Houseplants forum: Sick House Plant

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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Jan 29, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Need help with a sick house plant please. My friend gave me this plant last year. She didn't know what it was & neither do I *Blush* I have moved it around to different spots in my home, but so far it has not been happy and it doesn't look very good Sighing! . Can someone tell me what it is and what I can do to save it if possible? Thank You!
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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Jan 29, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Pix are poor but my guess is it is a Devil's Ivy. What is the soil like? Gene
Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Jan 29, 2017 5:02 PM CST
Its.has just regular potting soil as far as I can tell. Should I repot it in new soil? And sorry the pictures are poor.
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Name: Lin
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Jan 29, 2017 6:35 PM CST
It looks like Heart Leaf Vine (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium) to me and it looks very, very dusty. I'd give it a warm shower to clean off those leaves so they can breathe. They like bright light but no direct sun, which will burn the foliage and be sure it gets good air circulation.
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 4, 2017 7:24 AM CST
The leaves of your Philodendron are badly wilted and that means they are not getting enough water. That is probably because the soil was allowed to get very dried out for an extended period. Sometimes when soil gets completely dried out it gets hard and water repellent like a dry sponge. That means the water may not get absorbed even when it is watered. If the soil feels hard and dry, give it a good soak or let the pot sit in water for an hour to wick up the water and re-wet the soil.

There is another possibility and that is that the roots are no longer able to absorb water because they were over watered, rotted and died. There is no cure for that.

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Name: Sally
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Feb 5, 2017 8:11 PM CST
ditto to plantladylin and WillC.
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