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Fatsia Japonica with Burn Marks on the Leaves
Fungal infections on plants can often result in spots on the leaves. Removing infected leaves is one way to halt the damage. This is a page about fatsia japonica with burn marks on the leaves.
Sticky Residue From Ficus Plant
One of my ficus plants is leaving a sticky residue on the floor. Can I do something to eliminate what I am calling 'pitch' on the leaves and surrounding area from this ficus? And is this plant still healthy?
Burning Bush Losing Its Leaves
Leaves on a Burning Bush will turn red before the drop in the Autumn, sometimes earlier than other trees and shrubs. If your burning bush losing its leaves prematurely, it may be a sign of stress on the plant and require assistance.
Brown Spots on Hibiscus Leaves
We have raised hibiscus outside during the summer for years with hardly a problem. This year, our plants and several neighbors' plants continuously develop brown leaf spots which ultimately causes the leaves to drop.
Norfolk Pines Damaged By Cold
I have some small Norfolk pines that have been hit by frost. Will they come back? I also have one large Norfolk pine in the yard that is very tall and about 8yrs old. Will it come back after the frost has done damage? It has turned brown, but is the trunk alive?
Treating Plants with Powdery Mildew
This page is about treating plants with powdery mildew. This common fungal disease can affect nearly all types of plants.
Peace Lily With Brown Leaves
This is a page about peace lily with brown leaves. Determining the reason you lily's leaves are turning brown can help get it back on the road to health.
Sticky Substance on Leaves
I brought my bay plants in for the winter. They have developed a sticky, shiny substance all over the leaves. I don't see any insects but did spray them when I noticed this substance.
Dying Leaves on a Bamboo Plant
I have an indoor bamboo plant. I've had it for two years and it has grown very very little. The leaves are green but several bamboo sticks have had to be removed from the shallow bowl because of mildew (turning very black or yellow and those leaves were dying). I pulled the plant out of the bowl today and the roots are really packed and very orange.
Geranium Leaves Changing Color and Turning Brown
The edges of my geranium leaves are turning light in color and/or brown. It almost looks like a variegated variety, except the brown is throwing me off. Am I watering too much, or not enough?
Leaves Dying on a Calla Lily
Yellowing dying leaves on your calla lily can be the result of a lack of nutrients or root rot. This is a page about leaves dying on a calla lily.
Buds Falling Off Hibiscus Plant
Determining the cause of bud drop, will be rather like sleuthing. There are a number of reasons this could happen and you will need to discover the cause through planned trial and error. This is a page about
buds falling off a hibiscus plant
Lilac Bush With Very Little Leaves
This is a page about lilac bush with very little (few) leaves. If your lilac is not producing sufficient leaves the plant will not flourish and may die. Check all the usual suspects, including sun exposure, soil nutrients, and pest infestations.
Peace Lily Leaves Are Curling
Peace lilies are typically very easy to grow and quite tolerant of diverse growing conditions. However, too much bright light and temperatures over 90F can cause leaf curl. This is a page about a peace lily that has leaves curling.
Red Growth on Peach Tree Leaves
Fruit trees, such as peaches, can become infected with various diseases including fungal growths. This is a page about remedies for a red growth on peach tree leaves.
Christmas Cactus Left Outside in Freezing Weather
Despite its dead appearance a Christmas cactus left out in freezing weather may be able to be revived. The roots may still be alive. Bring inside and check out the advice on this page. This is a page about Christmas cactus left outside in freezing weather.
Tomato Plant Help
Growing tomatoes is a rewarding gardening experience. While fairly easy to grow, they can suffer from several maladies or care issues. This page contains tomato plant help information.
Treating a Luna Hibiscus for Bud Drop and Leaf Fungus
My hibiscus appear to currently have bud drop and a leaf fungus. I wonder what to do now in my area (western KY) now that we're heading into fall. Is it too late in the year to trim, or make amends?
Brown Sticky Stuff on Philodendron
I have a philodendron that is over 40 years old. I noticed the top of the plant pot has brown sticky stuff on it it. How do I get rid of it and what is it? The plant has new leaves and is in a huge pot. I have not seen any bugs or white fungus.
Croton Leaves Dry at the Tips and Yellowish
I bought a croton few days ago which looked perfectly healthy. After awhile I began to notice it has a few leaves that are crispy at the tips and have begun to look yellowish.
Hydrangeas Leaves Turning Brown
Hydrangeas are relatively easy to grow as long as you provide sufficient water and keep them out of the hot sun. This is a page about hydrangeas leaves turning brown.
Preparing Your Soil to Avoid Tomato Blight
Late season tomato blight is caused by a fungus that is highly contagious and can spread by wind born spores. This is a page about treating the soil to prevent tomato blight.
Black Spots on Tomato Plant Leaves
This is a page about black spots on tomato plant leaves. Several plant diseases can cause spots on your tomato plant's leaves. Determining the cause can help you begin treatment.
Accidentally Sprayed Vinegar on Flowers and Plants
I accidentally sprayed my potted and planted flowers and plants with a vinegar water and Dawn soap spray. I thought it was only water and Dawn, but it wasn't. I had previously made the other for weeds. Will they all die even the big hearty plants in my beds? And rose bushes? I'm sick.
Curling Tomato Leaves
This is a page about curling tomato leaves. There are several reason the leaves on your tomato plants may be curling.
Phlox Leaves Turning Yellow
This is a page about phlox leaves turning yellow. Determining what is causing the leaves on your phlox to turn yellow is the first step to helping your plant.
Hibiscus Leaves Turning Yellow
This is a page about hibiscus leaves turning yellow. Yellowing leaves on a plant can indicate a number of issues. Identifying the cause will allow you to treat your plant.
Getting to Know Your Garden Pollinators
This is a page about getting to know your garden pollinators. Bees and other insects help cross pollinate plants in the garden to produce fertile seeds.
This is a page about winterizing evergreens. Some varieties of evergreen bushes and trees may need extra mulch or maybe a burlap blanket to get through the severe cold.
Powdery White Substance Causes Grapes to Shrivel
I have some Zinfandel vines. Some of the still green clusters have a light colored powder. What is it? What do I do to safely eliminate it?
Tomato Plants Leaves Turning Yellow
This is a page about tomato plants leaves turning yellow. The leaves turning yellow on your tomato plants is not a good sign. Determining the cause can be confusing.
Plants Leaves Turning Yellow
This is a page about plants leaves turning yellow. The leaves on flowering plants, vegetables, or other plants can begin to turn yellow. Determining the cause is the first step in returning your plants to good health.
Leaves on Potted Plants Turning Yellow
This page is about leaves on potted plants turning yellow. Too much water can often be the cause of house plant leaves losing their color.
Treating Fungal Disease on Houseplants
This is a page about treating fungal disease on houseplants. Fungal disease is a common houseplant ailment.
Weed Killer That Won't Kill Ice Plants
This page is about weed killer that won't kill ice plant. Reducing weeds while maintaining the plants you want to thrive can be a challenge.
Preventing Damage to Trees and Shrubs in...
This page is about preventing damage to trees and shrubs in winter. During the winter snow and cold, it helps to give protection to some kinds of woody plants.
Stevia Leaves Turning Brown
This is a page about stevia leaves turning brown. Growing stevia as a natural sweetener is quite popular, but sometimes the plants don't thrive.
Staking Garden Plants
This page is about staking garden plants. There are a number of plants that need help with support when newly transplanted or bearing fruit.
Tomato Leaves Curling and Drying Up
My tomato plants get small brown spots on the lower leaves, then a little hole. Then the leaves curl up and get dry. They do not get better. This started on 6-17-12.
Rose of Sharon Not Blooming
This page is about a rose of Sharon not blooming. This deciduous shrub is a beautiful addition to the home garden especially when in bloom.
Trumpet Vine Losing Leaves
This is a page about a trumpet vine losing its leaves. What to do if your trumpet vine begins to lose its leaves.
Bamboo Canes Shriveling
I have a dozen or so Bamboo plants, all are thriving except my P. Nigra. It was very pot bound when I purchased it 9 months ago, but is in a 1m tub and has grown well with many new canes. Three of the established canes have what look like white pustules at the branch tips.....
Brown Spot on the Base of Ripening Tomatoes
My tomatoes, as they ripen, acquire a black/brown area at the base. What is this? and how can I prevent it?
Suspected Garden Fungus or Mildew Problem
I have gardened at this location for the past 40 years with no problems. Last summer (2010), almost every vegetable and flower got a heavy white coating and many died prior to frost. I discarded all of them that I could in the city garbage.
Treating Fungus on Tomato Plants
There is fungus on the vines and tomatoes. Can I use Blue Shield on these plants?
My spuds have a bad case of scab. I don't think they're going to keep at all. Will it affect next year's crop as they're grown in a raised bed?
White Fungus on Pitisporum Tobira...
This summer one of my Pitisporum tobira plants began to show signs of drying. Then another one nearby started drying out so I decided to transplant it thinking there might be something wrong with the soil they were in.
Natural Remedy for Black Spots on Tomatoes
What can I do about black spots on tomatoes with out using chemicals?
Cucumbers Turning Brown on the Vine
Why are my new cucumbers that are setting on turning brown and dying on the vine before growing?
Grape Vine Leaves Turning Yellow
I planted a grape vine, for decoration. Many neighbors have done the same, but mine seems to have stopped growing and the bottom leaves have turned yellow. The other vines nearby are much older than mine so I do not know what they looked like when they were planted.
Remedy for Leaf Curl
Is leaf curl a bug? How do I get rid of it? Can I use a natural remedy?
Burning Bush Leaves Turning Yellow
I planted a row of burning bushes last fall. They were just twigs. This spring they leafed out fine, but now they are turning yellow and look like they are dying. We had a lot of rain this spring and I did mulch them. Do they need some mineral?
Tomato Plant Leaves Are Curling and Have Brown Spots
I just planted some tomato plants into a large pot, it's been about 5 days now. After I transplanted them I watered them with a little Miracle Gro and plain water. But some of my leaves are getting brown spots on them and around the edges they are browning and curling. What can I do ?
Remedy for Plants with Rust Fungus
How do you get rust to stop growing on hollyhock plants and other plants that get the rust really badly?
Azalea Leaves Are Yellowing and Have Black Spots
Two of my azaleas have yellowing leaves and black spots. I'm fairly sure the yellowing has something to do with iron induced chlorosis, but the black spots are throwing me. Is it all one type of disease or are there two different things going on? What are the possibilities?
Leaves on Variegated Ivy Turning Brown After Moving It Inside
I just moved a beautiful variegated ivy inside due to the cold weather. I watered it good when I brought in and now a bunch of the leaves have turned yellow. Is this terminal or just due to temperature change?
What Causes Yellow Leaves On Squash Plants?
My zucchini and summer squash both have brown and yellow leaves. Is this because I water too much or is it getting too much full sun?
Why are the Leaves on my Rhododendron Curled?
I was given a PJM Elite Rhodie that was going to be tossed away. It had leaves that were curled up. I transplanted it into my yard and leaves are still curled after about 4 days.
What Are the Brown Bumps on My Tiger Lily Stem?
I have a tiger lily in a pot. All up and down the stem there are brown, hard, round "things". They are stuck where the leaves come out of the stalk. Are they part of the plant or do I need to take them off?
Brown Spots on Tomato Leaves
I am trying to find an organic remedy for tomato plants with yellowing lower leaves and brown spots on them. They are growing beautifully and producing well, but I noticed yesterday the yellowing leaves. Please help. If it is blight, can I stop it now?
Red Currant Plant Died Back When Moved Outdoors
My red current plant was doing well indoors. When I moved it out during the recent good weather the plant died out. What can I do to revive it?
Sunburned Leaves on Avocado Tree
I grew a plant from an avocado pit and it's done really well. It is 2 feet tall with about 15 leaves. However, I recently went through a move and it was accidentally left outside in the AZ Sun (it has been an indoor plant) for a couple of days.
Caring for Day Lilies
My day lilies started to bloom fine early in April, then when it started to get hot the stems started turning yellow and dying back. It also stopped blooming. I water it in well a couple times a week and it gets lots of evening sun. I don't know what to do.
Why is My Potted Palm Turning Yellow?
My palm is turning yellow. It is planted in a large pot out doors.
Maples Have a Fungus and Leaves are Dropping
My maples have pointy stalagmite type fungus and a ton of leaves are dropping as though they were cut at the stem. It looks like October there are so many leaves. What is going on?
Queen Palms Damaged by Freeze
I have several Queen palms in my yard that appear to be dead from the freeze. One of six is showing signs of life. How do I know when to give it up?
Can Overwatering a Tomato Cause Leaf Curl?
My Big Boy hybrid tomato was doing wonderfully. I may have over watered it recently. I only have one tomato plant, so I have nothing to compare it to. Could over-watering be the cause of the leaf curl that I am currently seeing?
Bamboo Plant with Frost Damage
I have outdoor bamboo trees. This winter has been harsh, the leaves are all brown, but have not dropped from the trees. The stalks are green/yellow in color. Have they died or will they come good?
Lilac Bush May Have Been Sprayed With Weed Killer
How can I tell if weed killer has been sprayed on my Lilac bush that is dying? The grass around it is also dying.
Overwintered Palm's Fronds Turn Yellow
We have a palm bush (not palmetto) that we have had for several years. We keep it indoors during the winter and set it outdoors during the late spring, summer, and early fall.
Lucky Bamboo Leaves Are Turning Yellow
I have a Bamboo plant with a yellow leaf. I've had the plant for 2 years and originally it had 3 stalks. I keep it in my bathroom where the light is on only when someone is in the room. The window is shaded by a carport/breezeway, so it gets very little light.
Tomato Stem is Bumpy
Can anyone tell me if this is normal or not? I was given the Topsy Turvy for mothers day. It is now Sept. 1st and I am starting to see a little tomato growing. The stem is having some issues though. It is brown, bumpy and some spots have tiny holes.
Black Spots on Tomatoes
Can anyone tell me why my tomatoes are showing black spots and bottom rot? Is there a fungus in my soil? Is there too much moisture? Should I have my soil tested?
Ficus Loosing Leaves
Can someone please tell me why all my ficus plants are dropping all their leaves and drying up?
Treating Iron Chlorosis
My Autumn Blaze maple leaves are light green with dark veins. I understand this is iron chlorosis and needs chelated iron or sulfur. Can't find chelated iron, but used a regular iron fertilizer (has some sulfur). Any further info would be appreciated.
Growing a Japanese Stewartia
I planted a 6 foot Japanese Stewartia in Spring 09. I live in the Midwest, our soil is clay. Tree has a lot of buds, but there not opening? It is starting to loose some of its leaves. I did use high organic matter when I planted it. I am afraid to over water the tree.
Lupin Leaves Yellow
Why are my Lupin leaves yellow?
Powdery White Substance Causes Grapes to Shrivel
My trellis is covered in unripe green grapes. It looked as if we were going to have a bumper crop. One morning I saw that most of the grapes were covered in a powdery white substance. Over the next few weeks the grapes shriveled up.
White Stuff on Arrowhead Plant Leaves
I have this huge Arrowhead plant. It's growing beautifully and very full. However I've been noticing this white stuff around the edges of a lot of the leaves. It stays right around the edges of the leaves.
White Spots on Boxwood Plants
We have a lot of boxwood plants that were doing beautifully but now the leaves have all kinds of white spots on them and also the leaves are curling and with little holes. I am afraid they have mold and also some disease or bug problems. Any ideas? How can i get rid of it? Thanks.
Peonies Not Flowering
I transplanted some peonies 3 years ago. They come up and have a couple tiny buds, but then do not flower. Does anyone know why this would happen? Thank you.
Photina Hedges Losing Leaves
I have a row of red tip Photina hedges that are losing their leaves rather rapidly. Most years they stay evergreen with the red tips and may occasionally shed a few leaves. I just noticed they are almost bare now and beginning to look rather dead. What could be the problem?
Geranium Leaves Turning Yellow
I am having trouble with my Geraniums. What am I doing wrong? About mid season the leaves start looking wilted and turn yellow. Am I not watering enough or too much?
Rope Hoya Losing Leaves
I have a Rope Hoya that is pot bound and receives bright light. Since winter started, the leaves on several of the branches/ropes have been shriveling. Some are falling off closest to the soil. I've had this plant for 2 years. This is the first time I've had a problem. Does anyone know what is going on with this plant? What should I do? Thank you.
Spots on a Banana Plant
I have a banana plant with spots on it. What would you recommend?
Mammoth Sunflower Leaves Turning Yellow
I have planted mammoth sunflowers in a large pot and I'm having a problem with the lower leaves first turning yellow, then brown before finally dieing off. Am I over watering or what?
Small Tomato Plants
Why are some of my tomato plants growing beautifully and others look like runts? They all get the same amount of sun, but are in different areas. The ones that look great I practically ignore.
Sunflowers with Yellow Leaves
Why are the leaves on my sunflowers turning yellow and then brown? The leaves are doing this on my geraniums as well.
Curling Leaves On Stevia Plant
My Stevia plant has leaves that are curling, why? What should I do?
Kent Mango Leaves Are Browning
I have a Kent mango and the leaves are browning. Does anyone know what is causing this? Please see photos.
Small Leaves on a Crepe Myrtle
How come one of my crepe myrtles has smaller light green leaves than the rest, who have bigger and dark green leaves?
Gold Nugget Loquat With Yellow Leaves
I have planted a new Gold Nugget Loquat tree (came in a 15 Gallon pot, about 5.5 ft tall), and after a month, leaves have randomly started turning yellow. I am not sure if this is due to excessive water or something else.
When To Treat Rose Leaf Fungus
My roses have fungus on leaves. Should I trim them and treat them now or wait until spring. I am a real novice with plants.
Pumpkins Turning Orange Early
My pumpkins have already turned orange. Will they last if I leave them on the vine until Halloween, or will they rot before then? I don't want to pick them yet, as the whole reason I planted them was for Halloween.
Removing Pumpkin Mildew
There is white powdery stuff on my pumpkins. I'm assuming it's powdery mildew. The leaves are already turning brown, and I'm worried that I will loose my pumpkins before Halloween. Does powdery mildew affect the pumpkins themselves, and if so how can I save them from going bad? Please help! Thanks.
Leaves Turning Brown on a Nyctanthes Arbor-Tristis
I have planted a rare plant two weeks ago. New leaves started coming, but suddenly from last 3 days leaves started shrinking and leaves are slowly turning brown. I would like to know the reason and remedy for the plant.
Tomatoes With Shriveled Skin
What causes the skin on our tomatoes to look shriveled and the stems looks as if it is going to break on each tomato?
My Day Lilies Have Brown and Yellow Leaves
My daylilies say to keep the soil moist, but the leaves are turning yellow
Struggling Bamboo Plant
I have indoor bamboo, it is in a porcelain pot, with small rocks. As I said I have in indoors on a mantle that really does not get any sunlight, it is close to a window but does not get any sun. The leaves were light green.
I have a couple of hanging baskets, they have pretty petunias. They have been in shade lately (whoopsie) and now they are very tall and sparse. (I assume from trying to get sun?) I have put them back out in a sunnier location, but how do I get them to fill out?
Sunblock on Plants
My child sprayed my petunias and mums with sunblock, what should I do?
Stressed Weeping Willow
I have a large weeping willow on a sloping area in the back yard. It has a number of dead branches and not a lot of new foliage. It looks stressed. Aside from pruning is there anything I can do?
Organic Solutions for Powdery Mildew
If you garden long enough, sooner or later you'll find yourself dealing with powdery mildew problems. This common fungal disease can affect virtually all types of plants. Here are some ways to tackle the problem organically.
Powdery Mold or Mildew on Garden Crops
I's that time of year again, the garden and the garden pests are back with a vengeance! This is what white mold looks like. It destroys cucurbit crops such as pumpkins, cucumbers, and peas. To date we have tried everything to rid ourselves of this.
Preventing Animals from Damaging Plants...
Hungry animals can make a meal out of your trees and plants during the winter months pretty quickly. Sometimes the damage is obvious-plants are fine one day, only to appear damaged or even disappear completely the next.
Saving a Root Bound Plant
I often shop the discount plants at nurseries and big box stores. I have gotten many bargain plants that have thrived in my garden despite their shaky start. When buying plants such as these, as well as the full price stock, you are likely to take home one that is root bound.
Cleaning Planters After Tomato Blight
I had terrible tomato blight and pepper white flies this past season. I grow in containers. I threw away all the soil from all the pots at the end of the season. Do I need to sterilize the pot in any way before I add new soil next season?
Ivy Dies Back in August
I have two identical ivy plants on opposite sides of my yard. They both receive several hours of afternoon sunshine. Every August the one ivy shrivels up and dies practically overnight and the other one is healthy all summer. The dying one looked as healthy as the other one up till a week ago. Can anyone tell me why this might be happening?
White Stuff on Hydrangea Leaves
My hydrangea is getting white stuff on the leaves. What is this and how do I get rid of it?
Leaves on Crown of Thorns Plant Turning Yellow
I have a large crown of thorns. It's about 3 years old and in a large pot. I know from reading that I've over watered it. The leaves are turning yellow. Is there anything I can do to save it?
Sensation Lilac Has No Leaves and the Blooms Are Distorted
My Sensation lilac growing next to another did not leaf out. It has distorted blooms on it, but no leaves. The bush right next to it has healthy leaves and is beginning to blossom. What should I do?
Leaves on Avocado Plant Turning Brown and Spotting
It took almost a year to sprout. After 6 months it was doing great, but now it's leaves are turning brown, spotting, and there are brown lesions on the stem. Please help.
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