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Sep 16, 2017 10:12 AM CST
My dieffenbachia has started to turn yellow and brown and some of the leaves are dying. It is still growing i have a new leaf sprouting now and its being watered plenty. I tried moving it from the direct sunlight but its not improving.
When i have been watering it the soil isnt going dry as it normally does it seems to be damp
Constantly even when i am
Not watering it much. I dont want it to die can you help me
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Name: June
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Sep 16, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Hi @Oscar2107

Hold off on watering, as the plant's roots may be drowning from too much water and not enough air in the soil. Does the pot have drainage holes at the bottom? If it doesn't, move the plant to a pot with drainage holes. If it does have holes, don't let the pot stand in water that has drained through to the saucer, empty the saucer each time after watering.
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Sep 16, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Hi and welcome, Oscar. I agree with June, it's not draining well enough. I would try sliding the plant out of the pot to have a look at the roots. This might be an opportunity to pot it up to some new soil and a very well-draining pot.

If the roots are going round and round inside the pot, it's time for a bigger pot. Don't go too much bigger though.

If the bottom part of the soil is soggy, set it on an old towel or something very absorbent, to draw all that extra water out of the lower soil. The roots will rot if there isn't any air getting into the lower levels of the pot.

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