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May 31, 2020 7:46 PM CST
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Hi guys,
My Congo plant leaves started to droop.. Can you please advice me how revive it?

- the Congo plant bought about 6 weeks ago, been healthy
- it's leaves used to face up (horizontal to ground) but lower leaves started to droop a week ago
- The plant is kept in the bathroom with no window since it was purchased 6 weeka ago
- the plant was watered via a self watering pot, with the last refill of water about 5 days ago. Water level isn't reduced at all when just checked today, which indicates the plant is not taking any water
- plant's leaves are firm, grossy and look healthy. The colour of the leaves didn't change
- top layer of the soil is still moist, 3cm deep from the top soil is also moist
- I watered a half cup from the top (as the plant is kept in a self watering pot, I don't usually water it in this way) a few days ago, and it seems to deteriorate the condition of my Congo plant

I thought I was taking a good care of it... So it's bit sad to see the plant is not as healthy as before.

Thanks for your advice in advance 😊

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Jun 1, 2020 1:54 AM CST
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Did you repot it? Does the pot have drainage? Your watering methods may be a problem, especially in such low light conditions. Your Philodendron (Philodendron tatei subsp. melanochlorum 'Congo') needs light, a room without a window won't work.
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Name: Gina
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Yah your pot looks like it is sealed ceramic. That won't work for a philodendron like this. If you want to keep it in a decorative pot, repot it into a black nursery pot with lots of drainage in a fast raining mix. The decorative pot should also have a hole so water doesn;t collect, use a dish under.

This is a very large growing philodendron that needs very bright light.
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Jun 1, 2020 8:45 AM CST
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I'm surprised it is still alive if it has been in a bathroom with no window for 6 weeks! Is there an artificial light of some type in there? If so, what type of bulb and how long is it on each day?

There are many types of self-watering planters. Can you show the setup or explain where ethe reservoir is and if there is an indicator to guide you that is not visible in the photo?
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