• Ficus Benjamina with Scale

    I have a Ficus Benjamina which has always been indoors and receives a good amount of light (southern exposure). For several months it has been dropping leaves. Many of the leaves look as though they have dust on them. The underside ...

  • Woody Coating on Easter Cactus Leaves

    I have a very old Easter Cactus. Many of its leaves have developed a woody coating. I have tried to propagate new plants, but eventually they also get it. How can I get rid of it?    

  • Sanitizing plant pots: what is the best way?

    Thank you for your advice about how to deal with my plant, which had a very bad infestation of scale, and which I decided to simply throw it out, plant and soil... but would like to keep the pot. Is ...

  • Please help ID this succulent – Weeping jade

    Please identify this succulent for me, which as a gift from a distant relative. It likes the shade and water.

  • Plant ID – Tree philodendron and care for potted evergreen

    Please I.D. this plant and advise how to care for it, along with the tiny Blue Spruce (I think it's a Blue Spruce!) that I planted this summer. It lived on the balcony till the cool weather came. I'm in downtown ...

  • 10 foot tall Palm trees with drying, dark brown leaves

    I have a pair of ten foot tall Palm trees that were delivered 2 months ago. Prior to having them, the plants were abruptly moved from a spring/summer outdoor setting to an indoor storage room for an extended period of time after the possibility of having ...

  • Pillbugs in my indoor potted fig plant and Meyer lemon

    Hello! It's Thanksgiving in NJ, USA. My Chicago fig plant, purchased this past May, is bearing 4 figs (all about an inch big now). Truly pleased! My Meyer lemon has 2 little 1/2" fruits. Equally surprised! I have found a ...

  • Cattleya orchid not blooming / how to rebloom Kalanchoe

    1. I have a Cattleya orchid which I have been attempting to rebloom for 5 years.  Every summer a flower spike shoots up.  The flower pod opens and the bud attempts to open but it turns black and withers.  Help please? Also, 2.  How can I ...

  • Frangipani tree has bugs; will cutting it back effect blooming next year

    There are bugs on my Frangipani tree and I'm cutting off the tips with a knife to get rid of them.  Having done this, will I get blooms this coming year?

  • Scale on Frangipani and Mealybugs on Orchids

    I have a 5 ft. deciduous frangipani growing in a container which I put outside in the summer and bring in for the winter.  The frangipani has scale which I am treating with a spray of 1 cup alcohol to ...

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