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BelindaB
May 3, 2020 10:42 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I bought this philodendron Brasil about 5 days ago. When I got home, I realized that the soil was soaked! The plant was practically sitting in mud. So I separated the plant and repotted it into 2 different terra cotta pots. I made sure to be careful with the roots...they didn't look rotten. So far I've watered the plant once after repotting it with potting mix, when it was dry. The Brasil philodendron sits about a foot away from a west facing window.

I don't know if my plant is drooping from overwatering or too much sun? It could possibly be another issue too. Please help!

Attached is a photo of the 8'' nursery pot the plant was in before, and the 2 pots I've repotted them in.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 11:35 AM CST
Welcome!

Its not sunburn. If you separated two plants from one, you can't help but disturb and damage roots. The roots may have already been compromised by the wet mud it was living in. I don't really know anything about Philodendrons so I can't give you the chances for survival.

Care for it as you normally would. Don't fertilize!
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WillC
May 3, 2020 12:36 PM CST
I agree with Daisy. The best antidote for soggy soil is to let it dry naturally. The tiny root hairs that do most of the work invariably get removed when soil is replaced. Your plant will struggle for a while until it develops healthy new root hairs and is once again able to properly absorb moisture from the soil.
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