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Lukepfoster
Feb 11, 2018 6:43 AM CST
Hello

I bought this plant about 3 weeks ago and when I got it, it was a nice deep green colour and had no marks on the leaves.

3 weeks later I can see brownish yellow spots developing on most of the leaves.

The soil is damp but not saturated. I water it once a week.

The plant is in the original pot it came in from the garden centre. I haven't repotted it or anything of the sort.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I attach some pics for you to see. One is a "before" shot from when the plant arrived, the other is what it looks like 3 weeks later...


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 11, 2018 10:49 AM CST
I assume the top photo posted here is the more recent photo as it is the one that shows some leaf spots. I see also at you are using a water globe and I suspect that it is keeping the soil too moist, especially if you are also watering once per week. I recommend that you dispense with the globe and water your Philodendron thoroughly only when the top half-inch of soil is dusty dry.

You didn't mention available light and that is very important. Your plant should be very close to a north or east window or a few feet away from a south or west window. Light intensity drops off dramatically with every foot of distance from the light source.
Will Creed
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London UK
Lukepfoster
Feb 11, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Hello

Thank you for taking the time to reply WillC.

I started using the water globe last week. I haven't watered the plant as well as using the globe. I'll stop using the globe now as I cannot accurately judge how moist the soil is.

In terms of positioning - the plant is about a meter and a half way from a West facing window. See the pic below.

Perhaps I have over watered it and that's why the leaves are that colour.

Is there any more info you'd need to help me find out how to stop the plant from dying?

I'm thinking to stop watering it for about another week. Last time I watered it with the globe was on Wednesday (just gone)

Thanks for your help!

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 11, 2018 6:56 PM CST
It definitely is not getting enough light, Luke. Not only is it a bit far away but it is off to the side where it gets almost no light. You need to move it more in front of the window. Adjust your watering as I described.

Improvement won't be immediate and the existing leaf discoloration will remain even after you have corrected the light and water. As long as new leaf growth is healthy, you will know you are on the right track.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
London UK
Lukepfoster
Feb 12, 2018 2:05 AM CST
Hi WillC

Thanks for the advice. I have moved the plant to a sunnier position...
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Fingers crossed it does the trick. Crossing Fingers!

Your help is much appreciated!!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Feb 12, 2018 6:02 AM CST
Much better. I see that you are down low so the light you get through that window is limited, probably more limited than you realize.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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