Any Greenthumbs?

posted 2 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

What a pretty plant! It looks like you’re not watering it enough. Does the pot have drainage holes at the bottom? If not, get it a pot that the water can drain out of. That way you’ll be able to water it more often without worrying about some of the roots getting trapped in water. 

It seems like you’re doing the right thing by waiting until the soil is dry at the top, but since he’s asking for more water, try it out. Also go ahead and remove all of those brown leaves. They’re dead, and you don’t want the plant trying to divert its nutrients to them anymore. Plus it’ll look so much prettier with the brown gone!

If the leaves start turning yellow or drooping a bunch you’ll know you overwatered. Plants are so finicky and it can be hard to find the right balance. Luckily they can survive a ton of abuse!

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Brown leaves could mean dryness, but it could also mean root rot. That looks like an IKEA pot, and while they’re pretty, there’s no drainage. No drainage means a much higher chance of root rot. Yucca plants are extremely drought tolerant and in the wild grow in sandy, well draining soil, so I think your issue is probably too much water sitting around the base of the plant. If I were you, I’d repot into a pot with drainage holes and use a mix of regular potting soil and a sandier mix usually intended for succulents and cacti. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Those can be prone to root rot, my mom just lost one to it.  If that pot doesn’t have drainage then that’s most likely what the issue is.  Take the plant out of the pot, knock off some soil from the root ball & repot with new soil in a vessel with drainage holes.  You might also let the plant root rest on some newspaper for a little while to help it dry up a bit.

Like poster above said, maje sure you give it well draining soil when repotting.

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