Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-platinum selling artist Bruno Mars will sit down for an exclusive interview and to premiere his new music video “It Will Rain,” the first single from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 soundtrack that features a never-before-seen clip from the film, on MTV on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:54pm ET / 6:54pm CT during “MTV First: Bruno Mars.”
After personally introducing the new music video and answering a few fan questions, Bruno will stay on for an additional interview with MTV News’ Sway Calloway on MTV.com. In addition, fans will be treated to a live broadcast from MTV News’ studio, celebrating the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 soundtrack with special guests, including TWILIGHT soundtrack Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, super fans and more.
Fans can get in on the action immediately by submitting video or text questions beginning today via MTV.com or via Twitter (using @MTVNews / #AskBruno)
Grammy Award-winning artist Cee Lo Green will join the star-studded musical line-up on THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW, airing Tuesday, Nov. 29 (10:00PM, ET/ 9:00pm CT) on the CBS. Cee Lo Green joins previously announced artists Kanye West and Maroon 5.
Supermodel Candice Swanepoel will open the lingerie runway show, which will also star supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Lindsey Ellingson and a bevy of other Victoria's Secret Angels, and will also include red carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show.
The runway looks will include over-the-top lingerie embellished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, iconic angel wings and the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra worn by Supermodel Miranda Kerr.
Kenny Wormald calls in to chat w Van McNeil about starring the in the Footloose movie in theaters THIS FRIDAY, October 14th. Plus, what people are saying about the remake and has he talked to Kevin Bacon about it? All that and lots, lots more!
Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process. http://footloosemovie.com
Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls joins Van McNeil for a chat about...kicking off their US tour at The Pabst Theater here in Milwaukee, when will a new Goo Goo Dolls record be available, and what "Milwaukee" thing(s) is he obsessed with. Find out all of that and lots more in this interview.
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Milwaukee's very own and pianist for the JazzÂ at Lincoln Center Orchestra w Wynton Marsalis, Dan Nimmer chats w Van McNeil about life on the road, the upcoming hometown show at the Marcus Center's Uihlein Hall Oct 4th, his first meeting w Wynton Marsails and lots, lots more.
The highly anticipated fourth installment of The Twilight Saga, directed by Academy AwardÂ® winner Bill Condon, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN â PART 1 reveals the mysteries of this romantic epic that has entranced millions.
In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a childâ¦ which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
With more of the romance, passion, intrigue and action that made Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse worldwide blockbusters, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, based on Stephenie Meyerâs bestselling book series, begins the conclusion of the tale of vampire love, boundless friendship, acceptance, and finding your true self.
Coldplay took the wraps off the second single from their forthcoming album Mylo Xyloto, available on October 24. Check out the new single âParadiseâ and pre-order the new album at Coldplay.com. In addition to the first two singles, the new album includes the title track, âHurts Like Heaven,â âCharlie Brown,â âUp in Flames,â âUp with the Birds,â plus 7 more.
IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures announced that Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, is returning to 246 IMAX(R) locations for an extended two-week run from Friday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 8. During those two weeks, the 3-D film will play simultaneously with other films in the IMAX network.
Since its launch on June 29, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has grossed $1,095 billion globally, with $59.6 million generated from IMAX theatres globally.
Tyrese Gibson joins Van McNeil to chat about Transformers Dark Of The Moon. Plus what happened on set w/ Shia Labeouf and what's next for Tyrese? Find out in this interview.
"The fans have spoken and we are excited to bring Transformers: Dark of the Moon back to IMAX theatres," said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment. "The film has been a remarkable success and we are thrilled to offer fans in North America another chance to experience the latest chapter in this history making franchise."
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third film in the Transformers franchise and the first shot in 3D. It is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The film has been rated PG-13.
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HASBRO, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
In a statement, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony say, "We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.".
Relationships are tough. In Hollywood, even more so. Whatever the reason may be for the split, I wish them both the best.
Van McNeil (Noon-4pm) has your tickets to The Mix Sneak Peek of Larry Crowne. Listen for you cue to callÂ all week! (414.799.1099)
OscarÂ® winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reunite for a dramatic comedy about how the hard knocks from todayâs recession inspire one everyday guy to undergo a personal reinvention: Larry Crowne.
Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where heâs worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselvesâ¦often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband.
The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.
Watertown, Wisconsin's very own Kevin Stangler joins me to chat about his role in the touring production of Fiddler On The Roof now on stage at Marcus Center for the Perfoming Arts. Get tickets at http://marcuscenter.org
Based on an incredible real-life experience, the film is a funny, touching story of friendship and survival starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an average guy in his mid-20s when heâs diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer. His family and friends â from girl-crazy best buddy Kyle (Seth Rogen), to insecure girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) and overbearing but loving mom (Anjelica Huston) â attempt to help him through this process in the best way they know howâ¦with some bizarre and funny results. Counseled by a young, supportive psychiatrist (Anna Kendrick) through the months that follow, with his best friend Kyle a constant presence, Adam learns to embrace what is important. Equally humorous and poignant, the film is a dramedy about a second chance at a new beginning.
50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick ans is in theaters this September. Find out more at http://www.50-50themovie.com
Alexis Bledel joins Van McNeil to chat about her new film, "The Conspirator", which is currently in theaters. In this interview Alexis talks about...what you can expect in the movie, her most recent airport incident, what she did after Gilmore Girls and lots more!
Listen to Van McNeilÂ (12p-4p) to win tickets to see Born To Be Wild in stunning IMAX 3D. (414.799.1099)
Born to be Wild 3D is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise themâsaving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX 3D, Born to be Wild 3D is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their team rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. Narrated by Academy-AwardÂ® winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild 3D is directed by David Lickley and written and produced by Drew Fellman. This Warner Bros. film is produced by IMAX Filmed Entertainment and distributed by IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures and is exclusively in IMAX theatres. http://www.imax.com/borntobewild/
Listen all week to win tickets to see The Eagle while in theaters.
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In 140 AD, two men -- master and slave -- venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism...The Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald. 20 years earlier, Rome's 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists. Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius' son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland -- to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father's disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave's identity and loyalty -- a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim). Produced by Duncan Kenworthy and also co-starring Donald Sutherland, THE EAGLE's screenplay is adapted by Jeremy Brock from Rosemary Sutcliff's classic novel "The Eagle of the Ninth".
I've got your tickets to check out Gweneth Paltrow in Country Strong.
Country Strong is a drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).
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This is the best time of year for me, the kids are back in school, the leaves are turning and another season of The Simpsons is about to hit the airwaves this Sunday night @ 8/7c on FOX.
I am honored to again this year, bring you an exclusiveÂ sneak peek at the 22nd season along with Executive Producer of The Simpsons, Al Jean!
In this interview:
-Who guest stars on Season 22?
-Behind the scenes w/ Flight Of The Concords & Cory Monteith from Glee.
-A look back to Season 3.
-How long did this season premiere epsiode take to finish from the idea to completion.
-3 clips from the premiere episode.
-The Simpsons and Family Guy unite?
All of that and lots more!
In Eclipse, Bella (Stewart) once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward (Pattinson) and her friendship with Jacob (Lautner) -- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
Kristen Stewart: On how Bella's different in this film.
Robert Pattinson: OnÂ Edward in the film.
Taylor Lautner: On Bella and Jacob's relationship in Eclipse.
Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the whole gang are back on the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves inâ¦ day care! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so itâs all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new facesâsome plastic, some plushâjoin the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbieâs counterpart Ken (Micahel Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-oâ-Hugginâ Bear (Ned Beatty). Toy Story 3, opens Friday and is rated G.
Tom Hanks on the relationship between Woody and Buzz:
Tim Allen on the story:
John Ratzenberger on the themes of the film:
Don Rickles on why he loves being a part of these films:
Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard's (Huston) army against the French. Upon Richard's death, Robin (Crowe) travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
RUSSELL CROWE (ROBIN HOOD) On what audiences will like about the film.
On learning to shoot a bow and arrow for the film.
CATE BLANCHETT (LADY MARION) On the relevance of the Robin Hood story.
WILLIAM HURT (WILLIAM MARSHALL) On Robin Hood.
RIDLEY SCOTT (DIRECTOR) On the popularity of the Robin Hood tale.
Adam Lambert will embark on his first headlining tour, an audio and visual spectacular, both theatrical and atmospheric, that will give his millions of fans something theyâll love to listen to and look at. âThe Glam Nation Tourâ kicks off June 4 in Wilkes Barre, PA. âI hope the audience will be able to escape for a few hours and fall into a world full of glam, drama and excitement,â Lambert says. âAnd I would love everyone to come away with a new appreciation for the music on my album.â
Opening for Adam on âThe Glam Nation Tourâ will be 25-year-old guitar goddess Orianthi and, on select shows fellow Season 8 âAmerican Idolâ finalist Allison Iraheta.
Orianthi has already performed with some of the biggest names in music: Carlos Santana, Carrie Underwood, Steve Vai, Michael Jackson and most recently Mary J Blige. She has also had incredible success on her own with the release of her debut album Believe (Geffen) last fall and first single âAccording To You.â Radio and fans were quick to embrace âAccording To You,â propelling it to the top of the charts where it was the No. 2 most played song in the country with digital sales of over one million.
At 18, Allison Iraheta has already begun to make her mark in the music industry. After coming in fourth on Season 8 of âAmerican Idol,â this vibrant red-haired rocker was signed to 19 Recordings/Jive Records, and released her debut album, Just Like You, this past December. Her first single, âFriday Iâll Be Over U,â quickly climbed the top 40 charts. Allison is currently gracing the cover of the May issue of Latina Magazine.
âThe Glam Nation Tourâ lands at Milwaukee's historic Riverside Theater on Tuesday, June 15th.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 7th at Noon @ The Pabst and The Riverside Box Offices
116 E. Wisconsin Ave. â¢ Milwaukee, WI 53202
Click here for more.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards were handed out last night and in this yearâs David vs. Goliath competition, it was David that walked away the winner, with the low budget Iraq war film The Hurt Locker beating blockbuster Avatar for Best Picture.
In total, Hurt Locker took home six awards, including Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman ever to win in that category, and Best Original Screenplay. Hurt Locker and Avatar each came into the Oscars with nine nominations. Avatar had to settle for three wins, for art direction, cinematography and visual effects.
There were no surprises in the acting categories, with all the favorites going home with trophies. After five nominations, Jeff Bridges finally nabbed the Best Actor Oscar for Crazy Heart, while Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for The Blind Side.
Meanwhile, Preciousâ MoâNique and Inglourious Basterdsâ Christoph Waltz continued their award show sweep, with wins for Best Supporting Actress and Actor, respectively.
Other winners included: Precious, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Up for Best Animated Feature.
Sandra Annette Bullock (pronounced /ËbÊlÉk/; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress who came to fame in the 1990s, after roles in successful films such as Speed and While You Were Sleeping. She has since established her career with films such as Miss Congeniality and Crash, which received critical acclaim. In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of $85 million. In 2009, Bullock starred in the most financially successful films of her career, The Proposal and The Blind Side. Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.
Where she's going to put her Oscar and her Razzie Awards?
Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director. Her best-known films are the horror film Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), and the six-time Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker (2008). With The Hurt Locker she became the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures and Academy Award for Best Director. The film also won her the Academy Award for Best Picture, the Best Film and Best Director at the 2010 British Academy Film Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Never hoped to win, but gives critics props for backing film.
Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an American actor and musician. His most notable films include K-PAX, The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Tron, Starman, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Fisher King, Fearless, The Big Lebowski, The Contender, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Iron Man, and Crazy Heart, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 82nd Academy Awards.
What he most identified with in his character Bad Blake, and would he form a country band with his co-stars?
Mo'Nique, is an American comedienne and actress. In 2009, she received critical praise for her role in the film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire. She has won numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for her performance in Precious. She is the 16th African American actress to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the 4th to win. She hosts The Mo'Nique Show, a late night talk show that premiered in 2009 on BET.
How will playing this character affect her career?
How did she get out of her character after shooting tough scenes?
Christoph Waltz (German pronunciation: [valts] VULTS; born October 4, 1956) is an Austrian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Hans Landa in the film Inglourious Basterds, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 82nd Academy Awards.Â
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I have a dog, and these days with the snow melting, there's always a mess on the floor. But with Fiora paper towels I can clean it up with only one sheet!! And let's be honest, when it comes to bath tissue, you want to use the best, I know I do! That's what's great about Fiora paper towels and bath tissue, it's strong, soft, absorbent and long lasting. And the bath tissue have twice as many sheets as the double roll.
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Can't believe I'm about to write this...
Let me preface what I'm about to write by saying this: I'm not proud of myself…I'm not even HAPPY with myself. Ok, here goes!
I went to see Miley Cyrus last night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the "BANGERZ" tour. Having been in the radio industry my whole life, part of what I enjoy the most are the shows, whether I'm a fan of the artist or not, I enjoy a great production! I enjoy seeing the crowd and it's reaction to the artist that's performing. What I saw last night was Miley OWNING the crowd filled with fans of ALL AGES!
I say this MOSTLY in a joking manner, but I saw things THAT I CAN'T UN-SEE!!!!! For example: Miley took the stage by sliding down a GIANT TONGUE SLIDE. She "flew" around on a GIANT SAUSAGE. She even forgot the words to one of her own songs "Rooting For My Baby" and acknowledged it by saying she "MESSED UP" (she used other words to explain it, LOL). There were other things that happened during the show that I can't and won't talk about here, but all that said, it was worth the price of admission IMO...a GREAT PRODUCTION! Like Miley or not, she really CAN SING and again, she OWNED the crowd last night!
Ok, I waited as long as I could: I ENJOYED IT...ALOT!
I hope you won't hold that against me
An Evergreen Harvest â Cooking with Spruce
A long time favorite in Europe, spruce shoot syrup and beer are gaining popularity in North America. The tender new growth of spruce, pines and firs were also used by Native Americans and early settlers for food and medicine.
For the best flavor, harvest the tender new growth as it emerges in spring. Remove the papery brown covering before eating or processing.
Use them fresh to flavor fish dishes, sauce or salad dressing.
Or try something simple like tea. Just dry the needles and brew into tea. Or create spruce vinegar with brown rice, vinegar and pine or spruce shoots. Just place the shoots in a glass jar, cover with brown rice vinegar, seal and let it age for a month.
Spruce shoots are also used to add the unique flavor to the Canadian martini.
Ask before harvesting spruce shoots from private and public property. And only use shoots from evergreens free of pesticides.
A bit more information: For more tips on harvesting and recipes click here.. And for more on the history of brewing and cooking with evergreen shoots click here. If you want to skip or give them a try before harvesting and preserving your own, you can find them for sale on-line at Forbes Wild Food.
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Fiora bath tissue and paper towels are soft, strong, absorbant and long lasting. These products are just right for me and MY budget. See for yourself and stop by your local Piggly Wiggly and look for the bright green and orange Fiora packages in their paper aisle.
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Birth Tree March 1 through 10 - Weeping Willow
The lovely and graceful weeping willow has long been a part of our landscapes. And, although it is the birth tree for those born between March 1st and 10th, think twice before planting this beauty in your backyard.
As birth trees go, the weeping willow represents beauty filled with a bit of melancholy. Individuals with this birth tree are also said to be tasteful, dreamers, restless and have good intuition.
Today the golden weeping willow is considered the standard and the one most of us know as weeping willow. This fast growing tree is hardy in zones 2 through 9, develops a stout trunk and is covered with long pendulous branches. It is tolerant of moist to wet soils and is often found growing along ponds and streams.
This large tree is perfect for wet areas where other trees fail and where the leaf, stem and fluffy seedpod litter and aggressive roots are not a problem.
A bit more information: The golden weeping willow can grow 50 to 80 feet tall with a broad canopy. If your yard is too small or you don’t want the litter issue, visit this graceful beauty in a nearby park or natural setting.
For more gardening tips, how-to garden videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.
Leaf Spot on Philodendron
Philodendrons have long been considered one of the easiest to grow – hardest to kill houseplants. But even these robust beauties can suffer from too much love and attention.
Don't be embarrassed if you've killed this supposedly indestructible plant – many gardeners have. The most common complaints are yellow leaves with brown spots.
Leaf spot diseases are usually the culprit and improper watering the cause.
Take a close look at the container and your watering regimen. Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom for drainage. No matter how good a gardener, it is impossible to provide exactly the right amount of moisture every time you water.
Move your plant to a container with drainage holes if needed. For best results water this and most houseplants thoroughly whenever the top couple inches of soil feels like a damp sponge. Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer. Plants sitting in water are more subject to root rot and leaf spot diseases.
A bit more information: Reduce your work load and improve your plants' growing environment by placing stones or marbles in the saucer. The excess water can collect in the saucer while the marbles elevate the pot and plant roots above the water. As the water evaporates it increases the humidity around the plant where it is needed.
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