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Old 12-03-2019, 03:16 PM   #1
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Hello from Los Angeles area


I am a newbie and a DIY wannabe. I recently retired and live in a small townhouse. It is about 43 years old, and there are lots of stuff to fix and repair.

Since I have more time than money, I would like to fix and repair myself as much as possible. So, I need a lots of help and advice from experts from here.

I would like to thank all the experts DIYers here in advance for all the helps.

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Old 12-03-2019, 03:22 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, neighbor. Well, sort of a neighbor, but repeat the welcome!

Are you anywhere near that Van Nuys courthouse? Went there the other day . . .
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thank you DoomsDave very much.

I am close to Orange county. But Van Nuys is not that far with no traffic!!.
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Welcome to the forums. What kind of projects are on the priority list?
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:37 AM   #5
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Thank you Windows on Wash very much for the comment.

My projects on the priority list are
termite treatment in garage and attic and prevention, grout redoing/repairing in bathtub wall and kitchen top, repaint for the bathtub ceiling paint crack, repair patio door frame molding crack, repair garage roof siding panel termite damage, replace bathroom faucet and shutoff valve, and much more.

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Thank you DoomsDave very much.

I am close to Orange county. But Van Nuys is not that far with no traffic!!.
Sounds like Norwalk or vicinity.

We can share gardening advice!
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Sounds like Norwalk or vicinity.

We can share gardening advice!

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I live in a townhouse, so there is not much gardening to do. However, I am more than happy to share my little knowledge on gardening and would like to ask you questions on house plants.



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I live in a townhouse, so there is not much gardening to do. However, I am more than happy to share my little knowledge on gardening and would like to ask you questions on house plants.

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Ask away!

I don't have a lot of house plants, but I can offer help! Years ago I managed a garden shop and helped many people with theirs.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:43 AM   #10
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Thank you DoomsDave.

Can I ask a question on a house plant?
I have benjamina ficus house plants in pots inside the house facing the east side to give them some morning sun. I learned that I should not water the pots too much from having many of the ficus pots die from root decay and measly bugs. I treat them with diluted horticulture oil whenever I see sticky and whitish stuff on the leaves.

I have not about 6 benjamina ficus pots left from about 16 pots 2 years ago.
How do you make them grow well and prosper? During the spring & summer time, I add liquid fertilizer in water about 2 times a month. And I try to check the top soil for about an inch or so when watering to make sure to prevent root decay..

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I've found that Ficus benjamina like to dry well between thorough waterings. Remember that house plants don't dry out as fast as they will outside. Also, too much water gives you those pesky fungus gnats that fly up your nose when you're typing on the computer.

Sounds like you have a generally good care regimen.

As the plants grow, you'll need to repot them, preferably to larger pots, but also to add fresh soil. The reason for that is that potting soil is high in humus (not hummus! ) which decays and disappears after a while.

When was the last time you did any potting action?

How about some pictures?
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I've found that Ficus benjamina like to dry well between thorough waterings. Remember that house plants don't dry out as fast as they will outside. Also, too much water gives you those pesky fungus gnats that fly up your nose when you're typing on the computer.
This is the lesson I should have learned when I started. I simply watered pots once a week, not checking if the soil is completely dry or not.

I re-potted the ficus into the bigger pots as they grew. But I have not added any fresh soil to the pots at least for a year. I saw somewhere that all the plant needs is NPK nutrients. Do you really need to use fresh soil once in a while? Is the necessary N, P, K not enough?

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This is the lesson I should have learned when I started. I simply watered pots once a week, not checking if the soil is completely dry or not.

I re-potted the ficus into the bigger pots as they grew. But I have not added any fresh soil to the pots at least for a year. I saw somewhere that all the plant needs is NPK nutrients. Do you really need to use fresh soil once in a while? Is the necessary N, P, K not enough?

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Repotting with fresh soil aside from nutrients, also provides support for the roots. Soil also holds water near the roots and gives them time to absorb it. Give it fresh dirt once in a while.

Some plants will take a lack of dirt around the roots, including Ficus benjamina. But they do so much much better with soil. I've grown literally thousands of potted plants, and believe me it makes a difference.

When it gets too big, you can "root prune" it and keep it small or give to someone to plant outside and get a new baby house plant.

Also, I direct you to my infamous offer of free palm seeds, which grow into palms that never get too large.

https://www.diychatroom.com/f178/fre...3/#post5981211
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Old 12-15-2019, 12:23 PM   #14
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Thank you DoomsDave for the comment again.

I am a lazy person so unless something is absolutely necessary, I try to avoid (doing) it as much as possible.

I will follow your advice and try to change soil once in a while.

Here are my remaining 6 pots of benjamina ficus photos.

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I would really appeciate if I can get some seeds. Is that similar to Areca palm tree? I heard that the Areca palm tree is one of the best air purifying house plants, and I have been wanting to get that plant somehow. I am very much interested in improving air quality inside the house with plants.

What is the best way to get it? By mail?

Thank you very much.
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