Thursday, May 28, 2015

People Are Funny - And They Love Houseplants

House Plants at Gate C7 - Airport Adventures

Sure a lot of people that really like to ‪#‎grow‬ ‪#‎houseplants‬

I was at the local international airport on Friday, taking care of plants and replacing some #Pothos with Hoyas. The new plants were so full that I had to drastically prune them to fit in their new containers. 
I left all of the cuttings on my cart on the concourse and when I came back there was a woman stuffing all of the ‪#‎Hoya‬ cuttings into one of her pieces of luggage.
I just had to laugh. Nice to know that so many people ‪#‎love‬ #houseplants. 
Hope she made it to her flight on time!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Help-My Indoor Palm Has Problems!

Rhapis Palm with Insect Problem

Indoor Potted Palm Problem

A recent email from Ernestine about a plant problem that needs a solution...

 My Rhapis Palm has mealy bugs as there are white masses on leaves and stems.  I have sprayed with Confidor two or three times, but, the palm still has white areas on leaves and stems.  Could you suggest a better solution for me to attack this pesty little beast!!! Thank you for reading my notation.

Ernstine,

It sure looks like mealy bug but could possibly be some kind of scale. I personally would just wipe this off with a sponge or rag with some water/alcohol mixture or water/soap mixture. Another option is a hard spray from a hose to just rinse them off. This is best done outside, of course and must be repeated.

Mealybugs are hard to get rid of and the only other things I might use would be Safers Insecticidal Soap or 1600 X-clude. Don’t know if they are available where you live but if you do use them, make sure to always read and follow the label directions. 

In my opinion, it is always best to avoid using commercial pesticides and insecticides.

Most insects have an incubation period of 7-10 days so anything you do needs to be repeated every week for a month to 2 months to eradicate new generations as they appear.

Rhapis Palms have a lot of hiding places for bugs so it will be a challenge, but it can be done. I have done it before, you just need to keep treating until you are sure they are gone.

One more thing, removing any badly damaged leaves or fronds is often helpful. This physically removes a big part of your problem. However, with a palm do NOT cut off the newest leaf at the top of any stalk as this will stop further growth from this point.

Also, mealybugs may be present under the pot, in the pot, in or on the topsoil, on walls and carpets or anything nearby, so make sure to vacuum, wipe walls and basically keep the area clean as well as your plant. Read more about Rhapis Palm plant care...

Good luck with your Rhapis palm plant!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Plants, Flowers, Orchids, Mushrooms and Travel

Do you love to ‪#‎travel‬ and also love ‪#‎plants‬? Love to visit the local ‪#‎botanical‬ gardens when you visit someplace new? If you happen to be in the vicinity of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, you might want to set aside a few hours to visit ‪#‎LongwoodGardens‬
The grounds of Longwood Gardens encompasses over 1,000 acres of woodlands, meadows, gardens and fountains. Spring and summer are great seasons to visit as many plants and flowers will be in glorious bloom!

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

The largest conservatory in the U.S. is located at Longwood Gardens with 4.5 acres of wonderful plant life to enjoy. And please don't miss the Orchid Room in the conservatory, a grand collection of more than 9,000 plants. Sounds like a wonderful trip!
And if you visit in September, plan to take in the 30th Annual Mushroom Festival on September 12 and 13, 2015. Known as the mushroom capital of the world, this area produces about one million pounds of mushrooms per week! Wow, that's alot of mushrooms...