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  • Identify plant?
    Can anyone identify this plant? It’s been growing like this since I got it over a year ago. 
  • Philodendron silver help
    order and potted this plant with a green philodendron. It came a little brown around the leaf edges and some of the cuttings were a bit shallow and had little roots but I figured that with a little time and adjusting from the shipping box and into the pot it would be adjust. After a few weeks it wasn’t dying more or reviving but I was watering once a week and then today I noticed a bright yellow fungus- looked it up and it’s dog slime mold? Anyone dealt with this? Or know why this happened? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nashley! 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.
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      Nashley This is what the mold looks like
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      Nashley This is what I’m seeing
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  • Marimo moss ball with tufts
    I bought my moss ball from The Sill about a year or so ago. For the past couple months, my moss ball has developed tufts and is uneven, instead of smooth and doesn't look too healthy. It's still a dark green instead of brown or black in parts. I clean the bowl it's in about once a week, use cold water from the tap, it's not in direct sunlight. I use soap to clean the rocks in the bowl, but I make sure that all the residue and the bubbles are gone before I put the moss ball back. 

    I'm not to sure how to fix this or if I can. Does anyone have an idea of what is happening? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rhaeanne! I actually have a post on my profile all about Marimo moss ball care! Do you roll your moss ball at all? Or facilitate movement in its container? Considering these guys aren't naturally round and are cultivated this way they will begin to unravel overtime if not rolled around. Usually every time I give my moss fresh water I roll them around in my hand (similar to cookie dough) to maintain that shape. They will also develop those tufts or "bed sores" from being on one side for too long, so it'll be best to move it around so it's not sitting on one side too much and you should see an improvement!
  • Rattlesnake not doing well
    My plant does not stand erect anymore, and the soil always seems so moist. I’ve also noticed a lot of dry/dead? Leaves growing in. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! If you notice the no leaf movement and the soil remaining moist for too long this is usually an indication that the plant isn't receiving enough light. I would recommend increasing the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and allowing the soil to dry out half way between waterings since daylight hours are decreasing!
  • Satin Pothos vs Silver Philodendron, Which do I own??
    Everything I read seems to give me a different answer. Once and for all what is the difference between a Satin Pothos and a Silver Philodendron, and which is in my kitchen (pictured)???
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Noelle! It looks like you have a beautiful Satin Pothos. Satin Pothos and the Silver Philodendron are very closely related, but are in fact two different species. If you look up google images online you'll notice that the Satin Pothos leaves are much larger, resembling the shape and size of a Pothos, but has larger variegated zones that blend into the foliage. Whereas the Silver Philodendron leaves are much smaller in size, a little more heart shaped, and the variegated zones are dispersed in blotches instead. While they both come from the same genus Scindapsus- the satin Pothos is known to be "Scindapsus pictus" while the Silver Philodendron is a form of the this being "Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus'". However, both of these plants used to be classified in the same genus "Epipremnum" which I believe is where all the confusion comes from, along with looking very similar. I believe they are both botanically listed as either a pothos or philodendron but neither, in fact, are actually the case and something that was simply implemented by the botanical world. The only way to tell the difference between Scindapsus and Epipremnum is to look at the seeds being produced if the plant happened to flower which is VERY rare for these guys indoors!
  • 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
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Cami! I wouldn't say the candle caused heat damage to the plant, but if there's a hot/cold draft or direct sun nearby hitting the foliage that could be the cause. Otherwise I know these guys are prone to fungal/bacterial infections as I'm battling one myself with mine! To be on the safe side, I would recommend giving the plant plenty of bright indirect light and make sure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. I would treat with a standard fungicide like safer or garden safe brand, and treat the plant following the label provided!
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      Cami Whoops! Forgot photo
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  • 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?