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  • 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?
  • parlor palm leaning to one side
    I bought a parlor palm about a month ago and since I bought it, it's been kind of leaning to one side. Does anyone know why this might be happening and what I can do to help it thrive? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [306810,Isha] ! I agree with Erin the plant could be stretching towards the light source. If so, I would move the plant closer and rotate it daily so it's growth pattern can become more even! Also, looking a little closer the leaves appear to be turning a brownish color which could be an indication of moisture stress (either over or under watering). I would make sure the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light, and you water once the top 2-3 inches-half the soil has dried out. If it's still in it's plastic nursery container then I would transfer it into a planter that is 1-2 inches larger to ensure it has plenty of room to keep growing!
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      Erin It might be learning towards the light! You can try rotating it to see if it straightens out over time.
  • Misting
    Hey y'all! What are the benefits of misting plants? Do you just spray the leaves or the soil, too? I've heard of and seen it done, but I am not sure exactly how it works.
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      Paris Lalicata Misting is usually more beneficial for humidity loving plants like Ferns and epiphytes like air plants. While it can be safe to mist your other plants it's best to know first if you have the right environmental conditions for the droplets to evaporate. If not- those water droplets can soak into the foliage and create lesions, or even allow room for bacterial/fungal infections to develop. However, as long as you have good air circulation or temperatures there should be no reason for concern! Also, since misting only boosts localized humidity around the plant for lets say 20mins this would require some serious daily misting if your plant is humidity sensitive. Therefor it's usually best to boost humidity by either using a humidifier, placing planters on wet pebble trays, or placing them in a bathroom that receives daily humidity from showers as long as there's a window :)
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  • Peace Lily
    Hi!
    I picked up this beauty about a month ago, and for the last two weeks maybe, the flowers have been getting brown spots like this. I've also noticed some browning on the tips of the leaves near the bottom of the plant. I try to water once a week and it it gets indirect sunlight through my blinds and front door for about 3-8 hours a day.
    I just need tips on keeping this beauty healthy and thriving. Thank you 😊
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [306631,Maranda] ! I agree with Pei the plant looks super happy and healthy despite the one bloom becoming spent (which is perfectly natural). The blooms can last anywhere from 1-2 months before beginning to die back, and since the rest of the plant is still producing blooms and looks perky I'd say she's all good to go :)
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      Maranda That helped a lot! Thank you so much 💞💞

      I havent ran the ac or heat since I got the plant, but I'll keep that in mind for when I do! 😊
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      Pei Hey [306631,Maranda] do you have photos of the whole plant? It's a bit difficult to tell the health of the plant now.
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  • Sanseveria cylindrica
    Hello all! I purchased this mama at the sill in NYC this past February and she’s been growing like crazy! As you can see there’s a baby trying to poke through and live it’s best life but the mama plant won’t let it. Should I cut the far right leaf off the mother plant so the baby can grow wild and free? Thanks in advance!!! 
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      Pei I agree with Paris. Snake plants like to be in a snug pot also!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jarilisse! I would recommend allowing the new growth to take it's course rather then removing the stalk above it. Overtime as the new shoot matures it should grow around the mother plant rather then remaining stunted. If you'd like, you can certainly re-position the plant a little so it's not hovering right over it but I truly don't see this as a problem :)
  • Orchid plant
    Hello plant enthusiasts and experts,
    i have a beautiful orchid plant that I have loved and cared for and it’s been re-blooming every year since I bought it a few years ago. This year, like always it did grow new stems and buds but the buds didn’t bloom. I see it is growing a new leaf right now. FYI I live in San Francisco, and keep my orchid indoors and it does get morning sun through the closed windows. I feel the top soil every time before I water it. What else... I have some miss on top soil to keep it moist
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      Pei looking at the photo, i suspect you underwater it. It looks very dry to me. In addition, I will definitely move it closer to the window (light source). For plants to rebloom, other than temperature control, light is definitely the deciding factor. Indoor environment often looks to human's naked eyes, but it's actually considered low light for plants, unfortunately.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Katie! Considering you've had this orchid for some time- is there something that you changed within its care routine recently? Have you moved it around changing the light levels, or amped or decreased the waterings?
  • Monstera - Aerial Roots
    My Monstera is growing aerial roots- is it best to remove them or what do I do?
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      Pei it's best to leave it be! Plants shoot out aerial roots are normal cuz in their natural environment use it to detach themselves off the ground OR hang on to the tress. Hope this helps :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jessica! Aerial roots are commonly found on Epiphytes (plants that grow on the body of other plants or supports) and help the plant cling to these hosts and can even help absorb moisture in the air. Since the Monstera deliciosa is an epiphyte in the wild- indoors their aerial roots can insert themselves into the soil for more support, or climb up fixtures. Training your Monstera to climb up a damp sphagnum moss pole can help encourage the plant to grow faster and larger as this is how they grow in their native habitat! This will also help give the plant more support as it grows and overtime the aerial roots will start climbing up it. Therefor these are a natural characteristic of the plant so they shouldn't be removed :)
  • Oyster plant care question
    I recently added an oyster plant to my plant family. I have read that they need to be fertilized monthy. I use miracle grow potting soil...do I still need to fertilize? Or should i use different soil and fertilize separately? If I should fertilize separately, please recommend soil and fertilizer. 
    Thank you!!
    p.s. how awesome does she look in that purple pot? 💜
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Melissa- I'm loving the purply vibe your Oyster plant is bringing to your home! Any standard potting mix will work for this plant. As long as the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light and actively growing it'll be safe to fertilize once a month. You ever read on a bag of potting mix "Feeds up to 6 months?" This is because there is already macro-nutrients (N,P,K) within the soil that'll help it thrive. Fertilizing in the growing season is simply to give plants a nutrient boost for optimal growth, and replenish any nutrients the plant has already extracted from the soil. The Oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea) would be fine with an all balanced fertilizer diluted by half the recommended limit!
  • BUGS ON MY PLANTS
    Anyone have a good natural remedy for bugs? I have so many plants in my room and these little flies have just started becoming an issue. Help!
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      Janine G Gnats like wet soil. If I let mind dry out a bit I don't have too many problems. I have heard of the mosquito bits. I also learned this trick that the gnats don't like. I have a Birds Nest fern that I am struggling with since I got it in the mail during winter. ( My dumb idea) I don't keep the soil wet, I keep a dish of water near it. The soil in the pot.. I turn it over and mess it up frequently. In a circle around the plant, I run my finger through it as gnats like to lay eggs down inside about an inch or so. I think it ruins their plans. I haven't had too much trouble lately but I have figured out that the more moist the soil, the more chance of gnats. I think the mosquito bits are a great idea. I have used them in water fountains and bird baths. Don't water so often if you can help it. Good luck. It's frustrating.
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      MALINDA The little flies are most likely fungus gnats. You can take care of them by adding mosquito bits to the soil. Summer Rayne Oakes just did a whole video about them on YouTube. She lists several different ways of dealing with them at different stages of their life cycle.
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      dekadaye I use a neem oil spray - distilled water, a couple drops of dish soap, and several drops of neem oil. I spray affected plants at night - the top soil and underside of the leaves. I do think weekly and usually see a big change after 2 weeks.

      I also make sure to aerate soil so it can dry out and fungus gnats dont have wet soil to plant more eggs.

      I have 2 plants that are particularly susceptible. I just ordered mosquito bits on amazon. Hopefully it works!
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  • Begonia Pavonina Care Information
    I bought this beautiful peacock begonia . I know it's a high maintenance plant but don't find much care information online. Any information you can share will be greatly appreciated. She is quiet expensive and gorgeous. Thanks.
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      Erin What a beauty! I don't have any personal experience with this plant - aside from it being on my wish list ;)
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      Pei WHAT A BEAUTY!! I have a love-hate relationship with Begonia. They are such a beautiful family, but somewhat finicky. In general, Begonia prefers bright indirect light (a few hours of morning sun is ok too). I found east or north facing window work the best. You want to water it thoroughly and make sure the soil dries out about 1" to 2" deep before you water it again. In addition, begonia likes high humidity. But DO NOT mist it as the leaves get fungal infections very easily. I will suggest to group plants together or invest in a humidifier. Hope this helps :)
  • Do you aerate your plants' potting mix?
    I saw the post below from Darryl Cheng on @houseplantjournal on Instagram, and am wondering if anyone else swears by aerating their houseplants' potting mix? 

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BySjEGWB81o/
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      Nicole I nearly killed my maidenhair fern by not aerating it. The water apparently was running down the inside edges of the pot and the majority of the roots stayed dry. Then one day, plant looked great in the morning, and when I came home, it was crispy all over.
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      Pei I don't! I found fingers work just about the same. Or I'd let my plants tell me if they are thirsty. For example, I will hold off the water until they are "slightly" droopy.
  • Baby jade succulent
    Hi how can I help this poor plant? It looks like it's thirsty but I've been giving it good amount of water. It also has some white spots on it. I don't know what these spots are. Help!!
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      Erin Is it possible to get a close up photo of the white spots? They could be mealy bugs which might be the cause of it's unhappiness - https://www.thesill.com/blogs/pests/bug-off-mealybugs

      Overall it looks OK from the photo you shared though! It's definitely wrinkly but you mentioned you've been watering it thoroughly so I'd be cautious about watering it more. For now, I'd recommend pruning off any dying foliage and letting the potting mix dry out completely in bright direct light.
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