Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

The Aucuba Japonica Variegata, otherwise known as the Gold Dust Plant is characterized by the gold-colored speckles on the leaves. This plant originated in Asia.

Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

Aucuba Japonica Variegata Plant Information

Botanical Name: Aucuba Japonica Variegata

Nicknames: Gold Dust Plant

Origin: Asia

Size: The size of Aucuba Japonica Variegata varies from 6 inches to over 10 feet tall, the leaves can be as large as 8 inches. 

Gold Dust Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.

Lighting Preferences

This plant requires shaded light to have brighter leaves. If the plant receives too much sunlight, the leaves will turn black.

Watering The Gold Dust Plant

Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.

Fertilizing the Gold Dust Plant

Use an acid-based fertilizer in the spring.

Temperature

This plant survives in mild temperatures hardiness zones 7b through 10.

Humidity

Aucuba Japonica Variegata prefers high humidity when in temperatures above 73 *F.

Soil

This plant adapts well to most soil except waterlogged soil. We recommend using potting soil and adding perlite or similar.

Pruning the Gold Dust Plant

Cut this plant at the leaf joints in the spring. Be careful when pruning this plant so that the shrub is not damaged.

How to Propagate the Aucuba Japonica Variegata

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the gold dust plant is by using plant cuttings. Learn more about propagating with plant cuttings HERE.

Potential Problems with the Gold Dust Plant

This plant does not have many pests or disease problems. Gold dust plants are; however, sensitive to being over-watered. Learn more about over-watering HERE.

Pests

Here is a list of common pests for the gold dust plant.

  • Scale Insects

Disease

Here is a list of common diseases for the gold dust plant.

Poison Information

The Gold dust plant has a level 2 poison level. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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Venus Fly Trap | Dionaea Muscipula

The Dionaea Muscipula, otherwise known as the Venus fly trap, is characterized by its ability to eat live bugs such as flies. You might also know it by it’s green and/or pink claw or mouth-like traps. Additionally, this plant originated in North Carolina, in the United States of America.

Dionaea Muscipula | Venus Fly Trap

Dionaea Muscipula Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dionaea Muscipula

Nicknames: Venus Fly Trap

Origin: North Carolina, US, North America

Size: The size of the Dionaea Muscipula varies from 2 cm to 10 cm. These plants are generally bushier than they are tall.

Dionaea Muscipula Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Dionaea Muscipula including watering, lighting, propagation, and more!

Lighting Preferences

The venus fly trap prefers very bright direct light. However, be sure not to burn the foliage yes still provide a very bright lighting situation.

Watering The Dionaea Muscipula

This plant needs to remain moist but without being soggy. Further, the roots are sensitive and should only be watered with distilled water. 

Fertilizing The Venus Fly Trap

Do not fertilize as this will hard the roots.

Temperature Preferences

Keep this plant in temperatures between  60°-90° F. Additionally, keep the plant away from cold drafts which can damage the plant.

Humidity Preferences

Dionaea Muscipula prefers normal household humidity. To create normal humidity, you could use a dehumidifier in high humidity environments or a humidifier in low humidity environments; however, strive for normal humidity.

Soil Preferences

This plant requires nutrient-low soil. So, to achieve this you could use long-fiber sphagnum moss and mix it with regular peat moss.

Pruning the Venus Fly Trap

Pruning this plant requires trimming the flowering stems. However, if you want seeds, do not trim these stems.

How to Propagate the Dionaea Muscipula

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate this plant is by using plant division. Further, you can learn more about propagating with plant division HERE.

Potential Problems with Dionaea Muscipula

The roots are very sensitive and use of proper water and soil is essential for a healthy fly trap. Do proper research regarding these areas before purchasing and caring for the venus fly trap.

Poison Information

The Dionaea Muscipula is generally not considered poisonous. Further, if you would like more information regarding poison levels, you can read more about 5 different poison levels HERE.

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Overview of the Dionaea Muscipula Care

NicknameVenus Fly Trap
Botanical NameDionaea Muscipula
LightingBright Indirect Light
WateringDistilled Water; Moist not soggy
FertlizationNone
Temperature60°-90° F
HumidityNormal
SoilNutrient-Low Soil
PruningTrim Flowering Stems
Propagation Plant Division
Poison LevelNot Poisonous
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Calathea Zebrina | Zebra Plant

The Calathea Zebrina, otherwise known as the zebra plant is characterized by its large leaves on long stalks. These leaves have stripes like a zebra. This plant originated in Brazil.

Calathea Zebrina Information

Botanical Name: Calathea Zebrina

Nicknames: Zebra plant

Origin: Brazil, Mexico

Size: The size of Calathea Zebrina can be up to 3 feet tall iwth leaves as big as 15 inches.

Zebra Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.

Lighting Preferences

The zebra plant prefers bright indirect light.

Watering the Zebra Plant

Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. During the summer season, keep the soil moist, and water less frequently during winter.

Fertilizing the Zebra Plant

Fertilize every 2 weeks, April through October, but dilute the fertilizer to half strength.

Temperature Preferences

Between  65°-75° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity Preferences

The zebra plant prefers high humidity, mist if necessary.

Soil Preferences

Calathea Zebrina does best in 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite.

How to Propagate the Zebra Plant

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the venus fly trap is by using plant division. Learn more about propagating with plant division HERE.

Potential Problems With The Calathea Zebrina

Leaves may drop, curl, and turn brown due to low humidity or a cool draft. The changes in the leaves may also be due to a lack of proper watering. A limp stem may be due to overwatering.

Poison Information

The venus fly trap is generally not considered poisonous. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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Dracaena Deremensis | Lemon Lime Plant

The Dracaena Deremensis, otherwise known as the Lemon Lime plant is characterized by its green and white sword-like leaves. This plant originated in Africa.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dracaena Deremensis

Nicknames: Lemon Lime plant

Origin: Africa

Size: The size of Dracaena Deremensis varies from 1 to 2 feet

Plant Care

Lighting: The lemon lime plant can adapt to low light conditions, though it does better in medium to bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry between watering. Leaf tips will brown if the soil becomes too moist or too dry.

Fertilizing: Fertilize plant every month, spring and summer, with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Temperature: Keep the lemon lime plant between  70°-75° F

Humidity: Dracaena Deremensis prefers high humidity, but does fine in average household humidities.

Soil: This plant does best in fast draining, well-aerated loose soil. Lava rocks can also be mixed in.

Pruning: Remove browning leaf tips using a pair of wet scissors. Stalks can be trimmed at any point and new growth will develop below the cut.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust and anything else from leaves to help avoid potential problems. 

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Mealybugs

Disease: 

  • Fluoride toxicity
  • Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease

Poison Information: The Lemon Lime plant is considered poisonous to household pets.

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Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm | Paradise Palm

The Howea Forsteriana, otherwise known as the Kentia palm or Paradise palm is characterized by beautiful dark palm leaves. This is of the most expensive indoor palms. This plant originated in Australia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Howea Forsteriana

Nicknames: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm

Origin: Australia

Size: The size of Kentia Palm varies from 4 feet to 12 feet in height, though it is slow to grow.

Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm

Plant Care

Lighting: Howea Forsteriana prefers indirect light, but can survive in low light.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. The Kentia palm is sensitive to salt, fluoride, and chlorine in the water. Do not use water that has gone through a softener.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your palm monthly in the spring and summer, but dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between  65°-85.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: The Kentia Palm does well in average household humidity

Soil: The Paradise Palm does best in well-aerated loose soil. You may add sand if the soil is too caked.

Pruning: Do not prune palms. If a branch is dead, cut it off with sharp shears. Trimming palms do not encourage new growth.

Propagation: Propagating the Kentia palm requires an expert and is done using seeds.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • mealybugs

Poison Information: This palm is non-poisonous.

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Pilea Involucrata | Friendship Plant

The Pilea Involucrata, otherwise known as the friendship plant or moon valley is characterized by its velvety green leaves with deep bronze veins This plant originated in Central and South America.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Pilea Involucrata

Nicknames: Friendship Plant, Moon Valley

Origin: Central and South America

Size: up to a foot (12 inches) in length

Plant Care

Lighting: The Moon Valley Plant will thrive best in bright indirect light; leaves will burn in direct sunlight.

Watering: Keep soil to moist spring, summer, and fall; this plant can be left a little dryer in the winter.

Fertilizing: Feed every month spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer half diluted.

Temperature: The Friendship plant thrives in 65-80°F all year-round.

Humidity:This plant requires high humidity environments to thrive.

Soil:Use a Peat moss based soil mix.

Pruning:Prune the ‘Moon Valley’ plant by pinching back the main stem to encourage fuller plant growth.

Propagation:Place 4-inch cuttings in moist potting mix during spring.

Potential Problems:These plants are resilient to disease and pests.

Poison Information:The Friendship plant is a non-toxic plant.

Pilea Involucrata | Friendship Plant

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Syngonium Podophyllum | Arrowhead Plant

The Syngonium Podophyllum, otherwise known as the arrowhead plant is characterized by its variegated arrowhead-shaped leaves. This plant originated in Southeast Asia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Syngonium Podophyllum

Nicknames: Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Vine, Arrowhead philodendron, Goosefoot, African Evergreen, American Evergreen

Origin: Southeast Asia

Size: This plant can grow to be 2 feet tall and climbing varieties might get to be 4 feet long.

Plant Care

Lighting: Arrowhead plant thrives in bright indirect light, however, can tolerate low light. Though low light may lead to lessened variegation.

Watering: Allow the top few inches of soil to dry before watering thoroughly, do not overwater. Water more frequently in the summer, allowing the top half of soil to dry between watering in the winter.

Fertilizing: Feed every 2 weeks spring, summer, and fall with a fertilizer half diluted. Feed monthly in the winter.

Temperature: Syngonium Podophyllum thrives in 60-75°F all year-round.

Humidity: Arrowhead plants prefer high humidity but can survive in average humidity. Brown leaf tips might indicate dry air.

Soil: Use Peat moss based soil mix.

Pruning: Long-running vines can be trimmed back to keep the center of the plant bushy.

Propagation: Place 4-inch cuttings in water or moist peat moss based potting mix. Plant division can also be used.

Potential Problems: These plants are resilient to pests but may attract pests and disease if over-watered. Brown leaf tips signify dry air.

Pests: scale, Mealy Bugs, spider mites

Disease: Rot from overwatering, leaf spot disease

Poison Information: Arrowhead plant is a level 2 poisonous plant.

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Euphorbia Lactea Crest | Coral Cactus

The Euphorbia Lactea Crest, otherwise known as the coral cactus is characterized by its resemblance to coral found underwater. This plant originated in Asia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Euphorbia Lactea Crest ‘Cristata’

Nicknames: Coral Cactus, Crested Candelabra plant, Crested Euphorbia, Crested Elkhorn

Origin: Africa

Size: This plant can grow to be between 9 and 15 inches tall.

Euphorbia Lactea Crest 'Cristata' | Coral Cactus

Plant Care

Lighting: Coral Cactus thrives in partial sunlight. They do well in shade with high temperatures.

Watering: Do not overwater this plant. Before watering, check through drainage holes whether or not the roots are dry. If the , are dry, give this plant a little bit of water.

Fertilizing: Feed once each season, excluding winter, with a cactus fertilizer.

Temperature: This succulent thrives in warm sunny environments in temperatures no less than 60°F.

Humidity: Average humidity with good airflow.

Soil: The coral cactus does well in a light, well-draining cactus soil. Re-pot only when necessary (for example, if the plant is root bound).

Pruning: No pruning required.

Propagation: Propagate using cuttings which have dried for several weeks before being placed in soil. Mist with water daily once in soil.

Potential Problems: These plants are likely to die off if over-watered.

Pests: Mealybugs, scale insects, spider mites

Disease: Powdery mildew,  root rot & fungal rots

Poison Information: Coral Cactus is a level 4 poisonous plant. This plant is toxic to most pets.

Euphorbia Lactea Crest 'Cristata' | Coral Cactus