Plants_Armstrong
 
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  • Birthday April 17th, 1983
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  • 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] !!!
  • Schefflera Leaf Discoloration
    My Schefflera has been growing pretty steadily since I got it months ago, but I noticed some of its leaves have this discoloration where there seems to be gaps in the darker greens. I am 99% certain it isn't from a pest, but curious if anyone knows what causes it.

    Is it a watering thing? Is it a nutrient thing? I have fertilized it maybe twice in the past month and a half - basically every other watering - but I think I halved the dosage and maybe even halved the suggested frequency.

    Thoughts? Something I should just ignore given all else seems to be going well?
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      Pei Not sure what that was. But I flush the soil of all my plants occasionally to wash away any unwanted buildups (like salts, menerals, and etc..) if you think the fertilizer is the reason. Either way, I would ignore tbh considering the plant is happy overall. Sometimes plants are weird (aren't we all?) haha!
  • Countertop Water Distillers?
    Has anyone tried one of these and/or have recommendations? Alternately, I am crazy to consider getting one?

    I have a few plants that I've been told / read are very fussy and really prefer distilled water, so I feel like maybe it's a worthwhile investment, especially considering how much I love those plants and how much they actually cost in the first place.

    Thoughts?
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      MALINDA I love in NYC, and I use tap water that I let sit out for a couple of days for most of my plants. My calatheas don't respond well to this, so I have to give them water that I run through a Brita filter (so extra, but sooo pretty).
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      Pei What plants are they? I’m so curious 🤗

      I don’t fond any difference with distilled or not. I use tap water (NYC here) and my plants are all fine.
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      Erin Ooo I'm curious if anyone uses one too! I live in NY so the tap water is generally ok for my plants (and me).
  • Moist Soil vs. Overwatering vs. Something Else?
    My best attempt to ask a convoluted question. I know what I list below doesn't apply to EVERY plant, but this is in regards to what I consider the average house plant's needs.

    I know that no plants like to be overwatered, that pots with drainage are best, soil with good drainage is important, and roots don't like to sit in water. I haven't had plants for long but I think I'm a decent judge of when plants need water and when is too soon.

    That being said, there are a few plants I own that take forever for their soil to become dry. It's not a puddle of water, but it stays consistently / evenly moist for much longer than my other plants. An example here is a Grape Leaf Ivy I purchased a few weeks ago. The soil was moist when it arrived, and it still is after at least 3 weeks.

    Is this something I should be concerned about for any reason? I suppose I worry about mold or root rot or who knows what. Just not sure if there's something I should be changing, or if it's the soil the plants came in and I should change that or if they aren't getting enough light, or what!
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      PlntNrd How much light is this plant getting, how humid is the environment, how big is the pot, and is there a hole in the pot? First, the less light, the less water the plant will need/use. If you have a plant in a low light area, you won’t have to water it as often as the same plant in a high light spot. Second, if it’s in a humid environment, like bathroom, it could take longer to dry out because of the humidity. Third, bigger pots take longer to dry out. I have some 12 inch pots that I only water monthly, while my 4 inch with the type of plant, I have to water weekly. Last, and very important, if there isn’t a drainage hole and it’s taking a very long time to dry out, you are probably giving too much water at one time. When watering plants in pot without drainage hole, it’s best to give very small amounts. The same goes for watering plants without holes, but with a “drainage layer”. If you’re watering higher than the drainage layer, then the soil will be just sitting in soggy wet soil.
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      Erin Such a great question! How's the drainage for your grape leaf ivy? If you don't see any symptoms of overwatering, and the plant has generally decent drainage, I don't think it's something to be concerned about!
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  • Soil Recommendations for Repotting Gardenia
    Pretty straightforward. Just got a small gardenia and I think it needs to be repotted soon - lots of roots growing out of bottom of container.

    I've read they are very finicky and seen lots of suggestions on soil mixtures and additives - if nothing else it seems they enjoy acidic soil with a pH around 5.

    _Any off the shelf suggestions for indoor gardenias?
    _Any suggestions for magic mixes to make my own? Rather not do this but I will if it's best.

    BONUS
    _Any other specific suggestions on fertilizers or soil conditioners or who knows what that gardenias love?
  • Gynura Aurantiaca (Purple Passion) - To Trim Or Not?
    I have a purple passion that has been growing like crazy and now has 3 pretty solid stalks with big leaves, each around 12"h.

    I'm not sure what my next step with this should be. Sometimes I've seen these grown in hanging planters to cascade a bit, which could be cool. Will these stalks naturally (and safely) just start bending over and growing downward?

    OR should I be pruning it down to make it into more of a bush? Part of me feels like I should be doing this and maybe even trying to root the clippings in the same pot to make the whole thing fuller. In this case, I'm more afraid of doing something that will damage the plant. Not so worried if the clipping don't take root, but it's been growing so well I'd be sad if I hurt the main plant.

    Anyone have experience with any of this?
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      Pei i think it's a personal preference. I am a sucker for any hanging plants :)
  • Red Aglaonema Problem
    My Red Aglaonema has been doing well for months with lots of growth. Yesterday I noticed the leaves drooping a bit for the first time. This morning I went to check on it and I don't know how to describe it other than it seems like the entire main stalk was able to pull right out of the soil as if it was simply just pushed into the soil in the first place. Really strange. 

    Any ideas what is happening? Is this a natural occurrence with them once they get past a certain size? Is there a way to save that part?
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      Paris Lalicata If your plant has root rot you can simply take cuttings from all the healthy parts of the plant! Eventually you'll have a few brand new plant babies for free and don't really lose your plant!
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      PlntNrd Is it possible for you to post a few pics? I know that some plants, like Sempervivum literally pull themselves out of the soil when they’re overwatered (kind of sounds like what you’re describing), but I don’t know of this being common with Aglaonemas. I have quite a few Aglos and I haven’t personally seen this phenomenon, so if you could post a few pics it might help the forum members identify the issue.
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      Andrea Hi!
      I’m not super familiar with this particular plant, but it sounds like it could be root rot that caused the stalk to separate from the root ball. In winter you should let the soil dry completely between watering. Supposedly the red vatiety is more “delicate” than the others and can be finicky about humidity and warmth during colder months. I’ve also read that during propagation they can take a very long time to root while still showing significant leaf growth, so that could be the case here. 🤔🌱
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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.

    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?
    • Should I occasionally be removing lower stems, or not yet?
    • Should I be doing something specific to increase the strength of their trunks?
    • Do I need to try staking them early or wait until necessary?
    • Are there specific fertilization practices I should be using other than the usual?
    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.

    Thanks for any help people can provide!