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  • Avocado interveinal chlorosis
    I have avocado tree. It has interveinal chlorosis. It looks like it has iron deficiency. Lower leafs are more dark green than upper leafs. Most leafs have necrosis on tips. New growth is dying right at start.
    I keep it on south facing window and water every time soil gets dry.
  • Brown Spots
    We’ve had this cactus for over a year now. He recently formed these brown spots at his base. He is in our living room with no sun light and he gets water once a month. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Megan! The spotting could be an indication that the plant is receiving plenty of moisture, but not enough light. I would recommend increasing the plants exposure to light by moving it by a window or investing in a grow light, and ensure you only water once the soil has dried out completely. On the other hand, if you don't believe moisture stress to be the issue then a fungal 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. You may also want to use any general plant fungicide and follow the label provided for what I think is a 10 day period. Once the right balance of care is maintained and treated the plant should bounce back
  • How to save Monstera with cut roots?
    I have a Monstera that's been doing great for a few years. I was told to just let the air roots be, that it wouldn't hurt the plant to let them grow and not be in soil, but they started to get so long they were a hazard in our living room. I looked on some forums and it seemed like it wouldn't hurt the plant to cut the air roots, so I cut them back a bit and retrained them into the soil. They have not taken root in the soil and the plant is starting to show some signs of distress (brown patches on leaves, yellowing near the spot where the air root comes out of on the stalk). The plant has never done any of this before, so I think it's related to my cutting the air roots, and I want to get advice sooner rather than later. I will be so sad if I stupidly did the wrong thing with these air roots and my plant slowly dies. Thanks for your help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! I haven't heard that pruning aerial roots can harm the plant and don't think that's what is going on here. I believe this to be more of a "coincidence" with the timeline. The spot on the foliage appears to be due to either the soil staying moist for too long, or the plant developing a fungal infection. Moving forward, I would just remain patient with the plant. Increase the light if possible just in case, and make sure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. If you notice the spotting spreading in more concentric circles with yellowing then I would treat the plant with a fungicide!
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      Julia Barry Here's another leaf on that same stalk. I wouldn't normally think browning this small would be something to pay attention to, but posting just in case related. I'll keep an eye on if it increases in size.
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      Julia Barry Here's the yellowing spot
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  • Sick rubber plant
    Hi,
     This is “Harvey,” my sickly rubber plant. He was a first wedding anniversary gift from my husband in August, and we very much want him to live. 
    When we got him he was seemingly very healthy and lush, but he started losing leaves almost immediately after we repotted him. I know they don’t like too much water, so We’ve tried to wait periods of time between watering, but that only seems to make him limp and week. When we water him, brown spots develop almost immediately. He’s probably lost about 2/3rds of his leaves since we got him. 
    Is there any hope??
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      Pei It looks very dehydrated to me! How much and how often do you water it? Also how much sun does it get? I see that it's right next to a radiator that it can potentially dry out the soil/water faster than it can drink up.
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      Rose And another
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      Rose More photos.
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  • Sad pilea
    I got this guy a few weeks ago and he was doing great. Now all of a sudden he’s getting brown spots and yellowing leaves. Any ideas what’s wrong with him?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kelsey! It looks like the plant is being overwatered. Moving forward, I would remove any yellowed leaves to enhance the appearance. I'd either increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and watering less frequently. The plant should bounce back in no time once followed up with the proper care!
  • Majesty Palm is fading fast!
    I’ve had this majesty palm for a little over a year.  I was surprised at how it thrived in my office—which, despite having two large windows, didn’t get a ton of bright light.  When winter came (Virginia) I had to move some plants from my balcony in my apartment.  Because of my cats, the weeping fig went in my office and the Palm came home.  I get great light here and it did fine for about a month and then outer fronds began yellowing, curling, and dying.  I slowed watering, misted the fronds more, but it kept happening.  I repotted it with new soil and fertilizer particularly for palms, but two more fronds still were lost.  Any ideas?? With proper nutrients, soil, light, and the right amount of watering...I am at a loss.  Maybe I haven’t waited long enough for the fertilizer to do its work?  It’s been two weeks.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Yellowing leaves is usually an indication that a plant has been overwatered. However, if the plant hasn't had fresh, nutrient rich soil in a year then the symptoms could've been a result of a nutrient deficiency. Especially if the symptoms are present only on the older leaves of the plant and haven't actually declined, most likely due to a Nitrogen deficiency. Therefor, although you gave the plant fresh soil and fertilizer after the symptoms occur unfortunately the growth that has already turned pale won't be able to bounce back to a greener hue!
  • HELP!!
    So, I’ve had this lily for about a month now and I can’t seem to find out what these little spots are!

    Not to be gross but they are like little pimples, I usually squeeze them and wipe them off with a damp paper towel. 
    Can anyone help me identify what they are and how to get rid of them?

    Thank you ❤️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sam! Unfortunately the pimples you are referring to are a pest known as Scale, and they can become very destructive on a plant. I would recommend isolating this plant from the rest of your collection, and checking any plants near by for the pest. The best way to eradicate Scale is to pick off the adults and dispose of them since they are armored and insecticides won't be able to penetrate through their shells. Afterwards I would spray the plant down with some water, allow it to dry, and then treat with your insecticidal soap or neem oil of choice to further treat the plant as this will kill off any eggs/larvae. You'll most likely have to monitor the plant over the next several weeks and keep treating it every 3-4 days until the infestation is gone!
  • How do I save this snake plant?
    My sisters snake plant looks like it is dying, how do we save it? She’s cut off some of the “dead”? sections of some leaves and changed the soil.
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Madison! It looks like the plant is either displaying symptoms of over or under watering. I would recommend pruning any damaged leaf edges back to shape, increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and ensure she's allowing the soil to dry out between waterings!
  • Plant needs help
    Could someone please help me understand what is going wrong with my plant!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lina! This looks like overwatering to me - I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and ensure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Any black/rotted plant material can be removed from the plant as it won't be able to bounce back!
  • Watermelon pep is deformed 😳
    Hi everyone! I bought this plant over the summer and it’s growing, but the leaves are cupped and deformed.  I read this could be a nutrient deficiency, so a couple of months ago I gave it new soil/pot and fertilizer specifically with calcium and magnesium.  I also gave it more light, moving it a couple of feet back from a south facing glass door, partially protected by a larger plant.  New growth since these changes is still deformed! Any advice?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nicole! While nutrient deficiencies can cause these symptoms, distorted new growth can also be caused if the plant experiences periods of dryness for too long. Therefor, try making sure you water the plant as soon as the it dries out completely! I would prune any damaged leaf edges back to shape to enhance the appearance so you can monitor its health overtime. As for the cupping this is usually caused if those leaves are either exposed to a lot of light, or not enough!
  • Pilea peperomioides
    My pilea is super tall and is now drooping because of the weight. Hes not growing leaves on the bottom half, and i think thats the problem. Ive got him supported with a chopstick, but i dont know what i should do to help him out.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Would you be able to share a photo of the plant? The older, larger leaves tend to hand loose overtime and new growth will only develop at the top part of the stem known as the growth point!
  • HELP FREDDIE!
    Hi, my calathea leaves have bubbles on them and they are curling ..? Does it mean it’s under watered Bc I’ve been watering once a week and misting. Is this saveable?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jasmine! The bubbles on the top side of the foliage appears to be water soaked lesions. This happens when water droplets land on the foliage and don't have the right conditions in order to evaporate, therefor they soak right into the leaf killing the plant tissue. Although these will remain as scars now, they shouldn't cause the rest of the leaf to decline in any way. To avoid this simply try keeping the leaves dry and avoid splashing water onto the leaves! Humidity can be boosted by placing the planter on a wet pebble tray, using a humidifier, or grouping your plants together as this will create a micro-climate and the plants will supply humidity for one another together as they transpire water from the leaves.
  • How to repot monstera Help!
    It's time for both of my Monsteras to be repotted but I'm nervous of causing root shock or disturbing their growth. Also not sure the type of soil that's best, and the ratio of adding new soil to old soil in the larger pots. All tips and tricks welcome!
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Amanda! If the Monstera are actively growing and have become pot bound then it'll be best to repot into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger with fresh soil. Any standard potting mix will suffice as long as it has good drainage (perlite, vermiculite or sand) and it'll be best to discard of all the old soil since moist of the nutrients have degraded and the consistency/absorbency of soil changes overtime as well!
  • Tiny mosquito
    It is cupple of weeks that several tiny mosquitoes are coming out from the soil of my plants which i keep them inside my flat, I put my Orchids out side ant put a slice of limon on the soil, but it didn't work. What should I do for this problem?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Anousheh! It sounds like you may have some fungus gnats that made their way into your soil. Best thing to do is to allow your soil to dry out more between waterings. From there you can either incorporate Mosquito Bits or Diatomaceous Earth to aid in eradicating any larvae within the soil! Using the standard yellow fly traps will help to kill off the adults to prevent them from breeding. Hope this helps!
  • Monstera brown spots and yellow outline help
    Hi,

    I recently got a monstera a couple months ago. She’s been doing well so far, but recently one of the leaves has been developing brown spots and the outside is turning yellow. Does anyone know what’s going on? Is there something I can do to reverse this, is it a sign of something bigger (and possibly worse), or is it just something that happens to so leaves. All the other ones seem to be doing good to me, and she has a solid amount of indirect sunlight afforded to her. 
    Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Arvid! It looks like it could be due to over watering. Do you allow the soil to dry out completely? There's also a chance the plant isn't receiving enough light to take up water depending on how far it is from the window! Therefor, I would either increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light or watering less frequently!