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  • Anthurium plant is tilting
    Please help! One of my anthurium flowers is tilting completely in a different direction. I tied it with the other flowers for support. Let me know if this was the correct thing to do.<br>
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      Erin Hi Asma! Possible to see a picture? If it's tilting, it could be tilting towards the sunlight. You could try rotating the plant to give it exposure on all sides.
  • Angie isn't thriving :/
    <i>Hi!</i><br><br><i>I bought my medium Calathea Medallion about a month or so ago, and I've been watering it every 1-2 weeks until the top soil feels wet, but it doesn't seem to be doing well. I have it in medium sunlight. I have a cat who kind of nips at it once a week or so, but nothing too bad. I attached photos of it here. Does anyone know what's going wrong? I'm worried I'm still not watering it enough. Thank you! </i>
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      Erin I agree with Hunter's tips below. I'd also prune off the foliage that curled up and dried out - unfortunately it won't bounce back, but removing it will make room for new healthy growth!
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      Hunter Hi Claire! I'm so sorry about your plant, she looks like she was once beautiful in her prime!

      The soil on the top looks very rough. Is there lava rock on the top? Reporting with the lava rock covering the bottom first inch should be enough drainage to support Angie, especially if your soil is also mixed with perlite and/or orchid bark, and especially if your pot has a drainage hole.

      If your Angie's pot does have a drainage hole (excellent drainage and high humidity is of the utmost importance with Calatheas), I would water her until water runs through the hole, then immediately soak up any excess water. Calathea's HATE sitting in water and will not be nice to you if you don't keep their feet dry. That being said, nice job watering 1-2 weeks! Root Rots an awful thing to go through with these guys, so if you can side-step it then kudos!

      Another big thing for Calatheas are sunlight! True me when I say that if it's bright light, your Calathea will not want it. I like to keep mine around 6-12 feet away from any windows and always try to keep the lightbulbs around at a warm glow instead of a bright white.

      Good luck! Post pics when Angie's back to perfect health!
  • Uh oh.
    This guy has been hanging in for a few years (he was a delighter plant w purchase from the sill) and his leaves are getting funky. I’m not sure if it’s not enough water, too much or other. Would love any tips or suggestions. 
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      Pei [318778,StephD] i also think it could be nutrition deficiency. When was the last time you repot or refresh the soil??
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      StephD thanks Erin, I'll try that. And actually I didn't know what kind of plant it was, so that also helped :-)
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      Erin This happens to my pilea too, and I usually just prune off the mature yellowing leaves to make room for new, healthier growth!
  • Sad Fernie, please help!
    Hello! I purchased this bird’s nest fern in early March and it has been on a steady decline since. It’s on a shelf that receives indirect light. In fears of over watering, I have watered it once every other week. This week I noticed that the soil was bone dry, so I watered it, only to see that it’s wilted even more! I’m considering moving the plant to my bathroom to give it some humidity. Can I save this plant? Any tips would be appreciated! Please help!
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      Pei oh no!! my guess is you have been underwatered it. And from my experience, it's really hard to save a birds nest fern when the soil is bone dry :(

      In general, you want to feel the soil before you water a plant. For BNF, they like the soil to stay consistently moist (not wet!) so you want to make sure the soil is at least 1 inch dry before you water again. And depending on where you put the plant, once every 7-10 days watering is the best.
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      Erin Are you able to stick your finger or an old chopstick deep into the soil to see how far down it's dry? Unfortunately Bird's Nest Ferns can droop when overwatered *and* when underwatered so it's hard to tell which could be the culprit here!
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  • How much water?
    I have a fiddle leaf fig tree, its about 9 or 10 inches tall. How much water is appropriate for it?
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      Erin Are you able to share a photo? It's hard to estimate without, but a good rule of them is watering with about one third the volume of the planter or less.
  • innovation in gardening
    <span><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Salut à tous! </font></font><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Un petit sujet pour présenter mon invention! </font></font><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Un système simple pour nettoyer le dessous d'une tondeuse à gazon </font></font><br><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">L'an dernier, j'ai inventé un système très simple pour laver le dessous d'une tondeuse à gazon qui m'a vraiment facilité la vie. </font></font><br><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">J'ai décidé de commencer mon parcours entrepreneurial et de donner vie à cette invention! </font></font><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Ma famille m'a aidé à démarrer l'entreprise, le brevet a été accordé, le produit a remporté le concours Lépine Innovation International, et aujourd'hui nous sommes tous très optimistes! </font></font><br><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Pour démarrer la production j'ai lancé un crowdfunding sur Kickstarter, et je compte sur l'enthousiasme de ceux qui partagent ma passion du jardinage pour soutenir ce projet. </font></font><br><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Toute aide est la bienvenue: une contribution ... un partage ... ou votre avis sur le produit!</font></font><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Je vous invite à visiter la page Kickstarter et à regarder la vidéo pour comprendre comment cela fonctionne. </font></font><br><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Si l'idée vous plait, c'est l'occasion pour vous de mettre ce produit en prévente! * Lien * </font></font><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Je suis curieux de savoir ce que vous en pensez: Tondeuse à gazon impeccable garantie: D </font></font><br><font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Bonne journée!</font></font><div><span><br></span></div></span>
  • Zz
    Does anyone know what these black specks are?:/ I water it about once a week not too much water at all
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      Kathy Wu It's normal! As long as the texture doesn't feel squishy. From this picture it looks firm and healthy.
  • Sad Parlor Palm
    I got my parlor palm from the sill about two months ago and he's looking really sad. He looks and feels like straw and is weirdly bent out of shape. I've been watering him 2x per week. Thoughts?
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      Melissa Lee I have this problem too! Mine was pretty big and now she's all dry and looks like straws. I can't figure out if it is a light problem or water. I've watered her once a week
  • Droopy plant! Please help! I’ve started watering him a bit more since he’s getti...
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      Michelle M Thank you!!
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      Pei [290004,Michelle] it actually looks fine and quite happy to me. If you are referring to the lower leaves, it's natural for plant curl downward like that as it ages. As long as it's still putting out new growths, there's nothing you need to worry.

      That said, I will er on the side of underwater it than overwater this guy :) Hope this helps!
  • What subscription would be best for me?
    Hi! I'm new to the Sill (and plants in general), and I'm debating between getting the low-light monthly subscription vs. the beginner plants monthly subscription. My room has one large window but only one side of the room gets a sufficient amount of light. I would most likely place the plants on my window sill & around my room. The window sill gets light at some points in the day but it's not direct light.
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      Pei I think their low light option will be great for you since light is the most important factor for plant health!
  • help with my Christmas cactus
    Can I save this plant? Some of the roots look ok, and some look brown and dying. I have been pulling off any dead leaves and have recently re-potted it. Any advice?
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      Pei [318556,Lisa Resnick] you cactus actually looks super happy!! Though cactus, in general, like to be root bounded. Since you already repot it, I recommend to let it settle its new pot.
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      Karly Hi Lisa,
      Some amount of this is normal- something to remember is that christmas cacti like to be a little bit more root bound, so if you just repotted it it may need time to adjust to a bigger home. Did you use cactus soil to repot? It looks okay to me :)
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      Lisa Resnick Another picture
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  • Introductin
    <span>HelloHappy to discover this forum and this beautiful community!<br>My name is Larbi, I am 61 years old and I live in France in the Parisian suburbs.I am passionate about gardening, and I’m an good handyman. <span>Last year I invented a very simple lawn mower washing system that made my life a lot easier. I will tell you about it later!</span>Have a good day!<div><span><br></span></div></span>
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      Pei welcome welcome, [318355,Larbi NAHHAL] !!
  • Help with identification and care
    Looking a little droopy in medium light with water once a week so far
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      Pei Peace lily!
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      Jamie Def looks like a peace lily to me!
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      Karly This kind of looks like a peace lily! Hard to tell as the pic is a little dark but that's my best guess. Peace lillies can be a little temperamental... try watering twice a week and see if that helps.
  • Peperomia Drooping Leaves
    My peperomia has pretty bad drooping leaves. Am I over watering it or under watering it? I have been watering it about every 2 weeks and have kept it in the grow pot it came from. I am wanting to transfer it to a bigger pot (the pot in the background) but haven’t got around to it yet. 
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      Pei It looks like you have been underwatering it. Each time you water a plant, you want to make sure the soil is fully saturated. And yes, defintely repot it - it's ready!
  • Monstera Repotting
    I have a fairly large Monstera that needs to go into a larger pot.  I attempted to do this yesterday, and I couldn't get it out of its existing pot.  I tried working around the edges of the pot/soil but no matter where I worked I felt like I was damaging roots...<br><br>Due to current social distancing circumstances, I don't have a second hand to help me get it out.  Are there any suggestions on how to do this with one person and without damaging the plant?<br><br>Thank you!!
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      Pei It might be super root bounded! You can poke and remove the soil little by little o loosen it up. In addition, Monstera has those long arms (stems) that you can tie it together first before you take it out of the pot.