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  • Fiddle Leaf Fig with Brown Spots
    I got this fiddle leaf fig from a local plant shop about a month ago, and it's been pretty happy living on my southeast facing windowsill. I water it about once a week. I noticed recently that some of its leaves have brown spots in various places, and I am worried that it has an infection. I don't think it's a fungal infection, based on the lighter color of the brown spots, and the fact that I don't think I'm overwatering it (it's pot has drainage). I am worried that it has a bacterial infection, based on what I've read online, but I am not sure and I don't know how to treat it if it does have it! Can anyone help?

    I will post more pictures in the comments.

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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julianne! Rather then sticking to a calendar schedule, do you check the soil before you water the plant? Considering day light hours are decreasing, the angle of the sun isn't as intense, and plants will be taking up water more slowly. Therefor, your plant may be displaying overwatering symptoms if you're not checking the soil before watering the plant. Therefor I would check the soil, if it has dried out completely it'll be safe to water. Any damaged plant material can be removed to enhance the appearance. I would remove the top growth tip by cutting an inch above the closest, healthy node (where leaf attaches to stem). So that overtime as the plant bounces back new growth will start to develop at the top again!
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      Greg This happened to mine as well (except just browning with no leaves falling off). I moved it further away from the window and it seemed to do better without the direct sun.
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      Julianne One of its fallen leaves :(
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  • Fiddle Fig Troubleshooting
    Hi! I rescued this fiddle fig exactly a month ago from my local nursery. It came with the brown stops on the lower leaves but overall I loved it to so much I brought it home. What I noticed is that it has these tiny holes in some of the leaves and I am not sure if it is pests or moisture loss? I wipe the leaves with water and soap once a week and have not found any pests. However last time I watered it (6 days ago) I saw a small white worm (larvae looking) come out of the drainage hole!! But I haven't seen flies or anything so what is the best way to treat it? Originally I had it probably 20 feet from a west facing window for 3 weeks and realized that was not the best spot as other leaves are turning a little brown so now I have it right in front of another west facing window by itself. So I fixed the light issue if it was that.  Watering isn't an issue because since I got it, I knew how particular it was about water so I use the moisture meter to check when it needs water and make sure not to overwater! I do not want to repot it because I am scared it would go into shock. Also, I already removed 2 leaves 2 weeks apart so it doesn't go into shock. I appreciate any help I can get and look forward to the Q&A on Instagram on Thursday. Thank you.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Ashley! The holes on the foliage don't look concerning. They either appear to be leaf splitting due to either an arid environment or mechanical damage. Fiddles shouldn't be placed in a high traffic area as they don't like their leaves constantly being brushed up against. It's perfectly natural for plants to drop a few leaves as they acclimate into a new environment, especially if you change its position several times within the home. Therefor, as long as you maintain the right balance of care the plant should continue to thrive! It sounds like the bugs in the soil could be some sort of garden centipede which are completely harmless to you and your plants, and just feed off of excess organic material within the soil. The best way to get rid of these guys is to simply dispose of all the older soil when you transfer this plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger with fresh soil since they can't live in those plastic containers indefinitely. Hope this helps!
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  • Cactus Help
    Hello, 

    A few months ago I inherited a beautiful 30 year old cactus. I was given instructions to water it thoroughly once a month which I have been doing. The cactus lives by a large window so gets plenty of natural light. It had a few brown spots on it when I got it but I feel like it is just not looking very happy or healthy. Hoping someone has some advice for me! It also was a bit dusty and I've tried to clean it with a sponge and water but hoping someone maybe has a better cleaning solution for me.

    Thank you!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sylvia! It looks like the cactus may have developed a fungal/bacterial infection could've developed. I would recommend keeping the plant in good conditions and increase the light to give it the energy it needs to fight the infection and water accordingly. Therefor, give it plenty of bright indirect light to full sun and allow the soil to dry out completely. You'll also want to use any general plant fungicide and follow the label provided for what I think is a 10 day period to further treat the plant and see if it can be saved if this is the case! As far as cleaning the plant, the best solution I think is just diluting a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar in the water. This helps rid of any dust, dirt, salt deposits, and makes them super shiny!
  • What's this?
    Do you know what kind of plant this is? I found and propagated it when I was on vacation in Naples, Fla. Last week.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [311048,Khristy] ! It looks like you may have actually propagated the blooms of a Heliconia species. Otherwise I'm actually stumped on what this guy could be!
  • Plant ID + what is wrong?
    I'm wondering why the leaves have begun to lighten. Is it overwatering or something else?

    I've not had this kind of plant before and don't know its needs. 

    It's been on our office window sill in full light facing south, and it seemed to be loving it for months. It grew a lot and was always a lush green. Now leaves are veiny and I'm curious how to help.

    It's also getting large for its pot, but for aesthetic reasons in our office, I can't repot it...can I snip some leaves off the bottom and get it to grow into more of a tree?

    It also hasn't been fertilized since we got it around May.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

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      Paris Lalicata Hi [311036,Calico] ! How often do you water? What kind of light does the plant receive? Usually yellowing is a sign of over watering, however, if the leaves yellow but don't drop from the plant we could be looking at a nutrient deficiency. If you believe this to be the case but can't replenish the plant with fresh, nutrient rich soil then it'd be best to dilute a standard indoor plant fertilizer into the water that you give the plant!
  • Diagnosing Bird's Nest Fern issue
    I had a bird's nest fern that was happy for a long time. Then after I got back from a vacation, the plant looked unhappy and some of the leaves had gone black, starting at the bottom. I got rid of the affected leaves, repotted it, and put it in a brighter spot because I thought it was likely rotting/too moist. After that it got dry/crunchy spots, as if it had been sunburned, so I moved it back to its original spot with less light. The leaves continued to dry up and look limp and unhappy, so I removed the affected ones. At this point less than half of the original plant was remaining. I just let it be to recover, watering enough but not too much. Then I noticed the remaining leaves were getting black at the base like the original problem all over again. Soon after, the whole plant wilted and I had to just pitch it altogether. I'm wondering if anyone can help diagnose so I can get a replacement and know what to do if this happens again? Thanks!
  • Plant id?
    Can anyone tell me what this guy may be? I got him at a yard sale a few months ago and brought him home, repotted, and he has doubled in growth! I'm just not sure what he is. Any ideas?
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      Kathleen Whittaker Thank you! Now that inknownit is a Dumb Cane i will have to watch my cat around it! Thank you again for your help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! This looks like a Dieffenbachia to me- best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and give plenty of bright indirect light!
  • Arrowhead plant trouble
    The leaves on my plant has started to develop little brown cracks and holes along the top edges and center veins of the leaf . Is this not enough humidity? A pest? Or a fungal infection??
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Erin! The spots on the foliage appears to be water soaked lesions. This happens when water droplets land on the foliage and don't have the right conditions in order to evaporate, therefor they soak right into the leaf killing the plant tissue. Although these will remain as scars now, they shouldn't cause the rest of the leaf to decline in any way. To avoid this simply try keeping the leaves dry and avoid splashing water onto the leaves!
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      Erin Hidy Leaf
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      Erin Hidy Another leaf
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  • Fiddle leaf fig trouble
    my fiddle leaf fig went crazy. We bought her and she was full and plump and beautiful. I replanted her and all seemed good for the next month (maybe 3 weeks). I watered her once a week like most of our other plants.  Then a hurricane was expected and we moved the plant to our FL room (mostly windows). She gets great light there (not direct). Anyway, at some point I noticed it was always dry. Leaves feel “crunchy” several have fallen off 😔 she’s not doing good and I don’t know why. I water her now when the soil gets dry. Last time I watered until it poured out of the bottom (so I knew it was all hydrated).I’m not sure what I need to do to get leaves to stop looking brown and crispy/or start growing back. Advice is appreciated 🙏🏻
  • Philodendron
    This is where my plant is now. I water every other week. I really love this plant & don’t want it to die :-(
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      Erin Hi Sophia! When was this last potted? I wonder if it needs a bit more room.
  • Please ID!
    Bought yesterday at a plant store! About 14-18 inches at highest leaf. I would describe it as very dinosaur-y! Thank you!!
  • Need help knowing what this plant is called ???
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Soleii! It looks like you have a small, beautiful Dracaena green jewel!
  • Brown spots?
    I rescued this plant and he was in a small pot with no drainage hole. When I moved him to a new bigger pot there were a ton of roots i had to break to get him out of the old pot. But he still had a lot healthy roots. Now that he is in the new pot, he's still getting these brown/ yellow spots. I cut off one of the bigger leaves that was nothing but a brown spot. Hes still getting new growth though. Ive tried watering more, watering less, more light, less light, and i dont see any pests on him. Please help me figure out how to make him happy.
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      Kathleen Whittaker Thank you so much! I will order one off Amazon and try it. When you say remove leaves, do you mean any that are showing brown spots? I will keep him in the brighter spot now too. Thank you so much. I'm very worried about him!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! It looks like your plant might be battling a fungal/bacterial infection if the spots continue to enlarge and spread across the plant. Therefor, the best thing to do would be to remove any infected leaves and treat the plant with a fungicide and follow the labels provided for the product. It's important to follow the treatment religiously as bacterial infections are hard for plants to fight off, and increasing the light for the plant will also give it the energy it needs to fight back!
  • Droopy Monstera
    Hi all! I’ve got a beautiful Monstera that has gotten droopy and spread. I am not sure if the dropping is from the heaviness of the big leaves and the weakness of the new baby leaves (it is still producing leaves). IIgts in a pot with good drainage, I give it a good soak ones a week. Its up against a South facing windows. I livd in AZ so lots of sun. The heat is dry. I just recently put a support in the middle. Does it look healthy and strong to everyone or does it look like it needs something? I just love this guy and don’t want it to get away from me.  Thanks!
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      Carli Krueger Disaster has struck. I don’t he will make it but any ideas what went wrong so I don’t do it again?
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      Carli Krueger Thank you for all your care and advice ladies. Here where were at: I’ve watered a bit more and given a bit more sun access on some days.

      I just removed rocks this morning as much as I could without disturbing too much. I think he’s pretty stressed.

      Can’t tell if we’re looking at overwatering + sunburns now or something worse.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Carli! I agree with Chelsea, allowing your Monstera to vertically grow up a moss pole will certainly optimize its growth. Also, when leaves droop and cusp in it's also a sign of under watering, therefor it'll be good to make sure you water the plant as soon as the soil dries out! Afterwards, it should perk back up within a few days!
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  • Prayers needed
    My prayer plant doesn’t believe anymore. Why are it’s leaves withering? Water? 
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      Carli Krueger I am have the same issue! My soil is still moist. My plant is near an East facing frosted window but not directly near it. I live in arizona though so pretty dry environment. Any thoughts?
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      Alexis Gardner Hi Robert,

      Oh no! Looks to me like you might have an under-watering or lack of humidity issue. I know with my prayer plant it likes to have some good humidity & water once every 9 days or whenever the top two inches of soil are dry!

      Hope this helps.
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      Pei How much sun and water does it get? Need to know more about how you care for it to identify the issue.
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