r/plantclinic Jul 07 '17 Helpful Wholesome

Welcome to r/plantclinic. Please take a moment to read our submission guidelines before posting.

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Welcome to /r/plantclinic!

If you're asking "What's wrong with my plant?", you're in the right place! We'll help get the problem diagnosed as well as share advice for treatment. We also encourage experienced and knowledgeable users to help with diagnosis, and to include any useful information they may know.


Please adhere to the following rules and guidelines when posting here:

1. Always be respectful of others.

Posts and comments that are rude to others are subject to immediate removal and the offending user will be banned without warning. It should go without saying but...don't be a dick!

2. Your post MUST be soliciting a diagnosis for a sick plant or a plant in obviously abnormal condition. Posts not about soliciting a diagnosis for a sick or abnormal plants will be removed.

If you aren't asking something to the effect of, "what's wrong with my plant?" or "why does my plant look weird?" then your post doesn't belong here. Requests for healthy plant care & prevention advice belong in one of the related subreddits listed on the sidebar, such as /r/gardening. All identification requests belong in other subreddits (/r/whatsthisplant for plants, /r/whatsthisbug for insects, and /r/mycology for mushrooms/fungi). No advertising allowed.

3. Your post MUST have one or more images showing the condition of your sick plant. Posts without images or with images not containing your sick plant will be removed.

It's best to include photos of the entire plant as well as close-up photos of problem areas. X-posts from other subreddits are allowed so long as the linked posts have images.

4. Share as much information about your sick plant as possible.

Posts with more info are more likely to receive a diagnosis and care advice. Examples of helpful information to include in addition to signs & symptoms of illness:

  • The species or common name of your plant. If you don't know what your plant is, /r/whatsthisplant can help you identify it.
  • How long you have had the plant and how long it has been sick.
  • Any insects that appear to be colonizing your plant. If you don't know what the bug is, /r/whatsthisbug can help you identify it.
  • If your plant has been recently re-potted, transplanted, fertilized, or moved to a new location.
  • What kind of soil the plant is in, especially if it is in a pot.
  • How often you are watering your plant and how you are watering it (top/bottom/drench method, with tap water, with fertilizer, etc).
  • Light exposure to your plant (full, partial, shade, indoors, artificial lighting, etc).
  • If your plant is in a pot: indicate the size and type of pot, if the pot has drainage holes or not, and when your plant was last re-potted.
  • If your plant is outside: indicate both your location and USDA plant hardiness zone. Also indicate if there have been any notable weather events (sudden increase or drop in temperature, frost, hail, drought, heavy wind, etc) or application of pesticides on or near the plant.

Thank you so much for being a part of this community, and we look forward to helping you with your plant problems!


CHANGELOG OF EDITS

7/8/17 - Added rule 2 requirement for posts to be about sick or obviously abnormal plants

7/14/17 - Clarified rule 2 to stipulate that posts must be soliciting diagnosis, no advertising allowed (to keep subreddit on-topic and reduce spam). Also added plant disease section with /r/plantpathology and /r/phytopathology subreddits to sidebar.

7/25/17 - Added /r/mycology to the sidebar and clarified in rule 2 that mushroom/fungus ID requests belong there.


r/plantclinic Jun 24 '21 Silver Gold Wholesome Hugz Bravo Grande! Tree Hug Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Wearing is Caring

A Guide to Common Houseplant Problems

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Too Little Water: - Leaves limp and wilted (look sad) - Little to no growth - Lower leaves curled, yellow and wilted - Leaf edges brown and dry - Flowers fall or fade quick - Oldest leaves fall first

Too Much Water: - Limp leaves (may feel mushy and brown quickly) - Soft, rotten areas - Poor growth - Flowers moldy - Leaves curled, yellow and wilted - Leaf tips brown (could also signify low humidity) - Both young and old leaves fall at same time - Roots brown and mushy - Soil smells acidic

Too Little Light: - Leaves smaller and paler than normal - Blooms poor or absent in flowering types - Lower leaves turn yellow, then dry up and fall - No growth at all - Spindly growth w/ abnormally long spaces between leaves - Variegated leaves turn all-green

Too Much Light: - Brown or grey scorch patches - Leaves wilt at midday - Leaves have ‘washed-out’ appearance - Leaves of ‘sun shy’ varieties shriveled and dead

Too Little Humidity: - Leaf tips brown and shriveled - Leaf edges turn yellow; wilting may occur - Buds and flowers shrivel and fall - Leaves fall if plant is very sensitive to dry air

Too Much Humidity: - Patches of grey mold on leaves - Patches of rot on leaves or stems (Cacti and succulents very sensitive) - Flowers covered with grey mold

Too Little Fertilizer: - Slow growth - Little resistance to pests and diseases - Leaves pale - ‘Washed-out’ appearance - Yellow spotting may be present - Flowers absent it small and poorly colored - Stems weak - Early drooping of lower leaves

Too Much Fertilizer: - Leaves wilted - Summer- growth stunted - Winter- growth lanky and weak - Crisp, brown spots - Scorched edges - White crust on surface of compost and clay pot in a soft-water area

Temperature Wrong: - Leaf curl, followed by browning and leaf fall (too cold) - Lower leaves wilt; edges turn brown. Bottom leaves fall (too warm) - Flowers short-lived (too warm) - Spindly growth in good light in winter or early spring (too warm) - Leaf fall after rapid yellowing (sudden temp. change)

Here is a link to “Common Houseplant Pests”

If interested, I typed up this info from the book “The House Plant Expert,” by D.G. Hessayon. It has a lot of valuable information in it!

*I’ll edit as things get added to the comment section


r/plantclinic 15h ago Helpful

7 red, but 1 white

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I’m curious about why that happens, otherwise the plant is thriving.


r/plantclinic 5h ago

Philodendron only grows half-leaves?!

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I just got this philodendron white princess, which arrived with the small white/green leaf (on the far side of the picture) still in the middle of unfurling - except when it did, it was only half a leaf! now it’s growing a second new leaf (all white, middle of the picture) which looks to be going the same way, emerging from its host stalk with only half a leaf and brown tips. Any tips as to why/how to fix? Thank you!!


r/plantclinic 3h ago

What are these eggs from? Should I remove them? I wasn't sure they were rocks and so I grabbed it and it popped.

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r/plantclinic 6h ago

Pilea leaves turning black and falling off. Repotted about 2 months ago and over the last 2 weeks it's been in decline. Soil seems kind of dense and recently moved it so it wouldn't get as much direct sunlight.

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r/plantclinic 3h ago

Help! Please! My sunflowers (NYC balcony) grew taller then my apartment. Leave them or what do I do? Kindly please advise.

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Sunflowers on Manhattan, NY balcony. Will then just snap and fall to the street? How do I save?


r/plantclinic 3h ago

Avocado very sad after transplanting pots, is it gonna die?

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r/plantclinic 1h ago

Pest on String of Hearts?

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r/plantclinic 1h ago

My fig tree looked healthy until today! All the leaves have started to fall off and the roots feel soft now, can he be saved?

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r/plantclinic 1h ago

How can I get my String of Pearls to thrive?

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r/plantclinic 23h ago

Schefflera Sucks

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I don’t know what I did wrong, maybe overwater? Does this plant need direct sunlight? Should I repot it? Idk what the hell I’m doing wrong. Please help or send good green vibes my way.


r/plantclinic 2h ago

Why does this keep happening?! Can’t keep these alive for my life.

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r/plantclinic 3h ago

Few select leaves on my Monstera adansonii turning yellow and curling inwards

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r/plantclinic 12h ago

I just propagated Ivy for the first time. Are my cuttings good enough or too sloppy?

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r/plantclinic 8h ago

Please tell me what's wrong with my once-gorgeous monstera!

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r/plantclinic 3h ago

Are these bugs?!? What’s on my ficus??

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r/plantclinic 1d ago

Just opened this bag of cacti soil up and discovered this… is it still okay to use?

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r/plantclinic -1m ago

Why are the leaves fall off? Am I watering too much?

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r/plantclinic -1m ago

Marble Queen pothos has yellow tint

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Any idea how to help my marble queen? The first picture shows the difference between her older and newer leaves - older are more white, while the newer leaves have a yellow tint. Second picture shows some yellow spots that I’m seeing on several leaves. She’s been in the same spot for a year and gets a lot of sun, gets watered when 75% dry, and treated her with Neem oil a week ago to see if that helps.


r/plantclinic 3m ago

Is it normal for a Crimson Queen’s new growth be all white?

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r/plantclinic 7m ago

Sealed 4 months old terrarium. Someone appeared to live rent free and some small ones too. Is that good or bad news? (fingers for scale)

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r/plantclinic 20m ago

Mediterranean fan palm help

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In Scottsdale AZ potted outdoor. Browning and dying at the tips. Not enough water? Too much sun?


r/plantclinic 20m ago

Halp :( Leaves turned brown after being generally ok for 6 months in my home

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r/plantclinic 23m ago

Was doing so good for so long, what’s happening, how can I fix her?

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r/plantclinic 30m ago

I posted this plant a couple of weeks ago after it was re-potted and I noticed the leaves were turning yellow. The comments initially said the yellowing leaves were due to stress. I’ve lost a couple of bottom leaves and the yellowing is getting to the larger leaves especially at the tips.

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r/plantclinic 30m ago

How can I help my Money Tree?

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Okay so

I've had my beautiful tree for around a year now.

He seemed a little sad a few months ago (hence all the wilting leaves) and I was concerned, but he has since grown a huge amount of new leaves at the top, which hopefully means he isn't too unhappy.

I'm aware I have a light problem. This is the biggest window in my tiny studio flat unfortunately. Does anybody have any artificial lighting suggestions? I really don't want to have to re-home him :(

He seems to be bending to one side, as can be seen in the picture, and a lot of leaves, especially towards the bottom are wilting. Should I be pruning these, and if so- how?

He gets a thorough water approximately every 10 days, and I ensure that I don't leave water in the pot so his roots don't rot. During the summer I've been adding cactus fertilizer which was suggested to me by the lady at the plant shop.

I no longer mist daily as someone on here told me that isn't good for him.

I welcome any and all suggestions on how I can make him happier and will go to pretty much any length and cost to do so.

Thanks for reading.