Monstrea and Peperomia Watermelon Troubles


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Hi all,

Just got these plants two weeks ago and am having some issues with spotting. I have sprayed them Yates Pyrethrum Insect Pest Gun and the spotting has only seemed to become worse. I haven't watered them in 8 days and the soil is fairly dry. I water them with tap water and read somewhere that peperomia watermelon are sensitive to chlorine and flourine in the water - could this be the issue for it? Not too sure about the Monstera. Have put them outside for the time being incase of pests.
 

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As you already mentioned this could be caused by a variety of reasons. Here is a link for the monstera Brown spots on my monstera. There are a lot of reasons for monsteras to have difficulty but do well once acclimated to your home. Good luck.

Spotting on the leaves can a sign of overwatering and roots rotting. The stem of the monstera is a perfect example. Since it is happening to both plants and my own recent purchase I thought it might be the cause. This can happen in the life of plants in big box stores. I just bought a plant that I knew when purchasing that this was the problem. I put it on a plant heating pad to hopefully dry the soil faster and am monitoring. Cool temperatures and wet soil are not good for stressed plants and can encourage root rot.

For plants I knew had root rot (I turn the plant out of its pot and looked at the roots) that was smaller I have repotted into fresh dry well draining soil and placed in a gallon freezer bag, lightly misted and zipped it up. This is also how I start peperomia and care for plants that haven’t travel well in the mail. In a month or two with warm roots plants recover or start quickly.
 

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