Houseplants

Dracaena- Infestation

Q: I just noticed our dracaena is full of a something that resembles tiny white cocoons, particularly on the back side of the leaves. They are also on the trunk. They wipe off easily but there are too many to...

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Schefflera- Trimming

Q: I have a very large schefflera in a five gallon container. It lives in front of a big window indoors in the winter and on my deck in the summer. How do I trim it before I take it...

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Wood Ash – Fertilizer for Houseplant?

Q: Can I use a teaspoon of wood ash from the fireplace to fertilize my house plants? A: A teaspoon probably wouldn’t hurt anything but ashes don’t contain anything useful to a houseplant. All that ashes are good for is...

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Tomatoes – Growing Indoors

Q: I am growing tomatoes in my garden. Is there any way that I could trim the plant back and pot it for indoor growing through the winter? A: The tomato won’t bear fruit unless you give it VERY bright...

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Houseplants – Animal Safe Ant Remover

Q: I want to move my houseplants back inside for the fall without ants in the soil. Is there anything that won’t hurt cats? A: Ant baits are effective. Some come in easy-to-apply syringes while others are simple bait stations....

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Tomatoes – Indoor Growing in the Winter

Q: I am growing tomatoes in my garden. Is there any way that I could trim the plant back and pot it for indoor growing through the winter? A: The tomato won’t bear fruit unless you give it VERY bright...

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Tap Water for House Plants – Dechlorination

Q: I have several fish tanks and use a de-chlorinating product when using tap water for water changes. Would it be beneficial to use such a product when using tap water on my house plants? A: I don’t think there...

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Indoor Plants – Homegrown to Look Like Nursery-grown

Q: How is it that when I buy a small plant from a nursery, it usually has a large, leafy top but is in a small pot. I can’t get the plants I start indoors to do the same. What...

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Aralia – Propagate

Q: I have a dinner-plate aralia that needs to be pruned and I would like to propagate the cutting. I haven’t done this before so, do you have any tips? A: There is a wonderful site about aralias and their...

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Houseplant – Leaf Tips turning brown

Q: I have a Zebra plant and a Peace Lily that have leaves that seem to be dying and turning brown from the tips of the leaves. Eventually the leave turns brown about half-way up the leaf. The whole leaf...

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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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