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House Plants: Schefflera propagation, potting mix, e mail
potting mix, e mail, upper portion: Hi Carole, A Schefflera tip cutting will root pretty readily in moist potting mix. A tip cutting is usually about 12 inches long and has only a couple of sets of leaves from the very top of the pruned of stem. You may want to prune off more than just this...

House Plants: Schefflera - pruning, plant questions, e mail
plant questions, e mail, root rot: Hi Barbara, My first piece of advice is to stay away from repotting. Older plants do not need repotting. Their roots are no longer expanding and adding soil adds to the risk of root rot. The only cure for legginess is substantial pruning. Pruning works...

House Plants: Schefflera Tree, insect pests, pot size
insect pests, pot size, yellow leaves: Hi Tammy, Thank you for following my instructions so well and providing me with the information I need to give you a good answer. The pot size and light are appropriate. You should water your Schefflera thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels...

House Plants: Schefflera: twisted leaves, root ball, fingernail
root ball, fingernail, late afternoon: Hi Nikki, It s great to get a question from someone who knows a lot about plants and provides relevant information. Photos always help, so please do send some along to me at the address below my name. Unless you find evidence of scale or spider mites...

House Plants: Schefflera (umbrella plant), pruning shears, umbrella plant
pruning shears, umbrella plant, plant question: Michelle, Yes, I mean cut off the top part of the plant. You can cut the top part into 8-12 inch pieces, remove the lower leaves, dip the cuttings in rooting hormone, insert them in a fresh pot of soil, water it lightly and cover the cutting with a clear...

House Plants: Schefflera (umbrella tree), umbrella tree, scisors
umbrella tree, scisors, prune: Michele, I reccommend doing some pruning on that heavy top growth to lighten it up. Just use a pair o f sharp scisors and cut back all the bushy growth to make the plant look a lot better. Prune off one leaf and stem section at a time until you are happy...

House Plants: Schefflera (umbrella tree), umbrella tree, scisors
umbrella tree, scisors, tree question: Michelle, At 8 inches tall it is not really large enough to cut off long enough pieces to make cuttings and cuttings root best if taken in the spring. That is why I said to cut off just one or two leaves at a time with a little stem until you are happy...

House Plants: Schefflera with white splotches on leaves, nature plants, schefflera
nature plants, schefflera, plant questions: Hi Stephine, Your Schefflera has sunburn spots. Outdoor light is much more intense than indoor light. Even light shade outdoors can be too much, especially since some leaves are sure to be exposed to direct sun during the course of the day. The damaged...

House Plants: Schefflera, rita thompson, curtains drapes
rita thompson, curtains drapes, schefflera plant: Rita, From your description it is not getting enough sun. This plant is a sun lover. During the summer mine goes outdoors in a location that gets full sun all day long and it gets full and beautiful. In the winter it comes back indoors and stays in front...

House Plants: Schefflerra Trimming, new leaves, pruners
new leaves, pruners, darlene: Russ, It can very easily be cut back by up to 3/4 s of the plant. Use sharp pruners or scissors and cut just above a leaf or if the lower portion has no leaves you can cut anywhere and it will grow new leaves on those lower portions after it has been trimmed....

House Plants: Scheflera, questioners, timely manner
questioners, timely manner, scheflera: Hi Joan, I m sorry you were unhappy with the answer to your question. In what way was your question not answered? In what way was your question not answered in a timely manner? Your question was answered in less than 24 hours, well within the allowed 3...

House Plants: Schlumbergera x buckleyi, christmas cactus, true christmas
christmas cactus, true christmas, darlene: Crystal, Here is the website of a very reliable online dealer that may be able to help you: http://www.bobsmoleys.com/ He has a lot of Schlumbergeras in his website but I do not now if any are Schlumbergera x buckleyi. I suggest that you email him and ask...

House Plants: SEEKING DOLPHIN PLANT........, weird plants, mail order
weird plants, mail order, red flowers: Sally, I have never heard of a dolphin plant nor could I find any info on the internet referring to a plant by that name. I imagine that it is a variety of Goldfish plant (Nematanthus glabra. Take a look at the picture at: http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/2003/archives/2003/in_the_garden/gardening_styles_and_features/weird_plants...

House Plants: SEEKING DOLPHIN PLANT ......., red flowers, potted plant
red flowers, potted plant, lipstick: Hi Sally, There is no plant commonly called dolphin plant. However, from your description you may be referring to a plant more commonly known as lipstick vine or botanically as Aeschynanthus lobbianus. If this is not what you are seeking, let me know...

House Plants: Sedum Burrito, moist soil, plant questions
moist soil, plant questions, burro: Hi Nana, It is quite normal for a limited number of the Burro s Tail leaves to drop off. A larger number may fall if the plant is moved or bumped or if the soil gets a bit too dry. A single watering will not cause this to happen. It may also be that your...

House Plants: Sego palm, sago palms, bright indirect light
sago palms, bright indirect light, sago palm: Hi Ingrid, Sago palms (Cycas revoluta)are conifers that have existed on earth for some 250 million years. There is a living one in Japan that is believed to be more than 1000 years old. It is a native of Japan where it grows in thin, rocky island locations....

House Plants: Sego palm, cycas revoluta, sago palm
cycas revoluta, sago palm, sego palm: Hi Ingrid, Your description fits a Sago palm (Cycas revoluta), which is actually neither a palm nor a fern. It is in the ancient plant family called Cycad. I suggest that you find some photos of this plant online to confirm that is what you have. After...

House Plants: Self combusting house plants??, compost mix, plant pot
compost mix, plant pot, clay pot: Hi Kim, That is indeed bizarre! I was wondering what that strange smell was! It sounds like something from Greatest Home Movies. Certainly the plant itself is not the source of the heat, smoke, and fire. You mentioned that you were using compost. Compost...

House Plants: Senecio Articulatus, flourescent lights, succulents
flourescent lights, succulents, darlene: Amanda, Hopefully the plant will get to you without being frozen in transit. This is a very touchy time of year to ship plants. I am not familiar with this plant so I did a little research. This website has more info: http://worldplants.com/kleinia.htm...

House Plants: Sensitive Plant, spider mites, indirect sunlight
spider mites, indirect sunlight, sensitive plant: Hi Kyle, Mimosa pudica, the Mimosa commonly seen indoors, is usually called sensitive plant because the foliage closes and droops at the slightest touch. It is also sensitive to improper care. Bright indirect sunlight with some early or late day direct...

House Plants: Separating Aechmea fasciata pup, night time temperatures, night time temperature
night time temperatures, night time temperature, peat moss: Hi BJ, The offset can be left on the mother plant or can be severed and potted up separately. In either case, the mother plant will continue to die back slowly. Remove the soil where the offset attaches to the mother plant. Most of the time the offset...

House Plants: Shammrock & Moses in the Cradle, moses in the cradle, shammrock
moses in the cradle, shammrock, cold weather: in warmer climates moses in the cradle can act like a perennial. die to the ground, but the root system stays alive and regrowth begins when warmer temps arrive. in colder climates they die completly w/the onset of winter. they have to be replanted from new...

House Plants: Shamrock Plant, shamrock plant, uk plants
shamrock plant, uk plants, indoor plants: Carol, Your Shamrock likes full sun so open the blinds and give it as much sun as possible. The leaves are phototropic and do tend to close at night so that is normal. Do not overwater it, let the surface of the soil get dry between waterings. Shamrocks...

House Plants: Shamrock plant, shamrock plant, mold spores
shamrock plant, mold spores, soil replacement: Hi Shauna, Your shamrock has a fungus or soil mold infection. It may have been introduced when the soil was kept saturated for a week, but more likely it was introduced with the soil that you used when you repotted. Even many bagged potting soils are often...

House Plants: Sheffelera Plants, indoor potted plants, south east florida
indoor potted plants, south east florida, landcsaping: Hi Milton, I m sorry, but my area of expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. I suggest that you try a local landcsaping company, nursery or garden center where they are familiar with your local conditions, including soil quality. Will Cree...

House Plants: Sheffelera, sooty mold, splotches
sooty mold, splotches, breeding ground: How big are the black spots, Jean? Are they the size of a quarter? a pinhead? an irregular silver dollar? Please advise. Scheffleras should, as your garden center recommended, be allowed to dry out before you water them again. As for the black spots,...

House Plants: Shefflera, tropical indoor plants, long don
tropical indoor plants, long don, darlene: Carole, No, sheffleras are definitely tropical indoor plants. However you can prune it drastically, prune the height down as low as you need too and prune off some of the side shoots. It may look weird for a bit but it will start growing again quickly and...

House Plants: Sheflera, shaded areas, scabs
shaded areas, scabs, fingernail: Jane, Is this happening mostly to leaves in shaded areas? It sounds like what happens to small sheffs that aren t getting enough light. It may be shading itself out a bit too much. It can be pruned pretty severely (even by half) and it will send out new...

House Plants: Shelf below a sloping ceiling, what's best to grow there?, foliage plants, blooming plants
foliage plants, blooming plants, attic room: Cold in the winter, Warm in the U.K., some light but not much.... It does not sound like a recipe for Orchids, sadly. Most blooming plants will not be thriving in this particular location. Tell me, are you averse to foliage plants? Your options there are...

House Plants: SICK FICUS TREE, ficus tree, inch pot
ficus tree, inch pot, praying mantids: Ficus are terrific plants, easy, low light and capable of breathing life into the grayest city living. But they do come with a short list of problems, all of them easily solved. I must admit that I am not fully clear with the picture you paint. Nevertheless,...

House Plants: Sick citrus trees, eastern mediterranean coast, merry christmas happy new year
eastern mediterranean coast, merry christmas happy new year, drainage holes: Paul, Do they get lots of sun all day long? Citrus trees need lots of sun. I assume that the trees are both in pots with drainage holes and a drain tray underneath. How often do you water them? Do you leave water standing in the drain trays under the trees...

House Plants: Sick Ficus Tree, little tiny hairs, commercial fungicide
little tiny hairs, commercial fungicide, plant insects: Hi Ruthie, Most plant insects, including spider mites, feed on the juices inside leaves so I am not totally convinced that it is spider mites since the plant has no leaves. Spider mites are so small they can only be seen with a high powered magnifying glass...

House Plants: Sick indoor chameadoraea radicalis palm, bright indirect light, compost heap
bright indirect light, compost heap, livingroom window: Hi Lisa, You are a trooper for trying to rescue this palm. However, there are several things that could be a problem here. First, a 15 pot is way too big for a palm of only 3.5 feet. A 10 pot would be more appropriate. The large pot with excess soil...

House Plants: Sick Jasmines, green leaves, leaf drop
green leaves, leaf drop, facing window: Hi Leigh, How disappointing to discover healthy plants suddenly turned unhealthy! I am not convinced that it was the cold that caused the leaf drop as Jasmine is not particularly cold sensitive. However, Jasmine is very sensitive to improper watering....

House Plants: Sick jade tree, plant questions, indirect light
plant questions, indirect light, jade tree: Hi Don, If your Jade has not been pruned regularly, then the weight of the leaves on the very long branches can break those branches off. In effect, the Jade will self-prune in the absence of your doing it. If the stems appear to be otherwise healthy (not...

House Plants: Sick Money Plant, spider mites, plant pests
spider mites, plant pests, insecticidal soap: Hi Jonathan, The problem could be your plant has insects. Check the plant carefully, especially the undersides of the leaves. Most plant pests are very small so you will need to look closely. Spider Mites are so small you cannot see them without a strong...

House Plants: Sick Money Tree - Pachira aquatica, money tree pachira, pachira aquatica
money tree pachira, pachira aquatica, scale insect: Hi Mike, Please send your photos to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. The stickiness is probably due to a scale insect infestation. Pests tend to attack plants that are already under stress from something else. Because the light appears to be OK, I...

House Plants: Sick Monstera Deliciosa, monstera deliciosa, leaf miners
monstera deliciosa, leaf miners, new leaves: Fiona, Your Monsetera Deliciosa has leaf miners, an insect that is laying eggs on the growing leaf tips and the larva are crawling around inside the leaf before it unfurls and causes it to be deformed. When the insect matures it crawls out of the leaf as...

House Plants: Sick money tree, please help., inch pot, pachira
inch pot, pachira, money tree: Hi Matisa, The direct outdoor sun is very intense and much brighter than direct sun indoors. It is the sunburn that has caused the leaves to turn pale. Unfortunately, those damaged leaves will never recover their healthy green color. If you protect your...

House Plants: Sick orchid & unknown plant, plant fungus, fungus gnats
plant fungus, fungus gnats, ponytail plant: Hi Carmela, There are thousands of different kinds of Orchid and they have different requirements. I will need a photo of yours, including its pot, to be able to help you. It would also help if you could tell me what kind of potting mix it is in, when it...

House Plants: Sick Plant, corn plant, latin name
corn plant, latin name, indirect light: Walter, It does not want direct sun right on it but it needs a very bright room such as a room with drapes and miniblinds open all day. It would do well also under a flourescent fixture with daylight bulbs in it if the light is on for about 16 hours a day....

House Plants: Sick plant, positive id, conventional wisdom
positive id, conventional wisdom, specific care: Hi Andy, If you want to e-mail a photo to me at the address below, I can provide a positive ID. Then I can give you more specific care instructions. Despite conventional wisdom, it is never a good idea to move a new plant into a larger pot. The larger...

House Plants: Sick ponytail palm, part rubbing alcohol, leaf sheath
part rubbing alcohol, leaf sheath, ponytail palm: Hi Thomas, Scale on ponytail palms is very difficult to eradicate because the young scale are nearly invisible and they hide inside the leaf sheath where it attaches to the main stem. Try spraying a solution of 8 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol,...

House Plants: Sick Shamrock, shamrock oxalis, history thanks
shamrock oxalis, history thanks, s green: Hi Bonnie, Can you email a photo of your Oxalis to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? That would help me better understand what you are seeing. Be sure to include the entire plant and its pot in at least one of the photos. It would also help for me...

House Plants: Sick Yucca, yucca plant, liters of water
yucca plant, liters of water, plant questions: Hi Grainne, If your Yucca is getting adequate light, then it will need to be watered more than once per month. So your Yucca is either dying from poor light or from soil that is too dry. Yuccas need to be right in front of a window that is uncovered...

House Plants: Sickly jasmine plant, jasmine plant, jasmine shrub
jasmine plant, jasmine shrub, sunny location: Tara, Yes, I would cut it back and keep it in a very sunny location indoors in hopes it sprouts out again soon. Be very careful not to overwater it while it is indoors and in this sickly condition. It will need less water. It may have lost it s leaves because...

House Plants: Silver Cypress, foliage plants, environent
foliage plants, environent, potted tree: Tell me what these bugs look like, Adam. What color are they, are they pinhead-sized or bigger (or smaller), and where do you see them on the plant? These plants thrive with lots of sun. Many plants will survive in office light, but this will do better...

House Plants: Silver Cypress, eastern exposure, windowsill
eastern exposure, windowsill, e mail: Hi Mason, I would suggest a sunnier (south) windowsill, if possible. Cypress loves direct sun all day long. It is also moderately drought tolerant, so be sure that it gets quite dry in between thorough drenchings. Depending on light, temperature and...

House Plants: Skinny corn plant stalk, thin plants, corn plant
thin plants, corn plant, light rotation: Hi Lisa, Thin stems result from less than optimal light. So increased light is the only way to get thicker stems. Stem bending can be caused by a plant s tendency to grow in the direction of the light source. If you don t rotate a plant on its axis regularly,...

House Plants: Sky Lighting, shutter blinds, window over the sink
shutter blinds, window over the sink, indoor lighting: Hi Rose, The light from skylights is very difficult to assess because every configuration is different. Here are the factors that can affect the light that comes through a skylight: Distance above the plants Direction the skylights face Size of the...

House Plants: Small bugs in plant soil, fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats
fungus gnat larvae, fungus gnats, beneficial nematodes: Hi Doreen, The bugs that are driving you crazy are Fungus Gnats and they are very hard to get rid of. Fungus Gnats are little flying insects often seen flying around plants. They usually stay near the surface of the soil or under the leaves of plants...

House Plants: Small Money Tree House Plant, bright indirect light, money trees
bright indirect light, money trees, plant questions: Hi Shagun, One of the difficulties with the currently popular money trees is that many are being grown by non-professionals and put into unusual planters of different sizes and shapes. In other words, there are no standards for these plants and it is virtually...

House Plants: Small palm tree damaged, expensive tastes, inch pot
expensive tastes, inch pot, little hearts: I wish I had an answer for your, Holly V. But this is a TOUGH one. I am NOT optimistic about this. And I definitely cannot give you any GOOD ideas about how to save this poor plant that the Dogs got to. Bless their little hearts. Try hitting them...

House Plants: Small yellow beige eggs, interior landscaper, houseplant pests
interior landscaper, houseplant pests, tiny eggs: Hi Sharon, There are very few indoor houseplant pests that would use a Dieffenbachia as a host. Aphids and scale insects are two possibilities. Aphids fit your color description, but they have insect features that you can see if you look really closely....

House Plants: Soft Water, osmosis water purifiers, mineral salts
osmosis water purifiers, mineral salts, house plants: Hi Gwen, You are right, water softeners add mineral salts to your water and those salts are not good for potted plants. I suggest that you use filtered (Brita), distilled or rain water instead. Reverse osmosis water purifiers also are very effective....

House Plants: Soil compacted?, inch pot, diffenbachia
inch pot, diffenbachia, dieffenbachia: Hi Mimi, I know what compacted soil is, but what many folks identify as compacted soil is often not a problem. Is the Dieffenbachia exhibiting some signs of deterioration? If so, please describe those symptoms. If not, then there is no problem and you...

House Plants: Soil critters, cenipede, top soil
cenipede, top soil, plain water: Hi Helene, One of the disadvantages of putting plants outside is that it exposes them to a variety of local critters. Most of these critters, including those you have described, are harmless to the plant. However, I do understand you are not eager to have...

House Plants: Soil dry in house plants, miracle grow potting soil, peat moss
miracle grow potting soil, peat moss, house plants: Susan, The soil you purchased has mostly peat moss in it. When it dries out too much it has to be soaked to rehydrate it. You will need to set the plant in a sink or tub full of water up to the rim of the pot and let it soak until it soaks up enough water...

House Plants: Soil Pests, fungus gnat larvae, soil pests
fungus gnat larvae, soil pests, peace lily: Hi Kathi, I am glad you got your peace lily out of the vase and into a pot that drains well. The soil pests came with the non-sterile soil that your peace lily was potted in. They could be any one of several types of insect. They are not harmful to the...

House Plants: Soil pests and Root Rot, safer insecticidal soap, soil pests
safer insecticidal soap, soil pests, colored insects: Hi Melina, There is a lot to deal with here. Probably more than space allows, but you can send me follow up questions to my address below, if necessary. I think that all of these problems may be related. Spider mites tend to flourish on plants that...

House Plants: Soil pests, soil pests, potting soil
soil pests, potting soil, indoor plants: Hi Sean, They are probably a type of centipede that came with using a non-sterile potting soil. They are harmless to the plant. If you want to get rid of them, plunge the pots up to their rims in a tub of clear water. Leave them for about 30 minutes. This...

House Plants: Soil, mold spores, plant hope
mold spores, plant hope, sure what kind: Hi Lorraine, The substance in question is mold, a type of fungus that grows in soil. It is not harmful to the plant. The mold spores were probably introduced with the soil that was added when the plant was repotted. Often, the mold can be eliminated...

House Plants: Somona/Euphorbia X lomi stopped flowering, nitrogen content, somona
nitrogen content, somona, tap water: Hi Alice, It is really hard to say just why your Somona has not flowered. In general, the more direct sun the better, so the bay window sounds like a good move. If is has been out of direct sun that may explain the absence of flowers. As long as there...

House Plants: SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON, dead leaves, plant questions
dead leaves, plant questions, e mail: Hi Bonnie, Healthy new growth is a good indication that your plant is successfully adjusting to its new home. I hope you are, as well! Whether you leave the yellowed leaves in place to fall naturally or remove them yourself will have no effect on the...

House Plants: Spathiphyllum, inch pots, calling baby
inch pots, calling baby, plant questions: Hi Kaleen, What you are calling baby plants are really just suckered growth. I don t think they are worth putting in their own pots. Spathiphyllums do not like to have their roots disturbed. As long as the two plants are healthy and attractive, then...

House Plants: Spathiphyllum floribundum, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, plant hormones: Sounds like your Peace Lily needs more light and/or water. How are you watering this plant? What kind of light does it get? Sunlight reduces stem cell Auxins -- Plant Hormones that makes cells grow. With lots of Auxins, Plants get long-stemmed and leggy....

House Plants: Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily), spathiphyllum peace lily, spider mites
spathiphyllum peace lily, spider mites, dry leaves: I m not sure I can tell what went wrong with your Peace Lily, Mary, but I will try. What really worries me is your comment that you can remove a stalk from the base with virtually no effort. This plant sounds at this point like it s on its last legs. ...

House Plants: Spathiphyllum (peace lily) indoor care, spathiphyllum peace lily, bright indirect light
spathiphyllum peace lily, bright indirect light, yellow leaves: Hi Sara, Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) do best in bright indirect light. If the light is too strong, it will cause the leaves to develop a lighter shade of green. Fertilizer will not change that color. Peace lilies wilt pathetically if allowed to get...

House Plants: Spathiphyllum, devide, 2 pieces
devide, 2 pieces, darlene: Susan, It should be divided and repoted in the spring when the days are getting longer and the roots are actively growing. This plant likes to be root bound and blooms more when it is. Do not divide it into more than 2 pieces and do not put each half in...

House Plants: Sphagnum moss vs. Spanish moss, sphagnum moss, peat moss
sphagnum moss, peat moss, green moss: High Sierra, Reindeer moss is used as a top dressing. I have never heard of it being used as a substitute for sphagnum moss. I don t think it has the water retentive capacity that you need for your staghorn. If you live in a sphagnum moss deprived area,...

House Plants: Spider Mite invasion?, fungus gnat larvae, mite invasion
fungus gnat larvae, mite invasion, dwarf banana: Hi Helen, You have described at least three different types of insect pests, so I am not sure what we are dealing with here. Fungus gnat larvae (eggs and infants) live in the soil, develop wings, and then fly out of the soil when disturbed. They only...

House Plants: Spider Mites, tablespoon vegetable oil, spider mites
tablespoon vegetable oil, spider mites, 2 quarts: Hi Tara, Spider mites is a hard insect to get rid of. First thing you do is wash the plant very well with a strong spray of water. This will wash off as many of the mites as possible. You can try a comercial insecticide. It may work but a big problem with...

House Plants: Spider mites, mite population, dark specks
mite population, dark specks, dust specks: Dear Dreamer, The mottled appearance is a pretty good indicator of spider mites and a dark appearance of the specks is not inconsistent with some spider mite species. Spider mites can reproduce in the 54 to 110 degree range, with the optimum range of...

House Plants: Spider mites on ivy, liquid dish soap, mea culpa
liquid dish soap, mea culpa, spider mites: Hi John, You better get ready to do a mea culpa and otherwise make amends to your wife. Spider mites attack Hedera ivies when they are under stress, especially when they are dried out. The mites can be treated with a throughly drenching spray of soapy...

House Plants: Spider mites - safe treatment, spider mites, spray droplets
spider mites, spray droplets, plant vigor: Hi Sue, 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 difficult to eradicate. Plain soap and water, insecticidal...

House Plants: Spider mites, spider mites, soap solution
spider mites, soap solution, liquid soap: Hi Jamie, That is a common misunderstanding. In nature all plants get rained on and get wet. The only concern is that the fuzzy leafed plants not be exposed to COLD water or have the water remain on their leaves for a long time (more than several hours)...

House Plants: Spider Plant, drainage hole, inch pot
drainage hole, inch pot, light intensity: Hi Natalie, Light intensity is the most important factor in a plant s growth rate. If the window you mentioned is facing north or is shaded by a tree outside, then that would reduce the available light and slow the growth rate. In addition, plants often...

House Plants: Spider Plant, new leaves, spider plant
new leaves, spider plant, brown leaf: Hi Lesley, If ANYTHING is less than perfect with a spider plant, it shows up as brown leaf tips, especially on older leaves. If new leaves are getting brown tips, then the roots are probably rotting from overwatering, although that is rare. Here are...

House Plants: Spider Plant Pest, brown dots, scale insects
brown dots, scale insects, brown spider: Hi Kathleen, Your spider plant has an infestation of scale insects. (The presence of the brown spider was just coincidental and unrelated.) Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent...

House Plants: Spider Plant Seeds, variegated plants, seed pods
variegated plants, seed pods, spider plants: Hi Janice, It is somewhat unusual for spider houseplants to produce seeds, but it is not rare. New plants from seeds will probably be all green, even those from variegated plants. Good luck and please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you...

House Plants: Spider Plant-Verigated, drapes and blinds, spider plants
drapes and blinds, spider plants, spider plant: Lori, With spider plants the problems are usually not enough sun or too much or too little water. They love the sun and are happiest if they get as much sun as possible all day. Keep drapes and blinds open all day and the will be happiest. They can...

House Plants: Spider Plant, spider plants, leaf tips
spider plants, leaf tips, brown leaf: Sue, Either over or under watering can cause brown leaf tips. Try a little more often but do not leave them sitting in a tray of water for days. Also dry air can cause the leaf tips to turn brown. It is difficult to balance everything and avoid the brown...

House Plants: Spider Plants, spider plants, potting soil
spider plants, potting soil, root rot: Co, Spider plants like to be rootbound and do not like being repotted. Why did you repot them? What size pot did you take them out of and what size pot did you put them in? They do not like their roots to be disturbed. You need to put them back in a pot...

House Plants: Spider Plants, spider plants, light plants
spider plants, light plants, artificial lighting: Hi Nicole, I m not sure what it says on all brands of grow lights. The package will usually have directions on how long to have the light on everyday and how far away from the plants the light should be. On the package of the blue coated bulbs it will usually...

House Plants: Spider Plants, spider plants, plant fertilizer
spider plants, plant fertilizer, mature plants: Jimmy, They love lots of light. My is hanging outdoors in full sun right now although the variegated ones can sunburn in full sun, provide them a bit of shade in the afternoon. They do not mind being rootbound and will make more babies if they are rootbound....

House Plants: Spider plant, spider plants, inch pot
spider plants, inch pot, baby plant: Hi Renee, Not true. Babies can produce babies. It takes time and in particular, the roots need to fill up the pot before it will put out baby plants. Many people are too eager to move their plants into bigger pots under the mistaken idea that roots...

House Plants: Spider plant babies, spider plants, female plants
spider plants, female plants, baby plant: Hi Darlene, I am not sure where you are getting your information from, but it is not very scientific. There are no male or female spider plants. The flowers that spider plants produce have male and female parts, as do most all flowers, but the plants...

House Plants: Spider plant care, soil dries, insect pests
soil dries, insect pests, egg shells: Hi Jared, As I wrote previously, do not water any plant by the calendar. Do it as soon as the soil has reached the appropriate level of dryness. For your corn plant, that means waiting until the top quarter of the soil feels dry. Below that the soil will...

House Plants: Spider plant leaves crease, spider plants, spider plant
spider plants, spider plant, new leaves: Jennifer, I have never experienced any of my spider plants leaves creasing on their own. Either the plant fell and ended up with creaesed leaves or someone droppped something on it. I m not saying it couldn t happen but I have no idea what might have caused...

House Plants: Spider plant, spider plants, spider plant
spider plants, spider plant, philadelphia pennsylvania: probably watering improperly and/or not fertilizing on a regular basis. improper watering is uusually the #1 reason for leaf yellowing or browning. 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: Spider and webs in houseplant., spider mites, head of a pin
spider mites, head of a pin, houseplant: Hi Jerrie, There are common house spiders that are easy to see and there are spider mites that are very tiny (a half dozen would fit in the head of a pin) hat are quite difficult to spot. The former will not harm your plants, but the spider mites will....

House Plants: Spiderplants, steam radiator, coffee container
steam radiator, coffee container, spider plants: Hi Patricia, Fascinating story about your spider plant. Spider plants are quite hardy and can withstand a wide range of conditions. A single dose of OJ would not have any effect on the plant, one way or the other. Had you continued to add OJ regularly,...

House Plants: Spidery looking african violet, daddy long legs, daddy long leg
daddy long legs, daddy long leg, african violet: Janine, I love your description - like a Daddy long leg spider! I can barely imagine a violet such as this one. I wonder if you could email me a photo of it? I will give my address to you: plmorrow@juno.com. The website coordinators discourage us from...

House Plants: Spiked Palm - yellowing leaves, high humidity, hi john
high humidity, hi john, pebbles: Hi John, Some yellowing of leaves is part of normal aging but I suspect that your problem is caused by overwatering. You should allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry between watering. Palms also need high humidity. You can raise the humidity around the...

House Plants: Spindly ficus tree, drapes and blinds, aggie horticulture
drapes and blinds, aggie horticulture, ficus tree: Donna, Ficus is difficult to root by just cutting the top off. You should air layer the top off and that will give it roots before you remove it. You will find complete instructions for air layering at the following site: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/ornamentals/airlayer/airlayer.html...

House Plants: Spineless Yucca Cane, yucca cane, spineless yucca
yucca cane, spineless yucca, dawn to dusk: Laurel, Put it on your deck where you can enjoy it but for awhile cover it with white fabric from 1 to 4 pm, then in 2 weeks make it 1:30 to 3:00, 2 weeks later 2-3 2 weeks later not at all so it gets used to the sun gradually. But watch it closely for...

House Plants: Spineless Yucca care, yucca care, spineless yucca
yucca care, spineless yucca, cayenne pepper: Tricia, Is it just the oeaves the dog chewed on? In that case you can pull the damaged leaves off and that will reveal a beautiful trunk. If the trunk is also damaged you need to cut the top off and insert it in a fresh pot of soil and it should root in...

House Plants: Spineless Yucca Leaves, spineless yucca, dowel rod
spineless yucca, dowel rod, yucca plant: David, Yuccas are desert plants and love the sun. The more the better. That is quite a large pot for the size of the plant. My yucca is 24 years old and has 3 plants in it in a 16 inch pot. You should never have to repot the plant. I think your problem...

House Plants: Spiral Bamboo, dracaena sanderiana, little water
dracaena sanderiana, little water, darlene: Lee-Anne, Your plant is known as Lucky Bamboo bit it is not really bamboo. It is a Dracaena sanderiana. It does not like a lot of sun. It needs to have the water changed regularly. You cam consult the following web site for more information: http://www.plant-care.com/lucky-bamboo.html...

House Plants: Spiral Bamboo, potting mix, tap water
potting mix, tap water, apparent reason: Hi Elektra, Thank you for the rating. Was there a portion of your question that I failed to answer? Will Hi Elektra, Your spiral bamboo are really Dracaena cuttings that are rooting in water. As with any other plant, not all cuttings take...

House Plants: Split Leaf Philodendren repotting, bright indirect light, inch pot
bright indirect light, inch pot, drain holes: Sheila, A split leaf philodendron or Monstera deliciosa is a vine and the large leaves do tend to droop, it is natural. As it grows it needs some kind of support post. A trelllis or a small tree trunk in the pot to climb up would be suitable. I would wait...

House Plants: Split Leaf Philodendron leaves turning yellow, bacterial leaf diseases, sun loving plants
bacterial leaf diseases, sun loving plants, split leaf philodendron: Sounds awful. Way too much water for that poor plant. You just purchased this, yes? Must have been to hell and back to get this bad. See if they will give you a replacement -- and check the roots before you take it home this time. Mushy roots are what...

House Plants: Split Leaf Philodendron, arum lilies, tropical vine
arum lilies, tropical vine, monstera deliciosa: Yvonne, Monstera deliciosa is a fairly easy plant to grow and has been known to take over a house. Other names are Mexican Breadfruit and it does bloom and produce a fruit. The flowers, which are like huge arum lilies, appear on short thick stems during...

House Plants: Split-Leaf Rhododendron problem, cache pot, new leaves
cache pot, new leaves, livingroom window: Hi Judith, It is not often that I receive a question that starts with a compliment and then goes on to provide carefully written detail about the plant in question. I am delighted to be able to help you! Flattery definitely works with me. LOL! First,...

House Plants: Split leaf Philidendron?, fungus gnat larvae, yellow leaves
fungus gnat larvae, yellow leaves, leavs: Hi Linda, The bugs in the soil may be centipedes of some type or possibly fungus gnat larvae. However, they are not hurting your plant. The yellow leaves and brown spots are caused by something else. To tell you what that something else is, I need some...

House Plants: Split-leaf Philodendron in shock., split leaf philodendron, size pots
split leaf philodendron, size pots, starter fluid: Lauren, Are leaves in both pots turning yellow or just one? What size pot was the plant in before the division? What size pots did you put the two plants in after the division? Be very careful not to let them sit with water standing in their drain trays....

House Plants: Splitting a North Fork Pine, norfolk island pines, sized pot
norfolk island pines, sized pot, potting mix: Hi Rachel, Norfolk Island pines rarely outgrow their pots although they often look like they may be too big for their pot. Here is the best way to tell if it is so rootbound that it would benefit from a larger pot: Water your tree thoroughly so the entire...

House Plants: Splitting Peace Lilly, peace lilly, darlene
peace lilly, darlene, fertilizer: Kelly, Yes, you can split a peace lilly. Just be sure to not go to any larger pot than it was in to begin with. Peace lillies like to be root bound and bloom more if they are. Splitting it will slow it down a bit so after the split each have should get...

House Plants: Spots on Jade plant, part rubbing alcohol, jade plant
part rubbing alcohol, jade plant, light spray: Hi Pam, I would use a conservative approach. Mix 4 parts of water with 1 part rubbing alcohol. You don t have to be very precise and you won t need very much. Then use a Q-Tip to dab the two areas where you have seen the whitish deposits. A blemish may...

House Plants: Spots on my prayer plant, prayer plants, yellow halo
prayer plants, yellow halo, prayer plant: Hello Melina, If the brown spots have a yellow halo, then you have fungal leaf spot. First thing to do is to move the plant away from your other plants to keep the leaf spot from spreading to your other plants. Cut off all infected leaves, do not remove more...

House Plants: Staghorn Fern, plant questions, fronds
plant questions, fronds, heat wave: Hi Lisa, Staghorns grow in cool, damp places. If your weather is unusually hot and dry, that could be causing it to suffer. There is not too much you can do except to be sure that it is properly hydrated. Misting the fronds several times per day with cool...

House Plants: Staghorn fern, sphagnum moss, porous soil
sphagnum moss, porous soil, spanish moss: Hi Alexandra, This must be my lucky day - you have two of my favorite plants! You will be interested to know that the requirements of Epiphyllum and staghorn fern are very similar. The Epi can tolerate a bit more sun and can afford to dry out a bit more,...

House Plants: Star Jasmine Plant, epsom salts, star jasmine
epsom salts, star jasmine, jasmine plant: Wendy, Absolutley do not repot the plant. You should only repot plants in the spring. Besides that a 12 pot should be adequate forever. Simply bring the plant indoors and set it in the sunniest south facing window possible and keep the drapes or miniblinds...

House Plants: Star Jasmine, usda plants database, star jasmine
usda plants database, star jasmine, artificial fertilizers: Star Jasmine! I LOVE this plant - Trachelospermum jasminoides to botanists - has a whole family tree of fragrant relatives including Plumerias and Oleander. Not however Jasmine. This is a very popular vine in California, Florida and Louisiana, where...

House Plants: Starting "String of pearls" & "Jelly beans" Plant, terra cotta pot, string of pearls
terra cotta pot, string of pearls, leaf cuttings: Hi Angela, Both plants are succulents and both can be propagated quite easily. For the string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) take a short stem with at least one pearl on it and insert the stem in a porous cactus potting mix that you keep moist. Use...

House Plants: Stephanotis, milkweed family, seed pods
milkweed family, seed pods, stephanotis: Hi Ann, It is extremely rare for an indoor potted Stephanotis to produce fruit (seed pods). I am guessing that you have yours growing in the ground outside. I have never heard of anyone eating the fruit, so I doubt that it is edible. It is in the Milkweed...

House Plants: Stephanotis, avocardo, full bloom
avocardo, full bloom, stephanotis: Hi Mandy, Congratulations! Your Stephanotis is bearing fruit! This rarely happens as a houseplant, but can occur in a greenhouse, and apparently in your conservatory! The fruit is not edible, but the seeds contained inside it can be used to propagate...

House Plants: Stephanotis,leaf dropping, stephanotis floribunda, stephanotis plant
stephanotis floribunda, stephanotis plant, madagascar jasmine: Hi Sallie, Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine) is best grown on a trellis or wire frame. It is difficult to maintain indoors. In the fall and winter it needs cool temps (60 to 65 degrees) and soil that is allowed to get quite dry just barely...

House Plants: Stephanotis leaf problems, bouganvillia, soil ph
bouganvillia, soil ph, stephanotis: Hi Derek, I suspect that the soil pH is too high (alkaline) and the cause may be using hard water. If your local tap water is on the hard or alkaline side, then switch to filtered, distilled, or rainwater. Please let me know if any of this is unclear...

House Plants: Stephanotis, stephanotis plant, epsom salts
stephanotis plant, epsom salts, blooming plants: Liese, It can take awhile for stephanotis to bloom, even up to 3-4 years. Most blooming plants bloom best when rootbound so I suggest you do not repot it again. That is a big enough pot to last for 20 years. Be very careful not to overwater it this winter....

House Plants: Sticky droplets on "money tree", money tree pachira, braided money tree
money tree pachira, braided money tree, inch pot: Hi Kate, Given the health of your Pachira, I believe that those are simply sap droplets that it is oozing. If it is NOT on the top sides of any leaves or on the floor underneath the tree, then that is what it is and don t worry about it. If you are finding...

House Plants: Sticky Ficus Benjamina, part rubbing alcohol, ficus benjamina
part rubbing alcohol, ficus benjamina, scale insect: Hi Carol, Although the stickiness is a natural occurrence, it is also a problem. The stickiness is most likely due to a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised,...

House Plants: Sticky Goldfish plant, clear glass vase, bright indirect light
clear glass vase, bright indirect light, sphagnum moss: You have bugs. Not sure what kind though. Go to your local greenhouse and ask them for a foliar spray to get rid of them. Use this every 7 days for 3 weeks. If you see them come back do it again. Sorry for the bad news. Happy growing Kristin...

House Plants: Sticky leaves, ficus tree, plastic tarp
ficus tree, plastic tarp, scale insects: Hi Sheila, Your Ficus tree has an infestation of scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems...

House Plants: Sticky Scales on a Arbicola?, schefflera arboricola, tiny probes
schefflera arboricola, tiny probes, scale insect: Hi Nicole, Your Schefflera arboricola has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. They resemble insects when they are babies, but they are smaller than a pinhead and very hard to see. When they find a suitable site, they insert their...

House Plants: Sticky stuff on plants, dish soap, pest spray
dish soap, pest spray, rubbing alcohol: Hi Mike It sounds as if you have a Mini Schefflera or Arbrocola , it goes by both names. I believe you may have a houseplant pest called scale . You will see bumps, oval to round in shape, brownish in color, along the stalk and under the leaves. ...

House Plants: Store Bought Pineapple Plant, mulch beds, pineapple plant
mulch beds, pineapple plant, quart container: Hello Kathy, The plant might be getting too much water. Leave it in its original container and let the soil dry out a bit. After that keep the soil moist but not soggy and don t let the pot sit in any water that drains out. Keep it in bright filtered or...

House Plants: Strange Jade, jades, darlene
jades, darlene, tentacle: Hannah, I have had jades that have sprouted roots, and yes, the roots are clear. Just pinch them off and try to get the plant more sun. Basically it is not getting enough light. Turn it more often so both sides get more light. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: Strelitzia nicolai, strelitzia nicolai, interior plant service
strelitzia nicolai, interior plant service, high humidity: Halla, Bird of paradise usually won t bloom until the plant is at least 7 years old and root bound. It sounds like yours could be. However, they need to be in high lighted area. They are native to Hawaii. So think sun, warm, porous well draining soil and...

House Plants: String of beads plant, cactus soil, string of beads
cactus soil, string of beads, new roots: Carol, If all the stems are brown and brittle then don t bother but take the green stems that are left and clip them off where they are green and dip then in rooting hormone (available at any garden center) then pot them in sandy cactus soil and hang in...

House Plants: Stromanthe, dead leaves, houseplant
dead leaves, houseplant, lack of attention: Hi Suzanne, A plant without light for a week is a plant that is in trouble. The dry soil may have been a contributing factor. The leaves that have already yellowed and curled, will not recover, so you may as well trim them off. With proper light and...

House Plants: SUCCULENT PROBLEM, pagoda plant, plant genus
pagoda plant, plant genus, jade plants: Hi Patricia, Unless your Jade is in a pot that is too big, then once per month watering may not be quite enough for it. Although it is certainly better to err on the dry side, I think you should try watering every 2 - 3 weeks and see if there is improvement....

House Plants: ABOUT A SUCCULENT, inch pot, textbook example
inch pot, textbook example, sweet thing: Patricia, Leave it in the 8 pot now forever. Repotting it set it back a bit. Just give it time. They are slow growing. It may have hurt it to hang outside for the summer. They are very brittle and if the wind blows very hard they loose leaves or if a critter...

House Plants: Succlents, aloe vera, lats
aloe vera, lats, spring and summer: Tere, If they start shriveling and you can t remember when you lats watered them they are underwatered. If they start shriveling and you just watered them the other day they are overwatered. Overwatering rots the roots and kills them. I don t water mine...

House Plants: Succulent Problem, cactus soil, inch pot
cactus soil, inch pot, pot size: Lauren, I m not sure exactly what the latin names of the plants are but they are succulents. You are over watering and the one that you moved from the 2 pot to the 6 pot is overpotted. You should only go from a 2 pot to a 4 pot or a 4 pot to a 6 ...

House Plants: Succulent question, strawberry pot, root nodules
strawberry pot, root nodules, little chick: Patricia, No the arms will not root. The purpose of the arm is to get the baby out away from mama so it will have plenty of room to grow. If you separate them from mama too early they will just wither and die, they need to be beginning to put out little...

House Plants: Succulents question, jade plants, new roots
jade plants, new roots, drain tray: Tricia, I don t totally understand your questions. When you take cuttings of jade plants you let them lay on a table to air dry for 7-10 days until the cut edge is totally healed over. You do not have to wait for it to grow roots. When it has healed you...

House Plants: Suggestion for a houseplant, euphorbia trigona, creeping fig
euphorbia trigona, creeping fig, western exposure: Hi Elizabeth I am sorry it took so long to answer this-my husband has been down with pneumonia and I have been away from the computer. Anyway, I am sorry to hear about the topiary-I have one, no where near 5 ft. tall but I do love it. They are usually a...

House Plants: Sun Parasol Crimson Mandevilla, plant fertilizer, inch pot
plant fertilizer, inch pot, gorgeous plant: Barbara, Where do you live? Mandevillas are difficult to keep indoors over the winter, they do not like it too warm. I would move it to a 10-12 inch pot, no larger, and use whichever support I liked the looks of best. Fertilize it regularly with a blooming...

House Plants: Swedish Ivy, sunrise side, swedish ivy
sunrise side, swedish ivy, liting: Toni, Why do you feel it needs repotted? What siZe pot is it in now and what size do you propose going to? Let me know and I will advise you on repotting it. As for light an east or west window will be fine. Water it once a week. Fertilize once a month....

House Plants: Swedish Ivy blooms?, plectranthus australis, midday hours
plectranthus australis, midday hours, pot size: Here is what your Swedish ivy (Plectranthus australis) needs to bloom: 1. Lots of very bright light, preferably direct sun early and late in the day and indirect during the midday hours. 2. A tight pot with roots that are quite crowded. 3. Cool winter...

House Plants: Swedish Ivy, swedish ivy, stunted growth
swedish ivy, stunted growth, good luck: Hi Jennie I have no idea why this answer is not going through-it happens every once in a while. I have actually answered this 3 times now and it keeps showing at not answered . Sorry about that! Anyways, it sounds as if maybe the Swedish Ivy is not getting...

House Plants: Sweet Potato houseplant, white stuff, soft spot
white stuff, soft spot, sweet potato: Melinda, If they are not smelly I would give them a few more days. Here are a couple of websites that can help you more than I can. http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/season/feature/famf49jungle/famf49jungle5.html http://www.canadiangardening.com/HTML/kids1...

House Plants: Sweet Potato Plant, sweet potatoe plants, sun porch
sweet potatoe plants, sun porch, potato plant: Amy, Not unless you have a sun porch or greenhouse attached to your house. It makes a wonderful plant outdoors but cannot get enough light indoors. If you have no other choice you can put it in your sunniest location and say a prayer but it may not survive...

House Plants: Sweet potato plant diseased?, fungus problem, potato plant
fungus problem, potato plant, house plants: Hi Janet, If there is no permanent damage to the leaves, then I am confident it is not a fungus, pest, or disease problem. Thus, I don t recommend using a fungicide. Apparently, all you have to do is avoid allowing the plant to get too dry and the problem...

House Plants: Swiss Cheese Plant, swiss cheese plant, monstera deliciosa
swiss cheese plant, monstera deliciosa, rain forest floor: Hi Alex, Monstera deliciosa becomes a rather ungainly plant as it ages and grows. In nature, it is a vining plant that travels along the damp rain forest floor and climbs the damp bark of trees. It is not a plant that wants to stay put in a pot! The...

House Plants: Swiss Cheese Plant, swiss cheese plant, aggie horticulture
swiss cheese plant, aggie horticulture, monstera deliciosa: David, You need to take stem cuttings, including a section of the trunk and 3 leaves, remove the lowest leaf and dip it in rooting hormone then insert the leaf in moist perlite or vermiculite. You can also try an air layering, your cutting has roots...

House Plants: Swiss-cheese philodendron, bright indirect light, sized pot
bright indirect light, sized pot, pot size: Hi Terry, Your Monstera requires lots of bright indirect light. That means it should be within 6 feet of a south window and right in front of a north window. The window should be uncovered throughout the daylight hours. It prefers to stay quite potbound....

House Plants: is it safe to repot orchids?, tropical rain forests, bark chips
tropical rain forests, bark chips, flower pot: Hi Lorna, You probably have a Phalaenopsis orchid. It is perfectly normal for its roots to grow over the sides of the pot. In nature, these Orchids do not grow in the ground. They grow up in trees with their unusual roots attached to the wet tree bark in...

House Plants: sago palm, sago palm, bearer of bad news
sago palm, bearer of bad news, sagos: Sagos are VERY slow growers that require very little attention. Please tell me if the Gravel is just on the top or if it is the main growing medium. If so, we ll have to discuss it. I find it hard to believe a store would GLUE a plant into a pot. Of...

House Plants: sago palm - Cycas revoluta, bright indirect light, sago palm
bright indirect light, sago palm, cycas revoluta: Hi Casey, The loss of an older leaf is not a particular cause for concern. The loss of a new leaf is. Usually this is caused by too little light or too much water. This plant likes bright indirect light and tolerates direct sun. It is not a good low...

House Plants: sago palm houseplant, sago palm, sagos
sago palm, sagos, palm1: Dwight, It is quite common for sagos to produce side shoots. They can be separated from the parent or left in the same pot. Ir depends on your preference. The following site talks about this in depth: http://www.rhapisgardens.com/sagos/sagopups.htm ...

House Plants: sago palm questions, mature fronds, sago palms
mature fronds, sago palms, sago palm: Hi Michele, Those sprouts are new fronds that are emerging from the center of the plant. That is how it grows. They are like fern fronds that gradually unfurl, develop a deeper color and then get pulled more to the horizontal as they age. In a few months,...

House Plants: How much salt to impatients need to be affected?, water ration, tsp
water ration, tsp, science experiment: Hi Dan, I suggest the following dilution rates for your experiment: For the highest concentration, mix a TBSP of salt per cup of water. At the lowest concentration, mix 1/2 tsp per quart of water. Depending on how many pots you have, you can then mix...

House Plants: sanseviera propagation, floralight, horticultural world
floralight, horticultural world, potting soil: Peter, Thank you for the compliment, I am glad I can help you and I appreciate people who want the reasons for plant problems. I neglected to tell you that I think your light system sounds great for propagating the sanseveiria. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: sap under money tree leaves, braided money tree, pests
braided money tree, pests, creed: Hi Betsy, I need a little more detailed information. How many leaves are turning yellow and getting spots? Where are these spots located - lower leaves, upper leaves or all leaves? Is the sap on the undersides of the leaves or is it dripping onto...

House Plants: can i save my dying pachira?, drainage hole, drain tray
drainage hole, drain tray, pachira: Stephanie, If the trunk is soft it is too late, it is rotted from being overwatered. If you get another one it should be moved to a pot with a diameter 2 inches larger than the one it comes in and use cactus soil for the repotting. This will give it...

House Plants: how to save my Hoya?, liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol
liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol, wax plant: Hi Maria, Thank you for the excellent photos. Your Hoya (wax plant) has a pretty serious infestation of aphids. Start by pruning off the long stems that are covered with the aphids. Then mix up a solution of 5 parts water and one part rubbing alcohol...

House Plants: how to save a massangeana cane, massangeana cane, many roots
massangeana cane, many roots, miracle gro: Hi regina First off let me say that your should stop using fertilizer sticks. Aside from the chance of harming roots with the stick when you insert it in the soil they cause concentrated spots of fertilizer that can cause root damage from fertilizer burn....

House Plants: save my money plant, money plant, plant question
money plant, plant question, water sprayer: Scandapsus aureus, called Golden Pothos here in the U.S. but also dubbed the Money Plant , is an easy plant to grow, my friend. Unfortunately, it still has some basic needs. One of them is light. Your plant is not getting enough of it. Although these...

House Plants: can I save my wandering Jew?, drainage holes, wandering jew
drainage holes, wandering jew, watering pot: Hi Alycia, Not only was the bottom-watering pot not a good idea, but at 10 inches it is way too big for starts. All the extra soil absorbs the water and stays wet for too long and causes the roots to gradually rot. Unpot your plant, remove all loose...

House Plants: saving a sweet potato plant, potato vines, brown leaves
potato vines, brown leaves, potato plant: Debbie, My sweet potato vines are in hanging baskets and I keep them on my sunny south facing back porch all winter here in north east IN. It is cool, in the 60 s and drops to the 50 s at night. I keep them on the dry side. Giving each plant about a cup...

House Plants: scale on Ficus Nitida, ficus nitida, neem oil
ficus nitida, neem oil, alcohol mix: Halla, I apologize for my carelessly leaving out scale from my original reply. Brand X works equally well on both scale and mealybug. I hop that clarifies it for you. Will Hi Halla, Are these trees at a commercial account? If so, do you have...

House Plants: scale on houseplant, organic treatment, rubbing alcohol
organic treatment, rubbing alcohol, flea collar: Chris, I have the same problem with 2 scheffs I have and I was recently told to water them then put each in a clear plastic bag and put in a brand new dog flea collar that has been stretched to activate and leave it alone for 4 weeks and when you open it...

House Plants: scale insect infection, part rubbing alcohol, yucca tree
part rubbing alcohol, yucca tree, scale insect: Hi Pat, Yes, Yuccas are another preferred host of scale insects. If the leaves have that tell-tale stickiness on them, it is very likely to be scale insects. I suggest that you treat them right away before the spread further. Scale can be hard to detect....

House Plants: scale on myrtle, liquid dish soap, mr creed
liquid dish soap, mr creed, tiger lily: Hi Julie, Is your Myrtle indoors or outdoors? If it is outdoors, it may have a different type of scale than indoors. If it is indoors, try substituting rubbing alcohol for the oil. Spray it on a small section of the plant and wait a week to be sure that...

House Plants: scale on a plant, tiny crevices, california ftp
tiny crevices, california ftp, outer shell: Hi Chris, Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems and on the undersides of leaves. They don t look like bugs...

House Plants: scale problem on plant, alchahol, outer shell
alchahol, outer shell, hi li: Hi Li, Please read my first reply carefully. The key to success with scale is thoroughness of coverage. You must get complete coverage of ALL leaf and stem surfaces. Alcohol ans soap is effective but only if you get complete coverage. After spraying,...

House Plants: scale on Scheflera plant, tops and bottoms, plant tops
tops and bottoms, plant tops, rubbing alcohol: Larry, By using Q-tips dipped in straight rubbing alcohol and flicking each scale off the leaf. Then fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray the plant, tops and bottoms of all leaves every 3-4 days for 3 weeks to kill any eggs that hatch. You...

House Plants: scale on sago, tiny crevices, sago plant
tiny crevices, sago plant, rubbing alcohol: Hi Carrie, Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly raised, translucent bumps about an eighth of an inch long. They can be found along stems and on the undersides of leaves. They don t look like...

House Plants: scale on schefflera, tiny crevices, tiny probes
tiny crevices, tiny probes, outer shell: Hi Jayne, Scale can be hard to detect. They resemble insects when they are babies, but they are smaller than a pinhead and very hard to see. When they find a suitable site, they insert their tiny probes into the plant tissue and stay there. As adults, these...

House Plants: scale, tiny crevices, tissue surfaces
tiny crevices, tissue surfaces, scale insects: Hi Lori, I don t think you really want to get into a permanent rotation of varying chemical treatments. I am sure you would much prefer to get rid of the scale altogether. I am sure you are dubious after all of your efforts, but stay with me. Imidacloprid...

House Plants: scary plant!, photobucket, strange plant
photobucket, strange plant, plant questions: Hi Jenn, Your plant is a type of Kalanchoe. It is a succulent that can withstand drought, although a year without water certainly is pushing the envelope! It s unusual gangly look is because it has received less than ideal light and because it has never...

House Plants: scheffelera plant, bright indirect light, sized pot
bright indirect light, sized pot, spider mites: Hi Linda, There are several reasons why leaves fall off of Scheffleras. Inadequate light is the most common reason. Scheffleras must have a lot of very bright indirect light and a couple of hours of direct sun doesn t hurt. Repotting is the next most...

House Plants: scheffelera plants, shine products, natural shine
shine products, natural shine, milk water: Hi felicia, Regular cleaning with a damp cloth or paper towel and a monthly shower is usually enough to keep plants looking good. Do not ever use any leaf shine products, they plug up pores and stomata. If you want to use something to bring out the natural...

House Plants: scheffelera tree, leaf drop, repotting
leaf drop, repotting, lowe s: Hi Cindy, There are three factors that are contributing to the leaf drop. The first and most important was the repotting. The second is inadequate light, and the third is normal adjustment to a new location. New plants should never be repotted until...

House Plants: scheffeleras, hawaiian schefflera, skilled gardener
hawaiian schefflera, skilled gardener, plant hormones: Read Pruning Your Hawaiian Schefflera on the Garden Opus website: http://www.gardenopus.com/PruningHawaiianSchefflera.htm where they recommend pruning techniques for this houseplant/shrub: One technique with the lank, unbranched multiple plant specimens...

House Plants: scheffler arboricola umbrella plant, umbrella plant, rooting hormone
umbrella plant, rooting hormone, sunny location: Barbara, Some people root them in water, I have the pest luck rooting them using rooting hormone and cutting off 2/3rd s of each little leaflet then setting the plant in a sunny location. It usually roots in a couple of weeks. They are a little touchy but...

House Plants: scheffler, bright indirect light, soil dries
bright indirect light, soil dries, spider mites: Hi Pat, Scheffleras like lots of bright indirect light for most of the day with a few hours of direct sun; right in front of an east or north facing window is best. Their delicate root systems don t like to be disturbed and do best when quite potbound;...

House Plants: schefflera, schefflera plant, yellow leaves
schefflera plant, yellow leaves, potting soil: Hi Vicky, It is unlikely that providing more light would cause leaf yellowing, but repotting often does. If the repotting was necessary and you did the repotting successfully, then a limited number of yellow leaves would result just from the shock of the...

House Plants: schefflera, drainage holes, drainage hole
drainage holes, drainage hole, plastic pot: Rosemary, I do hope this plant is in a pot with a drainage hole. If not it will be nearly impossible to save it. All plants should be in pots with drainage holes. If you have a decorative pot you want to use you should find a plastic pot that will fit in...

House Plants: schefflera, target plant, insect pests
target plant, insect pests, resistance mechanisms: I am assuming you have not repotted this mature foliage plant? It has not been outside in a decade? Any activity or treatment that varied from its usual routine? Brown spots could any of a number of ailments that afflict this usually troublefree houseplant....

House Plants: schefflera, schefflera, house plants
schefflera, house plants, tender care: Absolutely, positively, you did NOTHING to destroy this Schefflera, Willa. Have your boyfriend write to me and describe the symptoms -- something else is wrong here. Scheffleras are tough, easy plants with few demands. Watering too hot or cold, placing...

House Plants: schefflera, calcium oxalate crystals, cause kidney failure
calcium oxalate crystals, cause kidney failure, sticky resin: First and foremost: You are right to worry about this. In large amounts, Calcium oxalate crystals cause kidney failure and other awful side effects in pets and people. Schefflera is one of many houseplants, unfortunately, with this substance in its veins....

House Plants: schefflera arboricola, fertilizer pellets, houseplant pests
fertilizer pellets, houseplant pests, deposit eggs: Hi Carmen, Plants don t generally like to be moved around. In nature, they put down roots and stay in that location for their entire lives. So every time we move a plant we stress them out somewhat. It is the change in light that will have the greatest...

House Plants: schefflera losing leaves, meijer store, light spectrum
meijer store, light spectrum, artificial lighting: Hi Claire, No draft and sunlight are both pretty important, however if someone was to twist my arm to choose one above the other then I would say no draft. I would choose no draft because there are more options to solve the sunlight problem. Move the plant...

House Plants: my schefflera losing leaves, nb canada, leaf drop
nb canada, leaf drop, cold draft: Hi Rose, Plants will shed their leaves for several reasons. It is normal for plants to drop some of their leaves. It is not normal for plants to suddenly drop leaves in large numbers. This could be caused by an abrupt change, either in light or temperature,...

House Plants: schefflera plant, daylight hours, darlene
daylight hours, darlene, schefflera plant: Sherry, The symptoms indicate that it is not getting enough light and it is getting too much water. Scheffleras love the sun and need as much sun as possible during all daylight hours. It also needs to dry out totally between waterings. Do not water until...

House Plants: schefflera problems, dense soil, scheffleras
dense soil, scheffleras, soil area: Hi there, There are several possible causes of these Schefflera symptoms. The most common cause is root rot. The upper quarter of the soil must dry out in between thorough waterings. If the upper soil area is kept constantly moist, then the roots will rot...

House Plants: schefflera spots, schefflera arboricola, root hairs
schefflera arboricola, root hairs, yellow leaves: Thank you for the photos. The taller Schefflera arboricola looks fine and healthy. A few yellow leaves are normal. The smaller Schefflera is reacting to the soil change. No doubt the root hairs were damaged when the soil was replaced and that is causing...

House Plants: schefflera, scheffleras, light plants
scheffleras, light plants, e mail: Hi Brenda, There are several reasons why this could happen to your Schefflera. First, it must be located pretty close to a sunny window. Scheffleras are not low light plants and drop their leaves quickly in low light. Second, Scheffleras do not like...

House Plants: scheflera arboricola, self watering pot, eastern scotland
self watering pot, eastern scotland, paternal grandmother: Elaine, Scheffs need lots of light and like tp dry out well between waterings. I suspect the self watering pot is the problem. It does not give the roots the dry period they need between waterings. Pour as much water off as possible so it can dry out for...

House Plants: schflerrera or arboricola, arboricola, foot tree
arboricola, foot tree: Do you mean PRUNE the plant? OR, cut it back because it is too tall or leggy? Any way that you cut back is OK for the plant. Try to cut back at branches so the cuts are not too noticeable. If you need further help let me know. So sorry it took me...

House Plants: schlefflera, aggie horticulture, novel ideas
aggie horticulture, novel ideas, potting soil: Linda, It is very difficult to root schefflera cuttings but easy to air layer them off. Air layering instructions are at: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/ornamentals/airlayer/airlayer.html I would not repot it. Scheffs are really healthier...

House Plants: science project, plant leasing, spider plants
plant leasing, spider plants, horrible smell: Hi Johnny I really can t say for sure. The only thing I can think of with the coke is the caffeine. I know that will kill some plants and I am talking from experience, when I did plant leasing and maintenance, there was a office building that constantly...

House Plants: scrawny corn plant, empire state building, corn plant
empire state building, corn plant, dracaenas: Corn Plant? Are we talking about Dracaena fragrans? Please click here: http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/html/DrMassCane.htm for the Denver Plants website and color photograph of Dracaena fragrans aka Corn Plant or in some houses the Corn Tree...

House Plants: second photo, dracaena reflexa, song of jamaica
dracaena reflexa, song of jamaica, corn plant: Heidi, This plant is a Dracaena reflexa or Song of Jamaica . It is a sister plant to the corn plant which is a Dracaena Warneckii. You have not killed either plant. In fact both plants do like to dry out well between waterings. Start watering more regularly...

House Plants: sedum pachyphyllum propagation, merry xmas and happy new year, floralight
merry xmas and happy new year, floralight, sandy soil: Peter, Yes, you sent a picture but I couldn t open it, I need it as a .jpg file. Yes, cutting from succulents including jades and sedum pachyphylums root easily. Take the cuttings and leave them lie on a table for the cut to dry for 48 hours then insert...

House Plants: self-watering pots, self watering pots, capillary action
self watering pots, capillary action, house plants: Hi Karen, If your self-watering pots are working for you and your plants are healthy, then stay with it. There are many different kinds of self-watering pots. Some work better than others and some work better with certain kinds of plants than with others....

House Plants: severe leaf loss, schefflera arboricola, bright indirect light
schefflera arboricola, bright indirect light, umbrella plant: Hi Jayne, Your S. arboricola needs lots of very bright, indirect light all day long. That means it should be right in front of a north or east window or a bit to the side or a few feet back from a west or south window. If you don t get the light right,...

House Plants: severe leaf loss, schefflera arboricola, umbrella plant
schefflera arboricola, umbrella plant, leaf loss: Hi Jayne, There are many possible causes of severe leaf loss with an umbrella plant, but you haven t given me much information so it is hard for me to determine which cause is the issue with your umbrella plant. For starters, there are at least 3 different...

House Plants: shamrock bulbs, medium growth rate, lucky clover
medium growth rate, lucky clover, 4 leaves: Margaret, You should have received a boolet of instructions with them. If you lin in the deep south in zone 8-10 you can plant them outside in the ground. Plant 3-4 apart and 1-2 deep in full to part sun with moist, well drained soil. They grow 10-12...

House Plants: shamrock plant, shamrock plant, shamrock oxalis
shamrock plant, shamrock oxalis, string of pearls: Hi Pat, You are sounding a bit overwhelmed by your plants and that is understandable. You have selected a couple of plants that are more challengingly than most, but a few basics will help you out. First, resist the temptation and conventional advice...

House Plants: shamrocks, periodic rest, rest periods
periodic rest, rest periods, sunny location: Wanda, Shamrocks are bulb plants, like tulips and need periodic rest periods. It is surprising that it did not tae a rest periond for 4 years! The first sign that a plant is entering dormancy is leaf die-back. If this begins to occur, stop watering and...

House Plants: sheeps ear, potted plant, creed
potted plant, creed, irene: Hi Irene, We have an identity problem here because that is not the correct name for your plant. There is a plant commonly called lamb s ear. However even that plant is not used as an indoor potted plant. Apparently you have a different plant that someone...

House Plants: sheffelera, gardeners association, soil line
gardeners association, soil line, master gardeners: Hi Kate, Thank you for the very thorough and well-written description of your Schefflera. That helps me a lot. 1) I am afraid that you are fighting an uphill battle. Evidently most, if not all, of the roots are dead. Certainly all of those that have...

House Plants: sheffelera too big, cold weather, e mail
cold weather, e mail, five feet: Hi Adrienne, Good question! There are two possibilities. The first is to leave it as is and water it more frequently. Roots do not care if they are tightly bound. As long as they get enough water and nutrients all is well. This is a surprisingly simple...

House Plants: sheffelera, dish soap, spider mite
dish soap, spider mite, brassaia actinophylla: Hi William A Schefflera aka Schefflera actinophylla , Brassaia actinophylla or Umbrella Plant is a fairly easy plant to care for. It likes partial, filtered light. A good window with northern exposure will be good. How often you water depends...

House Plants: shefflera, blackish color, arboricola
blackish color, arboricola, creed: Hi Crystal, From your description, it does not sound very promising. However, I do know from experience that people often focus only on the bad and inadvertently paint a picture that is worse than reality. Is it possible for you to email a photo to my address...

House Plants: My shefflera, shefflera, black leaves
shefflera, black leaves, night temperatures: Barb, Black leaves are a sign of not enough light. It needs direct sun, not indirect light. Move it to a sunny location or even put it outdoors in full sun until the night temperatures start dropping below 50 degrees, then it has to go indoors till next...

House Plants: shefflera, tablespoon vegetable oil, spider mites
tablespoon vegetable oil, spider mites, insecticidal soap: Hi Paul, Your problem could have 2 causes. First, Schefflera are very sensitive to changes in light and temperature. Also, you may have waited a little to long to bring it inside. Schefflera do not like temperatures below 65f. The leaf drop will stop once...

House Plants: shefflera, hawaiian schefflera, plant specimens
hawaiian schefflera, plant specimens, air vent: Garden Opus website Pruning Your Hawaiian Schefflera gives illustrated instructions on how to prune your Schefflera specimen to keep it from taking over the house: http://www.gardenopus.com/PruningHawaiianSchefflera.htm They advise: One technique...

House Plants: my shefflera plant, little sun, wasson
little sun, wasson, darlene: Gary, It is not affected by cool unles you are keeping it under 50 degrees in your home. Sheffleras are affected mostly by light and water. They need as much sun as possible. With too little sun their leaves turn black and fall off quickly. Too much...

House Plants: shefflera umbrella plant, plant stems, umbrella plant
plant stems, umbrella plant, soil surface: Brenda, A mushroom growing on a stem is a type of fungal infection. Is it a main trunk? If not I would cut that whole stem off.. If it is a main trunk I would cut as much of the mushroom off as possible and scrape some more off. Then, either way I would...

House Plants: shefflera, hi lauren, correct spelling
hi lauren, correct spelling, stem end: Hi Lauren, It is hard for me to answer your question without more detail. How extensive is the leaf yellowing on your Schefflera? How many leaves are yellowing per week. Are they mostly older (lower) leaves or new ones? Can you e-mail a photo to me at my...

House Plants: sheflera overwatered, bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers
bamboo skewer, bamboo skewers, drainage hole: Sue, The only thing you can do is drain it as much as possible immediately, make sure it is in a pot with a large drainage hole and a drain tray under it. Do not water it again until you can insert a long bamboo skewer into the soil and it comes out dry....

House Plants: sheflera-How to trim it?, shady spot, pruners
shady spot, pruners, bonsai tree: David, They are easy to prune, use sharp pruners or scissors and cut just above where a leaf joins the stalk. Just stand back and look at it to decide which branches need to go to acheive a nice shape. You can cut as much or as little off as you would like....

House Plants: sheflera, staggered heights, inch pot
staggered heights, inch pot, sad sight: Hi Brenda, Your source is correct. Schefflera arboricolas only produce new growth at the ends of stems. So to get growth down low, you have to prune the stems back to the desired height. You might want to cut back a few at a time at monthly intervals...

House Plants: shrivelling dracanea, moist soil, dracaena
moist soil, dracaena, slim chance: Hi Su, If I understand your description correctly, I suspect there is nothing that you can do to save your Dracaena. The fact that is was standing in water for a while, that the soil is not drying out, the stems are shriveling, and that it was being discarded...

House Plants: sick Bangalow palm, bangalow palms, bangalow palm
bangalow palms, bangalow palm, dry soil: Hi Lisa, Thanks for emailing the photos. There are a couple of possibilities here. One is that it may not be getting enough light. These palms really prefer lots of direct sunlight all day long when they are inside. In addition, your days are short right...

House Plants: sick corn plant, corn plants, corn plant
corn plants, corn plant, green leaves: Doug, From the info you gave me I can t tell you what the problems are. It soulds like you could be overwatering it. I can tell you that Corn plants hate to be overwatered and if you water thoroughly once a week is too often. The soil needs to feel very...

House Plants: sick dragon tree, dragon tree, care tags
dragon tree, care tags, dry periods: Shannon, It sounds like it is getting too much water. Who told you to keep the soil moist? It likes to dry out for a few days betweern waterings. When mine is in the house in the summer it gets watered only once a week. It is outdoors right now in a shady...

House Plants: My sick hybiscus, insecticide fungicide, flower buds
insecticide fungicide, flower buds, hybiscus: Hi Mary, Your hibiscus may have a few things going on with it. I would recommend that you use a spray made from neem oil. Garden Safe has a 3 in 1 spray that covers just about everything, it s an insecticide, fungicide and a miticide. This one product should...

House Plants: sick ivy house plant, adequate drainage, outdated notion
adequate drainage, outdated notion, loose soil: Hi Tiffany, The mold that you first saw was a good indication that you were keeping the soil too moist. One thing that Hedera ivies do not tolerate is soil that is too moist or too dry. By the time you saw mold, many of the roots had already been damaged....

House Plants: sick philodendron, root hairs, thick silk
root hairs, thick silk, silk plants: Hi Jodi, I wish you had consulted me before you repotted. I would have advised you not to. Unfortunately, thee is a lot of bad information out there that suggests that regular repotting is essential. In fact, most plants max out in their pot size within...

House Plants: sick plant?, rubber tree plant, brown thumb
rubber tree plant, brown thumb, coffee grounds: Hi Denise, With all due respect to your niece, she was incorrect about adding coffee grounds to your rubber plant. Coffee grounds are very acidic and prevent plants from absorbing nutrients from the soil. This might account for the leaf discoloration. However,...

House Plants: sick plant, dracaena janet craig, corn plant
dracaena janet craig, corn plant, dracaena fragrans: Hi LuAnna, The all green plant is probably a Dracaena fragrans or possibly a Dracaena Janet Craig. The one with white stripes is probably a Dracaena Warneckei. If the leaves are turning black, that is most often an indication of root rot. To be able...

House Plants: sick plants, golden pothos, sense notion
golden pothos, sense notion, plant failure: Hi Jamie, The single most common cause of plant failure is unnecessary repotting. Most folks mistakenly believe that a larger pot with lots of room for the roots is a good thing. Unfortunately, that common sense notion is false. A larger pot keeps the roots...

House Plants: sick ponytail palm, ponytail palm, drain tray
ponytail palm, drain tray, sticky substance: Alison, You have overwatred it and they are rotten. Yes, cut them off immediately. If the bulb is also soft then it is too late but if the bulb is firm it will grow new shoots. Put the plant in the sunniest location possible and only water it once a month...

House Plants: sick rubber tree plant, rubber tree plant, cloudy weather
rubber tree plant, cloudy weather, bad habit: Hi Mary, There is no known life expectancy for any potted plant as there are just too many variables. The average indoor potted plant lives for about three years, but that is a rather meaningless statistic. Twenty years is a long time for a rubber plant...

House Plants: sickly rubber plant, drainage holes, rubber plants
drainage holes, rubber plants, inch pot: Hi Jen, Although rubber plants can withstand 90 degree temps pretty well, the soil may have gotten very dried out and I suspect that is the problem. Once soil gets completely dry, it is often hard to re-wet, which means the plant continues to suffer from...

House Plants: A silly aloe plant!, aloe plant, lily family
aloe plant, lily family, aloes: Hi Jackee, Congratulations on your flowering Aloe. You have waited a long time! If you continue to do what you have been doing and resist any temptation to repot or relocate it, then you may find that it flowers more regularly for you in the future. ...

House Plants: a single stalk plant (houseplant), corn plant, plam tree
corn plant, plam tree, rays of the sun: Hi Charlotte, Yes, there is a plant commonly called corn plant because its leaves look a bit like leaves on a real corn plant. It s botanical name is Dracaena fragrans. It does best in a quite small pot located close to a window but out of reach of the...

House Plants: a slow growing rubber plant, rubber plant, liquid plant
rubber plant, liquid plant, plant questions: Hi Salih, Your rubber plant is not getting enough light. It does not need protection from direct sun. In fact, some direct sun each day would be good for it. So open up those curtains every day because light is the key determinant of healthy new growth....

House Plants: small, easy houseplant, purple wandering jew, african violets
purple wandering jew, african violets, clay pots: Judy, Your ideas are excellent, coleus and wandering jew would be the right colors if you use that greenhouse so they get plenty of light. My first thought was African violets which you could grow from leaf cuttings but they probably would not be in bloom...

House Plants: small houseplant, easy to grow, purple wandering jew, african violets
purple wandering jew, african violets, plant pots: use cuttings. try wandering jew(zebrina transendentia) or purple passion(purple w/orange flowers-flower stinks somewhat). both are easy to root from cuttings. use the greenhouse for better results. place plastic bags over the plant pots to increase humidity...

House Plants: small leaves of a Maranta, liquid fertilizer, inch pot
liquid fertilizer, inch pot, indoor plants: Hi Raluca, Thank you for supplying such detailed information. Now I can give you a detailed reply. The Internet is a wonderful source of misinformation in regard to potted indoor plants. I recognize all of the things you have been told about your Maranta...

House Plants: small palm, pot size, stalks
pot size, stalks, detailed description: Hi Lainey, There are many different kinds of palms with very different needs. I cannot diagnose the problem without knowing just what kind (species) of palm you have. If you can-e-mail a photo to me (use my address below), I can ID it for you and also diagnose...

House Plants: small phlox 3months old light brown on tips of leafs spreading, brown discoloration, bob robinson
brown discoloration, bob robinson, phlox: Bob, Phlox is not a houseplant and if you are keeping it in the house that is the problem, it is not getting enough light and not getting the temperature drops at night and the breezes that it needs. It should be outdoors in the ground or at least in a...

House Plants: small white worms in plants, white worms, drip dry
white worms, drip dry, potting mix: Hi Julianne, The worms are coming with the soil that you are using. I suggest that you use a sterilized, soilless, peat-based potting mix in the future. Even better, don t repot your plants unless absolutely necessary! Plants prefer to be moderately potbound...

House Plants: smashed peace lily, bright indirect light, peace lily
bright indirect light, peace lily, new leaves: Hi Becky, If the leaf stems were creased quite close to the soil, then it is only a matter of time before they wither and die. So you did the right thing. As long as the roots have not been abused, then you should get some new growth emerging from the...

House Plants: Does the snake plant flower?, snake plants, snake plant
snake plants, snake plant, soil level: Hi Dwight, Snake plants definitely flower when kept moderately potbound and given good light. The tiny flowers do look a bit like cauliflower. They are attached to a long flower stem that grows to about a foot tall. Please let me know if any of this...

House Plants: soil additives, soil additives, soil drainage
soil additives, soil drainage, sensitive plants: Hi Nikki The best alternative to perlite is small styroform bits that look just like perlite. A lot of commerical nurseries use this instead of perlite. The drawback is that it is hard to find. Perlite usually does not release enough fluoride into the soil...

House Plants: soil for Bromeliad family, miracle grow potting soil, peat moss
miracle grow potting soil, peat moss, orchid mix: Hello Vicky, You have a few chouses in front of you here. Odds are that if it was in a pot with an orchid what you have is an epiphytic species of bromeliad. So its roots dont really serve any purpose other than to anchor it to something. If you want...

House Plants: soil fungus, house plants, house plant
house plants, house plant, generic versions: Carolyn, Did the commercial house plant fungicide make it go away for even a breif amount of time? Do you have a swamp near you? I suspect you could get rid of it but it keeps coming backfrom an outside source and will not go away until it has run it...

House Plants: soil pests, moth balls, soil pests
moth balls, soil pests, quality soil: Hi Tina, It is unlikely that the worms will damage your palm. However, they do indicate that the grower did not use quality soil and take proper precautions in growing your plant. So you may other problems, as well. If the worms are mostly on the surface,...

House Plants: Some sort of tree???, wood texture, varieties of trees
wood texture, varieties of trees, darlene: Danielle, I noticed you rated me very low without even giving me a chance to identify your tree from a picture. Your description is vague and bonsai is an art that includes hundreds of varieties of trees. A picture is the only way any expert could identify...

House Plants: spaphilphium, epsom salts, barbara leslie
epsom salts, barbara leslie, root rot: Hi Barbara Well, it is possible to overwater a spath. How long have you had your plant? Overwatering can cause root rot . This is where there is more water than what the plant requires, so it sits in the roots and after awhile, they begin to rot. This...

House Plants: spath w/fungus!!, fungus spores, chemical fungicide
fungus spores, chemical fungicide, white fungus: Hi Cynthia, If the white stuff is hard and crusty , then it is mineral deposits that have built up in the soil. In that case, scrape it off and use distilled or filtered water to water your peace lily. If the white stuff is soft and squishy, then it...

House Plants: My spathiphyllum, spathiphyllum care, mail request
spathiphyllum care, mail request, peace lily: Hi Diana, I am not sure what your question is here. Perhaps you are seeking a copy of my article on peace lily (Spathiphyllum) care. If so, send your e-mail request to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com and I will then have your address to send you the...

House Plants: spathiphyllum, peace lily, facing window
peace lily, facing window, adequate water: Viki, This is one of the few plants that I do not put outdoors ever. They do not like the sun, they need bright light but no sun and wind can really tear them up. Mine stays about 2 meters from a large south facing window that has no covering. The window...

House Plants: spathiphyllum plant, drain tray, drain hole
drain tray, drain hole, darlene: Ann, I have some questions and you will have to answer to my private email because I have had all the questions for today so this system will not allow you to answer here. My private email is plantlady6@yahoo.com. Is this plant in a pot with a drain hole...

House Plants: spathiphyllum plant, peace lily, white lilies
peace lily, white lilies, leaf tips: Hi Darlene, Is it just the leaf tips that are turning brown? If so, then that could be caused by keeping the soil a bit too moist. Try this. The next time you would ordinarily water your peace lily, don t water it. Instead check it daily for signs of...

House Plants: spathiphyllum, peace lily, soil surface
peace lily, soil surface, cold temperatures: Hi Verlene, The black leaves could be caused by inadequate light or improper watering or cold temperatures. You didn t describe any of these conditions, so I cannot say which it is. Peace lilies do best in very bright, but indirect light, such as right...

House Plants: spathyphyllums that wilt quickly, stained glass windows, church auditorium
stained glass windows, church auditorium, darlene: Dale, If the light isn t bright enough on a sunny day (without lights on) for your hand to cast a good shadow then it is not a bright enough location for any plant to grow. Have you considered moving the plants to a lobby area in front of a window when...

House Plants: species of plant, oxalis deppei, shamrock plant
oxalis deppei, shamrock plant, purple foliage: Hi Maria It sounds as if your friend has a Shamrock Plant aka Good Luck Plant or Oxalis Deppei . The Shamrock is actually a bulb and is mostly sold around St. Patricks Day. They come in colors of green, red or purple foliage or leaflets . They do...

House Plants: spider mites!, jasmine plants, spider mites
jasmine plants, spider mites, spray droplets: Hi Stacey, For complex reasons, spider mites favor certain plant species over others. Many flowering plants fall into the delicious category for the sucking spider mites. Spider mites are very tiny and they look like dust particles to the naked eye,...

House Plants: spider mites on angel trumpet plants, angel trumpet plants, black beetles
angel trumpet plants, black beetles, systemic insecticide: Spidermites -- Tetranychus urticae -- are the perfect illustration of that S. A. T. word, UBIQUITOUS. Because every Winter, they re everywhere, on everything. It s not a matter of IF your other plants get Spidermites. It s a matter of WHEN. I have...

House Plants: spider mites- follow up, castile soap, spider mites
castile soap, spider mites, schefflera: Hi Adrienne, That doesn t sound like my advice. Let me make a few corrections. There is no advantage to using cold water. Any soap will work fine. The key is not sporadic treatment, but one or two very thorough spray-drenching with the soap spray. You...

House Plants: spider mites on gardenia, gardenia care, spider mites
gardenia care, spider mites, gallon pot: Bottom-watering has many benefits, but I don t think I have ever recommended it for Gardenia watering. Reason being, Gardenias need high humidity. Without a LOT of moisture in the air, the leaves drop and the plant fails. These are MADE for the kind of...

House Plants: spider mites or mealy bugs, room temperature water, dragon trees
room temperature water, dragon trees, dish detergent: Miriam, Spider mites are tiny spiders that are so tiney you need a strong magnifying glass to see them and they create fine webs over part of the plant that you can only see in bright light. Mealy bugs are soft yellow creatures that wrap themselves in bits...

House Plants: spider mites?, dwarf schefflera, good morning sun
dwarf schefflera, good morning sun, spider mites: Hi Stuey, Spider mites are not generally described as small brown spots nor do they create small brown spots or leave leaves looking eaten. If you suspect spider mites, look on the undersides of the leafs for tiny dust-like particles smaller than the...

House Plants: spider plant, drainage holes, spider plants
drainage holes, spider plants, water spider: Hi Michelle, Provide lots of bright light, very close to a sunny window. Good light is most important and the ket to success. Water thoroughly whenever the soil surface feels dry. Pour water in slowly until a little starts to trickle through the drainage...

House Plants: spider plant, yucca cane, room humidifier
yucca cane, room humidifier, spider plants: Hi Dwight, I appreciate your efforts to find a solution for your ailing spider plants, but all of these changes are aggravating the situation. Plants are not used to being moved about and each change forces them to try to adapt and each adaptation takes...

House Plants: spider plant, drain tray, spider plant
drain tray, spider plant, darlene: Colleen, Stop watering it! You are overwatering it and it is rotting. Set it in the sink without the drain tray and let it drain as much as possible. Then put it in the sunniest location possible, outside in full sun would be great. Dry it out then do...

House Plants: spider plant, fibrous roots, outdoor plants
fibrous roots, outdoor plants, spider plant: Hi Tricia, Wait until the fibrous roots get about 1 inch long, they they should root really easy and really quickly once you put them in fresh soil. I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information please don t hesitate to ask....

House Plants: my spider plant has not had any babys, spider plants, spider plant
spider plants, spider plant, air circulation: Hi Gina, If your spider plant is outside on your porch in good light and air circulation and it only needs water every other week, then it is either 1) Not getting enough light 2) In a pot that is too large or 3) Getting too dry between waterings. To...

House Plants: spider plant with yellowing leaves, spider plants, aquarium water
spider plants, aquarium water, yellow leaves: Hi Dwight, You have lots of good questions and lots of not-so-good advice. It s quite common for spider plants to lose some of their older leaves as they adapt to a new environment. New growth will be better suited to their new location and should be...

House Plants: My spider plant, inch pot, spider plant
inch pot, spider plant, offshoots: Sabrina, Well, I hope there was also fresh soil in the pot! Yes that is exactly what I would do. Fertilize once a month and do not repot and they should have babies in 12 - 18 months. Probably closer to 12. They will not send out babies until they are mature...

House Plants: spider plants, arrowhead plant, scale insects
arrowhead plant, scale insects, spider plants: Hi there, Spider plants most commonly get infestations of scale insects, but you didn t indicate that so I cannot be sure. If that is what you are treating, then you should add some rubbing alcohol to the soap spray (1 part alcohol to 5 parts soapy water)....

House Plants: spider plants, spider plants, moist soil
spider plants, moist soil, mother plant: Hi Melissa, Don t worry, there is almost no way you can damage the mother plant when you remove baby plants. You can cut the chord to which the baby is attached at any point. Most people do it so that there is not much chord stub showing, but it really...

House Plants: spider plants, brown specks, spider plants
brown specks, spider plants, plant leaves: Any other symptoms on this plant, Lora? How long have you had it, and do you see any dots or brown specks or other symptoms on the leaves? How often are you watering it? You could be doing too much, or not enough. Please let me know. I can help you...

House Plants: spider plants, poisonous house plants, chlorophytum comosum
poisonous house plants, chlorophytum comosum, spider plants: Adrianne, I consulted several poisonous house plants lists online and I could not find spider plant or Chlorophytum comosum, it s latin name on any of the lists. I had them in my house when my children were young and they are now 34 and 31 and just fine....

House Plants: spiral bamboo, lucky bamboo plants, poor water quality
lucky bamboo plants, poor water quality, plant questions: Hi Kathy, Once the stems start to turn yellow, rot has set in and there is nothing you can do to stop it except to cut off the yellow part before it continues to spread. And that doesn t always work. Changing the water frequently will sometimes prevent...

House Plants: spiral bamboo, indirect sunlight, bamboo plant
indirect sunlight, bamboo plant, house plants: Hi Judy, Just so you are aware, your spiral bamboo is not really a bamboo. It is a Dracaena cutting that is rooting in water. From your brief description of the symptoms, it is not clear just what the problem is. (If you want to e-mail a photo to me...

House Plants: split leaf philodendron / monstrosa deliciosa? (sp?), miracle grow potting soil, fish emulsion
miracle grow potting soil, fish emulsion, rich soil: Heck why not try both. It sounds like it has nitrogen lock to me. That is when the soil is too acidic and the plant can no longer take up nitrogen. At the very least you should repot. Taking cuttings would not be a bad idea. Just in case it does not...

House Plants: split leaf plant, south sun, leaf plant
south sun, leaf plant, wholes: Dear A.Hamilton, You didn t say how much water you gave it when you watered it once a month for the last 3 months? In any case it is in way too big a pot unless it is a huge plant. It should be in a pot about half that size. Houseplants like to be somewhat...

House Plants: splitleaf philodendron, doris brown, leaf tip
doris brown, leaf tip, brown leaf: Hi Doris, Brown leaf tips on your Philodendron are not a cause for serious concern. There are several possible causes. Allowing the soil to get too dry between waterings. You might want to try watering a day or two sooner and see if that makes a difference....

House Plants: splitleaf philodendron, insult to injury, facing window
insult to injury, facing window, philodendron: Vickie, You have severely overpotted it, you should never move a plant to a pot with a diameter more than 2 inches larger than the old pot and you should only repot in the spring. Then you added insult to injury and have overwatered it and the roots are...

House Plants: splitting a multi "trunk" Lace tree philodendron, aggie horticulture, new roots
aggie horticulture, new roots, potting soil: Jim, You have 3 options: 1. Just take a very large knife and cut down through the rootball cutting it in sections with at least 1 trunk in each section. Then pot each section in a separate pot with good potting soil that you have addded extra perlite...

House Plants: spring water, copper molybdenum, calcium magnesium
copper molybdenum, calcium magnesium, tiny quantities: Hi Ashlea, The problem here is that there is no precise definition of the content of spring water. Presumably it came from a spring somewhere, but the mineral content of the spring water will vary greatly from one region to another. Short of having the...

House Plants: starting a piece from a piece, inch pot, new roots
inch pot, new roots, potting soil: Carlynn, When you start cuttings in water the roots have a different texture than roots in soil do and cuttings frequently die when you make the change from water to soil. It woulld be best if you do not leave it in water for more than a week. Miracle Grow...

House Plants: stem rooting, e mail address, rooting cuttings
e mail address, rooting cuttings, stem cuttings: Hi Sheila, I am not aware of a software program written specifically about rooting stem cuttings. I don t think that there is all that much to it that would warrant its own program. I have written an article on propagation that includes sections on rooting...

House Plants: stephanotis plant question, stephanotis plant, moist loamy soil
stephanotis plant, moist loamy soil, seed pod: Genie, It is a fruit or seed pod. Good job, those fruit don t always set well. Fresh seed are easy to germinate, the pods are ripe when they begin to yellow and shrink a bit. They will eventually split open, but by then the seed are dormant. You need to...

House Plants: sticky aloe plant, liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol
liquid dish soap, part rubbing alcohol, aloe plant: Hi Jen, The sticky stuff is called honeydew. It is produced by both mealybugs and scale insects. Aloes are often infested by either of these plant pests. Mealybugs look like tiny bits of white cotton and appear in the crevices where the individual...

House Plants: sticky boston fern, boston ferns, boston fern
boston ferns, boston fern, soap solution: Hi Marianna, Your fern has a scale infestation. Unfortunately, scale is very hard to treat on Boston ferns because the fronds are so sensitive to handling and to various sprays, even non-toxic ones. On option would be to cut off all of the fronds at...

House Plants: sticky house plants, pest infestations, scale insect
pest infestations, scale insect, house plants: Hi Sharon, I suspect your plants have either a scale insect or a mealybug infestation. If you have a lot of stickiness in many locations, then the infestation is pretty severe. I know how discouraging pest infestations can be. However, they can be treated...

House Plants: sticky leaves on my jasmine, plant questions, e mail
plant questions, e mail, jasmine: Hi Tammy, If you prune first, you will have a lot less spray drenching to do. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. If you would like to e-mail me some photos, I may be able to provide some additional insights....

House Plants: sticky leaves, spider mite, bamboo palm
spider mite, bamboo palm, sticky fluid: Hi Ingrid, Have you checked for spider mite or aphids? It really sounds as if there is some type of a pest on your plants. Aphids will produce what is called honeydew , which is a sticky sap type substance. Check for small webs in the leaf brackets. ...

House Plants: sticky radermachera plant, scale insects, mealy bugs
scale insects, mealy bugs, time jane: Hi Jane, The stickiness is a sign that your China doll has an infestation of either scale insects or mealy bugs. Mealybugs look like tiny bits of white cotton. Scale insects look like slightly raised, small bumps attached to the leaves and stems, often...

House Plants: sticky schefelera, scale insects, alcolol
scale insects, alcolol, warm climate: Barbara, Where do you live? Are you in a warm climate? Do you have a yard with a sunny patio or deck? I m sure that your schefflera has scale. If you look on the backsides of the leave you will find little bumps attached to the leaves. They can be...

House Plants: Where are the stigmas on spider-plants, and what do the fruits look like?, spider plants, seed pod
spider plants, seed pod, sticky pads: Hi there, This is a bit outside my area of expertise (houseplants) and more in the department of Botany. However, I do know that Spider plants (Chlorophytum) are self-pollinating. The fruit that you refer to is the seed pod. Remove it and let it dry before...

House Plants: stratification, maple seeds, transplant seedlings
maple seeds, transplant seedlings, plastic zipper: Andrea, Stratification just means being cold for a time period. They should be in the refrigerator, not the freezer. A friend of mine is an expert at germinating Japanese maple seeds. Following you will find his instructions. Acer palmatum seed is notorious...

House Plants: streptocarpella, facing window, water pitcher
facing window, water pitcher, hanging basket: Sarah, The spots are from watering your plant with cold water. Use slightly warm water or let the water pitcher sit in the sun for a couple of hours before using it. Yes, remove the brown twiggish things. Aren t those flowers beautiful! Enjoy your...

House Plants: streptocarpella, jane jane, plant food
jane jane, plant food, fleas: Jane, Sounds like a form of green caterpillar. A very effective treatment for this would be Sevin. Sevin comes in the form of a dust. I think this is the only form it is available in. However, it is fairly safe to use. Some people even use Sevin dust...

House Plants: streptocarpella, african violet, basket plant
african violet, basket plant, winter thanks: Jeanette, Below is an article from the university of Arkansas. My suggestion would be that the plant used a lot more water in the summer than it does now. I feel you are keeping it too moist. It had more sun and wind and was growing more during the summer...

House Plants: streptocarpella, light buld, mini blinds
light buld, mini blinds, flowering plant: Bonnie, It is best situated in a bright location where it gets good light but not direct sun. So, your north window is okay as long as the drapes or mini blinds are open all day and as long as it is not shaded by another building or a tree. If it is shaded...

House Plants: string of beads, cactus soil, plant blooms
cactus soil, plant blooms, string of beads: Candice, Yes, all parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Do not allow pets or children to nibble on this beautiful plant. Stem cuttings are easy to propagate, just cut stem near a node, dip them in rooting hormone and stick the cuttings into a sandy...

House Plants: no subject, violet pots, sunny windowsill
violet pots, sunny windowsill, african violets: Hi, Debbie: It sounds very much like the bottom leaves are shriveling up due to being too dry. I know it can be like walking a tight rope when watering violets! I once had the same problem with mine. If you have a lot of violets, like me, it is almost a part-time...

House Plants: succulent, hens and chicks, strawberry pot
hens and chicks, strawberry pot, little chick: Hello Patricia, Hens and Chicks is a common name shared by two of my favorite succulents, sempervivum and echeveria along with a few others. There are some pretty big differences between all these plants but in terms of propagation they are all similar...

House Plants: succulent question, inch pot, sandy soil
inch pot, sandy soil, potting soil: Patricia, Your chalk rose is also known as an Echeveria lilancina. Allow the broken piece to dry for 4 days then insert it in a 2 inch pot of soil that is 2 parts sand and 1 part part potting soil. Set it in the sunniest window you have and water it lightly....

House Plants: succulent, strawberry pot, little chick
strawberry pot, little chick, mother plant: Hi Patricia, There are several plants that are commonly called hen and chicks. Most do not have arms attaching the mother plant to the baby offset. Consequently, I think it would be best if you could e-mail a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com...

House Plants: succulents, pot size, soil consistency
pot size, soil consistency, air circulation: Hi Sandy, Either location would be okay for your succulents, although if they are outside, they should be in light shade rather than direct sun. It is hard to provide any set number of days between waterings without knowing soil consistency, pot size,...

House Plants: suggestion of plants for beginner, zz plant, house plants
zz plant, house plants, green thumb: Hi Karla, The easiest plant is a ZZ Plant, if you can find one. It can survive in very bright light or in relatively low light. It never needs to be repotted or fertilized. It doesn t require misting. And it only need to be watered every 3 to 4 weeks. In...

House Plants: suporting an anthurium, anthurium, green house
anthurium, green house, creed: Hi Wade, It is unusual for an Anthurium to require any support if it is growing in the bright light that it requires to be healthy. If you can email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com, then I can see what you are seeing and may be able to...

House Plants: I have a swedish ivy and also..., swedish ivy, hard water
swedish ivy, hard water, bathroom window: Hi Sylvia, If the new growth is a healthy green color, then I am not sure that your hard water is a problem. It is quite normal for older leaves to gradually fade in color and die back as the stems become longer and longer. If a stem gets more pale leaves...

House Plants: sweet potato plant, potato plant, sunny location
potato plant, sunny location, tropical plant: Hi Nicole, Your sweet potato is a tropical plant and will do just fine indoors if you have a sunny location to keep it. You may want to consider pruning it back some before you move it inside just to make it easier for you. Please let me know if any...

House Plants: syngonium, genetic anomaly, excess minerals
genetic anomaly, excess minerals, moist soil: Hi Pat, A few distorted or discolored leaf tips are not indicative of a serious problem. A slight watering lapse, some excess minerals in the water, a brief cold draft, aging or a genetic anomaly can all cause this symptom. But if only a few leaves are...

House Plants: Tag is in Japanese, feng shui elements, freshwater swamps
feng shui elements, freshwater swamps, feng shui principles: Teresa, How wonderful to live in Japan. I love bonsai and would love to visit Japan. Pachira Aquatica is the Latin name of your new plant. It is also known as Money tree. It is an interesting plant that appears to be easy to grow. It grows naturally...

House Plants: Tall jade plant problems, jade plant, afternoon sun
jade plant, afternoon sun, window sill: Chris, Do not water it until it has been bone dry for 3-5 days. Mine gets water every 2 weeks this time of year. I have had this problem at times with jades. The answer is a combination of steps you can take. You should move it to where it will get more...

House Plants: Tea Rose (shaping?), grandiflora roses, long stemmed roses
grandiflora roses, long stemmed roses, blue ribbons: Sorry, Tina. If there s one thing a Tea Rose won t ever win, it s a beauty contest. Teas were developed for ugliness. Long, scraggly, upright form is their forte. Thorny, long-stemmed Roses win those Blue Ribbons and look so pretty in a vase. I know...

House Plants: Tea Rose, tea roses, plant questions
tea roses, plant questions, e mail: Hi Tina, Tea roses often do not do well indoors because they require lots of direct sun throughout most of the day. A tall, leggy look is the result of lack of light. There is no substitute for light, so don try to remedy the problem by using fertilizer...

House Plants: Tell me abouy braided money tree please, bright indirect light, braided money tree
bright indirect light, braided money tree, specimen plant: Linda, Another rarity in the houseplant world, Pachira aquatica is a slightly bizarre plant that is generally sold as three or more stems that have been plaited together to form a single trunk. Out of this trunk grows large leaves composed of 6-9 leaflets....

House Plants: Terrarium Plants, polka dot plant, venus flytrap
polka dot plant, venus flytrap, terrarium plants: Hi Trena, For your terrarium, you want to use plants that like a humid environment, moderately low light, and grow slowly and don t get too large. Some good possibilities include most ferns - table fern, maidenhair fern, rabbits foot fern - Spathiphyllum...

House Plants: Thanksgiving Cactus Dropping Stems, thanksgiving cactus, heat vent
thanksgiving cactus, heat vent, thanksgiving christmas: Scott, I have several of each and sometimes I think they are just touchy. Mine have went droopy for no reason, dropped leaves, etc. If I were you I would try to move it to a south window if possible. And, since you have only been watering it once a month...

House Plants: Thanksgiving cactus dropping stems, thanksgiving cactus, holiday cacti
thanksgiving cactus, holiday cacti, wholesale flower: Hi Scott, From your description, you seem to be doing everything right with your holiday cactus. It is quite common for holiday cacti to sag a bit and drop off some of their segments at this time of year, particularly after a a prolific flowering period....

House Plants: Thrips on Ficus tree, ficus trees, ficus tree
ficus trees, ficus tree, pea pods: Hi Katharine, Ficus trees, most of which are grown in Florida, are experiencing a major infestation of thrips. Quality growers treat their trees so that this is not a problem. Big box stores often do not purchase their trees from quality growers. Thrips...

House Plants: Ti Trees, new roots, ti tree
new roots, ti tree, eastern indiana: Melanie, It is not possible to put the plant back on top of the cane it came off of. That cane is no longer growing. It may have side shoots coming out lower on the trunk but the top of the trunk is dead. Your new plant that is now very healthy has it s...

House Plants: Tickle Me (Sensitive) Plants (mimosa pudica), peat pellets, soil dries
peat pellets, soil dries, inch pots: Hi Mark, You have provided a great learning experience for your students! How old are they? Mimosa pudica is commonly called sensitive plant because the foliage closes and droops at the slightest touch. It is also sensitive to improper care! Bright...

House Plants: Tillandsia ionantha, sphagnum moss, pink blush
sphagnum moss, pink blush, mist machine: Hi Danny, The two Tillandsia ionantha that you referenced have the same cultural requirements, as they are simply slightly different varieties of the same species. T. ionantha like lots of bright light with at least some direct sun each day. The more...

House Plants: Tillandsia Cyanea, tillandsia cyanea, indirect sunlight
tillandsia cyanea, indirect sunlight, real flowers: Hi Elaine, Your Tillandsia is sometimes called Pink Quill. The pink plume is a bract and the purple flowers are the real flowers that open a couple at a time. Tillandsia cyanea does best in bright indirect sunlight with a few hours of direct sun. An...

House Plants: Tillandsia care, staghorn ferns, adequate nutrients
staghorn ferns, adequate nutrients, marketing gimmicks: Hi Chloe, I couldn t really see the ceramic base in the photo. Can you simply break the ceramic and liberate it that way? Otherwise, can you use a sharp knife or razor blade to separate the roots from the base? Am I missing something here? Regards,...

House Plants: Tiny black ants, black ants, insect pests
black ants, insect pests, scale insects: Hi Sandy, Ants are often attracted to plants that have been infested with scale insects, mealybugs or aphids, all of which secrete a sticky substance called honeydew. It is this honeydew that attracts the ants. Have you noticed any stickiness on the...

House Plants: Tiny white bugs in soil of rubber tree, fungus gnats, rubber tree plant
fungus gnats, rubber tree plant, turkey baster: Lori, The are the larval stage of fungus gnats and the yellow is mold. They are there because the plant is being overwatered. Even when the surface of the soil feels dry there is a lot of moisture lower in the pot. The ultimate solution is to allow the...

House Plants: Tips of leaves turning brown, soggy soil, diamond ray
soggy soil, diamond ray, brown leaf: Michael, These plants need bright enough light that you could read a newspaper sitting where they do, but no direct son. The brown leaf tips and edges are generally the result of being watered too much. They need to get pretty dry betweenn waterings...

House Plants: Tips of leaves turning brown, spider plants, facing window
spider plants, facing window, spider plant: Jim, Spider plants are notorius for that problem and it has 2 causes. First, it is probably being overwatered. The soil should dry well between waterings. Secondly, it is a reaction to dry air. Increase the humidity in the room and cut back on the water...

House Plants: Toddlers Destroyed Plant, aggie horticulture, dracaena marginata
aggie horticulture, dracaena marginata, dragon tree: Hello Tiffany, No worries at all here. If what you have is indeed a Madagascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) it ll be fine. You could hack the top clean off the plant and it d grow new leaves. It won t require any special care at all other than being...

House Plants: Tomato plants, tomato plants, tomato plant
tomato plants, tomato plant, indoor plants: Hi Colleen, My expertise is limited to indoor plants and tomatos are not commonly grown indoors because they need lots of direct sunlight. I can only tell you that tomato plants will grow much more rapidly in very bright light and much more slowly in reduced...

House Plants: Top Heavy Aloe Vera, aloe vera plant, inch pot
aloe vera plant, inch pot, light soil: HI Felicity, Pantyhose has its place, but not on plants! Aloes that are healthy and growing vigorously do tend to become top-heavy. When grown outdoors in the ground, the stems are much thicker and stronger. But there is nothing to prevent this problem...

House Plants: Top heavy Palms, plant palm, tropical desert
plant palm, tropical desert, palm type: Lynn, I suspect that your plants are dracaena marginata. Check the following site and see if you agree: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=dracaena+marginata++&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi If not I need a picture to help you identify it. Send the...

House Plants: Topiary Ivy, bright indirect light, spider mites
bright indirect light, spider mites, ivies: Hi Brad, First, don t repot your topiaries because they do best when pot bound. Topiary ivies need the same care as regular ivies. Keep the soil moist, but not constantly wet, watering when the top half-inch of soil is dry. Provide lots of bright indirect...

House Plants: TRANSPLANTING POINSETTIAS, gonzales louisiana, sunny location
gonzales louisiana, sunny location, christmas time: Rebecca, Poinsettias are from Mexico. They need to be in a sunny location. Once you dig a hole and plant it in the ground you only need to water if it is very dry, however they can t stand frost so if you get frost in your area I would leave it in a pot...

House Plants: TROPIC SNOW DIEFFENBACHIA, miracle grow potting soil, liquid fertilizer
miracle grow potting soil, liquid fertilizer, good soil: Hi Violet, I have answered several questions for you. I would appreciate your taking a minute to give me a rating in return. Thanks, Will Hi Violet, I am sorry that I didn t pick up sooner on your water meter use. Water meters are notoriously...

House Plants: Transfering plants from indoor to outdoors, sun loving plants, banana plants
sun loving plants, banana plants, jasmine plant: Dear Habdu, I beleive in putting plants outdoors for the summer and most of mine are. They benefit from the wind, the rain, and the incresed sun. In the summer the sun is higher in the sky so you do not get as much sun in south facing windows as you do...

House Plants: Translate English phrase to Latin, english phrase, julius caesar
english phrase, julius caesar, botanical names: Hi Kayleigh, I think your question got misdirected to me. I am an indoor plant expert with some knowledge of Latinized botanical names and a smattering of Latin recollection from years ago in high school. How about, Veni, vidi, vici? Just kidding that...

House Plants: Transpiration and Humidity Levels, plant transpiration, humidity levels
plant transpiration, humidity levels, indoor plants: Hi Steve, Yes, transpiration (the passage of water up through the roots and out from the leaves) does incrase as temps rise and humidity drops. So that often means that indoor plants do use more water in winter than in summer. That seems counterintuitive,...

House Plants: Transplanting a Coffea arabica, coffea arabica, peat moss
coffea arabica, peat moss, inch pot: Hi Ben, Thanks for the photo. That makes my job a lot easier and my answers a lot more accurate. From the photo and your description, it does seem that your coffee plant is ready for a larger pot, one that is 5 or 6 inches in diameter. Use a potting...

House Plants: Transplanting our gardenia, daytona beach florida, gardenia plant
daytona beach florida, gardenia plant, mainland side: Jayn, First, I am also a former Realtor, have you sold the house? If you have you cannot legally move the gardenia bush without getting the buyers permission. It is part of the landscaping and attached to the property. If you move it without permission...

House Plants: Transplanting to larger pot, plant stress, dormant period
plant stress, dormant period, sure what kind: Hi Susanlee, Unnecessary repotting is the most common cause of unhealthy plants. Ivy in particular really does not like to be in a pot that is too big. Signs that a plant is in need of repotting is a constant demand for water, slowed or stopped growth and...

House Plants: Transporting a dumbcane, dumbcane, twist ties
dumbcane, twist ties, tie wire: Tricia, Put the pot in a large plastic bag and twist tie it around the base of the plant. Then take a sheet or heavy paper and carefully wrap the top portion of the plant carefully folding the leaves up so they don t get damaged. Fasten the sheet or paper...

House Plants: Transporting a Jade Plant, jade plant, good luck
jade plant, good luck, alot: Mike, Your plant must be kept in a heated part of a vehicle if you are moving through an area with temperatures below 55 degrees. To do that you either need to get a larger vehicle or cut your jade back to a size that you can get in your van. Good luck....

House Plants: Treating mites with soap, potassium salts, spider mites
potassium salts, spider mites, insecticidal soaps: Please tell me what you found lacking in my answer to you? Will Creed Potassium salts of fatty acids is what the label lists as the active ingredient on Safer s Insecticidal Soap. However, regular liquid soap works just as well. The soap spreads over...

House Plants: Treating pests on gardenia bonsai?, black bugs, rubbing alcohol
black bugs, rubbing alcohol, neem oil: Carla, specs Your specs are aphids. Either get some Neem oil (a natural product) at a Garden Center such as Lowes and follow the directiohns on the bottle or use rubbing alcohol straight out of the bottle in a spray bottle and spray them. You will...

House Plants: Treatment of Palms, tops and bottoms, areca palm
tops and bottoms, areca palm, rubbing alcohol: Gene, Scale are insects and because of the warmer weather seem to be getting worse than ever before. I live in northern Indiana so i am not that far. If you want to try a quick fix for the ficus that is a little chancier but if you are keeping it in the...

House Plants: Tree, yucca plant, 2 quarts
yucca plant, 2 quarts, sunrise to sunset: Dear Kthiele, Your plant is a yucca plant. It is a desert plant and needs lots of sun, very little water , and sandy soil. The sprout is just a side shoot and it is trying to survive. It appears to have been overwatered and the top is collapsing from that....

House Plants: Tree Ferns, tasmanian tree fern, dicksonia antarctica
tasmanian tree fern, dicksonia antarctica, tree ferns: Robert, A true Australian Tree fern is Alsophila australis. More info about those is at http://home.comcast.net/~themangrovetree/australian_tree_fern.htm A Tasmanian Tree fern is Dicksonia antarctica. More info about those is at http://www.monrovia.com/PlantInf.nsf/0/35d197dc8087fe8c8825684d007135b0?OpenDocument...

House Plants: Tree Philodendron taking over., tree pruners, inch diam
tree pruners, inch diam, dry spells: Emma, Does your philodendron selloum have more than 1 trunk or does it branch out anywhere? Most philodendron plants contain a sap which can irritate sensitive skin. The sap is also poisonous if injested (though only in large quantities), however the sap...

House Plants: Trimming indoor Dracaena, corn plants, corn plant
corn plants, corn plant, creed: Hi Liz, Corn plants are grown in several different forms and that determines how they can be pruned. If you can email a photo of yours to me at wcreed@horticulturalHelp.com I will be able to see what you have and then make specific pruning recommendations....

House Plants: Trimming Massangeana Cane Plant, dracaena fragrans massangeana, plant question
dracaena fragrans massangeana, plant question, corn plant: Yes, that is another option. However, you have a lot of leaves at the bottom of the existing plant that might block a lot of light to an additional plant and also make the plant look crowded visually. But, horticulturally, there is no reason why you cannot...

House Plants: Trimming my Pachira Aquatica, pachira aquatica, house plant
pachira aquatica, house plant, potted plant: Fran, Pachira aquatica is a tree, not a house plant or even a shrub. I had the same problem. It is not possible to keep it as a small cute potted plant. If you get lucky you might find one you can keep pruning for awhile but probably not for long. They...

House Plants: Trimming Pachira, house plant, top heavy
house plant, top heavy, darlene: Karla, You should be able to do some tip pruning safely but not real heavy pruning of large branches. You can also do leaf pruning of the over grown side which will give the smaller side a chance to catch up. Also keep the smaller side more toward the light...

House Plants: Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia Amoena, propagating plants, plant propagation
propagating plants, plant propagation, dieffenbachia: Hi Jack, I can tell you everything you want to know about propagating plants in my article on plant propagation that I can email to you (or anyone else) if you send a request to my email address below. Here are the basics for your Dieffenbachia. They...

House Plants: Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia, spadix, e mail
spadix, e mail, soe: Hi Soe, Dieffenbachias are not noted for their flowers because the flowers are rather small, insignificant, and not very colorful. The flowers do not have petals in the usual sense. They have a small rod shaped spadix that is partially encircled by a hood...

House Plants: Tropical Foliage, hedera helix, dark specks
hedera helix, dark specks, tropical foliage: Hi Sandra, Apparently your ivy has spider mites. It may also have aphids. To treat one or both you should fill your kitchen sink with soapy water (as if you were going to wash dishes). Then turn your plant upside down, making sure that the plant does...

House Plants: Tropical Hibiscus for Beginner, tropical hibiscus, spider mites
tropical hibiscus, spider mites, bright sunlight: Hi Melissa, Hibiscus is not an easy plant, but it is not impossibly difficult either. But It sounds like you have one so let me provide you with the information so you have the best chance to be successful with it. If you are not successful, there are other...

House Plants: Tropical indoor tree, cordyline terminalis, dracaena marginata
cordyline terminalis, dracaena marginata, ti plant: Hi Cristie, Your plant may be a Dracaena marginata or a Cordyline terminalis (Ti plant). Do an image search for each of these. If yours does not seem to match either, then let me know how yours differs. Or better yet, email me a photo. Once we have...

House Plants: Tropical Plant Sick?, dracaena janet craig, fertilizer spikes
dracaena janet craig, fertilizer spikes, drainage holes: Thanks for the reply. Moving the plant out of the reach of the sun s rays is fine. Hard water has high mineral content. Minerals do not evaporate or dissipate into the air the way that chlorine does. In fact, the mineral content becomes more concentrated....

House Plants: Trying to find out what type of plant I have, mimosa pudica, occasional lapses
mimosa pudica, occasional lapses, indirect sunlight: Hi Jaime, Your description of the closing leaves and dropping branches made it easy to identify this unique plant as Sensitive plant, known botanically as Mimosa pudica. The reason the leaves fold down when touched is so that the plant can protect itself...

House Plants: Trying to identify a plant, dracaena marginata, drain tray
dracaena marginata, drain tray, tri color: Joseph, www.jarrettservices.com.au/.../ tricolor.asp You have a Dracaena marginata tri-color. At the above website you can see what a healthy one looks like. It likes bright light but no sun shining on it. Be careful not to overwater it. Never let it...

House Plants: Trying to turn my black thumb green...or at least a few shades closer..., black thumb, indoor plants
black thumb, indoor plants, jade plant: Hi Nick, I have not yet received any photos from you. Did you send them to wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? That is my correct email address. Out of fairness to others who are seeking my help, I cannot answer care questions about so many plants all at one...

House Plants: Tulip plant, bonemeal, potted plant
bonemeal, potted plant, darlene: Vanessa, A tulip is a bulb that is not a year around houseplant. Plant it in the ground so the bottom of the bulb is about 6 inches deep outside in full sun and fertilize it. Hopefully it will perk up and the leaves will live awhile longer and feed the...

House Plants: Tying a Philodendron Tree, long time friend, manhattan apartment
long time friend, manhattan apartment, selloum: Hi Rebecca, First, my congratulations to you for keeping your P. selloum healthy for so long! Selloums are self-supporting for a few years, but not so after that, as you have discovered. Gotta love those tags! It is hard to give you a specific answer...

House Plants: Type of Plant, tiger tail, sure what type
tiger tail, sure what type, stalks: Grecha, Yellow leave indicates you are giving it too much water and not enough sun. I m not sure what you mean by it looks like a tiger tail. If you can email a picture of it to me at plantlady6@yahoo.com then I m sure I can identify it. In the...

House Plants: Type of water for house plants, mineral salts, spider plants
mineral salts, spider plants, chemical additives: Hi Jenni, That is an interesting question that does not have a simple answer. The problem is that every water system is different, sometimes in significant ways. The most generically consistent water sources are rainwater and distilled water. They...

House Plants: Types of Decorative Plan for Florescent Lighting, spider mite problems, diameter pots
spider mite problems, diameter pots, rhapis palms: Hi Susan, I care for hundreds of plants in offices like yours that have no windows and just overhead fluorescent lighting. There are many low-light plants that do well under just fluorescent light, as long as the lights are on for about 8 hours per day,...

House Plants: can't identify a house plant, myra myra, inch pot
myra myra, inch pot, wavy edges: Myra, It sounds like maybe a variety of begonia. Try putting begoinia in Google and go to images and see if you can find it. Without a picture it is very hard to identify a plant from a description. If you could send me a digital picture of the plant I...

House Plants: I can't identify one of my trailing houseplants., purple passion vine, wandering jew
purple passion vine, wandering jew, e mail: Hi Paula, I believe that you may have a purple passion vine or Gynura Sarmentosa. If this is not what you have, please let me know how yours differs. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. Regards,...

House Plants: taking leaf cuttings, etc., leaf cuttings, dumbcane
leaf cuttings, dumbcane, rooting hormone: Hi Tracy, It is not too much at all. I am here to answer your questions and to explain to you how to whatever it is you want, if I can. The best and easiest was to propagate a Dieffenbachia is a stem tip cutting. With a sharp knife or very sharp scissors...

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

House Plants: tallplant for indoors, ficus benjamina, peace lily
ficus benjamina, peace lily, air vent: Hi Torie You can try a Ficus Benjamina, aka Weeping Fig as long as there is no air coming from that vent. They like the dryer environment and do well in a sunny window, again, as long as the hot sun is not directly on the plant. Air coming from that vent...

House Plants: tangerine christmas cactus disaster, indirect sunlight, hardy plants
indirect sunlight, hardy plants, house plants: The plant may be in shock. These are pretty hardy plants. The only two things I would do different is put it in a pot that just fits its root system until it starts to grow again. And these plants do need bright indirect sunlight. Direct sun is not good...

House Plants: tcaprig610@yahoo.com, indirect sunlight, weeks answer
indirect sunlight, weeks answer, arch shape: Tracey, It is better to repot in the spring but you did put it in the right size pot so it should be fine. It is just going to take time for the roots to recuperate then the leaves should perk up again. Again, I would try moving it to a brighter location...

House Plants: How can I tell if my indoor citris tree is still alive?, mr creed, heat vent
mr creed, heat vent, blood orange: Hi Sonja, I can tell that you really care about your Citrus tree, so I will try to help as much as the situation allows. Apparently your tree was healthy - other than the scale infestation - prior to the pesticide spraying. So my first question is, what...

House Plants: Can you tell me what's wrong with my plant?, african violets, florescent light
african violets, florescent light, happy medium: Nancy, After looking at the websites was I accurate with the identification? A flourescent grow light would work but it needs to be close to the plant(within 12 inches) and needs to be on for 16 hours a day and off for 8 hours. You could set up a grow light...

House Plants: temperature, aloe vera plant, soil drainage
aloe vera plant, soil drainage, sandy soil: Aloes -- used to treat sunburn and the unexpected kitchen stove burn or water scalding -- are hardy to USDA Zones 10-12. That marks this plant as a thoroughly tropical succulent that needs warmth to do well. You can read all about it at the Missour Botanical...

House Plants: tenting for termites killing plants, sago palm, ficus trees
sago palm, ficus trees, snake and spider: Hi Preston, I cannot find any information as to whether Vikane is phyto-toxic to the plants you referenced. My guess is that those specific plants have not be tested with this chemical. Because of that, I would not take any chances with any of those plants...

House Plants: terrarium, darlene, theses
darlene, theses, good luck: Stacey, The following website has a whole list of plants suitable for your terrarium and it specifys which plants you should use under which light conditions: http://www.thegardenhelper.com/terrarium~plants.html This site discusses how to plant and...

House Plants: terrariums, bright indirect light, plants ferns
bright indirect light, plants ferns, caring for houseplants: Hi Kathy, Unless you are experienced with caring for houseplants in regular pots, I suggest you not attempt a terrarium. Because terrariums do not have drainage holes, it makes proper watering difficult and essential. If you don t know what evenly moist...

House Plants: terririum, terrarium plants, rex begonias
terrarium plants, rex begonias, strawberry plants: Terrariums used to be the rage of the hippie generation, which I guess is probably us. Then they fell out of favor. I was thinking of building one myself recently. There are little woodland plants that I love that were perfect for these. Terrariums...

House Plants: texas rose, rubber plant, flowering plant
rubber plant, flowering plant, proper id: Hi Kisha, There is no houseplant that is commonly called Texas rose. There is a variety of Verbena that has the hybrid name Texas rose, but that is a flowering plant. Am I correct in assuming that this is not a flowering plant and that it is the leaves...

House Plants: thank you for confirming that...., veracruz city, ciudad del carmen
veracruz city, ciudad del carmen, saskatchewan canada: Steve, Thanks for your advice on Mexico. I am printing that for my husband to read. We live in northern Indiana and it has been cold here this winter, not minus 30 but it has been down around 0 a lot and that s bad enough. I here Mexico calling me. If...

House Plants: thanksgiving cactus, thanksgiving cactus, flower buds
thanksgiving cactus, flower buds, dawn to dusk: Becki, Unless you see flower buds right now it is not going to bloom for Thanksgiving. It sounds like it was more overwatered than you realized and yes, it probably has root rot. If you try to repot it you may find it has very few roots and you may not...

House Plants: what are these things, purple passion vine, wandering jew plant
purple passion vine, wandering jew plant, velvety texture: my guess (w/out seeing them) would be transendentia zebrina(wandering jew plant-red/pink flower) or purple passion vine(gets a yellow to orange foul smelling flower). very few plants are poisonous to the point that they would cause death. only a few would...

House Plants: I have three African Violets..., african violets, facing window
african violets, facing window, water repellent: Hi Barb, When AV leaves wilt it is because they are not getting enough water. However, that could be a result of either under or overwatering. If roots are kept too moist, then they will rot and the plant will have no way to absorb water. AV s should...

House Plants: thrip on pothos, pothos plants, oil soap
pothos plants, oil soap, rubbing alcohol: Hi Jayne, Thrips are hard to eradicate after they are well-established. If they are just on the surface, then a thorough cleaning with soapy water should be successful. However, once they start to burrow under the leaf surface, then the soap is not a effective...

House Plants: ti plant, cordyline terminalis, firm roots
cordyline terminalis, firm roots, ti plant: Hi Pam, When new leaves wilt and/or dry up that is a clear indication of a root problem. If the soil is allowed to get completely dried out all the way through the rootball, then there is not enough water for the roots to absorb and send to the new growth....

House Plants: tilliandsia, bromeliads, or airplants, mist machine, spanish moss
mist machine, spanish moss, water sun: Danny, They are very tropical. They would only survive outdoors in zone 10 or 11. For the most part they love the sun, like humidity. For water they need to be misted or dipped in water at least once a day when it is warm and twice a week during the winter....

House Plants: tiny off white bugs in the soil of my hawaiian schefflera, hawaiian schefflera, inscets
hawaiian schefflera, inscets, drain tray: Robyn, How much sun is your schefflera getting? It needs to be sitting in front of a south facing window with the drapes & miniblinds open all day. I assume it is in a pot with a drain hole and a drain tray under it. When you water it the drain tray should...

House Plants: tips of leaves turning brown, google image search, dracaena marginata
google image search, dracaena marginata, green leaves: Hi Monty, Let s get a specific ID on your plant, first. From your description, I believe you may have a Dracaena marginata. If you do a Google image search under that name you will find lots of photos to compare to yours. If that is what you have, then...

House Plants: tips turning brown, drainage holes, water drains
drainage holes, water drains, watering plants: Hi Michelle, The most common cause of brown leaf tips is too low humidity. You can raise the humidity around a plant by placing it on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Another common cause could be water quality. A lot of plants are sensitive to fluoride...

House Plants: tips, bonsai pot, bamboo plant
bonsai pot, bamboo plant, nourishment: Zach, Without knowing exactly what kind of bamboo plant it is it is very hard to give you specific instructions. It sound like it is in a shallow bonsai pot and in bonsai soil which is very rocky. Keep it in the sunniest location possible. when it is warmer...

House Plants: toddler-friendly "house tree", guinea pigs, compost pile
guinea pigs, compost pile, fish birds: Steph, if this space next to the fireplace had a skylight, it would be one thing. But this is a dark corner. Toddler or not, nothing will grow in the dark -- nothing you want near your toddler, anyway. No matter how much you feed it, or water it, no...

House Plants: top heavy yucca, light exposure, gaynor
light exposure, gaynor, e mail: Hi Gaynor, Like many plants, Yuccas stems grow toward the main light source. Once a stem has angled in a particular direction, it will not change. If you change the plant s orientation toward the light, the NEW stem growth will now grow in a different direction,...

House Plants: toppling indoor plant, plant id, creed
plant id, creed, leaves: Hi Louise, It is hard to tell you just what to do without knowing what kind of plant you have. (If you can e-mail a photo to me at the address below, then I can provide a plant ID and give you a better answer.) I can tell you that repotting will NOT...

House Plants: totally brown leaves, peace lily, coffee plants
peace lily, coffee plants, arabic coffee: Hi Carrie, Your information is sketchy so I don t know what part of the leaves are browning and whether it is mostly happening to older or newer leaves. Some photos sent to my address below would be helpful. Nonetheless, I don t think it is a light problem,...

House Plants: how do you transplant the hens and chicks, hens and chicks, course water
hens and chicks, course water, potting mix: Hi Muriel, Hens and chicks (Sempervivum) put out baby plants called offsets that often extend over the rim of the pot. It is perfectly OK to let them grow like that. It does not mean that they need a larger pot. In fact, moving it to a larger pot would...

House Plants: transplant, outdoor plantings, indoor houseplants
outdoor plantings, indoor houseplants, maine winters: Hi Martha, Thanks for sending the photo. Your mystery plant is called gold-dust Dracaena. Its botanical name is Dracaena godseffiana. Houseplants, including Cyclamen and Dracaenas, are from tropical or semi-tropical regions and cannot survive freezing...

House Plants: when trasfered it wilts?, transferd, money plant
transferd, money plant, pores: Omar, You are trying to root a cutting? It doesnt have any roots and wilts because the leaves are loosing moisture through their pores. You can mist it with water a few times a day or put a plastic bag over the plant so it is more humid around it then it...

House Plants: tree azalea, pruning shears, azalea
pruning shears, azalea, darlene: Judy, Yes, they are called suckers and they should be removed. They detract from the design and they re from the stem stock and not from the plant that is supposed to be the blooming plant. Just use sharp pruning shears and prune them off at their base....

House Plants: can I trim my tree?, ficus trees, pot size
ficus trees, pot size, interior portion: Hi Carolanne, You are obviously doing a good job with your braided Ficus! Yes, you can prune it as much as you like without risk of damage. Pruning it is as much art as it is science. Like cutting hair, it is more about appearances and shaping than...

House Plants: triming a Sago, west central florida, outdoor plants
west central florida, outdoor plants, sagos: Hi Paul, I would leave at least 1 or 2 tiers of fronds on at any given time. Within that, you will not do any damage to your Sago. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. If this information has been...

House Plants: trimming a norfolk island pin ?, plant questions, indoor spaces
plant questions, indoor spaces, pind: Hi Annette, This is a problem with NIP s. They only grow taller and eventually they outgrow their indoor spaces. Once the growing tip is pruned off, it will stop growing and die very slowly. To move it, ball up some newspaper and press the newspaper...

House Plants: trimming pointsettias, annes garden, garden article
annes garden, garden article, web extension: Wayne, They should have been pruned in half in August and at this point they should be receiving a dark treatment at nights so they will bloom by Christmas. The dark treatment should have been started at the end of Sept. If you start it now you may have...

House Plants: tropic snow dieffenbachia, tiny mites, spider mites
tiny mites, spider mites, long periods of time: Dieffenbachias are sensitive to overwatering. They need well-drained potting soil, watered only when reasonably dry. Overwatering turns lower leaves Yellow and damages roots. How much have you been watering this plant? A little too much, maybe? By...

House Plants: tropic snow dieffenbachia, room temperature water, systemic insecticide
room temperature water, systemic insecticide, harmful insects: Hi Steve, Any kind of pest in plant soil should be a cause of concern since most of them will damage roots or are larvae of other harmful insects. There are 2 ways to deal with this problem. You can repot the plant into fresh soil. Make sure that you remove...

House Plants: tropic snow diefflenbachia, drip water, excess water
drip water, excess water, lot of water: Jeannette, Does your dieffenbachia drip a lot of water, or do you just notice occasional droplets on the tips of the leaves? If it is only occasional then that is normal. This kind of plant will drip excess water from the tips of its leaves as a way of...

House Plants: tropic snow, bright indirect light, drainage holes
bright indirect light, drainage holes, new roots: Hi Amy, The most important thing for all plants is proper light. Your Dieffenbachia needs lots of bright indirect light, so open up those blinds completely if the window faces north or east and partially if it faces south or west. Allow the top quarter...

House Plants: tropical house plnats care and genus, wooden skewer, tree plants
wooden skewer, tree plants, dish gardens: Brenda, Your letter is too general. Do not repot anything until April when the days are getting longer. The rubber trees (Ficus elastica) need a sunny location. The peace lilies(Spathiphyllum) need a bright location just out of the sun. Ferns like an east...

House Plants: tropical houseplants, tropical houseplants, wet soil
tropical houseplants, wet soil, dry soil: Brenda, I have found the problem to be caused by too much water. You cannot just water once a week. Plants roots breathe thru their roots. They need alternating periods of wet soil and dry soil so the roots have a chance to breathe in carbon dioxide thru...

House Plants: tropical plant losing leaves, new leaves, green leaves
new leaves, green leaves, tropical plant: Virginia, It is a variety of croton which needs lots of sun. You need to move it to the sunniest south or west window you have. Keep it going till spring and then put it outside in full sun. At that time pinch out the growing tips and it will force it to...

House Plants: tropical plant name, new leaves, positive id
new leaves, positive id, tropical plant: Hi Anne, Thank you for complimenting my website. The plant in the background is very dark in the photo so positive ID is difficult, but based on it and your description, I believe your plant is a Croton (Codiaeum). Please let me know if you have any...

House Plants: I have a "tropical" plant and need to know what it is..., tropical plant care, poison oak
tropical plant care, poison oak, basket plant: Nicki, Your plant is a Grape Ivy, the latin name is Cissus rhombifolia. This website has a lot of info about them: http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets/pottedplants/grapivy.html It makes a wonderful hanging basket plant. I put mine...

House Plants: tropical plant??, dragon tree, ti plant
dragon tree, ti plant, rooting hormone: Hi Sue, Although I really cannot identify a plant without a picture, I would say that from your description it definitely sounds like a Madagascar Dragon Tree. It is a member of the Dracaena family. You can cut the plant back and reroot the cutting. Make...

House Plants: troubled citrus plany, heat vent, citrus plant
heat vent, citrus plant, citrus trees: Kate, I suspect the plant was outdoors too long and got too cold. It and any other tropical plants should be taken indoors when the temperatures drop below 45 degrees at the lowest. Try watering it more often and if possible move it to a location that...

House Plants: I am trying to find out what kind of plant I have., green leaves, bea
green leaves, bea, creed: Hi Bea, I need a little more information about your plant. What shape are the leaves? How long and wide are they? Do the white lines run the length of the leaves or across the leaves? How tall is the plant? Can you describe the stems and how many...

House Plants: trying to identify my aloe, aloe veras, aloe plants
aloe veras, aloe plants, sunny windowsill: Hi Amber, Thanks for the photo. There are two reasons why your Aloes are not getting bigger and not flowering - the pot is too large and not enough sun. Most people think that a larger pot will make a plant grow larger. In fact, the opposite is true....

House Plants: trying to root lucky bamboo, new roots, ceramic pot
new roots, ceramic pot, stem cuttings: Hi Lori, Lucky bamboo are Dracaena cuttings that are rooting in water. Hard water is very bad for them, as you have discovered. In addition, it is important to completely changed the water every week or so. Even if you do all of that, the lucky bamboo will...

House Plants: A type of house plant, snake plant, light situations
snake plant, light situations, step mother: Heather, Sorry it took me so long. I was looking in my books to get an answer for your question. I am not aware of a plant called Step mother s tongue , however, there is a plant with a nickname of Mother-in-Law s Tongue . It is commonly known as the...

House Plants: type of houseplant, snake plant, corn stalk
snake plant, corn stalk, dragon tree: You could try schefflera, also called umbrella tree . A favorite of mine are Dracaenas; there are quite a few varieties of dracaenas, (the name means dragon tree ). They grow to be 5-7 feet tall or more. A variety of dracaena which is very easy to care...

House Plants: type of ivy house plant, indoor foliage, foliage plant
indoor foliage, foliage plant, typical leaf: Sounds to me like you have everything under control. Probably you have a variegated Philodendron - very pretty, graceful, undemanding indoor foliage plant. We have been growing these since Victorian times. Occasional fertilizer will help your Philodendron....

House Plants: type of plant?, elderly friend, leaf growth
elderly friend, leaf growth, toucan: Courtney, It sounds like an interesting plant but I m not at all sure what it is. Can you get your hands on a digital camera and send me a picture in cluding one of the flowers. Please send it to Plantlady6@aol.com. I m pretty sure I can identify it with...

House Plants: what type of plant do i have, corn plant dracaena, yucca elephantipes
corn plant dracaena, yucca elephantipes, massangeana: Hi Sheera, There are several plants that fit your description, but the two most likely are the corn plant (Dracaena massangeana) and the Yucca elephantipes. The former has darker, softer leaves. The latter has lighter green leaves that have sharp edges...

House Plants: type of plant, dracaena janet craig, peace lily
dracaena janet craig, peace lily, zz plant: Hi Dashawn, There are many plants that will do well under fluorescent lights without any natural light. Just be sure that the lights are on each work day for about 8 hours. If you want a table-sized plant, I recommend a peace lily if you are conscientious...

House Plants: what type of tree is this, dracaena deremensis, janet craig
dracaena deremensis, janet craig, corn plant: Heidi, It sounds like what is commonly known as a corn plant or Dracaena deremensis Janet Craig . You can see a picture of one at this site: http://www.dracaena.com/JanetCraig.asp This plant hates too much water and needs to get dry between waterings....

House Plants: Can U help me identify the name of a plant, philodendron family, web encyclopedia
philodendron family, web encyclopedia, cold weather: Hi Chandra, I believe that the plant you have is Pseudopanax arboreus. You can find a photo of it at: http://www.nzseeds.co.nz/seed_list/Pseudopanax_arboreus.html It comes from New Zealand and it is winter hardy in Zones 9-11, where temps do not fall...

House Plants: UMBRELLA PLANT?, umbrella plant, pest problem
umbrella plant, pest problem, root problem: Hi Robert, If the older (lower) leaves have fallen off gradually over the years, then pruning is all you need to do. If, however, there has been a recent sudden loss of many leaves, then that means there is some other problem that must be addressed. For...

House Plants: Umbrella Plant, umbrella plant, plant questions
umbrella plant, plant questions, potting mix: Hi Vicki, One option is to prune off as much of the top as you want to get it back to the height that you prefer. The new growth will start from just below where you make the pruning cut and grow upward from there. The pruning will not harm the lower portion...

House Plants: Umbrella Plant, horse shoe shape, leaf buds
horse shoe shape, leaf buds, umbrella plant: Hi Nick, From your description, it appears that the plant s roots are constricted. This can happen if you don t properly loosen the outer roots surrounding the rootball at the time that you re-pot. This will keep the roots from properly integrating into...

House Plants: Umbrella Plant care, bright indirect light, umbrella plant
bright indirect light, umbrella plant, 4 leaves: Hi Yana, There are two types of umbrella plant (Schefflera). One has smaller leaves about the 3 inches in length. The other has much larger leaves that are 5-7 inches long. Their water requirements are slightly different. For either one it is important...

House Plants: Umbrella Plant, e mail address, umbrella plant
e mail address, umbrella plant, rootbound: Paul, It is normal although rare for these plants to bloom when they are old and ususally rootbound. I was unable to download your pictures so I can t tell if that is the case or not. I would love to see your pictures if you want to resend them. Good...

House Plants: Umbrella plant (indoor plant) fertilizer, plant fertilizer, umbrella plant
plant fertilizer, umbrella plant, indoor plants: Hi Dorie, Fertilizer is over-promoted and over-rated as to its benefits for potted indoor plants, including Scheffleras. Indoor plants use very little nutrients and providing an abundnace of nutrients will not promote better growth. In fact, there is a...

House Plants: Umbrella plant has wet leaves, dish soap, spider mite
dish soap, spider mite, umbrella plant: Hi Damion I am sorry for the delay-my mom was taken to the hospital Friday morning and I have not been at home. It sounds as if your scheffelera , aka, Umbrella Tree, has a case of scale. They will suck the sap from the plant and leave a sticky substance...

House Plants: Umbrella plant, marshes and swamps, plastic pots
marshes and swamps, plastic pots, umbrella plant: Great! Now we re getting somewhere. First, I have to tell you my Schefflera story. I was living w/ my husband in a very small apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y.C., top floor, bright sun flooded the room all day and we had a rooftop garden covered with Ficus...

House Plants: Umbrella Tree, umbrella tree, scheffleras
umbrella tree, scheffleras, clay pot: Hi Regina, It is quite normal for Scheffleras to lose older leaves as they grow taller and add leaves on top. Indoors the light is limited and a tree can support only a limited number of leaves. It continues to add new growth so it has to drop off older...

House Plants: My Umbrella Tree, umbrella tree, afternoon sunshine
umbrella tree, afternoon sunshine, soil quality: Hi Kelsey, It sounds like you have done everything right! Mold is not usually green, nor is mealybug, which is also light and fluffy. However, depending on soil quality there may be algae that is causing a greenish tint. Can you email a clear photo...

House Plants: Umbrella Tree, umbrella tree, gold variety
umbrella tree, gold variety, potted plants: Hi Natalie, Those are adventitious roots, meaning they appear sporadically and in irregular places. In nature, they sometimes have a purpose - absorbing moisture from the air or setting roots in a new location. They are sometimes referred to as air roots....

House Plants: Umbrella Tree, clear glass vase, umbrella tree
clear glass vase, umbrella tree, plant questions: Hi Ayana, Every cutting is unique in how long it will take for roots to develop. Indeed, some cuttings never develop roots. Other factors that determine how fast the roots develop include the thickness of the cutting, the length of the cutting, the health...

House Plants: Umbrella Tree Problem, schefflera arboricola, umbrella tree
schefflera arboricola, umbrella tree, veins: Hi Lauren, Thanks for the photos. Your Schefflera arboricola looks quite healthy and I did not see any symptoms that cause me concern. The loss of some lower leaves as the lower stems develop a bark covering is a normal part of its maturing process....

House Plants: Umbrella Tree, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, donna osborne
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, donna osborne, umbrella tree: Hi Donna, It seems like your Scheff has a Bonsai look to it. Sometimes beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is quite normal for plants to drop their older leaves as they add new growth on top. This is especially true when the plant is getting less...

House Plants: Umbrella Trees/Jade House Plants, surface roots, umbrella tree
surface roots, umbrella tree, bellingham wa: Hi Nancy, Unless your Schefflera is very tall, then an 18 or 20 inch diameter pot is too large for it. Exposure of surface roots is not a good reason to repot now or before. I am concerned that the leaves may be sagging now because the roots have slowly...

House Plants: Umbrella tree, umbrella tree, scale insects
umbrella tree, scale insects, leaf spots: Hi Kyle, It is hard for me to assess the problem based on the information provided. Leaf spots are often nothing more than blemishes or imperfections and can be ignored. They may also result from scale insects or from improper watering or light. You...

House Plants: Umbrella tree, proper soil, umbrella plant
proper soil, umbrella plant, horticultur: Hi Megan, Blackened leaves near the top of the plant usually indicate root rot from wet soil or exposure to cold or chemicals. I am not sure just which applies here, particularly since you said you have been neglecting the Schefflera recently. Neglect usually...

House Plants: Umbrella tree plant, fungus gnats, turkey baster
fungus gnats, turkey baster, drainage hole: Chrissie, It sounds like your new soil may be moldy. It may not be draining well enough. The flies are probably fungus gnats because the soil is holding too much water and causing the roots to rot. Scheffleras love the sun and it would do much better this...

House Plants: Umbrella tree, umbrella tree, window face
umbrella tree, window face, two kinds: Hi Debbie, I need more information. There are two kinds of umbrella tree; one with leaves that are finger sized and one with much larger leaves. Which do you have? How long have you had the tree? When was it last repotted? How tall is it and what...

House Plants: Unhealthy curly leaves on home plants, scale insects, chemical pesticides
scale insects, chemical pesticides, home plants: Hi Avijit, Is this a Hibiscus plant that has these spots? Is it indoors or outdoors? A photo sent to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com would be helpful. I suspect scale insects, but your description is too vague for me to be sure. Have you noticed any...

House Plants: Unidentified Houseplant, church bazaar, inch pot
church bazaar, inch pot, little trees: Hi Nicole, I am not connecting to the picture you have described. The thin leaves that are also furry is unusual. Rather than my guessing, it would be better if you could email a photo to me at wcreed@Horticulturalhelp.com. Once I have an ID for you,...

House Plants: Unidentified Houseplant, southwestern ohio area, color flowers
southwestern ohio area, color flowers, swedish ivy: Hi Marisa, A Swedish ivy had roundish leaves that are scalloped, but their leaves are not hairy. Strawberry geraniums and rosary vines have hairy leaves, but they are also variegated and you didn t mention that. I am also confused by the reference to catnip,...

House Plants: Unidentified Houseplant., begonia incana, village fete
begonia incana, village fete, inch pot: Amie, With the help of a friend I have identified your plant. It is a begonia incana. You can get more info about it at the following website: http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_7efd-2.html It likes bright light but very little...

House Plants: Unidentified houseplant, sunny windowsill, spider mites
sunny windowsill, spider mites, unusual plant: Hi again! I just saw the photos that you sent me and it is a Croton that you have. It does best on a sunny windowsill as it loses its yellow color in reduced light. Keep it moderately potbound and water it thoroughly as soon as th surface of the soil...

House Plants: Unidentified tall houseplant with yellowing leaves, dracaena janet craig, tropical appearance
dracaena janet craig, tropical appearance, dracaenas: From the photo, I think your plant is Dracaena Janet Craig . Dracaenas are generally rugged, carefree houseplants with a robust and tropical appearance. They are widely used for both home and office plantings. Many tolerate low light conditions. Dracaenas...

House Plants: Unique Plant, creed, pot
creed, pot, boss: Hi Amanda, I am sure I can help. You can email photos to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. Please include a photo that shows the pot as well as the plant so I can determine if it needs to be repotted. If you can also describe its location relative...

House Plants: Unknown Houseplant, anne mcdonald, color variations
anne mcdonald, color variations, plant questions: Hi Kari Anne, The photos are not very clear, but I believe that your plant is a type of Tradescantia. It will do better in very bright light and if it is pruned back. Usually these are grown with many plants (vines) in a single pot to create a fuller looking...

House Plants: Unknown houseplant, bright indirect light, london ontario canada
bright indirect light, london ontario canada, peace lily: Hi Susan, Thanks for the photos. Your plant is an Alocasia, a very distant relative of Philodendron. Alocasia likes bright indirect light and can tolerate a few hours of direct sun. Water thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. Avoid using...

House Plants: Unknown plant, buds and blooms, violet family
buds and blooms, violet family, streptocarpus: Sylvia, i think you bought a streptocarpus. Put streptocarpus care in google and you will get a lot of info. You can look at pictures in Google too. It ia a cousin to the African Violet. Let me kknow if that is not the plant you bought. Good luck. Darlen...

House Plants: Unknown plant, e mail address, coleus plants
e mail address, coleus plants, soil dries: Amy, I believe that your little plant is a young seedling coleus that sprouted from a stray seed in the soil of one of the hostas. It is difficult to tell from a picture but I am pretty sure. It is not a poisonous plant for your dog. It likes the same conditions...

House Plants: Unknown plant dying..., peace lilly, glass rocks
peace lilly, glass rocks, little leaves: Heather, Ok, it is either a peace lilly or a chinese evergreen. Which doesn t matter. Roots of plants need to breath air even when they are growing in water. That is why when plants are growing in soil they need moist periods and dry periods alternating....

House Plants: Unknown plant, terra cotta pot, soil level
terra cotta pot, soil level, surface soil: Hi Melissa, I suspect that your gift plant is a Polkadot Plant (Hypoestes sanguinolenta). I cannot be sure until I see a photo, which you can e-mail to me at my address listed below my name. For a Polkadot plant, provide bright indirect light - right...

House Plants: Unkown fungus on soil, soil biology, compact florescent lights
soil biology, compact florescent lights, nitrogen cycle: Great shots, Mike. How could I not answer a question with its own illustrations. It would be hard to do without a picture, but you know that old gardener s saying about what one picture s worth... First, a lesson on Fungi from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture...

House Plants: Unnecessary repotting, magic potions, time and patience
magic potions, time and patience, repotting: Hi Joy, Unfortunately, there are no magic potions, elixirs or fertilizers that cure plants. A damaged plant requires time and patience and sometimes corrective action to get it back on its feet. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of...

House Plants: umbrella Palm, part rubbing alcohol, umbrella palm
part rubbing alcohol, umbrella palm, scale insects: Hi Mike, No, the sticky stuff is not normal. It is a secretion by either scale insects or mealybugs, probably the former. But the treatment is the same. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly...

House Plants: umbrella plant, yellow patches, umbrella plant
yellow patches, umbrella plant, spider mites: Hi Adrienne, I wish I could see a photo because there are different kinds of yellow patches and spots that can appear on a Schefflera. The fact that the plant is healthy and has new growth suggests that the problem is probably not too serious. Here...

House Plants: umbrella plant, umbrella plant, spider mites
umbrella plant, spider mites, green leaves: 1st check closely for any bugs on the under side of the leaves. probably not a bug problem but it doesn t hurt to rule that out 1st. if you see a fine webbing it could be spider mites. leaves get a mottled appearance when they are present. normally when...

House Plants: umbrella plant, umbrella plant, natural habitats
umbrella plant, natural habitats, appericated: I just want to acknowledge your taking the time to write such a personal note of appreciation in the comments section of the ratings. I truly appreciate that. As a beginner, please feel free to contact me anytime in the future with your indoor plant questions....

House Plants: umbrella plant,, spider mites, mealy bugs
spider mites, mealy bugs, umbrella plant: Dee, 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. To...

House Plants: umbrella plant, gritty soil, soil plants
gritty soil, soil plants, bonsai soil: Ken, You might try giving it a dose of iron or fertilizer. What type of soil is your schefflera in? Standard bonsai soil has no nutrients and is mostly a fast draining gritty soil. Plants in it need watered on an almost daily basis and fertilized monthly...

House Plants: umbrella plant, umbrella plant, little sun
umbrella plant, little sun, sun one: Julie, The 2 things that plant hates the most are too much water and too little sun. One is your problem. If it is staying above 50 degrees at night where you live it can even be moved outside into full sun. Outdoors it can be watered as often as daily...

House Plants: umbrella plant sticky leaves, umbrella plant, sunny vacation
umbrella plant, sunny vacation, sticky stuff: Carrie, Your plant probably has scale which is an insect. The sticky stuff is it s excrement. It is on the backs of the leaves and the stem and it looks like a little pimple that you can flick off with your fingernail and the leaves look fine underneath....

House Plants: umbrella plant, umbrella plant, new leaves
umbrella plant, new leaves, schefflera: Hi Irene, Your Schefflera is trying to adjust to the recent changes in its life - the repotting and the move to a new environment. Part of that adjustment is dropping older (lower) leaves and replacing them with new leaves at the ends of stems. I suspect...

House Plants: umbrella tree, umbrella tree, leaf drop
umbrella tree, leaf drop, drop in time: Hi Mark, You haven t given me much specific information about your Schefflera arboricola. So it is hard to say exactly why it is losing leaves. Here are some possible causes. These plants often drop leaves shortly after their environments have changed....

House Plants: umbrella tree, umbrella tree, followup question
umbrella tree, followup question, schefflera: In response to your followup question, no plant will survive for long in your home if the drapes are closed for all or most of the day. Will Creed Hi Marie, Poor light and improper watering are the most common reasons for the decline of a Schefflera....

House Plants: umbrella tree, poor soil quality, umbrella tree
poor soil quality, umbrella tree, fluorescent light fixtures: Hi Curtis, I am going to assume that your umbrella trees are Schefflera actinophylla. If not, please let me know. Were these two plants potted together in one pot when you acquired them? If so, then separating them was not a good idea and may explain...

House Plants: umbrella tree, tops and bottoms, mealy bugs
tops and bottoms, mealy bugs, umbrella tree: Jane, Bird of Paradise likes to go outside for the summer too and I would try the same Bayer product on it. I have had a Bird of Paradise in the past and insects seem to love them so watch it closely. It loves full sun when outside but you need to start...

House Plants: umbrella tree plant, umbrella tree, plant question
umbrella tree, plant question, new leaves: Hi Mary, Your Arboricola will not tolerate direct outdoor sun, which is much more intense than indoor sun, so you would have to keep it in a shaded area outside. In addition, protect it from temps that fall below 55 degrees, which can probably still happen...

House Plants: umbrella tree, pot sizes, umbrella tree
pot sizes, umbrella tree, mark leslie: Hi Mark First, make sure that you did not go more than 2 pot sizes larger than what the plant was originally in. By going more than 2 pot sizes, the plant will concentrate on filling it with roots, ignoring the foliage. It is possible for a plant to...

House Plants: umbrella trees, umbrella tree, plant species
umbrella tree, plant species, creed: Hi Curtis, Umbrella tree usually refers to Schefflera. I have never known a Schefflera to produce fruit indoors. Perhaps you have a different kind of plant. Can you email a photo of the tree to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? That way I can determine...

House Plants: unhappy house plants, heather heather, peace lily
heather heather, peace lily, potassium chloride: Heather, I have never reccommended that anyone water house plants with soft water. Whatever chemical you use to soften water is hard on plants after it builds up for awhile. It is also not real healthy for you to drink softened water. I have always had...

House Plants: unhealthy plant, darlene darlene, bamboo palm
darlene darlene, bamboo palm, drain tray: Linda, No, the yellowed leaves will not turn green again. Trimming them off will encourage the plant to send out new growth. If this plant does not survive I would encourage you to look for a large bamboo palm. They are much easier to keep healthy. Here...

House Plants: unidentified [indoor] tree, clumps of grass, google
clumps of grass, google, elephants: Hello Ian, Try an image search on google or yahoo for Ponytail palm . If the trunk of your tree is swollen at the base thats a pretty good indicator of ponytail palm(aka Elephants Foot). If that isn t your plant let me know and ill keep searching. ...

House Plants: unidentified insects killing plants, fertilizer pellets, peace lily
fertilizer pellets, peace lily, egg cases: Hi Miriam, The wilting and dull green color are probably from rotted roots or from soil that got too dry while you were away. If the soil feels moist and does not perk up after watering, then you can be quite sure the problem is root rot. If watering revives...

House Plants: unidentified mushroom in my bromeliad plant, bromeliad plant, mold allergies
bromeliad plant, mold allergies, bromeliad plants: Hi Stacey, Thanks for emailing the photos. There are thousands of different kinds mushrooms or fungi. They are harmless to your plant and to you unless you eat them or have specific mold allergies. No need to discard your Bromeliads. Scrape off the...

House Plants: unknown houseplant, bright indirect light, elephant ears
bright indirect light, elephant ears, mr creed: Hi Carole, I apologize. I just realized that I was looking at someone else s photos when I posted my previous reply. So please disregard my previous reply - unless you happen to have those plants, as well! Your plant is a Begonia of the rhizamotous type....

House Plants: unknown office plant, corporate ladder, lima road
corporate ladder, lima road, mature plant: Stasia, Someone described a plant similar to this one to me recently and I could not figure it out. Is there any possibility that someone in the office has a digital camera they can bring in and take a picture of it and email it to me at Plantlady6@aol.com...

House Plants: unknown plant, pea pod, steams
pea pod, steams, pods: Hi Heidi, Can you email a photo to me at wcreed@horticulturalhelp.com? That would help a lot. Otherwise, I will need a much more detailed description. For example, are the curly stems spiral shaped? How thick and how tall are the stems? What color are...

House Plants: unknown plant, potting mix, creed
potting mix, creed, stems: Hi Tammie, It appears to be a Croton species that has been incorrectly potted. Only the stems should be covered by the potting mix, not any part of the leaves. Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. ...

House Plants: unknown plant gift from neighbor, prayer plants, aleck
prayer plants, aleck, darlene: Aleck, Your description does not ring any bells. The only plants I am aware of whose leaves close at night are prayer plants and the rest of your description does not fit them. If you can send me a digital picture I m prtty sure I can identify it. Send...

House Plants: unknown plant, purple passion, pink flowers
purple passion, pink flowers, purple heart: Hi Abigail, I think you may have a plant called purple heart. Setcreasea purpurea is the botanical name. If that is what you have and you want care instructions, let me know. If that is not what you have, e-mail a photo to me or tell me how yours differs...

House Plants: unknown succulent, jade plants, inch pot
jade plants, inch pot, kalanchoes: Betul, Your unnown succulent is several cuttings of jade plants. The leaves are lighter in coloer because yours had more sun for the summer than your aunt s plant did and the spots on the leaves are sunburn spots. It loves the sun just not full sun outside...

House Plants: unopened leaf, banana plants, palm family
banana plants, palm family, dry soil: Hi Iggrunbaum, You may have either a banana plants (Musa is the correct botanical name) or a white bird of paradise (Strelitzia is the botanical mane). They look similar and are often mistaken for one another, Curiously, neither are related to the Palm...

House Plants: unusual plant, senecio rowleyanus, bright indirect light
senecio rowleyanus, bright indirect light, string of pearls plant: Hi Sandra You have a String of Pearls plant. I have not seen one in years! This is a type of a succulent therefore likes to dry out a bit between waterings. They need a good, bright, indirect light. Be careful if you have pets or kids, this plant can...

House Plants: urine in Ficus plant, ficus plant, acid content
ficus plant, acid content, cat urine: Hi Vicky, If your cat routinely uses the Ficus soil as a litter box, then eventually the urine will acidify the soil and kill the plant. However, a single episode of urine will not damage the Ficus. So I guess the answer is, It depends. If you need...

House Plants: can i use the leaves from my root rot aloe plant, peat moss, aloe plant
peat moss, aloe plant, warm temps: Hi Lindsay, You can cut the top half of a healthy leaf off and let it dry for 24 hours in the open air. Then, insert the cut end down in a small pot filled with a mixture of half peat moss and half perlite. Keep this mixture slightly damp at all times....

House Plants: VARIGATED ENGLISH IVY, spider mites, inch pot
spider mites, inch pot, new leaves: Sheila, Be sure to inspect it for spider mites. Look at it in strong light and look for very fine spider webs all over it. If you find them write me back and I will tell you what to do. Yes it sounds like overwatering is your major problem. This time...

House Plants: Vacation watering, drip irrigation system, yucca trees
drip irrigation system, yucca trees, yucca plants: Dear LJ, You can set up a drip irrigation system on a timer to water them but you need to set that up ahead of time so you have time to work out the bugs before you leave on vacation. When I go on vacation I have a trusted friend that comes over daily and...

House Plants: Vacation watering, size pots, china dolls
size pots, china dolls, drainage hole: Hi Lea, We often hear, Never leave your plant standing in a saucer of water! While this is generally good advice, there are circumstances where leaving a plant in water is not necessarily a bad thing. Most plants can tolerate standing in water for a limited...

House Plants: Variegated Philodendron, drainage hole, yellow leaves
drainage hole, yellow leaves, drain hole: Jeanne, If it is variegated it is a pothos vine, not a philodendron. Too much water is the problem and it sounds like the pot it is in may not have a drain hole. Do not put it in a larger pot, just a pot about the same size without the other 2 plants. Make...

House Plants: Variegated Schefflera arboricola, schefflera arboricola, peace lilly
schefflera arboricola, peace lilly, drainage holes: Hi Chris, Your Arboricola should be right in front of an uncovered window, not next to it. You didn t indicate the plant and pot size, so it is hard for me to estimate the appropriate watering frequency. However, I can tell you that you should allow the...

House Plants: Variegated Schefflera - spots, schefflera plant, honeycomb blinds
schefflera plant, honeycomb blinds, plastic pot: Hi Cindy, Thanks for the information. It is unlikely that the spots are caused by insect pests, mites or a fungus, so the Safer 3-1 will not help. Your variegated Schefflera arboricola is not getting enough light. Even if the window was completely...

House Plants: Varigated Arbicola, peace lilly, peace lily
peace lilly, peace lily, drain tray: Chris, Yes, the blinds can be down as loong as they are open all day. The more light the better the plant will do. Good luck. Darlene You didn t say what direction the window faces. This plant needs to be in front of a window facing east, south or...

House Plants: Venus Fly Trap, venus fly trap, sphagnum moss
venus fly trap, sphagnum moss, winter temps: Hi Val, The cover is very important to maintaining humidity and also for keeping the moss damp. It would probably be better for the plant if you could find a clear plastic dome-shaped cover that can fit over the entire pot and plant so the traps have room...

House Plants: Venus Fly Trap, venus fly trap, winter temps
venus fly trap, winter temps, potting soil: Hi Georgia, Improper light and keeping the growing media too wet are the likely causes of the blackening. Using hard or alkaline water will also do it. The flytrap needs lots of bright, but indirect light. It should be planted in a small pot filled with...