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  • Help for aloe plant
    I received an aloe plant on March 13th and watered it that day. I watered it again today, March 26th. I also just moved the plant to better sunlight today. The problem is I think 2-3 of the leaves could be pulled right out. At the base those leaves are discolored (brown) and are mushy. Should I remove those leaves and is there anything else I should do?
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      Karly I agree with Paris- also how big is that pot? That aloe looks really big for that pot but not sure if the picture is making it look smaller than it is. You might want to investigate repotting it.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Cathy! It appears the plant was overwatered if it wasn't receiving enough light between waterings. I'd recommend removing the rotting foliage and increasing the plants' exposure to light and allow the soil to dry out completely!
  • Hi! Can anyone identify these plants? :) thx
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      Paris Lalicata This looks like it's a Croton "gold dust" which need lots of light and frequent waterings!
  • Hi! Can anyone identify these plants? :) thx
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Francine! It looks like you have a Schefflera which is also known as a Money tree from what I can see!
  • SOS money tree
    Hi there! I could use some help with my money tree, please. I’ve had it for about 3.5 years now, and repotted it last summer. For about the last year, it has been very sad- losing leaves consistently and not growing much. I thought it had outgrown its old pot, which was about half the size of the new one. It didn’t seem to help. I’m not sure how to help it, please let me know your thought!

    Also, it doesn’t seem to allow me to upload more than one photo. The soil isn’t moldy, and the pot is about 8 inches deep.
    Thank you!!
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      Caitlyn Jones I have a money tree from the sill that’s doing the same thing!! It had been growing great for a year or so, and just this winter it stopped growing and leaves started turning yellow/brown and dropping! I noticed some droplets similar to sap under the leaves, and they aren’t turning dry before they fall off. I’m thinking it’s too much water or not enough light, but it’s in my brightest window. I also tried repotting it to new soil, since maybe there weren’t enough nutrients left in the old soil. Did you find out anything to help yours??
      Best!
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      Melissa Lee I had a money tree in your situation and has since dropped all of its leaves entirely, what should I do? Is the plant considered dead or can I revive it by doing something to its bark?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kaity! It looks like the plant could be declining due to not receiving enough light, or moisture-related stress. I'd ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light, and you allow the soil to dry out between waterings! Since it looks like your planter doesn't have a drainage hole ensure you're not pouring more than 1/3 of the soils volume in water. If you're unsure it's always best to water more sparingly to be on the safer side then more!
  • Sad Plant! Leaves dying one by one from the bottom up.
    Any ideas as to why my plant is slowly dying from the bottom up? This has happened over the last month or so to 4-5 leaves. Please help :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Matthew! It appears the plant is either showing signs of moisture-related stress, or not receiving enough light. I'd remove the dead plant material. Either increase the plants' exposure to light, or monitoring your watering more frequently!
  • Sad cactus
    Any ideas as to why my cactus is getting pale spots? All the babies at the bottom are a super light green/tan color and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Angelina! There's a chance your Cactus is starting to cork which is a natural process with age for them. I personally have been seeing this with my Cacti as well. Otherwise, if the discoloration starts to enlarge and spread to most of the plant then it could be due to a fungal infection possibly!
  • Stunted Pothos?
    Bought almost a year ago and it did not grow at all. I think this is the exact same size when I first got them. Unlike my other Pothos plants which have noticeable growth and I got them at the same time. Do I need fertilizer? Repot? Help! Thank you.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Noelle! Plants will only grow as large as the environment will allow them. Therefore, if you've kept this plant in a lower light area this is why new growth never developed. I'd recommend repotting the plant with fresh soil so it has plenty of nutrients. I'd increase its exposure to light, and water accordingly. I wouldn't worry about fertilizing until Summer since you'll be repotting the plant with fresh nutrients already. From there you should def start to see the plant developing new growth!
  • Plant help
    Any recommendations on why this plant is looking soo sad? What type of plant this is and best ways to care for this plant? Newbie to indoor plants:)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Melissa! This is a Calathea, and usually, when the leaves curl inwards this is a sign that it needs more water. Especially if it's accompanied by wet soil.  If the soil has mostly dried out then the plant is drooping due to needing more water. If so, aerate the soil with a pencil chopstick in case it got compacted and water the plant. Allow a few days to go by to give the plant some time to perk back up. If the soil is still moist then I would increase the light and allow it to dry out before watering. The plant should be able to bounce back!
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      Neal F Harris It looks like a Prayer Plant and I think it is REALLY THIRSTY! ;)
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      *belia* I bought the same one and mine looks the same. Have you figured it out yet?
  • Banana peels as fertilizer?
    Hi! Curious about using banana peels as fertilizer for plants that seem to be lacking in some nutrients, notably phosphorous and potassium. When I was looking up fertilizer options I saw that bananas could be used and since I have a couple on hand, I was going to reserve the peels to try this. I'm curious though if this actually works and if so, what's the best medium to go about it - fermenting them in water and then spraying that on the plants (a peace lily specifically but potentially others if it's not harmful to them), dehydrating the peels and adding that to the soil before watering, or just burying the peels directly after chopping them up. 

    Thoughts?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi! The banana peels will act as a slow release fertilizer but it isn't all balanced so it doesn't provide all micro/macro nutrients essential for plants. Therefore, it'll be best to incorporate this along with another fertilizer unless your soil is nutrient rich already. Important thing to keep in mind however is that using organic materials like this in the soil can attract pests. Not always the ones that will eat our plants, but ones that are a nuisance to us. (gnats, ants) I'd say the easiest way to use this is to chop it up and incorporate it into the soil!
  • Sad fern!
    My fern is looking super sad all of a sudden. I noticed some leaves were crunchy so I gave it more water. It also looks a little droopy. I’ve had this fern for a little over a year or maybe just about a year and until now it has been a happy green fern. Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Idalia! If you haven't repotted the plant with fresh soil in a year then it could be a nutrient deficiency. Otherwise it could be due to over watering. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material. Repot the plant if it needs it. Ensure it's getting plenty of light, and you allow about half the soil to dry out between waterings. If the plant is placed in a low light area then I'd allow the soil to dry out between waterings. It should be able to bounce back for you!
  • Yellow/brown leaf tips
    Hi group,
    This is my corn plant. I’ve had it since December 1, 2019. It gets lots of indirect bright light because it’s positioned between a south and west window in the corner. I water it about every week and a half but I base it on whether the top inch and a half of soil is dry or not. The air is dry in here with the heat so I try to mist it each week or more if I remember. I also have it on a turntable so that I can rotate the plant so the other side gets equal light. As you can see from the second pic, the moisture meter is at three. This is where it always is and the top soil is dry for about an 1.5” down. Everything you read says this is caused by either overwatering or under watering which is so frustrating for me. Does anyone know the reason for this and how to correct it? Yellow/brown leaf tips also happen on a few of my peace lilies. Thanks a lot! 🙂
    2nd pic coming up...
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      Melissa Lee I've been having this problem too! I moved my plant to an area with more wind and sunlight. Will monitor and see how it is.. I just groomed and cut off all the brown tips cus they were so unsightly.
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      Veejkay Hi there,
      Paris would you be able to offer any suggestions on this? Thanks 🙂
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      Veejkay Moisture meter is never below three or above three
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  • It grow horizontally (I think)
    Hi group,
    If anyone could help me identify this cactus I’d appreciate it. It was tipping over in it’s little 6 inch grow pot when I bought it; it seems to only grow horizontally. It looks like there’s little babies growing along each arm -  I don’t know what will happen when they get larger but for now it’s unusual and I really love it but would like to know what type of cactus this is.
    not sure if I can send more than one pic but I’ll try.  Thanks!
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      Veejkay Hi Paris!
      Thank you for your reply – this is exactly why I joined a forum like this - to learn more about all the plants out there (and that I can add to my collection 🥰)!
      I googled what you said and it’s also called a corn cob cactus (but not really a cactus 😉)!
      You gave me so much great info. - Thanks so much! I hope we can talk again! 🌵🍄🌼
      And feel free to just call me “V”. 🙂
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veejkay! This is such a beautiful Euphorbia mammillaris you were able to get your hands on (I'm jealous)! Therefore, the plant is a succulent rather than a cactus, even though they look like them!
      The plant was most likely becoming top heavy which caused it to grow more horizontally rather than vertically. However, when you do a little more research they seem to have a more unusual growth pattern once they grow into a larger specimen. Whenever you feel comfortable you can propagate the new offsets growing on the stalks by cutting them with pruners or using a sharp sterile knife. Don't worry, more will always grow on them down the line to keep propagating :)
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      Veejkay 2nd pic
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  • Plant Help!
    My monstera deliciousa has started to brown on the one leaf. Is this from too much sunlight? Too much water?
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      Paris Lalicata It could be from too much sunlight if the plant is exposed to direct sun. Otherwise, it could be due to moisture related stress most likely over watering. I'd ensure the plant is only exposure to bright indirect light, and you water when the soil has dried out completely! Any necrotic leaves unfortunately won't be able to bounce back so these can be removed to enhance the appearance
  • Plant Identification
    Can anyone help me identify this type of succulent?! Please and thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sam! It looks like you have a species of Echeveria that's etiolated a bit which is why it doesn't have that tight, rosette pattern. This is usually caused by the plant no receiving enough light so I'd try to boost this to ensure it has more compact growth in the future :)
  • Need help identifying this plant.
    Basic care instructions and tips would be much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Justin! From what I can see it looks like you have an Alocasia, however, I'm just having a hard time ID'ing the exact species. It'll be best to give these guys plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Keep it away from any heaters, or cold drafts and boost humidity only if air in the home is super dry!