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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Oct 20, 2020 10:43 AM CST
I suspected something was a little off with this plant when I received it from an Etsy seller a few months ago. The leaves and roots looked healthy, but the stems were very loose in the soil.

Today it is just as loose and wobbly, but not knowing anything about these plants I'm not sure if this is just the way the vines feel. I see that some of the surface roots are rotten, but there is new leaf growth.

It is in a clay pot with no finish, miracle gro indoor potting mix with added perlite. I water when the top is dry and I stick my finger down or use a bamboo stick and see that a couple inches is also dry. It grows surface mold anyways. Roots are growing through the drainage hole.

What should I do with this guy? I want to really stir things up and repot it with more perlite and new soil, but I know y'all would probably advise against that.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Oct 20, 2020 11:02 AM CST
Your Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium 'Brasil') looks fine to me. Is there a particular reason you repotted it from it's original plastic nursery pot? The current terracotta pot appears a bit large to my eyes but perhaps that's just the photo. The white stuff growing on the pot is not mold; it's either mineral deposits from hard water, or soluble salts from fertilizer that leach from the soil.
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Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Oct 20, 2020 11:15 AM CST
@plantladylin thanks for your response!

I repotted it because the seller I purchased it from advised me to do so. That was before I found this group 😉. It's in a 4ish inch pot which was just slightly bigger than the pot it came in.

The white fluffy mold I was referring to is growing on the surface of the soil, not on the pot.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Oct 20, 2020 11:29 AM CST
I doubt that it's mold, but likely salts/mineral deposits which can also form on the soil surface. Shrug! I'm sure others will be along soon to offer advice and suggestions.
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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Oct 20, 2020 1:36 PM CST
I agree Lin. Plant looks great, mold not a problem (only aesthetic), roots all the way to the bottom, what more could you ask for. Thumbs up
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Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Oct 20, 2020 4:06 PM CST
@cppgardener Haha! Yes! Helicopter gardening is the PERFECT description of what I do. Why is repotting so fun?!

Thank you for your response. Ok, so I shouldn't be concerned that some roots at the surface are rotten (mushy and brown and essentially disintegrated in my fingers)? Granted, the ones coming through the bottom are healthy looking. Will it get sturdier or is "wobbly" a fair description for what these plants' stems are like?
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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Oct 20, 2020 5:00 PM CST
Yes, wobbly is a good description. Usually they grow up into trees and THOSE roots and stems are much more firmly attached.
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Rynoa
Oct 21, 2020 4:31 PM CST
I agree with the others. Your plant looks perfectly healthy.

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