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Constantine604
May 10, 2020 3:19 PM CST
Hi all,

My FLF has been showing white spots on 3 leaves which have been growing in the last 3-3 weeks. Doing some research online I can't seem to figure out what the issue is, any ideas and recommendations for remedies would be super helpful! For background, my FLF gets a little bit of direct sun exposure in the mornings (maybe too much perhaps?) as the main window is east facing. It has been in this spot since August 2019 and not had any issues. Re-potted it in November 2019. It has also recently been showing some brown spots on the tips of some of its leaves as you can see on a couple of the large lower leaves in the pictures.

Any insight would be much appreciated. Thank you very much!



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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 10, 2020 4:50 PM CST
The dry leaf patches reflect a watering issue. It looks like you may be relying on a moisture meter. If so, it is probably misleading you.

Please post a photo so we can see how it is potted.

Does the pot have a drain hole?

How much water do you give it when you water?
Will Creed
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Southern California
Constantine604
May 10, 2020 11:19 PM CST
Hi Will,

Thanks very much for the quick response. Please see below for a few additional photos. It is potted in a 10.5" pot with a drainage hole; however I cut a plastic planter liner about 2 inches high to cover the drainage hold and put rocks at the bottom (on top of the liner) then layered in the soil. Any feedback on that approach?

I figured that was the case on the moisture meter so haven't relied on it much despite leaving it in the soil and rather stick to a routine of watering every 2 weeks and I give it 500ml.

Thank you in advance for the help! Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks again!



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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 11, 2020 8:23 AM CST
It would have been much easier for you and better for the plant if you had left it in its plastic nursery pot and set that pot inside the white planter. A saucer underneath the nursery pot would have prevented any water from running through the drain hole. Using rocks as drainage is an outdated and discredited practice. (I wish it could be banned from the internet!)

Plants should be watered as needed, not by a predetermined schedule.

I suggest that you remove all the soil you added to the top of the original rootball so that the uppermost roots are just barely covered. That will allow oxygen to penetrate the root zone more readily. Then wait until the top half-inch of remaining soil is dry before adding just enough water so that it dries out similarly again in a week. Experiment a bit to see just what the right amount of water is.

Make sure it is located in front of a sunny window.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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