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Plant Care

Common household plants and how to care for them.

Type of Plant Plant Looks Cause Cure
Philodendron Leaves droop Too hot and dry Soak thoroughly, move to a cooler spot.
Leaves turn yellow Too wet Make sure water is draining & let plant dry before watering again
Ficus Leaves droop Too wet Allow soil to dry before watering.
  Too cold Move to brighter, warmer place.
Dieffenbachia
(dumb cane)
Brown leaves Hot, dry air Use cool mist humidifier.
Lanky leaves Too dark Move to brighter spot.
Boston Fern Spindly fronds Pot is too big Let it get root bound. Fertilize.
Brown fronds Dry air Use cool mist humidifier.
African Violet Spots on leaves Water on leaves Remove spotted leaves, water plant from the bottom to avoid getting water on leaves.
No flowers Too dark Increase light intensity and fertilize.
Aloe-vera Leaves topple over Too rootbound Re-pot, or divide plant.
Leaves wither Too dry Water a little more often.
Dracaena
(dragon tree)
Leaves droop Direct sun Move to more filtered light.
Parlor Palm Brown leaf tips Dry air and soil Mist and increase water.
Schefflera Blackened leaf tips Soggy soil Reduce water.
Leaf drop Cool air Move away from drafts.
Spider Plant Brown scorch marks on leaves Leaf shine damage Clean with pure water
Rotting in center Too wet Allow to dry before watering.
Brown leaf tips Too hot & dry Move away from direct sun, water more often.
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