some plant questions…

some plant questions…

Hi! I have a few questions, I hope they're not too silly but I was just wondering... 1. I keep two tall (human height) potted plants inside my house. All was fine until I got a second cat, who insists on chewing on the leaves of one of them. He jumps on it as well, and because it's a fragile plant its stems keep bending/breaking :( It's hard to catch him in the act so I was considering spraying the plant with a diluted tabasco/water solution, but is that harmful to the plant? If it's ok, what ratio of tabasco/water should I use? (I tried bitter apple but it didn't work.) I also heard that cayenne pepper is good for warding off cats; is this ok to use on the plant? 2. I have another plant that I had to move outside because it seems that some ants have taken up residence in the soil of the pot. Since it's been moved outside, they really seem to be multiplying/thriving - when I water the plant they all swarm up to the stems, and as much as I think ants are cute, I am a little freaked out by the numbers. I don't really want to kill them but I want them to go away..... what is a good solution to this? I heard that baby powder deters ants but again, I don't know if it's ok to use on the plant. 3. The question I feel silly about: One of my plants, the one the cat keeps chewing, is at the window where it gets mostly indirect light and some direct light. It does very well, except that part of the plant is covered by my curtain most of the time. I noticed that the tips of the leaves of this part get brown. Is this because it's not receiving light? I was under the impression that plants photosynthesized as a whole, so as long as most of the plant was getting light, it would distribute the nutrients throughout the whole plant, or start growing in the direction of the sunlight. Am I wrong? Does every part of the plant need to be exposed to sunlight? If this is the case, do I just need to rotate the plant once in a while to make sure all the leaves get enough light? Thank you for your help in advance! Oh and just in case anyone remembers, I posted a while back about a plant I have with aerial roots that wasn't doing too well. Well, I re-potted it and gave it some extra love, and I put it outside... but it's still looking sickly; the big leaves are yellow/brown but it still continues to grow new leaves that look healthy. So I really don't know what's going on there, but I hope it survives. thanks again! xxx
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