Houseplants forum→Ctenanthe Burle Marxii slowly wilting.

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Norge
Roarstor
Sep 8, 2019 11:17 AM CST
My Ctenanthe Burle Marxii has been slowly wilting for maybe a month now. I've had it for a bit over a year, and it has grown much larger, though I haven't repotted it. Since I got it, it has been standing in the same (small) north facing window. I water it maybe once a week when the soil is still a bit moist. I very rarely use any fertilizer. About a month ago the plant started slowly wilting, and I've been unable to figure out what is wrong, and the problem seems to have been getting increasingly worse lately.

Anyone know what the problem could be? Does it need a larger pot? Could the roots be rotting? More water, less water, more fertilizer?

Cheers!

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WillC
Sep 8, 2019 4:53 PM CST
It may be nothing more than some of the older leaves just naturally drooping due to age and gravity. The new leaves look healthy so overwatering is not likely a problem. Underwatering may be contributing to the drooping. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil is just barely damp. That may be more than once every 7 days.
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2019 5:12 PM CST
Does the pot that your Fishbone Prayer Plant (Ctenanthe burle-marxii) is growing in have drainage holes in the bottom? If not, the water is likely pooling at the bottom of the container, depleting oxygen around the roots and causing rot.
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Norge
Roarstor
Sep 22, 2019 1:38 AM CST
WillC said:It may be nothing more than some of the older leaves just naturally drooping due to age and gravity. The new leaves look healthy so overwatering is not likely a problem. Underwatering may be contributing to the drooping. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil is just barely damp. That may be more than once every 7 days.


plantladylin said:Does the pot that your Fishbone Prayer Plant (Ctenanthe burle-marxii) is growing in have drainage holes in the bottom? If not, the water is likely pooling at the bottom of the container, depleting oxygen around the roots and causing rot.


Whops, well that's a bit unfortunate. I didn't get the email notification, so I thought I hadn't gotten any replies. The pot did have draining holes. As a desperate attempt to save the plant, I ended up making a bunch of cuttings from the plant, putting them in water. Most seem to be surviving.

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