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ohdearkatie
Nov 10, 2017 12:32 PM CST

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Hey, I would love some help and advice about my plant please. I got her a couple of years ago, for the first year or so she looked really healthy. felt like velvet, her leaves were super dark and she just seemed generally very happy. the past couple of months though her stems have gotten paler, and leaves keep turning yellow and dying off, I keep cutting them off think she'll be fine but no it keeps happening. I've never moved her, I would say I've kept her watered the same amount, what am I doing wrong? Sad my mum also has this plant and hers looks amazing, and feels so soft and has so many new leaves growing but I've had none, I dont think I'm doing anything different than her. I would love any help, I'm so worried she'll die. My mum bought me here so she means so much to me and if such a beautiful plant, I'm spending so much of my time worrying about her
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 10, 2017 1:52 PM CST
Your Calathea overall looks pretty healthy. It is quite normal for some of the older leaves to die back as new leaves are added. The lighter overall color might be caused by exposure to any direct sunlight or using hard water that contains excess mineral salts such as calcium. If your tap water is on the hard side, use distilled or filtered water instead.

Your Calathea is not in danger of dying. I hope you will now worry about it less and enjoy it more! Smiling
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ohdearkatie
Nov 10, 2017 1:57 PM CST

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WillC said:Your Calathea overall looks pretty healthy. It is quite normal for some of the older leaves to die back as new leaves are added. The lighter overall color might be caused by exposure to any direct sunlight or using hard water that contains excess mineral salts such as calcium. If your tap water is on the hard side, use distilled or filtered water instead.

Your Calathea is not in danger of dying. I hope you will now worry about it less and enjoy it more! Smiling


Hello thank you so much for your reply! I was just a bit worried because for a year and a half there's been no yellow leaves, then suddenly four in the past few weeks and she's grown no new leaves
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plantmanager
Nov 10, 2017 2:02 PM CST
I don't have an Calatheas now, but I used to have them indoors and outside when I lived in a very humid, tropical climate. I wonder if your home is drier now due to winter heating being on? You could try a humidity tray underneath it like they use for orchids. It would be interesting to see if that made it happier.
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DaisyI
Nov 10, 2017 2:25 PM CST
Hi Katie,

You have always treated yours the same and your Mum has always treated her's the same and her's is thriving while yours is failing. Hmmm... Compare your Mum's plant's living conditions with yours: light, water, humidity, fertilizer, re-potting... and try to see what she is doing different.

They do enjoy bright light (no sun) and it may be as simple as that. Your plant has not gotten proper light and it has finally become a noticeable issue.

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WillC
Nov 10, 2017 2:42 PM CST
When conditions for a plant are okay but less than optimal, then they often react very slowly and gradually. Thus, they can appear to be just fine and then eventually deteriorate a bit.
Will Creed
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
Salvias Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Art Plumerias Bookworm Hibiscus
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plantmanager
Nov 10, 2017 3:02 PM CST
Good point, Will. I have noticed that. All of a sudden it seems like the plant went downhill, but it was happening very slowly.
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