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Palm House Plant Leaves Browning.. HELP!

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Thu Sep 6 10:58:57 EST 2001


How good is your water?  Tip-browning is a sure sign of water stress
caused by too much water, not enough water (roots die and can't take
up water), and/or salt damage (salts build up in soil so that roots
can't take up water).  Also sounds like perhaps not enough light and
low humidity.

M. Reed

Heather wrote:
> 
> Hello All-
> 
> I am hoping you can help me with my house plant.  I am not sure
> exactly the species but it is certainly a palm, about 4 1/2 feet tall
> right now.  Anyway, I got it about a month ago and since then almost
> all the tips of the leaves have browned and now the brown is consuming
> the leaves (dying it seems).  It has fairly low light but not dark..
> in the living room probably 15 feet away from the nearest window but
> never any direct sunlight. I water it about every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks,
> with miracle grow added.  But I make sure to let the soil dry out a
> little first.  I'm quite concerned as I really love this plant and
> want it to live but I am having some trouble!  It has shot up some new
> leaves on the top that are nice and green, but I am worried those too
> will brown soon!  And I should mention also that as soon as I got it I
> replanted it in a nice big container with miracle grow soil so I doubt
> that is a problem also!  The only thing I can think of is occasionally
> when we walk by it we mistakingly brush up against the leaves.. could
> that cause this?  PLEASE HELP!
> 
> Thanks Much-
> Heather
> New Hampshire, USA
> 
> Please email: HeatherinNH at aol.com




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