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Why has our lucky bamboo turned yellow?

Our lucky bamboo has turned yellow in a very short time, after we've had it for almost 2 years. We've trimmed all yellow leaves, and changed the pebble to clean the green algae - what else can be done?...
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Can this peace lily be saved?

We have bought this peace lily plant one or 2 months ago, but suddenly all life seems to have gone out of it. Can we still save it? We watered it once a week, so I don't think that is the issue.
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What are some houseplants that can clean the air, especially chemicals from cigarettes?

I know of the research done by NASA on indoor plants which can clean/reduce certain pollutants in the air. I am very interested in planting such houseplants in my house, as it is sometimes filled with ...
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What is this plant? What is the white stuff on it?

I've had this plant for a long time, and for most of that time it was outdoors, in a shared area with other plants and heavy sun. It didn't do well, so I dug it out and put in it's own pot, with a ...
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Can you identify this small, formerly flowering houseplant?

I received this plant as a gift. It had flowers, but they have long since vanished. The plant seems to be doing fine- it's been putting out new leaves, and it's been six months. I recently moved it ...
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What is this houseplant, and why has it been dropping leaves?

I bought this plant from Ikea about 1 year ago. Everything was fine until I decided to move it to a larger pot. I used soil for vegetables and I don't think the she likes it... the leafs started ...
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What are some low maintenance plant choices for apartment (indoor) living?

I'm not an expert on plants, but would like to add some plant life to my apartment. I'm looking for good choices that: don't require direct sunlight require minimal watering survive for at least a ...
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Why is my cactus droopy?

I have a cactus (pictured) which I bought about a month or so ago. It has been slowly drooping, although the tag said to keep it dry in winter and I have only watered it once when I re-potted it. The ...
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Help identifying this vine with green and white heart shaped leaves?

I honestly have no idea what this plant is. It seems to be some type of vine. I took a few pictures i will put below. As you can see there is some other plant growing in the same pot with the long ...
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What is this houseplant with large waxy leaves and a reddish base?

I have a problem with my house plant that I want to research on the net about what may have caused it and how to prevent it. The problem is I have no idea of the name of the plant. It looks like ...
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What is this succulent plant bought from a botanical garden?

Does anybody know what this plant is? When we bought it, it was very small, brown and closed up. With decent watering and light it's grown into what you can see here: several low-lying rosettes of ...
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Identify this Insect or Fungus. Possible Scale

I do not know the name of the plant and I have battled brown scales on my ficus before at my office. What is attacking this plant? Could it be some type of white scale? It is not mealybugs.
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Advanced care of an indoor avocado plant

I have a 6-month-old indoor avocado plant that is growing nicely. I have cut it back a few times and it is now about 1 meter (3 feet) high: How often and how much should I prune my avocado plant? Can ...
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Does controlling night-time light for house plants improve their health?

I keep a few dozen assorted plants under fluorescent lighting in my basement, because the light isn't very good at the windows. I have always left the light on day and night, but now that I think ...
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What do the numbers in the names of indoor liquid fertilizers mean?

I went to pick up some liquid fertilizer for the plant I keep at work and I saw several varieties : Liquid Growth Indoor Plant 4-12-9 Food; All Purpose Liquid Concentrate Plant Food 12-4-8 with ...
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Can I cut the top off a drooping aloe plant?

I inherited this horrible aloe plant from an old roommate. It was living in a tall, skinny Tupperware in a dark corner of the kitchen, where it got knocked over and stepped on more than once. From ...
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How can I help a sunburned jade tree recover?

I put my jade tree out to get some sun yesterday, and apparently the sun was a little too blazingly direct. Instead of the healthy red edges I was expecting to see, several of the leaves are now ...
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What houseplants will best filter the air for a retirement home?

My grandpa lives in a retirement home. I visit him on every Friday, so after browsing on this site, I was thinking to buy a plant or two for his room. Do you have any recommendations? Which is the ...
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How tall will my Dracaena fragrans grow?

I have a potted dracaena fragrans that I got from a garden store. How tall will potted ones like this grow? Related, how long should I expect it to live with proper care? I should note that it has a ...
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What is this houseplant?

Does anyone know what the potted plant pictured here is?
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What is this plant with thin leaves and a swollen woody stem?

I would like to know what is the name of this plant with long thin strap-shaped leaves which grow in clusters from a swollen stem that looks like a large woody bulb. The "bulb" is halfway out of the ...
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Why are my Dracaena marginata leaves getting brown spots and falling off?

My dracaena has been losing a lot of leaves recently, and it seems to me that they all have brown spots. They turn yellow and then they fall. My mom says nothing has changed in the way she watered it ...
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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.
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How can I renew a Dieffenbachia that has lost all its lower leaves?

I have two Dieffenbachia (dumb cane) plants in pots in my kitchen. One looks great, the other is struggling because I have not done a good job of keeping it watered. It has lost a lot of leaves, and ...
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Why do the leaf tips of my spathiphyllum look burned?

I have a spathiphyllum and I water it 3 times a week. But the leaf tips look like burned. Is that natural or should I do something for it? Also, how can I make it blossom?
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What conditions are necessary to make a potted aloe vera bloom?

I have a potted aloe vera that I keep indoors during the winter and outside the rest of the year. It has leaves one foot long and two inches wide at the base. I fertilize it with tea from my ...
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How do I grow bamboo plants indoors?

Doesn't this plant have root rotting property? I tried to grow this in my home which had the tubelight burning only for 6 hours at night. And at the rest of the time it is a shady place. We used to ...
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My orchid has one yellowing leaf. What's gone wrong?

I have an orchid that I bought about a month ago. I'm following the watering directions that came with it (which means it's only been watered once so far) and I believe that it has the appropriate ...
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Why are there kinks in my aloe vera leaves?

On several of my aloe vera plants, the leaves suddenly became kinked. The leaf would get very thin in a spot and bend over. It starts near the tip and is most noticeable on older leaves. What is ...
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Can I use a clear glass as a container for houseplants?

I have a quite large clear glass vase, that I would like to transform into a plant pot. What are the problems that may occur? Are there any houseplants that I can grow inside the house, which won't ...
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Can I use "distilled" water to water plants?

My apartment is very humid, and I regularly use a dehumidifier. Is it OK to use the resulting water to water my indoor plants? Since it's basically distilled water it does lack minerals. I usually use ...
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What is this tree-like houseplant with long thin leaves? Is it sick?

Can somebody identify this plant? I received it for my Dad's passing and it isn't doing so well. I just moved it and it may be in shock.
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Pest, etiolation, soil or overwatering? Other causes of pale-brown tips in Aloe Vera

A friend has just given me an Aloe Vera with pale brown tips. Different sources have lead me to multiple non-conclusive possible causes; mainly: pests, etiolation, wrong type of soil or overwatering.....
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What is this houseplant that looks like it has a fruit in the curled leaves?

I've had this plant for a year now, but don't know the name. Can someone help me identify this plant and also tell me how keep him healthy? Here are the two photos for identification:
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What is this small plant with large dark green leaves, and how do I care for it?

A friend just gave me one of her houseplants during her move to another apartment. She doesn't know what the name of this plant is and she didn't give me any instructions on how to care for it. The ...
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What plant is this ; white /pink flowers grow from leaf margin

What plant is this? It has white /pink flowers growing from the leaf margin. It loves water, and shows an irregular growth habit. I was told it is from Vietnam.
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Why are my Aglaonema's leaves turning yellow rapidly?

I have an Aglaonema (also commonly known as a Chinese Evergreen) at my desk at work. Over the past month or so, its leaves have been yellowing and dying rapidly. This is how it looked today, a Monday; ...
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This plant doesn’t want to stay alive

I have searched everywhere. It was given to me by a friend who kept almost killing it. Consequently, I keep almost killing it too because I can’t figure out what it is or how to care for it. There ...
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Why are the leaves of my Peace Lily wilted and black?

I recently bought a flowering house plant. I may have watered it too much, me thinks. Since my apartment gets little natural light, I put it outside on the patio the other day in direct sunlight, only ...
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How can I keep my flamingo plants small for a terrarium?

I have some flamingo plants, Anthurium sp., growing in my 60x100x60 cm rainforest terrarium. My problem is about this big one here It's about 60cm in height, and I want it to keep it a bit smaller ...
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Why does this Jade plant have small leaves when compared to other Jade plants?

And more importantly, how do I take care of this plant? This is a succulent plant, so it needs less water, right or wrong? On one site it says that I need to water it every time the top soil gets dry. ...
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Cutting back 2/3rds of a very tall indoor yucca

This plant was given to us about 10 years ago, and over the years it has gradually reached about 9' in height. Unfortunately I don't know what it is, maybe identifying it is the first step. (I looked ...
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How Should I Take Care of These Two Phalaenopsis Orchids with Different Behaviors?

I bought a pot of Phalaenopsis Orchid while its flower was almost dead a few months ago. Several weeks later I bought another pot with no flowers on it. I've been keeping both pots in the sitting room ...
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What to do (immediately) with a waterlogged pot plant?

See here for question about what I should do now: What to do (after two weeks) with a waterlogged pot plant? TL;DR What should I have do, immediately, if I suspect that a repotted plant pot is ...
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Orchids not flowering

I have these orchids that I bought three years ago, and they are not flowering. At the beginning they almost died because of insufficient light in my home. I moved them next to an always-on artificial ...
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Identify a plant with pronounced white veins on dark green ovate leaves

For Mother's day I bought my mother a basket with three different kind of flowers. She wants to take them out of the basket and into their own pots, and needs to know what plants are they to take ...
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What to do (after two weeks) with a waterlogged pot plant?

See here for question about what I should have done at the time: What to do (immediately) with a waterlogged pot plant? TL;DR What should I do now, given that I suspect that I've created a plant pot ...
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Vinca ( Madagascar Periwinkle ) leaves are curling and flowers are blooming shriveled looking

Flowers that bloomed a day ago were already shriveled when they bloomed . And the leaves started curling from the bottom up. . I have kept it in the bag that I bought it in and watering it a little ...
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How should I take care of my new Areca Palm?

I just received my new Areca Palm. It was delivered to me in New York via UPS from Florida. Since Florida is more than a little warmer than here, my question is how to take care of this so it gets ...
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What is this tiny black insect found on my cacti?

I need help identifying an insect, it is very small, not much bigger than the head of a pin, it is black. It kind of resembles a slug because it has the true small antennas. It was originally on a ...
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