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Why Are Spider Plant Leaves Turning Brown In The Middle?

Publish Data: May 29, 2021

by Sifat Sadekin

Spider plants are very easy-growing plants. These plants are famous for in-house gardening for their sharp green leaves and the green vivid environment they create. Also known as airplane plants are also good for better living as they bear tremendous air purifying capacity.

These tropical plants outgrow any other plant without almost any care just by keeping it free from moist and direct sunlight. One of the most common spider plant problems is brown leaves.

Although these spider plants are very easy to grow, they may often react due to any kind of irregularity. Owing to watering issues and light issues, Spider plant leaves can turn brown in the middle. Brown leaves may even mean that you need to repot or cut off some leaves from your plant.

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Should you remove the Brown Leaves

Yes, as the brown leaves are not going to turn green again, you should remove them. It will allow your plant to provide sufficient nutrition to the other leaves and let the plant come around in no time.

To remove the brown leaves, you may use your regular scissors and remove the leaves from the base of the plant. Remember to rub the blades with alcohol between each snip and avoid brown spots or bacterial leaf spots.

It will help you to protect the leaves from spreading the bacteria and other microorganisms turning the leaves brown. You should also maintain a rule to cut off the brown leaves in multiple stages.

If you remove more than 20% of the plant at once, the plant might get into a shock and might never recover.

If you are done are on track up to now, then go and remove the brown leaves or all of the bacterial leaf spots before they affect the rest of your airplane plant.

How watering can turn your leaves brown

Sometimes, spider plants’ leaves turn brown due to the water quality you are feeding the plant. Often our tap water contains salts, chlorine, minerals, fluoride, and other chemicals or minerals which may not harm you but surely will cause harm to your little in-house plants.

Plants may often feel these chemicals as a threat and turn the leaves brown or these chemicals may actually cause harm to your plants and take their liveliness.

To cope with such issues, you may think of filtering your tap’s chlorinated water before might be your best option at hand. Filtering tap water will also ensure safe drinking for you and your dear ones besides your indoor plant. You may also pour distilled water into the soil if don’t want to use filtered water.

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Often people face brown leaves issues because they fail to give their plant the amount of water it needs. For that, often plants face overwatering and underwatering issues. You might test your soil to know if it’s time to water your plant.

Simply put your finger into the ground and check if your finger damps or not. If damps, wait and test again in 2/3 days. If the soil is dry pour some water before it faces de-hydration and keeps your spider plant free from water stress. Be careful of root rot caused by overhead watering.

Can Humidity Cause Brown Leaves

The humid condition can also become the reason for your potted plants to turn brown. Levels of humidity may interface with the plant’s food generation process and make it go brown.

For this issue, at first, be sure that there is a lack of humidity in your area. You may check the local weather report and match them with previous humidity levels.

If the humidity is really low, then you might just spray some or sprinkle some water near the plant. Avoid direct watering of the plant. Rather, spray water into the air. You may also use a pebble tray or a saucer of water.

Pebble tray will ensure supply of water to air and resulting in an increase in humidity. You may also get yourself a humidifier to make the job more convenient and fruitful.

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Can Dry Soil be the Reason Behind Brown Leaves?

Just like overwatering, underwatering may also make your plants lose liveliness and turn dark. Lack of water caused by drainage holes draining all the water and making the soil dry may also create a lack of hydration and make your spider plants go brown.

In this scenario, you should try to bring back the moisture level to the potting soil.

If your potting soil becomes excessively dry and fails to keep water for your plant, you may go for soak water from your spider plant.

For this, you may simply use a bigger pot or bowl than your plant’s pot and fill it up with 3/4th of water. After that gently put your plant with the pot into the water. Wait for the soil to soak up and be moistured.

After that drain the water and let the plant dry out. After the soil drains out excess water, you may put up the plant in your regular indoor spider plant spot. You may not need to do this more than once in a while.

Should You use Fertilizer to Cope up with Brown Leaves?

Many times, brown leaves may be caused by a lack of proper nutrition for your spider plant. Remember, a healthy mother plant or parent plant will ensure you healthy spider plant babies.

So, do add some water-soluble fertilizer or compost to keep your plants lively and beautiful. You can also change the soil to get them fresh soil and add some water-soluble fertilizer or any kind of ready-to-use fertilizers to recover from this problem.

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Excess fertilizer may also create problems in the future.

Can Improper Light cause Brown Leaves

Spider plant loves to be stayed under indirect light to be specific. Improper lighting is another common issue for spider plants to get frown Although these plants are native to the South African region, they can hardly stay in bright light.

For that are best to keep away from sunlight and in a shady area consisting of indirect sunlight. Shady spots and moderate light are best for a parent plant to grow and give healthy baby plants.

These are the basic reasons behind Spider plants’ getting brown or losing vivid green color or liveliness.

If you need any more tips and tricks relating to spider plants, got visit our other articles on spider plant and their care. Hope you have a blooming garden with lots of healthy plants.

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