Houseplants forum: Should've never let someone else take care of my plants!!!

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Name: Charlie Cooper
East coast (Zone 7b)
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ELISECOOPER
Jan 15, 2018 9:30 PM CST
So i went out of town for a week..... got a plant sitter. All is well except for my Janet Craig I've named.... ehem.... dammit Janet. Rocky Horror anyone??

Well, anyways. How do you hurt a Janet Craig??!!! DJ's soil is moldy and i think he's dying now. Is there any hope?! What do i do?! How could this happen? Should i even bother or just comfort Dammit Janet through the dying process? I'm so sad.....
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Name: Charlie Cooper
East coast (Zone 7b)
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ELISECOOPER
Jan 15, 2018 9:36 PM CST
Also y'all I'm not actually resentful or angry, i just wanted the subject title to get some attention. :P
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jan 16, 2018 3:45 PM CST
There is not that much in the photos that causes concern, but you haven't posted a photo of the entire plant. Janet Craig compactas often develop brown lea tips. Just trim them off. If the soil is moldy, it means it was over watered. Scrape off the mold and surface soil and allow it to dry out before watering again.
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purpleinopp
Jan 16, 2018 4:56 PM CST
Agree. As long as there drain holes and Janet's pot wasn't in a deep drain saucer full of water, the temp wasn't really hot or cold, things should be fine. Good luck & best vibes!

A week is not a long time between waterings unless the air in your home is really dry. I don't worry about plants at all when away from home for that amount of time. In the future, whenever you have the good fortune to take another week away, turning the heat down a bit and if applicable, using deflectors on air vents to direct air toward the middle of the room instead of straight up onto plants near windows, closing blinds a bit more than usual, can be ways to slow the moisture use of plants. When I go away during the heat of summer, I put plants that are usually in a lot of sun into more shady spots and that does a lot to help slow the loss of moisture.

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Faridat
Jan 22, 2018 12:20 AM CST
Hello! Is the second photo showing the top of your plant?
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jan 24, 2018 6:20 PM CST
About 99% of farmers and ranchers I have met never go on vacation. Cannot trust anyone else with their crops and animals. Gene
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 24, 2018 7:37 PM CST
You are so right, Gene! I'm a farmer of sorts taking care of other people's plants and I haven't had a decent vacation in 25 years. But I am not complaining!
Will Creed
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