For questions about how to maintain or assess a plant's health.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

5
votes
1answer
132 views

Potted poinciana leaves turning yellow

I have some poincianas in pots that I started from seeds back in early July. In the summer, I kept them outdoors on the balcony and they mostly did quite fine, although later in August, some of the ...
4
votes
2answers
90 views

What are these orange spots on my fiddle fig plant?

I've just noticed some orange-like spots on one of the new leaves on my fiddle fig plant. I water it once a week or whenever the dirt is dry. It sits in my window from morning to evening time. Is this ...
5
votes
2answers
141 views

Why are the edges of my cucumber leaves drying out?

I have been growing cucumbers under 40% shade net. Last week the temperature was at 42° Celsius (105° F). At the end of last week, some of the plants started having burning and drying of the leaves' ...
4
votes
0answers
44 views

My lemon tree is having major problems [duplicate]

I live in Southern California and the bark on my tree is splitting, there are limbs also splitting off and the fruit is green instead of yellow. This tree is about fifty years old and I want to save ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

What happened to my airplant, can it be revived?

I recently purchased this airplant online, when I received it it was healthy and green. The directions said to water once a week, I may have gone over that amount before watering. Is this plant ...
6
votes
1answer
513 views

Why is the foliage turning yellow on this climbing indoor vine?

I've had this plant in water until it grew enough roots and a few more leaves. I'm not sure what kind of plant this is, but its starting to grow longer; when it was only one little leaf when I rescued ...
3
votes
1answer
149 views

Why is my snake plants' leaf fading in color?

I've had this snake plant for quite some time, but recently one of the leaves has been fading in color. The mix I'm using is perlite based, and I water it once a week. I give it sunlight in the ...
3
votes
0answers
76 views

How should I prune my okra plants?

I have an okra plant which has already produced two okras. Now new leaves are growing and I can see there are two new okras coming from the bottom. Is that good? Do I have to remove both the leaves ...
3
votes
1answer
158 views

What is causing the collapsing branches on my Aloe barberae (Aloe bainesii)?

I have a young Aloe barberae (a type of giant tree aloe), about 3 meters tall, which has been in my front yard for three years. I'm in Los Angeles, which has a climate similar to the weather in the ...
4
votes
1answer
76 views

How should I tame my overgrown Phalenopsis?

My phal finished blooming last week, so I am now ready to repot. However, the plant has gotten quite unruly. It's about 5.5" from the soil line to the center of the top leaf, has developed a fairly ...
3
votes
1answer
204 views

Why are my Meyer lemon's leaves yellowing and falling off?

I purchased a 1-2 year old Meyer lemon. We keep it indoors and it was doing great, and started blossoming all over. Then we re-potted it, using some citrus soil and one of those self watering pots. I ...
3
votes
1answer
97 views

How can I use rockwool for indoor gardening?

So, I decided to do research on using rock-wool for my indoor panting needs, rather than the potting soil I obtain from the local stores here. Reasons are 1. I have some rock-wool leftover after ...
3
votes
4answers
210 views

Is 'fertilizer' considered FOOD for plants?

Plants seemed to have thrived for millions of years without any fertilizer being added. Why can't I just not use fertilizer?
3
votes
1answer
907 views

What's causing these small black spots on my basil plant?

I have a basil plant in my flat which has recently developed some light patchy areas with small black spots. Can anyone tell me what is causing it? I occasionally use some left over Tomorite to feed ...
5
votes
1answer
149 views

What are the black spots on my paw paws and how do I treat them?

I have six paw paw trees, all of which were going fine, then almost all together started to develop these black spots on the leaves and fruit. It has progressively gotten worse, and caused most of ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Why did a section of leaves on my Holly bush turn brown?

We have two East Malatka Holly bushes in our flowerbed, which were only planted 5 months ago (they were in 15 gal pots, so already pretty large). They have been doing well, until just the last week ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Does soil need to be acidic for carnivorous plaints (droserae)

I'm still trying to grow carnivorous plants, and with reasonable success. Recommended: Peat / sphagnum moss Now generally, these plants grow in "wet, boggy, acidic soils" as every source will tell ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

Pruning and caring for heuchera / coral bells that have gotten too much sun?

It's getting into the driest, hottest part of summer here in MI and my heuchera / coral bells are starting to show some dissatisfaction with it. The outer leaves are browning and turning crispy. My ...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

Yellow leaves in hardy kiwi

I have multiple hardy kiwis on my balcony and one of them started to have strange colour on the leaves, dried out. What could that be from? My guesses: There was a really heavy sun for the ...
1
vote
0answers
54 views

What is causing curling and white, hairy growth on the leaves of my chili plants? [closed]

The leaves on my chili plants have started curling up, and on the underside of the leaves along the petiole, I've noticed a line of very fine white hairs. What's wrong with my plant?
3
votes
1answer
167 views

Is my limp Elephant Ear dead?

I have an elephant ear plant. I planted it about three months ago, and it has been limp for the last two days. What used to be open and spread out is floppy and all over itself. It's not yellow. Is ...
2
votes
1answer
831 views

White fuzzy hairy stuff on plant leaves…ugh, what to do

The plant is healthy otherwise, I see a few ants crawling around on it. Is this a sickness? How do I remove this and get shiny leaves like I see others have?
3
votes
2answers
74 views

How to prune a Salix Integra recovering from scale infestation

I just wondered if you could point me in the right direction with regard to pruning my Salix Integra. Im just about to treat it for a scale infestation and could do with some tips. Here's a picture
1
vote
3answers
273 views

White spots growing on small tree in UK garden

I've just noticed these white growths on a tree in my garden (UK). Does anybody know what it is, what I should do about it? I believe the tree us a Salix Integra Thanks for your help EDIT: Here'...
7
votes
1answer
179 views

How to salvage a cactus plant that is half dead

This plant did very well for a year and bloomed. At some point I think I over watered it and it started looking 'dusty' and then parts turned black. I snipped off the worst parts and let it dry out ...
0
votes
1answer
69 views

What is this fur on the outer leaves on my Peperomia angulata?

There is white fur on some outer leaves of my peperomia angulata. Is this normal or should I be worried? New images:
4
votes
2answers
6k views

Why did my young cucumbers turn yellow and fall off?

My baby cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. I have 2 cucumber plants that produced 8 cucumbers each, however, the other flowers with small cucumbers turned yellow and fell off. What causes that ...
3
votes
0answers
256 views

What is causing brown spots on my mint plant?

I have been rooting my mint in water and it rooted, then I found those brown spots appearing. It happened with all the mint plants I had before. I am in Egypt, and it gets morning sun and no afternoon ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

Life-support for plants: How can I re-grow my plants from half-dry stems

So, I got a couple of roses, ivy, holly, jasmine, porthos and gardenia plants back in December, but now they all seem to be near-death. I have tried several times to resurrect some of my plants using ...
6
votes
1answer
313 views

Will my avocado plant grow after the top has broken off?

I tried to root an avocado pit in water with toothpicks as suggested, but gave up after leaving it for quite a long time. Finally I just stuck the pit in dirt and watered it. Six months later a tall ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

Holes in hardy kiwi leaves

On my balcony I have just planted my hardy kiwi. I found that some leaves, particularly smaller ones, have holes: I'm using universal soil (ph 5.5-6.5). I'm watering it everyday as the flowerpot is ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

Can you grow Baby's Breath very close to each other?

I was sprinkling some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila elegans) seeds on a planter and I was wondering if it's possible to grow all of them together even though they're very close instead of having to play a ...
4
votes
2answers
374 views

How can I help a rhododendron with yellowing leaves and a dead section?

I have a rhododendron which was healthy last year, and produced gorgeous white flowers. Today I noticed that many of the leaves are turning yellow, and a section appears to have died. There'...
3
votes
1answer
619 views

Why would my basil leaves have a sharp, unpleasant smell?

I have a basil plant that's getting plenty of sunshine (it's around 29 °C today, with clear skies). It's in a big pot, not shaded, and the soil is damp. We had a lot of rain a few days ago, and I'...
1
vote
1answer
252 views

How can I revive a wilted Mexican feather grass?

I bought a Mexican feather grass from the clearance section so I know it's been taken care of, it's just a little droopy so it was heavily discounted. Since I thought I'd like it, I'd love to be able ...
3
votes
2answers
48 views

Why did these plants dry/burn?

I bought a small venus fly trap kit to sow. Three of them sprouted and they were growing well. I had placed them at a south facing window, watering them every few days. I found them like this a few ...
4
votes
1answer
192 views

Is there a way to straighten an older tree that started crooked?

I have a pecan tree that is about 6 years old that is growing about 5 degrees off vertical. I've tried to stake it several times but to little effect. Currently I have a ratchet strap trying to pull ...
3
votes
2answers
313 views

Does this orchid have a viable stem? If not, will it grow one if transplanted to a larger pot?

I received a Phalaenopsis Orchid as a Valentine's Day present. It was in a glass vase, and atop the straight stem, which was held to a support stick by a hair clip, were two lovely pink flowers. It ...
7
votes
1answer
203 views

Rue with white dots and some 3mm white bugs

I have a Rue plant in my terrace, and for many weeks it has had some sort of plague made of white dots and some slightly bigger bugs, oval shape, no more than 3mm long. I've been using an organic ...
5
votes
1answer
474 views

Can I eat carrots with wormholes in them?

I started cleaning up and cutting two big carrots to make a soup when I realized worms had dug galleries in them. Is it safe to eat them even if I clean them? So far I have not found any worms but can ...
6
votes
1answer
158 views

Could a spider be causing my orchids and cactus to die?

I had several small plants in the office (two orchids and a small cactus) that died. In a short time they began to dry. Now a third orchid is beginning with similar symptoms and I wanted to ask what ...
4
votes
2answers
104 views

How can I save my Venus Fly Trap after being watered with tap water?

My coworkers used normal tap water to water my Venus Fly Trap. How can I save it?
3
votes
1answer
872 views

Can I fix my lucky bamboo that has yellow stalks?

Is it possible to save my lucky bamboo plant? The stalk is yellow and starting to turn brown but the leaves are still green. I have cleaned the glass container it is in and placed it in indirect sun.
2
votes
0answers
36 views

Curious to know why over-watering leads to root-rot yet the same plant can be grown in water? [duplicate]

I bought a few pothos plants from home depot last summer, and from my investigation, it seemed they all died from root rot. I tried every thing I could to save them but they just would not stop. But ...
3
votes
2answers
179 views

How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I have an almond tree on a house I purchased. The tree looks very old and the large bulk of it didn't have much green - looked very dead. It was growing sideways and near the base of the tree some new ...
3
votes
1answer
100 views

What is the name of this plant, is it edible, and how can I care for it?

I took a little bunch, but it in water and planted it when I saw the roots. the original plant was low, close to the floor. I kind of like it going up. This plant smells really nice. It's super ...
3
votes
2answers
157 views

What is wrong with this Fargesia?

Looks like some kind of leaf miner, but I've never seen it before. What is it, and is there an "organic" way to treat it?
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Should I remove rhododendron buds which didn't open before the winter?

I live in Massachusetts, zone 6a, and have ten large rhododendrons which bloomed profusely last spring. In September, numerous buds appeared on each bush, but the winter came before they had a chance ...
0
votes
1answer
155 views

How useful/reliable is the Parrot Flower Power? [closed]

Has anyone used a Parrot Power wireless plant monitor, is it worth the money or is it just a gimmick or fad that I should let pass? Are there any other products similar to this type of Internet of ...
4
votes
1answer
214 views

Is it really that important to prune deadwood from trees? If so, why?

It seems like every time we bring arborists onto a property, the first thing they want to do is to remove all the deadwood from the tree canopies. What are the reasons for doing this, and is it really ...