Houseplants forum: Pink princess Philodendron help

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Jan 3, 2020 3:35 PM CST
Hi, I'm new to the forum and hope someone here can help me. I live in the midwest in the United States.

My daughter ordered a pink princess philodendron for me for Christmas. She ordered it from Singapore. As soon as it arrived she potted it in regular potting mix. It came with 5 leaves, 2 were broken, two were already turning yellow and one looks healthy.

I am desperately trying to save this plant. I've left it in the potting soil she used because I didn't want to disturb it more than needed. However, the soil seems to be retaining water and I'm afraid it's too wet. Should I take it out of the regular soil and add perlite or something else so it will drain better? Should I dip the roots in root hormone? Any other ideas on what I can do to save this sweet little plant? I do have it under a grow light.

Thanks for your help,

Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
Jan 3, 2020 4:14 PM CST
Hi Lori, can you post a photo?
Your plant is likely suffering severe shock from the shipment. Aroids do not like water retentive soil as a general rule. And Pink Princess is a hemi-epiphtye, meaning that the base roots can be in soil but as it climbs it also makes adventitious (aerial) roots to clasp, anchor and also absorb water and nutrients.

As much as I would hate to say this, since it really just needs to recover from the stress of being shipped from Singapore, it actually MAY benefit fro repotting into a more Philodendron-friendly mix.
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