Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Houseplant FAQ Guides

With the large assortment of comments, I began creating pages that try and answer many of the common questions and problems people have with their houseplants. Browse through the pages below to read common question and answers to a variety of houseplants. These pages will continually be edited if new problems or tips are being posted often. New FAQs will be posted in the coming months as they are created.

African Violets FAQ
Aloe Vera Plant FAQ
Areca Palms FAQ
Bird of Paradise FAQ
Corn Plant FAQ
Croton Plant FAQ
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) FAQ
Heart Shaped Philodendron FAQ
Jade Plant Care FAQ
Kentia Palm Care FAQ


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Blogger ddh1958 said...

I ahve a problem with gnats in my potting soil. What causes them and how can I rid myself of the problem without harming the plants?

1:44 PM  
Anonymous prema said...

how do you cure plant leaves that have brown spots on them?

1:03 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


I would try re-potting the plant in new soil. You can also try spraying a soapy dishwater mixture on the plant and soil.


10:35 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


It depends on what may causing the brown spots on the leaves. What type of plant is it? Does the houseplant appear to be infected with a pest?


10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful site! I've bookmarked this for future reference. I live in a tiny apt with a great variety of houseplants that I am always attempting to expand my collection! I recently acquired a new, unusual plant that I'm unfamiliar with and was pleased to find information on your site.

Might I recommend a section on house pests as well?

I have a problem with gnats/fruit flies/plant flies or whatever they are called. At first I did not notice or care too much, but now they are becoming a very noticeable nuisance and its kinda embarrassing when I have company because I really don't keep a dirty house! But they will fly around people's faces.

I think I must've gotten a plant or two contaminated with gnats. But by now they're probably in all of my pots. Being in a tiny apartment, limited budget and no yard, I can't really replace all this dirt.

I'm scared to try the soapy water mixture tho. Soapy water really do not harm the plants? Or should I be looking up each type of plant to see if they are tolerant to soapy water? (although I have some I do not know the name of).

Would love to know what you have to advise on this!

6:21 PM  
Blogger rainstreet said...

good site. seems like lots of people have gnat problems. aren't these fruit flies and aren't they caused by overwatering and/or humidity?

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Girl said...

Gnats & fruit flies are actually slightly different. But hard to tell apart, unless by judging where they cluster (the fruit basket or by the pots on the window still).

As for overwatering/humidity, I don't think so. I live in a very dry climate, and let my plants dry out between waterings, but it seems the flies just goes dormat when dry and comes back out again when I start watering again.

After I last posted here, I don't know if this is related but, I happened to put out some garlic cloves to sprout and grow them. The flies problem stopped for a while. But now they flies are back again and I just realized the garlic are also spent, so I am putting out new garlic cloves and will keey eye on the gnats population. Interesting.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

soap-liquid soap one teaspoon in a quart of water- spray on plants and on soil-this dry out the insects shell and will not hurt your plant. this gnat love carbon minoxide which is why they hang out around your face.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had gnats on my plants and tried a number of things to get rid of them. I found if you put a small bowl of Red wine near your plants the gnats will be attacted to it and will land in the wine and drown. I did this for a couple of days and the problem went away. If you get rid of the adult gnats you won't have any babies hatching from the soil. The gnats lay eggs in the soil and then the larve hatch out. It also helps if you let the soil dry out for a while. The gnats don't seem to stress the plants but the can multiply like crazy and you will have them in all your plant. Oh and always check when you buy new plants to be sure there are no gnats flying around it if there are go down the road and buy them.

5:24 PM  

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