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May 21, 2020 1:08 AM CST
France
Hey everyone, I have a Philodendron Scandens for about a week now. It is definitely growing fast (I had 4 new leaves peek out and unravel). There is a new leaf rolled up but there are brown spots. I have an east facing window so it receives the morning sunshine. Now I'm thinking, is it sunburn? Would love some help, please and thank you!

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May 21, 2020 7:14 AM CST
Name: Sally
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sunburn seems unlikely. Be sure the pot drains.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 21, 2020 7:43 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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It may be a watering issue, but it is also best to protect it from any direct sunlight during the day.

How do you determine when to water and how much do you give it?
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May 21, 2020 8:37 AM CST
France
Hi Sally thanks for your reply, it's still in the same nursery pot.

Hi Will, I watered it once since a got it (which is about a week now). I used my finger and a moisture meter to check. Could it be due to a new environment? Confused
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May 21, 2020 8:42 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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The moisture meter may be leading you astray. Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and pot.

When you use your finger how do you determine when to water?
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May 21, 2020 9:50 AM CST
France
I stick my finger to about half way of the pot (on the sides, rarely the middle because I'm scared to hurt the roots) and I also check under the pot where the drainage holes are to see if it's wet or moist. I also noticed a few brown spots on the new leaves that unraveled a few days ago.(I attached a photo too) Maybe I watered it too soon...
I just checked under the pot and there is a little root sticking out.

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May 21, 2020 5:07 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Your plant looks pretty healthy so you are not far off with your care. I suggest that you stick your finger down about a half-inch more toward the middle of the pot (you won't damage any roots). When it feels dry that deep, then it is time to water thoroughly.

Although you don't want the pot to sit in water, the soil at the very bottom of the pot should never get dry so you don't have to check underneath the pot.

It is normal for some roots to randomly wander out a drain hole.
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May 22, 2020 6:42 AM CST
France
Thank You! Will!
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May 22, 2020 7:43 AM CST
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