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What plant is on your mind?

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Plant Troubleshooting

  • ZZ Plant Help
    So, I just ordered this ZZ plant and it arrived with these powdery marks on the underside of all its leaves. Can anyone help me fix this? 
  • Calathea help
    Hi- 
    My calathea ornata continues to get crispy at the leaf edges. I’ve repotted to make sure that salts or hard minerals were not in the soil, and only water with distilled or rain water.  I only water when the top couple inches of soil is dry. The water and light requirements seem to be met because it’s putting out new growth and seems quite healthy otherwise. Also, the roots looked healthy when I repotted. But the leaf edges just continue to dry out. From what I can tell this is a humidity issue. I have a humidifier and keep the humidity by the plant between 50 and 55%. From what I’ve read, this may not be enough to keep the calathea happy. I worry about upping the humidity too much and inviting mold into my house or warping the hardwood floors (I’ve read humidify higher than 55% can be damaging to wood in the home). Does anyone have experience with the ideal humidity level for calathea, and if it can be achieved without consequence?

    Or or am I completely wrong in my assessment of what is wrong with this plant?

    Thanks!
  • Leaf turned black -Monstera
    Hello! 

    I got this beautiful Monstera a month back and it has been very happy until today. I came back and found that a leaf had turned completely black... not sure why or how. I did re-pot it this weekend so I was thinking maybe it has something to do with that? I used The Sill´s potting mix for that. If anyone has any idea what I can do or what is happening to my beautiful Monstera, please let me know! I want to make sure my plant friend is happy and now I´m very worried about it!

    Thank you!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308938,Laia] ! How often do you water the plant, and what kind of light is it receiving? The black leaf looks like an indication of over watering to me. If the top soil has remained moist for the past 2-3 days that's usually an indication that the plant isn't receiving enough light. Or there's a chance too much water was poured into the planter! If you believe either to be the case then I'd recommend increasing the plants exposure to light and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The black leaf unfortunately won't be able to bounce back so you can either prune it from the plant, or allow it to naturally take its course. Once you are able to maintain the right balance of care the plant should bounce back and develop new growth!
  • Rubber Plant problem
    Has anyone ever seen this on a rubber Plant?  The plant is healthy and growing but has had these spots even on new growth.   I
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      Pei Do you see any fine webbings? I think you may have a severe spider mites infestation. How's the plant over all doing? Do you have a photo? [308916,Dale Frederick]
  • Fading Snake Plant :(
    I’ve had this snake plant for just over a month or two probably and he’s slowly lost color and hasn’t grown a smidge. He lives in a bright window and I only water him when he’s completely dried out. Recently repotted, so hopefully that will help with the growth but not sure what’s up with the color!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Naomi! It looks like you have a Sansevieria moonlight which is going to naturally have a paler hue to the foliage. Considering these are slower growers it'll probably take a while before you notice new growth developing. However, a good way to promote new growth is to give the plant as much bright indirect light as possible and watering as soon as the soil dries out completely! Other than that the plant still looks super healthy and happy to me!
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      Pei Snake plant is a natural slow grower. If you want to encourage it, you can give a tad of fertilizer during the active growing season. However, I wouldn't worry about it too much :)

      What color was it before? Did it turn paler or darker?
  • Please help my schefflera!
    I’ve had my schefflera arboricola for over a year, and it’s been happy and healthy the whole time. Suddenly, after not changing anything, it started getting yellow leaves, which would eventually drop if I didn’t remove them myself. It’s affecting entire stems. There hasn’t been any new growth for almost a month, and a majority of the more mature leaves are cupped and all of the stems are drooping. I repotted after suggestions that it was root bound, but have seen no improvement. Please help me bring my little guy back from the brink!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308817,Max]! It seems like there is just an imbalance in the care routine that is causing the Schefflera to look sad but its overall health doesn't look very concerning. I would just make sure moving forward that the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light, and you allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. If the planter you paired it with doesn't have a drainage hole it's good to remember to not pour more than 1/3 of the soils volume in water. This ensures a high excess of water isn't accumulating at the bottom and getting to the roots! This is basically imagining you are only pouring enough water to fill about a 1/3 of the containers size. Once the right balance is maintained the plant should bounce back in no time :)
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      Pei How are you watering the plant? Also how much sun does it get? [308817,Max]
  • Help
    I do not know what is wrong with my plant. I started off with some healthy leaves that were growing, but I believe it is starting to die. I need to repot it but not sure if that is the major issue.

    *THIS IS THE SAME PLANT IN PERVIOUS POST*

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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308789,Olivia] ! How long has the plant been in its container for? What kind of light is it receiving? Do you allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings?
  • HELP
    I do not know what is wrong with my plant. I started off with some healthy leaves that were growing, but I believe it is starting to die. I need to repot it but not sure if that is the major issue.
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      Pei How are you watering the plants??
  • Brown Spot Help
    I'm not sure exactly what this plant is bit both old and new growth is browning. Any help you xan give as to identifying the issue would be greatly appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata What kind of light is the plant receiving/how dry do you let the soil get before watering again?
  • Browning Fiddle Leaf Fig
    Can someone help identify what might be thr cause of these brown spots? The plant is fairly new and was growing new leaves but they immediately turned brown and fell off and now some of the older leaves are also turning brown. Help please
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Amber! Since the spots looks more purply/red by the photo it makes me believe its edema. This is a very common ailment for Fiddles and is caused by moisture stress (i.e. under or over watering). Fiddles prefer to be close to a window that receives plenty bright indirect light to full sun, and should be allowed to dry out between waterings. However, the frequency of watering may be increased when the plant is actively growing and receiving optimal light conditions. I would try either increasing the light levels for the plant if you don't believe its receiving enough and start by watering once the soil has dried out completely. It'll be a good routine to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast the plant takes up water! The Fiddle should bounce back in no time once the right balance of care is maintained :)
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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 :)