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Apr 10, 2016 12:30 PM CST
After bringing this plant home I have noticed the tips are turning brown and some of the plant looks like its being eaten the leaves are splitting and showing signs of deteration. The plant sits near a west window recieving moderate light and i water as needed. Please help! thank you.
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Name: Jay
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Apr 10, 2016 1:43 PM CST
Most of that looks like injuries from contact. Common injuries that can occur while moving and working around the plant and brushing against it, etc.

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Apr 10, 2016 4:09 PM CST
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Apr 11, 2016 9:25 AM CST
Hello michaelschlax! I would just observe it more for now, if it is not spreading to other leaves, then it should be fine. It does seem just mechanical injury as mentioned already. Just try to water root zone to keep moist and not soggy, this plant prefers to be on a dry side, and is quite drought tolerant later on.

Sometimes the tips of the leaves do get brown, either due to very low humidity or salt build up, so it helps later to do a good flush on the soil/root zone area, to remove accumulated salt build up. At times too over and underwatering manifest the same on the leaves, tips getting brown and then dropping. So be careful with watering, not too dry, and not too soggy.
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Apr 11, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Hi michaelschlax, Welcome! from me too!
I agree with what others have said, it looks like mechanical damage; sometimes it happens when nurseries cram plants into trucks for hauling them to the garden centers around the country and they get bumped and bruised along the way. I had a Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) planted in my yard once that would get leaf damage if we had extremely windy days.
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Apr 11, 2016 9:58 AM CST
Welcome! michaelschlax
How long ago did you bring the plant home? It looks like mechanical damage - like the plant got beat up in the store before you bought it. As the new leaves begin to grow the plant should look better.
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