Plant ID forum: What is this plant and why is it so sad

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Alhusami
Mar 1, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Ive had this plant for almost a year and it is very sad. I dont know how to help it because I have no idea what it is. Please help
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 1, 2018 2:29 PM CST
Hi Alhusami, Welcome!

Your plant reminds me of either Heart Leaf Vine (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium) or Spade Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron 'Fantasy')

The reasons for an unhappy plant could be due to many issues; i.e. pot size (most often too large), improper lighting, watering issues (over watering or under watering), soil, pests ... it's difficult to offer suggestions without seeing more of the plant and the container that it's growing in.
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2018 2:32 PM CST
Welcome!

It might be a climbing Philodendron but the photo is very dark. And that is probably the problem with your plant, its not getting enough light.
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WillC
Mar 1, 2018 2:50 PM CST
It's definitely a Philodendron and it looks like it may be a larger leafed variety. Perhaps Philodendron erubescens. A better photo, as Lin suggested, would help.

I agree with Daisy's assessment that light is a problem. The elongated stem spaces between leaves are indicative of that.

Philodendrons are vining and climbing plants in their native tropical rainforests where it is always damp and humid. It is the constant moisture that causes the roots along the stem to grow and attach to damp soil and tree bark. That's very hard to duplicate in our homes and that is why they require a lot of props and support to hold them up. An alternative is to prune back the stems and keep it as a smaller, more compact plant. But that is personal preference.
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Alhusami
Mar 1, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Thank you all for your fast responses! There is usually more lighting this time of year but here in central cali we are experiencing a a week long rain storm so we have very little sunshine right now. Ill attach more pictures.

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Alhusami
Mar 1, 2018 2:53 PM CST

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Alhusami
Mar 1, 2018 3:00 PM CST
WillC I googled the plant you mentioned and I think you are right, mone is just in a very bad state. Besides adding more support and relocarion to an are of my home with better lighting, is there any other suggestions you guys would give? It gets very hot here in the summer but its arid and the winters aren't too rough but the weather pattern somewhat follows a dessert climate. The temps drop fairly considerably compared to daylight temps. Any recommendations for feeding as well? Thanks again!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Mar 1, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Blushing Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens) has red stems


Spade Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron 'Fantasy') (also sold as Philodendron domesticum) has green stems
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Mar 1, 2018 3:20 PM CST
It looks like there is one dead stem that can be cut off entirely. You may also want to trim some of the discolored leaves to make it look better cosmetically. If you prune back the main stem, the tip cutting can be inserted into the soil and replace the one that has died.

Because of the elaborate support system you have it in, I imagine it will be hard to relocate it to better light. BTW, it should be protected from the rays of the sun falling directly onto its leaves. Short of that, the more light, the better.

Allow the top quarter of the soil to dry in between waterings.

Low humidity will keep the aerial roots from attaching, but will not affect the overall health of the plant. Normal indoor temperatures are fine regardless of outdoor temps.

Fertilize minimally, no more than every other month at half strength. If there is no drain hole do not fertilizer at all.
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