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House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, house plants, lucky person
house plants, lucky person, time one: Hello Tanya, Well you re a very lucky person. Dracaena very rarely bloom as house plants. Even though its blooming now the odds of it blooming again arent great. All i can really tell you is to enjoy it while it lasts and to keep doing what you re doing....

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, commercial fertilizer, corn plant
commercial fertilizer, corn plant, indirect light: Sounds like either a watering problem or, if you have fertilized this plant, a case of commercial fertilizer burn. How long have you owned this plant? Are these upper AND/OR lower leaves that are turning Brown? What system and schedule do you use...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, drainage holes, tall stalks
drainage holes, tall stalks, inch pot: Hi Zeke, Thanks for the photos. Although severe waviness of leaf edges is characteristic of inadequate water for a Dracaena fragrans, the amount of waviness on yours is inconsequential and quite normal. Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry to the...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, dark brown patches, long periods of time
dark brown patches, long periods of time, local water supply: You re saying the damaged leaves are NOT the youngest ones, but the older and middle leaves? Overwatering symptoms include Dark Brown patches, Yellowing, curling and/or dropping leaves on a Dracaena. My money s on the way you are watering -- which is PROBABLY...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana Yellowing, drainage holes, corn plants
drainage holes, corn plants, corn plant: Hi Mark, It really doesn t matter how you remove the discolored leaves. I often use scissors because they are a bit more efficient. To remove the portion of the leaf that wraps around and attaches to the stem, split the leaf in half lengthwise, pull the...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, bottom drainage, drainage holes
bottom drainage, drainage holes, corn plant: Hi Jemimah, Congratulations on your new hobby. You are wise to ask good questions before problems develop. Most folks wait until they have a serious problem and then it is much harder to correct. I am going to assume that you corn plant is in the same...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Propagration, dracaena fragrans, soil zone
dracaena fragrans, soil zone, draceana: Hi Evan, The answer to your question is fairly simple but hard to describe. Generally, you should let the top quarter to third of the soil of your corn plant dry out in between waterings. That means that the soil down deeper in the root zone is still...

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Tip Cutting?, woody trunk, mr creed
woody trunk, mr creed, growth habit: Hi Jonathan, Yes, you can apply the same technique to Dracaena fragrans as its growth habit is the same as Yucca. 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: Dracaena fragrans, inch pot, drainage hole
inch pot, drainage hole, spider mites: Justin, I want to save your plant, too. However, yellowing leaves are caused by a number of problems. Plants leaves turn yellow when they need additional nitrogen. It can also be due to insects such as spider mites, or possibly too many salts in the soil....

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans, epsom salts, blooming plants
epsom salts, blooming plants, absolute guarantee: Sharen, It will bloom more if it is rootbound. You should fertilize it with a fertilizer for blooming plants such as Miracle Grow for Blooming plants. It can be a generic like Miracle Grow, just make sure it says for blooming plants on it. In September...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans, corn plant, plant questions
corn plant, plant questions, creed: Hi Paola, No, the flower does not weaken the plant. Once a corn plant is mature enough to flower, it usually flowers annually after that. Cutting the flower off is fine and will not harm or help the plant in anyway. Many people find the odor too strong...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans (corn plant), corn plant, moist soil
corn plant, moist soil, plant questions: Hi Michael, Pruning will alter your corn plant s appearance, but it will not affect its health. Decide how far back you want to prune the stems. Just understand that new growth will emerge just below the point where you make the pruning cut and grow...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans Massangeana, dracaena fragrans massangeana, medium size pot
dracaena fragrans massangeana, medium size pot, drainage holes: Hi Anne, Light may have been a problem in the old location and could have started the leaf tipping. It should be okay in its new, brighter location. However, it is important to rotate the plant a quarter turn each time you water so that all sides of the...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans Massangeana, dracaena fragrans massangeana, medium size pot
dracaena fragrans massangeana, medium size pot, brown leaves: Anne, How often are you watering this plant? Do you have water with flouride or chlorine in it? Brown leaf tips indicate it is getting too much water. Brown spots in the leaves indicate flouride poisoning. Dracaenas hate flouride and chlorine. If that...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans Massangeana, corn plants, corn plant
corn plants, corn plant, plant questions: Hi Kim, Congratulations on caring for your corn plant (it s common name) so well for so long. It takes many years of care to get them mature enough to flower. Older corn plants often develop a leggy look as they naturally lose their older leaves and...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" -- flowering problem, potting soil, own time
potting soil, own time, darlene: Hillary, This plant needs to be quite old to bloom, usually 15- 20 years old and rootbound. If it is frequently repotted it will probably never bloom. It also likes to dry out between waterings. The top 3-5 inches of potting soil needs to dry out between...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana', corn plants, ponytail palm
corn plants, ponytail palm, corn plant: Hi Kelly. Sorry about your Dad s death. I am very impressed that you know the correct botanical name for your corn plant. From your description, it would seem that your plant may be beyond recovery. If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans massangeana, wood canes, rooting hormone
wood canes, rooting hormone, early spring: Barbara, Yes, you can cut them in pieces dip them in rooting hormone and insert in a new pot of soil. Then water very lightly until you can tell they are lightly rooted by tugging on them slightly. Once leaves appear treat them like you have always treated...

House Plants: Dracaena fragrans, moist soil, indoor plants
moist soil, indoor plants, creed: Hi Christopher, If the main tree is a bark-covered, thick cane, then it cannot be cut. However, the stem growing from the top of the cane cane be cut back to any height. New growth will then emerge from a point just below where you make the cut. The cut...

House Plants: Dracaena Janet Craig, dracaena janet craig, brown leaves
dracaena janet craig, brown leaves, side switch: Hi Debbie, Janet Craig s grow ever taller as they don t branch and all new growth is at the top. There is no limit as to how tall they get. However, after a while they do become top-heavy and then start to flop over. You can support the tall stems with...

House Plants: Dracaena (Janet Craig) and Anthurium (flamingo flower), dracaena janet craig, flamingo flower
dracaena janet craig, flamingo flower, fungus spores: Hi Candy, Nothing seems to have changed recently with your Janet Craig and you seem to have a handle on the watering, so I think it is safe to assume that your Janet Craig is doing what is expected; it is losing some of its older leaves as it grows taller....

House Plants: Dracaena Janet Craig, dracaena janet craig, flower spike
dracaena janet craig, flower spike, dracaenas: Hi Deborah, Congratulations on your obvious good care of your Janet Craig for such a long time! Most people don t ever get to experience flowers on their Janet Craig s. The flowers shouldn t stress the plant, but they do distort the new growth a bit....

House Plants: Dracaena Leaves, draceana, window face
draceana, window face, tap water: Hi Kristina, Do you know which kind of Dracaena you have? If not, can you email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? Trimming off the brown edges will not make the problem worse. The problem is simply progressing despite the trimming. Let s...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, problem insects, drainage holes
problem insects, drainage holes, spider mites: Hi Leslie, I m afraid that your meter table is wrong. You should let the top 1-2 inches of soil dry between watering. When you do water, water it until water comes out of the drainage holes. You could have been underwatering the plants before but mostly...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, dracaena marginata, dragon tree
dracaena marginata, dragon tree, creed: Hi Beth, The most common common name for Dracaena marginata is Dragon tree or Madagascar dragon tree. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Visit my website at www.HorticulturalHelp.com If this information has been helpful,...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, unidentified plants, common houseplants
unidentified plants, common houseplants, term prognosis: Hi Beth, Thanks for the thorough background information. Dracaena marginatas are fairly common houseplants that do well in small pots in warm temps, good light and with light watering. Now you know why yours is struggling. Without knowing more about...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata & Gnats, coconut husk, peat moss
coconut husk, peat moss, larvae feed: Hi Beth, There are other Experts on this site that offer advice that is based on personal experience, not professional practice. I am not responsible for their advice. I would never recommend spraying with Lysol or watering with rubbing alcohol. Both...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata Plant Care, plant questions, mineral content
plant questions, mineral content, well water: Hi Barbara, It is likely that the high mineral content of your well-water is causing the problems you have observed. Most houseplants fare poorly with hard water. The only alternative is to use filtered, distilled or rainwater. I wish there were a cheaper...

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, marginata, safe side
marginata, safe side, darlene: Pam, Since it is on some lists and not others I would keep it in a room that the cat is shut out of or keep a close eye on the cat when he is in the same room with it. Some animals have an inate sense of what can be poisonous and they stay away from it....

House Plants: Dracaena Mass. (corn) plant, aggie horticulture, shish kabobs
aggie horticulture, shish kabobs, bamboo skewers: Sherrie, I am a little southeast of you near Fort Wayne, IN. I highly recommend that you wait until after April 1st when the days are longer then you air layer both branches of the corn plant off and pot them up in a separate pot. Directions for air layering...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana, corn plants, drain tray
corn plants, drain tray, s drain: Janet, I suspect that your plant is beyond saving and I suggest that you find a new one in memory of your mother. I will tell you what you did wrong so you will know what not to do with the next one. Hoseplants should be repoted betwen April 15th and...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Can, massangeana, rooting hormone
massangeana, rooting hormone, stalks: Hi Erik, You can try to plant the top stalk on soil and see if it will grow roots. You can dust the cut end with rooting hormone to help it root but even then it may not. The cane will sprout new stalks on it own as long as it s healthy, has enough light...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana, corn plant dracaena, dracaena massangeana
corn plant dracaena, dracaena massangeana, sunny windowsill: Your gaily colored Corn Plant , Dracaena fragrans Massangeana, will grow fastest and healthiest if you provide it with temperatures between 75 and 90 degrees F. All plants have genetically preprogrammed growth rates. But those rates work most efficiently...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana, massangeana, leaf drop
massangeana, leaf drop, time of year: This time of year, leaf-drop points to chilling injury. But I need more information from you to give you a better answer. Please tell me where you are writing from and give me a description of where you are growing it, and what if anything has changed. ...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane, miracle grow potting soil, aggie horticulture
miracle grow potting soil, aggie horticulture, massangeana cane: Marie, Here is the link again. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/ornamentals/airlayer/airlayer.html That is the best site for air layering. Here are a couple of others: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8701.html http://www.garden-services.com/air_layering.htm...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane, dracaena massangeana cane, new growns
dracaena massangeana cane, new growns, aggie horticulture: Lesley, Yes every crown will root and will eventually grow a cane. You just have to be patient. As they grow older the lower leaves gradually yellow as they get older and you should remove them. That gradually reveals the trunk or cane. When that...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane, massangeana cane, small cane
massangeana cane, small cane, thick bark: Hi Deborah, If a thick bark-covered cane has the bark separating from the underneath portion of the cane, then that cane is dying and will not recover. If the tall cane is also rotting, then it too will not recover. There simply is no solution for root...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane Plant Care, dracaena massangeana cane, massangeana cane plant
dracaena massangeana cane, massangeana cane plant, soil probe: Lisa, Your problem is two-fold. Where do you live? Do you have city water with flouride added? Dracaenas are very sensitive to flouride. They react by getting brown spots on the leaves as you describe. They also hate overwatering. Watering once a week is...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane, corn stalk plant, massangeana cane
corn stalk plant, massangeana cane, indoor pollutants: Hi Joyce I had started to answer your question, got distracted and never finished. Now I have to try to remember what I was saying to you! Sorry! Unless the light was hot, direct sunlight, that would have not killed your Dracaena, aka Corn Stalk Plant...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana (corn plant), corn plant, moist soil
corn plant, moist soil, hi lee: Hi Lee, It would have been better if your corn plant had been pruned long before it started to push against the ceiling, but it is probably not too late. Pruning will not kill the plant. The corn plant stem can be cut anywhere. A new head of leaves will...

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana, massangeana, flouride
massangeana, flouride, dry period: Liliana, The black indicates that you may be overwatering it. Be very careful to let it be very very dry for at least 2 days before watering it again. This plant needs a dry period between waterings, if not it rots. Also do not water it with city water...

House Plants: Dracaena marginata, wet soil, dry soil
wet soil, dry soil, plant questions: Hi Linda, It is generally a good idea to water right after you repot, then wait until the top third of the soil feels quite dry before watering again. Do not use any fertilizer until the plant is fully recovered and growing vigorously. Please let...

House Plants: Dracaena marginata - yellowing, drainage holes, dracena marginata
drainage holes, dracena marginata, office environments: Hi Betty, Dracaena marginatas use less and less water as they age, especially in office environments where they often receive less than ideal light. Allow the soil to dry out about half way down into the pot before watering. That may take a couple of...

House Plants: Dracaena marginata, saran wrap, sphagnum moss
saran wrap, sphagnum moss, dragon tree: Hi Steve You can prune your Dracaena one of two ways. You can cut from the top down to where you want it to...you can then take what you have cut off and try to propagate in glass of water. You can also do what is known as air layering . This will take...

House Plants: Dracaena massangeana has brown spots on the leaves, soil replacement, corn plant
soil replacement, corn plant, dry soil: Hi Wes, Repotting your plant and substituting soil was not a good idea. If the soil was wet around the roots it was because you were watering it too frequently and not giving the soil a chance to dry out properly. Soil replacement only disturbs the roots...

House Plants: Dracaena massangeana cane or corn plant, fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk
fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk, fungus gnats: Hi Linda, Those are 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 - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the...

House Plants: Dracaena Plant, drainage holes, spider mites
drainage holes, spider mites, spider mite: Hi Alene, The plant should grow new leaves. I would be more concerned with finding out why the plant lost the leaves. Some common causes for yellowing leaves are Insect or spider mite presence, improper watering, sudden change in temperature or a draft....

House Plants: Dracaena Pruning, tablespoon vegetable oil, chemical insecticides
tablespoon vegetable oil, chemical insecticides, insect population: Hi Nadine, Congratulations on keeping a Dragon tree for 20 + years! I don t think pruning is going to be your answer although you do need to prune off the dead part of the branch. I do think that the problem started out as spider mites. Once you get to the...

House Plants: Dracaena propagation, peat moss, janet craig
peat moss, janet craig, pot size: Hi Ellen, Janet Craigs are one of my favorites. I care for hundreds of them in various locations. Janet Craig cuttings will root in water, but the preferred method is to root them in a potting mix. The best rooting mix for your cutting is a soilless,...

House Plants: Dracaena pruning, corn plants, plant questions
corn plants, plant questions, leaf growth: Hi Catherine, Corn plants can be pruned back to any point on the stem as long as the plant is healthy. The only thing to keep in mind in deciding where to cut is that new leaf growth will emerge on the stem just below where you make the cut and grow up...

House Plants: Dracaena too tall, humidity tent, dracaenas
humidity tent, dracaenas, potting mix: Hi BJ, There are several different Dracaenas that fit that description, but the answer is pretty much the same for all of them. Any healthy stem can be cut back to any height. New growth will later emerge from just below the point on the stem where you...

House Plants: Dracaena not doing so well, dark brown patches, dracaena janet craig
dark brown patches, dracaena janet craig, miracle gro: The shady spot in the dining room may be the problem here. Plants that do not get enough light -- all plants -- will stretch ; the stems over time are weakened, and eventually the trunk is not strong enough to support the rest of the plant. So it falls...

House Plants: Dracaena with yellow leaves and spots, janet craig, yellow leaves
janet craig, yellow leaves, green leaves: Matt, You have mostly answered your own question. You need to cut back on the water. When you water it make sure all the soil in the pot is moist, then do not water it again until it is very dry and feels light weight when tipped. It may take 2 weeks for...

House Plants: Dracaena, flower spike, dracaenas
flower spike, dracaenas, flower type: Hi Ziggie, Older Dracaenas that are healthy do start to bloom after many years. What you have is a flower spike that has small clusters of rather non-descript flowers that will open along the spike very soon. When they open, you will notice a strong but...

House Plants: Dracanea cultivation, dracaena massangeana, flower buds
dracaena massangeana, flower buds, flower spike: Hi Murat, Sometimes the flower spike causes the leaves closest to where it emerges to grow in undersized and a bit distorted, but it otherwise has no effect on the plant. Enjoy the flowers! Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help,...

House Plants: Putting a Draceana Outside in California, dracaena fragrans massangeana, draceana marginata
dracaena fragrans massangeana, draceana marginata, dragon tree: Prentice, Dracaena fragrans Massangeana is the latin name and now that I know the exact variety I can tell you it would be much better to keep it indoors. In or out it needs to be in a location with bright light but NO direct sun. It also needs to be...

House Plants: Dracena house plant, sphagnum moss, peat moss
sphagnum moss, peat moss, dracaenas: So your Dracaena is as high as an elephant s eye? (Sorry - couldn t resist...) D. fragrans and D. marginata -- both trees that will grow way too tall for indoors if you keep them long enough. D. marginata is the shorter of the pair, hitting 15 feet at...

House Plants: Dracena Marginata, proper soil, perlite
proper soil, perlite, marginata: Marsha, I would go get a small bag of perlite at the garden center. Then let the plant dry out. Then remove as much of the soil as possible without getting too much into the roots. Then mix the soil you removed with perlite half & half. Then add the revised...

House Plants: Dracena Marginata, rooting hormone, lowes
rooting hormone, lowes, home depot: Merrill, Cut the broken end off and dip it in rooting hormone (a powder available at any garden center such as Lowes, Walmart, or Home Depot) then make a hole in the soil beside the old base. That part should grow roots within a month. It may drop a few...

House Plants: Dracena Mas, dracaena fragrans, corn plant
dracaena fragrans, corn plant, drain tray: Sylvia, Evne though it feels dry I am sure it is wet down further in the pot. That is why it feels heavy. That is also why the leaves are turning yellow. Did you repot this plant after you bought it? If you did what kind of potting soil did you use. Make...

House Plants: Dracena plant, indoor potted plants, plant failure
indoor potted plants, plant failure, window face: Hi Tina, There are 5 or 6 different species of Dracaena that are commonly used as indoor potted plants. As they do not all have the same requirements, it is hard for me to advise you without knowing just which one you have. If you can email a photo to me...

House Plants: Dracena, rice paddies, indirect sunlight
rice paddies, indirect sunlight, yellow leaves: Ellen, In southeast Asia they grow them in rice paddies. They are in standing water constantly. The yellow leaves are probably from drying out too much. I would wash off the soil and put it back in water immediately. Mine has been doing fine in water...

House Plants: Draecena Fragrans, flower stalk, fragrant flower
flower stalk, fragrant flower, thick bark: Hi Madalyn, If your Dracaena fragrans is the cane type, then you should not attempt to saw through the cane. (The cane is a very thick, bark-covered stem that has already been cut off and has a head of leaves growing from the top.) If this is what...

House Plants: Dragon Plant has mould?, dragon plant, potting soil
dragon plant, potting soil, drain tray: Geena, Apparently it is in poor quality potting soil that does not have enough perlite in it giving it plenty of oxygen in the soil and you are watering it too much. It needs to dry out totally between waterings. You should not be watering more often that...

House Plants: Dragon Tree/Dracaena marginata, dead roots, dragon tree
dead roots, dragon tree, loose soil: Hi Sandy, I have seen this happen many times with Dracaena marginatas. As they age, their roots shrink back slowly and they use less water. This happens mostly out of sight and the upper portion of the plant continues to look fine until one day it starts...

House Plants: Dragon Tree, dragon tree, bonsai artists
dragon tree, bonsai artists, copper wire: Antoinette, You would need to wrap it with heavy copper wire then bend it like bonsai artists do to bend bonsai tree branches. Go to google and put in Wiring bonsai trees and you should find some demonstrations. It has to be bent slowly or it will brake....

House Plants: Dragon tree problem, majesty palm, spider mites
majesty palm, spider mites, mite infestation: Hi Melina, Thanks to your Majesty palm, you know what spider mites look like. If you have not seen them on your Dracaena marginata, then I don t think that is the cause. This is a finicky plant that can deteriorate rather rapidly and unexpectedly for...

House Plants: Dragon tree, dracaena marginata, bright indirect light
dracaena marginata, bright indirect light, true dragon: Hi Val It sounds as if you do have a Dracaena Marginata , aka Red-edge dracaena or Madagascar dragon tree . This plant is one of the plants used in the NASA Clean Air Study and has shown to help remove Formaldehyde. This could possibly be an outdoor...

House Plants: Drain hole, spice plants, soggy soil
spice plants, soggy soil, drain tray: Lorissa, Your box needs a drain hole and a drain tray undneath it. The plants you are talking about hate soggy soil. They need soil with air in it and the box needs a drain hole for the health of your plants. I m not sure why you want to line it with a...

House Plants: Drainage for Pohos plant, plastic pot, drainage hole
plastic pot, drainage hole, pothos plant: Anuradha, It does if you want to guarantee it s health. If it is not in a pot with a drain hole you have to be extremely carefuland make sure you do not water it until it is very very dry and light weight. I suggest that you find a plastic pot that just...

House Plants: Drooping leaves and flower stems, calla lillie, calla lillies
calla lillie, calla lillies, swamp plants: Jo, Calla lillies are bulbs and like tulips they do not bloom forever. You cannot overwater calla lillies, they are hybrids of swamp plants and like to sit in standing water outdoors in full sun all the time. They will bloom for about a 6-8 week period...

House Plants: Droopy Jade, jade plants, moderate light
jade plants, moderate light, compact growth: Hi Jenn, Thanks for the good information. There are two possible causes of the drooping. As Jades grow in moderate light, they eventually reach a point where they do become top heavy and the slender stems cannot support the weight of the thick leaves....

House Plants: Very Droopy Schefflera, plant wilts, leaf loss
plant wilts, leaf loss, schefflera: Hi Lesley, Droopy is a very subjective term and means different things to different people. It is hard for me to evaluate your Schefflera without seeing a photo of it and its droopiness. It may be that the droopiness is quite normal and there is no problem....

House Plants: Dropping leaves and how often to water, mite infestations, bright indirect light
mite infestations, bright indirect light, inch pots: Hi Virginia, You are very succinct. I could be more helpful if you were to provide me with more information about your plants. In general, Schefflera arboricolas must be in front of a north or east window where they get lots of bright indirect light...

House Plants: Droppy Spath, drain tray, s drain
drain tray, s drain, tsp: Jim, A gallon of water seems like a lot for a 12 pot every week. Does this pot have a hole in the bottom and a drain tray under it? Are you sure the plant is very dry before you water it again? Do you pick up the edge of the pot to see if it is heavy or...

House Plants: Drought And House Plants, peace lily plants, water ban in georgia
peace lily plants, water ban in georgia, dish water: You are asking about irrigating with Gray Water . General rules dictate this should be used within 24 hours to be healthy. There is a ban on using Gray Water in some communities, but it is a legitimate, acceptable, safe method of watering, and recycles...

House Plants: Drying out leaves, full bloom, kalanchoe
full bloom, kalanchoe, wich: Hi Karen, I am a bit surprised that it is in full bloom and losing leaves at the same time. Perhaps it is just a few lower leaves tht are dying, wich is nohing to be concerned about. If it is more than that, then it is a watering problem. Your Kalanchoe...

House Plants: Dumb Cane, bright indirect light, cause suffocation
bright indirect light, cause suffocation, plant fertilizer: Charlie, The soil on a Dumb Cane or Dieffenbachia should be allowed to become very dry on the top 2-4 inches of soil for at least 3 days between waterings, but then the plant should receive a thorough drenching. Dieffenbachias do best in bright indirect...

House Plants: Dumb Cane, mature specimen, specimen plant
mature specimen, specimen plant, water droplets: Derya, There are 2 varieties of dumbcane or Dieffenbachia. One is a large floor plant that can get up to 8 feet tall and the other is a smaller plant that sits on top of desks or shelves in a pot with a 6-10 inch diameter. It sounds like yours may be a...

House Plants: Dumb cane/Dieffenbachia, dumb cane, plant questions
dumb cane, plant questions, e mail: Good work, Pam! No, you don t have to transplant them. They will do just fine together in one pot. It will make for a fuller-looking plant. Now that the pieces have started to sprout, you can gradually open and remove the plastic over the course of a...

House Plants: Dumbcane household plant, aggie horticulture, giant pot
aggie horticulture, giant pot, start from scratch: Hello Leslie, Before you do anything at all with this plant you need to know that itís very very poisonous. If ingested the sap can cause the tongue and throat to swell resulting in suffocation. So make sure you wear gloves and thoroughly wash any tools...

House Plants: Dwarf Alberta Spruce - pests and proper care, dwarf alberta spruce, spider mites
dwarf alberta spruce, spider mites, dry spells: the plants need to be repotted into larger pots. and they need to be put in a protected area(usually in a mulched bed on the east side of a building) for the colder winter months. this is probably why they look so poor now. the biggest problem i see w/dwf...

House Plants: My Dwarf Banana plant......, dwarf banana, drainage holes
dwarf banana, drainage holes, banana plant: Hi Rachel, Stray roots wandering out of drainage holes is not a cause for concern or a reason to move the plant to a larger pot. Simply the cut the roots off where they emerge from the holes. There are plenty of healthy roots within the soil, so cutting...

House Plants: Dwarf Banana, dwarf banana, mother plant
dwarf banana, mother plant, plant questions: Hi Todd, The sucker is called a side shoot. These side shoots can be used to propagate new plants or left in the original pot. To separate the two, unpot the plant, probe down into the soil a bit and use a sharp knife to separate the side shoot from...

House Plants: Dwarf Cavendish banana plant, banana plants, banana plant
banana plants, banana plant, steaming vegetables: David, Dwarf Cavendish bananas do produce bananas. In the summer it should go outdoors in a sunny location. It should be outdoors as long as the temps are above 50 degrees. In doors it should be in front of the largest sunniest south facing window that...

House Plants: Dwarf Schefflera, temperature extremes, clay pot
temperature extremes, clay pot, plant questions: Hi Jo Ann, I usually limit myself to indoor plant questions because there are so many local variables that occur when a potted plant is outside - exposure to temperature extremes, local pests, intense light, etc. The leaf curl may be caused by the soil...

House Plants: Dwarf Schefflera bugs, insect spray, lack of oxygen
insect spray, lack of oxygen, centipedes: Hi Alice, Centipedes in the soil can be eliminated by submerging the entire pot up to its rim in a tub of water. Leave it for about 30 minutes. The lack of oxygen will force the critters to abandon ship and float to the top where they can easily be removed....

House Plants: Dwarf Schefflera trimming, dwarf schefflera, conects
dwarf schefflera, conects, pruners: Amy, Use sharp pruners and cut just above where a leave conects with a branch. You can shape it however you need to to fit your room. I do reccomend that you do not cut more than one third of the plant off. I have a dwarf schefflera that I keep as a bonsai...

House Plants: Dwarf Schefflera, scheffleras, kim hi
scheffleras, kim hi, dwarf schefflera: Hi Kim, Weak stems that are not capable of standing straight are a direct result or getting less than the ideal amount of light. You have provided enough light for your plant to grow and stay healthy, but not enough for a sturdy trunk. If you move your...

House Plants: Dwarf Umbrella Plant Care Help, umbrella plant, finger check
umbrella plant, finger check, dry climate: Hello Kelly, It doesn t sound like you re doing anything wrong at all. It could simply be the plant adjusting to its new environment. These plants will often drop a lot of their lower leaves as they grow or if some environmental factor changes. If the variegation...

House Plants: Dwarf umbrella tree cutting / propagation, umbrella tree, leaf drop
umbrella tree, leaf drop, potting mix: Hi Denise, Yes, pruning off the tops of the stems is a very good idea because it will help keep the trees looking more compact. New growth will emerge just below the point of the cut on each stem. If you want more growth down low, then you may want to prune...

House Plants: DYING COCONUT PLANT, coconut palm, spider mites
coconut palm, spider mites, high humidity: Hi Lindsay, Coconut palm is not an easy plant to keep healthy indoors. In general, they require lots of direct sunlight, fresh air, and high humidity. Those are hard conditions to meet indoors. Water thoroughly when the top inch or two of soil feels...

House Plants: DYING HOUSE PLANT, spider mites, drain tray
spider mites, drain tray, clay pot: Kathryn, It may be too late but you can try spraying it with rubbing alcohol daily with a week. I suspect that it has spider mites. If you look at it closely in bright sun or light you will see very fine spider webs over the plants and in the crotches....

House Plants: A DYING Kentia Palm, kentia palm, inch pot
kentia palm, inch pot, plant failure: Hi Annie, I wish you has asked me BEFORE you repotted. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant failure. The problem is so pervasive that I have written an article on the topic of repotting that I will send to anyone who sends request...

House Plants: Dying Bamboo, lengthy periods, yellow leaves
lengthy periods, yellow leaves, little water: Allyson, Have you changed anything in the care of this plant? Repotted it? Moved it to a new location? Yellow leaves would indicate too much or too little water or not enough light. They do not like to go dry or stand in water for lengthy periods. ...

House Plants: Dying corn tree, corn plant, potting soil
corn plant, potting soil, daylight hours: Hi Renee, The reason your corn plant is not doing well is that it does not get enough light. You must open the blinds at least part way during the daylight hours. If the bark is peeling away from the woody cane that is because that cane is dead and will...

House Plants: Dying (Dead?) Ti Plant (Cordyline terminalis), prime target, spider mites
prime target, spider mites, ti plant: Your mature Ti Plant - Cordyline fruticosa to botanists - reaches 10 feet indoors only with the greenest thumbed care. Yours is on its last legs? Light is most likely not the problem - C. fruticosa will grow in shade, but without the gaily colored leaves...

House Plants: Dying Dipladenis, dipladenia, dear madam
dipladenia, dear madam, sunny weather: Derrick, Your plant needs to be kept pretty dry during the winter monhs giving it minimal watering in the winter months. I fpund the folowing care info on a German web site; Care Dipladenia SPRING: Hibernation: Your Dipladenia is still inside,...

House Plants: Dying Dracaena, tropical rain forests, moderate climate
tropical rain forests, moderate climate, new leaves: Hi Saralyn, There is a common belief that more light is always better for plants. In fact, most houseplants come from shaded areas of the tropical rain forests and are better suited for reduced light. That is why they work well indoors, but fare poorly...

House Plants: Dying house plant, cactus soil, string of beads
cactus soil, string of beads, stem rot: Carol, It should be repotted in sandy cactus soil in the center of the pot with the separate little pieces with roots around the edge and should be treated as a cactus. Do not root it in water. It is a succulent plant. It should not be watered until it...

House Plants: Dying house plants, ponytail palm, majesty palm
ponytail palm, majesty palm, majesty palms: Hi Chetna, Welcome to NYC! Or perhaps you just changed apartments as I am about to do in two weeks! You are probably watering your ponytail palm too frequently. This is a plant that needs to have the soil dry out pretty thoroughly in between waterings....

House Plants: Dying Indoor Plants, bright indirect light, euphorbia ingens
bright indirect light, euphorbia ingens, website fo: Hi Meredith, Although caring for indoor plants is hardly rocket science, it is not a no-brainer either. There is much to know if you are to have success with houseplants. The first thing you need to understand that different plants have different light...

House Plants: Dying Norfolk Island Pine, norfolk island pine, plant questions
norfolk island pine, plant questions, sunny window: Hi Rocky, You cannot make up for water neglect by flooding the plant. If all of the needles on the 3 trunks are dry, then they are dead and beyond recovery. I suggest that you cut them down at the base and discard them. For the remaining healthy stem,...

House Plants: Dying peace lilly, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, dead leaves: Tasha, It is in way too big a pot. Peace lillies need to be in a pot not much bigger around than the plant is. They like to be rootbound. They also like to be kept on the dry side. You are way overwatering it. I water my peace lilly once every 10-14 days....

House Plants: Dying plant, leaf plant, betel leaf
leaf plant, betel leaf, warm temperatures: Jonathon, Where are you located? I have no experience with this plant but after consulting my references I find that it is a very tropical plant and requires high humidity, lots of sun and warm temperatures. My referencs say that the betel leaf plant...

House Plants: Dying plant, sunny kitchen, plant food
sunny kitchen, plant food, ficus: Hi Diane, First, we have to get a proper identification of your plant. I believe it may be a Ficus benjamina. Can you search for a photo to see if it matches yours? Or can you e-mail me a photo to my address below? Also, how long have you had this plant?...

House Plants: Dying plants, plant failure, indoor plants
plant failure, indoor plants, excessive dryness: Hi Sheila, Indoor plants can be repotted at any time of year. However, repotting is a good idea only when a plant is extremely potbound. Repotting does not solve light and watering problems. In fact, unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause...

House Plants: Dying Rubber Plant, proper soil, heavy soil
proper soil, heavy soil, potting soil: Hi Lucie, You made the most common of all plant care mistakes when you repotted your rubber plant. The soil it was growing in originally was the proper soil for it. In addition, it was in a pot that was small enough to dry out fairly quickly. Heavy soil...

House Plants: Dying Rubber Tree, jade plants, consistent temperatures
jade plants, consistent temperatures, plastic pot: Rebecca, It sounds like you are doing most everything right except I would swap windows on the plants. The jade should be okay in the north or an east or west window. The ficus (rubber tree)needs as much sun as possible so I would set it in the biggest...

House Plants: Dying Rubber Tree, rapid deterioration, leaf loss
rapid deterioration, leaf loss, rubber tree: Hi Liz, Such rapid deterioration of your plant suggests either a serious lack of light or a serious watering problem or both. You didn t provide any informaton in that regard, so I don t know which applies. Your rubber tree should be right in front of...

House Plants: Dying Spider Plant, spider plant, terrible shape
spider plant, terrible shape, windowsill: Hi Jessica, Without seeing a good photo of your spider plant, I cannot tell if it can be saved. If the new place that you moved it to initially was not directly in front of a window, then the lack of the light is the primary cause of its deterioration....

House Plants: Dying schefflera?, lighting conditions, potting mix
lighting conditions, potting mix, adjustment period: Hi Lian, My answer will surprise you. The problem is due to the repotting that you did right after purchasing it. As you already know, plants do go through an adjustment period when they are moved to a new location. Transplanting them at that time adds...

House Plants: Dying Umbrella Tree, fungus gnats, umbrella tree
fungus gnats, umbrella tree, sun work: Rosemary, You didn t say where you live or where you have it sitting but this tree loves the sun. Your best chance for saving it is to set it outdoors and let the sun work on it. Yes, you were overwatering it indoors and the bugs are fungus gnats. But,...

House Plants: Dying Yucca Plant, yukka plant, yucca plant
yukka plant, yucca plant, yukka: Hi Chris, Thanks for the photo. The tallest cane is definitely dead. Twist the cane in place until it easily can be pulled up and out of the pot. Then press the surrounding soil into the vacated hole. Do not add any soil as your Yucca is already in too...

House Plants: damaged pony tail palm, pony tail, bald top
pony tail, bald top, e mail: Hi Paul, Do you think there is a connection to the painters and the deterioration of your ponytail? Did the painters do something to it? Was it in the dark during the painting? Please elaborate. If not, then its deterioration is likely due to a problem...

House Plants: dark tip on plant, dark tip, house plant
dark tip, house plant, houseplant: Donna, I need to know what kind of houseplant it is to answer your question? Where do you live? In what state? Or country? How often do you water it? Have you fertilized it? How much sun has it been getting? How long have you had it? Let me know and I...

House Plants: decorative pepper plant, pepper plant, jerusalem cherry
pepper plant, jerusalem cherry, purple colour: Katrina, Yes, all decorative peppers are edible no matter what color, but they are very hot. I use them all the time in cajun cooking in my northern Indiana home. The smaller they are the hotter they are. Just a note,there is a plant, the Jerusalem Cherry,...

House Plants: defenbachia??, indirect light, boyfreind
indirect light, boyfreind, defenbachia: Hi Rayne, If the temps did not go below freezing, then there is a reasonably chance that the roots were protected by the surrounding soil and may be OK. The damaged leaves and stems will not recover and you did the right thing in trimming them off. As long...

House Plants: Our defenbachia, rooting hormone, new leaves
rooting hormone, new leaves, defenbachia: Selma, Yes, this is normal. Eventually you will want to cut the top off and apply rooting hormone to the cut then insert it in a new pot of soil and it will grow roots and start a new plant. Or you can even put it in the soil beside the old base. The old...

House Plants: defenbachia, neighborhood cats, shady area
neighborhood cats, shady area, afternoon sun: Hello Nancy, Your plant should do fine outdoors. Make sure its in a mostly shady area that doesn t get exposed to the afternoon sun. You should also bring it back indoors if the temp ever drops below 50 degreesF. Keep an eye on the soil as well; it may...

House Plants: defenbachia??, spider mites, self watering pots
spider mites, self watering pots, warm soapy water: Amy, Look at it closely for insects, look at it in bright sunlight or shine a flashlight on it and lookk for fine webs all over it, spider mites. If you fine webs wash the leavs with slightly warm soapy water. At least 2 tablespoons of dishsoap per gallon...

House Plants: deifenbach, compact plant, potting mix
compact plant, potting mix, house plant: Hi Dan, Dieffenbachias invariably grow so tall that there stems are no longer strong enough to support them. Some people prop them up with stakes, but that not only looks unattractive, but it is only a temprary solution. The best solution is what you...

House Plants: desert rose care, porch area, salty wind
porch area, salty wind, mid 40s: Maryanne, As long as the porch is glassed in and not just screened it should be fine for those nights that the temps drop below 50 degrees. You can prune them but I would not prune the whole plant at once, I would prune 2 branches down to the shorter height...

House Plants: I desperately need your help!, dragon tree, potting soil
dragon tree, potting soil, potted plants: Hi Monika, The worms came in with either the soil that the plant was potted in or in the bagged soil that you purchased. In either case, Home Depot is responsible. The worms did not come in from outside or via the butterfly. If I were you, I would take...

House Plants: How to determine light exposure, light exposure, darlene
light exposure, darlene, hours of sunlight: Donna, You are asking me to write a book. I suggest that you study the following website and then if you have specific questions write again: http://muextension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/hort/g06515.htm That site shoud answer most of your questions....

House Plants: How to determine light?, dark apartment, indoor plants
dark apartment, indoor plants, lit room: Hi Kate, If your room has east windows: You would get several hours of direct sun each morning immediately in front of the windows. However, from late morning on, the light would be bright indirect light. Off to the side of the windows or back away from...

House Plants: devil's ivy, upstairs bedroom, flouride
upstairs bedroom, flouride, apparent cause: Andrea, After rereading everything, I suspect that the plants in the south windows are not being watered often enough. As I said the more light they get the more often they need water. The ones that don t get much light don t have the problem because they...

House Plants: dieffenbachia, spider mites, leaf rot
spider mites, leaf rot, brown leaf: Hi Ingrid, Dieffenbachias do best when the top third to half of the soil is allowed to get dry to the touch in between thorough waterings. Leaf yellowing can result from either under or over watering or from other reasons altogether. Also check your...

House Plants: dieffenbachia, new leaves, potting soil
new leaves, potting soil, main stock: Hi Rhonda, There is really nothing that you can do. Increasing the light helps a bit, but not very much. It is the nature of Dieffenbachias to grow tall and snap their brittle stems or tip over. Fortunately, they respond very well to pruning, which is...

House Plants: dieffenbachia, tagawa gardens, foliage plant
tagawa gardens, foliage plant, african violets: Ahhh, the sweet smell of the Dieffenbachia. Worth waiting for, although few of us ever get that lucky. Pat yourself on the back, Sarah. In the Tagawa Gardens Basic Houseplant Care page, you ll note, It is rare to see a Dieffenbachia bloom indoors...In...

House Plants: dieffenbachia, potting soil, dieffenbachia
potting soil, dieffenbachia, indoor fountain: Bonnie, They are not normally grown for their blooms. The blooms are not what most folks would consider beautiful but they do bloom occasionally, usually when they are old and very rootbound. The humidity from your fountain probably helps. Enjoy it. Good...

House Plants: dieing house plant, alternate periods, tiny flowers
alternate periods, tiny flowers, best guess: Leonard Niro, You gave me very little information to go on. Is this a tree or a small plant? What size is the pot? How often do you water it? How much light does it get? What color was the blooms? Most plants only bloom once a year. My best guess would...

House Plants: dieing plant, proper diagnosis, tiny flowers
proper diagnosis, tiny flowers, unknown species: Hi Leonard, I need lots more information to be able to help you. The most important piece of information is the plant s identity. If you can email a photo of it to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com, then I can ID it for you. In addition, a photo will reveal...

House Plants: diffenbachia propogation, moist soil, new leaves
moist soil, new leaves, short answer: Hi Joe, The short answer is yes. Any stem section can be rooted as long as there is at least one node in contact with water or moist soil and at least one other node exposed to the air. A node is the ring on a stem where a leaf formerly was attached...

House Plants: diffenbachia, excellent care, root rot
excellent care, root rot, darlene: Lucinda, You have probably been taking excellent care of them and you have not repottted them so they are somewhat rootbound. Most plants bloom and are much likelier to do so when they are rootbound. The plants stay healthier if they are somewhat rootbound...

House Plants: dipladenia indoors during winter with ample light from grow lights, alcohol swabs, baking soda
alcohol swabs, baking soda, easy options: Jonathon, Yes, you can treat it like it is summer as long as you are giving it longer days than nights with your light system. You have 2 fairly easy options for getting rid of the black spot. The first would be to spray it lightly with aerosol Lysol spray...

House Plants: disease on house plant (?), rosemary tree, sago palm
rosemary tree, sago palm, palm plant: Hi Patty, Let s start by getting a proper ID for your plant because that matters. I suspect you have a sago palm, but I need confirmation. I also believe that your plant may have mealybugs. Is the white stuff soft and cotton-like? If you can email a...

House Plants: diseases scales, jade plants, lime tree
jade plants, lime tree, oil soap: Hi Linda I just bought a plant that was loaded with scale-so badly I had to throw it away. I know how aggravating this can be. Try mixing a bit of Murphy s Oil Soap with the alcohol and spraying with that. That usually works. Also, you can purchase at...

House Plants: Why doesn't my Peace Lilly bloom?, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, facing window: Hi Wendy, Although there is no harm in watering from the bottom - provided it is done properly, and it often is not - that has no relevance to the lack of flowers. Spathiphyllum or peace lily is a sporadic bloomer and it varies widely with the particular...

House Plants: dolphin plant or goldfish plant, epsom salts, plant fertilizer
epsom salts, plant fertilizer, seed pods: Bonnie, I suspect that the white berries are seed pods and no they will not turn into flowers. I suggest that your friend cut the seep pods off. The process of ripening them will weaen the plant and the seeds will not produce a plant with the same beautiful...

House Plants: I don't know what kind of plany I have?, housewarming gift, shiney
housewarming gift, shiney, croton: Michelle, It may be a croton. Go to Google and put in Croton then hit search, then click on images and look at the pictures that come up. If that is not what it is I need you to email me a picture of it to plantlady6@yahoo.com and I will identify it for...

House Plants: I don't know the name of the plant, I need to find out how to care for it. I can explain what it looks like., string of pearls, desert tropicals
string of pearls, desert tropicals, duluth mn: Nancy, 1. String of pearls Latin name: Senecio radicans More info available at: http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/1777/ http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Asteraceae/Senecio_radicans.html 2. Lay a string on top of the soil in a separate pot and...

House Plants: donkey's tail, sedum burrito, cactus soil
sedum burrito, cactus soil, chicago apartment: Niki, It is not getting enough sun. To form the beautiful whorls of leaves you describe it needs lots of sun. When you repotted it did you use sandy cactus soil? Also do you fertilize it with a cactus fertilizer? It needs to be next to a south facing window...

House Plants: donkeys tail, sedum morganianum, moist soil
sedum morganianum, moist soil, dwarf variety: Hi Linda, Donkey s Tail (Sedum morganianum) is in the same family as the jade plant (Crassula). It is unusual in that it has long hanging stems sometimes as long as 3 to 4 feet. A dwarf variety of this plant, called Sedum burrito, is called Baby Burro s...

House Plants: I dont know what is happening to my Bromeliad, african violets, bromeliad
african violets, bromeliad, bromeliads: Isabel, Please note that in my AllExperts profile it is listed that I only answer questions relating to AFRICAN VIOLETS. Sorry, but I am not knowledgeable in many other plant areas. To answer your bromeliad question you must direct it to one of the other...

House Plants: In door Corn plant, aggie horticulture, corn plants
aggie horticulture, corn plants, corn plant: Ed, For starters corn plants do not lik direct sun shining on them. They are better off 6 feet away from a south, east or west window. That said to simply cut it off and pitch the top that you cut off you just tae a shrp pair of pruners and cut the main...

House Plants: dracaena, tropical plants, frost damage
tropical plants, frost damage, s green: Lynda, You did not say what kind of dracaena?? I suggest you try this, if the trunk is not mushy or rotten from the frost damage. Or you could simply prune down to healthy trunk tissue. In any case you probably do not need to dig up or unpot the plant....

House Plants: dracaena fragrams massangeana flowers, flower spike, corn plant
flower spike, corn plant, plant questions: Hi Irish, Once a corn plant is mature enough to flower, it will usually flower once or twice per year thereafter, as long as it is not repotted or relocated. The flowers are very sticky and very messy once they start to turn brown and dry. I suggest...

House Plants: Is dracaena fragrans massangeana okay with cats, cayenne pepper, cats and dogs
cayenne pepper, cats and dogs, house plants: Eva, Dracaena fragrans Massangeana is harmless to people and slightly poisonous to cats and dogs. It causes vomiting and abdominal pain, but is never lethal unless the animal eats several large leaves and it usually causes vomiting before they can accomplish...

House Plants: dracaena fragrans, flower pod, jack and the beanstalk
flower pod, jack and the beanstalk, plant propagation: if kept in smaller pots you will limit the height of the plant(kind of like bonsai). my guess is you have it in a larger pot. you could airlayer the top from the bottom 1/2 and start 2 new plants. buy a plant propagation book at your local garden center and...

House Plants: dracaena marginata, heart breakers, root rot
heart breakers, root rot, sunny window: Hi Jacqui, D. marginatas can be heart-breakers in low light. They do very well for quite some time and then one day they start to deteriorate and that may be hard to reverse. The problem is that they really need more than low light if they are to thrive....

House Plants: dracaena massangeana, indirect sunlight, corn plant
indirect sunlight, corn plant, massangeana: Tessa, Yes, you can. My question is why was it out side to begin with? Unless it was in deep shade it was probably getting too much sun outdoors and the brown may be at least partly from sunburn. It is from the floor of the jungle and does not like the...

House Plants: dracaena massangeana, kyushu island, jack and the beanstalk
kyushu island, jack and the beanstalk, unassuming plant: Dracaena fragrans Massangeana -- known to the world as the Corn Plant due to its similar leaves and featured online here: http://www.dracaena.com/Massangeana.asp Let me tell you, Andy, this unassuming plant is full of surprises. Remember that fairy...

House Plants: dracaena massangeana cane plant, massangeana cane plant, leaf joints
massangeana cane plant, leaf joints, lowes: Raquel, It is best done in the spring but I have been successful this time of year. First, buy some rooting hormone at a garden center at Lowes or Home Depot or another garden center. It comes in a small bottle and is a powder. Cut the side shoots...

House Plants: dracaena massangeana, tender loving care, yellow leaves
tender loving care, yellow leaves, new roots: Julie, Absolutely do not repot them at this point. Only repot a plant when it is actively growing, never when it is struggling. Most plants like to be rootbound and stay healthier when they are. The yellow leaves and brown spots have most likely been caused...

House Plants: dracaena repotting, styrofoam pellets, drainage holes
styrofoam pellets, drainage holes, self watering pots: Viki, This is not really the best time of year to repot any plants. In fact I suggest that for now you trim the roots that are coming out of the drain hole off and postpone the repotting until after April 1st. Right now the days are getting shorter so plants...

House Plants: dracaena, inch pots, livingroom window
inch pots, livingroom window, drain tray: Beth, It is best to prune it in the spring but it can be done now. First go to a garden center and buy some rooting hormone, Lowes, Walmart, Home Depot all carry it, it comes in a small plastic bottle. You can cut the plant down as far as you would like...

House Plants: My dracanea is dying help, fertilizer spikes, jobes
fertilizer spikes, jobes, e mail: Hi Temnma, I cannot help you without knowing more about your Dracaena. Is there any healthy new growth? How much light does it get. How large is the pot? How tall is the plant? How do you deceide when to water? Remove the fertilizer spikes. They will...

House Plants: draceana, dracaena plant, plant questions
dracaena plant, plant questions, root problem: Hi Jon, Once a stem on a Dracaena loses all of its leaves, it is unlikely to recover. Usually, there is a root problem behind the loss of so many leaves. Repotting, overwatering and root rot are the usual culprits. You can try cutting the bare stem to...

House Plants: dracena, dracena plant, fish water
dracena plant, fish water, potting soil: Hi Kathy, I need a little better description than white stuff. Does it look like small bits of cotton, for example? Or is it dry and powdery? Why do you think it is coming out of the roots? Do you see the same white stuff in the soil? A photo sent...

House Plants: draecena, janet craig, internet search engine
janet craig, internet search engine, draceana: as long as you leave some foliage below the cut it will put off a new shoot near the end. it won t look too neat until the new shoot grows some. sounds like the pot is too small to support the foliage weight. repotting it will make it grow taller unless you...

House Plants: dragon tree / fur or moss on top of soil?, mold fungus, dragon tree
mold fungus, dragon tree, plant person: Hi there, I m tempted to write that maybe the fur-like thing is a dragon, but of course it is not! LOL! The only things I could imagine that it could be are a caterpillar or some kind of mold (fungus). But without a better description, I cannot be sure....

House Plants: dragontree, dragon trees, darlene
dragon trees, darlene, blooms: Patrick, Several different plants are called Dragon Trees. I assume you mean draceana marginata? You can see a picture of this plant at the following website: http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week215.shtml No this plant very rarely blooms and not until...

House Plants: drooped Jade, top heavy, stems
top heavy, stems, trunks: Hi Halla, As long as the plant is healthy I wouldn t worry too much about it. Jades tend to get very top heavy and will droop somewhat from the weight of their leaves. I would try increasing the light though, drooping stems can be a sign of lack of light....

House Plants: drooping Crassula, jade plant, top heavy
jade plant, top heavy, little water: Halla, Yes, I have had them droop. It can be caused by several things. 1. Too little light so the branch weakens. 2. Too little water in which case you can water it and it will perk up. 3. As you said it is too top heavy with leaves in which cas a littl...

House Plants: drooping Crassula, jades, ill effects
jades, ill effects, top heavy: Hi Halla, Although it is possible for large jades to droop from wilting (due to either under or overwatering), it is most likely that the plant needs to be pruned. Indoor light is not nearly as intense as outdoor light. That is why indoor jades develop...

House Plants: drooping caladium, angel wing, new leaves
angel wing, new leaves, beautiful angel: Sarah, Your subject line said drooping caladium but your letter said angel wing plant, an angel wing is a begonia. Either way, with either plant, the problem is too much water. The roots are rotting because you are keeping it in a swamp. Cut back and let...

House Plants: droopy peace lily, peace lily, plant questions
peace lily, plant questions, sunny location: Hi Gayla, Peace lilies have fairly fragile root systems that don t like to be disturbed. Repotting can be quite traumatic for them, but as long the roots are healthy and the repotting was done properly, then yours should recover with a week or so. If it...

House Plants: dropping leaves, sized pot, drain tray
sized pot, drain tray, facing window: Kate, Stop watering so often. You are way overwatering it. I assume the plant is in a container with a hole in the bottom for drainage and a drain tray under it. When you water it you should give it enough water so aall the soil in the pot is moist and...

House Plants: dry leaves on corn plant, drainage holes, corn plant
drainage holes, corn plant, dry leaves: Hi Jim, The symptoms you described are indicative of a problem with the roots. Check for roots that are growing out of the drainage holes in the pot. Check also for a mass of roots at the bottom of the rootball. If you find either, they should be cut off...

House Plants: dry soil, different kinds of plants, dry soil
different kinds of plants, dry soil, garden soil: Hi Bev, Plants are stable things that do not like change very much. The change from outdoors to indoors is a big environmental shift for most plants. In particular, the reduction in light when plants are moved indoors is far greater than most people realize....

House Plants: dumb cane, aggie horticulture, pot size
aggie horticulture, pot size, dumb cane: Kharen, I would not move it to a pot more than 16 inches wide and I would start by air layering the top off. First purchase a small bottle of rooting hormone at your nearest garden center and a bag of good potting soil and a bag of extra perlite. Go to...

House Plants: dumb cane, moist soil, dumbcane
moist soil, dumbcane, dumb cane: Hi Pam, Dieffenbachias are notorious for bending over under their own weight as they grow taller. This is because their leaves are so large and heavy. Regular pruning is required to keep them from flopping over. The thickness of the stems depends on...

House Plants: dumb cane, dumb cane, moist soil
dumb cane, moist soil, new leaves: Hi Roma, Sorry for taking so long to answer your question. A dieffenbachia (Dumb cane) can be propagated by cutting the main stem/trunk, so you can just cut off the top of the plant. You can cut it down as far as you need to. Dip the cut end in some rooting...

House Plants: dumb cane, 4 leaves, dumb cane
4 leaves, dumb cane, potting soil: Robin, It s been a long time since I tried that because I found it to be a less reliable method and it takes longer but it will work. It would take at least 6 months before the individual plants would be large enough to pot them individually. Darlen...

House Plants: dumb canes, dumb canes, new leaves
dumb canes, new leaves, dumb cane: Roger, This is a fairly typical problem. The best way to cut it back is to air layer it. Doing this you end up with 2 plants. A new one from the top part and your old original one will sprout new leaves and grow toward the ceiling again. You can find full...

House Plants: most durable low-light plant?, peace lily, zz plant
peace lily, zz plant, dry soil: Hi Bob, Durable can mean a lot of things, so it is hard to know just what your concern is. A ZZ plant does well in low light and can easily go a month without water, but it should stay in temps above 50 degrees. It will withstand drought, but will not...

House Plants: dutchman's pipe, aristolochia littoralis, light preference
aristolochia littoralis, light preference, morning sun: Hi Brandy The Dutchman s Pipe, aka Aristolochia littoralis is a vine which produces pipe shaped flowers. In order to produce flowers, the plant needs full but not direct sun. They need a well draining soil. So far, it sounds as if you are doing everything...

House Plants: dwarf banana tree, dwarf banana, banana tree
dwarf banana, banana tree, inch pot: Karl, It needs a 12 inch pot. 2 parts of regular potting soil and 1 part of perlite and 1 part of sand mixed in will be fine for soil. Set it in front of a south facing window. It needs as much sun as you can give it. Water it once a week but let it dry...

House Plants: dwarf key lime soil bug (pest?), potting soil mix, lime soil
potting soil mix, lime soil, insect larvae: Hi Jen, Thanks for the Waterwatcher link. The science behind this device is sound. The key to making it work effectively is making sure that the tiny sensor is located exactly at the the right depth in the soil. For example, with your lime the sensor should...

House Plants: dwarf Scheffleras, dwarf schefflera, brown thumb
dwarf schefflera, brown thumb, insult to injury: Hi Mayi, I am sorry that you did not fine my answer more satisfactory. In your question you stated that the reason you started watering more frequently was because the soil was getting drier not because the leaves were turning yellow. If you re-read your...

House Plants: dwarf umbrealla tree, schefflera arboricola, indirect sunlight
schefflera arboricola, indirect sunlight, umbrella tree: Hi Betul, I am surprised that the instructions recommended direct sun. Although it can do well with a few hours of direct sun, it should have mostly bright indirect sun for most of the day. Right in front of a north or east window would be the best location....

House Plants: dying boston fern, boston fern, tropical rainforests
boston fern, tropical rainforests, anaerobic bacteria: Nephrolepis exaltata hails from the tropical rainforests - it loves steamy, warm, humid air and is hardy only to Zone 9. Yet, frost will not kill it, and unlike most ferns, this one will take periods of drought that would destroy most others. Bad drainage...

House Plants: dying Chinese evergreen, chinese evergreen, moderate light
chinese evergreen, moderate light, hi amy: Hi Amy, Whether or not it can be saved may depend on how long it was in a non-lighted area. Placing it in direct outdoor sun is probably the cause of the immediate damage to the leaves. The yellowed leaves will not recover, so you may want to cut them...

House Plants: dying hibiscus plant, bottom drainage, drainage holes
bottom drainage, drainage holes, shadows on the window: Hi Tasha, I hope you were satisfied enough with my answer to take the time to give me a rating. Thank you Will Creed Hi Tasha, From your description of the light, I don t think that light is a problem for your Hibiscus. Drooping,...

House Plants: dying house plant, tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol
tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls: Brandon, I suspect your plant is a schefflera and the little brown /tan tear drop shaped flakes are an insect called scale. Take cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol and use that to remove the scale from the stems. The alcohol will kill them instantly....

House Plants: My dying house plant, sudden temperature changes, liquid fertilizer
sudden temperature changes, liquid fertilizer, house plants: Hi Jessica, You really cannot water a plant on a schedule. Plants should be watered when they need it. Unless the care requirements for the plant state that it needs to be dryer or kept moist at at times you should allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry...

House Plants: dying house plants, wet scrape, spider mites
wet scrape, spider mites, soil surface: Hi Laura, It is hard to give you a definitive answer without knowing what kind of plant you have, its size, the light it receives, and your watering routine. Based on what little you have told me, it s probably mold on the soil surface and that suggests...

House Plants: dying house plants, dry soil, house plants
dry soil, house plants, sunny location: Yen, Yes, it sounds like you have overwatered them. More plants are killed by too much water than by too little. You have to be very careful not to water most houseplants until they feel dry and light weight. It sounds like you did the right thing in...

House Plants: dying houseplant, corn plant, time tom
corn plant, time tom, wasting my time: Tom, How dead is this corn plant? If it is totally brown and crispy then chances are it will not reverse and start growing again. How long was it totally dry? I would not soak it in water. Just water it well and cut off all the brown parts then sit in a...

House Plants: dying indoor ivy, spider mites, ivy plants
spider mites, ivy plants, drain tray: Wendy, Inspect the plant for very fine spider webs all over it. You may have to hold it up to the sun or a bright light to see them. Spider mites love to attack ivy plants. They can kill one within 2 days. I have had experience with this. If the plant...

House Plants: dying ivy, mite infestations, spider mites
mite infestations, spider mites, spider mite: Hi Sara, Hedera ivies have rather fussy root systems that react poorly to being repotted and to not being watered properly. They are not very forgiving of lapses in care. When they go, they tend to go quickly and with little warning. I suspect that the...

House Plants: dying kalanchoe, new roots, full bloom
new roots, full bloom, april 1st: Laci, This plant is a succulent and should not be watered until it is very dry and light weight. The only time it needs more water is when it is in full bloom, then you should still wait till the surface of the soil is dry before watering. It sounds to...

House Plants: dying palm, michael oswalt, spider mites
michael oswalt, spider mites, dish soap: Michael, It sounds like it has scale. It is a small sucking insect that looks like brown spots on the backs of the leaves. Mix 3 tablespoons of dish soap in a gallon of water and spray the palm Daily for a week. Make sure you get the fronts and backs of...

House Plants: dying peace lillys, tropical climate, heavy rain
tropical climate, heavy rain, lilies: Hi Kay, Unless you live in a tropical climate where peace lilies grow naturally, then your peace lilies will not fare well outside in the ground. Potted peace lilies are hybrids that are intended for indoor use. Outside the light is too bright (except...

House Plants: dying plant?, bamboo palm, indirect sunlight
bamboo palm, indirect sunlight, brown patches: Hi Breanna, Baby oil is not good for plants. It is too oily. However, I don t think that is the cause of the problem. The repotting is the likely culprit. These plants have small and fragile roots that do not like to be disturbed. The chances are that...

House Plants: dying plant, spider mite, potting soil
spider mite, potting soil, umbrella plant: Hi Danette, Your plant sounds as if it is a schefflera, botonical name is Brassaia Actinophylla aka Umbrella Plant. The white film on the top of your soil could be a couple of things; if it is crystal like or crusty looking, it may be an accumulation...

House Plants: dying plants, repotting plants, water requirements
repotting plants, water requirements, root rot: Hi Nichole, Maintaining inherited plants is alway difficult. First, there is a change in light and perhaps temperatures and humidity, as well. Second, there is a change in care. Unless you can consult with your Aunt about her watering routine, it is hard...

House Plants: dying spikes, sure what kind, kittle
sure what kind, kittle, little water: Dani, I m not sure what kind of plant you mean. It is either suffering from too much or too little water and maybe not enough sun. You can email me a picture to plantlady6@yahoo.com. Let me know how much sun it is getting and how often you water it. ...

House Plants: A dying unknown plant..., peace lily, black leaves
peace lily, black leaves, inch pot: Sean, It is a peace lily and the black leaves indicate that she has been watering it too much. It needs to be in a very bright location but it doesn t like the sun to actually shine on it. A few feet from that south facing window would be great. It needs...

House Plants: it's dying! waaahh!!!, cactus soil, jade plant
cactus soil, jade plant, dec 6th: Diane, http://www.paghat.com/kalanchoe.html Check out that site and let me know if that is your plant. if so it needs bright light and little water, to be treated like a cactus. It needs to be in sandy cactus soil and only needs fertilizer once a year...

House Plants: Effects of chlorine on plants, pool water, water place
pool water, water place, tap water: Hi Danin, I know the answer, but it is important for you to discover the answer by doing the experiment. The experiment is not hard to do. Get at least three small plants all of the same kind and size. Water one of them with dechlorinated (filtered...

House Plants: Eggs? on roots of ivy., fertilizer pellets, fungus growth
fertilizer pellets, fungus growth, release fertilizer: Hi Julie, It is very unlikely that those are eggs. Plant pests don t lay eggs. If the cluster is attached to one another and is soft, then it is probably a fungus growth in the soil. If so, just remove it and the surrounding soil. It is harmless to the...

House Plants: Eggs in my soil!, fertilizer pellets, interior landscaper
fertilizer pellets, interior landscaper, styrofoam balls: Hi Jen, I am pleased to inform you that those are not spider eggs. They are timed released fertilizer pellets. The pellets absorb water and dissolve a small quantity of nutrients into the soil whenever the plant is watered. They have a hard outer shell...

House Plants: Eggs? on soil, fertilizer pellets, egg sacs
fertilizer pellets, egg sacs, spider eggs: Hi Pat, I am an expert on house plants, but not spider eggs. However, I have never see spider eggs in potting soil and I doubt very strongly that is what you are seeing. Perlite is white and granular and interspersed throughout the soil, not clustered...

House Plants: Elephant Ear Houseplant, elephant ears, elephant ear
elephant ears, elephant ear, night temperatures: Andrew, Elephant ears are not indoor plants. It should be outdoors in full sun. It probably shriveled because it is not getting enough light. Move it outdoors and I beleive it will perk up and grow more stalks. It can stay in the pot but do not overwater...

House Plants: Elephant Ear, darlene frank, elephant ears
darlene frank, elephant ears, extreme makeover home edition: Frank, My suggestions for large floor plants that will work indoors year around would be a large dieffenbachia (picture at http://home.scarlet.be/~tsh77586/DiefAmoe.jpg), or a large dracaena (check out http://dracaena.com). There are several kinds, look...

House Plants: Elephant Ears, bright indirect light, elephant ears
bright indirect light, elephant ears, elephant ear: Hi Rowena, For best results, you should respect its dormant period, but it might do all right through the winter if you ignored my advice. You would not be the first person who has done well by ignoring my advice! I think Wikipedic would be a more current...

House Plants: Elephant ear/Alocasia, water droplets, drip water
water droplets, drip water, elephant ear: Hi Margaret, Clear water droplets emitted from leaf tips is part of a process called guttation. It is simply the release of excess water pressure that has built up inside the plant. It usually occurs early in the day. It is not a sign that anything is...

House Plants: Elephant ear plants, elephant ear plants, guestions
elephant ear plants, guestions, msucares: Additional website: http://www.emilycompost.com/elephant_ear.htm Brian, http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg05/sg050915propagate.html The above sites give more info. You propagate them by dividing the tuber, kind of like cutting a potato in...

House Plants: English and Algerian Ivy, english ivy plant, algerian ivy
english ivy plant, algerian ivy, leaf tips: Hi Diana, There is almost nothing that you could have done in one week that would cause your English ivy to die. Most likely the roots were in bad shape when you acquired it and you happened to get it at just the wrong time. The fact that it has not needed...

House Plants: English Ivy, english ivy, darlene
english ivy, darlene, foliage: Dear L., Ivy can be an indoors plant or an outdoors plant. It is easier to grow outdoors but can most certainly be grown indoors! It needs to be grown in a location where there is enough natural light that you can read without a lamp. The following 2 sites...

House Plants: English ivy, hedera ivy, spider mites
hedera ivy, spider mites, leaf loss: Hi Barb, Leaf loss on a Hedera ivy is a generic symptom that can be caused by improper watering, inadequate light, and spider mites and repotting. I would have to have more information about your plant to be able to give you a more specific answer. Tell...

House Plants: EPIPHYLLUM OXYPETALUM, plant questions, fungal infection
plant questions, fungal infection, blooms: Hi Nancy, Unfortunately, brown spots on an Epi are a generic symptom, meaning that they have several causes. Irregular watering is the most common cause. Exposure to unusually high or low temps is another cause. A fungal infection is another possibility,...

House Plants: Epiphillia?, orange blossoms, flowering cacti
orange blossoms, flowering cacti, correct spelling: Elizabeth, Take a clipping and lay it on an airy table for 3-4 days so the cut can dry and heal over. Then insert it into a pot of sand , perlite or vermiculite and water it. Keep it on the dry side by watering only when it is dry. It should root in about...

House Plants: Epiphyllum oxypetalum, orchid mix, epiphyllum oxypetalum
orchid mix, epiphyllum oxypetalum, unusual plants: Hi Alexis, Thanks for the great rating and nomination. That helps keep me near the top of the Experts rating list. I would opt for fertilizing more regularly rather than repotting. As you know, repotting is stressful, especially when you are replacing...

House Plants: Epsom salts, epsom salts, commercial fertilizers
epsom salts, commercial fertilizers, fertilizer manufacturers: Hi Sabine, I am not responsible for the posts of other experts on this site. In fact, I frequently disagree with some of the outdated, unprofessional advice that is offered up here. Each expert posts independently. There is some truth to Epsom salts...

House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli, sticky residue, daylight hours
sticky residue, daylight hours, e mail: Hi Debbie, The pencil cactus is a really neat-looking plant. There are several possible causes of stem drop. The most common would be improper watering. If your pencil cactus is in the same pot that it came in, then it should not need water more than...

House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli - propagation by cuttings, pencil tree, rooting hormones
pencil tree, rooting hormones, milky latex: Brian, I used semi old growth, baiscally in spring before ne growth had started but used tip cuttings. Do not mist them. You wouldn t mist cactus and this succulent should be treated like a cactus. You didn t say where you are, if the days are 14 hours...

House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli, drain tray, s drain
drain tray, s drain, desert plant: Debbie, I highly suspect it is lack of light and overwatering. This is another desert plant. It loves the sun. i put mine out on my deck on the east side of the house during the summer. It gets full sun all morning till about 1 pm. Outside during the...

House Plants: Exacum/Persian violet, plant questions, cold hardy
plant questions, cold hardy, aster: Hi Abby, Yes, you can move your Persian violet outside, but protect it from direct sunlight. It will not survive freezing temps, and is not nearly as cold hardy as your Aster. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional...

House Plants: Exacum/Persian violet, persian violet, slow improvement
persian violet, slow improvement, plant questions: Hi Paige, Did you move your Persian violet into a larger pot? If so, that could account for the soil staying moist for too long. The soil should dry out enough to need water every 3-7 days. Wilting when the soil is moist is almost always indicative of rotting...

House Plants: eating succulents, cast iron plant, airplane propeller
cast iron plant, airplane propeller, succulent garden: Kate, The aloe you buy that is ingestible is diluted. You can use the leaves for skin treatment but I would not personally eat the leaves. In high concentrations they could cause nausea. Jade plants are not poisonous. They are a delicacy to elephants....

House Plants: echeveria leaves wilting, personal experience, mistake
personal experience, mistake, photos: I have no personal experience with this plant. Here are some links that might be helpfull. http://www.cactusland.com.au/photos/phsuccdh.htm https://highlandsucculents.safeserver.com/specials.htm http://www.cssainc.org/affiliat.html Sorry that I...

House Plants: elephant ear (Alocasia), bright indirect light, elephant ear
bright indirect light, elephant ear, tops and bottoms: Hi Gail, Alocasia is prone to getting brown patches on its leaves if the light and watering are not just right. It likes bright indirect light and can tolerate a few hours of direct sun. Water thoroughly whenever the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Avoid...

House Plants: elephant ear house plant, liquid fertilizer, elephant ear
liquid fertilizer, elephant ear, leaf tips: Hi Joan, There are several things that could cause leaf tips/edges to turn brown. The most common causes are too low humidity, overwatering and over fertilizing. Raise the humidity around the plant by placing a tray of pebbles and water under the plant....

House Plants: elephant ear plant, elephant ear, alocasia
elephant ear, alocasia, plant names: Hi Jenny, Elephant ear is one of those common plant names that is used to refer to several different plant species, including Philodendron, Alocasia and Calocasia. I will need to know which you have to be able to help you. If you can email a photo to...

House Plants: elephants foot, elephants foot, true name
elephants foot, true name, common names: Hi Melissa, Common names, such as elephant s foot, often get applied to different plant species. Usually, elephant s foot refers to Dioscorea elephantipes, but it might also apply to Beaucarnea recurvata. Let me know which of these you have and then...

House Plants: english ivy houseplant dieing?, bright indirect light, tiny specks
bright indirect light, tiny specks, spider mites: Hi Shasta, Your best bet is a Pothos. It is a low, vining plant, like your ivy, and it requires less light than the ivy. Without actually seeing the location, I cannot be sure it will have enough light for a Pothos, but it probably does. There is no other...

House Plants: erica heathers, flower spike, soil conditions
flower spike, soil conditions, pink flowers: Heathers can bloom several times a year if the growing conditions are right. Now that the flowers are spent, give your plant a haircut, pruning just below where the flower spike begins. This will promote new growth and the heather should bloom again in 3-4...

House Plants: eucalyptus plant, rootbound, house plant
rootbound, house plant, eucalyptus plant: Patricia, I live in northern IN. and have not grown eucalyptus. Below is a wonderful site that has a lot of detailed information. http://www.angelfire.com/bc/eucalyptus/eucgrowing.html You didn t say where in Florida you live. That site says they hate...

House Plants: eucalyptus, dried eucalyptus, grandaughter
dried eucalyptus, grandaughter, darlene: Brenda, It is dried eucalyptus and it is dyed. The dripping is dye dripping in the humidity. It should not be dangerous but it will stain skni clothing, etc. If it is exposed to rain you might see if you can find a way to protect it more. Good luck. ...

House Plants: False Aralia - propogating, false aralia, plant questions
false aralia, plant questions, e mail: Hi Cyn, Your prior experience is a good guide. False aralia cuttings typically drop all of the leaves before they develop roots when rooting in water. This is because the very thin leaves transpire a lot of water and the stems are not able to absorb enough...

House Plants: False Aralia, false aralia, new leaves
false aralia, new leaves, e mail: Hi Joey, I am not sure you have a problem here. It is normal for false aralias to drop older leaves as they add new ones on top. As long as you are adding as many or more than you are losing, then the plant is okay. Of course that means that this plant...

House Plants: Faltering Hibiscus, drain tray, new leaves
drain tray, new leaves, flourescent light: Hugh, The drafts will not hurt near as much as the lack of sun. Move it close to the window and add a flourescent light on it for 14 hours a day. Be very careful not to overwater. It needs to be kept on the dry side, water it and let it dry out well before...

House Plants: Fast growing plant that reacts to salt, african violets, tropical plants
african violets, tropical plants, added bonus: Dan, Most houseplants are tropical plants and will react negatively to salt. I ve noticed a lot of African violets for sale lately for around $2.00 each. They should have the negative reaction that you are looking for. Good luck. ...

House Plants: Fern Help?, inch pot, sliding glass
inch pot, sliding glass, city water: Sonja, Can you email me a picture of it to plantlady6@yahoo.com? I would suggest drying it out as soon as possible. You could plant it in the ground temporarily but without knowing what kind of fern it is or where you live I can t tell you if you can...

House Plants: Fern identification, asparagus setaceous, tongue fern
asparagus setaceous, tongue fern, nest fern: Hi Mar, Been shopping again, eh? Thanks for the photos. Both are lovely plants. The first fern (the sturdier one) is either a Bird s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) or a Hart s Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium) or maybe a cross of the two. The second...

House Plants: Fern - how keep healthy and green, night time temperature, inch pot
night time temperature, inch pot, morning sunlight: John, The best way to keep it healthy is to put it outside where it gets a lot more humidity. It loves humidity of 50% or more. It also gets night time temperature drops and morning dew. It likes the wind blowing through it s fronds. When you mist it...

House Plants: Fern problem, boston fern, back porch
boston fern, back porch, house plants: Hi Harry, Congratulations with your extraordinary success! I assume that the fern in question is a Boston fern or a similar variety. If it is only some of the fronds that are so long that they need trimming, then I recommend cutting off these long fronds...

House Plants: A Fern in Winter, northern climates, boston fern
northern climates, boston fern, nephrolepis exaltata: Boston Fern ( Nephrolepis exaltata to botanists) is a splendid houseplant in Northern climates. If you lived WAY down South, you could leave it outside. But being as you re in the Bluegrass State, you are going to have to grow this in a BRIGHT window with...

House Plants: Fern, smooth sides, scientific names
smooth sides, scientific names, ferns: See if you can find it on this website: http://www.audubon.org/local/sanctuary/corkscrew/Wildlife/FernID/FernID.html And then read this little piece, Why Ferns are Hard to Identify : http://hardyfernlibrary.com/ferns/hard.cfm (Hint: Multiple Scientific...

House Plants: Ferns, boston ferns, boston fern
boston ferns, boston fern, cold weather: Hi Veronica, Boston ferns are hardy in south Florida, but not in Atlanta. They can survive temps in the mid 30 s, but it is best to keep them above 40 degrees, if possible. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions....

House Plants: Ferns, peace lily, china dolls
peace lily, china dolls, companion plant: Hi Casey, I do remember your name, but don t remember suggesting using a China doll with a peace lily. In fact, I would think that the moist soil that a peace lily requires might not allow for sufficient dryness for the China doll roots. But I have been...

House Plants: Ferns, fern asparagus, asparagus setaceus
fern asparagus, asparagus setaceus, asparagus densiflorus: Hi Sandy, As I am sure you know, the air fern is not really a fern. In fact, it is not even a plant; it is a type of coral. So there are no ferns that look a lot like an air fern. In addition, Sprengeri fern (Asparagus densiflorus Sprengeri )is also not...

House Plants: Fertilizer, foliage plants, plant questions
foliage plants, plant questions, trace minerals: Hi Janice, Dyna-Gro brand fertilizers are complete - meaning they contain all of the micro and trace minerals as well as the major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium). Their product called Foliage Pro is the best fertilizer for potted foliage...

House Plants: Fertilizer for palms, fertilizer manufacturer, pot sizes
fertilizer manufacturer, pot sizes, palm species: Hi Rod, I think you may be focused on the wrong thing if you are seeking maximum growth for your palms. It is optimal light that leads to optimal growth. Fertilizer is a relatively minor factor in growth rate despite fertilizer manufacturer claims to the...

House Plants: Fertilizer, warneckii, minute quantities
warneckii, minute quantities, indoor plants: Hi Lisa, Yours is the third fertilizer question I have had today! Fertilizer for indoor plants is highly overrated and largely irrelevant because indoor plants use nutrients in such minute quantities. There is far greater risk in over fertilizing than...

House Plants: Fertilizing house plants, compost tea, dirty dish
compost tea, dirty dish, dish water: Hi Anthony, That is most definitely NOT true! Tap water does not contain the nutrients plants need and dishwater contains dishwashing soap which is NOT good for plants. The only thing that has all the nutrients a plant needs is a commercial full formula...

House Plants: Fertilizing TI Plant, correct fertilizer, ti plant
correct fertilizer, ti plant, superphosphate: Hi Milton, Let me state up front that fertilizer is really not very important and does not have nearly the benefits that the fertilizer ads lead us to believe. Good quality potting mixes have more than enough nutrients to last for several years or more....

House Plants: FICA Trees, ficus benjamina, ficus carica
ficus benjamina, ficus carica, northern climates: Hi Karen, I am afraid the answer is a definite no. Ficus benjamina is hardy only in south Florida and northern VA is not even close. Ficus carica (the fruit-bearing fig tree) can be grown outdoors in northern climates if precautions are taken to protect...

House Plants: FICUS PLANT, care of ficus trees, ficus plant
care of ficus trees, ficus plant, ficus benjamin: Hi June, Ficus trees are notorious for dropping lots of leaves whenever they are relocated. The problem is the change in light (from greenhouse to home) because the individual leaves are very light sensitive. The more direct sun the tree receives, the better...

House Plants: FICUS TREE, miracle grow potting mix, aquarium gravel
miracle grow potting mix, aquarium gravel, ficus trees: With potted plants the thing you have to worry about is drainage. What you want to do is put a layer of gravel into the bottom of the pot to help with drainage and to keep the soil from getting all boggy and seeping out of the pot. What I do is just take miracle...

House Plants: Fica Tree Care, ficus tree, information sheet
ficus tree, information sheet, darlene: Scott, I have no information sheet on any plants, I answer specific questions. Your ficus tree needs watered once a week and allowed to dry out between waterings. Do not overwater. It loves the sun. The following site has more info: http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/ficustree.htm...

House Plants: Fica Tree Pest, mealy bugs, tree pest
mealy bugs, tree pest, rubbing alcohol: Sharyl, Either get some Neem oil at a Garden Center such as Lowes or us rubbing alcohol stright out of the bottle in a spray bottle and spray them. They are called mealy bugs. You will need to spray twice a week for 2 weeks then weekly for 3 more to kill...

House Plants: Fica Tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, google search: Judy, I believe that you are growing ficus trees and there are many different varieties. If you want to send me pictures I can probably tell which variety you have. I did a google search for ficus pictures and this is a link to that search: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=ficus+tree&btnG=Google+Search&sa=N&tab=wi...

House Plants: about Fica tree, ficus trees, cayenne pepper
ficus trees, cayenne pepper, seventeen years: Sebastion, Ficus trees are very resilient. Put the soil back in the pot or fill it in with new soil. Make sure it is getting as much sun as possible, the more sun it gets the quicker it will recuperate. Make sure the surface of the soil is dry before it...

House Plants: Ficus, e mail address, interior landscaper
e mail address, interior landscaper, ficus plants: Hi Alex, Please send your request to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. That way I will have your e-mail address to send it to. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC If this information has been helpful, please...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, hose spray: Hi Krissy, Thanks for the photo. I have cared for hundreds of Ficus trees over many years and I have never seen those insects on a Ficus tree. I suspect they are local to your area, but I don t know what they are. I strongly urge to to return the Ficus...

House Plants: Our Ficus, ficus tree, heather greene
ficus tree, heather greene, window face: Heather, To help you I need some information from you first. What direction does the window face? What size pot was it in before you repotted it? How often do you water it? How much water do you give it? Let me know and I will give you my best advice....

House Plants: Ficus, ficus tree, inch pot
ficus tree, inch pot, mini blinds: Angeline, I do not understand why it is not sitting at the bottom of the pot if the new pot is larger than the old pot. There sohould not be air space at the bottom of the pot. Your new pot must have a drain hole in the bottom and a drain tray under it....

House Plants: Ficus, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, pot size: Hi Deanna, My condolences re: your friend s death. I will email you my article on Ficus tree, but I need your email address. It is best if you send your request for the article to me at my email address below. Without seeing the tree and knowing more...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus tree, bug problem
ficus tree, bug problem, darlene: Lori, Yes, it is most likely sunscald. I wouldn t worry about it, but if it bothers you remove those leaves and your ficus will replace them. It would be better to wait till after the 1st of the year when the days start getting longer. I have found that...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, dry soil: Hi Marilyn, Plant rescues are always difficult because the plant s history is largely unknown. But I commend you for your rescue efforts and will do what I can to help. Ficus trees to not like freezing temps or dry soil. Too much of either can seriously...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus trees, drainage holes
ficus trees, drainage holes, leaf drop: Hi Pat, Thanks for the detailed information. If your Ficus has not been repotted or moved in the last six months and the light has not changed (no blinds or curtains added, for example), then there are two possibilities. One is that your watering has gone...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus tree, outdoor deck
ficus tree, outdoor deck, summer thanks: If your Ficus has been indoors or shaded so far, expose gradually to direct Sun. It s not the heat that s so bad. It s the radiation from the Sun. If your Ficus is getting too much Sun, the leaves will burn. You can do this -- but do it carefully and...

House Plants: Ficus, long periods of time, inch pot
long periods of time, inch pot, drain tray: Ev, Ficus drops leaves because of over or under watering, being moved causing light changed or being set in a drafty location. Is it near an air conditioner duct? Is it getting plenty of sun? They do better the more sun they get. Carefully remove it...

House Plants: Ficus Ali, ficus ali, ficus species
ficus ali, ficus species, drainage holes: Hi Christine, Your questions are excellent ones that reflect a good understanding of plants. A 10 pot is quite large enough for an Alii that is under 5-feet tall. As long as there is enough soil to keep the soil moist for 3 days or more between waterings,...

House Plants: Ficus Benj Braid plant, kentia palms, little sprouts
kentia palms, little sprouts, kentia palm: Becky, If you want to continue braiding it you will need to prune side branches off and the little sprouts at the base of the plant. You will need to do the braiding as the tree grows before the newer growth hardens off too much. Kentia palms do not...

House Plants: Ficus Benjamina, indoor ficus trees, ficus benjamina
indoor ficus trees, ficus benjamina, ficus tree: Hi Melina, The berry on your Ficus tree is exactly that - a berry or fruit. It is not edible as it s relative, the fig, is. Some few indoor Ficus trees do produce these berries for reasons that are not entirely known. There is nothing you can do to encourage...

House Plants: Ficus Benjamina, ficus plant, ficus benjamina
ficus plant, ficus benjamina, plant questions: Hi Vanessa, When nursery growers put more than one Ficus plant is a pot, then they are growing it in a bush form. The multiple stems will be thinner, but the leaves will be fuller at the base of the plant. When they put a single, thicker stemmed Ficus...

House Plants: Ficus Benjamina, aerial roots, ficus benjamina
aerial roots, ficus benjamina, weeping fig: Jo Ann, Ficus Benjamina will grow aerial roots but not as easily as other varieties of ficus. However in Florida they should grow easier than they do in northern Indiana. High humidity is required for aerial roots to grow and you have a lot of that in Florida....

House Plants: Ficus and Bonsai Trees, e mail address, care of ficus trees
e mail address, care of ficus trees, ficus tree: Hi Christina, You are asking for a tremendous amount of information; more than space permits on this site. I have written an article on the complete care of Ficus trees. If you provide me with an e-mail address, I can e-mail the article to you. Bonsai...

House Plants: Ficus Bugs, indoor ficus trees, alyce
indoor ficus trees, alyce, larvae: Hi Alyce, Without seeing a photo I cannot be sure, but I believe that what you are seeing is a pest that is not commonly found on indoor Ficus trees and is not likely to remain or spread. I suggest that you remove any leaves that have these critters...

House Plants: Ficus benjamina, ficus trees, ficus benjamina
ficus trees, ficus benjamina, ficus tree: Hi Patricia, In less than ideal light (indirect), Ficus trees cannot support as many leaves as they can in more light. But they keep on growing by adding new leaves, which are always at the ends of branches. But once they exceed their leaf limit, then older...

House Plants: Ficus benjamina, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, yellow leaves: Hi Aimee, Your Ficus tree is only mildly unhappy and will soon get over it. Ficus tree leaves are very light sensitive and when their light exposure changes suddenly, the leaves react by yellowing and dropping off. The tree then produces new leaves that...

House Plants: Ficus benjamina propagation, ficus care, ficus benjamina
ficus care, ficus benjamina, plant propagation: Hi Jessie, Ficus tip cuttings do not root readily in water. It is possible, but the odds are against it. Typically, the cutting loses its leaves before the roots develop well enough to absorb water. I recommend that you stick with the tried-and-true...

House Plants: Ficus benjamina, ficus trees, ficus benjamina
ficus trees, ficus benjamina, ficus tree: Gilda, Ficus trees are very resilient. If you cut it down to just trunk with no leaves there is at least a 50% chance it will leaf out again and grow a whole new top. If you want to increase it s chances prune it off to where there are just a few leaves...

House Plants: Ficus - black dots, ficus tree, brooklyn apartment
ficus tree, brooklyn apartment, tops and bottoms: Erica, Yes, it is an insect called scale. You need to use a Q-tip dipped in straight rubbing alcohol and flick each scale off the leaf. Then fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray the plant, tops and bottoms of all leaves every 3-4 days for...

House Plants: Ficus - black dots=Scale insects, ficus tree, scale insects
ficus tree, scale insects, brooklyn apartment: Hi Erica, If the black dots are sightly raised bumps that scratch off easily with a fingernail, 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...

House Plants: Ficus - black dots, ficus tree, brooklyn apartment
ficus tree, brooklyn apartment, horticultural oil: Those black dots are probably an insect called Scale. I know, I know, you said they aren t an insect, they don t move. You can read all about Scale at the Iowa State Cooperative Extension link http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1995/11-10-1995/scale.html...

House Plants: Ficus with Curled Leaves around small bugs, black bugs, scale insects
black bugs, scale insects, insecticidal soap: Hello Lisa, It sounds like it might be scale insects. You might try getting an insecticidal soap with an attachment to hook up to your hose. But to be honest your best bet would be to call a local arborist (tree expert) and have them take a look. Sorry...

House Plants: Ficus dripping sap, ficus benjamina, plastic tarp
ficus benjamina, plastic tarp, shady location: Kristi, Your ficus has scale. That is what the little brown and grey spots are. They are insects and the sticky sap is their excrement. Scale is a very common insect on ficus. I reccommend that you get Neem Oil at your local garden center(Lowe s or Home...

House Plants: Ficus dropping leaves, mite infestations, bright indirect light
mite infestations, bright indirect light, spider mite: Hi Teresa, As far as I can tell you are basically doing everything right. Ficus is notorious from dropping it s leaves, especially in response to even the slightest change in environment. In late summer and fall, the loss of up to 20% of the leaves is...

House Plants: Ficus elastica needs some love, ficus elastica, plant fundamentals
ficus elastica, plant fundamentals, plastic pot: Hi Mimi, I am impressed with your knowledge of some indoor plant fundamentals! Nicking below a node sometimes disrupts the flow of growth hormones to the ends of branches and stems and produces new growth along the stems. However, this nicking technique...

House Plants: Ficus elastica (rubber plant), ficus elastica, rubber plants
ficus elastica, rubber plants, new leaves: Hi Phyllis, Repotting is the great sin of plantcare. It is the most common of all plantcare mistakes. Newly purchased plants often have a period during which they adjust to their new environment, in particular the reduced light of the home. Part of that...

House Plants: Ficus/Fig Tree, plant questions, potting mix
plant questions, potting mix, plain water: Hi Joanne, It is theoretically possible to root a thin green tip cutting in plain water, but the odds are way against it. Tip cuttings are better rooted in a small pot filled with damp potting mix and enclosed inside of a clear plastic tent. For larger,...

House Plants: Ficus Fruit, pencil erasers, ficus tree
pencil erasers, ficus tree, tiny insect: Halla, That is probably as big as they will get and eventually they will drop off. It is fruit that has not been pollinated because we (in the US) do not have the tiny insect that pollinates ficus tree flowers. Mine frequently produce unpollinated fruit....

House Plants: Ficus fruit, pencil erasers, ficus benjamina
pencil erasers, ficus benjamina, fig family: Hi Halla, Those green balls are berries or fruit. Ficus benjamina is in the fig family, so the berries are related to figs, although they are not edible. What you see is what you get. They don t get any larger, but they will gradually turn beige and...

House Plants: Ficus fungus, ficus trees, ficus benjamina
ficus trees, ficus benjamina, ficus tree: Hi Carolyn, It seems to be doing fine - leaves are green, there is little leaf drop, and it s growing new leaves. That is the most important thing that you wrote. The mushrooms and yellow fungus growing in the soil are harmless to your Ficus tree....

House Plants: Ficus fungus..., mold spores, ficus tree
mold spores, ficus tree, loose soil: Hi Cara, From your description, you obviously know how to care for your Ficus tree. I am also in full agreement with sparing our environment, as well as our children and pets, the unnecessary use of pesticides and fungicides. The mold spores entered...

House Plants: Ficus gnats and worms, fungus gnats, ficus trees
fungus gnats, ficus trees, coconut husk: Hi Cassie, Fungus gnats are a pretty good indication that the soil of your Ficus tree is staying too wet and the roots may have already begun to rot. It is the wet soil or possibly inadequate light that is very likely causing the tree s ill health. ...

House Plants: Ficus infestation, new york apartments, ficus trees
new york apartments, ficus trees, impressive specimens: First, Congratulations on getting these fickle ficii to make a successful transition from far South to far North. Relax. The worst is over. Ortho is a manufacturer of deadly insecticides. You should never use that stuff outdoors, and you DEFINITELY should...

House Plants: Ficus Lyrata care, dead stalks, ficus lyrata
dead stalks, ficus lyrata, uk plants: Adam, You should only cut off what is dead. You can generally tell by the color, the live part will look greenish and the dead part will look dead. If you can t tell by looking then gently bend the branch and the dead part should snap off easily. The live...

House Plants: Ficus Lyrata and issues with fruit flies or gnats, ficus lyrata, bright indirect light
ficus lyrata, bright indirect light, fruit flies: Hi Jamin, Your Ficus lyrata was probably grown in brighter light than you are providing. Home Depot buys plants that have not been properly acclimated to the reduced light typically found in the home environment. A certain amount of leaf loss is inevitable,...

House Plants: My Ficus Lyrata is SICK.... help, north west face, ficus lyrata
north west face, ficus lyrata, yellowish hue: Brian, I would start by calling the nursery and discussing the situation with them. What was the diameter of the pot they took it out of and what is the diameter of the pot it is now in? I suggest you invest in a water meter at a garden center. They run...

House Plants: Ficus leaf drop, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, leaf drop: Hi Diane, Ficus trees drop leaves if anything at all is wrong. Inadequate light, a new location, improper watering, and need for pruning all can cause leaf drop. If you tell me more about your tree and its environment, I may be able to narrow it down...

House Plants: Ficus Plant, ficus plant, ficus trees
ficus plant, ficus trees, drainage holes: Hi Carolyn, Ficus trees can tolerate heat pretty well, but they don t tolerate dryness well at all. I would assume that your Ficus got very dried out while you were away and that precipitated the leaf drop. Although I might expect that to continue for a...

House Plants: Ficus Plant, ficus plant, ficus tree
ficus plant, ficus tree, joyce joyce: Joyce, You have to braid ficus trunks when they are young and flexible. It is too late now. As for pruning it take purners and just start pruning a few branches shorter then stand back and look at it overall and decide what else needs pruned to acheive...

House Plants: Ficus Problem, many roots, dry leaves
many roots, dry leaves, green leaves: Hi Maurice, It sounds like you have been overwatering and the Ficus may now have root rot. Remove the plant from its pot and check the roots. They should be light colored and firm. If they are dark and mushy then the plant has root rot. The plant may not...

House Plants: Ficus pest problem, ficus tree, tiny probes
ficus tree, tiny probes, scale insects: Hi Susan, I am not sure there is a link between the infected palm and the Ficus tree. The white dust was probably spider mites, which palms are very prone to. The white globular balls at the base of each Ficus leaf are part of the trees normal structure....

House Plants: Ficus plant-leaves have black,sticky substance., ficus plant, tiny crevices
ficus plant, tiny crevices, ficus tree: Hi Irene, Your Ficus tree has an infestation of scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems and...

House Plants: Ficus plant, ficus plant, facing window
ficus plant, facing window, transplanter: Gail, Be very careful not to overwater it but don t let it get totally dry either. I hope the window is a south facing window. Just sit tight and watch it. If it is going to survive you will see green sprouts withing a month. If you don t then it is probably...

House Plants: Ficus pruning, ficus trees, potting soil
ficus trees, potting soil, julie julie: Julie, You ned to pick 1 sprout to be the trunk of your tree and prune everything off the lower 4-6 inches of that trunk. Don t cut off the trunk, just cut all branches off of it. You said it is a shrub, are you sure there is not several trees in your...

House Plants: Ficus pruning, ficus benjamina, ficus tree
ficus benjamina, ficus tree, latent growth: meghan once the leaves and stems get crisp they are dead. always remove dead foliage and branches back to live areas as they develop. if the stems are still green and tender look for signs of new leaf production(needle-like green extensions at the latent...

House Plants: Ficus repotting, ficus benjamina, inch pot
ficus benjamina, inch pot, plant questions: Hi Jules, That pot is a bit oversized for your Ficus and that may be part of the reason it is leaning. To straighten it out, all you have to do is reposition it in the pot. Pull it up out of the pot slightly so that you can tilt the rootball just enough...

House Plants: Ficus retusa bonsai with mealy bugs, ficus retusa bonsai, plastic tablecloth
ficus retusa bonsai, plastic tablecloth, mealy bugs: Maureen, Yes, take a spray bottle of undiluted rubbing alcohol in and spray it onto the tree daily for 1 week and then every other day for 2 weeks. You might want to take an old plastic tablecloth in or a sheet of plastic to put under it when you it. The...

House Plants: Ficus and Schefflera plants, schefflera plant, pot size
schefflera plant, pot size, indoor plants: Hi John, You are making the very common assumption that plant problems are caused by improper watering. However, the symptoms you described can also be attributed to improper light and improper pot size. Thus, I need more information from you. How long...

House Plants: Ficus with spider mites, spider mites, spray droplets
spider mites, spray droplets, spider mite: Hi Naida, Ficus tress don t often get spider mites, but it certainly can happen. Spray your tree lightly with a fine mist of plain water. The water droplets will cling to any webs and make them more visible. Spider mite webs are very fine - much finer...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus tree, scale insects
ficus tree, scale insects, outer shell: Hi Lee, There are many reasons why a Ficus tree will drop leaves. However, for the purposes of this reply, I will address the scale problem, which may or may not be the sole cause of the leaf drop. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, contrary to popular belief: Hi Dee, Contrary to popular belief, a larger pot does not help a plant grow. If anything, it often leads to overwatering and root rot. In addition, the plant puts its energy into filling the pot with roots rather than putting out more leaves or flowers....

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus tree, ficus trees
ficus tree, ficus trees, night temperatures: Hi Debbie, Your Ficus tree can be put outside for as long as night temperatures stay above 40 degrees, so that should take it well into the fall. If you move it outside now, keep it in light shade and protected from direct outdoor sun. Ficus trees respond...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, plant questions: Hi Ann, If the balls you are referring to are about the size of peas and beige colored, then they are Ficus berries. Not all Ficus trees produce berries, but they are usually a sign of good health for those that do. As they ripen from green to beige, they...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus tree, indoor climate
ficus tree, indoor climate, roofdeck: Gradually acclimate your Ficus to an indoor climate before you turn on the Central Heating. This Tree CANNOT grow in New Jersey in the Winter. Expect a deluge of dropping leaves once the Ficus is inside. Good luck getting that thing through the door --...

House Plants: Ficus Tree basics, ficus care, ficus trees
ficus care, ficus trees, ficus tree: Hi Maurie Ann, There is much to understand about Ficus trees. So much so that I have written an article on Ficus care that I will send it to you (or anyone else) who sends a request to my email address below. Here are the basics. Ficus trees are very...

House Plants: Ficus Tree Care, ficus tree care, drainage holes
ficus tree care, drainage holes, wal mart: Hi Sandy, As long as a pot is large enough to keep the soil moist for 3 or more days, then the plant does not need a larger pot. Based on your well-written report, your Ficus benjamina had enough room in the 6 pot. The water was running through into the...

House Plants: Ficus Tree Frost, ficus tree, hard freeze
ficus tree, hard freeze, sunny window: Hi Tom, As long as your Ficus roots did not suffer a prolonged hard freeze, then there is a good chance that it will make a slow recovery. Keep it inside immediately in front of a sunny window. Prune it back by about one-third. Any branches that are...

House Plants: Ficus Tree leaves dropping, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, degree temps: Hi Barbara, Ficus trees are notorious for dropping leaves whenever they are relocated - even from one side of the house to another. The reason for this is that Ficus leaves are very sensitive to even small changes in light. Fortunately, this leaf drop...

House Plants: Ficus Tree Probelm, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, ficus benjamina: Hi Janna, Not to worry, those white globules of hard sap are quite common and normal on Ficus benjamina leaves. There is no need to remove or treat them. Its recent leaf loss may be because it needs to be pruned. When not pruned regularly, Ficus trees...

House Plants: Ficus Tree, ficus tree care, corner bodega
ficus tree care, corner bodega, plant failure: Hi Meghan, I know what you mean about those ugly, cheap-looking plastic pots. Your new pot should be either the same size or one size larger. Using too large a pot is the number one cause of plant failure! When you repot, never add soil to the top of...

House Plants: Ficus Trees/Leaves turning red, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, ficus benjamina: Hi Jennifer, At Home Depot, a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Ficus benjamina trees are outdoor trees in south Florida, but they will not survive NC winters. (If you have a different species of Ficus, please let me know. Most potted Ficus...

House Plants: Ficus Trees & spider mites, ficus trees, tiny crevices
ficus trees, tiny crevices, ficus tree: H Elizabeth, I don t know whether you have spider mites, but if you do they are not the cause of the sticky residue. The sticky stuff is called honeydew and it is secreted by mealybugs and by scale insects. Mealybugs look like tiny bits of white cotton....

House Plants: Ficus Trees, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, drain holes: Hi Sallee, I worked hard to give you a comprehensive answer. I would appreciate you taking the time to give me a rating. Thank you Will Creed Hi Sallee, Your tree is not getting enough light to support all of those leaves. It is gradually shedding...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, happy little tree
ficus tree, happy little tree, new roots: Jessica, How often do you water it? What is the diameter of the pot it is in? How tall is the tree? I suspect that you are watering it too much or too often and the roots are rotting. Cut back on the water and it will take some time for it to grow new...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree care, ficus plant
ficus tree care, ficus plant, ficus trees: Hi Deb, Ficus trees react very dramatically to any change in location. This is because their leaves are very light sensitive and fall off when there is a change in light. As long as there is enough light, then new leaves will come in to replace th old ones...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, drainage holes: There is nothing in the environment that would account for this substantial leaf drop. That is why I still suspect something that it is root related. Here is another thought. Certain interior paints can cause Ficus leaf drop. Have you done any painting...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, indirect light
ficus tree, indirect light, creed: Hi Electra, There is no set time as to when new growth emerges. It is usually within a few weeks that new shoots begin to emerge and a few weeks longer before the leaves fill out. However, you should not be concerned if it takes longer than that. In general,...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, new leaves: Hi Chuck, The only resolution is patience. Ficus trees are very responsive to changes in light. Outdoor light is much more intense than indoor light. That is why your Ficus thrived this summer. But now all of those outdoor-grown leaves have to adapt to...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, ficus benjamina: Hi Rob, The primary reason your Ficus (probably Ficus benjamina) is losing leaves is due to the change in light, not the repotting. Ficus tree leaves are very sensitive to subtle changes in light so whenever they are moved to a new location they almost...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, tropical plant
ficus tree, tropical plant, e mail: Hi Janelle, You can absolutely prune your Ficus tree at any time of the year. It is a tropical plant that is non-seasonal. The fact that is inside also has no bearing on its being pruned. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, growth habit
ficus tree, growth habit, strong center: Hi Sharon, I don t understand what you are trying to do. Are you trying to get your Ficus to fill out in the center? Or are you just trying to get it to grow taller? Air-layering is a propagation technique that has little relationship to the growth habit...

House Plants: Ficus tree, outdoor ficus trees, ficus tree
outdoor ficus trees, ficus tree, weeping willow: Hi Scott, The growth habit of a Ficus grown in the ground outdoors is very different than a Ficus grown indoors in a pot. My area of expertise is with the latter, so I am not the best person to advise you on your outdoor Ficus. Try an outdoor gardener from...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, growing fruit: Hello Lisa, The short answer is yes ficus trees produce pollen. However, the blooms of this plant are so small and hidden inside the plant that the amount of pollen, if any, released into the air would be negligible. Most wouldn t even notice their tree...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, warmth and sunshine
ficus tree, warmth and sunshine, dead roots: Hi Jim, I see that you were not satisfied with my answer. Perhaps I am not understanding the question that you posed or the condition of the tree. Please let me know what information it is that you are seeking and why you are dissatisfied. A photo of your...

House Plants: Ficus tree care, ficus tree care, care of ficus trees
ficus tree care, care of ficus trees, dry fertilizer: Hi Charles, You are operating under some assumptions that are commonly believed, but are misleading or inaccurate. Most plants cannot be put on a schedule, as each plant and each environment is unique, varying with the available light, pot size, plant...

House Plants: Ficus tree center, ficus tree, creed
ficus tree, creed, excerpt from: Hi Sharon, I replied to this question on 1/29, but it appears that you did not read it. Here is an excerpt from my previous reply. I don t understand what you are trying to do. Are you trying to get your Ficus to fill out in the center? Or are you just...

House Plants: Ficus tree deposits, part rubbing alcohol, ficus tree
part rubbing alcohol, ficus tree, liquid soap: Hi Pat, That does not sound familiar to me and I have care for hundreds of Ficus trees. Perhaps it is a residue of something that was spayed on to the leaves and has subsequently dried. If you can email a good photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com,...

House Plants: Ficus tree dropping green healthy looking leaves, ficus benjamina tree, ficus trees
ficus benjamina tree, ficus trees, ficus tree: Hi Linda, I have some questions for you before I can make an accurate diagnosis as this is not a common Ficus problem. Have you noticed any large cracks in the bark on the main trunk or on large stems? Are the leaves turning dry and crispy brown or...

House Plants: Ficus tree dropping green leaves, ficus tree, going in circles
ficus tree, going in circles, root rot: Linda, Yes it couldd be a sign of root rot. Is the trunk still rotted firmly in the soil or does it feel loose if you jiggle it? Let it dry out totally. Do not water it until it seems bone dry and the pot feels light weight when you pick it up or tilt...

House Plants: Ficus tree follow-up, ficus tree, plant questions
ficus tree, plant questions, new question: Hi Claire, Although I can answer indoor plant questions here, I am not very familiar with how this site operates. So I don t know why you couldn t post a follow-up question and I don t know how to post a photo. There must be some Help information somewhere...

House Plants: Ficus tree leaves falling off, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, leaf drop: Hi Barbara, Ficus trees are notorious for dropping leaves whenever their environment (light) changes or the soil gets too dry. If you recently moved your tree, then that is the likely cause of the leaf drop. As long as the tree is close to an unobstructed...

House Plants: Ficus tree living outside, ficus tree, powder hunters
ficus tree, powder hunters, ant nests: Bring your Ficus indoors NOW. But have a few Ant Traps handy. You can place them on the surface of the Soil. In no time flat, the Ant nests will be history. Surround the Ficus on the floor -- I hope you have a tile or wood floor for this -- with a circle...

House Plants: Ficus tree propagation, ficus tree, tree propagation
ficus tree, tree propagation, rooting hormone: Anne, Yes, first cut each leaf on the cutting in half, that way the leafs use less moisture. It is best to use rooting hormone and insert the cuttings in a pot of soil. Then put tie poot in a plastic bag and set the pot in a sunny location. You will have...

House Plants: Ficus tree pruning and care, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, office plants: Hi Liz, Now you know why most companies hire indoor plant companies to take care of their office plants. Repotting is not the answer for your Ficus, but pruning is. The tree should be no taller than the windows are high and should never be closer than...

House Plants: Ficus tree pruning, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, center portion: Hi Norma, Healthy ficus trees are wonderful to prune, once you overcome your initial hesitancy, because you really can t go wrong. They put out new growth soon enough that they quickly cover over any mistaken cuts. Just trust that the new growth will come...

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, pot size
ficus tree, pot size, new leaves: Hi Jackie, The growth rate and size of the leaves on a Ficus tree are determined by the amount of light; the more light, the faster the growth and the larger the leaves. The fact that roots are showing does not mean that repotting is a good idea. Repotting...

House Plants: Ficus trees, ficus trees, fungas
ficus trees, fungas, fungal disease: Hi Denise, The splintering of substantial Ficus branches is usually indicative of a fungal disease called Phombosis dieback. It is not common, but it does happen sometimes with poor quality Ficus trees. Unfortunately, there is no practical cure for this...

House Plants: Ficus trees, ficus trees, ventura county ca
ficus trees, ventura county ca, warm temps: Dry, brittle stems should be pruned off entirely. Pliable stems can be pruned or not pruned. The pruning will not affect the trees recovery, only their appearance if they survive. I would wait for signs of new growth before bothering with pruning. If new...

House Plants: Ficus trees, ficus trees, plant questions
ficus trees, plant questions, light frost: Hi Tim, Ficus trees can survive a mild frost. Typically, it will damage leaves and smaller stems, but the roots are insulated by the soil so they are usually undamaged in a light frost. The damaged leaves and brittle stems will not recover, so they can...

House Plants: Ficus trees/care & pruning, ficus trees care, balanced fertilizer
ficus trees care, balanced fertilizer, potting soil: Hi Pat, Any well balanced fertilizer can be used. They should be fertilized when they start producing new growth, that is a sign they are coming out of their dormancy period. If you have used potting soil that has fertilizer in it make sure that it has been...

House Plants: Ficus trees, care of ficus trees, ficus tree
care of ficus trees, ficus tree, drainage holes: Hi Wendy, A 17 pot is plenty large enough for your Ficus. The fact that some roots wander out of the drainage holes means nothing except that roots grow in all directions. It does not mean that they are trying to get out in search for more room. As...

House Plants: Ficus has white powder in dirt, drain tray, potting soil
drain tray, potting soil, soil surface: Kristi, How large (diameter) was the pot you removed the ficus from? How large is the pot that you moved it to? How often do you water it? Is there a drain tray under the pot? What type of potting soil did you use? It sounds like it may be a fungal...

House Plants: Ficus, ficus benjamina, light spring
ficus benjamina, light spring, french doors: Hi Roger, You re right, your problem is fairly common. Unfortunately it is the nature of ficus benjamina to behave in this manner. They are extremely sensitive to changes in light and temperature and will react by dropping leaves and/or not growing new...

House Plants: Fiddle Fig, top soil, plant questions
top soil, plant questions, leaf drop: Hi Meredith, The leaf drop has several possible causes. Not getting enough light is the most common reason. Your Ficus lyrata should be right in front of a bright window that is uncovered throughout the day. If it is in its original pot, then water it...

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, wooden skewer, rootbound
wooden skewer, rootbound, facing window: Liz, First of all it needs the sun. If you can move it to a south facing window it will help a bit. If it is in a large pot I assume that you repotted it when you bought it. You should not repot a plant when you buy it, it shoud get used to it s new environment...

House Plants: Fiddle-Leaf Fig, ficus lyrata, drainage holes
ficus lyrata, drainage holes, plant questions: Hi Rose, Thanks for the photos. I cannot see the pot clearly but it appears that it is too large and the extra soil is retaining moisture around the roots for too long. The pot that it was grown in was the correct size for it. The drainage holes must be...

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Turning Yellow, dying leaves, yellow leaves
dying leaves, yellow leaves, dead leaves: Diane, This is the time of year that they drop leaves to make room for new ones. Be careful not to overwater it, that causes yellow leaves fast. Being bone dry for a few days can also cause yellow leaves. This time of year with short days it won t use as...

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, fertilizer package, back ground check
fertilizer package, back ground check, insecticidal soap: Hi Patricia, There are a several things that could be the cause of Herbie s ill health. Herbie may be hungry. If he has grown a lot since you left then he may have used up all the fertilizer in the soil. Mix up some fertilizer at 1/3 the strength called...

House Plants: Fiddle leaf fig tree pruning, fig tree pruning, leaf growth
fig tree pruning, leaf growth, shrub: Gina, You can prune off a few inches of the growing tip and it may promote new growth but it may not. This plant can grow into a 40 foot tall tree or taller, it is a tree and not a shrub. It is in its nature to drop its lower leaves as it grows larger and...

House Plants: Fiddle leaf fig, killing plants, shade cloths
killing plants, shade cloths, indoor plants: it could be too much direct sunlite. they need bright lite , but not direct sunlite. in FL they grow them ubder shade cloths. an eastern exposure usually is OK. watering is an art. nature doesn t water once a day or once a week. watering is usually the #1...

House Plants: Fig Tree, indoor potted plants, ficus benjamina
indoor potted plants, ficus benjamina, ficus carica: Hi Rachel, Indoor figs (Ficus benjamina) are a different species than fruit-bearing outdoor fig trees (Ficus carica). My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants, so I cannot help you. Try an outdoor gardening expert. Regards, Will Creed ...

House Plants: Fig tree propagation, indoor potted plants, tree propagation
indoor potted plants, tree propagation, fig tree: Hi Audrey, My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants so I cannot help you with your outdoor fig tree. I doubt that the broken branch can be propagated, but check with the retailer who should have more experience with figs than I. Visit my website...

House Plants: Fig tree, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, marriage counselor: Hi Mark, Ficus trees can be pruned at any time of the year. As you probably know from past experience, Ficus trees tend to drop leaves when they are relocated. Pruning just before or after a move will help ease the transition. So you could prune either...

House Plants: My First Peace Lilly, epsom salts, peace lilly
epsom salts, peace lilly, green leafs: Taffy, Smoke will not help your plant or you. Peace lillies need to get very dry between waterings. Watering once a week is enough and after Thansgiving until the middle of March you should only water every 10 days because when the days are shorter the...

House Plants: Fiscus Tree, woody branches, ficus tree
woody branches, ficus tree, 4 leaves: Hi Jennifer, Sorry it has taken so long to answer your question. You can propagate stem tip cuttings from a ficus tree. Cut off a branch about 6 inches long. The cutting should be taken from a new green branch and have at least 4 or 5 leaves. Woody branches,...

House Plants: Flies in soil and on plants, fungus gnats, becoming a nuisance
fungus gnats, becoming a nuisance, angels wings: Zubeda, They are fungus gnats and are attacking the plants because you are keeping the plants too wet and the roots are rotting. The roots were damaged in the repotting and are not recuperating because this is the wrong time of year to repot. The days are...

House Plants: Florida, african violets, indoor plants
african violets, indoor plants, flowering plants: Hi Janet, Plant selection really depends on the available light and that can vary greatly from room to room and form one location to another within any room. Most flowering plants require lots of light. Some exceptions are peace lilies and African violets....

House Plants: Flourescent grow lights, medium light plants, greenhouse conditions
medium light plants, greenhouse conditions, fish pond: Hi Bill, The light from fluorescent tubes drops off rather dramatically as the distance from them increases. Enough light depends on the plant species as well as the distance from the lights. Medium light plants should be within a foot or so of the tubes....

House Plants: Flower Pot / Planter Sizes, interior landscaper, pot sizes
interior landscaper, pot sizes, flower pots: Hi Hope, My older sister s name is Hope, so that makes you special as far as I am concerned! There are standard pot sizes, but a lot of manufacturers don t follow the standards. So that complicates matters. A standard pot is one that has a top diameter...

House Plants: Flower Pot Sizes, flower pot, pot sizes
flower pot, pot sizes, darlene: Hope, There may be a standard as far as height vs width such as 2x wide by 3 x high but I have not figured it out. And I am sure there are many exceptions to any rule. I can tell you that pots are measured by their diameter. Good luck. ...

House Plants: Flowering Aloe Vera, aloe vera plant, indoor tropical plants
aloe vera plant, indoor tropical plants, friends and neighbors: Hi Tanya, Your sister is doing a great job in caring for her Aloe vera! It usually takes several years or more of good care for an Aloe vera to flower. Most people never reach that point with their Aloes so it does seem quite rare. However, in nature and...

House Plants: Flowering Corn Plant, corn plant, plant questions
corn plant, plant questions, e mail: Hi Kevin, Congratulations of your flowering corn plant. You must have had it for a long time and cared for it well. The flower stems should be cut off at their bases - where they emerge from the foliage. I usually remove them as soon as the flowers start...

House Plants: Flowering corn plant, corn plants, flower stalk
corn plants, flower stalk, corn plant: Trudy, To begin with corn plants rarely bloom so you are giving it excellent care. Probably both flower stalks initiated at about the same time and the one stalk formed immediately and the other one waited a few more weeks. some tropical plants with the...

House Plants: Flowering ?? corn plant, flower spike, corn plants
flower spike, corn plants, corn plant: Hi Donna, The corn plant flower will not in any way jeopardize the health or life of your plant. It will emit a very sweet odor that some people fing cloying. It will also make a sticky mess after the petals start to dry. The odor and the mess are the only...

House Plants: Flowering Dracaena fragrans, luck flowers, corn plants
luck flowers, corn plants, lighting problem: Hi Patrick, If your plant is off to the side and the window is covered my a sheer, then I would describe that as low light even though the window faces south. That may explain the loss of variegation. Nutrient or water problems would not cause the loss...

House Plants: Flowering plants - scientific explanation, indoor flowering plants, indoor potted plants
indoor flowering plants, indoor potted plants, outdoor gardeners: Hi Lisa, That is a good question and one that I am not sure I have a precise scientific answer for. Without knowing exactly why, researchers have often observed empirically that potted plants grow better and faster and flower more profusely when they are...

House Plants: Flying gnats in my pothos soil, fungus gnats, turkey baster
fungus gnats, turkey baster, soil mix: Kim, They are fungus gnats. They are there because the plants are 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 plant to get very dry between waterings....

House Plants: Flying pests, spider mites, dish soap
spider mites, dish soap, spider mite: Hi Jon Sounds as if you are having quite a time! The little flying bugs that look like gnats are exactly that; soil gnats. They breed in the soil. They do not do any damage to the plant, unless they get so out of control, then they will begin eating at...

House Plants: Follow up question to natural leaf cleaner, leaf pores, light receptors
leaf pores, light receptors, feather duster: Hi Cricket, Those are excellent questions and I am sorry I didn t make that clear in my first reply. Bear with me while I provide a little botanical information Clogging pores (called stomata) is a common misunderstanding about plants. The stomata on...

House Plants: Forgot to mention ..., miracle gro potting soil, soil insects
miracle gro potting soil, soil insects, peat moss: Yes, this confirms what I had suspected before I read this. If you are like most people, you are repotting too much. Plants do best when their roots are crowded. I rarely repot any of my plants and avoid a lot of the problems you are facing. If possible, avoid...

House Plants: My Four Plants, wet paper towel, sunny windowsill
wet paper towel, sunny windowsill, tall stalks: Hi Katie, Your rubber plant needs more light. Bright indirect is the minimum and several hours or more of direct is preferred. Your plant has reacted to the inadequate light by sacrificing its older leaves in the hope that there will be enough light to...

House Plants: Fragrance-free indoor plant, african violets, plant questions
african violets, plant questions, flowering plants: Hi Brook, Identifying fragrance-free flowering plants can be difficult because so many flowering plants are hybrids that may or may not have had their fragrance bred in or out. My suggestions would be African violets (they do need protection from direct...

House Plants: Frangipani, plant soil, drain tray
plant soil, drain tray, potting soil: Raven, Plant your cutting in a mix of potting soil and sand. Frangipani plants require full sun to grow and flower well so it would prefer to be outside as much as possible but will need to be taken in whenever the night temps are going to drop below...

House Plants: Frost bite ficus, ficus trees, cold snap
ficus trees, cold snap, frost bite: Rebecca, The roots survived and are healthy. Because there is a large established root system those new shoots will grow quickly. If you want them to be trees and not shrubs I would clip out all so the shoots except the largest and cut off the old dead...

House Plants: Frost protection, arboricola, pushing the limit
arboricola, pushing the limit, light frost: Hi Samantha, I m a wimp too because I don t like temps much below 50F! Arboricolas will tolerate a light frost down to just below freezing, but I am afraid you are pushing the limit with 27 degrees. Perhaps you could wrap the outside of the pot with...

House Plants: Frozen Dracaena marginata, dracaena marginata, soil line
dracaena marginata, soil line, upper sections: Hi Auri, I m sorry your Marginata got frozen. This is a tropical plant that has trouble surviving freezing temps even for a short time. There is no way to tell for sure at this point just how extensive the damage was. The leaves are the most vulnerable...

House Plants: Frozen Ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, cold temperatures: Hi Peggy, Two nights of freezing temps is not good, although it does depend on just HOW FREEZING it was. Ficus trees can withstand a light frost if they are introduced to cold temperatures gradually. But temps below 20-35 degrees is probably enough to freeze...

House Plants: Frozen houseplant. . ., sunny window sill, sure what kind
sunny window sill, sure what kind, white flowers: Angie, Set it in a sunny window sill and say a prayer for it. It probably will not regrow. Most tropicals will not come back after overnight in freezing temps let alone a week. Do not repot it. Do not keep it wet, that will rot the roots, keep it barely...

House Plants: Frozen Plants, frozen plants, peace lillies
frozen plants, peace lillies, spider plants: Hi Cassie, I am sorry to learn about your cold damaged plants. I know how devastating the cold can be to houseplants that are mostly natives of tropical regions and not adaptable to freezing temps. Your friend is at least partially correct. It is the...

House Plants: Frozen Schefflera, foliage damage, scheffleras
foliage damage, scheffleras, new leaves: Hi Vickie, I am sorry about your father s recent death. I wish I had better news for you about the Schefflera. Scheffleras are tropical plants that will start to show some foliage damage below 40 degrees. At freezing temps, the roots start to suffer...

House Plants: Fuchsia - Hanging Basket, indoor location, plant questions
indoor location, plant questions, light frost: Hi Terry, Thee are about 100 species of Fuchsia and nearly all of them originate in tropical and semi-tropical South and Central America. The most common species are hardy in Zones 9-11. So it is unlikely that yours will survive TN winters in Zones 6 and...

House Plants: Fuchsia, fuchsia hybrids, easy houseplants
fuchsia hybrids, easy houseplants, bright indirect light: Hi Brooke, Fuchsias are not easy houseplants because they require a lot of very bright indirect light and cool temps. Most people keep them outside in a protected location at this time of year. Lack of light and temps that are too warm can both cause bud...

House Plants: Fungas Gnats, spray bug spray, soil dries
spray bug spray, soil dries, loose soil: Hi Mindy, The gnat larvae reside in the top inch or two of the soil. Scrape off and discard all loose soil until the uppermost roots are a bit exposed. Sprinkle a thin layer of sand or diatomaceous earth so the entire surface of the soil is covered. Allow...

House Plants: Fungi in the dirt, fungus spores, diameter range
fungus spores, diameter range, schefflera: Hi Cathy, Apparently, the soil that you added when you repotted 4 months ago was contaminated with fungus spores that are now starting to emerge as mushrooms. Fungi are not at all harmful to plants and are not the cause of the brown leaves. If you want...

House Plants: Fungus or Bacteria Good, Bad or Neutral?, fungus spores, mold allergies
fungus spores, mold allergies, fungus growth: Hi Liz, Good, bad or neutral? Ii guess it depends on who you ask. The fungus growth in the soil is not at all detrimental to the plant and in some ways it indicates a rich humusy soil. On the other hand, most people don t like the idea of fungi growing...

House Plants: Fungus on my ficus, ficus trees, cold area
ficus trees, cold area, nearby city: Annette, I don t know where you are growing this Ficus collection, but if you are in a cold area, the Ficus would be reacting to the changing season. Remember, they have a lot to deal with besides the temps. The days are getting shorter -- in the North....

House Plants: Fungus Gnat, Thrips, and Bugs, fungus gnats, dark gray color
fungus gnats, dark gray color, fungus gnat: Derya, Thrips are described at ths site: http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/hortcrops/english/thrips.html Fungus gnats are described at this site: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2114.html You probably have fungus gnats because the soil is...

House Plants: Fungus Gnats, peat moss, fungus gnats
peat moss, fungus gnats, potting soil: Linda, The fungus gnats are there because your plants have been overwatered &/or the soil has too much peat moss and is holding water too long so the roots don t have a chance to breath carbon dioxide through the soil between waterings so the roots begin...

House Plants: Fungus gnats!!, fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality
fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality, coconut husk: Hi Donna, Those are 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 - the gnat larvae that live in the top layer of the...

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

House Plants: Fungus gnats (plant flies), fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality
fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality, coconut husk: Hi Christina, Those fruit flies are 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 - the gnat larvae that live in the...

House Plants: Fungus gnats, apple cider vinegar, fruit fly traps
apple cider vinegar, fruit fly traps, yucca plants: Hi Tracy, Those are fungus gnats and they are close relatives of fruit flies. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the NEXT generation - the...

House Plants: Fungus looking growth on potted tree, ficus trees, nursery grower
ficus trees, nursery grower, potted tree: Hi Kenny, Gall on Ficus trees is invariably a result of poor horticultural practices by the nursery grower. The infection was in the plant long before you purchased it. So don t blame yourself because there is nothing you could have done. Regards, Will...

House Plants: Fungus or mold on my philodendron?, philodendron plant, indirect sunlight
philodendron plant, indirect sunlight, drain tray: Lori, Your plant is not a philodendron, it is a pothos vine and if it were getting more sunlight it would be variegated. I beleive the substance may be the beginning of moss such as you get in lawns. It would go away with more sunlight. It was hard to...

House Plants: Fungus/mushrooms in Ficus plant, ficus plant, coffee grounds
ficus plant, coffee grounds, saprophytes: You will find that many commercial potting soils are manufactured out of organic matter. Fungi are Saprophytes that are always a part of this composting process. Mushrooms are the flower of Fungi -- Lepiota lutea is my guess what you have in this case...

House Plants: Fungus, powdery mildew, white stuff
powdery mildew, white stuff, white matter: Hi Sulman, The white stuff might be a fungus (powdery mildew), but more likely it is mealybug. If the white stuff looks like little bits of soft cotton, then it is mealybug. Let me know what you think you have - you can e-mail a photo of it to me at...

House Plants: Fuzzy plant identification, spider mites, mealy bugs
spider mites, mealy bugs, ctenanthe: Hi Andrea, Your mystery plant is one of the many hybrids varieties of Ctenanthe. It is in the Maranta (prayer plant) family. This is not an easy houseplant because it requires high humidity and is quite unforgiving of lapses in care. It must have lots...

House Plants: Fuzzy White Bugs, dish detergent, rubbing alcohol
dish detergent, rubbing alcohol, spray bottle: Rebecca, Since they are in an office I presume that you do not want to use an insecticide. If you can email me a picture I could tell you exactly what kind of insects they are. Send it to plantlady6@aol.com. If that is not possible you can spray the plant...

House Plants: Fuzzy white things on my plant, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Vivian, The fuzzy white things are probably mealybugs if they look like white bits of cotton. 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...

House Plants: Fuzzy white webs on an ornamental orange tree, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Renee, I suspect your orange tree may have mealybugs. These critters don t look like bugs. They look like small bits of cotton. Their soft bodies are inside the soft outer coating. If this is not what you have, please email a photo to my address below....

House Plants: 20 yr old peace lily
House Plants: 20 yr old peace lily

House Plants: Adenium obesum rot, moisture wicking, adenium obesum
House Plants: Adenium obesum rot, moisture wicking, adenium obesum, terracotta pot

House Plants: African Violet propagation, leafs, good luck
House Plants: African Violet propagation, leafs, good luck, plants

House Plants: Aglaonema Silver Queen, silver queen, water way
House Plants: Aglaonema Silver Queen, silver queen, water way, environments

House Plants: Aloe Vera, aloe plant, darlene
House Plants: Aloe Vera, aloe plant, darlene, couple of days

House Plants: Amaryllis Bulb Seeds, amaryllis, hybrids
House Plants: Amaryllis Bulb Seeds, amaryllis, hybrids, seeds

House Plants: Aname to a plant and care, grex names, international aroid society
House Plants: Aname to a plant and care, grex names, international aroid society, soil media

House Plants: Anthurium plant, leves, veins
House Plants: Anthurium plant, leves, veins

House Plants: Anthurium-poisonous?, flamingo flower, control plants
House Plants: Anthurium-poisonous?, flamingo flower, control plants, cats and dogs

House Plants: Azalea tree, azalea, mild climates
House Plants: Azalea tree, azalea, mild climates, bogo

House Plants: getting my african violets to bloom, epson salts, blooms
House Plants: getting my african violets to bloom, epson salts, blooms

House Plants: aloe plant turning brown, aloe, sunlight
House Plants: aloe plant turning brown, aloe, sunlight

House Plants: aloe vera plants flowering, thirty years, roots
House Plants: aloe vera plants flowering, thirty years, roots

House Plants: My avocado plant is dying, small flies, window sill
House Plants: My avocado plant is dying, small flies, window sill, grocery store

House Plants: Bamboo Orchid, tiny silver bugs in soil, fungus gnats, larval stage
House Plants: Bamboo Orchid, tiny silver bugs in soil, fungus gnats, larval stage, bugs

House Plants: Basic Care for Zebra Plants., zebra plant, wal mart
House Plants: Basic Care for Zebra Plants., zebra plant, wal mart, plant food

House Plants: Beer Fertilizer, epsom salt, schlumbergera
House Plants: Beer Fertilizer, epsom salt, schlumbergera, 12oz

House Plants: Benjamin Ficus, happy girl, fert
House Plants: Benjamin Ficus, happy girl, fert, ficus

House Plants: Bouganvilea cuttings, 10cm, humidity
House Plants: Bouganvilea cuttings, 10cm, humidity, dish

House Plants: Browning of tips of plant leaves, flouride, tap water
House Plants: Browning of tips of plant leaves, flouride, tap water, tums

House Plants: Bugs in plant water, saly, sprinkle
House Plants: Bugs in plant water, saly, sprinkle

House Plants: baby oil & house plants, oil and water, baby oil
House Plants: baby oil & house plants, oil and water, baby oil, devil

House Plants: banana plant/tree?, root systems, beach house
House Plants: banana plant/tree?, root systems, beach house, inception

House Plants: big bright yellow mushrooms!!!!!!!!!, aloe vera plant, little stinkers
House Plants: big bright yellow mushrooms!!!!!!!!!, aloe vera plant, little stinkers, miracle gro

House Plants: black flies, little bit of water, black flies
House Plants: black flies, little bit of water, black flies, rubbing alcohol

House Plants: braided money tree, money tree, 7 months
House Plants: braided money tree, money tree, 7 months, dries

House Plants: brown worms, close proximity, bird of paradise
House Plants: brown worms, close proximity, bird of paradise, worms

House Plants: bugs in my houseplants, pests
House Plants: bugs in my houseplants, pests

House Plants: button fern, shallow containers, profusion
House Plants: button fern, shallow containers, profusion, ferns

House Plants: CANE PLANT, blooms, stalks
House Plants: CANE PLANT, blooms, stalks, downstairs area

House Plants: Cape Angel, climate zone, warm climate
House Plants: Cape Angel, climate zone, warm climate, swedish ivy

House Plants: Care of ficus plant, ficus tree care, ficus trees
House Plants: Care of ficus plant, ficus tree care, ficus trees, leaf loss

House Plants: Caring for my Lucky Money Tree, money plant, kitchen window
House Plants: Caring for my Lucky Money Tree, money plant, kitchen window, sunlight

House Plants: Cat Safe Plants, fireplace mantle, lucky bamboo plant
House Plants: Cat Safe Plants, fireplace mantle, lucky bamboo plant, doing research

House Plants: Centipedes in my Massangeana Cane, corn plant, color sort
House Plants: Centipedes in my Massangeana Cane, corn plant, color sort, loose bark

House Plants: CHINA DOLL PLANT, china dolls, house plant
House Plants: CHINA DOLL PLANT, china dolls, house plant, afternoon sun

House Plants: Coconut plant, coconut palm, pot
House Plants: Coconut plant, coconut palm, pot, photo

House Plants: Corkscrew Junkus, juncus spiralis, soil
House Plants: Corkscrew Junkus, juncus spiralis, soil

House Plants: Corn Plant
House Plants: Corn Plant

House Plants: Corn plant flowers, corn plants, screen porch
House Plants: Corn plant flowers, corn plants, screen porch, corn plant

House Plants: Croton Plants??, texas weather, front porch
House Plants: Croton Plants??, texas weather, front porch, croton

House Plants: Crown of Thorns, crown of thorns plant, crown of thorns
House Plants: Crown of Thorns, crown of thorns plant, crown of thorns, humidity levels

House Plants: Cyperus Papyrus Percamentus care
House Plants: Cyperus Papyrus Percamentus care

House Plants: carbon dioxide, photosynthesis and respiration, energy from the sun
House Plants: carbon dioxide, photosynthesis and respiration, energy from the sun, second hand smoke

House Plants: care of anthurium, native hawaiian plants, anthurium plants
House Plants: care of anthurium, native hawaiian plants, anthurium plants, aloha from hawaii

House Plants: how is care for a fern, striking resemblance, kimberly c
House Plants: how is care for a fern, striking resemblance, kimberly c

House Plants: cat urine: Ficus, ficus, pee
House Plants: cat urine: Ficus, ficus, pee, nitrogen

House Plants: china doll/burnt-looking leaves, china doll, ranch house
House Plants: china doll/burnt-looking leaves, china doll, ranch house, sun

House Plants: crassula, crassula gollum, mealy bug
House Plants: crassula, crassula gollum, mealy bug, specks

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House Plants: cure for spider mites?, gerber daisies, spider mites
House Plants: cure for spider mites?, gerber daisies, spider mites, fruit flies

House Plants: My Devils Ivy/Pothos, pothos, bleach
House Plants: My Devils Ivy/Pothos, pothos, bleach, sun

House Plants: Dolphin Plant
House Plants: Dolphin Plant

House Plants: Dolphin Plant, bloom, dolphin
House Plants: Dolphin Plant, bloom, dolphin, dirt

House Plants: Dracaena compacta variegata, worm castings, chlorine
House Plants: Dracaena compacta variegata, worm castings, chlorine, good luck

House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, year one, plants
House Plants: Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana, year one, plants, indirect light

House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, vet, plants
House Plants: Dracaena Marginata, vet, plants

House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane Plant Care, gallon container, afternoon sun
House Plants: Dracaena Massangeana Cane Plant Care, gallon container, afternoon sun, city water

House Plants: Dracaena massangeana has brown spots on the leaves
House Plants: Dracaena massangeana has brown spots on the leaves

House Plants: Dracena Marginata, light soil, new leaves
House Plants: Dracena Marginata, light soil, new leaves, rooting hormone

House Plants: Dumb Cane, seed pod, new leaves
House Plants: Dumb Cane, seed pod, new leaves, dumb cane

House Plants: Dwarf Umbrella Plant Care Help, umbrella plant, sunlight
House Plants: Dwarf Umbrella Plant Care Help, umbrella plant, sunlight

House Plants: dieffenbachia, trip out of town, dieffenbachia
House Plants: dieffenbachia, trip out of town, dieffenbachia, sunroom

House Plants: dying boston fern, doing the right thing, 411
House Plants: dying boston fern, doing the right thing, 411

House Plants: Effects of chlorine on plants
House Plants: Effects of chlorine on plants

House Plants: Eggs in my soil!, insect, plants
House Plants: Eggs in my soil!, insect, plants

House Plants: Elephant Ear Houseplant, elephant ears, elephant ear
House Plants: Elephant Ear Houseplant, elephant ears, elephant ear, plastic pipes

House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli, root mass, pot
House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli, root mass, pot, plant root

House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli - propagation by cuttings, blindness, sap
House Plants: Euphorbia tirucalli - propagation by cuttings, blindness, sap, soap

House Plants: Ficus, ficus tree, ficuses
House Plants: Ficus, ficus tree, ficuses, insects

House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, tree trunk
House Plants: Ficus tree, ficus tree, tree trunk, well meaning

House Plants: Ficus tree
House Plants: Ficus tree

House Plants: Ficus tree dropping green healthy looking leaves, seaweed fertilizer, fish emulsion
House Plants: Ficus tree dropping green healthy looking leaves, seaweed fertilizer, fish emulsion, ficus bonsai

House Plants: Ficus tree pruning, ficus, drip
House Plants: Ficus tree pruning, ficus, drip, sap

House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, new leaves, plant food
House Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig, new leaves, plant food, botanist

House Plants: Fiddle leaf fig tree pruning, leaves, bush
House Plants: Fiddle leaf fig tree pruning, leaves, bush

House Plants: Flower Pot / Planter Sizes
House Plants: Flower Pot / Planter Sizes

House Plants: Flowering ?? corn plant, root development, glass of water
House Plants: Flowering ?? corn plant, root development, glass of water, stalks

House Plants: Flying gnats in my pothos soil, fungus gnats, watering pot
House Plants: Flying gnats in my pothos soil, fungus gnats, watering pot, mosquito dunks

House Plants: Frozen Dracaena marginata, many thanks, stems
House Plants: Frozen Dracaena marginata, many thanks, stems, marginata plant

House Plants: Fuzzy plant identification, western websites, maranta
House Plants: Fuzzy plant identification, western websites, maranta, nigro

House Plants: fertilizer, acid loving plants, miracle gro
House Plants: fertilizer, acid loving plants, miracle gro, plant food

House Plants: fica tree, ficus tree, stomach
House Plants: fica tree, ficus tree, stomach, few days

House Plants: frozen plant, christmas cactus, great grandmother
House Plants: frozen plant, christmas cactus, great grandmother, potting soil

House Plants: fuchia, fish emulsion, fuchias
House Plants: fuchia, fish emulsion, fuchias, change batteries

House Plants: full of nitrogene compost, compost, moderation
House Plants: full of nitrogene compost, compost, moderation

House Plants: Gardenia, top soil, sunny location
House Plants: Gardenia, top soil, sunny location, green house

House Plants: Gardenia plant, beautiful blooms, bright sunlight
House Plants: Gardenia plant, beautiful blooms, bright sunlight, root base

House Plants: Gloxinia leaves with brown dry spots - please help!
House Plants: Gloxinia leaves with brown dry spots - please help!

House Plants: Gold Capella seems to be dying, gcs, hunk
House Plants: Gold Capella seems to be dying, gcs, hunk, 3 years