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What plant is on your mind?

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  • What am I doing wrong?
    Should I be trimming these older leaves on my BoP that are brown/hard? Any new leaves that have grown in the last six months have been healthy looking and green.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi PK! I would recommend removing those two larger leaves that are 50% damaged to enhance the appearance. You can remove just the leaves, allowing the stem to die back gradually so the plant can still take leftover nutrients from within. As long as new growth is coming in healthy the plant should be good to go!
  • Prayer Plant
    This baby just doesn’t seem happy. I’ve tried providing more drainage and some moisture underneath- does it just need more recovery time?  What is happening here?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Stephanie! It seems like the plant just needs time to acclimate to its new environment, especially if it's in a lower light situation. I'd recommend increasing the plants exposure to light if possible, and giving it time to adjust. If in a low light area then I'd recommend allowing the soil to almost dry out between waterings. Ensure you're not allowing the planter to be submerged in water!
  • Aloe woes
    I’ve had my aloe plant for at least 2 years, and has been healthy and strong up until a few months ago (care note: I water it once every few weeks). It recently started drooping significantly, the stem/stalk started tipping to the side. It must have been bumped into, because one day I came home and all of the leaves had been bent or broken. I’ve cut off the ones that were still attached but significantly damaged. Will it grow back? Should it be placed in a different kind of pot? I’m so sad about this!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jenna! I'm sorry that your Aloe has seen better days. Unfortunately the leaves that have broken or severed at the tip won't be able to bounce back. I'd recommend just giving the plant plenty of bright indirect light to full sun, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. As long as you continue to give the plant the right care it should continue to develop new growth for you in the future :)
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      Karly Hi! Don’t lose hope aloe is very resilient- did you try planting something sturdy to prop it up?
  • Marcelene
    my birds nest fern has leaves on the bottom of plant that are yellow???? the rest of the plant seems healthy... help...
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Marcelene! Yellowing leaves are usually an indication of over watering. Either if you're watering the plant before it's ready, or if it's not receiving enough light. Therefor, I would allow the soil to dry out more between waterings or increasing the plants exposure to light. Yellowed leaves can be removed since they won't be able to bounce back!
  • What plant is this and how can I keep it alive??
    I seem to recall this plant needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. I live in NY and brought it indoors for the winter and I’m battling to keep it alive in a only slightly lit space (two hours of direct sun). I currently have it under an infared blue and red lamp and next to a white lamp. Does anyone know what the plant is and how to properly care for it so I can keep it alive and bring it back to its vibrant red, orange, yellow and green color??
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      Paris Lalicata Hi there! Looks like you have a Codiaeum variegatum 'Red Iceton' (aka Croton). This plants likes plenty of bright indirect light to full sun, and should be watered once about half the soil dries out, or once the leaves start to droop! Mine has also dropped a lot of leaves during this Winter transition. I would recommend keeping your grow light on for about 10-12 hours a day over the plant to help give it more light to sustain the leaves and water accordingly! It should be able to bounce back and develop new growth next growing season :)
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Leaves Discolored and Falling Off
    Hello,
    Our fiddle leaf fig isn't looking great. It's interior, older leaves are discolored and falling off. At least, the outer, newer leaves still look dark green and vibrant.
    It's in the lobby of our building. It's not too cold in there but it must be dry this time of year. However, I read that interior leaves falling off is a sign of overwatering.
    Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
    Thank you,Micky
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      Nate Hi Micky, I killed several fiddle leaf figs this year before I figured out that light was the key. Mine gets plenty of light in a south window and has been looking great/hasnt lost any leaves since I brought it home.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Micky! The yellowing you see here could be due to overwatering- either due to the plant not receiving enough light, or being watered before it's ready. It's best to allow the soil to dry out completely for the Fiddle leaf Fig! I would recommend removing the chlorotic leaves since they won't be able to bounce back to help you further monitor the plant. It should bounce back just fine once care is adjusted. However, if you don't believe it's due to overwatering then it could be a nutrient deficiency if the plants soil hasn't been replenished in over a year!
  • Root is brown, stems falling. Monstera plant
    I’ve had this for about 2 weeks now, multiple stems seemed to have died and these look like they’re on their way to dying as well. This is my first plant and i don’t know if i should clip these that have turned brown and soft at the root or if there is a way to revive them?? I would like to keep them if i could because I’ve already lost about 3 other stems :/ I watered this once when it first arrived. This was sitting on a bench in my room which received mid-minimal light and i just moved it to my desk table which has a window right in front of it so hopefully that helps me. Any tips to keep this thing live would be much appreciated!
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      Nate Hi Franchesca, I had the same thing happen to mine. I think I finally saved it and what I did was pulled it out of the pot..knocked all the dirt off...got rid of all the soft/browning foliage and repotted in a smaller pot with dry dirt. I think what is going on here is root rot. I didn't feel like I was watering mine all that often, but nevertheless, it apparently had too much water. I'd repot and let it sit for awhile without watering it. Mine started drooping a bit after a week and that's when I knew it was safe to give it a little water. Hope this helps!
  • Pilea Problems!
    I bought several pileas from the Sill in the spring and they've were all thriving over the spring and summer. I've noticed that over the past few months, they've been dropping leaves from the bottom of their stems. Usually the leaf turns yellow, develops a brown spot in the middle (shown in picture) that grows, and then the entire leaf become brown and it falls off. I'm worried because leaves seem to be dropping one after the other in this manner from the bottom up and my plant is looking pretty bare. 

    I don't think I've changed my care habits since the summer, so I'm pretty stumped. The pileas are still in the same spot - right next too a West facing window, and I allow them to dry out between waterings. They are up near a window so I'm wondering if the cold has anything to do with this? I did get them in the spring so I haven't cared for these plants in the winter yet. Any help would be amazing! Thank you so much :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Selena! Usually the yellowing/browning is due to over watering. Considering day light hours have decreased the plant is taking up water/nutrients at a much slower rate. I would try allowing the soil to remain a little dry before watering! Usually during the Fall/Winter I water my Pilea once I start to notice it really drooping :)
  • sad plant
    hi my plant is looking very sad and i’m hoping someone can help diagnose the problem. this happened because it had to spend a couple days in the car as i drove across the country. let me know what i can try and do to help him bounce back!
  • Help!
    I got this guy 2 weeks ago. It’s a Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant). Been watered once, but since being watered it’s looming significantly less healthy. Directions say to water once every 1 to 2 weeks, and to let the soil completely dry out before watering again. Can anyone help with why it may be looking worse since being watered? Thanks!
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      Nate Hi Emily, is the dirt around the roots moist? Kind of looks like it could be root rot. More sunlight and closely monitoring the moisture of the root ball might do the trick.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Emily! What kind of light is the plant receiving?
  • pilea problems?
    I just noticed little white specks dotting the back of my pilea. They don't wipe off easily, and required a scratch to get them out. Scratching them out leaves little dents/craters where the white specks used to be. What is this, and should I worried about this getting onto other plants?
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Mandu! These are actually mineral deposits that develop as the plant transpires water from the stomata (small pores on the underside of leaves). This is completely harmless to your plant! You can simply wipe these off - and to prevent them from reoccurring you can either leave your tap water out overnight, or using bottled spring or distilled water!
  • Please help my Flf bendy stem
    Sorry, long post....but I came home today to find that the top portion of my fiddle Leaf figs stem was droopy and a little squishy (about 1-2 inches and the two top leaves). I fastened the stem with a chopstick for strength but I don't know if I should cut the top off. The rest of the stalk feels strong/snappy and the leaves are still perky and not droopy at all. I've had this flf for about 2 months. She's grown some new leaves, haven't seen much droop or discolored leaves, and I've only watered her 2-3 times when the top soil was dry (she came pretty moist from the nursery with a layer of mossy geeen on top that has long been gone). Most recently, I watered her in the shower to also clean her leaves. She is usually located in my bedroom with a humidifier across the way. Both my bedroom and living room have a north east facing window. The sun finally came out on Saturday so I moved her closer to the window to get some rays but it has otherwise been very foggy and rainy in SF so maybe it wasn't getting enough sun? I don't understand what could have happened within a week and I am having a very hard time finding an answer/solution for a Flf with a Bendy stem
  • Identifying my plant
    I received this plant as a gift on thanksgiving, he was SO much smaller. Now he’s over growing his little home. I have no idea what this plant is, or how I would repot it. It came with a paper that said to turn it everyday and always have the glass filled with water. He’s already getting top heavy. :) id appreciate any knowledge anyone has!
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      Nate Hi Kortni, which ones are you asking for an ID? If the 3 to the right, I would say it is lucky bamboo.
  • Rattlesnake
    Hey Plant People!

    My Calathea Rattlesnake has slowly started to take a turn for the worst. Many of the tips of the leaves are brown. Some of the edges are also yellow/brown and the smaller leaves on the bottom of the plant are worse still. I’ve removed the worst leaves and moved my plant to a room with less direct light. Any advice is appreciated!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Sarah! It looks like the plant could be displaying symptoms of overwatering - if the plant is in a low light setting then it'll be best to allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings. If it's in moderate-bright conditions then it'll be best to re-water once about half the soil dries out, and best to provide some level of humidity. Any damaged leaf edges can be pruned back to shape - the plant should be able to make a comeback in no time!
  • Philodendron worries
    My philodendron is looking a little bit dead as the stem gets closer to the soil... what is my problem here? The only confusing part is that the leaves themselves look to be healthy, some are even growing new little leaves. I feel like this is an issue that can be easily fixed/saved, I just don’t know what to do. Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Could definitely be a combination of moisture stress at this point (over or under watering) Best thing to do moving forward is to remove any dead/yellow leaves to enhance the appearance. I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light to give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and water once the soil has dried out completely!
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      Pei Hey [291793,Greyson Ike], how often and how much do you water it? It looks super thirsty to me.