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Appleton, Wisconsin
Kaitlynnjoy96
May 26, 2020 4:52 PM CST
This is my philodendron. I've had it for a little less than 2 years. I recently repotted the plant about 2 weeks ago because the foliage seemed unhealthy and the roots were coming out the bottom of the pot. It wasn't a very smooth transition because the post that the foliage is climbing was nailed into the previous pot. So I expected the plant would be a little stressed but after weeks I still see no change. I have played around with different levels of watering and different levels of light (always keeping out of direct light) but nothing seems to make it happy. I'm not really sure how to go about pruning it. I have read that it's possible that when the new growth is pinkish and pale that it could mean that it needs more calcium and magnesium. I just want to figure out how to get this plant healthy and happy again.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 27, 2020 9:00 AM CST
Repotting plants is much more stressful to plants than is commonly understood. That is what your Philodendron is reacting to and will continue to for quite a while. It is not a problem with light or nutrient deficiency. Nor is there a quick fix.

How well and how rapidly your plant recovers will depend on how much of the original soil you removed and how much the roots were disturbed. You will have to be patient and recalculate the water that it needs as a result of the repotting. Crossing Fingers!
Will Creed
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Kaitlynnjoy96
May 27, 2020 9:16 AM CST
Thank you for your response. Much of the original dirt was lost and roots disturbed during the repotting. If it takes a while to recover, I'm okay with that. I just want to know that the plant isn't dying.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 27, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Unfortunately, many of the very important tiny root hairs were also lost along with the original soil. Your ability to carefully monitor the soil moisture will determine the gradual recovery of the roots and eventually the plant. A damaged root system uses less water and is much more vulnerable to suffocation from soil staying too wet. You should expect continued loss of more leaves in the interim.

Good luck with it!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Appleton, Wisconsin
Kaitlynnjoy96
May 27, 2020 9:41 AM CST
Thanks for your help!

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