Why are the tips of my plant leaves brown?
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.
This can mean too much or too little moisture. Plants should not be standing in a saucer of water and they need high enough humidity to avoid leaf tip burn. Overwatering is a cause of spider plant leaves turning black or dark brown. The soil should dry out slightly between irrigations.
- Although it is a fast-growing plant, spider plants do not need yearly repotting as most of their growing energy is directed toward producing plantlets. Repot in spring if the root ball protrudes above the rim of the pot.
- This can mean too much or too little moisture. Plants should not be standing in a saucer of water and they need high enough humidity to avoid leaf tip burn. Overwatering is a cause of spider plant leaves turning black or dark brown. The soil should dry out slightly between irrigations.
- Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.
If a leaf is dead you need to remove it, by cutting it off or simply plucking it off the plant. The key is not to tear into the healthy flesh of the plant. I usually cut the leaves off as close to the stem as I can. As for flower removal, it depends on the plant.
- Brown leaf tips on palms may be caused by one or more of the following: Dryness. If the palm is not getting enough water, or if the humidity is too low, the leaf tips will turn brown. Excess salts are taken up by the plant and deposited in the tips of the leaves, causing burning and browning.
- Proper watering is important to the health of an indoor palm. If a plant doesn't get enough water, it can suffer from dried leaves and brown leaf tips and margins. Palms need to be kept moist, but you should never allow them to dry out or sit in water.
- These tiny insects generally hide on the underside of leaves and along stems. Fungal diseases also can cause brown spots on plant leaves. Removing the infected leaves, avoiding wetting foliage when watering plants' soil and increasing air circulation around plants typically takes care of fungal diseases on houseplants.
Updated: 17th October 2019