Tropicals forum: Monstera deliciosa yellowing

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Name: Tim
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Bigfoot312
Nov 12, 2017 9:25 PM CST
I got a monstera plant a few weeks ago. It was fully green and now about 4 leaves are yellow. It's fully shaded, damp soil, temps get about 40-45 right now at night 70 daytime. It was at a similar location where I bought it from. Any thoughts? I threw some fertilizer on it thinking it may just need to be fed
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 12, 2017 10:02 PM CST
I wonder if your Split-leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) may be stressed due to continuously damp soil and low temps?
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Faridat
Nov 12, 2017 11:03 PM CST
Hi! I think you shouldn't have used the fertilizer. It does no good to a plant that may be in stress, or is
maybe trying to adjust to a new environment with different factors coming in play. Just a sidenote for the future.:)
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Name: Tim
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Bigfoot312
Nov 12, 2017 11:40 PM CST
Faridat said:Hi! I think you shouldn't have used the fertilizer. It does no good to a plant that may be in stress, or is
maybe trying to adjust to a new environment with different factors coming in play. Just a sidenote for the future.:)


I fertilized because I read that they may yellow due to nitrogen deficiency as they're heavy feeders
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Faridat
Nov 13, 2017 12:21 AM CST
Bigfoot312 said:

I fertilized because I read that they may yellow due to nitrogen deficiency as they're heavy feeders


Yes, I've heard that too. But then I read I think from WillC that a plant needing any kind of help better not to be fertilized so I thought to mention. We are all learning by our mistakes, trial and error I'm afraid.
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Christine
Nov 13, 2017 7:16 AM CST
If the fertilizer is on the top of the soil REMOVE it, it could do more damage than good at this point. If you could post a pic of the plant that would be a big help. I agree with Lin, 40's - 70's is a big change for any plant, I'd keep it indoors if it were mine.
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ardesia
Nov 13, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Constantly damp soil can cause yellowing, I would let it dry out between waterings so the roots can get some oxygen.
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WillC
Nov 14, 2017 6:08 PM CST
Yellow leaves are a generic symptom with many possible causes. Fertilizer deficiency is the least likely cause.

We need more information such as how it is potted and watered and where you have it - inside or outside.
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