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  • Silver Philodendron Yellow Spots
    I am a new plant owner and bought this cutie about a month ago. After a week or so, it started getting tan spots on 2 of the older(large) leaves. I assumed it was burn from the sun from where it was before I bought it, but they’ve yellowed more. Is it burn marks or is it something else that I should be concerned about (fungus/bacteria)? 
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      Pei How much water and sun does it get? Sometimes it's normal to loose one or two leaves for a new plant acclimating into its new home (your home!). [301633,Kate Beckmann]
  • Yellowing Monstera
    Just a few of my Monstera leaves are turning yellow. I recently changed the soil, have been careful about watering and tried to give it some plant food. It’s been about 2 weeks without improvement! Help!
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      Pei Do not give plant food when a plant is struggling! Fertilizer only works when a plant is healthy and happy. Think of it as a vitamin versus a medication. And [289177,Selena S] is right about do not use fertilizer after you repot a plant. you will run the risk of burning the roots.

      How much water and sun does it get btw?
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      Selena S I'm not sure if this is the answer but I've read that when you repot in new soil, you shouldn't add any fertilizer/plant food for at least a few months because the new soil already has enough nutrients.

      Another theory: I repotted my Monstera recently and did not add fertilizer and some of my leaves also turned yellow at the bottom - I suspect it could have been transplantation shock or maybe I wasn't gently enough with the roots during the repotting processes. After 1.5 months no new leaves turned yellow and I think it's stabilizing from the transplant shock.

      Since it looks like its just the bottom leaves turning yellow, I think I would just try to water normally, give it good light, not add any fertilizer since its in new soil, and see if it improves. I think yellowing newer leaves/bigger leaves would be more cause for concern
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  • Struggling Ficus Rubber Tree
    I got myself a rubber tree 2 months ago for my birthday, Ruby <3 She started off happy and thriving, even opening a few new leaves, but then it seems like she took a turn for the worse. She started dropping leaves rapidly, and then I noticed that the new leaves stayed curled and don't lay flat like the others. Then I noticed a few of the leaves had yellow/brown spots on them before falling off. 

    At first I thought I was underwatering, so then gave it more water, then realized that maybe I was overwatering, so I stopped. Then read that rubber trees enjoy humidity and since my apartment is quite dry I started misting her daily. However, she's still dropping leaves. 

    I am at a loss, not sure what is causing her unhappiness or why this is happening, but I really want to save her! She is in a south facing window that has a decent amount of light, but it's slightly obstructed by the neighboring building. 

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      Selena S Have you checked for mealybugs? This was the issue with my rubber tree that had a similar story as yours!
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      Latoya Hi Teneka, I had the same issue with you as well. Unfortunately, I never figured out why my rubber plant was off to a bad start (I'm assuming travel stress), but after realizing that my pot had multiple baby rubber plants in it, I inspected the roots and moved the portion that was doing worse to it's own pot. That smaller plant eventually died, but my larger original pot no longer has discolored leaves and is growing well. Good luck!
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      Teneka Plant overview
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  • Ivy not looking great
    My Ivy plant is looking not so happy lately. Leaves are getting crinkly, shriveled, and less vibrant. Any thoughts on the possible cause of this? I have it next to a window and water it every two weeks(ish?)— whenever I feel like the soil has gotten dry. 
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      Pei It looks to me your ivy is infested with spider mites. do you see any fine webbing and minute white spots on the leaves?
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      Sarah You should definitely be watering these more!

      I would water at least once a week and mist them about halfway through the week!
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  • Curling Pilea
    My Pilea's top leaves are curling/cupping. I have her under a grow light 12 hours a day. Is it too much light?
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      Pei It's quite normal for new growth to curling like that with Pilea! Other than that, I'd say you want to bump up the water (either frequency or amount) a bit. Hope that helps :)
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      Enid Hernandez Thanks. I always water her from the top every 7 days. What I did this time was water her from the bottom. Let her sit in a bowl of water until she was done drinking. The leaves are perking up again and uncurling. Yay!
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      Sarah How much are you watering it currently? When you do water it are you testing the soil to see how dry it is?
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  • Fruit flies
    hi guys! I’ve been having a hard time with getting rid of fruit flies? Do I need to change the soil? 
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      MALINDA The little flies are most likely fungus gnats. You can take care of them by adding mosquito bits to the soil. Summer Rayne Oakes just did a whole video about them on YouTube. She lists several different ways of dealing with them at different stages of their life cycle.
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      Plants_Armstrong Safer brand makes a sticky strip that you attach to a stake and put in the pot. I got those and it certainly seems to be helping. It also helps make it clear which plants they are going after. The apple cider vinegar trick works, too, but the sticky strips are collecting way more gnats than the vinegar did when I tried it.

      I've read that changing out your soil is technically the best thing to do; however, you may be like me and have 40+ plants so its not an option OR it just might not be the right time to change out soil on your plants due to existing stress, etc.

      You can also do soil drenches with different natural solutions that will kill the larvae. For example, you can do soil drenches with a hydrogen peroxide mix:


      I'm no expert but I do think the best approach is to try and deal with both the adults and the larvae simultaneously.
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      Sarah First I would try to identify which plants the fruit flies are congregating in the most.

      The best thing I've found to do with fruit flies is to leave a few glass jars of apple cider vinegar (definitely don't have to fill it up - just maybe an inch or two of vinegar within the jar) and place it near the plants that have flies. Within about three days you should notice the jars filling up with dead flies.

      Gross but it works!
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  • Propagating Monstera
    This is my first time propagating a plant! Does this look okay? My Monstera has a few little roots popping off and it’s been in there for about a month now. When should I re-pot it? Thanks! 
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      Pei I would give it a few more weeks before you transplant it. Just be careful though not to overwater it. Plants develop different root hairs when in a different medium.
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      Sarah When I'm propagating my monstera in water I leave it in for about two months. Try giving it a little more time!
  • Chinese money plant
    Is it normal for my Chinese money plant leaves to turn yellow/brown and fall off? Some fall off on their own and others I pluck off. 
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      Erin Looks like normal shedding to me! Especially if the leaves that are yellowing and falling off are larger and more mature, vs new growth.
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      Sarah It's normal to have a yellow or brown leaf every now and then - especially if they're bottom leaves. If they are younger leaves that generally means you're overwatering!

      Pilea likes to dry out between waterings so make sure you're not keeping it too wet!
  • What type of plant is this?
    I’m getting a cat and I want to make sure this plant won’t be poisonous to him. It was a gift so I don’t know what type it is. Please help! 
  • Pathos root rot
    I inherited a neon pathos that has root rot. How do I save it from an untimely death?
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      Pei take the plant out of the planter and thoroughly examine the root system. Trim away any dead roots with scissors. At this point, you can either repot the healthy ones in the soil or just root it in the water. Good luck!!
  • Aechmea Fasciata - What To Do With Pups!?
    As you can see from the photo, a pup has been growing from my Aechmea Fasciata for some time now, and it's gotten pretty huge - had to prop up one of the mom's leaves to give it some space.

    Does anyone have experience with removing and propagating pups from bromeliads, if not aechmea's specifically?

    Or maybe you have a really amazing thing you read or watched that helped you do it?

    My understanding is that the mother is pretty much destined to die, so my fear is I screw it up and then both are dead!
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      Berna y Alba I'm having the same question for a while now, because it was difficult for me to find my aechmea so I was very disappointed with the destination to die of the mother plant. At the nursery they told me to split them on the same way that explained [278958,Pei] but I had no idea when. The explanation of @Pei made a lot of sense to me so I'm trying that way. Thanks!!
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      Pei Yea I usually just give the mom a peaceful death by not disturbing /removing the pup. I read that it's important for the baby to absorb all the energy/nutrients from mom... if you do decide to split them, i would say you take the plant out and just pull the two apart ( like how you spilt a snake plant!). Good luck [291063,Plants_Armstrong] !!!
  • Help my Freddie
    Hi guys!

    so I got a Freddie Calathea a few months ago and he was doing great. Even sprouting some new leaves before growth season really kicked in. He was super happy with his bright indirect lighting, and I kept the humidity relatively high with watering about once a week.

    Now that growth season has started, he seemed thirstier, so I bumped up water to about twice each week. He seemed happy with that for about three weeks until about two days ago.. His leaves curled in and he kind of just fell over like he couldn’t hold himself up anymore. 

    Anyone have any advice?

    Please help! Thanks <3
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      Pei Hi [289062,Tessa] your Freddie looks SUPER thirsty. You mentioned you bumped up the water frequency, but how much water do you give each time?
  • Alocasia Polly House Care
    The Sill sent this to me maybe 12 days ago and I repotted it maybe 4 days ago. The leaves have turned color and the stems are starting to wrinkle. It also lost a couple leaves already.  I repotted from a 4" to 6". With a mix of potting soil, sand, and white drainage stuff (peat something maybe). What else can I do?
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      Pei How much sun and water does it get??? Have you watered it since you repotted it?
  • Pilea problems
    Hi, my twin pileas sharing a pot seem to be struggling. They are losing leaves. Each fallen leaf will turn slightly yellow and then drop. They do seem to have some new ones sprouting. 

    - It was potted and purchased about two weeks ago. 
    - I’ve been watering it lightly about once a week. (Maybe over watering?)
    - It’s in a spot that gets a medium amount of light

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      Katie Sometimes plants will drop a couple leaves after being purchased as they adjust to their new surroundings. My pilea started dropping its lower leaves in the same way after I had it for almost a year and I put it in a larger pot and it stopped. So if your plant doesn't stop dropping leaves after a month, it may need a larger pot :)
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      Pei Does the pot has drainage hole?
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Drying Out? HELP!
    Brought this beautiful tree home on Monday and since then, the leaves on the stalk are starting to crinkle and discolor, which I’m assuming is because of a lack of water :( I’ve watered it twice and the leaves are no longer drooping. None have dropped. Also have noticed it might be root bound considering the circling roots at the top of the planter that appear drying and brittle? TIPS PLEASE! Do not want to see one of the stalks drop all of its leaves. Thanks!!! 🌿🌿🌿
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      Pei Fiddle leaf Fig is naturally very finicky. They are not the best beginner plants unfortunately! Your fiddle looks very thirsty from the photo. How much and how often do you water?

      The key to a thriving fiddle is 1) lots of sunlight - place it right by the window silll and it should receive at least 4-5 hours of direct sun. 2) consistency is very importantant with these guys - meaning the temperature, water, the