Q: I have an aerosol can of insect spray. Can I use this on my houseplants?
A: Normally the labeling on such products warns against use on plants. The propellant in the spray can damage plants. The insecticide would not harm the plant but the carrier can.
Q: I have an African violet that needs transplanting. It is always in bloom and I heard that they should not be replanted if flowering. What should I do?
A: You can go ahead and replant the violet. It sounds as if your plant is quite healthy. If the blooms are a concern, you can pinch them off which will take some of the stress off of the plant but this is probably not needed.
Q: I have a large aloe plant. I would like to know if it should be divided and if so when?
A: If it is in a protected area, it can be divided at any time. If you let the clump get too large, the offshoots tend to get floppy and the plant is not attractive.