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What plant is on your mind?

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Plant Care Tips

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Baby jade succulent
    Hi how can I help this poor plant? It looks like it's thirsty but I've been giving it good amount of water. It also has some white spots on it. I don't know what these spots are. Help!!
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      Erin Is it possible to get a close up photo of the white spots? They could be mealy bugs which might be the cause of it's unhappiness - https://www.thesill.com/blogs/pests/bug-off-mealybugs

      Overall it looks OK from the photo you shared though! It's definitely wrinkly but you mentioned you've been watering it thoroughly so I'd be cautious about watering it more. For now, I'd recommend pruning off any dying foliage and letting the potting mix dry out completely in bright direct light.
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  • Ivy help!
    I bought this ivy online and it came in a small nursery pot healthy. I left it in the nursery pot for about 2 weeks to acclimate. It started to wilt shortly after getting her. I monitored my watering cause it looked to me like it was a watering issue. Then I decided to repot it to a 4" pot and check for any root rot, nothing bad there. It's been another week and no signs of change. It also only has one brown leaf and isn't getting worse but isn't getting better. I'm a little stumped. I've also checked for pests and haven't seen anything of concern there. Could this be a light or humidity issue?
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      Pei Agreed with [278933,Erin]! Ivy requires indirect bright light (a few hours of direct sun will do too!). How much water do you give it each time, btw?
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      Erin Hi Stephanie! How much light is it receiving? I've found most ivies to require brighter light then you'd think when grown indoors.
  • Snake plant - please halp!
    This snake plant is turning yellow for some reason. Does anyone have any care tips or suggestions? It is typically kept in the shade in my bedroom. 

    Do I just need to repot this? 
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      Nicole It looks like it may have been over-watered....I'd take it out of the pot and see if the roots are rotted. Pull off any mushy, unhealthy roots and put it in a new pot. Then fingers crossed!
      Snake plants like to be dry- Water maybe every 2-3 weeks, even less in the winter. They can tolerate low light but will grow better in bright indirect light.
  • Silver Philodendron Yellow Spots
    I am a new plant owner and bought this cutie about a month ago. After a week or so, it started getting tan spots on 2 of the older(large) leaves. I assumed it was burn from the sun from where it was before I bought it, but they’ve yellowed more. Is it burn marks or is it something else that I should be concerned about (fungus/bacteria)? 
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      Pei How much water and sun does it get? Sometimes it's normal to loose one or two leaves for a new plant acclimating into its new home (your home!). [301633,Kate Beckmann]
  • Alocasia Polly House Care
    The Sill sent this to me maybe 12 days ago and I repotted it maybe 4 days ago. The leaves have turned color and the stems are starting to wrinkle. It also lost a couple leaves already.  I repotted from a 4" to 6". With a mix of potting soil, sand, and white drainage stuff (peat something maybe). What else can I do?
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      Pei How much sun and water does it get??? Have you watered it since you repotted it?
  • dracaena marginata needs help!
    guys! the lower stocks of my dracaena marginata are not doing too well. the leaves are falling off (only on the lower trunks?). it was getting some direct sunlight during the morning and bright indirect sunlight throughout the day so thought it might be needing more sunlight so I moved it to my living room but alas it doesn't seem to be helping. I water ~2xs a month since it doesn't get a ton of direct light. 

    can someone help me?!
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      Erin Not sure if it's the same issue but my dracaena had similar visual symptoms and I think it was from overwatering!
  • MEALYBUGS?
    These white stuff keep coming back. I clean my plant with alcohol almost every other day and these keeps coming back. I dont want to give up on my goldfish plant. What is it? What's the best way to ELIMINATE them? Please help me safe my plant :)
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      Megan Sangimino Good luck!!
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      karen sanchez Hello my orchid had a bad case. Mixed Dawn Detergent with a little water put in spray bottle,,let it sit a bit then wash with water isolate the little guy till cured
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      Pei :( oh no!

      My guess is you have not been treating the plant thoroughly. I would repeat the alcohol treatment, but make sure you get EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. After the alcohol wipe, I would also hose the plant down with water. Good luck!!!
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  • Schefflera Leaf Discoloration
    My Schefflera has been growing pretty steadily since I got it months ago, but I noticed some of its leaves have this discoloration where there seems to be gaps in the darker greens. I am 99% certain it isn't from a pest, but curious if anyone knows what causes it.

    Is it a watering thing? Is it a nutrient thing? I have fertilized it maybe twice in the past month and a half - basically every other watering - but I think I halved the dosage and maybe even halved the suggested frequency.

    Thoughts? Something I should just ignore given all else seems to be going well?
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      Pei Not sure what that was. But I flush the soil of all my plants occasionally to wash away any unwanted buildups (like salts, menerals, and etc..) if you think the fertilizer is the reason. Either way, I would ignore tbh considering the plant is happy overall. Sometimes plants are weird (aren't we all?) haha!
  • Countertop Water Distillers?
    Has anyone tried one of these and/or have recommendations? Alternately, I am crazy to consider getting one?

    I have a few plants that I've been told / read are very fussy and really prefer distilled water, so I feel like maybe it's a worthwhile investment, especially considering how much I love those plants and how much they actually cost in the first place.

    Thoughts?
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      Pei What plants are they? I’m so curious 🤗

      I don’t fond any difference with distilled or not. I use tap water (NYC here) and my plants are all fine.
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      Erin Ooo I'm curious if anyone uses one too! I live in NY so the tap water is generally ok for my plants (and me).
  • Is there enough light in my house for plants?
    I have a skylight and a glass cube window that gets a bit of light inside my house. With both of these, I can tell what time of day it is but I'm not sure how much actual light that's good for plants will come in. I attached a photo of what my house looks like in the morning without any of the other lights on—it gets a bit brighter depending on the day but this is about how much light I usually get.

    Which plants would survive well here? Is my only hope to put the plants underneath the skylight, or could I put them in other parts of my house? Thanks!
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      Pei Your place looks pretty dark to me! I would stick to low light plants and put them as close to the light source as possible. ZZ plant, pothos, snake plants are good options to consider!
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  • Asparagus Fern Help
    Hi! I got this asparagus fern a couple months back and within the past two months I’ve been seeing brown and brittle parts on it. And it’s getting worse! I tried watering less and changing up his spot, but would love to get some educated thought on what’s happening with him. The internet says if it’s yellowing he needs more light but browning means overwatering? When I got it I was told to keep the dirt moist, and I live in Denver so it’s super dry here. And I can’t figure out how to upload a photo. Help!0XK0t7sLxxdL36YgLnmAZb8nw
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      Erin Hi Shae! These fellas are humidity lovers! If you have a humidifier you could place by it, that should help, or you could try a pebble tray and/or glass terrarium top. I've never had much luck with them because my NYC apartment is super dry.
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      Pei Asparagus is actually not a true fern, (nor asparagus). They are tropical perennial. In order to thrive, keep it at a brightly lit environment, but no direct sun should touch it. Because of how fine the leaves are, you don't want to burn the foliages. The leaves usually turn yellow when the environment is dry too. I would suggest investing a humidifier to provide the high humidity they need. If not, it's quite normal for them to yellow like that, unfortunately.
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      Shae Attached an image from desktop!
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  • 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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