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#1 User is offline   sage08 

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 12:02 PM

hi. I'm new to gardening. I just bought a $366 philodendron (sp. Prince of Orange or Autumn) from Goodwood flourist, the stretch of orchards at Thompson road. The service i had from them is much to be desired. They even named the plant wrongly, describing it as selloum when obviously it isn't.

Can anyone of you tell me about what are the specific needs, like watering, pruning or fertilizer? The instruction i got from them:-

Watering - Water up to the half way mark of the water termometer. My question is shd i be keeping the soil moist by watering a little everyday? Will this spoil the roots?

Fertilizer - Dilute 1 teaspoon of Aviota per 1 liter of water. Use these to water the plant and also to spray on the foliage. Question:- what other fertilizer shd i use? If i use aviota everytime i water, would it cause fertilizer burn?
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 02:28 PM

Water thermometer? Is it hydro-grown?

$366 for a hybrid philo!! WOW! Could have gotten rare philos like a Phil gigas.

Let the soil dry a bit before watering. Lots of aroids (Philos, diffenbac, anthuriums) got killed by rot and fungi because of overwatering and still-air situation.

Fertilising: Again depending on whether it is soil grown or hydroponics. Philos as foliage plants would like more Nitrogen over others. But please dont be in a hurry to fertilise! Plants wont flop over and die in 1 day just because they weren't fertilised.
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 03:52 PM

Thks for the response. That plant was really an eye catcher, with dark green healthy leaves and red ones in the centre.

The soil is what they call expanded hydroclay. Any idea what it's for? He says these are baked at high temperatures and would retain moist better :)/> I would welcome any other facts on philodendron...
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 04:18 PM

Hydro-grown.. no need worry about watering much. But suggest you first read up hydro grown container plants. google is a nice place to start. BTW, don't think that is a 'water thermometer', probably a water gauge to see the level of nutrients in the container.
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 09:26 AM

I notice that some leaves are turning yellow (only slightly though) and some wrinkles. Any idea what are the cause?
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 09:35 AM

lower leaves turning yellow is normal - normal process of aging.
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Posted 19 January 2006 - 03:41 PM

just found out tht mine is a philodendron imperial red... and leaves turning yellow is a sign of over watering, though may also be a normal process of aging...
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 09:54 AM

here's some tips on philo care.. :)/>

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> This plant is easy to grow.
>
> It does not require a lot of light. A semi shaded position would be
> fine.
> And it does not require a lot of water however it will grow faster in
> a humid wet environment.
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> It will respond to regular watering/overhead sprinkling and a good
> composted open soil. It will produce off-shoots that can be broken
> off from the parent plant and grown in their own pots.
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> A slow release fertilizer can be used.
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> These are beautiful plants.
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> Cheers Peter
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 09:55 AM

more correspondence... :)/>

hi Peter,

Thks so much for the information. I noticed that some of the leaves are
turning yellow. And most of the leaves are crumpled at the lobe. What
is
wrong with my plant? Thks in advance.

rgs/sage08
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 09:56 AM

explaination.. any more info is welcome here.. :)/>
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I would be pulling the plant out of the pot and checking the roots.

If it is soggy then it has too much water, this will turn the leaves
yellow
as they do not get the correct food from the roots and so die. Too
much
water can also make the leaves soggy and rot and turn brown.

If the roots seem OK and there are new roots then it may be lack of
water
because this will make the leaves go yellow and shrivel up at the ends.

Normally if the old leaves are dying it is too little water and if the
young
leaves are dying it is too much water.

Make sure the soil smells good and is not water logged. Even too much
water
should not be a problem if the water can drain away. Roots should
never be
sitting in water for too long.

Hope this helps

Peter
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:44 AM

Very useful info. Is this Peter Boyce?
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:35 PM

i'm not sure. But he's from Action indoor plants, australia. Anyway, i now water my plant every 8 days. I think it's better to err on under watering than over water.
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