Posted 3w ago by @Ashplants

Help! Yellow leaves!!
Hey guys! I need help with my Maranta. When I brought her home, she wasnโ€™t in top condition and had a couple yellow leaves and dead flowers. I trimmed all of that. I repotted her in soil with great drainage. And she actually started to grow two new shoots with one leaf opening this morning! But she has yellow leaves in the center and even the tiny leaves are yellow. :( I thought it might be an iron deficiency so I fertilized her a little yesterday. #GreenPrayerPlant #marantaleuconeura #HelpMePlease
5โ€ pot
Last watered 5 days ago
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@Ashplants Is the leaf thatโ€™s yellowing in the top right a newer leaf? If it was my plant, and the soil was wet right now, I would try to absorb some of the water. The easiest way (in my opinion) is to insert a tampon in the soil and let it do its thing. That probably sounds crazy, but it works. Iโ€™ve done it with calatheas and pothos.

The mature leaf in this picture looks like itโ€™s starting to go, I would either cut it off, or cut off the bottom half that is yellowing.

Iโ€™ve been watering my marantas and calatheas more frequently, but with a smaller amount of water, so they are never soaked. (For example, instead of 1 cup every 8 days, 1/2 cup every 4 days).
Did you purchase the plant on 8/28 or is that just the date you added it to Greg? How long ago did you repot?
@Kace I purchased it a month ago. So I repotted then.
@Ashplants Okay so itโ€™s not that lol My guess would be overwatering. Does the pot have a drainage hole?
The rest of the plant looks healthy, could be an overwatering issue, could also be just those leaves were done with their life cycle. I had a leaf turn yellow on mine not too long along but the rest of the plant is healthy.

Definitely let the soil dry between watering, you can always snooze Greg until next time. Soil with drainage is great but soil with drainage and a pot with drainage holes would be more beneficial.

Definitely pluck those leaves to stop the plant from focusing energy on them and let dry with lots of bright indirect light and it should be ok ๐Ÿ˜Š
I agree with @jazzyjess but may I say don't "pluck" but CUT. Those lease don't pluck off easily. Those plants will yellow sometimes if there's something off. I think it's just been though a lot recently.

Also, a good rule of thumb is to let any new plant acclimated to your home for about a month before repotting. I usually don't repost unless it is absolutely necessary. Many times, I just drop the plant and pot into a prettier pot if I can't stand the nursery pot. (:

Welcome to Greg, Ashley! I'm glad you're here. ๐Ÿ’š๏ฟผ
@sarahsalith so right about cutting! I learned the hard way ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜‚
@jazzyjess hahah! I did too! I got my fingernail under one of those leaves and gave it a quick tug and THE WHOLE PLANT hit the ground! ๐Ÿคฃ Lesson learned.
@Kace it does! :(
I have had many Prayer plants for a long time now and I generally water then more frequently with less water. And it has made them all so much happier!

And yes the Tampon thing definitely works. I had to do it yesterday for a plant that I just bought that was absolutely soaked! It worked great! Highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘Œ
@Kace wow! Iโ€™ve never heard of the tampon pro* tip. Thanks for sharing!
When the top soil becomes dry water them. About a half cup according to the pot size. I also wouldnโ€™t have them in high light because the burn easily. That does look like to much water. I grow them too๐Ÿซ 

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