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Name: Jen
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JenRose
Jan 11, 2020 9:31 AM CST
What is happening to the second part of my plant? The first stock looks healthy, constant new growth. The second stalk was doing great then, a leaf emerged, opened and turned brown (as you can see), second leaf emerged, didn't open, turned brown and I snipped it off, third leaf emerged, with a double roll into the centre of the leaf, opened, and looks terrible (pictured), it looks like a fourth leaf is trying to emerge but the tip is already brown..

Should I just cut it back?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 11, 2020 10:10 AM CST
How do you determine when to water and how much water do you give it?

What direction does that window face?
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Name: Jen
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JenRose
Jan 11, 2020 11:36 AM CST
I stick my finger in the edge of the soil and if it feels bone dry it gets water. I also peek at the holes in the bottom of the pot to see if they still look soggy, if I don't obvious wet wet soil on the bottom it gets water, or if it looks really soggy I wait, even if the top is dry.. when I water it, I water from the top until it drips out the bottom. It gets water fairly often since the pot it's in is such a thin plastic.

As for window, it's NW, and there's a large SW next to it. If you look at the photo, the plant is in the smaller window on the right..
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2020 12:01 PM CST
Even here in Florida (where pretty much everything seems to grow like a weed), I've always had difficulty keeping Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura 'Erythroneura') happy and healthy for extended periods of time. They seem to be quite temperamental in my opinion and I wonder if the issue with your plant might be a combination of things; too high light, too much moisture and possible cold drafts from the window?

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Name: Jen
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JenRose
Jan 11, 2020 1:03 PM CST
I just found it odd one stock is growing fine, it even looks like it might flower and the other one has has constant problems even though it's putting out new leaves.. the tip of the newest leaf looks dead and it hasn't even emerged yet.. 🤔
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
Jan 11, 2020 1:39 PM CST
It's likely two separate plants in the same pot and for some reason, one isn't as healthy as the other. Most (if not all) commercial nurseries will plant numerous small plants into a single pot, for a fuller plant.
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Mariedorer
Jan 11, 2020 2:12 PM CST
I wouldn't let this plant get "bone dry" before watering. It definitely will want to be watered a lot more frequently than the succulents in the other window. You should not wait until the soil is dry all the way through to the bottom. At the same rate, you do not want the plant to be "sitting" in water.

Still why one would be on and not the other... hmmm, do you rotate the plant or is the one side always close to the window? If your problem side is by the window, then I'd guess it's maybe too cold???
Name: Megan
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Megos1286
Jan 11, 2020 7:45 PM CST
I agree. I don't let my prayer plant get bone dry. When the top 1/2" of soil dries I water it well and leg it drain before returning it to its usual spot. It's on a tray of stones with water for humidity and there is a humidifier in that room too. It's about 3' away from a SE facing window and gets some direct morning sun.
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Name: Jen
Atlantic Canada
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JenRose
Jan 11, 2020 8:26 PM CST
I think watering is my issue. It gets indirect light all day and direct evening sun.. still just weird how one piece is doing so poorly and the other is flowering, ha!
Name: Jen
Atlantic Canada
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JenRose
Jan 12, 2020 5:48 AM CST
Should I snip back the part that is doing poorly?
Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Jan 12, 2020 6:51 AM CST
Hi Jen,
I would - although I am not an expert by any means. I removed a lot of damage from mine when I first got it.
Name: Jen
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JenRose
Jan 12, 2020 7:15 AM CST
Thank You! Thank You!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 12, 2020 1:45 PM CST
I agree that you are letting it get too dry, but also you may not be watering evenly. Water slowly over the entire surface of the soil so that all of the soil is completely saturated when you are done. Uneven watering might account for the uneven growth.
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Name: Jen
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JenRose
Jan 27, 2020 1:24 PM CST
I've been watching the watering and moved it out of its cold window to a table roughly 5 feet from the SW window... other piece is still going downhill, I'm thinking I need to cut it back even further since the leaf that is emerging is coming out like a hook.. and the good piece is growing strong!
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jan 27, 2020 1:43 PM CST
I actually grow mine as a pond marginal. I found that it was always very unhappy growing as a terrestrial planted in the ground in my greenhouse. The sandy soil just dries out to much I think. So I moved it to the wet part of the pond edge and it did so well I got 2 more and did the same thing. Of course I know you can;t do this. But its just to illustrate that they can handle a bit more water. And being right there at the edge of the pond they get maximum 24/7 humidity. I grow all of my Scindapsus the same way now.
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I already anticipate what at least one person on this thread is going to say...humidity is not important. But I think I have enough direct evidence with my years of success growing the Calathea and Maranta alliance plants that it does in fact matter, and helps the plants out a lot more that you might think.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 28, 2020 11:28 AM CST
I believe The "hook" that you referenced is a flower stem and flower.
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Name: Jen
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JenRose
Jan 28, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Photo one is the leaf that looks hooked.. the last few leaves that have emerged from this stem have grown weird, or grown and turned brown before opening. Photo two is the other stem that does have two flower stems.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 31, 2020 9:39 AM CST
What you are calling a "hooked" leaf appears to be a new leaf that was damaged as it was forming or the soil may have gotten a bit too dry at a critical point in its early development. From what I can see in the photo, it does not look like it will ever recover so you can snip it off.
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Name: Jen
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JenRose
Feb 17, 2020 10:55 AM CST
I snipped it off, not seeing any new growth from that stem, it's just looking brown at the point where I cut it. The other stem is still putting out new leaves but I find since I moved it, there's less movement. The leaves used to go up and down every 12ish hours, now they seem to be stuck down..too much light?
Name: Jen
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JenRose
Feb 25, 2020 6:26 PM CST
Responding to myself.. it was too much light. Moved it roughly 6 feet back and uncovered the SW window.. lots more movement, and put out its third flower stalk. (Flower stalk? Flower stem? You know what I mean..)

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