Houseplants forum: What's wrong with my plant?

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Oct 5, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Hi guys and gals, hopefully someone can help me with my misfortune when it comes to houseplants.

For some reason my plants usually die in a matter of a few months and I'm sick of it, so this time I thought I'd get some outside help.

Okay, so I don't even know what this plant is called, I bought it at the beginning of summer in a supermarket and since then it's been gradually getting worse. It's standing next to a heater (which wasn't in use during the summer though) and right above it is a big window where it's getting sun during the afternoon hours.

The discolored leaves kind of feel like skin, which makes me think maybe the plant got too much water, the soil has been moist for the last few weeks, so maybe it's been getting too much water from me?

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Name: Christine
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Oct 5, 2017 6:42 AM CST
You've answered your own question, it is getting to much water, it's hard to tell from the photo, is there drainage holes in the pot or is there a cache pot inside the decorative pot?
Either way, I'd take it out of the pot and give it better soil and perlite. Other members will have more advice for you.
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Name: Will Creed
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Oct 6, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Your plant is staying too moist. I see that it is double-potted, which is usually fine. However, the fit is so tight that you cannot see down between the two pots. My bet is that if you extricate the inner pot, you will find water sitting in the bottom of the outer planter. That is why the soil is staying moist, not drying out, and depriving the roots of the necessary oxygen that they get only when the soil is allowed to dry out regularly.

I don't recommend repotting it as that may further damage already damaged roots. Simply get it out of the outer pot. Allow the soil to dry about one inch deep before adding just enough water so that it reaches that level of dryness again in a week. If you want to double pot, use an outer planter that is large enough to allow you to see down in and avoid water collecting in the bottom.
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