Posted 3M ago by @CaitlinWatson00

Rattlesnake Plant Help

So I got this guy at the beginning of January and heโ€™s been doing okay, but he used to be so green. Heโ€™s been yellow/brown for a while now and Iโ€™m not sure what Iโ€™m doing wrong or maybe what Iโ€™m not doing enough of. He stays inside in the bathroom because itโ€™s the most humid room in the house, and I only water whenever the soil isnโ€™t moist anymore. Is there something I could do to help get his green back? I do have some sprouting up, but Iโ€™m still worried about the ones that are already there ๐Ÿ˜… #HappyPlants #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddict #BeforeAndAfter #RattlesnakePlant #yellowing #brownleaves
8โ€ pot with drainage
Last watered 1 day ago
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My moms Makoyana looks almost the same ๐Ÿ™ˆ She got it from me, I have the motherplant and does not have the same problem ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Maybe you got the same problem as her? I can't pinpoint her problem exactly, but the difference between her an my care for the plant is that I manage to keep humidity above 45%, and I water with rainwater (snow-water now๐Ÿ˜†). She uses tapwater and as her air is really dry (30%), the soil also dries out more quickly than mine.
Do you have minerals in your water or maybe it is alkaline? (I know my mothers water is heavy on magnesium).
And they don't really like the soil to dry out so could be you need to water it just a little sooner?๐ŸŒฑ

The leaves that are already spotted will not get their green back, but as long the new leaves are healty you should not worry. You may cut the old leaves after you have gotten some healty new ones.๐ŸŒฑ

Sorry long answer๐Ÿ™ˆ
Pictures of my moms and my plant ๐Ÿ˜†
Hi there! What is the lighting like in the bathroom? Could it possibly not be getting enough light? I have mine in a southeastern window with a sheer curtain. I also usually run a humidifier in that room. I have her grouped with other humidity loving plants to help create a micro-climate for them. When Iโ€™m not running the humidifier, I keep a tray of water next to these plants. Basically, humidity ranges from 30-50%. I also water it to maintain moisture, giving it little drinks more frequently and not giving large drinks. I think these plants can deal with less humidity, but possibly need more filtered light to maintain their color.
Have any other spot that might work for it ? Also, cutting off a few of the most yellowing leaves can help the plant redirect energy into new leaf production. Hope this will help!
@MockingJay Your plant is lovely! What kind of light does yours get?
I should have mentioned @CaitlinWatson00 that I too generally water with rain water or filtered water. Even letting tap water sit out for 24 hours can help.
@MockingJay I typically use rain water as well! And what a beautiful, full looking plant, itโ€™s gorgeous! And I think I may not be watering it enough from what you had mentioned. But the light in the bathroom is pretty decent. Itโ€™s the only room I can properly see in to do my makeup haha. It is a west/southwest facing window so it gets a decent amount of sun through the window and I typically leave the shower curtain open to make sure the light amount is good. Maybe I should get a humidifier ๐Ÿค”
@SunnyPlants the lighting is pretty decent. Itโ€™s in a west/southwest facing window, and I always make sure to keep the shower curtain open to let the sun in. I have a weird half-textured window in my bathroom so it breaks up some light, but not very much. I think I may need a humidifier or to set out some water like you mentioned. Hopefully thatโ€™ll help โ˜บ๏ธ and I also do water with rain water as well(:
@SunnyPlants Thank you, I really love her ๐Ÿ˜Š
She is standing by a south-facing window, about two feet from it. But I try to make sure she does not get too much direct sun, as it does not take that much before the leaves burn. The neighbour have cut down a lot of trees recently and the light does not get that filtered anymore so I move her a bit on the brightest days ๐Ÿ˜ณ In summer there isn't a problem as the sun doesn't come inside the window then ๐Ÿ˜†
@CaitlinWatson00 Maybe it is a little too bright for your little rattelsnake too if it stands in the window with not that much filter ๐Ÿค” They usually like bright indirect light, and not direct sun. But thinking it is most likely the humidity and maybe just a little too long between waterings as you say ๐ŸŒฑ
@CaitlinWatson00 IDK much about this specific plant, but worth mentioning that some plants are more sensitive and don't do well with frequent temperature changes.

I had a few that survived my bathroom but also a few that did well in other areas then struggled/died in bathroom. I moved some around bc my bathroom gets better light but showers made it hot really quickly then it cooled down fast after and that happened everyday and it did more damage than the better lighting really helped ๐Ÿ™ˆ I ended up getting some grow lights for my bedroom instead ๐Ÿ˜†
@RiverVal very good advice๐Ÿ‘. And you often think it is more humid in the bathroom than it actually is. Because that often just means when you actually shower ๐Ÿ™ˆ modern bathrooms are designed with materials that usually dries up quickly afterwards.
I tried with my Pinstripe in the bathroom for a while, until I got a reading on the humidity that showed it was more humid in the livingroom ๐Ÿ˜†
@MockingJay Here is mine. I had to re-pot her already once and today when I picked her up, I looked at the bottom of her pot and saw the start of roots coming out again. ๐Ÿชด๐Ÿ’š
@SunnyPlants Beautiful ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒฑ
Do you know what your spots are? I have a few similar and haven't quite figured it out, it was worse last winter๐Ÿ™ˆ
@MockingJay Yeah, Iโ€™m pretty sure it may have got sunburned. I noticed that when I rotate it more frequently, it doesnโ€™t get that.
@CaitlinWatson00 I meant to tag you in my posts too! Sorry about that!
@SunnyPlants no worries!(: I actually meant to show the window that I have in my bathroom. Itโ€™s one of those weird textured ones. I donโ€™t have the plant right on the window cause then it would be inside the shower haha, but I have it on the back of the toilet, as that gets the best light and is the only place big enough to fit it ๐Ÿ˜… but I hope it isnโ€™t too much light! I donโ€™t have any other windows that arenโ€™t too direct in the sun, but Iโ€™m definitely trying my best haha. Iโ€™m starting to wonder if maybe my bedroom would be a better option, but Iโ€™m not sure how to tell which room is actually more humid hehe
@CaitlinWatson00 I bet that window does help diffuse the light! :)