What plant has reddish-purple fuzzy undersides

Hi Lowrie,

Your plant is a Calathea Rufibarba (Furry Feather Calathea).

There are over 300 different types of Calathea plants, many being man-made hybrids created by tissue cultures. The various varieties have leaves with a purple undersides and vibrant colorful  top sides. Indoors, a Calathea is a table plant or short bush that rarely gets bigger than  24” tall and 24”-26” wide. A Calathea is usually difficult to care for, but it looks like you are doing a beautiful job.

You can read all my care tips for a Calathea in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a totally different variety, but the care is the same.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/calathea-plant-roseopicta-how-to-grow-care-for-a-calathea-plant

 

 

 

 

Help With Identifying My Plant

Hi Angela,

Your plant looks like a Clivia plant. Here is one in full bloom.

Clivia Plants bloom for about 4 weeks during the late spring and early summer when the weather is warm and the days are long. Clivias are large plants that can grow 2-3 feet tall and almost as wide. Planting a Clivia Plant in a heavy clay or ceramic pot, prevents it from tipping over. The older a Clivia Plant gets the more beautiful it becomes. Your can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/clivia-plant-kaffir-lily-how-to-grow-care-for-a-clivia-plant

The plant is turning yellow because it is to wet. You should have left the plant in a small pot so the soil could dry out quickly. You are over watering, the soil is staying wet too long and damaging the roots. Water a Clivia plant well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Clivia Plants prefer to be on the dry side. 

These plants are considered poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

How to Treat Whiteflies on Plants

Hi,

Yellow sticky cards are a good way to trap adult whiteflies and prevent new eggs. Spray the green solution to get rid of the feeding nymphs on the underside of the leaves.

Yellow Sticky Insect Cards are used to trap thrips, whiteflies winged aphids, and fungus gnats. Place little pieces of the card inside the pot of the infested plant and near doors, vents, and windows. Stir the soil to encourage the pests to fly around and land on the cards. Change the sticky cards as their surface becomes covered with dead insects & other debris.

green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.    : If you don’t want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “ green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.    .” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.    . Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.



 

 

Indoor Begonia Plant Care Guide

Hi Louan,

Pink, red, orange flowers on begonia plant

Flowering Begonia Plant

You can certainly bring your begonias indoors for the winter. If your house is not very bright, you will probably need to get a grow light for your begonias. Also do not feed begonia plants in the winter and give them much less water. They will not grow much since this is their dormant period but should stay looking good until you can bring them back outside when temperatures are above 60°.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. (Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants)

I’m not sure what kind of begonias you have, but you can read about indoor plant care for begonia rex and regular begonias in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/begonia-rex-how-to-grow-care-for-a-begonia-rex-plant

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/begonia-plant-how-to-grow-care-for-a-begonia-plant

 

ZZ Plant – Yellow Leaf Tips

Hi Erin,

Yellow leaves are an indication that the plant has been over-watered and is the only way to kill a ZZ plant. They do not like wet feet so allow the soil to thoroughly dry out before watering. ZZ plants have thick roots called rhizomes that store water so when in doubt, do not water. Unlike most plants, Zamioculcas are very forgiving plants, allowing you to over-water a few times before showing signs of serious damage.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/zz-plant-zamioculcas-zamiifolia-how-to-grow-care-for-a-zz-plant

ZZ plants, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, are very poisonous plants and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants


 

Please help identify this plant !

Hi Molly,

Sorry to be so long in getting back to you, but I am a senior citizen and have been attending the college graduations of 4 of my 11 grandchildren the last few weeks. I am trying to answer all the questions that piled up as quickly as possible.

Your plant looks like a purple Swedish Ivy.

You can read my care tips for growing a Swedish Ivy in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety, but the care is the same.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/swedish-ivy-plectranthus-how-to-grow-care-for-a-swedish-ivy

Again, I am sorry to have taken such a long time answering your question. Please let me know if you need more help

Best wishes,

Judy

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Aralia Plant Losing Leaves

Hi Jacklyn,

I do think your aralia is in shock, which happens very easily to these plants. Put the plant in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. if possible. Keep the soil fairly dry. When you do water (soil has dried out) add a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     to the water. You can read all about this product in the Glossary of the website. It does wonders for plants that are not doing well. It works best when the soil is dry. If the plant gets bare stems you may have to cut it back a bit.


 

 

How to Separate and Repot a Large Croton Plant

Hi Bernadette,

Colorful croton falling over

Overgrown Croton Plant

Carefully take the plant out of the pot. Gently separate the root ball into 3 sections. You may have to use a sharp knife if you cannot get the root ball apart. Plant the sections into containers that have drip holes in the bottom. The new containers should only be a few inches larger than the root ball. Since the plant is much smaller now, it will take longer for the soil to dry out. Be very, very careful not to over water. Water with some superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     once you have finished potting the new plants. You can read about superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     in the Glossary of the website. It does wonders!

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants


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How to Get a Bromeliad to Flower Again

Hi Steve,

Your plant is a type of bromeliad. Bromeliads only bloom once indoors. This original plant will not bloom again. Cut off the flower at the bottom of its stem. Once the bromeliad blooms die, small plants called offsets or pups grow around the base of the plant. When these offsets are several inches tall, dig them out and plant them in a 4” pot of loose soil. Be careful not to over-water the new plants while the roots are developing. These new plants usually bloom in 1-3 years.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety, but the care is the same.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/bromeliad-guzmania-how-to-grow-care-for-a-bromeliad-guzmania



What is this plant? Clivia Plant

Hi Mke,

Your plant is called a Clivia plant, sometimes referred to as a Kaffir Lily. Here is one in full bloom.

Orange Clivia Plant

Clivia Plant

Clivia Plants bloom for about 4 weeks during the late spring and early summer when the weather is warm and the days are long. Clivias are large plants that can grow 2-3 feet tall and almost as wide. Planting a Clivia Plant in a heavy clay or ceramic pot, prevents it from tipping over. The older a Clivia Plant gets the more beautiful it becomes.

You can read all my care tips for a Clivia Plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/clivia-plant-how-to-grow-care-for-a-clivia-plant-kaffir-lily