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May 5, 2020 7:43 PM CST
Austin, TX
Hi there. I'm a newbie plant mom and bought a mass cane about a month ago. Now it is starting to droop and get brown spots on its leaves. I think the problem is overwatering but am not sure. Any advice?
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May 6, 2020 9:04 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! So far your Corn Plant is fine. However, I see that you repotted it into a larger pot and that may create problems for it.

Did you repot it or was it done for you? Can you provide any details on just how it was done?
Will Creed
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May 6, 2020 10:37 AM CST
Austin, TX
Thanks for your response. I repotted it myself but I was told when I bought the plant what size pot to get. I used pebbles for the bottom of the pot then just transferred to two plants into the bigger pot with basic Miracle Gro Potting Mix. Hopefully this answers your question. Forgive me if it doesn't. I am genuinely brand new to gardening.
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May 6, 2020 2:55 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Unfortunately, the retailer advised you poorly. They should have told you to keep the plant in its nursery pot and insert that pot inside the larger decorative planter, leaving the soil and roots undisturbed. This is not your fault, but it will be difficult to work around it.

Plants that are now in overly large pots have excess soil that tends to retain moisture for too long and suffocate the roots. I suggest that you remove all the soil you added to the top of the original rootball so that the uppermost roots are just barely covered. That will allow oxygen to penetrate the root zone more readily.

Then wait until the top two inches of remaining soil is dry before adding just enough water so that it dries out similarly again in a week. Experiment a bit to see just what the right amount of water is.

Sorry if this seems complicated, but it is what happens when plants are unnecessarily repotted.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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May 6, 2020 7:59 PM CST
Austin, TX
Thank you for your help. I will try that.
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