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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 am knowledgeable and experienced (professionally) 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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2017-01-19 dolphin plant:

Hi Judy,    It is not unusual for this plant to bloom only once per year. To encourage more flowering, you must keep it very potbound; provide lots of direct indoor sun or indirect outdoor sun; and keep

2017-01-19 Diffenbachia Tipping Over But Not Top Heavy:

Hi Melissa,    Thank you for the top rating and nomination. Much appreciated!!    You seem to have followed my instructions very well. If you are rooting the cuttings in water, wait until the roots are

2017-01-14 Bamboo:

Hi Clayton,    It is hard for me to tell much about the condition of your Lucky Bamboo because the photo was taken from an odd angle. In the photo I don't see anything that suggests it is struggling.

2017-01-12 Schefflera:

Hi Carol,    Your Schefflera should NOT be repotted. It is not commonly understood that older plants that are grown indoors never need to be moved to a bigger pot, nor should they be root pruned unless

2017-01-09 Diffenbachia Tipping Over But Not Top Heavy:

Hi Melissa,    This is a common problem with all older Dieffenbachias that have never been pruned. On your plant, the leaves are relatively heavy for the thickness the the stems. New growth is always at

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