How To Grow and Care For Purple Waffle Plant

leaves of the Purple waffle plant (hemigraphis alternata)

Hemigraphis alternata, also called Strobilanthes alternata, is an herbaceous perennial member of the Acanthaceae family.  The plant originally hails from the Maluku Islands, Malaysia, Java, and India. The plant’s genus

How To Grow And Care For Lemon Grass Plants

lemon grass plants growing in landscape

Lemon grass plants, Citronella Grass, fever grass or Cymbopogon citratus grows largely in clumps. But, what is lemon grass? Is lemongrass a perennial? Yes, it is a perennial-type grass. What does

Monstera Obliqua Growing and Care

Vining Monstera Obliqua

The Monstera plant has become wildly popular due to its fenestrated leaves. However, only those originating from Peru, Panama, Suriname, and Bolivia have these fenestrations. There are lots of misconceptions

Can You Use Neem Oil For Whitefly Control

whiteflies on leaf

Growing plants indoors can lead to infestations, but not nearly on the level of your outdoor plants. One of the most frustrating infestations for gardeners is whiteflies. These tiny scourges

Tomato Mosaic Virus Symptoms And Cause

tomato mosaic virus graphic

Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV) is a fast spreading plant virus. It quickly devastates a wide variety of crops, most especially tomatoes. Click on this article to learn more on Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV) and its control.

How Do I Treat Whitefly On Gardenia Plants?

Controlling white on gardenia plants

Most treatments for whiteflies on gardenia plants recommend insecticides and insecticidal soaps, but there are some other options to consider. Click this article for info on controlling whitefly on Gardenia.

What Bugs Does Neem Oil Kill?

Neem oil kill many types of garden bugs

If you grow plants you’ve heard people raving about the benefits of using neem oil. It’s used as a pesticide and for general plant care, such as neem cake fertilizing

Pentas Plant: How To Care For Pentas Flower

Wooden barrel planted with Pentas plants | PlantCareToday

The Pentas plant is a proven winner in the garden. Pentas give homeowners a blast of color. Their flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Pentas lanceolata, more commonly known as Pentas.

How To Make Garlic Spray For Plant Pests

Thumb presses on fresh garlic dispenser

Can you use a garlic spray for pests? A popular part of folklore, it was believed the pungent smell of garlic confused the noses of vampires, lycanthropes, and other creatures

Croton Petra Care: Growing Petra Croton Plants

Colorful leaves of Croton Petra

Croton petra [KROH-tun, pet-RAH] is a broadleaved evergreen perennial from the family Euphorbiaceae. Petra has attractive and interesting leaves. It is one of several croton plant varieties available on the

Why Are My Mandevilla Leaves Turning Yellow?

Pink blooms of the Mandevilla

Abnormal yellowing of leaves (chlorosis) is a problem common to all sorts of plants, including the Mandevilla plant. When leaves turn yellow, they are lacking in pigment (chlorophyll). There are several

Shasta Daisy Care: How To Grow Shasta Daisies

White flowers of the Shasta Daisy

Currently one of the most popular types of daisy, Leucanthemum maximum (lew-KANTH-ih-mum MAKS-ih-mum) is a showy member of the Asteraceae family.  It is best known by the common names Shasta

Scale On Succulents

plant scale up close on succulent cactus

Scale insects are among the few pests succulents occasionally encounter.  When these tiny insects appear, the plant may become damaged and more susceptible to diseases. Succulents are typically hardy plants,

African Daisy: How To Grow And Care For Osteospermum

African Daisy flower

The African daisy, with lovely daisy-like flowers, originates from South Africa. Also known as the Cape Daisy or Blue-eyed Daisy (Osteospermum fruticosum) are members of the (Aster plant) Asteraceae family. Quick African Daisy

How To Care For Nigella Flower

flowering nigella plant

Nigella damascena [ny-JELL-luh] [dam-ASK-ee-nuh] is an annual flower in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family.  It’s native to Europe, southwest Asia, and northern Africa.  The plant often grows in damp areas and

Caring For Viburnum Dentatum

Berries on the branches viburnum dentatum

Viburnum Dentatum (vy-BURN-num, den-TAY-tum) is a perennial flowering shrub from the Adoxaceae or the moschatel family.  It belongs to the genus Viburnum, which was previously considered a part of the

Learn How To Grow Salvia Leucophylla

purple blooming Salvia leucophylla

Purple Sage, botanically called Salvia Leucophylla (SAL-vee-uh, loo-koh-FIL-uh), is a perennial evergreen shrub and part of the Salvia plant genus.  It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and

How To Apply Neem Oil To Soil As A Drench

man using neem oil as a soil drench

Neem oil, when used as a soil drench, is an extremely useful “natural insecticide” coming from the nuts of the Neem tree.  The oil has many active ingredients. The most