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What plant is on your mind?

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  • 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!
  • 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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  • Birds Nest Fern Help
    I've had my fern for almost two weeks and noticed the edges and tips have started getting crispy and brown but also the lowest leaves are droopy. I read it could be from underwatering but the soil is consistently moist and I'm worried I'll be overwatering if I do more. I tried moving it to the bathroom for humidity the past couple days. Any more tips or tricks? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! If the top soil has remained moist the plant is most likely not receiving enough light to take up the water. Therefor I would move the plant into an area that receives plenty of medium-bright indirect light! It'll be a good routine to check the soil every few days to monitor how fast the plant is taking up water. Once the top 2-3 inches to half the soil dries out the plant will be ready for another drink. Since the planter you paired it with doesn't have a drainage hole it's good to remember to not pour more than 1/3 of the soils volume in water. This ensures a high excess of water isn't accumulating at the bottom and getting to the roots! This is basically imagining you are only pouring enough water to fill about a 1/3 of the containers size! I would prune the damaged leaf tips back to shape, and once the right balance of care is maintained the plant should bounce back in no time! Humidity can be boosted by either placing the plant on wet pebble tray, using a humidifier, or putting it in a bathroom that receives daily humidity from showers as long as there's a window. You can also group plants together and as they transpire water from the leaves this creates a little micro-climate for them where humidity is localized!
  • Rattlesnake Calathea Help
    Hi,

    The plant seems to be healthy and new leaves are coming up, but a few of the leaves are drying up and browning at the tips and other parts of the leaves. What does the mean? What should I do with parts of the leaves that are dried up?
    Thanks!!
     

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      Paris Lalicata Hi Danielle! It looks like the symptoms could be caused by over or under watering. What kind of light is the plant receiving, and how dry do you let the soil get before watering again?
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      Danielle Here is a picture!
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  • Pothos Jade Watering
    I'm going out of town for two weeks. I usually water my Pothos Jade about every week as suggested by The Sill (https://www.thesill.com/products/pothos-jade-small-5-grant-planter). Will my plant have lasting negative effects if I don't have a friend come water my plant?
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      Paris Lalicata I agree with Erin- pulling your plants back from the light source will help them not take up water as frequently! For more moisture loving plants you can even create a simply DIY self water system with just a wick and a container of water :)
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      Erin Hey Jesse! How much light does it receive? In the summer, my pothos definitely likes to be watered every 10 days or so, but if I'm going to be gone for an extended period of time I usually give it a good soaking beforehand then move it to a spot where it receives a little lower light (but still natural light - just not a ton, which will dry out the potting mix quicker). It can be pretty thirsty when I come home - drooping etc - but usually perks back up after a watering and a couple days.
  • Peperioma help pls!
    So my plant has some yellowed leaves on it and I am wondering how to help it. It was repotted in May to a 7” h by 7” w pot. Could the yellow leaves be from root shock when I repotted? Should I prune off the yellowed leaves? Has it grown too big for its current size pot? Very new to all this. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lindsay! I just have a few questions- Are the leaves that yellow die back overtime, or have they been hanging around? Is the plant exposed to bright indirect light and watered when the soil dries out completely?
  • Money Tree
    Do I need to cut the band off the base of my money tree?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308541,Maggie] ! The tie that is around the tree is what is helping the plant maintain it's braided shape as it's not a natural characteristic and is only done during cultivation. Therefor, you can either leave it on or allow the plant to get a little loose and see what happens!
  • Alocasia Polly
    Help! Can you tell me whats causing these spots on my alocasia polly?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308441,Kyleigh Wagar] ! It's extremely hard to tell what may be causing the spots since they are so small, however, it looks very similar to spots that I get on my Pilea and feel like it could be caused by moisture stress. This is either when the plant goes too long with or without water which resulted in plant cells bursting within the leaf. I would just make sure moving forward that the plant is getting as much bright indirect light as possible, and watered once the soil has dried out completely!
  • Help!
    Hi. 
    I receveid this plant as present. I don’t know which species is and I’m trying to do my best with the few informazione I got (loves light, not so much water) but now I need some help. Does somebody know how to take care of her?? 
    I live in an apartment: during the day i’m not at home so there’s no so much light inside!
    thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [308287,Littlewillbe] ! It looks like what you have here is a Polyscias scutellaria, also known as "shield aralia". Like all plants, this gal will need plenty of bright indirect light, especially due to her size and how many leaves she'll need to create energy to accommodate for. After the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out the she'll be ready for another drink. Do you have any windows in your apartment? Or can you only provide artificial lighting?