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krystenr1
Jun 20, 2017 9:09 PM CST
What does this leaf indicate for my heart leaf philo?
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purpleinopp
Jun 21, 2017 7:18 AM CST
Are you able to add a pic of the whole plant?
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 12:51 PM CST
Here's some!

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gasrocks
Jun 21, 2017 12:54 PM CST
My guess is either lack of humidity or just old age. Gene
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purpleinopp
Jun 21, 2017 12:57 PM CST
That may be a Monstera deliciosa. Petioles have genicula and the leaves seem to be getting bigger as the stems age.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Oh. Must be lack of humidity because I just bought this guy. I mist it daily and try to keep all my humidity-loving friends close to one another. Should I try a pebble tray? It is very dry here, so humidity is definitely harder for me to achieve and my bathroom is already overflowing with plants so there's no room left to move it in there, I'm afraid!
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gasrocks
Jun 21, 2017 1:02 PM CST
IMO, misting is a waste of time unless it makes you fell better. Pebble trays are also iffy. Gene
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2017 1:03 PM CST
My eyesight isn't the best and I'm not certain what's going on with your Heart Leaf Vine (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium) but I wonder if it might be caused by a bacterial disease. Has it been exposed to chilly temperatures? I'd remove that leaf and make sure the potting medium is moist but not staying too wet for too long.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 1:08 PM CST
purpleinopp said:That may be a Monstera deliciosa. Petioles have genicula and the leaves seem to be getting bigger as the stems age.


Ah, interesting. Do monsteras often not have a single split leaf on them?
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2017 1:09 PM CST
I must have been typing while you were posting last ... so it's hot and dry where you live and your plants are in a room where they are grouped close together? I'd suggest running a fan on occasion to improve air circulation around the plants. Lack of good air circulation can cause issues too. I'd still remove that one leaf because I think the black, sogginess will probably continue through the entire leaf.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 1:10 PM CST
plantladylin said:My eyesight isn't the best and I'm not certain what's going on with your Heart Leaf Vine (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium) but I wonder if it might be caused by a bacterial disease. Has it been exposed to chilly temperatures? I'd remove that leaf and make sure the potting medium is moist but not staying too wet for too long.


No chilly temperatures, just lots of Los Angeles dry heat (although it lives inside in indirect sunlight only). I keep the soil moist but I do think it's perhaps not getting the humidity it longs for.
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plantladylin
Jun 21, 2017 1:10 PM CST
It does have the growth habit of Split-leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) rather than Philo. oxycardium.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 1:18 PM CST
plantladylin said:I must have been typing while you were posting last ... so it's hot and dry where you live and your plants are in a room where they are grouped close together? I'd suggest running a fan on occasion to improve air circulation around the plants. Lack of good air circulation can cause issues too. I'd still remove that one leaf because I think the black, sogginess will probably continue through the entire leaf.


I thought a fan running could irritate some pants that don't like breezes? And the leaf has been removed, as you can see from the original photograph of it on my table Smiling
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lauriebasler
Jun 21, 2017 11:13 PM CST
Yes, but the blackness of the damage on your leaf is usually something you see with too much humidity or bacteria, which is more lethal than overwatering. If that leaf is the only one, it is probably fine. If the soil does not smell of mold that is a good sign too, but I would agree with :Plantladylin, and hold off on humidity for the time being.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 11:58 PM CST
lauriebasler said:Yes, but the blackness of the damage on your leaf is usually something you see with too much humidity or bacteria, which is more lethal than overwatering. If that leaf is the only one, it is probably fine. If the soil does not smell of mold that is a good sign too, but I would agree with :Plantladylin, and hold off on humidity for the time being.


Okay thanks, will do! That was indeed the only leaf like that and no mole on soil that I can see.
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Jun 22, 2017 6:45 AM CST
I agree with Laurie. It's possible that leaf may have been laying on wet soil and started to decline. Not your fault, as you said that you just bought the guy. Anyway, your plant should be fine now that you've removed it. Happy Growing! And Welcome! to NGA and the Houseplants forum.
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krystenr1
Jun 22, 2017 9:46 AM CST
Deebie said: I agree with Laurie. It's possible that leaf may have been laying on wet soil and started to decline. Not your fault, as you said that you just bought the guy. Anyway, your plant should be fine now that you've removed it. Happy Growing! And Welcome! to NGA and the Houseplants forum.


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WillC
Jun 24, 2017 10:55 AM CST
It is not possible to diagnose a plant problem by observing a single leaf. The photos that show the entire plant reveal that the plant is healthy and doing fine. Your plant is not old; it does not require high humidity or a larger pot; the watering seems to be fine.

My advice is that you not over-react and just keep doing what you have been doing and not worry about an occasional dying leaf.
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AlyssaBlue
Jun 28, 2017 9:45 AM CST
I agree with Will. Your whole plant looks great! A couple of the smaller leaves on mine did the same thing. I just thought it was because the bigger, older, taller leaves took over. Just so you have an idea how quickly these grow, I bought this plant last spring, and it was the same size as yours, but with only 4 leaves. I need to tidy it up a bit, but you get the picture..... nodding
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krystenr1
Jul 1, 2017 8:01 PM CST
AlyssaBlue said:I agree with Will. Your whole plant looks great! A couple of the smaller leaves on mine did the same thing. I just thought it was because the bigger, older, taller leaves took over. Just so you have an idea how quickly these grow, I bought this plant last spring, and it was the same size as yours, but with only 4 leaves. I need to tidy it up a bit, but you get the picture..... nodding
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WOW! Yours is so beautiful!

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