Houseplants forum: Damage on Swiss cheese plant??

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Name: Brian
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
Jan 7, 2018 5:47 PM CST
I didn't notice this damage at first... got this huge plant at a grocery store for $14.99, but it seems to be unhappy.. these dark spots are on all the leaves but not the stems. Also dark droplets of water appear on the leaves from time to time. Please help! Will it survive? What caused this? Is it reversible?
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Name: Gene Staver
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Jan 7, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Swiss Cheese plant is a name most often used for another Monstera, not this one. Split Leaf Philodendron is commonly used - though it is not a Philodendron. Very unhealthy looking plant. Not reversible. But they can be very hardy and perhaps the new growth will come out looking better. Other than some good TLC, I have no specific help in mind. Gene
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Jan 7, 2018 7:04 PM CST
I wonder if the dark areas on the leaves of your Split-leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) might be due to cold damage? Has the plant experienced extremely cold temperatures, maybe from the store to the car and the car to you inside your home? Or has it possibly been located near a cold window?

Many plants have the same "common" name, even plants that aren't vaguely related, which can cause confusion at times.

"Swiss Cheese Plant" is a common name for a few plants in the Araceae family; duly named for the splits that form in the leaves.
Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera obliqua)
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera obliqua 'Leichtlinii')
Swisscheese Philodendron (Monstera adansonii)

"Split Leaf Philodendron" is also a common name for a plants that have splits and holes in their leaves:
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Name: Will Creed
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Jan 7, 2018 7:04 PM CST
Looks like it may be cold damage. If so, there is a reasonably good chance it will recover, although the damaged leaves will not recover. The symptoms of cold damage don't always show up immediately, so the symptoms may not have been visible when you purchased it. Or possibly, it got cold damage when you transported it home.

Best to do less rather than more. Let the soil dry out a bit more than usual. Don't try to fix it with fertilizer or by repotting. Be patient.
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Name: Brian
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
Jan 7, 2018 7:28 PM CST
It was quite windy and cold when I brought it to my car... oh well. Thank you guys!
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Jan 12, 2018 8:50 AM CST
Looks like cold damage to me also. All the affected leaves will eventually die, but as another member said, perhaps new growth will come out, so wait it out. Good luck!
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