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Aug 20, 2017 7:38 AM CST
2 weeks ago I gave bird manure and my plant is sick now. how can I save could you help me?
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Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
I collect seeds
Aug 20, 2017 8:00 AM CST
It is really difficult to kill a dieffenbackia but I have managed to do it. I do not think it needed bird manure but that alone won't kill it unless... you added too much.

I suggest to remove all soil and re-pot it with fresh soil without bird manure. This plant does not need any bird manure.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 20, 2017 8:02 AM CST
I don't know the content of bird manure so I cannot be sure that it is the cause of the plant problems. If you suspect it is, then scrape off the manure if you added it on top. Otherwise, flush a lot of clear water through the rootball to wash the manure out. I don't recommend replacing the soil.

In general, it is best to limit non-sterile ingredients (manure, compost, garden soil, etc.) to outdoor use
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Aug 20, 2017 9:25 AM CST
I'm inclined to think that is a leaf spot disease, possibly bacterial (Xanthomonas) because there is a yellowish halo. Whether it could be related to the bird manure or is coincidental I don't know. I would follow Will's suggestions and monitor the spots to see if they get worse.

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