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  • Different color spots
    hello this is my monstera adasoni (I know it’s spelt super wrong) she had been growing really well and when I moved I got her to a spot with more humidity and the same about of sun. She started getting so bad brown spots so I brought her inside and it just keeps getting worse. I’ve done consistent watering. It’s on the new leaves too.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [309538,Izabella] ! It doesn't look like a photo was able to be attached- would you mind trying to post in again?
  • Help! Large growing monstera
    hello all, When I bought this plant more than a year ago it wasn't that big and I could easily handle it indoors. Since it's huge now and leaves are touch the ground, I tried to tie them with some natural fiber twine as u can see in photo. Is this enough to support the plant. Also now since fall is coming I have to move this indoors and don't have enough room for this huge plant in living room. I would hate to loose this plant. Bcoz I love it so much! Either Should I make two plant out of this and how? Any suggestion from
    experts, thanks 🙏 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Asma! I would recommend either purchasing an already made moss pole or making your own. Considering Monstera are epiphytic in the wild this will help encourage the plant to grow faster, larger, and help to support the stems overtime. Once you have a moss pole you'll want to insert it into the soil where you want to support the Monstera (and you can use as many poles as you feel necessary). From there you can use fishing line to gently tie the stalks and aerial roots of the plant to the moss pole for support. I'd also recommend misting the moss pole daily has this will encourage the aerial roots to attach and vertical growth of the plant! After this I would imagine the fullness of the specimen to diminish and it may be easier to place the plant indoors now as it grows vertically. Make sure to give it plenty of bright indirect light- it can tolerate a few hours of direct morning sun, and the soil should be allowed to dry out completely!
  • Help for my crazy pilea!
    Hello hello (:  this is my Chinese money plant that’s growing like crazy!! It has 3 large stems and one baby nugget at the surface. I feel like it needs some help? I was thinking of separating the 4 stems into different pots. Would that work? How would I go about it? I’m not sure what to do. Any advice/guidance would be amazing!! Just want my baby to be happy and healthy.
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      Pei Repot it to a bigger planter (5" or 6" in diameter) will help!
  • What am I?
    What am I? And how should I be cared for??
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      Pei SO FUN!!! I love how dracena can go crazy like this, so much characters!!
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      Paris Lalicata It looks like you have a Dracaena marginata! They prefer medium-bright indirect light, and the soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings.

      I also have to ask- did you purchase this plant how it's currently structured? Or is this something you noticed the plant developing into over time?
  • Tall and short stemmed pilea
    Hi, all!

    I got this dear pilea from the Sill last November and it has been happy... or so I think. It's been growing taller and the stems are shorter and I am wondering if I am doing something wrong? It sits in a room with a West-facing window but it's not directly on the windowsill or anything. I'd really appreciate any and all advice you can give!

    P.S. In the photo, it is near a window because I wanted to get good lighting for the picture.

    Many thanks!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [309189,Nhu B.] - your Pilea is looking super healthy and happy! It's perfectly natural for the older foliages' stems to be longer and "hang loose" a little, while the new growth is a littler shorter. Overtime as those stems grow and mature they'll mimic the same appearance. As long as you give the plant plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings the plant should be good to go!
  • Neon pothos with brown spots and tips
    I purchased this neon pothos from The Sill several weeks ago.  When I received it, it was droppy and completely dry, so I repotted it and watered it well.  Many of the leaves have since developed brown spots or brown tips.  I've had to remove over half of the leaves on the plant!  I've been only watering it when the soil is completely dry (I have a moisture meter to check the soil all the way through the pot) and it is in a room with medium light.  What am I doing wrong?
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      Pei I thnk you are underwatering the plant. Also judging from the new growths, it is not getting enough light too. I would suggest to move the plant closer to a window and water it when the soil is half-dry!
  • Monstera broken stem
    My new monstera has a broken stem, I'm wondering what to do. I was reading these should just be trimmed back to the base but this seems to be a parent stem, there are other stems with healthy leaves growing from it, so do I trim it back or just let it be? I also need to repot it out of the growing pot so I don't want to risk stressing it too much. Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! I would suggest allowing the stem to naturally take its course so the plant can take any leftover nutrients from within. Otherwise you can prune it by cutting close to the base of the soil, and this shouldn't harm the plant in any way as long as you follow up with the proper care!
  • Leave curling on Burgundy Rubber Plant
    Hi All! 

    The leaves on my rubber tree/plant occasionally curl. Can anyone help me with identifying what the problem could be?

    Thank you!!
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      Pei Other than watering issue, Rubber plant also curls or drops the leaves when there are spider mites. I would pay attention to the underside leaves to see if there are any fine webbings. The best prevention is to always dust or wipe each leave once every few weeks.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [291165,BlkRoots] ! Leaf curl is usually a sign of moisture stress- either the plant is ready for another watering, or has been watered too much. Therefor, if the soil has already dried out completely then the plant will be ready for another drink! It may take a few days for the leaves to perk back out to their normal state. On the other hand, if the soil has been moist for some time then I would try to increase the amount of light or air circulation around the plant to help the soil dry out before another watering!
  • Jade Plant with brown bits
    This Jade was propagated from a plant that has been around in my family for quite a while. I have successfully propagated from it before, but unfortunately the original plant was lost to overwatering by a plant sitter while I was out of town for a while. I have never had the tips of leaves turn brown like this on a jade before, any thoughts? The jade is in a bright window and gets watered when dry. Thanks!
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      Pei Does it feel mushy or dry to touch?
  • ZZ Plant Help
    So, I just ordered this ZZ plant and it arrived with these powdery marks on the underside of all its leaves. Can anyone help me fix this? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Cat! The white spots on the underside of the leaves are called calcium deposits! This happens when hard water (water with high mineral content) is used for waterings or splashes on the leaves, and as it evaporates it stains the foliage with white spots which is totally harmless to your plants! This can easily be removed by diluting a small amount of distilled white vinegar into a cup of water, and using a a cotton pad or soft tissue to wipe it off! Any other leaf cleaning methods can work as well, but I would avoid using leaf shine.
  • Leaf turned black -Monstera

    I got this beautiful Monstera a month back and it has been very happy until today. I came back and found that a leaf had turned completely black... not sure why or how. I did re-pot it this weekend so I was thinking maybe it has something to do with that? I used The Sill´s potting mix for that. If anyone has any idea what I can do or what is happening to my beautiful Monstera, please let me know! I want to make sure my plant friend is happy and now I´m very worried about it!

    Thank you!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308938,Laia] ! How often do you water the plant, and what kind of light is it receiving? The black leaf looks like an indication of over watering to me. If the top soil has remained moist for the past 2-3 days that's usually an indication that the plant isn't receiving enough light. Or there's a chance too much water was poured into the planter! If you believe either to be the case then I'd recommend increasing the plants exposure to light and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The black leaf unfortunately won't be able to bounce back so you can either prune it from the plant, or allow it to naturally take its course. Once you are able to maintain the right balance of care the plant should bounce back and develop new growth!
  • Rubber Plant problem
    Has anyone ever seen this on a rubber Plant?  The plant is healthy and growing but has had these spots even on new growth.   I
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      Pei Do you see any fine webbings? I think you may have a severe spider mites infestation. How's the plant over all doing? Do you have a photo? [308916,Dale Frederick]
  • Plant ID and Help!
    No idea what this plant is, but since moving a few months ago, he’s gotten these weird purple-y brown edges, growing weird, and losing a lot of leaves. Can anyone ID and tell me what he needs? I only water when he’s dried out. He’s in a bright window so it might just be too much sun?
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      Paris Lalicata Pei is right this is a beautiful succulent! So as much bright indirect light to full sun will make this plant super happy, and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The purply edges is natural characteristic the succulent will display so I wouldn't be concerned about those! If you allow the soil to dry out between waterings the yellowing could be a sign of either not enough light, or just the plant acclimating into it's new environment. During that process its perfectly natural for plants to shed leaves!
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      Pei It's a Kalencho succulent :) I have one and I love it.

      Succulents, in general, need plenty of sunlight (direct if possible). And yes, you are doing it right – only water when it's completely dry out. I also pay attention to the leaves, it will wrinkle when it's thirsty. Quite fun :)
  • Fading Snake Plant :(
    I’ve had this snake plant for just over a month or two probably and he’s slowly lost color and hasn’t grown a smidge. He lives in a bright window and I only water him when he’s completely dried out. Recently repotted, so hopefully that will help with the growth but not sure what’s up with the color!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Naomi! It looks like you have a Sansevieria moonlight which is going to naturally have a paler hue to the foliage. Considering these are slower growers it'll probably take a while before you notice new growth developing. However, a good way to promote new growth is to give the plant as much bright indirect light as possible and watering as soon as the soil dries out completely! Other than that the plant still looks super healthy and happy to me!
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      Pei Snake plant is a natural slow grower. If you want to encourage it, you can give a tad of fertilizer during the active growing season. However, I wouldn't worry about it too much :)

      What color was it before? Did it turn paler or darker?
  • Repotting Monstera?
    Hi everyone! Just wondering if anyone could tell me if it’s time to repot my monstera, received as a gift from the sill on Valentine’s Day 2019. If so can I go a few sizes up or just next size up. And any ideas of where I can Home this guy because my cats love to munch on his leaves so hanging is my only
    option right now but I don’t know if there’s any other ideas I’m missing! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Emily! I agree with Pei- transferring the plant into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger will give the plant plenty of room to continue growing. As far as keeping the plant out of reach of your cats you can certainly try hanging the plant again, but it'll need to be a more sturdier fixture attached to the ceiling that can support the plants weight after it's watered. You can also try getting a really tall plant stand that and place the plant where they can jump near or around it!
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      Pei I would definitely up-pot to an 8". But I don't think you can hang it when it's that size, can be dangerous if it falls...

      I have two cats that will occasionally nibble on my plants. but I found they only do it when they are bored. I heard great things about mixing essential oil with water and mist it around the plants. Good luck :)
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      Emily .