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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. <br>
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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<br>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,<br><br>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?<br>Thanks!!<img><br> <br><img><img><img><img><br>
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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 (<a href="https://www.thesill.com/products/pothos-jade-small-5-grant-planter" title="Link: https://www.thesill.com/products/pothos-jade-small-5-grant-planter">https://www.thesill.com/products/pothos-jade-small-5-grant-planter</a>). Will my plant have lasting negative effects if I don't have a friend come water my plant?<br>
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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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      Rebecca I wondered the same thing
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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. <br>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?? <br>I live in an apartment: during the day i’m not at home so there’s no so much light inside!<br>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?
  • My aloe was over watered?
    ok so my husband kills my plants. This aloe had big luscious thick full arms and then I think he overwatered it and now it’s got sad skinny arms and he color isn’t good. I took it out of the pot and tried to cut off the rotted roots and then added sand to the soil in hopes of saving it. Can it be saved? Can it find it’s think lusciousness again or is it a lost cause?
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      Paris Lalicata hi [307995,Keri] ! Have you checked the soil? The symptoms the Aloe is displaying actually appears to be drought symptoms- but then again it's hard to tell. I would say the best thing to do moving forward is to check the soil, and if it has dried out completely I would go ahead and give the Aloe a drink. As long as it wasn't overwatered and developed root rot it should bounce back just fine! After replenished with consistent care it should plump back out and green up within a month or so :)
  • My dying plant?
    Not sure what this plant is but I had reported it into a bigger pot and it was thriving. Then something happened. My husband may have overwatered I am not sure. I put a little sand in the soil to try to save but it only seems worse. 1. What is the plant 2. Is it saveable 3. How should I take care of it?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Keri! So from the photo provided it looks like this may be a Philodendron hope. The yellowing of the leaves could be a sign of moisture stress (over or under watering). I'd make sure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as it doesn't respond very well to low light. Based on the light provided you'll want to adjust your waterings accordingly. If the plant is exposed to a lot of light and taking up water frequently you may want to water when the top 2-3 inches to half the soil has dried out. Whereas if it was getting slightly lower levels of light then I would recommend watering when the soil has dried out completely! There's a chance the plant will be able to bounce back, especially since I can see new growth that hasn't unfurled yet. Therefor I would monitor its health closely in the road ahead.. it should slowly be able to bounce back :)
  • Pothos help
    My pothos arrived very limp and wilted with leaves turning dark green and yellow. Does this mean its over or under watered? Anything I should do to help it adjust?
  • Haworthia Cymbiformis Help
    I'm pretty sure my succulent is screwed. I just watered it and then was out of the office during a hear wave where my co worker watered it again because they were shutting of the air. It fell over - roots stuck in soil - now has almost no roots. Idk what to do. It was recommended that I take it out of the soil to dry for a couple of days so I took it out last night. https://t.co/YJy8LPMNGm
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      Pei oh no! It might be a goner :( overwater succulents are hard (almost impossible) to bounce back, unfortunately!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307107,Melissa Moon]- it sounds like the succulent may have declined due to root rot if it was over watered! After looking at the photo provided it's hard to say whether or not the plant will be able to bounce back. If there is any healthy roots left (even if they are super tiny) then there's a shot that this guy can make a comeback. If so I would re-pot it and give it plenty of bright indirect light to dappled sun. I would hold off on watering a few days to give the remaining roots time to breathe a little! From there I would go ahead and water the succulent and continue with the proper care. Overtime as long as it doesn't continue to decline then it should be on the right track to developing new roots, especially if the leaves plump back out. I would then increase the light levels if possible to more full sun if the plant has stabilized itself. That being said, in the event that there isn't much root development you can try your hand at propagating the leaves or any pups as long as they are still healthy! You can do this by gently removing them from the main stalk and allowing them to callous over, sticking the ends into a cacti mix, placing it in bright indirect/full sun, and water once the soil dries out. Overtime, roots should start to shoot out from the bottom where new growth will form!
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  • Seeking grow light recommendations!
    I just moved and my new place doesn't get as much bright direct light as my old one did. Does any one have any grow light brands they recommend? Thanks! 
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      Mr. Houseplant I can share a few grow light recommendations, I have been using them for the past couple of months. Soltech Solutions has beautiful lights, very strong. If you are looking for something more affordable Sansi produces very strong light bulbs. Both Soltech's (40W light) and Sansi's lights (the 36W bulb) give over 100,000 lux of light at 2 inches away, so they are very strong! You can keep most your plants at 1-2 feet away and they will still do well. Happy to answer any questions you might have :) Oh, and both lights are warm white (yellow), not purple
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      Pei [291209,Enid Hernandez] shared a few of her grow light picks with me the other day. Maybe she can help?