Houseplants

Christmas Cactus – HUGE!

My mom told me that you talked about Christmas cactus on the radio recently. She asked if I could take a picture of our family cactus and send it to you. It belonged to my mom’s mother for years, we...

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Houseplants – Light Levels Needed

Plants need strong light in order to grow well indoors. The level of light that you find comfortable in your home is not nearly what a plant needs to thrive. Try this test in the spots where indoor plants are...

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Rafus Palm – Proper Indoor Growing

Q: I have a rafus palm houseplant that is not doing well. I am not sure if I am over-watering or under-watering. Would you please tell me how the soil should be kept and give some fertilizing recommendations? The plant...

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Houseplants – Dripping Water

Q: My corn plant is crying! Every few days I notice a drop of water clinging to several of the leaf tips. Why is it doing this? A: The phenomenon is called “guttation”. It happens when a tropical plant has...

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Ants – On Houseplants

Q: I had a nice jade plant but ants came in and made their home in it so I threw it away. I have since bought a smaller jade plant; so far it is thriving. Now ants have gotten to...

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Rosemary – Growing Indoors

Q: I had a very large rosemary that flourished outside but it died of old age. I just bought two more and the label says they are hardy down to 20 degrees F. Should I keep them indoors or put...

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Houseplants – Recommended

Q: I live in an apartment. I’ve never been particularly successful with plants. Can you recommend some nice indoor plants that are easy to take care of and that are neither heavy nor require heavy pots? A: Not all houseplants...

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Devil’s Backbone – Care

Q: Please advise how I might save what is left of my poor Devil’s backbone plant (Pedilanthus tithymaloides). During my wife’s fight with cancer it was totally forgotten in a dim room with no water for fifteen months. It has...

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Meyer Lemon – Pruning

Q: How do I prune my Meyer lemon? A: This articles from the Meyer Lemon Tree website explains it all. Meyer Lemon Tree Pruning Suckers In your gardening experience, you’ve likely heard references to “suckers”. Suckers are shoots that arise...

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Fungus Gnat – On Houseplants

Q: I have a sunny window with a new pot of flowers nearby. I noticed lots of small, dark flies dying on the windowsill as soon as I brought the flowers home. Did the flies come from the flowers? A:...

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Hyacinths – Forcing for Indoor Use

Q: I would like to have blue hyacinths blooming by Jan 27th for my niece’s wedding,I have them in the refrigerator at the moment should I plant them now? A: It all depends on what variety of Hyacinths you have...

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Houseplant – Adding Extra Light

Q: I have had a split leaf philodendron, named Priscilla, for over 12 years. During the winter I keep it in a corner of my living room where it does not get very much light. In the winter many of...

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Avocado – Sprouting

Avocados are plentiful in grocery stores. It’s fun to sprout the seed for a bit of kitchen greenery. Since the seed is so large, the inevitable question is “Which end is planted facing up?” The correct answer is “The pointed...

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Cast Iron Plant – Info

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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