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What plant is on your mind?

An area of The Sill dedicated to conversations about plants and gardening in the form of posted messages and threads.

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  • Split leaf philodendron roots?
    I have a very, very larger split leaf philodendron that has begun sending out several stick like roots.... or at least I assume they are roots? They are coming from higher up on the leaf stem, and are very rigid and straight. What does my plant need to continue to be happy? Should I cut these and propagate? See pics! Thank you!
  • Pilea
    My pilea leans pretty harshly:/ I roared it so maybe it’ll even out in search for the sun? Do I need a pole?
  • Gardenia that lost her shine
    Hi plant people, I just received a lovely gardenia and it has been on a slow decline ever since. It started with very glossy leaves, and now they’re full and ampare rough. There are a number of yellow leaves too, and in generally she’s wilting and u happy looking.i read they don’t like water on their leaves so I’ve avoided that, and she’s still indoors. What could be wrong? How can I save her? Thank you!
  • Sad Maranta
    I received this baby about 2 weeks ago and 2 leaves Are losing color are curling up :( according to the insert it could be bc of low humidity. It’s been cold and dry the last 2 weeks , but now starting to warm up where I live. I spritz her with water to try to keep some humidity but it seems like all is failing as the 2nd leaf started to turn . What can I do :( ?? She is also in mes-bright indirect like 
  • Plant food gone wrong!
    I put plant food spikes in the soul but that was clearly a bad idea. I tried repotting but it didn't help. Is there anything else I can do to save this plant?
  • Snake Plant Help
    Hi, I have a snake plant that is easily removed from soil. Looking at the bulb, there are no grown roots. The leaves (except one) are healthy. What's the best way to regrow the roots? I removed it from the soil and it is in a shallow glass of water to propagate. I will try to mix new soil as well. 
  • Mary the peace lily
    This is my peace lily Mary, I have had her for nearly 2 years. She is sentimental to me because I received her after the passing of my dear grandma who she is named after. For at least the past 2 months she has not been looking good. Black edged, weak leaves and droopy. I thought I may have overwatered so I waited for drooping to water. And even though I have not watered her in a week the soil is still damp. I have fertilized and trimmed off the black edges but they still come back. I find even after watering the stems have a bend in them. I have her near a window with indirect sun. Maybe repotting? What can I do? Please help! 
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      Pei Your plant definitely needs a repot. After a year or so, nutrition in the soil will deplete that you need to either resoil, up-pot, or add fertilizers to help the plant growth.

      About the sad symptoms, it sounds to me you have overwatered Mary, unfortunately. Peace lily likes to be in a bright-lit environment and should only be water once every 10-14 days in my experience. I suggest to always feel the soil, and make sure it's at least 2-3" deep dry to touch before you add more water.

      I think your best bet now is to take the plant out, properly examine the root health. Trim away any dead/sick roots (black and mushy) if there's any. And repot it in a bigger planter.

      Good luck!!
  • Help x3 please! =D
    Looking to repot these gifted beauties. Need to identify species first. Please help!

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      Pei bottom right is a draceana and upper right is a Chinese ever green.
      bottom left looks like a dumb cane but i am not 100% sure, and the one in the back is a kalanchoe (a type of succulent).
  • Help IDing
    My husband brought this home to me from his work because it was no longer being taken care of. It is in desperate need of being repotted. Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is and it’s plant care?
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      Pei It is a type of Dracaena. It's a bit hard to tell the leaf variation so I can't say the exact type. But in general, all dracaena like to be in a bright light environment (4-5 hours of early morning or late after sun is fine) and water only when the soil is completely dry out. (from the photo though, it looks like it's super thirsty!).
  • Infection?
    Hi! Does anyone recognize this type of spotting on schefflera? It doesn't seem to be killing the plant outright, but it isn't happy either....
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      Pei They could be a fungal root infection causes by overwatering and low light environments.
  • Please help me ID this plant’s species! 🌱
    Hello!!  I adopted this beauty at a farmers market today without a tag or any known info from the seller.  It resembles a rose but looks tropical at the same time!  The leaves are deep green like most shade loving species.  Please help me determine the species so I may treat it properly!!  Thank you!!  - Katie
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      Pei That looks like a kalanchoe - a type of succulent. are the leaves firm and waxy feel to touch??
  • Lava rocks in outdoor containers with drainage holes
    Hi all - I've been looking into ways to keep soil moist in a container but also allow drainage. I came across The Sill's lava rocks which mentioned it retained moisture (but specifically for planters that don't have drainage). I plan on planting outdoors in containers that do have drainage. So my question is, has anyone tried to use lava rocks at the bottom of their containers that have drainage holes to absorb and release moisture? or once there is a drainage hole are lava rocks pretty much useless? The plants I'm looking to grow will need to be well drained but with moist soil. At the moment I have time to water every day but when I go back into an office, I'm looking for an option where I can trust my plants will be ok every 3 days or so. 

    Any advice is much appreciated. I'm new to this.

    <3 Melissa
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      Pei it really depends on the sizes and types of plants you are planning to have outdoor. To encourage drainage, you can mix perlites for the smaller potted plants (4-8") whereas lava rocks or barks are great to mix in the soil for larger potted plants. Lastly, you also want to be mindful of the type of plants you have. for a humidity loving plant v.s, the dry loving plant is completely different. You can definitely add any medium to encourage airflow in the soil, but you might find yourself watering plants a lot frequently too (also depends on where you live and the time of year!). Hope this helps!
  • What’s Wrong With My Monstera?
    Hi everyone! I recently purchased a Monstera a few weeks ago from The Sill & it’s leaves are starting to brown + curl at the ends as well as some younger leaves turning completely yellow. I water it every Sunday & as of right now (4 days later) when I stick my finger in the soil it’s slightly damp. I recently bought a mister to gently mist it every now & then but is that something that should help? Am I overwatering it? Watering too little? A lighting issue? Help :( 
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      Pei It looks like overwatering and low light issues. Mostera in general likes to be in an indirect bright or a few hours of full sun environment (3-4 hours of the morning or late afternoon sun). I suggest letting the soil dry out at least 2-3 inches deep (always feel the soil with your fingers before you water again) and moving the plant closer to a window. The plant should be sitting within 1-2 feet if you can't put in on a sill.
  • My maidenhair isn't happy
    Hi all, My maidenhair used to be lush, full and bright green. Now the leaves are looking dried out and brown areas are appearing. The new shoots/stems don't establish (see photo). These new shoots/stems seem to get to a point and then die off. 
    I repotted this plant a month or two ago. I have heard they don't like that. 
    I keep it well watered and mist roughly twice a week. It also has a good amount of indirect sunlight. 

    Your advice would be really appreciated. 
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      Pei I suspect you have been overwatering the plant and might also have root/leaf fungle from the misting . Water + misting twice a week is actually a little much for most plants, unless it's sitting in a bright direct light environment (which Maidenhair hates!).

      JFYI that misting doesn't really help with humidity. I've learned my lesson (lost so many plants) because of it. The best way to increase humidity is to either invest in a humidifier, group plants together, or put the plant on a pebble tray.
  • Wilting Peperomia Obtusfolia
    Hello! I have had my Peperomia Obtusfolia (aka Rubber Plant) for a couple of months and have noticed one side of the plant is wilting significantly. This is a bit confusing since the other parts of the plant seem to be okay. I believe it’s getting the proper amount of sunlight (medium, indirect light). I have watered it every 15th day and I am worried I’ve under watered it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help!
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      Pei Every 15th days since a bit too long in my opinion. I suspect it's been underwater. How much water do you give the plant each time though?