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  • Help for Ficus Audrey
    Less than a week after I got this, 5 leaves dropped. Four more look like they will follow. Is this stress from shipping? Is the plant sick? 
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      Erin Where did you get it? I've been looking for a ficus audrey! They're gorgeous.
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      Pei Ficus, in general, are not the easiest plants to deal with. They are SUPER temperamental!

      There could be many reasons why they dropped the leaves. But how do you care for it though? how long have you had it? They do tend to drop few leaves when moved but should perk right up in about 1 week or so (with the proper care!).
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  • new monstera deliciosa!
    Got this from a small plant seller in NYC that delivers. It’s just gorgeous! 
  • Snake plant died SOS
    So I got her two months ago and she was good until last week (not sure what happened). Then she lost two out of three leaves and the roots also broke off. I was able to save the strongest leave that had a stump to it and trying to revive it. Is there anything I can do for her? Pls help I literally don’t know what to do. I love them so much but I am not good with plants.
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      Kahlia Shearer Similar things happened to mine! I thought snake plants were supposed to be easy but it's the only plant i've had trouble with! I think it might be root rot
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      Pei Do Do you have photos? Sounded like it was overwater to me.
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      Maureen Did the pot have good drainage? Does it seem "soggy"? I had a sweet little snake plant that died, and I'm pretty sure it got root rot from not enough drainage. It lost a few leaves at first, and then the whole thing died. :( I hope you can save yours!
  • Pothos Troubleshooting Help
    Hello! I’m hoping someone can give me some help here. I’ve had this pothos for 2 years and it has been in this same spot. Near a south facing window. Recently these yellow leaves have appeared, close to the base of the plant and I can see some are fading to lighter green. The plant is still growing healthy and I water when the first 2 inches of soil dries out (as usual). Do you guys think I need to repot? Please help 🙏🏽💕
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      Pei I don't think you need to worry about it. The easiest way to explain this is each leaf actually goes through its life cycle, as long as the plant puts out new growths.

      I would definitely repot the plant. Two years are about time actually!
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      Escarla Abreu here’s the entire plant 🌱
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  • Calathea bulbs - propagation?
    I repotted this extremely rootbounded calathea yesterday and cut off all the bulbs thinking it will promote new root growth to help the plant become healthy. I tried googling facts about it but haven't been able to find any info. Please enlighten my very little plant knowledge, more so calatheas.

    Is what I did right or not? And can I propagate it using the bulbs?
  • Help!
    I have a monstera deliciosa and my cats are always eating at the leaves. How do I get them to stop?
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      Sarah Try making your own deterrent spray! My old roommate had a cat that liked to eat plants and I would put a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle and spray the leaves with that. This won't hurt the Monstera and will hopefully repel your cat.
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  • string of pearls
    help! my string of pearls looks weird. i can’t tell if it’s over or underwatered. i dont water it that much but nothing changes when i water it. the pearls are mushy and shriveled and a weird shape. anyone know what’s going on?
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      Sarah Hmmm...do you have a photo of the shriveled parts? It looks good from this photo, but from the sounds of it - it's being overwatered. How often do you water this guy?!
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      Pei From the photo, it looks SUPER happy though. is it the most recent photo?
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      Parker Might be root rot, does that pot have good drainage?
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  • Liners for Outdoor Wooden Planters
    Hello,

    My boyfriend and I are making wooden planters this weekend for my patio to have a garden. I was wondering if you knew of the best plant friendly substance I could use to protect the wood. We’re looking for a liner or some type of substance to put between the dirt and the wood to protect the wood from rotting without harming the plants. Any ideas?
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      Sarah Try a coconut liner or a poly pro plastic liner!
  • Dying Calathea
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      KATH I have the same calathea from a mom's friend, rootbounded. I cut all the bulbs before repotting it with the thought of porting new root growth.

      Now I'm worried.
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      KATH I have the same calathea from a mom's friend, rootbounded. I cut all the bulbs before repotting it with the thought of porting new root growth.

      Now I'm worried.
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      Sarah He looks super dry and a bit burned. I would water him more and move him to a place with good indirect lighting.
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  • Ivy Plant
    I inherited this ivy plant, and it doesn't seem to be doing well. He was pretty bare when I got him, but is still loosing leaves here and there. I have only been watering when the top inch or so of the soil has dried out, and he is in a pot with drainage. He lives in my bathroom, which has a skylight and gets a lot of light throughout the day. Any ideas to help him stop loosing leaves and bulk up a bit?
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      Pei Also, it looks like it's still in a plastic pot and sitting in another pot? I suggest to repot the plant too. Does the planter have drainage? If not, too much humidity could be trapped at the bottom which would eventually lead to root rot!
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      Pei Do you see any fine webbing on the front and back of leaves? Ivy is extremely susceptible to spider mites which is the #1 reason why it drops leaves. Another possibility is it's been overwatered a bit. How far is the plant from the skylight? Does the sun touch the plant? [290326,Emily]
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  • Succulent help
    Too much water or too little? What am I doing wrong? Help!
  • Calla Lily - Bent Stems
    I ordered a Calla Lily for my Mom for Mother's Day, and it arrived yesterday with all the bloom stems bent in half so that the blooms are facing downward. Any advice on how to salvage these? Can they recover? Or do I need to get my Mom a new present before Sunday (this one looks so sad)?

    Note: I do not have a photo.
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      Pei oh no, sorry to hear that! shipping plants could be tricky - it sounded to me the plant had a very rough ride and has some cosmetic damage. I'd trim away all the damage leaves and let it grow back. Cuz technically the plant is not dead yet. But The Sill has good customer service, it doesn't hurt to shoot them an email to request a new plant :) Good luck!!
  • Help my dying Dracaena
    My plant is not doing well.  I trimmed all the leaves and now it’s  so bare and thin. Does it need reporting? Fresh soil? Fertilizer. It’s been in the same tire for 11 years. 
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      Pei Hey [297780,Lia] do you have photos? It’s difficult to identify the issue without a photo. Plants can show multiple similar systems with different issues.
  • Hoya? Help!
    The label of this plant just said "tropical plant" when I purchased. I think might be a type of Hoya, but I'm not quite sure. Any ideas? Thanks!
  • Monstera Cutting
    I took a cutting from a relative's healthy Monstera plant at the end of November, and successfully rooted the cutting in water. My rooted cutting seems to be pretty happy (even produced a new leaf) in water months later, but I wonder if it is feasible for the plant to continue to grow and thrive without soil. I've had other species of plants die after transferring rooted cuttings to soil, so I'm a little hesitate to try with this baby. Anyone have any thoughts or advise on this? 
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      Sarah Plants can stay in water for longer than you'd think - but that doesn't mean it's living its best life. If you have roots, plus you've had it in water for months I'd say it's time to take the leap with putting him in some soil!
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      Pei plants are not meant to live in the water forever - other than aquatic plants. You should transfer your plants to soil once the propagation has take roots. Plants don’t get the same nutrients potting soil provide from water. It won’t die, just won’t thrive either if that makes sense.

      The trick to ease into the soil medium is to not over water the plant. Plants develope a different type of roots when grow in water (forgot the term right on top my head). You want to make sure the soil is evenly moist and help it gradually get use to the different medium. Hope this helps 😊