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What plant is on your mind?

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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Alacasia Zebrina leaf
    I recently purchased a beautiful Alacasia Zebrina. It had two small weak leaves that were obviously dying and these were removed. I’ve had a new extremely healthy looking leaf in the past couple of days and the rest of the plant looks fine; perhaps not as upright as some that I have seen. Unfortunately, I also have a leaf that looks very sick and have no idea of the cause of what I should do about it. I would really appreciate your advice
  • Sad plant 😢 HELP!
    Hello Plant People!

    I bought my sill plant in June and my plant is beginning to turn on me :( I water it every 1-2 weeks, put it in medium indirect sunlight, and I’m still worried. When I water it now it won’t even absorb the water. What do I do? Please help.

    kindly,
    a confused plant owner 
  • Dying Purple Passion Leaves
    These are the two leaves that are completely dead or close to it (I assume). 

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    I have two leaves that are dying at the very base of the plant. Do I just cut them off at the stalk? I am afraid to take them off incorrectly because I do not want to harm my overall plant (it is my favorite after all). 

    Also is it normal for plants to lose leaves at their base as they grow? Or am I doing something wrong? 

    Thank you for the help I am brand new to plants and have quickly grown a passion for them. 

    I attached a picture of the two leaves that are dying. The rest of the plant looks super healthy. 

    For reference this plant is grown strictly indoors under a grow light. 

    Thank you again!
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      Mary Here is a picture of the Purple Passion plant as a whole. It seems very healthy to me.
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  • Sad Philodendron
    Please help! I've been watering once a week. I just moved to an apartment with dry radiator heat, v.s. central heat. Not sure what's happening - worried about the browning. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hailey! I agree with Kaity the plant could simply be adjusting to its new environment. I'd ensure it's receiving plenty of light, and you allow the soil to dry out between waterings as overwatering can cause these symptoms as well!
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      Hailey Thank you!
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      Kaity I’ve moved with plants quite a bit and most them usually go thru a short adjustment period, often showing a little a stress in the beginning such as your plant is showing. I would give it a bit more time to adjust, maybe 2-3 weeks more.
      It’s also my understanding philodendron prefer indirect medium-bright light. I suggest trying to move it away from the window a couple feet, maybe on a nearby table or hanging. And continue to water like normal, it will appreciate a consistent schedule :)
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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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      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!
  • 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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      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?
  • 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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      Veejkay Moisture meter is never below three or above three
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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
  • 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.

    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. 
    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? 
    Y’all’s help would be appreciated. I am so upset with myself. 
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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 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!
  • 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!