Leaves Always Fall Off. What's The Secret?
We've had about six of these things over the years. I forget their name, but they're an incredibly common houseplant and we've NEVER been able to get it to grow.
What always happens is... they start out with lots of leaves at the bottom and then, little by little, the leaves start dropping from the bottom. New leaves keep coming out the top but the lowest leaves start to get dry edges. And then at some point they fall off where they join the stem. So eventually, the thing has a few fresh little leaves at the top and lots of missing things on the stem.
We try soaking, misting. We can't see any visible 'bugs'.
1. What are they called?
2.What do we have to do to get them to thrive? I'm assuming it's either a humidity issue or some micro-bug or... WHAT?
Or are these just plants that cannot exist in a house with central heating?
Is there hope?