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  • 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]
  • Plant ID and Help!
    No idea what this plant is, but since moving a few months ago, he’s gotten these weird purple-y brown edges, growing weird, and losing a lot of leaves. Can anyone ID and tell me what he needs? I only water when he’s dried out. He’s in a bright window so it might just be too much sun?
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      Paris Lalicata Pei is right this is a beautiful succulent! So as much bright indirect light to full sun will make this plant super happy, and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The purply edges is natural characteristic the succulent will display so I wouldn't be concerned about those! If you allow the soil to dry out between waterings the yellowing could be a sign of either not enough light, or just the plant acclimating into it's new environment. During that process its perfectly natural for plants to shed leaves!
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      Pei It's a Kalencho succulent :) I have one and I love it.

      Succulents, in general, need plenty of sunlight (direct if possible). And yes, you are doing it right – only water when it's completely dry out. I also pay attention to the leaves, it will wrinkle when it's thirsty. Quite fun :)
  • 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?
  • Repotting Monstera?
    Hi everyone! Just wondering if anyone could tell me if it’s time to repot my monstera, received as a gift from the sill on Valentine’s Day 2019. If so can I go a few sizes up or just next size up. And any ideas of where I can Home this guy because my cats love to munch on his leaves so hanging is my only
    option right now but I don’t know if there’s any other ideas I’m missing! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Emily! I agree with Pei- transferring the plant into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger will give the plant plenty of room to continue growing. As far as keeping the plant out of reach of your cats you can certainly try hanging the plant again, but it'll need to be a more sturdier fixture attached to the ceiling that can support the plants weight after it's watered. You can also try getting a really tall plant stand that and place the plant where they can jump near or around it!
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      Pei I would definitely up-pot to an 8". But I don't think you can hang it when it's that size, can be dangerous if it falls...

      I have two cats that will occasionally nibble on my plants. but I found they only do it when they are bored. I heard great things about mixing essential oil with water and mist it around the plants. Good luck :)
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  • 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??
  • Birds Nest Fern Help
    I've had my fern for almost two weeks and noticed the edges and tips have started getting crispy and brown but also the lowest leaves are droopy. I read it could be from underwatering but the soil is consistently moist and I'm worried I'll be overwatering if I do more. I tried moving it to the bathroom for humidity the past couple days. Any more tips or tricks? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! If the top soil has remained moist the plant is most likely not receiving enough light to take up the water. Therefor I would move the plant into an area that receives plenty of medium-bright indirect light! It'll be a good routine to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast the plant is taking up water. Once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out the plant will be ready for another drink. Since 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! I would prune the damaged leaf tips back to shape, and once the right balance of care is maintained the plant should bounce back in no time! Humidity can be boosted by either placing the plant on wet pebble tray, using a humidifier, or putting it in a bathroom that receives daily humidity from showers as long as there's a window. You can also group plants together and as they transpire water from the leaves this creates a little micro-climate for them where humidity is localized!
  • Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308710,Clare Launder] !  It's perfectly natural for plants to shed a leaf or two given the conditions they are exposed to in transit. I would recommend removing them from the plant to enhance the appearance and monitor its health! Pothos can tolerate low light, but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light. The plant will be ready for another watering once the soil has dried out completely to the bottom!
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      Clare Launder I bought this one week ago and haven't watered it yet (it arrived with yellow leaves and the guide says that is caused by over-watering). What should I do?
  • 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 :)
  • Rattlesnake Calathea Help
    Hi,

    The plant seems to be healthy and new leaves are coming up, but a few of the leaves are drying up and browning at the tips and other parts of the leaves. What does the mean? What should I do with parts of the leaves that are dried up?
    Thanks!!
     

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      Paris Lalicata Hi Danielle! It looks like the symptoms could be caused by over or under watering. What kind of light is the plant receiving, and how dry do you let the soil get before watering again?
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      Danielle Here is a picture!
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