Brown Tips On Houseplant Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Gold Hill, OR
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Question by mrtea
March 27, 2000
I have a houseplant and I'm not sure what it is, but all of its leaves have brown tips at the ends. What can I do or use to make it go away?

Answer from NGA
March 27, 2000
Brown tips can be caused by salt build up, over- or under-watering, or lack of moisture in the air. Some plants like high humidity and others don't require it. Try watering your plant thoroughly so that water pours out of the drainage holes, allow to drain for 30 minutes, flood the soil again, allow to drain for another 30 minutes, the flood a third time. This should leach any salts from the soil. The best way to water is to wait until the soil begins to dry out, then water your plant thoroughly enough to fully saturate the soil and drive out any air pockets in the soil around the roots. Finally, you can increase the humidity around your plant by misting daily or every other day. Following these suggestions for adjustment in your plant's care should result in healthy growth that remains green.

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