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What plant is on your mind?

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  • Spider plant
    My spider plant has been living in my bathroom for months. Last night my 5yr old was cold after her bath and i didnt realize she cranked the heat ALL the way up in there so much that i couldnt sit on the toilet this morning it was SO hot. But my poor spider plant got the short end of the stick. My mom suggested not cutting it yet because its already so traumatized. Is there anything I can do for it? I feel so bad 😭 I've just started, after 25 years, keeping plants alive!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alyssa! So sorry to hear that your Spider plant got a little too hot. Best thing to do moving forward is to remove any dead plant material, and prune any damaged leaf tips back to shape so you can monitor the plants health in the road ahead. Give it plenty of light, water accordingly, and keep it in a more temperature controlled environment so it's not exposed to hot/cold drafts. From the looks of the plant it should be able to bounce back!
  • Brown Spots
    We’ve had this cactus for over a year now. He recently formed these brown spots at his base. He is in our living room with no sun light and he gets water once a month. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Megan! The spotting could be an indication that the plant is receiving plenty of moisture, but not enough light. I would recommend increasing the plants exposure to light by moving it by a window or investing in a grow light, and ensure you only water once the soil has dried out completely. On the other hand, if you don't believe moisture stress to be the issue then a fungal infection could've developed. I would recommend keeping the plant in good conditions and increase the light to give it the energy it needs to fight the infection and water accordingly. You may also want to use any general plant fungicide and follow the label provided for what I think is a 10 day period. Once the right balance of care is maintained and treated the plant should bounce back
  • Sick rubber plant
    Hi,<br> This is “Harvey,” my sickly rubber plant. He was a first wedding anniversary gift from my husband in August, and we very much want him to live. <div><br></div><div>When we got him he was seemingly very healthy and lush, but he started losing leaves almost immediately after we repotted him. I know they don’t like too much water, so We’ve tried to wait periods of time between watering, but that only seems to make him limp and week. When we water him, brown spots develop almost immediately. He’s probably lost about 2/3rds of his leaves since we got him. </div><div><br></div><div>Is there any hope??</div>
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      Pei It looks very dehydrated to me! How much and how often do you water it? Also how much sun does it get? I see that it's right next to a radiator that it can potentially dry out the soil/water faster than it can drink up.
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  • Plant needs help
    Could someone please help me understand what is going wrong with my plant!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lina! This looks like overwatering to me - I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and ensure you're allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Any black/rotted plant material can be removed from the plant as it won't be able to bounce back!
  • 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!
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Amanda! If the Monstera are actively growing and have become pot bound then it'll be best to repot into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger with fresh soil. Any standard potting mix will suffice as long as it has good drainage (perlite, vermiculite or sand) and it'll be best to discard of all the old soil since moist of the nutrients have degraded and the consistency/absorbency of soil changes overtime as well!
  • 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!<br>
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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, <br><br>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!<br><br>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!