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  • Fittonias (aka last show and tell post until I start buying more plats again in ...
    Hello,
    The last photo to share my collection (its hard to take a photo of all of them together and its easy to separate them by types) The red variety is the first plant I ever bought and started the obsession. I got him from my local plant nursery and he's much happier than his pot appears. My white variety I got from the grocery store and he's gotten so tall and is in my only decorative pot. 
  • The leaning cactus of Giza
    As you can see my cactus is laying down it is not broken or cracked anywhere I do rotate my pot a quarter turn every other week Ijust want any ideas of how I can get her vertical again this is not the first time but is the biggest drop. I love my plants and need a little knowledge for this one. Please any help will be good I am hoping as I do not want her to break I have had her for around 3 years and she was very little back then and she’s healthy as can be just going almost totally horizonta.... Hoping your all having an amazing day!!! Thank you in advance for any tips on making this cactus turn upright!!!Cheers!!!
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      jenna do you know the specific species of this cacti? I don’t think it’s one for sure, but there are some species that like to crawl. Maybe your’s is just doing what feels right. :)
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      PlntNrd Wow, that is bizarre looking! Usually cacti, succulents, and just plants in general start leaning towards light when they are not getting enough. I suspect this cactus was not getting enough light at some point, which caused it to bend and began the leaning. You can also see that this cactus has a sort of an hourglass shape with a thinning around the middle (near the lip of the pot). This is another indication of insufficient light called etiolation. It looks like it was moved to a much brighter spot sometime after it started leaning and became etiolated, which helped correct the etiolation, but due to the thickness of this cactus the leaning can’t be fixed without the cactus breaking. Some people actually light train their plants to make weird shapes and lean on purpose. Look at this as a happy accident, perha0? As far as dealing with the weight of the cactus as it continues to grow, it definitely looks like there might be an issue with top heaviness. Perhaps, you can put something under the top to alleviate the weight.
  • Henry
    I am so excited about taking on plant parenthood and just wanted to share my Philodendron. His name is Henry. I can’t wait to get more plant babies! 
  • Alien plant spotted in VT
    Can anyone ID please?!
  • Who is this beauty???
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      PlntNrd Yes, that’s a variegated Peperomia argyreia, aka Watermelon Peperomia. I believe the variegated kind are a bit rare, at least hard to find and they are, at least, double the price of the non-variegated. That’s a great find!
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      Paula Diamond Roman Want! Where did you buy it?
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      Erin Where can I find one?!
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  • Propagating a spider plant
    What's the best way to propagate spider plant offshoots/babies? In water or just putting them in soil? I just planted mine (with no roots) but I'm not sure if that's the best option!
  • Holy Grail Plants
    Do you guys have any plants that you're absolutely pining for? I'd personally love a good peperomia prostrata (string of turtles)!
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      Paris Lalicata I have been dying to get a crocodile fern, a Philodendron "Jungle Boogie", and a Zig Zag cactus!
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      Maranda I really want an African Violet! I'm in a few plant groups on fb, and lots of people post pics and I just fall in love with them. They're so pretty!
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      Pei oh man, where do I start! But my top 3 is: variegated monstera, stephaniaerecta, and zz raven!
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  • Rattlesnake Calathea
    This beauty adds so much personality to my vanity. 
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      Maranda 😍😍😍 she's gorgeous!
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      Bree I always seem to find the best planters in grocery stores that sell flowers like Albertsons and Savemart or Safeway. If you have one of those stores definitely give their floral area a look.
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      Pei LOVE!! so much personality.
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  • Transfer this Fiddle?
    Should I transfer her? She has definitely grown since I got her and I’m afraid to disrupt things since I haven’t had luck with Fiddles in the past. Thanks in advance 😊
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      Pei What a beauty 😍😍😍!

      When was the last time you repot it? I would definitely repot if it's been more than 1 year. Also it might get top heavy and the plant will topple over easily.
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  • I'm glad you pricked me!
    An indoor cactus likes nothing better then a good South facing window, and as you can tell I have definitely took advantage of mine! Did you know there is close to 2000 species of cacti out there in the world?! From desert, jungle, grafted, to hybrid species ranging from a diverse amount of colors, shapes, and structures.

    Care Guidelines to Follow:
    • Light is key! Make sure your cactus has plenty of exposure to full sun, or at least bright indirect light.
    • Best to only water once the soil has dried out completely, however, some jungle species may need to be watered when half the soil has dried out (considering they are from a more tropical region).
    • Tip: If your cactus is exposed to full sun for most of the day it'll be best to check the soil often to monitor how frequent it takes up water. As soon as it has dried out it'll be ready for a drink; although they may be drought tolerant they can certainly decline from too much sun and not enough water (especially smaller specimens).


  • dracaena marginata needs help!
    guys! the lower stocks of my dracaena marginata are not doing too well. the leaves are falling off (only on the lower trunks?). it was getting some direct sunlight during the morning and bright indirect sunlight throughout the day so thought it might be needing more sunlight so I moved it to my living room but alas it doesn't seem to be helping. I water ~2xs a month since it doesn't get a ton of direct light. 

    can someone help me?!
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      Erin Not sure if it's the same issue but my dracaena had similar visual symptoms and I think it was from overwatering!
  • Who am I?
    Am I a watermelon peperomia?
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      Erin Wow that variegation is beautiful!
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      Pei Second that! A watermelon peperomia 🍉
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      Kyler Hurley Yes this is definitely Watermelon Peperomia! So pretty!
  • What?!?! Where did you come from?!
    Omg, I can’t believe it!! My Imperial Red Philo is blooming and I didn’t even notice until today. Thank goodness I went to water some plants in my bedroom and saw it. Two blooms had already faded and died and, I’m guessing, this one will be gone tomorrow. It looks like there’s 2-4 more still to open, but I could have missed them all! 
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      abcactus This is absolutely gorgeous!!
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      Pei 😍😍😍 nothing is more rewarding than see your plants putting out new growths or flowers 😍😍😍
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  • Pothos question!
    I have a seemingly healthy pothos that has been growing really well for a long time! The longest fine has been losing leaves for the past month or so. They turn yellow and then fall off. There have been a couple leaves in the base of the pot doing the same, the the long vine is the only one losing leaves! All the other vines look totally normal. 

    Does this mean its time to prune? I’m thinking about cutting that vine up and re planting them in the pot. 

    Usually the long branch isn’t hanging like that, it’s usually in the shade. It used to be in the sun but then I rotated it. 
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      Erin Hey Brooke! When was this potted? I'd recommend either pruning this babe (and you could always propagate what you prune - helpful link below) or repotting into a pot about 1-2 inches larger in diameter :)

      https://www.thesill.com/blogs/diy/plant-propagation-for-beginners
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      Pei How much water and sun does it get usually? [292855,Brooke]
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  • Fernando the fern
    Hi all, 
    I just got my Bird’s Nest Fern in today and when I arrived I noticed the delivery man put my fern upside down on the porch. I was so nervous it would be a mess but luckily it isn’t. But I do have a question, since this is my first fern, does it look ok? Should I be doing anything the next few days to make sure Fernando is good? I did water it. Thanks in advance!!! 
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      abcactus He looks amazing! Be sure to watch out for wilting because this can be a sign of underwatering the plant, I experienced this when I first got mine from TheSill and it took me a hot second to figure out what I was doing wrong.
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      Lizzie Fernando looks great! I mist mine pretty frequently. I highly recommend getting a spray bottle if you don't have one yet! He will be very happy.
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      Pei Fernando looks great (considering it was upside down 😑!).
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