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House Plants: ficus lyrata, water soluable, ficus
water soluable, ficus, leafs: Gorete, Give your tree more sunlight and it will slow down it s growth. It is reaching for the sun and I m sure has fairly wide spaces between the leaves. It will eventually grow out of it s floppiness. I would put it outdoors during the summer in a location...

House Plants: ficus plant beseiged!, ficus plant, cayenne pepper
ficus plant, cayenne pepper, pepper wax: Hi Miranda, The gray spots are a form of scale - an insect that doesn t look like a bug, barely moves, sucks the sap from the leaves, and can cause major defoliation. The key to eliminating scale is to treat even the ones that you cannot see. That means...

House Plants: ficus plant, ficus plant, firm roots
ficus plant, firm roots, many roots: Hi Kelly, I m sorry but the plant may be beyond it s ability to recover. If you want you can give it one last try. Look at the roots, healthy roots are white or light colored and firm. Roots that are dark colored and mushy are roots that have root rot....

House Plants: ficus shaping, plant hormones, stem branch
plant hormones, stem branch, rubber plant: Pruning is not difficult when you understand one basic rule: When you cut off the end of a Stem/Branch, plant hormones concentrated at the Nodes spring into action and turn on tissue at the Nodes. The tissue turns into new shootss. Cutting off the tips...

House Plants: my ficus tree, ficus tree, dish soap
ficus tree, dish soap, spider mite: Hi Kim A ficus, aka Weeping Fig is notorious for dropping leaves whenever there is any type of a change. First of all, is this indoors or outdoors? It could be from the change of the amount of light it is getting. Just check within the plants leaf brackets...

House Plants: ficus tree, ficus tree, spider mite
ficus tree, spider mite, fan air: Hi Kathy This is so strange and I don t know why it happens. I have answered you question 3 times and for some reason, it does not go through. Let s try again; How long have you had your ficus? It is common for a ficus to drop leaves when moved from a...

House Plants: ficus.tree, care of ficus trees, ficus tree
care of ficus trees, ficus tree, ficus benjamina: Hi Beverly, Ficus benjamina can usually survive a light frost as the roots are insulated by the pot and soil. The leaves are not protected so they are the first to go. Pruning will help the tree grow back in a more compact manner as all new growth appears...

House Plants: ficus tree, ficus tree, mealy bugs
ficus tree, mealy bugs, rubbing alcohol: Tracy, The sticky stuff is called honeydew, it is excrement from either scale, mealy bugs or aphids (all are insects), probably scale. On the leaves you will find little grey or brown round bumps that can be scraped off with your fingernail or a knife....

House Plants: ficus tree, part rubbing alcohol, ficus tree
part rubbing alcohol, ficus tree, liquid soap: Hi Joe, Rotating your tree is an excellent idea for exactly the reason you mention. I rotate mine a quarter turn each time I water because it is easier for me to remember! The only way to detect pest or disease problems is by observing anything new or...

House Plants: My ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, sunny spot: Hello Dee, Your plant should recover just fine. The branches should naturally begin to grow upwards again or you can try to gently bend the branches back. I don t really know much about bonsai but these people should be able to help you with reshaping it....

House Plants: ficus tree, eden bioscience, ficus tree
eden bioscience, ficus tree, ficus benjamina: Ficus benjamina, the most popular of this much loved genus, responds best to UNDER-potting. But if your friend insists this plant must be re-potted, trim the largest, thickest Roots first -- younger roots are in charge of water supply. As with Grass-mowing...

House Plants: ficus tree growth, ficus tree, pruners
ficus tree, pruners, fungal infection: Hi Peg, The lumpish growth on the trunk of a Ficus tree is a gall. The gall is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Sometimes the cause of the gall will have other negative effects on the tree. Most of the time, it has no effect. There is no cure...

House Plants: ficus tree leaves turning brown, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, tropical jungles: Louise, I have several ficus trees on myeast deck also. They do not mind the heat as ficus trees come from tropical jungles but they do mind watering. With that heat and that sun they need watered daily. Increase the water and they will come back. Remove...

House Plants: ficus tree/plant sick, ficus tree care, ficus lyrata
ficus tree care, ficus lyrata, ficus benjamina: Hi Mike, I am not sure which Ficus tree you have. Usually, Ficus refers to Ficus benjamina, which has small leaves about two inches long. However, Ficus lyrata has much larger leaves that are larger than your hand. In either case, having the plant right...

House Plants: ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, sun in the afternoon: Jamie, Ficus trees need as much light as possible to maintain a certain level of fullness. It would help if the tree was in front of the west window or a south window. I reccommend that you put the tree outdoors for the summer where it will get light in...

House Plants: ficus trees, ficus trees, pruners
ficus trees, pruners, good chance: Scott, Has it been below freezing and if so for how long. Ficus trees are very resilient. If it didn t freeze for too long there is a good chance they will survive but parts of the tree may die back. Just be patient and wait. The trees will eventually send...

House Plants: ficus, ficus tree care, ficus trees
ficus tree care, ficus trees, mail request: Hi there, Whenever there is a change in environment, Ficus trees shed many leaves and for quite some time before they adapt to their new environment. If this is a tree that you have had in the same location for a year or more, then there are other possible...

House Plants: fiddle fig, fig plant, temperatures rise
fig plant, temperatures rise, plant questions: Hi Michele, The problem with watering by the calendar is that it doesn t take into account changes in a plant s environment. Certainly, as temperatures rise and hours of daylight increase, then a plant s water usage also increases. So without knowing much...

House Plants: fiddle fig, ficus lyrata, mature specimens
ficus lyrata, mature specimens, cement foundation: I have TWO Fiddle-Leaf Figs in one bedroom. We CAN T plant ours outside - way too cold. You on the other hand may have acquired a seemingly petite potted plant (Ficus lyrata to Botanists) that is growing larger and larger. In the jungle, this fig will...

House Plants: fiddle leaf Ficus, sized pot, tree leaves
sized pot, tree leaves, moisture meter: Hi William, The symptoms you described are generic and don t reveal a particular cause. The light is fine as long as the window is uncovered throughout the daylight hours and not blocked by a tree or structure outside. If your Ficus lyrata was recently...

House Plants: fiddle leaf fig, aggie horticulture, yellow blooms
aggie horticulture, yellow blooms, inch pot: Nick, Okay, first, at least one of your fiddle leaf figs could be planted outdoors in the ground in San Diego and allowed to grow to it s full height. After you air layer and it grows roots and you cut the new plant off and pot it up separately you can...

House Plants: fiddle leaf fig or ficus lyrata, aggie horticulture, ficus lyrata
aggie horticulture, ficus lyrata, tall trees: Connie, It is the nature of these trees to get leggy, in nature they become 50+ foot tall trees. If you put it in a larger pot it would eventually sprout side shoots and look like an oak tree. If you wat to prune it as you said I reccommend that you...

House Plants: fiddle leafed fig, covered porch, gorgeous plant
covered porch, gorgeous plant, drain tray: Stacey, I would take the plant outdoors in a shady location and remove the drain tray under the plant, then take a hose and spray the leaves to clean anything off that you can. Also hose the soil in case there is cat urine there. Water the soil till the...

House Plants: My fiddleleaf plant, new leaves, rubbing alcohol
new leaves, rubbing alcohol, darlene: Patti, The brown spots are an insect called scale. You can use Q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the hard shelled ones and then spray the entire plant with rubbing alcohol to kill all the little white ones. Repeat the spraying every other day...

House Plants: my fidely fig is getting brown spots, outdoor gardeners, decorative rocks
outdoor gardeners, decorative rocks, daniel daniel: Daniel, I have a question before I can answer you. Try scratching the spots and let me know if they scratch off. If they do it is an insect. If they don t then please email me a closeup picture of one of the leaves with spots to plantlady6@aol.com ...

House Plants: where can i find it?, purple passion vine, gynura aurantiaca
purple passion vine, gynura aurantiaca, oxalis triangularis: Oxalis Triangularis -- a tender houseplant known as Purple Shamrock . And yes, it does have purple leaves. You can buy one of these here at Easy to Grow Bulbs, Heronswood or : http://www.easytogrowbulbs.com/browseproducts/Oxalis-Triangularis-(Purple-Shamrock).html...

House Plants: my very first bromeliad/house plant, plastic pot, pot size
plastic pot, pot size, spanish moss: Hi Melissa, Thank you for providing good information. Your Bromeliad is either a Tillandsia or a Vriesea. It will not get any larger than it is now. The care is the same in either case. Bromeliads are in the same family as pineapples and Spanish moss....

House Plants: my first bromeliad, proper soil, decorative container
proper soil, decorative container, bromeliad: Melissa, Why are you repotting it? Professionals grow bromeliads in the right size pot for them to spend their entire life in and it is in the proper soil. The only thing you need to do is water it, sit it in a sunny area and fertilize it once a month....

House Plants: My first corn plant, corn plant, water soluable
corn plant, water soluable, 48hours: Melissa, Do not water it with water that has flouride in it. If yours does let it sit in an open container for 48hours and the flouride will dissipate or you can use distilled water. Let it dry out well between waterings, no direct sun light but a very...

House Plants: fiscus houseplant white fuzzy stuff on soil, leaf axils, public water supply
leaf axils, public water supply, fish emulsion: Are you familiar with Mealbugs? White and Fuzzy are adjectives that describe this houseplant pest. They do not appear on the Soil; these are plant lovers and they enjoy a relaxing afternoon spent in the leaf axils and joints of a chosen plant with minimal...

House Plants: fiscus plants and insects, plants and insects, rubbing alcohol
plants and insects, rubbing alcohol, tree roots: Teresa, The insects are aphids. Put some rubbing alcohol in a bottle and spray the leaves of the tree well every other day for a week. Mae sure you get the fronts and backs of all the leaves. That will kill the aphids and any other insects in the tree....

House Plants: fiscus trees, ficus tree care, new leaves
ficus tree care, new leaves, lush tree: Hi Kate, Ficus leaves are very sensitive to even minor changes in light. Moving yours to direct sun outside is a MAJOR change in light. Many if not most of the leaves will burn or drop off and will be replaced by new leaves that are adapted to the intense...

House Plants: flies, western flower thrips, fungus gnats
western flower thrips, fungus gnats, fungus gnat: Fungus Gnats? If these are THOSE little black flies, do little damage to a plant, but they are unsightly little pests. The Gardenline (http://gardenline.usask.ca/pests/gnat.html) posted by the University of Sasketchawan has a whole webpage on these little...

House Plants: floppy Dieffenbachia, drainage hole, dieffenbachia
drainage hole, dieffenbachia, potting mix: Kristine, I agree with your diagnosis that it was overwatered. Mold ALWAYS indicates overwatering. There appears to be no drainage hole in the pot so no way to drain the pot of excess water so I imagine that there is still a lot of stagnant water laying...

House Plants: floppy fruit salad plant, fruit salad plant, poor lamb
fruit salad plant, poor lamb, jungle floor: Jenny, I suspect that you are keeping it too moist. It needs to be kept on the dry side in the winter. Allow it to dry out well between waterings. It also likes bright light but no sun. It is native to the jungle floor where it gets flashes of sun at...

House Plants: florida orange trees, orange trees, florida orange
orange trees, florida orange, sandy soil: Michael, They need to be grown in sandy soil in full sun. They need to be well watered once a week then allowed to dry out before being watered again. It is dropping leaves either because it is not getting enough sun or it is getting too much or too little...

House Plants: flourescent grow lights, fluorescent light tubes, international candle
fluorescent light tubes, international candle, footcandle: Hi Bill Lighting is very important to growing any type of a plant-the light produces the energy needed to make the food required for plants to flower and grow. Of course, natural light is the best, but when that cannot be supplies, fluorescent lighting...

House Plants: flower, african violets, african violet plant
african violets, african violet plant, cold drafts: Annette, For your violet to flower it needs three things: LIGHT, WATER, HUMIDITY. They need a lot of light; sunlight if possible, but not direct sunlight. If they can get 4-5 hours of sunlight a day (from behind a sheer curtain) that would be perfect....

House Plants: flowering house plant - what is it?, kalanchoe blossfeldiana, okstate edu
kalanchoe blossfeldiana, okstate edu, kalancho: Susan, It sounds like your plant may be a Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. You can find a picture at this site: http://www.okstate.edu/ag/asnr/hortla/needham/extension/id/kalancho.html This site gives complete care instructions: http://www.valentine.gr/kalanchoe_en.htm...

House Plants: flowering maple plant, flowering maple plant, potting soil mix
flowering maple plant, potting soil mix, kim hi: Hi there, Your Abutilon is undergoing major shock from having its roots disturbed and from a major shift in its environment, especially light and temperature. What you are attempting to do is very stressful to the plant. It would have been much easier...

House Plants: flowering of the plant, acidic soil, miracid
acidic soil, miracid, high humidity: Hi Mohamed, Gardenias are one of the more difficult plants to grow and bloom indoors successfully. Gardenias are not easy to bloom indoors because they have rather strict temperature requirements. Temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees are essential when...

House Plants: flowering plants, sandy soil, warm temperatures
sandy soil, warm temperatures, warm temps: Mohamed, Gardenias are wonderful plants that need lots of sun and warm temperatures. They also prefer sandy soil and most of the ones in stores are in peat based soil which holds too much moisture and keeps them too wet. They do very well in Florida and...

House Plants: flowers stay green on peace plant, chinese evergreens, peace lilly
chinese evergreens, peace lilly, chinese evergreen: Tina, If the flowers do not start out white then turn green you have either a very unusual variety of peace lilly or you have a chinese evergreen. You are welcome to email me a picture to plantlady6@yahoo.com or you can go to google and type in chinese...

House Plants: no flowers, bright indirect light, mr creed
bright indirect light, mr creed, adequate light: Hi Paul, Has your Queens Tears ever flowered? I ask because, like most bromeliads, they only flower once before sending up offsets (baby plants) from the base. The offsets grow and will flower when they reach maturity. But the mother plant only flowers...

House Plants: flying gnats, fungus gnat larvae, cactus soil
fungus gnat larvae, cactus soil, peat moss: Hi Melanie, You have a couple of options. One is to take the contaminated cactus soil back to the retailer and get an exchange or your money back. Instead of packaged cactus soil, you might consider making your own from equal parts of peat moss and perlite....

House Plants: flying parasites - fungus gnats, fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality
fungus gnat larvae, poor soil quality, coconut husk: Hi Kate, They are called 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...

House Plants: foliage, bright indirect light, janet craig
bright indirect light, janet craig, leaf discoloration: Hi Martha, Thanks for the photos. Your Janet Craig compacta is a plant that invariably has some leaves that develop brown tips that progress until most of the leaf is brown. Imperfect watering and lack of ideal light are the primary causes of this....

House Plants: follow-up on using mineral oil/water, mineral oil, oil water
mineral oil, oil water, ill effects: Hi Mary, The concentration of the mineral oil depends on just how shiny you want your plants to look. You could start with 5 or 6 parts water and 1 part mineral oil and go from there to make it more or less shiny to suit your taste. The concentration...

House Plants: frozen house plants, light freeze, house plants
light freeze, house plants, plant questions: Hi Laurie, Is that -2F. or -2C.? Both are below freezing and sufficient to cause cold damage. However, -2F is so cold that I cannot imagine any houseplant surviving that much cold. A light freeze may damage the exposed leaves and stems, but the roots...

House Plants: frozen mandevilla, mandevilla plant, tropical plants
mandevilla plant, tropical plants, cool room: Tina, Mandevillas are beautiful tropical plants originating in Brazil. They can be kept indoors over the winter and rebloomed the following summer. During the winter they need to be cut back by 2/3 and be kept in a cool room and allowed to dry out well...

House Plants: frozen plant rescue, thick stalks, poor orphans
thick stalks, poor orphans, spider plants: Karen, Probably it is too late, these are tropical plants that don t like it colder than 50 degrees. However if you have patience and want to try, then cut off all the mushy leaves even if all you have left is the roots. Keep the plants in a sunny location...

House Plants: frozen plant, christmas cactus, windowsill
christmas cactus, windowsill, short answer: These plants need long nights and cool temperatures -- around 50 degrees F -- to set blooms. But they are not hardy. Frost will quickly damage tissue and destroy the plant. The short answer here: No. But I could be wrong. It s certainly worth a try....

House Plants: frozen plants, frozen plants, hanging baskets
frozen plants, hanging baskets, liklihood: Angela, You did not mention what kind of plants they are so without knowing that the only advice I can give you is to wait and see. The roots could send out new growth. If the tops are obviously dead, mushy and collapsed you can prune back to any portion...

House Plants: fuchia, flowers and leaves, high humidity
flowers and leaves, high humidity, humid area: Hi Cathy, Fuchsias prefer cooler temps than you described. However, the high humidity will help keep to a minimum the moisture loss due to the heat. It is also very important that you keep the soil moist at all times. In really hot weather, that could mean...

House Plants: full of nitrogene compost, rice bran, blooming plants
rice bran, blooming plants, potting soil: Reza, I don t know of any way to eliminate it other than mixing with purchased potting soil. It s harm depends on what type of houseplants we are talking about. It will not hurt green plants unless it is way too fresh and therefore too strong. It will...

House Plants: full of nitrogene compost, indoor potted plants, correct proportions
indoor potted plants, correct proportions, outdoor plants: Hi Reza, Compost is wonderful for outdoor plants, but I do not recommend it for indoor potted plants. Many of the natural environmental forces that work outside are not available inside to continue the composting process. In addition, compost usually contains...

House Plants: fungas, moses in the bullrushes, fungus spores
moses in the bullrushes, fungus spores, fungus growth: Hi Cheryl, A white film on soil is almost always a type of fungus or mold. It is generally harmless to your plants. However, it is indicative of soil that is contaminated with fungus spores and perhaps other contaminants, as well. For potted indoor plants...

House Plants: fungus, mold spores, white fungus
mold spores, white fungus, deck chairs: Hi Will, Given your comment that your plants receive no sunlight, I am more surprised that your plants are alive than I am that they have mold in the soil. All green plant require some sunlight, either direct or indirect. The exceptions are plants growing...

House Plants: fungus?, insect pests, plant fungus
insect pests, plant fungus, plant questions: Hi Nan, Mulch does not belong inside on houseplants for the very reasons that you mentioned. Mulch (and compost) contain lots of fungi, bacteria and often smells and attract insect pests. It works very well outdoors where there are natural controls, but...

House Plants: fungus gnats, wet soils, little fly
wet soils, little fly, soil ph: gnats are a sign of keeping the soil too wet. they breed in wet soils. let your plants dry out sufficiently between waterings. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that time pour...

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

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

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

House Plants: fungus?, pot sizes, house plants
pot sizes, house plants, brown leaf: Hi Kim, Brown leaf tips and black leaf spots are generic symptoms that have a number of possible causes. Because this is happening to many of your houseplants, then it is possible that multiple cause are at work here. To answer your question properly,...

House Plants: fuzzy egg like substance on plants, drainage holes, soil additive
drainage holes, soil additive, yellow egg: Hi Lauren, I am sorry that you didn t find my reply as helpful as you wanted. Please let me know how I can be more helpful. Perhaps I misunderstood your question or was not clear in my reply. ~Will Hi Lauren, Sorry. I was hoping it was Perlite....

House Plants: Gardenia, acid loving plants, high humidity
acid loving plants, high humidity, hot afternoon: Nicole, I don t know what source you were lookiing at but gardenias do wonderful in Florida outdoors in full sun in high humidity and 90+ temps. Do not repot it to a larger pot, they do not mind being rootbound. They love the sun except in the heat of the...

House Plants: Gardenia, allergic skin reactions, liquid dish soap
allergic skin reactions, liquid dish soap, plain dish: Hi Anne, Assuming that your Gardenia is indoors, the green bugs are probably aphids. Aphids commonly appear as clusters of tiny insects (less than an eighth of an inch) on tender new growth. Look for them on the ends of plant stems and on newly formed...

House Plants: Gardenia Bonsai, gardenia bonsai, humidity tray
gardenia bonsai, humidity tray, dry soil: Hi Maryanne, Bonsais are among the most difficult forms of plant to keep alive and healthy. They are terribly expensive and the percentage that die within the first six months is very high. This is because bonsais are grown in very carefully controlled...

House Plants: Gardenia Plant, gardenia plant, acidic soil
gardenia plant, acidic soil, flower buds: Hi Joanne, I received your letter and check today. Thank you very much. The answer to your question is below. However, if you would like more information, please contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com Best, Will Creed Gardenias are...

House Plants: Gardenia Plant, gardenia plant, acidic soil
gardenia plant, acidic soil, flower buds: Hi Mary, Happy Valentine s Day! Gardenias are one of the more difficult plants to grow and bloom indoors successfully. Gardenias are not easy to bloom indoors because they have rather strict temperature requirements. Temperatures between 55 and 65 degrees...

House Plants: Gardenia Plants, gardenia plants, gardenia plant
gardenia plants, gardenia plant, tropical plants: the care would still be similar as for most tropical plants. i m in southern NJ. whenever the nitetime temps go below 55 you should bring them inside(even if only for the nite). if the day temps are above 60 you can leave them outside during the day. water...

House Plants: Gardenia plant, gardenia plants, gardenia plant
gardenia plants, gardenia plant, inch pot: You realize, Carolyn, that most people are not THAT GOOD at Gardenias, don t you? Sounds to me like you have some magic powers over there in the Garden State. At least when it comes to plants that no one else can grow. And you want ME to tell you what...

House Plants: Gardenia plants, gardenia plants, gardenia plant
gardenia plants, gardenia plant, humidity tray: Rae, Common causes for bud drop include low humidity, over-watering, under-watering, insufficient light, high temperatures, rapid temperature fluctuations, cold drafts or change in plant locations. In other words, gardenias are temperamental! It may not...

House Plants: Gardenia in southeast Michigan, miracle growth, michigan winter
miracle growth, michigan winter, indirect light: There s nothing like the penetrating fragrance of a Gardenia, is there? Congratulations on getting yours to survive the indoor Michigan winter. That was the hard part. The rest will be easy. Gardenias being such a big cash crop, you can bet there is...

House Plants: Gardenia stickiness, peat pots, drip point
peat pots, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Fred, If the leaves are sticky, then that is caused by the secretions from either scale, mealybug or aphids. I cannot tell from your vague description which it is. The key to successfully eradicating these creatures is to also spray the ones that...

House Plants: Gardenia, acidic soil, flower buds
acidic soil, flower buds, horrible mistake: Hi there, How thoughtful of your husband to get you a Gardenia! Your speculation that repotting it while it is in bud is accurate and suggests that you have some experience/knowledge about houseplants. I hope this is the case because Gardenias are not...

House Plants: Gardenias dying., acidic soil, dry soil
acidic soil, dry soil, high humidity: Hi there, This is really not a houseplant, but a gardening question because you are growing it outside. However, I can tell you that high humidity and acidic soil (5.0 pH) are important for maintaining gardenias successfully. In addition, they do not tolerate...

House Plants: Gargantuan Yukka!, inch pot, yukka
inch pot, yukka, inch sections: Jane, Yes, pruning is the best option and this is the best time of year to prune it. Is this plant a single stalk or does it have arms? In any case you start by pruning the top 24 inches off just above a leaf with sharp pruning saw. Remove the lower leaves...

House Plants: GENERAL CARE, bright indirect light, new leaves
bright indirect light, new leaves, purple flowers: Hi Ronnie, Ivies need a lot of bright indirect light and do not do well in low light. They do best right on a north windowsill or a few feet back from an east or west window. Your Calathea also needs lots of bright indirect light. Your third plant is...

House Plants: Gerbera Daisy Mold, gerbera daisies, gerbera daisy
gerbera daisies, gerbera daisy, systemic fungicides: Hi Bob, Thanks for the photos. The photos don t show texture very well so it is hard to be positive, but I am quite sure that your Gerberas have a fungus disease called powdery mildew. This is a common occurrence when outdoor plants are brought inside....

House Plants: Gerbera mildew and wilting, ottawa ontario canada, fighting a losing battle
ottawa ontario canada, fighting a losing battle, northern climates: Hi Stephanie, In their native habitats, Gerberas are perennials, but in northern climates they are annuals. Indoors they are used as discardable plants because they do not survive indoors after they have finished flowering, except in climate-controlled...

House Plants: Gerberas, indoor plants, plant questions
indoor plants, plant questions, intense light: Hi Meg, Gerberas are not good indoor plants unless you intend to keep them only as long as they are in flower and then discard them. Outdoor sun is much more intense than indoor light and intense light is what Gerberas need. Please let me know if any...

House Plants: Giant Bird of Paradise, bird of paradise plants, soil line
bird of paradise plants, soil line, giant bird: Sandy, I am saying wait awhile, 2-4 weeks, then cut back to the line between dead or alive. It should be obviolus at that time. You may only be cuttig a few leaves off or you may be cutting it down to the soil line. If several new shoots come out from the...

House Plants: Giant Bird of Paradise, landscape expert, head gardener
landscape expert, head gardener, birds of paradise: Jim, Because of their growth habitsthey would be difficult to cut back. You can cut off any damaged leaves but if you cut much back they will not bloom next year. I assume that you live in a tropical area. These are not houseplants. I suggest you ask...

House Plants: Giant Pothos with..., natural blemishes, droplet of water
natural blemishes, droplet of water, excess minerals: Hi Deborah, Understand that I am making an educated guess here because I can t see what you are describing. It may well be that these spots are nothing more than natural blemishes on the leaves. This is likely to be true if the spots are only on the...

House Plants: Gigantic Unknown Plant in My Living Room, stem leaves, banana plant
stem leaves, banana plant, soil level: Hi Kurt, I believe your plant is a white bird of paradise (Strelitzia). Keeping it healthy for 8 years is quite an accomplishment. It is normal for older leaves to sag under the pull of gravity as they age. (It has happened to me, too!) You can cut the...

House Plants: Ginseng Ficus-Morris County, NJ, ginseng ficus, shade cloths
ginseng ficus, shade cloths, soil requirements: care is similar for most tropical plants. most are grown under shade cloths in FL or other tropical areas because they do not like direct sunlite-the foliage burns(they will tolerate morning sun-inside they do best there). whenever the nitetime temps go...

House Plants: Gloxinia, yellow leaves, cold temps
yellow leaves, cold temps, aesthetic reasons: Hi Diane, Gloxinias often go into dormancy in the fall. You are a bit late on this, but they may be the only hope at this point. Leave it in its pot. Move it to a cool location that is out of the sun. Stop watering it entirely. Any remaining leaves and...

House Plants: Gloxinia leaves with brown dry spots - please help!, yellow sticky traps, fungus gnats
yellow sticky traps, fungus gnats, wet soil: Hi Carmella, Thanks for the photo and detailed information. You are keeping your Gloxinias too wet. The leaf spots and presence of fungus gnats are pretty good indicators of that. The gnat larvae were probably introduced with the fresh potting mix that...

House Plants: Gloxinia, african violets, inch pot
african violets, inch pot, florist shops: Jimmy, This plant is a bulb. You should never need to prune them. Gloxinias are very similar to African violets in the way you need to care for them. They may be available in florist shops year-round. Bright, light from an east window is necessary to...

House Plants: Gloxinias, tomato fertilizer, capillary matting
tomato fertilizer, capillary matting, inch pots: Arthur, They are very picky about watering .. and dont like water on there leaves at all and like the water at room temperature ..or skin temp .. and like to be kept moist. Avoid hot or cold drafts, such as furnace vents or air conditioner ducts or open...

House Plants: Gloxiniz, peat moss, centeral florida
peat moss, centeral florida, leaf cuttings: Hi Jimmy, There are two ways you can propagate your Gloxinia. First, you can divide the tuber (special root) out of which the shoots grow. This is best done in the early spring after the winter dormant period. Be sure that each half of the divided tuber...

House Plants: Gnats on Bonsai Plant, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, larvae feed: Hi Rowena, The presence of fungus gnats is a good indication that the soil is staying too moist and the roots are rotting. The fungus gnat larvae feed on the decaying roots. I cannot say just how often your Bonsai should be watered, but is is apparent that...

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

House Plants: Gnats, african violets, oil soap
african violets, oil soap, bug bites: I have never had a gnat bite me but that does not say they do not bite. I have a solution for your problem though. Get some Murphy s Oil Soap. Mix one capfull per gallon of water. Use this once a week for two weeks and drench the soil of the plants in...

House Plants: Gold Capella seems to be dying, fungus gnats, leaf hoppers
fungus gnats, leaf hoppers, drainage hole: Memie, Schefflera arbicola Gold Capella loves the sun, it should be sitting in an east or west window with the drapes or blinds open all day so it gets as much sun as possible. It also needs to be well watered then allowed to dry out well before being...

House Plants: Gold fish house Plant, valerie valerie, dish soap
valerie valerie, dish soap, inch pot: Valerie, Your goldfish plant has aphids or scale which are insects. Aphids are tiny black specs on the plant. Scale is brown or green 1/4 inch or less spots usually on the back of the leaves. The sticky stuff is called honeydew and it is the scale or aphids...

House Plants: Gold fish plant, fish plant, plant questions
fish plant, plant questions, gold fish: Hi Ida, To bloom well in the warmer months this plant needs a rest period in the cooler months. From November through March do not fertilize, keep temps on the cool side, and water just enough to keep the plant from wilting, allowing the soil to become...

House Plants: Golden Godess Bamboo, natural secretion, scale insect
natural secretion, scale insect, insect infestation: Hi Stan, I have to tell you that Bambusa does not do well indoors over the long haul. They simply need more light than you can provide in even the sunniest indoor location. I have struggled with indoor bamboo in a well-lit, artificially supplemented atrium...

House Plants: Golden Leaf Plant, ficus tree, indirect sunlight
ficus tree, indirect sunlight, drain tray: Becky, You have not given me a very good description of the plant so it is very hard to identify it. You need to describe the size off the leaves and shape. First you said it was a plant, then you said it was a tree. If it is a tree it is probably a type...

House Plants: Golden Pothos wilting, golden pothos, clay pot
golden pothos, clay pot, root damage: Hi Diana, When Pothos droop it is because they are not getting enough water. But before you douse them with water, it is important to understand some other things. Of course, soil that is allowed to get completely dried out around the roots will lead...

House Plants: Golden Pothos, water droplets, mineral salts
water droplets, mineral salts, dangerous plant: Hi Alison, The process by which certain plants emit water droplets through the tips of their leaves is called guttation. Briefly, it is a way for the plant to release excess water that has built up in the roots. However, it does not mean that you have...

House Plants: Goldfish Plant, epsom salts, tomato plants
epsom salts, tomato plants, blosom: Julie, It will not bloom until it is rootbound and mature. Keep it in the same pot, hang it in a sunny location, fertilize it monthly with a water soluable fertilizer for blooming plants, and sprinkle 2 teaspoons of epsom salts on top of the soil before...

House Plants: Goldfish Plant, seed pods, goldfish
seed pods, goldfish, creed: Hi Janet, Those are seed pods that contain many seeds inside of them. The seeds are probably not viable so there is no reason to keep them. However, it will do no harm if you leave them on the plant. Great that you have yours blooming all the time. Keep...

House Plants: Goldfish plant, bright indirect light, dead leaves
bright indirect light, dead leaves, gonner: Hi Sarah, Not knowing just how much your goldfish plant was neglected, it is also hard to know how damaged the roots are. If there are sufficient healthy roots, then healthy new growth will return. It is best to prune back leggy stems that have lost...

House Plants: Goldfish plant, waterloo iowa, horrible mess
waterloo iowa, horrible mess, leaf drop: Hi Shannon, Goldfish plant (Nematanthus ‘Tropicana’ formerly Hypocyrta) normally blooms in the warmer months, so it needs a rest period in the cooler months. From November through March do not fertilize, keep temps on the cool side, and water just enough...

House Plants: Goldfish plant pruning, sunny porch, nematanthus
sunny porch, nematanthus, stephanie seymour: Hi Stephanie, Unfortunately, your goldfish plant needs a rest period in the colder months if it is to flower in the warmer months. In general, from November through March it is best to stop fertilizing, keep temps on the cool side, and water just enough...

House Plants: Goldfish plant, window molding, rubbing alcohol
window molding, rubbing alcohol, soap and water: Joanna, Your plants have scale, an insect. It is usually on the back of the leaves or the stems of the leaves and just looks like a little bump on the leaf but you can move it with your finger nail. The sticky stuff is their excrement and can be washed...

House Plants: Goldfish plants, arid climate, dry climate
arid climate, dry climate, leaf loss: Hi MJ, To get a Goldfish plant (Nematanthus ‘Tropicana’ formerly Hypocyrta) to bloom well in the warmer months it needs a rest period in the cooler months. You didn t mention giving it a rest period, but the fact that it bloomed for you in April suggest...

House Plants: Good Houes Plants to have, pot sizes, hanging plants
pot sizes, hanging plants, open windows: Hi Shawn If you could give me with some extra info, it would help me supply you with a list of plants that would be a bit more personalized to your lifestyle; 1-most important-do you have any small children or pets that could possibly get into the plants;...

House Plants: Good indoor plant?, incoming sunlight, wandering jew
incoming sunlight, wandering jew, basket plant: Christy, Wandering jew loves the sun and heat, the more sun the more purple in the leaves. Bougainvilla is a blooming sun/heat lover, it can bloom through a lot of the year. Rhoeo (Moses in a Cradle) is another basket plant that the more sun it gets the...

House Plants: GROUND COVER QUESTION, patio container, high humidity
patio container, high humidity, baby tears: Patricia, Was the sedum outdoors when you bought it? If it was then I would go ahead and plant it outdoors immediately. In your zone it should b e fine. It also will do best planted in a full sun area. The following sites have info on Baby tears care....

House Plants: Grandfather's pipe plant, toad lily, plant swap
toad lily, plant swap, indoor plants: Hi Martha, As I indicated in my 2/12 reply, I am unable to find any references to a plant by the name grandfather s pipe. Likewise, there are no plants listed as Clethra or anything similar. Fragrans is a common addendum to many species names so it is...

House Plants: Gray water, water conservation efforts, outdoor plantings
water conservation efforts, outdoor plantings, soil nutrients: Hi Maggie, There are some risks in using gray water on houseplants. Certain soap chemicals can build up over a period of time and reach toxic levels in small potted plants, especially. This is not a problem with outdoor plants where the gray water becomes...

House Plants: Grazula ( Fungus ), black spot on roses, baking soda
black spot on roses, baking soda, daily basis: Ben, I have no idea what a grazula is and I could not find any houseplant of that name on the internet. I will tell you that the simplest thing I have used to kill any fungus is Lysol spray. Spray it thoroughly on a daily basis and you have a good chance...

House Plants: Green Fantasy Fern, nephrolepis exaltata, interior landscaper
nephrolepis exaltata, interior landscaper, free expert advice: Hi Pam, The experts on this site are all volunteers who receive no compensation other than the ratings provided by those who post questions and receive free expert advice. I would appreciate your taking a minute to rate the answer that I provided for...

House Plants: Green Ivy houseplant, pothos, indirect light
pothos, indirect light, hedera: Hi Jim, Assuming your plant is a true ivy (Hedera) and not a Pothos or Philodendron, then you are pushing its limits by having it that far from the window. It is possible for it to survive in that indirect light, but there is little margin for error with...

House Plants: Green Peace Lillies, peace lilly, lily flowers
peace lilly, lily flowers, peace lily: Hi Amanda, Peace lilies are tropical plants and will not survive temps much below 55 degrees. So depending on where you live, you will probably have to bring it inside for the winter. No one seems to know for sure just why some peace lily flowers revert...

House Plants: Growing avocado plants, avocado plants, growing avocado
avocado plants, growing avocado, glass jar: This is not my area of expertise, and I have never grown an avocado. However, I have heard that the best way to get one to grow is to take the pit, as you have, suspend them in a glass jar with 2-3 toothpicks inserted into the pit, with just the bottom of...

House Plants: Growing Jasmine indoors on a trellis, bright indirect light, trachelospermum jasminoides
bright indirect light, trachelospermum jasminoides, soil composition: Hi there, Your Star Jasmine will need to be directly under the skylight as skylights usually do not provide as much light as people think. It is the amount of light that will control the growth rate of this plant, which is usually grown outdoors in warm...

House Plants: Growing Lantana indoors, spider mites, moist soil
spider mites, moist soil, indoor plants: Hi Linda, Lantana is not a good indoor plant choice unless you have a greenhouse or conservatory where you can provide direct sun from all sides. Lantanas require lots of direct sun if they are to flower and that is the whole point to having them. Of...

House Plants: Growing Lucky Bamboo, bright indirect light, drainage holes
bright indirect light, drainage holes, warm temperatures: Hi Jules, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. Although they will live for a long time in water, in most cases the new...

House Plants: Growing mint, bamboo skewer, mint plant
bamboo skewer, mint plant, drainage water: Nita, A plain clay pot no larger than an 8 diameter pot for this year. Do you have a patio or anyplace you can put it outside? You have almost no chance that it will survive indoors all the time. It needs full sun which you cannot achieve indoors, air...

House Plants: Growing peace lilies indoors, drainage holes, peace lily
drainage holes, peace lily, mineral salts: Hi Rick, You absolutely do need to move your peace lily to a pot with drainage holes. This will allow excess moisture to drain out and also prevent the accumulation of gases and mineral salts in the root zone. Use a pot that is as close as possible in...

House Plants: Growing plants from cuttings, growing plants from cuttings, wet roots
growing plants from cuttings, wet roots, new roots: Hi Katherine, Moving cuttings rooted in water to soil is always tricky because the roots have to change their structure as they adapt from water to moist soil. During the transition phase, which can last for 1 - 2 months, they are quite fragile and not...

House Plants: Growth, sandy soil, humus
sandy soil, humus, cacti: Hi Mona, From your description, it seems that there are least two types of fungus growing in the soil. I do not know what you mean by 4 season cactus. However, it is very unusual for fungus to take hold in Cactus soil. That is because Cactus soil is...

House Plants: Guzmania, succulents, natural environment
succulents, natural environment, darlene: Donny, Is the powder loose? If so dump it out? Does it look like a mold that appears on bread? If so spray it with Lysol Spray. It will not hurt the plant and will kill mold. Spray it 2-3 times within a few hours then fill the cup with water as you are...

House Plants: gall on ficus tree, soil pests, ficus tree
soil pests, ficus tree, use of pesticides: Hi Guy, The gall is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Sometimes the cause of the gall will have other negative effects on the tree. Most of the time, it has no effect. There is no cure for gall. If it is only one branch that has the gall and...

House Plants: gardenia, mid seventies, wet climate
mid seventies, wet climate, course winter: Hi Jane Gardenias do well in a full sunny window in the house-not hot thought. They prefer temperatures of mid-seventies. Although they do best with a lot of humidity, it is not a good idea to mist-set the plant on a saucer filled with gravel and water-this...

House Plants: gardenia house plant, detergent solution, house plant
detergent solution, house plant, gardenias: Hi Peg, I think that you should return the plant if you purchased it. Where were they shipped from? Can you describe the pests? I need to know what they are to be able to tell you how to treat them. I suspect they are not a pest that is common to Gardenias...

House Plants: gardenia plants indoors, gardenia plants, gardenia plant
gardenia plants, gardenia plant, microscopic spores: Hi Patricia, If your description is accurate, then powdery mildew is the problem. (If the white stuff looks like tiny bits of cotton, then it is mealybug and will require a different treatment.) Powdery mildew appears as irregularly shaped patches of...

House Plants: gardenia tree, warm climates, outdoor plants
warm climates, outdoor plants, clay pot: Gardenias are indeed outdoor plants in warm climates. If you live in Florida or somewhere equally warm, you will have absolutely no problem at all growing this outdoors all year round. Most of the country, however, must winter this plant indoors, protected...

House Plants: gardenia, flower life, gardenia
flower life, gardenia, time temperature: Hi Alex, If your Gardenia is now in bud it is important to keep the temps in the low to mid 60 s to keep buds from falling off and to prolong flower life. The plant certainly will not die if temps go higher than this, but the buds tend to blast when temps...

House Plants: gardenias when to trim, growing gardenias, pruning gardenias
growing gardenias, pruning gardenias, darlene: Lisa, Pruning gardenias keeps plants shapely and in scale. Pruning should be done just after the plant finishes blooming. Pruning after October 1st decreases next year s blooms. The following website has excellent information on growing gardenias. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_MG336...

House Plants: gardenias under lights, high pressure sodium, gardenias
high pressure sodium, gardenias, high pressure sodium grow lights: James, You can use fluorescent but you need to use at least 2-4 tubes and keep them within 6-12 inches of the top of the plant. Here ore some web sites that will give you some good information: http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/hort/g06515.htm...

House Plants: gardenias??, peat moss, drain tray
peat moss, drain tray, sandy soil: Brad, Gardenias do wonderful planted in the ground in Florida. They love heat. They love the sun, indoors they can t get too much sun. They need to be in front of a large south facing window with no drapes, sheers or blinds. Outdoors light shade in the...

House Plants: gardinia, jungle plants, mountain jungle
jungle plants, mountain jungle, attic steps: Gardenias are FULL SUN shrubs, Joyce. They also depend on HIGH Humidity and COOL temps. You are facing a challenge every Gardenia lover faces, unfortunately, and it is a daunting challenge indeed: How to provide all those tropical mountain jungle plants...

House Plants: gardinia growing in the home, night time temperature, gardenia plant
night time temperature, gardenia plant, drainage holes: Sharyn, If you want a Gardenia to survive in your home, you will have to create an environment just like the one where it grows naturally (southern China and Japan) with warm days, cool nights and moist, humid conditions. The plant must have a rich,...

House Plants: gardinia, gardenia jasminoides, florist plant
gardenia jasminoides, florist plant, bill bates: Watering from the bottom is always better than watering from the top, sir. To keep the soil pH Gardenia friendly, spike your water with a few drops of Vinegar when you water it. It will keep the soil on the Acidic side, which Gardenias demand. Remember...

House Plants: geraniums, brown leaves, cold cellar
brown leaves, cold cellar, care of geraniums: Reyes, I put mine in pots and put them in front of a southfacing window in an unheated room, a cool garage would be fine too. Or a cold cellar with flourescent lights. The idea is to keep them cool but above freezing, water them lightly once every 3 weeks...

House Plants: geraniums, barbara leslie, mealy bugs
barbara leslie, mealy bugs, martha washington: Hi Barbara I knew someone that grew geraniums indoors and they did very well. As far as light goes, bright light is important to keep them flowering throughout the year. A south or west window will do the best. They like their soil to dry out a bit between...

House Plants: germinating cyclamens, seed pod, seed capsule
seed pod, seed capsule, liquid soap: The seed capsule will open on its own. The best time to sow the seeds is right after the capsule has split open. Soak the seeds in warm water and a bit of liquid soap to wash away the outer mucous and soften the seed. Getting new plants from seeds is a...

House Plants: gift plant..., wax plant, palm of my hand
wax plant, palm of my hand, white flowers: Hi Amanda, I suspect that you may a plant called a wax plant, also known botanically as Hoya carnosa. If this is what you have, let me know and I will provide care instructions. If this is not what you have, e-mail a photo to me (address below) or describe...

House Plants: Can i give my Dracaena a friend, or restore it effectively, corn plant dracaena, indoor plants
corn plant dracaena, indoor plants, leaf growth: Hi Nicole, I suspect you are a very nurturing person and you may be providing too much care (water) to your corn plant. Although yellow lower leaves can be caused by inadequate light and under watering, I believe it is overwatering that is the problem here....

House Plants: gloxinia light requirements & water, bright indirect light, african violets
bright indirect light, african violets, gloxinias: Mary, Gloxinias are very similar to African violets in the way you need to care for them. They may be available in florist shops year-round. Bright, indirect light such as light near an east window or a large north window is necessary to keep the plant...

House Plants: gloxinias, flower buds, african violets
flower buds, african violets, african violet: Ruth, I assume that your plant was blooming at Easter when you got it and it bloomed for some time after Easter. Gloxinias are a bulb plant and as such only bloom for a portion of the year just like tulips and daffodils. Care of the gloxinia is similar...

House Plants: gnats, fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk
fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk, peat moss: Hi Carla, Once the adults gnats are visible, the infestation is well underway. 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: gnats on house plants, fungus gnats, drain tray
fungus gnats, drain tray, potting soil: Neisha, The bugs are fungus gnats. They are there because the soil is too wet and the roots may be beginning to rot. Set the plant in the sink and remove the drain tray to drain as much water as possible. Then do not water the plant till the soil feels...

House Plants: gnats, fungus gnats, plastic pot
fungus gnats, plastic pot, time constraints: Julie, Your question has me stumped, (almost)! I have used four different reference books to find an answer. I think what you are describing are FUNGUS GNATS. You say they aren t really in the plants, nor are they doing any damage. They are just flying...

House Plants: gold fish house plant, epsom salts, african violets
epsom salts, african violets, inch pot: Sandra, It likes a sunny location where it actually has sun on it. It blooms better when it is rootbound. I would not prune it unless it gets gangly looking and they usually don t if they are in a sunny location. It should never be moved to a pot larger...

House Plants: golden evergreen or aglaonema pseudobracteatum, good soil, rooting hormone
good soil, rooting hormone, aglaonema: Heather, This is not the best time of year to air layer of take cuttings. It works best between April 1st and June 15th when the days are longer and roots are in active growing mode. You might pick up a small bottle of rooting hormone and dip your cutting...

House Plants: golden pothos, golden pothos, minor discoloration
golden pothos, minor discoloration, repotting: Hi Jeanne, The browning of small portions on a limited number of Pothos leaves is not a cause for concern. Leaves sometimes develop blemishes naturally. Sometimes there is minor discoloration if everything is not perfect. In most cases, it is just a matter...

House Plants: golden pothos, golden pothos, potho
golden pothos, potho, sunny window: Cheryl, I am assuming that you have it in a sunny location and for some reason it does not see a need to vine. Move it a few feet away from a sunny window and it will vine more to get to the light. I am also wondering if you have what you think you...

House Plants: golden pothos, golden pothos, burn marks
golden pothos, burn marks, excess water: could be watering improperly. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that time pour off any excess water in the saucer. pick up the pot. it should feel heavy. don t water again until...

House Plants: goldfish plant, fish emulsion, indirect sunlight
fish emulsion, indirect sunlight, goldfish: These plants need bright indirect sunlight. Water only when they feel dry and fertlize with fish emulsion once a week. If they are getting bright direct light try putting a sheer curtain between the window and the plant. This will diffuse the light so they...

House Plants: goldfish plant, plant questions, potting mix
plant questions, potting mix, goldfish: Hi Fred, Take tip cuttings that have no more than 2 or 3 sets of leaves. Insert them into a small pot filled with a damp, soilless potting mix. Enclose the pot and the cuttings inside a clear plastic bag to preserve the moisture in the soil and the surrounding...

House Plants: goldfish plant, sunny windowsill, pot size
sunny windowsill, pot size, air circulation: Hi Erin, You didn t mention pot size, but if you are like most folks, your cutting is in a pot that is too large for it. When that is the case, the soil often stays moist for too long and root rot can be a problem. In addition, in a large pot, the plant...

House Plants: goldfish plant, indoor potted plants, sized pot
indoor potted plants, sized pot, vining plant: Hi Carla, My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. As soon as plants are moved outside they are subject to all of the variations of the local climate. That makes it very difficult for me to advise anyone with plants that are outside. I will say...

House Plants: goldfish plant, african violets, potted plants
african violets, potted plants, speedy response: Hi Jenn, Thanks for the terrific rating. Flattery works for me! LOL Plants that are in constant bloom for an extended period often languish after they finally stop. That may account for your recent difficulties with it. I would suggest cutting all...

House Plants: grandma's plants, piggyback plant, cactus photos
piggyback plant, cactus photos, bean plants: 1. Green pointed leaf with baby plants along the edge could be - I hope - the very popular Piggyback plant Piggyback Plant images: http://www.sunfarm.com/picks/tolmieamenziesiitaffsgold-124502.phtml and http://www.pernellgerver.com/piggybackplant.htm...

House Plants: my grandmas split leaf philodendron, split leaf philodendron, tree trunks
split leaf philodendron, tree trunks, plant questions: Hi Tiphanie, The split leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) does not develop split leaves until it is older. Nope, I cannot tell you exactly how old, you ll just have to wait and see. It is also possible that you have a different variety of Philodendron...

House Plants: grape ivy, interior landscaper, grape ivy
interior landscaper, grape ivy, air pollutants: Hi Pam, A single grape ivy cutting will be rather lonely by itself. It will grow longer, but it will never produce additional stems or branches. It is best to try to root multiple cuttings together so that you end up with a more substantial plant. Keep...

House Plants: green fungus, norfolk pine tree, fungus spores
norfolk pine tree, fungus spores, potting soil: Hi Arden, It is not uncommon for mushrooms (a type of fungus) to appear in the soil of potted plants. However, they are usually a light or brown color and sometimes yellow. Green is unusual. They occur when there are fungus spores in the potting soil that...

House Plants: green house light, medium light plants, e mail
medium light plants, e mail, green house: Hi Oneari, I am not sure I understand your question, but I will try. Please et me know if I am misunderstanding you. I think you are asking me what is the appropriate distance between medium light plants and overhead fluorescent lights. Plants that require...

House Plants: green house plant, miss mae, potting mix
miss mae, potting mix, house plant: Hi Miss Mae, Unfortunately, your description fits many different plants so I cannot be sure what you have. In addition, I cannot tell what the problem is. You mentioned that the leaves are turning green, but that is what color most leaves are supposed...

House Plants: green house, indoor plants, dark nights
indoor plants, dark nights, green house: Hi Reza, I had some difficulty understanding your question. If you found my answer unclear, please let me know what you are unclear about so that I can help you better. Will Hi Reza, One size does not fit all for houseplants. There are some that...

House Plants: How to green up my ponytail palm, ponytail palm, sliding glass
ponytail palm, sliding glass, drapes: Stephen, Once the leaves turn yellow you can t get them to turn green again. The thing is to figure out what made them turn yellow to begin with. Are their drapes onn the sliding glass door? How big is the plant? What is the diameter of the base of...

House Plants: green prayer plant- how often do they bloom, prayer plants, prayer plant
prayer plants, prayer plant, inch pot: Hi Robyn, Although prayer plants are not noted for their flowers, they do often flower when they are quite potbound and given good light. Repotting definitely discourages flowers as the plant puts most of its energy into filling the pot with roots. Repotting...

House Plants: can you grow a potatoe plant ?, aggie horticulture, potatoe plants
aggie horticulture, potatoe plants, sweet potatoe vines: Brenda, Any potatoe will grow a plant. That s how we get potatoes, from potatoe plants. However the more decorative plants are sweet potatoe vines. The sites below have instructions on growing sweet potatoe vines. http://www.canoe.ca/LifewiseHomeYardWeekend00/0513_potato.html...

House Plants: growing ferns indoors, maiden hair fern, growing ferns
maiden hair fern, growing ferns, maidenhair ferns: Hi Robynne, Maidenhair ferns are not easy indoor plants because they are fragile and unforgiving of lapses in care. First, do NOT repot your fern. Its roots do not like to be disturbed. Provide lots of bright light, but protect it from direct sun...

House Plants: growing plants, growing plants, sunkist
growing plants, sunkist, darlene: Steven, I have never tried that experiment but I do not beleive any of them would work because the sugar in the soda would attract insects. If you try the experiment let me know haw it works. Be careful not to overwater the plants. Just give them enough...

House Plants: growing Sweet Potato as a houseplant, sweet potato vine, tina forrester
sweet potato vine, tina forrester, ipomea batatas: i copied and pasted this article from canadien gardening magazine. it explains most of what you want to know. for propagation lighting i always recommend an easten exposure where the plant will get morning sun only. this prevents the plant from getting...

House Plants: growth season for rubber plant, rubber plants, rubber plant
rubber plants, rubber plant, leaf drop: Hi Shelley, Like most tropical plants, rubber plants are non-seasonal and grow throughout the year. So they have no growth cycle. That means they can be repotted or pruned at any time. I suspect that your rubber plant is losing leaves because it is potbound...

House Plants: grubs and brown wilt, white grubs, shallow root system
white grubs, shallow root system, potting soil: Hi Kate, Thanks for the detailed information. Grubs are not commonly found in indoor potting soil. I can only surmise that the grubs gained access somehow through the screened porch or they were in the potting soil that you or the grower used. For that...

House Plants: guzmania vella, gold spots, flouride
gold spots, flouride, tap water: Linda, To know what you are doing wrong I need to know what you are doing! Is it indoors or outdoors? How much light is it getting? How often do you water it? Are you using tap water? Does the water have chlorine or flouride in it? Are you keeping...

House Plants: gwoing banana plants indoors, banana plants, dwarf banana
banana plants, dwarf banana, banana plant: Heather, Most varieties of dwarf banana plants do not produce fruit. If the top of the pot is smaller at the top than in the middle the only way I know to get it out is to break the pot. Otherwise you need to cut with a long knife around the smallest part...

House Plants: gynura aurantiaca, soil bed, gallon pot
soil bed, gallon pot, drain tray: Joel, I suspect it has had too much water and that has caused the roots to rot. Carefully try removing it from the pot it should have lots of wiry looking roots. If the roots are black and mushy then it has definitely been overwatered. In that case set...

House Plants: Habanero peppers, growing plants from seed, greendealer exotic seeds
growing plants from seed, greendealer exotic seeds, styrofoam cups: Alex, I m not sure how much info you need. You buy some small pots (styrofoam cups with holes in the bottom work), some soilless mix potting soil for growing plants from seed. You put the soil in the clean pots, poke holes, put the seeds in, cover them,...

House Plants: Hairy begonia, tap water, begonia
tap water, begonia, begonias: Hi Lynette, Burnt edges on a Begonia can be caused by several different things, including soil that gets too dry, hard water, too much fertilizer and improper watering. You mentioned that the leaves are droopy, so that suggests that the soil is getting...

House Plants: Half brown leaves on a tropical plant, dracaena sanderiana, brown leaves
dracaena sanderiana, brown leaves, different colors: Hi Lisa, Your questions has raised many questions for me. First, I need to know if your plants are indeed D. sanderiana. This plant comes with all green leaves (commonly sold in water as Lucky bamboo ) and it has a variation with green and white leaves....

House Plants: HD plants, creeping fig, indoor plants
creeping fig, indoor plants, potting mix: Hi Nana, I (fortunately) don t have a Home Depot near me so I am not familiar with their plants. However, I do know that Big Box store plants are not always of the best quality. I have used some Exotic Angel plants and have not observed anything unusual...

House Plants: HELP BUGS, fungus gnats, potting soil
fungus gnats, potting soil, drain tray: Sue, You didn t say what kind of plants they are. The bugs are fungus gnats. They are there because the soil is too wet and the roots may be beginning to rot. Set the plants in the sink and remove the drain tray to drain as much water as possible. Then...

House Plants: HELP ON CARE OF PLANT, bright indirect light, rubber plants
bright indirect light, rubber plants, rubber trees: Hi there, You didn t provide much detail, so it is hard to be specific. Rubber trees require a lot of bright light. They do not have to be direct sunlight, but they must be close to a window where they can at least get bright indirect light. Like...

House Plants: HELP is she dying?, gesneriad family, african violet
gesneriad family, african violet, cold temperatures: Hi Karen, Thanks for sending the photos. Your plant appears to be a member of the Gesneriad family, more specifically Streptocarpus. It is related to the much more common African violet. The dark, soft leaves suggest exposure to cold temperatures. Gesneriads...

House Plants: Heart leaf philodendron, bright indirect light, drainage holes
bright indirect light, drainage holes, dying leaves: Hi Jeremiah, I have never found heart leaf Philodendrons to be easy. They are quite fussy and unforgiving about watering. Their look-alike, Pothos, is quite a bit more easy. You didn t mention light, so that could be at least part of the problem. Although...

House Plants: Hedera Ivy ailment, hedera ivy, water trickles
hedera ivy, water trickles, drainage hole: Hi Richard, Translucent leaf spots on a Hedera ivy are indicative of a root-related problem. Water quality may be a problem if your water is on the hard or alkaline side. Use filtered or distilled instead. If you repotted, then soil quality may...

House Plants: Hedera Ivy problem, getting rid of spider mites, quality insects
getting rid of spider mites, quality insects, drainage holes: Hi Amy, There are several things that could be causing the problems with your ivy. Improper watering could be a problem. You should allow the top 1/3 of the soil to become dry then water the ivy enough for a small amount of water to drain from the drainage...

House Plants: Hedera ivy, hedera ivy, soil moisture
hedera ivy, soil moisture, plant questions: Hi Anna, Hedera ivies to not thrive in dry heat. They much prefer cool, moist air. So the heater below your ivy has taken its toll. In addition, the heater strongly affects the water needs of the ivy. When the heater is on a lot, the soil will dry out more...

House Plants: Hedera ivy, hedera ivy, ivies
hedera ivy, ivies, warning signs: Hi Laverne, One of the difficulties with Hedera ivies is that they rarely give you any warning signs if they are unhappy. Rather, they look fine until suddenly they start to drop leaves and fall apart. By that time it is often hard to get them to recover....

House Plants: Hedera variegated, spider mites, variegated ivy
spider mites, variegated ivy, light plants: Hi Halla, Ivy need to have the top 2 inches of soil dry between watering. If ivy are kept too moist then they could get root rot, which is, along with spider mites, a leading cause of ivy failure. Most variegated ivy are medium to bright indirect light plants,...

House Plants: Heirloom Jade Plant, jade plant, rubbing alcohol
jade plant, rubbing alcohol, leaf drop: Kari, My best advise is to leave the grow light on at least 16 hours a day and keep it within 12 inches of the plant. I would not spray it with a fungicide, jades are very sensitive to any chemicals. I do reccommend that you cut back the watering to every...

House Plants: Heliconia, plant questions, light and space
plant questions, light and space, sunny window: Hi Mychele, Heliconia is a good indoor plant as long as you have a spot right in front of a sunny window to keep it. This plant can also grow quite large, so you will need some growing room for it. Keep it moderately potbound. Water it thoroughly as...

House Plants: Hello, I have a question,..., pot size, water soil
pot size, water soil, house plants: Hi Jenisis, Different plant species have very different requirements as far as light, water, soil, pot size, etc. are concerned. Thus, there is no way that I or anyone else can help you until we have properly identified your plants. If you can e-mail...

House Plants: Hello,I recently got a little..., size roses, sun porch
size roses, sun porch, outdoor plants: Emma, If it does not drop below freezing where you are at the rose would do best outdoors. If your climate drops below freezing you need to keep it indoors but keep it in the sunniest location possible and the coolest location. A cool sun porch would be...

House Plants: Hello, chrysalidocarpus lutescens, kentia palms
chrysalidocarpus lutescens, kentia palms, fighting a losing battle: Hi Kate, Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is a fast grower (6-10 inches per year) and is difficult to keep looking good because it is a demanding and unforgiving plant. Areca palms must have very bright natural light all day long. Right in front...

House Plants: Help with My Adenium obesum, cold temperatures, facing window
cold temperatures, facing window, adenium obesum: Hi Ariana, It is not uncommon for the leaves to fall from a Desert Rose at this time of year. However, the stems should not go limp and that is a serious concern. This plant is a succulent and it can withstand drought very well without wilting. Other...

House Plants: Help an ailing plant, gallon pot, indoor plants
gallon pot, indoor plants, room with no windows: Hi Becky, Thank you for reading my website. Yes, repotting is the common reaction and the incorrect one. I cannot ID your plant until I see a photo, but I am sure that the 3-4 gallon pot is plenty larger enough. Replacing soil is also not a good idea. ...

House Plants: Help My Cane, dracaena massangeana cane, mail photos
dracaena massangeana cane, mail photos, thick stalks: Hi Leslie, Your plant is a Dracaena massangeana cane or corn plant. The problem is that it is in a pot that is way too large. It should be in a 12 or 14 diameter pot. All of the excess soil in the oversized pot retains moisture like a sponge and doesn...

House Plants: Help me fix my mistakes, calgary alberta canada, drainage holes
calgary alberta canada, drainage holes, indoor plants: Hi Noble, It s not time to panic, yet! You were the victim of poor advice about potting, about using drainless pots and adding drainage material to the bottom of the pots. But I don t think it is too late. You will need to undo the repotting that you...

House Plants: Help with hyacinths, hyacinth bulbs, plastic pots
hyacinth bulbs, plastic pots, tuscany italy: Vicki, Basically your forgotton bulbs are forcing themselves. That is what it is called when bulbs are potted and given a cold period outside during early winter then brought inside early so they bloom early and we get to enjoy a taste of spring in February...

House Plants: Help me ID a plant, darlene darlene, kalanchoe pinnata
darlene darlene, kalanchoe pinnata, friendship plant: David, Hi, It is a succulent member of the kalanchoe family. It is a Kalanchoe Pinnata to be exact, also known as Friendship plant. This site has a picture of the plant so you can be sure it is your plant. http://www.lapshin.org/nikita/plants17.htm When...

House Plants: Help to identify a house plant, gloxinia, purple flowers
gloxinia, purple flowers, sunny window: Shannon, I believe that your plant is a gloxinia and the sites below will give you pictures to confirm that and care instructions. If you have more questions after reading those sites write again. Good luck. Darlene http://www.chalifours.com/plantcare/gloxinia.htm...

House Plants: Help me identify this plant., strelitzia alba, plant questions
strelitzia alba, plant questions, plant photo: Hi Sommer, The only plant photo on that linked page has already been identified on that page as a Strelitzia alba or white bird of paradise. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. If this information...

House Plants: Help identifying/caring for this plant?, blade shapes, shapes and colors
blade shapes, shapes and colors, leaf shapes: Hi John, Thanks for the photo. Your plant is called a Croton. Its botanical name is Codiaeum. Croton species come in a variety of leaf shapes and colors. Yours is a hybrid that has been bred to create the unusual shaped leaves. The shape and color of...

House Plants: Help my indoor palms are dying!, indoor palms, colored shades
indoor palms, colored shades, palm species: Hi Heather, There are dozens of different palm species and they have varying requirements for light, water, etc. So I cannot be too specific without knowing which palm species you have. If you can email a photo to me at me address below, I can probably...

House Plants: Help my Jasmine's Dying!!, jasmine tree, night blooming jasmine
jasmine tree, night blooming jasmine, greenhouse environment: Jasmine is one of those intoxicating scents that send brain cells into shock. I too love this plant. Let s see what we have here and what we can do. First, if there is some way to find out a better identification of this plant, it will help us understand...

House Plants: Help! I'm killing my spider plant!, drainage holes, spider plants
drainage holes, spider plants, killing plants: Hi Brie, I am going to assume that the plant you have is a Chlorophytum. However, there are other plants that are also sometimes called spider plants, so I want to be sure. Potting a plant in a seashell is a clever sales idea, but not a good way to insure...

House Plants: Help Needed for Cat Palm, types of palms, drainage holes
types of palms, drainage holes, spider mites: Hi Irene, Yes, there is an abundance of ill-advised and conflicting information out there about Cat palms (Chamaedorea cataractarum). Much of that information is geared to other types of palms or assumes that all palms have the same general requirements....

House Plants: Help my plant is dying fast, indoor palm, potting soil
indoor palm, potting soil, drain tray: Valerie, Palms are touchy plants and without knowing the variety of palm I can only give suggestions. I would try moving it to a sunnier location (in Florida most palms grow outdoors in full hot sun). There is a fine line between overwatering or underwatering....

House Plants: Help my plant, banana plants, soil mix
banana plants, soil mix, facing window: Hi Irene, In general, banana plants require a lot of direct sunlight indoors. Without this light they are inevitably doomed. They should be close to a south or west facing window that is completely unobstructed throughout the day. They need a well-drained...

House Plants: Help - problem with my favorite tree, drainage holes, gallon pot
drainage holes, gallon pot, horticultural practice: Hi Rani, All indications are that your plant is suffering from root rot. Putting a plant in a pot without drainage holes is never a good idea and nearly always leads to the development root problems. The reason is that you have no way of determining if...

House Plants: Help! My rubber plant is unwell!, rubber plants, rubber plant
rubber plants, rubber plant, shady corner: Hi Alison, Plants often decline when they are relocated. A change in light necessitates a change in watering, as well. It is the older leaves that suffer the most from a change in light as they are adapted to the previous light. It may be that the older...

House Plants: Help save our Ivy, wedding bouquet, heroic effort
wedding bouquet, heroic effort, ivies: Hi Chris, A happy ten years to you and your wife!. Ten years is a long time to keep an ivy, so it may have just run its natural course. Without knowing your wife s watering routine, it is hard for me to give a specific answer. However, I suspect that...

House Plants: Help! My spathyphyllum (peace lily) is in trouble!, peace lily, drain tray
peace lily, drain tray, new roots: Cynthia, It desperately needs to dry out. Watering once a week is plenty. Remove the drain tray under the pot and set it in the sink to drain. The roots have rotted so they can t take up water. You need to dry the plant out and it will slowly grow new roots....

House Plants: Help, umbrella tree, time fall
umbrella tree, time fall, problem thanks: Hi Darla, Replacing soil, is almost never warranted and certainly is not in this case. Fertilizer is intended for healthy plants that are growing vigorously and have not had new soil added in at least a year. Thus, it would be inappropriate for your...

House Plants: Hens and Chicks, hens and chicks, plant questions
hens and chicks, plant questions, hen and chicks: Hi Jo-Ann, Hen and chicks are so easy to propagate from their offsets or baby plants (the chicks), that starting them from seed is unusual. It is best to acclimate the seedlings a bit to the open air. Usually this is done by gradually opening and removing...

House Plants: Hens and Chicks, chicks and hens, hens and chicks
chicks and hens, hens and chicks, hen and chicks: Kathy, Hen & Chicks are not houseplants but i think I can help you. Decide where you want to put them in at least a semi sunny location. Till the soil somewhat, so it is lose. Unpot the hen and chicks and carefully and gently separate them. Then firm each...

House Plants: Herb plants, miracle grow potting soil, potting soil mix
miracle grow potting soil, potting soil mix, peat pots: Hi Michael, Herbs require a great deal of direct sunlight all day long. Without enough sun, the stems are thin and weak. There is no substitute for light. In fact, fertilizer will contribute to the elongated growth. Perhaps you can move them outside after...

House Plants: HIbiscus, flowering plants, couple weeks
flowering plants, couple weeks, midwest: Hi Tricia, I don t have much experience with flowering plants but I felt that I could answer your question. You need to give the plant more time to acclimate to the change in environment. It should start flowering in a couple weeks. I hope this helps. If...

House Plants: Hi WillI have many beautiful..., african violets, powdery mildew
african violets, powdery mildew, specks: Hi Sue, White specks could be several differnt things. It might be dust or bits of perlite from the soil. If you can blow them off and they don t return, that is probably what it is. If the specks have a white, cotton-like texture to them, them they...

House Plants: Hi Darlene, One of my AVs..., tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol
tops and bottoms, rubbing alcohol, darlene: Derya, The white powder is pollen from the flowers. It is normal. You can take the plant outside and gently blow it off. Are you sure that the bugs are really bugs and not just more pollen? If it is bugs try spraying them with rubbing alcohol daily...

House Plants: Hi Darlene,I have a jasmine..., jasmine plant, powdery mildew
jasmine plant, powdery mildew, tops and bottoms: Oxana, Your jasmine should be blooming right now, late winter or early spring, but is not because it is not getting enough sun. It needs to be next to a south facing window. I have the same problem. Your watering sounds fine. To get rid of the powdery...

House Plants: Hibicus, wet soils, council bluffs ia
wet soils, council bluffs ia, soil ph: flies(and larval maggots) are a sign of keeping the soil too wet. they breed in wet soils. let your plants dry out sufficiently between waterings. water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes....

House Plants: Hibiscus, hibiscus plants, winged adults
hibiscus plants, winged adults, dark leaves: Hi there, Hibiscus plants do not do well indoors in winter. At best they languish and hang in there until the spring. In part this is due to reduced light and partly due to a semi-dormant period in the winter. Solving the white fly problem will not alter...

House Plants: Hibiscus, hibiscus plants, light plants
hibiscus plants, light plants, nature plants: Hi Lee, The downside of moving a plant outside for the warmer months is the stress that it undergoes when moved back inside for the colder months. In nature, plants don t move around. They stay in one place for life. It is likely that the leaves on your...

House Plants: Hibiscus, soil composition, pot size
soil composition, pot size, cherry pick: Hi Mark, Send the Hibiscus information to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. I have to limit the number of questions I answer here. That is why you received the unavailable message. ~Will Hi Mark, There are many reasons why a Hibiscus...

House Plants: Hibiscus, high in the sky, facing window
high in the sky, facing window, yellow leaves: Mark, I recommend that you prune it back to about half the size it is now then start fertilizing it once a month with a bloom building fertilizer. Also make sure it is getting as much sun as possible. If you can move it closer to a south facing window...

House Plants: Hibiscus, winter rest, plant questions
winter rest, plant questions, rest period: Hi CC, That is a very large pot for a 2-foot Hibiscus. I am also surprised it is not taller after 8 years. Are you keeping it pruned back? If so, that may be the reason it is not blooming. A winter rest period during which temps are cooler and the soil...

House Plants: Hibiscus, insect pest, plant questions
insect pest, plant questions, sunny window: Hi Sharon, I am not sure I understand your question, but I will do my best. Hibiscus can be used as an indoor potted plant, although outdoors it can grow into a very large shrub. Indoors, it must be in a very sunny window. Outdoors, it ca grow well...

House Plants: Hibiscus, genetic performance, kinds of drugs
genetic performance, kinds of drugs, growth hormones: Any Expert will tell you that Hibiscus hybrids do not need exactly the same treatment. Some will need less light to bloom, others need more Sun. A Southern exposure is absolutely necessary if you want this plant to bloom during the Winter. I don t think...

House Plants: Hibiscus, stomach irritation, house plants
stomach irritation, house plants, grandchildren: Thomas, The flowers are not poisonous, in fact they make a wonderful tea. However the leaves are mildly poisonous and would cause stomach irritation and vomiting if eaten but they do not taste good so I do not know why your grandchildren would eat them....

House Plants: Hibiscus, systemic insecticide, hibiscus plants
systemic insecticide, hibiscus plants, neem trees: Dear G., I reccommend spraying them with Neem Oil when the white fly starts to attack. That is a natural product that comes from Neem trees in South America and will not harm you or your pets. I have also found that they don t get white fly so soon if I...

House Plants: Hibiscus, balanced fertilizer, growth habit
balanced fertilizer, growth habit, s rays: Hi Philantha, What a pretty name you have. I hope that is your real one! LOL! Thank you for sending along the photos. They always reveal more than even the most articulate of questioners can provide. I also appreciate the completeness of information...

House Plants: Hibiscus, sunny location, plant food
sunny location, plant food, mireille: Hi Mireille, Hibiscus tends to languish in the winter months. You should keep it cool and on the dry side. In another few weeks, you should prune it back sharply and then move it to a very sunny location. Resume normal watering. New growth should be healthy...

House Plants: Hibiscus, dish soap, yellow leaves
dish soap, yellow leaves, drain tray: Moira, In this case I beleive your yellow leaves are caused by too much water. Do not water unless it seems dry and if it rains a lot go out an dump the drain tray or remove it. Sounds like you may also have aphids. Either put rubbing alcohol in a spray...

House Plants: Hibiscus, pale yellow color, e mail
pale yellow color, e mail, seams: Hi Cynthia, No flowers is understandable, but no leaves is more troublesome. If that is literally true, then it is likely that the roots are dead, presumably from the excess watering it received in June. You can try to cut back the bare stems by about...

House Plants: Hibiscus, epsom salts, blooming plants
epsom salts, blooming plants, magnesium sulfate: Joanne, Lack of flowers usuallly means it is not getting enough sun. You can also try fertilizing it with a water based fertilizer like Miracle Grow for bloomming plants. It might also help to sprinkle 1/4th cup of epsom salts on top of the soil before...

House Plants: Hibiscus, winter dormancy, cool spot
winter dormancy, cool spot, late spring: Hi there, The move from out to in is a major environmental shift for your Hibiscus, so the loss of leaves is expected. Try to provide as much light as possible and gradually reduce water, allowing the soil to dry out deeper and deeper into the rootball....

House Plants: Hibiscus, hibiscus plants, pot size
hibiscus plants, pot size, light source: Hi Theresa, Can you tell me the differences between the two Hibiscus , besides their ability to flower? Are they the same size/age? In the same sized pots? Are they right next to each other or is one further from the light source. Do you water...

House Plants: Hibiscus in AZ., braided hibiscus tree, intense sunlight
braided hibiscus tree, intense sunlight, indoor plants: Hi Philip, My expertise is limited to indoor plants where the environment is more uniform. My hunch is that the sun and heat of Phoenix may be too much for your Hibiscus, but you should check with a local outdoor gardening expert. Regards, Will Creed...

House Plants: Hibiscus dangerous to house cats?, hibiscus plants, plant fertilizer
hibiscus plants, plant fertilizer, herbal teas: Matt, No hibiscus is not poisonous to cats or anything else. In fact the dried flowers are used in herbal teas for people. However, the cats could be toxic to the hibiscus plants in that they can do a lot of damage to those beautiful plants. Just a...

House Plants: Hibiscus Houseplant, epsom salts, summer sunlight
epsom salts, summer sunlight, hibiscus plant: Stef, Put it outside immediately. This plant is a sun lover. Put it in a location where it will get full sun all day long. It will not sunburn. These plants are from the Carribean Islands and need the sun to produce those beaqutiful blooms. Mine goes...

House Plants: Hibiscus losing leaves, leaf bud, inch pot
leaf bud, inch pot, cut flower: Hi Sylvan, Thank you for providing such detailed information. You are generally on the right track with your Hibiscus, but there are some things that you could do to improve its longevity. First, the more light the better. Locate it closest to whichever...

House Plants: Hibiscus plant, hibiscus fertilizer, soil mix
hibiscus fertilizer, soil mix, plant questions: Hi Marcia, In good light, your Hibiscus can stay in flower for many months. It is really quite variable. You can repot at any time, but the repotting often ends the flowering cycle, which is why I recommended waiting til after the flowers are finished....

House Plants: Hibiscus plant, light intensity, plant questions
light intensity, plant questions, e mail: Hi Jan, Even the more tender varieties of Hibiscus can withstand temps down to 40 degrees in the fall. So unless, you are living in a very cold part of the world, your Hibiscus is fine outside from now until temps drop to 40 degrees at night. Other than...

House Plants: Hibiscus plant indoors, hibicus plant, potting soil
hibicus plant, potting soil, facing window: Jennifer, It is probably pretty severely rootbound. Get a pot with a diameter 2 inches larger than the pot it is in now, NO MORE THAN 2 LARGER, and a bag of potting soil with an extra bag of perlite. Mix the potting soil a perlite 2 parts of potting...

House Plants: Hibiscus plant indoors, plant fertilizer, yellow leaves
plant fertilizer, yellow leaves, sun lovers: Jennifer, It will get a few yellow leaves because of the light difference from outdoors or in a greenhouse at the nursery to indoors. Be sure to keep blinds or drapes open during all daylight hours for the most light possible. They are sun lovers. I would...

House Plants: Hibiscus plant, hybiscus plant, winter dormancy
hybiscus plant, winter dormancy, e mail: Hi Joanne, Congratulations on your first Hibiscus and on having a thoughtful dad! There is no need to prune any branches after individual flowers finish. Remove the spent flowers and continue to enjoy the remaining flowers for as long as they last. ...

House Plants: Hibiscus problem, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, tiny crevices: Hi Heather, The Hibiscus has a mealybug infestation. Although mealybugs can be treated (see below), my advice is to return the infested plant to the retailer for an exchange or refund. Retailers should not be selling pest-infested plants. The difficulty...

House Plants: Hibiscus Tree, butterfly larva, tiny worms
butterfly larva, tiny worms, hi neighbor: Lori, If they are being eaten indoors it is probably tiny worms and could be butterfly larva that were on them before you took them indoors. You can spray all three with rubbing alcohol very thoroughly, getting the fronts and backs of all leaves. That will...

House Plants: Hibiscus tree, spider mites, kansas city mo
spider mites, kansas city mo, facing window: Hi Linda, If your Hibiscus is small (under two feet tall) and has very dark green eaves, then it is probably adapted to indoor light. When indoors, Hibiscus needs lots of direct sunlight - a south-facing window. If you cannot provide a sunny indoor window,...

House Plants: Hibiscus with white flies, hibiscus plant, inch pot
hibiscus plant, inch pot, liquid soap: Hi Constance, Hibiscus are magnets for white flies. Hose it off outside with a pretty forceful spray. This will knock the adults loose and off the plant. Bring it inside immediately before they have a chance to come back. Inside, spray the entire plant...

House Plants: Hibiscus, peking cotoneaster, peat moss
peking cotoneaster, peat moss, gorgeous flower: Hi Trish, I think that your Hibiscus is reacting to all of the changes. Just the change from greenhouse to home environment is a major adjustment. Moving it inside and out and back again and repotting are all adding stress to the plant. If night temps...

House Plants: Hibscus Plant Care, flower buds, colorful flowers
flower buds, colorful flowers, green leaves: Hello, The growing season is between April and October, give or take a month on either end. For your first hibiscus you could cut one of the branches to see if its still alive on the inside. If its all dry and brittle its most likely too late. On the...

House Plants: Hibscus Tree, woody plant, trees and shrubs
woody plant, trees and shrubs, rooting hormone: Doug, If your hibiscus is fairly young and the branches are not too stiff and woody you might be able to. Too make the ones you are describing they are taking 3 young flexible branches, removing all side branches and braiding them together like a hair...

House Plants: High amount of nitrogen in soil, nitrogen in soil, blooming plants
nitrogen in soil, blooming plants, potting soil: Reza, I don t know of any way to eliminate it other than mixing with purchased potting soil. It s harm depends on what type of houseplants we are talking about. It will not hurt green plants unless it is way too fresh and therefore too strong. It will make...

House Plants: Is Hindu Rope plant Toxic for dogs?, lab puppy, information on plants
lab puppy, information on plants, toxic plants: Hi Lynn, The ASPCA is the best source of information on plants toxic to pets. They do no list Hoyas among their toxic plants so I think it is safe to assume your lab will be okay. The ASPCA site is at http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_toxicplants#H...

House Plants: HOUSE PLANT LOOSING LEAVES, house plant, darlene
house plant, darlene, pot: Steve, I need to know what kind of plant it is. What size pot it was in and what size you moved it to? How much light it gets? B1 might help but more light would probably do more. More water might help. Without knowing what it is I am only guessing. ...

House Plants: HOUSEPLANT PESTS, houseplant pests, umbrella plant
houseplant pests, umbrella plant, insecticidal soap: Renee, Do they fly when you bump a leaf? If so they are white fly, email me and I will tell you what to do for them. If they don t fly they are probably a variety of aphids. Do they appear to be sucking on the leaf from the underside? Try spraying...

House Plants: House Plant, rubbing alcohol, sticky residue
rubbing alcohol, sticky residue, bamboo sticks: Jenniffer, You lost me. It is not ringing any bells. It could possibly be a schefflera but that is a stab in the dark. Is there any possibility that you can send me a picture? If so send it to Plantlady6@aol.com. I can tell you that the plant has...

House Plants: House Plant, chamaedorea elegans, arrowhead vine
chamaedorea elegans, arrowhead vine, ivy vines: Jeannette, For you to keep a plant in your bathroom with only artificial light you have to be prepared to leave that light on for 16 hours a day. Hopefully it is a flourescent light and a hanging plant would be perfect because it would be closer to the...

House Plants: House Plant, dead leaves, house plant
dead leaves, house plant, dracaena: Janice, There was no question here. If you have another question please send it to my private email address as this will not let you send it again till tomorrow. I have a 5 question limit and I have reached that. plantlady6@yahoo.com Darlen...

House Plants: House Plant ?, yucka plant, house plant
yucka plant, house plant, houseplant: You should have looked at the instructions! Please send me a picture of that plant and I will get you some info. And all plants need light perhaps if it is a houseplant (not cuctus) water it when it gets dry I suggest you give it miricle grow fertalizer every...

House Plants: House Plant, banana plants, banana plant
banana plants, banana plant, banana tree: Hi Mikki, Home Depots are so bad at properly identifying plants that it is hard to know just what you have. Banana plants are NOT low light plants. Indoors, they must be located close to a sunny window if they are to have a chance. Unfortunately, I think...

House Plants: House Plant, emerald bay, plant questions
emerald bay, plant questions, aglaonema: Hi Cynthia, Stop! Don t repot your Emerald Bay. Aglaonemas are slow growers, in part because they do best in low light away from direct sun. They cannot be forced into faster growth, so they require acceptance and patience. Larger pots actually tend...

House Plants: House Plant: Ficus, ficus trees, quarter turn
ficus trees, quarter turn, house plant: Hi Holly, I assume that the leaning branches are the stems that grow out of the soil. Correct me if I am wrong. Ficus trees that are grown in less than ideal light develop thin stems. As they get older and longer, gravity starts to take over and the...

House Plants: House Plant Flying Bugs, fungus gnats, drain tray
fungus gnats, drain tray, rubbing alcohol: Lisa, The bugs are not causing the mold but the overwatering is. Follow the same instructions and dry the plants out and the mold will go away. You can spray the surface of the soil with Lysol Spray and it will kill the mold but if you overwater it will...

House Plants: House Plant Identification, lemon grass, tall grass
lemon grass, tall grass, dracaena: Kelly, Sounds like some kind of bamboo or maybe lemon grass. If you want a more specific ID email me pictures to plantlady6@yahoo.com. It sounds like they like to be on the dry side so I wouldn t water them until they are dry. Be careful not to overwater....

House Plants: House Plant Identification, white flowers, succulent plant
white flowers, succulent plant, members tripod: Joann, I suspect that your grandmothers plant was a hoya. They come in different colors. The 2 links below have pictures of white and red ones. Let me know if I am right. http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://members.tripod.com/khedlund/hoyapdl/images/carnosa.jpg&imgrefurl=http://members.tripod.com/khedlund/hoyapdl/carn.html&h=360&w=480&sz=61&tbnid=ZS6EVVW4HPmqOM:&tbnh=94&tbnw=126&hl=en&start=6&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwhite%2Bhoya%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8...

House Plants: House Plant Pest, dish soap, vinegar and water
dish soap, vinegar and water, scale insects: Hi Liz, Your plants are infested with ether mealybugs or scale insects. The treatment for both is the same. The recommended treatment is just what you have done! As long as you were very thorough in covering all leaf and stem surfaces with the soap/alcohol...

House Plants: House Plant Pests, house plant pests, scale insects
house plant pests, scale insects, nearby plants: Hi Tom, There is no simple answer to the question How did my plants get these bugs? Plant pests can spread from one plant to other nearby plants. They can also be transported via clothing and gardening tools and even through the air. In most instances...

House Plants: House Plant, ming aralia, soil depth
ming aralia, soil depth, warm temperatures: Peggy, I think her plant is a Ming Aralia or it s latin name is Polyscias fruticosa. They like as much sun as possible, fertilizer every 2 months, high humidity, warm temperatures so should be kept out of very cold air conditioning, average water, water...

House Plants: House Plants, leaf node, leaf growth
leaf node, leaf growth, house plants: Hi Helena Have you tried pinching the China Doll back at all? How large of a plant is this? If it is real bad, you may want to either cut off the top part of the plant and root that or try to air layer it. If it is a large enough plant, make a slit in...

House Plants: House Plants, house plants, science project
house plants, science project, green beans: Kourtney, Green beans would be an excellent choice. I would like to caution you not to let the plants sit with water in their drain trays for more than 1 hour. Too much water kills plants more often than too little water. If you have questions as you do...

House Plants: House Plants, drainage holes, spider plants
drainage holes, spider plants, tuberous roots: Hi Deb, There are several different causes of spider plant leaf tip browning. If your tap water is on the hard side, then the minerals in the water will buid up in the soil and cause tip burn. The solution is to use filtered, distilled or rainwater....

House Plants: House Plants, peat moss, potted palm
peat moss, potted palm, potting soil: Mathew, How old is the palm? How large is the palm? How long has it been in that location? Do you know what variety the palm is? The brown spots on the leaves, can you take your fingernail and flick or scrape off the brown spot leaving the leaf under it...

House Plants: House Plants, drapes and blinds, ficus tree
drapes and blinds, ficus tree, loose leaves: Gui, Your tree is probably a ficus tree. It is a tropical tree thatlikes the sun. Keep the drapes and blinds opened on that south facing window. Allow it to be dry a couple of days before watering. The roots need to breath a bit between waterings. They...

House Plants: House Plants, house plants, sunny home
house plants, sunny home, don don: Don, Can you tell me if you tend to overwater the plants or underwater them? Do you water regularly or just whenever you think about it? Also how much light do your plants get? Do you have a bright sunny home or do you live in a wooded area? Do...

House Plants: House Plants, dracaena sanderiana, educated guess
dracaena sanderiana, educated guess, house plants: Hi Carolyn, Without a photo or a more complete description, it is hard to know just what plant you have. I will make an educated guess that it is either a variegated Dracaena sanderiana or a Dracaena warneckei. Perhaps you can tell me how long the leaves...

House Plants: House Plants, new leaves, rhoeo
new leaves, rhoeo, philodendrons: Hi Alyson, Your description is very detailed, but it is still not connecting for me. I apologize for the email address snafu - I left off the .com. Please send the photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Your other description does match Echeveria....

House Plants: House Plants, ficus trees, african violets
ficus trees, african violets, outdoor flowers: Hello Kelly, Ficus trees, spider lilies (Hymenocallis), schefflera, african violets, spider plants, and of course bromeliads are all good choices for low light indoor plants. Im not sure what the humidity is like out there but for bromeliads, cryptanthus...

House Plants: House Plants with fruit flies?, colored insects, little black dots
colored insects, little black dots, incandescent bulbs: Lindsey, The fruit flies are fungus gnats and they and the fungus are caused by overwatering the plants. Most ivies hate to be overwatered. Cut back on the water, water it less often and give it a smaller amount. Also spray the fungus on the soil with...

House Plants: House Plants - soil mould - tiny flies in soil, fungus gnats, peat moss
fungus gnats, peat moss, self watering pots: Marty & Janice, Your mold and fungus gnats are there because of poor soil with a lot of peat moss in the soil and it is being kept too wet by the self watering pots. In my experience these pots keep most plants too wet. Roots of plants need alternating...

House Plants: House Plants, drainage holes, flamingo plant
drainage holes, flamingo plant, pink flamingo: Hi Jaclyn, I want to compliment you on your well-composed, carefully thought-out letter. Your questions are direct and clear; much better than many I receive from grownups! Pink flamingo is the common name for Anthurium (that is the botanical or scientific...

House Plants: House plant, juncus spiralis, www botany
juncus spiralis, www botany, thompson morgan: Diana, Check out these sites for more info. If you have questions after that then write again and tell me where you have yours sitting and exactly how you are taking care of it. Good luck. Darlene http://www.bluestem.ca/juncus-spiralis.htm http://plants.thompson-morgan.com/uk/en/product/3583/1?RA=tiscali...

House Plants: House plant not blooming, greenhouse window, long lasting flowers
greenhouse window, long lasting flowers, house plant: Ann, Mine sits in a south facing greenhouse window with no curtains, it gets lots of sun and in the winter it has a cool period but not freezing. I fertilize it monthly with bloom builder fertilizer. It blooms once a year for about 2 months. They love the...

House Plants: House plant dirt, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, e mail: Hi Robyn, I am quite sure that the fungus gnats were introduced when you repotted and added soil that had fungus gnat larvae in it. The chances are very good that your plant did not need repotting in the first place as that is the most common of all...

House Plants: House plant dropping sap, tiny probes, scale insects
tiny probes, scale insects, outer shell: Hi Erica, The stickiness is almost assuredly due to an infestation of scale insects. Scales can be hard to detect. They resemble insects when they are babies, but they are smaller than a pinhead and very hard to see. When they find a suitable site, they...

House Plants: House plant fungus?, house plant fungus, insect pests
house plant fungus, insect pests, scale insects: Hi Nick, The small tan spots are probably scale insects if the spots are slightly raised and scrape off easily with your fingernail. White powder is often the description that people use for mealybugs. Mealybugs actually have a soft, cotton-like texture....

House Plants: House plant help., dracaenas, pair of scissors
dracaenas, pair of scissors, house plants: Hi Kathleen It really sounds to me as if you have a type of a Dracaena . They are a very common houseplant, you see them a lot in malls and offices. They are fairly easy to maintain, and do not have a lot of pest type problems... ,,,But, of course, there...

House Plants: House plant identification, flower spikes, wax plant
flower spikes, wax plant, hoya carnosa: Hi Sue, Good. Are you OK with the care of your Wax plant? Let me know if you need instructions. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural Help, NYC You can E-mail me directly at: wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com If this information...

House Plants: House plant infestation, houseplant pests, tea roses
houseplant pests, tea roses, tearoses: Hi Annie, Those bugs that you have described are not common indoor houseplant pests. They probably came with the Hydrangea or the Mum, neither of which are good indoor plants. It is best to discard these plants after they are finished flowering. The fact...

House Plants: House plant pest, indoor trees, wet soil
indoor trees, wet soil, larva stage: Hi Stacy, Thanks for getting back to me on that. Cutworms are very rarely seen with indoor potted plants. I suggest that you investigate the source of the plants (where were they grown before you acquired them) and the soil that you used when you repotted....

House Plants: House plant pests, house plant pests, mealy bugs
house plant pests, mealy bugs, toxic pesticide: suzanne i m in southern NJ. sounds like mealy bugs or whitefly. get to a local garden center/nursery and see what they sell and recommend for mealy bugs/whitefly on houseplants. take a sample(plant and bugs) inclosed in a clear plastic bag for them to...

House Plants: House plant pests, house plant pests, liquid dish soap
house plant pests, liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol: Hi Joe, I believe you have a form of scale insect. The best treatment is a mixture of 1 part rubbing alcohol and 8 parts water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. This mixture should be sprayed on all leaf and stem surfaces of the affected plants. After the...

House Plants: House plant, lavender flower, dormant period
lavender flower, dormant period, oxalis: Hi Theresa, Your plant is an Oxalis regnelli, sometimes called shamrock. Oxalis have a winter dormant period that must be respected. Starting in September, stop fertilizing and gradually reduce the frequency of watering over the next month. The leaves...

House Plants: House plants, peace lilly, house plants
peace lilly, house plants, spathiphyllum: Hi Jerry- It is my understanding that a Spathiphyllum s flower turns green when they have been pollinated and the seed has been set. There is no set time a bloom on a spath will last, it can be a couple of weeks up to a month. Really, 3 weeks is not too...

House Plants: House plants, rooting hormones, alison leslie
rooting hormones, alison leslie, yucca plant: Hi Alison Every once in a while, I get a question that no matter how many times I answer, the answer does not go through. I have answered your question 4 times now and it just will not go through. Let me try again- There is not much you can do to stop...

House Plants: House plants, fake plants, sized plants
fake plants, sized plants, light plants: Hi Gloria, The best tall plants for low light are Dracaena Lisa and corn plant. Table-sized plants that do well in low light are Pothos, Chinese evergreen, and ZZ Plant. Bear in mind that even low light plants require enough light to read newsprint...

House Plants: House plants, janet craig dracaena, dracaena janet craig
janet craig dracaena, dracaena janet craig, bright indirect light: Hi Justine, Many common houseplants do well in bright indirect light. That would be the light that you get on a north-facing windowsill or within 6 to 8 feet of a south-facing window. The minimum light required would be at least eight hours per day of...

House Plants: House plants, scheffleras, s drain
scheffleras, s drain, drain tray: Jane, They should grow back, you might pinch out the growing tip, just the tip, no leaves. That will encourage new growth down lower. Scheffleras are pretty resilient. Next time you are going to be out of the office for 2 weeks water it very well before...

House Plants: House plants, adult plants, type plants
adult plants, type plants, green thumb: Denise, My guess is that they are tropical plants, most houseplants are. They will not survive the winter outdoors unless you live in the deep south. You can prune them back to smaller sizes. If you can email me pictures of them I can tell you what you...

House Plants: House plants, plant fertilizer, liquid coffee
plant fertilizer, liquid coffee, indoor plants: Sandee, Cofee is good for plant as long as it is black, no cream, no sugar. Sugar attracts ants, cream rots in the soil. The major cause of yellowing leaves is too much water, most plants need to get dry between waterings so the roots can breath for...

House Plants: House plants/cleaning pots, water supply company, local water supply
water supply company, local water supply, drainage area: it could be but i would doubt it. check w/your local water supply company to see if other people are having the same problem. make sure your indoor plant food says soluable salts removed or not any soluable salts. the regular miracle grow in the yellow and...

House Plants: House plants-diffenbachia, indirect sunlight, many roots
indirect sunlight, many roots, attractive plant: Hi Trisha, Newly acquired plants should be fine for at least a couple of weeks after purchase as long as you avoid anything extreme, which you obviously have. It certainly appears that your Dieffenbachia was not properly cared for before you got it and...

House Plants: House plants, growing house plants, lucky bamboos
growing house plants, lucky bamboos, plants ferns: Hi Marilyn, The list of plants that can live in water is too long to post. Just about any soft-stemmed plant from which you can root cuttings will live in water. Woody-stemmed plants, ferns, and palms will not grow in water The very popular lucky bamboos...

House Plants: Houseplant ID and care, schefflera arboricola, plastic pots
schefflera arboricola, plastic pots, warm temperatures: Hi Harvey, Plant #1 is a croton. They like a few hours of sun to keep the foliage colorful. The more sun the more colorful the foliage will be. They enjoy warm temperatures and soil that dries slightly in between waterings. Plant #2 is a Schefflera arboricola....

House Plants: Houseplant identification, desert tropicals, kalanchoe daigremontiana
desert tropicals, kalanchoe daigremontiana, s drain: Meliissa, Your plant is a Kalanchoe daigremontiana, in the house it likes full sun, outdoors it needs part shade. You can see a picture and get more info at the following site. http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Crassulaceae/Kalanchoe_daigremontiana.html...

House Plants: Houseplant Pests, houseplant pests, dish soap
houseplant pests, dish soap, rubbing alcohol: Hi Taahirah You have what is called white fly . They are a common houseplant and outdoor garden pest. You do want to catch it before they are too infested. Try mixing together in a spray bottle rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water and spraying the plants...

House Plants: Houseplant Pruning, razor blade, umbrella tree
razor blade, umbrella tree, schefflera: Nate, You can go to a garden center and get pruning paste and seal it but it has been my experience that cuts dry and seal themselves within a couple of days. I don t know of any disease that would cause the damage to the schefflera that you you describe....

House Plants: Houseplant pest problems, center nursery, safer soap
center nursery, safer soap, pest problems: you could add some safer soap to the water once a month to kill anything in the soil. this is called a soil drench. use the pesticide at 1/4 the normal strength for the drench. before you bring them in before winter spray them about 2-3 days before with orthene(...

House Plants: Houseplant soil, vigorous plant growth, prayer plants
vigorous plant growth, prayer plants, african violets: Hi Melina, Your questions are excellent. You are very knowledgeable. Perlite is a source of fluoride, so it is best avoided with fluoride sensitive plants. Vermiculite, styrofoam beads, and ground bark chips all add porosity to potting mixes and are...

House Plants: Houseplant type, polka dot plant, pink spots
polka dot plant, pink spots, purple flowers: Hi Colleen, Sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you-it has been a very busy week. Anywho, I believe what you have is called a Pink Splash or a Polka Dot Plant . I have one myself. They usually come in 3 pots and get flowers. They can be...

House Plants: Houseplant, peace lily, uk plants
peace lily, uk plants, anthurium: Carolyn, I think you mean like a peace lily and the red version is a Hawaiian Anthurium. The sites below have pictures and care instructions. http://www.evergrowing.com/tips/anthurium.htm http://www.hawaiitropicals.com/anplancar.html http://www.flowers.org.uk/plants/plantfacts/anthurium.htm...

House Plants: Houseplants, self watering pot, ammonia smell
self watering pot, ammonia smell, elephant ear: Caprice, I tried the self watering pots a few years ago and everything I put in them died. They keep plants too wet. Your cactus will normally bloom once a year. Cacti need full sun with the sun actually shining on them 4 hours a day or more, not just...

House Plants: Houseplants, fern spores, spider mites
fern spores, spider mites, pot sizes: Patty, I would spray them with Neem oil, it can be purchased at most garden centers, and dilute it as instructed on the bottle. Make sure you spray the front and backs of all leaves. This is safe indooors and not toxic to you or pets. I would spray the...

House Plants: Houseplants & a hot/cold east facing conservatory, fatsia japonica, japanese aralia
fatsia japonica, japanese aralia, interior landscaper: Hi Stephanie, The combination of cold winter temps and limited sun limits your choices. The following plants should do well, although some may not do well at temps below 5 degrees C. Agapanthus Aspidistra Azalea Christmas cactus Cyclamen Fatsia...

House Plants: Houseplants, styrofoam pellets, new roots
styrofoam pellets, new roots, potting soil: Barb, Do nothing till after April 15th. Plants will grow new roots easier in the spring as days are getting longer and roots are actively growing. It would be helpful if I knew what the plants are but I will give you general instructions. If you find out...

House Plants: Hoya Plant, indoor houseplants, plumeria tree
indoor houseplants, plumeria tree, florida climate: Hi Ruth, My expertise is limited to the more controlled environment of indoor houseplants, so I cannot help you with your outdoor plants. A gardening expert familiar with your local conditions should be able to help you. Regards, Will Creed ...

House Plants: Hoya plant dying!!, indirect light, main stem
indirect light, main stem, squishy: Hi Clarissa, Hoyas need lots of sunlight, including some direct sun every day. They also do not like soil that is kept constantly moist and must dry out quite thoroughly in between waterings. It sounds like the roots of your Hoya have deteriorated badly,...

House Plants: Hoya plant, dormant winter period, bright indirect light
dormant winter period, bright indirect light, flower stalk: Hi Mary, To bloom, Hoyas must have a lot of bright indirect light all day and a few hours of direct light, as well. In addition, keep it potbound and on the dry side and don t change its location. Disturb it as little as possible. Do NOT use a high nitrogen...

House Plants: Hoya Soil Recommendations, porous soil, bark chips
porous soil, bark chips, potting soil: Hi Helen, I know your intentions are good, but you may be trying to do too much for your Hoya, a plant that thrives on neglect. First, I hope you put your Hoya back into the same pot, not a larger one. This plant must be kept potbound. Second, it...

House Plants: Hoya Wax Plant, fish emulsion, hoya plant
fish emulsion, hoya plant, plants growth: Yellow leaves is usually an indication of Nitrogen lock. This is caused by a build up of acid in the soil. She did the right thing repotting it. The next step is to feed a high nitrogen fertlizer like fish emulsion. Do this once a week until the plant...

House Plants: Hoya, houseplant pests, insect infestation
houseplant pests, insect infestation, temperature extremes: Hi Anna, You can certainly give your flowing Hoya a shower. When it is in bloom, you only have to avoid relocating it and repotting it or exposing it to temperature extremes. Systemic pesticides take a while to work there way through the plant to the...

House Plants: Huge Dieffenbachia!, diffenbachia, plant questions
diffenbachia, plant questions, e mail: Hi Betty, By smaller, I am going to assume you mean shorter. Dieffenbachias do grow very tall and start to tip over and even break under their own weight. Fortunately, they respond very well to major pruning. I suggest that you prune the stem(s) back...

House Plants: Humidy and my Norfolk Island Pine, norfolk island pine, quality soil
norfolk island pine, quality soil, pot size: Hi Erin, Increased humidity is fine, but unlikely to make a difference with your NIP. In fact, they can do quite well in very low humidity if watered properly. From the symptoms you described, I believe there is either a light or root related problem....

House Plants: Hybiscus house plant getting "lanky", sparta tennessee, potting mix
sparta tennessee, potting mix, house plant: Hi Jeanne, I generally recommend pruning back a Hibiscus by about one-third every year or two. This keeps that plant looking full and compact and prevents legginess. Once it has gone a long time without pruning, as yours has, then a major pruning leaves...

House Plants: Hybiscus indoor plant, powdery mildew, little critters
powdery mildew, little critters, scale insects: I can t tell from your description whether you re dealing with an insect or a disease. Two things come to mind; if the white substance is like powder, it could be a fungal disease called powdery mildew; if the white substance is raised and bumpy, it could...

House Plants: Hydrangea, China Doll and Azalea, leaf buds, yellow trumpet
leaf buds, yellow trumpet, flower buds: Hi Robbie, My condolences to you and your family. Potted Hydrangeas do not fare well. They are forced into bloom and they rarely flower again. They are best discarded after the flowers are finished. Azaleas may not fare too well in your area. They...

House Plants: Hydrangea, soil dries, indirect light
soil dries, indirect light, repotting: Hi Karen, Yes, it can still flower again if you keep it indoors and if you provide more light. However, keeping it indoors does diminish its chances of re-flowering. It is hard to tell you exactly what to do and when because it is out of its regular cycle,...

House Plants: Hydranger (spelling?), hydrangers, rich soil
hydrangers, rich soil, potting soil: Hi Caroline Where do you live? I am assuming that your hydrangea is outdoors. The hydrangea takes large amounts of water-the word hydrangea means water in Greek. They should be planted in a very rich soil that retains moisture, you can try adding...

House Plants: Hydroponic Bamboo, moist soil, plant questions
moist soil, plant questions, decorative purposes: Hi Ali, The pebbles are there only for decorative purposes and to help keep the stems upright. There is no reason to add pebbles to yours unless you think it will look better that way. Lucky bamboo are really Dracaena cuttings rooting in water. Like...

House Plants: Not any healthy growth after pruning, pot size, new leaves
pot size, new leaves, facing window: Hi Ben, No reason to be so hard on yourself. We all learn by making mistakes. At least you are observant and willing to look for answers so you don t make the same mistake over and over again. China dolls are fussy and do not react well to anomalies...

House Plants: heartbroken house plant, little bit of water, rootbound
little bit of water, rootbound, spider plant: Jen, You can try to take the old stems with the existing roots and put them in the sun and hope they grow but probably they will not. A healthy spider plant produces arms with babies at the ends of the arms every fall. You can remove those babies and root...

House Plants: hearty indoor plants, hanging plants, floor plants
hanging plants, floor plants, ornamental peppers: Ravi, If you have tons of sun I would go for blooming plants. You didn t say if you want hanging plants or large floor plants. Blooming hanging plants: bougainvilla, clerondendron vine,fuschia,geraniums. Small potted blooming plants: lantana, geraniums,...

House Plants: heat loving plants, tropical hibiscus, sun porch
tropical hibiscus, sun porch, loving plants: Martha, It is not the heat that causes the plants to die. Most house plants are tropical and can take heat up to 100+ regularly. The problem is the lack of water. When it is warm and sunny all day the plants dry out rapidly and need watering every every...

House Plants: What the heck is it before it dies, blooming plants, idea what kind
blooming plants, idea what kind, what the heck: Twyla, I m not sure what you have. Can you email me a picture of it? If so send it to plantlady6@yahoo.com. Without identifying it I can tell you it probably needs as much sun as possible, most blooming plants do. I will identify it as soon as you send...

House Plants: help!, new leaves, bromeliad
new leaves, bromeliad, leaf growth: Robert, Go to this website: http://bsi.org/ Then click on Genera Gallery on the left. Then click on each kind in the left column and look at the pictures until you find yours. Let me know what you have. Which one is fading? Also click on Frequently...

House Plants: help, peace lily, drainage hole
peace lily, drainage hole, green thumb: Kim, I m pretty sure that you have a peace lily. First let me know if it is in a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom and a tray under it? Also what is the diameter of the pot? Set it in a location where it gets bright light all day but the sun should...

House Plants: help, purple passion, houseplant
purple passion, houseplant, vines: Hi Tori, I am assuming this is a houseplant and not a plant that is native to Alaska. If true, then you may have a purple passion plant (Gynura sarmentosa). If that is not what you have, let me know how yours differs or attach a photo. If that is what...

House Plants: help with Dracaena Fragransth, s drain, corn plant
s drain, corn plant, brown leaves: Julia, No, it is not a patio plant as it does not like sun. It needs light bright enough to read without turning lights on but no sun actually shining on it. As far as temperature, it will be be fine as long as the temperature is not over 100 degrees or...

House Plants: help my fiddle leaf fig, dirt and grime, little buds
dirt and grime, little buds, mild climate: Hi Brandon, Your Ficus lyrata was not properly acclimated by the grower before it was sold to you. A Lyrata that has leaves as dense as you described is a plant that has been growing in a greenhouse with optimum light that cannot be duplicated in the home....

House Plants: help to identify, mr creed, african violets
mr creed, african violets, gesneriad family: Hi Lisa, I just found the photo that you sent to my email! Thank you. Your mystery plant is in the Gesneriad family, which includes African violets and Gloxinias. Yours is a Sinningia or Rechsteineria. It is an unusual plant, but not rare. Yours should...

House Plants: help in identifying, dumb cane, dieffenbachia
dumb cane, dieffenbachia, creed: Hi Natalie, Thanks for the photo. Yes, it is dumb cane. More specifically, it appears to be a variety of Dieffenbachia Tropic snow. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural...

House Plants: help me name a plant, schefflera, warm weather
schefflera, warm weather, sunny location: Shelley, If it is braided it is either a braided ficus or a braided schefflera. Either plant likes to sit in a very sunny location or even outdoors for the summer on the east side of the house. Water it when it is very dry or every 5-7 days indoors. Outdoors...

House Plants: help with plant, drainage holes, decorative pots
drainage holes, decorative pots, growing mold: Carol, No plants should be in pots without drainage holes. It meakes it nearly impossible to not overwater them. The mold indicates that the soil does not have enough oxygen in it. Either it is poor soil without enough perlite or the plants are overwaterd....

House Plants: help with plants:), turkey baster, ficus tree
turkey baster, ficus tree, plastic pot: Savie, I doubt the problem was the plastic pot but the size of the pot. Most house plants like to be in pots that their roots just fit into or where they are eve a bit rootbound. They are more secure there and it is not so easy to overwater them. Also all...

House Plants: help my plants!, dracaena sanderiana, long term health
dracaena sanderiana, long term health, river rocks: Hi Anne, As a volunteer, I don t have your email address so I will have to answer your question here. Is your Dracaena a Dracaena Sanderiana, aka lucky bamboo? If so, then here is what you need to know. Lucky bamboo will live in water for a limited...

House Plants: help with spider plants, spider plants, aquarium water
spider plants, aquarium water, potting soil: Dwight, You didn t say, do you have city water that has chlorine and flouride in it? If so then, yes, you need to either leave it sit for 24 hours before using it or get a water filter. However I believe that your worst problem is overwatering. When...

House Plants: help!!, wandering jew, china doll
wandering jew, china doll, facing window: Christina, Try giving both a dose of Miracle Grow at 1/2 the normal strength. Give the wandering jew full sun. It needs to be outside or by a south facing window with drapes open all day. The China doll give bright light but not a lot of sun, an east window...

House Plants: hens and chicks, hens and chicks, clump
hens and chicks, clump, darlene: June, Yes, mature hen and chics bloom when they are in full sun, well drained soil and allowed to dry out between regular waterings. Unfortunately the one that blooms usually dies after blooming so hopefully yours is in a clump with many others that will...

House Plants: hens & chicks, high pot, dry soil
high pot, dry soil, new roots: Charlie, My first question is this an indoor plant or outdoor plant? Hen and chicks can be either indoors or outdoors, in any case it is a succulent that stores water in it s thick leaves. As such it need full sun if possible and only water when the pot...

House Plants: hermaphrodite croton?, hermaphrodites, indded
hermaphrodites, indded, croton: Don, To begin with the word hermaphrodite does not apply in the plant world. If pollinated flowers produce seeds. It generally takes specific insects to pollinate flowers.If those flowers are not exposed to those insects at the right time for pollination...

House Plants: hi there,i purchased a..., killing plants, potted plants
killing plants, potted plants, indoor plants: improper watering is uusually the #1 reason for killing plants in pots. for your potted plants water by weight. put a saucer under the pot. water and let the plant sit in the excess water for 5-10 minutes. after that time pour off any excess water in the saucer....

House Plants: hibiscus, garden soil, moisture level
garden soil, moisture level, repotting: Hi Cathy, There are several reasons why leaves yellow and fall from Hibiscus. If it is a gradual loss of lower leaves as the plant grows taller, then that is normal. If the plant is not growing and the leaves are yellowing it may be caused by improper light...

House Plants: hibiscus, epsom salts, flower buds
epsom salts, flower buds, potted hibiscus: Renee, If it doesn t have any flower buds on it you can prune it right now. I wait until all the buds have bloomed when I take mine indoors this time of year. Right now mine is covered with buds and by January or February they will have all bloomed and...

House Plants: hibiscus, care of african violets, southern winter
care of african violets, southern winter, canadian winter: Denise, Please accept my apologies for not answering you in a timely manner. There was a glitch in the system, and my password to get into the AllExperts site was lost. That has never happened before. I am so sorry. Actually, I specialize in the...

House Plants: hibiscus, aggie horticulture, flower buds
aggie horticulture, flower buds, hibiscus plant: Anne, You can take cuttings of new shoots before they turn woody and dip them in rooting hormone then insert them in a new pot of soil. It would help to cut the leaves on the cutting in half and cut off any flower buds. The only way to start a plant...

House Plants: hibiscus, light intensity, hibiscus plant
light intensity, hibiscus plant, soap and water: Hi Kelly, The sudden change for indoor light to outdoor light often causes leaves to yellow and fall off as they are not adapted to the new light intensity. That is why it is recommended to prune back Hibiscus sharply in the spring before it is moved outside....

House Plants: hibiscus, hibiscus tree, new leaves
hibiscus tree, new leaves, careful check: Hello Paula, If the plant has undergone some kind of stress or change that could be the reason for the leaf shedding. If it s moved to a spot with different lighting conditions, over fertilized, over watered, or if it has some kind of pest problem. Or it...

House Plants: hibiscus house plant, button hole, root rot
button hole, root rot, house plant: Hi Laurie, What do you mean by a button hole? I suspect root rot, but I do not understand how it is that you are watering, how dry the soil gets between waterings and just how wide the pot is. In addition I need to know what light it receives. Can...

House Plants: hibiscus plants, hibicus plant, sun worshippers
hibicus plant, sun worshippers, hibiscus plants: Duane, I have a brother with the same name! I love hibiscus! They are wonderful tropical sun worshippers. This time of year they should be outdoors in full sun. Fertilze them with a water soluable fertilizer like Miracle grow on a regular basis and enjoy....

House Plants: hibiscus roots, fungus gnats, hibiscus plant
fungus gnats, hibiscus plant, rubbing alcohol: Hannah, They are the larval stage of either fungus gnats or springtails. Either way they are there because you are keeping your plant too wet. It needs to dry out well between waterings. Set it aside and water it with a bottle of rubbing alcohol. That will...

House Plants: hibiscus standard tree, warm weather returns, mild weather
warm weather returns, mild weather, consistent environment: Hi Linda, Your Hibiscus prefers lots of bright light that it gets only outdoors and it also prefers a consistent environment. That is the difficulty with Hibiscus trees in your area. They thrive outside in the mild weather, but deteriorate indoors in the...

House Plants: hibiscus with tiny black insects, fungus gnats, lowes
fungus gnats, lowes, hibiscus: Linda, They are aphids. I suggest that you go to a garden center such as Lowes and get a bottle of Neem Oil. Mix it according to the directions on the bottle and spray the plant twice a week for the first week then once a week for three more weeks to kill...

House Plants: hibiscus, warm temperatures, hibiscus plant
warm temperatures, hibiscus plant, blooms: Nina, Do not snip off the places where previous blooms have been, there are buds there that will bloom in the future. Let it be for the summer. Set it outside in the full sun all day long and it will continue to bloom all summer. It just needs lots of sun...

House Plants: high altitude/low humidity, asparagus fern, snake plant
asparagus fern, snake plant, wandering jew: Hi Karrie, To increase humidity levels, misting is not effective, pebble trays are moderately effective and humidifiers are most effective. However, other than the Orchids, none of the plants on your list require high humidity. Did you know that the...

House Plants: holes in my money tree leaves, insect eggs, tops and bottoms
insect eggs, tops and bottoms, tree leaves: Jami, You may have had insect eggs on the plant when you bought it and the larva hatched without you noticing them and were gone before you noticed the holes. Have you seen a stray moth or weird fly flying around your house that you wondered where that...

House Plants: Is there hope for a diseased palm?, spider mites, majesty palms
spider mites, majesty palms, majestic palm: Hi Grace, You really are asking for a miracle here! Majesty palms are the one plant I flat out do not recommend to anyone as a houseplant. They need too much light, water and fertilizer and they are magnets for spider mites. They rarely survive longer than...

House Plants: hortense, hydrangea macrophylla, sunny window
hydrangea macrophylla, sunny window, hortensia: Hi Jane, Hortensia or Hydrangea macrophylla can be grown outside in the ground in Zones 5 - 10. However, the potted varieties are often greenhouse grown hybrids that are more tender than those grown outside. You probably have the latter. When temps drop...

House Plants: hot tub plants, spa room, julie julie
spa room, julie julie, darlene: Julie, No, the chlorine will not hurt the plants since it is covered most of the time and the door is open when you are in there. I do question how much light the room gets. Let me know and I can suggest plants to look for that can handle those light levels....

House Plants: house, black tar, preventive measure
black tar, preventive measure, fungal infection: Peter, The black substance is a cut paste used to insure the trunk does not get a bacterial or fungal infection in the cut that could destroy the whole plant. It is not absolutely necessary that you use it but it is a good preventive measure. You can obtain...

House Plants: house bamboo, bamboo plants, rooted cuttings
bamboo plants, rooted cuttings, potting mix: Hi Yvonne, I am going to assume that you are referring to the lucky bamboo that is very popular right now. They are usually sold growing in water and pebbles. If I am wrong and you are referring to true bamboo, let me know. Lucky bamboo are not bamboo...

House Plants: house bugs?, liquid dish soap, black poppy
liquid dish soap, black poppy, spider eggs: Hi Erica, In all my years of plant care I have seen what you described just once. I have researched them and I don t know what they are. They look like scale insects, but scale stays attached to plant tissue. So I honestly don t know what they are. However,...

House Plants: house cacti that is sorta like a bush but with pointy ends, having babies, pointy ends
having babies, pointy ends, rhipsalis: Hi Phyllis, I think you may have a Rhipsalis, but I cannot be sure from your description. Please confirm this or else e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. When I have a positive ID, then I can answer whatever questions you have about...

House Plants: house flies, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, gnat like flies: Hi Sarah, Fungus gnat larvae feed on decaying organic matter in soil. Flies do not. Unless there is some kind of food substance (compost, for example) in the potting soil, then the flies are coming from some other source. If there is food substance in the...

House Plants: house ivy, controlling spider mites, colored insects
controlling spider mites, colored insects, spider mite damage: Jo, Inspect it for spider mites. Look at the plant in bright light and if you see fine webs covering it you have spider mites. They love ivys. They attack when the plant is a bit dry. Spider mites are tiny (1/50 of an inch), rust-colored insects that...

House Plants: house palm, indoor palms, kind of palm
indoor palms, kind of palm, creed: Hi Richard, I need to know what kind of palm you have. There are a dozen or more indoor palms that are commonly used and they have very different requirements. If you can email a photo (including the pot) to me at my address below that will help a lot....

House Plants: house palm tree, indoor palm, inch pot
indoor palm, inch pot, soil quality: Hi Brandy, OK, I understand better that you purchased a bare-rooted cutting wrapped in plastic and you then potted it up in an 8-inch pot and used a potting soil that contains fertilizer. For a 6-inch plant, an 8-inch pot is way too big - a 3 or 4-inch...

House Plants: house palm, tops and bottoms, miniblinds
tops and bottoms, miniblinds, fine spray: Richard, It sounds like it may have a viral or bacterial infection. Chances are it is too late but I reccommend that you try spraying it with Lysol spray, generic version is fine. Spray it twice a week making sure that you get the tops and bottoms of all...

House Plants: house pests, beaucarnea recurvata, ponytail palm
beaucarnea recurvata, ponytail palm, mealy bugs: Lindsay, Your beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm) has mealy bugs. If you have a handheld shower then set the plant in the shower and wash the insects and the white stuff (which is actually their eggs) off. Fill a spray bottle with rubbinb alcohol straight,...

House Plants: house plant, christmas poinsettia, foot candles
christmas poinsettia, foot candles, nighttime temperatures: Sharron, This is not a real common house plant, I have one myself and have enjoyed it for many years. The latin name of your plant is Pedilanthus tithymaloides Variegatus . Other common names are Redbird Cactus or Slipper Flower. Devil s backbone has one...

House Plants: house plant, prayer plant, dormant period
prayer plant, dormant period, plant questions: Hi again, I received a photo of an Oxalis rubra from a 917 cell number. I assume that was from you. Oxalis has a winter dormant period that must be respected. Starting in September, stop fertilizing and gradually reduce the frequency of watering over...

House Plants: Which house plant to buy, snake plant, time grower
snake plant, time grower, house plants: Hi Marin For a low light area, you cannot go wrong with a Sansevieria , aka Mother In Law plant or Snake Plant. This plant does not have green leaves per se, it is more spikey. I am sure you have seen them in malls, etc. They can be put in a closet...

House Plants: house plant damages wood floor, scale insect, insect infestation
scale insect, insect infestation, toxic treatment: Hi Randy, You re right I can t ID your plant based on that description, but I can assert with a high degree of confidence that your plant has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly...

House Plants: house plant disease, dark specks, mite infestation
dark specks, mite infestation, spider mites: Hi Lesley, Your Dracaena has a spider mite infestation. Spider mites are very tiny and they look like dust particles to the naked eye, often hiding on the undersides of leaves. By the time they start making webs, they are already well established and can...

House Plants: I have a house plant and I don't know what kind it is so I don't know what to do with it!, kalanchoe daigremontiana, leaf shape
kalanchoe daigremontiana, leaf shape, educated guess: Hi Jennifer, There are many plants that could fit your general description. A Kalanchoe daigremontiana comes to mind, but that is merely an educated guess. If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below, then I will ID the plant for you and tell...

House Plants: house plant with gnat problem, fungus gnats, turkey baster
fungus gnats, turkey baster, soil mix: Courtney, 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...

House Plants: house plant identification - Janet Craig, janet craig, corn plant
janet craig, corn plant, pruning techniques: Hi Maggie, Your description is a bit vague, but I think you may have a close relative of the corn plant called Dracaena Janet Craig. If so, you can prune any stem back to any height at all. Keep in mind that new growth will emerge just below the point...

House Plants: house plant identification, room temperatures, pony tail
room temperatures, pony tail, new leaves: Hi Felicia, You won t be surprised to learn that your plant is called Pregnant onion (Ornithogalum caudatum). Pregnant onion should be placed right in a sunny window where it will get at least 4 hours of direct sun each day. However, it needs some protection...

House Plants: house plant identity, foliage plants, red veins
foliage plants, red veins, african violet: Kurt, Some begonias have coloring similar to what you describe but most other house plants have the reverse and are green on top with deep red underneath. I am not sure what you are talking about. Sorry. You can email me a picture to Plantlady6@aol.com...

House Plants: house plant-Janet Craig dracaena, soil acidity, drainage holes
soil acidity, drainage holes, janet craig: Hi Cora, Yellow and brown tipping of Janet Craig leaves is quite common as they age. There are a number of causes for this. Allowing the soil to get too dry, even just once in a while. Using water that is on the hard side. Switch to filtered or distilled....

House Plants: house plant looking kinda pale, sister plant, sure what kind
sister plant, sure what kind, store deals: Hi Sarah, I cannot help you until I know what kind of plant you have. Please e-mail a photo of it to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. A photo of the discolored leaves would also help. If you cannot e-mail a photo, let me know and we will work...

House Plants: house plant mold, house plant, houseplants
house plant, houseplants, mold: Kelly, You are overwatering, your plants need to dry out. The mold will probably not hurt your family and will go away if you cut back on the amount of water you are giving your plants. You can spray the mold with Lysol spray and it will go away but you...

House Plants: house plant pests, fungus gnat larvae, house plant pests
fungus gnat larvae, house plant pests, coconut husk: Hi Shelly, I suspect that you have an infestation of fungus gnats. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat lives for about 5 days. The trick is to get rid of the next generation - the gnat larvae...

House Plants: house plant pests, house plant pests, shelly shelly
house plant pests, shelly shelly, fungus gnats: Shelly, The bugs are fungus gnats. They are there because the soil is too wet and the roots may be beginning to rot or the soil is mostly organic matter. Set the plants in the sink and remove the drain trays to drain as much water as possible. Then do not...

House Plants: house plant pests, house plant pests, setting the traps
house plant pests, setting the traps, mysterious plant: Hi Susie, I am glad you found the culprit! That is scary that the mice are getting into the babies crib. Good luck getting rid of them! We just moved into a new house. This whole area use to be farm land. Actually, our house was built almost 2 years...

House Plants: house plant problem, plant person, fluffy cotton
plant person, fluffy cotton, house plants: Hi Deb, Does the white substance look like little bits of fluffy cotton? If so, I suspect it is a mealybug infestation. If you can confirm this, I will send you treatment instructions. Otherwise, give me more details as to the white stuff you are finding....

House Plants: house plant smell, wet soil, house plants
wet soil, house plants, indoor plants: Hi Steve, The addition of horticultural lime often helps mask odors. However, a strong odor may be an indication of a problem that needs more than masking. If your plants are potted in soil that includes compost, that may be a source of odor. It is best...

House Plants: house plant soil, caring for houseplants, gallon pot
caring for houseplants, gallon pot, inch pot: Shannon, Repotting it is probably a good idea but I would encourage you to first pick up a bag of perlite and a bag of horticultural charcoal. Mix 6 gallons of neew potting soil with 4 gallons of perlite and a bag of charcoal. Use that mix to repot the...

House Plants: house plant status in pakistan, mujtaba, house plant
mujtaba, house plant, export quality: Mujtaba, I m not sure what you are asking? Do you want to know about exporting houseplants to Pakistan from the U.S. or from Pakistan to the U.S.? I am not sure of the laws or restrictions or quarantine requirements. If you ask a more detailed question...

House Plants: house plant with yellowing leaves, pot size, pothos
pot size, pothos, yellow leaves: Hi Karon, Yellow leaves are a non-specific symptom that occur when virtually anything is wrong with a Pothos. To properly diagnose your plant s problem, I have to know its pot size (before and after the repotting), how long you have had it, how much light...

House Plants: house plant, foot vines, leaf size
foot vines, leaf size, size shape: Hi Theresa, My condolences to you and your family. I am sure the plant is special to you. Proper identification of your plant is important because different plant species have different care requirements. If you can e-mail a photo of it to me at the...

House Plants: house plants, keeping cats, plant question
keeping cats, plant question, house plants: Hi Michael, That is more of a cat question than a plant question. If there is such a product, a pet shop would carry it, not a plant shop. If you go to http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx and in the search box on this site enter, “plants and...

House Plants: house plants, ficus plant, ghance
ficus plant, ghance, dish soap: Donna, More sun and less water will help bring it out of shock. Do not transplant before April 1st. The days are longer then and the roots are actively growing so it will recuperate from transplanting faster. In the meantime get the roots healthier by...

House Plants: house plants, pot size, accurate diagnosis
pot size, accurate diagnosis, house plants: Hi Jolene, Brown leaf tips are a generic symptom that can be caused by under watering, by using hard water, by over fertilizing, by inadequate light, and by over watering. Limpness is most often caused by too little water, but if it does not perk up...

House Plants: house plants, aloe vera plant, cuts and scrapes
aloe vera plant, cuts and scrapes, aloe juice: Hi Esther, Aloes do have a very mild odor that might be characterized as musty. In any case, I don t think you have anything to be concerned about if you are using the Aloe juice for topical treatment. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or...

House Plants: house plants, aluminum sulphate, hydranger
aluminum sulphate, hydranger, acid soil: Hi Christine, Acid soil (low pH) will produce blue flowers and alkaline (high pH) will produce pink flowers in Hydrangeas. The best way to sweeten the soil (make it more alkaline) is to add horticultural lime to the soil; about one to two tablespsoons...

House Plants: house plants, house plants, darlene
house plants, darlene, good luck: Desiree, http://www.ivy.org/care.html Go to that website and it has detailed information on the care of indoor ivy. If you have questions after reading that website write again and I will be happy to come up with answers. Good luck. Darlene ...

House Plants: My house plants, fungus gnats, black bugs
fungus gnats, black bugs, drain tray: Fay, The bugs are fungus gnats. They are there because the plants soil is too wet and the roots may be beginning to rot. Set the plant in the sink and remove the drain tray to drain as much water as possible. Then do not water the plants till the soil...

House Plants: house plants, african violets, house plants
african violets, house plants, houseplants: Hello, please note that I only answer questions relating to AFRICAN VIOLETS. If your question is about one of them please write back to me and I will be glad to help. Otherwise, please direct your question to one of the other fine volunteers in the area...

House Plants: house plants, peace lily, dumb cane
peace lily, dumb cane, chinese evergreen: Hi Bobbie, If you live in New York City, I do make plant doctor housecalls! Do not replace the soil as that will only aggravate any problems you have. In addition, stop fertilizing because fertilizer is only for healthy plants that are growing vigorously....

House Plants: house plants, dragon tree, drain tray
dragon tree, drain tray, shady location: Val, Water it well when you water it so all the soil in the pot is moist and a little goes in the drain tray under the pot. However do not allow the plant sit with the drain tray full. Empty it by dumping it or suctioning it with a turkey baster 2 hours...

House Plants: house plants, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, good soil: Carla, Put some good soil around the roots of the Peace lilly. By good soil I mean standard potting soil with extra white perlite mixed in at a ration of 2 parts soil to 1 part soil. Then be careful not to overwater, this plant likes to dry out well between...

House Plants: house plants, btec national diploma, plants oh
btec national diploma, plants oh, agriculture departments: Hi Joseph, In the US, many of the state universities have agriculture departments that include courses in ornamental plants and in floriculture (flowering plants). I suggest that you do a search for University agriculture schools as a starting point....

House Plants: house plants that don't need water?, plant questions, house plants
plant questions, house plants, botanical name: Hi Bobbie, The plant you are probably referring to is commonly called Air Plant. It s botanical name is Tillandsia. It does not need to grow in a pot with soil. However, it does need to be misted a couple of times a week to survive, so it is not a completely...

House Plants: why my house plants are dying, areca palms, madagascar palms
areca palms, madagascar palms, pachypodium lamerei: Hi Kathleen, Without knowing how much light your plants receive and what your watering routine is, it is hard for me to identify a cause for their problems. I also don t know what you mean by dying. If you are able to send some photos to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com,...

House Plants: house plants--leaves that close up, venus flytrap, mr creed
venus flytrap, mr creed, prayer plant: Hi Elizabeth, The prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) has leaves that fold up at night. The Venus flytrap also closes when an insect touches its hair-like triggers. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions....

House Plants: house plants and low light, dracaena janet craig, light plants
dracaena janet craig, light plants, foot ceilings: Hi Kit, Don t give up! First let s make sure that your low light is not too low for any plants to survive. Even the lowest light plants require enough natural light to create bright reading light adequate to read newsprint and they must have that much...

House Plants: house plants and outside temperatures, vinca vine, spider plants
vinca vine, spider plants, cold temperatures: Hi Courtney, Most Vinca species can survive below freezing temps. Spider plants and most Cacti can withstand temps as low as 35-40 degrees. However, your plants have been inside and have not been gradually hardened off to such cold temperatures. Thus, I...

House Plants: house plants pests, pothos plant, squirrel problem
pothos plant, squirrel problem, fresh dirt: Wow-it sure does sound as if you have a mouse or something playing around there! How large is the hole in the dirt? My first thought was something I have seen a lot of and that is a slug in the soil, but you would see him. They like to dig down into the...

House Plants: house plants for science project, air pollutants, house plants
air pollutants, house plants, science experiments: Hi Mercedes, Houseplants: 1. Add beauty to the environment. 2. Add oxygen to the air and remove the carbon dioxide that we exhale. 3. Help remove air pollutants. 4. Provide pleasure to those who care for them. 5. Help people feel more relaxed. 6....

House Plants: house plants for windows, plants for hanging baskets, hanging plants
plants for hanging baskets, hanging plants, wandering jew: Rita, Good easy care plants for hanging baskets in windows are spider plants, pothos vines, philordendron, wandering jew, and sweedish ivy are all good easy care plants. If you have questions about them feel free to write again. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: house plants, aggie horticulture, house plants
aggie horticulture, house plants, descriptive categories: Sally, At one time, there was a site that had various descriptive categories that you could enter and then it would show photos of plants that matched your description. Unfortunately, that site is no longer operating. Here are some sites that have lots...

House Plants: household plant soil insects, soil insects, black bugs
soil insects, black bugs, potting soil: Hi Quinetha, No, good indoor potting mix should not contain any critters. You should use a peat-based, soilless potting mix. Pro-Mix brand is a good one. Also make sure that the bag is not open or have any rips or tears in it. Keep in mind that unnecessary...

House Plants: houseplant i.d., cissus antarctica, plectranthus australis
cissus antarctica, plectranthus australis, chenille plant: Hi Shelly, There are several possibilities that come to mind, although none fit your decriuption completely. Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis) is a vining plant with small white flowers. Howwever, the leaves are rounded and the serration is moderately...

House Plants: houseplant identification, search images, btng
search images, btng, darlene: Penny, The only plant I can think of is a Madagascar Palm. Check these pictures out: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=madagascar+palm&btnG=Search+Images Let me know if that is your plant and I will tell you how to take care of it. If it is...

House Plants: houseplant identification, shade cloths, idea what kind
shade cloths, idea what kind, photo jpeg: sounds like it could be in the dracena compacta family. there are millions of plants out there, so w/out seeing it i can t be sure. send a digital photo(jpeg format) to rleehern@hotmail.com and i can give you more of a positve answer. the care would...

House Plants: houseplant ivy, spider mites, gold spots
spider mites, gold spots, fungal attack: Yolanda, It sounds like you may be overwatering them. When they are overwatered the roots rot and then the plants can t absorb water and they look as if they are too dry. Carefully try removing the plant from the pot and remove a bit of soil and carefully...

House Plants: houseplant jasmine.., inch pot, leaf drop
inch pot, leaf drop, repotting: Hi Jane, That is a very large Jasmine! I am surprised that it could not go a week without water since it is in a fairly large pot. Jasmine will drop leaves when it gets too dry. The leaf drop will continue for a short while after it is watered, so some...

House Plants: houseplant light, peace lily, indirect sunlight
peace lily, indirect sunlight, janet craig: Hi Sandra, Thanks for the follow-up information. You would need a low light plant. Some good choices are Pothos, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, corn plant, ZZ Plant, Dracaena Janet Craig, and parlor palm. There are others, but that is a pretty good...

House Plants: houseplant pests, nooks and crannies, drip point
nooks and crannies, drip point, houseplant pests: Hi Vondra, Congratulations on keeping your Scheffleras alive for so long. That is remarkable! FYI, the large leafed one is called Schefflera actinophylla and the small leafed variety is Schefflera arboricola. The white fuzzy things are mealybugs. The...

House Plants: houseplant problem, arrowhead vine, heather heather
arrowhead vine, heather heather, white butterfly: Heather, http://www.killerplants.com/plant-of-the-week/20031117.asp Above is a website that talks about your plant more. I beleive in this case your problem is too little light, move it to a sunnier location. They like the sun. Also you may need...

House Plants: houseplant problems, heather heather, lived plants
heather heather, lived plants, houseplant problems: Heather, You have a grafted cactus which typically do not live too long. They do tend to be top heavy and that is why part of the stem was buried. To support the plant. Unburying it will not make the plant live longer. It may or may not eventually heal,...

House Plants: houseplant watering, drainage holes, self watering planters
drainage holes, self watering planters, plastic pots: Hi Bets, There are slow release materials that can be added to the soil. They hold and release water as needed. Soil Absorb and Terrasorb are two brand names. However, they can keep soil too moist for many plants and they may not last for 1-22 months, especially...

House Plants: houseplant, houseplants, bleach
houseplants, bleach, clear water: Hi Cynthia, I am not qualified to comment on the effectiveness of prayer. However, it sounds like you are already doing the right think - flushing lots of clear water through the soil to wash the bleach out. If you started this flushing soon after the bleach...

House Plants: houseplants, golden pothos, spider plant
golden pothos, spider plant, windowsill: Hi Paula, You have provided very limited information so it is hard for me to detemine just what has gone wrong with your plants. The only chage you mentioned was that they were moved six months ago. It may well be that the change in location and light is...

House Plants: houseplants, spider plants, spider plant
spider plants, spider plant, darlene: Leanne, They may be dead but I would try to give them a chance. I hope you have taken them indoors now. Cut off the wilted foliage but do not pitch the plants for at least 3 months. There is a small chance that the roots will send out new growth. If they...

House Plants: houseplants cats dislike, cayenne pepper, squirt gun
cayenne pepper, squirt gun, wheat grass: Cheryl, 1.Try plants in hanging baskets that the cats can t get to. 2. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on the soil in all your plants and the cats will stay away. 3. If you are home squirt the cats with a spray bottle or squirt gun when they go near a plant and...

House Plants: houseplants and cats, plants poisonous to cats, pets cats
plants poisonous to cats, pets cats, house plants: Adrienne, Any of the variieties of dracaena would work well and are not poisonous. A large sansevieria or a schefflera would also work. If you have questions after you get the plant feel free to write again. The following site has a list of plants poisonous...

House Plants: my houseplants are NOT Happy!, sun porch, fungal diseases
sun porch, fungal diseases, indoor plants: Hi Wint, Thanks for sending me the photos. The suddenness of the discoloration of your plants is due to the drop in temperature. However, the spots on your fern are spores and they are quite normal and healthy. Many ferns can tolerate cold temps, so that...

House Plants: houseplants are suffering, soil problems, creeping charlie
soil problems, creeping charlie, syngonium: Deborah, I suspect it is some sort of fungal or bacterial disease. To diagnose it exactly you would need to take it to a college with a hortcultural diagnostic department such as Purdue University. If that is not possible I would use the only antifungal,...

House Plants: houseplants, philodendron selloum, leaf symptoms
philodendron selloum, leaf symptoms, light plants: Hi Lisa, The light you described is adequate, but less than ideal for a Selloum. However, that is only indirectly contributing to the new leaf symptoms that you described. In low light, plants use very little water, so it is very easy to inadvertently...

House Plants: hoya, dropping flowers, dormant winter period, bright indirect light
dormant winter period, bright indirect light, nitrogen fertilizer: Hi Sharon, To bloom, Hoyas must have a lot of bright indirect light all day and a few hours of direct light, as well. In addition, keep it potbound and on the dry side and don t change its location. Disturb it as little as possible. Do NOT use a high nitrogen...

House Plants: hoya dropping leaves, insect damage, indirect light
insect damage, indirect light, little water: Sandra, Check the soil. I suspect a watering problem, either too much or too little water, probably too much. Could someone besides you have watered it? As you know this plant does not like too much water. Have you made any changes in it s environment lately?...

House Plants: hoya tri-color, mealy bug, eastern exposure
mealy bug, eastern exposure, tropical plants: dwight hoyas(hindu rope plants) are in the succulent family. better to error on the dry side. however if they remain dry for too long they will lose flowers and become susceptable to mealy bug infestations. the care would still be similar as for most tropical...

House Plants: hybiscus in the garden, gypsy moths, hybiscus plant
gypsy moths, hybiscus plant, japanese beetles: Dedar Habdu, You said most of the leaves are gone? Do the ones that are left show any signs of animal or insect damage. Japanese beetles are worse this year than in previous years. Michigan also has gypsy moths but I do not know what would strip it that...

House Plants: hybiscus indoor plant, flowering plants, sunny window
flowering plants, sunny window, hibiscus: Hi Joan, Hibiscus will not flower year round. Typically it only blooms during the warmer months when there is lots of light. If it does not get enough direct sunlight, it may not flower at all. Pruning does not usually deter flowers, but repotting does....

House Plants: hybiscus, hybiscus plant, sun worshippers
hybiscus plant, sun worshippers, dish soap: Mariann, Your hibiscus needs more sun! The are tropical sun worshippers. Move it to a sunnier location if at all possible. This time of year it should be pruned back somewhat to give it a fresh start for spring. When you water it you should give it enough...

House Plants: hydrengeas, clay soil, house plant
clay soil, house plant, hydrangea: Maria, It is not a house plant so I am not sure. It sounds to me like you may be overwatering it. Where do you live? How hot has it been there? What is the soil around it like? Did you plop it in the middle of clay soil so it is holding all the water you...

House Plants: ID succulent, garage sale in san francisco, inch pot
garage sale in san francisco, inch pot, plant id: Andy, I am not placing it from the description. Please send photos showing the whole plant in the pot, a closeup on the leaves and a closeup on the flower to Plantlady6@aol.com. If I can t identify it I have a friend who can. Put plant ID in the subject...

House Plants: ID Wierd Plant, plant genus, flower structure
plant genus, flower structure, nepenthes: Hi Paul, You have provided an excellent description of the Nepenthes or pitcher plant genus. There are over 70 species of Nepenthes and it is difficult to tell the differences except through the flower structure. Here is a site that has lots of photos...

House Plants: IDENTIFICATION OF A HOUSE PLANT, water lilies, chris slater
water lilies, chris slater, glabella: Hi Chris, It is hard to tell from your descripton just what you have. If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below, then I can provide a positive ID. There are hundreds of different Peperomia species and many of them would seem to fit the decription...

House Plants: IDENTIFY PLANTS & GROWING INFO, bright indirect light, fertalizer
bright indirect light, fertalizer, tight bundle: Hi Bill, Your ZZ Plant s botanical name is Zamioculcus zamiifolia. The care instructions you have received are accurate. It will do best in a bright window, but it will survive light that is bright enough to read newsprint in for at least 8 hours per day....

House Plants: Idea temperature for cylamen plant, cyclamen plant, red flowers
cyclamen plant, red flowers, sunny location: Viki, It should not be left outdoors at night when the temperatures are below freezing. It should not be outside below 5 degrees centigrade. It likes cool temperatures 5-15 degrees is ideal. It also likes a sunny location. It needs to be watered and your...

House Plants: Identfy a house plant, leaf shape, calathea
leaf shape, calathea, house plant: Hi Sara, It might be a Calathea or a Begonia or a Bromeliad, but in the absence of a photo or a detailed description, including leaf shape and dimensions and stem size and type, I cannot be sure. If you can e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com,...

House Plants: Identification of an airplant, pineapple plant, pet peeve
pineapple plant, pet peeve, drift wood: Terry, It is my pet peeve that plants don t come with exact identification. The pictures at the following site might help you. http://www.airplant.com/a.html I suspect it is type of bilbergia but there are many types of those so it is immpossible to...

House Plants: Identification/Care, soil minerals, rainforest plant
soil minerals, rainforest plant, african violets: Hi Jan, African violets must be quite rootbound before they will bloom. Your offshoots are probably still putting energy into filling the pots with roots. I hope you used small pots for them otherwise the wait could be a long one! Your mystery plant...

House Plants: Identification of House Plants, aggie horticulture, ncsu edu
aggie horticulture, ncsu edu, house plants: Pat, I m just as bad online about wanting everything I see! Plants can be addictive! These first 2 sites are reliable suppliers with lots of pictures on their sites. http://www.glasshouseworks.com/pageone.html http://www.logees.com/ The following...

House Plants: Identification of house plant, inch pot, water plants
inch pot, water plants, house plants: Margaret, I m going to give you three quesses. Zephranthes (rain lilly), cyclamen, or begonias. Go to Google.com and put each name in then click on images and see if one of those is your plant. If none of those are your plant please give me more information...

House Plants: Identification and Information of House Plant, spikey balls, plant fertilizer
spikey balls, plant fertilizer, dracaena marginata: Nancy, If it looks like a Dracaena Hookeriana it problably is that or a Dracaena Marginata. Both look similar and both can be that large when they are that old. It bloomed because it is finallly reaching maturity. You should treat it the same as you always...

House Plants: Identification of indoor plant, drain tray, sure what type
drain tray, sure what type, chinese evergreen: Mae, May I ask why you are repotting it? This is a bad time of year to repot any plant as the days are getting shorter and roots stop growing. It is much better to repot in the spring as the days are getting longer. Between April 1st and June 15th is best....

House Plants: Identification of a plant, and it's care, dracaena janet craig, office occupant
dracaena janet craig, office occupant, moist soil: Hi there, I suspect that you have a Dracaena Janet Craig, but I cannot be sure without seeing a photo. If possible, please email a photo to my address below. In any case, the plant can be pruned at any point along the stem. Wherever you prune it, new...

House Plants: Identification and special care, schefflera arboricola, drop seeds
schefflera arboricola, drop seeds, collective strength: Hi Shaun, Thanks for sending the photos. Your plant is a Schefflera arboricola and it is native to Taiwan, although yours was probably grown in a US greenhouse. Although it is overgrown and in need of pruning, it is healthy and it does not need a larger...

House Plants: Identification, houseplant, darlene
houseplant, darlene, blooms: Noel, Your decription does not sound like any plants I am familiar with. Is it a houseplant? If you can send me a picture of it I should be able to identify it within a day or 2. You can send your picture to Plantlady6@aol.com ...

House Plants: Identify 2 houseplants please, succulent species, rhoeo spathacea
succulent species, rhoeo spathacea, definitive identification: Hi Alyson, I can think of a couple of plants that are green on top and purple underneath - one is a Philodendron and the other is a Rhoeo spathacea. However, neither is furry underneath. A photo sent to me at wcreed@horticulturalHelp would help here. ...

House Plants: Identify delicate house plant, false aralia, bright indirect light
false aralia, bright indirect light, high humidity: Hi Kerri, I believe you have a false aralia (Dizygotheca elegantissima). If you want to send a photo of it to my address listed below, I can confirm the ID and perhaps add some additional device. False aralias are among the plants quickest to react dramatically...

House Plants: Identify House Plant, dracaena plant, janet craig
dracaena plant, janet craig, thin branch: Hi Dan, Your description is a bit too brief for me to give a positive ID, so a photo sent to my email address below would be very helpful. I am guessing that you may have a Dracaena plant of some type, perhaps Janet Craig. If you cannot send me a photo,...

House Plants: Identify Houseplant, peace lily, white flower
peace lily, white flower, spathiphyllum: Hi Helena, I think your plant may be a peace lily or Spathiphyllum, as it is known botanically. If this is not what you have, let me know how yours differs. Better yet, send a photo to my address below. Let me know if you need any care instructions....

House Plants: Identify a house plant, yucca elephantipes plant, palm tree
yucca elephantipes plant, palm tree, house plant: Brenda, From your description I suspect it is a Yucca elephantipes plant that is being very overwatered. For a picture of the plant and care instructions go to the following website: http://www.indoor-plant-care.com/indoor_plant.asp?title=Yucca+elephantipes%2CSpinaless+yucca&item=plant_details&id_razred=12&id=556...

House Plants: Identify a house plant, indoor palm, positive id
indoor palm, positive id, house plant: Hi Rosemary, Based on your description, I would hazard a guess that your plant might be Rhoeo spathacea. But I will await your photo to make a positive ID. You can e-mail it to my address below. Regards, Will Creed, Interior Landscaper Horticultural...

House Plants: Identify a leaf seeding plant, thanx matt, pot plants
thanx matt, pot plants, kalanchoe daigremontiana: Hi Matt, From your description, I believe that your plant is a Kalanchoe daigremontiana or mother-of-thousands. The latter name refers to the many tiny plantlets that grow on the edges of the leaves. If I am mistaken, please email a photo to my address...

House Plants: Identify Plant, areca palms, dish soap
areca palms, dish soap, spider mite: Hi Rachel Okay, an Areca Palm. They are also known as Parlor Palms, you use to see them in parlors of Victorian homes. You have to be very careful with spider mite-they LOVE areca palms! Watch for webs between the frawns. Make sure the plant frawns are...

House Plants: Identify a plane, indoor plants, green leaves
indoor plants, green leaves, house plant: Hi Jackie, I do not know of any indoor plants that have green leaves that become purple and twist and still remain healthy. Perhaps I am misunderstanding something from your description. Can you e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? ...

House Plants: Identify this plant, purple blooms, miracle plant
purple blooms, miracle plant, cool rain: Hi Dawn Boy, I thought I answered this question-I remember typing out the answer and everything! Sometimes, for whatever reason, the answers do not take when I click on submit . Anyway, it is hard to say, without seeing it, what type of a plant you have....

House Plants: Identify my plant, rubber tree plant, ficus elastica
rubber tree plant, ficus elastica, aloe plant: Tim, First let s identify the plant. It sounds like a ficus elsatica or rubber tree plant. Please check the pictures at the site below and let me know if that is the plant, then I will give you care instructions. If it is not the plant you have please describe...

House Plants: Identify this plant, velvet plant, foilage
velvet plant, foilage, jagged edges: Hi Wes-Leigh, I suspect you may have a velvet plant or Gynura scandens. However, I cannot be sure without a photo or additional information. If this is NOT what you have, please tell me how yours differs or send me a photo. Regards, Will Creed, Interior...

House Plants: Identify a plant - Sago palm, sago palms, bright indirect light
sago palms, bright indirect light, sago palm: Hi Bob, Thanks for the photos. Your plant is called a Sago palm, although it is not actually in the Palm family. Its botanical name is Cycas revoluta. These are conifers that have existed on earth for some 250 million years. There is a living one in Japan...

House Plants: Identify plant, white flower, green leaves
white flower, green leaves, fuzz: Hi Delcie, Love plant is the common name for Anacampseros rufescens. It is not a large plant, but it has fleshy leaves with white, cobwebby stuff growing out of the leaves. Do a search and see if this is what you have. If so, let me know and I will...

House Plants: Identify these plants please and what their needs are, peace lilly, ficus elastica
peace lilly, ficus elastica, peace lily: Angie, The 1st and 2nd picture is commonly known as a rubber tree (ficus elastica), The 3rd and 4th picture shows a peace lily (spathiphylum). Both pictures look like you may be doing a bit of overwatering. These plants need to get dry between waterings....

House Plants: Identifying and caring for plant, yucca cane, aquarium gravel
yucca cane, aquarium gravel, janet craig: Hello Derven, To save the Janet Craig cane your best bet would be to take a cane cutting from a healthy part of the stem. The link below can explain how to do this in better detail than I could. The section on cane cuttings is a little more than halfway...

House Plants: Identifying a few plants, dracaena janet craig, e mail address
dracaena janet craig, e mail address, indirect sunlight: Hi Ben, You have a lot of questions here. I will do my best to answer them. The first plant is a Dracaena Janet Craig compacta. The second is a Gold-dust Dracaena (Dracaena godseffiana). The third plant is an Impatiens hybrid, probably I. hawkeri....

House Plants: Identifying this house plant, beefsteak begonia, flower stalks
beefsteak begonia, flower stalks, leaf margins: Rosemarie, Your plant is commonly known as a Beefsteak begonia (Begonia erythrophylla).This is an indoor plant. This wonderful, fast-growing plant likes plenty of light, but sometimes loses its rich, dark, lustrous green if in direct, southern light. The...

House Plants: Identifying a house plant, song of jamaica, dracaena reflexa song of jamaica
song of jamaica, dracaena reflexa song of jamaica, yellow stripes: Hi Will, Your description of the plant is quite limited. Your plant may be a Dracaena Lemon lime or a Dracaena reflexa Song of Jamaica. That s the best that I can do with the information you provided. If your plant is not one of the above, then let...

House Plants: Identifying Plant and pruning options, dracaena, pruners
dracaena, pruners, tropical plant: Hi Noelle, From your brief description, I believe you have some species of Dracaena. If you would like to e-mail a photo to my address below, I can provide a specific ID for you. You can definitely prune it back. You can cut the stem at any point (use...

House Plants: Identifying Two Plants, shade cloths, plastic pots
shade cloths, plastic pots, thin stripe: sounds like the 1st could be in the spider plant family. your description of the 2nd sounds like a fern. there are millions of plants out there, so w/out seeing them i can t be sure. send a digital photo(jpeg format) to rleehern@hotmail.com and i...

House Plants: Identifying my plant, velvet plant, purple passion
velvet plant, purple passion, jagged edges: Hi Melanie, I think you may be describing a velvet plant (Gynura aurantiaca) or the closely related purple passion plant (Gynura sarmentosa). A Coleus is another possibility. If none of these match your plant, then e-mail a photo to me at the address...

House Plants: Identifying plant, tropical foliage plant, mass merchandise store
tropical foliage plant, mass merchandise store, indoor tropical foliage: sounds like it could be in the dracena family. there are millions of plants out there, so w/out seeing it i can t be sure. send a digital photo(jpeg format) to rleehern@hotmail.com. put Plant ID on the subject line or i may not open it........

House Plants: Identifying my plant..., orchid cactus, night blooming cereus
orchid cactus, night blooming cereus, tenticles: Hi Matthew, I believe you have a plant that is commonly called orchid cactus or night-blooming cereus. Its botanical name is Epiphyllum oxypetalum. If I am wrong or you are unsure, then you can e-mail a photo to me at my address below. Please let...

House Plants: Identifying plants, house plants, darlene
house plants, darlene, subject line: Mike, http://www.glasshouseworks.com/ http://www.logees.com/ Those 2 sites have quite a few pictures on their sites. Unfortunately there are no sites specifically for the purpose of identifying plants. If you can t identify all you have you are welcome...

House Plants: Inactive Ficus, ficus tree, new leaves
ficus tree, new leaves, water soluable: Bob, Are the drapes or the blinds open during the day? It sounds like it is not getting enough sun. Ficus loves sun. It could also stand fertilizing once a month with a water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Grow or one of the generics. You are doing...

House Plants: India Rubber Plant, inch pot, blinds and drapes
inch pot, blinds and drapes, drain tray: Yolanda, I am assuming that you live in the northern half of the US since you didn t say. It should not be repotted until spring. All houseplants should be repotted between April 15th and June 15th. It should be in a very sunny location in your home such...

House Plants: Indian Rubber Tree, ficus elastica, rubber tree plant
ficus elastica, rubber tree plant, soil volume: Your Indian Rubber Tree - Ficus elastica to Botanists - is what Bubble Gum is made of. Did you know that? We go now to the Illinois State Extension Service houseplants page on Ficus elastic (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/houseplants/types/ficus.html)...

House Plants: Indoor Bamboo Plant, bamboo leaves, outdoor landscape
bamboo leaves, outdoor landscape, bamboo plant: You can find an excellent illustrated instruction booklet at the Oregon Bamboo Association s website: http://www.oregonbambooassociation.org/downloads/dividingbamboo.pdf I ve been waiting for someone to ask me about this plant just so I could direct...

House Plants: Indoor Bamboo Plant, bright indirect light, glass fish
bright indirect light, glass fish, warm temperatures: Hi Margaret, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. If your tap water is on the hard side, then use filtered or distilled...

House Plants: Indoor Bamboo plant, bright indirect light, room without a window
bright indirect light, room without a window, warm temperatures: Hi CJ, Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, they need fresh water periodically and they will grow roots in the water. Although they will live for a long time in water, in most cases the new growth...

House Plants: Indoor Bird of Paradise (BoP), drainage hole, ceramic planter
drainage hole, ceramic planter, green thumb: Hi Elizabeth, Congratulations on your new gift plant! I hope that it is placed within a few feet of a nearby window that is kept uncovered throughout the day. Adequate light is the most important consideration. I need some additional information....

House Plants: Indoor Bird of Paradise, leaf edge, plant questions
leaf edge, plant questions, product water: Location! Location! Location! If you plan to locate the plant right in front of the window you describe and within a few feet of that window, then I would would recommend one of the Dracaenas as a good alternative to the B of P. If it would be more than...

House Plants: Indoor bug problem: fungus gnats, fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk
fungus gnat larvae, coconut husk, fungus gnats: Hi Judith, I am sorry to learn that you have fungus gnats. Most likely the soil that you used when you repotted had the gnat larvae in it. I would not use it again. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people....

House Plants: Indoor Calla Lily Plant, calla lillies, calla lily
calla lillies, calla lily, indirect sunlight: Where are you in Arizona? If you are in zone 10 yes, plant it in a location that gets sun in the mnorning but not in the hot afternoon. Also a place that you can water it regularly and where you will notice it next year when it comes up so you can start watering...