Dragon Tree Leaves Drooping & Turning Brown

QUESTION: Hi Judy, I am a newbie indoor plant care. I bought a new dragon tree from Home Depot last week. Ever since he reached my home he started showing browning leaf tips. I checked the pot and realized soil is bone dry, so I watered him very well. But, no luck, he continued drooping … Read more

How to Water a Pencil Cactus

QUESTION: The site says “During the spring and summer allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering. In the fall & winter water once a month.” Exactly how much water do you give once a month? 1 cup? 1 quart? And how often do you water in the spring and summer? … Read more

How to Propagate an Orchid Plant

QUESTION: My orchid plant seems to have outgrown its container. Could you tell me how to propagate it. ANSWER: Hi Brian, Here are some steps to follow if you want to divide and propagate the plant. Take the plant out of the pot. If it is so root bound that you can’t get it out, … Read more

How to Water a Swedish Ivy Plant

QUESTION: Hello! I keep hearing how easy Swedish Ivy is to grow, but I seem to have trouble! I have ordered plants from two different stores and killed them both. I know I overwatered the first one, so I tried to be more careful with the second. I let it go about a week between … Read more

How to Grow a Dichondra Silver Falls Indoors

QUESTION: I’m sending this photo because I haven’t a clue as to what it is. My apartment building has them around the windows. My problem is that now that I have them in my apartment, they seem to be drying out. I love the smell of them. They are soft to the touch & are … Read more

Semi-Hydroponic Setup for Succulents

QUESTION: Is there a hydroponic way to care for succulent plants? ANSWER: The Difference Between Hydroponics and Semi-Hydroponics:  Hydroponics is a well-known system of growing plants without soil. Instead, everything the plant needs (oxygen, water, and nutrients) is provided to the root zone via a carefully crafted nutrient solution. Pumps and aerators circulate the oxygenated … Read more

Ficus Alii-How to Grow and Care for

QUESTION: Could you tell me what this plant is and how to help it grow better. ANSWER: Hi Louise, Your plant is called a Ficus alii (also called a Ficus maclellandii of Ficus Amstel King). Here is a picture of one in tree form with slightly wider leaves. Care tips: Light: Ficus Alii plants do … Read more

Philodendron Emerald Prince – How to Grow Care Guide

QUESTION: Bought this recently from Trader Joes without any name or care instructions. Looks like it could be from the upright Philodendren family but we need your expertise. Thank you in advance for your help. ANSWER: Hi Anne, Your plant is a type of Philodendron, but, from your picture, it’s a little difficult to tell … Read more

How to Prune and Propagate a Hindu Rope Plant

QUESTION: I have a Hindu Rope Plant with one very, very long stem. Should I cut it back or just wrap it around itself in the pot? Thanks for your help. ANSWER: Hi Claudia, There are a couple of things you can do with a Hindu Rope plant that has only one long stem. You … Read more

Why Calathea Plants Get Brown Leaves

QUESTION: Why do the leaves on my calathea plant get brown spots. ANSWER: Hi Deborah, There are several reasons why Calathea plants get brown spots on their leaves. Humidity: High humidity is a must! A Calathea plant gets brown leaf edges when the air is too dry. Humidity can be increased by placing your plant on … Read more