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Medium_238dc80f-6d44-4be9-a1c2-258466200c78 My calathea zebrinas leaves are turning brown and yellow on the edges, Soil wont seem to dry out. Help :(

I had my calathea on a strict watering and spritzing schedule (watering with 3/4 cup of water twice a week with spritzing once a day). This schedule was working perfectly and the few days between watering was just enough to let the top couple inches of soil dry before the next watering. I went overseas and left my mother in charge with instructions that I don’t think she followed at all. All the leaves are browning and turning yellow, one leaf is completely dead, the soil was soaked which I have now been waiting a week without watering for it to dry out but it’s still very damp. I have no idea what to do and this plant has very important emotional significance. Please help..

Submitted: 02:32AM, 26 Oct 2018
Answer: Hi Brooke,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Your poor plant is starting to suffer from water stress there. This can cause root rot which is starting to show on the ends of the leaves.

For best results, treat the plant with Yates Anti Rot to assist with the fungal control. Keep the plant in an area that receives filtered light and has good air flow. If you can, try to remove or drain any additional water from the base. If after a couple of weeks the soil is still wet you can look at re-potting it but try to avoid this too early on as you don’t want to increase the stress that the plant is currently under.

Kind regards

Yates Horticulturist

Answered: 03:44PM, 26 Oct 2018


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