Soft scale?

In December, we noticed “honey dew” on the leaves and on the floor in our plant room. We thoroughly washed all the leaves with a soap, water and alcohol sotion. All the plants were then moved and spaced out through…

Hatiora toxicity?

Hello, I wonder if you can help me find out whether a plant is harmful to cats. The (house) plant in question is Hatoria salicornioides, and common names include Dancing Bones, Drunkard’s Dream, Bottle Cactus, Spice Cactus. It is not…

Sooty Mould on Ponytail palm

Hi- Have has this plant for over 30 years- put it out on the patio in the summer and winter it inside. Great a lot this summer, has been in this container for 1.5 years. Lower leaves are yellowing- at…

Dry Spots on my cactus

Hello, Big areas that seem like dryness appeared on the stem of my cactus over a month ago. It’s been in the same location on the window top for all it’s life and been getting the same amount of sun…

Sick Mandevilla Plant

I Live in Oshawa. I acquired a Mandevilla In early summer and it flourished on my south facing porch fairly well. I brought it inside in October. I don’t have any spot that provides good natural daylight indoors. I provide…

Orchid failing

I bought a beautiful orchid from a grocery about a month ago. I have been watering only once a week, I placed it in my bathroom, with indirect light, as it has a skylight near. I noticed that inside the…

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…

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…

Indoor Plant suggestions

Hello, We are looking to plant a tree inside a newly constructed home (as per attached image in the box where the ladder is). The plant will be below a skylight with access to water. Would appreciate guidance towards the…

Hibiscus with Yellowing Leaves

A potted hibiscus on our west facing fifth floor balcony has had some leaves turn yellow and drop off during the last two weeks. It has not been fertilized. It had a number of buds which just started to blossom…