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Name: Jacob Fuentes
los angeles (Zone 10b)
jacfue
Nov 22, 2017 11:23 AM CST
Hellos im probably asking a lot of questions by now but....
So i have a Maranta lauconeura in my living room, sort of low light area i bought it over two months ago maybe more and have never watered it. The soil seemed to be moist almost went since i bought it. today i woke up and she had a yellow bottom leaf with i cut, it is the second one she's lost and her new growth looks like its not going to make it it looks wilting. Does she have bad soil? Should i move it to my room where she would get more light? do i change the soil, is it bad? I don't want it to die :(
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Nov 22, 2017 11:28 AM CST
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Name: Jacob Fuentes
los angeles (Zone 10b)
jacfue
Nov 22, 2017 11:46 AM CST
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 22, 2017 1:07 PM CST
I know that folks tend to overestimate light for their plants. Usually when they acknowledge that the light is low, then it is often too far from a window for the plant to benefit. That it has not needed any water in 2 months is quite remarkable and would be consistent with it's not getting enough light.

I recommend moving it to a brighter location, but not where the rays of the sun fall directly on the foliage. If the pot does not have a drain hole, it is possible that water has accumulated in the bottom, so check for that. Otherwise, water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. I would not disturb the roots by repotting at this time. Try to get the light and water under control first.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 22, 2017 1:24 PM CST
More lite yes. Indirect.
In that little pot, I don't know how it's gone two months with no water , and is still alive. Get her in bigger pot. Get some well draining soil, use equal parts perlite to soil. Soak her root ball for 20 minutes, so you can get most of old soil from roots. She's probably root bound , untangle roots, best you can. Then pot her up. In barely moist soil , and wait at least a week to water her.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 22, 2017 1:27 PM CST
If the soil is taking a long time to dry out, then a larger pot will aggravate the problem.
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Name: Jacob Fuentes
los angeles (Zone 10b)
jacfue
Nov 22, 2017 1:51 PM CST
Ok, so i just moved it to a north facing window where the rest of my plants are. They all get morning sun and are all grouped together so humidity should be ok. They also have to trays with rocks and water near them. Ill se how she does there if at least the soil starts to dry enough for me to water. But i probably think it is light. I bought it at homedepot so i never fully trust theor soil, the plants never seem well taken care of. And im cofused as to what soil i can use when i repot to add more soil (in spring) cause it looks like all peat moss but i have miracle gro potting mix (which i think contains the same materials hopefully that works to add to it later on and see if drainage improves. The pot has drain holes and they are not blocked as far as i know i huess i can poke around and try to move any items that might be blocking it.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 22, 2017 2:00 PM CST
The right sized pot and good potting mix will allow for a thorough watering and then is properly dry again in about a week. If the pot is too large or the potting mix lacks porosity, then it will take much longer to dry out and that can lead to root suffocation.

I wouldn't repot or change the soil now. When it is appropriate to repot, I recommend a potting mix that is 3 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite. However, others will have other formulas that work for them.
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Name: Jacob Fuentes
los angeles (Zone 10b)
jacfue
Nov 22, 2017 2:15 PM CST
I also thought about buying a grow light that would supplement the missing light because of winter, is that a good idea?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 22, 2017 3:24 PM CST
The north window with some morning some should be more than adequate for your Maranta. No need for a supplement, even in winter.
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Name: Jacob Fuentes
los angeles (Zone 10b)
jacfue
Nov 22, 2017 3:36 PM CST
Thank you very much for all your help. Happy thanksgiving πŸ½πŸπŸ¦ƒ ☺️

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