale. To check try dipping a q-tip in rubbing alcohol and see if you can flick the brown spot off the leaf. If you can it is scale. Most likely it had the insect when you bought it but the insect...

House Plants: Majestic palm (in door), ravenea rivularis, majesty palm
ravenea rivularis, majesty palm, majesty palms: Hi Olga, The worms did not cause your Majesty palm to die. Majesty palms are very poor indoor plants because they require a lot of light, precise watering, and they are highly susceptible to spider mites on the fronds. This is one plant I never recommend...

House Plants: Majestic palm, part rubbing alcohol, majesty palm
part rubbing alcohol, majesty palm, majestic palm: Hi Heather, I am sorry to tell you this, but the commonly sold majesty palm is a plant with an extremely high failure rate as a houseplant. Its demands for fresh air, light, water and fertilizer are so great that few of these palms are still presentable...

House Plants: Majesty Palm, majesty palm care, majesty palms
majesty palm care, majesty palms, rebecca rebecca: Rebecca, Majesty palms need lots of water, lots of light, and lots of sun, they do poorly indoors because they cannot get enough sun. The yellow leaves you are seeing is because they didn t get enough light indoors. Are they in the sun or shade outdoors?...

House Plants: Majesty Palm, fertilizer spikes, majesty palm
fertilizer spikes, majesty palm, blinds and drapes: Terry, The Majesty Palm has a few requirements - lots of water, bright light or full sun and feed it heavy. That means in the middle of the week you should check it and if it seems dry or light weight give it at least half the amount of water you give it...

House Plants: Majesty Palm, majesty palm, majesty palms
majesty palm, majesty palms, fighting a losing battle: Hi Debbie, That may be a tough call. I know the feeling of not wanting to give up on a plant until it is clearly all-over. On the other hand, you hate to put your other plants in jeopardy. I guess it depends on how much of a risk taker you are. But first,...

House Plants: Are Majesty Palms poisonous, majesty palm, majesty palms
majesty palm, majesty palms, poisonous seeds: Danielle, I have done an extensive search and found no sites that say that a Majesty Palm is poisonous, seeds or plants. The site I trust the most, the ASPCA listed below does not list it as a poisonous plant. Leave it in your yard and don t worry about...

House Plants: Majesty palm, mite infestations, majesty palm
mite infestations, majesty palm, majesty palms: Hi Don, Majesty palms fare poorly when indoors where they usually do not get enough light. They are also subject to spider mite infestations in dry indoor winter air. Although your palm will use less water indoors, water it thoroughly as soon as the...

House Plants: Mandevilla Plants, mandevilla plant, mandevilla plants
mandevilla plant, mandevilla plants, winter temps: i am in southern NJ. i had a beautiful one on my railing last summer. it flowers profusely. it is a tropical plant that will do well in zones 9 & 10, but it will die outside in areas that have winter temps below 45. you could overwinter it indoors, but i think...

House Plants: Mandevilla plant, summer flowering plants, nitrogen fertilizer
summer flowering plants, nitrogen fertilizer, fertilizer analysis: A Southern exposure should do the trick, normally, but given that your results are less than positive, I would do a few things. This is a Vine. Make sure the Leaves are able to get as much light as possible -- since this is a Vine, a trellis will help...

House Plants: Mandevilla rerooting from its clippings, mandevilla plant, hurricane season
mandevilla plant, hurricane season, perlite: Hello Janet, Lets see if we can get you a new Emory . What you want to do is take one of the side shoots growing off the main vine and plant it in a half sand/perlite (which ever s handy) and peat mix. Keep the mix slightly moist and misting the shoot...

House Plants: Mandeville, eye irritant, spider mites
eye irritant, spider mites, inch cuttings: Hi Jeff, I don t think your Mandevilla sanderi (Dipladenia) has a blight. I suspect lack of light and, possibly, improper watering may be the cause of the leaf discoloration. Your Mandevilla needs direct sun indoors and should be right in front of your...

House Plants: Manettia inflata (Candy Corn Plant), firecracker plant, candy corn
firecracker plant, candy corn, corn plant: Hi Erica, Manettia inflata is often called firecracker plant, as well as candy corn plant, as the flowers look like a lit firecracker as well as candy corn. This is a vigorously-growing vining plant that will grow very rapidly in good conditions. In...

House Plants: Manettia inflata, bright indirect light, candy corn
bright indirect light, candy corn, wet soil: Is it getting direct sun? If so make sure it is getting bright indirect light. That could be causing it. Next is the soil wet all the time. That could cause it as well. Make sure when you water it it is dry at the top of the soil. It could be setting...

House Plants: Maranta with brown on leaves, tiny dust particles, spider mites
tiny dust particles, spider mites, humidity levels: Hi Mary, If you have kept your Maranta alive for 20 years, you must be doing a lot right! If you were overwatering, the roots would have rotted long ago and the plant would have died. Maranta leaves are fragile and deteriorate easily if conditions are...

House Plants: Maranta, miracle grow potting soil, bright indirect light
miracle grow potting soil, bright indirect light, self watering pots: Hi there, It is best to leave the roots of new plants undisturbed until they have adapted to their new environment and the plant is growing vigorously. Apparently, the new pot must be somewhat larger or you would not have had to add any soil. Adding soil...

House Plants: Marginata Dracena, draceana marginata, drain tray
draceana marginata, drain tray, darlene: Dear Ashley s Mother, Your draceana marginata is a very hardy plant. When you water it you should water it well so a small amount of water goes in the drain tray. Then do not water it again until it has been bone dry and feels light weight for at least...

House Plants: Marginate white spots, getting rid of spider mites, spider mite
getting rid of spider mites, spider mite, commercial pesticide: Hi Valeria, You probably have spider mites. Unfortunately you now likely have a very high population of spider mites and they have already done a great deal of damage to the plant. There is a chance that the plant may not recover. Check the plant carefully...

House Plants: Mass Cane, dracaena massangeana cane, corn plant
dracaena massangeana cane, corn plant, cats and dogs: Hi Clark, The ASPCA does list the Dracaena massangeana cane (corn plant) as toxic to cats and dogs. Here is a link to their site: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_toxic_cornplant Please let me know if any of this is unclear...

House Plants: Mass Cane dying, turkey baster, indirect sunlight
turkey baster, indirect sunlight, drain tray: Sabina, Sounds like you are watering it too much. Those are symptoms of too much water. This plant likes to dry out well between waterings. When it is healthy it should be watered thoroghly every 7-12 days or whenever it feels very dry and light weight...

House Plants: Mass Cane Floor Plant (a.k.a corn stalk), corn stalk plant, corn plants
corn stalk plant, corn plants, dracaenas: Ana, It only need repotted if roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot and if you remove the plant from the pot you only see roots and no soil. Also it drys out in a day. You should only repot house plants between april 1st and july 15th. And you...

House Plants: Mass Cane--Pests, fungus gnat larvae, soil pests
fungus gnat larvae, soil pests, coconut husk: Hi Jack, I believe your corn plant has an infestation of fungus gnats. 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 of the nearly...

House Plants: Mass Cane plant just purchased, how to care for it?, soil composition, dracaena massangeana cane
soil composition, dracaena massangeana cane, corn plant: Hi Brett, Your Dracaena massangeana cane, more commonly called Corn Plant, should do fine close to a bright window where the direct sun does not fall onto its leaves. You will never need to repot it or at least not for a very long time. Apparently you...

House Plants: Mass Cane smell, drain tray, light exposure
drain tray, light exposure, darlene: Vinny, Your Mass Cane needs to be dried out immediatly. If it is possible to empty the drain tray under the plant you need to do it NOW. The rotten smell comes from rotting roots. the mushroom indicates rotting soil and roots. Somehow the plant has gotten...

House Plants: Mass Cane, drainage holes, s rays
drainage holes, s rays, plant watering: Hi Shelly, I think your Mass. cane has a watering problem. Sometimes if the soil is allowed to get too dry the soil shrinks away from the inside edge of the pot. Then when you water, the water goes into the space between the soil and the pot and runs through...

House Plants: Mass cane, shady area, sunny spot
shady area, sunny spot, house plant: Dena, It will quickly sunburn outdoors and it will die in the winter. In fact it will start going downhill at temps below 50 degrees. I would get it back in the same pot it came in as soon as possible and put it indoors in a bright but not sunny spot. It...

House Plants: Massangean cane disaster, massangeana cane, plant questions
massangeana cane, plant questions, question thanks: H Claire, I am a bit confused by your two descriptions of the damage done and just where it was damaged. It would help me if you could post a photo. Depending on how severe and how deep the wound to the stem was, it could be that the entire stem will...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, sized pot, brown leaves
sized pot, brown leaves, top soil: Hi Lorrie, Thanks for the photos. I love the pretty bejeweled insect on the side of your pot. Great touch! I regret to inform you that there is no hope for the shorter of the two canes in the pot. Apparently, the roots on it were underdeveloped and no...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, drainage holes, corn plant
drainage holes, corn plant, degree range: Hi Brenda, You have several misunderstandings that are making you unnecessarily concerned. As long as a pot has drainage holes in the bottom, then watering on two consecutive days will not cause any harm. Any excess water will drain out of the holes....

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, indoor potted plants, minute quantities
indoor potted plants, minute quantities, plant questions: Hi Katherine, It is a very rare Home Depot employee who is knowledgeable about indoor potted plants. It is not a good idea to repot a newly purchased plant. It probably did not need it and even if it did, your plant needs time to adapt to its new environment...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, rooting hormone, flouride
rooting hormone, flouride, 3 feet: Jo-Ann, The north window would be best as Mass canes do not like any direct sun. I would not prune it until spring, then I would cut it in about half and remove the lower leaves on the piece I cut off, dip the cut end in rooting hormone and insert it in...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, nooks and crannies, liquid dish soap
nooks and crannies, liquid dish soap, soil dries: Hi Amy, In most all cases it is not a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant. Let the plant adjust to its new home for at least 3 months. After that, repot only if the soil dries out within three days following a thorough watering. I have an article...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, wet soils, brown leaves
wet soils, brown leaves, center nursery: probably watering improperly and/or not fertilizing on a regular basis. improper watering is usually the #1 reason for leaf yellowing/browning. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, humidifier works, drainage hole
humidifier works, drainage hole, drain tray: Andrea, I m thinking that the humidifier is not a bad idea since you are in Texas and the air their is pretty dry although a humidifier works against your air conditioner. I suspect there is a watering problem. It may be you are not watering enough when...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, drainage holes, dracaena massangeana
drainage holes, dracaena massangeana, corn plant: Hi Cathi, Please let me know what in my reply you were unclear about. I am always happy to clarify. Will Hi Cathi, What a nice gift. I am sure you are deserving! The more common name for your plant is corn plant. Thanks you for contacting...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, plant killers, drainage holes
plant killers, drainage holes, corn plants: Hi Angela, Thanks for letting me know how helpful my website was for you. I don t make any money from my site, so providing helpful information is its only justification! It is good to purchase a plant that is well-rooted, i.e., quite potbound. However,...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, bright indirect light, plant questions
bright indirect light, plant questions, fertilizer: Hi Marino, Yes, you can. However, Dracaena massangeanas are often put in low light where growth rate and nutrient use are both low. In that situation I would use fertilizer only once or twice per year. If your plant is in bright indirect light, then use...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, dracaena massangeana, cold temps
dracaena massangeana, cold temps, plant questions: Hi Robin, Your Dracaena massangeana is a marvelous indoor plant that does not fare very well outside, for a variety reasons. It does not like intense light, it cannot tolerate temps much below 50 degrees, and it is top heavy and blows over easily. As...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane & Cats, plants that are poisonous to cats, safe side
plants that are poisonous to cats, safe side, massangeana cane: Jaimie, Yes, they are on lists of plants that are poisonous to cats. Generally cats know what is poisonous to them and stay away from it. I suggest that you keep the plant in a room the cat does not go into to be on the safe side. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane (Corn Plant) stinks, corn plant, plant questions
corn plant, plant questions, tap water: Hi Aaron, Unless you have poured something other than plain water in the soil, then you should take the plant back. A healthy plant should not smell like mildew or anything else smelly. Apparently, something is in the soil that should not be there. It may...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane (corn plant), leaf discoloration, massangeana cane plant
leaf discoloration, massangeana cane plant, corn plant: Hi Jennifer, If the symptoms you described are showing up on more than a few leaves, then it does not seem like you purchased a healthy plant. You might consider returning the plant if that is the case because this should not occur within a few weeks if...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane Flowers, aloe plants, bamboo plants
aloe plants, bamboo plants, sweet aroma: Karen, Members of the Dracaena family do occasionally bloom very sweet smelling blooms when they are fairly old and usually very healthy and rootbound. It does not hurt the plant and it could do it again next year or it may not do it again for 10 years....

House Plants: Massangeana Cane Pests, centipedes, centipede
centipedes, centipede, critters: Hi Wallis, The centipedes are harmless to the plant, but I m sure your mom doesn t want them in the house. There are pesticides that can be mixed with water and poured into the soil, but I don t recommend pesticides. Try sinking the pot up to its rim...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane Plant, indoor houseplants, corn plants
indoor houseplants, corn plants, dracaena massangeana: Hi Marie, I do not know of any studies of the toxic effects of plants on birds. Most of the studies are on cats and dogs. Below is a link to the ASPCA site that says that corn plants (Dracaena massangeana) are considered toxic. I have no idea if that would...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane Problem, aggie horticulture, 4 leaves
aggie horticulture, 4 leaves, brown leaves: Adam, Be very careful not to overwater it. But, do water it enough when you water it that all the soil in the pot is moist. Then do not water again till it is dry several inches down in the pot. The best way to start a new plant from the tops is to air...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane plant, dracaena massangeana, compost heap
dracaena massangeana, compost heap, inch diameter: Hi Bonnie, If I understand your description correctly, you have a broken off woody cane with two thinner green stems attached and each of these stems has leaves on it. If my assumption is not correct, please let me know or, better yet, email me a photo....

House Plants: Massangeana Cane plant, plant questions, massangeana cane plant
plant questions, massangeana cane plant, critters: Hi Cannon, Those critters living in the soil are harmless to the plant. As long as they stay in the soil, you may want to just ignore them. To get rid of them, plunge the pot up to its rim in a tub filled with water and leave it for about 30 minutes....

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, Ti plant and Ficus, massangeana cane, ti plant
massangeana cane, ti plant, african violet: Hi Kristin, You have lots of questions! And that s fine. I will do my best to answer all of them, but I may need a little more help from you. I would have to see a photo of your Ti plant to understand better what happened. Ti plants are grown in many...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane turning brown?, e mail address, mail photos
e mail address, mail photos, drainage holes: Hi Linda, Browning leaves on a Massangeana cane is a general symptom that occurs most commonly when light or water are a problem. A photo showing the entire plant including the brown leaves might help me better determine the extent of the damage and the...

House Plants: Massangeana Cane, potting soil, mean time
potting soil, mean time, carbon dioxide: Sherette, It sounds like it has been overwatered. You need to be very careful about the watering for awhile. Let it almost go bone dry before watering again. Then only water it enough to make it slightly moist. Roots need to breath carbon dioxide, when...

House Plants: Massangeana cane, soil composition, plant questions
soil composition, plant questions, musty smell: Hi Colleen, I am assuming the musty smell is coming from the soil. If so, that is not a good sign. It means that either the soil composition is poor, the roots are rotting or someone poured something other than water in the soil. Obviously, you are not...

House Plants: Massangeana cane, new roots, plant questions
new roots, plant questions, potting mix: Hi Crystal, The top portion of the broken plant can be rooted in plain water. First, make sure the bottom of the stem is cut off cleanly, not chewed off. Second, make sure that your tap water is not hard. If so, use filtered or distilled water. Change the...

House Plants: Massangeana cane, bright indirect light, corn plants
bright indirect light, corn plants, excess nutrients: Hi Cheriece, If I understand you correctly, you unpotted your corn plants and put them altogether in one pot. My answer is based on that assumption. Please let me know if I have misunderstood. Corn plants have fragile roots that don t like to be disturbed,...

House Plants: Massangeana - flowering??, corn plant dracaena, dracaena massangeana
corn plant dracaena, dracaena massangeana, corn plants: Hi Connie, I am sorry you lost your flowering corn plant (Dracaena massangeana). You must be heart-broken. Please email the photo to me at my address below. Corn plants flower only sporadically and usually only after they have been in the same pot...

House Plants: Massangeana won't grow, indoor potted plants, dracaena massangeana
indoor potted plants, dracaena massangeana, corn plant: Without a photo of your plant and without knowing how many canes your plant has and how tall they are, I cannot tell you the proper sized pot. I can tell you that the pot that it was in from the nursery was the right sized pot. Right in front of a north...

House Plants: Mealy Bugs, gallon jug, milk jug
gallon jug, milk jug, mealy bugs: Tracey, I have fought this same battle repeatedly. It is not fun. The best thing I have found is to get some neem oil at any garden center and mix it up per instructions on the bottle them spray daily for 2 weeks then twice a week for 2 months then once...

House Plants: Mealy bug, pest prevention programs, nooks and crannies
pest prevention programs, nooks and crannies, drip point: Hi Andrea, 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 and crannies where leaves and stems...

House Plants: Mealy bugs on Hoyas, part rubbing alcohol, nooks and crannies
part rubbing alcohol, nooks and crannies, mealy bugs: Hi Mickie, There are root mealybugs, but they are rare. The key to eradicating mealybugs on stems and leaves is getting complete coverage. A spray mixture of 5 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol with a little liquid soap added is effective. However,...

House Plants: Mealy bugs on my Jade Tree, part rubbing alcohol, tiny crevices
part rubbing alcohol, tiny crevices, mealy bugs: Hi Beth, Congratulations on your long and successful care of your Jade! Mealybugs can be safely and effectively removed if you are very thorough. A solution of 5 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol with a squirt of liquid soap will do the trick, but...

House Plants: Mealybug, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Andy, Those are an insect pest called 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 in...

House Plants: Mealybugs, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, alcohol mix: Hi Tracey, I would like to answer all of your questions and continue to correspond with you. If you forward your message to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com, then I can reply directly to you via email rather than on this public board. Will Creed wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com...

House Plants: Mealybugs on Hindu Rope, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, alcohol mix: Hi Patti, Based on your description, your Hindu Rope plant (Hoya carnosa) has a mealybug infestation. These critters don t look like bugs as they create a small mass of cotton-like stuff to protect themselves. Usually you will see a soft, amorphous body...

House Plants: Mealybugs - Indoor Plant Collection, crassula argentea, monstera deliciosa
crassula argentea, monstera deliciosa, insect pests: Judy, I ve heard of using that for insect with larval worms but not with mealy bugs. I think it would be worth a shot if you can gather enough to be effective. Maybe you should try that spray alternately with the tobacco tea spray. I usually manage...

House Plants: Mealybugs - Indoor Plant Collection, soil surface, drastic measures
soil surface, drastic measures, plant science: Hi Judy, The key to mealybug eradication is thoroughness of coverage. That is why the Q-tip approach is doomed to failure. I know, I am sure you believe you were very thorough in your spray application, but please read on. The mealy juveniles hide in...

House Plants: Mealybugs???, powdery mildew, mealy bugs
powdery mildew, mealy bugs, tops and bottoms: Anna, Mealy bugs look like little bits of cotton stuck to the leaves, usually where the leaf connects to the stem. If there are only a few they can be romoved with Q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol and pitched. If there are a lot of mealy bugs you need...

House Plants: Messangeana Rescue, sunny location, darlene
sunny location, darlene, fertilizer: Melissa, It should regrow unless it is too far gone. If the trunk is solid and not mushy it should be fine. Just be patient and after you see new growth give it a dose of fertilizer to help it along. Keep it in a bright but not sunny location. As you said...

House Plants: Mexican Hat plant`, bright indirect light, very brief description
bright indirect light, very brief description, hair roots: Hi Alexandra, From your very brief description, I suspect your plant is a Bryophyllum daigremontianum (sometimes listed as Kalanchoe daigremontianum). There is a very different plant (Ratibida) sometimes called Mexican Hat plant, but I don t think that...

House Plants: Mimosa pudica care, sensitive plant, last september
sensitive plant, last september, blooms: Hi there, Your sensitive plant can be pruned back at any time, although they grow better if they are pruned back regularly to encourage branching and to keep them full and to prevent legginess. Any stem can be pruned back to any point just above a stem...

House Plants: Ming, rust spots, soil moisture
rust spots, soil moisture, plant questions: Hi Danielle, A limited number of leaves developing rust colored spots and dying is normal. However, if it is extensive, then the first thing to check is your water quality. If your tap water is on the hard side or is artificially softened, then use...

House Plants: Ming Aralia, ming trees, bonsai pot
ming trees, bonsai pot, darlene: Calley, I have the same problem with a Ming I have had for 2 years in a bonsai pot. One branch seems to be dead but is still firm and standing up but with no leaves on it. I have no idea whether it is dead or alive. I am going to set mine outside in full...

House Plants: My Ming Aralia is dying from root rot or something else, but I MUST save it!, ming aralia, concern brand
ming aralia, concern brand, google: Micah, You are correct, your full question did not get to me. However I am not familiar with that product. I did look it up on Google and it does look very interesting. I hope it helps your plant. Let me know how it does. You can email me at my private email,...

House Plants: Ming Aralia, leaves are wilting everywhere, drooping, looking worse and worse, hydrogen peroxide, compact fluorescent lights
hydrogen peroxide, compact fluorescent lights, silly mistake: It sounds Micah like you really have diagnosed the sin of over-watering and the punishment of rotting roots. Disease-causing bacteria (not Fungi) are Anaerobes. They may not be destroyed by Oxygen, but no Aerobe can survive in an Anaerobic environment....

House Plants: Ming Aralia problem, root rot problems, dry periods
root rot problems, dry periods, lowes: Marlie, You can try wiggling the plant gently, if it moves easily you may have root rot. The only way to be absolutely sure is to remove the plant from the pot and inspect the roots but that also can damage the roots. If it has root rot at this point it...

House Plants: Ming Aralia, ming aralia, leaf drop
ming aralia, leaf drop, little at a time: Hi Larry, It is probably a watering problem. Mings cannot be watered according to the calendar. They must be watered when needed. That means that you should wait until the upper 25% of the soil is dry before adding water. The consequences of improper...

House Plants: Ming aralia, ming aralia, dying leaves
ming aralia, dying leaves, mings: Hi Marlie, Thanks for the photos. Once a Ming aralia stem starts to get soft or after it has lost all of its leaves, you can be sure that it will not recover. Although there is no harm in leaving a dead stem in the pot, there is also no point to leaving...

House Plants: Ming aralia losing leaves, lynn mckamey, garden columnist
lynn mckamey, garden columnist, columnist george: Ming Aralia -- Polyscias fruticosa to botanists -- is an undemanding tropical houseplant that prefers warm temps and high humidity. Notes the late garden columnist George Ebert, Neglect of watering will cause the loss of leaves, but the plants can stand...

House Plants: Ming aralia problem, dying leaves, rooting hormone
dying leaves, rooting hormone, facing window: Marlie, Ming aralia likes as much sun as it can get, outdoors in full sun or next to a south facing window would be great. I would leave the cut off one and make sure there is never standing water. I would also take some cuttings off the plant dip them...

House Plants: Ming aralia, bright indirect light, inch pots
bright indirect light, inch pots, sized pot: Hi M (Does M stand for Ming?), Thanks for the photos. You have some nice thick stem cuttings potted in your 6.5 inch pots. Your pot size is appropriate. I suspect that the looseness of the stems, which does suggest underdeveloped roots, may be due to improper...

House Plants: Ming plant, miracle gro fertilizer, living room furniture
miracle gro fertilizer, living room furniture, nitrogen fertilizer: I do not know much about this plant. But I can tell you some of my experiences with hard to grow plants. Ficus is the plant that came to mind when you were telling me about your plant. Most people cannot grow ficus...this is because 1. They move them...

House Plants: Ming Tree, indoor potted plants, polyscias
indoor potted plants, polyscias, foliage: Hi Tom, My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. Yours is outside in an environment that I am not familiar with so I cannot determine what has caused its decline. Healthy Polyscias can certainly be pruned back to eliminate the legginess. However,...

House Plants: Ming, miracle gro fertilizer, living room furniture
miracle gro fertilizer, living room furniture, nitrogen fertilizer: Hi Kelly, Ming aralias (Polyscias) are among my favorite plants with their unusual growth habit and interesting airy foliage. Mings are quite adaptable to a range of light from bright indirect to direct indoor light. I doubt that the move to a higher...

House Plants: Mini Orange tree leaf loss, leaf loss, citrus trees
leaf loss, citrus trees, plant questions: Hi Robyn, Citrus trees require direct sun for as long as possible when indoors. Ten feet from a window is too far away. Your tree should be directly in front of and very close to an uncovered window. The top inch of soil should dry out in between thorough...

House Plants: Miniature Orange tree, scale insect, insect infestation
scale insect, insect infestation, yellow leaves: Hi Wilma, The sticky substance is from a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems...

House Plants: Miniature Shaffolera (sp), bright indirect light, lit environment
bright indirect light, lit environment, correct spelling: Hi there, The correct botanical name and spelling for your plant is Schefflera arboricola. Any leaves damaged by the sun will not recover their green color. You can leave the damaged leaves on or you can remove them if they look ugly. Your plant does...

House Plants: Miniture Citrus Trees, citrus plants, sandy florida
citrus plants, sandy florida, florida plants: Mike, Citrus trees are outdoor Florida plants. There in the winter they do not get a lot of water, the rainy season in Florida is in the summer, they do get lots of sun and they get cooler temperatures. In your home it is impossible to match the intensity...

House Plants: Mint Mold, mint plant, chemical solutions
mint plant, chemical solutions, fungus: Seth, I would like to know what kind of soil you are using to grow your Mint. And are you eating this Mint? Becuase if you are, you should forget the chemicals. You can t eat Mint that you ve tainted with toxins. There are plenty of solutions for this...

House Plants: Mirror, mirror....., mirror mirror, light intensity
mirror mirror, light intensity, sunny window: Hi Lexa, I love your subject title! Mirrors cannot create light, but they can redirect it. Thus, if you have a sunny window but you cannot place a plant right in front of it, then a mirror properly angled can redirect the light to another location within...

House Plants: MOVING HYBISCUS INDOORS, drainage hole, new leaves
drainage hole, new leaves, inch diameter: Pat, Since it shriveled the buds have all dropped also. I reccomend cutting each branch in half. You say it has been repotted for 7 days. Is this in the pot with no drainage hole? What size is the pot? There is a good chance that you can save your...

House Plants: MOVING INDOOR PLANTS, indoor plants, added stress
indoor plants, added stress, leaf damage: Hi Agnes, I would not recommend keeping your plants in a dark moving truck for a week. Some low lights plants may be able to survive a week in the dark but at best they will lose vigor and take a long time to recover from not just a week in the dark but also...

House Plants: Mock Orchid, inner petals, outer petals
inner petals, outer petals, fictional plant: Hi Sandy, I am perplexed by your comment that the plant has pods that become baby plants. That is quite unusual and is reminiscent of a spider plant, but the flowers you described don t match those of spider plants. The Apostle s lily (Neomarica northiana)...

House Plants: Moisture terms, soil moisture levels, cacti and other succulents
soil moisture levels, cacti and other succulents, soil dries: Hi Michaela, There is something about dry words on a generic tag or even a website posting that doesn t do justice to defining soil moisture levels. This is an area where experience and practice is important. But I will slog on and do my best to provide...

House Plants: Mold, fungus spores, mold fungus
fungus spores, mold fungus, potting soil: Hi Angie, The potting soil that you are using is contaminated with mold (fungus) spores. I recommend that you discard it and get some new sterilized, soilless potting mix. Treating the contaminated soil with chemicals is potentially hazardous and not always...

House Plants: Mold, mold spores, dry soil
mold spores, dry soil, garden soil: Hi Jennifer, Thanks for the photos and good background information. Where did you get the soil? Is it garden soil? Or is it peat-based potting mix? It should be the latter as it is sterile. Outdoor gardening soil is often contaminated with mold spores...

House Plants: Mold and mildew on indoor plants, commercial fungicide, mold and mildew
commercial fungicide, mold and mildew, powdery mildew: Hi Patty, Plants should not be watered on a set schedule, watering should be based on the needs of the individual plant. Most of the time it is best to let the top 1-2 inches of soil dry between watering except for those plants that need constantly moist...

House Plants: Mold, mold spores, potting soil
mold spores, potting soil, fungicides: Hi Betty, Mold grows in soil that has been contaminated with mold spores. Sterile potting mixes that are soilless and peat-based rarely have this problem. Mold is not harmful to your plants. There are fungicides available that work moderately well....

House Plants: "Money Tree", pachira aquatica, midday sun
pachira aquatica, midday sun, plant roots: Hi Stan, Pachira aquatica are not easy plants to manage. They are not very forgiving of watering and light lapses. It may be that your Pachira is simply reacting to the change in environment and will lose some lower leaves as it adds new ones on top. ...

House Plants: Money Tree, dry soil, facing window
dry soil, facing window, shady area: Katie, Wait and see if they heal, if not you can cut them off after you see new growth sprouting below the breaks. You should get new growth unless the roots are too rotted. You have learned that you should never be in too big a hurry to repot houseplants...

House Plants: Money Tree, dry soil, facing window
dry soil, facing window, root ball: Hi Katie, Thanks for providing such clear and detailed information for me. That allows me to give you a better answer. If you read through the many answers I have posted here, you will discover how common it is for folks to move plants to larger pots...

House Plants: Money Tree, silk cotton, master gardner
silk cotton, master gardner, money tree: A Money Tree by any other name can be called a Pachira: http://www.luckyplants.com/moneytree.html but it s still not a Kapoc. Kapocs can be called Giant Kapok or Silk Cotton Tree ( Ceiba pentandra to botanists). The only authentic name for this...

House Plants: Money Tree, bright indirect light, malabar chestnut
bright indirect light, malabar chestnut, guiana chestnut: Kristy, How often have you been watering it? No you should not repot it or change the soil. Let me know how often you have been watering it and I will let you know what to change. Does the pot it is in have a drain hole in the bottom? Darlene The...

House Plants: Money Tree, money tree, creed
money tree, creed, boss: Hi Sandy, Drooping leaves are a generic symptom that has many possible causes - inadequate light, not enough water and too much water. It is also possible that the drop that you see is quite within the range of normal. Can you email a photo to me at...

House Plants: Money Tree, braided money tree, ceramic pot
braided money tree, ceramic pot, home depot: Carole, I suspect you plant has glued together stones over the normal soil. That is done for shipping and should be removed when you take it home. Soak it in water then then carefully pry the stones off the surface. If the stones are not glued together...

House Plants: Money Tree, money tree pachira, bright indirect light
money tree pachira, bright indirect light, hi mary: Hi Mary, Money tree (Pachira aquatica)needs lots of bright indirect light, such as right in front of a north window. Allow the top quarter of the rootball to dry before watering thoroughly. Keep it tightly repotted and don’t make the common mistake of repotting...

House Plants: Money Tree, drainage hole, adequate drainage
drainage hole, adequate drainage, drain tray: Jane, Pachira does not have many requirements and it is a hardy plant that will adapt well to different conditions. Take care of your pachira like any other indoor houseplant. It must be in a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom and a separate drain tray...

House Plants: My Money Tree, liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol
liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol, tiny crevices: Hi Martine, Brown spots and stickiness are a good indication that your plant has a scale insect infestation, not a disease. They were there at the time you purchased the plant, but only recently have become noticeable. You have a case for getting a refund...

House Plants: Money Tree, money tree pachira, brown leaves
money tree pachira, brown leaves, water chestnut: People frequently have trouble with the Money Tree ( Pachira aquatica to botanists and Water Chestnut to the Chinese), which is popular enough to be a major cash crop in Taiwan. Hortus Third places the origins of P. aquatica in sunny wetlands. That...

House Plants: Money Tree, tree plants, drain tray
tree plants, drain tray, brown leaf: Kas, They like to be well watered so all the soil in the pot is moist then do not water again until the top few inches of soil is very dry. Do not leave it sitting in a tray full of water it lives in the jungle where it rains lightly frequently but the...

House Plants: Money Tree Growth, water soluable, money tree
water soluable, money tree, repotting: Greg, Yes, it will but you must go up slowly, otherwise it becomes too easy to overwater it. Repot it oncce a year to a pot with a diameter 2 inches larger than the pot you are removing it from. Each repotting will allow it to grow larger. You should also...

House Plants: Money Tree House Plant, green leaves, davesgarden
green leaves, davesgarden, money tree: Margie, The latin name for your plant is Pachira aquatica. These plants are usually pretty care free and can survive with low light. It does not like to dry out so if it has been too dry that could be the cause of your spots. Below are some wwebsites...

House Plants: Money Tree - leaf tips are turning brown, inch pot, drain tray
inch pot, drain tray, soil surface: Jen, This is a tree that likes direct sunlight. Move it to a sunnier location. It may also be rootbound and need moved up to an 8 inch pot for the winter, do not go any larger. This plant grows fast and will need frequent repotting but it is never good...

House Plants: Money Tree(Pachira Aquatica), money tree pachira, pachira aquatica
money tree pachira, pachira aquatica, interior landscaper: Hi T, The symptoms you described are generic and have multiple possible causes. Pachiras are sold by many different growers in many different pot sizes and a shapes. There are no uniform standards for them, so there is tremendous variability in quality...

House Plants: Money Tree (Pachira aquatica), money tree pachira, money trees
money tree pachira, money trees, soil moisture: Hi Larry, Money trees are very popular right now and growers are seizing the moment and flooding the market with them. They come in many different sizes and shapes. The quality varies considerably and that can make a big difference to the end-user. Unless...

House Plants: Money Tree Plant, inch pot, tree plants
inch pot, tree plants, root damage: Hi Gerri, Sunburn typically causes leaves to bleach or become a pale green/yellow color, not brown. In addition, sunburn will not occur through a north window. So we can rule that out. The symptoms do suggest a root problem and that usually signals a...

House Plants: Money Tree, money tree pachira, money trees
money tree pachira, money trees, cold weather: Atiya, Your MONEY TREE - PACHIRA needs light. It needs to sit in an east window where it will get sun in the morning and be bright the rest of the day. No plant will live in a location where your hand will not cast a good shadow without a light being on....

House Plants: Money tree, money tree pachira, steve jordan
money tree pachira, steve jordan, outer shell: Hi Steve, Your Pachira probably has an infestation of scale. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems and...

House Plants: Monoecious croton, female flowers, color characteristics
female flowers, color characteristics, plant questions: Hi Don, Crotons are not hermaphrodites. They are monoecious, meaning that they have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. It is very unusual for seeds to develop when Crotons are indoors because there are no insects to act as pollinators....

House Plants: Monstera deliciosa, aerial roots, pot size
aerial roots, pot size, soil moisture: Hi Joyce, It sounds like you are doing a great job with your Monstera! The aerial roots can be cut off without any damage to the plant. They serve no useful purpose for a potted Monstera. The pot size is fine and it is unlikely that your Monstera...

House Plants: Monstera, tropical rain forest, woody roots
tropical rain forest, woody roots, aerial roots: Hi Joe, Those aerial roots on your Monstera serve no practical purpose. In nature, those roots run along the floor of the tropical rain forest or attach themselves to damp tree trunks. This allows this viney plant to spread and climb. In the home, these...

House Plants: Monterey Bay Brush Cherry, drainage holes, window face
drainage holes, window face, monterey bay: Shawn, Where are you in Florida? If you are in South Florida where there is no danger of frost you should leave the brush cherrys outdoors where they will get lots of sun and they may recuperat. They should never have been indoors 5 foot from a window....

House Plants: Moses-In-A Boat, Oyster Plant, oyster plant, pruning plants
oyster plant, pruning plants, plant questions: Hi Kathy, Your Rhoeo spathacea stems can be cut back at any point on the stems. Even if you cut off all of the leafed portion, new growth will still emerge at the end of the cut back stem. As long as the plant is healthy, it doesn t matter where you cut...

House Plants: My Moses in the Bullrushes, moses in the bullrushes, inch pot
moses in the bullrushes, inch pot, hanging basket: Vickie, It is a vine and is meant to hang over the edge of the pot. It is beautiful filling a hanging basket. You can easily cut it off and place it beside the original and it will root and grow again so it will quickly fill a whole pot. Good luck. ...

House Plants: Moss dressing, green moss, spanish moss
green moss, spanish moss, china doll: Hi Zebra, You seem to be better at answering your questions than posing them. Perhaps you should become an expert and then you won t have to worry about asking questions clearly! Most any non-succulent plant that is going beyond two weeks without drying...

House Plants: Mother-in-Law Plant - Root Rot, soil dries, green thumb
soil dries, green thumb, indirect light: Hi Pam, Five years in indirect light is a long time for a Sansevieria. Yes, probably the roots have been in the process of rotting for a long time and it will be difficult to salvage. The repotting may have put it over the edge. You can try downsizing...

House Plants: Mother In Law Tongue type plants, type plants, adequate light
type plants, adequate light, best starting point: Hi Vickie, It depends on what you mean by requiring little care. Do you mean that they won t need much light or that they can go a couple of weeks or more without water? For example, the MIL Tongue can go month or more without water, but it does not...

House Plants: My Mother-in-law tongue houseplant, inch pot, new leaves
inch pot, new leaves, gallon bucket: Hi Donna, Sansevierias (the correct botanical name) grow straight and tall in nurseries where they get lots of very bright light all day long AND where they are kept very potbound. In very bright light (right in a sunny window indoors), the leaves that...

House Plants: Mother in-laws tounge, golden retriever puppies, houseplants
golden retriever puppies, houseplants, mother in law: Hi Becky Yes, I think that mother-in-law tongue plants are poisonous. In general, it is best to assume that all houseplants are poisonous to some degree and should be kept away from pets. It is always better to err on the side of caution. The safety of...

House Plants: Mothers-in-law Tongue, frozen plants, fickle weather
frozen plants, fickle weather, mothers in law: Hi Rebecca, I have received quite a few inquiries recently about dealing with frozen plants. This is the time of year when fickle weather tricks lots of folks! Your plant s recovery will not be affected by whether or not you trim off the frozen plan...

House Plants: Moving houseplants outdoors, night time temperatures, indoor houseplants
night time temperatures, indoor houseplants, light plants: Hi Toni, Rather than identify plants that do well outside in summer by species, I can give you some important guidelines to follow. In Nature, plants do not move, so any dramatic change in environment for a plant can be very stressful. So always try...

House Plants: Moving Plants, loose soil, trash bag
loose soil, trash bag, cold drafts: Dave, Wrap them and lay them down in the back of a warm van or warm minivan. Wrap the pot in a trash bag and twist tie it at the top so if you loose soil when you lay the plant down it will stay in the trash bag. Then wrap the top of the plant to protect...

House Plants: Moving plants: Ficus and Schefflera, nature plants, dry water
nature plants, dry water, ficus: Hi Angela, Moving a plant usually means changing its light. Such a change can often have a negative effect on a plant. After all, in nature plants stay in one place their entire lives. Without knowing how the light has changed as a result of the move,...

House Plants: Multiple Peace Lily problems, peace lily, drainage holes
peace lily, drainage holes, plant fertilizer: Hi Sophie, I need some additional information. Have you repotted your peace lily? What size pot is it in now? Does the pot have drainage holes? How far from the window was it before you moved it closer to the window? Do any of the new leaves...

House Plants: Musa 'Basjoo', hardy banana, banana trees
hardy banana, banana trees, banana plant: Hi Jamin, This type of banana plant is hardy in that it will withstand temps as low as 20 degrees F. But that doesn t necessarily mean that it is easier to grow. Keep it tightly potted in a porous potting mix. Locate it in front of a north or east window...

House Plants: Musa "Lady Finger" Dwarf Banana Plant, dwarf banana, banana plants
dwarf banana, banana plants, banana plant: Hi Lonnie, I don t know what information you were given and I don t know about the light and water that you are providing, so it is hard fro me to say just what the specific cause is of the new leaves dying. It is most likely a watering problem. But...

House Plants: Mushrooms and my dying plant, fungus spores, saprophytic fungi
fungus spores, saprophytic fungi, potting soil: The mushrooms are the least of your problems, my friend. I suspect your very low light is at least partly at the root -- if you ll excuse the expression -- of your problem. Watering may be the other part. I am wondering if you repotted because the plant...

House Plants: Mushrooms growing in my Gerbra Daisy plants!, gerbra daisy, basil plants
gerbra daisy, basil plants, potted plants: Hi Elise, The mushrooms are harmless to your potted plants. Sometimes you can eradicate them by diligently removing them and a bit of the surrounding soil as they emerge. It may take a week or two to notice any decline. If that fails, you can purchase...

House Plants: Mushrooms, mushroom growth, musrooms
mushroom growth, musrooms, pothos: Hi Nate, As long as you don t eat the mushrooms, they are not a hazard to you or your plants. If you want to remove them, scrape them out along with surrounding soil. New ones may emerge, but just keep scraping them out and eventually you should be able...

House Plants: Musty smell, indoor potted plants, garden soil
indoor potted plants, garden soil, indoor plants: Hi Bonnie, The smell is coming from the soil. If you used garden soil or compost or some other soil-based potting mix, then that is probably the source of the odor. Indoor plants should always be potted in sterile, soilless, peat-based potting mixes. ...

House Plants: Mystery Plant, peperomia, mystery plant
peperomia, mystery plant, glabella: Debra, It is a variety of Peperomia, either Peperomia rotundifolia, Peperomia glabella or Peperomia clusiifolia. They are similar but I beleive it is Peperomia clusiifolia. The tendrils are flower stalks. It is blooming because it is mature and probably...

House Plants: i'm not sure how to take care of this plant?, peace lilly, window face
peace lilly, window face, miniblinds: Kim, The lack of light is your major problem. Plants have to have light to grow. They need light to activate photosynthesis for the leaves to turn that fertilizer into food so the plant will grow. My peace lilly is about 4 feet from a south facing window...

House Plants: I'm Sorry, indoor houseplants, european roses
indoor houseplants, european roses, indoor plants: Hi Tarek, Your question is a matter of personal taste, not horticultural knowledge. There are many plants that I use that some people love and others hate. Taste is very personal. If you can define beauty for me, perhaps I can help. Regards, Will Creed...

House Plants: mad. dragon tree, dragon tree, drain tray
dragon tree, drain tray, darlene: h, Most likely it is being over watered and the roots and trunk are rotting. Immediatley cut out the 2 with the problem. Drain as much water as possible off the plant by setting it in the sink without the drain tray for several hours. Do not water it again...

House Plants: madagascar dragon tree, cordyline australis, dragon tree
cordyline australis, dragon tree, green fingers: Hi Clare, According to the ASPCA, your dragon tree or Dracaena marginata, is not toxic to pets. Here is a link: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_toxicplants In Nature your Cordylines can grow into full-sized trees. However, as...

House Plants: madagascar dragon tree plant, dracaena marginata, corn plant dracaena
dracaena marginata, corn plant dracaena, dragon tree: Teri, I have to tell you I was probably wrong with my first answer. Your plant is listed as poisonous to dogs and cats on several websites but to respond to your question about safe plants I did a search for safe houseplants and your dracaena marginata...

House Plants: madagascar dragon tree, dragon tree, window face
dragon tree, window face, new leaves: Jo, Are the 2 that are not growing away from the light and perhaps in the shadow of the other 2? As long as they have leaves and appear to be healty otherwise I would not worry a whole lot about them. Inspect them well for any signs of insects but if you...

House Plants: madagascar palm, cactus soil, palm type
cactus soil, palm type, potting soil: Mike, Cactus soil or 1/2 regular potting soil and 1/2 buillders sand. The best time for repotting is between April 1st and June 15th when the days are lengthening and the plants roots are growing. When you repot you should move up 1 size pot and no more,...

House Plants: madagascar palm, spiny succulent plant, tropical plants
spiny succulent plant, tropical plants, fronds: Cathy, If it does not turn mushy and collapse it will probably come back. Be patient. I question whether it is a Madagascar Palm, that plant is a spiny succulent plant that looks like a large cactus and has leaves, no fronds. Google Madagascar Palm and...

House Plants: madagascar palm-slender leaves, aerosol spray, experice
aerosol spray, experice, fungus: John, It could be a fungus, in which case spray it with Lysol aerosol spray every other day for 3 weeks. Make sure you get the tops and b ottoms of all leaves if it has any. However, it sounds more like overwatering. It needs to dry out totally between...

House Plants: madagascar palm, drain holes, soil mix
drain holes, soil mix, yellow leaves: Karen, What is the diameter of the pots they came in and what is the diameter of the new pots? You may have overpotted them. When transplanting any tropical plants or houseplants you should only move them to a new pot with a diameter 2 inches larger than...

House Plants: magascar dragon tree, old trunks, dragon tree
old trunks, dragon tree, last legs: Stacey, I would wait until next April and by then they should be even larger. Cut the tops out of them, remove the lower leaves, dip them in rooting hormone and insert them in soil, either beside the main tree on in another pot. They will root and their...

House Plants: maidenhair fern, maidenhair ferns, warm climate
maidenhair ferns, warm climate, plant questions: Hi Amy, Maidenhair ferns are semi-tropical plant that cannot withstand freezing temps. In fact, they grow best if kept warm all year long. Unless you live in a very warm climate, you will not be able to plant it outside. Please let me know if any of...

House Plants: maidenhair fern, fragile plants, maidenhair fern
fragile plants, maidenhair fern, humidifier: Hi Nicky, The maidenhair fern is a fragile plants that does not fare well in dry air. Indoors it should be in a greenhouse or in a room that has a humidifier or in a terrarium that keeps the moisture inside. Misting and pebble trays are just not effective...

House Plants: majestic palm pest, majesty palm, majesty palms
majesty palm, majesty palms, majestic palm: Hi Kathy, Majesty palms are one of my least favorite plants for several reasons, but you have just added another one. This plant species has a very poor record as an indoor plant because it does not hold up well. It requires a lot of light, nearly perfect...

House Plants: majestic palm, light green leaves, majestic palm
light green leaves, majestic palm, brown leaves: Gloria, I would try breaking that stalk off with my hand first. It should snap off and that is the safest way to get rid of the ugly stalk. If that doesn t work you can prune a bit at a time until you are happy with it. But try not to cut into living tissue....

House Plants: majesty palm, cold winter temperatures, majesty palm
cold winter temperatures, majesty palm, majesty palms: Hi Tunisia, I m afraid I have to give you an answer that you are not going to like, but I have to tell the truth. Whenever I receive inquiries about majesty palms (Ravena rivularis), I cringe. I am afraid this is one plant I can never recommend because...

House Plants: majesty palm gone mad, majesty palm, indoor palm
majesty palm, indoor palm, parlor palm: Hi Machelle, Don t feel badly. No one has success with the majesty palm. It should be banned from the market, in my opinion! Majesty palm is popular because unlike any other palm, it grows fast so it is relatively cheap. Other palms grow slowly and are...

House Plants: majesty palm, majesty palm, compost heap
majesty palm, compost heap, spider mites: Hi Meredith, This is a very hard question for me to reply to. Not because I don t know the answer, but because the answer is one that you are not going to want to read. But you asked and I have to give you an honest answer. The Majesty palm is a plant...

House Plants: majesty palms & dieffenbachia troubles, indoor plant pests, e mail address
indoor plant pests, e mail address, majesty palm: Hi Trudi, Your Majesty palm has a scale infestation and your Dieffenbachia has a spider mite infestation. Rather than give you superficial reply here in the space allowed, it would be better for me to send you my article on identifying and treating indoor...

House Plants: malagasar dragon plant, dragon plant, insect spray
dragon plant, insect spray, nastys: The brown things are droppings from the bug that is eating your plant. Is it outside? Get a insect spray that is safe for ornamental plant and spray that baby. I do not know what is near you so go to your local greenhouse and ask them what they carry...

House Plants: mandevilla plant, winter areas, dormant state
winter areas, dormant state, winter hardy: These plants are not winter hardy in cold winter areas such as yours. They can be treated as annuals and replaced each year, or you can try to overwinter them indoors. Ideally, they would be moved to a heated and bright sunny greenhouse. If you want to keep...

House Plants: mandevilla plant, eye irritant, spider mites
eye irritant, spider mites, inch cuttings: Hi Francine, Mandevilla sanderi (Dipladenia) needs direct sun indoors. Flowers develop on the previous year s growth, so it is best to do any pruning immediately after it finishes flowering. Regular pruning inhibits flowering, but it keeps the plant full...

House Plants: mandevilla vine, brown ink, excrement
brown ink, excrement, front yard: Tehmina, I need to know where you live so I know your climate? I can think of 3 possibilities that it could be. A type of mold, a type of fungus, or a bird excrement. From what you said I understand that you can wash it off? When you wash it off does there...

House Plants: mandevilla, gorgeous flowers, eye irritant
gorgeous flowers, eye irritant, spider mites: Hi William, Move it inside when temps drop to 50 degrees. Keep it in a warm (60-70 degrees), sunny, humid location in winter. Do not fertilize it in winter and do not repot until spring and then only if absolutely necessary. Watch carefully for spider...

House Plants: mandeville culture, warm temps, winter growth
warm temps, winter growth, t claim: Hi Roland, In horticulture there are often multiple ways to achieve the same results. I don t claim to have the single correct answer, but I do report on methods that work for many people. If you have had success using a different technique, then by all...

House Plants: mass cane dracaena, drain tray, drain hole
drain tray, drain hole, sunny location: Kyle, How long were you on vacation for? Was it bone dry or very wet? Does the pot have a drain hole and a drain tray? What is the diameter of the pot? How long had you had this plant? All you can do now is water it lightly if it was dry and be patient....

House Plants: mass cane dying, drainage holes, brown leaves
drainage holes, brown leaves, corn plant: Hi Stefanie, Nearly all potted plants should dry out enough to need water every 1-2 weeks maximum. If your corn plant is taking longer than that, then there is a good chance that the roots are starting to rot and causing the symptoms you are observing....

House Plants: mass cane floor plant (corn plant), bamboo skewer, drain tray
bamboo skewer, drain tray, plant corn: Bonnie, When you water it give it enough water that all the soil in the pot gets moist but not super wet. Try not to leave a lot of water in the drain tray. It should always be planted in a pot with a drain hole and a drain tray under it. If you have too...

House Plants: mass cane plant pests, spider mites on plants, toxic pesticide
spider mites on plants, toxic pesticide, plant pests: sounds like spider mites. you should ID the pest first. get to a local garden center/nursery and see what they sell and recommend for spider mites on plants. take a sample(plant and bugs) inclosed in a clear plastic bag for them to examine. seal the bag w/a...

House Plants: My mass cane plant, bright indirect light, bottom drainage
bright indirect light, bottom drainage, drainage holes: Hi Janice, It sounds like you have your corn plant (Massangeana cane) in a good location with lots of bright indirect light. Be sure to leave the window uncovered during the daylight hours. Corn plants rarely if ever need repotting, so don t even think...

House Plants: mass cane worms, massangeana cane, tiny worms
massangeana cane, tiny worms, black mold: Hi Vironica, Any Massangeana cane that has the outer bark starting to loosen and separate from the cane is in the process of dying and cannot be salvaged. In nearly all cases this is because of root rot due to soil that is not allowed to dry out sufficiently....

House Plants: massangeana cane, green leaf, canes
green leaf, canes, creed: Hi Meg, If the tallest cane is down to only one leaf, then it is unlikely that it will survive. Squeeze the cane near its base, If the bark feels loose and papery, then it is dead for sure. Unfortuntely, these canes cannot be propagated after they have...

House Plants: massangeana cane, cacti and succulents, corn plant
cacti and succulents, corn plant, sandy soil: Anna, The cactus should be in sandy soil even though you are gone a lot. They do not need watered more often than every 2 weeks in spite of sandy soil. The cactus should be in front of a sunny window where it will get full sun all day long. It is a sun...

House Plants: massangeana cane, room temperature water, dish detergent
room temperature water, dish detergent, mealy bugs: Jessica, Your plant was attacked by mealy bugs, that s the white fuzzy substance. Spray it daily with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, make sure you spray the tops and bottoms of all the leaves and especially where the leaves attach to the stalk. Do this...

House Plants: massangeana cane, sized pot, inch pot
sized pot, inch pot, corn plant: Hi Stacey, Congratulations on your new first plant! I only wish you had contacted me 2 days ago before you repotted into a larger pot. Unnecessary repotting is the most common of all plant care mistakes, so I am not surprised that you did that. I have...

House Plants: massangeana cane, cayenne pepper, new leaves
cayenne pepper, new leaves, first thought: Leeann, My first thought is you will have to figure out how to keep the cat away from it. You might try cayenne pepper, sprinkle a whole bottle on top of the soil and it might keep the cat away. Massangeana cane can cause cats to get sick if they eat the...

House Plants: massangeana cane, cold climate, mother plant
cold climate, mother plant, tropical regions: Blake, If you just bought it why do you want to prune it so quickly? Are you trying to produce more plants? Yes in theory the canes can be cut back on Mass Cane (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’) since the plant you now own came from a stem cutting taken...

House Plants: massangeana cane, dracaena fragrans massangeana, cats and dogs
dracaena fragrans massangeana, cats and dogs, plant matter: Hello Eden, Dracaena fragrans Massangeana is harmless to people and slightly poisonous to cats and dogs. It causes vomiting and abdominal pain, but I ve never seen any cases of it being lethal. It would take a large amount of plant matter and a very stupid...

House Plants: massangeana cane, potassium nitrate, fertilizer label
potassium nitrate, fertilizer label, secondary nutrients: Islam, No, plants do not use vitamins. They do use fertilizer and it could use a monthly dose of fertilizer such as Miracle Grow. The major plant nutrients that are present in most fertilizers we know by the familiar N-P-K designation we see on the...

House Plants: massangeana cane plant, house plants, darlene
house plants, darlene, pint: Peggy, It is a watering problem. You are either watering too much or too little. Let me know what size pot it is in and how close it is to a window. Also tell me how often you water it and about how much you give it, as in a quart or a pint or a gallon....

House Plants: massangeana cane, drainage hole, drain tray
drainage hole, drain tray, city water: Florence, This plant should not be in front of a window. It should be in a pot with a drainage hole and drain tray. When you water it you should give it enough water so that all the soil in the pot is moist and some water drains into the drain tray. Then...

House Plants: massangeana, slow release fertilizer, mother plants
slow release fertilizer, mother plants, cane wood: Hello Nancy, The cane will continue to grow in height. The growth rate really depends on the amount of light it gets. In the summer fertilize about once a month when watering or you can use slow release fertilizer. Also, allow the top inch or so of soil...

House Plants: meallybug follow-up questions, predator insects, plants under stress
predator insects, plants under stress, organic hydroponics: Ben, These sites have lots of ideas for getting rid of bugs: http://www.mrgrow.com/content/pesttropical.htm http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05595.html http://www.ehow.com/how_9355_control-scale-insects.html This site sells predator...

House Plants: mealy bugs?, part rubbing alcohol, peace lily
part rubbing alcohol, peace lily, mealy bugs: Hi Andrea, I can help! 1. Your plant is probably a peace lily (Spathiphyllum). If you want to e-mail a photo to me at the address below my name, I can confirm this for you. 2. You have described mealybugs very well. That is exactly what your plant...

House Plants: mealy bugs, tiny crevices, mealy bugs
tiny crevices, mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol: Hi Andrea, I am sorry you are having such a problem with the mealybugs. Severe infestations often require multiple treatments. You can increase the strength of the alcohol by dluting it less; try a 3:1 ratio. Any mealybug that comes in contact with alcohol...

House Plants: mealy bugs, raspberry plant, systemic insecticide
raspberry plant, systemic insecticide, flowers and shrubs: Hi Sal, The yellow bumps on the underside of leaves are not mealy bugs, the only thing I can even think of is maybe scale insects but they would not turn color. A good option for you if you do not have any pets that may chew on your plants is a systemic...

House Plants: mealy bugs, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Judi, 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 nooks and crannies where leaves and stems...

House Plants: mealybugs on palms, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Bernie, Being the city dweller that I am, I am not quite sure I know what a pool room with salt water is. However, I will assume that it is an indoor space and reply accordingly. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are always more...

House Plants: mildew or mold, mineral salts, potting soil
mineral salts, potting soil, clay pot: Hi Patricia, If the white stuff is around the bottom three inches of the pot and the pot is terra cotta, then it is not mold or mildew. It is excess mineral salts that are leaching out of the soil and through the bottom walls of the pot. The excess mineral...

House Plants: mildew smell to soil, bright indirect light, christmas cactus
bright indirect light, christmas cactus, soil dries: Hi Val, I don t want to mislead you and have you think that I have a sure-fire cure for this problem. Holiday cactus roots do not tolerate constant wetness for extended periods of time because their roots soon start to rot. Extensive root rot is usually...

House Plants: minature ornamental orange tree, plant questions, orange tree
plant questions, orange tree, oranges: Hi Lorna, As long as there were no pesticides used on the soil or sprayed on the fruit, then the oranges are edible. However, if the oranges are miniature, then there is a good chance they will not taste very good. But, there is no harm in trying as long...

House Plants: my ming aralia, taking cuttings, root rot
taking cuttings, root rot, extra room: Marlie, My main suggestions would be to give it as much sun as possible, preferably full sun all day long. The more sun the plant gets the healthier the plants will be. This time of year give it minimal water. By minimal I mean not more than a quart of...

House Plants: ming aralia, ming aralia, dying leaves
ming aralia, dying leaves, root rot: Marlie, You said the plant sits near (but not in right next to) a sliding Arcadia door that is Northern exposure, it would be much better for the plant if you moved it next to a south facing window or even outside in full sun. This plant is a sun lover...

House Plants: ming tree, peat moss, sized pot
peat moss, sized pot, elbow room: Overwatering is often the answer in this department and VERY often when people have problems with Ming Aralias. Plant roots need Oxygen. Your Ming Tree -- Polyscias fruticosa to botanistsis -- is one of those plants that is hypersensitive to lack of...

House Plants: mini calla lilly plant, beautiful blooms, yellow leaves
beautiful blooms, yellow leaves, calla lily: Christie, How much sun is your calla lily getting? They love the sun and need as much as possible. It also needs to stay moist most of the time and be fertilized regularly. If you live where night temps are above 50 degrees it could stay outside in full...

House Plants: miniature pepper plants, pepper plants, pepper plant
pepper plants, pepper plant, green pepper: Megan, Pepper palnts need to be outdoors in full sun all day and need to be watered daily this time of year. It will grow new leaves but it has suffered a major setback. The red pepper is ripe and can be picked and used in cooking. It will be very hot....

House Plants: miniature roses, mini roses, miniature roses
mini roses, miniature roses, cut flowers: Hi Sirhcanna, Repotting was a mistake, but you probably would have been disappointed even if you had not repotted. Mini roses are hybrids that are forced into bloom out of season. The flowers last for only a short time and rarely flower ever again. Like...

House Plants: moisture eaters, dracaena janet craig, pothos ivy
dracaena janet craig, pothos ivy, tropical house plants: Mark, Most tropical house plants would be quite happy in your flat but they will not remove the excess moisture from the air. They would enjoy it but they do not remove it and only a few plants would be happy with the low light. Those that would are: Peace...

House Plants: mold on rooting plant/tree, range mountains, lemon trees
range mountains, lemon trees, green leaves: Alikos, You are welcome! You live where I think I would love to live someday in retirement. If I can afford it. I m so glad you learned a bit about propagation. It is best done in spring but can be attempted any time of year you decide to do some pruning...

House Plants: mold in the soil and jade plant question, mold spores, chemical fungicides
mold spores, chemical fungicides, jade plants: Hi Kathy, I am not in a position to recommend specific fungicides. I suggest that yo go to your local plant supplier or garden center and see what they have available. Read the labels carefully and look for something that has systemic properties, can be...

House Plants: mold on soil of peace lily plant, peace lily plant, peace lilly
peace lily plant, peace lilly, black leaves: Inabelle, I discovered the hard way that peace lillies shoud not go outside. The black leaves are the result of wind damage or cold night temps. Wind is very damaging to peace lillies and they can t stand temperatures below 60 degrees. Do not repot...

House Plants: mold on surface of soil, miracle gro fertilizer, potting soil
miracle gro fertilizer, potting soil, potting mix: Hi Luisa, For mold to form, there must be spores present in the soil. No doubt, the soil you used when you repotted contained the invisible spores. When the spores are exposed to moisture, then they start growing as mold. The mold will not harm your...

House Plants: mold, e mail address, bleach solution
e mail address, bleach solution, house plants: Hi Cathy, I am sorry you had trouble getting a photo to me. Just for clarification, my website is www.HorticulturalHelp.com and my e-mail address is wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Photos can be e-mailed to me at that address. I think I understand where...

House Plants: moldy soil, loose soil, fungal growth
loose soil, fungal growth, spores: Hi Liz, Mold is a type of fungus. It occurs when spores have contaminated the soil. Sometimes the mold doesn t show up for a long time until conditions are favorable. Mold does not usually harm plants. If the mold is limited to the surface of the soil,...

House Plants: my mom's cane plant, corn plants, tiny worms
corn plants, tiny worms, corn plant: Hi Gwen, Malathion is pretty potent stuff and when used as a soil drench it will probably kill the soil critters. These critters are not harming the plant so they can be left there without damage. More likely to damage the corn plant is the repotting....

House Plants: my money plant needs repotted, potting soil, drain tray
potting soil, drain tray, money plant: Marc, Because of the short days of winter this is not a good time to repot your tree. If you are going to repot your tree you need to be prepared to then keep a 100 watt flourescent light 6 inches above the tree turned on for 14 hours a day so the plants...

House Plants: money tree, soggy soil, mini blinds
soggy soil, mini blinds, floridata: Maria, http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/pach_aqu.cfm The above site has a lot of info about your tree. I suspect it needs both more light and more water. In nature it is a swamp tree used to growing in very soggy soil. You said it doesn t get any direct...

House Plants: money tree, aggie horticulture, money tree
aggie horticulture, money tree, darlene: Rosanna, I would definitely prune off the sucker growing off the base of the money tree. The one branch that is growing out long I would try air layering it off to turn it into a separate plant. Directions with pictures for that are at the following website:...

House Plants: money tree, warm temperatures, sunny location
warm temperatures, sunny location, money tree: Wanda, There is a good chance that the brown one is already dead but the green ones may come back if given a bright sunny location, warm temperatures and minimal water. Keep it almost dry. Give it only a cup of water at a time. Just enough that the soil...

House Plants: money tree, new leaves, tunks
new leaves, tunks, money tree: Tara, I imagine the trunks are shriveling because they lost all their leaves. If it was rot it would be soft and mushy. If it is shriveling it is just sort of drying up and wrinkling. Shriveling will not spread to the good tree. Just carefully cut the shriveled...

House Plants: money tree, drainage hole, adequate drainage
drainage hole, adequate drainage, drain tray: Brandy, You didn t mention the pot, does it have a drainage hole? Some pachira s are very sensitive about watering, they don t like to sit in a drain tray full of water but they don t like to dry out either. I had one that was like that and it is no longer...

House Plants: money tree, many roots, root rot
many roots, root rot, money tree: Hi Anna, I usually don t get plants that come in pots with pebbles glued inside the pot. They always turn into problems. What I have done with the few of these that I have had was to take a screwdriver and a hammer and very gently break the pebbles apart....

House Plants: money tree, money plants, outdoor trees
money plants, outdoor trees, money trees: Hi Brooks, In the last couple of years, the market has been flooded with money trees (Pachira aquatica). As part of the Feng Shui trend, they are a bit of a novelty plant without a long track record of success as an indoor plant. Many are being grown in...

House Plants: money tree, plant failure, money tree
plant failure, money tree, root rot: Hi Joan, I have to be honest with you, I loath plants that come with pebbles or anything glued on top of the soil. This usually causes several problems, one of which is not knowing when the plant needs to be watered. The pebbles glued together also prevent...

House Plants: money tree, sun location, money tree
sun location, money tree, new location: Based on your description, I suspect they are in shock and adjusting to the new location. When you move it is best to try to put plants in the same kind of lighting as they had before and also turned or oriented the same way as they were before, but of course...

House Plants: money tree, money tree, new leaves
money tree, new leaves, darlene: Katherine, You can either wire the branches together leaving the amout of space between them that should be there but so they can t sag any further with kind of a mesh of wire. It would be good to use a plastic coated wire so it will not dig into the bark....

House Plants: money tree care!!, bright indirect light, dry fertilizer
bright indirect light, dry fertilizer, money trees: Hi Olga, Money trees are all the rage right now. They come in a variety of forms and sizes and planter types. Some are good quality plants and others are not. All of this variation makes it difficult to determine just why yours is struggling. In general,...

House Plants: money tree dying..., new leaves, pot size
new leaves, pot size, money tree: Hi Brent, I cannot help you without some specific information from you about the available light, your watering practice, the plant and pot size, and whether you recently repotted the plant. I also need to know whether it is the new leaves or older (lower)...

House Plants: money tree - Pachira aquatica, money trees, pest infestation
money trees, pest infestation, indirect light: Diane, Please let me know what you found unclear in my reply and anything else that was lacking. Perhaps I can clarify it so you will feel more satisfied. Will Hi Diane, I know it is tempting to see a causal connection between your friends...

House Plants: money tree plant, pony tail holders, little pony
pony tail holders, little pony, root rot: Tanya, If they are having a tendency to come apart I would suggest you get one of the little pony tail holders that girls use for their hair (a color that matches the pot or your room) and wrap that at the top to hold it together, you now the stretchy kind...

House Plants: money tree plant, money tree pachira, bright indirect light
money tree pachira, bright indirect light, plant questions: Hi Laritza Money tree (Pachira aquatica) needs lots of bright indirect light, such as right in front of a north window. Allow the top quarter of the soil to dry before watering thoroughly. Keep it tightly repotted and don t make the common mistake of repotting...

House Plants: money tree / poisonous, money trees, infants and toddlers
money trees, infants and toddlers, oral stage: Hi Becky, There are no reports of Pachira aquatica (money tree) being toxic to pets or animals. However, this is a relatively new plant on the market, so the data may not be thorough. As a parent, I would advise that any plant is potentially toxic to...

House Plants: many money tree problems!, drainage holes, mold mildew
drainage holes, mold mildew, plastic pot: Vanessa, The only thing that will survive in a pot with no drainage holes in the bottom is water plants. It sat in a swamp for too long. Was it on the balcony? What direction does the balcony face? Set it on the balcony and do not water it until you see...

House Plants: money tree with root rot, soggy soil, plant failure
soggy soil, plant failure, inch pot: Honestly, Carrie. I think it is too late. At best, you might be able to salvage one or two stems, but the leaf growth will look weak and spindly. It is much more likely that the same soggy soil that has rotted the roots of the other stems is doing the same...

House Plants: money tree, tiny probes, scale insect
tiny probes, scale insect, pest sprays: Hi Gwen, I suspect that your Pachira has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. They resemble insects when they are babies, but they are smaller than a pinhead and very hard to see. When they find a suitable site, they insert their...

House Plants: monstera deliciosa, split leaf philodendron, genus monstera
split leaf philodendron, genus monstera, plant questions: Hi Becky, Plant names are often confusing. At one time Monstera deliciosa was thought to be a Philodendron. It was later determined to be a close relative of Philodendron, but a separate genus - Monstera. The common name, split leaf Philodendron lives...

House Plants: monstera deliciosa, brown leaf, leaf tips
brown leaf, leaf tips, new leaf: Hi Steven, It s hard for me to tell if your Monstera needs repotting. It might helpo me if I saw a photo e-mailed to me at the address below. In general, it should be watered thoroughly (until water runs through the drainage holes) as soon as the top...

House Plants: moses-in-a-boat, invasive species specialist group, forest understory
invasive species specialist group, forest understory, botany dept: Univ of Oklahoma Botany Dept Plant of the Week page(http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week248.shtml) and Univ of Fla Coop Ext s flyer (http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/RHOSPAA.PDF) on this charming ( Rhoeo spathacea or more recently Tradescantia spathacea ...

House Plants: moses in a boat...., spider plant, grandmothers
spider plant, grandmothers, seeds: Hi Danielle, You will need to allow the seeds to dry and plant them in soil. These seeds don t store very well so you will need to plant them as soon as they are ready. I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information please...

House Plants: moses in the bullrushes, moses in the bullrushes, rhoeo
moses in the bullrushes, rhoeo, google: Toot, Go to the following address and look at the 3rd and 4th pictures. That is Rhoeo or Moses in the Bullrushes. If you can t get to that website for some reason then send me your email address and I will email you the pictures. Do you have one? Or are...

House Plants: moses in the cradle/boat, moses in the cradle, cradle boat
moses in the cradle, cradle boat, house plants: Hi there, The east window light should be fine. There are two possible reasons why the leaves are spotting and dying. First, if your local tap water is on the hard or alkaline side, then switch to filtered, distilled or rainwater. Second, you may...

House Plants: mother's day garden, paulownia tree company, traditional chinese symbol
paulownia tree company, traditional chinese symbol, dragon tree: The Dragon Tree, aka the Sapphire Dragon Tree ( Pawlonia kawakamii to botanists), is a traditional Chinese symbol of good luck. Writes the Paulownia Tree Company on its website (http://www.dragontrees.com/dragonhi.html), In Japan when a girl child is born...

House Plants: my mother in law plant is turning yellow, soil dries, mother in law
soil dries, mother in law, creed: Hi Gina, The one thing that this plant cannot tolerate is soil that is kept moist. It must dry out completely between waterings or the roots will rot and the leaves will turn yellow and die. In most cases, this plant will go a month or more between waterings....

House Plants: mother-in-law plant, drain tray, glass fish
drain tray, glass fish, shallow glass: Pam, It is an indication that it is getting too much water. This plant needs to be in a pot with a drain hole and a drain tray. It needs to be bone dry for at least 2 days between waterings. You need to water it thoroughly then an hour after you water you...

House Plants: mothers-in-laws tounge, pam pam, mother in laws tongue
pam pam, mother in laws tongue, indirect lighting: Pam, If the light is bright enough for you to read without turning a light on for at least a few hours at midday then it is bright enough for sansevieria which is the latin name for Mother in laws tongue. Indirect light is fine, it does not like full sun....

House Plants: moths ?, fungus gnats, fruit flies
fungus gnats, fruit flies, potted plants: Hi Steve, If the flying critters are small and black they are either fruit flies or fungus gnats. The former gather around ripe fruit whereas the latter swarm around plants. If they are small and white, then they may be whiteflies that gather on certain...

House Plants: moving house plants, western windows, house plants
western windows, house plants, flourescent lights: Geri, You are moving at a good time, your plants are preparing for less light due to the fall and winter shorter day cycle. First I would reccomend not using any window treatments on the plant windows. Mirrors under the plants to reflect the light back...

House Plants: moving houseplants back into the house, unwanted bugs, move plants
unwanted bugs, move plants, house plants: Hi Linda, Prior to moving your plants back inside for the long winter, it is best to perform the following tasks: ·Inspect your plants for pests on the foliage and in the soil. Treat any pests before you move the plants inside. A good shower with a garden...

House Plants: moving large ficus lyrata, ficus lyrata, leaf loss
ficus lyrata, leaf loss, plant questions: Hi Valerie, Temps as low as 55 degrees are fine for Ficus lyrata. However, sharp blasts of frigid air from doors that open from the outside to the lobby could cause cold damage to a Ficus lyrata. That may not be the situation in your office building lobby,...

House Plants: moving a plant, leaving louisiana, cherimoyas
leaving louisiana, cherimoyas, indoor plants: Hi Nadine, I just realized that I misread your questions - thinking it was 6-feet tall, not 6-inches, as you stated. Needless to say, a van will not be necessary to move your plant! All of the information about protecting it from cold is still applicable....

House Plants: moving, african violets, light spectrum
african violets, light spectrum, indoor lighting: Hello Jean, If any of the windows in your basement apt have good eastern exposure, that is, sunlight from early morning to midday, then that would be just about perfect for your violets. That is, of course, if you can position your plants so that they are...

House Plants: multiple question on sick houseplants, rubber tree plant, indoor plants
rubber tree plant, indoor plants, silly thing: Hi Crystal, It is best if you only ask one question at a time on this site. Your rubber tree needs more water. When you water, always water thoroughly so that the entire rootball is saturated. That would be more than 1/3 of a cup of water. And it must...

House Plants: mums, inch pot, biger
inch pot, biger, darlene: Mary, You really need to plant them in the ground outside so they can go dormant and come back up next year and bloom again. If you just set them outside in the pot and it freezes in your area the roots will freeze and they will die. If you keep them indoors...

House Plants: mushrooms in soil, mushroom spores, loose soil
mushroom spores, loose soil, sure what kind: Hi Rendel, Mushrooms are a fungus that are harmless to your plant. The soil that you used was contaminated with mushroom spores. The moderately low light and damp soil have made for a good environment for the mushrooms to grow. To get rid of them, scrape...

House Plants: mushrooms, inches centimeters, top soil
inches centimeters, top soil, air circulation: Hi Sophia, The mushrooms are harmless to you and the plant. However, you should not eat them and toddlers should not be allowed to put them in their mouths. Mushrooms occur when the spores are in the soil. That doesn t usually occur with good quality...

House Plants: mystery house plant...trying to identify, google image search, mother plant
google image search, mother plant, dracaena: Donna, It is a croton. It is tropical and needs to stay above 50 degrees. If it is put outdoors in a sunny location for the summer it will get red and yellow in the leaves. In far southern states it can be planted in the ground. In the north it has to be...

House Plants: mystery plant, epiphyllum oxypetalum, mystery plant
epiphyllum oxypetalum, mystery plant, night blooming cereus plant: Rob, It is a night blooming cereus plant or Epiphyllum oxypetalum. It is a tropical plant, originally from Mexico. As the name implies it only blooms at night and the bloom only lasts one night. I have had a plant for several years and it has bloomed 4...

House Plants: NAME OF HOUSE PLANT WRONG, schefflera arboricola, wondering what type
schefflera arboricola, wondering what type, uiuc edu: Jennifer, Your plant is an schefflera arboricola. For care info check out these websites: http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/arboricola.htm http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/houseplants/types/schefflera.html They like lots of light and like to dry out...

House Plants: Name of House Plant, google website, angelwing
google website, angelwing, fragrence: Ellen, It sounds like a begonia but I m not sure which one, maybe an angelwing. If you send me a picture to Plantlady6@aol.com I can tell you for sure. Otherwise you can check out this Google website and maybe identify it yourself. http://images.google.com/images?q=begonias&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi...

House Plants: Name of a Plant, purplesage, papr
purplesage, papr, sun light: Robert, Are you talking about Night Blooming Cereus? Here are some sites with more info about this plant and pictures: http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/july/papr/nbcereus.html http://www.bol.ucla.edu/~rfovell/cereus.html http://www.purplesage.org.uk/profiles/cereus.htm...

House Plants: Name of plant, mother in laws tongue, lily family
mother in laws tongue, lily family, hi mike: Hi Mike, The correct botanical name is Sansevieria trifasciata. It is in the Lily family. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC You can E-mail me directly...

House Plants: Name of plant, and care of plant, uk plants, potting soil
uk plants, potting soil, echeveria: Juanita, Your echeveria is a succulent and can only be planted outdoors if you live where it never gets below 40 degrees farenheit. It should be planted in soil that is half sand and half potting soil. It should get as much sun as possible,but if you put...

House Plants: Name of a plant, dracaena marginata, internet service provider
dracaena marginata, internet service provider, experiencing technical difficulties: Hi Corey, I apologize for the delayed reply; my internet service provider was experiencing technical difficulties for the past three days! The plant in the photo that you sent me is a Dracaena marginata. It is not considered to be poisonous, if that...

House Plants: Native Arizona plants and shrubs, english style garden, plants and shrubs
english style garden, plants and shrubs, native wildflowers: Sandy, It sounds to me like you are on the right track but you might want to talk to the experts on Perennial gardening. Go to all experts, then click on home and garden, then click on gardening under gardening, then click on Perennials. They should be...

House Plants: Nats, types of house plants, wet soils
types of house plants, wet soils, soil ph: 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. after that...

House Plants: Natural/homemade leaf cleaner, liquid dish soap, mineral stains
liquid dish soap, mineral stains, african violets: Hi Johanna, Any substance that has oil, fat, or grease in it could be used to bring out the lustre in plants with hard leaves, such as Schefflera. It is the fat in the whole milk that works; fat-free milk will not work as well. I like to use a little...

House Plants: Naval Orange tree, hand pollination, orange tree
hand pollination, orange tree, bird feather: Brian, It is probably a two fold problem. It needs more sun to produce fruit and better pollination. I suggest that you get it outdoors in the spring and that will solve both problems. It is possible to polinate flowers with a bird feather but I have not...

House Plants: NEGLECTED BAMBOO PLANT, rhapis excelsa, lady palm
rhapis excelsa, lady palm, city of newark: Deidre, What you have is a very slow growing Lady Palm, usually grown outdoors in the deep south. In your area it could go outdoors for the summer. It should be in a sandy fast draining soil. If it were mine I would buy distilled water to water it with...

House Plants: Neanthe Bella Palm, bright indirect light, neanthe bella palm
bright indirect light, neanthe bella palm, inch pot: Hi David, Neanthe bella palms are quite particular about their water requirements. If you let the soil get too dry or keep it too moist, some of the stems will turn brown and dry quite quickly. Those stems will not recover so it is best to remove them....

House Plants: Neanthe Bella Palms???, soil composition, pot size
soil composition, pot size, moist soil: Hi Kayla, For someone experienced enough to be taking care of plants in a hotel, you should know that no one can tell you how often to water without your indicating all of the relevant factors that I listed. That is what I was reacting to. Allow the...

House Plants: Need to find out what kind of plant this is, corn plant, dracaena
corn plant, dracaena, darlene: Marilee, It is a dracaena massangeana, commonly known as a corn plant. The sites below have more info or if you have a specific question feel free to write again. I sent some links to websites with more info in response to your private email. Darlene...

House Plants: Need to find the name of a plant, plant questions, tillandsia
plant questions, tillandsia, creed: Hi Wayde, The only plant that comes to mind is the Tillandsia, which is sometimes called an air plant because of its ability to live a long time with little or no water. However, there are many other plants that have dormant periods during which they...

House Plants: Need help to identify two house plants, yucca cane, new leaves
yucca cane, new leaves, lowes: Hi Jennifer, Thanks for the photos, Your larger plant is a Yucca cane. It certainly looks healthy in the photo. The dying of some lower leaves is normal and not of particular concern as long as it is getting a comparable number of healthy new leaves...

House Plants: Need help identifying plant....so I can care for it properly., leaf buds, leaf bud
leaf buds, leaf bud, mature plants: Hi Misty, I think you may have a plant commonly called pregnant plant or mother of thousands. Its botanical name is Kalanchoe daigremontiana. I would be happy to receive your photos at me address below. With the photos I can positively ID your plant...

House Plants: Need Identification and Care Instructions, house plant, lowes
house plant, lowes, barbs: Denise, From your description I cannot identify your tree. The scan of the leaves might help. A picture would also help. Email those to Plantlady6@aol.com. I would also encourage you to call Lowes and ask to speak to the Garden center or House Plant...

House Plants: Neoregelia Carolinae Bromeliad, rain water, bromeliads
rain water, bromeliads, windowsill: Hi June, The flowers of Neoregelia are not very prominent and they do not extend out of the vase as happens with other Bromeliads. The flowers should last for a couple of weeks before they start to fade. If they die back prematurely, it may be due to inadequate...

House Plants: Neoregelia "Raphael", dry soil, neoregelia
dry soil, neoregelia, office environments: HiTambra, Unfortunately, the instructions you received are based on out-dated information. While it is OK to keep water in Bromeliad cups in greenhouses where there is really good light and air circulation, it is not a good idea for Bromeliads in home or...

House Plants: Nerium oleander - treated for mites but dying anyway., red spider mites, soil level
red spider mites, soil level, terracotta pot: Narelle, I suspect the problem is not really the insects but with very poor watering practices while you are away. Spider mites and aphids tend to attack plants that are under stress. I would first try unpotting some of your other plants and inspecting...

House Plants: New Aloe Plant, aloe plant, medicinal purposes
aloe plant, medicinal purposes, elementary teacher: I want to clarify the terminology here, A cutting refers to a portion of a stem that is cut off and then rooted in moist soil or water. With an Aloe, you don t actually cut the stems. Rather, you remove the baby plantlets, called offsets, to propagate...

House Plants: New Corn plants have brown spots on tips of leaves, corn plants dracaena, potting soil
corn plants dracaena, potting soil, massangeana: Hi Michele, Thanks for the great photos and the very helpful information. Now I can help you. Your plants are not getting enough light. Light intensify drops off dramatically with distance from the light source. Ten feet is about the farthest away from...

House Plants: New ficus trees indoors, ficus trees, larvae feed
ficus trees, larvae feed, scale insects: Hi Kimberly, Your description doesn t quite fit with any of the common pests found on Ficus trees that are kept inside. The little black things might be the fecal deposits from thrips, but the rest of your description does not match. I am wondering if these...

House Plants: New Plants, nooks and crannies, plant pests
nooks and crannies, plant pests, spider mites: Hi Nana, The spreading of plant pests from one plant to another is often exaggerated. It can and does happen, but not nearly as easily or as often as is commonly believed. Isolating a new plant for a period of time does not guarantee protection. Many...

House Plants: Night Blooming Cereus, night blooming cereus, fruit type
night blooming cereus, fruit type, plant questions: Hi B.J. Your plant is known botanically as Hylocereus undatus. Congratulations on your obvious success with it. Twenty years and 30 blooms is quite an accomplishment! The pod that you have is the plant s fruit. It is not edible, as far as I know. The...

House Plants: Night Blooming Cereus, terra cotta pot, night blooming cereus
terra cotta pot, night blooming cereus, god bless our troops: Hi Linda, Of course, I would have to see a photo of your plant to know for sure, but a larger pot is rarely the solution for a tipping plant. If the plant AND its pot are both falling over, then the solution may be to but the existing pot inside a larger...

House Plants: Night Blooming Jasmine plant, night blooming jasmine plant, night blooming jasmine
night blooming jasmine plant, night blooming jasmine, e mail: Hi Judy, Are you keeping your Cestrum nocturnum indoors? If so, it will not bloom easily as it requires a lot of light all day long. It must also be kept very tightly potted and given a rest period in the winter. This plant is usually grown in greenhouses...

House Plants: Night-blooming Cereus, elderly neighbor, night blooming cereus
elderly neighbor, night blooming cereus, kinds of stems: Hi Lynn, Congratulations are your obvious success with this gorgeous flowering plant! There are no particular rules or best methods for pruning your Epiphyllum. As you know, they grow different kinds of stems that shoot in all directions. You can cut...

House Plants: Night-blooming Cereus, dormant winter period, bright indirect light
dormant winter period, bright indirect light, flower bud: Hi Cricket, Good to hear from you! You have acquired a plant out of my past. I grew several of them back when I had a rooftop lean-to greenhouse in mid-Manhattan. This is a difficult plant to bloom, but when it does, it is like no other flower I have...

House Plants: NORFOLK PINE PROBLEM, drainage holes, norfolk pine
drainage holes, norfolk pine, summer sun: Hi Donna, I am not sure what advice of mine you read, but it might not be applicable. How tall is your pine? What is the diameter of the inside of the pot? Does it have drainage holes? When was it last repotted? Please describe which branches have...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, full spectrum light, full spectrum light bulb
full spectrum light, full spectrum light bulb, sliding glass doors: Hi Leslie, I am sorry I didn t hear from you sooner. Your NIP is not getting enough light. The full spectrum light bulb is not providing nearly enough light even if it were closer to the tree and on for at least 8 hours. Your tree really needs to be...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, norfolk island pine, norfolk pines
norfolk island pine, norfolk pines, potting soil: Hi Kasey, It is almost never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant. Not only does it probably not need to be repotted, but repotting adds to the adjustment stress that the plant is already coping with as a result of being moved to a new environment....

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, norfolk island pines, norfolk island pine
norfolk island pines, norfolk island pine, spider mites: Hi Bea, The plant could be either light stressed or water stressed. Revaluate the way your water your plants, Do you overwater? Underwater? Norfolk Island pines need bright light but no direct sunlight. Also check for insects as that is a likely cause for...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, norfolk island pines, norfolk island pine
norfolk island pines, norfolk island pine, norfolk pine: Hi Bonnie, Norfolk Island pines are slow growers when grown indoors in moderate light. If you move it outside (not something I recommend, but an option in SoCal), then it will grow much faster and larger. Keeping it in its existing pot will also help...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, interior landscaper, dry needles
interior landscaper, dry needles, norfolk island pine: Hi Mary Jo, I am sorry to inform you that dry air is not the cause of the drying out of your Norfolk pine and that misting is not going to help. I wish it were that simple. The light you described is good as long as your NIP is very close to the east...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, drainage holes, norfolk island pine
drainage holes, norfolk island pine, plant questions: Hi Kensie, My intent was not to replace wet soil with dry soil. I was trying to get you to remove the excess soil and return it to its original pot without adding any new soil. Please explain to me exactly what you did and, in particular, what size pot...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, consistent shape, norfolk island pine
consistent shape, norfolk island pine, space reasons: Walter, Yes it will stress it. The only pruning that should be done is snipping off brown tips and dead branches. Brown tips will never turn back to green, and unfortunately, once they have turned brown, growth will stop from that point. Any other pruning...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine changing colors?, terra cotta pot, norfolk island pine
terra cotta pot, norfolk island pine, needle loss: Hi Jo Ann, If it is just the tips of the newest fronds that are yellowing, then I suspect that water quality may be the problem. If your local tap water is on the hard side, then switch to distilled, filtered or rainwater. New growth on Norfolk pines...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine-crispy, norfolk island pine, soil moisture
norfolk island pine, soil moisture, baseboard heater: Hi Jean, I doubt that cold or low humidity are the cause of the problem. The light seems about right. That leaves soil moisture and root damage as the likely source of the problem. If the soil gets too dried out, even once, the needles will dry up and...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine houseplant, norfolk island pine, christmases
norfolk island pine, christmases, e mail: Hi Jeanne, Any needles that are brown and/or dry will never recover. Eventually they will fall off on their own. The plant will not be affected one way or the other if you leave them on or remove them. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or...

House Plants: Norfolk Island Pine, bright indirect light, norfolk island pine
bright indirect light, norfolk island pine, heat vent: Hi Margaret, Once the needles on a branch become dry and brittle, they rarely recover. Norfolk pines do not adapt easily to new environments. Once they do adapt, they can live a long time indoors. If you or the retailer repotted your plant, then that...

House Plants: Norfolk Island pine, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, norfolk island pine: Hi Bonnie, You did succeed with the photo. I can see from the photo that your pine has 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...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk island pines, bright indirect light
norfolk island pines, bright indirect light, dry needles: Hi Liz, Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) are tropical evergreens that will not survive temps below freezing, so you will have to keep it indoors for most of the year. If you do move it outside on your deck during the warmer months, then be...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk pine, e mail
norfolk pine, e mail, creed: Hi Pati, Occasionally, a Norfolk pine will push up a new stem from the soil, but that is quite unusual. The plant can survive for quite sometime without a growing tip, but not forever. But it sounds like yours has other problems as well. Perhaps it is time...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk pine, plant questions
norfolk pine, plant questions, extreme heat: Hi Rhonda, That is quite unusual for one side of a Norfolk pine to dry up while then other side remains healthy. This is usually because the one side has been exposed to extreme heat or extreme temps. Unfortunately, stems and branches that have gone...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk island pine, norfolk pine
norfolk island pine, norfolk pine, plant questions: Hi Kim, A Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) cannot tolerate below freezing temps, so I don t think it will survive your Arkansas winters outside. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions about caring...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk island pines, bright indirect light
norfolk island pines, bright indirect light, dry needles: Hi Liz, Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) are tropical evergreens that cannot survive freezing temps. That means you will have to keep yours indoors for most of the year. If you decide to move it outside during the warmer months, then be sure...

House Plants: Can a Norfolk Pine that has..., norfolk pines, norfolk pine
norfolk pines, norfolk pine, mid 20: Hi there, Norfolk pines will not withstand freezing temps. They are safe outside only in south Florida. Sorry. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk pine, norfolk pines
norfolk pine, norfolk pines, nursery grower: Hi Laura, I wasn t able to find the comment that I wrote in August, so I am not sure just what I wrote or in what context. Like most plants, Norfolk pines are adaptable to a range of light. In their native habitat they grow in full direct sun. I have...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, pot size, norfolk pine
pot size, norfolk pine, size container: Hi David, Here is the best rule of thumb for when to repot to a larger size: Wait until your plant dries out enough to need a thorough watering within 3 days of the previous thorough watering. If it can go more than 3 days without water, then there...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, scale insects, norfolk pines
scale insects, norfolk pines, norfolk pine: Hi Katie, Sometimes Norfolk Pines develop a grayish film on the needles. This is harmless and not a cause for concern. If the whitish substance has a cotton-like texture, then it is mealybugs. If the substance is grayish and has a slightly raised hard surface,...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, norfolk pine, norfolk pines
norfolk pine, norfolk pines, marsha: Hi Marsha, Thanks for the photo, but it was too small for me to see much detail. However, your description is good enough for me to tell you that the Norfolk Pine is beyond recovery. Once all of the branches have dried and become hard and brittle, there...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, inch pot, watering plants
inch pot, watering plants, norfolk pine: Karen, This is the best time of year for repotting any plants, never repot in the fall. You should only repot this plant (and most other houseplants) if you want it to grow larger. If you decide to go ahead and repot it do not go to a pot larger than a...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, peace lily, african violet
peace lily, african violet, norfolk pine: Hi Shannon, Yes, the Norfolk pine produces new growth only at the top. Once a branch or frond has fully developed, it does not grow any more, even if its tip is pruned. There are many indoor plants that cannot be pruned with the intention of getting...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine getting too big, norfolk pine, cold winters
norfolk pine, cold winters, sugestion: Hi Missy, Congratulations on your well-cared for Norfolk pine. You could divide the two plants or you could cut down the taller one. Division is a tricky surgical procedure and can jeopradize both plants, so that would not be my first choice. Another...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine branch growth, norfolk pine, growth hormones
norfolk pine, growth hormones, plant questions: Hi Diana, That is quite unusual. But so is a 35 year old NIP houseplant! For some reason the growth hormones are being redirected to the middle of the affected branches. It may be environmental or it may be a genetic aberration. But certainly this is...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine problem, potting soil mix, earthenware pot
potting soil mix, earthenware pot, terra cotta pot: Hi Kathleen, I am concerned that your Norfolk pine may be suffering from rotting roots. A pot that is too large, soil that is too heavy, inadequate light, and weekly watering all contribute to roots that are surrounded by very moist soil almost constantly....

House Plants: Norfolk Pine is sick, poor soil quality, dead christmas
poor soil quality, dead christmas, norfolk pines: Hi Joann, Once the first trunk goes, the second is almost sure to follow. That is because both are living in the same environment and are affected more or less the same. Most likely it is a root-related problem. Keeping the soil too moist, repotting...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine transplanting, norfolk pine, outdoor plants
norfolk pine, outdoor plants, shady area: Hi Rebecca, I am sorry, but your question is outside my area of expertise. I only work with indoor potted houseplants. Transplanting outdoor plants requires very different techniques. I suggest you try someone with outdoor gardening expertise. Regards,...

House Plants: Norfolk Pine, slow release fertilizer, norfolk pines
slow release fertilizer, norfolk pines, plastic pot: Hi Rebecca, Overgrown Norfolk pines are a problem because pruning does not produce side or lower growth. New growth is always at the top. Pruning off the growing tip will not produce new growth further down, it will just keep it from growing taller. ...

House Plants: Norfolk Plant Pine tree, norfolk pine tree, norfolk island pines
norfolk pine tree, norfolk island pines, bright indirect light: Hi Mitchell, Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) are notoriously finicky plants until they are well established and acclimated to their environment. If the light, water, soil and fertilizer are not just right, then the needled branches will turn...

House Plants: Norfolk pine, sized pot, control soil
sized pot, control soil, norfolk pines: Hi Jan, It is not clear to me whether it is only the smaller plants that you separated that are faring poorly or the original one as well. Norfolk pines do not like to have their roots disturbed. For sure they are reacting to that. Plant division and...

House Plants: Norfolk pine, norfork pine, sized pot
norfork pine, sized pot, norfolk pine: Hi Geri, Loss of lower limbs is a generic symptom that has several possible causes. First, make sure that your Norfolk pine has enough light. It must be very close to a bright window that is uncovered throughout the daylight hours. If you moved it...

House Plants: Norfolk pine pruning, norfolk pines, norfolk pine
norfolk pines, norfolk pine, indoor plants: Hi Ron, A Norfolk pine has a single growing tip. Once it is pruned off or damaged, then all new growth ceases. This can also sometimes shorten the lifespan of the tree. This is a problem with Norfolk pines as indoor plants as they eventually outgrow...

House Plants: Norfolk pine separation, norfolk pine, e mail
norfolk pine, e mail, creed: Hi Nancy, Theoretically, it is possible to divide the rootball and separate the plants. However, this would very likely stress the plants and cause sever damage. I do not recommend doing it for that reason. Beyond that, there is no good reason to separate...

House Plants: Norfolk pine, norfolk pine, norfolk pines
norfolk pine, norfolk pines, desperate measure: Hi Sharon, The pot is way too big for a Norfolk pine that size. The extra soil that is filling the large pot is retaining moisture for too long and is causing the roots to gradually rot. That is why the lower branches have been dying off. Unfortunately,...

House Plants: Norlfolk Pine, african violets, loose limbs
african violets, loose limbs, proper measures: Joan, I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. My computer was affected this past week by a thunderstorm, and had to be disk cleaned . I appreciate your question, but I ordinarily handle questions regarding African Violets. (Refer to my Bio...

House Plants: North Fork Pine, norfolk island pine, water pot
norfolk island pine, water pot, pot size: Hi Connie, Yellowing fronds on a Norfolk Island pine is a generic symptom with several possible causes, including improper watering and inadequate light. I can only determine what you are doing wrong by knowing what you are doing in regard to light,...

House Plants: North Fork Pine, norfolk pine tree, drain hole
norfolk pine tree, drain hole, fronds: Connie, How tall is your Norfolk Pine tree? What is the diameter of the pot it is in? Does the pot have a drain hole in the bottom? Are all the fronds turning yellow or just a few on the bottom? Let me know and I will be able to better advise you. You can...

House Plants: Northfork pine, pot size, plant questions
pot size, plant questions, nutrient deficiency: Hi Susan, It is normal for NIP s to lose lower branches as they age and add new ones on top. However, they should add as many as they lose and apparently that has not happened with yours. Unfortunately, something as simple as fertilizer is not the answer....

House Plants: name for house plant, jungle areas, umbrella plant
jungle areas, umbrella plant, umbrella tree: Rebecca, I am so sorry for whatever reason you did not receive my reply. I sent it over a week ago via the AllExperts website. Actually, I received several emails this a.m. from folks just like yourself who had not gotten answers. Whatever happened I am...

House Plants: name a plant, mistletoe cactus, old mans head
mistletoe cactus, old mans head, spider plant: Hi Lilly I think your plant may be a Rhipsalis capilliformis or R. baccifera. It goes under several common names such as Old man’s head or Mistletoe cactus. Of course without a photo, I cannot be sure. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or...

House Plants: what is the name of this plant?, burle marx, prayer plants
burle marx, prayer plants, ctenanthe: Hi Becky, I found your question in our question pool and thought I might be able to help. The plant is a Ctenanthe Burle Marx . It belongs to the Maranta family (Prayer Plants are the most commonly known members of the Maranta family) and is considered...

House Plants: What is the name of my plant?, longs drug store, longs store
longs drug store, longs store, house plants: Shaunamarie, Check out the following sites and let me know if that is your plant. http://davesgarden.com/pdb/go/752/// http://davesgarden.com/pdb/showimage/15008/ http://www.thegardenhelper.com/hypoestes.html Also let me know any questions...

House Plants: name of plants and care, thin stalks, thick stack
thin stalks, thick stack, corn plant: Hi Bev, Your brief descriptions seem to hone in on the salient characteristics so I am quite sure that your plants are Dracaena massangeana cane (corn plant) and Dracaena marginata. Please confirm these ID s by finding images online. Then I will provide...

House Plants: Can you name these, desert plant, rooting hormone
desert plant, rooting hormone, lowes: Tae, The tips are turning brown because this is a desert plant and does not like too much water. Yes, I would get some rooting hormone at a garden center like Walmart, Lowes, Buiders Square, etc, then dip the cut end into the rooting hormone and insert...

House Plants: nats in houseplant soil, fungus gnats, bamboo skewer
fungus gnats, bamboo skewer, drain tray: Mary, You are still overwatering the plants. Alcohol in the soil will only help if you stop overwatering the plants. When you water a plant you need to empty the drain tray of all excess water & alcohol an hour after you water it then you do not water the...

House Plants: nats in plant, turkey baster, fungus gnats
turkey baster, fungus gnats, soil mix: Linda, They are fungus gnats and the larval stage of fungus gnats. They are there because the plant is being overwatered. Even when the surface of the soil feels dry there is a lot of moisture lower in the pot. The ultimate solution is to allow the...

House Plants: I need help, schefflera arboricola, wikipedia
schefflera arboricola, wikipedia, leafs: Trish, I beleive that your plant is a Schefflera arboricola, you can confirm that by looking at the pictures at this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schefflera_arboricola In what way is it not doing well? Describe to me what is wrong with it. If...

House Plants: need help with dieing domestic pine, norfolk island pine, plastic pot
norfolk island pine, plastic pot, e mail: Hi Jodi, There is only one evergreen that will survive indoors and that is the Norfolk Island pine. I need to be sure that is what you have. I also need a photo to better understand the symptoms you are describing. Please e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com....

House Plants: I need help identifying a houseplant, aglaonema, leaf characteristics
aglaonema, leaf characteristics, hybrid varieties: Hi Denise, Both Aglaonema and Spathiphyllum have dozens of hybrid varieties, each with different leaf characteristics. Although there a few variegated Spathiphyllum varieties, most are all-green, so I suspect yours is an Aglaonema hybrid. Both have somewhat...

House Plants: Care of a Spathiphyllum, flower water, plant questions
flower water, plant questions, indirect light: I have written an article on the care of Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) that I will email to you or anyone else who is interested. But here are the basics. Provide lots of bright, but indirect light. Keep it tightly potted if you want it to flower. Water...

House Plants: need help identifying plant, corn plant dracaena, bright indirect light
corn plant dracaena, bright indirect light, dracaena marginata: Hi Brian It sounds to me as if you have a type of a Dracaena. There are a couple of different types; *****Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans-‘Massangeana ): Semi resembles a corn stalk, thick stalk with dark green glossy shoots with stripes of yellow that...

House Plants: need to identify plant, false aralia, bright indirect light
false aralia, bright indirect light, plant questions: Hi Judy, Thanks for the photos. Your plant is a False Aralia. Its botanical name is Schefflera elegantissima, although in some places it is still listed as Dizygotheca elegantissima. It is a tropical plant and should remain potted and indoors. Disturb...

House Plants: need identity of plant, aechmea fasciata, soil type
aechmea fasciata, soil type, bromeliad: Hi Lorna, Your plant may be a bromeliad, specifically an Aechmea fasciata. If that is not what you have, please e-mail me a photo or tell me how yours differs from the Aechmea, providing as much detail as possible. If it is what you have, let me now...

House Plants: need info. on the ZZ plant, zamioculcas zamiifolia, zz plant
zamioculcas zamiifolia, zz plant, wal mart: Mary, Zamioculcas zamiifolia is the latin name for your ZZ plant. It will survive in just about any light except total darkness. If you re the type of person that enjoys houseplants but doesn t have a lot of luck growing them get a ZZ plant. It s as close...

House Plants: need input on low/med light plants, schefflera arboricola, medium light plants
schefflera arboricola, medium light plants, vining plant: Hi Jason, I hope that your assessment of the available light is accurate because light is the most important consideration in plant selection. In my experience, most people tend to overestimate the brightness of the light that they have. If you would...

House Plants: what do I need to do with molded soil, fungus spores, insect eggs
fungus spores, insect eggs, excess minerals: Hi Glenda, It is unlikely that you have insect eggs in your soil. Many soil mixes contain tiny round pellets of fertilizer that are frequently mistaken for insect or spider eggs. Mushrooms or soil mold comes from fungus spores in the soil. They thrive...

House Plants: what do i need to do to get..., e mail address, rubber tree plant
e mail address, rubber tree plant, 4 leaves: Hi Penni, Rubber trees have fairly thick stems so their cuttings do not root as readily as cuttings from other plants. Use a tip cutting that has no more than 4 leaves. Insert the cutting in damp potting mix and place cutting and pot inside of a clear...

House Plants: needing info, drainage hole, drain tray
drainage hole, drain tray, water soluable: Wanda, It likes lots of sun, it would even do well outside in a semi sunny place. It needs to be in a pot with a drainage hole and a drain tray. When you water it give it enough water so all the soil in the pot is moist and some water goes in the drain...

House Plants: new ficus problems, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, brown leaves: Hi Sarah, That s good that the windows wrap around the corner, so we can at least rule out light as a problem - almost. The top of the tree is not going to get enough light. Ideally the top of the tree should be about a foot below the top of the window....

House Plants: new foliage black and deformed, gallon pot, mineral salts
gallon pot, mineral salts, shefflera: Hi David, Darkened new growth usually indicates root rot, but given the healthy new growth you have had since you repotted, I doubt that is the case. However, you should check to make sure that there is no accumulation of water in the lower portion of the...

House Plants: My new friend- A ming plant, bright indirect light, sized pot
bright indirect light, sized pot, plant questions: Hi Vern, Ming aralias are one of my favorites, as well. First, it is important that it gets enough light. It should be within a few feet of a window so that it can get very bright indirect light for most of the day with some direct sun for a few hours...

House Plants: how to get new growth on a yucca cane?, yucca cane, e mail
yucca cane, e mail, creed: Hi there, If all of the leaves on a cane have died, that means that particular cane is dead. This often happens with the lowest of the canes. All you can do is wait until the cane is loose enough to pull it out and remove it. A note of caution, the condition...

House Plants: new houseplant care, yellow leaves, new leaves
yellow leaves, new leaves, houseplant care: Hi Holly, Like many plants, Pothos do produce yellow leaves in response to a major change in their environment. The light outside on a covered patio is brighter than indoor light. You should expect some of the older leaves to yellow as the plant gradually...

House Plants: new houseplant never had this one before, aloe vera plants, tiny buds
aloe vera plants, tiny buds, bark chips: Hi Letisa, The first thing you should do is to resist the temptation to repot them and replace the soil. Although the soil may look strange to you, the chances are it is the nursery-supplied soil that is suited for those particular plants. For example,...

House Plants: new ivy, hedera ivy, spider mites
hedera ivy, spider mites, pot size: Hi Amy, I am going to assume that by ivy, you mean English or Hedera ivy and not Philodendron or Pothos. The latter two are often mistakenly called ivy, so I want to be sure. The information I am providing here is for a Hedera ivy. Hederas don t thrive...

House Plants: new leaves of Kentia palm dying, kentia palms, plastic pot
kentia palms, plastic pot, inevitable death: Hi Anna, Kentia palms have a single growing tip. When it dies, then there can be no future growth. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to correct and and apparently that has happened with your palm. Why did it happen? I suspect a combination...

House Plants: new leaves turning black, scheffleras, schefflera plant
scheffleras, schefflera plant, followup question: Gerri, It could be a root problem. Take it out of the pot and see. If the roots are black and mushy it has been overwatered. If they are wiry and it is slightly rootbound it is fine. If it is drastically rootbound and you do not want to repot it take a...

House Plants: new ponytail palm, ponytail palm, interior landscaper
ponytail palm, interior landscaper, ponytail palms: Hi Liz, I am not sure what you have. It is unusual to put more than one ponytail palm in a pot, but it is certainly possible. Another possibility is that it is one large bulb with several small leaf heads growing out of that single bulb. In either case,...

House Plants: new at this...., growing house plants, hedera ivy
growing house plants, hedera ivy, ginseng ficus: Welcome to the green world, Rayne. This is so much fun you are never going to stop. The biggest plant you have is your Bonsai plant. Bonsai is a whole new ballgame. It involves pruning roots, trimming growth, shaping the plant, doing a lot of things...

House Plants: newly acquired houseplants, etc, chlorine content, fungus gnats
chlorine content, fungus gnats, spider mites: Stephanie, Most houseplant do not need to be repotted regularly, they are very happy when they are rootbound. If you put them in too large a pot it is too easy to overwater them which causes the roots to begin to rot and that attracts fungus gnats, your...

House Plants: night blooming cereus, night blooming cereus, plant questions
night blooming cereus, plant questions, buds: Hi Billie, Your night-blooming cereus can survive temperatures as low as 35 degrees, but it would do better if temperatures are kept above 45 degrees. Cool temps in the fall around 50 degrees at night are best for setting buds. Please let me know if...

House Plants: night blooming cereus, poor air circulation, fungus disease
poor air circulation, fungus disease, insect pest: Hi Patricia, The spots are not caused by any insect pest. A fungus disease is possible, but unlikely unless you have many plants growing together with poor air circulation and very high humidity. That doesn t sound like your porch! Epiphyllum oxypetalum...

House Plants: night blooming cyrus, night blooming cereus, bloom oh
night blooming cereus, bloom oh, flower bloom: Hi Natonja, I suspect your plant is a night-blooming Cereus, but I cannot be sure without seeing a photo. I would also need a photo to be able to see just what the problem is, although I suspect that root rot may be involved. You can email the photo,...

House Plants: night blooming cyrus, night blooming cereus, new leaves
night blooming cereus, new leaves, q tip: I can t tell without examining the plant, but night blooming cereus is usually disease-free so I d suspect insects. Try dabbing at the spots with a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alchohol. If the spot is a pest the alcohol will kill it and you can scrape it off....

House Plants: night blooming, night blooming cereus, early frost
night blooming cereus, early frost, encouraging word: Susan, Trim it down to good greenery and keep it in a warm sunny location. Keep it on the dry side and give it an encouraging word frequently, saying a prayer for it won t hurt. Sun and dry will do the most good. In march give it a dose of fertilizer and...

House Plants: norfolk insland pine, midday hours, norfolk island pine
midday hours, norfolk island pine, pot size: Hi Angel, You haven t provide much specific information (plant size, pot size, source of light, watering frequency, etc., so I cannot offer you specific advice for your Norfolk Pine. However, i can tell you what conditions it prefers so you can determine...

House Plants: norfolk island pine problems, norfolk island pine, landscape company
norfolk island pine, landscape company, heavy rains: Hi Stephanie, My expertise is limited to plants that are potted and grown indoors in a controlled environment. Thus, I am reluctant to comment on what has happened to yours. I suggest that you check with a local landscape company that is familiar with your...

House Plants: norfolk island pine, bright indirect light, norfolk island pine
bright indirect light, norfolk island pine, norfolk pines: Hi Andrew, Light is the primary problem. Norfolk pines have to be located directly in front of a bright window. Although they don t need direct sunlight, they must have a lot of bright indirect light all day long. Without adequate light, your plant will...

House Plants: norfolk pine, plants and trees, norfolk pine
plants and trees, norfolk pine, indoor plants: Hi Mary Kay, It is quite remarkable that you have had your NIP and it has not lost at least some of its lower branches previously. It is quite normal for these trees to lose some lower branches as they add new ones on top. This is not a cause for concern...

House Plants: norfolk pine, aloe vera plant, cactus soil
aloe vera plant, cactus soil, soil mix: Cheryl, You overpotted the Norfolk pine. You should always move a plant into a pot just 2 inches larger than the pot you tae it out of. When you moved it outside you started watering it with a hose and all that extra soil held too much water so it stayed...

House Plants: north fork pine, bamboo skewer, drainage hole
bamboo skewer, drainage hole, drain tray: Ken, Nofolk Island Pines like bright light but not direct sun. Keep it in a pot with a drainage hole and a drainage tray underneath it. Two hours after you water it suction any excess water out of the drain tray with a turkey baster. Then do not water...

House Plants: north fork pine, peat moss, greenhouse conditions
peat moss, greenhouse conditions, new roots: Hi Kelly, It is possible, but difficult to root NIP s from tip cuttings. Ordinarily this is done in greenhouse conditions. If you want to try it, here s what to do. Cut off the top 6 to 8 inches. Insert the stem in a porous mix of damp peat moss and...

House Plants: north forth pine, norfolk island pines, greenhouse environment
norfolk island pines, greenhouse environment, indoor spaces: Hi Kenneth, This is a problem with Norfolk Island pines. Although they tend to be slow growers, eventually they do outgrow their indoor spaces. You can cut off the top, but it sometimes means there will be no future growth. If new growth does come in,...

House Plants: northfork Pine, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, waterlogged soil: Hi Jeannine, Tiny flying bugs are usually fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are often a sign of keeping soil too moist. The waterlogged soil will cause roots to rot and damage the foliage. If you repotted your Norfolk Island pine, then that may be the source...

House Plants: northfork pine houseplant, houseplant, fungal infection
houseplant, fungal infection, hard water: Hi Lorrie, Gray-white needles at the ends of branches is unusual. It may be nothing at all, depending on the degree of coloration. A photo sent to me address below would help. Mealybugs are a possibility and so are aphids. Another possibility is damage...

House Plants: Odor from Rubber Plant, drainage holes, rubber plant
drainage holes, rubber plant, plant questions: Hi Latosha, Either your relative added something other than plain tap water to the soil or overwatered the plant to the point that the roots are now rotting. If the pot does not have drainage holes, then you will have to pull the plant out of its pot...

House Plants: Office plant can I re-root it., schefflera arboricola, indirect light
schefflera arboricola, indirect light, potting mix: Hi Tommy, I am not very good at giving simple answers, but if you want one, the answer is, yes! Thanks for the photos. Your plant is a Schefflera arboricola and it looks very healthy and well-cared for. For best results, propagate your plant by...

House Plants: Oh yuck please help, indoor plant pests, growing mold
indoor plant pests, growing mold, grandmothers: Hi Jacalyn, I am answering your SOS! They may be yucky, but indoor plant pests do not survive except on plants. They are strictly vegetarian so they won t feed on you, your kids, your pets, or your carpet. However your other plants may be at risk. Please...

House Plants: OK, there is something very..., sanderiana, cold temps
sanderiana, cold temps, market vendor: Kelsey, Lucky bamboo is not bamboo but is Dracaena Sanderiana. As such it does not like soft water or water with flouride or chlorine in it. Just good clean water is best. With a tiny bit of fertilizer but be careful not to over fertilze. It also does...

House Plants: Old Ficus Tree with bugs, tiny probes, ficus tree
tiny probes, ficus tree, scale insects: Hi Arlene, Thanks for the nice compliment! Hard, tiny white balls at the base of each leaf are normal and are not a problem and do not need to be removed. Slightly raised brown bumps on leaves and stems are scale insects. Sticky white stuff is the...

House Plants: Old Rubber Tree with aerial roots, plant doctors, uk plants
plant doctors, uk plants, macro elements: Hi there, Thank you for the photos - they are a big help. Your rubber tree is not in any danger, as it is quite healthy, despite the recent loss of leaves. It is the health and vigor of the new growth that matters more. The pot appears to be large...

House Plants: Olea Europaea as an Indoor Plant, office reception area, northern climates
office reception area, northern climates, personal dislike: Thanks for your reply, Peter. Apparently you are a tough grader. If you check the many ratings I have received, you will see that most are across the board 10 s. 9 s are unusual and 7 s are rare. Typically on this site, a rating of 7 is indicative of dissatisfaction...

House Plants: Olive Tree, bonsai artist, bonsai club
bonsai artist, bonsai club, plant person: Sara, It appears that your olive tree is reaching for the sun. It doesn t appear that your plant is getting much sun and this is a sun loving plant. I do not reccommend repotting it until spring. It will become semi dormant thru the winter because of...

House Plants: Optimum Peace Lilly Care, peace lily, chlorine exposure
peace lily, chlorine exposure, fish emulsion: Chlorinated Water is the least of your worries, Pete. You can use up the distilled water, then switch to regular tap water. Your Peace Lily collection is not so picky. They will do fine with your chlorinated H2O. I have never seen a Peace Lily that suffered...

House Plants: ORANGE TREE, daylight bulbs, orange tree
daylight bulbs, orange tree, flourescent light: Myra, You are very welcome. You can put either an incandescant spotlight with a grow light bulb in it or a flourescent light with grow light or daylight bulbs in it on the tree. It needs to be within 1-2 foot of the top of the tree. It needs to be on 16...

House Plants: Orange Trees, tropical fruit trees, dense branches
tropical fruit trees, dense branches, orange trees: Good question. Pruning is something that needs to be done from the early stages; the longer you wait, the tougher it is to train, and the more it hurts with the lopping off of branches and sideshoots. There s a similar problem posed at In the Garden:...

House Plants: Orchid, phalaenopsis orchids, flower size
phalaenopsis orchids, flower size, orchid species: Hi Sandra, Unfortunately, flower size and color is not sufficient to identify an Orchid species. Phalaenopsis is the most commonly sold Orchid species and they do have large flowers, so that is probably what you have, but I cannot be sure. As potted...

House Plants: Orchid Cactus, orchid cactus, wandering jew
orchid cactus, wandering jew, prayer plant: Heather, No, I am not sure what it is but it sounds like you may be right about it being a wandering jew. It could also be from the maranta (prayer plant) family. I suggest that you water the plant then try to carefully remove the 7 little plants and pot...

House Plants: Orchid care, phalaenopsis orchids, bright indirect light
phalaenopsis orchids, bright indirect light, flower fades: Hi Rehanna, Your Orchid is probably a Phalaenopsis. Normally it will not flower more than once per year. Sometimes you can get a secondary flower spike if you prune the original flower spike right after the last flower fades, but it is too late now for...

House Plants: Orchid diease?, orchid expert, powdery mildew
orchid expert, powdery mildew, powdery substance: Kim, I an in northeast IN and definitely not an orchid expert, hoewver it sounds like powdery mildew whiich is a fungus which can attack lots of different plants. Here is a website that may have more info for you or you can come back to All Experts but...

House Plants: Orchid plants - Phalaenopsis, e mail address, orchid plants
e mail address, orchid plants, plant questions: Hi Barbara, It is unusual for Orchids to bloom more than once per year outside the greenhouse and blooms lasting 1-2 months is typical. So whatever you are doing - keep it up! It helps to have a good quality Orchid, as well. I have written an article...

House Plants: Orchid, dendrobium orchids, plastic pot
dendrobium orchids, plastic pot, air plants: Alla, You have a dendrobium Betty Nakada. It should not be repotted until spring when it is done bloomming, then you need the same type of bark it is in to repot it into in the larger pot. Below is a web site with good care instructions for dendrobiums....

House Plants: Orchids and house plants, poor soil quality, last flower
poor soil quality, last flower, spider plants: Hi Scott, I need more information to answer your question accurately. What stage is your moth orchid in? Has it just finished flowering and the bare flower stem is still intact or did the last flower die some weeks ago and the flower stem is also dead?...

House Plants: Ornamental Pineapple Plant, pineapple plant, moist soil
pineapple plant, moist soil, plant soil: Hello Jo, If you want another pineapple plant you can start it by using the crown, slips, shoots, suckers, and ratoons off of the mother plant. These are all names for the same thing found on different parts of the plant. The crown is the leafy part at...

House Plants: Ornamental Pineapple, sun worshippers, pineapples
sun worshippers, pineapples, pineapple: Sharon, Yes you can cut the top off the pineapple, let it dry for a few days then plant it in a pot of soin and it will grow another plant. Keep the root and foliage part in the sun and there is a chance it will send out a side shoot as a neew plant. If...

House Plants: Outdoor Banana Plant, indoor potted plants, native habitats
indoor potted plants, native habitats, musa species: Hi Tony, I m sorry, but my area of expertise is limited to indoor potted plants where the environment is more controlled. That said, I do believe that your local climate is too cold for the Musa species. Perhaps a tropical plant expert who deals with...

House Plants: Overgrown Indoor Ficus, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, bad haircut: Hi Kim, Yes, Ficus trees are very responsive to pruning. You can prune them back as far as you want. However, there is a bit of art involved in getting the results you want. Much like cutting hair. The key thing to understand is that new growth will...

House Plants: Overheated Palm, potted palm, new leaves
potted palm, new leaves, plant questions: Hi Whitney, In extreme heat, leaf tissue is often damaged permanently and does not recover. However, that doesn t necessarily mean your palm is dead. If the roots didn t get too dry or overheated, then the plant will be able to grow healthy new leaves....

House Plants: Overwatered Echeveria, echeverias, pot size
echeverias, pot size, paper towels: Hi Elizabeth, A photo would be very helpful. Echeverias are succulents. They require direct sunlight, very small pots, and very porous sandy soil that dries out quickly. I suspect that your pot is too large and the soil is too absorbent. You didn...

House Plants: Overwatered Ficus Tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, new leaves: Sonya, Drain all excess water off immediately and do not water it again until it is very dry and light weight. Put it in a location where it will get sun all day. Ficus trees love the sun and it will recuperate faster the more sun it gets. It has probably...

House Plants: Oxalis ~ False Shamrock, beautiful hanging baskets, purple foliage
beautiful hanging baskets, purple foliage, striking selection: Pat, I m glad you fiured out what you have. Oxalis can be planted very close together to make a hanging basket or a window box appear full. You can have the bulbs as close as 1 inch apart and they will do fine. That will make it appear fuller. I would reccommend...

House Plants: Oxalis, flower colors, houseplant
flower colors, houseplant, stalks: Hi Miles, Your plant is an Oxalis. There are many varieties of Oxalis that come with different leaf and flower colors. They all require the same basic care. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If this information has been helpful,...

House Plants: Oxygen giving house plant, janet craig dracaena, dracaena marginata
janet craig dracaena, dracaena marginata, lung cancer patient: William, Nasa discovered that a number of common houseplant clean chemicals from the air and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen in the air. The best plants are: Hedera helix English ivy Chlorophytum comosum spider plant Epipiremnum aureum golden...

House Plants: odd plant, slow grower, foilage
slow grower, foilage, mavis: Mavis, Your pllant is not ringing any bells right now. Is there any possibility that you can take a digital picture of it and email it to me? I will keep thinking agout if for a few days and if I come up with any thing I will let you know; goodluck. ...

House Plants: office plant selection, bright indirect light, office plants
bright indirect light, office plants, corn plant: Hi Rick, There are many plants that do just fine in indirect light. However, many of them require bright indirect light. I would need a more detailed description of the available light to make a specific suggestion for your office. However, I can tell you...