Ask a Question forum→Medallion Prayer Plant! New, but leaves are going yellow and shriveling up

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Atlanta, Ga (Zone 8a)
LitFancy
May 4, 2020 12:28 AM CST
Hey there! I am new to keeping plants indoors and one of my first experiments with it was a beautiful Medallion Prayer Plant. I've had it for a few weeks, and learned all about how finicky they can be, it has a humidity tray, I mist it everyday, I even repotted it a few days ago thinking it might be soil that's too wet or SOMETHING, but since day one it's had this strange problem.

One by one, a leaf will begin to go yellow, and get more and more yellow, until the leaf finally shrivels up. I will post pictures tomorrow when I have good daylight.

My newest experiment to try and save this pretty plant is that I have moved it to my bedroom with much different natural lighting than what it was in before. Anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this, and even better, a solution?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 4, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Welcome! We need a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot to be able to help you.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Atlanta, Ga (Zone 8a)
LitFancy
May 4, 2020 12:04 PM CST
@willc

Here is a picture of my prayer plant as well as the new pot I transferred it into a few days ago.
It has been having this single yellow leaf problem since before the transplant.
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And another clue about my mysterious plant affliction; the original pot the plant came in was a 'self watering' type with a wick below the plant dipped into water.
I decided to transfer it to a terra cotta pot because it was absorbing too much water I felt. I suspected the soil was perhaps too wet.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 5, 2020 8:17 AM CST
It is quite common for an occasional older leaf to yellow and dieback as new leaves are added. Once they start to turn yellow, they never recover so it is best to just trim them off. The rest of your plant looks fine.

When you repotted, I hope you left the original rootball intact and the roots undisturbed.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Atlanta, Ga (Zone 8a)
LitFancy
May 5, 2020 1:06 PM CST
I'm glad to hear it could just be the plant aging, I just worry cause it has been a constant stream. One leaf at a time going yellow and then when it's gone, it starts on the next leaf, I'm worried it'll run out of foliage before it can grow more leaves!

Also yes, I left the rootball intact and the roots mostly undisturbed.
I appreciate your help so much Will, Thank you!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 6, 2020 7:15 AM CST
If you are losing more old leaves than gaining new ones, then there may be a problem with light or watering.

How far is the nearest window?

How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?


Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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