Houseplants

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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Houseplants – Watering

Q: I have a fiddle leaf fig. I was told to give a tree this size two quarts of water two times a week. Am I watering too much or too little? A: Watering houseplants on a set schedule with...

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Houseplants – Winter Care

HOUSEPLANT CARE FOR WINTER The long warm autumn came to an abrupt end a few weeks ago. One of the first things I did when the weatherman predicted temperatures below freezing was to inventory the houseplants on our patio and...

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Houseplants – Propagating

PROPAGATING HOUSEPLANTS – A “ROOTS” EXPERIENCE My wife has a pothos vine that vigorously overflows and cascades down the sides of a fourteen-inch wide pot. The plant originated with three short cuttings her mother gave her for a housewarming gift...

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Poinsettia – Pointers for Indoor Care

Poinsettias are NOT poisonous. That old myth was dispelled by a research project at The Ohio State University in 1975. While the latex sap may be irritating to the eyes, the plants are not toxic. All poinsettia flowers are yellow....

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Houseplants – Care While on Vacation

House plants can be kept in good condition for several days while you’re on vacation by using clear, plastic bags as miniature greenhouses. Soak the soil thoroughly, allow to drain, then insert 2 – 3 wooden skewers around the edge...

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June Houseplant Tips

Divide an overgrown Boston fern into quarters; plant two quarters into each of two separate hanging baskets filled with potting soil. The ferns will look great in four weeks and you double your money in only thirty minutes. Spruce up...

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Lime Tree Success

Q: A radio caller asked about getting a lemon tree to bear fruit.  I am attaching pictures of my Persian lime tree.  It is about 10 years old and has had limes since it was two years old.  We bring...

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