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Jan 17, 2020 7:00 PM CST
Seattle, WA (Zone 8a)
Hi everyone! My prayer plants have been losing their colors for the past few months. The older leaves are starting to lose their red coloring and the newer leaves don't have any red on them at all. Newer growth is also much lighter in color than the rest. They've also been having lots of browning though I do try to keep the humidity at least at 45%. I water them once a week, usually when I notice the top of the soil is dry. It's currently sitting next to a southeast window and does not get a lot of light but that is the best light I can get in my room. It also has a mealybug problem and I've heard that this plant is susceptible to root mealybugs as well. If anyone has a good recipe for a homemade insecticide please let me know.
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Jan 19, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
I'm not sure there is a problem. It is normal for some older leaves to turn pale and die as they age. New leaves are often a lighter color when they emerge but darken up as they mature.

I don't see anything concerning in the photos you posted. There is no evidence of any pests.

One of the most common mistakes it trying to fix a plant problem that doesn't really exist.
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Jan 20, 2020 11:05 AM CST
Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
I think your plant looks great! As Will said, my prayer plant's older leaves get pale before they die too, but I don't think yours look pale at all.
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Feb 13, 2020 12:57 AM CST
Seattle, WA (Zone 8a)
I know this is a bit late but thank you Will and Megan for your insights. However, the newest batch of leaves have started to show some weird disfiguration. I couldn't see the cause of it since they unrolled looking like that. My plant do have a mealybug problem so could this be because of that? Or is it something else?
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Feb 13, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
The leaf damage is still pretty limited. That suggests that you may be letting the soil get just a bit too dry before watering. The excessive dryness just as a new leaf is forming can cause the new leaf to not unfurl properly. But you are not far off with your watering so don't make any big changes - just a minor adjustment.

Plant pests prey on plants under stress for other reasons. In this case, soil dryness may be the source of the stress.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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