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What plant is on your mind?

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  • 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.
  • Golden pothos
    There’s a few damage leafs I believe from some kind of insect is ok to leave them or should I cut them off
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michael! Plants can have scars/blemishes just like us so it won't effect the viability of the plant if it remains on the plant. However, you can feel free to prune any damage to enhance the appearance!
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      Nate Personally, I'd leave them unless they are really noticeable.
  • Sad maranta
    Hi! I just got my maranta a week ago and in that time, the leaves have started turning yellow and some leaves are brown and curled up. How do I help her?? Thanks so much!
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      Chelsea Hey Shannon,

      As for the brown curling leaves, when this happens from the outside it’s a sign of not enough moisture! So pairing this with the previous comment, I’d water overall less frequently, however I’d mist this more, and maybe create a pebble tray to increase the humidity around it. I’d do a bit of research, but it’s probable this plant likes a humid environment, and without that the leaves will start to curl in. But note, humid environment is different than watering a lot!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shannon! The leaves turn yellow as a sign of over watering- either not enough light, or watering the plant before its ready. I'd recommend either increasing its exposure to light or watering less frequently! I'd also remove the yellowed leaves to enhance the appearance since these won't be able to bounce back
  • Can you use grow light lightbulbs with normal lamps?
    Hi there, I'm wondering if I can put a grow lightbulb into my regular lamp (that has a shade) that's positioned over a lot of my plants, or if I have to specifically use a grow light? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! You can certainly use an integral grow light for any standard lamp you have already. Usually LED or CFL bulbs will be the best ones on the market you should look out for! LED being the best, and also non toxic since it doesn't have mercury gas in it!
  • Yellowing leaves on cardboard palm
    Hi! I had a question regarding a cardboard palm aka Zamia furfuracea. I’m trying to get some insight on why all of a sudden the leaves are turning yellow and just kind of drying off? Is it under watered? I know it’s a cycad, so I assumed one good drink once it’s fully dried out is good? Would love to hear your thoughts if you have any experience with these plants. What your watering is like, what light works best. It’s in a bright room, indirect light mostly! Appreciate it!
  • What am I doing wrong?
    Should I be trimming these older leaves on my BoP that are brown/hard? Any new leaves that have grown in the last six months have been healthy looking and green.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi PK! I would recommend removing those two larger leaves that are 50% damaged to enhance the appearance. You can remove just the leaves, allowing the stem to die back gradually so the plant can still take leftover nutrients from within. As long as new growth is coming in healthy the plant should be good to go!
  • What plant is this and how can I keep it alive??
    I seem to recall this plant needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. I live in NY and brought it indoors for the winter and I’m battling to keep it alive in a only slightly lit space (two hours of direct sun). I currently have it under an infared blue and red lamp and next to a white lamp. Does anyone know what the plant is and how to properly care for it so I can keep it alive and bring it back to its vibrant red, orange, yellow and green color??
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      Paris Lalicata Hi there! Looks like you have a Codiaeum variegatum 'Red Iceton' (aka Croton). This plants likes plenty of bright indirect light to full sun, and should be watered once about half the soil dries out, or once the leaves start to droop! Mine has also dropped a lot of leaves during this Winter transition. I would recommend keeping your grow light on for about 10-12 hours a day over the plant to help give it more light to sustain the leaves and water accordingly! It should be able to bounce back and develop new growth next growing season :)
  • Root is brown, stems falling. Monstera plant
    I’ve had this for about 2 weeks now, multiple stems seemed to have died and these look like they’re on their way to dying as well. This is my first plant and i don’t know if i should clip these that have turned brown and soft at the root or if there is a way to revive them?? I would like to keep them if i could because I’ve already lost about 3 other stems :/ I watered this once when it first arrived. This was sitting on a bench in my room which received mid-minimal light and i just moved it to my desk table which has a window right in front of it so hopefully that helps me. Any tips to keep this thing live would be much appreciated!
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      Nate Hi Franchesca, I had the same thing happen to mine. I think I finally saved it and what I did was pulled it out of the pot..knocked all the dirt off...got rid of all the soft/browning foliage and repotted in a smaller pot with dry dirt. I think what is going on here is root rot. I didn't feel like I was watering mine all that often, but nevertheless, it apparently had too much water. I'd repot and let it sit for awhile without watering it. Mine started drooping a bit after a week and that's when I knew it was safe to give it a little water. Hope this helps!
  • Philodendron worries
    My philodendron is looking a little bit dead as the stem gets closer to the soil... what is my problem here? The only confusing part is that the leaves themselves look to be healthy, some are even growing new little leaves. I feel like this is an issue that can be easily fixed/saved, I just don’t know what to do. Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Could definitely be a combination of moisture stress at this point (over or under watering) Best thing to do moving forward is to remove any dead/yellow leaves to enhance the appearance. I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light to give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and water once the soil has dried out completely!
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      Pei Hey [291793,Greyson Ike], how often and how much do you water it? It looks super thirsty to me.
  • Spider plant help!!
    My spider plant Shelob is not happy. Lots of black/brown spots in the middle of the leaves. Some new babies, but they always die before they bloom. What’s the matter here?? Thanks everyone!!! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Whitney! It seems like the symptoms could be due to moisture stress. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light, and only water once the soil dries out completely !
  • money tree
    my money tree needs some help. i have been losing a lot of leaves because they dry out but im watering it a good amount every week. im a beginner with house plants so any tips would help! ❤️
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Hally! Are you ensuring you are watering once the soil dries out completely? There's a chance you're not pouring enough water considering there is moss as a top dressing for the plant that can absorb water being poured in!
  • Pothos Turning Yellow
    A month or so ago I transplanted her from a plastic growing pot to this ceramic pot with one drain hole at the bottom. At first she seemed to love it! I then washed her in shower to dust her off and water her, but I think that overwatered her :/ one leaf was started to yellow about a week ago and now a few more are turning. I have watered her in about 2 weeks since and her soil is like a dry moist, if that makes sense. Did I kill her?! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Tanisha! No worries you didn't kill you plant as it still looks happy and healthy despite some yellowing. You can prune off those yellow leaves since they won't be able to bounce back! Make sure the plant is getting plenty of light, and you only water once the soil dries out completely :)