Houseplants forum: Rescued Gloriosum continues to struggle

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Oct 7, 2017 2:46 PM CST
Hey all - I rescued a beautiful Philodendron Gloriosum from a nursery that was keeping it out in direct sunlight. The sunlight burns are now filling with water - little pockets that burst when pressed too firmly. It looks like these bubbles are also forming in seemingly green and healthy parts of the leaves - any idea what's happening? It's in pretty bad shape and is root bound to its pot - I don't know where to begin with cutting off leaves and reporting, as I don't want to do too much and shock the plant further, especially if it has something else going on. Thank you for any feedback! Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Will Creed
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Oct 9, 2017 2:48 PM CST
That is not something I have ever seen. If leaf tissue is bubbling and filling with water that suggests that water pressure is building up inside the plant. Why, I don't know.

Of course, having it outside in direct sun was very damaging to the plant. Who knows how else it was abused. I suggest that you keep it indoors in a bright location. Leave the soil and roots alone. Now is not the time to repot. Water as needed and patiently watch to see what develops. The damaged leaves will never recover and you may want to prune them off if they are unsightly.

Look for signs of healthy new growth as that will tell you that the plant is recovering and you are on the right track.
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Name: Karen
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Oct 9, 2017 3:04 PM CST
That is really bizarre! Do as Will has said, and I'm hoping it will recover and grow beautifully for you.
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Name: Carter Mayer
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Oct 9, 2017 8:32 PM CST
I wouldn’t suggest pruning leaves at this point just because they are unsightly. If the leaves are spotty but otherwise healthy, then they are still feeding & supporting the plant. Cutting them off could stress the plant more than it already is. I’d wait till the plant recovers some and puts out healthier new growth. As the plant puts out healthy new leaves, you can trim off the worst of the damaged ones. Otherwise, I also agree with Will’s advice.

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