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Plant Troubleshooting

  • Repotting a money tree
    Hi all,
    I have recently reported a small money tree that I have had for 6 months. I took it from the small store-sold porcelain pot to an old cactus garden porcelain planter I have. There are 2 nearly dime sized drainage holes at the bottom of the new planter that I covered with a coffee filter. I recently have noticed some mold growing on the coffee filter when I look under the planter as well as some white dust-like mold growing on top of the soil. I’m pretty sure I have done something wrong and will need to replant this again. Any tips on how to provide proper drainage for the planter and how to take care of the mold issue would be greatly appreciated. This is all very new to me. Thanks! Ryan
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      Pei Do you have a photo? [314044,Ryan]
  • Sad spotty philodendron
    Hello plant gang!

    I've had this Lil guy for about 6 months, and honestly, it has never looked great....upon taking it home, it had stippling and little yellow dots. In the past, I have treated it with neem oil and a systemic pesticide. Since then, I have repotted it with fresh soil and clean the leaves ones a week. I wait for it to dry out pretty well before watering and keep it in a bright spot in my living room. But still these orange rusty colored spots have not gone away....in fact they look bigger. Any thoughts?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! If the spots are spreading then this is most likely a fungal infection - but should bounce back just fine after removing infected leaves and altering care. It may be even beneficial to spray the foliage with a fungicide for about a week to help prevent the spread! I did this with my Philo Congo recently and thought it helped encourage the infection to cease faster- good luck!
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      Pei [309832,Erin Hidy] How often and how much do you water? Does the planter have a drianage hole? It looks like fungal infection to me that unfortunately it won't heal itself. I recommend to snip off the damaged leaf as close to the soil line as possible. Put it in a warm, bright to indirect bright light environment. water it only when the soil has completely dry out. with the proper care, your plant should be happy again!
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      Erin Hidy Another leaf, top side
  • Sad Fern
    I have these two ferns together — one seems okay and the other is not! It's a little hard to tell from the photo, but it has three of these yellowy, stripey leaves. I didn't think I overwatered it, but could that be the Issue?
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      Pei how do you care for the ferns [313970,Liza Summers] ? How much sun and water does it get?
  • Maranta pot discoloring
    Hi, why does the pot that my Maranta is in look like this? This started happening a week or two after I potted the plant. Is this harmful to the plant at all?
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      Pei Hey [313931,Anitha] , is this a new planter? That's quite normal if it's an old/aging terracotta - Calcium and nutrition build out from watering.

      However, it might be mositure buildup if it's new terracotta that means either your plant has been sitting too wet = you water too much OR the environment's humididty is too high. Either way it can cause root rot easily!
  • White dots on Maranta leaves
    What are these white dots on my maranta’s leaves?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! It looks like the same mineral buildup on the leaves and you can use the same white vinegar/water dilution to clean these as well - just be sure to to incorporate too much vinegar as this can scorch the foliage
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      Pei Do you see any cotton like powder or fine webbing? If not, it could just be water residues that you can easily wipe it off with a damped paper towel. [313931,Anitha]
  • What is wrong with my snake plant?
    I've had this cylindrical snake plant for months, and it was doing fine, although it wasn't growing much, up until about 2 weeks ago.  The one spikey part that's by itself, not part of the main plant, start shriveling from the bottom near the dirt and it's moving up.  The plant doesn't need water, the soil is moist near the bottom when I check it with a moisture meter, so what else could be causing this?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kellie! The way the stalk is declining makes me believe it could be due to over watering. Do you allow the soil to dry out between waterings? What kind of light is the plant receiving?
  • Should We Be Worried About Our African Mask Plant?
    We brought this plant home from The Sill (it wasn’t shipped; we picked it up) about a month ago. Within a week or so, we noticed yellow spots on some of the leaves. One leaf, shown, has multiple: one big one (pictured), another similarly sized one (hidden under the other leaf), and one smaller dot (pictured). The leaf on top of it (which is also curling) has a yellowish-brown streak-like marking too. I think only one other leaf has a yellow spot; that spot is small and mostly brown. These blemishes haven’t really changed much since we noticed them. They may have gotten slightly bigger/brighter but it’s hard to tell. In addition, many of the leaves have a yellow-to-blackish tip. Is the plant unhealthy or dying? Is there something we need to do? 😥

    One other note: The plant came with what appears to be a newish leaf. It’s curled and bright yellowish-green. Is it actually a new leaf? If so, why isn’t it opening up or getting darker? 

    As for care: The plant is in a big north/northwest-facing window. We leave the shade fully open for most of the day and close it at night. We also put a blanket between the pot and the shade at night to help block any drafts. (The window is still a little drafty unfortunately.) We water it when most of the soil feels dry (about every week and a half). Our apartment is usually in the 60s temperature-wise. It’s a little dry in here, but we put the African Mask Plant next to three other plants to increase the humidity around it. We are also getting a humidifier. We carefully removed a few dead leaves from it, but we haven’t moved or changed the soil it came with. It was potted at The Sill.

    Thanks for the help! We’re worried we’re doing something wrong that needs to be fixed!
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      Pei Does the soil feel dry to touch (3" deep) when you water it? I think it may have been overwatered! African Mask likes to be completely dry out in between watering.
  • Philodendron ‘Silver’ Drooping, Shriveling, and Browning
    We ordered this plant online from The Sill almost a month ago. When it arrived (it was shipped), many of the leaves were partially submerged in the soil. We let it be for a couple weeks, but then removed the leaves that were dead or yellowing. Since then, it seems like it’s been rapidly declining in health (but it used to be fuller before we discarded the damaged leaves, so maybe we just didn’t notice the issues until now). The leaves have started dropping, some of the stems seem totally shriveled/mushy, and leaves are browning too. We’ve been watering it every week or so when most of the soil feels dry. It’s sitting in a north/northwest-facing window with the shade fully open all day. It’s a little drafty, but we try to block the draft at night with a blanket between the pot and the window. What’s wrong with it? We’re worried it’s just going to get worse 🙁
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      E & S Also: when we cleaned out the dead leaves, we tried to unearth some of the other leaves/stems from the soil they were stuck under. Did we accidentally harm the plant?

      My only other note is that we noticed a few small, single, cobweb-like lines across some of the leaves. We haven’t seen any webs in the soil or other bug activity. Just these stray, tiny strands. Thanks!
  • Yellowing edges on Calathea
    Hi! Got this Calathea Freddie from the Sill two weeks ago, and so far have watered it twice (once a week). It’s current home is on the ground in a low light place, indirect light only. Not sure why all the edges are turning yellow and brown, any idea? Am I over watering? The soul was dry when I watered it for the second time! Thanks in advance!
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      Sarah My Calathea Rattlesnake looks like this too! I am hoping watering less brings him back to life.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Santana! Yellowing is usually an indication of overwatering. Considering the plant is in a low light area and we are now in the Winter it'll be best to allow the soil to dry out more between waterings, and possible water close to a bi-weekly basis. The yellowing leaves can be removed or pruned back to shape to enhance the appearance. Once you adjust your watering the plant should bounce back and develop new growth!
  • Birds Nest Fern turning yellow and brown.
    Unsure what is causing this. I’ve kept it moderately watered and allowed the soil to dry between waterings. Planted in normal potting soil when stones at bottom of the pot to facilitate draining. Near a Low light window 
  • Office avocado
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      Connie I don't have any tips to share about your plant. Did you sprout this yourself? I have tried to do this without luck in the past.
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      Michael Lowny It is exclusively in office fluorescent lighting almost 100%of the day. When soil dries ~1/2” below surface I water with 16oz from the faucet. I did add fertilizer sticks (3 of them ) when the leaves started to drop off. I hav a second avocado at home that is in poor lighting and doing a similar thing with dripping leaves.
      I live in Michigan where we are pretty chilly right now not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. Office temp is probably 65
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michael! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How much do you allow the soil to dry out between waterings?
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  • Need help
    Hello, I have a question- I don’t know the name of this plant. I keep trying to water it and find different locations so it will thrive but it still doesn’t look happy. Any ideas? 🙏🏻🤷🏼‍♀️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shavs! This is a Asparagus fern - they'll thrive in medium-bright indirect light only, prefers lots of humidity, and should be watered once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out!
  • Rattlesnake Calathea Help!!
    I got my rattlesnake calathea a little over a year ago, and she has been smooth sailing and fully thriving since the day I brought her home :') Until about a week ago, I woke up one day to 5 leaves completely yellow, and basically fully dried up. I thought it was the change in weather, so I have spent the past several days trying different places in the house with different temperatures (all in moderate to direct light) but nothing seems to be helping. I've had her in the bathroom for the past few days thinking the humidity would help, but there are more leaves to prune every day. She used to be extremely full and grew rapidly (during spring and summer, of course), and now she looks so bare from all the pruning of dead leaves. My care sheet (and several plant forums i've read) say that wilting leaves are a sign of being underwatered, while yellow leaves are a sign of being overwatered. My calathea has both of those symptoms right now. Not sure how to help it at this point, but I desperately want to save her... any advice is greatly appreciated!!! PS- I am going to try to attach more photos to this thread.
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      Marisa Last photo showing how healthy some leaves are, while others are completely dying within hours. SOS!
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      Marisa Here's another photo. One more to follow...
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  • HELP! Pilea is depressed
    HELP! I’m not sure how to save my poor Pilea. The leaves have been progressively drooping and curling up. Some of the leaves are turning brown at the tip and one fell off. Branches all feel limp. 
  • Sad Staghorn Fern
    I purchased this staghorn about a month and a half ago and it came in the mail with black spots on it but I thought it was okay and the leaves were sturdy. Now the leaves are weeping and weak and the spots have now turned into a rot? Please help with suggestions. I haven’t watered him in a week now since he is so moist to the touch still 
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      Valen Here is a picture of the rot looking spots
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