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Miami, florida
Aimeebenjamin
May 17, 2020 2:08 PM CST
Hi! I had gotten my stromanthe plant I ordered a week ago online, and I've read that it's a pretty advanced plant to care for. I haven't repotted but I did use joyful dirt - an organic fertilizer. I'll post a picture of it.

But before I fertilized it, I noticed a dead membrane (??) - I'm sorry, I'm not sure, but it wasn't a leaf. I just snipped it off with clean sharp shears.

I had noticed that one leaf had browning on the corner (picture attached). And I don't know what to make of it.

I'm sure I'm just being an overly careful plant mom but any advice taking care of this plant will help. πŸ™β€οΈ

I mist them a couple times a day since I don't have a humidifier. It's not getting direct sun but it definitely gets indirect bright light. (I will attach the picture where my plants are placed.)

My room has ac but our temperature is always at 72f (+/-2f at times) but never below 65 or above 80.

I've only watered once since I got them and I don't think they really need watering yet since top soil is still a bit moist. But definitely getting there.

I care for them so much and any and all advice is much appreciated!! I love plants!! ☺️
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oneeyeluke
May 18, 2020 4:10 AM CST
Browning edges can indicate too much water. A plant pushes water through to the edge of its leaves, and when given too much, this can cause veins at the edges to burst, which leads to browning.
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WillC
May 18, 2020 11:34 AM CST
Your plant looks fine. I do believe you are "being an overly careful plant mom." A limited amount of discoloration on a single leaf edge is not a cause for concern. You seem to have a good understanding of the light and water your plant needs, although it does not need any fertilizer or repotting. Thumbs up
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Miami, florida
Aimeebenjamin
May 18, 2020 8:46 PM CST
WillC said:Your plant looks fine. I do believe you are "being an overly careful plant mom." A limited amount of discoloration on a single leaf edge is not a cause for concern. You seem to have a good understanding of the light and water your plant needs, although it does not need any fertilizer or repotting. Thumbs up


Thank you! I knew I was just being an overly careful! But another thing was I trimmed off a brown tip off a leaf. It was half my pinky size and was just falling off anyway. It's from the same leaf that I had showed and I had noticed a yellow spot that turned more yellow the last time I noticed it. Like I said I'm probably being paranoid and all and ure right that a discoloration on a single leaf really doesn't mean sickness overall. Haha! I appreciate the reply and your insight! Thank you so much!
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Miami, florida
Aimeebenjamin
May 18, 2020 8:47 PM CST
oneeyeluke said:Browning edges can indicate too much water. A plant pushes water through to the edge of its leaves, and when given too much, this can cause veins at the edges to burst, which leads to browning.


Thank you! πŸ™πŸ™
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WillC
May 19, 2020 7:06 AM CST
Happy to help. Keep up the good work and enjoy your plants!
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Miami, florida
Aimeebenjamin
May 24, 2020 6:40 AM CST
WillC said:Happy to help. Keep up the good work and enjoy your plants!


This happened! I'm not entirely sure. It's the only leaf that surled and dropped and I think it's cause I waited too long to water maybe. Top soil was dry when I watered but still moist inside. I've been misting w filtered water too. πŸ™


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 24, 2020 8:48 AM CST
It may just be an older leaf that is normally dying back or it could be a watering issue.

Let the top half-inch of soil get dry to your touch and then water it thoroughly. The soil deeper into the pot will always remain damp.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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