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San Francisco, CA
fullflora
May 4, 2020 1:33 PM CST
I've had this NJoy since September and she was sooo luscious and full. It was only until the last 2 months that she's been giving me problems.

I noticed that she tends to droop easily after the 2 day mark, but I don't want to overwater her, so I try not to water until it's been *about* a week. But she always perks up after a watering!

She's had a lot of browning and yellowing leaves that come off easily when I try to pluck them off. I can't ever tell whether or not this is overwatering/underwatering because the symptoms look so similar.

I've started to propagate because she's lost a lot of leaves and has become leggy. However, she still has new growth which is promising. Some of this new growth will be wilted and some new growth looks good.

I JUST repotted her two days ago because I'm getting desperate now. The root ball was dense. I also plucked off some roots that came off easily (shown in the photos).

I'd love your help!

Conditions:
- Huge north facing window that gets a lot of natural and bright light
- Watering once every week again now that it's spring time
- Fertilize once every other watering now that we're in the growing season again

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Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
May 4, 2020 2:31 PM CST
How much water do you use, when you water your plant?

And what do you fertilize with?
What kind is it?

Pellets, premixed fertilizer, or water soluble fertilizer that you mix yourself and then administer?

Sorry to say, repotting may not have been a good idea. The plant will now undergo transplant shock. So if it got worse or continues to after the repot, that's expected for a couple to a few days. As to whether or not that's going to kill it in combination with everything else, remains to be seen. Fingers crossed...

I've made that mistake myself. As I'm sure almost everyone has.

Your plant has hope.

Fullflora: Are these pics before or after the repot?

Can anyone say if it's a good idea to do transplant pruning?

Although legginess comes from the plant needing more sun, I don't think it's a good idea to change its light levels, especially while going through transplant shock.

I wouldn't do anything but water it for it now. I'm not telling you to go water it right now, just don't let it dry out.

If you watered it when you transplanted it, 2-3 days ago, you can water it now with 2-5 cups of water. You want the soil moist but not soggy, so the roots can "bond" to the soil again. This is assuming the white pot, is the current pot it is in. Then let it sit, where it's always been for a 2-3 days. And check the moisture of the soil.

Good luck, this is general advice. Hopefully someone can give more advice.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 4, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Welcome! I'm afraid your fear of overwatering caused you to badly under water it. Once it starts to wilt, it has already gotten too dry. Also, you were not watering thoroughly enough so that all of the soil got saturated right to the bottom of the pot.

Initially, it perked up after watering, but the regular excessive drying was slowly dehydrating and killing many of the roots. Unfortunately, repotting was not a good solution because it may have further damaged the already compromised roots and it makes proper watering more difficult now.

Take as many tip cuttings 3-6 inches in length as you can and propagate them together in the water.

Cut back long, leggy stems close to the pot.

Remove any soil you may have added to the top of the original rootball. Then, when the top half-inch of the remaining soil feels dry, pour water in slowly over the entire surface until some water trickles through the drain holes.

Your concern about overwatering is a common one. And the repotting solution is also a common mistake. So you have lots of company!

Do your best and perhaps it will recover nicely for you, but at best recovery will be slow. Be patient.

Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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