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  • Fernando the fern
    Hi all, <br>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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  • Aloe vera question -
    I have a giant Aloe vera at home (pictured). Unfortunately it looks like one of the more mature leaves has indented, and is getting worse each day. Should I proactively remove it or let it be? It's a more mature leaf, but not the oldest / at the bottom. 
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      Pei I don't think you need to remove it. Your cat was probably curious about it and a little rough 😁It looks SUPER happy!
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      PlntNrd Amazing! How much light does it get and what’s the quality of that light? Direct sun, partial shade, etc. How often do you water? Aloes need a ton of full sun. If they do not get enough, they’re leaves can become weak and then, due to the weight, they can bend, fold, or crease in areas. Another possibility is too much water, again making the leaves soft in spots allowing the bending. Yet another possibility, is it possible that someone or something might have bumped against it and damaged that area causing a slight break inside of the leaf, which then causes the whole leaf to bend? Once they bend or fold, they can not return to the way the leaf looked previously. If it’s bothering you, you could either cut at the bend or remove the leaf.
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      Erin For scale (also- isn't she a beauty?!)
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  • Cactus looking funny
    My cactus is showing a change of color (just a little darker) at the bottom third — there is a marked line of change, as well. In addition, it seems to pinch in at the point where this color change begins — almost forming a pseudo-hourglass shape. Could be nothing, but I’m not sure. Any thoughts or suggestions? <br>
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      jenna Looking closely, there are some white spots on that darker area. Your cactus looks overall happy, but maybe give spritz of a fungal spray just incase. It also I think could be due for a bigger home. :)
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      PlntNrd How much light is it getting? It looks like it might be getting more than it was before (dark green area) and it’s slightly bleaching it.
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      Elana The pot looks pretty small compared to the size of the plant!
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  • What type of plant is this?
    I got it in a batch of small assorted plants about a year ago, it has almost tripled in size and seemingly can't be killed. Any idea what it is? Thanks!
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      Erin It looks so happy!
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      jenna It’s called a Pilea Mollis, nicknamed “Moon Valley” or “Friendship plant”. It’s looks so happy! Yayyyyyyyyyy!
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  • Schefflera Arboricola Training into Tree
    I have 3 schefflera arboricolas that are pretty young and I want to raise them into trees instead of wide bushy shrubs.<br><br>I know this will take years, but I am looking for advice on what I need to do to achieve this. I believe a crucial part is ensuring not to prune the tops so they continue to grow straight up instead of branching, but what else?<br><ul><li>Should I occasionally be removing lower stems, or not yet?</li><li>Should I be doing something specific to increase the strength of their trunks?</li><li>Do I need to try staking them early or wait until necessary?</li><li>Are there specific fertilization practices I should be using other than the usual?</li></ul>I attached a photo of one, but the other 2 are very similar as they were all purchased at the same time from the same vendor.<br><br>Thanks for any help people can provide!
  • Need Help ID’ing this plant!
    My wife and I would like to know what kind of plant this is. Please help! Thanks. 
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      Pei one of my favorite low-light plants!!!
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      Erin What a beauty!
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      Paris Lalicata Aglaonema Silver Bay, they’re commonly known as a Chinese evergreen! Tolerates low to medium indirect light, allow soil to dry out between waterings, and can survive low humidity conditions. This plant can be toxic if ingested by cats or humans so just be careful!
  • Problem child pothos
    New-is plant parent here. Feeling encouraged that the rest of my babies are doing well, with the exception of this droopy, sad-looking pothos.<br><br>I have a hunch that I was overwatering a bit (had to trim quite a few yellowed or wilted leaves), but also wondering if this needs a bigger pot?<br><br>Incidentally, this guy also sits closest to my window and radiator, so it's likely a product of the cold weather of late. I've turned the pot and moved it a couple inches away from the window, so hoping that helps, too.<br><br>Any tips would be much appreciated!!
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      Paris Lalicata I also always suggest investing in a soil probe that measures moisture to assist with watering if you ever have a hard time!
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      Paris Lalicata Hello Annie! The symptoms of your plant indicate underwatering. I suggest watering the plant once the soil has completely dried out, but not bone dry. Considering your conditions it may need more frequent waterings.
      The cause of the previous yellow leaves could've simply been caused by the plant acclimating to its new environment!
      Also, that seems like a perfect sized pot for the plant :)
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  • Monstera location
    Hi! I just got a baby monstera from the sill. I’m super excited. Can anyone tell me if this is enough light for it? It’s a large northish facing window.<br><br>
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      Stephiem3 Thanks everyone! I didn’t realize that the heater/ac vent blows right along that whole window so I moved the plant until I can get a huge ladder to adjust it 🙄
      Hopefully it’ll be happy :)
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      Erin Great view!
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      Sam Second Pei! it would help a lot to give it more height so it will be level with the window. maybe a stack of cute books?
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  • Plant Fact of the Week - January 8th, 2019
    It's always a good day for science when we discover something that makes us reevaluate our role in the universe.  Something that reminds us that there is a larger world out there than our cities and towns. Something like based on new fossil evidence from the Middle East, seed-bearing plants have evolved much earlier than previously thought!  Previously, we had thought that dinosaurs roamed the earth before seed-bearing plants, but with this new find, it appears to be the other way around. The find also mounts more evidence to the theory that the tropics are a hotbed of evolution, even though the climate is stable.  This leaves much to think about. If seed-bearing plants existed before dinosaurs, it would make sense that the seeds were a source of food for many- even today, seeds and nuts count for some of the highest caloric intake a herbivore can get. This high energy diet would support the large sizes that dinosaurs became during their reign on earth.  Bear in mind that seed-bearing does not necessarily mean flower-producing! Flowering plants still came after dinosaurs were around. The seed-bearing plants that evolved with/alongside dinosaurs are the Gymnosperms, more commonly known as conifers, cycads, ginkgo, and the like.<br><a href="https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/middle-east-fossils-push-back-origin-key-plant-groups-millions-years" target="_blank" rel="">More info here from <i>Science</i></a>
  • Christmas Trees?
    Any tips on how to keep them fresh? Of course, I water mine, but it still dries out pretty quickly. Do you have this experience too? Is it something to do with heat/humidity of the space? <br><br><br>
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      Christina Sotto OMG! I got my tree the first week of December and it's already dry too! I hear you have to cut the bottom off because the tree forms a sap around the base when it's initially cut that prevents it from absorbing water. I'd love to know if anyone has any tips as well!
  • saw these little monsters in LA
    Any ideas on species? I've never seen anything like them before! 
  • Is this even real???
  • Help x3 please! =D
    <img alt="" src="http://"><img alt="" src="http://">Looking to repot these gifted beauties. Need to identify species first. Please help!<br><br>
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      Pei bottom right is a draceana and upper right is a Chinese ever green.
      bottom left looks like a dumb cane but i am not 100% sure, and the one in the back is a kalanchoe (a type of succulent).
  • Plant Recommendations?
    I have this geometric terrarium it used house succulents but they eventually died. I believe the soil I used was too absorbent. I could try succulents again but I'd love to hear any ideas on other plants that will thrive in this environment. I think it'd be beautiful to have a trailing plant but I'm not sure if opening is too small. Any suggestions are welcome! 
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      Erin An air plant would love it!
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      Samantha You can do succulents:)
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      Pei You can try mini orchids, air plants, or mini tropical plants. Though you should open the container from time to time. because good air flow will prevent fungal infections!
  • It grow horizontally (I think)
    <img src="http://">Hi group,<br>If anyone could help me identify this cactus I’d appreciate it. It was tipping over in it’s little 6 inch grow pot when I bought it; it seems to only grow horizontally. It looks like there’s little babies growing along each arm -  I don’t know what will happen when they get larger but for now it’s unusual and I really love it but would like to know what type of cactus this is.<br>not sure if I can send more than one pic but I’ll try.  <div>Thanks!</div>
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      Veejkay Hi Paris!
      Thank you for your reply – this is exactly why I joined a forum like this - to learn more about all the plants out there (and that I can add to my collection 🥰)!
      I googled what you said and it’s also called a corn cob cactus (but not really a cactus 😉)!
      You gave me so much great info. - Thanks so much! I hope we can talk again! 🌵🍄🌼
      And feel free to just call me “V”. 🙂
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Veejkay! This is such a beautiful Euphorbia mammillaris you were able to get your hands on (I'm jealous)! Therefore, the plant is a succulent rather than a cactus, even though they look like them!
      The plant was most likely becoming top heavy which caused it to grow more horizontally rather than vertically. However, when you do a little more research they seem to have a more unusual growth pattern once they grow into a larger specimen. Whenever you feel comfortable you can propagate the new offsets growing on the stalks by cutting them with pruners or using a sharp sterile knife. Don't worry, more will always grow on them down the line to keep propagating :)
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      Veejkay 2nd pic
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