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What’s Wrong With My Split-leaf Philodendron?

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I have been in charge of caring for a heart-leaf philodendron for a worker who passed away earlier this year. The plant was growing rapidly & bearing big, beautiful, green leaves. I water it on Fridays before the weekends & make sure it is not in direct sunlight.

Last Friday when I went to water it, I noticed there was standing water that the plant was not soaking in. Come Monday, the plant had an odor to it. I figured it needed the next size pot since it had grown so much. So, I re-potted it with Miracle-gro, and there’s no smell, but it looks sick. Please help. – Beth

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Help! My Lucky Bamboo Roots Are Rotting

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Hi, I hope you could help me. The stem near the roots of my plant is starting to rot I guess. What should I do to save the plant and keeping it healthy? I have been watering the plant once a week with distilled water and placing it in indirect sunlight. Thank you. – Regina

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Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:


What is the substance in the glass?  I am a little concerned that this substance maybe causing a problem.  Lucky bamboo is usually placed in a glass container with pebbles or rocks.  If it is something other than that, it maybe releasing a chemical that the lucky bamboo doesn’t like.

Are the roots soft and mushy?  The plant looks fairly healthy.  If the roots are soft and mushy, cut the top off and propagate a new stalk.   If you are not sure how to do that read our blog post We Are Not Always Lucky With Lucky Bamboo.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.