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  • Snake plants
    Hi I propagated my snake plant in August (cut a leaf and let it root in water). I have since planted it and can tell the roots are strong but no other leaves are growing.  It just looks like a planted leaf. Any tips?
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      Andrea Hi Samantha,
      I’m under the impression that snake plants grow pretty slowly, especially when propagating through a cut leaf (rather than through division or rhizome removal) like you did here. Basically, the roots are starting from scratch and need time to develop. It looks healthy, though, and usually you don’t want to fertilize in winter, so I think all you can do is wait for now. As the days grow longer and it gets more light I imagine you’ll see some growth. 🤞🏼🌱
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      Samantha Here he is...
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  • Need Help ID’ing this plant!
    My wife and I would like to know what kind of plant this is. Please help! Thanks. 
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      Pei one of my favorite low-light plants!!!
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      Erin Marino What a beauty!
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      Paris Lalicata Aglaonema Silver Bay, they’re commonly known as a Chinese evergreen! Tolerates low to medium indirect light, allow soil to dry out between waterings, and can survive low humidity conditions. This plant can be toxic if ingested by cats or humans so just be careful!
  • Books for beginners
    Any books that have helped you understand/care for your plants better? Looking for any recommendations. 
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      Andrea Hi Sadie,
      It’s not the cutest looking book, but Houseplants for Dummies is a great starting point! It has a wide range of useful information, from identification to care & propagation for many common plants 😀🌱
  • Help With Dying Rubber Tree
    I am having some issues with my rubber tree that I received about 2 months ago. The leaves look like they are drooping, soft, and curling under. They are developing brownish splotches and then falling off (about 50% have fallen at this point). 
    It is in a warm sunny place and it has been watered approximately every 7-10 days when the soil dries out about 1-2 inches beneath the surface. 
    Anyone have any ideas why this is happening? Thanks for the help!
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      Kakiannna Looks over watered/ root rot. Also try removing frompot to dry out. Rubber trees are supper sensitive, when moved it’s normal to lose some
      Leaves.
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      Paris Lalicata Hi Jake! It appears that your rubber tree is portraying signs of a fungal infection. I suggest checking the roots to see if root rot has set in. Trim any dead decaying roots, and if you're left with healthy roots I suggest dipping those roots directly into a fungicide solution and repotting in fresh growing medium. Hope this helps :)
  • Problem child pothos
    New-is plant parent here. Feeling encouraged that the rest of my babies are doing well, with the exception of this droopy, sad-looking pothos.

    I have a hunch that I was overwatering a bit (had to trim quite a few yellowed or wilted leaves), but also wondering if this needs a bigger pot?

    Incidentally, this guy also sits closest to my window and radiator, so it's likely a product of the cold weather of late. I've turned the pot and moved it a couple inches away from the window, so hoping that helps, too.

    Any tips would be much appreciated!!
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      Paris Lalicata I also always suggest investing in a soil probe that measures moisture to assist with watering if you ever have a hard time!
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      Paris Lalicata Hello Annie! The symptoms of your plant indicate underwatering. I suggest watering the plant once the soil has completely dried out, but not bone dry. Considering your conditions it may need more frequent waterings.
      The cause of the previous yellow leaves could've simply been caused by the plant acclimating to its new environment!
      Also, that seems like a perfect sized pot for the plant :)
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  • What kind of plant is this?
    Is this a chinese evergreen?  I couldn't find much online that was helpful.  TIA!
  • Norfolk Pine
    I got this Norfolk Pine in a holiday tro from The Sill around November. The tips of the branches are turn gin brown. It is happening slowly, but it is spreading. It is kept in an East facing window that gets direct sunlight through the first part of the day, and indirect for most of the rest of the day. I have upped the watering a bit, but it hasn't changed. Any thoughts? Thank you!
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      Ava Norfolk pines do turn brown in some areas! If the humidity is ok just prune the brown area. This is a normal thing with norfolk pines!
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Emily! The crisping and browning of the leaves looks like a humidity issue. Since the Norfolk is a tropical pine it has high humidity requirements! You can prune any dead and crispy needles, and try to increase the humidity around the plant. You can do that by misting the plant heavily on a daily basis, keeping it the bathroom, or providing a humidifer nearby! Hope this helps :)
  • Calathea Help
    About a month ago, I purchased this Calathea Medallion plant at The Sill store in Chinatown. However, it doesn't seem to be very happy. The edges of the leaves are brown and brittle, and some leaves are yellowing. I know sometimes yellowing can be a sign of overwatering, so I haven't watered it in about a week.  Right now the plant is on a desk, so it doesn't get direct sunlight but also isn't in darkness. I asked one of my green-thumbed friends for advice, and she thought initially it might be spider mites or type of water, but I checked the leaves and they seem fine and also switched to only watering with bottled water (but again, I haven't watered it in over a week). Anyone have any similar experiences or have any idea what to do? 
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      Lauren Ugh Calathea are so hard to keep alive, the only kind ive vern able to keep thriving is the raddlesnake
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      Blake I've been having the same problem since receiving my Calathea plant. I've been trying to keep the soil moist, but not saturated. Similar to what [291033,Tara] mentioned - I think it's humidity related. I've purchased a small warm mist humidifier to keep near "needy" plants, hoping to help them get through the cold/dry midwest winter. Good luck, keep us updated.
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      Tara My Calathea looks JUST like this. It's been a really tricky plant and seems to always be unhappy no matter what I do. I got some advice recently about moving it into the bathroom to absorb the humidity, and that the moisture was more important than the amount of light. Hopefully we can both revive them!
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  • Rattlesnake Calathea leaves drying and curling
    Hello!  I need some help please! I got this beautiful Rattlesnake Calathea just a few days ago and already the leaves are curling and drying.  Here it is next to a window so that you could see it better, however it is in my living room where it does not get direct sunlight.  I'm so sad, as this is the first plant we have purchased that is having a hard time in our home!  Any advice is appreciated.
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      Matt Humidity makes a world of a difference with these guys. I'd advise getting a pebble tray and mister from amazon (will run you around $15-20 for both). Try to mist the leaves at least once a day and keep the pebble tray filled with water so that it's constantly evaporating humidity up into the leaves. Make sure you arent over-watering too
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      Lisa Brighter light (although not direct sunshine), and use a pebble tray to increase the humidity. I would also mist the leaves. They like to stay a bit moist and the dry winter heat dries them up. Experiment with different spots for lighting and increase the moisture in the atmosphere around it! Good luck!
  • Philodendron Green and Bird’s Nest Fern Care
    Hi! I just recently ordered two plants for the first time! Unfortunately I accidentally ordered them right before the polar vortex, so the Philodendron Green and Bird’s Nest Fern are not looking great! I watered both of them when they arrived, but I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to help them out, it would be greatly appreciated! (I am very new at caring for plants and not sure what to do!)
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      Janine G I ordered right before the vortex as well. I ordered 6 plants and 5 looked like yours. I trimmed them all down to nothing with my fingers crossed. The Sill was nice enough to credit my account so I could try again in warmer weather.
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      Eliza Blank Hi Megan, unfortunately the plants do look cold damaged - in which case you would have to trim back a majority of the foliage. Please reach out to [email protected] and we can get you replacements if you prefer.
  • Monstera location
    Hi! I just got a baby monstera from the sill. I’m super excited. Can anyone tell me if this is enough light for it? It’s a large northish facing window.

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      Stephiem3 Thanks everyone! I didn’t realize that the heater/ac vent blows right along that whole window so I moved the plant until I can get a huge ladder to adjust it 🙄
      Hopefully it’ll be happy :)
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      Erin Marino Great view!
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      Sam Storch Second Pei! it would help a lot to give it more height so it will be level with the window. maybe a stack of cute books?
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  • White Bird of Paradise sprouts?
    I recently bought a White Birds of Paradise tree and within a week of potting and watering, a ton of little white sprouts erupted from the soil. Are these seedlings? I can’t seem to find a picture anywhere of new growth to confirm. I just want to make sure I’m taking proper care of the new babies. 
  • Pinstripe Calathea
    Sam (LES shop) invited me to share my pics of my babies. This is my Party Girl, Parker Posey. I got her in September, and she is thriving beautifully.
  • New Silver Phil is sad! :-(
    I recently (last week) purchased a silver philodendron along with a couple other plants. Upon arrival, they looked great, except my little silver phil. He looked a little droopy. I waited a couple of days, repotted it, and it looked worse.... Now, two days later, proper drainage, some good soil...curling leaves and dry tips. I've heard they prefer less water, so I haven't watered it again. I moved it tonight to a more central area in the house hoping maybe it was getting too much light...? Any ideas?
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      Erin Marino Aw this guy looks like it might have had some cold damage in transit! I'd recommend removing all the foliage that's black and mushy, and giving it a little water to perk up the healthier leaves.
  • What is this plant?
    Hello everyone!

    I purchased a "leafy assortment" from The Sill about a year ago. This little green plant came along in the set. Does anyone know what this plant is called? I want to know more about it.