Houseplants

Pot has clogged drain hole

Q: I have some beautiful potted woodland ferns on my patio. They range in age from about 5 to 20 years old. They have all grown full this spring, but now on one plant all the fronds are wilting and...

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Caring For Amaryllis

Q: I have amaryllis in pots that I have tried unsuccessfully to force into bloom during the holidays. They all sprout prolific leaves and look healthy but no flowers appear. Are they just too old? A: I think the bulbs...

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Will Weevil Larvae Survive In Our Home?

Q: My family bought some pecans from a roadside stand in Georgia as we returned home to Wisconsin. As I shell the pecans, I’ve found some with weevils inside the shell. Do we need to be concerned about the larvae...

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Can I Bring My Elephant Ears Inside?

Q: I have elephant ears that flower every year for me. I love their sweet smell. Can I bring them inside? I was told by a friend that they smell horrible once cut.  A: You possibly have fragrant elephant ear,...

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Cottony White Fuzzy Stuff On Houseplant Stems

Q: What could be the cottony white fuzzy stuff on my houseplant stems? How do I get rid of it?  A: It’s very likely your plants are infested with mealy bugs. They are kin to scale insects and both suck...

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My Peace Lily’s Leaves Are Turning Brown

Q: Many leaves on my 20-year-old peace lily are turning brown. I repotted it ten years ago. It stays in the window of a cool room and I water it once every other week. How do I make it healthier? ...

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What To Do With My Succulents?

Q: I have quite a few pots of succulents that I planted this summer. They thrived and I am now wondering what to do with them. I don’t really have a bright spot in the house, not to mention the...

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Blood lily Seeds and Propagation

Q: Could you tell me what the red pods or fruit are on my blood lilies? A: These are the seedpods of the lily, whose Latin name is Scadoxus multiflorus or Haemanthus multiflorus. When the red pods begin to crinkle...

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White Fuzzy Stuff On My Houseplants

Q: What could be the cottony white fuzzy stuff on my houseplant stems? How do I get rid of it?  A: It’s very likely your plants are infested with mealy bugs. They are kin to scale insects and both suck...

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Aftercare for poinsettia, amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus plants

Decisions, decisions…what to do with the poinsettia, amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus plants you got for the holidays? Poinsettia Amaryllis Paperwhite...

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Amaryllis red blotch disease

Q: Do you know what is causing this amaryllis stem to bend? A: It’s a fungal disease called red blotch or red fire, Stagonospora curtissi. It originates from a diseased bulb but affected leaves or flower stems can shed fungal...

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Scale insect control on Meyer lemon

Q: My Meyer lemon tree just contracted these yucky little bugs. I did not have them last year. I scraped them all off by hand. What are they and how do ensure they don’t return? A: They are scale insects....

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Aphid control on plumeria

Q: What kind of infestation do I have on my plumeria? I have sprayed it twice with a product containing sulfur & pyrethrins. The little tan insects are smaller than any aphid I’ve ever seen. A: The tan things are...

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What To Do With My Succulents I Have Nowhere To Put?

Q: I have quite a few pots of succulents that I planted this summer. They thrived and I am now wondering what to do with them. I don’t really have a bright spot in the house, not to mention the...

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Box Plant Recommendations: Dimensions and Flowers

Q: What are some hardy window box plants for a balcony that I don’t have to water daily? It’s going to get a lot of sun. What would you recommend for box dimensions and flowers?  A: I think rosemary, Mexican...

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Christmas Cactus has brown stalk

Q: My mom has a Christmas cactus on which the ends are green with just a few flower buds. The bottom of each branch is all brown. Is there something wrong with the plant? A: This is normal behavior for...

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Dwarf Schefflera – Blooming

Q: Can you tell me what this growth on my plant is? Should it be cut off? The plant has never done this before. A: Your dwarf schefflera, Schefflera arboricola, is flowering! If you want to experiment, once the flowers...

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Moving Potted Hibiscus During The Spring

Q: We have six potted hibiscus that we move in and out of our home every fall and spring. We usually have to cut them way back to fit them into our warm basement area where they get six hours...

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