Mari
 
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  • Tree suggestion
    I'd like to add an indoor tree to my living room, but not sure which type would be good. Area has mostly northern exposure in Colorado, so the air is dry. There is a small western facing window where it could be exposed to late afternoon sun, but I've given some thought to frosting the window just to help with the scorch of afternoon rays. That would diffuse the light considerably.  Area also has 3 northern facing skylights as well.  

    Thanks!

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      Erin I've always wanted a Ficus Audrey floor plant - they have a tree-like silhouette like the Fiddle Leaf Fig but I find them to be less fickle! Might be a nice pick!
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      Pei With three both facing windows, It actually sounds you have pretty good light to me. I think you can try Aralia, Parlor palm,majestic palm, Alocasia(the bigs ones), Ficus (though they are temperamental), or dreaceana!
  • Pot size?
    I confiscated this abandoned plant from my work, (which I believe is a dracaena janet craig) because it was being over-watered, the pot was 12" across with no drainage, and it was placed in western direct sun (Colorado style, so it's beating down on this poor baby). Plus, no one wanted to take care of it properly.

    The leaves are littered with brown dead spots and it just seemed really sad. I took it home and the root system is almost totally gone from being over-watered, so I hosed off all the old potted dirt, and used a mix with peat rocks and traditional potting material to house it.  I think I might have put it in too big of a pot though. It doesn't seem to be unhappy. I let it dry out for nearly a week before I watered it thoroughly. 
    A) should I get some kind of moss to cover the top of the dirt to hold in moisture? B) Is this size of pot too big?   Picture was right after I potted it and this was almost 3 weeks ago. It's happy and the leaves are buoyant, so I'm not immediately worried that it's unhappy. This is just my first dracaena janet craig, and I haven't read anything online that quite covers a scenario like this.




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      Mari I didn't use the same pot - the plant is about 6 feet and it's always seemed too small. I can't be positive at the moment on size, but the new pot is probably 18" or around there. I've only watered it one time, and that was probably around 16-20oz of water. It's leaves are nice still and it doesn't seem to be having a terrible time. It has a new frond (?) growing at the very base of the plant that was otherwise unharmed by the exposure to direct sunlight and I'm using it as my 'barometer' for what's going on with it. The upper leaves are littered with burns from the direct sun.
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      PlntNrd Did you put it back in the 12” pot with no drainage? If not, what size pot did you put it in and does it have drainage? If your pot has drainage, then water thoroughly when soil is dry. With a big pot, depending on how dry your home is and how much sun the plant gets, this could be once a month (sometimes more). My dracaenas like to be on the dry, slightly underwatered side. I water most of my plants once a week, but my dracaenas are in 4” and 6” pots and they get watered about 1-2 times a month. If the pot has no drainage, then it’s a bit trickier. You definitely need to check the soil for moisture all the way down to the bottom of the pot. You can use a chopstick to do this. If it’s totally clean when you pull it out of soil, it’s dry. Then I only water a little bit, no soaking. I mean a little tiny bit. I don’t even wet the entire top of pot. It might take some trial and error to figure out exactly how much, that’s why pots with drainage are so much easier to deal with and I only use those, except all the plants I get from The Sill’s monthly subscription are always sent in pots without holes. Usually I just drill holes in the pots and replant, but the sill’s pots are super glazed on both sides and they’re really hard to drill through. Lately I’ve been just leaving them and watering sparingly. Remember it’s always better to err on the side of less. You can always add a little more water later. Also, have you noticed any change since you repotted it? I kind of let my plants lead me. If it’s happy where it is, I let it be.
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      Plants_Armstrong I might be wrong but I think that is a Dracaena Lisa and not a Janet Craig. Link below to Lisa image...

      https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1025/1611/products/dracaena-lisa-classico-charcoal_2000x.jpg?v=1536166364
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  • Does anyone know what subtype of hoya this might be?
    Try as I might, I can't place this one. Any help would be appreciated.
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      Andrea Hi Mari!
      It could be a Hoya Carnosa. That’s a pretty common one, but it’s hard for me to tell without any visible flowers. This website: http://www.international-hoya.org/species.asp may be able to assist you. Good luck! 👍🏼 🌱
  • What kind of plant is this?
    Is this a chinese evergreen?  I couldn't find much online that was helpful.  TIA!