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  • What is this Beauty?
    Hello Hello! 

    I'm curious to know if anyone can help with identifying this plant. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago at a local shop. Also! There's some browning on the leaves, I'm unsure why that is. 
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      Hannah You've got a Monstera deliciosa there! Also known as a Swiss Cheese Plant for it's holes. It's looking awesome! That shiny, new leaf uncurling is the perfect sign of a happy and healthy plant. One potential cause of the browning could be it's not getting enough humidity. You want to make sure it's getting enough water, but not too much. It doesn't like being soggy. To help with the ambient humidity, I would suggest gently wiping the leaves with a soft, damp cloth. This will help get some of that dust off of it and help it breath better too!
  • Henry
    I am so excited about taking on plant parenthood and just wanted to share my Philodendron. His name is Henry. I can’t wait to get more plant babies! 
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      Pei Hiiii Henry! Is he your first plant, [291162,Idalia] ?
  • Calathea Medallion
    This is listed under low light plants but the needs say medium. How would it fare in an apartment in the Pacific Northwest? Thank you for your insights!
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      Pei Calathea does fairly well in medium to low light environment. However that does not mean they like it. I had one and put it a few inches away by my south facing window before. However, it was not happy. I moved to an east-facing window few months ago and it couldn't be happier!
  • Sad Alocasia
    Have had this Alocasia from a nursery in New Jersey for a few months now, and can't seem to keep more than one leaf alive and healthy on it at a time! Is this normal? I don't mind it- but want to make sure I'm not killing the guy :) 

    What happened to the right leaf had happened to another leaf before- ended up dying, I hacked it off eventually, then a new one grew, and now happening again. 

    I keep it a few feet away from a large south facing window, and water about every 10 days when soil is completely dry. 
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      Pei Think could be spider mites? Did you see any webbing almost on the leaves? And I agree with [291176,Phoebe Cheong], maybe it's not getting enough sun...
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      Phoebe Cheong Mine is the same too!!
      I have a feeling its due to humidity and lack of light?
  • Welcome to the family!
    Just bought three new plants for my apartment from The Sill! Giving them time to get  acclimated to their new home before I repot them! Is it weird that I named them? 
  • Is it a calathea?
    Hey all! I'm very new so please pardon my lack of knowledge.
    My family has had this plant lying around for about a year, and they told me I could take care of it now that I'm learning about plants. I think it's a type of calathea? because of the white stripes but can anyone correct me if they have more information?
    I just want to know how to care for it! Thanks :)
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      Phoebe Cheong These guys are the best, they tolerate so well in low light, I barely need to care for them!
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      Pei It looks like an aglaonema to me too!
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      Eliza Blank It actually looks like an Aglaonema to me!
  • Sad Bird's Nest Fern
    This Bird's Nest Fern has been sad and browning almost since I got it. My apartment is fairly dry, but I keep her near a humidifier that I run daily, and keep an eye on the soil dryness. Any thoughts?
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      Pei It looks a bit dry to me... how much water do you give it? And how often? [290326,Emily]
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      Rosy Hello! How much light has it been getting? I've been told by my plant loving friend that although some plants may be labeled "low light," they still need a certain amount of "low" sunlight for certain periods of time each day
  • Monstera
    About a year old, has been thriving so far. Just noticer this discoloration on just one of my leaves (one of the bigger leaves of the plant) its an otherwise very happy Monstera. Any ideas why this is happening?
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      Pei It looks like leaf fungal infection! You might want to trim the infected part to preven spreading.
  • Mini
    (after being repotted)
  • Birdsnest Silver Snake Plant
    HI there. I recently brought home a Birdsnest Silver Snake Plant (aka: Mother In Law's Tongue?) and the tips of the leaves are brown and crispy. Not enough water? Too warm? I had it on top of a bookshelf in our living room that we heat with a wood stove. I thought it got too hot or dried out? I put it next to the other one on a table under the window. The second one seems to be doing fine. Thank you in advance, Stacey
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      Pei I think it’s the dry heat that sucked out all the water. Snake plants are super easy and resilient though. Give it sometime and it will bounce back surely!
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      Erin Marino I think the dry heat from the wood stove could be the culprit. Now that you moved it, I'd keep an eye out and see if the new growth has less browning.
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      Nicole Not sure if this is the answer, but I think tap water can make the tips brown. Try letting your water sit out for 24 hours so the chemicals can evaporate before giving it to your plant.
  • 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!
  • Propagating Dumb Cane
    Hey all!
    I had a hard time IDing this plant as it was a gift and it did well for the first few months but as it got quite cold almost all of the leafs fell off. I'm now left with mostly stems, two of which have a single leaf. Do you have any tips for propagating this plant from stems or tips so that it creates more off shoots?
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      Viridian E Update!! Its growing little nubs my guess is its going to be ok!!
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      Pei I think you might want to nurse the plant back to health before propagation. Dumb cane aka Aglonema is relatively a easy medium to low light plant. Give it some times and love-keep it in a spot that’s above 50F-and it should be fine :)
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      Stacey I actually almost killed mine once, it was in the front seat of our car on the floor between my son't feet when we were moving. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid a downed motorcycle, and the Dumb Cane stem was sheared in half when it slid under the dashboard. I was upset about losing the plant, and with hope I just stuck it into the pot when I got it home and it took root and is doing well to this day. You can just pop the stem into the soil!
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  • Silly Question: Do I take green tie off Money Tree?
    Hello! I received a Money Tree from the Sill in the mail yesterday and was wondering if I should take the green string tie off...probably a silly question I know! additionally this plant looks very sad and the leaves are droopy. Any tips? Thank you!
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      Eliza Blank Hi Kasey, it looks like your Money Tree suffered the same damage as the Philodendron you posted. Please see my other note!
  • Sad Philo Upon arrival
    Hello! I received this philodendron from The Sill yesterday and immediately unboxed it. To my sadness the leaves were really droopy and a dark brown color! I made sure to give it adequate sunlight and water it but is this plant too far gone or can I save it? Thanks!
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      NRD Did it take a couple of days to get to you and is it very cold where you are? It looks like it could possibly have some cold damage. Are the leaves crispy or kind of soggy/mushy? Definitely cut off the brown parts and see what/how much is left and make sure the base looks ok.
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      Janine G Mine arrived the same way. I cut it down to nothing. Hoping it sprouts up again.
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      Mallory How is the soil? You could try watering it from the bottom and seeing how the plant reacts. I juts rehabed a droopy pothos with completely dried out soil this way and it perked right up!
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  • Schefflera propagation advice needed
    I've had this beauty for about four years now, and I'd really like to try my hand at propagating a new plant from a cutting. I've got propagation hormone powder and plan on propagating it in soil - my understanding is these don't do well with water propagation. I'm wondering if anyone has some pointers or advice on how/where to take a clipping from the plant and any other tips on getting this to work successfully. Thanks in advance!