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  • Money (tree) troubles

    I repotted my money tree a few months ago and it has been doing quite well with 2 new branches sprouting since the repot. I noticed yesterday that the leaves on the lowest branch are turning yellow in a weird pattern, and a leaf on the next branch up is starting to turn yellow-brown on the tip of the leaf. These two issues are pretty recent. The newer/higher branches appear to be healthy still. I water the plant every 2-3 weeks when the soil has dried out, and I leave the plant on my kitchen counter where it gets plenty of non-direct light and some direct light. Any ideas what might be going on?

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      Paris Lalicata Hey Ryan! There's a chance the plant could've endured some slight transit shock when being repotted. Or it could be moisture stress related if the soil remained moist for too long, either due to watering it before it was ready or if the plant isn't receiving enough light to take up the water. I'd remove the yellowed leaves since these won't be able to bounce back. I'd try moving the plant closer to the light source to receive more bright indirect light, and ensure you only water once the soil has dried out! The plant still looks happy and healthy and should make a comeback
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      Melissa I must came here to post the exact same problem. Curious to see what the answers will be!
  • SOS: rubber tree
    Hi! This is Ruby, our rubber tree. We have had her since she was just a little bush in the spring of 2018. She has always been a bit finicky but in the last few months she seemed to be doing quite well. She is a bit lanky but has been growing and retaining new leaves. Then, early in January, we moved her to her new place in the living room. In terms of light, there is maybe a little less light but no  significant difference. Then, all of a sudden, she started dropping leaves. We water + mist her once every two weeks. We love her but she refuses to love us back! Please help Ruby and us :) Thank you!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Mari! Considering you moved the plant and diminished the light levels that's most likely what caused the plant to drop some leaves as a result. As long as the plant isn't defoliating rapidly then it's most likely getting enough light still. However, if you continue to notice leaf drop despite proper care then I'd recommend increasing the plants exposure to light!
  • Calathea Medallion Help
    Have had my prayer plant for about 6 months and in the past 3 weeks, she hs really struggled. Haven't changed water or sunlight significantly, did move to a different state though. Her outside leaves have turned brown and crinkly and she has already lost about 3-4of the smaller outside leaves. Any suggestions?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kelsey! It looks like the plant is declining either due to moisture related stress or not enough light. I'd ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light, but no direct sun. Allow about half the soil to dry out between waterings, and localizing humidity around the plant will be beneficial if the air in the home is dry. Damaged leaf edges can be pruned back to enhance appearance!
  • Succulent Blister?
    euoycbgNK0ADiIHi! Something weird is happening to one of my succulents and I’m wondering if some of you may know what it is/to do. It’s developed a kind of blister looking thing, seems just full of air but there is also moisture in there. It wasn’t doing great in my room at home since the sun is blocked by a house 2ft away but seemed to be improving a lot when I moved it to my office that has a huge south facing window with nothing to block the sun. Just recently I noticed this weird thing on one of the leaves. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Katie! Is there a chance this succulent is a Echeveria raindrop? If so, then noticing those protrusions on the leaves is normal. However, if it's not then it was most likely caused by moisture stress, either over or under watering. Despite the one leaf the rest of the plant still looks healthy and will make a full recovery as long as you balance the proper care!
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      Katie Sorry the image links didn’t work.

      https://imgur.com/euoycbg

      https://imgur.com/NK0ADiI
  • Help Pls :)
    Hi! I've seen this plant (in the back lefthand corner) in a few different instagram posts, and I'm trying to find out what it is called and to purchase one (or a fake one if not cat safe) online. Can anyone help? Thank you! (credit @jenatikinhair on instagram)
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Claire! Looks like the plant in the photo is a Dracaena marginata, also known as "dragon tree". Unfortunately this plant isn't pet friendly, but it's only toxic if ingested. Therefore, if you wish to have this plant then keeping it out of reach from your furry friends will be best :)
  • Black on cactus?
    This is on my opuntia sunburst ): is it normal?
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      Paris Lalicata Is this the only part of the plant that has this black discoloration? Is it spreading, or is the plant showing any other signs of distress? What kind of light/ how often do you water?
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  • Succulent help
    Hi, I"m new here. I have this Assorted Echeveria in Mini High and as you can see the base is dead. It did well for a while. I was rotating when it would start to lean but now the base is dead and the plant us unstable. What do i do?is it savable?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Elsa! It's perfectly natural for the Echeveria to shed it's older leaves overtime. As long as the rest of the plant is healthy and thriving it'll be good to go. I'd remove the dead plant material to enhance the appearance. Ensure it's getting plenty of light to full sun, and you allow the soil to dry out between waterings. With the right care it'll continue to thrive!
  • Monsterra brown spots on leaves
    Hi, I got a new plant about 3 weeks ago and a few of the leaves have developed brown spots. I water it once a week once the top of the soil is dry and it gets good sunlight (northeast facing window). How can I fix this?
  • Rubber tree , dropping all leaves
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michelle! From what I can see the Rubber tree looks super thirsty - usually when the petioles on the plant begin to droop it's ready for water. I'd aerate the soil with a chopstick/pencil in case it has compacted around the roots then give the plant a thorough watering. It should perk back up after a few days with enough light as well! Also for your grow light, the light should be placed over the plant to hit the foliage since this is the part of the plant that captures light energy. Keeping it underneath the foliage is most likely not providing as much as it would if it was above the plant!
  • Time for repot?
    Hi! I’ve noticed some roots? I think? Is it time for a larger pot?
  • Brown tips
    I don't know what is the name of the plant but watering and place of the plant did't change. Is shows browning on a tips of the leafs. What can be a cause?
  • Valentine Hoya
    Will my Hoya heart from 2 years ago ever grow into a vine or is this it. I read that only 10% actually grow and it's a big valentine's day scam
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      Paris Lalicata Since the Hoya heart is a rooted leaf cutting from the Hoya kerri plant it'll take a lot of TLC and patience before noticing any new growth on the cutting. This could take anywhere between 5-7 years depending on the growing conditions the plant is provided! Also, at times it's usually a 50/50% chance that the rooted leaf cutting will actually have the petiole intact so it can grow into a full plant- and this is completely dependent on the time of the season and how efficient growers are at propagating the plant. While most occasions new growth will sprout, others the cutting will remain as a cute little heart shaped leaf indefinitely. I hope this helps!
  • Date palm disaster
    My date palm has slowly but surely been dying on me. I’m an Ohio resident so we’re Experiencing cold weather. I moved the palm to a very warm area of the home in case it was getting too cold. Now I am misting the leaves 1-2 times a day and not seeing much results. Help me help my palm please! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Brooke! It looks like the Palm could be showing signs of distress due to inconsistent waterings or not enough light. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material to enhance the appearance. Place the plant in a window that received plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings! The plant should still be able to make a comeback :)
  • You Grow Girl Needs a little help!
    We got this Swiss Cheese Monstera as an awkward little sideways cutting.
    It is growing okay but the stem is a little leggy.
    Do you think we could repot this a little deeper in the soil to cover the original stem and center the plant for more stability and a better appearance now?
    Any advice appreciated.
    Thanks!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Anne! I would say your best bet for this plant is to train the stem to climb vertically instead like they do in the wild. You can create your own moss pole, or find already made ones online ready to use. When incorporating it into the soil you'll want to use either fishing line, or some kind of fastener to train the stem up the pole! The plant will certainly thrive better growing this way, grow bigger leaves, and develop new fenestrated growth as long as the right care is maintained as well!
  • Crying Croton!
    This is a picture of my friend’s Croton plant. It is sitting by a window and being water every 1.5-2 weeks! The leaves are falling off. Even the ones that look healthy just fall off. For the past week, the leaves have been falling off daily. Please save this plant! Thanks

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      Shanet Thanks so much Paris!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! Considering it sounds like you are keeping up with watering the Croton is most likely dropping leaves due to not receiving enough light. These guys LOVE lots of bright indirect light to full sun. The new growth coming in green rather than pigmented is also a sign of too low of light. Therefor I'd recommend increasing the light by moving it closer into a window, or incorporating artificial light!