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What plant is on your mind?

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  • Brown spot on philodendron
    Help! I recently got this beautiful medium moonlight philodendron from a nursery (not sill), and now it has this brown spot! I thought it was due to heat damage cause i had a candle lit nearby once (read: at least 6” away). Concerned if its fungal/bacterial/or watering issue
  • Spider Proof Plants?
    I recently found a yellow sac spider hiding in my pothos. Luckily I haven't found a sac or nest in the plant, but I really don't want these guys making a home in my indoor plants. Are there any methods or treatments I can use to keep spiders away from my plants? I tried to do some googling but could only find tips for spider mites. Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jasmine! If you noticed normal spiders in your plants no worries, they won't harm you or the plant and will just trap any pests in or around your plant. To keep these guys away from your plants however, you can simply spray the plant lightly with a neem oil or insecticidal soap of your choosing bi-weekly or as a spot treatment!
  • bird of paradise help
    my bird of paradise has some kind of white bug on it. I've been wiping it clean with rubbing alcohol weekly for about 3 weeks, but it keeps returning. any other ideas?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi T! It looks like mealy bugs if you look up closely and see them move, or see tails. Otherwise it looks like mildew from the plant staying in too moist/humid conditions!
  • hmm weird substance
    I got this plant from the sill - I believe its a peperomia but I could be wrong. What is this odd material on the soil surface? mold? is it bad for the plant?
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      Paris Lalicata The yellow mushrooms on the soil looks like it could be Leucocoprinus birnbaumii. These are very commonly found growing in house plant soil and usually appears if the spores were to become present and given the right conditions. This is a perfectly natural occurrence when bringing the outdoors in, and even the natural mycorrhizal fungi that lives in the soil already can produce these mushrooms (mushrooms are referred to as the "Fruit of Fungi") if given optimal conditions in which to thrive.The only purpose the fungus serves is to break down dead organic matter in the soil and doesn't actually harm the plant! However, if the fungus is ingested by people or pets it can potentially be toxic. Moving forward, I'd recommend replenishing the plant with fresh sterile soil to prevent this from further developing and regenerating. You'll want to make sure you discard the plant soil, and sterilized any tools/your hands/container to rid of any spores that may have infected these items.
  • How can I propagate ruby Cascade?
    I had to cut back the Mom plant because she was losing her top leaves and middle leaves but still promoting new growth. I was wondering if I could propagate the systems I have cut from the mama plant and if so how? Thank you
  • Cactus Identification and Care Question
    I bought this cactus last month and was hoping somebody would be able to help me identify the specific type. 

    Now for the care piece -the ridges towards the top of the cactus in the attached image seems to be flimsy. I've watered once since purchase on Sept 13 (Sept 24), so I would assume over watering is not the issue. Should I be worried about the flimsy top (is that the same as "soft" which usually signals root rot?). And if so, are there ways to check for health besides taking it out of the pot because that's not too easy. Other notes - the soil is completely dry at the moment down at least two inches. I’ve also just picked up a grow light on the chance that insufficient sun is the culprit.
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      Greg Additional picture to help with identification
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  • Happy Rubber Tree
    I have had this rubber tree for several years, and recently repotted it.  I am delighted that it is sprouting new leaves and very happy.  I am enjoying seeing the burgundy shoots unfold as new growth emerges.
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      Paris Lalicata Connie your rubber tree is beautiful! I love how sheer red the sheaths are that protect the new growth. My Philo congo looks similar and I love it!
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      Connie Burgundy growth!
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  • Droopy Pothos
    Hi all, 
    bought this Pothos at the Sill a few months ago. It used to stand erect and a couple weeks ago I came home from a short vacation where I watered it before I left but not on it’s normal day, and I came back and it was droopy like this. I water once a week with a little bit of plant food. I know my Pothos will eventually grow into a vine so not sure if it’s growing downward or im doing something wrong. Advice appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Karly! So wilting is usually an indication of moisture stress, either over or under watering. Considering there aren't any yellowed leaves I'd say the plant is under watered, so I'd go ahead and give it a drink and allow excess to drain out. You'll want to give the plant a few days to perk back up depending on how long they have been drooping. Once the soil dries out completely, or when the plant begins to droop again it'll be time for another watering!
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Troubleshooting
    My fiddle Leaf fig has been struggling for a bit. It's leggy with not a whole lot of new growth... The smaller lower leaves it did have, I plucked off because they were covered in brown spots and I was worried it was a fungal infection. ... I have already checked for root rot and am in the clear. But just in case, I let the soil dry out really well before watering again this morning. The leaves started to look green again, but tonight when I came home, I found NEW big brown spots on the leaves. What could this be?
  • Hoya Heart
    Help! My friends just sent me a Hoya Heart as a gift. I watered it upon arrival and put it in a windowsill, but it started turning brown at the root and has grown steadily worse day by day. Now over half of the heart is brown. What does it need? 
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig with Brown Spots
    I got this fiddle leaf fig from a local plant shop about a month ago, and it's been pretty happy living on my southeast facing windowsill. I water it about once a week. I noticed recently that some of its leaves have brown spots in various places, and I am worried that it has an infection. I don't think it's a fungal infection, based on the lighter color of the brown spots, and the fact that I don't think I'm overwatering it (it's pot has drainage). I am worried that it has a bacterial infection, based on what I've read online, but I am not sure and I don't know how to treat it if it does have it! Can anyone help?

    I will post more pictures in the comments.

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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julianne! Rather then sticking to a calendar schedule, do you check the soil before you water the plant? Considering day light hours are decreasing, the angle of the sun isn't as intense, and plants will be taking up water more slowly. Therefor, your plant may be displaying overwatering symptoms if you're not checking the soil before watering the plant. Therefor I would check the soil, if it has dried out completely it'll be safe to water. Any damaged plant material can be removed to enhance the appearance. I would remove the top growth tip by cutting an inch above the closest, healthy node (where leaf attaches to stem). So that overtime as the plant bounces back new growth will start to develop at the top again!
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      Greg This happened to mine as well (except just browning with no leaves falling off). I moved it further away from the window and it seemed to do better without the direct sun.
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      Julianne One of its fallen leaves :(
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  • Fiddle Fig Troubleshooting
    Hi! I rescued this fiddle fig exactly a month ago from my local nursery. It came with the brown stops on the lower leaves but overall I loved it to so much I brought it home. What I noticed is that it has these tiny holes in some of the leaves and I am not sure if it is pests or moisture loss? I wipe the leaves with water and soap once a week and have not found any pests. However last time I watered it (6 days ago) I saw a small white worm (larvae looking) come out of the drainage hole!! But I haven't seen flies or anything so what is the best way to treat it? Originally I had it probably 20 feet from a west facing window for 3 weeks and realized that was not the best spot as other leaves are turning a little brown so now I have it right in front of another west facing window by itself. So I fixed the light issue if it was that.  Watering isn't an issue because since I got it, I knew how particular it was about water so I use the moisture meter to check when it needs water and make sure not to overwater! I do not want to repot it because I am scared it would go into shock. Also, I already removed 2 leaves 2 weeks apart so it doesn't go into shock. I appreciate any help I can get and look forward to the Q&A on Instagram on Thursday. Thank you.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Ashley! The holes on the foliage don't look concerning. They either appear to be leaf splitting due to either an arid environment or mechanical damage. Fiddles shouldn't be placed in a high traffic area as they don't like their leaves constantly being brushed up against. It's perfectly natural for plants to drop a few leaves as they acclimate into a new environment, especially if you change its position several times within the home. Therefor, as long as you maintain the right balance of care the plant should continue to thrive! It sounds like the bugs in the soil could be some sort of garden centipede which are completely harmless to you and your plants, and just feed off of excess organic material within the soil. The best way to get rid of these guys is to simply dispose of all the older soil when you transfer this plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger with fresh soil since they can't live in those plastic containers indefinitely. Hope this helps!
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  • Cactus Help
    Hello, 

    A few months ago I inherited a beautiful 30 year old cactus. I was given instructions to water it thoroughly once a month which I have been doing. The cactus lives by a large window so gets plenty of natural light. It had a few brown spots on it when I got it but I feel like it is just not looking very happy or healthy. Hoping someone has some advice for me! It also was a bit dusty and I've tried to clean it with a sponge and water but hoping someone maybe has a better cleaning solution for me.

    Thank you!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sylvia! It looks like the cactus may have developed a fungal/bacterial 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. Therefor, give it plenty of bright indirect light to full sun and allow the soil to dry out completely. You'll also want to use any general plant fungicide and follow the label provided for what I think is a 10 day period to further treat the plant and see if it can be saved if this is the case! As far as cleaning the plant, the best solution I think is just diluting a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar in the water. This helps rid of any dust, dirt, salt deposits, and makes them super shiny!
  • What's this?
    Do you know what kind of plant this is? I found and propagated it when I was on vacation in Naples, Fla. Last week.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [311048,Khristy] ! It looks like you may have actually propagated the blooms of a Heliconia species. Otherwise I'm actually stumped on what this guy could be!
  • Plant ID + what is wrong?
    I'm wondering why the leaves have begun to lighten. Is it overwatering or something else?

    I've not had this kind of plant before and don't know its needs. 

    It's been on our office window sill in full light facing south, and it seemed to be loving it for months. It grew a lot and was always a lush green. Now leaves are veiny and I'm curious how to help.

    It's also getting large for its pot, but for aesthetic reasons in our office, I can't repot it...can I snip some leaves off the bottom and get it to grow into more of a tree?

    It also hasn't been fertilized since we got it around May.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

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      Paris Lalicata Hi [311036,Calico] ! How often do you water? What kind of light does the plant receive? Usually yellowing is a sign of over watering, however, if the leaves yellow but don't drop from the plant we could be looking at a nutrient deficiency. If you believe this to be the case but can't replenish the plant with fresh, nutrient rich soil then it'd be best to dilute a standard indoor plant fertilizer into the water that you give the plant!