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  • Office avocado
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      Connie I don't have any tips to share about your plant. Did you sprout this yourself? I have tried to do this without luck in the past.
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      Michael Lowny It is exclusively in office fluorescent lighting almost 100%of the day. When soil dries ~1/2” below surface I water with 16oz from the faucet. I did add fertilizer sticks (3 of them ) when the leaves started to drop off. I hav a second avocado at home that is in poor lighting and doing a similar thing with dripping leaves.
      I live in Michigan where we are pretty chilly right now not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. Office temp is probably 65
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michael! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How much do you allow the soil to dry out between waterings?
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  • Rattlesnake Calathea Help!!
    I got my rattlesnake calathea a little over a year ago, and she has been smooth sailing and fully thriving since the day I brought her home :') Until about a week ago, I woke up one day to 5 leaves completely yellow, and basically fully dried up. I thought it was the change in weather, so I have spent the past several days trying different places in the house with different temperatures (all in moderate to direct light) but nothing seems to be helping. I've had her in the bathroom for the past few days thinking the humidity would help, but there are more leaves to prune every day. She used to be extremely full and grew rapidly (during spring and summer, of course), and now she looks so bare from all the pruning of dead leaves. My care sheet (and several plant forums i've read) say that wilting leaves are a sign of being underwatered, while yellow leaves are a sign of being overwatered. My calathea has both of those symptoms right now. Not sure how to help it at this point, but I desperately want to save her... any advice is greatly appreciated!!! PS- I am going to try to attach more photos to this thread.
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      Marisa Last photo showing how healthy some leaves are, while others are completely dying within hours. SOS!
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      Marisa Here's another photo. One more to follow...
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  • Aloe Vera Plant Help
    I have a mini aloe vera plant that I absolutely love but unfortunately I think that it is struggling. I do not believe it is over watered but that could be a possibility. It's leaves are starting to curl inwards and they are very delicate however it is still fairly green. I would appreciate any help I can get, I'm really hoping to get my aloe vera plant healthy again!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Usually when an Aloe vera starts to "pucker" it's usually a sign that it's ready for more water. If the plant is getting plenty of light, and the soil has dried out completely then it'll be safe to go ahead and water the plant and give it a few days to perk back out!
  • HELP! Pilea is depressed
    HELP! I’m not sure how to save my poor Pilea. The leaves have been progressively drooping and curling up. Some of the leaves are turning brown at the tip and one fell off. Branches all feel limp. 
  • Sad Staghorn Fern
    I purchased this staghorn about a month and a half ago and it came in the mail with black spots on it but I thought it was okay and the leaves were sturdy. Now the leaves are weeping and weak and the spots have now turned into a rot? Please help with suggestions. I haven’t watered him in a week now since he is so moist to the touch still 
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      Valen Here is a picture of the rot looking spots
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  • ZZ plant turning brown and crispy?
    I have had this 4” ZZ plant for about 6 months, and it’s been super happy and growing like crazy. I would water it once a month and it seems to like that (even though the dirt would be completely dry for awhile) but now that it’s getting into winter the tips of the leaves are browning and turning crispy. My plant isn’t near a cold window or drafts so idk what to do! Does it need more water or less water??? The rest of the plant seems totally fine though besides the top of two stalks 
  • Troubled peace lily
    I rescued this peace lily from certain death last year. When I got it it had been left to die - college students moved out and received no watering. So it came back to life and now is dying slowly. The leaves are turning brown and sections are just drooping. I water weekly and have it in indirect light. I also gave it a quick start planting tablet because upon inspection of a previous wilted section I found very little root support. Please advise.
  • Anthurium, alocasia, or something else?
    I got this cutting recently from my boyfriend’s grandmother.  I have not been able to find any comparable pic online.  Kinda looks like an anthurium.  Kinda looks like an alocasia.  And is this variegation?  
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Looks like you have an Arrowhead cutting (Syngonium podophyllum) !
  • Money tree and cat pee.
    Hi. Hello! Would you have any advice on resurrecting a money tree that my cat decided to pee in? I think mr cash money is very disturbed by the occurrence.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Liz! I would recommend changing out the soil completely with fresh soil for the plant as this will help deter your cat from wanting to use it again as a litter box. Give the plant plenty of bright indirect light and allowing it to dry out between waterings!
  • Bird of Paradise help!
    These brown, dry looking spots have started showing up on my Bird of Paradise and I'm not sure why! They have been getting larger over the past couple of days. I've watered the plant recently and the soil is not yet dry so I'm not really sure what the problem could be! Help :(
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      Pei How often and how much do you water it? Also, how much sun does it get [313466,Cara] ?
  • ZZ plant next to heater getting yellow
    My ZZ plant right next to heater turning yellow from bottom. Can the heat be a problem?
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      Paris Lalicata If the draft from the heater is directly hitting the foliage then this could be causing the yellowing/bronze leaves, especially if you allow the soil to dry out between waterings! Therefor, I would recommend pulling it back from the heater a few feet and pruning off the yellowed leaves to enhance the appearance!
  • String of bananas
    So most of this banana plant looks nice on the outside of the pot but the parts closest to the soil look like they’re dying. Should I weed out the dead part? Water more? Water less? 
    Thanks!! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Marisa! This looks like a result of over watering most likely - I would recommend removing the dead plant material, and either increasing the plants exposure to light or watering less frequently!
  • What is the name of the plant and how to care?
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      Cara You have a spider plant here! This looks like the "zebra grass" variegation. It's a super strong and resilient plant. Will thrive with lots of light but will also do fine in partial lighting. Water regularly and especially if the leaves start to droop or look pale in color.
      These plants are sometimes called "malea madre" which means bad momma in spanish because it "throws away" it's babies (the smaller plants coming off the main plant). You can prune those and stick them in water and they will start growing roots in a matter of days! You can propagate them very easily and put them in a pot of their own once the roots seem long and strong enough. And repeat! I have a huge one that is constantly putting out new buds so I always have a few propagating and I like to give them as gifts!
  • Plant 911! (And what’s this plant called?)
    Hello - I have an unwieldy but beloved houseplant that I would love some advice about. It’s stem has grown about four feet tall and it cannot support itself without leaning against a wall (and it has a wicked crook in its stem), and it’s leaves aren’t in good shape and it’s not very attractive anymore. I am moving across country in February and don’t think it will survive the move like this. I think my best bet would be to try to propagate it, but I am afraid of completely killing it. Can anyone recommend the best approach here?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nathaniel! It looks like the plant (Dracaena) might be declining either due to being exposed to too much direct sunlight, or being watered too frequently. Dracaena prefers bright indirect light and can tolerate a couple hours of direct sun (morning since it's not as intense) , and prefers to dry out between waterings to the bottom of the planter. I would recommend removing any dead/yellow plant material to enhance the appearance so you can further monitor its health. I'd either pull it back from the window or watering less frequently - whatever you believe to be the case!
  • Calathea help!
    So I just got this Calathea about 3 weeks ago. When I got it, it looked like it had been freshly watered. So I have only watered it once since then. I have it in an area that is away from a window but gets some indirect sunlight ~25% of the day. Currently the soil is still moist. But the leaves look like they’re drooping. It also looks like the leaves are too heavy and might break off. What should I do?? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Marisa! The Calathea looks pretty healthy to me - the leaves will move from day to night in response to light. There's a chance it's not receiving enough light- I would increase it by moving it closer to the light source and water once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out!