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Portland, Oregon
Mallorycs
May 14, 2020 10:00 AM CST
It's leaves are fading and browning on the edges. I moved it out of the direct sun and the soil is still pretty damp but now some the leaves are bending over.... What do I do??
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
May 14, 2020 10:08 AM CST
Your plant is a variety of Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen): https://garden.org/plants/sear... and it's good that you've moved it away from direct sun. They are tropical plants native to humid forests so you should give it bright light and try to keep the soil just damp, not too wet. The damaged leaves won't recover and can be removed.
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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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May 16, 2020 4:26 PM CST
I agree and don't repot it.
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Texas (Zone 8b)
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Galathiel
May 17, 2020 5:26 AM CST
I've found my aglaonema to be one of the fussier of the 'easy to grow' plants. Although many places say that it likes to be kept moist, I've found that it REALLY doesn't. LOL Personal observation for my plants! I can't comment on anyone else. I'm a helicopter plant parent and originally did water a little toooo often. One site that I read (and what I have found to be the case), is to let the plant dry out about halfway down before watering if in a bright location. If in a lower light/fluorescent light area, let dry out almost completely before watering. I've found that to work much better. I bought one a few months ago at work, and I think I've watered it eh .. 2? 3? times since then. I left it in its nursery pot and I pull it out and if there's any weight to the pot, I just set it back in its cover pot. I do the same with the one at home that sits in an east facing window.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
May 17, 2020 6:52 AM CST
I always err on the side of allowing a plant to get a bit dry rather than taking a chance on the roots staying too wet and rotting. I got my very first house plant in 1967 (when I was just 19!) and during the first five years of my hobby, I certainly killed more than my share of plants ... by over watering them. *Blush*

I edited my earlier post to change my sentence about always keeping the soil moist, to trying to keep it just damp rather than too wet but I don't mean that one should just sprinkle water lightly on the top of the soil, moisture needs to reach the roots but you never want the roots holding too much water for any length of time.

The hobby of growing healthy indoor plants is a bit of trial and error, learning about the type of plant and the requirements to keep it happy so that it thrives.
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