Growing Philodendron?

A green plant with heart shaped leaves in a clay pot.
Philodendron plants are often grown as trailing foliage houseplants. There are upright varieties as well. They lend a bit of a tropical feel to your home. These tropical plants require bright but indirect light, warmth, moist soil, and humidity. In addition to their beauty they are often grown indoors because of their ability to clean the air in your home.


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July 27, 2017

I have a philodendron that is over 40 years old. I noticed the top of the plant pot has brown sticky stuff on it it. How do I get rid of it and what is it? The plant has new leaves and is in a huge pot. I have not seen any bugs or white fungus.



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July 29, 20170 found this helpful
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Are you saying the sticky stuff is on top of the soil? or on leaves at top of pot? Or?
Anyway, you should try to remove as much of the sticky stuff as possible. I have listed a couple of links that may offer some helpful suggestions but the best defense is Insecticidal Soap. You can buy this (or Neem oil) at any garden center or I have a link that has directions on how to make your own soap for plants.


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It almost sounds like you are describing the pot your plant sits in. If the pot has some sort of fungus on the plastic you should spay this with a mixture of dishing washing soap and water. Mix the two ingredients together in a spray bottle. Use this to wash the pot of your plant. Afterwards, use your garden hose to give the pot a good cleaning. You may need to repeat this 3 or 4 times to rid of pot of the fungus.

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July 28, 20170 found this helpful

I would spray with insecticidal soap anyway. It can't hurt

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