Is this anything to be concerned about?

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  1. Silkie

    Silkie New Seed

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    Thanks in advance! image.jpeg
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Could be a leaf roller, cut off the leaf or stem and open up the rolled leaf. If you find a caterpillar in there, squish it and throw it all in the trash. And check the rest of the plant....those caterpillars will create a moth.
     
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    Silkie New Seed

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    Checking it now, thanks!
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    It could be simply a dark place caused by pressure.
     
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    Silkie New Seed

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    Well, I looked and no caterpillar thankfully. I'm a novice to taking care of plants, so if it is something as simple as that I wouldn't have known! I'm learning.:)
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Hiya Silkie---I have the same houseplant as you have there on the foto. I had a good look at mine and I can tell you that all its new leaves are rolled up like that until they open by themselves.
    I thought that your quezzie was about the dark places on the stem.
    So then---as far as the rolling is concerned, I believe that it is normal for that plant.

    Take a look at mine:
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    It is a lovely plant to have in your home. I have had mine for more than 10 years. Good luck with yours further.
     
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    Silkie New Seed

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    You're correct, my question was about the dark places on stem.:)
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Oh, right--the black places are caused from pressure I believe. You could simply clip that stem end with the leaf off and the stem should branch off further back up. It doesn't look serious to me.
     
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    The reason I asked is because I realize how much I don't know about plant disease or what it looks like. I had this very recent experience where I bought what looked like really healthy impatiens. (My profile pic) I found just a couple of days later that it had a bad case of downy mildew. I was so disappointed, so now I'm trying to be more conscientious!:)
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Gotcha Silkie--better safe than sorry, eh?
    What a shame about those impatiens.
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    The Impatiens getting downy mildew was not your fault. It's in the air. It's a shame they are still selling those at all. Try some wax Begonias instead. :)
     
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    Will do!:) I was looking for something pretty to put in two big planters on either side of my front steps, so it was disappointing.
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    Yes, I know that disappointment well. Group hug!!

    A mix of plants can be rewarding. Are the planters in mostly shade? Some of the plants I use are usually found with the house plants.

    Coleus & Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus.)
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    More Coleus & Tradescantia cerinthoides (often sold as 'Red Hill')
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    Coleus, Caladiums, purple heart (Tradescantia pallida.)
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    Ti plant (Cordyline fruticosa) with some wax Begonia & various other plants that don't like to bake in the mid-day heat.
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    Various Tradescantias grow so quickly and love to creep across surface, and down the sides. T. zebrina, cerinthoides, pallida, 'Baby Bunny Bellies.'
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