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  • Pothos Jade Watering
    I'm going out of town for two weeks. I usually water my Pothos Jade about every week as suggested by The Sill (https://www.thesill.com/products/pothos-jade-small-5-grant-planter). Will my plant have lasting negative effects if I don't have a friend come water my plant?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Erin- pulling your plants back from the light source will help them not take up water as frequently! For more moisture loving plants you can even create a simply DIY self water system with just a wick and a container of water :)
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      Erin Hey Jesse! How much light does it receive? In the summer, my pothos definitely likes to be watered every 10 days or so, but if I'm going to be gone for an extended period of time I usually give it a good soaking beforehand then move it to a spot where it receives a little lower light (but still natural light - just not a ton, which will dry out the potting mix quicker). It can be pretty thirsty when I come home - drooping etc - but usually perks back up after a watering and a couple days.
  • Plant ID?
    Got this plant awhile ago and I’ve never been able to find out what type it is. “Green plant” was the tag on it lol. Any ideas anyone? 
  • Peperioma help pls!
    So my plant has some yellowed leaves on it and I am wondering how to help it. It was repotted in May to a 7” h by 7” w pot. Could the yellow leaves be from root shock when I repotted? Should I prune off the yellowed leaves? Has it grown too big for its current size pot? Very new to all this. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lindsay! I just have a few questions- Are the leaves that yellow die back overtime, or have they been hanging around? Is the plant exposed to bright indirect light and watered when the soil dries out completely?
  • Help with Colocasia esculenta (aka taro aka elephant ear)
    Whenever I water my colocasia at least one of the leaves gets a bunch of yellow on it like this and then eventually the yellow parts become brown and crispy. Yellow typically indicates overwatering, but every time I've watered no water has come out the pot's drainage hole which I typically use as an indicator that it doesn't need any more water. I also only water it when the leaves are becoming very droopy and the watering does cause them to perk back up. Anyone know why the leaves are becoming so yellow like this? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alyssa! What kind of light is the plant receiving? If the plant yellows each time after watering then that is usually an indication that the plant isn't receiving enough light to take up the water. Since this guy has bigger leaves he's going to need a lot of light to create the energy it needs to sustain them! Therefor, I would try moving this more into a window that receives plenty of bright indirect light but can be acclimated to more dappled sun. If you are unable to provide this type of exposure investing in a small grow light to place above the plant should suffice!
  • Euphoria trigona
    Hello! I have rescued this euphorbia trigona but now I’m not sure what to do with it? Can I trim the thriving top part and replant? It’s about 2.5 feet tall total and the healthy happy part is about 6 inches . 
    Thank you for any advice
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308560,dhaltan] ! Would you mind including a photo of the entire plant? The bottom portion of the euphorbia doesn't look concerning to me from the photo provided, and the top portion appears to be more pale due to the fact that its the growing point which is usually more pale until it matures!
  • Money Tree
    Do I need to cut the band off the base of my money tree?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308541,Maggie] ! The tie that is around the tree is what is helping the plant maintain it's braided shape as it's not a natural characteristic and is only done during cultivation. Therefor, you can either leave it on or allow the plant to get a little loose and see what happens!
  • Alocasia Polly
    Help! Can you tell me whats causing these spots on my alocasia polly?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308441,Kyleigh Wagar] ! It's extremely hard to tell what may be causing the spots since they are so small, however, it looks very similar to spots that I get on my Pilea and feel like it could be caused by moisture stress. This is either when the plant goes too long with or without water which resulted in plant cells bursting within the leaf. I would just make sure moving forward that the plant is getting as much bright indirect light as possible, and watered once the soil has dried out completely!
  • My plant is sad 😔
    I’ve had this mass cane for about 3 years and for some reason she is very sad and droopy this year. Any advice? Should I repot her? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308288,Mel] ! When was the last time she was re-potted? There's a chance the plants roots can be over crowded in the container. If so, then I would re-pot into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger in size and replenish the plant will fresh potting mix. From there as long as the plant is getting plenty of bright indirect light and watered accordingly she should bounce back to her much healthier self :)
  • Help!
    Hi. 
    I receveid this plant as present. I don’t know which species is and I’m trying to do my best with the few informazione I got (loves light, not so much water) but now I need some help. Does somebody know how to take care of her?? 
    I live in an apartment: during the day i’m not at home so there’s no so much light inside!
    thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308287,Littlewillbe] ! It looks like what you have here is a Polyscias scutellaria, also known as "shield aralia". Like all plants, this gal will need plenty of bright indirect light, especially due to her size and how many leaves she'll need to create energy to accommodate for. After the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out the she'll be ready for another drink. Do you have any windows in your apartment? Or can you only provide artificial lighting?
  • need help with bird's nest ferns
    i received a bird's nest fern a couple of months back and it seemed to be doing well, but after a couple of weeks it started wilting, browning and yellowing, and some leaves have fallen off altogether. more recently, the sill sent me another fern (lucky me :/) and that one has started "going bad" even faster than the first.

    per the instructions of the card, it seemed like these plants needed more water and less light. I moved the plants, started watering more regularly and got a plant mister. the newest development now is that the first plant has gnats. from what I have read, gnats tend to appear when the plant has too much moisture. this is frustrating because I let the soil get dry between waterings (as instructed) and the leaves of ferns looks crispy, like they need more moisture.

    im completely at a loss. ive moved the plants, given them more water, given them less water, misted, and even reduce the amount of time my a/c is on during the day. i just don't know what to do anymore and I'm afraid they are just going to die :( please help me help my plant babies!

    ive included a pic of how one looks (I cant add multiple photos for some reason?), maybe y'all will see something im not seeing.

    (ps -- i also have a rattlesnake calathea that's doing great, so i don't have a totally black thumb lol)
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      Chelsea following because this is my exact problem and I’m frustrated and at a loss!! I hope someone can find a solution!!
  • My aloe was over watered?
    ok so my husband kills my plants. This aloe had big luscious thick full arms and then I think he overwatered it and now it’s got sad skinny arms and he color isn’t good. I took it out of the pot and tried to cut off the rotted roots and then added sand to the soil in hopes of saving it. Can it be saved? Can it find it’s think lusciousness again or is it a lost cause?
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      Paris Lalicata hi [307995,Keri] ! Have you checked the soil? The symptoms the Aloe is displaying actually appears to be drought symptoms- but then again it's hard to tell. I would say the best thing to do moving forward is to check the soil, and if it has dried out completely I would go ahead and give the Aloe a drink. As long as it wasn't overwatered and developed root rot it should bounce back just fine! After replenished with consistent care it should plump back out and green up within a month or so :)
  • My dying plant?
    Not sure what this plant is but I had reported it into a bigger pot and it was thriving. Then something happened. My husband may have overwatered I am not sure. I put a little sand in the soil to try to save but it only seems worse. 1. What is the plant 2. Is it saveable 3. How should I take care of it?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Keri! So from the photo provided it looks like this may be a Philodendron hope. The yellowing of the leaves could be a sign of moisture stress (over or under watering). I'd make sure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as it doesn't respond very well to low light. Based on the light provided you'll want to adjust your waterings accordingly. If the plant is exposed to a lot of light and taking up water frequently you may want to water when the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out. Whereas if it was getting slightly lower levels of light then I would recommend watering when the soil has dried out completely! There's a chance the plant will be able to bounce back, especially since I can see new growth that hasn't unfurled yet. Therefor I would monitor its health closely in the road ahead.. it should slowly be able to bounce back :)
  • Sad Birds Nest Fern
    I received this birds nest fern about 4 months ago and its been doing great. About two weeks ago though i brought it outside with all my other plants while i was cleaning and spraying inside my house. When i brought it back inside, it was very wilted. I kept it inside and watered a little extra and it seemed to come back to life. However now it seems that some of the leafs got sunburnt and are crispy and brown in certain spots. There are also some leaves that have turned yellow. Any recommendations to revive her once again??
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      Paris Lalicata Hello Kelsey! There's a good chance the plant was most likely exposed to direct sunlight when it was placed outdoors which its not suited for. This is why the leaves started to crisp and you noticed the browning spots! Did you also check the soil before watering the plant? If the soil was already moist this could've been the cause of the yellowing leaves; or if the plant was simply shocked from the direct sun + being moved around. Moving forward, I would remove any yellow leaves since these will most likely decline overtime anyways. The scorched leaves however, may be able to pull through therefor you can either allow them to naturally take their course or remove them to enhance the appearance. I would only give the Fern bright indirect light, and allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out between waterings. Afterwards your BNF should bounce back in no time :)
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  • Help with Snake Plant
    I'm very worried about my snake plant, which I received about five months ago. It is still in its nursery pot and I only watered it when the soil was dry about two inches.  Now I noticed that the leaves are not stiff anymore, they are getting soft on the top and some are curling inward.  Any help will be greatly appreciated - thank you all!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Heidi! I would certainly recommend re-potting the Snake plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger so it has plenty of room to continue growing. They can tolerate lower light, but will thrive much better in medium-bright light conditions. Considering the plant is very succulent and drought tolerant it'll be best to allow the soil to dry out completely all the way to the bottom of the planter. If you were watering more frequently this is most likely the cause of the softening of the leaves! Once you've made this transition, and follow up with the proper care the plant should bounce back and develop new growth over time. Any leaves that have declined further can simply be pruned from the plant! Hope this helps :)
  • Pothos help
    My pothos arrived very limp and wilted with leaves turning dark green and yellow. Does this mean its over or under watered? Anything I should do to help it adjust?