Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Haworthia Reinwardtii turning a little brown, help!

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MrWalt
Aug 13, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Hello everyone thank you for taking the time to open the thread.

I've had my Reinwardtii for about 5 months now and I've been giving it a bit of sunlight and I water every 8 days. However, recently Ive noticed that the bottom of some of the leaves have been turning brown. Its only on a few but its still worrisome as I dont want it to be a problem that could escalate further.

The top of the plant also seems to have opened up and that suggests that perhaps It needs more sunlight? Im on the fence with this idea as I also think the browning could be because it gets too much sun.

In the picture below I have circled one of the areas that has begun to turn brown. In the photo you'll see what appears to be a dead leaf - its completely brown. That has been there since I bought it and is not something that has happened while I've been taking care of it.

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mcvansoest
Aug 13, 2017 8:20 AM CST
You could gradually give it more light. You can see that the new growth is elongated compared to the older growth, which is suggestive of it not getting enough bright light. However, be careful when giving it more light as that can cause the plant to burn if it is increased too suddenly or too much.

As for the brown spot, it almost looks as if the plant got a little damaged there, I guess the worry is if it keeps expanding. Are you testing that the soil of the pot is dry before watering again? Depending on where you are watering every 8 days could be pretty frequent for this plant.

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MrWalt
Aug 13, 2017 8:35 AM CST
mcvansoest said: be careful when giving it more light as that can cause the plant to burn if it is increased too suddenly or too much.


Thats a fear of mines because I know that sun burning can potentially kill the plant, but I will gradually allow it to obtain more sun without exposing it to too much direct light. Thank you for the comment!

As for the watering I always make sure the soil is completely dry. Even to the extent of going a few more days without watering simply because I do not want to over water and cause rotting.

Thank you so much mcvansoest for your reply!
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Aug 13, 2017 8:56 AM CST
You are welcome. It is a pretty plant. I hope the brown spot will stay a minor blemish and is not an indicator of something worse...
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Baja_Costero
Aug 13, 2017 3:31 PM CST

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For what it's worth, there's a huge difference in how that plant looks in the sun vs. in the shade, or even under part shade... not just the compactness of the leaves along the stem (more sun gives a better result there) but also the degree to which it will turn other colors, especially brown. Take a look at a few pictures here (just ignore the misidentified plants) and you'll see some examples of what I'm talking about.

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It's also pretty standard for them to have a few dead leaves, or some irregular coloration, way beyond what's in the second picture above. In my mind those features would indicate the plant was living a normal life and not being coddled.

This just for you to bear in mind when you ramp up the light to the point where the plant might start changing in other ways. Smiling Example below (probably the similar H. coarctata) spends most of its time under 50% shade in a protected location.

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