Houseplants

Clivia

When I answered a question about clivia on my radio show, a listener had mush to say on the subject. Read Mary’s comments below: “Last Saturday a caller asked about a seed pod on her clivia. The seed pod turns...

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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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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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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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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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Citrus – Growing Indoors

Q: I have an orange tree which I have grown from seed I planted in a large house planter. The tree is two years old, and about seven feet tall and growing at a very fast rate. My question is:...

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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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Dracena – Air Layering

Q: I have a really tall corn plant. It nearly touches my ceiling. Can I divide it somehow to save it and to make a new plant? A: You can’t divide the corn plant unless it has a new stem...

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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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Bromeliad – Separating Pup

Q: Two months ago I bought a large bromeliad with a spectacular pink flower. The plant has flourished; the flower has become a giant. Now it has a so-called “pup” at the base. I have been told that the pup...

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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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Mushrooms – Growing in Houseplant

Q: I found yellow mushrooms growing in my Christmas cactus. I wonder if you could identify them. A: Someone is watering too much…and it’s not me! Mushrooms like these won’t appear unless a moisture-loving fungus is decomposing the potting soil...

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Houseplant – Rotten Egg Smell

Q: All of a sudden in the last month our indoor houseplants have taken on a nasty rotten egg type smell. Three weeks ago after we realized it was coming from the plants we repotted them with new dirt, new...

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