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  • Please help my schefflera!
    I’ve had my schefflera arboricola for over a year, and it’s been happy and healthy the whole time. Suddenly, after not changing anything, it started getting yellow leaves, which would eventually drop if I didn’t remove them myself. It’s affecting entire stems. There hasn’t been any new growth for almost a month, and a majority of the more mature leaves are cupped and all of the stems are drooping. I repotted after suggestions that it was root bound, but have seen no improvement. Please help me bring my little guy back from the brink!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308817,Max]! It seems like there is just an imbalance in the care routine that is causing the Schefflera to look sad but its overall health doesn't look very concerning. I would just make sure moving forward that the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light, and you allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. If the planter you paired it with doesn't have a drainage hole it's good to remember to not pour more than 1/3 of the soils volume in water. This ensures a high excess of water isn't accumulating at the bottom and getting to the roots! This is basically imagining you are only pouring enough water to fill about a 1/3 of the containers size. Once the right balance is maintained the plant should bounce back in no time :)
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      Pei How are you watering the plant? Also how much sun does it get? [308817,Max]
  • Help
    I do not know what is wrong with my plant. I started off with some healthy leaves that were growing, but I believe it is starting to die. I need to repot it but not sure if that is the major issue.

    *THIS IS THE SAME PLANT IN PERVIOUS POST*

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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308789,Olivia] ! How long has the plant been in its container for? What kind of light is it receiving? Do you allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings?
  • HELP
    I do not know what is wrong with my plant. I started off with some healthy leaves that were growing, but I believe it is starting to die. I need to repot it but not sure if that is the major issue.
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      Pei How are you watering the plants??
  • Birds Nest Fern Help
    I've had my fern for almost two weeks and noticed the edges and tips have started getting crispy and brown but also the lowest leaves are droopy. I read it could be from underwatering but the soil is consistently moist and I'm worried I'll be overwatering if I do more. I tried moving it to the bathroom for humidity the past couple days. Any more tips or tricks? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! If the top soil has remained moist the plant is most likely not receiving enough light to take up the water. Therefor I would move the plant into an area that receives plenty of medium-bright indirect light! It'll be a good routine to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast the plant is taking up water. Once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out the plant will be ready for another drink. Since the planter you paired it with doesn't have a drainage hole it's good to remember to not pour more than 1/3 of the soils volume in water. This ensures a high excess of water isn't accumulating at the bottom and getting to the roots! This is basically imagining you are only pouring enough water to fill about a 1/3 of the containers size! I would prune the damaged leaf tips back to shape, and once the right balance of care is maintained the plant should bounce back in no time! Humidity can be boosted by either placing the plant on wet pebble tray, using a humidifier, or putting it in a bathroom that receives daily humidity from showers as long as there's a window. You can also group plants together and as they transpire water from the leaves this creates a little micro-climate for them where humidity is localized!
  • Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308710,Clare Launder] !  It's perfectly natural for plants to shed a leaf or two given the conditions they are exposed to in transit. I would recommend removing them from the plant to enhance the appearance and monitor its health! Pothos can tolerate low light, but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light. The plant will be ready for another watering once the soil has dried out completely to the bottom!
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      Clare Launder I bought this one week ago and haven't watered it yet (it arrived with yellow leaves and the guide says that is caused by over-watering). What should I do?
  • Brown Spot Help
    I'm not sure exactly what this plant is bit both old and new growth is browning. Any help you xan give as to identifying the issue would be greatly appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata What kind of light is the plant receiving/how dry do you let the soil get before watering again?
  • Browning Fiddle Leaf Fig
    Can someone help identify what might be thr cause of these brown spots? The plant is fairly new and was growing new leaves but they immediately turned brown and fell off and now some of the older leaves are also turning brown. Help please
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Amber! Since the spots looks more purply/red by the photo it makes me believe its edema. This is a very common ailment for Fiddles and is caused by moisture stress (i.e. under or over watering). Fiddles prefer to be close to a window that receives plenty bright indirect light to full sun, and should be allowed to dry out between waterings. However, the frequency of watering may be increased when the plant is actively growing and receiving optimal light conditions. I would try either increasing the light levels for the plant if you don't believe its receiving enough and start by watering once the soil has dried out completely. It'll be a good routine to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast the plant takes up water! The Fiddle should bounce back in no time once the right balance of care is maintained :)
  • Rattlesnake Calathea Help
    Hi,

    The plant seems to be healthy and new leaves are coming up, but a few of the leaves are drying up and browning at the tips and other parts of the leaves. What does the mean? What should I do with parts of the leaves that are dried up?
    Thanks!!
     

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      Paris Lalicata Hi Danielle! It looks like the symptoms could be caused by over or under watering. What kind of light is the plant receiving, and how dry do you let the soil get before watering again?
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      Danielle Here is a picture!
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  • Pothos Jade Watering
    I'm going out of town for two weeks. I usually water my Pothos Jade about every week as suggested by The Sill (https://www.thesill.com/products/pothos-jade-small-5-grant-planter). Will my plant have lasting negative effects if I don't have a friend come water my plant?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Erin- pulling your plants back from the light source will help them not take up water as frequently! For more moisture loving plants you can even create a simply DIY self water system with just a wick and a container of water :)
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      Erin Hey Jesse! How much light does it receive? In the summer, my pothos definitely likes to be watered every 10 days or so, but if I'm going to be gone for an extended period of time I usually give it a good soaking beforehand then move it to a spot where it receives a little lower light (but still natural light - just not a ton, which will dry out the potting mix quicker). It can be pretty thirsty when I come home - drooping etc - but usually perks back up after a watering and a couple days.
  • Plant ID?
    Got this plant awhile ago and I’ve never been able to find out what type it is. “Green plant” was the tag on it lol. Any ideas anyone? 
  • Peperioma help pls!
    So my plant has some yellowed leaves on it and I am wondering how to help it. It was repotted in May to a 7” h by 7” w pot. Could the yellow leaves be from root shock when I repotted? Should I prune off the yellowed leaves? Has it grown too big for its current size pot? Very new to all this. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lindsay! I just have a few questions- Are the leaves that yellow die back overtime, or have they been hanging around? Is the plant exposed to bright indirect light and watered when the soil dries out completely?
  • Help with Colocasia esculenta (aka taro aka elephant ear)
    Whenever I water my colocasia at least one of the leaves gets a bunch of yellow on it like this and then eventually the yellow parts become brown and crispy. Yellow typically indicates overwatering, but every time I've watered no water has come out the pot's drainage hole which I typically use as an indicator that it doesn't need any more water. I also only water it when the leaves are becoming very droopy and the watering does cause them to perk back up. Anyone know why the leaves are becoming so yellow like this? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alyssa! What kind of light is the plant receiving? If the plant yellows each time after watering then that is usually an indication that the plant isn't receiving enough light to take up the water. Since this guy has bigger leaves he's going to need a lot of light to create the energy it needs to sustain them! Therefor, I would try moving this more into a window that receives plenty of bright indirect light but can be acclimated to more dappled sun. If you are unable to provide this type of exposure investing in a small grow light to place above the plant should suffice!
  • Euphoria trigona
    Hello! I have rescued this euphorbia trigona but now I’m not sure what to do with it? Can I trim the thriving top part and replant? It’s about 2.5 feet tall total and the healthy happy part is about 6 inches . 
    Thank you for any advice
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308560,dhaltan] ! Would you mind including a photo of the entire plant? The bottom portion of the euphorbia doesn't look concerning to me from the photo provided, and the top portion appears to be more pale due to the fact that its the growing point which is usually more pale until it matures!
  • Money Tree
    Do I need to cut the band off the base of my money tree?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308541,Maggie] ! The tie that is around the tree is what is helping the plant maintain it's braided shape as it's not a natural characteristic and is only done during cultivation. Therefor, you can either leave it on or allow the plant to get a little loose and see what happens!
  • Alocasia Polly
    Help! Can you tell me whats causing these spots on my alocasia polly?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308441,Kyleigh Wagar] ! It's extremely hard to tell what may be causing the spots since they are so small, however, it looks very similar to spots that I get on my Pilea and feel like it could be caused by moisture stress. This is either when the plant goes too long with or without water which resulted in plant cells bursting within the leaf. I would just make sure moving forward that the plant is getting as much bright indirect light as possible, and watered once the soil has dried out completely!