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  • Wilting birds nest
    my birds nest fern looks like it wants to fly the coop to the other side ... what am I doing wrong?
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      Cassie Mine is doing this too! I thought it was thirsty, but I can't figure it out. I'm worried I'm into overwatering territory now as the tips of the leaves aren't crisp and I feel like I'm watering a lot. What do your leaf ends feel like?
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      Paris Lalicata Usually Birds Nest Fern should be watered once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out, or whenever the plant starts to droop over that's a sign it needs a drink! Therefor, if ya haven't already I'd go ahead and give this fern some water and allow a few days for them to perk back up!
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      Pei It looks SUPER thirsty to me. How much sun and water does it get?
  • Monstera seems to have a disease, help identify?
    Hello,

    I just purchased a new monstera about a month ago, and just recently noticed that the bottom, smaller leaves began turning yellow. Upon further inspection, I noticed many small black spots on the leaf as well (both top and underside). As I look at the additional lower leaves, there are some green ones that have the same black spots but are not yellow. I worry that there’s is a disease  spreading and need advice how to fix before it’s too late!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Chelsea! Would you be able to share a photo of the entire plant, as well as the leaves that also have these black spots but no yellowing?
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  • Spots?
    Hello! He is getting little spots on his leaves, is it from overwatering?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michelle! The yellow spots look like they could be caused by excessive moisture, or caused by build up of salts in the soil from hard water. The Dracaena will tolerate low light well, but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light and allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Frequency of waterings can be increased with increased light levels! If you currently use tap water then leaving it out over night to 24 hours before watering the plants should help those excess salts evaporate. Otherwise bottled spring, distilled, or rain water should suffice!
  • Rubber Plant Help!
    I've had this rubber plant for about 3 weeks now. I've watered it twice
    since I got it. It sits near the window sill and gets sunlight. This is
    the third leaf that has turned yellow with brown spots. The roots are
    not coming out of the pot yet. Help me!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! It's perfectly natural for plants to shed older leaves as they are acclimating into their new environment. Yellowing leaves can also be an indication that the plant is receiving too much water or not enough light! Therefor, I'd make sure the plant is exposed to as much bright indirect light as possible and allow the soil to dry out completely. It'll also be best to transfer the plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger to ensure the plant has plenty of room to keep growing!
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig on her last legs
    We got our Fiddle Leaf Fig (known as Fiddie) a few months ago. She's been losing leaves like crazy, a lot of them are browning and droopy. We recently moved her to the window, before she was in a shadier spot. We water Fiddle a liter every week and fertilized her last month. We cut off the brown spots of the leaves, but even healthy leaves with no brown spots are falling off.

    We really don't know what the issue is! Any tips? Really hope to save her <3
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      Chelsea Hi Helen! Firstly, you made a good choice by moving your FLF to the window/more sun. They like a lot of light. Secondly, can you provide more info on how they leaves are browning? Is it from the outside of the leaf, in, or from the inside of the leave (near the stem), out? My suspicion is that you’re overwatering it. Before you water it each week, stick your finger into the pot about 2-3inches down. If it’s still pretty wet, skip the watering. If it’s only slightly damp or completely dry, water it! It’s also possible that a liter of water is just entirely too much. So I think a combo of more sunlight, and a better/more informed (aka check before your wet) watering schedule will help!!
  • Sad Hoya Heart 💔
    Hi! I am super new at caring for plants. Doing okay so far, but my Hoya Heart has a dark brown/black spot in the middle of it that seems to be growing. It’s not soft (yet) but it looks bad for the little guy. The plant arrived a little damper than I think it should have been, bur I’ve gotten it to dry out quite a bit and even the deeper soil in the planter is fairly dry at this point. Other than the dark spot, the rest of the plant looks to be doing well. Does anyone know what’s going on and how I can save it?? Thanks!
  • Cat Menace
    Hello, 

    My cat has taken it upon himself to terrorize my poor plants! I found my staghorn fern out of the pot and on the ground this morning and my money tree is also out of the pot! I am at a loss of what to do :( Please help! I don't want to give up on being a plant parent!

    Any advice would be great!
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      Chelsea Hmmm... I’m trying to think what got my cat to stop doing this.. how old is he? My cat did this when he was a kitten, but grew out of this phase. If your cat is already older, I think course correcting might take some work but be necessary here! Try putting your plants in a secure spot during the night (bathroom with a closed door maybe?). Then during the day when you’re around, I’d leave a spray bottle in close proximity, and give him a quick squirt when you see him messing with the plants. It seems harsh, but they only way I’ve gotten my guy not to be a total terror is associate the bad behavior with his energy: water. Hope this helps :/
  • Dropping 3 Year Old Fiddle Leaf
    I have had this fiddle leaf for 3 years and she has been doing great until I recently repotted it and put rocks on the soil to make it more aesthetically pleasing. The leaves are drooping and dropping at the bottom and the new growth coming in from the top has brown spots on it. Could it be getting too much sun? Does it not like the rocks? Please help I have kept her alive for so long! 
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      Pei How is it doing now? FLF is famous for being a drama queen ;) They don't like any changes at all. It was likely shocked by the repotting I'd not worried too much.

      Side note, I highly recommend removing the pebbles. It's great for the aesthetic but not great for plants. For example, moisture will retain longer, hard to detect pests issues, etc. Hope this helps :)
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      Paige Rose Shestak It may be root rot! I would let it dry out for two weeks and remove the browning leaves and make sure it gets plenty of sun!
  • Unhappy Monstera
    I've had this plant for a couple of months now and was excited to see a new leaf unfurling...but it just stopped unfurling and is turning black. A lower leaf is turning dark up the center of the leaf. I'm not able to find what is causing this online..is it too much water...not enough...something else? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nate! It looks like it could be a moisture stress issue of either over or under watering. I would make sure the plant is exposed to as much bright indirect light as possible, and ensure the soil has dried out completely between waterings. Any damage on the leaves won't be able to bounce back, but they may not cause the rest of the leaves to decline! I would just monitor the new growth until it unfurls and matures, where then you can prune any damage leaf edges. The larger leaf I would just monitor as well but if you start to notice abut 50% of the leaf declining then it'd be wiser to remove the leaf, and allow the stem to die back gradually so the plant can take any available nutrients from within!
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      Pei Hi [295355,Nate], how much sun and water does it get? In general, if a plant is not getting enough light, it will not put out new growths (or will put out small new growths). but in your case, it's the new leave won't unfurl.
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      Nate Here is the other leaf that doesn't look happy either.
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  • Rubber tree help
    Hi! I've had my rubber tree for a couple months now. The leaves have brown spots, and silvery splotches on them. I recently repotted it and it seemed to be doing well, and slot growing, the the molten leaves are still present.
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! It looks like it could spider mite damage if you notice any microscopic spiders or fine webbing on the leaves or stems. If not however, it looks like it could be a fungal/bacterial infection if the plant was in too moist/humid conditions without proper air circulation or light!
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      Pei [309832,Erin Hidy] it looks like it has spider mite infestations. Do Do you see any fine webbings on the back of the leaves?
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      Erin Hidy Brown spot
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  • Sad Plant
    i inherited this plant from a coworker and I’m concerned something is wrong with it given the condition of the leaves. I’m not sure what kind of plant it is. Any suggestions on how to take care of it?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Moira! It looks like you have a green Dracaena marginata from the photos, and its symptoms look like a result of overwatering. This could've been caused by watering the plant before its ready, or insufficient light levels keeping the soil too moist. Dracaenas can tolerate lower light, but will thrive better in medium-bright light conditions and should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Therefor, I'd either increase the plants exposure to light or watering less frequently. You can prune the damaged leaf tips back to shape to enhance the appearance without having to remove entire leaves!
  • Sad Philodendron Xanadu
    I just purchased this guy on Monday and it looked fine, now some leaves are starting to turn yellow? I checked the moisture and it said it was "moist". I haven't watered him because the lady at the sill told me she had just watered him that monday morning. Any idea why please let me know!
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! It'll be perfectly natural for plants to shed some leaves as they're acclimating into their new environment. As long as the right balance of care is maintained the plant will thrive and develop new growth :)
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      Pei Hey [309799,Jonathan Flores], your Xanadu is super happy! Having yellow leaves don't always mean trouble. In fact, it is normal for older to die out as long as your plant is still putting out new growths. Hope this helps!
  • Sad Calathea Medallion
    My Calathea Medallion used to be thriving, now she is sad and droopy. Her leaves don't rise up and down with the circadian rhythm anymore, and they have yellow spots on them, the green is muted now and no longer vibrant. Care routine has not changed. Is it just overwatering? Any tips? I want to save her! 
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      Pei I have the same questions as Paris!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [309753,MACKENZIE REYNOLDS] ! How long ago did the plant begin to display these symptoms? Was the plant fertilized at all? How long has it been in its container, or received new soil? Do you allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out between waterings?
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  • Please ID!
    Hi, all. Can someone help ID this for a friend? Palms/ferns are not on my radar yet.
    and yes, it’s covered in mealybugs... I think we can save it with a thorough cleaning and maintenance.
    THANKS!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lucia! Since most Palms look very identical a closer inspection would better help me ID but it looks like it can either be a Kentia or Parlor Palm. If the plant has an infestation of mealy bugs then I'd suggest starting with placing the plant in a shower or sink that has a hose. I would gently apply sharp sprays to the infected areas of the plant- make sure to get all the nooks and crevices of the plant as these are the places where they like to hide! Give the plant time to dry and prune off any dead or damaged plant material- and from there you can use your horticultural oil or insecticidal soap of choice to further treat the plant. I would also recommend keeping the plant away from others to prevent them from spreading! Inspect any plants that have been anywhere near this one to make sure they haven't already. Afterwards, the Palm will tolerate lower light levels but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light which will also give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The plant should be able to bounce back and develop new growth!
  • Sick plant!
    Hi, ive noticed some small dots appearing on my plant ( I dont know ID) does anyone know whats causing this and how it can be treated?
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      Pei [307869,Rachael] Confirmed it with my plant friend. It's a Variegated Aralia Balfour. I have never seen one that tiny. you have a special one :)
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      Pei [307869,Rachael] OMG it's a baby variegated Aralia I think! Please tell me where did you buy it!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rachael! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How often do you water? It looks like it can be a moisture related stress symptom, or a result of the plant exposed to too much direct sunlight. I would recommend either pulling the plant away from the window a bit, or moving it into an area that receives more indirect bright light. Or I would monitor your waterings more frequently! However, if you don't see any improvement after this and the spots begin to spread then there's a chance a fungal/bacterial disease may have developed and any standard fungicide can be used to treat the plant!
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