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  • Please help my Flf bendy stem
    Sorry, long post....but I came home today to find that the top portion of my fiddle Leaf figs stem was droopy and a little squishy (about 1-2 inches and the two top leaves). I fastened the stem with a chopstick for strength but I don't know if I should cut the top off. The rest of the stalk feels strong/snappy and the leaves are still perky and not droopy at all. I've had this flf for about 2 months. She's grown some new leaves, haven't seen much droop or discolored leaves, and I've only watered her 2-3 times when the top soil was dry (she came pretty moist from the nursery with a layer of mossy geeen on top that has long been gone). Most recently, I watered her in the shower to also clean her leaves. She is usually located in my bedroom with a humidifier across the way. Both my bedroom and living room have a north east facing window. The sun finally came out on Saturday so I moved her closer to the window to get some rays but it has otherwise been very foggy and rainy in SF so maybe it wasn't getting enough sun? I don't understand what could have happened within a week and I am having a very hard time finding an answer/solution for a Flf with a Bendy stem
  • Identifying my plant
    I received this plant as a gift on thanksgiving, he was SO much smaller. Now he’s over growing his little home. I have no idea what this plant is, or how I would repot it. It came with a paper that said to turn it everyday and always have the glass filled with water. He’s already getting top heavy. :) id appreciate any knowledge anyone has!
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      Nate Hi Kortni, which ones are you asking for an ID? If the 3 to the right, I would say it is lucky bamboo.
  • Rattlesnake
    Hey Plant People!

    My Calathea Rattlesnake has slowly started to take a turn for the worst. Many of the tips of the leaves are brown. Some of the edges are also yellow/brown and the smaller leaves on the bottom of the plant are worse still. I’ve removed the worst leaves and moved my plant to a room with less direct light. Any advice is appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! It looks like the plant could be displaying symptoms of overwatering - if the plant is in a low light setting then it'll be best to allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings. If it's in moderate-bright conditions then it'll be best to re-water once about half the soil dries out, and best to provide some level of humidity. Any damaged leaf edges can be pruned back to shape - the plant should be able to make a comeback in no time!
  • Philodendron worries
    My philodendron is looking a little bit dead as the stem gets closer to the soil... what is my problem here? The only confusing part is that the leaves themselves look to be healthy, some are even growing new little leaves. I feel like this is an issue that can be easily fixed/saved, I just don’t know what to do. Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Could definitely be a combination of moisture stress at this point (over or under watering) Best thing to do moving forward is to remove any dead/yellow leaves to enhance the appearance. I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light to give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and water once the soil has dried out completely!
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      Pei Hey [291793,Greyson Ike], how often and how much do you water it? It looks super thirsty to me.
  • Repotting a money tree
    Hi all,
    I have recently reported a small money tree that I have had for 6 months. I took it from the small store-sold porcelain pot to an old cactus garden porcelain planter I have. There are 2 nearly dime sized drainage holes at the bottom of the new planter that I covered with a coffee filter. I recently have noticed some mold growing on the coffee filter when I look under the planter as well as some white dust-like mold growing on top of the soil. I’m pretty sure I have done something wrong and will need to replant this again. Any tips on how to provide proper drainage for the planter and how to take care of the mold issue would be greatly appreciated. This is all very new to me. Thanks! Ryan
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      Pei Do you have a photo? [314044,Ryan]
  • Sad spotty philodendron
    Hello plant gang!

    I've had this Lil guy for about 6 months, and honestly, it has never looked great....upon taking it home, it had stippling and little yellow dots. In the past, I have treated it with neem oil and a systemic pesticide. Since then, I have repotted it with fresh soil and clean the leaves ones a week. I wait for it to dry out pretty well before watering and keep it in a bright spot in my living room. But still these orange rusty colored spots have not gone away....in fact they look bigger. Any thoughts?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! If the spots are spreading then this is most likely a fungal infection - but should bounce back just fine after removing infected leaves and altering care. It may be even beneficial to spray the foliage with a fungicide for about a week to help prevent the spread! I did this with my Philo Congo recently and thought it helped encourage the infection to cease faster- good luck!
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      Pei [309832,Erin Hidy] How often and how much do you water? Does the planter have a drianage hole? It looks like fungal infection to me that unfortunately it won't heal itself. I recommend to snip off the damaged leaf as close to the soil line as possible. Put it in a warm, bright to indirect bright light environment. water it only when the soil has completely dry out. with the proper care, your plant should be happy again!
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      Erin Hidy Another leaf, top side
  • Sad Fern
    I have these two ferns together — one seems okay and the other is not! It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but it has three of these yellowy, stripey leaves. I didn't think I overwatered it, but could that be the Issue?
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      Pei how do you care for the ferns [313970,Liza Summers] ? How much sun and water does it get?
  • White dots on Maranta leaves
    What are these white dots on my maranta’s leaves?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! It looks like the same mineral buildup on the leaves and you can use the same white vinegar/water dilution to clean these as well - just be sure to to incorporate too much vinegar as this can scorch the foliage
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      Pei Do you see any cotton like powder or fine webbing? If not, it could just be water residues that you can easily wipe it off with a damped paper towel. [313931,Anitha]
  • Maranta pot discoloring
    Hi, why does the pot that my Maranta is in look like this? This started happening a week or two after I potted the plant. Is this harmful to the plant at all?
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      Pei Hey [313931,Anitha] , is this a new planter? That's quite normal if it's an old/aging terracotta - Calcium and nutrition build out from watering.

      However, it might be mositure buildup if it's new terracotta that means either your plant has been sitting too wet = you water too much OR the environment's humididty is too high. Either way it can cause root rot easily!
  • Spider plant help!!
    My spider plant Shelob is not happy. Lots of black/brown spots in the middle of the leaves. Some new babies, but they always die before they bloom. What’s the matter here?? Thanks everyone!!! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Whitney! It seems like the symptoms could be due to moisture stress. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light, and only water once the soil dries out completely !
  • What is wrong with my snake plant?
    I've had this cylindrical snake plant for months, and it was doing fine, although it wasn't growing much, up until about 2 weeks ago.  The one spikey part that's by itself, not part of the main plant, start shriveling from the bottom near the dirt and it's moving up.  The plant doesn't need water, the soil is moist near the bottom when I check it with a moisture meter, so what else could be causing this?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kellie! The way the stalk is declining makes me believe it could be due to over watering. Do you allow the soil to dry out between waterings? What kind of light is the plant receiving?
  • money tree
    my money tree needs some help. i have been losing a lot of leaves because they dry out but im watering it a good amount every week. im a beginner with house plants so any tips would help! ❤️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hally! Are you ensuring you are watering once the soil dries out completely? There's a chance you're not pouring enough water considering there is moss as a top dressing for the plant that can absorb water being poured in!
  • Should We Be Worried About Our African Mask Plant?
    We brought this plant home from The Sill (it wasn’t shipped; we picked it up) about a month ago. Within a week or so, we noticed yellow spots on some of the leaves. One leaf, shown, has multiple: one big one (pictured), another similarly sized one (hidden under the other leaf), and one smaller dot (pictured). The leaf on top of it (which is also curling) has a yellowish-brown streak-like marking too. I think only one other leaf has a yellow spot; that spot is small and mostly brown. These blemishes haven’t really changed much since we noticed them. They may have gotten slightly bigger/brighter but it’s hard to tell. In addition, many of the leaves have a yellow-to-blackish tip. Is the plant unhealthy or dying? Is there something we need to do? 😥

    One other note: The plant came with what appears to be a newish leaf. It’s curled and bright yellowish-green. Is it actually a new leaf? If so, why isn’t it opening up or getting darker? 

    As for care: The plant is in a big north/northwest-facing window. We leave the shade fully open for most of the day and close it at night. We also put a blanket between the pot and the shade at night to help block any drafts. (The window is still a little drafty unfortunately.) We water it when most of the soil feels dry (about every week and a half). Our apartment is usually in the 60s temperature-wise. It’s a little dry in here, but we put the African Mask Plant next to three other plants to increase the humidity around it. We are also getting a humidifier. We carefully removed a few dead leaves from it, but we haven’t moved or changed the soil it came with. It was potted at The Sill.

    Thanks for the help! We’re worried we’re doing something wrong that needs to be fixed!
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      Pei Does the soil feel dry to touch (3" deep) when you water it? I think it may have been overwatered! African Mask likes to be completely dry out in between watering.
  • Philodendron ‘Silver’ Drooping, Shriveling, and Browning
    We ordered this plant online from The Sill almost a month ago. When it arrived (it was shipped), many of the leaves were partially submerged in the soil. We let it be for a couple weeks, but then removed the leaves that were dead or yellowing. Since then, it seems like it’s been rapidly declining in health (but it used to be fuller before we discarded the damaged leaves, so maybe we just didn’t notice the issues until now). The leaves have started dropping, some of the stems seem totally shriveled/mushy, and leaves are browning too. We’ve been watering it every week or so when most of the soil feels dry. It’s sitting in a north/northwest-facing window with the shade fully open all day. It’s a little drafty, but we try to block the draft at night with a blanket between the pot and the window. What’s wrong with it? We’re worried it’s just going to get worse 🙁
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      E & S Also: when we cleaned out the dead leaves, we tried to unearth some of the other leaves/stems from the soil they were stuck under. Did we accidentally harm the plant?

      My only other note is that we noticed a few small, single, cobweb-like lines across some of the leaves. We haven’t seen any webs in the soil or other bug activity. Just these stray, tiny strands. Thanks!
  • Pothos Turning Yellow
    A month or so ago I transplanted her from a plastic growing pot to this ceramic pot with one drain hole at the bottom. At first she seemed to love it! I then washed her in shower to dust her off and water her, but I think that overwatered her :/ one leaf was started to yellow about a week ago and now a few more are turning. I have watered her in about 2 weeks since and her soil is like a dry moist, if that makes sense. Did I kill her?! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Tanisha! No worries you didn't kill you plant as it still looks happy and healthy despite some yellowing. You can prune off those yellow leaves since they won't be able to bounce back! Make sure the plant is getting plenty of light, and you only water once the soil dries out completely :)