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  • What kind of cactus is this?
    Hi all- I inherited this cactus from my grandmother. It is 26 years old and as tall as me. Any ideas what kind it is? 
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      Pei Idk what this is, but would love me one :P
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [307330,Karly] ! This looks like a type of Hylocereus cactus to me- have you ever seen it produce white blooms? Or even fruit?
  • Calathea Medallion- Droopy leaves. Normal?
    Hi All, 

    My calathea medallion arrived in the mail about three days ago and it's looking a little sad! I watered it the day it arrived and it's been sitting on my window sill so it can get some sunlight. 

    Is this normal and if not, what do I do to make the leaves look perkier?

    Thanks in advance. 
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      Pei [307651,Bree] [307281,Emilie] calathea is quite sensitive with environmental changes. It's adjusting to their new environment which is why it's a bit droopy. Consider it was in a box, and god knows what kind of bumpy road it lived through, it actually looks pretty good :D To help a plant bounce back, you want to provide the best environment and care it needs. For calathea medallion you want to give it consistent indirect bright light (never direct sun as it gets burn easily specially in the summer) and water it once a week or every 10 days :) Hope this helps!
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      Bree This is so wierd because I have the same exact issue with my medallion that I just received. I emailed them and hopefully I can be pointed in the same direction.. I hope your plant recovers also.
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  • Monstera - Aerial Roots
    My Monstera is growing aerial roots- is it best to remove them or what do I do?
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      Pei it's best to leave it be! Plants shoot out aerial roots are normal cuz in their natural environment use it to detach themselves off the ground OR hang on to the tress. Hope this helps :)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jessica! Aerial roots are commonly found on Epiphytes (plants that grow on the body of other plants or supports) and help the plant cling to these hosts and can even help absorb moisture in the air. Since the Monstera deliciosa is an epiphyte in the wild- indoors their aerial roots can insert themselves into the soil for more support, or climb up fixtures. Training your Monstera to climb up a damp sphagnum moss pole can help encourage the plant to grow faster and larger as this is how they grow in their native habitat! This will also help give the plant more support as it grows and overtime the aerial roots will start climbing up it. Therefor these are a natural characteristic of the plant so they shouldn't be removed :)
  • Cat Likes Parlor Palm as Snack
    Seeking advice to prevent my cat from eating the little parlor palm I got from The Sill a couple weeks ago. By now, virtually all leaves have been eaten off (the palm is the one on the left on photo, but this was taken when it first arrived). I have tried spraying the palm with a vinegar and water mixture, but this only works while still wet. I have had to move the palm to a high-up shelf, which is not ideal for the plant or us.
    Thanks for your help!
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      Colin Hart A couple thoughts!

      I have two cats and have just approached training them the same way I would dogs. Sometimes I think the myth that cat's are "untrainable" is a little self perpetuating. That being said I know my cats are up to no good when I'm not watching them or if I leave for the weekend haha.

      Point being would say don't shy away from trying to train them out of playing with it.

      All that being said.... Cats are cats and they do what they want haha.

      A big life saver for us in terms of training as well as just keeping cats away from or off places we don't want them is using the "ssst cat" https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Spray-Deterrent/dp/B000RIA95G

      It's essentially a can of pressurized air with a motion sensor so when they get in range of where they shouldn't be it let's out a quick burst. You can direct the nozzle so it doesn't actually hit them.

      It's not perfect. I feel like it scares my roommates more often than my cats thus the air runs out faster than I'd like. But it has trained the cats to stay off counters and tables and better yet away from the plants! Added bonus is now they associate the canister with the hissing sound so even if it's out of air or battery the cats see it and stay away.
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      Jen Best of luck- my cat is especially fond of my parlor palm and has pulled it out of the pot repeatedly. I am at a loss.
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      Erin Such a great window! I'd test putting some cat grass on the sill next to the parlor.
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  • Propagating a leggy succulent
    Wanted to share my most recent propagation! I usually let leggy plants be but I was afraid this fella would break off because it was so small and fragile. Seems to be doing well and the leaves are starting to root. :) 
  • Stagnant Rubber tree plant
    This plant has had the same leaves and the “shoot” in the center for MONTHS! It hasn’t grown or shed any leaves. I moved it about 2 months ago to a window that gets a little more sun, but nothing has changed. Should I fertilize? Thanks in advance for your suggestions. 😊
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      Pei I agreed with [286271,Paris Lalicata]. It's definitely an light issue. Ficus loves bright light - 4-5 hours of direct sun would be best. In addition, variegated plants will need even more energy (light) to put out new growths/maintain the variegation. Hope this helps :-)
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      Paris Lalicata Hi [305302,Patti]! I personally have had the same experience with Ficus elastica in the past and found that ultimately like most plants- it's all about the light! The new growth has most likely been in limbo either because it's not getting enough light or enough water (if light levels are sufficient). I can already tell by the drooping petioles that the plant is ready for a drink! If you're having a hard time understanding the intensity of light in your home you can always download a free light meter app on your phone to measure. Anything below 50 foot candles will be too low to support plant growth- and a mature Ficus of this size should get anywhere between 130-250+ foot candles. Keep in mind that you'll receive different readings at different times of the day based on the location of the sun and the intensity of it. As long as the plant receives plenty of bright indirect light and water as soon as the soil has dried out the new growth should start to unfurl within a few weeks!
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  • Spots on Anthurium
    My Anthurium has these spots where it has lost color and dried out. I don't think it's because it's too dry. Maybe water quality or too much sun. Any ideas?
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      PlntNrd Yeah, I’m thinking it’s got to do with low humidity (unless you’re providing extra). These are tropical plants and need somewhat tropical conditions which means excess humidity. If you don’t have a humidifier near by, have it on a home made humidity tray, and don’t spritz it every day to couple of days, I would try, at least, one of those things. Rather than distilled water, you might instead try spring water. Distilled is totally pure and doesn’t have any minerals added (which houseplants appreciate).
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      Jenny Zhou I've moved it a foot or so away from the window last week. No new dried spots so far, fingers-crossed. If that doesn't work, I'll try distilled water. Let me know how things go!
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      MALINDA Mine is doing the same thing. I'm going to see if it's the humidity. O have it in bright indirect light in a well draining soil mix. I might also switch to distilled water.
  • What am I?
    Hi guys! What kind of plant is this? And how do I keep it alive???
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      PlntNrd As Berna said, it’s an Anthurium and, I must say, it’s quite beautiful! The leaves almost look like wax.
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      Berna y Alba Hi Madison! This is an Anthurium and it's a tropical plant, so you need to apply with it some tropical plant's ground rules. First, never direct light, they prefer medium to low light. Then, the envirenment should be as humid as possible (I know sometimes is hard!), so you could help it with a humidifier or putting a water vase or something near it. Get it confy in a place with other plants near, as in a plant gang, is very helpful to mantain humidity levels. Last but not least, you have to avoid overwatering it, so wait untill the soil is dry to water it.
      Those are the rules that I have for my tropical ones! You could go to my ig @bernayalba if you want to see more tips that I've posted already there.
      Hope my comment was helpful!
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  • New Pilia babies!
    So much new growth from my pilia 
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      PlntNrd Oh, congrats! It’s so exciting, right?!? Mine gave me one, and then another, and then suddenly there was four!! It was so exciting, every week there was a new one, to my surprise, so I’m sure you’re super excited right now too. Do you know if you’re going to separate them eventually or let them be?
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      Pei 😍😍😍! Pilea is famous for growing very fast that people often give the pups/cuttings to loved ones. Hence their nickname is friendship plant!
  • Unknown Plant
    Does anyone know what this plant is? It was given to me, and I have no idea how to care for it, since I don't know what it is! I am very new to gardening, and want to make sure I get it right!
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      jenna Bromeliad! They like bright light and to dry out between waterings. They are technically epiphytes, like orchids, so don’t naturally grow in soil, and have relatively shallow roots. Don’t let them live in soggy soil. Watering once a week or two while letting the water run out should be good enough. One thing to know is that after they flower, the mom plant usually dies, and will channel the energy into producing a pup. So if that happens, don’t panic. :)
  • Chinese money plant
    Is it normal for my Chinese money plant leaves to turn yellow/brown and fall off? Some fall off on their own and others I pluck off. 
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      Erin Looks like normal shedding to me! Especially if the leaves that are yellowing and falling off are larger and more mature, vs new growth.
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      Sarah It's normal to have a yellow or brown leaf every now and then - especially if they're bottom leaves. If they are younger leaves that generally means you're overwatering!

      Pilea likes to dry out between waterings so make sure you're not keeping it too wet!
  • Aechmea Fasciata - What To Do With Pups!?
    As you can see from the photo, a pup has been growing from my Aechmea Fasciata for some time now, and it's gotten pretty huge - had to prop up one of the mom's leaves to give it some space.

    Does anyone have experience with removing and propagating pups from bromeliads, if not aechmea's specifically?

    Or maybe you have a really amazing thing you read or watched that helped you do it?

    My understanding is that the mother is pretty much destined to die, so my fear is I screw it up and then both are dead!
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      Berna y Alba I'm having the same question for a while now, because it was difficult for me to find my aechmea so I was very disappointed with the destination to die of the mother plant. At the nursery they told me to split them on the same way that explained [278958,Pei] but I had no idea when. The explanation of @Pei made a lot of sense to me so I'm trying that way. Thanks!!
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      Pei Yea I usually just give the mom a peaceful death by not disturbing /removing the pup. I read that it's important for the baby to absorb all the energy/nutrients from mom... if you do decide to split them, i would say you take the plant out and just pull the two apart ( like how you spilt a snake plant!). Good luck [291063,Plants_Armstrong] !!!
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Drying Out? HELP!
    Brought this beautiful tree home on Monday and since then, the leaves on the stalk are starting to crinkle and discolor, which I’m assuming is because of a lack of water :( I’ve watered it twice and the leaves are no longer drooping. None have dropped. Also have noticed it might be root bound considering the circling roots at the top of the planter that appear drying and brittle? TIPS PLEASE! Do not want to see one of the stalks drop all of its leaves. Thanks!!! 🌿🌿🌿
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      Pei Fiddle leaf Fig is naturally very finicky. They are not the best beginner plants unfortunately! Your fiddle looks very thirsty from the photo. How much and how often do you water?

      The key to a thriving fiddle is 1) lots of sunlight - place it right by the window silll and it should receive at least 4-5 hours of direct sun. 2) consistency is very importantant with these guys - meaning the temperature, water, the
  • HELP :(
    My beautiful Alocasia Frydek starter to turn to yellow. I don't know what I'm doing wrong :(

    It has only two leaves and the other one is completely perfect.
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      Pei What a beauty!!! I’m a sucker for all alocasia. They are so unique, but painfully finicky sometimes.

      How much sun and water does it get?
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      Erin Alocasias are funny because their leaves can yellow if they've been overwatered OR underwatered/low humidity, go figure! Because it also has slightly brown tips my guess would be underwatered and low humidity.

      I have an alocasia polly at home whose leaves start to yellow like clockwork. The one saving grace though is it always seems to bounce back! Not the leaf, that yellows and eventually I cut it off, but the plant itself. I've cut it back many times to 1 leaf or only a stem, and after a month or two, a new leaf appears.
  • Does anyone know what this is?
    Hi! My husband and I recently moved into a new home. We have been having a lot of fun watching things grow in this spring. Does anyone know what this is? At first I thought it was hens and chicks but it’s definitely not. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks!!
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      Pei [292133,Megan Brown] looks like a asiantic Lillies. Not to sound like a creep, but where do you live? It could be different plant though depends on your location 😊