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  • BUGS ON MY PLANTS
    Anyone have a good natural remedy for bugs? I have so many plants in my room and these little flies have just started becoming an issue. Help!
  • Help! Unknown plant dying at my touch
    Inherited this plant from my brother when he left NYC. I don’t know what it is, but it sure is not happy! I’m not sure if I’m over or under watering it and when I moved it from a sunny spot to a shady spot, a lot of it’s leaves have turned yellow & I’ve had to remove them. What’s equally confusing is it has three new shoots 🤔
    Anyone have any ideas? I think it may be in the palm family due to it having a ‘palm-like’ trunk
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      Meg Ok so I think it’s a dumbcane, but I will leave this post up in case anyone else also wanted to know!
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  • Help!! Tokyo Sun Sadness
    I have raised a few successful succulents, but I have been doing terrible with my poor Tokyo Sun! Does anyone have any tips to save this poor baby before its too late? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  • Help!
    How do I save this plant!! I was misting it lightly every morning, I stopped 3 weeks ago. I haven’t killed a plant yet, is there hope for me?! 

    -The New Plant Mom
  • Mystery plant
    I picked this up in the tropical section the other day but no one seemed to know what it is. The leaves are coin sized and slightly fuzzy. Please let me know! 
  • Dracaena Marginata needs some help!
    Hello,

    We have an office Dracaena Marginata plant that was not doing too well recently. However, we repotted him, and put him in an undisturbed place where he can get a lot of sunlight, and basically have been watering super super infrequently because of it's dessert-likeness. However, the existing leaves still seem to be pretty grumpy and limp. Any suggestions or help? Is it dead, or is it salvageable? Should we fertilize?

  • Quick read!
    Twice as many plants have gone extinct than birds, mammals, and amphibians combined: 

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/twice-many-plants-have-gone-extinct-birds-mammals-and-amphibians-combined 
  • Calathea pinstripe lighting question
    I have a question about Calathea pinstripe care, as I've been considering one but want to make sure the conditions are right.
    My office has floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire SW side, so lots of light, but my desk is about 9 feet from the windows. Assuming that I keep the plant on my desk, do you think that's enough light for it?
  • Spots on Anthurium
    My Anthurium has these spots where it has lost color and dried out. I don't think it's because it's too dry. Maybe water quality or too much sun. Any ideas?
  • What am I?
    Hi guys! What kind of plant is this? And how do I keep it alive???
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      Berna y Alba Hi Madison! This is an Anthurium and it's a tropical plant, so you need to apply with it some tropical plant's ground rules. First, never direct light, they prefer medium to low light. Then, the envirenment should be as humid as possible (I know sometimes is hard!), so you could help it with a humidifier or putting a water vase or something near it. Get it confy in a place with other plants near, as in a plant gang, is very helpful to mantain humidity levels. Last but not least, you have to avoid overwatering it, so wait untill the soil is dry to water it.
      Those are the rules that I have for my tropical ones! You could go to my ig @bernayalba if you want to see more tips that I've posted already there.
      Hope my comment was helpful!
  • New Pilia babies!
    So much new growth from my pilia 
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      Pei 😍😍😍! Pilea is famous for growing very fast that people often give the pups/cuttings to loved ones. Hence their nickname is friendship plant!
  • Neon philodendron
    is this normal for the leaves of my neon philodendron?
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      Pei My philodendron has the same issue. I assume it's from irregular watering scheule OR natural aging process ( as long as it's still healthy overall and putting out new growths)!
  • Troubled Pilea
    Hello plant gurus,
       So, I have this young pilea and I cannot figure what I’m doing wrong with it. The poor thing will get a droopy leaf and it’ll fall off. Perfectly green, firm stem, gets plenty of new shoots...I let him dry out before thoroughly watering him again. I’ve had him about a year and a half. Maybe this is just normal?

    Thanks for any any advice you have!
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      Erin Hi Tiffany! Are the leaves that are falling off, big mature leaves towards the bottom of the stem? If so, it's probably just normal shedding as the plant grows! (Whereas if its new immature growth at the top of the plant that is turning yellow, it could be a watering or light issue.)
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  • Begonia Pavonina Care Information
    I bought this beautiful peacock begonia . I know it's a high maintenance plant but don't find much care information online. Any information you can share will be greatly appreciated. She is quiet expensive and gorgeous. Thanks.
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      Erin What a beauty! I don't have any personal experience with this plant - aside from it being on my wish list ;)
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      Pei WHAT A BEAUTY!! I have a love-hate relationship with Begonia. They are such a beautiful family, but somewhat finicky. In general, Begonia prefers bright indirect light (a few hours of morning sun is ok too). I found east or north facing window work the best. You want to water it thoroughly and make sure the soil dries out about 1" to 2" deep before you water it again. In addition, begonia likes high humidity. But DO NOT mist it as the leaves get fungal infections very easily. I will suggest to group plants together or invest in a humidifier. Hope this helps :)
  • Do you aerate your plants' potting mix?
    I saw the post below from Darryl Cheng on @houseplantjournal on Instagram, and am wondering if anyone else swears by aerating their houseplants' potting mix? 

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BySjEGWB81o/
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      Nicole I nearly killed my maidenhair fern by not aerating it. The water apparently was running down the inside edges of the pot and the majority of the roots stayed dry. Then one day, plant looked great in the morning, and when I came home, it was crispy all over.
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      Pei I don't! I found fingers work just about the same. Or I'd let my plants tell me if they are thirsty. For example, I will hold off the water until they are "slightly" droopy.