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?