Julia Barry
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About Me
  • Country United States
  • Interests
    music composition, web design, indoor gardening, activism
  • Plant Knowledge Level
    Advanced Beginner


  • Heart Hoya with “varicose veins”
    A plant I inherited (maybe a heart Hoya?) was doing great all summer. I just suddenly noticed what look like black verifies veins on one of the leaves. I have no idea what that means. Can anyone let me know what this means (and how to fix if a problem). Thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Julia! It looks like ruptured plant cells to me which shouldn't harm the plant or cause the leaf to further decline and will remain as a scar. This could've been caused due to moisture stress if the plant remained too moist or dry at some point, or if it was exposed to any hot/cold drafts!
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      Julia Barry Oh autocorrect. I was trying to say it looks like black “varicose” (not “verifies”) veins.
  • Burle Marx Philodendron going yellow
    I inherited this Burle Marx Philodendron and it was very happy all summer. I stopped fertilizing one Sept and by Oct, it’s starting to look like maybe it has some sort of deficiency, because the leaves are turning yellow and fading very slowly from the inside out. (See photo.) Do philodendrons do this to make space for new leaves? Is it a nutrient deficiency? Is it unhappy with colder weather? Not sure. Any advice appreciated, thanks!
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      Paris Lalicata There's a chance it could be a nutrient deficiency if the nutrients in the soil have degraded already and the fertilizer was supplementing it considering it happened shortly after. Therefor, I would try either incorporating the same fertilizer schedule back for the plant or replenishing the plant with fresh, nutrient rich soil!
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      Julia Barry Whole plant
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      Julia Barry Last photo — this was the first one to start to yellow, so it’s paler and farther along with whatever the problem is
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  • Diagnosing Bird's Nest Fern issue
    I had a bird's nest fern that was happy for a long time. Then after I got back from a vacation, the plant looked unhappy and some of the leaves had gone black, starting at the bottom. I got rid of the affected leaves, repotted it, and put it in a brighter spot because I thought it was likely rotting/too moist. After that it got dry/crunchy spots, as if it had been sunburned, so I moved it back to its original spot with less light. The leaves continued to dry up and look limp and unhappy, so I removed the affected ones. At this point less than half of the original plant was remaining. I just let it be to recover, watering enough but not too much. Then I noticed the remaining leaves were getting black at the base like the original problem all over again. Soon after, the whole plant wilted and I had to just pitch it altogether. I'm wondering if anyone can help diagnose so I can get a replacement and know what to do if this happens again? Thanks!
  • Yellow bumps on Sansevieria Fasciata
    I inherited this neglected mother-in-law's tongue which has yellowish/brownish spots on one of the leaves. They go through the leaf, so on one side feel like depressions, and on the other feel like bumps. 

    Is this a problem, or something I should just leave be? The plant otherwise is slowly putting out new growth and seems to be recovering.

    Thanks for your help!
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      Pei I think this could be Edema which is a type of abnormal water retention in plants. It's often a sign over water OR too much moisture in the environment....
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  • Hope Philodendron half yellow and translucent
    I inherited a neglected Hope Philodendron with one leaf. I was super happy when it rallied and put out three new leaves. But then suddenly the main leaf turned yellow, drooped, and died off. I thought perhaps I had overwatered so I let it sit for longer and the plant seemed fine -- until a few days ago when one of the leaves very suddenly went half yellow. 

    I had a look at the roots and there's no root rot but it did seem like the roots needed more space, so I repotted it. I also looked at nutrient deficiency charts since the way the leaf was yellowing was sort of an odd pattern, and deduced it might be nitrogen or phosphate, so I put a bit of coffee and also citrus rinds in the soil as suggested. 

    The leaf is still yellowing (and looking oddly translucent?!), but it's not drooping so far... and the very tiny yellow circles/tip on one of the other leaves don't seem to be spreading, or at least not quickly, so that's good... 

    I'm just curious if anyone knows what's actually wrong with the plant (since it's not the usual under/overwatering suspects), and if I did the right thing? 

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      Julia Barry [278958,Pei] & [286271,Paris Lalicata] -- Thanks for your help so far. This plant continues to be mysterious. After I repotted it with coffee grinds and citrus peels in July the plant was super happy, even put out new leaves, and the yellowing on the other leaf stopped.

      But yesterday I watered it after a *month* of letting it dry out, and instantly this morning all three leaves have that weird discoloration/going-transparent thing happening around the edges, and one of the leaves is already starting to droop. :/ Pic attached.

      I did water it with a tiny bit of fertilizer -- could that be it? Or what else could be happening? (I really don't think it's bugs since the plant's been totally fine until literally immediately after I watered it.)

      Thanks for your help!!
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      Julia Barry So far so good! The slight yellow spots on the other leaves have not spread or changed, and the plant it putting out a new leaf! So far it seems like it just needed to be repotted so the roots stopped poking out the bottom of the pot, and the coffee/citrus peels are providing it with some nice nutrient-rich soil. Fingers crossed, thanks for your help!
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      Julia Barry Thanks [286271,Paris Lalicata], so much good advice in there! [278958,Pei] I don't think it's mushy.

      Someone else told me that the fact that it's going translucent means it has bugs that are sucking the life out of it, but I don't see anything under the leaves...
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  • Drooping maranta
    I've had a maranta plant that's been very happy for over a year. A few months ago, one section of it has started leaning down (instead of up like the others), and I keep having to put more soil because the tops of the roots are exposed. Is it "jumping" out of the pot and drooping because it needs more light? Is something weird going on with the roots under this section? Or is this in the normal range of ok and this part is just growing differently and because it's heavy/leaning, pulling at the roots a little? (In the past, the plant has fought off a fungus and there was part I had to cut off to save from a yellowing stem, but that doesn't seem to be happening now...) 

    You can see the section of the plant on the left of the photo if basically facing downwards, while the rest is looking more normal. It's especially more pronounced at night (this pic) when the plant is "praying."

    Thanks for your advice!
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      Pei Hey [291378,Julia Barry] yea it’s actually quite common and normal for Calathea maranta gets leggy. There’s nothing wrong, just how they are as they age.
      Though I’d say looking at the photo, I think it’s not getting enough sun a tiny bit.
  • What kind of plant is this? Maybe an herb?
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      Pei Agreed with [291748,PlantMom]
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      PlantMom It’s incredibly hard to tell with the size of the leaves and the state the plant is in.
  • What kind of plant is this?
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      PlntNrd It looks like it might be a ghost graptopetalum thats is super etiolated and is turning green due to lack of light. You might think about decapitating them and pulling off a bunch of leaves and using those to propagate. If it is a ghosty, it will propagate like a champ. It will even grow more plants from the stem if you leave it planted in the pot with a few leaves left on.
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      PlantMom It looks like a very leggy rosette shaped succulent— possibly an echiveria. It needs a lot more light.
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  • What kind of plant is this?
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      Pei Looks like a type of pencil cactus to me! And it’s dry and not getting enough sun!
  • What kind of plant is this?
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      Lizzie Have you tried Picture This app? I find it super useful for identifying plants. Sometime's it isn't super accurate but it will give me a good start to googling further.