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Help my thumb turn green

I'm pretty bad at houseplants (although I'm getting lots better). I want to become good at plants. All kinds of houseplants. HALP. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Dec 20, 2016 - 13 answers

Blogs about plants and plant collecting?

I'm looking for blogs about unusual plants, collecting plants, growing plants...but not gardening blogs (necessarily). [more inside]
posted by lemonade on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Make my pilea great again (gardening question)

My pilea peperomioides (Chinese money plant) is doing okay, but not great. I want it to look lush and lovely like the ones I see in pictures! [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth on Mar 10, 2016 - 2 answers

Can you tell me what this plant is? And how to take care of it?

I bought this mystery plant at IKEA about two months ago...and have no idea how to take care of it. There are no stickers or other ID on it; I've looked up various plants online and by searching IKEA's plants, but don't see a match. I haven't been able to figure out what it wants with regard to water, light, heat; do you have any advice? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Houseplants 101

I want plants in my house. I tend to kill most plants. Also, I have hardwood floors and curtains and cats. Help. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Aug 28, 2015 - 21 answers

My succulent died. Tell me how to not kill my next succulent

I've had this succulent for a few months and all was well. Suddenly, after looking totally normal the whole time, I returned from a few days out of town to find it in a very sad state. [more inside]
posted by arm426 on Aug 14, 2014 - 6 answers

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

Best succulents and exotic houseplants nursery on my route?

I'm driving roundtrip next week from KS to TX, and along the way I'll be passing through these cities: Oklahoma City, OK and Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Medina, TX. In or nearby any of these cities, do you know about a fabulously awesome and dirt cheap nursery, open on Saturdays, that sells succulents/cacti and potentially other houseplants/exotics as well? I'm not interested in outdoor stock (trees/grasses/annuals/etc). [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Mar 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Best houseplant soil mix and filler for use in self-watering planter?

Should the capillary action which will allow water to soak upward from the bottom of my self-watering planters be a factor in selecting a potting mix for Arrowhead Vine houseplants, or is the ideal potting mix the same regardless of whether they receive most of their water from the surface? Also, what would be the best lightweight "filler" for the bottom portion of the planters? [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Houseplant suggestions needed

I'd like to get some suggestions for small houseplants. They will sit on the windowsill above my kitchen sink, getting direct sunlight in the morning. I need plants that can remain in smallish pots (no more than 6" diameter), and require minimal upkeep. I'd prefer it if they can be watered by adding an ice cube once or twice per week.
posted by asher on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Which houseplants are the least tasty to cats?

Please recommend cat-proof plants. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Aug 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Shark-infested custard

Dear people of Mefi, please help me. I am a serial killer of houseplants. Two years ago I inherited my daughter's houseplants when she moved, including this small tree-like thing. I'll admit it's a bit twisted but it's not dead yet. But what the effing jeff is this stuff? How did it get there? What did I do? Why is it yellow? Will it kill the plant? Will it kill us all? How shall I deal with it, should I dig it up? Chuck the whole plant out? Why did it even happen? And how will I face my daughter now? tell you what, it's put me right off (Title refers to answer of well-known UK children's riddle.) [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I make this plant happy?

I thought Norfolk Island Pines were supposed to be relatively easy! [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Jun 17, 2013 - 5 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

Black Thumb + Cold + Bad Light = Super Easy, Right?

What are some hardy, pretty, or useful houseplants for a small space in the Pittsburgh/Western PA/Northeast region? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Easy AND interesting plants?

I am looking for easy and interesting house plants. Please help. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Feb 21, 2013 - 24 answers

It smells so nice, what is it?

Help me identify this houseplant, please. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Oct 30, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I get rid of mold on my bonsai?

What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 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

Elephant ear, or what?

Plant Identification Filter: All sources say "elephant ear plant", but we're not entirely sure that's it. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on Mar 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Cube farming

I've read all the past threads on green office plants. Now help me find hardy -flowers- that can survive fluorescent light only. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Oct 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Help my jade plant come back to life!

My jade plant is suffering. How do I help it? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Mystery office plant

What is this mystery plant, and how can it be saved? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on May 25, 2011 - 12 answers

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

The Tree Ferns Have to Love Themselves Before I Can Love Them

What is going on with my new tree ferns? Bad things, yes, but what manner of bad things? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Apr 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Can you identify these houseplants?

Can you help me identify these houseplants? [more inside]
posted by jdruk on Jan 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Plants for a bright but cold basement

Looking for information about houseplants that will do well in an oddly well-lit, but cold and drafty basement in the Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Nov 11, 2010 - 7 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

Ferns in the 70s for sure. Otherwise?

What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 26, 2010 - 29 answers

Sort of like a jade tree, but not

Houseplant ID: can anyone identify the plant on the right in this photo?
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Mary Mary Quite Contrary - Indoor Plant Palooza!

Recommend some house plants! [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on May 10, 2010 - 22 answers

Banzai Daniel-san! Banzai!

I want a Bonsai Tree. Where do I go to find the best information on care and feeding of these little gems? And is there somewhere online I can order one from? [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes on May 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Stay Away from the Banana Plant

My cat is slowly killing my indoor banana tree by scratching the hell out of it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Oct 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Preventing mold from house plants

Is there an easy way to keep mold spores from potted plants at bay? [more inside]
posted by Coventry on Oct 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommendations for tall indoor tree?

I am looking for recommendations for a tall indoor tree--6-7 feet- -I have very high cathedral ceilings in my family room, and just bought a large leather sectional couch. I realized that the couch now dwarfs the plant I currently have--I would like a tall indoor tree to balance the whole look. Help me hive mind! I don't have a clue what to look for, and my google fu is not helping me
posted by chaoscutie on Aug 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Make my small, dark, warm space into a non-toxic jungle!

Make my small, dark, warm apartment into a non-toxic jungle! [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Nov 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Mystery Houseplant

Can anyone identify this splendid mystery houseplant? It was received as a gift, but without any accompanying little plastic tag, and I'd just like to know what it is so I can figure how how best to take care of it. [more inside]
posted by hydatius on Oct 29, 2008 - 5 answers

No holes in the roof please

Help: My Norfolk Island Pine is about to grow through the roof. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 25, 2007 - 14 answers

uninspired home allergy question

trying to isolate sneezing allergy source in my house, think it may be my plant. [more inside]
posted by yonation on May 17, 2007 - 10 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

her favorite foods are cigarette butts and junk mail, should I add basil to the list?

Will my cat eat basil? What happens if she does? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Feb 21, 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

Growing Plants in Water Alone

I need suggestions for decorative plants I can grow in a small, clear vase with just water, no soil (and that can withstand my black thumb). [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Aug 7, 2005 - 11 answers

Houseplants for basement apartments?

The only window in my basement apartment faces north and is fairly obscured as well. I would really like a plant or two to liven the place up. [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo on Apr 11, 2005 - 10 answers

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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