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  • My plant is sad 😔
    I’ve had this mass cane for about 3 years and for some reason she is very sad and droopy this year. Any advice? Should I repot her? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308288,Mel] ! When was the last time she was re-potted? There's a chance the plants roots can be over crowded in the container. If so, then I would re-pot into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger in size and replenish the plant will fresh potting mix. From there as long as the plant is getting plenty of bright indirect light and watered accordingly she should bounce back to her much healthier self :)
  • Help!
    Hi. 
    I receveid this plant as present. I don’t know which species is and I’m trying to do my best with the few informazione I got (loves light, not so much water) but now I need some help. Does somebody know how to take care of her?? 
    I live in an apartment: during the day i’m not at home so there’s no so much light inside!
    thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308287,Littlewillbe] ! It looks like what you have here is a Polyscias scutellaria, also known as "shield aralia". Like all plants, this gal will need plenty of bright indirect light, especially due to her size and how many leaves she'll need to create energy to accommodate for. After the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out the she'll be ready for another drink. Do you have any windows in your apartment? Or can you only provide artificial lighting?
  • need help with bird's nest ferns
    i received a bird's nest fern a couple of months back and it seemed to be doing well, but after a couple of weeks it started wilting, browning and yellowing, and some leaves have fallen off altogether. more recently, the sill sent me another fern (lucky me :/) and that one has started "going bad" even faster than the first.

    per the instructions of the card, it seemed like these plants needed more water and less light. I moved the plants, started watering more regularly and got a plant mister. the newest development now is that the first plant has gnats. from what I have read, gnats tend to appear when the plant has too much moisture. this is frustrating because I let the soil get dry between waterings (as instructed) and the leaves of ferns looks crispy, like they need more moisture.

    im completely at a loss. ive moved the plants, given them more water, given them less water, misted, and even reduce the amount of time my a/c is on during the day. i just don't know what to do anymore and I'm afraid they are just going to die :( please help me help my plant babies!

    ive included a pic of how one looks (I cant add multiple photos for some reason?), maybe y'all will see something im not seeing.

    (ps -- i also have a rattlesnake calathea that's doing great, so i don't have a totally black thumb lol)
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      Chelsea following because this is my exact problem and I’m frustrated and at a loss!! I hope someone can find a solution!!
  • My aloe was over watered?
    ok so my husband kills my plants. This aloe had big luscious thick full arms and then I think he overwatered it and now it’s got sad skinny arms and he color isn’t good. I took it out of the pot and tried to cut off the rotted roots and then added sand to the soil in hopes of saving it. Can it be saved? Can it find it’s think lusciousness again or is it a lost cause?
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      Paris Lalicata hi [307995,Keri] ! Have you checked the soil? The symptoms the Aloe is displaying actually appears to be drought symptoms- but then again it's hard to tell. I would say the best thing to do moving forward is to check the soil, and if it has dried out completely I would go ahead and give the Aloe a drink. As long as it wasn't overwatered and developed root rot it should bounce back just fine! After replenished with consistent care it should plump back out and green up within a month or so :)
  • My dying plant?
    Not sure what this plant is but I had reported it into a bigger pot and it was thriving. Then something happened. My husband may have overwatered I am not sure. I put a little sand in the soil to try to save but it only seems worse. 1. What is the plant 2. Is it saveable 3. How should I take care of it?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Keri! So from the photo provided it looks like this may be a Philodendron hope. The yellowing of the leaves could be a sign of moisture stress (over or under watering). I'd make sure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as it doesn't respond very well to low light. Based on the light provided you'll want to adjust your waterings accordingly. If the plant is exposed to a lot of light and taking up water frequently you may want to water when the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out. Whereas if it was getting slightly lower levels of light then I would recommend watering when the soil has dried out completely! There's a chance the plant will be able to bounce back, especially since I can see new growth that hasn't unfurled yet. Therefor I would monitor its health closely in the road ahead.. it should slowly be able to bounce back :)
  • Sad Birds Nest Fern
    I received this birds nest fern about 4 months ago and its been doing great. About two weeks ago though i brought it outside with all my other plants while i was cleaning and spraying inside my house. When i brought it back inside, it was very wilted. I kept it inside and watered a little extra and it seemed to come back to life. However now it seems that some of the leafs got sunburnt and are crispy and brown in certain spots. There are also some leaves that have turned yellow. Any recommendations to revive her once again??
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      Paris Lalicata Hello Kelsey! There's a good chance the plant was most likely exposed to direct sunlight when it was placed outdoors which its not suited for. This is why the leaves started to crisp and you noticed the browning spots! Did you also check the soil before watering the plant? If the soil was already moist this could've been the cause of the yellowing leaves; or if the plant was simply shocked from the direct sun + being moved around. Moving forward, I would remove any yellow leaves since these will most likely decline overtime anyways. The scorched leaves however, may be able to pull through therefor you can either allow them to naturally take their course or remove them to enhance the appearance. I would only give the Fern bright indirect light, and allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out between waterings. Afterwards your BNF should bounce back in no time :)
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  • Help with Snake Plant
    I'm very worried about my snake plant, which I received about five months ago. It is still in its nursery pot and I only watered it when the soil was dry about two inches.  Now I noticed that the leaves are not stiff anymore, they are getting soft on the top and some are curling inward.  Any help will be greatly appreciated - thank you all!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Heidi! I would certainly recommend re-potting the Snake plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger so it has plenty of room to continue growing. They can tolerate lower light, but will thrive much better in medium-bright light conditions. Considering the plant is very succulent and drought tolerant it'll be best to allow the soil to dry out completely all the way to the bottom of the planter. If you were watering more frequently this is most likely the cause of the softening of the leaves! Once you've made this transition, and follow up with the proper care the plant should bounce back and develop new growth over time. Any leaves that have declined further can simply be pruned from the plant! Hope this helps :)
  • Pothos help
    My pothos arrived very limp and wilted with leaves turning dark green and yellow. Does this mean its over or under watered? Anything I should do to help it adjust?
  • Help! Yellowing Rattlesnake Calathea
    I am SUPER new to taking care of plants. I got a monthly subscription in hopes that I'll learn how to do this better.

    My first plant was the Rattlesnake Calathea. I watered it a bit after unwrapping it but haven't watered it since (it's been a couple weeks.) And the leaves are turning yellow now. What should I do? I don't want it to die on me!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Beth! It seems like the Calathea may have been over watered. Did you check the soil before you watered upon arrival? What kind of lighting was the plant placed in afterwards? There's a chance the plant was either watered before it was ready, or if it's in a too low of light environment that's preventing it from taking up water. Although Calatheas can tolerate low light, they will thrive much better in medium-bright indirect light! Therefor, I would suggest placing the plant in brighter conditions and monitoring its response. I'd prune the plant to minimize damage to enhance the appearance , and water when the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out. Once balanced with the proper care it should be able to bounce back!
  • HELP!
    Does anyone know what this plant is? (I thought maybe a Aucuba japonica) Everything I do for it isnt working; it started off in indirect sunlight where I first noticed the decline then even further from sunlight, then closer to a window,shade and nothing is working! Soil is still moist after watering it yesterday but the leaves remain brittle, droopy and dry. What can I do it was gorgeous when I was gifted it a month ago
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rachel! So it looks like you actually might have a Codiaeum variegatum "Gold Dust". Over my own experience of caring for these guys I've learned that they prefer bright indirect light to a little dappled sun, too much or too little can result in leaf loss. Especially if the plant is being moved constantly to different areas as they can be a little more finicky. I would recommend finding a good spot that can provide this lighting and monitoring the plants response. Once the top 2-3 inches of soil have dried out the plant will be ready for another watering! Don't let the soil to dry out too much or all the way as this can also result in leaf loss, and the plant will also start to droop when it's ready for more water. Also, don't be alarmed if you notice a lot of leaf loss or if even the entire plant drops all its leaves. It'll simply be apart of the acclimation process as the plant drops its more sun grown leaves to develop more shade tolerant ones. As long as the trunk of the plant is healthy it should be good to go- and you can always check by scrapping some bark off with your finger nail. If it's still fleshy and green beneath then the plant is still alive and will develop new growth overtime! But if you notice it's actually hollowed out (like a dead branch you find in the woods) then the plant declined and won't be able to bounce back. I hope this helps! :)
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  • My monster cat knocked over my monstera...
    My cat knocked over my beloved monstera today. I thought that I closed the door behind me all the way, but when I got back to my room the door was open and the cat was running out from it. I then saw the heart wrenching site of my beautiful plant pot side up on the floor. All of its nice big split leaves were broken. All of its nice new leaves about to unfurl were also broken. It is now a mere shell of the plant that it was before. Can it grow back to how it was before? How long would that take? Also, can any of the leaves that broke off be propagated? I put the big leaves that came off in water. I also repotted the remaining plant and watered it. I hope it will be ok.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nicole! I can't tell you how many plants my cats have "murdered" over the years. On the bright side though, it looks like your Monstera will most likely recovery from its recent encounter. Any growth that is still happy, healthy, and intact within the container should continue to thrive and develop new growth when continued with the proper care! As for the leaves that were detached you can most certainly propagate them as long as there's an exposed node present as this is where new roots will develop. From there you can place the cuttings in room temperature water, placed in bright indirect light, and replenish the water every 1-2 weeks. When the roots have grown to about 2-4 inches long it'll be time to re-pot into a potting mixture. Only allow about the top 1-2 inches to dry out between waterings during this transition since the roots are "water grown" and will have to slowly adapt to living in a soil structure!
  • Holy Grail Plants
    Do you guys have any plants that you're absolutely pining for? I'd personally love a good peperomia prostrata (string of turtles)!
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      Paris Lalicata I have been dying to get a crocodile fern, a Philodendron "Jungle Boogie", and a Zig Zag cactus!
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      Maranda I really want an African Violet! I'm in a few plant groups on fb, and lots of people post pics and I just fall in love with them. They're so pretty!
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      Pei oh man, where do I start! But my top 3 is: variegated monstera, stephaniaerecta, and zz raven!
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  • Rattlesnake Calathea
    This beauty adds so much personality to my vanity. 
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      Maranda 😍😍😍 she's gorgeous!
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      Bree I always seem to find the best planters in grocery stores that sell flowers like Albertsons and Savemart or Safeway. If you have one of those stores definitely give their floral area a look.
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      Pei LOVE!! so much personality.
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  • YELLOW ZZPLANT
    my plant has singular leaves growing from the soil and they have since turned Yellow. one of them have white holes in them like it’s burned by a cig.What does the yellow signal ? 

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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307454,christelle] ! A common way ZZ plants are propagated are by their leaves, and the happy healthy growth that you notice have actually sprouted from the rhizomes beneath the soil that the larger leaves at the base created! Once those rhizomes are formed and new growth has developed the leaves at the base will eventually yellow and die off (which is what you see here). These can gently be plucked off, or you can wait for them to fall off on their own!
  • What Am I?
    Hi beauties!

    I picked up this little cutie at a second-hand store this morning and I'll be honest, I know nothing about it 💁‍♀️🤷‍♀️ but she's cute so i had tp have her!

    Can anyone tell me what kind of plant it is, and maybe a few tips on how to care for it?

    Thank you, thank you!
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      Maranda [286271,Paris Lalicata] [278958,Pei] you two are a god send! Thank you so much 💖🌿
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      Pei OMG they are so cuteeee! And I agree with Paris, it's an assorted succulents. The general rule of thumbs with succulents are lots of light (direct if possible) and water only if you see wrinkled leaves.
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      Paris Lalicata It actually looks like you may have an assortment of succulents in this container! The one in the middle appears to be a species of Sempervivum. The ones trailing off the sides look like it may be a species of Kalanchoe succulent as it matures and if it produces offsets on the edges of the leaves. And if I'm not mistaken it looks like there is another different looking succulent behind the Sempervivum which may be a Jade? Would need a closer look to be sure! Care for all of them however is the same- bright indirect light to full sun and only water once the soil has dried out completely!
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