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What plant is on your mind?

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  • Sad Fern
    I have these two ferns together — one seems okay and the other is not! It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but it has three of these yellowy, stripey leaves. I didn't think I overwatered it, but could that be the Issue?
  • White dots on Maranta leaves
    What are these white dots on my maranta’s leaves?
  • Maranta pot discoloring
    Hi, why does the pot that my Maranta is in look like this? This started happening a week or two after I potted the plant. Is this harmful to the plant at all?
  • Spider plant help!!
    My spider plant Shelob is not happy. Lots of black/brown spots in the middle of the leaves. Some new babies, but they always die before they bloom. What’s the matter here?? Thanks everyone!!! 
  • What is wrong with my snake plant?
    I've had this cylindrical snake plant for months, and it was doing fine, although it wasn't growing much, up until about 2 weeks ago.  The one spikey part that's by itself, not part of the main plant, start shriveling from the bottom near the dirt and it's moving up.  The plant doesn't need water, the soil is moist near the bottom when I check it with a moisture meter, so what else could be causing this?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kellie! The way the stalk is declining makes me believe it could be due to over watering. Do you allow the soil to dry out between waterings? What kind of light is the plant receiving?
  • money tree
    my money tree needs some help. i have been losing a lot of leaves because they dry out but im watering it a good amount every week. im a beginner with house plants so any tips would help! ❤️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hally! Are you ensuring you are watering once the soil dries out completely? There's a chance you're not pouring enough water considering there is moss as a top dressing for the plant that can absorb water being poured in!
  • Should We Be Worried About Our African Mask Plant?
    We brought this plant home from The Sill (it wasn’t shipped; we picked it up) about a month ago. Within a week or so, we noticed yellow spots on some of the leaves. One leaf, shown, has multiple: one big one (pictured), another similarly sized one (hidden under the other leaf), and one smaller dot (pictured). The leaf on top of it (which is also curling) has a yellowish-brown streak-like marking too. I think only one other leaf has a yellow spot; that spot is small and mostly brown. These blemishes haven’t really changed much since we noticed them. They may have gotten slightly bigger/brighter but it’s hard to tell. In addition, many of the leaves have a yellow-to-blackish tip. Is the plant unhealthy or dying? Is there something we need to do? 😥

    One other note: The plant came with what appears to be a newish leaf. It’s curled and bright yellowish-green. Is it actually a new leaf? If so, why isn’t it opening up or getting darker? 

    As for care: The plant is in a big north/northwest-facing window. We leave the shade fully open for most of the day and close it at night. We also put a blanket between the pot and the shade at night to help block any drafts. (The window is still a little drafty unfortunately.) We water it when most of the soil feels dry (about every week and a half). Our apartment is usually in the 60s temperature-wise. It’s a little dry in here, but we put the African Mask Plant next to three other plants to increase the humidity around it. We are also getting a humidifier. We carefully removed a few dead leaves from it, but we haven’t moved or changed the soil it came with. It was potted at The Sill.

    Thanks for the help! We’re worried we’re doing something wrong that needs to be fixed!
  • Philodendron ‘Silver’ Drooping, Shriveling, and Browning
    We ordered this plant online from The Sill almost a month ago. When it arrived (it was shipped), many of the leaves were partially submerged in the soil. We let it be for a couple weeks, but then removed the leaves that were dead or yellowing. Since then, it seems like it’s been rapidly declining in health (but it used to be fuller before we discarded the damaged leaves, so maybe we just didn’t notice the issues until now). The leaves have started dropping, some of the stems seem totally shriveled/mushy, and leaves are browning too. We’ve been watering it every week or so when most of the soil feels dry. It’s sitting in a north/northwest-facing window with the shade fully open all day. It’s a little drafty, but we try to block the draft at night with a blanket between the pot and the window. What’s wrong with it? We’re worried it’s just going to get worse 🙁
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      E & S Also: when we cleaned out the dead leaves, we tried to unearth some of the other leaves/stems from the soil they were stuck under. Did we accidentally harm the plant?

      My only other note is that we noticed a few small, single, cobweb-like lines across some of the leaves. We haven’t seen any webs in the soil or other bug activity. Just these stray, tiny strands. Thanks!
  • Pothos Turning Yellow
    A month or so ago I transplanted her from a plastic growing pot to this ceramic pot with one drain hole at the bottom. At first she seemed to love it! I then washed her in shower to dust her off and water her, but I think that overwatered her :/ one leaf was started to yellow about a week ago and now a few more are turning. I have watered her in about 2 weeks since and her soil is like a dry moist, if that makes sense. Did I kill her?! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Tanisha! No worries you didn't kill you plant as it still looks happy and healthy despite some yellowing. You can prune off those yellow leaves since they won't be able to bounce back! Make sure the plant is getting plenty of light, and you only water once the soil dries out completely :)
  • Poor Figiro the Fiddle
    I am not sure what is going but my poor FiddleFig isn’t looking too good these days. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How often do you water? It looks like the plant is remaining to dry between waterings from the crisping leaves. You'll want to make sure you water the plant once the soil dries out completely, especially if it's exposed to plenty of light/full sun!
  • Birds Nest Fern turning yellow and brown.
    Unsure what is causing this. I’ve kept it moderately watered and allowed the soil to dry between waterings. Planted in normal potting soil when stones at bottom of the pot to facilitate draining. Near a Low light window 
  • Yellowing edges on Calathea
    Hi! Got this Calathea Freddie from the Sill two weeks ago, and so far have watered it twice (once a week). It’s current home is on the ground in a low light place, indirect light only. Not sure why all the edges are turning yellow and brown, any idea? Am I over watering? The soul was dry when I watered it for the second time! Thanks in advance!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Santana! Yellowing is usually an indication of overwatering. Considering the plant is in a low light area and we are now in the Winter it'll be best to allow the soil to dry out more between waterings, and possible water close to a bi-weekly basis. The yellowing leaves can be removed or pruned back to shape to enhance the appearance. Once you adjust your watering the plant should bounce back and develop new growth!
  • Need help
    Hello, I have a question- I don’t know the name of this plant. I keep trying to water it and find different locations so it will thrive but it still doesn’t look happy. Any ideas? 🙏🏻🤷🏼‍♀️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shavs! This is a Asparagus fern - they'll thrive in medium-bright indirect light only, prefers lots of humidity, and should be watered once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out!
  • Office avocado
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      Michael Lowny It is exclusively in office fluorescent lighting almost 100%of the day. When soil dries ~1/2” below surface I water with 16oz from the faucet. I did add fertilizer sticks (3 of them ) when the leaves started to drop off. I hav a second avocado at home that is in poor lighting and doing a similar thing with dripping leaves.
      I live in Michigan where we are pretty chilly right now not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. Office temp is probably 65
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michael! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How much do you allow the soil to dry out between waterings?
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      Michael Lowny First time posting, this avocado has always been in the office, in the last two months the leaves have browned at the tip shriveled up and fallen off. Please help with ideas how to save it
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  • Rattlesnake Calathea Help!!
    I got my rattlesnake calathea a little over a year ago, and she has been smooth sailing and fully thriving since the day I brought her home :') Until about a week ago, I woke up one day to 5 leaves completely yellow, and basically fully dried up. I thought it was the change in weather, so I have spent the past several days trying different places in the house with different temperatures (all in moderate to direct light) but nothing seems to be helping. I've had her in the bathroom for the past few days thinking the humidity would help, but there are more leaves to prune every day. She used to be extremely full and grew rapidly (during spring and summer, of course), and now she looks so bare from all the pruning of dead leaves. My care sheet (and several plant forums i've read) say that wilting leaves are a sign of being underwatered, while yellow leaves are a sign of being overwatered. My calathea has both of those symptoms right now. Not sure how to help it at this point, but I desperately want to save her... any advice is greatly appreciated!!! PS- I am going to try to attach more photos to this thread.
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      Marisa Last photo showing how healthy some leaves are, while others are completely dying within hours. SOS!
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      Marisa Here's another photo. One more to follow...
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