Greyson Ike
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About Me
  • Birthday July 21st, 1995
  • Country United States
  • Interests
    Art, travel, yoga, cooking/food, movies, music, the enneagram
  • Plant Knowledge Level
    not a total novice, but definitely could use some improvement


  • Philodendron worries
    My philodendron is looking a little bit dead as the stem gets closer to the soil... what is my problem here? The only confusing part is that the leaves themselves look to be healthy, some are even growing new little leaves. I feel like this is an issue that can be easily fixed/saved, I just don’t know what to do. Help!
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      Paris Lalicata Could definitely be a combination of moisture stress at this point (over or under watering) Best thing to do moving forward is to remove any dead/yellow leaves to enhance the appearance. I would try to increase the plants exposure to bright indirect light to give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and water once the soil has dried out completely!
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      Pei Hey [291793,Greyson Ike], how often and how much do you water it? It looks super thirsty to me.
  • Ivy not looking great
    My Ivy plant is looking not so happy lately. Leaves are getting crinkly, shriveled, and less vibrant. Any thoughts on the possible cause of this? I have it next to a window and water it every two weeks(ish?)— whenever I feel like the soil has gotten dry. 
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      Pei It looks to me your ivy is infested with spider mites. do you see any fine webbing and minute white spots on the leaves?
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      Sarah You should definitely be watering these more!

      I would water at least once a week and mist them about halfway through the week!
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  • Amaryllis reblooming?
    I am attempting to allow my amaryllis bulbs to rebloom - after cutting them back, however, they seem to be getting wilt-y, shrivel-y, and almost burnt looking on the ends. Any solutions?  Or is this normal? 
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      PlntNrd Why did you cut them back? Well, let me put it this way, when did they bloom and how long after did you cut them? In order for Amaryllis to be able to bloom year after year, there are certain things that need to happen, and if they’re indoors plants, you have to do these thing to ensure rebloom. The first, and a very important, thing is never cut the leaves. Amaryllis need those leaves to store up enough energy for next year’s bloom. After they’re done blooming, they will continue to grow leaves for months. You should just let this happen and just take care of it like a normal houseplant. About 3-4 months before you want it to bloom again (the next year) you start the process to put it in to dormancy. To do this, you cut back on watering until you stop altogether and allow the foliage to die off naturally. Once that happens, place the pot in a cool dark place. Don’t put in refrigerator, this is actually bad for them and is only recommended if you’re trying to purposely delay blooming for an extended period of time, but you can time blooming with dormancy and it’s just not worth the risks. The bulbs can dessicate, get moldy, and even be poorly affected by certain fruits and veggies in the fridge. I just put mine in a closet on the floor. Leave it there for at least 8 weeks. When you’re ready to break dormancy, take the pot out, now is a good time to repot with fresh soil and put in a larger pot. Give a little water and place in sunlight. After a few days, water very well and continue normal watering from now on. I have 8 different Amaryllis bulbs that I keep indoors and get to rebloom yearly. The number one rule is do not cut the foliage. If you do, that the plant won’t be able to store up all the nutrients it needs long term. If your amaryllis just finished blooming and you cut the foliage, I would suggest continuing to care for it like normal. Sometimes the naturally lose leaves and they will continue to put new ones out throughout the year, so yours might replace the ones you cut. If you amaryllis just bloomed and you cut the foliage and are trying to force another bloom, it is possible that it will bloom again, but that depends on how it was taken care of the years before. The thing you should know though, if that’s what you’re doing, even though it is possible to get it to rebloom without proper rest and without allowing the foliage to grow, it will not last much longer. If the bulb isn’t allowed to store up the nutrients it needs and also rest, it will exhaust itself to death and you won’t have it for long. Your bulb also won’t be able to produce any offsets, and an Amaryllis that is many years old, with multiple daughters attached, all blooming together is an incredible sight.
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      Pei It is normal. As you cut them back, the tissue would dying out slowly.

      and if you want it to rebloom, I would recommend to leave it as it is. However, make sure it's in a bright lit environment for a few weeks or months, and put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. To reactive the bulbs, you want to warm up the bulbs and moist the soil. You can do this anytime of the year! Hope this helps :)
  • Plant Identification (and help!)
    Can anyone identify this plant for me? Also, why the end of a couple of leaves have turned dark brown (almost looking burned - should I move away from window?)
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      Erin It's a beautiful Pothos plant! As Pei said, super easy to care for so that's great.

      I'd recommend pruning off any dead or crispy leaves if you haven't already. Generally pothos thrive in moderate indirect light, and with waterings about every 10 days (more frequent with more light). If you're scared to overwater- it'll visually droop when thirsty so that's a good sign to look for.

      I notice a little crispiness- any chance you have it by a heater? If so, definitely move it a few feet away. It doesn't love a dry environment but spring is on the way!
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      Pei Hey @Greyson it’s a marble queen pathos a very easy plant. how often do you water it? How much sun does it get? It does look like it’s close to a window from the photo.
  • Amaryllis drooping/heavy
    My amaryllis ordered from The Sill have bloomed beautifully, however they begin to lean toward each side, almost as if off balance — the bulbs sitting toward the top of the soil which makes them wobble over. Is this normal? Is there a way to combat this? 
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      PlntNrd So this is totally normal with Amaryllis. They are just very top heavy and, because the bulbs aren’t firmly planted deep in the soil, they need to be staked. Home Depot and Lowe’s have stakes for under $2. I am posting a pic below so you can see what I’m talking about. If you google Amaryllis stakes you will see lots.
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      Pei I have the same problem too with my bulbs. I use a stick to “train” it stand still!
  • 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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