Q. Can you suggest a remedy for African violets that don't bloom as often as they should?
Q. I always look forward to giving and receiving plants of the holiday season. One plant I would like to keep year-round is the amaryllis. Please explain how to do this.
Q. I am tempted by the gorgeous azaleas available now in florist shops. Is it possible for me to plant them in my garden in spring?
Q. Is it possible to grow a bay-leaf tree inside the house?
Q. I received a bonsai as a gift. How do I take care of it?
Q. How can I get my Christmas cactus to bloom again this year?
Q: How can I overwinter coleus plants so I don’t have to buy new ones each spring?
Q. Is it possible to grow a beautiful, large fuchsia indoors in winter?
Q. I have noticed tiny dark insects flying around my indoor holiday plants. What are they and will they damage these plants?
Q. How do I overwinter tropical hibiscus indoors?
Q. I was away on vacation for several weeks and my houseplants were seriously overwatered. How can I tell if they have suffered permanent damage?
Q. I would like to bring some of my patio plants indoors for the winter. Is it necessary to change the soil or repot them first?
Q. I have been spraying an insecticidal soap solution on my garden plants and houseplants to control insects. How long does this product last on the plants?
Q. I received a lovely ivy topiary for the holidays and need some watering and fertilizing information.
Q. How do I grow a lemon tree indoors?
Q. The roots of my phalaenopsis orchid are growing over the rim of the pot. Does this mean I need to repot the plant?
Q. I enjoy growing plants from cuttings and seeds. What is the procedure for starting a pineapple plant at home?
Q. How can I make my holiday poinsettias last as long as possible?
Q. Shortly after I purchased poinsettias, they began dropping their leaves. What can I do to prevent this from happening?
Q: I received two topiary plants as holiday gifts—one rosemary and one ivy. Please advise on their care.
Q. How do I overwinter my tropical plants, such as Hibiscus, that are planted in containers and outside during the summer?
Q. I have discovered whiteflies on a few of my indoor plants. What’s the best remedy for controlling this pest?
Q. I have noticed a white substance accumulating on the soil and edges of my houseplant pots. What is causing this?
Q. What is the best way to repot a cactus?
Q. Are poinsettia plants poisonous?
A.The term "poisonous plants" is often associated with plants that may cause great harm or be fatal if ingested. Potential poisoning depends on the level of toxins contained in the plant and the amount consumed.
Q. Is there anything that I should be doing in March to my houseplants?
Q. How should I care for my Christmas cactus when it stops blooming?
Q. Is there is anything I can do now in the garden to make next spring’s work easier?
A. Here are some general recommendations for tasks to do now to prepare for next spring:
A. Tillandsia plants, commonly called air plants, can be used quite creatively, and many different species are available. They will last longer than many plants sold this time of year, and they are relatively inexpensive. Tillandsia make great holiday, teacher appreciation, or hostess gifts.
Q. I received a cyclamen as a gift, and I’m not sure how to take care of it.
Q. My Phalaenopsis orchid just finished blooming and I’m not sure what to do with the flower stem. Do I cut it? If so, where?
Q: How do I water my orchid?
Q: How do I take care of my amaryllis now that it’s bloomed?
I received a gardenia plant as a gift. How do I care for it?
Q. Are there any houseplants that should stay outdoors in the fall to promote bud formation?
Q. How do I take care of my clivia plant in order to get it to rebloom next year?
Q. How do I care for a Norfolk Island pine?
Q: I recently inherited some houseplants and need some advice on successfully keeping them during the winter.
A: Here are six tips for healthy houseplants:
Q: I have had problems with insects on my houseplants during past winters. Is there anything I can do to prevent or control them?
A: The first step is to keep insects out of the house by carefully inspecting any plants before bringing them into your home. This is especially important for plants that have spent the summer outdoors. If insects are found, isolate the affected plants immediately.
Q: I understand the importance of planting in pots with adequate drainage, but many of my pots don’t have holes. Every time I try to drill into the bottom of the pot, it cracks. How do I drill a drainage hole into a ceramic plant pot without cracking it?
A: The following process can be successful, but it is not guaranteed, and it is intended for adults with cordless drill competence.