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Richard Hern

I can answer many common garden center/greenhouse houseplant questions such as , proper care, propagation of, pest problems, identification, growing mediums, construction, etc. & many more..


I have lots professional experience with houseplants.I ran my own online nursery selling plants and a local greenhouse nursery. I designed and sold terrariums, dish gardens, foliage plant arrangements and artificial plant light set ups as well as houseplants.I also do consulting for local businesses, nurseries, botanical gardens and conservatories. I am knowledgeable and experienced in the care of many different kinds of houseplants as well as the pests and diseases common to houseplants. I have had a lot of experience and success with most propagation techniques. I am also knowledgeable and experienced with artificial lighting for plants. I can answer questions about all aspects of 'indoor gardening'. Not only questions about growing foliage plants and starting seeds under artificial plant lighting but also questions about artificial plant light system set up, supplemental artificial lighting and cost. ~ I can help identify plants accurately ONLY if you submit a picture of the plant with your question.~

Will Creed

I am the only expert in this category with professional hands-on experience and knowledge of all indoor plants. I can answer questions regarding light, water, fertilizer, repotting, pruning and humidity and temperature requirements. I can identify plant pests and provide information on safe, effective treatments. My answers are based on 35 years of professional experience and scientific research and are clear and easy to understand. I do NOT use search engines to find answers to your questions. If you read my previous posts here, you will get a good idea as to how thorough and professional my answers are.

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2015-08-25 plant:

Hi Shari,    Plant food is not medicine and is intended only for healthy, vigorously growing plants, so remove the spikes because they will only aggravate the problem. If you repotted or are considering

2015-08-21 bugs in peace lilly and black tips with holes starting.:

Hi Kathy,    Thank you for the top ratings. Much appreciated!    Your follow-up question is a good one because many folks think that replacing wet soil with dry soil is a good solution. However, the answer

2015-08-20 bugs in peace lilly and black tips with holes starting.:

Hi Kathy,    The folks at your local nursery don't know what they are talking about, but they do know how to sell product! Fertilizer (organic or otherwise) is not medicine. It is intended only for healthy

2015-08-19 Indoor Corn Plant:

Walter,  Mature plants will flower if placed in the right area inside. Sounds like yours is in the right spot. In their natural habitat they flower at night. Night time insects usually pollinate them to

2015-08-12 bamboo:

Hi Sandra,    Although this plant is commonly called Bamboo, it is not really a Bamboo. It is a member of the grass family.     It is a tropical plant and is unlikely to withstand temperatures below freezing

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