Asked on Apr 30, 2018

Leaves on my indoor plants- Why do the leaves turn dark and brittle?

Theresa Lien
by Theresa Lien
Too much water? Not enough water? Not enough light? Why do the leaves turn dark and brittle?
q leaves on my indoor plants
  13 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 30, 2018
    How old is the plant? When are you watering?Are you testing the soil before watering?

    • Theresa Lien Theresa Lien on May 01, 2018
      Plant is probably 5 years old but i have a sister plant that’s doing just fine. the water is wet on bottom but dry on top. 😏

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 01, 2018
    Air is probably too dry/...........

    • Theresa Lien Theresa Lien on May 01, 2018
      We have a humidifier attached to our furnace and air conditioning. It’s set at 30 percent humity.
      i know it shows the plant next to an air vent, i just moved it there, hoping to give it more light.

  • Deb16079447 Deb16079447 on May 01, 2018
    Not enough water. Water from the bottom.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 01, 2018
    Is that a heat register behind that plant? Could be it is drying out from where you have it sitting. Place it next to the thriving one and treat them the same! The observe if there is any change.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 01, 2018
    Sounds like it needs to be re-potted in fresh soil and make sure the container has drainage holes.

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on May 01, 2018
    Is it against a cold wall? That happened when my plant got frostbite..

  • Mkl Mkl on May 01, 2018
    Try misting the plant using a small spray bottle. A lot of our indoor plants are tropical in nature and need the topical moisture.

  • MaryH. MaryH. on May 01, 2018
    Look up your type of plant for watering, light and fertilizer. All needed for living things. Insects or desease may be a problem also. I would remove from pot, rinse with light soapy water and repot; then follow your information for light,food and water! Mary

  • Jeffrey Faus Jeffrey Faus on May 01, 2018
    Definitely look up the type of plant. Each one is different in needs for light and water. Looks kind of like a peace lily, but hard to tell from the photo. If it is a peace lily, I learned they need very little water, like only about 1/2 cup each week. Mine did much better when I reduced watering. But make sure what plant you have — that’s the key!

  • Geg3020127 Geg3020127 on May 01, 2018
    Do you have a water softener? If so, it could be salt build up in the soil. Plants are very sensitive to that.

  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on May 01, 2018
    1000% agree with Jeanette, it’s the floor register. Move the plant. The leaf is burnt and dried out.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 01, 2018
    I agree with the floor register, it is drying out the leaves. Look up the type plant and see what it says about the moisture it likes, some like to dry out between watering, some like to stay somewhat moist all the time. Being so close to the register it is probably drying out quicker than the other plant. Purchase and use a moisture meter to make sure it is getting enough moisture and keep the leaves from the hot air coming out of the register.

    • Theresa Lien Theresa Lien on May 02, 2018
      hi, thank you for your response.
      i moved the plant to take the picture, it’s not normally next to a floor register.
      i do have a humidifier attached to my furnace

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on May 04, 2018
    I have this same plant - it does like sunlight. Does it have good drainage in the pot or did you add rocks to the bottom of the pot before planting? Don't over water this plant, just once a week - touch the soil and if dry water.

    • Theresa Lien Theresa Lien on May 06, 2018
      hi Cindy...
      yesterday I took the plant out of the pot and cleaned the pot really well, added new soil.
      the old soil was mixed with rocks and very wet at the bottom. i Honestly don’t think it was getting enough sunlight. Thank you!