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What plant is on your mind?

An area of The Sill dedicated to conversations about plants and gardening in the form of posted messages and threads.

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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Watermelon pep is deformed 😳
    Hi everyone! I bought this plant over the summer and it’s growing, but the leaves are cupped and deformed.  I read this could be a nutrient deficiency, so a couple of months ago I gave it new soil/pot and fertilizer specifically with calcium and magnesium.  I also gave it more light, moving it a couple of feet back from a south facing glass door, partially protected by a larger plant.  New growth since these changes is still deformed! Any advice?
  • Pilea peperomioides
    My pilea is super tall and is now drooping because of the weight. Hes not growing leaves on the bottom half, and i think thats the problem. Ive got him supported with a chopstick, but i dont know what i should do to help him out.
  • HELP FREDDIE!
    Hi, my calathea leaves have bubbles on them and they are curling ..? Does it mean it’s under watered Bc I’ve been watering once a week and misting. Is this saveable?
  • Monstera brown spots and yellow outline help
    Hi,

    I recently got a monstera a couple months ago. She’s been doing well so far, but recently one of the leaves has been developing brown spots and the outside is turning yellow. Does anyone know what’s going on? Is there something I can do to reverse this, is it a sign of something bigger (and possibly worse), or is it just something that happens to so leaves. All the other ones seem to be doing good to me, and she has a solid amount of indirect sunlight afforded to her. 
    Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Arvid! It looks like it could be due to over watering. Do you allow the soil to dry out completely? There's also a chance the plant isn't receiving enough light to take up water depending on how far it is from the window! Therefor, I would either increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light or watering less frequently!
  • Heart Hoya with “varicose veins”
    A plant I inherited (maybe a heart Hoya?) was doing great all summer. I just suddenly noticed what look like black verifies veins on one of the leaves. I have no idea what that means. Can anyone let me know what this means (and how to fix if a problem). Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! It looks like ruptured plant cells to me which shouldn't harm the plant or cause the leaf to further decline and will remain as a scar. This could've been caused due to moisture stress if the plant remained too moist or dry at some point, or if it was exposed to any hot/cold drafts!
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      Julia Barry Oh autocorrect. I was trying to say it looks like black “varicose” (not “verifies”) veins.
  • Burle Marx Philodendron going yellow
    I inherited this Burle Marx Philodendron and it was very happy all summer. I stopped fertilizing one Sept and by Oct, it’s starting to look like maybe it has some sort of deficiency, because the leaves are turning yellow and fading very slowly from the inside out. (See photo.) Do philodendrons do this to make space for new leaves? Is it a nutrient deficiency? Is it unhappy with colder weather? Not sure. Any advice appreciated, thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata There's a chance it could be a nutrient deficiency if the nutrients in the soil have degraded already and the fertilizer was supplementing it considering it happened shortly after. Therefor, I would try either incorporating the same fertilizer schedule back for the plant or replenishing the plant with fresh, nutrient rich soil!
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      Julia Barry Whole plant
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      Julia Barry Last photo — this was the first one to start to yellow, so it’s paler and farther along with whatever the problem is
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  • Exploding Piles
    So I have this pilea and while there’s new growth in the middle, I find that the outside shoots end up drooping and dying and I have to remove them. Is this normal? Any tips? I water 1x week
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Karly! It sounds like the Pilea isn't receiving enough light since it's developing new growth but dropping older leaves. This usually means the plant is only creating enough energy for a certain amount of leaves. Therefor, I would recommend increasing the plants exposure to light and you should start to see a huge difference! With increased light however, you may need to increase your frequency of waterings. As soon as the soil dries out completely it'll be ready for another watering!
  • Limp Stems - Peperomia Marble
    The stems of my Peperomia marble went limp.  Appreciate thoughts on the issue and how to resolve! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jillian! Usually Peperomia will start to droop over and wilt when they are ready for water. If the soil has already dried out completely then I would go ahead and give this plant a drink and give a day or two to perk back up!
  • Snake plant has holes through its leaves
    Help! I got this snake plant for my boyfriend in May from the Sill and it was fine until about a month ago when it started developing holes in the leaves. When I got it originally it came with some damage from shipping (I assume) on the older leaves and that’s where the hole first started appearing. Neither of us are at his place very much (hence the snake plant since they’re pretty low maintenance) so I don’t know when this started exactly, but I noticed this week that it’s started getting holes on the leaves of the new growth, too!  I don’t see any evidence of bugs and the window it’s on gets lots of indirect light in the morning and early afternoon. My bf is really good about watering it only when it’s dried out so I’m not sure what could be wrong. Any ideas??
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lakota! I agree with Erin looks like slug/snail damage! I'd say the quickest way to eradicate is to change out the soil with fresh soil, or leaching the planer with water and letting them drown out as long as you have a drainage hole
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      Erin Hi Lakota! Looked at this with some fellow plant friends and we think it could actually be slug or snail damage – especially if the spots are continuing to appear, and on new growth. Snails are nocturnal feeders so they'll be hiding out in the soil during the day and only come out at night to feed on the plant. They're totally harmless to humans, but to protect your snake plant you can try a few things:
      - They hate copper; you can try copper shavings around the base of the plant - They can't really crawl over sharp objects, so if you don't want to go out to buy copper bits, you could try crushed egg shells or coffee grounds
      OR, since they're hiding in the soil – you can change it out completely with fresh sterile soil! That would probably be the quickest way to get them outta there.
  • Help with Peperomia- Broken Leaves
    Hi all! I just received my first plants, and the small peperomia I received has large tears near the stem of three leaves. Is there anything I should do? Should I prune them?

    Thank you!
  • My plants are dying! Help please!
    My plants are dying. I had them since June. And they were fine until these past few weeks. I water them like i normally did, as told in the instruction that came with it when i bought them.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lloyd! What kind of light do the plants receive? Do you allow the soil to dry out completely to the bottom of the planters between waterings?
  • Plant turning yellow
    I’ve had this plant for about 2 months. It’s on a windowsill with a good amount of light. Any ideas what could be causing this?
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      Paris Lalicata What exposure do you have this plant facing in? It looks like it could be a result of too much intense light, excessive moisture, or even if it's in a full shade environment. I would recommend ensuring the plants in a more filtered bright indirect light location, and allow the first few inches of soil to dry out between waterings!
  • Philodendron silver help
    order and potted this plant with a green philodendron. It came a little brown around the leaf edges and some of the cuttings were a bit shallow and had little roots but I figured that with a little time and adjusting from the shipping box and into the pot it would be adjust. After a few weeks it wasn’t dying more or reviving but I was watering once a week and then today I noticed a bright yellow fungus- looked it up and it’s dog slime mold? Anyone dealt with this? Or know why this happened? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nashley! The yellow mushrooms on the soil looks like it could be Leucocoprinus birnbaumii. These are very commonly found growing in house plant soil and usually appears if the spores were to become present and given the right conditions. This is a perfectly natural occurrence when bringing the outdoors in, and even the natural mycorrhizal fungi that lives in the soil already can produce these mushrooms (mushrooms are referred to as the "Fruit of Fungi") if given optimal conditions in which to thrive.The only purpose the fungus serves is to break down dead organic matter in the soil and doesn't actually harm the plant! However, if the fungus is ingested by people or pets it can potentially be toxic. Moving forward, I'd recommend replenishing the plant with fresh sterile soil to prevent this from further developing and regenerating. You'll want to make sure you discard the plant soil, and sterilized any tools/your hands/container to rid of any spores that may have infected these items.
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      Nashley This is what the mold looks like
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      Nashley This is what I’m seeing
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  • Marimo moss ball with tufts
    I bought my moss ball from The Sill about a year or so ago. For the past couple months, my moss ball has developed tufts and is uneven, instead of smooth and doesn't look too healthy. It's still a dark green instead of brown or black in parts. I clean the bowl it's in about once a week, use cold water from the tap, it's not in direct sunlight. I use soap to clean the rocks in the bowl, but I make sure that all the residue and the bubbles are gone before I put the moss ball back. 

    I'm not to sure how to fix this or if I can. Does anyone have an idea of what is happening? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rhaeanne! I actually have a post on my profile all about Marimo moss ball care! Do you roll your moss ball at all? Or facilitate movement in its container? Considering these guys aren't naturally round and are cultivated this way they will begin to unravel overtime if not rolled around. Usually every time I give my moss fresh water I roll them around in my hand (similar to cookie dough) to maintain that shape. They will also develop those tufts or "bed sores" from being on one side for too long, so it'll be best to move it around so it's not sitting on one side too much and you should see an improvement!
  • Brown spot on philodendron
    Help! I recently got this beautiful medium moonlight philodendron from a nursery (not sill), and now it has this brown spot! I thought it was due to heat damage cause i had a candle lit nearby once (read: at least 6” away). Concerned if its fungal/bacterial/or watering issue
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Cami! I wouldn't say the candle caused heat damage to the plant, but if there's a hot/cold draft or direct sun nearby hitting the foliage that could be the cause. Otherwise I know these guys are prone to fungal/bacterial infections as I'm battling one myself with mine! To be on the safe side, I would recommend giving the plant plenty of bright indirect light and make sure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. I would treat with a standard fungicide like safer or garden safe brand, and treat the plant following the label provided!
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      Cami Whoops! Forgot photo
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