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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Majesty Palm Tree not so majestic
    My friend is looking for advice concerning his Majesty Palm Tree pictured here. It sits by the window and receives medium sun. However, on many winter days it receives minimal sun. It gets water usually once or twice a week. The tips seem to be browning and some stalks are already dead. Any idea why? And what to do? Help! 
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      Michael I have two of these there pretty interesting i notice once i moved them around to different areas they start doing well
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      Paris Lalicata It sounds like the plant is receiving too much water and not enough light! I would recommend removing the dead plant material to monitor its health. I'd increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and only water once the soil dries out!
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      Nate I'm not great with these and have the same issue. I would say some of the issue is lack of humidity.
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  • Corn Plant Brown Tips
    This guy has been so healthy for months and lately multiple tips are yellowing, then drying to brittle brown.

    What does it need?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alisa! Could be a sign of over watering- I'd ensure the plant is receiving plenty of light, and you only water once the soil has dried out completely. If the plant is in a low light setting then keep the waterings infrequent. The damaged tips can't bounce back so they can be pruned back to shape to enhance the appearance!
  • Sad Snake Plant, help!
    Am I over- or under-watering my snake plant? The outer 4 leaves have browning and one is wrinkled. Inner 4 are strong and healthy.

    Should I remove the sad leaves? If so, what's the best method?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alisa! Yellowing is usually a sign of over watering - if the plant is in a low light setting you'll want to keep the waterings pretty in frequent. Be sure to only water once the soil has dried out completely!
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      Nate Hey Alisa, how often do you water and how much direct sun does it receive? I would guess its water related - maybe too much?
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  • Pathos Help
    I recently bought a Pathos at a Home Depot. I used a water meter before I watered it. I only watered it when it was almost dry. I don’t think it’s being overwatered but still the leaves are turning brown. Help :(
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! Could be just the plant acclimating into the new home so leaf loss is common. Otherwise it could've been from too much moisture if you didn't allow the soil to dry out between waterings! You can prune off those leaves, ensure the plant is getting plenty of light, and water when the soil dries out!
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      Nate These are pretty hardy and I think this is normal from time to time. You can trim them off and continue doing what you're doing!
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  • Fiddle leaf trouble
    Here is a picture of my fiddle leaf. Does anyone know what is causing this ? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Katrina! I agree with Nate - those spots are known as Edema known from moisture stress (irregular waterings). These will remain as scars now but shouldn't cause the leaves to decline as long as the proper care is followed up. Ensure the plant is receiving plenty of light, and you water as soon as the soil has dried out!
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      Nate I'm still new to FLFs, but my understanding is that this is a watering issue. Possibly when it is dry for awhile and then receives a good dose of water, it absorbs the water quickly and causes edema in the plant cells (the cells burst). Its possible that as the leaf grows, it will go away. I would just make sure you're watering it consistently - and by that I mean check it after so many days and if it needs watering, give it a medium dose of water and continue with the routine.
  • I don’t know what’s wrong with my Monstera!
    Recently there have been blackish yellow spots developing on older leaves on my monstera. I’m not sure what this could be or what to do about it. Roots are also popping up out of the top of the soil so could it just need a new pot or are these signs of root rot? Any advice works!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Allie! It looks like the symptoms could be a result of over watering - either if the plant isn't receiving enough light, was watered before it was ready, or too much water was poured in if there's no drainage. Alternatively if you make an environmental assessment and everything checks out then it's possible a fungal infection developed if the spots spread to other leaves!
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      Nate Hey Allie, can you check the dirt around the roots? I wouldn't be too concerned about the aerial roots, but I would probably start troubleshooting in the root area. Is it too dry or too moist...
  • Cactus SOS!
    Hi— I have had this cactus (though careful online searching, I believe it is a "Echinopsis pachanoi f. cristata" or a "Crested San Pedro Cactus" for nearly 2 years. About 4 months ago, he (Apollo) began to develop this crusty white material on his side? It has now spread. He is also leaning quite a bit. I have no idea what is going on— have been caring for a and watering as normal— and I have not changed sunlight. Any help appreciated! If I lose this guy I will be heartbroken! 

    As I write this, I realize that I repotted him in July, which was shortly before this appeared. Could this have had anything to do with it? Is there anything I can do now? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Maggie! To me this looks like the natural aging process of some cacti called "corking"!
  • African Mask Plant sad :(
    I received this plant as a gift 3 months ago. Unfortunately, I feel like it's been slowly dying ever since. I know these plants can be hard to take care of. I've already cut off 2 smaller leaves that turned completely yellow/orange/brown. Now, the tips of all of the big leaves are turning yellow with some crispy edges. 
    Pot: no drainage (fixing this)
    Light: next to a west facing window
    Water: instructions were to water it 1/2 c. weekly
    Humidity: I just moved it into the bathroom with hopes that will help. I plan on getting a pebble tray with water for it to sit on
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      Chelsea Hi Carly,

      This plant likes A LOT of light!! And because the browning is starting from the tip, it looks like it’s less about overwatering, and more about being in too dry an environment. Consider upping its humidity levels. Also, before watering always stick your finger into the soil and ensure that it’s dry up to you knuckle before watering again! This is an easy way to ensure you’re not overwatering ... weekly is typically just a general guide, but a tried and true test is to feel the soil first :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Carly! It seems like the Alocasia is declining due to being over watered, or not receiving enough light. I would recommend ensuring the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light in a window, and you allow the soil to dry out between waterings!
  • string of pearls
    hi! My string of pearls has been losing its pearls or like drying up? Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! What kind of light is provided for the plant? When do you water?
  • Parlor palm help!
    Hello! I am a total plant newbie. I just got my first two plants from the sill. My mother has a wonderful green thumb and I’m thinking it skipped a generation but I’m still trying! 
    I got this parlor palm from the sill about 10 days ago and it’s dropping all over the place! I’ve watered it once a week since receiving it and it sits at a window that gets bright indirect light. 
    Is the plant just adjusting to its new home? Is there something I should or shouldn’t be doing? Please be gentle I’m new at this and excited to learn! Thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lenni! It seems like the plant may be dropping leaves due to being over watered. Do you ever check the soil to test for moisture? Or do you stick to a calendar schedule for watering? It's always best to check the moisture of the soil rather then sticking to a schedule since plants only take up water based on the amount of light they are receiving. Therefor, overcast/cloudy days in the winter will keep the soil moist for longer and you may over water the plant. I would recommend checking the soil by inserting your finger to the bottom. Once it has dried out it'll be time to give the plant a drink!
  • Monstera Troubles
    Alright fellow plant people...I need some help. I bought a really great monstera this summer and it has gradually reduced to just this piece. I have repotted 4 times now after realizing I had some root rot going on. Each time I've cleaned the roots and potted in well draining soil and kept watering to a minimum. I really thought this last time was going to do the trick, but the leaf has really started to droop. Tonight I pulled it out of the pot and found more rot, even though the soil was dry. I cut above the rot this time (where you see the black line), treated with peroxide (at a suggestion from a google search dealing with root rot) and I plan on keeping it in a glass of water while the one node grows out and/or more roots are produced. Am I on the right track? Any suggestions?
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Nate! So there's a chance if the plant developed root rot initially other parts that may have looked healthy most likely developed it already as well. Which is why despite the proper care the plant continued to decline! (Root rot is a disease) I would say with the final cutting of the plant you certainly may have a shot of getting it to re-root. Cutting any rotting portion off the stem, and sticking it in room-temp water in front of bright indirect light may encourage the aerial root to keep growing and support the plant!
  • Dark spots on Strelitzia?
    Help,

    My indoor Strelitzia Nicolai has recently developed some light brown spots on its leaves and I am nervous it will keep on spreading. I spray it with water every now and then and otherwise make sure the soil is not too dry or too moist.

    Does anyone know what the cause of this can be? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Guri! The symptoms look like either over watering or a fungal infection that developed. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as BOP don't thrive well in low light situations. It'll be good to allow the soil to dry out completely to the bottom of the planter. If it's due to over watering then once balanced with the right care you should notice these symptoms ceasing! However, if the spots continue to spread despite proper care then there's a chance a fungal infection developed
  • Money plant struggling
    All of my plants struggle a bit in the winter but my money plant seems to be having a tougher time than the rest. I water about 1x a week and mist 1x a week but the soil looks dry pretty quickly after watering. Does this look like a over watering or under watering issue? There are no drainage holes in the planter but i added a1/2 inch of rocks for drainage when I planted it. Thanks so much!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Becky! The yellowing on the money tree appears to be due to over watering. Either due to watering the plant before it's ready, or if it's not receiving enough light. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material. I'd either increase the plants exposure to light, or watering less frequently!
  • probably dead vinca vine
    I got this vine at a nursery in september and it was doing pretty good all fall but it has now started to get crispy leaves that shed off on their own. I can’t tell if it is a lost cause or if there is some care I can do to save it. I got a mister and that seemed to help at first but unfortunately I had to leave my apartment for the holiday and this is what I came back to. please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Unfortunately if there's no longer healthy growth remaining on the plant it most likely won't be able to bounce back :(
  • Struggling Majesty Palm
    I recently got this lovely Majesty Palm as a Christmas gift! There are thorough instructions on the back for its care and yet somehow it’s still not thriving. Over the past few days, the leaves have started turning color and getting crispy. I’m not sure what’s causing it or how to remedy the issue. I’ve made sure not to drench it water. It’s been sunny this week so I’ve put it by the window in our living room. The average temp is about 72 but maybe a little colder bc it’s by the window. Can anyone help me figure out what’s going on here! Thank you in advance! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Mary! It seems like the plant is getting over watered if it's not receiving enough light. I'd recommend placing this plant by a window to receive plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings!