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Dec 16, 2017 9:16 AM CST
I've had a beautiful prayer plant in my studio for a few months. It's been pretty happy until the past week or so -- it now has quite a few yellow leaves and some brown crunchy leaves in the center.
The plant gets indirect light and I water it weekly. It's likely in regular old houseplant soil (it's in the same container as when I bought it).
The only change in its environment recently was that I moved it across the room (still indirect light) for about a week. I have since moved it back because my cat couldn't stop attacking it.
Any ideas what is causing the yellowing?
And should I cut off any leaves that were mauled by my cat?
Thanks in advance!
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Dec 16, 2017 1:11 PM CST
|An occasional lower yellow leaf is not a cause for concern - just normal aging. Trim it off.
The only brown in the center appears to be the sheaths that cover new leaves when they open up. If so, this is also not a cause for concern and the dead sheaths can be removed.
Go ahead and trim off the cat-damaged leaf. It will not harm the plant in any way.
There is no evidence of other problems that warrant changing light, water or soil. Keep up the good work!
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Dec 17, 2017 9:45 AM CST
|Great to hear! Thanks for the info :)|
Dec 31, 2017 1:40 PM CST
|Every winter season I have lots of trouble with mine. I believe it is due to our house is too dry. They love moisture. It responds every spring when we put it outside in a shaded porch. Last year it completely dried up and we though we lost it. In spring setting on the porch waiting to throw out I noticed a new sprout and it completely recovered. Seems it had a good root system.|
Jan 1, 2018 4:05 AM CST
|Your Maranta seems quite healthy to me! It's a beautiful plant. Needs a lot of humidity though, as Stash mentioned!
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
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