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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.

Experience in the area

I have over 35 years of professional indoor landscaping experience caring for plants in homes, offices, building lobbies, stores, restaurants, and other adverse environments. I have written extensively on the care of indoor plants, including a 260 page book. My specialties include Ficus trees, low light plants, repotting, pest control, and re-blooming holiday plants. Be sure to check my ratings and nominations to learn why I am the top-rated indoor plant expert. I am the only House Plant expert consistently ranked in the AllExperts Top 20.


BA, Amherst College

What do you like about this subject?

I like the challenge of getting live plants to grow in less than ideal conditions in the home and office. It is always better to ask your questions before you act on your assumptions. No questions are too foolish or too dumb. CHECK MY RATINGS TO SEE WHY I AM RANKED NO.1 IN THIS EXPERT CATEGORY and my website at

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I have learned many professional plant care secrets over the years and I enjoy sharing those secrets with others. I am writing a book that reveals many of these secrets.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Matching an indoor plant to the available light is the single most important element in indoor plant care. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant problems. The "common sense" advice dispensed elsewhere is often out-dated and inappropriate for the home environment.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Interior landscapers are the true indoor plant care experts. The techniques of indoor plant care are very different than those used by outdoor master gardeners and by greenhouse growers. Beware of outdoor gardening experts posing as experts in the care of houseplants. My experience and knowledge is based on plant care in offices and homes, like yours.

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Recent Answers from Will Creed

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

2017-01-01 Dracaena Massangeana - slowly dying?:

Hi May,    Your plant has been pretty seriously compromised and recovery will not be easy and may not be possible at all.    The initial damage was caused by the extreme heat that not only damaged the

2016-12-12 Fiddle Leaf Fig:

Hi Rebecca,    There are a number of issues here that you probably are not aware of. You didn't mention light, but Fiddle-leafed Figs have to be located indoors right in front of and close to a sunny window


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