Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus oertendahlii) Looking Unhealthy

dezzo77(6a-6b)January 30, 2014

Hi everyone,

My Plectranthus oertendahlii doesn't seem to be doing too well. I think it's called Swedish Ivy "Emerald Lace".

I've had it for about a month and a half at this point.
When I brought it home it was bushy, but a little limp. I watered it and it perked right up.

Unfortunately, it's always wilted now and isn't as bushy, despite the fact that I don't recall collecting any significant number of dead leaves.

I was going to water it again, but the moisture meter said the soil near the bottom of the pot is still wet.

The pot has good drainage. I believe the pot is the proper diameter for this plant, but I'm now thinking it may be a little too deep.

Could it be root rot?
How I could I tell if this was the case?

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Here's a picture of how it looked shortly after I brought it home a month and a half ago.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:39AM
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And here's how it looks now. :(

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:40AM
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I apologize ahead of time, as I am commenting on a plant I know nothing about (first time seeing one!). Is it possible this is one of those houseplants that require frequent "pinching" (pruning) to maintain bushiness? I believe with Fittonia (not related, but the growth habit looks similar to me), they require frequent "pinching" to keep their bushy look. Otherwise, they can get kinda gangly looking.


    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 10:32AM
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Dezzo...I have 2 or 3 Plectranthus varieties. One Plectranthus is similar to yours..it may or may not be the same type but leaves sure look alike.

Out of all my Plects, the one that resembles yours is the fussiest. Last fall it bloomed..soon after foliage never looked the same.

Plectranthus dislike too much heat.

I doubt your plant has root rot...although it's a little spindly, 'which is normal indoors, in winter,' it's too healthy looking for root rot. Does soil have a sour odor?

Perhaps you should pot in clay come spring?? Soil dries much faster..

My guys are kept in an upstairs bedroom, south window, but this winter has been very gray..we had three days of sun this week, but as I type the sky is cloudy.

Do you place plants outside in summer? Plects love the outdoors.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 12:38PM
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