Houseplants forum: yellowing in stem of split leaf philodendron

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rebeccareeba
Apr 23, 2018 2:03 PM CST
I recently started collecting tropical house plants. some of the lower stems of my split leaf philodendron are turning yellow, i try and moderate the amount of water i give my plants and I also have them in clay pots. I am not sure if the cause is over watering, nitrogen deficiency or am i dealing with some kind of pest or disease. I want to get to the root of this before it gets to the leaves. I keep her on a west facing window with indirect light. Also there is little bit of browning on the edge of one of the leaves, I was wondering if this is because of using tap water(we have flouride in our water). I would really appreciate some help.
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WillC
Apr 23, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Rebecca - You are looking so carefully at your Monstera that you are losing sight of its overall good health. Thumbs up

The only yellow in the photo is the remainder of a dead leaf stem that you removed. You should remove what remains. It is quite normal for some older, lower leaves to yellow as the plant continues to add healthy new growth on top. The minor brown edges and spots are also normal and can be ignored.

No sign of pests or nitrogen deficiency. Fluoride in the concentration used in tap water is not a cause for concern with your plants.
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rebeccareeba
Apr 23, 2018 3:27 PM CST
WillC said:Rebecca - You are looking so carefully at your Monstera that you are losing sight of its overall good health. Thumbs up

The only yellow in the photo is the remainder of a dead leaf stem that you removed. You should remove what remains. It is quite normal for some older, lower leaves to yellow as the plant continues to add healthy new growth on top. The minor brown edges and spots are also normal and can be ignored.

No sign of pests or nitrogen deficiency. Fluoride in the concentration used in tap water is not a cause for concern with your plants.


Thanks Will really appreciate it. Thank You!
I realize I was over reacting, I have never had plants before (except for a few succulents) Trying to keep the philodendron alive before i get more.
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Apr 24, 2018 7:51 AM CST
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Starfishmomma
May 22, 2018 10:48 AM CST
I got a philodenron from Freecycle a few years ago. It was extremely long and unruly - it hadn't been trained up anything. I decided to take some cuttings, and cut the wrong bit Sad . It left me with a very small plant and I couldn't get the long length to root in the pot. Anyway, it has been growing very slowly. Is there a trick to getting it to grow more quickly? It gets watered and fed, gets light but is not in direct sunlight and has a coir up which it can climb.
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WillC
May 22, 2018 2:17 PM CST
In general, a tight pot and lots of very bright but indirect sunlight are the key ingredients for plant growth. Of course, proper watering is always essential but optimal light is the key to optimal growth. Contrary to marketing information, fertilizer has little impact on plant growth.
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