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African Violet

The leaves of my African violets are falling off otherwise healthy plants.  It starts with the leaf stem turning almost clear and a few days later the leaves fall off.
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African Violet

My African violet bloomed once and has never produced flowers again.
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Azalea

AzaleaBuds100x60.jpgThe buds of my azalea plants keep falling off.
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Bamboo

I have a bamboo plant that is about 4 1/2 ' tall in a 16" pot with drain holes.  The plant is now inside and watered every other day.  The leaves are beginning to turn yellow, the tips are dry and flakey and mushrooms were growing in the bottom of the pot.  Does my bamboo have a disease?
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Bay Leaf

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We have a Bay Leaf plant that we keep in a sunroom during the winter and dig into the ground in the summer.  We noticed the leaves are sticky. It is growing fine, but some of the leaves have black spots.  Should we discard those leaves?   

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Begonia

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Why do my begonia plants die every winter? I keep them in containers and move them indoors when cold weather sets in. Should I set them in a sunny location?

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Bird of Paradise

BirdParadise100x60.jpgI have a Bird of Paradise that seems to be doing very well.  It is very thick and keeps sending up new shoots.  Unfortunately, it has never flowered.  I planted it 7 years ago this spring.
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Candy Corn Vine

My mom has a candy corn vine. It gets these little red-orange to yellow cone shaped flowers that are reminiscent of candy corn. The problem is that on every leaf the tip or leaf margin turns very dark and then the leaf dies.  The plant seems to be struggling but it keeps growing up the trellis and is now 4 feet tall.
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Cactus

I have a 30 year old cactus that has grown to be 5 feet tall. It was knocked over and the top foot of the plant broke off. I was hoping to start a new one from that piece but it keeps rotting in the soil. 
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Cactus

CactusBlossoms100x60.jpgI have been growing cactus indoors for 15 years and never get any blossoms.  Do you have any suggestions?
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Christmas Cactus

ChristmasCactusSeveral100x60.jpgI have several Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera bridgessii).  One blooms in November and again in April.  Is this a problem or do I have a special cactus?
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Christmas Cactus

ChristmasCactus84yr100x60.jpgMy 84 year old mother-in-law has a large Christmas cactus that she has had since she was 14!  It has always been in really great shape, but now is looking very wilted, even though her pattern of watering (about a cup every 2 weeks) has not changed.  She did add soil from her garden to cover up some exposed roots.
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Christmas Cactus

Every winter I bring my Christmas cactus in from my three season porch.  It does great outside but as soon as it moves indoors it starts dropping stems.
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Christmas Cactus

ChristmasCactusFallingLvs100x60.jpgI have been having a problem of the leaves falling off my Christmas Cacti. I put them outside in the summer and new growth comes on them just fine, but when I bring them in the house in the fall the leaves start falling off. It doesn't matter where I put them they do it. I have tried not watering them until they are really dry and I have tried watering them more often. Nothing seems to work. Do you have any ideas?
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Citrus

What causes an indoor citrus leaf to pucker at the main vein?
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Citrus

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About seven years ago we started several citrus plants from seeds. They have never fruited but have lots of sentimental value. Every winter we move them indoors, the leaves get sticky, webs appear on the branches and mealy bugs move in. When moved outdoors it attracts lots of ants. Anyway to avoid these pests so we can keep the plant?

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Clivia

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I have an 8 year old Clivia miniata. It has not bloomed in the 3 years I have owned it. What do I need to do to get those beautiful orange flowers?

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Crown of Thorns

CrownofThorns100x60.jpgI have a very large crown of thorns. I've had it 10 years or more. In summer, I have it outside and it flourishes. Normally when I bring it in the fall it loses most of the foliage and then starts blooming again.  This year it is just forming green leaves that quickly dry up and fall off.
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Easter Cactus

EasterCactus100x60.jpgMy wife has a Christmas cactus plant that she bought in Kansas years ago.  It blooms and shoots in the same manner as a Christmas cactus, but the leaves are rounder and scalloped.  We think it has root rot due to watering.  It is limp, shriveled, and sad looking, but still has its color and flowers.  Is there hope for this plant?
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Euphorbia Tree

EuphorbiaTree100x60.jpgI have a very six foot tall cactus (Euphorbia Tree) that normally thrives in our sunroom.  We had several very cold days and it got much too cold in that non-insulated room.  All of the new growth on the cactus has either shriveled or turned light greenish-yellow and is droopy.  What can I do to revive it?        
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Fern

FernGiant100x60.jpgI have a giant fern I bought in California 34 years ago.  I have grown it as an indoor houseplant since moving to Illinois in 1975.  Several years ago, it developed a dark rust-like browning to the ends of the fronds. I have transplanted it several times since owning it, but not in the past 5 years.  We also changed our water system over to a softener but I try and give it well water most of the time.  It sends up new fronds only to have the leaves turn brown from the edges inward.
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Ficus

I have 3 variegated Ficus ‘Sylvie' trees.  Over the winter they each developed brown spots in the middle and along the edges of the leaves. The spots are not crusty and can't be scraped off and the brown goes all the way through the leaf.  Please help.
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Ficus

FicusSap100x60.jpgMy weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) has a clear sap on the leaves, but the plant seems healthy.  Should I be worried?
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Ficus

Ficus7foot100x60.jpgI received a 7 foot Ficus tree about 8 months ago. The plant has been going downhill during the time I have owned it.  It regularly loses leaves, has limited new growth and has some white fuzzy substance on a few of the leaves. 
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Ficus

FicusLitterBox100x60.jpgMy cat decided to use my large Ficus tree as a litter box.  Now, it stinks!!  Of course watering it makes the smell even worse for that day.  The whole tree is about six feet tall, and is cumbersome to move, but not impossible.  Is there a way I can "clean" the soil in the pot?
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Fig

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I live in zone 4 so I brought my dwarf fig tree indoors for the winter, and some of the leaves have turned brown and fallen off. Why did this happen? Also, will it bear figs indoors? Please give me advice on how to care for it. 

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Fungus Gnats

FungusGnat100x60.jpgI have had a problem for several years with fungus gnats in my houseplants. I went to a florist and bought systemic insecticide, which killed the insects but I am concerned about the strong smell and safety of my cat and dog. The insects returned and I tried insecticidal soap that damaged my plants and did not control the gnats. Is there something more NATURAL that I can use to get rid of them? The bugs eventually kill the roots and are eating the leaves.
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Fuzzy Mold

We brought several plants indoors this fall.  The soil developed almost a fuzzy mold or fungus on the top.  Any ideas on what we could/should do?
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Gardenia

I have a gardenia with beautiful green leaves and no flowers.  I have had several buds on it over the last year, but they fall off.  How can I encourage and keep more blooms?
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Gardenia

My gardenia was doing fine outdoors, but now that it is indoors for winter its leaves turned yellow and began falling off. What can I do to save it? 
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Grape Ivy

Grape_Ivy100x60.jpgI was on vacation for two weeks, and when I got back my grape ivy plant was drooping. The leaves are still green and not falling off or brittle. Was this caused because of lack of water?
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Gardenia

For the past couple years when I brought my potted gardenia plants inside they did fine for about a month or two and then they started having problems. The deep green color of the leaves starts to fade to pale green and they start to grow some white things on the branches. The white things actually look like little tiny cotton balls about the size of a fertilizer pellet.
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Hibiscus

HibiscusHouse100x60.jpgI have a hibiscus that I purchased this summer. It has always been in the house in an east window.   It flowered all summer long.  The foliage still looks fine but there have been no buds or flowers since late fall.
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Hibiscus with Aphids

AphidsHibiscus100x60.jpgHow can we get rid of an aphid infestation on our hibiscus plant we brought in for the winter? The plant is blooming beautifully, however each bud is covered with aphids. One thing to keep in mind is the treatment must be safe for our 5 young children.   
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Hibiscus with White Flies

WhiteflyHibiscus100x60.jpgI moved my hibiscus in for the winter and discovered it is covered with white flies.  Where did they come from and how can I get rid of them?
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Hoya

HoyaLeaves100x60.jpgThe leaves of my Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa ‘Crispa') are wrinkling.
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Ivy with Mites

IvyMites100x60.jpgI love ivies (Hedera), but regardless what I do, they get mites. Is there something out there that I do not know about to avoid these pests?
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Jade Plant

Jade100x60.jpgThe leaves of my jade plant are wrinkling.  What should I do?
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Jasmine

I recently discovered my jasmine tree is covered in clear sticky sap.  What is it and what can I do?
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Jasmine

Jasmine100x60.jpgMy son gave me a jasmine plant in the fall of this year. It has been indoors and seems like it is slowly dying. The leaves, usually on one branch at a time, become dry and then the whole branch eventually dries out. It is in a south facing window and set on a tray of pebbles.
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Jasmine

I brought my beautiful jasmine plant indoors for the winter.  It lost all its leaves. I am still keeping the soil moist.  Is it dormant or dead?
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Lemon

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We have a dwarf lemon tree we got this spring. We had a lot of fruit on the tree and took it into the house for winter and placed it under a grow light. The lemons turn yellow and we have been using them. We water once every two weeks. Now the leaves are wrinkling. Should we cut back on watering or turn off the lights?

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Lemon

The leaves on my lemon tree are falling off.  There are tiny scaly things on the branches and undersides of the leaves that leave a residue on the plant.   I have been spraying it with insecticidal soap without much success.

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Lemon

I have a Meyer Lemon (Citrus x meyeri) tree that produces misshaped, discolored, small lemons. There is no sign of bugs. What could be happening?

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Lipstick Vine

LipstickVine100x60.jpgI received a clipping of lipstick vine three years ago. It has grown quite a bit, but never flowered.  How can I get blossoms?
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Lucky Bamboo

I have 36"stalks of lucky bamboo I purchased a few months ago. The opening of the pot is just large enough to hold the stalks upright, surrounded by a few small decorative stones and a little water.  A few leaves have turned yellow.  Should the bamboo stalks remain in water, or should they be planted in soil?
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Mealybugs

Several of my houseplants are covered with something that looks like bits of cotton. There is also a clear sticky substance on some of the leaves. What is it and how do I get rid of it?
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Orchid

OrchidDriedUp100x60.jpgMy orchids suddenly dried up. I can't figure out if they had too much water or not enough.
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Palm

I am having a problem with my palm tree.  It has developed a white powdery substance on 50 percent of the leaves.
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Paperwhites

PaperwhiteFlopping100x60.jpgEvery winter I force paper white bulbs into bloom.  I love the fragrance but the plants grow tall and flop.  I heard adding gin to the water will help stunt their growth.  Is this true?
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Peace Lily

peace_lily_funeral_100x60My peace lily is not doing well. The leaves are discolored and the plant just doesn’t seem to be getting bigger. Any ideas?
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Peace Lily

PeaceLilyUnattended100x60.jpgOur large peace lily sat in unattended in our cool house (55 degrees) for about 2 weeks.  Now it is real droopy. Is it because of the cool temperatures? Can I cut it back and hope it will grow back, or do I just give up and toss it out?
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Peace Lily

PeaceLilyBrownEdges100x60.jpgMy peace lily leaves are all brown on the edges.  
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Philodendron

PhilodendronLeafSpot00x60.jpgI have a huge philodendron.  For the most part it looks healthy.  But I always have a few leaves with spots.  The center of the leaf turns brown with a yellow edge.  What can I do to stop this problem?
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Poinsettia

Every year I buy a poinsettia and it looses all its leaves and looks ugly by the time the holidays arrive. Please help.
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Poinsettia

PoinsettiaWilt100x60.jpgI bought a poinsettia for Christmas.  The plant started to wilt and go bad soon after I brought it home.  The leaves turned gray-green and wilted.  Watering does not seem to help.
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Poinsettia

PoinsettiaYellowLvs100x60.jpgThis year the lower leaves of my poinsettias turned yellow and fell off. 
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Poinsettia

PoinsettiaPowdery100x60.jpgEvery summer I take my poinsettias outside.  Within 2-3 weeks of bringing them indoors for winter a white powder appears on the leaves. I am able to get them to bloom but the leaves eventually yellow and drop off.
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Prayer Plant

prayer_plant_withering_100x60I was recently given a prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura).  It was very full and beautiful.  Now the bottom leaves look okay with some withering at the edges, but all the inside and top leaves are withered and brown.  I do notice new sprouting.  What should I do?
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Rosemary

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I have a Rosemary plant that has started to wilt and die since I moved it in for the winter.

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Schefflera

ScaleSchefflera100x60.jpgThe leaves and the branches of my schefflera are coated with a shiny sticky substance and small oval brown spots all over. What is it and should I be worried?
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Shamrock Plant

ShamrockPlant100x60.jpgI have a maroon shamrock that I cannot grow. I keep it in a well lit place. It will do beautiful, and then it goes crazy and dies.
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