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Alberta canada
Aniak
Apr 30, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Hi again.

So I bought this dying calathea in a store. I cut it back a little that was already dead. This is what he still looks like. I tried to cut some of the crispy edges but it's getting worse and curling.

I have have a humidifer on it running for a couple hours a day. It's in east facing with gets indirect light. ( it's more like north facing sunlight that east) it can get very bright in the room.

Please advise me what to do. Should I move it ? Let it be ? Etc

Thanks !
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oneeyeluke
May 1, 2020 7:09 AM CST
Those moisture meters are very misleading and can kill your plants. Please don't rely on them because I seen so many people have watering problems using them. Let the top 1/2 dry well before watering because it looks like your plant is getting and holding on to too much water. You may can very gently remove a little of the loose soil on top but make sure its not attached to the roots. An oscillating fan in the room may help a little.
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WillC
May 1, 2020 9:12 AM CST
Your plant may continue to react for a while to whatever abuse it suffered before you rescued it.

Follow Luke's advice, allowing the top half-inch of soil to get dry to your touch before watering it thoroughly.
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Alberta canada
Aniak
May 1, 2020 10:02 AM CST
This is the only plant I got a mositure reader for thought maybe it would help. I'll play it by ear and keep an eye on it.

I didnt know they liked to dry out a little. I was sparing just giving it drinks of water never drenching it.

Thank you ! Lovey dubby
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 1, 2020 10:05 AM CST
When you water, always water thoroughly.
Will Creed
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Alberta canada
Aniak
May 2, 2020 7:01 PM CST
So I have a humidifier running on it for a couple hours it seems like it's make some of the leaves worse.. can I just cut them all off and hope it grows back?

Does putting a bag over it help growth ?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 3, 2020 8:21 AM CST
The humidifier certainly won't be a replacement for proper watering, but it is not making your plant worse.

If you are expecting previously damaged or discolored leaves to get better they won't because that damage is permanent. They can be trimmed off to make the plant look better. Focus on proper light and water. Look for healthy new leaf growth as a sign of recovery.

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Will Creed
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Alberta canada
Aniak
May 6, 2020 7:09 PM CST
The new leaf growth has done the same as the other leaves. I'm at a loss. Can I cut it back down and start fresh ?
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WillC
May 7, 2020 8:47 AM CST
It is a watering problem? How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?
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