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Question: This plant is 15 years old. Like a dumb bunny, about 3 weeks ago, I took it outside and washed the dust off of it and also repotted it in new potting soil in a bigger container. First time it has been repotted and the first time it spent the night outside. That night was cooler than usual. Today, it looks like it is dying. Leaves are turning brown on the ends with yellow and brown running up the leaves. Not all leaves are like this. what can I do for it?

Answer: The best thing you can do for your plant is to set it back in its usual place in your home and give it some time to recouperate. If the weather was just cold and not freezing, the plant should survive - it will just look puny for a while and you'll need to remove the dead or dying leaves. If the temperature dipped to freezing, I'm afraid all the foliage will be affected but the roots should be okay and eventually you'll see new top growth. At this point, just wait and see - your plant may surprise you and recover quickly. Hope so!

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