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Nafi
Mar 19, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Hi Guys,


I have 2 indoor plants that dying. I have given them food and sunshine. But still can't get to healthy state.
Please help me. Don't want them to die.

Thank you
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porkpal
Mar 19, 2018 5:57 PM CST
Indoor plants often suffer from watering mistakes. How are you watering them? Do the pots have drain holes at the bottom?
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DaisyI
Mar 19, 2018 7:10 PM CST
Stop fertilizing until you have your plant problems solved.

Anthuriums (first plant) like a lot of water but they aren't bog plants, making me wonder about your watering habits. As the second plant is a Dracaena marginata, a very drought tolerant plant.
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Arico
Mar 19, 2018 7:26 PM CST
More house plants are killed by over- than underwatering. Anthurium doesn't want direct sunshine at all, better keep it in just bright light because the leaves are scorched.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 19, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Hi Nafi, your profile says "London" so are you in the UK? or Canada?

In either case, the sun is fairly weak and the days are just getting longer. In winter, even house plants need less water and no food because it gets cooler at night indoors as well as out, and the days are shorter. If you didn't adjust your watering and fertilizing habits to compensate for slower growth the last few months, that may be the cause of your plants' problems now. They don't look like they are really dying yet to me, just somewhat stressed.

I'd advise you to put each plant laying down on some newspaper, and slip the root ball out of the pot to have a look at what's going on inside the pot. IF the bottom part of the soil is really soggy, fold up an old cotton towel or something else very absorbent, and set the plant on that to wick away some of the water. After doing this, just slip it back into the pot and don't water for a few days to let the air get in there to the roots that have been suffocated a bit by too much water. Then resume watering, but a bit less often until the days are longer and warmer.

If you find other problems when you look in the pots, take pictures and let us see.
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WillC
Mar 20, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Daisy is right about the fertilizing. Cease!

It appears that the problems you are having are related to the roots and watering. Without seeing the pots, it is impossible to give appropriate watering instructions. For example, plants that are over-potted and/or in pots that have no drain holes are prime candidates for overwatering.

Both your plants do best in very bright, but mostly indirect sunlight. They should not be more than a few feet from the nearest window.
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Nafi
Mar 20, 2018 11:17 AM CST
porkpal said:Indoor plants often suffer from watering mistakes. How are you watering them? Do the pots have drain holes at the bottom?

Hi there, thank younfornyour reply. Yes they have drain holes and I water them every 2-4 days.
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Nafi
Mar 20, 2018 11:19 AM CST
DaisyI said:Stop fertilizing until you have your plant problems solved.

Anthuriums (first plant) like a lot of water but they aren't bog plants, making me wonder about your watering habits. As the second plant is a Dracaena marginata, a very drought tolerant plant.


Thank you for your reply. How many times do you suggests to water Anthurium. I do every 2-3 days



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Nafi
Mar 20, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Arico said:More house plants are killed by over- than underwatering. Anthurium doesn't want direct sunshine at all, better keep it in just bright light because the leaves are scorched.


Thank for your reply. I thought to give them sunlight since they didn't get a lot before. But will take them off sunlight. However, this started before i have moved them next to windows
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WillC
Mar 20, 2018 11:50 AM CST
Without knowing more about the pot size and soil composition, no one can tell you on what schedule they should be watered. In general, allow the top quarter of the soil to dry in between waterings. But that is a very general rule. That said, I am quite confident that they do not need water as frequently as every 2-3 days.
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