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Oct 27, 2017 2:18 AM CST
My oyster plant's leaves are turning brown from the tips and withering. I don't water it much only like once a week. The plant is indoors. But I occasionally put it out side for some sunlight . The climate is humid and hot.
Could you tell me what I can do to stop the leaves from turning brown?
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Name: Daisy I
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Oct 27, 2017 11:50 AM CST

You didn't post a photo of the entire plant but if an old leaf is the only one turning yellow, there is nothing to worry about. Old leaves die.

Watering on a schedule never works out for the plant. Keep your plant evenly damp - you will discover that sometimes you will water more and sometimes less.

Never move it from indoors to outside sun as you are risking burning your plant to a crisp. If you want to put it outside for the day, find a place in the shade.
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Oct 27, 2017 10:31 PM CST
Thanks. Daisyl.
Where I live people usually keep these plants outdoors and they do fine. Even the tips of the new leaves are a slight brown colour. And there are small brown spots on them too. Wonder why the new leaves have them?
Ps: My hubby cut off the dying leaves yesterday.
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Name: Will Creed
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Oct 28, 2017 5:40 AM CST
It is the CHANGE from reduced indoor light to intense outdoor light and back again that is causing the leaf burning. Yes, your Tradescantia can adapt to outdoor sun, but it needs to stay outside. Or it can do the same indoors. The important thing is to not make leaves that were grown in one light condition adapt to a different light condition. Follow Daisy's advice.
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Oct 29, 2017 12:04 AM CST
Thanks for the info WillC.
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Oct 29, 2017 5:53 AM CST
To bring it all together, plants that have been inside for more than about a month can't handle the drastic and sudden increase to significant direct light outside. To change its' condition, it must be moved gradually, into more light slowly, over the course of weeks, to avoid risk of sunburn. Starting the exposure with the first or last hour of sun in the day, when the rays are the weakest, is a great way to start.
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