Gooey soil substance – String of pearls

What’s this gooey substance that has appeared on the surface of the soil? I noticed it after re-potting, fortunately, my strings of pearls appear unaffected. Also, I’ve noticed gnats. Any suggestions on how to get rid of them?…

Hibiscus

I have a big hibiscus that is just flowering now but will have to come in soon with. Weather changing. If it is full of buds now, do I cut it back and how much, it is 3 ft tall…

Growing Indoor Plants from Seed

Any recommendations of indoor plants that would be easy to grow inside a greenhouse with students (high school special needs)? Where can the seeds be purchased? Succulents seem to be popular at school for teenager’s rooms, are they difficult to…

Bonsai care

I have been given a 25 year old Ficus bonsai and I have no idea how to care for it other than the watering and fertilizing. I will need to repot it which I feel comfortable doing. It is the…

Hibiscus tree

Can you please help. I brought my Hibiscus in from outside and it is loosing its leaves they’re turning yellow.…

Indoor gardening

Hello! I am a teacher in the TDSB and my class has volunteered to mind the small indoor garden in the stairwell of my school (see photos; window is north facing). It has easy to care for plants that don’t…

propagation

Hello i have a aglonema pictum tricolour that is about to bloom. Would you be able to walk me through propogating seeds? many thanks!!…

Orchids, Phalaenopsus, infestation?

I have a dozen Phalaeñopsis plants that I nurture to rebloom. Earlier in summer found a sticky residue and what looks like little droplets on the stem. Also saw little brown ‘scabs’ on leaves. Wiped down with rubbing alcohol and…

Thrips on House Plants

Hi, I’ve noticed that thrips have invaded some of my house plants; namely a zebra plant, which I caught too late, and an amaryllis. I suspect they’re thrips, at the least: somewhat long, tiny, black bugs, younger ones are translucent,…

Homemade insecticide

Hello I recently repotted all my indoor plants, using the same bag of potting soil. One of them has developed an infestation of “fruit flies” (that’s what they look like). I would like to know how to make a home…