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Plant Troubleshooting

  • 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
  • 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?

  • 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?
  • 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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  • Birdsnest fern
    I’ve had this plant since February, has not grown too much in size. Some leaves have brown spots, some leaves have not grown well. I’ve recently repotted it as I thought maybe it was an issue with the soil. Has anyone had similar issues, knows how to make it healthy again? 
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      Pei [302421,Andrea] it looks to me your fern is not getting enough light actually! Sunlight is the most important food source and energy plants need to put out new growths. How much sun does it get?
  • question about transporting my pothos - will the vines break?
    Hey all. I want to transport my pothos - it's in a closed pot at my office and I want to transport the plant (in an open box, probably on a bus or in a cab) back to my house to put it in the new pot. Then I'll take it back.

    My question: it's started to grow some really nice vines. They're not overly long, but by transporting them do I run the risk of breaking them off?

    It's doing pretty good in the closed pot, I just really prefer something with drainage and have already bought a new pot for it.

    Worth the risk?
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      Pei Pothos are very resilient. I doubt it will break off, but if it does, it will put out new growths!
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      Erin Agreed with PlntNrd - they're pretty resilient plants so you should be OK! And you can propagate any stems that do break off :)

      https://www.thesill.com/blogs/diy/plant-propagation-for-beginners
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      PlntNrd In my experience, pothos have pretty thick sturdy vines. I think, if you’re careful, you should be just fine. My pothos is one of my sturdier plants. Water it a day or two before you transport and you should be good.
  • Black coral taro
    Hi! I got a black coral taro and I’m trying to keep it in a pot indoors, however it’s been getting brown spots since I brought it home. I called the nursery and they said it’s not getting enough sun, but the internet says it could be getting sun burnt?  I’ve got it in an east facing window so it gets full sun for the first half of the day. It’s also the window in my shower so it gets good humidity. The leaves are also curling? I’ve been watering it so that there’s still water in the bottom of the pot it’s in because it’s a pond plant but I worry about root rot? I also haven’t repotted it from its nursery container yet, so because it likes to be in water features are drainage holes a make or break?

    Honestly any tips on this guy would be amazing! 
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      Pei I killed my Colociasa too. They are so beautiful, but SO difficult. Mind lived happily in an east facing window for a good couple of months, but infested with spider mites (those suckers!!) later that I was not able to save it :(

      From my experience, I would say east facing window is definitely fine. As it still gets the energy (sun), but won't get burn as afternoon sun does to plants. Good luck [302009,Lauren swan]! Keep us posted :)
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      Erin These plants are beautiful but difficult to keep happy indoors. I've actually had trouble keeping any type of Colocasia alive inside unfortunately. It sounds like you have it in the perfect spot - bright light and high humidity - so might just be acclimating to it's new home still. Good to keep in mind though that the brightest light indoors is usually equivalent to the shadiest spot outdoors! Might be worth testing it in brighter light if possible.
  • Pilea help please
    Trying to figure out why my leaves are curling. It gets moderate sun and I water only when the soil is dry. Could it use more sun? More water?
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      Erin Agree with below! For new, immature foliage- the curling can be natural. If it continues are the leaves mature, I'd give it more bright direct light and more frequent waterings to match.
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      dekadaye That's how they look when first blooming, but it could be not enough water. Pilea's love bright light and to be watered weekly in the sunny months.
  • Yellowing Monstera
    Just a few of my Monstera leaves are turning yellow. I recently changed the soil, have been careful about watering and tried to give it some plant food. It’s been about 2 weeks without improvement! Help!
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      Pei Do not give plant food when a plant is struggling! Fertilizer only works when a plant is healthy and happy. Think of it as a vitamin versus a medication. And [289177,Selena S] is right about do not use fertilizer after you repot a plant. you will run the risk of burning the roots.

      How much water and sun does it get btw?
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      Selena S I'm not sure if this is the answer but I've read that when you repot in new soil, you shouldn't add any fertilizer/plant food for at least a few months because the new soil already has enough nutrients.

      Another theory: I repotted my Monstera recently and did not add fertilizer and some of my leaves also turned yellow at the bottom - I suspect it could have been transplantation shock or maybe I wasn't gently enough with the roots during the repotting processes. After 1.5 months no new leaves turned yellow and I think it's stabilizing from the transplant shock.

      Since it looks like its just the bottom leaves turning yellow, I think I would just try to water normally, give it good light, not add any fertilizer since its in new soil, and see if it improves. I think yellowing newer leaves/bigger leaves would be more cause for concern
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  • Ivy not looking great
    My Ivy plant is looking not so happy lately. Leaves are getting crinkly, shriveled, and less vibrant. Any thoughts on the possible cause of this? I have it next to a window and water it every two weeks(ish?)— whenever I feel like the soil has gotten dry. 
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      Pei It looks to me your ivy is infested with spider mites. do you see any fine webbing and minute white spots on the leaves?
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      Sarah You should definitely be watering these more!

      I would water at least once a week and mist them about halfway through the week!
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  • Curling Pilea
    My Pilea's top leaves are curling/cupping. I have her under a grow light 12 hours a day. Is it too much light?
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      Pei It's quite normal for new growth to curling like that with Pilea! Other than that, I'd say you want to bump up the water (either frequency or amount) a bit. Hope that helps :)
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      Enid Hernandez Thanks. I always water her from the top every 7 days. What I did this time was water her from the bottom. Let her sit in a bowl of water until she was done drinking. The leaves are perking up again and uncurling. Yay!
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      Sarah How much are you watering it currently? When you do water it are you testing the soil to see how dry it is?
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  • Chinese money plant
    Is it normal for my Chinese money plant leaves to turn yellow/brown and fall off? Some fall off on their own and others I pluck off. 
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      Erin Looks like normal shedding to me! Especially if the leaves that are yellowing and falling off are larger and more mature, vs new growth.
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      Sarah It's normal to have a yellow or brown leaf every now and then - especially if they're bottom leaves. If they are younger leaves that generally means you're overwatering!

      Pilea likes to dry out between waterings so make sure you're not keeping it too wet!