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…

Christmas cactus

  My Christmas cactus is not blooming.  Someone told me I need to starve it by not watering it in August and I wondered if this is true.  How long should I not water it?…

Ficus Overwintering

I am a resident of Toronto and am seeking somewhere to store my extremely healthy, 6 foot high ficus benjamina for winter. Customarily I transport the plant indoors for winter, but have recently downsized and cannot accommodate the plant indoors,…

Screw pine – Pandanus veitchii

I have a Pandanus veitchii plant that I received this past July. I see a number of brown tips on it and I do not know what the problem is. I have placed a dish of water with pebbles and…

Overwintering some plants

Hello, I have some plants I would like to keep for next summer but have limited space and light in my house. Is there such a place that I can bring some plants during the winter months? The plants are…

African violet leaf limp during propagation

I received the leaf from a reputable grower, and started it in water. Once it had roots, I planted it in a pot with african violet soil. For a long time, it stood firm and like a little soldier. Now…

Repotting a yucca plant

Hello, My Yucca (or very similar to a yucca) needs a bigger pot and fresh soil. There is almost no earth left, it is mostly roots. Is it safe to cut off some of the roots off my plant in…

Problems with avocado plant

Hello! I grew my avocado plant from a pit just over a year ago. It lives in an apartment with north facing windows – not the best, but it was growing well. It was potted just before winter, and I…

Pruning Azalea

Two plants were received as Mother’s Day gifts. One is a potted azalea that has bloomed and is now looking leggy. Can it be pruned?…