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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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  • Split leaf philodendron roots?
    I have a very, very larger split leaf philodendron that has begun sending out several stick like roots.... or at least I assume they are roots? They are coming from higher up on the leaf stem, and are very rigid and straight. What does my plant need to continue to be happy? Should I cut these and propagate? See pics! Thank you!
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      Pei Hi [320241,Sheilan Mueller], those are aerial roots which are quite common for monsteras. In nature, Monstera will basically send out aerial roots to find a vertical surface to climb or attach itself on. It is not an indication that your plant is happy or not :)

      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!
  • When to repot
    Good morning!
    So far I've received a calathea rattlesnake, peperomia marble, & a bird's nest fern in pots- How will I know if or when they need a bigger pot?  
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      Pei Nicole - in general, you want to repot, or refresh the soil, most houseplants at lease once a year. Soil nutrition breakdown over time and when that happens, your plants won't have enough nutrition to keep putting out new growths.

      If the plants you purchased already came potted (meaning in a ceramic) i think you can safely assume the soil has been changed out already. You can hold off repotting till next year!
  • Money Tree Dying
    My money tree has dropped all its leaves and even the new growth has shrivelled up!! It’s so sad :( What is it needing? Is there any saving it? 
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      Pei Hi Lily, how often/much do you water the plant? Also how much light does it get?? Providing the care info will be easier to identify the issue(s)!
  • Was gifted a beautiful orchid...
    Does it need to be transferred from the plastic liner to the pottery container?  If so, do I add soil and is there a specific soil to be used?  
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      Erin Hi Deb! You can keep it in its clear liner for up to two years. When you do want to repot it, I found some instructions on The Sill's blog: https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/how-to-repot-an-orchid

      I'd definitely recommend using an orchid mix, instead of regular indoor potting soil. You can find that at any local garden center, or online at a Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon.
  • What is wrong with my plant
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      Kat the roots are coming out
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      Pei Hi Kat, what seems like the issue??
  • How much water?
    I have a fiddle leaf fig tree, its about 9 or 10 inches tall. How much water is appropriate for it?
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      Erin Are you able to share a photo? It's hard to estimate without, but a good rule of them is watering with about one third the volume of the planter or less.
  • innovation in gardening
    Salut à tous! Un petit sujet pour présenter mon invention! Un système simple pour nettoyer le dessous d'une tondeuse à gazon
    L'an dernier, j'ai inventé un système très simple pour laver le dessous d'une tondeuse à gazon qui m'a vraiment facilité la vie.
    J'ai décidé de commencer mon parcours entrepreneurial et de donner vie à cette invention! Ma famille m'a aidé à démarrer l'entreprise, le brevet a été accordé, le produit a remporté le concours Lépine Innovation International, et aujourd'hui nous sommes tous très optimistes!
    Pour démarrer la production j'ai lancé un crowdfunding sur Kickstarter, et je compte sur l'enthousiasme de ceux qui partagent ma passion du jardinage pour soutenir ce projet. 
    Toute aide est la bienvenue: une contribution ... un partage ... ou votre avis sur le produit!Je vous invite à visiter la page Kickstarter et à regarder la vidéo pour comprendre comment cela fonctionne.
    Si l'idée vous plait, c'est l'occasion pour vous de mettre ce produit en prévente! * Lien * Je suis curieux de savoir ce que vous en pensez: Tondeuse à gazon impeccable garantie: D
    Bonne journée!
  • What subscription would be best for me?
    Hi! I'm new to the Sill (and plants in general), and I'm debating between getting the low-light monthly subscription vs. the beginner plants monthly subscription. My room has one large window but only one side of the room gets a sufficient amount of light. I would most likely place the plants on my window sill & around my room. The window sill gets light at some points in the day but it's not direct light.
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      Pei I think their low light option will be great for you since light is the most important factor for plant health!
  • Placement ok?
    Is this area ok for Mary Jane? My apt has a lot of natural light. Thanks. 
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      Pei Bird of paradise likes full sun to indirect bright light. To make it happy, it should receive at least 3-4 hours of direct sun or full day indirect bright light. So tt really depends on the window direction your window is!
  • Sad fern!
    My fern is looking super sad all of a sudden. I noticed some leaves were crunchy so I gave it more water. It also looks a little droopy. I’ve had this fern for a little over a year or maybe just about a year and until now it has been a happy green fern. Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Idalia! If you haven't repotted the plant with fresh soil in a year then it could be a nutrient deficiency. Otherwise it could be due to over watering. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material. Repot the plant if it needs it. Ensure it's getting plenty of light, and you allow about half the soil to dry out between waterings. If the plant is placed in a low light area then I'd allow the soil to dry out between waterings. It should be able to bounce back for you!
  • Elephant ear help!
    Hi there! I recently got an elephant ear plant a couple of months ago and repotted it a couple of weeks ago to a slightly larger pot. Since then, one of the leaves has turned very yellow and is about to die off. Any help on how to care for the plant would be greatly appreciated! I’m new to the elephant ear but know they can be very sturdy plants when well taken care of! Thanks! :-)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Danielle! Considering this is a newly acquired plant there's a chance it's shedding old leaves as a result of acclimating. Especially if the light levels are considerable lower in its new home from where it used to be. I'd ensure moving forward the plant is receiving plenty of light considering its size, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. As long as you give the plant the proper care, and possibly make some adjustments it should continue to thrive and live happily with you!
  • How to straighten up a titling plant
    My plant is tilting to one side.  What is the best way to help it grow upright?  I looked at wooden stakes online but not sure that's the right approach?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi David! It looks like your plant is either getting top heavy, or since the window is only on the one side it could be just stretching toward the light source. Before buying stakes, I would try either adjusting the plant in the container, or rotating it if it is due to phototropism so the plant can take on an even growth pattern!
  • Free plant
    Long story short, haven’t been able to give it the attention it deserves and hoping someone would like to adopt. Pot and stand not included.

    Located in the haight. Message me if interested. 4154639286
  • My new Coin Plant
    I recently got my first order, pilea peperomioides or the Coin Plant. I have watered it a little but a lot of my leaves keep falling off. What am I doing wrong?
  • Tineke Rubber Plant concerns — any advice?
    Hello!

    I just got this Tineke Rubber Plant from The Sill, and it looked exactly like this when I bought it. I’m wondering if these brown spots are burns from the sun? Because it’s watered plenty. I also just added a pebble tray to it in the event it needs more humidity in my super dry apartment. But I wanted to check and see if these brown spots are something else so I can address it before it’s too late if it’s something more serious.