The Q&A Archives: Brown Leaves On My Spider/Airplane Plant

Question: Dear Whom It May Concern,
I currently have 26 Spider-Plants, as you can tell I am a collector of them and have never had a problem with them when I switched to Distilled Water. I bought a spider-plant about 2 months ago and it is and was huge I got it from a FARMER at the FARMERS Market. (Go Figure... HA... HA...) And when I got the Spiderplant it had allot of Brown Leaves. The Brown Leaves have cut considerably, but there are still new ones, should I change the soil, should I cut the brown leaves off like I am and feed it Distilled Water?
Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year to you.

Answer: There can be several possible causes for this to happen, but the most common is that the plant has outgrown its pot and needs to be repotted and as a result is suffering from water stress. Alternatively, it may be in need of leaching due to a build up of minerals or salts from fertilizer use. To leach the soil, water the plant to the point of runoff, allow it to drain, and repeat. Also be careful you are not overfertilizing it beyond the label instructions. These plants are potentially sensitive to chemicals in municipally treated water, so if it was watered with that before you purchased it, that could be an issue. Next, the plant prefers a humid atmosphere and may be reacting to either dry air or a draft in its new surroundings. Such sudden changes in location could also explain it. I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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