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Why Do Houseplant Leaves Turn Brown on the Tips?

brown leaves potted plant pot plant

I have houseplants. What makes the leaves turn brown at the tips, and what can I do to stop this?

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. But, brown tips are also an indication of lack of humidity.

 Many common houseplants are native to jungle conditions so if your home is very dry, you’ll need to mist your plants and give them a shower every few days. Brown leaf tips can also indicate a buildup of salts from too much fertilizer or from softened water. Don’t overfertilize your houseplants and, if you use softened water, buy distilled water to keep your plants happy.

Increasing the Humidity

Place an individual plant or group of plants on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity around them. Fill the tray with water until the water’s surface is just below the pot bottoms.

You can raise the humidity, too, by placing a potted plant inside a larger pot. Fill the gap between the pots with sphagnum moss. Pour water over moss until it’s moist.

brown leaves potted plant pot plant