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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Uh oh.
    This guy has been hanging in for a few years (he was a delighter plant w purchase from the sill) and his leaves are getting funky. I’m not sure if it’s not enough water, too much or other. Would love any tips or suggestions. 
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      Pei [318778,StephD] i also think it could be nutrition deficiency. When was the last time you repot or refresh the soil??
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      StephD thanks Erin, I'll try that. And actually I didn't know what kind of plant it was, so that also helped :-)
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      Erin This happens to my pilea too, and I usually just prune off the mature yellowing leaves to make room for new, healthier growth!
  • Sad Fernie, please help!
    Hello! I purchased this bird’s nest fern in early March and it has been on a steady decline since. It’s on a shelf that receives indirect light. In fears of over watering, I have watered it once every other week. This week I noticed that the soil was bone dry, so I watered it, only to see that it’s wilted even more! I’m considering moving the plant to my bathroom to give it some humidity. Can I save this plant? Any tips would be appreciated! Please help!
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      Pei oh no!! my guess is you have been underwatered it. And from my experience, it's really hard to save a birds nest fern when the soil is bone dry :(

      In general, you want to feel the soil before you water a plant. For BNF, they like the soil to stay consistently moist (not wet!) so you want to make sure the soil is at least 1 inch dry before you water again. And depending on where you put the plant, once every 7-10 days watering is the best.
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      Erin Are you able to stick your finger or an old chopstick deep into the soil to see how far down it's dry? Unfortunately Bird's Nest Ferns can droop when overwatered *and* when underwatered so it's hard to tell which could be the culprit here!
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  • Sad Parlor Palm
    I got my parlor palm from the sill about two months ago and he's looking really sad. He looks and feels like straw and is weirdly bent out of shape. I've been watering him 2x per week. Thoughts?
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      Melissa Lee I have this problem too! Mine was pretty big and now she's all dry and looks like straws. I can't figure out if it is a light problem or water. I've watered her once a week
  • Droopy plant! Please help! I’ve started watering him a bit more since he’s getti...
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      Michelle M Thank you!!
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      Pei [290004,Michelle] it actually looks fine and quite happy to me. If you are referring to the lower leaves, it's natural for plant curl downward like that as it ages. As long as it's still putting out new growths, there's nothing you need to worry.

      That said, I will er on the side of underwater it than overwater this guy :) Hope this helps!
  • help with my Christmas cactus
    Can I save this plant? Some of the roots look ok, and some look brown and dying. I have been pulling off any dead leaves and have recently re-potted it. Any advice?
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      Pei [318556,Lisa Resnick] you cactus actually looks super happy!! Though cactus, in general, like to be root bounded. Since you already repot it, I recommend to let it settle its new pot.
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      Karly Hi Lisa,
      Some amount of this is normal- something to remember is that christmas cacti like to be a little bit more root bound, so if you just repotted it it may need time to adjust to a bigger home. Did you use cactus soil to repot? It looks okay to me :)
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      Lisa Resnick Another picture
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  • Peperomia Drooping Leaves
    My peperomia has pretty bad drooping leaves. Am I over watering it or under watering it? I have been watering it about every 2 weeks and have kept it in the grow pot it came from. I am wanting to transfer it to a bigger pot (the pot in the background) but haven’t got around to it yet. 
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      Pei It looks like you have been underwatering it. Each time you water a plant, you want to make sure the soil is fully saturated. And yes, defintely repot it - it's ready!
  • Monstera Repotting
    I have a fairly large Monstera that needs to go into a larger pot.  I attempted to do this yesterday, and I couldn't get it out of its existing pot.  I tried working around the edges of the pot/soil but no matter where I worked I felt like I was damaging roots...<br><br>Due to current social distancing circumstances, I don't have a second hand to help me get it out.  Are there any suggestions on how to do this with one person and without damaging the plant?<br><br>Thank you!!
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      Pei It might be super root bounded! You can poke and remove the soil little by little o loosen it up. In addition, Monstera has those long arms (stems) that you can tie it together first before you take it out of the pot.
  • Stems ok?
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      Pei Yup that's normal for Bird of paradise. However, keep an eye on it because BOP is a magnet for spider mites and they like to hide it there!
  • Pale, drooping Birds Nest Fern
    I’ve had this plant for about a year and it’s growing well (or at least I think it is), but recently has been looking pale. The leaves feel thin and soft. I haven’t moved it or changed the way I’m caring for it. Possible that it needs to be repotted? Or that with seasonal shifts I need to give it more or less water?
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      Pei How have you been taking care of it? E.g how much water and sun does it get??
  • Sad Plant
    I recently just bought a Monstera plant, but it doesn’t seem to be doing well. I am not really sure what to do to fix this problem. It is mostly just the leaves looking crispy and curling up. It is getting sunlight the picture was just taken a night.
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      Pei Kind of hard to tell from the photos.... the damages look like could be from cold or sun damage. How are you caring for it? E.g how much sun/water it gets?
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      Jamie I've never owned one but crispy leaves makes me think it's getting too direct sunlight? Their post does say not suited for direct light. Maybe it's too close to a window?

      They are super cute plants, I want one somewhere down the line!

      https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/how-to-care-for-monstera-monstera-deliciosa
  • Unhappy Chinese Evergreen
    Hello everyone!<br>I purchased a Chinese Evergreen about 1.5-2 months ago. For the past few weeks, it has constantly been yellowing. For background...<br><ul><li>I do not over/underwater it (I even have a soil meter to double-check).</li><li>The pot that it's currently in is larger than the plastic pot that it originally was in. Plus there is drainage!</li><li>It looks like it's trying to grow new leaves, but the leaves are growing slower than they were when I first purchased the plant.</li><li>The stalks are a little yellow.</li><li>I just sprayed a kelp fertilizer to its leaves yesterday, so it hasn't had much time to react.</li><li>I was advised to take my plant out of its pot to inspect the roots and soil for overwatering. I did not see any signs of overwatering but I allowed the soil to dry out a little more overnight (I was advised to leave the plant out overnight as well). This shocked my plant even further.</li></ul><ul><li>Most of all, I'm concerned that the type of soil that I've been using may be the reason why my plant is struggling. It's in an organic potting soil that's advertised for outdoor plant use, but it was recommended to me by other green thumbs, so I thought why not!</li></ul>I have asked the nursery where I purchased this plant from for help, but they have told me that it sounds like I'm overwatering my plant and/or it needs a larger pot (which is definitely not the problem).<br><br>For whoever is reading this, thank you for taking the time to read this essay :) I just want to make sure that I'm providing all the important information. I feel like I've tried everything, so I'm not sure what else to do. Thank you in advance!
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      Pei Definitely change out the soil, for houseplants you want to use indoor soil only! Even though you mentioned you have not overpowered, but from my experience, Agoleama is very drought tolerant. wait till the soil is at least three inches dry before you water again. Also, you mentioned that the new growths are smaller, which is usually a result of not getting enough sun.

      Hope this helps :)
  • Yellowing plants
    I have a coin plant, money tree, and this plant. I’ve had them all for over a year and they’ve been doing fine. All the sudden in the spring they are all getting yellow. I don’t think it’s over watering, could it be time to re-pot?
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      Pei [318087,Angelene] it's definitely time to repot it. When lack of nutrients, their leaves turn yellow too!
  • Alacasia Zebrina leaf
    I recently purchased a beautiful Alacasia Zebrina. It had two small weak leaves that were obviously dying and these were removed. I’ve had a new extremely healthy looking leaf in the past couple of days and the rest of the plant looks fine; perhaps not as upright as some that I have seen. Unfortunately, I also have a leaf that looks very sick and have no idea of the cause of what I should do about it. I would really appreciate your advice
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Heather! It looks like the plant is either showing signs of overwatering, or a fungal infection. If you believe it to be overwatering then I'd either increase the plants exposure to light, or watering less frequently. However, if the spots on the leaves are spreading and enlarging then its an infection and you should remove any infected leaves to prevent this from spreading!
  • Sad plant 😢 HELP!
    Hello Plant People!<br><br>I bought my sill plant in June and my plant is beginning to turn on me :( I water it every 1-2 weeks, put it in medium indirect sunlight, and I’m still worried. When I water it now it won’t even absorb the water. What do I do? Please help.<br><br>kindly,<br>a confused plant owner 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Juliana! It sounds like the plant may need to be repotted if it has been a year. I'd discard of all the old soil, and give the plant fresh soil which will have the nutrients it needs. If the plant has outgrown the container then upgrade in container size 1-2 inches. Also, the soil won't absorb water if it's already moist so ensure you're allowing the soil to almost dry out between waterings! Otherwise the soil could be compact where you would then want to aerate the soil before watering, however, if you're changing the soil you shouldn't have to worry about that
  • Dying Purple Passion Leaves
    These are the two leaves that are completely dead or close to it (I assume). <br><br>POST: <br>I have two leaves that are dying at the very base of the plant. Do I just cut them off at the stalk? I am afraid to take them off incorrectly because I do not want to harm my overall plant (it is my favorite after all). <br><br>Also is it normal for plants to lose leaves at their base as they grow? Or am I doing something wrong? <br><br>Thank you for the help I am brand new to plants and have quickly grown a passion for them. <br><br>I attached a picture of the two leaves that are dying. The rest of the plant looks super healthy. <br><br>For reference this plant is grown strictly indoors under a grow light. <br><br>Thank you again!<br>
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      Mary Here is a picture of the Purple Passion plant as a whole. It seems very healthy to me.
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