Posted 1M ago by @BabeVila

Now one of my Philo Birkins is acting up πŸ˜…

It seems like the last few weeks, I fix one plant problem and another pops up πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜­

I have two #PhilodendronBirkin, and one lives in a bathroom in an east window. It’s doing glorious. This one is in my living room on a table with other humidity-loving plants (Silver Leaf Philo, Peace Lily, Alocasia Polly) next to a humidifier, and I also have a grow light over them to help boost the light, because while the living room faces south and has a huge window, they, of course, are not in it (they’d scorch). They are about 7 feet from the window, so like I said, grow light to supplement.

Everything has been fine until last night. I noticed Persephone’s two newest leaves were curled. I googled what could cause this, and it said under watering or not enough light. I used my moisture meter to check her soil. Top 2 inches were dry, then 2 inches β€œnormal,” the bottom inch was β€œwet.” I thought perhaps she needs a good top soak (I usually bottom water all my plants). So I did that, let the water drain, and for good measure, put her in the east window with her sister Birkin. She was there all day, and the leaves are still very much curled.

If something is wrong, I want to fix it before it gets worse. I can’t find any other info about what might be causing this. But also, it’s only been 24 hours since the water/change of placement. Am I just being too impatient? I’m worried if I wait it out, whatever problem will get worse. So I’m turning to my friends on Greg, because you all always help me figure things out!

Please help me figure out what is wrong so I can fix it πŸ™πŸ» I want to check her roots, but I’m worried unpotting her will stress her more. And according to what I read, if she had root rot, she would be drooping and yellow/brown. She’s beautiful as ever except for the curling of her new leaves. But I’ll do whatever you guys recommend! #GregGang #GreggersSupportingGreggers #Philodendron #PhiloFlock #PhiloAddict #PlantAddict #PLANTMAFIA #babevila
10ft to light, indirect
5” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
They look beautiful to me! Is it possible they’re just slowly unfurling? It sounds like you have a great watering system, but I thought I’d throw out that I let my philodendrons get dry all the way to the bottom before watering. I know it’s not the recommendation, but it works for me πŸ˜‚
What do you plant yours in? What type of soil? Are the rocks just for looks? My Birkin seems to be happy and doing ok but I’m always looking for new ideas :) yours are so pretty to me
@debbiedo they unfurled already, one a few weeks ago and one last week. I wonder if it’s because they’re so new and it was right next to the humidifier? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ but thank you! I baby it, it’s one of my favorites in my collection, lol πŸ’š
@Keysgirl0179 Thank you! πŸ’š I have it in a mix of indoor potting soil, orchid bark to aerate and help with drainage and perlite to also help with drainage. The rocks are partially for show but also to hold it steady in the pot because when I picked them up to water them, they wobbled a little bit, so I added the rocks to give it some stability. I added rocks to both of mine and the other’s leaves aren’t curling, so I don’t think it can hurt. I did adjust how much water I give because of the rocks though, because having them there hinders water evaporation a bit. So I give them less water than I did before, but not much less.
Maybe he saw a calathea and wanted to try the prayer thing 🀭
Jk, when did you last have him out of his pot to check the roots? πŸ˜ŠπŸƒ

I would give him at least a week in the new spot before deciding how he feels about it 😊πŸͺ΄

You could also investigate what changed around her over the past few weeks, like did a window get open more often or did a heater get turned on or off, etc. 😊
Following along because I ordered one and it gets here Friday! Hopefully I can keep mine as beautiful as yours!
@Corinne aw thank you! The leaves are slightly less curly today. My theory is too much humidity for the baby leaves. Since they were the only ones affected and nothing else had changed. Hopefully they uncurl all the way again. I’ll definitely update! πŸ’š
@Linx haha I did JUST get my first calathea! I think it was all the extra humidity because only the two newest leaves curled up. They were still getting stabilized. I’m keeping in bathroom with her sister until I decide where she should go. πŸ’š