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Q.My Swiss cheese philodendron has black crusty areas on new growth?

Zone 98122 | Kristin f added on July 11, 2019 | Answered

I just bought my beautiful plant and it looks healthy except for black crusty holes forming on fresh new growth. I have it near a skylight in a med light room. Just got the plant last week and noticed fruit flies around it too. I let it dry out between watering a. Any ideas?

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Answered on July 13, 2019

These do appear to be similar to Philodendron but they are Monstera! They have slightly different care than the Philodendron.

This appears to be a fungal infection. Perhaps it takes too long to dry out between watering?

You will need to apply a fungicide, and make sure that there is plenty of ventilation to help it dry between waterings, as fast as possible.

This article will help with fungicide use: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm

This collection of articles will help you to care for the Swiss Cheese plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/category/houseplants/swiss-cheese-plant

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