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PlantsandMila
Sep 23, 2020 9:23 AM CST
Hi everyone! I just got this baby PPP but it's already starting to look sad... the baby leave is starting to look droopy and I'm afraid of overwatering. Any advice on which medium to put this baby PPP in so it can thrive?
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 23, 2020 3:32 PM CST
Its looking sad for a couple reasons. It just came out of traveling and needs to acclimate to your house, and it is VASTLY over potted. That plant should be in nothing larger than a 2" x 2" little plastic pot until it grows substantially. You will definitely overwater in that pot...there is way too much soil to hold water. The best mix for this plant is a mix that is porous, chunky and light, heavy on perlite, orchid bark and horticultural charcoal, and light on potting soil
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whittier, ca
PlantsandMila
Sep 23, 2020 3:38 PM CST
Gina, thank you so much for the advices!!! Hopefully it's not too late to save this plant. Crying
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 23, 2020 5:44 PM CST
I don't think it is. But saying it is a baby is an understatement. You really need to take very proper care of it, to make sure it makes it. Obviously you potted it, right? How did the roots look?
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plantladylin
Sep 23, 2020 6:32 PM CST
Hi alicepalace, Welcome!

I agree with Gina, your Blushing Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens 'Pink Princess') should be in a much, much smaller pot with a light and airy potting soil. The appropriate size pot for that teeny, baby Philo would be the same size of pot you are using for the Jewel Orchid (Macodes petola) that I see in the background ... or even smaller!
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whittier, ca
PlantsandMila
Sep 23, 2020 10:18 PM CST
Thank you for both of your advices. I came home and found it looking extremely sad. I really hope i didn't kill it. I have repotted it in a mix of orchid bark, sphagnum moss, perlites, horticulture charcoal and little bit of soil in a tiny pot.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 24, 2020 5:57 AM CST
It looks like it has a touch of root rot but that is not universal. The stem (trunk) is still firm looking. You will lose the leaves, but don't give up yet. Keep it in the drier side, maybe water sparingly every other day to let it get rooted in, if that succeeds, new growth should start
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whittier, ca
PlantsandMila
Sep 24, 2020 8:43 AM CST
Thank you Gina, I'm still trying to be very hopeful. Now that it's in the environment it should be in, I'll just leave it alone and be patient. Should I just cut off the pretty much dead leaves or let them be?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Sep 24, 2020 9:05 AM CST
As sad as it is I think you can sacrifice them
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