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What plant is on your mind?

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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Gardenia that lost her shine
    Hi plant people, I just received a lovely gardenia and it has been on a slow decline ever since. It started with very glossy leaves, and now they’re full and ampare rough. There are a number of yellow leaves too, and in generally she’s wilting and u happy looking.i read they don’t like water on their leaves so I’ve avoided that, and she’s still indoors. What could be wrong? How can I save her? Thank you!
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      Pei [287283,Amy H] how much sun and water does it get? It sounds more like a light and water issue to me. Also, if you can share a photo of the plant that will be great.


      Also, JFYI that this site will no longer be active as we are moving to The Sill Plant Parent Club Facebook Group. It is a dedicated space for you to connect, make friends, ask plant questions, show off your plants, and more. Our plant expert will be monitoring the group too. Hope to see you there!
  • Sad Maranta
    I received this baby about 2 weeks ago and 2 leaves Are losing color are curling up :( according to the insert it could be bc of low humidity. It’s been cold and dry the last 2 weeks , but now starting to warm up where I live. I spritz her with water to try to keep some humidity but it seems like all is failing as the 2nd leaf started to turn . What can I do :( ?? She is also in mes-bright indirect like 
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      Pei [319720,Deanna Cortez] That looks more like stress caused by shipping. Some plants are more sensitive to environmental changes than others. Give it some time to readjust itself to the new environment (your home), and with proper care it will put out new growth very soon :)


      Also, JFYI that this site will no longer be active as we are moving to The Sill Plant Parent Club Facebook Group. It is a dedicated space for you to connect, make friends, ask plant questions, show off your plants, and more. Our plant expert will be monitoring the group too. Hope to see you there!
  • Plant food gone wrong!
    I put plant food spikes in the soul but that was clearly a bad idea. I tried repotting but it didn't help. Is there anything else I can do to save this plant?
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      Pei [319701,Dana Dietz] This site is no longer active as we are moving to The Sill Plant Parent Club Facebook Group. It is a dedicated space for you to connect, make friends, ask plant questions, show off your plants, and more. Our plant expert will be monitoring the group and answer plant questions there.
      Hope to see you there!
  • Snake Plant Help
    Hi, I have a snake plant that is easily removed from soil. Looking at the bulb, there are no grown roots. The leaves (except one) are healthy. What's the best way to regrow the roots? I removed it from the soil and it is in a shallow glass of water to propagate. I will try to mix new soil as well. 
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      Pei [319598,Hannah Millar] yes, water propagation will work. Patience is key when it comes to plant propagation. Keep it in indirect bright light and warm environment.


      Also, JFYI that this site will no longer be active as we are moving to The Sill Plant Parent Club Facebook Group. It is a dedicated space for you to connect, make friends, ask plant questions, show off your plants, and more. Our plant expert will be monitoring the group and answer plant questions there. We hope to see you there :-)
  • Mary the peace lily
    This is my peace lily Mary, I have had her for nearly 2 years. She is sentimental to me because I received her after the passing of my dear grandma who she is named after. For at least the past 2 months she has not been looking good. Black edged, weak leaves and droopy. I thought I may have overwatered so I waited for drooping to water. And even though I have not watered her in a week the soil is still damp. I have fertilized and trimmed off the black edges but they still come back. I find even after watering the stems have a bend in them. I have her near a window with indirect sun. Maybe repotting? What can I do? Please help! 
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      Pei Your plant definitely needs a repot. After a year or so, nutrition in the soil will deplete that you need to either resoil, up-pot, or add fertilizers to help the plant growth.

      About the sad symptoms, it sounds to me you have overwatered Mary, unfortunately. Peace lily likes to be in a bright-lit environment and should only be water once every 10-14 days in my experience. I suggest to always feel the soil, and make sure it's at least 2-3" deep dry to touch before you add more water.

      I think your best bet now is to take the plant out, properly examine the root health. Trim away any dead/sick roots (black and mushy) if there's any. And repot it in a bigger planter.

      Good luck!!
  • Infection?
    Hi! Does anyone recognize this type of spotting on schefflera? It doesn't seem to be killing the plant outright, but it isn't happy either....
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      Pei They could be a fungal root infection causes by overwatering and low light environments.
  • Lava rocks in outdoor containers with drainage holes
    Hi all - I've been looking into ways to keep soil moist in a container but also allow drainage. I came across The Sill's lava rocks which mentioned it retained moisture (but specifically for planters that don't have drainage). I plan on planting outdoors in containers that do have drainage. So my question is, has anyone tried to use lava rocks at the bottom of their containers that have drainage holes to absorb and release moisture? or once there is a drainage hole are lava rocks pretty much useless? The plants I'm looking to grow will need to be well drained but with moist soil. At the moment I have time to water every day but when I go back into an office, I'm looking for an option where I can trust my plants will be ok every 3 days or so. 

    Any advice is much appreciated. I'm new to this.

    <3 Melissa
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      Pei it really depends on the sizes and types of plants you are planning to have outdoor. To encourage drainage, you can mix perlites for the smaller potted plants (4-8") whereas lava rocks or barks are great to mix in the soil for larger potted plants. Lastly, you also want to be mindful of the type of plants you have. for a humidity loving plant v.s, the dry loving plant is completely different. You can definitely add any medium to encourage airflow in the soil, but you might find yourself watering plants a lot frequently too (also depends on where you live and the time of year!). Hope this helps!
  • What’s Wrong With My Monstera?
    Hi everyone! I recently purchased a Monstera a few weeks ago from The Sill & it’s leaves are starting to brown + curl at the ends as well as some younger leaves turning completely yellow. I water it every Sunday & as of right now (4 days later) when I stick my finger in the soil it’s slightly damp. I recently bought a mister to gently mist it every now & then but is that something that should help? Am I overwatering it? Watering too little? A lighting issue? Help :( 
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      Pei It looks like overwatering and low light issues. Mostera in general likes to be in an indirect bright or a few hours of full sun environment (3-4 hours of the morning or late afternoon sun). I suggest letting the soil dry out at least 2-3 inches deep (always feel the soil with your fingers before you water again) and moving the plant closer to a window. The plant should be sitting within 1-2 feet if you can't put in on a sill.
  • My maidenhair isn't happy
    Hi all, My maidenhair used to be lush, full and bright green. Now the leaves are looking dried out and brown areas are appearing. The new shoots/stems don't establish (see photo). These new shoots/stems seem to get to a point and then die off. 
    I repotted this plant a month or two ago. I have heard they don't like that. 
    I keep it well watered and mist roughly twice a week. It also has a good amount of indirect sunlight. 

    Your advice would be really appreciated. 
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      Pei I suspect you have been overwatering the plant and might also have root/leaf fungle from the misting . Water + misting twice a week is actually a little much for most plants, unless it's sitting in a bright direct light environment (which Maidenhair hates!).

      JFYI that misting doesn't really help with humidity. I've learned my lesson (lost so many plants) because of it. The best way to increase humidity is to either invest in a humidifier, group plants together, or put the plant on a pebble tray.
  • Wilting Peperomia Obtusfolia
    Hello! I have had my Peperomia Obtusfolia (aka Rubber Plant) for a couple of months and have noticed one side of the plant is wilting significantly. This is a bit confusing since the other parts of the plant seem to be okay. I believe it’s getting the proper amount of sunlight (medium, indirect light). I have watered it every 15th day and I am worried I’ve under watered it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help!
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      Pei Every 15th days since a bit too long in my opinion. I suspect it's been underwater. How much water do you give the plant each time though?
  • Haworthia Zebra: brown spots & dry tips- help!
    Hi plant parents!
    I recently noticed that my Haworthia started to turn brown on the tips, so I thought it might be getting too much sun and moved it from its original spot under  a bright window to a spot a couple feet away. Now it's developing brown spots on other parts, so maybe now it's not getting enough sun???
    Or maybe it's a totally different issue altogether, so I'd love to hear your ideas/suggestions! Thanks!
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      Jamie Just to show what it looks like--maybe it was in too direct sun for too long a period? But mine gets indirect for sure. I'm actually nervous because the new one I put in a large pot with other succulents and it will be getting full sun so who knows how that will go.
      X
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      Jamie Hi there! It's got some tiny stems which may mean it's OK.

      Just to give you an idea, although the Haworthia is a succulent, it's one of the few I've grown successfully despite not having bright light at all.

      I live in New Jersey and I keep it in my NE facing window, slight to the left side of the window on a cart. It's def only getting indirect sun but it's done amazing there!! It has a lot of growth since I first got it, even had a pup and I even replanted it in a new pot. I basically would water it when the soil seemed uber dry. I don't personally have any brown spots but this is the only one I've owned until recently (just picked up another the other day).
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      Pei How often and how much water does it get?

      It's actually quite normal for haworthia to do that. but wanted to ask your care info just in case :)
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  • Advice Needed Re: My Philodendron
    My philodendron dropped leaves due to lack of water/water drying up.  It’s normally kept in a small vase of water.  The stems are still green and the roots are still healthy.  How can I help it bounce back/regrow its leaves?  Should I put it in a place of more sun etc.?  Thanks.
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      Erin Can you share a photo, Angela? Thanks!
  • I have an invader!
    This thing (mushroom?) just started sprouting in my pothos yesterday. Any advice on how best to get rid of it for good? Thanks!
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      Pei Cute little mushroom! While it's harmless to your plants, it is an indicator that you've been either overwatering your plant OR too much humidity has accumulate in the soil. I learn a lot from here > https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/mushrooms-in-my-plants
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      Anna I’ve had those pop up in my bigger flowering plants. They usually just wilt and fall off, or you can pull it up.
  • Anthurium plant is tilting
    Please help! One of my anthurium flowers is tilting completely in a different direction. I tied it with the other flowers for support. Let me know if this was the correct thing to do.
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      Erin Hi Asma! Possible to see a picture? If it's tilting, it could be tilting towards the sunlight. You could try rotating the plant to give it exposure on all sides.
  • Angie isn't thriving :/
    Hi!

    I bought my medium Calathea Medallion about a month or so ago, and I've been watering it every 1-2 weeks until the top soil feels wet, but it doesn't seem to be doing well. I have it in medium sunlight. I have a cat who kind of nips at it once a week or so, but nothing too bad. I attached photos of it here. Does anyone know what's going wrong? I'm worried I'm still not watering it enough. Thank you! 
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      Erin I agree with Hunter's tips below. I'd also prune off the foliage that curled up and dried out - unfortunately it won't bounce back, but removing it will make room for new healthy growth!
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      Hunter Hi Claire! I'm so sorry about your plant, she looks like she was once beautiful in her prime!

      The soil on the top looks very rough. Is there lava rock on the top? Reporting with the lava rock covering the bottom first inch should be enough drainage to support Angie, especially if your soil is also mixed with perlite and/or orchid bark, and especially if your pot has a drainage hole.

      If your Angie's pot does have a drainage hole (excellent drainage and high humidity is of the utmost importance with Calatheas), I would water her until water runs through the hole, then immediately soak up any excess water. Calathea's HATE sitting in water and will not be nice to you if you don't keep their feet dry. That being said, nice job watering 1-2 weeks! Root Rots an awful thing to go through with these guys, so if you can side-step it then kudos!

      Another big thing for Calatheas are sunlight! True me when I say that if it's bright light, your Calathea will not want it. I like to keep mine around 6-12 feet away from any windows and always try to keep the lightbulbs around at a warm glow instead of a bright white.

      Good luck! Post pics when Angie's back to perfect health!