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Name: Bernadette Fiege
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Berniecharli
May 22, 2020 2:04 PM CST
What happened to her? Is she dead? I cut the leaves because they were brown at the end but then they turn brown again? I planted this baby as well, why does she also look like she's dying? Help please! You are all the best!
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May 23, 2020 11:30 PM CST
Remove all the hardwood mulch on top of the soil and let it dry out a little and see if that helps. I think you are keeping the soil too wet and a little more dry time should help.
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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2020 1:47 AM CST

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Doesn't look like an iris to me.
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Australis
May 24, 2020 5:38 AM CST

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Could it be a variegated spider plant?
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BigBill
May 24, 2020 5:43 AM CST
I agree, they are spider plants. The containers are way too big causing watering issues.
Using wood mulch is only adding to those watering issues. I would repot everything into pots 1/3 or 1/2 their current size using basic potting soil. Then give them bright light and water as they approach dryness. They should do much better I think.
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Name: Bernadette Fiege
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Berniecharli
May 24, 2020 7:43 AM CST
OK thank you. I always get iris and lily confused. We call this a lily plant. But nevermind that. What you are saying is that the pot is too big but the larger plant was huge before I cut it down the leaves cause they were brown hanging over the sides you know like a houseplant does. I will transplant it but if it grows as big as it can it won't fit in a smaller pot





BigBill said:I agree, they are spider plants. The containers are way too big causing watering issues.
Using wood mulch is only adding to those watering issues. I would repot everything into pots 1/3 or 1/2 their current size using basic potting soil. Then give them bright light and water as they approach dryness. They should do much better I think.


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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2020 8:21 AM CST

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The leaves are also reacting to the repotting so it can look worse before it settles. It will be a long time before it fills in a smaller pot.
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