Houseplant ID/What should I do to save this plant

savingdeadhouseplantJanuary 5, 2013

My friends I moved into an apt, and someone left this houseplant for us. It is in pretty bad shape and we don't know how to care for it. Should we trim the browning leaves? Should we be cutting any of the stem/petioles back to the root? How often should we water it?

Can you help?????



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dellis326 (Danny)

Remove all the soil, rinse off the roots in the sink, cut off any dead or mushy roots(brown,soft,broken, etc) and place it in a vase or other container of room temperature water with the water only covering the roots. Use a quarter to half strength fertilizer solution.

Only cut off anything obviously already dead. Leave any aerial roots for now, you can cut them off or leave them to grow later when the plant is recovered.

I would just continue to grow it in water(semi-hydroponic or Hydroculture) rather than soil but that would be your choice. Others here would recommend some sort of soil mix.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Radical, Dellis. Obviously the plant needs rehydrated, we're in accord on that. Do you have Philodendrons this big growing in water? I would fill that pot with new mix (after removing the old, and dead bits as you suggested,) and give it a support to climb...

This is a really cool plant, I have high confidence it will bounce back nicely. It's not completely dessicated. No matter what you decide to do, I'd love to see a pic of it when it's standing back up as much as a plant like that can.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 12:05PM
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Hi all, it looks like a peace lily to me....
I agree just repot with good drainig soil and water well and rehydrated....
you could as is stand the pot and all in a sink full of water over night and see what it is like in the morning, and the repot it....doesn't look like there is any soil on it will be a nice plant......good luck....lida

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:18PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

No Philos this size but I have two Philodendron squamiferum that are pretty good sized plants growing hydro and a Philodendron 69686 in hydro that is a single stem about 7 feet long.

I had a pineapple about 4 feet in diameter growing in hydro but I left it outside too long when it got cold so now it's just a fat stem with some leaves on the top end. Still in hydro but no long impressive

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:52PM
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I would say it's a philodendron, one of the 'pink lady' varieties. It does look kind of like a peace lily (spath), but those don't have aerial roots, which a see a couple of, and also what appear to be stems.

First thing is to hydrate - it's severely wilted. Take the whole thing, pot and all (remove the drainage saucer if you can), and dunk it into the sink or tub filled with hot water. Hot water works very well to quickly revive over-dry plants. And I mean really hot, as hot as your hands can stand. Let it soak for a couple of hours, then let it drain for a couple more. You can cut off the dead brown parts now, if you want - you can tell the dead parts, they'll be crispy.

I wouldn't do anything else to it until it has recovered from the shock of being in a desert for who knows how long. It should start to stand back up, at least many of the leaves should, though you'll probably have a number of leaves that will turn yellow and ugly. You can cut these off, they will eventually become crispy anyway. When you cut them, cut the leaf stem from the main stem flush with the main stem.

At this point, you can go ahead and repot according to the number of good suggestions to be found on this forum, or ask again for more help with repotting

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 9:06PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

That isn't a peace lily. Look at the stems, PLs don't have stems that grow like that and the ratio of the petiole to leaf blade is way different than a PLs would be. A PL's leaf form is generally lanceolate and these are oblong to ovate with some variation. Plus it has aerial roots.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 9:13PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I wonder if this plant ever bounced back?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 4:58PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Shoot, guess I'm a bit late!
That's philo black cardinal!
A really nice plant, but slow growing!
It's a self header, it won't really climb...

The advice was all good, I hope it's a beaut now...

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 11:25AM
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