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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 needs help
    Could someone please help me understand what is going wrong with my plant!
  • How to repot monstera Help!
    It's time for both of my Monsteras to be repotted but I'm nervous of causing root shock or disturbing their growth. Also not sure the type of soil that's best, and the ratio of adding new soil to old soil in the larger pots. All tips and tricks welcome!
  • Tiny mosquito
    It is cupple of weeks that several tiny mosquitoes are coming out from the soil of my plants which i keep them inside my flat, I put my Orchids out side ant put a slice of limon on the soil, but it didn't work. What should I do for this problem?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Anousheh! It sounds like you may have some fungus gnats that made their way into your soil. Best thing to do is to allow your soil to dry out more between waterings. From there you can either incorporate Mosquito Bits or Diatomaceous Earth to aid in eradicating any larvae within the soil! Using the standard yellow fly traps will help to kill off the adults to prevent them from breeding. Hope this helps!
  • Sad Little Fern
    Help! I over watered my fern a few weeks ago. It hasn’t been the same since. All of the new growth leaves turned yellow and fell off. It also looks like the center of the plant is trying to push up out of the soil. It is sitting currently in my brightest window. Advise is much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Considering you mentioned the plant was previously overwatered I would give it a little time to bounce back. Giving it plenty of bright indirect light and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings will be the best bet- or you can water once the plant starts to droop. As long as you maintain the right balance of care moving forward the plant should continue to thrive and develop new growth!
  • Need help with my alocasia..
    I dont know what im doing wrong i need help fast.. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Teresita! Is the plant exposed to any cold drafts, sudden change in temperature, or is the soil cold (cold water used to water)? Usually when leaves start to display red/purply pigments it's usually due to change in temperatures, more so if they were to drop around the plant. The yellowing could also be a sign of excessive moisture. I would make sure the plant is in a warm environment in bright indirect light, and the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings!
  • Spider Proof Plants?
    I recently found a yellow sac spider hiding in my pothos. Luckily I haven't found a sac or nest in the plant, but I really don't want these guys making a home in my indoor plants. Are there any methods or treatments I can use to keep spiders away from my plants? I tried to do some googling but could only find tips for spider mites. Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jasmine! If you noticed normal spiders in your plants no worries, they won't harm you or the plant and will just trap any pests in or around your plant. To keep these guys away from your plants however, you can simply spray the plant lightly with a neem oil or insecticidal soap of your choosing bi-weekly or as a spot treatment!
  • bird of paradise help
    my bird of paradise has some kind of white bug on it. I've been wiping it clean with rubbing alcohol weekly for about 3 weeks, but it keeps returning. any other ideas?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi T! It looks like mealy bugs if you look up closely and see them move, or see tails. Otherwise it looks like mildew from the plant staying in too moist/humid conditions!
  • Cat Menace
    Hello, 

    My cat has taken it upon himself to terrorize my poor plants! I found my staghorn fern out of the pot and on the ground this morning and my money tree is also out of the pot! I am at a loss of what to do :( Please help! I don't want to give up on being a plant parent!

    Any advice would be great!
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      Chelsea Hmmm... I’m trying to think what got my cat to stop doing this.. how old is he? My cat did this when he was a kitten, but grew out of this phase. If your cat is already older, I think course correcting might take some work but be necessary here! Try putting your plants in a secure spot during the night (bathroom with a closed door maybe?). Then during the day when you’re around, I’d leave a spray bottle in close proximity, and give him a quick squirt when you see him messing with the plants. It seems harsh, but they only way I’ve gotten my guy not to be a total terror is associate the bad behavior with his energy: water. Hope this helps :/
  • Sad Plant
    i inherited this plant from a coworker and I’m concerned something is wrong with it given the condition of the leaves. I’m not sure what kind of plant it is. Any suggestions on how to take care of it?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Moira! It looks like you have a green Dracaena marginata from the photos, and its symptoms look like a result of overwatering. This could've been caused by watering the plant before its ready, or insufficient light levels keeping the soil too moist. Dracaenas can tolerate lower light, but will thrive better in medium-bright light conditions and should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Therefor, I'd either increase the plants exposure to light or watering less frequently. You can prune the damaged leaf tips back to shape to enhance the appearance without having to remove entire leaves!
  • Sad Philodendron Xanadu
    I just purchased this guy on Monday and it looked fine, now some leaves are starting to turn yellow? I checked the moisture and it said it was "moist". I haven't watered him because the lady at the sill told me she had just watered him that monday morning. Any idea why please let me know!
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Pei! It'll be perfectly natural for plants to shed some leaves as they're acclimating into their new environment. As long as the right balance of care is maintained the plant will thrive and develop new growth :)
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      Pei Hey [309799,Jonathan Flores], your Xanadu is super happy! Having yellow leaves don't always mean trouble. In fact, it is normal for older to die out as long as your plant is still putting out new growths. Hope this helps!
  • Sick plant!
    Hi, ive noticed some small dots appearing on my plant ( I dont know ID) does anyone know whats causing this and how it can be treated?
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      Pei [307869,Rachael] Confirmed it with my plant friend. It's a Variegated Aralia Balfour. I have never seen one that tiny. you have a special one :)
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      Pei [307869,Rachael] OMG it's a baby variegated Aralia I think! Please tell me where did you buy it!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Rachael! What kind of light is the plant receiving? How often do you water? It looks like it can be a moisture related stress symptom, or a result of the plant exposed to too much direct sunlight. I would recommend either pulling the plant away from the window a bit, or moving it into an area that receives more indirect bright light. Or I would monitor your waterings more frequently! However, if you don't see any improvement after this and the spots begin to spread then there's a chance a fungal/bacterial disease may have developed and any standard fungicide can be used to treat the plant!
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  • Rescue maranta
    hello all. Today I rescued these babies from my local grocery store. I’m wondering if those spots are hard water spots or mildew fungus?! I have happy healthy plants and I don’t want to put them with them if I could possibly sicken all my plants. Any suggestions or answers? Thank you in advance. 
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      Paris Lalicata The white spots on the leaves are known as salt deposits (aka lime or calcium deposits)! This happens when hard water (water with high mineral content) is used to water the plant or splashes onto the foliage, and once it evaporates or transpires from the leaves it will temporarily stain them with white spots which is totally harmless to your plants! This can easily be removed by diluting distilled white vinegar into a cup of water, and using a a cotton pad or soft tissue to wipe it off!
  • Rescue maranta
    hello all. Today I rescued these babies from my local grocery store. I’m wondering if those spots are hard water spots or mildew fungus?! I have happy healthy plants and I don’t want to put them with them if I could possibly sicken all my plants. Any suggestions or answers? Thank you in advance. 
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      Paris Lalicata The white spots on the leaves are known as salt deposits (aka lime or calcium deposits)! This happens when hard water (water with high mineral content) is used to water the plant or splashes onto the foliage, and once it evaporates or transpires from the leaves it will temporarily stain them with white spots which is totally harmless to your plants! This can easily be removed by diluting distilled white vinegar into a cup of water, and using a a cotton pad or soft tissue to wipe it off!
  • Monstera broken stem
    My new monstera has a broken stem, I'm wondering what to do. I was reading these should just be trimmed back to the base but this seems to be a parent stem, there are other stems with healthy leaves growing from it, so do I trim it back or just let it be? I also need to repot it out of the growing pot so I don't want to risk stressing it too much. Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! I would suggest allowing the stem to naturally take its course so the plant can take any leftover nutrients from within. Otherwise you can prune it by cutting close to the base of the soil, and this shouldn't harm the plant in any way as long as you follow up with the proper care!
  • Repotting Monstera?
    Hi everyone! Just wondering if anyone could tell me if it’s time to repot my monstera, received as a gift from the sill on Valentine’s Day 2019. If so can I go a few sizes up or just next size up. And any ideas of where I can Home this guy because my cats love to munch on his leaves so hanging is my only
    option right now but I don’t know if there’s any other ideas I’m missing! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Emily! I agree with Pei- transferring the plant into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger will give the plant plenty of room to continue growing. As far as keeping the plant out of reach of your cats you can certainly try hanging the plant again, but it'll need to be a more sturdier fixture attached to the ceiling that can support the plants weight after it's watered. You can also try getting a really tall plant stand that and place the plant where they can jump near or around it!
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      Pei I would definitely up-pot to an 8". But I don't think you can hang it when it's that size, can be dangerous if it falls...

      I have two cats that will occasionally nibble on my plants. but I found they only do it when they are bored. I heard great things about mixing essential oil with water and mist it around the plants. Good luck :)
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