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  • Jade Plant Damage 1000
    I repotted a 3 or 4 year old jade plant today. I knew I should have put rocks or sand atop the soil because it was top heavy, but I didn't have any on hand and figured I’d pick some up the next time I went to the store.<br><br>With the grace of a limp spaghetti noodle on a tight rope, I lifted the freshly-potted jade plant from the ground to go inside. Time slowed and I heard atoms. For as I watched in abject horror, mouth agape like a silly goldfish, the plant leapt from the pot and soared down to the sidewalk. Time began again when leaf shrapnel exploded around my ankles. <div><br><div>All of that is to say: what do I do with the leaves that broke off? I’d say 60% of them broke off the plant. Can I propagate from them (is that even the right verb)? Do I add them to my compost bin? Can I just stuff em in some dirt and see what grows or shrivels up like the Wicked Witch of the East sans ruby slippers? What do I need to do, if anything, to the stems? Like do I need to trim the lil nubbies off? Leave them alone? </div><div><br>Y’all’s help would be appreciated. I am so upset with myself. </div></div>
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Elle! You can most certainly propagate any healthy leaf that dropped from the plant. This can be done by letting the tips callous over, placing them in soil, and following up with the proper care. Or you can even water propagate some of the leaves in a glass jar by keeping the tips just above the water line. Eventually when roots form they'll grow towards and into the water!
  • Help! He is drooping and losing color!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michelle! It looks like your Dracaena is drooping due to moisture related stress. If the soil has 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 still looks healthy and should bounce back!
  • Help pls! Dragon plant droop :(
    Hi! I own a boutique fitness studio in Sri Lanka (where it’s ridiculously hot at the moment) and like to keep plants in the workout space to make it more cozy. Purchased this dragon tree plant just last week and it looked beautiful. We kept it indoors - there’s AC and some indirect sunlight and watered it as the top soil got dry. But now over the course of two days, it’s wilted really badly :( the soil is wet so we’ve kept it outside overnight to dry after poking some holes in the soil. Any advice would be so appreciated!!! Thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nare! It appears the plant could've wilted due to over watering since this plant likes to dry out between. Especially if it's not exposed to bright light and you noticed some yellowing. I'd try to move the plant where it can get as much bright indirect light as possible, and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. After watering the plant should be able to perk back up after a few days and you can remove any plant material that didn't make it!
  • Friend needs help identifying species for care!
  • Corn plant problems
    I have a large corn plant (Dracaena) that began having yellow spots on the leaves a few months ago. The yellow spreads, eventually turn brown and seem burned. I have repotted thinking it was root rot (no rot). I moved it closer to a window because it has been quite dark during Seattle winters; how it continues to have yellow spots and appear limp. What could be causing the problem? Should I keep it away from my other plants? Any advice would be appreciated! 
  • Plant Identification and Care
    Hello! Is anyone familiar with this plant? It’s got a thick, succulent like leaf in the center with the smaller vine like appendages growing out of it. The other leaves are softer. And suggestions on what this might be would be appreciated. Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! From what I can see this looks like a Rhipsalis pachyptera, which is a type of jungle cactus :)
  • Chinese Money Plant
    I got this Chinese Money plant (Pilea Peperomioides) around 2 months ago and it had/still has these little brown spots on it. Some leaves have fallen off, but there is new growth in the center. Any ideas what this could be?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hanna! The blemishes on the leaves just look like scarring from either mechanical damage, or water soaked lesions. If it has always been there and never posed a threat to the plant I wouldn't be concerned in any way. Plants get blemishes and scarring just like we do! As long as you continue to give the plant the right care it'll continue to be happy and healthy in your home
  • Elephant ear help!
    Hi there! I recently got an elephant ear plant a couple of months ago and repotted it a couple of weeks ago to a slightly larger pot. Since then, one of the leaves has turned very yellow and is about to die off. Any help on how to care for the plant would be greatly appreciated! I’m new to the elephant ear but know they can be very sturdy plants when well taken care of! Thanks! :-)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Danielle! Considering this is a newly acquired plant there's a chance it's shedding old leaves as a result of acclimating. Especially if the light levels are considerable lower in its new home from where it used to be. I'd ensure moving forward the plant is receiving plenty of light considering its size, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. As long as you give the plant the proper care, and possibly make some adjustments it should continue to thrive and live happily with you!
  • Pearl - Peace Lilly
    I’ve had my peace lilly (Pearl) for a few years now and repotted to a larger pot last year.<br><br>She droops and wrinkles quickly and this year she is getting a lot of brown ends to her leaves, which I normally trim. <div><br></div><div>I water 1x a week, but based on her drooping + wrinkling perhaps she can use more frequent waters. She’s not in direct sun light.  The leaves in the center look healthy, but concerned I am slowly losing this plant. </div><div><br></div><div>Please help - thanks!</div>
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Richard! If it's been about a year since Pearl was repotted and she's been actively growing there's a chance she has outgrown her container again. Especially if you notice yourself watering her more frequently/she dries out fast. This is because the root ratio is taking up most of the planter compared to the soil ratio (which helps retain moisture). I'd prune the damaged leaf edges back to shape to further monitor its health. Ensure its getting plenty of light still, and monitor your waterings moving forward. Once the soil dries out or the plant begins to wilt it'll be ready for more water. You might want to consider repotting the plant in a month or so when Spring comes along. Pearl still looks happy and healthy and will certainly make a full recovery as long as the right care is followed up!
  • Flamingo plant flower dying?
    Hi, I recently purchased this flamingo plant a week ago (Still new on plant caring) it was fine until I got back from being away this weekend and I notice this flower yellow and drying... is that normal or am I doing something wrong? Thanks :(
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jasmine! Blooms don't last forever so there's a chance this one has had it's time and is becoming spent now. Alternatively, what makes flowers get spent faster is warmer temperatures, especially if there's a radiator nearby. If you believe that to be the case then I'd move the plant into a cooler location where it can still get plenty of light to avoid this!
  • Blooming string of pearls
    Hi everyone! Just wanted to share my excitement 💛
  • Money (tree) troubles
    <p>I repotted my money tree a few months ago and it has been doing quite well with 2 new branches sprouting since the repot. I noticed yesterday that the leaves on the lowest branch are turning yellow in a weird pattern, and a leaf on the next branch up is starting to turn yellow-brown on the tip of the leaf. These two issues are pretty recent. The newer/higher branches appear to be healthy still. I water the plant every 2-3 weeks when the soil has dried out, and I leave the plant on my kitchen counter where it gets plenty of non-direct light and some direct light. Any ideas what might be going on?</p>
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Ryan! There's a chance the plant could've endured some slight transit shock when being repotted. Or it could be moisture stress related if the soil remained moist for too long, either due to watering it before it was ready or if the plant isn't receiving enough light to take up the water. I'd remove the yellowed leaves since these won't be able to bounce back. I'd try moving the plant closer to the light source to receive more bright indirect light, and ensure you only water once the soil has dried out! The plant still looks happy and healthy and should make a comeback
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      Melissa I must came here to post the exact same problem. Curious to see what the answers will be!
  • SOS: rubber tree
    Hi! This is Ruby, our rubber tree. We have had her since she was just a little bush in the spring of 2018. She has always been a bit finicky but in the last few months she seemed to be doing quite well. She is a bit lanky but has been growing and retaining new leaves. Then, early in January, we moved her to her new place in the living room. In terms of light, there is maybe a little less light but no  significant difference. Then, all of a sudden, she started dropping leaves. We water + mist her once every two weeks. We love her but she refuses to love us back! Please help Ruby and us :) Thank you!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Mari! Considering you moved the plant and diminished the light levels that's most likely what caused the plant to drop some leaves as a result. As long as the plant isn't defoliating rapidly then it's most likely getting enough light still. However, if you continue to notice leaf drop despite proper care then I'd recommend increasing the plants exposure to light!
  • Calathea Medallion Help
    Have had my prayer plant for about 6 months and in the past 3 weeks, she hs really struggled. Haven't changed water or sunlight significantly, did move to a different state though. Her outside leaves have turned brown and crinkly and she has already lost about 3-4of the smaller outside leaves. Any suggestions?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kelsey! It looks like the plant is declining either due to moisture related stress or not enough light. I'd ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light, but no direct sun. Allow about half the soil to dry out between waterings, and localizing humidity around the plant will be beneficial if the air in the home is dry. Damaged leaf edges can be pruned back to enhance appearance!
  • Succulent Blister?
    <img src="https://imgur.com/euoycbg"><img src="https://imgur.com/NK0ADiI">Hi! Something weird is happening to one of my succulents and I’m wondering if some of you may know what it is/to do. It’s developed a kind of blister looking thing, seems just full of air but there is also moisture in there. It wasn’t doing great in my room at home since the sun is blocked by a house 2ft away but seemed to be improving a lot when I moved it to my office that has a huge south facing window with nothing to block the sun. Just recently I noticed this weird thing on one of the leaves. <div><img alt=""><br></div>
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Katie! Is there a chance this succulent is a Echeveria raindrop? If so, then noticing those protrusions on the leaves is normal. However, if it's not then it was most likely caused by moisture stress, either over or under watering. Despite the one leaf the rest of the plant still looks healthy and will make a full recovery as long as you balance the proper care!
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      Katie Sorry the image links didn’t work.

      https://imgur.com/euoycbg

      https://imgur.com/NK0ADiI