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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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