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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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  • Fiddle leaf trouble
    Here is a picture of my fiddle leaf. Does anyone know what is causing this ? 
  • I don’t know what’s wrong with my Monstera!
    Recently there have been blackish yellow spots developing on older leaves on my monstera. I’m not sure what this could be or what to do about it. Roots are also popping up out of the top of the soil so could it just need a new pot or are these signs of root rot? Any advice works!
  • Sad maranta
    Hi! I just got my maranta a week ago and in that time, the leaves have started turning yellow and some leaves are brown and curled up. How do I help her?? Thanks so much!
  • Cactus SOS!
    Hi— I have had this cactus (though careful online searching, I believe it is a "Echinopsis pachanoi f. cristata" or a "Crested San Pedro Cactus" for nearly 2 years. About 4 months ago, he (Apollo) began to develop this crusty white material on his side? It has now spread. He is also leaning quite a bit. I have no idea what is going on— have been caring for a and watering as normal— and I have not changed sunlight. Any help appreciated! If I lose this guy I will be heartbroken! 

    As I write this, I realize that I repotted him in July, which was shortly before this appeared. Could this have had anything to do with it? Is there anything I can do now? 
  • ZZ Plant Also Sad :(
    This ZZ plant has been doing really well! But I just noticed this stem flopped over this morning. What could be causing this?
  • African Mask Plant sad :(
    I received this plant as a gift 3 months ago. Unfortunately, I feel like it's been slowly dying ever since. I know these plants can be hard to take care of. I've already cut off 2 smaller leaves that turned completely yellow/orange/brown. Now, the tips of all of the big leaves are turning yellow with some crispy edges. 
    Pot: no drainage (fixing this)
    Light: next to a west facing window
    Water: instructions were to water it 1/2 c. weekly
    Humidity: I just moved it into the bathroom with hopes that will help. I plan on getting a pebble tray with water for it to sit on
  • Watermelon peperomia propagation
    Does anyone know how long it takes for a propagated watermelon peperomia already rooted to grow some babies? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi J! The environmental conditions provided to any individual plant will determine how fast it will ultimately grow down the line. Therefor, as long as you give the plant plenty of light and water accordingly it should thrive and develop new growth! Especially in the Spring/Summer when daylight hours decrease. In the Fall/Winter you won't really notice a lot of new growth on plants unless they are provided with ample light! Hope this helps!
  • string of pearls
    hi! My string of pearls has been losing its pearls or like drying up? Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! What kind of light is provided for the plant? When do you water?
  • Plant ID
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Preston! This is actually an assortment of different plants! It looks like you have a Dracaena compacta, Parlor Palm, Dracaena marginata, Dieffenbachia sp., and possibly a green Croton!
  • Can you use grow light lightbulbs with normal lamps?
    Hi there, I'm wondering if I can put a grow lightbulb into my regular lamp (that has a shade) that's positioned over a lot of my plants, or if I have to specifically use a grow light? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! You can certainly use an integral grow light for any standard lamp you have already. Usually LED or CFL bulbs will be the best ones on the market you should look out for! LED being the best, and also non toxic since it doesn't have mercury gas in it!
  • Parlor palm help!
    Hello! I am a total plant newbie. I just got my first two plants from the sill. My mother has a wonderful green thumb and I’m thinking it skipped a generation but I’m still trying! 
    I got this parlor palm from the sill about 10 days ago and it’s dropping all over the place! I’ve watered it once a week since receiving it and it sits at a window that gets bright indirect light. 
    Is the plant just adjusting to its new home? Is there something I should or shouldn’t be doing? Please be gentle I’m new at this and excited to learn! Thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lenni! It seems like the plant may be dropping leaves due to being over watered. Do you ever check the soil to test for moisture? Or do you stick to a calendar schedule for watering? It's always best to check the moisture of the soil rather then sticking to a schedule since plants only take up water based on the amount of light they are receiving. Therefor, overcast/cloudy days in the winter will keep the soil moist for longer and you may over water the plant. I would recommend checking the soil by inserting your finger to the bottom. Once it has dried out it'll be time to give the plant a drink!
  • Plant Swap Party in LA
    I just saw this event (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-swap-plant-propagation-party-tickets-88930691091) on The Sill's Eventbrite page. Is anyone going? 
  • Monstera Troubles
    Alright fellow plant people...I need some help. I bought a really great monstera this summer and it has gradually reduced to just this piece. I have repotted 4 times now after realizing I had some root rot going on. Each time I've cleaned the roots and potted in well draining soil and kept watering to a minimum. I really thought this last time was going to do the trick, but the leaf has really started to droop. Tonight I pulled it out of the pot and found more rot, even though the soil was dry. I cut above the rot this time (where you see the black line), treated with peroxide (at a suggestion from a google search dealing with root rot) and I plan on keeping it in a glass of water while the one node grows out and/or more roots are produced. Am I on the right track? Any suggestions?
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Nate! So there's a chance if the plant developed root rot initially other parts that may have looked healthy most likely developed it already as well. Which is why despite the proper care the plant continued to decline! (Root rot is a disease) I would say with the final cutting of the plant you certainly may have a shot of getting it to re-root. Cutting any rotting portion off the stem, and sticking it in room-temp water in front of bright indirect light may encourage the aerial root to keep growing and support the plant!
  • Dark spots on Strelitzia?
    Help,

    My indoor Strelitzia Nicolai has recently developed some light brown spots on its leaves and I am nervous it will keep on spreading. I spray it with water every now and then and otherwise make sure the soil is not too dry or too moist.

    Does anyone know what the cause of this can be? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Guri! The symptoms look like either over watering or a fungal infection that developed. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as BOP don't thrive well in low light situations. It'll be good to allow the soil to dry out completely to the bottom of the planter. If it's due to over watering then once balanced with the right care you should notice these symptoms ceasing! However, if the spots continue to spread despite proper care then there's a chance a fungal infection developed
  • Unidentified, troubled plant
    Ordered her online, but she’s completely different from the plant I ordered. It looks like she might be a bromeliad but her leaves are thicker. Her main stem came damaged and started withering. I’m not sure if I should trim that part or leave it be. I’ve been watering whenever her soil a few inches down is dry, but recently the top part of the soil is turning almost grey. She also has a few tiny flies around her. Any help would be much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veerle! Is the plant different from what was pictured when purchased cause there were blooms? It's hard to ID what kind of plant it is from the photo provided, but I agree with Nate that it could be an Amaryllis plant!
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      Nate Hi Veerle, could this be an Amaryllis? Is it growing from a bulb?