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May 9, 2020 11:04 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I am new at this and looking for any and all advice! I have a few house plants that I didn't think were getting enough sun so I moved them outside a few days ago while the sun was out. Lost track of time chasing my 15 month old around and the sun totally wilted them Sad The bonsai was in a sunny bay window at our previous house and was thriving. Only a few leaves left now. My question is--how can I save them, if at all possible...and would they be better on the shaded porch? I appreciate any help!

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Name: Big Bill
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May 9, 2020 12:31 PM CST
The first thing that you have to learn about houseplants is that they don't all like direct sunlight!
Three of the four got sunburn from too much light!
The second thing you need to learn are the terms bright light, some sun and full sun. Not to mention shade loving plants.

I am pretty sure your bottom plant is a dessert Rose. It is a tropical to semi-tropical plant and it likes as much sun as you can provide. The more sun, the better it grows and flowers.
Plant number two is a schefflera of some type. They like bright light. A little morning sun won't hurt them.
The other two are Dracenas I think. They like a bright spot too but without direct sun.
All plants should be in pots or containers with drainage holes. Nothing else will suffice!
Another good point. Plants do NOT need fertilizer as much as you think. Once every three months is more then enough. Fertilizer is NOT a cure. If the lighting is wrong and the watering schedule is bad, fertilizer won't fix or cure anything!
Most plant do not want to be grown wet. Most do not like it too dry either. You water most plants when the top inch or half inch of soil feels dry. And then water it enough so that the water runs out of those drainage holes.
Others will offer advice as well.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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May 9, 2020 1:02 PM CST
I'm supplying links to our database for your plants, where you can view other member photos and read growing information.

Plant #1 Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea)
Plant #2 Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)
Plant #3 Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
Plant #4 That Bonsai looks like a variety of Ficus to me, possibly Ficus retusa which has been a popular bonsai plant the past few years.

All of your plants should recover from the sun damage but the damaged leaves won't recover and turn green again; they will eventually drop off naturally or you can remove them for better aesthetics.

The Corn Plant (Dracaena) and Money Tree (Pachira) both prefer bright shady locations.

Yucca does grow in full sun, as do many Ficus but plants that have been indoors should never be immediately moved from indoor light to direct outdoor sun. They need time to acclimate to the more intense light levels and should always be moved gradually, first to a good shady location for a few days and then slowly to sunnier positions.

Many Ficus for some reason, hate being moved from one location to another and will immediately begin dropping leaves when they are moved. I had a few large Weeping Fig trees (Ficus benjamina) years ago and they would pout and lose every single leaf if I moved them from one side of the porch, six feet to the other and the same thing happened when I grew one as an indoor houseplant; I moved it from one side of the room to the other and leaves soon began dropping all over the place and it went completely bare but they will sprout new leaves eventually.
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May 9, 2020 3:03 PM CST
Thank you so much for the information, BigBill & Plant Lady Lin! I really appreciate the time you took to give me some much needed insight. So, leave them in their preferred light areas (maybe slowly move the ficus/yucca outside where there is more sun?) and let nature run its course to repair the sun damage. I do water them only when the top soil gets dry, but maybe I am using too much water. And just to be clear, when you say "full sun" do you mean indoors in a sunny window? Our outside in the sun? I have them in the corner near the window. Sorry, still trying to learn the lingo hehe. I will definitely check out those links as well! Thanks again and enjoy the weekend. Smiling
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May 10, 2020 1:49 AM CST
These plants all need to be Inside for winter so it is OK to keep them inside all year, if they get enough light. When it gets warmer, the shaded porch could be good.
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