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  • Droopy Philodendron
    Can anyone help me figure out why my philodendron is so droopy and sad?  He gets a good amount of natural light and plenty of water but continues to look droopy and sometimes gets a yellow leave or two.  
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    Thank you! 
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      NRD Official name of plant tool for poking holes in dirt- pencil or chopstick! :)

      What is that cutie patootie in the background of the 3rd pic? Is that a bunny running around? I though it was a little piggy at first, from afar.
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      Paula Diamond Roman Sometimes when it seems like the dirt has gotten super solid, I poke holes in in it so the water can permeate the dirt better. I'm sure there's some official plant tool for that but I usually just use what's handy.

      Also, my father, the family green thumb, always warned me that some times you have to be cruel to be kind and pinch off some growth on hanging/trailing plants but it looks like all the stems are leafy so I don't think it's that.
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      Pei @maria Did it get any better?
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  • hoya new growth!
    My hoya heart has started to show new growth (eek!). What's the best way to make sure I'm taking care of this properly so it keeps on growing?!
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      Pei lots of bright light and always check the soil before water. I read that Hoya is naturally a slow grower. [286317,Chrissy]
  • Can I Propagate This?
    This guy broke off of a monstera. I repotted it but I don't think there was a node - will it still grow?
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      Sam Storch update: my poor guy didn't make it. i should have watered it more frequently since it was smaller. it was a fun experiment nonetheless!
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      Plant Dad If there's 2 leaves, then it's likely that there's a node to grow, for sure!
  • Calathea Orbifolia-No New Growth
    I've had this lovely Calathea Orbifolia for a few months now and continually have her out of direct sunlight and next to a humidifier, however, there hasn't been any sign of new growth and her leaves continue to crisp at the ends. Could the lack of growth be due to sunlight? I thought calathea liked lower light?
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      Paula Diamond Roman Do you have radiators? I have some plants that just never thrive once the heat comes on. I've given up on ferns.
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      Jam Y8 Ah I just gave up on my Medallion too that I had in my shower.
  • Tectorum Ecuador-Why so Smushy?
    Hi all,
    I had my beautiful Tectorum Ecuador Air plant for a few months and have continued misting every few days/soaking once a week for 10 mins but the poor thing has curled up like this. Does anyone know if there is a way to recover?
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      NRD Unfortunately, I don’t think that guy is going to recover. It’s pretty brown; looks already dead, or at least, almost dead to me. It should be a nice silvery, white, and sometimes a little green in color. Tectorums are not to be submerged in water at all, just misting every 1-3 wks depending on level of humidity in your home, not multiple times a week. These guys are very sensitive to overwatering and need to be fully dried, as well. Also, are you using tap water or filtered, spring, or distilled water?
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      Sill Appeal This kind of Tillandsia doesn’t need as much water because it’s so fuzzy. I never soak mine. I can’t see yours very well but I hope it recovers :)
  • New leaf on Monstera with brown spots
    I just noticed that my new leaf coming in on my Monstera has brown spots on it. Any idea what this could be? A plant of mine that used to be near this had spider mites so I'm really hoping that's not related to it. Already searched the plant but found no evidence of pests.
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      Jam Y8 That's odd!
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      Pei i read it somewhere that inconsistent watering schedule will cause that? but can't be sure....
  • Bonsai blues
    A current picture of what was a beautiful weeping willow bonsai (unknown scientific ID).

    Only about a month after living in my home it has dropped all it's beautiful sun-grown leaves, and has been leafless until this very day.

    I moved it to my South facing window where I keep all my cacti in hopes it would grow more shade-tolerant leaves, but has failed to do so. 

    I scratched some bark off to see if the tree was still alive, and underneath was still green and fleshy!

    Any ideas on how to care for bonsai/indoor trees better? Or why my bonsai is still in this dormancy?
  • Maranta tips
    The tips of these leaves are getting this brown crunchy look. I don't mist the leaves and I avoid getting them wet. But these are popping up on about 50% of the leaves. What do I do? 
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      NRD I only give my plants spring water. My tap water has a lot of chlorine, flouride, and metals in it and they all are horrible for plants. Tap water causes browning of leaves, but not like this. Is this only on the tips or are there spots on other parts of the leaves? This looks like it could possibly be leaf spot, which is caused by a fungus or bacteria. Leaf spot causes brown spots with a yellow ring around the outer edge on leaves. If you have these spots only on the tips of your Maranta, then it probably is due to low humidity, but if they are all over leaves, I would suspect leaf spot. Besides, a humidifier, you could make a humidity tray to put your plant on. I have all of my Calatheas, Marantas, ferns, etc on pebble trays right now, as well as, humidifiers in rooms.
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      Chrissy Ohhh thanks! I just got a swanky humidifier as a Christmas gift, so I'll see if that helps. And try out the water suggestion :)
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      Sam Storch This is happening to my calathea too! I have it in the bathroom so it’s getting great humidity. Should i switch to distilled water perhaps?
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  • This fern is sad?
    I normally do so well with plants, but this blue star fern is giving me some grief. These leaves are turning this color pretty rapidly. How do I take care of this one properly? 
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      NRD That looks like it could be an issue with watering. Unfortunately, overwatering and underwatering can look the same sometimes. My green prayer plant gets yellow when I underwater it, because it likes to be moist at all times. Ferns like to be consistently moist too, but not overwatered or sitting in water. They also require high humidity. How often do you water this guy or, better yet, are you letting the soil dry out at all? Don’t let the top of the soil dry out and check the humidity in your home. If you have a window in your bathroom, that could be a good home for a fern.
  • Old leaf?
    I hate when my plants lost leaves (makes me feel like a bad plant mom!) Is this one just falling off because it's old?

    Should I let it fall off naturally or snip it off? 
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      NRD Wow, that is a beautiful Pilea pep. Yes, it is just due to age. I have one and that happens with the older leaves. You could probably just touch the leaf and lift it up a little, or even to the left or right, and it will just break off easily where it’s attached to the stem. I don’t like to leaves on my plants once they get so old they start yellowing. I don’t really want them putting all of their energy in to saving an old leaf that is going to come off soon anyway.
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      Pei i think either is fine. I usually like to snip it just cuz i can't stand the yellow sight. ha
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      Wyatt Plants Things Omg this pilea is so stunning!
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  • Snake Plant Spots
    I have had this snake plant for a while, but I can't remember if these spots were there when I purchased this or not. 

    Anyway - are these ok? Will they spread? 
  • Moroccan dream
    If you’re ever going to Marrakech, you MUST stay at El Fenn Riad in the Medina. Their way of using plants in the interior is beyond beautiful. 
  • Panda plant dry skin?
    My panda seems to be doing well and is growing, but it has these dried up light brown spots on a few leaves. Anyone know what this is and if it’s treatable? 
  • Alien plant spotted in VT
    Can anyone ID please?!
  • Battle of the ferns
    My button fern(Pellaea rotundifolia) has recently moved into my shower! Since ferns love humidity and crisp up very quickly this is the only place in my house during the winter where she stays a little happy.

    Any other humidity ideas?
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      NRD Just curious, do you have a window in your bathroom? I would love to put some of my plants in the bathroom, but I have no windows.
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      Elana You could put a tray of pebbles underneath a plant and make sure to keep that 1/2 filled with water. When the water evaporates the plants will get that extra humidity! Also grouping plants together increases humidity. And getting a humidifier always works!