Janine G
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About Me
  • Birthday October 4th, 1967
  • Country United States
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    Plants, reading, watching tv and plants.
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  • Boohoo....
    Help. Another half yellow leaf. This was in brighter sun, now its moved but leaf keeps going more yellow. I do not have this in a plastic cup. In a ceramic holey pot. Need more moisture and less what..  any help appreciated. It seems very dry, but yellow...
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      Erin Hi Janine! I'm no orchid expert but I've had a phalaenopsis orchid at home for the past 4 years (blooms about twice a year for me) and find that a mature leaf yellows about every 4-6 months. I usually just prune it right off once its super yellow and pulls away from the stem easily.
  • Given a sad Orchid....
    My mother in law gave me this sad Orchid. I literally know nothing about Orchids. Leave are drooped and one is crispy yellow. Roots are coming out of holes in the pot. Any tips?
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      Janine G I mean the stringy roots that are showing in the picture. Should they be UNDER the soil? I know NOTHING about these. I work with a guy who has been growing them for about 20 years and he said to repot it immediately in a good bark and fertilize it too. I assume those stringy things showing are roots?
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      Pei Hi [291073,Janine G] your orchids look very thirsty. You could tell by the wrinkled leaves. I would suggest to remove the yellow leaf by snipping it off as close to the base as possible. With Orchid, you want to put it in aa bright-lit environment. Water once a week and spritz occasionally to help humidity.

      About the roots, i can't really tell from this photo. What do you mean by it's coming out?
  • Crispy Dragon tree??
    Here is my 7 foot tree.  I have no idea but I think it's a Dragon Tree ? Can someone clarify that?  I rescued this from a trash can of my neighbors down the way. Renters moved out.  So it's doing ok, but it's not good.  <br><br>I have it In a bright window with indirect light and it gets afternoon direct sun on it.  Leaves are crispy brown on ends and some middles have crispy on the edges.  Humidity issue?  What does this tree need ?  I have about  40 plants now I most are African violets.  I need to have these thriving.. I just can't keep getting more when I haven't mastered these.  I just feel bad when I see a stray.  I want people to say WOW, your plants are amazing.  HA.. don't we all. 
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      PlntNrd Dracaenas do not like direct sun on their leaves at all. They do very well in low light situations and can tolerate brighter indirect light, but they will have issues with too much light. Those areas look like they are leaf burn from too much direct sunburning the leaves. I would move it to a place where it will not get any direct sunlight at all.
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      Pei It’s definitely a type of draceana!
  • Another Tall plant...
    My daughter graduated from school a few years ago and the horticulture class gave away all their stray plants.  She brought this home and it was about 5 inches high.  I assumed it was a succulent so I rarely watered it.<br><br>  I read somewhere that it was not a succulent, so I started watering it more often.  It shot up to about 18" high!  As I said, I don't know how to prune or pinch , so I have yet another TREE!!!  Is there anything I can do at this point to make it do anything but go UP?  I know there is stuff you can get to force it to make side shoots... its a powder and you can cut the plant at a  certain spot and put this powder on and it will cause a side shoot???  Not that I want to cut my plant,  I just need help.  Someone STOP ME from growing these 10 foot high monstrosities!!! 
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      PlntNrd You can actually cut this guy down to the height you prefer, just make sure there’s at least one leaf left, and then take the part that you’ve cut and cut that again (since it’s sooooo tall) and plant all of the pieces to make a short, kind of bushier, looking pot. Just make sure there is at least one node on each of the pieces you cut and want to propagate. You can then plant each piece directly in the soil and they will root for you. You will also get new growth at the tops of the stems where you make the cuts, which will ultimately result in a bushier aesthetic. I would personally cut this in to 3-4 pieces, plant them all in the pot together, keep soil moist (not soaking wet) so they don’t dry out and die.
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      jenna To make a plant bushier, you trim it back where you want it to branch out. Where you make the cut, two or more leaves will pop out on each side. Peperomias can get tall and if they are leggy as yours is, stretched out with not too many leaves, they tip over easily. I would pinch back and give it a good repot. New soil refresh, a nice drink of water, and if you have a pot 2” or so larger, it will be exra happy.

      For watering, they like to dry out in between waterings, and usually once a week is more than enough.

      I hope this helps :)
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      Pei You can’t force the plant to not grow up if it’s how they grow. It looks happy!
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  • What is this tree?
    My dearly departed neighbor John gave this plant to me.  It's about 5 foot high and it seems sad all the time.  I have it in a window that gets good light and some sun directly on it through a sky light.  I never know how much to water it.  He said half a watering can once week.  It's alive, not thriving.  The leaves are splitting in spots and are always drooped.  It's in a giant clay pot and it weighs a ton. <br><br>  What am I doing wrong.   I know it's old because it's BIG and has many twisty trunks.  It's slowly getting smaller and smaller.  Does this plant even LIKE sun? What is this plant??  Thanks. <br><br>How do you know which plants need to be misted?? Just ferns but not a Birds nest fern?  How do you make it bushier?  I know, so many questions!!  
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      jenna I think that this is a diffenbachia but it’s hard to tell without some more pictures. It’s probably in desperate need of a soil refresh and a larger pot. When is the last time that you repotted it?
  • Little Alien
    <img><u><a><img><img></a></u><a title="Link: null">I just got this little succulent.  Is the tall part on the side part of the little plant or is this two plants?  The tall part has arms and the bottom arms look very wrinkled and pruney, sort of like my under eyes.  :)  I don't want to water too much but the bottom arms aren't firm, they are like floppy and droopy.  It also has the cutest orange flower on it!!  Any ideas ??  </a>
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      PlntNrd Definitely two succulents. One looks like it might be a blooming echeveria and the other is a Cheiridopsis. You might think about repotting in a more porous/fast draining soil than they are currently in. When Cheiridopsis grow, the new growth grows from the top of old growth and the old leaves will shrivel away with time. It’s very normal for the bottom to be somewhat floppy, droopy, and wrinkled looking. This is their normal aging process
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      jenna forgot to say, don’t worry if the soil is scary dry in between waterings. As long as the leaves are plump the plant is happy. Overwatering is the death of succulents, so it’s always better to let them show signs of thirst if you’re uncertain whether to water. Less is always more.
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      jenna Hi Janine,

      You have two succulents in that pot. They can totally live together happily since they have the same watering habits. That goes with other plants too. So: Succulents! They are slow drinkers and your’s look thirsty. You’ll know when they need water when their leaves look wrinkled. When you water them, the leaves will fill with water again and plump up. Since your’s are very thirsty, I’d fill a bowl with water, and set your pot in the water, allowing it to slowly drink from the bottom. Leave it in there for a few hours so that it can really soak up the water. If it absorbs all the water quickly, fill the dish again for round two. It will eventually stop absorbing the water when the soil is properly saturated. Tomorrow, it should be plump and happy.

      Succulents need full sun to be happiest. Water when wrinkly, the regular way, or this bowl technique. Also, the little pink one will shed the bottom leaves naturally, so just pick them off when that happens.

      I love your living stone. They are my favorite! :)
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  • Rapunzel... Rapunzel...
    Okay.. so... I have several plants with issues.  I have two of these Pothos that are 50 YEARS old.  Yes, 50.  These were given to my by my mom who died many years ago.... I have had them since I was a teen.  I never "pinched" them back as you can see.  I don't even know how to do that.  <br>So now I have two plants that are 20 feet long and wound 'round and 'round.  They take up a huge amount of room.  As you can see from the one pic there is about 2 feet of vine with no leaves on it.  Below that spot there is about 10 FEET that does have leaves on it.  I want to trim this down but I don't want to lose any of the good parts.<br><br>  The little brown "legs" that stick out all along the vine, the "feet" or whatever they are, I assume they are the parts that root in water.  Can I cut off the long vines and root those cuttings and them put them back in a pot together?  Should I cut the long vines off, and then again in half and root THOSE pieces?<br>  I can't see cutting off those long vines and rooting and then I just have another plant that's ten feet long!  What suggestions do you have?? They haven't had any repotting in ages either.  How do I pinch it back to make it full and not a snake?? I could probably make ten nice small plants from these monsters.  
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      PlntNrd 50 yrs old?!?!?!? Holy moly!!!
      If this was mine, I would cut all of the long vining pieces for propagation. It looks like there are many nodes on the stems, so they should root well. You can root these in water or soil, whatever you feel comfortable with. You have such long vines, you could propagate many many pieces and try rooting in soil and water if you like. You could do a little propagation experiment.
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      Pei Just trim it anywhere you like and it would be fine! Pothos are amazingly resilient. Yours live for over 50 years!!!!
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      Janine G I was thinking I should. I'm going for it this weekend! Muhahahahah! My mad plant scientist cackle....
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