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What plant is on your mind?

An area of The Sill dedicated to conversations about plants and gardening in the form of posted messages and threads.

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  • Watermelon peperomia propagation
    Does anyone know how long it takes for a propagated watermelon peperomia already rooted to grow some babies? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi J! The environmental conditions provided to any individual plant will determine how fast it will ultimately grow down the line. Therefor, as long as you give the plant plenty of light and water accordingly it should thrive and develop new growth! Especially in the Spring/Summer when daylight hours decrease. In the Fall/Winter you won't really notice a lot of new growth on plants unless they are provided with ample light! Hope this helps!
  • string of pearls
    hi! My string of pearls has been losing its pearls or like drying up? Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! What kind of light is provided for the plant? When do you water?
  • Plant ID
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Preston! This is actually an assortment of different plants! It looks like you have a Dracaena compacta, Parlor Palm, Dracaena marginata, Dieffenbachia sp., and possibly a green Croton!
  • Can you use grow light lightbulbs with normal lamps?
    Hi there, I'm wondering if I can put a grow lightbulb into my regular lamp (that has a shade) that's positioned over a lot of my plants, or if I have to specifically use a grow light? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! You can certainly use an integral grow light for any standard lamp you have already. Usually LED or CFL bulbs will be the best ones on the market you should look out for! LED being the best, and also non toxic since it doesn't have mercury gas in it!
  • Parlor palm help!
    Hello! I am a total plant newbie. I just got my first two plants from the sill. My mother has a wonderful green thumb and I’m thinking it skipped a generation but I’m still trying! 
    I got this parlor palm from the sill about 10 days ago and it’s dropping all over the place! I’ve watered it once a week since receiving it and it sits at a window that gets bright indirect light. 
    Is the plant just adjusting to its new home? Is there something I should or shouldn’t be doing? Please be gentle I’m new at this and excited to learn! Thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lenni! It seems like the plant may be dropping leaves due to being over watered. Do you ever check the soil to test for moisture? Or do you stick to a calendar schedule for watering? It's always best to check the moisture of the soil rather then sticking to a schedule since plants only take up water based on the amount of light they are receiving. Therefor, overcast/cloudy days in the winter will keep the soil moist for longer and you may over water the plant. I would recommend checking the soil by inserting your finger to the bottom. Once it has dried out it'll be time to give the plant a drink!
  • Plant Swap Party in LA
    I just saw this event (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-swap-plant-propagation-party-tickets-88930691091) on The Sill's Eventbrite page. Is anyone going? 
  • Monstera Troubles
    Alright fellow plant people...I need some help. I bought a really great monstera this summer and it has gradually reduced to just this piece. I have repotted 4 times now after realizing I had some root rot going on. Each time I've cleaned the roots and potted in well draining soil and kept watering to a minimum. I really thought this last time was going to do the trick, but the leaf has really started to droop. Tonight I pulled it out of the pot and found more rot, even though the soil was dry. I cut above the rot this time (where you see the black line), treated with peroxide (at a suggestion from a google search dealing with root rot) and I plan on keeping it in a glass of water while the one node grows out and/or more roots are produced. Am I on the right track? Any suggestions?
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Nate! So there's a chance if the plant developed root rot initially other parts that may have looked healthy most likely developed it already as well. Which is why despite the proper care the plant continued to decline! (Root rot is a disease) I would say with the final cutting of the plant you certainly may have a shot of getting it to re-root. Cutting any rotting portion off the stem, and sticking it in room-temp water in front of bright indirect light may encourage the aerial root to keep growing and support the plant!
  • Dark spots on Strelitzia?
    Help,

    My indoor Strelitzia Nicolai has recently developed some light brown spots on its leaves and I am nervous it will keep on spreading. I spray it with water every now and then and otherwise make sure the soil is not too dry or too moist.

    Does anyone know what the cause of this can be? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Guri! The symptoms look like either over watering or a fungal infection that developed. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as BOP don't thrive well in low light situations. It'll be good to allow the soil to dry out completely to the bottom of the planter. If it's due to over watering then once balanced with the right care you should notice these symptoms ceasing! However, if the spots continue to spread despite proper care then there's a chance a fungal infection developed
  • Unidentified, troubled plant
    Ordered her online, but she’s completely different from the plant I ordered. It looks like she might be a bromeliad but her leaves are thicker. Her main stem came damaged and started withering. I’m not sure if I should trim that part or leave it be. I’ve been watering whenever her soil a few inches down is dry, but recently the top part of the soil is turning almost grey. She also has a few tiny flies around her. Any help would be much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veerle! Is the plant different from what was pictured when purchased cause there were blooms? It's hard to ID what kind of plant it is from the photo provided, but I agree with Nate that it could be an Amaryllis plant!
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      Nate Hi Veerle, could this be an Amaryllis? Is it growing from a bulb?
  • Plant ID/Toxicity
    Hi! I'm going through all my plants trying to ID them to determine if they're toxic to humans (especially my 4 month old baby!). These are the last three that I haven't been able to figure out - thanks for any help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sara! The plant in the pink planter is a Philodendron moonlight (toxic), the one in the yellow looks like an Arrowhead (toxic), and the last one appears to be a Pothos n joy (toxic)!
  • Money plant struggling
    All of my plants struggle a bit in the winter but my money plant seems to be having a tougher time than the rest. I water about 1x a week and mist 1x a week but the soil looks dry pretty quickly after watering. Does this look like a over watering or under watering issue? There are no drainage holes in the planter but i added a1/2 inch of rocks for drainage when I planted it. Thanks so much!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Becky! The yellowing on the money tree appears to be due to over watering. Either due to watering the plant before it's ready, or if it's not receiving enough light. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material. I'd either increase the plants exposure to light, or watering less frequently!
  • probably dead vinca vine
    I got this vine at a nursery in september and it was doing pretty good all fall but it has now started to get crispy leaves that shed off on their own. I can’t tell if it is a lost cause or if there is some care I can do to save it. I got a mister and that seemed to help at first but unfortunately I had to leave my apartment for the holiday and this is what I came back to. please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Unfortunately if there's no longer healthy growth remaining on the plant it most likely won't be able to bounce back :(
  • Struggling Majesty Palm
    I recently got this lovely Majesty Palm as a Christmas gift! There are thorough instructions on the back for its care and yet somehow it’s still not thriving. Over the past few days, the leaves have started turning color and getting crispy. I’m not sure what’s causing it or how to remedy the issue. I’ve made sure not to drench it water. It’s been sunny this week so I’ve put it by the window in our living room. The average temp is about 72 but maybe a little colder bc it’s by the window. Can anyone help me figure out what’s going on here! Thank you in advance! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Mary! It seems like the plant is getting over watered if it's not receiving enough light. I'd recommend placing this plant by a window to receive plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings!
  • Calathea Pinstripe with Crispy/Dry Tips! Eek!
    Ah! New Plant Mom here. My Calathea Pinstripe came with dry/crispy tips (more than just the one pictured), and I'm not sure how to help the little guy. Does anyone have any tips/tricks? Thanks in advance! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alison! The symptoms appear to be moisture related, either if the soil is staying moist for too long or too dry. I'd ensure the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light and you allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings. If the plant is in a lower light setting then it'll be best to allow it to dry out completely, and ensure it has localized humidity. You can prune the damaged leaf edges back to shape to enhance the appearance. Once the right care is balanced the plant should continue to thrive!
  • Yellowing leaves on cardboard palm
    Hi! I had a question regarding a cardboard palm aka Zamia furfuracea. I’m trying to get some insight on why all of a sudden the leaves are turning yellow and just kind of drying off? Is it under watered? I know it’s a cycad, so I assumed one good drink once it’s fully dried out is good? Would love to hear your thoughts if you have any experience with these plants. What your watering is like, what light works best. It’s in a bright room, indirect light mostly! Appreciate it!