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  • What's Happening to my Dumb Cane?
    Purchased a dumb cane about a week ago from my local hardware store. The largest leaves were somewhat faded and have now completely wilted/look yellow. It's in the original plastic pot/soil I purchased it in and the soil is moist. What's happening?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Noelle! The yellowing looks like over watering - either due to watering the plant before it was ready or if it was placed in too low light (could be due to overcast). I'd remove the dead plant material and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Ensure it's getting plenty of light and it should be able to bounce back! It's also natural for new plants to shed older leaves as they acclimate into a new environment. So it's possible that it's a combination of that as well!
  • Money Tree Leaves Turning and Dropping!
    The past few weeks/months leaves on my money tree have quickly started turning yellow/brown and dropping. At first I thought it was just due to the winter and lack of long sunny days. But I am worried now that something else is going on, as more and more leaves are turning. I water this guy once about every 2-3 weeks, when soil is dry a few inches down. All last year this plant was flourishing in this same spot in my apartment with the same watering schedule. Any help would be appreciated!!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Caitlyn! It could be a combination of moisture stress or decreased light levels due to Winter. Especially if you don't allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. I'd recommend removing dead/yellow plant material and holding off on waterings until the soil dries out. If you allow the soil to dry out and water the plant and it still yellows then it could be due to lack of light!
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  • Calathea blues
    Hi! My calathea rattlesnake has been having a hard time for a while now:/ drying up leaves, losing her purple color and now bending? Pls help! I cut back on watering and currently leave a cup of water by her to up humidity 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! It sounds like the plant isn't getting enough light, especially if that purply pigment isn't displaying. I'd recommend moving the plant closer to a light source that provides more bright indirect light, but no direct sun. Allow the soil to dry out half way between waterings, and keep humidity localized. The plant should be able to bounce back!
  • My Ficus - at least I think it's a ficus
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      Paris Lalicata Hi John! It actually appears you have a large beautiful umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla) rather than a Ficus. The plant could be leaning considering it's top heavy which is natural for plants to drop lower older leaves overtime! If you wish to keep the height of the plant then providing plenty of light for the plant should help encourage it to grow towards the light source and stand more upright. However, if you're looking to downsize the plant then I'd recommend propagating the plant by air layering to facilitate root development at a point on the main stems a few inches below the nearest healthy leaf! This way once roots develop you can cut the stalks a few inches below the new roots and repot so the plant is smaller in height and bushier in appearance. The remaining stalks left behind in the planter may also generate new growth down the line as well!
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      John Any guesses as to whether I can prune this plant, leaving no leaves, and whether it will sprout new ones? Or perhaps that will just end it. Thanks!
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  • Plant ID ?
    Can anyone identify what plant this is? 
  • Bird’s Nest advice!
    I’ve had this plant for years now and only recently learned that it’s a Bird’s Nest. I’m admittedly a plant novice so my care has consisted of basically just watering it every two weeks or so with misting in between. I recently repotted it and noticed that the leaves felt like they were curling in quite a bit - does anyone know if that’s natural or what might be causing it? Is it too crowded? Any advice would be much appreciated! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Andrew! While the variety of this plant is called "Birds Nest" it's still a Snake plant (Sansevieria hahnii) . Therefor it'll tolerate low light, but will thrive in bright indirect light conditions (not suited for direct sun) and should be allowed to dry out between waterings. There's a chance the leaves are curling inwards either due to the plant being ready for more water, or if it's become pot bound in the container!
  • Amaryllis Extraordinaire
     With the help of you lovely forum people, I found out Ivy here is actually an Amaryllis plant. After dealing with her gnat issue, I repotted her. Suddenly her two leaves began hanging sadly. Did I do something wrong, or will she bounce back once she’s acclimated to her new home? I read that these plants have a sort of schedule if you want them to bloom again — would now be the time of year to get her as much light as possible, or is it better to keep her in medium indirect light for the time being? (Washington State) Thank you in advance, this forum is such a huge help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veerle! The plant could be drooping due to acclimating to its new environment/planter, or possibly if it's ready for more water if the soil has dried out! I'd also ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of light. Have you given your Amaryllis bulbs a rest period since it bloomed last? If not then this is most likely why it hasn't re-bloomed for you yet. Although the bulbs will live year round as a houseplant it's not until after the plant awakens from dormancy does it start to flower again! Therefor, in order to start dormancy for your plant you'll want to place it in a cool, dark location (like a basement or garage) for about 6-8 weeks. No care or watering will be needed. You can either remove the bulbs from the soil and store them, or just move the planters into there. The leaves will obviously start to die back which you can cut off or allow them to naturally take their course. After about 6-8 weeks of dormancy you'll want to place them in a warm spot with lots of light, and give them a good watering. Increasing temperatures will help them break dormancy faster, and you can start to see new growth developing within a few months. Hope this helps!
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      Veerle We loosely tied her leaves this way so she doesn’t look so sad, is this harmful to her in any way or is it ok?
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  • My Plants love sun
    hoping for some healthy Growth
  • How to straighten up a titling plant
    My plant is tilting to one side.  What is the best way to help it grow upright?  I looked at wooden stakes online but not sure that's the right approach?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi David! It looks like your plant is either getting top heavy, or since the window is only on the one side it could be just stretching toward the light source. Before buying stakes, I would try either adjusting the plant in the container, or rotating it if it is due to phototropism so the plant can take on an even growth pattern!
  • Free plant
    Long story short, haven’t been able to give it the attention it deserves and hoping someone would like to adopt. Pot and stand not included.

    Located in the haight. Message me if interested. 4154639286
  • Bird’s Nest Fern Disaster! Help me help her!
    I just got Birdie for Christmas and I usually have a fairly decent green thumb, at least it’s not black, but this is my first fern and I fear a complete disaster. I thought she was getting too much of a heat draft from our heater at first because the leaves were getting crispy and brown on the edges. Then i thought she wasn’t watered enough but I think I probably overwatered because the outer leaves were getting soggy and brown and falling off. So then I completely stopped watering and put her in the bathroom for humidity from the shower and she was still losing outer leaves as if overwatered. Then I came home from work one evening and she lost all the perk she had left and looked very sad. As a last resort, I pulled her out of The Sill pot she came in and wrapped the root ball in some dried moss to try to let her breathe a little better, and get some air, thinking she was a bit suffocated from the overwatering still. I misted the moss a bit so she wouldn’t dry out completely and left her in the bathroom for shower time. This is her current state of affairs. Any other ideas on how to save Birdie I’m all ears. Please please please help! Many thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Melissa! It sounds like the plant could've initially showed symptoms if your heater was directly hitting the foliage, and this could've dried out the soil at a faster rate as well. There's also a chance you could've over watered at some point which caused the yellowing if you didn't allow the soil to dry out more between waterings. If there's still healthy growth remaining then the plant can certainly make a comeback! I would remove any dead plant material. Give the plant plenty of bright indirect light to give it the energy it needs to bounce back. Allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings, and localizing some humidity will be ideal if the air in the home is arid!
  • Christmas Cactus is dropping her leaves— please help!
    This sweet Christmas cactus (Jackie) has been going strong since early 2016. However, I took her out this afternoon to water her and noticed that she had dropped a ton of leaves! I have no idea what happened. She is on a shelf that receives medium light which has been working for the past 1.5 years. I am terribly distraught (this was my very first plant, ever, that kick-started my collection). Any advice is appreciated!! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Maggie! It looks like the plant could've dropped leaves due to moisture stress related issues. Either over watering, or allowing it to remain dry for too long. Especially if the plant has always been in sufficient lighting. The leaves/stalks that fell off the plant still look healthy however, and should be able to re-root if you let the ends callous over and stick them back into the soil!
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      maggie These are all the pieces that have fallen off :(

      And as far as the pieces that have fallen off— are they compost? Or can I propagate with them? Thank you in advance, plant people!
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  • My new Coin Plant
    I recently got my first order, pilea peperomioides or the Coin Plant. I have watered it a little but a lot of my leaves keep falling off. What am I doing wrong?
  • Tineke Rubber Plant concerns — any advice?
    Hello!

    I just got this Tineke Rubber Plant from The Sill, and it looked exactly like this when I bought it. I’m wondering if these brown spots are burns from the sun? Because it’s watered plenty. I also just added a pebble tray to it in the event it needs more humidity in my super dry apartment. But I wanted to check and see if these brown spots are something else so I can address it before it’s too late if it’s something more serious.
  • Majesty Palm Tree not so majestic
    My friend is looking for advice concerning his Majesty Palm Tree pictured here. It sits by the window and receives medium sun. However, on many winter days it receives minimal sun. It gets water usually once or twice a week. The tips seem to be browning and some stalks are already dead. Any idea why? And what to do? Help! 
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      Michael I have two of these there pretty interesting i notice once i moved them around to different areas they start doing well
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      Paris Lalicata It sounds like the plant is receiving too much water and not enough light! I would recommend removing the dead plant material to monitor its health. I'd increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light, and only water once the soil dries out!
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      Nate I'm not great with these and have the same issue. I would say some of the issue is lack of humidity.
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