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May 30, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Tarpon Springs Florida
Hello, I'm hoping you can help me. I'm new to house plants and of course went overboard buying them, before realizing what my lighting is. I have this chinese evergreen that has been planted in a "moisture control generic soil". Its not looking too good. I have it on the floor near a west facing window. The room its has 2 windows a west and south facing one. Any advice would be much appreciated. Attached is some pictures, I brought it outside because I'm debating repotting it into a better soil.
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May 30, 2020 1:06 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
It looks like you have a Ctenanthe, not a Chinese Evergreen. I don't see anything problematic in the photos so I don't understand your concern.

Repotting and changing the soil is likely to create not solve any problems.
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May 30, 2020 1:08 PM CST
Tarpon Springs Florida
The browning leaves is normal then? I will have to look up Ctenanthe and its care needs etc. Thanks
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May 31, 2020 7:59 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
I apologize. I did not look carefully enough. The brown leaves are of some concern. It is related to the roots - either damage done during repotting or improper watering.

If you did the repotting, please provide details of how you did it.

How do you decide when to water and how much do you provide?
Will Creed
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May 31, 2020 9:21 AM CST
Name: Sally
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agreed, Ctenanthe or similar, a 'brighter light' plant than Aglaonema.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 31, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Tarpon Springs Florida
I repotted when I brought it home from HD. The soil I used was a generic garden soil. I honestly don't remember, but I do know that I did not add any perlite, bark etc to it, like I am doing now with my other plants. I water when the soil feels dry once sticking my finger in. Which has really only been maybe 4 times since I bought it about 7 weeks ago. The soil on top clumps up which I believe I found out is due to the "type" i used, it had some type of protection in it to help avoid over or under watering. I did have a gnat issue that has since gone. But I can't say for sure if it was that plant. I water enough that it runs through the plant and I have to empty the tray after a few minutes because its full of water.
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May 31, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Ctenanthes do much better when left tightly potted. If the new pot is larger, then inadvertent overwatering is much more likely. If you removed some of the original soil, then some of the roots were damaged and that is probably the immediate cause of the leaf discoloration.

Remove any soil you added to the top of the rootball when you repotted. That will help prevent the soil from staying too wet for too long.

If you are new to houseplants, one of the best things you can do for your new plants is to leave them in their plastic nursery pots. They can be double-potted into something more attractive without disturbing the roots and soil.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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May 31, 2020 4:23 PM CST
Tarpon Springs Florida
Thank you
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Jun 1, 2020 7:10 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Happy to help!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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