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  • What am I?
    This guy has been on my desk at work since I started 3 years ago.  I feel like recently he hasn't been as happy as he usually is, so I am hoping someone can help me identify him so I can be sure to give him the proper care. Thank you!
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      Pei He looks like a happy Hoya plant (at least to me :). Why do you think it's not been happy?
  • what kind of plant am I?
    This plant is in my office. I can tell the maintenance guys overwater it. It was looking pretty grim until I fertilized it at the same time I was fertilizing my desk plants - it perked up and now it looks a lot better. What is it? Maybe I can take care of it on the sly.
  • Bamboo Help!!!!
    I got my lucky bamboo about 2 weeks ago, and everything was going fine until this weekend. I noticed that one of the stalks have turned yellow, but I’m not sure how or what I can do to fix it. I’ve never had a lucky bamboo before, please help me!!! Also the stalk isn’t rotting Andy nothing seems wrong with the structure, it’s just yellow/orange. Please help!!!
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      Pei Hey Emily, can you share a bit more info on how much sun and water it gets? Is it rooted in soil or water?? it's difficult to identify the problem without knowing how its cared for.
  • what's eating this pothos?
    I posted pics of my bitten-up Alocasia leaves yesterday (which stands next to this pothos) and it was suggested spider mites. I didn't see webs, but I treated with alcohol and removed two leafs anyway.

    Today, I took a closer look at my pothos and discovered that many leaves have similar bites. I see no webbing but I sprayed the underside with alcohol anyway.

    Does anyone have any alternate theories as to what could be eating this plant? Should I keep treating with alcohol or something else?
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      Erin Hi Sheila! I'm not certain these are bite marks from pests - especially if your plant is kept indoors year round, and you don't see any other symptoms of common houseplant pests, like webbing and/or white mildew. It's possible these are minor leaf deformities and just normal imperfections. Can you post a photo of the entire plant? That would be helpful!
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  • Moist Soil vs. Overwatering vs. Something Else?
    My best attempt to ask a convoluted question. I know what I list below doesn't apply to EVERY plant, but this is in regards to what I consider the average house plant's needs.

    I know that no plants like to be overwatered, that pots with drainage are best, soil with good drainage is important, and roots don't like to sit in water. I haven't had plants for long but I think I'm a decent judge of when plants need water and when is too soon.

    That being said, there are a few plants I own that take forever for their soil to become dry. It's not a puddle of water, but it stays consistently / evenly moist for much longer than my other plants. An example here is a Grape Leaf Ivy I purchased a few weeks ago. The soil was moist when it arrived, and it still is after at least 3 weeks.

    Is this something I should be concerned about for any reason? I suppose I worry about mold or root rot or who knows what. Just not sure if there's something I should be changing, or if it's the soil the plants came in and I should change that or if they aren't getting enough light, or what!
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      PlntNrd How much light is this plant getting, how humid is the environment, how big is the pot, and is there a hole in the pot? First, the less light, the less water the plant will need/use. If you have a plant in a low light area, you won’t have to water it as often as the same plant in a high light spot. Second, if it’s in a humid environment, like bathroom, it could take longer to dry out because of the humidity. Third, bigger pots take longer to dry out. I have some 12 inch pots that I only water monthly, while my 4 inch with the type of plant, I have to water weekly. Last, and very important, if there isn’t a drainage hole and it’s taking a very long time to dry out, you are probably giving too much water at one time. When watering plants in pot without drainage hole, it’s best to give very small amounts. The same goes for watering plants without holes, but with a “drainage layer”. If you’re watering higher than the drainage layer, then the soil will be just sitting in soggy wet soil.
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      Erin Such a great question! How's the drainage for your grape leaf ivy? If you don't see any symptoms of overwatering, and the plant has generally decent drainage, I don't think it's something to be concerned about!
  • Peperomia plant questions.
    My Peperomia plant is drooping and I’m unsure why. I watered it and let it be, it’s been drooping for awhile. Is this normal? What should I do?
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      Pei I personally don't think planter is the issue here. I have a stilt peperomia and many plants in non-driange pots, and they are all fine. Granted it's a bit more difficult for plant beginners or novice to tell the water situation.

      How much water do it give it each time??? also how much sun does that plant get?
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      PlntNrd Does that pot have drainage? And how long have you been watering weekly? So, most likely, it started dropping due to lack of water. That’s a smallish looking pot, which is means it dries out quickly, and peperomias like to dry out a bit, but will definitely droop with too little water. Now that you’re watering weekly, that’s good, but plants can sometimes take a little while to physically show evidence of how they are being cared for. Meaning it could take a little while to for it to start looking better, but, if that pot doesn’t have drainage, be very careful watering. Underwatering, then giving too much water to try to perk it up a, plus no drainage can spell disaster for any plant.
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      Erin Hey Char! How long has this plant been in this planter? It might be time for a repot so your pilea has more room for new growth :)
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  • Bug eating my plant leaves
    I purchased my Monstera (her name is Hulka😁) at the sill 2 weeks ago I repotted her and she is growing well

    BUT....

    I aparently have a nat or something in my apartment and is eating her leaves this goes for my yucca tree(yvette) as well.

    Does anyone know if there is something i can put on the leaves to stop this from happening? Without doing harm to the plants?
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      Alyssa No they aren't under watered but maybe cosmetic i did repot them so maybe that.. and i did find a fungus in one of the plants on the dirt so i found the problem its not draining properly. Thank you
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      Pei What kind of Gnats do you know? Those markings look more like underwatered or cosmetic damages to me!

      Most common plant gnats are fungus gnats. However, they do not attack leaves or plant itself. They are caused by overwatering and they lay eggs in the soil.
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      Alyssa Monstera
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  • Alocasia acting up
    Hey there! My Alocasia is acting up again. Left him alone for 4 days and came back to this. 2 leaves are looking real sad and almost completely yellow while the rest of the plant looks okay. Are this two total goners? Any chance they may come back to life? Or better to chop them off as close to the root? 

    The rest of him is still nice green and shiny leaves
  • some of my Alocasia's leaves are a little beat up, is that OK?
    hey all! I got this 4-5 inch Alocasia Polly from the Sill about 3 months ago, I love her. I noticed when I got her that some of her leaves are a bit beat up, little tears and holes here and there - she came that way so it's nothing I've done.

    Is this OK? Anything I should be aware of or do? I've just started fertilizing. Maybe this is just the way the plant is. I just wanted to check and make sure it's healthy.
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      PlntNrd If you don’t find any evidence of mites, it’s probably just mechanical damage. You did say that the tears and holes were present when you received this plant, right? So, to me, that makes me think that it was most likely due to shipping damage. The tears/holes obviously won’t repair themselves or close up, but they will heal. One thing you might want to think about is humidity levels around this plant. Alocasia’s like lots of humidity and the tears and holes could get worse (and more can appear) with a lack of humidity.
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      Sheila Ack! If I find out rhat it is spider mites (when I check out the plant at the office tomorrow) should I remove the damaged leaves after treating it?
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      Pei I suspect it's the spider mites. Do you see any "fine" webbings on the front and back of leaves?
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  • What I am? :(
    Hi everyone!

    I need to know what plant is this to take good care of it.

    Can somebody help me? :)

    Thanks!
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      Pei looks like a Anthurium Hookeri waves of love to me. They are super cool. Where did you score this beauty? I haven't seen this in NYC at all. [292137,Kellyn]
  • Fiddle Leaf Help!
    Ive has this fiddle leaf fig tree for about 3 months now, have had it consistently in the same location, although with the longer days now it might be getting more sun than it did before. I tend to water it about once a week, making sure to feel the soil to see if it really needs the water or not. It’s started to droop and lose its leaves and I’m not sure why :( Any ideas?
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      Pei I think it's a combination of not getting enough sun and a bit of overwater issue! I will suggest to take the plant out and carefully examine the roots system
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      PlntNrd It actually looks likes it overwatered. Droopy, discolored leaves and loss of leaves that look like that are usually caused from overwatering. I’m guessing your pot has a drainage hole, but maybe once a week is still too much. How far down are you feeling the soil and how dry is it when you water? How much light is it getting too? Fiddles like lots (lots) of bright light. Like a ton.
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      Kaitlyn Sad fiddle :(
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  • Repotting large plants
    Hi all—
    i recently adopted large plants; 1 ficus and 1 Norfolk Island pine. I’m not sure when the last time they were repotted or received new soil. Given the size of the plants and size of the pots, what do you recommend?
    Thanks!
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      PlntNrd Whenever I bring a new plant home, I like to wait a few weeks before repotting them. This allows them to adjust and adapt to their new environment before shocking them with repotting. Some people like to do both right away and shock them all at once, but I’ve had much better luck letting them adapt first, then transplanting. Too much shock at once, in my experience, can cause issues and sometimes they don’t recover. I would wait a couple weeks to a month, then I would repot with fresh soil and if the roots look like they need it, go up a few inches to a bigger pot. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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  • Black spots on new monstera leaves
    I've been rooting my monstera vines in water the past few weeks. They've been doing well, growing lots of new roots and was excited to see new leaves coming up until I saw two out of the three had black spots on them. They haven't even uncurled yet. I've changed out the water every few days with room temperature filtered water and kept them in bright indirect light. What's going on??

    more photos on the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e82ov04alk5qkyy/AAC8y1bDvCgr2ABiQ8a-jq2_a?dl=0
  • Omg, Finally!!!!
    My Monstera just unfurled a new leaf and I got an exciting surprise!!! It has its first fenestration!!!! I’m so excited; I’ve been waiting and waiting and it finally happened. It’s just one (and it’s a little baby split), but, hopefully, each new leaf from now on will have more and more. 
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      Pei Yay to #adulting little Monstera :D
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      Erin That's awesome news! Congrats!
  • Do you think she will make it?
    This 40 inch tall beauty was being reported yesterday she roots did not come up with her. She went from the black pot on the bottom to red pot on top. Do you guys t think she will survive or is she a goner? I have had since she was less that foot tall so I would be crushed to lose her but I also don’t want to watch her die. 
    Thank you!!!