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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
May 1, 2020 4:10 PM CST
Hi!
I picked up a pretty large Tahiti from a local shop today. It looks in pretty good shape, however it was bone dry. I watered it as soon as I got home, then watered it again for several minutes. I stuck my finger in the soil and the soil was still dry - so I poked a few holes around in the soil with a stake and watered it again. Do you think I should just let it be now, or should I repot or do anything else special to help the overly-dried out soil?
This plant is awesome and it was more expensive than I normally would have spent so I was a little concerned when I realized how much it had been dried out. Thank you!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
May 1, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Alas the parentage of Tahiti remains obscure. It is believed to have been engineered by Oglesby, an aroid propagating house in Florida. But in truth, no one knows. It may be related to Philodendron radiatum, or Philodendron mayoi. Bit its care is like all other philos of its kind....ample water, ample sun, a place to climb.
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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
May 1, 2020 7:01 PM CST
Thanks Gina!

Do you think I should do anything special to it after it being in such dry dirt - or just let it be?

I have a bunch of philos so I can just forget about her past life and treat her like my other plants, lol!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
May 1, 2020 7:58 PM CST
My culture and yours are completely different. I am not a houseplant grower. I water DAILY, you should not. I think your common sense should guide you
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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
May 2, 2020 4:35 PM CST
Thank you! What does yours look like?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
May 2, 2020 6:33 PM CST
I don;t grow Tahiti. Its a lot like some of the other Philos grow, and i have never felt the compulsion to collect it. I do grow Radiatum and Mayoi. My philos all get the same treatment.....daily water, bright (full greenhouse) sun, high air movement and lots of humidity
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Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
May 2, 2020 10:39 PM CST
I have this guy. I bought it as Tahiti, has the exact same nursery pot (not that a nursery pot is all that telling...) and same dried out soil. I love this plant and it's one of the few that I haven't repotted, oddly. I repot nearly everything BUT as Gina said, my intuition guided me not to repot this one and I'm sure yours will guide you as well...wisdom from Gina Smiling .
I have had this plant for a long time indoors and my conditions are different than yours but I can share what my plant likes. I didn't repot it, it lives on a high shelf in a northern facing window above my cooktop, so there is heat and often humidity too. I didn't think it would be sufficient light at first, but between my Kitchen lighting and the consistent light in the N facing window, it pretty much grows like a weed. I haven't given it anything to climb yet, but I plan to move it when my sunroom is finished. As for the dry crunchy soil, I left it. I put the whole plant in the sink and give it a room temp watering and leaf shower whenever the soil dries out. I think I water less than other indoor plant people, from what I've seen on the houseplants forum. My plant goes about every 7 to 10 days between watering. Any more than that and I notice a yellow leaf here and there and I don't like that. This photo is from January, but you get the idea. It's gown quite a bit since the weather has warmed.
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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
May 4, 2020 7:23 PM CST
Absolutely stunning! Thank you for the photo and words of wisdom! Hurray!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
May 5, 2020 6:30 AM CST
She does a great job doesn;t she???
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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
May 5, 2020 11:47 AM CST
Yes! You're both so incredibly helpful and knowledgable!
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
May 5, 2020 12:52 PM CST
Gina1960 said:She does a great job doesn;t she???


Thank you, Gina Smiling
I appreciate that a lot coming from such a master grower as yourself Thumbs up

Megos, I think you'll really enjoy this plant. It looks a lot harder than it is in my experience and I always appreciate that about it Hilarious!
just for kicks, I'll let you know if/when I end up repotting mine and putting it on a totem.
Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
May 5, 2020 5:47 PM CST
Thanks Adrienne! I love the basket yours is sitting in.

It's definitely a really cool looking plant and I'm really excited to have one in my collection!
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
May 6, 2020 8:31 AM CST
I got the basket at Marshalls, I believe. They always have great plant baskets.

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