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  • Dying Purple Passion Leaves
    These are the two leaves that are completely dead or close to it (I assume). 

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    I have two leaves that are dying at the very base of the plant. Do I just cut them off at the stalk? I am afraid to take them off incorrectly because I do not want to harm my overall plant (it is my favorite after all). 

    Also is it normal for plants to lose leaves at their base as they grow? Or am I doing something wrong? 

    Thank you for the help I am brand new to plants and have quickly grown a passion for them. 

    I attached a picture of the two leaves that are dying. The rest of the plant looks super healthy. 

    For reference this plant is grown strictly indoors under a grow light. 

    Thank you again!
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      Mary Here is a picture of the Purple Passion plant as a whole. It seems very healthy to me.
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  • Fiddle leaf fig
    Hi! I just got this fiddle leaf from Lowe’s, is this a proper placement for him? Any tips on overall care? Thank you!
  • Sad Philodendron
    Please help! I've been watering once a week. I just moved to an apartment with dry radiator heat, v.s. central heat. Not sure what's happening - worried about the browning. 
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      Hailey Thank you!
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      Kaity I’ve moved with plants quite a bit and most them usually go thru a short adjustment period, often showing a little a stress in the beginning such as your plant is showing. I would give it a bit more time to adjust, maybe 2-3 weeks more.
      It’s also my understanding philodendron prefer indirect medium-bright light. I suggest trying to move it away from the window a couple feet, maybe on a nearby table or hanging. And continue to water like normal, it will appreciate a consistent schedule :)
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      Hailey additional photo
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  • Help for aloe plant
    I received an aloe plant on March 13th and watered it that day. I watered it again today, March 26th. I also just moved the plant to better sunlight today. The problem is I think 2-3 of the leaves could be pulled right out. At the base those leaves are discolored (brown) and are mushy. Should I remove those leaves and is there anything else I should do?
  • Hi! Can anyone identify these plants? :) thx
  • Hi! Can anyone identify these plants? :) thx
  • SOS money tree
    Hi there! I could use some help with my money tree, please. I’ve had it for about 3.5 years now, and repotted it last summer. For about the last year, it has been very sad- losing leaves consistently and not growing much. I thought it had outgrown its old pot, which was about half the size of the new one. It didn’t seem to help. I’m not sure how to help it, please let me know your thought!

    Also, it doesn’t seem to allow me to upload more than one photo. The soil isn’t moldy, and the pot is about 8 inches deep.
    Thank you!!
  • Sad Plant! Leaves dying one by one from the bottom up.
    Any ideas as to why my plant is slowly dying from the bottom up? This has happened over the last month or so to 4-5 leaves. Please help :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Matthew! It appears the plant is either showing signs of moisture-related stress, or not receiving enough light. I'd remove the dead plant material. Either increase the plants' exposure to light, or monitoring your watering more frequently!
  • Sad cactus
    Any ideas as to why my cactus is getting pale spots? All the babies at the bottom are a super light green/tan color and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Angelina! There's a chance your Cactus is starting to cork which is a natural process with age for them. I personally have been seeing this with my Cacti as well. Otherwise, if the discoloration starts to enlarge and spread to most of the plant then it could be due to a fungal infection possibly!
  • Stunted Pothos?
    Bought almost a year ago and it did not grow at all. I think this is the exact same size when I first got them. Unlike my other Pothos plants which have noticeable growth and I got them at the same time. Do I need fertilizer? Repot? Help! Thank you.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Noelle! Plants will only grow as large as the environment will allow them. Therefore, if you've kept this plant in a lower light area this is why new growth never developed. I'd recommend repotting the plant with fresh soil so it has plenty of nutrients. I'd increase its exposure to light, and water accordingly. I wouldn't worry about fertilizing until Summer since you'll be repotting the plant with fresh nutrients already. From there you should def start to see the plant developing new growth!
  • Plant help
    Any recommendations on why this plant is looking soo sad? What type of plant this is and best ways to care for this plant? Newbie to indoor plants:)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Melissa! This is a Calathea, and usually, when the leaves curl inwards this is a sign that it needs more water. Especially if it's accompanied by wet soil.  If the soil has mostly dried out then the plant is drooping due to needing more water. If so, aerate the soil with a pencil chopstick in case it got compacted and water the plant. Allow a few days to go by to give the plant some time to perk back up. If the soil is still moist then I would increase the light and allow it to dry out before watering. The plant should be able to bounce back!
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      Neal F Harris It looks like a Prayer Plant and I think it is REALLY THIRSTY! ;)
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      *belia* I bought the same one and mine looks the same. Have you figured it out yet?
  • Banana peels as fertilizer?
    Hi! Curious about using banana peels as fertilizer for plants that seem to be lacking in some nutrients, notably phosphorous and potassium. When I was looking up fertilizer options I saw that bananas could be used and since I have a couple on hand, I was going to reserve the peels to try this. I'm curious though if this actually works and if so, what's the best medium to go about it - fermenting them in water and then spraying that on the plants (a peace lily specifically but potentially others if it's not harmful to them), dehydrating the peels and adding that to the soil before watering, or just burying the peels directly after chopping them up. 

    Thoughts?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi! The banana peels will act as a slow release fertilizer but it isn't all balanced so it doesn't provide all micro/macro nutrients essential for plants. Therefore, it'll be best to incorporate this along with another fertilizer unless your soil is nutrient rich already. Important thing to keep in mind however is that using organic materials like this in the soil can attract pests. Not always the ones that will eat our plants, but ones that are a nuisance to us. (gnats, ants) I'd say the easiest way to use this is to chop it up and incorporate it into the soil!
  • Sad fern!
    My fern is looking super sad all of a sudden. I noticed some leaves were crunchy so I gave it more water. It also looks a little droopy. I’ve had this fern for a little over a year or maybe just about a year and until now it has been a happy green fern. Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Idalia! If you haven't repotted the plant with fresh soil in a year then it could be a nutrient deficiency. Otherwise it could be due to over watering. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material. Repot the plant if it needs it. Ensure it's getting plenty of light, and you allow about half the soil to dry out between waterings. If the plant is placed in a low light area then I'd allow the soil to dry out between waterings. It should be able to bounce back for you!
  • Yellow/brown leaf tips
    Hi group,
    This is my corn plant. I’ve had it since December 1, 2019. It gets lots of indirect bright light because it’s positioned between a south and west window in the corner. I water it about every week and a half but I base it on whether the top inch and a half of soil is dry or not. The air is dry in here with the heat so I try to mist it each week or more if I remember. I also have it on a turntable so that I can rotate the plant so the other side gets equal light. As you can see from the second pic, the moisture meter is at three. This is where it always is and the top soil is dry for about an 1.5” down. Everything you read says this is caused by either overwatering or under watering which is so frustrating for me. Does anyone know the reason for this and how to correct it? Yellow/brown leaf tips also happen on a few of my peace lilies. Thanks a lot! 🙂
    2nd pic coming up...
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      Veejkay Moisture meter is never below three or above three
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  • It grow horizontally (I think)
    Hi group,
    If anyone could help me identify this cactus I’d appreciate it. It was tipping over in it’s little 6 inch grow pot when I bought it; it seems to only grow horizontally. It looks like there’s little babies growing along each arm -  I don’t know what will happen when they get larger but for now it’s unusual and I really love it but would like to know what type of cactus this is.
    not sure if I can send more than one pic but I’ll try.  Thanks!
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      Veejkay Hi Paris!
      Thank you for your reply – this is exactly why I joined a forum like this - to learn more about all the plants out there (and that I can add to my collection 🥰)!
      I googled what you said and it’s also called a corn cob cactus (but not really a cactus 😉)!
      You gave me so much great info. - Thanks so much! I hope we can talk again! 🌵🍄🌼
      And feel free to just call me “V”. 🙂
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veejkay! This is such a beautiful Euphorbia mammillaris you were able to get your hands on (I'm jealous)! Therefore, the plant is a succulent rather than a cactus, even though they look like them!
      The plant was most likely becoming top heavy which caused it to grow more horizontally rather than vertically. However, when you do a little more research they seem to have a more unusual growth pattern once they grow into a larger specimen. Whenever you feel comfortable you can propagate the new offsets growing on the stalks by cutting them with pruners or using a sharp sterile knife. Don't worry, more will always grow on them down the line to keep propagating :)
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      Veejkay 2nd pic
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