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Name: mary phillips
Texas
mary1946
May 3, 2020 7:07 PM CST
i have had the above plant for at least months. for the first couple of weeks it dropped leaves but finally stopped. now it has started losing leaves again, old ones and babies. what am i doing wrong?



Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 4, 2020 10:12 AM CST
Please post a photo of your plant and its pot.

How far is it from the nearest window? How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?
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Name: mary phillips
Texas
mary1946
May 4, 2020 2:00 PM CST
i dont know how to post pictures - sorry. it is right at a southeast window and i give it extra light via a grow floor lamp. i test soil at 1 inch for dryness and water until it starts running out of holes. i do not let it sit in any leftover water. it usually feels dry every 7 to 10 days. the container is the one it came in.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 4, 2020 2:08 PM CST
It is very hard to give you proper information without a photo. Can you email me a photo at [email protected]?

Is your plant still in its plastic nursery pot or was it repotted? If so, by who?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: mary phillips
Texas
mary1946
May 4, 2020 4:33 PM CST
as i previously said i do not know how to send photos in any manner - sorry. it is the same black plastic pot i purchased it in and it has not been repotted. the plant looks great except it has lost so many leaves. it is approx. 2 ft.tall. i am so sorry that i do not know how to send photos
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 5, 2020 8:35 AM CST
That's okay, Mary. I understand. I will do my best to help.

It is good that it is still in its nursery pot. That means you don't have to worry about overwatering it. The leaf loss is probably due to not enough light or not enough water or both.

Keep it in your sunniest indoor location right in front of an uncovered window. Water it as soon as the top surface of the soil feels dry. Always pour the water in slowly until some drains through the drain holes. It is important that all of the soil is completely saturated after you water. Usually, a through weekly watering is about right. But if in doubt it is better to water rather than to delay.

It may take a couple of weeks before the leaf drop stops so be patient.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: mary phillips
Texas
mary1946
May 5, 2020 3:48 PM CST
thanks WillC so much for your help and i do feel bad that i cannot supply a photo. take care.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 6, 2020 7:18 AM CST
Good luck with it, Mary. Crossing Fingers!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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