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Cambridge, MA
Feb 7, 2017 12:33 PM CST
I just bought a split leaf philodendron around three months ago. I left it in the plastic pot from the garden center and placed that inside a bigger stone pot which also has a drain hole. It seems that I put it in a place where it will get the sun it needs. I don't think direct sunlight really. The last month especially all the leaves have been dying off quickly. Like rotting on a few stalks at the soil level. I have given it a balanced plant food once now since it's winter.

What am I doing wrong and do I have a chance to save it?
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Name: greene
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Feb 7, 2017 12:40 PM CST
From the photos it appears to be planted in a black plastic pot which is inside another pot. Are there holes in these pots?
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Cambridge, MA
Feb 7, 2017 1:49 PM CST
I just pulled the whole thing out of the pot to see what was going on and realized the clay pot I put it in didn't have drain hole as I thought it did. What a dumb move on my part. Been sitting in water now for about a week, yuck.

Think I can salvage it if I let it dry out for a few weeks? Maybe I need to re pot it directly into the clay pot and discard the plastic one? I have just drilled holes in the clay anyway to prep. Maybe repotting with dry soil and rocks at the bottom layer would save it.
Name: Sue
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Feb 7, 2017 1:58 PM CST
It may be worth repotting it with fresh potting mix but don't put rocks at the bottom, that actually makes the mix above the rocks stay wetter (I know, it's counter-intuitive but scientifically proven). If you decide just to try letting it dry out, it may not take as long as a few weeks before it will need water again, just keep an eye on it so that it doesn't get totally dried out before you water again.
Cambridge, MA
Feb 7, 2017 3:54 PM CST
I have just repotted it with a good amount of dry potting soil in the bottom of the new pot. I will post a picture if it survives the next few weeks (y)
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Feb 7, 2017 4:06 PM CST
That may not be enough light for it if those blinds stay closed on the bottom of the windows. These grow outdoors in warm climates and can take a lot of light. You could get a plant light to shine on it. They make grow bulbs that fit into lamp sockets.
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