Re: house plants losing leaves

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Posted by Newt on March 12, 2003 at 01:55:36:

In Reply to: house plants losing leaves posted by grace- on March 06, 2003 at 14:29:18:

: HELP! For some reason my houseplants (I have no idea which kind they are) are losing leaves. When I first noticed it, I pulled the bare stems from the soil- but it seems to be getting worse. These plants have been in the same spot for three years and this has never hapened before. Could they be too big for the pots? Why do some of the stems have leaves on the end but none at the top? Should I leave them alone and hope new leaves will grow or does the loss of leaves mean that stem is dead? Please help. Thanks a bunch!

Hi Grace,

Well, not knowing which plants they are makes it a bit more difficult. If the plants have been in the same spot for 3 years, have they been in the same pots for that long too? If so, they are probably root bound and need to be transplanted. If you need help with this let me know.

If that's not the problem, then you need to look for insect pests. I'm thinking maybe spider mites. They are tiny bugs and if you look very closely you may see some tiny webs. Look for bugs on the underside of leaves or where the stems of the leaves join the main plant. If they are mites, insecticidal soap will do the trick. Just follow the directions on the container. You can get it at any Home Depot, Lowe's, WalMart or nursery.

Good luck,

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