Houseplants forum→Philodenendron Black Cardinal looking cruddy

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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Jun 21, 2020 5:20 AM CST
Hey all,
I generally don't impulse buy plants that I don't know how to care for, and haven't researched ... but here I am.

I've had this plant about two months, in its nursery pot. I care for it like I care for my prince of orange (morning sun, bright room, water when the top bit of soil dries out). But it looks droopy. The soil it came in from the grower does not have any bark mixture, and it's the type of soil that stays very wet for a long time. When I first brought it home I noticed that the main stem is pretty floppy, the whole plant will bend side to side when picked up, so I put a little stake to keep it from moving too much. Now some of the baby leaves are yellowing and overall it looks cruddy. Any help would be appreciated
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 21, 2020 5:38 AM CST
Were you in Florida? Excelsa Gardens is a great nursery down around Homestead.
I think it needs more light and less water
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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Jun 21, 2020 6:19 AM CST
Hi Gina,
No - I bought it from a local retailer here in New England. Thank you, I'll relocate him!
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 21, 2020 8:33 AM CST
You have an Excelsa Gardens in England?? Wow. Cool. Not the same I am sure, the one in Homestead is palms heliconias etc.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jun 21, 2020 3:33 PM CST
Megan - How deep into the soil does it get dry enough for you to water it? About how often is that? How far is it from the east window?

Gina - It is quite likely that the plant came from that nursery in the Homestead area. Most tropical plants sold in the northeast, Including NEW England, originate in south FL nurseries.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 21, 2020 8:19 PM CST
Oops I misread LOL. Yes Excelsa does wholesale out. I have been there, its a fabulous place. They have acres of grow area and grow their heliconias in HUGE stands out in the fields. You have to ride around the property with a guide in a golf cart LOL
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