Houseplant Pests and Problems

  • Yucca Plant Care
    Houseplant Pests and Problems

    Yucca Plant Care

    The key to yucca plant care is to keep them fairly dry and do not overwater them… Yucca Plant Care Summary Light needs: Plenty of bright indirect sunlight. Watering needs:  Let them almost fully dry out before watering again. Check it once a week. Fertilizer: Low nitrogen fertilizer once a month in the summer months. Soil: Cactus and succulent compost. Humidity: They like dry air so you do not need to mist them at all. Temperature: 15-27°C (59-81°F).  Where to buy: Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Other names: Dagger plant. Common issues: Yellow or browning leaves from overwatering. Introduction Welcome to our guide to yucca plant care. These…

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  • Prayer Plant Leaf Curling
    Calathea and Maranta,  Houseplant Pests and Problems

    Prayer Plant Leaf Curling

    Both calatheas and marantas are commonly referred to as prayer plants, we will cover leaf curling for both these types of plants as the root causes are the same and they are very similar plants. Prayer Plant Leaves Curling Prayer plants get curling leaves when they lack moisture. Normally it is due to lack of humidity, they need 50% or more as a minimum. You are best to put them in humid room or near a humidifier. If not you can put them on top of a wet pebble tray to increase the ambient humidity around the plant. Sometimes the curling leaves can be due to a lack water –…

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  • Orchid Leaves Droopy
    Houseplant Pests and Problems

    Droopy Orchid Leaves – Problem Solved

    We run down how to deal with the common problem of droopy orchid leaves and some other similar issues… How To Fix Wilting Orchid Leaves Orchid leaves will wilt or droop if they lack water. This can be due to underwatering or lack of humidity. Will Droopy Orchid Leaves Recover? For more on on orchid care see our guides here: How To Care For An Orchid Indoors and Blue Orchids. Droopy orchid leaves should recover as long as you meet the water and humidity requirements of the plant, and as long as the leaves have not started browning. Should I Cut Off Droopy Orchid Leaves? It is not necessary to…

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  • Pilea Black Spots
    Frequently Asked Questions,  Houseplant Pests and Problems,  Pilea

    Pilea Black Spots

    We run down solutions and remedies to pilea black spots and other common issues… Pilea Black Spots (With Fixes To Common Issues) Pileas get black spots when they are overwatered and/or do not get enough sun. Pileas can be really sensitive to overwatering, so add in a bout 20% perlite to your potting mix to ensure they drain well, and only water it when the soil is dry all the way down (you can check it with your finger once a week). After watering, tip out all the water from the external container, don’t let the plant sit in soggy soil. Pileas like bright indirect sunlight, so give it as…

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  • Yellow Leaves On Anthurium
    Anthurium,  Frequently Asked Questions,  Houseplant Pests and Problems

    Yellow Leaves On Anthurium

    Our guide to yellow leaves on anthurium and similar issues. Read on for how to resolve them... Reasons for yellow leaves on an anthurium are: Over watering The main reason for yellowing leaves is over watering. If you’ve overwatered it (or maybe have), take the plant out of its soil and check the roots. If they are white you are ok, but if they are brown then root rot could well be setting in. Let the plant dry out for a few hours before potting up in dry soil. You can cut off the yellow leaves too, as long as they’re are some good ones left. It’s a good idea…

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  • Is Philodendron Poisonous To Dogs
    Frequently Asked Questions,  Houseplant Pests and Problems,  Philodendron

    Is Philodendron Poisonous To Dogs?

    Is philodendron poisonous to dogs? Philodendrons contain some toxins, we run down all you need to know… Is A Philodendron Poisonous To Dogs? (And Other Pet Questions) Philodendrons are mildly poisonous to dogs. If eaten they can hurt your dogs lips and tongue and cause vomiting, as well as swelling in the mouth. The toxin is called calcium oxalate and occurs in a lot of houseplants. They are not toxic to the touch unless the sap gets on skin, which can cause irritation. (Source). See also: Philodendron Black Cardinal, Philodendron Rio, Philodendron Mamei Care, Philodendron Sodiroi. What Part Of The Philodendron Is Poisonous? All parts of a philodendron are poisonous,…

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  • How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats
    Houseplant Pests and Problems

    How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats

    The key to dealing with a fungus gnat infestation is to understand that the adults and young should be treated separately with different measures at the same time, and for the life cycle of the gnats and you will end the infestation… Introduction Has your plant lost it’s mojo due to some pesky fungus gnats?! This means war! Welcome to our guide to how to get rid of fungus gnats. No one wants a fungus gnat infestation, here we run down how to get rid of them and some frequently asked questions. What Are Fungus Gnats? So, a bit about fungus gnats… Fungus gnats is a group name for different…

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  • How To Get Rid Of Scale Insects
    Houseplant Pests and Problems

    How To Get Rid Of Scale Insects

    Introduction Welcome to our guide to how to get rid of scale insects. These pests can damage plants, but are relatively easily taken care of when correctly troubleshot, we’ll go into more detail below. What Are Scale Insects? Scale insects are round white small insects that colonize leaves by attaching to them at the mouth. They live in the soil and on the leaves. They can be difficult to get rid of as they have a protective cover that means most treatments don’t affect them. Where Do Scale Insects Come From? Scale insects crawl on to your plant, so they often come from bringing an infected plant home. How To…

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  • How To Get Rid Of Aphids
    Houseplant Pests and Problems

    How To Get Rid Of Aphids

    Aphids are a nasty pest but they can be really easy to treat… Introduction Welcome to our guide to how to get rid of aphids. Don’t worry they are relatively easy to treat… Where Do Aphids Come From? Aphids can fly, but not very well, so they mainly come from other plants you bring into your home, or occasionally they can come in through the window. What Damage Do Aphids Do To Plants? Aphids drain sap from leaves which slows the plant’s growth and can even kill it eventually. How To Get Rid Of Aphids It is no too difficult to treat your plants, but you will need to do…

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  • Mealybugs On Plants
    Houseplant Pests and Problems

    Mealybugs On Plants

    Introduction Welcome to our guide to dealing with mealybugs on plants. It can be tough to get rid of these little critters, but it is possible we’ll run down the best ways below… What Are Mealybugs? Mealybugs are a small white bug related to scale insects. They suck sap from the plants stems and leaves which can damage it. How To Get Rid Of Mealybugs On Plants The best way to get rid of a small amount of mealybugs is to get a cotton swab with soaked alcohol and rub the insects until they fall off. If you have a lot you can get buy some hydrogen peroxide and mix…

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