Baby’s Tear Plant Turning Brown

I purchased a gorgeous Baby tears plant in a hanging planter. I loved it so much I wanted to buy another and I have the store searching for another. I had it hanging on my screen porch and it had been doing wonderful. However, just recently I have noticed one side of the plant seems to be thinning out, so I took it down from the hanger and I see that it has many spots where the leaves have turned brown or died. I am just heart sick. It was so full and healthy. The weather has taken a change and it is quite a bit hotter (80-90 during the day) but it is on the screen porch which I’m sure is a bit cooler. Our weather is also very humid and we’ve had a bit of rain lately. I did not know I should be misting it so I have done that today. Perhaps I have watered it too much? To tell the truth when I first got it I practically ignored it because it was on the porch, I forgot about it and it flourished!
I think lately I have been out on the porch more and probably watered it more. I checked it today and the soil is moist, but I brought it in the house and sprayed the leaves with tap water. Do you think it is the heat, too much water, or my black thumb? I live in a condo where I have literally no light, except fluorescent lighting, so I don’t think it would do well inside. The 1st picture is when I first got it,the next 2 are now. Please Help!!!

Hi Kathy,


There could be several reasons why your Baby’s Tear Plant is turning brown. A Baby’s Tear Plant is very finicky and needs certain conditions to do well. The soil of a Baby’s Tear Plant should be moist but never soggy. A Baby’s Tear Plant likes cool temperatures between 60-70 degrees, high humidity, bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun. You can read more about a Baby’s Tear Plant in the Popular HousePlant Section of the website.