What is causing browning at end of leaves of house plant

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  1. Passport1

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    Hi
    Any thoughts on what is causing this browning at end of leaves of this house plant - its appearing on end of lot of the leaves :-(
    I don't know name of the plant
    Am I watering it too much/not enough
    Is it in a room that is too hot/too cold
    Does it need more light
    Thoughts?
    Thanks
     

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  2. Anthony Rogers

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    Hi Passport ,

    The plant is a Ctenanthe It's a member of the Maranta family.
    The brown-ness at the end of the leaves Is caused by letting the plant dry out at the roots. They should be kept just moist during the Winter with more during Spring/Summer. They also like being misted if they are in a dry atmosphere.
     
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    • Passport1

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      Thanks Anthony

      Ive been watering the plant when the soil in the container starts drying out. Frequency of watering could be once a week or once every few weeks depening on the dryness of soil

      Would you recommend watering the plant every week by sitting it in a dish and letting the roots soak up the water ?

      Thanks
       
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        You could do that, but, remember to drain away the excess water after about 2 hours.
         
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          Thanks Anthony
           
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            No problem :)
             
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              One of the ways to combat dryness is to use one of the large pot saucers and half fill it with agricultural grit and then just put enough water in to dampen it, and that will moisten the air around the plant helping to prevent the brown edges of the leaves. I've just had delivered today a pressurised hand sprayer to spray the leaves every now and then, but a disused domestic cleaning, washed out thoroughly, will do the job just as well.:coffee::snorky:
               
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