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Name: Sharon Texada
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SharonTexada
Nov 10, 2015 9:22 PM CST
I had the Red Aglaonema outside since purchased. It was doing great, doubled in size. It started getting in the 50's so I brought it in. Same with the Ivy. The Red Aglaonema's leaves are all turning yellow and some are drying up. On the Ivy I pick anywhere from 5 to 27 (I actually counted them) I don't know what to do. BTW I have 2 Led lights in my ceiling fan over the plants

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DavidLMO
Nov 11, 2015 11:25 PM CST
Very likely just what I call MIS - Moving Indoor Shock. It happens to many of my plants when I bring them in. For example, I have two tropical (indoor) Hibiscus that drop ~ 90 % of their leaves when I bring them in. It is scary fer sure, but at least with these two plants, I have learned from experience they will recover in a month or so.

Also keep in mind that some plants like to go at least partially dormant this time of year.

Not sure what type Ivy you have, but Aglaonema is often treated as a houseplant year round. Same for many Ivy.
For my plants that I bring in, I try to give them as much indirect light as possible and/or East or West window light.
And I am careful about watering.
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Name: Sharon Texada
Louisiana (Zone 9a)
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SharonTexada
Nov 12, 2015 9:26 PM CST
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Thanks David.. I tend to panic when something happens to one of my plants.. The Ivy was 2 x larger,and also with my Red Alc.I did however give them a little bit of plant food last night. Hopefully I didn't mess up doing that.

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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 12, 2015 9:46 PM CST
I think your "ivy" is a Pothos. Was it labeled as Ivy?

I am not so sure giving them some fertilizer is a good idea - too late now :-)

Sometimes just leaving a plant be for awhile is better than too much TLC.

Like I said, chances are your plants are just showing shock symptoms from bringing in. I have about 100 plants I brought in over the past several weeks and some look horrible.

Was the 50s you mentioned Day or night temps?

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plantladylin
Nov 13, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Hi Sharon, Welcome! to All Things Plants!
I agree with David, your "Ivy" is not actually an ivy but appears to be Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) which has a common name of "Devil's Ivy". Be sure the plant is not located near a heat vent or where it will get very cold drafts; any sudden change in temperature could cause shock and leaf drop. If you have recently moved it indoors It could very well be dropping a lot of leaves due to a change in location but it should recover and re-sprout new foliage eventually. The Pothos is fairly drought tolerant, it does very well in low light situations and requires excellent drainage and air circulation around the roots; be sure your potting medium has enough aeration and drainage so that the roots don't rot and go light on water during the winter months. You can add lots of perlite to potting soil which helps with soil aeration and drainage.

Your second plant pictured is not Aglaonema but rather Stromanthe and appears to be Stromanthe (Stromanthe thalia 'Triostar') Stromanthe prefers very bright light but no direct sun. I have one in a container in a shady corner of my yard; they require a high humidity but the leaves on my plant always seem to be ratty looking with brown crispy edges ... even with our high humidity here in Florida!
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tarev
Nov 13, 2015 11:16 AM CST
Agree, that is a Golden Pothos. I grow them indoors year round. They do slow down in growth come winter even indoors, and I keep them drier too. I think it is the effect of the change in the angle of dappled sunlight they get and I tend to keep our indoor temps at 68F during winter at night and 60 to 65F during daytime. I grow some of them in water gel beads in a glass, so as the beads shrink allowing good airflow at the root level. Those that I grow in soil in a container, I am careful in watering, since it is in slowdown, the leaves give me a sign of overwatering, going curly brown and limp. Though that appearance can also signify it is drying out. So you can check the soil if it is still damp or too dry already. Stick a skewer at the soil and see if it comes out damp then no need to water. It perks up again and goes back to its active growth of new leaves in Spring.

I try not to give any plant food for the tropicals in winter. Most of them are in slow down mode. And Golden Pothos is one of the more resilient ones, will keep growing and growing even without those added fertilizers, as long as the favorable growing conditions eventually return.

I do not grow the other plant so go with what others will suggest Smiling
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Cinta
Nov 13, 2015 3:34 PM CST
I have the Stromanthe. It hates to dry out. It is widely said to let plants dry even a little before watering. I have found this is one plant that hates that process. It grows like a weed in the Spring and when I bring it inside and keep it moist. It hates hot summer. When we have our Non-stop rain from April - May it love, love, love that time of year. It is cool 60-70s and soaking wet all day every day.

When Summer comes and it is over 80 degrees the only way I can keep it happy without brown ratty leaves is to water it every day. Once a month I give it a epsom salt dose of 1 teaspoon of epsom salt in a gallon of water.
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plantladylin
Nov 13, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Cinta, thank you for sharing that information! My plant probably always has ratty leaves because it doesn't get watered often enough. Our irrigation system hasn't been on in quite awhile and it's been pretty dry here all summer.
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Cinta
Nov 13, 2015 8:35 PM CST
Lin I think this is a bog plant. I love the colors and I almost lost the plant. The Leaves kept drying up. It was a large plant in a 26" pot when I purchased. It was down to two leaves and when I put it out in the Spring and it was drowning it perked up and exploded into growth.
Name: Sharon Texada
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SharonTexada
Nov 13, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Oh Cinta you are so correct. Silly me switched the tags.. Drooling y I remember now that I found it strange that it was noted that it was a tri-color Gingerplant..I really feel bad now LOL
It's twice as big now !! Hurray!

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This is not the Tri color.. Unless it was mismarked, this should be the Red Alc.
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2015 8:11 AM CST
SharonTexada, that sure looks like Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema 'Crete')
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Name: Sharon Texada
Louisiana (Zone 9a)
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SharonTexada
Nov 14, 2015 2:45 PM CST
Plantladylin I am stumped now because the tag says Red Aglaonema.. When it had blooms they were white. I wish I would have taken a picture of it in bloom. Sighing! I sure thank everyone for all the help.. It is just beautiful since I have taken it inside and has gotten twice as big.. It sure is a happy plant since it's inside and under the LED lights.. Big Grin
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Nov 14, 2015 2:49 PM CST
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This is my Red Aglaonema
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2015 4:01 PM CST
Jennifer, Your's is identical to my Siam Red: Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema 'Siam Red')
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purpleinopp
Nov 14, 2015 6:35 PM CST
I think they all bloom white or green. Technically, the outer thing isn't the bloom, it's a spathe with a spadix inside. The actual flowers on the spadix are miniscule. I've never seen an Ag bloom that wasn't, but I'm sure I haven't seen them all either.


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