Category: asks

Do moss balls need food/fertilizer? Or is wate…

Do moss balls need food/fertilizer? Or is water enough?

It’s not really necessary, but a small amount of liquid fertilizer wouldn’t hurt them.

If they’re in a tank with fish, then they definitely don’t need any ferts. Fish poop is plenty! 😀

Have you ever dealt with a cactus with tip rot…

Have you ever dealt with a cactus with tip rot? I recently lost one of my big (5 ft) cactus' to it, the only fix i found online was to cut the bad off with a sterile knife, but it never worked for me, it just kept re-rotting, I lopped bits off till it was down to a stump and even wiped the cut with rubbing alcohol trying to save it, but it just never healed?

When a cactus has true tip rot (aka stem rot), it’s caused by a fungus called drechslera cactivorum. It’s an extremely virulent fungus that will kill a cactus in a matter of days. I would say that you either didn’t cut it back far enough initially, or that it spread so fast it wasn’t possible to catch in time. Drechslera doesn’t really have a specific treatment – even fungicides aren’t always guaranteed. It’s one of those “prevention is key” plant diseases.

Hello, I love you blog! Do you have any method…

Hello, I love you blog! Do you have any methods of getting rid of gnats? I’ve tried many ways but they keep coming back.

A good way to prevent gnats is to water from the bottom! Gnats are drawn to moist soil, but watering from the bottom keeps the top fairly dry while the the roots still soak up the water they need.

For adult gnats, sticky tape is good. BEST is getting yourself a sundew with lots of sticky leaves – I haven’t had a gnat problem since!

You have to kill off the gnat larvae, too! You can mix a bit of diatomaceous earth into the soil, which will basically shred all of the larvae. You can also try drenching the soil with 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 4 parts water, which will hopefully kill a lot of them on contact. Another method is laying raw potato slices on top of the soil. Gnat larvae are drawn to them for whatever reason. Leave them for a few hours or up to two days, and then lift them up to check – they should be full of larvae. Discard the slices.

Hello! I have a quick question about my succul…

Hello! I have a quick question about my succulent, you see I wanted to try water therapy for my echeveria and I guess I didn't do it right because it just turned dark blue on the edges of the leaves and it's shriveling. I'm pretty sure she's a goner but could you tell me what I did wrong and what happened so I can avoid this in the future? Thank you for your help!

Lol i have no way of knowing what you did wrong, friendo!

Did you wait a few days for the ends of your plant’s stem to callous over?

Was the plant sick or injured to begin with? Sometimes even if they look okay after you cut away the diseased parts, they might be too unhealthy to recover.

Did you change the water every few days / make sure the container was clean?

Did you submerge the plant or stem? This can sometimes lead to rot, it’s best to suspend the stem OVER the water.

Are just the bottom leaves shriveling? This is normal, the plant absorbs energy from the lower leaves to put into root growth.

Hope this helps! 👍🏽

Hi, so, Ive got my little plants props (no mot…

Hi, so, Ive got my little plants props (no mother leaf anymore) doing water propagation. They’re growing all the roots and stuff but they’re really delicate now… leaves fall off really easy. Not squishy just really delicate. Should I stop the water propagation?

I’ve never grown leaf props in water before, but if the leaves are falling off like that something is definitely not right. I would transfer them to some fast-draining media and see if they improve.

Are jade plants succulents? I usually water mi…

Are jade plants succulents? I usually water mine once every 3/4 days or whenever I remember, is this correct? I want to make sure that he flourishes

Yep, jade plants are part of the Crassula genus of succulents! Some basic care:

– bright, direct sun
- a gritty mix of soil consisting of about 40% perlite, gravel, or pumice
- water thoroughly only when the soil is completely dry. in winter try to cut back watering to about every three weeks, or only when you see signs of dehydration (thinner, wrinkled leaves)
- if you want, you can use a dilute fertilizer (about ½ strength) once a month from spring though summer
- pinch the growing tips (the newest pairs of leaves) to encourage fuller growth

I wrote you about Root Rot awhile back. Good n…

I wrote you about Root Rot awhile back. Good news! I think I turned it around by re potting my eschevaria with sandier soil and increasing the exposure to sun. I’m no longer losing leaves and the color of the plant is much darker and healthier.

That’s what I love to hear!! Give your plant a (gentle) high five! 🖐🏽

HEY! I love your blog, and figured you were th…

HEY! I love your blog, and figured you were the best to ask. I adopted a pencil cactus that looks to me like it’s suffering rot. And from being on here so long, rerooting and repotting seemed like the best idea, but I don’t know how to do that for that type of cactus in the way that it needs. Help? Anxious new plant dad.

Hiiii! Congratulations on your adoption, new plant dad! 👏🏽

The thing about propagating a pencil cactus is that as a euphorbia, it will leak a white substance called latex when wounded. It won’t burn a hole through your hand or anything but it is a skin and eye irritant and toxic if ingested. SO I suggest wearing gloves when you go about cutting it for propagation.

Cut a piece of stem that’s a few inches long. Remove leaves from the bottom half so that you have 2 – 3 of bare stem. Remove any latex by running the cuttings under a stream of water. Then set aside the cuttings for a week or so, out of direct sunlight, to dry out and form callouses.

Repot in a gritty, fast-draining mix. Keep out of direct sunlight and keep the soil very lightly moist (euphorbias can handle more water than most succulents). After a month or two, gently pull on the cutting to test for roots. If you feel any resistance, SUCCESS YOU DID IT. Resume care as normal.

Have you ever used coconut coir in your pottin…

Have you ever used coconut coir in your potting mix? I want to try it, but I'm worried it will hold to much water.

I’ve used coco coir in potting mix for carnivorous plants, for the very reason that it holds a lot of water! It’s similar to peat moss, but has a more neutral pH and is much more sustainable. I wouldn’t use it in a mix for succulents, but mixed with perlite it’s a good soilless medium for most common houseplants.

I love jack he’s so fluffy and wise, tel…

I love jack he’s so fluffy and wise, tell him I appreciate him sharing his wisdom

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jack is indeed very fluffy and supremely wise. he says thank you and hopes to talk to y’all again soon 🐾💕