You are here:

House Plants/Questions Answered by Expert Will Creed

SubjectDate Asked
Umbrella Tree Leaf Drop4/6/2017
  Q: Recently, I was put in charge of finding and buying two plants for the office that I work in. I ...
  A: I have long been fighting the quality of information on plant care found on the internet. At best, ...
My Sago Palm4/4/2017
  Q: I do realize that my sago palm is not a true palm. My concern is what to do with the lower ...
  A: It is quite normal for older fronds to yellow and gradually die as new ones are added on top. It is ...
Pill bugs (possibly) in potted money tree plant (indoors)3/31/2017
  Q: I had a money tree plant die (it slowly lost all its leaves over a period of about a year). I ...
  A: It would appear that the source of the pill bugs was the soil from the dead Money Tree. It is also ...
Phalaenopsis with no roots3/22/2017
  Q: Have a phalaenopsis orchid with virtually NO roots at all & only 2 leaves at this time. Got it as ...
  A: Orchid aficionados are notorious for getting over involved in technical minutia about their plants ...
Re: mini jade plant3/17/2017
  Q: Is there any way,other than snipping of tips, to stimulate growth on the lanky stems of my mini jade ...
  A: The new-growth hormones of Jades, as well as most other plants, concentrates at the growing tip or ...
Ponytail Palm3/17/2017
  Q: There is this white fluffy stuff growing on my palm and I don't know what to do about it. I put it ...
  A: Mealybugs look like tiny bits of white cotton. They spread, but they don't appear to move. They ...
Birds nest fern3/13/2017
  Q: I have had a birds nest fern for many years that has limped along, until I added more soil around ...
  A: I don't know if you have read many of my posters here, but I am a firm advocate opposing unnecessary ...
Yucca elephantipes, leaves curling downward3/4/2017
  Q: Ive had my yucca plant for 12 years now. It started out with 3 trunks in one pot and now I only have ...
  A: This is a classic example of where one good photo of the entire plant, including its pot, would be ...
What is this plant?2/16/2017
  Q: I've had this houseplant for some time now and it is thriving, but I haven't got a clue what it is. ...
  A: Your plant is a Ctenanthe. It needs lots of bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight falling on ...
Fid The Fiddle Leaf2/12/2017
  Q: I've had Fid for about 10 months. He has grown about two feet and has only lost a few leaves in the ...
  A: Your Ficus lyrata is very healthy and has been well cared for by you. I don't recommend that you ...
Single Leaf Dying at a Time2/9/2017
  Q: I asked you questions about my diffenbachia several weeks ago, and you were so spot on and helpful ...
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena Warneckei 'Lemon-lime.' It is quite normal for plants to lose an ...
Dolphin Vine Plant!1/30/2017
  Q: I would like to get some starts of the Dolphin Vine Plant. Where can I get some? I had several ...
  A: Dolphin Vine is not a precise term that refers to a specific plant. People use it to refer to ...
Dieffenbachia1/25/2017
  Q: About 3 weeks ago, I purchased this plant in about a 6" pot. I water it almost daily. It seems that ...
  A: Tip yellowing and browning on Dieffenbachia leaf tips is a generic reaction to improper light or ...
dolphin plant1/19/2017
  Q: I have a dolphin plant that was blooming when I bought it but stopped blooming since. I have it in a ...
  A: It is not unusual for this plant to bloom only once per year. To encourage more flowering, you must ...
Bamboo1/14/2017
  Q: I've had this Lucky Bamboo for about 2 or 3 months now and I was wanting to know if this is enough ...
  A: It is hard for me to tell much about the condition of your Lucky Bamboo because the photo was taken ...
Schefflera1/12/2017
  Q: I would like your advice on a 7ft tall Schefflera that has not been repotted in over 10 years, but ...
  A: Your Schefflera should NOT be repotted. It is not commonly understood that older plants that are ...
Diffenbachia Tipping Over But Not Top Heavy1/9/2017
  Q: I have a diffenbachia (dumb cane) that I've raised from a 2-3" sprout; now it's about 5-6 years old. ...
  A: This is a common problem with all older Dieffenbachias that have never been pruned. On your plant, ...
Dracaena Massangeana - slowly dying?1/1/2017
  Q: I got this Dracaena Massangeana around June for a reduced price at IKEA, and stupidly left it in the ...
  A: Your plant has been pretty seriously compromised and recovery will not be easy and may not be ...
Fiddle Leaf Fig12/12/2016
  Q: I have had my fidelity fig for about six months now. In the beginning it was very pretty and I had ...
  A: There are a number of issues here that you probably are not aware of. You didn't mention light, but ...
Help! Fiddle Leaf Fig Not Doing Well12/8/2016
  Q: Would love your expert advice on my fiddle leaf fig. It is not doing well and appears to be dying. ...
  A: Your Fiddle-leafed Fig is pretty far gone and it may be too late to turn it around. I see there are ...
My calandiva leaves are turning brown11/18/2016
  Q: I bought a calandiva a few month ago. At first everything was okay but after the flowers died, its ...
  A: Kalanchoes struggle when they do not receive lots of direct sunlight. Fluorescent light helps as a ...
Pacchira Aquatica10/13/2016
  Q: I never trust growing tips that are attached on the pot plants and I always been looking for better ...
  A: I hope I can live up to them! I don't see anything in the photos that suggest a serious problem ...
Plant dying9/12/2016
  Q: Schefflera arboricola is shedding a lot of leaves. The leaves turn yellow and fall, a few a day. The ...
  A: The stickiness is a sign of either scale insects or mealybugs. The former appear as slightly raised ...
Indentifing & pruning8/24/2016
  Q: Could you please help me identify this plant? It is now at least 7-8 feet tall (some stems are ...
  A: Your plant is a type of palm called Chamaedorea and more commonly called Bamboo Palm. Yours is ...
Pachypodium lamerei has black leaves7/30/2016
  Q: I'm hoping you cam help me. I have had this plant for 20 plus years and it has always done well in ...
  A: You do have the correct botanical name. It is more commonly called Madagascar Palm. The darkening ...
Is this a Chinese evergreen7/1/2016
  Q: I think I have a Chinese evergreen but not sure. Help.
  A: Yes, that is an Aglaonema commutatum, more commonly called Chinese evergreen. I'm afraid you have ...
False Aralia dropping leaves6/28/2016
  Q: I am completely stumped about what is happening to my very big (and previously healthy) False ...
  A: Your report that your Aralia is losing its newest leaves first and you are losing entire stems are ...
Rabbits Foot Fern6/27/2016
  Q: I have a Rabbits Foot Fern (Humata tyermanii)and I read your answer on dropping and not forming ...
  A: Why do you think your Fern needs repotting. Each Rabbit's Foot Fern is unique in the way it grows ...
Pandanus Veitchii6/16/2016
  Q: I want to thank you for your answers you provided to me in September 18 2015 regarding the Pandanus ...
  A: I am happy to learn that your Pandanus is doing well. Pandanus is a tropical plant that grows ...
Gardenia braided trunk white flowering indoor tree6/13/2016
  Q: I received my tree for Mother's Day....beautiful! Since then the flowers are turning brown around ...
  A: Gardenias produce lush, white flowers with a magnificent scent. They are an irresistible plant, but ...
What plant is this?6/11/2016
  Q: It has suckers/pups growing from the bottom. It kinda looks like a canna lilly but i'm not exactly ...
  A: You are correct on both counts; this plant is a Canna and it is most definitely NOT a banana Plant. ...
house ivy6/11/2016
  Q: How to I repot the runners off my ivy. It takes up an entire bay window and I would like to start ...
  A: The best cuttings to propagate are 3-5 inches in length. You can take multiple cuttings from each of ...
norfolk pine6/7/2016
  Q: I have a 25 year old norfolk pine that I transplanted into a bigger pot about 2.5 years ago. Since ...
  A: Based on the information you have provided, it is hard to determine just what has caused the recent ...
Bougainvillea6/4/2016
  Q: I live in Lubbock Texas, not the most container friendly region. My 4 yr old bougainvillea ...
  A: Your Bougainvillea is probably growing at an astonishing rate now that its roots have filled the ...
Schleffera6/1/2016
  Q: My schleffra is probably over 10 years old. It has always been my most beautiful plant. But about 4 ...
  A: I'm afraid that at this point, your Schefflera is in a state of total collapse. That means the roots ...
Anthurium Utah5/12/2016
  Q: My Lavender Anthurium Utah flowers have turned green. How do I make the flowers lavender again? ...
  A: Anthurium 'Utah' is a hybrid, meaning it did not naturally produce lavender colored flowers. If the ...
My New(ish) Fiddle Leaf Fig: Restoring Shine, Thoughts on Pruning, and Encouraging Growth4/30/2016
  Q: Will, I have seen your responses on Fiddle Leaf Figs in distress and have a couple of questions for ...
  A: That is always helpful. It is apparent that your Ficus lyrata is healthy and well cared for. That ...
braided gardenia4/30/2016
  Q: i bought this braided gardenia a couple days ago. it was in gallon container. had a few yellow ...
  A: I wish you had contacted me BEFORE you repotted and root pruned, as I would have strongly advised ...
sunburnt echeveria?4/29/2016
  Q: I just bought this plant a month ago. Until now I think I have taken a good care of it. I watered it ...
  A: I cannot say for sure whether the withered leaves were caused by too much sun or seriously damaged ...
Fiddle Leaf Fig4/25/2016
  Q: I received a beautiful, healthy 6ft tree as a birthday gift 3 weeks ago. I named it "Figgy Stardust" ...
  A: I suspect that inadequate watering is causing the leaf drop, although inadequate light may also be a ...
Strange Growths in the Philodendron Plant Pot4/22/2016
  Q: I have 3 strange furry pale-lime-colored pods growing in the same pot as my Philodendron which I ...
  A: Those are mushrooms, a type of fungus that grows in damp, non-sterile soil. They are harmless to you ...
Coral cactus4/12/2016
  Q: I just purchased a coral cactus, and I noticed it has a large brown dry patch on one of the leaves. ...
  A: I'm not seeing the brown patch that you referred to, so I assume it is not unusually large. If it is ...
Tips turning brown on ponytail palm4/10/2016
  Q: I bought this plant at a home improvement store. It is potted in stones that appear to be in some ...
  A: Plant retailers will do anything to sell a plant, but nothing to help people properly care for their ...
Rescued Peace Lily4/5/2016
  Q: My brother recently gave me his peace lily, that was given to him, to see if I could rescue it. I ...
  A: For future reference, it would have been simpler to remove the dead leaves and flowers, water the ...
Frost bite3/19/2016
  Q: My corn plant was left outside an froze. All the leaves died but the plant itself, I think, is still ...
  A: There are many different kinds of "freezing." There is 30 degree freezing and there is below 0 ...
Repotting Anthurium3/11/2016
  Q: I have a very overgrown anthurium in an 8" pot. I want to separate this into 6 or 8 pots. As you ...
  A: Congratulation on your obvious success with your Anthurium. It is overgrown, but the solution is ...
Why does my Anthurium look and feel so weird?3/8/2016
  Q: I have an anthurium in my room that hasn't bloomed red flowers in over 4 weeks. it has constant leaf ...
  A: It is hard to be sure from the photos, but it appears that your Anthurium has a spider mite ...
Dracaena Marginata potential problems3/2/2016
  Q: I have a Dracaena Marginata that I bought 2 1/2 years ago, that grew tremendously after I got it, ...
  A: I am so glad your contacted me BEFORE you went ahead with your plan to replace the soil and use a ...
Chamaedorea cataractarum under artificial lighting2/28/2016
  Q: , Two weeks ago I have bought a cat palm from wal-mart for my new apartment room, problem is that ...
  A: Let me start by saying that your existing setup is probably just fine for the next several months. ...
White pits on jade plant? Please help2/23/2016
  Q: I got a jade plant (Senecio Jacobsenii) about 2 months ago and over the past month it has developed ...
  A: Your Senecio likes direct sun, but not high temps. Depending on how yours is potted, watering every ...
Philodendron bipinnatifidum selloum 'Hope"2/19/2016
  Q: Why is my plant not growing? It's still in the original pot (12 inch), it was full when I bought ...
  A: Sparse, weak new growth is often caused by a plant's not getting enough light. Philodendron selloums ...
Mimosa pudica - pot size2/10/2016
  Q: what pot size is recommend? I got some seeds a while ago and thinking of getting a '3-d printed ...
  A: A small planter is much better than a large planter for your Mimosa, especially since you are ...
Dancing dolphin vine plant2/1/2016
  Q: On your last person she was asking about this plant the dancing dolphin vine well it's really if you ...
  A: Here are links to two online sellers of Dancing Dolphin: ...
Braided money tree2/1/2016
  Q: My money tree is growing great but some of the leaves are starting to turn brown on the ends . is ...
  A: Brown leaf tips on a Money Tree (Pachira) has several possible causes, but fungus or any other ...
my beefsteakbegonia1/29/2016
  Q: my beefsteak begonia leaves' problem
  A: Your photo doesn't show the entire plant and you haven't provided any information, so it is hard to ...
Houseplant care1/28/2016
  Q: This is my first indoor plant. Mass Cane/Pothos Planter . I have Always been afraid to buy and see ...
  A: I do wish you had contacted me before you made the decision to move your Mass cane to a larger pot ...
rubber tree plant1/15/2016
  Q: My mother-in-law suffered a stroke and entered rehab. Her rubber tree plant was on the porch and ...
  A: Do I understand correctly that you do have healthy new growth at the base of the plant, but all the ...
Christmas cactus1/15/2016
  Q: I want to start new plants from my large old one. How do I propagate cuttings - in water? in soil? ...
  A: There is no one way to propagate Christmas cactus cuttings. They certainly can be rooted in plain ...
Dracaena ID and problem1/12/2016
  Q: Hopefully you can help me, because my poor plant is not doing well. My dracaena has been healthy ...
  A: The symptoms in the photos of your Dracaena 'Lisa' are a pretty clear indication of serious root ...
spider plants1/11/2016
  Q: my question is, the tips of my plant is turning brown, and some of the babies are flowering. is the ...
  A: Flowers on a Spider Plant are a sign that the plant is overall healthy. The flowers are normally ...
gardinia1/2/2016
  Q: I have always loved the plant its my favorite flower my in law sent me one for Christmas and its ...
  A: Gardenias are a lovely gift with lush, white flowers with a magnificent scent. However, they are ...
Too tall Schefflera1/1/2016
  Q: Will, we have a relatively healthy single trunk Schefflera that has grown to 9 feet. Some leaves at ...
  A: The short answer is yes, it can be pruned back to your preferred height and it will generate now ...
Christmas cactus12/30/2015
  Q: I have a Christmas cactus that my mother watered to much while I was away for several months, ...
  A: Root rot is not caused by a disease in the soil so replacing the soil does not help. In fact, it may ...
cyclamen12/30/2015
  Q: I bought a beautiful tiny 2 inch pot of cyclamen in full bloom at the NY Botanical Garden last week. ...
  A: Two inches is a very tiny pot for a blooming sized Cyclamen, so I am guessing that you have a ...
Houseplant questions12/17/2015
  Q: I normally have a pretty green thumb, but I believe I have killed my Schefflera. I did a lot of ...
  A: For indoor plants, light is the most critical factor. If a plant does not receive adequate light, ...
Mini Mason Jar Planters12/16/2015
  Q: I have a bunch of mini mason jars (shot glass size) that I'd love to plant and give as gifts. I've ...
  A: This is a hard one for me to answer because your thoughtful idea is a good one, but in some ways ...
My fiddle leaf fig has new brown spotted leaves12/3/2015
  Q: I have recently received a Fiddle leaf fig as a gift. I am aware they aren't the cheapest plant and ...
  A: It is normal for new, immature Ficus lyrata leaves to be pale and speckled initially. As they age, ...
dying Ming tree bonsai12/1/2015
  Q: I have a young Ming Tree Bonsai, has lost all foliage, believe that the plant got too much water ...
  A: You haven't given me much specific information here, so it is hard for me to give you a definitive ...
8 foot ancient Dracaena Marginata! Please help!11/28/2015
  Q: Please help! My 8 foot tall Dracaena Marginata plant is dying! The main branch is very wrinkled, ...
  A: When a Marginata stem becomes wrinkled, you can be sure that stem has died from the bottom up. It is ...
Anthurium with browning leaves11/21/2015
  Q: I bought an anthurium with red flowers from the local supermarket last March and it's been sitting ...
  A: Most flowering plants sold today are hybrids that have been bred to bloom profusely at ...
Monstera11/14/2015
  Q: I came to you with a repotting question about a month or two ago when I purchased a new Monstera ...
  A: A photo of your plant would be very helpful. Are these new leaves that are pale green? If so, that ...
My home fern11/10/2015
  Q: I recently bought a fern. The seller did not undersand english so i could not get specifications. ...
  A: Your plant is a Norfolk Island Pine, an evergreen tree. It is NOT a Fern nor even a close relative ...
Creeping Jenny question11/9/2015
  Q: I potted up a beautiful plant with lots of creeping Jenny cascading over the side. I want to bring ...
  A: Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) is not used as an indoor houseplant because it requires lots ...
Coral cactus with brown spots11/4/2015
  Q: I think I neglected my coral cactus and it now has dry brown spots all over the fanned part. Will it ...
  A: The brown patches are caused by root damage due to improper watering. Unfortunately, damaged plant ...
massangeana cane11/4/2015
  Q: After being outside for a good 2 weeks we had the first frost. Well the plant now looks droopy and ...
  A: Your spelling is perfect! Dracaena massangeana canes are also commonly called Corn Plants. Your ...
Dracaena canes10/21/2015
  Q: I found three large Massangeana Dracaena canes in our village compost pile, one with the ID tag ...
  A: We don't know how long the canes have been rootless, without foliage and left in the compost area, ...
mini garden9/30/2015
  Q: I just planted a mini-garden on a whim in an old bonsai pot, about 7"x5"x2" deep. I put in a layer ...
  A: 1. Regular pruning is the only way to keep these plants at a manageable size. As long as the light ...
New Monstera plant9/27/2015
  Q: I've just purchased a Monstera plant and was looking to move it into a Terra Cotta pot of the same ...
  A: I'm glad you contacted me BEFORE you went ahead with the repotting. Like most potted plants, your ...
Varigated Pandanus Veitchii Plant9/18/2015
  Q: I just came across your websit. I have been searching on the internet to get some information on ...
  A: I am not surprised you have received contradictory information about your variegated Pandanus. Most ...
Charley9/18/2015
  Q: My sister and I have the only starts off of our mother's Creeping Charley since she passed away. ...
  A: I am going to assume that your "Creeping Charley" is a Plectranthus australis, although there are ...
20 yr old jade plant9/17/2015
  Q: I have a jade plant that is 20 yrs old and for the past couple of months the leaves look moldy and ...
  A: It is hard for me to diagnose the problem because "moldy and then yellow" are not very specific ...
Dieffenbachia white trail on stem?9/14/2015
  Q: I came back after three days and found this weird white trail on two stems of my dieffenbachia. ...
  A: I am not seeing anything unusual in the photos you provided. I think you may be looking too ...
Coral Cactus9/12/2015
  Q: I saw the other question on the leaves growing from the plant but didn't say anything in depth on ...
  A: Despite its common name "Coral Cactus," it is not actually a Cactus at all. It is a succulent ...
Monkey tail seedlings9/6/2015
  Q: I have grown some monkey tail cactus seedlings in a Ziploc bag covered container. I recently took ...
  A: Your question is instructive because it highlights the problem with the all too common use of common ...
repotting corn plant9/2/2015
  Q: I'm sorry I was unable to retrieve your answer
  A: I can tell you from over 30 years of experience that your Corn Plant does not need to be repotted. ...
corn plant9/2/2015
  Q: I would be unable to repot my corn plant in my apartment. What is the cost for removal an repotting ...
  A: I can tell you from over 30 years of experience that your Corn Plant does not need to be repotted. ...
Majesty Palm9/1/2015
  Q: I bought a m. Palm and it didn't have very good care at Walmart and it was on sale! But the soil ...
  A: Majesty Palms do not adapt well to indoor conditions, but they also cannot survive freezing ...
plant8/25/2015
  Q: Two years ago I bought a yucca plant and everything was perfect until May this year. Plant is ...
  A: Plant food is not medicine and is intended only for healthy, vigorously growing plants, so remove ...
bugs in peace lilly and black tips with holes starting.8/20/2015
  Q: I was wondering if the bugs that are in the peace Lillie also damage the plant? The tips of the ...
  A: The folks at your local nursery don't know what they are talking about, but they do know how to sell ...
bamboo8/12/2015
  Q: Can you tell me if a bamboo Pogonatherum Monica keeps its leaves all year round please? Thanks ...
  A: Although this plant is commonly called Bamboo, it is not really a Bamboo. It is a member of the ...
Elephant ear plant8/11/2015
  Q: I have a large Elephant ear plant that I'm keeping Indoors in a fairly large pot I'm thinking of ...
  A: There are several entirely different plants that are commonly called "elephant ear." It is hard for ...
Broken Dragon Tree8/7/2015
  Q: Help!! I recently moved and successfully got my over 8' dragon tree to my new home in one piece. I ...
  A: I'm sorry to learn about your broken Dragon Tree stem. I'm sure you are devastated, but as a friend ...
Rotten trunk Pachira aquatica8/6/2015
  Q: I have a Pachira aquatica that I belive in general feels pretty well. It grows in height, the leavs ...
  A: Having one or two of the braided stems die is a common problem with Pachiras. As long as you are ...
sorry7/31/2015
  Q: sorry about the last email its actually embarrassing, i sent so many emails to darlene over a period ...
  A: No apology necessary. I have had bad days and gotten frustrated when people did not follow through ...
Yucca plant7/30/2015
  Q: I have had Yucca plants before, then i moved and they died "husband didn't water " LOL. I bought ...
  A: Here is how the cane forms of Yuccas and Corn Plants are grown. Very large and tall (up to 20 feet) ...
Mexican hat plants7/23/2015
  Q: I have 2 Mexican hat plants. I don't know how to prune them to prevent them from getting to high. ...
  A: Your Mexican Hat (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) can be pruned quite easily. Simply cut the main stem at ...
Schefflera plant - burt?7/23/2015
  Q: I have a large schefflera plant that I've had for over 30 years. I just retrieved it from my ...
  A: Absolutely, the intensity of the sunlight and the heat are too much for your Schefflera. Any leaves ...
purple wandering jew7/16/2015
  Q: i got another purple wandering jew growing in hydroponics it hasent flowered yet also i heard that ...
  A: I am not Darlene so I don't know why she did not respond to your question, which just now came to my ...
Ponytail Palm disease7/13/2015
  Q: I have a ponytail plant I purchased 6 months ago and repotted it into another container. It did ...
  A: It is not a disease. You made the most common of all plant care mistakes - unnecessarily repotting. ...
Jade plant & Swedish Ivy7/11/2015
  Q: (house plants) My Swedish ivy has very tiny leaves and I've been trying to figure out what's wrong ...
  A: The likely cause is that the plants are now receiving less light than they did in the nursery where ...
Spider on houseplants6/21/2015
  Q: I have a small black spider who has taken residence on my houseplants. Has a seriously impressive ...
  A: That is a busy spider! He certainty will not harm your plants and may help deter any plant pests. It ...
Schefflera Rooted in Water..Now What?6/20/2015
  Q: I had a huge spindly indoor Schefflera Plant for 10 years, with leaves only at the top of the ...
  A: I know it probably seems like a long time to you, but to have that much root growth in a month is a ...
ficus tree6/14/2015
  Q: have had this ficus for over ten years in same place. About month ago it started shedding leaves ...
  A: I need more specifics to be able to help you properly. Ficus trees are notorious for dropping lots ...
Best Potting mix soil for Ponytail palm tree repotting6/14/2015
  Q: I live in Mexico City, and have a BEAUTIFUL 10 year old pony tail palm which is doing great. I have ...
  A: Betty, Your question is about the best potting mix for your Ponytail Palm, so I will address that ...
Gardinias6/11/2015
  Q: I have a Gardinia plant in about 15" diameter pot. Leaves are constantly falling. It blossoms but ...
  A: Gardenias are very difficult and demanding plants and rarely do well indoors. In general, they ...
christmas cactus losing leaves6/11/2015
  Q: I have two 32 year old christmas cactus i got when i got married. I have taken great care of them i ...
  A: From your description, you have two identical plants that have been treated in exactly the same ...
Fushias and double Impaticence6/3/2015
  Q: Good morning. My first question is on my trailing double fuchsia. I don't know the name there was no ...
  A: Most people grow Fuchsias (correct spelling) and Impatiens outside in summer as annuals and discard ...
Jade plants5/26/2015
  Q: I have a mature Jade plant that has always been healthy and a fast grower. For the last month petals ...
  A: "Crinkle" is subjective description. With a Jade it might refer to leaves shriveling or it might ...
Temp5/21/2015
  Q: The dracaena massangeana cane my grandma calls it a corn plant well it was her mother then hers now ...
  A: Corn Plants grow in deep shade in their tropical forest native habitats. Consequently, they don't ...
Coral Cactus5/20/2015
  Q: My Coral Cactus sprouted pointed leaves 3yrs. ago. I have been giving it 1/4c. of water weekly. It ...
  A: You have not provided any information about your Coral Cactus (plant size, pot size, available ...
Ficus tree5/18/2015
  Q: What causes my indoor Ficus tree leaves to get very sticky?
  A: Stickiness on Ficus trees is caused by either scale insects or mealybugs. Scale insects appear as ...
White Bird of Paradise5/14/2015
  Q: I was given a White Bird of Paradise for Christmas this year. I have it in a east facing window. ...
  A: Without more detail about what your watering routine is and whether your White Bird was repotted, it ...
my question is about my dolphin plant5/12/2015
  Q: friend of mine gave me a start the plan is doing beautiful have all kinds of orange flowers but now ...
  A: "Little white balls" could mean many things, but I will make an educated guess that if they feel ...
Rozalea5/11/2015
  Q: I have received a pink not coral pink rozalea when I was in the hospital a couple of years ago. A ...
  A: Rozalea is a hybrid variety of Azalea, so named because its flowers look like roses. However, they ...
Mimosa pudica5/2/2015
  Q: Do any stores sell these seeds? Southern states? Nurseries ? Or only online ? Thank you
  A: There is no way for me to know what stores in your area have available. Sensitive plant seeds are ...
prayer plant pruning5/2/2015
  Q: I'm afraid I have neglected my plants at times and now my prayer plant is getting long stems with a ...
  A: Pruning is the most neglected part of plant care. Most plant owners avoid it because they are afraid ...
Insect in bamboo water4/30/2015
  Q: Have not had my bamboo very long , just noticed a couple of things swimming round like wormy and ...
  A: The tiny critters in the water are not a cause for concern for you Lucky Bamboo. However, you should ...
ponytail palm tree4/27/2015
  Q: How often does a Ponytail Palm flower
  A: It is uncommon, but not rare for a potted Ponytail Palm to flower, especially when kept indoors. It ...
spider mites4/27/2015
  Q: From reading several articles, I think I have spider mites on my indoor gardenia plant. There are ...
  A: I always worry a bit when someone has found information elsewhere. That is because there is so much ...
Peace Lily care4/25/2015
  Q: Will, I have a peace lily I have had for several years. I have transplanted it one. I have noticed ...
  A: It is hard to avoid a limited amount of leaf edge and tip browning on Peace Lilies. It is best to ...
Jade Plant4/24/2015
  Q: I've had my jade for a month now, but it's been dropping leaves and steadily wilting. Its remaining ...
  A: Leaf drop and wilting are indicators that there is a problem with the roots. If you are waiting too ...
Pony Tail Palm4/24/2015
  Q: Back in January I asked you about cutting off one of the three stalks of my pony tai palm. You said ...
  A: I recommend that you cut back the tallest stem about halfway to a height of 10-12 inches. Please ...
calla lily4/23/2015
  Q: We received a beautiful purple calla lily at my husband's funeral. After it finished blooming, I let ...
  A: Unfortunately, mushy bulbs do not recover. The mushiness is a sign of either a bacterial infection ...
Cereus Night-Blooming Cactus4/21/2015
  Q: About two years ago, a friend gave me a small, very bedraggled looking plant that looked a little ...
  A: Orchid Cactus and Night-blooming Cereus are common names that are often applied to different plants. ...
christmas cactus and repotting4/16/2015
  Q: I have a cc I would guess is at least 15 years old I think it is older then that. Part of it was my ...
  A: I have good news for you. The reason your holiday cactus has done so well is because you have NOT ...
China doll problem4/12/2015
  Q: It seemed healthy until about a month later the top leaves started turning black and now they are ...
  A: That clearly reveals the problem. The most common mistake in potted plant care is putting plants ...
disease on small indoor palm4/12/2015
  Q: I have had this plant for almost 3 years. Over this past winter the leaves are partly covered this a ...
  A: Palm is a generic term that is used to refer to many different plant species, some of which are not ...
identifying my plants4/8/2015
  Q: My mother past away a few months ago and I inherited her house plants....the only one I know for ...
  A: The only plant I can see in the photo is a Syngonium podophyllum. It is sometimes commonly called ...
Jade Plant - Disturbed Roots4/8/2015
  Q: I've had my jade plant for two and a half months now. Three weeks ago, the pot tipped over while I ...
  A: I don't understand how the roots snapped off. If all of the roots are gone, then you will have to ...
Norfolk Pine4/3/2015
  Q: I have a large pot with 3 Norfolk Pines in it. It was too big to separate them when I got it. It ...
  A: I am having difficulty imagining just what you are trying to describe. What direction is the "shoot" ...
Kalanchoe over-watered?4/2/2015
  Q: "I have had my Kalanchoe for a couple of months now and I thought I was doing well with not watering ...
  A: Plants do wilt when they are deprived of water. However, when a plant is kept too wet, then the ...
black spots under croton leaves4/1/2015
  Q: My croton is about 5 years old and was repotted several months ago when the soil started smelling ...
  A: From your somewhat limited description, I believe the black spots are scale insects. Scales have ...
Yucca Plant4/1/2015
  Q: I have a Yucca/Cane plant and after I purchased it- I have these sprouts and I just want to verify ...
  A: I cannot be sure just what those seedlings are, but they certainly are not Yucca plants. Most likely ...
ivy plant3/30/2015
  Q: I have read most of the answers of all questions asked,my ivy was so getting big and had beautiful ...
  A: When an Ivy goes limp and does not perk up soon after watering, then it means the roots have mostly ...
rubber plant3/26/2015
  Q: My rubber plant is about 2 1/2 years old. The lower part of the stem looks like it's dying it looks ...
  A: It is a normal part of the aging process for lower stems to develop bark as they age. Newer stems ...
oxygen emmiting house plants3/24/2015
  Q: I sleep with lot of aloe vera plants in my bedroom. Does that give me more oxygen in my blood?
  A: Virtually all plants emit oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide that we exhale. That is why animals and ...
Gnats in Plants3/21/2015
  Q: Howcan I get rid of gnats in plants? What are soap sprays? Can a schefflera be rooted?
  A: Flying adult fungus gnats only live for about a week before dying of old age. However, the larvae or ...
Aechmea 'Primera"3/19/2015
  Q: I received a Aechmea planter for a gift after I had back surgery. Never seen or heard of this ...
  A: Your Aechmea is a member of the Bromeliad family of plants. It is not listed as toxic to cats on the ...
Is my jasmine dying?3/16/2015
  Q: I used to water my potted jasmine once in 3 days. It bloomed beautifully 2 weeks back with lovely ...
  A: Jasmine are not ever-blooming like African Violets, for example. Typically, Jasmine put out buds ...
yukka plant3/13/2015
  Q: i have a yukka and it has developed green/blue patches and its stem and bark are soft to the ...
  A: I'm afraid your Yucca cannot be saved. Once a stem gets soft, it means the roots have rotted to such ...
Dracaena Marginata Issues3/10/2015
  Q: I have had my Dracaena Marginata for about two years and it has two "trunks"; I recently noticed ...
  A: The cracks in the trunk are unusual but may be related to the over-sized pot that you have your ...
Help me fix my money tree :(3/7/2015
  Q: My plant had these spots that started small are are getting bigger. I do keep it outside but the ...
  A: Potted Money Trees are fairly fragile plants and do not hold up well outdoors. Every local climate ...
Rubber Tree plant3/1/2015
  Q: My rubber tree is very old and it has recently sprouted a new "branch" on one side. These leaves are ...
  A: To be able to help you properly, I would need to see a clear photo that shows the entire tree, ...
pruned root, dying plant!2/28/2015
  Q: I bought my first palm 5 weeks ago from Home Depot which came in a 12" planter. As you can see from ...
  A: I wish I had a cure for your Palm problems, but it is too late. It will not recover. As you have ...
Azalea Tree2/27/2015
  Q: I received this Azalea plant for Valentine. It is getting new growth on the lower pare of the trunk. ...
  A: A photo would be helpful as braided Azalea trees are grown in many different styles and I cannot be ...
Gnats in my plants and the little yellow water filled balls2/23/2015
  Q: I have been on google over 4 months and am finally coming to you for help. I noticed today you were ...
  A: There are three issues here. One, is unnecessary repotting. A second is lack of quality control with ...
Pagoda Dragon plant2/21/2015
  Q: I have just purchased a pagoda dragon plant and want to know if I can prune it and make new plants ...
  A: I have never heard of a plant by that name. Even Google cannot find a plant with that name. If you ...
Norfolk pine2/17/2015
  Q: my indoor Norfolk pine tree is dying the branches are turning brown falling off and turning up from ...
  A: There are several possibilities here. As Norfolk Island Pines age, they naturally will drop some of ...
What kind of plant is this?2/15/2015
  Q: My mom gave me this plant but wasn't exactly sure what it is. I'm slowly killing it, but I don't ...
  A: Your plant is a Yucca elephantipes. Your mom is partially correct. It does prefer to stay dry, but ...
Growing lights for my Spathiphyllum2/13/2015
  Q: I don't really know a lot about houseplants or how to care for them. I did read up a bit about how ...
  A: If the indirect natural light your plant receives is adequate to read newsprint comfortably for most ...
Monstera2/13/2015
  Q: I am trying to repot my old monstera. There are many "roots" that go from the stem of the plant to ...
  A: In nature, those aerial roots wander along and attach to the damp rain forest soil and up damp tree ...
i can't identify this plant2/13/2015
  Q: I would like to know the species so that I find out how to best care for it. It is on a desk in ...
  A: Your plant is commonly called Sago Palm, although it is not technically a Palm. It's botanical name ...
watering peace lily2/11/2015
  Q: how much water does a peace lily need ?
  A: Water use by any plant depends on its size, its root system, the available light, temperature and ...
Some Kind of Creature in a Glass Vase2/10/2015
  Q: Good Day to You: I have a co-worker who was out of the office on medical leave and I told her that ...
  A: Without actually seeing the water-borne creatures, I cannot ID them. However, it doesn't matter ...
Ficus needs help!2/9/2015
  Q: I have had a ficus tree for 28 years and it was doing beautifully until we had some furnace repair ...
  A: The degree of damage caused by cold depends on just how low the temperature got and how long it was ...
Jade plant2/8/2015
  Q: I have a large older indoor Jade plant with the main trunk being 28". The pot size is 53" at base. ...
  A: Older Jades have very minimal requirements that must respected. They do not like change or to have ...
maranta leuconeura curled up leaves2/6/2015
  Q: My maranta plant has curled up leaves for a few days now. It is in my office and seemed to be ...
  A: Your Maranta has wilted very badly and I do not know if it will recover. Wilting occurs when a ...
Rabbit Foot Fern dropping new fronds2/4/2015
  Q: I believe my rabbit foot fern is Davallia fejeensis. I recently moved with all my plants. And right ...
  A: You do have the correct botanical name for your fern. There are several problems here. First, your ...
Prayer Plant problems1/31/2015
  Q: I have a prayer plant that has not been doing well since it was repotted in November. Tried a number ...
  A: Those nodules or tubers that you see are perfectly normal part of this plant's root structure. Your ...
Azaleas1/31/2015
  Q: I also received Azaleas without instructions. I live in a very dry area of Colorado that gets alot ...
  A: If your Azalea is on a windowsill and the window is completely uncovered, then an east or north ...
ficus1/30/2015
  Q: I have a Ficus . lately I have observed that it has shed all its leaves. The branches also look dry. ...
  A: Ficus trees are not easy. First and foremost, they must be right in front of a completely uncovered ...
ficus1/30/2015
  Q: I have a Ficus . lately I have observed that it has shed all its leaves. The branches also look dry. ...
  A: Ficus trees are not easy. First and foremost, they must be right in front of a completely uncovered ...
Pony Tail plant1/29/2015
  Q: My pony tail developed mealy bug - lots. I sprayed the hose on it then wiped the leaves with oil. ...
  A: Mealybugs attack plants that are under stress for other reasons. The dying back of new leaves and ...
Gardenia indoor plant1/27/2015
  Q: Some of the branches have small, wilted leaves, whilt the rest of the plant remains robust and ...
  A: I will need a good photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot to be able to determine the ...
pony tail palm1/26/2015
  Q: I have a plant that had a single stem that I cut off several decades ago, it grew back as 3 stems & ...
  A: Your Ponytail Palm is gorgeous and looks great on that high stand. Visually, however, it does need ...
Chinese Evergreen1/24/2015
  Q: Is it detrimental to repot the chinese evergreen? my wife purchased on and is contemplating ...
  A: As a general rule, it is best to leave root systems undisturbed whenever possible. That means not ...
dancing dolphin1/23/2015
  Q: I am sorry that I do not know the Botanical name for this plant but , my sister gave me the plant ...
  A: There are several plants that are commonly referred to as Dancing Dolphin, but yours is most likely ...
tiny white insect eggs in hsplant soil1/18/2015
  Q: these tiny white insect eggs are in clumps and are around the bottom edge of the clear plastic cup ...
  A: It is unlikely that what you are seeing are insect eggs. Without seeing them myself, I cannot be ...
dracaena plant1/16/2015
  Q: i bought it about 3 months ago from a supermarket to go into my conservatory . it was growing well ...
  A: Sudden leaf drop by a Dracaena marginata can be caused by improper watering, exposure to cold or ...
Why does my Papyrus have white crusty stuff on the stems?1/16/2015
  Q: I received several papyrus cuttings from a friend. The Mother plant dates back to the 1970's so I'm ...
  A: I assume that other than the white mineral deposits, your plants are healthy. It is likely that ...
Ponytail Palm1/15/2015
  Q: I have had this plant about two years. There are three 'branches' that all seemed to be doing well ...
  A: I have written frequently that unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant ...
Ming Aralia1/14/2015
  Q: I took home a cutting of my Aunt's ming aralia about three months ago. I set it in water and got it ...
  A: You made the common mistake of repotting unnecessarily. It was growing well until you repotted. ...
Christmas cactus1/13/2015
  Q: I have had my plant for seven years, I moved recently and now my plant is droopy. I have never ...
  A: That is a very large pot for a Christmas Cactus that size. This plant has a very small root system ...
Ponytail palm1/12/2015
  Q: My vessel that I got my plant in, broke. I need to know, what type of soil do I need. The plant, I ...
  A: You want to make as few changes as possible. If the rootball is still intact, then find another pot ...
indoor/outdoor yucca plant1/10/2015
  Q: I bought this yucca plant last summer. left it outside until cool weather. I notice lately the ...
  A: Most plants struggle to adapt to being moved outside in warm weather and back inside in cold ...
orchids1/9/2015
  Q: Every time I go out of town something happens to one of my plants! When I went to the East Coast my ...
  A: There are literally tens of thousands of different Orchid species, each with their own growing ...
Fiddle Leaf Fig1/6/2015
  Q: I have a fiddle leaf fig that has recently developed large brown spots on the leaves. I have the ...
  A: Brown leaf spots on Ficus lyratas are a generic symptom with no one cause. Improper watering is the ...
Plant name1/4/2015
  Q: Could you please tell me the name of this plant?
  A: Your plant looks like a Sweet Olive, known botanically as Osmanthus fragrans. Provide lots of very ...
SICK RUBBERTREE HOUSE PLANT1/3/2015
  Q: The leaves on my rubber tree plant started to loose its color, turn golden and then it fell off. ...
  A: A limited amount of lower leaf discoloration and drop is normal. However, if your Rubber Tree is ...
Gardenia1/3/2015
  Q: I have an indoor gardenia plant. How do I know when to repot it? Also I've noticed some white ...
  A: Gardenias rarely need repotting. Repot only when the soil dries out within 3 days following a ...
hanging jade house plant1/3/2015
  Q: Good Morning, In October I purchased 2 beautiful hanging jade plants. I placed each in a window to ...
  A: A photo posted here or emailed to my address below would be very helpful. "White foamy substance" ...
Fiddle leaf12/31/2014
  Q: Why is it getting big brown spots
  A: Brown leaf spots on Ficus lyratas are generic symptoms with several possible cause, including ...
Yellowing and dropping leaves12/30/2014
  Q: I have 2 Aruba Wind Hibiscus'. I've had one about 3 years and the other about 1 year. I winter them ...
  A: Hibiscus trees do not over-winter very well indoors. They have to be pest-free when brought inside ...
bougainvillea changing colour12/25/2014
  Q: I had a potted red colour bbougainvillea with variegated leaves.As soon as I planted it in ground it ...
  A: Most all Bougainvilleas that are grown in pots in nurseries are hybrids and they are quite fragile. ...
avecado12/23/2014
  Q: I'm growing avecado, it has two branches, I think now I have to put it in the soil, should I have to ...
  A: Yes it is overdue to move your Avocado to a small pot (about 4" diameter) filled with damp potting ...
broken branch12/22/2014
  Q: I broke a branch off of my 3 foot indoor tree and I want you know if it can be fixed and don't laugh ...
  A: Your tree is a Dracaena marginata, sometimes called Dragon Tree. Unfortunately, broken stems cannot ...
Bird of Paradise indoors12/21/2014
  Q: I just want to know what causes the brand new leaves of BOP to open up only half way....otherwise ...
  A: It is quite common for emerging B of P leaves to get stuck while trying to unfurl. Allowing the soil ...
Ficus Tree12/15/2014
  Q: We have had this indoor Ficus Tree for 26 years now, it was given to me as a retirement gift from ...
  A: I'm glad you thought to mention the water softener because that is almost assuredly the cause of the ...
Dying yucca plant12/15/2014
  Q: I have a yucca plant and it was very green growing and healthily, now that the weather is changing ...
  A: A photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot, would make it much better for me to make a ...
insecticide12/13/2014
  Q: good morning will....I have a dracaena marginata plant...I had noticied small flying insects in my ...
  A: The flying insects are called fungus gnats. The larvae (eggs) live in the soil of plants near the ...
pachira aquatica potting mix12/13/2014
  Q: I just repotted my money tree in only peat moss and perlite. Peat moss to perlite ratio is about 4 ...
  A: Soil-less potting mixes are the preferred potting medium now. The 4 parts peat and 1 part perlite ...
My Ming Arelia12/13/2014
  Q: My Ming was purchased from a reputable garden center about a year and a half ago. Yes its was summer ...
  A: Ming Aralias do not like change and react strongly by suddenly dropping many leaves when they are ...
Schefflera12/11/2014
  Q: I have this plant and do no know its.name but recently it.has developed A strange looking marks ...
  A: Your plant is a Schefflera 'Amate. The plant below it with much smaller leaves is a very close ...
transpiration12/9/2014
  Q: I have 53 potted plants. There are 3 hibiscus in 14" pots and the others are in 1 gallon nursery ...
  A: I am not sure if you are concerned that the humidity in your home might rise above 50% or if you are ...
fica leaves12/8/2014
  Q: Should dead fica leaves be cleared from the potted fica's soil?
  A: In general, it is best to remove dead leaves from the soil of any potted plant or tree. Outdoors, ...
Fiddle-Leaf FIg- Is it Dead? Can I save it?11/30/2014
  Q: I have a fiddle-leaf fig tree that I "rescued" from a dumpster at the office I work in. (To clarify, ...
  A: You have a tough Ficus lyrata! You should add some soil on top of the rootball and press it down in ...
Jade plant mealybugs11/30/2014
  Q: I have a jade plant with those cottony webs all over in the junctures between leaves and branches. ...
  A: Your Jade Plant has a serious mealybug infestation. The information you found is incomplete. Mix a ...
Yucca plant11/28/2014
  Q: Tracy: I have what I think is a yucca house plant. However, there appears to be several varieties ...
  A: Your Yucca is called a Yucca Cane. Cane refers to the thick canes or stems that grow out of the ...
Benjamina Ficus tree11/28/2014
  Q: i keep my tree outside during spring and summer bringing it in when nightime temp drops. This year ...
  A: There are a number of issues here for your plants. One is adjustment to the change in light. A ...
White bird of paradise leaves turning brown11/25/2014
  Q: I've owned this bird of paradise for a few months now. I bought it prepotted in a well drained pot ...
  A: That looks like normal leaf cracking and splitting that occurs with White Birds. The leaves split ...
corn plant11/24/2014
  Q: we have had our corn plant for 35 year and prune it back regularly. this week the plant actually ...
  A: It is unusual, but not rare, for older Corn Plants to flower, as yours is. Typically, it happens ...
umbrella tree11/24/2014
  Q: I have an umbrella tree that is over 30 years old. I put it outside in the summer and bring it back ...
  A: Let me explain why I do not recommend moving houseplants outside in warm weather. Outdoor light is ...
Rozalea Coral11/22/2014
  Q: I received this Rozalea plant 1 month ago in the hospital from my husband and grandson while having ...
  A: I hope your cancer surgery was successful and you are recovering accordingly. I was also treated for ...
rubber tree11/22/2014
  Q: I was wondering if I could start roots on a rubber tree plant? I cut off the top 6 in of the plant ...
  A: The best way to propagate a Rubber Tree cutting is by air-layering. However, that is only done ...
Diseased Pachira Help!11/10/2014
  Q: I have had my Pachira (money tree) for about 4 years now and repotted it twice and it was doing ...
  A: We cannot properly compare your Pachira to your other plants for a couple of reasons. One, different ...
Ficus Lyrata care11/8/2014
  Q: I always wanted a ficus lyrata and finally, I bought one a week ago. Two days later, new leaves at ...
  A: In the photos your Ficus lyrata looks healthy. However, I am concerned that you said new leaf growth ...
Can this happen11/5/2014
  Q: Yesterday I went into the den where my mom has a vase that has artificial plants in it as well as ...
  A: I am sorry to learn you may have had an allergic reaction to Eucalyptus. This plant species is ...
banana tree11/5/2014
  Q: i just want to know that banana plant can we put inside the home or not... and which side its gud..
  A: A Banana Plant can be grown inside your home, but only right in front of and very close to a ...
Potted Gardenia11/5/2014
  Q: I just brought my potted gardenia bush indoors for the winter. Its big. Large pot, grown to about ...
  A: Gardenias are very challenging plants when kept indoors as potted plants. Of course, they do need to ...
norfolk pines10/31/2014
  Q: I want to move my Norfolk pine to the garage for the winter and am not sure if it will survive in an ...
  A: 40 degrees F. should not be a problem for your Norfolk Pine. Make sure that it gets enough light and ...
jade plant10/29/2014
  Q: I have a very old jade indoor tree and the last year or so I notice that it is loosing alot of the ...
  A: You haven't provided any information about how long you have had your Jade, the light that it ...
Indoor Lemon Hemlock/mushroom growth10/29/2014
  Q: Six months-plus ago, I bought a Lemon Hemlock approx. one foot high, repotted it about three months ...
  A: I have never heard of a "lemon hemlock" tree and could not find a single reference to one on the ...
Housplant-Fiscus not doing well10/26/2014
  Q: I got a small potted Fiscus for my birthday and once I brought it home I placed it on my kitchen ...
  A: It is quite common for Ficus tress to shed many leaves whenever they are relocated. If you have ...
China Doll Plant10/24/2014
  Q: Someone gave me a china doll plant a few months ago. I have it sitting in front of a patio door ...
  A: China Doll's are lovely plants, but very unforgiving of any lapses in their care. If they are ...
Fiddle leaf is getting spots10/24/2014
  Q: I suspect I over watered and have stopped that had this from a family member funeral 3 weeks... I do ...
  A: I am sorry about the recent deaths in your family. I wish I had a simple answer to your questions, ...
Ponytail Palm10/20/2014
  Q: I read one of your answers regarding my Ponytail Palm but now am wondering if it requires or ...
  A: The value of plant food for indoor potted plants is vastly over stated. Indoors, plants are growing ...
Christmas Cactus10/17/2014
  Q: I have several questions: 1) I've had my Christmas Cactus going on two years. It did not bloom last ...
  A: From your description, it seems your holiday cactus is healthy and you have been providing good ...
dragon plant10/12/2014
  Q: why does my dragon plant look like this?? I mean I repotted it because I thought my friend was going ...
  A: For starters, the pot is much too large for this small Dracaena marginata. With all that extra soil ...
plant I'd and info10/10/2014
  Q: Could you please I'd this plant and give any info ? Potting soil, types of water to water with , ...
  A: Your new plant is a Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India.' It does best in mostly bright indirect light ...
Gnatrol and Nematodes Sf10/9/2014
  Q: Is it safe to use both Gnatrol and Nematodes Sf at the same time?
  A: It is not a good idea to use any pesticides with nematodes or any other beneficial insects. Gnatrol ...
My Lucky Bamboo10/8/2014
  Q: Little black things swimming in my vase of lucky bamboo; are they mosquito larvae? or???? and what ...
  A: There is no way for me to identify what insects you are seeing without actually seeing them. But it ...
what type of plant is this?10/7/2014
  Q: I have a plant that I brought seen it before many times in the store but for the life of me cannot ...
  A: Your plant is a type of Palm, but the photo is not clear enough for me to determine which species of ...
JADE10/2/2014
  Q: Will planting a jade in a pot with NO hole in the bottom for the exiting of water cause a potential ...
  A: That is a good question. Many folks have heard that it is best to use pots that have drain holes, ...
Saddle Leaf Philodendron10/2/2014
  Q: I have a 40 plus year old Saddle Leaf Philodendron. It is quite large and becoming difficult for my ...
  A: It might be possible to prune back the roots of your Philodendron selloum, but it would be very ...
spots on outdoors creeping charlie9/30/2014
  Q: I have 2 young creeping Charlie plants outdoors . One is getting small iridescent spots on its ...
  A: "Creeping Charlie" is a common name that refers to two entirely different plant species. That is why ...
diffenbachia9/18/2014
  Q: I seen one readers question about water drops on diffenbachia plant... I also have a diffenbachia in ...
  A: I don't know just how much water you are seeing. If it is a lot of water, then it may be coming from ...
Fiddle fig tree9/17/2014
  Q: I have a small fiddle fig tree that looked perfect when I left for work at noon today, 12 hours ...
  A: Both high temps above 90 degrees F. and too much direct sunlight can cause the symptoms you ...
artificial light for hibiscus9/16/2014
  Q: I just acquired 2 hibiscus trees and would like to move them to our living room in the basement. I ...
  A: Hibiscus are not good indoor houseplants because they require lots of natural light, fresh air and ...
bug removal9/13/2014
  Q: how can I remove bugs from house plants that I have put out doors all summer? like water bugs, ...
  A: There is no foolproof answer to your question about removing pests from houseplants kept outside in ...
Jade plant9/9/2014
  Q: I have a 23 year old jade plant. Up on a top branch she has a white root sprouting out. I read that ...
  A: There is no need for you to do anything. Jade Plants do occasionally put out aerial roots. They are ...
Schoffield plant9/9/2014
  Q: This man gave me this large plant, very temperamental now I moved and it likes this one window ...
  A: I believe your plant is a Schefflera. However, there are two varieties that are commonly used ...
Norfolk Pine9/7/2014
  Q: I bought this mini pine a couple Christmases ago and noticed that it is actually a cluster of ...
  A: That helps me understand your plant situation and provide insights into potential problems that you ...
Pest prevention9/5/2014
  Q: Where do root aphids come from?
  A: Root aphids do not occur with plants that are normally grown indoors as houseplants. I know that pot ...
indoor palm plant9/4/2014
  Q: I have an indoor palm plant that is over 20 years old. Description: 4 ft. tall and hitting the ...
  A: There are many different types of Palm species and many other plant species that people think are ...
Areca Palm9/3/2014
  Q: I purchased an Areca palm a few years ago from a grocery store because they were killing it. The ...
  A: I am having a hard time deciphering just what you are seeing. A good photo would be most helpful. ...
string of pearls8/29/2014
  Q: i bought a string of pearls plant last week i watered it a little and put it up high in my kitchen ...
  A: Your Senecio rowleyanus should not be showing signs of deterioration after only a week in your ...
Sick ti plant8/25/2014
  Q: About 40 years ago I grew a ti plant from a log I ordered from the back of Seventeen Magazine. It ...
  A: A photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot, would be most helpful. You can post it here ...
Aechmea Primera8/24/2014
  Q: A friend of mine bought me this beautiful plant. However, the pink flower has died and there is one ...
  A: Your Aechmea is in the Bromeliad family of plants and grows differently than most potted plants. ...
Peace lily8/23/2014
  Q: My mother has two potted peace lilies and both are experiencing black curling leaves. She has had ...
  A: Black leaves are usually a good indication of root damage. With Peace Lilies, the most common cause ...
Kalanchoe plant8/19/2014
  Q: I placed a clear plastic laundry bag over my kalanchoe plant last winter for 3 months while the ...
  A: I'm not sure why you put your Kalanchoe in plastic for 3 months last winter. Was that because you ...
care of African Violet's8/15/2014
  Q: I have removed my plants out of the small containers that you buy them in..and replanted in a much ...
  A: You have committed the most common of all plant care mistakes - repotting unnecessarily and ...
Devil's Ivy8/8/2014
  Q: I know little about plants. According to the photos online, I have a hanging Devil’s ivy or pothos ...
  A: It is hard to predict individual plants. Pothos are reasonably forgiving of underwatering, but if ...
Help with Shamrock (Oxalis)8/6/2014
  Q: Over the past few weeks my oxalis has developed some very strange looking white spots on the tops of ...
  A: Your Oxalis appears to have a scale insect infestation. Scale can be treated with a very thorough ...
Fungus Gnats8/2/2014
  Q: the pots of my house plants seem to be infested with fungus gnats. The tiny bugs are always flying ...
  A: Fungus gnats are the symptoms of a larger problem. The gnat larvae live in the soil and feed on ...
Alkaline Soil8/2/2014
  Q: I just did a soil pH test for my plants and I realized that some of the old soil I've been using is ...
  A: What pH reading are you getting that concerns you? Most indoor plants do best in moderately acidic ...
Repotting ZZ Plant8/1/2014
  Q: I have had my ZZ plant for 7 years & it is in a pot & stands 4' above pot. Pot is 15" tall & 57" in ...
  A: There is no need to repot and attempting to divide the rootball is not only difficult to do, but it ...
spider plant babies7/6/2014
  Q: I have a spider plant that has about 10 runners of babies. I was wondering if it will get more ...
  A: Ten Spider Plant runners is a considerable accomplishment, so pat yourself on the back for doing a ...
begonias7/1/2014
  Q: I have two large pots with red begonias growing nicely, however, the red colors aren't very bright. ...
  A: It is very likely that the variety of the Begonia you have is different from the one your neighbor ...
Gardenias6/23/2014
  Q: I two weeks ago I purchased a gardenia plant from my local nursery. The description said that it ...
  A: Gardenias are among the most difficult plants to grow indoors in the home and close to impossible to ...
plant nutrients6/23/2014
  Q: I use Seachem flourish and Kent marine pro plant also I put In 3% hydrogen proxide (half teaspoon) ...
  A: Seachem Flourish and Kent Marine are formulated for use with aquarium plants. I do not recommend ...
Plant care6/22/2014
  Q:
  A: There are hundreds of different kinds of tea, so I can only reply generally. Some teas may help ...
Philodendron oxycardium6/21/2014
  Q: I have very hard mineral water and a few leaves and stems have accumlated alot of calcium on them ...
  A: When hard water is used to water plants, over time the mineral salts build up in the soil. Sometimes ...
Philodendron oxycardium6/21/2014
  Q:
  A: No indoor artificial lighting will adversely affect your Philodendron. In fact, some kinds of ...
Identity and how to re-pot6/16/2014
  Q: This plant came from my Grandmother's funeral over 25 years ago. My Mother has had it all this time, ...
  A: Your plant is a Philodendron selloum. It typically has one main stem out of which leaf stems grow. ...
Hawaiian Ti plant6/16/2014
  Q: I have an Hawaiian Ti plant that has grown nicely since I bought it as a log in 1971. It has ...
  A: Brown leaves on a Ti Plant are a generic symptom with several possible causes, so I cannot say for ...
money tree assitance6/13/2014
  Q: we purchased a 10" braided money for my office, when I noticed bugs in the soil (gnat like) I tried ...
  A: I cannot see much of the pot and that is important. I am guessing that the pot may not have drain ...
bonsai gardenia6/11/2014
  Q: I received a bonsai gardenia for mother's day from my son. He sent to me from Pro Plant. It is ...
  A: This kind of question is always the toughest for me to answer. Your son has given you a lovely and ...
sago palm6/6/2014
  Q: Purchased a few months ago and is growing, growing, growing. I notice the tips of a few of the older ...
  A: The white tips are not really a cause for concern. The usual cause is an episode of drought when the ...
curly leaf ficus6/4/2014
  Q: I have a 6ft. curly leaf ficus tree. At least that's what I think it is. The leaves naturally curl. ...
  A: I don't know of any Ficus species that are large and have naturally curly leaves. Ficus pumila has ...
Damaged desert rose6/3/2014
  Q: We live in south Fl, came home yesterday after a windy stormy day and found our prized potted desert ...
  A: You could try propagating each of the four branches by cutting each just above where they emerge ...
rubber plant5/29/2014
  Q: I have a problem with my rubber plant or maybe I should say plants.I rooted several starts from a ...
  A: One of the many important functions of roots is to support the plant and keep it upright. If the ...
corn houseplant5/26/2014
  Q: my plant is more than 12 ft. long, it is getting too big for my house. It is blocking the hand rail, ...
  A: It is quite easy to prune back your Dracaena and pruning it will not harm it in any way. I suggest ...
Coral cactus5/25/2014
  Q: Why is the top of my coral cactus not pink?
  A: It may be genetic, but the likely cause is not enough direct sunlight. Please let me know if any of ...
Adenium Obesum5/23/2014
  Q: Mr. Creed, I was reading about Heathers problem with her plant. I have one also. I live in the upper ...
  A: Your Adenium is a tropical species that should not be exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees. Any ...
philodendron selloum problem5/23/2014
  Q: Philodendron Selloum (Lacy Tree); 9" pot; yellow leaf edges turning brown and dry, small round black ...
  A: From your description, your Selloum has a scale insect infestation. Scales appear as dark,slightly ...
What in the HECK IS THIS!!5/23/2014
  Q: Ive had this plant for about 5 yrs, started out in a basket withlike 6 other different plants & I ...
  A: I am on a better computer and can now get a better look at your plant. It is a Dracaena deremensis ...
Dying House Plant5/21/2014
  Q: We moved to a new house and inherited the attached plant. Not sure what it is (what is it??), but ...
  A: The photo is of poor quality, but I am quite sure your plant is a Schefflera. Providing extra room ...
pony tail palms5/19/2014
  Q: I have a pony tail palm in a pot. It's about 4 feet high. I was thinking of planting it in the ...
  A: A Ponytail Palm can probably survive your winters there in Florida, although few other places in the ...
Indoor Jasmine5/18/2014
  Q: I live in Zone 7. I have an indoor Jasmine - not sure which kind. When I bought it in Jan this year ...
  A: Yes, the low light is the likely reason that the buds fell off. I'm surprised you still have some ...
2 house plant problems5/14/2014
  Q: I have two problems I would like to ask about. 1) My boyfriend has a Schefflera arboricola that ...
  A: Arboricola flowers can produce sticky residue, but you didn't mention any flowers. They don't look ...
House plant/tree identification5/11/2014
  Q: I received such a beautiful house tree/plant (I'm not sure which it should be referred to) this ...
  A: Happy Mother's Day! I hope it was a good one for you. I wish I could gift you by telling you that ...
marginata5/10/2014
  Q: I just bought a beauty of dracena marginata (see photo att). Over 6' with four solid 1" stems all ...
  A: You have a nice healthy-looking plant, but it needs to be right in front of an uncovered window. ...
Growing a pineapple4/14/2014
  Q: Will, I have been trying to get the top of a pineapple to root in water, and after some weeks I ...
  A: The roots should be at least an inch or more long. Then, put it into a 4 or 6-inch clay pot using a ...
Norfolk Pine crowding in pot4/13/2014
  Q: I have a potted Norfolk pine with multiple main stems which I think are crowding each other and ...
  A: The individual stems were put together in the same pot when they were seedlings. It was deliberate ...
Olive oil poured in plant4/9/2014
  Q: My 2 year old poured extra virgin olive oil ( 2cups) into the soil of our thanksgiving cactus ...
  A: That's a tough one! I am concerned that the oil will coat the fine Cactus roots and prevent them ...
growing tree from a branch4/9/2014
  Q: I would like to plant dwarf tree in front of my house but since they are extremely expensive and ...
  A: This is the houseplants forum for tropical species plants that are grown indoors. You should go to ...
Drooping jade plant leaves4/7/2014
  Q: I have read some of your answers to questions similar to mine in regards to drooping jade plant ...
  A: Judging from the photo, I suspect that your Jade Plant is wilting because the roots have rotted and ...
yucca plant falling over3/30/2014
  Q: I have my yucca plant for over 4 years. It was happy and health a month ago but I travelled abroad ...
  A: It appears that the stems between the top of the thick cane and the leaves have all withered. When ...
cat palm tree3/26/2014
  Q: I have something weird growing up from the bottom.. Its looks like a yellow tree with yarn for ...
  A: Those are your Cat Palm's flowers. Actually each bump along the yellow branches is an individual ...
coral cacti3/26/2014
  Q: my stem is molding is there anyway to cut above the rot and plant the top into soil? If so what type ...
  A: You can use a sharp knife to make a clean cut above the rotted section of the Coral Cactus. Let the ...
Identifying a houseplant I have3/24/2014
  Q: I was given cuttings of a houseplant from my best friend, even she doesn't know what it is...it's ...
  A: There are at least three different types of vining plants in your photo and I can only guess which ...
House plants3/22/2014
  Q: I have a great quantity of house plants and they seem to be doing well, however I am having a ...
  A: Angelwing Begonias are pretty reliable bloomers if they get a lot of direct sunlight and are kept ...
spathiphyllum3/20/2014
  Q: This isn't really a question/ but last weekend I saw a Peace Lily (spathiphyllum) in a store window ...
  A: What you observed is actually quite common. Many Peace Lilies produce white flowers that turn green ...
rooting a Jesus in the manger plant3/15/2014
  Q: My friend who was 82 years old just died and she has 2- 5 foot tall Jesus in the manger plants.her ...
  A: Jesus or Christ or Baby in the Manger and Night-blooming Cereus are common names for an Epiphyllum ...
book on caring for house plants3/8/2014
  Q: Will, iIs your 260 page book or any other book you have written available for purchase? I would ...
  A: My book on indoor plant care, titled "Outside the Greenhouse: Taking Care of Plants in the Home and ...
Pet safe plants3/4/2014
  Q: I got a Sago Palm King at walmart a few days ago. (I really liked the fact that it was so ancient!) ...
  A: Very few pets would want to nibble on sharp, leathery Sago Palm leaves. I suggest you go to the ...
Ming Aralia3/2/2014
  Q: 20yr old, 6ft aralia is suddenly dropping lots of it's leaves. I'd say 50% so far. The leaves are ...
  A: Your question was posted in the Question Pool rather than directed to me specifically so that is why ...
Cactus pest3/1/2014
  Q: The uppermost pad seems to be shriveling and the lower ones show yellow spots. I have a attached ...
  A: A photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot would be more helpful. Shriveling of Cacti ...
Aloe flowers2/26/2014
  Q: I have 30yr old huge aloes. They will get a flower stem, but it dies out before actually blooming. ...
  A: Aloe flowers are tiny and rather insignificant flowers that appear along a long flower stem, called ...
ARROWHEAD VINE2/26/2014
  Q: I got a piece of an arrowhead vine from a friend and cut it and put it in water but it hasn't ...
  A: There are several different plants that are commonly called "Arrowhead." I suggest that you either ...
Chritmas Cactus2/25/2014
  Q: I have two Christmas cactus and they are currently producing flower buds. If I recall correctly, ...
  A: Normally, greenhouse growers time their Holiday Cacti to come into bloom anytime from Thanksgiving ...
Wilting plants2/25/2014
  Q: I have 2 plants that have suddenly wilted in the last 2 weeks. The first one was a ivy and the ...
  A: I gave you a very thorough and accurate answer to a question that you posed without providing much ...
Bonsai Beginner2/17/2014
  Q: I am completely new to this and wanted to know if it is realistic to start this way or just start ...
  A: I do not recommend attempting Bonsai unless you have had considerable experience and success with ...
Amaryllis2/16/2014
  Q: Received a wonderful Amaryllis bulb/plant as a gift. I think I understand about how to water but ...
  A: Misting may help keep the foliage clean in a dusty environment, but it does not raise the humidity ...
damage spider plant leaves2/16/2014
  Q: it was damaging the leaves. now that I moved it I notices the damage. some broken leaves, some ...
  A: You could trim off all the leaves and start the plant anew, but that is an extreme remedy and not ...
coral cactus2/10/2014
  Q: I have a coral cactus that has sprouted a stem with long flat leaves. Should this be removed or is ...
  A: Coral Cacti are unusual looking plants that grow differently than most others species. That is why ...
Black bugs on Ponytail Palm plant2/3/2014
  Q: I have these tiny black, crawling bugs down inside the leaves of my huge ponytail palm. I can't ...
  A: I have never seen "tiny black crawling bugs" on a Ponytail Palm that is kept indoors. Ponytails can ...
Peace Lily, not blooming anymore.2/1/2014
  Q: I've had my peace Lily now for three years now. We keep it in a north facing window with open ...
  A: Congratulations on your success with your Peace Lily! Peace Lilies are sporadic bloomers at best. ...
Aglaonema plant1/31/2014
  Q: I'm trying to revive my sisters plant. It's not the Chinese evergreen variety. It may be the A. ...
  A: that makes my diagnosis more accurate and helpful to you. There are hundreds of Aglaonema ...
janet craig dracaena revival1/27/2014
  Q: I am trying to rejuvinate my collegues plant. It took a beating when our building was closed for two ...
  A: A photo and/or more detail would be helpful here. I don't know how poor the condition of the plant ...
lipstick plant1/26/2014
  Q: I just got a lipstick plant. It's in a very small pot. It's about 2 feet long and some small ...
  A: Lipstick plant is known botanically as Aeschynanthus lobbianus or Aeschynanthus radicans. Although ...
poinsettias1/22/2014
  Q: I have been leaning against a window pane a few poinsettias left over from the holidays. they do ...
  A: Although some flowering plants and cut flowers last longer when kept in cold temperatures, ...
poinsettas at window in KY1/22/2014
  Q: I have been leaning against a window pane a few poinsettias left over from the holidays. they do ...
  A: Although some flowering plants and cut flowers last longer when kept in cold temperatures, ...
corn plant problem1/19/2014
  Q: we have a corn plant that is at least 20 years old. it has a single long thin stem and as it has ...
  A: I would have to see a photo to be able to understand what you are describing. The photo should show ...
help1/14/2014
  Q: do you have any idea with this amazing plant is. It has been in the family for over 20 years. It has ...
  A: Your plant is an Epiphyllum oxypetalum, sometimes called Queen of the Night or Night-blooming ...
Orchids1/13/2014
  Q: What is the best soil for transplanting orchids? Should I put rocks in the bottom to ensure good ...
  A: There are many different species of Orchids and they don't all have the same requirements. However, ...
Indoor large jade plants1/13/2014
  Q: I need to transplant 2 very large jade pants. My question is how to not only remove them from old ...
  A: I have news that will surprise you, but also make life a lot easier for you. Your Jades do NOT need ...
cliva plant problem1/12/2014
  Q: I thought it was fine, as it flowers twice a year, a lovely big flower. I have suddenly noticed, ...
  A: The streaks you are noticing on some leaves of your Clivia seem so small that they should not be of ...
Fica plant1/12/2014
  Q: How should we treat a FICA plant that was exposed to freezing temps for couple nights! It is in a ...
  A: The recent cold wave has brought me lots of inquiries similar to yours. First, make sure your Ficus ...
Very tall Dracaena sanderiana1/10/2014
  Q: I've been searching around for how to trim down my lucky bamboo plant. It has been in it's original ...
  A: You have done very well with your Lucky Bamboo. Most do not maintain their healthy green color for ...
Pitcher plant1/9/2014
  Q: I have a pitcher plant that is growing leaps and bounds, but I read somewhere to spray the plant ...
  A: You have received a lot of not very accurate (or helpful) information. As with most carnivorous ...
Philodendron1/9/2014
  Q: I have a philodendron that is easily 15 years old or better. It's been fairly hardy but recently my ...
  A: There are many different types of Philodendrons and even a few that are commonly called ...
Neanthe Bella Palm1/8/2014
  Q: I have a Neanthe Bella Palm that I am trying to save. My friend got it in a floral arrangement for ...
  A: It is hard to believe that your Parlor Palm is still alive after going six weeks without water! Any ...
Tall Dark Green Prayer Plant with White Blooms1/3/2014
  Q: My prayer plant used to have frequent white blooms. It has not had a white bloom in about seven ...
  A: Cultivated Marantas are not noted for their flowering regularity. Often, they do not flower at all ...
cleaning dust off plants1/2/2014
  Q: Is it good to clean the dust off plants by spraying with water? I have been doing this 2 times a ...
  A: It is always good to keep plant leaves relatively dust-free. Of course, some locations are more ...
Jasmine plant to train into bonsai12/29/2013
  Q: My plant was healthy but not blooming. I followed your advice to keep the plant in darkness at ...
  A: Strictly speaking, bonsai is an art form more than a horticultural exercise. Traditionally, bonais ...
coral cactus crest looks dead-is it too late to save it ?12/26/2013
  Q: My grandma gave me this little coral cactus in hopes that I could revive it (bless her heart for her ...
  A: I know your Coral Cactus looks unusual and unhealthy, but this is an unusual plant and it is fine, I ...
planting christmas cactus together12/18/2013
  Q: I have about 5 small Christmas cactus in 3in pots (couldn't stop at color). Can I put then in one ...
  A: Christmas cacti bloom best when kept very tightly potted. If you put them all together in a larger ...
Peace lily yellow/brown tips, smaller new leaves12/14/2013
  Q: My peace lily's leaf tips are turning yellow, then brown, and the new leaves are a lot smaller than ...
  A: It is quite normal for new leaf growth to be smaller than older leaves that emerged when the plant ...
Palms for indoor use12/9/2013
  Q: I was wondering do these palms do good indoors: -Ptychosperma Macarthurii -Chamaedorea Cataractarum ...
  A: I am curious as to the origin of this list of Palms for indoor use. All of them are tropical or ...
night jasmine flower12/7/2013
  Q: I want to know how to take care of jasmine or night jasmine plant in a container,thanks
  A: Cestrum nocturnum is the botanical name for Night-blooming Jasmine or Jessamine. It is not easy to ...
Cold Wilted Dracaena12/6/2013
  Q: My 3 year old, 4 foot Dracaena marginata has experienced the trauma of 2 days of sudden cold ...
  A: Your Marginata is exhibiting classic symptoms of cold damage. The foliage is affected the most ...
norfolk pine11/24/2013
  Q: I have just bought a Norfolk pine. It has multi-stems in the pot. My question is can I cut the ...
  A: I'm not sure why you want to have only a single stemmed Norfolk Island Pine in the pot, but the best ...
night blooming cereus11/22/2013
  Q: Would you know where I can purchase a night blooming cereus. I live in New Brunswick Canada. My ...
  A: I live in New York City, so I have no idea where you can get one locally. I did find the site below ...
Mass Cane Plant11/20/2013
  Q: I purchased a Mass Cane plant from Walmart a few months ago & up until recently it was doing fine. ...
  A: The critters have become a distraction from what is really ailing your Corn Plant. Critters in ...
Name of plant and care instructions11/19/2013
  Q: I was given this plant as a gift and it did not have any information with it. I would love to know ...
  A: Your gift plant is an Aucuba japonica 'variegata,' more commonly called Gold Dust Plant. Keep it ...
christmas cactus11/12/2013
  Q:
  A: In general, Holiday Cacti need lots of good light and water during the summer months, followed by ...
Diffenbachia11/11/2013
  Q: I have several diffenbachias, of different sizes. The tallest is about 7 ft tall and lives in a 14" ...
  A: The weeping of droplets of water from leaf tips and edges of certain plants is called "guttation." ...
Drooping and Dying Rubber Plant. Please help,11/11/2013
  Q: I had this Rubber plant inside near window with decent sunlight. Its leaves drooped suddenly. I ...
  A: From the photo of your Rubber Plant, it is clearly in a pot that is too large and the potting soil ...
Yellowing leaves11/10/2013
  Q: I have a spider plant that has been outside on my porch all summer. I brought it back into the house ...
  A: I know it is a common practice to summer houseplants outdoors, but I don't usually recommend it. The ...
Rubber Tree Plant11/2/2013
  Q: I have had a rubber tree plant for about 22 years as an indoor plant. It has only been repotted ...
  A: The notion that potted plants need to be repotted every so often has been discredited. Most potted ...
scale on schefflera10/24/2013
  Q: I have a large schefflera, 3-4 feet tall, which has been plagued with brown scale for a few years ...
  A: This is further evidence that the internet is often an unreliable source of information. There is no ...
High Altitude Plants10/19/2013
  Q: We recently moved from CT, few hundred feet above sea level and often highly humid, to the ...
  A: This may surprise you, but the high altitude and low humidity will not have an adverse effect on ...
Mealy bug treatment10/18/2013
  Q: I fell in love with a hanging Hindu Rope plant, but I don't know anything about them. Some of the ...
  A: It is unlikely that your Hoya carnosa has mealybugs in the soil. However, your plant is small enough ...
Overgrown Philodendron Monstera Needs Support10/9/2013
  Q: i started a philodendron monstera from seed bought from park seed many years ago. i had no idea how ...
  A: In nature, Monsteras are vining plants that grow along the ground, sending out aerial roots that ...
Rubber tree10/7/2013
  Q: My rubber tree is 20+ years old She is variegated and has always been indoors. She fills my entire ...
  A: New growth on variegated plants may revert unexpectedly to all-green at any time. This is ...
Rubber Tree Plant10/5/2013
  Q: My name is Elizabeth, I have a beautiful, full, bright green Rubber Tree plant which is growing like ...
  A: Those reddish buds are new leaves that will slowly unfurl and turn green like the other leaves. You ...
monstera deliciosa10/1/2013
  Q: My Monster Deliciosa has hung-on for forty years looking like death. Obviously hard to kill. ...
  A: As you have discovered, Monstera is more of a medium than low light plant and that is why it is ...
Getting a Ficus lyrata to branch9/29/2013
  Q: I bought a Ficus lyrata which has done very well growing strait up. I would like to have it branch ...
  A: Ficus lyratas do not branch readily and only sporadically and unpredictably when they do. Sometimes ...
Schefflera9/28/2013
  Q: I bought a schefflera from Home Depot. It appeared to be healthy and in good condition. I put it in ...
  A: The symptoms you described are generic and don't reveal the precise cause. There are several ...
Kentiia palm9/20/2013
  Q: I have a kentia palm in an 8/8 1/2 inch pot. I am sure I need to repot it because it does not hold ...
  A: I am not sure how you have determined that your Kentia potting mix is not holding water. In the US, ...
Dracaena Marginate9/16/2013
  Q: 𠉠have a Dracaena Marginate and I repotted it about 2-3 wks ago.𠉠did repot it into a ...
  A: There are a lot of misunderstandings here that need to get straightened out. Lots of online plant ...
save Ming aralia9/15/2013
  Q: We got this plant (not know what it is) about 1.5 months ago (due to office relocation/downsizing). ...
  A: I can tell from the photos that your Ming Aralia was not properly cared for prior to your acquiring ...
Amaryllis-many years old9/9/2013
  Q: For many years my grandmother, and then my mother had a huge Amaryllis growing in a jardiniere, The ...
  A: I'm sorry that your Amaryllis died. Good quality Amaryllis bulbs will live for a long time if they ...
large palm has sap9/9/2013
  Q: I have a very large palm tree about 13ft tall measures from the dirt up, 6ft spread.( I don't know ...
  A: It is very important to know just what kind of Palm you have. There are dozens of different Palm ...
Ficus Benjamina dying?9/6/2013
  Q: I was recently given a small Ficus Benjamina straight from the shop. It was full of bright green ...
  A: It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant that is already under some stress due to the ...
What is this plant9/2/2013
  Q: I saw this plant at the nursery and it didn't have name in the price tag label. Unfortunately the ...
  A: Your plant is a CALATHEA CROCATA CANDELA. This is a hybrid and not an easy plant to rebloom. ...
rebloom orchids9/2/2013
  Q: Recently I bought some discounted orchids at my local hardware store. I bought two phalanopsis ...
  A: Most Orchid species are difficult to grow and re-bloom as house plants. Properly caring for them ...
my new fig tree9/1/2013
  Q: I just bought a fig tree from my local grocery store. Its only about a foot and a half tall, it has ...
  A: Your new plant is a Ficus benjamina. Your florist gave you better instructions than most. It will ...
30 Year Old Madagascar Palm - Black Leaves8/31/2013
  Q: I have a Madagascar Palm that has been a house plan for 30 years. It is now taller than me. I had ...
  A: Your plant is suffering from too little light and too much water. Madagascar Palms come from sunny, ...
Pachira aquatica (money tree) trunk shriveling8/27/2013
  Q: I purchased my Pachira aquatica about four months ago and there's been new leaves consistently. I've ...
  A: You made the very common mistake of repotting a plant that did not need to be repotted. The extra ...
Houseplants dying8/26/2013
  Q: I have a ton of house plants and they all seem to be dying in one way or another. I recently moved ...
  A: Relocating plants often leads to plant problems. Plants do not like change and any change in light ...
Cane yucca help8/21/2013
  Q: I have a lovely and large cane yucca plant. I repotted it after almost 2 years, from a 12 inch ...
  A: Yucca canes can withstand drought quite well, but their roots will rot if the soil is not allowed to ...
How to drain water from large indoor plants8/16/2013
  Q: I have a question about how to water - and more specifically, ensure proper drainage of large indoor ...
  A: Your concerns are good ones. The key to watering is drying out. By that I mean that all plants need ...
Houseplant identification8/11/2013
  Q: My son brought home a plant from college a few years ago. It started as a big leaf and is now has ...
  A: Your plant is commonly called Hare's Foot Fern. Its botanical name is Polypodium aureum. It is a ...
dracena concerns8/8/2013
  Q: I inherited a Dracaena plant from a friend last fall, it has been doing great since I brought it ...
  A: I assume your plant is a Dracaena marginata, but I cannot be sure. In any case, light is the factor ...
Rubber plant recovery8/6/2013
  Q: My 5-foot-tall rubber plant appeared to be dying (losing leaves, drooping etc.). It was in a pot ...
  A: I have to say I am not as optimistic as you seem to be as to the future health of your Rubber Plant. ...
fiddle leaf ficus8/1/2013
  Q: Hope to find you well. I purchased a beautiful fiddle leaf focus today and have a few questions. ...
  A: It is never a good idea to repot or disturb the roots of a newly acquired plant that is trying to ...
Peace Lilly7/31/2013
  Q: I have 2 peace lillies. One I had for 6 years just died. It had a lot of water in the bottom of ...
  A: Your original Peace Lily is suffering from severe root rot caused by letting it sit in water. Once ...
Hibiscus/repotting booklet7/30/2013
  Q: I recently read in one of your answers, that you would gladly mail your booklet on potting and ...
  A: Congratulations on your retirement! I can only send my many indoor plant articles via email. I do ...
corn plant7/30/2013
  Q: I just bought a corn plant and thought it could be used outdoors. The leaves are now losing its ...
  A: In nature, Corn Plants grow in deep shade under the canopy of the rainforest. That means it does ...
Can't Identify House Plant7/30/2013
  Q: My plant is growing strong, very healthy but I think I need to cut it down since there appears to be ...
  A: Your plant is a variegated Dracaena sanderiana, more commonly called Ribbon Plant. It is the ...
Corn Plant7/29/2013
  Q: I have a corn plant in my office (around 10 years. I sent you an email with a picture of the bottom ...
  A: I have not received a photo of your plant so I can only respond to what you have written here. ...
Bromeliad care7/28/2013
  Q: Please send me a copy of your article on the care of this plant. I'm not sure what to do with the ...
  A: I do not have access to your email address on this website, so email your request to me at ...
lithops7/28/2013
  Q: I was wondering on how I would generally care for lithops? They look like succulents and a kind of ...
  A: Lithops are commonly called Living Stones. You are correct that they are succulents and that means ...
bromeliads7/28/2013
  Q: I just purchased two bromeliads from my local hard where store. The have a spiky, red central "tube" ...
  A: Your Bromeliads are probably of the Guzmania species. Do NOT repot your Bromeliad. These plants do ...
re-potting7/21/2013
  Q: When is the best time to re-pot my rubber plant
  A: Your question reflects a common misunderstanding about repotting indoor plants. Indoor plants are ...
what is this plant7/17/2013
  Q: I have a plant that came out of a planter from a funeral and when I transplanted it I had no idea ...
  A: Your plant is a Pittosporum tobira or more commonly called Mock Orange because the flowers have a ...
Sick Rubber Plant7/9/2013
  Q: I've have a rubber plant for the past 18 years. In the summer, I've kept it outside on the deck and ...
  A: Let's review what happened here so that you and others reading this will understand what happens ...
bird of paradise7/5/2013
  Q: I have a 30 year old bird of paradise house plant, I've re-potted several times over the years. It's ...
  A: Strelitzia requires cool winter temps in the 50-55 degree F. range to set buds and that is hard to ...
Dracena (corn plant)7/3/2013
  Q: I've had this plant for probably 15 years--maybe longer. Purchased at a grocery store, and now it's ...
  A: When a plant's leaves look wilted and drooping even when the soil is not dry, it is almost always a ...
Ficus Tree Health7/1/2013
  Q: I've read through all of your answers regarding Ficus questions. Very informative! My tree really ...
  A: Your tree looks healthy, although it is a bit sparse. The more sunlight a Ficus tree receives, the ...
Norfolk pine tree7/1/2013
  Q: My tree is probably 8-10 years old, 7-8 ft. tall, indoors. north window, grown from 12 inches tall, ...
  A: You haven't provide enough information for me to give a specific diagnosis. For starters, it is ...
elephant foot plant6/30/2013
  Q: I have an elephant foot that is approx. 2 ft. high and 24" in circumference of the base. It has a ...
  A: Sometimes older Ponytail Palms will spontaneously produce offsets or baby plants attached to the ...
corn cane plants6/25/2013
  Q: i just read one of your tips to the girl that got a corn cane from her office staff,nice advise. my ...
  A: I don't know who potted this plant, but the pot is way too big. In addition, the pot may not have a ...
Monstera Pruning6/23/2013
  Q: I hope you can assist. I have this Monstera (named Arthur) for more than 40 years. Arthur is now ...
  A: Monstera deliciosa and Philodendron selloum are often confused because they both have similar ...
Top Heavy Aloe Vera6/23/2013
  Q: I read your response about placing in deeper pot to hold it up. I have done that and it has grown ...
  A: I have posted many replies to questions about Aloe veras and you didn't post a photo of your Aloe, ...
Umbrella Tree6/20/2013
  Q: I purchased an umbrella tree (Dwarf Schefflera (S. arboricola) ) last year from one of our local ...
  A: Most plants do shed some older leaves as they add new growth. This is a normal part of the growth ...
Spider plant6/19/2013
  Q: Every spring and fall I take my 60 house plants out of their dirt give them a bath mix up the dirt ...
  A: If you are washing away and replacing the soil of your plants every year, that is a practice I do ...
Pony palm soil worm..6/14/2013
  Q: I was watering my ponytail palm for the first time since early/mid-may to be sure the soil is ...
  A: You have some basic misunderstandings about caring for your Ponytail Palm and are focused on the ...
Orchid Fertilizer on Money Tree?6/13/2013
  Q: I recently got two baby Orchids (Phalaenopsis)and a small Money Tree (sorry, I don't know the proper ...
  A: Let me start by saying that fertilizer is vastly over rated and over promoted by manufacturers. ...
Trying to revive a palm plant6/12/2013
  Q: I rescued a palm, tree/plant from my work place. It is about 1.5 feet high, but was kept in a 4 ...
  A: Your plant is an Areca Palm. Its stems are naturally yellow and its fronds are green when healthy. ...
Ficus tree6/12/2013
  Q: I set my ficus tree out side in the summer, I just move and set it outside and it seems that ants ...
  A: As long as you keep your tree outside, ants will always find a home there. That is one reason I ...
Inherited Sad Little Ficus6/8/2013
  Q: Saved a ficus from the office that they were going to throw out. It's about 14 inches tall with 4 ...
  A: A 5 or 6-inch pot is about right for now. Your Ficus does not look hardy because it was neglected ...
too tall palm-like tree6/2/2013
  Q: This "tree" with 4 stems arrived as a seedling in a dish garden 13 years ago. It lives on our back ...
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena marginata, so named because of the reddish margin on its leaves. The ...
Syngonium/arrowhead6/1/2013
  Q: My young Syngonium plant is getting brown marks around it's leaves. I have had the plant for a few ...
  A: Your Syngonium is reacting to the damage done to tiny root hairs when you divided and repotted. Even ...
Unidentified plant5/31/2013
  Q: This plant was originally in a dish garden from my father's funeral. I am doing my best to keep it ...
  A: Your plant is a variety of Croton. It is a naturally colorful plant so it is hard to tell from the ...
Keepsake Azalea Braided Tree5/31/2013
  Q: Good Afternoon, This year, I received a braided azalea tree for Mother's Day. While I was removing ...
  A: Azalea braids are not intended to have the braid continue beyond what you already have. There is no ...
where to buy columnea or dancing dophine plants or seeds5/28/2013
  Q: I live in Canada and I would like to buy Columnea or Dancing Dophine plant or seeds. Can some one ...
  A: Dancing Dolphin is a type of Columnea, usually Columnea gloriosa. However, there are a number of ...
tropic snow plant5/24/2013
  Q: I have a tropic snow whose buttom leaves are turning yellow. In a months 5 to 6 leaves have turned ...
  A: Of course, it depends to a certain extent on the size of your Dieffenbachia, but 5 to 6 yellowed ...
Question about cacti5/24/2013
  Q: I would thank you for this website and all help that you gave to us , my question is about cacti ...
  A: It is my pleasure to help folks like you with your indoor plant issues. The key to getting most ...
euphorbia cuttings5/23/2013
  Q: I have a large (4 ft) euphorbia that was given to me with no idea of name. I have tried to take ...
  A: There are dozens of different Euphorbia species, but the most common ones used indoors are Euphorbia ...
braided azalea trees5/22/2013
  Q: Not fully reading the instructions, we mistakenly planted our beautiful new multicolor braided ...
  A: You are not a murderer! It doesn't take much to screw up a potted Azalea. This variety of Azalea is ...
Help!5/22/2013
  Q: My grandma gave me this plant a very long time ago, it has long stems that can grow to the floor, ...
  A: For me to identify your plant and help you with it, you would have to post a photo of your plant ...
north fork pine5/22/2013
  Q: I transplanted my indoor pine and split them the are now yellow with the two new limbs green .can i ...
  A: Norfolk Island Pines do not like to have their roots disturbed. Even repotting them, which they ...
Plant id and care please5/20/2013
  Q: can you please id these two plants for me. I think they may be Jades. What can I do to help them ? ...
  A: Yes, your plants are Jade Plants (Crassula ovata). They appear to be generally healthy, but in need ...
large jade plant problem5/20/2013
  Q: My gorgeous jade plant has something wrong with it.The total height of the potted plant is 27"(10" ...
  A: I'm sorry it took you so long to find me on the internet. Save my email address below so you can ...
Christmas cactus care5/16/2013
  Q: I hope it's OK to ask several questions in one post! Thanks in advance for your expertise. 1. ...
  A: It is better if you post separate questions individually. That makes it easier for other who come ...
Re; Pineapple Plant5/14/2013
  Q: I have a pineapple plant I have been growing from a top since last June. It did remarkably well last ...
  A: Here are my instructions for propagating a Pineapple Plant: To propagate a pineapple, use a fresh ...
Monstera deliciosa5/13/2013
  Q: I'm worried about my Monstera plant. During the past month it has started to develop some yellow ...
  A: Photos that show the entire plant are more helpful than photos that show just a few effected leaves. ...
Guzmania lingulata5/13/2013
  Q: I have two lovely Guzmanias, (is that the plural of Guzmania?) a "torch" that's healthy and a decent ...
  A: There is a reason your Guzmanias (correct pluralization!) were in the trash. Like all Bromeliads, ...
Plant gnats on diffenbachia5/13/2013
  Q: I am having a problem with gnats on my diffenbachia. I have tried retail insect spray and have let ...
  A: Fungus gnats are almost always preceded by repotting into a larger pot and the gnat larvae are ...
Zygo Cactus5/13/2013
  Q: Can I plant Zygo Cactus outdoors? If not can i repot it and when can i repot it? Thank You, ...
  A: Zycocactus, now known as Schlumbergera and commonly called Christmas Cactus, is a tropical plant ...
fuchsia hybrids5/13/2013
  Q: this is my second plant ever having i just got a fuchsia hybrid for mothers days and my 7 month old ...
  A: No one has ever done a comprehensive study of the toxicity of all plant species. However, there are ...
Systemic?5/9/2013
  Q: I was just reading the answer to scale on Spider Plants and you had some great suggestions. Years ...
  A: I have posted thousands of answers here so I am not sure just what you read. A spray solution of 5 ...
Gnats in my fiddle-leaf ficus5/8/2013
  Q: I sure hope you can help me with my gnat problem. I'm new to houseplants and did a little research ...
  A: Unfortunately, your research did not turn up reliable information for you. Newly acquired plants ...
my jasmin plant5/8/2013
  Q: I bought a jasmin plant from the florist and watered it once a week just like the florist said but ...
  A: Jasmine are not easy plants to care for unless you are fairly experienced with indoor potted plants. ...
Yucca Elephantipes5/6/2013
  Q: My Yucca plant has drooping leaves, dried out looking stems, black, brown, looking tips, like its ...
  A: If the stems are shriveled, then it is just a matter of time before all the leaves on those stems ...
water5/6/2013
  Q: i was wondering if i need to leave my water set out overnight before i use it to water my plants? i ...
  A: There is much confusion about this issue. The practice of letting tap water stand in an open ...
Moses in the boat plant5/5/2013
  Q: I have a Moses in the boat plant. It is about a year old. I need to separate the plant, but my ...
  A: Rhoeo flowers can be left on the plant after they have died without harm to the plant. However, they ...
"false aralia"5/5/2013
  Q: I purchased a false aralia, picture attached, that I believe is doing fine. I want to double check, ...
  A: It is unlikely that your other Schefflera elegantissima died because of the AC. If the leaves were ...
curling leaves on Hawumberella plant5/4/2013
  Q: I have had an Umbrella plant now for over 6 years. It is very large and until a few months ago I ...
  A: More important than pot size is the light available to a plant. You didn't indicate specifics, but ...
Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana4/14/2013
  Q: After much research in google I learned that the plant I rescued a few months ago from the trash is ...
  A: It is much appreciated! The internet is filled with conflicting, inaccurate and unreliable ...
dieffenbachia4/13/2013
  Q: My dieffenbachia's were recently froze due to low furnace heat. Do I have a chance at saving them or ...
  A: Whether or not your Dieffenbachia can be saved depends on the condition of the roots and that ...
Howea Forsteriana best pot size4/8/2013
  Q: I just bought a Howea Forsteriana—at about 7', a very tall off-the-shelf specimen. Even at this ...
  A: Howea Forsteriana (Kentia Palm) enjoys being as pot bound as a Ficus, and perhaps even more so ...
Philodendron indoor care4/7/2013
  Q: Good day, I recently bought a philodendron( have had it for 10 days)and am wondering about water ...
  A: Putting drainage material in the bottom of pots is an outdated and discredited horticultural ...
Peace Lily Specie Identification4/6/2013
  Q: I received the Simply Elegant Lovely One peace lily from Telefloral in the brown urn. Can you please ...
  A: The phrase "Simply Elegant Lovely One" is marketing verbiage that Teleflora has added to a plant ...
Echeveria needs help!4/4/2013
  Q: I have this hairy Echeveria for about 2 months I water it just like the other of my succulent ...
  A: There are hundreds of different Echeveria species. Yours appears to be Echeveria pulvinata, ...
Beaucarnea Recurvata. Elephant foot/Ponytail plant,4/4/2013
  Q: I have a very 'old faithful' elephant plant, 25 years old. It 12inch round the base of foot, 16 inch ...
  A: I know this will surprise you, but my suggestion is that you leave your healthy Ponytail Palm alone. ...
My yuccas leaves4/4/2013
  Q: Hello my yuccas leave are rolling in on themselves ? Like how you would roll up ur tongue lol why ...
  A: There are three possible causes. The most likely is that the soil is drying out too much in between ...
Pothos Help4/3/2013
  Q: My significant other's dog recently escaped from her crate and removed all the leaves from his ...
  A: As long as the roots are okay and there are some stems left, then the Pothos will be just fine. ...
whitish leaves4/1/2013
  Q: My beautiful fiddle leaf tree (I bought it last summer)everyday is loosing a(bottom)leaf/leaves that ...
  A: The symptoms you described are generic and can be caused by improper light or watering or over ...
PESTS3/30/2013
  Q: I MUST HAVE ABOUT 100 HOUSEPLANTS WHICH I HAVE BEEN GROWING FOR MANY YEARS. MY PROBLEM IS THAT THERE ...
  A: Please take this as a constructive advice. Using all caps is viewed by most people as the equivalent ...
Neanthe Bella Palm past infestation?3/26/2013
  Q: I recently bought a neanthe Bella palm and a small peperomia obtusifolia from my local nursery to ...
  A: Your Bella Palm definitely had a spider mite infestation. I can see evidence of the damage they ...
veins3/20/2013
  Q: I have a split-leaf philodendron that I've had for over 20 years which has done beautifully. It has ...
  A: Just to avoid any confusion, although your plant is a Philodendron and it does have split leaves, it ...
hibiscus3/20/2013
  Q: I have had a pink hibiscus as a houseplant only (live in Colorado)in a south window; it's about 4 ...
  A: Repotting actually discourages flowering. Flowering plants produce more flowers when they are kept ...
trimming a ficus tree3/19/2013
  Q: I saw a question you answered when I was googling how to trim a ficus tree. You mentioned that you ...
  A: Pruning a branched 20-foot Ficus benjamina back to 6 feet removing and all of its branches would be ...
rejuvenate Split Leaf Philodendron3/18/2013
  Q: Several summers ago, a deer ate every single leaf off my huge split leaf philodendron that was ...
  A: Light is the primary determining factor in your Monstera's growth. You may be keeping it a bit too ...
Bugs in plant soil3/16/2013
  Q: I have a prayer plant that I have had for years an have noticed its started dying off. I recently ...
  A: Your Prayer Plant is not struggling because of the tiny bugs you are seeing in the soil. Most ...
dracaena fragrans3/13/2013
  Q: I just re-potted a root-bound dracaena that hasn't been touched in over 20 years and has been in the ...
  A: So many folks make the common assumption that all plants need to be repotted periodically and/or ...
yucca cane tree3/11/2013
  Q: my indoor yucca cane trees leaves have started to curl a little on the side edges and some leaves ...
  A: Your description of your Yucca's symptoms are somewhat vague and you didn't post a photo, so I ...
Potted Pothos soil problem3/9/2013
  Q: I have had a pothos in my living room for a few years. A couple years ago I noticed when watering a ...
  A: Any chemical removed by the plant from the environment would never be visible, so that is not what ...
Aglaonema plant3/9/2013
  Q: My Aglaonema plant has a white substance on it that wipes off do you know what that is and what it ...
  A: Your plant has a mealybug/scale infestation. Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part alcohol and a ...
clear crystals/resin leaking from plant3/9/2013
  Q: My Aglaonema commutatum? (silver queen) has clear crystals on stems and sticky sap leaking from ...
  A: It is quite common for some Aglaonema species to produce sticky globules of sap on the leaf stems ...
dying house plant3/8/2013
  Q: Mr., Creed Plant’s name is unknown. It’s about fourteen years old and has three, corn stalk like ...
  A: Your plant's name may be unknown to you, but it does have a name. Without knowing what plant species ...
whiteflies on hibiscus3/4/2013
  Q: "Tree Hibiscus" bought for granddaughter's wedding last summer from Lowes. Not re-potted by me. ...
  A: Whiteflies are best treated at night when they are less inclined to fly about when disturbed. If you ...
rubber tree plant2/26/2013
  Q: my rubber tree is in front of a window and looing leaves
  A: I cannot tell you why your Rubber Plant is losing leaves because you have not provided much ...
North Fork Pine2/26/2013
  Q: I was recently given a north fork pine. Actually there are four plants, tallest is 25", in a 6" pot. ...
  A: A limited amount of needle drop from th lowest branches is normal for a Norfolk Island Pine. It is ...
"Money tree" pachira2/25/2013
  Q: The leaves on my tree are turning yellow and falling off. They're not dry and crispy but still very ...
  A: There are several unrelated issues here with your Pachira. It does look like scale on the stems in ...
plants and moving2/24/2013
  Q: We are moving from Va to SC and they will have to be outside for in a vehicle for 1 or 2 nights - I ...
  A: Some common houseplants species begin to deteriorate at temps below 60 degrees F. Most are okay in ...
Dead-Dying Philodendron?2/20/2013
  Q: A philodendron is dying. It was a cutting from another, larger philodendron plant in our other house ...
  A: I need more specific information. There are dozens of different Philodendron species and they have ...
Dracaena Janet Craig - brown spots and shriveled leaves2/19/2013
  Q: Please help! We purchased a dracaena "Janet Craig" (or that's what the label said) last week for ...
  A: The blackened leaves are a result of exposure to cold temperatures. Dracaena 'Janet Craig's' are ...
Yucca Elephantipes - Rust-Colored Film on Steams2/18/2013
  Q: I would really appreciate it if you help me to save these two plants. I bought them approximately in ...
  A: When new growth is distorted or discolored, that is almost always a sign of a root rot problem. ...
Unsure of the name of the plant and why the leaves are drooping2/17/2013
  Q: I have had this plant for about 11 months and re-potted it about 6 months after I got it. After all ...
  A: You have correctly identified your Dracaena, although botanists have now renamed it Dracaena ...
Indoor kentia palm dying2/16/2013
  Q: Please help! From all of a sudden my kentia started turning brown!!! I've had him for about 6 months ...
  A: Overall, your Kentia looks pretty healthy. It is normal for any Palm to lose some of its lower ...
Desert Rose2/13/2013
  Q: I can't get it to do anything it bloomed once when I got it .It's3years old and not very big I ...
  A: It sounds like you know how to care for plants, but Desert Rose has some special requirements that ...
Frozen ficus tree2/13/2013
  Q: I stupidly left my house in the mountains with heat in the bathrooms and laundry room, forgetting ...
  A: Don't be too hard on yourself. Ficus trees are hardier than many houseplants. The fact that many of ...
hoping to save my spider plant2/13/2013
  Q: i think the roots on my spider plant are rotting because i was watering it too much (i didn't know ...
  A: If the roots are completely rotted and most of the leaves are limp or discolored, then it is ...
Dracaena Anita2/12/2013
  Q: Please help!! I think ive made some terrible mistakes. I've had my Anita for about 5+years now and ...
  A: Your 'Anita' is suffering from root rot. You made the very common and classic mistake of fixing ...
Palm leaves turning brown2/11/2013
  Q: I have a plant that was given to me last year. Attached a photo as I have no idea what it's name is. ...
  A: Although house plants often benefit from the increased light and fresh air when moved outside for ...
Peace Lily Plant2/11/2013
  Q: Question! I have my Peace Lily plants for about one year and half. but now for some reason they ...
  A: There are several factors that are needed to help Peace Lilies flower. First, they must be ...
types of spider plants2/9/2013
  Q: how many types of spider plants are there? how do you start a baby with no roots? thank-you Kim
  A: Theer are two basic types of what are commonly called spider plants. There is the green and white ...
dracaena marginata wilted overnight2/8/2013
  Q: My dracaena marginata has totally wilted. I had no problems at all with this 8 month old plant ...
  A: Your Dracaena marginata has suffered from some significant trauma recently. The wilting was probably ...
Peace lily health2/7/2013
  Q: My peace lily was in bloom when I bought it. It is on the small side compared to others I have ...
  A: Dark brown leaves are nearly always a sign of keeping the soil too dry and/or inadequate light. If ...
Northfork pine house plant2/6/2013
  Q: My son has a Northfork pine tree and it was real pretty and green now the needles has turn hard like ...
  A: The symptoms you described are not specific enough to identify a particular cause. It is most likely ...
Plant ID and Propagating2/5/2013
  Q: I'm hoping that you can help me regarding a house plant which we assumed was a yucca but which has ...
  A: Your plant is a Yucca elephantipes and not a Dracaena as you have been misinformed. There is no one ...
Yucca, corn and Ficus plant problems2/4/2013
  Q: I had a Dracaena Massangeana, Yucca Elephantipes and Ficus that were in 20 inch pots, approximately ...
  A: Your Corn Plant is likely getting too much light. They are low light plants that need protection at ...
Snake Plant2/4/2013
  Q: I have a Snake Plant for the past 1 year. I have near a window - about 3 feet.... it does receive an ...
  A: The rotting leaves are more of a concern than the white stuff on the leaves. The white stuff may be ...
Yucca cane dried out.2/2/2013
  Q: My yucca cane dried out. It has a hole in the trunk and it slowly dried out. But the side shoots are ...
  A: This is an instance where a photo would be very helpful. Is the hole like a donut hole right through ...
House Plants and natural gas furnace2/1/2013
  Q: I have always had beautiful healthy house plants, some of them are starts from my great ...
  A: If your new heating system is operating properly, then the natural gas heat will not have an adverse ...
Yucca House Plant2/1/2013
  Q: I have a yucca type palm, did great by my pool in the summer. I am wintering it by a window in my ...
  A: It is important to get a positive ID for your plant. Lots of plants look like Yuccas or Palms, but ...
spider plant babies1/31/2013
  Q: how long can spider plant babies stay attached to the mother plant? i like the look of the babies ...
  A: Don't worry, the baby plants can stay on the main plant as long as you want or as long as the stem ...
Dieffenbachia-root bound1/30/2013
  Q: As you can see from the picture the Dieffenbachia I just bought appears to be pretty badly root ...
  A: You described your Dieffenbachia as "pretty badly root bound." I would describe it as very nicely ...
Splitting up a tree philodendron.1/29/2013
  Q: My parents recently began spending their winters in Florida, and a result I became the happy new ...
  A: Your plant is known as a Philodendron selloum. You could try to separate the smaller plants from ...
new growth failing on indoor yucca1/27/2013
  Q: My yucca tries to put out new growth from the center of each leaf cluster, but the shoots keep dying ...
  A: When new growth turns brown or dies back it is almost always due to root rot. Yuccas can withstand ...
Bromeliad has lost its color1/26/2013
  Q: My bromeliad plant used to be a bright orange color, but it has faded and has now almost completely ...
  A: Individual Bromeliad flowers last longer than just about any other flower. However, even Bromeliad ...
euphorbia lactea cristata1/26/2013
  Q: Plant is in a 4" deep x 4" wide pot (plant comes out of pot with soil intact). Plant was ...
  A: I am not sure just what your question is. The photos are not clear enough for me to see whatever it ...
ming aralia brown spots (bacterial?)1/25/2013
  Q: My ming aralia is about 2 years old, 2 feet tall in South sun and has been thriving until recently ...
  A: It is highly unlikely that your Aralia is suffering from a bacterial or fungal infection. Those most ...
schefflera arboricola1/24/2013
  Q: i bought a schefflera arboricola several months ago,it did well until the past 2 months...the leaves ...
  A: I wish you had sought help a couple of months ago when your Arboricola first started to decline and ...
Indoor Ivy Care1/23/2013
  Q: I have an an indoor ivy plant for about 3 years now. It is still in the same pot I purchased it in. ...
  A: Your questions are good ones because they reflect a couple of common misunderstandings about Ivies, ...
ornamental pineapple plant1/20/2013
  Q: I saw your reply to Cheryl in 2007 regarding plant care for an ornamental pineapple plant. I just ...
  A: Your pineapple has been grown outside in direct sunlight and for that reason is very healthy. The ...
umbrella plant1/17/2013
  Q: Leaves turned yellow than black fell off loads of them. Some upper branches which were still green ...
  A: "Umbrella plant" is a name applied to several different plant species, most commonly to Schefflera ...
Stromanthe1/15/2013
  Q: I read a previous Q&A regarding the above subject plant which gave me a lot of insight since I've ...
  A: Keeping plants moderately potbound is not only not a bad thing, it is a good thing! That is why when ...
manderin tree indoors1/15/2013
  Q: i bought an indoor manderin tree with a little mand growing on it from a home depot. the manderine ...
  A: It is very difficult to get Mandarin orange trees to bloom and produce fruit indoors. In general, ...
Ponytail Palm1/14/2013
  Q: I've had my Ponytail Palm for 11 years. I bought it with my husband when we were first together, so ...
  A: No one wants their plants to die, but a lot of them do. When lower leaves on a Ponytail Palm yellow ...
Fiddle Leaf Fig tree indoors1/11/2013
  Q: My Fiddle Leaf Fig looks good and is not dropping leaves but I noticed that along the stem and the ...
  A: I cannot see enough of the new growth in the photo to be sure, but it is possible that the dry brown ...
Norfolk pine1/11/2013
  Q: I have a 7-year-old indoor Norfolk Island pine . . . of its four trunks/branches, two are fine. ...
  A: It is likely that the move to the large pot is the cause of the problem. Repotting is tricky and it ...
houseplant ID1/9/2013
  Q: I got this plant from a friend about 1 year ago. She kept it in her home in southern exposure (we ...
  A: There is so little left of your plant that it is almost unidentifiable. However, it is a Cyperus ...
Christmas cactus1/9/2013
  Q: Help! I have had this Christmas cactus for about 15 years. I have repotted it and within the last ...
  A: As holiday cacti age, the lower stems develop a woody texture. What concerns me with yours is that I ...
Treating Scale on Schefflera1/7/2013
  Q: OOps, I forgot to add this in... Is rubbing alcohol at all toxic to the plant? I am looking for the ...
  A: Diluted rubbing alcohol (5 parts water, 1 part alcohol) is not toxic to Schefflera or most other ...
Treating Scale on Schefflera1/7/2013
  Q: Regarding your advice on treating scale on Schefflera... As the horticultural oil, neem oil, and ...
  A: When properly diluted with water for indoor use, none of those products are viscous enough to clog ...
mimosa pudica with no leaves1/7/2013
  Q: I have a question about my sensitive plant, I started growing one last year in sumer time (now I ...
  A: Your Mimosa pudica is in a pot that is at least double the size that it should be. Overly large pots ...
pests on indoor herbs1/6/2013
  Q: I have had spider mites...dumped everything and started over...and now I have leaf miners. They must ...
  A: Your instinct is correct - the pests are coming in the bagged potting soil you have been using. It ...
ti plant dying after repotting1/5/2013
  Q: I recently repotting a ti plant that was growing wonderfully. The only reason for the repot was to ...
  A: The solution to an unattractive pot is to place that pot inside of a more attractive planter so that ...
My yucca plant is in trouble1/3/2013
  Q: I bought this plant few months ago. It is place beside a large window with plenty of light exposure. ...
  A: The pot is too large for you to be watering weekly. You have to wait until the top 2-3 inches of ...
Osmanthus Houseplant1/3/2013
  Q: I bought a variagated Osmanthus houseplant the beginning of December. They were selling them at a ...
  A: Osmanthus is not an easy plant to use as a houseplant. It requires a tight pot, lots of natural ...
yucca tree1/2/2013
  Q: I found a yucca tree in the garbage at my building and it's in really sad condition. It's never ...
  A: Your Yucca is in poor condition, so moving it to a larger pot now is the worst thing you can do to ...
Osmanthus Houseplant1/2/2013
  Q: I bought a variagated Osmanthus houseplant the beginning of December. They were selling them at a ...
  A: Osmanthus is not an easy plant to use as a houseplant. It requires a tight pot, lots of natural ...
question about my corn plant. . .12/30/2012
  Q: My Husband's mother died 9 months ago and we inherited her tree. I just now learned what kind of ...
  A: It looks like your Corn Plant has done quite well under adverse conditions. It is getting just ...
question about spider plant12/28/2012
  Q: I am wondering about this root-like thing that grow from my spider plant Is it a stolon . root , ...
  A: It is too soon to identify the white growth that is emerging. It may be a root, another plant or a ...
solanum pseudocapsicum problem12/27/2012
  Q: my plant has a problem Ii's fruits wilt and drop as you see the leaves become folded ,wilted and ...
  A: There are several possible causes of the wilting. The first is that it is moving into its winter ...
Indoor Norfolk Pine oozing12/20/2012
  Q: Creed, I just found a creamy opaque liquid on one of the trunks of my Norfolk Pine. I hope you can ...
  A: The opaque liquid is sap that has oozed out from the wound caused by the stress of having a heavy ...
Plant preferred light bulbs?12/19/2012
  Q: Mr Creed- First I must thank you for your insightful, knowledgable, and detailed responses to ...
  A: Much appreciated! There is a limited variety of low light plants that will survive under artificial ...
Schfflera Arboricola - sticky sap on leaves12/11/2012
  Q: I had a schefflera arboricola column which I purchased several yrs ago which was small and is now ...
  A: The stickiness is coming from a scale insect infestation. Scale insects do not look like insects. ...
verschaffeltia splendida, bentinckia nicobarica, calyptrocalyx forbesii,dypsis cabadae12/7/2012
  Q: do you think any of these palms i specified in the subject line can tolerate low humidity in result ...
  A: These are all unusual Palm species that are not recommended for indoor use for a variety of reasons ...
Crassula Ovata leaf loss12/3/2012
  Q: I live in Maryland, and I am a plant lover. My jade plants are exhibiting some leaf loss, and I ...
  A: Your Jade Plant looks healthy and well cared for. As Jades age, they add ever more leaves until they ...
my corn plant12/1/2012
  Q: my corn plant is having trouble this is the 2nd one i have had and i seem to be killing it also. the ...
  A: I cannot help you very much if you just describe the symptoms without providing any information on ...
Palm plant11/27/2012
  Q: I have a plant that was my Mom's. It's a palm (feathers palm) camedorea. It has sprouted what I want ...
  A: Those are flowers on your Chamaedorea. I know they don't look like flowers as we usually think of ...
Weeping fig11/25/2012
  Q: We were given a weeping fig as a gift from a florist's shop toward the end of summer 2011. Brought ...
  A: Ficus trees are notorious for shedding leaves whenever they are relocated. This is because ...
Fica Tree Roots11/25/2012
  Q: We just got a new Fica tree from a neighbor who was moving. The leaves are dropping and turning ...
  A: Congratulations on your new acquisition. Ficus trees are always quick to shed leaves whenever they ...
Corn plant not doing so well11/23/2012
  Q: After doing lots of Internet research, I kept coming upon your answers to posts, and it seems you ...
  A: You have come to the right person to get professional information about your Corn Plant (Dracaena ...
Yucca cane temps11/23/2012
  Q: Tracy, We have had 3 yucca cane plants for over 7 years which we have always brought inside when the ...
  A: Your question ended up in the Question Pool, so I will provide an answer even though it is not ...
Calathia Rospicta11/22/2012
  Q: I bougth it ay HD I have it for 2 months now but my Question to you is should i cut back on the ...
  A: As I explained previously, it is quite common for some brown edges to develop on Calatheas if the ...
I need your help please11/20/2012
  Q: I bought a new succulent I don't know it's name . it was good but recently I notice that the leaves ...
  A: The photo is poor quality so I cannot identify it for sure, although it does look like a type of ...
My plants are dying11/20/2012
  Q: i have some plants like peace lilly and solanium and others,the probleme is the leaves are getting ...
  A: Different plant species have different soil, light and moisture requirements so I cannot possibly ...
jasmine plant11/20/2012
  Q: i got a jasmine plqant for mothers day i brought it in for the winter i live in michigan should it ...
  A: The short answer is yes, your Jasmine needs to be on a sunny windowsill where it can get lots of ...
Chinese Fan Palm/Yucca Cane/Marginata11/19/2012
  Q: My name is Vio. I recently bought a Chinese Fan Palm ( like 2 months ago) and now the leaves are ...
  A: You haven't provided enough information about your Fan Palm for me to properly diagnose the problem. ...
Yucca Plant is dying11/16/2012
  Q: I have an issue with a Yucca plant dying much like the question below, previously listed on your ...
  A: Your Yucca is either not getting adequate light or enough water, perhaps both. A west window is ...
Corn Plant Care11/15/2012
  Q: I googled for help with my Corn Plant and read several results from Allexperts.com including the one ...
  A: If you read my post carefully, it says that I will email my article to anyone who EMAILs me a ...
anthurium11/15/2012
  Q: I have a six month old Anthurium plant .Earliar It was very healthy.Now the leaves are small and ...
  A: Leaf curling has a couple of possible causes. One cause would be not enough light. When most people ...
Golden capella plant has orange spiders on it11/14/2012
  Q: I bought a golden capella plant in the beginning of september and I repotted it in late september. ...
  A: Your variegated Schefflera arboricola has a spider mite infestation, which I will explain how to ...
Care of money plant11/11/2012
  Q: I purchased a money plant 1.5 yrs ago, and keep it indoors. It was doing fine until last couple of ...
  A: When you search for plant information online, you find lots of contradictory information in part ...
flowering palm?11/9/2012
  Q: I have a plant that had one single pink and magenta flower. The leaves are "palm like with ...
  A: Every plant species has different needs so without a proper ID for your plant, I cannot answer your ...
YIKES! NEED HELP PLEASE!11/9/2012
  Q: My schefflera plant is 12 years old!! HUGE! He loves to be cut back and I have done this yearly. ...
  A: "Little dirt specks" is a bit vague so a photo would be helpful. In the absence of more specific ...
Systemic treatment for spider mites?11/8/2012
  Q: I have 3 majesty palms about 5 ft tall. I noticed that one is full of spider mites and I bought a ...
  A: Without getting too technical, spider mites generally feed near the midrib and plant veins, and not ...
Aechmea (Bromeliad)11/5/2012
  Q: The flower on my plant lasted 8 mos., but is now dry & faded. It has a baby plant. I don't know what ...
  A: I do not have access to anyone's mail address on this site so I am unable to email you my article. ...
Kalanchoe tomentosa11/3/2012
  Q: I have this plant growing in a pot and it recently sprouted what I hope were offshoots. They are ...
  A: I am not sure what you mean by "offshoots" or just where they are sprouting from. Panda Plants do ...
Ficus Benjamina11/3/2012
  Q: Recently bought a tall spindly ficus from a nursery where it was kept outside packed closely with ...
  A: In my professional experience, sound knowledge goes a lot farther than affinity in caring for ...
Citrus plant leaves unhealthy11/1/2012
  Q: I live in India. I have orange and lemon trees grown in pot and are 1 year old each. I recently ...
  A: Most potted plants, including citrus trees, do best if the soil pH is in the 5.5 to 6.5 range. This ...
Hawaiian Scheffleura10/27/2012
  Q: I have a Hawaiian Scheffleura and have had it for 30 years. This year it has produced green to ...
  A: Schefflera arboricolas will sometimes flower indoors when they are quite old and well cared for and ...
Repot Pony Tail Palm10/21/2012
  Q: Will.... I HAVE A PONY TAIL PALM THAT IS OVER 40 INCHES TALL AND BEAUTIFUL. I HAVE HAD IT FOR ...
  A: No, there is no need to repot or to change anything else you have been doing. Your Ponytail Palm is ...
re potting of luckey bean10/21/2012
  Q: I have 2 Lucky bean plants. The plants are in a ceramic kind of a pot with no drainage and is topped ...
  A: I am sorry your question remained unanswered so long. Had you posted it directly to me it would have ...
Neem spray ok on succulents with "fuzzy" leaves?10/19/2012
  Q: I've been using cold-pressed neem oil (Dyna-Gro) mixed with water and liquid soap on my houseplants ...
  A: I do not advocate using sprays of any kind as a preventive measure. The best way to prevent pest ...
Ornamental orange10/18/2012
  Q: I put it outside in the summer and indoors in the cooler weather. As soon as I bring it indoors, the ...
  A: Your description of the spots is a bit vague, but if they are slightly raised bumps that scrape off ...
Palm - infested10/16/2012
  Q: I have a young palm plant that I bought from Lowes. (It's about 7" high) I was looking closely at it ...
  A: The Big Box stores are not noted for the quality of their plants. Your Palm appears to be a ...
Clivia - brown spots on underside of leaf10/16/2012
  Q: Recently (about 2 months ago) my Grandmother gave me a Clivia plant, propagated from her own ...
  A: The photos are not real clear so there are several possible causes of the leaf spots and die-back. ...
black dots on Varagated Ginger Plant10/10/2012
  Q: I just read your Q/A about black dots on a Yucca plant. Is this the same treatment I'd use on the ...
  A: No, the cause of the leaf spots on the Yucca is not the same as on your Ginger. I would have to see ...
Dracaena Marginata help! With additional PS note10/10/2012
  Q: I've been searching online for some help with my Dracaena. I inherited it about two years ago and it ...
  A: So much for the "organic" potting mix! In addition to being contaminated with fungus spores it is ...
Dracaena Marginata help!10/10/2012
  Q: I've been searching online for some help with my Dracaena. I inherited it about two years ago and it ...
  A: I'm sorry you have been victimized by some very poor advice. You didn't mention it specifically, ...
Cancer concerns10/6/2012
  Q: I would like to bring my house plants back in for the winter and my orchids my husband has ...
  A: By all means bring your plants inside if you want them to survive. Plants have no detrimental health ...
rooting10/6/2012
  Q: What is the difference between a v shaped notch vs. a band on the stem?
  A: You haven't provided much context here, but I assume you are referring to a propagation technique ...
Aechmea 'primera'10/4/2012
  Q: I just want to know if I'm suppose to cut the flower off when is starts to die? Nothing I've read ...
  A: Yes, cut off the flower stem deep in the vase. Why? Because no one wants to look at a dead flower. ...
curly leaf croton10/3/2012
  Q: I purchased a curly leaf croton a few years ago as a tiny baby. It has been so happy in my south ...
  A: Just because a plant has grown considerably does not necessarily mean it needs a larger pot. In ...
Dracaena Janet Craig10/3/2012
  Q: Background: I thought that I was overwatering my plants because the tips of the leaves kept turning ...
  A: Here is what happens when a plant becomes completely dehydrated. Many of the roots dry up and die. ...
Possible mite attack on coral cactus10/2/2012
  Q: A good year ago I purchased a coral cactus which has been properly potted since purchase (had to ...
  A: Without seeing a good photo, I cannot be sure those are spider mites. If they are mites, all you ...
Spaghetti Palm - Bugs in the soil10/2/2012
  Q: We have two spaghetti palms that are infested with the fungai bugs that look like fruit flies but ...
  A: "Spaghetti Palm" is someone's made-up name. I did a search and cannot find any Palm species that is ...
Majesty Palm10/1/2012
  Q: The new leaves are light green with darker green stripes instead solid dark green. It gets eastern ...
  A: The mixed light and dark green color indicates a nutrient problem, most likely lack of potassium. ...
my orange tree9/30/2012
  Q: i moved backed to new England in 2005,and purchased one orange tree, i have transplanted this tree ...
  A: Citrus trees can manage a light frost, but not the kind of hard freezes you get in CT. Wrapping it ...
potted patchouli care9/30/2012
  Q: Creed. I've attached a photo of my three patchouli plants. I purchased them in the spring as ...
  A: You didn't indicate if you have been growing your Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) outside or inside, ...
peace lily9/29/2012
  Q: The white blooms only stay white for a very short time before turning green. The rest of the plant ...
  A: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to control the color of the flowers because it is a ...
Schefflera yellow leaf fall9/25/2012
  Q: I stumbled across your website after searching unsuccessfully for a definitive answer on the web. My ...
  A: Blackening of new growth is usually associated with root rot. Other possibilities are exposure to ...
aloe blooms9/24/2012
  Q: After my aloe plant blooms it has a clump of green stuff on the stalk that looks like it wants to ...
  A: I am having trouble imagining just what it is you are seeing. That said, an Aloe produces only ones ...
Ponytail palm in decorative pot9/23/2012
  Q: I want to put a ponytail palm in a decorative pot that has no drainage holes. I know this isn't the ...
  A: The only way it will work is if there is enough room for you to set the existing pot with holes ...
about spider plant9/21/2012
  Q: . I have a spider plant that I bought a month ago it is white in center with green stripes it has ...
  A: Spider Plants are non-seasonal so the baby plants can be potted at anytime. There are several ways ...
Scheffelera leaves puckering and folding9/11/2012
  Q: I've recently repotted an age old, sentimentally valued Scheffelera. At the time it was in a clay ...
  A: If a plant's leaves wilt or pucker as a result of temporary soil/root dryness, they will return to ...
Pachira Aquatica9/10/2012
  Q: 6 months ago I bought a braided Pachira Aquatica. Its about 5 feet high in a 10 inch pot. There are ...
  A: It is all too common for one or more of the braided stems to die back. Sometimes it is just limited ...
palm disease9/9/2012
  Q: Thx for helping me, first of all :) I have this palm tree ( i think is a kenthia, that was growing ...
  A: The mottled appearance on the leaves is caused by tiny spider mites on the fronds. The mites look ...
ponytail palm plant9/7/2012
  Q: The ponytail palm needs to be re potted but we need to know what to re pot it with?
  A: Ponytail Palms are native to arid regions where rain is scarce and infrequent. Consequently, the ...
sago palm-houseplant9/3/2012
  Q: my plant has these long pieces coming out of the center and they are not frones plus my leaves are ...
  A: I cannot see clearly what you are describing. The stems are either fronds that have not received ...
root rot?9/2/2012
  Q: I have had a dracaena marginata for nearly two years in a self watering system. Over the last few ...
  A: Your tentative diagnosis of root rot is probably correct. Marginatas do not do well on most ...
dancing dolphin plant9/1/2012
  Q: I bought a dancing dolphin plant from michigan bulb co. about three years ago, it looks great and I ...
  A: Your plant is a type of Columnea hybrid. 'Dancing Dolphin' is a made-up name used mostly for ...
Jade Plant Fungus8/30/2012
  Q: We have a medium older Jade nicknamed Lucy. We keep her in a window in our kitchen and water her ...
  A: The photos you posted are too small to be of much help, but from your description it is likely to be ...
Dieffenbachia8/28/2012
  Q: Recently bought a dieffenbachia from a local grocery store. A couple days after bringing it home I ...
  A: I believe what you are seeing are droplets of water at the tips of the leaves. This is a plant's way ...
plant mites please help8/27/2012
  Q: I have five Pathos Ivy's and in the soil it appears they have these very tiny little black insects ...
  A: Those "cooties" are actually fungus gnats. The larvae live in damp soil and feed on decaying roots. ...
MONSTERA RE-POTTING8/27/2012
  Q: MY NAME IS JULIA. I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL MONSTERA IN OUR YARD. I WANT TO PLANT IT TO THE POT, BECAUSE IF ...
  A: Transplanting a plant from the ground to a pot is not something that can be done easily and is best ...
Epiphyllum oxypetalum8/27/2012
  Q: I have two small epiphyllum oxypetalum plants I received back in may that were growing great until ...
  A: It is not clear to me just what you have here. Are these cuttings that you potted up? Did they have ...
Eugenia 2Ball Topiary/Indoor8/27/2012
  Q: Can it be saved? The leaves of the top ball have been dying steadily over the past 3-4 weeks. I ...
  A: Eugenia myrtifolia topiary is the correct botanical name so you have provided good information. ...
Coral Cactus8/24/2012
  Q: Mr. Creed: I have been caring for a coral cactus for several months. About a week ago, another ...
  A: The Coral Cactus is not a true cactus. It is a Euphorbia Lactea Crest grafted to a Cactus. Although ...
Cocos/ Coconut Palm8/23/2012
  Q: Following from your answer re care of the palm as a house plant- we've just purchased two and the ...
  A: The Coconut shell sitting on the surface of the soil may take up a lot of space on top, but does not ...
dieffenbachia trouble8/21/2012
  Q: I have a dieffenbachia that was doing well until about 2 months ago. The leaves started curling up ...
  A: Pruning back your Dieffenbachia stem may have eliminated the unsightly, lifeless leaves, but it did ...
negative ion plants8/20/2012
  Q: I have read that English Ivy produces negative ions in the air. Does Pathos Ivy also produce ...
  A: The idea that negative ions help clean the air or make it fresher is a myth. Consumer Reports tested ...
Indoor rubber plant8/17/2012
  Q: My boyfriend bought me a lovely rubber plant for my birthday which was really healthy looking and ...
  A: I'm afraid that the combination of not enough light and too much water has doomed your Rubber Plant. ...
Burgundy Ficus8/14/2012
  Q: Will, My name is Chris, and I have very recently started to get some house plants. I have a ...
  A: "Moldy looking spot" is not specific enough for me to identify the cause. It might be powdery mildew ...
House plant and a recent move8/14/2012
  Q: The attached plant was doing GREAT at our old home. We moved on the 4th and it has begun to lose ...
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena marginata. Like many houseplants, it does not like changes in light. Your ...
Philodendron8/14/2012
  Q: For the last 18 months my indoor Philodendron has constantly had beads of a sticky substance on the ...
  A: Philodendrons normally grow in deep shade under the canopy of the tropical rain forests. When they ...
Should we repot Monstera Deliciosa?8/11/2012
  Q: We have a large and unwieldy Monstera. We repotted it 3 years ago and it took off. It now has many ...
  A: Although you haven't provided a photo or any specifics about your Monstera pot size, I am quite ...
repotting fiddle leaf fig8/10/2012
  Q: I have a fiddle leaf fig that really likes its current situation. I bought it about five months ago ...
  A: Your Ficus lyrata is healthy and you have had no problems and remarkable success with it. So why ...
My dragon tree8/9/2012
  Q: I bought a little dragon tree for my room a few weeks ago, and I am watering it roughly every week. ...
  A: "Little white spots" on the soil is not very specific and several possibilities come to mind. If the ...
Massangeana Cane8/4/2012
  Q: I have a question about my Massangeana Cane plant. Couple months ago I got 2 plants, one has bigger ...
  A: Your plant with the lighter green leaves is a Dracaena massangeana cane or Corn Plant. The darker ...
corn plant transplant8/4/2012
  Q: My corn plant is now tall with two stems on each side and leaves flowing all from the top. ...
  A: A photo of your Corn Plant would be useful because Corn Plants are grown in a variety of different ...
Problem with Peace Lily Houseplant8/3/2012
  Q: However the 1st 6.5 inch non-draining planter which I transplanted the Peace Lily into eventually ...
  A: The problem started when you moved your Peace Lily into a pot with no drain holes. That is never a ...
identifiying plant/trimming8/2/2012
  Q: I have this beautiful plant, seems very hardy although it is growing so rapidly and I would like to ...
  A: Your Dracaena 'Janet Craig' is an excellent example of a plant that is well cared for in all ways ...
Dendrobium orchid8/1/2012
  Q: I recently purchased a dendrobium orchid planted in a 3" clear plastic liner with drainage holes, ...
  A: Once per week, take the plastic liner with drainage holes out of the ceramic pot and in the kitchen ...
algerian ivy7/31/2012
  Q: i have aquaired a nice algerian ivy from home depot. i have searched online for how to care for it ...
  A: The care of Alerian ivy (Hedera canariensis) is not unlike the care of other Hedera species. ...
dracaena massangeana Problem7/29/2012
  Q: I have had this plant for over 18months now. It is one among the 31 other house plants I have. All ...
  A: There are two things that will keep a plant from growing - not enough light and too much soil ...
DAMAGED MONEY TREE7/26/2012
  Q: I JUST MOVED AND I HAD MY MONEY TREE IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK AND WHEN I GOT TO MY NEW PLACE IT ...
  A: The damage was done by the wind and has affected only the foliage, not the roots, which are critical ...
Mealy bugs7/25/2012
  Q: I have had a jade plant for about 10 years. It has suddenly become infested with mealy bugs. I ...
  A: Hand wiping individual leaves is not an effective way to treat mealybugs. The problem is that the ...
gardenia7/25/2012
  Q: I have an indoor Gardenia tree? It has a lot of blooms on it and I put it on the deck as the ...
  A: Gardenias produce gorgeous, sweet-smelling flowers, but they are very challenging plants to keep in ...
calluses on my donkeys tail leaves7/23/2012
  Q: Brought a matured donkeys tail home from a garden store about a month ago (the pot is pretty full, ...
  A: Those spots are most commonly caused by too much sunlight. It is unclear from what you wrote, but if ...
CUTTING/REPOTTING PLANT7/23/2012
  Q: We have a Massangeana corn plant that was given to us by a good friend that had to move and couldn't ...
  A: Your Corn Plant is as badly overgrown as any I have seen! The photo quality is poor so it is hard ...
Mass Cane plant7/22/2012
  Q: I'm not sure what is going on with my corn plant. The leaves have faded significantly since I bought ...
  A: Those are somewhat unusual symptoms that you have described. A photo posted here or emailed to me ...
moses plant7/20/2012
  Q: Please help me. I bought a moses plant a couple months ago and several of the large leaves are ...
  A: It is common for Rhoeo spathacea to lose some of its older, lower leaves as new ones are added on ...
Unknown hanging plant that needs love7/19/2012
  Q: I got this hanging plant from a friend of a friend, and I need help identifying it. It looks like it ...
  A: The photos are not at all clear, but I suspect your plant is a Tahitian Bridal Veil or Gibasis ...
my indoor Banyan has scales!7/19/2012
  Q: I grew this tree from a seed, and it's now (I think) 7 years old. It nearly died the 2nd year ...
  A: The scale insect infestation is not related to the soil. The scales do not live in the soil. To ...
Ficus lyrata...spindly stalks & brown leaf edges7/19/2012
  Q: I have a fiddle leaf plant, currently in my north window. It is in an 18" pot with good drainage, ...
  A: Your Ficus lyrata is being overwatered because it is in a pot that is too large with soil that stays ...
Beefsteak Begonia7/18/2012
  Q: I'm just wondering about a Beefsteak Begonia. I would like to start another plant with a leaf from ...
  A: The leaf size does not matter. Choose any healthy leaf that will not detract from the plant's ...
Cape angels7/17/2012
  Q: My plant looks great except that it hasn't had flowers on it lately I seem to have some long stems ...
  A: Plectranthus 'cape angel' is not a good indoor house plant. It requires lots of direct sunlight ...
Pots for Jade Plants7/14/2012
  Q: I just bought two Jade plants from a greenhouse which are in the typical black plastic containers. ...
  A: It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant until it has acclimated for at least three ...
I can't identify this plant7/14/2012
  Q: I have a houseplant, have had it for at least 14 years, that I have never been able to identify. I ...
  A: I am impressed with your plant knowledge. Your description seems almost to be lifted from a ...
jade7/13/2012
  Q: 1) it grows like a vine rather than what I've seen in the markets (fat and bushy jades). I don't ...
  A: I would need a photo to confirm what I believe you are describing. You can post a photo here or ...
MADAGASCAR PALM7/10/2012
  Q: I have a MADAGASCAR PALM. Actually 4 of them. The oldest and biggest is about 2 feet tall pretty ...
  A: The tragedy of this plant is that it reveals no symptoms until it is too late. Leaking sap, mushy ...
red wood burl7/10/2012
  Q: I have a red wood burl which I have been looking after in shallow water for about a year. It has ...
  A: Your Redwood burl is one of those novelty plants that has great marketing appeal, but is very ...
mother in law's tongue plant7/9/2012
  Q: I just bought a mother in law's tongue plant from a lady the plant is huge it's about 6 feet tall ...
  A: Other than keeping your Sansevieria in direct sunlight, there is no easy solution to the problem you ...
burros tail plant looks unhealthy7/9/2012
  Q: Two years ago I bought a burros tail from a nursery. It has been placed in a sunny kitchen window ...
  A: Let's first be sure you have a Burro's Tail (Sedum morganianum) and not a String of Beads (Senecio ...
Spineless Yucca7/9/2012
  Q: Good day Our Yucca consists of two trunks(cut off at the tops). One trunk is approximate. 2 feet and ...
  A: I'm glad you asked BEFORE you went ahead and did what most people mistakenly do. The pot your Yucca ...
Scale Insects7/8/2012
  Q: I'm hoping you can help me. I was searching on line and saw your post from 12/22/2006 about scale ...
  A: I have been in that place where I had to discard many otherwise healthy plants due to a serious pest ...
White specs on palm tree7/7/2012
  Q: I have an indoor palm tree that was healthy until I just recently discovered tiny white specks on ...
  A: I could provide better assistance if you knew just what species your Palm is. There are dozens of ...
is my yukka plant dying7/5/2012
  Q: it has 3 trunks to it 2 little ones and a tall one, when i brought it it was beautifull but in the ...
  A: If all or most of the leaves on the shorter canes have died, then the prognosis is not great. If the ...
Repotting7/3/2012
  Q: Can I repot my palm in a brass pot without some type of liner?
  A: No. Having the soil and roots in direct contact with brass will cause the release of chemicals toxic ...
fica tree7/3/2012
  Q: I have had this tree for many years and it has grown and thrived until a few weeks ago when it ...
  A: It is not clear from your report just what this "salt" on top of the stones is. However, I suspect ...
Mass Canes7/2/2012
  Q: I was looking to get a Mass Cane that would ultimately reach 5-6 feet tall. The ones that the local ...
  A: I am surprised that only short Dracaena massangeana canes are available in your area. You might ask ...
Guzmania Pups7/2/2012
  Q: The greenhouse near where we live throws out 15-30 Guzmania plants per week,and I've been trying to ...
  A: I am assuming the nursery is discarding the Guzmanias only because they have finished flowering, not ...
pony tail palm7/1/2012
  Q: On my plant the leaves have white spots all over them. It is like powder when removed. It looks ...
  A: If the white stuff is soft and fluffy like tiny bits of cotton, then it is mealybug. If it is flat ...
zz plant7/1/2012
  Q: I've been reading some prior post on ZZ Plants. I just repotted one an I think I may have gone up ...
  A: There is an easy solution for plants that are top-heavy and it does not involve repotting. Simply ...
Norfolk Pine6/30/2012
  Q: Will, I will say I was happy to find you especially if you can help me and my new friend. I just ...
  A: Norfolk Island Pines are beautiful plants and unique in that they are the only evergreen needled ...
Croton6/28/2012
  Q: I have 2 crotons and all the new growth is not displaying the wonderful colors that the plant used ...
  A: To stay colorful, Crotons require cool temperatures below 68 degrees F. and lots of direct sunlight ...
alocasia6/25/2012
  Q: I have alocasia plant it is healthy and growing greatly but with every growing of new leave an ...
  A: Small potted Alocasias do not produce many leaves at one time. You may be able to add a few more ...
mold on my houseplant6/25/2012
  Q: I have a 4 foot standing houseplant (perhaps a dragon tree?) that has developed a white flaky fungus ...
  A: I suspect your Dracaena marginata has a mealybug infestation. However, I would describe mealybugs as ...
leaves on my dieffenbachia are yellowing rapidly6/24/2012
  Q: My dieffenbachia (probably about 3 ft. tall) was doing fine until about 3 weeks ago when the lower ...
  A: Yellowing leaves is a generic symptom with more than one cause. Improper light and watering are the ...
spider plant6/22/2012
  Q: I have some questions about my spider plant(green with white stripes) I have one and I care about ...
  A: The most important thing is to give your variegated Spider Plant as much DIRECT indoor sunlight as ...
haworthia problem6/22/2012
  Q: I have to pups of two species of haworthia . the left one is attenuata , the other is limifolia ...
  A: They should be okay if you allowed the pups to air-dry for a couple of days before potting them up. ...
my cactus6/22/2012
  Q: I have a cactus I think it is mammillaria my question is what is the proper way and time to ...
  A: This type of cactus grows in clusters with side shoots or baby plants emerging alongside. These side ...
Ivy Plants6/22/2012
  Q: hey i have an ivy plant and i would like to know what medium light location mean.....and if you know ...
  A: There are two very different plants Hedera Ivy and Pothos) that are often called Ivy and I don't ...
hi6/20/2012
  Q: I have Dracaena plant and I love it so much recently I notice some brown spots on the leaves .I cut ...
  A: It looks lie you Dracaena deremensis 'lemon-lime' is in a pot that is way too big. Large pots filled ...
Dracaena Massangeana Cutting6/20/2012
  Q: and thanks in advance for your help. I have a four stalk corn plant, that is at least 40 years old, ...
  A: What you would like to do is theoretically possible, but as a practical matter the odds are against ...
monkey-tail or rat-tail cactus6/20/2012
  Q: I was given a 'monkey-tail' plant, but it doesn't look like any of the pictures. I have had it for ...
  A: Your plant is commonly called Rattail Cactus. Its botanical name is Aporocactus flagelliformis, in ...
indoor cactus-broken6/19/2012
  Q: I have raised a big cactus from a baby. Its the kind that looks like a huge pickle. My daughter ...
  A: Your description is a little unclear so a photo would be more helpful. If I understand correctly, ...
about spider plant6/18/2012
  Q: I had spider plant but I need your help I notice that some of the leaves become yellow I put it ...
  A: The variegated (green and white striped) Spider Plants must be kept right in your sunniest window to ...
Powdery Mildew6/17/2012
  Q: I bought a Yucca plant about 2 months ago. i recently started noticing that the leaves of the plant ...
  A: Researching on the Internet is always a crapshoot because so many amateurs are posting incorrect ...
my plant needs your help!6/16/2012
  Q: I have a 7' indoor umbrella plant, living in a 20" pot, that is about 30 to 32 years old and I've ...
  A: Congratulations on providing such good care of your Schefflera for so many years! There are a number ...
Mother In laws Tongue6/14/2012
  Q: I have had this plant for almost a year. It came as part of a dish with multiple plants. The corn ...
  A: You are finding a problem where there is none. Your Snake Plant appears to be quite healthy and the ...
I need help identifying this plant6/13/2012
  Q: A friend recently gave me this plant it is really pretty and I'd like to research the plant so i ...
  A: The photo quality is not great, but it looks like your mystery plant is a Rhoeo spathacea, commonly ...
maranta6/9/2012
  Q: Greetings from Croatia! I have just bought a young maranta. As my previous one died, I consulted ...
  A: My neighborhood in Astoria, Queens, NY has a large Croation population as well as people from other ...
Pachira (Castano de Guayana)6/9/2012
  Q: I could use some expertise! I have owned this plant for five years. Its doing relatively well, but ...
  A: Caring for Bonsais of any species is a challenge. Bonsai means keeping a plant miniaturized. That ...
caring for Mass Cane6/8/2012
  Q: I was just about to re-pot my Mass Cane (Dragonnier Massangena) when I read on your site that it is ...
  A: You are a pleasant surprise because you took the time to ask about repotting before proceeding with ...
citronella mosquito plant6/7/2012
  Q: i planted them in 10 inch pot the larger one and mircle grow potting soil, it's doing great. but the ...
  A: This is a type of scented Geranium. The symptoms you describe are indicative of root rot and ...
Burnt Plant?6/6/2012
  Q: I received an umbrella plant in March from my grandmother's funeral. I placed it in front of a ...
  A: Your roommate made a common assumption and mistake in thinking that all plants like lots of ...
Ming Aralia / Mealybugs6/6/2012
  Q: I found your recent instructions on treating an indoor Ming Aralia with a mealybug infestation. I'm ...
  A: As long as you diluted the alcohol and soap with water as I described, there is no need to rinse ...
Massangeana Rescue Mission6/3/2012
  Q: I purchased a massangeana(two canes with two heads on each) 10 weeks ago. The heads had been watered ...
  A: First off, your Dracaena massangeana is a tropical plant and non-seasonal so you don't have to worry ...
jasmine with scale6/1/2012
  Q: I think that's what my jasmine plant has as well. What is the reason that drenching in water will ...
  A: Plain water does not penetrate the protective shell. Soap might penetrate some, but not as ...
aphids on my dieffenbachias6/1/2012
  Q: I have two medium-large (3-4 feet tall and well-spread) multi-stem dieffenbachias in good condition. ...
  A: Those small black flying gnats are not aphids. They are fungus gnats. The gnat larvae live in the ...
spider plant5/31/2012
  Q: and i have a north and south facing window i was wondering what window i should put it in and i was ...
  A: All-green Spider Plants are not variegated and do not require as much sunlight as the variegated or ...
umbrella plant green & yellow5/24/2012
  Q: my plant seems to be withering from the bottom up, the top is perky and pretty but the bottom half ...
  A: I assume your plant is a Schefflera arboricola. Let me know if I am wrong. It sounds like your ...
Pineapple plant5/23/2012
  Q: Mr. Creed, I read an article by you online regarding a pineapple house plant. In the article you ...
  A: The "pup" found on various Bromeliad species, including Pineapple, refers to the baby plants or ...
Palm plant with spots5/23/2012
  Q: I have taken a couple photos of the plant now which should be more clear. They are attached. Thanks ...
  A: Your plant is an Areca Palm, as I suspected. The mixed yellow and green lower stems with dark lines ...
CORN PLANT5/23/2012
  Q: We have a corn plant in our kitchen area and it has bloomed for the second time. The fragrance is ...
  A: It is not uncommon for Corn Plants to flower if they are left in the same location for many years ...
Palm and possible infecting other plants5/22/2012
  Q: I just read an entry from a lady named Sara about her spider palm having scale. I am beginning to ...
  A: Based on the photo you submitted, I don't think your Palm has scale insects. Scale insects are about ...
jasmine and gardenia5/21/2012
  Q: Will, I just did a pH test for my jasmine plant. It came back at 7.5. This is a 3 ft jasmine in a 14 ...
  A: I think you are too focused on chemicals while overlooking some more basic issues. The soil pH for ...
anthurium flowers turn green5/20/2012
  Q: I have a healthy plant which I bought a few weeks ago. I get the impression that the last flower is ...
  A: Nursery growers use special growth hormones to manipulate flowering plants into flowering profusely ...
identification and care suggestions for plant/tree5/20/2012
  Q: My mother has a plant/tree that was given to her 7 years ago. We repotted it several years ago with ...
  A: My e-mail address is wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. If you send me some photos, including one that ...
Smalll black lines on palm5/19/2012
  Q: I just read a question/answer about an areca palm so wanted to ask you. I have a large parlor palm? ...
  A: I have never seen anything on any Palm species that I would describe as tiny black lines. Scale ...
Pale green growth on massangeana5/18/2012
  Q: I purchased a massangeana(two canes with two heads on each) 4 months ago.It is in a 19cm pot which ...
  A: I agree that light is not a problem, but neither is the perlite, which is an appropriate substitute ...
only 1 flower in 14 years5/17/2012
  Q: My fonquieria splendens/monkey tail cactus is 14 years old. I bought it in a two inch plastic pot. ...
  A: The plant in the photo does not look like Fouquieria splendens. I believe you have an Aporocactus ...
Pineapple Plant5/15/2012
  Q: I just purchased a pineapple plant which is absolutely perfect, my problem is that I want it to stay ...
  A: You cannot stunt your plant's growth. There are chemical growth retardants that nursery growers use ...
Identify house plant5/14/2012
  Q: i have this plant, i sent photos... can you help identify it? i came close but didn't match exactly. ...
  A: Based on your description of the flowers, your plant is probably an Anthurium. It looks like it ...
Coral Cactus 'Cristata'5/14/2012
  Q: My son gave me this cactus a year ago. It's fan shape was very intriguing. However, it seems to be ...
  A: Your Coral Cctus does not need repotting. It has a small, fine root system that needs to dry out ...
Rubber Plant/yellow wax like coating5/13/2012
  Q: Our 6-foot tall rubber plant has a yellow wax like coating and brown spots on the new leaves. How do ...
  A: The blistering of the leaves is worrisome. This symptom is not cause by insects, improper watering ...
avocado has bumps on roots5/12/2012
  Q: I'm growing an avocado from the pit. I put the pit in a glass of water and when the roots started to ...
  A: Those are nodules. They are not parasitic nor a disease. I do not know why they form on some roots ...
My new Coral Cactus5/11/2012
  Q: Should I try to replant it or just leave it in there? The way the rocks are it seems like it would ...
  A: It is hard to tell without a photo, but it is likely that what you have is a layer of pebbles glued ...
mandevilla hybrid/var.sunmandecrim5/10/2012
  Q: I bought this plant in a 4"pot mistakingly thinking it would go outside but our weather is too cool ...
  A: I cannot find any reports of Mandevilla being toxic to children or pets. However, not all plants ...
Braided Gardenia Tree5/9/2012
  Q: I recently bought a Braided Gardenia Tree and need help. I have it inside as a house plant by my ...
  A: Gardenias are among the most challenging indoor plants. The primary problem is that the flowers and ...
Fica Tree5/9/2012
  Q: My fica tree is 6ft. tall. It`s out of shape and I wondered how and when to trim it.
  A: Ficus trees are tropical in origin and non-seasonal so they can be pruned at any time of the year. ...
Browning Ivy leaves5/9/2012
  Q: I just noticed that some of the leaves of my Ivy are turning brown where the stem meets the leaf. ...
  A: A photo that shows the entire plant would be more helpful. A photo of a single leaf or symptom is ...
Low-light houseplants5/8/2012
  Q: I am very eager to put a houseplant or two in my new apartment, but I have realized that I have no ...
  A: There are about a half-dozen plants that will work in what is considered low light, but you have to ...
Ming Aralia5/7/2012
  Q: I bought a ming aralia last month and it has a problem which I can't find much about. I bought it ...
  A: White fluffy stuff that looks like bits of cotton is a mealybug infestation. They don't look like ...
sick yucca5/6/2012
  Q: Our clinic received a yucca plant last fall as a gift. Sometime in late winter the plant began ...
  A: Yucca plants do often develop a light grayish film on their leaves as they oxidize. If that is what ...
peace lily5/5/2012
  Q: My plant is in a 6in pot & has many flowers, some flowers are dying & very brown, Do I cut them off ...
  A: Individual flowers usally last for only a week or two. Once a flower is no longer attractive cut it ...
Gardenia bonsai5/5/2012
  Q: I was given a gardenia bonsai in Jan. It has lots of new growth on it . . . No blooms yet. I am ...
  A: If your Gardenia is a true bonsai, then it has been trained for many years to be miniaturized and ...
Jade bending 90 degrees5/5/2012
  Q: Have a jade plant that, if straight, would be 3' tall--- but taint straight; is bending almost 90 ...
  A: Apparently your Jade is healthy and well cared for, except for one thing - it needs to be pruned. As ...
Diefferenbachia(spelling?)5/3/2012
  Q: I have two of these plants that seem to like my counter top behind my faucet next to the kitchen ...
  A: You are close. The correct spelling is Dieffenbachia. It is also commonly called Dumb Cane, which is ...
hibiscus potting5/1/2012
  Q: Recently I received two hibiscus as a gift. The plants have a lot of buds and are blooming. My ...
  A: I am not quite sure why, but folks often think their plants are in pots that are too small or don’t ...
Challenges With Two Plants4/30/2012
  Q: First-off, my Jasmine Maid-of-Orlenns (Jasminum Sambac), is 26" tall (I got it from Jene's ...
  A: If I told you I am buying size 12 shoes for my six year old son because I'm expecting him to grow ...
Plant Identification??4/27/2012
  Q: I inherited this plant about 5 years ago from a former employee. the plant was very small at the ...
  A: In the photo I can see only leaves and a small portion of stem. To make a proper identification I ...
Rabbit foot fern4/26/2012
  Q: I have a rabbits foot fern that is a couple of years old. I mist it frequently every week, water it ...
  A: You are not watering frequently enough. Misting doesn't really help so it doesn’t count toward ...
Palm houseplants4/25/2012
  Q: I have a some questions: I've been buying palms for several years and seem to have the same problem. ...
  A: The Palm in the photo you provided is a Parlor Palm or Chamaedorea elegans. Like most Palm species, ...
African Violet4/24/2012
  Q: I have had many african violets over the years. I've repotted, started new plants from leaves and ...
  A: Without a good photo, I cannot say for sure what it is that you are seeing on your AV's. Powdery ...
Corn Plant4/22/2012
  Q: I have a corn plant that is 15 yrs old, 8 feet tall and has lived in3 houses. It bloomed recently, ...
  A: You certainly seem to have a healthy Corn Plant so pruning it back by 3-4 feet should not be a ...
jade plant disease4/22/2012
  Q: I have a beautiful jade plant that has had a silvery-white shiney and flaky material on the leaves ...
  A: The white, flaky material is the waxy coating found on healthy leaves that has dried up and is ...
China Doll Plant4/22/2012
  Q: I purchased a China Doll plant about a week ago. I love the looks of it. The foliage is dense and ...
  A: Based on the information you have provided, it is likely that your China Doll is being kept too dry. ...
re-potting canes4/21/2012
  Q: I read that you said you don't have to re-pot yet i want to,I want to know the right way to do this ...
  A: Repotting is generally not only not necessary, but often a bad idea. In this case, you are trying to ...
cape angel house plant4/21/2012
  Q: Good morning, I'm the caretaker of a cape angel house plant that my mum kept quite healthy, but now ...
  A: The correct name for this plant is Plectranthus sp. 'Cape Angel White.' It is in the Swedish ivy ...
Help with Yucca Cane - 'yellowish" crust on top of soil & yellowing of foliage4/18/2012
  Q: I have 2 Yucca 'elephantipes' canes indoors. One is fine; the other has problems: 1. Cane foliage ...
  A: It is much easier to overwater a plant that is in reduced light. If you are keeping the living room ...
song of india4/15/2012
  Q: I have a song of India plant. I water it every 10 to 14 days or so when the soil is dry. However, ...
  A: Your Pleomele reflexa 'Song of India' should be located in front of an east or north facing window ...
Gardenia and mites4/14/2012
  Q: Bought a gardenia plant a few days ago. It has about 8 "buds" on it now. I discovered a web on ...
  A: My first suggestion is that you return the Gardenia because it had spider mites when you purchased ...
Watering4/12/2012
  Q: Sometimes when I see that one or more of my plants need water, it's after sundown. I read somewhere ...
  A: The notion that roots will rot if a plant is watered at night is without foundation. A plant that is ...
treating scale with systemic insecticide4/11/2012
  Q: Will a systemic insecticide like imidacloprid kill scale in indoor potted jasmine and lemon trees? ...
  A: Imidacloprid is effective in treating scale insects. However, as with any systemic, the active ...
coral cactus4/11/2012
  Q: Is there any hints you can give to transplanting the coral cactus? mine is in stones with no drain ...
  A: My guess is that your Coral Cactus is actually potted in a porous potting mix with some pebbles or ...
potted jasmine indoors4/10/2012
  Q: I have two large potted jasmine (one is Confederate, other don't know)in an inner patio in Mexico ...
  A: Confederate Jasmine do not usually thrive in hot, dry climates. They prefer cooler, humid ...
aglaonema4/10/2012
  Q: My agleonema is part of a large potted display and is so top heavy it is falling over the side of ...
  A: I am not sure I have the full picture here because I don't know why your Aglaonema is falling over ...
Gardenia Braid4/4/2012
  Q: I have had my gardenia braid about 4 weeks now. It had many blossoms fully open and some that were ...
  A: Gardenia buds are very temperature sensitive and will not open properly if temperatures between 55 ...
caring for aechmea primera3/27/2012
  Q: I just received probably the most awesome/prehistoric looking plant ive ever seen and i have no idea ...
  A: Your Aechmea is a type of Bromeliad. Bromeliad flowers last for 3 to 5 months in good conditions and ...
AV leaves start out green then turn yellow3/23/2012
  Q: my AV is growing well but does not flower and the new green leaves turn yellow. I don't think I ...
  A: Your AV is in a pot that is too large. When AV's are kept in their original small plastic pots they ...
Myrtus Communis care3/22/2012
  Q: I lost a Myrtus Communis in a small pot last year due to lack of watering over a weekend I was away. ...
  A: Lots of retailers are selling Myrtus Communis topiaries right now because they are very pretty and ...
Palm Plant3/22/2012
  Q: my grandmother had a palm plant, and gave me a bulb from it. I replanted it and it has been growing ...
  A: Your plant is a Parlor Palm or Chamaedorea elegans. This plant does not transplant easily because it ...
Aechmea Primera3/20/2012
  Q: I live up in Canada, in Calgary, Alberta. We are at about 3700 ft. above sea level here so, closer ...
  A: Your Aechmea requires about the same light as a Phalaenopsis Orchid, along with the same general ...
yucca plant yellow/brown leaves3/20/2012
  Q: I have a yucca plant , I have noticed that the leaves of this plant became brown with some yellow ...
  A: The leaf discoloration symptoms you described are generic symptoms with several possible causes. It ...
Should I prune my weakened money plant?3/19/2012
  Q: I wonder if you could help me with this. I have a money plant, it's been thriving for several years ...
  A: I will get to the pruning question at the end, but I feel compelled to straighten out some other ...
dividing twin palms3/16/2012
  Q: I have a queen palm that has a twin growing from its side. Can I divid these without killing both?
  A: I have never seen or heard of a Queen Palm producing offsets or side-shoots that could be used for ...
sick yucca3/16/2012
  Q: I have had my yucca plant for 10 years, it has been healthy for this time. Just recently it has lost ...
  A: All living things have a lifespan, but Yuccas can certainly live longer than 10 years indoors if ...
Ponytail Palm problem3/15/2012
  Q: I have searched the Internet for answers to what my ponytail palm is doing and I cannot find any ...
  A: Your description is a bit confusing to me, so posting a photo of your Ponytail Palm or emailing one ...
Droopy dracena3/12/2012
  Q: I bought a dracena marginata at the store but it is not doing well since bringing it home. ...
  A: The problem is the consistency of the water globe. Those devices keep soil consistently moist and ...
Spider mites3/12/2012
  Q: I just read your response on a cat Palm turning yellow and brown. I just bought mine and it's doing ...
  A: Yellow and brown fronds can be caused by improper watering, improper light, and hard water, as well ...
INDOOR TREE LIKE HIBISCUS3/11/2012
  Q: I AM SEEING NO FLOWERS. WE REPLANTED HIBISCUS INTO LARGER POT. BECAUSE THE POT WE HAD WAS TOO ...
  A: Like most flowering plants, your braided Hibiscus needs to be quite potbound in order to flower. ...
podocarpus macrophylla3/10/2012
  Q: ...but it has developed brown scab like things on the underside of some of the leaves. The thing is ...
  A: I really need a photo posted here or emailed to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com to be able to ...
orchids3/9/2012
  Q: Great teacher! 1)I've got about 10 healthy phal orchids that are supposed to be twin stems but they ...
  A: Unless there are two plants per pot, there should be no expectation that a Phalaenopsis will produce ...
Verigated arkoricola - Braided3/8/2012
  Q: I also recieved a arkoricola plant. To me it looked like it had been pruned back and had lots of ...
  A: A photo here would be very helpful because your description of your Schefflera arboricola's ...
white fungus on myrtle topiaries3/4/2012
  Q: one by one our myrtle topiaries are developing a white fungus on the interior plant stems. it begins ...
  A: Your description is not very specific, so it is hard to be sure. However, your Myrtle probably has ...
When and how to prune a Sheffelera3/4/2012
  Q: I inherited a sheffelera plant when a neighbor left for Singapore six years ago. It is 19 inches ...
  A: Pruning potted plants is more about aesthetics than it is about horticulture. Pruning does not ...
Philodendron blisters?3/2/2012
  Q: I have looked everywhere on the internet trying to determine what is wrong with my philodendron. I ...
  A: Your plant is a Philodendron selloum, a Philodendron species that is susceptible to Erwinia, a ...
Jasmine houseplant3/2/2012
  Q: I have a plant under grow lights in my basement for the winter and it has done very well outside ...
  A: Chlorosis is a lack of chlorophyll production usually due to nutrient deficiency. The most common ...
peace lily problem3/2/2012
  Q: I have had a peace lily about 4 years. The leaves are turning black, and get really wrinkly. I have ...
  A: From your brief description, it is likely that your Peace Lily is suffering from root rot. Root rot ...
Ficus leafdrop2/28/2012
  Q: I have a new Ficus tree about 24“ tall in a plastic 6” pot (which it was in when I purchased it 4 ...
  A: I am not familiar with the special reptile light you are using, but I suspect that it is not ...
Trouble with Crotons2/27/2012
  Q: I live in Charlotte, NC. I've enjoyed reading the information that you post on Allexperts.com and ...
  A: It appears that your bargain plants may not have been such a good bargain after all. Stores do not ...
Overgrown Norfolk Pine2/26/2012
  Q: I rescued a Norfolk pine from an office, it has very long branches on one side and short on the ...
  A: You can trim back some of the longer branches, but that will make the tree look less full. I suggest ...
What kind of houseplant is this?2/26/2012
  Q: My son potted this plant at a nursery nearly seven years ago, and we've never been able to identify ...
  A: It looks like you have an Impatiens plant. It does well outdoors in warm weather as a shade plant. ...
Unknown plant2/19/2012
  Q: I am including a picture of my unknown plant. I've had this plant for a very long time ( maybe it's ...
  A: Your plant is a Pleomele thalioides. It is in the same family as Dracaena, is sometimes called a ...
mushroom or toadstool in indoor plant2/18/2012
  Q: This morning I noticed two mushrooms/toadstools in my African Violet plant. The largest one is 4 ...
  A: There are thousands of different types of mushrooms, so it is impossible for me to identify the one ...
Cat Palm2/18/2012
  Q: I just purchased a cat palm two weeks ago and it was looking lovely until the past 24 hours. It is ...
  A: I am having difficulty accounting for your Cat Palm's severe lean after just two weeks. Sometimes ...
New Tropic snow dieffenbachia2/15/2012
  Q: My husband & I are not plant people by any means however we wanted a plant that is good for ...
  A: Just so you understand, virtually all plants help purify the air and add oxygen while using the ...
neoregelia raphael2/14/2012
  Q: I bought this plant about a year ago. About 3 months ago a new start came up off the main one. The ...
  A: As part of its normal life cycle, the main or "mother" plant slowly dies after the offset or "baby" ...
sick yucca elephantipes2/13/2012
  Q: I bought a yucca about three months back. Its this plant. ...
  A: I try really hard to find solutions for people so they can save their plants. However, in this case ...
Corn plant care2/12/2012
  Q: I was recently given a plant I believe to be a corn plant. In the week it has been at my home the ...
  A: Your plant appears to be a Dracaena warneckei 'Lemon-Lime' although it is hard to be sure because of ...
dwarf sweet myrtle2/11/2012
  Q: the leaves on my new topiary house plant are curling.What is wrong?
  A: "Curling" is a generic term that is not very descriptive of a specific plant problem. It could ...
Yucca is drying2/8/2012
  Q: I bought yucca more than year ago and replanted right away. I keep it in front of the window. Last ...
  A: The Yucca in the photo you posted certainly does not look miserable, so I think you may be ...
Dracaena Marginata2/5/2012
  Q: Just moved in the cold, my plant has limp leaves on two of the tops. Do I cut it off or pick leaves ...
  A: Like most houseplants, Dracaena marginata is tropical in origin and cannot withstand very cold ...
ponytail plant2/4/2012
  Q: My boyfriend has had a beautiful ponytail plant for years. The stem is about 14 inches tall. He ...
  A: Yes, that's what cats do! There is a reasonably good chance the Ponytail Palm will survive, but it ...
Scale2/2/2012
  Q: I have a lovely bird of paradise which has been invaded by what I suspect is some variety of scale. ...
  A: That is soft scale on your Bird of Paradise. Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part isopropyl ...
devils ivy1/31/2012
  Q: i have a huge devils ivy but we moved across the country from oklahoma to vermont every since my ivy ...
  A: I will need a photo or two to properly assess your Pothos. Dark stem nodes can be perfectly normal, ...
spider mites and more1/28/2012
  Q: Our aralia (chicken gizzard) tree seems to have a case of some spider mites. Not horrible yet but ...
  A: Spider mites are so small you can get a half-dozen of them on the head of a pin. If you treat only ...
amaryllis1/28/2012
  Q: I'm the one who previously asked you questions about how to care for amaryllis a few months ago. My ...
  A: There is no good reason I can think of for 3 of the leaves to have died back recently. New leaf ...
ficus benjamina1/27/2012
  Q: I have a ficus benjamina houseplant that is at least 20 years old. It had gotten rather spindly so ...
  A: As with many plants, your Ficus is more inclined to produce berries with seeds inside when it is ...
String of Pearls plant1/26/2012
  Q: please can you help? I've got a string of pearls plant that was a cutting grown from my mum's plant ...
  A: I think your String of Pearls can be saved, but I am not quite sure how to instruct you because I ...
Monstera1/26/2012
  Q: I read your reply to the woman who had repotted her Monstera. I was recently lucky enough to find ...
  A: Congratulations on your find! Monsteras are interesting-looking plants that are moderately hardy as ...
Gnats in house plants1/26/2012
  Q: I have a question that is not directly related to house plants but it is about the gnats that are ...
  A: Unfortunately, the fungus gnat problem you have IS directly related to your houseplants. The gnat ...
ponytail palm repotting1/22/2012
  Q: We have a 30 inch ponytail plant (indoors) that is doing well, but the roots are so shallow that the ...
  A: Adding soil to the top of the rootball is not a good way to stabilize your plant. It won't work that ...
hybernate a fig tree1/21/2012
  Q: We live in New York and were given a fig tree this fall. We were told to hibernate it indoors in a ...
  A: Many New Yorkers, especially in Italian and Greek neighborhoods, grow their Fig trees in the ground. ...
brown spots and tips on yucca tree1/20/2012
  Q: I bought a yucca tree in upstate NY, 2 yrs ago in the summer. It did well for the first 6 months or ...
  A: The Yucca in the photo you posted looks fine, but I assume that is not recent. Your description of ...
sick yucca tree1/19/2012
  Q: I bought a young yucca tree in 2010 and it did wonderful its first 6 months. I had to move into a ...
  A: The Yucca in the photo you posted looks fine, but I assume that is not recent. Your description of ...
Aechmea Plant1/19/2012
  Q: we have a bunch of aechmea plants here in the office which are beautiful. Hopefully when they trade ...
  A: a member of the Bromeliad family of plants. Bromeliads have some of the most spectacular looking and ...
opuntia care1/18/2012
  Q: i have a 25-30 year old opuntia (prickly pear) plant. the trunk is sturdy and round. the new ...
  A: Mary. I wasn't clear enough in my reply that moving your Opuntia to a larger pot will not only not ...
china doll plant1/18/2012
  Q: and i just bought 3 china dolls for my science project and only two of theme are strong and healthy ...
  A: The most important thing is NOT to repot your China Dolls. They have sensitive root systems that do ...
Christmas Cactus scent1/15/2012
  Q: We have recently aquired a very large, well established christmas cactus from a relative and we all ...
  A: Christmas Cactus does not normally have any odor to speak of and certainly nothing like dog poop! ...
Plant Identification1/14/2012
  Q: If possible, could you please tell me what type of plant I have? It looks like it needs some ...
  A: Your plant is Cissus rhombifolia known as "grape ivy." Yours looks well cared for, altough it would ...
Hedera Ivy 2 months old1/11/2012
  Q: I bought a my Ivy right before Christmas and it has been growing really well. I'm not exactly sure ...
  A: Your Hedera Ivy looks healthy and you have nothing to be concerned about. The tiny bumps along the ...
Arboricola Braid1/11/2012
  Q: My house plant is out of control!!! Lol. I've had this plant a few years now. It had 3 twisted ...
  A: That is very helpful. Your Schefflera arboricola is overgrown, but very healthy. It is not uncommon ...
Sticky droplets on Pachira1/11/2012
  Q: My Pachira, which I've had for 10 years, has started developing droplets on both sides of the ...
  A: Pachiras often produce sap droplets on both sides of leaves when they are grown in very bright ...
Zebra Plant1/10/2012
  Q: I was given a zebra plant that is almost dead. It has two or three tiny shriveled leaves on the top ...
  A: This is a very challenging rescue project and the prospects are not good. We don't know how your ...
Hawaiin Schefflera1/10/2012
  Q: I have had this schefflera for several years and it has died back to 1 (one) stalk about 24" high ...
  A: Scheffleras can only be propagated by stem cuttings. You have only one stem left so it will be very ...
Dracaena Plant1/9/2012
  Q: Good afternoon Will, I had just read the Q&A you had with Adam regarding Dracaena plants (I had a ...
  A: I can understand that encouraging employees to grow a "most interesting plant" in 5 weeks has a ...
Dying Houseplant1/8/2012
  Q: Mr. Creed, please help us identify the plant pictured. The plant was originally part of a dish ...
  A: It is hard to tell from the photos provided, but it looks like your plant is a Sweet Olive or ...
Little Black Bugs1/8/2012
  Q: I have noticed over the past several weeks little black bugs on the dirt of a houseplant of mine. ...
  A: The bugs are fungus gnats. The gnat larvae (eggs) were in the soil that you used. I have received ...
peace lily1/7/2012
  Q: My year old peace lily started dying; too much water. I think the pot is also too small and think I ...
  A: Top soil is intended for outdoor use and should not be used as potting soil for indoor plants, such ...
Aralia (California Ming)1/6/2012
  Q: If I remember correctly I have a california ming, approx. 18 inches tall. I purchased in about June ...
  A: Ming Aralias (Polyscias) are among my favorite plants so I am familiar with their sometimes fussy ...
rubber tree plant1/5/2012
  Q: my rubber tree plant is growing but its a long stick between the dirt and where its growing at. How ...
  A: Older portions of a Rubber Plant's stems do not root very easily. To propagate a Rubber Plant you ...
Changing colour of Dracaena's1/4/2012
  Q: At my office i have a Dracaena plant. It is in a pot with a diameter of about 5 inches and it about ...
  A: Foot coloring is sometimes used to change the color of white or light colored cut flowers, such as ...
Repotting1/2/2012
  Q: I recently purchased a 4' Canela tree for my home. I am looking for a pot but not sure what size I ...
  A: I know it is a common assumption and practice to repot recently acquired plants into larger pots. In ...
peace lilly12/31/2011
  Q: I just arrived back fro holidays and my peace lily's leaves are turning black at the edges, the ...
  A: First, it is important to understand that the colored leaves on a Poinsettia generally last for only ...
indoor tree12/27/2011
  Q: Creed. I have this plant I received as a 4 in long piece of green trunk rooting in water 3-4 yrs ...
  A: Your plant is a Dieffenbachia and it is clear you do have a green thumb! Dieffenbachias do grow ...
30 ft indoor Ficus tree with white spider mites12/26/2011
  Q: 15 years ago I planted a 5 ft tall Weeping Ficus tree "house plant" in the ground in my atrium ranch ...
  A: For a tree that size, you really need professional help from a certified interior landscape company. ...
sago palm12/26/2011
  Q: Could you teach me how to grow sago palms and all the basic requirments please? I just got one for ...
  A: Despite their common name, Sago Palms are not actually Palms. They are Cycads, the oldest of the ...
Coconut palm12/19/2011
  Q: I have had my coconut palm for about 8 months and it was doing quite well until the temperature fell ...
  A: The future of your coconut Palm depends on just how much cold it was exposed to and for what ...
kimberly queen fern12/17/2011
  Q: I have recently dug my ferns up from being outside due to cold weather. When I got my plants inside ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor potted houseplants where the environment is more consistent. I am ...
Ficus Lyrata care12/16/2011
  Q: I have a ficus lyrta plant that's about 6 ft tall. It's definitely receiving enough sunlight but I'm ...
  A: There is no simple formula as to quantity of water that a plant needs based on its size. How much ...
Red Leaf Clover - Shamrock12/14/2011
  Q: My sister has seen this plant and wants one for Christmas. Is there a place that sells them?
  A: "Red Leaf Clover - Shamrock" is a descriptive name, not a botanical name so I cannot be sure exactly ...
Mass Cane flowers12/11/2011
  Q: Will, We have a Mass Cane plant that has produced a large amount of flowers, although the fragrance ...
  A: Indeed, the aroma of Corn Plant flowers can be a bit overwhelming. The entire flower stem (called a ...
Another dying yukka question12/5/2011
  Q: .please help...recently repotted my 10 year old yukka...and though it's indoors and doesn't get much ...
  A: The primary problem is that your Yucca is suffering from rotting roots caused by the unnecessary ...
moving and repotting plants12/4/2011
  Q: I have a multi-tieredfirst, is it best to move my dracaena frangrans out of the edge of my sunroom ...
  A: B. The brown tips on the Corn Plant leaves are not caused by excess light. The likely cause is ...
Ornamental orange tree dropping leaves after replanting12/3/2011
  Q: I have a 50 year old ornamental orange tree that was starting to drop a lot of leaves. It had not ...
  A: Unfortunately, you have been victimized by some bad advice from some well-intentioned people with ...
Problem with new Yucca plant12/1/2011
  Q: Will, I have recently bought a Yucca plant. It has a tall double headed stem and some smaller stems ...
  A: Although you have given good information describing the plant and its symptoms, it is hard for me to ...
Split Leaf Philodendron12/1/2011
  Q: About 6 weeks ago I grabbed a cutting of Monstera deliciosa (?), Split Leaf Philodendron. My friend ...
  A: There may be a bit of truth to what you read about light for your Monstera, but it is mostly ...
zizi plant12/1/2011
  Q: I have a zizi plant and it is doing well (I guest), I've had it for two years now. My question is ...
  A: I am glad to hear that your ZZ Plant is doing well for you. The leaves of a ZZ Plant are naturally ...
7 yr old Money tree w/braided trunk - two trunks suddenly die11/29/2011
  Q: I purchased a Money Tree from Target about 7 years ago. It has been moved from dorm to apartment to ...
  A: What stands out here is what you mentioned only in passing. Two years ago you repotted from a 6" to ...
re-potting Ming Aralia question11/28/2011
  Q: A month ago we purchased a 6 foot Ming Tree. It did well at first by a window, but then the last two ...
  A: Ming aralias can be quite temperamental, particularly about change. Keeping it close to the window ...
slow release fertilizer11/24/2011
  Q: Good Morning Dear Will Creed I have plant in the pot with self watering. How to put the slow ...
  A: Slow or timed release fertilizer is always best applied by mixing it into and throughout the potting ...
mosquito plant11/23/2011
  Q: my question is i have a mosquito plant that i have had for two years, i repotted it last spring and ...
  A: Mosquito Plant is the common name usually applied to Pelargonium citrosum and sometimes called ...
Kalanchoe, Portulaca and Umbrella plant11/15/2011
  Q: I am a middle school science teacher an I have several plants in my classroom. I have several ...
  A: Most of the flowering Kalanchoes that are sold today are hybrids that were bred to bloom ...
gnats coming from my soil!11/14/2011
  Q: I have a variety of houseplants and ever since I've gotten them, tiny gnats have been all over the ...
  A: When you have fungus gnats in several plants, it is a sure indication you are not allowing your ...
fungus gnats11/13/2011
  Q: I read your response to how to get rid of them. I tried the diatomaceous earth. it worked for a ...
  A: I am not sure which of my many posts on the subject of fungus gnats you saw, so you may not have my ...
House plant: tiny little white bugs11/13/2011
  Q: I was trying to find out about some little white bugs in my house plant and I came across this ...
  A: It is hard to say exactly what critters you are seeing in the soil. However, the fact that your ...
spider plants11/10/2011
  Q: HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FEMALE AND A MALE SPIDER PLANT?
  A: You cannot tell the difference because there is no such thing as male and female spider plants. This ...
ficus lyrata11/10/2011
  Q: can the ficus lyrata be kept outside on a porch which get some direct sun? also, do you like the ...
  A: Much appreciated! Great to have fans. Few people realize that the difference between indoor and ...
Plant is getting too tall11/10/2011
  Q: A friend gave me a potted plant about a year ago, and it was maybe 18" high at the time. It is now ...
  A: In the US, your plant is commonly called Lucky Bamboo because it somewhat resembles Bamboo. However, ...
Insect pests on Stephanotis11/7/2011
  Q: I have looked after a Stephanotis floribunda plant for years and generally it is healthy but in the ...
  A: I need better information here. First I need proper identification of the plant pests. Can you ...
boston ferns11/6/2011
  Q: i did not get my fern indoors soon enough before a frost and now it has some brown fonds and smells ...
  A: You will lose most or all of the fronds due to cold damage. However, if the roots were not too ...
Repotting my philodendron bipinnatifidum11/6/2011
  Q: I have an indoor philodendron bipinnatifidum that is 34 years old and I have re-potted it into ...
  A: Your Philodendron is healthy and growing as it should. Of course, that means that it does grow an ...
Long distance move - Small Ficus tree11/6/2011
  Q: I'm confident of moving it safely, with a special transportation box I'll make, and plant will be ...
  A: Your bonsaied Ficus is commonly called Ficus Ginseng bonsai and is also known as Banyan Fig bonsai ...
Umbrella plants11/5/2011
  Q: I have two umbrella plants, one green,the other green and yellow. I have noticed that the branch ...
  A: Those are called adventitious roots because they appear in an unusual place. There is no particular ...
Wax Plant11/4/2011
  Q: I have had my wax plant for about 10 or 12 years. Right now it is in a fairly big pot and sits in ...
  A: The key to eliminating mealybugs is to spray really thoroughly. A mix of 5 parts water, 1 part ...
white, sticky, I think--mealy bugs on my anthirium plant.11/2/2011
  Q: I am so disappointed to see my once very healthy red anthirium plant thrive, now has what it seems ...
  A: Mealybugs look like bits of white cotton and they secrete a sticky substance called honeydew. ...
Dieffenbachia10/30/2011
  Q: Three years ago, I purchased a "diefennbachia" in a 4" pot. It was placed in a north-facing window. ...
  A: There are a couple of different types of Dieffenbachia that are commonly sold. I am not sure just ...
Brown Tips, no Flowers10/29/2011
  Q: I have a white flowering Anthurium. About 4 months ago, my plant was attacked by mites, I went to a ...
  A: The roots on your Anthurium are rotting. When new growth comes in distorted or discolored, it is ...
Fica Tree10/27/2011
  Q: I have a fica tree that is currently in my living room. The plant has grown so much that it is too ...
  A: Ficus trees are tropical in origin and cannot withstand temps below freezing. So you cannot plant ...
cocus10/25/2011
  Q: BS"D Hello I live in Hong Kong and would like to buy "holland cocus" form ikea. We have a high ...
  A: I believe your mean Cocos or Coconut Palm. (Cocus is a hardwood tree used to make musical ...
Coral Cactus10/25/2011
  Q: Saw your answer to another Judy concerning cactus with pebbles glued on top bought one of those it ...
  A: If I understand your description correctly, those are leaves. The reason they don't look like ...
Limp English Ivy10/23/2011
  Q: I have an English Ivy (Hedera Helix) that I bought about 6 weeks ago and has been doing well. It is ...
  A: Most people overestimate the available light for their plants. I suspect you may have, as well. ...
What is this palm & disease?10/23/2011
  Q: I need to identify this palm in order to work out the optimum conditions for it, becasue it has a ...
  A: Your Palm is an Areca Palm and it has a serious mealybug infestation. Mix a solution of 5 parts ...
Rust on leaves10/23/2011
  Q: I have microcarpa,ginseng ficus 10" plant on pot,it has like Rust on down side of leaves day by ...
  A: If the "rust" doesn't brush off easily, then it is probably a scale insect infestation. Mix a ...
Jade Plant falling apart...10/19/2011
  Q: I have had my jade plant, whose scientific name I do not know, for probably 10 years. It's quite ...
  A: This is a classic example of unnecessary repotting or soil replacement. But don't feel badly because ...
LITHOPS10/19/2011
  Q: My lithops split. I saw a small growth inside then it really opened up and died from the bottom up. ...
  A: Lithops or Living Stones, as they are commonly called, are very unusual plants. The short, ...
coral cactus has odd growth10/18/2011
  Q: I have a lovely coral cactus that is doing just fine. I was excited when i saw a bud starting on the ...
  A: Coral Cactus (Euphorbia Lactea Crest) has an abnormal growth that becomes the crest on the top of ...
Twisted Trunk Ficus ( Bonsai)10/18/2011
  Q: I own what I believe to be a twisted trunk fichus but in "bonsai form" if that is a true label. It a ...
  A: A gift plant with sentimental value is never silly. I am having a difficult time understanding just ...
Repotted plants are too wet10/17/2011
  Q: I repotted a philodendron two weeks ago. The soil is still very wet. How can I correct before I ...
  A: Unnecessary repotting is the most common of all indoor plant care mistakes. A pot that is too large ...
Christmas Cactus10/15/2011
  Q: I live in San Diego, CA. My Christmas Cactus, oddly enough, is about to be in full bloom. I would ...
  A: Do not repot it now or probably at all. If you repot now or otherwise disturb the roots, the buds ...
Springtails? How to get rid of.10/14/2011
  Q: , I made the mistake of using outdoor soil a couple of years ago to help fill some of my potted ...
  A: Springtails do occur in indoor plants, but they are unusual. Obviously, yours were imported with the ...
Christmas Cactus10/13/2011
  Q: I read a previous answer you gave pertaining to worms in a CC. You advised about too much soil, etc. ...
  A: It would have been better if you had not repotted at all, but left your CC in the soil it was grown ...
Bamboo palm10/12/2011
  Q: My bamboo palm is 12' tall and upright-not bending except where it hits the ceiling. It is a bit ...
  A: Once any stem of a Bamboo Palm is cut back that stem gradually dies back. It does not send out any ...
Creeping Charlie10/11/2011
  Q: I was just wondering if there are different varieties of Creeping Charlie. I have one in the back ...
  A: There are at least three completely different plant species that are commonly referred to as ...
Coral cactus spliting10/10/2011
  Q: I have a coral cactus that spent the summer outside (northern WV) and was flourishing until about a ...
  A: Coral Cactus is a type of Euphorbia lactea with an abnormal growth at the top that either grows ...
christmas cacti10/10/2011
  Q: I have two christmas cacti and i want them to bloom at christmas time. I know that they need dark ...
  A: You are a bit late to start the semi-dormancy that holiday Cacti require to flower. It is best to ...
amaryllis10/10/2011
  Q: I have an amaryllis bulb (chirstmas type) that i just bought yesterday. I was wondering if you could ...
  A: Your success with your Amaryllis will depend a lot on the quality of care and age of the bulb you ...
liquid fertilizer concentration10/9/2011
  Q: Not sure if you can answer this, but do you know the effects of concentration(mg/l) of fertilizer on ...
  A: This sounds like a homework question because it betrays a lack of understanding of the complexities ...
phaelaenopsis orchid10/9/2011
  Q: My orchid is having babies! On one stalk of the plant, there have appeared two baby plants, ...
  A: You are very lucky to have a Phalaenopsis that is producing plantlets on the flower spike. Although ...
Indoor corn plant10/9/2011
  Q: Mr. Creed, I have a corn plant that is over 20 yrs. old. Shortly after I got it, about 23 yrs. ago, ...
  A: Don't be too hard on yourself. After all, you have kept it alive for 23 years and that is far longer ...
Dracaena Spike10/8/2011
  Q: This is the first time I'm asking about a plant. I never thought I would...lol I have a question ...
  A: "Dracaena Spike" is a common name that can be applied to many different plant species. It is most ...
keepsake azalea10/6/2011
  Q: The leave & blossoms have dried out, though the soil is moist. I'm not sure how or if this plant ...
  A: Most people discard their Azaleas after they finish flowering because they are difficult to maintain ...
Houseplant question10/5/2011
  Q: I just bought a house plant that I have no clue what kind it is. The leaves are all medium green, ...
  A: It is really hard to ID a plant without seeing a photo. Based on your limited description, there are ...
Miltonia orchid9/30/2011
  Q: I was recently given a Miltonia orchid. The tag says to keep in low to moderate filtered light, feed ...
  A: Low light is not adequate for a Miltonia Orchid. The best location for it is right on a north facing ...
Dracaena Janet Craig Palm Tree9/28/2011
  Q: I just figured out the name of my tree. I have this beautiful Janet Craig. It has 3 shoots total. ...
  A: Kristina, I do NOT recommend trying to pull the second plant out of the pot. There is nothing to be ...
Cactus fungi?9/27/2011
  Q: I have a 5' tall Column actus (Cereus Urugauayanus?) with three separate sprouts. As you can see in ...
  A: Your Cactus has a mealybug infestation. I'm sure the juvenile mealybugs were there when you bought ...
scale on potted orange jasmine9/26/2011
  Q: I have a 5-foot orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata) in a pot. It was given to me two years ago by a ...
  A: There is no reason to drench your apartment to treat the scale on your Jasmine, but there is no ...
mandeville plant9/23/2011
  Q: i had my mandeville plant outdoors, it froze and the leaves are all falling off, can i cut it back ...
  A: Mandevillas are okay in temps close to, but not below, freezing. I am assuming that it is early ...
corn palm9/20/2011
  Q: I have 2 corn palms that I bought a couple of weeks separately from each other. I followed the ...
  A: It is a unclear just what you have done with your Corn Plants, so let me try to break this down for ...
plants and light9/17/2011
  Q: Will, Hi. Do normal home lights, incandescent and fluorescent, help plants grow indoors, or only ...
  A: You ask a good question because there is a great deal of confusion about using artificial light for ...
money plant/ Pachira9/11/2011
  Q: I have had this plant now for 14 years and I have followed your advice in the past. She looks old ...
  A: Congratulations on the long life of your Pachira aquatica. There is no life span for indoor potted ...
Beaucarnea recurvata9/9/2011
  Q: I have had my pony tail palm about 35 years and it has been in the same 14 x 18 inch pot for that ...
  A: There is an old saying that suggest that if something is not broken, we should not try to fix it. ...
pests on schefflera9/9/2011
  Q: I bought two small schefflera and after I brought them home, I started seeing some spots on the ...
  A: Distortion and/or discoloration of new growth can be caused by temperature extremes, too much ...
fungus gnats9/9/2011
  Q: Want to bring in all my house plants for the winter, without last year's problem of these pesky ...
  A: We don't mind fungus gnats when our plants are outside, but nobody wants these flying critters ...
No9/8/2011
  Q: My Kalachoe turns very bad in 2or3 days. It was quite nice with a couple of white flowers before. ...
  A: The pot is too large, the soil is too heavy and the roots have rotted. Kalanchoes are succulents and ...
Ficus Tree - HELP!9/7/2011
  Q: ..however, this past fall I moved into a new home and could not take it outdoors in the summer any ...
  A: Find another nursery for future advice or contact me! Under watering is NOT the problem and ...
aloe vera root rot9/6/2011
  Q: i transplanted an old aloe vera that had a long stem about 8" between roots and first leaves. i ...
  A: Yes, you are on the right track now. Place the stem cutting in a small terra cotta pot (4-inches or ...
To learn to make rooting bamboo plant9/6/2011
  Q: i m student of horti. In gujat in india I want to make rooting bamboo plant So give me tips ane ...
  A: Lucky Bamboo is not actually a Bamboo or even a Bamboo relative. To propagate Lucky Bamboo, you ...
My yukka is wilting9/5/2011
  Q: Will Please can you help me? I have had this yukka plant (see attached photo) for 8 years and never ...
  A: The thinness of the leaves tells me that your Yucca has not had enough light for a long time, which ...
coconut plant9/1/2011
  Q: I have put one of these plants in my living room about 12 feet from the window but have noticed that ...
  A: Coconut Palms require a lot of direct indoor sunlight. Twelve feet from a a window is too little ...
plant is drooping help8/31/2011
  Q: i have had this amazing heartleaf philodendron plant since november.the vines/leaves have grown very ...
  A: I am concerned about the light you are providing, but the wilting is more likely caused by excessive ...
Coral Cactus8/30/2011
  Q: I bought a coral cactus and it has a green stem coming off the side and i see other marks of where ...
  A: "Coral Cactus" is grow in all manner of shapes and forms. I would need to see a photo of your entire ...
Fading Corn Plant8/29/2011
  Q: I was given a dying corn plant by a co-worker. The plant is in a huge pot, and 2 of the 4 canes ...
  A: It is hard to give a definitive answer without a photo of your Dracaena massangeana cane. However, ...
Indoor Azalea Bonsai8/29/2011
  Q: I received an indoor Azalea Bonsai as a Mother's Day gift, and I'm afraid I may have killed it. ...
  A: I'm afraid your Azalea bonsai is in pretty bad shape and probably cannot be salvaged. Azaleas do not ...
Purple passion house plant.8/28/2011
  Q: I need to know how to perk up a purple passion house plant successfully.. I bought this buy mail, ...
  A: It is always a bit risky purchasing plants by mail as you never know just what you are getting and ...
Plant identification and help!8/24/2011
  Q: I wonder if you could help me with this? Firstly, I'm not sure what kind of plant this is (see pic). ...
  A: The plant appears to be a Calathea, but because of the poor photo quality I cannot be sure. Your ...
Cutting Corn Plants8/24/2011
  Q: My wife was told she could cut off our very tall corn plant, re-plant the top and the base would ...
  A: There is no way to get new stems to grow from the thick, bark-covered cane. Those stems are not ...
Ponytail Palm8/23/2011
  Q: I have a ponytail palm plant or Beaucarnea recurvata and have noticed that the last few inches of ...
  A: If anything in the environment of a Ponytail Palm is less than perfect, then the plant reacts by ...
Grow lights8/22/2011
  Q: I am experienced in growing moth orchids and am ready to try other kinds however, my home doesn't ...
  A: Specially designed plant grow lights are usually quite expensive to purchase and some are also ...
oriental pepper plant8/18/2011
  Q: I have been given a beautiful orienta pepper plant. It has purple, yellow, orange and red peppers. ...
  A: I believe you have an Ornamental (not Oriental) Pepper Plant. There is no reason to remove any of ...
ficus tree8/17/2011
  Q: My ficus tree is in the orginal pot which is in a bigger decorative pot. I found one inch brown ...
  A: If you know the critters are in the soil at the bottom, then you must have removed the plant from ...
Lighting for Chinese Evergreen8/16/2011
  Q: I live in a small apartment with too few windows, and as a plant lover I am trying to see how many ...
  A: As a long-time resident of NYC, I have lots of first-hand experience with small apartments with too ...
Ponytail Palm8/16/2011
  Q: I have what I think is a poneytail Palm. It has got white almost fungi looking stuff on the leaves. ...
  A: Your description is a bit vague, but I suspect your Ponytail may have a mealybug infestation. If the ...
My floppy Fittonia8/16/2011
  Q: It is me again. I found the bigger green leaves look a bit curly. Some of them even get quite dry ...
  A: Fittonias require high humidity, lots of bright indirect sunlight, tight pots and are very fussy ...
help with jade tree leaf drop and spots8/15/2011
  Q: I was hoping you could provide some urgent advice on how to deal with a jade leaf drop problem. ...
  A: Those discolored spots do not look like a fungus problem. It appears to be some kind of physical ...
fiddle leaf fig: rot treatment?8/15/2011
  Q: i read a similar post of yours regarding drainage and root rot for fiddle leaf fig plants. i just ...
  A: A single instance of over watering or allowing a plant to sit in water for several days is not ...
Corn Stalk plant8/15/2011
  Q: I have been given a corn stalk plant and was wondering if it is poisonous. I have a cat that ...
  A: This is a question that is more about pets than plants. However, according to the ASPCA, the Corn ...
Cronton8/14/2011
  Q: I have 4 cronton plants, and some are doing pretty good. Most are in the south window. One is dying, ...
  A: I don't know why one of the four is doing poorly if they are all in the same location and cared for ...
berries on umbrella plant8/14/2011
  Q: my umbrella plant that i have had for 12 yrs has suddenly flowered and produced purple looking ...
  A: It is unusual for indoor Scheffleras to flower and produce berries, but not rare enough to be put in ...
Twisted & Cacking Leaves on Very Large Strelitzia8/13/2011
  Q: I live in Boulder Colorado and have a foothills home with a living room that faces east, has large ...
  A: I don’t ordinarily recommend repotting a new plant because many things can go wrong if it is not ...
My Peace Lily8/12/2011
  Q: My peace lily is ok but there are some yellow/brown and floopy leaves. their tips turn black as ...
  A: Leaves that are already yellow should be cut off at the base of the leaf stems. You can spray water ...
ficus8/12/2011
  Q: My fichus tree is almost 6 years old. It has developed white hard little spots on many leaves. I ...
  A: You have not been very specific in describing the white spots you refer to, but I suspect they are ...
what am i8/11/2011
  Q: will,lost the spot to where i could follow up.You asked what page,it was when you said about it ...
  A: I don't know where you are looking for photos of Callisia fragrans, but if you go to the link below ...
what am i8/11/2011
  Q: I have had a plant for over 20 years,have also given some away or lrft most behind.This is part of ...
  A: Your mystery is a variety of Rhoeo spathacea, commonly called Moses-in-the-cradle. You have ...
Dying Spider plant8/10/2011
  Q: Spider plant should be an easy handle indoor plant. But mine is really bad. I water it thoroughly ...
  A: Spider Plants are not particularly easy plants and they are just about impossibly difficult in just ...
Massangeana Cane8/10/2011
  Q: Mr. Creed, I have a Massangeana Cane which has two separate trunks, the smaller of the two has ...
  A: From the photo you posted, your plant looks more like a Yucca cane than a Massangeana cane. I also ...
Janet craig cane damage8/10/2011
  Q: we recently purchased about 6 Janet Craig cane plants, and we've only had them about 3-4 wks. They ...
  A: Your Janet Craigs have two problems. The first is that they never should have been repotted. Their ...
Bird of Paradise leaves browning8/8/2011
  Q: Have had a BoP for more than 5 years. It's never bloomed but lately the new leaves are browning ...
  A: It is very rare for a Bird of Paradise to bloom indoors unless it is in a solarium or greenhouse. ...
janet craig compact plant8/8/2011
  Q: I have 2 janet craig compact plants that i have just purchased on clearance d/t the heat. The leaves ...
  A: Black tips on a Janet Craig compacta can be caused by excessive heat or cold or root damage due to ...
A Primera house plant8/6/2011
  Q: I have a Primera house plant. The mother plant has 2 4" babies popping out on it one on each side, ...
  A: Your "weird" Aechmea primera is in the Bromeliad family and Bromeliads are "monocarpic." That means ...
Plectranthus ernestii bonsai8/4/2011
  Q: I received a plectranthus ernestii bonsai as a gift. I need to know detailed information on it and ...
  A: I see you have posted this inquiry on a number of plant forums. That means you will receive a ...
Kentia palm white sticky spots8/3/2011
  Q: I have noticed white sticky spots on some of the leaves on my Kentia palm. I was away for a month, ...
  A: Kentia Palms are normally quite resistant to pest problems. However, the stickiness you described ...
Sonoma Plant8/3/2011
  Q: I recently purchased my somona plant from a literacy council rummage sale. I live in South Texas. I ...
  A: Ordinarily, Euphorbia 'sonoma' is grown outside in full sun. However, many nurseries grow them in ...
Pothos8/3/2011
  Q: I read advice you gave that seamed excellent. I have two pothos that have always grown well and have ...
  A: The growth hormones are only at the end of each vine. Although vines will occasionally spontaneously ...
Somona Plant8/2/2011
  Q: I recently purchased my somona plant from a literacy council rummage sale. I live in South Texas. I ...
  A: Ordinarily, Euphorbia 'sonoma' is grown outside in full sun. However, many nurseries grow them in ...
I'm at a loss7/31/2011
  Q: I received these plants potted together at a funeral recently. I know the middle one is a 'corn ...
  A: Your dish garden has three different types of Dracaena in it. The Corn Plant is a Dracaena ...
Bugs in my Peace Lily7/31/2011
  Q: What give house plants bugs? I have a Peace Lily, with tiny little bugs moving on top of dirt and ...
  A: The "fruit flies" are fungus gnats. The larvae of the gnats are what you see in the soil. As they ...
Spots on my dragon tree7/30/2011
  Q: A few weeks ago I put some new soil round the base of my two dragon trees as it had sunk a little on ...
  A: Remove all of the soil you added ASAP. Soil naturally settles and sometimes even exposes a few top ...
Leaf at the very bottom of jade plant turning black-ish.7/30/2011
  Q: I recently purchased a baby jade plant (Crassula argentea) from Wal-mart about a month ago. The pot ...
  A: A single dead leaf is not a cause for concern. If you suddenly get many more, then that would ...
Spider mites on Dwarf Umbrella Tree?7/29/2011
  Q: Will! Thank you for all your houseplant help over the years. My jade plant is now thriving thanks ...
  A: Much appreciated! I don't believe the "incredibly tiny reddish" crawlers are a problem for your ...
Ming tree7/28/2011
  Q: I recently inherited a Ming tree from a friend moving cross country. The windows were open slightly ...
  A: Yes, you can go ahead and prune back any stems that were wind damaged. New growth will emerge just ...
Monstera Deliciosa7/26/2011
  Q: It seems I have the same problem and question someone shared with you a few years ago about their ...
  A: When new growth of most any plant is discolored or damaged, it is almost always a symptom of root ...
tillandsia7/26/2011
  Q: I brought a tillandsia a few weeks ago, about 5" tall, light green color leaves. I water it 3 times ...
  A: If you do a Google Image search for Tillandsia, you will be surprised at any many different kinds of ...
Norfolk Island Pine7/25/2011
  Q: I recieved a Norfolk Island Pine tree in December 2010 - now 7 months. It seemed ok during the rest ...
  A: Plants can do quite well in adverse conditions for quite some time. That causes us to believe that ...
Rubber Tree Plant7/25/2011
  Q: I just read your answer to a question about curling rubber tree plant leaves and I'm going to try ...
  A: However, you should understand that in reduced light (summer with closed blinds), plant growth rate ...
coral cactus7/24/2011
  Q: My coral cactus sprouted something that looks (to me) like crown of thorns leaves and spikes. The ...
  A: There is lots of confusion about this plant species. Your plant's botanical name is Euphorbia lactea ...
luck bean plant7/24/2011
  Q: the plant was given to me, it is in a small 3" glass container. it has really grown since I received ...
  A: Most glass containers do not have bottom drainage holes, so that is the best reason to move it into ...
Bird's Nest Fern7/24/2011
  Q: I have had a Bird's Nest Fern for a couple of years now and has done very well until I recently ...
  A: Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. Most plants do not do well ...
plant name7/23/2011
  Q: a plant that my mother has had for over 40 years. She passed and i have it with no name! It looks ...
  A: It is difficult to be sure without a photo, but your description seems to match that of a Pandanus ...
Dracaena fragratissima 'Massangeana7/22/2011
  Q: What can i do about the black patches on my plants they look bad is there some kind of pruninig or ...
  A: The correct spelling of your plant is Dracaena fragrans massangeana. Please tell me where you are ...
fiddle leaf fig7/21/2011
  Q: I have a fig plant that is thieving very well, in the past two years I've had it the plant has grown ...
  A: The white fuzz is probably a mealybug infestation. They are best treated by spraying with a solution ...
unknown plant7/20/2011
  Q: could you identify this plant for me?
  A: Your mystery plant is Dizygotheca elegantissima, sometimes called False Aralia. It can be a bit ...
Clivia7/19/2011
  Q: I'm thinking of growing Clivia indoor as it is rather shade-tolerant and has nice foliage. However, ...
  A: During the winter months Clivias prefer a cool location where temps are in the 45 to 60 degree F. ...
Queen of the N ight7/18/2011
  Q: I was given a big queen of the night plant which was growing and doing well until a few months ago ...
  A: "Queen of the Night" is a common name that refers to several different plants species, including ...
Nephthytis,hedera, pothos7/17/2011
  Q: I don't know much about house plants mainly outside. But I recently got a Pinkish green Nephritis. I ...
  A: The compatibility of plants depends on their moisture and light requirements. Both must match for ...
dracena plant7/15/2011
  Q: I bought a dracena plant at the grocery store the other day and bought a big ceramic pot to put it ...
  A: Yes, not a good idea to repot your new Dracaena marginata, especially into a big pot. Plants ...
My ivy's leaves are turning black7/14/2011
  Q: I was given a potted ivy plant about a year ago. Normally the plant is kept inside next to the back ...
  A: I am assuming your ivy is a Hedera Ivy, although many people also call Philodendron and Pothos ...
Planting corn plant with parlor palm?7/13/2011
  Q: I read through your past answers and didn't see this issue addressed. Can I plant a Corn Plant ...
  A: That's a good and interesting question. Corn Plants and Parlor Palms are compatible as far as light ...
Rozalea7/12/2011
  Q: I need help with my Rozealea. It has finished blooming in June. I am having trouble finding peat ...
  A: If you repotted within the past month, then take it out of its pot and remove the soil and manure ...
Marginata7/11/2011
  Q: Yesterday I purchased a Marginata plant from Sams Wholesale Club. As I was leaving the store the ...
  A: Although there are some few plant species (African violets, for example) that can be propagated from ...
black leaves on plants7/11/2011
  Q: I recently put all of my plants outside for a day of sun, which I like to do once a week in the ...
  A: Please spare your plants from intense outdoor light. It is not at all good for them. Your plants are ...
Plant problem7/11/2011
  Q: I have no idea what sort of plant this is. The base is bulbous and then slenderizes as it goes to ...
  A: Your plant is commonly called Desert Rose and is known botanically as Adenium obesum. The small ...
My yucca tree7/10/2011
  Q: my name is Mark and I moved home last September. We had an indoor Yucca in our last house and had no ...
  A: I don't think the decline of your Yucca is due to the lights unless the light cord was wrapped ...
Jasmine Housplants7/10/2011
  Q: I'm a beginner Jasmine grower as well and I was reading your great info on Jasmine indoor house ...
  A: I'm glad you found my information helpful. The dead flowers are best removed as soon as they are ...
Tropical plants7/10/2011
  Q: I live in the PacNW (zone 8b). This year for the first time local garden centers are carrying a few ...
  A: You have a wonderful growing climate in BC. However, I am afraid you are out of luck as far as ...
Jasmine scale infestation7/9/2011
  Q: I read your advice about getting rid of scale infestation. I sprayed water, alcohol, and a little ...
  A: You can wipe off the dead brown scales by hand if you want. Otherwise, the best proof of their ...
North-facing Apartment7/9/2011
  Q: I have two questions. 1.) I am moving into an apartment in Everett, WA that only has windows and a ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor plants, so my knowledge of vegetable gardening is limited. That ...
indoor plant identification7/8/2011
  Q: I have had the pictured plant indoors for at least 8 years; it was a gift and if I once knew what it ...
  A: Your plant is a Podocarpus macrophyllus, more commonly called Buddhist Pine. This is a plant that ...
Rhipsalis cereuscula: Coral Cactus7/8/2011
  Q: The plant I bought is in a tall, slim ceramic pot, with NO drainage holes. The decorative stones on ...
  A: Unfortunately, this inappropriate use of glued on pebbles is being used increasingly by growers and ...
Burro tail7/6/2011
  Q: I have Burr tail that I got a couple of months ago. It has been doing fine except in the last week ...
  A: I am a bit confused by the information you provided. How long was your Burro's Tail in a dark room? ...
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)7/4/2011
  Q: 2 days ago, I bought a Croton Plant(Codiaeum variegatum). The plant is beautiful, it has 3 stems ...
  A: You have made the most common of all plant care mistakes - unnecessarily repotting your new plant. ...
Ivy7/1/2011
  Q: I have an Ivy plant in a medium size pot. When after I watered the ivy plant it gave off the odor ...
  A: The odor is not coming from the plant itself. It may be coming from something in the soil, something ...
jade plant problems7/1/2011
  Q: My dog's tail hit my jade plant the other day and low and behold one whole trunk of the jade fell ...
  A: I don't know how many "trunks" your Jade has so it is hard for me to know the extent of the damage. ...
my umbrella tree's leaves are turning yellow and falling off7/1/2011
  Q: I have an umbrella tree and it has been very healthy and thriving for years. I re-potted it when I ...
  A: I am going to assume that your plant is a a Schefflera arboricola. It is unusual that it would do so ...
Plant Identification?6/28/2011
  Q: I'm not sure if you're the one to ask about this, but I couldn't find anyone else on AllExperts who ...
  A: A quick guess based on your limited description is that the plant is question is a Croton. There is ...
anthurium, anthurium flowers6/26/2011
  Q: One of the flowers on my anthurium plant is growing "pustules" on its spike. They started out green ...
  A: Time for a short botanical lesson. The reddish colored shield is called a "spathe" and it protects ...
tiny flying black bugs on my house plants6/25/2011
  Q: how do i get rid of them?
  A: Those are fungus gnats. Their larvae (eggs) live in the soil where they feed on decaying organic ...
gardenia plant6/23/2011
  Q: i live up in the north country it is not cold in the summer i live at a village call tsay keh dene ...
  A: Gardenias are tropical plants that require warm temperatures above 15 degrees C. all year round. ...
Calathea care and flowering6/22/2011
  Q: I'm a an old man who has raised orchids for almost 70 years with great success. The Calathea plant ...
  A: Congratulations on your many years of success with Orchids! There are over 300 species of Calathea. ...
Yucca Cane Rot6/22/2011
  Q: I recently purchased an indoor yucca plant with three stems and noticed once I got home that one of ...
  A: I don't know if you are referring to a green stem that grows out of the top of the bark-covered cane ...
How to help a fiddle leaf fig over the brown spots6/22/2011
  Q: I have a fiddle leaf fig (about 4 feet tall) that has developed large brown spots since I brought it ...
  A: You have two serious problems: not enough light and too much moisture around the roots. South light ...
Umbrella Schefflera Plant6/22/2011
  Q: I received a Umbrella Schefflera tree for mothers day. I was so excited that I planted my tree that ...
  A: For starters, your Schefflera is not getting enough light. It must be no more than 2-3 feet away ...
Jade plants are sick6/20/2011
  Q: I have two large Jades that are over 18 yrs old. Since I am in VT they live inside for about 9 ...
  A: The leaf pitting on your Jade is a result of some kind of physical damage. It is not a fungal or ...
Angel leaf begonia with whit spots on leafs.6/20/2011
  Q: First I -'d like to thank you for your availability especially re: trouble-shooting. My angle leaf ...
  A: Discoloration of new leaves is usually caused by root damage due to over watering. Even in good ...
Money plant6/20/2011
  Q: I have just got a pot of money plant. I would really appreciate if you can give me basic advice on ...
  A: Money plant is a common name for several very different plant species, including: Epipremnum aureum ...
plant help6/19/2011
  Q: I just bought a Philodendron swiss cheese plant. On the way home, in my car the leaves turned black ...
  A: Any leaves that are discolored because of the sun will not recover, so it is best to cut them off. ...
Janet Craig cane6/19/2011
  Q: Will, From the pictures I've seen, I'm pretty sure I have a 6' Jenny Craig Cane plant. I've had it ...
  A: Dracaena 'Janet Craigs' do not often flower indoors, but it is not a rare event either. Usually it ...
pencil cactus plant6/18/2011
  Q: i just bought a pencil cactus plant ( Euphorbia tirucalli ) about 2-3 wks and the pot looks small ...
  A: It is a very common practice for folks to repot newly acquired plants. However, it is almost never a ...
please help6/18/2011
  Q: I have a 6 year old who is in love with plants and gardening. Unfortunately we live in a basement ...
  A: All plants - and people - require good light and fresh air to thrive. Although most green plants do ...
Red Sun Parasol Mandevilla?6/17/2011
  Q: My girlfriend keeps saying we need to replant our Red Sun Parasol Mandevilla I think it's called in ...
  A: Mandevilla is a tropical plant that cannot withstand temps below 50 degrees, so you definitely ...
corn plant6/15/2011
  Q: i have a corn plant that has grown to tall. my question is can i cut the plant without hirting it. ...
  A: The answer to both your questions is, yes. There are two types of Corn Plants. One is a "cane" type ...
lemon trees6/15/2011
  Q: I also started a lemon tree from lemons that came from the grocery store. They are only two inches ...
  A: Keep your seedlings tightly potted and in warm temps and direct indoor sunlight. Water them as soon ...
arabian coffee house plant6/15/2011
  Q: I have 29 house plants this is the first time I have owned something this different. Can you tell me ...
  A: Your Coffee arabica is unlikely to ever produce coffee beans for you, but you can try. In summer, ...
zz house plant6/14/2011
  Q: Will, I have several zz plants. They make beautiful house plants as I'm sure you know. My problem ...
  A: When ZZ Plants are kept in sunny locations, the stems are thicker and less likely to sag under their ...
peace lilly6/14/2011
  Q: i repotted my peace lilly and she has not returned to her normal state. It has been drooping ...
  A: Repotting is not something I usually recommend. That is because it is often unnecessary and because ...
Aloe vera flowering stalk6/12/2011
  Q: After the Aloe Vera plant flowers and the blooms die, should the stalk be removed?
  A: There is a common misconception that if you leave a dead flower stem on a plant, it will sap the ...
My pothos leaves are yellowing, a few at a time6/12/2011
  Q: I just rescued this plant from being thrown out after a divorce. They had purchased it about a ...
  A: When a Pothos is under stress for any reason, it reacts by losing its older leaves, the ones closest ...
Losing leaves6/11/2011
  Q: I have a ficus tree sent to a month ago when my mother died. my tree is losing leaves. I am not sure ...
  A: Ficus trees are notorious for shedding lots of leaves each time they are relocated. That is because ...
Dracaena marginata6/11/2011
  Q: I believe I have a Dracaena marginata, please see picture. I already tired of moving my Schefflera ...
  A: Yes, your plant is a Dracaena marginata. It can get by on a bit less light than your Schefflera, but ...
Re-planting Dracaena Spikes-Cordyline Indivisa6/10/2011
  Q: I have several Dracaena Spikes in flower pots outside. I use the Dracaena against the very back of ...
  A: Removing a plant from a pot and separating its roots from the entwined roots of other plants is ...
Palm tree6/8/2011
  Q: Heres 2nd pic w/brown edges.
  A: The close-up of teh frond doesn't tell me anything I don't already know. The brown tips are a ...
Identification and care help6/8/2011
  Q: I recently inherited care of an office plant that I'd like to identify so I can learn how to ...
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena marginata, so named because of the pink/red leaf margins. The photo ...
schefflera6/8/2011
  Q: I have another question regarding my schefflera tree. In the picture I sent you in my previous ...
  A: Your Schefflera was grown in the nursery in a bush form. That is why you have multiple plants in the ...
Diffenbachia Amoena (Dumb Cane) cutting6/7/2011
  Q: I have a large tall Diffenbachia that reaches the ceiling. I would like to cut the stem at the top, ...
  A: Dieffenbachias invariably grow tall and their thick stems are not strong enough to support their ...
Spathiphyllum care6/7/2011
  Q: Creed, My question pertains to the spathiphyllum plant. I recently purchased one for my home and I ...
  A: Spathiphyllum (Peace lilies) are tropical plants but they grow only in deep shade when outdoors. ...
schefflera question6/5/2011
  Q: I have a 5 foot schefflera which I repotted this spring because it was root bound,hadnt grown any ...
  A: Lots of good light is the most important factor in promoting plant growth. It is possible your ...
Indoor palm bug solution6/5/2011
  Q: I just purchased 2 palm at a supermarket, after getting them home the tips of the leaves started ...
  A: You haven't identified the "bugs" by describing them or telling me where they are located on the ...
Fiddle Leaf Fig - Help!6/4/2011
  Q: I received this fiddle leaf fig after my grandfather's funeral in February, and seems that I am ...
  A: Yes, Ficus lyratas can be a bit fussy. They develop brown patches on their leaves if the light and ...
Bugs in a banana plant6/4/2011
  Q: i have a baby banana plant that grows really good so far. Today i noticed that in the tube of the ...
  A: I cannot tell from your description just what plant pests you are seeing, but the treatment is the ...
Schefflera (umbrella variety)6/2/2011
  Q: Last December I emailed some questions/concerns about my schefflera. I also sent you some pictures ...
  A: Here's the problem with moving a plant outside for better light in the summer: if the change in ...
zygo christmas cactus(red flower)6/1/2011
  Q: Had in 4" pot approx 2 yrs, repotted approx 6 mos ago to 6" pot. Just finished a flowering session ...
  A: I have not seen bumps similar to the ones in your photo. The purplish discoloration is a common ...
New Plant....No Green Thumb.....5/31/2011
  Q: I was just given a beautiful small plant with green & purple leaves. Based on the photos I've seen ...
  A: This is not the plant I would choose as a gift got a novice, but that does not mean it is terribly ...
False Aralia5/27/2011
  Q: I have a false aralia - in a 10" pot - its about 20" high - there are about 10 odd stalks coming ...
  A: I'm afraid to say that prayer is may be your best option at this point. All signs point to serious ...
Candy corn plant5/26/2011
  Q: And thank you for taking my question. I have a candy corn plant in a 6" hanging basket. it seems to ...
  A: There are several plants that are called "Candy Corn" because of the color of their flowers. The one ...
fungus gnats5/25/2011
  Q: hi i am pretty sure i have fungus gnats and i have read your answer for them but was just wandering ...
  A: Coarse river sand is best to use on fungus gnat larvae that live in the soil. The larvae live in the ...
ficus tree5/23/2011
  Q: I have a very old handed down ficus tree,is 31 years old, part of the family and has a name.lol We ...
  A: Wow! Planning for Christmas already! Putting holiday lights on a Ficus tree will cause no damage as ...
Ficus Lyrata and its usual problem of dropping leaves!5/22/2011
  Q: As probably you have been asked hundreds of times, why is my dear Ficus Lyrata dropping its leaves? ...
  A: They are quite helpful. Yes, I have been asked this question many times, but the answer is not ...
pony tail plant5/22/2011
  Q: I purchased a ponytail plant and when I got it home it seemed healthy and then I noticed it had ...
  A: The white fuzz is a mealybug infestation. They don't look like insect pests, but they are and they ...
Tiny Worms5/19/2011
  Q: I recently received an indoor potted plant as a gift. I can't identify the type of plant, but it's ...
  A: Your plant is a White Bird of Paradise. The critters in the soil will not harm the plant, but I am ...
Giant dumb cane5/17/2011
  Q: It had been having issues with Aphids so I removed it from the soil and washed it. I did this in ...
  A: Plants often surprise me with their ability to survive horrible conditions, so I do not want to rule ...
Brand X on my Orchids ok?5/17/2011
  Q: I just read your answer, to someone else, about house plant sapping caused by scale insects and it ...
  A: Some Orchid species can be sensitive to sprays of any kind, so proceed with caution. If your Orchid ...
gardenia house plant5/17/2011
  Q: I received a gardenia house plant for mother's day. How do i take care of it? the leaves are ...
  A: Gardenias produce lush, white flowers with a magnificent scent. They are an irresistible plant, but ...
pups5/17/2011
  Q: my aechmea stoped blooming several months ago, but i still have no pups. what can i do?
  A: Normally, your Aechmea would have a pup by now, but every plant is unique. Your Aechmea may simply ...
repot Ficus tree ?5/16/2011
  Q: fica tree is about 8ft. across, 9 ft. tall. We have kept the tree at this height for several years. ...
  A: As long as you can keep the roots properly moist, there is no reason to repot. Sometimes as Ficus ...
Schefflera5/16/2011
  Q: My plant is in a pot approx. 12" x 12" at a south facing window. It has developed a very sticky ...
  A: Quite remarkable that your Schefflera survived a PA winter on an unheated enclosed porch! The ...
LIpstick Plant--Pruning5/16/2011
  Q: I read your previous answer and found it clear and well written, however, I saw no "RATE VOLUNTEER" ...
  A: I believe only those who actually post a questions and receive an answer can rate the volunteer. You ...
asparagus fern5/16/2011
  Q: Will, read your answer calling for direct direct sunlight. Does that mean it will tolerate Full Sun ...
  A: I am not sure just which of my Asparagus Fern answers you found, but if I wrote "direct direct ...
China doll5/16/2011
  Q: I kind of jumped on the train with your last answer re. china dolls. Mine keeps getting taller. I ...
  A: Much appreciated! The Gynura aurantiaca was once commonly available, but for some reason that is ...
RE: Light Level5/11/2011
  Q: Btw light shade means that there no bright light? I've attached a recent picture of my Brassolaelia ...
  A: I really cannot accurately assess light based on a photo. In addition, I am sure that some parts of ...
Ponytail Palm Bonsai spider5/11/2011
  Q: I just received a Ponytail Palm Bonsai for Mothers Day and it looks great. However, after unpacking ...
  A: Ponytail Palms are not prone to spiders and are quite resistant to most plant pests. Ponytail ...
hydrangea plant5/11/2011
  Q: I received one from my son for Mother's day - 4 big heads, healthy looking but one head, this a.m. ...
  A: Hydrangeas are not long-lived as potted plants and the flowers rarely last longer than a week. They ...
Dracaena ----possible death?5/10/2011
  Q: I had a beautiful Dracaena Lemon Surprise that was given to me as a gift. It has 3 stems about 2 ...
  A: If your Dracaena's growing tip is damaged, then your plant is not likely to recover. You can try ...
Rubber Tree Plant5/10/2011
  Q: I've have a rubber tree plant in my house for about four months now. The leaves are starting to fall ...
  A: Your Rubber Tree does not need to be repotted, but it may need to be relocated. You didn't describe ...
Very wilted houseplant5/10/2011
  Q: I bought a very pretty pink/purple plant early this year at a college sale. I have no idea what kind ...
  A: Giving potted plants food substances of any kind is never a good idea. The apple juice has a very ...
White spots in my shamrock5/10/2011
  Q: Last month, I got a shamrock with green leaves and white flowers. I placed it 3 meters away from a ...
  A: Repotting is rarely a solution to any plant problem. This is not a fungus issue either. I recommend ...
RE: Light level5/10/2011
  Q: I've grown hibiscus and four o'clock flower at my balcony but their stems are very thin and the ...
  A: The Hibiscus and Four-o'clocks are full sun plants so it makes sense that they are spindly and the ...
Light Level5/9/2011
  Q: May I know what's the light level at my high-rise balcony? What kind of flowering plants is ...
  A: Balcony light is much more intense than indoor light. Evaluating light depends on direction that the ...
Schefflera arboricola is extremely droopy and new growth turns black5/7/2011
  Q: I recently repotted my 'Schef', placing pebbles inside the bottom of the pot to help with drainage. ...
  A: When new growth on a Schefflera turns black it is almost always because the roots are rotting. When ...
jade tree5/7/2011
  Q: I have a jade tree that is 18 years old. My mother cared and grew the plant in a well lit sun-room ...
  A: The symptoms suggest that you are not providing enough water. I think if you water once every week, ...
Plant Indentification5/6/2011
  Q: I have a client who owns this large potted plant. (Photo attached.) The pot is approximately 12 ...
  A: Your client's plant is a Philodendron. I cannot say just which species and variety because of the ...
Broken split-leafed philodendron5/5/2011
  Q: This little split-leafed philodendron, over 5 feet tall, has been in the family for about 30 years, ...
  A: From your description, I believe your plant is a Philodendron selloum although there are other ...
Jade Plant root issue5/4/2011
  Q: I have a HUGE jade plant my grandmother gave me 3 years ago when she died. She grew the plant 30 ...
  A: I'm afraid your Jade is suffering from root rot. The squishy stems and gnats are good evidence of ...
Dracena Blossoms5/4/2011
  Q: My Dracaena is blossoming; what do we do? The blossoms have a very strong smell and are dripping a ...
  A: Pat yourself on the back for maintaining a stable environment and good care for your Dracaena ...
anita plant5/3/2011
  Q: if i used tap water for the 1st watering will it die and do i have to change soil?
  A: Unless your tap water is loaded with some unusual toxic substances, than you don't have to worry ...
Coral Cactus5/2/2011
  Q: I received a coral cactus about a week ago and now it seems to be dying. The base of the plant ...
  A: It is not a good sign when the base of a Coral Cactus starts to rot. That means the roots have ...
rabbit's foot fern5/2/2011
  Q: mine seems to be very cramped so many feet that i can't feel the soil. is it unsafe to move it to a ...
  A: It is hard for me to assess your fern's situation without a photo to determine just how potbound it ...
Broken Kentia Palm5/2/2011
  Q: I have a Kentia Palm (I think that's the name)and one of the 'shoots' from a main branch is almost ...
  A: Good that you posted a photo because your plant is a Dracaena reflexa and is not at all related to a ...
Gardenia plant5/2/2011
  Q: Several of us LOVE Gardenia plants but never have any luck with them. They will be indoors. Any ...
  A: Gardenias produce lush, white flowers with a magnificent scent. They are an irresistible plant, but ...
coral cactus care5/2/2011
  Q: I recently bought a small coral cactus which I love. It came in a 2" pot and looked great, but now ...
  A: Without a photo it is hard to know just what it is that you are observing. A small brownish patch ...
sad looking rubber tree plant5/1/2011
  Q: Nearly all the leaves on my plant are or have turned either yellow or brown. I've read about over ...
  A: Yellow and brown leaves are generic symptoms with multiple causes. Inadequate light is the most ...
Dracaena fragrans (corn plant)4/27/2011
  Q: I was given a corn plant from my employer in October 2010. It has done great in my home until just ...
  A: The degree of damage to your Corn Plant depends on how long it has been sitting in water. Soil that ...
String of pearls? Agave??4/27/2011
  Q: My grandmother keeps giving me plants! Recently, I got what looks to be a hanging plant of "string ...
  A: Your hanging plant is a String of Hearts or Ceropegia woodii. Other than the "strings," it has ...
Zi Zi plant care.4/27/2011
  Q: I found 2 ZZ plant about 2 months ago .Unfortunately, today I find some roots rot .The soil on the ...
  A: ZZ Plants are among the hardiest of indoor plants. However, the one thing they do not tolerate is ...
Staghorn fern4/26/2011
  Q: I have a staghorn fern in my office that I have been nuturing for years. One of the staff decided ...
  A: Oy! Why do people take it upon themselves to offer assistance without asking and making assumptions ...
Jasmine4/26/2011
  Q: We just bought a Jasmine plant for our sun deck. I'm new to taking care of plants, but really want ...
  A: There are many different species of Jasmine. Some are tropical and intended mostly for indoor use. ...
Dracaena Cane vs. Heads4/26/2011
  Q: I am familiar with Dracaena species, in that I know when a cane is rooted or cut, it will sprout one ...
  A: Interesting question. I assume you are referring specifically to Dracaena massangeana canes. ...
Zebrina (Wandering Jew) leaf spots and wilt4/24/2011
  Q: I have a Wandering Jew that I rescued from my Mom a few years ago. About a year and a half ago I ...
  A: Your list of symptoms does not suggest a single cause. A photo that shows the entire plant including ...
stromanthe multicolor4/24/2011
  Q: I have a beautiful stromanthe multicolor & it needs to be repot. My question is can I separate the ...
  A: I don't usually recommend dividing plants for two reason: 1) Putting multiple plants in a single ...
ponytail palm4/24/2011
  Q: Something is wrong with my ponytail palm. All the leaves are growing in one direction away from the ...
  A: Some plants orient themselves to light more than others. Ponytail Palms are not especially light ...
massangeana cane plant4/22/2011
  Q: My daughter just moved to California. The moving company would not take any plants on the truck and ...
  A: The first thing you should do is be honest with your daughter rather than trying to fool her. Plants ...
coral cactus4/21/2011
  Q: I recently purchased a coral cactus (about 3 months ago). I transplanted it in to a little bigger ...
  A: If I understand correctly, your Coral Cactus has few if any roots at all. A healthy plant would have ...
Croton question4/20/2011
  Q: I have a question about my Croton, after purchasing it I repotted to give it more room in a 10in pot ...
  A: It is never a good idea to repot a newly acquired plant that is already stressed from trying to ...
coconut plant4/20/2011
  Q: iv been given a coconut plant for mothers day, as lovely as it it the new shoots and some of the ...
  A: I'm afraid that Coconut Palms are sold more for their novelty value than their ability to perform ...
Small Black Flies4/20/2011
  Q: Every plant in my house is now infested with tiny black flies or gnats. How do I get rid of them ...
  A: Fungus gnat larvae live in decaying organic material (wet soil and rotting roots) where they feed. ...
Orange tree in dire straits4/19/2011
  Q: We have an orange tree in a pot which we bought about 3 years ago. It's about 4ft high now, probably ...
  A: It is very difficult to get citrus tree to bear fruit when they are kept indoors in the colder ...
Phalaenopsis root rot4/19/2011
  Q: Several months ago I gave a Phalaenopsis orchid to a friend. This plant was a reliable bloomer ...
  A: I don't think your friend has the same feel for Orchids that you do. I am sure your instructions ...
Caladium4/18/2011
  Q: I just bought a caladium from a store - because the leaves were such a beautiful color. As i read up ...
  A: Caladiums are not exactly annuals, but they do die back after several months of colorful leaf ...
Yucca Plant in dreadful condtion4/18/2011
  Q: This plant has been in my Mum's house for years.It has been in the living rrom for a long time and ...
  A: I am not going to sugarcoat this, but your Yucca is not only in dreadful condition, but it is also ...
corn plants4/17/2011
  Q: I have a healthy corn plant, receives southern sun exposure, that has a great deal of foliage. Some ...
  A: A photo posted here or emailed to my address below would help me give you more specific ...
gynura velvet plant4/16/2011
  Q: could you please tell me where i can buy the above plant having a hard time trying to get one is ...
  A: Most local garden centers do not carry Purple Velvet Plants. Here is a link to a site that sells ...
plant id4/16/2011
  Q: I was given a cutting of a very delicate trailing plant. The person who gave me the cutting had no ...
  A: There are many plant species that fit that description and not all of them are indoor or tropical ...
Green Ficus4/15/2011
  Q: My 2yr. old Ficus plant is not as green as it once was it was dark green and I just don't know ...
  A: It is hard for me to evaluate "not as green as it once was." New growth is often a lighter shade of ...
Parlour Palm4/14/2011
  Q: My Mother passed away about 4 years ago now, and I am endevouring to retain the parlour palm which ...
  A: As with most Palms, Parlor Palm stems have a single growing tip and grow ever taller without ever ...
Mealy Bug Treatment for Golden Cane Palms4/13/2011
  Q: Would you be so kind as to advise what is the best treatment for mealy bugs once they have infested ...
  A: My area of expertise is limited to potted plants that are grown indoors as houseplants. In that ...
Moth Orchid/Phalaenopsis4/12/2011
  Q: My Moth Orchid has developed new leaves and roots at the top of the mother plant. How do I separate ...
  A: I am not sure just what you are describing here. New leaves normally emerge from the center of the ...
Carnation plant4/12/2011
  Q: I have an cut carnation plant that I kept in water on my desk. Over the weekend it died, but a new ...
  A: What you are doing is very unusual. Carnations are not normally used as indoor houseplants because ...
Palm Tree plant4/12/2011
  Q: I received a palm ree plant after my mother's funeral. It is about 5 feet tall. I need to replant it ...
  A: There are many different types of Palm plants and many that are mistakenly called Palms, but are ...
Peace Lily - yellow leaves4/12/2011
  Q: I recently went on a vacation - keeping my peace lily in a shaded area receiving filtered low light ...
  A: You report that after your vacation your Peace Lily had drooped (wilted) and then came back after a ...
correcting root rot4/10/2011
  Q: I recently purchased some Cat Palms. They were in 10" pots and were tipping over when the soil ...
  A: When you purchase new plants, they are already in the correct sized pot. When plants wilt it is ...
Questions on how to care for several different newly acquired house plants4/7/2011
  Q: #1- Philodendron Last October I cut a few pieces from the Philodendron that grows across the floor ...
  A: I can answer only a limited number of questions each day, so it would not be fair for me to answer ...
Scale infestation4/7/2011
  Q: My peperomia is infested with scale. The is a syrupy oder coming the plant the "bugs" are on about ...
  A: There are many different types and sizes of Peperomia so that might explain different treatments. ...
ficus tree pest control4/7/2011
  Q: I have a lovely fiscus or fig tree. However, I have noticed small brown cocoon like shells on the ...
  A: Actually you do see bugs. You just don't recognize them as such. Scale insects are translucent and ...
Tiny brown worms in Ponytail Palm dirt.4/7/2011
  Q: After watering my plants one day I noticed several tiny 1/4" brown hard-shell worms come out of the ...
  A: They are a type of centipede. Quality nurseries use sterilized soil that is pest free, so their ...
Rubber plant not growing4/7/2011
  Q: I have a big rubber plant which is growing like craxy so thought of starting a new plant out of it.. ...
  A: If you root a cutting in water, you should wait until you have several roots at least an inch long ...
Thanksgiving Cactus4/6/2011
  Q: I need help!! I have a Thanksgiving cactus I took from my grandmother's plant about 4 yrs ago. Its ...
  A: Your holiday Cactus is exhibiting symptoms that usually occur on these plants during the winter ...
identification4/6/2011
  Q: A friend gave me a plant but doesn't know what it is. Can you give me a name so that I can research ...
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena marginata. It looks healthy, but it has adapted to low light. That is why ...
Corn plant4/6/2011
  Q: I recently rescued a corn plant from a local tavern. The plant was about 6 ft tall, but the top of ...
  A: If your Corn Plant is a cane type, meaning it has a thick, round, bark-covered trunk (cane) with ...
Adenium Obesum (desert rose)4/6/2011
  Q: My plant got root rot. There is no longer any roots left. I cut off most of the bottom portion of ...
  A: As long as the stems are not dried out and are viable, then you should be able to propagate your ...
houseplant identification4/5/2011
  Q: I would like to identify a houseplant which came from my mother. She could not remember the name. ...
  A: Your plant is commonly known as Cape Primrose. Its botanical name is Streptocarpus. It does best in ...
Soil and plantsn and watering for marigolds and four o'clock flowers4/5/2011
  Q: I wanted to plant some flowers but I don't know when to plant them. I have Four O'clock flowers and ...
  A: The houseplants forum is the wrong forum for questions about your outdoor plants. Try the outdoor ...
pachira aquatica4/4/2011
  Q: The newly emerging leaves on my money-tree are often crabbed and clawlike. I thought it might be ...
  A: It is most likely a problem with the roots. Perhaps the pot is too tight. Or you may not be watering ...
corn plant4/4/2011
  Q: Sorry I didn't look up the correct name. My plant has gotten brown spots up the stock. The leaves ...
  A: Are the brown spots on the cane, the stem (stalk) or the leaves? Are those mostly older (lower) ...
Maiden hair fern4/4/2011
  Q: I wonder ifi you can help with my maiden hair fern. I had it on my desk at work for about 4-5 weeks ...
  A: Maidenhair Ferns are one of the loveliest of potted plants, but also one of the least forgiving of ...
Need Help With My Brunfelsias4/4/2011
  Q: I'm up here in Anchorage, Alaska, &, I have both a Brunfelsia Nitida & Gigantea (thinking also of ...
  A: Understand that you are dealing with a very challenging flowering plant species. Your location far ...
Draceana fungus- come back?4/3/2011
  Q: I have a Dracaena that has suffered from a fungus. The fungus is pretty spot on to the one described ...
  A: I believe the answer is no, your plant cannot be salvaged. Any stem that has lost all of its leaves ...
split leaf philodendron4/3/2011
  Q: How do i restore my poor plant? it was out in the sun on a very windy day, i have had it for 3 yrs ...
  A: Once leaves are damaged or discolored by excess sun or wind there is no way to repair that damage. ...
keeping an indoor majesty palm happy4/3/2011
  Q: what potting soil and fertilizer would you recommend for a big (7ft) indoor majesty palm? This will ...
  A: I hate to tell you this, but there is no way to keep a Majesty Palm happy for very long indoors. ...
Peace Lily flowers turning brown4/3/2011
  Q: About a month ago a purchased a perfectly healthy Peace Lily plant from Ikea. The plant had 2 ...
  A: Based on your diligence and careful research, I am sure you will do very well with your Peace Lily ...
Spathiphyllum Fungus???4/3/2011
  Q: I have a spathyphyllum on my lanai. I have noticed this white powdery substance along its internal ...
  A: It is hard to tell from the photo you posted, but it looks like there is a type of fungus, probably ...
Ficus Lyrata4/3/2011
  Q: I've had my plant 2yrs. and it's grown in height 4'9 but it's leaves are about 7 on each plants ...
  A: As with many plants, Ficus lyratas only produce new leaves at the ends of stems where the growing ...
anita plant4/2/2011
  Q: I have a beautiful Anita plant in my living room that we just bought to round out the room. We since ...
  A: Your 'Anita' is a Dracaena and according to the ASPCA Dracaenas are potentially toxic to pets. ...
Green Fantasy Fern4/2/2011
  Q: My daughter has recently bought a Green Fantasy Fern and a little larger to repot. The pot we ...
  A: I believe that the plant that you have is a Nephrolepis exaltata 'Green Fantasy.' It is a variety of ...
corn tree4/2/2011
  Q: My plant is great, but it is getting to tall for the house, it's over 7 ft now, can i stop it from ...
  A: Pruning back overgrown plant stems does not harm them - it just makes them shorter. When pruning ...
dracena leaves turning yellow4/1/2011
  Q: I've read your post about this issue. I have a dracena marginata (?) (purple/green leaves)It's about ...
  A: Even the healthiest of Dracaena marginatas will lose lower leaves as they grow taller and add leaves ...
Umbrella Tree4/1/2011
  Q: the tree I have is very old and looks straggly... I would like it to have less stem and more blooms ...
  A: Older plants become overgrown, spindly and straggly if they are not pruned regularly. Pruning is ...
unknown plant type3/31/2011
  Q: I would appreciate it if you could tell me anything about this plant. My husband got a cutting of ...
  A: Your mystery plant is a cultivar of Pilea 'Moon Valley.' It does best in strong, but indirect ...
houseplants3/31/2011
  Q: Creed I am Monica and I had already asked about my Peace Lily. So, I did what you told me to and I ...
  A: I did suggest that you move your Peace Lily out of the pot without drain holes into a pot the same ...
fertilizer3/30/2011
  Q: I just read some very helpful information from you regarding the browning of leaves on the Dracaena ...
  A: Fertilizer is vastly over-rated for indoor plants. It is not medicine to solve plants problems as is ...
bugs & worms in plant3/29/2011
  Q: I have a very large Mothering In-Laws Tongue, that I have had for over 10years. However, since the ...
  A: The flies are probably fungus gnats and the worms are probably some type of centipede. Yes, they ...
Bonsai Fig _Please Help us save it3/28/2011
  Q: My Dad received a beautiful Bonsai Fig for his 90th birthday. It has thrived well for four years on ...
  A: The soft trunks mean that the roots have already rotted beyond saving and that means the plant ...
spathiphyllum3/28/2011
  Q: My name is Monica and I have Peace lily in a 10" pot with no drainholes because of my hardwood ...
  A: It is never a good idea to keep any plant in a pot without a drainage hole. The reason is that ...
Long-leafed Fig dying3/27/2011
  Q: Despite its being kept in moderate sun and moisture as instructed (& in a bathroom), my Long-feafed ...
  A: The list of indoor potted plants that have been described as among the easiest or hardiest is so ...
zizi3/27/2011
  Q: what kind of soil do i use to repot my zizi plant? The pot I'm using is about the same size as the ...
  A: ZZ Plants do not like large pots so it is good that the new pot is only slightly larger. I suggest ...
Yucca3/25/2011
  Q: i have just bought a yuka, and it needs to go in a bigger pot. can i use growbag soil to transplant ...
  A: Like many people, you are focused on the wrong things - repotting and fertilizer. Your Yucca needs ...
Huge leafy plant identification3/25/2011
  Q: I was hoping to be able send a picture- much easier to identify. This is a rather tall 6ft, leaf ...
  A: If this is an indoor potted plant, you can email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com for ...
Dieffenbachia houseplant3/23/2011
  Q: I have a "tropic" dieffenbachia houseplant that I have grown over 6 ft. I noticed however, that on ...
  A: If the 'small brown things' are slightly raised and scrape off easily with your fingernail and there ...
Phalaenopsis3/22/2011
  Q: I recently asked you a question about my Purple Passion plant and you answered so clearly that I'd ...
  A: It is best if the roots are left undisturbed while the Phalaenopsis is in bloom. So don't do ...
Hawortha mutica advice3/21/2011
  Q: I have heard great things about you. I love succulents, have a passion for Haworthias and a special ...
  A: Specialty plant species, such as Orchids and Haworthias, generate a lot of different theories on ...
braided gardenia3/20/2011
  Q: I bought a braided gardenia plant recently; how do I keep braiding it as it grows?
  A: It is best to keep the lower stems braided, but to let the newer growth spread out into a globe or ...
Janet Craig Dracaena3/20/2011
  Q: Creed, The tips of my plant are turning black. Could you tell me the cause and how to correct the ...
  A: If the tips are turning black that is usually caused by keeping to soil too moist. Exposure to cold ...
Bird of paradise, scale problems3/20/2011
  Q: i am relatively new to caring for a bird of paradise plant, i have a scale problem i think, and ...
  A: Your Bird of Paradise does have a sale insect infestation. Here is how to treat scale. Mix 5 parts ...
Elephant Foot Plant3/20/2011
  Q: I have two Elephant Foot Plants. One is a Ponytail Palm that is do very well, but the other is one ...
  A: Ponytail Palms do best when they are very tightly potted. That means an inch or less of space ...
cyclamen3/19/2011
  Q: When the plant has stopped flowering, I've had mine since September and its now March, how should I ...
  A: If just the flowers have died back, then all you need to do is trim off the flower stems and ...
indoor plant3/19/2011
  Q: I was wondering if you can tell me.What is wrong with a indoor plant that I have.It's name is ...
  A: Brown tips are a generic symptom with multiple causes. Allowing the soil to become so dry that the ...
Gardenia Bonsai3/17/2011
  Q: I got indoor Gardenia Bonsai as a gift a month ago. I placed it near the window(with blinds open) ...
  A: Gardenias are one of the loveliest and most difficult plants to bloom successfully indoors. The ...
YUCCA3/17/2011
  Q: I recently re-potted a yucca i bought a month ago, and the tips of some leaves are turning brown and ...
  A: Unnecessary repotting is the most common plant care mistake and cause of plant problems. It is never ...
Scale3/15/2011
  Q: Hey Will, Not really a question, but I've just spent much time online trying to figure out my ...
  A: I know a lot of folks research this site for information without actually posting a question. I try ...
rapidly growing echeveria3/15/2011
  Q: About a year ago I bought a small potted (2.5 inch in diameter pot) echeveria. I placed the plant on ...
  A: There are hundreds of different types of Echeverias so it is hard to know just what you have. A ...
Ficus Tree3/15/2011
  Q: I read that you recommend watering the ficus tree when it gets dry - should this watering be a lot ...
  A: Ordinarily, it is best to water potted plants so that a bit of water trickles through the drainage ...
Is this fluoride sensitivity?3/15/2011
  Q: I have a few questions regarding one of my tropical house plants. Firstly, I have a Rhoeo ...
  A: The short answer is, no, it is not likely to be fluoride damage. You obviously are quite ...
Massangeana Cane plant leaves3/14/2011
  Q: I recently purchased a Massangeana Cane plant. When I brought it home the leaves had begun to turn ...
  A: If the leaves started to discolor as soon as you got your plant home, then the cause is something ...
Repotting Mature Yucca3/12/2011
  Q: (this is a resend - I forgot to attach the picture). I am about to repot my Yucca and I would very ...
  A: Your photo confirms that your Yucca does not need a larger pot. However, it does need to be pruned ...
Repotting Mature Yucca3/12/2011
  Q: I am about to repot my Yucca and I would very much appreciate some advice. Its 22 years old and ...
  A: There is no good reason to keep moving mature plants into ever larger pots and good reasons not to ...
pony palm3/12/2011
  Q: My pony palm has lost all of its leaves and is mushy on the stem, but not mushy at the bottom. ...
  A: A soft stem and complete leaf loss is a pretty good indication of serious root damage - most likely ...
Brown Turkey Indoor Fig Tree3/12/2011
  Q: I got the brown turkey fig tree as a gift a year ago. It was outdoors on the deck all spring and ...
  A: The Brown Turkey Fig is a variety of Ficus carica that was developed to survive in cold winters, ...
Mother-In-Law Plant3/11/2011
  Q: I have a Diffenbachia (I don't know how to spell it), also known as mother-in-law tongue. I have ...
  A: Dieffenbachia is also known as Dumb Cane. Mother-in-Law plant is an entirely different plant species ...
philodendron—reason for split leaves3/11/2011
  Q: My friend gave me a vine-type Philodendron to "rescue." Thinking that it was in its death throes ...
  A: Your Split-leafed Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) is doing exactly what nature designed it to do. ...
Ficus3/9/2011
  Q: I have a large (about 7') indoor ficus benjamina that I have had for about a year. It's in a ...
  A: The pot size is fine and will be indefinitely. The mushrooms are there because some spores got ...
Dying Jade Plant3/8/2011
  Q: My Jade plant has been slowly dying for over 6 months now. The leaves are drying out and falling ...
  A: It looks like your Jade is not getting enough light and enough water. The long spaces between leaves ...
Dying Jade Plant3/7/2011
  Q: My Jade plant has been slowly dying for over 6 months now. The leaves are being drying out into a ...
  A: It looks like your Jade is not getting enough light and enough water. The long spaces between leaves ...
Yucca Plants3/7/2011
  Q: I have two floor to ceiling yucca plants that I saved from destruction. Their leaves were turning ...
  A: I cannot diagnose a plant problem from a generic symptom, such as 'brown leaves.' If the Yuccas are ...
golden pothos3/7/2011
  Q: how to prune them
  A: It is best to prune vining plants, including Golden Pothos, before it looks obvious that they need ...
jasmine roots in a glass plantpot3/6/2011
  Q: I have just recently bought a jasmine plant and re-potted it into a glass jar. I think this looks ...
  A: There are several problems with using glass planters. The number one problem is that there is no way ...
indoor azaela3/5/2011
  Q: I HAVE A INDOOR AZAELA AND NEED TO REPOT SOON AND WHAT CAN OF FERTILIZER DO YOU RECOMMEND?
  A: If you want your Azalea to flower, then it is best to keep it quite potbound. Repotting it may not ...
Transplanting ZZ3/5/2011
  Q: but am thinking it should have more sand or perlite added to it? thank you
  A: Whenever you repot a plant it should always be to a pot one size larger and no more than that. More ...
Plant scale insect3/4/2011
  Q: I have 3 plant's (I believe they are anglaonema) that are becoming sticky and sappy. I find it on ...
  A: What I see on the stems in the photo is not scale. However, the stickiness you describe may be ...
Trimming a Stromanthe3/4/2011
  Q: I have a stromanthe (only green and white in color) that I bought at a garage sale 3 years ago. I ...
  A: Stromanthes need regular pruning to keep them from becoming leggy, as yours is. The stems can be cut ...
Hibiscus tree3/4/2011
  Q: I have an indoor hibiscus tree that was doing really well up until a couple weeks ago, then one half ...
  A: Hibiscus trees often struggle indoors in warm, dry air during winter when the sunlight is reduced. ...
aechmea primera-spineless3/4/2011
  Q: I've had this aechmea primera for a little over 6 months or so. I bought it from our local grocery ...
  A: You have done a great job with your Silver Vase bromeliad! I suggest waiting until the offsets or ...
office light only plants follow up- low temperature?3/1/2011
  Q: I have a follow up to my low light plants question. Of your list of low light plants (office ...
  A: Damage due to exposure to cold depends on just how cold and the duration of the exposure. Some ...
office artificial-light-only plants?2/27/2011
  Q: I have an office with no windows. The only lighting is those typical office fluorescent lights on ...
  A: A good percentage of the plants I care for professionally are in offices like yours - no window and ...
fig tree2/26/2011
  Q: I have a fig tree (small indoor) that was transplanted about 1 year ago. It along with some of my ...
  A: Yellow leaves are very common and generic symptom with multiple causes, including both under and ...
Insect problem2/26/2011
  Q: I have many small, white/lt. gray bugs on my Duranta. They are up to 3/16" across. It is in a 12" ...
  A: Duranta is almost never used as a houseplant because it does not fare well indoors where the light ...
Home plant (Yucca) help me !!!! :(2/25/2011
  Q: I had may palm tree for 6 month. It was big and strong tree looking very beautiful. But now it is ...
  A: You have provided only limited information about your Yucca so I can only provide a limited answer. ...
corn plants2/25/2011
  Q: I am moving from North Carolina to Texas - my corn plant is 9 ft tall. Can I cut the plan in half ...
  A: Yes, you can cut back your Corn Plant. However, it is best if you cut off as little as possible. The ...
growing bulb plants, etc indoors2/24/2011
  Q: Good morning, I live in Queens, NYC, in an apartment. I received a potted tulip plant as a ...
  A: Potted tulips are hybrids that have been forced into bloom early. Keep the soil moist and provide ...
Root Bound Kentia?2/21/2011
  Q: Will. I recently read your advice suggesting that it is a terrible idea to repot a Kentia ...
  A: I just got off Skype chatting with my son who is studying in Madrid! I am in NYC. I don't know ...
China plant/tree2/17/2011
  Q: I have a china plant that is also about 6 feet or taller and I would like to take pieces from it to ...
  A: Some plant species, including China Doll, do not root easily. For those plants, I recommend the ...
Interior Fig Tree2/16/2011
  Q: I live in Alabama.I have an interior fig tree that was put outside in fall,while I was away and two ...
  A: Ficus trees can usually withstand a brief period of light frost. The leaves are most vulnerable and ...
Orange Tree Pest2/16/2011
  Q: I have an indoor potted orange tree (about 3 feet high), and recently, the leaves have become all ...
  A: The critters are Citrus Red Mites (Panonychus citri). You can treat them with a solution of 1 part ...
House Gnats2/16/2011
  Q: My dumb cane dieffenbachia has a case of house gnats and i just dont know how to get rid of them ...
  A: The last sentence you wrote is the key to dealing with these annoying fungus gnats. The larvae of ...
azalea tree2/16/2011
  Q: I have an azalea tree and was wondering if I can plant it outside. Our winter temps typically drop ...
  A: There are hundreds of different Azalea species and hybrids, many of which can withstand sub-freezing ...
Time of day to water? Period of darkness nec?2/16/2011
  Q: green thumbs, and in between thumbs. I have learned a lot from many of your other ...
  A: That's what makes it worthwhile! It really doesn’t matter what time of day you water. There might ...
Pony Tail Bonsai2/15/2011
  Q: My husband got me this beautiful plant for Valentine's Day. Do I need to remove the plant from the ...
  A: The Ponytail Palm that you received was set up to look pretty. But it was also set up for failure, ...
Ponytail palm2/15/2011
  Q: I recently bought a 6-inch pot containing about 12 plants, in 'clusters' of 3 or 4. I'd like to ...
  A: I don't think I have ever seen 12 Ponytails potted in a 6-inch pot. A photo would help me understand ...
Coral Cactus2/14/2011
  Q: I bought a Coral Cactus. It is planted in a pot with small pebbles on top that seem to be glued ...
  A: The Coral Cactus that you purchased was set up to look pretty. But it was also set up for failure, ...
Acclimating and quarantining new houseplants2/14/2011
  Q: Mr. Creed. I would love some guidance about acclimating and quarantining new houseplants. I ...
  A: I understand your dilemma. There is a great deal of misinformation available from even seemingly ...
Cheese plant2/13/2011
  Q: I've just read your answer re how to prune a cheese plant and now understand why, when I've pruned ...
  A: Many houseplants, including the Monstera deliciosa, produce new growth only at the very end of a ...
zamioculcas zamiifolia2/12/2011
  Q: I have a new "zz" about 18" tall, the leaves of the tallest stalk are turning black one by one from ...
  A: Exposure to cold can cause leaves to turn black, but that is unlikely in this case unless it got ...
New Houseplants2/12/2011
  Q: I recently acquired a Geranium, Golden Capella, Dieffenbachia, and Majesty Palm from a local home ...
  A: A plant can be a 'lost cause' for many different reasons - disease, pest problems, improperly ...
Peace lily2/11/2011
  Q: I was given a beautiful Peace Lily about 2 years ago. It has been ok, and last fall I transplanted ...
  A: You made the classic mistake of fixing something that did not need to be fixed. Unnecessary ...
Jade plant with bark powdery or sooty2/11/2011
  Q: my jade tree is fairly healthy and blooming now. It is in a sunny location. The issue is the bark ...
  A: That white, powdery stuff is probably residue from leaves and stems that have previously gotten too ...
Getting Jade to Bloom2/9/2011
  Q: I have recently acquired a Jade plant and have heard many different opinions of how to get your Jade ...
  A: Anyone who claims to know how to get a Jade to flower reliably doesn’t really know what they are ...
Peace Lily Help(3)2/9/2011
  Q: Your advice please.
  A: I think the problem is the quality of the soil and the manner in which it is potted. The soil looks ...
Peace Lily Help(1)2/9/2011
  Q: My Peace Lily, of which I've grown for about 6 months is experiencing yellowing & browning of ...
  A: There is only one photo that I can see and it doesn't reveal very much beyond a portion of a single ...
christmas cactus2/8/2011
  Q: I forgot to bring my christmas cactus in during a recent hard freeze - all the leaves have gone ...
  A: Holiday Cacti are tropical plants are are easily killed by freezing temps. The limp foliage will not ...
Potting Mixes2/8/2011
  Q: SimpleCan phalaenopsis orchids be planted in african violet soil? People say the mixes are very ...
  A: No, Phalaenopsis should most definitely NOT be potted in AV potting soil. Orchid potting mixes are ...
Dwarf Schefflera - Trinity2/8/2011
  Q: I have a dwarf schefflera - trinity in a 11" pot - its about 16" tall. Everyday in the morning, I ...
  A: The loss of lower leaves is a generic symptom with several possible causes. Let's go through them so ...
Burro's Tail2/8/2011
  Q: Will! Having read your other answer re: Burro's Tail... I have another question. My plant is very ...
  A: The only way to eliminate the existing legginess is by pruning. That is because even in stronger ...
banna tree pest2/7/2011
  Q: I have a hardy banna tree i brought in, in a pot for the winter. The stem part has a dark rust ...
  A: Once a plant is moved outdoors, it is exposed to any number of plant pests that are local to that ...
Indoor ficus dwarf Veld fig2/7/2011
  Q: I recently bought this plant for my boyfriend and keep it indoors, keeping the soil moist ( watering ...
  A: This is an unusual Ficus species (Ficus burtt-davyi) that comes from southern South Africa. It is ...
Dracaena Deremensis Warneckii - normal & abnormal stalks in same pot?2/6/2011
  Q: This 12" pot contains 5 dracaena canes, all of which grew from previous plants I had to cut because ...
  A: Although in the photos the stems on one side appear shorter than than others, they do not look ...
Topheavy Dieffenbachia2/6/2011
  Q: I have read your response posted on Feb. 2, 2011 concerning a topheavy Dieffenbachia. My plant is in ...
  A: If you are not interested in preserving the lower, thinner stem section, then I suggest you discard ...
Floristry student requiring help with regard to suitable plants for an indoor pool environment.2/6/2011
  Q: I am searching for information on plants that would be suitable for an indoor pool/gym environment, ...
  A: It took me a while to find this information and I got some professional help. A book by David ...
Jade plant "problem"2/5/2011
  Q: I have a large, indoor old jade plant that has developed white on the leaves. Is this white spider ...
  A: Unlikely, but if the white stuff is only under the flowers, then it my be pollen in which case ...
Peace Lillies...can I save them?2/5/2011
  Q: I recently replanted 2 peace lillies that I have had for almost 7 years...I replanted them in larger ...
  A: Contrary to popular belief, 7 year old plants do not need to be repotted. Larger pots and added soil ...
Banana root rot2/5/2011
  Q: I read Tracy's response to a question raised by another banana plant owner. As mentioned by her, I ...
  A: I don't know what information you received from Tracy, but I cannot vouch for its reliability. Your ...
Cat Palm2/5/2011
  Q: I have a cat palm that i had in a medium sized pot. The soil was drying out ever other day. I ...
  A: A 20" pot is a very large pot and too large for a Cat Palm unless it is more than 6 feet tall. I am ...
desert rose rotting2/2/2011
  Q: I was out of my house for about 2 months. Now that I am back I have noticed that the stems of my ...
  A: Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a succulent member of the Oleander family, which is poisonous to ...
top heavy dieffenbachia2/2/2011
  Q: I have a large dieffenbachia that has gotten very top heavy. I would like to cut it off and try to ...
  A: Not only is pruning your Dieffenbachia possible, it is a necessity! Dieffenbachias naturally become ...
Pothos plant dying...2/1/2011
  Q: I have an old Pothos plant (cut from my grandmother's wedding plant, 70+ years old). The plant has ...
  A: Your plant is a Dieffenbachia, not a Pothos. My first concern is drainage holes in the bottom of ...
Will my Lemon Tree EVER produce a lemon?2/1/2011
  Q: Good morning. I live in Nebraska and have a lemon tree that my children and I planted from a seed ...
  A: Citrus trees grown from seed rarely flower or produce fruit. The primary reason is that the seeds ...
Cashew Plant Spot2/1/2011
  Q: Good morning. I live in Nebraska and have been trying for over a year now to grow a cashew plant ...
  A: I have never known anyone to successfully grow a Cashew (Anacardium occidentale) indoors, other than ...
id cactus2/1/2011
  Q: I have been growing a plant maybe a cactus all over my property.Just cut a piece and stick in in the ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. That said, your mystery plant is probably some type ...
Ponytail Bonsai2/1/2011
  Q: I recently purchased a Ponytail Bonsai. I have it sitting on my desk at my office and my desk faces ...
  A: Your Ponytail Palm is not actually a Bonsai. It is simply potted in a bonsai-type planter. I mention ...
cactus broke2/1/2011
  Q: I have a 30 year old cactus that is about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and about 2 feet tall. It fell ...
  A: Most Cacti have a remarkable ability to recover from the type of damage you described. If your ...
dying houseplant1/30/2011
  Q: My 13-year-old son collected the seeds from a tangerine and then planted them. Much to our delight, ...
  A: Seedlings have very fragile root systems and it doesn't take much to damage them. In this case, I ...
swiss cheese philodendron care1/30/2011
  Q: I just got a swiss cheese philodendron a week ago and its leaves have started turning yellow. All ...
  A: I can help you if you can give me some additional information. Did you or did the retailer repot ...
Degarmoara Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy'..1/30/2011
  Q: My boyfriend left me in charge of his plants while he is away for a month. He's only gone less than ...
  A: On a personal note, I think your responsibility is to follow your boyfriend's instructions as you ...
My Pathetic Old Corn Plant1/29/2011
  Q: My corn plant is 11 years old. It probably would be in great shape if I watered the poor thing on a ...
  A: No one enjoys looking at dying and discolored leaves, so it is best to remove them. It will not ...
Does my jade plant need to be repotted?1/27/2011
  Q: I've had my jade plant in the same dirt since it was a baby jade (2 leaves). Now it is about 12 ...
  A: No, your Jade does not need to be repotted. Why? Because it is healthy and happy. If you are ...
Bean Plants1/27/2011
  Q: I'm doing a science fair experiment & I need to at least get a sprout in 5 days is it possible? Also ...
  A: I suspect you have procrastinated on your science project and you haven't left yourself with enough ...
My Jade Plant1/27/2011
  Q: I have a Jade plant that I bought about 5 yrs. ago and needless to say it has quad-droopled in size. ...
  A: I strongly recommend that you not try to divide your Jade. It can be done, but it is not easy and is ...
boston fern1/26/2011
  Q: Leaves are turning brown have 50 percent sunlight and indoor temperature is 72 degrees. I water the ...
  A: I have no idea what you mean by "50% sunlight." Boston ferns should be hung or placed in a north or ...
Holes in soil1/26/2011
  Q: I have noticed that when I water my plants a hole starts forming in the middle of the pot. I fill ...
  A: This usually happens with plants that are potted in poor quality soil that has little porous ...
Monkey Tail Cactus1/26/2011
  Q: Your answer to my last question was great so I'm back on here for another one. I have a monkey tail ...
  A: Your plant is more commonly called Rattail cactus, but its botanical name is Aporocactus ...
yucca cane1/25/2011
  Q: I bought a Yucca Cane about two months ago. It's in a room that stays bright all day. there isn't ...
  A: I suspect you are over-estimating the light available to your Yucca, as most people do. If a plant ...
Large & Split leaf Philodendrons1/24/2011
  Q: I have several large split leaf Philodendrons large pots, 18" 22" 28" Etc. they were huge and ...
  A: I don't know where you live, but I have been getting a lot of cold damage questions recently as a ...
Plant Help1/24/2011
  Q: I know that drainage is important for plants to grow well. How do I determine whether the soil has ...
  A: You have posed a good and important question. Soil drainage refers to the porosity of the soil the ...
Yucca1/24/2011
  Q: I've been reading about some of the symptoms and problems with my plant and can't really find what ...
  A: The black spots on your Yucca that you described are not pests (scale) and they are not a fungus ...
Just can't find this name1/23/2011
  Q: If I may prevail upon once more.
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena 'Janet Craig' compacta. Please let me know if you have any additional ...
Identy1/23/2011
  Q: I inherited a bunch of plants. This is one I cannot ID. Can you help?
  A: The photo does not reveal scale (size), so it is hard to be sure, but it looks like you have a ...
Mass Cane Care1/22/2011
  Q: I saw that you have answered a few questions about mass cane care before. But I was hoping you could ...
  A: A few lower leaves discoloring are normal and not a cause for concern. You can expect older leaves ...
Sick China Doll Plant1/21/2011
  Q: I got a China Doll Tree Plant for Xmas for a local florist. It is potted in a 10" copper looking ...
  A: I did a little research on the OttLite and have not been able to determine what type of lighting it ...
Lucky bamboo house plant1/21/2011
  Q: I was given a little vase with three single bamboo, and they grew and look beautiful. Just recently ...
  A: Luky Bamboo are novelty plants that are currently very popular because they are seductively easy to ...
Ming Tree1/21/2011
  Q: I have had this ming tree for 10 years. We moved to North Florida this year. My ming started to lose ...
  A: When plants are relocated they often go through an adjustment process as they adapt to the new light ...
baby Sago palm leaves turning yellow1/20/2011
  Q: I bought a new sago palm a couple of months back and it's leaves seem to be turning yellow from the ...
  A: There are several possible causes of this yellowing. First, check for spider mites by misting the ...
black spots on plant leaves1/20/2011
  Q: I have recently purchased a philodendron xanadu and noticed that there are black spots on the ...
  A: If the dark spots rinse of with plain water, then you have nothing to be concerned about. However, ...
bromeliad1/20/2011
  Q: The very center rotted I pulled it out I am sure I over watered in the cup. My question is the plant ...
  A: Your Bromeliad is probably a Neoregelia. The standard advice to keep the Bromeliad cups filled with ...
Mulch in pot1/20/2011
  Q: I've just bought 2 plants - a dwarf schefflera in a 11" pot(the plant is about 16" tall) and a ...
  A: I don't know what 'threadleaf' is. That is a descriptive term that is applied to many differnt ...
Dracaena Plant1/19/2011
  Q: My Dracciena Plantalso known as a corn plant has bloomed a flower & some of the leaves have ...
  A: If your Corn Plant is flowering, then your care is mostly on the right track. The symptoms you ...
white fuzz (scale?) on bird of paradise1/18/2011
  Q: I have this white fuzz type infestation on two bird of paradise plants. What is the best natural ...
  A: The white fuzz could be either mealybug or scale. Both are treated in the same manner. Mix 5 parts ...
Watering plants causes snap, crackle, pop noise.1/17/2011
  Q: Creed: Sometimes, my houseplants make the same, snap, crackle, pop, sounds that you would expect to ...
  A: Why did you plant your houseplants in Rice Krispies?! Just kidding. Most good potting mixes contain ...
Money Tree - shrivelling leaves1/17/2011
  Q: Last Wed, I bought a Pachira - a braided Money Tree. Its about 3 feet tall and came in a 14" pot. ...
  A: It is not you! Unless you exposed the plant to very cold weather on the way home, there is nothing ...
should I chop?1/17/2011
  Q: My 40 yr. old Beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm) has had mealy bugs for many years; I've tried ...
  A: Pruning off the of of your Ponytail Palm is dicey - it may or may not lead to new growth. However, ...
Orchid-Phalaenopsis1/17/2011
  Q: My plant has lost its leaves. I just have the center that has dried out and the shoots. The shoots ...
  A: I have never known a Phalaenopsis that has survived the loss of all of its leaves. However, most ...
castanospermum1/17/2011
  Q: I just purchased one of these plants for my dorm, there are 3 in a 5 inch pot, and they are about 1 ...
  A: Lucky Bean plant (Castanospermum) is often used and sold as a bonsai plant. Bonsais are potted in ...
kentia palms1/17/2011
  Q: In regards to repoting kentis, what should I do when the root system is balling out the bottom of ...
  A: It is exceedingly rare that a mature Kentia needs repotting, so your Kentia repotting may not be ...
ficus tree with recurrent scale disease1/14/2011
  Q: I have a 34 year old ficus tree that has been treated 3 times but the buggers keep coming back. I ...
  A: Scale insects do not live in soil. They require plant leaf and stem tissue to survive. So I am not ...
Pruning a Rubber Tree Plant1/13/2011
  Q: WE HAVE A RUBBER TREE PLANT THAT IS OVER 10 YRS OLD.IT IS ROOT BOUND IN A 17INCH POT AND IT IS ...
  A: I need either a good photo of your Rubber Tree or a better description. You seem to be concerned ...
Dracena leaves curling1/12/2011
  Q: I have a large dracena whose leaves have started to curl in on themselves. It's been about 6-9 ...
  A: Your Dracaena is not a Dracaena. It is a Yucca. They look similar, but they are not related. Yuccas ...
shade tolerant plants1/12/2011
  Q: I think my house could go for some more plants. But all of my sun loving plants have taken up all ...
  A: As a good rule of thumb, even the lowest light plants require enough light that you can read ...
Little bugs swimming in my bamboo water1/12/2011
  Q: I was worried these bugs were in my water? Is it something that just developed in the water over ...
  A: After Lucky Bamboo are kept in water for a long time, the stems and roots sometimes start to slowly ...
Splitting baby Spathiphyllums from mother plant1/12/2011
  Q: A friend has a gorgeous large leaf Spathiphyllum, about 3-3.5 ft tall, planted in a 12"-14" pot (an ...
  A: Suckers is the correct term for the baby plants at the base of a Spathiphyllum. Suckers rarely ...
Cleaning Indoor Plants as a service1/11/2011
  Q: I was wondering if anyone has heard of cleaning indoor plant leaves as a chargeable service? To me ...
  A: Professional interiorscape companies provide cleaning as part of their comprehensive plant service ...
dracena.....corn plant1/11/2011
  Q: I was given a very large (5 ft) corn plant. It is getting yellow then brown edges on the sides and ...
  A: The symptoms you describe can be a caused by inadequate light, improper watering or root damage. Low ...
LADY FINGER PALM1/11/2011
  Q: Have a 3' lady finger palm which we had outside in an enclosed hot tub gazebo. Weather got cold and ...
  A: Rhapis Palms are tropical in origin and are easily damaged by freezing temps. Any discolored leaves ...
rubber plant large white yellow spots on leaves1/11/2011
  Q: I have a rubber tree plant I rescued from a grocery store in Brooklyn about three years ago. It has ...
  A: The leaf spots you describe usually show up on a few older leaves and are not a cause for concern. ...
Scale on Spathiphyllum species1/10/2011
  Q: I have the stick leaves, scale, on my plant. During the summer I've washed it in soapy water, ...
  A: Scale on Peace Lilies can be particularly pernicious. Not only is hand removal laborious, it is not ...
what is this plant?1/10/2011
  Q: I was given this plant as a gift and I'd like to know what it is and how to best take care of it. ...
  A: Your plant is commonly called Bloodleaf. Its botanical name is Iresine herbstii. Yours looks well ...
Coral Cactus1/9/2011
  Q: I purchased my cactus last yr. It is potted in a ceramic pot, about 4in square. I keep it infront of ...
  A: Coral Cactus need lots of direct sunlight each day and it should only be watered when the soil is ...
Cold temp effect on potted palm1/9/2011
  Q: If you don't like the weather in Louisiana wait a few and it will change. That is what happened and ...
  A: How badly your Palm is affected depends on the type of Palm you have, just how cold it got and how ...
Plant Recommnedations?1/9/2011
  Q: At the local Elks Lodge to which I belong, we're in the process of condsidering some cosmetic ...
  A: Available light is the critical factor here. I suspect you do not have enough. The plants would have ...
lithops1/8/2011
  Q: Will. I was just wondering if you could give me some advice on how to grow a lithop, A.K.A. Living ...
  A: Lithops (the 's' is always used even in the singular) is an interesting and diverse genus of plants. ...
Umbrella plant1/8/2011
  Q: My plant has always been very healthy and got new stems coming from all angles (i love it), but ...
  A: The common name, 'umbrella plant' is used to describe several different plant species, so I cannot ...
Holistic Pest Management1/7/2011
  Q: I've been perusing your many answers to such a wide variety of questions and am impressed! I hope ...
  A: The best remedy that is consistent with your concerns is prevention or keeping plant pests out of ...
cactus white bits1/6/2011
  Q: I am 9 years old and I have a 7cm tall cactus. It is on the window sill and gets plenty of sun. I ...
  A: Your Cactus has a plant pest called mealybug. Mealybugs don't look like insects. They are tiny and ...
citrus growth1/6/2011
  Q: i've got a orange tree and this year the fruit not all,20to30% are small golfball size.normal for my ...
  A: Is your tree growing outside in the ground or inside in a pot? If outdoors, then you should look in ...
angel wing begonia1/5/2011
  Q: I have a 3 ft plant started from a cutting about 18 months ago, growing like crazy, good color and ...
  A: The symptoms suggest that the soil is getting too dry between waterings or your water is too hard or ...
Money tree question/dilemma1/4/2011
  Q: I'm in my mid-20s and recently received a money tree, or pachira aquatica, from my mom as a ...
  A: I don't have very encouraging news for you and no simple answers. You are correct about the fungus ...
Bungalow Palm1/4/2011
  Q: I have a few questions regarding the living requirements of my latest roommate, a Bungalow Palm - ...
  A: Your Bangalow Palm will need more light if you want it to thrive. Indoor light is much less intense ...
what kind1/4/2011
  Q: I rec'd a plant that has big multi-colored leaves (approx. 4-8" long & 2-5" wide). The leaves are a ...
  A: I believe you have some type of Croton. Do a Google image search under this name and confirm that ...
avocado stem covered with light-colored film1/4/2011
  Q: My avocado pit, just recently planted in soil is now about 13 inches high - or was until today when ...
  A: If the substance is film-like and evenly distributed on the stem - not in patches - then it is just ...
Zebra plant help1/3/2011
  Q: I bought my zebra plant about a year ago on sale and now it looks like a really tall stick with ...
  A: Your Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) is not an easy plant for someone new to plants. That you ...
mylar plant1/3/2011
  Q: i got them from work they are on the way to dying cause no one watered them what do i need to do to ...
  A: I hate to tell you, but there is noting you can do for these Hyacinth bulbs excel discard them. They ...
corn plant1/2/2011
  Q: Kind Regards, John,
  A: Your wife's plant is called a Corn Plant. Although it may vaguely look like a Palm, it is not. ...
Corn plant cane rot?1/1/2011
  Q: I've had a corn plant for about 6 months that was given to me by a friend. It has three stalks, 1 of ...
  A: Once the outer bark becomes papery and pulls away from the cane underneath, you can be sure that ...
Whole Brown Leaves12/31/2010
  Q: I have had this Ponytail plant for around 9 months and it was growing beautifully, I was watering it ...
  A: The loss of older, lower leaves is normal as new healthy ones are added on top. As long as you are ...
kalanchoe12/31/2010
  Q: I have had very good luck with this plant until this year as it is Winter and no blooms. Have been ...
  A: You didn't actually ask a question here. I assume your question is about why your Kalanchoe has not ...
Peace Lilly12/31/2010
  Q: I have three huge peace Lillies I have gotten over the years from each of my grandparents funerals. ...
  A: You have done everything you can do, although I would withhold fertilizer as it is intended for ...
Watering Cyclamen12/30/2010
  Q: Have read your advice concerning yellowing leaves, which I am trying to prevent. Should I water ...
  A: The advice to bottom water Cyclamen so as not to wet the corm is misguided. If the corm is exposed ...
Flowering corn plant (all green.)12/30/2010
  Q: I've had this this 8'tall all green corn plant (no stripes) sorry I don't know the real name, I've ...
  A: Your Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans massangeana) flowers are unusual, but not rare. They tend to ...
Tiny insects in soil12/30/2010
  Q: Was wondering if you knew what these were and how to treat them. We have tiny little almost ...
  A: You seem to have an infestation of both shore flies (the ones that hop) and fungus gnats (the ones ...
Schefflera Relocation and Decline12/30/2010
  Q: About six months ago, my mother gave us a beautiful, full Schefflera (about 3 ft tall, 3 ft in ...
  A: Unfortunately, there is no substitute for good light. Your Schefflera arboricola is reacting to the ...
Money Plant with shriveling trunk12/29/2010
  Q: I have a "tied" money plant. I water it once weekly. Recently I have noticed that the trunk of the ...
  A: I don't know what you mean by 'tied.' Do you mean braided? I don't see anything in the photo that ...
UnIdentified houseplant12/29/2010
  Q: Mother plant is two to three feet tall. Requires very little water and partial sun. Blooms in late ...
  A: Your mystery plant is an Aglaonema commutatum, more commonly called Chinese Evergreen. Your text ...
ficus tree12/27/2010
  Q: I believe I have overwatered my ficus tree. It has dropped a lot of leaves leaving a pretty large ...
  A: Ficus leaf drop is a generic symptom that has several different causes. Inadequate light, lack of ...
ticklemeplant and phalanopsis orchid12/27/2010
  Q: I saw the article on your care on the tickle me plant and found it useful. I had my plant under ...
  A: Your Tickle Me Plant, aka Sensitive Plant or Mimosa pudica, may be browning because the light is too ...
China Doll plant12/27/2010
  Q: I have read other questions regarding this plant and see that it can be quite temperamental. My ...
  A: The stickiness is most likely coming from an infestation of either mealybugs or scale insects. The ...
Norfolk Island pine loosing branches12/27/2010
  Q: I have a Norfolk Island pine tree that I've had for about 2 years.. It is a pot of 7 plants of ...
  A: Indoor light is much less intense than outdoor light, so I suspect your NIP is reacting to that ...
China Doll12/27/2010
  Q: I want to rate your answer as "10" and nominate you for volunteer of the month but there is no link ...
  A: It is much appreciated. I am not involved in the operation of this site, so I do not know why you ...
repotting12/27/2010
  Q: I have a corn palm, a rubber tree, and what I think is a schefflera all in 10 inch pots that ...
  A: Your Schefflera is a Schefflera arboricola. You are asking the wrong question. Did you know that ...
China Doll plant12/26/2010
  Q: I have read other questions regarding this plant and see that it can be quite temperamental. My ...
  A: The stickiness is most likely coming from an infestation of either mealybugs or scale insects. The ...
whats wrong with my diffenbachia12/26/2010
  Q: I have a fairly large diffenbachia that is now covered with some white powdery substance and the ...
  A: The 'white powdery substance' is either spider mites are mealybugs. The former look more like tiny ...
China Doll care12/26/2010
  Q: Forgive me if this is a duplicate question but I didn't receive a receipt from AllExperts so don't ...
  A: Below is a copy of my reply from yesterday. Unfortunately, China Doll (Radermachera sinica) is not ...
China doll12/25/2010
  Q: I was recently gifted a pretty "China Doll" plant in a 6" pot. The tag that accompanied the plant ...
  A: Unfortunately, China Doll (Radermachera sinica) is not a good plant for beginners. It can be a very ...
Tillandsia: watering, mounting, blooming12/23/2010
  Q: I have a tillandsia, and the pup is large enough to separate from the mother plant. I have a hearth ...
  A: Tillandsias are sometimes known as 'air plants' because they can be grown in the air without benefit ...
Corn Plant12/22/2010
  Q: I have a corn plant that I have done some things wrong and some things correctly. Now I want to get ...
  A: Discolored patches on the leaf tips and edges can be trimmed off with sharp scissors. This will not ...
Identification of Unknown Potted Plant12/22/2010
  Q: Can you please help me identify this beautiful plant I am sending you pictures of? I purchased it ...
  A: Your mystery plant is a Polyscias balfouriana, sometimes called Balfour Aralia. It is a close ...
schefflera12/22/2010
  Q: I have some schefflera cuttings from a basket of flowers that I would like to keep. It is very ...
  A: Yes, it is possible to root your Schefflera cuttings, but unless you have experience rooting stem ...
Aglaonema 'Silver Queen'12/21/2010
  Q: They are actually all from the same original plant that I received over 10 years ago. They were ALL ...
  A: It is a bit odd that they are all suddenly deteriorating at the same time. Pests would not cause ...
brown spots and wilting leaves12/20/2010
  Q: I have an indoor plant that I purchsed, a Yucca,it has been trimmed to look like a Palm. I normally ...
  A: If the new growth is discolored or damaged, then there is a serious root problem. Most likely it is ...
split leaf Philodendron12/18/2010
  Q: I have a large and, I think healthy split leaf philidendron. My only problem with it is the long ...
  A: Those are called adventitious roots. In nature they help Philodendrons spread out over a wide range. ...
care of northfork pine12/17/2010
  Q: I reacently bought two potted northfork pine trees and there are several growing in each pot do I ...
  A: Not only do you not have to separate the trees, it is actually much preferred that you do not. ...
ZZ plant12/17/2010
  Q: How would take care of a cutting of this plant, Would you keep it in water until it grow roots or ...
  A: Like most soft-stemmed plants, the ZZ Plant can be propagated in either plain water or in damp ...
rubber plant losing leaves after move12/17/2010
  Q: My rubber plant was thriving in our north facing greenhouse window. It got so big that I had to ...
  A: Your Rubber Plant is responding to two important changes - a larger pot and increased light. ...
house plant orange tree problems12/15/2010
  Q: I was given a house plant from a friend who started an orange plant with just the "seed"--but ...
  A: The symptoms you described have several possible causes. Cold temperatures, inadequate light, ...
Mass Cane12/14/2010
  Q: I am also having problems with a mass cane. Sometimes the leaves turn yellow. sometimes I get brown ...
  A: Unfortunately those are generic symptoms and cannot be read like tea leaves. I suspect it is a ...
Lucky Bean plant dropping green leaves12/14/2010
  Q: My Lucky Bean plant (had it for 3 or 4 yrs) is sitting about 8 inches from a frosted glass northern ...
  A: Green leaf drop is a generic symptom with several possible causes. It may be nothing more than the ...
Yucca Plant Crisis12/14/2010
  Q: My mom got me a plant a few months ago that I believe is a Yucca but am not entirely sure. When the ...
  A: Your description does match that of a Yucca, but I cannot be sure without a photo. In any case, it ...
gold cabella leaves turning all yellow12/13/2010
  Q: Since we brought it indoors in a cool room it has started turning all the green leaves in the ...
  A: However, if you want a copy of my article on Schefflera care, you have to email your request to me ...
Repotting Indoor Ivy Plant12/13/2010
  Q: I recently purchased an Ivy "Garland", "Hedera Helix", at "Lowes" garden center. It is in a plastic ...
  A: I am so glad you asked me first. So often people go right ahead and repot their newly acquired ...
Mass cane plant blooming12/13/2010
  Q: What should I do when the plant blooms and dose the order last long.
  A: Corn Plant flowers last for 1-2 weeks and the odor remains as long as the flowers last. If you like ...
around 2-1/2ft. tall ming tree12/12/2010
  Q: My Ming tree did well this summer when i purchased it. In the last 3 weeks it started losing its ...
  A: I'm afraid it is too late for me to help you. There really are no significant roots remaining. It is ...
Corn Plant12/11/2010
  Q: The ends of my corn plant keep turning brown. What can I do to prevent this from continuing?
  A: Brown leaf tips on a Corn Plant, as well as most other plant species, is a generic symptom that has ...
Crown of Thorns cuttings12/10/2010
  Q: I have a crown of thorns plant and I would like to take some cuttings. How do I properly cut it? In ...
  A: Switzerland, wow! Your Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii) can be pruned at any point on any one of ...
majesty palm pruning and care12/10/2010
  Q: I bought a majesty palm this spring. It is about 5 feet tall and I keep it indoors. Its in a large ...
  A: I am afraid you are fighting a losing battle. Majesty Palms are the one plant species I would never ...
christmas cactus12/8/2010
  Q: I got two christmas cactus from a nursery 2 1/2 weeks ago. It was covered in buds and looked ...
  A: Unless Christmas Cactus buds are quite mature and within a few days of opening, they will fall off ...
sick! cactus?12/7/2010
  Q: I inherited a hanging plant from my mom... I think its some sort of cactus. It was about four feet ...
  A: Email the photos to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com so I can properly identify your plants and ...
Indoor Jasmine Plant12/7/2010
  Q: It's my birthday and my sweet boyfriend got me one of my favorite plants, a Jasmine plant. The ...
  A: How extensive the cold damage is depends on just how cold it got, how long it was in the cold, the ...
Schefflera (umbrella variety)12/6/2010
  Q: I have a Schef that was given to me when a friend moved out of state (I am in NY). It has one long ...
  A: Scheffleras do need lots of very bright light and yours should be within a few feet of your sunniest ...
ceramic briad ficus12/6/2010
  Q: have a very small ficus in my room and waterd it the other day...3 days later is diying. leaves have ...
  A: Your braided Ficus must have lots of direct natural sunlight. It sheds most of its leaves when it ...
Plant Name12/5/2010
  Q: I am looking for the name of this plant so I track down some maintenance instructions. Picture is ...
  A: Your plant is a Schefflera actinophylla and is commonly called Umbrella Plant. Yours is in a pot ...
money plant12/3/2010
  Q: my money plant got frostbite after i left it in the shed can i save it its 4 years old
  A: This is a good example of the problems caused by the use of common names for plants. "Money Plant" ...
Peace lily12/3/2010
  Q: My peace lily looks very good except the edges of its leaves are dry and brown. What is the cause? ...
  A: There are several possible causes of brown leaf edges on a Peace Lily. The most common is allowing ...
Plants12/2/2010
  Q: Mealy bugs are resistant to Ultra fine - they seem to thrive on it, other things that I have tried ...
  A: I assume the plants with the mealybugs are indoor potted plants and not outside where the ...
Black dots appearing on Yucca Cane leaves12/1/2010
  Q: I bought a yucca cane plant around 3 weeks back. Not only have I been struggling with the correct ...
  A: Small, slightly raised black spots that rub or scratch off easily are scale infects. True, they ...
Dieffenbachia, Dumb cane12/1/2010
  Q: I received this large cutting of a Dieffenbachia, Dumb cane. The cane is horizontal with the shoot ...
  A: Your Dieffenbachia cane cutting should be kept in constant contact with damp potting mix. The ...
Yucca Cane12/1/2010
  Q: Its me again. This time I've bought a Yucca cane from Ikea. Yucca Elephantipes. 10" pot. 3 thick ...
  A: You have learned a lot already! Yucca canes do best n maximum or direct indoor sunlight. In strong ...
Mold spores and Mushrooms12/1/2010
  Q: Will, I've been reading your responses to questions and must compliment you on the quality of most ...
  A: I try hard to be accurate, but when answering lots of questions each day I do occasionally make ...
Low light plants11/30/2010
  Q: I love having indoor plants - although I'm still to get my bearings about them. I have a few 'dark' ...
  A: It is much appreciated and makes we want to do my best to help you more. There is a great deal of ...
Dracaena Marginata Dying11/30/2010
  Q: I bought a Dracaena Marginata from a store a couple of months ago. It had 3 stalks shooting up from ...
  A: No need to blame or punish yourself. You are laboring under some very common misunderstandings that ...
Night blooming cereus11/29/2010
  Q: My night blooming cereus sits in a west window in a 8" pot with regular houseplant soil mixed with ...
  A: Congratulations on the success you have had already with your Epiphyllum. Many people never get even ...
Ficus benjamina11/29/2010
  Q: Our 4 ft. ficus benjamina was left in the care of a house sitter for a month. We discovered upon our ...
  A: How disheartening to leave a favorite plant of many years in the care of someone else who completely ...
Peace Lily11/29/2010
  Q: I recently bought a peace lily with 3 blooms on the plant. The first time I watered it - I think I ...
  A: I think you have both light and watering problems here. Your Peace Lily needs lots of bright ...
Rhoeo spathacea plant11/29/2010
  Q: I bought this gorgeous roheo plant and was wondering how I can grow more plants from the cuttings. ...
  A: Stem cuttings from your Rhoeo spathacea will root easily in water or soil. There is no preferred ...
Large Dracena has lower leaves turning yellow11/28/2010
  Q: I have had this dracena less than 6 months and purchased it from a nursery. It is less than 4' high ...
  A: Can you identify your Dracaena for me? Is it a Dracaena massangeana (Corn Plant) with wide, green ...
Dracaena11/27/2010
  Q: I have a 7 foot Dracaena in a 17 inch pot. I bought it in the spring and had it next to my front ...
  A: Those finger-like growths are a different type of mushroom or fungus. When you moved your plant ...
Best house plant in Colorado climate?11/27/2010
  Q: You stated in a post in 2007 that majestics aren't your favorite house plant (I think I agree!). Can ...
  A: Majesty Palms are difficult plants in ANY climate! However, it may surprise you to learn that most ...
Umbella plant11/27/2010
  Q: we purchased an umbrella plant in the summer. It has 3" leaves and its about 4' tall. Its close to ...
  A: "doing quite well until we replanted it." Connect the dots here and you have the answer. Unnecessary ...
Bamboo house plant11/27/2010
  Q: I have a 3 stalk bamboo plant and the leaves are turning yellow on the ends. I have always kept ...
  A: Your Lucky Bamboo is really Dracaena cuttings that are rooted in water. In nature, they grow in ...
Daisy Tree11/27/2010
  Q: My daisy tree is dying, it has a few new growth from the dead twigs, but most of the plant is dead, ...
  A: Daisy trees (Montanoa) are very difficult plants to maintain. Unless you have a solarium or ...
white stuff on leaves11/27/2010
  Q: I have a problem with white stuff on the leaves of house plants ( corn plant and Ivy ). I move a ...
  A: This question was referred to me. I suspect the 'white stuff' you refer to has a soft cotton-like ...
Dracaena11/26/2010
  Q: I have a dracaena M in a pot - 3 separate stems. One day I noticed a mold growing on the potted soil ...
  A: That was amateur, not expert, advice that you received! Repotting is rarely the solution to any ...
Yucca cane not growing11/24/2010
  Q: I've had this yucca cane for about a year now. for the 1st few months it grew well, but in summer we ...
  A: It is surprising that your Yucca is still alive after spending several months apparently without ...
jasmine and boginvilla out side plants11/23/2010
  Q: should i trim the bougainvillea before i cover it for the winter... do i have to cover the jasmine ...
  A: My expertise is limited to houseplants, which are plants that are kept indoors for most of the year. ...
Plants for work11/23/2010
  Q: I figured a plant would be perfect but i dont have a green thumb and i'm not here on weekends to ...
  A: I live in a big city far from any coal mines, so pardon if my question is a bit ignorant. Is your ...
Sick Yucca Plant11/23/2010
  Q: I have a fairly old and large Yucca plant that has always grown well without much human input, I ...
  A: You have made a couple of 'human input' mistakes that are causing your Yucca to slowly die. First, ...
ivy in pots11/22/2010
  Q: I recently bought 8 ivy plants in pots..and used them in a display for one weekend. They are ...
  A: I am assuming your ivies are Hedera or English ivies. If they are not, disregard what I am writing ...
Sensitive Plant (Mimosa Pudica)11/22/2010
  Q: I am trying to grow a few different Sensitive Plants (they are in the seedling stage right now). I ...
  A: Mimosa pudica is a tropical species and needs temps above 60 degrees to do well, although they will ...
too tall palm tree11/21/2010
  Q: I HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD PALM TREE, SIMILAR TO BANANA PALM, THAT I MOVE INSIDE DURING THE MONTHS OF NOV - ...
  A: I cannot help you without a proper plant identification. There are hundreds of different Palms that ...
noone can identify this plant11/21/2010
  Q: For years, I have tried to identify this plant. Long "blades" like sanseveria, tiny, sharp barbs ...
  A: Attempting to ID a plant without a photo is always dicey, in part because 10 different people will ...
Pal m leaves turning yellow11/20/2010
  Q: Potted palm brought indoors for winter- kept in a sunny window-water once a week- leaves turning ...
  A: The leaf yellowing is most likely due to the change in light and air circulation since you moved it ...
Desert Rose Care11/20/2010
  Q: My desert rose bloomed recently. The first flower was fine but the second one was distorted. The ...
  A: That is an unusual symptom. It is not a pest problem. Most likely it is an issue with your watering ...
bugs on fern11/20/2010
  Q: House Palm fern has white circles think they are bugs. I took plant outside and washed with diluted ...
  A: I would like to help you, but I need better information. Let's start with a proper ID for your ...
Indoor Gardenia11/19/2010
  Q: I bought a beautiful gardenia plant late spring of this year. It did very well over the summer and ...
  A: Gardenias really struggle as indoor plants unless you have a sunny, but very cool location for it. ...
trimming and regrowing vines from a long pothos plant11/19/2010
  Q: should anything be added to the water that i put the cuttings in? Did you mean that each long vine ...
  A: Long Pothos vines can be cut into multiple shorter sections. Each cutting should have one node (the ...
sick Schefflera arboricola11/18/2010
  Q: The last few months my money plant has been loosing leaves. I put it in a different window now in ...
  A: Let's start with the correct identification of your plant. It is a Schefflera arboricola, not a ...
Umbrella Plant11/18/2010
  Q: My Umbrella plant is 30 yrs old! What is the life span?
  A: Potted indoor plants do not have any specific life span because they are living in an artificial ...
pothos11/18/2010
  Q: is potho dangerous to animals my lil pug puppy will not stay out of them
  A: This is really more of a pet question than a plant question, so I will defer to the ASPCA which ...
Gardenia in the Desert11/17/2010
  Q: I have a gardenia plant in my school classroom in El Paso, TX and have started to notice little ...
  A: Gardenias are challenging plants even in cool, damp clmates such as the Pacdfic Northwest and really ...
dehydrated Curly Hoya laeves11/16/2010
  Q: While I was on vacation, my house sitter missed watering this one! About 1/2 of the thick leaves ...
  A: Plants receive water through their root systems, so all you can do is re-wet the soil and allow the ...
palm tree11/14/2010
  Q: We have a palm tree and 2 hibiscus trees that we will be keeping in our garage for the winter. Too ...
  A: Unless you have a garage with lots of big windows (Is there such a thing?!), your plants will need ...
chlorination effects on plant?11/14/2010
  Q: I want to ask a question about chlorination of water and its effect on plants.I hope that you may ...
  A: Yes, chlorine can effect plants adversely if the concentration is strong enough. Chlorine ...
Moth orchid leaves split11/14/2010
  Q: My three moth orchids bought within 2 years all have developed at least one leaf that is split down ...
  A: Leaf splitting is a genetic weakness that some Phalaenopsis hybrids have. Hybrids are manipulated ...
sick peace lily?11/13/2010
  Q: I've had a peace lily on my back porch for 3 years. I was cutting dead leaves this morning and ...
  A: Your brief description certainly does suggest scale insects, which do favor Peace Lilies. I, too, am ...
repotting11/13/2010
  Q: when I repot my anthurium do I cover it up past all the stem growth that has accumulated over the ...
  A: The problem in doing that is that you will have to use a much bigger pot to reach all the way up to ...
Schefflera plant.11/13/2010
  Q: I have two schefflera plants and they are too big and cumbersome to keep bringing in the house in ...
  A: Scheffleras are native to tropical regions that are frost free. So yours will definitely not survive ...
Cyclamen11/12/2010
  Q: I have just bought a cyclamen for only 2 weeks. It was blooming upright and looked so healthy to me ...
  A: There is a good reason that Cyclamen is not so common in Thailand. Cyclamen is a cool weather plant ...
plant identification11/11/2010
  Q: I have a very odd plant that I would like identified. I got it at a plant store, and they didnt know ...
  A: I would have to have a photo to be able to ID your plant. I am assuming it is a tropical species ...
purple passion plant11/11/2010
  Q: My beautiful plant was infected with insecticide and almost died. I cut it down and rooted the ...
  A: So much for chemical pesticides! What were you trying to treat? Mealybugs? There are safe, effective ...
climbing the walls11/11/2010
  Q: I have a plant that vines(name of plant unknown...not an ivy...almost heart shaped leaves) and is ...
  A: You haven't provided much specific information here, but I will make an educated guess that your ...
yellowing Pothos plants11/10/2010
  Q: I have always grown large beautiful pathos plants in hanging baskets in my home with little effort. ...
  A: Plants do not like to be relocated. In nature, they put down roots and stay in one spot throughout ...
Castanospermum australe (sold as an 'aussie bean ball tree')11/10/2010
  Q: I bought a Castanospermum australe about a month ago and keep it indoors. It's about two foot tall ...
  A: Your plant definitely needs more light. It struggles indoors unless it is right in front of a sunny ...
Coral Cactus11/9/2010
  Q: I have a Coral Cactus that I just purchased, so I can't give you any information about how the plant ...
  A: It looks like your Coral Cactus is potted in stones rather that sandy Cactus mix. That makes ...
kentia palm11/8/2010
  Q: I just inherited a friends 5' kentia palm and love it. It has two trunks coming out of the soil, as ...
  A: Please leave your new Kentia alone! It is not root-bound and it does not need repotting. Kentias ...
Corn Plant11/8/2010
  Q: I have a very old corn plant and have never seen it bloom until now. It's a very strong fragrant ...
  A: I get asked this question a lot, so apparently it happens pretty often. I would say it is unusual, ...
Hedera sp. English ivy, Canary Island ivy11/8/2010
  Q: I had a question about my Hedera sp. English ivy, Canary Island ivy. I have had it for over a year ...
  A: Yellow leave are a generic symptom with many possible causes. I cannot tell you what is wrong, but I ...
bugs killing my palm11/7/2010
  Q: I have two large (4 ft tall) potted palm trees. Each plant has about five stalks growing in a 18 in ...
  A: Palm includes hundreds of different species with widely varying cultural needs. Some Palms require ...
Night blooming jasmine problem with spider mite and care11/7/2010
  Q: I live in Calgary (Zone 3). I am growing a night blooming Jasmine as indoor plant from cuttings in a ...
  A: The brown leaf tips are not caused by too much light or by insects or spider mites. The problem is ...
Light levels11/6/2010
  Q: I hope this question is within the scope of acceptable questions even though it doesn't pertain to a ...
  A: Your question is an excellent one and addresses an issue that I wish more houseplant owners were ...
frostbite11/5/2010
  Q: Yes now I have two deasrt roases and they got frostbit at the ends and the roots are above the ...
  A: Desert Roses (Adenium obesum) are usually grown with the upper portion of their roots above the soil ...
Fukien Tea Malathion use?11/5/2010
  Q: i just recently purchased a Fukien Tea bonsai tree and after about 5 days I started noticing some ...
  A: Unless you have some decaying garbage lying about, the fungus gnats are coming from the soil of your ...
Scheffleara plant11/4/2010
  Q: I live just a little west of the coastal area of North Carolina (New Bern). Should I keep the ...
  A: Scheffleras are tropical plants that will survive outdoors in winter only in southern Florida and ...
banana plant11/3/2010
  Q: I have a banana plant in a very large pot. The plant is almost three years old and is quite tall. ...
  A: I am sure the retailer didn't bother to tell you this, but Banana plants almost never produce fruit ...
indoor Schefflera plant11/3/2010
  Q: I had a beautiful 12ft umbrella tree, i moved home 2 years ago and put it in the only available spot ...
  A: In general, plants do not like to be relocated. More specifically, they don't respond well to a ...
avocado plant11/3/2010
  Q: I began from an avocado seed, got a tap root, pinched off the first leaf buds when it grew to about ...
  A: I think you are trying to get your Avocado to branch or put out multiple growth stems when you prune ...
white flying tiny bugs11/3/2010
  Q: We have 2 pointsetta plants we planted outside for the summer. When we brought them in we noticed ...
  A: This is a common problem with houseplants that are moved outside in the warmer months. Those bugs, ...
how to grow a donkey's tail from cuttings and madagascar palm11/2/2010
  Q: How to grow a donkeys tail from cutting from a mother plant. My Madagascar palm has a mushy base and ...
  A: You have two unrelated questions here. For future reference, it is best to post the questions ...
dracaenas massangeana11/2/2010
  Q: We have a few of these plants and have never had one bloom, till now. We were very surprised to see ...
  A: D. massangeanas (Corn Plants) typically do not flower until they are older and have been in the same ...
indoor money plant11/2/2010
  Q: my indoor money plant leaves are getting black. even the new leaves getting black and has stopped ...
  A: First, I need to know just what plant species you have. Money plant usually refers to the Jade Plant ...
Canela plant is dropping leaves11/2/2010
  Q: I purchased a canela plant about 2 months ago and it seemed to be doing well. Now it is dropping ...
  A: The botanical name for your Canela is Cinnamomum kotoense. It can survive in low to medium light, ...
english ivy11/1/2010
  Q: the leaves of my English ivy have been turning yellow since i bought my indoor palm tree. is there ...
  A: Unless your Palm is between your Hedera ivy and the window and blocking the light, there is no ...
Copper tubing used as plant stake10/31/2010
  Q: I used a piece of copper tubing as a plant stake for a purple passion plant but the plant seems to ...
  A: An excess of copper can reach levels that are toxic to plants. However, that is extremely unlikely ...
mealy bugs, scale infestation and keep a pest free environment10/30/2010
  Q: I just moved to a new loft and it should be perfect conditions for my plants. big windows and lots ...
  A: It is most frustrating to discover pest infestations on plants that heretofore have been pest-free! ...
Orchid rebloom10/30/2010
  Q: I have a Beallara Marfitch ‘Howard’s Dream’ orchid which, I believe, is an Oncidium hybrid (maybe ...
  A: Your Orchid is a hybrid of Miltonia, Brassia, Cochlioda, and Odontoglossum. It is generally a ...
Winterizing my potted azalea tree10/28/2010
  Q: I have a 3ft tall azalea tree in a large container, which is now in full autumn bloom in PA. Will it ...
  A: There are many different Azalea species. Some will not withstand any freezing temps, while others ...
Mass Cane10/28/2010
  Q: I have a mass cane and noticed this last month that the tips are turning brown and leaves are ...
  A: So far I have more questions than answers for you! Brown leaf tips have several possible causes, ...
bugs on my house plant10/26/2010
  Q: I have these little bugs on my house plant and I need help getting rid of them. they are not in the ...
  A: From your brief description, it appears that the bugs are aphids. Spray the entire plants with a ...
Yucca Plant Bottom Leaves Wilting10/26/2010
  Q: when I returned off holiday I found that the stem of my yucca plant had bent over, as though it was ...
  A: At least in the photo you provided, there is no obvious damage to the stem that would seem to ...
Christmas cactus looks wilted and pale10/26/2010
  Q: I have a christmas catus that i rescued from a friend. It was pretty sad,had one flower was in ugly ...
  A: Your rescued plant did pretty well in that ugly pot and terrible soil once it received your good ...
orange tree10/31/2007
  Q: About 3 years ago, I purchased an orange tree at a tourist shop in Florida. (I am surprised to see ...
  A: If your orange tree has a weak main stem that cannot support itself, then that is a clear indication ...
Umbrella Plant10/31/2007
  Q: I have a umbrella plant which stands approx. 6ft tall and has always been inside in bright non ...
  A: From your description, it appears that the plant's roots are constricted. This can happen if you ...
Night Blooming Cereus10/31/2007
  Q: I have a very old and well established night blooming cyrus that produced over 30 blooms this year. ...
  A: J. Your plant is known botanically as Hylocereus undatus. Congratulations on your obvious success ...
Ficus tree deposits10/31/2007
  Q: I have a Ficus tree, about 5ft. high. Some of the branches have small (approx. 1/8") white, ...
  A: Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly ...
large Corn Stalk House Plant10/30/2007
  Q: My Corn Stalk is top heavy and I need to top off the top portion which is touching the ceiling and ...
  A: It is best to prune back corn plants before they touch the ceiling. Once they touch the ceiling, ...
Plant glue10/30/2007
  Q: What kind of glue is used to paste plants on branches. My little skinny aloe vera type plant broke ...
  A: Nidre, The Comments section is not the appropriate place to ask follow-up questions. Please ...
Ponytail Palm10/30/2007
  Q: I have a Ponytail Palm several years old that has yet to flower. Can you help? Thanks, Shelley
  A: It is very rare for a ponytail palm to flower indoors. It only happens with very old ponytails that ...
Plant watering and care for Ficus Lyrata10/30/2007
  Q: I bought a beautiful fiddle leaf ficus about 2 mos ago and it seems to be doing well, only I've ...
  A: Ficus lyratas quite commonly develop brown patches on the leaves for a variety of reasons. Improper ...
Cat palms10/30/2007
  Q: I have 2 cat palms that I had on my porch over the summer, I live in New England, and it was a ...
  A: Your Cat palms are reacting to the change in light. Outdoor light is much more intense than indoor ...
Peace Lillies10/24/2007
  Q: I've had a Peace Lillie 2 1/2 years and for the most part has always done very well. Lately my plant ...
  A: There are two reason that peace lilies droop - under watering and over watering for extended period ...
Transpiration and Humidity Levels10/24/2007
  Q: I recently read an article that explained how plant transpiration increases with increased ...
  A: Yes, transpiration (the passage of water up through the roots and out from the leaves) does incrase ...
Caring for someone's plants10/24/2007
  Q: My boyfriend left me to care for his plants when he went to work out of town for a couple months. ...
  A: Jennifer - I think my advice was quite helpful and not advice you are likely to get elsewhere. ...
Amaryllis10/24/2007
  Q: Last Christmas I was given an amaryllis that flowered beautifully and did well all summer. But now ...
  A: You Amaryllis is doing its best to flower so it is important that you understand its needs and help ...
Pothos10/24/2007
  Q: Our office has a gangly pothos that we are trying to decide what to do with. Some of us are in favor ...
  A: If I provide the answer, do I get a slice from the winning side?! Pothos do benefit from regular ...
Ming10/24/2007
  Q: I have 3 year old Ming (dinnerplate I think) that gets rust spots on the leaves then they fall off ...
  A: A limited number of leaves developing rust colored spots and dying is normal. However, if it is ...
dracaena fragrams massangeana flowers10/24/2007
  Q: how often does it flower and should i let it bud out. my plant is 7 foot tall and flowering does it ...
  A: Once a corn plant is mature enough to flower, it will usually flower once or twice per year ...
yukka plant10/24/2007
  Q: i have a yukka plant that is about 22yrs old i was given it by a friend about 5yrs ago. until the ...
  A: Plants that are up against the ceiling do not get much light and Yuccas need lots of strong light. ...
norfolk pine10/23/2007
  Q: I have a 20-year old Norfolk Pine (about 2' tall given to me when I was hospitalized) and some of ...
  A: It is quite remarkable that you have had your NIP and it has not lost at least some of its lower ...
Fig Tree10/23/2007
  Q: I read some advice you gave to someone about her indoor fig-tree. I have a fig-tree in my garden in ...
  A: Indoor figs (Ficus benjamina) are a different species than fruit-bearing outdoor fig trees (Ficus ...
Mini Orange tree leaf loss10/23/2007
  Q: I have a miniature orange tree. Currently it's in the kitchen about 10 ft away from windows with ...
  A: Citrus trees require direct sun for as long as possible when indoors. Ten feet from a window is too ...
Shamrock plant10/23/2007
  Q: Creed; My name is Shauna Roberts. I was wondering if you could help me with a problem with a ...
  A: Your shamrock has a fungus or soil mold infection. It may have been introduced when the soil was ...
candy corn plant10/23/2007
  Q: my sister in law gave me a piece off her candy corn plant how do i grow one i have it in water right ...
  A: Your plant's botanical name is Aeschynanthus. It is very hard to get much of a plant from a single ...
unknown houseplant10/22/2007
  Q: Mr.Creed, I sent you an email with a picture of I house plant I was given. I would like your help ...
  A: I apologize. I just realized that I was looking at someone else's photos when I posted my previous ...
Umbrella plant (indoor plant) fertilizer10/22/2007
  Q: With what and how often do I fertilize my unbrella plant?
  A: Fertilizer is over-promoted and over-rated as to its benefits for potted indoor plants, including ...
help10/22/2007
  Q: I brought this plant back from Alaska with me it has long vines with fuzzy purple leaves that are ...
  A: I am assuming this is a houseplant and not a plant that is native to Alaska. If true, then you may ...
Polka Dot10/21/2007
  Q: I hope all is well. My question today involves a polka dot that I have in a room that receives lots ...
  A: Polka dot plants are notorious for getting tall and leggy. The only way to correct this is to prune ...
dwarf umbrealla tree10/21/2007
  Q: I bought a dwarf umbrella tree which seems very healthy. I read the directions on the little piece ...
  A: I am surprised that the instructions recommended direct sun. Although it can do well with a few ...
ferns and cats10/21/2007
  Q: While away for a weekend my 4 little kittens played in my two huge potted fern plants. They are ...
  A: Any of the fronds that have been bent and creased will not recover and will gradually yellow and ...
Anthurium10/21/2007
  Q: I have an anthurium that is in a 6" pot. It is quite "gangly" and does not blossom. Now some of ...
  A: You haven't told me much about the environment that you are providing for your Anthurium, so it hard ...
Ming aralia10/21/2007
  Q: I have a Ming Aralia that is approx. 5 1/2 ft tall, that was given to me about 4 months ago. I ...
  A: Once a Ming aralia stem starts to get soft or after it has lost all of its leaves, you can be sure ...
broken palm10/20/2007
  Q: We have (had?) a small indoor palm tree. A recent visitor knocked the plant over, and it snapped in ...
  A: If your broken plant is a true palm, then it cannot be saved - either the top or the bottom. Palms ...
Corn Plant flowers10/20/2007
  Q: I have had a corn plant for about five years. Lately, it has been doing extemely well. Currently, ...
  A: Your corn plant is in bloom! Corn plant flowering is somewhere between unusual and rare. In most ...
goldfish plant10/20/2007
  Q: Will I have 2 goldfish plants that I have in hanging pots out side and have done really well the ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. As soon as plants are moved outside they are ...
Lime Tree - Indoors10/20/2007
  Q: I'm looking to get a lime tree to grow inside my home. I get lots of sunlight from skylights and ...
  A: Skylights generally provide far less light than is commonly recognized. Citrus trees require direct ...
Plant identification10/20/2007
  Q: I bought a plant that I can't seem to figure out what it is and I was wondering if you could tell me ...
  A: Your plant is either a Chlorophytum (spider plant) or a Pandanus (variegated screw pine). I cannot ...
Dracaena pruning10/20/2007
  Q: I have what I think is a dracanea massangeana, she is 25 years old and is now 2m 40 cm high. She has ...
  A: Corn plants can be pruned back to any point on the stem as long as the plant is healthy. The only ...
Orchid10/20/2007
  Q: When an orchid was given to me in July as a housewarming gift it had five flowers that died a few ...
  A: Unfortunately, flower size and color is not sufficient to identify an Orchid species. Phalaenopsis ...
new ficus problems10/19/2007
  Q: . i just brought home several new ficus trees and some of them are dropping a few leaves (i know ...
  A: You are correct that leaf drop with new Ficus tree is normal for the first several months while the ...
plant cotton substance - mealybug10/19/2007
  Q: I have a cotton tuft substance on my plants in the house? Im curious what I can do to get rid of ...
  A: Your plants have a mealybug infestation. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are ...
ficus lyrata - brown spots on new leaves10/19/2007
  Q: I was hoping you could help me with some information about my ficus lyrata. I got it in May, ...
  A: Brown spots on new Lyrata leaves are common and often go away as the leaves mature. So I wouldn't ...
please help me identify a plant10/19/2007
  Q: My son picked a plant and planted it in a little pot at home i wanted to know what it was called so ...
  A: Your son's new acquisition is either a Sedum or an Echeveria - it's hard to tell without seeing the ...
Romantic plants10/18/2007
  Q: I am impressed by past answers on this site and your informative website, and I hope you can help me ...
  A: I think you need an interior designer, not a houseplant expert to answer your question about ...
can i use the leaves from my root rot aloe plant10/18/2007
  Q: My aloe plant looked really healthy, green and plump, but my husband accidentally gently brushed ...
  A: You can cut the top half of a healthy leaf off and let it dry for 24 hours in the open air. Then, ...
indoor orange tree problem10/18/2007
  Q: I have an orange tree that my son started from a seed in his bedroom window. It is about 8 years ...
  A: Scale can be hard to detect. When they are young these sucking insects are slightly oval, slightly ...
Sego palm10/17/2007
  Q: You replied to my Sego palm question that you already answered but I never received an answer. Can ...
  A: I don't know why you didn't receive my reply. Here is what I submitted yesterday: Hi Ingrid, Your ...
Zeolite question10/17/2007
  Q: I've grown indoor bonsai for years. Lately I've been reading that Zeolite is a good soil amendment ...
  A: Zeolite is not something that I have used myself so I have no first hand experience with it. ...
Eggs in my soil!10/17/2007
  Q: I believe I have some sort of insect's eggs in my houseplant. Well, actually, I'm not sure if they ...
  A: I am pleased to inform you that those are not spider eggs. They are timed released fertilizer ...
Burrito plant (Burro's tail?)10/17/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a burrito plant, to go along with another burrito plant that I have. Would it ...
  A: I assume that the plant you are referring to is commonly called Burro's tail. I don't recommend ...
fungus?10/16/2007
  Q: I work for a childcare center and the mulch we recently purchased has a plant/fungus growing in it ...
  A: Mulch does not belong inside on houseplants for the very reasons that you mentioned. Mulch (and ...
Ficus tree follow-up10/16/2007
  Q: Will, The service wouldn't allow another follow-up question and instructed me to ask a new ...
  A: Although I can answer indoor plant questions here, I am not very familiar with how this site ...
caring for an pineapple plant10/15/2007
  Q: I decided to get my mother-in-law something different this year for xmas, which I did, when I found ...
  A: Your pineapple plant does need a lot of light and should be right in front of a sunny window that is ...
Plant Fungus?10/15/2007
  Q: I have an indoor plant that has this snowy white fluffy stuff growing all over it. Since my plants ...
  A: That is not a fungus, but a mealybug infestation on your palm. The difficulty with treating ...
Coral Cacti10/15/2007
  Q: I just bought a coral cacti from Lowe's. I read your other answer regarding this plant, but what is ...
  A: Porous soil is potting mix that has lots of sand or other gritty, lumpy material in it to aid in the ...
jasmine leaf drop10/15/2007
  Q: I have an outdoor jasmine (planted on the north side of the house in my central Florida home) that ...
  A: My experience and expertise is limited to indoor potted plants, so your question is outside my area ...
Schefflera cuttings10/15/2007
  Q: I have one of these plants and wish to break it up and cut off the long leafless leggy limbs with ...
  A: Tip cuttings that have green stems and only a few leaves have the best chance of rooting. Longer, ...
Ficus tree10/15/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me with my Ficus tree. It's about 3' tall in a 12" pot, located in front of a ...
  A: Follow up: How did you determine that the roots are healthy? How often do you water and how much ...
Sego palm10/15/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a plant that came without an identification tag. A friend thinks it is a Sego ...
  A: Your description fits a Sago palm (Cycas revoluta), which is actually neither a palm nor a fern. It ...
Moses-In-A Boat, Oyster Plant10/14/2007
  Q: My Moses-In-A-Boat plant is growing very well indoors with no problems! However, that is part of ...
  A: Your Rhoeo spathacea stems can be cut back at any point on the stems. Even if you cut off all of the ...
My Jasmine is dying!10/14/2007
  Q: I've been keeping my jasmine plant inside the house with lots of sunlight. I watered it everyday and ...
  A: Your Jasmine is suffering from root rot. A jasmine should be watered about once per week, but never ...
banana leaf plant10/14/2007
  Q: i just bought a 6 foot, beautiful, leafy banana leaf plant. i had the store repot it in a large ...
  A: I suspect that your plant is not a banana plant, but a white bird of paradise. I say this because of ...
indoor coffee plant10/14/2007
  Q: I've got an indoor coffee plant i grew from seed now in a 5-inch plastic pots, w/drainage opening at ...
  A: I know that a 5-inch pot seems quite small, but for a seedling that is not very large, the pot is ...
Wandering Jew pest10/14/2007
  Q: I have a hanging basket of house plants purchased 3 months ago. Among the plants is a wandering ...
  A: There are no common houseplant pests that will devour most of a plant within three days, or even 30 ...
night blooming cereus10/14/2007
  Q: how cold of a temperature can this plant endure
  A: Your night-blooming cereus can survive temperatures as low as 35 degrees, but it would do better if ...
Indoor plants growing outside - now what?10/14/2007
  Q: I have three potted wandering jews and 2 potted flowering vines that have been living outside on my ...
  A: The wandering Jew is definitely a frost-sensitive plant and cannot survive temperatures much below ...
Need help to identify two house plants10/14/2007
  Q: I have two plants that I am not sure what they are. One we bought a year ago at Lowes and it seems ...
  A: Your larger plant is a Yucca cane. It certainly looks healthy in the photo. The dying of some lower ...
African violet propagation10/14/2007
  Q: Looking over past answers of all the houseplant experts you seem to be the most knowledgeable and I ...
  A: Rarely, a plant will produce a genetic anomaly called a "sport" that has a different characteristic ...
ZZ plant10/14/2007
  Q: I have a 2 year old 6" ZZ plant that is doing well except that its bottom leaves are turning yellow ...
  A: It is normal for new growth to emerge as a lighter shade of green and then gradually become a deeper ...
New Plants10/13/2007
  Q: If I bring home a new plant, how long should I keep it away from my other plants? I don't want to ...
  A: The spreading of plant pests from one plant to another is often exaggerated. It can and does happen, ...
Indoor garden in Illinois10/13/2007
  Q: I'm an Illinois Institute of Technology architecture student currently working on a project that ...
  A: The key factors in selecting appropriate plants for your greenhouse are temperature range and ...
ivy watering?10/13/2007
  Q: I just received my first houseplant and it is a hanging ivy (Hedera helix). It looks very healthy ...
  A: The light you describe is about right for a Hedera helix, although it could do with a bit more, but ...
draceana10/13/2007
  Q: I own a Dracaena Plant in which I have next to a window. Some of leaves turned yellow on one of the ...
  A: Once a stem on a Dracaena loses all of its leaves, it is unlikely to recover. Usually, there is a ...
Christmas cactus10/13/2007
  Q: Last year I bought a Christmas cactus that bloomed pretty red flowers. Will this plant bloom again ...
  A: Holiday cacti do bloom every year. Unfortunately, you are about a month late in preparing yours to ...
Help me identify this plant.10/13/2007
  Q: I am trying to identify this plant. I found an identical picture of my plant in the link below. ...
  A: The only plant photo on that linked page has already been identified on that page as a Strelitzia ...
Fuzzy plant identification10/12/2007
  Q: I've never been completely sure what plant this is, but have even lost track of what I thought it ...
  A: Your mystery plant is one of the many hybrids varieties of Ctenanthe. It is in the Maranta (prayer ...
Bottle palm/elephant foot centipedes10/12/2007
  Q: Seen some of your answers to questions and you seem to know about what ails anything. I think this ...
  A: A few pests in the soil are not a cause for concern and they will not damage the plant or its roots. ...
plant cleaning10/12/2007
  Q: should I clean the leaves of my succulents? If so, with what? Also, should I water them from the ...
  A: If the leaves are not noticeably dirty, then there is no reason to clean them. Otherwise, spray them ...
Massangean cane disaster10/12/2007
  Q: I have a massangean cane plant that I keep in my apartment. It has been very healthy and well taken ...
  A: New growth on a Massangeana cane is always at the top of the stem. So lower leaves never get ...
Massangeana cane10/12/2007
  Q: i have one of these trees and my cat chewed it into two pieces roots still in pot truck and top in ...
  A: The top portion of the broken plant can be rooted in plain water. First, make sure the bottom of the ...
Thrips on Ficus tree10/12/2007
  Q: We have a fica tree about 8 feet tall. We brought it home a few months ago and it has not been doing ...
  A: Ficus trees, most of which are grown in Florida, are experiencing a major infestation of thrips. ...
My Dwarf Banana plant......10/11/2007
  Q: I have a Dwarf Banana plant that I got from fourseasons nursery online. It is growing fine and fast. ...
  A: Stray roots wandering out of drainage holes is not a cause for concern or a reason to move the plant ...
madagascar dragon tree10/11/2007
  Q: but i have only just started so i don't really know much, i have bought a Madagascar dragon tree ...
  A: According to the ASPCA, your dragon tree or Dracaena marginata, is not toxic to pets. Here is a ...
adenium obesum10/11/2007
  Q: I have had my plant for 5 years and doing well but the branches seem to be heavy on one side. Was ...
  A: I would need a photo posted here to really understand your concern. Desert roses do not normally ...
croton bugs10/11/2007
  Q: I have a 15 year old croton that is healthy and happy, except for the infestation that is causing it ...
  A: No Raid!! Your Croton has an infestation of mealybugs. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is ...
Schefflera with white splotches on leaves10/11/2007
  Q: I have a Schefflera that has single white splotches covering a good deal of the leaf on several ...
  A: Your Schefflera has sunburn spots. Outdoor light is much more intense than indoor light. Even light ...
Rubber Tree Plant10/11/2007
  Q: I bought a beautiful, thick, healthy rubber tree plant in early Spring from a reputable florist. It ...
  A: Your rubber tree is not getting enough light. It really needs unfiltered bright indirect light all ...
Yucca10/11/2007
  Q: I have a wonder Yucca plant which is now 6' tall and still thriving in my conservatory. However, it ...
  A: Yes, you can take cuttings from your overgrown Yucca. This can be done at any time of the year as ...
HD plants10/11/2007
  Q: just a quick question. I have purchased several plants from Home Depot this year. I have heard ...
  A: I (fortunately) don't have a Home Depot near me so I am not familiar with their plants. However, I ...
Hibiscus problem10/10/2007
  Q: The place I work for bought a hibiscus tree and put it in the office. I was looking at it today, and ...
  A: The Hibiscus has a mealybug infestation. Although mealybugs can be treated (see below), my advice is ...
China Doll plant10/10/2007
  Q: I just got one of these. Can you take a piece from it and make a starter plant to give to someone ...
  A: Yes, you can take tip cuttings from China doll stems and use them to propagate new plants. A tip ...
Gloxinia leaves with brown dry spots - please help!10/10/2007
  Q: I have had a gloxinia for over a year. It bloomed for a very long time when I bought it and then ...
  A: You are keeping your Gloxinias too wet. The leaf spots and presence of fungus gnats are pretty good ...
Janet Craig Dracaena10/9/2007
  Q: How can you tell if a Dracaena is root bound?We bought our son 5-6ft speciman and is doing fairly ...
  A: Potting soil only gets rock hard when it is allowed to get very dried out. It is similar to a sponge ...
Wrinkled Jade10/9/2007
  Q: I have two jade plants in bonsai-type pot arrangments, both cuttings from the same tree (which was ...
  A: Shriveled Jade leaves that do not recover after watering are a good indication that the roots are no ...
Benjamina Ficus10/9/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful Ficus tree, approximately 6 feet tall. The large clay pot that it is in has ...
  A: Root pruning is an accepted practice that may cause some leaf loss but will not cause any permanent ...
Peace Lily10/9/2007
  Q: I have a peace lily that is 2 years old. The leaves start to turn brown on the ends until they are ...
  A: The dying of a few older leaves is normal. If more leaves were dying than were being replaced, then ...
Infected ficus trees10/9/2007
  Q: Please HELP! I have three ficus trees living in my living room (9th flr) facing south. They ...
  A: I did some additional research and learned that these trees, most of which are grown in Florida, are ...
plant id10/9/2007
  Q: I have an indoor plant that has been suggested to me by a local plant expert (without seeing it) ...
  A: Your description is consistent with that of a Ming aralia, but I cannot be sure without seeing a ...
Yucca tree as a gift10/9/2007
  Q: I recently inherited a yucca tree and I'm a little unsure on how to care for it. While being ...
  A: Unfortunately, plants are not like furniture in that they cannot be moved to locations that are ...
Umbrella Tree10/9/2007
  Q: Will. About 3 weeks ago I received a cutting from an umbrella tree that looked like it was on its ...
  A: Every cutting is unique in how long it will take for roots to develop. Indeed, some cuttings never ...
Plant care information10/9/2007
  Q: I am trying to learn as much as possible about indoor and outdoor plants and am wondering if your ...
  A: My book is not yet ready nor will it be completed in the near term. However, you can subscribe to ...
repotting asparagus ferns10/9/2007
  Q: I have an asparagus fern that needs repotting. what do I do with all the little tubers in the bottom ...
  A: If you were root pruning so that you could return the plant to its original pot, then it would make ...
my indoor banana plant.10/8/2007
  Q: re-potted. It is supposed to be a dwarf plant that will eventually grow bananas. I had it outside ...
  A: I am not sure just what your question is, but I think you are wondering how big it will get. Banana ...
my beautiful plant10/8/2007
  Q: I recently recieved a huge elephant ear like plant. I repotted it and have been watering it ...
  A: Unfortunately, I need more specific information than you have provided to be able to help you. ...
MASS CANE PLANT10/8/2007
  Q: MY NEIGHBOR HAS A MASS CANE APROX 6' TALL - SHE WAS GOING TO THROW IT OUT SO I AM TAKING IT FOR MY ...
  A: You can take top stem cuttings from a Dracaena massangeana cane and root them in either plain water ...
China Doll Plant10/8/2007
  Q: My China Doll plant is looking droopy this morning. Last week I would water her and the water would ...
  A: I am puzzled as to why the soil did not absorb water last week, but did this week. Do you check the ...
majesty palm10/8/2007
  Q: I just purchased the plant about a month ago and it seems to me that the soil looks grassy like ...
  A: I'm afraid I have to give you an answer that you are not going to like, but I have to tell the ...
Cyclamen10/8/2007
  Q: I am wondering why my cyclamen flowers are going brown? It looks heathly with lovely green leaves, I ...
  A: Cyclamen flowers only last for about a week before they naturally die back. If your flowers are ...
Sedum Burrito10/8/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a Sedum Burrito. It is in the original pot, with the original soil. I usually ...
  A: It is quite normal for a limited number of the Burro's Tail leaves to drop off. A larger number may ...
wilting snowbush10/7/2007
  Q: A few weeks ago we got a snowbush for our metaphysical store on the coast of So. California. It's ...
  A: Snowbush like lots of light and is usually grown in direct sun when indoors. I am surprised that the ...
Philodendron10/7/2007
  Q: Is there any way to take care of this plant while we are on vacation? We will be gone 3 weeks. The ...
  A: If you can attach a photo of your Philodendron, including its pot, I may be able to tell you that it ...
Unknown houseplant10/7/2007
  Q: I bought this plant a few weeks ago and it had no identifying tag, but I thought it was quite ...
  A: Your plant is an Alocasia, a very distant relative of Philodendron. Alocasia likes bright indirect ...
Plants and chlorine10/7/2007
  Q: What kind of plants are best for a school project I have to carry out on the topic of chlorine ...
  A: I assume your project is to determine the effect that various concentrations of chlorine have on ...
Cat Palm leaves browning or burning?10/7/2007
  Q: I have a cat palm that seems to be doing well. It is taller & fuller than what it was when I ...
  A: The information provided by the nursery is only partially correct. Cat palms do not want hot, ...
Cat eating plant10/7/2007
  Q: My 6 month old kitten recently developed a taste for peace lilies. The plant looks terrible with ...
  A: Your question is really a pet question, not a plant question. I don't claim to any expertise with ...
Gray water10/7/2007
  Q: Is it OK to use gray water to water houseplants? Will my plants get bacterial infections or bugs or ...
  A: There are some risks in using gray water on houseplants. Certain soap chemicals can build up over a ...
spath w/fungus!!10/7/2007
  Q: I have a smallish spath, about 8-12" tall in a plastic pot around 7". It sits maybe 6' from a east ...
  A: If the white stuff is hard and crusty , then it is mineral deposits that have built up in the soil. ...
Plant bugs10/6/2007
  Q: I have a ficus tree that has some kind of bug or something on its leaves. Their small and white. How ...
  A: I am not a techie here so I cannot tell you how to add photos. Look elsewhere on this site for help ...
insects curled up in ficus leaves10/6/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me. I brought I potted ficus (benjimina "nina") a few weeks ago, ...
  A: Those are not ordinary indoor Ficus tree pests and cannot be treated in a normal manner. Return the ...
Anthurium10/6/2007
  Q: i have a anthurium and i am not green fingered the pink flowers have faded and died and the leaves ...
  A: Something is wrong if you are getting a lot of brown leaves as well as brown flowers. You haven't ...
lipstick plant blooming and pruning10/6/2007
  Q: My mom is not having much luck having her lipstick plants ( aeschynanthus lobbianus and ...
  A: Lipstick plant needs lots of bright light all year round, although they also need protection from ...
light exposure for house plant10/6/2007
  Q: I would like to buy a ficus lyrata for an indoor houseplant.I am concerned because I need to place ...
  A: Light intensity drops off dramatically with each foot of distance from the light source (window). At ...
Dividing bamboo10/6/2007
  Q: I have been growing an indoor bamboo plant in my office for the past year. I believe it is a ...
  A: I am unclear as to what you are trying to do here. Do you simply want to divide the plant into two? ...
Peace Lilly bloom?10/6/2007
  Q: My Dad has had Peace Lilly for about 7 years. It had blooms when we got it for him & this is the ...
  A: Spathiphyllum or peace lily is a sporadic bloomer and it varies widely with the particular variety ...
My Yucca Plant is dying....10/6/2007
  Q: I prone and water my Yucca plant every 3 weeks. Both plants sit directly in front of my balcony bay ...
  A: I don't think you have anything to be particularly concerned about. Your Yuccas are overall very ...
Mandeville10/5/2007
  Q: I just purchased two pink mandeville plants. They flowered beatifully, but the leafs have developed ...
  A: I don't think your Mandevilla sanderi (Dipladenia) has a blight. I suspect lack of light and, ...
splitleaf philodendron10/5/2007
  Q: the leafs on my plant look nice and green but the tips of the leafs are brown,I only water the plant ...
  A: Brown leaf tips on your Philodendron are not a cause for serious concern. There are several possible ...
Majestic Plm Tree10/5/2007
  Q: I live in Anniston Alabama and I would like to if a Majestic Palm Tree could survive outside all ...
  A: Your majesty palm will not survive freezing temperatures and might suffer some cold damage below 40 ...
about my Pachira!10/5/2007
  Q: I recently bought a Pachira tree in a pot for my house and now some of the leaves have started ...
  A: It is hard for me to give a definitive answer because I cannot see the entire plant and its pot. ...
cactus10/5/2007
  Q: Is there anyway of making it survive? Doran
  A: Take the top section and slice off the bottom of it so that it is a clean break. Let this top ...
Croton10/5/2007
  Q: You helped me to identify one of my plants as a croton not too long ago. When I described it to ...
  A: Croton flowers are unusual, but quite unspectacular. They are very tiny and attached to a thin spike ...
bugs10/5/2007
  Q: I have a Jade Plant. I recently repotted it (3-4 months ago) and all of a sudden it has tiny black ...
  A: You have a fungus gnat infestation. It is likely that they were introduced with the new soil when ...
Indoor plants, zero sunlight10/4/2007
  Q: I’m a manager in an office that no sunlight. I share a space with 15 other people. Our space is ...
  A: It may surprise you to learn that there are quite a few plants that will do well in the office light ...
Croton Plant10/4/2007
  Q: I received a Croton plant from work 2 years ago when my mother passed away. It was colorful very ...
  A: Crotons are colorful plants that require lots of direct sun, small pots and soil that is kept moist. ...
Ailing Peace Lily10/4/2007
  Q: I am hoping you can help me with my peace lily problem: I have had my peace lily for about 13 ...
  A: The roots that you described are extremely sparse. A healthy peace lily will have many thick roots ...
Venus Fly Trap10/4/2007
  Q: We have a Venus Fly Trap and the center section has turned black -- WHY?What can we do to help the ...
  A: Improper light and keeping the growing media too wet are the likely causes of the blackening. Using ...
Philodendron10/3/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could help. I have a Philodendron and recently the leaves started "crying" ...
  A: The water droplets on the leaf tips are the result of a natural process called guttation. It tends ...
creeping fig10/3/2007
  Q: I purchased a creeping fig that was in a 6 inch hanging basket. It is in its original pot and soil. ...
  A: It's good that you have not repotted your Ficus pumila. Keep it in its existing pot. It is suffering ...
Ficus repotting10/3/2007
  Q: I have a Ficus benjamina that is about 4 feet tall and broad (at least 3 feet wide). It is leaning ...
  A: That pot is a bit oversized for your Ficus and that may be part of the reason it is leaning. To ...
Help with My Adenium obesum10/2/2007
  Q: I've had my Adenium Obesum for about 4 yrs. now and have only transplanted it once (about a year ...
  A: It is not uncommon for the leaves to fall from a Desert Rose at this time of year. However, the ...
Lucky Bean10/2/2007
  Q: I acquired a lucky bean plant this past summer. It was doing well when I was at home, but when I ...
  A: Your plant began to deteriorate after you moved it back to your dorm. Plants don't like change and ...
english ivy houseplant dieing?10/2/2007
  Q: I purchased three english ivy houseplants one month ago. Two are doing great, one is not. They are ...
  A: The primary problem is that your Hedera ivies are not getting enough light. The tops of most kitchen ...
Topiary Ivy10/1/2007
  Q: My wife and I bought three topiary Ivies for our wedding decorations. First what is the best way to ...
  A: First, don't repot your topiaries because they do best when pot bound. Topiary ivies need the same ...
wilting peace lilly10/1/2007
  Q: Creed I have a five year old peace Lilly that has been in a 4 gal. glazed pot for about 6 months ...
  A: There are two possibilities here. One is that the roots are not getting the water even though you ...
My indoor palm plant9/30/2007
  Q: Please help! I have always wanted an indoor palm plant, and I finally have one! The only problem ...
  A: There are many different types of palm and they have very different light and water requirements. So ...
leaves dropping9/30/2007
  Q: ) I am wondering if you might be able to guide me... there are two plants that my sister and ...
  A: I need better information to be able to help you. A photo of each plant would probably be ...
Areca Palm-thin black lines on stems and canes9/30/2007
  Q: My areca palm has recently been accumulating pin-thin short black lines on the stems and it's canes. ...
  A: The very thin lines are a normal part of the Areca frond structure. It is not a cause for concern. ...
corn plant dying leaves9/30/2007
  Q: I have a five year old corn plant that has not been transplanted for two years. It was doing fine ...
  A: The pine cones will do no damage to your corn plant, so you can rule that out. Dry, brown leaves ...
Aloe plants9/30/2007
  Q: I have an aloe vera plant that is pot bound and has 'pups, it has flowered indoors beautifully. I ...
  A: Congratulations on your obvious success with your Aloe vera! Don't change anything you are doing and ...
rhapis palm9/30/2007
  Q: I watered my rhapis palm when you were here on Fri. and it is still drooping a bit but not as much. ...
  A: The fronds have bounced back as much as they are going to at this point. After being kept too dry ...
my mom's cane plant9/30/2007
  Q: my mom has a cane plant that she really likes but when she went to re-pot it the other day she ...
  A: Malathion is pretty potent stuff and when used as a soil drench it will probably kill the soil ...
trying to identify my aloe9/30/2007
  Q: My mother in-law used to grow aloe and now I have one of her aloe plants. I have been researching ...
  A: There are two reasons why your Aloes are not getting bigger and not flowering - the pot is too large ...
Umbrella Tree9/30/2007
  Q: I have an umbrella tree - the gold variety - it's about 16 months old now and almost grown to the ...
  A: Those are adventitious roots, meaning they appear sporadically and in irregular places. In nature, ...
Dying plants9/30/2007
  Q: About 6 months ago I moved. The new house has lots more light than the old and I thought my plants ...
  A: Indoor plants can be repotted at any time of year. However, repotting is a good idea only when a ...
Large leaf Umbrella house plant9/29/2007
  Q: The leaves of my 57" tall Umbrella plant in a 20" pot appear wrinkled. Is it over-watered, or some ...
  A: Wrinkled leaves could be caused by either under or over watering or old age, if it is just the lower ...
Gerberas9/28/2007
  Q: i have a gerbera and a planning to keep it indoors. Im wondering if this is the right thing to do or ...
  A: Gerberas are not good indoor plants unless you intend to keep them only as long as they are in ...
Christ in the cradle9/27/2007
  Q: I have a christ in the cradle plant that has bloomed and now has some reddish looking elongated pods ...
  A: Christ in the cradle usually refers to Tradescantia spathacea (formerly Rhoeo spathacea), so I will ...
Ficus9/26/2007
  Q: I am a first time ficus owner, I just got it about 4 weeks ago, I have been following the directions ...
  A: I have cared for hundreds of Ficus trees over many years and I have never seen those insects on a ...
pathos9/25/2007
  Q: I have 2 pathos that are over 4 years old - the runners are long and thick and mostly bare of ...
  A: Your question is a good one and the answer is not one that is generally understood. When vining ...
Yucca plant problem9/25/2007
  Q: We have an indoor Yucca plant that I think has been overwatered. The leaves at the top have bent ...
  A: The symptoms you described are consistent with overwatering, although very poor light and extreme ...
Dracaena Massangeana Cane9/24/2007
  Q: I have had a for 2 yrs Mass. Cane, recently the leavea fell off the small cane, it now acts like it ...
  A: If a thick bark-covered cane has the bark separating from the underneath portion of the cane, then ...
pottted fruit bearing fig indoors for the winter9/24/2007
  Q: I am in Pittsburg, PA. I have a potted Fig on the patio that needs to come in for the winter. Has ...
  A: Fig trees (Ficus carica) are not good indoor plants, even when kept outdoors in the summer. They do ...
cat palm tree leaves turning yellow9/24/2007
  Q: I recently bought a cat palm tree for indoor use. I have not yet repotted it but I notice the leaves ...
  A: Forget the new pot and concentrate on the light. Repotting rarely fixes anything and more often ...
corn plant9/24/2007
  Q: I work on commercials and they often use plants that are up for grabs after the shoot. I got a ...
  A: Lifting corn plants by their canes is not a good idea as it does damage the fairly fragile roots. ...
bugs in my soil for indoor plants9/23/2007
  Q: I bought a bag Of soil and I realize that there's bugs in them. They are long and have have a lot of ...
  A: I suggest that you try plunging the infested pots up to their rims in plain water. Leave them for ...
Unhealthy curly leaves on home plants9/23/2007
  Q: I am Avijit from Delhi, India. We have some potted plants at our home in India. Recently, we ...
  A: Is this a Hibiscus plant that has these spots? Is it indoors or outdoors? A photo sent to me at ...
Jasminum Sambac, Maid of Orleans9/23/2007
  Q: When is the best time of the year to prune my jasmine, Maid of Orleans houseplant and how much ...
  A: Jasmine usually bloom in January. Normally Jasmine is cut way back to half its size following a ...
Peace lilly9/22/2007
  Q: Lately the blossoms are opening up and remaining green instead of white. Why is this? I have the ...
  A: Many peace lily hybrids revert to green flowers. It has to do with the way that they are hybridized ...
plant worms9/22/2007
  Q: I have had a massaneana cane for more than a year now and it has been doing fine. All of a sudden I ...
  A: It is not uncommon to see small critters in the potting soil. Many growers don't use completely ...
Lady Palm Tree9/22/2007
  Q: My lady palm tree is in a 15 gal. pot... I water it once a week, but have noticed that some of the ...
  A: The presence of a some roots poking out of drainage hole is commonly thought to be a sign that the ...
Jade plant leaves problem9/21/2007
  Q: Why do some Jade plant leaves get powder like sparkles on them then shrivel and fall off?
  A: Jades have a thin, waxy outer coating that helps it retain moisture in hot, dry climates. If a leaf ...
Night Blooming Cereus9/21/2007
  Q: My Night Blooming Cereus is tipping over and needs to be put in a bigger pot but the spines are so ...
  A: Of course, I would have to see a photo of your plant to know for sure, but a larger pot is rarely ...
yucca water, too much?9/20/2007
  Q: my yucca is starting to get black tips... too much water? not enough? I have pictures -how do I ...
  A: Black tips are usually a sign of keeping the soil too moist or not providing enough light. Brown ...
China doll9/19/2007
  Q: My wife and I recently inherited some plants from her deceased father, some in better condition than ...
  A: I hear your frustration. Ailing plants are not pleasant to look at. Sometimes there is a reasonable ...
gardenia plants indoors9/19/2007
  Q: I have a thriving Gardenia plant indoors which has done well for several years. Within the last ...
  A: If your description is accurate, then powdery mildew is the problem. (If the white stuff looks like ...
House Plant Pest9/18/2007
  Q: The houseplants in my kitchen have a white sticky substance on them. Primarily it is where the stem ...
  A: Your plants are infested with ether mealybugs or scale insects. The treatment for both is the same. ...
Elephant Ears9/17/2007
  Q: My neighbor divided her elephant ear corms (are they corms?) last year and I over wintered a few. ...
  A: There are several plants that are commonly called elephant's ears because of the shape of their ...
Zebra plant`9/17/2007
  Q: Last month my husband gave me a zebra plant with a pretty yellow flower for our anniversary. The ...
  A: Zebra plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) is a challenging plant. This plant does best in very bright, but ...
Sago palm9/16/2007
  Q: I have a medium size saco palm. My mother-in-law gave it to me and I love it (and her!) But I'm ...
  A: Karen, I can only manage a limited number of plant questions every day. I have a full time job and ...
Baby Aloe Vera9/16/2007
  Q: We have a terrifically happy, growing aloe vera plant. It's almost 2 feet tall and beside it is a ...
  A: You can sever the baby or offset from the mother plant. Then let it heal over night in the open air. ...
trimming a norfolk island pin ?9/15/2007
  Q: .. I have a beautiful 8' Norfolk Island Pind and it is ready to outgrow my home. Can you trim it ...
  A: This is a problem with NIP's. They only grow taller and eventually they outgrow their indoor spaces. ...
Potted Banana Plant9/15/2007
  Q: I recently bought a potted banana plant. Im going to keep it an indoor plant. If you can give me as ...
  A: Banana or Musaceae is a large family of plants that includes banana (Musa nana), bird of paradise ...
Hibiscus9/14/2007
  Q: is there a tree and a house plant. mine is supposed to grow into a tree. I have had it four months, ...
  A: I am not sure I understand your question, but I will do my best. Hibiscus can be used as an indoor ...
calandiva/ kalanchoe problem9/14/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful calandiva/ kalanchoe (not sure which) that I bought a month or two ago. Its ...
  A: Calandiva is the name given to a specific series of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana hybrids that are noted ...
Plant recommendations9/13/2007
  Q: I just bought my first house using the money from my recent divorce settlement. (Technically my ex ...
  A: In response to your Ratings comment, you indicated that you have a green thumb and you asked only ...
Chinese Evergreen9/13/2007
  Q: I need advice about my chinese evergreen which recently started wilting. Nothing has changed in over ...
  A: Wilting occurs when the leaves are not getting enough water through their roots. If this is because ...
Black spots on Jade Plant9/12/2007
  Q: My beautiful Jade Plant has developed black spots that don't scrape off and spread to the edges then ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor plants where the environment is more controlled. Those spots may ...
Trimming indoor Dracaena9/12/2007
  Q: My girlfriend has a (indoor Corn Plant) that is almost to the ceiling. She wants to know how and ...
  A: Corn plants are grown in several different forms and that determines how they can be pruned. If you ...
Sago Palm9/11/2007
  Q: I bought a large (32" tall)Sago Palm from a junk store who had picked it up somewhere. It hadn't ...
  A: A healthy Sago palm does have a brown center surrounded by rings or tiers of green fronds. Sagos ...
Monoecious croton9/10/2007
  Q: After growing my croton for 10 years and seeing regular blossoms(?) I noticed 3 seeds maturing on a ...
  A: Crotons are not hermaphrodites. They are monoecious, meaning that they have separate male and female ...
Yucca plant is too tall9/9/2007
  Q: I have two Yukka planta (I think it is the variagated one as it has white parts on the leaves) and I ...
  A: I am not sure you have a Yucca because Yuccas do not come variegated, as far as I know. I will need ...
aloe vera watering / outdoor9/9/2007
  Q: I recently purchased Aloe Vera and look forward to harvesting it for medicinal usages. If I keep ...
  A: Keep your Aloe vera tightly potted so that you do not inadvertently promote root rot. Water your ...
Avacado Tree9/8/2007
  Q: I have an avocado tree in my house in a vase with nothing but water because that's how I started the ...
  A: There are many possible cause for loss of lower leaves, although a certain amount of lower leaf loss ...
indoor plant with mushrooms9/8/2007
  Q: I have an indoor plant similar looking to a palm tree but on top of the soil there are tiny white ...
  A: Mushrooms or soil mold comes from fungus spores in the soil. They thrive in cool, damp conditions. ...
night blooming cyrus9/8/2007
  Q: I HAVE A NIGHT BLOOMING CYPRUS AND IT LIVE OUTSIDE DURING THE SUMMER IT STARTED FROM ONE STEM IN THE ...
  A: I suspect your plant is a night-blooming Cereus, but I cannot be sure without seeing a photo. I ...
money tree / poisonous9/8/2007
  Q: are money trees poisonous to children
  A: There are no reports of Pachira aquatica (money tree) being toxic to pets or animals. However, this ...
Sago palm9/7/2007
  Q: A 4" tip broke off a newly forming frond that has not yet unfurled. How do I root the broken tip ...
  A: Although many plants can be propagated from stem cuttings, the sago palm cannot. The broken tip will ...
Fertilizer9/7/2007
  Q: Can you recommend a complete fertilizer? Thanks, Janice
  A: Dyna-Gro brand fertilizers are "complete" - meaning they contain all of the micro and trace minerals ...
Jasmine Tree9/6/2007
  Q: I live in NY and bought a beautiful lakeview jasmine tree late last Sept. I put it in an east ...
  A: Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don't get discouraged if you don't have immediate success. ...
Croton9/6/2007
  Q: Does a croton plant flower? I have one that has a stem-like protrusion with little seed-like things ...
  A: Yes, your Croton is flowering. In good light and with good care, Crotons do flower. Although they ...
Candy Corn Plan9/4/2007
  Q: I was given a small candy corn plant in April; I re-potted it and put it outside in a larger pot; I ...
  A: Manettia is a vining plant requires lots of bright light, high humidity, warm temps, and evenly ...
Pachypodium9/4/2007
  Q: I bought a beautiful pachypodium. I had it in a very sunny room, and noticed that the leaves ...
  A: You haven't mentioned your watering routine and that is likely to be the problem. Madagascar palm ...
my spider plant has not had any babys9/4/2007
  Q: i have had my spider plant for 2 years and it have not produced any babys what am i doing wrong it ...
  A: If your spider plant is outside on your porch in good light and air circulation and it only needs ...
Identify a plant - Sago palm9/3/2007
  Q: My wife, sue, has purchased a palm plant, but we have no details of its name. We need to know how to ...
  A: Your plant is called a Sago palm, although it is not actually in the Palm family. Its botanical name ...
weeping fig leaves turning crispy brown9/3/2007
  Q: after watering, my weeping fig became sick suddenly, the leaves are turing crispy brown, I think ...
  A: Your Ficus is in pretty bad shape as I don't see any healthy stems or leaves. Although very low ...
Pachira stem cuttings9/3/2007
  Q: My braided Pachira has reached the ceiling of my house, so I've trimmed the longest branches. Should ...
  A: Shorter tip cuttings with 4-6 leaves will root more readily than longer, more woody cuttings with ...
philodendron9/3/2007
  Q: A friend from work gave me a large philodendron. by the time I got it home most of the leaves had ...
  A: Improper watering or light will not cause a plant to deteriorate so quickly. So something happened ...
gall on ficus tree9/3/2007
  Q: I noticed that someone posted a question on the above subject, but the answer didn't include a ...
  A: The gall is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Sometimes the cause of the gall will have ...
Corn Tree dying9/3/2007
  Q: I have two Corn Plants in a 9" pot. One is 3" tall with 7 heads & the other is 1' tall with one ...
  A: There are two things that will cause the corn plant stems to turn brown and die where the stems ...
Sick Money Tree - Pachira aquatica9/2/2007
  Q: We have two Money Trees. The one in our north east window (which is the faster growing of the two) ...
  A: Please send your photos to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. The stickiness is probably due to a ...
Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana9/2/2007
  Q: I live in Sydney Australia and I bought a Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana a week ago. It's got three ...
  A: Although severe waviness of leaf edges is characteristic of inadequate water for a Dracaena ...
Kentia Palm9/1/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful kentia palm. It's a nice height, but too wide for the space in my living room. ...
  A: Yes, you can cut off some of the outer fronds that are spreading too wide for you. This will not ...
Fiddle Fig9/1/2007
  Q: For some reason my fig is losing leaves. I only water it when the top soil feels dry. Maybe it is ...
  A: The leaf drop has several possible causes. Not getting enough light is the most common reason. Your ...
worms9/1/2007
  Q: I too have a spider plant that does wonderful even though I only water it one a month...if that. I ...
  A: I urge you NOT to replace the soil. That will seriously stress your plant because it will damage the ...
indoor palm plants9/1/2007
  Q: I bought a palm plant for my house about months ago. Now some fronds are turning brown and dying.I ...
  A: I cannot help you without knowing which palm species you have. There are many different palms and ...
Majestic palm (in door)9/1/2007
  Q: I had Majestic palm, after6 months repoted in larger container and moved it in darker corner of the ...
  A: The worms did not cause your Majesty palm to die. Majesty palms are very poor indoor plants because ...
False Aralia - propogating8/21/2007
  Q: I have a 15 year old False Aralia about 4.5' tall. Unfortunately about 3.5' was stem. I just cut it ...
  A: Your prior experience is a good guide. False aralia cuttings typically drop all of the leaves before ...
plant identification8/20/2007
  Q: Some years ago, someone gave me a start of a plant that had green leaves with red veins and red ...
  A: Can you describe the shape of the leaves and their dimensions? Did the leaf stems grow directly from ...
Pothos fading to yellow!!!!8/20/2007
  Q: I have a newly set up beta tank and I added some pothos. They are of the variegated type it seems. ...
  A: There are a couple of problems here. The most important is that your Pothos is not getting enough ...
bugs in my houseplants8/20/2007
  Q: After I re-potted I over watered and now have bugs. Gnats and these mini flies. I never see the ...
  A: First, you need to identify your plants. If you don't know what you have, you can email photos to me ...
Anthurium leaves brown8/19/2007
  Q: I have an anthurium plant that I received a few months ago. The leaves are all turning brown and ...
  A: Anthuriums are epiphytes or air plants. That means that they don't grow in the ground like most ...
triming a Sago8/19/2007
  Q: I would like to trim the bottom tiers of leaves from my sagos. These are outdoor plants and aged ...
  A: I would leave at least 1 or 2 tiers of fronds on at any given time. Within that, you will not do any ...
Hoya Plant8/19/2007
  Q: I am in Clearwater, Florida and desperately searching for anything that blooms in our heat. My ...
  A: My expertise is limited to the more controlled environment of indoor houseplants, so I cannot help ...
Small Money Tree House Plant8/19/2007
  Q: I just bought a small money tree plant with a trunk/stem that is a little over 10 in. tall. I'm ...
  A: One of the difficulties with the currently popular money trees is that many are being grown by ...
low light tall house plant8/18/2007
  Q: 1)Is there an indoor plant that will survive low light (I plan to use a gro-lite) that is tall? I ...
  A: The best tall, low light plants are corn plants (Dracaena massangeana), Dracaena 'Janet Craig' and ...
Rubber plants?8/18/2007
  Q: I received a plant for my mothers funeral and wanted to know if i can plant it outside> And if so ...
  A: Unless you live in south Florida or Zone 10, then you will not be able to plant your rubber tree ...
is it safe to repot orchids?8/18/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me if it is safe to repot my orchid into a bigger pot as its roots ...
  A: You probably have a Phalaenopsis orchid. It is perfectly normal for its roots to grow over the sides ...
minature ornamental orange tree8/18/2007
  Q: wonder if you could tell me if the oranges on the minature ornamental orange tree are edible? ...
  A: As long as there were no pesticides used on the soil or sprayed on the fruit, then the oranges are ...
rubber tree8/18/2007
  Q: my leaves are falling off why
  A: Improper light, watering, and pot size can all cause rubber tree leaves to fall off. So can poor ...
Zygo Cactus8/18/2007
  Q: My plant gets water once a week. It is close enough to a window to get indirect sunlight. In a ...
  A: Zygocactus buds most commonly drop off without opening if the plant is moved - even rotated in place ...
I have a Yucca Plant8/17/2007
  Q: I have a Yucca Plant and one of the stalks broke off i have had the plant for a while know so i want ...
  A: If the stem is not too old and is still green, then it will probably develop roots in plain water. ...
dwarf key lime soil bug (pest?)8/17/2007
  Q: I've nearly killed my plant and am trying to bring it back to health. I've fought off a scale ...
  A: I think that the insect larvae that are in the soil are the least of your problems. If your lime is ...
blackspots and loss of leaves8/17/2007
  Q: I have about 6 topiary plants and 2 palms (I forgot the type of palm) . They have all developed ...
  A: Topiary refers only to the style of the plant, not to the plant species. However, most topiaries use ...
jasmine doesnt flower8/17/2007
  Q: When i first bought my jasmine nearly 2 years ago it was in flower(late winter?) since then it ...
  A: It sounds like your Jasmine is thriving as a foliage plant, but I am sure you purchased it for the ...
Mealybug8/17/2007
  Q: A number of my money plants have developed a white sticky cotton wool like substance aeound the stem ...
  A: Those are an insect pest called mealybugs. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are ...
Orchid plants - Phalaenopsis8/17/2007
  Q: I was given an orchid plant at Thanksgiving, it was in bloom.It bloomed again in May and still has ...
  A: It is unusual for Orchids to bloom more than once per year outside the greenhouse and blooms lasting ...
Colour light for indoor plants8/16/2007
  Q: Regarding indoor plants, does the colour of the light make any difference and is there a particular ...
  A: Interesting question and a good one. But I am not sure I understand your interest, so let me know if ...
Lucky Bamboo8/16/2007
  Q: I work for an indoor plant company taking care of plants for various accounts, IM still learning ...
  A: Just think of the lucky bamboo as cuttings rooting in water Although they will live for a long time ...
Massangeana won't grow8/15/2007
  Q: Why won't my plant grow? I don't know if its getting enough light. What would help it grow? I've ...
  A: Indoor potted plants require patience. Your Dracaena massangeana will do best close to a window ...
China Doll8/15/2007
  Q: I have a China Doll plant and would like to know if it would do good in east Tn. outside?
  A: China doll (Rademachera sinica) will survive outside only in Zones 10-12, which means it cannot ...
China Doll plant8/15/2007
  Q: Can this plant be grown outdoors? I live in Fort Worth, Tx.
  A: China doll (Rademachera sinica) will survive outside only in Zones 10-12, which means it cannot ...
Amaryllis8/14/2007
  Q: I like to grow plants from seeds rather than buying seedlings from a nursery. I'm having trouble ...
  A: I don't know anyone who grows Amaryllis from seed when they propagate so much faster, easier and ...
Fiddle-Leaf Fig8/14/2007
  Q: I recently bought a fiddle-leaf fig/ficus lyrata. It is over 6 feet tall. Recently I started to see ...
  A: I cannot see the pot clearly but it appears that it is too large and the extra soil is retaining ...
Lucky Bamboo8/13/2007
  Q: Question-1 -I bought a small bamboo plant from Walmart. It did not come with any information on how ...
  A: Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, ...
Chamaedorea Cataractarum8/13/2007
  Q: I recently bought a Chamaedorea Cataractarum plant. i spritz it and water it daily. It is doing ...
  A: Cat palms are magnets for spider mites. These very tiny critters sink their needle-like noses into ...
Anthurium8/12/2007
  Q: I have had two anthurium plants for about three months and they have done beautifully until the last ...
  A: If the leaves are dropping it is either because the soil has gotten completely dried out or because ...
African Violets8/12/2007
  Q: I have heard that you should give your African violets half an aspirin periodically, is this true?
  A: Not true. That is an old tale without any foundation. There is nothing contained in aspirin that is ...
Yellow spots on the leaves of a chevron plant8/12/2007
  Q: I have had a chevron plant for several years. It's approx. 37" tall measuring from the soil surface. ...
  A: Chevron is not botanical name nor is it a commonly used common name for a plant. You may be ...
Madagascar Dragon braided trunks8/12/2007
  Q: I recently bought a Madagascar Dragon Tree at Lowes. It has four trunk-like stems and they are about ...
  A: The braided trunks were established when the separate plants were very small and pliable in the ...
Money Tree Plant8/12/2007
  Q: Though I have read many past answers regarding 'Money Tree Plants', yet I still have a few ...
  A: Sunburn typically causes leaves to bleach or become a pale green/yellow color, not brown. In ...
Venus Fly Trap8/12/2007
  Q: My newly (today) purchased fly trap is in a 2" pot with a clear plastic cover. I understand the ...
  A: The cover is very important to maintaining humidity and also for keeping the moss damp. It would ...
China Doll Plants-Over or Under watering??8/11/2007
  Q: I bought and repotted 2 China Doll plants in unglazed, clay 8" pots. Typically, they get SW light. ...
  A: China dolls are not easy plants because if you don't get the watering right, then they fall apart. ...
Pony Tail Palm8/10/2007
  Q: I have a nice sized pony tail palm that needs to be repotted. What type of soil do I use? It is in a ...
  A: Ponytails have small, fine root systems that are adapted to surviving drought, but they cannot ...
Stephanotis8/10/2007
  Q: I have a Stephanotis that I brought about 3months ago in full bloom, It sits in my conservatory. ...
  A: Congratulations! Your Stephanotis is bearing fruit! This rarely happens as a houseplant, but can ...
White substance on outside of terracotta pot8/10/2007
  Q: I purchased an orchid recently and noticed that a white substance (sort of like powder) developed on ...
  A: If the white stuff feels slimy, then it is mold. If it is dry and powdery or flaky, then it is ...
plant pests (look like a centipeede)8/10/2007
  Q: I have a palm plant, kept indoors all winter with light. Now there are little brown bugs that look ...
  A: If the centipedes are in the soil, then plunge the pot up to its rim in a tub filled with water. ...
avacado tree8/10/2007
  Q: not sure if you can answer this for me since it's not really an indoor houseplant.... I started an ...
  A: Avocados are often used as indoor plants and will thrive if given lots of sunlight and are pruned ...
Anthurium Repotting8/9/2007
  Q: My Anthurium plant is more than 2 years old. I have taken care of it well and it is green, healthy ...
  A: Your Anthurium is thriving and flowering, doing all that you could want! So there is no need to ...
Gold fish plant8/9/2007
  Q: I've had a plant for a few years now. It has stopped blumming. I just found out I should be ...
  A: To bloom well in the warmer months this plant needs a rest period in the cooler months. From ...
Dwarf Banana8/9/2007
  Q: I live in PA and I have a dwarf banana in a pot outside. The plant is doing great but has a sucker ...
  A: The sucker is called a side shoot. These side shoots can be used to propagate new plants or left in ...
Fungus8/8/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you can help me out, my plants (all of them) are developing this white matter on ...
  A: The white stuff might be a fungus (powdery mildew), but more likely it is mealybug. If the white ...
terrariums8/8/2007
  Q: My godfish died and i want to make the bowl as terarium. What makes up layers and what kind many ...
  A: Unless you are experienced with caring for houseplants in regular pots, I suggest you not attempt a ...
What wrong with Cat Palm8/8/2007
  Q: I was given a Cat Palm to grow, because my co-worker was having problems with it. It seemed ...
  A: Cat palms can be difficult plants. They must be kept evenly moist at all times, but the soil cannot ...
propagating a yucca cane8/7/2007
  Q: my yucca cane is dying of fast and I'm almost certain theres no way to save it now. Could u tell or ...
  A: You haven't provided much information about your Yucca, so it is hard for me to respond. A photo ...
Corn plants- Brown leaves at stem/tip8/7/2007
  Q: Mr Creed, I have 2 corn plants bought them last fall from home depot,3 for $10. A 10" pot, ...
  A: Your corn plants get lots of light in their new location. I am guessing more than in their old ...
Anthurium8/7/2007
  Q: My Anthurium has been exposed to frost a few months ago and has never fully recovered despite the ...
  A: Depending on the degree of damage done by the cold temps, there may not be a cure for the damage. ...
Canela is dying rapidly...help!8/7/2007
  Q: I have had my canela(TM) plant for only a couple months. It stands 5' tall and came in a 10" pot ...
  A: but I really need a photo of the entire plant, including its pot to be able to make an assessment. ...
sago palm questions8/6/2007
  Q: I have small-medium sized sago palm. It tarted to grow three new sprouts and they are very ...
  A: Those "sprouts" are new fronds that are emerging from the center of the plant. That is how it grows. ...
Plant care8/6/2007
  Q: I have a Christ in the cradle plant, and it is putting out new branches and I am not sure how I ...
  A: I want to make sure we are talking about the same plant. Christ in the cradle usually refers to ...
schefflera spots8/6/2007
  Q: I have two schefflera plants... 1. It is very small (see photo) and another a bigger one ...the ...
  A: The taller Schefflera arboricola looks fine and healthy. A few yellow leaves are normal. The ...
scale insect infection8/5/2007
  Q: Creed, I just discovered a scale insect infection on my spider plant. I will spend some time ...
  A: Yes, Yuccas are another preferred host of scale insects. If the leaves have that tell-tale ...
Venus Fly Trap8/5/2007
  Q: Will you please advise on the proper care of Venus Fly Trap potted in its original 2" pot? Thanks, ...
  A: In nature, Venus flytraps have a three month dormant period when winter temps drop down into the 40 ...
mildew smell to soil8/5/2007
  Q: My daughter gave me a very large Christmas cactus. The plastic pot's drainage system was evidently ...
  A: I don't want to mislead you and have you think that I have a sure-fire cure for this problem. ...
Anthurium.....8/4/2007
  Q: My neighbor gave me this Anthurium in a 5-6" diameter pot without drain holes, but the plant was ...
  A: Trim off the brown portions of the leaves as they will not recover. Follow my instructions below and ...
Norfolk Pine branch growth8/4/2007
  Q: Will - I have Norfolk Pine that has been an indoor houseplant since I got it as a seedling some 35+ ...
  A: That is quite unusual. But so is a 35 year old NIP houseplant! For some reason the growth hormones ...
indoor palm tree8/4/2007
  Q: The tips of my palm tree and further down on some of the leaves are brown. Now I am noticing that ...
  A: Your palm has an infestation of mealybugs. The difficulty with treating mealybugs is that there are ...
Canela Yellow/Brown Leaves8/4/2007
  Q: I have a canela plant that is about 5' tall. It looked great when I brought it home, but has ...
  A: You have done something that I have not encountered before - slitting the side of the plastic grow ...
coconut plant8/3/2007
  Q: i have a coconut plant and have just read your advice to emma about her plant - i have my plant in a ...
  A: Whenever the leaves on ANY plant turn yellow or brown, they never re-gain their original green ...
My rubber tree is losing leaves daily!8/2/2007
  Q: About 2 months ago I purchased a beautiful rubber tree plant & followed all watering directions, ...
  A: Unfortunately, the directions you have are faulty. Your rubber plant should be watered thoroughly ...
money tree plant8/2/2007
  Q: how often should i water my money tree plant, and how do i take care of it so it doen't die?. thank ...
  A: Money tree (Pachira aquatica) needs lots of bright indirect light, such as right in front of a north ...
Money Tree8/2/2007
  Q: My money tree was doing really well, new growth after I topped it and being repotted quite some time ...
  A: That allows me to give you a better answer. If you read through the many answers I have posted ...
Cocus Nucifera8/2/2007
  Q: We have just bought a coconut palm - not the one with the feathery leaves, it is about four feet ...
  A: Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is not an easy plant to keep healthy indoors. In general, it requires ...
flying gnats8/1/2007
  Q: I recently bought Catcus soil to plant cuttings from a Christmas catcus from my mother-in-law. It ...
  A: You have a couple of options. One is to take the contaminated cactus soil back to the retailer and ...
succulent8/1/2007
  Q: I have some hens & chicks which are in a strawberry pot, doing very well even with all the rain we ...
  A: There are several plants that are commonly called hen and chicks. Most do not have "arms" attaching ...
Jolla aka Hoya8/1/2007
  Q: I was recently given a Jolla plant cutting. I have it in the 4 inch clay pot it was given in. How ...
  A: I believe the plant you are referring to is the Hoya plant. Please correct me if I am wrong. To ...
Musa "Lady Finger" Dwarf Banana Plant8/1/2007
  Q: I have the above mentioned banana plant. Each time new leaves come, they begin to turn brown and ...
  A: I don't know what information you were given and I don't know about the light and water that you are ...
Raphael, Neoregelia7/31/2007
  Q: We have a Raphael Neoregelia at our office and it is a beautiful plant, however I do not know how to ...
  A: I think I may need a photo of your Neoregelia to be able to understand just what state it is in. ...
new ivy7/31/2007
  Q: I have been slowly learning about different houseplants over the last few years and have done well ...
  A: I am going to assume that by ivy, you mean English or Hedera ivy and not Philodendron or Pothos. The ...
Lime tree indoors7/31/2007
  Q: I have recently adopted a 2 year old lime tree. It has been growing indoors and is approx. 5 feet ...
  A: Unfortunately, there is no adequate substitute for direct natural light for your lime tree. The best ...
yucca help!7/30/2007
  Q: I have a 11 ft yucca that I have had for 7 years. She has 4 "trunks" and is in a 14" pot. I am ...
  A: Yuccas do grow ever taller and eventually they need to be pruned back. Any stem can be pruned back ...
Calathea? Need help to save, if possible7/30/2007
  Q: I recently found what I believe is a Calathea out by the dumpster in my apartment complex, and ...
  A: So much has happened to this plant, that is is hard to know just what it is reacting to. The soil ...
Jasmine tree7/30/2007
  Q: My mother recently acquired a jasmine tree and she needs to know exactly how to care for it. Things ...
  A: There are several popular Jasmine species and some are winter hardy in certain parts of the south. ...
Pachira tree7/30/2007
  Q: I bought a Pachira tree a couple of months ago. It was about 5 1/2 to 6' tall. It has grown to ...
  A: Two possibilities come to mind. On e\is that the soil me be getting too dry. What do you mean by ...
bamboo plant mineral build-up7/29/2007
  Q: I have had my bamboo plant for around two years. It has now formed a ring of white mineral build-up ...
  A: Probably the best way to clean the mineral crust from the stems is to scratch it off with your ...
Propagating aloe plant7/29/2007
  Q: I just got a start from my sisters aloe plant. It has very little roots on it. Do I put in water ...
  A: Put the start directly in a very small pot. Use a very porous potting mix by using 2 parts of ...
rubber plant brown spot7/28/2007
  Q: i have a rubber plant who has been so healthy and doing well for months. he has indirect moderate ...
  A: A single spot on a single leaf is not a cause for concern. Nature is not perfect and plants have ...
ficus lyrata7/28/2007
  Q: We bought a talk ficus plant from a nursery about three monthes ago...it was indoors when we bought ...
  A: Unless your Lyrata is jammed in a corner and you are not rotating it, then the light should be fine. ...
Heart leaf philodendron7/26/2007
  Q: Ok, I know, philodendrons are supposed to be the easiest plants to care for, but my thumb must be ...
  A: I have never found heart leaf Philodendrons to be easy. They are quite fussy and unforgiving about ...
Variegated Schefflera - spots7/25/2007
  Q: I have a variegated schefflera plant from Lowe's that I purchased 2 weeks ago. It is in a room ...
  A: Never use chemical sprays unless you have identified the specific problem. Combination sprays are ...
sticky boston fern7/25/2007
  Q: I have had a large boston fern for many years. Recently I noticed that the underside of the fronds ...
  A: Your fern has a scale infestation. Unfortunately, scale is very hard to treat on Boston ferns ...
vacation for a week7/24/2007
  Q: I will be going out of town for 7 days. These are the potted plants I have inside the house:some ...
  A: How long your plants will go without water depends on many factors. First, if they can usually go ...
Peace Lily Plant7/24/2007
  Q: I have a peace lily plant that we received when my husbands grandmother passed away in 2003. The ...
  A: I know your intentions were good, but repotting your peace lily was a mistake. Unnecessary repotting ...
weeping plant7/24/2007
  Q: I just purchased and re-potted a pathos. Today it is leaking water. I thought at first it was from ...
  A: The water droplets on the leaf tips are the result of a natural process called guttation. It tends ...
Is this bad!7/23/2007
  Q: I have a Pineapple plant, I just got it under a month ago! It already has a pineapple growing on it, ...
  A: The advice was bad, but you are not! Potted ornamental pineapple plants are grown in shaded ...
wandering jew7/23/2007
  Q: What is the problem when the tips of the leaves get brown and die? It is hanging in a shady spot on ...
  A: There are several possible causes of the leaf tip browning. If the tips are dry and crispy, then the ...
Worms!!!!7/22/2007
  Q: I have a peace lily plant that I've been trying to keep alive for about 3 months. Not only am I ...
  A: Your peace lily looks pretty healthy to me except for a couple of yellow leaves that can be cut ...
yucca cane plant7/22/2007
  Q: I bought a yucca cane 14 months ago, repotting it into a 16 in. pot. It is in a very bright ...
  A: Brown lower leaves is a common reaction to a number of different things. If it is just an occasional ...
pests7/22/2007
  Q: I need to id a pest. They may be fungus gnats but still in juvenile stage. They like most soil and ...
  A: They are probably springtails or shore flies. They are relatives of fungus gnats and thrive in the ...
goldfish plant7/22/2007
  Q: I have been growing a goldfish plant from a cutting for 1 1/12 years now and is still very small. I ...
  A: You didn't mention pot size, but if you are like most folks, your cutting is in a pot that is too ...
Plants for tiny containers?7/22/2007
  Q: I have some barrels that measure between 2 - 3 inches across and about 2 inches deep and some small ...
  A: That is a very broad range of temperatures that the plants would have to adapt to. Most indoor ...
Did you get my pictures?7/21/2007
  Q: I sent you a E-Mail to wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com (7-20-07) I sent 2 pics. I'm new at sending ...
  A: Did you send the photos to me under the name s. smith? If so, your plant cutting is a Yucca ...
Peace Lilies7/21/2007
  Q: I bought a pot of peace lilies last year and they did well. Then, the leaves started to curl and ...
  A: Peace lily leaves will droop if the soil gets too dry. They will then perk up again within several ...
Hens and Chicks7/21/2007
  Q: I bought a bag of assorted hen and chicks seeds which have sprouted. The instructions that were ...
  A: Hen and chicks are so easy to propagate from their offsets or baby plants (the chicks), that ...
worm type bug with antennas7/21/2007
  Q: Brought home rubber plant from Home Depot. Wanted to save it after someone dropped it and left it. ...
  A: It is probably a type of centipede and is unlikely to damage your plants. If that is the only one, ...
worms in house plant7/21/2007
  Q: I have a great house plant (I am sorry I dont know it's type) It has a long narrow trunk about two ...
  A: Plunge the pot up to its rim in a tub of plain water and leave it for about 30 minutes. This will ...
janet craig dracaena7/21/2007
  Q: other than the brown tips, my dracaena has random brown spots on the new leaves that are ...
  A: Leaf discoloration on Janet Craigs is quite common, particularly as they get older. Unfortunately, ...
Burnt Leaves/Jade Plant7/20/2007
  Q: 7-20-07 I have a jade plant that is 2 years old and it is roughly 16" tall and 16" wide. It was in a ...
  A: Welcome to the School of Hard Knocks! You certainly are learning the hard way. But you have lots of ...
pony tail palm7/20/2007
  Q: can u cut the 'babies' off the side of the plant and root them? and if so, how?
  A: Yes, you can but it is a bit dicey because they don't always root. Slice the baby off and let it ...
Braided Ficus Tree7/20/2007
  Q: My tree is about 10 years old. Just recently (about 2 weeks ago ) we transplanted it into a newer ...
  A: It is quite common for Ficus trees to drop leaves whenever they are relocated and whenevr they are ...
suporting an anthurium7/20/2007
  Q: I have had my anthurium for just over a year now. It has flowered once, which is supprising to me, ...
  A: It is unusual for an Anthurium to require any support if it is growing in the bright light that it ...
coral cactus7/20/2007
  Q: My daughter purchased a coral cactus about 6 mos ago from Rona. I have not been able to find info ...
  A: Your Rhipsalis cereuscula is a relative of the Christmas cactus. It is a cactus that has adapted to ...
Spider plant care7/20/2007
  Q: i have a nice size spider plant in a 4-6 inch pot i received as a gift.its been potted for a ...
  A: Spider plants like to be right in a sunny window. That will help them grow strong and healthy. Water ...
Florida7/20/2007
  Q: I would love to start growing indoor plants in my home in central FL. I am not experienced but love ...
  A: Plant selection really depends on the available light and that can vary greatly from room to room ...
Northfork pine7/20/2007
  Q: My pine is about 5ft. tall, and about 3ft. round. The pot is 2ft. by 2ft. It sits at a south double ...
  A: It is normal for NIP's to lose lower branches as they age and add new ones on top. However, they ...
Bugs in plant water7/19/2007
  Q: I have a Chinese plant that is not in soil, but in water. The water has tiny worm like things in it ...
  A: I am going to assume that your "Chinese" plant is a lucky bamboo because it is growing in water. ...
Yucca tree7/19/2007
  Q: We have had a Yucca tree for about 2 1/2 months. It started very beautiful but I am afraid it now ...
  A: The symptoms you described are generic and don't help me determine just what the problem is. ...
corn plants7/19/2007
  Q: I have 2 9, nine year old corn plants that are each approx. 10 ft tall. They cover a large window ...
  A: Your corn plants are getting too much light and not enough water. Corn plants like bright, but ...
yucca cane7/19/2007
  Q: i was cleaning my room when i noticed my yucca cane smelled odd i looked closer and it appeared that ...
  A: Rotted roots are soft, dark, and mushy. Dead roots may also be dry and shriveled. Healthy roots are ...
weeping pothos7/18/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a pothos plant from a local store. I took it home allowed it to adjust to our ...
  A: The water droplets on the leaf tips are the result of a natural process called guttation. It tends ...
jasmine7/18/2007
  Q: I just got a jasmine plant 2 weeks ago and all the leaves are drying up and falling off like crazy. ...
  A: I single episode of the soil and roots getting too dry can be enough to cause Jasmine leaves to dry ...
27 year old yucca7/18/2007
  Q: ive just went and picked up 2 of my fathers yucca plants from one of his businesses where the people ...
  A: H Kiera, Without seeing a photo, it is hard for me to say what your Yuccas need. Can you email a ...
schefflera arboricola7/17/2007
  Q: I moved it to another location in my leaving room and now it is dropping its older foliage. New ...
  A: Plants don't generally like to be moved around. In nature, they put down roots and stay in that ...
Should I repot my plants?7/17/2007
  Q: I just bought some plants from Rona. The dracaena came in a 6in pot. The peace lilies came in 4in ...
  A: Unnecessary repotting is the most common cause of plant failure. In general, a new plant should not ...
Banana Plant7/17/2007
  Q: My banana plant seems to be dying. It was doing so well. survived the winter, now outdoors, it has ...
  A: I can only help you if you provide me with more specific information about your care of the banana ...
Hibiscus in AZ.7/17/2007
  Q: Just today I bought a braided hibiscus tree (about 3' tall). I'm going to plant it outside in a ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor plants where the environment is more uniform. My hunch is that the ...
Air layering a Schefflera7/16/2007
  Q: My wife's "miniture" schefflera has grown to exceed 8 feet in height. She does not want to simply ...
  A: Thick stems do not root easily using the conventional methods, so air-layering is usually ...
poisonous house plants7/16/2007
  Q: I was wondering if a chamaedorea cataractarum (cat palm) is poisonous to cats?
  A: The ASPCA does not list cat palms or any other palms as being toxic to pets. Please let me know if ...
Hoya plant7/16/2007
  Q: About 10 years ago my quite large hoya plant bloomed a few flowers. Now this year (10 years later) ...
  A: To bloom, Hoyas must have a lot of bright indirect light all day and a few hours of direct light, as ...
money tree with root rot7/16/2007
  Q: My four foot high Money Tree had thriving with no light for about two years in a small pot (about ...
  A: Honestly, Carrie. I think it is too late. At best, you might be able to salvage one or two stems, ...
umbrella Palm7/16/2007
  Q: My 4 ft tall umbrella palm has been doing very well in a new location (an east window) for the last ...
  A: No, the sticky stuff is not normal. It is a secretion by either scale insects or mealybugs, probably ...
Calathea7/15/2007
  Q: We bought a calathea amabalis and some of the leaves were brown and curled up at the edges. As the ...
  A: It is normal for some of the older leaves to gradually discolor and die. As long as there are as ...
Calla Lilly7/15/2007
  Q: My mother-in-laws calla lilly has beetles eating it. What would you suggest treating it with to get ...
  A: My expertise is limited to houseplants - tropical plants that are grown indoors. When kept indoors, ...
Aloe vera7/14/2007
  Q: is this true if so how do i do it.. use rooting powder? or gel? i live in bonny Scotland UK ...
  A: Always good to hear from someone from bonny Scotland. There is a bit of Scottish blood in me going ...
Dracaena Corn Plant7/14/2007
  Q: We just bought it about a month ago & it sits in the corner of our dining room by a window, where we ...
  A: I agree that it is not likely to be sun deprived. It could be getting too much light, but that is ...
Dracaena fragrans (corn plant)7/14/2007
  Q: I have a corn plant that has grown too big for the room. It is curling over from the ceiling. How ...
  A: Pruning will alter your corn plant's appearance, but it will not affect its health. Decide how far ...
Trimming Massangeana Cane Plant7/14/2007
  Q: I have one of these cane plants/trees and it's about 10 feet tall now....and that's about the height ...
  A: Yes, Massangeana canes can be pruned back without harm if it is done properly. I am assuming that ...
Verigated Ivy - Indoors7/14/2007
  Q: I received a verigated ivy in May, it was in a four inch pot, I replanted it into an 8" pot and it ...
  A: Moving your Hedera ivy back to the kitchen was the right thing to do. It needs lots of light so that ...
cats & plant7/13/2007
  Q: I have an non edible pineapple plant and want to know if it is poisonous if my cat chews on it? ...
  A: According to the ASPCA site listing of toxic plants ...
Spider Plant7/13/2007
  Q: "All" the tips are brown. It's in a south window but protected by an awning from the really hot ...
  A: If ANYTHING is less than perfect with a spider plant, it shows up as brown leaf tips, especially on ...
Stromanthe7/13/2007
  Q: My daughter gave me a lovely Stromanthe houseplant for Mother's Day. The pot seemed very crowded to ...
  A: Stromanthes do well when they are crowded in their pots, so don't be in a hurry to repot yours. It ...
Indoor bug problem: fungus gnats7/13/2007
  Q: I have been an avid indoor plant grower for many years. Repotted some plants about 4 weeks ago and ...
  A: I am sorry to learn that you have fungus gnats. Most likely the soil that you used when you repotted ...
Zebra Plant7/12/2007
  Q: I received a Zebra plant and have kept it beautifully for about 7 months. It is still pretty and ...
  A: Zebra plant usually refers to Aphelandra squarrosa, but I want to be sure we are talking about the ...
Staghorn Fern7/12/2007
  Q: Suddenly a couple fronds on my staghorn fern, which has been doing extremely well summering on a ...
  A: Staghorns grow in cool, damp places. If your weather is unusually hot and dry, that could be causing ...
cinnamomum kotoense yellow leaves7/12/2007
  Q: My Canela tree's leaves are starting to turn yellow. It is close to a window in the corner so it ...
  A: I suggest that you move it out of the corner so that it gets some direct sun and very bright ...
Indoor Bird of Paradise (BoP)7/12/2007
  Q: I received a beautiful BofP plant in a plastic container that is in a ceramic container. I really ...
  A: Congratulations on your new gift plant! I hope that it is placed within a few feet of a nearby ...
wind damaged Schefflera7/11/2007
  Q: I recently moved from Texas to Tenn. unfortunately, my houseplants had to ride in an open trailer as ...
  A: I am sorry you had to do that to your plants. Plants with larger leaves, likes a Schefflera, tend to ...
My new friend- A ming plant7/11/2007
  Q: From the moment I saw my little ming I was take. So today he sits in the middle of our dinning room ...
  A: Ming aralias are one of my favorites, as well. First, it is important that it gets enough light. It ...
unidentified mushroom in my bromeliad plant7/11/2007
  Q: I recently received 2 bromeliad plants and one of them have A LOT of mushrooms growing out of it. ...
  A: There are thousands of different kinds mushrooms or fungi. They are harmless to your plant and to ...
sick Bangalow palm7/11/2007
  Q: Many of the branches have gone browny-green, and are curling up. The ones that look green still have ...
  A: There are a couple of possibilities here. One is that it may not be getting enough light. These ...
Huge Dieffenbachia!7/10/2007
  Q: My diffenbachia, which I have been propagating for about 30 years, has gone wild this time. Usually ...
  A: By smaller, I am going to assume you mean shorter. Dieffenbachias do grow very tall and start to tip ...
ponytail palm7/9/2007
  Q: I just purchased a ponytail palm and have a watering question. The pot it was in is the type where ...
  A: It makes me angry when I see plants potted that way. The glued on stones are there for decorative ...
Peace Lilly7/8/2007
  Q: I have had peace lilies in the past & they have flowered & the leaves have always been dark green, ...
  A: Peace lilies do not tolerate direct sun and their leaves turn pale green/yellow when exposed to ...
Cestrum nocturnum7/8/2007
  Q: when should i take a stem cutting from my plant & how would i get it to root?26ehq
  A: Your Cestrum is a tropical plan and is non-seasonal so you can propagate it from cuttings at any ...
spiral bamboo7/8/2007
  Q: I have 5 stocks of "bamboo" in the same container in indirect light They started turning yellow from ...
  A: Once the stems start to turn yellow, rot has set in and there is nothing you can do to stop it ...
Peace lily7/8/2007
  Q: I have a peace plant that is over 3 years old. It was doing great, and now is near death. Brown and ...
  A: Before you repot, it is important to know what is causing the problem. There are very few problems ...
Fuzzy white webs on an ornamental orange tree7/8/2007
  Q: Recently my ornamental tree has developed a few web-like fuzzies attached to some of the stems and ...
  A: I suspect your orange tree may have mealybugs. These critters don't look like bugs. They look like ...
corn plant7/7/2007
  Q: You were so helpful with your answer about my fern problem that I am sending along another question ...
  A: I need some additional information. Tell me where the affected leaves are located and whether it is ...
Boston Fern7/7/2007
  Q: I have a Boston Fern which I have had for approx. one year. Within the past two months or so the ...
  A: It is quite common for Boston ferns to lose older, lower fronds as healthy new ones are added on ...
bamboo plant7/7/2007
  Q: i have a bamboo plant that was givin to me in the winter the leaves died now the steam is turning ...
  A: I assume this is a "lucky bamboo" that you have growing in water. I ask because theses are not ...
How to prune a bamboo palm?7/7/2007
  Q: For many years, I've kept a chamaedorea (bamboo palm) indoors in my NYC apartment in a 12" pot. The ...
  A: Like most palms, the Chamaedorea puts out shoots from the soil and those shoots do not branch. In ...
Eggs? on soil7/7/2007
  Q: Your recent answer to somebody's question about fuzzy eggs on their plants and soil prompts me to ...
  A: I am an expert on house plants, but not spider eggs. However, I have never see spider eggs in ...
Ficus tree7/6/2007
  Q: I have a large ficus plant that I put outdoors, on a covered front porch, for the summer. Almost ...
  A: Ficus trees react very dramatically to any change in location. This is because their leaves are very ...
Radermachera Sinica(China Doll)7/6/2007
  Q: I've been asked to house sit a neighbors plants and the only one I am unsure of is one in particular ...
  A: I think I am more inclined to advise you NOT to repot, than to tell you HOW. Here is my thinking. ...
repotted hibiscus won't bloom7/6/2007
  Q: I have a potted indoor hibiscus tree that bloomed successfully for several years, under the same ...
  A: The cause of the problem is much simpler than you realize and will surprise you. It was the ...
Hoya7/6/2007
  Q: My hoya is now blooming, it has three blooms, it also has a layer of dust on it, and has recently ...
  A: You can certainly give your flowing Hoya a shower. When it is in bloom, you only have to avoid ...
fuzzy egg like substance on plants7/6/2007
  Q: I have a follow up question to the ? asked on 11/29/06 about yellow fuzzy egg like particles on the ...
  A: It looks to me like it is perlite, a soil additive that you are seeing in the soil. If the particles ...
rooting powder7/6/2007
  Q: how do i use rooting powder?
  A: Rooting powder is a hormone that is supposed to stimulate root development. Its effectiveness is ...
monstera deliciosa7/5/2007
  Q: I thought what I had was a split leaf philodendron but as I see more and more photos of this I now ...
  A: Plant names are often confusing. At one time Monstera deliciosa was thought to be a Philodendron. It ...
Anthurium7/5/2007
  Q: I have a several year old anthurium that constantly blooms. It has grown so much it is ...
  A: Sometimes a happy, blooming plant is better left alone. I will need to see a couple of photos of ...
please identify7/5/2007
  Q: could you tell me what these two plants might be? I've sent some photos to your email. Thank you, ...
  A: Your first plant is a brake fern or Pteris cretica. Your second plant is a Eugenia myrtifolia. ...
My spathiphyllum7/4/2007
  Q: wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
  A: I am not sure what your question is here. Perhaps you are seeking a copy of my article on peace lily ...
Pruning techniques7/4/2007
  Q: We have been a foster home to our daughters Schefflera and apparently it likes it here. We live in ...
  A: All you need to understand is that a healthy Schefflera stem can be cut back at any point and new ...
Night Blooming Jasmine plant7/4/2007
  Q: I just recently got a night blooming jasmine plant. And I was really excited to get it because I've ...
  A: Are you keeping your Cestrum nocturnum indoors? If so, it will not bloom easily as it requires a lot ...
cat palm7/4/2007
  Q: I purchased a Cat palm over the weekend and repotted it in a larger pot. I put some of the new ...
  A: I suspect that your cat palm is just reacting to the trauma of being repotted. It may also be light ...
Lucky Bamboo7/4/2007
  Q: I have a Lucky Bamboo that just LOVES my office (no windows) and is doing very well. It has gotten ...
  A: I do recommend that you prune back your top heavy lucky bamboo. Pruning will help more than the ...
Peace Lily7/3/2007
  Q: I just brought home a peace lily from a funeral and was wondering if I could take it to work. My ...
  A: Peace lilies are excellent low light plants that thrive under overhead fluorescent lights. That is ...
repotting a rubber plant7/3/2007
  Q: How or when do I repot my rubber plant?
  A: There are no simple answers to either of your questions. In fact, I have written a lengthy article ...
Schefflera plant7/2/2007
  Q: I have a Schefflera (umbrella plant) that I grew from a clipping for about 6 years now. I has ...
  A: In general, your Schefflera trunk can be cut off at any point and new growth will emerge on the ...
Neanthe Bella Palms???7/2/2007
  Q: I am a gardener at a hotel and when I came to work here a lot of the plants seemed to be hopeless. I ...
  A: Frankly I am a bit concerned that you are being paid to take care of some plants about which you ...
Aloe vera plant7/2/2007
  Q: I just purchased a new aloe vera plant. I broke off a piece of it to use it, and it had this really ...
  A: This is an unusual problem. A foreign substance poured into the soil or poor water quality could ...
Peace lily7/2/2007
  Q: i got a peace lily two months ago,the leaves are turning yellow and brown around the edges. i ...
  A: When the leaf margins turn brown and yellow it is usually for one of two reasons. Allowing the plant ...
repotting a philodendron7/1/2007
  Q: I recently bought a philodendron in the standard store hanging pot that is beautiful and very full. ...
  A: I know it is a common practice to repot new plants, but it is generally better not to repot for the ...
Low Light Plants for Hanging Baskets in Cooler Room7/1/2007
  Q: Any suggestions for suitable low light plants for hanging baskets? The temperature is slightly ...
  A: The best low light plant for a hanging basket is a Pothos. Another possibility is a Philodendron. ...
Odor from Rubber Plant7/1/2007
  Q: While on a 1 week vacation, I let a relative water my 3 foot tall rubber plant (it has many big ...
  A: Either your relative added something other than plain tap water to the soil or overwatered the plant ...
house plant7/1/2007
  Q: I have a plant for several years now..don't know the name but the leaf is dark red and closes at ...
  A: I received a photo of an Oxalis rubra from a 917 cell number. I assume that was from you. Oxalis ...
oversized pony-tail palms7/1/2007
  Q: My partner and I have just acquired two of the most beautiful palms I have ever seen..........my ...
  A: If the screened porch light is very bright, but indirect for most of then day, then you should have ...
Perfect indoor plant.7/1/2007
  Q: I live in the south of Arkansas and my windows face east or west. I have many windows and the house ...
  A: Most flowering plants require lots of direct sun. The location you described has only limited direct ...
Coconut Palm6/30/2007
  Q: The palm is growing out of the side of the nut I do not know how to care for this plant I live in ...
  A: Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is not an easy plant to keep as a potted plant. Of course, that is ...
moths ?6/30/2007
  Q: we have been getting alot of flying bugs that look like small moths. I'm not sure thats what they ...
  A: If the flying critters are small and black they are either fruit flies or fungus gnats. The former ...
hibiscus standard tree6/29/2007
  Q: I bought this tree and i notice when i leave it outside it blooms when i take it in if its 2 windy ...
  A: Your Hibiscus prefers lots of bright light that it gets only outdoors and it also prefers a ...
potted palm6/29/2007
  Q: I have no idea how to care for this plant. It was given to me by a neighbor as a gift for getting ...
  A: I think that you may have a palm that is a bonsai. But I cannot be sure of that nor do I know which ...
white sticky powder on leaves6/29/2007
  Q: i HAVE OVER 20 PLANTS IN MY HOME AND ABOUT HALF OF THEM HAVE A WHITE POWDER ON SOME OF THE LEAVES ...
  A: If the white stuff has a soft, texture to it, then it is most likely a mealybug infestation. The ...
house plants6/29/2007
  Q: I was recently given an aloe vera plant about 3yrs old and when I open a leaf their is an musty ...
  A: Aloes do have a very mild odor that might be characterized as musty. In any case, I don't think you ...
white sticky substance at stem joints6/29/2007
  Q: What to you call this and how do I treat this. Thank you Sharron Beat
  A: I is probably mealybug, but I need more information to be sure. What kind of plant are you finding ...
Inherited Aloe Plant6/29/2007
  Q: My son inherited an Aloe plant when his nana died. The plant is healthy and thriving, no rot, leaves ...
  A: I am a little confused because you first said that the plant is healthy and green, but then said ...
Roots blocking drainage holes6/29/2007
  Q: My plants are going through a growth spurt, I guess because it's summertime. Every year I repot them ...
  A: It is very important that the drainage holes never get completely clogged. Pull the plants out of ...
Radermachera/China Doll6/28/2007
  Q: When I was in the states, I had a China Doll that kept getting these little brown spots-- they ...
  A: Your China doll has a scale insect infestation. It keeps coming back because you are only treating ...
corn palm6/28/2007
  Q: Its me again, thank you for your advice re my broken palm. but what do you recommend I do about the ...
  A: The discolored leaves on the unbroken stems are most likely due to the direct sunlight that you ...
a slow growing rubber plant6/28/2007
  Q: i have had this rubber plant for almost 6 months now throughout this time it has grown only one leaf ...
  A: Your rubber plant is not getting enough light. It does not need protection from direct sun. In fact, ...
Hibiscus6/28/2007
  Q: I have a 1.5-2 ft. hibiscus that has been a consistent bloomer for 8 years. Consistent except for ...
  A: That is a very large pot for a 2-foot Hibiscus. I am also surprised it is not taller after 8 years. ...
Anthurium plant6/27/2007
  Q: It's Michele again. I was looking at the anthurium again. This time, it seems like the roots are ...
  A: I am not sure what you mean. Perhaps the rootball is simply loose in the pot and needs to be tamped ...
Dracaena corn plant6/27/2007
  Q: how can you control the worm looking bugs in a draecena corn plant?
  A: Quality plants should never have pests in the soil. Plunge the pot up to its rim in a tub filled ...
problems with Pilea6/27/2007
  Q: I bought a pilea from Home Depot. I don't know the exact species name, but I threw it away because ...
  A: I like the way you think about your plants! Yes, the light should be fine. And, yes, watering is the ...
Musa 'Basjoo'6/27/2007
  Q: I have a Musa basjoo, which according to what I've read is one of the most hardy banana trees. I ...
  A: This type of banana plant is hardy in that it will withstand temps as low as 20 degrees F. But that ...
Ficus Lyrata and issues with fruit flies or gnats6/27/2007
  Q: I have actually two questions. The 1st is similar to the previous question about the Ficus Lyrata. I ...
  A: Your Ficus lyrata was probably grown in brighter light than you are providing. Home Depot buys ...
broken corn plant6/27/2007
  Q: i have a corn palm which i purchased 2 months ago, it has 3 canes 6", 13" & 30" and is sitting in a ...
  A: If the two stems broke off very close to where they attach to the tallest cane, then you are ...
Ficus and Schefflera plants6/27/2007
  Q: I am having a problem with two of my indoor plants. the first case is a ficas, it has become very ...
  A: You are making the very common assumption that plant problems are caused by improper watering. ...
Problem with Christmas Cactus6/27/2007
  Q: The background: My mom had a an extremely beautiful Christmas Cactus (C.C.) that she neglected and ...
  A: The problem is related to your repotting and the soil that you used. The presence of worms means ...
Massangeana Cane6/27/2007
  Q: I just bought my second cane plant and one is on my porch and one is inside my apartment. I ...
  A: It is a very rare Home Depot employee who is knowledgeable about indoor potted plants. It is not a ...
house plant problem6/26/2007
  Q: I live in Billings, Montana and have several house plants (not sure what any of them are) that sit ...
  A: Does the white substance look like little bits of fluffy cotton? If so, I suspect it is a mealybug ...
Sticky Ficus Benjamina6/26/2007
  Q: What is that sticky stuff on the leaves and around my ficus benjamina? Is it a problem, or a ...
  A: Although the stickiness is a natural occurrence, it is also a problem. The stickiness is most likely ...
Repotting Ficus Elastica6/26/2007
  Q: I am about to repot a Ficus Elastica, which is several years old and about 170 cm tall. The current ...
  A: If you move your rubber plant into a larger pot, it should be into one that is no more than 28 cm. ...
plant roots on cuttings6/26/2007
  Q: I've been growing pothos cuttings in water for 5 days now.when should i expect roots to appear ...
  A: It varies considerably. It usually takes at least 1-2 weeks before you see signs of new roots ...
Croton Plant6/26/2007
  Q: Can a Croton plant be planted outside?
  A: Crotons cannot withstand temps ever falling below 40 degrees, so there are few places in the US and ...
help to identify6/26/2007
  Q: Creed, Five years ago my mother and I bought an interesting flowering houseplant, with no name tag. ...
  A: I just found the photo that you sent to my email! Thank you. Your mystery plant is in the Gesneriad ...
Potted Palm6/26/2007
  Q: I HAVE A POTTED PALM TREE AT THE OFFICE. THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS THE LEAVES HAVE STARTED TO YELLOW. ...
  A: I need better information to be able to help you. There are many different kinds of palms with ...
corn plant6/26/2007
  Q: I adopted a corn plant from my neighbors who moved recently. I have it in front of a window with a ...
  A: The afternoon sun that comes from the west is quite hot and intense, especially at this time of ...
coconut plant care6/25/2007
  Q: I have just purchased a coconut plant and am new to the world of plants! I have just read one of ...
  A: I understand the appeal of a coconut plant, but it is not one that I would recommend to someone who ...
Yucca tree6/25/2007
  Q: Had a yucca tree incident....it fell over and broke the top 2 feet of growth off....can I root ...
  A: Sorry about your "incident." Yes, the broken off top can be rooted in either plain water or in moist ...
Sky Lighting6/25/2007
  Q: What type of lighting do skylights provide for houseplants? If you can picture this, we have a ...
  A: The light from skylights is very difficult to assess because every configuration is different. Here ...
repotting a Boston Fern6/25/2007
  Q: I have a Boston Fern that I've had for two years now. It is HUGE! I put it outside (northern MN) ...
  A: That is what healthy potted Boston fern's do. They outgrow their pots and they push the plant ...
Dying Yucca Plant6/24/2007
  Q: I've got a Yukka plant I've had for two years now. About two months ago the leaves went all yellow ...
  A: The tallest cane is definitely dead. Twist the cane in place until it easily can be pulled up and ...
Bonsai Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree6/24/2007
  Q: My plant is 5 years old and approx 10 " high> I was told to water it every 3 days but it is in a ...
  A: It really doesn't matter how you water as long as you are able to saturate all of the soil each time ...
Anthurium Plant6/23/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful Anthurium plant that was given to me. I've been following directions on not ...
  A: Everyone has a different idea as to what is watering "too much." And just how far "out of the direct ...
ficus emits strong musty smell6/23/2007
  Q: Quite suddenly, the 6'+ tall ficus plant in the lounge at work has started to emit a nearly ...
  A: You seem to have covered all of the possibilities except that something was poured into the soil ...
Miniature Orange tree6/23/2007
  Q: My tree has many yellow leaves on it. I have had it for many years and it used to bloom all the ...
  A: The sticky substance is from a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are ...
Anthurium yellow and brown tips6/23/2007
  Q: I have an anthurium (red flower) and its doing pretty good, getting new leaves and flowers. But the ...
  A: Apparently your Anturium is healthy and doing well and you haven't offered a reason to move it to a ...
Peace Lily6/22/2007
  Q: I used a magnifying glass but can see no pests also the discoloration on the back of the leaf is ...
  A: I see this question is addressed to Sam, but you posted it in the general pool so I thought I would ...
flying parasites - fungus gnats6/22/2007
  Q: I have noticed flying insects that look like gnats living in the soil of my plants and killing them. ...
  A: They are called fungus gnats. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not ...
Peace Lilly6/22/2007
  Q: We have a plant from my Father-in-law's funeral and have it identified as a Peace Lilly. The pot ...
  A: Sounds like you have a good quality peace lily and you are taking good care of it. Here are a few ...
rubber tree plant6/22/2007
  Q: The leaves are folding in along the big vein that goes down the middle of each leaf. The bottom ...
  A: Your rubber tree is suffering from either inadequate light or soil that is not allowed to dry out ...
Hibiscus plant6/22/2007
  Q: I have an indoor hibiscus plant. Can I put it outside during the summer months?
  A: Even the more tender varieties of Hibiscus can withstand temps down to 40 degrees in the fall. So ...
wondering Jew6/22/2007
  Q: taking snips from wondering jew plants. Is it best to place in water to allow root growth or can ...
  A: Either method will work. The cuttings will root more readily in plain water. However, these rooted ...
Anthurium plant6/22/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful antherium plant. I is quite large, and I would like to enjoy it outside for the ...
  A: Yes, you can move it outside for the summer. However, you must protect it from any direct outdoor ...
plant identification6/22/2007
  Q: My dad recently gave me a new houseplant and neither of us know exactly what it is. I will email you ...
  A: Your new plant is a hybrid variety of Philodendron - and a very lovely one! Don't be in a hurry to ...
Arboricola6/21/2007
  Q: We just received a arbicola plant and wondering if this plant is poisonous to our cat or 1 yr old ...
  A: Your plant is a Schefflera arboricola. According to the ASPCA, Scheffleras are considered toxic for ...
Pleomele Reflexa heat stroke6/21/2007
  Q: I have a pleomele reflexa. It's been slow growing because I didn't know the lighting condition that ...
  A: Your Pleomele will probably survive, but the individual leaves that were damaged will not. So, as ...
new foliage black and deformed6/21/2007
  Q: Last year I acquired a shefflera actinophyyla indoor cliamatized in a 3 gallon pot with overall ...
  A: Darkened new growth usually indicates root rot, but given the healthy new growth you have had since ...
Ficus tree6/21/2007
  Q: I let the tree just sit (outside) for a long time then cut off the dead branches and trunk. My ...
  A: I see that you were not satisfied with my answer. Perhaps I am not understanding the question that ...
Peace Lily6/20/2007
  Q: I brought home (from my husband's office) a peace lily that is huge and overgrown. It is leaning ...
  A: Your peace lily is a variety called 'Sensation.' Due to the size and weight of the leaves, there is ...
Schefflera6/20/2007
  Q: We received a scheffelera for our office opening. It is looking a little droopy. Would you please ...
  A: Schefflera arboricolas can be a bit fussy until they are well-established. They don't like having ...
mealybugs on palms6/20/2007
  Q: What is the best method to get rid of mealybugs on palms trees that are about 13 feet tall. These ...
  A: Being the city dweller that I am, I am not quite sure I know what a pool room with salt water is. ...
fiddle fig6/20/2007
  Q: I have a fiddle fig plant that I have had for almost 2 years. Just out of the blue it has been ...
  A: The problem with watering by the calendar is that it doesn't take into account changes in a plant's ...
My Umbrella Tree6/19/2007
  Q: Background: I received a small umbrella tree last spring. I left it in its original pot, then ...
  A: It sounds like you have done everything right! Mold is not usually green, nor is mealybug, which is ...
Massangeana Cane6/19/2007
  Q: I just bought a Massangeana Cane house plant. We brought it home and watered it, my son accidently ...
  A: You have several misunderstandings that are making you unnecessarily concerned. As long as a pot ...
Money Tree(Pachira Aquatica)6/19/2007
  Q: I purchased a large Money Tree several months ago..it was full of leaves...now the mature older ...
  A: The symptoms you described are generic and have multiple possible causes. Pachiras are sold by many ...
Peace Lily6/18/2007
  Q: I have a Peace Lily that is about 6 years old in a 12" pot. It has 6 clumps of roots that have ...
  A: Yes, it is possible to divide the roots of a peace lily, but I don't recommend it. Peace lily roots ...
pruning of Golden Pothos6/18/2007
  Q: I would like to know how to prune an indoor pothos. I intially just cut the stem, and the stem ...
  A: Let me make sure you understand some basic principles first. When you prune a Pothos vine, new ...
soil pests6/18/2007
  Q: I have recently noticed little white/tan worms covering the top of the soil on one of my house ...
  A: It is unlikely that the worms will damage your palm. However, they do indicate that the grower did ...
house plants that don't need water?6/18/2007
  Q: I remember from when I was a kid that there was a plant that grew without water. I was trying to ...
  A: The plant you are probably referring to is commonly called Air Plant. It's botanical name is ...
New ficus trees indoors6/16/2007
  Q: I have two new ficus trees I purchased about a month and a half ago. They are both around 4 1/2 to 5 ...
  A: I suspect that the bumps on the leaves may be scale insects. Are the bumps slightly raised and do ...
EPIPHYLLUM OXYPETALUM6/15/2007
  Q: LIVE IN FLORENCE, S.C. PLANT IS SETTING BLOOMS. THE PLANT HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR YEARS, AND ...
  A: Unfortunately, brown spots on an Epi are a generic symptom, meaning that they have several causes. ...
Plant ID6/15/2007
  Q: I have no idea what kind of plant this is -- it's in about a four inch pot. There are five oblong ...
  A: Your plant is commonly called false aralia. Botanically it is known as Schefflera elegantissima or ...
Can i give my Dracaena a friend, or restore it effectively6/14/2007
  Q: I have finally had some luck with indoor plants, in fact my office is filled with them and many of ...
  A: I suspect you are a very nurturing person and you may be providing too much care (water) to your ...
Hydrangea, China Doll and Azalea6/14/2007
  Q: We received these plants for my father-in-law's funeral. The hydrangea has lost the flowers, the ...
  A: My condolences to you and your family. Potted Hydrangeas do not fare well. They are forced into ...
New Corn plants have brown spots on tips of leaves6/13/2007
  Q: I just bought two new Corn Plants (Dracaena massangeana) about a month ago from Lowe's and they were ...
  A: A photos of your entire plant and pot would be helpful, as well as one that shows the brown tips you ...
Sick Shamrock6/13/2007
  Q: My indoor shamrock,Oxalis, looks like it has lost some of it's green color and has white spots on ...
  A: Can you email a photo of your Oxalis to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? That would help me ...
My Beloved Plants6/13/2007
  Q: I have 3 questions for you today. The first and MOST important question if for my beloved Umbrella ...
  A: I am very sorry that you received very poor advice from another "expert" when you first inquired ...
Peace Lily6/13/2007
  Q: I received a peace lily at my grandmother's funeral 2 years ago. For the last month I noticed the ...
  A: You seem to have made all of the most common mistakes that people tend to make with their plants. I ...
succulents6/13/2007
  Q: I just planted several succulents and cacti. should they be kept inside close to a sunny window or ...
  A: Either location would be okay for your succulents, although if they are outside, they should be in ...
Pachira tree leaves turning yellow6/12/2007
  Q: I recently bought a small Pachira tree in a small pot for my office and now some of the leaves have ...
  A: A few lower leaves turning yellow is normal and may reflect your Pachira's adjustment to its new ...
Pothos vine pruning6/12/2007
  Q: I've had a pathos ivy for about 18 years in a six-inch pot. It is indoors in filtered morning ...
  A: Congratulations on your long success with your Pothos! Apparently, the only thing you have neglected ...
Bromeliad Vriesia6/12/2007
  Q: My Vriesia "Christiane" was flowering when I got it 2yrs ago. It now has 3 new pups - all of them ...
  A: Vriesias often produce offsets that do not open and in some cases they are dry and brown. I have ...
houseplant light6/11/2007
  Q: I wish to add a houseplant to my bedroom.I hear there are plants that supply oxygen.Would you have a ...
  A: All green plants add oxygen to the air and help remove some of the carbon dioxide that we exhale. ...
Dying Dracaena6/10/2007
  Q: I purchased a large dracanea back in Dec. of 2006. It has 4 seperate pieces, ranging from 18" to 6' ...
  A: There is a common belief that more light is always better for plants. In fact, most houseplants come ...
my grandmas split leaf philodendron6/10/2007
  Q: she has a split leaf philo thats about 4ft tall but it does not have "split" leaves. Are we doing ...
  A: The split leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) does not develop split leaves until it is older. ...
Jasmine and cold temperatures6/10/2007
  Q: I don't know a thing about gardening and I purchased a jasmine tree which is about 2 and a half feet ...
  A: Most Jasmine are tropical in origin and will not survive sub-freezing temperatures. However there ...
ZZ Plant6/10/2007
  Q: I have ZZ plant for one year in 6" diameter plastic pot that it came in which sat in a ceramic pot ...
  A: The ZZ is a fun plant that is relatively new. But it won't be a mystery much longer as it is rapidly ...
Gardenia stickiness6/10/2007
  Q: It survived the PA winter inside nicely. This spring I noticed a siny sticky leaf. Now, my plant ...
  A: If the leaves are sticky, then that is caused by the secretions from either scale, mealybug or ...
Massangeana Cane plant6/10/2007
  Q: I was given a piece of a Dracaena Massangeana plant this evening--the problem I have is that it ...
  A: If I understand your description correctly, you have a broken off woody cane with two thinner green ...
Trying to turn my black thumb green...or at least a few shades closer...6/9/2007
  Q: I really enjoy my plants, but I seem to have somewhat of a black thumb when comes to indoor plants. ...
  A: I have not yet received any photos from you. Did you send them to wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? That ...
Indoor plants and insects6/9/2007
  Q: I'm thinking of buying a small indoor plant for my room. My main concern is insects. Do you have ...
  A: I appreciate your concern about plant pests. Unfortunately, all indoor plants are potential targets ...
Yellowing Aglaonema6/9/2007
  Q: Despite the thousands of questions you receive every month, you might remember me from the winter ...
  A: I DO remember you, although under a different name - The Companion Queen! Thanks for updating me on ...
How to propagate Ficus6/9/2007
  Q: I have a Ginseng ficus bonsai tree. I would like you to simply teach me how to propagate it by ...
  A: Ficus plants cannot be propagated from leaves, but they can be propagated from stem cuttings. ...
sticky house plants6/9/2007
  Q: I have sticky stuff everywhere..HELP! What do I do? I have moved all the house plants outside. It ...
  A: I suspect your plants have either a scale insect or a mealybug infestation. If you have a lot of ...
Unknown Houseplant6/8/2007
  Q: I have a houseplant that was given to me almost a year ago. It has grown about two feet to reach a ...
  A: The photos are not very clear, but I believe that your plant is a type of Tradescantia. It will do ...
North Fork Pine6/8/2007
  Q: I have a North Fork Pine that is 20 years old, fonts turning yellow and falling off Is there ...
  A: Yellowing fronds on a Norfolk Island pine is a generic symptom with several possible causes, ...
indoor ficus tree leaves turning brown6/8/2007
  Q: I bought a ficus tree about 3 months ago. It had some bugs on the top of the soil and I sprayed it ...
  A: If a substantial number of new leaves are turning brown, then that means there is a root-related ...
Bird of Paradise6/8/2007
  Q: We have a Bird of Paradise. It is about ten years old. It is about 4 feet tall in a 20" ...
  A: It is very rare for a B of P to flower as an indoor potted plant. Ideally it should be outside year ...
Dying Norfolk Island Pine6/4/2007
  Q: I have a Norfolk Island Pine with 4 trunks. 3 of the trunks are dried out, and I must admit I got ...
  A: You cannot make up for water neglect by flooding the plant. If all of the needles on the 3 trunks ...
mass cane worms6/4/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me out here? I've had these mass cane trees for about 6 years now ...
  A: Any Massangeana cane that has the outer bark starting to loosen and separate from the cane is in the ...
indoor calla lily6/1/2007
  Q: I have a calla lily with the most beautiful yellow colored flower I have ever seen. I put a little ...
  A: Your Calla flower is going through its normal progression from yellow to green before it finally ...
coconut palm tree about 2feet5/30/2007
  Q: My coconut palm tree is turning yellow. It is still in the pot that came from the store and the ...
  A: Your coconut palm may be getting too much light or you may not be watering it properly. If you have ...
rubber plant5/29/2007
  Q: my lovely rubber plant has flopped - leaves have all flopped but not lost colour - how can I revive ...
  A: I need more specific information than what you have provided. What does "flopped" mean? Wilted? ...
scary plant!5/29/2007
  Q: Ok. So I would like to have some help identifying a plant that was given to me. This plant has a ...
  A: Your plant is a type of Kalanchoe. It is a succulent that can withstand drought, although a year ...
Jade Tree Large5/29/2007
  Q: You had shown a request for anyone interesested in a 5' tall Jade Tree. I am guessing it is long ...
  A: Perhaps you are confusing me with someone else. I am not offering a Jade or any other plant. I have ...
Cane Plant5/28/2007
  Q: I have a cane plant that all the leaves are brown on one side. This is due to it previous owner ...
  A: Yes, you can certainly trim off all of the brown (dead) leaves. They will never recover and it will ...
More on Potting soil Repelling water5/28/2007
  Q: I read the answer about indoor potting soil (Miracle Grow and Peters Special also) that repel water ...
  A: I was not the one who expressed concern about peat-based potting mixes repelling water. For most ...
Schefflera5/28/2007
  Q: Can this plant be put outside for the summer
  A: Yes, you can move it outside, but with these considerations. First, nighttime temps should stay ...
Plant ID need for Jim K - 3pm/ 3:06 pm5/28/2007
  Q: Will, I need to repot this plant. So it would be good for me to know what kind of plant it is and ...
  A: Your plant is a Dracaena 'Janet Craig.' It does best in bright indirect light. Allow the top surface ...
cinnamomum kotoense5/28/2007
  Q: After potting the tree from the disposable pot to a ceramic pot,the leaves are now turning bright ...
  A: It is likely that your Canela is reacting to the repotting. However, there may be other factors ...
very old cheese plant!5/28/2007
  Q: We have a monstera plant that was given to us as a wedding present 27 years ago! It has grown older ...
  A: Congratulations on both of your successful relationships, which have lasted for 27 years! From your ...
Kentia Palm5/28/2007
  Q: I've just purchased a plant and was looking for a little info on care, I am afraid of overwatering ...
  A: Kentia palm is known botanically as Howeia forsteriana. It does best in a location with lots of ...
Giant Pothos with...5/28/2007
  Q: I have a giant pothos that is about a years old. It has begun to get little brown speckeled spots on ...
  A: Understand that I am making an educated guess here because I can't see what you are describing. It ...
Lucky Bamboo Plants5/28/2007
  Q: Bamboo plants have been growing in water for 3 years. The stalks are turning brown a d some have ...
  A: The dead stems should come loose because their roots are also dead. Otherwise, cut off the dead ...
Sick Yucca5/28/2007
  Q: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi folks, My ...
  A: If your Yucca is getting adequate light, then it will need to be watered more than once per month. ...
Plant Identification5/28/2007
  Q: I just bought a plant at the local farmers market but the name that they wrote down does not come ...
  A: Your plant is a Plectranthus purpuratus. It is a close relative of Swedish ivy and has similar ...
Fig tree propagation5/27/2007
  Q: Help! I just bought a fig tree and, in the process of getting it home, a branch with 2 new figs ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants so I cannot help you with your outdoor fig tree. I ...
Ficus Benjamina5/27/2007
  Q: I have a ficus and have had it about two years. Right now it just looks like a bush I want it to be ...
  A: When nursery growers put more than one Ficus plant is a pot, then they are growing it in a bush ...
Ficus Tree5/27/2007
  Q: My ficus tree (have had it for over 15 years) has just started dropping balls. Is it sick?
  A: If the balls you are referring to are about the size of peas and beige colored, then they are Ficus ...
purple passion plants are not purple5/27/2007
  Q: i have several purple passion plants in my green house and they are not purple. the leaves are green ...
  A: Inadequate light is nearly always the cause of Gynuras not maintaining their purple color. It should ...
Ming Tree5/27/2007
  Q: Read your response regarding the sickly ming tree. Unfortunately, I have the same problem. I live ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. Yours is outside in an environment that I am not ...
Zygo Cactus Disease5/27/2007
  Q: My Zygo Cactus appears to have a disease. The new growth appears nice and green, but the old growth ...
  A: "kind of grey with raised spots" is not specific enough for me to be able to understand what you are ...
Zygo Cactus - Leaves turning Red5/27/2007
  Q: I have a number of different coloured Zygo Cactus. A couple of them have the leaves turning a dark ...
  A: You have an unusual set-up for your Zygocacti and a number of things going on, so it is hard to know ...
Dracaena massangeana has brown spots on the leaves5/27/2007
  Q: I've noticed that day by day the leaves keep getting a these brown spots on them and the tips of ...
  A: Repotting your plant and substituting soil was not a good idea. If the soil was wet around the roots ...
Terrarium Plants5/27/2007
  Q: I have a large aquarium that I want to turn into a terrarium. What type of plants do I get and do I ...
  A: For your terrarium, you want to use plants that like a humid environment, moderately low light, and ...
worms on my plant5/26/2007
  Q: I have a broad leaf plant about two feet in height (I am sorry- I do do know the name) that we ...
  A: The brown spots on the leaves probably were not insects and the spraying with a potent pesticide may ...
Majestic & Chinese Fan Palms5/26/2007
  Q: Will, i've been trying to catch you for days to ask my question. thanks in advance an have a great ...
  A: I didn't know I was so elusive! Plants that are grown as "houseplants" are intended for indoor use ...
Cyclamen5/26/2007
  Q: I have overwatered my cyclamen just received a week ago and the leaves are turning yellow. What ...
  A: Overwatering means keeping the soil of a plant wet for an extended period of time. You cannot ...
Pothos Golden5/26/2007
  Q: I want to start by saying i don't know anything about plants. I recently bought 2 pothos plants and ...
  A: It is hard to know why two identical plants in the same environment grow differently. They may be ...
purple velvet plant5/26/2007
  Q: I bought a nice small purple velvet plant at a garage sale today and it's been about 20 years since ...
  A: That is high praise indeed and very much appreciated. I will do my best to maintain my reputation ...
zygo cactus - Christmas5/26/2007
  Q: does zygo cactus/mylar like to be root bound
  A: Like most plants and nearly all flowering plants, holiday cacti do best when tightly potted. In ...
Bird's Nest Plant5/25/2007
  Q: Bought the plant from a nursery about a month ago. It seemed to have new leaves ready to grow, ...
  A: If the new fronds are turning black, then there is a problem with the roots. Usually, it is a sign ...
Rabbit Foot Fern5/25/2007
  Q: I have a rabbit foot fern that obviously needs repotting. I have never had it out of the pot and ...
  A: I know this will surprise you, but your rabbit's foot fern does not need a larger pot. The "feet" ...
Need to find the name of a plant5/25/2007
  Q: I know this is a hard question. Someone told me about a plant, but did not know the name of it. The ...
  A: The only plant that comes to mind is the Tillandsia, which is sometimes called an air plant because ...
Musty smell5/24/2007
  Q: My Swedish Ivy is growing very well but has a strong musty odor. What should I do?
  A: The smell is coming from the soil. If you used garden soil or compost or some other soil-based ...
Indoor Bird of Paradise5/24/2007
  Q: It however is turning brown at the edges and curling up. My apartment faces East - so it doesn't get ...
  A: Your BoP would benefit from more light - an east window is okay if the plant is right in front of it ...
Maidenhair ferns5/23/2007
  Q: I have tried growing Maidenhair ferns a few times with little to no success (the plant croaks) ...
  A: Maidenhair ferns are not easy to grow as indoor plants for a number of reasons. First, they do no ...
Insects on my palm plant5/23/2007
  Q: I have two palms in my home, and both have been developing white, soft, powder-like substances on ...
  A: Palms often develop a type of mealybug that leaves a chalky film on the lower stems. I suspect that ...
Dracaena fragrans5/23/2007
  Q: My dracaena flowers, I have had for four years had just flowered, I did not even know it could get ...
  A: No, the flower does not weaken the plant. Once a corn plant is mature enough to flower, it usually ...
Flowering plants - scientific explanation5/23/2007
  Q: Why is it that indoor flowering plants need to be rootbound to bloom whereas in nature they are ...
  A: That is a good question and one that I am not sure I have a precise scientific answer for. Without ...
Aglaonema Silver Queen5/23/2007
  Q: My boss has had a Silver Queen for several years. It has grown long and spindly with the leaves ...
  A: Aglaonema 'Silver Queen" does tend to get tall and leggy after a few years. This is because the new ...
Aglaonema(Silver Queen)5/23/2007
  Q: They have salt like crystals on the stems and are very sticky. Is this a disease or a ...
  A: If the sticky globules are limited to the stems and undersides of the leaves, then they are sap ...
Aloe Vera Houseplant5/23/2007
  Q: I have an Aloe Vera plant, approx 2 -3 feet tall,and approx 4yrs old, which flowered for the first ...
  A: That flower spike will never produce any more flowers although the plant will. It does no harm to ...
Bird of paradise5/23/2007
  Q: Hoping you can help me out. I have a bird of paradise that is doing ok until a moment ago. I have ...
  A: That is an unusual problem. A bird of paradise cannot be propagated from cuttings, so the top ...
Pony Tail Palm5/23/2007
  Q: I have had a pony tail palm for about 18 months. Last summer I put it outside on our covered patio ...
  A: Your description is not very clear, but I suspect your Ponytail may have scale insects. Scale can ...
corn plant budding5/23/2007
  Q: Have had this plant for some 15 years and healthy. One shoot is about 10' tall, two others around ...
  A: Wait a week or so and you will see that those are flower buds developing on a flower stalk. Flowers ...
philodendron (heart-leaf, arrowhead) new leaves stuck.5/23/2007
  Q: I recently started several heart-leaf philodendron cuttings (actually about a year ago - took a ...
  A: I am confused by what plant you have. Heart-leafed Philodendrons have heart-shaped leaves and they ...
Indoor plants5/23/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me the best indoor plant to grow under the following conditions: ...
  A: I am not familiar with the term "walkout" so I am unclear just how much light you get. In ...
Corn Plant5/22/2007
  Q: I also have a very mature corn plant and it began blooming about 8 years ago, some years it does ...
  A: If the lower portion of the stem that broke off is still green, then there is a reasonably good ...
Zebra Plant5/22/2007
  Q: I have had my Zebra plant for about 3 months now. I was told when I bought it that it liked sun and ...
  A: You have made the most common mistake of all, repotting a newly acquired plant. All plants, but ...
Aloe Somaliensis5/22/2007
  Q: I was given a large Aloe Somaliensis to split. Please tell me how to do this correctly and without ...
  A: "Splitting" usually refers to separating multiple plants growing in the same pot by root division. ...
Elephant ear/Alocasia5/22/2007
  Q: I received an elephant ear potted plant (6" pot)that has long stems with leaves as a gift. I ...
  A: Clear water droplets emitted from leaf tips is part of a process called "guttation." It is simply ...
orange tree question5/22/2007
  Q: i read your answer to ann's question about her mother's mature orange tree and am writing with my ...
  A: Ornamental orange trees are not easy to keep looking good and producing fruit for a longtime. They ...
pests and diseases5/22/2007
  Q: My question to you is that l have an"Unbrella Plant"which l have had now for two years and it seems ...
  A: Are the spots slightly raised bumps that scratch off with your fingernail or are they spots within ...
replacing palms5/22/2007
  Q: We lost a few plants in our building over the winter and are now getting ready to replace them. I ...
  A: It is easy to purchase terrific looking plants. It is not so easy keeping them that way when they ...
rubber plant wont grow - pot too big!5/22/2007
  Q: i bought a rubber plant a while back and seems to be doing fine i mean a couple leaves have died ...
  A: Repotting into a larger pot tends to discourage new growth as the plant puts most of its energy into ...
Peace Lilly5/21/2007
  Q: I have 2 big peace lillies and wondered if I should remove the pollen in the center. I was ...
  A: That is a better question for your allergist. I have no reason to believe that peace lily pollen is ...
Ponytail palm and it's care5/21/2007
  Q: I inherited this plant and thnk it might be tropical type but know nothing about how to care for it. ...
  A: Your plant is a Ponytail Palm. It is a tropical plant and will not survive freezing temperatures. ...
Growing Jasmine indoors on a trellis5/21/2007
  Q: I am interested in growing some Jasmine indoors on a trellis, and I have a few questions. The ...
  A: Your Star Jasmine will need to be directly under the skylight as skylights usually do not provide as ...
A one-limb Schefflera5/21/2007
  Q: About four years ago I was given what I believe to be a schefflera (long, green leaves, pretty ...
  A: Your description seems to match a Dracaena massangeana (corn plant) better than a Schefflera. I am ...
Venus Flytrap5/21/2007
  Q: I have a flytrap purchased last fall that I wintered over in a garage and now have put back into an ...
  A: I understand the novelty of and fascination with carnivorous plants. However, these plants rarely do ...
Anthuriums5/21/2007
  Q: MINE WILL NOT BLOOM. I'VE HAD IT ABOUT 4 MONTHS, FEED IT WITH BLOOM BOOSTER, IT'S IN A BRIGHT ...
  A: Anthuriums bloom sporadically and not all year long. Yours may simply be in a rest period. To ...
jasmine tree5/21/2007
  Q: I have had a jasmine tree for several years now with no problems. Keep indoors in winter, outside ...
  A: I cannot tell from your brief description just what you are seeing. When kept indoors, "white" plant ...
Lucky Bamboo5/21/2007
  Q: My Lucky Bamboo is getting very tall. Is there a way I can propagate to get more stems to share ...
  A: The thick main stems cannot be cut back and propagated. However, the thinner stems that grow off of ...
Gardenia Bonsai5/21/2007
  Q: I was given a gardenia bonsai and followed the watering directions - water every two to three days, ...
  A: Bonsais are among the most difficult forms of plant to keep alive and healthy. They are terribly ...
Corn Plant5/21/2007
  Q: I think I have over watered my corn plant, George. It is in a large pot. It sits in indirect ...
  A: Unfortunately, when new growth emerges at the base of a corn plant, it is the beginning of the end. ...
Exacum/Persian violet5/20/2007
  Q: beautiful plant, but the odor is not so terrific. can this go outside and will it winter with my ...
  A: Yes, you can move your Persian violet outside, but protect it from direct sunlight. It will not ...
zebra plant cut down5/20/2007
  Q: and thanks in advance... I had a three foot tall zebra plant. It's about 5 years old, and needs ...
  A: You make a lot of sense and you seem to have a good understanding of what to do and what will ...
pruning hibiscus5/20/2007
  Q: How do I prune my hibiscus and when. They have gotten too high. right now I have blooms on them. ...
  A: You can prune your hibiscus now, but then you would be removing all of the flowers. So I suggest ...
white fly infestation5/20/2007
  Q: I recently repotted my orchid which is about to bloom. But I have found it covered with white fly. I ...
  A: I think you are confusing white fly with mealybug. White flies would not sit still while you wiped ...
Rabbit foot fern5/20/2007
  Q: I have had my Rabbit Foot Fern since 1997 and it is now producing a stickly substance on the leaves. ...
  A: Your rabbit's foot fern has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are ...
Hibiscus tree5/19/2007
  Q: My kids got me a potted hibiscus tree for mothter's day. It is potted in a redwood pot. I live ...
  A: If your Hibiscus is small (under two feet tall) and has very dark green eaves, then it is probably ...
Yucca Cane5/19/2007
  Q: I have a Yucca plant for about 14 years and was always nothing but two trunks and nice green leaves. ...
  A: It is very unusual for a potted indoor Yucca cane to bloom. It is reasonably common for Yuccas to ...
Norfolk Plant Pine tree5/19/2007
  Q: I just bought a Norfolk pine tree. I think that the name.. I was wondering how to take care of it . ...
  A: Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) are notoriously finicky plants until they are well ...
Alocasia pruning5/19/2007
  Q: I have moved my Alocasia (Elephant Ears) outdoors for the summer and it is very much overgrown. How ...
  A: Overgrowing is a problem with Alocasia as it does not really respond to pruning. The best measure is ...
Norfolk pine5/19/2007
  Q: We have a norfork pine plant and the bottom limbs are falling off. We do have some new growth. Can ...
  A: Loss of lower limbs is a generic symptom that has several possible causes. First, make sure that ...
Dracaena fragrans Massangeana5/19/2007
  Q: My Dracaena fragrans Massangeana flowered for the first time in the 18 years I've had it. It was a ...
  A: Congratulations on caring for your corn plant (it's common name) so well for so long. It takes many ...
worms in my massangeana cane5/19/2007
  Q: I am very new at caring for plants. I have always admired them from a far afraid that I may not ...
  A: Welcome to the world of indoor plants. Caring for them can be both challenging and rewarding! The ...
Problems with Ivy and a Chinese Evergreen5/19/2007
  Q: Actually I have 2 questions. First, I have about 25 ivy. A strange thing is happening to almost all ...
  A: That is very odd that the leaf browning on most of your ivies occurs on one leaf only. I have no ...
Norfolk pine5/19/2007
  Q: i just re potted my Norfolk pine and from the main plant i pulled apart three other shoots. i have ...
  A: It is not clear to me whether it is only the smaller plants that you separated that are faring ...
Ponytail Palm brown tips5/19/2007
  Q: My Ponytail Palm has brown tips. It is in a 6" pot, sits in good light and doesn't get watered too ...
  A: If anything at all is less than perfect in a Ponytail's environment, you will get some brown tipping ...
Exacum/Persian violet5/18/2007
  Q: My husband gave me an Exacum plant and it was doing well indoors until about a week ago. It is ...
  A: Did you move your Persian violet into a larger pot? If so, that could account for the soil staying ...
Corn Plant5/18/2007
  Q: I read where you said a north facing window is best. I have brown leaves. My plant is in front of ...
  A: Are the brown leaves entirely brown or just the tips? Does it occur on just lower leaves or on ...
white fuzz5/18/2007
  Q: My indoor plants are related tp elephant ears and can grow to 8 feet . I keep getting white fuzz ...
  A: It would help to know just what plant species you have. White fuzz could be fungus or mealybugs. ...
Desert Rose/Ficus/Etc5/18/2007
  Q: Will I read some of your helpful replies. I wanted to say thank you and to try some of your advice ...
  A: Sean. My area of expertise is limited to tropical plants that are grown indoors. If these same ...
help my plants!5/18/2007
  Q: I have noticed two stalks of my dracaena have turned yellow. I immediatly pulled off the few yellow ...
  A: As a volunteer, I don't have your email address so I will have to answer your question here. Is ...
Devils Ivy5/18/2007
  Q: Ok so i got a liitle clean happy the first nice weekend in North Dakota this year. I took out all my ...
  A: It is possible that the intense direct sunlight has done irreparable harm to your Pothos. It really ...
Philodendron selloum5/17/2007
  Q: I live in Houston, TX. today a worker cut my philodendron sellum. He cut several roots long enough ...
  A: Is your Selloum growing in th ground outside or in a pot indoors? My expertise is limited to indoor ...
pests5/16/2007
  Q: Will, I have about 40 house plants,I have them potted in soil from my yard and potting soil, mixed,I ...
  A: Keep your outdoor garden soil, compost, and worms outside. Indoor plants are sheltered from nature ...
cat palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)5/16/2007
  Q: I purchased a cat palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)from a local nursery around Clearwater Florida. it ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor houseplants where the environment is more controlled. Direct FL ...
Yucca Care5/16/2007
  Q: I have 3 yucca's that I got from a friend, very nice, very full plants. Lately the leaves have been ...
  A: Yellow leaves are a generic symptom with many causes, so I cannot tell you what the problem is. To ...
Identification and special care5/16/2007
  Q: My questions are'nt problem related, but I would sure like to know what type of plant that I have. ...
  A: Your plant is a Schefflera arboricola and it is native to Taiwan, although yours was probably grown ...
Sphagnum moss vs. Spanish moss5/16/2007
  Q: I need education in the use of moss as a growing medium. Can sphagnum and Spanish mosses be ...
  A: Sphagnum moss and Spanish moss have two very different uses with houseplants. Sphagnum moss is ...
my blooming corn plant????5/16/2007
  Q: I looked up photos of dracaena massangeana. You were right on the money. Do you know how often the ...
  A: Now, I can also confirm that it is a Dracaena massangeana. Once this plant is mature enough to ...
Poor Easter Lily5/16/2007
  Q: My Mom brought me an easter lily last time she came to town. I have heard that you should just ...
  A: Trash the lily. It is a hybrid and it will not flower again so there is no point in keeping it, ...
goldfish plant5/16/2007
  Q: I have a goldfish plant but want to start a new one off of this plant.How do i do this?
  A: Take tip cuttings that have no more than 2 or 3 sets of leaves. Insert them into a small pot filled ...
Ficus/Fig Tree5/15/2007
  Q: Can you start a new plant by placing the branch in water to root.
  A: It is theoretically possible to root a thin green tip cutting in plain water, but the odds are way ...
Fuchsia - Hanging Basket5/15/2007
  Q: 1. Are fuschias considered to be a tropical plant? 2. Are fuschias related to Bougainvillea (sp)? ...
  A: Thee are about 100 species of Fuchsia and nearly all of them originate in tropical and semi-tropical ...
Schefflera5/15/2007
  Q: A fairly large branch of a shefflera tree broke off of a plant that is in the office I work in and I ...
  A: If it was a leaf stem that broke off, then you will not be able to propagate from it. If it was a ...
Papyrus plant5/15/2007
  Q: i noticed you answered someone's question about papryus as a houseplant, but was wondering if you ...
  A: Papyrus stems do not live for a long time because they are constantly putting up new stems from the ...
ants in spider plants5/14/2007
  Q: what is the ratio of white vinegar? do you use it straight from a spray bottle? Thanx...linda
  A: Don't use vinegar of any color to treat the ants. Vinegar is acidic and will change the pH of the ...
Indoor jasmine - pinching back5/14/2007
  Q: I am trying to make my thumb more green, but am definitely an amateur when it comes to indoor ...
  A: " This is a method of keeping a plant vines or stems from getting too long and leggy. It helps keep ...
Dracaena Janet Craig5/14/2007
  Q: Can this plant be pruned or cut back? How tall does it get?? How should it be supported? The ...
  A: Janet Craig's grow ever taller as they don't branch and all new growth is at the top. There is no ...
Anthurium5/14/2007
  Q: My mother has an anthurium that someone gave her, the leaves have brown areas. What do we need to ...
  A: There is no one specific cause of brown spots on Anthurium leaves and you haven't revealed what ...
Is Hindu Rope plant Toxic for dogs?5/14/2007
  Q: My 10 week old black lab puppy chewed the leaf on my Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa 'Hummel's ...
  A: The ASPCA is the best source of information on plants toxic to pets. They do no list Hoyas among ...
Pothos5/14/2007
  Q: I recently bought a pathos plant and I have no green thumb. I had placed this plant on my front ...
  A: Your Pothos is a low light plant that does not tolerate direct sunlight, even indoors. The direct ...
Aloe Vera Help!5/14/2007
  Q: My mother-in-law gave me an aloe plant. It was part of a huge plant she had split. My problem is ...
  A: If the main stem is indeed dead, then all you can do is to cut off the stem just below the lowest ...
Croton5/14/2007
  Q: I have a croton plant that has been doing great for about 3 months now. I haven't re-potted it and ...
  A: You seem to be doing everything right in caring for your Croton. The most common problems with this ...
blooming house plant5/14/2007
  Q: What its called? rubber like leaves, smal yellow flowers.I just got as Mother day gift but no name ...
  A: Happy Mothers' Day! I don't usually ID plants without a photo, but in this case I am pretty sure ...
Help me fix my mistakes5/14/2007
  Q: I have recently started getting indoor plants. I have about 8 plants in total. I was told to repot ...
  A: It's not time to panic, yet! You were the victim of poor advice about potting, about using drainless ...
bird of paradise plant is dying5/13/2007
  Q: I recently bought a bird of paradise plant from home depot and after about a week the leaves are ...
  A: Birds of Paradise are high light plants so you will need to open up that white curtain to provide ...
grape ivy5/13/2007
  Q: I recently got a cutting from my grandmother's grape ivy & I have it in a glass of water. What is ...
  A: A single grape ivy cutting will be rather lonely by itself. It will grow longer, but it will never ...
Tropical Plant Sick?5/13/2007
  Q: I stumbled on your profile trying to find info on tropical plants. I bought this plant at IKEA in a ...
  A: Wow! What a spectacular view you have from your windows! Where are you located? Your plant is a ...
pruning corn plants5/13/2007
  Q: I have a corn plant that I have had for over 14 years, it just recently started to flower. My ...
  A: Congratulations on your providing many years of good care to your corn plant! Probably the only ...
Amaryllis Bulb Seeds5/12/2007
  Q: I have about 200 seeds from my 3 Amaryllis bulbs this year, which I have kept, I would like to know ...
  A: I think you are confusing Amaryllis seeds with Amaryllis bulbets. It is the small bulbets that ...
Purple passion plant5/12/2007
  Q: I am wondering if you can help me identify a plant. I got it as a clipping from a friend. It has ...
  A: Your plant is Purple passion. Its botanical name is Gynura sarmentosa. It does best in a sunny ...
Overheated Palm5/12/2007
  Q: I have a potted palm variety indoors that I brought to work yesterday for a school play. Afterward, ...
  A: In extreme heat, leaf tissue is often damaged permanently and does not recover. However, that ...
need to identify plant5/12/2007
  Q: I started a garden with a group of hearing-impaired people last summer here in NYC. The other day ...
  A: Your plant is a False Aralia. Its botanical name is Schefflera elegantissima, although in some ...
Birds of paradise5/12/2007
  Q: I was the one who ask you about my birds of paradise. I had those plants for four years now and have ...
  A: In my previous reply I explained to you that you have a scale insect infestation and offered several ...
Pruning China Doll5/11/2007
  Q: How do I prune a China Doll after it has become leggy? I am inexperienced at pruning! Help! PS: ...
  A: Pruning tends to be based on the individual plant, but I can give you some general guidelines. Any ...
getting peace lilies to bloom5/11/2007
  Q: can i grow peace lillys directly in water and get them to bloom? do i have to add fertilizer to the ...
  A: Peace lilies are less likely to bloom when grown in water than when potted in soil. However, many ...
About lucky bamboo5/11/2007
  Q: I have a friend that has a lucky bamboo "Dracaena sanderiana". She has black shots that wipe off and ...
  A: If the black spots are slightly raised bumps, then they are probably scale insects. Scale can be ...
Azalea Bonsai5/11/2007
  Q: Bonsai Azalea, looking good started blooming, now buds and leaves withering found bright green ...
  A: Bonsai Azaleas are tough to keep because Azaleas do not tolerate dryness and Bonsais have little ...
Ficus - black dots=Scale insects5/11/2007
  Q: I have a mature Ficus tree that is doing well in our Brooklyn apartment in front of an East window. ...
  A: If the black dots are sightly raised bumps that scratch off easily with a fingernail, then they are ...
Jade Bonsai5/10/2007
  Q: I recently bought a jade bonsai on the advice of the nursery manager who said it was very hardy and ...
  A: Bonsais are rarely easy and nearly always very expensive - and profitable! Unlike many bonsais, a ...
Jade Plant5/10/2007
  Q: I noticed that my jade plant's one branch seem to be dying and leaves are falling. It is a failry ...
  A: I don't know much about your Jade, so I cannot say for sure what the problem is, but I suspect root ...
caring for heathers5/9/2007
  Q: I just brought me a indoor heather plant, not much of a green-thumb muself. Was wondering what kind ...
  A: True Heather is the Calluna species that grows in Europe and does not make a good indoor plant at ...
Pruning a Massangeana Cane5/9/2007
  Q: I have several Massangeana Cane's growing in my atrium. 2 shoots grew to ver 15' and were touching ...
  A: Your mistake was pruning the stems so far back. You should have left at least several inches of stem ...
Half brown leaves on a tropical plant5/9/2007
  Q: Hey there, hope you can help my plant! I have a Dracaena Sanderiana or something like that! I have ...
  A: Your questions has raised many questions for me. First, I need to know if your plants are indeed D. ...
house plants5/8/2007
  Q: I have some house plants and their tips of the leaves are brown or drying up. I also have one that ...
  A: Brown leaf tips are a generic symptom that can be caused by under watering, by using hard water, by ...
Lucky Bean Plant5/8/2007
  Q: I have recently (one month ago) brought a lucky bean plant. However, recently the leaves have ...
  A: The symptoms you describe have several possible causes, including improper water and light. Lucky ...
Mass Cane plant just purchased, how to care for it?5/7/2007
  Q: I just purchased a "Mass Cane" plant from the local store. The people there had no clue on plant ...
  A: Your Dracaena massangeana cane, more commonly called Corn Plant, should do fine close to a bright ...
Birds of Paradise (house plant)5/7/2007
  Q: I'm looking for someone able to help me get rid of the brown spots on my birds of paradise tree. My ...
  A: The brown spots are the hard outer shells of scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they ...
Sick orchid & unknown plant5/7/2007
  Q: Good afternoon Will: After a period of good growth, my 2 year old orchid's leaves keep turning ...
  A: There are thousands of different kinds of Orchid and they have different requirements. I will need a ...
Staghorn fern5/7/2007
  Q: I am soon to bring home my first staghorn fern; in fact, a florist is holding it for me until I ...
  A: This must be my lucky day - you have two of my favorite plants! You will be interested to know that ...
Mexican Hat plant`5/7/2007
  Q: This afternoon I was gifted with a tiny bare root Mexican Hat plant cutting by a generous florist ...
  A: From your very brief description, I suspect your plant is a Bryophyllum daigremontianum (sometimes ...
Golden Pothos5/6/2007
  Q: We just purchased a golden pothos for our living room. I have noticed that the tips of most of the ...
  A: The process by which certain plants emit water droplets through the tips of their leaves is called ...
plant identification5/6/2007
  Q: I have a plant that was passed along to me a while ago and I am struggling to keep it thriving. It ...
  A: Your plant is an overgrown Dracaena 'Janet Craig.' It appears to be quite healthy and that tells me ...
Sad Ficus.5/6/2007
  Q: I have a Fiscus plant that has stayed the same size for about four years now. It is very sparse, ...
  A: When a plant or tree has weak, sparse growth it is almost always because it is not getting enough ...
2 unidentified plants5/6/2007
  Q: I bought these plants at a local produce stand but unfortunately they had NO info on it. Can you ...
  A: They are rather fuzzy, but I believe I can identify the first one as an Angelwing Begonia and the ...
Plant Trauma5/4/2007
  Q: My boyfriend had a small kitchen fire - a pan of hot oil was smoking and when he tried to quickly ...
  A: This is certainly an unusual question. I entertain questions about plants being over watered and ...
Chrysanthemum5/4/2007
  Q: I purchased a bloomed basket of Chrysanthemum. The flowers were beautiful but with time they ...
  A: Mums will not bloom again as indoor plants. Indoors the light is not strong enough and the temps ...
Massangeana cane5/3/2007
  Q: I just bought a massangeana cane from Home Depot. It looks great and has new growth on it. I ...
  A: I am assuming the musty smell is coming from the soil. If so, that is not a good sign. It means that ...
Jasmine Plant5/2/2007
  Q: I just purchased an angelwing jasmine, as far as the size it says it weighs 6 lbs. It came in a tin ...
  A: Plants are not usually sold by weight except through the mail. Is that how you received yours? They ...
Tropical Hibiscus for Beginner5/2/2007
  Q: Is a tropical hibiscus a good house plant for a beginner gardener? Do you have any care ...
  A: Hibiscus is not an easy plant, but it is not impossibly difficult either. But It sounds like you ...
Very large snake plant5/1/2007
  Q: I just repotted a very large snake plant into a large pot. Some of the stalks are close to 3 feet ...
  A: Older snake plants do become floppy as they age unless they have been in very strong sunlight. ...
How do I know if I need to repot my Norfolk Pine?5/1/2007
  Q: I just inherited a very large Norfolk Pine from my friends grandmother who recently passed away. I ...
  A: What you have learned about the hazards of unnecessary repotting are correct. Your NIP is healthy so ...
Gnats on a Croton houseplant5/1/2007
  Q: How do I get rid of knats on a croton houseplant? I prefer not to use chemicals.
  A: Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat ...
repotting houseplant4/30/2007
  Q: I was told to repot my dying string of beads houseplant. The problem is this plant was seriously ...
  A: Its botanical name is Senecio rowleyanus. Believe it or not those pea-like things are actually ...
plant identification - Hindu Rope Plant4/30/2007
  Q: I recently acquired a plant from a friend, and neither of us knows what it is. I think it's a ...
  A: Your mystery plant is a Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa 'Hummel's compacta'). Hoyas must have a lot ...
tenting for termites killing plants4/29/2007
  Q: Our Apt is being tented for drywood termites and they are to use Vikane(sulfuryl fluoride). They ...
  A: I cannot find any information as to whether Vikane is phyto-toxic to the plants you referenced. My ...
peace lily4/29/2007
  Q: When the leaves are burned on the edges, how do i prune them. I noticed a "Bump" in the stems. Do I ...
  A: If it just the edges of a leaf that are burned, you can use sharp scissors to trim off these edges ...
Ficus Ali4/29/2007
  Q: I inherited two Ficus Ali trees. They are in 10" pots and are about 4.5' tall. One is growing in a ...
  A: Your questions are excellent ones that reflect a good understanding of plants. A 10" pot is quite ...
moving large ficus lyrata4/29/2007
  Q: I have a spectacular ficus lyrata that I've had for about fifteen years, since it was very small; ...
  A: Temps as low as 55 degrees are fine for Ficus lyrata. However, sharp blasts of frigid air from doors ...
plant help4/28/2007
  Q: I think this is some sort of umbrella tree. I have had it for 8 years. It is very tall, but it is ...
  A: Your tree is a Schefflera arboricola. It certainly looks healthy enough so you are obviously giving ...
corn plant4/25/2007
  Q: My husband has brought home a corn plant from work because they were going to throw it away. . ...
  A: Your deductive abilities are excellent! Your plant is a corn plant or Dracaena massangeana cane. For ...
Calathea4/25/2007
  Q: WHAT KIND OF PLANT IS THIS? I AM SENDING YOU PHOTOS OF THIS PLANT TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. THE LEAVES ...
  A: Your plant is a Calathea, a close relative of the Prayer Plant. It is quite particular about its ...
Leaning plants4/24/2007
  Q: Two things have happened to these two indoor plants suddenly. Kentia Palm - have had for 10 years. ...
  A: There are a number of possible causes of a plant's leaning to one side. If a plant is not rotated ...
elephant ear (Alocasia)4/24/2007
  Q: I've recently become interested in tropical plants and purchased a healthy elephant ear plant. Is it ...
  A: Alocasia is prone to getting brown patches on its leaves if the light and watering are not just ...
Can I prune my parlor palm?4/24/2007
  Q: When I sent you hte email with the photos of the plant leaves I forgot to ask about prunning my ...
  A: You can prune off individual palm fronds, but you cannot prune off the top growing tip on any stem. ...
rubber plant4/24/2007
  Q: teh leaves on my rubber fall off at the rate of 2-4 a day.it sits in the middle of the room so has ...
  A: Your rubber plant is not getting enough light and is also probably getting too much water. It needs ...
Ants4/24/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me. I have a ficus tree that seems to have ants. I think my tree is 4 years old. ...
  A: First make sure that no one has put any food substances in the soil that would attract ants. Ants do ...
adenium obesum - desert rose4/24/2007
  Q: please help - I left my husband's new plant [adult, with about 50 leaves, nice and ready to bloom ...
  A: A single overnight soaking will not damage a desert rose as long as it is allowed to dry out ...
outdoor rubber plant4/23/2007
  Q: I just bought a rubber plant and am planning on planting it in a somewhat small courtyard under a ...
  A: My area of expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. However, I can tell you that rubber trees ...
Ficus gnats and worms4/23/2007
  Q: My ficus started droping its leaves when I noticed these gross little black gnat/fly things all over ...
  A: Fungus gnats are a pretty good indication that the soil of your Ficus tree is staying too wet and ...
Jade Plants4/22/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a small jade tree which is approximately 3 inches in diameter. I am wondering ...
  A: Jade plants will survive in low/medium light, but they will not thrive. Growth rate will slow and ...
Cat Palm4/22/2007
  Q: I live in Tampa, Florida,I bought a Cat Palm about 10 months ago from Target,It was growing fine,, I ...
  A: I don't know if your Cat Palm had few leaves when you purchased it or whether it has lost many ...
low light office plants4/22/2007
  Q: i have a small office with bad air, no daylight. can you suggest a plant that will survive and ...
  A: I care for many plants in offices like yours. Typically, they have no windows, recycled air, and ...
bird of paradise in NYC4/22/2007
  Q: I just bought a beautiful 6 foot bird of paradise (in a 14" pot) and now I'm nervous that it won't ...
  A: I understand your desire to do everything possible to "spoil" your new plant. I will help you with ...
Umbrella Plant care4/22/2007
  Q: I am very nervous. I just bought a 3 and 1/2 to 4ft. umbrella plant about a week a go and I don't ...
  A: There are two types of umbrella plant (Schefflera). One has smaller leaves about the 3 inches in ...
Does the snake plant flower?4/22/2007
  Q: I've another question. I see something at soil level in my snake plant(Laurentii). It's yellow ...
  A: Snake plants definitely flower when kept moderately potbound and given good light. The tiny flowers ...
Old Rubber Tree with aerial roots4/22/2007
  Q: From a two inch plant thirty years ago, my husband moved his rubber plant into my conservatory ...
  A: Your rubber tree is not in any danger, as it is quite healthy, despite the recent loss of leaves. It ...
ZZ plant problem??4/21/2007
  Q: I just purchased 2 ZZ plants since the one I have has done so well. But I noticed dark brown ...
  A: I have lots of ZZ plants under my care, but I am having trouble visualizing these brown splotches ...
money tree4/21/2007
  Q: I was just reading that I'm not supposed to repot my money tree which my mother informed me is best ...
  A: In the last couple of years, the market has been flooded with money trees (Pachira aquatica). As ...
Rubber Tree4/20/2007
  Q: I have had my rubber tree for 20 years.......I had him outside and I think he got too cold new ...
  A: Cold damage is a real problem this year because the weather has been cooler than normal in many ...
My Cyclamen4/20/2007
  Q: I got my cyclamen last week, and it has lots of flowers bloomed and a bunch of growing ones too, as ...
  A: In general, Cyclamen bloom during the cooler months and tend to go into semi-dormancy during the ...
Types of Decorative Plan for Florescent Lighting4/20/2007
  Q: I work in an office with florescent lighting and I have a 5' wall with a top shelf next to my desk. ...
  A: I care for hundreds of plants in offices like yours that have no windows and just overhead ...
aloe vera plant4/20/2007
  Q: I have a 10 yr. old plant with lots of babies - some are 2+ feet long and hanging out of the pot. ...
  A: In general, the answer is that you can cut off the stems of the offset (babies) at any point, let ...
elephant ear plant4/20/2007
  Q: I have a large elephant ear indoor plant. Several of its leaves turned brown (which I removed), ...
  A: "Elephant ear" is one of those common plant names that is used to refer to several different plant ...
Starting "String of pearls" & "Jelly beans" Plant4/18/2007
  Q: I just got cutting of both plants mentioned and would like to know the best way to start the ...
  A: Both plants are succulents and both can be propagated quite easily. For the string of pearls ...
Olea Europaea as an Indoor Plant4/18/2007
  Q: I recently put an olive tree in my office reception area and I wanted advice on how I should treat ...
  A: I think that your ratings comments were unfair. I have given you reliable information, albeit not ...
Bird of Paradise Seeds/Jade Plant4/18/2007
  Q: I gave my mom a large Jade Plant for Easter and she gave me a few cutting off of it for my own. I ...
  A: Good to hear from you again! Rooting Jade cuttings in sphagnum moss is unorthodox, but there is no ...
umbrella tree plant4/18/2007
  Q: i cant figure out why my umberella tree keeps trying to die it get a new leaf then some will wilt up ...
  A: If an umbrella tree (Schefflera) is getting good light, but some of the new leaves are turning ...
Spathiphyllum4/17/2007
  Q: I work in a Law Office and take care of their plants. They have two Spathephyllum plants, they are ...
  A: What you are calling baby plants are really just suckered growth. I don't think they are worth ...
Bird of Paradise4/16/2007
  Q: First of all,thank you for the answers to my last questions. I appreciate the help. I wanted to ask ...
  A: The Bird of Paradise is a good indoor plant if you can place it in front of a sunny window. It does ...
Jade plant4/16/2007
  Q: I just bought the jade plant two days ago. I've water it today as the soil was very dry. The plant ...
  A: Jades have very small and fine root systems compared to the size of the stems and leaves. If you ...
Dracaena Leaves4/16/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a beautiful Draceana and the leaves are just not doing well. They constantly ...
  A: Do you know which kind of Dracaena you have? If not, can you email a photo to me at ...
questions about my houseplants4/15/2007
  Q: I have an aspidistra. I have it in a ten inch pot sitting near an east window. I noticed lately ...
  A: You have asked a lot of questions here. I will answer them all, but not in as much detail as I ...
Norfolk Island Pine4/15/2007
  Q: I have a Norfolk Island Pine tree in my room in front of a southeast facing window, I just repotted ...
  A: Yours is the most common of all plant problems and the least understood. The problem was the ...
Tillandsia care4/15/2007
  Q: I need your help on the care and nurturing of Tillandsia. Mine sits in an unobstructed west-facing ...
  A: Tillandsias are epiphytes meaning that in nature they grow in tropical forests attached to tree ...
Sago palm anatomy4/15/2007
  Q: I emailed you a few photos of my sago palm. I need your help to identify the new growth as leaves or ...
  A: No prize for guessing correctly, but a note of appreciation for asking a good question. Both of the ...
Massangeana Cane plant4/15/2007
  Q: I bought a Massangeana Cane plant last November and recently I've discovered (thanks to my cat ...
  A: Those critters living in the soil are harmless to the plant. As long as they stay in the soil, you ...
my rubber plant seems to be dying4/14/2007
  Q: I bought "george" (my rubber plant) around 5 months ago - he was in a small, 6" pot, and appeared ...
  A: Please let me know what was not clear or how I could be more helpful. Regards, Will Creed Hi ...
indoor planters4/14/2007
  Q: I have an indoor planter in my lower level living space. I need to plant something that requires ...
  A: The more specific you can be, the more specific I can be in recommending a plant for you. What are ...
sticky leaves on my jasmine4/13/2007
  Q: First time to this site, and wow, someone else has the same problem as I with my jasmine...my floor ...
  A: If you prune first, you will have a lot less spray drenching to do. Please let me know if any of ...
Corn plant flowers4/13/2007
  Q: I have a Corn Indoor Plant and it's sprouting some kind of flowers (very fragrance). It's becoming ...
  A: Older corn plants (Dracaena massangeana) do flower from time to time. They are rather strange ...
Bird of Paradise Flowers4/12/2007
  Q: I have recently bought a flowering bird of paradise plant. I have had the plant for over a week now ...
  A: There is only one flower for each flower stalk. I am not sure just what you are seeing. It may be ...
scale on myrtle4/12/2007
  Q: Creed I have a common myrtle (Myrtus communis I believe) that unfortunately has scale. I've been ...
  A: Is your Myrtle indoors or outdoors? If it is outdoors, it may have a different type of scale than ...
jade plant4/12/2007
  Q: I am a beginner in growing house plants and have 3 baby jades together in a 6" pot. They are 8-10" ...
  A: Congratulations on your success so far. I am not sure you can call yourself a beginner anymore! The ...
Help! My rubber plant is unwell!4/11/2007
  Q: My rubber plant is suffering a little after a recent house move. I did think that the yellowing of ...
  A: Plants often decline when they are relocated. A change in light necessitates a change in watering, ...
Schefflera4/10/2007
  Q: Can a schefflera plant be placed outside on a porch or covered deck after the threat of freeze in ...
  A: I would not put it outside until night temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. You may get ...
plant care and identity4/10/2007
  Q: I'm wondering what this plant is - I've sent you 2 photos wwwdave1.jpg and wwwdave2.jpg The ...
  A: Your plant is a begonia. Unfortunately, there are so many species and hybrid varieties of Begonia ...
unidentified insects killing plants4/10/2007
  Q: I am most concerned about my peace lily. It was doing fine until i came home after being away. The ...
  A: The wilting and dull green color are probably from rotted roots or from soil that got too dry while ...
Plant ID4/10/2007
  Q: Will, I emailed you a photo of a plant I need identified that has lacy foliage. I know how to care ...
  A: What a remarkable coincidence! Your plant is a Polyscias, aka Ming Aralia. Please let me know if ...
Inherited Office Plant4/9/2007
  Q: I have a plant at my office that I inherited. I have no idea what it is. It has grown a lot ...
  A: Your plant is a Dieffenbachia or "dumb cane." The latter name relates to the fact that this toxic ...
Jasmine (Lebanese)4/9/2007
  Q: I am a beginner at growing plants! I recently bought a jasmine plant and the shop owner told us that ...
  A: There are many varieties of jasmine and I cannot be sure just what you have. However, I can provide ...
Ficus trees4/8/2007
  Q: We live in Arizona and we had some mornings with frost and it seems like our fica trees took the ...
  A: Ficus trees can survive a mild frost. Typically, it will damage leaves and smaller stems, but the ...
Overwatered Echeveria4/8/2007
  Q: I have a plant whose tag says it is an "echevaria metallica." I have had it for about 4 months now, ...
  A: A photo would be very helpful. Echeverias are succulents. They require direct sunlight, very small ...
Massangeana Cane4/8/2007
  Q: I bought a Massangeana Cane 3 weeks ago it has 2 stems to it. We just trans planted it and it was ...
  A: Your Dracaena massangeana is a marvelous indoor plant that does not fare very well outside, for a ...
Orchid care4/8/2007
  Q: it was from a supermarket and there was no indication as to what species it is. Its planted in a 6 ...
  A: Your Orchid is probably a Phalaenopsis. Normally it will not flower more than once per year. ...
what are these and what is wrong4/8/2007
  Q: i got these plants from friends and i dont know what they are what i did wrong.ii email you a ...
  A: The first plant is a Jade plant. It is very old and has gotten just enough light to survive, but not ...
my plant leaves falling why4/8/2007
  Q: i have a i belive it is a umbrella tree what is wrong with it ill send a photo ANSWER: Please let me ...
  A: Your umbrella tree is also known as Schefflera arboricola. It should be very close to an uncovered ...
jade plant problem4/8/2007
  Q: I've been having a problem with one of my jade plants. I've had this plant for about 6 years and, up ...
  A: The symptoms you described are classic signs of Jade root rot. This has happened because when a ...
House Plant4/8/2007
  Q: I have a flower that was given to me for the death of my grandmother. The name of the plant is ...
  A: Stop! Don't repot your Emerald Bay. Aglaonemas are slow growers, in part because they do best in low ...
Lily Plant and Good luck Bamboo plant.4/8/2007
  Q: Will, I have two questions that appear to be pertaining to the same problem. My first is my Lily ...
  A: I don't think that the two problems are related. There are a couple of possible causes of the peace ...
Frozen Schefflera4/7/2007
  Q: My dad's funeral was yesterday. One of the plants was accidentally left in my brother's car ...
  A: I am sorry about your father's recent death. I wish I had better news for you about the Schefflera. ...
Rubber Tree plant - translucent leaves4/7/2007
  Q: I have rubber tree plants. In 2003,I rooted 2 cuttings from a very old tree at work; they were then ...
  A: Yours is a bit of an odd situation. Translucent leaves are unusual. The light appears to be fine, so ...
pruning4/7/2007
  Q: I have an India rubber plant,It is doing so well it is getting too wide(big).How do I prune it? I ...
  A: It is hard to provide specific pruning instructions without seeing a photo of your plant. Each ...
Schefflera - pruning4/7/2007
  Q: These plants are part of the family now. It's getting a bit leggy. It's been repotted several ...
  A: My first piece of advice is to stay away from repotting. Older plants do not need repotting. Their ...
Corn Plant4/7/2007
  Q: I got a corn plant that is 7 ft. tall that used to be in a office. Every since I bought it home the ...
  A: You have a used plant that I assume was under someone else's care at the office. So it is impossible ...
Neanthe Bella Palm4/7/2007
  Q: First I want to say that I don't have a green thumb. I bought a few house plants about 5 months ago ...
  A: Neanthe bella palms are quite particular about their water requirements. If you let the soil get too ...
Ficus with spider mites4/7/2007
  Q: I have a 12 year old Ficus that has done amazingly well until recently (7 moves in 3 years). I just ...
  A: Ficus tress don't often get spider mites, but it certainly can happen. Spray your tree lightly with ...
Ficus trees4/7/2007
  Q: We have 4 ficus trees in our yard. 3 are close to our house and are in pots. The 4th is planted in ...
  A: Ficus trees will survive a very light and brief frost. A heavier freeze will not only damage the ...
Braided Arboricola4/7/2007
  Q: I was given this braided arbicola plant from my grandpas funeral. It is about 3-4ft tall and the ...
  A: It sounds like you have a very healthy plant and a nice remembrance of your grandpa. Do not repot ...
Portea alatisepala4/7/2007
  Q: I grow Bromeliads as a hobby and have recently received a Portea alatisepala from a friend and have ...
  A: Portea alatisepala is an unusual specimen that is not commonly available, as I am sure you know. I ...
Gardenias dying.4/7/2007
  Q: ..what type of nutrients the gardenias needs. I live in SE Florida and I have some gardenias in my ...
  A: This is really not a houseplant, but a gardening question because you are growing it outside. ...
palms, ficus & philodendron4/7/2007
  Q: ....I have read your advice on other related subject matter questions and I am confident you are the ...
  A: Your description doesn't match anything that I can think of. However, some good photos may change ...
Ficus tree4/6/2007
  Q: I live in Melbourne, Florida. I have planted a ficus tree in the front yard and would like to ...
  A: The growth habit of a Ficus grown in the ground outdoors is very different than a Ficus grown ...
Massangeana Cane4/5/2007
  Q: CAN I USE FERTILIZER ON Massangeana Cane TREES?
  A: Yes, you can. However, Dracaena massangeanas are often put in low light where growth rate and ...
Fungus gnats4/5/2007
  Q: Do you have a solution for gnats, I have 40 house plants, all different kinds. Is there a spray ? ...
  A: Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful to people. Each gnat ...
Azalea tree4/5/2007
  Q: We recently bought a friend an azalea tree. I had never seen these before the trunk is braided and ...
  A: Although the grower chose to braid the trunks of this Azalea shrub, it is still an Azalea and has ...
peace lily4/5/2007
  Q: can you split a peace lily or do you put in a larger pot
  A: Peace lilies don't like to have their roots disturbed. So the fist option is to leave it in its ...
Madagascar Dragon Tree - Dracaena Marginata4/4/2007
  Q: After a week of purchase I watered the tree straight from the faucet. A few days later a few of ...
  A: It is quite common for Dracaena marginatas to lose some of their lower (older) leaves as they add ...
Pachira Aquatica - sprouting all over4/4/2007
  Q: I have a Pachira Aquatica and it is sprouting leaves all over even at the bottom part. I have seen ...
  A: Each Plant is unique so it is hard to provide a specific answer without actually seeing a photo of ...
Massangeana Cane Plant4/4/2007
  Q: I own parrots, I would like to add some safe indoor houseplants, Can you tell me if the Massangeana ...
  A: I do not know of any studies of the toxic effects of plants on birds. Most of the studies are on ...
Tea Rose4/4/2007
  Q: I'm wondering how to turn my tall, skinny plant into a short, bushy one. It's a new plant and he's ...
  A: Tea roses often do not do well indoors because they require lots of direct sun throughout most of ...
Tickle Me (Sensitive) Plants (mimosa pudica)4/4/2007
  Q: com I bought these plants from TickleMePlant.com and my students and I find them to be amazing. The ...
  A: You have provided a great learning experience for your students! How old are they? Mimosa pudica is ...
aloe vera plant4/4/2007
  Q: I have an aloe plant that was repotted about 2 years ago, it has several babies. The plant was moved ...
  A: It is likely that the discoloration of the Aloes leaves was caused by intense outdoor light, which ...
Dumb cane/Dieffenbachia4/3/2007
  Q: I recently cut my dumbcane way back & decided to try propagating by cane cuttings. I laid 4 pieces ...
  A: Good work, Pam! No, you don't have to transplant them. They will do just fine together in one pot. ...
corn plant4/3/2007
  Q: I have repotted my corn plant. I had put it outside too early and it is in very poor shape. I hoping ...
  A: Corn plants rarely need repotting and unnecessary repotting often leads to root rot. You didn't ...
Repotted corn plants4/3/2007
  Q: I have emailed Will Creed Photos as well as some specifics. I rescued 2 messangeana cane plants ...
  A: Your corn plants look okay, but you have to be very careful not to keep the soil too moist. That is ...
Gnats on Bonsai Plant4/3/2007
  Q: I noticed I have nats around the soil and rocks of my indoor Bonsai tree. I am watering and misting ...
  A: The presence of fungus gnats is a good indication that the soil is staying too moist and the roots ...
How to water4/3/2007
  Q: How do I know how much and how often to water this plant? I don't know if I'm under-watering ...
  A: There is no simple schedule for watering any plant. Each plant has to be treated individually. In ...
Hibiscus plant4/3/2007
  Q: I bought a Hibiscus plant in Key West and live in the midwest, so I intend to keep it indoors except ...
  A: In good light, your Hibiscus can stay in flower for many months. It is really quite variable. You ...
Best indoor plants4/3/2007
  Q: I just read your answer to another question regarding majestic palms. I have the same problem with ...
  A: Indoor plant selection should be based on the available light. Can you describe to me how close to a ...
night blooming cereus4/2/2007
  Q: My night blooming cyrus has black spots on the leaves that in places go all the way through and is ...
  A: How extensive are the black spots? Are they on all or most of the leaves? How many on each leaf? Is ...
pony tail palm4/2/2007
  Q: my indoor ponty tail has white sticky stuff on it after wiping it off it has transferd to my fern is ...
  A: Can you describe the white sticky stuff? Does it have a soft cotton-like texture? I suspect ...
House Plant4/2/2007
  Q: I saw an indoor plant at Home Depot that I fell in love with. The tag said "Banana Tree (Plant)" ...
  A: Home Depots are so bad at properly identifying plants that it is hard to know just what you have. ...
Jasmine Tree - Scale4/2/2007
  Q: Mr. Creed, Let me begin by saying that I am a novice gardener/plant owner. It took a while for me ...
  A: but, unfortunately, I know what the problem is from your description. Your Jasmine has a scale ...
African violets4/2/2007
  Q: I have a number of African violets in a northwest window. They get plenty of light but no direct ...
  A: Curiously, older AV leaves get soft when the roots are deprived of water and also when they are kept ...
7' China Doll4/2/2007
  Q: My China Doll is 3 years old & 7' tall. When I wasn't successful with the plant in the house during ...
  A: That is an awesome China doll that you have! Great work! Apparently the light that it receives in ...
Spider mites - safe treatment4/1/2007
  Q: Some of my houseplants are covered with fine webbing that suggest spider mites. Can you please offer ...
  A: Spider mites are very tiny and they look like dust particles to the naked eye, often hiding on the ...
lucky bamboo4/1/2007
  Q: I have a lucky bamboo plant which is doing well but is getting too big for it's container. Which ...
  A: I see that your rating indicated that you were less than impressed with my knowledge on this topic. ...
Rubber Tree Plant4/1/2007
  Q: We have a rubber tree plant that has lost all its leaves on 3 of its 7 shoots. We have had the ...
  A: Your rubber plant has lost a lot of leaves because it is not getting enough light and, secondarily, ...
Peace Lilly4/1/2007
  Q: I have had a peace lilly for 4 yrs now from my fathers funeral. It did great the first 3 yrs that ...
  A: I'm sorry that I don't have better news for you about saving your peace lily. And I hate to have to ...
pineapple plant4/1/2007
  Q: i live in north carolina i have several pineapple plants they are not in 8 gallon potts one in each ...
  A: Those are very large pots for Pineapples. Were they in those pots when you acquired them or did you ...
Heliconia4/1/2007
  Q: How are you? Im proud to say my plants are growing and thriving quite well. I am looking to add to ...
  A: Heliconia is a good indoor plant as long as you have a spot right in front of a sunny window to keep ...
Dracaena Marginata Plant Care3/31/2007
  Q: 5 feet tall and the 2nd one is 4.5 feet tall.. I bought them at Home depot 7 months ago, and they ...
  A: It is likely that the high mineral content of your well-water is causing the problems you have ...
Aloe plant rescue3/31/2007
  Q: I have just recvd a very large and distressed aloe plant that has gone unwatered for 3-4months. ...
  A: This will surprise you, but my main suggestion is to move it back into its original pot. Your Aloe ...
repotting Jade plant3/31/2007
  Q: I have a small Jade in a 4" pot that I bought about 6 or 7 months ago. There are 7 stalks in the pot ...
  A: There is no rule about the number of separate stems per pot. I have seen single Jade stems in a pot ...
Cyclamen care3/31/2007
  Q: I have this plant and need to know how to take care of it. It has beautiful purple flowers and ...
  A: In general, Cyclamen bloom during the cooler months and tend to go into semi-dormancy during the ...
coral cactus3/31/2007
  Q: How do I care for a coral cactus, know nothing about them and got one as a gift. thank you, Sandy
  A: Provide lots of bright light for your coral cactus by keeping it close to an uncovered window. It ...
plant name3/30/2007
  Q: a friend ask me about a lemon smelling plant that keeps fly at bay indoors could u tell me what that ...
  A: Your friend is probably referring to a lemon-scented Geranium, known botanically as Pelargonium ...
RE : indoor plants3/30/2007
  Q: I am living in Malaysia and my new home has an indoor garden area which is about 15'x13' and is well ...
  A: Yours is an unusual situation. I recommend that you not plant indoor plants directly into the ...
Corn plant cane pruning3/30/2007
  Q: "My 28 year old mature corn plan has been cut down to its wood base which is about 5 feet tall. ...
  A: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to promote additional growth on your corn plant cane. ...
peace lily repotting3/30/2007
  Q: I repotted my peace lily to a larger pot and it has done worse ever since. I took it back to a ...
  A: Without actually seeing the plant and its roots, it is hard for me to determine if it has reached ...
Norfolk Island Pine3/29/2007
  Q: Help! My Norfolk pine that I bought at Christmas time has also dry up on one side, that was the ...
  A: I am sorry to inform you that dry air is not the cause of the drying out of your Norfolk pine and ...
Grandfather's pipe plant3/29/2007
  Q: I came to your Q/A of 2/12/07 as I googled to see a picture of a plant I was just given at a plant ...
  A: As I indicated in my 2/12 reply, I am unable to find any references to a plant by the name ...
Cold damaged Ficus3/28/2007
  Q: I too have a sick ficus. It's over twenty-five years old and it got zapped by the cold. The leaves ...
  A: If your Ficus got zapped by the cold, then there is no reason to expect bugs to be there or to ...
Repotted tomato seedlings3/28/2007
  Q: A week ago I transplanted tomato seedlings into 4" peat pots so I can have nice size plants by late ...
  A: Powdery mildew can be devastating to tender seedlings. The mildew originated with some spores that ...
Gardenia3/28/2007
  Q: I have a gardenia & the leaves are covered with these little green bugs. What the heck are they & ...
  A: Assuming that your Gardenia is indoors, the green bugs are probably aphids. Aphids commonly appear ...
SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON3/28/2007
  Q: I HAVE WHAT I THINK IS A SPLIT LEAF PHIL AND WHEN I MOVED FROM ALABAMA TO OHIO I BELIEVE IT WAS ...
  A: Healthy new growth is a good indication that your plant is successfully adjusting to its new home. I ...
Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana Yellowing3/28/2007
  Q: I have a potted tropical plant Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana (Happy Plant) that I picked up a couple ...
  A: You have a very nice-looking corn plant. I do not see anything that trouble me. The yellowing of ...
Jade trees3/27/2007
  Q: all available info
  A: Jade plants (Crassula argentea) do best in lots of bright light, including several hours of direct ...
Dracaena marginata3/27/2007
  Q: I got one of these back in Nov. when my mom passed away.It was doing well and then not so well,my ...
  A: Marginatas have rather sensitive roots that do not like to be disturbed or overwatered. Repotting ...
help my fiddle leaf fig3/27/2007
  Q: i bought a beautiful fiddle leaf fig about a month ago. it was so full of leaves that it was like a ...
  A: Your Ficus lyrata was not properly acclimated by the grower before it was sold to you. A Lyrata that ...
frozen house plants3/27/2007
  Q: i was in the process of installing new floors and had to move my large plants. i put them outside, ...
  A: Is that -2F. or -2C.? Both are below freezing and sufficient to cause cold damage. However, -2F is ...
Hydroponic Bamboo3/27/2007
  Q: Does the lucky bamboo I'm growing in water HAVE to have pebbles in the bottom? Mine does not. ...
  A: The pebbles are there only for decorative purposes and to help keep the stems upright. There is no ...
Corn Plant Problems3/27/2007
  Q: My corn plant has recently devoloped a black color on the elbow of its only shoot. The blackness is ...
  A: Your educated guesses are accurate. The roots have rotted as a result of the excess soil that you ...
Bird of Paradise3/26/2007
  Q: I have a bird of paradise that hasn't done well ever since I bought it. The leaves all split and go ...
  A: The Bird of Paradise is not always an easy plant. It requires lots of light, which yours seems to ...
Pic of yellowing Dieffenbachia3/26/2007
  Q: I apologize, I forgot to attach a pic! <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img ...
  A: OK, I did find a way to open the photo. There is nothing that I see in the photo that suggests ...
Yellowing leaves on Dieffenbachia3/26/2007
  Q: I'm fairly new to indoor plants, well actually all types of plants, and am absolutely in love with ...
  A: Yellow leaves are a generic symptom. That means that they have multiple causes rather than a single ...
Mealybugs on Hindu Rope3/26/2007
  Q: My beautiful Hindu Rope plant has developed a white powdery substance on its leaves. I have looked ...
  A: Based on your description, your Hindu Rope plant (Hoya carnosa) has a mealybug infestation. These ...
peace lily3/26/2007
  Q: is this plant harmful if the leaves are eaten?
  A: According to the ASPCA website, peace lily, as a member of the Aroid family contains calcium oxalate ...
Moisture terms3/25/2007
  Q: Will, Another question about terms found on generic plant tags...How moist is "evenly moist"? ...
  A: There is something about dry words on a generic tag or even a website posting that doesn't do ...
Light level definitions3/25/2007
  Q: I am confused by the generic tags that come with most indoor plants, the tags that vaguely state ...
  A: You are not the only one left in the dark by those generic plant tags! They are often quite ...
Bird of Paradise Repotting3/25/2007
  Q: My mum recently bought a bird of paradise plant and she decided to remove the plant from its pot, ...
  A: Having ants in the soil is not normal. Although they are not likely to damage the plant, I am sure ...
Corn Plants3/24/2007
  Q: I have two questions - first, I have a corn plant which I have had for 25 years. (which I have cut ...
  A: Answer to Question 1: In general, if the roots are healthy you can cut back a stem at almost any ...
Azaleas3/24/2007
  Q: I received an azalea at my sons funeral. I want to keep this plant as long as possible. I have ...
  A: I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you to cope with your son's death. None of us want to ...
Amaryllis3/24/2007
  Q: my uncle has tried to grow on a armaryllis from one year to another he has got 8 bulbs from ...
  A: Unlike many flowering plants, Amaryllis can definitely re-bloom every year. However, there is a ...
peace plant3/24/2007
  Q: A friend moved from Connecticut to Florida recently and gave me her peace plant. It is quite large ...
  A: Peace lilies get brown tips for several reasons. 1. Using hard tap water or too much fertilizer. 2. ...
Peace lily3/24/2007
  Q: I also have two pease lillys that I recieved in January. They were doing wonderful until now. I ...
  A: Peace lilies are very sensitive to cold and to direct sunlight. When they are exposed to temps below ...
Anthurium Plant3/23/2007
  Q: I brought a plant over form Hawaii 6 years ago. I do get blooms every so often, but my plant is ...
  A: Anthuriums grow taller and lose some older leaves as they age. After several years they become quite ...
Pineapple Plants3/22/2007
  Q: My mother bought a pineapple to eat, cut the top of it off and handed it to me. She said that I ...
  A: Your mother was right about your having a green thumb! Great job with your pineapple. Outdoor sun ...
Water for house plants3/22/2007
  Q: I'm doing a project on what type of water is best for a plant's growth, and what is your opinion? ...
  A: I cannot answer your question directly because the content of tap water, spring water and bottled ...
Peace Lily spadix3/22/2007
  Q: I have several peace lilies in my home. They range in size from 1 foot to over 3 feet tall. Each ...
  A: Your question is very interesting and you are very observant! The center of the Spathiphyllum ...
Calla Lily3/22/2007
  Q: I have 2 plants, one is yellow, one is red. I live in Austin, TX and live in a new house, which ...
  A: For now, provide as much light as possible to extend the flowers' longevity. I suggest putting it ...
Peperomia plant3/21/2007
  Q: I have a peromia plant that I recently re-potted. Before I re-potted it, the stalks were leaning ...
  A: There are many different species of Peperomia, so I am not sure which you are talking about. That ...
Adenium obesum rot3/21/2007
  Q: I have a rather large dessert rose in an 8" pot. It was given to me as a gift and I didn't realize ...
  A: Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a succulent member of the Oleander family. (Note: Oleander family ...
Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)3/21/2007
  Q: Will, I've a couple of money trees that aren't doing well. Their leaves tend to brown and become ...
  A: Money trees are very popular right now and growers are seizing the moment and flooding the market ...
Canela Plant3/20/2007
  Q: I have a canela plant that was doing well up until about 1 1/2 months ago, it is in a room that gets ...
  A: The botanical name for your Canela is Cinnamomum kotoense. It can survive in low to medium light, ...
Pothos Cuttings3/20/2007
  Q: A friend of mine is willing to give me a vine from a pathos and I am wondering the best way to ...
  A: It is not a good idea for your friend to try and pull out a Pothos vine with roots intact. The ...
Ficus3/20/2007
  Q: i have a ficus for seven years in my bathroom where it gets lots of light and i water it once a ...
  A: If your Ficus has not been repotted or moved in the last six months and the light has not changed ...
Cyclamen3/20/2007
  Q: I was recently given a cyclamen. How to care for it? Thanks, Alex
  A: In general, Cyclamen bloom during the cooler months and tend to go into semi-dormancy during the ...
I need help identifying my new plant.3/20/2007
  Q: I thought the man at the garden center sold me a bird of paradise, but now Im not so sure. It said ...
  A: The plant in the photo is a Spathiphyllum, not a BOP. It does have unusually long leaf stems so I ...
fungus gnats3/20/2007
  Q: I have gnats from my indoor plants which I think came from the compost dirt I got from the local ...
  A: Compost is great for outdoor use where the natural environment creates lots of conditions that keep ...
Rubber tree brown spots3/19/2007
  Q: I've had my rubber tree for about 2 years. I've recently noticed that the little, brown, snail ...
  A: Scales are the only plant pests that seem to fit your description. There are different types of ...
I desperately need your help!3/19/2007
  Q: I have a madagascar dragon tree inside my house. I've purchased it about a month ago from Home ...
  A: The worms came in with either the soil that the plant was potted in or in the bagged soil that you ...
Calla Lily3/19/2007
  Q: I feel like we are good friends ;) I find Calla Lilies to be very charming, feminine flowers. Do ...
  A: Yes, let's be friends! Normally Calla lilies are late spring bloomers. Ones that are sold now are ...
Repotting a large Ivy3/18/2007
  Q: What is the best way to repotting this plant? I have a large one in my office.It has grown so long ...
  A: Did you know that unnecessary repotting is the single most common reason for plant failure? That is ...
Massangeana cane3/18/2007
  Q: I recently bought 2 canes and added to my one. The some of the leaves on each cane are turning ...
  A: If I understand you correctly, you unpotted your corn plants and put them altogether in one pot. My ...
corn plant3/18/2007
  Q: My corn plant has powdery mildew. It is 6' tall with 2-3" stalks. It's leaves are not striped or ...
  A: Are you sure your corn plant has powdery mildew? I ask because that would be extremely unusual ...
Spider and webs in houseplant.3/18/2007
  Q: And I have noticed in the last couple months I have had cobwebs and there was a spider in it.I ...
  A: There are common house spiders that are easy to see and there are spider mites that are very tiny (a ...
Hedera ivy3/18/2007
  Q: I have a ivy hanging basket in front of my window, and bellow it is a old heater that I cannot move. ...
  A: Hedera ivies to not thrive in dry heat. They much prefer cool, moist air. So the heater below your ...
Schefflera3/17/2007
  Q: I've had a shefflera for several years and it appears to be doing well. The problem is that it is ...
  A: The bushy plants in the stores got that way for several reasons. Often, there is more than one plant ...
Repot Bird of Paradise?3/16/2007
  Q: So I have gone and bought another Bird of Paradise. Its quite lovley, smaller than my other one and ...
  A: Good to hear from you again. As long as the one drainage hole does not become clogged, then it is ...
Yucca cane3/16/2007
  Q: I've read several of your answers and have learned something new each time. I definitely do not ...
  A: One is not born with a green thumb. It is an acquired skill. I never watered a plant until I was in ...
Schefflera & Frangipani3/16/2007
  Q: What is an effective way of growing a cutting of both trees?
  A: Do you want to know how to take cuttings from these plants or do you already have the cuttings and ...
Corn Plant3/15/2007
  Q: I have a corn plant (DRACAENA FRAGRANS MASSANGEANA) in my DRY office, that seems to have died. Can ...
  A: It is not the dryness of your office that has caused your corn plant to deteriorate. Corn plants do ...
House plant infestation3/15/2007
  Q: I have, indoors,a Hydrangea, a white Chysthanamum, and a Poinsetia that began to appear dried and ...
  A: Those bugs that you have described are not common indoor houseplant pests. They probably came with ...
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) care3/15/2007
  Q: Today I rescued a Sago from a big box store where it was languishing from inadequate light and most ...
  A: Plant rescuers deserve all the support they can get! Sago palms (Cycas revoluta) are conifers that ...
Lighting for Cactus plants3/14/2007
  Q: I have many coral cactus plants in my office which has Florescent lighting. If I leave the office ...
  A: Like other types of Cactus, your Coral Cactus will do well for 1-2 years under fluorescent lights. ...
Angelwing begonia3/14/2007
  Q: I have a 10 year old house plant that I inherited from my mother. It looks to be in the begonia ...
  A: From your brief description, I suspect your plant is an Angelwing Begonia. There are many types of ...
trying to root lucky bamboo3/14/2007
  Q: I have a lucky bamboo for my office. It was never doing fabulously because i don't have a window, ...
  A: Lucky bamboo are Dracaena cuttings that are rooting in water. Hard water is very bad for them, as ...
new ponytail palm3/14/2007
  Q: I just received a small ponytail palm for my birthday. It is still in it's plastic pot from WalMart ...
  A: I am not sure what you have. It is unusual to put more than one ponytail palm in a pot, but it is ...
Living vase: Bromeliad3/14/2007
  Q: Will, Last year I bought a living vase. The flower lived quite a long time, at least a couple ...
  A: Your "living vase" is a bromeliad of some species. Among the most common species are the Aechmea ...
Spider mites on ivy3/14/2007
  Q: My wife went away for a few weeks leaving me in charge of all the houseplants. She's coming home ...
  A: You better get ready to do a mea culpa and otherwise make amends to your wife. Spider mites attack ...
Chinese evergreen leaf scorch3/13/2007
  Q: I noticed today that my Chinese evergreen has a spot on two of the leaves that look like scorch ...
  A: Yes, direct contact with a fluorescent light cover can cause plant foliage to burn. Fluorescent ...
Peace Lily3/13/2007
  Q: My husband recently surprised me with a large peace lily for our 6 month anniversary. Incredibly ...
  A: Congratulations on your six-month anniversary! I am sure you can manage your peace lily just fine if ...
Jasmine care3/13/2007
  Q: i have a jasmine plant i live in phx az we have not been able to get it to bloom, i have it a 10 gal ...
  A: Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don't get discouraged if you don't have immediate success. ...
Christmas cactus3/13/2007
  Q: I bought a Christmas cactus covered with gorgeous flowers in December. First the flowers died now ...
  A: After a Christmas cactus finishes flowering, it goes into a semi-dormant period during which it may ...
money tree care!!3/12/2007
  Q: MY money tress was doing great, but now its leaves are falling off and turning yellow, I'm scared to ...
  A: Money trees are all the rage right now. They come in a variety of forms and sizes and planter types. ...
plant questions3/11/2007
  Q: i have an aloe... when i got it it was about 3 inches tall... now it upwards of about 35 inches ...
  A: Yes, you can cut the stem of the Aloe and put the top portion into its own pot. Let it heal over for ...
Ficus Plant3/11/2007
  Q: I have had a wonderful, healthy ficus plant for the past 3 1/2 years; however, this summer we were ...
  A: Ficus trees can tolerate heat pretty well, but they don't tolerate dryness well at all. I would ...
lucky bamboo plant3/11/2007
  Q: My bamboo plant, which is about 12" tall is starting to turn brown/yellow. I cut off the first ...
  A: I assume you have a lucky bamboo. Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana ...
Dragon Tree/Dracaena marginata3/11/2007
  Q: I have a dragon tree about 5 years old that is suddenly dying! It's getting yellow leaves and losing ...
  A: I have seen this happen many times with Dracaena marginatas. As they age, their roots shrink back ...
Looking for large foliage plant3/11/2007
  Q: Love your work! Im looking for a very large-leaf foilage plant for my apartment. Im a recent ...
  A: Congratulations on your recent graduation and your spacious new apartment! Let me clarify a couple ...
ZZ plant3/10/2007
  Q: MY ZZ (ZAMIOCULCAS ZAMIIFOLIA) PLANT IS IN A 12 INCH POT,IT DOESN'T HAVE DIRECT SUNLIGHT AND IT ...
  A: If it is just a couple of smaller stems that are yellowing, then it is probably not a problem, just ...
Madagascar Dragons (Dracaena marginata)3/10/2007
  Q: Quick question...I also have a Madagascar Dragon plant that I "inherited" when my husband and I were ...
  A: Quick answer...Yes. As long as the roots and stem are healthy, then you can cut your Marginata back ...
Norfolk Pine3/10/2007
  Q: I have a north fork pine that is about 4 ft tall and I bought land here in the northrn part of ...
  A: A Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) cannot tolerate below freezing temps, so I don't ...
Watering techniques3/10/2007
  Q: My girlfriend and I need you to settle an argument. She claims it better to water plants small ...
  A: I am hoping this is a good-natured argument because I hate to get in the middle of a family feuds! ...
Fungus gnats (plant flies)3/10/2007
  Q: Some of my plants have tiny flies that look like fruit flies flying around them. At first I thought ...
  A: Those fruit flies are fungus gnats. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are ...
Aloe Vera propagation3/10/2007
  Q: How do aloe vera plants have babies.
  A: When an Aloe Vera is healthy, kept in a small pot, and given lots of sunlight, it will produce small ...
fungus3/9/2007
  Q: I have sevral different kinds of house plants in one room, no sunlight, about 60 degress. All of ...
  A: Given your comment that your plants receive no sunlight, I am more surprised that your plants are ...
Rubber Tree Plants3/9/2007
  Q: Please give send me information about the rubber tree plant. Thank you
  A: Rubber plants like lots of bright indirect light and some direct sun is also good. You should place ...
Janet Craig plant3/8/2007
  Q: my leaves are turning brown and wilty on the tips. i read your advice u gave to someone else on what ...
  A: I have written on this topic many times, so I am not sure just what you read. Forgive me if I repeat ...
Repotting a Peace Lily3/8/2007
  Q: Will, I would like to know what is the best soil to buy to repot a large Peace Lily plant. What I ...
  A: Your peace lily is about as large as they ever get. It is probably now potted in a 14" or 17" pot. A ...
Lucky Bamboo care3/8/2007
  Q: I have a beautiful Bamboo plant that has lived in a glass vase in water for 2+ years. It has grown ...
  A: Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Although they will live ...
6 ft old Umbrella plant with bald lower trunk3/7/2007
  Q: I have an umbrella plant which is approx 12 yrs old, its 6ft tall and looks great apart from the ...
  A: You are far more useful and successful with houseplants than you realize. Few people are able to ...
Ficus benjamina propagation3/7/2007
  Q: My Ficus benjamina needs some minor pruning and I think I'll start some new plants with tip ...
  A: Ficus tip cuttings do not root readily in water. It is possible, but the odds are against it. ...
ZZ plant3/7/2007
  Q: When I need to transplant the zizi plant into a larger pot, can I then cut off some of the bulbs in ...
  A: ZZ Plants thrive on dry soil. If you move yours to a larger pot, the extra soil will retain moisture ...
Peace lily propagation3/7/2007
  Q: Can you take a starter from a healthy Peace Lilly?
  A: It is possible to separate a single plant from a pot that has multi-plants in it. If you look ...
Care for Rubber tree.3/6/2007
  Q: I would like help in all areas of care and growing of my Rubber tree plant.
  A: Rubber plants like lots of bright indirect light and some direct sun is also good. Place it right in ...
Wilted English Ivy3/6/2007
  Q: I hope you can help my poor wilted English Ivy. It was beautiful until I forgot to water it and it ...
  A: English ivy (Hedera helix) are not very forgiving of watering lapses. Their roots are quite fragile ...
Ponytail palm3/6/2007
  Q: My pony tail palm's leaves are turning white in spots concentrated more at the top with the new ...
  A: That is an unusual symptom for a ponytail palm. It can be a symptom of sunburn, particularly if the ...
Epiphyllum oxypetalum3/6/2007
  Q: My Epiphyllum oxypetalum has recently started to develop problems; older, lower leaves are beginning ...
  A: It is always a pleasure to answer challenging questions from someone who is experienced with unusual ...
peace lily repotting3/5/2007
  Q: I have a clay pot w/a pedestal to which I am wanting to transfer my peace lily. My question ...
  A: Unless you are very skilled and accomplished with potted plants and know precisely how to water, ...
shamrock plant3/5/2007
  Q: i just bought it at Safeway. it's in a 4 inch pot. it says it needs indirect light. what is that. ...
  A: You are sounding a bit overwhelmed by your plants and that is understandable. You have selected a ...
Massangeana Cane (Corn Plant) stinks3/5/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a Corn Plant and it smells bad. A strong mildew like smell. What should I ...
  A: Unless you have poured something other than plain water in the soil, then you should take the plant ...
My Money Tree3/4/2007
  Q: 6 month ago I got a money tree which was repotted before delivered to me. I noticed brown spots on ...
  A: Brown spots and stickiness are a good indication that your plant has a scale insect infestation, not ...
Is my bamboo palm dying?3/4/2007
  Q: I was given a plant that seems to be a palm tree to "foster" through out the winter. When I ...
  A: Your plant is a bamboo palm or Chamaedorea erumpens. It is thinning out for two reasons - too ...
Can you identify this plant?3/4/2007
  Q: I will send the photo to the above email address. I neglected to label it when I purchased it, and ...
  A: Unfortunately, the bright light from the window left the plant in darkness in the photo so I can ...
indoor Jasmine stickiness3/3/2007
  Q: What is the sticky stuff on my jasmine tree? How do I get rid of it?
  A: The stickiness is probably the secretions from scale or mealybugs. Mealybugs appear as tiny bits of ...
Jade Plant root rot3/2/2007
  Q: I read with interest, your responses to this problem on 7/22/06 and 12/9/06. My jade plant is also ...
  A: As with most plants, Jades do not develop root rot suddenly. Root rot is usually a slow process and ...
My Devils Ivy/Pothos3/1/2007
  Q: I have a devils ivy and the leaves are white with little green on them. My question is why are the ...
  A: Devil's ivy or Pothos are normally mostly green with either some white or yellow variegation. If ...
Ficus Benjamina3/1/2007
  Q: I have a question about my Silver king ficus benjamina. This morning I was cleaning off the leaves ...
  A: The berry on your Ficus tree is exactly that - a berry or fruit. It is not edible as it's relative, ...
lucky bamboo2/28/2007
  Q: I read your answer on the lucky bamboo.. as well as others ont the web.. they all mention the stalk ...
  A: If the main stem and roots of your lucky bamboo are healthy, but the leaves are yellowing, it is ...
Separating Aechmea fasciata pup2/28/2007
  Q: I have in my care temporarily a 6" Aechmea fasciata that has an offset as tall as the parent plant, ...
  A: The offset can be left on the mother plant or can be severed and potted up separately. In either ...
Centipedes in my Massangeana Cane2/27/2007
  Q: I have 2 Massangeana Canes and only one has the centipedes and they have eaten through the trunk ...
  A: I have never known centipedes to eat through the woody cane of a corn plant. I suspect you have some ...
Jade trees2/25/2007
  Q: I have a jade tree which is about 25 years old. Since moving house 3 years ago it has not been ...
  A: Jades do best in direct sun. A change in light will often cause leaf drop. If the new growth leaves ...
Hedera Ivy ailment2/25/2007
  Q: I bought three different varieties of Hedera ivy several months ago. Almost immediately, one of them ...
  A: Translucent leaf spots on a Hedera ivy are indicative of a root-related problem. Water quality may ...
Jasmine2/25/2007
  Q: You indentified a Jasmine plant for me. Thank you! I am a bit concused tho by a couple of things in ...
  A: I apologize for being less than clear with my instructions. When I wrote, "fertilize only when the ...
Amaryllis2/25/2007
  Q: Last year I purchased an Amaryllis bulb which produced gorgeous flowers. Leaves didn't start coming ...
  A: Good quality Amaryllis bulbs are quite reliable in following the normal pattern of flowering, leaf ...
Peace Lily Blooms2/25/2007
  Q: The blooms on my peace lilies are beginning to sag. Do I cut them off or what? What can I do about ...
  A: Peace lily flowers only last for about a week before they start to wilt, fade or discolor. There is ...
I'm Sorry2/24/2007
  Q: I'm sorry i totally did not pay attention. But i do have a question about indoor plants, which ...
  A: Your question is a matter of personal taste, not horticultural knowledge. There are many plants that ...
Propagation2/23/2007
  Q: I have a number of plants that are sitting in water all over my kitchen counters. I have a spider ...
  A: I love plants, but I would never recommend letting them take the place of food! But I do understand ...
Azalea plant in pot - indoor2/23/2007
  Q: Now that I've removed the old blooms, I want to re-pot this in a larger pot but to remain indoor. ...
  A: You probably have a florists Azalea which is very difficult to get to re-bloom and I assume that is ...
how to care for a Lucky Bean Plant (HELP!)2/23/2007
  Q: We just bought a Lucky Bean Plant and would like to know all that we need to know on how to care for ...
  A: Lucky bean plant (Castanospermum australe) should be kept in a small pot until the soil dries out in ...
Lucky bamboo2/22/2007
  Q: Is there any hope for the 2 yellow ones and will i have to repot the healthy one if so how do i go ...
  A: Once the stems of a lucky bamboo yellow, they will not recover. The cause is most often due to a ...
Pachira aquatica2/21/2007
  Q: I purchased this plant about 4 montha ago and in the past few weeks the leaves are turning yellow ...
  A: Pachiras are a very popular plant right now and they are available in a wide range of quality. Some ...
Alocasia2/21/2007
  Q: I bought an Alocasia plant about a month ago and have followed all the instructions on the care card ...
  A: It sounds like your Alocasia has a bacterial infection of some type if you are getting watery leaf ...
Sick jade tree2/20/2007
  Q: I have a large Jade tree (approx 20 years old) that is in a very well natural lighted room in a ...
  A: If your Jade has not been pruned regularly, then the weight of the leaves on the very long branches ...
dumb cane2/19/2007
  Q: I bought a dumbcane a couple of years ago but had no idea what it was at the time. It is growing ...
  A: Dieffenbachias are notorious for bending over under their own weight as they grow taller. This is ...
Hibiscus2/19/2007
  Q: My 8 year old hibiscus is suddenly falling apart. Leaves turn yellow then fall off. Hibiscus hasn't ...
  A: Send the Hibiscus information to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com. I have to limit the number of ...
Moving houseplants outdoors2/19/2007
  Q: Thoughts turn to spring now that the weather has started to warm in my part of the country. Can you ...
  A: Rather than identify plants that do well outside in summer by species, I can give you some important ...
Zebra Plant2/18/2007
  Q: I was wondering if there is any way to take a clipping off of a Zebra plant and root it in another ...
  A: Tip cuttings with short stems and 3-4 leaves can be rooted in plain water and then transferred to a ...
dwarf Scheffleras2/17/2007
  Q: I have a dwarf schefflera and I was watering it once a week - and I noticed that the top soil of the ...
  A: I am sorry that you did not fine my answer more satisfactory. In your question you stated that the ...
majestic palm pest2/17/2007
  Q: I have worm or grub type bugs in my palm. They are eating(?) the roots & spreading to my other ...
  A: Majesty palms are one of my least favorite plants for several reasons, but you have just added ...
maidenhair fern2/16/2007
  Q: I have a maidenhair fern as a house plant, I was wondering if there was anyway of planting it ...
  A: Maidenhair ferns are semi-tropical plant that cannot withstand freezing temps. In fact, they grow ...
calla lilies and tulips2/16/2007
  Q: I planted tulip bulbs into a window planter box and was told to put another bulb in with the tulips, ...
  A: Is your window box indoors or outdoors? If outdoors, where are you located? Were the tulips put in ...
Fuzzy white things on my plant2/16/2007
  Q: I have fuzzy white bugs on my plant. The plant is growing but sometime or another my leave die and ...
  A: The fuzzy white things are probably mealybugs if they look like white bits of cotton. The ...
gnats2/15/2007
  Q: How do I get rid of gnats in my houseplants? They are probably in all my potted plants, but the one ...
  A: Once the adults gnats are visible, the infestation is well underway. Adult fungus gnats fly around ...
Norfolk Pine2/15/2007
  Q: My pine is very dry and brittle on one side and moist and very healthy on the other. How do I get ...
  A: That is quite unusual for one side of a Norfolk pine to dry up while then other side remains ...
Anthurium Emerald2/15/2007
  Q: I am in Australia.I have an anthurium emerald I purchased 6 months ago. It sits in the bathroom ...
  A: Unfortunately, that does not help me. A photo of the entire plant would be more useful. It is quite ...
Jasmine tree2/14/2007
  Q: I have a jasmine tree that I brought indoors for the winter. (yes, I know it is not good to go ...
  A: Jasmine are not easy plants to keep attractive and in bloom. They are not very forgiving of mistakes ...
Braided Money Tree2/14/2007
  Q: I got the plant 6 mo ago and had kept it indoors with no direct sunlight and light watering. It ...
  A: Money trees (Pachira aquatica) often lose some older leaves as they adapt to their new environment. ...
Cyperus Papyrus Percamentus injury2/14/2007
  Q: I just recently purchased this plant from a local greenhouse. It was on a clearance rack due to the ...
  A: When a Papyrus stem has been broken, cut or creased, it prevents the flow of vital fluids past the ...
azalea tree for indoors2/13/2007
  Q: My husband just purchased (February 14th) a beautiful azalea tree for me, but I am afraid to plant ...
  A: Phoenix is a difficult climate for Azaleas. Azaleas love cool temps and fresh air. They do best ...
Dish garden care2/13/2007
  Q: I was recently given a large dish garden as a going-away gift when I left my last employer. Nice ...
  A: It may surprise you, but I generally don't recommend giving plants as gifts unless you know the ...
droopy peace lily2/13/2007
  Q: i recently repotted my large lily (2ft) into a roomier pot. i did this in a warm room since its 20 ...
  A: Peace lilies have fairly fragile root systems that don't like to be disturbed. Repotting can be ...
Fragrance-free indoor plant2/12/2007
  Q: I am looking for some suggestions for a fragrance-free (or virtually), low-maintenance, flowering ...
  A: Identifying fragrance-free flowering plants can be difficult because so many flowering plants are ...
rubber plant pruning2/12/2007
  Q: I have a rubber plant that has been thriving until recently. It is about 5feet high in a 12" pot. ...
  A: It is a bit unusual for a rubber plant to lose leaves in the middle of stems. Typically, they lose ...
Plant name2/12/2007
  Q: I have a plant that someone gave me and told me it was called a "grandfather's pipe". I cannot find ...
  A: I have never heard of a plant by that common name nor can I find any references to it in any of my ...
Ming aralia2/12/2007
  Q: I've just acquired two 6.5" Ming aralias sight unseen. Each pot has four stems, one of which I ...
  A: You have some nice thick stem cuttings potted in your 6.5 inch pots. Your pot size is appropriate. I ...
identify houseplant2/11/2007
  Q: ....I have a tall over 6ft houseplant with spiky brown stem and very large pear shaped leafs. I ...
  A: Your description is lacking in detail, but I am going to take an educated guess that you have a ...
Flowering Corn Plant2/11/2007
  Q: We have a corn plant that has just flowered for the first time. The flowering is done and we are not ...
  A: Congratulations of your flowering corn plant. You must have had it for a long time and cared for it ...
Umbrella Plant2/10/2007
  Q: My umbrella plant has now reached the ceiling. I am wondering what I should do with it now. Can ...
  A: One option is to prune off as much of the top as you want to get it back to the height that you ...
ficus tree2/10/2007
  Q: my tree sits in front of a patio door in the winter and i rotate the plant every couple of day ...
  A: Rotating your tree is an excellent idea for exactly the reason you mention. I rotate mine a quarter ...
Alocasia matters2/10/2007
  Q: I'm from Malaysia, a Tropical country. Some of my Alocasia doesn't grown well, Does Alocasia ...
  A: You didn't specify, but I assume that you are growing your Alocasia outside in the ground. My ...
umbrella trees2/10/2007
  Q: I have 2 unmbrella trees and they have rpoduced seeds on both of them. They have a horrible odor. ...
  A: Umbrella tree usually refers to Schefflera. I have never known a Schefflera to produce fruit ...
Corn plant pruning2/9/2007
  Q: We have a corn plant that has outgrown its' space and would like to cut it back. It is a single ...
  A: If I understand your question, the answer is, yes. Corn plant stems can be cut back at any point on ...
CORN PLANT2/9/2007
  Q: I have a Corn Plant that is gradually losing all it's leaves. They a drying-up ... it has two ...
  A: I have never heard of or mentioned Black Cane Rot. It is quite common for the tops of canes to be ...
Caring for a Peace Lily2/9/2007
  Q: I recently bought a Peace Lily 3 weeks ago. It has started to droop and the larger blooms have ...
  A: Usually a peace lily droops when the soil gets too dry. If so, then it should perk up several hours ...
Rubber tree plant2/9/2007
  Q: The bottom leaves are falling off. What am I doing wrong? When I went too check the dirt in the pot ...
  A: Either inadequate light or improper watering will cause lower rubber plant leaves to drop off. So ...
Pachira aquatica "money tree"2/8/2007
  Q: Two of the four trunks on my 3 yrs. old 'money tree' have gone "soft". Most of the leaves are ...
  A: I hate to tell you this, but it may already be too late to save your Pachira. A 20" pot is way too ...
Ficus tree pruning and care2/8/2007
  Q: tree at work is losing all its leaves, its grown to the ceiling which is 10 foot, I doubt its ever ...
  A: Now you know why most companies hire indoor plant companies to take care of their office plants. ...
Plant ID (Aglo?)2/7/2007
  Q: Can you please identify the plant in the photo I emailed you? It looks very similar to my Aglaomena ...
  A: Not only are the leaves thicker and stiffer than an Aglaonema, but they also lack the midrib that ...
Massangeana Cane (corn plant)2/7/2007
  Q: I have a massangeana cane plant that I purchased a few weeks ago. The plant looked fine in the ...
  A: If the symptoms you described are showing up on more than a few leaves, then it does not seem like ...
Spider plant babies2/7/2007
  Q: A spider plant which I've had for three years still hasn't produced any babies. I keep it in good ...
  A: I am not sure where you are getting your information from, but it is not very scientific. There are ...
Croton2/6/2007
  Q: I have had this croton for 7 years. I got it from my mothers funeral. It is sentimental to me but ...
  A: Crotons are not easy plants. They require lots of sun and evenly moist soil. They do not like to be ...
peace lilies2/6/2007
  Q: I have several peace lilies and the leaves are turning brown. It starts at the tip and eventually ...
  A: From the limited information you have provided, my educated guess is that your peace lily is not ...
Office plant can I re-root it.2/6/2007
  Q: I have one simple question, I have a plant on my desk and it just keeps growing up and up and up, I ...
  A: I am not very good at giving simple answers, but if you want one, the answer is, "yes!" Thanks for ...
Yucca Plant2/6/2007
  Q: I have a large yucca that was my late Father In Laws - so it is very precious to us. The tree ...
  A: I believe you have what is known as a Yucca cane. The cane is the main stem that you refer to and is ...
Banana plant2/6/2007
  Q: I saw your response to the woman earlier about the banana plant, and mine are all brown and dried at ...
  A: Banana plants are not easy houseplants. The require lots of bright light, good humidity, the right ...
peace lily2/5/2007
  Q: I recently trimmed the leaves off my plant that were yellow and brown, but I also have noticed that ...
  A: Occasionally, a few peace lily leaves will develop small holes for no apparent reason. It can be ...
peace lily2/5/2007
  Q: I'm struggling to keep my peace plant healthy. The leaves one by one, are yellowing and edges ...
  A: Peace lilies do not require a lot of light. In fact, direct sun shining directly on their leaves is ...
Dracaena Fragrans "Massangeana"2/5/2007
  Q: I think I have the correct name of plant "not 100% sure. My mom had it for many years & now I have ...
  A: First, are you sure it is a Dracaena massangeana? That plant is commonly called a corn plant and it ...
Stephanotis2/3/2007
  Q: my stephenotis has produced a very large smooth green fruit is it edable? how do I plant the seeds ...
  A: It is extremely rare for an indoor potted Stephanotis to produce fruit (seed pods). I am guessing ...
Croton plant. care2/3/2007
  Q: I just recently got a couple house plants after my grand father died, but I have one that I am ...
  A: Crotons need lots of bright light and lots of water and moderately warm temps. Keep your Croton on ...
Dracaena deremensis - leaf spotting2/3/2007
  Q: I have 2 of these Dracaenas at different locations, both of which have done well for at least 3 ...
  A: D. deremensis are very prone to leaf spotting and brown tips and edges. There are several possible ...
peace lily care2/2/2007
  Q: I have had a peace lily for 8 1/2 years. Recently, I moved it from my kitchen to my living ...
  A: Although there are some exceptions, over eight years is a very long time to keep a peace lily ...
Frozen Ficus tree2/2/2007
  Q: I recently moved and convinced the moving company to take my large ficus tree on the moving van. It ...
  A: Two nights of freezing temps is not good, although it does depend on just HOW FREEZING it was. Ficus ...
Peace Lily2/2/2007
  Q: I brought a Peace Lilly home 3 weeks ago and it has started to wilt rapidly. It sat in a high sun ...
  A: Here are a couple of key facts about peace lilies. They need protection from any direct sunlight. ...
yellow Yucca2/2/2007
  Q: my yukka plant of 5 years old is turning yellow! i've tried to leave it for longer spells between ...
  A: Healthy new shoots are a good sign as long as they are not yellowing. The yellowing of the older ...
Leaning "China Doll"2/2/2007
  Q: I have a China Doll (aka Radermachera Sinica) that I have been tending for about a year now. The ...
  A: A photo here would help so that I could see just what you mean by leaning. If the main stem itself ...
Watering succulents2/1/2007
  Q: After caring for house plants for just over a year, I have reached a maturity benchmark. I no ...
  A: Determining when to water by reading the leaves is a bit dicey as it requires allowing the plant to ...
browning of peace lily leaf tips & edges2/1/2007
  Q: why do the ends of the leaves of the peace Lilly turn brown on edges?
  A: Unfortunately, the answer is that there are several reasons for this generic symptom on a peace ...
Wandering Jew & Peace Lily2/1/2007
  Q: I just bought a Wandering Jew from Wal-Mart and want to get general care ideas for this plant.It is ...
  A: That is quite a large pot for a wandering Jew that is just starting to vine over the sides. The more ...
Ficus tree center2/1/2007
  Q: Will, I am trying to create a new center to get the tree to grow upwards. It continues to grow in ...
  A: I replied to this question on 1/29, but it appears that you did not read it. Here is an excerpt from ...
Chinese Fan Palm1/31/2007
  Q: I'm considering purchasing a Chinese Fan palm, however, know very little about them and after ...
  A: That is certainly an excellent price! And it is a good indoor plant as long as yo can provide the ...
Fern identification1/31/2007
  Q: Will you please identify two ferns I purchased today? One has delicate, lacy fronds; the other's ...
  A: Been shopping again, eh? Thanks for the photos. Both are lovely plants. The first fern (the ...
Golden Pothos wilting1/31/2007
  Q: I am trying to grow 5 of these plants indoors in 8 - 10" clay pot containers. Why do the leaves ...
  A: When Pothos droop it is because they are not getting enough water. But before you douse them with ...
Peace Lilly - toxic to pets1/31/2007
  Q: I just purchased a Peace Lilly for a friends birthday and while doing a web search on this plant I ...
  A: According to the ASPCA, peace lilies are toxic to pets. Here is a link that you can check out for ...
care of Aloe plant1/31/2007
  Q: Someone gave me a beautiful aloe plant. I know by experience aloe has a healing effect. I am not ...
  A: Aloes do best in small pots so that they are moderately potbound and dry out almost completely every ...
Bird of Paradise plant going down hill1/31/2007
  Q: Will, I have what use to be a 5ft bird of paradise plant indoors, a ft away from the window. ...
  A: As a long-time NYC resident, I know how much light from a window can vary. Can you tell which ...
Norfolk Pine1/30/2007
  Q: I have a norfolk pine that is about 9 years old. I read where you said it only has one growing stem. ...
  A: Occasionally, a Norfolk pine will push up a new stem from the soil, but that is quite unusual. The ...
Anthurium Cleopatra1/30/2007
  Q: It sits on top of a file cabinet in front of a large window facing North. It is in a 6 inch pot. We ...
  A: Legginess is usually due to inadequate light or age. If the window is uncovered and the plant is ...
Aglaonema "Silver Queen" - fading colors1/30/2007
  Q: My Aglaonema "Silver Queen" is about a year old and as it ages the leaves are becoming paler with ...
  A: Paradoxically, Aglaonema colors can fade in either too much or too little light. Too much light ...
my houseplants are NOT Happy!1/30/2007
  Q: several of my plants have red-brown spots and don't look well. I am sending photos separately. A ...
  A: The suddenness of the discoloration of your plants is due to the drop in temperature. However, the ...
yellowing leaves1/29/2007
  Q: I don't know the name of the plant. It has long woody stalks with a bush of long very narrow leaves ...
  A: Based on your very sketchy description, I am making an educated guess that your plant is a Dracaena ...
Ficus tree1/29/2007
  Q: I have a 5-foot ficus but it almost died to a lack of watering while away. The center took the ...
  A: I don't understand what you are trying to do. Are you trying to get your Ficus to fill out in the ...
Help Needed for Cat Palm1/28/2007
  Q: I am not a plant person, but my daughter gave me a Cat Palm and I've read everything about it from ...
  A: Yes, there is an abundance of ill-advised and conflicting information out there about Cat palms ...
Jade plant light1/28/2007
  Q: Can I use a full spectrum light on a Jade plant? The room I would like to put one in does not get a ...
  A: Nothing is as good as natural light for a Jade, but a full spectrum bulb that is kept pretty close ...
Pachira Aquatica in decorative pot1/27/2007
  Q: We received a Pachira Aquatica as a gift about 6 months ago. It has done very well up until about 3 ...
  A: they are a big help. Pachiras are very popular right now and retailers are doing all kinds of ...
Pachira propagation1/27/2007
  Q: Can Pachiras be propagated by rooting tissue as small as a single leaflet? If not, how much of the ...
  A: You cannot propagate a Pachira from a leaf-stem cutting, only from a stem cutting that includes one ...
no blooms1/27/2007
  Q: My mother-in-law has a peace lilly that she has had for several years and the leaves are really ...
  A: If the newer leaves are noticeably smaller than the original leaves, then that is a sign that the ...
Rubber Tree Plant1/26/2007
  Q: We live in Ill. my rubber tree was outdoors all summer and it grew wonderfully. As the weather ...
  A: Plants do not like much change. In Nature they put down roots in an appropriate place and stay there ...
Dracaena Marginata1/26/2007
  Q: Background: I bought my dracaena from a florist maybe two years ago. It came in a small pot with at ...
  A: Dracaena marginatas are fairly common houseplants that do well in small pots in warm temps, good ...
Dracaena Marginata & Gnats1/26/2007
  Q: After reading previous questions, I discovered that I am overwatering my dracaena marginata. Now ...
  A: There are other "Experts" on this site that offer advice that is based on personal experience, not ...
Dracaena Marginata1/26/2007
  Q: What is dracaena marginata's common name, if it has one?
  A: The most common common name for Dracaena marginata is Dragon tree or Madagascar dragon tree. Please ...
rotting stem on braided Pachira (money plant)1/25/2007
  Q: I have read your advice on another website re sick Pachira. I do have a rotting stem but wanted to ...
  A: You can remove as much or as little of the dead stem as you like for aesthetic purposes. It will not ...
Gerbera Daisy Mold1/24/2007
  Q: During the onset of winter I potted my Gerbera Daisies and brought them in. They have been blooming ...
  A: The photos don't show texture very well so it is hard to be positive, but I am quite sure that your ...
Indoor Palm Tree with dead top1/24/2007
  Q: My palm tree (not sure what type) is dead at the top, can I save it? It's all dried out. The tree ...
  A: Sorry, but it is time to move your palm to a permanent trash can. Few palms can withstand temps as ...
Dying Spider Plant1/24/2007
  Q: My plant has been doing great for the last 6 months of college. Now I have moved to a new place and ...
  A: Without seeing a good photo of your spider plant, I cannot tell if it can be saved. If the new ...
Ponytail palm tipping1/23/2007
  Q: About five months ago I acquired a small ponytail palm, which until recently was doing well located ...
  A: The dry brown tips on older ponytail palm leaves is almost unavoidable, not unlike the tipping that ...
money tree - Pachira aquatica1/23/2007
  Q: I have had my money tree for over a year. It had been doing extremely well in the room I kept it ...
  A: Diane, Please let me know what you found unclear in my reply and anything else that was lacking. ...
potting the plants1/23/2007
  Q: I have a potted lucky bamboo plant that i bought from Home Depot. When I bought it, it was in a ...
  A: Lucky bamboo are no different from other rooted cuttings. At some point they need to be moved into ...
small white worms in plants1/23/2007
  Q: Good morning, most of my plants have small white worms (different sizes) that seem to appear at the ...
  A: The worms are coming with the soil that you are using. I suggest that you use a sterilized, ...
Swiss-cheese philodendron1/23/2007
  Q: I have a new plant and the leaves are turning brown all the time. I have the plant in a clay pot, in ...
  A: Your Monstera requires lots of bright indirect light. That means it should be within 6 feet of a ...
Canela plant1/23/2007
  Q: Hey Will, I work in a garden center and we have a Canela Plant. I read the comment on Stacy's ...
  A: What do you mean by "good light?" Can you describe it to me? How tall is the Canela and what is the ...
Repotting - when and how1/22/2007
  Q: is it ok to replant during the winter and what is the rule for the next pot size to replant in? ...
  A: The conventional wisdom is that you wait until the warmer months to repot. Some of that conventional ...
Well established yucca now struggling1/22/2007
  Q: I have a yucca that I've had for five years. It's about 160cms now and was a beautiful plant until ...
  A: Without a photo, it is difficult for me to evaluate the degree of the leaf-tipping problem. A ...
Dieffenbachia1/22/2007
  Q: I HAVE HAD A DIEFFENBACHIA FOR 6 YRS.IT HAD GROWN TO BE A VERY LARGE PLANT.THE ONLY PROBLEM IS IT ...
  A: If the "weeping" is droplets of water, then it is not a cause for concern. It is a process called ...
yucca plant1/21/2007
  Q: I have a Yucca Plant that was just beatiful and full a couple of months ago however the plant was ...
  A: Yuccas need lots of very bright natural light. Your plant is reacting to insufficient light that it ...
Watering my houseplant1/21/2007
  Q: I have what I believe is a variation of a african violet and the leaves seem to be wilting. No ...
  A: If all or most of the leaves have wilted, then it is probably from the soil getting too dried out ...
Aralia elegantissima1/21/2007
  Q: I have three Aralia elegantissimas, one in a 6"pot, the other two in 4" pots. The 6" plant has ...
  A: First, you should know that unnecessary repotting and moving plants into pots that are too large is ...
Australian Daisy1/20/2007
  Q: We have a 5ft Australian Daisy that has begun to brown off. We obtained it in November, and it ...
  A: There are many "Australian daisy" species. None of the ones I am familiar with are used as indoor ...
Soil pests1/20/2007
  Q: I have recently detected an infestation of bugs in two of our indoor plants. They appears to be ...
  A: They are probably a type of centipede that came with using a non-sterile potting soil. They are ...
Calla Lilies1/20/2007
  Q: I received a beautiful calla lilly for Christmas. It is in a 6 inch pot. I have it sitting on my ...
  A: Calla lilies do need soil that stays moist. However, they also require lots of direct sun. Yours is ...
Growth1/20/2007
  Q: I have a white fuzzy substance on the earth as well as a green mildew like one. It is not on the ...
  A: From your description, it seems that there are least two types of fungus growing in the soil. I do ...
Watering a China doll plant1/20/2007
  Q: How often do you water the china doll plant?
  A: Each plant is unique and its water requirement depends on many factors - light, temperature, ...
My Schefflera is dying1/19/2007
  Q: It is over 6 ft in a huge pot, sitting in the middle of our open floor plan. Gets light all day from ...
  A: Twenty years is a long time to keep a Schefflera going. As Scheffleras age, they become ever taller ...
full of nitrogene compost1/19/2007
  Q: the compost I want to use for my houseplants is under a planetree and so have crow residue which is ...
  A: Compost is wonderful for outdoor plants, but I do not recommend it for indoor potted plants. Many of ...
What is this?1/19/2007
  Q: Trying to figure out what this plant is and how to take care of it. When I got it all it had was a ...
  A: Your plant is a Sago palm or Cycas revoluta. Remove the pebbles from the top. They are only ...
Very Droopy Schefflera1/19/2007
  Q: I inherited this plant, and was uncertain of it's care, so I believe that I initially overwatered, ...
  A: "Droopy" is a very subjective term and means different things to different people. It is hard for me ...
Green Ivy houseplant1/18/2007
  Q: I have a solid green ivy I received as a gift. I need to know if it will do fine about 12 feet from ...
  A: Assuming your plant is a true ivy (Hedera) and not a Pothos or Philodendron, then you are pushing ...
Poinsettia & other holiday flowering plants1/18/2007
  Q: DO I NEED TO CUT THE ABOVE PLANT DOWN. VERY LEGGY AND FEW LEAVES AT BOTTOM OF STEM, GROWN FROM SMALL ...
  A: Now is the time to prune back Poinsettias sharply. Look for new sprouts down low on stems and cut ...
Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose) Leaf Damage1/18/2007
  Q: Can you identify this brown trouble in the pics? I am emailing you photos with a copy of this ...
  A: Can you also send me a photo that shows the entire plant, including the pot that it is planted in. ...
self-watering pots1/17/2007
  Q: I love my jungle, My question is about 85% of my house plants are in self watering pots,is it good ...
  A: If your self-watering pots are working for you and your plants are healthy, then stay with it. There ...
corn plant care1/17/2007
  Q: please help! my corn plant is less then 2 weeks old at my house and the leaves are fading and ...
  A: I care for at least a hundred corn plants every week, so I have lots of professional experience with ...
Don't repot your new plant!1/17/2007
  Q: i have a corn plant (my 2nd one) and i feel like it is dying like my last one and it is only 1 week ...
  A: I know this may come as a big surprise to you and many other readers, but repotting a new plant is ...
peace lilies1/17/2007
  Q: Are peace lillies poisonous if small peices of the leaves are ingested by infants?
  A: Peace lilies are not generally regarded to be toxic. However, all bets are off when it comes to ...
Jade Plant1/17/2007
  Q: I just received a small branch that grew on an angle offshoot of a jade plant roughly 3 feet tall. ...
  A: Without a photo, it is hard for me to visualize just what the angled problem is. You can email a ...
Angel Wing Begonia1/16/2007
  Q: The once full plant is looking scraggly and loosing its lower leaves. It is tall and the top leaves ...
  A: Yes, pruning is often the solution for changing a leggy, overgrown plant back to a fuller, more ...
Wilting Palm1/16/2007
  Q: I would greatly appreciate your help. Attached is a picture of my palm (or atleast I think its a ...
  A: Photos cannot be posted here. You will have to email your photo to me directly at ...
Variegated Schefflera arboricola1/16/2007
  Q: I recieved a Varigated Arbicola for my Grandfathers Funeral, which was a week ago. The leaves on ...
  A: Your Arboricola should be right in front of an uncovered window, not next to it. You didn't indicate ...
Repotting Boston Fern1/16/2007
  Q: We have a Boston Fern that I have had for approximately 10 years. It approximately 4 feet across. ...
  A: Sounds like your Boston fern is thriving and quite healthy. They do develop very heavy root systems ...
green house1/15/2007
  Q: How much should I keep my green house which is for houseplants dark? ...
  A: I had some difficulty understanding your question. If you found my answer unclear, please let me ...
Dracaena with Flowers?1/15/2007
  Q: I have what I thought was a Dracaena (corn plant) purchased from a family that moved and couldn't ...
  A: Your plant is a corn plant - Dracaena fragrans massangeana. Corn plants do flower, as you have ...
Ponytail Palm1/15/2007
  Q: I recently bought, what looks like, 7 small ponytail palms in the same pot. Should I separate them ...
  A: It is unusual for seven ponytails to be in the same pot, but there is no reason to separate them. If ...
Rubber Tree Plant & Falling Leaves1/14/2007
  Q: I have had a rubber tree plant for about 2 years. It just recently started dropping leaves and the ...
  A: Rubber plants will drop leaves for any number of reasons related to watering, light, and pot size. ...
asparagus fern plants1/14/2007
  Q: How much should you water the plant? How should you re pot the plant? Thank you.
  A: Asparagus ferns should be watered thoroughly (until some water trickles through the drainage holes) ...
lucky bean plant1/14/2007
  Q: I recently purchased one lucky bean plant, and now I need a care plan for it. Please advice me on ...
  A: Lucky bean plant is known botanically as Cerbera manghas. It is in the Oleander family and it is a ...
English ivy1/13/2007
  Q: Why would the leaves fall off my English Ivy
  A: Leaf loss on a Hedera ivy is a generic symptom that can be caused by improper watering, inadequate ...
moving a plant1/13/2007
  Q: i have two indoor cherimoya plants, one is about 6" tall and growing nicely with several branches. ...
  A: I just realized that I misread your questions - thinking it was 6-feet tall, not 6-inches, as you ...
Monstera1/13/2007
  Q: I'm fairly new to houseplants, as this question will bear out! What do you do with the long woody ...
  A: Those aerial roots on your Monstera serve no practical purpose. In nature, those roots run along the ...
Massangeana Cane1/13/2007
  Q: After managing to kill off one of my corn plants, I went out today and purchased a replacement. In ...
  A: I don't make any money from my site, so providing helpful information is its only justification! It ...
Dracaena fragrans Massangeana1/11/2007
  Q: I have a Dracaena fragrans Massangeana, and it isn't looking quite well. I have recently moved, but ...
  A: Light may have been a problem in the old location and could have started the leaf tipping. It should ...
Jade plant1/11/2007
  Q: I have a Jade plant that has a white fuzzy fungus type stuff growing on it, just at the tops of each ...
  A: Your Jade has a mealybug infestation, as your ivy did before. The difficulty with treating ...
calla lily and orchid1/10/2007
  Q: I have a white Calla lily that is starting to turn brown. Should I cut it back and stop watering? ...
  A: Normally Calla lilies are spring bloomers. Ones that are sold now are hybrids that have been forced. ...
lucky bamboo1/10/2007
  Q: I have a lucky bamboo that is about 2' tall. The bottom half of the stem is turning yellow and seems ...
  A: A photo always helps, but based on the information you provided I believe that the stem roots are ...
brown worms1/9/2007
  Q: Ever since I brought home my bird of paradise plant, i've notice inch to 2 inch long ( 1 cm wide) ...
  A: The presence of worms or other critters in the soil of a potted plant indicates that the grower cut ...
wilting (Yucca not corn) plant1/8/2007
  Q: Mr. Creed, Please help me with my corn plant. I will e-mail photo separately. It has been in this ...
  A: Without the photo I would have assumed that you had correctly identified your plant as a corn plant. ...
Radermachera/China doll1/7/2007
  Q: I have had a China Doll plant for a little over 5 years, it has been brought back to life a couple ...
  A: China doll or Radermachera sinica is native to tropical regions of China where it can grow as tall ...
indoor orange plant1/7/2007
  Q: Four or five years ago I bought a small orange tree with specific fertilizer instructions. It isn't ...
  A: It is easy to get distracted by the lesser elements and lose sight of the more important factors. ...
spider mites!1/7/2007
  Q: I seem to end up with spider mites anytime I have a plant that doesn't seem to belong here ...
  A: For complex reasons, spider mites favor certain plant species over others. Many flowering plants ...
Spiderplants1/6/2007
  Q: You may not believe this but in college (1980-81)I bought a tiny spider plant from a grocery store ...
  A: Fascinating story about your spider plant. Spider plants are quite hardy and can withstand a wide ...
plant help1/6/2007
  Q: I have a corn plant that is touching the ceiling and only the bottom leaves(4 sections) by the cane ...
  A: Congratulations on keeping your corn plant for so long. The average indoor plant lasts for about 3 ...
Epsom salts1/5/2007
  Q: A post elsewhere on this site suggests that magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salts aids flowering ...
  A: I am not responsible for the posts of other experts on this site. In fact, I frequently disagree ...
Aglaonema 'corey' plants1/5/2007
  Q: How do I prevent leaf burn on my aglonema corey plant? It is kept indoors with indirect sunlight. ...
  A: I am not sure just what you mean by "leaf burn." A more exact description of the symptoms would be ...
Red Emerald Philodendron1/4/2007
  Q: I am a new indoor plant keeper. I have successfully kept my marble queen pothos and two other plants ...
  A: Please let me know what in my reply you were unclear about. I am always happy to clarify. Will Hi ...
Massangeana Cane1/4/2007
  Q: I just received a Massangeana Cane as a gift. There are 3 stalks total, the tallest one is about 3 ...
  A: Please let me know what in my reply you were unclear about. I am always happy to clarify. Will Hi ...
Coconut palm1/3/2007
  Q: I bought a coconut palm about 4 months ago and it was doing great until about a month ago when some ...
  A: Coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is not an easy plant to keep healthy indoors. In general, they require ...
Cyclamen looking poorly1/3/2007
  Q: I had this beautiful plant, thought I was doing everything right, have it where it gets sun but not ...
  A: Cyclamen are not easy plants. They do require cool temps, but also bright light and soil that is ...
Scale on a Braided Ficus1/2/2007
  Q: I've just got a couple of questions about my Ficus, and I'm wondering if you could help. It's a ...
  A: I am in New York, so I wouldn't mind having some of your hot weather right now! You seem to be ...
Umbrella tree1/2/2007
  Q: I recently received an umbrella plant as a gift. It's about 2 1/2' in a 10" pot, and I guess I have ...
  A: Blackened leaves near the top of the plant usually indicate root rot from wet soil or exposure to ...
pineapple plant1/1/2007
  Q: My mom got a pineapple plant for Christmas it already has a pineapple on it. We would like to know ...
  A: The small pebbles should be removed from the top of the soil. You are right that it makes it ...
corn plant leaves are turning yellow1/1/2007
  Q: I had bought 2 corn plants about 6 months ago. One is doing fine and the other ones leaves are ...
  A: A plant cannot be revived without knowing the specific reason that it is doing poorly. Yellow leaves ...
Plant dirt & bugs1/1/2007
  Q: I recently discovered that my fern plant has small worms in the soil. I'm sure it's from new dirt ...
  A: You have more than one kind of pest problem and it is hard to treat them in the same way. Most ...
Canela disease?1/1/2007
  Q: I bought a Canela (it says Canela TM with no official name) from Home Depot last fall. It was ...
  A: The botanical name for your Canela is Cinnamomum kotoense. It can survive in low to medium light, ...
plant mold1/1/2007
  Q: is the mold on my plants that im having toxic
  A: There are many different kinds of mold. Most of them are harmless to plants. However, many people ...
Hibiscus12/31/2006
  Q: Will, I have 2 tropical hibiscus plants, each about 4 ft. tall They did wonderfully on my patio ...
  A: The downside of moving a plant outside for the warmer months is the stress that it undergoes when ...
Indoor Palm Trees12/31/2006
  Q: My husband just bought me two palm trees for our anniversary, a Pygmy Date Palm and a Majesty Palm. ...
  A: Pygmy date palm does best in very bright indirect light with a few hours of direct sun early or late ...
Fertilizer12/31/2006
  Q: (house plants), massangeana cane,strelizia niclia-white bird of paradise,warneckii dracaena,and ...
  A: Yours is the third fertilizer question I have had today! Fertilizer for indoor plants is highly ...
best time to prune12/30/2006
  Q: regarding pruning my yucca,, when is the best time to do so? thanx,cracking site by the way..
  A: Gaynor. Like most houseplants, Yuccas are tropical in origin so they can be pruned at any time of ...
Yucca and a climbing plant12/30/2006
  Q: I have a yucca. It is placed near my front door. It faces north. Around each side of the door, ...
  A: Those narrow windows facing north will not provide enough light for your Yucca to thrive. It will ...
Majestic Palm12/30/2006
  Q: I bought a Majestic Palm a few months ago, and at first it did great. I've kept it inside, in ...
  A: I wish I had some positive suggestions for you, but I don't. The majesty palm is a very poor indoor ...
top heavy yucca12/29/2006
  Q: i have had my yucca for a good ten years. It is very healthy and growing weel.Problem= Three major ...
  A: Like many plants, Yuccas stems grow toward the main light source. Once a stem has angled in a ...
Arbol Limon, Lemon Tree12/29/2006
  Q: We live in Denver and we purchased this small tree last spring and it lived in its pot outdoors for ...
  A: Getting Citrus trees to produce fruit indoors is very challenging. You have gotten further along ...
umbrella tree12/29/2006
  Q: I have 2 5 foot umbrella trees. Just got them 3 weeks ago. I repotted them and made 2 individual ...
  A: I am going to assume that your umbrella trees are Schefflera actinophylla. If not, please let me ...
severe leaf loss12/29/2006
  Q: It is a Schefflera arboricola (variegata). It is in a position with plenty of light (not full sun) ...
  A: Your S. arboricola needs lots of very bright, indirect light all day long. That means it should be ...
Mold12/29/2006
  Q: I have 5 fairly young Crown of Thorns plants that are all in separate pots. The pots are pretty ...
  A: Where did you get the soil? Is it garden soil? Or is it peat-based potting mix? It should be the ...
fungus?12/28/2006
  Q: My house plants are turning brown and drying on the tips of the leaves; some of my other plants are ...
  A: Brown leaf tips and black leaf spots are generic symptoms that have a number of possible causes. ...
severe leaf loss12/28/2006
  Q: I have an umbrella plant and although I haven't done anything differently the leaves are falling off ...
  A: There are many possible causes of severe leaf loss with an umbrella plant, but you haven't given me ...
Frozen Dracaena marginata12/27/2006
  Q: I have a daracaena marginata plant that I've had for about three years now that was thriving until I ...
  A: I'm sorry your Marginata got frozen. This is a tropical plant that has trouble surviving freezing ...
China Doll Plant12/27/2006
  Q: I noticed this morning some white spots on my china doll plant. What can I use to take care of this ...
  A: I need a better description of the white spots. Are they embedded in the leaves or are they on top ...
Rubber plants12/27/2006
  Q: how much water do they need? How much light do they need? I repotted the plant but i did not take it ...
  A: Rubber plants like a lot of light. They must be placed very close to an unobstructed window. You ...
China doll plant12/26/2006
  Q: I received a china doll plant from a friend at my dads funeral and I really want to keep it alive. I ...
  A: China doll is a tropical plant and it will not survive cold KY winters. If your China doll is in a ...
Kangaroo Fern Propagation12/26/2006
  Q: My mother has a Kangaroo Paw Fern. That's what I think it's called anyway. It's being grown in a ...
  A: You cannot propagate ferns from stem cuttings. Yes, the frond stem cutting will eventually die as it ...
Corn plant flowers12/26/2006
  Q: My brother inherited a corn tree plant from my mom that he had purchased for her 28 years ago. It is ...
  A: Corn plant flowering is somewhere between unusual and rare. In most cases the plant is more than ...
Help identifying/caring for this plant?12/23/2006
  Q: Do you have any idea what this plant is? It was a birthday gift a few months ago and since then, ...
  A: Your plant is called a Croton. Its botanical name is Codiaeum. Croton species come in a variety of ...
Lucky Bamboo/money tree plant12/23/2006
  Q: The lucky bamboo saga continues. I have killed two in the past. I have had three in the last 4 ...
  A: Are you having trouble with lucky bamboos or with money plants? They are two very different plants, ...
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaenas)12/23/2006
  Q: A few days ago, you suggested that I pot these, rather than keeping them in water. I'm about to do ...
  A: Good questions. Their ability to tolerate light is unrelated to whether they are potted in water or ...
Rocks with moss.12/22/2006
  Q: Inour house we have a rock wall that has moss on the rocks. I was told that there is a mixture of ...
  A: Moss is not a plant that is ordinarily grown indoors, so your question is a bit outside my area of ...
lucky bamboo12/22/2006
  Q: I want to buy a lucky bamboo plant for my sister but i don't know how to take care of one: how to ...
  A: Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, ...
House plant fungus?12/22/2006
  Q: I ahve several types of indoor plants and I am constantly getting two types of fungus that kill the ...
  A: The small tan spots are probably scale insects if the spots are slightly raised and scrape off ...
Ficus Tree leaves dropping12/22/2006
  Q: I have a fiscus tree. I got it from work and moved it home about 2 months ago. I put it in front of ...
  A: Ficus trees are notorious for dropping leaves whenever they are relocated - even from one side of ...
what kind of plant do i have?12/21/2006
  Q: A friend gave me a plant, and I can't find any information on it. The friend has no idea what type ...
  A: Can you email a photo to me at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com? Otherwise, I will need a more detailed ...
Ficus Tree Frost12/20/2006
  Q: I live in Texas and have had my 8 ft Fica Tree outside in the summer for years. This year I waited ...
  A: As long as your Ficus roots did not suffer a prolonged hard freeze, then there is a good chance that ...
African violet12/20/2006
  Q: My husband gave me an african violet about 5 years ago. It was doing well & I had it flowering which ...
  A: If the roots are healthy - and they may not be if the top fell off because the stem was rotted - ...
Yucca12/20/2006
  Q: Will. I have a >20 yo yucca (corn yucca, for lack of a formal name), that has just flowered. I;m ...
  A: I am not sure if you have a Yucca or a corn plant (Dracaena massangeana), but I am not sure it ...
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaenas)12/19/2006
  Q: Does this grow? If so, how fast and how much? Also, I've seen fertilizer for it on eBay, but there ...
  A: First, I am assuming that your lucky bamboo is in water with stones or pebbles, but not in soil. Let ...
sago palm - Cycas revoluta12/19/2006
  Q: During the summer I bought a sago palm in a 6in pot as a houseplant. It has 2 leaves on it and it ...
  A: The loss of an older leaf is not a particular cause for concern. The loss of a new leaf is. Usually ...
wandering Jew,12/18/2006
  Q: How often should they be watered? Should they go bone dry before watering, or not? Also, I live in ...
  A: Assuming that your Wandering Jew is properly potted, then you should water it when the top inch of ...
corn plant12/18/2006
  Q: I have some corn plants. The roots are coming to the top of the pot and the leaves are turning ...
  A: As plants age, the soil often settles and upper roots become exposed. Surprisingly, this is not a ...
Yucca cane help12/18/2006
  Q: i recently bought a yucca cane plant from tops about 4 months ago now this cane plant has been ...
  A: There are any number of different critters that could have taken up residence in the potting soil. ...
Peace Lily pests12/18/2006
  Q: I have a large pot of peace lilies in a shady spot in the garden, there are about 20 flower stems ...
  A: My expertise is limited to indoor potted plants. Once plants are moved outside they are subject to ...
China Doll, Radermachera sinica12/17/2006
  Q: I had to look after my daughter's China Doll. It involved change of environment.(from her place to ...
  A: Plants often do not respond well to changes in their environment. Reduced light and soil that is not ...
Norfolk Island pine12/17/2006
  Q: I have a 4yr old indoor norfolk island pine that I discovered has a white sticky substance on it ...
  A: I need a better description of the "white sticky substance." Is the white substance sticky or is ...
Moving plants: Ficus and Schefflera12/17/2006
  Q: I moved a beautiful 6 ft bushy Ficus and a 4 ft full gorgeous Schefflera about a month ago. They ...
  A: Moving a plant usually means changing its light. Such a change can often have a negative effect on a ...
lime tree12/16/2006
  Q: my lime tree has been outside all summer and i took it in for the winter. then all the leaves fell ...
  A: Citrus trees, including limes, require a great deal of direct sunlight all year round. Yours is ...
Ficus benjamina12/16/2006
  Q: I have a ficus tree which I have had for a long time, since it was a baby about a foot high. Now it ...
  A: Your Ficus tree is only mildly unhappy and will soon get over it. Ficus tree leaves are very light ...
No water for the Pothos over the holiday.12/15/2006
  Q: In the office where I work I'm keeping a pothos plant in a 6" pot. I'm probably watering it every 6 ...
  A: I care for over a thousand office plants and I run into the same problem over the holidays and when ...
watering indoor plants12/15/2006
  Q: We will be going south for 10 weeks this winter. Is there a way I can water my houseplants while I ...
  A: There are a variety of self-watering devices available, but none of them will carry a plant for as ...
indoor asparagus fern12/14/2006
  Q: I FINALLY found some asparagus fern plants after 6 years and they are all dying (bought from ...
  A: You haven't told me what it is that you do, so I cannot a say where you are going wrong. I will tell ...
Confused Calathea12/14/2006
  Q: I have 2 Calthea Mia. They are both in 6-inch pots. They both seem to be very healthy, very little ...
  A: Congratulations on your great success with your Marantas Calatheas, and Stromanthes. They are not ...
dying plants12/14/2006
  Q: I recently inherited my late aunt's houseplants, some of them 30 years old. I have always had good ...
  A: Maintaining inherited plants is alway difficult. First, there is a change in light and perhaps ...
Norfolk pine separation12/13/2006
  Q: i have a northfork pine that is about 4 foot tall but there is 5 plants in the pot. can they be ...
  A: Theoretically, it is possible to divide the rootball and separate the plants. However, this would ...
Indoor plants....STRESS12/13/2006
  Q: We have just purchased several indoor plants for our office, and of course they are stressed to be ...
  A: You have 5 different plants with different care requirements. I cannot describe the specific ...
corn plant wilting12/13/2006
  Q: I have a corn plant that I recently repotted. It's leaves are wilting. What can I do to make the ...
  A: I need better information from you to be able to reply properly. Did the wilting start before or ...
plants and vitamins12/12/2006
  Q: will vitamins help plants grow.
  A: What do you mean by "vitamins?" Vitamins that are used by humans (A, B, C, D, E, etc.)have no ...
Norfolk Pine12/11/2006
  Q: In a recent answer you referred to a single growing tip on a Norfolk pine. Does this mean the tree ...
  A: Yes, the Norfolk pine produces new growth only at the top. Once a branch or frond has fully ...
Ponytail Plant Revival12/11/2006
  Q: I have a large ponytail that is 20 y.o. Having recently moved to S.C. I had the plant on my screen ...
  A: Ponytails are tropical in origin and do not tolerate temps below freezing very well. It might ...
40 year old ponytail plant is dying, help!12/10/2006
  Q: I have a ponytail that was given to me by my grandma, and until now I have never had any problems ...
  A: I am afraid that the prognosis for your ponytail is not good. Try not to blame yourself. Here is ...
rubber tree12/10/2006
  Q: I have a rubber tree plant in my house and it was doing well. Now it is starting to look dull and ...
  A: Your rubber plant needs as much light as you can provide. Allow the top quarter of the soil to dry ...
china doll propagation12/10/2006
  Q: I have a long-lived China Doll plant (about 8 years old) that is scraggly and looking on its last ...
  A: China dolls do have a way of becoming leggy and scraggly looking as they age unless they are pruned ...
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia12/10/2006
  Q: My plants grow very healthy. But when it started blooming, it will not bloom completely. What do we ...
  A: Dieffenbachias are not noted for their flowers because the flowers are rather small, insignificant, ...
Jade Plant, root rot??12/9/2006
  Q: I read your July response re jade plant root rot and it fits my plant perfectly. I have another ...
  A: The roots of the separate stems are all completely intertwined within the soil and have been for 20 ...
Norfolk pine pruning12/9/2006
  Q: How is everything with you, my question is how, when, and how much should I prune a northfork pine ...
  A: A Norfolk pine has a single growing tip. Once it is pruned off or damaged, then all new growth ...
peace lily pest12/9/2006
  Q: My friend has a peace lily that is brown at leaf tips and possibly has aphids or psyllid. I think ...
  A: To give you a proper diagnosis I need better information from you. Can you describe the pests that ...
Schefflera and Dracaena marginata12/8/2006
  Q: I recently purchased two tree-like plants from a couple that was moving. They are very large and ...
  A: That makes my job a lot easier and it means I can be more helpful. The plant with the broader ...
plant12/8/2006
  Q: how does the hour of sunlight affect the plant growth?
  A: Virtually all plants require at least 8-10 hours per day of good light. Some plants are adapted to ...
Christmas/Easter Cactus12/7/2006
  Q: Can I take clippings from these plants and using a starter dip plant into a substance and have ...
  A: Use small clippings of 2 to 4 segments of the holiday cactus. Let the clippings callus over in the ...
Yucca plants12/7/2006
  Q: I have several Yucca plants in various locations, my problem is that all of them are starting to ...
  A: This is a common malady with potted Yuccas. In most cases it is a root related problem. Make sure ...
rabbit foot fern12/7/2006
  Q: I was given a rabbit foot fern as a gift and have no idea how to care for it. Can you help?
  A: The rabbit's foot fern comes from tropical rain forests where it is damp and shady. So that means ...
corn plant12/6/2006
  Q: I have a corn plant that I purchased a few months ago. The plant is in a room that does NOT recieve ...
  A: Corn plants do not like direct sun, but many folks are confused about what that means. It should not ...
Aloe plant12/5/2006
  Q: I have an aloe that I received from some one as a cutting, I put it into soil two days after ...
  A: I am confused by your description. "Cutting" usually refers to a single leaf or stem, but your ...
Hibiscus12/5/2006
  Q: We have two hibiscus plants in my office and one blooms with a beautiful peach colored blossom quite ...
  A: Can you tell me the differences between the two Hibiscus', besides their ability to flower? Are ...
Norfolk Island Pine12/5/2006
  Q: WE BOUGHT A NORFOLK PINE FOR OUR XMAS TREE.HOW BIG DO NORFOLKS GET,AND CAN WE KEEP THEM SMALL IN A ...
  A: Norfolk Island pines are slow growers when grown indoors in moderate light. If you move it outside ...
what is it?12/4/2006
  Q: I have aquired this indoor tree. It has no identification on it. It's bottom leaves are now turning ...
  A: Many new plants will drop lower leaves when they have to adapt to a new environment. If you ...
Companion planting explanation12/4/2006
  Q: Previous experience companion planting different species of plants in the same pot has been met with ...
  A: In my experience, online garden forums are fraught with misinformation by well-intentioned people ...
leaf spotting12/3/2006
  Q: i have a corn plant that seemed healthy but lots of the top tier leaves have got brown spots and and ...
  A: Corn plant leaf spotting can occur when the soil is too dry; when roots are compacted at the bottom ...
Fungus gnats!!12/3/2006
  Q: We brought in our beautiful hybiscus tree that we had outdoors all summer. It is in a great sunny ...
  A: Those are fungus gnats. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful ...
Peace Lily fungus gnats12/3/2006
  Q: I have a peace lily in a pot that is approximately 12" x 12" x 12". I bought it and repotted it in ...
  A: Yes, it is likely that the critters you see in the soil are fungus gnat larvae. Here's what you need ...
Indoor palm12/2/2006
  Q: I am hoping that you have some good advice. I have an indoor palm tree and have noticed very small, ...
  A: I am not sure you have spider mites and suspect you may have mealybugs. Spider mites look like dust ...
Mealy bugs on my Jade Tree12/2/2006
  Q: I have a 30+ year old Jade.. it's 4+ feet tall and about 3 feet wide. I live in New England and put ...
  A: Congratulations on your long and successful care of your Jade! Mealybugs can be safely and ...
Umbrella Tree Problem12/2/2006
  Q: I have a type of umbrella tree (I believe), which has been losing leaves near the stem base. The ...
  A: Your Schefflera arboricola looks quite healthy and I did not see any symptoms that cause me concern. ...
Philodendron fungus12/2/2006
  Q: I have a philodendron plant with white fungus on it. It seems to be spreading to my other plants. ...
  A: Other things, such as mealybugs, perlite, and soil salt deposits are often mistaken for fungus. I ...
blooming palm house plant12/2/2006
  Q: About three years ago my mother died. From the funeral I kept two potted palms as house plants. ...
  A: I just discovered that no one had answered your question. Palms rarely flower indoors and when they ...
Schefflera Tree12/1/2006
  Q: I have a Schefflera Tree that is about 6 ft tall. The pot is about a 12 " diameter. I've had it ...
  A: The pot size and light are appropriate. You should water your Schefflera thoroughly whenever the top ...
sticky radermachera plant12/1/2006
  Q: i bought a radermachera about 18 months ago and it was fine, although there where 3 plants in one ...
  A: The stickiness is a sign that your China doll has an infestation of either scale insects or mealy ...
Yucca cane help12/1/2006
  Q: didnt have much places to put it but i found a preety good area where it gets light in the morning ...
  A: Yuccas do need to be very close to and right in front of a window that is uncovered and unobstructed ...
Corn plant11/30/2006
  Q: Our cane plant at the office has flowers! (no one has ever seen this before!) the leaves now are ...
  A: Corn plants do flower after they have been around for many years, have been in the same pot and same ...
Ficus tree11/30/2006
  Q: I have an 8yr old ficus. It is outdoors in the summer. When I bring it inside for the winter, it ...
  A: You can absolutely prune your Ficus tree at any time of the year. It is a tropical plant that is ...
Ratings11/30/2006
  Q: There seems to be a sudden surge in the number of white 'grub-like' insects worming in and out of my ...
  A: I am not sure why you felt my reply lacked knowledge. Could you explain that. In addition, I ...
house plants11/30/2006
  Q: oh of course sorry. i would like to study about house plants and garden plants in general but i ...
  A: In the US, many of the state universities have agriculture departments that include courses in ...
Schefflera plant?11/30/2006
  Q: I read your answer to why the leaves on this plant would dry up and turn black. should I repot it? ...
  A: I have answered thousands of questions on this site, so I do not recall which answer you are ...
Leaves turning brown11/29/2006
  Q: I have a Warneckii Dracaena. I have it in the den and have been watering it once a week. The leaves ...
  A: It could be a watering or light or a pot size problem. Your Warneckeii should be right in front of ...
dying house plants11/29/2006
  Q: My one house plant is dying. It has a layer of light yellow almost fuzzy looking eggs or fungus on ...
  A: It is hard to give you a definitive answer without knowing what kind of plant you have, its size, ...
fiddle leaf Ficus11/28/2006
  Q: My fiddle fig tree leaves are turning yellow, some are brown and all wrinkled and some have brown ...
  A: The symptoms you described are generic and don't reveal a particular cause. The light is fine as ...
elephants foot11/28/2006
  Q: I can't re call the true name of this plant, mine is over thirty years old, but this week I notice ...
  A: Common names, such as elephant's foot, often get applied to different plant species. Usually, ...
oxygen producing house plants11/28/2006
  Q: What plants are the best for producing oxygen, in an office and purify the air?
  A: All plants have some capacity to absorb and eliminate various air pollutants and produce oxygen. ...
ZZ plant11/28/2006
  Q: I have read many of your answers about the pot size for a proper potting of a zz plant. I am still ...
  A: ZZ plants rarely need repotting. Keeping yours in its original pot is definitely the best option. ...
palm stem rot?11/27/2006
  Q: I have a seifrizii palm that I got in June of this year. It came in a 14" pot and the nursery ...
  A: The nursery should have known better, but obviously they did not. Unnecessary repotting is the most ...
" lucky bamboo"11/27/2006
  Q: How should I pot/care for a 'lucky bamboo' that thanks to your info I now know is not really bamboo. ...
  A: Like any other rooted cuttings, your Dracaena sanderiana cuttings can do okay for about a year in ...
Gloxinia11/27/2006
  Q: If the leaves are turning yellow, does that mean that I'm overwatering? If so, do I cut those ...
  A: Yellow leaves are a generic symptom that can signal several things, including both under and ...
Ficus plant-leaves have black,sticky substance.11/26/2006
  Q: My fica plant, which is at least 10 years old and is in a large pot in room with lots of sun, is ...
  A: Your Ficus tree has an infestation of scale insects. Scale can be hard to detect. When they are ...
Monstera deliciosa11/26/2006
  Q: our healthy monstera d. is producing heaps of aerial roots - the plant is approx 9ft high - is it ...
  A: It sounds like you are doing a great job with your Monstera! The aerial roots can be cut off ...
Schefflera11/26/2006
  Q: I have been caring for an incredible schefflera for 8 years, about 4' high 5 main stalks twisted ...
  A: That's too bad about the frost. Freezing temps affect the foliage first because they are most ...
Christmas Cactus11/26/2006
  Q: I have a Christmas Cactus from last year that I had outside all spring, summer and fall. I brought ...
  A: Your Christmas cactus is doing exactly what I would expect it to do. You did everything right as ...
Jade in Michigan!11/25/2006
  Q: I too have the same questions about rooting jade. Your answer was great, although what are your ...
  A: I think you already know at least part of the answer to your question - be very careful not to ...
China doll11/25/2006
  Q: I take pride in my house plants, but these china dolls are a doosy. What is the proper watering for ...
  A: China dolls are not easy and they can be quite fussy about both light and water. They also don't ...
house palm tree11/25/2006
  Q: I bought a palm tree that came in a box that states house palm, and states not to give the plant any ...
  A: OK, I understand better that you purchased a bare-rooted cutting wrapped in plastic and you then ...
What is killing my Papyrus?11/25/2006
  Q: Well, the pest is back...it seems that it comes back every six months....the plant is in a huge pot ...
  A: From your description, I suspect that you have a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to ...
Christmas cactus plants11/25/2006
  Q: I can send a picture, but you may know what it is already. Are the plants toxic to animals?
  A: According to the ASPCA website, Christmas cactus is not listed among plants toxic to pets. Here is ...
ponytail palm11/25/2006
  Q: My friend has a ponytail palm tree. I received a plant labeled as a palm ponytail. However, my ...
  A: Your ponytail is probably not as old as your friend's. It can take several years of growing in good ...
peace lily11/24/2006
  Q: My peace lily (that came from a florist) use to have big broad leaves and flowers the size of my ...
  A: Florists have all the advantages. They have greenhouses with optimum light, carefully controlled ...
rubber tree pruning11/24/2006
  Q: I have a large rubber tree (about 5 ft. with many stems) When I prune it white sap pours out of the ...
  A: Your rubber tree is in the Ficus genus and they all "bleed" white, sticky sap. For some people the ...
Goldfish plant11/24/2006
  Q: I have a goldfish plant, and since i brought it indoors for winter (beings I live in northern Iowa), ...
  A: Goldfish plant (Nematanthus ‘Tropicana’ formerly Hypocyrta) normally blooms in the warmer months, so ...
Ficus11/24/2006
  Q: I just rescued a beautiful ficus tree. It's about 6 feet high with about a 3" trunk. It has been ...
  A: Plant rescues are always difficult because the plant's history is largely unknown. But I commend you ...
what have we got??11/22/2006
  Q: I don't not have a scanner or a digital camera, but will this may help I looked further at the ...
  A: I am still not getting a clear image of your plant. In fact, I cannot be sure it is a tropical or ...
Frozen Plants11/22/2006
  Q: I recently moved, and it did not seem to cold outside, I only moved 5 minutes away so I figured my ...
  A: I am sorry to learn about your cold damaged plants. I know how devastating the cold can be to ...
Mock Orchid11/21/2006
  Q: I was given this plant by my sister, she brought it up from Florida (she said it grows outside ...
  A: The only plant listed as "mock orchid" is a fictional plant in a 1993 Dennis the Menace movie that ...
Dwarf Schefflera11/21/2006
  Q: I have a Dwarf Schefflera that has been growing outside in a clay pot on the patio. I live in ...
  A: I usually limit myself to indoor plant questions because there are so many local variables that ...
ZZ Plant11/20/2006
  Q: A few of my zi zi plants leaves are beginning to turn yellow--Otherwise looks healthy. I have only ...
  A: If your ZZ Plant was properly potted, then it is probably due for some water after a month. In good ...
Aglaonema11/20/2006
  Q: Recently you answered a question I had about a phallic-like protuberance growing from my Algaonema, ...
  A: By way of explanation, I can only make an analogy to the human species that often produces a ...
ZZ plant11/19/2006
  Q: Our ZI ZI plant is doing quite well. It is about 4-5 across. The branches are reaching out too far. ...
  A: Your ZZ Plant is growing exactly as it was designed. It spreads out laterally as it grows and as it ...
Ponytail Palm repotting11/19/2006
  Q: I also bought a ponytail palm and it is a foot tall, and in a 1.40 qt container. Do I keep it in the ...
  A: You are assuming that your ponytail needs a bigger container and I am not sure that is true. ...
Soil critters11/19/2006
  Q: I have a orange tree in my home. The soil was soil that I purchased at a store. Today when I was ...
  A: One of the disadvantages of putting plants outside is that it exposes them to a variety of local ...
jasmine tree11/19/2006
  Q: When is it good time to cut back a jasmine tree? And could you give me some basic info. on care. It ...
  A: Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant, so don't get discouraged if you don't have immediate success. ...
orange & brown spots on Alocasia11/18/2006
  Q: I've been growing an alocasia for about a year. This week the largest leaves have gotten orange & ...
  A: Leaf spotting on Alocasias is usually caused by uneven watering and/or letting the soil get too dry ...
lucky bamboo11/18/2006
  Q: I've had my lucky bamboo plant with me for 4 yrs, but from past 6 months its slowly turning yellow ...
  A: Lucky bamboo are not actually bamboo. They are Dracaena sanderiana cuttings. Like most cuttings, ...
indoor money plant11/18/2006
  Q: why did my indoor money plant leaves turn yellow?
  A: There are many possible reasons for your money plants (Pachira aquatica) to get yellow leaves ...
jasmine tree11/18/2006
  Q: why does it have milky, sticky white substance on it?
  A: I believe that your Jasmine has a scale insect infestation. Scale can be hard to detect. When they ...
peace lily11/17/2006
  Q: my friend recently received a peace lily as a gift and keeps it at our office. it is in approx. 12 ...
  A: When you say that two stalks were not potted deeply enough are you basing that on appearance or ...
Cissus Rhombifolia11/17/2006
  Q: I just acquired a small Oak leaf ivy (Cissus Rhombifolia 'Ellen Danica'. As usual, the care tag is ...
  A: At least the care tag had both the common and complete botanical name. That's way better than the ...
Repotting a peace lily11/17/2006
  Q: I have a peace lily that was given to me about 7 months ago when my daughter was born. (Her name is ...
  A: Welcome to the world of houseplants where there is lots of conflicting and often erroneous ...
my Yucca plant11/16/2006
  Q: i have a yukka plant in my livingroom which seems to be dying. it has two stems and the tallest ...
  A: You didn't mention light, pot size, plant size or your watering routine, so I cannot properly assess ...
Venus flytrap11/16/2006
  Q: Referred to you since all the experts on carnivorous plants were not available. What is the best way ...
  A: A 10 degree drop in temperature at night should not be a problem as long as it stays above 55-60 ...
Flowering Dracaena fragrans11/16/2006
  Q: I have a 6 year old Dracaena fragrans kept inside in moderate to high light and being watered as the ...
  A: Your Dracaena fragrans may be a hybrid that is reverting to all-green. In low light, the yellow ...
Fungus gnats11/15/2006
  Q: I have many small flies that look like fruit flies on my indoor yucca plants. The plants are in good ...
  A: Those are fungus gnats and they are close relatives of fruit flies. Adult fungus gnats fly around ...
Atmospheric Water Uptake11/15/2006
  Q: I'm very impressed by your previous answers and hope you can provide me with general information ...
  A: Most plants are not really designed to absorb significant amounts of water through their leaves, ...
Peace Lily Question11/15/2006
  Q: My daughter has a large peace lily which was transplanted last year. The plant is not doing very ...
  A: I am confused by your description. Is half of the plant permanently drooping and not recovering even ...
Christmas Cactus Problem11/14/2006
  Q: I'm having a problem w/ my Christmas Cactus and don't know what to do about it. I received the ...
  A: I wish I had a simple answer for you, but I don't. You have an unusual situation in that you have a ...
Amaryllis11/14/2006
  Q: I read where is not worth trying to keep the paper whites and try to have them bloom again. What ...
  A: It is true that paper whites rarely re-bloom and if they do, the flowers are weak. However, that is ...
Low Light Office Plant11/14/2006
  Q: I am looking all over for a plant to fit a specific space in our office. It's a lobby and receives ...
  A: Let's start with the light, which is the most important factor in selecting plants. "Very, very ...
Pot too small for Bamboo?11/14/2006
  Q: I recieved a bamboo plant (2 stalks) which was potted in a quite small pot in 2003 in just dirt. ...
  A: I am going to assume that your bamboo is what is commonly called Lucky Bamboo. That is a very ...
mandeville culture11/13/2006
  Q: I have several mandevill and was instructed to: trip back in fall; place in cool (out of sun) little ...
  A: In horticulture there are often multiple ways to achieve the same results. I don't claim to have the ...
Oxalis11/13/2006
  Q: I have a large 3-leaf houseplant in an 8" container. Each leaf is a perfectly shaped heart. They ...
  A: Your plant is an Oxalis. There are many varieties of Oxalis that come with different leaf and flower ...
Dracaena massangeana cane or corn plant11/13/2006
  Q: I have had this plant for 2-3 months and I'm finding that there are tiny bugs (ones that look like ...
  A: Those are fungus gnats. Adult fungus gnats fly around and are an annoyance, but they are not harmful ...
Wandering Jew11/12/2006
  Q: What can you tell me about Wandering Jews? I've kept mine out all summer, but with nighttime ...
  A: Unless your wandering Jew was in deep shade outside, then its biggest problem will be adapting to ...
peace lily11/12/2006
  Q: I have taken possession of a peace lily quite recently but the leaves have gradually turned yellow ...
  A: The symptoms you described are generic so I cannot tell just what the cause is. Many peace lily ...
My Poor Corn Plant11/12/2006
  Q: I've had my corn plant for about 2 years. Lately alot of the leaves are dying despite watering, ...
  A: I am hoping that it is not too late already. I am concerned that whatever has caused the one cane to ...
Christmas cactus11/12/2006
  Q: How do I care for my catus my husband bought me a pink one and a white one and would like to look ...
  A: There are several different plant species that are commonly referred to as Christmas cactus. Some ...
Rabbit Paw Fern11/11/2006
  Q: My friend has a Rabbit Paw Fern that is over 50 years old. Can you tell us about it???
  A: I am not sure what you want to know. If your friend has been caring for it for 50 years, I don't ...
Anthurium-poisonous?11/11/2006
  Q: Just wondering if the anthurium is a poisonous plant. I have a cat that likes to get into my plants ...
  A: The ASPCA website (http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_toxicplants#A) does not ...
new houseplant never had this one before11/11/2006
  Q: hoping you can help. I have a habit of buying half dead houseplants from stores that really should ...
  A: The first thing you should do is to resist the temptation to repot them and replace the soil. ...
Jasmine plant care11/11/2006
  Q: I receive a very tall and full Jasmin Plan on Mothers day.Because of the weather we brought the ...
  A: Jasmine is not an easy indoor plant; so don't get discouraged if you don't have immediate success. ...
White Flakes on Pothos Ivy11/11/2006
  Q: I have 2 large potted pothos ivys. Both of them have started getting white powder like flakes on ...
  A: I can't imagine what would cause white flakes unless the leaves were sprayed with some kind of ...