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Can this schefflera be saved?

I have a large (4' tall) schefflera in my office that has been infested with aphids for a few years now. At the recommendation of a coworker, I tried half-heartedly to get rid of them one time over the course of a few weeks by spraying the leaves with a mixture of dish soap and water, but this was way too time-intensive given that I do not care about this plant at all, and I'm not sure it helped, anyway. The thing is, I feel guilty letting it slowly die an aphid-ridden death. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Houseplants that can withstand the Eye of Sauron?

What indoor plants will thrive with the sun blazing down on them? I have gorgeous 8' tall windows and inviting wide windowsills. I want to keep lots of plants on them, but my southeastern exposure has turned most things into shriveled up husks. I know that cacti are the obvious answer, but I haaaate cacti. Does anything else love tons of light and heat?
posted by TwoStride on Jul 5, 2014 - 23 answers

Plant Identification

This is our plant, Plant. What kind of plant is it? I picked Plant up a few years ago in a fancy garden store but it was unlabelled and they didn't know what it was either. A few more clues inside. [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Apr 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Why don't African violets propagate "true"?

Why do African violets not propagate "true," in regards to color patterns? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Apr 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Aside from mushrooms, are there any decorative houseplants I can grow in a dark and neglected apartment?

Does a dark and somewhat uninhabited apartment mean I can't have houseplants? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Vegetable friend for my underground lair

What's a good plant for a small basement home office with a small basement-style window? [more inside]
posted by swift on Nov 11, 2010 - 14 answers

What (tradionally outdoor) plants should I have in my apartment?

What kind of plants should I grow in my apartment? Bonus points for traditionally outdoor plants. [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Apr 25, 2007 - 12 answers

sad wilted bonsai

so, the person in charge of my (gardenia) bonsai while i was gone let it dry out. the branches are all still green where i scratch the bark, so i know it's not dead, but the leaves are all shriveled and faded (instead of dark, glossy and pert). i really know nothing about caring for the tree (it was a gift) but it was in great shape when i left it with buds about to open. what should i do to bring it back to good health?
posted by crush-onastick on Feb 21, 2006 - 1 answer

Care for Sensitive Plants (Mimosa Pudica) and other houseplants?

Any tips on how to make Sensitive Plants (the fern-like ones that close their leaves when you touch them) thrive? I can usually keep them pretty happy for a few months, but they gradually become more and more unresponsive and eventually die. I'm in Southern California and will be moving to a new place with a greenhouse, and am fairly ignorant in the ways of plant-tending. Another question, just for sucking as much possible information out of this as possible: Anyone have any indoor plants they really like? If so, how do you make *those* thrive?
posted by sirion on Mar 11, 2005 - 10 answers

help keep a gerbera daisy alive

Help the Black Thumb:

I am terrible at keeping plants alive. The only plants I don't kill are philodendrons, and you pretty much can't kill those things. I was given a gerbera daisy in a pot, but apparently I overwatered it. The plant still seems alive, but the flowers have drooped over. I drained the excess water, but the flowers aren't perking back up. Are they permanently wilted? Should I cut them off and hope the plant flowers again? I googled, but got nothing more useful than "Avoid overwatering".
posted by Shoeburyness on Apr 14, 2004 - 8 answers

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