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Name: Andre R.
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Somebrooklynguy
May 20, 2020 5:08 PM CST
I just recently bought a philodendron little hope. I've repotted it from the nursery pot because it was pretty root bound. I sized the pot up by one size and have it placed in a room with medium-bright indirect light.

I've noticed that my leaves are curling and some have yellow-green spots/areas. It's not overwhelming across the plant but is this something I should worry about? Could it just be the shock of a new environment and repotting?

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May 21, 2020 1:54 AM CST
I think it just getting used to its new home. However, when you up-potted to a large size container you raised the water volume and so be very careful not to over water. More water volume means more time in between the waterings.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 21, 2020 8:40 AM CST
Selloums do best when kept tightly potted.

How much of the original soil did you remove when you repotted?
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Name: Andre R.
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Somebrooklynguy
May 21, 2020 8:55 AM CST
Hi Will! I kept a good deal of the old soil. I added some fresh soil to the bottom of the new pot just to give the plant the same height level given the new pot is deeper. Also had to use new soil to fill in the little spaces left around the sides since the new pot was about 1 inch larger. The plant was pretty root bound so I also tried loosening the roots a bit before repotting but kept the roots fairly tight (didn't want to break anything).

I haven't been able to find consistent care tips for the plant. What would you also recommend for light and water? I have the plant in a bedroom that generally gets 30-50 foot candles of light most of the day. There's about two hours of high afternoon light (190+fc). Would that effect the leaves as well?

Sorry if all of those details are unnecessary! Still kinda new here.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 21, 2020 9:05 AM CST
Thank you for the helpful details. You did a good job with the repotting so there should not be any problems in that regard. Does the new pot have a drain hole?

Light intensity of 50 fc or less is minimal and will result in gradual thinning out of the plant over time. It will thrive in 100-200 fc of light throughout the day. Of course, how much light it receives will also affect how much water it uses.

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Name: Andre R.
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Somebrooklynguy
May 21, 2020 9:15 AM CST
The new pot does have a drainage hole but I haven't watered the plant since repotting on Monday. Didn't want to run the risk of doing too much at one time.

That's good to know about the recommended fc. Thanks! Could I have the plant sit under a grow light during the day to get more fc or would it be more beneficial to perhaps move the plant into a brighter room (don't know if a grow light vs the natural light would have different affects).

Thanks again!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 21, 2020 11:48 AM CST
It is better to water thoroughly when you do water. The drain hole will let the excess water drain out. The risk is not too much water at once, but waterimng too frequently or before the soil has dried out properly.

In general, natural bright indirect sunlight is superior to good artificial light.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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