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Gardening Tip of The Month

Hoya, pothos, ferns, and other tropicals plants grown in hanging baskets are a wonderful way to have houseplants if you don’t have floor space!

March 2014
 
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from @ carol weaver
What type of fertilizer do you use for your lucky bamboo? I used regular miracle grow and it turned the roots black!,
from @ Bonnie
How do you care for Dracaena Anita plant? I just received it and can it be outside?
from @ Joan
I have a small palm in a dulce pot and I think I need to transplant it as I have three new leaves and seems to have outgrown the quart pot but I don't know how to get it out of the pot without breaking the pot. It looks like it is stuck in.
from @ Jean Gaby
I have a question. How do I care for a Curcuma plant recently given to me. Some of the leaves are yellowing and the flower heads do not fully mature before turning dark at the base of the opening flower. It has a variated leaf and a dark pink color blossom flower.
from @ Jean Gaby
I have a question. How do I care for a Curcuma plant recently given to me. Some of the leaves are yellowing and the flower heads do not fully mature before turning dark at the base of the opening flower. It has a variated leaf and a dark pink color blossom flower.
from @ sharon sorensen
i would like to find the true name for what i know as confederate rose[shrub tree].
from @ nancy
tengo una planta llamada cycad y quiciera saber como son los cuidados para ese tipo de planta
from @ kathleen
when is the best time of year to get your outdoor plants ready for the winter? Should you trim in the fall or the spring?
from @ yolyperez09@gmail.com
Me gustaría q. M dijeran q.plantas puedo poner en mi jardín frente de mi casa pues todo el día le da sol y todo c. M. Seca y m. Encantan las flores q. M. Sugieren gracias
from @ cherylmorris62@gmail.com
what do I do with a Hibiscus that got touched with FROST There is very little damage to the foliage bud no indication of buds Should I cut it back or just give it time. The frost hit the area approx 2 weeks ago
from @ bejohnson6546@yahoo.com
Aloha Lily, don't know enough about this type, it seems as it came from your farm Please give some more details, regarding same
from @ bejohnson6546@yahoo.com
Regarding Orchids (Moth Orchid) they always die on me . Although I place them on My back porch, which is hot enough in the summer time. In the cold season, I place Them in my family room .what should I do
from @ John E. Sullivan
I ordered a Mass Cane. its either painted or has wax on both ends. what do I do with it?
from @ Hilly slater
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from @ Hilly slater
No tip
from @ mallym@rogers.com
What is the best type of soil to re-pot a yucca plant shoot? Thank you.
from @ Lola
To know how to water your Lucky Bamboo better; fill it with fresh water until you can see a little water but some pebbles are higher than the water level. Also if you need to re pot your Lucky Bamboo, check the internet or ask the store you bought Lucky Bamboo from. Or e-mail costa farms but not by commenting. I don't think they would answer your comment. They are for tips only.
from @ JENNIFER ETTIENNE
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT KIND OF FERTILIZER TO USE ON SAGO PLANTS /HOW MANY TIMES PER YEAR MY EMAIL ISjenniferettienne @ yahoo.com THANKS
from @ JENNIFER ETTIENNE
JENNIFER EMAIL IS jenniferettienne@yahoo.com
from @ alfie
i have a Asian accents bonsai 02 for you, grown by costa farms, juniper planter 3.69qt and 3.5LT. my question is how do I take care of it, how often do I water it, and when should I repot it, how can you tell if its dry, and does it need 6 to 8 hours of sun light? thanks alfie
from @ alfie
i have a Asian accents bonsai 02 for you, grown by costa farms, juniper planter 3.69qt and 3.5LT. my question is how do I take care of it, how often do I water it, and when should I repot it, how can you tell if its dry, and does it need 6 to 8 hours of sun light? thanks alfie
 
Lucky Bamboo
January 2013

Lucky Bamboo is a false bamboo. It is part of the family of dracaenas or cordylines. This plant can be planted in water as well as soil. Lucky Bamboo can be trained to make different shapes or even sculptures. If your lucky bamboo is in an arrangement held together by twist ties, these should not be removed since they provide stability to the plant.

Lucky Bamboo usually comes in a container filled with pebbles or marbles. Add water until the pebble/marble base is fully covered. Check your bamboo’s water level frequently at first! Arrangements with several stems will need water at least twice a week, maybe more, especially during summer. If the chlorine content in your water is very high, please use filtered or bottled water. If you keep lucky bamboo in a vase, don’t fill it to the top as you do with flowers. Lucky bamboo grows roots wherever water contacts it so a higher water level will sprout roots further up the stem than is attractive.

Lucky bamboo is tough and resilient. It needs very little light and is content with the artificial lighting in your home. Insufficient light, however, will fade the leaves to a light green. If this happens, just try another location with a little bit more light. As tough as lucky bamboo is, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme heat. It should not be exposed to temperatures below 50–60°F. You may use a fertilizer for aquarium plants. You may find this at your local pet store. Another option is to use a liquid green fertilizer (Scotts Miracle-Gro has one) use it at a 1/10 of the strength indicated.

 
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from @ Bablybrook@aol.com
I have a sago palm.the bottom leaves are all turning all white. I don't know what I am doing wrong. How do I fix this.
from @ Joyce
This isn't a tip, but a question - I have seen a watering bulb put into a potted plant. Does it work for all plants? How well do they work? Thanks for any tips you can give me.
from @ Darrell
My Norfolk Island Pines branches are getting limp what can I do to bring them back
from @ theresa
My plant appears to be a sago palm and the leaves has turned brown and they are dry. I am afraid that I might have overwatered it. could it possibly be dead or dying
from @ Test
Test tips
from @ foo faa
Everyone likes big tips
from @ Dennis Schnabel
My lucky bamboo has brown leaves on one shout. I hope you con help.
from @ Josie
I jsut purchased a mini cacti & succulent, but it did not have any dirctions as to watering, or sunlight. Canyou please give me some advise. It is growing a long stem with tiny pink/purple buds that look like they are dying.
from @ Laura
I try to befriend someone with some overgrown plants and bulbs too , when I get too many of a certain varity.
from @ Laura Lacy
I use tooth picks to see if a plant any plant has enough water, if it has enough the toothpick will be dark ib color if dry iwill be light.
from @ Dreamama77@yahoo.com
I use tooth picks to see if a plant any plant has enough water, if it has enough the toothpick will be dark ib color if dry iwill be light.
from @ Dreamama77@yahoo.com
I use tooth picks to see if a plant any plant has enough water, if it has enough the toothpick will be dark ib color if dry iwill be light.
from @ Dreamama77@yahoo.com
I sometimes Shipping popcorn for the bottom of my pots along with pebbles not too heavy that way.
from @ Martha
Grow a pet TickleMe Plant from seeds and watch how the leaves fold and the branches droop when you Tickle It! http://www.ticklemeplant.com
from @ Kimberly
I have a very small lucky bamboo plant in a container with a gel-like substance. At what size should I transplant into a larger container? Should I use the gel (if so, where do I buy it? Would stones or soil be better? This is the first plant like this I have owned, need advice. Thank you
from @ Kimberly
I have a poinsettia that has been growing very well since last Christmas. Will it flower again this year?
from @ Marge Richeson
I rec'd my first Christmas Cactus this past Christmas. I have it on a shaded porch,, no sun at all but we have had such extreme heat and humidity here in PA. Would it be safe to bring it back inside of an air-conditioned apt? Is it better to leave it insode instead of outside through the Summer and Fall. Thanks so much for an answer.
from @ libby west
I purchased a cacti that has large leaves and I don't know what to do. It says in high sun, but I want to know if outside in full sun or inside by a window. It read not to let it get below 50 degrees. I purchased it at Fresh Market.
from @ robert_rap1@yahoo.com
what happens when you cut a lucky bamboo in half to try to grow another?
from @ Bill
To bad the answers aren't posted here as well. It would cut down on the amount of questions you receive by giving us all the answers...
from @ TUESDAY
WHEN SHOULD I TRIM MY LUCKY BAMBOO PLANT?
from @ ines
Palm in dulce pot
from @ minty johnson
i have a Warneckii plant and it only seen to be dying from reading up on it , it not so pose to be sitting in water byt be moust the leaves are dark and the tips are brown HELP
from @ minty johnson
can you send the answer to mistyj2510@verizon.net please
from @ stella howatson
Question? When do you replant the Lucky Bamboo ? Do you just use stones or marbles when putting it in a new planter?
from @ sheila day
If I bought mine and they were not tied together what should I do? Do I tie them together with something? What?
from @ averil
my lucky bamboo is just a straight stalk, how can I make it twisty. Will it just do it naturally?
from @ Maureen South Florida
It is actually a ?? I have a large Cactus on my balcony --approx 6'tall -3'wide looks like a family tree--can't seem to identify it name. Approx 4yrs old..just discovered it has on some of its stems brownish beige dry patchs --also around the three stems at the base. Any ideas I normally don't over water --however we have had a cold smell and could this be wind burn? Help Thanks..
from @ Maureen South Florida
It is actually a ?? I have a large Cactus on my balcony --approx 6'tall -3'wide looks like a family tree--can't seem to identify it name. Approx 4yrs old..just discovered it has on some of its stems brownish beige dry patchs --also around the three stems at the base. Any ideas I normally don't over water --however we have had a cold smell and could this be wind burn? Help Thanks..
from @ minty johnson
why is my warneckii leaves are getting drown and black at the tips
from @ mary radloff
do you need to repot this plant in potting soil?
from @ Pat
Does anyone have a tip on repotting a lucky bamboo
from @ Louise
I have a question do you sell grated tomato plants? If so I would like to purchase some. If not where can I find them?
from @ barbara jordan
tip on it NORFOLK island pine CARE for it so it would not die .email bjyayates63@g.mail.com
from @ Char
I bought an air purifier plant which has pink under part of the leaves. It is from your company but has no name. The bottom leaves are dying off. What's my problem?
from @ glendastrudwick3@hotmail.com
I buty this flower dracaena in the spring. Dos it get flowers on it .it is about 25ft from the top of pot
from @ glendastrudwick3@hotmail.com
will this pant grows tailer and grower flowers on it
Poinsettia Care
December 2012

Poinsettias are tropical plants, originating in Mexico. These plants have tiny yellow blooms, surrounded by several colorful leaves or bracts (or modified leaf.) The traditional color is red; however, one can find them in an assortment of colors, ranging from deep red to white. The size and shape of the leaves can also vary. The most common leaf is the long pointed leaf, but as of late, one can find poinsettias with short, frilly leaves as well.

In selecting a healthy poinsettia, choose one that has abundant leaves and does not have long leggy stems. Poinsettias are somewhat fragile. The branches tend to break if bumped or mishandled. So getting to the store when a fresh shipment comes in is always the ideal time to get the pick of the litter.

Because poinsettias are tropical plants, make sure they are not exposed to temperatures below 60° Fahrenheit. The delicate leaves and branches will become damaged if the temperatures go below. At home, make sure the plant is in a warm, bright location (direct sunlight is not recommended). Avoid any drafts that can affect the plant, such as a cold blast of air that comes in the home when the front door is opened. Poinsettias enjoy temperatures between 60-70°F.

These plants do not like to be overwatered. Too much water can cause root rot. Wait until the top of the soil feels dry, then water the plant thoroughly. Let the plant sit in the excess water that drips out of the pot for about 45 minutes, then discard whatever water remains in the saucer or foil sleeve.

Finally, as with all plants, make sure that your poinsettia is out of the reach of children and pets. Houseplants are not edible.

 
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from @ Barbara
When would bve a good time to plant a Norfolk Island Pine Deco? Where should it be planted in El Paso,Tx.
from @ Mary
I have a Yucca Cane plant the leaves are turning yellow, The dirt is only moist,not wet. What can I do to save it
from @ Rajand Parsad
Question, Recently I purchased an evergreen house plant/ Christmas tree, from Costco, and it is recommended to use 20/20/20 fetrilizer. I have visited several stores and no one seems to have any in stock. Please let me know if we can buy it directly from you. Thanks.
Norfolk Island Pine
November 2012
Norfolk Island pine grow best indoors, in a sunny location, and prefer to be near an east or west window, preferably within two feet of the window so the light can land on the plant, but away from direct heat. Avoid direct intense sunlight. Indoors, they flourish in 50 percent humidity, so consider running a humidifier or sit them in a tray of pebbles, watering the pebbles during winter months. Also, keep the soil moist, but don’t let it dry out or stand in water. Use a liquid green fertilizer for your plant, making sure you follow the product label instructions. There are no real insect problems indoors, but it never hurts to wash the leaves down with a soapy water mixture, which you can make from 1 gallon of water, mixed with 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Norfolk Island pine should not be planted in the landscape in zones 10 or lower. As a houseplant, the Norfolk Island pine naturally filters the air from indoor toxins and provides much needed moisture during the dry winter months.
 
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from @ HENRY OUTLAW
HOW TO PRUNE A DESERT ROSE ?
from @ HENRY OUTLAW
HOW DO YOU PRUNE A DESERT ROSE
from @ connie haley
my mom has this plant it is 5ft tall now and the gurth is arounf 3 ft wide id like to sell it as it is taking over the dining room were in elsinore ut
Overwintering Tropicals
October 2012
Blooming tropicals give such a lush look to our patios, decks and gardens during the warm summer months. When the temperatures drop, these plants should be brought inside the home. Because these plants are tropical, they do not go dormant so putting them in a basement or garage like you would do for bulbs or other plants is not the correct course of action. Since tropical plants are cold sensitive, should not be planted in the ground in areas where it gets colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you can’t resist the tropical beauty the plants add to your home, plant them in containers so they can be moved indoors when the weather dips below 50 degrees. You should keep your tropicals in a heated area until conditions allow the plant to be moved outdoors again. Hibiscus in particular, do not flower and can end up with yellow leaves over the winter. This is just the hibiscus telling you it does not like the winter and you should continue to care for the hibiscus normally. Once outdoor conditions improve and you may move your tropicals outside.
 
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from @ connie3catlady67@gmail.com
no tip, just a question? I bought a Pachia money tree actually 2 of them, 1 is growing great the other loosing leaves, same room no drafts no heat from vents but still loosing leaves i don't know why, can u help me.
Perennials
September 2012

When creating our gardens, most of us want plants that are low maintenance, colorful, and will come back year after year. Who doesn’t want a garden that bursts into color and drama without it being a huge amount of work? Well, perennials are just that, they are ornamental plants that come back year after year. During the cold months of the year, perennials will die back and go dormant, only to come back vigorously the next growing season. Some come back 2 years in a row while others come back for several years. There are over a thousand perennials that can compose your plant palette. Perennials usually bloom for about 4 to 12 weeks. Some bloom in the spring others in the summer and yet others in the fall. How’s that for seasonal interest?

Combining perennials with different bloom windows can create a garden that will have something different blooming during varying times of the year. Common bloom sequences include:

• Dianthus, foxglove, coreopsis

• Salvia, veronica, hosta, daylily

• Bee balm, garden phlox, coneflower, black-eyed Susan

• Aster, Montauk daisy, ornamental grass

Classic perennials include: Daylilies, Lilies, Groundcovers, Ornamental Grass and Hostas. Some perennials are more drought tolerant, pest & disease resistance than others, for example: Yarrow, sedum, daylily, aster, and coreopsis. Some are more dramatic such as Calla lilies, delphiniums and iris and can serve as a focal point in the garden.

When creating a garden using perennials, remember to select plants that have like needs for water, light and temperature. Select plants that will complement each other, grouping them in mass so the show of color and texture is seen from a distance. Always keep blooming times of individual varieties in mind when choreographing the bloom sequence of the entire garden for the year. Extra planning in this respect will go a long way when it comes to the ultimate enjoyment of your garden year-round.

 
Shared Tips (6)
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Ladies & Gentleman, If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail our customer service liaison directly at information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
from @ Phyllis J. Love
Please give more info. on miniature cactus. I don't have a smart phone! Thank You
from @ Phyllis J. Love
Please give more info. on miniature cactus. I don't have a smart phone! Thank You
from @ Phyllis J. Love
Please give more info. on miniature cactus. I don't have a smart phone! Thank You
from @ bettykiernan
question - Can "Song of India" be cut back as it seems to be losing leaves?
from @ Joan nadon
Havemarginata Please explain proper watering and feeding
Container Gardening
August 2012

For those of us who love instant gratification, container gardening is definitely for us! Container gardens will add that special look to any space with minimum of work.

First, figure out where you will be placing the container. Once you have figured out the location, select the container.  The container should echo the look and style of your area, modern sleek or shabby chic, there is a container out there for your project.  Aside from shopping in the conventional stores, don’t overlook second hand stores and yard sales. Always make sure the container has proper drainage.

Secondly, select the plant grouping for your container. Keep in mind the location of the container, shade or sun; this will help narrow down the plants that you have as an option.  Next, think about watering, succulents and cacti require minimal water, where tropical plants such as ferns and hibiscus require more consistent watering.   How large is your container?  If you have a large container you may entertain the idea of using palms, hibiscus standards, or any other tall plant as a focus point.  If your container is a small bowl, you should consider a grouping of succulents or small house plants.

When designing your container you may select a tall plant for the back or center of the container, a bushy medium size plant for the middle and then a trailing plant for the sides of the container.  Of course, you may select any combination; the design is up to you! 

Finally, place the container in the area it will be located.  Moving a full container can be very hard work.  Place pebbles on the bottom of the container to promote drainage.  Place some potting soil in the container, enough to hold the plants in place.  Remember not to bury the plant too deep. Soil should never cover the existing trunk.  Arrange your plants in the desired design and fill in with the soil.  Water thoroughly and enjoy!

Below you will see three containers created for the summer months. Browse through our library or go to your local home improvement store to select the plants for your next project.  If you have any questions regarding creating your own container, please email us at information@costafarms.com.

 
Shared Tips (4)
from @ Red
I have three 'Tropic Escape' hibiscus. If planted in St.Pete. Fl. can I expect them to over-winter well? I put them in my garden.
from @ Teribloom1@gmail.com
I have a Pachira Money Tree. It is starting to lose a leaf or two and I'm not sure when or how much to water it..it is in a pot that does nor drain but thar is how I bought it..
from @ dearcat
Question. I just transplanted a rather large Zygocactus. Several pieces broke off and I would like to know how to root them. Do I do it in soil or water? Please advise. Thank you. Nancy E. O'Connell (dearcat)
from @ DIANE
JUST BOUGHT A DIEFFENBACHIA HYDRID AND YUCCA CANE...WANT TO REPOT THESE IN PLASTIC POTS..HOW BIG SHOULD POTS BE IF PLANTS ARE ALREADY 2 FT HIGH.
Cacti and succulents
July 2012

Cacti and succulents are being used more and more in the design of gardens and containers gardens.  Their interesting shapes, colors and textures make them a great addition to any home or garden.

We usually think of these plants in the context of the desert, however, if one looks carefully, some of these plants resemble corals and flora from the sea.  When decorating you may take the ocean theme and combine it with a succulent dish garden. Place some glass fish in the garden and the desert garden will be transformed into an underwater theme.

Given their texture and shapes, cacti and succulents can be use to compliment any modern décor. Recently, at the Flower and Garden show at Epcot, succulents were featured in a wall built of cinder blocks! Some of the cinderblocks were placed with the holes jetting out of the wall and then these holes were used as planters.  See the picture below. This is a great design for anyone who wants a gorgeous low focal point for their garden.

Costa Farms offers a wide variety of cacti and succulents to choose from, finding the right one for your home or landscape should be easy.  From upright, tall cacti to small trailing succulents the choices are almost endless.  These plants can be used as container plants on patios, porches and inside the home; they can also be used in a water wise landscape design.  Cacti and succulents are a perfect match for rock gardens.

These plants need bright light and good drainage to flourish.  They should be watered only after the soil has dried out. As tough as these plants are, they do not do well when overwatered. Consider purchasing a moisture meter to measure the moisture in the soil. Use a fertilizer for cacti and succulents.  Follow the product label instructions. These plants, especially succulents, should not be exposed to temperatures below 50ºF for prolonged periods of time.

 
Shared Tips (5)
from @ Pam Nevle
I purchased an "Aloha Lily" no genius name and would like more info?
from @ Ron
question how much water is needed per week. indoor plant
from @ Alfred sr
I got a cacti&succulents in a pot with pebbles glued around it, can i repot this plant?
from @ Lee Case
I purchased A small braided trunk plant at Walmarks, four leafs to a stem, they called it an Asian plant.The pot was topped with small stones, I have it in the bathroom and it is growing like a weed., I think it needs repotting since some of the leaves at yellowing. It has been in my home for a year and it is till growing.
from @ Linda Conkright
I have Schefflera and it was root bound when I got it I repoted it and the leaves are falling off what do I need to do to it.Email me at conkrightll@gmail.com thank you.
Plant Talk 101
June 2012

Plants, like most living things, communicate using “body language.” Interpreting this language is the key to caring for our plants’ needs so they are healthy and vibrant. Below you will find some general topics and symptoms the plant might manifest as a result of the conditions listed. Some symptoms overlap, therefore being in tune with the care you are giving is essential. If you still have questions, please feel free to e-mail us at information@costafarms.com.

If the plant gets too much light it will show the following signs:

1. Leaves turn brown or develop grey spots.

2. Leaves that dry up and fall off.

3. Leaves wilt during midday.

4. Leaves are dull instead of their usual bright green.

If the plant does not get enough light it will show the following signs:

1. Leaves yellow and drop.

2. Leaves become pale and elongated.

If the plant is overwatered you will see:

1. Leaves that are limp and mushy

2. Yellow leaves that wilt

3. Brown leaf tips

4. Soft roots

5. Brown leaves that drop

If the plant is experiencing drought you may observe:

1. Mature leaves that drop

2. Leaf edges that turn brown

3. Lower leaves that curl and wilt

If a plant is over fertilized the plant will

1. Exhibit stunted growth

2. Leaves will wilt and might have burnt tips

If the plant does not have an adequate amount of food:

1. Leaves will pale

2. Stems will look feeble

3. Mature leaves will drop.

If temperatures are too warm you might see:

1. Spindly or elongated growth even if the plant is in good light

2. Lower leaves develop brown edges

3. Lower leaves drop

If temperatures are too cool, leaves will brown and drop.

 
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Sun Parasol® Mandevillas
May 2012

Sun Parasol® Mandevillas are tropical flowering plants that can be used in baskets or on trellises. These woody vines come in several varieties of colors and sizes. Sun Parasol® Mandevilla flowers vary from the large crimson trumpet flower to the small pinkflower. These plants are not cold hardy. Where temperatures get below 45 degrees, they can be brought. In these cases, Sun Parasol® Mandevillas are treated as houseplants during the winter months. The plants might not flower and some leaves might fall off, however, come the spring, the plant will recover. Make sure to decrease watering in the winter while the plant is overwintering and not in an active growth period.

Once the spring arrives, the plant should be moved outside. Since it will be actively growing, make sure to increase watering. Sun Parasol® Mandevialls sprout during April and May therefore a well balanced fertilizer should be applied during the growing season. Sun Parasol® Mandevillas need warmth and bright light to grow optimally. The plants start flowering in late May and keep flowering until the temperatures dip down into the 50’s. Gently, prune this plant in the fall. Hard pruning is not recommended especially in the spring. Sun Parasol® Mandevillas like rich, well draining soil, so when repotting, make sure you use a good quality soil as well as a pot with good drainage. These plants are fast growers therefore they should be given ample room to grow when they are transplanted.
 
Shared Tips (2)
from @ Gwen
I recently purchased a Marginata. I had it in the bedroom - indirect sunlight - and it turned brown :( I moved it to the living room in a much sunnier loction. It seems to be doing much better. Your thoughts?? Was it a case of too little light?
from @ belleville@tscstores.com
10" Hisbiscus Bush can you plant in the ground and wrap in Burlap
Earth Month
April 2012

April 22 is Earth Day! In celebration of this day how about preparing a gorgeous butterfly garden for the summer and early fall months? Butterfly gardens are easy to install, easy to maintain and ever so beautiful to admire. Select a patch in your yard that has full sun (at least 6 hours of sun a day.) Design your garden by selecting an array of butterfly plants in vivid colors. Many plants that attract these gorgeous insects are drought tolerant and once established you will not have to worry about them. Remember to take into consideration the height and width of the mature plant. Place the tall plants in the center or back of the design and then tier the rest of the plants. If you would like an easy design, select lantanas for the center and back, and then use salvia in the second tier. Use pentas in a deep crimson color at the edge of the bed. This will be a veritable feast for butterflies and other beneficial insects.

Creating an urban habitat is crucial to many insects and small animals that have been evicted due to overbuilding. Go to www.nwf.org to see how you can create your own backyard habitat.

 
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from @ GGary L.Williams
To transfer SagoPalm plant to another pot
Tropic Escape Hibiscus
March 2012

Tropic Escape is Costa Farms newest line of Hibiscus. These plants boast large blooms, most of them about seven (7) inches in diameter! The blooms last 2 to 3 days and the colors of the blooms are just spectacular! These show stopping blooms come in a wide variety of color combinations that evoke the colors of a Caribbean sunset, and the feel of a tropical paradise.

During the hot summer months Hibiscus produce almost a constant show of flowers. These plants can be used in the landscape in zones 10 and 11. In the other zones, this plant should be planted in a container so the plant can be brought inside when temperatures dip below 50 degrees F. When planting your Tropic Escape hibiscus, make sure the soil and the container provide very good drainage. These plants benefits from being moderately moist, but not continuously soaked. Hibiscus bloom well in high light conditions. You may use a bloom burst fertilizer to feed your plant during the growing season. 

When the summer season winds down, make sure to bring in the plant inside. The plant should be placed in a location with bright light. Once the growing season slows down, you might need to decrease the amount of water you give her. Hibiscus leaves tend to yellow from the bottom up if the plant is not getting enough light. This is not uncommon when plants transition to the inside of the home, just keep an eye out for too much defoliation. Once spring arrives, you may take your plant outside and it should recover nicely!

 
Shared Tips (9)
from @ Connie
Not a tip, just a question. What do you consider high light? Does that mean light but not direct sun? I just purchased a Majesty Palm and wanted to put it on my new deck and it faces the West which will get direct sunlight. I could put it on my covered porch on the same side and it would get sun late in the day after 5 p.m.
from @ Vern Lindsay
I would like to know if i should my Palm tree i just bought as some of the leaves near the bottom seem to be drying out
from @ Vern Lindsay
i repotted it too
from @ Jeannine LaMadeleine
I just bought a ponytail palm. ( 12-14 inches) The soil is very dry, the container is 7 inches at the most. Since I bought it ( 2 wks) tips of some leaves are getting dry. My concerns are: water every 3 weeks you mention but how much water; is my pot big enough, should I repot it and what kind of soil? I surely would appreciate your tips because I like and I care very much about that plant which is quite big and beautiful Thanf you very much Jeannine Lamadeleine
from @ madeline rivera
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from @ madeline rivera
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from @ palmasst
Palmassit In clay buponyta
from @ brian mendoza
can i use any fertilizer on my dracaenas
from @ Tia - Live Nursery Speicalist, Lowe's Terre Haute
When looking at plants that have been put on "Clearance" (this happens because they are in distress, or perhaps just no longer look their best), remember that these plants are there because they need a little extra TLC. Look for positive signs such as new growth, buds, and solid stems. While there may no longer be any flowers, and perhaps not many leaves, with a sunny window, correct watering, some time and attention can bring out the best that plant still has to offer.
Pick Me Pink
February 2012

Pick Me Pink is a new plant to the market. It has been trialed extensively for color and durability. Pick Me Pink is the beautiful result of a cross between a poinsettia and another euphorbia. You can see that the colorful leaves or bracts are more slender than the traditional poinsettia. What really sets this plant apart from its cousin is the amazing color and texture of the bracts. The pink color in the center of the bract is almost neon pink, while it is surrounded by a pale pink edge.

Pick Me Pink is a tropical plant that must be kept in temperatures above 65 degrees. Since it is a tropical plant it enjoys high, filtered light, however never bright direct sunlight. When it comes to watering make sure the soil is moderately moist. Water the plant from the bottom. Take the plant out of the decorative sleeve and place it in a saucer of water. When the soil has finished “drinking” there will be residue water left in the saucer. Place the plant in the sink and allow the excess water to drain from the soil (about an hour.) Your Pick Me Pink will now be ready to be slipped back into its decorative cover. If cared for properly, this plant will provide weeks of enjoyment in your home or office. When in bloom the plant does not need to be fertilized, after blooming, trim the plant down, place in a shady area of you patio or yard. Fertilize with a liquid green fertilizer. Alternate fertilization with a bloom burst fertilizer. As always remember to keep all house plants out of the reach of children and pets.

 
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from @ visom2002@yahoo.com
i am trying to re pot my dracaena sanderiana lucky bamboo plant how do i go about it and can i use dirt instead of rocks
from @ luz marina rosenfeld
Will love to know about the money tree.
from @ luz marina rosenfeld
Always water your plants in hot weather sprinkle every day, save reain water they grow like cracy.
from @ ''''''
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from @ Bob
would like some tips on first timer with Bonsai tree Thanks
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
barricuda86@yahoo.com - Please contact us directly at information@costafarms.com for tips and tricks.
from @ barricuda86@yahoo.com
I just recently purchased a lucky bamboo plant and would like to know how to care for it.
Norfolk Island Pine
January 2012

Now that the holidays are over, we are left with a handful of New Year’s resolutions and several holiday plants that we want to save and possibly integrate into our homes or landscapes. The Norfolk Island pine is a cute little pine that can grow up to 80 feet if planted in the landscape. This subtropical pine must be kept as an indoor plant if you live in Cold Hardiness Zones 9 or lower. It also should be kept inside if you live in a dry area of the country. This pine needs warmth and at least 50% humidity at all times to survive. Place the pine on a humidity tray if your house if very dry during the winter months. These plants grow best in high, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct intense sunlight. When watering your pine, water from below. The soil should be kept moderately moist. Do not allow the plant to sit in water. Fertilize your plant with a liquid green fertilizer. Always follow the product label instructions when using any fertilizer. And as always, keep all plants out of the reach of pets and children.

 
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from @ shirley
mycycad is getting brown on the in of the leave.
from @ shirley
mycycad is getting brown on the in of the leave.
from @ shirley
mycycad is getting brown on the in of the leave.
from @ roger
just bought a bonsai tree. not sure what it's called, but it looks like a little cedar tree. i need tips on when i should transfer the plant to a permanent pot, what size, type of soil to use. it has been in the starter pot long enough for the roots to expand to the edges of hte pot.
from @ Dave in Athens, GA
You have many orchids that are mericlones, could you label them or feature a photo section on your website for identification. Thanks!
Zygo Cacti
December 2011

With proper attention and the right environment, Zygo cacti will continue to bloom year after year. Zygo Cacti or Christmas Cacti have flowers in various shades of pink, coral, red, and white.

Potting or Re-potting: Zygo cacti require soil containing rich, organic material. The recommended growing medium is one part potting soil, two parts peat, and one part sand. It is very important to choose a pot that allows for proper drainage. Pots appropriate in size for the plant should be used when up-potting your Zygo (Christmas Cacti year after year

Lighting: Moderate, filtered lighting is recommended for your Zygo. Direct sunlight can be damaging, especially in the autumn, spring, and summer months. Christmas cactus can be placed outside in a partially shaded location during the summer. To avoid shocking the Christmas cactus, it should be gradually acclimated to indoor conditions before it is brought back inside at the end of summer. This can be done by bringing the Christmas cactus inside for a few hours each day and gradually increasing this time throughout out the late summer.

Re-Blooming: In order to promote blooms, placing Christmas cacti in locations ranging between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit beginning in November. In addition, in order to bloom, they need several hours per day of complete darkness beginning around the middle of October.

Pruning: After blooming, is the best time to prune your Christmas cactus. Remove a few sections of the larger branches of your Christmas cactus either by pinching or by cutting them off with a well-sharpened knife. Doing so will promote branching and new growth.

Watering: Proper watering is important to the successful growth of the Christmas cactus. If you want to encourage buds to form, less water should be given in late spring. After the Christmas cactus has formed blooms, it will require regular watering. Although these plants are considered as succulents it does not tolerate drought conditions very well. The best way to decide if the plant needs water is by feeling the soil. It should never be completely dry.

Fertilizer: Christmas cactus should be fertilized once a month after blooming up until autumn. Do not apply fertilizer during autumn and winter months. Using a fertilizer with a high potassium (potassium is the K in the fertilizer.) Be sure to follow label directions carefully for proper application and dosage information.

 
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from @ river
a green christmas tree is a in door plant you have to fertlize it mothly
Overwintering Tropicals
November 2011

Tropical houseplants and container plants give such a lush look to our patios, decks and gardens during the warm summer months. When the temperatures drop, these plants should be brought inside the home. Because these plants are tropical, they do not go dormant so putting them in a basement or garage like you would do for bulbs or other plants is not the correct course of action. Since tropical plants are cold sensitive, should not be planted in the ground in areas where it gets colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you can’t resist the tropical beauty the plants add to your home, plant them in containers so they can be moved indoors when the weather dips below 50 degrees. You should keep your tropicals in a heated area until conditions allow the plant to be moved outdoors again. Hibiscus in particular, do not flower and can end up with yellow leaves over the winter. This is just the hibiscus telling you it does not like the winter and you should continue to care for the hibiscus normally. Once outdoor conditions improve and you may move your tropicals outside.

 
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from @ Arlena Schott Garden Wise Living TV
I have found a New Favorite in succulents that is almost become an obsession. Here in Wisconsin the Winter has taken hold so Gardening Outdoors is almost come to an end other than a heated Green house. So indoors we come for our Gardening Fix. Succulents I have found to be a friend during these long winter Months here in the Upper Midwest. So for my Indoor Miniature Gardens I choose succulents to add some Green to their Tiny Landscape Green Blessings from Garden Wise Living 's Arlena Schott
from @ Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand
Remember regular watering pleats the Soil of nutrients in gardens, container plants and overwintered plantings. Make sure to feed your soil regularly and naturally!
Plants & Pets
October 2011

Pets are such an integral part of our families. They bring comfort and joy as well as endless hours of entertainment. Whenever you add a plant to your home or landscape, make sure you research its harmful degree, especially if your pet may make contact with it. There are a variety of online resources you can use to determine this information; however your best resource is your veterinarian. Not only does your vet know the common plants that can cause your pet to get ill, he also knows if your pet has any allergies or individual health issues that would make your pet sensitive to plants including the ones listed as “non -toxic.”

When researching online, www.aspca.org is a great place to start. This site will give you an extensive, though partial list of toxic and non-toxic plants. The ASPCA site also has valuable information and resources on how to care for your pet.

Many animal lovers keep terrariums with reptiles. It is important to note that the plants need to be free from chemicals before introducing them into the habitat. So when it comes to reptiles, it is crucial to consult your vet or the store where the pet was purchased to determine the best supplier of safe, yummy greens for your reptile.

 
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Vertical Gardens
September 2011

Imagine a mosaic of plants on the wall of your patio or home. Wall décor is now being extended into the realm of plants. This interesting concept had its inception in Europe and is now spreading around the world. From Australia to North America, living walls are popping up everywhere.

Living walls and green roofs became popular several decades ago in Europe. This was a result of bringing back green areas to heavily populated urban areas to help mitigate storm water runoff and the excess heat trapped by concrete in cities.

So, how can you build this living piece of art? There are many different strategies from using chicken wire to purchasing ready made kits. In the inaugural issue of Costa Farm’s Growing Styles e-magazine you will be able to read about some of these strategies.

If you are looking to experiment with living walls, you might want to start small. A good project is one using chicken wire. It is inexpensive, and you will be able to see how it works for you. This particular living wall is for the outside since it does not have a water catching system.

For the project you will need:

2 - 2x2 pieces of chicken wire

Sphagnum moss

Zip ties

About 20 succulents in 4 inch pots

Instructions:

1. Place one piece of 2x2 wire on workbench.

2. Place a generous amount sphagnum moss on wire. This will be the medium that the succulents will be planted in so make sure there is enough moss for the plants to take root.

3. Place the second piece of chicken wire over the moss. The moss should be neatly sandwiched between the wires.

4. Secure the wire with the zip ties

5. Water the moss thoroughly (make sure your work space is outside!)

6. Plant succulents in the frame to cover your 2x2 area, leaving some room for the plants to grow.

7. Keep project flat for 3 to 4 weeks or until the plants take root.

8. Once the plants have taken root, hang your piece of garden art on a fence or a patio wall (somewhere that you can water with a hose or a watering can. Water thoroughly when moss starts to dry out.

Ideally you should place your project where there is bright light (not direct.) You may fertilize your plants with a weak fertilizer for indoor plants (about an 1/8 of the recommended strength.)

Remember, you can mix and match different succulents to create a mosaic effect. Group succulents together by color and texture to create a large area of color for visual impact.

 
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Plants of Steel
August 2011

Easy to care for, hard to kill, these plants are a busy persons dream! Sansevieria, ZZ plant, Ponytail palm and Aglaonema are the plants that make up our line of Plants of Steel. They make perfect for full-time professionals, college students, and anyone with a demanding schedule. The ZZ, Sansevieria and Ponytail palm are some of the most popular indoor plants. All of our house plants are grown in shade houses to mimic the conditions of the home.

The ZZ plant, also known as the “eternity plant,” is one of the hardiest plants on the market. It is a great ornamental plant in the kitchen or basement, since it does not require bright light to survive. The ZZ does well in a low light environment. This plant should not be kept in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the soil moist. Don’t let it dry out, but don’t let the plant stand in water. Use a liquid green fertilizer to feed your plant. Make sure you follow the product label instructions on the fertilizer.

The Sansevieria, also known as a Snake Plant, is also among the hardiest of house plants you can find. There are several species and cultivars of this plant. They range in size from just a few inches to several feet tall. This plant loves warmth, so place it in well-lit spot in your home. However, it can tolerate low light if necessary. Never allow the temperature to fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You should take care not to overwater this plant since it will rot if overwatered. Allow it to dry out completely before watering again. During the winter months, reduce the amount of water you give the plant. The Sansevieria only needs to be fertilized once a month. A liquid fertilizer for indoor plants will also work well with this plant.

The Ponytail Palm plant grows tall and is a sturdy plant that can withstand temperature changes better than most plants. This makes the Ponytail Palm ideal for a home entrance. It requires high light, and can survive in temperatures as low as 50 degrees and as high as 90. Keep the soil moist, and not allow it to dry out.

And as always, plants should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Frank - Fertilize the plant with a bloom booster fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the product label.
from @ frank
will like to know what fertilize to use to make my hibiscus have flowers
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Lora - Clip away! It is still the growing season. Make sure you maintain the shape you like while keeping its nice green foliage.
from @ Lora Hipp
I purchased a Eugenia Topiary that was distributed by your company. One of them is starting to grow crazy and lose its shape. Its the one with the three balls. Is it safe to clip it now during August or is it best to wait to another time of the year?
Shades of Summer
July 2011

During the hot summer months, we all want to find plants that will grace our gardens with color and yet stand up to the hot weather. Our Shades of Summer program offers several plants that meet those requirements. Hibiscus, Caladiums and Kanga Paw all love bright light and warmth.

In a recent survey of readers, Birds and Blooms magazine found that 46 percent of respondents said that they would like to have tropical hibiscus in their gardens. These plants have deep green glossy leaves and large, colorful flowers. During the hot summer months Hibiscus produce almost a constant show of flowers. These plants can be used in the landscape in zones 10 and 11. In the other zones, this plant should be planted in a container so the plant can be brought inside when temperatures dip below 50 degrees F. When planting Hibiscus, make sure the soil and the container provide very good drainage. These plants benefits from being moderately moist, but not continuously soaked.

Hibiscus bloom well in high light conditions. You may use a bloom buster fertilizer to feed your plant during the growing season. When the summer season winds down, make sure to bring in the plant inside. The plant should be placed in a location with bright light. Once the growing season slows down, you might need to decrease the amount of water you give her. Hibiscus leaves tend to yellow from the bottom up if the plant is not getting enough light. Make sure you keep an eye on your plant. Some of our most popular varieties include: Tye Dye Wind, Candy Wind, Sunny Wind, Starry Wind, Cool Wind, Montego Wind, Mandarin Wind, Carolina Breeze, Baja Breeze.

Caladiums are tropical perennials grown from tubers. Caladiums are grown for their large colorful leaves. Although these plants produce flowers they are not significant. One of the great advantages of this plant is that it comes back year after year after year. Not only do they come back but they multiply. Caladium leaves come in a variety of colors and patterns. They make lovely bedding plants as well as container plants. Caladiums should be planted in part sun and in well drain soil. These plants go dormant during the winter season. In zones below 9 the tubers should be dug up when the leaves die back. Store them indoors until the spring.

Kanga paws are exotic and unusual plants that originally are from “Down Under.” These plants have long flat leaves and the flower spikes end in fuzzy, colorful tips. Kanga paws are available in red/orange, pink and white. They make great specimen border plants, container plants and even work great as cut flowers. They can be place in a garden to attract birds, bees and butterflies. They should be watered regularly, but not over-watered. They need full sun to continuously bloom.

 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Laura - Water the plant when the soil is almost dry. You might want to water the plant from below, place water in the plant saucer under the pot and let the soil soak up the water. You might want to consider snipping off the unsightly black tips.
from @ laura butler
My concern, My spiderplants keep getting dark almost black on tips did I over water ???
Cacti & Succulents
June 2011

Cacti and succulents are often thought of as desert plants but they are becoming more and more sought after by homeowners. The exotic beauty of cacti and succulents has captured the interest of many gardeners and collectors. Many cacti are native to the Americas. They grow in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Most cacti are characterized by their spines. Some cacti even have showy blossoms. Succulents on the other hand do not have spines. They are characterized by their fleshy foliage that function to retain water. These plants are hardly ever bothered by pests, so you don’t have to worry about this aspect of plant culture.

Costa offers a wide variety of cacti and succulents to choose from, finding the right one for your home or landscape should be easy. From upright, tall cacti to small trailing succulents the choices are almost endless. These plants can be used as container plants on patios, porches and inside the home; they can also be used in a water wise landscape design. Cacti and succulents are a perfect match for rock gardens.

These plants need bright light and good drainage to flourish. They should be watered only after the soil has dried out. As tough as these plants are, they do not do well when overwatered. Consider purchasing a moisture meter to measure the moisture in the soil. Use a fertilizer for cacti and succulents. Follow the product label instructions. These plants, especially succulents, should not be exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees for prolonged periods of time.
 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Maddie - Not necessarily. Just make sure you do not over water the plant.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Zack - It depends on the condition of the plant and the care that it has been given. One of the most important things when it comes to caring for it not to over the plant. Also make sure the pot has good drainage.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Sandra - Gently prune the tips of the plant, make sure you not only trim the plant but shape it.
from @ maddie
I received a Pachira plant in about a 6" pot with glued pebbles. Do I need to transplant it?
from @ Zack.
So i have a jade tree and I'd like to know when a branch loses all of it's leafs dose that mean the end of that branch?
from @ sandra
need a tip on trimiing ficus ginseng
Sun Parasol® Mandevillas
May 2011

Sun Parasol® Mandevillas are tropical flowering plants that can be used in baskets or on trellises. These woody vines come in several varieties of colors and sizes. Sun Parasol® Mandevilla flowers vary from the large crimson trumpet flower to the small pinkflower. These plants are not cold hardy. Where temperatures get below 45 degrees, they can be brought. In these cases, Sun Parasol® Mandevillas are treated as houseplants during the winter months. The plants might not flower and some leaves might fall off, however, come the spring, the plant will recover. Make sure to decrease watering in the winter while the plant is overwintering and not in an active growth period.

Once the spring arrives, the plant should be moved outside. Since it will be actively growing, make sure to increase watering. Sun Parasol® Mandevialls sprout during April and May therefore a well balanced fertilizer should be applied during the growing season. Sun Parasol® Mandevillas need warmth and bright light to grow optimally. The plants start flowering in late May and keep flowering until the temperatures dip down into the 50’s. Gently, prune this plant in the fall. Hard pruning is not recommended especially in the spring. Sun Parasol® Mandevillas like rich, well draining soil, so when repotting, make sure you use a good quality soil as well as a pot with good drainage. These plants are fast growers therefore they should be given ample room to grow when they are transplanted.

 
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from @ Rita Wooten
how long will an anana pineapple last? What does it mean when the fruit turns yellow?r
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Zack. - You may plant it in a deeper pot. The plant will not mind, actually it will like it. Select a pot with good drainage and use good potting soil. Your plant should be fine as long as it has not suffered root damage.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Zack - They can grow in soil. If they are happy in the water though, you might just leave things be.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Betty Stribling - Morning sun would be preferable. Enjoy!
from @ Zack.
And yet another question... I've got a lucky bamboo plant (Well 5 that is) and they are in rock and water but slowly growing, Would they grow any faster should they be planted it soil?
from @ Zack.
So today i fount that my sago palm (I got from here some time ago) sadly the wind knocked the table it was on over, In doing so the pot broke and it was a rather deep pot but not wide, My question today is what type and size pot is the best for a sago palm? I'd like to do one like the image for your pot sales page with the rock but i fear that a pot like that is not very deep.
from @ Betty Stribling
May I move my Christmas cactus pot outdoors in summer. I live in Southern Alabama and can give it morning sun, or afternoon sun
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Favor de ir a nuesta seccion "Orchids Are Easy" localizada en nuestra pagina web. Si desea informacion mas especifica escribame a information@costafarms.com.
from @ altagracia preisler
como se curtivan las orquidias?
from @ altagracia preisler
como se curtivan las orquidias?
O24U
April 2011

April 22 is Earth Day! Celebrate the benefits of our environment by incorporating indoor plants into your interior design and planting trees and shrubs in the landscape. Indoor pollution is a major health concern in the United States and around the world because many of the products used to build homes and workspaces contain toxic materials Volatile Organic compounds that leach into the indoor environment, and can cause chronic disorders eventually into our bodies. Houseplants remove many of these harmful chemicals VOC’s from the indoor environment. Spathiphyllum and Anthuriums both beautiful and beneficial and can remove many harmful chemicals VOC’s from an indoor environment. .

Spathiphyllum, or Peace Lilies, are the rock stars of removing indoor air pollution. “Spaths”, like other plants, take in the air Carbon Dioxide we let out through small openings on the leaves called, stomatas. The plants then process the air CO2 taken in, and release clean fresh oxygen, fresh air. Spaths in particular, process Acetone, Ammonia, Benzene, Ethyl Acetate, Formaldehyde, Methyl Alcohol, Trichloroethylene and Xylene. There are several varieties of Peace Lilies that range in size and leaf texture. Peace lilies enjoy moderate light; however do not mind lower light environments like a bathroom, office cubicle or even classroom. Spaths like to be moderately moist and can be fed with plant food like Miracle-Gro® Watering Can Singles®, which come in a convenient, pre-measured package.

Anthuriums are part of over 800 species which are subtropical favorites with varieties growing in such diverse areas as South America and the Pacific. To get them to flower continuously, place in a high light location. Anthuriums remove Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Toluene and Xylene from the indoors and like to be moderately moist and fed with a high quality plant food. Both plants make great house warming presents, hostess gifts or office plants. Consider placing these plants in spaces that are newly constructed, or recently remodeled.

To learn more about the toxins mentioned in this article and where they can be found in your home, visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov. To learn more about Miracle-Gro®, visit www.miraclegro.com.

 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Verna Galenski - The best way to water this plant is from the bottom. Fill the saucer with water and the soil will suck up the water on its own. After a couple of hours toss any left over water. I suggest you get a moisture meter. This will help you assess with some degree of accuracy when the plant needs to be watered. The plant should be happy in a bright location, but don't place it too close to the glass door since the glass can act like a magnifying glass, burning the leaves in the process.
from @ Verna Galenski
I have a Yucca Cane Plant and want to know what is the best way to care for it. I bought it at Wal-Mart and it is from your Costa Farms. It is in a 10 inch pot and I have two water glass tubes in the pot. I water the plant once a week. It seemed to be drying up so I added three onces of water. But I was wrong because the water sat in the bottom of the pot. I cought it in time let it go without water an extra week. The side leaves got dry and I cut them off. The top leaves are green with life, it gets some light I have it by the porch sliding door. I know to fertilize once a year. Just bought it about a month ago am I watering it too much. The water is goan in a week from the tubes. They hold about 6 ounches of water each. Please E-mail back as soon as you can Thank You Very Much.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
This can be an indication of several problems. The yellowing of the leaf can be caused by too much light, not enough fertilization, root stress or temperatures that are too low.
from @ Caroline Kelly
I have several orchids and most are thriving. Recently I over watered them and have noticed yellowing in middle of a leaf. Should I give them some special treatment?
Hanging Baskets
March 2011

Hanging baskets are a wonderful way to usher in springtime. Baskets full of impatiens, geraniums, pansies and ferns are an instant way to bring color to the outside of the home when cooler temperatures are subsiding but have not disappeared completely.

Ferns have always been the classic choice when it comes to hanging baskets and interiorscaping the home. They offer a quiet, graceful beauty and soften landscapes indoors and out. Ferns became all the rage in the 1850’s. Their intricate and delicate appearance made them a great match with the tastes of the Victorian era. What started as a fad soon became a trend for homes in Europe and America. The fern’s staying power has made it the quintessential plant for homes all around the world. The minimal care this plant requires as well as its’ tolerant nature make it a great porch or deck plant as well as a suitable plant for a living room, bathroom or kitchen.

They all enjoy filtered light and moderately moist soil. Fertilize with a liquid green fertilizer for indoor plants.

 
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from @ Tim
I bought a bonsai from lowes a couple months ago. It's been fine until now it's dropping leaves. I water once a week and keep it in a window for light.
from @ edithsm@juno.com
my lucky bamboo is very tall and the stem is dieing.Can I cut the dieing stem and save the plant?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Maria Colon - Favor de comunicarse con nosotros por correo electronico a information@costafarms.com con sus preguntas.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Bailey - Fertilizer - You may use a fertilizer for aquarium plants. You may find this at your local pet store. Another option is to use a liquid green fertilizer (Miracle Gro has one) use it at a 1/15 of the strength indicated. This is a low to medium light plant.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Joan - Does your pot have drainage holes? Please e-mail me at information@costafarms.com.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
edithsm@juno.com - Once the stem is affected there is little one can do. However, no harm in trying. Please contact us as information@costafarms.com for instructions on cutting the stem.
from @ maria colon
por favor mandemen infornacion en espanol mucha gracia
from @ Janet
I have an Anana pineapple plant. Last fall, when its fruit was ripe, I cut off the top and rooted it. How can I make it produce fruit? Will the original plant produce fruit again? Please e-mail me at jmyj0915@roadrunner.com. Thanks
from @ Kelly
I bought a Money tree a couple of days ago from Lowe's. I wanna know what kind of soil and how I take the pebbles that are glued together off. Do i use more pebbles when i transfer it and how big do i take the next step... I want it to grow bigger. Please E-mail me K20motorgirl@live.com. Thanks.
from @ bailey
i bought a lukey bamboo plant how do i take care of it and what fertilizer and how should i keep it in the low light
from @ Joan
I got a money tree last summer at lowes and it said it came from your Costa Farms. Can you tell me how to prevent the browning of the edges of some of the leaves. It is a great plant springs these little tiny leafs that grow huge but first time I ever had this palnt type. I water it weekly and keep it in brightly lite window. Just love it. Ps. live in PA
from @ Zoe
i'm trying to find out how to trim a bonsai tree. can you help me with this? my e-mail is zrussell17045@yahoo.com. thank you in advance.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Ceil - You may use a well balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or a liquid green fertilizer that is used for indoor plants.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Adrienne - Cacti need to be watered sparingly. The amount depends on the size of the bowl. The best way to measure the moisture of the soil is to invest in a moisture meter. Cacti need high light for about 6-8 hours a day. About every 6 months fertilize with a liquid green fertilizer.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Ann- Spaths like medium light. If you can read by the light in the room, your spath is fine. Keep your plant moderately moist. Do not let the plant stand in water. A good way to measure the moisture of the soil is to get a moisture meter available at most garden centers.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Rafla - Transplant it in to a pot about 2-3 inches larger than the current pot. Use regular potting soil. Make sure the pot has drainage holes.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Marco - If the plant has not had water (because it tipped over) for a couple of days, it is possible the plant is weak and consequently the leaves have yellowed. You have trimmed the plant, now it is important for the roots to grow and eventually the plant will sprout leaves. For now, do not fertilize.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Brenda - The pebbles are glued with white glue. Place several ice cubes on the pebbles. This will help loosen the glue. Pry the pebbles out of the top and transplant the plant to a larger pot. Use a good quality potting soil and a pot with adequate drainage. The yellowing you describe could be a symptom of several things; however it is likely that the plant need more light. This plant needs 6-8 hours of high light or direct sunlight a day.
from @ ceilhungerford@yahoo.com
i need to know what kind of fertilizer to use on my indoor norfolk pine. thank you.ceil hungerford emIL ceilhungerford@yahoo.com
from @ adrienne weissman
Please let me know how to take care of a castic plant arrangement I just bought at home depot-Shouls i spray the plants-they are tiny thanks My email is Adrienne W1@bellsouth .net
from @ ANN
I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A SPATHIPHYLLUM PLANT. PLANT WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN MY FATHER-INLAW PASSED. I LIKE THE PLANT AND I AM NOT GOOD TAKING CARE OF PLANTS EITHER I GIVE IT TO MUCH WATER OR NOT ENOUGH WATER.
from @ ANN
I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A SPATHIPHYLLUM PLANT. PLANT WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN MY FATHER-INLAW PASSED. I LIKE THE PLANT AND I AM NOT GOOD TAKING CARE OF PLANTS EITHER I GIVE IT TO MUCH WATER OR NOT ENOUGH WATER.
from @ RAFLA
I bought a Asplenium nidus from walmart in a small pot, do i have to transfer to larger one, if yes which type of earth should i use? thanks
from @ Marco Everett
I NEED A TIP!!! I have 3 Lucky bamboos 2 in the houses of my parents and sisteres and one in the office. all are treated the same as far as light and water. The office plant tipped over and hasnt recovered. i trimmed it down 3 inches above the soil. what have I done wrong? can I save it? the others are doing so well!!
from @ brendameadows
i need a tip. i have one of your #6 cycad sago palm, like the one in your photo. my ? is haow to transplant it, with the pebbles stuck on top of soil. other then smashing the container i don't know how to remove it. Also some of it is turning yellow. i water once a week. I don't know if i should water more, because i live in connecticut had have forced elec. heat. could anyone tell be why it is yellowing and any ideas how to fix it. thank you brendameadows64@yahoo.com
Orchids
February 2011

The orchid family of plants (Orchidaceae) is one of the largest families of plants in the plant kingdom. It is comprised of over twenty-five thousand naturally occurring plants. At Costa, we have selected five genuses that are beginner friendly orchids to help ensure success in the home or office environment. We offer Phalaenopsis, Oncidum, Vanda, Dendrobium, and Cymbidium orchids. These genuses of orchids provide a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes that are sure to compliment any décor.

Given the proper growing conditions, orchids will perform beautifully year after year. The most important factor in growing orchids is understanding their needs

One of the most important, and tricky, parts of orchid care is watering. Many orchids hail from tropical, moist climates; they are usually attached to trees with their roots exposed. These wild orchids need the constant moisture that exists in the rainforest since they have no medium around their roots. In the case of the domestic orchid (except for the Vanda), they are planted in moss or bark. This allows the roots to stay moist for a longer period of time so they do not need to be watered constantly. A good rule of thumb is to water the day before that plant will be completely dry. Another good way to check if the plant needs to be watered is to feel its weight. If the plant is light, this is an indication that the media has dried out and needs to be watered. Water the plant by drenching it in the sink for about thirty seconds. Let the plant drain before it goes back to its permanent spot.

For more orchid tips visit us at orchidsareeasy.com

 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
jtjohenderson@gmail.com - Any good quality potting soil work well. If the plant blew over, you probably need to repot the palm in a bigger pot, maybe a heavier pot made of a terracotta or cement.
from @ Mike
I like all Schultz products; bagged soils, bottled plant foods. I'm living in an apartment after having a large home w/yard and find the potting soil lighter, easier to store and less cumbersome when moving indoors for the winter (midwest 60462). The bottled plant foods are concentrated; easier to store and dispense. All my plants are in containers and I,m still learning a maintenance routine after having a relatively easy life with backyard perrenials (Hostas, Dogwoods, etc.).
from @ jtjohenderson@gmail.com
I bought a myjesty palm @ Lowes and the wind blowed the pot over and I lost the dirt it was planted in. What type dirt can I use to replant it?
Lucky Bamboo
January 2011

Lucky Bamboo is a false bamboo. It is part of the family of dracaenas or cordylines. This plant can be planted in water as well as soil. Lucky Bamboo can be trained to make different shapes or even sculptures. If your lucky bamboo is in an arrangement held together by twist ties, these should not be removed since they provide stability to the plant.

Lucky Bamboo usually comes in a container filled with pebbles or marbles. Add water until the pebble/marble base is fully covered. Check your bamboo’s water level frequently at first! Arrangements with several stems will need water at least twice a week, maybe more, especially during summer. If the chlorine content in your water is very high, please use filtered or bottled water. If you keep lucky bamboo in a vase, don’t fill it to the top as you do with flowers. Lucky bamboo grows roots wherever water contacts it so a higher water level will sprout roots further up the stem than is attractive.

Lucky bamboo is tough and resilient. It needs very little light and is content with the artificial lighting in your home. Insufficient light, however, will fade the leaves to a light green. If this happens, just try another location with a little bit more light. As tough as lucky bamboo is, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme heat. It should not be exposed to temperatures below 50–60°F. You may use a fertilizer for aquarium plants. You may find this at your local pet store. Another option is to use a liquid green fertilizer (Scotts Miracle-Gro has one) use it at a 1/10 of the strength indicated.

 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Beverley - The Lucky Bamboo can be put in a larger vase. We do not recommend any growth regulators for this plant.
from @ Beverley
My Lucky Bamboo is growing very well - will I need to find a bigger container to hold it as it continues to grow? Is there a way I can stunt the growth so it doesn't grow too high?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
pat@grams65@npgcable.com - You may repot at any time.
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Coy - Please contact us at information@costafarms.com for detailed instructions.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Renae - Yellowing can be an indication of too much watering. These plants like bright light about 6 hours a day.
from @ shirley wal\tkins
having trouble with palm leaves or turning brown need help
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
dolly seal - Please e-mail a picture to information@costafarms.com
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Ramona - We need to identify the pest first of all. Please take a picture of the insect and e-mail it to information@costafarms.com
from @ dolly seal
could you tell me why my norfolk island pine is getting a light green color on parts of tree. i keep the dirt moist and move it in different places in my house. please let me know what is wrong.please email me at dsandts2nwv@yahoo.com
from @ Ramona
My money tree has holes in the bottom leaves from some type of insect After two days of purchasing. What kind of insect repellent should I use?
from @ pat@ grams65@npgcable.com
My money should be replaneted I think it is about 4ft. tall my other one is about 24inch tall when do i replant
from @ coy
i want to know what you do when the lucky bamboo becomes taller than the vace .can you cut it and put the part you cut off in another vace?
from @ Renae
I need help with my Majesty Palm. It has good light and is watered enough. It is starting to turn yellow with brown dry tips. Please help, I don't want it to die.
from @ marian grant
do i need to repot my money tree at any time. How do i know its time to repot it?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
lindabourgeois71@yahoo.com - These plants are subtropical and should not be left out in temperatures colder than 45 degrees for more than a couple of days. If you have any other questions or concerns about the Norfolk Island pine, please e-mail information@costafarms.com or visit out Holidays Season favorites under our Featured Programs section.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Joe Miron - We do not do this on the farm, therefore we do not have any specific guidelines that I can send you. If you have any other questions or concerns about the care of your lucky bamboo, please e-mail information@costafarms.com or visit out plant library.
from @ lindabourgeois71@yahoo.com
i have a norfolk island pine.how cold can it stand.can it only be kept in the house during the winter/?.also i thought all pines could withstand cold weather.i live in south louisiana.
from @ Joe Miron
My question is regarding the training of Lucky Bamboo (LB). Where do I find literature on how to train/sculpture my LB?? Thanks Joe
from @ Michael David Mills
When repotting from a 10" pot what kind of potting soil should be used,for a Cataractarum Palm. mdm19640@netzero.net
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Michael David Mills - You may use a good quality potting soil. One that is light and fluffy, ideally not with a lot of sand or other heavy fillers.
from @ Juan
I have a money tree and I don't know how to take care of it.they keep die on me.the leaves get dry even if I give it water ones a week.please email me at juanmarrero80@yahoo.com
Poinsettias
December 2010

Poinsettias are tropical plants, originating in Mexico. These plants have tiny yellow blooms, surrounded by several colorful leaves or bracts (or modified leaf.) The traditional color is red; however, one can find them in an assortment of colors, ranging from deep red to white. The size and shape of the leaves can also vary. The most common leaf is the long pointed leaf, but as of late, one can find poinsettias with short, frilly leaves as well.

In selecting a healthy poinsettia, choose one that has abundant leaves and does not have long leggy stems. Poinsettias are somewhat fragile. The branches tend to break if bumped or mishandled. So getting to the store when a fresh shipment comes in is always the ideal time to get the pick of the litter.

Because poinsettias are tropical plants, make sure they are not exposed to temperatures below 60° Fahrenheit. The delicate leaves and branches will become damaged if the temperatures go below. At home, make sure the plant is in a warm, bright location (direct sunlight is not recommended). Avoid any drafts that can affect the plant, such as a cold blast of air that comes in the home when the front door is opened. Poinsettias enjoy temperatures between 60-70°F.

These plants do not like to be overwatered. Too much water can cause root rot. Wait until the top of the soil feels dry, then water the plant thoroughly. Let the plant sit in the excess water that drips out of the pot for about 45 minutes, then discard whatever water remains in the saucer or foil sleeve.

Finally, as with all plants, make sure that your poinsettia is out of the reach of children and pets. Houseplants are not edible.

Hibiscus and Tropical Plant Overwintering

The Hibiscus is a tropical plant and cannot withstand temperatures below 50°F. As with all tropical plants, it is best to bring them inside everyday/night it gets colder than 50°. Keep the plant in a warm, sunny spot until the temperatures outside warm up in the spring. The plant will probably not flower, and it will get yellow leaves (lack of sufficient light) and possibly drop some leaves. It is just telling you it does not like the winter. Keep caring for them has you normally would. Once it is placed outside in the spring, the plant should recuperate. As for pruning, a gentle job will do just fine.

 
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from @ Michael David Mills
When repotting from a 10" pot what kind of potting soil should be used,for a Cataractarum Palm. mdm19640@netzero.net
from @ Michael David Mills
When repotting from a 10" pot what kind of potting soil should be used,for a Cataractarum Palm. mdm19640@netzero.net
from @ Zachary.
Thank you for your last reply. I understand what you've said but it has come to sight that the adhesive might be damaging the plant it's self there for i asked and you reply in a good time. But still i would like to know if it is that of the adhesive to be hurting the plant or if it's something else it would be hard to pin point the matter but still i would like to see if you know anything of the adhesive and if it has anything in it that could hurt the plant. Thank you.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Anthony C. - If the root systems are intertwined I do not suggest you divide them. If they are separate you may divide them into separate pots. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Zachary – The glitter is applied with a non-water soluble adhesive. With time, the glitter will dissipate.
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Marie - This plant can be planted in soil or can be left in a beautiful vase with water.
from @ Anthony C.
I recently bought a Norfolk Island Pine which has 5 plants in the pot. Can I separate them into other pots or is that not advisable? I have tried Q & A for help but have not received any response. I would appreciate some help on this. Thank you.
from @ Zachary.
To davis2020@yahoo.com. This is just my idea but i don't think they can live in soil they home land is very wet so it's like having a pool of water with some ground in it all of the time. But like I've said that's just me for all i know you can plant them in soil and i would like to know if so i have one of the plants myself.
from @ marie.davis2020@yahoo.com
Help please. I bought your lucky bamboo plant that was just in water. It has great healthy roots so I want to plant it in a pot. What steps /soil do you recommend? Thank You.
from @ Zachary.
Oh forgive me i forgot to add the type of plant. Yeah it is a Norfolk Island Pine and i will give it a try if it doesn't work i will ask for more ideas later. Thank you for you're time.
from @ Zachary.
No luck i even tried using the spray part of are sink and the glitter was still sticking to the tree.
Norfolk Island Pine
November 2010

Norfolk Island pine grow best indoors, in a sunny location, and prefer to be near an east or west window, preferably within two feet of the window so the light can land on the plant, but away from direct heat. Avoid direct intense sunlight. Indoors, they flourish in 50 percent humidity, so consider running a humidifier or sit them in a tray of pebbles, watering the pebbles during winter months. Also, keep the soil moist, but don’t let it dry out or stand in water. Use a liquid green fertilizer for your plant, making sure you follow the product label instructions. There are no real insect problems indoors, but it never hurts to wash the leaves down with a soapy water mixture, which you can make from 1 gallon of water, mixed with 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Norfolk Island pine should not be planted in the landscape in zones 10 or lower. As a houseplant, the Norfolk Island pine naturally filters the air from indoor toxins and provides much needed moisture during the dry winter months.

 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
David - Yes, the plant can be transplanted without any problems.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Zachary - What plant are we talking about? If it is a Norfolk Island Pine, you may try to rinse it off with water.
from @ beverly
question- can norfolk island pine be kept outdoors during summer months?
from @ david
not a tip but a question. can a ANANAS COMOSUS (PINEAPPLE) be re planted from the pot in which it was bought in?
from @ Zachary.
This is not yet a tip but a question. My tree was gotten form a wal-mart and has the glitter on it and i would like to know what is the best way to remove said glitter? Thank you
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Debbie - The plant can be transplanted whenever you feel the plant is getting too big for the pot. If the plant looks top heavy for the pot that it is in, then it is time to transplant. Usually you should transplant the plant into a pot that is 2 to 3 inches in diameter larger than the current pot. Make sure the pot has drainage.
from @ Debbie
How big of pot should norfolk island pine be transplanted to. How long after I buy the pine can I transplant it? Thank you.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Karen - Please write to information@costafarms.com. Include the care regime it receives, as well the type of environment it inhabits. A picture would be most helpful.
from @ karen
question, I have had 2 Norfolk island pines that had been doing really well, then poof went down hill, fast. A friend just bought me one and I don't want to lose this one. What is the best size pot? Do I spray it everyday? How often do I fertilize it? It will be indoors year round as I live in Cold Lake Alberta Canada. help. I also have a lucky bamboo,(money tree) it keeps losing leaves, as soon as it puts new growth on, it dies and older leaves, also.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Susan Dobrowolski - You may use a conservative amount of aquatic plant fertilizer. You may find this at pet stores.
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Judith - Please write to information@costafarms.com. Include the care regime it receives, as well the type of environment it inhabits. A picture would be most helpful.
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show2bre55@yahoo.com - Your best bet are evergreens, such as hollies and pines. Azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons are also good choices.
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Jo - Yes, you may trim the lucky bamboo.
from @ Susan Dobrowolski
what kind of fertilizer is good for goog luck bamboo house plants?????
from @ Judith
My Yucca Cane is dying--- why? What does it need?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
John - This tropical plant does not go dormant. It needs to be treated as it was when it was outside. Granted, the metabolism will slow in cooler temperatures, but it still needs plenty of light, warmth, humidity and of course it must be watered. If the plant starts dropping its leaves it is just telling you it prefers to be outside in warm weather. Do not worry, this is typical behavior. Once it is placed outside it should recuperate.
from @ show2bre55@yahoo.com
what plants can I grow outside in Savannah Georgia temperatures year round
from @ J o Elkins
I would like to knowif you cut the side shoots of the lucky bamboo
from @ john lutz
We brought our Hibiscus inside for the winter. Any good tips to help it thru the winter months?
Crotons
October 2010
Crotons are ideal plants to add fall color in the landscape or in any container garden. They go well with mums and/or sweet potato vine. Crotons are tropical plants that should be placed in container gardens if they are planted in cold hardiness Zones 9 or lower. They can be planted in the landscape in Zones 10 and 11. Crotons, being tropical plants enjoy direct and bright light. Bright light will make the leaves more colorful. If the plants are planted in the shade, the leaves will become dark green with very little color. They are also very hardy plants that like to have moderately moist soil. Being from the tropics, they like a good amount of humidity. If planted inside you may mist the plant a couple of times a week. Like most other houseplants, crotons are not intended for human or animal consumption, so please advise accordingly.
 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Donna - You may repot it if you like although Pachira’s do not mind being root bound. The Pachira can grow up to 6-8 feet, so you need to select a pot that would fit the area the plant will inhabit. Below you will find some basic repotting instructions. If your plants have decorative pebbles, they are glued with regular white glue. I suggest you place several ice cubes on the pebbles and them melt. Once the pebbles have ‘soaked’, use a sharp knife to loosen the pebbles from the edge of the pot.
from @ donna barksdale
My mother bought a Pachira Money Tree and she want to reset it in another larger flower pot,but we can't get the plant out of it's small pot, it stuck and it has small rocks on top of the dirty and the rocks don't move either. Is she suppose to leave the flower alone and just let grow in the little pot that it came in, or can she repot it. We are asking because the plant is to big for the pot thats it's in.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Panky - Check out our Plant Library for tips on the Pachira aquatica. If you still have questions or concerns, please e-mail information@costafarms.com. http://costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=54&Letter=P
from @ panky
money tree help indoor tips
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
K Wilson - The fruit on your plant has ripened. Once the fruit turns yellow, it should be cut off the mother plant. You may try cutting the top off the fruit and rooting it in soil. Keep caring for the mother plant, you might get pups the bottom of the plant.
from @ k wilson
my anana pineapple just fell apart. If I plant the pineapple , will it grow or will it die? It's the prettiest part of the plant. Will another pineapple grow from the bottom part of the plant?
Chrysanthemums
September 2010
Few plants remind us of fall like Chrysanthemums do. Mums have been a staple in the fall landscape since the colonial times in the Americas. Their colors make them an ideal pairing with the color of the leaves of deciduous trees in Zones 8 and lower. We carry several color Mums, including: yellow, orange, red, lavender, white and pink. You may find them in a variety of sizes, ranging from 4" to 8" inch pots, 1 to 2 gallon pots and 10" to 12" hanging baskets. Mums are not a high maintenance plant. They are not particular when it comes to soil. These flowering plants prefer full sun. However, if you live in Zones 9 or higher, you should consider planting them in a shaded area. Once the plant flowers, it should be pinched back and pruned to encourage new growth and new buds. Once the fall is over and the plant has finished blooming, the plant should be cut back about 8 to 10 inches from the base of the trunk. A similar trimming in the spring will ensure your plant will grow bushy during the spring and summer months.
 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Kathy Wilson -- The fruit has simply ripened. The pineapple will eventually droop. At this point it should be cut off. For more details, write us at information@costafarms.com.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Ronald -- These plants should be planted about 16 feet apart. You may plant them now; they will go dormant over the winter and bloom again in the spring. You may use a fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Follow the product label instructions for correct amount. The following like has great information specific to your area: http://www.smallfruits.org/Muscadines/production/MuscadineGuide2003.pdf
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Maria -- Please write us at information@costafarms.com. Also, in your e-mail, let us know what the care tag for your plant says as well as the environment it inhabits. I hope to hear from you soon!
from @ kathy wilson
the pineapple on my anana pineapple has turned orange, is my plant dying? if so what can i do to stop it from dying
from @ ronald
I just bought 3 muscadine vines with some grapes on them. Ilive in winston salem North caroiina.these plants are abogt 1ft high. I juse wanted if it was ok to plant these plants in october and what kind of fertalize to use.
from @ MARIA
I DO NOT HAVE A TIP. I HAVE A QUESTION. I JUST PURCHASE A PACHIRA MONEY TREE AS PER YOUR TAG "ASIAN ACCENTS" AND I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION,I HAVE AN OLDER PACHIRA PLANT THAT IS ABOUT 45 INCHES TALL AND IT IS LOSING THE LEAVES,WHAT CAN I DO TO SAVE IT? THANKS MARIA
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Raj - Sago Palms that are in a pot in the home like a liquid green fertilizer. This fertilizer is commonly used for indoor plants. If you still have questions, please contact us at information@costafarms.com
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Manuela - La pachira es bastante facil de cuidar. La planta le gusta estar en un ambiente con basante luz tambien prefiere que la tierra este seca antes de ser regada nuevamente. Esta planta no le gusta estar en tierra que este constantemente mojada. El abono que puede usar es uno comun con numeros como 8-8-8. Si usted todavía tiene preguntas, por favor nos contactan en information@costafarms.com.
from @ raj bharadwaja
I want to know what type of fertilizer is to be used for Sago Palms
from @ Manuela Barraza
Quiero orientacion para cuidar mi planta (pachira)
O24U
August 2010
Did you know that plants not only enrich our environment visually, but clean the air we breathe? Palms, Peace Lilies, Zamioculcas and Dieffenbachias are just a few plants that can take medium levels of light and will be happy in a dorm setting. Use one plant per 100 square feet; this is about the average size of a dorm room. Don''t forget to water your green friend. Follow the easy instructions on the care tag and your plant will last for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at information@costafarms.com.
 
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from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Sandy - Please contact us at information@costafarms.com for all the details.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Jim - Please contact your local agricultural extension for the details regarding this matter
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Lisa - This process is done by expert growers. We do not do this process in house. If you still have questions, please contact us at information@costafarms.com
from @ Sandy Jones
I purchased your Anana Pineapple plant and the fruit looks ready to start another plant. How does one go about starting a new plant from the fruit? I look forward to your quick reply. Thanks
from @ Jim
I live in Southwest Florida and would like to start navel orange and kumquat trees from mature ones at my old house. How do I go about it?
from @ ANNA
HI I BOUGHT A WHITE BIRD OF PARADISE PLANT AND I JUST CHANGED THE POT, HOWEVER MY PLANT IS LEANING OVER A BIT TO MUCH. I'AM EXTREMELY WORRIED THAT MY PLANT WILL DIE, I DO NOT HAVE MUCH EXPERIENCE WITH GROWING PLANTS SO PLEASE IF YOU CAN SEND ME SOME ADVISE I WILL GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. I DID SEE ON THE BACK OF THE SIGN THAT THE PLANT HAD, ANY HELP WITH GROWING YOUR PLANT LOOK ON YOUR WEB SITE.
from @ Lisa
I just purchased a lucky bamboo {dracaena} how do i go about training it to form a heart or spirals?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Coty - The Hibiscus is a tropical plant and can not withstand temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Your best bet is to plant her in a container and place her outside. This way you can bring her inside during the winter. Keep her in a warm sunny area until the temperature warms up. The plant will probably not flower, and it will get yellow leaves and possibly drop some leaves. It is just telling you it does not like the winter…keep caring for them has you normally would. Once you put her outside again she will recuperate. As for pruning, a gentle pruning will do just fine. If you still have questions, please contact us at information@costafarms.com
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Agnes - You may trim the tips of the branches to help maintain the original shape of the tree.  Extensive pruning is not necessary. If you still have questions, please contact us at information@costafarms.com
from @ coty
i have a beautiful Tropical Hibiscus with gorgeous flowers. i live in Montreal, Canada,could you please tell me when can i bring it indoor and what should i do to keep it flowering and alive. thank you daringmom1@hotmail.com
from @ Agnes Carter
I am interestedin how to prune the hibiscus tree
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Rea - For step by step instructions, you should visit our "Orchids are Easy" section of the web page. If you still have questions please contact us at information@costafarms.com
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Rita - This could be due to several issues. The most important thing is to keep this plant watered well and consistently. It does not like periods of drought. This is a typical reaction of erratic watering.
from @ Rea VanDongen
I have a orchid from your farm that has just quit blooming, beautiful, can you explain what i need to do now, to get it to bloom again. Thanks
from @ Rita Mullenix
I am working on my second eugenia topiary. It is about two feet tall and very full but it is shedding so many leaves. I have been following caring instructions to the letter. It is in a great place for high light. I just bought it last week. I know they were not caring for it where i bought it. Maybe some of the leaves were already dead. What do i do if this continues?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
CJ - We ask that you send a picture and a brief description to information@costafarms.com. Many thanks!
from @ CJ
My Pachira Money tree plant leaves are turning white and than brown and the rest of the leaves are drewpy, why and what can I do about it.
Hibiscus
July 2010
Hibiscus is perhaps the best known tropical shrub and flower in the world. It is sensitive to the cold and should not be planted in the ground in areas where it gets colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you can’t resist the tropical beauty the plants add to your home, plant them in containers so they can be moved indoors when the weather dips below 50 degrees. You should keep your hibiscus in a heated area until conditions allow the plant to be moved outdoors again. Don’t be alarmed if your hibiscus doesn’t flower or ends up adding yellow leaves over the winter. This is just the hibiscus telling you it does not like the winter and you should continue to care for the hibiscus normally. Once outdoor conditions improve and you move it outside again, your hibiscus will recuperate.
 
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from @ Perlargon
july
from @ dianne
A cheaper way to make your leaves shine is milk,deluted in a little water,and a damp rag,and they will shine like new.
from @ sara
I just got a Phalaeonopsis. do you have any tips for me
from @ MIGUEL MARTIN
what do I use to clean the leaves on my bird of paradise, want to make them shine is there a product or a home product I can use.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Miguel – We recommend you use the Miracle Grow Leaf Shine product. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.scotts.com/smg/catalog/productTemplate.jsp?proId=prod70112&itemId=cat50108&tabs=general If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Ann - You may transplant it to a larger pot. These plants can get quite tall, so select a pot appropriate for the space it is going to occupy. You may use a good quality potting soil. When it is established you may use a fertilizer for indoor plants. For more detailed information, please e-mail us at information@costafarms.com.
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Deanne - This might be transplant shock.  These plants also do this when they do not get enough light, which does not seem to be the case or water. If the plant has suffered periods of drought no matter how short, it will start to defoliate. For more detailed information, please e-mail us at information@costafarms.com.
from @ Ann Williams
I bought a money tree plant and would like to repot it. Can the plant be transfer to a bigger pot? Can you please tell me if what kind of soil or fertilizer to use or it can be transfer or not? I don't like to transfer it because it might die. Thank you, Ann
from @ Deanne O
My Hibiscus is out on the deck in full sun and the leaves are turning yellow! I recently transplanted it into a larger pot because it was rootbound. What is wrong? It is still flowering, but the branches are almost bare. Help
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Carollee - You may use a good quality potting soil that is light and fluffy. Avoid purchasing a garden soil or a top soil. These are too heavy and do not have the necessary elements to help the plant flourish. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Roger Lemoine - Lucky bamboo likes being in a vase with decorative rock and water. It is very low maintenance. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Dorothy - The water will penetrate the rocks. You should make sure the plants are not overwatered. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Arthur - You may transplant them now. Select a pot with good drainage. You should use a well balanced fertilizer for indoor plants. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Ashley - The pachira might need more light and/or less water. If the pot does not have drainage holes, transplant the pachira to a pot with drainage. You may get the pebbles out by "soaking" them with some ice cubes. This will loosen the glue and make it easier to pry out the rocks. Don't fertilize until the plant it has recovered from the yellowing. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Abynett01@aol.com - There can be several reasons. Some are too much fertilizer, not enough water, direct sunlight or water borne virus. Change the water of the Lucky Bamboo weekly to avoid any disease. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
from @ sheilin
help the world and plant veshtobols and flower and all kinds of that stuff
from @ carollee
i need to know the best soil to transplant my shrub for the winter months inside .i have a strawberry sunset.
from @ Trish
Why are your hibiscus plants sterile?
from @ Roger Lemoine
Hello, Received a Lucky Bamboo as a gift. How do I pot it?
from @ dorothy
I recieved a pot of cactis and told to water once a month, I can't feel the soil as the gravel seems to be perminate.There are two small vases should I water thru them
from @ Arthur
I just bouht two Pachira Money Trees, I am going to use them as an inside plant. Should I transplant them know or leave them in the original pot until they are use to the area where I will put them. Also what is the best type of fertilizer?
from @ Ashley
i just both a small money Tree i am putting it in my room and i had it all most for week and some of the leavs R turning really yellow and thin y >? and its says to fertalize every month but idk how cause my plant haves a bunch of rocks on it>? and when can i trans plant it 2 a different pot? and will i be abbles so ? with all the rocks??????????
from @ abynett01@aol.com
why do the ips of chineese bambbo turn yellow? i have 17 of them
from @ abynett01@aol.com
why RE THE TIPS TURNING BROWN?
from @ abynett01@aol.com
why RE THE TIPS TURNING BROWN?
from @ Do
Well what a beautiful flower/plant. I've gotten 2 tropical hibiscus "Strwaberry Sunset"... They where full of flowers and then i planted them in the groud and they've stopped flowering, the leaves are turning yellow with black little dots on them.... Please help, I just wouldn't want to loose them. I live in Canada, Nothern New-Brunswick, the temperature here for the past 3 weeks is between 30 and 40 celcius. I've planted the Hibiscus in a part shade to sun in the evening...?? Thank-you
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Ale: Your question is somewhat involved; therefore you should contact our customer service liaison by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Eleanor, it is great that your hibiscus performs so nicely for you. Many people worry about bringing their plant in for the winter, especially when they see the yellow leaves. Hibiscus do this whenever their environment changes. Thank you for sharing your hibiscus story with us. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
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Dear Julie, Your plant might be suffering from transplant shock, too little light and/or temperatures that are too cool. It sounds like it might be a combination of all of these. You can't do anything about transplant shock. The plant will recover on its own. The plant needs 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. When a plant starts getting spindly, it is a clear indication that it needs more light. It is a good move to bring the plant inside the house when it gets cool. It does not like temperatures below 50; it prefers temperatures in the high 70's. Please contact us at information@costafarms.com if you have any further questions.
from @ Eleanor Orchard
I have had my Hisbiscus for several years, and it keeps blooming. I keep it in the house in the winter, and put it outside in the summer. Right now, it has all new growth and looks so healthy. It loves it outside. When I bring it in in September, the leaves turn yellow and fall off. It looks terrible for awhile. So, I trim it back a bit and it comes back. It's amazing how long I have had it.
from @ Julie
I just bought a Tropical Hibiscus. I've planted it in a big pot with potting soil & sand mixture. It is now full of buds and I have one bloom with several more to come. It's such a beautiful plant. However, I have several leaves dropping off and turning yellow. I live in Saskatchewan and our spring has been damp and cool so far. I had it sitting on my deck which faces south west. I felt that it was getting too cool for it outside so I just brought it into my house. It is sitting next to the window which again faces south west so it gets late afternoon sun. I am worried that my plant is dying because the leaves are turning yellow and some are dropping off. It looks very spindly even though I have several buds ready to open soon. What can I do to save my plant from dying? Our weather is now warming up and daytime temps are about 77 F and going down to 50F in the evenings. Any information/helpful tips you can provide is greatly appreciated!
from @ Ale
I got and orchid, it´s near to my window with other plants but the orchid´s buds died and it´s leaves are yellow and twisted. what shoul i do?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Tiffany & Bagi: Both answers are the same. They should keep the plant in a pot so they can bring it inside during the winter. When they bring it inside the conditions and care should mimic the conditions and care the plants received while they were outside during the warm months. The hibiscus might go through some shock, which will translate to some defoliation and leaf yellowing. This is normal. Once the plant stabilizes, it should be ok. The plant will not look as lush as it was when it was outside in the warm weather. This is also normal. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
from @ Tiffany
I just bought a tropical hibiscus tree. Is it ok to plant it in the ground? I live in North Carolina and the temp stays pretty mild in the winter although it definitely does drop below 50 degrees every now and then.
from @ trish
taking care of a asian bonsia
from @ Bagi
Can I plant Cycad outdoor ? It is mentioned that "Grows anywhere with little care" How do I care during the harsh Canadian winter months ? Can this plant survive outdoor during winter months ? Moving indoor during winter months will be a difficult option when the plant is 3-4 ' tall.
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
Rosie: If you could send a picture and a more detailed description of the problem to information@costafarms.com, our customer service liaison will help you.
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Christine: A indoor potting mix that has a moisture holding amendment. Scots makes a good mix. *** If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
from @ Rosie
Why are my hibiscus so beautiful, but the buds fall off before they bloom? Never ever had this happen before.
from @ Christine
What type of soil should I use when repotting ?
from @ Costa Farms' Customer Service
The hibiscus needs at least 6 hours of direct sun to bloom. The plant also needs to be watered consistently. ** If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: information@costafarms.com. Thanks!
from @ anonymous
... Just a question.. my hibiscus is rather huge like.. and i wanted to know how to plant more off the same tree...or if its even possible
from @ doris
I like help with the cordyline how togrow them
from @ Anonymous
How come mine isn't flowering. Since I purchased it (and repotted it) I have only had three flowers. It is outside where it is warm and not below 50 degrees.
from @ Anonymous
This is one of my favorite flowers of all.
from @ Anonymous
I love the size of the flowers and the colors they come in.
 
 
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