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  • Hoya Kerri Stem Problems...??
    Hi all!
    Ive been noticing the top stem of my hoya kerri yellowing and thinning out. there is also some white stuff at the top. i was hoping someone here knew what could possibly be happening and give advice on whether or not i should cut the unhealthy looking part off. thank you and hope to hear from you all soon!
    -ally
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [305305,Ally] ! Do you see any pests on the plant, like spider mites or mealy bugs? At times when these pests invade our plants they not only harm the foliage, but can stunt the growth of the plant as well. If not, it could be an indication of moisture stress, either over or under watering. It would be great to know how often you water and what kind of light the plant is receiving!
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      Amy This looks to me that it needs water! The leaves are somewhat puckered and the stem is drying off. The white stuff is just a normal part of where the node is.
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  • Yellow leaf
    Hello! My little plant here has given a yellow leaf every time I water it...then I try to go for 3-4 weeks watering but then that gives off yellow leaves too, help! He is currently in a corner of my bedroom that gets modest sun, but the window is a bit away. 
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      Amy Hi Michelle! I'd try watering from the bottom and also aerating the soil with a chopstick! - (:
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      Pei Hi [305279,Michelle Mckinnon] for Monstera, I'd suggest to put it in a brighter locations. It's actually consider low light if the plant is more then 3-5 feet away from the window (light source).
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  • Type of Begonia?
    Hi, I just found this begonia but I don't know it's name or how to care for it properly. Any care tips or identification guesses would be great! :) 
  • Pilea problem
    I picked up a plant from the UWS Store on Friday and am seeing something that kind of looks like mold on the soil. Can someone please tell me how to take care of this? I want to make sure it’s not a pest. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michele! Was the soil moist upon arrival or did you water? It looks like the mold on the top soil is a type of saprophytic fungus- which is a harmless fungus that is simply living off of decaying organic matter within the wet soil. Although this fungus is harmless to your plant its presence can mean that your soil is staying moist for too long- either due to low light levels or watering the plant before it's ready. You can remove the top soil and replenish with fresh soil for now until you re-pot into a planter!
  • What is this?
    This thing is coming up from the soil? It looks like a rock but is very soft
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! What you see coming out of the soil is actually the plants modified roots- also known as rhizomes or tubers. These store water and nutrients for the plant making it more drought tolerant, and you can also propagate the plant using just these! I would recommend re-positioning the plant so those are no longer exposed, and the plant should be good to go :)
  • Mold/mildew on terra cotta clay pots
    On several of my clay pots I mold/mildew growing on the outside of the pot. On one pot it is beginning to reach the soil. I assume this is due to the porous nature off clay pots, but I didn't know if there were any ways to prevent this from happening. I really don't think I am over watering the plants because I wait until they are dry. Could if be the rate at which I pour the water? Also, what is the safest way, for the plants and the soil, to clean the pots?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Ross! Would you be able to provide a photo? The mold/mildew you may be referring to sounds like a buildup of calcium and other mineral deposits found in either the water you use, or fertilizer. You are right, the porous nature of the clay pots is what extracts these deposits and onto the outside of the pot. This shouldn't harm the pot or your plant in any way- and giving the pot a good wash and scrub should do the trick! You can prevent this from reoccurring in the future if you leave your water out over night so the excess minerals can evaporate. You can also either water your plants with distilled, spring, or even rain water!
  • What are those?
    Out of the 60+ plants I have in my home these guys seem to get all the attention. The Marimo Moss ball- but actually not a moss at all! These guys are actually a form of macro-algae, like aquatic algae or seaweed. Commonly found in cold, freshwater lakes throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Within its natural habitat this algae gets its shape as floating pieces are caught within the current which rolls them around; ultimately resulting in the spherical shape you are use to seeing. But did you know that this is not the only way they grow? A large number of them can also be found growing on lake beds creating almost a carpet like appearance; covering everything from rocks to debris. 

    Care Guidelines to Follow:
    • Keep in an open container to allow fresh air exchange.
    • Low-bright indirect light will do just fine, but avoid direct sun as this can scorch the filaments.
    • Always use cold water, and replenish every 1-2 weeks depending on algae growth (dirty water).
    • I always recommend rotating these guys daily, or every other day. This will ensure that all parts are actively photosynthesizing, and will also help maintain its shape. 
    • When changing the water I also rinse each Marimo to get rid of any debris that might be on them. I then roll them in my hands to help encourage the round shape in case any have started to unravel (which is perfectly normal since we can't provide those natural currents that roll them). Therefor, we gotta do what we can do help them out!
    • Ever notice the Marimo browning? This could occur if one side hasn't been exposed to light long enough. Or if it's very dirty. Adding some aquarium salt to the water may help bring back it's greener hue! 
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      Erin I love the way you've displayed them!
  • Oyster plant care question
    I recently added an oyster plant to my plant family. I have read that they need to be fertilized monthy. I use miracle grow potting soil...do I still need to fertilize? Or should i use different soil and fertilize separately? If I should fertilize separately, please recommend soil and fertilizer. 
    Thank you!!
    p.s. how awesome does she look in that purple pot? 💜
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Melissa- I'm loving the purply vibe your Oyster plant is bringing to your home! Any standard potting mix will work for this plant. As long as the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light and actively growing it'll be safe to fertilize once a month. You ever read on a bag of potting mix "Feeds up to 6 months?" This is because there is already macro-nutrients (N,P,K) within the soil that'll help it thrive. Fertilizing in the growing season is simply to give plants a nutrient boost for optimal growth, and replenish any nutrients the plant has already extracted from the soil. The Oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea) would be fine with an all balanced fertilizer diluted by half the recommended limit!
  • birds nest fern turning brown
    Hi, I've had this bird's nest fern for about two years now and repotted it around 9 months ago. A week ago I saw a yellow leaf on the bottom "row" of leaves. And today I noticed the underside of some of the leaves are turning brown up the middle of the leaf starting at the "base" of the plant. I am freaking out because this plant has been great--so green and growing like crazy! Am I watering too much, not enough? I've been watering it every two weeks since I got it. Any advice would be great, thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michele! Would you mind providing a photo of the plant so it'll be easier to troubleshoot through the problem? If the leaves are brown and crisping it could be a sign that the plant is ready for a drink. If the plant is receiving good exposure to light it'll be a good idea to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast it is taking up water! Once the top 2-3 inches of the soil have dried out the Fern will be ready for another watering. Considering day light hours have increased your plant may be taking up water more quickly so you might have to increase your frequency of waterings until the growing season is over!
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  • rubber plant moldy roots?
    i just got a rubber tree plants and some of the roots have white fuzzies on them. is it mold? or is it normal? if it is mold, how should i get rid of it?
  • Plant help needed
    i recently repotted my plant to put it in a planter with drainage. The roots are very loose and falling over they do not feel secure. How do I save this guy? Thanks!
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      Pei it sounded to me you to repot the plant again. without knowing which plant you have, I would suggest to pack down the soil OR place the plant deeper. Different plants have different root systems–some are shallows, some are very chunky.... if that makes sense :)
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      Erin Can you share a photo?
  • Tilting snake plant
    For some reason my snake plant has gradually started to tilt and now is stuck sideways. Does it need replanted? I’m not sure what to do. 
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      Sadni It might also be that it's straining towards the sun. If the entire plant was in the sun then that's probably not the case but if it was planted in a area that was dark, then the plant may have started reaching for the sun.
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      Pei hey [296191,Char] yes, I would repot it so that it's standing straight. Also looking at the photo, your snake is super thirsty FYI. With snake plants, if you see the wrinkly leaves = thirsty :-)
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  • Sick Monstera
    Found this spot on my monstera just now. I've had it for a year and it has never shown any disease or anything but happiness since. I just moved it outside for the summer in Michigan. Any ideas what this is and what I can do about it to save the rest of the plant? It's on two leaves from separate stalks.
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      Berna y Alba Hi [292825,Katie] ! Maybe your monstera suffer a sunburn, once I put some of my plants outside and they reacted the same way because of the sunburn. I applied aloe vera to some of the leaves and they recovered but most of them were too ill, so I cut them off.
  • Broken Haworthia
    Is there anything I can do to save this guy? I woke up this morning to find that my cat knocked most of the plant right off. Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Marissa! Moving forward I would follow up with the proper care for the remainder of the plant in the container and see if it's able to bounce back and develop new growth. For the leaves that got detached from the plant I would try to propagate! You can do this by letting taking the leaves apart and letting each individual leaf end to callous over. Once you have done this you can either get them to root in a soilless medium, or through water propagation (allowing the calloused tips to hover over the water rather than submerged). After about 2-3 months roots should start to develop and can be treated as an adult plant. If you decide to water propagate then it'll be safe to transfer the cuttings into soil once they are 2-4 inches long!
  • Spots & Curling Leaves
    Hello everyone, 

    My coin plants have been battling fungus gnats the last few weeks, and I actually ended up having to replace the soil, mixing in diatomaceous earth, and topping with gnat repellent gravel. I think we are finally finished with the gnats, but in the meantime, I noticed the leaves curling and most recently these spots forming.  I check the top 1-2 inches of soil to make sure it’s dry before watering which is usually about every week to week and a half.  It’s facing a NW (more west) window. She’s been great ever since I’ve gotten her, but the last few weeks have been a struggle.  I didn’t know if the stress is causing this, or if I am doing something else wrong.  Any suggestions are much appreciated!  Thank you a bunch!
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      Erin Hi Carrie! When you see a Pilea's leaves curling inwards, it is usually a sign of not enough light. Would it be possible to test it in another spot that receives brighter indirect light - to potentially a few hours of direct sun a day? I'd try that, along with rotating the plant every week so the light is even distributed.

      Other than that though - I'd say your plant looks super happy and healthy right now so don't fret that you're doing something wrong! I think it's just looking for a little more sun but aren't we all?!
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      Carrie Another picture of overall plant.
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