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  • Plant needs help
    Could someone please help me understand what is going wrong with my plant!
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Heart Hoya with “varicose veins”
    A plant I inherited (maybe a heart Hoya?) was doing great all summer. I just suddenly noticed what look like black verifies veins on one of the leaves. I have no idea what that means. Can anyone let me know what this means (and how to fix if a problem). Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! It looks like ruptured plant cells to me which shouldn't harm the plant or cause the leaf to further decline and will remain as a scar. This could've been caused due to moisture stress if the plant remained too moist or dry at some point, or if it was exposed to any hot/cold drafts!
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      Julia Barry Oh autocorrect. I was trying to say it looks like black “varicose” (not “verifies”) veins.
  • Burle Marx Philodendron going yellow
    I inherited this Burle Marx Philodendron and it was very happy all summer. I stopped fertilizing one Sept and by Oct, it’s starting to look like maybe it has some sort of deficiency, because the leaves are turning yellow and fading very slowly from the inside out. (See photo.) Do philodendrons do this to make space for new leaves? Is it a nutrient deficiency? Is it unhappy with colder weather? Not sure. Any advice appreciated, thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata There's a chance it could be a nutrient deficiency if the nutrients in the soil have degraded already and the fertilizer was supplementing it considering it happened shortly after. Therefor, I would try either incorporating the same fertilizer schedule back for the plant or replenishing the plant with fresh, nutrient rich soil!
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      Julia Barry Whole plant
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      Julia Barry Last photo — this was the first one to start to yellow, so it’s paler and farther along with whatever the problem is
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  • Exploding Piles
    So I have this pilea and while there’s new growth in the middle, I find that the outside shoots end up drooping and dying and I have to remove them. Is this normal? Any tips? I water 1x week
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Karly! It sounds like the Pilea isn't receiving enough light since it's developing new growth but dropping older leaves. This usually means the plant is only creating enough energy for a certain amount of leaves. Therefor, I would recommend increasing the plants exposure to light and you should start to see a huge difference! With increased light however, you may need to increase your frequency of waterings. As soon as the soil dries out completely it'll be ready for another watering!
  • What is it?

    Could anybody please tell me what this is. The leaflets have seed clusters at their tips. A rather unique specimen 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! This 100% to me appears to be a very unique species of Kalanchoe which is a succulent, and also my most favorite succulent. A Kalanchoe tubiflora I believe that is very well established. The "seed clusters" you've noticed are actually known as plant-lets which is how the plant propagates itself. The plant-lets can be transferred to their own container and cared for the same (bright indirect light to full sun and allowed to dry out between waterings). The nickname for this plant is called "Mother of Thousands" cause as you can see, you will have a handful of plant babies in the future from this plant mama! May I ask where you got this beautiful plant?!
  • Sad Little Fern
    Help! I over watered my fern a few weeks ago. It hasn’t been the same since. All of the new growth leaves turned yellow and fell off. It also looks like the center of the plant is trying to push up out of the soil. It is sitting currently in my brightest window. Advise is much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Considering you mentioned the plant was previously overwatered I would give it a little time to bounce back. Giving it plenty of bright indirect light and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings will be the best bet- or you can water once the plant starts to droop. As long as you maintain the right balance of care moving forward the plant should continue to thrive and develop new growth!
  • Spooky plants
    In honor of Halloween, what's your favorite plant oddity? Mine is definitely White Baneberry!
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      Paris Lalicata These are SO cool Erin!
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      Erin This one, a fungi, is pretty halloween-friendly too – Hydnellum peckii or Devil's Tooth
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  • Limp Stems - Peperomia Marble
    The stems of my Peperomia marble went limp.  Appreciate thoughts on the issue and how to resolve! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jillian! Usually Peperomia will start to droop over and wilt when they are ready for water. If the soil has already dried out completely then I would go ahead and give this plant a drink and give a day or two to perk back up!
  • Fungus Gnat/larvae infestation
    My Bird of Paradise has a bad fungus gnat larvae infestation. I've tried a soil drench with diluted hydrogen peroxide which did not kill the larvae (there were a lot of them). I scooped out the first two inches of soil which got rid of a decent amount of them. I then let the soil dry out and did another soil drench with AzaMax. The larvae returned to the surface after the drench but did not die. I scooped out as many as I could with the top two inches of soil again but the next day found dead larvae on the ground outside of the bird of paradise pot.
    Overall I do not have an issue with over watering my plants. I've set out yellow sticky traps around the bird of paradise and homemade apple cider vinegar traps. I need help to get rid of these larvae/fungus gnats once and for all! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hilary! The bugs in the soil look like they could be some sort of garden centipede/arthropod and discarding the original soil would be the best option to rid of any critters and their eggs. These should not harm the plant in any way as they only feed on organic material within the soil. Any standard potting mix you have already should work just fine as long as it has plenty of drainage!
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      Erin Oh no! I haven't had much experience with fungus gnat larvae (just the adults which I've been able to banish with a ton of neem oil and soap) but I think you might want to remove all the current potting soil until the plant has bare roots, and then pot in new soil. It's a bit of an undertaking but would hopefully be the quickest way to remove them.
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      Hilary Ribbens image of fungus gnat larvae in the soil from the first round.
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