Houseplants forum: Help with philodendron- moldy soil, yellow leaves etc.

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ahanji
Aug 11, 2017 11:03 AM CST
So I'm new to houseplants and just bought a heartleaf philodendron 3 weeks ago. The new house I was moving into had a nice space for plants that I thought the philo would thrive in. After the move I noticed some cuts and brown spots on the leaves- I just assumed it was physical trauma from being moved in my tightly packed car with a bunch on boxes.
But since then some of the leaves have been turning yellow and the new leaves are growing in all crinkly with dark & transparent spots. I was supposed to water it 2 days ago but decided to wait a few days because the soil was still pretty moist, but I just checked the plant today and there's some kind of white mold(??) on the top of the soil!

What's wrong with the plant & what should I do? It's still in it's original pot(with drainage holes) and is being kept in a place with plenty of indirect light. I've been watering it once a week, when the top inch of soil dries out. I bought a pothos with the philo and it's been doing great, but it just starting getting brown spots too and I'm worried ):


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Thanks for any help in advance!
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krystenr1
Aug 11, 2017 11:59 AM CST
It looks like you may have just overwatered it and the white stuff looks like residue from hard water or a form of mold. If you just take off the top layer of soil or repot with fresh soil (the latter is what I would do) you'll probably be okay. Also adjust your watering schedule going forward, as you might end up dealing with root rot (which you wont be able to come back from).
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purpleinopp
Aug 11, 2017 12:20 PM CST
This plant looks like it may have spider mites and the soil looks totally airless. If it was my plant, I would remove it from the pot, rinse the old soil off of the roots, rinse the plant well, bottoms and tops of leaves, to remove the mites, and replace new soil in the (cleaned existing, or new) pot.

You could also cut everything off above the soil line, put the stems in water for a few weeks until new roots start growing, and then repot when ready.
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WillC
Aug 11, 2017 12:50 PM CST
You haven't given any specifics about the move. How long were the plants packed without light or good air circulation? Were they exposed to very high temps, even for a very short time? How close to the nearest window is it now? Any of these factors might be the cause of the symptoms you have described.
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ahanji
Aug 11, 2017 1:11 PM CST
WillC said:You haven't given any specifics about the move. How long were the plants packed without light or good air circulation? Were they exposed to very high temps, even for a very short time? How close to the nearest window is it now? Any of these factors might be the cause of the symptoms you have described.


Oh, the plant was only in my car for 15 minutes maximum(it's a 7 minute drive). It's on a shelf diagonal to a really bright window, I'd say it's about 4 feet away.

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