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  • Golden pothos
    There’s a few damage leafs I believe from some kind of insect is ok to leave them or should I cut them off
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Michael! Plants can have scars/blemishes just like us so it won't effect the viability of the plant if it remains on the plant. However, you can feel free to prune any damage to enhance the appearance!
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      Nate Personally, I'd leave them unless they are really noticeable.
  • what kind of plant
    Wondering what kind of plant this is 
  • Corn Plant Brown Tips
    This guy has been so healthy for months and lately multiple tips are yellowing, then drying to brittle brown.

    What does it need?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alisa! Could be a sign of over watering- I'd ensure the plant is receiving plenty of light, and you only water once the soil has dried out completely. If the plant is in a low light setting then keep the waterings infrequent. The damaged tips can't bounce back so they can be pruned back to shape to enhance the appearance!
  • Sad Snake Plant, help!
    Am I over- or under-watering my snake plant? The outer 4 leaves have browning and one is wrinkled. Inner 4 are strong and healthy.

    Should I remove the sad leaves? If so, what's the best method?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alisa! Yellowing is usually a sign of over watering - if the plant is in a low light setting you'll want to keep the waterings pretty in frequent. Be sure to only water once the soil has dried out completely!
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      Nate Hey Alisa, how often do you water and how much direct sun does it receive? I would guess its water related - maybe too much?
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  • Pathos Help
    I recently bought a Pathos at a Home Depot. I used a water meter before I watered it. I only watered it when it was almost dry. I don’t think it’s being overwatered but still the leaves are turning brown. Help :(
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shanet! Could be just the plant acclimating into the new home so leaf loss is common. Otherwise it could've been from too much moisture if you didn't allow the soil to dry out between waterings! You can prune off those leaves, ensure the plant is getting plenty of light, and water when the soil dries out!
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      Nate These are pretty hardy and I think this is normal from time to time. You can trim them off and continue doing what you're doing!
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  • Fiddle leaf trouble
    Here is a picture of my fiddle leaf. Does anyone know what is causing this ? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Katrina! I agree with Nate - those spots are known as Edema known from moisture stress (irregular waterings). These will remain as scars now but shouldn't cause the leaves to decline as long as the proper care is followed up. Ensure the plant is receiving plenty of light, and you water as soon as the soil has dried out!
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      Nate I'm still new to FLFs, but my understanding is that this is a watering issue. Possibly when it is dry for awhile and then receives a good dose of water, it absorbs the water quickly and causes edema in the plant cells (the cells burst). Its possible that as the leaf grows, it will go away. I would just make sure you're watering it consistently - and by that I mean check it after so many days and if it needs watering, give it a medium dose of water and continue with the routine.
  • I don’t know what’s wrong with my Monstera!
    Recently there have been blackish yellow spots developing on older leaves on my monstera. I’m not sure what this could be or what to do about it. Roots are also popping up out of the top of the soil so could it just need a new pot or are these signs of root rot? Any advice works!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Allie! It looks like the symptoms could be a result of over watering - either if the plant isn't receiving enough light, was watered before it was ready, or too much water was poured in if there's no drainage. Alternatively if you make an environmental assessment and everything checks out then it's possible a fungal infection developed if the spots spread to other leaves!
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      Nate Hey Allie, can you check the dirt around the roots? I wouldn't be too concerned about the aerial roots, but I would probably start troubleshooting in the root area. Is it too dry or too moist...
  • Sad maranta
    Hi! I just got my maranta a week ago and in that time, the leaves have started turning yellow and some leaves are brown and curled up. How do I help her?? Thanks so much!
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      Chelsea Hey Shannon,

      As for the brown curling leaves, when this happens from the outside it’s a sign of not enough moisture! So pairing this with the previous comment, I’d water overall less frequently, however I’d mist this more, and maybe create a pebble tray to increase the humidity around it. I’d do a bit of research, but it’s probable this plant likes a humid environment, and without that the leaves will start to curl in. But note, humid environment is different than watering a lot!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Shannon! The leaves turn yellow as a sign of over watering- either not enough light, or watering the plant before its ready. I'd recommend either increasing its exposure to light or watering less frequently! I'd also remove the yellowed leaves to enhance the appearance since these won't be able to bounce back
  • Cactus SOS!
    Hi— I have had this cactus (though careful online searching, I believe it is a "Echinopsis pachanoi f. cristata" or a "Crested San Pedro Cactus" for nearly 2 years. About 4 months ago, he (Apollo) began to develop this crusty white material on his side? It has now spread. He is also leaning quite a bit. I have no idea what is going on— have been caring for a and watering as normal— and I have not changed sunlight. Any help appreciated! If I lose this guy I will be heartbroken! 

    As I write this, I realize that I repotted him in July, which was shortly before this appeared. Could this have had anything to do with it? Is there anything I can do now? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Maggie! To me this looks like the natural aging process of some cacti called "corking"!
  • ZZ Plant Also Sad :(
    This ZZ plant has been doing really well! But I just noticed this stem flopped over this morning. What could be causing this?
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      Paris Lalicata Drooping could be an indication that the plant is ready for more water if the soil has dried out completely! Or if the plant is only receiving light from that one side the plant is responding and stretching towards it to receive more!
  • African Mask Plant sad :(
    I received this plant as a gift 3 months ago. Unfortunately, I feel like it's been slowly dying ever since. I know these plants can be hard to take care of. I've already cut off 2 smaller leaves that turned completely yellow/orange/brown. Now, the tips of all of the big leaves are turning yellow with some crispy edges. 
    Pot: no drainage (fixing this)
    Light: next to a west facing window
    Water: instructions were to water it 1/2 c. weekly
    Humidity: I just moved it into the bathroom with hopes that will help. I plan on getting a pebble tray with water for it to sit on
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      Chelsea Hi Carly,

      This plant likes A LOT of light!! And because the browning is starting from the tip, it looks like it’s less about overwatering, and more about being in too dry an environment. Consider upping its humidity levels. Also, before watering always stick your finger into the soil and ensure that it’s dry up to you knuckle before watering again! This is an easy way to ensure you’re not overwatering ... weekly is typically just a general guide, but a tried and true test is to feel the soil first :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Carly! It seems like the Alocasia is declining due to being over watered, or not receiving enough light. I would recommend ensuring the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light in a window, and you allow the soil to dry out between waterings!
  • Watermelon peperomia propagation
    Does anyone know how long it takes for a propagated watermelon peperomia already rooted to grow some babies? 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi J! The environmental conditions provided to any individual plant will determine how fast it will ultimately grow down the line. Therefor, as long as you give the plant plenty of light and water accordingly it should thrive and develop new growth! Especially in the Spring/Summer when daylight hours decrease. In the Fall/Winter you won't really notice a lot of new growth on plants unless they are provided with ample light! Hope this helps!
  • string of pearls
    hi! My string of pearls has been losing its pearls or like drying up? Please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Madison! What kind of light is provided for the plant? When do you water?
  • Plant ID
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Preston! This is actually an assortment of different plants! It looks like you have a Dracaena compacta, Parlor Palm, Dracaena marginata, Dieffenbachia sp., and possibly a green Croton!
  • Can you use grow light lightbulbs with normal lamps?
    Hi there, I'm wondering if I can put a grow lightbulb into my regular lamp (that has a shade) that's positioned over a lot of my plants, or if I have to specifically use a grow light? Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! You can certainly use an integral grow light for any standard lamp you have already. Usually LED or CFL bulbs will be the best ones on the market you should look out for! LED being the best, and also non toxic since it doesn't have mercury gas in it!