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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

  • Spots?
    Hello! He is getting little spots on his leaves, is it from overwatering?
  • Rubber Plant Help!
    I've had this rubber plant for about 3 weeks now. I've watered it twice
    since I got it. It sits near the window sill and gets sunlight. This is
    the third leaf that has turned yellow with brown spots. The roots are
    not coming out of the pot yet. Help me!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! It's perfectly natural for plants to shed older leaves as they are acclimating into their new environment. Yellowing leaves can also be an indication that the plant is receiving too much water or not enough light! Therefor, I'd make sure the plant is exposed to as much bright indirect light as possible and allow the soil to dry out completely. It'll also be best to transfer the plant into a container that is 1-2 inches larger to ensure the plant has plenty of room to keep growing!
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig on her last legs
    We got our Fiddle Leaf Fig (known as Fiddie) a few months ago. She's been losing leaves like crazy, a lot of them are browning and droopy. We recently moved her to the window, before she was in a shadier spot. We water Fiddle a liter every week and fertilized her last month. We cut off the brown spots of the leaves, but even healthy leaves with no brown spots are falling off.

    We really don't know what the issue is! Any tips? Really hope to save her <3
  • Sad Hoya Heart 💔
    Hi! I am super new at caring for plants. Doing okay so far, but my Hoya Heart has a dark brown/black spot in the middle of it that seems to be growing. It’s not soft (yet) but it looks bad for the little guy. The plant arrived a little damper than I think it should have been, bur I’ve gotten it to dry out quite a bit and even the deeper soil in the planter is fairly dry at this point. Other than the dark spot, the rest of the plant looks to be doing well. Does anyone know what’s going on and how I can save it?? Thanks!
  • Dropping 3 Year Old Fiddle Leaf
    I have had this fiddle leaf for 3 years and she has been doing great until I recently repotted it and put rocks on the soil to make it more aesthetically pleasing. The leaves are drooping and dropping at the bottom and the new growth coming in from the top has brown spots on it. Could it be getting too much sun? Does it not like the rocks? Please help I have kept her alive for so long! 
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      Paige Rose Shestak It may be root rot! I would let it dry out for two weeks and remove the browning leaves and make sure it gets plenty of sun!
  • Unhappy Monstera
    I've had this plant for a couple of months now and was excited to see a new leaf unfurling...but it just stopped unfurling and is turning black. A lower leaf is turning dark up the center of the leaf. I'm not able to find what is causing this online..is it too much water...not enough...something else? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Nate! It looks like it could be a moisture stress issue of either over or under watering. I would make sure the plant is exposed to as much bright indirect light as possible, and ensure the soil has dried out completely between waterings. Any damage on the leaves won't be able to bounce back, but they may not cause the rest of the leaves to decline! I would just monitor the new growth until it unfurls and matures, where then you can prune any damage leaf edges. The larger leaf I would just monitor as well but if you start to notice abut 50% of the leaf declining then it'd be wiser to remove the leaf, and allow the stem to die back gradually so the plant can take any available nutrients from within!
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      Pei Hi [295355,Nate], how much sun and water does it get? In general, if a plant is not getting enough light, it will not put out new growths (or will put out small new growths). but in your case, it's the new leave won't unfurl.
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      Nate Here is the other leaf that doesn't look happy either.
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  • Rubber tree help
    Hi! I've had my rubber tree for a couple months now. The leaves have brown spots, and silvery splotches on them. I recently repotted it and it seemed to be doing well, and slot growing, the the molten leaves are still present.
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! It looks like it could spider mite damage if you notice any microscopic spiders or fine webbing on the leaves or stems. If not however, it looks like it could be a fungal/bacterial infection if the plant was in too moist/humid conditions without proper air circulation or light!
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      Pei [309832,Erin Hidy] it looks like it has spider mite infestations. Do Do you see any fine webbings on the back of the leaves?
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      Erin Hidy Brown spot
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  • Sad Calathea Medallion
    My Calathea Medallion used to be thriving, now she is sad and droopy. Her leaves don't rise up and down with the circadian rhythm anymore, and they have yellow spots on them, the green is muted now and no longer vibrant. Care routine has not changed. Is it just overwatering? Any tips? I want to save her! 
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      Pei I have the same questions as Paris!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [309753,MACKENZIE REYNOLDS] ! How long ago did the plant begin to display these symptoms? Was the plant fertilized at all? How long has it been in its container, or received new soil? Do you allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out between waterings?
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  • Different color spots
    hello this is my monstera adasoni (I know it’s spelt super wrong) she had been growing really well and when I moved I got her to a spot with more humidity and the same about of sun. She started getting so bad brown spots so I brought her inside and it just keeps getting worse. I’ve done consistent watering. It’s on the new leaves too.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [309538,Izabella] ! It doesn't look like a photo was able to be attached- would you mind trying to post in again?
  • Tall and short stemmed pilea
    Hi, all!

    I got this dear pilea from the Sill last November and it has been happy... or so I think. It's been growing taller and the stems are shorter and I am wondering if I am doing something wrong? It sits in a room with a West-facing window but it's not directly on the windowsill or anything. I'd really appreciate any and all advice you can give!

    P.S. In the photo, it is near a window because I wanted to get good lighting for the picture.

    Many thanks!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [309189,Nhu B.] - your Pilea is looking super healthy and happy! It's perfectly natural for the older foliages' stems to be longer and "hang loose" a little, while the new growth is a littler shorter. Overtime as those stems grow and mature they'll mimic the same appearance. As long as you give the plant plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings the plant should be good to go!
  • Leave curling on Burgundy Rubber Plant
    Hi All! 

    The leaves on my rubber tree/plant occasionally curl. Can anyone help me with identifying what the problem could be?

    Thank you!!
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      Pei Other than watering issue, Rubber plant also curls or drops the leaves when there are spider mites. I would pay attention to the underside leaves to see if there are any fine webbings. The best prevention is to always dust or wipe each leave once every few weeks.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [291165,BlkRoots] ! Leaf curl is usually a sign of moisture stress- either the plant is ready for another watering, or has been watered too much. Therefor, if the soil has already dried out completely then the plant will be ready for another drink! It may take a few days for the leaves to perk back out to their normal state. On the other hand, if the soil has been moist for some time then I would try to increase the amount of light or air circulation around the plant to help the soil dry out before another watering!
  • Jade Plant with brown bits
    This Jade was propagated from a plant that has been around in my family for quite a while. I have successfully propagated from it before, but unfortunately the original plant was lost to overwatering by a plant sitter while I was out of town for a while. I have never had the tips of leaves turn brown like this on a jade before, any thoughts? The jade is in a bright window and gets watered when dry. Thanks!
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      Pei Does it feel mushy or dry to touch?
  • ZZ Plant Help
    So, I just ordered this ZZ plant and it arrived with these powdery marks on the underside of all its leaves. Can anyone help me fix this? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Cat! The white spots on the underside of the leaves are called calcium deposits! This happens when hard water (water with high mineral content) is used for waterings or splashes on the leaves, and as it evaporates it stains the foliage with white spots which is totally harmless to your plants! This can easily be removed by diluting a small amount of distilled white vinegar into a cup of water, and using a a cotton pad or soft tissue to wipe it off! Any other leaf cleaning methods can work as well, but I would avoid using leaf shine.
  • Leaf turned black -Monstera
    Hello! 

    I got this beautiful Monstera a month back and it has been very happy until today. I came back and found that a leaf had turned completely black... not sure why or how. I did re-pot it this weekend so I was thinking maybe it has something to do with that? I used The Sill´s potting mix for that. If anyone has any idea what I can do or what is happening to my beautiful Monstera, please let me know! I want to make sure my plant friend is happy and now I´m very worried about it!

    Thank you!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308938,Laia] ! How often do you water the plant, and what kind of light is it receiving? The black leaf looks like an indication of over watering to me. If the top soil has remained moist for the past 2-3 days that's usually an indication that the plant isn't receiving enough light. Or there's a chance too much water was poured into the planter! If you believe either to be the case then I'd recommend increasing the plants exposure to light and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. The black leaf unfortunately won't be able to bounce back so you can either prune it from the plant, or allow it to naturally take its course. Once you are able to maintain the right balance of care the plant should bounce back and develop new growth!
  • Rubber Plant problem
    Has anyone ever seen this on a rubber Plant?  The plant is healthy and growing but has had these spots even on new growth.   I
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      Pei Do you see any fine webbings? I think you may have a severe spider mites infestation. How's the plant over all doing? Do you have a photo? [308916,Dale Frederick]