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  • Diagnosing Bird's Nest Fern issue
    I had a bird's nest fern that was happy for a long time. Then after I got back from a vacation, the plant looked unhappy and some of the leaves had gone black, starting at the bottom. I got rid of the affected leaves, repotted it, and put it in a brighter spot because I thought it was likely rotting/too moist. After that it got dry/crunchy spots, as if it had been sunburned, so I moved it back to its original spot with less light. The leaves continued to dry up and look limp and unhappy, so I removed the affected ones. At this point less than half of the original plant was remaining. I just let it be to recover, watering enough but not too much. Then I noticed the remaining leaves were getting black at the base like the original problem all over again. Soon after, the whole plant wilted and I had to just pitch it altogether. I'm wondering if anyone can help diagnose so I can get a replacement and know what to do if this happens again? Thanks!
  • Plant id?
    Can anyone tell me what this guy may be? I got him at a yard sale a few months ago and brought him home, repotted, and he has doubled in growth! I'm just not sure what he is. Any ideas?
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      Kathleen Whittaker Thank you! Now that inknownit is a Dumb Cane i will have to watch my cat around it! Thank you again for your help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! This looks like a Dieffenbachia to me- best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and give plenty of bright indirect light!
  • Arrowhead plant trouble
    The leaves on my plant has started to develop little brown cracks and holes along the top edges and center veins of the leaf . Is this not enough humidity? A pest? Or a fungal infection??
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Erin! The spots on the foliage appears to be water soaked lesions. This happens when water droplets land on the foliage and don't have the right conditions in order to evaporate, therefor they soak right into the leaf killing the plant tissue. Although these will remain as scars now, they shouldn't cause the rest of the leaf to decline in any way. To avoid this simply try keeping the leaves dry and avoid splashing water onto the leaves!
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      Erin Hidy Leaf
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      Erin Hidy Another leaf
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  • Fiddle leaf fig trouble
    my fiddle leaf fig went crazy. We bought her and she was full and plump and beautiful. I replanted her and all seemed good for the next month (maybe 3 weeks). I watered her once a week like most of our other plants.  Then a hurricane was expected and we moved the plant to our FL room (mostly windows). She gets great light there (not direct). Anyway, at some point I noticed it was always dry. Leaves feel “crunchy” several have fallen off 😔 she’s not doing good and I don’t know why. I water her now when the soil gets dry. Last time I watered until it poured out of the bottom (so I knew it was all hydrated).I’m not sure what I need to do to get leaves to stop looking brown and crispy/or start growing back. Advice is appreciated 🙏🏻
  • Philodendron
    This is where my plant is now. I water every other week. I really love this plant & don’t want it to die :-(
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      Erin Hi Sophia! When was this last potted? I wonder if it needs a bit more room.
  • Please ID!
    Bought yesterday at a plant store! About 14-18 inches at highest leaf. I would describe it as very dinosaur-y! Thank you!!
  • Need help knowing what this plant is called ???
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Soleii! It looks like you have a small, beautiful Dracaena green jewel!
  • Brown spots?
    I rescued this plant and he was in a small pot with no drainage hole. When I moved him to a new bigger pot there were a ton of roots i had to break to get him out of the old pot. But he still had a lot healthy roots. Now that he is in the new pot, he's still getting these brown/ yellow spots. I cut off one of the bigger leaves that was nothing but a brown spot. Hes still getting new growth though. Ive tried watering more, watering less, more light, less light, and i dont see any pests on him. Please help me figure out how to make him happy.
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      Kathleen Whittaker Thank you so much! I will order one off Amazon and try it. When you say remove leaves, do you mean any that are showing brown spots? I will keep him in the brighter spot now too. Thank you so much. I'm very worried about him!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kathleen! It looks like your plant might be battling a fungal/bacterial infection if the spots continue to enlarge and spread across the plant. Therefor, the best thing to do would be to remove any infected leaves and treat the plant with a fungicide and follow the labels provided for the product. It's important to follow the treatment religiously as bacterial infections are hard for plants to fight off, and increasing the light for the plant will also give it the energy it needs to fight back!
  • Droopy Monstera
    Hi all! I’ve got a beautiful Monstera that has gotten droopy and spread. I am not sure if the dropping is from the heaviness of the big leaves and the weakness of the new baby leaves (it is still producing leaves). IIgts in a pot with good drainage, I give it a good soak ones a week. Its up against a South facing windows. I livd in AZ so lots of sun. The heat is dry. I just recently put a support in the middle. Does it look healthy and strong to everyone or does it look like it needs something? I just love this guy and don’t want it to get away from me.  Thanks!
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      Carli Krueger Disaster has struck. I don’t he will make it but any ideas what went wrong so I don’t do it again?
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      Carli Krueger Thank you for all your care and advice ladies. Here where were at: I’ve watered a bit more and given a bit more sun access on some days.

      I just removed rocks this morning as much as I could without disturbing too much. I think he’s pretty stressed.

      Can’t tell if we’re looking at overwatering + sunburns now or something worse.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Carli! I agree with Chelsea, allowing your Monstera to vertically grow up a moss pole will certainly optimize its growth. Also, when leaves droop and cusp in it's also a sign of under watering, therefor it'll be good to make sure you water the plant as soon as the soil dries out! Afterwards, it should perk back up within a few days!
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  • Prayers needed
    My prayer plant doesn’t believe anymore. Why are it’s leaves withering? Water? 
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      Carli Krueger I am have the same issue! My soil is still moist. My plant is near an East facing frosted window but not directly near it. I live in arizona though so pretty dry environment. Any thoughts?
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      Alexis Gardner Hi Robert,

      Oh no! Looks to me like you might have an under-watering or lack of humidity issue. I know with my prayer plant it likes to have some good humidity & water once every 9 days or whenever the top two inches of soil are dry!

      Hope this helps.
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      Pei How much sun and water does it get? Need to know more about how you care for it to identify the issue.
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  • Wilting birds nest
    my birds nest fern looks like it wants to fly the coop to the other side ... what am I doing wrong?
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      Cassie Mine is doing this too! I thought it was thirsty, but I can't figure it out. I'm worried I'm into overwatering territory now as the tips of the leaves aren't crisp and I feel like I'm watering a lot. What do your leaf ends feel like?
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      Paris Lalicata Usually Birds Nest Fern should be watered once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out, or whenever the plant starts to droop over that's a sign it needs a drink! Therefor, if ya haven't already I'd go ahead and give this fern some water and allow a few days for them to perk back up!
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      Pei It looks SUPER thirsty to me. How much sun and water does it get?
  • Monstera seems to have a disease, help identify?
    Hello,

    I just purchased a new monstera about a month ago, and just recently noticed that the bottom, smaller leaves began turning yellow. Upon further inspection, I noticed many small black spots on the leaf as well (both top and underside). As I look at the additional lower leaves, there are some green ones that have the same black spots but are not yellow. I worry that there’s is a disease  spreading and need advice how to fix before it’s too late!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Chelsea! Would you be able to share a photo of the entire plant, as well as the leaves that also have these black spots but no yellowing?
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  • Spots?
    Hello! He is getting little spots on his leaves, is it from overwatering?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michelle! The yellow spots look like they could be caused by excessive moisture, or caused by build up of salts in the soil from hard water. The Dracaena will tolerate low light well, but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light and allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Frequency of waterings can be increased with increased light levels! If you currently use tap water then leaving it out over night to 24 hours before watering the plants should help those excess salts evaporate. Otherwise bottled spring, distilled, or rain water should suffice!
  • Rubber Plant Help!
    I've had this rubber plant for about 3 weeks now. I've watered it twice
    since I got it. It sits near the window sill and gets sunlight. This is
    the third leaf that has turned yellow with brown spots. The roots are
    not coming out of the pot yet. Help me!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! It's perfectly natural for plants to shed older leaves as they are acclimating into their new environment. Yellowing leaves can also be an indication that the plant is receiving too much water or not enough light! Therefor, I'd make sure the plant is exposed to as much bright indirect light as possible and allow the soil to dry out completely. It'll also be best to transfer the plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger to ensure the plant has plenty of room to keep growing!
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig on her last legs
    We got our Fiddle Leaf Fig (known as Fiddie) a few months ago. She's been losing leaves like crazy, a lot of them are browning and droopy. We recently moved her to the window, before she was in a shadier spot. We water Fiddle a liter every week and fertilized her last month. We cut off the brown spots of the leaves, but even healthy leaves with no brown spots are falling off.

    We really don't know what the issue is! Any tips? Really hope to save her <3
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      Chelsea Hi Helen! Firstly, you made a good choice by moving your FLF to the window/more sun. They like a lot of light. Secondly, can you provide more info on how they leaves are browning? Is it from the outside of the leaf, in, or from the inside of the leave (near the stem), out? My suspicion is that you’re overwatering it. Before you water it each week, stick your finger into the pot about 2-3inches down. If it’s still pretty wet, skip the watering. If it’s only slightly damp or completely dry, water it! It’s also possible that a liter of water is just entirely too much. So I think a combo of more sunlight, and a better/more informed (aka check before your wet) watering schedule will help!!