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  • Help my dying Dracaena
    My plant is not doing well.  I trimmed all the leaves and now it’s  so bare and thin. Does it need reporting? Fresh soil? Fertilizer. It’s been in the same tire for 11 years. 
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      Pei Hey [297780,Lia] do you have photos? It’s difficult to identify the issue without a photo. Plants can show multiple similar systems with different issues.
  • My Peperomia
    Hello All!  I purchased my lovely peperomia from the Sill and i'm concerned about some droopy leaves.  it is growing (new leaves are coming in) but I dont' know if I'm overwatering (once a week, when it's dry) or underwatering. I would hate to kill it as it's adorable.  Thanks for any advice!! 
  • Burros tail repot help
    I’ve had this burros tail for almost 3 years and it’s been thriving in its original pot. Lately it’s looked a little dry and seems like it needs repotting, but I’ve never repotted a burros tail this big, it’s so fragile I’m nervous! Any tips/help on how to do this without breaking my whole plant appreciated! 
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      Sarah Try wrapping the strands in flannel or fleece & definitely have another person to help!
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      Pei I potted a string of pearls the other day and I literally enlisted my husband to help holding the “hair” up for me 😅
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      Enid Hernandez Wow I just saw a video a few days ago on this. What the person did was cover the plant with a pillow case and tied it close to the soil before removing it. I'm trying to find the video for you.
  • Monstera help
    My plant has been through it all. It got shipped to me during the polar vortex, overwatering, big infestation, transplanted, root rot, and leaf trimming. This is all that is left. I got rid of the stems that had root rot and got rid of the bugs with a natural organic insecticide. I have been going easy on the watering and giving it indirect sunlight. No new leaves have formed (since February) and the original ones are beginning to curl. I need some help as I am a beginner wish plants. Are there any recommendations or tips on what to do? I have read that the stems need to be supported, reason for the paperclips, but I don’t if I am just keeping this plant alive or if I can grow from this point to be something to marvel. Please help! Thank you. 
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      Pei Looks like it’s very thirsty! How often and how much water does it get?

      Another thing I’d is the planter is too big for the size of the plant now. You should downsize it to a 6” (diameter). When the soil is more than the plants root size, it tends to hold on to water longer than it can drink up. It often ends up rotting the roots!
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  • Dino/ resurrection plant
    Hi everyone!
    I'm thinking of buying a dino plant but the care for one isn't really listed anywhere extensively. If you have one, can you give me tips of caring for one and how to pot it?
    Thanks!
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      Pei I have one too - and I highly recommed you getting one! It's SO fun to watch it open and close :D
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      Erin Hey Sadni! These guys are kinda funny - they don't require potting mix or a planter! I keep mine at home in a little saucer of water (room-temperature, filtered water) in bright light when it's 'resurrected', and mist it often; and then when it's dormant, I just keep it dry and out of natural light. I let it be active for a month or two, then dormant for a month, then active again...
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  • Tiny bugs in soil?
    Can anyone identify this bug? I have found them in the soil of several plants. They are very tiny and fast. How do I get rid of them?
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      Pei That looks like aphids to me. Most aphids are usually not harmful to plants and rarely require control. However, heavy infestations will cause leaves to curl, wilt, or yellow. I suggest to throughly spray your plants with either Neem oil or insecticidal soaps. Follow the instructions on the bottle as different brands have different ratio.
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      Erin Maybe aphids?
  • Bottom Watering vs Top Watering
    Apologies if this has already been discussed, but I'm wondering what people's thoughts & preferences are for bottom watering vs top watering. It seems that some sources out there swear by bottom watering only - for all plants - while others suggest that top watering is best. 

    Both types generally suggest soaking the soil and then letting it dry out between watering (which always scares me because I'm scared to death of overwatering), so it makes me wonder if one really is superior to the other or if it's a matter of personal preference? 
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      Plants_Armstrong Bottom watering can be better for certain plants that develop problems when you get water on their leaves / in their crowns. Those plants can end up rotting if their parts stay too wet for too long, in which case bottom watering can be helpful to prevent that.

      That point aside, I don't know if one is generally 'better' than the other.

      The other point I've often read is that if you bottom water a plant, it's good to top water occasionally to help flush the soil of built up fertilizer / minerals / etc.
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      Pei In my opion, both work just fine and no difference to be honest.

      And you are right on to make sure letting the plant dry out between watering, but it depends on what kind of plants. For example, cactus/succulents prefer the soil to be completely dry out till next watering whereas ferns/calathea would like the soil to be consistently moist. Best practice is always feel the soil by poking it about 2 inch deep before you water.
  • Moist Soil vs. Overwatering vs. Something Else?
    My best attempt to ask a convoluted question. I know what I list below doesn't apply to EVERY plant, but this is in regards to what I consider the average house plant's needs.

    I know that no plants like to be overwatered, that pots with drainage are best, soil with good drainage is important, and roots don't like to sit in water. I haven't had plants for long but I think I'm a decent judge of when plants need water and when is too soon.

    That being said, there are a few plants I own that take forever for their soil to become dry. It's not a puddle of water, but it stays consistently / evenly moist for much longer than my other plants. An example here is a Grape Leaf Ivy I purchased a few weeks ago. The soil was moist when it arrived, and it still is after at least 3 weeks.

    Is this something I should be concerned about for any reason? I suppose I worry about mold or root rot or who knows what. Just not sure if there's something I should be changing, or if it's the soil the plants came in and I should change that or if they aren't getting enough light, or what!
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      PlntNrd How much light is this plant getting, how humid is the environment, how big is the pot, and is there a hole in the pot? First, the less light, the less water the plant will need/use. If you have a plant in a low light area, you won’t have to water it as often as the same plant in a high light spot. Second, if it’s in a humid environment, like bathroom, it could take longer to dry out because of the humidity. Third, bigger pots take longer to dry out. I have some 12 inch pots that I only water monthly, while my 4 inch with the type of plant, I have to water weekly. Last, and very important, if there isn’t a drainage hole and it’s taking a very long time to dry out, you are probably giving too much water at one time. When watering plants in pot without drainage hole, it’s best to give very small amounts. The same goes for watering plants without holes, but with a “drainage layer”. If you’re watering higher than the drainage layer, then the soil will be just sitting in soggy wet soil.
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      Erin Such a great question! How's the drainage for your grape leaf ivy? If you don't see any symptoms of overwatering, and the plant has generally decent drainage, I don't think it's something to be concerned about!
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  • Bug eating my plant leaves
    I purchased my Monstera (her name is Hulka😁) at the sill 2 weeks ago I repotted her and she is growing well

    BUT....

    I aparently have a nat or something in my apartment and is eating her leaves this goes for my yucca tree(yvette) as well.

    Does anyone know if there is something i can put on the leaves to stop this from happening? Without doing harm to the plants?
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      Alyssa No they aren't under watered but maybe cosmetic i did repot them so maybe that.. and i did find a fungus in one of the plants on the dirt so i found the problem its not draining properly. Thank you
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      Pei What kind of Gnats do you know? Those markings look more like underwatered or cosmetic damages to me!

      Most common plant gnats are fungus gnats. However, they do not attack leaves or plant itself. They are caused by overwatering and they lay eggs in the soil.
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      Alyssa Monstera
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  • Repotting large plants
    Hi all—
    i recently adopted large plants; 1 ficus and 1 Norfolk Island pine. I’m not sure when the last time they were repotted or received new soil. Given the size of the plants and size of the pots, what do you recommend?
    Thanks!
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      PlntNrd Whenever I bring a new plant home, I like to wait a few weeks before repotting them. This allows them to adjust and adapt to their new environment before shocking them with repotting. Some people like to do both right away and shock them all at once, but I’ve had much better luck letting them adapt first, then transplanting. Too much shock at once, in my experience, can cause issues and sometimes they don’t recover. I would wait a couple weeks to a month, then I would repot with fresh soil and if the roots look like they need it, go up a few inches to a bigger pot. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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  • What kind of plant am I?
    Hi! Wondering what kind of plant this is and what’s the best way to care for it. Any help or advice is much appreciated!
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      Pei it looks like a cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) or cordyline too!
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      PlntNrd It looks like either a Ti plant or a Cordyline. I think Ti though.
  • Asparagus fern care tips
    I just bought a 6” hanging asparagus fern and wondering if anyone has experience taking care of them? 

    I killed one a while back that I was never able to find the right light and water requirements :( want to do it right this time!!
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      Erin What a beauty! I heard they thrive in bright light with weekly waterings / misting. Good luck!
  • New leafling
    can anyone tell me how to repot this gigantic monstera without harming it? It is truly amazing but has way outgrown the nursery pot that I think it has been living in for years - the previous owner sold him to me because she no longer had space for him...
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      MALINDA 1. Get a friend to help you.
      2. Consider cutting the growing out away from the plant to make it easier to remove.
      3. Repot in a pot 2" - 3" larger
      4. At this point, you can stick any aerial roots in the soil, if you desire.

      I hope that helps!
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      Erin Whoa it is a beauty!

      You can find the sill's repotting steps here- https://www.thesill.com/blogs/care-miscellaneous/plant-care-repotting

      Now is a great time to repot since it's the start of the growing season. I'd go with a planter that's two or three inches wider in diameter than it's current grow pot.
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      Molly Jagoda This is it
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  • Monstera and flies
    Recently I received a 6” monstera from sill as a gift and while watering it today I noticed apx 5-10 tiny flies fly from the soil. Anyone know what this means or what to do?
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      Pei Does that pot has drainage? Fugus gnats are annoying to deal with, but it's a good indicator that the soil has been consistently staying too moist. So I'd recommend to let the soil dry out completely – at least 3" deep – and make sure you only water when the soil is dry to touch (same depth!). And yes, Monsteras like bright light even half day full sun would work too. They need the energy (sun) to put the splits and holes btw!!
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      Erin Fungus gnats love moisture! I'd recommend letting the soil try out completely before watering again. You can help it try out quicker if you put it in a spot where it receives bright indirect light, which monsteras love anyway. If you want to really deter them, I'd get some diatomaceous earth from amazon prime or your local hardware store and sprinkle a generous amount in the soil too.
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      Emily This is my monstera
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  • Suggestions for type of potting mix to repot monsteras
    Hello! I got these two monstera plants a few weeks ago and they've settled nicely into my home. However, their are some roots peeping through the drainage hole and the small/short leaves at their base have turned yellow despite me not overwatering, and so I think it might be time to repot and since it's the beginning of spring, it seems like a good time.

    What mixture of potting mix do you recommend, including the ratios, for these monstera? I've been reading about mixes that contain half/half regular potting mix with cacti mix along with perlite mixed in. Please let me know which ratios/combinations have worked best for you!

    Also - is it okay to repot these into bigger nursery pots with drainage and then place them in decorative pots? I see that some people do this but I'm unsure if they can remain in a plastic nursery pot longterm until a next repotting. thank you!
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      Pei Agree with [291076,Janee] - I like use fox farm soil!!

      One thing i do want to point out is that the roots you saw above soil are actually aeroid roots. YOu don't want to bury those in the soil, well event if you do, they will "crawl out" naturally hahah!

      The sill has a good monstera article you might want to check it out! https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/why-swiss-cheese-plant-has-holes
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      Janee fox farm soil just use that my monstera are doing really well in it. Also i think which plant pot you use depends on what kind of plant keeper you are.
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