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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mazria143
Jul 16, 2017 4:44 AM CST
Hi there,
I recently acquired a variegated monstera deliciosa. It looked healthy when i picked it up. It had previously lived in a greenhouse but due to Melbourne's (Australia) cold winter, it had developed cold burns. That evening i decided to put a sphagnum moss covered stick in the pot to provide it support and moisture. The soil feels moist but not wet. In the morning i found it to be drooping and sad. What has happened to it overnight? Is it in shock from the different environments? I have not watered it yet as the soil still feels moist.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 16, 2017 2:33 PM CST
There is a problem with the roots. Wilting is a generic symptom with several possible causes. It is possible the roots were damaged by the cold you referenced. They might also have been damaged if you repotted or when you inserted the stake. Finally, improper watering can cause roots to die due to either inadequate or excess moisture.
Will Creed
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mazria143
Jul 17, 2017 12:26 AM CST
WillC said:There is a problem with the roots. Wilting is a generic symptom with several possible causes. It is possible the roots were damaged by the cold you referenced. They might also have been damaged if you repotted or when you inserted the stake. Finally, improper watering can cause roots to die due to either inadequate or excess moisture.


I haven't repotted it. I did have a quick look if i damaged any roots and i didn't see any but i'll have a proper look again. Is it worth repotting or adding dry soil to the potting mixture? The soil already felt moist but not wet. I can put a plastic bag over it to sort of mimic a greenhouse? I'm so devastated this has happened.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jul 17, 2017 7:00 PM CST
It is probably a watering problem that may have occurred before you acquired it. When roots die from improper watering, it often takes a month or more before the effects manifest themselves. If you think overwatering is the problem, then simply allow the soil to dry deeper into the pot before adding less water. Repotting is unlikely to help and replacing the soil definitely will not.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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