Houseplants forum: Grass browning at the tips - too much water or too little?

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Apr 11, 2018 6:26 AM CST

I've had this grass from Ikea for about a year. Recently it's started browning at the tips.

I've kept it well watered but allowed it to dry out between watering, as I understand you're supposed to do with plants from arid areas.

What am I doing wrong?

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Name: Gene Staver
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Apr 11, 2018 6:33 AM CST
It is not grass for sure. A palm. Arid areas? Brown tips might be normal. I suspect lack of humidity but I am sure Will can be more specific. Gene
Name: Christine
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Apr 11, 2018 6:47 AM CST
I agree with Gene, its a Palm and Will (will) be more specific

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Apr 12, 2018 5:46 AM CST
Thanks both!

We've had a lot of problems with moisture in the flat, so I'd be surprised if it was a lack of humidity - but I'm very much a layman.

Looking forward to hearing from Will.
Name: Will Creed
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Apr 12, 2018 12:50 PM CST
Thanks for the alert, Christine. I know nothing about grass, so I would definitely have overlooked this post.

The plant is a type of Chamaedorea Palm. It looks to be in a good location for light and appropriately potted.

The brown leaf tipping does not appear to be extensive and is within the realm of normal tipping which can occur in less than ideal light or less than perfect watering. It is not a humidity issue.

Trim off the brown tips so you don't have to continue looking at them. You may be letting the soil get a bit too dry between waterings. But don't make any major changes in your watering. Afterall, it looks great after a year so you are only slightly less than perfect! Thumbs up

If you ever see new fronds coming in discolored, that is a good indication of the soil staying too wet.
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Apr 13, 2018 3:14 AM CST
Thanks Will!

If the soil it is indeed a problem of the soil being too wet, does mean changing the soil to something thinner?
Name: Will Creed
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Apr 13, 2018 10:30 AM CST
There is nothing wrong with the soil and it definitely should NOT be changed. You may have to make some adjustments to your watering to maintain the proper moisture level. I also did not say the soil is too wet. Please read my previous post again more carefully.
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