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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Transfer this Fiddle?
    Should I transfer her? She has definitely grown since I got her and I’m afraid to disrupt things since I haven’t had luck with Fiddles in the past. Thanks in advance 😊
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      Pei What a beauty 😍😍😍!

      When was the last time you repot it? I would definitely repot if it's been more than 1 year. Also it might get top heavy and the plant will topple over easily.
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  • Transfer to bigger pot?
    Is it time to transfer this girl? If so, what size pot? Thank you in advance. 
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      Pei It looks like the snake plant is still in the nursery pot and sitting in the white ceramic pot?
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  • Stagnant Rubber tree plant
    This plant has had the same leaves and the “shoot” in the center for MONTHS! It hasn’t grown or shed any leaves. I moved it about 2 months ago to a window that gets a little more sun, but nothing has changed. Should I fertilize? Thanks in advance for your suggestions. 😊
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      Pei I agreed with [286271,Paris Lalicata]. It's definitely an light issue. Ficus loves bright light - 4-5 hours of direct sun would be best. In addition, variegated plants will need even more energy (light) to put out new growths/maintain the variegation. Hope this helps :-)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [305302,Patti]! I personally have had the same experience with Ficus elastica in the past and found that ultimately like most plants- it's all about the light! The new growth has most likely been in limbo either because it's not getting enough light or enough water (if light levels are sufficient). I can already tell by the drooping petioles that the plant is ready for a drink! If you're having a hard time understanding the intensity of light in your home you can always download a free light meter app on your phone to measure. Anything below 50 foot candles will be too low to support plant growth- and a mature Ficus of this size should get anywhere between 130-250+ foot candles. Keep in mind that you'll receive different readings at different times of the day based on the location of the sun and the intensity of it. As long as the plant receives plenty of bright indirect light and water as soon as the soil has dried out the new growth should start to unfurl within a few weeks!
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  • Weeping Philodendron 😢
    Help! I’ve had this beauty for about 2-3 months and recently the bottom leaves are dropping and slightly yellowish-brown. Do I trim them off? I read that if you overwater the plant the leaves will droop, is that true? Right now the plant is pretty dry I’m afraid to water it. The plant is facing a NW facing window so it gets afternoon sun. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi again [305302,Patti]! Plants are often overgrown in the plastic nursery container they come in, therefor once the plant has acclimated into the home it's best to re-pot into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger. This ensures plenty of room for new growth- whereas if the plant is in a container that's too small for too long the foliage can gradually die back and that may be what's happening here. Moving forward I would transfer the plant into a slightly larger, more semi-permanent home and remove any dead plant material to enhance the appearance. As long as you give it plenty of bright indirect light and allow the soil to dry out between waterings this guy should bounce back in no time :)
  • Corn plant
    Hello, I’ve been struggling with my corn plant, I did overwater him I think but now every time I water him (2 weeks) he doesn’t look great. Hes in a corner of a room that gets a lot of light but no direct sun.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [305279,Michelle M]! How far away is the plant from the light source? It seems like the plant may be declining due to low light levels. I would recommend downloading a free light meter app on your phone and measure the intensity of light hitting the plants leaf surface. This way you'll know what kind of light the plant is actually receiving in that part of the room. Anything below 50 foot candles is too low to support plant growth, and you'll notice the closer to the light source the higher the reading (and the happier the plant) will be!
  • White spots/pods on plants
    Does anyone know what these are? They are on the leaves of my banana plant and peony. And if yes, how can I fix it?? Thanks! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [303086,Callie]! If you look up "white scale" on google it looks like these resemble your uninvited guest, however, it's hard to confirm by the photo provided. If you believe this to be the case though and the infestation is low you can start by spot treating the plant. Using a q-tip/cotton pad dipped in alcohol or neem/horticulture oil will help get them off on contact. Although if they are armored scale they might have a hard time budging and picking them right off is sometimes easier. Afterwards I would then spray the entire plant down with an organic insecticide and monitor it over the next few weeks!
  • Hoya Kerri Stem Problems...??
    Hi all!
    Ive been noticing the top stem of my hoya kerri yellowing and thinning out. there is also some white stuff at the top. i was hoping someone here knew what could possibly be happening and give advice on whether or not i should cut the unhealthy looking part off. thank you and hope to hear from you all soon!
    -ally
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [305305,Ally] ! Do you see any pests on the plant, like spider mites or mealy bugs? At times when these pests invade our plants they not only harm the foliage, but can stunt the growth of the plant as well. If not, it could be an indication of moisture stress, either over or under watering. It would be great to know how often you water and what kind of light the plant is receiving!
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      Amy This looks to me that it needs water! The leaves are somewhat puckered and the stem is drying off. The white stuff is just a normal part of where the node is.
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  • Yellow leaf
    Hello! My little plant here has given a yellow leaf every time I water it...then I try to go for 3-4 weeks watering but then that gives off yellow leaves too, help! He is currently in a corner of my bedroom that gets modest sun, but the window is a bit away. 
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      Amy Hi Michelle! I'd try watering from the bottom and also aerating the soil with a chopstick! - (:
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      Pei Hi [305279,Michelle Mckinnon] for Monstera, I'd suggest to put it in a brighter locations. It's actually consider low light if the plant is more then 3-5 feet away from the window (light source).
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  • Pilea problem
    I picked up a plant from the UWS Store on Friday and am seeing something that kind of looks like mold on the soil. Can someone please tell me how to take care of this? I want to make sure it’s not a pest. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michele! Was the soil moist upon arrival or did you water? It looks like the mold on the top soil is a type of saprophytic fungus- which is a harmless fungus that is simply living off of decaying organic matter within the wet soil. Although this fungus is harmless to your plant its presence can mean that your soil is staying moist for too long- either due to low light levels or watering the plant before it's ready. You can remove the top soil and replenish with fresh soil for now until you re-pot into a planter!
  • Mold/mildew on terra cotta clay pots
    On several of my clay pots I mold/mildew growing on the outside of the pot. On one pot it is beginning to reach the soil. I assume this is due to the porous nature off clay pots, but I didn't know if there were any ways to prevent this from happening. I really don't think I am over watering the plants because I wait until they are dry. Could if be the rate at which I pour the water? Also, what is the safest way, for the plants and the soil, to clean the pots?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Ross! Would you be able to provide a photo? The mold/mildew you may be referring to sounds like a buildup of calcium and other mineral deposits found in either the water you use, or fertilizer. You are right, the porous nature of the clay pots is what extracts these deposits and onto the outside of the pot. This shouldn't harm the pot or your plant in any way- and giving the pot a good wash and scrub should do the trick! You can prevent this from reoccurring in the future if you leave your water out over night so the excess minerals can evaporate. You can also either water your plants with distilled, spring, or even rain water!
  • birds nest fern turning brown
    Hi, I've had this bird's nest fern for about two years now and repotted it around 9 months ago. A week ago I saw a yellow leaf on the bottom "row" of leaves. And today I noticed the underside of some of the leaves are turning brown up the middle of the leaf starting at the "base" of the plant. I am freaking out because this plant has been great--so green and growing like crazy! Am I watering too much, not enough? I've been watering it every two weeks since I got it. Any advice would be great, thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michele! Would you mind providing a photo of the plant so it'll be easier to troubleshoot through the problem? If the leaves are brown and crisping it could be a sign that the plant is ready for a drink. If the plant is receiving good exposure to light it'll be a good idea to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast it is taking up water! Once the top 2-3 inches of the soil have dried out the Fern will be ready for another watering. Considering day light hours have increased your plant may be taking up water more quickly so you might have to increase your frequency of waterings until the growing season is over!
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  • rubber plant moldy roots?
    i just got a rubber tree plants and some of the roots have white fuzzies on them. is it mold? or is it normal? if it is mold, how should i get rid of it?
  • Plant help needed
    i recently repotted my plant to put it in a planter with drainage. The roots are very loose and falling over they do not feel secure. How do I save this guy? Thanks!
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      Pei it sounded to me you to repot the plant again. without knowing which plant you have, I would suggest to pack down the soil OR place the plant deeper. Different plants have different root systems–some are shallows, some are very chunky.... if that makes sense :)
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      Erin Can you share a photo?
  • Tilting snake plant
    For some reason my snake plant has gradually started to tilt and now is stuck sideways. Does it need replanted? I’m not sure what to do. 
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      Sadni It might also be that it's straining towards the sun. If the entire plant was in the sun then that's probably not the case but if it was planted in a area that was dark, then the plant may have started reaching for the sun.
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      Pei hey [296191,Char] yes, I would repot it so that it's standing straight. Also looking at the photo, your snake is super thirsty FYI. With snake plants, if you see the wrinkly leaves = thirsty :-)
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  • Sick Monstera
    Found this spot on my monstera just now. I've had it for a year and it has never shown any disease or anything but happiness since. I just moved it outside for the summer in Michigan. Any ideas what this is and what I can do about it to save the rest of the plant? It's on two leaves from separate stalks.
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      Berna y Alba Hi [292825,Katie] ! Maybe your monstera suffer a sunburn, once I put some of my plants outside and they reacted the same way because of the sunburn. I applied aloe vera to some of the leaves and they recovered but most of them were too ill, so I cut them off.