Asked on Feb 11, 2020

What causes a house plant to turn brown on parts of its leaves?

RedcatcecDwp7470bMichelle Leslie


What causes a house plant to turn brown on various parts ofits leaves? Is it best to trim the brown part out?

9 answers
  • Morgan McBride
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Is it by a heating vent? brown means dry - sun, heat, or not enough water.

  • Mogie
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Plants often face difficulties in winter when air is dry and exposure to cold drafts or hot dry air from heaters is common. Combined with the low levels of light, particularly in northern climates, conditions are prime for problems with houseplants. Finding the cause requires troubleshooting to eliminate possible causes.

    Place a pebble tray beneath the plant and fill it with an inch or two of water to increase the humidity. Keep the water level below the bottom of the pot.

    Plants placed on chilly windowsills develop brown areas if they touch a chilled windowpane. Although temperatures may be fine during the day, when temperatures drop at night, contact with the pane may cause browning. Move plants away from the window, especially at night. Never close drapes with the plant between the drape and the window when the weather is chilly.

  • It could be a few different reasons - not enough light, water, humidity. Here's a link with more information:

  • Cindy
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Depending on where you live, water it with bottled or filtered water. My plants perked up when I made this change. And definitely clip off anything that is brown. The sooner the better.

  • Ellen Staub Smith
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Thank you, everyone!😊

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Hi Ellen, sorry you are having problems with you house plants. Hope this helps. Search Results

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    When houseplants get brown tips on their leaves, it's generally an indication of poor watering habits. The best way to water a houseplant is to thoroughly flush it until water runs freely out the drainage holes. Shallow watering can cause brown tips on the leaves. › Gardening › Houseplants › Caring for Houseplants

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  • Michelle Leslie
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Hi Ellen, if you don't come right, perhaps you'll find additional information that will help here - Good luck

  • Dwp7470b
    on Feb 11, 2020

    Malnutrition is the cause.

    You need to understand: No plant survives a water only diet. They die of boredom.

    Plants are Weirdos. Plants have weird Tastes, and they eat very slowly too to Savor the Flavor.

    So you gotta mix up what I call:

    Diarrhea Daiquiri

    22 to 32 ounces water

    8 ounces manure

    1 slice of Lime

    And: 4 ounces of a Treat of Choice (Optional)

    Your plants will love it alot. In fact, they like to eat many strange foods we would never consider as treats. And realize Plants are our best buddies. We just cannot live without each other.

    You see, the best plants convert the stuff we don't eat into stuff we do eat.

    I'm Not kidding, the healthiest plants enjoy a very Large Variety of Treats we could never eat: Apple Cores, Potato Skins, Citrus Peels, Banana Peels, Stale Cereal, Damp Rolls and Soggy Bread.

    The more repulsive it is, the more they like it: Foul Eggs, Sour Milk, Bad Cabbage, Brown Lettuce, Fish Tails and Heads, in addition to Manure.

    Give those a try.

    • Dwp7470b
      on Feb 11, 2020

      Yes, anything with Wheat or Flour, (as Breads) do need to go through a food processor or blender, to crumb these or you end up with Mold due to lengthy spans of Absorption of those into the Plant or Soil. It is sensible to say: You cannot hang a French Bread on a Tree Limb and expect the Tree to Eat the Loaf right away. So yes a degree of little bites in bulk differs from large swallows in a small quantity. But a general idea and purpose is that: Plants delight more by a Variety of the Immediate Composts than by a sour blend that rots the mineral values for 3 years like a Garbage Heap in the yard. And by that matter of fact, plants and bushes are converters of 'Pranks in bad taste' to 'Items of Value in Usual Taste'.

      Be that by an old blender, an old juicer, or shaken or stirred by hand Anything that works as a compost, works even better as a pulverized or liquefied additive to manure with some warm water.

  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 11, 2020

    I give my plants a little Epson Salt, never on the plant, sprinkle it on the dirt. It is a valuable nutrient they need.

    The brown means it is probably dry and dead, cut off those parts, they will never come back to life and green-up.

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