Philodendron Plants

Odor Coming From Inside Stem

Anonymous added on October 13, 2011 | Answered

I have 2 houseplants, one is a new log or totem pole and the other is a philodendron. When I water sometimes, I pour some down into their stem, but lately there is foul odor like wet laundry that has set for weeks. It's a bad smell, only on those 2 plants. HELP. They still look good and healthy, their shoots just stink.

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Answered on October 14, 2011

It sounds like the plants may have root rot and what you smell is the roots decomposing. There is not much that can be done to help the plants, but this article may help:

They over watered it and this is what caused the root rot.

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