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  • Small Bug Problem
    Over the past week or so there seem to be tiny flying gnat like hugs around a few of my plants (mostly a prayer plant and peperomia). There are quite a few plants in one location (the shelves in the picture), but these two are the only ones i notice the bugs around. Any tips on how to et rid of them? Thanks! 
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      Emily Thanks for the tips everyone! I have some tips to start with now, hopefully I'll be able to nip it in the bud before they spread anywhere else in the house.
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      Brittany L Roth I've heard that mixing neem oil, water and a tiny bit of soap (just to distribute the oil) and spraying it on the soil will help! just do it every 2-3 and I think that'll help.
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      PlntNrd Ugh, sounds like you have a fungas gnat problem. If you look through some of the most recent posts, it looks like this is going around. Unfortunately, if they are in one plant, they are going to be in all the plants around it (or in your house). You need to do something to kill the eggs, larvae, and adults. The adults and eggs aren’t really harmful, the adults are just a nuisance, but the larvae actually feed on the roots of your plants and this is very damaging. You can get something to put in the soil to kill the eggs and larvae, but you also need to treat the adult infestation to combat spreading. I’ve never used, but heard about, mosquitos dunks for the soil. I’ve used Bonide systemic poison and H2O2/water to treat the soil, both with good results (Bonide was the best though, as it last 2 months and kills everything). To deal with the flying adults, I’ve had the best luck with yellow sticky tape sticks that you stick directly in the soil. The yellow attracts the adults and they stick to it. You really need to treat the adults and the eggs/larvae as two separate issues (unless you just go with Bonide). Some people will say that fungas gnats are a product of overwatering and, while overwatering certainly makes the issue worse, the bugs don’t spontaneously spawn due to too much water. The infestation has to come from somewhere and, most likely, it was brought in with a recent addition. The adults lay eggs in soil, the larvae feed off of roots and other organic matter, then the adults continue to go from plant to plant, laying more eggs, until all of your plants are infested. They do thrive and multiply in overly wet soggy soil,
      So I would look at you watering habits, just to make sure there aren’t any issues with overwatering, but like I said, the bugs don’t just appear out of nowhere. And they won’t go away if you stop watering your plants. The eggs can stay viable in dry soil for months, much longer than your plants can go without water, and once you water again, the eggs will just hatch and everything starts all over. [278958,Pei] has also mentioned in other posts that diatomaceous earth is a good treatment. I have not personally used it, but I have heard very good things and am considering adding it to my normal soil mix as a preventative.
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  • Droopy Gold Dust Croton
    My Gold Dust Croton has gotten a bit droopy lately. Any ideas?
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      Elana Crotons need a LOT of light so if you believe you’re watering it enough (which it sounds like you are) I think it’s just unhappy not getting enough light.
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      Emily I am thoroughly watering when the top of the soil is dry (it is a small terra-cotta pot, so this is usually every 5-6 days or so). It gets a pretty full day of indirect light. It is currently set back from the window because my apartment is a bit drafty, but I can move it to a sill in a few weeks when it's not bitter cold in New York.
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      Pei hey [290326,Emily] can you share a bit more information how you've been taking care of it? E.g how much water and sun it's getting.
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  • What type of plant is this?
    I got it in a batch of small assorted plants about a year ago, it has almost tripled in size and seemingly can't be killed. Any idea what it is? Thanks!
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      Erin It looks so happy!
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      jenna It’s called a Pilea Mollis, nicknamed “Moon Valley” or “Friendship plant”. It’s looks so happy! Yayyyyyyyyyy!
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  • Sad Bird's Nest Fern
    This Bird's Nest Fern has been sad and browning almost since I got it. My apartment is fairly dry, but I keep her near a humidifier that I run daily, and keep an eye on the soil dryness. Any thoughts?
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      jenna I think that your fern would be happy in a new planter. Terra cotta is amazing at removing impurities from the soil and allowing plants to dry inbetween waterings. However, what ferns want is not to dry out ever. They do need bright light, like others have said, but the combo of sun and a porous planter may be too much for your plant friend. Find a nice ceramic one, but do stay with a planter that has a drainage hole.

      Happy plant wishes to you :)
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      Marissa Ferens like lots of humidity and water! Definitely needs more water!
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      PlntNrd Never let the soil dry, always keep consistently moist and how close to the humidifier? I have a humidifier right in the middle of my ferns so the mist is blowing right on the leaves and I have it on for 10 hours a day. I also have them on pebble trays. With the heat on during the winter, my house gets super dry, so I have to do both, plus never letting the soil dry out. I also don’t keep mine in terra cotta pots, because they dry out faster than glazed ceramic or plastic pots. Oh, and how do you water it? Do you use tap water? Do you use room temp water? When you water, do you water thoroughly so that water drains from the bottom of the pot? I only give my plants room temp bottled spring water (some people use distilled), because my tap water is full of chlorine and fluoride. When I got my first few plants, I used tap water that I let sit out all day and my plants turned brown within 2 weeks. To make sure you’re thoroughly watering the roots and soaking the soil, make sure you water until it’s coming out of the bottom or, if your soil has dried out a lot and isn’t holding water, you can water from the bottom by placing the pot in a container of water and letting it soak up as much as it wants.
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  • Norfolk Pine
    I got this Norfolk Pine in a holiday tro from The Sill around November. The tips of the branches are turn gin brown. It is happening slowly, but it is spreading. It is kept in an East facing window that gets direct sunlight through the first part of the day, and indirect for most of the rest of the day. I have upped the watering a bit, but it hasn't changed. Any thoughts? Thank you!
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      Ava Norfolk pines do turn brown in some areas! If the humidity is ok just prune the brown area. This is a normal thing with norfolk pines!
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      Paris Lalicata Hey Emily! The crisping and browning of the leaves looks like a humidity issue. Since the Norfolk is a tropical pine it has high humidity requirements! You can prune any dead and crispy needles, and try to increase the humidity around the plant. You can do that by misting the plant heavily on a daily basis, keeping it the bathroom, or providing a humidifer nearby! Hope this helps :)
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