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What plant is on your mind?

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  • Philodendron worries
    My philodendron is looking a little bit dead as the stem gets closer to the soil... what is my problem here? The only confusing part is that the leaves themselves look to be healthy, some are even growing new little leaves. I feel like this is an issue that can be easily fixed/saved, I just don’t know what to do. Help!
  • Spider plant help!!
    My spider plant Shelob is not happy. Lots of black/brown spots in the middle of the leaves. Some new babies, but they always die before they bloom. What’s the matter here?? Thanks everyone!!! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Whitney! It seems like the symptoms could be due to moisture stress. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light, and only water once the soil dries out completely !
  • money tree
    my money tree needs some help. i have been losing a lot of leaves because they dry out but im watering it a good amount every week. im a beginner with house plants so any tips would help! ❤️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hally! Are you ensuring you are watering once the soil dries out completely? There's a chance you're not pouring enough water considering there is moss as a top dressing for the plant that can absorb water being poured in!
  • Pothos Turning Yellow
    A month or so ago I transplanted her from a plastic growing pot to this ceramic pot with one drain hole at the bottom. At first she seemed to love it! I then washed her in shower to dust her off and water her, but I think that overwatered her :/ one leaf was started to yellow about a week ago and now a few more are turning. I have watered her in about 2 weeks since and her soil is like a dry moist, if that makes sense. Did I kill her?! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Tanisha! No worries you didn't kill you plant as it still looks happy and healthy despite some yellowing. You can prune off those yellow leaves since they won't be able to bounce back! Make sure the plant is getting plenty of light, and you only water once the soil dries out completely :)
  • Poor Figiro the Fiddle
    I am not sure what is going but my poor FiddleFig isn’t looking too good these days. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How often do you water? It looks like the plant is remaining to dry between waterings from the crisping leaves. You'll want to make sure you water the plant once the soil dries out completely, especially if it's exposed to plenty of light/full sun!
  • Aloe Vera Plant Help
    I have a mini aloe vera plant that I absolutely love but unfortunately I think that it is struggling. I do not believe it is over watered but that could be a possibility. It's leaves are starting to curl inwards and they are very delicate however it is still fairly green. I would appreciate any help I can get, I'm really hoping to get my aloe vera plant healthy again!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Usually when an Aloe vera starts to "pucker" it's usually a sign that it's ready for more water. If the plant is getting plenty of light, and the soil has dried out completely then it'll be safe to go ahead and water the plant and give it a few days to perk back out!
  • ZZ plant turning brown and crispy?
    I have had this 4” ZZ plant for about 6 months, and it’s been super happy and growing like crazy. I would water it once a month and it seems to like that (even though the dirt would be completely dry for awhile) but now that it’s getting into winter the tips of the leaves are browning and turning crispy. My plant isn’t near a cold window or drafts so idk what to do! Does it need more water or less water??? The rest of the plant seems totally fine though besides the top of two stalks 
  • Money tree and cat pee.
    Hi. Hello! Would you have any advice on resurrecting a money tree that my cat decided to pee in? I think mr cash money is very disturbed by the occurrence.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Liz! I would recommend changing out the soil completely with fresh soil for the plant as this will help deter your cat from wanting to use it again as a litter box. Give the plant plenty of bright indirect light and allowing it to dry out between waterings!
  • Spider plant
    My spider plant has been living in my bathroom for months. Last night my 5yr old was cold after her bath and i didnt realize she cranked the heat ALL the way up in there so much that i couldnt sit on the toilet this morning it was SO hot. But my poor spider plant got the short end of the stick. My mom suggested not cutting it yet because its already so traumatized. Is there anything I can do for it? I feel so bad 😭 I've just started, after 25 years, keeping plants alive!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alyssa! So sorry to hear that your Spider plant got a little too hot. Best thing to do moving forward is to remove any dead plant material, and prune any damaged leaf tips back to shape so you can monitor the plants health in the road ahead. Give it plenty of light, water accordingly, and keep it in a more temperature controlled environment so it's not exposed to hot/cold drafts. From the looks of the plant it should be able to bounce back!
  • Brown Spots
    We’ve had this cactus for over a year now. He recently formed these brown spots at his base. He is in our living room with no sun light and he gets water once a month. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Megan! The spotting could be an indication that the plant is receiving plenty of moisture, but not enough light. I would recommend increasing the plants exposure to light by moving it by a window or investing in a grow light, and ensure you only water once the soil has dried out completely. On the other hand, if you don't believe moisture stress to be the issue then a fungal 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. You may also want to use any general plant fungicide and follow the label provided for what I think is a 10 day period. Once the right balance of care is maintained and treated the plant should bounce back
  • Sick rubber plant
    Hi,
     This is “Harvey,” my sickly rubber plant. He was a first wedding anniversary gift from my husband in August, and we very much want him to live. 
    When we got him he was seemingly very healthy and lush, but he started losing leaves almost immediately after we repotted him. I know they don’t like too much water, so We’ve tried to wait periods of time between watering, but that only seems to make him limp and week. When we water him, brown spots develop almost immediately. He’s probably lost about 2/3rds of his leaves since we got him. 
    Is there any hope??
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      Pei It looks very dehydrated to me! How much and how often do you water it? Also how much sun does it get? I see that it's right next to a radiator that it can potentially dry out the soil/water faster than it can drink up.
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  • Plant needs help
    Could someone please help me understand what is going wrong with my plant!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lina! This looks like overwatering to me - I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and ensure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Any black/rotted plant material can be removed from the plant as it won't be able to bounce back!
  • How to repot monstera Help!
    It's time for both of my Monsteras to be repotted but I'm nervous of causing root shock or disturbing their growth. Also not sure the type of soil that's best, and the ratio of adding new soil to old soil in the larger pots. All tips and tricks welcome!
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Amanda! If the Monstera are actively growing and have become pot bound then it'll be best to repot into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger with fresh soil. Any standard potting mix will suffice as long as it has good drainage (perlite, vermiculite or sand) and it'll be best to discard of all the old soil since moist of the nutrients have degraded and the consistency/absorbency of soil changes overtime as well!
  • Tiny mosquito
    It is cupple of weeks that several tiny mosquitoes are coming out from the soil of my plants which i keep them inside my flat, I put my Orchids out side ant put a slice of limon on the soil, but it didn't work. What should I do for this problem?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Anousheh! It sounds like you may have some fungus gnats that made their way into your soil. Best thing to do is to allow your soil to dry out more between waterings. From there you can either incorporate Mosquito Bits or Diatomaceous Earth to aid in eradicating any larvae within the soil! Using the standard yellow fly traps will help to kill off the adults to prevent them from breeding. Hope this helps!
  • Sad Little Fern
    Help! I over watered my fern a few weeks ago. It hasn’t been the same since. All of the new growth leaves turned yellow and fell off. It also looks like the center of the plant is trying to push up out of the soil. It is sitting currently in my brightest window. Advise is much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Considering you mentioned the plant was previously overwatered I would give it a little time to bounce back. Giving it plenty of bright indirect light and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings will be the best bet- or you can water once the plant starts to droop. As long as you maintain the right balance of care moving forward the plant should continue to thrive and develop new growth!