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Apr 9, 2017 11:44 AM CST

I'm a new houseplant owner and would like some advice about my croton and philodendron.

I see some white watermark type of stains on my croton leaves.. I don't know if it's mildew? It's mainly on lower leaves I attached pictures below. How do I take care of this ?

I have a split leaf and I'm wondering if I should be concerned about 'brown' stems and what appears to be stunted stems? I also see some white areas on the stems. Pictures below again. Sorry If these are stupid questions..

Any other general advice on taking care of these plants is much appreciated.

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Name: Scott
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Apr 9, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Looks like fertilizer residue on the Croton leaves and can easily be cleaned off with soapy water using paper towel and rinse with clean water. High sun levels for good coloring is need inside. Do not keep the soil to wet, err on the almost dry side between waterings.
The Philo. looks fine. The ends you see are from the grower taking cuttings. Not picky on sun or water conditions, bright light and moist soil on avg.
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Apr 11, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Thank you for the reply.

I sprayed the crotons with some dishwater soap but it's still there... Today I also found little bugs crawling inside the soil in almost all my house plants (croton, split leaf , and the chamadorea). On top of that there was a black fly flying around the philodendron and croton. I looked at the bottom of my croton pot and I saw some white fungus- like fuzz. I attached a pic below.

I inspected the philodendron soil more and I noticed the wood chips were completely white with clear little balls on them. Any idea what this is?? And should I just repot all of my plants? I have no idea where these little bugs came from...


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