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  • Pests and Diseases of Plants

    Here you will find stories about different kinds of pests and diseases of plants.

Ficus Leaves Turning Brown
Ficus Benjamina

Ficus benjamina is a tropical shrub used to lots of sunshine and humidity. Naturally growing for up to 50 ft tall this plant is extremely unpretentious. Growing it at home is very...

09/15/15 – 14:28
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Ficus Tree Dying
Ficus Benjamina

Every beginner goes through this stage sooner or later. You look at your ficus and realize that something has gone wrong and now the tree looks ill and exhausted. We will try to...

09/14/15 – 11:54
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Ficus Benjamina Diseases
Ficus Benjamina

No matter how old the ficus is or how experienced in plant care you are the shrub is never safe enough. Various harmful microorganisms can damage outdoor plants as well as the...

09/14/15 – 11:24
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hibiscus schrubs
Hibiscus

You have a young hibiscus shrub and are impatiently waiting for it to get covered in beautiful flowers? Or maybe your perennial tree does not feel good this year and does not bloom as much as it...

06/15/15 – 17:02
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hibiscus tree
Hibiscus

Probably you have paid attention to those eye catching beautiful tropical flowers in the friends’ gardens? Hibiscus is a non- demanding plant that can be grown in the urban areas. It will bloom...

06/15/15 – 16:16
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bonsai care
Bonsai Tree

Pests and diseases can harm a miniature specimen just like they can infect any other plant. However, if you take proper care of your bonsai tree, the...

04/03/15 – 16:34
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troubles bonsai
Bonsai Tree

It’s a frequent situation when we buy a miniature tree in a shop and it comes in an unattractive plastic container. Or it happens so that we grow a tree for some time and eventually want to put...

04/01/15 – 15:27
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Risks Areca Nut Can Bring
Areca

In many parts of Asia you can come across people who, when smiling, reveal deep red or purple mouth. This sight indicates that they were chewing betel nut (areca...

03/04/15 – 16:46
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Areca Palm Pests and Diseases
Areca

Almost every gardener at some point wants to grow a big ornamental palm. In other people’s flats one can often come across such amazing plants as dracaena, yucca and...

03/04/15 – 15:54
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Red Aglaonema
Aglaonema

Don’t you think that a plant with dark green foliage elegantly flushed with striking pink or bright red tones will make a stylish accent to your décor? If you pictured that in your mind, you...

02/16/15 – 21:00
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aglaonema cold tolerance
Aglaonema

Outdoor isn't an immaculate site for it. Albeit, some nature lovers move this bushy plant alfresco during warm months. But, permanent inside location is recommended. As it is a houseplant. So,...

12/23/14 – 15:53
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black spots on aglaonema
Aglaonema

Have you noticed dingy blurs on your Chinese evergreen? Stop worrying and start acting. You can rescue your plant’s vitality and beauty.

Aroideae plants can have black or brown slicks....

12/23/14 – 14:38
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Thailand Aglaonema
Aglaonema

These days, Thailand Aglaonema plants areamong the most popular foliage house plants. Breeders of these green house plants are very active....

12/23/14 – 14:26
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clematis image
Clematis

Clematis is considered to be a plant which can is prone to numerous pests and diseases. If your cultivar is growing fast and is in full flower or near it and you have noticed irregular in shape,...

09/23/14 – 15:33
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Double clematis
Clematis

Clematis have an undeserved reputation for being hard to grow. The species will thrive if the vines get plenty of sunlight whereas the roots are shaded. Some specimens have single flowers with...

07/28/14 – 14:56
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phalaenopsis orchid indoor
Phalaenopsis Orchid

You may notice one day that flowers of your orchid have become fragile and started falling off, curling leaves have turned yellow and looked unhealthy. And you may wonder...

07/22/14 – 18:42
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phalaenopsis orchid flower image
Phalaenopsis Orchid

One of the most pleasant things in keeping orchids is their blooming period. Although these plants are considered to be hardy, they are prone to some environmental issues...

07/22/14 – 18:28
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phalaenopsis orchid terrarium
Phalaenopsis Orchid

There is no bigger joy than to see your orchid thrive. Sometimes it is difficult to create the atmosphere in which the plant will be able to prosper. Growing phalaenopsis...

07/22/14 – 18:23
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phalaenopsis orchid purple
Phalaenopsis Orchid

Gardeners fall into two types: nurturers and neglecters. For the first ones growing orchids is very simple. For the second category keeping phalaenopsis orchid alive is a...

07/22/14 – 18:15
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phalaenopsis orchid pot
Phalaenopsis Orchid

In nature orchids are pollinated by insects, in cultivation people do it. If you have successful experience in growing healthy plants that produce flowers year after year,...

07/22/14 – 18:12
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phalaenopsis orchid blue
Phalaenopsis Orchid

A friend of mine has phalaeonopsis orchid at her place. It’s called “Blue Mystique” and it’s absolutely fascinating with its electric-blue color. I didn’t believe that such...

07/22/14 – 17:42
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Hibiscus

Hibiscus maintenance means not only pruning or mulching around the plant, but also considering the most common hibiscus diseases & pests in order...

06/17/14 – 17:46
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Hibiscus Bud Drop
Hibiscus

Unfortunately, hibiscus bud drops happen every now and then. They are not necessarily caused by hibiscus diseases. The root of the problem is that buds...

06/16/14 – 15:23
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aphids on hibiscus
Hibiscus

There are many species of hibiscus pests, such as, for example, white flies. But aphids are the most destructive of them, so they must be dealt with...

06/16/14 – 15:20
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ficus benjamina green leaves
Ficus Benjamina

Ficus trees are susceptible to several pests. Ficus benjamina pests can be white fly, aphids, scale, thrips, mealybug or spider mites....

06/12/14 – 16:17
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ficus benjamina bonsai
Ficus Benjamina

Ficus plant is an evergreen species. One of the cultivars - Danielle - will enliven your terrace or garden as well as ficus benjamina indoor will cheer up the atmosphere of your...

06/11/14 – 17:38
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Ficus Benjamina Turn Yellow
Ficus Benjamina

Ficus benjamina is perhaps the commonest tree sort used as an indoor plant. Being used indoors, it creates a special atmosphere, but to achieve this effect it is important to follow...

06/21/13 – 15:19
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Spider Mites on Ficus Benjamina
Ficus Benjamina

Sometimes your Ficus benjamina (or a weeping fig) can lose its leaves – they turn yellow and drop. Spider mites – small, red insects that suck the sap of the tree – are a common...

06/19/13 – 13:41
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Eggs in soil of ficus benjamina
Ficus Benjamina

Occasionally, even a healthy tree can be invaded by insects. The pests that leave eggs in soil of ficus benjamina usually are: fungus gnats, mealy bugs, centipedes and whiteflies....

06/19/13 – 13:13
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Adenium

How wonderful it is to find the first buds on adenium! I’ll always remember how exciting it was! And will never forget my disappointment, when the first bud fell down.

There are many adenium...

06/10/13 – 13:30
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Healthy Adeniums
Adenium

Only healthy adeniums can be beautiful. Before planting an adenium, find information about its possible diseases and pests.

To prevent pests you should check your plant attentively,...

05/08/13 – 12:23
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Red Spider Mite on Adenium
Adenium

There are only a few adenium pests which can really do harm to it. And one of them attacked my plant.

At first I saw that my adenium was losing its...

04/09/13 – 16:07
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Adenium Dry
Adenium

I knew that adenium grow is intensive only during the warm months. But my first winter as an adenium owner was really restless.

When the weather...

04/09/13 – 16:03
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adenium plant
Adenium

If you are going to grow adeniums, don’t forget, that sometimes you’ll need help to understand, what’s wrong with adenium. Such situation happened to me.

My dear adenium always looked...

03/15/13 – 12:36
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adenium obesum
Adenium

Adeniums are known as long living plants. That is why it is so sad when they are dying.

An adenium grew in my house for a few years. It was spring and time for...

03/15/13 – 12:34
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Adenium Going Yellow
Adenium

One my friend had a birthday party. We had a great time when I saw a drooping adenium on the window. I asked my friend what had happened with his plant. He told me that it had been yellowing for a...

02/20/13 – 18:42
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adenium leaves
Adenium

One of my friends was worried about his adenium. He told me that its leaves became brown at ends. As he had moved his adenium to another room, we decided that the plant needed some time to get used...

02/04/13 – 13:24
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Unhealthy Aloe
Aloe

All of us become sad when our favorite house plants get ill. Yellow, brown, dry and spotted leaves often signal that the plant needs something. It can be water, light or fertilizers. Even one...

11/26/12 – 16:25
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aloe vera plant roots
Aloe

I have rich experience in growing succulents, know much about combatting aloe diseases and pests, always read books on cultivating house plants, but even my...

10/08/12 – 16:41
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aloe has become limp
Aloe

My aloe seemed dying. I was upset as all efforts to help the plant were ineffective. I tried to change the situation with the help of new fertilizers and transplanting, but everything was in vain. I gave...

10/01/12 – 15:43
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What to do with aloe
Aloe

It is a sad situation when you see that your house plants are dying. What to do with aloe if you have abused with watering and see that its roots start rotting? My granny gave me tons of useful...

10/01/12 – 13:31
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сroton yellow green leaves
Croton

I bought a croton more than three years ago. Everything was good with it: very beautiful, well-grown and not sick. I enjoyed the vivid color of its foliage when it suddenly began to dry up and...

09/19/12 – 17:08
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Bugs on Croton Plant
Croton

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of plants because they require considerable care and protection. But my boyfriend presented me with a nice tropical plant – a curly boy croton. I really like this...

09/14/12 – 17:21
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сroton green pink leaves
Croton

I like plants as they refresh any environment and provide comfort to any room in the house. However, I don't have them as all plants require some care. And I don’t like this process. But once I had...

09/10/12 – 13:44
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сroton image
Croton

My husband adores plants. So I decided to give him a croton as a present, which I bought in the nearest flower shop. I chose croton because its leaves were different from the rest. They had an...

09/06/12 – 15:30
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Croton turning brown
Croton

I adore crotons for their year-round tropical beauty and multi-color foliage. But recently I've noticed my croton turning brown, and it has really put me into a flutter. I got to know that if we don’...

09/05/12 – 16:24
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We Save Croton
Croton

Of course, everybody knows about croton diseases. But it seems to me that I have treated it in a proper way. That’s why I did not even expect my croton to...

09/05/12 – 12:36
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Dracaena Leaves Yellow Spots
Dracaena

I have had Dracaena Colorama almost forever. Not to confuse you with the terms, which I’ve found in various books, I’ll explain what kind of dracaena it is in my own words. It has green leaves...

08/28/12 – 13:02
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Dracaena Got Sick
Dracaena

This awful untidiness happened to my lovely dracaena variegatus in July. I couldn’t understand why it happened, because I had read a lot how to care for...

08/28/12 – 12:06
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Dracaena Wrinkling
Dracaena

I have never been a dracaena fan, just before I was introduced to a beautiful Dracaena Fragrans at one of my colleagues’ home. Now I know this plant is called “a Plant of Happiness” and it...

08/27/12 – 16:36
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Dracaena for Next Year
Dracaena

Last year I bought my first dracaena (indivisa). I bought it as a small tree in May. It spent the end of spring and the whole summer in our back garden. From the beginning I put...

08/27/12 – 15:16
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Dracaena Too Tall
Dracaena

I have had my Acaulis for 2 years. She got about 4.5” by now, which is too much for my 5” ceiling. I heard that it is almost impossible to cut dracaenas at home and have new branches.

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08/27/12 – 13:28
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Dracaena Dying
Dracaena

My Dracaena Deremensis started showing the smallest dots on leaves near the body. I was puzzled. Why is my dracaena dying? As when I purchased it, it was fine! I have a small handbook on...

08/27/12 – 13:14
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Troubleshooting Dracaena
Dracaena

I like to take care of dracaena plants I have at home. I have several species and must say that at first it was rather hard to remember what which of...

08/24/12 – 16:31
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Dracaena draco diseases
Dracaena

Well, I wouldn’t be so sure. I have many different plants at home and should say that dracaena draco and medusa are the two species I’ve never had REALLY great problems with. The vital thing I'd...

08/24/12 – 16:02
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