E & S
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  • Should We Be Worried About Our African Mask Plant?
    <span>We brought this plant home from The Sill (it wasn’t shipped; we picked it up) about a month ago. Within a week or so, we noticed yellow spots on some of the leaves. One leaf, shown, has multiple: one big one (pictured), another similarly sized one (hidden under the other leaf), and one smaller dot (pictured). The leaf on top of it (which is also curling) has a yellowish-brown streak-like marking too. I think only one other leaf has a yellow spot; that spot is small and mostly brown. These blemishes haven’t really changed much since we noticed them. They may have gotten slightly bigger/brighter but it’s hard to tell. In addition, many of the leaves have a yellow-to-blackish tip. Is the plant unhealthy or dying? Is there something we need to do? 😥<br><br>One other note: The plant came with what appears to be a newish leaf. It’s curled and bright yellowish-green. Is it actually a new leaf? If so, why isn’t it opening up or getting darker? <br></span><br>As for care: The plant is in a big north/northwest-facing window. We leave the shade fully open for most of the day and close it at night. We also put a blanket between the pot and the shade at night to help block any drafts. (The window is still a little drafty unfortunately.) We water it when most of the soil feels dry (about every week and a half). Our apartment is usually in the 60s temperature-wise. It’s a little dry in here, but we put the African Mask Plant next to three other plants to increase the humidity around it. We are also getting a humidifier. We carefully removed a few dead leaves from it, but we haven’t moved or changed the soil it came with. It was potted at The Sill.<br><br>Thanks for the help! We’re worried we’re doing something wrong that needs to be fixed!
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      Pei Does the soil feel dry to touch (3" deep) when you water it? I think it may have been overwatered! African Mask likes to be completely dry out in between watering.
  • Philodendron ‘Silver’ Drooping, Shriveling, and Browning
    We ordered this plant online from The Sill almost a month ago. When it arrived (it was shipped), many of the leaves were partially submerged in the soil. We let it be for a couple weeks, but then removed the leaves that were dead or yellowing. Since then, it seems like it’s been rapidly declining in health (but it used to be fuller before we discarded the damaged leaves, so maybe we just didn’t notice the issues until now). The leaves have started dropping, some of the stems seem totally shriveled/mushy, and leaves are browning too. We’ve been watering it every week or so when most of the soil feels dry. It’s sitting in a north/northwest-facing window with the shade fully open all day. It’s a little drafty, but we try to block the draft at night with a blanket between the pot and the window. What’s wrong with it? We’re worried it’s just going to get worse 🙁
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      E & S Also: when we cleaned out the dead leaves, we tried to unearth some of the other leaves/stems from the soil they were stuck under. Did we accidentally harm the plant?

      My only other note is that we noticed a few small, single, cobweb-like lines across some of the leaves. We haven’t seen any webs in the soil or other bug activity. Just these stray, tiny strands. Thanks!