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May 30, 2020 10:10 AM CST

My syngonium leaves have been turning brown around the edges and I have no idea why. Any ideas?
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May 30, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?
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May 30, 2020 11:40 PM CST

When the top inch is dry to touch, I give it two cups of water.
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May 30, 2020 11:49 PM CST
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Does the pot have drainage holes? Why two cups? You need to water the plant thoroughly so that water flows out of the drainage holes. Put it on a saucer or in the sink. Pour away any water collected after 5 minutes or so then don't water again until the top couple of inches of compost feels dry. Watering this way also pulls air through the compost.
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May 31, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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I think you are letting it get dry too deep into the pot. It is in a small pot so water it, as Sue has described, as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry.
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May 31, 2020 9:04 AM CST

The pot has drainage holes, yes. Two cups are about enough to water it thoroughly. I am watering it just the way you described. Confused

It's an 8-inch pot; it just looks smaller in the photo because I suck at taking photos with my phone, sorry.
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May 31, 2020 9:51 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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It may not seem significant, but the difference between the top inch and the top half-inch of soil drying is significant enough to cause some leaf discoloration.

(Your photography is fine!)
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May 31, 2020 1:36 PM CST

Thank you; I will water it more diligently.
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