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  • What am I?
    Hi guys! What kind of plant is this? And how do I keep it alive???
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      PlntNrd As Berna said, it’s an Anthurium and, I must say, it’s quite beautiful! The leaves almost look like wax.
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      Berna y Alba Hi Madison! This is an Anthurium and it's a tropical plant, so you need to apply with it some tropical plant's ground rules. First, never direct light, they prefer medium to low light. Then, the envirenment should be as humid as possible (I know sometimes is hard!), so you could help it with a humidifier or putting a water vase or something near it. Get it confy in a place with other plants near, as in a plant gang, is very helpful to mantain humidity levels. Last but not least, you have to avoid overwatering it, so wait untill the soil is dry to water it.
      Those are the rules that I have for my tropical ones! You could go to my ig @bernayalba if you want to see more tips that I've posted already there.
      Hope my comment was helpful!
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  • New Pilia babies!
    So much new growth from my pilia 
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      PlntNrd Oh, congrats! It’s so exciting, right?!? Mine gave me one, and then another, and then suddenly there was four!! It was so exciting, every week there was a new one, to my surprise, so I’m sure you’re super excited right now too. Do you know if you’re going to separate them eventually or let them be?
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      Pei 😍😍😍! Pilea is famous for growing very fast that people often give the pups/cuttings to loved ones. Hence their nickname is friendship plant!
  • Neon philodendron
    is this normal for the leaves of my neon philodendron?
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      Pei My philodendron has the same issue. I assume it's from irregular watering scheule OR natural aging process ( as long as it's still healthy overall and putting out new growths)!
  • Troubled Pilea
    Hello plant gurus,
       So, I have this young pilea and I cannot figure what I’m doing wrong with it. The poor thing will get a droopy leaf and it’ll fall off. Perfectly green, firm stem, gets plenty of new shoots...I let him dry out before thoroughly watering him again. I’ve had him about a year and a half. Maybe this is just normal?

    Thanks for any any advice you have!
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      Tiffany I’ve moved the little guy to a very bright (but no direct sun) location. Hopefully it’ll help! Thank you for all the help:)
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      PlntNrd How much light is it getting and how often (and how much volume) are you watering it?
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      Erin Hi Tiffany! Are the leaves that are falling off, big mature leaves towards the bottom of the stem? If so, it's probably just normal shedding as the plant grows! (Whereas if its new immature growth at the top of the plant that is turning yellow, it could be a watering or light issue.)
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  • Begonia Pavonina Care Information
    I bought this beautiful peacock begonia . I know it's a high maintenance plant but don't find much care information online. Any information you can share will be greatly appreciated. She is quiet expensive and gorgeous. Thanks.
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      Erin What a beauty! I don't have any personal experience with this plant - aside from it being on my wish list ;)
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      Pei WHAT A BEAUTY!! I have a love-hate relationship with Begonia. They are such a beautiful family, but somewhat finicky. In general, Begonia prefers bright indirect light (a few hours of morning sun is ok too). I found east or north facing window work the best. You want to water it thoroughly and make sure the soil dries out about 1" to 2" deep before you water it again. In addition, begonia likes high humidity. But DO NOT mist it as the leaves get fungal infections very easily. I will suggest to group plants together or invest in a humidifier. Hope this helps :)
  • Do you aerate your plants' potting mix?
    I saw the post below from Darryl Cheng on @houseplantjournal on Instagram, and am wondering if anyone else swears by aerating their houseplants' potting mix? 

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BySjEGWB81o/
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      Nicole I nearly killed my maidenhair fern by not aerating it. The water apparently was running down the inside edges of the pot and the majority of the roots stayed dry. Then one day, plant looked great in the morning, and when I came home, it was crispy all over.
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      Pei I don't! I found fingers work just about the same. Or I'd let my plants tell me if they are thirsty. For example, I will hold off the water until they are "slightly" droopy.
  • Is my plant dying?
    I am a plant novice.  I received this in January and all has been going well, but I've noticed recently that leaves keep turning yellow.  But I do have some new growth. So not sure if it's just the plant killing off older leaves to make way for new or what.  I will be devastated if this plant is dying. Can anyone help me?
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      PlntNrd It is common for leaves to yellow and die off as part of the natural aging process, but if you’re seeing yellowing in a lot of leaves at once or it’s happened omg to new leaves, I would be concerned about over or inconsistent watering. It’s ok to have one (maybe two sometimes) bottom leaf yellow and die off sometimes, but multiple at once is your plants signaling something is wrong. Look at your watering techniques and frequency.
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      Pei It's common for some leaves to die off as long as there are new growths. Think of it as an aging process, and each leaf goes through its own cycle. Hope this helps :)
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      Erin Hi Lauren! As long as the new growth is healthy and green, your pothos should be totally fine! It's not uncommon for older mature growth to turn yellow and fall off over time. I usually prune those leaves off of my pothos plants at home. It looks super happy and full in the photo you shared - and love the butterfly btw!
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  • Unknown Plant
    Does anyone know what this plant is? It was given to me, and I have no idea how to care for it, since I don't know what it is! I am very new to gardening, and want to make sure I get it right!
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      jenna Bromeliad! They like bright light and to dry out between waterings. They are technically epiphytes, like orchids, so don’t naturally grow in soil, and have relatively shallow roots. Don’t let them live in soggy soil. Watering once a week or two while letting the water run out should be good enough. One thing to know is that after they flower, the mom plant usually dies, and will channel the energy into producing a pup. So if that happens, don’t panic. :)
  • Birdsnest fern
    I’ve had this plant since February, has not grown too much in size. Some leaves have brown spots, some leaves have not grown well. I’ve recently repotted it as I thought maybe it was an issue with the soil. Has anyone had similar issues, knows how to make it healthy again? 
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      Pei [302421,Andrea] it looks to me your fern is not getting enough light actually! Sunlight is the most important food source and energy plants need to put out new growths. How much sun does it get?
  • question about transporting my pothos - will the vines break?
    Hey all. I want to transport my pothos - it's in a closed pot at my office and I want to transport the plant (in an open box, probably on a bus or in a cab) back to my house to put it in the new pot. Then I'll take it back.

    My question: it's started to grow some really nice vines. They're not overly long, but by transporting them do I run the risk of breaking them off?

    It's doing pretty good in the closed pot, I just really prefer something with drainage and have already bought a new pot for it.

    Worth the risk?
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      Pei Pothos are very resilient. I doubt it will break off, but if it does, it will put out new growths!
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      Erin Agreed with PlntNrd - they're pretty resilient plants so you should be OK! And you can propagate any stems that do break off :)

      https://www.thesill.com/blogs/diy/plant-propagation-for-beginners
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      PlntNrd In my experience, pothos have pretty thick sturdy vines. I think, if you’re careful, you should be just fine. My pothos is one of my sturdier plants. Water it a day or two before you transport and you should be good.
  • Black coral taro
    Hi! I got a black coral taro and I’m trying to keep it in a pot indoors, however it’s been getting brown spots since I brought it home. I called the nursery and they said it’s not getting enough sun, but the internet says it could be getting sun burnt?  I’ve got it in an east facing window so it gets full sun for the first half of the day. It’s also the window in my shower so it gets good humidity. The leaves are also curling? I’ve been watering it so that there’s still water in the bottom of the pot it’s in because it’s a pond plant but I worry about root rot? I also haven’t repotted it from its nursery container yet, so because it likes to be in water features are drainage holes a make or break?

    Honestly any tips on this guy would be amazing! 
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      Pei I killed my Colociasa too. They are so beautiful, but SO difficult. Mind lived happily in an east facing window for a good couple of months, but infested with spider mites (those suckers!!) later that I was not able to save it :(

      From my experience, I would say east facing window is definitely fine. As it still gets the energy (sun), but won't get burn as afternoon sun does to plants. Good luck [302009,Lauren swan]! Keep us posted :)
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      Erin These plants are beautiful but difficult to keep happy indoors. I've actually had trouble keeping any type of Colocasia alive inside unfortunately. It sounds like you have it in the perfect spot - bright light and high humidity - so might just be acclimating to it's new home still. Good to keep in mind though that the brightest light indoors is usually equivalent to the shadiest spot outdoors! Might be worth testing it in brighter light if possible.
  • Baby jade succulent
    Hi how can I help this poor plant? It looks like it's thirsty but I've been giving it good amount of water. It also has some white spots on it. I don't know what these spots are. Help!!
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      Erin Is it possible to get a close up photo of the white spots? They could be mealy bugs which might be the cause of it's unhappiness - https://www.thesill.com/blogs/pests/bug-off-mealybugs

      Overall it looks OK from the photo you shared though! It's definitely wrinkly but you mentioned you've been watering it thoroughly so I'd be cautious about watering it more. For now, I'd recommend pruning off any dying foliage and letting the potting mix dry out completely in bright direct light.
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  • Ivy help!
    I bought this ivy online and it came in a small nursery pot healthy. I left it in the nursery pot for about 2 weeks to acclimate. It started to wilt shortly after getting her. I monitored my watering cause it looked to me like it was a watering issue. Then I decided to repot it to a 4" pot and check for any root rot, nothing bad there. It's been another week and no signs of change. It also only has one brown leaf and isn't getting worse but isn't getting better. I'm a little stumped. I've also checked for pests and haven't seen anything of concern there. Could this be a light or humidity issue?
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      Pei Agreed with [278933,Erin]! Ivy requires indirect bright light (a few hours of direct sun will do too!). How much water do you give it each time, btw?
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      Erin Hi Stephanie! How much light is it receiving? I've found most ivies to require brighter light then you'd think when grown indoors.
  • Snake plant - please halp!
    This snake plant is turning yellow for some reason. Does anyone have any care tips or suggestions? It is typically kept in the shade in my bedroom. 

    Do I just need to repot this? 
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      Nicole It looks like it may have been over-watered....I'd take it out of the pot and see if the roots are rotted. Pull off any mushy, unhealthy roots and put it in a new pot. Then fingers crossed!
      Snake plants like to be dry- Water maybe every 2-3 weeks, even less in the winter. They can tolerate low light but will grow better in bright indirect light.
  • Pilea help please
    Trying to figure out why my leaves are curling. It gets moderate sun and I water only when the soil is dry. Could it use more sun? More water?
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      Erin Agree with below! For new, immature foliage- the curling can be natural. If it continues are the leaves mature, I'd give it more bright direct light and more frequent waterings to match.
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      dekadaye That's how they look when first blooming, but it could be not enough water. Pilea's love bright light and to be watered weekly in the sunny months.