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  • Succulent help
    Hi, I"m new here. I have this Assorted Echeveria in Mini High and as you can see the base is dead. It did well for a while. I was rotating when it would start to lean but now the base is dead and the plant us unstable. What do i do?is it savable?
  • Monsterra brown spots on leaves
    Hi, I got a new plant about 3 weeks ago and a few of the leaves have developed brown spots. I water it once a week once the top of the soil is dry and it gets good sunlight (northeast facing window). How can I fix this?
  • Rubber tree , dropping all leaves
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michelle! From what I can see the Rubber tree looks super thirsty - usually when the petioles on the plant begin to droop it's ready for water. I'd aerate the soil with a chopstick/pencil in case it has compacted around the roots then give the plant a thorough watering. It should perk back up after a few days with enough light as well! Also for your grow light, the light should be placed over the plant to hit the foliage since this is the part of the plant that captures light energy. Keeping it underneath the foliage is most likely not providing as much as it would if it was above the plant!
  • Time for repot?
    Hi! I’ve noticed some roots? I think? Is it time for a larger pot?
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Madison! How long has the plant been in this container? If it's been awhile have you noticed it growing significantly?
  • Brown tips
    I don't know what is the name of the plant but watering and place of the plant did't change. Is shows browning on a tips of the leafs. What can be a cause?
  • Valentine Hoya
    Will my Hoya heart from 2 years ago ever grow into a vine or is this it. I read that only 10% actually grow and it's a big valentine's day scam
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      Paris Lalicata Since the Hoya heart is a rooted leaf cutting from the Hoya kerri plant it'll take a lot of TLC and patience before noticing any new growth on the cutting. This could take anywhere between 5-7 years depending on the growing conditions the plant is provided! Also, at times it's usually a 50/50% chance that the rooted leaf cutting will actually have the petiole intact so it can grow into a full plant- and this is completely dependent on the time of the season and how efficient growers are at propagating the plant. While most occasions new growth will sprout, others the cutting will remain as a cute little heart shaped leaf indefinitely. I hope this helps!
  • Date palm disaster
    My date palm has slowly but surely been dying on me. I’m an Ohio resident so we’re Experiencing cold weather. I moved the palm to a very warm area of the home in case it was getting too cold. Now I am misting the leaves 1-2 times a day and not seeing much results. Help me help my palm please! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Brooke! It looks like the Palm could be showing signs of distress due to inconsistent waterings or not enough light. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material to enhance the appearance. Place the plant in a window that received plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings! The plant should still be able to make a comeback :)
  • You Grow Girl Needs a little help!
    We got this Swiss Cheese Monstera as an awkward little sideways cutting.
    It is growing okay but the stem is a little leggy.
    Do you think we could repot this a little deeper in the soil to cover the original stem and center the plant for more stability and a better appearance now?
    Any advice appreciated.
    Thanks!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Anne! I would say your best bet for this plant is to train the stem to climb vertically instead like they do in the wild. You can create your own moss pole, or find already made ones online ready to use. When incorporating it into the soil you'll want to use either fishing line, or some kind of fastener to train the stem up the pole! The plant will certainly thrive better growing this way, grow bigger leaves, and develop new fenestrated growth as long as the right care is maintained as well!
  • Crying Croton!
    This is a picture of my friend’s Croton plant. It is sitting by a window and being water every 1.5-2 weeks! The leaves are falling off. Even the ones that look healthy just fall off. For the past week, the leaves have been falling off daily. Please save this plant! Thanks

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      Shanet Thanks so much Paris!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! Considering it sounds like you are keeping up with watering the Croton is most likely dropping leaves due to not receiving enough light. These guys LOVE lots of bright indirect light to full sun. The new growth coming in green rather than pigmented is also a sign of too low of light. Therefor I'd recommend increasing the light by moving it closer into a window, or incorporating artificial light!
  • What's Happening to my Dumb Cane?
    Purchased a dumb cane about a week ago from my local hardware store. The largest leaves were somewhat faded and have now completely wilted/look yellow. It's in the original plastic pot/soil I purchased it in and the soil is moist. What's happening?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Noelle! The yellowing looks like over watering - either due to watering the plant before it was ready or if it was placed in too low light (could be due to overcast). I'd remove the dead plant material and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Ensure it's getting plenty of light and it should be able to bounce back! It's also natural for new plants to shed older leaves as they acclimate into a new environment. So it's possible that it's a combination of that as well!
  • Money Tree Leaves Turning and Dropping!
    The past few weeks/months leaves on my money tree have quickly started turning yellow/brown and dropping. At first I thought it was just due to the winter and lack of long sunny days. But I am worried now that something else is going on, as more and more leaves are turning. I water this guy once about every 2-3 weeks, when soil is dry a few inches down. All last year this plant was flourishing in this same spot in my apartment with the same watering schedule. Any help would be appreciated!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Caitlyn! It could be a combination of moisture stress or decreased light levels due to Winter. Especially if you don't allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. I'd recommend removing dead/yellow plant material and holding off on waterings until the soil dries out. If you allow the soil to dry out and water the plant and it still yellows then it could be due to lack of light!
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  • Calathea blues
    Hi! My calathea rattlesnake has been having a hard time for a while now:/ drying up leaves, losing her purple color and now bending? Pls help! I cut back on watering and currently leave a cup of water by her to up humidity 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! It sounds like the plant isn't getting enough light, especially if that purply pigment isn't displaying. I'd recommend moving the plant closer to a light source that provides more bright indirect light, but no direct sun. Allow the soil to dry out half way between waterings, and keep humidity localized. The plant should be able to bounce back!
  • My Ficus - at least I think it's a ficus
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      Paris Lalicata Hi John! It actually appears you have a large beautiful umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla) rather than a Ficus. The plant could be leaning considering it's top heavy which is natural for plants to drop lower older leaves overtime! If you wish to keep the height of the plant then providing plenty of light for the plant should help encourage it to grow towards the light source and stand more upright. However, if you're looking to downsize the plant then I'd recommend propagating the plant by air layering to facilitate root development at a point on the main stems a few inches below the nearest healthy leaf! This way once roots develop you can cut the stalks a few inches below the new roots and repot so the plant is smaller in height and bushier in appearance. The remaining stalks left behind in the planter may also generate new growth down the line as well!
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      John Any guesses as to whether I can prune this plant, leaving no leaves, and whether it will sprout new ones? Or perhaps that will just end it. Thanks!
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  • Plant ID ?
    Can anyone identify what plant this is? 
  • Bird’s Nest advice!
    I’ve had this plant for years now and only recently learned that it’s a Bird’s Nest. I’m admittedly a plant novice so my care has consisted of basically just watering it every two weeks or so with misting in between. I recently repotted it and noticed that the leaves felt like they were curling in quite a bit - does anyone know if that’s natural or what might be causing it? Is it too crowded? Any advice would be much appreciated! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Andrew! While the variety of this plant is called "Birds Nest" it's still a Snake plant (Sansevieria hahnii) . Therefor it'll tolerate low light, but will thrive in bright indirect light conditions (not suited for direct sun) and should be allowed to dry out between waterings. There's a chance the leaves are curling inwards either due to the plant being ready for more water, or if it's become pot bound in the container!