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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 12:07 PM CST
Hi,
I fairly recently got really into house plants. I think I'm doing a pretty good job with most of mine, however on a few they seem to be quickly declining. And on ones that I thought would be easier than some others.

The first is a portulacaria alfa (mini jade), the leaves keep falling off. It's like if you brush against it they fall. They don't seem to be soggy but it doesn't seem to be too dry either. It's placed in a room with a south facing window and a west.

The next is a Crassula jade I think, it just seems like it's gotten a bit wrinkly. I water like once a month. In east facing window. Picture included when I first got it and then now.

Next, my bromeliad, it flowered and then it died, I cut it off and there seems to be a new one growing next to it. Do I let it grow and then replant it? The bromeliad is pictured without the flower. In a hallway with north facing window and east facing door.

I have a paddle plant kalanchoe I believe, and there is a little pup growing next to it. Will it crowd it? Do I let it grow? Or do I replant? It's in a south facing window and seeming to do very well.

Lastly! My pothos!!! I thought this was the easiest plant but mine is slowly dying dying dying! Is the pot not letting enough air in to dry it up? Should I just stop watering for awhile and see if it perks back up? I've pulled more than half the leaves off and they are so loosely connected they basically fall right off. It's placed in the hallway with a north facing window and east facing door.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Oct 22, 2020 1:07 PM CST
Hi azizazap, Welcome! Here are my thoughts on your lovely houseplant collection:

Photo #1 Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra 'Variegata') - the leaves do tend to fall if the plant is bumped; I have the solid green Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra) whose little leaves drop if bumped. I'm in Florida where my plant stays outside year round but I finally had to place it on the top shelf of a metal shelving unit in my patio because I kept bumping it and knocking leaves off. This one is a very drought tolerant plant so you'll have to be very careful to not overwater.

Photos #2 & #3 doesn't look like Crassulas (Crassula) to me but more like Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis pilocarpa) and it appears to be planted in a pot without drainage holes, which can cause issues with proper watering. A pot without drain holes deters proper air circulation at root level.

Photo #4 Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe luciae subsp. luciae) - I think the plant growing next to it in the same pot is fine to leave as is.

Photo #5 Bromeliad (Guzmania) - This Bromeliad (as well as many others) are monocarpic, meaning that they grow, bloom once and then die but as the mother plant is dying, it will produce offsets/pups that can be grown on and the process will continue. It can take a long time for the original plant to completely die and it may produce one or more pups during the process. Once they are about 1/3 the size of the original plant, they can be removed and potted up on their own.

Photo #6 Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) - to my eyes, the pot appears quite large for the size of the plant and the pot doesn't appear to have drainage holes, which is extremely important for any container plant. Pothos is fairly drought tolerant and my thought is that your plant may be staying too wet at root level.

By the way, we have many members who are houseplant enthusiasts and we have a forum specifically for houseplants where we chat about and share pictures of our favorite plants. You can find the forum here: https://garden.org/forums/view...

I'm sure others will be along shortly to offer advise and suggestions but again, Welcome!
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BigBill
Oct 22, 2020 1:07 PM CST
Do any or all of those beautiful ceramic pots have drainage holes! If they don't, you may have a situation where the soil is not drying enough.

Your jades may be suffering from a lack of proper light. I can tell you right off the bat if you are putting something with a north facing window and an east facing door, that is not enough light.
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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 1:37 PM CST
@plantladylin Thank you! I can't figure out how to straight reply so I think I might've quoted everything you said. My apologies. Thank you so much for all your thorough advice, the pothos was much larger when I got it so the plant fit well, I thought, but so many leaves have fallen off... do you think I should repot in a smaller pot?
Rhipsalis!! Thank you! I had such a hard time trying to find that plant.
Great to know about the elephant bush.
I may post again if I have any more issues! I will make sure to find that houseplant thread!
And all the pots I posted have drainage holes! I will keep trying. Thanks so much again.
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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 1:41 PM CST
@BigBill
I don't know how to respond directly, maybe this worked.
All the pots posted actually have drainage holes!
The pothos, I thought could be in a shadier location. Do you think I should still try moving it?
And both jades are in spots with south facing and east facing windows. The little jade is right in a south facing window. It isn't doing terribly just seeming a little more shriveled.
Thank you!
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Name: John
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Oct 22, 2020 1:57 PM CST
I would say more light all around, even the pothos. The succulents other than the Rhipsalis, prefer full sun. The bromeliad babies can be left together to form a bigger clump.
Do you have a jade plant , or just the Rhipsalis?
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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Here are a few I'm proud of (: Any advice on getting snake plant tips to grow back? Bought it much smaller but tips might just not grow huh?

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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 2:13 PM CST
@CPPgardener
I think I accidentally deleted my post to you, but I will move the pothos to more light and see if that works.
I have a jade plant as well. It wasn't doing great but I changed out the pot so it drained more efficiently and that seemed to help.
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plantladylin
Oct 22, 2020 2:23 PM CST
The cut tips of your Snake Plant (Sansevieria francisii) will not grow back, they will remain blunt. New stems will grow from the base of the plant.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Oct 22, 2020 2:48 PM CST
Gee, you know, they look pretty good!
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 3:57 PM CST
@BigBill Thank You!
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Oct 22, 2020 5:47 PM CST
Welcome!
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
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azizazap
Oct 22, 2020 7:36 PM CST
@plantladylin
I have been looking at the care for a Rhipsalis pilocarpa and obviously the care is a lot different from what I thought it was. Which is reassuring because I have faith now that if I just switch the care for it, it'll bounce back. However, I see there are so many varieties of Rhipsalis, so to clarify this is the pilocarpa and not like the ewaldiana variety? Because the ewaldiana seems to be treated more like a succulent with water whereas the pilocarpa likes it to be lightly moist (from what I've read). So should I start watering this one more? I'm sorry if this is confusing, I just know how easy it is to kill a plant with overwatering. I also moved it from its east facing window spot because it was getting direct light from there.
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UPDATE: it looks a lot better, needed water!


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