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chelkahn
Jun 19, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Hi all, Im struggling to keep this guy happy. I live in Seattle, so I give it as much sun as possible. I also water it 2ish times a week, never letting the soil get soggy. But leaves still keep yellowing, then turning brown, then falling off.

Do I need to repot? Water less? Water more? Anything would be helpful, thanks!
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A picture of the pot/entire plant and type of soil used as well as any extra amendment and/or fertilizer info would be helpful.
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purpleinopp
Jun 20, 2017 7:40 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Lack of light isn't usually an issue for a Philodendron like yours, just a bright room should be enough to maintain a gorgeous appearance.

If surface pathogen exacerbated by misting can be ruled-out, the necrotic spots on the leaves likely correspond to necrosis among the roots. Plants grow from the roots-up.

Agree with wanting to see the whole plant and its' pot. Are the older leaves being lost at about the same pace as new ones are being formed? Does it have a drain hole at the bottom of the pot for excess water to escape?
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chelkahn
Jun 20, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Thank you for your responses. The plant is still in the pot but it was purchased in this past December. Similarly I don't know what dirt it's in but it came from a reputable plant store nearby.

I keep a tray under the plastic pot for overflow, but never order it to the extent that it would be flooded. New leaves are appearing on the same notes where leaves are dying off but not at the exact same position.

Here are a few more photos to help! Thank you and advance
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purpleinopp
Jun 20, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Beautiful!!

The soil looks dry, but pics of soil can be deceiving. The plant may have reached terminal mass in that size pot. The roots may need more room to grow to be able to support more foliage. In context with the rest of the healthy, happy-looking plant, the lost leaves seem to have been discarded normally, being the oldest ones from the lowest part of the stem.

I would consider finding a bigger pot for it soon, if it was my plant.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 20, 2017 8:58 AM CST
You plant is beeeeautiful! Is the yellowing leaf perhaps and older leaf? They tend to drop off usually near the bottom as time goes on.
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Jun 20, 2017 8:58 AM CST
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WillC
Jun 24, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Your Philodendron appears to be very healthy and thriving. I think you are worrying unnecessarily about some older leaves dying back naturally, as Cheryl stated. If your plant is not broken, it would be a mistake to "fix it" by repotting or making any other significant changes.
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Seattle, WA
chelkahn
Jun 26, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Thank you all so much for your advice! Happy yo be a part of this group!
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Lukepfoster
Feb 11, 2018 6:30 AM CST
Hello Chelkhan!

I agree with the others. Your plant is beautiful. Did it sort itself out?
I ask as I have just bought a similar philadendron (imperial green) and am having issues with the leaves going a yellow brown colour. It's definitely developing on the leaves as you will see from the before and after pictures. I've only had it about 3 weeks.

Maybe I'm over watering...? The would is moist but not soggy.

I've left the plant in the pot it came in from the garden centre.

Any advice as to how to save it for getting worse would be much appreciated!

Thank you in advance

Luke
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Seattle, WA
chelkahn
Feb 12, 2018 11:08 AM CST
Hi there Lukepfoster - It did sort itself out! All is well with my plant.
I tend to water mine less than the instructions and it seems to be working well. Possibly its on over-watering issue?

Cherished
Mar 20, 2018 5:21 AM CST
Hi all! Just wanted to add in here, I had much the same problem with a smaller sized plant.

The leaves started loosing the vibrant green colour and were looking spotty and yellowish.

I was using fertiliser most times I watered the plant. So I stopped fertilising & the leaves have since got their colouring back with just normal water once a week max. This probably took just over a month to get it looking healthy again.

This is a really simple plant & I was giving it tooooooo much love! Hope this helps :)

Here's a photo of what it looked like when I was over fertilising
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And here's one of him now :)
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mikelzz
Mar 20, 2018 10:30 AM CST
the soil in the pot needs to dry a bit before watering .... if the pot is too large then it may stay too wet too long .

the roots in the pots can all die off if there are new roots growing along the stems , as in a greenhouse or up a tree.

in many cases the old roots die off entirely and it sends down aerial roots

older leaves die off as new ones are produced

bright light enhances colors in the leaves ,,, such as Prince of Orange variety

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