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  • Help! Yellowing Rattlesnake Calathea
    I am SUPER new to taking care of plants. I got a monthly subscription in hopes that I'll learn how to do this better.

    My first plant was the Rattlesnake Calathea. I watered it a bit after unwrapping it but haven't watered it since (it's been a couple weeks.) And the leaves are turning yellow now. What should I do? I don't want it to die on me!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Beth! It seems like the Calathea may have been over watered. Did you check the soil before you watered upon arrival? What kind of lighting was the plant placed in afterwards? There's a chance the plant was either watered before it was ready, or if it's in a too low of light environment that's preventing it from taking up water. Although Calatheas can tolerate low light, they will thrive much better in medium-bright indirect light! Therefor, I would suggest placing the plant in brighter conditions and monitoring its response. I'd prune the plant to minimize damage to enhance the appearance , and water when the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out. Once balanced with the proper care it should be able to bounce back!
  • HELP!
    Does anyone know what this plant is? (I thought maybe a Aucuba japonica) Everything I do for it isnt working; it started off in indirect sunlight where I first noticed the decline then even further from sunlight, then closer to a window,shade and nothing is working! Soil is still moist after watering it yesterday but the leaves remain brittle, droopy and dry. What can I do it was gorgeous when I was gifted it a month ago
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rachel! So it looks like you actually might have a Codiaeum variegatum "Gold Dust". Over my own experience of caring for these guys I've learned that they prefer bright indirect light to a little dappled sun, too much or too little can result in leaf loss. Especially if the plant is being moved constantly to different areas as they can be a little more finicky. I would recommend finding a good spot that can provide this lighting and monitoring the plants response. Once the top 2-3 inches of soil have dried out the plant will be ready for another watering! Don't let the soil to dry out too much or all the way as this can also result in leaf loss, and the plant will also start to droop when it's ready for more water. Also, don't be alarmed if you notice a lot of leaf loss or if even the entire plant drops all its leaves. It'll simply be apart of the acclimation process as the plant drops its more sun grown leaves to develop more shade tolerant ones. As long as the trunk of the plant is healthy it should be good to go- and you can always check by scrapping some bark off with your finger nail. If it's still fleshy and green beneath then the plant is still alive and will develop new growth overtime! But if you notice it's actually hollowed out (like a dead branch you find in the woods) then the plant declined and won't be able to bounce back. I hope this helps! :)
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  • My monster cat knocked over my monstera...
    My cat knocked over my beloved monstera today. I thought that I closed the door behind me all the way, but when I got back to my room the door was open and the cat was running out from it. I then saw the heart wrenching site of my beautiful plant pot side up on the floor. All of its nice big split leaves were broken. All of its nice new leaves about to unfurl were also broken. It is now a mere shell of the plant that it was before. Can it grow back to how it was before? How long would that take? Also, can any of the leaves that broke off be propagated? I put the big leaves that came off in water. I also repotted the remaining plant and watered it. I hope it will be ok.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nicole! I can't tell you how many plants my cats have "murdered" over the years. On the bright side though, it looks like your Monstera will most likely recovery from its recent encounter. Any growth that is still happy, healthy, and intact within the container should continue to thrive and develop new growth when continued with the proper care! As for the leaves that were detached you can most certainly propagate them as long as there's an exposed node present as this is where new roots will develop. From there you can place the cuttings in room temperature water, placed in bright indirect light, and replenish the water every 1-2 weeks. When the roots have grown to about 2-4 inches long it'll be time to re-pot into a potting mixture. Only allow about the top 1-2 inches to dry out between waterings during this transition since the roots are "water grown" and will have to slowly adapt to living in a soil structure!
  • Holy Grail Plants
    Do you guys have any plants that you're absolutely pining for? I'd personally love a good peperomia prostrata (string of turtles)!
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      Paris Lalicata I have been dying to get a crocodile fern, a Philodendron "Jungle Boogie", and a Zig Zag cactus!
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      Maranda I really want an African Violet! I'm in a few plant groups on fb, and lots of people post pics and I just fall in love with them. They're so pretty!
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      Pei oh man, where do I start! But my top 3 is: variegated monstera, stephaniaerecta, and zz raven!
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  • Rattlesnake Calathea
    This beauty adds so much personality to my vanity. 
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      Maranda 😍😍😍 she's gorgeous!
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      Bree I always seem to find the best planters in grocery stores that sell flowers like Albertsons and Savemart or Safeway. If you have one of those stores definitely give their floral area a look.
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      Pei LOVE!! so much personality.
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  • YELLOW ZZPLANT
    my plant has singular leaves growing from the soil and they have since turned Yellow. one of them have white holes in them like it’s burned by a cig.What does the yellow signal ? 

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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307454,christelle] ! A common way ZZ plants are propagated are by their leaves, and the happy healthy growth that you notice have actually sprouted from the rhizomes beneath the soil that the larger leaves at the base created! Once those rhizomes are formed and new growth has developed the leaves at the base will eventually yellow and die off (which is what you see here). These can gently be plucked off, or you can wait for them to fall off on their own!
  • What Am I?
    Hi beauties!

    I picked up this little cutie at a second-hand store this morning and I'll be honest, I know nothing about it 💁‍♀️🤷‍♀️ but she's cute so i had tp have her!

    Can anyone tell me what kind of plant it is, and maybe a few tips on how to care for it?

    Thank you, thank you!
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      Maranda [286271,Paris Lalicata] [278958,Pei] you two are a god send! Thank you so much 💖🌿
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      Pei OMG they are so cuteeee! And I agree with Paris, it's an assorted succulents. The general rule of thumbs with succulents are lots of light (direct if possible) and water only if you see wrinkled leaves.
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      Paris Lalicata It actually looks like you may have an assortment of succulents in this container! The one in the middle appears to be a species of Sempervivum. The ones trailing off the sides look like it may be a species of Kalanchoe succulent as it matures and if it produces offsets on the edges of the leaves. And if I'm not mistaken it looks like there is another different looking succulent behind the Sempervivum which may be a Jade? Would need a closer look to be sure! Care for all of them however is the same- bright indirect light to full sun and only water once the soil has dried out completely!
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  • Mother Natures Garden
    While at first glance this may look like your classic excessive moisture symptom, after looking a little closer it actually appears to be quite the opposite. Considering the chlorosis is mainly present on the inter-veinal parts of the foliage I ruled this out to be a nutrient imbalance instead. Most likely deficient in either iron or manganese since the chlorotic areas are between the veins, while the veins themselves remain green. It's also common for manganese deficiency to cause dead spots and patches. How could this happen? I have a few theories:1. Excessive rainfall could've washed away the nutrients from the soil.2. Period of drought; plants need water present in order for the roots to extract available nutrients in the soil as soluble salts.3. Nutrient cycle above ground could've broke. Right next to this small group of plants was a very large tree that was clearly deceased, with only some growth left at the top (probably 60 feet up). Since nutrients can come from dead leaves, wood, and animal droppings that break down in the soil- the presence of this matter being significantly decreased could've contributed to these symptoms.
  • Bird of paradise trouble
    Hi! One of my bird of paradise stems started looking sad after a new growth turned brown half way through unfurling. This morning I was gently peeling off some old growth at the base when the whole stem snapped in half at the base (images included). I don’t know if this is caused by root rot or under watering. I’m pretty upset as it was the tallest stem in the plant and don’t want the rest of the plant to go down too!
    * I know the plant doesn’t get as much light as it ideally should so I supplement worth a happy lamp. 


  • Yellow bumps on Sansevieria Fasciata
    I inherited this neglected mother-in-law's tongue which has yellowish/brownish spots on one of the leaves. They go through the leaf, so on one side feel like depressions, and on the other feel like bumps. 

    Is this a problem, or something I should just leave be? The plant otherwise is slowly putting out new growth and seems to be recovering.

    Thanks for your help!
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      Pei I think this could be Edema which is a type of abnormal water retention in plants. It's often a sign over water OR too much moisture in the environment....
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  • What kind of cactus is this?
    Hi all- I inherited this cactus from my grandmother. It is 26 years old and as tall as me. Any ideas what kind it is? 
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      Pei Idk what this is, but would love me one :P
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307330,Karly] ! This looks like a type of Hylocereus cactus to me- have you ever seen it produce white blooms? Or even fruit?
  • Calathea Medallion- Droopy leaves. Normal?
    Hi All, 

    My calathea medallion arrived in the mail about three days ago and it's looking a little sad! I watered it the day it arrived and it's been sitting on my window sill so it can get some sunlight. 

    Is this normal and if not, what do I do to make the leaves look perkier?

    Thanks in advance. 
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      Pei [307651,Bree] [307281,Emilie] calathea is quite sensitive with environmental changes. It's adjusting to their new environment which is why it's a bit droopy. Consider it was in a box, and god knows what kind of bumpy road it lived through, it actually looks pretty good :D To help a plant bounce back, you want to provide the best environment and care it needs. For calathea medallion you want to give it consistent indirect bright light (never direct sun as it gets burn easily specially in the summer) and water it once a week or every 10 days :) Hope this helps!
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      Bree This is so wierd because I have the same exact issue with my medallion that I just received. I emailed them and hopefully I can be pointed in the same direction.. I hope your plant recovers also.
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  • S.O.S
    Hello everyone, I have a palm that is on a slow decline. It currently sits in a west facing window and I try to water it 2x a week and mist occasionally. I also noticed some critters in the pot. Can some please help me figure out what is going on? Thanks!
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      Pei Palm is quite finicky just in general. They require high humidity that most indoor environment just don't have. I agreed with Paris that moving it a bit away from the window will help. You can also set up a humidifier or group your plants together to help the humidity level. Also, watering 2 times a week is a bit much. You can cut it down to 1 time a week. A general rule of thumb though is to always feel the soil-poke the soil at least 1-2inch deep-and make sure it's dry before you add more water. Hope this helps :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307109,Chandra]! There's a chance the plant could either be declining due to moisture stress or too much sun. Palms are more shade loving plants that prefer bright indirect light, and considering a WF window can emit intense afternoon sun for about 4-6 hours this could be scorching the fronds. If you believe this to be the case I would either place a sheer curtain in front of the window to obstruct any intense rays from hitting the foliage. Or pulling the plant back from the window/moving it to a new spot! From there you'll want to adjust your waterings accordingly by allowing the top 2-3inches-half the soil dry out between. I would prune off any dead plant material to enhance the appearance as this will also help you monitor its health in the road ahead. Should bounce back and develop new growth slowly but surely :)
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  • Haworthia Cymbiformis Help
    I'm pretty sure my succulent is screwed. I just watered it and then was out of the office during a hear wave where my co worker watered it again because they were shutting of the air. It fell over - roots stuck in soil - now has almost no roots. Idk what to do. It was recommended that I take it out of the soil to dry for a couple of days so I took it out last night. https://t.co/YJy8LPMNGm
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      Pei oh no! It might be a goner :( overwater succulents are hard (almost impossible) to bounce back, unfortunately!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307107,Melissa Moon]- it sounds like the succulent may have declined due to root rot if it was over watered! After looking at the photo provided it's hard to say whether or not the plant will be able to bounce back. If there is any healthy roots left (even if they are super tiny) then there's a shot that this guy can make a comeback. If so I would re-pot it and give it plenty of bright indirect light to dappled sun. I would hold off on watering a few days to give the remaining roots time to breathe a little! From there I would go ahead and water the succulent and continue with the proper care. Overtime as long as it doesn't continue to decline then it should be on the right track to developing new roots, especially if the leaves plump back out. I would then increase the light levels if possible to more full sun if the plant has stabilized itself. That being said, in the event that there isn't much root development you can try your hand at propagating the leaves or any pups as long as they are still healthy! You can do this by gently removing them from the main stalk and allowing them to callous over, sticking the ends into a cacti mix, placing it in bright indirect/full sun, and water once the soil dries out. Overtime, roots should start to shoot out from the bottom where new growth will form!
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  • Seeking grow light recommendations!
    I just moved and my new place doesn't get as much bright direct light as my old one did. Does any one have any grow light brands they recommend? Thanks! 
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      Mr. Houseplant I can share a few grow light recommendations, I have been using them for the past couple of months. Soltech Solutions has beautiful lights, very strong. If you are looking for something more affordable Sansi produces very strong light bulbs. Both Soltech's (40W light) and Sansi's lights (the 36W bulb) give over 100,000 lux of light at 2 inches away, so they are very strong! You can keep most your plants at 1-2 feet away and they will still do well. Happy to answer any questions you might have :) Oh, and both lights are warm white (yellow), not purple
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      Pei [291209,Enid Hernandez] shared a few of her grow light picks with me the other day. Maybe she can help?