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Appleton, Wisconsin
May 27, 2020 8:27 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: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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May 28, 2020 2:46 AM CST
It doesn't need calcium and magnesium if you used new soil in the transplanting and are giving it tap water. The problem with your plant is, you raised the water volume with the new transplanting and addition of extra soil. The plant has more water than it can transpire and so it has that wilting look. You need to allow the soil to dry at least a couple of inches on top before watering again. It may take a couple of weeks before you need to water. After the top dries, and when you water, be sure and water enough to allow a tiny amount of water to come out the bottom then stop and allow the top to dry well.

If you placed any new soil on top of the old soil during the transplant, remove it to allow the faster drying.
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Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
May 28, 2020 8:06 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.
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