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  • What’s Wrong With My Monstera?
    Hi everyone! <div>I recently purchased a Monstera a few weeks ago from The Sill & it’s leaves are starting to brown + curl at the ends as well as some younger leaves turning completely yellow. I water it every Sunday & as of right now (4 days later) when I stick my finger in the soil it’s slightly damp. I recently bought a mister to gently mist it every now & then but is that something that should help? Am I overwatering it? Watering too little? A lighting issue? Help :( </div>
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      Pei It looks like overwatering and low light issues. Mostera in general likes to be in an indirect bright or a few hours of full sun environment (3-4 hours of the morning or late afternoon sun). I suggest letting the soil dry out at least 2-3 inches deep (always feel the soil with your fingers before you water again) and moving the plant closer to a window. The plant should be sitting within 1-2 feet if you can't put in on a sill.
  • My maidenhair isn't happy
    Hi all, My maidenhair used to be lush, full and bright green. Now the leaves are looking dried out and brown areas are appearing. The new shoots/stems don't establish (see photo). These new shoots/stems seem to get to a point and then die off. <br>I repotted this plant a month or two ago. I have heard they don't like that. <br>I keep it well watered and mist roughly twice a week. It also has a good amount of indirect sunlight. <br><br>Your advice would be really appreciated. 
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      Pei I suspect you have been overwatering the plant and might also have root/leaf fungle from the misting . Water + misting twice a week is actually a little much for most plants, unless it's sitting in a bright direct light environment (which Maidenhair hates!).

      JFYI that misting doesn't really help with humidity. I've learned my lesson (lost so many plants) because of it. The best way to increase humidity is to either invest in a humidifier, group plants together, or put the plant on a pebble tray.
  • Wilting Peperomia Obtusfolia
    Hello! I have had my Peperomia Obtusfolia (aka Rubber Plant) for a couple of months and have noticed one side of the plant is wilting significantly. This is a bit confusing since the other parts of the plant seem to be okay. I believe it’s getting the proper amount of sunlight (medium, indirect light). I have watered it every 15th day and I am worried I’ve under watered it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please help!
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      Pei Every 15th days since a bit too long in my opinion. I suspect it's been underwater. How much water do you give the plant each time though?
  • Haworthia Zebra: brown spots & dry tips- help!
    <div>Hi plant parents!</div><div><br></div><div>I recently noticed that my Haworthia started to turn brown on the tips, so I thought it might be getting too much sun and moved it from its original spot under  a bright window to a spot a couple feet away. Now it's developing brown spots on other parts, so maybe now it's not getting enough sun???</div><div><br></div><div>Or maybe it's a totally different issue altogether, so I'd love to hear your ideas/suggestions! Thanks!</div>
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      Jamie Just to show what it looks like--maybe it was in too direct sun for too long a period? But mine gets indirect for sure. I'm actually nervous because the new one I put in a large pot with other succulents and it will be getting full sun so who knows how that will go.
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      Jamie Hi there! It's got some tiny stems which may mean it's OK.

      Just to give you an idea, although the Haworthia is a succulent, it's one of the few I've grown successfully despite not having bright light at all.

      I live in New Jersey and I keep it in my NE facing window, slight to the left side of the window on a cart. It's def only getting indirect sun but it's done amazing there!! It has a lot of growth since I first got it, even had a pup and I even replanted it in a new pot. I basically would water it when the soil seemed uber dry. I don't personally have any brown spots but this is the only one I've owned until recently (just picked up another the other day).
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      Pei How often and how much water does it get?

      It's actually quite normal for haworthia to do that. but wanted to ask your care info just in case :)
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  • Do I need more soil?
    I received this fiddle leaf fig from The Sill as a present a few days ago and I noticed that there is quite a bit of air between the plant and the pot edges, at least 3/4" all the way around and down to the bottom. Do I need to add more soil? If so, what kind? I am nervous because I have a good record of killing plants. I bought a fiddle leaf fig from TJ's about 8 months ago and quickly re-potted it since it was outgrowing it's pot and it rapidly died. I had it in the same spot as I put this one. I would describe it as consistent bright indirect light. It is in the southwest corner of the room with windows on both sides but I keep the blinds closed. Is this right? Thank you!
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      Pei [319317,Allison B] Fiddle likes to be in direct to indirect bright light environment. Southwest corner is perfect for it, but you'd want to open the blinds so your plant can get the light it needs.

      And yes, you can add more soil to the planter. Any soil on the market, specific for indoor plants only, will work. All you need to do is fill the empty space with soil and you are good to go. One quick tip, you can also separately purchase a bag of perlites and mix it to the soil for repotting. Perlites are volcano rocks and basically what they do is to help the airflow in the root system. FLF will appreciate that :) Hope this helps!!
  • When to repot
    Good morning!<br>So far I've received a calathea rattlesnake, peperomia marble, & a bird's nest fern in pots- How will I know if or when they need a bigger pot?  
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      Pei Nicole - in general, you want to repot, or refresh the soil, most houseplants at lease once a year. Soil nutrition breakdown over time and when that happens, your plants won't have enough nutrition to keep putting out new growths.

      If the plants you purchased already came potted (meaning in a ceramic) i think you can safely assume the soil has been changed out already. You can hold off repotting till next year!
  • Money Tree Dying
    My money tree has dropped all its leaves and even the new growth has shrivelled up!! It’s so sad :( What is it needing? Is there any saving it? 
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      Pei Hi Lily, how often/much do you water the plant? Also how much light does it get?? Providing the care info will be easier to identify the issue(s)!
  • Little flies in my snake plant?
    <div>Hi there!</div><div>I was gifted a snake plant from The Sill, and since I brought it into my home I've had little flies around the apartment, and I just noticed 4-5 flies flying within the plant — how do I get rid of them? Thanks!</div>
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      Erin Hi Jenna! Sounds like you could have a case of fungus gnats, which are super annoying but thankfully harmless. You can find more info in the blog post below for how to get rid of them, but I recommend letting your plant's potting soil dry out completely, and potentially sprinkling some diatomaceous earth on top if you're able to!

      https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/bug-off-fungus-gnats
  • Advice Needed Re: My Philodendron
    My philodendron dropped leaves due to lack of water/water drying up.  It’s normally kept in a small vase of water.  The stems are still green and the roots are still healthy.  How can I help it bounce back/regrow its leaves?  Should I put it in a place of more sun etc.?  Thanks.
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      Erin Can you share a photo, Angela? Thanks!
  • What type of plant am I ?
    Hi plant friends. Can you help me identify this plant? (The big one in front)
    He has been growing happily for 10 years in the workshop at New York Presbyterian Hospital. I would to tell his owner who has been helping add new care units during Covid.
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      Erin It looks like a bird of paradise, the big guy with the broad leaves upfront!
  • Was gifted a beautiful orchid...
    <font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Does it need to be transferred from the plastic liner to the pottery container?  If so, do I add soil and is there a specific soil to be used?  </font></font>
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      Erin Hi Deb! You can keep it in its clear liner for up to two years. When you do want to repot it, I found some instructions on The Sill's blog: https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/how-to-repot-an-orchid

      I'd definitely recommend using an orchid mix, instead of regular indoor potting soil. You can find that at any local garden center, or online at a Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon.
  • Plant Type?
    Green/ green yellow leafs. Some come off the side. Also the leafs feel a little waxy.
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      Erin What a beauty! That looks like a Pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum).
  • I have an invader!
    This thing (mushroom?) just started sprouting in my pothos yesterday. Any advice on how best to get rid of it for good? Thanks!
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      Pei Cute little mushroom! While it's harmless to your plants, it is an indicator that you've been either overwatering your plant OR too much humidity has accumulate in the soil. I learn a lot from here > https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/mushrooms-in-my-plants
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      Anna I’ve had those pop up in my bigger flowering plants. They usually just wilt and fall off, or you can pull it up.
  • Plant combining ..?
    Hi guys! I just wonder what would happen if I were to take two monstera plants and put them into one pot to make one large plant. Is this something people do?
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      Pei You totally can! Though monstera can become a beast - they have such long arms and over time they really tall - that you will need ample space for it!!
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  • What is wrong with my plant
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      Kat the roots are coming out
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      Pei Hi Kat, what seems like the issue??