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Jun 11, 2020 3:27 PM CST
Portland, OR
Hi there,

I bought a mass cane about 6 weeks ago that was doing great until about a week ago.

Leaf tips are turning yellow/brown.

I'm watering once a week, about 12oz.

Plant is near a window, blinds twisted open during the day.

Plant is also next to our AIR vent, which has had both heat and AC on.

Any advice is appreciated, the plant is beautiful!
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Jun 12, 2020 1:58 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
The light in that location is okay as long as the blinds are kept open during the day.

Did you repot the plant? If so, how much original soil did you remove and what did you replace it with?

How do you decide when it is time to water?
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Jun 13, 2020 8:03 AM CST

Hello I bought a mass cane exactly one week ago. I'm concerned that it is dying slowly I have some brown spots on the leaves. I haven't watered it since purchasing because the soil seems pretty moist, however I have sprayed the leaves. I have not re-potted the plant yet I just sat the original planter inside a bigger pot I thought it may be too soon to re-pot. Can anyone advise me on what I may or may not being doing wrong? Is my plants dying or do they appear healthy? Please help I have never had a "Green Thumb"
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Jun 13, 2020 9:43 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
@Tiawine - Welcome! No reason to worry. The few discolorations are due to soma minor physical damage that occurred during handling and delivery. Only artificial plants are without flaws or blemishes!

Give your Mass Cane as much light as possible but keep it beyond the reach of the direct rays of the sun. It does quite well in moderately low light but not in a dim corner or many feet away from the nearest window.

The way it is now double-potted is the way it should be kept. It should never be taken out of its plastic nursery pot and repotted. You can put some Spanish moss over the top to disguise the inner pot to make it look more finished. But leave the soil and roots undisturbed.

This is a plant that grows very slowly indoors and does not use much water. Always allow the top 2 inches of soil to get dry before you water it. That may take a couple of weeks, but letting the soil dry out properly is very important.

It does not need misting or fertilizer. Try not to do too much for this plant because it is low maintenance and does not need fussing over.

Some older lower leaves will turn yellow/brown periodically, but that is normal aging. Such leaves can be removed to make the plant look nicer.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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