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What plant is on your mind?

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  • Parlor palm help!
    Hello! I am a total plant newbie. I just got my first two plants from the sill. My mother has a wonderful green thumb and I’m thinking it skipped a generation but I’m still trying! 
    I got this parlor palm from the sill about 10 days ago and it’s dropping all over the place! I’ve watered it once a week since receiving it and it sits at a window that gets bright indirect light. 
    Is the plant just adjusting to its new home? Is there something I should or shouldn’t be doing? Please be gentle I’m new at this and excited to learn! Thank you! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Lenni! It seems like the plant may be dropping leaves due to being over watered. Do you ever check the soil to test for moisture? Or do you stick to a calendar schedule for watering? It's always best to check the moisture of the soil rather then sticking to a schedule since plants only take up water based on the amount of light they are receiving. Therefor, overcast/cloudy days in the winter will keep the soil moist for longer and you may over water the plant. I would recommend checking the soil by inserting your finger to the bottom. Once it has dried out it'll be time to give the plant a drink!
  • Plant Swap Party in LA
    I just saw this event (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-swap-plant-propagation-party-tickets-88930691091) on The Sill's Eventbrite page. Is anyone going? 
  • Monstera Troubles
    Alright fellow plant people...I need some help. I bought a really great monstera this summer and it has gradually reduced to just this piece. I have repotted 4 times now after realizing I had some root rot going on. Each time I've cleaned the roots and potted in well draining soil and kept watering to a minimum. I really thought this last time was going to do the trick, but the leaf has really started to droop. Tonight I pulled it out of the pot and found more rot, even though the soil was dry. I cut above the rot this time (where you see the black line), treated with peroxide (at a suggestion from a google search dealing with root rot) and I plan on keeping it in a glass of water while the one node grows out and/or more roots are produced. Am I on the right track? Any suggestions?
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Nate! So there's a chance if the plant developed root rot initially other parts that may have looked healthy most likely developed it already as well. Which is why despite the proper care the plant continued to decline! (Root rot is a disease) I would say with the final cutting of the plant you certainly may have a shot of getting it to re-root. Cutting any rotting portion off the stem, and sticking it in room-temp water in front of bright indirect light may encourage the aerial root to keep growing and support the plant!
  • Dark spots on Strelitzia?
    Help,

    My indoor Strelitzia Nicolai has recently developed some light brown spots on its leaves and I am nervous it will keep on spreading. I spray it with water every now and then and otherwise make sure the soil is not too dry or too moist.

    Does anyone know what the cause of this can be? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Guri! The symptoms look like either over watering or a fungal infection that developed. I would ensure the plant is exposed to plenty of bright indirect light as BOP don't thrive well in low light situations. It'll be good to allow the soil to dry out completely to the bottom of the planter. If it's due to over watering then once balanced with the right care you should notice these symptoms ceasing! However, if the spots continue to spread despite proper care then there's a chance a fungal infection developed
  • Unidentified, troubled plant
    Ordered her online, but she’s completely different from the plant I ordered. It looks like she might be a bromeliad but her leaves are thicker. Her main stem came damaged and started withering. I’m not sure if I should trim that part or leave it be. I’ve been watering whenever her soil a few inches down is dry, but recently the top part of the soil is turning almost grey. She also has a few tiny flies around her. Any help would be much appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veerle! Is the plant different from what was pictured when purchased cause there were blooms? It's hard to ID what kind of plant it is from the photo provided, but I agree with Nate that it could be an Amaryllis plant!
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      Nate Hi Veerle, could this be an Amaryllis? Is it growing from a bulb?
  • Plant ID/Toxicity
    Hi! I'm going through all my plants trying to ID them to determine if they're toxic to humans (especially my 4 month old baby!). These are the last three that I haven't been able to figure out - thanks for any help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sara! The plant in the pink planter is a Philodendron moonlight (toxic), the one in the yellow looks like an Arrowhead (toxic), and the last one appears to be a Pothos n joy (toxic)!
  • Money plant struggling
    All of my plants struggle a bit in the winter but my money plant seems to be having a tougher time than the rest. I water about 1x a week and mist 1x a week but the soil looks dry pretty quickly after watering. Does this look like a over watering or under watering issue? There are no drainage holes in the planter but i added a1/2 inch of rocks for drainage when I planted it. Thanks so much!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Becky! The yellowing on the money tree appears to be due to over watering. Either due to watering the plant before it's ready, or if it's not receiving enough light. I'd recommend removing any dead plant material. I'd either increase the plants exposure to light, or watering less frequently!
  • probably dead vinca vine
    I got this vine at a nursery in september and it was doing pretty good all fall but it has now started to get crispy leaves that shed off on their own. I can’t tell if it is a lost cause or if there is some care I can do to save it. I got a mister and that seemed to help at first but unfortunately I had to leave my apartment for the holiday and this is what I came back to. please help!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! Unfortunately if there's no longer healthy growth remaining on the plant it most likely won't be able to bounce back :(
  • Struggling Majesty Palm
    I recently got this lovely Majesty Palm as a Christmas gift! There are thorough instructions on the back for its care and yet somehow it’s still not thriving. Over the past few days, the leaves have started turning color and getting crispy. I’m not sure what’s causing it or how to remedy the issue. I’ve made sure not to drench it water. It’s been sunny this week so I’ve put it by the window in our living room. The average temp is about 72 but maybe a little colder bc it’s by the window. Can anyone help me figure out what’s going on here! Thank you in advance! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Mary! It seems like the plant is getting over watered if it's not receiving enough light. I'd recommend placing this plant by a window to receive plenty of bright indirect light, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings!
  • Calathea Pinstripe with Crispy/Dry Tips! Eek!
    Ah! New Plant Mom here. My Calathea Pinstripe came with dry/crispy tips (more than just the one pictured), and I'm not sure how to help the little guy. Does anyone have any tips/tricks? Thanks in advance! 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Alison! The symptoms appear to be moisture related, either if the soil is staying moist for too long or too dry. I'd ensure the plant is receiving plenty of bright indirect light and you allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings. If the plant is in a lower light setting then it'll be best to allow it to dry out completely, and ensure it has localized humidity. You can prune the damaged leaf edges back to shape to enhance the appearance. Once the right care is balanced the plant should continue to thrive!
  • Yellowing leaves on cardboard palm
    Hi! I had a question regarding a cardboard palm aka Zamia furfuracea. I’m trying to get some insight on why all of a sudden the leaves are turning yellow and just kind of drying off? Is it under watered? I know it’s a cycad, so I assumed one good drink once it’s fully dried out is good? Would love to hear your thoughts if you have any experience with these plants. What your watering is like, what light works best. It’s in a bright room, indirect light mostly! Appreciate it!
  • Fungus Gnats
    I am plagued by fungus gnats.  Help my plants.  I even bought a couple from the Sill and I’m afraid of infecting them.  Is there any thing that I can do to get rid of them?
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      Nate I've had some luck with using diatomaceous earth mixed in with the potting soil to prevent the larvae from surviving after hatching.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Marie! Fungus gnats usually proliferate when the soil is too wet and generates excess fungus which is what they feed on, mostly caused by over watering plants. You can get a product known as mosquito bits and place it in the soil as it will attack the larvae! Further providing the standard yellow fly traps to capture the adult gnats and keep them from reproducing! Both of these can easily be found online. If the infestation is heavy, I'd recommend discarding all of the soil and replenishing your plants with new soil. You'll then want to place sand as a top dressing (layer about 1-2 inches thick) to trick the adult gnats into thinking the soil is actually dry- which prevents them from laying more eggs in the soil, and will eventually die off. You'll still want to place fly traps around the plant so that they still capture the adult flies looking for a host!
  • Sad African Violet
    My African Violet looks sad and droopy- I water once a week. Thoughts?
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      Connie Hi Karly, I suggest using a special African violet plant food and a self watering African violet pot. The special pots are so easy, because they only water the plant when it needs it from the bottom, so you don't get leaf spots. African violets like to be root bound. If the new pot looks smaller than this one, don't worry. I keep my African violets in a South facing window and they love it.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Karly! Depending on the light levels (and temperatures) provided to the plant it may need to be watered more than once a week. Especially since it's in a porous container. I'd recommend aerating the soil in case it has become compact. Give the plant a watering, and give the leaves time to perk back up! Water is what gives plants their turgidity, and when they don't have enough they begin to wilt. Same can happen with overwatering, however, usually moist soil and yellowing leaves accompany this. Hope this helps!
  • Birds Nest Fern
    Help! I purchased my birds nest fern in the spring from a local nursery and it has been very happy until recently. We have very dry heat in our bedroom where this plant lives so I’m wondering if that’s the problem? I have put a humidifier beside it that runs on low for about 12 hours a day. It is still losing leaves but it’s also trying to make new ones. It has never been repotted but I’m not sure if putting it in a bigger pot while in distress will help? It lives in a west facing room, 4 inch pot, and is always watered from the bottom. 
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Kristen! It seems like a few things may be happening here. The plant could've outgrown its nursery container, as well as the nutrients could've degraded by now. Also, the symptoms could be caused by excessive moisture if you're not allowing it to dry out more between waterings. Therefor, I'd recommend to remove dead plant material and prune damaged leaf edges back to shape. Repot the plant into a container with fresh soil, give it plenty of light, and allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings!
  • Pilea woes
    Acquired 2 baby pileas a few months ago. Both seemed  to be healthy with several leaves and new shoots. Reported them in terra cotta pots using a combo of fast draining cactus potting mix, charcoal, and a few rocks. Both plants appeared to be doing well. I noticed that one plant started to show signs of distress (yellow  and browning leaves, droopiness, leaves falling) so I... 1). changed location to (near) a north-ish facing window with lots of indirect light. 2). Added a miracle grow plant food stick in the soil. 3). watered only when soil was dry. Several weeks later I (once) added big bloom liquid food to the water. 

    The very next day, I noticed mushrooms growing in the pot. After an extensive google search, I realized the shrooms as a sign of ‘good’ soil. I stopped adding the big bloom. However, the distressed plant continued to decline and eventual dropped every single leaf. The second pilea was still doing well during the course, having incorporated the same changes above. However, the second one, never developed shrooms. there were some occasional leaf drops and yellowing, but overall it appeared to be fine... 

    Over the course of the last few weeks, the second plant has begun to exhibit the exact symptoms. It is now down to 2 leaves that are very droopy. the roots seem to be intact on both plants. I have no idea what to do and feel defeated. Are they salvageable?